Good evening ladies, I seem to have caught up on the Christmas work and tablecloths etc, but of course i will have it all back again afterwards when everyone gets them washed again 😳. I will be working monday 23rd and delivering back Christmas eve morning, i will have christmas day and boxing day off work and then do maybe half a day on the 27th , i am very much a Bah Humbug person and tolerate Christmas but really dont like it!☺️, so i dont really mind !
Rosie, poor DH what a nightmare of a journey home, have a lovely few days down in Plymouth , what are you doing for Christmas Day ? Hope you feel better soon and also DH doesnt get the dreaded cough and cold .
Joan, your tree sounds very nice, even if it needs more space than you would like! Fingers crossed you dont catch the cough and cold from your husband.
Cassie, how nice of you to knit the poor bald chickens some woolly tabards , poor little things , i hope they have settled into their new home and live happily now. I hope ED has improved a bit as this week has gone on, you must find it very difficult to say the least with all the other things going on . Well done though for the weight loss, i remember when we met up in Oxford you telling us about the 8 hour eating plan - obviously working for you .😊
Wildpurl, enjoy your rest from work, i really bet you are ready for it now !
The weather is very wet and windy again, its unbelievably muddy over our walk across the fields in the mornings, its also dark , fortunately there are 5 of us ladies who walk together, but its not a pleasant experience this time of year 🐶🐶, those sunny long days of summer seem a distant memory at the moment.
My face wound is healing well, i have an appointment come through the post to see the surgeon on January 3rd to check its progress and any need for a skin graft , but i dont think i will need one .
Take care ladies.
Good Morning ladies!
DH returned at 4am today!🙀 His plane had 2 aborted landings at Bristol, one due to the weather and the second due to a plane being on the runway! They were then diverted to Gatwick and it was 3 hours before they loaded the passengers onto coaches to return them to Bristol airport where DH had left the car! The coach driver then took a 50 min break at the Chippenham services! I went to bed once I knew he was at Bristol but didn’t sleep until I knew he was back! I have left him in bed! We are travelling to Plymouth today but don’t have to leave until this afternoon thank goodness!
Joan your Christmas tree sounds very festive! 😄🎄
I managed to struggle ours up yesterday it is in 3 parts that have to be connected together. I plugged it in and it worked! It’s just white lights nothing flashing!🥺
I am recovering from my cold but it has left me with congestion and a wheezy cough! Hoping DH doesn’t get it for Christmas! 🙀😳🥴
Lovewine when do you finish for Christmas? Hopefully your clients will now have finished giving you their Seasonal linen! How is your neighbour?
Wildpurl I think you may well have now finished work for your break, have a relaxing time!
Cassie I don’t suppose you will have much time for relaxation until after Christmas with the family coming to you?
Good Luck ladies with your final preparations!
Lovewine, what good news about your procedure and also that it was a very mild form of skin cancer. You must be so relieved. Now you can enjoy Xmas- well once you get through the mountain of ironing.
Cassie, I’m sorry that things are not so good for you at the moment with your worries about ED and everything surrounding your brother’s death. At least you now have a date for the funeral. Well done you for losing a stone, especially with apparently little effort. I’m very impressed. I hope the two hampers dont set you back and you get some ideas for using them. Nice problem to have though, at least from my perspective. Good luck with the monitor.
Rosie, Good that your daughter’s op is now over but what a pity she is having to go through all the hassle of selling the house. Not having a buyer in a chain is a big advantage so I’m sure she was right, in the circumstances, to settle for that. I’m sorry you’ve gone down with a rotten cold. But good it didn't happen earlier to spoil your trip. Did you come back with loads of stuff. Shame OH has had to make a quick trip back to Cyprus. Have a lovely trip to Plymouth.
Wildpurl, not too long now till your two week break. Hope you are not having to work too hard beforehand.
I am gradually getting Xmas a bit more organised. We put the tree up on Sunday- it’s the fattest one we’ve ever had and positively bulges out of its corner. Its beautiful but a bit intimidating. Next year will have to look for a narrower shape. Still working pretty hard, it would be good if I didn't have to work on Boxing Day! Husband has gone down with a horrible cold and cough and has been in bed all day. Hope he doesnt pass it on or I will be scuppered.
Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine it sounds like you are going to be very busy leading up to Christmas!😳
Is YS coming home for Christmas?
Cassie at least you have a date for the funeral/cremation not an easy time over Christmas with this hanging over you though! Dad died 5 years ago today and we had to wait until Dec 27th for funeral/cremation.
Good luck with the holter monitor!
Sorry to hear things aren’t good for ED at the moment she certainly does have her ups and downs which clearly will impact on you and of course GS!😳 Hopefully she will buck up over Christmas!
Joan I expect that you are very busy at the moment but hopefully you will be finding time for a little relaxation? Are you catering for the family this Christmas? Hopefully you are are not feeling so bah humbug? 🤔
Wildpurl not long now until you finish for your much needed two week break! Are you driving to Scotland for new year?
I am feeling very sorry for myself as my throat has turned into a filthy cold! I woke at 4 rolled round the bed for 2 hours and gave up at 6! 🙁
Good morning ladies
I am very please for you lovewine that the procedure and healing is going well.
My friend has collected her 4 baldy chickens yesterday which I knitted tabards for I hope they keep them warm and they manage to settle into there new home ok.
The funeral/cremation will be 14th Jan the inquest ? Could be in six months as warned we don't know when, gruesome thought I know but he obviously will not be intact. Things are not great with ED again I could shake her but doubt that would work.
We have received two Christmas hampers in a day one from Fortnum and Mason and one from M&S so any ideas that are a little different to do with jams/lemon curd/lavender honey from last years hamper from Harvey nicks would be appreciated I am getting a backlog now. I only tend to use a little with a croissant or rarely these days on a Victoria sponge. I have not eaten breakfast for about 6 months now and have lost nearly a stone so far without really trying eating normally the rest of the time within 8 hours its supposed to be something to do with giving your metabolic rate a kick start, I am not convinced its probably just less calories but it seems to work which is the main thing, I don't really miss milk in my coffee in the mornings either so that good.
Oh and the holter monitor goes on tomorrow afternoon
Lovewine that’s excellent news now you can enjoy Christmas! X
We are at home now! I have come back with a throat infection!😞
Good morning ladies, well very good results from my second procedure 😊, i saw surgeons before and i was a day case patient again , it was discussed i would have a skin graft using either a flap from my eyebag area or skin from my other eyelid , i was given the option of a general anaesthetic as it was going to take 90 minutes 😮, thank goodness i opted for a local as when i was taken to theatre the dressing was unstitched and the surgeons couldn’t believe how the wound had healed , after discussions with them it was decided to allow it to heal by itself which it seems to be doing , i was told the skin graft could leave more of a scar, to be honest i am not that bothered! But even better news the pathology showed it to be a very mild form of skin cancer called Keratoacanthoma and its gone now 👍🏻, i have to return on 3rd january to see the surgeon to see how its healing , but i dont mind about that !
Rosie, i have been following your travels last week on facebook, looks like you had a good time. Glad DDs surgery is over and done with now, lots of stress for her too with the house sale etc, hope it goes through smoothly for her, has she found a new home close by ?
Enjoy your trip to your YS , be lovely to catch up with them .
Joan, i hope you are not too busy this week, have you any parties / theatre trips planned this week ?
Cassie, as Rosie said - i hope the inquest has now been completed, expect you are very busy at work and home at the moment too. How did you get on with your monitor? No more dizzy spells ?
Wildpurl, hope all is well with you , not long until your Christmas break from work!
I am going to be exceptionally busy with work next week 😮- endless tablecloths, napkins , bedlinen and party dresses 🙀!!! But i dont care after my good news !!
Take care ladies .
Dear Ladies I hope that you are ok the board is very quiet, I have kept half an eye on it!🤔
Lovewine I do hope that you are feeling more comfortable after your procedure? When are they hoping to have the second part done? I am sure that you will be really glad when it is all over!
DD had her ear graft done to mend her ear drum on Tuesday and looks very tired! She had a general anaesthetic. She had an offer on her house yesterday much lower than she wanted but it’s an investor with no chain! The agent advised her she could hang on for a further 6 months and only get the same. As there are debts to pay that will be continuing to gain interest she was advised to accept. We considered it and also believed given her position, it was the correct thing to do!
Her estranged husband has been informed and I just hope he doesn’t refuse to sign any paperwork!🙀
Joan I am not surprised that you feel a little bah humbug with all poor YD’s events!🙀
At least you got your Christmas tree delivered!
We have had an enjoyable time here in the Netherlands and Germany visiting several markets! DH loved the wursts and gluhwein! 🤣 Pictures are on Facebook ladies!
We are returning to Dover tonight and then on to Worcester tomorrow! DH has to return to Cyprus for 2days to sign some paperwork for the bank to agree loan to finish the second phase of the new project! He really at this stage didn’t want to be signing papers but the bank insist as he is still a director!
He arrives back Wednesday and we are off to Plymouth on Thursday for 3 nights! We are going by car.
The weather here has been mainly dry but cold with some rain and wind. On the wettest day we were in the caves in Valkenburg!
Cassie I hope the inquest has happened and you haven’t got to have it dragged out!
Wildpurl how lovely to spend New Year in Scotland! Are you going by car?
Good luck with all the Christmas preparations ladies! 🎄
Lovewine, that looks very sore, hope it looks worse than it feels. What a very unpleasant experience you had. Probably best not to be told about it in advance otherwise you might have been even more stressed. But I would have thought they could told you it would be done in the operating theatre, that’s rather intimidating even when you are forewarned.
Made some progress on Xmas presents yesterday in Bath and bought the Xmas tree this morning. For the first time the supplier asked if we wanted it delivered, after 50 years of trying it onto a roof rack, with, in the early years, the kids having to hold on to the ropes through the windows. Still not in a Xmas mood yet though, feel I might be turning into a real old Bah humbug.
Lovewine I think it’s just as well you didn’t fully know what the procedure involved and that they got you in quickly! 😳 I had a cyst removed from my eyelid several years ago and remember only too well the pain of the needle. I wondered why 2 nurses were present for the local anaesthetic!!!🙀 To hold patients arms down!!!! 🙀
It looks very sore but don’t let it spoil your evening out on Monday!
Unfortunately there has been no time to go into Melton itself and sample the wares! 🥴
We are based at Eye Kettleby Lakes which is a lovely site! We didn’t win at the bingo or the raffle! We are having a Christmas meal tonight, half had it last night as there are 160 of us! 🤨
DH and I have opted to have the cooked breakfast on offer in the morning as we are off to Folkestone tomorrow in readiness for the Euro Tunnel on Monday morning!
Sending you a virtual bunch of flowers to cheer you up! Hopefully OH is spoiling you! 💐x
Ladies i dont know whats happening with my access to the forum, i have to continually log in and am not informed when there is a post , and your recent posts from DD s hat didnt even show until i posted mine 🙄
Joan , i am so sorry to hear about YDs loss of her much loved pet, it is devastating when you lose them , i think it was the right thing for GD to see her pet because they are peaceful and she will be able to grieve . Awful about SILs redundancy too, my OH was made redundant 10 years ago and on the same day we had to drive to Sheffield Uni for an open day for ES and then 2 days later to Reading Uni for YS it was really hard to keep things together, until OH found another job he then worked for an agency doing all kinds of work which was awful - i think the worse one was packing paracetamol tablets into packets for 8 hours 🙀, but like i told him he was at least doing something and not too proud to take jobs like that. Hopefully your SIL will find another job soon.
Wildpurl, at least you have a decent amount of time off for Christmas and it will be lovely to spend New Year in Scotland.
Cassie, i hope you are ok .
Rosie, hope you win something on your busy day !
Good afternoon ladies, well i was called by the hospital Tuesday afternoon and given the chance of attending for the 1st stage of my procedure on Thursday, so hardly any time to panic ! I was give 12 oclock to attend and thought it was just going to be sitting in a room while the doctor cuts my thing off😏well i was in for a shock ! I was admitted onto the ward and gowned up and told i was on a list of 6 ladies for that afternoon, i went at 3 oclock and it was full operating theatre with 10 staff and all the machines etc but i was awake , it was much worse than i expected, the injections into my nose and side of my eyelid were extremely painful, i have had a dressing packed into the hole in my face instead of having to wear an eyepatch until i go back next thursday, so i can at least drive and go to work on Monday. Its not too bruised or swollen , it looks like i have a slug on my face regarding the dressing! Am going out on monday evening for our dog walking clubs Christmas meal too.
Rosie you are about 45 minutes away from me in Leicestershire, hope you eat some pork pies and stilton too ! At least its fairly dry now unlike last night with all that rain again !
Gosh Rosie, you have got a packed day! We have a Christmas market here in the village which was last weekend, it is very convenient for us! I bought a few hand made things, I like to support local artisans.
joan I am so sorry to hear of your SIL being made redundant, it is nearly always done just before Christmas, goodness knows why, maybe because of year end figures for the business. I was put at risk of redundancy the December after I had chemo and it is a horrible feeling, very worrying and stressful. I felt so helpless! However there is a big shortage of many skills at the moment so I would think his chances of finding a new job are very good.
lovewine, sending hugs, I am sorry you are feeling stressed over your procedures, which is quite normal, but I am sure they will go smoothly and you will be healing up in no time.
cassie, sending hugs to you too, I hope things are going OK and you are not too busy at work.
i only have two weeks left to work before my Christmas break and seem to be catching up with the workload. I really need the break and we are taking two weeks off this year as we are both tired. We will be going up to Scotland for the New Year.
Joan I am so sorry that SIL is to be made redundant what worrying news and to be accompanied by the loss of the much loved family pet! 😥 GD would probably have imagined all kinds of images in her head if she hadn’t seen her beloved friend after the deed! I have witnessed 2 of our pets put down and they just go peacefully and look as if they are asleep! It is a very heartbreaking time! 😢
I am not surprised you had 2 different earrings on leaving so early in the morning!🥴
I arrived at school one morning with 2 different shoes and one of the pupils noticed when I had the class all gathered on the carpet in-front of me! I went round without shoes for the remainder of the day much to the amusement of everyone! I never did it again! 😳
Glad you now have a second car at last!
Enjoy the Christmas market at Bath, very wise to use the train! Worcester was heaving last weekend for the Victorian Market!🙀
Lovewine have you got a date for your procedure yet?
Cassie I hope the inquest will happen and complete soon! 😳
Wildpurl you must be glad of your warm shawls!
We are at Melton Mowbray with 160 club members for the club Christmas Rally! We didn’t get here until 5pm the M42 was horrendous! 🙀
We have an action packed day today with bingo, a raffle and a Christmas meal to name a few of the activities! 🤣
Sorry to hear there has to be an inquest, Cassie, how stressful for you all. I hope you dont have to wait for long with that hanging over you.
Lovewine, its very understandable that you are feeling stressed about having to have two procedures and of course you are going to worry until you get the results back. And a shame that its all happening over Xmas. But at least it is going to be dealt with fairly quickly. Glad the spag bol went well, I shall have to try it.
Rosie, have a lovely trip. Good job you discovered about the booking hiccup in time to rectify it. Love the hat, nice to have something fun to cover the bandage.
YD and family have had a difficult week. SIL was told on Monday, quite out of the blue that all the staff at the small firm he works for are being made redundant. Great news just before Xmas. Then yesterday they had to have their dog put down. They knew it was likely to happen fairly soon because he has cancer, is virtually blind and largely deaf but didnt seem in any pain or very distressed. But then his bowel control went. YD is very upset and GD is so distraught she didnt go to school today. The whole family went to the vets and although they werent there for the procedure GD asked to see him afterwards, and was allowed to. I dont know whether that was the right thing to do, shes a bit of a sensitive soul. Hope she doesnt have nightmares.
I had to get up at 5am yesterday to go to a conference in London. It was only last night, getting ready for bed, that I discovered I was wearing odd earrings! Not only were they different shapes they were different colours and material. I think its a bit unrealistic to think nobody noticed, but there were people there I knew well so Im a bit surprised no-one said anything. Off to Bath tomorrow to the theatre but will be going by train because the Xmas market is still on and last weekend the park and ride car park was full and the centre of Bath very congested. Only bought a couple of glass tree decs but we did buy a car- not at the market of course! Its exactly the sane as the previous one though a bit more modern and very shiny.
Good Morning Ladies,
Lovewine I am sorry that your procedure to remove your wart like thing sounds so complicate and not as simple as you imagined and the fact that you have two stages! 🙀
At least you haven’t got to wait too long!😕
DD is also having a procedure on Dec 10th to repair the eardrum she perforated at the Waterpark in Cyprus in May! She too has to have a skin graft, they are taking it from above her ear to repair the eardrum! She will have packing inside her ear for 2 weeks and have to wear a bandage round her head for the first few days!
She found a hat to wear that I will post a picture of!🤣 I have prepared her a post op pack as we will be in the Netherlands at the Christmas Markets. It includes some new pyjamas, a puzzle book, a colouring book and crayons and a 500 piece Christmas puzzle that I have just finished! She is not very good at staying in by herself!🙄
(It doesn’t seem to want to upload!😡 Will try later!)
Hope you are all well we are off on Friday to the Christmas Rally!
Lovewine we are in Melton Mowbray, which I think isn’t too far away from you, over the weekend with the Adria Members Club and on Sunday go on to Dover for Euro Tunnel to the Netherlands for the Christmas markets for 5 s days. We nearly weren’t going! I looked all through my emails for the confirmation booking for the Euro Star and couldn’t find it! 😳😬 I phoned in the end and there was no booking! 🙀 I remember getting it all up on the screen and choosing the times and I really thought I had booked it! Fortunately I was able to do it yesterday! This is the first time this has happened, I have made so many bookings over the years for flights, ferry crossings, trains, concerts and hotels and never not finalised the booking!😳
Sorry to hear your skin op is quite so complicated lovewine I will be thinking of you.
Good afternoon ladies , have just returned from Rugby after dropping YS back at the train station - it’s been lovely having him here for a week .😊
Cassie I am so sorry to hear things with your brothers passing are not straightforward - very stressful for the family .
I have been feeling stressed since my appointment on Thursday 😲- looks like the consultant wasn’t joking when she said I was getting a face lift on the NHS !
I am to have a 2 stage procedure , first is to remove the wart thing and get clear margins around it , because of where it is it’s going to be very tricky and involves me having plastic reconstruction a week after the first op 😬 I will have quite a big “ hole “ on the side of my eye/ nose and will need to wear an eye patch during that week ! The second stage involves removing skin from my other eyelid and grafting it onto the wound - that’s where the face lift comes in - it does sound worse than it is - hopefully !!! But I am not going to look very pleasant for Christmas , hope to have stage 1 within 2 weeks . Consultant still not sure if it’s a skin cancer or not and won’t know until it’s examined in pathology - but am assured once it’s removed that’s it 🤞but still stressful as you all know .
Rosie it will be nice to have DH back again - hope his journey isn’t too bad .
Joan , I couldn’t tell the difference when I made spaghetti bolognese with the quorn and haven’t missed eating chicken or fish etc all week .
Wildpurl , will you have a nice long Christmas break to recharge your batteries ?
We are going to ES and DILs this year for Christmas Day which will make a nice change - OH is happy as it will be only the 3rd time in 31 years of marriage he hasn’t cooked !!
Good Afternoon ladies the sunny weather is certainly very welcome although it is colder! You will certainly benefit from your shawls Wildpurl!
Cassie I am so sorry that your brothers death isn’t as straight forward as it could have been. Do hope that you and the family can all agree on decisions that have to be made. Not an easy time for you! 😞
Joan hope that your complicated day unfolded without too many hitches! 😬
I have never heard of putting glasses in the freezer! 😮
Lovewine I guess your YS has gone back now? How did your appointment go on Thursday? Better weather for dog walking!
We had a power cut for about an hour this morning! It turns out that a fair chunk of the city was out! I had the washing machine and dishwasher going the radio on and my phone charging! When it came back on I rushed straight to the kettle to make coffee! 🤣
DH is on the way back he should land at Gatwick about 5.30pm and then he has the train journey to contend with!🙀
Joan, unfortunately there has to be an inquest my niece has some rather horrible decisions to make regarding arrangements and at the moment I just don't know what they are my opinion was asked but that is all at the moment.
How did your appt go Lovewine? Do you have a date yet? Sounds like the veggie meals are going well. I havent used Quorn for years, must try it for spag bol with the grandchildren, I have been using turkey mince. My cold has fortunately gone now, thank goodness so I am sleeping much better.
Cassie, I hope you are now in a position to plan your brother’s funeral and that the post mortem was able to give you some answers. The jumper sounds very ambitious, but what a lovely idea.
Rosie, good news about the bowel screening. Presumably you’re going to the Xmas market. I’m going to the Bath one with YD and GD, while SIL and OH are watching GS play football. What happened to gender blindness? It’s going to be a bit of a complicated day, meeting up with OH in Bath to go and look at a car, then into Bristol to pick up some bedding from M and S because I screwed up on the delivery option and must have selected click and collect. Maddening.
Is next week going to be just as hectic Wildpurl? Hope you have had a restful day today and maybe made some progress on your shawl. I have been pretty much nose to the grindstone as well this week although I did manage Qi Gong on Monday.
Treated myself to some new specs today. Had new ones earlier in the year and decided to economise and get transition lenses. But while they’re they’re lovely in the summer I dont like looking as if Im wearing sunglasses in the winter. Discovered that not only do they react to light they also react to cold! In fact if they stop working in sun apparently they recover if you put them in the freezer! The opticians were doing 2 for one so I now have a new pair of computer specs as well.
Good morning ladies, it is bright and sunny here which makes a pleasant change. I have had a very draining week so am glad to have a weekend to rest and recover.
i am very sorry to hear of your bother's passing away, cassie, it must be a great shock.
the whole pension thing is very stressful, too, but I have found seeing a financial advisor helpful and I hope your pension advisor will provide you with some insight and options.
lovewine, what a few weeks you have had, good news about the mammogram but very stressful having to chase the consultant appointment and not knowing exactly what the treatment will be.
rosie I have never heard of a dog cafe, the photos are lovely, I can see why you enjoyed it
joan I hope all is well with you and you are not working too hard.
ive just finished knitting a shawl, I will post a photo when it is blocked. I’m now knitting another shawl, I can’t have too many in winter, they stop my neck from getting stiff with air conditioning blowing on it and freezing cold meeting rooms!
Good Morning ladies,
Lovewine how lovely to have YS for a week! As you don’t eat much meat I guess it is easier for you to create dishes! Did OH notice the quorn in his bolognese? 🤔
I really don’t envy you having to walk the dogs in such muddy conditions!
Hope all goes well with your appointment today and that you can be given a date for your procedure that is sooner rather than later! 😳
Cassie I suppose all that can be said is you didn’t have too long to wait for the post mortem. Hopefully you can now get on and plan his end of life celebration.
It’s very difficult financially planning for your future as non of us have a crystal ball but hopefully the rep from NHS will be able to give you more guidance!
My DD took me to a dog cafe in Newcastle as a late birthday treat, it was called The dog and scone! The dogs were very sweet especially the little dachshund! 😍
The annual Christmas market starts today so it’s going to be very busy in town for the next few days! Thank goodness I don’t have to use the car to get there! Fortunately the weather looks like it is going to be brighter for the next few days!🙂
Forgot to say I had the all clear form the bowel cancer screening! I was very fearful when I saw the NHS letter arrive within a week of me sending it! 😟
Ladies enjoy the better weather over the weekend.
DH arrives late on Sunday! The spare bedroom looks like a sorting office with Amazon parcels that he has ordered for the motorhome! 😳😬
Good evening ladies,
Thank you all for your kind wishes and concern, I expect I am in a state of shock the post mortem is tomorrow, its really horrible but its not something you can put out of your mind. I am one of those people who copes by being busy but not in a stressful way hopefully. I have made a start knitting a chicken jumper for one of the nurses at work she is due to adopt 4 ex battery hens in a couple of weeks time, bless.
The photo's are very sweet Rosie who's pups are they? Lovewine have you tried calms to help with sleep ED finds they help her. I can sympathise with the not sleeping then feeling tired all day.
I had YB and ED plus GS round for dinner on Saturday which was nice YD had already arranged a thanks giving dinner with friends and has now flown to Michigan for another luckily her waist line can take it she still looks about 14 she is 30 now and is still asked for ID all the time!
Rosie yes we should be having someone from NHS pensions in next month for a discussion with 3-4 members of staff about options, I am already part time 28 hours a week so dare not drop more hours or the pension will not go very far. YD categorically said no way should I consider taking a lump sum to help with buying the flat, it is such a joke though having to estimate how long you will live mine is 88 years expectancy but obviously nobody knows. I have a fear of ending up in a care home then any property will be lost to pay for it, so you can't win can you, dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.
Good afternoon ladies , Rosie I saw your dog cuddling photos on FB - how cute are they 😊🐶🐶!!
YS is still here until Saturday which is nice , meals are quite easy so far , I don’t eat meat anyway .. I decided not to watch the programme last night on meat as I know I would find it upsetting , but OH enjoys his meat , I have bought some quorn and am going to cook a spaghetti bolognese one night and see if he notices😏!
Cassie , how are you ? Still shocked I expect at the suddenness of losing EB - thinking of you .
It continues to rain here everyday , the fields for dog walking are like a swamp and it’s not enjoyable at all . We could do with some cold frosty weather .
Joan I hope you are feeling better now and don’t need the cold remedies , must admit I have been tempted to use night nurse as a sleep aid , I wake up very early and then feel tired during the day .
Rosie how nice to spend the weekend with DD and GC and to eat what you like too 😀... are you going up for Christmas ?
Wildpurl , hope the new job isn’t too exhausting !
Have my appt on Thursday with the eye consultant - not looking forward to it at all 😬
Good Morning ladies!
Cassie you must be feeling very numb following the sad loss of your brother. I do hope that you will soon be able to plan his end of life celebration. I can well understand the fact that you want to keep busy people deal with grief in different ways and you need to do it your way. My mum passed away just 2 days before DD’s 5th birthday and I got dad and sister wrapping up pass the parcel and my neighbour came and helped with her party and another good friend came to look after youngest son, who was then just under 4 months! It was the last thing I felt like doing before we had even buried mum but knew she would have been furious with me for cancelling DD’s party!
Hopefully your daughters will be a source of comfort at this time.
Do the NHS provide any pension advice? Hopefully in the new year you will have more brain space to work out what is best for you. Is dropping to part time an option?
Lovewine how did your vegetarian options go? I expect it was lovely to have YS, is he coming to you for Christmas? I think there will be more people going vegetarian after last nights documentary that I didn’t see but am listening to the reports on the local radio. I will be watching it on iplayer at my earliest opportunity. I think it was called Meat a threat to our planet?
Joan I don’t blame you breaking the rules with your Day Nurse before your theatre visit hope you managed to get away with it the second time? Hopefully the play was ok and was better attended than you feared! Hopefully you will get rid of your cold soon! 😬
I had a busy weekend in Newcastle with DD and the grandchildren we ate all the meals that DH would have hated! Mince and dumplings and carbonara, we did have a slow cooked beef joint on Sunday though! 😍 He doesn’t eat pasta and can’t cope with sloppy meals!🙄 I have a lot of pasta based meals whilst by myself! We went to the dog cafe for my late birthday treat which we all enjoyed! 🤣 I have never seen such a big Primark as the one in Eldon Square, it has 4 floors!😮
DD is going ahead with her op on Dec 10th as she wants it out of the way. She will miss the final performance at school but will have prepared the Key Stage 1 cast and will be there for the dress rehearsal. She has to have 2 weeks off school afterwards so she won’t be going back until after the Christmas holiday. I am upset that I can’t be there for her! She doesn’t want the help of her estranged husband!
Wildpurl have you got anymore projects on the go following the completion of your stripy jumper?
I am not enjoying this damp grey weather! 🙄
Oh Cassie, I am so sorry. What a terrible shock. And he seemed to be doing so well. I guess the only consolation is that he seems to have died peacefully, in his sleep. But it is a big thing realising that you are now the eldest. You’re a real trooper going into work yesterday, as you said, a bit of a nightmare. Is there anybody you could talk through your pension options with, it seems such a big decision to have to take.
Lovewine, great news about your mammogram results. But what a nuisance about your delayed referral. I hope that once you have seen the consultant you will quickly get an appointment for the procedure. I can understand how conspicuous you feel though, although it probably feels more visible to others than it actually is. Is your son’s decision to go veggie sudden? You certainly havent had much notice. We have ED and partner staying this week. Not much notice for that either but at least no dietary changes. How did the visit to the garden centre go? I went to our local one last Sunday, to belatedly buy some plants to do my winter window boxes. Big mistake. The place was heaving with people buying Xmas presents, coachload in, parking horrendous.
Rosie, what a shame about EDs appointment. Hope she can change it, quite the worst time of the year for a teacher. And you would obviously like to be there for her. How lovely to see the Xmas lights switch on, cathedral square is lovely, at least if you dont look at the modern shopping centre! And well done on the two for one. Sorry you had such a dreadful journey here, not just the flight but then the train problems.
wildpurl, the sweater looks great. Glad you’re enjoying the job even though it’s hectic.
My cold is drifting on. I did break the rules and use Day Nurse before going to the theatre and no noticeable ill effects. Going to the theatre again tomorrow, in Bath this time, so will probably do it again. Managed to get tickets for ED and partner too, in the same row, so it probably isnt going to be very well attended. Sunday I think I shall be doing lunch for all the family.
Cassie, i am so sorry about your brother, what a terrible shock for you all, i hope also you can sort out your future plans regarding your flat and pension etc . Thinking of you .💐
Good afternoon ladies,
Lovewine sorry you have had problems with your referral, I must say a bit odd these days as everything should be done in the consultation with you and then sent online by the GP after a discussion of where you would prefer to be seen. Hopefully your appointment will be soon. Rosie welcome back I bet you are feeling the cold it has been very cold here for about a week some days 3 degrees oddly getting warmer towards the evening.
We had a massive shock on Wednesday evening sadly my eldest brother passed away it appears to have been sudden and in his sleep bless him he did not turn up to see his youngest daughter arranged on Tuesday for Wednesday lunch time everyone was phoning him and we could hear the phone ringing inside his flat but could not unlock the door because the key was in the door inside. He seemed peaceful as if asleep but as it was not expected I think there will have to be an autopsy.
I walked home with my younger brother after feeling very odd like I needed to inform someone, parent or older sibling sadly I am the eldest now, both older brothers deceased and both parents no aunts or uncles. Like the worrier I am I went into work yesterday because it was mad busy with a windows 10 upgrade in process 14 PC's and only 5 in two days complete and some programmes still don't work and some people can not log into the machines to work, what a nightmare, my PC has not been touched yet!
I gave my machine up for a couple of hours for other members of staff to do some urgent work.
I have been looking into my pension options as previously mentioned it looks like a discussion will be needed with YD who still lives with me, there is no way I could survive I on the NHS pension alone and no way I can continue until 67 so I have the option of either taking a lump sum and help YD buy our flat and keep working or try to carry on and leave things as they are for as long as possible just retire the pension if that makes sense and have a monthly income.
My dog walking friend is doing well she says no discomfort now and is walking well, no news with anywhere for her to live though the landlord has started building work on the ground level below her, they cut the water off over the weekend by accident a couple of weeks ago, accidentally on purpose maybe
Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine what a nuisance about your notes being forgotten to be sent, thank goodness you chased it up! Hopefully your procedure will follow fairly quickly. DD went to see the ENT specialist on Monday as she blew her eardrum whilst at the water park in Cyprus in May! 🙀 She has had continued pain, infection and deafness since. She has to have a skin graft to repair the tear on the ear drum! She phoned me in a panic yesterday as her appointment has come for Dec 10th, she was told it would be January! She has Christmas plays at school that week and is the person in charge! Also DH and I are away in the Netherlands/ Germany on a motorhome rally to see the Christmas Markets!
It’s only a day case but I would have liked to have been there for her in her present circumstances! She is going to ring them today to see if she can change the date. I am actually going to Newcastle today on the train until Monday. Unfortunately issues with the divorce are getting messy!😳😡🙀🤦🏻♀️
I don’t envy you having to devise a vegetarian menu for the weekend although it will be nice to have YS at home!
Good Luck with your aunt at the garden centre today!🙄
I went with my friend from upstairs last night to the Christmas light switch on in Cathedral Square and we went to Zizzi afterwards for a meal. Her husband was playing bridge so we used her 2 for 1 voucher! 😀
Hope you are all well ladies enjoy your weekend!
Good afternoon ladies, Rosie i hope you have settled back into your U.K life again 😏, what a stressful journey you had back . I hope your niece is feeling a little better by now and your sister is not worrying too much.
I have spent since monday trying to chase up my appointment at Oculo plastics referred by dermatology, it has been hopeless 😡 , to cut a very long tedious story short , my notes which should have gone to the consultant 9 days ago had been forgotten about until i started to kick up a fuss and they miraculously were faxed over in 5 minutes, this only started happening when i googled the relevant consultant and rang his secretary! My appointment is thursday 28th November, just to see him and goodness knows how long after that until its done, i am very concious of it now and feel like a cross between the elephant man and a witch ( just need a whisker growing out of it now!)
YS has announced he is visiting on sunday for a few days, he has also become a vegetarian which has thrown my menu and grocery plans ! I will have to look up so e recipes suitable for us all.
Hope everyone is well, its very cold here today.
Am taking my 86 year old very cantankerous aunt to the garden centre tomorrow to get some Christmas presents etc , it will be quite hard work🙄!
Good Morning Ladies,
Indeed it was a very poignant moment leaving Cyprus and a most stressful journey! It all began when the pilot said that the weather conditions en route were bumpy! 😳🙀
I would really rather not have known before we had even left the stand! Sure enough there were significant periods when not only were the passengers belted in but also the crew were told to sit down! 🤦🏻♀️ They managed to complete the trolly service without the trolly so anyone that wanted a hot drink after the first hour was out of luck as they weren’t allowed to serve those! Obviously I needed something much stronger!
It is the worst flight I have been on and I have done many, with the exception of a flight back from Florida on the edge of hurricane Charley in 2004!
Well things got worse once I was at the station when I arrived at 6.15 as the 7pm to train to Reading was cancelled! I waited for the 8pm train and then 15 mins before due that was cancelled also!😡😳🙀 I was told I would have to get a train to Redhill and get to Reading from there which I eventually did. Then I had to wait at Reading until 22.25 for the last train to Worcester that was being re routed and not stopping until it got to Worcester due to the flooding! The train manager said there were only 4 people on the entire 9 carriage train and gave me complementary tea and cake! I eventually got to the apartment at 12.30, fortunately there was a taxi outside the station and it’s only a 5 min ride!
My friend from upstairs rang me yesterday morning and subsequently came for coffee and stayed for 2/15 hours! 🤣
I was greeted with a bowel testing kit on return in the post! I have had them before and have thrown them away! 😳 I decided I would send this one back as they have modified it ! So now too I am waiting results once again which I couldn’t bear to do previously!
Sainsbury’s delivered my shopping so I now have supplies!☺️
Wildpurl I simply love the jumper!😍 You look stunning in it, well done!
Glad you are enjoying your new job and that you are able to have a 4 day week!
Joan it certainly is a blow that you can’t take cold and flu remedies. I hope that you enjoyed your theatre visit and feel better.
Lovewine I googled holter also what a clever device!
Good news about your mammogram results. I do hope you get your appointment soon as I know how you worry!😏
Is there any chocolate and banana loaf left!🤔🤣
Cassie hopefully you are having a restful weekend!
Enjoy Sunday ladies what ever you are doing!
Good evening ladies , firstly what a lovely sweater Wildpurl - love the colours ! Glad you are enjoying your new job even if it’s a bit hectic.
Rosie mixed emotions for you arriving back from Cyprus I am sure , hope the weather isn’t too much of a shock for you - not been too bad here today !
I googled cassies holter test and it’s something you wear for a day to measure your heart performance apparently 😏.
Joan I would maybe risk a dose of the cold remedy when you go to the theatre .
just shows how certain everyday medications can interact !
Anyway yesterday I had my mammogram results and all clear , I can now go on the 3 yearly screening programme but to remain vigilant obviously .. I am still waiting for my appt for my face , am trying not to get too worked up about it , but obviously the cancer word instils horror in us all . I have been told it will be done by local anaesthetic and I will have a scar for about 2 months which will gradually fade , the instruments they use are apparently very advanced and precise .
not much going on today , finished a scarf knitted in alpaca wool for YS and watched the full box set of the drama series Guilty while doing so !
also baked a chocolate and banana loaf this morning .
Cassie hope you are not experiencing any more dizzy spells or headaches and are not working too hard ! How is your friend now after her knee surgery ?
Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone 😊
Good morning everyone,
rosie you must be back home in the UK now, a significant milestone for you even though you will retain links with Cyprus. I understand your mixed feelings looking back, the isolation of your cancer journey and some of the other difficulties but at the same time you and DH have created a very successful business using your combined years of experience in education and that is something I am sure you are proud of. The weather here is not too bad today so I hope you wake up to some sunshine.
lovewine I am glad the diagnosis of your skin cancer was so rapid and that the news is reassuring even though I am sure it is not what you would have wished. My aunt who is 76 was diagnosed last year with something very similar and has had successful surgery and now completely recovered. Her GP was not as supportive as yours and insisted it was nothing, so she paid to see a consultant privately who diagnosed it as skin cancer and then referred her for treatment on the NHS.
i hope your cold clears up soon joan, I have the tail end of one and am still a bit bunged up and my energy levels are not yet back to normal. My new job is completely manic but I am enjoying it and thank goodness for my 4 day week! I’ve just knitted a nice warm sweater and am working on a warm shawl, mainly needed to combat the air conditioning in the office.
Cassie I am sorry to hear you have been having medical issues, glad your blood pressure returned to normal.
i hope you all have good days.
Lovewine, it’s good to know that your skin cancer is easily treated although I imagine you were still shocked to hear the dreaded word. I know several people who have had similar treatment all very successfully though I dont recall them getting a face lift into the bargain. Hope you soon get your mammogram results, no matter how often you say to yourself no news is good news its still a worry.
cassie, sorry you too are having medical issues. like Rosie, I havent heard of that particular test. Good your blood pressure is down again. I have just discovered that I can’t take cold remedies like Day and Night Nurse because I’m on BP medication which is a blow because I have a cold at the moment and find it the most effective. Only found that out when I tried to buy some more at the Tesco Pharmacy. Might risk it tomorrow afternoon though because we’re going to the theatre and I dont want to sit there sniffing and coughing.
Rosie, hope you had a good journey back to England. It must be very poignant for you leaving Cyprus. And the weather here will be a shock after 28degrees. There was snow on the Mendips this morning.
Hope you all have a good weekend, whatever you’re doing.
Good Morning ladies this will be my last post from Cyprus I am returning to the UK tomorrow!
Cassie I haven’t heard of a Holter test I must Google it!
I don’t envy you with an unknown number of guests for Christmas! 🤦🏻♀️ Hopefully they will give you plenty of warning and help out?🤔
Lovewine as you say no news is hopefully good news regarding your mammogram result!
I hope that you don’t have to wait too long for you procedure you you will be relieved to be on the other side of it.
I have at least one cancerous mole on my back, the surgeon that did my DIEP noticed it and said she would remove it whilst I was in theatre! She didn’t thank goodness or else I would have had to sleep standing up!😳 What with not being able to sleep on front of sides due to extensive surgery than having a hole in the back, I don’t think so! 😖
My niece has just had a series of very unpleasant procedures as she has been having gynaecological issues! She is now back home but there was a scare of sepsis and a blood clot!😳 My sister must have been going out of her mind. I was due to meet her in Hereford on Saturday but she is staying with my niece until Sunday in Morton on Marsh so I am going there instead! I will have passed through it on the train the night before on the way back!
We have had a spate of fires over the last few days! Yesterday’s was very close to us in the Lara area of the Akamas! It was an arson attack started by a group of people who are trying to stop the conservation plan of the Akamas Forest! Whenever a meeting is planned a fire breaks out the day before!😡 Helicopter were used all day to dump water from the sea. We could see the smoke and bits of ash were falling! The ground is still very dry and there was a breeze blowing yesterday which cause it to spread more quickly.
It is still burning but under control this morning.
Well ladies we have thunder storms forecast for tomorrow so I hope I don’t get delayed as I have train connections to make! 😳😬🙀
Good afternoon ladies , I had my dermatology appt at the hospital this morning -saw a lovely female consultant who was very reassuring , seems like I do have a form of skin cancer but she was quick to explain it was not life threatening and once removed that would be the end of it , due to the closeness to my eye she has referred me to ocular plastic department to surgically remove it , the appt with their consultant should be in a couple of days and then shortly after to have it done by local anaesthetic - she did say I would get a face lift courtesy of the NHS !! I feel slightly less stressed , but absolutely fed up now with waiting for results and visiting the hospital - still nothing from mammogram which I am hoping is no news is good news .
Cassie sorry you are so busy and are experiencing dizzy spells , I also have this at times and have done for a few years - it comes and goes . Hope you get sorted out with it at your appointment .
Rosie, it must feel very strange leaving Cyprus after all you have been through - another chapter in your life to come though , although I think the weather will be a let down here at the moment - the rain is relentless !
Joan glad you are having a quieter week with work , I know what you mean about using 1 car between you , we sold OHs a while ago as he works within walking distance and didn’t need it - still an issue at times though .
YS packed a lot into his trip to New York , he went to Broadway , also an ice hockey game and then New York museum of Art!
he is back at work now though .
Wildpurl I hope all is well with you ?
Good Morning Ladies,
All OK here but busy as usual Rosie you may need socks and gloves as well as your coat! My weather app says feels like -3 this morning. YD is about to go to Holland with work then shortly after Michigan to visit her friend for thanksgiving -5 feel like -12 at the moment and they are snowed inn ! I hope all is well with the Dermatologist lovewine, I have an appointment to have a 24 hour holter test next month I have had a few odd moments feeling dizzy and heart seems to be pounding when at rest sometimes, hopefully all will be well, lots of headaches recently which I am sure is down to work BP was a bit odd at the time but back to normal now. I will be hosting Christmas this year I am not sure for how many at present but quite a few.
Good Morning Ladies,
I do hope that you are all ok the board has gone very quiet!🤔
Lovewine I know you have you appointment with the dermatologist this week I do hope it is earlier in the week and you don’t have too much longer to wait! Also I hope that your results will be with you soon from your mammogram!
Did YS enjoy his trip to New York?
Joan I do hope that you managed to get to Qi Gong this week I know how much it means to you! The play you took your GC to see sounds interesting, Michael Morpurgo is a well loved children’s author.
I have just had an emergency break from typing as we had a call to say the shipping firm were on the way to take our 2 cubic metre returning to the UK so had to jump in the shower and quickly throw the last few items in a case! Anything left around will either have to stay in Cyprus with DH of be squashed into my hand luggage! 🙀😳
Its rather a time of mixed emotions as we have lived here for 10 years! I went all through the cancer journey here which was wasn’t a good time! It’s been a time of of highs and lows but isn’t that life?🤔
I am not sure when I will be back in Cyprus but not until next year well into the spring! I told myself last winter that I didn’t want to spend another here and certainly not another very hot summer! Ironically the weather is 28 every day at the moment which is above the monthly average! But just right! Evenings and mornings are cooler, 19 degrees.
DH has moved his bits and pieces into his studio at the new school and he has made it look quite homely. He will only be staying there for 2/3 weeks on a visit.
I do hope the rain has stopped for you all. I have my coat ready! 😉
What a shame you have a double worry at the moment, Lovewine. When is your dermatology appt. Hope it is early in the week and even more that you get some reassurance. Also that you dont have to wait long for the results of your mammogram.
Rosie, while its good you have sold your car I can commiserate with you being without it, I am feeling quite restricted now we are down to one. I know it’s a bit of a first world/middle class ‘problem’ but you do get used to the flexibility it gives you. Yes, I’m afraid you will be coming back straight into Xmas, it’s everywhere, although as yet none of the houses near us have got their Xmas lights up.
I’ve had a lovely work free weekend after a less stressful week since, as I anticipated, the election meant that I now have more time to write the report. Yesterday was Tescos followed by flu jabs and gardening, today we went to the theatre with GC and their parents to see a children’s show ‘I believe in unicorns’ based on the Michael Morpurgo book of the same name, which was excellent, though it dealt with some dark stuff. Tomorrow its back to Qi Gong.
Cassie and Wildpurl, hope all well with you.
Good Morning Ladies,
Lovewine what dreadful weather you are continuing to have but at least as you suggested, hopefully it put a damper on the fireworks! I remember that when we lived in Plymouth fireworks seemed to be let off for several nights before and after 5th! 🙀
We don’t have to endure the November fireworks here they are usually let off at weddings and at Easter, which is a bigger festival than Christmas here!
Talking of Christmas I was horrified to see the number of Christmas ads creeping in on the tv!😬 I guess I am going to walk back in to Christmas!😳
I expect that you are glad YS is having a holiday with some friends?
I am sure that we can all sympathise with you awaiting results and the worry over your wart! As it is on your face clearly you need to do something about it! Hopefully it can be removed using a simple procedure!🤔
Today I am meeting the Librarian form school, who is a good friend, we will have caramel latte and put the world to rights! Yesterday it became public knowledge the Shakira, the pop star, has just purchased one of the expensive villas at the Cap St George resort which is where we go for our coffee! 😄
Good evening ladies, the rain continues here still 😕 all day today without any let up, my car is absolutely filthy too. Hoping maybe the bad weather will put off some of the fireworks tonight, my poor dogs are terrified and either sit on our laps or hide up the corner with their faces pressed on the wall.
My YS is in the air as i type this, on his way to New York with friends for 5 days, i am very envious! They are staying in Brooklyn so quite close to all the action!
Rosie, good you have sold your car, things are moving well now , you will be glad when its sorted and you are not living between the two lives , although as you say the Cyprus weather will be missed .
Joan, shame you had to miss your Qi Gong , well done though on getting on top of your work, i knew several people including my niece who have visited Croatia this year and all really enjoyed it, its exciting planning holidays for next year, it is something to look forward to through these dark months which i really dislike😕.
I am busy with my work at the moment which is unusual as things quieten down in the winter months, i am waiting anxiously as always for my yearly mammogram results . I have also been referred to the dermatology clinic next week as i have a wart like thing appeared in the last few weeks on the side of my nose very close to my eye, its in such an awkward place thats where i need to go, i am nervous about it as we all are when there is a health issue, the GP seems to think its not a skin cancer but i still worry about it. There always seems something to worry about one way or another doesnt there !!
Cassie and Wildpurl hope all is well .
Good Morning Ladies,
Lovewine I do feel for you with muddy dog walks and bringing two muddy dogs home!🙀🐾🐾🐾🐾
It’s a good job your dogs tolerate others with your dog sitting duties!
I will miss the mainly sunny warm days of Cyprus! The weather looks to continue to be good for the remainder of my time here!
My car was sold yesterday so our plan is coming together! The trouble is now I am trapped and will have to rely on DH for transport other than to be able to walk to the school site nearest to us! Fortunately I managed to complete most of the charity shop runs alone!😉
What we didn’t sell at the car boot DH took straight to the animal charity shop yesterday!
Joan we called at Croatia on our River Cruise and really liked it we also sailed back to Limassol from Dubrovnik on one of our Med cruises calling at Montenegro which was very picturesque!
Sorry you have have had to miss Qi Gong and do hope that you will be able to make it next week! 🙄
Cassie and Wildpurl hope all is well with you two?
Goodness, what a quiet board. I saw your post about the car boot sale too, Rosie, you seem to have done very well- obviously high quality stuff. It didnt sound like you had a look to take home. Shame about the Kyrenia hotel, we have lovely memories of the town. We’re now thinking about next years holiday. There’s a programme on tonight about Croatia, which is one possibility. Anybody been there?
The mad rush piece of work is nearly done, I seem to have been working flat out for the past week, and worked a lot over the weekend, which is something I vowed never to do again. Missed Qi Gong as well for two Mondays. Not good.
Hope all well with you, Wildpurl and Cassie, and that you are managing some less muddy dogwalks Lovewine,
Good evening ladies , Rosie I saw your car boot experience on FB earlier , seems like you have done well , am so envious of your continuing good weather , it’s not been too bad here today but it’s very muddy when dog walking and the fields are still waterlogged .
we have been looking after my dog walking friends little terrier dog all weekend as they have been in Liverpool at their sons wedding - she was very well behaved thank goodness .
Hope everyone is well .