Good morning ladies!
There was a great atmosphere at the switch on, the local radio station were there. I went with our friends from upstairs, on the way home we called at the local bistro on our complex for a hot drink!
Yesterday I booked our summer flight for €280 both ways! We fly on July12th and return Aug 28th this includes a family week in Wales and 2 weeks in Ireland with motorhome!😊
I know it’s very early but wondered if we should pencil a date for our annual meet up?
I think Wildpurl has an event the last Saturday in July therefore I would suggest Sat 20th July everyone seems happy with Oxford, it’s easy for us all to get to! I must get on the right train next time! 🤣
Lovewine hope that you found mum and dad well, I expect that they look forward to coming to see you and getting out for a while?
How lovely that YS is coming home for weekend and I guess he will be by himself?
Presumably he will come home for Christmas?
My Amazon deliveries have run much more smoothly this year I still have 2 outstanding that may arrive after I have gone and I will have to get our friends upstairs to take delivery.
I am rather disappointed with the John Lewis advert this year, I thing they peaked with Buster the dog in 2016! I don’t care for the Waitrose one which makes fun of the John Lewis’s one. I have to say I am surprised that this was allowed! The best one is advertising the local shops!
I will be having a stroll into town to purchase some more gift tags and birthday paper for EGS who has his 8th birthday on Christmas Eve!
I managed to complete the ironing yesterday it took 2 hours with a coffee break! 🙀 At least the basket is empty until DH returns! In fairness he usually does the ironing here but we have been so busy on our last 2 visits that there just hasn’t been time. He is super fussy as well and it would have taken him twice as long!
Cassie I expect that you will be preparing for your holiday this weekend?
Joan you can have a relaxing weekend without stressing about results! Are you off to the theatre?
Wildpurl hope all is well with you?
Have a good weekend ladies!
Joan, i am so pleased the scan was clear , what a relief. Regarding soup maker as Rosie said you can put anything in really , i bought frozen chopped chilli, garlic and ginger available in Tesco or most supermarkets which also jazz things up, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls river cottage website has some excellent soups too.
Rosie, enjoy the switch on in Worcester, it is very cold here and i was very cold on my walk even with hat, scarf and gloves on.
Mum and Dad are up this afternoon for coffee, also YS has announced an impromptu visit this weekend which will be lovely, he can help babysit my dog walking friends 2 very large dogs on saturday😊😳!
Not the pleasantest experience but not painful and amazingly the person who did it was able to tell me immediately that it was all clear. So one hurdle over. Will have to wait to see whether the GP wants to refer me for further tests but a great relief today.
I agree washing the soup maker is a bit of a fag, especially as I dont trust husband not to immerse it. But otherwise a great success on the basic recipes Ive tried so far. Any suggestions for more exciting ones?
Joan, i have just read your post regarding your scan tomorrow, hope it goes ok , at least you havent had to wait - just wanted to say i had a similar scan about 10 years ago and it was undignified but not uncomfortable or painful, over quickly too! Will be thinking of you.
From the ridiculous to the sublime- well sort of- got a phone call today from the hospital and am booked for a scan tomorrow. I wonder if its fortuitous or whether my mild rant at the surgeon made a difference. Rather dreading it because its an internal one but the person I spoke to said it isnt as bad as a smear test. We shall see.
Lovewine, I hadnt realised you’d been given up to 5 weeks to wait for your results. Lets hope they come this week.
Cassie, your ex’s behaviour does seem very thoughtless but from what you have said not out of character. Even so it must be very unsetting for ED to be let down and maddening for you. What a lovely idea to be having a sunshine break before Xmas. It’s perishing cold here today- I have resorted to wearing my ancient UGG boots in the house.
Good morning ladies, Joan, i hope you dont have to wait too long for a scan and then you can have some peace of mind, positive comments from the Doctor though.
Good you found a bit of a price reduction with your washing machine though. I have been using my soup maker quite a lot too, i use the ready prepared veg packs too, the leek and potato one is very nice.
Rosie, well done on your Christmas shopping, i have made inroads but still have a lot to do, i am burying my head in tbe sand over results😬, hoping because I haven’t heard thats a good sign, The radiographer did say the waiting time was 5 weeks, its that length of time on thursday 🤨, if i havent heard this week then i will ring !
Cassie, so sorry you and ED have such a stressful time at the moment, i am not surprised you are furious with your ex, a few days in the sun will be very beneficial to you, just what you need. Your GS must really enjoy the days he spends with you, glad you had a nice time yesterday with him.
Its a very cold day here , wind is very strong and freezing, have a good day everyone.
Good evening ladies,
I have been with GS today I took the day off to sit with him, we went out to lunch also, he had an inset day at school ED's grandma passed away last Thursday so she has travelled up to Lincolnshire for the funeral staying with her auntie, I hate to say it but my useless ex has just said he is not going to the funeral at the last minute, I am so appalled and angry I cannot even speak to him.
I was asked by ED to phone him last week, when he did not reply to his sister after several hours when he was informed of his mothers death, I politely but firmly asked him to do the right thing and support his only sister and be there for her (do the right thing) he said he would.
Today I have apologised to ED that he is her father, she has been through so much this year and he was made aware of it,but again choose to do nothing except go on about his problems, it is so wearing the things he harps on about cannot be changed, happened 30 or 40 years ago and really need to be put in the past and not used as an excuse to let people down now.
Sorry to hear the sad new about your friend Rosie, yes life is precious and we all need to make the most of the time and opportunities we have. Joan & lovewine you both appear to be waiting for results, Joan you are probably right the admin in hospitals seems to be a bit hit and miss the last letter I received had nothing in it no signature just the headed paper, I tried ringing to see if it might be a follow up appointment or a copy of my last consultation with the consultant, I was asked if I would like another copy sent out, I said I would but nothing has ever materialised!
I have booked a short break for the beginning of Dec with YD she suddenly said she feels she needs some sunshine and I agree we probably both do, we are going to Cape Verde the nearest you can get and more or less guarantee sunshine.
The weather has certainly turned much colder today, keep warm
So sorry to hear the sad news about your friend, Rosie, what a terrible shock for his family. As Lovewine says, fortunate that you werent on your own all day. Glad you had a good day with your sister and BIL, even if the lunch was disappointing. You seem to have done well with your Xmas shopping and what a sociable Xmas you are going to have. Your campervan is going to such a boon.
Lovewine, I think I would be inclined to ring up about your results rather than continuing to put yourself through this worry. The most likely explanation though is that the admin just hasnt had time to send out the all clear letters.
Im not much further on after the hospital visit because I have to have a scan. To be honest I thought that's what would happen today. On a positive note, though, the consultant couldn’t feel anything untoward when he examined me and said no red flags were going up. I was a bit frustrated because the (electronic) referral letter from myGP apparently arrived in two bits and the bit explaining why he’d referred me was unreadable, something which I assume he had just discovered before my appt. So I had to explain. I was also rather cross that when the nurse called me in from the waiting area I assumed she would be doing the usual preliminary stuff so I went in without OH. But she just took me the consulting room and said the doctor would be in soon. So I was sat on my own for 15 minutes, possibly because he had just discovered the problem with the referral information!
On a lighter note I have just made my second batch of soup. All remarkably easy. To make things even easier for myself I bought ready prepared veg from Tesco. The butternut squash, sweet potato and chilli soup was delicious. The mixed veg I had to perk up a bit with ginger and tabasco. Think I may have overdone the second. Bought the new washerdryer. At Black Friday price even though that didnt officially start till today. Still made a bit of a hole in the bank balance though.
Joan, just a quick good luck for today before i shoot off to work, will be thinking of you!
Good Morning ladies!
Joan hopefully you managed to purchase a new washing machine my DD was appalled at the price of them not having purchased one for 14.5 years! 🙀Thinking of you today!
Lovewine I can imagine how you feel waiting for results and the doubt because it has been a while,have you tried ringing them?
DH sent a second bowel screening hopefully the results will arrive whilst I am here. Obviously we are both a bit concerned that a trace of blood was found in the first screening!🙀
I had a good day with my sister yesterday! BIL came with her and they met me at the station, which I appreciated as I have to walk to the station in Worcester and back! We had lunch at a Hotel where my aunt used to manage the catering! I don’t think she would have been very impressed with what was served up yesterday! It was worse than Weatherspoons! 😳 It used to be a classy place to eat! It’s nothing more than a sports bar now! BIL took us to see our nan’s grave afterwards. She was 96 when she died she was our mothers’s mother and our mum was 63 when she died! My age now!😳
I have some deliveries arriving today so will can start organising presents! My friend from upstairs called me yesterday and she is coming for coffee and chat this afternoon!
At some point I will have to tackle the very large pile of ironing that we haven’t had time to do!😩 Lovewine I could certainly do with your services!😀 Thank goodness the steam generated iron is here! 😅
Cassie hope you and the family are well?
Wildpurl I expect your garden has been put to bed for the winter now which will give you more time for crafting?
ES is coming over to England for Christmas this year with his wife and YGS! We are all going to DD’s in Newcastle as she has a spare bedroom. DH and I will be taking motorhome and staying on her drive! We parked there for 2 days in the summer and we just fit on! 😊 We hook up the electric in her garage!😂
After Christmas DH’s mother has orgainsied the use of her community room for the family to meet up! DH has 2 sisters and a brother, all with offspring, so there will be a number of us! DD is driving down and YS will drive up ES will still be here before he makes his way back to France for new year! 😀
It’s going to get colder this week ladies wrap up warm!😱
Good morning ladies, firstly Rosie , i am so sorry to read your news about your friend , what a terrible shock after he was appearing to enjoy better health, i agree in making the most of life every day, your poor friend must be devastated. It certainly shakes you, i feel the same about our friends diagnosis with the lung/ kidney cancer.
Joan, good luck with the washing machine shopping, hopefully you will get a good deal with Black friday which seems to now be Black November! We will be thinking of you tomorrow and fingers well and truly crossed for you- thinking logically you wouldnt be now feeling better if it was anything sinister , still doesnt stop the worrying though.
I still havent had my mammogram results, am hoping thats a good sign, still a little voice in my head says what if they are lost in the system somewhere though and show a bad result 😮, i dread the post every day.
Nothing much planned today, mainly because i cant be bothered to go anywhere, walked the dogs this morning for about an hour, may just read and watch a bit of television, think i have a busy week with work coming up so i will like the rest!
Cassie, hope things are ok with you, how is the work situation? Expect you are as hectic as usual.
Wildpurl, hope you are ok, do you have projects on the go at the moment with knitting?
Rosie, hope you enjoyed your meet up with your sister, good that you are not at home alone after receiving the awful news of your friend.
Good evening ladies, Its been a lovely day here, walked this afternoon locally and it was glorious with the autumn colours and the sunshine.
Rosie, sad news about your friend back in Cyprus, hope he can improve over the next few days, what a terrible worry for his wife.
my sore throat has improved and hasn’t turned into a cold virus thankfully, i had most of yesterday off so did some Christmas shopping in the city, i also had a gift voucher for M&S and try as hard as i could there was nothing at all i found for me😮, either looked awful or the items i liked didnt have my size, i can see why they are struggling at the moment.
Rosie, good luck with the shopping this week, it will be a good chance to get on top of things as you wont feel like doing it when you come back just before Christmas!
Hope all ladies are ok and having a nice weekend.
Lovewine, what amazing news about your friend, but what a roller coaster for him and the family. Hopefully as time goes on treatment will improve and he’ll get more than 20 years. I’m sorry about the situation with your friend in Cyprus Rosie. I do hope he starts to respond to treatment soon.
My soup maker arrived yesterday. I dont think I’ll have time to use it this weekend- busy all day today a d tomorrow we have to head up to John Lewis to buy a new washer/dryer. Our old one is making strange noises and not drying properly so since its 10 years old we have decided to spend more money on getting it repaired. Then we’re out to lunch with friends.
Rosie, have a lovely lunch with your sister tomorrow and good luck with the Xmas shopping. Lovewine, hope your cold is getting better.
Send me good vibes for Monday morning ladies, I am oscillating between thinking they’re going to dismiss it all as a fuss about nothing or they’re going to find something serious.
Good afternoon ladies!
Lovewine that is excellent news for your friend! What a turn around!
We have received bad news from Cyprus, our friend that lives in Polis who was ill with non Hodgkin lymphoma last year has had pneumonia twice and is back in hospital as his lungs are very bad and they are finding it hard to treat him!🙀He is sedated and incubated! I don’t like the sound of it. His wife must be going out of her mind!
DH and I enjoyed 2 days in Plymouth and seeing YS,his wife and our 2 eldest granddaughters!😊
DH has returned to Cyprus today! I have started to order some Christmas shopping items as I have this next week to order and receive delivery!
I am meeting my sister in Hereford tomorrow for lunch! We have bus links to Malvern at the moment so it makes the journey twice as long! Never mind it will keep me busy. They are switching the lights on in Worcester on Thursday so I will stay in town for that! First time ever!🤣
Lovewine I do hope that your throat hasn’t developed into a cold virus.🙀Most of the passengers on the cruise ship had a cold virus which we both unfortunately got!😬 Good idea to keep your mum and dad at arms length!
Hope all other ladies keeping well.
Oh Rosie, what a nuisance about the postponement of your appointment. And not a happy return from holiday either for OH. Stressful for you both. The photos are wonderful, though, I was especially taken with the one down the valley to the mountain, but it was a close run thing. Thank you and Lovewine, for the info about soup makers, I have just bought one through Amazon. Got the Morphy -Richards one with the saute function.
Went to a very moving Remembrance Day service on Sunday in YD’s village church, because the GC, one in the Brownies, the other in Beavers, were walking in procession. 60 men from the parish were killed in WW 1 and during the service as each name was read out someone in the congregration, many of them relatives, stood up holding a cross with their name on, later placing them in the grass around the memorial.
Lovewine, I hope all has gone well with your friends op today. It sounds horrendous, I should think he will definitely need that epidural.
Good afternoon ladies!
I am not amused I have received a letter this am to say my appointment on Friday with the knee surgeon has been cancelled until 26/11/18. I have had to now change my flight, train and overnight stay at Gatwick because of the anti social winter flight times 07.10 from Gatwick! 😳😬😡
DH is returning as planned on Saturday.
I have had my hair done this morning so feel a little more lively still feeling motion sickness badly following cruise!🙀
We are going to see MIL this afternoon.
Hope all is well with you all?
A quick good morning from me , just about to leave for work, love the photos Rosie, the scenery looks stunning, shame about the cruise though, cant have been enjoyable on rough seas like that😬.
Joan, i hope you are ok and trying not to feel too stressed about your appointment.
Have a good day ladies😊
Hello ladies we are back in Worcester!
Norway was a beautiful country the scenery was spectacular and we had the added bonus of seeing the northern nights! The cruise experience its self was challenging we had a force 11 Gale the second night and had 2 or 3 other nights and days with rough seas!😳One night I didn’t sleep at all and walked the ship all night I just couldn’t sleep or even stay in the cabin which was very near the front of the ship on the starboard side and the winds seem to always hit our side of the ship!😟DH have decided to cancel our next cruise as the balance was due this week and it has really put us off! Several people on the ship have done many cruises before and not experienced a storm like the one we had! The ship was an oldish one and things were going flying in the cabin! Several people had falls and the lifts were out of use so we all had to negotiate several flights of stairs! 😩
Both of these cruises were booked nearly a year ago before the arrival or even notion of the motorhome!
Joan I am glad that your appointment has at last been sorted and that you enjoyed your theatre visit.
Yes we have a soup maker it’s a Morphy Richards one and you will be very pleased with it!
Lovewine I should take it as a very good sign that you haven’t had a letter yet!
DH came back to a letter saying he had to do his Bowel Cancer screening test again as a trace of blood was detected! So he is stressed!
Lovewine your neighbours op doesn’t sound too great!😳
Cassie and Wildpurl hope all is well with you both.
Hope this helps Joan, shop around as prices vary, i bought mine from Argos , Amazon also are a good price!
Good evening ladies, Joan glad your appointment has come through, i still think you should have had it quicker after the mix up though. I still havent had my results letter yet, am rather hoping that’s a good sign and No News is Good news, still stressful waiting for the post every day though.
Joan, i think Rosie has a soup maker, i have one which i bought last winter, i think it was an excellent purchase and i use it at least once a week, i made chicken, carrot and ginger chunky soup last night. Mine is a Morphy Richards model, it has a chunky and smooth setting and is very easy to use and clean, will try and post the link to it.
Rosie, hope you enjoy the last day of your trip.
Our friend goes into hospital on monday for his lung removal surgery on tuesday, went to see him last night and he is fairly upbeat, his wife is strong too, he will be in hospital for at least a week and will be given an epidural after the surgery to help with the pain, apparently the ribs have to be broken and the incision will be from his back all the way to his chest, he will definitely be having chemo afterwards too.
Have a good weekend ladies.
The appointment came through yesterday. No special treatment because of the mix-up, it’s a week on Monday which is just within the two weeks from my second referral, and 5 weeks on from the first. But at least I have it and don’t now have to wait anxiously for the post each day. Had a great day in Stratford yesterday, which helped to take my mind off things and tomorrow have the distraction of a day school on womens suffrage. Husband also has his appointment for his hernia op, in a months time. We are certainly helping to keep the NHS busy.
Ladies, I seem to remember at least one of you has a soup making machine. I’m thinking of buying one. Any advice?
Aargh! Rang the health centre yesterday to find out why I havent had the hospital appt. Very nice and helpful staff, but unfortunately the news was not good. Apparently the health centre’s electronic referral system went down the day my referral should have gone through so it was faxed. The HC then rang the hospital and were told the fax had been received. However it then dusappeared into the ether and the hospital are niw saying it was never received. So it has to go through as a new referral, which means it could be another 2 weeks before I’m seen. Maddening.
Cassie, I’m relieved the reason we havent heard from you for a while is down to being busy and nothing else, although I’m sorry you are under such pressure. Glad you are getting some pleasure time though, you deserve it. Three times last weekend sounds rather good. I can understand your brother feeling he cant face any more treatment. Rather than giving up completely, has he considered just having a break from it? How is GS getting on at school?
Lovewine, it’s good that the cause of your dad’s gastric bleed has bedn identified and that his warfarin is being monitored. Was it the dog or the child in the baby back pack?
Rosie, look forward to seeing OHs photos of the northern lights, you have been lucky seeing such a spectacular show, as well as reindeer and shooting stars. But I won’t be surprised if the best bit for you is sering the huskies- provided they are being well cared for, of course. But remember, you cant take one home!
Good Evening Ladies,
Thanks for your concern, yes all is well with me just been incredibly busy at home and work, I am beginning to feel that I am not too sure how much longer I can sustain the workload, we have a very large project on at work which means I get even less help from anyone and it is very pressurised. I have been out and about probably a little too much eating and drinking, three times this weekend which is too much.
EB has not has anymore treatment he just could not cope with it so fingers crossed that the surgery remeved everything.
Rosie the trip sounds amazing but I don't think I could cope with the swell and small cabin, I got sick years back doing a channel crossing from Folkstone! I am OK on open topped sailing ships but nothing enclosed.
I would love to see the aurora borealias.
I hope all ladies are well and that all news is good regarding results x
Good to hear from you Wildpurl. I feel exhausted just hearing about all the things which have been going on in your life. It must have been a very emotional experience for you scattering your daughter’s ashes, no wonder you were wiped out and picked up a bug. I hope your domestic mayhem is sorted out soon and you can start to relax with your crafting.
Rosie, I hope you are having calmer weather now. Great that the Northern Lights have shown themselves to you at least once, perhaps you’ve had a another dusplay by now. Look forward to seeing the photos.
Lovewine, how did your dad’s hospital appointment go? Did they give him any idea when he would find out the results. Hope you have a quieter week this week. How sad about the helicopter crash. It is very evident from the news coverage that he was held in very great respect and affection, not only in the club, something which I think cannot be said of football club owners generally.
Not a great deal happened this week. Still waiting for the hospital appt. It will be three weeks tomorrow so will have to ring the GP to see whats happening. Getting fed up with expecting a letter each day-I know you will have been feeling the same Lovewine. We had nothing planned for the weekend, unusually, so decided to go to Stonehenge to see their new exhibition, which was very interesting although very small, just one room. So we spent some time up at the stones, which was extremely chilly. Today did some gardening before it rained. Was more sensible than last Sunday when I overdid it, spent most of the rest of the day on the sofa and went to bed early, missing the first episode of the Little Drummer Girl. Will have to catch up with it before tonight since OH has already watched it. Going to the theatre in Stratford on Thursday.
Hope you all have good weeks. Cassie, hope all is well with you.
Good afternoon ladies!
i hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise rosie, it sounds lovely! I would love to see the Northern lights one day. Lovewine, sorry you have quite a few things to worry about at the moment, I hope your mammogram all clear comes through soon and that your Dad has good news.
i have been very busy for a few weeks, I had a meeting for work in Toulouse on a Wednesday, then flew back to do a 2 day training course in London on Thursday and Friday and then on Saturday OH drove me to London to meet some of DD’s friends and her Dad to scatter her ashes in the garden of remembrance. After that I was wiped out and the next week had no energy and was fighting off a sore throat for a few days. I only worked three days though and had the Thursday off as a lieu day for the training course on the Friday, so I had a restful long weekend and then this week has been very busy and stressful at work and yesterday we had a new boiler installed which OH stayed at home for but I received updates by WhatsApp throughout the day. All done by the evening and today I have been cleaning up after the plumber and electrician. We had a Nest fitted at the same time, it is currently learning our temperature preferences, the heating came on in the middle of the night but we were able to switch it off via the app without getting out of bed!
There is a washing machine in the middle of my kitchen and a freezer in the corridor from the kitchen to the dining room and the contents of various cupboards is piled up in the dining room too. I am hoping the washing machine can go back this afternoon so I can do some laundry.
i am knitting a cowl and some mitts at the moment and then have a warm cardigan which will be just what is needed I think.
Rosie, you certainly had a hairy time getting back to the UK. Hope you have a wonderful cruise, it’s one I would love to do, especially to see the northern lights but OH cant do sea cruises, he has middle ear problems and gets very ill. At least you will be expecting the chilly weather in Norway, and will probably have a taste of it here tomorrow to get you further acclimatised.
Lovewine, glad your mammogram is over, not long now to wait for the results and then you can breathe again for another year. Hope all goes well with your dads appt. next week, good that he is feeling better. It is awful about your friend, but as Rosie says, they wouldn’t be doing the op if they didnt think it would give him a better chance. I’m so sorry to hear about OHs work issues, I hope something is sorted soon so that at least businesses know what they will be dealing with, and fingers crossed we dont just walk off a cliff edge.
Sorry not to have been on the board this week, I seem to have been quite busy. I am generally feeling much better though still tireder than usual. But that is probably because the blood tests showed I’m anaemic, so I have to have another test in a month. Hopefully by then the bruise from the first one will have disappeared. Fortunately nothing else turned up. Not had the hospital appt through yet. Off to the theatre in Bath tomorrow, then a bit more gardening on Sunday, weather permitting.
cassie & Wildpurl, hope you are both well.
Lovewine we have acclimatised now and can dress appropriately! I returned my dress to Debenhams and found a more suitable one it was more expensive but had 20% off.
Yesterday I met my sister for coffee and cake in Hereford it only costs me £6.80 return on the train and takes about 30 mins. She lives in Ludlow and if she comes to Worcester has to change at Hereford that’s why we meet there sometimes!
Yes it’s the Norwegian cruise it starts on Sunday form Tilbury. We were going to go on the train until we realised it is a Sunday we would have had three changes one being a bus with two suitcases! We are driving and leaving the car at the docks. It’s rather pricey but it will be less stressful than relying on public transport!
To be honest I am beginning to feel rather stressed about it I am not a lover of being shut in a cabin at night especially if it’s a bit rough! DH is the lover of cruises! I am looking forward to seeing the scenery in Norway and hopefully the northern lights! After our late Jan cruise from Thailand to Malaysia we will stick to motorhoming! This suits us very well! The cruises were booked long before the arrival of even the idea of the motorhome!
Today DH is taking our car in for service and then we will be packing! We packed one case before we went back to Cyprus last time and can’t remember what we packed!😂🤨
Lovewine I am so pleased to hear that your dad was well enough to drive your mum to see you and be greeted by Kipp’s welcome!
Lovewine hopefully by removing the tumour your friend will have longer to see his children grow up. At 46 he needs to give himself the chance of improving life expectancy! Without it he could be gone before Christmas!🙀 They wouldn’t do the op if they thought the prognosis wouldn’t improve considerably! It’s a very worrying time for his wife!😞
The weather broke in Cyprus the day before yesterday with a huge storm and lashings of rain! We had a message from Hounds on holiday to say that all dogs were safe! 😌
Thank goodness it didn’t come the day we flew here!
Hope everyone else is ok?