Photos copyright: Maggie May
It was some weeks ago that I took pictures of this blossom in a lovely part of Bristol called The Downs. There were many trees covered in either white or pink.
I had just started to recover from my sixth session of chemotherapy and I can remember that I walked quite a long way without having to sit down and I was encouraged to get well by the visual effects of the blossom and the lovely views, as well as my rising energy levels.
I have much more energy now but several things are bugging me.
The state of my house for one thing. My house is fairly large by modern standards so quite a big place for me to keep up together.
I am visiting so many blogs that are in an enthusiastic state about deep Spring Cleaning. This is one bug that I would really love to catch. So far it has evaded me.
I am trying to catch up on months of neglect because I really couldn't do much before, so I am attempting bite sized corners (clearing up one muddle from one corner at a time.) Why is it that when I do these things, I inevitably transfer the muddle to another corner?
Much of the problem has been housing Ash. He has a large shelf in the alcove with his cage on and all his equipment is stored underneath the shelf. Well that isn't too bad at all. However the problem arose when we bought him a playpen for him to exercise in. To save me having to take it down and then re erect it each day, we (or rather I,) decided to remove a chest of drawers from another corner and put his playpen there, as a fixture. So now I have all the contents of the chest of drawers in little boxes waiting to be sorted. The chest of drawers has fitted into a spare room upstairs but because I have the tendency to hoard, I am waiting until I am in the mood to be ruthless and halve everything. In fact we really need to halve everything in the house....... so the minute I finish this post, I am going to re-organise the house and have a thorough Spring Clean! I have the day to myself and no children's duties whatsoever. There is no excuse today for idleness and I have to admit to my energy levels being very satisfactory.
I went back to the After School Club yesterday evening and it felt just as though I had never been away. The children asked me about my hair re-growth and I showed them the back of my head and how the hair was growing again. They were very accepting and interested.
I am going in again tomorrow. I shall just do two evenings for now and see how I feel by September.
Talking of hair, all you people who read this blog who have been through chemo and come out the other side, I wonder if you can tell me if you suddenly started to have prolific hair growth on the sides of your face? Seems to be growing faster than my head hair. Yesterday on impulse, I picked up Harry's electric shaver and got rid of it. Yes....... I have a problem now, as it is stubbly as it regrows. Fortunately for me, it is very light coloured hair, otherwise I should be embarrassed.
It is bad enough to have little on top, but to be a bearded lady as well....... that is drawing attention to myself.