Hope you're enjoying/have enjoyed time with your family, Jane, and that they enjoyed showing off their new home.
Hope your family are all recovering and your journey back goes/went as well as the last one, Katy.
My house is now in full festive mode. Tree, lights and decs went up over the weekend. The Christmas cakes are iced: 2 this year because I've promised to take one to our little K&N Christmas buffet. Our cake has a significantly thinner layer of "snow drifts" (I never can ice smoothly! 😛) but I'm claiming it's due to climate change and not the fact that I was too mean/idle to make more icing. Also, I'm currently (currantly lol) eating a Mince pie with my after-swim mugatea!
I've seen an idea for a rustic Christmas tree using several sticks of increasing length tied, into the shape of a Christmas tree, with string. I've used the prunings from our apple and plum trees and it actually looks quite good. I'm hanging hand knitted and needle felted ornaments on it so it's a work in progress as I need to make some more. I also want to put lights on it.... if I can find some. I don't want yet another battery set because it is on the wall, in my room, right above a socket but all mains operated fairy lights seem to be enormous lengths. It's only a small "tree"! Going to keep looking.
I spent ages this morning wrapping, bubble wrapping and parcelling up a present for a Scottish friend. I reused A****** (big river) packaging. My address book was downstairs so I brought the parcel down and popped it on the piano, awaiting its label, while I emptied the washing machine. I came back to find OH had opened it!! He thought it was a new parcel for him!! Technically, it was still addressed to him and I had put it in the place we often put mail! I can see the funny side now but it was a struggle not to be annoyed at the time, even though it was an understandable mistake and partly my fault!!
No it's two houses Jane, children all on the mend, ED ok...
Have a fun weekend enjoying new house and seeing everyone, hurrah.
New bathrooms woo hoo and holidays!!
Prob cheaper to go abroad haha, if you wait till last minute but it might not pay off, you don't know what to do??
Train journey here was fab, fingers crossed same returning.
A little snow this morning, oh my goodness it's chilly xx
All those lurgies in one house???
How exciting! A new shower/loo...shiny...super...
We're in the North admiring ES new house, which really is just what they wanted at so many levels. Delighted for them. GD super excited to have us here - didn't want to go to school today
Hope nobody is feeling too c*** and that recovery is underway.
I looked at the mansion/cottage in Mundesley, Norfolk, and it now costs a lot more: nearly twice as much for some weeks! It was a ridiculous bargain, though, and, as electric is included, higher prices are inevitable. I expect ALL holiday cottages have been forced to increase their prices; I haven't dared look yet!!
Might still book it but we are going to have to book a week's holiday nearer to home, at some point in March/April/May because.... Hurrah!!..... we've just been to a bathroom showroom and a planner/fitter is booked to come and measure up/advise on 4th January. We'll get a "no obligation" free plan and quote about 2 weeks later - with aerial view photo of what it will look like!! I've agreed to pay for it from my pension lump sum so OH won't chicken out (as long as he pays for the holiday). It's taken 3 years to persuade him we need a new toilet and now we seem to be going for a complete new bathroom!! The bath is going - as neither of us use it: too afraid we won't be able to get out - and we're going to have a decent shower cubicle instead. This local company was highly recommended by someone at Knit & Natter. She said they do the whole lot in a week including floors, tiling etc. It's our only loo so we'll book a holiday nearby in case we're needed to make decisions. So excited! I've got a shiny brochure to peruse. 😁
Oh good grief, KTC, it never rains but it pours?! At least they've got it now and should all be better by the big day! 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼Hugs. xxx
Just got back from the Christmas food shop. All done apart from fresh fruit and veg and picking up the - ordered - free range turkey from the farm shop. I always save the reward points to knock off the Christmas supermarket shopping bill. This year it was a paltry (not poultry: didn't buy any of that 😛) £17.50 whereas it has usually been over £40. It is not even as if I've been spending less in there, either!! 😡
Sunny today but cold. It was frosty this morning and it's still not gone off the back lawn.
That's lovely you can all bake together, the fun, haha and even better they will all be back with you soon. Cottage/mansion sounds like a brilliant idea.
Having a nightmare here, GS with chickenpox proceeded to have conjunctivitis too.
ED was diagnosed with shingles yesterday.
Youngest GD has been diagnosed this afternoon with scarlet fever, emergency appointment antibiotics. She's sleeping just now. xx
Hope GS isn't feeling too miserable.... at least his leg improved before the pox struck! One day he will get to his language support 🤞🏼
My back is much better but still twinges every now and again: I thought I'd done it again, on Saturday morning (doing exactly the same trouser manoeuvre!) but it wasn't so bad this time and I immediately took ibuprofen just to be on the safe side!
YD and GD have gone home now. YD said the train journey home was crowded and challenging - with a tired 3 year old who doesn't like being cooped up - but at least she (GD) wasn't sick so that was preferable to travelling by car.
I took GD to the park and "did" one of the bedtimes to give Mama a break; Mummy had a couple of child-free days to enjoy with friends (and then wished she'd taken the opportunity to be home alone, in her pjs, gaming!)
We made 4 dozen mince pies - they're only small - and GD had a go at all the separate processes (she loves baking!) so can genuinely say she "made" the first dozen, which were the ones, along with 6 more pies, that they took home to share with Mummy. Then she played quietly whilst we made the rest. It was very special cooking all together. 😍 She enjoyed the quality control part too!! 😁
It was sad to see them off on the train but at least it's only 3 weeks until they'll all be here for Christmas. And there are tentative plans to book that huge cottage in Norfolk, again, sometime next year. Hurrah!
Can't believe 2022 is almost over.... before I've even got used to it not being 2021 any more. Must be my age?!
Ooh sounds yummy, hope you managed to eat in peace JCJ. Back doing ok now? Have lots of fun with your girls tomorrow woo hoo.
Holy t-shirts Jane?? Haha, relevant or what??
Went to Lynn clinic new sleeve and gauntlet on the way, bits of arm have gone up by around a cm so that's very good considering that I have been pretty lax about wearing, should have gone up to clinic ages ago because I knew my arm was being strangled by the sleeve haha.
Can hardly believe this but the day before GS was going to language course he was looking very poorly, had a rash and just looked miserable, YD phoned doc and sent in pictures, spoke later and doc thought rash was a viral infection but the two spots near his ear looked more like chicken pox, arrrgh. He woke up next morning, day of the course covered in spots, chicken pox so it's been cancelled again. Good news is his leg is doing brilliantly and he is walking around and jumping quite happily, whew. Fingers crossed for next week.
Had breakfast out this morning with Auntie and cousin, it was lovely so we are going to try and catch up more often, Auntie will be 90 next year.............she has been hinting to children that a cruise would be lovely haha. xx
Beeping and inane muzak! Grrr!
OH has a CD radio with an alarm that is like a fog horn. So loud it vibrates the entire house. Unfortunately, it's easy to turn it on by accident (especially with shaky hands and sausage fingers!) and the default alarm time is midnight! 😱 The first time it went off we didn't know what it was and both nearly had a heart attack!
Back much improved although I didn't risk going into school: humping boxes of books about, standing at the, stupidly located, computer or bending to the low shelves all a recipe for disaster?!
Decided to put off tomorrow's big S*******y's shop until next week. I wanted it to be the last one before Christmas anyway so that works better. Just been to the supermarket in our nearby town for a fruit & veg - and things that can't wait another week - shop. Wanted to just nip in and out as being in pain for the last 3 days has worn me out, but OH decided he wanted to come. Grrrr. I've left him loitering in the library and I'm sat in the warm, in C**** (pricey?), with a pot of tea and a salted caramel brownie because I CBA to wander round the shops and it's much too cold to sit in the car to wait for him!
However, if these children, who are chasing around, shouting and squealing, don't leave soon, I'll have to. Them and the music is just too much for this grumpy old woman! 🤬
Ooh, bad backs are a b*****! Hope it sorts soon...
Smoke detectors drive me mad too, and as for that canned musack!! Nuff said!
I've just mended all the tiny holes in the front of a "thin layer" where do they come from? Never used to get them!! My t shirts are full of them these days! I'm not good at sewing, but I can pull the edges together and stop things getting worse for a while. Love the knitting BTW..
Feels colder today.....
Take care of yourselves... maybe a massage from your hunk of choice would help? I'm sure Benchland can arrange......
Hope back pain is not too intense JCJ, arrgh, always the same when you have things to do! As long as you are ok for weekend, so annoying.
Gosh looks fab, the knitting.
Only had two places to call, started at 8.45 am and finished around 11 after listening to lots of easy listening music, it wasn't easy for me haha.
Nipped into town later and picked up some easy teas, getting too happy on the CBA bench.....
This morning, just eating breakfast with GD when beeping noise started arrgh, it was fire alarm, battery was running low, so we had to go over to shop, beeping also gets on my nerves.
While there I received a call from Lynn clinic so have appointment tomorrow, will def need new sleeve and glove know there is a difference. Also a call from auntie so we are meeting on Fri for breakfast methinks.
GD is not behaving today, grumpy, grumpy, so she will borrow the naughty bench from Benchland.
Was meant to go to supermarket later but giving it a miss as can go tomorrow after hospital whew xx
Hope your daughter enjoys her new role, Jane, and that she has a better quality of life.
Also hope your long, stressful call was fruitful, Katy. I'm with you on how exhausting they are!
I'm on the PutMyS**dingBackOutAgain Bench. Putting my trousers on after a shower on Saturday! 🙄 Thought it wasn't too bad yesterday and did most of the normal Sunday jobs and went for a short walk. Today it is worse. Cancelled swimming. Not going to attempt vacuuming. So frustrating because there's so much I wanted to do before YD & GD come on Saturday. Just got to be a patient patient and let it get better. I'm not very good at that!
My double 10 stitch cushion front. Knitted in one go. No sewing up. Not as complicated as it looks. Now to knit the back....when I've decided whether to do another spiral, in different colours, or some other pattern.
You are right not many leftovers haha.
What regarding knitting??? Sounds super complicated..........
Aaah Jane, lovely to be complimented, her heart was in the right place.
Good luck to daughter, hope she loves this job and is very happy.
Just had a reasonably quiet weekend, sat on the CBA bench for most of it, bad behaviour.
Have spent most of the morning on hold, so annoying, latest one seems to have disappeared, complete silence as he checks something, am not sure whether to keep holding, he's back, woo hoo.
Call finished, now to check emails for confirmation, there is none haha.
Hoping just a delay and I don't have to phone again grrrrrrrr.
All I now want to do is sit back on the CBA bench, calls are so tiring xx
Handmade Christmas cards too! Is there no end to the talent in Benchland???
I had a surreal moment this morning. Over coffee (after church) I was chatting to a lady who's face I knew well, but the name had long since run away! Apparently I went to her wedding (I DID???) Anyway, she proceeded to gush how healthy I looked... how great my hair (!) was.... how I hadn't aged etc etc... obviously I was keeping really well.... Hadn't the heart to tell her I had incurable cancer and the steroids give me a glow!!!!! It was surreal... my "wonderful hair" is now lying beside me on the desk 😂😂😂
Just bought a sweatshirt I don't need because it was reduced by 70% with an extra 10% off... rude not to really! (W****F**h if you want to have a peek) Other suppliers may..... etc etc
Daughter starts a new job in the Acute Physio community team tomorrow - none of the pressure and triggers of the wards, or everyone knowing her and relying on her, so that feels a lot better. A step down, but sensible... Working to live, not living to work...
Left over chippies, Katy? Yeah, right?! 😛 It's lucky there are ALWAYS leftovers in Benchland. 😁
Glad GS is recovering well.
Spent the afternoon making Christmas cards so we had a CBA dinner.. Jacket spuds cooked in the microwave with homemade leftover meals from freezer: I need to make space in there for Mince pies and other Christmas goodies. I got out a quorn chilli and a bolognaise but, on thawing and reheating, the former was a bit dry and the latter too runny so I just shoved them in together - after all they're almost the same ingredients?.... at least when I make them! So OH had the chillinaise and I had the bolognilli. Quite a success.
Catching up with strictly, tonight, and knitting my spiral double 10 stitch cushion cover.
Apart from the soggy sandwiches, a very good day, ending with the bargain coat woo hoo!! Love a bargain.
Thats where I get wool for beanies haha.
Hair is fine am not really noticing because it's so very dark and dull here, rain is staying off for the moment. It was in torrents when I went to hairdresser, arrgh.
GS's appointment went well, he doesn't have to wear boot all of the time now just if he is standing about a lot (nursery), he was very happy at hospital this time, much to YD's great relief, whew. Healing nicely.
Have wrapped nearly all presents, did some yesterday and finished off today, am so very pleased because it's a job I don't like.........one delivery to come then that's it, woo hoo.
So as a treat am off to chippie in next 5 mins, leftovers in shed later, there are lemon drizzle small cakes there already, delicious xx
Hope you like your new hair "do", Katy. If not, you can always wear one of your beanies? 😛
OH got in a mess with his debit cards doing online shopping - both the joint account and his own - so we had to go to the bank to sort it out. Our branch has closed - of course! Happens every time we switch banks!! - so we had to go to the other nearby town, which we've not been to for years (apart from the dentist and Knit & natter). All sorted. Cards weren't blocked anyway! 🙄 Absolutely vile, expensive, soggy sandwiches in a café for lunch. On the plus side, though, I bought some cheap "wool" to knit myself a sleeveless jumper, from H*** B******* (cheap things for the house) at the recommendation of one of the K&N women. Also, I found a coat in a charity shop for £8.50!! I'd been thinking about replacing my "play" coat (as opposed to the one I wear for work/smart) as I've had it years; the replacement zip I put in, years ago, was starting to misbehave and the cuffs had lost their elasticity. This charity shop coat is lovely. It looks brand new and is a good length to keep the nether regions cosy. So rare to find something I like, in the right size and a nice colour (navy). Must have saved myself about £40 and benefited a charity. Win. Win. My reward for having to sort out his mishaps?! 😁
We've had soooo much rain recently. The river is flooding the carpark in the village (thank goodness we're up the hill from it!) and one of the local roads is closed as it is under water! What a change from the drought in the summer!
Ooh they are lovely, I especially like the girls haha.
Thank you for yummy pork, Jane.
GS is good now (touch wood) with boot, probably because he knows he can't walk without it, appointment on Thurs to see what's what. He has been into nursery for a couple of hours so that's good news too. Language thing is still fine, he has not lost his place which is brilliant, hopefully be there next week.
Have now purchased all toys and gifts, woo hoo!!! One box of chocs and cash for 2 still to go, so am super duper pleased. No wandering around the 3 shops we have here or the internet..........
Having hair done tomorrow, highlights again because I liked it, they have lasted for around 8 months so that's pretty good and well worth it.
Have been making beanie hats for kids, only GD wears them so off I went to charity shop with a bundle, noticed on Mon they were on display, delighted haha. Hope they sell.
Getting a tad colder here, saw a forecast that said snow, arrrgh, oh no xx
oh I LOVE them!!. so fiddly to make/sew up, but so gorgeous.
No spare calories for wine today, but glitterbury juice is calories free, I seem to remember!
Pork in Camembert & cider in the shed if anyone is hungry. ...
Making the Christmas cake this afternoon 😋 I have to confess that we haven't quite finished last year's yet!
The sun is shining, which makes a lovely change, so I've filled up the bird feeders.
Hello from Star, Pudding, Santa & Fairy Bears (mice?)
They make me smile and I hope you do to. 😊 xx
Aaah that's great Jane, hurrah😄
Is it steroids for weight gain or some of other meds??
Through at YDs GS is looking good and was very excited to see me. Hundreds of kisses haha. We have managed to get his boot on and he is walking around, success. Thank goodness took us a while because of sensory issues so we are all over the moon. Plaster cast would have been just awful.
Sun is shining here x x
Children seem to be more resilient than the grown ups sometimes, but if he has other issues, that will complicate things for everyone... big hugs...
Scan results stable, so I'm in the Jolly Merkin if anyone else is around?
I got fed up with my weight creeping up and up, despite thinking I was "being sensible" so I joined Noom, and am really impressed..... I know how many calories I'm eating just by putting things in the app (it has worked out how many I need!) It gives you the psychology to take control and information to help decision making... fantastic. I have enough spare calories tonight to have a glass of wine OR TWO!!!!!!
Arghh! Poor little man. ❤ But now it's stabilised the worst bit is probably over. Children mend fast! He'll be charging around - and scaring all the adults - in no time! Hugs xx
Fractured shin bone arrrgh x have cancelled everything will go tomorrow because he gets super excited when I am there and it's better if he has some quiet time after all hospital stuff, poor little boy. He was traumatised, so were mum and dad x
This site and/or my tablet is being an absolute ****! Desperately slow and putting in random emojis (♂️) that I can't edit out! Grrrr!
Hope it's nothing serious and they are not kept waiting too long. And that his language support realises it's just a postponement!
OH got a letter yesterday with his PD consultant appointment for next year.... only he didn't read it properly (surprise!!?) and thought it was for 6th December this year. He was all set to cancel it - because we've just been - until I pointed out the "2023". Dingbat!
He's at the library so I've got half an hour of peace before negotiating the, probably flooded, roads to go swimming (at the pool, not on the roads 🏊♂️😂) Absolutely chucked it down all night and still drizzling now. At least it is topping up the depleted reservoirs: silver lining! 😁
Am on the feeling sick bench, GS slipped last night and they are at the hospital just now, stomach is twirling.
He was meant to start language help today too so that is cancelled.
Had lido yesterday all went well but was awake all night, arrrgh.
Will be back in as soon as I know what's what xx
Money isn't everything. There's no point in your D. struggling in her job and making herself ill. I hope she can find enjoyment in her new role.
I'm in a cafe, with OH, supping tea having just had a picnic supermarket sandwich lunch in the slightly drizzly park. We've just had our Covid and flu jabs (mine in the same arm!!) at the vaccination centre; we got fed up of waiting for Drs to get in touch! Swimming this afto, which is why we're hanging about in town.
I've had an odd text, allegedly from Drs surgery, telling me to send in my blood pressure readings. I wasn't sure if it was genuine so I didn't follow the link, either in that text or the reminder that came a week later! Got to go into surgery, soon, to get OH's new meds put on his repeat prescription so I'll ask them if it's bono fido 😛 I've been checking BP anyway, now they've reminded me....but maybe I won't finish the 7 days now I've been double jabbed in that arm!! 😱
Bought car seat ready for GD's visit as YD has booked her train ticket. I was surprised to see it was less expensive than I was expecting and they're going to deliver it free of charge! It will last until she's 12, apparently, so we can keep it in the garage gor the rare occasions when we'll need it.
Oooh, bears! How lovely! "All I want for Christmas is a flushing loo, a flushing loo, yes a flushing loo....! 🎶 🎵
YD has been trying to get back into her team lead role, having been broken by the responsibility she took during pandemic, but come to the conclusion she can't any more and will have to take lower paid job...just as her fixed mortgage comes to an end.... we never stop worrying about them, do we!
Been in a meeting from 9am (when???!!!!) Pooped....feet up now... cream tea anyone?
🤞🏼Fingers crossed or next Wed, Jane. ❤️
Sounds like you had fun with the GC, Katy... and they with you.
Hurrah for you enjoying food again!!
I had our monthly lunch with fellow retiree today, after several postponements due to illness - first me, then her! She told me that the breast screening van is no longer going to come around. She has to go to a hospital for her routine mammo - the nearest is 10 miles away, but there were others suggested, in the south of the county, much further away! Don't know if it's just our hospital authority or if it's nationwide cutbacks but it's certainly much less convenient. I bet fewer women will bother going. Worrying... and annoying!
I am quietly celebrating. This evening, a plumber came to visit to quote for a new toilet. Hu-bloomin-rah! It's only taken me 3 or 4 years to persuade OH that we need to replace our old inefficient one (and we only have one!) It was probably installed when the house was built in the 60s and we have repaired the leaky waste pipe, with an unsightly bodge job, years ago and had people in to fix the flush... twice... but it hasn't flushed properly since the last "fix"; needing several attempts involving a looooong wait for the tank to refill in between - or chucking jugfulls of extra water down and/or poking with the loo brush! 😳 I'm sooo fed up with it. The plumber is very busy but hopefully it will be done by Christmas 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 I told OH that, if we had a water meter, he would have replaced it years ago. Think that may have been the clincher. 😛
YD & GD's visit has had to be postponed. They were planning to come, by train, on Sat 26th November to Monday 28th but I heard on the news, yesterday, that there will be strikes on 26th. Grrrr. I messaged them and the plan is now for them to come the following week. Hopefully.
I'm knitting Christmas bears. Santa and Pudding Bear are done. Star Bear is made. Just awaiting delivery of some 4ply yarn, bought online, for her dress. Then I'll make Fairy Bear. They're only about 6" tall and really cute, although everyone agrees with me that they look more like mice!! Watch my profile photo for updates. 😁
New covers woo hoo, oh to be talented haha.
Lovely dinner much appreciated yum yum, kinda favourites of mine.
Waiting is the worst Jane, hoping good news for you.
Successfully finished jumper, not perfect but wearable haha, thought worst part would be picking up the neck stitches but that was easy, am trying rainbow hat and mittens now. GD loves rainbows.
Was out for lunch earlier this week and first time for ages I actually ate lunch. It was lovely, baked potato filled with prawns and a salad delicious.
We are looking for a Xmas lunch now, usual place has upped prices considerably so we will check out a couple of other places.
Had both GC yesterday (in service day) we wandered around shops nearby checking out toys, came home munched lunch then made cookies so day went very quickly.
Into town when I can remove myself from CBA bench...........xx
Great news about the flat, even if it isn't what you would prefer... Hopefully it will soon feel like "home".
And those sewing skills!!!! Do we have a "repair" bench anywhere? I'd be first in line in the queue!
Knitting, I can do... sewing I hate!
Just had difficulty picking up earings, and then dropped one - hand/fingers going numb, which is not good news... still waiting for scan results (3 weeks so far) I have appointment with Onc next Wed, so I probably won't hear before then....
Take care in this miserable weather xx
Good news that you have secured a suitable flat, grumpy. I'm sure it will be a wrench leaving your house but if it makes life easier for you that's got to be a good thing. Great that you've got "the girls" to help you - both moral and physical support!
Great news that your GS is going to get the support he needs too, Katy. Hurrah. Hope the bus journey goes without hitch.
I've had a small triumph. The covers on the patio seat pads were disintegrating so I was going to throw the lot away but I hate sending stuff to landfill so I ordered some waterproof fabric, online, and this weekend I have successfully recovered them - stealing the zips from the old ones. They now match the new, thicker seat pads that YD bought me for my birthday and we can use these recovered ones as back rests. Success. Perhaps it was worth spending all that money getting the sewing machine fixed. 😁
Dinner tonight is rump steak, mushrooms, dauphinoise (spelling?) potatoes, roasted sprouts, carrots and peas followed by chocolate and black cherry sponge pudding with raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream. Help yourselves in the shed. I burnt the calories catching up with the Gymnastics World Championships. 😛
Fingers crossed for everyone's scan results. xx
Wishing you much happiness in your new home and good results next week, grumpy.
Pouring with rain here but not as cold thank goodness.
Train was brilliant not too many people travelling with the strikes, am coming home by bus as no trains only buses available not going with train company as it will take 2 hours so if I go with another service it's only 1 hour 10 mins can deal with that. Only thing is it stops a few miles from my home but will order a taxi. Walked it once it was too much haha.
Circular needle has arrived couldn't get one locally arrgh so will try am hoping I don't make a mess of it all.
GS has been accepted for a course on aiding with language absolutely delighted YD burst into tears so overwhelming. Xx
You are just in time to hear my good news - I've got the tenancy of a sheltered flat in the village!! No more struggling with stairs, the log burner, over bath shower and access to house!!!
It's small so The Girls are coming tomorrow to help sort out stuff for Oxfam and the tip to reduce the amount that will need moving.
It's not really what I want to do but I can't manage the house much longer.....
Scan today and results next week, fingers crossed.
When I had a message to say CanonJane had posted, I thought we'd got a new member of Benchland.... until I saw your purple DM avatar. 😁 Hope your chemo goes smoothly; some scan results would be good too!
Privy Council always makes me snigger.... 🤭 so childish!
Swimming was OK, last week, Katy. Much easier than the week before but still not up to my usual energy. I've bought myself some board shorts because my new swim costume is a bit high cut in the legs and I feel too exposed (and, let's face it: I CBA with the "garden" maintenance 😊). There's quite a drag on the shorts when I swim even though they are only short ones. I kept thinking they were going to come off, which would be embarrassing even though I'd still be decent. I'm blaming them - not 6 weeks without going - for it being difficult to swim.
YD & DIL have come up with a cunning plan: YD & GD are going to come and visit, by train, to give Mummy a break without GD having to suffer car sickness. They can help with the mincepieathon - or YD can while GD & Grandad entertain each other. They are going to buy a cheap car seat, for GD, from a well known car accessories shop, and I shall have to go and get it fitted. Exciting! I was going to suggest that I try and get a car seat from Freecycle but DIL would be too anxious that it wouldn't be safe - especially if I installed it! 😁
Right. Really must drag myself off the CBA bench and get some jobs done. Hmmm. Perhaps make some coffee first....
Hope chemo goes well tomorrow Jane.
A name change?? What are you like?? Was first thing I noticed when I logged in, you are the canon woo hoo.
Glad you enjoyed your fashion show and your trip, did you wear your tiara? Added bonus purchasing some new clothes, always a good thing.
Gosh does sound peaceful there JCJ and beautiful.
Did you enjoy your swim?
Have been pretty quiet here, didn't have GD today, she was terribly sick this morning so ED stayed with her at home, she's fine now, back to being bossy boots haha.
Stopped reading book arrgh, will try again later, it's a Dennis Lehanne, I enjoy the twists he has in his books.
Am trying to knit a jumper, pattern easy but have just read what I have to do with neckline, involves picking up stitches with a circular needle WHAT?? Will need to really think about this haha. Have done it before but it was at least one hundred years ago............
Off to YD's in the next few days am babysitting, she has not been out for months and months so am glad she has decided to go.
Can't believe it's November where does the time go? xx
Pleased the funeral went well, and you got some space too...
I got caught in a downpour this morning when I took the dogs out. The rain was bouncing 9" high off the car roof when I got back to it, and the walk was VERY short! Not much fun.... the boys weren't happy either!
Happily stayed indoors for the rest of the day.
I've changed my "handle "from GIJaneH, which I've never liked, but couldn't think of anything else 11 yrs ago.
St James's was amazing. Great guide, and walking through the access Chambers towards the throne room, with mental pictures of the privy council doing that exact thing so very recently wad incredible.
Hope you're all OK
Chemo tomorrow....would like scan results, but.....taps foot.. .
Fashion show sounds fun, Jane. I usually find that clothes look great on the hanger yet awful on me! 😊 Good that the "models" were all shapes and sizes. For once!
Hope you had a good time at James's Palace.
NDN's funeral today. Her YD had invited me to go to her house and follow the funeral cars to the crem. I declined because I thought OH was coming with me and it would be too stressful. In the end, he decided not to come - he started to feel ill, yesterday, just thinking about it - and I accidentally joined the funeral car procession anyway as I met them on my way! I made sure I still followed my Satnav directions, though, just in case it was a different funeral!! It would have been funny were it not such a sad occasion.
Funeral was quietly appropriate and behind the crem is a lovely memorial woodland with bird boxes everywhere, lots of benches, a lake and fountains. Even a couple of squirrels scampering about! I had a wander. So peaceful. A reminder that all life is transient.. and cyclical!
I was glad OH didn't come. He has a tendency to try to be funny in stressful situations and people don't always realise that's what he's doing and just think he's either lost his marbles or is being offensive. I would have been on tenterhooks in case he said something inappropriate!!
At the service, they gave everyone some seeds to plant in her memory. What a lovely idea. 😍
Do we have a "normal" bench???? 😂😂
It's been a quieter week, which is great, but this end of it has got busier. I frequent a favourite tea room (often) and they have a shoppy bit at the back, where I have bought a few nice things..... They had a fashion show yesterday evening, and I took 3 friends along. It was great fun, and seeing things ON people that look awful on the hanger was fascinating. Some of the stuff I would never have given a second glance to looked amazing. The staff modelled, and were all shapes and sizes... came home with stretchy black velvet trousers (pull on and comfy) and a jumper the same as I had last year but in a different colour. It's been such an easy thing to wear, so I'm looking forward to both of those....
Picked up new specs today - not sure yet....
going to St James' Palace for a tour round bits the public don't normally get to see (with OH & D) so that should be interesting...
take care xxx
Sorry, didn't answer your question, Katy: yes, I think I am back to normal (whatever that is! 😜) now. Taste and appetite back. Energy getting there. OH commented last night that neither of us seem to be coughing much any more. I hope your taste returns soon. It's horrible. Most people's do within 6 months, apparently. xx
Hope you're still enjoying your book, Katy.... unless you've finished it already! What is/was it? I've just re-read The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman because it is very funny. Superb characterisation. I never normally like reading a book again as I remember what happened, but my memory is not so good these days and the way it is written makes it worth a 2nd read anyway. I've got his next book on on my C. list.
Talking of memory: I was out on the front drive tackling the moss (still got the blisters on my hand from the broom!) when a woman greeted me like a long lost friend. No idea who she was and had to admit it. She has an unusual - for our generation - name so I instantly remembered her as soon as she told me it. She said she only recognised me because we still live in the same house. I haven't seen her for 30+ years!! We were friends when our kids were small and I was gutted when we stopped seeing each other (not romantically! 😊) either because she got a job or she moved away, I can't remember which. Anyway, we stood chatting for ages but, stupidly, I never asked her where she lives. 🙄 She knows where I am tho.....
Went to our little town yesterday and got my hair chopped off. When I phoned for the appointment, the last time I'd rung that number was May 2021! 18 months! It's slightly shorter than last time - just to my shoulders - and I'm not sure I like it. It's still long enough to tie back, though, so that's good.
Also bought some lovely jeans in a charity shop. I was really disappointed that they weren't the size they said. They were a very long way from being able to be zipped up!! 😳 And no, it's not me - despite weeks of CBA bench residency - as everything else in that size still fits! Ah well. They were only £2.95 so I'll just donate them back. Double donation. 😁
OH at library for an extra hour today. AGM. They've asked him to be a director! (Must be desperate? 😂) I hope he doesn't overstretch himself.
Just been into Drs to make sure they've actioned the new prescription for him. I can collect it from the pharmacy tomorrow, apparently, when I pick up all his other meds. Got everything crossed it helps with no SEs.
Off for a swim soon. I really struggled last week so I hope it's a bit easier today. Already looking forward to my deli picnic lunch afterwards! (Hmmm no wonder those jeans didn't fit?! 😂)
Yummy yum especially pudding haha. Thank you, are you back to normal now? Well as normal as you can be?? JCJ.
My taste is still affected arrgh so it makes choosing dinners a little complex now, if that's the worst side effect can only feel super lucky.
Eye is looking very good am well pleased! Hands are another 90 days of cream, that'll be 180 days arrrgh.
Daughters and GC still have to shop for, will have ED search for suitable toys/clothes, I was going to wrap stuff at the weekend but was on the CBA bench instead so it didn't happen.
Went into town earlier just a short trip as said before there are not many shops here........
Was hoping rain would stay away and it did whew.
Feet up shortly and will be lounging around till bedtime started a book last night, an author I have not read for years am enjoying already. xx
Hope the jumper is salvageable without too much trouble, Jane.
Politics is indeed in a mess. Can't believe BJ is coming back. What does it say about the party if they re-appoint him - a proven liar with no regard for anyone but himself and his cronies? Or the country if he's re-elected?! I despair. Don't hold out much hope for the NHS if they stay in power either. 🙁
Glad they sorted you out, there and then, Katy, so you didn't have to schlep to and fro. Must be a huge relief. Hope the lab doesn't find anything worrying. 🤞🏼
I've made my mincemeat and started my C. shopping - online, obviously! (I expect you've finished yours by now, Katy? 😛 And wrapped them all? Lol.)
Had to buy a bagful of lemons; unwaxed ones don't seem to be available singly, even though I only needed one for the mincemeat, so we're having chicken roasted with lemon and garlic inside, for dinner, with steamed lemon sponge pudding for afters. In the shed as per....
Pi.... Sorry, chucking it down with rain again now. It was all morning then this afternoon was quite pleasant - not that I got around to going out. Too busy faffing in the kitchen and video calling the girls. Can't believe how early it's getting dark now. And the clocks haven't even gone back yet!
Aaah that's great that your K & N club is still going, you are doing something you like and having fun planning X stuff, exciting.
Jane solar power, politics and chemo?? That's a right mix haha.
I have winter leggings that are thermal for lazing around at home. Cosy, cosy, still have to put heating on though brrr.
Both blobby bits are removed, woo hoo! Anesthetic, scraped off, cauterised, bottled up for lab, little bit of swelling, black eye and antibiotics for a week, so glad it was done, same day. Clinic was so full, have never seen so many people waiting for their appointment.
Horrible grey day here, don't have to be anywhere thank goodness xx
Glad you got to K & N.... I bought myself some thick jogging bottoms the other day, but in Costco. I have no idea why they make the womens ones so thin...
Politics is a shambles at the mo isn't it? One worries for the NHS...
I was in the chemo suite from 2pm -6.30 pm yesterday, for a 1.5 hr infusion! Can't blame the staff.... nurses off sick, the "new" unit isn't big enough for the demand so there is always a wait for a chair... the nurses there were run off their feet and fab...
D & ptnr due for the afternoon/evening, only now it's just evening...
the jumper I am knitting for ptnr will, I think, need pulling out and making baggier....
we'll try tonight - I've loosely sewn it up in a different colour thread.
Food really HAS gone up, hasn't it? We have solar panels so we're looking at putting in a large battery to hold some power for when we need it after the sun's gone down - well, that's the theory.
On the hunt for food....
Hope your appointment went OK, Katy, and there is a plan in place. 🤞🏼
Knit & Natter was good, although it nearly didn't happen! The library, where it is based, is closing (has now closed) for refurbishment and the library services and groups will be temporarily accommodated in another building. Although the library was still open - I had checked online, the night before, to make sure - there was a sign up saying the top two floors were closed. We meet upstairs! I went to the checkout desk to ask and one of the other knitters was there. Nobody had been informed that we couldn't meet that week! Grrr. As more of us started to arrive, they found a table and some chairs for us so we could sit in the children's library. For a moment, we thought we'd have to sit on the teeny tiny toddler chairs. That would have been a sight to behold: 5 ladies of mature years (I'm possibly the youngest, although NOT the least agile!! 😛) struggling to get up from them!! 😂
We start to meet in the temporary location in 3 weeks time... as long as they haven't messed up again! A pub/hotel has been chosen for our Christmas lunch, although we might just have some festive snacks at our K&N session. We're going to wait and see what the temporary room is like.... and whether we'll be allowed to take food in - as it's technically a library!
Just done the big supermarket shopping. Had it delivered 3 weeks ago so it's only the 2nd time I've been to the store since they had a massive reorganisation. I'd forgotten about it. Exhausting trying to find everything! Sooo glad I didn't attempt it when I was feeling c**p. Felt like abandoning the trolley and walking out!! Bill was eye watering. And that was without much fruit, veg or meat. Trolley wasn't even as full as usual! Ouch!
I did treat myself to some thick cotton jogging bottoms for slobbing around the house. Had to get men's ones because the women's were all pink and frilly and/or pathetic. Hope they fit. If not, I'll give them to OH. Or take them back.
Lasagne, salad leaves and garlic pizza bread for dinner. My treat for shopping. And tiramisu... but it is OK: they are "Be good to yourself" ones. And delicious. 😊 Leftovers (who am I kidding?) in the shed.
Oh my goodness, have no idea what you are meaning with jumper hahaha. Novice indeed.
Hope scans are good, fingers double crossed.
Isn't it funny how some medications actually can give you the side effects, you want to get rid off?? Hopefully OH won't suffer, arrgh.
How did knitting club go??
Came home last night, went to chippie because you have to pass on way home with a slight detour haha!!
Hospital appointment tomorrow, have to go to other city which is a bit of a nuisance but am hoping it's not just a consultation but fear it will be and will have to go backwards and forwards. Nothing serious just removal of lumpy thing around my eye. Am excited it will be gone soon, happy days. First mentioned to doc before covid so long wait.
Nothing planned for today in preparation for really early start tomorrow, when I return will venture into town to pick up some essentials.
It is so cold here today, not as bad as YD's she had gale force winds, so chilly.
It truly was fizzy juice...................xx
PS meant to say, Jane, I'd darn in the loose ends by separating the 3 strands of dk and weaving them in one at a time. But maybe not until after she's tried it for size in case you need to "unknit" it!!