February 22, 2008

Going to London to Visit...Katy!!!

It has been a very bad week here for me. I'm letting all the pressures of life around me get to me, and this trip away from home is just what the doctor ordered!!

I am going to do an Irish driving exam on March 4, after 20 years of bad habits on a US license I am back to making sure to check all three mirrors every 8 seconds in a pronounced way for the tester, checking mirrors before signalling (I always signal first and then check mirrors, so hard to break that habit!) and then just trying to remember all the little things and not getting flustered while doing them...eek!! I am a good driver, haven't claimed on insurance so far in my 20 years of driving (knocking on wood very loudly right now!!) but man, I am fairly sure I will be failing this driving test with sheer nervousness and inability to teach an old momma new tricks... I went for a driving lesson on Tuesday, the day mom went in for her mastectomy...we had dense fog with low visibility... I was a nervous wreck and had to pull over... Was explaining the day to my instructor and started crying, then he started crying as his dad is unwell at the moment...what a sight we must have been on the side of the road, LOL. DH's work was nearby and he came out right away and gave me a cuddle and calmed me down... I was really letting this test get to me, maybe to keep my mind off of being so far from home when mom is fighting a pretty scary and lonely battle, good prognosis or not, I hate being so far away!! But...she made it through her operation just fine and though she is in pain still, is getting better.

So...I cried again that same day when so many of the local momma's offered to take my girls home after school times so I could go to visit my parents during mom's chemo treatments...I may just be taking them up on it all! Dave would not have to take any time off, just miss a few hours in the morning...

I had a really monster cold up till yesterday which makes everything look worse and colors it all, so I am happy to say that is going away, and a friend of mine is driving me to the airport today, such luxury!! I'm even treating myself to a taxi ride home from the airport late Sunday, relaxing all the way!

I should have some goodies to show on Monday, hope to buy the binding for my Dear Jane and some more repros for a few swaps, plus we'll hit the charity shops tomorrow, always a fun hunt!

Last weekend at Waterford was great, aside from bringing home a hideous cold, lol. Got to visit 3 very good friends and their families and the kids had great plays with their friends. Aine got chased and kissed by her friend Conor, lol, it really freaked her out, but she looks pretty happy in this photo...or maybe that is fear!

Kissing Boy Ann and the kids

I'll end this post with an extremely generous gift I've received from Karol Ann from South Africa. Look at the beautiful indigos I've received. No excuses now, I have a wonderful collection of SA indigo fabrics, it is time to make a quilt this year!!

Gorgeous Indigos from Karol Ann

25 comments:

Clare said...

Oh those Indigo's are gorgeous. YOu lucky girl. Have a great weekend in London. I wish I was coming too. I could do with a London trip.

Sending you hugs.

Barbara said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom - I really, really sympahtize with how difficult it is to be so far from family during illness. :( Sending warm hugs.

Enjoy that trip to London - and those lovely new fabrics!

Vicki W said...

Those fabrics are beautiful! I hope you have a nice weekend in London - you deserve a break!

Andrea said...

Have a great weekend - I think you've deserved it. A good cry will do you good - I am a proper cryer - get it all out ! The story of the driving lesson was funny and sad at the same time. Take care !

Karol-Ann said...

Hope you enjoy the weekend away. Thinking about you and your Mom! Enjoy the fabrics, I shall be interested to see what you get up to with them :O) (No pressure mind! Just take your time LOL)

tami said...

I hope you enjoy your London weekend. You really need something to take your mind off things and friends to chat with.
I know how hard it is with your mom so sick. It is just sitting back there in your mind when you aren't even activly thinking about it. I agree with Andrea, a good cry will help. This helped me. It won't make it go away, but you feel less stress for a time. Even now when it's been almost a year since my mom died, some days on the way to work I just have a good cry.
Chin up and know that we are thinking of you. Right now I am having a good cry for you.

Sarah said...

Oh honey, your mom being sick is hard stuff. Go easy on yourself. It's ok to be upset.

Pam said...

Cathi, soon you will be home with your mom for a few days of loving her, caring for her and enjoying time, making memories. Being so far away can't be easy, I am so sorry. I think this is harder on the family and loved ones who are far away.

Praying for you my dear friend!
Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Connie W said...

The trip to London sounds like a timely getaway and also like fun. The stresses of life can certainly take their toll. I hope that things settle a bit for you. Hugs.

laeroport said...

Hugs, Cathi! Enjoy your time in London and know that I am thinking of you and your mom. So hard being half a world away.....

ruthsplace said...

Oh Cathi, sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. I hope you enjoy your trip to London, I know Kate will spoil you rotten.
Sending you a big hug!

Vero said...

How poor you! I would be reallys stressed if I had to pass a driving test again, and on the other side of the road! Your teacher and you must have been quite a sight but certainly required that cry both.
All my most positive thoughts bo to your mother. if you have the opportunity, don't hesitate to go and visit her...
And in the meantime, enjoy your weekend!

Jane Weston said...

Best of luck on the driving test...if I can do it, you can do it!!
Sounds like you're going through a tough time...sending lots of cyber (((hugs)))

Anna said...

It's okay to cry, Shug. I've been doing a bit myself since Mom's first chemo treatment...I would take it all on myself if I could, but I can't. So, I look for joy wherever I can find it.
How lovely is it that you have a loving support system around you! Makes all the difference doesn't it?
And the fabrics - BEAUTIFUL!

Thimbleanna said...

So glad to hear your mom's surgery went well and hope the improvements continue. Your story with the driving instructor is so sad, yet so comical -- just had to smile. Have a wonderful time in London!

Hedgehog said...

Have a great trip! Beautiful fabrics!

Lynda said...

Those fabrics are wonderful! I especially like the look of the one on the extreme right of the photo - gorgeous, but more difficult to use.

Tazzie said...

I wish I could just come on over there and give you a big hug, sounds like you really need it. I hope the clouds part and the sun shines on you soon.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Anne Marie said...

Chin up, so many of us are keeping you in our prayers. I am also secretly delighted that you are like me and still on an American driving license. Your tale about the driving lesson brought tears to my eyes as well as a little chuckle, you two made quite a pair... I hope your trip to London is restful you sound like you really need a break.

Bubblesknits said...

Glad your mom's surgery went well! As Charlotte would tell Wilbur, "Chin Up!" :-)

Verrysherry said...

Hi hope you enjoyed your visit with Katy. It sounded delightful!!
Do go home if you can and you want to--it is one decision you will not want to regret!!
Happy thoughts going your way. xoxo

cher said...

good thoughts for your mom! hope you are able to come back and spend time with her-I know that would mean so much to both of you. Enjoy your time away, lucky you! fabulous fabrics...you deserve being spoiled

Tracy said...

Some very difficult days for you, Cathi...my heart goes out to you. I'm glad you're mom is doing well. I pray she makes a good recovery. And that you pass your driving test! ;o) So glad time with a friend eased your trouble. Be taking good care ((HUGS))

Jenni said...

Lots of stress in your life at the moment Cathi. I hope your trip to London is a bright spot.

Angela said...

Stress can get to us all! I hope you had a wonderful time with Kate (I can't imagine a bad time) and that you are able to go see your Mom. I know just being able to give her a hug will help!