Steve has spent the last few days doing errands with our neighbour Harry.
They have visited B&Q, Howdens, the local tip twice and assorted garden centres.
I know Steve found it hard when I gave up driving as did I. So going out and about with Harry does him good, though it does mean he has to save up all his moaning until he gets home. They usually go out in the morning, they often lunch out in Morrison's cafe and usually get back by 3 in time to attend the summer house meeting. So it's just gone 5 by the time Steve gets in and he goes to bed before 9 so it does somewhat limit his moaning time.
It's sunny out and definitely getting warmer though we have more rainy days due.
As for the suggestions that I leave Steve to his own devices for a few days, my daughters have 10 children and two dogs between them. I can think of nothing worse than staying with them.
I also rarely shout at Steve because it achieves nothing, he immediately gets defensive and claims he only shouts because I'm deaf.
I prefer to stay calm, wait until he has calmed down and then tell him quietly that his behaviour is unacceptable.
Chris, thank you, I find many people have no understanding of the complexities of living with a stroke survivor.
DD1 will hopefully have three more children by the end of the year. I'm not sure she will be able to hang on that long as I'm sure social services will be tugging at her heart strings before long. Her oldest is moving out, he was all set to go some time ago but he had a car accident and broke a bone in his back. He's been in a brace but it is coming off soon and then he will fly the nest.
The siblings that she has are going to move into his self-contained annex, there are just a few jobs to do to get it ready for them. There will then only be the 12 year old and the twins left in the main house.