Saturday 26 July 2008


You will be given a scenario, at the end you will be faced with a dilemma. You will be given 2 options, you may NOT make up any 3rd option.

You are in a town where there is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photographer hoping to take some real career-enhancing pictures to sell to the newspapers.You see a man swept away into the current. He is obviously on the point of drowning. AS you step a bit closer to the edge of the raging torrent and you see that it is Gordon Brown. You have time to either save him, or take a Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of him drowning.Your dilemma:

Should you a) use a high contrast colour film or b) go for the gritty traditionalism of black and white?

I know, this is in very poor taste isn't it, but it made me laugh. Tell me, is Gordon Brown the most unpopular PM we have ever had? I think so! And how much longer can he continue to hang on to his job?

But enough of that. It is an unusually glorious day today and OG has been pottery around clearing up after the builders. Our “holywood bedroom” carpets are being fitted on Monday and our “holywood bedroom” curtains the following Monday. So in just over a week OG and I can rattle around in our posh room, open one or both sets of our posh French doors, shower in our posh wet room or bathe in our posh bath and pretend that we are not the bricklayer or typist that we once were.

All that is left to complete the renovation now is fit the kitcnen units, give the kitchen another coat of paint, fit the stair treads and banister, give the two downstairs bedrooms another coat of paint and bob's your uncle, we are there! Any bets on it not being finished this side of Christmas?

OG is not feeling too bad at the moment. Following the blood transfusion and now that the chemo strength has been reduced by 25% his is beginning to bounce back a bit. However, having said that there are some days when he is totally wiped out because he has overdone things, but “one day at a time” things are on the up.

We had a visit to the oncologist yesterday and he is planning on extending the chemo for at least one, possibly two, months. This would bring us to mid September so no mad parties or extended trips in the foreseeable future!

Thankfully, his eyesight has returned to normal, so that’s a tremendous blessing. Thank you to everyone that is praying for him. I like to believe that it is working, although I know that some of our family and friends prefer to believe that prayer is a pretty useless activity. All I can say is - let’s pray for them!


Maggie May said...

Well as a non swimmer, I would not be much use to any one drowning!
Glad to hear that the upstairs is almost finished! You will be the Lord & Lady of the Manor soon!
Glad to hear that OG is feeling better & that the chemo is at a strength that he can tolerate even if it has to go on longer.
My SIL is in a bad way at present, waiting for scans, can hardly walk, headaches have come back. Back on steroids which affect his mood. It is like a horror story. Its the waiting game that seems to be the worst thing.

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog! My head is growing too big for my son hat!!

Sandi McBride said...

Poor Gordon...I worry about our leaders, I think they do the best that our Congress and Parliament allow them to do and then as the Late Great Harry Truman once said, the buck stops here...they get paid to take the shame and don't share the blame...but it should be shared by all the numbskulls we've put into least on the US's side anyway...I can't believe some of the idiots who are in charge of Congress...So glad that OG is feeling abit more know we have him in our prayers and you,'s hard on your side of the bed as well I know...don't forget to share those pictures of the renovations when you're done, can't wait to see how it's turned out!
I have an award for you at my place, it's the post just before the Brenda Photo Challenge post

aims said...

Got my fingers and toes crossed for OG and the renovations! said...

Maggie, I am so sorry that your SIL is still in such a poorly way. Please give your daughter my best wishes and let me know if there is anything that we can do. said...

What you say about politicians is generally true Sandi, but this man has sunk to some kind of new bottom amoung bottom dwellers. I am 68 and have never known a politician that is so universally reviled and trust me we have had our share of weirdos and wackos in the UK! said...

Sorry Sandi, I should also have thanked you for the honoured award. I will go and pick it up now. And also, an even bigger thanks for the prayers.

Anonymous said...

I'd use colour. I can always run it through Photoshop to turn it black and white. I can't swim well enough for raging torrents anyhow! LOL!

I'm so glad that OG is feeling better and his eyesight has returned to normal! That must be a huge relief.

*mutters* I want a wet room ...