Thank you friends for your kind words of reassurance. Mum would hate for us to be split up, it would have broken her heart, but it has been really really hard to find somewhere where we could both live. Good friends had offered to look after me while mum sorted herself out. Now that we have somewhere, we are going to make it work. Mum is sleeping a bit better, and tonight made a chicken, vegetable and noodle stirfry to get some more balanced food.
We will have lots of of our stuff with us,and we have donated other goods to both the hospice shop and to the Salvation army stores to use. We know we are lucky, we can afford a roof over our heads and food every night.
Oh and lucky us, we had a reasonable sized earthquake this afternoon. It just shook the house and a couple of small ornaments fell down. No one was injured, and it was centred quite a way away from our city. Some roads have been damaged and quite a few people are without electricity in the towns closest to the centre of the earthquake.