Week 17 and 18 #Project365 – 2015

Here I am catching up again. Week 17 started ok with a lovely win from Hotter shoes, but it soon went downhill. Hubby was supposed to get an appointment for the results of his biopsy. When he called the hospital they gave him the option of discussing it with the Urology specialist nurse. The news wasn’t good they had found early signs of cancer. As you can imagine he was devastated and despite visits from the grandsons’ and me telling him it will all be ok he was really worried.
I’m so glad they sent him an appointment for the following Tuesday.
So that basically was week 17 – worry worry worry!!

Week 18 

Monday – Busied ourselves with housework, reading through some very useful booklets that the hospital sent Hubby and watched a couple of films to try to take his mind off tomorrow.

Tuesday – We went to the hospital for Hubby to discuss his biopsy results with the consultant. While we were waiting in the Ante-room I checked my phone and I had 2 missed calls from our son. I thought it would be a ‘Mum, can you look after the boys?’ or ‘Can Dad fix this?’ type of call so decided to call him back after we’d seen the consultant. (more on that in a bit!!)
The consultant explained very clearly that the amount of cancer found was minute… out of the ten needle samples the amount would barely be dot and in his professional opinion it is unlikely to become anything more sinister as his PSA test count is only just over what it would be for a man of his age. He recommended that Hubby is monitored by blood tests every 3 months and possible biopsy again in a year or two.
To say he was relived is an understatement!

As we left I rang our son he was a bit frantic. Ashley had collapsed and passed out in nursery and they were at the hospital with him. They told him straight away that Ashley would be in for at least 72 hours. He barely woke up on Tuesday, they did lots of blood tests, a brain EEG test and a CT scan but found nothing out of the ordinary. He was placed in a high dependency unit overnight with a nurse checking him hourly. He eventually woke at 5am asking for toast and a drink! By the time son and DIL got there at 7am he was up and about as if nothing was wrong!

Wednesday – After work we were going to see the new Avengers film but went to visit Ashley instead. He was back to his usual self and charming everyone who came past him.

Thursday – We looked after Theo so that his mummy and daddy could spend time with Ashley.  It was rather odd looking after a baby again.
Ashley had another brain scan today and it was all ok thank goodness.

Friday – Ashley came home. There are still some test results to come back and hopefully they’ll be clear. But it still remains a mystery to why it happened.

Saturday – Quick catch up with son in Oz.  He applied for an internal job a few weeks ago and his manager wasn’t keen on him possibly leaving. Son only applied as it was more IT based which meant more money. His manager agreed to take a look at his job specification and has told him that if he stays his current job will be aligned with Engineering IT and he’ll get a pay lift into the bargain. It’ll mean more work for him to do and it’s good to know he’s appreciated where he is.

Selection from week 17 

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  • Mr Chubby Chops
  • Cool little Dude
  • I could choose a pair of red, white or blue shoes to celebrate Hotter getting a Queens award. 

Selection from week 18

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  • Ashley as his usual self in hospital. The blue thing near his ear is his right hand – boarded and bandaged to keep the shunts in!
  • Theo – a bit out of focus but the best I could get before he tried to take the camera off me!
  • Molly seems to have found a new hiding place. 

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Linking up for the last time to The Boy and Me.  Sad times but the project will go on via various other blogs that take part in the project.  Wishing ‘Joanne’ a fond farewell.

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REVIEW: Hotter Shoes

I recently attended a Blogger Event at Hotter Shoes in Cardiff.  It was a great opportunity to meet up with some of the ladies I only know via blogging. Many thanks to TBAM of The BoyandMe for the invite. 🙂

We were welcomed by the ladies and gentlemen who work in the store – a lovely happy bunch!  Mel the PR lady told us a bit more about Hotter.

  • They started making slippers
  • Every pair of shoes have wiggle room for toes
  • The soles are filled with millions of air bubbles – one of the reasons why they are so comfy.
  • Over the past 4 years or so they’ve gone from 5 stores to 65 – not bad expansion in an age of recession!
  • They are the biggest UK sohe manufacturer – they make a pair of shoes every 20 seconds.

It was good to learn more about the company and to see and try on some of the shoes. I must admit that I have never been to Hotter shoes before and always thought that they were aimed at the ‘comfort minded’.  I was impressed by the variety of styles and why they can appeal to all ages.

After checking  their website a few days before and found several styles that took my fancy, I couldn’t wait to try them out!

 

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Hotter Shoes – Hannah and Donna

I tried out some of the shoes but didn’t get that ‘these are right for me’ moment until I tried on the black Shake style.

 

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Comfy Shake – Black

I’ve worn them a few times now and they are very comfortable.  They are so light you barely know you have them on. I’m really impressed with them!

Why not take a look at the website for yourself  Hotter can offer you 10% off plus free delivery you can use the following code PKCTEN and the terms and conditions are:

10% off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to 10% off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus FREE delivery.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL – I ALSO HAVE A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU TOO!

You can win a Juliet Handbag or a £20 voucher. (One winner will have the option of having the bag OR a voucher)

Just pop over to my Facebook Page Or if on a mobile enter via the Rafflecopter link (http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c96d9e7f2/) – Remember to check the T&Cs on the bottom of the Rafflecopter.

I was allowed to choose one pair of shoes for myself in exchange for an honest review. 

Week 27 and 28 #Project365 – 2014

Week 27

Sunday and Monday was spent mooching about the house and garden.

Tuesday – A visit to Cardiff  for the Hotter shoes shindig. A blogger evening spent trying on shoes and meeting up with some lovely ladies including TheBoyandMe – Yes I met Me!! and Mel at Diary of a Jewellery Lover  whom I’ve been pals with online for sometime.

Wednesday – Orange Wednesday this week was Mrs Browns Boys D’movie. I love the BBC series and it can leave me breathless with laughter but the film… oh dear.. very disappointing. If you’ve seen the trailer you’ve seen all the funny bits.

Thursday – Today I found out that I won a 3 night stay at Aqueduct Cottage at Goytre Wharf for this weekend.. EEKK…It may be only about 20 miles away but a weekend away is a weekend away!!

Friday – Spent the morning sorting out the packing for the weekend. We set off at 2:30pm and was sat in the cottage less than an hour later.  We were the first guests to stay there so it is all new and clean. It’s well equipped and had some lovely touches – a welcome tea/coffee tray, kitchen pack with t-towels, cloths, sponge, washing up liquid and kitchen towel. The big downer though was no interwebs.  Data connection on phone virtually non-existent and wifi signal too poor to register with local service. Oh well.. guess I’ll have to talk to Hubby then! 🙂 (you can read more about the cottage here)

Saturday – Drove up to Hereford, lovely city and was pretty busy. They have a new small shopping centre too which is just across the road from the main city centre. I can’t understand how this is a thriving centre with lots of shops and outlets and yet Newport is failing and full of ‘cheap’ shops. Something wrong somewhere!

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Week 27

Above: Flower head in local garden, Hotter Shoes,  Gl ass cut to size,  Orange Wednesday, Hereford Cathedral, Aqueduct Cottage.

  WEEK 28

Sunday – Discussion over breakfast on where to go today. Options were Brecon, Hay-on-Wye or Big Pit. I know Hubby was keen to do Big Pit so that’s where we went. I wasn’t keen on the underground bit and wouldn’t be keen on doing it again to be honest. The museum part is very interesting and brings home how dire the conditions once were.  I’d highly recommend it, children can also go underground!  As it’s a Museum of Wales site all you pay for is parking which is currently£3. (More about Big Pit here)
By the time we ended our visit it was gone 2pm so a bit late for a pub Sunday lunch. We popped down to Pontypool to buy a few bits and bobs and a drink and made our way to Pontymoile Basin and sat at the canal edge with our impromptu picnic. We planned on going to the local pub for our evening meal – what a palaver we had.. they don’t do food on Sunday evening, neither did the Wainyclare or the Horse and Jockey! We ended up in the Harvester near Pontypool!

Monday – We bid farewell to our weekend away. Back home to water the pots and baskets. When I logged into my email I noticed that I had over 3 thousand emails. I panicked a bit,  then realised I was looking at the copy folder (I send a copy of all my emails to a folder then double check this one for wins.. what a saddo!!) There was only a thousand in the Inbox!!  That’s what 3 days of hardly no wifi does to you!!

Tuesday – Off to Cardiff again – this time at the Millenium Centre to see a production of Warhorse that we booked last October. We had Circle front row seats so had a great view. It was wonderful, powerful, emotional, sad and funny.  It’s pure class.

Wednesday – no cinema this week. There’s nothing we fancy seeing. The road opposite was closed off so that some supplies could be craned in to where a new house is being built.

Thursday – Son, DIL and Grandson came and we all sat in the garden for a while. DIL is getting quite big now, only about 10 weeks to go now I think.

Friday – One of the window panels in the bay was due to be replaced as it had gone cloudy. Despite lots of photos by the window company it didn’t come back from the manufacturers looking anything like what we had. So they decided to fit the ‘wrong’ panel so that the old panel can be taken apart for the glazing bars to used in another try at the panel!!  So they are doing what I suggested at the start!! MEN>>>>>

Saturday – decided to buy one of those Karcher Window cleaner things as they are on offer in Currys. I’ll update you all next week on what I think of it.

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 Above : Window before the replacement, crane lift, Big Pit, Warhorse, Emails.

 
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