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New Kitchen and New Chemo

The sad thing is I'm happy to say I now have my chemo dates. A weird twist of fortunes. I’m happy to have my chemo dates!

I have a couple of small jobs in the kitchen to complete and the kitchen's finished. A sad day! It means my final, substantial, project is almost complete. No more projects. I'm packing away my tools, some I’ll never use again.

Suddenly my life is full of last times. Left unchecked this is a very miserable existence.

But there’s some first times as well and other times and more times. Looking for the positives is now my substantial project. All my girls are practical. They’ll have a go at most things. They might be losing their mentor but they’ll have a decent set of tools.

Tomorrow is the last walk before my next, horrible, chemo starts. It’s also the first walk I’m planning to finish in a pub. The table has been booked. Tomorrow is also Tricia’s birthday. Possibly the first birthday during one of our walks. It’s also the first time I’ll be doing this particular walk. Some people may be joining us for the first time. See, lots of firsts much better than lots of lasts. Maybe even a special first.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow's walk for a number of reasons

First it’s going to be nice weather. Second it’s a walk with friends. It’s also Tricia’s birthday and it’s another 5 mile tick in the box.

The next walk is likely to be a bit shorter because my chemo is a bit harsher. I’ll probably wait a bit before I decide where will be best but I have pencilled in Boxing Day.

On the subject of “pencilled in" my later chemo appointments are only pencilled in. Partly because this new chemo may not work or I may decide the pain’s not worth the gain. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The couple of small kitchen jobs were to replace the pink venetian blind with an orange one. Done. Touch up paintwork. Done.

Fit the final shelf. Done. Oh! And yesterday we decided to buy and fit another cutlery drawer. So today I did that as well.

We're now finally ready to start using our new shiny kitchen.

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Teresa Andrew
Teresa Andrew
Dec 13, 2020

Well done Neil with your new beautiful kitchen!

I hope that Trish has had a wonderful birthday! I am sure that you spoilt her; she also has so many friends that love her and helping to ensure that her day was very special.

You are just amazing and positive about life; I cannot believe to think about some of the pain that you have already encountered and the treatment you will be encountering soon. You are very brave and I hope to God that this will prolong your wonderful life with Trish. You and Trish are so amazing together and wonderful people. I am sure that all this heartache will be worth the pain! Lots of Love to you…


Dec 12, 2020

Thanks for the kind kitchen comments and birthday greetings I'll definitely pass on. I'm always up for a cheeky coffee, virtual or otherwise. Just need to work out timings.


David Osborne
David Osborne
Dec 12, 2020

Firstly HAPPY Birthday to the special lady ! Hope you had a good walk and the food was good. The kitchen is looking great Neil, you should be proud of your achievement. I’ll try to join you for coffee when your next online or we can have our own cheeky one, best wishes to you both today


John Gaudry
John Gaudry
Dec 12, 2020

Kitchen looks great. Happy Birthday Tricia

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