|Chilling out on the balcony, admiring the scenery|
Feeding time is
Monty loves his food, and gobbles it up very quickly. I can't feed him in the same room as Poppy because he will eat hers as soon as he's finished his. So he eats in the kitchen and Poppy in the bedroom. Believe it or not, I have now resorted to putting Poppy's dish on the bed because Monty can't jump up with his little short legs, but Poppy can. This is the solution now until I think of another one!
Back in the summer I told you about my daughter's cancer scare. After her 3-year routine smear test, high grade cells were discovered. She had the colposcopy procedure carried out in hospital, and at the same time the cells were removed. She now has to have 6-monthly checks for the foreseeable future, and if more cells appear she will receive treatment.
I really wanted to be there with her at the time, but I simply couldn't afford it. She works as a registered childminder and if she takes time off she doesn't get paid. She took just one day off, then continued to work. She was feeling very ill and I honestly don't know how she managed to get through it.
She hasn't had a good year. She is now separated from her husband, and life is a struggle at times. I try to get to England twice a year...always in April for the birthdays of my two grandsons, and then either October time, or Christmas. My last trip was in October.
I've collected Turkish Airlines airmiles for years. If you accumulate enough, you can get free flights or upgrades. To date I've never actually achieved either of these. There are never available flights in the scheme on the dates I want to travel. So every time I fly I ask for an upgrade, and there are never any available seats. And then, after a certain amount of time, a number of airmiles expire, so I was beginning to feel that the scheme is pretty useless.
My daughter's next check-up is on 6th January. Naturally we are hoping that she gets the all-clear, but should she require treatment, I really need to be there. She needs to take a week off work, and I want to make sure she does and that I am there to help with my grandsons.
At this point in time I have just enough airmiles for a free return flight. I checked online for available dates, hoping to travel around 4th January and stay for about 10 days. As usual...nothing. When I checked the normal prices for flights, they were ridiculously high and way out of my reach.
Then at last I found a flight for 30th December, returning on 11th January. I couldn't believe my luck. I didn't intend to go before New Year, but without hesitation I snapped it up. I have to pay the taxes of course, so the ticket isn't really free but it has saved me an awful lot of money.
My daughter is delighted. I will be able to go to her hospital appointment with her, and look after her should she need treatment. If she doesn't we will enjoy the time together. I am just so happy!