The walkabout purse

So, we finally went to Sweden, in a rental car, a baby car (Long story).

We drove to Kiel and stayed in a lovely little hotel, then the morning after we went shopping. Germany has ALOT of gluten free stuff! Think I will need to do a Germany shopping run once a month. Anyway, shopping done, we drove on to the ferry. Went to our cabin, unpacked some stuff and decided to check out the ship. Went to grab my purse so we could have a drink…. but THERE WAS NO PURSE IN MY BLOODY BAG!!!!! My blood almost turned to ice in my veins and in my head I can see myself paying in the food shop and leaving my purse on the counter while digging for euros in my second purse……

We are on the ferry. We drove on first. The purse is 1-2 hours away, ferry leaves in 3 hours. Neither of my mobile phones work, one has no battery, one has no credit. We cant get off the ferry (car is impossible to get off).

Mad race begins, to car to get charging cables, back to cabin to make hysterical phone call to hubby in Dubai. I remember screaming to him to call the shop and get them to put my purse in a taxi…. poor guy was in a meeting! Hubbys meeting all got involved googling for the shop… big dramas.

Herr Zimmermann found my purse! We asked him to put it in a taxi, but no, taxis wont go to the ferry port, so we ask him to send it with DHL receiver pays. He sent it DHL… but DHL as in German post.

1 week in Sweden passes, I have no money, no cash cards, no driving licence…… still no purse. It was sent express and we were tracking it the whole way….. in the end I had to extend my ticket, and then… the day before we HAD to leave, finally, my purse arrived! Nothing has ever looked so beautiful…

I am so grateful!!! Thankful for Herr Zimmerman for being a real honest guy, for having a hubby who (once again) drops everything to ‘rescue me’. For a family who with NO HESITATION gave me a debit card to use freely until my purse arrived.

-Linda

Important morning lessons for busy mums and puppy owners.

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-When you wake up in the morning, RUN with the puppy to take him outside, don’t wait. Don’t wait even a little, unless you want a puddle the size of a small lake in your bed.

-White bathroom rugs look almost exactly like puppy pads. And they are much squishier and nicer to use then puppy pads. Apparently.

-When puppies whine while you are doing something, don’t tell them off, chances are they are not being obnoxious and asking you to play, but perhaps they need an urgent poo….. if you don’t listen (and act), this may happen in your bedroom.

-When you are done cleaning up the rug, the bed, the kids cereal and so on, be careful with your blusher brush, it does NOT go in the eye, but on the cheeks.

-The bowl of white stuff next to the coffee is sugar. You use it. Lots of it. Don’t forget to put it and then take a big swig of coffee just before getting your shoes on, it will give you a rather bitter start to the day.

Have a great morning everyone! 🙂

Linda

Night time ramblings

Im sitting here, its late, and Im feeling happy and emotional at the same time.

Today was a really perfect day, I played frisbee with the kids in the garden, I did laundry while the kids played, we went to the pet shop for dog food, came back and took the dogs for a long walk. Celiac kid and big brother were running. It was nice. We came back, had dinner.

Normal day, nothing special right..? Only for me, the fact that we get to have these normal days is so very special. I think, for the first time in a very very long time I am more relaxed. I am trusting those lungs of hers to do ok, and I am breathing easier knowing that she is.

So my normal day… I am so grateful, so grateful for every single day like that we have.

There is a light , I can see the light, and maybe, just maybe, this crazy move we made will pay off, maybe we found our answer, please let it be so.

Its weird how the minute you decide to do something unconventional, like living apart from your husband, every Tom, Dick and Harry comes out of the woodwork and starts talking about how marriages will fail if you live apart, cheating spouses and failures, people who never once had an opinion about your marriage previously are all announcing pending doom. Whatever I say. Whatever. Really. None of them have a clue.

Living here, living apart is actually saving us, saving us all, because finally, we get to have these normal days. I get to play frisbee with my kids, and hang laundry and cook while they play and not worry that maybe now the wheezing has started and maybe now the cough will come and the issues that follow.

This is where we are not your average celiac family, because most do not have these issues that we have, if you are newly diagnosed I need you to know that if you read this, this is not the ‘norm’.

All we can hope now is that good gets better and better gets strong, and maybe celiac kiddo can outgrow some of these lung issues. Its really not fair that such a small little thing has to battle so many pneumonias. But if it happens, its ok, we live now, we take each day as it comes, try to stay relaxed, don’t make to many plans because cancelled plans are awful.

Today was a day that most people take for granted, and yet for us, it was one of the first completely normal awesome Sundays.

My son, my awesome trooper, my diamond, gave me a hug this afternoon and said ‘ thank you mummy for the bestest day’.

-Linda

Let the farm begin!

So much now to look forwards to. A new baby will be joining us in the end of April, he’s furry with 4 legs. I cant wait. Our dogs are not really ‘our dogs’, they are my dogs. This little guy will belong to the children as much as me, and I cant wait for us all to bond with him!

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He is a Havanese of course, its s small breed, non shedding, a breed that most people with pet allergies tolerate well. Celiac Kid wants a kitten, and big brother wants a budgie, and daddy said yes… (!!!!??!!). Lets see what happens with that. Big brother says ‘Let the farm begin’ and laughs. He must have heard one of us say it.

Before fur baby joins us there will be a trip to our beloved Dubai, and even before that another move!

On Friday we are off again, Im grateful that this time we are ‘only’ moving town, not country! Funnily enough Im not stressed in the slightest, just very very exited to go – get settled – make friends. And obviously, as with any new location… find all the best gluten free stores!

Wroclawians (can you say that?), if you have any good gluten free tips, please share with me!

So April will be busy to say the least, but good busy 🙂 Great busy!

-Linda

I write blog posts in my head…..

Every night its the same story, I cant sleep, my mind is whizzing and swirling like crazy, so I write, in my head, and some totally amazing oscar winning material style blog posts are written some nights. Of course, by morning, I dont remember a word and dont feel inspired at all.

I realised I haven’t written much on here about life, and about the things around us. The truth is, I rarely write unless its positive. Why? Surely people who want to share our lives by reading here want the good with the bad? Or is it just that living for so many years in the Middle East has made me unable to write negative things out of fear of being told off? Freedom of Speech is a great thing, but I actually set far harsher limits on myself then any government. I still – even though I can speak openly – don’t speak badly of people, companies, brands, institutions etc. I am pretty sure if I had, there would have been a ton more traffic here, but I also don’t write for traffic.

I do however owe you all some posts, about another move we are about to make (yes I know!). About hospitals in Poland, about people who speak perfectly good english refusing to do so, about the school which we decided to pull the children out of, about Poznan, about Wroclaw (my new love!). All those topics have been covered extensively – at night – in my head. Sorry about that, I will try to get them on to paper (can you even say that nowadays? on to an electronic devise?) asap, I promise!

I leave you with a picture of a road sign – deep in the middle of the Polish wilderness, just because, blog posts with pictures are nicer then blog posts without 🙂

-Linda

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Happy New Year!

1532087_608966592490592_161073765_nThank You all for your kind messages sent after my last post, I have had so much support from all corners of the world. Thank You.

Celiac kid is better, first day back in school today, the all clear has been given. I remain positive, or at least try. Because really, what options do I have? She has been better since our move, a ton better, and this was a set back yes, but you need to look on the bright side – always – or the bad stuff will consume you and make you not a very good person. So we take it all in our stride and carry on. My hero, my inspiration, my strength is Celiac kid herself. She has been through so much and never once complains. She just accepts everything, because this is normal to her. Hopefully 2014 will be a HEALTHY year. Lets hope so. Fingers crossed. If you are a person who prays, please include her in those prayers. She needs all the help she can get.

For 2014 I hope we have less then 2 hospital stays, I hope the specialist we have been put in touch with will help us find some answers to why these pneumonias keep coming, and I promise, that this is the year me and my son finally do the Celiac gene test. Its long overdue.

Whatever your wishes and hopes are for 2014, I hope they come true. Happy New Year from me and the gluten free family 🙂

-Linda

Another birthday and Im not ready!!!!

Tomorrow big brother turns 7, can you believe I have a 7 year old son? I certainly cant! Im very exited for him because I know his present will make him super chuffed, but Im stressing about the cake! I have yet to fill my baking equipment cupboard, I don’t have my trusted machines, and I don’t recognise any of the products in the shops! I need a mini chopper, a whisk, tins and pans and baking powder thats certified gluten free and yeast and BREAAAATHEE!!! There is no way I will find any of those things by tomorrow. I need to order most of it from amazon and last time I checked they didn’t deliver that fast. Wish I had been more organised.

So, 2 options then, Swedish chocolate sticky cake or ice cream cake (home made). I just so desperately don’t want my super kid to be disappointed, its hard enough being in a new country and not having any friends yet to invite to a party!

Any ideas for a cake rescue? Gluten free obviously?

-Linda

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Our life revolves around food.

It really does. Not always in a bad way, and don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t stop or hinder us in any way, its just how we THINK thats different. Take this move for instance. Most families I know would just eat takeout for the last couple of days, get a pizza on arrival in the new house and have breakfast out or get something ready made until plates etc were all unpacked. For us, its all about the food every step of the way. Making sure I have enough things unpacked to still bake bread, that I have all the saucepans I need for cooking. Then that the airline we fly has ok gluten free meals, that we bring enough food in our hand luggage, that we know where the nearest shop is on arrival so we can buy cleaning products and food and start the process of de – glutening the kitchen. Our life revolves around food, and the kitchen, but the planning and thinking becomes second nature, so its no different then say a cold person making sure they wear thick socks. This is just how it is!

On another note I have seen some awesome pink and blue pots I like, but Im wondering if pink saucepans will be just a bit to much…? Im normally a stainless steel kindof girl, but these look awesome! What do you think?

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-Linda

Sharing is caring.

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No really, sharing really IS caring. Those of you on this blog, or one of the many other ‘celiac’ blogs are actually not the people who really NEED to be here. The people who really NEED to be here are the mothers of undiagnosed Celiac kids, the husband’s and wife’s of undiagnosed partners, the undiagnosed celiacs themselves. So when you read a post, a tweet, a Facebook post, on any of the social media and its good, SPREAD IT FURTHER! Share the love, share the knowledge, hit like, hit share, retweet and comment. Thats how we reach those who really need it most. Please, and thank you 🙂

-Linda