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Anyone due to start chemo April 14??

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Lovewine
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Hi ladies , I booked earlier ticket to arrive at 10.15 - so I will meet you at the station !

rosie14
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If we meet up at the station we can decide.

joan47
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I was in Oxford today with friends, went to have coffee at the Castle cafe and found it was closed. I couldnt establish whether this was permanent or not but all the chairs and tables were stacked up. We had coffee at Prezzo but we might not want to do that. There is the Slug and Lettuce pub, which will presumably do coffee or we could try somewhere else.

rosie14
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Great Cassie you shouldn’t be far behind us! 😀

Cassie86
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Hello ladies, the online booking for tickets has been playing up. Just booked should arrive 10.43 in Oxford I look forward to seeing you. 

rosie14
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Excellent Joan! I have booked my ticket and I will arrive at 10.28 so I will wait for you at the station! 😀

If we walk slowly you may catch us up Lovewine! We will make for the coffee shop at the castle near our lunch venue!

Have a good Birthday when it comes Lovewine! 🎉🎂🍷

joan47
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Thanks for making the booking Rosie. Just booked my ticket, train should get in at 10.34 so will be there for coffee. Have a great trip. Happy birthday for next week Lovewine. 

Lovewine
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good morning Rosie , thankyou for making our booking .. that’s great with me , I should arrive just after 11 o’clock so be able to catch up over coffee ☺️.

enoy your Scottish road trip , sounds very nice but definitely warmer weather would be nice .

I am busy with work again more now and of course waiting  for my GS to arrive early July 🤗 -and I celebrate my 60th birthday next week !! 
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 7th July , next year hopefully you can make it too  Wildpurl - be lovely to see you .

Hope everyone is ok .

rosie14
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Ladies I have made a 13.00 booking at our usual for July 9th hope this is ok? Hopefully we will all arrive in time for coffee!

We are off to Scotland for 3 weeks in just over a week so hope the weather will improve. We are doing the North Coast 500 in the Motorhome!

Hope everyone is well! X

Wildpurl
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Yes Rosie, it is difficult to find a date to suit everyone, I agree. I hope you all enjoy the meetup and perhaps you will be able to post a few photos? I will post one of me at the rock festival ;).

I hope you and your families are all well.

 

rosie14
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Sorry to hear that you will be unable to join us Wildpurl. It’s difficult to find a date that suits all as we are all busy. Better luck next year! 😏
Oxford seems to be our preferred venue. Are we happy to book the same lunch venue for 1pm. Those of us that are there earlier can meet for coffee. I haven’t looked at trains yet. 
Elsa was spayed yesterday and has jumped on and off a chair and just jumped on the garden furniture whilst my back was turned!😬

Lovewine hope DIL is keeping well?🤔

Cassie your newest addition must be growing!

Joan hope you OH have still managed to avoid Covid! 🤔

Enjoy the warmer weather- good for gardening Wildpurl with everything bursting into life! 

Wildpurl
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I'm very sorry, everyone, but I now have a problem with 9th July. I have mentioned before that our village has its own 1 day rock festival, which of course has not happened for the last two years. They had not said until last week if or when they would be running it this year but now they have and it is on 9th July. That on its own would not be a problem as I had already said I would come to our meet up, but OH had already invited his brother and SIL to stay for the weekend and attend the festival and invited his DSs and the eldest's fiancée to come for the festival and stay for dinner in the evening. So I think I will have to miss the meet up again this year, I really am sorry to mess you about.

Lovewine
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Hi ladies ,Oxford will be ok with me , last year with covid there were changes to the route making it about 3 hours each way 😳and very expensive but should be back to normal now ! So yes all good with me too , looking forward to catching up with you all .

rosie14
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Oh that’s great Wildpurl a full house!!!😀

Possibly Oxford just waiting to check ok with Lovewine!

 

Wildpurl
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Hi Rosie, I have just seen the most recent posts. 9th July is OK with me so far, I will enter the meet up in the calendar. Has there been a decision on location?

rosie14
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Ladies I suggest we pencil July 9th for our meet up, hopefully Wildpurl we check in soon and be able to join us! 
Is Oxford accessible for everyone? Lovewine I think you had a problem with the journey time due to the change of trains?

Great pic of you both on a horse! 

Joan I am sorry to hear about your frustrations with grandson. Schools and authorities always struggle to provide additional resources for individual pupils unless their cases are extremely challenging to the school. I know things have got far more difficult since I have retired. DD is an assistant head in a school in Newcastle with a very high pupil premium rate. She is responsible for managing resourcing for the many children needing support both medically and educationally. It usually has to be managed by support staff who are shared around the school. The class teachers have to manage the children’s needs- which can be anything from learning difficulties to bowel issues!🥴

Children have to have very challenging needs to get even a few house of individual funding!

However the class teacher should work with your YD to provide ideas to help GS with his difficulties. 
Hope your holiday went well Joan!
We have just enjoyed a busy week with ES and family, GS and Elsa were best buddies by the end of the week!😄

Have a good Easter break ladies the weather looks promising! 🤗🐣🍫💐

joan47
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July 9th is fine for me too. I guess you will be glued to your phone Lovewine. 
Glad you are both now testing negative Rosie. I think ongoing weakness/fatigue seems to be quite a common experience with this variant, hope you start to feel stronger soon and can enjoy taking your lovely dog for walkies. pity about the lack of a turkey for your postponed Xmas celebration but I’m sure it will be an enjoyable occasion regardless.
Cassie, stunning photo of YGS, what a charmer. I bet he has you wound round his little finger. 
We are off on holiday this Friday with the family. Its the one we booked for April 2020, then again April 2021. So hoping we stay clear of Covid. Its a National Trust place just outside Penzance, we first went there in 2014 just after my diagnosis so it will have some poignant memories, I remember getting quite emotional wondering if this would be the last family holiday. We have booked to go to the thermally heated open air lido on one day so hoping the weather is favourable. 

The main thing which has been happening in our lives over the last few months has been YD’s battle with the County Council trying to get appropriate help for GS, who is almost 10 and struggling in school. He was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 6 and has been receiving extra help in school but is falling further behind and other problems have been identified. First of all the local authority said he didnt have special educational needs, then they decided he did but didnt warrant an assessment to see if he needed an education and health plan, which, as I expect you will know Rosie, entitles the school to extra resources, then, after my daughter said she would appeal they agreed to assess. Now they have decided his needs can be met in school, he doesnt need a plan, the school are saying they can’t and GS is caught in the middle. I can understand that both the school and the local authority are strapped for cash but it is so frustrating. This may be very familiar to you Cassie. So it looks like YD will have to appeal this decision. She could do without that stress. 
Sorry for the rant. As you can imagine its quite a worry for us. 

Lovewine
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Lovewine
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lovely photos Rosie and Cassie , little GS has such a cheeky little smile 😂

elsa is very sweet . X

We have been out to a horse and alpaca farm this morning for a birthday present that was from DIL to ES and I went with ES -,really enjoyed it , an hours ride around Charnwood forest area !

Cassie86
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Thanks Rosie he's just like his dad. Your little pup is gorgeous too 💕

rosie14
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Oh he is gorgeous Cassie!🤩

Cassie86
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 Gs taken today 3.5 months

rosie14
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I give up one blank and one on its side!!!!!🙈

Elsa 5.5 months! 

rosie14
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rosie14
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We will wait till we have heard from Joan and Wildpurl. Maybe we should have a reserve date Lovewine? 
Just had a mad flurry cleaning the house ready for our family tomorrow! I am exhausted. Yesterday I had to marzipan and ice the Christmas cake that they had requested for Christmas. We plan to have a Christmas dinner on Sunday! The Christmas we haven’t been able to have for 2 years! I have managed to source a Turkey roast from Waitrose. I thought they may have some birds about being near Easter- but no! I was tempted to get a large chicken but that would not have been the same! 😏

Hopefully the weather will warm up soon! 🙄

Cassie86
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Hi 9th July is OK for me

Lovewine
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hi Rosie , that date in July is ok for me - but baby Arthur is due the following day so I will say yes 🤞!! Hopefully no dramas around that date .

glad you are negative now Rosie , several of my clients have had covid and also been left very weak too - hopefully you will both improve over the next few days . The weather is awful as well which doesn’t help - really windy here and sleet and hail showers ☹️

rosie14
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Hi ladies we are now both negative but still feel extremely weak!😔

Should  we fix a date in July that suits us all before settling on the venue?

I have sat 9th July clear any good with the rest of you?

Lovewine
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Good evening ladies . Rosie sorry to hear you and DH have covid ☹️, we also so far have avoided it but not sure for how long either !

cassie glad all is well with your baby GS , it’s so nice you have them nearby now to help out !

i am happy to meet anywhere , Oxford, Birmingham , London are accessible by train now things are more “normal “! 
Wildpurl hope you are enjoying your retirement - lovely to be able to spend more time with your gardening projects !

Joan I hope you and your DH stay covid free . !

joan47
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Rosie, so sorry to hear you and OH have both had Covid. Hope you both fully recover soon. We have managed to escape so far but I doubt that will continue, given how transmissable this variant seems to be. So many more of the people we know have caught it this time round.  it does seem that the vaccines are still helping to protect from severe illness, but not the time I think to have stopped free tests or to have removed the requirement to wear masks inside. 
Cassie, your new GS sounds delightful if demanding. Hope he starts to settle better soon. 
Is Oxford out of the question for a meetup?

rosie14
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Good morning ladies,

Unfortunately DH and I both have covid! 🤧🤒😷

2 weeks ago we went to Newcastle to see DD and family. GS, aged 11 had been staying at his dad’s until Sunday afternoon. When he came back he clearly was unwell sniffing and sneezing. He has already had COVID once so we didn’t think much about it! DH sat on the sofa next to him for an hour playing a football game. Later that evening DD tested him and he was positive! We had the Motorhome parked on their drive so made a hasty exit! But alas it was too late! We went on to Whitley Bay for 3 further nights and DH stating coughing! He is quite susceptible to chesty coughs- he had bronchial pneumonia as a baby! We didn’t have any tests with us so it was Thursday when we got home before he could test and he was positive! 🙄

I began to feel unwell on the Friday but didn’t test positive until the Sunday, Mother’s Day! 
DH is still positive so there is no point me wasting a test that we now have to pay £2 a time for! I still feel far from normal which is quite hard coping with the needs of a puppy! 
I have taken her out for short walks and worn a mask!

Cassie glad to here the new baby is doing well. Can EGS entertain him a bit in the day when he isn’t at school? Hope YB is recovering.

Joan hopefully you have managed to escape covid? We have been so careful and had all our vaccinations! I guess without them we would have been much worse!

Lovewine hope you have managed to escape the latest round of COVID. Do hope that DIL is keeping well and all is progressing well.

Can’t believe it has been 8 years since our chemo journey! 😲

Are there any suggestions for a meet up location in July? 

 

Cassie86
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Good Morning Ladies,

Good news regarding the new baby lovewine and fingers crossed, glad you and your mum are now able to get out an about a bit 

Such sweet puppy Rosie 

Joan sorry to hear about the dreaded covid there is still so much of it about YB has it at the moment, he was shielding last year so it is worrying. 

GS is OK sleeping at night quite well waking only once currently, still a nightmare in the day though, he needs constant entertainment or holding or screams the house down. The lovely smiles in between melt your heart though 💗

I hope we can find a venue this year to meet up

X Cassie

 

 

rosie14
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rosie14
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Good Afternoon Ladies!

Lovewine what lovely news about the baby I expect that you will all be glad when it is safely here!

As you said it has been a few months since the last post and I have often wondered how you all were. I do hope we can find a suitable venue to all meet up this summer.🤔

Glad to hear that your mum agreed to go out with you!

Joan all our children and grandchildren have also had a form of Covid. DH and I have managed to escape, we refuse to give up our mask in shops and on public transport.

Our ES, DIL and YGS from France are hoping to get to us in April. 
DH and I were so depressed at Christmas time because we were by ourselves and we had to postpone our month in Spain, in the Motorhome, for the second year, that we acquired a Cockapoo puppy called Elsa! She is now 19 weeks and keeps us, especially me, busy! 
She is very energetic! She needs 3 walks a day or a very long one! She house trained quite quickly and sleeps all night! 😅 

We took her away for 2 nights in the motorhome and she ended up sleeping in the space between our beds!🙄 She wasn’t going to stay in her camping crate. She was quite eager to walk into her crate at home on our return at bedtime thank goodness. I am not a good sleeper and to have a puppy licking my hair through the night, I came home shattered. 
Cassie hope all is well with your family.

Wildpurl I expect you are thriving being able to do your own thing?

Joan we went to Stratford before Christmas and saw the new musical, The Magicians Elephant, it is by the director of Matilda! Your GCD would love it.

As if the pandemic wasn’t bad enough now we have the ever intensifying situation in the Ukraine! Let’s hope that very soon a ceasefire can be negotiated! 🙏🏼

 

joan47
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Good to hear from you Lovewine and great news about the expected grandson.Something for your mum to look forward to as well,  I’m glad she felt able to come out with you and that she enjoyed it. We are going to the theatre on Saturday in Stratford, our first indoor theatre there since Covid so a bit nervous. We have kept covid-free so far, although YD and family all had it this last 2 weeks. The children had it quite mildly, the adults were really quite poorly. Normally we would  have seen them just when they were going down with it but the storm prevented us travelling so some good came out of it,

Hope all you other ladies are well and that you are thoroughly enjoying your new grandchild Cassie.

 

Lovewine
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Lovewine
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Hello ladies , where has the time gone ! It’s nearly March .. I know we are all moving on with our lives and don’t post very often but I think of you all ❤️.

Cassie I hope all is well with your ED and the baby - very hectic I would imagine .

Rosie I hope you have managed to catch up with your family finally 🤞.

Joan how are you and your family ? Hopefully you have resumed your theatre trips .

Wildpurl I hope you are enjoying life as a retiree ! 
Some nice news here , ES and DIL are expecting a little boy in late June , keeping everything crossed for no problems - latest scan shows all is well .

we are getting used to life without Dad , my mum came out with myself and OH for a drive into Northamptonshire today for a dog walk around some woods and beautiful countryside , she hadn’t been out much since dad had died so I was surprised and pleased when she said she would come and she really enjoyed it , lots of snowdrops out too . 
Hope you are all keeping well and spring is on its way ! 

rosie14
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Have a good day ladies!

Lovewine I am glad you and your mum have family at this time!

Congratulations Cassie I am sure the little lad will settle soon- challenging days when they are new born! 🙄

We had a zoom with all the family! 

Lovewine
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Many congratulations to you all Cassie on your new addition to the family ! A Christmas baby how lovely !

ED will be very grateful she is living close to you as an unsettled baby is very hard work - both mine were 😬

Happy Christmas to you all and I hope whatever you do it’s a healthy and peaceful one , so sorry Rosie you are unable to spend Christmas with ES and family for the second year running ☹️.

joan47
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Congratulations on your new grandchild, Cassie. What a lovely Christmas present. Hope he starts to settle soon. Mum and Dad are lucky to have you so near. I expect your other grandson might be glad to have you to escape to from time to time. 

Cassie86
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Good afternoon Ladies

So sorry to hear the sad news regarding your dad lovewine, somehow at this time of year it is all the more devastating. Look after yourself and your mum, she will need a lot of your support. 

ED gave birth on 18th to her little boy a normal delivery this time and he is wee compared to older GS 6lb 9oz probably a bit less now, he is very unsettled and does not sleep on his own at all, we are very much like  tag team for now! Hopefully this will change soon or mum and dad are going to be very frazzled.

I wish you all seasons greetings xxxx

rosie14
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Joan they can’t cross the boarder which states they can only travel into the UK with a compelling reason which is death of a close relative or one that it is in critical care! 😔

joan47
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I am so sorry about your Dad, Lovewine, what a terrible shock it must have been for you all and not to have at least the comfort of having been with him in his last hours. He seems to have been incredibly resilient over the last few years, coping with a number of serious health problems. Your Mum is fortunate though in having you nearby and good that your sons are going to be around to help you support her. As Rosie says, Christmastime makes it worse. 
What disappointing news about your son and family in France Rosie. I must admit I hadnt realised the French restrictions would affect their travel until I saw your post on Facebook. 
Wildpurl, I hope you manage to get to Sadlers Wells, so many performances in London theatres have been cancelled recently. Glad you are enjoying retirement. 
We are hoping ED and partner will be able to come down for Xmas and that the surge in Omichron cases in London won’t prevent this. It does all seem horribly like a repeat of last Xmas though. 
Wishing you all Happy Christmas doesn’t really seem appropriate. So hoping that 2022 will be a better year for us all. 

rosie14
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Lovewine I am so sorry to hear your sad news!😢 I remember your dad was very ill 7 years ago when mine was! It always feels much worse at Christmas when families are coming together! I am glad that your sons are able to help you care for your mum at this most difficult time. 💐 

Yet another difficult Christmas for many as travel plans are or could be scuppered! 
Fortunately YS and family were able with us for a weekend at the beginning of December and we are leaving Newcastle today after a long weekend with DD and family. 
Sadly ES and family can’t travel from France so this is our second Christmas without them. They had paid for their ferry and the day two tests. I had everything ready at home I had been buying Christmas food and drinks in over the last few weeks! I had even made a Christmas cake at ES request! Fortunately something stopped me icing it so hopefully it will keep until we are able to see them next. The beds are ready made up, Christmas books for GS, a gingerbread house kit to make with him, the saddest thing I purchased Santa Stop here sign for the front garden. Fortunately it didn’t make the garden it waited in the hall. Something made me get DH to put it in the garage before we left for Newcastle on Friday as the travel situation was beginning to look grave. 
We are returning today and it will be just the two of us for Christmas! 😔

Whatever you are all doing this Christmas ladies stay well and let’s hope next year will bring more settled times! 

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Lovewine
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Good morning ladies . Well what an awful time again with all of this uncertainty again ☹️- Rosie I expect it’s ruined your visit from ES and family but I’m hoping they are already here or at least able to travel ?

Sad news from me .. my lovely dad passed away last Tuesday , he contracted sepsis and his weak heart couldn’t fight it off so he was taken to hospital last Monday and died less than 24 hours later - of course we were unable to be with him and although the doctor telephoned us to say we were “allowed “ to visit him in his final moments we didn’t get there in time . We are all rallying around my mum and YS is home for 2weeks and ES is calling in daily to see her as are we all .

I hope you are all well and can at least spend Christmas with your loved ones as I think restrictions are inevitable in the New Year ☹️💐

Wildpurl
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Hello everyone, good to hear your news, how exciting about your new grandchild cassie, and good that your ED is living so close.

 Hope your OH's work picks up soon, Lovewine, and so pleased that your YS has a lovely girlfriend now. What a nice photo!

Joan, the thing I hate about problems with technology is how much time it takes to work out what is wrong and how to fix it. Well done for sorting your printer though.

I have been doing some Christmas gift knitting, a luxury I never had time for while I was working, and am well advanced with the Christmas baking for once. Last weekend we went to stay with DS and his fiancée, we went on a lovely walk along the Uske and then had dinner in a restaurant just round the corner from them. We are hoping to have them to stay after Christmas and I have everything crossed as we have tickets to the ballet at Sadlers Wells on 23rd December, with both of them and G's parents. It also looks that my youngest stepson will stay with us over Christmas, if so it will be the busiest Christmas for some years, but we shall see.

I am enjoying retirement so far, I like having time to myself and being able to decide how I spend my time. At this time of year I always want to slow down and savour the season, not easy when you have a demanding job or business.

rosie14
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Joan snagging is faults in a new build property that the builder has to put right. Eg excessive cracking doors that won’t shut properly, dented splashback on cooker, dent in bath side panel etc! 😏

joan47
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Hope you are feeling less grumpy today Rosie although goodness, you have had quite a lot to be grumpy about. It must have been really worrying when DH had his turn but good that they didnt find anything untoward. Hope he is feeling better now and Victor Meldew is less in evidence. And how unfortunate about ES. Hope the tests results come back quickly. And that you have a lovely weekend with YS and family in spite of the unfinished work. Not sure what snagging is though. 

rosie14
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Good Afternoon Ladies,

Cassie it’s great news about ED being next door to you it must be very comforting for both of you. A Christmas baby? I bet GS loves being so close to you.😄

Joan glad to hear all is well with you apart from mechanical/technical failures! 😬

Lovewine what a lovely picture of you all, so glad that YS has found a new GF! Lovely that she can spend Christmas with you!

Hope that the supply chain will improve for OH soon and he can return to full time.

I am feeling grumpy today! 😡😬🙄 The new travel requirements now require ES and family to have costly PCR day 2 tests! They have to self isolate until the result, given that they are travelling on Dec 22nd to us that really doesn’t give much time! I have tickets to a Live Nativity in the Cathedral on Christmas Eve afternoon. 
Yesterday I attended an appointment with an advanced Physio re my leg/back pain. He has now referred me to a hip specialist! 🙄
DH had a funny turn last Sunday and was admitted to hospital. He had a variety of tests that concluded it was probably stress related! He seems ok now apart from mostly being disagreeable. Victor Meldrew comes to mind! 🙄

YS and family are coming for the weekend. We have 3 days of snagging going on and the guy doing it went home feeling ill today leaving  areas of re plastering still needing sanding and painting and furniture strewn around the rooms! 
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day! At least it is milder.