Awwwww, Beth. Poor dog. How embarrassing for him to be dressed up like that. Chuckle, chuckle.
LushLesley - how lovely of your friend, and how GRUMPY of your husband !!! Tell hime to buck up or no pressies from Santa. Do hope he's feeling better tomorrow. Think we need some stiff, frosty days to get rid of all these buggy things.
Yes - our SweetSue. Good innit. Sorry for my confusion Beth and Lily. Put it down to me not being a well cat!!!
There's plenty where that came from! Other people have children.....I have a dog so you can imagine how many pics we take lol
hope things settle down in the morning for you Lesley. Always here if you want to vent or chat
Oh Beth, thank you, he's sooo beautiful, lucky you don't live near near me or there's every chance I'd dognap him xx
this is especially for you!! Th was last Christmas when he was recovering from a leg operation - we had to put him in a babygro to stop him chewing his stitches!! It was the vets idea and it worked!! Xxx
Dellywellydoolally! You've got me confused with Beth again, unless Beth has decided to come to Kent with me!
That's a lovely thing to look forward to - a visit with Sue. You definitely have to be better before that. xx Lily
Delly, just seen your post, Is that our Sue? Xx
Merry Christmas Eve Evening gorgeous girlies,
Just couldn't stay away from you could I? Oh dear Charys, so sorry about the turkey but dud make me laugh. Beth also sorry about the nip, and node soreness, can so relate. Four months on mine still not complete recovered. Dont worry though, nothing major, nip just a bit crispy though not at all senistive anymore, thought at one time it would never heal.
Had a lovely lunch at my friends, superwoman. While I was reclining nibbling food and swigging wine she managed to prepare from scratch three different types of stuffing, red cabbage and apple, white chocolate cheescake, sprouts with chestnuts and bacon, coleslaw and a batch of mince pies ready for tomorrow. When I left she gave me a beautiful wrapped gift, I said we don't exchange Christmas pressies, she said it's not a Christmas pressie, it's a gift because youve been through so much and been so brave this year (I really haven't been brave) cue more tears.
Himself is in bed poorly again. Just took my head off when I asked him if he was all right, so Ive decided he's big enough and ugly enough (to use one of my mothers sayings) to make his own decisions. Had a message from my sister in Florida, she's had a row with her son over his awful OH treatment of his daughter so she's upset. All in all not not feeling the love at the moment.
Right, whinge over, soon be time for painkillers and bed. Beth, can I request a picture of Mac please? That would cheer me up, like cats but LOVE dogs.
Have a great evening all of you and enjoy your sherry xx
LadyH - knowing how much you lot gas away on here 3000 will probably only be in a couple of weeks.
Beth - safe journey tomorrow. At least the roads are clear on Xmas Day - good day to travel all that way.
Janey - You're quiet today. Hope you're okay lovey.
Same with and for you Lesley and your hubby.
Am hoping it's just that you're all too busy with family, cooking etc.
Just exchanged a lovely email with SweetSue and we're on for my birthday in a couple of weeks. In fact her mammo is the day before on the 13th, so I'll travel down then. But have to get there in the daylight with this eye making night time driving a NoNo. Stressed and insisting she must not go to any trouble. I'd prefer her to chillax out and leave cooking etc. to me. I'm chuffed. That's something reeeeally lovely to look forward to, and if she's as lovely a person as she sounds and seems on here and to chat with on the phone, then I'll feel lucky to have the perfect companion to share my birthday weekend with.
Hello again Delly, I hope you feel better soon! Wallace and Gromit/ Muppets are sure to help, not to mention a hot toddy or two. To answer your question I'm off to Kent at silly o'clock in the morning when everyone except Father Christmas is still fast asleep dreaming of what will be in their stockings! I will probably arrive looking less healthy than a zombie but hey ho!! One must do one's duty xxx Lily the (pale) pink. xx
EEeeee Beth that scar sounds a bit painful for sure, goodness I sure hope it improves over the next couple of days or it'll need looking at.
No Delly, I don't eat turkey, I didn't even want the damned turkey...it was a hideous error. I've cooked it and my husband is currently eating turkey sandwiches, and its only Christmas eve!!! I've also made my nut roast ready. You CANT be ill at Christmas I agree !
I thought it'd be all quiet on here....but nooooooooo......hard core chatters like Lily and Dizzy too LOL Helena I was DEFINITELY post 2,000, nobody else was around and I viewed it again to check twice. Not that is matters, just was hoping we'd reach it before Xmas.
Clair - love the "Hug" card. Shall take it to bed with me - keep me warm. How's hubby today??
DarlinDizzy - Oy, I've just had cream splattered at me from those two child like creatures in your kitchen !!
LovelyLily - thanks so much for you're Xmas wishes. Where is it you're off to tmorrow then.
Gosh all this talk of boobs and nips is making me blush. BTW, found my bag with goodies, Xmas card and letter left by my door, when I went out this after. I'm not bothered about if still ill tomorrow, spent 3 days last year ill in bed with gyppy tum. Poor cat didn't get even her roast duck, had to be thrown away. I just want to more right for Boxing Day to be able to have a nice day with Aunty Margaret and Uncle Alan. I must be ill, am totally off any alcohol !!
I echo the same praises and "Thanks" that Lily gave to everybody.
Humongous THANKS from to all of you Wonderful women. I certainly don't know what I'd have done without you all.
Wishing you all A Very Merry Christmas Day and time. Hope those of you who are "sore" have a more comfortable day.
Dear Lady Helena who ought, by rights,to be living in a castle, Don't worry about the nip! mine went really strange indeed - sort of shrivelled and leathery looking but is now back to normal. Sounds absolutely hideous I know!!! Keep applying the cream and Aloe Vera for any redness/soreness xxxx Lily
Delly - you are absolutely NOT allowed to be ill at Christmas! I forbid it! Have a hot toddy and get under that duvet with Wallace and Gromit at once! XXX Lily
Poor Charys! You'd better start getting crafty with that enormous turkey!!! XXX Good luck x Lily
Just had to pop in to see how you all are this evening. I've done all I can re: packing etc. and am watching Carols from King's. Why does it always make me cry? When my children were small and doing carol services they always used to say 'mum please don't cry - it's so embarrassing!' But I can't help it!!! Children singing always makes me cry - it's their complete innocence that breaks my heart I think.
Just want to say a big thank you to everyone for the love, laughs, hugs and empathy over the last few months. I really appreciate it all, and all of you. I feel stronger because of you and I'm sending you all love this Christmas. Bless you xxxxxxx Lily
Beth - I had a bit of soreness on A.N.C. scar and used Sudocrem - this really helped so give it a try. Hope you feel more comfortable soon and have a lovely Christmas xxxx Lily
Have just got back in, but feeling decidedly ill. Had to get a taxi back from town. Came on quite suddenly, feeling sick cold, extremely tired. Will be off to bed soon. More of no appetite - back on the fizzy water. Think perhaps there's a bug going round. I can't blame any of you, can I. Can't catch anything from virual hugs.
Just watching one of my favourite film - Muppets Christmas Carol then climb under the duvet.
Charys - what a lovely plonker you are. And are you vegetarian but eat chicken/turkey?? Awwwww, someone pipped you to the 2000 post - again.
SweetSue - thanks for your lovely Xmas card piccie and Xmas Greetings.
Just gonna have a quick catch up on today.
my scar is doing my head in. The one where they removed the he lump is ok, it's much wider and dark red after rads but it's not really painful. The other one is blood red and sore but the really painful bit is this dark purple/red area that's come up under it. It's about an inch wide and follows the whole length of the scar and about an inch further into my armpit. I'm guessing it's a kind of rads burn and will settle but OMG.
Today I remembered that I had a crop top/sleep bra that I wore after surgery and wearing it has helped a bit. I thought that because it was going braless, it was pulling on the scar and making the area even more sore. I'll try anything at the moment!!
Dizzy - thank you for asking after my mum. They discharged her from hospital Thursday evening as medically they said she didn't need to be there any longer. She still cant eat solids and is managing a couple of those high calorie shakes and some smooth soup but that's about it. I think the more she worries about it the more worked up she gets and eating anything then becomes even more difficult.
I'm not taking cocodamol now as it was bunging me up so its ibrupofen and paracetamol now. Can't wait till I don't have to take pills anymore...apart from tamoxifen of course!!
looking forward to Grantchester later! Who doesn't love a bit of Robson green! Lols
pass me a chocolate someone......🍬🍬😀😀
Oh gosh no, if you've ordered it they won't take it back.....only if there are substitutions you don't want.
POST 2,000!!!! Am I like the person who keeps the last piece of a jigsaw?
Ha ha, I'm back to get post 2,000...except this is 1998, so will need to do one more
Beth, hope the scar is feeling a bit better, are you still on the cocodamol? You're M& S Christmas lunch reminded me of when the children were little, we made a decision to make things really easy for Christmas food so we had the time to spend with them, so it was mostly ready prepared, though not M&S, we were pretty strapped for cash then. But yours isn't just any Christmas dinner...Cue the advert!
Your mum has done amazingly, having been off the drink for 25 years, it's such an achievement. I hope she's feeling better now, is she eating ok now?
The trifle has been safely finished, maybe I'm not indispensable after all. So I'm going to delegate a few things tomorrow, himself is going to do the turkey dinner, but he usually does the roasts so that should be okay. And tonight the lasagne is in the oven, the garlic bread is ready to go in and there's a fresh cream Yule log for afters. So everything is under control. But I'm definitely not quite as full of energy as I have been, and the skin is a bit warm and itchy now.
Charys, you must use a better class of supermarket, if it's Tesco you just say you don't want it and the man takes it away again. It doesn't matter whether you did order it or not. That's how you get round the problem of getting four 1kg bags of parsnips instead of four parsnips...!
If you have room in the freezer you can save the meat and feed your meat eater for the next year, cooked frozen turkey would chuck into any vegetarian meal, it keeps well if it's properly wrapped and put in Tupperware.
I'm just starting to get hot and a bit itchy so the husband and daughter have volunteered to finish putting the trifle together. Their combined age is 89 but I'm still worried about them whipping the cream...
Christmas disaster! (of a kind)
Ok, lets go back to October, as most here will know you have to fulfill a min order value to secure your delivery. Not knowing what I wanted to order three months in advance of Christmas, I did a search for 'turkey' and plonked into the basket the most pricey and biggest I could find, best quality and highest value in £ to make the order min. Obviously I've done lots of edits since then, including adding the ONE duck breast for the one meat-eater here on Christmas day, the rest of us are vegetarian.
So, the order just arrived....with this mahoosive turkey I forgot to remove!!! All nicely boxed up, with cooking instructions and a free meat thermometer (giving you an idea of the ridiculous price I paid here). I was so shocked I denied having ordered it, however, it was confirmed by the driver that I most definitely had. I've never cooked a turkey, but it's currently in now cooking as no space in the fridge for it. I can't believe it....what a mistake to make !!
I just wanted to wish you a very happy Christmas and to say thank you for All your support , advice, love, hugs and laughter xxxx 😘
not a hope trying to catch up on pages and pages of chat.......Thank you for being there, when I needed support - love you all
I wish you all the Merriest of Christmasses!
Just my luck Lady Helena - to get a hug and then have it taken away! Anyway I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a rest from rads.xx
Hope all you ladies get everything you wish for this Christmas xxxxx
Crafty I love that picture - love lighthouses! I always wanted to live in one though not very practical xxx
Better do some more packing and try to remember what I've forgotten! I blame the pills as well xxx Lily
Merry Chrismas everyone!!!
Today feels all calm here which is lovely. Hubby has gone to watch football so many ive had the tv to myself and currently watching harry potter. I made the stuffing for tomorrow earlier on so we're all sorted for an easy Christmas Day. We've been lazy this year, but acceptable in the circumstances, and Christmas lunch is courtesy of M&S. Everything is prepared so all we have to do is pop the prepared turkey etc in the oven & put veggies on the hob. No peeling, no mess, no effort. Hallelujah!!
I wasn't sure how I'd be feeling after rads so we ordered everything early In December. I'm so glad I did as my node scar is damn agony today. A stress free Christmas lunch!
My sister has 18 at hers for their Christmas dinner tomorrow!! 18!!!! Good grief! Her in laws are a large family and cancer has rampaged through that family this year too so they've got good reason to all get together.
Delly you are spot on about my mum. I love her dearly but she's a challenge at the best of times!! She fights her demons every day, most of which stem from years of alcohol abuse when we were kids. She's been sober for 25 years but the guilt weighs heavily on her.
I'm loving all these cat pics!!! Been trying to find one of our old moggie but no joy. He was called Nigel and was a 3 legged black and white cat at lived to the ripe old age of 18!! He was a star. He never left our garden as he couldn't climb the fence so spent most of his time sunbathing on his back or watching the birds from the deck. Such a happy cat and followed me around everywhere at home. He LOVED strawberry milkshake and peach yoghurt for some reason! Was also known to like keema rice from the Indian takeaway too!! Lols
best news of the day.......Baileys doesn't give me flushes!!! There is a god after all lol 🍸
As as its now officially Christmas, the chocolates and nuts have been opened!! As hubby asked me this morning "is it Christmas now? Can I open the chocolates?!!" Bless him!
Sending you all festive wishes and love.....try not to overdo it this year and let others take some of the strain!
Love beth xxx
NOOOOOOO Delly you can't take the hug back!!! XX Lily
So glad you all like the picture, I thought it quite symbolic - you know 'being at sea' 'lighthouses' and so on... 'finding our way' and 'being kept safe' etc and so on. Sorry it made you weepy Lady H, but in a 'good' way I'm sure.
Your soup sounds lush Delly! Right up my alley that. More lovely catties today. Gotta dash but wanted to pop on again and say Hi.
Oooooo, Oooooo, think Lily's gone without picking up her HUG, doh, just missed her too. Have to wait for it now.
RubyRubyRubyRuby - it's coming for you instead. BIG RED FLASHING NOSE HUG ((((( ))))))
Thank you so much for the big hug!! Hugging you right back with extra squidginessXXX Look after yourself won't you cos we all blooming love you you know. xxx Lily
Good Morning you Wonderful Women,
Good to see you Ann and Moijan
Mmmmm, Sorry for my ramblings about family, not at all telling anyone what to do, just speaking from my own experience, when it's too late, that's all.
Bethyboo- Good to hear you in fine form yesterday. We ALL know you're just using sore boobs as an excuse for the "Whip off"and like to hang loose. Daniel Craig doesn't do a thing for me. Now Sean Connery as bond did, still does even in his mature years. Plus his voice makes me melt. Oooooo - getting all hot, must be a flush.
Janey and Lesley- hope your feeling better to day. Glad you're hubby's feeling better.
Charys - thanks so much for yesterdays and todays fab advent delights.
Clair - You're sounding a bit low. You want another another hug??
I'm late posting todays hug to LILLY. Big hug Darlin girl.
I still haven't caught up, so hope I haven't missed anything drastic OR deliciously interesting. Catch you all later.
Having a stroll into town to get some exercise, get me out of the house, and pick up a few items for Boxing Day's soupadoupa Leek, Potato and Butter Bean with a bit of Broccoli thrown in with some bake int thoven bread.
It's a good job I'm within walking distance of everywhere, as I'm now not safe to drive at night with this eye. Had terrible trouble driving to Drastic Datewomans other night. (If only she realised the lengths. Aren't people fascinating) It's the headlights - they're all glaring starburst.
Hope you're ALL in fine feckle today. Love to everyone, oh all right then, and hugs too.
Happy Christmas Eve Ladies,
Just popping in to wish everyone a Merry, pain free and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year - it's got to be better than this one anyway! I won't be on here for a few days so here's Love and Hugs and Kisses to you all xxx Lily
Thanks Clair & Helena, well, here's my Boris as well!
So glad to hear your hubby's feeling better, Lesley.
Anyway, better get on with xmas things & have a lovely xmas, all
Delly, sorry, I fell asleep on the settee last night, was out like a light till I woke up and went to bed, then couldn't get to sleep. But I will think about what you said about brothers, you're right that it's easy to moan and be annoyed, when maybe we should try to make things better. So thank you for reminding me about what's important.
Charys, that is an amazing picture, it takes me back to being a little girl, we had snow globe that came out every Christmas, the kind you have to shake to make it snow. I don't know whether they still make them.
Lesley, I'm so glad himself is looking better and you don't have to worry, just keep weather eye out for him.
Love and hugs to all, busy day today with happy jobs for once.
I December 24th, a special day full of busy anticipation....and no doubt everyone has loads to do, places to go, things to get ready. Wishing you fun and happiness throughout Christmas Eve.
Good morning gorgeous girls, and a happy Christmas Eve to each and everyone if you,
The good news is himself is much better this morning. Chest pains have stopped. He still doesent feel like dancing on tables but looks a better colour. Keeping my eye on him. Bad news is head is thumping, but you can't have everything can you. Thanks for all your support last night. Strange how Ive come to need you lovely lot so much, seems odd that I turned to you first when I was so worried about Himself last night and didn't pick up the phone to someone nearby for help/reassurance, guess that proves how important this group has become to me.
Just going to read through all your posts and check up on you all then I'd better get cracking. Not going to mention you all by name as need to get on, but massive thanks, massive hugs, and wishing you all a lovely healthy and happy Christmas Eve xx
Moijan - you're obviously a fellow cat lover looney !!!
Lorac...he is so cewt! Oh, will he let us kiss his tummy/chest...or will we get a scratch?
BETHY-Boo - surely by now, you know we're ALL just so USED to you whipping off, or havng your bra "peeled off"!!!!! Awwww, darlin girl, none of us have any empathy for you in "that" respect!!
Rest of your post - too much like a Victoria Wood sketch. So awwwwww, again to you AND a special, serious Delly hug.
Your Mum's quite an interesting case, isn't she?! I'm being very polite there Bethyboo and Flip!!