So I've not written a proper post in a long time.
There's been a lot of crap going on with my health over the last couple of years. Nothing life threatening, just chronic enough to make it irritating. And it's taking over my life, so that I don't really think about anything else.
It makes it quite hard to enjoy anything else.
So in the spirit of focusing on everything but the elephant in the room, here are some updates for you. Because I need to focus on the good and the progress that has been made, to remind me that everything hasn't stopped and there are still things going on. It's OK, I don't want sympathy, which is why I'm not posting publicly about what's going on. It's private, it's crap, and I need to get a grip.
We're working on the conservatory at the moment. Two years in, I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit bored with DIY now and I will do anything to get out of it. We've had the roof replaced with one of those lightweight pressed steel tile and insulation jobbies, and the inside plastered. It does look a lot more like a room now. The floor will remain unfinished until we decide on the flooring for the kitchen. We have an idea of what we want for the kitchen now, and need to go and talk to some suppliers again to get that underway. The downstairs loo has been skimmed, and we're part way though decorating that as well. So really it's only the kitchen and the dining room to do. Slow progress. I will probably convince Tom to pay for the decorators for the dining room when we get to it. I can't face getting all painty.
Continues with less travelling, so less photos of lovely places.
We've been busy doing to the rounds of visiting friends and family, and travelling where we can on holiday. So we've not been home much to go to church on Sunday, but have been trying to go to a home group on Wednesdays. I don't miss church on Sundays, as I don't really feel like I get anything from it or contribute anything useful to it. I do miss singing. I had a fascinating chat with a colleague about worship production values, and I think perhaps that's what I'm missing, the care and attention being put into a formal act of worship.
We've just had a fantastic trip to the USA to see Sandy, who works there now. We visited Cape Cod, Boston and Providence. I was struck by how much space there is, how big everything is, and how beautiful Cape Cod is. I loved the enormous beaches we had to ourselves because their tourist season hadn't quite started, and the wooden houses in the woods, all white wood trim and painted shingles and spring wreaths on front doors. It was wonderful seeing Sandy and hanging out. We do miss him.
Here's some pictures. And that will do for now.