My strong words last Wednesday obviously did the trick. There's definitely a lesson there for me too. The nurses helped by saying the same to her. I rang her EVERY day to re-inforce the "lesson".
I had a bit of a mad weekend getting things organised for Sunday, but I got there. I collected her at 11.30 am. The nurses had her looking lovely. They'd washed and blow-dried her hair , painted her nails and dressed her in the clothes I'd brought in to her on Saturday.
So, we went to mass first. That was fun. I'd Snuggles on one side of me wanting to go to the toilet just before the Priest came out! He was as giddy and chatty as hell, i.e. Bored!! "How many minutes left Mum..... How many minutes left Mum.... How many....." you get the picture!! Meanwhile herself was snoring on the other side of me!! Then, when it came to the part where my dad's name was to be mentioned I had to keep poking her awake whilst shushing Snuggles ( "What's his name Mum....What's his name mum....what's etc etc"!!- he doesn't remember him) Gaawwwdd!!! And then of course, the Priest never mentions my dad at all!! After all that!
Like I say........ fun!
But, we lit a candle and the nice young Priest apologised and said he'd do it at the evening Mass. Problem sorted.
We got to the Barracuda Restaurant, very early so we had a cup of tea while waiting for the others to arrive. When my mam is well she eats CONSTANTLY, so she asked the waiter for something to eat with the cuppa! I persuaded her not to as we'd be having a 4 course lunch soon ...... or at least I thought I had persuaded her. When I came back from the loo there she was snaffling half a packet of biccies she had stashed away in her handbag!! Mortification!! Here she is too busy munching to smile!.......
I was caught trying to hide the evidence by the very nice, and extremely helpful, Manager!! he told me not to be worrying and that he'd have given her a scone!
By this stage I'd told her exactly who'd be coming as I knew she could now handle it. She was delighted! Her sister and her best friend for years (in pink top) came along .......
Sorry photo's a bit blurred .... my camera's acting up on me. Anyway, her friend P shares the same Birthday with her. She'll be 76 this Thursday and celebrated it the previous night..... so she had a bit of a hangover and wasn't drinking wine!! EVER AGAIN!! Sound familiar??!!. She's a real character and SO independant. She still drives, babysits her Grandchildren and goes to weekly classes. She's a great artist and makes wonderful jewellery. She made my mam a lovely necklace from fabulous beads, for her Birthday. They were presented in a handmade gift box with a handmade birthday card. She's an amazing woman ..... and great fun! She'd lots of one liners. Her best one was announcing to the whole group that her fabulous Chocolate Brownie dessert was "good for your sex life"!! It's a pity she lives so far away because shes' a good influence for my mam.
Her two friends from home came along too, representing her friends in the Local Ladies Club.
They brought some lovely presents for her too. Soon the whole group was there, we kept it small so no stress .............
My two cousins, Godchild and sister-in-law completed the group.
Everyone made a complete fuss of her and she got lots of pressies. Mostly clothes. That need name tags sewn on them. Guess who gets that lovely job??!!
And as for Snuggles? He was a great boy ...... very well behaved in the restaurant. Sure he had company.......