For those of you who kindly sent best wishes to my father-in-law he has now returned to a nursing home in his home town in the country (about 80kms from us), not without some concerns but he is now settling in. His dementia is worsening and his health isn't spectacular but he has a couple of goals, one of which he realised last weekend. That was to go home to his house for a visit and he did so on Sunday for a short while, although he wasn't feeling well but no way was he going to miss it! We had worried he might not want to go back to the home but he was happy to return, I think finally understanding the amount of care required to look after him now. We hope he can come out for a short visit on Christmas Day too. There are limitations with taxi transport with there only being one taxi capable of carrying his chair in the town so it is booked for the day.
Our eldest son Kieran turned 21 on the 18th November and we had a party at home on the Saturday night before. It was uncharacteristically chilly for November in Adelaide!
The party was a chance to get a photo of my family all in one place (my brother lives about 5 hours drive away!). That's me on the left, my brother Kym (who shares a birthday with me - no we're not twins!), my half sister Maureen (the oldest, she turned 80 this year) and half brother John. I am the baby (also known as The Oops)!
Our younger son Simon graduated high school on Kieran's 21st birthday and won a Student of the Year award for his vocational studies in hospitality. He was pretty happy with the $100 cheque that came with the award!
What a spunk he is in his fancy duds!
Sadly two days later our lovely old dog Molly had a serious turn and had to be put to sleep. She was 13 and was a wonderful dog and is sadly missed by us all. It was quite an emotional day for everyone and the house seems lacking in some essential spark now. It is the first time since 1986 we haven't had a furry pet in the house. We will get another dog but we're not ready for one just yet. This was the last photo taken of Molly helping Simon get ready for the formal.
I have been doing a bit of quilting in amongst this hectic week as I have to get my niece's quilt Pole Dancing finished so my brother can take it with him when he flies to the UK mid December for Christmas with Vanessa. I am nearly there, just a bit more quilting to go, finish the label, put together a scrappy (I think) binding, hide the threads, wash and done. Wait on, that doesn't sound like its nearly finished at all! Yikes!
Better get back to it, hope to be both blogging and quilting a bit more now, although Christmas has to fit in there somewhere too! Sleep is over-rated!
Thanks for reading my blog today,