Every morning, within the first few minutes of getting up I look in the mirror, pause and mutter something like, “I can’t believe it.” I told you last week that it’s been a year since my successful bowel cancer operation and that’s what I can’t believe. Well, not the passing of time; that’s easy enough…… Continue reading Mirror, Mirror
One year ago today I had bowel cancer surgery. As I explained in a previous post, just before Christmas 2019 the oncologist and surgical teams decided to stop my drugs therapy and undertake surgery. I’d been diagnosed mid 2017 with advanced bowel cancer that had metastasised into my liver and pelvic bone. For two and…… Continue reading Cancer surgery in the age of Covid
I’ve always enjoyed listening to Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos. About a year ago I was given CD boxed sets of the whole lot and as I worked my way through I enjoyed listening all over again. But recently I’ve had a whole new Beethoven experience. Have you ever listened to Beethoven’s string quartets? There…… Continue reading Roll over Beethoven
I like to think about weight management rather than dieting or slimming. I’m well aware that anything to do with body image causes many problems for a lot of people. And I know as well as anyone how difficult it is to reduce weight and then, even more difficult, to keep the weight off. My…… Continue reading Weight Watching
A month has passed since I started writing posts again for this Blog. As I explained in Wise Words in a Notebook, after my cancer treatment and surgeries I’m trying to get back into regular writing. A commitment to a daily blogpost should help. Some of my posts during February have been re-cycled from 2018…… Continue reading Blog update
The special flower for March is the beautiful daffodil. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says The daffodil stands for unequaled love, so giving this flower to someone expresses quite a lot. With their bright yellow petals, daffodils seem the perfect way to say that the sun is always shining whenever your significant other is around. image…… Continue reading I wandered lonely as a cloud in March!
My laptop is about three years old and ever since the day of purchase it’s been temperamental and slow. Mentioning this a few weeks ago to a friend, she asked if it needed defragging. Which, it turned out had never been done and so after a few hours, the machine was running as though it…… Continue reading My first chemo
I’m gradually working my way through all the folders on my laptop trying to get them into some semblance of order. I’ve backups on memory sticks and an external hard-drive which are in an equally large muddle. I’ve even got folders labelled “not to be deleted in case they contain something useful” and “probably not…… Continue reading Live today as best we can.
Stumbling around the Internet the other day I came upon this quote from Desmond Tutu. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” As a version of light at the end of the tunnel the quote seemed particularly apt for our present difficult Covid days. And the quote…… Continue reading Where there is hope
This was my 365th blogpost in 2018. In March 2017 I set myself the challenge of writing a blogpost every day. First blog post In May 2017 I received a cancer diagnosis and said farewell to my blog. Last blog post But then in November 2017 I returned to my blog. Well, here we are…… Continue reading Blog History