Well, we've been up and seen Mum. She's definitely gone downhill since the last time I saw her, but is slowly improving after these latest bouts of urine & chest infections. Her mood has improved no end.....she'd got so low, I think that was what worried me the most. By the time we left to come home, having spent a couple of days up there and had a few serious talks with her, she was up and dressed early (well, early for her), had put her compression stockings on and hearing aids in, had used her new inhalers and had made and eaten her breakfast - none of which she'd been doing before. She's promised to keep it all up - sister and I will be checking to make sure she does! I also told Mum I'd like her to get herself into proper routines for everything before she comes down to stay next month....she said she will do her best. So I'm a lot less worried about her now, and she is much happier and feeling better, so it's all good.
Seeing as we'd been away, we had a crazy mad day of cramming all our jobs in yesterday, before OH goes back to work today, plus a couple of extra things to do as well. We've bought a new handrail plus all the fixings for the stairs, we only have one handrail at present, and Mum definitely needs two to get upstairs (we have no downstairs loo). OH has also ordered a new wheel for the 2nd hand wheelchair we bought for Mum last year, we keep it here for when she comes to stay. The last time she was here one of the front wheels fell off....and yes Mum was in it at the time, fortunately she didn't fall out! And we were only a short distance from the car, so it was alright. I sometimes think our life is a series of cartoons, we do seem to have a few Frank Spencer-esque calamities every now and then!
Not doing much today, the worry and stress of the past couple of weeks, coupled with a few sleepless nights, is catching up with me and I'm knackered. Got a couple of individual meals (leftovers from previous dinners, a portion of fish pie and one of lasagne) out of the freezer for lunch to have with salad. Have just made a tray of bread pudding to use up half a loaf of bread that we forgot about when we went up to Mum's. Love the warm spicy smell of it cooking, especially on a rainy windy day like today. Once OH's gone off to work, I will sit and carry on with my crocheted poncho whilst watching some rubbishy afternoon film on TV. Mindless stuff like that is just made for crocheting to! Although it does irritate me a bit that the programme schedulers seem to think that housewives who watch daytime TV are brainless and just like to watch either stupid films with a plot so thin the actors must have learnt their lines in half a day, or the likes of Jeremy Kyle (which I wouldn't watch if you paid me). Oh well, there's always my Mamma Mia! dvd which I fall back on when I fancy a singalong (even I can sing better than Pierce Brosnan, and that's saying something.....still, he did give it his best shot and he looks quite good in it so I'll forgive him).