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Oh my goodness Joan it never seems to just rain but pour!🙀 I am glad to hear that your friend hasn’t broken anything and that he will soon be discharged from hospital!
Sorry about your theatre visit you could have done with a day out! Could you go on the train? I have just checked the Trainline and you can get from Bristol to Stratford but it is 2 changes! 😬 I hope you find something else relaxing to do!
Cassie maybe you will be celebrating your birthday this weekend with family? If so have a great time!
Wildpurl, have you finished the cardigan?🤔
Lovewine sorry to hear about your friend’s sister let’s hope that with chemo she will gain some extra years! Cancer’s are being diagnosed so frequently these days I do wander how long people would live if they left undiagnosed and untreated? Are we are own worst enemies with our lifestyles?
Whatever you are doing this weekend ladies make sure that you have some relaxation!

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Goodness me Joan , what an awful week you have had with hospitals and now your poor friend , hope his scan doesn’t show anything too serious , shame about your theatre trip too . Maybe you could do something else instead ?
Yes I must say we are very subdued after our friends news , it certainly has been a rollercoaster for him , I did source relevant information from Macmillan and they saw an advisor , I expect they will need extra support for the whole family now .
Cassie , how annoying about the change to travel passes etc, I am 57 this year so I suppose I will be waiting longer too !
Have a lovely birthday on Tuesday 💐🍷!
It was my friends birthday today - the one who has Inka the Labrador I helped with when he was a puppy , she had the day off work today as did I - so I picked her up and we went to a garden centre cafe for coffee and cake which was very nice , but more bad news came from her too - her sister who is 50 has been diagnosed with an aggressive muscle cancer in her groin .. she sees the oncologist on Monday .
It’s been very cold here today , we have escaped any snow but next week I think it’s on it’s way 🙄
Have a nice weekend ladies !
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Lovewine, what very sad news about your friend. Its been such an up and down journey for him and his wife and the news seemed so good before Xmas. Its particularly awful when it happens to younger people and those with young children. Like Rosie, I hope the chemo manages to slow down the progression. 

 

Cassie, happy birthday for next Tuesday, in case I forget on the day. Are you doing anything to celebrate. I agree with you on the frustrations of the new age rules on bus passes, changing it by 5 years is a big jump. 

 

Rosie, we were planning to go to the theatre in Stratford tomorrow but thats now off. The husband in the couple we go with, who was going to drive is now in hospital, having fallen down the stairs last night. He hasnt broken anything but has subsequently fainted a couple of times so is about to have a whole body CT scan to check for internal bleeding. All very worrying. He takes warfarin so thats an added risk. It seems like nothing but hospitals this week. 

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Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine I am so sorry to read about the decline in your friend and the spread of his cancer such an awful thing to deal with at such a young age with a young wife and family! 😢 I expect there are organisations that will help the children as he deteriorates. We had one in Plymouth that was called Jerrmiah’s Journey and supported children and their parents with a parent who had a terminal illness and ongoing support after the death. Let’s hope that the chemo tablets will buy him a bit more quality time!
Cassie unfortunately the bus pass age is 65 here also! DH can get his this year but I can’t get mine until next year! 60 does bring some benefits. Senior tickets can be purchased at theatres and cinemas and you can buy a rail card for £30 a year which saves 1/3 off all train fares! DH and I benefit from this and it soon pays for itself!
Joan I hope that you and OH will manage your visit to Stratford tomorrow. I know you were going to exchange your pyjamas are you going to the theatre also?
Wildpurl maybe the latest cold snap will encourage you to finish the cardigan!
I have got a jigsaw on the go, but only 500 pieces this time! MIL gave it me.

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Good Evening Ladies,

All is well here thanks for your concern just busy as usual, glad I have finished now until Monday.

Joan sorry to hear of the health problems OH has been experiencing it must be a very worrying time for the both of you.

 

I have been reading the posts on my phone but not had the time to get on my PC. It will be my birthday next Tuesday it will be my 59th I looked up when I might be able to get a freedom bus lol, not till 2026! I felt really disappointed and a little cheated when I read it on the gov website, slightly older people in London have had them from age 60. The age has changed to bring it in line with the retirement age which I don't feel ready for yet but maybe winding down a bit.

 

I agree with the getting bored with plain knitting wildpurl YD decided she would like a plain knit black cotton scarf with pom poms which is growing but really boring to knit.

 

Keep warm ladies

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, by Joan i too just saw your post, i am so sorry you are having these health issues both of you, what a worry for you, my dad takes warfarin for his heart problems and also for vascular issues too.Thinking of you and your family.💐

Had some bad news regarding our friend with the kidney cancer, he as had a lump removed fom his chest wall and also his abdominal wall, after being told before Christmas his original kidney cancer from 8 years ago was slow growing and manageable, he was told yesterday he has secondary cancer popping up in several places which can no longer be cured, OH and myself apart from the family are the only ones to be told as the chikdren know he is ill with cancer, but dont know how serious it is now. I feel so sad for them, he is only 48, his wife is 35 and 2 children. He is being started on chemo by tablet form.

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Joan I have just read your post! Words fail me you couldn’t write the book! However we must be positive in that OH seems back to normal! Hopefully the medication he will be taking will prevent another stroke! What a worry for you!
I am so sorry that you and OH are having these medical difficulties and do hope that in a few weeks time you will both studying holiday brochures! Thinking of you, stay strong! 💐x
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StiWell its been a more dramatic week than expected and certainly distracting but not in a pleasant way. Monday evening OH suddenly was unable to put his thoughts into words, it only lasted for a few minutes but it was clearly abnormal, not just the ‘senior moments’ we joke about. I was pretty sure he was experiencing a mini stroke, which was confirmed by the paramedic who came so it was back into the hospital we’d left only a few hours ago, this time to A and E. Got home about 3 am, with aspirin and a referral to the TIA clinic which deals with these things. First thing in the morning we got a phone call with an appt for 12 oclock so back into the hospital for more tests and to see a consultant. Several hours later got back home with a prescription for something like warfarin, statins, a referral to the cardio clinic to check for atrial fibrillation and 4 week prohibition on driving. Talk about bad timing. But at least this happened after his hernia op, because blood thinners can make surgery more complicated and worrying. He seems back to normal now although I’m a bit on tenderhooks because the risk of recurrence is higher in the few days after one of these attacks. 

 

Lovewine, glad you managed to snatch a bit of time to read. I’m like you, I tend to mainly read on Kindle because I do most of my reading in the early morning while OH is still asleep so its less disturbing than putting the light on. Its getting very cold here too but hopefully no snow. 

 

Rosie, well done being on the radio. We ate goat for the first time, knowingly at least, in Crete, and loved it. We recently ate it from a street stall at Bath Xmas market, which was again quite delicious. Havent seen any in the local supermarkets though. I like the idea of having nymph nodes, sounds so much more ethereal than lymph nodes! Hope your eye appt was useful.

 

Wildpurl, well done persisting with the cardigan. I get bored by the time I get to the sleeves. Baby items are more to my liking. 

 

Cassie, hope all is well with you. 

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Morning ladies, Rosie, well done on the radio interview, i think i would struggle to get my words out, its something i still do even this long after the chemo , i do it several times a day😮, before BC i was vegetarian for that very reason , wasnt sure what i was eating , also animal welfare reasons too.

I used to be a member of the library, but our village one is quite small, one of my dog walking friends is a retired head teacher and she volunteers in the library several times a week and also does a weekly reading session with small children, because our library was earmarked for closure its now staffed by volunteers like her. I use the kindle a lot as most of my reading is done early in the morning or night and i can read without disturbing OH😊!

my week has continued to be quiet, very nice, but it will all arrive next week and then i will be flat out again !

We have had a light dusting of snow here earlier this morning, it was very cold on my walk, Wildpurl you will definitely need your warm cardigan !

Have a good day ladies.

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Good morning ladies!
Lovewine so glad that you got an hour to read during the day! Do you belong to the library? We have a fantastic university library here with 4 floors! One is given over to the main lending library which is all fiction! I love going in it gives you a sense of comfort to be surrounded by so many books! There are comfy chairs where you can inspect the books you have chosen before borrowing them! It also has a special area where recommended reads are displayed. I usually select at least one from that area. They also display quick reads and I usually grab a couple of those! I have a kindle but find it a nuisance remembering to keep it charged! Since moving to the city I have used the library as I can walk there in half an hour, that includes seating on the odd seat or two en route to let my unoperated leg recover!😔
There is even a cafe facility in there and of course the very necessary toilet!
Wildpurl it’s going to get colder so you will be glad of your warm cardigan!
On the local radio in the morning they have a phone in line or text to comment on the topics of the day! Yesterday they discussed Brexit and eating exotic animals and goat was mentioned! I sent a text about how I used to buy what I thought was lamb in Cyprus for several years only to discover we had been eating goat! Also the local specialty of kleftiko is also goat! 🙀 One of the radio team called my number and asked if I would be willing to speak to the presenter live on the radio about my experience!🙀 I agreed to do it and fortunately only had 10 mins to wait! 😬 I managed to do it without stuttering and stumbling over words and put on my best telephone voice!😂
Cassie hope all is well with you?
Joan hope you are finding time for relaxation this week?
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Evening everyone, I am very pleased to hear your good news, Joan, that must be a weight off your mind that they will be able to repair the bowel. I had keyhole surgery when I had my oophorectomy, the incisions were tiny, I can’t even see where they were now, and the healing was very fast.

 

rosie it is good you are able to stay in the UK where you have central heating. I’m glad OH's 3rd endoscopy was clear.

 

im also glad to hear your workload has settled down Lovewine.

 

we switched to super fast broadband today, it really is much faster, and the changeover was quite straightforward.

 

i am knitting a warm cardigan at the moment, I have one more piece to knit, I like the result but am finding it a bit boring to knit! I’ll be glad when it is finished. I have a baby blanket to knit next for another of DD's friends who has had a little girl.

 

i am currently reading Why We Sleep on the kindle, absolutely fascinating.

 

 

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Hello ladies, Joan, glad to hear things are going ok , or at least as well as they can do , having keyhole surgery will be a much quicker recovery time too, OH had his gall bladder removed this way 2 years ago. Shame you have to miss your monday activities though for pre op, it always seems to fall this way doesnt it 😏. As Rosie says we all keep everything crossed you will not need any chemo, it must have been found very early. Annoying about the Pajamas , i have done the same thing in M&S with a t shirt.

Rosie, hope the eye test went ok, something i need to do too! 

I have had a steady working  day surprisingly today which is nice for a change, actually managed to sit and read for an hour this afternoon, which i really enjoyed, although i am struggling to find something good to read at the moment.

Cassie and Wildpurl, hope you are both well.

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Good morning ladies!
Joan at least there is some good news along with the not so good. One has to look for the positives. I am sure that we are all hoping very much that chemo will not be necessary for you and that the nymph nodes will be clear!
What a nuisance about your pyjamas beintpg the wrong sleeve length. They will exchange them for you, just pick up the ones you need and take them with the ones you are returning to the pay desk and they will make the exchange for you!
Joan DH did have a colonoscopy last year when he was diagnosed with diverticulosis. He was signed off unless he goes back again to the doctor with severe symptoms!
He lives on adrenaline and stress and always has done!😬 He is better when we are motorhoming and away from a computer!
Will loook our for Crimes on the Nile it may well come to Malvern?
I am glad you have been doing some pleasant activities. Rest next weekend before your pre op assessment you don’t want your blood pressure up!😳
I have booked an eye appointment today as I am struggling with my distance viewing!😬 It has been 2 years so it’s time to go!
Lovewine hope you will be a bit quieter today?
The weather in Cyprus is still wet and stormy and everyone is saying it is the worst winter they have known! So lucky to be in a warm apartment here!😊 I hope the sun comes back before I return on Feb 2nd!😕
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Hello ladies. Saw the surgeon today and he had a bit more positive news in that a) hes intending to do keyhole surgery and b) he is going to join the bits of bowel together internally so I wont have to have a bag.  Whether or not I will have chemo will depend on the analysis of the lymph nodes they remove, the results of which will take a couple of weeks. So fingers crossed. So so far Ive been lucky, apart from having it in the first place of course. Pre-op next Monday. Bit annoying that today’s appt and the pre op are on Mondays which is my nice, completely non work day when I do Qi Gong and pier archive. 

 

Rosie, good news that OH’s third screening test was clear. In the light of my experience, however, when all my tests were clear, do you think it would be advisable for him to have his symptoms checked out. I dont want to be presumptuous and perhaps he has already had advice on this but..... Glad your trip to London went well, love the picture from the top of the Sky garden. I hope you are now over your virus and that your feared ear infection did not materialise. Sensible not to risk the flight though and you were clearly right about the weather over there. I did manage to get some pyjamas, in M & S, but like you with your jumper have to change one pair. They were wrapped, in the same packaging and position as the other pair, with no indication that one was short sleeved, the other long. Didnt realise till I’d unpacked them at home. Maddening. Hopefully will be able to exchange in Stratford at the weekend. 

 

Lovewine, full of admiration for the spring clean and declutter. Shame that you have another very busy week ahead, hope it slows down soon. I was thinking of you yesterday in M & S yesterday, looking at the racks if sale clothes. I managed to get a bargain but only accidentally. I chose a black cardigan which was marked as full price but at the till it came up as reduced and when the girl checked with the floor manager he said it had just been marked down but they hadnt had time to alter the price tag. Very welcome. 

 

Done a few enjoyable things this week. Went to the theatre in Bath on Thursday to see anAgatha Christie spoof- Crimes on the Nile- which was very funny and extremely well done. Its on tour from next month so if it comes anywhere near any of who I’d recommend it. Friday evening went out for dinner with friends. Saturday it was GDs 9th birthday party, to which we were invited. It was a trip to Wookey Hole caves for her, 6 other girls her age and one boy. The caves were very interesting and there was lots else for them to do, not all of it tacky. They seem to have enjoyed it and were very well behaved though at times boisterous and unbelievably noisy. Fortunately we had a couple of hours to recuperate before going to see The Favourite’! In the evening. This week isnt quite so full of nice distractions but I do need to complete a couple of pieces of work so its just as well. 

 

Hope you all have good weeks. 

 

 

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Good Morning Lovewine it’s very quiet on our board again!
Yes DH got back without any dramas! He said the house is very cold and was down to 12 inside!😱 The rain has been horrendous and they have had daytime temperatures as low as 9!! So glad I didn’t go back I would have been as miserable as sin! 🙁
I walked into town on Saturday and changed a jumper I had purchased in the sale that was the wrong size! It was on a 16 hanger and it was 22!!! The sale price had been stuck on the label.
Yesterday I went for a walk along the river and back along the canal. There seemed to be a lot of men out with young children in pushchairs! I guess the woman had pushed them out whilst they got on with some jobs?!😏
All three children Skyped me and DH so this took up a good part of the day!
Our friends upstairs will come down for coffee one morning and my friend from Bredon will contact me next week after the weekend!
The weather looks quite pleasant so I will be having a walk to the cheap toiletries shop to stock up on soap and toothpaste! Exciting!😂 I have motorhoming holidays to plan and library books to read and a jigsaw! So plenty to keep me occupied!
I hope all your startching of tablecloths has finished?😬
We didn’t have any rain but it was a little windy! I suppose you weren’t able to have your bonfire then? 😒
Hope the week gets less busy for you!
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Morning ladies, Rosie it really is a stunning view from up there. Hope DH got off to Cyprus without any delays, did you do much at the weekend ? The weather here was wet and windy all weekend so we didnt do much at all.

Joan, how are you? Have you had any appointments yet ? Pre op etc. 

I thought i would be quieter this week, but today is looking horrendously busy, better get off and make a start ! 

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Same view! 😂

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Wow Lovewine a stunning view our pictures weren’t so clear! Gosh we were lucky to get in! 😊
I bet you feel uplifted having a major spring clean! Enjoy your garden tidy today and the bonfire!
DH is departing within the next hour for Bristol. I am returning a jumper I purchased from the M@S sale it was on a wrong hanger 16, when I went to try it on I thought it looked very large it was a 22😳!! That will teach me not to check I have been caught out before! 🧐
Has anyone else managed any good sale bargains?
Joan did you manage to get your PJ’s?
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From The Sky Garden Rosie !