Saturday, 16 August 2014


I am feeling decidedly dissuaded.

The printer I'd been trying to acquire is apparently the USA version of a photo printer here in UK....but there, it will do card thick enough for greetings cards, as well as print photos.   At least the enquiries department dealt promptly with my email. 
The company is also linux friendly.

Back to the drawing board.  All I want is a printer that feeds through instead of through ,turn 180 degrees and back.  The latter process means it wont take over 190 gsm card, and you really need 300 to 350 for decent cards.

I've just upgraded to the latest linux ,Ubuntu 14.04 thanks to my brother who also found me another secondhand laptop, so I should get fewer computer problems.  A few things have changed...more stuff to learn when I just need to get on with it!!

The weather,thanks to Hurricane Bertha is definitely NOT what it should be mid-August.
Now on her tail she is pulling in cold wet weather from Scandinavia.
We were lawn mowing this morning, which took longer than usual. That meant that The Pirate got soaked as he tried to mow lawn#3...that will wait until dry weather!!

Now we are home with the woodburner nice and warm and the de-humidifier is dealing with yesterday's washing.

The Pirate's treatment progresses. The radiotherapy finished at the end of June and the effects of that will be with us for another month. The hormone therapy will carry on until October 2016.  The side effects are depressing and include depression...not surprisingly.    We're assured that he'll be "back to normal" gradually after then...meanwhile his girth is increasing and his muscle bulk is decreasing. He eats healthily and not excessively...
He is back on his bike, thankfully!
This was approved by the specialist nurse in the local hospital as he has a Bloke Specific Saddle!! He uses the crosstrainer as well, to help the rest of himself.

It is hard mentally and physically dealing with what he is going through,for both of us.   We're hanging on in there and at least he realizes that it is hard for both of us.

I'm torn between just training hard on the bike , which I know pleases The Pirate and keeps him happy to see me doing what he cannot do at present. And trying to produce something to bring in an income, be it cards or herb plants.   Still no hope of a workshop or studio.  And keeping our home tidy or at least vaguely sorted.   And then there is looking after His Nibs as well....

So much to do ... so we'll just muddle through.

At least I managed to win a Silver Medal in the Masters National Track Championships, which I doubt I'd have done without his backing.
Now to enter the Worlds in October in Manchester...

Rant over....hopefully back to normal service now!!


Elaine at Bramble Rambles said...

I hope the sun comes out soon, for both of you.

Cro Magnon said...

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Shame you can find a studio; is there no chance of 'sharing'?

Relatively Retiring said...

Thinking of you. It's so tough, I know.

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Michèle Hastings said...

It's a tough thing to get through. My thoughts are with you.

gz said...

Thanks all. Cro, its an idea I'm open to..just have to find someone else who is thinking the same!!