talk or message every day, but somehow it feels different, sad. Had to ask for help to get a few things from the shop - don't like having to do that...
I wish you well my dear friend ❤
Hope you are feeling better real soon xx
Hope you feel better soon. I'm sure it's scary to be sick now.
Hope you feel much better soon. And don't feel bad for asking for help. I think we are all going to need someone's help to survive this
Hey Al, how are you feeling my friend? I was thinking about you my friend ❤
Hey A. How are you feeling now? Xx
falling in love - could never have imagined that a year later the country would be going into lockdown and, best case scenario, it will be 3 weeks before I can see him again. At least he drove down to spend this weekend with me - when we said goodbye
this morning we knew there might be new measures, a lockdown, but hoped against hope...Have to remember how lucky I am to have found him, we have a lot of time ahead of us, difficult as this is right now
3 weeks is not that much. I might face a year of waiting for the first meeting in person. You'll be ok *hug*
So lovely, thanks for sharing this. You will be back together and stronger for the break I'm sure. I'm kinda in the same boat and keeping our distance for now. Big hugs.
Thanks panda pals xxx
Alicia - yes, 3 weeks isn't long but I expect the lockdown here in the UK will go on longer than that - suppose that's the underlying worry. There are bigger problems, I know! Just feeling sad now
So happy for you, Albertine! xx
Hey Albertine. 👋👋.It is wonderful to hear that things are going well for you and D, and I hope for you personally. The 1st week that USA refused to let Brits in I was miserable and grumpy with him.
But now I think we have to be grateful for the time we have had, and to know that we will see them again. We will get through this, I also believe it will stop us taking each other for granted. Not just our partners, our friends + family and wider co
Thanks corrado, Jeff and Manda - stay well and safe
Thanks nixi - yes, agree about gratitude, something I think I'm not good at. Saw your post saying you're practicing it, well done. Hope the long distance thing with the American goes well
Happy birthday!!! 🎂
Happy birthday 🎂. I'm glad you have great company for your special day. X
Happy birthday! I'm so happy you're so happy today!
Happy birthday for yesterday it was my brother's birthday too
Super duper Happy Birthday my dear friend! I hope you had the best birthday ever. You deserve it ❤
Aw! It's your birthday as well. Happy Birthday!!! Glad it was great!
Happy Belated Birthday!
Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a lovely day 🥳🎁🎂 xx
Best wishes, 52 springs young🎈
:) Thanks David, I need to hear that today! :)
a non flexible ticket!! And it's pouring and I've been up since 3 to pack, sort flat, catch early train...so I'll probably cheer up once I get over having to spend extra money I can't afford...
Things have generally been going great with us - the inevitable tough moments, but lots of love and goofiness. Lucky
Sooo happy for you! Have a wonderful time!
am reduced to nothing so easily.
I know what you mean. Happiness is momentary, but love is resilient, I hope it all gets better sooooon.
Oh poor Albertine. Hope you are ok. X
But 9 is for him and his effect on my life, work is awful and many other aspects not great. But
Love, eh? Amazing. How long I have waited for him
Glad the cat approved :)
Also.it is so nice to see you happy
it's going to mean in practical terms, how it will work out in terms of where we live etc. (Right now we're in different cities etc) But we have time. I have never been so happy, so sure that this is right. And I'll be 52 in a couple
...in a few months, Pandas - it can happen! So excited and so happy. I am very lucky.
Writing this at 4 am - can't sleep but in a good way, and I want to share with you guys who have always been there for me.
Very happy for you, congratulation!
This is wonderful to hear. I'm delighted for you
Dear Pandas, thank you all for the hugs. Big hugs back xx
Metron - thanks!
Ian - thanks! I haven't had much time to respond to posts but hope you're feeling a bit better soon, sorry to see you feeling low. .hope you managed to enjoy your leave.
nixi - I thought of you when this happened. :) We are lucky! everything is crossed that things keep going so well for you and the American.
I'm so happy for you!! Gives me hope, I guess. :)
So happy for you <3
This is wonderful! It sounds like a great thing to promise to do for each other. I'm so happy for you! And indeed for myself, for all of us, because this can happen anytime :)
Congrats, Albertine! How lovely!!! :D
she wants me to see how it goes and call her on Tuesday if I think I need more time. Sometimes feeling quite anxious about work, sometimes accepting that I just have to be off.
Things with D still going really well - he's been offshore nearly 2 weeks, another week and a bit to go before he comes home. Went up to see him in Aberdeen for his last weekend, just as I was getting ill, and he looked after me so kindly and well.
Never had anyone who shows such kindness toward me, so supportive. Pretty much in love, though I know he doesn't feel that way - we've had a couple of 'relationship' talks, and I know he is keen not to overpromise or get carried away, it's his first
relationship since his marriage broke up, 3 - 4 years ago, so we are in somewhat different places at the moment but heading in the same direction, wanting the same outcome (he says:) - different speeds:) )
Genuinely hope so, as I really can imagine spending the rest of my life with him, though I don't quite know what that would look like, given how much I like living alone, having my own space. But it might be just living much nearer, I'm in Edinburgh,
he's in Aberdeen, which requires a certain amount of traveling. Anyway, that discussion is a long way off, if it ever happens! Right now keep reminding myself to enjoy the moment and my luck :)
hard 2 b sick n away from sum1 who makes u feel good i empathize with u
Welcome back great news about your fella. Do you get full sick pay?
I hope that you feel better from the virus soon!! Thank you for sharing such happy thoughts about D and your hopes :) I wish you the best!
Ugh, I'm so sorry you've been ill for so long! But I am still really, really happy that things are going so well with your relationship right now. That is amazing!
Wow sounds like you've been really ill. Good to hear from you! Sounds like you're in a good vibe when it comes to D. So happy for you!!
Yikes! That's a long time to be sick. Glad you've seen a doctor. Hope things continue to go smoothly with D. Being on the same page & not necessarily on the same timeline isn't so bad.
Glad to have you back, Albertine! It's amazing how open-minded you are about this reationship, that you are not in a hurry to conform, that you're thinking about living closer to each other rather than together. We are free to make our own rules, and
if it's the right person they'll work with us, right? Huge bear hugs
I didn't realize you lived in those parts! I've spent several months in Forres at the ages of 10 to 12, and I still miss Scotland. I remember taking the train to Aberdeen to get to my final destination. Ooooh, I'm so emotional now :)
Scotland is amazing. I live in Edinburgh, and getting to know Aberdeen and Dundee from D. He lives just north of A on the coast - just fantastic.
Is he coming to see you too?
Right now that's planned for a few weeks' time when he's back from this upcoming trip. Flat is still a mess and hard enough for me to negotiate, I intend to spend the time he's away getting it sorted
That's a Job I don't envy. Good luck
Me neither! Thanks - may need it!
How are you? 😊
When is your next date? I love this story. It's nearly as good as black mirror
taking exams. Won't be back home til early morning probably and work tomorrow - ugh.
miles through streets and neighbourhoods I once knew well. Anxious about training as it is all day, and I know no one, so think I about horror of breaks and lunch, when you're supposed to 'network'. Ugh. Then back to E tonight, so long day...
London stinks (literally smells horrible). Hope you got home ok.
Oh I hope your day went well! Sounds like its gonna be tiresome. And I hope London was ok since there is a big football game tonight :/
Good result Esther!
That's fabulous. :)
Cheering for you - you deserve this
So happy for you!!
forward to working week....
Thanks so much, dear Pandas - I was telling him about MP this weekend and how much it means to me to be part of something so special. Lots of love to you allxxx
Good to hear its going well with D! Hope the work well goes ok
Glad you had such a nice time and that things are going well! ❤️
I want to reply to your lovely message on my page but i cant work out how. Thank you it really helped <3
that is my flat now that all my stuff is here.
AND there is plenty of chemistry and attraction. We'll see what happens, but it's a good start. Feeling really lucky and happy, will miss him when I have to leave tomorrow
That's exciting! Happy to see you optimistic, and hope things work out for you!
Yay!! I'm glad you've found someone that makes you happy. May this relationship continue to grow!
Sounds wonderful. You deserve it :)
came up on the train Thursday night after work, going home Sunday morning. Just some quiet time getting to know each other - really having a good time.
That's lovely. Enjoy. Xx
Thanks dear Pandas for your hugs and, dear Jeffbear and Nixibear for your comments. xx
sorted in current flat to try to make some room, keep organising stuff, but very little motivation. Keep trying to get on with things, keep myself distracted, rather than checking email, but not always working. Sigh.
I know how you feel. Though I wasn't even at the date stage yet waiting for a reply that won't come is nerve wrecking. I hope you'll find a distraction soon. 💕
*** date politics why can't it just be easy?
Thanks for the hugs, dear Pandas xx
Thanks, Lydia and John - know I'm not alone but it still feels like it only happens to you. Yeah, I'm 51 and it's no easier...
Good luck with the guy ;)
“Good luck with the boys!” Is what was what my friends & I used to write to each other in our school yearbooks. BF & daughter thought it was hilarious. I'd totally write it in your yearbook, Al! 🥰
My friend... I sit here and wonder how you like to be addressed? Please enlighten me.
Manda - that IS hilarious. So many boys in my life right now...
Shelleybear, my friend, I am fine with anything: Cindy (as many of you knew me first anyway), Al (Manda made me laugh with that).
Just wanted to be proper 😃
I understand - that was very sweet of you (and, therefore, so like you :) )
Have fun on the dates ❤🙏