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Dear Sandy,

I just thought I would drop you a note to let you know how I am settling in to my new aged care home in North Brisbane. As you know dear, I had a few reservations about moving into an aged care home, especially me being on my own. I guess I wanted to hang on to the wonderful memories I had with your father, and the home we shared together for so many years. Packing up and leaving wasn’t an easy thing to do, but the good thing about memories is that they travel with you; they never get left behind.

Well, now that I have been here at the aged care home in North Brisbane, closer to you, I have to say that it is not an inch of what I thought it was going to be. Of course the first few weeks took a bit of getting used to, and I do have moments where I miss the old house. But really, I have adjusted quite well and have been keeping myself busy. Would you believe I have been taking piano lessons? That’s right dear, you can teach an old dog new tricks! You will have to listen to me have a tinkle on the ivories next time you visit. I have been practising for you and my beautiful grandchildren.

I have had a few visits, Grant and the kids come often, but I have also made a few new friends here as well. Margaret lives a few doors along from me, and we often have a chat over a cuppa. In fact she went out of her way to welcome me, and introduce me to the other residents, which I thought was a nice gesture. She’s as happy as a clam here at the aged care home in North Brisbane, and says that she is more social now than she has ever been.

We had a bit of a do last Saturday, all the residents got together and we had some entertainment, everyone got into it, dancing and singing along. I think next week we having an indoor bowls tournament, so I was thinking of pairing up with Margaret and entering as a double.

Health wise, I have been good and I have been eating well. When I was reading the brochure on this aged care home in North Brisbane, I wondered if the food was as good as it looked, but it really is top notch. When your father passed away there was no point in cooking lavish meals for myself, so I didn’t go to any trouble, but I feel like I am eating like Queen Elizabeth here.

You must let me know what we are doing for little Sam’s birthday, you are more than welcome to bring the kids here, and the staff are happy to assist us with anything we need, just a thought.

Well I hope things are cheery with you, and I will see you when you pop up next time.

Love hugs and kisses

Edith

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