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  • I second Faat!!

    Faat, eh??!

    Oops…sorry Fast!…very tired after travelling all day! 😐

    Thanks Fast,

    No trips planned just at the moment, except in my head. But I shall boldly go, with courage and my invisibility cloak…!

    At the other end of age scale. It was midwinter, snow on the ground, school term about to begin, hence quite a few kids travelling to the UK. Paris-London flight diverted to Manchester, where all the passengers left the plane and waited to be told what would happen next.

    There I was, minding my own business, when a young guy in a British Airways uniform walked up to me and asked in a sweet, gentle voice: “Are you travelling alone?” I told him yes, but why did he need to know. “We need to contact the parents of unaccompanied children and tell them that they are safe and well and will be put on a train to London, he said.” I replied that it was very kind of BA, but I should tell him I would be 23 in a few weeks time.


    There is a guy in my local supermarket who regularly says, as he has to authorise my alcohol purchase,’you look just about old enough’. Its patently untrue! The first time he said it, I’m afraid I very ungraciously snapped that he ought to get his eyes tested…

    * Patently untrue as in I clearly look like someone who may once, many years ago, have been 18 years old…

    I couldn’t see you just blushing and giggling as a response, Happy. 😄😄
    Noone has questioned my age for 40 years. And before that, there were no laws that enforced them to do so. 😏😒😒🙄

    Hilarious hermaj! 🤣

    Hi all, how is everyone going?

    I’ve pretty much come on here to whine about losing my mojo. All my self-discipline, motivation, determination seems to have gone out the window. I’m doing my version of low carb 16:8 but cheating quite a bit. I’m too scared to get on the scales. I know I’ve put weight on, still fit my clothes but the seams are straining these days.

    I know I’m depressed by what’s going on in the world. I’m so fed up with hearing bad news stories all the time, desperate to see our son and his family in Canada. They are having their first baby, heaven knows how old she’ll be before I get to meet her.

    My father died at the end of 2019, and I was very close to him and also very busy supporting him. I went straight from his death to COVID life and I think perhaps I haven’t actually been able to reconstruct a life post dad due to virus restrictions. Last year wasn’t so bad but this year the wheels have definitely fallen off the wagon.

    Sorry, I know this is self absorbed but I hoped if I wrote it down it might help and I do feel like we have a relationship that goes beyond 5:2.

    I hope you’re all doing okay in your various parts of the world. Xx

    Oh Carol dear. So sorry to hear you have hit rock bottom. Expressing your feelings is a good start.
    Having met you, I know gaining a bit isn’t the end of the world. Being slacker, foodwise, to get through all you are going through is OK, as long as you retain some of your fasting (16:8).
    This long haul epidemic is really throwing out the window all that we thought was normal life. We never anticipated life could change so radically, so quickly, did we?
    The loss of a parent that was so much part of your daily routine is a huge hole. I found taking the initiative to create other routines helped. Find online, or real, if possible, interest groups to initiate new learning.
    I am interested in art, music and literature and once I found one group in each the network became extensive and I have made some very close, like minded friends through them. Nothing like a friend to let off steam with, even if it is by text.
    This cold winter we are experiencing in Aus is definitely a challenge foodwise. Give yourself some slack. Life is too short to beat yourself up over it.
    I’m sending virtual hugs your way, mate. Xx

    Thanks Purple. Some good tips too re joining groups. I go to the gym and belong to a walking group but do that for health mainly, although I enjoy it all. One thing I still miss is using my brain. I’m doing a funeral service this coming week so have been busy preparing that and I enjoy doing it so much. Maybe I need to look for something to do where I see my contribution is valued. I think I’ve got a creative side and have tried a number of things over the years but not found anything I excelled at. That’s another avenue to explore.

    Re the virus long haul: I agree with that. Last year didn’t seem SO bad because I thought everything would be resolved, but now I have very little hope of returning to life as we knew it in the near future.

    Thanks for your support and understanding 😊

    Sadly, Carol, by the time 70% of the Aus population is vaccinated, and we could possibly open International borders, the virus will have mutated significantly. 😥
    I tried a lot of things before I found my niche. The benefit of choosing to do something, compared to having to do it for work, is that you can just walk away if it doesn’t suit. 🙂🙂
    Good luck with your quest. P

    Oh, Carol, bless you. So sorry to hear about your dad. I totally understand your concerns about not seeing your expected grandchild. I’m with you there. It was bad enough to have to wait six weeks to meet number 1 and a month fir number 2 – mother’s parents get first dibs.

    Re investment in things, is there a writing group that you could join? U3A is brilliant, with lots of different groups – from intellectual to fun, with some a combination of the two. We’ve managed to continue our book, poetry and quiz groups online and are looking forward to opening up with some restarting outdoors soon. I held the last poetry group in my garden. I do realise that Australia has not vaccinated as many as in the U.K., though. That said, our Welsh government is far more cautious than the English one, in spite of more having had both jabs.

    Keep your chin up and remember it’s not the end of the world if a few pounds creep on.
    Sending you a cwtch,


    Interesting your comment about grandkids, Polly. It’s true! The mother’s parents are the priority grandparents, aren’t they? It was great when my daughter reproduced as I was included from the beginning, but being very aware of how it felt for years as “the other grandmother “, I make sure we share. 🙂
    I so look forward to normality again when we can see all the kids. P

    Only just picked this up, Carolann, and so glad Purple was there, too offer loving care, reassurance and advice. She’s right on all points – especially about cutting yourself some slack! – so listen to your auntie P! Grief takes as long as it takes, and can’t be hurried: we’re alll grieving for a way of life which may be gone for good, bud you have the additional, and much greater, sorrow of your dad’s loss to cope with. The will to fast etc will return as the early stages pass – I know that in calendar terms it’s a while, but I think emotional work is all taking longer without the usual supports and structures of physical relationships and rituals, so don’t be surprised that it’s taking its time. The support you give others through the funeral you’re leading will be hugely important to that family -but giving that to someone else may be part of your healing, too. And I’m so glad that you we’re blessed with such a close relationship with your dad: nothing can take that away.
    Virtual hugs! Xx

    And Polly, of course! We crossed in the ether! I second U3a – we’ve even been wine tasting on zoom!

    Hi Polly, I often think of you because when I’m feeling sorry for myself because I know you are in a similar situation re grandchildren and sons. I feel for you, I really do and pray for the day both of us can see our family again.

    Thankyou Fast, wise words. I do think I haven’t actually mourned my dad because I went straight into worrying about COVID and of course now I grieve for the fact I can’t see my son and his family as well as the new baby. I had such expectations about how I might be involved with a new baby when he and his wife had one, none of those expectations included not being able to see them or the baby. 😢 I feel so sorry for my son too because at the birth of your first child you want your family around. Mothers of daughters Purple and Polly.

    U3A is a good idea, hadn’t thought of that. I will investigate.

    Thankyou all 🥰

    I’m back on here again and a bit has changed but not my weight unfortunately! 😊

    My granddaughter was born 1/11 (Magnolia or Nola if you need to shorten). I’m so so happy that she was born healthy without any dramas. Best news is we have booked to go to Canada 18/12/21, so we will be there for Xmas 💖

    We’ve had to jump through a few hoops to make it happen but it was worth it! They’re so excited we’re coming, they’ve had quite a tough time over there.

    The state I live in has been mainly CV free but that will probably change very soon as tomorrow we open the borders up to the rest of the country, provided double vaccinated.

    My weight remains the same because I’m not doing anything differently, using food as my comfort. I was only thinking today will I ever get that motivation and inspiration back re fasting. Doubtful as I’m an emotional eater and I don’t see life improving that much in the near future. We didn’t know how lucky we were before this pandemic.

    I sincerely hope everyone is safe and well. Let’s hear your news if you feel like sharing. Take care 🙏🏻🥰

    Congratulations Carol. I’m so pleased you’ll be able to go over and cuddle her. Grandchildren are such a joy.
    Re opening borders, you have less to fear from NSW, Vic and ACT than other states in Australia, including your own. We have some of the highest vaccine rates in the world now and very low case numbers, despite now accepting that Covid is endemic. Hopefully the rest of the country catch up quickly. It is very much a disease of the unvaccinated.
    I’ve been grandchild minding all day today, while fasting…always challenging as I make snacks all day. Went well until 6pm, when I simply HAD to have a few nuts and half a glass of red. Great way to break a 24 hour fast! 😄😄
    Enjoy your trip. That’s SO exciting! P

    Oh, congratulations, Carol! Wonderful news and you can get to see and hold her! Wonderful! It doesn’t matter about the hoops, you can get there.

    We’re still stuck with weekly FaceTime. Nothing like enough, but the boys are now very busy at the weekends, with football, lacrosse and other activities, do it’s all too brief. We don’t envisage going over until the Spring, though. There are no direct flights to either Newark or Philadelphia from Manchester or even Heathrow yet and we’re too old to spend hours in an airport, even if we would risk a plane.

    We had our Covid booster jabs in October, so life is more like the old days and we have more restrictions in Wales, thankfully, so feel more hopeful.

    Weight is more or less stable 🥴 at two pounds over top wriggle room, so I’m not beating myself up over it. I did eat a whole bar of chocolate on Saturday, though, after OH and I had had words. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

    Envying you, Purple, on grandparent duty. We enjoyed the game on Saturday- could have gone either way! Hope all my fasting friends are well.

    I said to Mr P, Ah well, Polly will be pleased!
    I have some local grandies, but others on the other side of the country that we haven’t seen for 20 months, and aren’t holding our breath about seeing them until well into next year. Sadly, the kids grow up without knowing us.

    Good morning all! I was wondering a few days ago whether we’d gone dormant or I’d just been locked out – good to hear from you again, and I’ll add my congratulations to the pile, Carol. Wonderful news!

    All well here, as we ease back into a life which will probably never go back to ‘normal’ as .wE knew it, after so much sadness and separation. But there are bright spots – the joy of reunions, especially with our youngest son, recently hugged for the first time in two years, and getting to know the great grandson born at the start of the year first lockdown, and see his big sister start school. And significant, I think, that a family decision has just been reached re Christmas: presents for under 20s only, but a shared mega feast, with everyone contributing, to celebrate just being able to be together.
    We’ve had our boosters; weight is stable, having recovered from the covid induced 8lb loss, but thankfully stayed within wriggle room. But I’ve had a frustratingly low activity feW months, after tearing my Achilles in July. It’s just healing now, so I need to get back out there and tighten up that bum and tum!
    Great to be back in touch, love to all

    Hi FFS. It’s so great to hear from you too! We cyber mates are still there for each other.
    A great grandchild is really something …and you have 2?
    We are delighted to be having the East Coast mob for a casual, all in together, Christmas Day too. After spending last year totally on our own for the very first time, I look forward to everyone here. We are due our boosters in a month, so hopefully pre Christmas. All the family are fully vaxed, with even the 12 year old lining up the day after her birthday. No reluctance here. 😏
    Stay safe and happy wherever you are ad treasure your friends and family. P

    So lovely to hear your news everyone! And it’s all good news 😊 and even talk of Christmas! 💞

    As we all have mentioned, the one obvious fact to come out of CV, is how very important our connections are to family, friends and other people.

    You’re all such a warm, empathic group, continue to take care. X

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