It’s Been a Long Time

But I am back…..

A lot has happened since my last post on here, but before I delve into all the nitty gritty, I would like to thank everyone who has continued to log onto the site waiting for a new post, for all the emails, for all the twitter peeps who continue to follow my tweets, all new followers, welcome, and my friends who have asked, non-judgmentally, and kindly, “When the hell are you going to blog again!”

Well now is the time!

So whats been happening?

My last post was 21st March!  A lifetime ago!  Just a few short days earlier on 17th March I had to say goodbye to one of my best friends, Benji, my 15ish year old Collie Cross.  He had seemed so well and happy, but on that day, he was lethargic, he didn’t eat, he didn’t bark (most unusual), so G took him to the vets.  He had Pancreatic Cancer.  From the initial appointment at 4pm, all the tests were done, the results were in and we had no choice.  I was the hardest, kindest thing to do.

It was devastating.

Benji

We opened a shop, Teaching Therapies Holistic Centre, with our AMAZING friends, and as soon as summer came, we went away with said friends, for an East Coast road trip.  Driving from New Jersey to Florida, then back up to New York State, Connecticut, and then Long Island!  It was a brilliant trip.

Just one week back from that holiday, G’s mum was taken into hospital.  We thought she was getting better, but she passed away on 15th August.  I had thought that loosing Benji was the most devastating thing to happen to me this year, I was wrong.  Although she wasn’t my mum, she was my mother in law, and all jokes aside, she was good to me.  We laughed, we joked, we disagreed.  I miss her!

Our other older dog was diagnosed with cancer.  Bosley, our old man, the sleeping “farter” who has been a constant companion for 15 years…..  We debated, should we put him through an operation, should we just leave it?  The choice was made for us as his cancer was an external growth, it became infected.  He came through the operation!  He is still with us and now much more comfortable!

Bosley just before his op

We also decided to get another dog!  A golden/red Labrador called Barney.  He is a special boy, bringing healing for G, life to Bosley, and has become a close friend to Piper.  He is calm, he is content, he is a little naughty, but he is wonderful!

Barney & Piper

So to today………..

Today was the first day I was really “Back” in my kitchen.  I had a day of shopping, preparing, cleaning and eating!  I realised what I was missing, I realised I needed to cook again and to Blog again.

I’m sorry this hasn’t been a food post, but I wanted to catch you up on the happenings at Muddy Kitchen Floor.  My next post will be about my Dauphinoise Potatoes