The Eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that my Roundup post is a tad late because I’ve had such a busy week this is the first time I’ve had the chance to sit and write a post.
Monday didn’t start off well. I go into town to help my parents and as I’m sauntering along to the front door of Sainsburys to get them a bit of shopping I see my lovely friend Linda from my Camera Club. She waves and I think to myself “ahhh that’s nice, bumping into Linda” and then my heart suddenly drops like a stone. Shit! SHIT!! I’d totally forgotten I’d actually arranged to meet Linda outside the door of Sainsburys so that we could go to a cafe for lunch together. I was 20 minutes late, she’d been trying to ring me but I’d left my phone at home and she was worried sick I’d been taken ill or collapsed somewhere. I was in my wellies and had Bertie in the car, so I had to make a mad dash to my Mum’s house, drop the dog off and hare back round to the cafe. I loathe people being late and by now I’d been keeping Linda waiting for half an hour.
As if all that weren’t bad enough, after lunch we both pottered round to the chemist for some bits and bobs. They didn’t have the denture cleanser my Mum wanted so I left Linda to her shopping and went back to my car. It’s only when I arrived back at my parents’ house that I remember Linda had told me she woken that morning with a vertigo spell, didn’t feel she could drive so had walked into town and I hadn’t even offered her a lift home, despite the fact she lives half a mile away and the trudge home is all uphill. I wrote a very grovelling email as an apology and can only hope she doesn’t ditch me as a friend! My brain was already fairly AWOL due to my M.E. but now I’m galloping towards Menopause it’s almost permanently left the building!
Tuesday I spent the day practising a talk on Photoshop Elements which I gave to the beginner’s photography class that night.
Wednesday was my last Camera Club of this season. I won’t miss going out in the evenings as it makes me feel proper rubbish, but I’ll really miss seeing everyone and having a focus to the week. My Dad also re-took his driving test for the second time (which you have to do following a Dementia diagnosis) and we were all delighted when he yet again passed with flying colours 🙂 You absolutely have to be able to drive where we live as there is almost no public transport, so if he’d lost his licence we would all have felt the consequences.
Thursday my Mum had a hospital appointment in the city to have two new hearing aids fitted and I offered to take her so that we could visit a couple of wheelchair friendly shops afterwards for a potter around (we have zero clothes shops in the town where we live). Now Mum isn’t drunk every day she’s starting to want to do things again and we both enjoyed our afternoon together. As a bonus she can now also hear and I no longer have to shout 😉
By Friday I was on my knees energy-wise and starting my period didn’t help. The good news, however, is my recent pain flare is much reduced and this week I have felt almost back to my usual self. As an added bonus I haven’t had a migraine at all during my period for the first time in several months and my Endometriosis pain was bearable. Yayyy 🙂
Sunday I had tickets for a Photoshop workshop, which was initially arranged for last month but had to be cancelled due to snow. We all turned up and waited and waited and waited for it to start, but it was obvious they were having technical difficulties and 45 minutes later we were told it would have to be cancelled again as they couldn’t get the presentation to work. However, we were all just about to walk out the door when a workaround for the glitch was found and the day progressed as planned. Sadly I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know, but it was still nice to have a catch-up with members from other Camera Clubs.
My sitting with my friends’ two kids went well last weekend and I ended up with a grown-up shot for the teenager and a fantasy one for the 8 year old which I’m calling ‘The world at her feet’.