It’s raining cats and dogs here in England

It’s raining cats 🐈 and dogs 🐕 here in England and it feels so good after the last few days. It was my uncle’s funeral yesterday he was my mum’s younger brother. The funeral director was surprised to see us so soon after mums funeral in January and I sincerely hope we don’t see her anytime soon even if she is a lovely lady.

As it was with mum it was down to my sister and I to dissemble his happy home 😢 my sister was great because she didn’t want me to do too much after my recent surgery so she and John did the lions share. I did the above floor level light cleaning. I think my uncle must have had a thing for the lady who owned the shop in town which sold cleaning materials because he had so many dusters and bottles of cleaning stuff you wouldn’t believe. ( it’s a shame he didn’t use them more )😉 I expect her shop will have a drop in the takings now he’s gone over to the other side 🙄

This year has been a challenging year for me and I couldn’t help thinking that it could have been me being waved off yesterday and I thank God it wasn’t me. There were only eleven of us at the service because he was a very quiet man who kept himself to himself. He had a good sense of humour and I got on very well with him as did my sister and John. He reminded me so much of mum because he had so many of her mannerisms which I found so lovely because it felt like a part of her was still here.

John reminded me in the night that mum will always be around because she is a part of me. I know without doubt that she sits in my heart along with my dad and now uncle. (It’s a good job they removed that tumour in my heart to make more room) 😬

Life is not always easy , but life is precious and although I do feel sad today I will not allow grief to consume me. I will carry on painting and trying to encourage others to enjoy the time we have here on earth and to believe that eventually we will be with our loved ones again. ❤️


  1. I am truly sorry for your loss, as it has definitely been a rough year for you, but you have such a positive attitude, you face life head on, and then carry on. Great example to us all, Elaine! xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you Sue that means a lot coming from you, I am still very much work in progress. I would like to recreate your last painting of the lady if that is okay with you ?

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            1. Oh Sue it is so much harder having a project lol, I doubt that I will be able to paint as well as you for a long time yet 🙈❤️😊


  2. Oh Elaine, I am so sorry you experienced another loss. What a hard year for you. I do like your positivity, hope and plan. Thinking of you!

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  3. Hi Elaine, I am catching up with all my blogs today and I want to say that I am so sorry for the struggles you have had over the past few months. As usual, your paintings are fabulous and I really hope that by doing them, they are helping you. Sending love xxx

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    1. Thanks Jen, my struggles seem nothing compared to your recent fall 🙄 I was so pleased to read that you are going to see your sister in Australia 🇦🇺 Onwards and upwards. X


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