Sunday, 17 May 2020

Last week

I'm beginning to get cabin fever from staying at home. What makes things worse is being aware that once my lengthy cancer treatment starts then going out won't be an option as it'll be even more important to avoid being exposed to this damn virus.

So what have we been doing. Well hubby had a birthday and I'd ordered him a birthday cake to be delivered with the grocery shopping. I only put eight candles on it as I didn't want to risk setting off the smoke alarms :)


Hubby enjoyed his birthday spent at home and had some lovely cards and gifts. When the postman delivered something I'd ordered  for him I saw his face drop as he correctly guessed I'd bought him a mug but he didn't expect an Annie look alike in a heart and it's true to say he really likes it.


He has completed a birthday wasjig this week and I've photographed the lid and jigsaw separately so you can see how different the puzzle is from the picture. This one is a bit saucy and reminds us of those old seaside postcards you could buy.



On Thursday afternoon the postman delivered the book I'd ordered and had been eagerly waiting for  and I'm already half way through. It's the sequel to the book my blogging friend Eunice kindly sent to me and it's just as good as I'd anticipated.


Sadly Queenie is dying in a hospice but waiting for Harold to arrive. The book is both gently humorous and moving. I thoroughly recommend the two books.

13 comments:

  1. A belated Happy Birthday to hubby, the cake looks delicious and the mug is lovely, what a delightful lookalike picture of Annie :)

    The jigsaw is very colourful but to be honest I could never get my head round the concept of the finished puzzle being different from the picture on the box.

    I'm glad you're enjoying Queenie - very different to Harold but no less enjoyable. I loved all the quirky characters in the hospice and laughed at the bit where the Pearly King's arm fell off :)

    Just a thought, but if you won't be able to go out once your treatment starts couldn't you have an afternoon out in Conwy for a change of scene beforehand, or is Wales still subject to the 'no driving anywhere' rule? I know you like the place and think it would give you a boost if you could go on a nice day.

    It's a bit dull here today so far, Salvage Hunters Restorers is on back-to-back so I'll be watching that for a while now :)

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    1. I just had to buy the mug once I'd seen it, so look likes Annie. Hubby really likes those wasgijs and completed that one quite quickly, I prefer a more regular jigsaw myself not that I do them very often.
      Yes I'm really enjoying Queenie and as you say there are some quirky characters in the hospice.
      As much as we'd love a trip to Conwy it's not allowed here in Wales, not considered a reasonable excuse to leave home.
      It's a bit chilly here today and I'm wearing a winter jumper over my T-shirt, I think it'll be an afternoon in front of the TV for us too.

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  2. Thank you for your comment, about our wild wind and T-storm. We and family are safe, and that's what really counts!

    Happy Birthday to your husband!!!

    Oh what a perfect gift, you got him!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -smile-

    Oh that cover pic being different, is "sneaky" isn't it?????? >,-) Can not go by it, to put it together.

    What delightful cover art! I am a *sucker* for cover art! -grin-

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    1. As long as you are safe, things and food can be replaced. I hope your power is back on for you now.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes, the mug is great and hubby likes it very much.
      He does like a challenging jigsaw or Wasgij in this case. The picture is fun :)

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  3. Belated birthday wishes to your hubby. The mug is lovely. We have on the end of the dining table Wasgij No.5 in progress. DH has done 2 so far. Definitely addictive & we've 4 altogether, one of which was bought many years ago (probably 15-20), before most people had ever seen them. We saw it at a Motor Show & fell in love with the Morris Minor on the front of the box(giggle). I'm also suffering cabin fever, but this virus seems to be throwing up all sorts of unusual side effects too, so best be careful for some time to come. You take extra care, stay safe & huggles.

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    1. Thank you Susan.
      My hubby finds the Wasgijs addictive too, I think I bought him seven the Christmas just gone and eight the Christmas before that. I'm glad he has them to keep his mind occupied during this lockdown.
      I'm sure many people are suffering cabin fever, I keep reminding myself I want to live and why risk going out and risk catching a deadly virus. You take care too, stay safe x

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  4. From Ann via Bloglovin'

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    🎉🎉🎉Happy belated Birthday wishes to your hubby🎉🎉🎉 Sounds like he really enjoyed his prezzies. That Wasgij looks soooo difficult, I guess you have to forget the cover picture and work like you haven't a clue! 😳 - The book sounds good, I'm going to see if I can get it on Kindle....Take care both of you....love ann xx

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    1. Thank you Ann. Believe it or not that wasgij was one of the easier ones or so he says, he completed it in just six days. Either it was easy or he is a master wasgij maker :)
      It's just me but I like to have a 'proper' paperback book in my hands. I can recommend the books but if you can read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry first as Queenie's book is the sequel. I actually ordered Queenie's Love Song before I'd finished the Harold Fry book it was that enjoyable. I do hope you can find them to read on your Kindle. Take care, stay safe xx

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    2. Just to add a bit here for Ann. The Queenie story is described as being a companion book to the Harold Fry story but I feel it's more of a sequel - if you read the Queenie story first there are some parts which might leave you feeling a bit puzzled so much better to read Harold Fry first, especially as it has some great twists towards the end. I recently wrote a review of the Harold Fry book on my blog if you want to take a look :)

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  5. Belated birthday wishes to your husband. The mug is another lovely reminder of your gorgeous girl and I hope it makes him smile each time he uses it. X

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    1. Thank you Jules. He really likes the mug and it makes me smile every time I open the cupboard and there she is :)

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  6. Happy belated birthday to your husband. Oh, what a perfect gift you bought for him, I bet that's something he'd have never guessed at. I've read Harold Fry but not Queenie, I hope you enjoy it and report back what you thought of it.

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    1. Thank you Jo. I was looking for a lurcher gift of any description and was taken aback by the likeness on the mug and in a heart too. We really didn't need any more mugs so hubby was stunned in a good way as he took the mug from the box, he really likes his gift. I had bought T-shirts for him as well but he chose those himself :)
      I really recommend reading Queenie, it's very well written with lots of interesting characters and such a good story. I've not quite finished reading it yet but it's certainly an unputdownable book. It's left me wishing Queenie could have told Harold how much she loved him.

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