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    Hi Brenda, haven't seen you around much over the last couple of days and just wanted to check you are alright. I know you are madly busy a lot of the time and hope everything is going well for you.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, I think I'm going to be leaving work, so I wanted to get as much time in as possible so that I would have some money put by to deal with my brother's immediate needs.
    As to house cleanliness and all that, mine is an absolute tip. I was never one for the housework, always too artistic, don't you know, but now, sod it with bells on. Life's too short.
    I also work with people who need to stick to very strict routines and it drives me demented. I suppose I'm quite chaotic in many ways really and perhaps that is hard for more regimented people to be around.
    I am eating stuff but mostly crappy stuff. Anyway, I've been told to avoid fibre and all the so-called healthy things so apparently, I'm doing well.
    Hope you have a good day tomorrow.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda,
    I can't keep up with your busy lifestyle. I'm exhausted just hearing the plans!
    Technology is certainly a frequent letdown, especially for someone like me who cannot quite grasp the finer points of the pointlessness of so much of it.
    Mixed infants? How sweet. gosh, it takes me back to a gentler time.
    Lindisfarne sounds like it would be well worth a visit - have you been before? That camper van of yours gets around, doesn't it?
    Those postcards from so long ago: isn't it weird, little moments caught in time; fragments of a person's long gone life? Very moving, really.
    I was up and about until 6ish and then up for work at 8ish, so I'm a silly so and so too. Never mind.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, firstly, thank you so much for the lovely birthday card which I received first thing this morning. It's beautiful and I really appreciate the sentiments within. I shall look out for those opening doors and assure you I will take advantage of any along the way.
    I can relate totally to your comments about how limiting coping with pain can become. I seem to manage most of the time but once in a while...well, I don't need to explain that to you.
    Your daughter must be so thrilled and grateful that you take such an active part in your grandson's life - what a fortunate boy he is. I'm so glad that you truly enjoy his company, even though it means you have days of hectic to-ing and fro-ing; great memories to look back on one day.
    Hope Daisy accepts her worming meds but know from bitter experience with my menageries over the years that it can be a no-win situation trying to get a puss to accept those beastly little tablets.
    Thanks for your wise words about my illness and also your recognition of the fact that one of the things getting me through is that I take pleasure in the moment, consequently, it can never be completely awful - there's always a gusty tickletummy or a calpurnia to rescue and reinvigorate.
    Lots of love and thanks again for the gorgeous card, it was so kind of you to think of me. Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda,
    I'm alright, thanks, just a bit up and down in terms of the side-effects. Nothing too drastic and it's my mental state I need to be more vigilant about - bit precarious in terms of self-esteem and the like, verging on paranoia from time to time. When one's self-esteem is a notch below Kafka's it may be time for some drastic action.
    In terms of work, I just have to accept that this particular job may go down the Swannee, but no doubt I'll find something else at some point. Possibly.
    Your Bridge evenings seem like a very good idea particularly with the nattering and imbibing going on, always good for an evening's entertainment.
    good luck with the reading group - what a good idea - hope it goes very well for you.
    Gusty Tickletummy is still around and scaring people with his gruntings. He doesn't show himself to many people but you can hear these gruntings and growlings from the foliage. It's quite amusing to see people hurrying off once they become aware of the sounds. Don't know what they think it is but they don't hang around to find out.
    No, i haven't gone for some shut-eye, I went to watch some of my favourite programme, Slings and arrows on the Arts Channel. Can't miss that.
    Hope you are okay and continuing to get stronger by the day.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, Thanks so much for your lovely birthday wishes - it's really kind of you and I appreciate it so much.
    It sounds as if your life is beyond hectic at the moment - I'm exhausted just reading about it!
    I really hope that you will be able to drive again soon, it sounds as if it's something you miss a lot - all the best with that.
    I have nothing planned for today - just a quiet day with the menagerie menaces - did I say 'quiet,'- how foolish of me....
    I hope your husband manages to cope with the hours of dancing he has let himself in for; I trust it will be a cultural treat he will enjoy very much.
    Gosh, I haven't even begun to think about what to wear to these weddings I'm invited to; what do people wear these days? Ages since I've been to a wedding. I seen to attend far more in the way of funerals for some reason or other.
    Thank you again for the good wishes and kind thoughts. Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, I had my treatment today - the bloods weren't quite right for an earlier infusion but apparently they rallied enough for an onslaught today.
    I can relate to your all or nothing social life; mine is fairly similar, and I sometimes wish it could be a little more evenly spaced out. I have 2 weddings (all day things) this month and I don't even know the people; they're friends of a friend. Not looking forward to them but they'll be out of the way soon enough.
    The members of the menagerie are giving me gyp and plenty of it; there'll be tears before bedtime; must they always be mine?
    Tata for now you dirty stop-out, you. Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxx
    Hello, thanks for your message the other day, sounds like you're having a super time at the moment with so much going on. I've been trying to get some cleaning done, not very exiting but has to be tackled! lol I've come onto the forum rather later than usual and seem to have missed everyone, maybe we'll get chance to chat again soon. x x x
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    True, I suppose the syphilis was punishment enough for his shoddy treatment of his lady friend! Funny I'd forgotten that.
    The low immune system caper isn't much fun. I find myself trying desperately hard to avoid anyone with even the merest hint of a sniffle. Another Windmill gal here determined not to close. What it is to be a woman. What frolics! what larks!
    Hope you manage to get some rest and that you have a ggod day with Jack tomorrow.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxx PS: Thanks again for the lovely card - it has pride of place above the Victorian fireplace. xxxx
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    Well, it will all depend on my blood results next week as to whether they can go ahead with the infusion. May get a longer break from it if my bloods aren't quite up to standard as it were. If they do it, it will be as an out-patient just like before. You go in for the day every 3 weeks and get it over with that way.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the Klimt exhibition, I knew that you would. I watched a documentary about him on the arts channel a while ago and they showed his earlier, more conventional style as well as his later flowering. I felt very sorry for the lady who was the model for the kiss as he treated her quite badly. These artists. Course, Liam Cunningham would be a different proposition, I'm sure, especially with a kind soul such as myself. (I wish.)
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, In terms of the tennis I am nervous that Fed won't win against Nadal's power, so I probably won't watch until I know the outcome. Nail biting day ahead.
    I shall be having chemo next week and hopefully this one will be more successful than the last regime - time will tell.
    I'm glad to get back to my menagerie. Gusty is nowhere to be seen so I am going to try to lift up the shed in the garden to see whether he's got himself wedged under there, the dozy little twonk. Honestly, he's as bad as me when it comes to being accident prone.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks so much for the lovely card which was waiting for me when I returned home today, it was very thoughtful of you to send it and such a nice surprise to receive. Just thought I'd let you know that things went as smoothly as they could when I'm involved and that I'm doing reasonably well as long as I remember to take the meds on time. Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxx
    Hi Brenda

    Still lots of consultation going on about stuff so we gettting informed as and when info is available. They are being generous and letting me work as many hours as I want to now so I can improve my redundancy payout so i'm doing extra hours lol
    But in the grand scheme of things when you go through open heart surgery with a one year old baby and your mothers terminally ill, redundancy is just a blip. I'll get a job, might have a month off before I even start looking lol Do you think i'd be a good lollipop lady? hahahahaha
    Thanks though for thinking about me, am okay promise, just working a lot xxx
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    More like a wallflower these days, Brenda...
    Thanks so much for your good wishes. I'll be fine and will check in as soon as I'm home so that people will know i'm ready for more manic mayhem and it's business as usual.
    Hope you get some sleep and stay well.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxx
    I'm going to go to bed and read for a while. It's been lovely chatting to you Tudor Rose, maybe we can do it again some time? x x x
    I went to Pompeii in May the weather was lovely and I went very late on in the day. There weren't many people there and it was so mysterious, I know everyone likes different things from their holidays but, I would recommend Pompeii and Capri, all that area was lovely. And, for various reasons it was also a very special holiday and place for me, a memory that I shall keep forever. x x x
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    The difficulty may be simply that I'm something of a perfectionist and find it hard to deal with the loss of something which always came so easily to me. I also spend a lot of time around someone who is pedantic about language and I think this can cause problems if you prefer to use language in a more flowing and creative way. I'm possibly something like James Joyce (sadly not in literay talent) in thinking that it is interesting to shape language in new and interesting ways without the worry of correct usage and pedantic concerns.
    I give talks and people often tell me that I use language well so that's pleasant to hear and helps with levels of linguistic confidence.
    In terms of my creative writing I have to just write when the muse is upon me - I cannot sit down and force myself to write from 6 to 12 or whatever. My attempt at a novel just poured out of me more or less fully formed. I didn't make a plan of characters and plot, I just wrote it for 6 chapters. Mainly, though, I write plays and poems, these seem to suit me more and are easier to accomplish. Again, they are more spontaneous and natural in use of language than long fiction. I would like to write more non-fiction so need to discipline myself in order to achieve the effects I would like to aim for. Love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxx
    Do you know, I can't remember what I did pre forum days! lol I've been here for about a year and a half now. I did some Latin at school but can't remember any of it so it'll be back to square one for me I'm afraid. I have visited Pompeii and it's the best place I've ever been, there was something about it, loved it. I've been to the Grand Canyon etc but there was something magical about Pompeii. The Romans back then were marvellous, though of course they couldn't have managed it on such a grand scale without all the slaves to carry out all the menial and rotten jobs!

    My niece does live nearby and I try to help with her school work where I can. x x x
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    I started a novel a while ago called The Wound That Bleeds Insanity. Have given up for the time being at least as since my seizure type thingy, I struggle with shaping language and find I'm all at sea in terms of grammar and punctuation. It's the most bizarre thing because I never had such difficulties before. I suppose it's a matter of relearning or adapting in some other way. Perhaps I should take up painting. An almond orchard in Spring should give a certain scope to my brush....Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxx
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