And a pleasant Day was had by all

happy birthdayWe set off at 7am wanting to have as much time with Mum as possible today.
The forecast was for a turn in the weather, so we didn’t want to leave it too late coming back, especially as it gets dark around 4pm now.
We learned a bit about the new car on the journey, as we had to check the owners manual to identify a little symbol that announced itself with a pretty ‘ding ding ding’ as we were driving along.
I’d already noticed that like my Peugeot, there is a temperature readout (nothing to do with the warning gauge for the car engine) and when we left, that was showing five degrees.

We discovered today that there is an ice alert on the Hyundai which kicks in with a ding at three degrees. On the Peugeot, this is a yellow (dingless) coil, but on the Hyundai it’s a picture of a road with a little snowflake on it. This came on just as we crossed the Hampshire County line, and the outside temperature dropped to zero.
This was not the only thing we noticed.
Whenever we had travelled down from Lincolnshire, as soon as we hit the M3, there was a distinct change in the atmosphere. I swear the car sank closer to the road and you could actually see a grey haze on the horizon ahead.
Coming from a different direction now, there is a definite difference Down South, as if every house has a 20 a day habit and is discharging great plumes of greyish white smoke into the air.
To be honest, the journey had been straightforward until we came off the M4, and then we hit traffic queues, road works, SHEEP,

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and a truck that had a buckled rear axle which had no choice but to stop on a blind corner (well, he couldn’t go anywhere).
We had been making such good time too, but we got to my sister’s just before 11.
She was out walking the dog, so we had Mum all to ourselves with no constant barking to distract us.

First thing Mum ever did at home when visitors arrived was put the kettle on and check the cake tin.
There was a freshly made, uncut fruit cake on the dresser under a glass dome, and Mum asked if we’d like a slice. After the fuss over the cup cakes a couple of years ago, I was a little dubious as I didn’t want Mum to get into trouble, but Hubby said he’d love a piece and we were given two generous slabs.

My niece turned up with her three year old daughter. She is a little cutie, and going to be an Angel in her school play, so we were told all about her dress and wings with the glitter on. This from a little girl the ‘Experts’ said wasn’t developing fast enough. She’s as bright as a button, and when Hubby said he was going to take Maggie for a walk, she wanted to go too (with Mummy of course).
Mum and I were now alone, and had some girlie time.

She was apologetic for being so forgetful. She was also embarrassed, flustered, and confused going from one room to the next, and not remembering why.
I teased her and said she wasn’t alone, Hubby and I do it all the time, and we only have a 41 foot boat to go up and down! I told her she’d have to tell everyone she was having a CRAFT moment  when she couldn’t remember something (I was going to say blonde, but some people might take offense) .
Note:        C.R.A.F.T      can’t remember a flippin’ thing (polite version).
She found that funny, and I was glad to have taken some of the tension and frustration away.
mail deliveryThe post came, and she had a card. This also pleased her, and she told me who it was from.
A few seconds later, she picked it up wondering who had sent it and told me again.
She put it on a pile of others that had to be posted out, then saw it as something new and again I was informed as to the sender.

She obviously worries about her forgetfulness, then gets angry with herself.
To help her keep track, she keeps a list of things she either has to do or has done, then ticks them off.
One was for Christmas cards, and the pile on the table related to those, so I was able to reassure her that everyone on that particular list was covered.

Hubby, Sister, Niece and Offspring all arrived back together, with two rather sociable dogs. Mum and I were still having a chuckle over another CRAFT moment.

Being just after midday now, it was time for lunch, but my sister didn’t make us a sandwich after all.
She put the loaf of bread, a tin of crackers and a variety of fillings on the table instead and told us to help ourselves.
Actually, this worked rather well, because my niece was looking after her daughter, my sister prepared Mum’s and her own, and we tucked in to whatever we fancied.
The cake, minus 2 pieces, was put on the table and we were invited to have another slice (Hubby had 2).
There was a lot of laughter over lunch, the atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful, even Sir Barkalot wasn’t his usual pain. Maggie stayed under the table, not to keep out of the way, but to hoover up anything that dropped!

I’d taken down a bag of gifts, and we came back with a parcel, so that was a nice surprise.
We left just before 2, and the journey back took a little over 3 hours.
The wind has picked up now and we are being jostled about a bit on the boat.
Icy rain is in the air, and judging by the radar picture, we have this for the next 2-3 hours.
Luckily, Hubby had taken Maggie for a short walk before we had our evening meal and she is curled up on her bench catching up on her beauty sleep.
She doesn’t travel so well these days, so will be a little subdued for a day or so.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to And a pleasant Day was had by all

  1. Glad the visit went well. I know there was a bit of apprehension.

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