Looking ahead from behind.

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks now since I’ve been out of hospital, having been admitted early in the new year. I’ve been keeping my promise of resting more by way of staying off the computer a bit, though not sleeping more as a ‘good’ night is between two and three hours and a bad night just over one. Being off the computer seems to have aided the daytime napping a bit, though I’d love to know why it happens during programmes I enjoy watching and not during the times the TV is on for background noise only. Have I annoyed another of the gods apart from Somnos.                                    Anyway, I realise that I’ve been remiss with the photo sharing so this week I decided to make up for it.

Amelie smiles

roobs facees 4                                              family New Years Eve 2017 2018

The family New Year’s eve 2017, also Amelie’s birthday.

dil and elliott

My brother Dil and his newest grandson Elliot.

Adding a picture of Dil was something I um’d and ah’d about since I don’t normally allow mention of his name in this house if he’s been cheating at cards. By cheating I mean winning of course and by winning I mean against me. Wednesday this week was totally awful. Yahtzee was going quite well up to round 6, we were 3 apiece but typically he had to spoil things by going 4-2 in the next 6. I’m sure he casts a spell on the dice somehow.       I did enliven the halfway mark of the evening by going A over T when I caught my foot on the edge of a chair. I fell forward and bounced off a display cupboard which wobbled and sent three heavy glass heads of Buddha hurtling to the ground. At this point hat’s where I was, flat on my back. One bounced off my kneecap the other two bounced on the laminate and were fine. He who shall not be named returned from the loo in time to help me up which meant I had to stop calling him names for a while. Nomination whist and Cribbage both fell to his cheating ways leaving me sad and lonely once I’d thrown him out and locked the door behind him.  I was hoping for rain on the way to the car. Not that I’m a bad loser you understand.

I’ve had two visits this week, one from the podiatrist who was really pleased at the condition of my feet. Though she can’t tell if the cellulitis is on it’s way back. She clipped my toenails and said she’s see me in about 3 months.  The other visit was from MuJo, the first since before Christmas when my health was so bad I wasn’t able to much for Christmas for them. I was able to make it up to them this week with a few extras I’d been able to buy. One of which for John was one of the globes I’d mentioned at Christmas which floats electromagnetically between the two points of what looks like a large letter C. He loves it but then he always enjoys novelties. They both liked their other gifts including their Christmas gift from Yvonne which I’d been trusted with. She’s have done better delivering it herself.

Saturday was reached without troubles. But the cracks in my week started appearing as I tried to convince Mike it really was a new day and that he should get out of his bed and meet it. In the end I told him his coffee was on his chairside table. I left an electric fan pushing the aroma of fresh coffee i his direction and returned to my emails. He did get up eventually muttering something about the middle of the night. We were a little later than our usual 7.00 am leaving the house. Shopping was easy-peasy and we stopped for breakfast at our second supermarket. I had my second breakfast of the morning, the first having been at 3.00 am.  After all the usual stops and home to put away the frozen food we thought of lunch. It turned out we were wrong about the date of our Dragon’s Rest Cafe reopening. We ended up going to Abakhan Fabrics Mill. I had a baked potato with beans, Mike had some kind of spiced pork with rice. No real complaint about the quality of the food but it was just £2 less than a full carvery lunch for the two of us. In the afternoon Mike shaved and disappeared to take a lady friend to a birthday meal, see, the man could eat for Britain as an Olympic event.

Sunday……. I actually slept until almost 4.30 am and went through to take my meds and have some toast for breakfast. Maybe it’s as a result of sleeping so much but I woke up feeling very sad today. There is a real weight on my young shoulders (shut it you lot, no need for all that laughter. It’s unseemly.) I don’t suppose the situation has been helped recently by taking my nighttime tablets in the morning and vice versa due to laying them out in the wrong pots. I got Mike up about 8.30 am to go to what turned out to be a very disappointing sale, make note of this, I bought nothing. After lunch at the Cookhouse we went to a supermarket and I still bought nothing. This confusion with the tablets might be good for the savings (ha ha) but it’s sending my reputation as a serial shopper downhill.

I wish you all a very happy new week filled with Hugs.


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107 responses to “Looking ahead from behind.

  1. I hope your troubles will soon be over! Those are adorable grandchildren!

  2. Dear David, I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better and I understand completely about staying about from the computer (doing it myself), but thank you for keeping us updated and do what’s best for you. Thank you for the smiles and the lovely pictures – be well, my friend. 🙂
    All the best for the week ahead and always. 🙂
    Massive best wishes today and every single day hugs xoxoxoxoxox

    • Dear Donna, thank you as always for your understanding heart. You leave a void where you were on the net because you’re so adored. You bring the magic of laughter to people’s facial muscles. I might cure more people by leaving. You’re welcome to any smiles and to the pictures thank you for always sharing them with me.
      I wish you what you wish me, always.
      xxx Massive Hugs without limit xxx

  3. David OMG, are you alright? I certainly hope you have recovered. It does sound like your feet are better and I hope cellulitis doesn’t return. You also took quite a tumble but it sounds like you were not badly hurt. My goodness, you better take care of yourself and those young shoulders😁 hugs and healing thoughts my friend and a massive hug❤️

    • Thanks so much Suzanne, I’m fine. It seems I do more damage to my surroundings than to myself though I must admit it’s quite a bruise at my knee. At least I saved Buddha, I shall be kind to these young shoulders from now on.
      xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs to you xxx

  4. I’m happy you’re out of the hospital, and I hope you’ll be feeling better soon. Thank you for sharing the adorable photos–even Dil, who certainly looks like a proud grandpop. Many hugs, David. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks so much Merril, I’m feeling much better now. I enjoyed picking the photos and I thought Dil looked proud and particularly smiley holding my newest Great Nephew.
      xxx Ginormous Hugs and wished for a great week xxx.

  5. Well David, we must both have been awol at the same time! Falling is not fun! Hospital is not fun either – but maybe better than the alternative! I’m glad to see you back, gaming troubles and all, and hope you are feeling better. Sleep is helpful for feeling better you know – maybe you should practise more…… 🙂 Your beautiful daughter and her handsome husband have made gorgeous looking children. Their smiles are a treat to see! Take care, rest up and Happy New Year to you and yours!!

    • Ah Pauline, so we’ve both been in trouble. You’re right, neither hospital nor falling are fun. But we recover from both with just bruises as reminders. I was feeling much better until the gaming troubles started. I practice sleep every night but my body seems to know when it’s had enough, except for the odd moment’s kip here and there
      Thank you again, my beautiful daughter seems to have passed her smiliness on to the children. They’re a joy.
      I’m rested, I’m back. Happy New Year and Hugs Without Limit for the week.

  6. A page full of smile…lovely!
    I know from mother’s experience that the pot system works wonderfully…as long as she sorts them properly to start with. Any interruption is fatal!
    Take care of yourself.

    • They smile all the time and it’s hard not to smile with them. I hate to be interrupted in the process of sorting the meds, it’s a shame I ignored the feeling this time. It’s automatic to reach for the right tray but they’re now the wrong drugs. Oops.
      I shall take care of myself as long as you promise to do the same.
      xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

  7. Your update brought a smile to my face, David. Glad you’re feeling better, just watch it with the pill switching, wouldja? 😁

    Dil (congrats on the new grand!) and Mike are keeping you on your toes! –>the man could eat for Britain as an Olympic event.<–Hilarious!

    Hope you continue to feel better…and get back to serial shopping/buying! 😂😄❤

    • Hi Felicia, I’m so glad you enjoyed the update. Thank you, I’m feeling pretty good but yes, I’ll try and watch it with the pills.
      Those two rogues always keep me on my toes though I’m sure Mike would lop mine off if he could, he’d be fatter Oops faster if he ate less. Then he could keep up in the shopping.
      xxx Hugs Galore to you xxx

  8. It’s important to keep the Podiatrist happy, David 🙂 This new year sounds promising even if it means you may need to find a way to win at games when playing with your brother Dil…could be an entertaining challenge. Hugs

    • I think the podiatrist only comes for the chocolates I keep her happy with.
      I hope you’re not suggesting I cheat with Dil, as it’s too late, I tried that and he’s better than me. It’s a challenge though I’m not sure about the entertaining bit.
      xxx Huge Hugs to you xxx

  9. Take care of yourself, David. I can imagine how you didn’t want to be away from home. Thinking of you. Thanks for sharing the photos. Hugs.

  10. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better, and that your encounter with falling Buddhas resulted in few injuries to all. Good wishes and hugs for the rest of February.

    • Many thanks Audrey. It’s good to be back to the blog and be ‘fit’ again although I may not forgive Buddha for the bruise on my knee until it’s gone. How the glass didn’t shatter from the fall I just don’t know. Thanks for the Hugs and Good Wishes for February. I wish you the same right through Spring.
      xxx Hugs Unlimited xxx

  11. Pleased to hear that you are out of hospital… hopefully you will stay that way!
    Those are lovely pictures – especially that one of Dil and the new arrival. It looks like it’s going to be cold this week, so stay safe and warm – no skiing or toboganning until you are better!
    xxx huge hugs xxx

    • Hi Jan, I intend that to be my one and only visit this year. Actually the picture of Dil and the new baby is a favourite because off the happiness etched on his face. Plus it shows he has more creases than me at 7 years older. Ha, that’ll teach him.
      Thanks for the warning, I’ll stay indoors except for tomorrow when I’m off too Chester to smile at my grandchildren. I promise to leave the skis and toboggan at home.
      Have a great week,
      xxx Gigantic Hugs to you both xxx

  12. David it is so good to see you. I wondered what had happened to you. The photographs are a delight on a Monday morning. Elliot is indeed gorgeous. The coffee trick with the fan is rather good. Wishing you well this week and the week after… xx

    • Thanks so much. I’m glad you like the photographs, they were meant to bring a smile to faces today. Elliot is a little gem. The coffee trick doesn’t always work, sometimes it just makes me want one.
      Thank you for the lovely wishes,
      xxx Sending Ginormous Hugs in your direction xxx

  13. Happy Birthday Amelie! And thanks for the photos, David. 🙂

  14. Cute kids! glad your feet seem to be getting back to some sort of normal, David, and very glad that despite your fall you ended up in the perfect place to protect all 3 Buddhas. there must be some sort of message hidden in there somewhere! Hugs!

  15. Good to hear from you and to catch up on the pics. Do take lots of care and I hope you can catch some sleep (and a winning streak at cards!) Thanks, David and big hugs!

    • Thanks for your kindness Olga.I do try and take care honestly. I don’t mind too much about the sleep or the cards really (but don’t tell Dil that), I just want to keep wearing shoes and not using a wheelchair.
      xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

  16. You just take care of yourself.
    Love the photos 🙂
    xxx snowy hugs xxx

  17. Keep up the good work, David. I think less computer and TV is conducive to better sleep. It’s hard to test the theory though 🙂 Lovely pics as usual.

  18. What gorgeous photos, David. I’m so sorry to hear of all your troubles. Losing at all those games isn’t much fun either – not to mention going A over T. I do hope the year picks up for you. Best wishes. N.

    • Thank you Norah, I love the photos. My year isn’t too bad really, lots of people in a worse mess….except on a Wednesday when I’m losing at Yahtzee. Going A over T at least provides entertainment and gives me a good story to embellish. (I did a full somersault when I bounced off the cupboard).
      I hope my year is as good as the one I’m wishing for you.
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  19. Glad you’re on the mend again. Big hugs!

  20. Darling pictures of the children and a great family picture, David. It’s good to hear you’re feeling better. Watch your step. Thank goodness you weren’t hurt from your fall and Dil was there to help you up. His latest grandson is darling. xxx Giant Hugs xxx 🙂 — Suzanne

    • Thanks Suzanne, I loved the pictures too. I know Dil helped me up but I bet he booby trapped me in the first place. No wonder he wins,
      I had the great joy of spending a lot of time in the company of Dil’s son when he was young, the perfect happy baby. I think he’s passed it on to his son now.
      xxx Mega Hugs xxx

  21. Jane Sturgeon

    You are great David and I love your photos…such joy in their faces and yes, even your brother’s. ❤ Huge soft hugs for you and keep on keeping on my lovely, in your stylish and very loving way. Xxx

    • You are always so nice to me Jane, thank you. Yes, there as happiness and joy in the faces, especially my brother’s, he of the soft heart. I shall keep on keeping on for now, and try too maintain some dash and a little style.
      xxx Humongous Hugs to you xxx

      • Jane Sturgeon

        You can see your brother’s heart in his face and in the way he is holding the little one. More hugs for you lovey David. Did you know that Fred (our fellow blogger) in Northumbria now sends hugs at the end of his messages and he says he learned that from you. No loving gesture is ever wasted is it? Xxx ❤ Xxxxxxx

      • Pity you can’t see his cheating ways in his face too, unless that’s all the crow’s feet round the eyes. I should have those and win sometimes.
        Dil is probably the most laid back person I know. He rarely gets ruffled and he loves his grandchildren dearly (or is that expensively?)
        I know a lot of people have adopted the hugs now and they’re standard at the end. I’m chuffed to bits about it, my blog says they’re so good for health and peace of mind.
        I must have written that.Now if the whole world adopted them and not just virtual ones, we could be on a winner.
        xxx Mega Hugs xxx

      • Jane Sturgeon

        Wise words on loving hugs my lovely. Your words on Dil….mmmm….does he cheat at Yahtzee by any chance??? Many loving hugs flowing across The Dee for you and yours. xXx ❤

  22. Come sono cresciuti queste dolcissime meraviglie, complimenti, un abbraccio sincero, 🙂

  23. Welcome back, David. (Yes I know you’ve not been anywhere, but I missed your humor) I had to laugh at your brother’s cheating. Hoping for rain while the poor man struggles home is a fair punishment for him. Bouncing Buddas also gave me a snort. (Twisted sense of humor) . I look forward to next week. I was a bit late because of the glorious Eagle victory over the despicable New England Patriots

    • Thanks a lot John. The beggar of a Buddha that bounced off my kneecap left a big bruise as it’s mark. I don’t know how you can laugh at my loss at Yahtzee and cards but at least you accept my punishment was fair.
      Don’t worry about you being late, I’m surprised you’ve sobered up yet after your win.

  24. Lovely photos. Happy to see the smiles on your grandchildren

  25. Welcome back! I had to chuckle, my Mom bought my Dad that same globe last year…they no longer live together but live in the same city near me…I hope you continue to recover…my Dad is having trouble again with his feet & legs so there will be visitors to his home soon (the lovely homecare nurses who helped him last year!)…take good care!

    • Thank you. I hope he has as much pleasure from the globe as those I bought it for report. There’s one in a complete circle I fancy. I guess I’m pretty much recovered now. I normally get hospital once a year for bronchitis so this was a change. I’m sorry to hear your dad’s legs are playing up again, I hope it’s a minor session soon healed but I wouldn’t like to deprive him of the homecare nurses if he enjoys a laugh with them.
      xxx Massive Hugs to you xxx

  26. So glad to see you back and in fighting form! Very big of you to post a pic of Dil when he was so dastardly about winning. Do try to stay upright from now on and avoid any further trips to A&E! We’ve only just got you back. 😉 xo

    • Thanks so much Mel. Actually I tried blacking Dil out of the picture but it looked strange with Elliot sort of floating yet with two strange arms coming from nowhere. I had to leave him in.
      I tried using two pairs of crutches, one at each point of the compass to keep me upright but I kept tripping over East. Now I just walk with my arms level at the shoulders to keep my balance, people still complain about the crutches though but I’m determined to avoid any more hospital this year.
      xxx Mega Hugs xxx.

  27. David, Your wit never fails you and you sound stronger. Maybe your nurse can set up two clearly marked med trays so you’ll be less likely to confuse your AM and PM meds.

  28. There are cheaper, less scary ways to stay off the computer…. But glad to hear you are “back in the saddle!”

  29. Thank you for the lovely photos. I was so glad to see Dil. You may have posted pictures of him before, but I missed them.

    • Thanks so much Anne. Actually I don’t think I have posted a picture of Dil before and I know I haven’t of two of his children but I have of his eldest, Lee and two of his grandchildren now though he has 4. It’s getting harder to keep up with everyone.
      I hope you’re both well.
      Huge Hugs xxx

  30. Ali Isaac

    Well, I told you I’d drop round for a virtual cup of tea, so here I am, a bit late I know, but then you’re a bit of a night owl, aren’t you? I knew you wouldn’t mind. 😊 Lovely photos, those grandkids of yours are little models, or should be, they’re beautiful. And Dil has a new little redhead in the family, what a little cutie! The baby, not Dil. Although… 🤣 Glad to see your health is improving, especially those feet, about time! You’ve had a difficult start to the year, so it’s not surprising you feel sad now and again. I hope you’re back to your normal cheery self again. You’re a lovely man, I hate to think of you feeling sad. And btw that song by Elbow is one of my faves. I went to see Elbow in a live open air concert in Dublin a few years back, they were fantastic! You brought it all back, so thank you for that. 😊 Right, I’m off to bed now, thanks for the virtual cup of tea and all the hugs! Take care of yourself David, hugs back to you. Xxx

    • Ali, I’m so sorry you had to make your own tea, I’d wandered off to read my book. And, no I don’t mind what you turn up because ass you point out I’m a bit of as night owl. In bed for midnight and up again at 1.47 am today.
      The grandchildren can light up my life with those smiles and Amelie’s is turned on full time. And yes Elliot is a cutie and the cheat would probably say he is too. I admit he’s got nice laughter lines.
      The feet are wonderful and my health is certainly doing OK now. No more hospital this year. That certainly doesn’t make me sad but perhaps the start to my year has. I’m smiling now though.
      Thank you for the wonderful compliment.
      Mike put the elbow song on my phone for me to show texts. I really like it, for calls he’s put Bitter Sweet Symphony by Verve, I bet you liked that one too. The Elbow concert must have been good, I’m glad I brought it back for you.
      I hope you have a great sleep with wonderful dreams. You’re welcome to the tea, sorry I was missing.
      xxx Sending you Unlimited Hugs xxx

      • Ali Isaac

        Yep, I loved Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve, wonder what happened to them? Anyway, I’m glad you’re smiling, that makes my heart happy. Take care of those tootsies, and keep yourself well. A little extra bit of sleep wouldn’t go amiss either, don’t know how you cope. I would be evil on so little! 🤣

      • Ah, but I had the advantage of starting off evil so it didn’t matter.
        Hugs Galore xxxxxxxx

      • Ali Isaac

        I don’t believe that for one minute! 😉😙

  31. I’m sorry that sleep hasn’t been a good friend to you, David, but I’m happy to hear you’re resting and so far so good with the feet. Thanks for the wonderful photos as always and congrats to Dil on the newest grandchild. Huge hugs, my friend. 🙂

    • Hello Diana, sleep hasn’t been unkind to me really, it’s just spread itself out during the day.. I can cope with that. The resting has been lovely and I’m so pleased about the feet, it’s great to be back though.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and I’ll pass on your best wishes to He who must not be mentioned on Wednesday.
      xxx Humongous Hugs to you xxx

  32. I’m very glad to hear your recovery is progressing. The photos are adorable as always!

  33. love elbow, Dave, thanks for that; and hope you find a way to add sleep to the upside down pills and find you actually get some when its dark. Hope the week is going smoothly old friend. Hugs

    • I felt awful today when Yvonne tested my phone by sending a text and Elbow came on. “Oh” she said “I love this, we entered the dance after the wedding to this daddy.” I was as bemused that day as always and didn’t remember and actually thought this was a new record out. A case of least said, soonest mended……
      Thanks Geoff, you’ve just reminded me to take my tabs which were due over an hour ago. Can I really blame age for the memory?
      My week is going well so far. I hope yours is progressing the same or better. Take care of yourself.

  34. So glad you’re bouncing back to health again! You cannot fail with all of the family love surrounding you. Great photos! You go into the hospital, come out and the grandbabies are bigger and growing ever more beautiful… Hugs David!!💕

  35. You have so much fan mail that I’m always daunted when I come to think of leaving a message… as I was when you were so under the weather… however you do sound more your old self in your latest blog, and your grand children look adorable as ever… and have grown so much it makes me realise how the years have gone by since we all began writing and reading our blogs…hope you continue to improve, and your sleep pattern starts to right itself…go well….

    • Thanks so much Valerie. I never thought of this as fan mail but it’s quite an ego boost if I consider it that way for 5 minutes. I’m always delighted to see my friends here even if it’s just to say “Hi”.
      I am my (not so) old self again I think, and the grandies are little gems who keep me smiling. They have grown fast. Someone asked me this morning how long since Julia, well it’s 5 years next month and they thought about two. Time runs away sometimes and it is a shock to realise how long we’ve been blogging.
      I’ll try to improve in all directions but I don’t mind the sleep pattern too much really now.
      I hope you are well and I wish you a Glorious 2018.
      xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

  36. Sir David;
    From across the pond it’s good to hear your health is improving. The smiles of the young have a healing quality of their own. Were we closer I’d drop by for some cribbage and a pint. 31 for 2, get well you.

    Semper Fi

  37. Pleased you are felling better David and thank goodness your brother came around to fleece you.. The photographs are lovely and if nothing else makes you feel better is seeing those beautiful children..xxxhugsxxx Sally

    • Thanks so much Sally. It might have been good had he not claimed that night as a victory. I always have fun choosing the photographs and yes, seeing the children is a cure for almost everything.
      xxx Sending you Unlimited Hugs xxx

  38. Welcome back to us, David, and I’m really glad you are feeling better. I wondered, though, if your tussle with the Buddhas was somehow symbolic – should you interpret it as an invitation to embrace the saffron? A very good week to you, and a disgustingly healthy year! Best hugs!

  39. I noticed your absence and sent you many virtual hugs that seemed to have worked since you’re home and on the mend. Cellulitis is scary and can’t be ignored. Please take good care of yourself. Your adorable grandchildren are so lucky to have you! 💗

  40. I hope your health continues to improve. Take care David! xx 🙂

  41. I’m so pleased to hear you’re out of hospital, David. Sorry to hear about the fall after tripping on the leg of the chair. I wish you continued improvement in your health, and my fingers are crossed that you’ll be in even better health as soon as the spring arrives. The first appearance of the daffodils has certainly cheered up grey days for me.
    Take care.
    Hugs to you.

    • Thanks so much for your kindness Hugh. Yes, I’m looking forward to Spring and my national flower popping up. At the moment the only bright spot is the anenemys, anemoneome’s, flowers in the front of the bungalow.There’s also some kind of palm tree which is quite small and not enjoying the balmy weather of Bournemouth. Still, I’m sure I did see two camels pass in the night.
      I’m glad the daffodils have already cheered up your grey days.
      Hugs my friend.

  42. Glad you’re feeling better. I hadn’t heard of Elbow, loved the video!

    • Thanks very much Mary. The song was about 5 years old so I was surprised I hadn’t heard it, then my daughter tells me I had. It was the song she had her first dance to after her wedding. I’m glad modern pop music can still surprise me with something nice.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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