Monday, 11 April 2011


Everything seems to be happening at the moment with both of hubbies step parents.  His step-mother has had a couple of nasty strokes which have left her with some paralysis and his step father fell and broke his hip.  As they both live some distance away from us it has been a case of travelling backwards and forwards up the M1 to sort things out and to offer help and assistance where we can.  Taking Mum shopping, mowing the lawn, sorting out official help to support them all - never ending.  When did we become the parents is what I want to know.  Nobody tells you that when your kids grow up and leave home you then swop roles and start looking after those that have looked after you.

At the same time I have started a new job, we have moved youngest daughter out into the wide world (again)  and we have had the house given a total facelift with new rendering (more about that some other time). 

So as you can see life has been quite frenetic over the last couple of weeks or so.

As this was going on I found an old 1915 calendar on Ebay that I actully bought thinking it was just one sheet but as it had Pansies on I could not resist it.  When it came through I was just so pleased with it.  There are actually four pages and as with a lot of Victorian/Edwardian pieces it has religious tracts on it.  Now I am not a religious person I don't go to church apart from to light the odd candle in prayer for my family and my dad who passed away 20 years ago but I have found the words on this piece rather uplifting and calming in all the chaos that is going on with our household at the moment.

I do believe that sometimes we are sent little messages and gifts to help us get through things and this seems like one of those things and it is now taking pride of place in my kitchen where I can see if every day. 

Mind you I keep getting  slightly confused with the dates....


  1. It's remarkable how little things like that crop up when we most need them... hope the steps are both on the road to recovery x

  2. it's so difficult I know.
    It wasn't until my lovely mum died and I had all these extra hours each day that I actually realised how much I had been back and forth with a steady round of visits and teas and shopping and jobs and...
    Keep the smile :))

  3. So sorry to hear how hard life is for you right now. I agree that little things can make all the difference and you never know whats round the next corner either. Keep smiling and being positive, dee x

  4. Sorry to hear things are so unsettled for you and hubby, know what you mean about the role reversal, you never expect it Linda xx

  5. So sorry to hear how hard things are for you at the moment. My Mum is going through something very similar with my 91 year old Nan, she feels like she is running two homes sometimes! It is very hard to see this happening to the ones you love. The calender is beautiful with lovely words, very appropriate. Take care, thinking of you.
    Jo xx

  6. Sorry to hear that Life is being horrid at the mo. I am sending big hugs and an Award your way!
    Z xx

  7. what a beautiful calendar. Glad it's helping you a bit with all the difficult goings on x

  8. Its lovely Debbie. Good luck with everything you have going on and specially the new job - I don't envy anyone starting new jobs today. Wend


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