Shelved and a Totally Week-ed Week to Leave One Weak

1 of two newly assembled and installed wardrobe-top book shelves for own and edited novels

Let us hope that this time, I am able to post this.

What a week! On Monday, I was preparing to stay in bed and assemble shelves there when a call came from a friend down the road who wanted to drop in for a chinwag. I dressed frantically. He left at 13hoo, so the shelf assembly got put off a bit.
The next event was an announcement from the Cape that Nevie has a bad abscess and had to be put on antibiotics. The Cape is bad for her; every time she goes there she has some issue or another!
Then, in early afternoon, came a call from Sister-in-Law in tears. Her husband has been getting sicker and sicker over the past few weeks and is always too busy/unwilling, scared to go to the doctor. The symptoms struck me as really serious, and I refused to entertain anything like, ‘Maybe After Christmas’ excuses. I said bluntly that he could be dead by then, and I pulled my Senior Member of Family act. I told S-in-L to book a GP appointment for him ASAP, and then relayed the message that in need I would come and fetch him personally and take him there. At this, he caved in, and to cut a long story short was sent straight to hospital.
The diagnosis in due course was acute kidney failure, and the specialists agreed that without immediate intervention he wouldn’t have lasted much longer. He will definitely still be in hospital over Christmas.
Much Better Half had to go and stay with her sister, leaving me in sole charge of our Estate and of the weeping horde of four-footed inhabitants. Our Maid is currently off, as well. This would have to arise at the height of the latest Chemo effects, but I simply got on with it.
The bookshelves are duly on a wardrobe ready to take my own stock of published novels, and then I assembled two office chairs ordered online to go with the new ‘office’ of the kids. It looks great.
R and kids are returning tomorrow, a day early. The maid should report for duty. So life will return to normal apart from a missing wife.
Oh, and stacks of credit go to Sis-in-Law. Her car packed in five years ago, she decided she was scared of her husband’s large and fancy vehicle, so she simply hasn’t driven for ages. She decided needs must, so she got in and mastered it in no time. She has been ferrying MBH and herself to hospital, and here for visits, with increasing confidence. It is a sick breeze, as they say . .
It is unwise for me to go, because of the risk of infection.
So now, in case anyone wondered, you’ll know why I have taken my longest break from blogging in AGES!

P.S. 23 December: Another day, and more of the same with brass fittings. A further post will deal with that in jew coarse.

© December 2019 Colonialist

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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14 Responses to Shelved and a Totally Week-ed Week to Leave One Weak

  1. Susi Bocks says:

    My goodness, you’ve had quite the experiences during the holidays. I do hope your brother-in-law is faring better?


  2. gipsika says:

    Col, you are the kind of Elder people should venerate! Power-packed!
    The shelf looks great, as to the books in it. 🙂
    Wishing you and your clan a happy Christmas.


  3. Widdershins says:

    Congrats on giving the SIL ‘what for’ … hope it ends well for him. Also congrats on shouldering the burden of ‘Home Alone’. 😀


  4. Never a dull moment, Col. Best wishes to you and your family for a merry Christmas and much better health in the coming year. Your SiL’s sudden driving prowess reminded me of my mom who hadn’t driven for umpteen years when my dad got diagnosed with cancer. She’d never liked driving , but at 80, she gamely got behind the wheel and terrorised the neighbourhood for several years until my sister persuaded her it was time to give up her Stirling Moss act. By this time, the car was no longer in the pristine condition that my dad had prided himself on, but she had fun while it lasted. 😅


  5. Quite scary about your son, Leslie. Good thing you stepped in. It is a bit miserable to be having chemo at this time of year, but hopefully it will lead to a much better 2020. I remember when my mom had chemo, it was a difficult time. Have a good Christmas.


  6. Well done, Senior Member


  7. Well done senior member


  8. SueW says:

    You did the right thing insisting that your brother-in-law went to see the GP. You saved his life! Well Done!
    I hope J is feeling better and I’m glad you got everything sorted at home just in time for the family’s return.
    Don’t overdo it! Happy Christmas, Les.


  9. perdebytjie says:

    Hopelik is alles weer binnekort normaal. Kersfeesgroete en sterkte met die behandeling.

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  10. Hope your BIL (brother?) is improving now. Can understand why you can’t visit.
    Seasons greetings and all that though…..

    Liked by 1 person

  11. elspethc says:

    Life’s rich tapestry. Good luck with tying up all these ends

    Liked by 1 person

  12. disperser says:

    Bad, good, life goes on. Take care and I hope soon things settle, if even for only a short while.

    Liked by 2 people

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