Well, were to begin? At the beginning I think is probably best.
Yesterday I got up, did a few things and then went to get a slice of bread and butter for breakfast. No bread, so I had crackers. The butter though was so soft it was crazy. I investigated. The fridge had totally died. Dead. Not going and everything was warm.
I called Hubby and he said that he thought it had been like it all week... We will not ask why he didn't think to tell me before.
So I went to our wonderful local shop that sells all kind of things including household appliances and bought a new one. I know I could have tried to get the old one repaired, but I didn't. Chosen, paid for and they delivered the new one on the same day and took the old one away. The service was very good. This might seem terrible and profligate, but it is what it is.
I came home and did a few things and then managed to fall through our back door into the lobby/laundry area over a step and onto a hard tiled floor and totally smashed my knee. It has a big hole in it.
After recovering from that I started to empty the old fridge and removed all of the fridge magnets from the outside. Some of them had sort of welded themselves to the fridge and I had to pry them off with a knife. Just as well the fridge was going...
Then I managed to drop a set of ceramic spoons on the floor and smashed them.
I pretty much gave up after that! Hubby came home in time to supervise the delivery of the new fridge - he can work from home - and we were back in business so I could go and get food for the week and for today.
To say that Friday the thirteenth was rubbish for me this year is an understatement!!! Never have I had such a bad one before and I hope never to have a day like this again.
Then today was the big "family meeting" day about Man. I got up and prepared food - thanks to the new fridge - and then waited for the arrival of Man and the other participants.
The meeting was ho hum to say the least. Everyone was civil and polite - I feared they might not be - and apart from Man we were all on the same page that he definitely needs help. The rest of the participants think that Man is better than we do, but they have made a huge step change so that is a good thing.
Man however, well, he was having none of anything. Apparently he is fine....
The net outcome after some three hours I think of discussion was that he didn't agree to anything. However, some things are - I hope - going to be pressed upon him even if he doesn't like them such as employing a gardener, increasing the cleaners hours and if we can, getting him to allow us to take up all the rugs he has about the house..
Replacing the 50 - 60 year old - really, I kid you not - stair carpet that is a major hazard and is worn out was totally refused. We tried and tried to find out why, but we were just met with firm refusals to do anything other than to say that modern carpets aren't as good a quality...
So we ended up with a lot of stress over recent weeks that Hubby and I felt very much directed towards us, a not too stressful day in the end today, but with the outcome that nothing will really happen.
I am not sure if this is good or bad. What we can now put to bed and settle in our own minds though is that we have definitely tried and the rest of the family know that too because they were there. Also they have tried and as I said, that is a big change for them and that has helped us.
You can lead a horse to water, but as was said today - not by me - you cannot make it drink even if you throw it in the water!
Thank you so much for the support, prayers, good vibes and all of the other things. I am sure that they helped me. Whenever I send out requests for support I always feel it behind me and with loving hands on my shoulders. I cannot explain it, other than I know somehow that it is there. That is all down to you and all I can do is thank you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart I do. My hand is on your shoulder too whenever you need it.
That is it really! Sorry to have been late with visiting the Five On Fridays but I have come round and seen you all just now. Thank you for taking part.
I hope that some sort of normality will now return, but we will see. I have learned that there is no such thing as normal and you just have to roll with things. In the meantime I am keeping my leg up and rested to give me knee a chance to heal. Sorry about the IG picture, I won't share anymore though or any of the actual injury, it isn't pretty!
Hope you have a good rest of the weekend! Thank you all again!!!!!