Friday, 5 February 2016

Cheering up Friday


Phew, everything is back on track with Col's chemo. He rang me to say they had sorted him out and he should need picking up either Sunday night or Monday morning. They need to keep him in for a while after the two day treatment to make sure he is OK. I have to admit to being a bit worried and sleepless overnight and as he has 2 visitors lined up for today thought it best to stay at home rather than doing the 50 mile round trip again. I'll go early tomorrow and take the things he needs for his extra days.

When we went for the hospital blood test on Tuesday Col 'hovered' on the car park while I dashed along to Lakeland, which seems to be the only place to buy the tins of cheats marmalade nowadays. Got home and found I hadn't got enough sugar so called in to get some yesterday and made up the two batches of  marmalade this morning - one lemon and one orange and now all the preserving equipment can be packed into a box.

While in Tesco a bunch of their £1 daffodils flew into my trolley. I cut some of the variegated shrub we have - the one that's related to holly but without the prickles - and shoved them in the blue and white jug.
They really cheer up a grey day, and it's been dismal here today - grey and drizzley, cold and windy.


As it's Friday have I any frugal-type things to mention this week?
Just a few
  • Mended a hole in a pair of my leggings
  • Home made bread all week
  • Burning free wood all week
  • Avoided buying anything from charity shops etc
  • Free hair cuts for both of us
  • Got the hospital parking voucher for cancer patients so we can park 10 times for £3 instead of £1 an hour. 
  • Filled in forms to claim any benefits he will be entitled to
  • Made a very (and I mean Very!) small chicken stretch to make 4 + 2 + 2 soup meals.
More of Dickensian and Shetland tonight and 6 Nations Rugby starts tomorrow - look forward to watching, it doesn't seem a year since I said that.

Welcome to toni1nana, a new follower and thanks for so many comments yesterday.

Back ASAP
Sue

50 comments:

  1. Glad things are sorted xx love Shetland, I would so love to live there x

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    1. Very bleak, think I would miss trees. weird how your comments keep duplicating. I can't think of a reason for it

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  2. Glad things are sorted xx love Shetland, I would so love to live there x

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  3. I am so glad Col has been sorted out. What a relief.
    I'm not 100% sure but your shrub looks like one I have in my garden and it's called Osmanthus. Whatever it is it looks very pretty in that blue and white jug-x-

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    1. A Huge relief when he phoned. I've been told what this shrub is several times but my brain won't hold onto the name!

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  4. Good to hear positive news. I have got Shetland on to record. Sainsbury's sell the cheats marmalade, and so does Tesco at £1.99. I made a batch of lemon early last year and it is very yummy.

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    1. Not in our Tesco or Co-op or Waitrose! I did wonder about the bigger supermarkets but knew that Lakeland definitely had it. Next time I need some I'll be living in town and will have All the shops to choose from!

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    2. I make lemon and pineapple marmalade with cheats,WI recipe.everybody I share it with loves it.

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  5. Positive news about Colin and I am glad you treated yourself to the daffodils - they are beautiful in your jug. Flowers here are a luxury nothing for that sort of cost.

    You are wise not to visit today and a nap would certainly be order.

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    1. 18 in a bunch for a £1 - a lovely bargain. I've had a good rest today and will sleep easier tonight

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  6. Our Morrisons has Mamade (or the equivalent) with their jams - bottom shelf!
    J x

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    1. Once we get into Ipswich I'll have more choice of where to look

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  7. So glad things are sorted. Was it the chemo that caused the reaction? My husband had a reaction to another element of the treatment but they were also able to sort it out. Mx

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    1. One out of the 4 things they were going to do, so the did 4 of the other sort instead of 3 - complicated.

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  8. Good to read that things are sorted. I will also be watching Shetland tonight - so I'll be thinking of you. Jx

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  9. i'm looking forward to Shetland, I missed it not being on last week.

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  10. My folks like Lime marmalade a lot!

    Parking hospital charges for cancer patients are a disgrace. I believe a Conservative MP filibustered out a motion to remove them.

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  11. I have been enjoying your blog for a while but don't usually comment. I am glad things seem to be sorted out for your husband and hope the treatment goes smoothly from now on.
    Like many of your readers, I will be watching Shetland this evening - so nice to think of everybody sitting down to watch the same series. I will be knitting as I watch, I wonder what others are going to be doing?

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    1. Lovely to hear from you.
      I will be trying to stay awake!

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  12. So glad Col is feeling better and that things are back on track.
    I love the daffs with the greenery in that blue & white jug - just the things to cheer you, and my goodness, you need that!
    That was a pretty frugal week, too, well done you!
    I don't watch Shetland although we enjoy Vera - I thought the first prog was excellent. But when you think about it, all the good serials are on ITV these days - Vera, Endeavour, Mr Selfridge and, when it's on George Gently and, starting next week, Happy Valley (not sure whether that's BBC or ITV without checking, but I'm looking forward to it.) James Norton must really be flavour of the acting month as he's in War & Peace, Happy Valley and soon will also be in the Sydney Chambers detective series again!
    Not watched War & Peace - didn't enjoy the first episode but I expect it improved.
    How do we all watch (although I won't be watching Shetland)? Well, I don't knit, I just curl up with a hot water bottle at my back (this is really cosy, I can recommend it) and enjoy the drama. With a piece of chocolate!
    Margaret P

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    1. Couldn't get into the Sydney chambers books - don't know why, so didn't watch the series. No I wasn't interested in War and Peace either. Not sure if there will be any more George Gently I hope so

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  13. Glad you have better news to share today. x

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  14. So glad Col is back on track. The daffs are lovely, some jumped into my basket too, Vee x

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    1. Ours in the garden are way behind so I was pleased with these

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  15. Good to hear things are sorted at the hospital. Daffs look beautiful - must buy some myself!

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    1. £1 is pretty good for a touch of sunshine I thought

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  16. Yeah to Col coming home and yeah to the daffs arrangement.
    Oh, and yeah to all your frugal victories.
    xx

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  17. So glad they got Col sort and he'll be home soon. Can't beat a few daffodils to cheer up a grey day.

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    1. Yes they got organised quite early this morning

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  18. so good to hear Col was sorted out.

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  19. The power of blogging...I live in Springfield, MA USA and don't even know you, but I follow your blog because it's so interesting. Imagine even my surprise as I was shoveling snow earlier and I was thinking about you and your husband...sending up silent prayers for both of you to get through this cancer treatment and come out the other side all nice and healthy.

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    1. Thank you, that's very kind. Be careful with that shoveling!

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  20. So glad everything is back on track. If we ever get along this A12 I may get home in time to watch Shetland and my recordings of Dickensian.

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  21. Hope you get some sleep tonight. Remember to look after yourself. It sounds like things are getting back on track now, wishing this time goes quickly for you all. When my auntie started her chemo we used to talk about 'this time next year...'. Well we have just about reached that time as treatment is coming to an end. So it will come along . Love to you all x

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  22. So glad to hear everything is back on track. The daffs are lovely, a bunch in the house never fails to cheer me up. 50 miles is a pretty hefty journey, I'm sure a day off will do you the world of good and making marmalade is a good way to spend some time. xx

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  23. More positive news, but such a worry for you. I hope Col will soon be home with you again.

    Lovely daffodils to cheer you up in that pretty blue and white jug.
    Take care.x

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  24. Good news to read about your husband. I bought 2 bunches of daffodils from Tesco for my daughter and also a reduced to 30 p bunch for me which I am enjoying :)

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  25. Glad that they managed to sort Colin out and that he will be home soon. Your flowers are lovely and so is the jug that they are in xxxx

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  26. So glad Col's treatment is back on track. The allergic reaction must have been very frightening. Thinking of you all.

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  27. It's pouring and grey here, I may have to start watching Dickensian on catch up as it looks pretty good.

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  28. oh good, I'm glad things are on track for Col now.
    Those daffs certainly add instant cheer :O) xx

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  29. So glad to hear that things have looked up for Col. xx

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