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13 Apr 2019 17:38 in response to Dor06

Dear Carol,

You must have enjoyed the Jazz night to have booked again, you may have said but I've forgotten if you did.  Bree's boys are mad on dinosaurs and would love something like the dinosaur museum.  Didn't Annie say she was going to have a look at some more bungalows.  Getting her hair coloured will be great for Gloria, might make her feel a little more like her old self,  I hope so anyway, a little bit of spoiling does us all the world of good.  Hopefully sloppy or not, the spag bol won't end up on your nice clean floor.  Will he lovely to have Faye and Ella visit for a bit.  Hoping the weather stays warm so you can go to the beach again.  Hope Chris is doing ok.  It is hard losing a partner.  Hope she has close family and friends.

Had a lovely day, Eve and Michael came and we had a lovely lunch at the RSL, got home at 5, then left again at 6.00 to meet Tracey, had a lovely meal (calamari and prawns with salad) at the Austral, We were about to leave to come home at abt 9.00 and as we walked through they had a couple playing guitar and singing, so we sat there for a couple of hours and listened, they were really good.  So didn't end up getting home till 11.00, it was a really good day, great catching up with friends.  Had a laugh when I got home Mr Higgins must have missed me, he usually doesn't but he jumped on my knee and sat for a couple of mins.  He never does that. 

Maybe tomorrow I'll get some cooking done, and hopefully Deana and Nick will come and have a look at the vaccum and now my email as I can't get into it.  Always something.

After my busy day I'm exhausted so heading to bed.

Take care and love to all.  Sue xx
 

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14 Apr 2019 18:22 in response to AusSue

Hi all, a day of food shopping for the family arriving, then a really lazy afternoon to charge my batteries!  A bitterly cold day, hubby in his element because its the golf open, so keeping him quiet.  So if I go incognito fir a few days you know why!!  Love to you all.  Xx

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15 Apr 2019 17:41 in response to Dor06

Dear Carol,
Always a big shop before visitors arrive.  They have probably already arrived so you may not see this for a while.  How long are they staying.  Enjoy, have a wonderful time while they are there.

Our weather has warmed up for a couple of days, so nice after the butter cold we had last week.  Finally got round to doing some cooking.  Made a big pot of Pean and Ham soup. and a big pot of Spaghetti Bolognaise Sauce.  Have just put them in the fridge, will have to buy more containers so I can freeze them.  They keep breaking, and have just realised I don't have enough .

I will have Eli tomorrow afternoon, it could be fairly quiet, he will probably have a nap while I have him.  Deana has a photographer coming in the morning to take pictures of Eli (right when he would normally be having his nap).  We have a huge Appeal on Good Friday to raise money for the hospital in Melbourne, that Eli was in when he got burnt.  So the paper wants to raise more awareness locally by doing a story on a local child that has needed to use the hospital.
Also have Rotary tomorrow night.

Take care and Love to all.  Sue xx

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15 Apr 2019 18:38 in response to Dor06

Just a little hi to you all (Carol and her possee  lol)  glad to see you all seem to be o.k ... so AY UP lasses summers round the corner ... just after that yummy chocolate Easter egg time ... 

So put your fur coats and bloomers away till next winter ... out with sandles and tea shirts ... I've got a favourite one , it says cancer touched my boob so I kicked it's ass .... 

Well ladies and hubby's. .. keep safe .. keep smiling .... big vertual hug all round ... Chrissie ❤

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17 Apr 2019 12:00 in response to AusSue

Keep trying to catch up with the posts I have missed whilst away - but it has got to the point where I am not getting in touch so I will leave the catching up for now.  I am still in chaos with things happening at home work-wise but have decided to let things be to some extent as I am fed up with it all!  No joy with the house hunting.  There is not a lot on the various estate agents books at the moment.  We saw a few houses but - again - they came to nothing.  I thought I was learning to understand the estate agents blurb but I am still finding myself disappointed.  One lovely-looking bungalow in Wincanton turned out to be very close to the A303 and is consequently constantly bombarded by noise.  Another property in Crewkerne looked good even if it was a bit over my budget but it turned out that there were two roads with the same name in the outskirts of the time.  The one that turned out to be the one for sale looked good; detached, nice garden but the photos cunningly did not show the damp patches on the walls.  I cannot pay extra over budget and also find myself having to pay large sums for repairs.  Also the estate was pretty soulless.  I live on a housing estate now - I guess many people do live on some kind of estate - but our properties all have individual bits like different porches and we paint (or pebble-dash) the outside of our houses as we please and they all look a bit different.  The bungalow in question was on a massive estate which was all grey concrete and was a long way from shops - apart from one small corner shop.  I know supermarkets deliver these days but I do like to do my shopping in person sometimes.    I will try to be optimistic - the only good news is that London house prices are - allegedly - about to rise a bit again.  It will happen for me - the right home is out there somewhere.    Okay, I will read the last week's posts now.  xxx

 

PS  I have just put my washing around the house to dry as I did not want to disturb the birds feeding at the garden feeder by hanging it in the garden on the washing line!

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18 Apr 2019 18:39 in response to Annieliz

Hi,

Just a quick post.  Happy Easter to you all.

Take care and love to all.  Sue xx

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18 Apr 2019 20:13 in response to AusSue

Hi Sue and all the girls. Happy Easter to all. Hope the sunshine stays on. Lots of hugs . Gloria xxx

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19 Apr 2019 18:37 in response to gloden

Hi all my girls one exhausted Grandma back on track!  Crikey my legs ache and all the cooking has done my head in and the children at tea time have been a nightmare.  For example, everything under control, Thai curry and rice, table set we all sit down, Alfie decides he has an ulcer on his tongue that has not been mentioned all day, Ella decides she needs a poo and the curry is too hot and is making her lips swell and hubby is instructing Faye on where the igloo for ulcers is, this happens to be upstairs so hence a lot of yelling past my head, I give up and just drink more wine, can we go out for tea tomorrow night Grandma asks a sad little girl, having spent over a hundred pounds on food I say it's a no, no.  Anyway we decided to have lunch at the golf club. Alfie gets car sick so we go the motorway, ten minutes in were stuck in a traffic jam, oh my God we were starving when we arrived at 2pm.  Apart from this we had a good time!  Today its red hot so hubby and I meander to Leyburn have lunch at our favourite pub and then come home, he's nodded off, the family tire him out a lot now.  So hopefully you've all had a decent Easter, Annie it's so difficult finding a suitable home when you don't know the area, you'll get there in the end.  Gloria and Chris thank you for stopping by, it's so nice to hear from you, Sue I hope this first Easter hasn't been too hard for you, its feet up now as I'm not cooking tea, ham left from Wednesdays tea and beetroot as he's had a massive roast beef baguette chips and gravy, Faye left me half her egg, that's gone, Lisa hasn't been in touch with us but I think she's child sitting for a friend who has to work, she's an Inspector in the Police.  I'll post more tomorrow.  Love to you all,  xx

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20 Apr 2019 15:29 in response to Dor06

Dear Carol.
Mealtimes can be a bit of a nightmare with children.  I know only too well what it is like with Bree's children.  Thay frequently don't want what everyone else is having, and will not eat a curry at all regardless of how mild/hot it is.  Last time they were all here I did a Massaman curry for the adults, and the kids ate chicken nuggets and chips,  Odd how they had no objections when it came to desert.  Poor Ella you saying no to her wanting to go out for tea.  Traffic can get backed up here during holiday periods too, I try to avoid going anywhere too far over Easter,  We are the last town before you branch off for two coastal areas that are popular for holidays especially over Easter as it's the last changce to go away before the weather turns nasty.  Shops have been especially busy with tourists stocking up for their trips.  
I've been busy.  Eli has hand, foot and mouth virus so isn't allowed at childcare till the end of next week, so I had him on Thursday, and will have him both Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  Thursday is a public holiday so both Deana and Nick will be home.  Deana rang me last night to see if I would go with her to the market to get flowers, so we left at 4.00am this morning.  Got back at 9.15am, then I went shopping to get Eli a book for Easter and colouring books to go with eggs for Bree's 3 children..  Not sure when I will see them now, originally they were all coming to visit tomorrow but with Eli sick, she has decided they'll give it a miss, can't say I blame her at all. The last thing she needs is 3 sick children.
So it will be early to bed for me tonight as I didn't end up sleeping last night.. dozed this afternoon but  but still very tired.  So a quiet day tomorrow won't be so bad afterall.
Neil wasn't usually home over Easter, he would work the Saturday morning then when he got home he'd pack up and go fishing didn't usually come home till the Monday afternoon, so the holidays haven't really been hard at all.

Take care and Love to all.  Sue xx
 

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20 Apr 2019 16:23 in response to AusSue

Dear Sue, poor Eli, I've never heard of that virus it sounds painful, poor mite.  No wonder you were tired that's an awful early start, I've been sleeping like a log since they left and my legs don't ache today.  It's boiling and I've had to cone into the house as it's too hot!!  Collected my new sunglasses but they keep slippi down my nose so I can't see properly as they are prescription ones, I then bought some new flat loafers as mine are falling apart, Norman said they are lovely and he likes crocodile skin, it's snakeskin I point out, oh you knew what I meant he laughs.  Norman always played golf at Easter so I know what you mean, I didn't come into the equation and was so annoyed one year when he was in a doubles competition with a lady I drove all the way to the Metro Centre only to find it closed as it had been built on Church land so didn't open Easter Sunday, he came home to a very upset wife that night!  Harry rang me to check I was OK and Lisa loved her gin Easter egg, Faye is home safe so that's good.  Wine chilling in the fridge and a light tea, I've eaten far too much!!  Take care Sue, love Carol x 

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21 Apr 2019 17:07 in response to Dor06

Dear Carol,
Poor Eli, it's not serious just highly contagious and very common for under 4's.  They get a rash which progresses to small, oval, white blisters on the palms, soles of the feet, as well as in the mouth.  They can get a temp and have a poor appetite, but at least Eli hasn't had the temp or poor appetite, so has still been happy.  Hence no childcare till next Friday.  Adults usually don't get it, so hoping I don't.
he missed his first Easter Egg Hunt.  Our local fire brigade have on at the park by the lake, but he'll have to wait for next year's Easter Egg Hunt.
I've had a quiet day, still tired after my all-nighter Friday night.   Was dozing earlier when my brother rang to say they were thinking of visiting tomorrow if I was home.  I didn't even hear the phone.  He them sent a text which I replied too, so they are coming tomorrow.  Will be lovely to see them. We still have tomorrow as a public holiday (Easter Monday) and then Thursday have another for Anzac Day.
Lisa's gin Easter egg sounds interesting, never heard or them, not sure we have anything like that here.  We decided years ago to only buy for the kids at Easter, the rest of us can do without the chocolate as nice as it is. Eli loves the book I bought him.  Bree's kids have to wait for their eggs and colouring books till I see them next, probably next weekend as we are all going fishing/having a picnic for Neil's birthday at his favourite fishing spot.  A bit of food preparation for that next Saturday with 9 maybe 10 if his sister comes as well.  It will be interesting with all the kids, Deana and Nick aren't sure anyone will catch anything except maybe colds if it is a cold day.
Glad you have recovered after your visitors.

Take care and love to all.  Sue xx

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22 Apr 2019 19:28 in response to AusSue

Hi girls, another glorious sunny day so we drive to Eggleston Gardens, drink coffee and eat sandwiches whilst looking across the valley.  Back in the car and across the moors that look like a patchwork quilt of chocolate brown, fawn and burnt green dotted with scruffy Hill sheep, a hawk flies above us with a wing span that sweeps the sky enjoying its freedom.  We keep going putting our old Rolling Stones CD on and singing away to Can't get No satisfaction whilst we head to Northumberland.  Luke calls me on my mobile, he's been to Cornwall, Friday to Monday and is off to Aberdeen tomorrow, one end of the country to the other in four days, he's thanking us for the Easter eggs.  Back into County Durham and we call at our old village pub and sit in the sunshine admiring the village green.  We're home now, fed and watered and have had a wonderful Easter, one of our best hubby states.   This time two years ago we were just starting chemo, everything was on hold and our stage 4 diagnosis was not good, but we've persevered, kept our faith and my wonderful man is still with me enjoying a peaceful life.  We don't know what the future holds but from day one we've lived cancer one day at a time, so we don't look to the future.  A happy loving Easter to all my friends.  Love Carol xx

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23 Apr 2019 14:52 in response to Dor06

Back to normal today and my dance class whilst hubby goes for a blood test, I forced him to drink two glasses of water and two cups of de caf, still has no idea that its not normal tea!  He's very tired and is wheezy and coughing but it's been a ten busy days for him,, its obviously catching up with him, we seem to forget he's got stage 4 cancer because we live as normal a life as possible.  My lovely Sarah has been so the bedding is blowing nicely in the wind, hubby is asleep and I think will be there for some time!  Sue, I hope you enjoyed your holiday, its sounded busy!  It will be bitter sweet next weekend when you all meet at Neil's favourite spot, lots of food, drink, fun and remembering a special man.  Love to you all.  Carol xx

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23 Apr 2019 17:14 in response to Dor06

Dear Carol,
Another busy day, watched Eli this afternoon, than came home ironed what I was wearing tonight then Rotary meeting, where I was inducted as a rotary member.  It was a good night.
Tomorrow I'll have Eli again, then back to just my normal Tuesday.  Tomorrow nigh aqua balance.
I made myself some lemon sago last night, felt like some, I hadn't made it since cookery when I was at school, turned out well, just as I remembered it.
Not sure I'm looking forward to Sunday yet, it will be bittersweet. 
Greg (my brother) and Tina and her two children (both adult) visited on Monday.  It was lovely, we decided we'd have fish and chips for tea down by the lake but prior to that we went for a drive to Red Rock, so they could see the view.  It's a dormant volcanic area.  There are forty separate eruption points, and a lot of the craters fill with water.  Very pretty to see.  There is a winery not far from the lookout and farmland.  Your description of the moors sound just like the land we were looking at some beautiful greens but others brown, a little like a patchwork.  It was a wonderful day and really nice to catch up with Greg and Tina and meet two of her children who have come from the Phillipines.

Best head to bed...Hope you've had a good day, and that Norman recovers quickly.

Take care, love to all.  Sue xx

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24 Apr 2019 15:22 in response to AusSue

How things change in 24 hours on this cancer treadmill.  Hubby spent all evening screaming in pain as he had severe phantom pain, he felt that his heel was being sawn in half, although he has no heel on that leg, in the end I insisted he take tramadol to help as he looked drained and ill.  It settled down but he's still wheezy, perhaps it's the arthritis medication he says, grasping at straws, I look at him and say, it's probably the cancer, he looks crestfallen but agrees with me.  So I've just had a phone call from our GP, yesterday's blood results are not good, low platelet count on the full blood test, I've now got to tell him that when he gets home.  These knocks are hard to take, we sail along then a rip tide washes over us bringing us back down to earth.  Anyway, Sue, well done on becoming a rotary member, I'm very proud of you!  Where you live sounds beautiful, especially the winery, I love a good glass of wine, all those volcanic eruptions sound marvellous, I think the most we have here are hot springs, a little downmarket to yours!  I can understand your trepidation over the upcoming weekend, I would be the same.  A lot done today, ironing, hoovering and a good beef stew simmering in the oven.  I'm going to pop some rose' in the fridge, I definitely need a drink tonight. Love Carol x