That's great Carol, I ordered mine Friday too. The tracking shows it's at the couriers depot so I'm hoping it's out for delivery Tuesday. Just think, Sue, you and I and maybe Beth will all be looking at the stars together when laying in our beds at night, that's a nice thought xx
Clair, yes do ring BCN. I've had a lump under my arm since surgery. Asked rads people to have a feel, they said it was scar tissue and nothing to worry about. Asked oncologist at follow up, he said small blood clot. Still get pain there and now it feels like skin is tightening/pulling. It seems there's always something.
Beth, Have you had a look at the starry night thing yet? I'm really looking forward to mine arriving.
my New Years resolution has started. Just gone through a whole pile of paperwork. Haven't got a shredder so spent ages ripping it up and plonked it in the washing up wAter and swished it round and squeezed it into paper maiche balls. Feel so much better. However, I still can't find our wills. Ive looked everywhere. Most puzzling.
Clair, I think if you're still feeling sore it would be good to get checked anyway, and then you could feel a bit easier in your mind. It's horrible to worry about things like this. If they will look at it, that is. I rang my BCN when the wound wouldn't heal and they were due to reopen it for the second operation, I said I was worried it was infected. Go to your GP or practice nurse was the only answer I got. So I hope they will look, because getting a GP appointment won't be easy...
that lunch sounds ideal. Something I can dip into in between meetings whether in or out and about or in the office. I'm a Classic comfort eater, Stress, boredom etc. so need to get a grip on that side of things too. This is going to be my new focus!! It can only do me some good!!
Thanks so much for hug, delly & sorry to hear about your mum, Beth.
Well, had a scintillating afternoon when OH suggested "let's paint the kitchen doors" So am now covered in primer & thinking we'll now have to decorate the whole kitchen... yay!
Beth, my diet lunch on the go is a tub of cubes of apple, grapes and cheese, I weigh out 30g of lower fat cheese, and toss the apple with a few drops of lemon juice to stop it going brown. Then I've usually got celery or carrot sticks to go with it. Nothing needs refrigerating and it doesn't take up any room in a handbag. If I'm still hungry I have a few nuts.
I lost my two and a half stone last year by mostly ditching carbs, except I had porridge for breakfast. But normally no bread, pasta, rice or sugar. And a fixed chocolate ration, three chocolates most evenings.
But we did eat lots of nuts, and lots of pulses, I'm a huge fan of lentils and butterbeans, chickpeas etc.
I've put about half a stone on, so I will get back to the diet on Tuesday, and I will go back to Weightwatchers to get weighed as that's what keeps me on the straight and narrow.
I found not eating rice and pasta really easy, I just chucked more beans and vegetables in Bolognese sauces and curries, and ate it without anything, I didn't find it left me hungry. And I have a freezer full of tubs of stewed fruit to have with yogurt, which is my other standby.
BethyBoo - No, crudites NOT "better" than the sandwich, not nutritious to "replace", but certainly better than the chocolate bar!! xxxx
Hi Adele and Helena
thanks for your kind words about mum. I think this how things are going to be with her now sadly. I am going to remain positive though because you just never know.
It it was lunch on the run I was on about Adele! Think I need to be more organised and plan ahead. Bottles of water and something to eat other than a darn sandwich. Bread is not my friend. Work life is very busy and I'm all over the place during the day so a little tub of crudités type things sounds good. Got to be better than grabbing a sandwich and choc bar from a garage!!!
Currently watching ET! Love this film.
Can I be cheeky and ask the make of the planetarium gadget? I've had a look online and there are SO many to choose from. How do you decide? Recommendation is always better!!
thank you everybody xxx
Hi again . . . . . . ?? am running out of different endearments, so might have to start using insulting ones!! Naa, never!
Helena - Ooooooo, like your creative thinking. Still have rooms available at the DDDSME biz, that's now Delly's Dental, Depilatory and Shoulder Massaging Emporium now with possible LHTT - Lady Helena's Tapestry Therapy. What an insightful, alternative thinking doctor who doesn't just sit there and write you a prescription for pills!! That truely IS alternative - fanbloomintastic.
BethyBoo - Whaaaa, 'I' want one! I want a partner like your hubby!! Can't you all send me one? Oh, darlin, I'm so sorry to hear that about your Mum. I do hope things pick up with her. Ideas for food, do you mean to munch on whilst you're actually driving or when you've stopped for lunchtime and have to eat it in the car then. If you're talking when driving - sticks of celery, carrots, anything like that that takes a lot of "masticating"!! Chewing girls! They take so long to chew, it almost kids your brain into thinking it's had enough to eat. And think how much brighter your eyes and glossier your coat will be!!
Ann-n - Have you called in for your Flashing red nose Delly (((Hug))) yet?? It's been here waiting for you since early hours and is going cold.
Happy New Year to all my ether lovelies!!
for the first time in years we stayed up past midnight and watched the fireworks on the tv. Have to admit that I found the whole thing really emotional and we both shed a few tears but today it really does feel like a new year and hopefully I can keep the door to 2016 firmly shut. What a horror of a year it was too and like the rest of you wonderful ladies, my feet haven't touched the ground since my diagnosis August bank holiday.
We did it. We made it. We beat the b****ard and 2017 lays ahead to enjoy.
Lesiurely day for us today - if you ignore cooking a New Year Roast Dinner - and you cannot beat the joy of finding an unopened box of After Eights that we had forgotten were there!!
2017 is full of plans and hopes - lose weight (again. I'm worse than a piggin yoyo), join the gym (again), get out more, see family more, go to Canada in June (we'd planned for last September but couldn't go for obvious reasons) and just generally live it to the full.
mum is back in hospital again - admitted last night after coughing up blood. Things aren't going to improve here but somehow I need to find a way to deal with it and accomplish everything I want to do too. I spent so much time in hospitals last year and ended up eating too much rubbish and having no exercise so the challenge this year is to do it all. Any tips on will power would be much appreciated!! I once asked a dietician for tips for 'food on the go' when I was spending large parts of my day travelling around west wales with work......she suggested couscous!! Who eats couscous in a car??!!!!!😱 Pmsl
anyway.....happy new year to all you amazing ladies. Hope we all still hang out on here as we continue on this journey.
Love to to you all xxx
You suggested he took up tapestry? There are men who take up knitting, so why not?
My relaxation if I'm stressed is always puzzles. I have a Scrabble app on my tablet that can keep me occupied for hours, and I do sudoku and codewords. And cryptic crosswords, though I can't do those if I'm really stressed, they need too much brainpower.
When I went through a really bad patch of anxiety/ depression about ten or twelve years ago, I used to sit in a chair and do sudokus to stop myself from thinking, it was the only way to blank out all those destructive thoughts. I couldn't read, everything kept interrupting, but filling the numbers in the squares worked when nothing else did.
I do wish I was creative though, I love looking at beautiful things, I just can't make them.
Okay, sounds like you need to leave work and set up a website straight away, LadyBowlers Tapestries it is.
I admire you crafty sorts, I have two left thumbs when it comes to anything like that. I love craft fairs and art galleries, my house is full of pottery and coloured glass and textile pictures, but I'm hopeless at actually doing anything myself.
Happy New Year 2017. Computer is playing up, so back later. Lots of love to all fluffyheads and their readers and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the company in 2016. 2017 will defo be a better year as we now have each other.xxx
Well Good Morning Flowers,
Hey, thanks for the company last night. Earlier evening, I didn't think I'd last and stay up, but picked up and then felt like going dancing - didn't, but "was" up till early hours. Am sure these machines stimulate.
'Ey up - LadyH is already back in her tapestry filled tower. Glad your feeling a bit better.
Marydan - Thanks for your message and "Thank You" too for being there.
Janey-ums - Awwww, sorry you're still feeling so rough. U wanna warm gentle hug? I'm sending one anyway, whether you like it or not
Lesley and Clair - what yerr like you two with ripping down your Xmas decs. How are you both feeling today?? Clair - it cracks me up every time I see your Animal avatar !!
Dizz - 4I'm with you on the getting healthier again. Never been so skinny and un fit in my life - see you down at the pool, gym or walking up and down hills then.
Well, I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful day. I'm going to get cleaned up (of myself) and get down to cleaning up (of the house), tick off some Janey jobs. Despite not much sleep, am feeling quite sparky. Just phoned my one legged Uncle Gordy, one of my best buddy's and that I cherish, to wish a Happy New Year. Have a few others to wish the same and hoping to catch Sue for a chat to hear about how her evening was with the Lord and Lady of the manor she lives in. Swanky or what.
Probaly see you's laters.
Lots of love
Happy New Year all!
You're making me feel very lazy, we always treat New Year's Day like another holiday, so lazy day, roast dinner and more board games. And tomorrow is the last day before the two remaining offspring depart, so we'll eat up the last chocolates and cheese ready to resume normal life on Tuesday. And the decorations will stay up till at least Wednesday, because they make me feel good.
And after tomorrow, I'll start the diet, start to up the exercise and generally plan on a healthier year than last!
Good morning all,
Janey and Helena hope bugs go quickly.
Christmas tree and stuff down and back in the loft. Always do it 1st Jan as although not working any longer, when I was working long hours and only had the weekend to do stuff I didn't want that task hanging over me after a hard week at work, especially as everything feels flat after the festivities. My sitting room looks very bare now.
i think we need to send out a search party to find our Lily if she doesent make an appearance soon xx
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY LOVELY BRAVE FRIENDS!!!!
I HOPE 2017 IS A YEAR FULL OF GOOD THINGS FOR US ALL.
YOU HAVE HELPED ME THROUGH THIS SCARY JOURNEY I WAS ON AND I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. XXXX MARY
DizzyDarlin - you'll have to have a chat with me sometime, prosthesis wise, as I can't remember off hand what procedure you had and what you're needing. I had two prosthetics for many years before the initial recon 2 yrs ago. So when your feeling like it, remind me on here or pm me ANTtime if you'd prefer. xxxx
Yes, this will be a good one, I've decided!
The fireworks are amazing, I think we can compete with anywhere.
What a magnificent display, well done London, and welcome 2017, it's going to be a good one. Sweet dreams dear friends xx
It's here, 2017, Happy New Year gorgeous girls xx. Watching the fireworks on telly, fireworks exploding like Trump has hit the button outside and Himself is fast asleep! Great company he is. Sipping bubbles but it's only tonic water, heads not up to champers. Hope you're all enjoying yourselves whatever you're doing xx
Yeeee Heeeeeee girls and thank bloomin goodness 2016 is over. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
7 mins Helena. am watching Jools Holland for his countdown. Cr*p tv on for it.You've given me just as much back chummy - honest,
See you for the countdown and anyone else. xxxxx
And I will be up, it's years since I missed seeing the new year in. And I need to look after Daisy if there are fireworks outside.
The prosthetics thing, Delly, is me being a wuss and not wanting to go to the prosthetics people and finding out what if anything is available to stuff in a bra, it's not something I can avoid any longer.
Anyway, not much longer now, I'm watching fireworks on TV with a glass of vino to hand. I have a bottle of champagne but decided I'm not quite celebrating that much yet. When the last surgery is done maybe.
Get back to taking better care of myself
Get this fffflippin house straight and get someone in to do a major Winter tidy up, whilst nowt growing.
Hello you Lovely Women,
Left mine for and to EVERYONE earlier today, along with meet up suggestions.
Helena - I thought when you said TRUMP, you were rereferring to my rather flatulant night last night. His name suits him, obnoxious to look at, never mind what he sounds like and comes out of his mouth. Worst thing America has ever done for themselves. Said my piece now.
DizzyDarlin- what do you mean Prosthetics Phobia. Why what's wrong? You meaning boobs? Thanks for your wishes.
Charys - thank you for your words to us all.
Lorac - good to see you. Have left my wishes earlier, thank you for yours.
Lily - we're all thinking bout ya. Yeh, I said earlier, Lily was probably staying all week, with it being such a long way. Well I hope that's so.
Lesley - You can come knock on my door any time. Just make sure you bring your rubber gloves with you to help me to some cleaning up. (and a mask for all the methane!! Ha ha)
Ann-m - Your "Hug of the Day" tomorrow, then it's me, and then I start at the beginning with you all again. Yeh, have had a list going. Hugs are about the only I "am" organised with mind.
Just had a lovely supper AND felt hungry enough to eat it. Home made fresh salmon, Asparagus and Camenbert flan/quiche with lettuce and radish salad and home made potato salad with Greek yoghurt, mint and loadsa garlic dressing. Still no alcohol. Probably my first New Year without since age 12 (well Ma and Pa used to give a little glass of hot toddy to send us to sleep/keep us quiet so that they could get on with their revelling parties). So that's nearly 46 years !! Sat with juice and fizzy water.
Am staying up to see it in, so will see whoever's around. Just watched an excellent live show of Dawn French's.
Byeeee for now
Adele xxxxxxxxx << Using my name more cos I quite miss it and like it.xx
Goodness, I didn't realise it was only three months for you Helena, that's really quick. And you're nearly finished, really.
So it'll be a better year for all of us, has anyone made any interesting new year's resolutions?
Fireworks going off like crazy here already. Poor animals must be terrified. Lovely to see them but why do they have to go bang? they would be just as spectacular to watch without the noise and the animals wouldn't get so frightened.
That's right, Believe to Kent. Think she lives in Cornwall? So may be staying a while as it's quite a distance, though she didn't mention how long she'd be away. That's the downside of this, can't just pop round and knock on the door to check everything's ok. Lily, if you're listening let us know how you are xx
I just want to wish every last one of you - the happiest & healthiest New Year imaginable. A fresh start for all with 2017 being a blank page.............onwards & upwards yay 👏 xxxxxxxxxxx
Wasn't the last time we heard from Lily Christmas Eve? I remember she was leaving on Christmas morning at silly o clock. I hope she's okay, when she went off the radar before it was when she was having a bad time.
To you all, without getting too sentimental, thank you. You've given me something that I can only get here, not in my bricks and mortar world, people who understand, who know what it's like to be where we are. You make me feel it's okay not to be doing so well sometimes, and to need a hand up.
And goodness haven't we had some good laughs along the way, and some great photos!
Now I just need some advice to get past my prosthetics phobia and I can start 2017 in a positive frame of mind.
Lesley, full marks on the alphabetical order by the way!
Right, going to do this now, want to mention you all by name, and say a huge heartfelt massive thankyou for the help, support and love youve given me and each other through the bad times, and for the laughter, always the best medicine, so Beth, Carol,Charys, Clair, Delly, Dizzy, Helena, Janey, Lily, Rubycat and Sue, wishing you all the healthiest happiest 2017 imaginable. Same to Marydan, Moijan and anyone else reading this. Really hope I haven't missed anyone, my memory is ..... what was I saying?
ps. Nothing from Lily for ages. Know she was heading off for Christmas but thought she'd be back by now xx
Clair - That's it "A N I M A L"!! <<<You and me too girl, hence my ordering the bright blue straightjacket. Same to you flower. See/hear you next year xxxx
Don't worry Dizzybee, you'll get a 5 second warning because he will open his 'gob' and tweet about it first in a lack of thought kind of verbal knee jerk way ! Or maybe tweet about it just after, in which case you'll get a 1 second warning ( IF of course you follow him and use Twitter, in which case there'll be no warning ....so that probably covers most of us assembled). Oh, hold on....then in typical unpredictable fashion he'll change his mind, and tweet about that, but it'll be too late........
Seriously, don't worry about the 'button' it's global instability and changing of allies that's the biggy, as the lose cannon continues to cause problems before even being inaugurated. At the very best it's making politics interesting, at the worst it's making is bleeping terrifying.
Anyhow guys, I popped on to wish everyone all the very best for 2017. I know words at this New Year's time are often twee, and I've struggled to find some that cover this big moment for us......and errr.....as I've not found any, the following will need to suffice. It's been a struggle, but we've all come through, dragging and carrying each other when needed lol Its been life-changing, and taught us a lot....but one thing is for sure.....we were lucky (despite some little glitches now and again) to be diagnosed, treated and helped as we were, and when we were, in order to move forward. Happy times are now due, and deserved by one and all, and I wish those for you and thank you for being there. X
Now Sue's been showing off, with where she lives ;), Me thinks we should ask permission of Sue's landlord and landlady if we can hire/rent a piece of their estate for a 3 day weekend/week. Those of you who lucky to have campers, caravans or use tents could use your own. Rest of us can hire or could stay nearby. I'd hire a camper for a week, I don't mind breakfast cheffing for anyone. And there are two pubs close to Sue's, The Kings Arms and Foresters Arms - both do lunches and dinners. Yeh, see, have been doing some checking out prior to my break in January. We enjoy a girlie meet-up at last. Brighton's not too difficult to get to, coach, car or train. Was it yourself Helena, that said you'd only be able to make a day?? Train/coach?
What do yers think? Sue can get to work on persuading said landlords, I could no doubt work some of my "charm" when down. We wouldn't leave any mess would at all would we?? Noooooo. We'd be extremely conscientious of noise, and rubbish, wouldn't we?? Yessss. Or we find a decent campsite nearby that's also has nearby accomodation places. Or even somewhere that has wooden chalet accomodation like Centre Parks has. Or even a caravan park like the Haven chain ones - quite upmarket but inexpensive. Trouble with chalet and caravan parks, is that they don't tend to take short term bookings and I doubt ANY of you could put up with me for a whole week!!
Right that's that sor 'ed then. Icould go on to do the rest of my road trip, catching up on Southern friends and even get to scatters all my family's ashes down at Salcombe. Might need to drag someone with me to hold my hand and to keep me up for that one.
Yehhh Can we - pleeease -awww come on - lets - Yehhhhh
It's not just that he'll have his finger on the button, it's wondering who he'll be aiming at! Not his new best friend Putin anyway...
Delly, took me a minute to figure out who the orange man with his finger on the button was too, then it hit me like a punch to the stomach. Oh boy, too too scary to even think about!
Had dinner already, but haven't eaten all day so ready for it, very nice it was too. Had a small glass of Pinot Grigio with it, think that's me done with the alcohol for this year, that sounds good doesent it?
Feeling very chilled, could do with a early night, no point though with the fireworks due later, plus really should greet the new year xx