Oh my I thought pic was of my knees???? hahahaha
Lovely you had a great time ali
Glad your daughter's back is better, FF.
My what a bargain, haven't been to a car boot for years.
Like garlic and apple things, together though??? not sure..............
Goodness, I assume Hump is cheering her on?
When you do reach Calais, shall we jump in, as you are approaching shore? or shall we just stand and cheer? Do you want us to sing?? Shall we have food ready? Will you be arriving in the evening?? If so are fireworks order of the day? French food, glitterberry wine?
Getting jittery cause you know how organised I have to be!!
Feet still sore but managed to get into town, roll on lido xx
Ladies, ladies! I can let you into a secret! I know where Dink is! Apparently (according to QI on Twitter) Abu Dhabi hosts an annual camel beauty pageant. So that's why it's been very quiet in Benchland?? 🙂
When did you take that picture of my knees JCJ? Thought I wore trousers at MMU's. Knee is better today so hopefully sorting itself out as it has done before. The day will come, I suppose, when it will not get better in a few days and will become a real problem.
Done all the washing today and got it dried and folded, just need to put it away now. Family descended on me this morning, son cut my lawn for me. I provided an early lunch and then we went to the car boot sale.
Lots and lots of xmas decorations there today and I took a chance and bought one of those five candle light arch thingies (know what I mean?) for £3. Have been wanting one for years but have always baulked at the prices of new ones. Got it home, plugged it in and it works. Yay!
Also got a folding step for £2, just need the extra height to reach the top shelves of the kitchen cupboards.
Katy, you should open box to check it's not damaged, not bad Mum at all. Just checking Mum.
Daughter's back much improved after her visit to Chiropractor on Friday but her car did not survive the journey and is now in the garage to have a new water pump fitted. I am now her taxi until it is fixed, taking her food shopping in the morning.
Moving to cross stitch bench until bedtime, I'm about halfway though one.
Forgot to say: the apple cake was fine, so I must have used the right flour. 🙂 It's in the shed along with the remains of the home made apple pie and a gazillion damson jam tarts (so long since I've bothered to make a pie, I forgot how much pastry to make and overdid it rather!)
I don't recommend eating the apple cake with hands that have just been peeling garlic. Definitely an acquired taste: garlicky apple cake! 😕
How about these? They'd look fabulous atop some stripey knee highs and flashing light shoes?!
OK so I may have been advised by Dink as to the best looking knees! 😛
Stay in the chair!!
What are we like??
Bad knees, bad backs, and sore feet..................
My knees are the only things that do not hurt, hahahaha!!!
delly, am sorry but am going with the suitably fashionable, painted toenail, new feet, thank you JCJ.
Can you now find some new knees for FF and yourself?
YD's laptop decided to die, so new one arrived today, YD is out, sooooooooooo tempted to open box, bad Mum xx
Oh, FF, I know exactly what you mean about the knees. I get that too, where you just can't trust them. It almost feels like it could bend back the wrong way. Especially going down stairs. And the clicking! 😞 I used to have trouble swimming breaststroke, some weeks, because my knees would click and be painful, but since BC (I'm wondering if it was the anti-inflammatories(?) In the REACT trial?) I've not had so much trouble with them.
Been busy doing essential Sunday things: shower, stripping big bed, washing, ironing. Also made pastry & sliced up a couple of our Bramley apples ready for a pie for dinner. CBA bench has now grabbed me but I know I'll feel better if I can just get it together to go out for a walk in the sunshine. But I'm so tired. And this chair is so comfy!
Your feet can join my knees in room 101, Katy, onc said after the bone scan that I had dodgy knees. I already knew that but for the last few days I've been forcibly reminded that my left knee just does not work properly. It's done it before and then righted itself so I hope it will do so again. No pain, just a feeling that it's not going to hold me up and it clicks at odd times especially going up/down stairs.
Had the flu jab this morning, I remembered to go today! Have not got any of the mentioned side effects so far so feeling hopeful that I will not have any of them.
Have had a lovely lazy day, reading, catching up with recorded tv etc. Just chillin'.
Hey all you gals
No question as to the more fluffy 'B' options with ref to slippers. Feel sure Ktc will plump for the same.
Hey JCJ - Got that you're going to see your girls 23rd, but when is there wedding gonna be?? Hope you have a well deserved rest from SRF.
Oh how I wish we had 2 weeks off!! Preferably starting now. But we have 2 weeks to get through (although the last Friday is a training day, so no children!) and then one week off.
We go to Norwich, to see the brides to be, Sunday 23rd for a couple of nights. Really looking forward to seeing their new house.
Bramley Apple Cake cooking in the oven at the moment. Will put some in the shed. However, playing back, in my mind, the cooking process, I think I may have used plain flour instead of SR. Perhaps there will be Bramley Apple Biscuits in the shed?? So tired. I'm struggling to function at all!
I am trying to order you some new feet, KTC, which ones would you like, these:
Hopefully all goes well for them this year JCJ.
What no leftovers???
My feet are going in to 101, rested for 2 days, went out yesterday and ouchy, ouchy ouch.........
If possible would like a new pair...........asap!!
GD off for 2 weeks, do you have 2 weeks too?
When are you off to see the bride to be?
Have been on the "CBA" bench for hours......... about to get up and tidy up, what's that I hear?? My kettle is boiling and there is only 1 pecan and caramel slice left?? Oh dear looks like I'll have to eat it xx
Just checked in on Bob TV and he - or Babs - is back in residence!! 🙂 We never did get around to clearing out the nest so he/she is just roosting on top of the debris.
So tired. Thank goodness it's Friday!! Incapable of doing anything other than flopping in front of the tele.
Cheated out of 5 minutes at swimming, because the girl on the desk was faffing around, so I 'only' managed 67 lengths. Still, I'm now 89% of the way across. 3 700 metres to go or 2 1/4 miles. Might do that in 2 weeks, but dentist appointment next Thursday which might stop me going.
I have another suggestion for Bench 101: parents who don't put names in their offspring's uniform and then expect us to locate missing sweatshirts/coats/trousers:
Me: "Has it got his name in?"
Irate mother: "No, but it's brand new, with a school logo. It's a size 8 to 9."
Me: (sweetly) "Yes, there are probably at least 30 of those in school, most of which would have been brand new for the start of the school year!!"
Honestly, it feels like I spend half my life trying to reunite children with articles of clothing or disposing of vast amounts of unnamed lost property. You'd think people wouldn't want to waste so much money having to re-buy everything? The school sweatshirts are only available through school, (and therefore all identical) and not exactly cheap like the supermarket ones!!
No worries Katy just take it at your own pace, a "bit bad" is not a problem. It's not easy but another day, another week is always there. There are good days and bad days. But it IS achievable, with the right appliance and the right motivation. I really had no option with my diagnosis but it was still difficult and I was trying from about March but it took until September to finally give up that last morning one.
Glad your back is improving JCJ. I'm still helping out my daughter whose back seems to be getting worse by the day. I'm helping her as much as I can and an appt. has been made with a chiropractor for Friday so hopefully that will sort her out.
Been to son's tonight and sympathised about his poorly finger. He cut it rather badly at work on Monday and had to go the minor injuries clinic and get it seen to. Butterfly stitches and a bandage. He'll live. But he always needs sympathy from his Mum!
An inspirational video for anyone who has or is battling cancer!
Steak was yummy. As was the apple pie and ice cream. Of course there were no leftovers! It was good to catch up. Last time the 4 of us met up was just before Christmas last year!
I've had 2 unexpected full days of teaching, due to crises happening at school, so I'm completely kn***ered. Sat here thinking "how the he** am I going to find the energy to go swimming??" "Oh, it's not Thursday! Thank goodness!" What? It's only Wednesday? How is that possible??? So I've still got TWO days of this week left AND swimming?" 😞
Back is much better, just a bit stiff in the mornings and the odd twinge now and then. Got to be careful how I bend to work with children.
I know you will be sending me to Room 101, when you see this.......................
Ordered my X*** food yesterday, hahahahahaha xx
I know you will be sending me to Room 101, when you see this.......................
Ordered my X*** food yesterday, hahahahahaha xx
Hope you had a lovely evening JCJ!!
Were there any leftovers, left over in the shed??? haha
Is your back easing now?
Had GS yesterday, the dashed into town, too much in one day as I just managed to walk home, feet were very sore.............
Hos phoned, I could have had a cancellation appt for the lido but the date offered I can't manage, mmmmmm, it's a weird thing because sometimes it affects different areas so fingers and feet are extremely sore this time whilst next month it could be elbows haha! Who knows??
At least it's better with it.
Have been a bit bad FF, with it, mmmmm back to being "good" by next week xx
Hi to everyone
Hope you have a really good night JCJ. Can see you salivating or slobbering at the thought of a nice juicy steak. You'll be leaving a trail all the wat to the restaurant - like a snail !! not a slug !! Snails are prettier :-))
Hope you're all well
Lotsa love Delly xxx
Got home to one of THOSE letters: handwritten envelope. Postmarked in the town where the hospital is. Didn't spot it wasn't addressed to my first name, because I was too busy panicking.
It was a letter from the optician, about my eye test, a month ago! They just realised that they never asked me for payment. Now I have to pay the full price for the eye test because I threw away the "£10 eye test" voucher. That'll teach me for trying to get away with it? Should've paid at....... 😄
Going out for a steak tonight, with friends who are ex-colleagues. Yum. Pity it's not til 8pm though. Usually in nightwear, by then, in front of tele! I'm so hungry now, I've just had to have a large slice of barra brith to keep me going. Wasting away! (as ES used to say, if dinner was a few minutes late! :p)
1/ Yeh, bloomin cyclists on pavements.
2/ Mountain bikes and people who ride so called mountain bikes on rambling paths meant for walking and churn up the countryside instead of keeping to specific mountain bike trails.
3/ Hand Dryers in loos - bring back paper towels
4/ Non Onco Consultants who come out with ignorant questions such as "did your breast mastectomies "cure" your cancer"?
5/ Any consultant who tells you not to worry when you've experienced BC and are having potential 2ndaries looked into.
6/ Radiographers who aren't trained, proficient, adept at inserting cannula's into foot or ankle veins for someone who can't have them in either arms.
7/ Women who "purposely" elect to have false boobs that obviously look like false boobs (there's a difference and not due to BC) - like two 1/2ves of a football stuck on. Why??
8/ People who don't use their indicators in cars.
9/ People who drive in the middle motorway lane when they're not overtaking and insist it's the "cruising" lane.
10/ People who say to you, thinking they're being supportive - "you'll find someone who loves you the way you are" when you've lost both your boobs, are single and DON'T LIKE the way you look to yourself, but won't/don't listen to what YOU, who's been through it, have to say about it.
Oooooo girlies, that's just a few!!!!
Lotsa love xxxxx
For Bench 101:
1. Cyclists on pavements and pedestrian only footpaths - I have been nearly knocked over several times this week!!!!
2. Leaking shoes that are sold as waterproof.
3. New street lights that don't illuminate the pavements, leading to Grumpy falling over.....
4. New DX of osteoarthritis
5. Actors who haven't learnt their lines
VERY GRUMPY tonight........
In no particular order for bench 101 are:
2) Rude/unhelpful shop assistants.
3) Work (of any kind, either paid,house,garden whatever).
4) Going to the petrol station to fill up the car.
5) Parents.......who allow their children to run riot in public places and annoy others.......i.e. ME!
Can't help you Ali, as my five years ran out, my over 60 kicked in so no worries there but yes, ring your BCN. No one has yet suggested to me that that my five years on Tapoxifen might be extended but I will have an appt. in April. It will be the last one but they might say then that I should stay on it for another five years. I hope not.
My leg cramps have not happened since taking the Magnesium Citrate tablets JCJ. Perhaps you should try them......I'm only taking half the recommended dose and have had no cramps at all for the last few weeks. Just a thought.....
My onc has told me I'll be on Tapoxyfen (she didn't actually use that word! :p) for another 5 years. My free prescriptions run out in February, so she told me to "just go and see the breast nurses, in the breast clinic, and they'll sort you out". I shall go and ask about it when I see surgeon (for the last time!) in January.
If you ring your BCN, she'll probably tell you what to do. Or just call in at the breast clinic?
Serious question , my exemption card for NHS prescription charges runs out in January. My prescription for Anastrozole will continue till I see my onc in the summer, so will I be able to renew my exemption as its for an oncology prescription??
PS my vocal renditions whilst suffering simultaneous cramp and back spasms may have been very similar to KTC's whale noises! 😄
Back recovering slowly. I'm OK sitting, walking or lying; it's transitioning between those that is tricky - especially getting out of bed!! Which makes me wonder why on earth I didn't nominate cramp to Bench 101 (NOT to be confused with Bench LOL - otherwise known as the Laughing Hysterically Bench - a completely different thing!)
Leaping into an upright position from one of a supine nature, to alleviate leg cramps, is a tricky manoeuvre at the best of times. Try doing it with a knack*,ered back!! 😞
Totally forgot about the flu jab this morning. Will have to go the surgery on Monday and abjectly apologise and rebook it. Oops!
Daughter has also hurt her back, bent down to put a lead on her dog and felt something "go". Walking very delicately so I've had to help her out today. Hope yours is better today JCJ.
I would just love to hear you making whale noises Katy!
Still pondering the bench 101 question, I've decided to not think of global things like all diseases and wars but just those that apply to me. I'll let you know tomorrow. Still thinking.
Hope your back is a little better today JCJ, do try to keep moving, worst thing is lying down.
Your car will be perfect for that long journey next year, FF!
Something else that's def going in is the hall rug bought last year that gathers every piece of dust, fluff, threads etc, etc drives me crazy cause that means I have to hoover more than I like xx
All quiet at the moment, just waiting for GS to arrive then it'll be busy, busy, we were reading a book about sea creatures and we now do crab movements and pincer clicking and best one, whale noises hahaha xx
I've been thinking about my bench 101 suggestions all day and have come to no firm conclusions. Just can't decide. Watch this space....I will post them tomorrow.......possibly.....or Sunday.....giving real thought to this.
Car passed it's MOT yesterday but the advisories mean that I will have to spend money on it . As it's ten years old I already knew that I had to spend money to change the cam belt, already booked in for half term as I won't need it then, now tyres to do as well. A bill of approx £500 coming up but worth it as my car has low mileage and has cost only pennies (relatively) for the last few years.
Flu jab tomorrow, I now fit the criteria for this. Good job I don't have a phobia about needles.
Hope your back sorts itself out soon JCJ. I know all about back pain! It's ongoing , it hurts, it makes you sit down/ stand still/or just need a moment.
On the sitting up very straight ouchy bench. Boo hoo! Put my back out this morning, bending down to help a child write a poem (just managed to avoid an oath coming out as a suggestion: "how about changing this line to...." *bends and points* *click* "ah! My back!")
Of course, if I'd been out of class then, as per every previous Friday, it wouldn't have happened! Grrrrr!
Loving the Bench 101 suggestions. I need to add dodgy backs to mine!
Woo hoo JCJ nearer and nearer.............
Am so impressed by your endeavors!
Now Room 101, have got me thinking, which is difficult these days???
1. THOSE letters
3.Scary brain thinking moments
4. Arm which resembles piece of rolled and tied pork shoulder
5. Random sprouting hairs which have not disappeared after ta"poxy"fen
NON BC related
1. People in a well known underwear store who find it appropriate to stand in the aisles and chit chat blocking all passageways also in same store barge out of an aisle into everyone's way with not a care in the world grrrrrrrrrrrr!!
2. Hairdresser mirrors.
3. Feeling soooooooo cold
4. Bathroom fan which has decided to make groaning noises
Think my lists could be endless.................xx
Does that mean I'm a "grumpy old woman"??? Nothing to do with Dame Grumpy of course xx
Another mile and a bit swum. 5431 metres to go - 3.4 miles. Still on track for half term, BUT dentist appointment to sort the broken filling/disintegrating rear molar is on Thursday 13th at 4:50 so I may not make swimming as well that night.
Meeting some old work friends on Monday for Steak Night at a nearby favourite hostelry. 🙂
A new bench for Benchland: Bench 101, like Room 101 on TV. We get to nominate things we want to banish. My top 5 suggestions.
1) Cancer (though without BC I wouldn't have met you mad lot!)
4) Parents who buy lace-up shoes for their offspring AND DON'T TEACH THEM TO TIE LACES (I had a class of 30, 6 yr olds for PE today!!)
5) People who tell me how much better I look now. The same ones who were telling me how well I looked when I felt like sh** due to the gallstone.
What would you banish to Bench 101?
How did they manage to collect them?
There has been a security leak/breach in Benchland.................xx
I've discovered where all our marbles have gone!!!!!!!
There's a new credit card that has stolen them.............
Well done, grumpy's honorary niece!!
A helicopter in Benchland?? I love it!
All quiet here, galeforce winds yesterday, didn't have to go out so all was fine.
ED and family all sick, oh no, another horrid bug, fingers it doesn't come here!
Baby stays tonight, as ED and partner off tomorrow hoping bug has completely gone so she can have fun.
Caramel and pecan slices in the shed for all xx
A Ps JCJ - I lurrrrv damson jam, espesh home made. Will send up the helicopter to bring down your jammyjars.
Sorry your having a hard time at the mo lovey.
Just popped in to say hi and hope you're all doig well.
Grumpy - well done to your Niece in law for her sponsered walk and raised donations.
JCJ - ooomph about your favourite top and bleach splatters. Being a bit of a gal from "Blue Peter" days, could you not find some interesting appliques to cover them over with? Some glittery ones to please Katy and that'll even glam it up from what it was??!!
Lotsa love to you all
My honorary nephew's wife did the Shine Night Walk in London on Saturday night. She raised nearly £500 for cancer research!!!!! I'll try to put the photos up tomorrow......
I am deeply touched and SOOOOO proud of her.
Aaaah that is disappointing JCJ, how and when do you catch up now???
I tried pen on trousers that I splashed bleach on didn't work, trousers were black.
Quiet this weekend, spent most of it sleeping??? Sooooo joining you on that bench.............
Off out to lunch today, we are going to the italian place that was a fab bargain, prices have gone up but it's still worth every penny, haha.
Lovely and sunny but oh so chilly here at the moment!
Glad you only purchased the things you needed FF and had a great day.
ED is off this week, surprise birthday present for OH, so baby is staying over for 2 nights, not in a row though which is good, other Grandparents and I are sharing responsibilty!! xx
Thank you for scones, jam and lashings and lashings of cream xx
There really is emotional content in this one!
Soooo tired. Soooo fed up of feeling tired. Work just got even more tough. Timetable changes, so now I don't get my hour out of class on a Friday any more. I so look forward to that. It's what enables me to get up on a Friday. Used to have a whole morning, then it got reduced to half a morning, then an hour, now zilch, zero, nada. 😞
I pointed out that the library and website will not get done. Not doing them in my own time. I didn't mention that the extra teaching will involve more marking, most of which I already do in my own time. It didn't help that I was told this on Friday, when I was already exhausted!! It took all my strength not to cry! :'(
This morning a large chunk of filling fell out of my back molar, so now I have to find time to visit the dentist too. (Why couldn't it have happened 3 weeks ago, when I could have gone anytime of day to get it fixed?!)
Then, 20 minutes later, whilst doing the usual Sunday morning ironing, I discovered that my lovely, turquoise, embroidered top has 3 bleach splatters on the front. Grrrr! Thank goodness it was a supermarket purchase and not too expensive. Wondering if I can find a pen the same colour to disguise the WHITE a bit (same trick as kitchen laminate floor - I still can't find where I 'fixed' that! 🙂 )
We have a humongous glut of damson/plums so we've had a sign up offering them free to any passerby who wants some. Someone came off a canal boat to get 6lb of them to make wine. I made 10 jars of jam yesterday, which I will take to school to sell. Proceeds to BCC.
I saw a sign in our local chippy advertising a table top sale at one of my neighbours' houses, also in aid of BCC & Macmillan, so I'll see if they want some to sell too. I've put a load in the shed along will virtual scones and clotted cream (CBA to actually *make* any scones)!
Sorry Katy, just not that into the Famous Five. The sarnies and a portion of chips from the van outside the venue with a cup of tea are just fine. Have had a lovely day out with daughter, got the things that I needed but couldn't find a new cross stitch picture to do. Considered a few but nothing really grabbed me. Even my favourite stall had nothing that I couldn't live without. So I've just got my 8" embroidery hoop, needle threaders and a magnetic board with ruler for patterns and several ribbons and I've not spent a lot so I'm happy.
As I'm halfway though a cross stitch picture and have another three in the series to do perhaps it's not a bad thing that nothing appealed today
Called in at Son's on our way home, tea and biscuits were needed. Daughter was in no hurry to get home and resume duties, it was her day off!
I'm not doing anything tomorrow, it's a me day, read a book, do a jigsaw, do cross stitch, watch Strictly (recorded). I'll do what I want.
What??? No potted meat, sardines or scones with lashings and lashings of cream and jam? Ginger beer??
What's wrong with you FF??
Am on the "sooooooooo tired" bench, have done all housework, washing etc up to date, food in cause don't have a takeaway any longer?? So fingers crossed, I can have a rest, woo hoo!!
Have usual 2 things to iron but am being a rebel and not doing them xx