The week in Short Snatches.

When Mike left to go home last Sunday I scuttled through to my bedroom and started work. It was 7.00 pm and dark before I’d finished. I went through to the lounge to put the light on for Joey who wasn’t very approving of my being so late. He gave me quite a mouthful, the force of which made him nod his head.. I didn’t dare laugh. I mention it now because I can hear him chunnering so it must be getting dark this week too.

To ward of the berating I turned his light on. It wasn’t too dark luckily. However it doesn’t seem to have stopped him dressing in his angry hat which I suspect he wears just for me. I had no  choice but to leave him again and concentrate on the post I haven’t been able to do today. At least he’s in the light.

We lunched in Prestatyn at The CookHouse and then while walking it off afterwards bumped into Sharon, my daily ( well, my once weekly anyway) and were able to offer her a lift home. She works 364 days per year as a chambermaid with just Christmas Day off and still comes to tidy up after me (mainly Joey really) every Tuesday.

On Monday I was indoors all day as usual. I dealt with my washing and drying, did Joey’s food and water and gave him as much attention as possible in between dealing with my mail which still exceeds 300 a day.

Tuesday rose fair and bright but not until I’d already been up a few hours. It’s averaging about 2.15 am at the moment so maybe 2 hours a night. Still, I get the early morning mil out of the way. At 7.30 am I was out of the house for the bus. I always choose this one as there’s generally no-one else on for a few stops and by then I can keep my eyes close and pretend to be asleep. One day I will be and will probably sail past Yvonne and the kids in Chester and find myself back home having done the round trip. But not today.

I got off the bus at a different stop because the driver went a different way. How confusing. My pick up would still be at my usual stop though. As fast as I could I got to the place we meet and being there first lit a cigarette. I glimpsed them coming into view a little way off and his behind a bush. Yes, that probably did look weird in the middle of town. As they got close I jumped out and said ‘BOO’ then apologised to the little Japanese lady I caught. I should have known Reuben wouldn’t be in a kimono. Roobs screeched with pleasure and ran to grasp my legs. If I hadn’t been able to grasp the street ash tray it would have been Timber I was shouting. We had a good morning together but 11.30 comes far too quickly.


The journey home was more nerve wracking as there were a few passengers but pretending to be asleep put anyone off sitting near me except one woman who probably didn’t interpret the snoring properly and sat on the pocket of my jacket. She almost hatched out my tube of ‘Lockets’.

I got home and had less than half an hour before Sharon came. I did mail for the afternoon then and had my lunch after she’d gone.

On Wednesday I stayed in again. Dealt with mail and also the postman brought me a couple of coins to add to my lists. I looked through some Christmas stuff for gift ideas.

Thursday necessitated a quick trip to Pauline’s to restock the cigarettes and to get my Lottery tickets. I moved so fast Flash would be proud of me. I was back 5 minutes before I’d left….oh no, that was the clock that had stopped wasn’t it. I saw no-one except my postman until evening when Mike arrived. Tells me he’s on a new regime now so that he wants to be up no later that 8.30 am every day. He’s hoping it will bring his sleep pattern into line. Up to now a sledgehammer hasn’t managed that.

On Friday morning I didn’t get up until 2.45 am and considered that a lie in. Almost died of shock when Mike was up before 8.45 am. He must be using an alarm but I didn’t hear it. My postman came and intrigued me by bringing a letter which should have contained a coin, you could see where the pouch had been stuck to the middle of the tri fold letter. The envelope had a slit in the bottom and the coin was not there. I had to contact the seller to approach the post office. Luckily it’s not an expensive coin but it was the last this particular dealer had. I don’t want to slam him for the money back but I’m hoping it might just be found floating about a post bag or in a sorting office somewhere.

Mike returned early from seeing his Dad in Manchester and helped me wash my hair. I think it needs cutting again one last time before Winter, just like grass does.

Saturday it was another 2.45 am for me and an agonised 6.20 am for Mike even though his clock was set for 6.00 am. I wasn’t well as bronchitis has set in but I still had all the rubbish dealt with and put out for collection before he made his way through to the lounge where I’d put his coffee. We had a good shop followed by a coffee then shot over to The Range to grab a couple of things. In Flint we went to Temptations for a chin way and to give sweets to the staff before picking up some frozen food and going home. He made me put the frozen food away…with my chest….he’s all heart. After that we went to Rhyl for lunch so   he could get some specialist fish food. Back at home I worked while he watched football then we shared some TV time when I’d done.

I hope you all had a good weekend.




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87 responses to “The week in Short Snatches.

  1. I’ve missed the posts about your week, David. Good to catch up and I hope your bronchitis improves. Big hugs and regards to all!

    • I needed to reintroduce the children Olga before the cat took over. Thank you very much, I hope it’ll be fine in a day or two or I’ll be made to go to the doctor’s.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  2. Nice to see all the “cast and crew” again, David. With you at the helm it’s smooth sailing. Thanks for the beautiful power ballad from Foreigner. Mega hugs to you all.

    • Just so you can see we didn’t all go down with the ship Teagan…. I made Mike Captain and told him it was his duty. I like a lot of the power ballads and this one is really good.
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  3. I love reading snippets about your life. I had to yawn, though, when I read the extremely early times you got up. How do you keep going?

    Yawny yugs, I mean hugs.

  4. I thought you was going to slow down….300 emails!!!
    You best stay in this week if you are not well, take it easy and look after yourself. I have spent the weekend in bed as so exhausted all the time, I sleep lots but do not feel like I have at all. I hope I feel ok on Wednesday as it is our lunch date, must try very hard to remember to take pictures this month. xxx

    • I thought I was going to slow down too but people keep coming and taking me up again.Sorry to hear you’ve been in bed unwell. You sound run down. There was an advert when I was a lad, Phylosan fortifies the over fifties. You’d better get a bottle so you’re fit for the high life again.
      Yes, don’t forget the camera.
      xxx Hugs Unlimited xxx

  5. Take care of yourself…bronchitis can be nasty.

  6. Hey there, David, my friend. It’s good to see you back with a very sweet post. I hope you feel better with the bronchitis. The grandbabies are as cute as ever and growing! Get some sleep. 🙂

    • Hello Mary J, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and the catch up with the children. Amelie is 9 months now and Reuben is 3. Both ever growing.Thank you, I’m sure to be better soon. I mustn’t sleep too much and lose my edge.
      xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

  7. Nice to read about your week David 🙂
    Lovely pics of you with the kids!

  8. I literally squeeled with happiness seeing this post, my I have missed them and seeing Reuben and Ameilie again made my day. You always bring a smile to my face David, and I do love that song by Foreigner. Massive hugs my friend.

  9. Nice to hear about your week, David. I laughed when you said you hid in the bushes and jumped out and said “Boo” to a little lady. Ha ha. Kids loved to get scared, but not strangers! Hope you rest up and have a great week 🙂

    • Thanks so much Diana. It was nice to do a ‘normal’ post. Yes, kids love to get scared but it’s harder to do as they get older. By the time Yvonne was 25 it was really hard to catch her out. lol.
      I’m sure I’ll have a great week thanks, lots of deliveries to entertain me.
      I hope your week is joyful. xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  10. Lovely photos of Reuben and Amelie! Thank you. 🙂

  11. good to hear the world of welsh wales continues to tick along nicely even if changed bus routes (which are the bane of my life in London) can add to the stress of a intra journey snooze; i regularly wake up and realise the whole cat and caboodle has slipped though a wormhole and i’m in a parallel universe. Not much fun in Penge, believe me.

    • We tick along niicely thanks Geoff though some days we have to wonder what time warp we’ve been warped into overnight. You can tell we’ve hit reality again when the coke tins appear at the roadsides.
      You mean there really is a Penge and it wasn’t just created to make fun of? Perhaps it only exists in the parallel Universe.
      Keep well,

  12. Nice to see you back David – seems like life is ticking over nicely……. except for maybe the 300 emails a day. Mine are down to about 50 and most of them just hit the bin without being opened 🙂 Those grandies are growing!!

    • Thank you Pauline.Yes, life ticks over. Between midnight and 3.30 am there are 54 emails to work on this morning. I’ll have breakfast at 5.00 am for a break then plough on. I’m glad yours are under control now.
      Yes, the children are shooting up. The end of December sees Amelie hit One. Time passes so quickly.
      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

  13. Get better soon, David! I wish more sleep for you, too 🙂

  14. Welcome back David. I’ve missed your weekly updates. But do look after yourself. Bronchitis can be awful. Hugs from New Zealand lol

    • Thanks so much Judith. What a lovely thing to say. I’ll try to keep this under control and hope to get rid of it early. Hopefully just the one bout this year.
      xxx Gigantic Hugs from Wales xxx

  15. The song “I Want To Know What Love Is” is beautifully portrayed in the picture of you holding your two precious grandchildren, David. Beautiful!

  16. The trouble with pretending to be asleep on the bus or the train is if I even try it, pretty soon I’m not pretending.

    Incidentally, I’m sorry to hear about the missing coin. I hope it’s found soon. With any luck, it’ll be a bad penny. They always turn up.

  17. Nice “comeback” of the week David – I do like the sound of Sharon, reminds me of my dad – Christmas Day off and that was it, must say it rubbed off on me too 😀

  18. Cute pictures of the children, David. They’re growing fast. Thaks for the lovely music. 🙂 — Suzanne

  19. The look of contentment on your face with your grandchildren on your lap is pure joy, David. Love and hugs. xx

  20. Glad to see you’re back, David 🙂

  21. So happy to see you back, David! I hope the bronchitis is gone.
    I love the photo of you holding Amelie and Reuben. She really looks so much bigger than I remember. They are both adorable.

    • Thanks so much Merril. Bronchitis still here but not stopped me yet.
      Amelie is 9 months old now so I suppose a lot bigger than she was last time I posted. She’s a little gem though.
      xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx

  22. Ali Isaac

    You’re back! And you look really well in that picture. I cant believe how much those kids have grown since you took your break. Still as beautiful as ever. And I see Joey’s temperament hasn’t improved any. He’s so funny! Hope you’re feeling better soon. 😙

    • Hi Ali, I sneaked back so don’t tell anyone please or I could be in trouble. The kids have grown but of course Amelie is nine months now.
      Joey is still an antisocial crosspatch. You can be in as much bother being there as going missing. He just likes to exercise his jaw.
      Thank you, I’d be glad to see the back of it now before the antibiotics start.
      xxx Sending you Gigantic Hugs xxx

  23. Sounds like a busy week David. Look after that bronchitis, it’s that time of year! And oh, I do hope some honest soul finds your coin. ((((Bighugs))))xxx

    • It’s never really busy Debby, I spend so much of it alone finding excuses not to do anything except answer my mail. Yes, it is the chest time of year but it caught me unawares this time by being warm still.
      I personally think the coin was taken on purpose but I ordered another an I hope this one will be better packed. My first one ever to go missing.
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

      • David, often it’s the clash of the cooler weather approaching mixing with the still warmer air (which carries virus so well) that causes the beginnings of cold and flu season. Keep drinking nice teas with honey and lemon. And hoping you receive the new coin in tact! 🙂 xxxHopeful hugs xxx

  24. Great photos, David. Its good to see you back here telling us about your week. Those little ones are adorable..:)

  25. You are one busy fellow, David! Either that or I need to get out more 🙂 Love the photos of the kids ~ adorable. Hugs, my friend ❤

    • Definitely not busy Tina. I’m only out a short time on a Tuesday and then at the weekend , Sunday being a short day. The rest I’m here all on my ownsome. Perhaps you do need to get out more.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  26. David, I enjoy the little ‘snatches’ of your week, hearing how you go about your days, and of course, seeing you with those adorable grandbabies sitting upon your lap. Pure contentment on your face…as only a grandparent can know. Blessings to all of you. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Sweetie. It’s good to know the diary glimpses aren’t all boring. I know the kids aren’t of course and long may they remain the magnet to bring people in. The look of contentment is probably because my knees remain dry at that point.
      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

      • Hahaha! All worth it though, isn’t it??? Your writing is what brings readers in first and foremost, David. Together with others, I enjoy reading of your daily escapades. Inhaling scents of new foods, while strolling through quaint shops, or catching a bus to our flat at the end of our day. So different than my life in middle America. Hugs with many thanks to you, David. Plus kisses to those darling children! 🙂

  27. So lovely getting caught up with you, dear David, thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your week, in short snatches or any old way as long as we’re all here together.
    Oh, my goodness, your ‘little’ ones, the grand (very grand) kids are growing up so fast! Wow!!! They’re gorgeous! 🙂
    I hope you feel better soon. 🙂
    Massive hope you’re lucky in the lottery hugs xoxoxo

    • Why is it the minute I start reading a comment from you my face is wreathed in smiles? Thank you, thank you, thank you for enjoying the post and then making me enjoy it too. I’m so happy you dropped in.
      The kiddies are growing fast and last night I saw a video on Facebook of Amelie standing without any help for the first time, it was brilliant.
      Thank you, I’m sure it will soon be gone.
      I’ll have to check this morning. Fingers crossed.
      xxx Massive hugs xxx.

  28. Hi David, this is only the second post of yours I have read. I enjoyed it.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  29. All the better for reading about your week, David! NIce to see the diary form returning – I’ve missed it. You’ve proved it doesn’t have to be too long, though, so you have more time for other things. This shortened version works really well. Voluminous hugs!

  30. Two darlings! They are growing so fast. Love that wooden horse picture – my girls adore riding their horse.
    Christmas time again, and you are all busy, as usual. This year wasn’t really great except that we had the baby, so I rather look forward to 2017.
    Many hugs!!! xxxx

    • They really are growing fast Inese. Amelie will be one on 31 Dec and will probably be walking by then. Reuben was 3 in September and is at a preschool with his own schoolbag. The new baby no doubt improved this year for you and gives you much to look forward to in the coming year. Let’s hope it’s going too be a good one for us and for the World especially with the U.S. election out of the way.
      Now, back to my gift list,
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  31. I am really glad that you are back blogging again David. I can’t believe how much little Amelie has grown. She is looking more and more like Rueben too.
    I hope you are getting over the bronchitis now.
    Hugs a plenty xxxxxxx

    • Thanks so much Judy, the feeling is mutual though I’m not sure I’m 100% back yet. Ami is shooting up ( not in the junkie sense) and this week started standing by herself. Soon I won’t be able to run far enough or fast enough. Sometimes there’s a real look of Roobs about her.
      I think the bronchitis has settled for another week as the antibiotics and steroids aren’t touching it yet, but I don’t want to go for more .I have jelly legs today.
      I hope you’re feeling OK and happy to be back amongst the fan club, and a big one it is.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

      • It is wonderful to be back isn’t it? we have such a lovely group of friends here that it is hard to stay away for too long!
        Sorry you are still not feeling too good, take it easy and look after yourself.
        Huge hugs xxx

  32. I hope you feel better soon. For someone who doesn’t feel well, you had a busy week. Take it easy, my friend. Hugs

    • On the road to recovery. My weeks are never very busy as I spend so much time indoors, but weekends I’m not allowed to. My life is not my own at the weekend to just sit at the computer.
      Thanks so much,
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  33. Good to have you back. Hope the Lockets survived the squashing 🙂

  34. Heartafire

    Thank you for bringing me along on your daily journey, I truly enjoyed it!

    • That’s probably one of the nicest things it’s possible to hear. Thanks so much. I try to entertain as much as my life will allow but I always hope my readers/my friends take something away from it.
      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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