My staying power doesn't stay long these days

stickywicket Member Posts: 27,420
edited 3. Jan 2017, 06:09 in Living with Arthritis archive
Christmas + arthritis. Yeees. And no.

I love it. I do the full full-on whack. At least one carol service, Midnight Mass, loads of veg-prep assistance for our son's 'open house' Christmas dinner and hostessing and washing up. Yesterday, my sister left for home after a week here.

And I'm shattered.

And I'm sooo happy that, finally, when we've just moved to the land of Hogmanay, Mr SW has given up on his New Year's Eve parties which I used to dread. They come at entirely the wrong time of year (just after Christmas), they start just as I'm wanting to retire to bed and last far too long. No more. Yippee!

I had an email this morning from a friend who's husband is just out of hospital after a scary emergency Christmas op. She's glad he's home and safe but also delighted that she'll be spared the annual golf club NY Eve do.

This isn't a complaint. I'm tired and achey because I enthusiastically pushed myself and I don't regret it. But now I can't wait to get the decorations down and return to normal.


  • Amble
    Amble Member Posts: 32
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I empathise with that.
    We live in so called Sheltered Housing and some are wanting to have a New Year's 'Do'
    We are staying firmly put in our lovely little flat.
    I just want to be at home , with the option of going to bed. Usually I'm wiped put by 10 pm as rising at 6.00ish am in order not to seize up makes it a long day.
    I try to keep on the move as much as possible otherwise the old body keeps making threats of not moving at all.
    Happy New Year to all.
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,280
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I always say tired but happy is good..has for party's on NYE we gave then up around 8 years ago now and don't miss them one bit ..we would go out them I would invite all in sundry back to ours... :shock: still cant believe it... :lol: must say SW you did well girl... :)
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sticky
    You did well......I don't know how you coped.
    We gave up N.Y. parties a few years back. Sometimes we go to the quayside, all the kids head there, but we drive to a hill we found which is a great spot which is close enonough to watch whats going on and we've a great view of two different fireworks displays.
    It must cost a bomb for the fireworks.
    If its freezing we spend most of the time in the car watching out but if its not to bad we get out and pull the chairs out from the back of the car and sit and watch.
    The main thing is there are only the two of us and we can please ourselves. We go if we want to or stay at home if we want to.
    We leave when we feel like it....etc etc
    Leave it to the kids I say :lol:
    Happy New Year Everyone
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Sticky I'm impressed with all you did for Christmas and think you thoroughly deserve NYE off. I haven't celebrated NYE for years, it's just not my thing. I am looking forward to tomorrow though as my nephew and his family are over from a trip from Australia and are coming to drop in for tea and cake.
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,420
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    It won't quite be 'off'. Our grandson was desperate for my sister to go home so's he could have another sleepover. However, unlike the revellers he'll be tucked up in bed and asleep long before midnight. And so will I :D
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have plenty of staying power at my disposal at the moment viz. am staying in bed. It's been a difficult Christmas thanks to bad health for both of us and tonight will be a complete non-event, just like all the other nights over this festive time; my celebratory tipple will be a Lemsip. Get in. DD
  • daffy2
    daffy2 Member Posts: 1,636
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I noticed that the local paper had an opinion piece called 'Can we please stop pretending to like New Year's Eve?', and that various other places and people were saying much the same thing.
    When I was growing up NYE wasn't something we did - my mother was paranoid about getting a good night's sleep at all costs and in any case it wasn't a church event so of no interest to her in terms of celebrating, and my father was an anti-social individual who saw no reason to have anyone other than (his)wife and children in the house. My in-laws by contrast had open house through the evening until about 1am and I enjoyed it as it was interesting people enjoying each other's company over drinks and assorted food. The only difficulty was that as the evening went on their command of the English language tended to slip(in-laws were Dutch as were many of their friends). I think NYE was more important for them in some ways than Christmas, which was traditionally a quiet event for the family on Christmas Eve.
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,420
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I think different nationalities have always celebrated on different days during the Christmas / New Year period until globalisation and commercialism took hold. At which point it became a matter of any celebration which could be marketed. My mother always refused to let us buy her more than a token present for Mothers Day on the grounds that it was 'just a racket'. Fathers Day never got a look-in. I have seen chocolate crosses in USA stores at Easter. One reason why I rather like Pentecost is because no-one has yet fathomed out how to sell it. 'Whitsun' used to be a time for new clothes but now that's a year-long event.
  • bubbles
    bubbles Member Posts: 6,508
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    SW I am completely on your side. Quite enough of the festivities, our cards came down days ago and all the lights and the little trimmings are packed away, well, I threw them in the wardrobe :lol::lol:
    I am very jealous that you are now north of the border, as you know, I was all set to pack and come with you :)
    New years eve party, well, the last one I can remember I was 18 I think, or was it 21? that is a long time ago.
    We used to like to go out once in a while, but now, the thoughts, make me nauseous, especially if it involves going out after dark. We don't do, "after dark".
    Fortunately all our family and neighbours know that it is pointless asking us and also that we have naps at 6pm.
    Are sad? Probably, many would say so I am sure. But, hey, I am fine with that.
    I wish you and yours a happy new year.
    Final day of the holidays today, hoorah, things back to normal as from tomorrow. XX Take care - Aidan
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm not surprised you are shattered. I think you have very good staying power, regardless of the Arthritis. I was ill and spent the latter half of Christmas Day and all of Boxing Day in bed. I perked up just in time to return to work after the bank holiday weekend. :roll: I'm ready to get back to normal too.
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,420
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Aidan - I don't think you're sad at all just very wise and sensible. (I realise, as I'm typing, that that makes you sound utterly boring but you know I don't think that :wink: ) 18-21 is the right age for NY Eve parties. 70 definitely isn't.

    You are most welcome to come and visit north of the border. It's beautiful, with a lovely mixture of friendly people.

    Starburst - It was a regular thing when I was working. the health hung out until a holiday, the colds / bugs arrived on cue and then departed again just in time for work. I recommend retirement :D