This is the view that I woke up to this morning – maybe not so very different to my photo of the frost on post 10, but the white is about 2 inches deeper!
Shortly after taking this photo, my mum phoned. Not unusual to hear from her, but she began the conversation with “Everything’s all right.” Now if ever there was a sentence that was just waiting for a “but”!
So I provided it & asked what had happened, aware that the weather had been so atrocious, with ice & snow causing problems. Accident, crumpled car, frozen pipes, flood or boiler breakdown all flashed through my mind.
She told me that my dad was OK now but had had a mild stroke the night before. He was in hospital for observation, but unfortunately not either of the local ones as they didn’t have a stroke doctor on shift when it happened. Anyway despite the snow, the nearest ambulance had arrived in less than 10 minutes & the roads were clear enough to drive the 25 miles to hospital.
By all accounts, he was examined, scanned & admitted very quickly & should be out in a couple of days. His stroke was caused by a bleed, which apparently is not quite as serious as a clot & he does seem to have full use of his limbs & faculties. This is most definitely a relief after losing my father-in-law to cancer very suddenly a month before Christmas.
It’s always a shock when our loved ones show their mortality, but we’re not all invincible. I saw him recently & I’m in touch with my family regularly enough not to have any regrets if anything happened to any of them. However, it’s important not to waste a minute, grab every opportunity, keep in touch with everyone you care about, show your love, offer help to others, accept help from them, look after your body, but also indulge occasionally.
End your day by thinking back through what you are grateful for & appreciate, no matter how small. Start the new day with the same list & ensure you’re able to add to it at bedtime. Grab a pretty notebook or journal & write it down or use on of the ‘gratitude’ smartphone apps; print out the pocket gratitude diary from Leonie Dawson – I think her colourful workbooks are fantastic.