We went by car, but I wasn't comfortable sitting in the car. We did what shopping we needed to do, including buying lots of nibbles for teatime on the Sunday. I had decided to invite Daughter and Son in Law, as Mum in Law had said she didn't want to stay too long with us,as she finds it difficult to get used to being alone again. So as Daughter and co were travelling back that day, and it would help them, then they would also get to see Grandma one more time.
Travelling home in the car from town, I was in considerable pain, and realised I would not be able to cope with church the next day. We had a spag bol, and I rested quite lot. Then on the Sunday, Husband and his Mum went off to church,and I just pottered, as much as I could, and got dinner ready. I had bought desserts to lessen the work. Everything went well, and then I enjoyed a good rest. We had a help yourself buffet style tea, sadly no one made it to church, but I think everyone enjoyed it.
We had already decided that husband would take his Mum home on the Monday, I said why not come back Tuesday? but he was adamant he would do it in one day, and he did. I managed to sit on my specs again, and the lens popped out. I fixed them, but the lens popped out again. When I tried to tighten the screw, I realised that the actual frame had broken. On the Tuesday, we decided we would get the bus into town, to get a new pair. However, as I'm still not sleeping, the mattress we bought does nothing to ease my pain, so I was up late, and by the time we arrived in town the opticians had closed, early closing 2 pm on New year eve. Next door to the opticians is a bed store, so we went in and tried a few mattresses. I cannot cope with firm mattresses, indeed my osteopath says they are wrong for me. So we went from bed to bed, trying quite a few. There was one which seemed better than the others, but we decided to go back another day. As usual it was useless going to bed before midnight,as there were lots of fireworks. It is only the second time in about 8 years that we haven't been on the South Coast taking Mum in Law back.
New year's day was fairly quiet, husband came to Sainsbo's with me, and helped with the shopping, I spent a lot of time resting again.
The next day, we went out a bit earlier,and got to the opticians. We walked down, which was a mistake, and I had to go to the bank, so walked further than normal. The opticians had had lot of people in with broken glasses, they had a matching frame, not the same shade, but it cost far less than I had thought it would. The we went back to the bed shop. I still couldn't quite decide, but to be fair, waking had given me a lot of pain. We were told that they had a bigger range in the Watford store including a very soft mattress.
Normally we would have looked after the children, but Daughter had refused to let me as she could see how I was suffering, so she and her husband took a day off each. We had lunch in M&S on the Thursday, last time we had done that was when Ethan was born, and later that day we got a 4 month picture. We got the bus back up the hill,
On the Friday, we decided to go to Watford. I went out to the recycling bins, a couple of times, and heard about 5 claps of thunder, then suddenly we got a terrific hailstorm.
We were told the same as we had been told in the other store, that it's the men who can sleep on anything, and the women who complain that they can't sleep. We also tried a few Tempur mattresses, but did not find them too comfortable. Apparently the format of those has been changed too. We learned that Dunlopillo, had been taken over by a different company,and the composition is different, which could explain why I have been unable to sleep on ours without a topper.
At about 4 pm, husband said we should really be going, so we walked back to the car, which set my back off, and when we got to the other bed store, the one with the branch in our town, I was in such pain that nothing felt comfy. The softer mattress turned out to cost £2,500, which was way out of our budget. After lying on several mattresses and finding they all felt the same, we came home without having bought anything.
On the Saturday we were late going out.We'd had lots of rain, the enormous puddle was back in the car parking area, and neighbours warned us that the road we were planning to use was flooded. On impulse husband suggested we went over to St Albans, so we shopped in Waitrose for a change.
We were quite concerned to see the awful damage in Aberystwyth, our daughter was there as a student, more than 10 years ago, and she spent her final year in seafront halls. The B&B we stayed at when I took her for open day was also flooded.
Sorry, I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but didn't get round to adding the pics.