The main focus of my life is still mum at 91 and her new house. Overwhelming at times, irritating occasionally, delightfully distracting at other times, sometimes fulfilling, often emotional. This Christmas will be her first Christmas in her new home and the first time she has moved into a new home without dad. Her everlasting list is always waiting for me!
More firsts : My two new grandsons Monty and Isaac are approaching their first Christmas and Steffan and Kayleigh are parents for their first Christmas- mum and dad. It’s the first Christmas together for all four grandchildren. It’s the first Christmas for my two sons to both be dads. There’s probably more firsts but I can’t think of them at the moment.
Christmas day was lovely cooking in mum’s new kitchen and having time to spend with Monty. Boxing Day was good in Cardiff too with Rhodri and the three other grandchildren and see how R&S, H&K get on so well. 11 of us now. I will buy less presents next year. I will not be disappointed again. I must learn from my mistakes even at 64!
I had a wonderful walk on the beach on the 28th on Swansea Bay after a great lunch in Diablos on the marina with S,K&Monty. Really good conversation and relaxation. And collecting shells. Thinking of my gran. She loved doing that yet I never knew what she did with them.
My brother and partner arrived for New Year so he’s helping with jobs at mum’s house which takes the pressure off me for a few days. Introduced him to my favourite pub The Tap in Brecon and some amazing walks. I’ve had no contact from my older brother or his daughter. Sad.