Sunday, 23 September 2012


I never intended to be one of those bloggers who write things like 'shelled some peas and ate them with gammon and a fried egg for dinner, followed by bread and butter pudding for afters. Washed my hair and had an early night'. That isn't to say there's anything wrong with that kind of blogging - I follow one just like that and its very banality is balm to my bruised soul after a hard day with the bewildered elderly - but it's not MY kind of blogging. I hoped I'd be writing funny things and ironic things and thoughtful things. When I couldn't think of any I just.....stopped. Better to leave people wanting more is my opinion.

So I've read a LOT of books; been on holiday; I met up with another blogger and her sweet, sweet children (Lisa flattered me by saying my blog is very funny....I'm as susceptible to praise as the next gal); and I've started investigating my family tree - there's something about a new series of 'Who Do You Think You Are' that brings out the genealogist in me. My inner nosy cow, you might say. But mostly I've been working very, very hard. We are almost full in our dementia unit and far from being the horrorfest I was dreading the residents are, for the most part, funny, bright, witty, spunky (can I say that nowadays?) and so willing to try new stuff. Several of the ladies (I call them my 'Clever Girls Club' which they love) are very aware that something is going wrong with them and are desperate to keep their minds active so we do all sorts of quizzes, crosswords and puzzles. It can be draining but it's very rewarding - not meaning to sound like a Miss World contestant here - and for the first time I can remember people are happy to see me at work. As opposed to thinking I'm a monumental pain in the ass like at most of my jobs.

So for now I think I'm back. I've got more stuff to say, including some thoughts on the nature of blogging and why we do it. I can't promise it'll be regular but I hope it won't be boring.


  1. Great to have you back and glad to hear that work is going well for you. Looking forward to future posts.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. Good to have you back. Sometimes it's good just to have a breather isn't it? x

  3. You are funny!
    Looking forward to reading more.
    Lisa x

  4. Welcome back! I've been away for ages too - sometimes life happens so fast there isn't time to catch your breath. Looking forward to your future posts.

  5. Glad you are back. I do agree that there are times when there's nothing much to say and I'd rather wait than reading 'padding'. Your work sounds very worthwhile.

  6. You do raise a giggle and a guffaw - so good to see you back.

    Dementia frightens me. Totally scares the living daylights out of me.

    And spunky. Well. Yes. :)

  7. Welcome back. I wondered where you'd disappeared to. I have your blog swap parcel ready (very late, sorry), can you email your address? x

  8. If you ever need any genealogical research done on any family that up and migrated to the US, feel free to let me know. I've been helping some folks track down errant ancestors who washed up on this side of the pond since I have access to the US records while they don't. ;-)

  9. Glad to hear from you again. I too have been away. During this time I moved house, sold a house, sent a boy to boarding school, had two other children leave school, one start college, move to a town 26 miles from where I have always lived. I have been living 18 hour days since May. But is it interesting to other people? I doubt it, and I sit down to blog and think who wants to read "sewed name tags in for three hours". So I too had a bit of a break. Hope all is good with you and yours :)


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