I take my eye off the Blog world for 5 minutes, & everyone has posted such a lot, I have to spend all day catching up.
I have been very spoilt. We had our son to stay for the weekend, which was a treat. Unfortunately Gom was unwell for much of the time, & so he didn't enjoy the visit as much as he normally would. He seems to be ok again now.
SIL has had bronchitis, so he was not well. I am lucky, I had a little of what Gom had, but seem to be ok now. Perhaps the Cosmos figures I have enough, with the itches. haha.
We did have Small Grandson here for the night on Friday, & he was so good. He took all the orphan Teddies to bed with him, & went off to sleep as happy as a little sandboy. In the morning we took him to a couple of garage sales, & he found some magnetic letters, & spent a lot of time with his Uncle, making words with the letters.
My big treat yesterday, has been a wonderful gift from Mrs Nice Neighbour!
Look what she has given to me! This wonderful Buddha Garden she made.
I am terrified it might get ruined by Leo, so Gom brought it inside last night! He really likes it too, & we both have great admiration for the Garden, & all the miniature gardens Mrs NN makes.
She has also been making lovely little plaques for various friends & neighbours, & she made this lovely one for our dogs, Honey & Leo. As she says, they really do own our house, & they just let us stay here to cater to their every whim!
Here is a closer look at Buddha. The Cactus on the left in the picture really looks like a man, holding his arms aloft, & challenging Buddha! It even has eyes, & a nose!
I took this photo this morning, after Gom had taken it outside, & he was having his breakfast, admiring it. I see he has stacked the chairs so that Leo can't get up on the table to 'admire' the garden at close quarters!
Please ignore the weeds in the background of our garden! I have been pleading for a visit to the Nursery to get some plants. Perhaps I need to get some seeds. There are some lillies there, that have struggled through, but I have not seen any flowers on them as yet.
I feel I should defend our Doctor's office too. For such a smallish area, there seems to be much demand for Doctors. There are two large Medical Centres with what I call, Fast-Food-of-Medicine Doctors who work there, & tend to be very impersonal. Then there are several private surgeries with 2 or 3 Doctors. The couple we attend are a husband & wife. They are very popular, have lovely people skills, & have a closed register of patients, to try to keep their waiting times to a minimum.
As with most things, consultations cannot always be accurately timed to the minute, & particularly with elderly patients, or children, a consultation often takes a little longer. They really do try to keep things running on time, but cannot always predict how their day will run. They do try to be as accessible as possible to their patients, - and other practitioners- hence the taking of phone calls. I don't think patients generally mind, & it is nice to think the Doctors are so friendly & accessible. Plus there is the fact that the patient register is by choice, & people are free to change if they don't like the 'service', so to say.
So in spite of some fraught moments now & then, with waiting room scenes, on the whole the Doctors give very good service, & are caring & thoughtful. We have been patients there for 10 years.... a scary thought!
Sunday was my eldest 'baby's' 46th Birthday. I wished I could have spent the day with him, but he lives far away. I rang him up, & had a nice long chat. He sounds happy, & says he is very well.
Randy Crawford, You Might Need Somebody.