22 December 2017

Tidbits

1. View from our bedroom window on Tuesday morning. Lenticular cloud forms:-
2. Victorian lamppost on nearby Brincliffe Edge Road. Still working, it burns off waste gases from the city's sewers and is one of about a hundred that were dotted around the city - located on high ground to which the gases naturally rise:-
3. I have a basal cell carcinoma on my back and actinic keratoses on my right cheek. This was confirmed in the Dermatology Department of The Royal Hallamshire Hospital this morning and this afternoon I have to go for a biopsy of the thing on my back. Hopefully I will still be alive when we ring in the new year but if not I leave this blog to The British Library in London.
4. Our lovely daughter Frances came home from London yesterday evening. So nice to see her. She is one of my very best friends.
Frances with "The Lovely Boyfriend"
5. As I write, our son Ian is at BBC Radio Sheffield recording an item that will promote Veganuary. He and his two best friends and housemates drove up from London this morning. He is also going to be on national BBC Radio 2 next Wednesday on The Breakfast Show with Sarah Cox. The fashion for plant-based diets and recipes is growing and Ian seems to be at the forefront of the movement.

27 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful thing to say about a daughter; that she is one of your best friends!
    I wish you good luck for the biopsy to be negative results.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. We have always had a special bond. She is like me in many ways.

      Just back from the hospital. I will have to wait three weeks for the result to return but the doctor said she was 99% sure it is benign.

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    2. I am very happy to read this YP. At least you may enjoy your Christmas. Stay positive.
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  2. Hope all is well YP xx

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    1. Thanks John. If not - I shall leave you my collection of Hull City football programmes. I know you will cherish them.

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  3. I love the photo of the lamppost! And your daughter is lovely.

    Gregg had a basal cell carcinoma on his forehead that was removed about 6 months ago, and now he has another tiny one that is set to be removed in early January...in addition to everything else going on. But it's ok, because removing them is fairly minor. I hope everything works out with yours! Like Gregg, you probably spent too much time in the sun without sunscreen when you were young.

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    1. When I was in the South Pacific (1972-73) I never used any sun creams. Nobody did. Back then sun protection wasn't given much airtime.

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  4. Please don't die Mr Pudding, I should miss your photos. You must be very proud of Frances and Ian.

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    1. Just for you I shall try not to die Sue. Death is not a condition that has much appeal.

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  5. That's some tidbits...! Beautiful things and people to be proud of and to love, but the thing on your back does look scary enough to want it removed, no matter what the biopsy result is.
    O.K. has had something like that removed in November (also on his back). It wasn't his first and won't be his last of this kind of OP. His sister died in 2015 of skin cancer, and so he (and his doctor) are extra careful. He never misses a check-up appointment.

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    1. I am so sorry to learn that that is what happened to OK's sister. Awful! Our skin is an organ and as we grow older it can falter just like the other organs. I suspect that I will be following OK's example.

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  6. The thingy on your bac looks like a sea creature surrounded by sea weed, but then that's my creative mind again, lol
    I'm sure you are proud of your son and daughter, they both look like wonderful people.
    Enjoy your Christmas with the family.
    Briony
    p.s.
    what happened to the football crowd you were drawing/

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    1. I am still drawing that crowd before colouring the little figures in. You are in the bottom right-hand corner surrounded by rough tough football supporters.

      By the way Briony, are you "on" LSD? I mean - seeing a sea creature where there is a basal cell carcinoma! Far out sister!

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  7. I hope all goes well for you, Yorkie. Positive thoughts sent your way.

    Your kids are terrific...but, then, how could they not be? They've had great role models throughout their lives. :)

    Take good care.

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    1. Thank you Lee. That's all. Just "thank you".

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  8. Look after yourself YP, and make the most of the health service while you've still got one. Hope all goes well.

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    1. I shall face whatever lies ahead like a true Yorkshireman. Pragmatic. Brave. Tough. Just like Carles Puigdemont (who by the way is not a Yorkshireman!).

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  9. I hope everything works out well with the biopsies.

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    1. The Biopsies? Sounds like a country and western band.

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  10. I really like the Victorian lamp! how special to have so much history all around, everyone here seems determined to wipe out anything of cultural value.

    After you get that BCC out, consider taking some bloodroot capsules to clean up anything that may be left.

    The vegan facebook group I am in recommends BOSH recipes on a regular basis and I really liked the Christmas video. Ian is doing a good thing and he has picked his time very well.

    Enjoy your time with Frances, you have reason to be very proud of your offspring

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    1. Thanks for being a great blogging friend in 2017 Kylie.

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  11. You have to stay alive for awhile longer, as I just found your blog and you are about the best antidote I have to help me endure living in the US. (Or maybe just for your own sake, and those who love you.)
    I almost laughed when I saw that your no good, terribly bad news was relegated to item 3. First, you gave your lovely readers lenticular cloud formations and Victorian lampposts burning sewer gases (we need those in Washington DC).
    As an aside, I was sure I was dying of breast cancer until my doctor discovered that a cracked rib and inflamed chest wall was the source of the pain (my balance is off and I fall down now and then). So happy to have a cracked rib that may take its own sweet time to knit back together. Best wishes for the holiday season--or turn of the year--to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks for calling by Kate and for leaving such a friendly comment. Much appreciated ma'am! I have had cracked ribs myself in the past. They can make comfortable sleeping very difficult but of course they are better than cancer!

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  12. I hope your doctor is right about the percentages for your BCC, Mr. Pudding Man, and you'll be able to relax before the first month of the new year is done.

    Yes I do believe your son came into the market at the right time, but he and his partner also have a quality product (videos) which has contributed greatly to their success. And how very nice that you and your daughter are close. My father and I were the same way, very alike in many ways, and it does create a particularly close bond. Enjoy your visit.

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  13. I meant to add that the gas streetlights are brilliant, and I don't mean that as a pun. Using sewer gas to light them is clever thinking.

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    1. They are known as sewer gas destructor lamps. It is amazing that that particular one still works fine after 120 years!

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  14. Love the clouds (and your gigantic garden), and that lamp is quite ingenious. Glad to see the kids are doing well! I'm glad to hear the odds are heavily in your favor when it comes to dealing with the BCC. I just read online that BCC are sometimes called "rodent ulcers" -- God knows why. (Don't say I never taught you anything.)

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