That's OK then, I'll just have my tea and pop along to the Lost Plottery Shed clutching some glitterberry juice and ice cream desserts in a box.
VERY proud of myself, as I have negotiated a part ex on my camper for another one - all on my own!!!!!
Hiya Kay, lovely to see you *waves*. Sorry that you've not been feeeling too clever but that's the beauty of Benchland, one can just pop in and out as the fancy takes.
Grumpy - you haven't missed the party at all, it's still ongoing until tomorrow night. A whole Birthday weekend
Decided not to go clothes shopping as I know it would have been a nightmare. Will be altering the trouser suit and it will just have to do.
Had a lovely day today, all family have been over, daughter brought a cake which grandchildren have eaten most of, but there are a couple of slices left for me!
Joining Katy on the "my washing machine is not working" bench. Son in law is going to have a look at it later. I really hope he can fix it.
Oh my all this party, party, partying, psst are you and JCJ twins?
Glitterberry juice being rationed due to last party and the consequences and you know whose bad behaviour!!
Have been dancing for ages around my handbag............
Knee highs are falling down but flashing light shoes are still flashing..........
Boogie nights, Woah-ooh
Boogie nights, boogie nights
Got to keep on dancing
Keep on dancing
Got to keep on dancing
Keep on dancing..................................
Hope you managed to get your new clothes, FF.
Dates are 18th, 19th leave 20th, grumpy xx
I am afro-ing my hair, sewing flowers onto my mahoosive flares and adorning my gypsy top with psychedelic swirls, and polishing the purple, rhinestone bedecked Doc Martins in readiness for tomorrow's Happy Birthday FF 60's party. Looking forward to more yummy foodstuffs that are guaranteed not to make me I'll! 🙂
Also, simultaneously, because I am a woman and can multi task :p,I am defrosting the freezer. I thought I was sooo clever, choosing an overcast day with a cool wind. I've put all the drawers out of the freezer - with their contents - outside, under some towels and blankets. Now it's raining! Soggy blankets to deal with later! 😞
Golly gosh, everyone is SO busy, and I've just been a bit of a blob since the play(Ambleside Players website). Today went to see about changing the campervan due to knackered shoulders, lymph glands related, so replacement on order for end May. Anyone, none BC related of course, who would like a lovely 2 berth campervan get in touch!!!!!
So what dates are booked for MMU3??? Will someone PM me please, so I can join in. Thanks.
Joey has had a haircut and it makes him even more bonkers, and Meg is getting a bit frisky due to her meds - details available in a brown envelope.......
Zippadee doo dah, zippee ay aye!. It's Friday, it's the weekend, it's a bank holiday and it's my birthday on Sunday!! I have started to celebrate tonight and will continue until Monday night or when exhaustion sets in, whichever is first. Party in Benchland Sunday night, everyone invited, music from the sixties and seventies, please dress accordingly but tiaras a must! You can't complain I have not given you notice.
Going clothes shopping tomorrow. Youngest grandaughter is being christened this month and I have nothing to wear. Trouser suit that I thought would do......won't do. So I need something. I hate clothes shopping, nothing fits, everything looks better on the hanger! I bet I come home with nothing and have to go again.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend, see you Sunday at the party!.
Brilliant news about your sister JCJ, she'll be so happy to go home.
FF, how dare they ignore you, do they not know who you are??? Supreme Benchlander!
Woo hoo MMU3 is a reality, how good were we so organised this year, thank you FF!
Had great plans to kidnap you JCJ.........FF was going to drive the (suitablely disguised) van, grumpy would distract your OH with ASBO boy and The Duchess....me and RevCat were going to bundle you into the van, then with lots of screeching (tyres) off we go.............there's always a PLAN!
It's so cold here, brrrrr, am going to have to put my heating on asap.
Cutting bread last night decided to include my finger in the process, OUCH, off to sit on the "what a twit" bench xx
OH home. In much better mood. I stressed how you'd all been so supportive, and had been waiting for my results, and that those dates were the only ones you could all do. He said "you must go. Book it. We haven't got anything else arranged yet." So I'm booking now. 🙂 Yipee!
I know I'm a good girl Katy. Unfortunately I don't seem to get the chance to be anything else these days......shame.
I've just booked now after the blonde moment about the dates. Can't wait. Thank you , a bakewell tart is just what I need. I spoke too soon about the weather. We have had hail and sleet here this afternoon!
Excellent news about your sister JCJ. I'll bet she can't wait to get home and she will probably recover much faster once she is there. If your OH raises any objections, we'll all come round and point out the error of his ways.
School is back to usual......left in a total mess and no one talking to me. I expect I'll read the full results of the Ofsted in the local paper!
Go ahead and book everyone. I've not had chance to consult OH yet - he was in a FOUL mood when he got home yesterday, so I didn't broach the subject - he'd only have been deliberately obstructive. He's not in until later this evening, so I'll tell him then, (if he's snapped out of it!) He knows you were all only waiting for my results, so I'm sure it'll be fine. He always wants to go away at the begining of August, and we're not usually away for more than 2 weeks - we can definitely fit around it. 🙂
Good news about my sister - after a few days of intravenous morphine because of terrible ulcers in her throat and mouth, her neuts are on the up and they're discharching her tomorrow! 😄 The Hickman line came out this afternoon and all her meds have been switched to pill form (21 different pills today!). She's been practising walking up and down the corridor of the hospital, as she has been confined to her room for so long. A few yards and she's on the KB - but she's so happy to be going home! 😄
You are a good girl FF!!
JCJ, just need your confirmation then we can all get booking.
Is glitterberry juice fat free? cause I saw you throwing back a few.
FF, I have little bakewell tarts one or two? xx
Have done so Katy. Bloomin' cold down here too and very windy but no snow, rain or hail. There's still time though. Muggatea is a very good idea and maybe something to eat.
FF can you check your messages please?? and let me know haha!
Well that was a PARTY, such bad behaviour, glitterberry juice will be rationed...............
We have had snow, rain and hailstones, it's freezing brrrrrrrrrrrrr, time for a muggatea methinks xx
Happy Birthday to you!!
Have a lovely rest of the day/night!
Ok tiara on, gold lame dress on, handbag at the ready, let's party, woo hoo xx
Today, Katy! Not completely spoilt by OFSTED being in school all day for a mock inspection. Not sure how it went.... I didn't stay until 5pm for the feedback - not doing that on my birthday!
Partying in Benchland tonight. I've strung up fairy lights around the lake and stuck rhinestones on the alligators. There will be masses od delicious foodstuffs including mini sausages and sausage rolls, CHEESE (pine, pine! 😞 ) cake, chips and everything else I'm not allowed in the real world. All washed down with lashings of glitterberry juice, of course!
When ES walked through the door, yesterday, he looked me up and down and said "Bl**** H***!!" - I wasn't sure whether to be flattered or insulted!
When are you a Birthday Girl, JCJ???
We have to have a party!
You can make an entrance on Hump and Dink, adorned in your now loose fitting lycra, woo hoo!
And best of all you can eat whatever you want xx
Organised? What's that? Haven't even THOUGHT about August yet, but OH moved his PD consultant appointment out of August "because we are always on holiday" so I'll say I can't have my Gallstone op then either. We have 7 weeks holiday this year (sorry!) so we should be able to fit around any dates. 18th - 20th would allow us to go away before and/or after (or even during, if we camp where we did 2 years ago!) so I don't think OH will complain! (Let him just try??! :p) Let's see when RC can come and try to work around that? It'll be lovely to see her again. Any news of GIJ?
I'm franitically researching Sunday Lunch at local pubs because ES is on his way here to take us out for our birthdays. I don't want to p*** on his parade, especially as OH would really like to go and his birthday this week too, but eating out is soo difficult for me. 😞
In my rush, I've just put a cake in the oven, having forgotten to put the suger in it: fat free AND sugar free!! It's meant to be for colleagues at work for my birthday - (bit of a tradition) - but I'll have to sample it first to make sure it's edible!! (Luckily I made 2 smaller ones so we could have one at home, because I have a chocolate cheesecake I'm taking to school as well. I need to remove it from the freezer; it keeps calling to me, and will make me SOOO ill!!) It's full of dried fruit (the cake, not the chocolate cheesecake!) - so it might be OK.
Right. Back to menu reading. Mmmmmmmmmmm so many delicious things that are 'out of bounds'.
Am not fat free either haha!
Yes am fine with both, but if push comes to shove would prefer the Tues 18th-20th Aug, if a date is confirmed soon can let RevCat know and we can then all sit on the "bargain" bench!
You are not being bossy FF just organised!
When are you off to your fat free cottage JCJ?
And did your family persuade you to car boot it? FF xx
Unfortunately I am not Fat Free, I can assure you that there is plenty of fat clinging to my body, although maybe a little less than last year.
Yes, it was nice to get the recognition from the inspector. Things have changed so much at school, I am now the only member of staff that has been there more than a year and it's all so different. From an academic point of view it is a much better school but no words of thanks ever come my way any more, I used to feel I was a valued member of the school "family" but I don't any more. I just do my job now and don't "go the extra mile" to help them out. Their loss!
Daughter and son-in-law do have a new house to move into, but eight weeks or so to pack up their house and move is going to be interesting.
MMU3? I'm going to be be bossy again. How about the 19th or the 26th. We need to book to get the best deals!
Well done FF! Lovely to have one's hard work recognised! We have a mock OFSTED for one day on Monday - by a real OFSTED inspector - because we are expecting the real thing anytime soon. What a lovely birthday present for me?????!
I thought about you as I wrote FF yogurt on my shoppiong list (FF is for fat-free not Foxy Feret or F****** Furious! :))
12 days!? Wow - that's put the cat among the proverbial pigeons?
STILL no washing machine, Katy, that's ridiculous! They could have built you several new washing machines in the time!
I booked a mini holiday for 3 nights, in a cottage near Buxton, to make it up to OH for ruining our Easter holiday. I am going to make sure I take food for all 3 evening meals - and picnics, so I'm not tempted to eat out or have takeaway, in an attempt to have one holiday that isn't ruined by Gerty-the-G*t-Gallstone!!
Yesterday, I ordered £75 worth of bras from the famous underwear online store, because I have no idea what size I am now I've lost weight. Also, I'm not sure which style to get as I need a lower cut bra for a new dress I've just bought because it has a cut out oval shape on the front and the bras I normally wear (same style and size for the last 10 years - just keep replacing with the same!) are very high at the front and are clearly visible! I am determined to go and be properly fitted, but there's no point while I'm still losing weight. Most, if not all of them will be going back.
Grey here today and it's just rained on my washing, (sorry, KTC!) but it's only towels and pants so they can stay out until they're dry!
Off to the "smug" bench for you FF!
Lovely to be recognised for work well done! 12 days that's wonderful, a lot of work, do they have new house?
Am on the "happy bunny" bench just bought a new laptop, I love it and it's just MINE, haha!
Still no news about you know what, only that part is still not in....................have decided to calm down about it all cause no matter how ****** I get it still won't make any difference!!
We have sunshine but it's def chilly, brrrrrrrrrrr! xx
What a week! I am firmly on the knackered bench. The painting of the bedroom went well ( I DID do that dance, when no one was looking) and it now looks much better. I don't think I've said that the reason for the decorating was because they were trying to sell the house. TWELVE days it was on the market and they received a full asking price offer!!! They now have about 8-10 weeks to pack everything up and move. So, this week we have been emptying their loft, a car boot sale is planned for this Sunday (but rain is forecast) and several car loads have gone to the tip.
Ofsted have been at school yesterday and today. The staff said today that they could not tell me the result, but they could say that they were all very happy and the wine was flowing. I had a small glass. They also said that the inspector had commented that the school was " beautifully clean and looked lovely" I need a new size in hats now
JCJ - please don't worry about "degenerative change in spine". In 2000 I had an MRI which showed exactly that and here I am 15 years later no worse off.
Weather has changed today, much colder , overcast, and raining now.
Once they know what's what JCJ things may actually move very quickly, fingers crossed you will soon be back to NORMAL???
Gorgeous day again, just had GS whilst ED was up at hos, muscles have gone in a bit at least another 4cm to go, so she has to do sit ups and all that malarkey, because the weather's been so good she has been walking everywhere.
Off supermarket shopping in a while so cannot be bothered xx
Not seriously pondering, Katy, but keeping it as an option if the waiting becomes unbearable! No point yet anyway, because any private surgeon would want to know if it's the liver cysts causing my symptoms - and I don't want to pay for that consultation on top of the surgery!!
I can afford to go private, but I don't want to because it's money I have saved for my pension fund: OH is 9 years older than me and has already been retired for 9 years. I have to work another 10, at least, before I can claim my state or school pensions - can't see that happening!! Paying for the gallstone op will add at least 6 months onto how long I have to work!! 😞
At last progress JCJ!
You are still pondering private then?
Quick pop in, have visitors arriving soon, hope you are all behaving in the sunshine xx
Docs appointment went well. No teddies needed to be harmed (by throwing out of prams!!) or dummies spat.
Dr has given me a printout of all 3 scan result summaries - without me having to ask! This will be very useful if I do decide to go private, because I won't have to pay to have scans done again. Also I have it in writing: "MRI features are suggestive of liver cysts rather than metastasis" 🙂 🙂 🙂
He agreed that I do need to have gallbladder removed, BUT he has referred me to a gastroenterologist first because it could be the cysts causing my symptoms - in which case removing the gallbladder will not solve anything! 😞 Most likely, the specialist will just refer me straight on to surgeon for gallbladder op. (I'm really hoping no more scans/investigations will be needed!) Dr said that if he tells me to go back to GP for referral all I have to do is phone surgery and tell the receptionist to ask him to refer me - no appointment necessary - music to my ears!! 🙂
He has marked the referral as urgent, so it "should be within 4 weeks" - but I've heard that before so I won't hold my breath!!
I feel soooo much better now I know something is going to be DONE at last! 🙂
He also gave me some anti-nausea meds to take as and when needed, so that should help a lot too, if it works.
The only thing now that I've got to try to forget I read, on CT scan report, is: "scanned part of skeleton shows degenerative change in spine" Oooh er??! RT damage? Tapoxyfen? Zoladex? Just normal ageing? I'm NOT going to worry about it (she says?!) as none of docs have mentioned it, but I may ask onc about it when I see her in June.
Sitting in my garden with after work cuppa watching the robins building a nest in the ivy, 10 feet from my chair! 🙂
All excited just purchased appropriate items for MMU3, hopefully they will match JCJ's headbands hee hee!
Gorgeous day here, have just been sitting contemplating on the "CBA" bench, I just can't seem to get off it at the moment...............
Hope all went well at docs xx
Soooooooooo annoying JCJ at least it's the same day.............good luck for tomorrow.
If FF, does THAT dance she will have that room decorated in no time haha!
Thought would have an early night, went to bed and pulled my duvet around me, knocked over my lamp all ok apart from bulb not working, soooooo went through to kitchen to get a new one and hit bulb off the wall.............shattered glass EVERYWHERE. By the time it was all cleared up, wasn't an early night after all.........fun times.
Grey day here, have lots to do, just have to get off that bench soon xx
Decorating!? Mmmm. You really do need to learn the NnnnnnO word, FF!
I just had a laugh. I decided to try to find the dancing ferrets again, to cheer us all up. There is an entertainment group that makes discs and organises concerts, called The Dancing Ferret Group!! I think they must have stolen the idea after watching one of our amazing performances featuring FF's famous routine? 😛
Here is the link:
Katy, I'm still trying to figure out what triggers my ickiness. I'm sure stress will be a factor, as it usually exacerbates stomach problems?! I have been worried about my sister, obviously, but the worst pain was definitely food related. Avoiding fat does seem to help.
Had a phone call from Drs Surgery when I got home yesterday - (3 missed calls from "withheld"). They said Dr can't see me at 8:40am on Tuesday, because "He won't be in that early". Luckily, she offered me 9:20am the same day, instead, before I had time to blow a gasket!! Grrrrr! It just goes on and on! 😞
Early start today, off to help paint daughter's bedroom. Little bit of a damp problem which son-in-law has fixed. Just need redecorating. Why do I agree to these things?
Hope you are feeling better today JCJ.
Looks as if it's going to be another beautiful day.
Aaah JCJ roll on next week and your appt, does stress, worry etc make it worse or is it only to do with food?
Cause there is a lot going on in your life just now.
Nah, it's not the landlord it's the manufacturers 2-4 weeks delivery of part, it appears they have to MAKE it, geez.........................am being reimbursed re costs..............
Another beautiful day here, GS now weighs 12lbs 3oz, had his jabs this week and has been a little out of sorts since.
Away to have a muggacoffee, then sit on my favourite bench for a while before visitors come xx
Hard to type with crossed ffingers, FF. That's my excuse! 😛
Katy, I think you should reduce your weekly rent payment by at least as much as launderette costs + some for the inconvenience. You are paying for a flat with a washing machine, so it's only fair.....and might make landlord get his/her finger out a bit quicker??
Spoke too soon about being much better! 😞 Had to go to bed at 8pm last night because I felt really c***p again. No pain, "just" nausea. Bit better today but still a bit iffy - and people will keep flaunting high-fat delicious snacks under my nose. Party packs of mini sausages (my favourite!) and mini scotch eggs at staff meeting today. And crisps. And cake. :'(
Sister's hair started to fall out today - so the hair specialist came and shaved it off! She said it would be painful otherwise. 😞 But at least her chemo has finished, so it shouldn't be too long before it grows back. 🙂
Sooooooooo glad you are feeling better JCJ and your sister has completed some of her treatment. Sounds a lot to go through.
Hope YD loves her new job!
FF, why is it 0%? If you have no side effects and it stops anything appearing in the other breast perhaps it would be wise to just keep going with it. How long is it until your 5 years of ta"poxy"fen is up?
Surgery, it's entirely up to you, you can sit on it for another wee while.........hopefully your new friend will be fabulous!
Another sunny day here, phoned about you know what and part has only been ordered 3 weeks ago and it could be 4???????????????? Geez am soooooooooo fed up (though if that's the only thing I'm bothered about seems insignificant compared to others problems) xx
Ffingers crossed for FF??? Obviously worked as I've got a clean bill of health for another year and the assurance that if I decide to stop taking Ta'poxy'fen she will be ok with that. Lots of discussion on how much benefit I am actually getting from it (on NHS predict it's 0%, that's why I brought it up). On the other hand it MIGHT/who knows? be protecting me from getting it again in the other side (unrelated to what I had before)and on the other hand, what about the risks of uterine problems caused by the Ta'poxy'fen? I am aware that is three hands but this is Benchland and such things are possible!!
It is MY decision and right now I don't know what to do. All kinds of thoughts are running through my mind.
As I have absolutely NO side effects so far (unless it's Wockhart) quality of life doesn't enter into it. And just as I was leaving she said, would I regret it if anything happened? AAAARRRGGGHH! This requires much thought.
I also asked about cosmetic surgery, last year I dismissed it out of hand when she offered it,but this year I thought I'd learn a little more about it. I would need THREE operations to remove fat from my stomach and inject it ito my boob and if even one of these ops doesn't go perfectly then the fat can clump together and cause lumps and bumps and imperfections. So this is not going to happen. The new prosthesis that I got yesterday is going to be my b'r'est friend now!
I am SO glad that you are feeling betterJCJ, long may it continue. Glad your sister is doing as well as possible and hope she doesn't lose her hair. Although it's a small thing in the grand scheme, it helps anyone to feel better. Also hope the new job is all your YD hopes it will be.
Ffingers crossed, FF - 'though, as you say, a clear mammo makes it much less scary! 🙂
I've felt a lot betterr these last 2 days - not quite so inclined to retire immediately! - I've even realised I still quite like (most of) my job!
Sister had the first half of her transplant yesterday, after 2 weeks of nearly daily chemo. She's feeling tired and fragile and has a raging migraine (a common SE of the anti-rejection meds) but is otherwise doing really well. She may even get away without losing her hair - just thinning, which won't be a problem as her hair is even thicker than mine (was)!! 🙂
YD started her new job on Monday, so it's been quite a week!!
Whingebag? I haven't heard a single whinge from you JCJ. Although you've had reason.
Off to work early today so that I can leave early and get to the consultant's appointment this evening. Now that I have had the mammo results I am not as concerned as I would otherwise have been.
Beautiful weather today, hopefully I will get home while it is still light. I don't like driving in the dark these days.
JCJ, you are naughty..................
You are not a whingebag! The stress and constant worrying over the last few weeks does take it's toll, then you have gall problems on top of that. Hard to feel anything else than tired now, deep breaths and big hugs xx
Off into town later then out for tea, not telling you what I'm having haha!! xx
Fine, Katy, it's fine. You enjoy your chippies and I'll just put another load of washing on! 😛 🙂
I've put a washing machine in the shed for you - it takes water from the lake and drains into there too, so the alligators might get a little agitated, especially if they get soap in their eyes!
Back at work today and it made me realise just how far from my 'normal' self I still am (yes, I know, that's never very normal..... Hear hear to what FF says!) Almost felt like crying this afternoon: badly behaved class and underprepared work left for them.
My colleagues have been really supportive over the whole liver mets worry, and now I've told them the scans were clear they don't seem to understand that I still don't feel well! 😞 Gosh listen to me.... I'm turning into such a whinge-bag! 😞
Well, once again dragged the hoover from the darkest of corners of that cupboard, also did a little ironing soooooooooo am off to sit on the "smug" bench.
Babysitting on Sat, everything went well as big sister was on hand to help with baby brother. YD was speaking to him and he started to laugh loudly (first time) so she was delighted!! We went to chippie (sorry JCJ) and bought sweeties for our Midnight Feast. GD drew a map of our journey and plans for M, she's superly excited as she wants to see where Nannie's Ladies meet!
Good news about son's car FF, give you plenty of time to look around.
Am off to THAT place shortly, 4 weeks on Thurs, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! xx
Thanks for the info, FF. Gallstones can't be 'cured'. They used to try to dissolve them with various things, or even blast them with lazers, but they always came back, apparently, so I expect, at best, this is what this Chinese stuff does.
Being of a scientific background and having heard about the latest research into the (non)effectiveness of homeopathic medicine, I'd probably be too sceptical for it to work on me anyway! 🙂
Great news about your son's MOT relief! It gives you/him some time to look around for a replacement. And it'll be easier to part-x or sell on with a decent amount of MOT left on it!
Back at work tomorrow, and I'm so not ready. Need another week off to make up for being ill half the holiday! I'm taking home-made fat-free sultana tea cake with me to celebrate my scan results. I'll leave some in the lost plotting shed too. Help yourselves. Spread butter on it if you wish.
JCJ - I've been a bit bored today and whilst mooching about the internet came across a claim that a Chinese homeopathic remedy called Gold Coin Grass Tincture can "cure" gallstones. Thought I would pass this on to you so you could research it, although I'm sceptical because if that were the case Drs would be prescribing it. Maybe it can alleviate symptoms? Just a thought.
Son's car has passed it's MOT, just three new tyres and two light bulbs needed. We were expecting it to fail miserably due to its age and problems (a W reg) and I know I will have to help him out financially to buy a new car. He really could do with a 7 seater and we have been looking around. We actually found one that seemed to fit the bill but then his car has passed at little cost. The advisories on his MOT mean that it probably won't be worth repairing next April so we have a year to hopefully find a bargain.
Back to school tomorrow, non pupil day so only the teachers to clean up after but I bet they make more mess than the children.
Never let it be said that I am NORMAL. Normal is boring! think I might consider it an insult I am ME, strange, brilliant, unique, bonkers, head spinning a speciality. Perhaps I should go on Britain's Got Talent!
Letter from local surgery, for me, this morning! OMG! The nurse got it wrong....??? It was just the standard "Having looked at your scan results, I would like you to be seen in surgery ....." But they very kindly added "(Nothing serious was found, so don't worry!)" Phew!!
Armed with this letter, I've just been up to the surgery and booked the earliest available bookable appointment with the doc who referred me for scans - as I believe he is my best bet for a referral to gallstone consultant. Appointment is Tuesday 21st, so not too long. I will wait until I've seen him before deciding on my other options!
I looked into going private and it will be £5000-£6000 and it's such a minefield - choosing a hospital/surgeon, checking their credentials, checking emergency procedures/hidden costs etc, etc, etc! that I just CBA!! (It took me 10+ years to organise the kitchen refit after all!!) I will mention to doc, when I see him, that I've considered it, as I've heard there may be a possibility of "going private on the NHS" - to speed things up (though I'm not sure how I feel about that, morally!! :smileyconfused:)
Now I know it IS "just" a gallstone, I think I will be able to cope with it better, while I'm awaiting surgery. I've just got to be strict with myself about what I eat!! 😞