First of all, thank you to all my lovely friends that wished my husband well with his eye op yesterday. It was a complete success, which was the good bit. He has to go back in three weeks time to have it looked at, and then probably have the second eye done three months after that.
The trouble with people who have never had anything wrong with them, is that they don't like it if something upsets their plans. Of course, hubby thought that he would be home, and then carry on checking his e-mails and generally just getting back to normal. Hah! After a couple of hours, the anaesthetic wore off and he wasn't very happy for the rest of the day. He said it felt as if the eye was full of grit. Anyway, I phoned up the Eye Infirmary and the nurse assured me that this was perfectly normal. Because the eye had been nicked, there was obviously a small wound there, so that every time my husband blinked, that's when he felt that grit like feeling. This will last for a couple of days apparently. He certainly wasn't very happy about that either. Oh dear, I think I shall be keeping a fairly low profile for the next couple of days!
1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?
I don't have any pets myself at the moment, but when I had a Persian Blue cat, called Merlin, he was very much a part of the family. A lot of you will know that my daughter and family who live in France have a delightful little French Bulldog called Alfred. He will get his passport in March, so that, every time they pay us a visit, little Alfred will be staying too!
2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
Totally unrealistic I know, but I would love it if no little child ever had to suffer again, be it from illness or abuse.
3. What is the one thing most hated by you?
Abuse, whether physical or emotional.
4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
Make sure that my family and close friends were well taken care of, then I would end world poverty, and pour whatever was left into medical research to try to find a cure for all the awful illnesses that there are in the world. Cancers, MS, Motor Neurone Disease, Arthritis, Dementia, Parkinsons, and all the others in between.
5. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
Listening to music from the 60's or walking by the sea.
6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
I would have to say being loved by someone, because if you love someone and they don't have any feelings for you, it can be pretty painful.
7. What is your bedtime routine?
Take my make-up off, clean my teeth, put my night cream on and snuggle down to read a couple chapters of whatever book I happen to be reading at the time.
8. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
I guess it was a blind date really, because I had been in a very nasty car accident where my car was written off. I had pretty bad injuries to my face and a friend from work felt I needed cheering up. Her husband's friend was staying with them, as they were in the Army together. So I turned up, with the whole bottom half of my face swollen to about three times its size. (I know - pretty scary for anyone to have to meet!). Obviously I didn't want to go out looking like that, but something deep down inside must have been urging me on, and I went. We had a very pleasant evening, and the rest, as they say, is history! But, nevertheless, he obviously wasn't attracted to my blinding beauty!!
9. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, what would it be?
No-one famous, but I would love to watch someone creating a water colour picture from start to finish.
10. What kinds of books do you read?
I love reading novels, but I love to read Biographies and Autobiographies as well. I still have the Autobiography of Dame Judi Dench to read, which one of my daughters gave me as part of my Christmas present.
11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?
To be honest, as I would be almost 74 by then, I would very much like to still be alive and in good health.
12. What’s your fear?
My fear has already come true on three occasions in recent years, in that I have lost three very close friends. My fear still is to lose one of my immediate family members or another close friend.
13. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit outer space?
I don't think I eat that much junk food really, but I certainly have no wish whatsoever to visit outer space. There are far too many beautiful places here on earth that I haven't visited yet.
14. Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?
Mmmm... I think that's the hardest question of the lot so far. Can I come back to it please?
15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Say "thank you" for another day and all my blessings.
16. If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner what would it be?
Ever since I first married my husband, he has been a total workaholic and is still exactly the same now, and he will be 67 in July. So I really would like him to be able to appreciate that there are other equally as important things in this life, especially at our time of the game. But I know that that's never going to happen.
17. If you could pick a new name for yourself what would it be?
Augusta. (That's an in-joke between my daughter and I, I'm afraid!).
18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?
I would certainly forgive because it doesn't do any good to hold onto something like that. It just festers inside and makes you a very bitter person. Deep down, I don't think you could ever really forget it, but it will get much easier with time.
19. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?
Apparently I now have to tag four more bloggers to take part in the same survey, so here goes.
Bouncin'Barb ( I don't think I've seen you do this one before, but I could be wrong!!).
Facing50withhumour (No fibs on this one Carol!).
Just Martha http://jellyshane.blogspot.com/
Have fun with this one ladies. It's surprising just how long it has taken me to answer all those questions!!
Sorry?? What's that?? I've left one out? Which one would that be then?!
14. Ok, I'll give you what I know you want to hear, and, that is,
single and rich. Ooops! Sorry, my fingers slipped there for a minute. That should have read, :( married and poor.