Saturday, 5 January 2019

A Quiet Year

WOW! It's the beginning of another year and I really don't know where the last one has gone. I've been a little preoccupied with health, home and employment matters much of last year.

Having had major surgery at the end of 2017 laid me up for a quite a few months with a gradual return to work for the next 6 months. Somewhere in your mind you think that it is holiday time and you plan all of the things going to get done!

Well that's not exactly how it happened with 2 trips a week for rehabilitation and feeling weak and unable to return to normal life for a while. I guess it has taken a good 12 months to recover and get back to my old self.

My oldest brother also passed away from Bowel Cancer in August and although we had about 3 months from diagnosis it is still difficult to reconcile this loss in my heart. I spent many a wonderful day with him in hospital and not one to skirt the hairy issues of death and dying we had interesting conversations on the matter. I surprised myself on how I held together and gave him the benefit of all my years of nursing (I worked for years in Cancer Care) and which he earnestly asked for. I would get a call from his daughter asking for me to visit. I live an hours drive away and lucky I had a very very understanding boss!

It was a time of mending and healing of rifts within the family (we are part of a large family) and I guess that was his legacy as a big brother.

As the months pushed on I threw myself into everyday activities such as work, making a home and being a parent and grandparent. It always amazes me on how life goes on when you feel it should stop and grieve with you. Every now and then I would pick up my embroidery or sewing and do a little. It's always a good thing to keep busy.

But time is a good healer and it's time to sweep out the old year and bring in the new and start looking forward to a wonderful year ahead and many new challenges.

Happy New Year 2019.


  1. It has indeed been a hard year for you, one which threw unexpected detours and curve balls, yet one you walked through with strong love for your family.
    I could tell yesterday that you'd turned a corner, that your heart is embracing the new year ahead, and I can't wait to see that beautiful joy you exude increase even more in 2019.
    Love you my dear friend,
    Jenny x

  2. It's always a hard time loosing a loved one... but especially when you aren't at your own best health wise. So good to be back sewing... even if only a little...
    Take care... xox

  3. I'm so sorry you lost your big brother. How difficult that is. When you said, "It always amazes me on how life goes on when you feel it should stop and grieve with you", I had to wholeheartedly agree. When my husband died, I remember looking at the spring tree buds and thinking, "How can they be blooming when he's not here to see them?" You put that so well! I like that apple Santa quite a bit. You do beautiful stitching.

  4. Sounds like a tough time for you - but you sound positive now and ready to move forward again.
    All the best to you and your family.

  5. A very happy new year to you too Rosie. I am so sorry that you have had to endure so much but you are such an inspiration being so positive and trying to get on with the life you still have. I found you via Jenny's blog and hope to be a regular follower this year. Angel hugs to you.

  6. Hi Rosie I am so glad that you are feeling better and it's always so hard when you lose a loved one ,sending you a big hug my friend ,we also lost mum last year through lung cancer it's hard when your heart is breaking from a loss of a lived one.
    I wish you and your family a happy and safe new year my friend xxxx

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