This morning’s dull but dry day’s weather developed after lunch into steady rain and intermittent fierce gusts of wind.
The smack of one of the wooden patio chairs smashing onto the paving sent me out in order to lay down the others and two large pedestals formed of ecclesiastical candlesticks standing in the rose Garden.
Poor light on the sitting room floor did not prevent Ellie from demonstrating her alert vision and control of her neck as she followed Jackie’s twizzling ladybird stick backwards and forwards.
Her acute ears led her to turn towards the clicking camera.
While Jackie walked her around the room she remained focussed on the light source of wonder above her,
and battled to avoid sleep as her great-Grannie sat with her on the sofa,
until handing her to her mother to carry her upstairs. Here Flo demonstrates a foolproof holding technique that has been demonstrated to calm any crying baby – not that Ellie was crying.
I have not been able to turn my neck quite so much since a rugby injury 62 years ago – and now very little. Neither can I prise myself up from the sofa without the use of my hands which had been cradling my sleeping great-granddaughter for an hour yesterday evening.
When it was time for me to go to bed Jackie had to call upstairs to Flo, informing her that “Grandpa can’t get off the sofa”. My hands were soon freed.
This evening we dined on flavoursome pork and chives sausages; crisp Yorkshire pudding; creamy mashed potato; crunchy carrots; and tender cabbage and green beans, with tasty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden, I drank Valle Central prima reserva 2019, and Flo and Dillon abstained.
96 responses to ““Grandpa Can’t Get Off The Sofa””
Our injuries come back to haunt us. In my case it is lower back pain caused from carrying rucksacks that were far too heavy whilst hiking in the Drakensberg most weekends. Your hands still manage to take fine photographs however 🙂
Thank you so much, Anne.
She continues to prove that she is more alert than her age peers. Glad the Grampa was rescued form a night on the couch. Eventually nature would have called and you would have had to get of the couch or else…. I’m hungry and your dinner sounds delightful. I will have 3rd day leftovers of a dish I really like so it is not as bad as it sounds.
Thanks very much, Pat. Nothing wrong with 3rd day.
Particularly since its my favorite Pad Thai.
So adorable 🥰
Thank you very much, Laleh
Such a beautiful baby!
Thank you so much, Luisa
My pleasure 💙
Oh, that baby! What a delight to see pictures of her. Glad you had help getting off the couch.
Thank you very much, Laurie 🙂
Ellie seems a remarkably alert baby! I hope your hands are in better shape now. 🙂
Thanks very much, Merril 🙂
Ellie is so adorable, God bless her family! 🙏🏻☺️ I injured my back in 2013, three lower lumbar were damaged. That injury still gives me grief every day, Derrick, you are not alone my friend! ☹️
There are lots of us, John. Thanks very much 🙂
Yeah, and it’s a bummer. Be well.
Little Ellie is quite alert! I am sorry to hear of your neck injury. Those old injuries do seem to settle in over time. I have a few of those myself, mainly from my horseback riding days.
But we wouldn’t have done it differently would we, Lavinia? X Thank you very much
Great grandpa and grandpa too :
Synchronisation parfaite, mon ami, Michel. Video merveilleux
How wonderful! 🙂 And I love what Jackie said! 🙂 ❤️ And, yes, someone please help Grandpa! ❤️
‘Tis a joy that Ellie has you and Jackie in her life…and you are both so fortunate to have Ellie!!! 🙂
Yes, our well-seasoned, well-used, had-great-fun-in-life bodies, are in need of some pampering these days. 😉 ❤️
Thanks very much, Carolyn. So true X
Getting up from your sofa without using your hands is nothing to worry about. If it was rare and serious, there’d be no riser-recliner chairs in shops!
🙂 Quite so, John. Thanks a lot
Ellie is really adorable. That’s an interesting hold Flo has for calming a baby. I’ll try to remember it in case I ever get a great grandchild. Always good to have a party trick up one’s sleeve. I’m also glad you didn’t have to spend the night on the sofa.
I was interested in that hold, also. Now to find a crying baby to try it on!
Thank you so much, Sylvia. Flo got the tip from a YouTube video – demonstrated on 3 different babies
Happy days! Sofa struggles apart, that is.
Thanks very much, Susan
Old age and old injuries is no match for new life and flexibility.
Absolutely, Chrissy. Thanks very much
It is great to have help “on hand”🙂
Nice one, Sylvie. Thanks very much
Sweet little Ellie seems to be enjoying all of the loving attention. 💞
Thank you very much, AnneMarie. We hope so
How lovely to see Ellie so alert.
As for you and those knees and maybe even hips, May I suggest buying an electric adjustable chair. I have a smaller lady’s chair in my kitchen/ living room, and it is such a help. Mine doesn’t assist in getting you out of the chair and upright, but plenty do
I have intermittent days where my joints ache and the chair helps to relieve the aches; the chairs are a little higher than normal chairs and therefore help with my knees too. Sitting with your feet up is really relaxing. I’m even contemplating getting rid of one of my sofas in the upstairs sitting room and replacing it with an adjustable chair, or even two! Joshua at thirty two uses the chair more than I do (when at home) because it’s so comfortable! Just a thought. 🙂
Certainly an idea for when I can no longer get off the sofa using my hands which were occupied at the time 🙂 We do both have high chairs in the sitting room. That particular sofa is a Chesterfield and therefore manageable for now. Thank you so much, Sue.
My knees hurt every time I get off my sofa. I cannot imagine being without my chair in the kitchen it’s so comfortable. It’s not a disability type chair, I think it’s an Ercol that I purchased from an ordinary furniture shop.
Ouchie … I know the feeling ‘Grandpa’ …
Cheers, Ivor. At least my back is OK
Yes, age is starting weary me too Derrick …
It was such a pleasure to see the record of Ellie’s discovery of the world around her.
Thank you very much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
I’m with you on that. Too many parts don’t seem to move like they used to prior to rugby.
Thanks a lot, Gary
Precious moments with the baby😊. Are you having physiotherapy or doing any exercises? Regards, Lakshmi
Thanks very much, Lakshmi. At 80 with dodgy joints, having had surgery and exercises I consider I am lucky to be otherwise well and accept that I have limitations.
Ellie is amazing! Babies are good for lifting our spirits, especially when there’s plenty of help from the whole family. I hope your neck feels better soon. Maybe some heat would help.
Thanks very much, JoAnna. The neck is a permanent feature – has been for 62 years – just can’t turn it much. Otherwise liveable with
Ellie is adorable! After two back surgeries, I’ve been stuck many times. Keep stretching!
Thanks very much, Jill
I am sorry to hear about the neck problems.
Thanks very much, Andy. Just part of life
It is but it is frustrating when our bodies let us down.
Yes but at my age one has to adapt
Thank you so much, Cindy
Ellie is absolutely precious…and very alert. How lucky you are to have a baby in your life.
I don’t think there has ever been a time when there wasn’t one, Judy. Thank you very much
Ellie is very alert, Derrick. My son, Greg, was like that and he loved lights. His first proper word was light.
What a coincidence. That was also my son Sam’s first word. Thanks very much, Robbie
I know about those old injuries coming back to haunt us, so you have my sympathies, Derrick.
Thanks very much, GP.
Ellie is so adorable! They grow so quickly!
Thank you very much, Aletta
Perhaps your sofa is so fond of you it doesn’t want to let you go. Maybe a chorus or two of this would evoke a more sympathetic response!
I think that would make me run, Linda 🙂 Thanks very much for the thought
Ellie is such a beautiful baby! I hope you feel better soon, Derrick.
I’m really OK, Eugi. Just somewhat limited in the joints department. Thanks very much for your concern.
I’m glad you’re okay, Derrick. Sometimes, my joints remind me it’s time to slow down, however, I’m not very good at that.
Nor me 🙂
What an adorable child! Sorry about your neck limitations, Derrick. But it doesn’t seem to hamper your lifestyle too much. And that hands to push you up off the sofa thing? Well, welcome to the club!!
Many thanks, Jan. I Just accept that I am less flexible that Ellie 🙂
We used to use that hold for a very colicky baby! Sorry to hear that you have neck problems .
It has been with me ever since a rugby injury in 1960. I just live with less flexibility than my great granddaughter 🙂 Thanks very much Kim.
Love the baby pictures, Derrick and I hope your neck is feeling better!
The neck is permanent – 62 year old rugby injury, Barbara. Thanks very much
I can relate to old injuries and neck pain, Derrick. I’m glad you got a quick rescue from the sofa.
Thanks very much, Alys
Most enjoyable seeing your beautiful great granddaughter’s photos, Derrick! She is growing so fast.
Thank you very much, Doug.
It seems that you have a very advanced baby there and cute as a button.
It seems that it wasn’t the couch or seat that caused you difficulty, rather the babe snuggled and cradled in your arms…
Exactly, Catherine. Thanks very much
Thanks to Jackie for the great title. First, it had me worried for your health. Then it had me laughing. Thanks to all of you for sharing the wonderful photos. Ellie is a charmer – and SO alert! And Flo is lovely. I have a new niece who I will be trying that hold on. xo
Thank you very much, Jodie X