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Where did that month go?




They do say as you get older time goes faster but October flew by. I didn't go anywhere or do anything different, I have just lived life day by day as I usually do. So why do I feel as if I just lost a month? When I blogged in September I didn't have the date for the next operation, the thyroid operation, now I know it will be in March 2020, a long wait but the side effects of the brain surgery should be just a distant memory by then. And I should be a lot better too if I embark on an exercise program and improve my general fitness.


I have attended the usual number of funerals for October, three, had less days out than some years, no doctors appointments, only the six monthly session with the lymphoedema clinic. I had Trev and Alice come for a week in late September into early Octoberor but no family visits in the rest of October. In a way it has been a peaceful month and I think I needed that as I had started to worry about how much there was to do after the operation in July and worrying is not the ideal thing to do if you have to keep your blood pressure down.


Did I have fun in October? Not really but I did manage to keep most of my appointments and get back into a routine with the main components in place. The three months passed when I had to call on paramedics if I had a fall and I didn't had a fall so that was a bonus. I will gradually increase the amount of activity in each day. Daylight saving helps as the days are longer and I can fit in a nap early afternoon if I need one and still have time to do a little gardening before coming inside for the night.


We are still in drought in most of Australia and the last few days have been hazy with the smoke blowing down from bushfires further upstate. I think it is going to be a bad bushfire season. There is the promise of rain next week but our weather bureau seems to raise false hope with their predicted rain falls. I was brought up in a low rainfall area so am frugal with water usage. I do pray for a return of fertility to our inland areas, living in the inland towns of Yass and Narrandera when Ray was with Fisheries gave me a great admiration for farmers and their struggles with uncertainty due to climatic changes. While we city folk argue about whether Climate Change is real or not they get to deal with it.


The usual Spring illnesses affected my women friends so less get togethers than usual. The little lady I take to church on Sundays has had a few days in hospital but it was nothing serious just her medications needed adjusting. Sadly a contemporary of mine who I have known for forty years or so is on her last days with liver cancer but her family is asking for privacy so I haven't visited her in hospital. I hope she doesn't think her friends have deserted her. I am always dubious about the family deciding "no visitors" as I know how much I appreciate visitors when I am in hospital myself. Maybe that will be different when I  am dying, who knows?


November is a busy month, the last of the Spring cleaning followed by the first of the end-of-year meetings and the first of the pre-Christmas parties. I am going to Broken Hill before the month is over, will book flights this week. Trev is always glad to see me. Broken Hill has already had some dust storms so he will wipe down the cupboards etc in the caravan before I get there. I haven't been to Shirley's for a couple of months but she has been busy too with a move expected mid January. She is going in to Aged Care ministry and moving a couple of suburbs over as the house she lives in is attached to the Corps she works in now. Life gets complicated doesn't it?


And so it is a case of taking life one day at a time as usual, rejoicing in the good, accepting the bad. Planning for the future isn't something that happens much now but I am always optimistic, always looking for good things to happen. Next year there is a cruise in my plans. So that is hopefully the fun event to look forward to.







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Sue, October was a very short month, it seems!


March will be here before you know it.  Carrah is 18 in March and it seems no time we celebrated her 17th birthday. 


My church has started a soup kitchen, and I'm one of the volunteers. Once a fortnight I'm on roster, and it comes around very quickly.


My brother lives in mudgee. He works for the National Parks something; he's a helicopter pilot. 


Says mudgee is very brown this year, not green and lush like previous years.


Farmers here aren't expecting a good harvest.


So sad about your friend with cancer.  I'll keep her in my prayers.


J x

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The harvests are very poor this year, farmers hanging on as best they can. Just had some rain inland but without follow up it will just lay the dust. We grow very little here on the Coast where we have good rain and just see it run out to sea. Such a country of paradoxes.

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Hello Sue it sounds like you're being a trooper as usual. I know that you our great friend and companion and I'm sure a great comfort to your friend. I'm glad that you're feeling like life is getting a little bit more routine and I'm glad that little by little you're planning for some fun we must have something to look forward to. No I'm using some pumps and I'm wondering if that's something that you might be interested in using the them at home. They've made quite a difference and keeping the swelling down for me. I'm just glad to hear that all things have been going to successfully for you. And thank you so much for keeping in touch with me I needed to hear those little voices from home thank you.

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Nice to see you back again Pam. Thanks for your advice. I go to the clinic again early next year so will see what the so called experts have to say.

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