September is our busiest month for family birthdays; starting with DD2 then moving to Mr DoomHamster, my very dear son-in-law, who celebrates his birthday today :-) closely followed by DH, then his mother 's birthday at the end of the month.
I've actually started my Christmas shopping early and have bought a few presents already, unlike last year. We are on an extremely tight budget this year, so it is going to be challenging fun to find appropriate and affordable presents for our widely disparate family !
Much of my time continues to be absorbed with Mum, who seems brighter in herself at the moment but is in a state of inexorable and relentlessly increasing physical frailty. This is causing her a great deal of mental and emotional distress and she is very tearful on occasions, and hating being dependent on others to care for her bodily functions.
This week has flown past, and the girls are really looking forward to the weekend off after a busy but enjoyable first week back at school. I must admit, I am looking forward to the weekend too, with only household tasks to worry about and no alarm deadlines to meet for a change.....