Thursday, 5 December 2019

I bought a magazine today..

I bought Your Home magazine today.I started reading the Editor's letter and this is what it said...
"Now the Christmas decorations have been taken down,our homes can sometimes feel a bit sad and bare"

It is the 5th December and I have not even thought about putting UP decorations.Why do magazines always have to be a month ahead?I just don't get it.

My son in law was due to have his brain tumour removed next Tuesday and we were all geared up ready,presents bought and wrapped,food shopping done etc all ready to help.He had a phone call yesterday postponing the op .We don't know till when.It is so disappointing.So it will be hanging over us over Xmas and I am sure they will not do it until January.The only good thing is we now have three spare weeks!!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

This a different Advent Calendar!

I never buy my OH an Advent calendar but when I spotted this one I could not resist it.A different sachet of chilli sauce for every day.He normally has a cup a soup with his lunch so these are quite handy to spice them up.He has had three(obviously) so far,all very different.What will they think of next.

Monday, 25 November 2019

A happy Saturday.

Here I am with my three granddaughters.Ella ,the one on the right,is in her second year at Manchester University reading American Studies.She is off to Madison,Wisconsin inJanuary for a semester.She is our son's eldest.The other two are Ruby and Emily who are our daughter's girls.They only live half an hour from Manchester.So,it was great to have all three together plus Sarah and my O H.We saw our two grandsons in Cambridge the previous weekend.I am pleased to report that Angus is on the mend but still not back in school.
I spent five hours in A&E yesterday with my daughter who had chest pains.Thankfully she is fine and they put it down to stress.It is a sobering experience in hospitals at the moment.Corridors lined with people,mainly elderly ,on trolleys waiting to be seen.Ambulance crew waiting to hand over patients and not able to go  on another call until they have.The staff work so hard and always with a smile.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

It never rains but it pours.

I told you a while ago about our son in law having a brain tumour.It is going to be removed on Dec 10th.Our daughter in law has Coeliacs and has not been told she has fibromyalgia.Last Thursday our grandson Angus(13) was rushed into hospital with appendicitis.They kept him waiting 20 hours before they operated.He is still in hospital and has had to start another course of antibiotics which may mean another 5 days in hospital.They live four hours away but we are going tomorrow for the weekend and maybe longer.Our son has to go away on Monday to Singapore for work.What a mess.It should be us oldies that are ill not them.Such a worry.
On a brighter note our granddaughter Ruby is 12 today and we are all going out for a meal tonight.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Three finished projects.

 This is a scarf knitted in lace weight.The pattern is on Ravelry and it is called Upstairs and is free.It was an easy pattern to follow.
 I decided to reduce my stash and make a granny square blanket.It is a shame the colours are not true as they are all very rich colours.The pale green is actually lime green.I decided to edge it is brown to make the other colours stand out.It was meant for the homeless or refugees but I may not be able to part with it.    .....yet.

 Lastly, a pair of socks for my granddaughter who is going to be spending a semester in Madison,Wisconsin,USA at he university there.It will be very cold so these are knitted in DK.Another pair are on the needles.

Friday, 18 October 2019

This week.

Firstly,an update on son in law.He has his pre op on November 20th and the op on December 10th.He is very anxious about it as we all are.
This week we have had my brother in law staying.He lives in Kenya but comes backeverycouple of years to catch up with family and friends.He has never married but does have a Kenyan lady friend.She never comes because she won't fly.For the two weeks before he came a whole host of parcels began to arrive.Things he cannot buy in Kenya.He flew into Gatwick and then caught the train into London and then train to Chester where my husband met him.There is 11 years difference between them.To look at them you would think my OH was the younger one!He arrived on Monday afternoon and we just chatted and had a casserole for tea.Tuesday was our Art Appreciation Group,a talk about "Emotion in Victorian Art" so we took him along.Tuesday evening we ate out giving him a choice of various cuisines.Wednesday morning C and Paul walked into town and then we set off for Manchester.Our granddaughter is a second year student at Manchester University and Paul was keen to meet up with her.We took her to lunch in the cafe of the Whitworth Art Gallery.A lovely glass walled space surrounded by the park.On our way back we called at our daughter's house so Paul could catch up with our middle granddaughter .He is going to stay there tomorrow for two nights but she is away doing the Duke of Edinburgh award.We asked Paul what he would like to eat,what he missed.Fish and chips was called for on the way back.Thursday saw us going to the Lady Lever Art Gallery which he thoroughly enjoyed.Bangers and mash for tea,another thing he misses.Assorted cheeses for dessert because you can only buy tasteless cheese in Kenya.Today has been searching for golf shoes for him(successful) and tonight they have gone to the theatre to see A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie.He has got my ticket.Tomorrow we take him to our daughter's .He is then off to Newcastle to catch up with friends and then to Cambridge to stay with our son and his family.
All I can say is PHEW.I a shattered ,not used to having a visitor for so long and not able to have forty winks.I hope we have given him a good time.
I have some completed project to show but need to find time for photos.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

My son in law has a brain tumour.

When Mike was 15 he had a brain tumour removed and was fine until he was 33 when he got another one.It is benign and not growing at the moment.It is in a place they can't reach.He is scanned every three years and at his last scan another tumour was detected.They think it is benign but have decided to remove it.He will be in hospital for five days,off work for two months but worst of all he can't drive for six months.The trouble is he is self employed and needs to drive for his job.He is a chemical engineer and visits sites all over the country.We live 45 minutes away and they have two girls who are involved in lots of activities in the evening.They are 14 and 11.Sarah ,our daughter, works three days a week.She is a Type 1 diabetic and gets very tired.What do we do? My OH can help out with local driving and we can help out financially.We are toying with the idea of renting a flat for six months so we can be on hand.We are both in our seventies and get tired too.