November 3rd

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November 3rd

November 3rd

Tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of my dad’s passing.  His name was Peter and he died of a heart attack when he was 44.  I was 13. Although my parents were not together, and had not been for several years, when he died, I still miss him.  I miss what we might have had, the relationship we could have built as I grew older. I was lucky enough to have the most wonderful grandfather I could have asked for, but I still think of my dad often and hope he is up there somewhere, drinking a pint, listening to Don

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Eudora

This beautiful lady, Eudora (Dora) is my grandmother.  She has Alzheimer’s.  She turned 85 on the 17th of August this year and, in the past two weeks, her mobility has decreased to very little, her speech is slurred and she sleeps much of the time.  She can barely lift her chin from her chest.  It is a change from the agitation and anger of the past couple of months, she is quiet and gentle at the moment, but her sudden deterioration is shocking and sad.  She is in pain this afternoon, itching and aching everywhere, but she still finds the

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Coffee and a chat

Hi, I’m Louise.  Welcome to Minimal Belle!  It’s great to have you here. Those of you who have been following me for a short time on wordpress.com will know that I tend to write about my journey into minimalism and better managing my finances–though I also touch on other areas of my life, such as teaching, veganism, mindfulness and my family’s current experience of Alzheimer’s.  (My mum is caring for my beloved grandma at the moment, who is succumbing to the latter stages of the disease.  I will write more about her in another post.) My main focus is really

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