MarySmith’sPlace ~ CancerDiary#30 #thinking aloud

Wednesday 07, April:  A week and a day since my last update and it has been a strange week of ups and downs and mixed emotions. Missing Sue terribly yet sometimes forgetting she’s not still here. I find myself thinking, “Oh, I must tell Sue …” and then remember. I read her posts being re-blogged on franceandvincent and laugh and cry and relish the sheer joy she felt exploring her native Yorkshire moors.

And today, I’m devastated because while in the garden I lost one of the earrings she gifted me. I’ve searched and the DH has searched but so far no luck in finding it. I’ll keep on looking, though needle in a haystack comes to mind.

When the weather has been good I’ve spent time in the garden, well wrapped up (I don’t cast clouts until May is out and have still been wearing my thermal vest) mainly reading and gazing at the daffodils.

Bandit and I enjoying the sunshine – and oh my god, those thighs. It’s the steroids, honest!

A friend came one day for coffee in the garden – we last saw each other sometime in the summer of 2020 – so that was pretty special.

Also, on Easter Sunday, Wee-sis came round. The weather had changed by then so we sat freezing for an hour but it was worth it. Last time we were together, socially distanced, was back in February when we went for a walk at Rockcliffe and saw the shell tree, which was the day my cough started.

Wee-sis adds a shell to the tree on our last walk together – we’ll be back.

I’m pleased to say I am coughing less than I was a week ago though I am impatient to be rid of it all together and to stop being so breathless on any exertion – perhaps my expectations of how quickly the steroids would work were too high. I remember when Dad was put on a course of steroids and to our astonishment he managed to get out of his wheelchair (he’d lost all mobility months earlier) and take a few steps. Fortunately, the DH was there to catch him before he hit the floor. I was expecting to be skipping around like a lamb after a week on steroids.

I did manage to walk maybe about a mile to and from the osprey viewing platform at Threave and take a photo of the osprey on the nest. I was ridiculously pleased knowing the ospreys had returned and I was here to see them. I also felt quite chuffed at managing the walk. Next day I was tired but thought it was maybe to be expected. The day after, though, I was coughing a lot more again and feeling very fed up with life. Lesson learned – don’t push, don’t try to do too much.

Good to see the ospreys back on their nest

Since then, I’ve limited my walking to short strolls in the park. I’m ashamed to admit we drive there. I can’t quite believe it has come to this. It’s only a few weeks since a friend and I walked from my house to and around the park and back home – under two miles – and now I can’t even do that. Yet. I will, though, I will.

Swans at Carlingwark Loch, Castle Douglas.

From time to time the fact my tumour is reducing in size makes me feel astonishingly joyful, though I quickly resume my usual yes, but, we don’t know for sure what’s happening, don’t tempt fate, wait for the next scan … I sometimes wonder what it must be like to be an optimist.

I am, however, beginning to feel human again: not yet a fully formed human but getting there. I’m doing things. I have the talk for Aberdeen Libraries next week (fully booked with a waiting list, which is good to hear), I took part in the Society of Authors in Scotland inaugural Zoom meeting of non-fiction writers and I’m – almost – beginning to write again.

It has been so long. When we went into lockdown last year I stopped writing. Oh, I was always going to get on with it, but there was something about not actually having to do it which let me off the hook. Fortunately, before my writing muscle totally atrophied I took part in the Writedown project, in which 22 people recorded their reactions to what was happening in lockdown. When, as we were emerging from the restrictions, I was told I was not likely to live more than seven months if I did not go for treatment for lung cancer other writing projects were abandoned. Well, apart from this cancer diary and some very rough draft poems.

The voice whispering in my ear was saying: “Wait and see what the treatment achieves. No point spending time editing the My Dad’s a Goldfish memoir if I’m not going to be around to finish it.” Maybe treatment would grant me more time, enough time even to finish the book. Now, I’ve had the treatment. I know the tumour has been shrinking but won’t have a more definitive (is there such a thing in cancer?) result for another seven/eight weeks. How much time might I have? Will I want to spend it working on a book I may not finish? Would I rather spend my time exploring Scotland (Covid restrictions allowing) or making a final attempt to clear out the attic and my dad’s books?

I feel so wishy washy compared to Sue. When told she had probably ‘three to six decent months’ she worked her socks off editing and re-publishing the books she and Stuart France had previously published plus editing and publishing some new books of her own as well as writing blog posts. It turned out her time was much less than estimated but even when told it was going to be ‘days into weeks’ she didn’t sit back, put her feet up, cuddle Ani and let those days drift by but carried on working, despite the pain she was in, to create a legacy for her family and for all of us.

And so, I salute and thank you, Sue for giving me a much-needed nudge and I will pick up my red editing pen tomorrow and get cracking. First, though, I’ll be out in the garden doing a forensic fingertip search for my lost earring.

I leave you with an image of a full-throated song of joy.

112 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace ~ CancerDiary#30 #thinking aloud

  1. What a welcome post this is, Mary. While you’ve had a week of mixed emotions, you do sound so much better. I love that last photo you’ve left us with.

    Shortly I’d read your shell tree post a few months back, I read another blogger’s post about a shell tree on Cape Cod. It was a wish tree. Each shell represented a wish that someone had put on the tree.

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    • Thank you, Liz. I do feel better and stronger – and just more human 🙂
      I like the idea of a shell wish tree. I hope to go back to see if it still has as many shells – and I’ll make a wish next time.
      Glad you like the last pic – he was singing at the top of his voice, not at all put off by the silly human trying to take his photo.

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  2. This post is so moving, Mary, and so reflective of all our lives. The tiny moments are so precious. Your photos are just beautiful. I continue to hold you in my prayers. I hope you find the earring. I understand how that feels. Do what you feel able to do and focus on enjoying your days in the garden with that gorgeous cat by your side. Much love to you, Mary.

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  3. Maybe Sue is creating some mischief for you, hiding your second earring… 😉
    Do you know anyone with a metal detector?
    Despite the up and down week, sounds like you are a bit better. I advise more kitty therapy. 🙂
    Hope your weather improves, that Arctic blast seems wicked indeed. _/\_

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    • It could well be, Eliza. Sue did have a mischievous streak 🙂 I’ll see if I can find someone with a metal detector otherwise I fear it’s a lost cause.
      Not sure how much therapy my kitty provides – she was rather reluctant to share the garden chair with me as she prefers to have her own space 🙂

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  4. Mary, I am happy that every step forward is a good one. You are walking more than I can do, so yay for you. Whatever makes you happy is what you should do. I love your sharing your world with us. I am praying that your scan will show a great reduction or elimination of the tumor.

    You have joyful places to visit. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

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  5. We all are missing Sue, but she was special friend of yours, a real life friend. I hope you find the earring.
    Good luck with editing. Sue did setup a very high bar for all of us. Her fortitude was amazing.
    Take care and go slow. Lots of hugs.

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  6. Sue left you with a sort of treasure hunt it seems! Maybe when you find the earring there’ll be a message with it as to what you’ve to do next! It’s great that it’s Spring and you have daffodils, swans, lambs, ospreys, songbirds aplenty to inspire, amuse, delight, and warm the heart. Enjoy and savour every moment! xxx

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    • That wouldn’t surprise me at all, Janette. Sue definitely had a mischievous streak 🙂 I’ve had two springs now which have been special – last year when we were first in lockdown I think we all became very aware of the wonders of nature – and again this year. Even though the sun has disappeared today and it’s raining, I know the weather will improve and warm up so I can be outside.

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  7. This was a good read. Heartfelt. Tinged with sadness at loss, but joyful and expectant. Thanks, Mary.

    An idea re earring. Can you get access to a metal detector wand? We used them @ work for instances of battery swallowing. They’re pretty sensitive, easy to use, and a sweep wouldn’t take long.

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    • Thanks, Peter, I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. It felt like a bit of a ramble when I was writing it but then that’s often how I work out how I am feeling/thinking. It feels nice, if a bit scary, to be writing something positive.
      I’m not sure how I’d get access to a metal detector wand but will ask around – who knows what other buried treasure might come to light 🙂

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  8. Since when are you a pessimist? Have you read your posts? A pessimist wouldn’t write a cancer diary and articulate her frustrations with the uncertainties. It’s a looking forward urge that drives that and essentially that is what an optimist does look forward… or in your case down for that sodding earring

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  9. Thank you for the update, Mary! Great to hear about your better health, and the photos are showing Scotland is out of winter too. 😉 Awww, you are protected by a wonderful cat. Maybe (s)he will find the earring for you. Enjoy the great weather you have, and stay save! Best wishes, Michael

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    • Thank you, Michael, it’s good to be able to report on some health improvement – and on the arrival of spring bringing colour to the garden and countryside. My cat is indeed wonderful but she is not very friendly. She really did not want me to share the garden chair – she wanted all the space for herself 🙂

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      • Lol, its a real cat. I am happy for you! I am sure the warmer temperature will also have a very positive impact, because at least i think there a big mental part to overcome. Whats better as wonderful weather. Wishing you all the best, and sending again blessings, Mary! Please stay save. Here we are having no big increasing on the vaccination, and maybe Germany itself will become a super spreader, for all the other strains.

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  10. Great to hear the cough is getting better, even if it is slowly. Steroids can work wonders, but your body is fighting on a lot of fronts, so not surprising, perhaps, that they’re not working very fast.
    I cannot truly imagine how you must be feeling about Sue. I hope you find the earring.
    I’m a “what if” person and tend to think about scenarios and what I’d do if this or that happened, but I don’t think we truly know what we would do in any given situation until we have to live through it, and we’re all so different (and things that might drain us of energy might spur somebody else into action). I’d love to read your Dad’s memoirs, as I’ve enjoyed the posts I’ve read, but you’ll know when it’s the right time, I’m sure.
    Stay safe and take it slow but steady. Big hugs, dear Mary.

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    • I’m very relieved the cough is getting better. I’m not there yet but looking back over the last few weeks I know there has been a significant improvement. Hope it continues. The radiation should stop working soon which I expect might also make a difference and let my body assume a degree of normality!
      I have the first draft of the Goldfish memoir, which is a big unwieldy mess but it does give me something to work on. Hugs back, Olga and thanks for your support.

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    • So do I, Stevie. My face isn’t burning and red-raw but oddly I noticed yesterday under my chin looks a very odd colour. I’m just hoping I can finish the course before any serious side effucks kick in.

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  11. So pleased to hear that your cough isn’t as bad. As others have suggested, I can’t help wonder whether there’s a message from Sue in the loss of the earring. Or maybe the message will be in the finding of it…
    You’re an inspiration with your walks, your writing and speaking plans, and the honesty running through these weekly updates. Sending love and hugs.

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    • It is such a relief not to be coughing all the time, Wendy. It was exhausting so I must surely have a bit more energy now 🙂 Maybe the message from Sue will be in finding the earring – I really hope I do. Hugs back 🙂

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  12. I’m glad you are feeling better. The picture of you and your cat is precious. I agree with others, perhaps Sue sent a bird to pick up the earring and bring it to her. I think writing would be a good thing to do right now. Sending hugs from afar. xo

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  13. Too cold to sit in my garden at the moment, even wrapped up. I can’t remember when it was last this cold in April; scraping car windows, and heating on until bedtime. Great to see you are getting out, even if you have to drive there it is still worth doing.
    As for the earring, do you ever see any Magpies in your garden? If so, they are the likely culprits. 🙂
    Best wishes as always, Pete. x

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    • Our weather has taken a dip, too, Pete and it’s wet today. Even last week when it was sunny we still needed the heating on and the gritters were out at night.
      I suspect the earring caught on my hat or the collar of my jacket and is possibly lying on the ground where I was working. Fortunately, we don’t have magpies round here, though they are moving ever closer. We do have jackdaws, though, who are also known pick up shiny things.

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  14. So nice to read of your returning vigour and purpose, Mary …albeit more muted and slower than you want.
    Thanks for the lovely photos too -how long did you have to wait to get both the osprey on his nest facing you and such a good one of the thrush? I am too impatient to capture such moments but love seeing other peoples’ efforts.
    Good luck with the earring hunt – it reminds me of the time I went to the Playhouse in Edinburgh with my new dangly earrings….I realised on the way home I had lost both! probably slipped out in the general excitement of dancing to the musical performing on stage! However they had no sentimental value , unlike yours.- so best of luck. Hope you find it…
    Keep meandering round the park – always lovley to see the swans.
    Cheers
    Sue

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    • It’s good to feel a bit better, Sue. Fingers crossed the improvement will continue.
      The osprey was very co-operative and already facing me, Sue. As for the thrush he sat high in the tree sang and sang and totally ignored me. Hard to believe how much sound comes from such a small body! The swans, of course, are always hoping for food!

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  15. Writing helps so much, Mary, Glad you’re enjoying life again. Forget kitchen cupboards, though .Enjoy short walks and treasure your one earring and your memories of your friendship with Sue. Love from Wales to Scotland, as always.x.

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    • I fear my kitchen is a heath hazard, Judith and the DH doesn’t see what needs cleaning. If I just do a little bit each day it’ll be good for me – though not as good as writing or being out in the fresh air. Sending love and hugs back from Scotland to Wales.

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  16. Dear Mary,
    You are doing amazingly well! I do wonder if cheeky Sue has hidden the ear-ring to keep your mind engaged?! Wouldn’t put it past her…Bless!
    Upwards and onwards seems the best manta for now. Thinking of you and routing for the very best for you. Take care. Love Joy xxx

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  17. Glad to hear that you are feeling more human. It amazes me how focused Sue was. A beautiful person to think of others when she was in dire need herself. I hope you find the earring, Mary. Sending love and hugs for more good news coming your way, and more opportunities to get out and about. x

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    • Thanks, Katy, it does feel good to be able to say I feel a bit better. And you are right, even if I don’t find the missing earring, Sue will be around for me.
      The thrush was singing at the top of his voice – quite magical.

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  18. I imagine Sue was pretty unique and a fantastic positive example, but most of us would be more likely to just sit in the sun looking at the daffodils. Time spent with family or looking at the osprey is more important than a writing schedule. I say WE because most of us are likey to have cancer or lose loved ones to cancer – our ancestors just keeled over with something else before they had a chance to develop a tumour! Enjoy spring Mary.

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    • Yes, as Sadje and I said, Sue set the bar pretty high for the rest of us 🙂 I am starting to feel it is time to get back to my writing after a very long hiatus. However, when the sun comes back I’ll be in the garden gazing at the daffodils and the tulips 🙂
      Yes, life expectancy was a lot shorter for our ancestors – I don’t think many of them would develop dementia, either.

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  19. You are inspiring in your unique way, Mary. Lovely pic of you, Bandit and the daffs in the sunshine and the last picture you posted is beautiful. Singing his heart out… ❤ You must miss, Sue and my heart sang at John's idea that she has your other earring. The shell tree is a lovely idea and all these moments are so precious, aren't they? You flow with love, Mary and that is felt. ❤ Xx

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    • That’s kind of you to say, Jane. The thrush was sitting right at the top of the tree in the final rays of evening sunshine! I quite like the idea of Sue having the other earring 🙂 I hope to be able to go back and see the shell tree before long – and maybe add another shell and a wish. xx

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  20. Well I think all that sounds very encouraging, health and writing wise. As for the earring – I once lost my wedding ring in a sandpit and it turned up! But even if it doesn’t, have you considered posting a photo of the one you still have? Someone may know where you could get a near or exact match. Good luck (with everything).

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    • Thanks, Jessica, I feel quite encouraged today. And I realised that, of course, I have been writing even if only updating this cancer diary. I’m not sure how many words I’ve written but probably not far off 30,000, which isn’t bad for someone who is not writing 🙂
      Glad you got your wedding ring back. My ex-mum-in-law lost an earring in some woodland and it turned up again a couple of years later! Good idea to post a photo of the remaining earring. Thanks for the tip and the good luck 🙂

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  21. As ever Mary you are doing great guns! You are positive Mary, you really are …you can laugh at things and see the good in all things. I am looking forward to your talk on Wednesday evening. You need to ask St. Anthony and St. Joseph to help you find that earing , a throwback from my childhood…those two saints are the finders of lost things. I have asked them to help you find it , go polish those boots 💜💜💜💜💜

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    • Thank you, Willow, for your kind comments. And for the tip about asking St Anthony and St Joseph to help find my earring. Good thinking and thank you for asking them to help. It’s been very wet today so I wasn’t out searching the garden – maybe tomorrow it will be better.

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  22. I lost my mum’s engagement ring just after she died. It was too big for me but I had insisted on wearing it to work – I was working at the local school at the time. We had the whole class looking for it, bless them, but to no avail, so I know how you feel. So glad you are feeling brighter. Beautiful pictures, doesn’t the sunshine make such a difference? (Though it is as rare a thing here in west Wales as it is for you in Scotland!) 🙂 xxx

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    • Sorry to hear about your mum’s engagement ring. it’s a horrible feeling, isn’t it. I have my mum’s but it is way too small for me to wear so it stays in the jewellery box!
      Yes, the sun makes such a difference. Much as I love Scotland I’ve always felt I should be living in a hot sunny country as I feel so much better. Sorry to hear Wales is similar. The thrush was really enjoying the last of the evening sunshine and going full warble.

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  23. That earring’s metal, so the metal detectorists should be a great help. I know MT McGuire (K’Barthan series) does detectoring, but it’s too far for her to come from Suffolk. 🙂 She’s turned up some silver coins before now…

    I flipped my (reading) glasses off into an acer tree once, and couldn’t see them for days. I took a photo when I found them, and posted it on FB, but nobody could see them till I pointed them out. I hope your earring hasn’t flipped too far.

    Come to think of it, has it hooked into a bush?

    Your lungs may need some deep breathing exercises to expand them some more after this trauma they’ve been through. Just deep inhalation and pulling the diaphragm down and expanding the ribcage! It may make you cough at first, but it’ll be the parts the air hasn’t reached lately getting a shock 🙂

    Roscoe sends love. His leg is fine, and so is he ❤ Loved his two days on the grass last week, and fed up the weather's too cold.

    Love from all of us
    Jemima

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    • I’m so pleased to hear Roscoe is well again. I hope the weather warms up and he can get back to the grass again.
      Suffolk is a bit far to come! We do have metal detectorists a bit closer. They found the Galloway Hoard: https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/national-museum-of-scotland/the-galloway-hoard-viking-age-treasure
      I was wearing a woolly hat and had the collar of my fleece turned up and had a jacket on as well (it was a bit nippy) so it could have been flipped by any of those – or by Sue 🙂 It rained most of today so I didn’t search bit I will tomorrow – could be in a bush, or amongst the old compost I tipped out of pots …
      I asked the specialist nurse (the new one who is very good, not the last one) about breathing exercises and he got in touch with a physio who has sent me a sheet of exercises – both breathing and muscle strengthening. And, yes, deep breathing does make me cough but it also gets the oxygen circulating so I’m persevering. Love and hugs,

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  24. Enjoy the optimistic moments!
    I think we have such a tendency to not allow ourselves to get our hopes up, because we don’t want to experience the crushing disappointment if it doesn’t turn out the way we hoped.
    But, we can’t actually prepare for that. Not allowing our optimism now, will in no way prepare us, or cushion the blow if negative news comes along. It’s too big.
    So if it happens, we wasted those chances to feel good.
    ((hugs))

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    • You are so right, Kim. I don’t let myself become too optimistic about good news in case it is tempting fate. But, I totally accept what you are saying that nothing will cushion the blow if bad news comes along so we should enjoy the optimistic moments. I’ll try 🙂 Hugs back.

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  25. In my book (pun intended) blogging IS writing, and counts as such. So you have NOT stopped writing, Mary. Your posts have meant a lot to all of your readers, and they’ve been well-written, to boot.
    Also, as I tell my creative writing students, we should ever compare ourselves – whether our writing, our work ethic, our energy, our input/output – to others. We are our one-and-only, and we do what we do with passion and love. That’s what’s important.
    So. End of that lecture. :-0 Oh dear, Professor Wight, at your service.

    P.S. Hope you find the earring. I had a similar problem with a necklace (with tiny diamond) that my mom had given me. I visualized and “asked” for it to be found…and it was. ❤

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    • Yes, Professor Wight, you are absolutely correct. I haven’t stopped writing at all and it’s true we shouldn’t ever compare ourselves to others – because we’ll always find ourselves wanting. Thank you for the lecture 🙂
      Glad to hear you found your necklace. I’m hoping tomorrow I can continue the search for my earring.

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    • Thanks, Robbie. I’m pleased to say the cough is still improving. Coughing all the time was really exhausting! Yes, we do all react differently to illness and we don’t know until we get there how it will affect us. Managed to do a little bit of editing so making a start 🙂

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  26. Of course, you are grieving for your friend, while at the same time appreciating your life and the wonders that surround you. Family is such a blessing, too. You share the loveliest photos, Mary, and the truest of emotions. When I read your posts, it reminds me how connected we all are–how vital it is not to feel alone during our struggles. And even more important, how to take stock of what really matters. We have you to thank for that, Mary. Happy spring!

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    • It’s such a strange situation to be in, Linda, with the grief and the joy mixed together. You are right about how connected we all are (and not being alone) whether sharing health problems or loss or happiness. My niece is due to have her first baby at the beginning of May. When she first told me she was pregnant I didn’t know if I’d still be here, never mind celebrating with the world when baby arrives.
      Happy spring to you, too – though it’s far from spring temperatures here. Hard frost overnight, cold sunny mornings then snow showers! I so want to feel some warmth in the sun. xx

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  27. My friends and I are still keeping you all in our prayers. I’ve been offline for a while and am very sorry to hear the news. So glad you’re getting out of the house, though. It’s very important! Beautiful pictures, by the way.

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  28. I have enjoyed the post, the photos and of course the comments.. even though I am not the recipient they are very uplifting and heartfelt for anyone who reads them.. I have one little see through bag of single earrings. And they were usually favourites.. Perhaps if you still have not found them you could put a picture on FB to see if we can identify where they were bought or perhaps Stuart might know and you could get another pair and then have a spare… You do sound so very much better Mary and delighted you are going to get editing on your Dad’s book.. I know that it would help so many who are going through the same thing.. A mixed day here with sunshine, sleet and rain… at least that is predictable.. love and hugs Sally.

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    • Sally, I love that you read all the comments. They are pretty special, aren’t they? Sometimes, overwhelmingly so and I am always deeply touched by the care and concern people show. The stone in my earrings is labradorite, which Sue decided I needed 🙂 A friend (my farmer friend with the lambs) has emailed to say he has a metal detector and is happy to do a sweep of the garden and another friend who is a jeweller has offered to try to make me a replacement. People are so kind. I hadn’t thought to ask Stuart – good idea.
      I am so much better than I was two weeks ago. Steroids rock 🙂 I saw my sister today as it is her birthday and she was telling me Jon texted her to tell her I’d done the osprey walk. She said he was clearly so delighted at the progress I’d made. I even went to Pilates this evening. I cheated outrageously but I was still really puffing by the end of class – but hardly coughing.
      Made a shaky start on editing – you know when you decide the whole thing is rubbish! – but will persevere.
      We have the same weather – sun, snow, rain, hail. I really want some warmth so I can expose a bit more of me than my nose!

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      • Lol.. I think following on from The girl with the pearl earring… perhaps a sequel – The search for Mary’s earring do take photos of your friend searching the garden.. would make a great post.. With regard to the comments… even those of us who have survived the year relatively unscathed find comfort in reading what good people write, rather than the negative spin put on anything in the media these days. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you are beginning to feel better… that is such good news. And you have your trip to look forward to and the hairdresser on 23rd.. a red letter day. The sun is out at the moment.. I have a grocery run to make but hopefully when I get back I will get an hour in the garden…♥

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  30. I’m glad you’re a little better, Mary. I know what you meant when you wanted to tell Sue something and realized she was not there. It happened to me many times when I wanted to tell something to a friend or wanted to see my parents again in Hong Kong. I do hope that you could either find the earring or get a replacement. It’s a treasure to you. Your view of the garden and the daffodil with the cate next to you is wonderful. Thank you for the update and sharing of the photos. Take care!

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  31. Such uplifting comments, Mary… I have lost a couple of treasured earrings because of these dang masks.. I am now really careful.. So pleased to hear the cough is on the mend having always suffered with the worst coughs until I lived here.. I know how tiring it can make you feel.. so many positives though, Mary to take from this post…I do hope you find the earing or can get a replacement… Hugs xx

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