I can't believe I have made it to mid-February without a blog.
I can't believe that my pal Claire hasn't sent me a few reminders that I haven't written in a while. Usually I get a message followed by life events she feels I should or could write about! Ha!
So, we are into 2017. I can't believe we are so far into 2017. It seems that the older I get the faster time passes. I was in Ireland last week. I went to a gig and of course to see the man himself for his birthday. Naturally I stopped off to visit my granny too. I make it a point to see her every time I am back in Ireland. I brought two friends of mine with me. One of my cousins was too shy to come and say hi because the guys were with me so I went out to her house to see her. I was astounded by how grown up she has become. I said as much to my granny and my aunts when I went back into Granny's house, and they started telling me how old my 'baby' cousins now are. I was so shocked! In my head they are roughly the size that they were when I left over five years ago. I suddenly felt so old, and so very far away. I remember when I was a child, my aunts had cousins come over from the UK to visit them. It was always a little bit scary but very exciting to meet them, especially when they brought friends or boyfriends. I realised as I sat in my granny's house that I am now that cousin. I am the one that comes home with random strangers and a peculiar accent. As always, I was given a talking to for now having a more progressive love life from my grandmother. She actually came out with 'All work and no play makes Louise.....'
Though, I wouldn't have her any other way. My friends adored her and she was very excited that my bearded pal gave her a kiss on the cheek. I think it might be her highlight of 2017! Ha! When we left my Granny, the boys and I were chatting about grandparents. My heart swelled with love and affection for my granny as we talked. I simply adore the woman. Her love, warmth and acceptance is always unwavering. Her tenacity is inspiring and I think that I get a lot of my strength from her. I will see her again in a few months and I can't wait.
I loved being able to show my little bit of Ireland to the boys. They have both been good friends to me, and have both let me see where they are from. I really enjoyed being able to return the favour. Galway was wet but as beautiful as ever. County Clare was amazing to visit too. We stayed in Kilfenora for the night, met my Dad for a birthday meal and some cake, we went set dancing, saw the Father Ted house, met Da for lunch the next day and saw the falls in Ennistymon, and we went to see Lahinch. I loved showing this part of my life to my friends. I love that I got to introduce them to the people who mean the world to me. My dad loved meeting the boys, I think he liked seeing how much they care for me over here in Scotland. I can't help but feel their paths will cross again.
It was great to get to spend some time with my Da, This is the third birthday in a row I have been able to spend with him which is the first time in a long time that I can say that!
As starts to 2017 go, it was been a good way to start. I have done so much exploring of the county in the last month especially around Inverurie and the area north of Aberdeen. There is a lot of changes happening at work over the next few weeks and I am thinking about moving flat again. (I know, I know... but double glazing is vital this far north and I have just spent a winter without it.) There are so many gigs coming up and trips around the country with work. I am so excited to see where 2017 will take me. I am also spending time with my favourite lady in Scotland and hitting the Brewdog AGM again this year for my birthday. Lesson was learnt the hard way last year. Gin is NOT my friend.
So here is to a fun-filled, fantastic 2017. I look forward to blogging about it a lot more.