I'd be lying if I said today hadn't been a bit traumatic but it's done now.
Ma was fine until she realised we were leaving her there, then it all kicked off. In the end we just had to kiss her goodbye and leave. And of course I cried. But I've just spoken to the home and they tell me that she's quite settled, chatting to people and has eaten hotdogs for tea. Excuse me while I faint with astonishment. I've never known Ma to eat a hot dog. Mind you it's Bingo tomorrow night and I've never known her do that either. This could be a week of discovery for her! I do hope so. I hope she settles in properly and enjoys having new people to talk to. Plus of course, if she does enjoy it there's a chance I could do this again at some point. Here's hoping.
A message for any family reading this who are planning on visiting. There's no restriction time-wise, you can go whenever you like. I warn you though that she will want to be taken home, I guarantee it. With that in mind, although you are free to take her out for the afternoon etc. I would counsel against it.
Lily was about as impressed with the kennels as Ma was with the respite home. She entered the building happily enough but walking into the kennel block was a bit intimidating for her. As soon as the door opened the occupants started barking and it was quite overwhelming. I had to pick her up to get her into her kennel but once inside she went off to investigate her own run quite happily enough. I hope she's ok though, she's 10 years old and this is her first time in kennels.
I tell you, I'm wrung out with all this emotion.
Other things... Pete and I finally managed to register the LPA with the bank, so that should make bill paying etc. a lot easier.
It has rained so hard here this evening we lost the satellite signal for twenty minutes. Glad we're not camping in the Lakes next week.
One of my front teeth is slightly longer than the other. The light from the laptop screen is reflecting off this longer bit. I look like I'm channelling Nanny McPhee.
I have a case to pack and the #FridayTwiz to look forward to. Better get on with it then.
See you on the 25th or thereabouts if I don't see you on Facebook or Twitter.