Saturday, February 08, 2014

Merle's last goodbye.

Hello to all of Merle's friends, its Peter here and I'm afraid that I am the bearer of some very bad news, my dear sister Merle passed away today, quite suddenly but fortunately peacefully.
During my last conversation with her Merle told me that she had had enough and was just waiting to die, while this surprised me at the time I now see that having made peace with those of us she cared most about she simply shut down her resistance and allowed the inevitable to happen.
We are hoping for one last miracle, that is that her funeral can be arranged for Tuesday 11th February so that I can attend before my surgery booked for Thursday 13th February, to those who may not know about this, its the reversal of my colonoscopy after my encounter with bowel cancer last year.
To any of you who followed her blog and/or facebook please know that you enriched her life with the joy she got from her "internet friends" we had many discussions about how deeply we both felt about  those "friends" we had never met and in most cases never expected to meet.
The world is a much better place because Merle spent time in it, not enough time , but then I guess that always applies.
Thank you for the pleasure you gave to Merle.
Rest In Peace.

Peter.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 2014 update....

Hey everyone, it's Merle's granddaughter Bec again...
Sorry it's been awhile since I've updated you all... Time flies..
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and thanksgiving and New Year's Eve...

I was unsure of what to write so I've stolen a paragraph from Peter's blog http://holtieshouse.blogspot.com.au       (I hope that's ok Uncle Peter....)

"It was hot enough today to melt some fairly extensive sections of new bitumen on the motorway as I drove to Shepparton to visit again with my sister Merle, she is in the Shepparton Private Hospital waiting on a placement in respite at a nursing home, she has finally conceded that she is unable to look after herself at home so the move into respite will become permanent when a suitable room becomes available.
Merle has succumbed to Dementia over the last few months, its sad to see her repeating the same things over and over and with a fairly serious case of the “Oh Dears” which she prefaces almost everything with, “Oh Dear… I didn’t sleep well last night etc.”  

I know she does appreciate all of your kind words and prayers.

Thankyou all for caring 
Cheers Bec

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

No news is good news....

Hello everyone, it's Bec, Merle's granddaughter again - sorry its been awhile since you received an update on Merle. I was hoping she would post something herself... 

However I spoke with her just the other day and she is in good health and feeling pretty good.
I am not sure how to put it... Merle is doing pretty good, although her memory is a little jumbled up.... She does have good days and bad days, but all in all she is feeling good.
Her eyesight is failing her and she can't really see much. She told me she is booking in to have cataract surgery in the near future, so here's hoping she will be able to see much better soon and hopefully post again.

Thanks to you all for your well wishes and comments. 
I know she is very grateful to you all. As am I.

Also if you are Facebook friends with Merle, she kinda doesn't remember that she even has a Facebook page.. So I don't think she will be looking at her page anytime soon, but I do try to pass on your comments when I can.

Thanks again,
Cheers Bec

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You 
Happy Birthday Dear Merle
Happy Birthday To You

Wow.... 79 Years Young on May 24, eligible for the OBE next Year,
(Over Bloody Eighty).

I'm hoping that when Merle reads the instruction on her birthday card to check Blog for a surprise it might tempt her to write something????
The offer to proof read it and correct any typos still stands Merle if that concerns you, although I'm sure your Readers/friends would forgive them anyway.
Hope Your Birthday is a happy one and that some, or all, of your family will celebrate it with you.

Much Love... Peter.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day to All

quick update from Bec again.

I'm sure Merle would want to wish everyone a Happy Mothers Day.

She is doing well, but just can't seem to muster up enough energy to turn on her laptop and get back into blogging, at this stage.
I know she does miss all her friends in her computer.

As a little grandmothers day present from me, I printed out all the previous posts from her blog that Peter and I have posted for her, as well as all of your lovely comments and made a book for her... so hopefully when Australia Post delivers it, she will be able to see how much love and prayers have been sent her way.

I do thank everyone for your lovely comments and thoughts.
Hopefully Merle will be back blogging before we know it.

Cheers Bec

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Another sneaky update on Merle

Hi everyone, it's Bec again. (Merle's Granddaughter)

Merle is going good, still at home, although time is running away from her and the days seem to pass slower to her than they really are.... (Hope that makes sense!)

I honestly wasn't sure how to put it into words, so I've stolen a paragraph from Peter's blog...

"For any of you who read this and are my sister Merle's friends I'm sad to say I think her blogging days might be over, she is quite well in herself but can't summon up the energy to get back to blogging, this is sad because she really loved her blog and the circle of friends she made from it."


I'm still hoping she will eventually post another blog herself....

I pass on your kinds words and lovely thoughts. So thankyou on behalf of Merle.
Thanks to you all for caring.
Cheers Bec

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Another sneaky update

Hello everyone, It's Merle's granddaughter Bec again.

Merle is doing pretty good, but she is still trying to get into a routine.
When I last spoke to her, she was in good spirits and doing a few jobs around her house each day.
Although she isn't updating you all herself, her days are filled up with eating and sleeping and not much else. but I keep telling her that it's ok to just relax and take it easy.

I'm sure she misses you all and is very grateful for all your kind words and best wishes.

Peter seems to be handling his treatment, although he is just taking it one day at a time..

Here's hoping Merle can update you all herself soon.

Thanks for all your beautiful comments.

A very happy Easter to you all
Cheers Bec


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Another update on Merle

Hi everyone, it's Bec again (Merle's granddaughter)

I'm being sneaky and posting this as I'm guessing you all are missing Merle and its been awhile since I last updated you all.
Here's hoping I don't get into trouble posting this, I'm only doing it cos I love you Grandma :)

Good news - Merle is home at last... Yay... I have spoken with her a few times and she loves being home and slowly trying to get back into a routine again.. As yet she hasn't had the energy to do much other then eat and sleep and watch some TV. Hence why she isn't updating you all herself.

Thank you all for your kind words and prays.
I reckon it won't be too long before Merle is posting jokes and updating you all herself.

Cheers Bec :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Update on Merle

Hello all - quick update on Merle - (this is Bec, her granddaughter).

Merle is in good spirits and feeling much better.
Fingers crossed, she will be home in a few weeks time.

Merle says thank you to you all for all your well wishes and prayers.

Merle asks if you could you please extend your wishes and prayers to her brother Peter, who has just been diagnosed with bowel cancer and is going through treatment at the moment.

Thank you all for your love and support.
Bec, on behalf of Merle.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Respite

Well its Saturday night which is when Merle would write her weekly post if she was at home, so here is another brief update, she moved into a lovely room at Waratah Lodge at Moroopna (a sister city to Shepparton) and is booked in there for probably 2 weeks and then hopefully home.
Speaking of which I'm about half way home to Gympie Queensland only another 600 kms , so any news in future posts will have to filter down to me from Victoria.
Take heart in the fact that she is feeling very well and quite upbeat so that should help in her recovery.

Peter.