30th October 2019

octubre 28, 2019
Since the clocks went back it seems like it is dark so early here. It is about 6.30 pm now for lock up and the nights are getting chilly. We have had the fire on in the front room every night. We have had some lovely weather during the day though. Sunny and warm, great working weather.

On the agenda this week has been laying new floors in the bedrooms. Originally we thought laying laminate down would be a good idea, but with all the water problems that we have had, what with windows that don't fit and roof leaks, we decided tiles would be a better option. Plus the laminate was lifting in places where the water had warped it. 
We have gone for wood effect in all of the bedrooms so the tiles just go right through from the front room into the bedrooms. Mums room was first and we managed to get this done in a day. It was hard going. We didn't finish grouting until 9pm but Mum got to stay in her room without too much upheaval. It will be so much easier to keep clean and to mop up any leaks.



I am still weeding as and when I can find the time. I have been trying to clear the paths so that the almond husks can go down. They make a brilliant wood chip replacement. If we had enough I would use them for mulch all over the garden as they help change the soil over time. The weeds have just got out of control in places. Some of them are really hard to pull up, their roots are so deep. Not all bad news as this means they pull nutrients, from deep down, upwards to use and so improve the soil too. 



This post has been cut short due to a phone call at 5am. My daughter in law had lost her brave battle with cancer and is no longer suffering. We have been in a bit of a whirlwind since then. My son and grandson (7 years old) came for a quick getaway before all the hard work of arranging the funeral and sorting stuff started. I then went down with a horrendous cold spending 2 days in bed sleeping. I guess all the stress of the last year caught up with me. As for mum, she doesn't remember any of it other than my little grandsons visit and how he loved the chicks that hatched. 

 

23rd October 2019

octubre 23, 2019
The mornings here are now really chilly. It is not getting light until 7.45am if the sky is clear. If not it can be more like 8am before  it is light. 

 Last Thursday Kev went away to the U.K. to spend time with his mum. I have been here with my mum.  She has been very unsettled since her trip away with my brother. She keeps asking when she is going home and keeps getting her clothes out of the wardrobe and drawers and putting them on the bed. I have found this hard this week. Having no one he...
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16th October 2019

octubre 18, 2019
Two weeks has flown by since my last post. My leg has healed and I am back to full strength this week. I am so grateful as I hate sitting around doing nothing. Mind you I have got to study more Spanish and read a few books too.
We have had a few days alone this last week. My brother and his wife came and took Mum to Calpe for a few days. We had 2 days of the same questions running up to it, What day are they coming? Where am I going? But it all went off without a hitch. I asked my brother to b...
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2nd October 2019

octubre 2, 2019
Another month passes us by in a flash, or that is how it feels. After all the rain a few weeks ago the weeds are taking over again. It doesn't help that last week while out walking I got a calf injury so am having to rest it as much as possible. It is covered with a support bandage and I sit with it up as much as I can stand. Gardening has been off of the agenda but it is really starting to frustrate me. 

We have had a bit of a week with Mum. She keeps saying she wants to go home but it seems ...
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25th September 2019

septiembre 25, 2019
This week has been a bit of a mixture for us. The weather has been sunny most of the time with the odd rain shower thrown in. The temperatures are coming down, upper 20s most of the time and the nights are drawing in. Dusk is now about 8.30pm so lock up for the animals is getting earlier. On the plus side it means we stop earlier and rest more. 

The big thing we got done this week was Mums residencia. She has now got her card and can legally stay forever. It has taken a while to get here. Mum ...
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18th September 2019

septiembre 18, 2019
I got up this morning in the dark. Struggling to find time to sit and concentrate to write this blog with mum here, so I have decided to add an hour to my day when everyone else is in bed to get this done. 
If you read last weeks blog you will know Kev and I went to the UK to bury his dads ashes and my youngest son Gary came to stay with his Nan. I was a bit worried about how this would go but it was all fine until we got home. Mum thought she could fly home with Gary and got quite upset when ...
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11th September 2019

septiembre 6, 2019
Another week gone in a flash. Tomorrow we fly to the UK to lay Kevs dads ashes to rest. I have my youngest son Gary arriving today to spend some time with his grandmother so that we could go alone. It is a much needed break away. I love my mother immensely but the repetition gets you down when life throws you yet another curve ball to deal with, so a few days away are just what the doctor ordered.

Kev has been rendering the back of the house around our bedroom doors for a few days this past we...
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4th September 2019

septiembre 6, 2019
We can tell that another month has passed us by. The nights are drawing in and daybreak is later. I cannot go  for my walk now until about 7.15am as it is not light enough to see before then. There is a plus side in that the mornings are much cooler and so work outside can resume.

Kev has been busy rendering the outside of the house. It is such a mammoth task that we have decided to do it a bit at a time. This bit is outside of our bedroom. We found some damp in our room and so thought the ren...
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28th August 2019

agosto 29, 2019
Got up this morning to a cooler morning. A jumper is needed now when I go out walking. I am  a bit late with this blog post as we have been really busy with the bedroom. Last Thursday we went and bought lavender and a light grey paint for the walls and black out blinds for the windows. I wanted the bedroom to be a place where we could go and relax with calming colours. As for the blinds, they are great. They do exactly what they say they do.

I picked tomatoes in the week and decided to make ba...
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21st August 2019

agosto 21, 2019
Got up this morning very, very early as I just could not sleep. This is not a good thing when caring for someone with dementia. I have found that my mood directly feeds into mums mood. She becomes a reflection of whatever I am feeling. I have started to journal to be able to get my feelings out and try to stay calm when things get to me. I have found this really helps.

This morning finally, we got some rain...looks like it may be in for the day...we can hope. The weather the last few days has ...
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In our previous lives in England, Kev was in the Army and then worked for the prison service when he came out. I was a teacher in Formby, Liverpool. Both jobs became full time, take work home with you jobs...and so the work/home life balance was not ever heard of in our house. The reason we moved to Spain was so that I (Michelle) could learn Spanish and then return to England and teach Spanish to all children within the school. We both took a 2 year sabbatical with every intention of returning, but as you can see we fell in love with Spain, the people, the culture and the laid back way of life, and cannot forsee us moving back to England in the near future.

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