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A rough week

It was my birthday this week, and I found it very difficult indeed. I missed Christopher so much. It was a huge struggle to get out of bed that morning – I really wanted to just turn over and pull the duvet over my head. Perhaps fortunately I had some meetings arranged at work that day, so I couldn’t take the easy option. But it was so hard.

I decided not to “celebrate” my birthday this year – there really doesn’t feel like much to celebrate. So I just had  quiet evening at home. The next evening, however, I joined a friend from work, plus 53 other local women, for dinner at the theatre, followed by a performance of Calendar Girls. Fortunately, I knew the plot having seen the film, so wasn’t surprised when the husband of  one of the main characters died of leukaemia half way through the first act. But I did find it somewhat gruelling and rather too close to the bone for comfort. I don’t think I’d have stuck it out if I’d been on my own, but as part of a large group I could cope. And it got much funnier and less traumatic once they started taking their clothes off! On a side note, why are so many comedies about the lead character’s  husband dying of cancer? I don’t find it amusing……

On top of all that, I’ve got the builders in yet again. Joiners and carpenters this time. They’ve replaced a window in the utility room with a double-glazed one, which is something I’ve wanted to have done for several years. We also agreed that they would replace a small area of barge-board and soffit round the back of the house, which was rotten. Unfortunately, once they started repairing it, they found that the rot was much more extensive than they had believed. A large section of the roof above the bathroom is rotten, and I need new rafters as well as a much larger section of fascia repaired. It seems to be due to a badly-installed soil-vent pipe (I think that’s what it’s called) that wasn’t properly weatherproofed and so has been leaking water into the woodwork for many years. It clearly needed to be fixed before there was a very expensive catastrophic failure, but I’m not at all happy about it!

{ 2 } Comments

  1. neil brisombe | 27 May 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Gillian,

    Sorry to hear about your birthday – glad work could drag you up.

    I have mislaid your email, would be great to see you sometime soon – how about around lunchtime in Malv?

    Best,

    N

  2. PaulD | 30 May 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    be careful if they replace any facia boards, in our last house they couldnt be bothered to cut a hole for the overflow pipe, they just chopped it off and covered it up !