Wednesday, January 21, 2009
A lot has happened since my last entry. Mark's wife died. About 6 weeks after diagnosis. Mark was off work, back at work and is off again now. I think his kids are OK. One of the trash magazines contacted him after she died and offered him £50 for his story. How pathetic is that?
I kind of stepped away from the computer after that. The world seemed like a bad, scary place. And I wanted to feel real paper, experience textures and sensations.
I had a mastectomy. They cut off my right breast. I have quite a neat scar, but no breast. I had a wound infection afterwards and ended up back in hospital. S revealed last week that Ivy (about a year older than her), who came to stay while I was in hospital told her "lots of people die of breast cancer and you may never see her again." She didn't tell anyone, until she told me 6 months later. Poor girl. She is a natural born worrier as it is.
I had radiotherapy. 3 weeks of journeys to Exeter. I 1/4 hours each way. I had a team of volunteer drivers, and in a way it was quite nice spending time with different people, but it was tiring.
And now I'm back at work, trying to get back to normal, and come to terms with the fact that normal now is going to be quite different from normal 2 years ago.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
- Honeysuckle - smells so good. Looks like tiny angel trumpets
- Dropping daisies off the bridge into the stream and then watching for them coming out the other side - and S not minding that none of her stuff ever did.
- F working out how to make a pulley out of a skipping rope and a bucket for holding pens, and being so proud of it he had to show everybody.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
- F, S and Alex running round the paddling pool in the park. They all looked so fit and healthy, and were having such a good time.
- Strawberries, warm from the sun, picked straight from the plant and popped in your mouth. Not many things are nicer than that.
- I love the way S prefers peaches and F prefers nectarines. She likes the fact that they are furry. They both feel around in the fruit bowl until they find what they want.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
- Chickpea salad for lunch, with chillis and lime juice and a bit of onion. Lime and chilli is a great kick.
- Tea tastes good this week. There's nothing like a nice cup of tea.
- There are the first tiny baby green tomatoes on the biggest tomato plant.
I didn't water the vegetable patch last night, but it rained in the night, so that was OK. We ate salad leaves last night - some from the batch my Dad donated, some from the hearting mix and the first of the chard. Chard is so brilliant - it looks fantastic, tastes great and just keeps on going. What more could you ask for?
I had to clear some caterpillars off the cabbage plants yesterday, so that needs to be a regular job for a bit. But this time of year is wonderful - everything is growing so quickly. The patch looks really good at the moment, much better than last year.