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About swilkinson

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  1. swilkinson

    Sounds good, enjoy your time with your friend, wish my best friend was still alive but sadly she died two years ago which is why I had my brain aneurysm operated on. Best wishes for fine weather and lots of fun. You can sleep when you get home, you will surely need a good sleep by then.
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    You have a great attitude Kevin, and plenty to keep you busy. I hope you know when you have done enough for the day. The changes you have to make going into winter will keep you busy for a while.
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    That sounds really good ASHA, somewhere you can be as a family when you go back to the village. I am glad you are looking forward to the future and grandchildren. That is what keeps me going when the going gets tough.
  4. swilkinson

    We all have anniversaries in our lives. Some are happy, like when our parents, children or friends celebrate birthdays or wedding anniversaries or when we do so ourselves. But some are sad like the yearly commemorative events to remember parents, grandparents, siblings or our partners after their death. This year I am going to one of the spots I used to go to with my husband Ray to remember the 8th year since his death. We often picnicked by the Lake and during his last year's at home this was our favourite walk as it has a great footpath for those pushing a wheelchair. He never ti
  5. swilkinson

    I know that when I struggle with something because of my age and left leg weakness due to the cut muscle I always think "I can't do this " but my brain won't let me give up and eventually I work out a way. But like you I pay for it the next day. What matters is the end result. Well done you.
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    Another month has gone by since I posted this. Are you all okay? Some, well most, of my friends are really finding things harder now. It is on the verge of Spring here and they are used to making plans and going here, there and everywhere and with our State borders closed we just can't take off to visit friends near and far so what CAN we do?
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    Jannelle there is nothing like a family dog to make you feel the full focus of their attention is on you. Yes, real love. Family is just not as rivetted...lol.
  9. swilkinson

    Ruth so lovely to hear from you. As you know I looked after my Dad and Mum too. Like me you had those tough years. So glad you keep up with some of the blogs on here. If you have time do one final blog so we old hands catch up with how you are doing in life after being a long time caregiver.
  10. swilkinson

    Nice assortment of vegetables. Are the cucumbers the latest to ripen? I like the assorted tomatoes too. The bottled sauce is a great idea. I used to bottle fruit and vegetables when we lived in the country when the kids were young. Seems like a lifetime ago now.
  11. swilkinson

    You are doing so well now. I am so glad you persevered and achieved so much. I hope others find that inspirational too. I can imagine you loaded with all that gear looking like a modern day Gladiator preparing to defend the Universe. Keep on keeping on.
  12. swilkinson

    Thank you Steve Mallory

    Why are you still on Strokenet my friends ask me. Why are you still talking about stroke nearly eight years after Ray died? Why haven't you moved on with your life? Well I have moved on but moving on does not mean you have to move away from those things that have been valuable to you in the past. . And to me Strokenet has been of huge value in my life and the lives of Ray and my family. Discovering Strokenet made a big difference to the way I lived my life, dealt with Ray's strokes and came out the other side as a whole and wholly changed person. Without Strokenet I am not sure I would be here
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    One of the nursing homes I used to visit had converted a child's cot into a raised garden bed using a black plastic lining, filling it with soil and the plants. It could be wheeled onto the concrete outside the back door for the residents to weed or pick the produce and then back out into the sun. It was watered out on the lawn so any drippings from the punched holes in the plastic watered the grass. I thought it was a fantastic idea.
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    Janelle, I hope you can see your brother soon. I am frustrated by our border issues, I was to go to Queensland to see Ray's older brother this year as he turns 80 in October but that can't happen now. I haven't seen him and his family for eight years, the last time was at Ray's funeral so this was going to be a bit of a reunion. Covid has taken do much away from us all.
  15. swilkinson

    Tracy I am glad you posted this at last. Sometimes there is someone who really needs to read it that would not have read it at the time of writing. That was a really beneficial conversation for both of you. It is also the reason we are all here, to get the feeling that we are not alone, that others are feeling alone too, that together we can feel better, reach further. From what I read here you are doing a great job hosting chat. The benefits of chat are evident too, you are really helping people to connect. You are doing something very worthwhile there.(((Hugs)))