Cassie, I hope you managed to enjoy your weekend in Bath. The weather here, only 30 odd miles away, was terrible Saturday and Sunday with high winds and lashing rain, and just miserable today. Hopefully more inland it was better. At least there are plenty of indoor things to see and do.
Lovewine, you seem to have done very well with the weather in Cornwall - as we have discovered on many occasions its quite hard to find things to do in Cornwall in the rain, once you have visited all the NT houses several times! Good to hear your dad is continuing to improve even if still frail. Hope the workload isnt too bad this week and that the mammogram goes smoothly tomorrow, although I know the waiting for results is the worse bit.
Rosie, I expect you made the most of your meal out with friends on Saturday after the evening before. It must have been a good do, though, if you stayed till 11.30 despite the lack of food. Commisserations about the ants and on irritating OHs.
I gave myself a very easy weekend-foregoing a trip to the theatre at Stratford and cancelling a friend who was coming to lunch on Sunday. Didnt feel too bad about that because OH took her to the theatre instead of me. Spent most of Saturday reading detective novels and watching TV, trying not to feel guilty. By last night was feeling quite a bit better but having promised OH I would still see the doc I went this morning. Wish I hadnt now because he has ordered blood tests and referral to the hospital to check out the reason for the abdominal pain I have been having since I started with the cough, which is now much better. Unfortunately I have also had loss of appetite and lost some weight and then this morning discovered an area in my tummy which seemed a bit harder than the rest. Equally unfortunately the doc could feel it too, I thought he would tell me its my imagination. So, physically better but emotionally a bit stressed. I am determined not to think the worst but inevitably those thoughts intrude. Distracted myself this afternoon by going down to the pier office to work on the archive. I should probably have just come home again because the only artificial light had failed so the room was quite dim but it did take my mind off things. Tomorrow hopefully work will do the same.
Good morning ladies!
Did any of you notice a random post from a forum member about her experiences yesterday? It appeared after my post but has now disappeared whether it was taken down by her or the forum team who knows!🤔
Lovewine glad to hear that you had a good time in Cornwall with good weather. It must be a relief for you to get back and see your dad! Good luck with the workload today!🙀
We enjoyed our meal with our friends on Saturday night and had a good old catch up! I am meeting her for coffee on Wednesday and her OH, who is a retired accountant, is going to school to help DH and the finance manager look at the cash flow and advise! He comes over twice a year and is always willing to come and offer his expert advise!
We are being invaded with ants at the moment!🙀🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜
DH really excelled himself last night. I found the a/c running at 21 in the living area this morning, he had left it on all night!🙀. He was hungry and boiled some eggs and had toast, he then marinaded the chops for dinner tonight and left the chopping board in the washing up bowl unwashed! This morning it was crawling with ants!😡 I ran the tap on them!
We have several ant traps round the place which do catch the odd few! Goodness knows where they suddenly come from when there is a morsel of food left out! We had to get the dog a stand for her bowls some years ago as they would invade any left over food!😬
You will all be pleased to know that the Giraffe Stand Tall auction in Worcester raised a staggering £240,000 for the local hospice where my sister’s friend was at the end of her life.
Have a good start to the week ladies!
Good morning ladies!
I do hope that none of you have experienced difficulties due to the wet and windy weather? I think Wales was hit the hardest?
We continue to enjoy dry sunny warm weather although the villages in the mountains have experienced some rain! We have had the continual lightning the odd rumble of thunder but no rain yet! It will come and when it does it will be with vengeance! 😱⛈
Last night we went to a colleague’s surprise 50th party! DH and I said we would leave at 9.30 we ended up leaving after 11.30pm. Neither of us had eaten and the food provided was just snack food I managed to eat a couple of very small sausage rolls and a handful of crisps! Fortunately we went easy on the drinks!😌
Cassie I hope you have an enjoyable time in Bath with YD and the meet up with your brother.
Lovewine sadly I expect your time in Cornwall is coming to a close I do hope that you find all is well with your dad on return!
Joan are you feeling any better?
Wildpurl hope all is well in your garden after the windy spell?
Enjoy the weekend ladies.
We are having a meal tonight with our friends from the Isle of Man.I shall have the 3 course menu deal after the lack of food last night!🥗🥩🥞🤪
Good Evening Ladies,
I am glad you had a lovely break in Cornwall lovewine it looks like the weather may not be too bad over the weekend after all YD and I are off to Bath for the weekend returning Mon. We are going to meet up with my nephew from Bristol which will be lovely.
Its been very heavy going today at work and I had to stay late to finish a couple of things, we were in a practice meeting until 4.15 in which I took the minutes, I felt I should type them up before the weekend or my scribble would probably not mean much by Tuesday plus I will have 4 days to catch up on.
Have a good weekend ladies
Lovewine, hope you have a lovely relaxing time in Cornwall. Rosie, love the pictures of the giraffes. Dont blame you for not bidding but I hope they make lots of money for the hospice. Cassie, it must be such a relief that GS is settling into his new school although like you I think it sounds a bit odd calling them good ‘incidents’.
Because I was Ok in Bologna, even if not 100%, I had assumed that when I got back here I woukd continue to get better. But I seem to be pretty much back to where I was before, still with a chesty cough and feeling exhausted. I also seem to be running a slightly raised temperature. So it may be back to the doc. Frustrating.
The exhibition was very well done in the Chapter house in the cathedral! All the large giraffes were arranged in circle round the outside and the little ones in an inner circle! I won’t be bidding for one they are expecting the bidding to start at £2,500 for a large giraffe!😮 The smaller ones are going back to the schools that decorated them!
They should make a reasonable amount of money! 😌
Good Morning ladies!
Joan so glad that you felt well enough to enjoy Italy. I cant believe it is over already it’s gone very quickly!
Cassie glad to hear that GS has settled its such a big step for any child. Our GD who has just started Year 7 is having a lot of homework! 😔
Also glad to hear that the building work is coming to an end it seems to have been going on for a while!
I have a busy day today with the washing did a load yesterday when we returned to apartment.
Worcester had a Stand Tall art project over the summer and it involved about 40 giraffes all decorated and dotted around the city. They project was done to support the new building for the local hospice. All the giraffes have now been put in the chapter house in the cathedral and tickets were sold for a farewell event to visit them all in one place for the last time before they are auctioned and the proceeeds will go to the hospice. I should think they will make several thousand! I have 2 tickets to go at 5pm. They are visits every hour so hundreds of visitors must have been to see them. I think the event close on Sunday.
Ladies have a good weekend, especially you Lovewine I think you are off to Cornwall very soon!
Next post form sunny Cyprus! 😎
Good Evening Ladies,
Glad your dad's procedure went well lovewine it sounds really ingenious almost like science fiction,
also please your cough is improving Joan. I have had my flu jab the other day just in case.
Things are all well GS seems happy and has had many "good incidents" two in one day last week! I don't know why they call them that.
Work is as busy as ever but the building work has finished and the make over since is almost complete, two more rooms need carpeting this weekend, one new blind seems to have been missed out, so we will need to chase that up. There are very dirty hand marks already on the stairs its amazing how people are so grimey.
Keep well ladies x
Well the steroids certainly helped so I have been able to do more or less what I would expect to on holiday. Only problem has been sleeping, been awake for a couple of hours every night and Tuesday awake until 4.30. That’s despite taking a cocktail of stuff to help. Fortunately, having finished the course on Tuesday, the effect must have worn off so good night last night. Bologna a wonderful city and the apartment is comfortable. Our flight isnt till tomorrow evening so hoping to make the most of the day.
Lovewine, what an ordeal for your dad, and you as well. Let’s hope the results are informative. Have you managed to have a short day so you can get irganised for your holiday. Have a lovely relaxing time.
Rosie, have a good trip back to Cyprus. Sounds a good idea to rationalise your trips but I guess this year was exceptional, for various reasons.
wildpurl, glad you had a good holiday. Cassie, how are things with you?
Hi Ladies, I hope you are all doing well.
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last week I was on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, we stayed in a cottage in a remote village with no phone signal although we did have WiFi. We did lots of walking and exploring and had a very restful time. I took the first two days of this week off as well, so I’ve only worked two days and frankly that was enough for me!
I'm glad you are enjoying the Lakes, rosie, pity you can’t use the bike but the motor home sounds really cosy and comfortable.
joan I hope that the steroids get rid of your cough and you are recovered before you go away.
lovewine, so sorry you have had such bad news from your neighbours. It’s good your Dad has started using his scooter. OH's Dad (87) has recently inherited a scooter from his brother in law who died last year. He was very resistant to getting it as he thought it would make him look old (!) but once he started using it he found he could go into the village and along the river and do things he hasn’t been able to do for many years. It has really changed my attitude to them, not that I need one now, but if I do I hope I will see the benefits and not worry about how I look.
Rosie, hope the weather stays fine for your trip, at least dry and sunny if not warm. Pity you cant use the bike, hope the book is good. Has your cold cleared?
lovewine, great that your dad was willing, if not exactly keen to go on his mobility scooter and that he enjoyed the outing. It will be good for your mum to get out too. I hope his appt next week goes well, it sounds an amazing procedure. Its so sad about your friend, it doesnt look as if there is much in the way of treatment options they can offer him.
I havent been able to enjoy the weather this week, been really felled by this cold which went onto my chest so been constantly coughing. Went to the doctor yesterday who said its not an infection but its exacerbated the asthma so I’m on a short course of mega oral steroids ! Remember them from chemo? Hoping that will help or Im not going to see much of Bologna. Must order some more books on Kindle.
Good morning ladies!
Yes the weather came as a bit of a shock but we have the clothing here to cope with it and the apartment keeps it heat very well! We have underfloor heating but don’t need to use it yet each room is at 22 which is just fine!
Unfortunately I have developed a cold virus it has been threatening for over a week! I am taking cold and flu tablets!
Joan I think they should have offered your money back for the theatre palaver! 😡
Hope you soon feel better I haven’t got the cough so far I’ ve got the head and nose after having the thick throat for a week!🙄
Lovewine I am not surprised that you feel down with the news of you neighbours demise and the worry of your dad. It’s incredible the procedures that they can perform now! The house always feels empty when your visitor goes especially your family!😢 As you say at least he is in good spirits after his relationship breakup, that would have just tipped you over the scales to deal with a depressed son!
At least the weather is a little brighter and you have your forthcoming holiday in Cornwall to look forward to!
Joan I do hope you will feel better soon and enjoy Italy.
Cassie hope GS has settled more now and that life at the surgery isn’t too stressful?
Wildpurl I expect you are busy winterising your garden?
Welcome back to the UK, Rosie. You will certainly have noticed its autumn here, with a vengeance. Shame about the plane delay but at least you didnt have a problem with your tickets not being valid. Hope you are now rested and had an enjoyable meeting with your sister. Our Anglesey holiday isnt until next March but both OH and YD like to get things sorted well in advance.
Lovewine, how are things with your dad? Glad you had a good evening with your family and that YS is OK about the breakup. What horrible news about your friend though. So young. Is he going to have treatment?
Cassie and Wildpurl, hope all well with you.
Had a rather strange trip to the theatre on Saturday. For the first time ever the Park and Ride let us down. Not their fault, huge delays on the road into Bath. When we got there, 10 minutes late, we were parked in the bar where there was a TV streaming the play. Not as you get in a proper streaming where you get closeups, clearly shot from the back of the auditorium. But better than nothing though it was a bit distracting because next to us was a woman being attended to by a St Johns Ambulance nurse, and about 30 other latecomers dribbled in, all having to have their tickets checked, being told where the loos were etc. 20 mins later one of the theatre staff started organising people into groups according to which part of the theatre they were going to be put in at the end of the first act. Some people quite cross they couldn’t have the seats they had booked because of the disruption it would cause, and one woman very cross because she would be in cheaper seats. We were among the last to be moved but missed the end of the act in the process. And then the play seemed even more puzzling than other ones by this particular author so at the end of it we really werent sure whether we were meant to be confused or whether it was because we had missed the bits which would have made it clear! The guy next to us, also a latecomer, just gave up and went to sleep.
Got quite cold waiting for the bus and now have a horrid cold and cant stop coughing. OH plans to sleep in the spare bedroom tonight. Had to cancel what Iwas going to do today and tomorrow and cossetting myself in the hope it will have cleared by Saturday when we fly to Bologna.
Good morning ladies!
Yes Joan the fires are in the hills surrounding our village! This is the time of year they are a problem with the tinder dry scrub and a wind wafting any flames!🙀 Usually started by cigarettes not being extinguished or locals lighting bonfires!🙀
The film Confessions of a Shopaholic wasn’t as good as the book.
When are you going on your family holiday to Anglesey? We are going a family holiday again in N Wales near the Ty Coch Inn. We are going from Aug 2 for a week.
Lovewine how bizarre that you stood behind a lady from Polis! It’s quite a sleepy town she certainly wouldn’t be able to purchase any Christmas presents!
What a shame about your friend across the road so young! 😢
Sounds like YS’s relationship wasn’t the one!
As Joan said at least he is not broken hearted as he was last time!
DH car is playing up so he has been using mine leaving me stranded! A mechanic is coming to look at it this am.
I haven’t driven a car in the UK since we left 10 years ago and I doubt that I ever will again. We will probably have to go down to one car here soon and if it’s too big I just won’t want to drive it! My dad drove well into his 80’s he wasn’t always safe though!😳
Evening ladies, lovely photo of the cocktail and the beach Rosie, hope the fires are under control now, i thought of you the other day, i was in Edinburgh woollen mill locally and chatted to a lady in the queue, she lives in Polis and was buying Christmas presents for her grandchildren!
Joan, enjoy your peaceful week, it makes a nice change to have some time to read , i have been too stressed over dad to concentrate, i have had a couple of disappointing reads though- latest one was called The wife between us.
Had some upsetting news today- our very good friends who live across the road came and told us today that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer- he is 44 . He had kidney cancer just before i was diagnosed, but he had it all removed along with the kidney and was given the all clear, yearly checks followed, a shadow was found on his lung recently, they have 2 children ages 12 and 8 .
YS is ok, had a long chat with him last night, he seems fine, said the split was amicable, but he just didnt put the effort he should have into the relationship and felt they didnt have much to talk about, or much in common.
Good news that your dad is home, Lovewine, I hope he soon recovers his strength. Sorry to hear about YS’s relationship but maybe its for the best and from what you’ve said, without the trauma of last time. I’m getting increasingly nervous about motorways too, on our journey up to London on Sunday we saw a very long articulated lorry overturned on the other carriageway and when we came back 9 hours laterthe motorway was still closed with a long tailback so had a long diversion and got back late. Had to go on the motorway the next morning to get to my Qi Gong class and really needed it by the time I got there.
cassie, you will be relieved that GS has had a better week at school. Well done him for getting the positives. Hope this week also goes well.
Rosie, beautiful view from behind your birthday cocktail. And dramatic views of the firefighting. I think last year there were really bad forest fires which came quite close to you. Has that happened this year? Are you enjoying your Confessions of a Shopoholic. I have been gorging on detective novels and just downloaded the new Cormoran Strike one. Feel very guilty because it was more than I normally allow myself and although I should keep it for going on holiday I dont think it will last that long.
Nothing much happening this week. Just booked next years annual holiday with the family, in Anglesey. And looking forward to going away at the end of the month.
Birthday cocktail followed by forest fire pictures we passed coming back from Polis on Sunday! There was another yesterday! 🙀
The helicopter dips the bucket into the sea for water and releases it over the fire! They are more effective than the fire engine!😄
Good Morning Ladies,
Very belated happy birthday Rosie.Glad your Dad is able to come home Lovewine and I hope that the hospital can keep him comfortable. ED seems to have calmed down a bit regarding GS starting secondary school, GS has had four incidents two good two negative he has had one positive for good behaviour in french and one for good work in art. The second negative one was apparently a child threw a pen at GS head which he denies he said the pen was scraped across his hand, it sounded like something and nothing, over enthusiastic children taking equipment to use at the same time, GS was not bothered although if I know him he probably protested loudly at the time, he is very sensitive.
Off for a dog walk shortly, have a good week ladies x
Lovewine, what a wearing and worrying week you have had. Its good news that the doctor is pleased with your dad’s progress. Have they managed to find out what caused the bleed? You mentioned your dad having been on Warfarin. Isnt that supposed to thin the blood? Hope the new meds are better.
Rosie, an even more belated happy birthday. OH obviously felt very guilty about forgetting last year. Balloons and cake too. Hope the dentists appts were OK. We go to Bologna on the 29th and I am certainly hoping it is still reasonably warm, though hopefully not hot. As you know I dont do hot.
cassie, has GS had a better week. Did the school do anything about the bullying?
yesterday didnt work out as we had planned. We had arranged to visit a very elderly relative in Exeter late afternoon so thought we would make a day of it- set off in the morning, visit a church we have wanted to see for a while, have lunch at a National Trust property and wander round the garden. Sadly, there was the most awful accident on the M5, which resulted in part of the M5 being closed for 10 hours and a tailback for miles. So we were stuck for nearly four hours. Coming back in the evening going north we saw that the tailback going south was even longer, which we were surprised about, I woukd have expected diversions to be in place by then but presumably there was so much traffic it wasnt possible.
Fortunately we did at least manage to see our relative although that was also very sad- he’s 95 and has dementia as well as being quite deaf and partially sighted. Fortunately he has family living with him and I take my hat off to them for what they are coping with. I am going to tell my daughters though that they should put me in a home long before I get to that point, I dont want them to have that burden. Interestingly I remember my mother saying that to me as well, although she died of a thrombosis while she still had all her faculties.
Sorry if all this sounds a bit gloomy. Im not really and I’m looking forward to an enjoyable weekend with theatre tomorrow and a trip to London on Sunday to meet up with 4 college friends and their partners for lunch. Just bought some evil chocolates from our local chocolatier as my contribution. Theyre tied up so nicely that fortunately I cant open them to check they’re OK!
Hope you all have good weekends too.