Monday, 26 June 2017

May the month of the rehabilitation centre

Hi there everyone!It's been a long time again, I know.And although it is the end of June I still haven't blogged about May!
Remember where you left me last month? My mum was still in hospital but was to be submitted to a rehabilitation centre. It was the beginning of May.
We spent May the 1st and three more days in hospital.

The last days in hospital I took my macro lens and took close ups in nature.

My mum was submitted in the rehabilitation centre the first week of May and she is still there. And we have been visiting her many times a week.Hence the title of this blog post.
As the rehabilitation centre is far away from the city it takes quite some time to go there, stay the visiting hours and come back.It's a beautiful place with a beautiful garden.And breathtaking views all around. I just wish my mum could appreciate them.Doctors and nurses are very nice and treat her very well.Her progress is slow but steady.

I loved those fish looking clouds I spotted one day in the sky.
So you can understand May was a very difficult time for us.
My mum didn't show quick recovery and did not seem to be fighting to stand up and walk or move. Her general health was ok but she could not walk or move her right hand. We visited her everyday alternatively with my sister-in-law and brother.
That didn't leave us enough time or energy for much else.But still we did other things in May too.
We visited two shadow puppetry events. First the exhibition of shadow puppets in the Museum of Macedonian Struggle.You can see very beautiful shadow puppets there of the historical Greek shadow puppetry.

One of the exhibits belongs to us, it is Konstantinos Kougioumtzis'  painting of Karaghiozis as a Macedonian struggle warrior.
The exhibition continues as far as I know.
We also went to see a performance by Agapios Agapiou.
 May included something very important too. I was chosen to attend the Second Level of Information Technology Course for Teachers. So twice a week in the afternoons I attended the lessons in the University campus.That wouldn't be possible if my sister-in-law didn't offer to visit my mum at those afternoons and so I was free to attend the course which was very demanding too as we had to present essays as well.

The view from the top of the building at the University campus is magnificent.
In May my niece Ellie visited us at some point for a few days but we didn't spend as much time as we would like with her.At least we walked the seafront together and had pizza and pavlova near the White Tower.

What else did we do in May?
Of course we walked Barca at the seafront.

 and in parks

We had some rehearsals with the drama team.
 We went to the International Book Fair and here are some of the things we got for free there.Fridge magnets and bookmarks from China, the honourary country,pins and pens and pencils.
Also some books and magazines.
And most importantly I bought a book and had it signed by its author Pascal Bruckner.
 In May we celebrated mother's day at the rehab with mum.

In May it was my son's 22nd birthday.Sweetie be happy always!Never lose that smile.
 I made him a pavlova.
In May friends visited my mum,too
 In May I attended a wire doll making seminar by Yiota at Koumbi Coffee and Crafts cafe which was really nice.
Here's the doll I made. The pink necklace next to it is from my friend Efi!Thank you dear!
With school we went to the park one day and it was so relaxing.
Another day the municipality orchestra came to show us the musical instruments

We also went on a day trip at Kavalari village.

The weather had its ups and downs during May as usual.
One day rainy.
 One day windy
Rainy again

And a huge rainbow

In May I had coffee with friends
In May we had more medical tests. There are still more to be done.
We took Barca to see our friend's school. She really loved it there.

In May I spotted this beautiful door at the neighbourhood
And one day I saw this magical rainfall of flowers.

And look how the street looks.
In May I read
I loved the second book.
 I didn't stitch at all in May but I got my finished Snowflower Diaries SAL calendar back from the seamstress.I still have to find the proper ironware for hanging it on the wall.
In the end of May we had our flat painted at last after so many years!We emptied the walls and most of the smaller items.

Everything had to be taken to my mum's flat as long as she wasn't there.I am glad she cannot see this mess in her flat!
My craft boxes!
Barca wasn't really happy with all the mess ether.

But the painters were really fast and they finished in just one and a half days! And yes I changed the colours.No more pinks and fuchsia for the bedroom.All the flat is very light grey and in each bedroom there is a light blue wall.

Of course Themis helped to fix the blue kitchen wall!
It's the end of June now and I am still cleaning, decluttering, tidying and destashing the newly painted flat!But that's a story for the June blog post!
Hope I will write it soon!


Kaisievic said...

Ariadne, oh what a busy time that you have been having. Regular hospital visiting is so tiring for everyone, so I was glad to see that you did do some fun things, too. I do hope that your mum's health improves soon. Your Joyful World SAL calendar looks magnificent as does your newly painted flat. Look after yourself, my dear. hugs, Kaye xxxxx

Barb said...

You have truly had your hands very full. I love the way you see beauty even at a difficult time. Your pictures are just wonderful. A very happy Birthday to that handsome son of yours! We had some hardwood floors put in so I know all about the mess!

Tiffstitch said...

A very busy month! I hope your Mom will improve soon. My Grandma had a heart attack over a year ago and is now much better walking and mentally, she's 93, so sometimes it takes a while. Fingers crossed for her and you!

Mii Stitch said...

You have been so busy with your mum. I do wish she will get better soon. Your son is so handsome and looks so happy, it must have been that delicious looking cake you've made! :) Plenty of wonderful pictures as always with great days out and sweet crafty makes. Enjoy the freshly painted flat and take care.

nikol said...

Χαίρομαι που σε βλέπω πάλι εδώ Αριάδνη μου με τόσα πολλά θέματα !! Πρώτον μου άρεσαν πολύ οι φωτογραφίες σου . Θέλω να ευχηθώ τα καλύτερα για τη μαμά σου και ο χώρος ποΠολλά φιλιάυ βρίσκεται είναι τόσο γαλήνιος !!
Χρόνια πολλά στο αστέρι σου και όπως λες και εσύ με τίποτα να μη χάσει το χαμόγελο του !!! Καλή συνέχεια!!

Brigitte said...

What a busy month of May you had, Ariadne. But the best news is that your Mum is getting better, slowly but steadily. And that she is in such a nice rehabilitation center with friendly people and a lovely surrounding.
Good for you that you could squeeze in some things like exhibition visits or the book fair between the visits at the rehab centre.
No wonder that you couldn't stitch anything in May, with the new IT course, the renovation of your flat and all the other things going on in your life. The Snowblower Diaries SAL looks gorgeous.
I wish your Mum all the best for a speedy recovery.

AppleApricot Wen said...

Beautiful macro photos, Ariadne! And the blue walls look wonderful. Your cake looks so yummy! I do hope your mom can find back her strength to recover. Sweet of you to take so much time for her with all the traveling it takes. Best wishes, xx

Rhona said...

Beautiful pictures as always! Wishing your Mum a speedy recovery. Happy birthday to your son......the pavlova looks delicious.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

May was very busy for you. I hope your mother is recovering.