Friday, July 18, 2014

Just in case you were wondering.........

The last couple of weeks have been quite up and down in an emotional way.
Good bits and bad.....such is life.
My Ma has a tumour on her colon and will be going into
hospital....my Pa is a nervous wreck and their days
alternate between optimism and depression.
She will, hopefully, have the tumour removed and all will be well.
Although the nearby lymph nodes are inflamed there is no sign of a spread to the lungs or liver...which is good. Having a cancer diagnosis though has made her mentally move into
that 'have to start planning for ... ' frame of mind and she is
sorting out clothes and cupboards (with assistance) and saying things
like 'oh well .... we all have to die of something...sigh' .....BUT.....a little later
says to me 'why am I going to the hospital?' for she is showing signs
of forgetting things and questioning things and being confused.
The very lovely colorectal nurse mused that perhaps this was, in a perverse way, not a bad thing........we shall see.
I have been sorting out and clearing out my sisters house which is now
up for sale. Hopefully after the upcoming open day it will be sold and
a new chapter can begin for her. Looking at flats for her to buy though has been
a reminder to me that we are very very different and have different needs or wants.
I see a lovely property that is in the right price range (one that I would move in to) and
she wrinkles her face up and says 'ugh no I don't like it'.....
and then she perks up as she points to a grotty dive that looks like
somewhere I wouldn't park my bike.......if my bike ever left the garage and wasn't covered in dust.
To give her a break from Ma and Pa I took her to Weston for a couple of nights.....a mini holiday if you will...we were lucky and the sun shone....sitting on the pier reminded me of how I long to be a pensioner...this going to work and fitting everything else in is a right royal pain in the arse.
Last week, and for the first time, I went to a cricket match....a 20-20 Warwickshire/Worcestershire game at Edgbaston. I loved it and had a really good time...and thankfully Warwickshire won.
Our 32nd wedding anniversary was celebrated by me and the mister having a lovely couch and drink at the local Electric cinema to see 'Cold in July' courtesy of the Kids....the film was really really good and for the first time I thought Don Johnson was very handsome as I had never watched Miami Vice.
Yesterday my gorgeous daughter had three yes three wisdom teeth removed at Guys dental hospital in London and I did a day train there and back in a mad fit of  'mom wants to come and look after you whether you need her to or not'....the procedure was quick and the views from the 23rd floor were really great...and the shard is right next door! who knew? and after a lovely little wander around borough market and the south bank where my girl was quite chirpy the drugs started to wear off .......oh dear...ouch....so she is back with us here at home..in her 'smartened up a bit' bedroom for a couple of days of tlc......and I love her being here.
My son and daughter in law are off on honeymoon this weekend and  later in the year me and the mister are Seattle bound......it will be my first thanksgiving in the US.
We did recently manage a quick visit to the coast for my brother in laws 'special' birthday...good times were had. It is important to have plans and to organise outings or visits or somesuch..time and circumstance permitting of course. We do what we do.
I am trying to be a bit healthier food wise...so I made a butter bean/pea/parmesan thingy to put on sourdough bread.....there was too much lemon and although that was ok it was the fact that it looked like something the cat had sicked up that meant I won't rush to make it again.............anyhoo.............
...that is where things are with me and mine....and I do read all my blogmates posts but just haven't been able to comment much lately.....onwards and upwards though eh? One foot in front of the other.
p.s.I have friends (both blogger and In real life) that I want to meet up with and need to make time to see..if you are reading this then please bear with me....just know that I am looking forward to trips/visits. x


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Give me what you've got........

If you are reading this I probably value your opinion....so....my son and new daughter are in love with a house...the first one they have seen...but it is a lovely house in a lovely area......and as we all trooped around it earlier this evening the estate agent laddie said 'of course an offer has just been made......and accepted'
So as I don't have a lump sum to give them for an outright cash purchase how do they find out
the other offer and better it? if such an offer exists?............thoughts welcome oh sagacious ones.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Catch up....

The mister has wallpapered the bedroom and it looks great.
When we have sourced a new wardrobe and chest of drawers and I have 'dressed' the room (there's fancy for you..) I will post a pic.
Saturday was wall to wall Estate Agents. We now have to decide which one to engage.
I am now working 3 days a week and thank sweet baby cheezus for that....the work/life  balance
thing really makes a difference, although all my 'free days' so far have been spent
with Ma.....or Pa....or sister....or at the hospital with one of them...or with estate agents!
This coming weekend though we are off to the seaside for a tiny little 2 night break ... a good walk
along a breezy shore is on the agenda and I can't wait.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm bored with it already.......

No - not the wallpaper (which is still sitting in the hall).
Bored with talking to estate agents.
My sister, who you may remember was unwell last year, has been staying with
Ma and Pa since then, but is now champing at the bit to live independently again.
She owns a lovely little terraced house in a nice part of town, but needs to
sell that and buy a flat, as she is not able to cope with the stairs of doom in her house.
Indeed the stairs are terrifyingly steep and even I grasp the handrail like someone
gripping on for dear life each time I go up or down them, and the tread is tiny.
I have the task of selling her house and finding her a flat to live in, so that
peace will be restored at my parents....after so many months together they
are beginning to drive each other even further around the bend than they already are, if
you get my drift.
I have arranged to spend Saturday with 4 different estate agents coming to
view the property and I must admit I am not looking forward to this at all.
Her house is just like her....old, odd and out of style.
I suspect I will have to spend Friday boxing up hideous ornaments and
trying to de-clutter.
Worst of all will be when I have to explain why there is a lavatory in the kitchen.
Don't ask.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The mister loves to be kept busy..............

Well......that's not really true.
Seeing 11 rolls of wallpaper in the hall doesn't make him as happy
as ... well....watching cricket  or seeing a great film or exploring a new
town/city or watching cricket...........
I think he'll stop frowning soon.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Wut up....

So I can't find this wallpaper I'm after....
majijeka wallpaper beige from B+Q.......
and Don't Judge Me ... I like it........
but I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE........
and today I ironed for England.....lots and lots of clothes.....we have far too many clothes.......
had to go to Argos and buy a rail to put the Misters shirts on.........
and I filled my car up with petrol and then drove miles to a cheap store to buy my 'made for old ladies
who have wrinkles and are trying to not look hideous' face wipes which are on offer in Wilkinsons...so used lots of petrol..........does not make sense eh? No savings there.
I'm at the end of a bottle of Prosecco and experiencing  that 'do I or don't I open another bottle'? dilemma.
Today I tried on a £3550 diamond ring.....nearly bought it.
Thought about it and then......managed to reign in some of the sense that seems to be escaping from my mind...told the Lady to keep it until Saturday and I would have another look then...... yeah like that is going to happen....
I'm a little on edge because I'm trying to negotiate a reduction in my working hours - 4 days down to 3 and Hell Yes I need to reduce my hours 'cos mental health is priceless....and until I have signed/sealed etc., I can hardly breathe....
On Saturday I borrowed a dog....the lovely Tess... and did the 5k walk for Life....it rained and rained and was the best hour I've had in ages............

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Is it just me? .......

Or am I out of touch and stingy....

I was very excited to see that The Aldwych Theatre was advertising tickets for Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies. My excitement waned somewhat when I saw that 3 tickets x both performances was going to cost
over eleventy million pounds and a sticky toffee...... when I totted up the price I thought 'we could have a lovely little quick and easy city break somewhere for that...'

Hundreds and hundreds of pounds........what do you think? the plays are worth seeing? or grab an easyjet somewhere for a look around?......

Mmmmmm.... I don't want to be Mrs Scrooge....and yet.......pro's and con's time....

Pros - great plays - lovely experience - no accomodation costs
Cons - two performances in one day might be too much/we might not enjoy it/I can hardly see
a foot in front of me these days (I know why there were always opera glasses in theatres...for blind old biddies like me..) so would spend a lot of my time with my eyes closed just listening.

Decisions decisions............