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....depending on which hemisphere you are currently residing! πŸ˜€

Good evening @Anneb , Margy, I hope you are having a good evening. This is our off-topic space where we can chat about anything, and can leave cancer to one side temporarily.

I loved reading your post about Australia and near to where you live.

@RobertA , Rob, your honeymoon sounded wonderful! What a great trip to have.

Our honeymoon wasn’t like that! Hahahaha! We couldn’t afford to go to Italy which is where we would have liked to go back then. We decided to go to a small Greek island, which sounds lovely, except it was infested with wasps, and I had a phobia about them! It was a nightmare, I will never return! We laugh about it now, especially about the travel agent who clearly thought we were paupers! Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

Anyway, the swimming pool is beckoning, so I must be off for now, but to everyone I hope today goes well for you all, whatever it is you have planned, I will catch up with you all later.

Lou xx

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  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @LouiseJ @Anneb

    Haha Lou. My big sister lives in Texas and now I’m really confused β°πŸŒžπŸ›πŸ₯πŸŒš???πŸ€”

    Oh dear, at least you can look back on your honeymoon and laugh about it. I think that those long ago days were fun when you look back on them. I love the Neil Sedaka song ‘The Hungry Years’ I-miss the hungry years, the once upon a time, the lovely long ago, we didn't have a dime. those days of me and you., we lost along the way’ I remember having no money but life was fun and my bones didn’t ache.

    I was 55 when Mary and I got married. We both had good jobs and so we were able to have the honeymoon of a lifetime, though my lifetime and our marriage were nearly very short. I imagine you have been snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef Margy. Well, I was out there happily floating on my tummy and admiring the corals when my snorkel filled with water and I got into difficulties. I was rescued by a bronze adonis who fished me out and happily accepted the admiration of the watching crowd whilst I sat on the deck, wet, miserable and embarrassed.

    Oh look, it is 12,30am. Bedtime - I think?

    Goodnight xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    ps Lou

    I haven’t been swimming since then. I leave that to you and the fish.Enjoy🏊‍♀️

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13 ✭

    @RobertA

    Hi Robert

    Dont worry, you are not the only person to go under down under🀣🀣

    Yes my husband and i spent 10 days cruising from Brisbane, airlie beach, cairns and port douglas last year. It is just beautiful scenery and ocean and corals.

    It is well woth a trip down under

    Cheers Margy πŸ’–

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb , @RobertA

    Good morning Margy and Rob,

    Hope you have had a lovely day with the family Margy, waking up here, it is another sunny day, but still freezing. I shall have to de-ice the car to take eldest to work in a minute.

    Haha, Rob, you won't know where you are, chatting across so many time zones πŸ˜‚.

    No aches and pains would be good, but we are here, and that is to be celebrated. I'm not sure about returning to the poor days, we don't have much now, but even less then haha! πŸ˜‚. But I understand the sentiment of the lyrics, which are great by the way.

    Australia is beautiful, from the little I saw in Sydney, the Northern Beaches. My brother has property up in a place called Talbingo, near mountains I think? I forget, we went up for the weekend, took hours to drive there. Like me going from the South here to Scotland! There were loads of kangaroos too, they would come very close to the property, I was so excited when I first saw one! I would stand like a statue hoping they wouldn't notice me watching them. 😁.

    Rob, don't feel bad about being rescued from the ocean... At least you weren't needing to be rescued from a 'Lazy River' in Florida! That's not embarrassing at all 🀣🀣. But I was about to drown, really! πŸ˜‚

    At one of the water parks we went to, family said 'let's go on the lazy river', a great idea. Except it wasn't a lazy one, it was a rapids one! So you have these rubber ring things to hold on to, you are meant to float with the current round the park. Well you know these were huge rings, I couldn't hold on, because of my surgery, I didn't have the strength in my arms, and the water was moving so fast. The family had whizzed on, I was really struggling. Along the route there are Life guards watching, I saw one and thankfully I was spotted. Hahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, this young, handsome, fit, lad, jumped in and rescued me. By this time the others had realised something was wrong, and had to back track to find me. Well the thing is, the rescue set off a whole stream of events, protocol meant the medical team was sent over, it all got very complicated!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I only just managed to persuade them not to call an ambulance and send me to hospital. I had really hurt my arm and shoulder by now, but the thought of going to ER would have ruined the holiday. I said 'no, it's ok, I can take ibuprofen, my arm was hurting already, it's not that bad'. How they believed me I don't know!

    Rescued from a lazy river!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Didn't stop me, we went back another day. Just not on the rapid one! πŸ˜‚. Haha.

    Chat later, lovely friends,

    Lou x

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13 ✭

    @RobertA

    @Sunshine15

    Wow, your holidays sound a lot more adventurous than mine. All ours are rather sedate compared🀣🀣🀣

    We have had a huge pre easter family weekend as we will be away. I forgot how tired i get being on the go 24/7 with grandchildren. All woth it though.

    Went to bed early last night and slept through to the alarm🀣🀣🀣which is my husband with a coffee🀣🀣🀣🀣

    Cant believe Lou that your brother has a place in Talbingo. It is close but about 3 hours away as you have to cross the Snowy Mountain range. However over here that is not a long trip...actually short trip. We are used to travelling long distances to get anywhere. When i say we are zipping to echuca for the weekend to see my sister , it is 2 &1/2 hours....that is a sort trip for us😁😁😁

    Well housework is calling, will be doing it on a slow pace. Do you both still get what i call...a weary body? My mind is fine but the body not....😒😒

    What time zone are you in Robert, is it not the same as the UK??

    Have a beautiful day my lovely friends

    Margy πŸ’–πŸ’–

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Mary took the Ipad to Hospice this morning and can you believe that I have just lost a masterpiece which I was about to send you when my ancient laptop ran out of juice and shut down without saving it. Ah well, here goes again.

    Ha ha Margy, I like that. under down under.

    Jersey is in the same time zone as the UK and my sister in Austin, Texas is 6 hours behind us. I was chatting to her at 9pm our time last night. My sister is disabled and lives in an assisted living apartment a short distance from my niece who visits and takes her out a lot. My niece is living with cancer but she takes it all in her stride and is always smiling and laughing. Mary and I are planning to visit in October when it is not too hot for us. It is a ten hour flight direct from Heathrow. Austin is a lovely and very friendly City and we will have a great time together.

    Ha ha, your alarm sounds wonderful. Mary just kicks me out of bed at 7.30am as it is my job to prepare breakfast.

    Yes, I get tired very quickly. I was washing down the front driveway on Saturday and within an hour, I was exhausted and my shirt was soaked and clinging to my back. I have advanced and aggressive prostate cancer which thrives on testosterone so my treatment involves removing all the testosterone from my body. It has stopped the cancer from spreading but there are a number of side effects which include tiredness, hot flushes and concentration issues. Like you, I think my mind is fine, but others may disagree. Ha ha. I look very fit and well, and friends and family often do not understand that I cannot do the things I used to do. I can't cope with crowds and noise and I drink very sparingly. When we go to family in Manchester, they like to celebrate with a pub cruise followed by an Indian meal at 11.pm. Last time we did that, I was very unwell for several days and I think they are beginning to 'get it' now.

    Lou, what on earth were you doing in that rubber ring after major surgery and meds? You are naughty, but it is great that you like to have a go at things and have some fun. Mary and I love Sydney and we visited for a second time four years ago. I was retired by then, but a company asked me to do 12 months work for them at a figure which I could not refuse. Mary was not keen at first but when I said we would spend all of the money on a trip of a lifetime round New Zealand, she gave in. We stopped in Manly for a couple of weeks on our way home. We visited the Dandenongs and fed lovely brightly coloured birds which happily sat on our hands eating the grain. We also visited the Blue Mountains and went on the Skytrain. I soon realised I don'y like heights. Ha ha.

    Well, must get on with that music. Jackie will be chasing me.

    Rob xx

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 158 ✭✭✭

    Hi Rob, you got time! Haha hope you ok. Lv Jackie x πŸ™‹‍♀️

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @RobertA , @Anneb , @jacksprat_x1 , @Lesley , @Peter

    Good afternoon, and evening all (Margy!πŸ˜‰!)

    Wow, so much activity here, brilliant.

    Margy, our holidays are not usually so busy, but it was Florida , our dream holiday. Post exams, post treatment, etc, we went everywhere, for three weeks. Just fabulous! Would love to do it again one day.

    We are going to France in the summer, down near Toulouse. It will be very relaxing and very quiet, we tend to find the most secluded places in the countryside. Just had permission to book next years too!! So looking for that now, every other year we go away with my brother-in-law and he is already looking forward to it! hahah. We get very excited booking holidays 😁.

    Rob, I know, but it was Florida! Just had to do it. 😁. Far more sedate in France, mostly swimming in the pool, and having another go at tennis! Haha, I am almost ready for WimbledonπŸ˜‚Oh and wine shopping!🍷Rob, I think your travels sound so amazing, you have had so many adventures which is fantastic.

    Margy, I love your alarm clock, I am the alarm clock in our house, the cats are my alarm clock, haha.

    Definitely, get tired very quickly, bones, joints and feet, suffer a lot, sometimes I carry on until I can't stand anymore, but that is foolish I know. This morning I have started my spring decorating project, I was challenged after reading @Peter exploits in his home and garden! 😁. Still moving everything out, so the lounge is getting very full with stuff, but at least I am sorting it now and chucking things no longer required. A trip to B&Q tomorrow I hope to fetch some mould cleaning stuff and good paint. Painting is the good bit, its this pre-bit that I hate especially if there are spiders, cobwebs and dead wasps etc to move. 😁

    Margy, I couldn't believe it when you told me about Talbingo, what are the odds of that? It really is a smaller world than we realise. I told the family and my sister who were amazed. 😁

    Jackie, I hope you have been able to sit out in your new patio area these last few days, today it seems warmer even though windier. It's gorgeous here now, washing on line too! Not a bad day!

    Later we are going for coffee, oh yes and get this, my eldest has only gone and been offered three jobs!! She has already got her old job back from a retailer, not just any retailer mind....haha, πŸ˜„. The coffee shop is also a bar, so we will visit and she can sort out her hours. This morning she had an interview at another pub, which we also like and they want her in summer. Quids in! That will sort her rent out for the next uni semesters. Perfick!

    Things are working our for her, which is great, youngest has just got to focus on her studies for now, that is enough for her to deal with.

    Hope you are all having a blessed day and evening, Jackie, I hope you have been able to find something tasty to eat and drink. Hang in there, you are doing brilliantly. Another day nearer...

    Lesley, hopefully you are having a restful few days after your weekend away, maybe you can pop out on the boat while the weather is good?

    Peter, not long until your holiday in Tenerife! How are you doing getting those bedding plants in? You and your wife will be well deserving of that holiday after all your activities!

    Sending love to you all,

    Lou xx

  • PeterPeter Posts: 17 ✭

    Hi Lou

    The bedding plants are growing in our conservatory, bit like Kew Gardens at present, but it is much too cold to put them out.

    Had a bit of a setback last week. I was due for my 11th chemotherapy session in this cycle, but my blood decided not to play ball. My neutrophils, white blood cells and something else disappeared from the radar so did not have chemo but had 4 days in hospital on IV antibiotics, then came home yesterday with more antibiotics as things started improving. Had a nice rest and had to put my jobs on hold.

    Finishing my kitchen now and busy planning the next project. Only 10 days to Tenerife - we both cannot wait. I am going to follow the routine of our cat, Poppy, plenty of rest and sleep haha.

    Best wishes to all

    Peter

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Peter

    Hi Peter,

    Oh I am so sorry you have been laid low in hospital and that chemo was delayed. Jolly neutrophils not playing ball! So are they hoping to do chemo next week if you are strong enough, or will it be delayed until after your holiday?

    Cats are very sensible aren't they! Our two Charlie and Lola are experts at it, especially Lola hahaha. We had a vet visit today, need to try and reduce her calorie intake, slow metabolism! looking for low-calorie cat food now. Bless her. 🐱

    Hope you feel stronger soon,

    Take care,

    Lou x

  • PeterPeter Posts: 17 ✭

    Thanks Lou

    I feel much better now and my cat has stopped me from doing anything as she has settled down with me on my chair and she has gone to sleep. I can't move now so will watch TV.

    Chemo will now be when we get back from Tenerife, good news as far as I am concerned. Gives my body a bit of respite and recovery time. Having a day out tomorrow - going to the local tip with all the rubbish from my kitchen floor.

    Best wishes to all

    Peter

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Peter

    Hi Peter,

    Of course you couldn't move last evening with the cat on your lap! You can't wake a sleeping cat, not allowed to do that in our house, haha. The lengths we go to to try and move them without waking them up, when we are desperate to move! haha🀣. Enforced relaxation!!haha

    It's a good week for the tip clearly, we made two trips yesterday!

    Today I finished emptying our outer kitchen, the contents of which are in our living room! Mind you, the cats are as I write having a whale of a time playing out there. It has a lino floor, perfect for cats to run and slide around, haha

    Have a good evening,

    Lou x

  • PeterPeter Posts: 17 ✭

    Hello Lou

    Trip to the tip was amusing. One of the staff was having his lunch and under no circumstance would he stop to assist. The second guy was walking around with a stick in his hand and claimed be busy. So I just unloaded my old floor slowly and threw it into the skips. Took me just under 30 minutes and I came home shattered. Copied my cat and had a power snooze.

    I was quite surprised how much room there is in my garage. There is a real danger I might be able to get my car in haha.

    My kitchen will be finished tomorrow. Got to get up early on Good Friday to go for a CT scan at 8.10 am. Lovely.

    Take care

    Peter

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Peter

    Hi Peter,

    Haha, that sounds awful. It reminds me of Esther Rantzen when she did That's Life and gave out the 'Job's Worth 'Awards! haha. I am sorry you were shattered though.

    What?? Put your car in the garage?? Is that what they are for?? hahahahahaha 🀣🀣 I didn't get that memo!🀣

    Hope the scan goes ok on Friday, at least it is early in the day so you can get in and out fairly quickly.

    Take care,

    Lou x

  • PeterPeter Posts: 17 ✭

    Thank you. Will be in touch again very soon.

    Peter

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Peter

    Hi Peter

    Wish I had a cat like yours which stopped me from doing anything. Mary always has something she wants me to do and I can never find an excuse not to.

    I envy you going to Tenerife. I loved it apart from driving up Mount Teide in a hire car and finding out the handbrake did not work. 😲

    I am not normally keen on zoos but the Loro Parque in Tenerife is amazing. Lots of big cats there, and the animals have plenty of open space to move around in.

    We are spending Easter at home in Jersey. The weather reports suggest its going to be warm and sunny. Bring it on. πŸ˜€

    Have a great holiday

    Rob

  • PeterPeter Posts: 17 ✭

    Hi Rob

    Hopefully, Tenerife will give us the opportunity to recharge the batteries after several difficult weeks. Have been 5 times before so we know where we are going. Jersey sounds good and, yes, the weather forecast is good.

    Back in early May and then my job's list will need to be addressed.

    Cheers

    Peter

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13 ✭

    @RobertA

    @Sunshine15

    Hi Robert and Lou,

    I have been off the radar for 2 days with a tummy bug. So nauseous. Had a cup of tea and back to bed for me.

    I hope you are both well

    MargyπŸ’–

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb

    Hi Margy,

    Really sorry to hear you are poorly with a bug. Just concentrate on resting and recovering, thinking of you and sending gentle hugs. I do hope that its gone by the weekend for you so you will be able to enjoy time away.

    Chat when you are feeling better,

    πŸ€—β€οΈ

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb

    Hi Margy

    Poor you. Hope it clears in time for your Easter trip to see your sister.

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13 ✭

    @RobertA

    Hi Rob

    Much better tonight, still not out of the woods but should wake up better tomorrow i am sure.

    Yes i dont want to take this wog to Echuca with me. I would hate to give it to anyone

    MargyπŸ’–

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb

    Hi Margy,

    Just saying Hi! How was your weekend away, I do hope you got over that bug in time and you had a lovely time with your friends. This week has flown by, here we are at another weekend! Hope to chat soon,

    Lou xxπŸ€—β€οΈ

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13 ✭

    Hi Lou,

    Yes i am all well nowπŸ’–. So much happened this week...lol... Backhome now.will write and tell you all about it

    Margy xxxπŸ’–πŸ’–

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 26

    @Anneb

    Hi Margy

    Great to hear that you are well now.

    Hope you had a lovely time with your family over Easter. We got lucky as the weather was really sunny and warm and we were able to enjoy walks along the beach.

    We also went to a Home and Garden show and saw these horses made from driftwood. I fancied the big one until they told me it was £3,000. 😲. That changed my mind. Haha.

    Rob x


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @RobertA

    Wow! They are fabulous, very talented carpenter/sculptor.

    Round the corner from us there is a couple who have made a wooden top man and lady and dogs etc, displayed on there front garden bit. Now the neighbour across from them has joined in and got one!! I expect the other neighbour made it for him. I think it is going to become a trend! It's good fun because it gets people talking to each other.

    I expect Mary is glad you came to your senses tooπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Haha

    Hope you have s great weekend. Chat later ,

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    Hi Lou

    Ha ha, you will have to get one now.

    Just having a break from preparing and sanding. No escape - Mary works so hard and it makes me feel guilty.

    Catch you later

    Rob xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    Good evening everyone!

    It has been a mixed bag of good and bad this weekend for many of us it seems. Thinking of those having to be in hospital with complications during chemo, that is so hard, and my heart is with you. Some are starting or returning to chemo tomorrow , you know we are all cheering you on as you continue to kick cancer’s ***! Stay strong, stay positive, you can do this , take a deep breath, count to ten and go for it.

    Always here for you anytime

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    Well said Lou

    Yes, we are with you all the way and we will still be here to celebrate together when you get through this.

    Rob x

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