Not really sure how to butter this up but life isn’t exactly much fun at the moment.
I had plans, great plans to start up my new business this summer. I started making items and getting all the product descriptions etc types up along with photos. My dad was coming to visit for 10 days on the 1st July, my daughter was coming for a few days for her birthday. Well, after her birthday as apparently I’m too old to celebrate her birthday in public with her when her friends are present! She came the next day and that night we collected the new addition to our family; Mabel.
Mabel is now 12 weeks old and we have renamed her mad Mary. She is a right little Bu**ar and runs around like a complete loon and bites my other 3 cats constantly. She also bits my hands and feet too and her teeth are rather sharp! But we love her to bits.
Note: This is NOT snuggling up, this is biting! All hell broke loose just after I Tok this photo.
My dad who is 78 was ridiculously active for his age; he wouldn’t let me pay someone to clean my gutters so while he was here he was up a ladder cleaning them himself.
Now I use the world ‘was’. The day before he was due to go back home to South Wales 180 miles away, he had a stroke. They kept him in hospital for 8 days and he was very lucky, unbelievably lucky and just a little unsteady on his feet and with a walking stick he was walking fine. We decided that it was best if he moved in with me so somebody was there to keep an eye on him and we started packing his house up in preparation.
But Monday last week he had another stroke, again he was lucky; just his balance affected and no issues with his speech or weakness on one side. He was kept in hospital for some physio to help with his balance and then he had a 3rd stroke over night Friday/Saturday and a 4th one over night Sunday/Monday. He hasn’t been so lucky with the 3rd and 4th strokes.
He is currently in a coma receiving end of life care. I can’t describe how I feel, there are just no words. No words at all. I’m just empty.
My 2 adult children are heart broken, my 10 year old nephew doesn’t even know his grandad is ill let alone in hospital and in a coma. Not sure how we are going to break this to him as he has a very close relationship with his grandad. In fact all three of his grandchildren have very close relationships with him which is why it is so heartbreaking for them.
I just don’t know what to do apart from hug them and hold them tight but somehow this just isn’t enough at this moment.
To try and keep my sanity through all this I have launched my Etsy shop (Lou And Jim Prints). There is still so many products to add and it’s mainly just badges at the moment with the majority being disability awareness badges.
There are still personalised make up bags and pencil cases to add plus a range of vinyl decals. I need to make some and photograph them first but right now that is a slow process but I’ll get them all listed in time and right now that’s perfectly fine with me.
We’ve tried to keep positive and have as much fun as we can with Mabel. She has really made us all laugh with her antics and has been just what we all needed.
I really hope your summer has been fun and full of adventures.