Saturday, 17 October 2020

I’m back...sort of

 I know I haven’t posted in ages, but I’ve  just revisited other people’s, and decided to write something....

This past year has been the worst of my life (did you need to know that?. Probably not...). John had a bad fall in June of last year, and  I became a (willing, of course) carer. But he never recovered his strength, and after a gradual deterioration, he died at home, with me beside him, on 26th April. 

Then of course there was Covid, affecting us all, and we were in the middle of a house move. I’m now in a small but very nice Victorian cottage in Surrey, much nearer my kids, who are all within 40 mins drive,which is much better. I’ve done no writing for at least a year, but who knows...I need to get my mojo back first.

If any of my former followers have news, I’d love to know how you are, how you’re coping with the current plague etc.  Comments very welcome 😀

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  1. Having been in touch with you over the last few months, it's wonderful to see you back, Frances. I hope that your mojo returns. In the meantime stay well and stay safe.

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  2. Dear Frances, believe it or not - only a few days ago I was thinking of you and how much I regretted that you had stopped blogging (fully understanding the reasons, of course).
    It is really good to see you back. Please do accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences.
    Nothing much new in my neck of the woods - the corona-related restrictions have stopped my pub quiz and disco dancing nights out with my friends, but other than that, I work, I shop, I eat, I sleep, I walk (lots!), I read...

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    1. That’s very kind, Meike. I’m not sure I’ll Return to regular blogging, but time will tell. I’m glad you’re surviving.

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  3. Dear Frances, my condolences on your loss.
    Your move sounds positive, even if disorienting and exhausting for a while. I hope you still have your horse. I haven't ridden since my husband's health went downhill two years ago. I don't resent it at all. This is the Caring Season of our relationship. I am sadder that I don't have the "Mental Bandwidth" to write anymore. "The Cheat to Win Culture" is a title I have in mind due to the Political, and other bad behavior here in the US.
    I voted today, which made me feel better. Hand carried into an official Ballot Office, as every precaution must be taken right now.
    I hope to see more from you soon.

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    1. Thank you. I’m really sorry your husband is so unwell. You have my sympathies.

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  4. Lovely to have you back... my blog posts are very intermittent now but I actually managed to post today. I am so sorry to read about John and I hope you’re coping okay. Being closer to the children is a good thing and your little Victorian cottage sounds lovely. Look after yourself.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I see that your novels are doing really well, and I’m so pleased for you.

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  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Getting through a day at a time is fine and managing anything else is a bonus. Being nearer the children is a blessing.
    Stay strong.

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  6. Just discovered your new post, but so sorry to read about your husband. I hope that you will be happy in your new home. I was only thinking about you a while ago as I recommended " Dead Ernest" to a friend and she was going to get it . Not heard if she did! Our life plods on, thankfully both well at the moment. The dog gets walked and I meet friends there. I go occasionally to Waitrose now after about 6 months away from it. I don't do my shift at Oxfam any more or get the big grands from school, which means I hardly see them, and have 3 afternoons per week to fill!!..... but the little grandson comes round about once a week with his parents...my middle son and DIL. P gets most of our food daily from our local Tesco Express and gets quite miffed when I do a Waitrose shop every few weeks!
    I kept your name on my "bookmarks"and have been checking every so often....lovely to find you again this morning.

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  7. What a wonderful surprise to find a new post from you, Frances. I’m so sorry to learn of your husband’s death and you certainly have my sincere condolences and good wishes for the future. I selfishly hope that you do resume blogging on a regular basis. You are a bright spot in Blogland and have many well-wishers.

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