Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Over my head be it!

Hi again everybody, long time no see. I have been away from the blog hoping to forget about Myeloma for a bit, and while I was away I even jumped off a bridge trying to get away from it.......... well trying to raise some funds for all of us to get away from it at least.....lol. x
While away I have had the pleasure of meeting and hopefully helping a couple of newbies, Ruby, and Jose and wife Salet to gain knowledge of this dreadful Myeloma. I say pleasure because they are lovely lovely people, not because I need the sport if you know what I mean. 

After having waxed lyrical for the last 3 years about how I am so lucky that my Myeloma is on hold and I can continue to live as a swashbuckling swashbuckler and save to travel to see friends, I am now in the rather dubious position where my Consultant Dr. B told my at 4.40 p.m.  on the 24th February 2014 (it would have been 4 p.m. but he was running late so I got a stay) that my paraproteins have popped up at 3 instead of where they were for the last 3 yrs, "less than 2 so undetectable". All  I can say is "shit", pardon the language.

Worse than this is the fact that Dr. B's words obviously went clean over my head, because when he asked me if I was happy to stick to my 3 monthly appointments, I inexplicably said YES and did not give it another thought until waking at 3 a.m. this morning and panicking that I ought have demanded daily  appointments as my right,,,in fact hourly ones or even minute by minute. 

No seriously, if my favourite consultant says 3 months then I will share his optimism.......gladly:-)

There, it's said!



Saturday, 2 November 2013

Did you know?

Did you know it is not to late to still donate to Mike's Just Giving page?

OK, I know I am like a broken record, but it is in a good cause. 

If you needed any further inspiration just watch the video of his drop.



Wednesday, 30 October 2013

We're still alive take 2.

After all the excitement of the weekend I am happy to report we are both still alive. I'm sure Mike will get around to telling you all about his exploits when he gets chance, or when I have twisted his arm sufficiently. For now you will have to make do with a photograph.



Apologies for the quality, I took it with my phone.

So far Mike has raised £650 but it isn't too late to give, the Justgiving account is open for a couple of months after the event!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Still alive

It has been so long since I posted here I almost feel too guilty to know what to say. We are both still alive and relatively OK. Well Mike is the same as where you all left him, I am waiting for a second maxillofacial appointment to try and sort out my dodgy sinus (it is just the one it seems from the CT scan.)

Sunday is Mike's abseil. JustGiving - Sponsor me now!
He was very optimistic that he could make £1000 with all the "friends" he has. It is very clear now how good some of those friends are!  You can also donate by text message in the UK by sending a text with the message:
MPDG55 £1* / £2* / £10* to 70070 (* donation amount as you see fit). 




I have started my own little business selling retro items online and at fayres. It is early days still, but I enjoy meeting people at the auctions and even better talking to those who are passionate about the things I am selling.

A major fly in my personal ointment (strange saying!) was a letter that my youngest daughter wrote informing me she was pregnant. This came about a week after I found out she had not done at all well in her A levels and was not going to go to university or college. I was mad about the exams, furious about the letter and I will spare you the details of what was said when she calmly assumed I was going to let her carry on as if nothing had changed. She has moved out now.

Mike thinks it is great that we pretty much have the house to ourselves now. Toni isn't so happy. 



Friday, 21 June 2013

Milestones and mysteries part 2.

Where was I? Oh yes, the Midland Hotel. The rest of the afternoon was spent admiring the view from the balcony, followed by an act of utter selfishness. Despite the discrete card saying shower instead of bath I ran the deepest bubble bath, in full view of the world and lay in it admiring the sea view while sipping champagne! (The champagne was a wedding present that we had saved for a n other special occasion.) 

Then it was off to the Rotunda bar to sip cocktails before our three course dinner in the hotel's restaurant. The food was fantastic, although I couldn't eat everything on my plate. After coffee we were so stuffed we thought we had better take a slow walk around the hotel to aid digestion. We ended up going to bed so full we both felt sick. Oops. 

As you will have seen from the photos yesterday the weather was overcast, but what the photos don't show is the temperature. The only way we could sleep was to have both the sliding doors open which meant I fell to sleep watching the lighthouse across the bay twinkle. 

I awoke at 6:30 to this:



Bright sunshine and a large number of oyster catchers, what do you mean you can't see them? Trust me, I got out the complimentary binoculars and checked with the R.S.P.B., they are definitely oyster catchers at the water's edge. 

After a lazy breakfast we did the usual seaside things, walked up the beach, stared into rock pools, had an ice cream, before a final cuppa outside the Rotunda before travelling back to Lancaster where we ate before our journey home.

We arrived back home just before 9:30 p.m. to find my daughters had been up to no good.





My daughter obviously bought the wrong candle!

Yes that is an inflatable walking frame! The lemon drizzle cakes are to die for though, so I might forgive them. 

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Milestones and mysteries part one.

Please don't tell anyone, but Tuesday was one of those milestone birthdays. Mike was being extremely evasive and secretive over the weekend, in fact had been for weeks. I knew he was up to something, but I had no idea what. 

On Monday morning he drove us to the station with a small suitcase. I still had no idea where we were going. Now I've caught enough trains from our station to know what direction the trains go from a particular platform, so as we didn't go further than platform 1 I knew we were heading north or possibly east. Was it Manchester or Liverpool, Borth or Aberystwyth, Glasgow or Edinburgh? Endless possibilities. I felt like I was being kidnapped without the blindfold and gag. 

I waited patiently until eventually Mike said "this is our train." The announcer informed us that the train now standing on platform 1 was the 10:37 train to Glasgow, calling at Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme Lake District, Carlisle and Glasgow Central. OK, still so many possibilities. Were we changing at any of the stations? Was it the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales? 

Eventually Mike told me we were getting off at the next stop, Lancaster, but that it wasn't our final destination. Ah ha, we were changing trains. Another wait and more musings until the train to Morecambe was announced and we made our way over the bridge to where the train was waiting.  A mere 10 minutes later we were by the sea. 

Mike suggested we had a short walk from the station to see how the restoration work on The Midland Hotel had turned out. We had passed through Morecambe in 2005 when the magnificent Art Deco building had  been boarded up while plans to restore it were already in the pipeline.



Urban Splash did a fantastic job.



We strolled down the stone jetty and back up again and Mike suggested we should go and find our B+B. I asked which way we had got to go as the Midland Hotel is pretty central as regards guest houses. Mike searched his pockets to find the directions.

"Hang on a second I'll have a look. Well according to this it isn't far." Mike started to pull the suitcase and I quickly caught up and walked alongside him, straight up the ramp to the front door and into the Midland Hotel! I just burst into tears and called him a silly b*****d. I stood in the reception area speechless and vaguely heard the young man on the desk say yes the room definitely had a sea view. 

Into the lift and up to the third floor to our room. 

Note the 2 full length opening windows onto a balcony!!

Yes the bath has a full length window overlooking Morecambe Bay.
The view from the bed. 
Mike in his complimentary bathrobe!
Part 2 tomorrow!

Friday, 14 June 2013

Cottoning on

I would like to say that this post was about a marvellous piece of sewing, but it's not. In fact I have sold my old machine on eBay and it is being collected over the weekend. 

I would like to say I have knitted a wonderful cotton top, but the knitting is still sitting in a bag under the coffee table, untouched for quite some time.

It isn't even about a cotton-tailed rabbit, which is just as well as Toni would have put paid to it by now. 

No today is our cotton wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary darling, your cotton socks are in the post.