Monday, March 17, 2014

Funeral, new computer, orange

A quick post. Busy busy times.
Briefly, our 84 year-old neighbour, who lived alone next door, died. We knew something was wrong as she hadn't emptied her mailbox.
We called the police, but they were very loathe to break in. Eventually, my stubborness prevailed and they broke in and found that she had died in her sleep approx 36 hours previously.
Her clothes were all laid out, ready for Church first thing the next morning.

We are sad, but realise that this is a good way to go.
The funeral was yesterday - we all went and it was the children's first time in a Church. They were pretty amazed by the Eucharist etc.... M was worried about cannabalism with all the mentions of 'the body of Christ'. That's what happens when you bring your children up without religion, I guess!!


In other news, work got me a new laptop:


it is shiny and new - it might make blogging easier too, as I haven't had a proper computer at home for a while. My old Mac at home is ancient and not happy with modern life.

At the weekend we had planned to go swimming and do lots of walks, but the weather went mad, with huge storms and super heavy rain, so our beach walk was curtailed and we had to make do with a shop walk instead.
I’ve been eyeing up this ALC dress, but really wanted to try it in black.



One of the shops on our shop walk had it in orange, so I tried it:


You can see M taking my pic for me. It was a lovely, bright shade, but not what I need right now, although it was a close call! Practicality prevailed and I walked away.
I have a black cashmere sweater on hold in another shop, so that needs my $$ more than an orange frock.

The Boden skirt will be back from the tailor today if I remember to pick it up. I've forgotten 3 days in a row, so fingers crossed.
Tomorrow, D, my youngest child is turning 9!!
I can't quite believe that my baby is that old.....

How are you?
What did you get up to this past weekend?
Any impractical purchases?

31 comments:

  1. How horribly sad, living alone at that age is my worst nightmare, although I am sure she loved being so independent. I wish I could get mum to move back in but she loves being in her own flat at 91 and king her own thing.
    You look stunning in the orange dress.

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    1. Tabs, I share that fear - I think we all do. We were terrified that she might have fallen or something, and been unable to call for help. We were so relieved that she had died in her sleep!
      Your Mum sounds amazing, but I'm sure you'd rather have her living with you. Old age suck. The funeral was very peaceful, but did make me ponder death at length.

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  2. doing her own thing - king of her own thing too.

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  3. I'm sorry you lost your neighbour but you were kind to look after her and make sure that the police broke in to her apartment. How sweet that her clothes were there for the next day, may she rest in peace.
    Happy Birthday to your baby! Doesn't the time fly by. I like the orange dress though I understand practicality wins. I was not practical and bought that JCrew dress I didn't need! Still it's a good one so no regrets.
    Nice new laptop, that will make your life a good deal easier!

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    1. Thanks Dani!
      Our neighbour was a constant in our lives. She was a very private person (for example, we hadn't met her family until the funeral), but always very kind to the children and interested in their lives.
      I'm shocked at how old my baby is!!!
      I almost got your dress, but am worried about the length overwhelming my short frame!
      Orange dress is lovely, but not $450 lovely!

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  4. It is hard to live alone and i am glad you checked on your neighbor!
    Love the orange dress on you,but i can understand that you go for the black cashmere sweater.
    I have been very bad latelty and buying lots of stuff,like TB wedges,Splendid dress and a Anthro dress. Also got quite a few things at the crew,that i love. I got the Andie shorts in the railroad stripe(love!),the Grecian dress(another love), the navy floral popover and the reversibe merino sweater. Atlanta requires a whole different dressing than Heidelberg:)

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    1. It took a lot of willpower to not get it, and reading these comments is making me waiver!
      I love seeing your new purchases on your blog and Instagram!

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  5. Practicality can wait; get back in there and get that orange dress if you have to use a ski-mask & pistol. It looks fab on you!

    Good for you being such a good neighbor. I'm sure she appreciated having you near by. Yes, that is the right way to go and love that she had her clothes all laid out for church.

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    1. Bloody hell... Now I'm wondering where I can a pistol from!
      You are very bad, enabling me like this!
      I really don't need an orange sleeveless dress..... But I will stalk it and pounce if it goes on sale.

      She was a lovely woman. Very disciplined and stoic - still had an outside dunny and was usually up at 5:30 am to sweep her yard and the pavement outside her house.

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  6. Funerals are never fun but to be independent and truly living right up until the end. I don't ever want to see it coming. Yea for the computer. The dress looks stunning on you...more than that model. Tuck it away on Pinterest and get it when it goes on sale. It was made for that body.

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    1. You're right, having one's independence right up to the end, and (I hope) dying peacefully would be my wish.
      I will keep my eye on that dress. I think I'd be more likely to buy it at full price if it was black....

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  7. So sorry to hear about your neighbour.

    I agree, the orange dress looks fabulous on you. Perhaps the sales and fate will intervene...

    SSG xxx

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    1. Thanks SSG! The shopping gods have smiled on me before, so you never know!

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  8. Oh my gosh so sorry to hear about your neighbor. That is so the way I want to go. It makes me sad to see those who have to struggle through life with a failing body and/or mind. Love the orange dress. While it may be best not to follow GSL's hilarious advice, you should definitely put it on sale watch! Black cashmere, however, is always a good idea. I need to focus on solid pieces more but I am drawn to prints like a moth to a flame.

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    1. Losing one's physical or mental abilities in old age is truly awful.... I'm currently watching my father's world shrink, and it's a bloody bad thing.

      Black cashmere must take priority for now, but I will keep it in my site.

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  9. Oh but it looks great on you. The color, the line - and love seeing M take that photo, what a cutoe. Im so sad to hear about your neighbor, she was lucky to have you looking out for her. "Her clothes were all laid out, ready for Church first thing the next morning" That's such a sad line, gosh

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    1. Thanks Jodie.
      I love the fact that our neighbourhood is friendly. We aren't close, but we all know each other and do keep an eye on things. I'm very sad she's gone.

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  10. cutie i mean. even kiwis don't say cutoe (tho they probably pronounce it like that) Happy to hear you have a new computer too!

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  11. I had an elderly lady live next to me alone too. I always dreaded having yo be the one to ring her family...it was sad to see her treasured items leave when she died...but good on you bc neighbors like that makes a great community! Ps orange looks great

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    1. It is so sad, but I'm glad that we called the police and that we all look out for each other.
      Community is so important these days, what with the decline of the extended family

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  12. Sad about your neighbour, but she went in a peaceful way it seems. We had an elderly Greek neighbour who had no family and lived alone. He spent every day walking around the neighbourhood looking for other old Greek men to chat to (he was clearly bored, and was illiterate). After 4 years of this, one week we all noticed he hadn't been out walking for a few days. Friends of his started arriving and knocking on his door. Other neighbours and I discussed if we should call the police... then he reappeared. It turned out he'd gone on a holiday for a week to Queensland, and hadn't told anyone at all, not even his friends. He seemed very pleased to think of all the fuss he'd created in the neighbourhood as we debated what to do...
    Love the orange dress on you, it really does look stunning. Yay for the new computer - you'll be unstoppable now Ruth! xx

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    1. That's funny about your Greek neighbour! Glad that it had a happy ending. With Shirley, we knew she hadn't gone away, as she rarely did, and we always tell each other when we are away.

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  13. Sorry to hear about your neighbour Ruth! My greatest fear isn't living and dying alone in the end, but living and dying with a whole bunch of people in a nursing home like My dad did, even though his spot was grand!

    I love that dress! You do look fab and wouldn't it go nicely with your navy things? I feel like GSL here!

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    1. Oh, I would hate that too, Wendy! I'd rather die alone than surrounded by stangers

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  14. Ya know what? the dress is gorgeous, but you're the only one who can evaluate how and when your money should be spent. I always hesitate to buy something that's >too memorable, but sometimes memorable is good for the soul.

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    1. Hi Fred, you are right. I would buy this in black, but the orange is just too.... Memorably orange.
      I've been and tried it again and I just can't pay the $$$

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  15. I'm sorry about your neighbor.
    I'll enable you too. The orange dress looks better on you than it does on the model! You might need it! Sale stalk it, that way you won't feel too guilty.
    Hope your weather gets better. We had such a rainy summer last year, it just seemed wrong to wait out so many months of horrible weather only to get that for a summer (I know you're opposite but you probably know what I mean).

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    1. Thanks Cate. - such a lovely compliment! I've found it in black online for $350, so am pondering it.

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  16. I'm so sorry about your neighbour - it was good that you had the police break in to check on her. The orange dress looks fantastic on you. Perhaps you will be able to catch it on sale?? Glad to hear you got a new lap top!!

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  17. Thanks Louise! I'm so glad we got them to break in.

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  18. What a gorgeous, gorgeous dress. Hope you get it on sale. I'm sorry to hear about your neighbor. :(

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