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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Calling in here, there and everywhere.

With Colin at hospital two days a week we seem to run out of days to do other things, which means errands build up and we end up doing a dozen on one trip out.

So Tuesday afternoon started in Stowmarket to pay a bill, visit the ATM and nip into The Works for a Christmas (ooops sorry mentioned it again) present. The book I wrote about the other day was on offer there and I've emailed a friend telling her not to buy it or read it.They only had one copy so I didn't get it for me......honest!
 Then via the Tip - or recycling site if you are posh- but the gates were shut and the queue was about 20 cars long, so the old mattress........ which was our sons but somehow ended up in our shed, stayed in the car for another day. Next stop at a hardware place to buy some screwy-in things I need in the greenhouse to hold  wires for training the cucumbers, then to my sister's to pick up a gas cylinder that was at their house when they moved in which we can use it for our cooker. Penultimate stop to collect an old bench that was outside a house selling for £10 and deliver a birthday card.
   It needs some(actually lots of) TLC, but Col reckons he'll get it sorted and the last stop was to pick up tablets from the health centre.
Home just in time before the lovely day turned grey and cold.

Wednesday started grey and cold again, then got worse with nasty drizzle. Col had his regular trip to hospital for blood tests so I dropped him off and did a shop at Tesco and Poundland. Nipped into Hobbycraft as I've got a cunning plan for Christmas (ooops yet again!)  presents for my 5 Penny Pincher penfriends . I also needed a pen that writes on fabric and then vanishes so I can write and then stitch on the mystery gifts! No bargains at Tesco except they were clearing out fruit bushes so I picked up a blackcurrant bush for £1.71.
I've not mentioned the  chemo tablets and treatment for a few weeks but he is now up to maximum dose. They are working well, in fact rather too well and he has to have a break from them until we see the doctor next week. We don't know how long it will be before the donor stem cell treatment. The worst side effect of the tablets is to make him very tired and short of energy. He's still on steroids which help slightly.
Home from hospital before lunch.
Colin is at hospital again today for blood transfusion while I'm staying at home and baking......and ironing 😒


Still enjoying the sunsets we can see from the cottage, this was one from a few days ago.


Back Soon
Sue

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the updates on Col and your out and about trips. Your sunset looks lovely. I just posted a blog post and came over here to read yours...before I head for bed. Good night...or morning where you are! Cherrio!

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    1. Love your photos of lilac and your other flowers

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    2. I just checked my feed and I'm getting many readers from your blog. Thank you so much! 23 people visited yesterday from your blog! Sweet!

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  2. Sounds as though you've been quite busy! What a lovely sunset. Glad to hear Col's tablets are doing what they're supposed to.

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    1. I'm getting old! can't cope with too many things in one day!

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  3. Glad to hear the tablets are working well.
    We had a bench in a poor state from freecycle, my husband transformed it we go out and having morning coffee and sit on it.

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    1. I hope Col is well enough to sort this out. We have some wood stain in the shed already.

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  4. Sue-I would be thrilled to send you a couple of Frixion pens as a Pay-it-forward. Pam sent me a beautiful drawstring bag this week and, As I don't have a blog I can't do the same. If you would like the pens, let me know how I could contact you to send them. Catriona

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    1. That's very kind of you but I bought a pen to use from Hobbycraft. Thank you for thinking of me perhaps someone else would like them?

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  5. That was a busy day....I need a lay down just reading about it...lol.
    I'm so glad that the treatment is working well for Col but just wish he didn't have the side effects he's having-x-

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    1. Now we are old! we find half a day out is enough.

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  6. I also bought a garden bench at a knock-down price; when the seller 'helped' me to lift it into my car, he put his hand through the slats and broke two of them! Ooops! However, I thought it was still worthwhile (and I'd already handed the money over) so I brought it home, awaiting repair. it's painted a lovely bright blue and currently sits under my lounge window with a few pots of flowers on it. One day, I shall order a new set of slats and apply WD40 to loosen the bolts. One day.

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    1. I hope Col will have the energy to get rid of all the yuck and then we can give it a coat of wood preserver

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  7. The sunsets have been lovely lately. We try to line up errands and make a circular trip to do 3 or 4 things at once but like you we find it very tiring and inevitably head home for a cuppa and a sit down.

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  8. Beautiful sunset. Nothing like a Suffolk sunset. I am always in awe when I come home and see one out of Mum's back window.

    All your running around makes my head spin! Christmas? Yikes. I'm not ready - then again I'm one of those people who wait until December before deciding on a project for someone. Perhaps I should plan in advance!

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  9. We live nearly 10 miles from town so we always plan on doing as many chores as we can when we head in.

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  10. Glad to read that the tablets are working. x

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  11. Sue, you are such a busy woman.

    I'm glad Col's tablets are working, sending him all the best.

    That sunset is gorgeous. x

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  12. Glad to hear Col is doing well on the tablets. His energy levels might not be as high as usual but it's good to see he still has interest in doing things like re-vamping the bench. xx

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