It's been just over a month since Mum broke her hip. I've managed to do a little on the blog, but not much, so I thought it was time to give you all an update.
Mum is continuing to make good progress, but it's a very slow process - far too slow for Mum's liking. If all goes according to plan, and so far it has, she's reached the half way mark to returning home to her beloved garden.
It's been a stressful and very busy time for me, too, at times pushing me to my absolute limit. It's funny how it has often been the little, insignificant things that have caused a meltdown.
When staying at Mum's I tend to carry my mobile phone around in the back pocket of my jeans, so it's always within reach. Not such a good idea as I found out when said mobile fell into the (clean) toilet at 9 o'clock one night. According to a Google search, putting the phone into a bag of rice might dry it out. No rice at Mum's, so off to the local shops. Not familiar with the car park, and perhaps (definitely) not thinking clearly, I couldn't find the exit to the shops. I seriously drove round and round, thinking I'd be there all night - and no phone to ring anyone. I totally lost the plot!!! Thankfully a random stranger showed me the exit before I drove though the entry barrier.
Mr TMW drove down and gave me a spare mobile, so I could still be contacted by the hospital if needed. I'm sure if Mr TMW were to give his version as to how I appeared at this stage, the words... hysterical and illogical would be mentioned. He quite wisely resisted the urge to inform me of this, and was very patient.
Even though the phone continued to work after being stuck in the rice all night, I could see what appeared to be water behind the screen, and as I couldn't be without a phone at this time, I bought another. Of course the Apple sales guy tried to sell me an updated, and more expensive, phone. Nothing in his sales pitch convinced me to buy the newer phone, until he mentioned it was WATERPROOF. Yep, I'll have that one, I said. Not that I plan on dropping this one into a toilet - and no, I'm not carrying it in my back jeans pocket anymore.
I can laugh now, although it was anything but funny at the time. Thought it might give you all a bit of a giggle, though. Do tell me I'm not the only one who has had an accident with a mobile.
I've settled into a routine, of sorts, meltdowns have stopped, and I am now able to get home roughly every second day, enabling me to spend some time in my beloved garden. Mr TMW has kept it watered and well looked after in my absence, while I'm looking after Mum and her garden. Not to mention he's kept me supplied with frozen meals he's cooked and he's ever so patiently listened to me offloading. Don't know where I'd be without him!
I even managed to do a little sewing one day.
When I'm home, I update the Daily Featured Free Tutorial over there in the sidebar (so it's not really daily at the moment), and I've done a couple of showcased tutorials. I have so much to share with you - there's a new tutorial in the works, a new bag to show you, two books to review, and so much more.
And, I'm so far behind with blog reading, that I think at some point I'll have to mark all as read, and start anew. If I often comment on your posts, don't think I'm ignoring you. I will be back.
But, first things first - Mum is my priority at the moment.