I had booked holidays in October to go to Paris, to see my father, because I wouldn’t be spending Christmas with him and he is almost 88 now, so each time I see him could be the last time.
But it ended up being hardly a holiday. In August my stepmother got very sick and has been in hospital ever since. Actually she is now in a recovery clinic.
Her nephew was helping to find a solution so my father wouldn’t stay completely on his own, and most of my time there was spent finding out what was still needed, what solutions there were, what they wanted…
I did come back home a little bit lighter, though. Much easier to take care of things over there than trying to do it from another country.
But apart from this, I still found some moments of pleasure: the chats with my cousins, seeing my old friend from university, and a tour on the Seine in a batobus. The weather was great and I went with my friend when he got out from work. And I took another one on my own on my last day, as I had a 24h ticket.
Every month there is a session in the Carmo Archeological Museum called “let’s draw with”, where an urban sketcher shares his or hers background and how they came to urban sketching. Then they give us a drawing challenge. Today was to draw something we would normally never draw or integrate things that would normally be obstacles ( like cars, fire extinguishers, etc…) and use them as the first plan of the drawing.
Today there was this amazing sphere on the grounds and almost everyone ended up drawing it.
I am not a morning person at all. And waking up early on Sunday is always pretty painful.
But yesterday I found myself really excited and eager to go out to this drawing workshop I registered for. Once a month, on Sunday, we spend the day on the other side of the river supposedly drawing views of Lisbon, although it is not a requirement.
We don’t always go to very picturesque places though, the 2 sessions I’ve done have been in places in ruins, but then I love ruins.
And here are my favourite drawings I made that day. Believe it or not, they were coloured with highlighter pens.
My cellphone suddenly stopped recognising my SIM card. No SiM cards installed, it said.
I had to send it for repair. Then when I put the card in an alternative cellphone,( a dual SIM one), I typed the code for the other SIM and my phone got locked. I spent an hour going from one service provider to the other to get it unlocked.
Yes, because I actually ended up blocking both cards.
Never had so many troubles with those old phones who just made calls.
Last week my stepmother was admitted into the hospital because she was getting weaker by the day and they couldn’t find the source of the problem. They just knew she had a serious infection.
As if this wasn’t enough as a source of worry, my father depends a lot on her and it was pretty hard to find someone to take care of him. Luckily my stepmother’s nephew found a lady who checks up on him in the morning and in the evening.
Now my stepmother is finally out of the woods but she needs to go to a nursing home to be able to recover fully, which brings up again the issue of my father.
Pretty hard to find a solution when I live in Portugal and my father in France. Luckily I have family over there who are helping me but still…
It’s science in the summer time and I was on the waiting list for an activity called “science on stage”. I was number 44 in the waiting list so I wasn’t expecting to get in but last Tuesday I got a text saying my registration had been confirmed.
I thought it would be about the lighting and sound of the theatre but no. They were showing several science experiments like if it was a magic show. It was so much fun! One of my favourite was the electo pickle where they used a pickled cucumber to close an electrical circuit and lit up a light bulb .