I write this post with a heavy heart …
Fast forwarding to July for a moment, my father-in-law passed away on Saturday 3 July. The husbear is staying with his mum (2 hours’ way) to help with organising the funeral etc, and I am just pottering along at home.
I’m trying to be kind to myself, which has included turning on an “out of office” email explaining that I may not be available due to a death in the family. Although with the husbear gone, there’s not much else to do, and I find working helps take my mind off things.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s rewind back to the beginning of June …
1 June – Took one of the cars in to get four new tyres.
2 June – A busy day training my occasional offsider Claudia in the intricacies of conducting keyword research. Up until now Miss Fleur hasn’t been too sure about Claudia, but that seems to have changed today!
3 June – The husbear has been head-hunted and has a new job! The timing is great – it was his last day in the office anyway before going on holidays, so you can imagine how cool it was for him to say to everybody, “See ya! I’m off!” and then when they said “Have a nice holiday” he could say, “But I’m not coming back!”.
4 June – I took the husbear out for brunch to celebrate at a cafe I’ve used a few times for client meetings, as I knew he’d love their fig, fruit and hazelnut toast served with swirled cinnamon butter. Drool …
5 June – My Bear is off on an outback camping trip for a week with a couple of mates. I was very surprised to get an email from the husbear, with a photo attached, of a little treat he has hidden for me! What a sweet bear.
6 June – Mr 27 stayed over night, then Miss 24 and her man came over to hang with me 🙂 . Meanwhile, this is what the husbear is up to …
7 June – A Monday filled with medical appointments – a dentist checkup, and a trip to the hematologist to check if I am okay to have the Astra-Zeneca covid vaccine, as I have a clotting disorder. I got the all clear so time to book that appointment.
8 June – I was fired by a (new) client! Turned out to be a misunderstanding, but I find if people react so badly to things like this, it’s better just to let them move on. Headed out to a business networking event in the evening.
9 June – Up bright and early – 4.45am – to drive over the other side of town to present at a breakfast meeting; afterwards I dropped in on my Dad and stepmum for a cuppa.
10 June – Mr 27 had the day off for an exam (he’s studying for his Masters in Financial Planning) and afterwards wanted to celebrate, so we went to the movies to see The Conjuring 3. I’m not a fan of horror movies (though husbear and son are) but I don’t mind The Conjuring series. The main characters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, have a beautiful marriage which is a joy to watch.
11 June – Very happy to have the husbear home! It’s been bitterly cold this week and I don’t sleep very well without my human hot water bottle 😉 .
12 June – The kids both needed some electrical appliances – a dryer for Miss 24, and a fridge for Mr 27 – so we went on a family shopping trip.
13 June – So lovely to have the husbear home. I forgot to mention that the little gift the day he left was only the first! Every day at 10am I received an email with a photo of where he’d hidden a little surprise, I was sooooo touched. He’s a wonderful hubby!!!
14 June – The husbear and I started my work week with a morning walk to get a coffee! He is still on holidays, half his luck 😉 .
15 June – We popped over to see Miss 24 and her man in the evening, and to admire their new clothes dryer! Here she is trying on my parka, darn it, it looks better on her than on me!
16 June – A very foggy start to the morning, not very common when you live this close to the sea. And, I got my first Covid shot …
17 June – Felt achey and terrible when I woke up, so took the day off work (first time in I don’t know how long. You know you’re really sick when you can’t work, even though you work from home!)
18 June – Felt much better in the morning so headed out to the Bayside Women in Business lunch, but faded fast – ended up leaving before it finished as I was feeling really unwell.
19 June – Luckily it’s the weekend so I could take it easy til I’m fully recovered. Went for a massage and had a lovely afternoon nap.
20 June – We went for Sunday brunch at a local gardening centre with Miss 24 and her man.
21 June – Back to the dentist as I had a couple of old fillings that needed to be repaired.
22 June – Just a regular Tuesday – a session with my PT in the morning, a session with my business coach in the afternoon, and work in between.
23 June – Had a meeting with my accountants firm. Apparently they love me because I keep such good records! Here’s a selfie I took in the waiting room. As you do 😉 .
24 June – Got my foils done, then in the evening it was off to another business networking event. I forgot to take my phone though and felt like I was missing an arm the whole night!
25 June – The husbear is still on holidays so has been doing some projects around the house – like finally putting vinyl flooring in our walk in wardrobe. It looks amazing!
26 June – One of the advantages of light coloured furniture is that you can’t really see the dust … but it still needs to be dealt with occasionally. So today, I dusted. Achooo!!!!!
27 June – All the kids came over and we all sorted out the finer details of our wedding outfits. Miss 24’s wedding is weeks, rather than months, away. Fingers crossed there are no more lockdowns, it’s already been postponed twice due to Covid.
28 June – You may think it’s always wonderful to have my own business and no more bad bosses. Well, there are still some days that are diamonds and today was one of them … another business owner gave me a bollocking over something I said, which had been totally taken out of context. I was able to explain myself but the whole situation has left a very bad taste in my mouth 🙁 . Needless to say I will not be referring any further business their way.
29 June – What was I saying about no more lockdowns? We are in a snap lockdown from 6pm tonight until 6pm Friday night …
30 June – Despite lockdown, the husbear drove to Toowoomba to be with his parents on compassionate grounds, as his Dad is back in hospital with a combination of issues – kidney failure, heart problems, and rapid onset dementia. It’s not looking good …
And as we now know, my father-in-law passed away only a couple of days later. Fortunately the kids and I were able to see him before he passed.
I don’t have a crystal ball, but it looks like July will be a month of highs and lows, with both a funeral and a wedding in store.
My message for you this month? Treasure every moment with your loved ones. Take lots of photos even if they hate it (try and do it sneakily so you don’t upset them!) because life is short, and at the end of the day all that is left is memories.
What did you get up to in June?!