Our new heating controller was fitted yesterday, by a friend. He paid £46 for the piece of kit and was only going to charge us that, as it only took 5 minutes to fit it, so I rounded it up to £50! Bargain for us, and he made £4 for 5 mins work (the trip to the shop to get the part included something he wanted anyway) so we're all happy!! Let's hope it's fixed the problem and the heating will stop playing silly b........ .
CBA bench for me today, though I may stagger out to deliver neighbours' cards, and I should marzipan the cake.
Behind window number 19:
On the third day of treatment my BC gave to me: 3 blue tittoos,
2 nasty scars, and the BCC Forum
On the fourth day of treatment my BC gave to me: 4 weeks of rads, 3 blue tittoos, 2 nasty scars and the BCC Forum.
Christmas tree died today, all its little lights went out!!!!!! Thought of asking plumber ( mending screaming shower) if he could sort it but decided that would be pushing my luck! So went to the garden centre for tree, lights and a few extra baubles - £70 ouch. Found message on phone to say the part for the shower will be £170!!!!! Oh pooh!!! What is it about BC and plumbers?????? There must be a causal link somewhere......
Made the Reindeer Food for NDs bairns to sprinkle in the garden so the Reindeer know which house to come to with the pressies, equal parts of porridge oats and edible glitter which gets eaten by the birds but I don't tell the bairns that bit.
New tree looks lovely, all silver and white baubles, so all I need to do now is make sure I've got enough clean sheets for the back to back visitors, but I do NOT have to worry about meals cos they all bring stuff or pay for meals out. How good is that?!?
Who asked if I have the camels over Christmas? No, I have my mother in law. She is not one of life's cheery people, her glass isn't half empty so much as filled with the wrong stuff, lukewarm and smashed on the floor staining the carpet. Ah well.
Have collected son from uni, lovely to have an untidy house again and stuff abandoned everywhere 🙂 and I've nearly finished at work for the break - which of course means I can then apply myself to washing ironing cooking cleaning baking shopping wrapping....phew....
Im pleased to see the 'almost felt normal for a while' bench is back in use, I have a fabulous yoga teacher who tailored her classes to include something I'd be able to do when I was on treatment, it really helps doesn't it if you can do something, even if only briefly 🙂
Loving The Twelve Days of Treatment, can I request (for chemo ladies, and of course chemo gents) "no nasal hair".... Oooh that was horrible!
If the police are in your neck of the woods JCJ, then they're not in Norecambe interferring with our chariot race.
Yay, hairpins are the way to go! Fairy lights are attached sucessfully. You'll all be sooooooo jealous.
Lost the will to live at school tonight......they had a film, actually they had a chioce of two films in different classrooms, and popcorn. POPCORN all over the floor,and the desks. Did they have a popcorn fight? What on earth were they doing? They can't have been eating it, the floors were covered in it!
As I have 6 holiday days left this year, I am taking 3 of them now so have only 3 hours to work over Christmas, so Monday will sort that out and I shall then be off until 4th January. Oh joy!
Yes Tat, there is a Smug bench. It sounds like you are on the way to finding your way back to yourself - albeit a slightly different version of yourself! Congratulations! 🙂
I think the local police have got wind of our chariot supermarket race and/or singing, because our village park carpark has 4 police vans in it tonight and police cones with blue flashing lights on cordoning off the entrance. There are signs saying "crime prevention check". OK. OK. OK. I promise I won't sing.
Congratulations to everyone who made it to the end of term 🙂 Sorry your granddaughter is ill, Katyc - half the people I know are either hugging a sick bucket or have a raging cold 😞
Is there a Smug bench? I have been feeling pretty good physically and returned to the gym today for a Zumba class with my daughter. The instructor is really good, chooses great music and I felt NORMAL!! I know that statement wouldn't hold up in a court of law - too many people know the truth - but it was great to reclaim a little of my life and feel in control of how I spend my time 🙂
Have been keeping the "CBA" bench warm for you.
Now, JCJ you don't feel a teeny, weeny, itsy, bitsy, tiny, whiny little bit guilty????? hahahaha!
FF, cannot think how to attach, will ponder a while longer..............
Today was awful, booked a taxi to take me to GD's school, the traffic was horrendous and we were stuck PANIC, so managed to get a hold of ED who told school I would be 10 mins late, whew!!
Then as we were coming down the road she said she was not feeling well, had a really sore head, so had to stop off to buy some medicine for her. She cosied down on sofa and fell fast asleep.
After ED and GD left went into town, coming home the torrential rain started, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Sooooooooooo drenched, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
Takeaway tonight and the "CBA" bench for moi xx
On the First day of Treatment my Breast Cancer gave to me the Breast Cancer Care Forum
On the Second day of treatment my BC gave to me: 2 nasty scars and the BCC Forum
To be continued.....
Home. Term finished. On the CBA (literally, CAN'T be ....) bench for the foreseeable future!!
Only teasing KTC, not really being mean. And it's your fault I don't feel guilty about it!!! *cheeky grin*
Just been for my last swim of 2015! Pool won't be open on the next 2 Thursdays!! Good training session ready for Monday!
Aaah JCJ that's lovely, was going to say you were a bit of a "mean" girl yesterday will change it to "naughty", lettuce and normal?????
Believe it or not I received my letter today, it didn't say I was normal??? Have you been having words with them JCJ? but satisfactory will do nicely, thank you!
Also found out I hadn't been referred for lynn appt so after numerous phonecalls to different city, it's arranged, woo hoo will receive confirmation in post fingers crossed.
Feel as though my arm and hand are being strangled at the moment and if I don't wear sleeve and gauntlet arm weighs a ton!
AND my chariot is squeaking, more sabotage methinks but I have sprayed it with **40 sooooooooooooo should be fine for 21st...
Have decided to wear a Xmas Tree on my head, tiara on top because FF has a crown and so does JCJ xx
So. Tired. One. More. Get. Up. I. Can. Do. This!
Behind window 17: last verse of OISNC ( though I feel bad for leaving out so many contributors to Benchland, and the newcomers, but OIRDC only has these verses for me to "adapt"!! Maybe I'll add some more if I run out of ideas in the next 8 days! :))
And our eyes at last shall see her,
Charging along, across the sand
For that one so dear and gentle,
Is our founder of Benchland:
And she leads her Benchies on,
To the place where guilt is gone.
Right - chariot race on the 21st, incorporating the Christmas food shop with Hump and Dink helping..
I think it's the maddest thing we've ever done. God help us all.
Yes we will come down the M6 as all other roads are uncertain as yet.
Joey doesn't think knee highs will go with his biker jacket, and Meg has gone all drama queen and point blank refuses to wear ANYTHING with holes......
FF will be wearing a crown for the chariot race instead of a tiara.... A Turkey crown. Hehehe
I've contacted Nigella, Delia, Jamie and a bunch of other TV chefs and told them to all include lettuce in ALL their recipes so the shops sell out. That should nobble KTC. Mwahaha!
I've been immortalised in song! YAY! Absolutely howled with laughter at that JCJ. Brilliant! No, glitter fest has not died down, all carpets, lino and wooden floors are sparkly and I no longer care.
Katy, I have (thanks to daughter's connections) found my turkey crown for Xmas dinner at wholesale price! Result! We'll all eat and I've saved money. Legs are not an issue in my family T4T.
Interesting journey home from work tonight. Drove up the hill out of the village and straight into thick fog! Remember I'm in country lanes here, no lighting and a lot of the way single track with passing places. It's actually easier in the dark as you can see headlights coming towards you. Top speed tonight was 15mph following the left hand grass verge. Although I know that way like the back of my hand, so easy to get disorientated. Once I started down the hill into town it cleared and was fine.
I'm not ready for Christmas, I'm starting to panic, grandchildren sorted, SIL and DIL sorted but what about daughter and son? The most important people? No ideas, no clues, time running out, what am I going to do?
Forgot to say: Hope your plumber gets your water sorted quickly, T4T,
and KTC, 2 months without getting your mammo results is probably a good sign - maybe worth checking though? Perhaps they just couldn't bring themselves to put in writing that you are NORMAL?? *sniggers*
Had *that* class again this afternoon and I actually feel I'm starting to win them round. I've allowed them to earn whole class reward minutes every time they're all doing the right thing. They got to cash in 43 minutes this afternoon on activities of their choosing (within reason!). It started off badly with a couple of the boys throwing pens again but some of the ones who usually join in were picking them up and putting them away!! I think they're realising that actually it's pretty tiresome!! Small steps, but I feel I'm getting there (without any sensible strategies from her in charge!!) No doubt it'll be back to square 1 after 2 weeks holiday?! 😞
Day 16: The next verse of OISNC
For she is our Southern Ferret
Day by day, more Foxy she grew;
She was racing like a demon
Tiaras and smiles, as along she flew
And the glitter makes her mad,
Disinfectant makes her glad.
Our hot water system decided to throw a hissy and flooded the garage last night, so we have no running water at all! Apart from a quick trip to the gym to shower this morning I've waited in for the plumber all day, occupying myself by visiting most of the benches 😞 I found a Give Me A Bl@@dy Break bench which hit the spot for a while! The plumber is supposed to be coming to do a quick fix so we at least have cold running water until the part arrives and can be fitted to reinstate the hot water, but it's 4.30pm and I'm on the worried bench....
Anyway, I think my visit to the Give Me A Bl@@dy Break bench must have been noted because my mum just rang to say they'd had a good offer for their house. It's wonderful news as they can downsize and spend more time doing what they want to do rather than enslaved to a big house and gardens 🙂 And, to add to the 'good things' pot, I am picking my son up from uni tomorrow morning 🙂
How has everyone else's day been? An American friend of mine calls Wednesday 'hump day' (how apt for this thread!) so it's officially nearly the weekend now 😉
Am well up for chariot race through supermarket as I only need a LETTUCE, hahaha!!!
Advantage or what???
FF, will be ages looking for her crown..............
Had hair chopped yesterday as seemed to be resembling a bowl, my own fault as I told hairdresser to shorten the sides, when it started to grow, ended up being not a pretty sight!
GS was superly grumpy yesterday, well grizzly.
Was almost late for my appt so had to run, yes, run down the road super, duper practise for race, because I have all the new additions managed it in record time.
21st is fine for me!!
Aaah grumpy, sad times.
tat, fingers crossed for you.
Ali, you having Hump & Dink, Xmas Day??
Realised yesterday have not had any results from mammo, seeing as it was 2 months ago I assume I'm NORMAL??
Way to chase up lynn clinic xx
On the kn***ered bench having just got back from doing the Christmas food shop.Not at Tesco, but the one beginning with an S. Why did no one tell me that I could have had Hump & Dink (yes, T4T, they are camels - see my photo album for one of Dink in her pink jumper!) "help" me.
Don't know what possessed me to do the food shop on the same day as the Christmas lunch at school, but it's done now. Anything I've not got, apart from Turkey, fresh fruit & veg and cream, which I will get from farm shop on 23rd, we can do without. 3 more get ups until THE BIG SLEEP! 🙂
I hope the glitter fest has calmed down at your school, FF? (though I suspect not! :(). 2 weeks ago, we had an enterprise day where the whole school worked in their houses to make cakes, biscuits, tree decorations and gift tags. Each house of 30+ children aged 4 to 11, had to make all the items, so every classroom had glue, glitter, AND cooking debris all over them. I felt so sorry for the cleaners, and most of the carpets still sparkle slightly!!
Day 15 Carol contribution: verse 2 of Once in seaside Norecambe city
Grumpy came down the M6 from heaven,
With her dogs, the best of all
But their chariot was not stable,
They were destined for a fall
On the floor, they fell so slowly
Dented tiara and knee highs holey.
21st seems a good day for THE race. We can celebrate the fact that the days will start to lengthen again! 🙂
Hi Ali. I'm guessing Hump and Dink are your camels? And you're right, it's been AT LEAST a week since anyone opened a conversation like that 😉 Mince pie and gin just to your right x
I love the idea of a Chariot race around Tesco. I think Christmas Eve would be perfect, almost a public service to distract and entertain all the stressed shoppers? I know someone who works at my local Tesco, so I might have to leave the area afterwards, but hey, it'll be worth it!
Foxy, I was once at a farm shop collecting my turkey just before Christmas. An older chap in front of me was creating merry hell with the cashiers because his turkey crown didn't have any legs... "what will me mam do without a drumstick on Christmas day?" kind of ranting. The queue and all the cashiers were women and there were many knowing looks being exchanged and quite a lot of tittering happening, poor bloke 😉
I read your thread on the Radiotherapy board, Jill, and promptly ran over to the Sad and Terrified bench! You've been through such an ordeal with all the surgery and reccurrences in your scar and other breast. How have you kept sane? I think I'd be dribbling in a corner after all that!
There's loads of room on the F**king Furious bench - I'm guessing it was designed as an extra large bench because of the sheer demand for it 🙂 Maybe we should order a Rare Cancers bench too. Not to sit on, but to smash to smithereens when the F**king Furious bench doesn't quite hit the spot 😉
I do hope you have a special Christmas this year - you certainly deserve it 🙂 xxx
Lavendersblue and tat4tit (love that name) welcome to Benchland.. Sounds as if you have both had a raw deal.
Ali, are you completely bonkers? Chariot race combined with Christmas food shopping? Can you imagine the chaos and destruction? With Hump and Dink too? Actually , it might be fun but it would make the national news Am I ready for that sort of notoriety?
Talking of Xmas food shopping, I am responsible (no, I'm not, no way am I a responsible adult) for buying the meat for Xmas dinner. Went to Tesco today (other supermarkets etc.....) for a turkey crown. They didn't have one, I enquired as to when their next delivery would be and was told that they wouldn't be getting any more. WHAT?? Sitting firmly on the "I don't believe it" (said in Victor Meldrew's voice) bench. Not everyone shops early for Xmas and there's still 10 days to go!!
Perhaps all their deliveries next week will be Easter eggs?
Chariot race date? I was going to suggest Xmas Eve but maybe that's a bit too late for Xmas shopping (especially if you want a turkey crown!!) . The shortest day? Now called the winter solstice. I've always believed it to be the 21st but now I've googled it it could be the 22nd. It's either UTC on the 22nd or EST on the 21st and I'm completely confused. I'm just going with the 21st as I've always thought. So......next Monday??
Gives us a few days to nurse the bruises before Xmas
A thought re Chariot Race. Please could we combine it with the Christmas supermarket food shop? It would be such fun, we could put tinsel on the trollies and Hump and Dink could clear us a path to the sprouts and parsnips.... 😄
Hello all!! Budge up on the gin bench Tattie, sorry you're having such a rough time of it. Have you met my camels????? (now there's a conversational opener you don't hear every day)
Oooh I'm in one of JCJ 's verses (or should we call them tittyditties?:) ) so happy 🙂
So , Anastrozole and joint pain. Ouchy hip joints. Huh!
Hugs to Grumpy and anyone else who needs one. Can I have a mince pie please?? X
So sorry to hear your results were mixed today T4 T , and that your margins under your arm weren't good enough .
I can't believe that you were misdiagnosed so badly and had to wait so long for treatment , no wonder you need the F**king Furious bench !!!
Although I think mine was growing away for a long while disguised as lymphoedema , from bruise appearing to diagnosis was only 4 months . I thought that was bad enough . As mine was caused by my rads treatment for breast cancer , will you shift up a bit so I can join you on said bench !!! LOL .
I too had a radical mx in Jan 2015 and my tumour was 30 cm !! I kid you not , basically all my chest !! They said they had clear margins but by April I had recurrence in my scar and needed 2WLE to get clear margins again !!
I couldn't have radiotherapy as my AS was secondary ,radiation induced and so I couldn't have any more radiation on that side of my body due to damage to heart and lungs etc.
Hope the MDT comes up with a good plan for you next week . Please do keep in touch and let me know how it goes .
I tried to pm you , but it won't send .
Hugs , Jill xxxx
Now I've got the bad news out of the way, I must get chariot race sorted.
Got some mad twinkly leggings to wear with black bra festooned with tinsel and seqins, tiara and body makeup with GLITTER.
No suggestions as yet for host/starter.......
Joey still wants a studded leather jacket, and Meg INSISTING on pearls and tiara.
Norcambe doesn't know what will hit it!!!!
Have we chosen a date????
They say things come in threes.
(Takes deep breath) as well as my friend who died from bone secondaries, my friends mum died at 91, and another friend died after a massive stroke leaving his wife who had brain surgery 2 years ago and struggles a bit with life. What a f##king AWFUL week....
I have a lot to be Thankful for.
Throw your guilt in the lake T4T. The alligators will fatten themselves up on it and we will enjoy delicious alliburgers! Definitely NO SWIMMING in this lake though. <<hugs>>
Thanks JCJ, I am a huge fan of Benchland and a Pantitivity is perfect! (Oh yes it is!)
My results were mixed today. The surgeon took all of my pectoral muscle and got good margins on the chest area, but under the arm was only 0.5mm. Normally that would mean more surgery to get clear margins, but there is nothing left to take bar the ribs and that is serious and complicated surgery. I will be discussed at the MDT next week (in flattering terms, I hope - I made an effort, painted my nails and didn't bat an eyelid at the surgeon's freezing cold hands) and rads is the next step. It's an odd one as rads for bc can cause angiosarcoma, but that kind of sums AS up really! Then, all they can promise is really close monitoring and I have to very observant for anything unusual. More time on the roller coaster, and in Benchland, for me!
On the journey home I occupied the F**king Furious bench (again) because 15 months ago the tunour would have been less extensive. After a lovely dinner cooked by my daughter, I've been on the G&T bench while my brain unravelled and I may potter over to the Feeling Sorry for Myself bench followed quickly by the Guilty bench for feeling sorry for myself. Or, I might just fire up the chariot and go for a training run.... 😉
By the way,we had the vicar do school assembly this afternoon. Theme: Christmas Carols. I struggled to keep a straight face and a professional demeanour when the first 3 carols he talked about were all ones I have 'adapted' (mutilated more like?!) 🙂
Welcome aboard tat4tit! I am so glad this crazy thread gave you the chance to have a good, medicinal laugh. It got us all through the sh*t times. Most of us remaining Benchies are through the worst now - just annual check-ups and 'because of your history, we have to investigate' type medical scares bring back the 'demon on the shoulder' from time to time.
Feel free to vent and/or join in the madness, but a word of advice: Be careful how/who you try to explain your hilarity (to) - most 'outsiders' tend to rush for the straight jackets when you start mentioning 'panitivities (panto nativity) on ice dressed as a donkey'. Or virtual diving/synchronised swimming galas. Or indeed chariot races. We've done them all and had a b***** good laugh in the process!
Day 14 Advent Carol
Once in seaside Norecambe City (Not very Royal and Nowhere near St David’s)
Once in seaside Norecambe city,
Stood a lovely camel sled,
With a Benchy wearing lycra
And a tiara on her head
Ali was that Benchy fair,
Hump and Dink her pulling pair.
More verses to follow! 🙂
A chariot race, why not? Togas, glittery costumes, tiaras, flashign light shoes and knee high tights? Yep, all kitted out. Might even wear them to my appointment this afternoon Thanks for welcoming me, it's lovely here even if I'm a bit dizzy from lurching between so many benches. Is there a 'Bench of Requirement' a la the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts? Then I could just sit on one and it would magically alter to reflect my rapidly changing moods.. 😉
Welcome tat4tit, everyone is allowed in Benchland!!
You def have the hang of the benches and if there isn't one you need, just make it up.
We are a friendly bunch and have even managed to have some meet ups even though we all live at different ends of the country!!
We are about to embark on a "Chariot Race" , a Xmas themed, toga wearing, glittery costume type thingy and ofcourse we have our super sonic, fab chariots.
It is also a tradition to wear tiaras and have flashing light shoes, you are very welcome to join us!! Hope all goes well with your appt.
Off to make my lettuce soup now xx
Is Benchland still accepting newbies?
I can't tell you how many wry and belly laughs this thread gave me over the weekend. I read from the beginning (I like to be organised), but had to give up after about 30 pages of the nearly 500 as the forum doesn't allow us to choose random pages to dip in and out of (next or previous only ). And, let's face it, I had to get off the sofa eventually and do something useful around the house - you can only stretch this cancer patient thing so far... 😉 I'd love to know how some of the founders of Benchland are getting on - they created a wonderfully supportive community, as well as providing much needed humor around an incrediby cr@p situation.
I have great need today for the Crazy Sobbing Lady bench, the Denial bench (do I have to order that one?), the Unbelievably Scared bench and, if possible, a 'frequent flyer' pass for the F**king Furious Bench. In one of the early posts, someone put a Phantom Nipple Pain bench up and I'm on that a lot too...
After a misdiagnosis of a lump in July 2014, I received a dx of primary angiosarcoma in the breast in October 2015 and I've been on the F**king Furious bench, nipping over to the Unbelievably Scared and Denial benches ever since. A primary AS is ncredibly rare (less than 0.4% of all cancers in the breast). Surgery is the best treatment and so, although I don't have breast cancer per se, I get to join in the surgery fun and had a radical mx on 26/11 with most of the pectoral muscle removed because (nips back to the F**cking Furious bench) it was growing unchecked for 15 months....!
I have my results appointment this afternoon and need to vent in a safe place or I'll explode! Oh, that puts me on the Guilty bench too because I daren't offload to anyone in my family for fear of scaring them more than they are already... So here I am, hurtling between benches. Anyone else around today?
Five dozen???? And now you are a pie?? What's going on?
Thank you for the yummies, JCJ, was singing along to day 13, silently of course.
Wowee FF, decorated and now have cleaning supplies, happy days indeed!!
Xmas tree now up, I started it, well. removed it from box and YD has decorated, looks soooooooooo pretty,
why can't I do that? Artistic no................got an A for Art at school, was def a fluke.
Can't be bothered making lettuce soup today, it's the "CBA" bench for me, all day!
So sorry about your friend grumpy, so sad, hugs flying your way xx
Re-reading earlier post. Perhaps I should clarify: we are 5 pies not 5 dozen!! (But it was a close run thing!! :p)
Hooray for the arrival of cleaning products!! 🙂 Get the next order in now, and it might be there when you need it?? (As if?) Hooray for successful decorating!
Here's the 13th of our advent carols:
Dashing through the place,
In our Chariot race today
Over the streets we race
Laughing all the way.
Belles with boobies bring
To town a wonderful sight
What fun it is to silently sing
A chariot song tonight.
We made 6 1/2 dozen mince pies yesterday. YD is taking 2 dozen home with her today, and we ate 5 between us while they were still warm......they are only small....and delicious! I've put a self-replenishing stack of them in the shed, along with clotted cream and brandy butter (warm the pie, prise the lid off, insert knob of brandy butter, replace lid, stuff into mouth. Bliss!! Help yourselves.
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Grumpy. Hugs coming your way.
Katy - when you posted, I hadn't started. But I did start...... and I finished. YAY!! Chimney breast now papered and looking good. Actually looking b***** fantastic! Only needs new cushion covers now to finish it off although I might consider new curtains and hearthrug. We shall see. Going fabric shopping on Monday for the cushions, yes, I shall make them myself, that way I get what I want.
I've not said anything about school this week but it's been a nightmare! Certain activities have taken place and overtime has had to be done. I don't mind doing the odd 15/20 mins sometimes as on other days I can leave early. Swings and roundabouts. That's fair. But this week.......well.......christmas crafts......hydrogen bombs of glue followed by a nuclear explosion of glitter and I'm fighting a losing battle.
On the other hand, I have finally got the cleaner/disinfectant that I first ordered last May, victory is mine after 7 months. Halllelujah!
<<hugs>> Grumpy (hugs button doesn't work on my tablet, despite the very helpful tech elf's advice!). I hope your friend's family, - and you! - can take comfort from the fact she's no longer suffering. What a sh***y disease this is?! xxx
Just had some very sad news - a dear friend in the village died today, secondaries in bones although no primary was ever found. Her two sons and two of her three stepsons all arrived in time. We all think she hung on until her 2 boys were there...... her husband has got plenty of support from the boys for now, and from the rest of the village in the coming months.
Grumpy (and gutted)
No not lettuce soup.................
Are the mince pies in the shed???? Is there cream?? yum yum, are they hot??? xx