Wasn’t it so good to see the sun this morning? Pat tells me that there was a monster storm last night. Godfrey, our IT man (not the pharmacist) even lost his gutters. I heard not a thing, not a wind-banged blind or a thunderflash. I did wonder why everything on the porch was soaked this morning.
I think I must have been tired. Pat and I went to the Pavilion yesterday to by some duds for our civil union, which is happening quietly on Saturday. We lasted just on an hour. It truly isn’t a nice place. Maybe it was the weather that sent everyone Christmas shopping, but there wasn’t anywhere to eat that didn’t either involve deep fried food or a long queue. It was noisy and close and the air was stale. I think they’d turned off the air conditioning.
Look, I have to confess that I’ll always prefer street shops to malls, if I really have to shop, so it’s probably sour grapes. We took off through Westville, and found ourselves at Waxy o’Connors. Brian and Andy would approve. Good Irish feel, cosy, and you don’t actually have to drink beer because their coffee is good. Pat had breakfast (it was 2pm) and I had their excellent chicken baguette (and brought half of it home). The music was good and the atmosphere friendly and unhectic.
Now the immediate chemo side- effects are done, tiredness and faint nausea, I’m feeling more lively again. Except for the constipation, which let’s face it can be seen as an advantage, I’m really quite enjoying sitting on the porch and having a non-alcoholic beer in the evenings with Pat. Woollies sells Becks and Heinecken – and it’s such a treat. I think it’s because it’s not sweet – all the fruit juices etc don’t work the same way, and maybe I’m craving hops. I’m taking it as the exception to the no fizzy drinks rule.
Today, I headed up to Woollies in Kloof to buy veggies and fruit. I think the folks there thought I was nuts in my 2 jerseys, scarf and boots – but really the aircon in there is extreme. And when I put my walking gloves on to get into the refrigerators, I’m positive there was some confusion! Of course, as I walked out the sun was blinding, and people were arriving in tank tops and slops. I took one of my jerseys off! I’m quite looking forward to summer really starting, given my new in-built heat resistance.
We repotted the gem squash today. At least I put the potting soil in the trays and Pat transplanted the seedlings. I won’t touch them because seedlings and I have never done well. I think they understand that I expect them to just do their thing naturally, whilst Pat is the essence of care. Mind you she did mutter about them (the gems) not standing up straight (poor suckers are looking for sun also). I distinctly heard her say in a Nazi general accent (or airline stewardess) “You vill stand up straight, Ja?” I swear if they had arms they would have been heiling the sieg!
In terms of the To Do List, I managed to think of a new one. And I was chuffed at being able to pick out some cute (I think) toys for my nephew, Dougal’s 2nd birthday. He’s a very active little fella. Sam and Hamish might need to hide even more breakables!
I can’t wait to see the pics of the party that was this weekend, and the Thomas the Tank Engine cake that Sam made. My mum said that Dougal handled the whole matter with grace and aplomb. Actually what she said was, “Dougal was so good,no tanties, nice to all kisses and cuddles for old aunties”.
I’m missing my Oz lot! Thinking about last Christmas and the whole family charging around the SA countryside like a real mob. It was fun, even the tense moments that always happen when families are in close proximity. The love is always there regardless of the foibles. These are happy memories. Here’s one of me in the paddling pool with my nieces, at Lissataba in the Northern Province near Hoedspruit. A very good idea in that heat. Jade is attacking me with a watering can.
It’s these happy thoughts that are buoying me tonight. I’m thinking so much of N going in for her op tomorrow, and the family as they wait. Love you guys! I’m glad you have each other and so much love around.
I promise tomorrow I’ll do the paperwork!