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Monday, November 12, 2012

Energized at Last!

It feels like  being catapulted into a new life! I am figuring out all over again just what 'normal' is. Blogging and fellow bloggers  have become very important to me, but since my grandson has arrived I have found it impossible to find the time and the energy simultaneously to do much of either!

He met a new cousin!:


Began a new school:

Spent a few days in London before saying farewell to Mom...


Not long after Sam started school we had a call from our son in Italy. The  news was not good, except that it was ... He had totalled his car in an accident during the rain when his car planed into a wall when it hit a large puddle. He and the two other people in the car were 'shaken not hurt' -- though they did end up in the hospital. As you can imagine euros are needed for another car as his job teaching takes him to various different schools all miles away from where he lives as well as each other! 

Well there goes my dishwasher! Fortunately, it goes without saying, no one was hurt and no one is suing ... One of the passengers is a close friend who is able to lend him her car until the insurance runs out in a few weeks time. The last we heard he may have found a suitable replacement. This all happened the day before he was to have two job interviews! Fortune smiles on him though as the man who was to interview him thought so highly of his recommendations that he practically hired him without an interview! 

All the while our new life continued apace. Sam got through his first week just fine. The following week we were to leave for London on Monday afternoon after school. We had special permission for him to have 3 days absence to spend the time with his mother before she flew back to Korea. The weekend before he was not well -- much coughing and fatigue. By Monday we decided to keep him off to continue resting though we left for London. Tuesday we went into London and saw a few sights. After lunch we headed for a quick look at Trafalgar Square before heading off to St. Paul's. 

Shortly after getting off the bus Sam lost his lunch on the pavement -- The Man left Mom and me to it and I was so glad I had an unopened packed of tissues for the occasion! Insides cleaned out and feeling better we headed into the Cathedral. The Man and I opted out of exploring the place once again -- the 24 pound fee had a lot to do with that decision. However, my daughter-in-law and Sam made the most of their investment and not only climbed up into the Whispering Gallery, but also higher to the Golden Gallery, which is not only the highest place, but also outside! Not for me, I can tell you!!

The next day we made a silly mistake and decided to take the car to Greenwich. We enjoyed a quick visit to the newly rennovated Cutty Sark before heading off to the Observatory:


That's my grandson: Both feet in the East and both feet in the West!

In the midst of our few days came the American election. As we were staying in a one bedroom flat and both rooms were being slept in at night it wasn't possible to watch television coverage. I woke every hour or so and checked my cell phone and got the news around 4.15 a.m. 

So here we are back in Southport and for the moment it would seem there might be a routine establishing itself!

26 comments:

  1. Here's to routines...
    ...may they seldom be disrupted
    and then by only good stuff!

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  2. Glad your son is alright. Car accidents should be like a James Bond martini...shaken not hurt.

    or
    something like that.

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  3. Bon courage...

    I'm sure things will become more settled for you all. Hope Sam is enjoying school and making friends.

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    1. He is enjoying it and making friends. His American accent have made him a bit of a celebrity! I think just being able to speak the language is a great relief to him. I wonder how long before he sounds like an English boy!

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  4. Hello Katherine:
    It certainly is all go with you. No wonder you have been absent from the Land of Blog.

    We are sure that as school routines fall into place, so will other things too. Your grandson does look very smart in his school uniform and we wish him every success!

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    1. Thank you Jane and Lance. So far Sam is very happy and seems to be very content. One thing that is wonderful is the ability to 'Skype' his family and talk to his brothers. The time difference is a bit of a bug-bear, but other than that it seems to be helping everyone.

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  5. I'm glad that your son escaped relatively unharmed, even if it means farewell to the dishwasher for a while.

    Let's hope for no more surpises as you and your grandson settle into a routine...I don't know why people refer to a routine as dull...it's as dull as you make it!

    My insides nearly had a clean out too when I noted the price to enter St. Paul's....I'm so glad I explored it when I did as I wouldn't be paying twenty four quid to look for Sir John Moore's memorial!

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    1. I only wish we'd discovered the cafe and shop sooner -- instead we sat on the hard seats in the side chapel -- until the call of nature made us look around a bit! It seems as though anything you want to see costs around 15 quid, with a small concession for pensioners. The story of Jesus and the money changers kept crossing the mind...

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  6. He's going to be as tall as his mum soon, Broad, and doesn't he look smart in his uniform! :-) To be honest, I'd have been amazed if you'd found time for blogging with both your grandson and daughter-in-law staying. Getting him settled and happy in his new environment is far more important.

    So sorry to her about your son's accident, but very glad things weren't worse. Shame about the dishwasher though....

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    1. I think there is some kind of unwritten law that 'savings' are never what you saved them for!

      Sam's mom is really tiny. When my son met her she was a size '0' -- now she's a fat size '1'!

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  7. So pleased that your son is not hurt even if his pride was a bit. Sure you will soon settle into routine and get things organised, its a big change for you all.

    £24 they have to be nuts, I would not pay that to see it!!!

    Take care and look after yourself. Diane

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    1. The price of things to see is very discouraging. In Greenwich the parking meters and parking lots all charged 20p for 5 minutes! Makes you think they just don't want tourists. Happily the Observatory only charged half that -- but what used to be free is now 7.50.

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  8. Your life sounds like anything but routine...it sounds very interesting from where I sit here in Arizona. I enjoy reading about the touring and the cost. We hope to visit in the next year to try and find our ancestors' stories. It will be our first time to England. Long overdue!

    You're fortunate that everyone is doing well. Great to know you are well also.

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  9. So glad your son wasn't injured too much in that accident. It sounds like it could have been worse.

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  10. Welcome back, in every sense of the word. It is much nicer the second time around; it's good you could be there for the little guy.

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  11. Glad to see you back Broad! You certainly no how to be there for your people, and you are right in your thoughts about savings too, your Grandson is very lucky to have you.

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  12. The old saying that when it rains it pours sure seems apt for your son. I do hope everything gets sorted out and things get back to normal soon!

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  13. I'm so pleased to see what has been going on Broad, I have thought about you and your grandson several times recently, hoping things were working out. Hopefully, following what must have been the trauma of hearing about the car accident, and coping with a sick child about to bid his mother farewell for a while, you will be able to settle into a routine. The photos are great.... good to see you back . J.

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  14. I'm so happy to hear that things are going well for you, Broad, despite the deferred dishwasher. What a relief that your son is O.K. and that Sam is settling in so well (and how lovely that his American accent makes him a celebrity rather than a pariah!). I know this new life of yours takes a tremendous amount of energy and am grateful that you still find enough time to keep us all up to date.

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  15. Well, Thank God the news was good - no terrible injuries - from Italy. And glad to hear you're "getting up to speed", so to speak.

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  16. It’ll all settle down eventually, as long as there are no broken bones, no permanent tummy upsets and a warm and cosy home to return to, the damage is only money. Money can be replaced. I am glad that you sound quite cheerful about it all.

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  17. G'day Broad. Good that your son escaped serious injury. Despite the hassle and money, a car can be replaced. Your grandson looks very happy and it's great that he is settling in ok.No doubt it means a lot of adjustments for all of you. I take my hat off to you and your hubby.Lovely pictures Broad. Take care. Liz...

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  18. Dear Broad, I'm forgetting how long Sam is going to be with you. It must truly be wonderful to have your grandson there and yet finding a new routine is so essential when the normal order of our life changes. I'm still working on it as I try to get in the 3x weekly visits I must make to the doctor's office for a treatment. That so changes my days and will for several months. The last time I did this for ten months and got little writing done. So I truly appreciate that blogging is going to be a hit and miss for you! But that's as nothing compared to having your grandson with you for a time. Peace.

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  19. All well that ends well for your son in Italy. And Sam seems to be doing well and settling in. That's great to see. I'm sure this will be completely normal for you after a while. And with your husband there to help. I'm looking forward to learning more about how Sam is settling in and getting on in school.

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