Hey guys ... Look what arrived through the letterbox today ...
... cards and fun stickers from American blogger mates KELLYANN and ANDREA !! Both on the same day. How clever is that?! Needless to say, The Photographer is over the moon happy with his "fan mail". "Touching and sweet", to quote him.
Thank you girls, so thoughtful of you, it made his day.
My patient is doing so well. He spends his days sitting in his comfy armchair, looking out at spring unfolding in the garden, and the birds stuffing themselves on the bird feeders and bird table again - they ran dry whilst TP was in hospital and filling bird feeders was not high in the pecking order, pun oh so intended!
The Cookery Bit
I prepare nourishing meals for my patient. Like Beef Consomme. I have discovered there's a good reason why it is sold in tins. It's a bloomin faff to make. Have you ever made it? Do you know a way to make it that doesn't take hours and doesn't involve stiffly beaten egg whites and muslin? I'd love to hear if you do.
When TP was convalescing three years ago I presented him with a bottle. A reminder that I Know Best. So I've brought it out to aid his recovery again. The message is clear, he really has to accept that I know best when he is unwell, or pretty much all the time really, come to think of it :-).
The Crafty Bit
I painted a bottle with chalk paint, attached a chalk pen on a string which slots neatly into the bottle neck, then painted a heart tag with chalk paint too and dangled it on the side.
Then wrote the message loud and clear and placed it in front of him, wherever he was sitting at the time. It worked then (he obeyed orders and got well!) and I'm hoping it will work again because it's vitally important that a patient really does listen to his nurse's advice when unwell, eh.
These blackbottles are so handy as well as striking. Little topical messages can be added to the bottle as and when, like Happy Valentine for breakfast on 14 February.
BTW, these make excellent little bespoke presents. I use chalk pen to write the recipient's house name on the little tag.
So, with loving care TP gets better with every day. Doesn't he look well?
And I'm not his only nurse. Another little nurse (GS) decided that TP needed to be given his breakfast in style so pulled a table over to TP's chair and set him up with yoghurt & honey, juice and grapes, then watched over him as he ate.
How sweet and thoughtful was that?!
(Photo credit - GD).
I tell you, dear reader, it's good to be back with you again.
It's beginning to feel a bit like Normal.
A la perchoine.