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    so sorry about the problems

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    Hi everyone,

    Dutchie, I sent you a pm, hope you got it. I couldn't get onto the forum for a little while the pages wouldn't load but I can access them now.

    Hope everyone is soldiering on.

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    I read it but have been running around everywhere trying to get Laurens' apartment ready for him to move into and by the way things are looking, he will be moving there in the weekend.

    Of course everything happens at once.

    I have written on the family part of the forum.
    My mother in law is in hospital - 2 hours from here - where she was on vacation with my father in law.

    This is from the family part of the forum

    My MIL has - what's called here - a stable L1 fracture in the small of her back. She doesn't have to be operated but she will be getting a brace fitted this afternoon. The cause of the fall is now also being looked into by a neurologist since it looks like it was a small stroke.

    On top of everything else she has started running a high fever and the hospital will not release her till a) the fever is under control, b) she is able to walk a little bit c) a home help has been arranged to look after my father in law and d) a place is found for my mother in law at a nursing home here in Rotterdam. Further details are being sorted out as we speak.

    My father in law will be staying in the veterans hotel just to be near to her in case something drastic happens. He says that he has a bad feeling about it all. They had booked till Friday anyway and they have said that he is welcome to stay until it is sorted out. They have already said that they will make sure that he is OK.

    Dh's brother will be going tomorrow to see how things are and we will possibly be going on Friday.


    The family is getting together here this evening so that we can talk things through.
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    Grandma to Charlie, born April 5th 2013 - so he's now 1 year old.

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    Good, I just wanted you to know I wasn't ignoring you!

    It really is all happening for you right now - sending hugs as ever. Your poor MIL, how awful for her. Glad to hear the folks at the hotel have said they will look after your FIL, that's one worry less. I hope the fever has reduced and she's showing some signs of recovery. Has there been any news from the neurologist yet?

    Actually, I'll have a look over on the families board so you don't have to repeat yourself.

    Wishing everyone all the best. Take care.

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    Hi everyone, I hope everyone is well and looking forward to Christmas which seems to be coming at breakneck speed.

    I was talking with someone about this just yesterday. I said that I was going to start writing my Christmas cards this weekend, she looked at me as if I was nuts. As I explained to her, before you can turn around twice, Christmas will be over and I don't want to rush to get everything done at the last minute.

    Regarding our family, there are a lot of worries at the moment.
    Our eldest son is in his apartment and is lonely. It seemed that in all the troubles of the last couple of years during his marriage, he didn't have any contact with his friends from before his marriage.

    Also his connection to his brothers and sister has taken a hard hit. Two of his brothers really don't want to see him at the moment.

    However the two eldest shared a couple of photos on facebook yesterday evening to show that they were out on the town together and were having a good time together - that has done me a LOT of good.






    One of my other sons was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 13 (he is now 24). When he was 21 he had been seizure free for a couple of years and was allowed to wean himself off the meds.

    Fast forward to now and he has had increased epileptic activity for the last few months and is back on the meds on a minimal dosage to ensure that things don't escalate.

    He has been to see his specialist a couple of times but it seems that this minimal dosage to keep things under control is not working as it should.
    This is a HUGE worry for us.
    He is so disappointed, since it looks like he may have to go back on the higher dosage. Time will tell. He and his girlfriend are coming for dinner this evening and we hope to talk about it some more.

    Regarding my mother in law and father in law. This is probably going to be the beginning of the end of them living more or less independently. She is still in the revalidation home but is champing at the bit to get home even though she cannot even get dressed by herself yet. She is giving everyone a hard time about it and seems to think that if she says it often enough, then she will be allowed home.
    However, she also seems to be a bit confused about a lot of things and considering the fact that she is the main care giver for my father in law, we all think that it will not be a good idea for them to be in their own apartment with only a nurse coming in for 30 minutes per day to help out with showering and getting dressed and that maybe this may be a good time for them to move.

    The trouble is that not one of the kids want to mention the R word (retirement home). My in laws think that that is only for old people (they are 83). But we do think that this maybe the best option.

    Regarding everything - even our kids - we are taking things day by day and just seeing how things pan out.

    For now we are trying to get Christmas day organized and that seems to be coming along nicely. (just our daughter and sons and their girlfriends and us).
    What I am trying to avoid (terrible person that I am) is having the entire family here for Christmas (about 22 people) since I don't know if I have the patience and energy to do it.

    How are your preparations coming along for Christmas?
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    Grandma to Charlie, born April 5th 2013 - so he's now 1 year old.

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    Great photos! Glad to see your son is getting out and about, hopefully in time his other siblings will want to reconnect with him too.

    I think you're doing the right thing just taking things day by day. I hope your in laws are receptive to the idea of help and even a home. It is a tough one though.

    My father has made it very clear to me that he'd rather "be shot or go to Dignitas" (his words not mine) than live in a home or have one of us take care of him. I have assured him I would never ask him to live with us! It's a really difficult subject. We have had a conversation about MIL. She is still young but we're concerned about what will happen when her husband dies. She has no friends that she sees on a regular basis and ideally we'd have her move over here to be near us (not with us though). But we'll just have to see...

    In other news. Christmas. Oh that can of worms. I have very selfishly put my foot down and demanded that we spend Christmas Day at home. We never spend the day at home and it's all I've ever wanted. DH has agreed. We will visit my parents at some point the week before Christmas and maybe on the 26th as we might be going to watch rugby nearby. MIL we will visit on Christmas Eve and FILat some point between Christmas and New Year.

    FIL has actually invited us over on Christmas Day as he assumed we'd be at MIL's (they live in the next town to each other). But of course it's very dangerous to assume things, lol I swear FIL doesn't think I have a family or that we might want to spend time together. But that's a whole other story...

    We haven't done any shopping yet but we have a vague idea what we're going to buy for a few people. I have bought some cards though *yay*. We've also started to make arrangements for some social things with friends - we're scattered all over the place so it takes quite some organising. So that's where we are. I'm usually really organised but this year has been so rubbish I'm just finding it hard to get the energy for it.

    What will happen will happen and that will be enough.

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    So here I am home from London and absolutely SHATTERED!!!

    We must be getting old since it really took it out of us both especially since dh had to work on the first day.
    London was SO VERY BUSY - it was unbelievable.

    However everything was already in the Christmas atmosphere so I really enjoyed that part of it. I forget each time exactly how big London really is.

    I got on very well the entire day on my own but it was a long long day especially since we were up at (UK time) at 3.30 am to leave the house later for our flight at 6 am (UK time) and when we finally got to bed it was 11 pm.
    To say that we were tired doesn't even come close.

    With that being our legacy for the next day we started out tired but managed to do everything that we needed and wanted to do (well almost since we didn't get to Harrods).

    I got a LOT of gift shopping done and am completely finished for dh, the 2 girlfriends of 2 of my boys and for one son. Plus I managed to get a few things for the other boys and for Fiori.

    What didn't work out was the luggage. I kept telling dh beforehand that I was planning to get a lot of the Christmas shopping done but for some reason he didn't think I was serious or that I wouldn't buy much because London is usually very expensive. Well he insisted on just bringing 2 small suitcases (the type that can go in a plane as hand luggage). The result of everything was that we had to buy a suitcase (a big cheap thing at Primark) to load everything into.

    London was indeed very expensive but I do know where to go and we hit a GREAT sale at the Disney store (which we don't have here)
    and really went to town for sleepwear for the girls.
    We also got some good bargains at Debenhams.

    So although we are both exhausted I do have a good feeling that my Christmas shopping is on track.

    The rest of the gifts is not a problem since I am almost there - I think.

    I have decided that since Christmas day is more or less sorted, I am not even thinking about the rest of the family.

    Now just to get the cards written and sent. I have the cards and the stamps in the house. Just a question of sitting down and getting them done - which is giving the problems for now but I have enough time - I want to get them done by Nov. 30th.
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    Grandma to Charlie, born April 5th 2013 - so he's now 1 year old.

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    Hi remember me ??
    Just thought i would wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year!!
    I seem to have problems with this site at the moment so while everything is working hi to you all and take care xx

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    Hi DD,

    Happy Christmas and all the best for 2012!

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    Hi there DD and BB.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and and a wonderful 2012.

    (((hugs))))
    Avril
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    Grandma to Charlie, born April 5th 2013 - so he's now 1 year old.

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    Thanks Avril. All the best to you.

    Is everyone looking forward to Christmas?

    It's weird here, everyone seems to be in a funk and no-one is really up for it at all. We have done all our shopping so we're getting to do all the nice things now - the part I like! Happily DH's step dad is between chemo sessions at the minute so he's quite happy to celebrate Christmas, we didn't know if anything would happen until a week or so ago. But he's been online and ordered an organic turkey and some cake so it looks like all systems go. Putting a tree up was too much for him and MIL to bother with but they have put other decorations up and things like that. I have to say I'm relieved. Hopefully everyone will have a good time.

    Take care everyone!

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    I've not posted a Blackpool photo for a little while so here's one from a couple of days ago. It features the Comedy Carpet at the front, the big black blob thing on a stick to the left is new. There are six of them along the front and they're meant to look like seed heads (they look fantastic). The move with the wind so are always blowing and bobbing about. At the back is Festival House, the new wedding venue. It is beautiful (or hideous depending on who you ask).

    There are some more pictures of the Comedy Carpet in the photobucket album if you're interested (click the heading where it says BPL pictures by Bunderoo) [ame="http://s726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/bunderoo/Blackpool/"]Blackpool pictures by bunderoo - Photobucket[/ame]

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    Thanks BB for posting the photos of Blackpool, I'll show dh them this evening when he gets home - he's in London (for a change ha ha!). I'm sure that he'll love them - he always loves seeing photos of Blackpool and he always says afterwards - we have to go back some time soon.

    I read some of the comedy carpet photos - they are hilarious - I especially loved the one about running down the street shoving cucumbers through the letter boxes shouting that the martians are coming - TOO FUNNY!!! (But maybe I have a weird sense of humor.)

    I just have a few things to finish before I can really get into the spirit of Christmas.
    I have Christmas caroling in our neighborhood on Thursday and Saturday, my sister's in law's birthday also on Saturday and I finish teaching on Monday the 19th and then it's all systems go. By that time I hope to have done all my 'must do's' and then I hope to do the nice stuff - like spending a day watching Christmas movies - I can hardly wait. (I think I'll designate Wednesday the 21st for that since I've just remembered that Fiori will be hosting Christmas dinner for her friends here on Tuesday the 20th.)

    I too have ordered my turkeys - one big one for Christmas day and a few smaller ones for the freezer (here you can almost never buy turkey except around Christmas so I buy a few and then freeze them).

    I have almost all my gifts bought - just a few things here and there still to buy.
    I have my menu sorted out for Christmas day (well almost) and then there is Boxing day and Christmas Eve to figure out. Ah well, I guess it will sort itself out eventually.

    I am so pleased for you all that dh's step dad will be able to enjoy the festivities around Christmas - such a relief for everyone I'm sure.


    Take care!!
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    Grandma to Charlie, born April 5th 2013 - so he's now 1 year old.

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    I love the Martians one too - it's good old Ken Dodd (who opened the comedy carpet). It's really hard to photograph as it's as wide as the bottom of the tower. Some comedians - Ken Dodd, Two Ronnies, Monty Python, Victoria Wood, Les Dawson have a whole panel to themselves. The rest of organised into sections like contemporary, radio, alternative etc. It really is fantastic, and so lovely to walk around on it and just hear people laughing and remembering the old shows.

    Trying to think if there's anything else new... the new trams are being tested and are very impressive according to DH. I haven't seen one in the flesh yet. I am loving the Madame Tussauds Christmas Grotto, it's Lady Gaga, lol.

    The other big thing of this week that everyone is going nuts about is football. In the next round of the FA cup Blackpool are playing Fleetwood. Obviously a bit local derby and they haven't played each other in a competitive game for 30 years. So everyone is loving that - especially the people we know who are from Fleetwood. Should be fun.

    You sound pretty organised for Christmas, I'm with you about having time to sit down and watch a few Christmas films. Someone DH works with is in the process of setting up a "pop up" cinema at the Winter Gardens and other venues, for Christmas they're hoping to show "It's A Wonderful Life". So if I fancy crying in front of a crowd of people I'll go along to that!

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