A surprise in the mail I'm keeping for Christmas Day.
I'll reveal what it is after Christmas and who it was from.
Just as I was feeling my health was starting to improve I had another drama on the home front. Mum went to go to bed on Thursday night to find her bed was wet through. The flat roof above her bedroom was leaking. Of all the places it could leak it was right above her bed. As it was too late to do anything other than grab some buckets to catch the water she had a sleep over in my room. The next day I organised someone to come and put a tarpaulin (or three as it turned out over the roof.) They couldn't see an obvious place where the roof had failed although they said the whole surface was very spongy. Unfortunately today with more rain it's still leaking and she is unable to return to that room. The room is small - as are all the rooms in our cottage, so sleeping in the leaky room is not possible. Today I've been moving stuff about, throwing stuff out and generally find her space to sleep elsewhere until the roof is replaced. (Not ideal when energy is at a premium.) Yes, the whole roof will need replacing. Not ideal given my time off work without pay. In order to replace the roof, a dry spell, with no frost is needed, it will be some time well into the New Year before this is likely to be possible. The only spare room upstairs has the stairs through it, so not ideal, especially when Chief comes to stay.
It's at times like these the unexpected little act of kindness from friends is so appreciated. As I see the flooding in parts of the country on the news, I am grateful that I have not lost my whole home to water damage and that Christmas will still be possible in this house.
I'm hoping 2013 can only get better. And well if it doesn't at least I am blessed to be surrounded with so much kindness and support.
Thank you xox