FACING BREAST CANCER

Facing the unknown

Now there’s a title I didn’t think I’d ever have to write. There is something frightening built into that word…cancer. Yes, my friends something else has been added to my already overflowing repertoire of disease and that is breast cancer. Frankly, I am surprised because there has never been any cancer in my family; in Jim’s family yes, but not mine. So much for that theory.

Another theory I have just debunked is that if a breast lump hurts it isn’t malignant. Apparently we have to flush that theory down the toilet as well. A few interesting things have occurred along the way which I want to share with all of you. First of all, when I went in for lab work a couple of days before the biopsy, I had this news of the impending prodding and poking on my mind as I waited in the lobby and when I sat down, there was a Gideon Bible laying on the table in front of me. I don’t usually believe in Bible roulette, you know, poking your finger in there to find a verse, but I was curious which book of the Bible was open and waiting for me.

I was comforted to find Psalm 27, David’s Triumphant song of Confidence. It is so beautiful and comforting I urge you to read it for yourselves. It was a gift, I felt, for me about putting my safety and my trust in our Lord and spoke of victory over being assailed by the enemy. It concludes by urging us to put our faith in God where we will fund faith and comfort.

The next planned thing for me was the pain in my ribcage. Due to my disease of relapsing polychondritis, I have some very bad cartilage on the right side of my chest and after lying on that side, propped up for an hour and a half with my left arm over my head, it hurt terribly. I was convinced I had a fractured rib and when I made the appointment to see my family care doctor yesterday to have it checked, she said she would work me in at 10:30 AM. The receptionist called back a few minutes later and said she preferred I come into the office at 4 PM. That way she could give me more time.

Three events occurred due to that change of time. My husband insisted on driving me into the office because I was hugging my right side and he didn’t think I should drive. Secondly, my doctor received the biopsy report one hour before I arrived and thirdly the pain led to a chest x-ray. The x-ray was clear for a rib fracture therefore the pain is cartilage and will take a bit of time and they were able to check my lungs which are clear, and that’s good to know.

Life can be wonderful sometimes, even in the midst of disease, can’t it? I believe it can be. Having Jim there in the office waiting room to be there when called in for me yesterday was such a blessing. That was the first time he had actually met my physician and since he’s also a nurse, I told him, he was stunned and then he read my pathology report. His love was there to comfort me as I was there to comfort him.

One of my favorite writers from many years ago, Glenn Clark, wrote, “I believe that God’s plan for me is a happy, healthy good expression for the good of all, and those things which bring happiness to me brings happiness to others. Therefore, when I am hindered from doing the things I want to do, I believe that God has closed the door only to open another, and that upon every closed door there is a sign pointing to a better and larger door just ahead. My disappointments therefore become His appointments.”

C.S.Lewis wrote, “When we are praying about the result of a battle or a medical consultation, the thought will often cross our minds that (if only we knew it) the event is already decided one way or another. I believe this to be no good reason for ceasing our prayers. The event has certainly been decided—in a sense it was decided before all worlds. But one of the things taken into account in deciding it, and therefore one of the things that cause it to happen, may be this very prayer that we are offering now.” That’s from his little book titled MIRACLES.

This ache in my ribcage has made me nauseous with its intensity but it did get me an x-ray. All day I’ve been thinking about one of those goofy movies from a few years back and an incident in it. On the field of battle a soldier is shot. He is screaming in agony and his major comes over to him, reaches down and breaks one of his fingers and says, “Now that will take your mind off of the gunshot.” Appropriate don’t you think? Today the pain in my ribs is taking the pain off of the possibilities running through my mind.

Be there for me my friends as I am most surely there for each of you. God is in charge and I trust Him completely.

102 thoughts on “FACING BREAST CANCER

  1. I’m at a loss for words, Sue. This is such a moving blog. Even though we have never met, I find myself thinking of and praying for you constantly as you embark on this latest journey. Please know that I love you dearly and am with you all the way. Now, let’s kick some cancer ass!

    • Karen, how kind of you. Indeed let’s do some kicking. I’ve been so blessed by so many dear people through my writing and now enjoy getting to know you. Thanks again, Sue

  2. Sue–
    Step ONE—your fingers found HIS words, and the message of LOVE was there for you… Just as it always will be…. Please know I lift you up daily in my prayers… My recovery from being so VERY ill is slow and steady–sometimes ONE step forward and TWO backwards.. Bless you for remembering me in your prayers… I am limiting my computer time (need major REST) so not as “active” as before…

    wish with all my heart this journey did not have to pass your way~~~but GOD will guide you and hold you in HIS hands… Love, martha

    • Martha dear, agree with everything you said and am so sorry you are still having a bad time of it. I pray for strength for you and an end to this current bout. Love you gal, Sue

  3. SUE MY DARLING….WENT FOR A WALK WITH MY DOG IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE, THOOUGHT AND PRAYED FOR YOU THE WHOLE WAY, I KNOW GOD WILL LOOK AFTER YOU, AS HE DOES ALL WHO BELIEVE, AND EVEN THOSE WHO DON’T. BE SURE TO ASK HIM FOR AN ANGEL EACH STEP OF THE WAY, THATS WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR, WAITING TO BE ASKED…….I KNOW I DO IT DAILY, I COULDN’T GET THROUGH ANYTHING IF I DIDN’T. I AM SO GLAD THAT DESPITE ALL YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AT THIS TIME, YOU MANAGE TO PUT A NEW BLOG UP….ITS OBVIOUS IT HAS COME RIGHT FROM YOUR HEART, AND WILL GIVE THE REST OF US THE HEART TO GO ON….YOU ARE ONE BRAVE LADY, AND I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND…….GOD BLESS…….JENNIE XX…..PS…THANKS TO JIM FOR BEING THERE FOR YOU.

    • Jennie dear, I feel so badly for all the pain this event in my life is causing for others who I hold dear, like you. I know it’s hard but do deeply believe it will be alright. I love that thought of you and Sacha going for a walk in the countryside of your beautiful Normandy. I can see you in my mind’s eye doing just that. I often feel like I am surrounded by angels and one of them is you dear girl. Love you lots, Sue

  4. Sue, left a brief reply for you under the last blog, your announcement of the BC. Lovely blog here, thanks for sharing. God does move in mysterious and comforting ways. Prayers, of course.

    • Lyn dear, I want to thank you for always being there for each of us, particularly me over these last eight years. Hope your spring is finally popping out and you are popping out in that smashing new car. Maybe I should use another word besides smashing…you know what I mean. I’ll bet you look wonderful in it and yes you do make me miss my old blue Mustang. Wonderful feeling driving through the spring air with the spring aromas. Stay safe and I cherish you. Love, Sue

  5. Sue you have helped so many with your words of encouragement……I wish I was as eloquent but know my thoughts and prayers are with you….I am 21 years a breast cancer survivor…….it seems we flipped on our immune system diseases…..

  6. My prayers are with you. Your beautiful, brave words brought tears to my eyes. We all have weak moments but despite everything you go through daily you still support each and every one of us. You can do this! With all of us prayer warriors and your determination you can kick cancers ass! Love, gentle hugs and prayers.

    • Beverly, you are so sensitive and sweet. Thank you so much for you prayers and concern toward me. Indeed we will kick ass. I must admit with my bad sitter the very phrase gives me a twinge..ha, ha. Stay in touch and I’ll take those hugs and prayers. Sue

  7. Sue, of course we are here for you with our love, support and prayers, just like you have been there for each of us so many times! We all would have all understood if there had not been a new blog today, but knowing your faith, strength, and courage, I am not at all surprised. I am so glad Jim was there to surround you with his love when it was needed, and I hope you can feel those of us who love you, surrounding you with our love also. You are in my thoughts and prayers …… Much Love, Brenda

    • Brenda, you know I think the mutual support each of us feel for each other is almost mystical. So many years we’ve been soldiering on together. How are you doing? Pray you are getting periods of rest between babysitting. Yes, I ihad to write this blog today. I was so pleased Jim was there, also. You are also in my thoughts and prayers dear girl…Love you, Sue

  8. Sue
    Such a wonderful and thought provoking blog
    And so great as well that you could do it this week
    But ..that is you. Stoic in the face of all
    I hope that you have a peaceful w.end and ready to get at it next week
    We will all be there with you
    Chrisx

    • Chris dear, I am having a peaceful weekend thus far and actually planted a few primroses today. Side is still quite sore so couldn’t get too vigorous but the sun was out and the river sparkling. Funny, I don’t think of myself as stoic; just very honest. Hope your weekend is wonderful. Hope it’s warming up in your area of England. Love you, Sue

  9. Sue you, Jim, many of our group by name and many others not named have been in my prayers daily for years and will continue to be as long as I have the ability to pray. (Think that may happen when I eventually pass to the next place). I know many who live decades after breast cancer (my grandmother being one 23+ years after bilateral radical mastectomies).

    I’m working to calm myself from my anxiety about owing the IRS thousands due to SSD back pay which incidentally I do not get to keep. I may possibly be given part back in a few years maybe with tax returns. Life goes on. It’s only financial resources they say are or aren’t there that I don’t see anyway. I will survive this bump.

    • Laura, that sounds like a nightmare. How awful to be embroiled in such a mess over SSD. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. Thanks for the encouragement about your grandmother. I have several close friends who have survived breast cancer, also. Hang in there with the financial mess..how awful. Fondly, Sue

      • Oh Sue I am surprisingly unconcerned about the taxes. In the problem vs inconveniences theory it is merely inconvenient. I’ll pay what I must, first come or scariest gets the money first. That of course would be the IRS lol. When the money in the bank is gone it is gone. They don’t want the house or the car and there aren’t other assets to grab soooo no worries. I am stable medically and my mind is in a good spot spiritually so I will extend my energies on prayers for others including my goddaughter in her being approved to leave china and get medically evaluated here at the U of M children’s hospital (she has Down’s syndrome which often has cardiac issues). She looks in good color in the pics I’ve gotten so I’m not even terribly concerned there. Prayers continue for you, Jim and your family as well as our blog family here.

  10. Sue:
    Such a heartfelt blog. I can hear you in your soft voice reading it to me, as I read it. I am content in the fact that your faith will bring you though. Not everything turns out the we WE plan it does it ? But He will watch over you and in the plan He has for you, it will go on. Such beautiful quotes you added as well. It is amazing how those things come to mind when we need them most. My prayers are with you, and my faith is holding you up. All of our love for you here on the blog will continue to strengthen you. As I know you can’t not be on here. But do rest and taker er easy !
    I am enjoying a sunny day with warm sun, I pray this wind will go away for a couple of days so I can get the garden burnt off. The water class was intense today and she wore me out. Used ALL my spoons up on that move. But resting and enjoying the sunshine.
    Love you so,
    Tonie

    • Dear Tonie, Oh dear. I have this image of you, our Scarlett O’Hara out in the garden chasing fire in the wind. How’s Rufus? I know he’s been under the weather. Sounds like one of those water classes that was a bit too much. It’s a fine edge, I know. I always feel your arms around me in spite of those painful shoulders of yours. Thanks for always being there for me. Love you much, Sue

      • Sue:
        Well, I WAS almost chasing flames in the wind ! The wind died down and I decided to burn it off. I prayed while doing it , “Lord don’t let this get out of hand”. Did fine, then all of a sudden a little gust of wind !! Then over the hill comes my nephew , the ex fire fighter, running his little red light 🙂 The fire did get away from me a bit, and went into the field, but nephew dearest took the shovel and put it all out. Fussing at me all the time, being by myself burning that big garden, blah blah. I told him I prayed, and the Lord sent him just in time !! So the garden is done and ready to be plowed, I can’t wait for that, the smell of that fresh turned earth ALWAYS makes me think of home and springtime.
        Rufus is still not crowing, but his breathing is better and he is making little noises. I wish there was something I could do for him.
        And HEY my shoulders NEVER hurt too much to hug, and I would have to make myself not hug as tightly as I like to with you. Gentle hugs as they say. I just made me some coffee this am, first time all week. Tummy problems BLAH !!
        Love you muchly
        Tonie

  11. Angels are indeed watching over you. It’s hard to read your blog and not be there to actually do something. I’m not sure what that would entail but it seems nigh on impossible to just wait. Can you imagine if everyone who loves you standing ready to serve your slightest whim? Maybe it would be too much so we’ll let God send angels for us. Quickly send the cancer on its way so we can be done with it and move on to what really matters. God bless.

  12. Sue, I pray for you often and I know you are strong! You are such an inspiration to not only me, but so many others. You are such an angel and you have brought hope and comfort to so many. I hope that we can give you hope and comfort now! Many hugs and much love

  13. Sue
    Well I suppose I meant you endure so much and you are there and just keep carrying on just the same with all the adversity. Throughout all your ill health you’ve been there just the same for us all ,hence stoic
    I believe you are a solidness in this wavering world of ours

    Well it’s 6am ish here .try and get back to sleep
    Oh did I say I forget ,that we went to a RNIB ( a society for the blind) last week
    It was so amazing how they use Braille ,I didn’t realise.and they used some of DH photos to convert to touchy feely ones of stained glass of an ancient building in a book for a museum ,we also got to experience how different forms of blindness affected people
    It was an all day affair. So my back is still playing up! But it was so interesting and we were shown how to help and walk with them. Also DH learned more how to convert photos for them
    Ok well try and get back to sleep DH us going to meet a friend in town to do some camera work, thus friend is also a camera fanatic….me I shall ,well depending his my back is, look at the shops and maybe buy a sweater ,or knowing me just a scarf.i have loads of them, I always wear one and always seem to but them and nothing else ! And then just wait with a coffee
    Love ya sue ..Chrisx

    • Chris
      I think that is amazing about the pictures converted for the blind. How wonderful ! There is a gal I grew up with who does sign to interpret for the deaf. I admire her for that.
      I love scarves as well (course the way we pronounce it ‘scarfs”) I have a big basket of them in my closet, and wear them a lot to church. I don’t much dress other than that. I love pashminas, I have quite a few of them and a few vintage ones as well. Tell DH I have a 1920 Kodak pocket camera. I love the fact of just having it. It does still work, but where to find someone to develop the film ?? No more little camera shops around. Miss those days .
      Have fun dear
      Hugs
      Tonie

  14. My dearest Sue, as I read this, the tears pouring down my face at the mere possibility of what lies ahead for you, I am comforted by your unwavering faith and courage. We are all most certainly here for you, and I pray that you are enveloped in our love as surely as you are tucked safely beneath the shadow of His wing, close to His heart. You are so precious to me, I cannot even fathom the love that God has for you. I’m so glad Jim was there for your appt, and that your lungs are clear and no rib fractures. Please know that you are in my daily prayers. The book of James tells us that “the fervent prayer of a righteous (wo)man accomplishes much” I am so thankful for the righteousness given us by Christ, that my prayers and those of all your friends here might truly accomplish a cascade of miracles on your behalf. I am wearing something pink, (be it clothing, jewelry, or merely lipstick) in your honor every day until you are fully healed, whether that be in this life or in Heaven. I love you so much and cannot imagine how I would have made it through the last several years without your weekly dose of humor, encouragement, wisdom, and hope. I am honored to call you my friend, and pray I will be as much a friend to you. I wish I could be there in person to walk beside you and lighten your load, but I’m here by message or phone, anytime of the day or night, to listen, to pray, to tell you a joke or the latest funny story about my little ones. You are not alone, and even if we should fail you as your human friends, HIS love is unfailing, steadfast and strong. I pray you feel His deep abiding presence with you every step of the way, and our prayers as the wind at your back giving you strength to keep going forward one step at a time. “Two are stronger than one, and a cord of three strands is not easily broken” (from the book of Proverbs)
    Much love, and gentle hugs, from “Princess Crabby Pants” ❤

    • Well Princess Annie, now you’re the Lady in pink. I am so touched by your comments. Yes dear, I know you’re there and that is wonderful to tuck away. Right now I am totally wrapped in love and kindness. It’s a very reassuring feeling to know you’re all there for me. I’ve always love that phrase “the wind at your back.” I usually have to worry about it being located elsewhere with my irritable bowel syndrome…yuck, yuck. Please, always share your funny stuff and your her of tiny patients antics with us all. Much love when I remember what we’ve all been through together in the last eight years…awesome through thick and thin. Love, Sue

  15. Sue, I am in tears. I’m not so worried about the cancer, as many have already said, we know lots of long time survivors. My tears are for you having to endure more. You have so much already. I’m so thankful Jim was there with you, and that you have the love and prayers of all of us. I know the “C” word alone is scary, it is to all of us. I know you have your faith in God, and He will see you through. Like Annie, I wish I could be there with you to help, and feel free to call me, I can be a good listener, and I even allow people to yell when they need to.
    I pray for your and your family’s peace of mind, for a speedy resolution and a very favorable outcome. All my love.
    Linda

  16. Okay gals:
    This is just to show our support for Sue. You can get a T-shirt (Pink of course) at this website,https://www.booster.com/weeklydoseofsue
    For $20 plus $5 for shipping. If you want to get one, you can buy it there, it ships out 2 weeks after closing (April 22nd) Any funds raised will go to the charity of Sue’s choice. I just thought (idea from Annie’s remarks) that we could have these to honor our lady. She lifts us up every week. I didn’t ask her permission so I will ask for forgiveness if this offends her. But I did it for US.
    Tonie

  17. I HAVE READ ALLTHE POSTSWITH INTEREST, AND IT IS LOVELY TO SEE HOW MUCH WE ALL CARE FOR “OUR SUE” THE WAY SHE IS STIL SUPPORTING US, I FIND TRULY AMAZING……ITS MY TURN ON WEDNESDAY FOR THE BOOB SQUASH, I AM APPREHENSIVE AS I HAVE PAIN IN THE LEFT ONE, HOPING ITS HORMONAL, AS I’VE HAD IT BEFORE, BUT IT MAKES ONE FEEL VULNERABLE, WHEN THIS HAPPENS TO A DEAR FRIEND…….BEST TO JUST GRIT THE TEETH AND GO I GUESS. BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU ALL, IN A SILLY MOOD, AND A BIT WEEPY IF I’M TO BE HONEST, BUT THERE YOU ARE….THATS ME, SILLY OLD BUGGER………BON WEEKEND……TALK SOON, I HOPE…MUCH LOVE AND HUGS TO ALL…….LOVE YOU SUE………………JENNIE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jennie, so Wed. will be boob squash day. One thing you know for certain is that a man invented that panini maker for boobs. Jen dear, don’t be sad. It will be as intended, whatever that is and in the meanwhile, life goes on and each of you face your own problems. I know about your empathetic feeling…I have had calls from three dear friends who have had breast cancer and more on the blog. It’s comforting but also frightening. I believe each of us are different and my training as a nurse tells me I will wait to get more info from this breast specialist. Frankly, I’m more concerned about how to fit the treatment into my body with all the problems I already live with every day. God knows and He loves me. I love you and will always be here for you dear girl. Love, Sue

      • SUE IF I TOLD YOU HOW TERRIFIED I AM, WOULD YOU BELIEVE ME….I AM SITTING IN MY STUDY WITH A GLASS OF CALVADOS TRYING TO BLOCK OUT THE FACT THAT EACH TIME I MOVE A CERTAIN WAY, FEELS LIKE MY LEFT BREAST IS COMING OFF…..IS THIS NORMAL? HAD IT THREE TIMES LAST YEAR, (THANK GOODNESS I ALWAYS KEEP A DIARY) DOC SAID IT WAS HORMONES, BUT I WON’T BELIEVE NOTHING UNTIL I HAVE THE “SQUASH” WEDNESDAY, AND THE RESULTS……OH THOSE BLOODY RESULTS…….AND THE ALL CLEAR,OR NOT WHICHEVER……SO MIGHT AS WELL GET BLADDERED/PIZZLED….PIE-EYED, WHATEVER, TILL THEN, RAT ARSED SOUNDS GOOD DUNNIT????
        SO YOU ARE ALL WATCHING “FOYLE’S WAR” NOW, YOU ALL SEEM TO HAVE TAKEN A LIKING TO OUR BRITISH TV….GOOD ON YOU, WE CERTAINLY WATCH PLENTY OF YOURS, I LOVE A RAINY AFTERNOON WITH A CUPPA, AND “TRUE MOVIES”…..DONE! ……WHAT TREATMENT HAVE THEY SAID YOU WILL NEED MY DEAR FRIEND, OR DON’T YOU KNOW YET……I AM WISHING YOU SO MANY GOOD THINGS, TOO MANY TO LIST HERE, BUT YOU KNOW DON’T YOU WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY,BUT THE WORDS GET STUCK IN MY THROAT, SO DOES THIS F……….G CALVADOS, SUPPOSED TO SLIP DOWN AS SMOOTH AS A BABIES BUM……RIGHT BEST GO BEFORE I GET MAUDLIN…..LOVE YOU FROM THE US TO FRANCE AND BACK……….JENNIE (THE SILLY BUGGER) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  18. Jennie/Chris:
    Like Sue I LOVE British TV. On Netflix I have found a rather large collection of them. The one I am watching now is called “Foyle’s War” It is wonderful ! I am trying to remember what I have seen Honeysuckle Weeks in, she is such a cutey there. I do love your shows. They use all sorts of actors regardless of age, beauty or size. I do admire that in them, get so tired of the “perfect” ones cast in America. I had to make me a pot of tea a bit ago, takes away the chill. My son, quite a few years ago, bought me some items for Mothers Day. One of which was a teacup and plate, made along the liens of the Delft blue. I used it and so enjoyed it. I wondered if you all have a favorite teacup and what it’s story it. I am weird that way 🙂
    Well, going to fix me some chicken for supper. Honey Mustard Pecan. Yummy stuff. Oh yeah another question. What is the difference in your supper and evening tea ? I have noticed in the movies they have a plate of food with evening tea.
    Inquiring minds want to know !
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Jim and I have been watching FOYLE’S WAR for over a year and have ALL of them. Love it. Wish they made more than three movies a years. In fact, we watched one each night this week for about the fourth time. I know, isn’t Honeysuckle cute and so natural? I’ve hated to see her age. Are you watching them in order from Dunkirk on? So well written. As someone who is a bit obsessed with the history of WW11, I think it’s great. Michael Kitchen, the star is great and once said he did his best with little dialogue…he acts with expression. He could be a relative of mine. My grandmother Falkner was a Kitchen. (Her name that is!!) Have you ever seen RECKLESS? He is in that and it’s a riot.
      Love, Sue

    • TONIE…ME OLD DARLIN’…..I USED TO HAVE A FULL COLLECTION OF DELFT BLUE CHINA……EACH TIME I VISITED MY PARENTS IN HOLLAND, I GOT A LOAD MORE, BEEN TO DELFT TOO, ITS A REAL PRETTY PLACE, ALSO FAMOUS FOR ITS DRIED HERRING…THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE ME TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU. I HOPE YOU ARE LESS CHILLED OUT NOW SWEETPEA, A CUP OF SALVATION USUALLY FIXES IT I FIND. ITS MOTHERS DAY IN THE UK NEXT SUNDAY, THATS WHEN I MISS BEING HOME, OVER HERE LIKE THE REST OF EUROPE AND THE STATES, ITS IN MAY…..NOT THE SAME THEN FOR ME, MY KIDS BEING IN THE UK. YUP! I HAVE A FAVOURITE CUP, MY DH CALLS IN MY BUCKET, COZ ITS LIKE ONE, ITS HUGE AND HAS A COW ON THE FRONT…HE BOUGHT IT ME, DO YOU THINK HE WAS TRYING TO TELL ME SUMMAT??? WELL ANYWAY, I LOVE IT, GET A MASSIVE CAPPUCCINO IN IT. CHRIS HAS ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION VERY WELL, SO I JUST ENDORSE WHAT SHE SAYS….BETTER BE OFF, FEELING LIGHT HEADED, NOT USED TO ALCOHOL…….SHEEMS FINGS A BIT FOGGI….HE HE!!! TA RA RA BUMPTIAY…….LOVE YA………….JENNIE POO XX

      • Jennie Poo, I think you have had a cuppa too much ! 🙂 I have a big ole mug I usually drink my coffee in, but my tea I like in different cups. I have a set of little ones that I usually drink in, but mix em around a lot too. Yes I like British TV and movies, always have. THe Tv is much different than ours, and I do like the plots.
        I love dishes and cups and such. I like to use different ones for different meals. Makes em taste better 🙂
        Love
        T

  19. Tonie
    I always get caught up in that wondering mode of what works in other countries
    Well evening tea can be about between 5 and 7 pm and can be the main meal of the day
    Afternoon tea being tea and cakes about 3 pm
    Supper is generally a light snack late on in the evening,which you might have if you miss evening tea after a large lunch… But some people call supper their main meal Huh….size matters in this case😃
    HOWever there can be a difference in times for these depending if you live north or south.! Confused!?
    What you say Jen?
    And most people do have a favourite mug or cup for tea . I like a thin bone china cup it seems to taste better somehow.its a few years old no history to it ,tho when it breaks I shall have to scout around for a new one I like..I’ll know when I see it!
    Yep I think a scarf gives a different look to the same garment I like to do that.always wear one feel empty without one
    Signing is very hard to learn as well.i did go to a few classes once

    Told Dh about the Kodak camera he was pleased to hear that it was still working too, shame about the little old camera shops gone

    Well Sue thinking of you..I expect you have a busy week coming up now. As you see we have you all in our prayers and thoughts
    Chrisx

  20. Oh and Tonie that was clever of you to set up that site .
    I shall give to the post traumatic stress for veterans charity as the man comes to see my dad
    Chris

  21. Tonie, Everyone, I just ordered my shirt. 🙂 Hopefully we will get enough orders in support of our Sue – and Wounded Warriors. 🙂 Ha! A thought just crossed my mind that in a different way WE are Sue’s wounded warriors. Made me smile!

    • Chris:
      I had thought that was the way of it with evening tea and supper, just wanting to check it out. I love seeing different ways of countries. We here in the country, call our evening meal supper, and our midday dinner, rather than lunch. If you are farming, then both meals (well really all three) are bigger meals. I think the supper is a carry over from our ancestry as well.

      Lyn, so glad, I hope we call all get one, wish we could ship em overseas, but bet the freight would be so much
      Yes we are Sue’s wounded warriors. That is an awesome phrase for us !!

      • Tonie, so you’re becoming more and more an Anglophile? My relatives would be so thrilled and probably are. They give us rowdy Americans a bit of class. I wonder if a mailing envelope would help the price of the shirts overseas? I still can’t believe you did this. Stay safe fire girl. Love, Sue

      • Chris dear, thanks for all the info. It’s fascinating to us, truly. Jim and I went for a long drive today across the Columbia River to Washington state. It’s gorgeous out there…tide out so the terns and the seagulls were walking on the sand. When we came back the tide was in and night a bird in sight. Cold but gorgeous. I love scarves also but seem to forget them. They’re great for covering my multiple chins, too. Love, Sue

    • Okay Lyn, Every time I stop crying I read something that melts my heart and love you for it. Indeed, you’re right. We are each battle survivors, a battle that doesn’t end but only feeds the soul and we are all wounded warriors. You’re so wise. How that new baby (car)? Love you..Sue

  22. Dear Sue, The weather has fouled up my hughenet dish, so I am late seeing this. I too am more worried about the the cure than the result. I have written and erased about 5 sentences, because I don’t want to be negative. This is a condition that needs a positive attitude. I know you will get all the info you need. After reading all of the comments on here it seems you have support beyond measure. Others have said it much better than I can, just know that love, prayers, crossed fingers, whatever suits you at the moment are there for you now and in the future. Love, Janet

      • Dear Jennie, You are always in my thoughts and prayers, but special hugs now. This too will pass and whatever happens know that there are many, many people out here pulling for you. Love you (always think of you as my Yorkshire Tyke). Janet

  23. Hi everyone. I’ve had a great weekend so far, took off Thurs and Friday from work as my sister came for a visit and much needed break from her teaching, and caregiving role with her husband and my mom. We were just nearly giddy. I realized I needed the break as much as she did. Laughter is definitely the best medicine. We did a lot of shopping for her grand babies, dinners out, and even some coloring and playing with the Spirograph ( the math nerd’s favorite toy!) it was just a very sweet playful time with shared memories, silly stories, and cutting loose a bit. She went home late this afternoon and I promptly crashed on the couch for a long nap.
    I had a wicked kidney infection with blood in my urine a couple weeks ago, had an IVP to rule out kidney stones but it was just infection. Caused urinary retention do u had to drag out the catheters again- ugh. Was doing better til Monday when my fever spiked again and I had dry heaves and blood in my urine again. Saw urologist on Thurs- the UA in the office that day was clear of white blood cells and nitrates but still had blood in it so she sent a second culture. If it is negative (no infection) then I have to have a bladder scope to investigate the cause of bleeding. Mean while after all the vomiting, I have developed at least one ventral hernia, maybe two, along withh a possible hiatal hernia, so have to make an appt with a surgeon to have tests done and determine if surgery will be needed. The muscle in my abd and ribcage feel like gheyre on fire. Being referred for pelvic floor physiotherapy and urodynamic testing as well (think painful AND invasive) to determine if the urinary retention is result of infection or nerve damage from herniated discs I had prior to back surgery. All this nonsense in the four years since I had my hysterectomy. Took care of the endometriosis and fibroids but seemed to trigger a cascade of complications I’m still having to sort out. Very discouraging. So my sister’s visit came at just the perfect time to distract me a bit and cheer me up.
    I’ve been pretty quiet in here lately not wanting to burden anyone but realized I was doing myself and all of you a great disservice by trying to tough it out. We all have our up and down times and sharing them with each other strengthens us all. Ive heard it said that friendship doubles our joy, and divides our sorrow. You guys are the best! Much love, “Princess Crabby Pants”

    • HI ANNIE….SEEMS LIKE YOUR FAMILY CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR YOU,AND BROUGHT MUCH NEEDED CHEER WITH THEM, I HOPE YOU ARE OK, FELT CONCERNED ABOUT THE BLOOD IN YOUR URINE, HOPE ITS BEING DEALT WITH……HAVE A GOOD DAY….LOVE YA ….JENNIE XX

  24. Morning all:
    I awoke to the aching of knees ! Yes it is raining again ! I am beginning to wonder if we are in for another spring like last year. Well actually we didn’t have a spring last year. Chance of snow on Tuesday, highs only in the 40’s today. GO AWAY cold weather !
    Okay my rant is over. Regardless I must get dressed and ready for church. The bed is so comfy now. ALways how it is, if I didn’t HAVE to get up, I would already be up. Ahh. Hope you are all well this am. Will be remembering you in prayer.
    The tshirts are off to a good roll ! Thanks to all who have bought them. That is a wonderful site to use. No cost at all to you to set one up.

    Sue hope you have recupped from the visits and Dr’s and all. Miss Millie sends her love. She and Bill are just “getting thru each day” she says. I must print out blogs and send her.
    Have a lovely day all
    Tonie

    • TONIE….GUESS WHAT????? YES!! WE HAVE SOME SNOW AND HAIL THIS MORNING, KNEW THE FINE SPELL WAS TOO GOOD TO LAST……I CAN’T JOIN THE T-SHIRT THING, BUT I WILL SUPPORT WHATEVER YOU WANT ME TO….JUST TELL ME WHAT TO DO…OK??……..LOVE AND STUFF….JENNIE POO XX

    • Toni, they downsized our forecast to rain; but it’s been snowing very hard and heavy for the past hour. Looks like a “white out” outside. Everything is already covered. This has been the weirdest winter I have ever seen here. A friend told me she read it’s been the worst winter in this area since weather records have been kept. This year, March came in like a Lion, and the darn lion stayed. No lambs involved at all in this March! My legs have been killing me the last 3 days. Even the neuropathy in my feet and left leg have been killing me. I have pillows stacked on the floor under my feet to keep something soft on the bottoms of my feet.
      I hope your mammogram is okay Jeannie. I know for sure a man invented the mammogram machine, bras, and girdles. No woman would do that.
      I love British TV too. I think the actors are so wonderful, and I agree with Toni, they don’t have to be plastic beauties to act over there. And some of the most wonderful actors ever. Ya’ll talking got me on Foyle’s War, and I’ve watched 5 episodes now. Love him. There are show’s that I catch a bit of on you tube that we don’t have on our BBC channel; and I wish especially the Mrs Brown could be seen here. She is such a hoot.
      My leg pain kept me up all night. I’m so very tired and sleepy, but don’t think I could sleep even now. Might give it a try though.
      Love and hugs to you all
      Linda
      ps, annie, sounds like a wonderful fun time with your sister, so glad you had that. Hope that urinary thing gets okay soon. It always hurts me when I pee blood, hope you’re not having a lot of pain.

  25. Annie
    Been thinking about you a lot
    I do hope all this bleeding gets sorted out for you it seems one thing after another. You must be sore with the ribs and the hernia and worried
    Your time with your sister sounded perfect I wish I had a sister…but I’ve got all of you here
    Keep us up to speed with how you are.
    Chris

    • CHRIS..LIKE ME YOU HAVE SISTERS COMING OUT OF YOUR EARHOLES ON THE BLOG…….CAN YOU IMAGINE US ALL TOGETHER, THEE AND ME WOULD HAVE TO MAKE SOME NOISE BEING THE ONLY EUROPEANS, BUT IT WOULD BE A HOOT……PUT ALL OUR ACHES AND PAINS IN TONIE’S MELTING POT, THEN ALL JUMP IN HER JACUZZI….HE HE!!!!! GET THEE GONE ON THAT THERE TRIP MRS, YOU WILL FEEL A WHOLE HEAP BETTER, WISH I COULD JOIN YOU, BEING AS YOU ARE GOING “UP NORTH”
      KEEP WELL….LOVE YA …..JEN X
      TO EVERYONE ELSE….CATCH YOU LATER, LOVE YOU TO BITS…..HOW’S IT GOING SWEET SUE??/ X

  26. All quite on the homefront ? We have had a beautiful sunshiney day, but with very cold air. Weather man says maybe snow tomorrow 😦 I pray not ! I have been piddling around today. Cleaning here and there. Sat outside and painted a few things for yard décor. Planted some seeds, transplanted a few, and just put some apple oatmeal muffins in the oven. Regardless of all that, I feel crappy today. Go down to see my sis, and she says “You look sick !”. So I guess it is official. Oh well, 3:30 so the day is pretty much done. Gonna have me a warm muffin nd some hot tea.
    Take care all
    Love
    Tonie

    • TONIE LOVE, WISH I COULD BE THERE TO SHARE YOUR APPLE MUFFINS, THEY ARE MY FAVOURITES, ALL WASHED DOWN WITH A CUP OF YORKSHIRE SPLOSH (TEA) MMMMM!!!!!! I HOPE THE SNOW DOESN’T COME, LORD YOU MUST BE SO SICK OF IT BY NOW, HOW ARE YOU FEELING NOW LOVE? I ALWAYS THINK OF YOU FEEDING YOUR CHUCKS ARMED TO THE TEETH WITH YOUR GUN AND ALL. I HOPE YOU ARE LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF, ANY NEWS YET ON THE DISABILITY PENSION????? LOVE YOU…….JENNIE POO XXXXX

      • Jennie:
        Wish you could come over as well sweet ! I also wish I had made tea this am instead of coffee with my muffins ! This coffee I bought it is worst I ever had, called Community (blah) no matter how much I put in it is never strong enough. When I go to the store tomorrow I will get different I can tell you. I like my coffee very strong and black.
        I am doing okay, and we are getting the snow 😦 ! But I was walking back down the hall after making yukky coffee, and something caught my eye out the window. I was a HUGE wild turkey strutting across the field toward my chicken coop. I grabbed my camera and went out to feed the chicks. But of course they saw me and took off, I got a very blurred pic of them. I have NEVER seen them down in this field in my whole life. THey must be hungry or they were curious about the chickens. People have sold off all the timber that was back of me where the wildlife was. It is awful, barren land now. Greed is the destroyer of all ain’t it ??
        Nope nothing on the disability yet. I did get a email back from my Representative and said he would look into what he could do for me.
        Take care you
        Love
        Tonie

  27. Tonie
    That muffin smells good I want some!
    I do hope things get better tomorrow for you and no blimmin snow
    Not going away long story,but DH hurt his back and my dad hasn’t got results of scan yet and as soon as they have them and ok they are sending him home and not to rehab.so that could be before I got back

    Wondering how you are Sue
    Chris

    • CHRIS..ABSOLUTELY GUTTED FOR YOU, THAT YOU COULDN’T GO ON YOUR TRIPI HOPE EVERYTHING FALLS IN TO PLACE SOON, SO YOU CAN GET AWAY NEXT WEEK, I’LL CALL YOU WHEN YOU LET ME KNOW YOU ARE HOME….LOVE YOU…JEN X

    • Oh LOrdy CHris !
      I am sorry about DH’s back. I so know that one ! Can’t you get them to send Dad to rehab just until you can be there to settle him ? Or can DD be there for him ? Them muffins are good. I wondered if they would, no recipe I just started throwing stuff in there til they looked and tasted good. Popped a few (little tiny) in the nuker and warmed them up this am, put a bit of butter on top and yummee ! I was in a productive mood yesterday, not so today with the cold n snow. Nothing much just a light dusting but COME ON it is the 25th of March, time to warm up already …please ???
      Take care you, tell hubby to stay down with heat on his back.
      Love
      Tonie

  28. Chris, it does seem like its always something, doesn’t it?
    Jennie, I like your idea about all of us crashing Tonie’s place, cackling like a bunch of chickens, and simmering in the hot tub. What fun that would be!
    Lyn, are you getting plenty of kitty snuggles and reading in?
    Sue, hope you are recovering from your contortionist act on the biopsy table. Sucks enough to have all the other things going on in your body without having extra pain thrown into the mix.

    Well my urine culture was negative so I will have to schedule the bladder scope to see what’s causing the blood in my urine. Interstitial cystitis is a distinct possibility as it goes along with a lot of other autoimmune stuff. Trying not to think too hard about all the other possible reasons. Will cross that bridge when I get to it.
    I’ll be in my blanket fort coloring if anyone’s looking for me- LoL. Crayons are such good medicine!
    Love to all, Princess Crabby Pants

    • Uoohh Annie, hate even the sound of a bladder scope, makes me cringe. Pray you are found okay and get better. Sometimes the blood is just from an irritation there and nothing more. If it is not a lot. I have been blessed, with just a minimal of anything with bladder infections. I hate the. Enjoy the coloring !! When we were kids an dsick mother always found a few dollars to go and get us coloring books and crayons to keep us still.
      Hugs
      Tonie

  29. My dear friends, so many thoughts for each of you and also those of you on FB. I have had a miserable week with this intercostal (chest) muscle and nerve on the right side…keep thinking of the singer Sting and his creation, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE. It certainly has been a distraction from thinking about what lies ahead with the cancer.Pray it begins to ease up in those bad ribs. My local doc is out of town or I would have obtained an order for PT, therefore I looked it up on line and have been doing appropriate stretches. Seems to help after my initial screaming. Sorry I felt too bum to write much. Wed. we go into Portland to see the breast cancer specialist. Trying to decide if we’re going to take George instead of leaving him in his kennel all day but need to remember to take Dramamine for him after he threw up on my last time. Poor little carsick beast. Jim’s holding up quite well, poor man. As far as his shoulder it’s doing much better with rather painful physical therapy.

    I’m so used to the pain I’ve lived with for the last 28 years, I sort of just add all of this to the list. My eyes are still a serious problem and trying to stay on liquids tomorrow so the IBD won’t bug me on the trips. Hate “hitting all those bathrooms along the way” routine.

    Chris so sorry things are unsettled with your dear Dad and you will miss your trip. Do take time for yourself in all this family stuff. Annie dear, oh my. I remember my first scope “down there” and it was before I was a nurse and I asked about it from a nurse friend and she said it was like getting screwed by a red hot poker. Wasn’t anywhere nearly that bad! Let us know and know you’re wrapped in our love dear girl. Tonie, oh you and those possums, now deceased and the fires..never dull is it? Heard from your representative about your disability yet? Lyn thanks for your quiet reassurance and hope the cats are finding room in your small lap for all three. Laura, you’ve been quiet but still sounds like igloo snow amounts. Love to dear Nessie. Jennie, Is your sun disappearing. When you mentioned hail I kept thinking of all those freshly blossoming flowers in your lovely French garden. Do be doing all you can to make that trip to London in the spring to see all the family, okay? Janet, your quiet presence is always appreciated and loved. Jp dear, how is your grief work..still in die pain? To the rest of you I send my love and now must work on this week’s blog. Do hate to skip one. Big group hug. You’re all so amazing. I’m so blessed. Sue

    • Sue you have been in my thoughts and prayers so much as have many in our group. I feel like I’m pretty stable physically (of course there are days that are harder than others but I’m used to that). I tried to phone Monday to check on you and to let you have a chance to vent but there was no answer. I’m hoping you were able to get a bit of rest and some physical comfort.

      You’re right we still have snow abet less as much has melted but we are still far below normal in temperatures and see snow off and on. I will admit I am ready to see green grass, spring flowers, and not require several layers of clothing to keep warm. I’ve really been feeling like ice lives up to the name bobsled this winter lol. I have a routine rheumy visit at the end of the month and do not expect any changes in the treatment plan. Nessie is hanging in there as a working dog despite being 10 now. Her vet says she’s in great health and able to continue mobility and balance work for me. In his words “I’m really impressed with her”. She was simply amazing during my bucket list trip west and so easy to manage in so many different places.

  30. SUE….LIKE ALL OF US, I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU TOMORROW, WHAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH IS SO HARD WITH THE LONG TRIP AND ALL, I AM THANKFUL THAT THE PLACE I HAVE TO GO, ALSO TOMORROW, IS ONLY A TEN MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE, ITS A MOBILE UNIT, INSTEAD OF THE CLINIC, WHICH LIKE YOU INVOLVES A LONG AND PAINFUL TRIP. I AM DETERMINED TO MAKE THAT TRIP SUE……….GOT TO NOW WITH ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS GOING ON, SO SWEETHEART, A THOUGHTS AND PRAYER DIRECTED ACROSS THE POND TO YOU, AN ANGEL WOULD BE USEFUL, SO SENDING ONE, IS THAT OK???? LOVE YOU TO BITS……..JENNIE AND BARRY (DH) XX

  31. Sue:
    Dear heart, prayers for you. As always. Take care tomorrow on the trip and be as comfortable as you can. I am betting George makes the trip with you. 🙂 I can’t see you leaving the little baby home to worry about him all the way and back. I woke up to snow on the ground and spitting. I think we are back in ice age to tell you the truth !! Be good and behave yourself today. WE both know that is hard to do !
    Love
    Tonie

  32. Got a call from hosp today and hey…after my few words they had a meeting and he is going to rehab today!
    They just realised they were wrong and they did apologise to me
    But still that’s all good
    Hope all goes smoothly wed for you Sue
    And you jen
    Ill email you later
    Chorus

  33. Chris (or Chorus), I was tickled with Chorus, too. I bet you were singing a happy tune. Hopefully your dad will get what he needs now.

    Sue, Praying for a good trip for you.

    Bobsled, so glad you – and Nessie – are doing well. 🙂

    I, too, like the idea of all of us gathering at Tonie’s, chatting, munching, drinking coffee and tea, and hitting the hot tub. Years ago we talked of how fun it would be if we could all meet a well. Some different folks, but still fun! We had a dusting of snow up here, too. I’m hoping it’s the last. It is cold and raw feeling today. DH was even cold this evening! He actually turned the heat up – halleluia! He’s usually rolling eyes at me and complaining when I do, All 3 cats have been on my lap at some point today. Good day for it. I was achy and not feeling great this morning, but a bit better now. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Plenty to do tomorrow, which may include taking SB to the urgent care. He woke yesterday with crusting at his eye, the eye scratchy and irritated. About the same today, so time to have it looked at. Always something, isn’t it? Prayers for all!

  34. Sue, we are all blessed to have you as our friend! You, of course, have also been in my thoughts and prayers, and I will be sending you my love and prayers across the miles tomorrow!!!
    Sorry that I have not been around much the last few days but my thoughts have been with everyone. I have gone into a big flair … some days having difficulty walking from bed to the bathroom due to pain in my feet! All the hard ware in my ankles and feet don’t seem to like the inflammation of the flare, and it has been very quiet as I have lost most of my voice! I tried PT and even acupuncture this week with no result, so I think I will soon be calling my new doctor for an appointment! I had hoped our first appointment would not be of an urgent nature, but it appears that can’t be helped!
    Sue, once again, all the best tomorrow. Love and hugs … Brenda

  35. WELL THE BOOB SQUASH IS DONE, GOT TWO WEEKS TO SWEAT IT OUT NOW, WAS THINKING OF SUE THROUGHOUT, HOPING SHE WILL GET THROUGH IT…….BLOODY COMPUTER, BEEN HACKED, SO JUST DOING THINGS THAT ARE SAFE TILL I GET ANOTHER LAPTOP, COULD BE IT WILL ALL FOLD, SO IF I AM ABSENT FOR A TIME, YOU KNOW WHY………………GLAD CHRIS GOT AWAY IN THE END, LEAPT IN THE AIR WHEN SHE MAILED ME, YOU’D HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS ME GOING, HOPE THE WEATHER IS KIND TO HER, SHE IS GOING TO THE PLACE OF MY BIRTH, AND I KNOW HOW COLD IT CAN BE, A BIT LIKE ANTARTICA……..WELL LETS HOPE FOR SOME SORT OF GOOD NEWS FROM SUE, SOMETHING THAT SHE WILL BE ABLE TO COPE WITH, COS SHE WILL NEED ALL HER STRENGTH WON’T SHE, POOR LITTLE LOVE………TA RA FOR NOW, HOPE I CAN GET BACK ON HERE TOMORROW….LOVE YOU ALL…JENNIE XXX

  36. Almost midnight here in Texas, and the Wind is howling away. Praying this blows over (literally) and we have nice weather got camping this weekend. I desperately need some “fun with friends and commune with nature” time.
    We’re going to Tyler State Park (cabins, yeah!) and I’m hoping there will be at least a few bluebonnets out by now.

    Hoping you’re snuggled in bed, Sue, with that sweet little George and Big Jim looking after you, and no lingering pain from the road trip. Hope you have a workable treatment plan coming together and am praying for continued grace and peace as you take the next step in this journey. ❤

    Chris, great to hear your dads going to rehab and you get to take your trip! Yippee! Enjoy!

    Jennie, hope your squished boobies are feeling better. Rest in the Father’s arms and leave the outcome there as best you can. ❤

    Tonie, hang on to your hat! Spring’s a comin’. How are all the little chickies and Rufus?

    Lyn, some kitty lap time sounds wonderful. Hope I find my new baby soon.

    Laura, saw the picture of your little bed hog, Nessie on FB. Made me laugh. I suppose with all her hard work, she thinks she deserves it. Be careful with all that ice. Can’t have you “going to ground” as we used to say in ER…

    Brenda, hope you and Teddi and the gang are stating warm and cozy, and that your visit to the new doc goes well.

    I’d better turn it in for the night. Have appt with my doc in the morning to evaluate hernias and order whatever scans are needed before I go see the surgeon. Don’t know yet when my bladder scope will be. Not that I’m just dying of anticipation!

    Love to all, Princess Crabby Pants

    • ANNIE….THANK YOU FOR YOUR REGARDS, BOOBIES PAINFUL, HAD TO SEEP IN MY BRA LAST NIGHT, HOPE THINGS ARE A BIT BETTER FOR YOU SWEETHEART, I THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND ITS GREAT YOU ARE BACK ON HERE….TAKE CARE…..LOVE JENNIE XX

  37. Well all as Jen says I’m in Yorkshire and looking forward to today , went yesterday to Haworth ,Emily brontes home.but going back to go inside the parsonage where she lived. The village is all cobbled and we sat in a pub with the fire going and had homemade leek soup with warm homemade bread Sat by the window and I was imagining how it all was. The school where she taught and the church and the parsonage are all together ammongst the cobbles at the top of a hill
    Went to museum of photography earlier in day. And we got invited tonite to a preview of two famous photographers ,with wine ,buffet and a Yorkshire band…so good to ask us and we are looking forward to it as they are all so friendly
    But before all that we are going to some scenic villages with canals and arty sort of shops in the villages some quite old with apocatharies for pharmacies!
    The scenery is great
    Couldn’t take any photos last nite as it was raining,very wuthering! But hope it stays off raining today,nevertheless we will enjoy it with a ride across the moors
    Wifi back on again lost it last nite !
    Jen shame if you are off the air cant get to you
    Sue
    Hope today is easier for you.and you rest and the pain slides away
    Annie
    You have a good w.end and I hope it’s warm
    Yea Lyn my dad is being looked after good
    Rang and spoke to him last night and he is feeing well and looking forward to going out next week .hope he will be stronger .he has had a few visitors,his ex cleaner who has just retired and his next door lady friend and family
    Well it is colder here jens right but it was easier to pack for all one type of clothes!
    Ok folks gonna get going for the day be back if wifi don’t play about when back tonite
    Chris

    • CHRIS….HEARING YOU LOUD AND CLEAR AND THANKS FOR THE PHOTO AND E-MAILS…KEEP THEM COMING. I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE ENJOYING MY PART OF THE WORLD, THIS IS WHERE I COME FROM AND IT MAKES ME HAPPY THAT WE YORKSHIRE FOLK ARE MAKING YOU SO WELCOME….WE ARE KNOWN FOR OUT NORTHERN HOSPITALITY. YOU CAN WELL IMAGINE WITH THE PROXIMITY OF THE YORKSHIRE MOORS TO THE BRONTE RECTORY, HEATHCLIFFE IN ALL HIS SPLENDOUR IN WUTHERING HEIGHTS…MAGIC…..HAVE FUN,KEEP WELL……LOVE JENNIE XX

      • Jennie, glad your computer is behaving. How fun it was to see and share Chris’s pics of Yorkshire and imagine you growing up there. Thinking of you and pray your boobs are recovering from the mashing machine. More comments about my challenge on the new blog. Much love girl, Sue

    • Chris how wonderful your trip sounds. Imagine, all of that history. The pictures are amazing. Of course, the moors must be soggy. Enjoy for now and leave your troubles behind. Love, Sue

  38. Chris:
    It all sounds so quaint and beautiful. I love the cobblestone streets. They had them in Germany in many of the towns. But boy they get icy in the winter ! Enjoy your time and fill it up with good stuff.
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I agree. We have several brick streets but they, not being round and varied don’t offer the challenge of cobble stones. Hope you’re resting after a busy day yesterday..the same here. Love ya. Sue

  39. Annie:
    Hope you are feeling good today. I am beginning to wonder if spring is ever coming ! We had such a cold wind yesterday. It was awful. Today the sun is out but that cold wind is still there. Hope you have a beautiful weekend for your camping. Bluebells, they are so pretty. Daffodils are blooming here so I suppose it can’t be too much longer hey ?
    Tonie

    • Judith, wonderful to hear from you. Hope DH is slowly metabolizing all that lousy but needed chemo and gaining strength. Love ya gal, Sue

  40. Tonie, you have daffodils blooming? Mine are peeping through the ground, but nowhere near blooming yet. I think it’s supposed to be warmer the next several days – hurray! But rain until Monday. Bobsled warned me tomorrow may not be pleasant. I gather she’s not had the best day today, but did get some cuddling in with Flirt. 🙂 I’m pretty sure I can get some kitty cuddles if I need them tomorrow. Chilly right now. It’s 40’s outside and I feel it inside as well. I may need to boost the heat a bit or turn on the fireplace a bit. I’ve got cats staring at me right now. It’s their snack time. Stay out of the nasty wind! We’ve had it here, too.

    • Oh Lyn, It will end. Those huddling daffodils will pop up and for now…stay warm. You can always use all that feline heat..a cat blanket. Love, Sue

    • Lyn,, terrible winds here tonight, and all day really. THe wind is still cold, but the sun was much warmer. We also are supposed to get rain rain rain. If I must choose I will take it over snow anyday.
      Snuggle in and feed them cats !!

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