Saturday, 18 September 2010


Storms are not fun today. I'm edgy. Our power was out for a long period last night. I take my hat off to the people who worked to get it back on. There hasn't been much rain. Right now the sun is out. But the wind!

Yesterday I spent all day recovering form a night with little sleep. Mum woke up feeling very sick in the early hours. After a little first aid in the form of electrolytes, fizzy water and more water nd some anti-nausea pills ashe bagan to settle but I stayed up as we were'nt sure what was going on with her.

By 11 am she was fine and I was shot. She had gout and possibly was having a reaction to the medication to relieve gout. Gout is a right pain. We think she had eaten too many stewed blackcurrants with her desserts.

I had to cancel going to River Day ... not the first time. There is a minor pattern here. Not deliberate. But it's happening.

I have a special week coming up. I have my first proper speaking engagement at a River Day near Tauranga next Friday. Each River Day is independent but this is lead by a friend who was at the beginning of the original, the one I go to at Hikuai. It's an honour to be asked. I was invited last year but never followed up with confirmation. I still haven't written down my talk. I need to do that so I don't go all over the place and keep my message clear. We will stay with my sister Thursday night. Tomorrow we will have been at Mum's for a week and I'm going to Church in the morning. I was looking forward to staying home and re-grouping myself Monday and Tuesday.

Sadly I have a funeral I should go to on Monday. It will be a fairly long day. I don't want to go because there is enough going on in my life right now but this is a cousin of my mother's I have very fond memories of. I don't think I will be happy with myself if I don't go. I can't complain. I don't feel I have to go to every family funeral but it is an issue that is going to become more frequent from now on. Our age group, our friends are not going to live forever. Mum's generation is slowly dwindling. Reality is people will pass away and we will have to make decisions about attending funerals. Terrible word! Celebration of life is far more suitable.

I need to finish getting dinner so that's it until next time.
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