I always do a lot of reflection this time of year, and I can only assume other people do too! I’m sure many of you who know me may understand, my 2019 did not go as I had planned. My illness landed me in hospital twice and I will never really know why. However, I remember my new years resolution for this year was to get my health investigated properly – after all the tests I’ve had, I think I have completed that resolution!
While it seems my entire year has been consumed by pain and various other symptoms, I’ve decided I need to sit down and reflect on everything else that occurred in my 2019.
One Year of Marriage
I have officially been married for one year and seven months! Ross has continued to support me in all I do, as well as being fantastic at nursing and caring for me! I am also very proud of all he has achieved as Head Chef. We are hopeful to spend more time together next year (a chefs wife’s life is rather lonesome!). I am looking forward to our adventures in 2020.
Also, without Ross, I wouldn’t have the great photos that I can share on Anchors & Swallows. With his help, I feel I have elevated the content on my website to what I could have hoped it to be.
Spending time with friends
I have created some fantastic memories with my friends this year. Be it my childhood friends of the last 10+ years, but work friends, or everyone else I have the pleasure of knowing.
I am also lucky to work with a great group of people: it was eight years in September since I started my veterinary nursing career. I saw my fellow vet nurse and friend Emily get married (plus she had a fab work hen do!).
This weekend, we celebrated as a practice at our Christmas party, as fun and memorable (or not so in some cases!) as ever!
I am also so lucky that I was able to do such fantastic photoshoots with my fellow vintage-loving friend, Jess. Meeting Cherry Dollface was a big highlight of my year, then our pin up shoot in Manchester was so much fun!
We said goodbye to our dear little cat, Holly. She was the ‘family’ cat, who I spent my teenage years with. A stray who appeared in my mum’s friends garden, she spent the first 18 months of her time with us in my bedroom; she was so timid! Over the years, she came out of her shell and would greet everyone who came to visit. When she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, we didn’t think she would be with us two christmasses ago. But, despite the odds and with a lot of steroids, she kept fighting until June this year. It is still a little raw for me, I see her picture on the staff board at work which catches me off guard sometimes. I miss her dearly, but I am glad she didn’t suffer for long and she is now at peace.
My little kittens
I have not written about them on Anchors & Swallows yet, but my biggest achievement by far this year, has to be my hand reared kittens.
Three tiny kittens appeared at work; two black and one white. Everyone knows my white cat Buddy is a very special boy… we had been waiting for a white kitten to appear! So, they came home with me the same day. They were only one week old.
I had never raised kittens by myself from such a young age, but I was up for the challenge. I tried my hardest to not get attached, in case anything happened. This is quite difficult when you are feeding them every 2 hours day and night!
White Bean was also to be known as Alistair (after Alistair Cook, the cricketer), Bob Bean was intended for my friend Jess and Runty Bean was going to my Mum and Dad. As you can see, Alistair was not so much of a White Bean after all!
As those close to me will know, Alistair passed away very suddenly. It is still too difficult to really talk about. He was 6 weeks old and, apart from a crackly chest that he had from the day I got him, he showed little sign of illness. He passed in a matter of hours from showing distress. I will always think what could have been, I will never forget him.
Jess very kindly offered Bob Bean to me, who is growing bigger and more mischievous every day! He is a very loving little boy. Runty Bean is now called Dylan, living with my parents. He still likes to cuddle up on a shoulder, like he used to as a baby! I am so glad he is close by for me to visit, I’d like to think he still remembers his Mother!
New Year aims for 2020
My resolutions for 2020: to live my life to the fullest and to learn to look after my body better. I am getting into a new rhythm of things and only now feeling more settled. I’m sure I will still have bad days, but I need to embrace the good days and enjoy life like I used to.
Lastly, I apologise for my lack of posting recently. I am in the middle of a short break from writing and social media; I have been tired and putting too much pressure on myself to keep up. Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things in the New Year. I will be posting more frequently on my Facebook page and occasionally on Instagram, so make sure you are following me there!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!