Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Long day out

It wasn't meant to be a long day out. We had made an appointment to have another look "our" bungalow in the morning then we were going to pop into the town centre and come home but on Monday Col got a phone call to go in and see the consultant with an appointment at 1.30. So that fitted in nicely except  for some reason there was no consultant and eventually we got seen by someone else and didn't get out again until quarter to five. There was news about treatment for the cancer, which is not the type we first were told but an uncommon sort of lymphoma, treat-able but not curable and thank goodness he will start  treatment next week- as long as there is a bed as he will need to be an in-patient for some of the chemo. It's a long course of two sorts of chemo spread over several months with dire warnings of nasty side effects. But as we said there is no alternative so we just want them to get on with it.

 Our bungalow


 seems smaller than I remember. Plenty of insulation in the loft - good - and the living room carpet was as awful as we thought but there are aconites and snowdrops out in the garden  already so it must be warmer than here.

  The "patio" made of broken paving slabs and bits of concrete
will have to go as will the 'rockery' which is also mainly lumps of concrete - a skip needed I think
 Room for veg beds if we get rid of the lawn
 And there is a lovely big Rosemary.

 We'll be moving right in the middle of Cols treatment - Ho Hum!

While in town I bought shoes. Buying shoes is quite a nerve wracking and unusual event for me. I Hate buying shoes, wear one pair for as long as possible and am about as far from Imelda Marcos as it's possible to get! But I went to Hotter and found some in the sale - nice and comfy - just what I was looking for. Bought a frying pan too ( not from Hotter-obviously).....heavyweight because the last one I got cheap went up in the middle after being used twice and I prefer to have a flat bottomed pan!


So a long day out, the cats were wondering where on earth we were - Starving they said.

I know there are new followers and comments yesterday, but no time to look today. Will say hello tomorrow.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

38 comments:

  1. Its going to be a tough time, I really feel you both, I hope Col dosent have a difficult time, the bungalow looks lovely and I am sure you will put your stamp on it

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  2. At least you now have a diagnosis and a plan of action. It sounds like treatment will start soon and that is good. Yes, the side effects of chemo can be rough (I'm undergoing chemo for breast cancer), but they can give various things to minimize them. I will keep your husband and you in my thoughts and prayers.

    It sounds like your new house will need some work and TLC, but I'm sure you'll have it looking the way you'd like it to in time.

    My best wishes to you both.

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  3. I am sorry that Col is so sick, but glad that treatment is about to start and that you at last have a plan of action, somehow I think that makes things a little more positive. I hope so in any case. We will be here when you need us and will understand when you cannot come here too, so whatever happens you have support! Looks as though you will be needing a couple of skips for that garden though! That will keep you busy apart from anything else. xx

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  4. not the lumpy rockery
    but I could live with that patio paving.

    Hope the chemo is as easy as it can be.

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  5. Your 'get on with it attitude' is really inspiration - and I apologise if that is a bit gushy but it is how I feel -all that you are facing with Col's treatment and you still have brain space to think of skips and veg beds - a tear to the eye and a chuckle at the same time, this is why I love your blog x

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  6. Sorry - that should have been inspirational! doh!

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  7. mendingmakingcrafting said exactly what I was going to say.

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  8. Good luck to Col. Being told the downsides he might just find its not as bad as he feared. Hope so. The up side is you both have a new adventure so no regrets at not being able to carry on as you were where you were. Hope I am making sense!

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  9. Echo the comments above. Re the house - I've bought houses several times, in my experience it always seems spacious on the first visit, when you go back the second time it's shrunk somewhat. When you move in you'll find it has resumed normal proportions! A few projects there for you to get on with. Good luck.

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  10. Don't stress over the patio, you have enough to cope with. Perhaps you could power wash it and lift enough loose stones to plant some thing spreading to hide the rest? Once hid a whole area like that under thick layer of gravel - it was a great sun trap for just sitting and enjoying the quiet!

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  11. Thinking of you both, chemo is hard, mine was in 2010, but once done life goes on, so like others I send hopes and good wishes. PS my treatment started 3 months after we moved, I was glad to have something else to think about.

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  12. Good luck, hopefully focussing on utterly destroying that 80s paving will give your other half pleasant thoughts during the trickier moments.

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  13. The bungalow looks nice. I'm sorry to hear about Col but pleased a treatment plan is in place. I pray everything goes to plan both the move and treatment. Tough times ahead. Take care of yourself too.

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  14. I'm sorry to hear of the tough times you have ahead with the house move and Col' s treatment happening at the same time. Thinking of you both. Sarah x

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  15. I hope the treatment goes well. The bungalow will be a new project for you both to look forward to. I love mine. The best thing we ever did was downsize to a bungalow.

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  16. Good luck to you both in all that lies ahead. Catriona

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  17. Very best wishes for the road ahead.
    The bungalow looks very nice, you will get it into shape and to your liking I know that.
    Thinking of you both and sending love and good wishes.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  18. Hope things go well with him, and the move.
    It will be a nice place, and I hope you are blessed being there.
    I'll remember him & you in prayer.

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  19. Life rarely lets you deal with one thing at a time! The bungalow looks like it has real potential over time. Sending you my very best wishes.

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  20. Someone else who hates buying shoes - at last! Thought I was the only one.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  21. Sorry to hear that Col will feel worse in order to feel better again and I can only hope that the side-effects don't affect him too badly. At least you will be able to keep yourself busy at the new bungalow and you have some positive plans there - I know when I am worried, I work my hardest.

    Healing thoughts for Col and coping thoughts for you . . .

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  22. The bungalow looks absolutely fabulous. Lovely Rosemary, which means welcome. Good luck with everything
    Julie xxxxxx

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  23. Hope that the treatment goes as well as it can. Not the best timing for the house move, but life can be awkward like that! Are you having people to move you? x

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  24. Sending positive thoughts your way at such an unsettled time. Your new bungalow looks lovely - plenty of space to grow veg. I know every case is different but my close friend's hubby was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 54. After the initial shock, treatment began, including eventually a stem cell transplant and fingers crossed 10 years later he is doing fine.

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  25. Thinking of you and of Col as he starts out on the road to a hopeful recovery. Love to both.

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  26. Poor Col, good luck with everything and take care x

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  27. Someone I knew (still alive) had a weird form pf leukaemia which made a dangerously high level of white blood cells. He initially had treatment then needed 1 pint of the cells taken away every now and then. Hope Col has his treatment on time and responds well to it.

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  28. Some tough times ahead, but together you should be able to cope. It's a shame the house move is at such an awkward time, but knowing you it will all come to pass. I hope the treatment goes well.

    A couple of guys, a couple of skips and that truly crazy paving will be history, let someone else take the strain and just supply cups of tea ... it's what I've been doing for the past year.

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  29. I hope Col's treatments go well. A worrying time for sure. Is there anyone local that will help with the move? I hope so. The garden looks nice and like the yellow window frame. a nice pop of colour to the picture.

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  30. Sending lots of positive thoughts to both of you. The next few weeks won`t be easy but you have the potential of Col being well again and of making your lovely new home. Hoping that it all goes well for you.

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  31. Sending thoughts and prayers from California's coast. There are new medications that help with some of the side effects of chemo, so hopefully those will be available to Col and will work. Speaking of work... can your children help you in any way with your moving in and settling? They'll be so glad they did if they can. Often grown up children feel terribly helpless when parents are ill, and having a concrete way to do something is a gift.

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  32. Hi Sue!
    Sometimes I wish I was religious, so that I could send prayers! What I CAN do is send positive thoughts your way.
    What's wrong with that crazy paving? Retro is in at the moment!
    Hate shoe buying too. I've been looking at Hotter shoes (on Weave's recommendation).
    Hope you find time to read my reply to your comment on my horrible person post.
    Gillx

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  33. Bungalow looks lovely and I am sure that the move will go well. We agree with you about the crazy paving , it is so much work to keep it weed free !

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  34. I'm glad that things are moving with regard to Col. As you say, the sooner the treatment starts the better. Remember to look after yourself over the next few months as well and take all the help you can get. It can really take its toll looking after somebody who is going through chemo.

    The crazy paving looks a lot better on the ground than it did under Tom and Joan's window! Your garden looks plenty big enough for veg, I bet you could grow a fair amount of stuff in the space you've got there. xx

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  35. Sending positive thoughts to you and Col. Just take one day at a time. Looks like the new garden has lots to keep you busy but has lots of potential.

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  36. I had no idea Col and your family with dealing with cancer I am so sorry to hear this, but good to hear that treatment will soon start I know its going to be a very long and stressful few months for you all please go steady with the house move as well. I have to say the bungalow looks really sweet and I am sure you will transform it into a wonderful home. Take lots of care, dee x

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  37. Sending my very best to you both for the time ahead when Col will be having his treatment.
    Lisa x

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  38. Sorry to hear Cols news. Hope & Pray every thing goes well, both with Col's treatment & the move

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