It’s been nearly two months since I last blogged. Sometimes these things are unavoidable. And so many things have happened since I last wrote anything that I feel I should let you in on my whereabouts and let you know I am still here and will still be blogging, I have not given up!
Firstly, 4 days after my last post in December, Mr LTT whisked me off to Riga on holiday. Until the previous day I thought we were off to The Lake District but it turned out it was a cover up! A couple of days before I had been unbelievably ill with food poisoning and I wasn’t sure if I would actually be able to go because I felt so nauseous and I didn’t want be unwell for it, but Mr LTT has been so busy and I knew he was looking forward to it so I got some medication from the pharmacy and got on with it. The day we left was the windiest day of the year and The North took a fair whack of it, delaying us for over 5 hours in Leeds Bradford airport (and let me tell you, it is not an airport in which you would be happy to while away any length of time). Mr LTT was getting very stressy, most unlike him and in contrast I was remarkably calm. We eventually took off and arrived in chilly Latvia!
The hotel he had booked was quite frankly UNBELIEVABLE. It was art deco amazingness – luxury on a grand scale and not one part of the hotel had been overlooked. And he had got us a suite, over two floors! It was truly impressive, I should’ve smelt a rat. The next morning we woke up and it had snowed, and we set out to explore the city. In the square just a short walk away was a huge Christmas tree with a festive market and mulled wine warmed over a traditional log fire which smelt heavenly.
We spent a magical day wandering round and when it started getting dark we returned to the hotel so I could indulge in the bath before going out for dinner. But then, something wonderful happened. We were sitting on the sofa when he turned to me and said lovely words before getting down one one knee and pulling out a small box from his back pocket.
I said yes of course and cried and tears of happiness because I had known pretty much straight away that I wanted to marry him. He is my best friend and I love him so very much. Everyone is so excited for us too and we will be getting married next year.
Not everything has been so happy though. One of my mum’s dogs passed away shortly after the engagement. Although at 13 Hannah was no spring chicken, she was still younger than her mother who at 16 has outlived all five of her children and is still doddering around the farm. Anyone who has ever owned a dog will know what a huge part of your life they become – their silly little foibles and funny personalities. Hannah was family just like us children and I know what a huge loss it has been to my mum. When I went home at Christmas it felt like you were just waiting for her to come scuffling into the room, beg for milk or an extra Schmacko or whine to go for a walk. She was much loved and I miss her terribly, she has left a fluffy Jack Russell shaped hole in all our lives. It has made me more keen to get a dog of our own once the dust has settled on our current projects.
Enough sadness, onto what is happening RIGHT NOW. We have just moved into the house we bought. After a long-winded house buying process we completed on our house mid-December. There is much work to be done and love to be given as well as a fair amount of financial input. I have spent a lot of time wallpaper stripping and removing the paint from the coving. We are quite honestly living in a bombsite as the kitchen is also being refitted too. So in a 6 room house, we have 4 usable rooms with the other 2 rooms’ stuff piled into them. I am sitting in bed writing this, a place which also doubles a tv room and a place to eat. The work should be completed in about 3 weeks and I will be dreaming of the time I will get to use my new range cooker! The place will love lovely when it is done and the bonus is that we have been able to choose how we want everything to look rather than just going with what has been done.
Well enough about me, what have I missed whilst I’ve been gone? What’s the gossip with you?