No 'Succinctly Yours' today as I was out all day yesterday enjoying myself, so didn't get time to write one. Instead I thought I'd tell you what I've been up to for the past few weeks.
Yesterday we went on the East Lancs Railway, with our friends, to The Trackside, which is a pub on Bury Station, where we enjoyed some real ale. Later we went to a new(ish) Chinese restaurant, called Flaming Dragon, where you pay a set price and can eat as much as you like. There were so many dishes to choose from I was spoilt for choice and ate far too much. After eating we went for a walk and called into another pub for a quick drink before catching the bus back to our home town to one of our local pubs for the Sunday night quiz. We were joint First on the quiz but lost it on the tie break - we was robbed! LOL
Yesterday was also the 5th anniversary for my new knee. I had a total knee replacement on my right knee on 26th February 2007 and that was the reason I started this blog, to keep a record of the progress I made, though I wasn't sure at the time if it would be the complete success it turned out to be. I thought at best I would be able to walk without pain, I didn't envisage that I would be going to the gym and Zumba classes, so you can imagine how ecstatic I am with the results of my surgery. You can read about it here if you're interested.
Every Tuesday for the last seven weeks we have been beautifying our house. We have painted every room in the house, except the smallest bedroom, which we don't actually use as a bedroom - it's full of books and MWM's paraphernalia and is a bit of a junk room so it will have to wait for it's beauty treatment until MWM tidies it up. This week is the last of the beautifying, we're cleaning the carpets, then next week we are decluttering the wardrobes, so the charity shops round here will be receiving a huge donation - I'm going to be ruthless and insist MWM does the same.
After all our work over the past weeks we're hoping to take a few day trips out before our first proper holiday of the year on 6th April, when we go on a coach trip for 4 days to the Severn Valley, which I'll tell you about when we get back.
We were all celebrating a couple of weeks ago when our youngest son secured a two year training contract with a firm of solicitors, which he will start in September when he finishes the last year of his University Degree Course in Law. Last year, at the end of the first three years of the course he gained a First Class Honours Degree and just has to finish this year to be able to have the letters LL.B (Hons) after his name, which makes him a Bachelor of Law. We're so proud of him because he started this degree when he was eighteen but dropped out after 12 months, then decided to go back to University at the age of 32 to obtain his Law degree. He has worked extremely hard and suffered financial hardship because they have had to rely on just his partner's income for the past four years. He really couldn't have done it without her support, she has worked all the hours God sends to keep them afloat and will still have to work hard for the next two years whilst he is completing his training with the solicitors, as although he will get paid during his training, it won't be very much. Hopefully in two years time they will both benefit from all their hard work when he has finally become a fully fledged solicitor. MWM and I are looking forward to July when we will go to his graduation ceremony to see him receive his First Class Honours Degree at last.
Last week I went out to lunch with four friends (should have been five but one couldn't make it) I haven't seen for at least 10 years. We spent our late teens and early twenties together dancing every night listening to the various pop groups that played at our local night spot. We do keep in touch, on Facebook and send Christmas cards but haven't actually got together for such a long time. It was great to meet up and talk about what we have all been doing the past years and talk about all times. We've made a solemn vow to meet up every couple of months at least and hopefully we will all be there next time. Here we are enjoying lunch.
Well that's about all my news, must go now it's nearly time to make lunch.