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FRIDAY 11th June, 2010

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Greetings everyone! :wavey:

I haven't started the thread in a long long while .... but today's my turn! :D

It's a cold overcast friday here, but then again, it is winter! :snowflake::snowman:

It's the Queen's birthday long weekend here, we have no set plans, will go with the flow.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy weekend ahead.

Have a good friday everyone!

Cheers ........

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Ok ... I realise that's a rather pathetic post, and you deserve for me to do better since we're mates.

I've not been coping very well and indeed have been quite depressed and distressed in the last few weeks. I wasn't going to share because I need to show discretion and caution. Which I will.

However ... I too need support and who better than the mates with whom you've shared the highs and lows over many years.

Our precious only son is deploying with our defence force and I'm not coping with this very well. I'm really struggling. I know I've got to get a grip and deal with it, but that's easier said than done I'm finding.

Our only daughter is getting married in a few months, and she's bereft knowing her only sibling is going away. She wont have him at her wedding either, which has upset her terribly and cast a shadow over what should be a joyous time for her.

Now I know full well there are worse things in life ... however it's us walking in these shoes and it's not pleasant. All I can do is try to be strong and trust our boy will be safe and come home intact.

Please hold him in your thoughts and prayers.

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good Morning!

((((((Oh Grace))))) as someone who knows what it is like to have a loved one deployed; my heartfelt prayers and hugs to you and your family. I wish this senless war would just end. Please know that you can come here and vent and grieve and sputter or whatever you need. This thread is like a lifeline of friends and we have all called on it from time to time in our hour of need.

not much going on here...except dh is finally on his way home. this has been a long trip for both of us. hope its a good day for everyone:redbeathemary

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good morning grace, mary and all that pop in,

dear grace as i mentioned to you before i will pray daily for ds while he is away.

please don't be hard on yourself you are allowed to feel like this, after all it is your son going away to a war we did not start or should ever have been involved in. know i am praying for peace and understanding to come your way but i doubt any of us will ever understand this crap eh?

hi mary hope you have a good day.

going to be a warm humid friday and weekend, i do pray that we get some good rains to drop here as it sure has been dry. bring on some good afternoon storms :clown:

got the washing cogitating in the machine and will try to get the house work done today.

going to do some highlights in my hair then head off to have my photo taken for my australian passport seeing it decided to expire in march :rolleyes: i do not like having my pic taken at the best of times *sighs*.

got some work to do on the computer then read this new book hubby bought me yesterday, it looks like it is going to be a goodie.

hope you all have a great day/ night and do take care please. :d

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Grace, you know you gotta share the pains we have as well as the joys. I have no wisdom about deployments to share. Only arms to hold you and a shoulder to cry on. Know you have both in our virtual world. You have held me many times while I cried. It would be an honor to return the favor.

Happy Friday to all. Have been very busy all week. It should slow down at the end of the weekend. Took a few minutes to go swimming yesterday. it was so refreshing. I could cope with the rest of the day.

Have not had my coffee yet so just a quickie, now. Will try to stop back later.

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good morning everyone

ok ...

our precious only son is deploying with our defence force and i'm not coping with this very well. i'm really struggling. i know i've got to get a grip and deal with it, but that's easier said than done i'm finding.

our only daughter is getting married in a few months, and she's bereft knowing her only sibling is going away. she wont have him at her wedding either, which has upset her terribly and cast a shadow over what should be a joyous time for her.

now i know full well there are worse things in life ... however it's us walking in these shoes and it's not pleasant. all i can do is try to be strong and trust our boy will be safe and come home intact.

please hold him in your thoughts and prayers.

oh grace. it doesn't matter that there are worse things in life - it doesn't make what hurts you hurt any less. and, as one mother to another, i know that having your son in that sort of situation is not a cheerful thought. i do hope that your son and all the other sons and daughters in afghanistan and other countries come home safely to their families.

good morning!

not much going on here...except dh is finally on his way home. this has been a long trip for both of us. hope its a good day for everyone:redbeathemary

oh, hubby's coming home! :yeah:

good morning grace, mary and all that pop in,

going to do some highlights in my hair then head off to have my photo taken for my australian passport seeing it decided to expire in march :rolleyes: i do not like having my pic taken at the best of times *sighs*.

 

got some work to do on the computer then read this new book hubby bought me yesterday, it looks like it is going to be a goodie.

 

hope you all have a great day/ night and do take care please. :d

 

does australia have the same rule as canada: no smiling! if you smile, they won't take the photo for the document. bleh.

 

as for here - today is a much more relaxed day. i've gotten caught up, so this is a good thing. i received a surprise phone call yesterday. it was a un agency where i work once or twice a year to replace the occupational nurse. i really enjoy the work, the pay is good (and tax free!), and it gives me hours for my license, which i need since i do mostly writing now. it's in august, so i have time still, but i was pleased to hear from them.

 

anyone here follow world cup soccer? go netherlands! i may be canadian, but my dutch side comes out when canada isn't participating in a world sport. i love soccer (or football, if you're so inclined).

 

ok, i have three things off my to-do list already - posting here was one of them! :p

 

have a great day folks and i'll try to stop by later and see how everyone else is.

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((((Grace)))) My dad deployed to Vietnam three times when I was growing up. My mom had a hard time coping. Not the same as sending of a son, but it's a sad reality for so many families in these times.

I'm off today. Just the routine errand runnings. Did some dusting and the extent of the housework for the day.

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Grace don't think you're casting a pall over things by admitting this. It's understandable, and something you have to deal with as best you can.

Morning clemm Tweety Sabby Mary AKY.

Not much going on around here. Had two admissions last night but still got out not too late. Wasn't too busy later in the shift.

Going to visit with some relatives tomorrow afternoon. Not much more to do today except sleep. Not working again until Mon.

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I concur with everyone else - come here anytime and speak your mind and share your fears. You've got folks who hold you, dh, son, and daughter in their thoughts and prayers. :redbeathe

I wish everyone a wonderful Good Morning/Good Evening from sunny California.

I'll be starting the last part of cleaning up this house for company - definitely a different set of standards than just us. Here's an example - my son's girlfriend will be staying in Danny's room so I cleaned the carpet, swept the cobwebs and killed the spiders, took down the solar system mobile and cleaned it, took down the moon and cleaned it and replaced the batteries so both would actually work (then I had to go online to the company where I bought the solar system and download the instructions to put the planets back in their proper place), took down Elvis and cleaned him up and then moved him to a different wall, washed the baseboards, vacuumed the blinds, killed the ants hiding behind the blinds :eek:.

I also emptied all the magazine holders - I'm taking the old magazines to the break room at work.

Danny is out of school - not sure what to do with the kid while I'm cleaning. Maybe he can go to the ranch and visit his grandparents. :up:

See you all later. :)

steph

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Yesterday morning, I was listening to our local news radio station and I heard about a contest for Father's Day. There is one daily winner Monday to Friday, for two weeks and then next Friday, a draw for the grand prize. On a lark, I submitted an email about why my husband should win. Imagine my surprise when my friend called me to hear my letter had been read on the air.

The daily prize is a wine kit and the grand prize is a weekend in Niagara wine country for a tour of good food and good wine. Odds are good, but will we win....?

(I confess, I didn't enter for him!)

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I hope you win the competition, clemmm! :)

Thanks all for your supportive words, it's been a rough past few weeks since we found out. I'm the kind who, once I've been able to process things in my mind, regain my equilibrium and push ahead. Whenever adversity strikes in my life, initially I may be knocked for a six, but once I've had the time to regroup myself, I usually manage to rise up and face whatever's challenging me with renewed strength and determination.

I'm endeavouring to do this now and am doing better than I was in the recent couple of weeks.

I'm under no illusion though, that the months ahead are going to be easy.

For now we just look forward to his impending visit home before going away.

Small steps. One day at a time. It's all any of us can ever do, regardless.

We've woken to blue skies here today - [saturday] - and I'm pottering about the house accomplishing some chores and the washing and just "being". :)

Enjoy your weekend once you reach it!

cheers .........

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Grace - sounds like you have the right idea. :redbeathe

Good luck with that pottering - I'm just now finished with my "cleaning for company" and my son and his girlfriend are still hours away. It'll be dark when they get here. I realized that I didn't even give dinner a thought and so we are going out for Mexican food. The town is just about deserted as both our local high schools have graduations tonight.

I know I say this every time I clean like this - but I sure wish we'd all help to keep it this way. :rolleyes:

steph

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