It's the last day of January and it's going out with a bang (well, a downpour). I know a lot of people hate January; I'm not a big fan either but I started this year in a super optimistic frame of mind.
Without wishing to be all cryptic I did mention that things are a bit stressful at the moment. Basically my mum recently found out all was not right health-wise and she starts treatment in hospital next week. It's a difficult time as information has been minimal and I absolutely refuse to start Googling or looking things up on Wikipedia.
It's also one of those situations where you need to know what's going on but at the same time you're fearful of what you may be told.
So yes, the answer is (to use that ubiquitous phrase) to Keep Calm and Carry On. I have Joe to take care of. He's possibly the best distraction anyone could ask for.
And although it may seem odd to talk about trivial little things on this blog - what we're eating, reading, where we're visiting, what I've seen - it does actually help. I don't intend to write about the bad stuff that's going on in my life right now. My blog isn't a confessional, it's where I share things I enjoy posting about. These past few weeks have been trying for all of us and I don't feel full of the joys. But life is all about ups and downs, highs and lows.
So while I'm glad to see the back of January, I'm facing the next few months with trepidation. My mum's insisted we all just get on with things and that's what I plan to do. That and hope for the best. Because her problem was spotted early and she's going to get good care, which is more than many people get.
In the meantime we're being kind to one another and doing what she says we should: getting on with our lives and taking things as they come. This weekend we have a few family bits planned, meeting up with my parents then later on visiting Jay's auntie for Sunday lunch. I'm also planning to try and fit in some creative time and to finish my book ready for February's read...
And I'll still be here, posting and Carrying On as usual.