What a huge month July has been!
A funeral, a wedding, a new job, a birthday and a couple of snap lockdowns thrown into the mix. Here’s how it all unfolded …
1 July – Despite stay at home orders, the husbear is in Toowoomba (2 hours’ away) as his father is gravely ill. Thankfully I have Miss Fleur to keep me company 😉
2 July – The husbear came home, and we unwound with a couple of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (do you like the “snack bar” the husbear has set up in the media room?!).
3 July – Back to Toowoomba, including kids. Thankfully we’d packed enough to stay overnight, as my father-in-law passed away that evening.
4 July – The husbear and I headed home; received these beautiful flowers from Mr 27 and his lovely lady (I took the pic a few days later so the yellow ones don’t look as good as they did).
5 July – While the husbear went back up to Toowoomba to be with his family and sort out funeral arrangements, I stayed home, had plenty of work and housework to keep me out of mischief. The tree next door was cut down (as it was far too big for the space, and damaging the fence) – but now we need to put in a privacy screen at the end of our deck!
6 July – The husbear came home just before nightfall, and we went to bed early, as we were absolutely exhausted.
7 July – Although I have plenty of clothes, there was nothing really suitable for a funeral in the middle of winter so we headed out to the op shop where I found a black jacket and a coat. Hubby took this photo of me having a cup of tea because he said I looked so pretty sitting at our breakfast bar!
8 July – I’ve tried to be kind to myself this week, cancelling work meetings etc. Though I still spent some time at my desk (such is the life of a small business owner!) my priority was taking care of family. Seth found a new hidey hole …
9 July – I did a reading and the husbear gave the eulogy at the funeral. It was bitterly cold, wet and windy at the burial afterwards.
10 July – We were going to take mum-in-law to the cemetery to lay some flowers on the grave but would you believe our car wouldn’t start. We ended up getting the RACQ out to get it going and managed to get home, but we’re up for a new starter motor. Thank heavens it didn’t break down yesterday!
11 July – I was mopey and miserable all day. Miss Fleur isn’t normally the most affectionate cat, but when I was lying on the couch having a bit of a cry, she jumped up to give me comfort.
12 July – I had a lunch date booked with a good friend, and it was just what I needed as I was feeling very down.
13 July – The husbear has finally received word – he starts his new job tomorrow! It took ages for the criminal check to be processed even though it came back 100% clear. We celebrated by going out for lunch at Raby Bay Harbour.
14 July – “My baby takes the morning train, he works from 9 til 5 and then … ” – remember the Sheena Easton song? That’s our new life, now the husbear is working in the city again after a 26 year stint in the ‘burbs!
15 July – It feels weird to have our home office all to myself again …
16 July – With a new job comes a new routine – it’s been a while since I saw a sunrise!
17 July – A visit to the library, and also the op shop with my girl, where I picked up a jacket and a book for under $10!
18 July – We visited my mother-in-law and introduced her to the delights of Chinese takeaway. Yes, really – she’d never had it before, and was particularly taken with the sweet and sour pork 😉 .
19 July – The husbear’s birthday – dinner at Miss 24’s.
20 July – Morning walk; business coaching session in the afternoon; and the husbear had a mate over for dinner.
21 July – It’s been freezing cold. Our daughter’s wedding is coming up fast – hope it’s not too cold then, my dress only has short sleeves! After work I went over to her place to help her try on her wedding dress on, to make sure it still fit okay. All good!
22 July – I had to be on the other side of town for 6.45am to give a presentation at a breakfast meeting. Took me ages to get home as the traffic was at a crawl due to an accident.
23 July – I’d organised a branding photo shoot (need some pics for my business website and social media) for the beginning of the month but had to postpone due to covid lockdown and then the passing of my father-in-law – so today was the big day!
24 July – Saturday …. cleaning up the house, did some mowing, and went for a facial as part of my mother of the bride wedding prep. Had a lovely chat to this little cutie …
25 July –
26 July – Fleur and I have been watching Beauty and the Geek – it’s not at all what I expected, the beauties (and the geeks) are all really sweet.
27 July – Fleur has found a new hiding spot in the linen cupboard. Guess I’d better wash all those pillow cases now, but how can I get cross with that sweet little face …
28 July – A busy day at my desk, madly trying to get everything done before heading to Mt Tamborine tomorrow for the wedding!!!!!
29 July – Our car was full of gear for the wedding, so we helped Miss 24 and her fiance decorate the venue, before checking into our accommodation, and then had dinner with my parents.
30 July – I think THE WEDDING deserves a blog post all of its own, but for now I will sum it up by saying: It was a wonderful, magical day, full of love and laughter.
31 July – And just in time too, as while we were at breakfast a snap 3 day lockdown was announced effective from 4pm as the Delta variant is starting to spread here in south east Queensland. Whew, so glad the wedding was able to take place! On the way home we stopped to feed some ducks and geese …
Told ya it was a hectic month!
Let’s hope August will be a bit quieter. I predict that it will be, partly because I’m pretty sure our lockdown is going to be extended beyond Tuesday evening …
Lorraine Applebee says
Hi Janet. I used to subscribe to Footprints Magazine so many years ago, and I loved reading the many interesting contributions by the readers. I also loved to read the editorials by yourself. I am so pleased I have now subscribed to your Janetti Spaghetti blog. Seeing the beautiful pics of your daughter’s wedding day reminded me of our daughter’s wedding celebration, which was also held at Mt Tambourine, although 18 years ago. It was such a wonderful place to hold a wedding. I remember meeting your daughter at a Footprints get-together at Southbank, when she was a teenager. What happened to the other ladies who helped produce the magazine? I believe one of them studied criminology. Am I right?
The wedding looked lovely, and your daughter is such a beautiful girl (I can tell inside too, because of the time you two spend together!). I can’t wait to read a full post about the wedding!
I look forward to your blog devoted to Julia’s wedding.
I’m sorry to see you crying but that’s such a beautiful photo of Miss Fleur comforting you.
I hope you enjoy reading ‘This Charming Man’. I love Marian Keyes’ books.
Janetti Spaghetti says
Fleur might has a bit of attitude but deep down she loves her mummy very much 🙂 . I’m a huge fan of Marian Keyes too!!!!
Janetti Spaghetti says
Thank you Denise, that is exactly what I always say – that she is beautiful inside and out x
Janetti Spaghetti says
Hello Lorraine!!!! Lovely to see you here 🙂 … hmmm not sure about the criminology, we had a psychologist, a high school teacher, a school chaplain, an accountant, an employment consultant, a midwife, and a couple of secretaries in our midst. I think we’re all still connected on Facebook but have all moved into different things in our lives; some have moved away. Hope you are doing well x