No good deed goes unpunished

This saying came to mind after doing a good deed on Friday, so before writing about this deed I thought I would check it out.  Professor Google told me that it was either a quote from Oscar Wilde or from Clare Boothe Luce (or maybe both). Never mind, but I don’t really believe it anyway, although . . . Continue reading “No good deed goes unpunished”


Carpe Annum

In comparison to 2016, with its diagnosis, chemotherapy and a few weeks holiday in the North East and Scotland, 2017 seems to have slipped into obscurity almost unnoticed. In fact things happened but not in the same way. There were milestones (in July it was 18 months from diagnosis when I was told that without treatment I had got 18 months; I got a certificate congratulating me for being in an Institution for 50 years; a 70th Birthday Party) and other activities that I have only alluded to in this blog. Continue reading “Carpe Annum”

Thought for the day

The other day it was a damp and misty morning and the older lady coming towards me on her walking frame greeted me with “A bit miserable in’t it“. This set me to thinking, we often refer to the weather being miserable but not to it being cheerful, (although I gather there is a book called “Cheerful weather for the wedding”).  I wonder why.

Anyway, whether the weather is cheerful, miserable, grumpy, wretched, chirpy or even effervescent wherever you are I hope you all have a good day tomorrow and a happy New Year.

Is it a blip or is it a trend (2)?

Just over a year ago I wrote “Is it a blip or a trend?” about my blood test results. That time is was an encouraging improvement in my platelet levels which allowed me to avoid Plan B and go on to Plan C. (Plan A was prednisolone which bumped up my blood glucose and played havoc with my diabetes, Plan B was rituximab, most of which’s side effects weren’t fatal, and Plan C was carry on with the lower dose prednisolone and see what happens and eventually stop the prednisolone). This time the question is aimed at a less than encouraging increase in my PSA levels. Continue reading “Is it a blip or is it a trend (2)?”

Should I worry about Black Friday?

I’ve been getting e-mails like “20% off EVERYTHING plus FREE delivery – we’re starting Black Friday early!” and “We’re counting down to Black Friday“. So Black Friday is coming – is it another day of doom? After all the Black Death in the late 1340’s was not a good time with more than half of Europe’s population dying. Continue reading “Should I worry about Black Friday?”

An enigmatic Facebook challenge (part 2)

A couple of days ago I talked about a challenge doing the rounds on Facebook and showed seven photographs which I had posted over seven days. The rules of this challenge were simple with a lot left unsaid:

Seven days, seven black and white photos of your life.
No humans. No explanation
Challenge someone every day

In Part 1 I said that I would share the thinking behind these photos or what/where they are.  If you don’t want to know the thinking etc. then stop reading now. Otherwise carry on. Continue reading “An enigmatic Facebook challenge (part 2)”

An enigmatic Facebook challenge (Part 1)

I usually ignore requests on Facebook to share a post and especially where it is a “pyramid scheme” where everyone has to recruit several other people. Sometimes they are badly written and irritating but at other times I thoroughly concur with the sentiments but just don’t want to copy and paste. “I know that most of my friends won’t re-post this . . .” is an opening that discourages me rather than encourages me. However the latest “pyramid scheme” is a bit different. It requires you to post seven photos over seven days. Where it came from and why is anybody’s guess. You could ask lots of questions but really it is just a bit of fun – don’t over-analyse. Under the “rules” someone new is challenged every day Continue reading “An enigmatic Facebook challenge (Part 1)”