Love your tulips Lou. As you know, we don’t have a garden of our own now, but we do have a communal garden which is quite nice but I don’t think there are too many green fingers around. It has been a boon for Mary and I lately though and we often sit in it and have a sandwich or read the papers. It is a good focal point for meeting and chatting to our neighbours too, and we are all planning a garden party for everyone to get to know each other. I think we do already but it is a good excuse for a party and a glass or two. 👍😀🍾🥂
I can’t imagine such extreme temperature changes all in one day Ali. we have put our winter coats away now and are hoping we won’t need them again for a long time. Haha,egg and cress sandwiches are my favourites. I love traditional afternoon teas. They are popular here but somehow, they don’t seem to be the same as the ones we used to have in Yorkshire tea rooms. Think, Betty’s fat rascal scones.
The MAS Club is a wonderful idea and your photos are lovely - cheering and uplifting. I am in a little group who have a ‘Music for Relaxation’ get together once a week. We have been encouraged and welcomed by MacMillan who are allowing us to use their premises and they have an electric piano too. We are fortunate in that COVID has been overcome here and we are free to meet up in groups which is great.
Here is part of our little garden.
Brilliant idea, I love it!
I love arts and crafts, music, photography, all of that sort of stuff!As well as the baking and cooking! I am always having so many different things on the go at the same time, which can be a bit frustrating for me haha! I need to work on finishing one thing before starting another. 😁
I have some cross-stitch on the go that I started in 2017, it gets picked up off and on. I remember one item I began when my youngest was 5 yrs old it was a princess castle to hang in her room, well I finally finished it in time for her 16th birthday! hahaha. She still loved it, and hung it on her wall! So funny. 😂I did lots of other ones in-between, and other things too.
I have some art I want to start. Now don't laugh 😁, but it is some painting by numbers which I found. They are not the usual type I have seen before, but very detailed and true to life art. Eg Copies of artist's work or wildlife pictures. I just haven't had a chance to start one yet. I am not brilliant at producing art out of my own head, I can copy what I see! Haha.😁
I have had some spectacular fails too though. I love knitting, and one year my husband said he would love an aran type cardigan. Now I have knitted lots of these in years gone by, but he wanted a modern design , etc. So I set about finding one to do. It was all going well, then I was diagnosed with cancer, and it wasn't yet finished. Well it became the family joke, when is Ma going to finish Dad's jumper.😂Fast forward many months, still in treatment, been trying to knit, the day arrives when I have knitted the last stitch. And the sewing together begins. Now if you have ever seen The Good Life and the episode where Tom and Barbara take up knitting, you will picture it. This cardigan I had spent soooo long making, was an absolute shocking, hilarious disaster!!! I blame it on chemo brain, and the cognitive impairment I was suffering from. It didn't fit, or hang well, felt horrid. Lol! I promised to unpick it all and do another one. Where is it now I hear you ask? Shoved in a cupboard waiting for that day!! I haven't knitted since. 😂
Finding the time to do activities is so hard, I also play the flute and guitar but it is a long time since I have played either. Now my daughter has finished her last flute exam I can take my flute back and carry on practicing a piece I first began learning a long time ago.
Anyway, I will post some of my successes very soon.😁
Good afternoon everyone
Oh Ali, your hampers sound wonderful and as always, your cards, stones and shells look amazing. What a special Christmas you and your family will be having. Mary and I have always taken a shell from every beach we have visited and we keep them on the back window shelf in the car. They attract a lot of attention and you have inspired me to think that perhaps we could have a go at painting them. Watch this space! Sorry to hear about the neuropathy. Sadly, Cancer and its treatments always seem to leave their Mark. I love reading your posts - you are always so full of life and you will never be old.
Hi Michele. Those antibiotics sound rotten, but hopefully, they are of benefit in the long run. Thank goodness you will soon be getting your scans done. I think that in the circumstances, it is probably best to enjoy Christmas just the two of you together which is what we are doing too. We have stocked up with food, booze, treats and we have a new TV with all the bells and whistles so we will just enjoy a quiet day together. The flooding sounds awful and I hope the new flood defences do their job. Ironically, our weather has been unseasonably warm and gentle and we even sat by the sea with a flask and sandwiches for lunch today.
Haha Lou, I love the pic. I'm afraid that dog would definitely not pass a lie detector test. People say that animals don't have expressions, but I don't believe that. I enjoyed watching the 'Strictly' final last night. It has been a really vibrant show this year and it was lovely to be able to enjoy the music, dancing, colour and excitement and to get away from all the depressing news for a couple of hours. To top it off, it was a victory for the 'oldies.' I am no expert and I am not sure that Bill Bailey was the best dancer, but he was a lot of fun and Oti's programmes were just amazing.
Thank you all for your kind wishes. I ended up in hospital with my eye issues but the medical people were amazing. They identified the problem and gave me medications which have been really helpful, and there has bee no permanent damage.
Haha, we;'re nearly there at last. Merry Christmas everybody.
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Hi Ali. I am sorry to hear that you have had such a tough time and thank goodness you have been feeling better lately. The myelogramme sounds pretty unpleasant, but if it helps to keep you well, it will be worth it. Haha, that tart tatin sounds delicious and I doubt that I would be able to resist it if it found its way onto my table. My Mum used to sprinkle her Yorkshire curd tarts with cinnamon. It has taken me two weeks to lose 3 pounds and I think I need to try a bit harder☹️. It is over 30c here today which I think is some kind of record for this time of year. Love your park - you live in a really lovely area.
Good afternoon Margy. How lovely to have all the family around you again. It must have been exhausting but lots of fun too. I do hope that you will be able to get together at Christmas. Your garden looks wonderful - you have all been so busy and it’s definitely been worth it. Spring is such a lovely time of year when everything starts to grow again. Our Winters are relatively mild and we rarely see any snow. The last time we did, everyone rushed out of their houses to take photographs, it was so funny.😂. Mary and I have been loving the cricket. We have had tours by the West Indies, Pakistan and as you know, Australia are here now. All of the matches have been at either Southampton or Manchester as both have hotels within their grounds. The players have been isolated in a secure bubble within the grounds and have not been allowed to leave. This means that they have been cooped up for a month or more which must have been pretty testing for young men touring England. Their efforts have been really appreciated and the cricket has been wonderful.
Here is a pic from our lovely balcony adorned with flowers from a very special friend.
Hi Michele. Your Scottish sojourn sounds wonderful. I think we need to have some pleasure and relaxation at times like this and I bet you are feeling refreshed and happy. We can’t really leave the Island to see family as we would have to fly and then self isolate on return and it is just not worth the risk/trouble. Fortunately, local hotels are offering Autumn deals for locals and Mary and I are checking some of them out. We are also looking forward to the joys of eating out and as the Island is relatively free of the virus, we feel safe to do so. The cinnamon apple crisps sound lovely and not too naughty. I think we will be giving them a go. I wonder what it is about men and steam trains. Has Geoff been to Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales? The old Station Master’s house on the platform is available to rent and a friend of mine goes there every year. There are a couple of steam trains pass through most days and here is one.
Good afternoon Lou. What a lovely day to go to Falmouth. It will be tough for you all not having Hannah at home but I am sure she will settle in well and that you will be frequent visitors.
My friend Gary has a lovely cat called Joey. I don’t know what he is but he has a kind of pug face and he is very sociable and good company. Gary has recently put a little water feature into his garden and Joey is taking full advantage during the hot weather. Here are a couple of pics.
Love to you all.
This must be so debilitating for you.
Potentially this could be scarring of the lung tissue which can lead to irritation and subsequent cough.
Not what you need to hear but this symptom could be with you indefinitely. Perhaps speak to the Consultant and ask for an alternative remedy for this as sounds like the anti histamines are not working for you
I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and also how you have been suffering with these symptoms and yet not being able to find any relief or help for them.
I am not able to advise you, or provide you with any knowledgeable answer.
I can only suggest contacting the oncologist or doctor to see if further investigations can be done to locate the source of it. I would have hoped the doctors could say something about the uticaria. Perhaps some different medication may help that?
I understand seeing doctors in the current climate may be difficult, but even a telephone consultation would be better than none. I would persist in contacting them until you are successful in speaking to someone.
Maybe someone else on here will have some insight for you, hopefully they will get in touch.
Thank you for getting in touch.
You are doing the right thing by placing warm towels on the area to help absorb the excess fluid, which in most cases reabsorbs naturally.
As Lou mentioned, sometimes radiotherapy may have to be delayed as a result but fingers crossed for you.
My best wishes
Just wanted to let everyone know.. I’m in remission..I am healed by the grace of God
Hi Mrs T,
I lost all my hair during chemo as I didn’t have the cold cap. I was recommended by other patients to use a shampoo and conditioner called “Mane and Tail” ( sold in Boots and Superdrug cost about £6 each). Apparently it is an American product originally created for grooming horses, but is safe to use on humans! A peculiar thought, I know but I found it really worked well. I will send you a before and after pic so you can see the thickness and growth. Regarding your eyelashes, I am using a serum called “RapidLash”, again from Boots. This is a bit more expensive at around £40. My lashes fell out after chemo treatment had finished but they are growing back now. Well done on getting through the chemo, hope you find something that helps.
Afer Chemo ... 5th March 2020
Latest pic .... 10th July 2020.
I haven’t been to the hairdressers yet, and yes it is greyer and curlier than before but I am getting used to it !
take care and all the best,
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