Tuesday, 6 January 2015


Happy New Year to you all!!

I hope your 2015 has started wonderfully well and is treating you brilliantly.

A quick one from me, my Mother-in-Law (MIL) is currently recovering from falling over twice over the festive period, she wasn't partying she insists, I have my doubts ; ) - it's a little hectic at the moment but luckily nothing is very serious (she may disagree with me, actually she would disagree with me!)
MIL is expecting an operation on her broken shoulder soon, there is a lot to do.
She remains to be magnificent and accepting goodies and treats (we decided if she had lots of treats she could do a little bartering for special treatment)

I'm not being glib or rude.  I find in any situation where a loved one is poorly, the last thing you want is a sombre face.  Listen, love, reassure and try and laugh. Sometimes you just need to laugh at nonsense, it releases emotions that need to be freed.  I learned this from my family.

I'm going to be a little late replying, respond and posting for a bit.  Hope you don't mind.

This was New Years Day
with my family, 
we have no shame

See you soon!



  1. You are a wise one, Sandra! Wishing your mother in law a fast recovery, and everyone in your family good health and a lot of good reasons to laugh! Playboy bus sounds right up your alley somehow. :) Much love xxxx

  2. I'm with you. When you're feeling crummy you just don't want to look at sad faces. I know from experience! A Playboy bus? Yep, that's the way to do it!

  3. I agree...in the face of hardship it is best to stay calm, and try to laugh.

    That sounds pretty nasty. I do hope she recovers quickly.

    Let's hope the rest of the year doesn't contain any broken bones.

    What do they have on the Playboy bus? Is Hugh back there hooked up to his IV of viagara with his bevy of bunnies 1/5th his age surrounding him?


  4. Happy New Year, dear Sandra!
    What a start to 2015. Wishing your poor Mum-in-Law a speedy recovery. You're dead right, retaining a sense of humour in stressful situations is the only thing to do. When one of Dad's fellow dementia patients spits on her hands and proceeds to smooth down my hair every time I visit I sit there smiling and nodding like I love it.
    New Year's Eve and a Playboy coach? Tell me more! xxx

  5. MILs can be dramatic and slightly difficult, we are married to their precious sons remember. I agree with all your strategies tho! You are wise for one so young!! Loving the Playboy Bus, you should have that for your daily transport, you know dropping the girlies at school, grocery shopping the and likes. Good luck with MIL.

  6. I couldn't agree with you more about humour , when life is a pain in the bum, last year with loss of my stepdad and Mr M lost his dad at the end of November we found that a sense of humour help you no end. Dear Sandra Happy New Year and hope your MIL get better soon . love and kisses.

  7. Happy New Year, m'darling! I wish your mum-in -law a quick recovery. I agree...a sense of humour is vital in such stressful situations. Both my dad's parents are in their nineties and have dementia. He is a nightmare in particular and my mum says that if she doesn't laugh, she'd cry when it comes to caring for him. My friend's mum has dementia too and she had me falling about telling me about their shopping trip to Bonmarche. It ended with her mum in her knickers sitting on the floor of a changing room growling at my friend when she tried to get in and help her get dressed. Laugh? We couldn't stop!
    Generally speaking, much of life is bleedin' nonsense and needs to be laughed at.
    A Playboy coach, eh? Do tell.

  8. It's always good to try and stay optimistic, hope she recovers quickly! Happy New Year! :)

  9. Hope MIL gets well soon and Happpy NY to you and family
    I'm trying to post and catch up as well!


  10. A Playboy bus? No waaaaay! Hahahahaha....

    Hope the MIL is better soon. Did she have one too many Eggnog Paralyzers do you think? ;)

  11. I've been playing catching and having a jolly good guffaw at you last few posts, you make me laugh and I've missed you, I shall nevah, nevah leave you ah gain, I too can do Scarlet, I do declare that should we e vah meet that many of the shenanigans could occur!

  12. I haven't been playing catching at all! I'm fecking useless at catching! I am however playing catch up!! Shit feckity feck! :D xxx

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  14. What DID you get up to on the back seat of that Playboy bus, Sandra? I feel there's a story to be told...
    Oh dear, sending love to your mum-in-law and hope she makes a speedy recovery. Gawd, you have to laugh, don't you? It's the only way to cope sometimes, and a frantic burst of hysterical laughter is highly therapeutic!
    Take care, darling. xxx

  15. Wishing your MIL a speedy recovery ... and wishing you a Happy New Year :0)

  16. I hope your MIL will be back on her feet and getting her own treats soon. There's a phrase that became popular here in the '60s from a book title, I think - "Laughter is the best medicine." So true, we need to laugh to relieve stress and keep us sane. Otherwise we'd all be like Margaret Thatcher (did she ever laugh?).

  17. Wish you a happy and creative 2015 to you and your family. I'm almost in the same situation like you. My MIL keeps on falling but for the moment no operation is needed. Keep strong and keep on laughing as you go.

  18. Hello Sandra,

    We can well imagine that you are just the sort of tonic anyone would need when they are ill. Your kindness, generosity of spirit and genuine sense of fun shine through everything you do, so we are sure that you will soon have your MIL back to full fitness.

    We do so hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 will bring peace, joy and success for you all. Thank you so much for the kind messages which you have left for us. They are very much appreciated.

  19. i hope your MIL recovers soon! have a great start into the new year!

  20. I hope your MIL recovers soon and that you are back sharing your fabulousness with us. There is an awesome-eyebrows shaped hole in my life. May 2015 bring you heaps of goodness and a dash of naughty to spice it up.

  21. I'm afraid you are a little bit under pressure doll. Hope you are ok, think of Karen!!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

  22. Happy New Year Sandra! You and your family would be perfect on the Playboy bus. Yes, laughter is very necessary when it all gets a bit stressful. Good luck in your new role of nurse!! Xxx

  23. I'm super late getting around to this post I know, but I hope 2015 is the best year ever!! Um... well that might mean the next years after that might suck though... hmm...


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