Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of my SAH and I found it harder this year. I'm usually quite upbeat about things. I think things happen for a reason and there's no point crying over the past... but on 10th Feb 2010 my life changed forever, and I think this is really the first year that it's sunk in.
One of the lasting after-effects is post-stroke fatigue. I know I've mentioned it before but it really sucks! I have returned to work part-time and although I thought I'd progress to full-time work, I am coming to accept that that probably won't ever happen. The fatigue is relentless and unpredictable, and although I didn't want to believe the experts, I have discovered they were right in saying there is no use in trying to ignore it or "push throught it". That only makes things worse.
The other thing of course is that I'm single again. Not where I expected to be, if I'm honest, and sometimes I wonder what on earth the future holds for me but I'm keeping an open mind!
Anyway, changing the subject, we had a wonderful time in Manchester this weekend. A bit of a flying visit, but I didn't want to miss my Great Nephew's first birthday. I ended up going to bed at 7.30pm on Saturday (!) but Claire enjoyed hanging out with her cousins. Baby Joel is a delight and he's such a happy little soul. He particularly loved his Grandpa's present - a mini Man U football for the true Mancunian that he is. Bless his cotton socks. I hope we see him again soon, now that I've realised what an easy journey it is to get there by train and tram....
It snowed quite heavily when we changed trains at Milton Keynes on the way up, but didn't settle. Then we came home in the rain... but woke up again to a blanket of snow this morning. Is it just me or has the weather been worse than usual this year?
I'll leave you with a quick picture of the cake my niece made for her boy -rather fabulous, I think you'll agree:
Claire had the D-SLR with her but I just snapped pics with the iPhone. They say the best camera is the one you have on you :)
Must get myself off to bed. I am having lunch with a colleague tomorrow (although I have the week off) and a trustee meeting at 2pm, then it's my birthday on Wednesday. Claire has taken the day off so we can do something together. Possibly a posh tea somewhere? We shall see. Well, 'night then!