Sunday, April 5, 2015

Family time

After turning 50 in January, I'm saying yes to more last minute things than I usually do, so when my cousin Bev called on Friday to invite me to tea on Saturday, I said yes.  We were both surprised that I had a 'free' day, because I usually over-book my weekends (I'm type A personality with OCD!) to get as much done as possible. 
With my heart and prayers with the family and friends and pets of the plane that was deliberately crashed in the Alps, flight MH370 still missing and many people still missing from the AirAsia crash, I breathe a prayer of deep gratitude to be able to spend time with my family.  I travel a lot and have several long-haul flights coming up in May and June, so these air tragedies are always on my mind.   

My cousin Bev is 6 months older than me.  She has started painting classes recently and painted this picture of Cosmos for my sister Caron as a birthday gift.  I love it when people get passionate about hobbies.  Everyone needs a hobby, no matter what it is

My cousin Owen (Bev's brother) is 6 months younger than me.  I haven't seen him in a long time so it was awesome to spend time at his home.  He's part mad professor and part IT genius (he's actually a chartered accountant who owns a furniture business!).  He is delightfully scatterbrained and very chilled.  Love you Owen!

my Aunty May (Bev and Owen's mom) has not been well so it was great to see her.  Like my mother, she is battling the beginning stages of dementia.  Although she owns her own home, she lives with Owen; he has hired several helpers to look after her.  Owen looks after her so well and he has endless patience with her - I really admire him. 

Bev with her daughter Amy

late in the day and after having consumed far too many sugary tea-time treats, Bev started jiving and even did some ballet - you go girl!!


  1. It is so important to keep the family ties strong ~ Glad you got to spend such special time with your family my friend.

  2. Awesome memories made here.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}