Learning Spanish

Ola!

I’ve started learning Spanish and let me write it here for all to see – I’m sticking to it!!

I’m a bugger for starting something, committing to it for a few days and then letting it fall by the wayside. I’m sure I’m not alone in that! It’s not that I lose passion for whatever it is – exercise, a certain book or some task or other – I just don’t get round to it. I’m determined to keep up with learning Spanish – and updating my blog.

The reason I’m learning Spanish is quite a nice story. Mr P’s brother, who I’ll call Mike, went on holiday to Spain in April, with his mate. Just a standard lad getaway, you know. On their second night they spotted a couple of girls at a bar, but the lads didn’t know Spanish and the girls didn’t know English. So they used Google Translate to get chatting and what not.

Anyway, long story short – Mike and his senorita totally fell for each other. In the months since they’ve been keeping in touch via WhatsApp and started to learn each other’s lingo. Mike’s been out there a couple of times since and his senorita came over in October to meet all of us. Mr P and I were pretty excited to meet the woman that has stole Mike’s heart because he’s an independent guy – not the type to just randomly fall in love. So we knew it was special.

Now Mike’s moved out to Spain to be with her so me and Mr P are dying to go out there for a holiday – you’ve gotta make the most of these situations right?! We’re going out next year and I’m adamant that I’ll be able to communicate in Espanol, so that’s why I’m learning Spanish.

Wish me luck!

A Dog’s Purpose

This week we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Becca-Becca. Although she was old it came quite out of the blue: one day she was fine, the next a bit poorly and the day after that in a really bad way. When the greediest, most food-obsessed dog I’ve ever known won’t touch her food you know there’s something seriously wrong. We took her to the vets and he pretty much confirmed what we knew but didn’t want to hear.

I won’t go into detail but we stayed with her until the very end.

She has left a hole in our lives and our home. It feels much more spacious without turning round to see her standing there, or tipper-tapping endlessly around the kitchen while tea’s on. Her settee is now free to actually use. I’d say we can safely leave food about now but we can’t; the cats are just as bad as Becca for scrounging and stealing food but it’s worse because they can get on the worktops!

Becca has been my shadow for these last 7 months whilst I’ve been on maternity. She was always there to stroke, talk to and get under my feet. She was Mr P’s baby for 8 years and his first child, as he called her.

It’s incredible how big of an effect a doggy has on a household. They’re part of the family that goes without saying, but their presence is so much more significant than puppy eyes and a wagging tail. A dog is always there for you, waiting for playtime and cuddles (and a treat of course!). No matter what type of day you’ve had, or even what kind of person you are, your dog will do everything they can to cheer you up. To them, you’re one of the best things in the world.

Dogs are as unique and individual as us humans and their personalities should be celebrated and embraced, even if they do your head in at times. They love unconditionally and find excitement in everything. If we borrowed their perspective the world would be a better place that’s for sure. As for pets – if you have any now go and give them a cuddle. Even if they’re an arse at times, or all the time, they still love you. And we love them – more than we realise.

Sleep tight, Becca old lass. We miss you.

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