12 January, 2008

Back into it

It's now been a week since Mum and Dad left for home. They should arrive home today after a slow drive home with the caravan. They were here for a bit over three weeks, with my sisters and their families here for around a week (over Christmas).

It was really great to see them all. Some of the family had never been down here (and we've been here almost 10 years now), and some I haven't seen in over a year. The amazing thing was how grown up the kids are getting. The oldest nephew didn't come - he was actually in Japan over Christmas (got back the day before yesterday). He's 18 and finished school now so I guess it's to be expected. At least we got to see him when we went on our holidays earlier this year.

There were a few stresses and annoyances during the whole time. I suppose that's also to be expected (there were 10 adults and 7 kids around for a lot of the time and our house isn't that big!). I was debating with myself about posting some of my gripes here, but I've decided to just let it go. I think that might be healthier!

So, I'm back at work now and nothing really changes. I mean that literally. We're still dealing with issues that were a problem, before I started my holidays! Although, there was one change. The no shorts policy has been temporarily changed back to allowing them - due to the extreme heat. Same rules as before - below the knee, dress shorts, no board shorts etc. So I can wear my capris again. A good thing, as I did wear one of my skirts to work and I just felt I wasn't dressy enough (like I do in my capris!).

Thank you all for your good wishes for T's dad. At this stage it will be a bit of a hard road for him as he recovers. He's lost one foot (up to mid calf as prosthethics available for this amputation are better) and the heel from the other. They were able to save his toes on the other foot and grafted a muscle from his stomach to reconstruct the heel (basically from his arch to the little bone that pokes out on the side of your ankle was lost).

T says he was very lucky. He was doing the work on his friend's property and she was home so heard him yelling for help. They also have neighbours, very close to the area he was working in, who also heard him - these neighbours are both nurses, so he was able to get medical help very quickly. If this had happened on his own property it's quite likely he wouldn't have survived apparently.

I'm going to try visiting all your blogs soon and I know I need to do some work on my template. A lot of my links need updating and I need to fix up my header/photo, so I have a bit of work to do. I was thinking of redoing my header pic again anyway, so this will be a good opportunity for it. I have no idea how long it will take me though!

Feel free to comment and update me with how you're doing. I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and 2008 is a wonderful year for you!


peppermintpatcher said...

Glad to see that your christmas season was a happy one. It's always such a shame when it ends though...

itsamumslife said...

Glad you had a good Christmas and that T's Dad is doing ok.

The Phosgene Kid said...

They can do some amazing things with limbs these days! I saw an item were a dude lost his thumb so they replaced it with his own big-toe (this isn't a joke, it really happened). Looks like hell, but ti is a good substitute for the thumb.

Melinda said...

I'm glad T's dad is on the mend. Surely a long road.... but at least he gets a chance to recover. The alternative is certainly not acceptable!

Yay for the capris! I would absolutely die if I had to wear pants to work in the summer. Or even skirts. They make me feel even hotter.

meggie said...

Glad you can choose to dress more comfortably!
It is good news about T's father if the alternative was he could have died.

Holly & Scolly said...

Hey, glad to have you back! Happy New Year to you. Looking forward to seeing your new template and some new posts.