Monday 16 February 2009

New laptop ... more importantly though "Snail Mail"

This weekend .. I've been sorting out a new laptop - that works & doesn't cut me off half way through things .. positive letters don't flow easily from machines that one wants occasionally to throw out of the window!! So now I'm on the road to the 21st century!

Mum and I laughed lots .. as we usually do - her comments are "just so" .. completely pertinent to the subject matter .. - she's enjoying her lemon .. but it leaves less time to talk, as she gets pretty exhausted swallowing her 7 half teaspoons .. still the most important thing is she's enjoying them.

I took the time out - as my old laptop was also on its last legs .. so I couldn't easily do much pc work .. - however, I have not been slack!! I have written over 60 letters to friends and family .. I do a sort of round robin (every 8 - 10 weeks), which gives all the information, stories etc, and then send a card too with personal notes in - replying to pictures we've been sent, letters we've had, or cards etc .. they're always very appreciated ....

.... & there's method in my madness .. it generates mail back for my Ma!! More information to feed off, share and discuss!! I have a few left to do .. and a few emails to send overseas. It's been one of the best things I've done .. people like to know what's going on, & they can learn things from the experiences - I also did a couple for my uncle when he was in hospital before he got home .. & his friends and relatives all loved the positive take on the stories & knowing what was going on .. & I'm still the main source of contact at times?!


Believe Achieve - Hugo and Roxanne said...

Hi Hilary,

Welcome to the 21st century! lol :-) Before we got our new laptop, I remember feeling the same way.

60 letters!! Wow, you're incredible! How wonderful of you to keep everyone posted. It's also great to hear your Ma gets mail back so the two of you have more to share and discuss. This post reminded us of a great organization called . You can read about them on our blog. It would be wonderful to see an organization such as this one but for sending letters to the elderly. Maybe you can even start one! Just an idea. Your Ma could get encouraging, heart-warming and "Positive letters" from all over the world. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
Just some late night thoughts. Tell us what you think. :-)

Many Blessings....
Roxanne ~ Believe Achieve

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Yes I did see your post .. & it's sort of lodged in my brain .. I'm working with Gio from Monday .. so I'm sure I'll start to pick things up & before that I want to plan some ideas .. so that will be included ..

Thanks for your late night ideas .. I do think that's a great thought .. especially with the little stories that we all have

Thank you for Believing & Making me Achieve ..
Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

Peter Baca said...


I loved your comment about the laptop - throwing it out the window! I have been there on occasion and actually threatened doing the same thing. Anyway, you had me laughing! I appreciate your positive view under such a difficult situation!

Your blog is appropriate for today's difficult economic times. People still need to understand that it is only money and we will work our way thru it. The most difficult things are severe medical situations! Keep a stiff upper lip!

Best Regards

Pete Baca

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Pete - just glad you like the analogy .. anyway it is lovely to have a laptop that works & is fast!

Many thanks also for your approval of the blog and its approach to the future; severe medical conditions are so difficult but we are so lucky with my mother's positivity.

My lip is stiff - in true British fashion ..

Thanks for your support -
Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy