Friday, 18 March 2016

Catching up on the week's happenings

Goodness me, more new followers, and they've arrived when there's not much to post about too. Welcome Annette and Carol - I used to be more interesting - Honest!!

We've had some really cold weather this week because a biting east wind has been coming straight in off the sea. I know further west in the country there has been sunshine and warmth but the first half of the week was mainly grey and any excursion outside was teeth-numbingly cold.  Amy at Love Made My Home had a walk with her camera and found many signs of spring, so when the sun came out on Thursday I went up and down the road and round the field to see the signs of spring here on the East coast...........Almost Nothing! We have daffodils that have been in bud for weeks without opening and  no buds or leaves anywhere except for the apricot trees. Just shows what a difference it makes living un-sheltered from the East winds and it's back to really grey and damp again today.

The only sign of blossom - I shall miss the apricot trees even though we only got apricots 3 times in 10 years.
Up at the top of the field we've left the green man to watch over everything, he's been there many years now, I wonder if the new owners will find him.


2 months ago Col filled in all the forms to claim benefit because of the cancer and they were sent off  but nothing has gone into the bank yet. So he rang to find out what was happening and got told "yes we have your details, don't know why you've not had anything, ring this number" So he rang the new number only to be told "No we have no details of you, you need to ring this number" (The number he had first rung!) Seems he has been lost in the system - Oh bother now we have to start all over again - with the added complication of change of address. Thank Goodness we are not counting on this money to live on. Thank Goodness we saved all the money we made from car boots, my pension and  yard sale etc last year. Thank Goodness the bungalow we have bought was less than half the price of the smallholding.

 We went up Tuesday for Col's pre-chemo blood test and  check with the consultant and all was well, they were pleased with progress. He was due in for the 4th session  yesterday- Thursday but they had no bed for him, so he rang again today - No, still full up but he needed a blood test so we trekked up to Ipswich anyway, again all OK. He has been told to call Sunday morning in the hope that they can get him in Sunday night ready for an early start Monday which means he will be stuck in hospital when we move because...................... ............................................................................................Contracts were exchanged at 4.30pm on Tuesday with completion confirmed for next Tuesday 22nd so I've been doing more tidying and packing but also un-packing boxes - yes - UN-packing to find things we wouldn't have needed if we'd moved on the 9th or 16th! Very annoying it is too. I undid two labelled "craft stuff"  to find the 'Sister'  and 'Son in Law ' peel off stickers for up-coming birthdays and one of the kitchen boxes to find the coffee. Thankfully I have plenty of helpers signed up for Tuesday so everything will be fine - fingers crossed. I just hope the carpet fitters will be able to get the carpets laid before Tuesday - that could be a nightmare if they can't.

I  spent most of Wednesday morning on the phone to various utility companies trying to get everything organised - that was no fun at all, you need the patience of a saint just to get through. Then the estate agent through which we are buying rang to offer me chocolates or wine as a 'welcome to your new home' gift  which rather cheered me up! ( Chocs ........ obviously!)

We had some unexpected exciting news last weekend - our youngest will be producing a grandchild for us in the autumn You wait 26 years for a new addition to the family (that's the age of our youngest niece) and then 2 come along at once. I shall have to make two "Babies First Christmas" cards It's Extra special news in a way as she had only half the chance of getting pregnant compared to other girls because of the ovarian cancer when she was 18. Eldest daughter due June so the cousins will be 4 months apart (but many counties - sadly) and I've started a new column in the accounts book - Grandchildren I refuse to be like my mum who rarely bought anything for the children unless it was their birthday or Christmas, she wasn't mean but it just wasn't done. I'm planning to haunt charity shops and car-boot sales for clothes, toys and books as soon as we move.
Talking of Christmas, I'm now worried.................there is no way we can fit all the expanding family into the teeny Ipswich bungalow, so we might have to move again sooner than we thought!!! Jolly Good Fun?? At least we wouldn't be selling as we are intending to stick to our original plan to keep the bungalow and rent it out for an income, the only difference is that instead of travelling round the country for the summer we will be stuck with hospital visits! Hey Ho - such is life.

Back after moving
Sue





 

41 comments:

  1. It has gone cold here again, I love the green man, good luck with everything there is so much to do, and lovely news on the new addition to the family, our carboots start again at the weekend x

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  2. Ha, call centres, telephones. I was on a 48 hour loop between bank, credit card company and insurers. What joy. Hope he gets it sorted soon.

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  3. Love the green man, and sympathise with you on the call centres. I do hope the move goes well, I'll be thinking of you, Vee x

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  4. Fantastic news on the exchange of contracts and the news of another grandchild...what bliss. Our second is due any day now.
    Hope all goes well with the move for you-x-

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  5. Best wishes for the move, hope it all goes well.

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  6. Positive thoughts will be going through the air waves over the next few days Sue - hoping everything now goes according to plan.

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  7. Sue, your small new home might be just the excuse to allow your adult children to take turns hosting the rest if the family for holidays--something parents have a hard time letting go. Best wishes on your move.

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  8. congratulations on the new addition and congratulations on the exchange of contracts, I really cant understand why they dont have beds available for the chemo they must know how many people are coming for treatment, good luck with everything on Tuesday :-)

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  9. WONDERFUL !! Good Luck next week.

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  10. Glad you were able to exchange contracts and hope all goes well with the move. What wonderful news about another grandchild-congratulations!

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  11. Wishing you they very best of luck for a smooth move on Tuesday! And congratulations on your exciting news :)

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  12. Hope all goes well with the move, thank goodness contracts have been exchanged. Exciting news about the Grandchild, I love looking around for bargains for them and making them odds and ends.

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  13. Great news with your moving date, it will rush up now. Might be good Col is away that day, saves you the extra task of keeping an eye on him. Fingers crossed for a smooth move.

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  14. I too find myself buying bargains in the charity shops for our 3 month old granddaughter. And the good news is that my much-more-trendy-than-me daughter is starting to look in them too!

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  15. So much good news to reading about today ( minus the claims forms part ). Christmas will work it's out maybe just somewhat different. Two days of family instead of one ?

    cheers, parsnip

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  16. Good to read your good news about the move next week on my birthday! Congrats on your new grandchild. Weather here in Lancs has been sunny all week, change from the usual rain.

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  17. oh such wonderful news! Two new grandbabies! Lovely.
    And hurrah to the moving date. Sending you good wishes, hope it all goes smoothly and you have the best start in your new home :O) xx

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  18. Yay hay!! Finally moving, and another baby on the way. Congratulations to you all. We managed to fit plenty family in our little house before we moved: buffet style on knees, plenty people fit enough to sit on the floor... And you'll have Space on the drive for the caravan as overspill overnight options. You're going to have fun whatever you do. Hope the move goes... once it's done, it's done. No matter how hard it seems at the time!

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  19. Another grandbaby on the way - wonderful! And a move date confirmed - good luck for next week.

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  20. Hope your move goes smoothly now

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  21. Hurrah for ALL your good news! I agree with 'mikemax' that another family member might consider hosting Christmas festivities this year. Travelling with little babies can be tricky, so perhaps one of your daughters will prefer her own home? It would be wonderful if Col can take some time to regain his health after chemo before searching for another home + moving again. Best wishes for your move next week!

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  22. Wonderful news. I am so pleased for you all

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  23. Finally, finally, finally!!!!! So glad things are moving forward, and as others have said, it might be a good thing that Col will be in the hospital for the move. That way he wont be over doing it. Congratulations on the new baby news.

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  24. Congratulations on finally exchanging and good luck with the move. It will be lovely for you both to finally be settled for a bit and much nearer the hospital. Best wishes :)

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  25. Congratulations on babies and moving at last. Stay with the small place for now; its easier to leave so you can go and support them in their homes!

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  26. Wow! loads of news. Hooray for moving and for new grandchildren - what fabulous news. Boo for all the bureaucratic hassles surrounding Colin's illness.
    I hope your move goes smoothly and you have a nice calm spring.

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  27. So pleased for that you've exchanged at last. Have been 'lurking' for a while now & want to wish Colin all the best. I had a bad reaction to rituximahb too but an infusion of antihistamine sorted it out. I've been in remission since 2009 a can say it was definitely worth persevering with the chemo.

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  28. Wonderful news on the house moving date finally being finalised. Hope all goes well on the day.
    Even more wonderful news with another grandchild, such happy news, congratulations to all.
    Lisa x

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  29. Hope everything goes well with the move and you settle in your new home ok xxx

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  30. Keeping fingers crossed for Colins treatment and your move. And hope you get to enjoy the Easter holidays a little bit... :-)

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  31. Thank you for the mention Sue, I hope that next time on your walk you will find more springy things. Congratulations on the exchange of contracts, I hope that all goes well with the completion and move on Tuesday. Thinking of you and sending good thoughts and hugs!! Congratulations too on the news of another new baby! I hope that all will be well, lots to look forward to. Sorry to be late visiting. All the best! xx

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  32. Praying for a good treatment for Colin today and all the best for your move tomorrow. Exciting news about the babies and isn't your son getting married close to Christmas? Many happy events coming up.

    Whenever my daughter hosts a holiday event I always end up taking quite a lot of the food which I work out with her. It allows them to stay in their much bigger home and taking food along helps with the hosting. I am sure you will work something out if you are still in your bungalow at Christmas and the babies won't need a lot of space this year.

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  33. Not sure when you will see this but all fingers crossed that completion happens tomorrow as planned and that the move goes well.

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  34. just popped in to say hope it all goes well tomorrow.beaming you much luck

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  35. Fantastic news on all fronts, what with Col making good progress, a new baby on the way and contracts exchanged. So happy for you that things are moving in the right direction now. xx

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  36. Am sure you won't have time to read this for a while but just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you today ( as I'm sure everyone is).
    Praying that it all goes smoothly especially if Col is in hospital.
    So hard for you both if you can't be together. If you've time (!!!) take photos so you can share when you go to visit him.
    Very best wishes, Sue.

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  37. Hoping all is going well for you today. X

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  38. Thinking of you today and sending wishes for as smooth a move as possible!

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  39. Thinking of you today and wishing you well across the miles.
    Take care of yourself, I am glad that you have lots of helpers.
    You will soon be enjoying your new home and all of your readers will look forward to hearing from you when you have the time.
    Pam in TX.xxx

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  40. Have been thinking about you all day - hope it's gone well. It will seem strange sleeping by yourself in your new home. Doesn't seem right, does it?
    Hope Col has got on all right today too. xx

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