time for an update - i think , for most of the past month i have fallen off the planet so to speak, but as you know from my journals it has been a hectic start to 2017
something that has continued through to february - there is good and there is bad news as always but we're still standing here, and I am still standing thanks to family and friends,
two of my friends have lost their fathers, another friend lost his grandfather, and in turn i learned of the loss of a friend of mine, we were not close but we were friends and he was a charachter that will be very much missed.
2016 was sad for all the losses of celebrities and stars, i am finding 2017 is far worse as the losses this year all seem to be close and personal losses for people as they loose friends and family.
so here's whats been happening and keeping me away.
my grandmothers funeral service went smooth without a hitch, we had a traditional coach and horses all in black - I'd like to think we did her proud
she is beside my grandfather now - i believe he came for her and she went with him - she is not in pain not lonley not suffering and reunited after 11 years with the love of her life
as much as we want to be able to go see her be able to open the door to her flat and see her waiting and we have tea and cake, we know no one gets to live forever and she is in a better place.
we had a months grace to empty my grandmothers apartment of her things.
however we needed to leave it as it was, as her home for the service and the wake, but because it took a while to sort things out and arrange the service
we only had a matter of days to empty the place, i have a few trinkets but a lot of memories. Sadly some of the family members were behaving a bit callously and slightly vulture-like.
things like this i guess bring out the best and worst in people.
my aunt is amost in the all clear. however she has suffered damage to her sight, she is near blind, this may or may not be permanent she is undergoing tests and only time will tell.
we are getting used to having a dog and he is getting used to us Winston was my grandmother's dog he is half jack russel and half beagle.
he's quite a character- i am a little allergic to him but he has taken to my mom so much, and i think he helps her a lot as he was mt nans dog.
i can put up with a little sneezing now if we can just get him to stop barking at the postman and trying to drink our cups of tea we shall be sorted!
The boyfriend shaped creature had to have his beloved cat put to sleep. Cleo was an elderly little black and white ball of floor that loved everybody and was nearly 18.
he was devestated as it happened the day before his birthday
he has the bell from her collar on his keyring now, but was devestated. either way Cleo has crossed rainbow bridge and probably met up with Topsy
my furry purry i had to part with last year and the pair of them are having a good natter about their crazy humans.
the boyfriend shaped creature had his birthday it was a low key affair. there was a meal out with his parents and there were gifts this coming weekend a friend of his and mine is visiting from Edinburgh, she and he have a close connection
so she will help perk him up a little while I am stuck working all the weekend.
my amazing best friend had his birthday also - this involved afternoon tea the good rum and a walk around a snowy churchyard looking at gargoyles one of which looked like a pirate
more days like that please!!
my mom had her birthday on the 12th again a low key affair for obvious reasons she has yet to decided on proper gifts but when she feels up to it i shall take her shopping and we shall go somewhere for afternoon tea
to celebrate a little and remember my nan and her mom. - she did however get a silly joke gift from me and my friend - we play a silly little cardgame called 'loveletter' now mom finds this game fun - so we made her a version all to herself
where all the cards were personalised about silly things she said or did or that we did that made her laugh. - some of the artwork ( i.e. the very cute dinosars) I have posted on here.
the downside was on the day after she was going for a meal with her partner - and they ended up having a minor car accident. his car needed a new back window and suffered denting, they are both fine and unhurt just shaken a little
Valentines - the day of romance! mine was low key again although i did get some lovely gifts from people dear to me
there was some valentine art I meant to post on here - might save it for next year!
February babies among my friends - the art for you will be posted later today :fingercrossed: and there are plans for some art features over the next few weeks with luck as well as some new uploads!
aaaaaand that brings us to now.
the guttering needs replacing on our house -the contractors who put it up (hired by our landlord before we brought the property) put it up wrong so it leaks and is causing damp problems - we need to have it all replaced
we are still waiting to hear back from a builder about putting a window in our attic and boarding it out properly, once that is done we can sort out all the things that need to be stored there - put them away properly and then start putting the rest of the house in order
this includes replacing the floor boards and skirting boards in the spare room and redecorating it, a few minor fixes to my room my mom's room and the bathroom, a need to replace some bolts on my bed and repair the footboard. then it is on to the kitchen and the garden
I plan however to be childish and go see the lego batman movie later
this makes me happier than it should!
next tattoo sitting i have booked is the 3rd, not sure what i am having yet but i shall come up with a plan
WGW April 2017 is go - I shall be going to the goth weekend! hurrah! there was allegedly a lot of frama flying about the place last WGW in OCtober 2016 i missed that event and i am kinda glad i did if there was that much drama flying about
i go to see friends and relax and its a bit of a holiday not a time for egos and drama and tantrums.
I have some extra days off from work soon to use the last of my holiday entitlement for the year before it's refreshed so that is going to be used to do sorting out and repairs and for time to myself to get my mental health and physical health back on track
Every month I upload a piece of work dedicated to all my friends here who have a birthday that month.
For the January Babies... Mystical II
For the February Babies... (pending)
For the March Babies... (pending)
For the April Babes... (pending)
For the May Babies... (pending)
For the June Babies... (pending)
For the July Babies... (pending)
For the August Babies... (pending)
For the September Babies... (pending)
For the October Babies... (pending)
For the November Babies... (pending)
For the December Babies... (pending)