Saturday, December 22, 2012

Follow your star.

Happy Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The postman always rings...oops!,sorry wrong title,

Yep my life is not nearly as exciting as Lana Turner's in the movie of that name and my dear Prof can rest easy as I have no plans to bump him off unless........
When the mail arrives at our house there is not the usual reluctance to take the long walk to the box to collect it, bills are outnumbered by etegami these days. What a joy to open it and see that someone, whom you know only online, somewhere, it could be anywhere, (try Iceland for instance) has thought of you and sent their precious work to you. Doesn't get any better than that!
I try to acknowledge the cards in my other blog, Etegami Inbox but I thought it would be nice to show some of them here.
Quite a few of the cards are still hanging in the exhibition at John Hunter Hospital, they have been there six months, longer than most pictures hang. The curator explained to me that they provide a welcome distraction to patients and visitors who stop to read the captions and enjoy the colourful painting.
Here I am with Buster, (he thought this photo was for Facebook and he doesn't approve of FB. so he covered his  eyes) surrounded by my riches.
Happy (and safe) Christmas everybody.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Life gets in the way of blogging.

Which is as it should be I suppose. Friends often chide me for "wasting time" on the internet but they don't know my secret! The secret is that I have  MORE friends on the internet than in the real "world" and they never, ever chide me for anything, so there!
Second son came from Singapore and went last weekend, all in the space of a few hours as he made his way to see his favourite band (Devo) twice.
Today was my last visit to the hospital to have my porta cath 'tuned' up until the new year, I am very grateful that I have not had to have it accessed for over 8 months, i.e. no hospital admissions. The year got off to a shaky start with three admissions but by following a strict regime of inhaling antibiotics, hypertonic saline and using my various machines, all of which takes up hours of my day, I can be thankful that the inevitable has been delayed!
The garden is riotous, the pests are thriving,  the first few goodies are being harvested and I have been busy sending out etegami to my online friends to wish them a happy holiday season.

This etegami is the last one I will share on the theme of the Year of the Snake which is coming up all too soon.

I know, bad puns, what can I say?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

My "Hole in the Bucket" list!

Unaccustomed as I am to thinking, I have been thinking  lately about "the list" that many of my contemporaries speak of, "The Bucket List" which was popularized by the eponymous movie.
I use capitals to emphasize the fact that even to speak of things undone at this stage of life is to somehow express dissatisfaction with what has gone before. I have no such regrets, but it struck me that these lists always seem to include activities that rather than enhance life can seriously endanger it.
Being a risk averse being  my "Hole in the Bucket"list would include many of them; skydiving, bungee jumping, paragliding, eating Krispy Kreme donuts, you get the picture? Happy to let these things drip out of my bucket. Perhaps it is because I manage to live so well in my imagination, a skill I think forced upon me by a wan and listless childhood.
To be surrounded by the people I love, flowers, pets and diversions I can enjoy at home, those are the things on my List.
Which brings me to the most dangerous activity I indulge in, a drive to the garden centre!