Tuesday, 17 July 2012

I did it...


I got some more 'ME' time... but also did a few firsts the other week...

The first was driving 265 miles on my own as have not driven that sort of distance on my own since I got married, some 27 years ago.

The second was that I stayed in a travelodge all by myself, lol. In fact, I've never actually stayed anywhere on my own before, other than here at home... (I did prop the chair in front of the door so no one could get in, just to be on the safe side, lol)

The third was I got the chance to meet Gina and Sue, for the very first time.


It was really weird how it came about. Gina said how she was hoping to visit her son in his new house and joked saying she was actually nearer Sue so would pop in for a cupper. Then when I saw the dates she was thinking about, realised they were the same days that Steven would be in respite, so I joked and said oh I could come too.

It sort of went from there and a few weeks later we met for the very first time. It was fab seeing them actually in the flesh (hehe, so to speak).

We not only saw the table where Sue always sits to have her cuppers, but we actually sat and had a cupper or six at it too. We also met her dad, who is usually huffing and puffing when Sue get stash deliveries, (but I don't believe her as he was very nice to us, lol) her garage where everything gets shuffled (when she needs the room for more stash)...

Also saw the famous craft room or two, as I think one of them was suppose to be her bedroom. OK I did see the bed, (just), but did miss seeing the 36" TV, cos of the stash, oh and Gina missed the 2 wardrobes, lol... Yes it was that bad, Gina actually took photos to show her family (for when they moan about her stash, hehehe).

It was a hectic few days but well worth it, I drove up on the Monday, met up with Sue had lots of cuppers, met Gina and hubby on the Tuesday, so lots more cuppers and a all you can eat Chinese buffet, then travelled home on the Wednesday, in plenty of time for my young man arriving home.

And you never know, we might even be able to do it again next year (but first both Gina and Sue needs some more steroids to make it possible, but at the moment they are still getting over the last lot for this visit)...

Oh forgot to say, I was telling one of Steven's carers about the trip (a young girl of 20), when she looked up and said, and you tell us not to meet people who you talk to over the Internet, as they might not be who they say they are, I could be being groomed!. In between laughing I emailed Sue and asked her if she was really a crafty lady or was she just grooming us. She emailed back saying I had blown her cover and she was really a 56 year old balding man grooming us. But am relieved to say she wasn't, she was a 53 year old lady with a very bad addiction to buying stash, lol...

But when Carol (Sue's sister) took photos for us, (as we were too busy yapping and kept forgetting), Gina grabbed mine and Sue's hands wanting her buddies close to her. Well that set me off, as she grabbed our hands towards her boobs, well it reminded me of the grooming. So it wasn't Sue that was doing the grooming it was actually that Gina, lol...


I still cannot believe we actually did it and it only started out as an joke, but so pleased I did those few firsts as it was FANTASTIC day, actually getting to see my friends for that first time.

11 comments:

SusieJ said...

Wow!!!! Amazing stuff Maria! I'm so pleased (and a little bit jealous!!) that you got to meet Gina and Sue.
Now that's what I call "me time"!!
Hugs xx

crafting to stay sane said...

How wonderful to be able to finally meet up with such lovely ladies! There is no doubt that you had a fantastic time! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventure!
Big hugs to you and Steven
Alyson xx

Hi I'm Maria... said...

Thanks sue and alyson, we had a fab time, I loved every minute of it...xx

OK, maybe not the driving in the wind and rain on the monday though, lol...xx

Susan said...

Well done for driving and staying in a TL by yourself (and not going to Nottingham by mistake LOL)
Lovely that you got to meet your friends/ groomers, that's really sweet.

Hi I'm Maria... said...

hahaha thanks susan and no, no nottingham, lol... xx

DGgirl said...

Such a fabby story Maria - loved reading it all again (and again!!)

Well done to all of you!!

Gill xxxxx

Hi I'm Maria... said...

lol, thanks gill...xx

jeanie g said...

Guess what I got today Maria. You are so lovely for thinking of me.Thank you they will be put to good use and the beautiful card is on display for all to see. Love , love, love it. I'm so happy you got to have your ME time too. I'll be posting about mine later. Nudge nudge wink wink. lol
PS are you on the left or right of Sue? xx

Hi I'm Maria... said...

pleased it arrived safely, sorry it's not in your league of card making, lol..

it's sue on the left, gina in the middle and me on the right...xx

jeanie g said...

Fabulous photo of you all. I just put your card up on my blog and I think its very professional, are the leaves dusted with chalk or distress ink?

Hi I'm Maria... said...

thanks jean, it's a whisper ink pad...xx