Saturday, February 13, 2016


On Saturday mornings Doug picks me up at about 7 a.m. and we go to the market before walking Sophie.  

Whoever wakes first phones the other at about 6 a.m.  I don't have a phone in my single bedroom, only in the master bedroom so I have the cordless phone by my bed.  Last night I forgot to put it there.  

When I go to bed I lock up securely - the new closed-in porch is locked as are the front and laundry doors which go off the porch.

This morning Doug phoned me at 6 a.m. no reply (as I didn't have it with me and couldn't hear it from the other room).  He phoned me again five minutes later and again a third time.  By now he was wondering what had happened to me so put Sophie in the car and came around here.  

Luckily, I gave him my house key about 3 years ago (how time flies) in case of an emergency and he managed to get in.

Meanwhile, I was fast asleep oblivious to all this.  I woke up to hear a key in the laundry door and then the lights went on.  Doug said that all the way here he was wondering what could have happened to me.  It is so good to have someone who cares and worries.  

I must not forget to put my phone on the bedside table and Doug must remember that he can also try my cellphone which was with me in my bedroom.

Still, the main thing as far as Doug was concerned is that I had not collapsed.

One photo from our Parkinson's walk on Monday - a lovely track.


  1. You are lucky to have someone like Doug!
    Phones are a business aren't they.
    I usually have my mobile on silent on work days and then forget to turn it back on - my son in Australia worries if he can't get hold of me!
    Good time to walk on these very hot days.
    I told my friend about the cooling pad for her dog, a spoodle with a rather woollie coat - she is off to Bunnings today!
    She was amazed I knew about that - I said 'that's blogging for you'!!!

  2. Yes, I realise how lucky I am. After my husband went into care I used to worry that if something happened to me no-one would know.

    Yes, early mornings are the only time to walk these days.

    Doug hasn't got around to getting the cooling pad yet. Bunnings are a bit out of town and life has been hectic. Sophie is so much happier though now that she has less hair.

  3. Well done Doug, and lucky you. It's only a small thing, but could be a life-saver.

    1. Luckily, this was the first time in the three or so yeas he has had the key and it was a false alarm. It is very reassuring to know he can get in if I had a problem.

  4. That's really good you have someone who cares and checks up if there's anything out of the ordinary. I must go for more walks in the bush. It's one of my favourite things to do!

    1. Yes, it is good to know someone will check if things aren't right. The walk in the photo was the Waimahanga track - another lovely walk.

  5. How reassuring for you to have Doug so solicitous for your welfare. Such a kind man.