Friday, 26 August 2016

The other C word

Walking past the magazines in Asda - not buying - I noticed Cross Stitcher Magazine had a Christmas kit for the free gift on the front. Christmas Aaaagh!

Better get started on the hamper gifts then.

When we moved from the smallholding I was very worried that without all our fruit and vegetables there would be no hampers for the 2 sisters and brothers-in-law this year. So I made a list in the front of the diary of things I could think of that didn't involve buying items that were too expensive. What I didn't know about back then was that Aldi had special offers and I would be walking under an overhanging Bramley apple tree on my way to the shops.

First make has been Mango Chutney. The recipe is on the separate recipe page, you don't have to scroll down too far. Yesterday I adjusted amounts to use the 2 mangos in a pack (on offer at Aldi) and the apples I picked up under the tree (had to add one more from the Greengrocers)
Made just enough for 3 jars
BTW hexagonal jars are the most annoying for filling as air bubbles get trapped in the corners and then you have to sterilise a spoon handle and slide it down to release them. I bought a big box full of these jars years ago when I was making chutney to sell and lots are still around, even though I keep giving them away.

Weather here much warmer today than forecast and less rain overnight than forecast too. I went to the beach hut again and then back to visit Colin on my way home, over the last two days he has become very poorly, they are doing more tests to try to find out why he has high temperatures and spells of shivering every day. There must be an infection somewhere. He was about to be wheeled off on the bed  for another chest Xray when I left. He's not eating but drinking plenty so that's OK and has no energy at all, even sitting up to drink a cup of tea wears him out. The doctors said infections are more of a threat than the stem cell transplant. Just have to hope it hasn't affected his heart.
A worrying weekend ahead. Need to keep myself busy.

Back Soon
Sue



41 comments:

  1. Bless you Sue, a worrying time indeed. Hope they find the infection and can deal with it soon. You and Col must be so fed up, it must seem neverending.

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    1. We keep thinking - surely nothing else - but then there is.

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  2. You have both been through so much, I really feel for you.

    I will have a go at the Mango Chutney as when I do a curry the boys get through tons of it .
    Take care x

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    1. I should have written add chilli peppers if you like it hotter

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that Col is still fighting an infection and I truly hope they figure this out soon! Yes, those square jars are attractive, but I can see how they are a pain to pack ingredients in. -Jenn

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    1. I thought they looked nicer when I was selling but would never use them again if I could help it

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  4. Bless you, hope it is something simple and he is on the mend soon. You are very inspiring the way you and he are coping and just you whole view on life, I enjoy your blog very much and wish you the best.

    Rinty

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    1. Thank you. I'm trying to get through as best I can

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  5. Keeping Col in my prayers and you too. Praying they find what is causing infection and nip this in the bud fast! Wishing you both the best.
    GADawn57

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  6. Thinking of you both and keeping everything crossed that Col is soon feeling much better.

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    1. Everything crossed everywhere I think!

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  7. another set back I am so sorry to hear this, I was hoping for some good news since your last post. yes Christmas is just around the corner so to speak its lovely to hear you are doing the hampers again this year.

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    1. Yes he had one day feeling better and then Wham - down again. Very worrying

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  8. So very very sorry to hear that Colin is so poorly. Praying for him and that his medical team will soon have a break thru as to how to best treat him and get him on the road to full recovery.

    I found after a long series illness that this sort of experience changed how I looked at life and all those silly things that I previously moaned or complained about now seem rather ridiculous and didn't matter. My own illness made me grateful for simple blessings which previously I rather took for granted.

    I hope this difficult chapter in your life is very soon over. Take care.

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  9. Oh I do wish I was a believer and then I could pray REALLY hard for Col and you. As it is I send my very best positive thoughts your way.
    Yes those jars are awful especially for chunky things. I didn't expect to hear the C word, but you are absolutely right, need to start thinking about what to make.
    Love Gillx

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    1. All the craft mags have Christmas things on them. Much too soon but I guess they know what they are doing.

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  10. A timely Mango Chutney recipe as I was just thinking I needed to replenish my supplies, so I will check out your recipe (it may be the one I already use though!)

    Sorry about the worry over Col's infection and hoping that they can get to the bottom of it and sort him out. It must be awful for you at home on your own, and just worrying about him. (((HUGS)))

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  11. Hugs to you and hope Col fights off this infection soon once they find it. x

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  12. Sending best wishes and positive thoughts for Col and yourself Sue. Keep strong and love to the rest of the family at this worrying time. X

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  13. Oh Sue, When my Mum had non stop high temperatures and infections in hospital I used to joke with her it was caused by all the X Rays! She got through every one of them and is now home. Your cheerfulness has inspired me so much through my own difficult times this year. I will be thinking of you and Col all weekend. Jane xx.

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  14. Oh no, so sorry to hear about Col, I hope they get on top of it soon.xx

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  15. Oh goodness, I am sorry to hear Col has an infection. Sending both of you my very best wishes for better news in the very near future.

    I've already spotted Christmas cards for sale in two local shops - both charity shops. What are they thinking of?, it's still August and high summer!! Elizabeth.

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  16. I have you and Col in my prayers every night and I will pray extra hard for Col.

    You are an amazingly strong woman, Sue, and I admire you very much.

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  17. So sorry to hear that Col is so poorly Sue.
    You are both in my thoughts-x-

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  18. Dear Sue
    I'm so sorry Col is feeling so poorly. Hopefully this weekend will bring some improvement.

    Debra

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  19. Sending love and very best wishes to you and Col.
    I will be thinking of you and hoping for Col to feel much better very soon.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  20. I hope that things improve for Col, for both your sakes. I have lived on that knife edge and it is not good. Many thanks for the reminder about the recipe, Tesco have huge mango's on offer and I picked up 4 yesterday, I will be scrumping today and making chutney later, I will make 2batches and add chillies to one of them.

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  21. I hope they find out what is causing col to be like he is now and that he gets better very soon xxx

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  22. hope they get Col sorted,sending good wishes your way, May have a go at that chutney, it looks lovely.

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  23. All the best to both of you Sue - thinking of you.

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  24. Sending you all my best wishes Sue.

    Jean

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  25. Sending you both hugs and a little prayer ' all will be ok'. Take care. Tx

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  26. Have been thinking about you and your family all day. I do hope things are improving. xx

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  27. fingers crossed for good news soon.So many people thinking about you.x

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  28. Have been reading your blog for a long time, I've never commented before. You are in my thoughts and prayers, I hope and pray that your husband will get better soon. I wanted you to know that even far away, people are thinking of you. sue

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  29. Holding you both tightin my heart until this rough patch is behind you.

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  30. Good ideas to make marmalade for gifts. I've got a few fruits frozen that I can make into jams and I should and free up freezer space. I need to get fabric out and get to cutting soon for my granddaughter's Christmas gift...soon! Or she'll be a teenager before I know it! (she's 8!) Praying for Colin to overcome his tiredness and infections and may he rest well and be well again to come home to live with you again! Hugs and prayers for you as well, my dear!

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  31. So sorry to hear that Col is so bad at the moment. xx

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  32. Have some of the Christmas gifts already around... ;-) All the best to Colin!!

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