At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Tuesday, June 21

Virtual Coffee Tuesday - Let's take our time today...

... after all, it is the longest day of the year :)

How are you all? How has this week been?

I hope you had a fun weekend... my dad and brother came for Father's Day on Sunday. My lovely dad brought me this lovely fuchsia


and these are Nick's cards from the kids


We had a fun day eating and drinking too much - roast beef and yorkshire puddings (my dad's favourite) followed by apple and raspberry crumble - YUM! My hubbie's become quite a cook these last few years :)

We oldies had a nap after lunch, but my bro took my son for a few games of pool - a great break from all his revising, bless him! And my daughter retreated to the sanctuary of her bedroom...

Nobody actually wanted anything at tea-time (!), but that means we have cakes to enjoy with our coffee this morning :)


They're homemade, just not in our home... from a stall on the market...

Anybody want my icing? As a diabetic, I can enjoy the cake just not the topping...

I've been diabetic for 12 years now. I had gestational diabetes with both kids, but thankfully it vanished when they were born... I had to have yearly checks, and it returned full-time when my youngest was two.

Generally, it's well-controlled with pills and two types of insulin - slow release and rapid release - and I keep it well in the background of my day-to-day life...


That changed a couple of weeks ago when I somehow managed to overdose my rapid release insulin, while out having lunch with my dad... I knew at once what I'd done and quickly drank a can of coke (yuck!) - there are 16 teaspoons of sugar in a regular coke can...!!

My dad was able to bring me home and stay with me. I seriously felt like death - my dad said I became a dirty grey colour - but we didn't need to call an ambulance (phew!)...

Father's Day was the first time he's seen me since, and he was pleased to see I'm no worse for wear...

But the scare has brought home to me how important conscious and deliberate care are regarding my diabetes, and I confess I probably take too laissez-fare an attitude, mainly because I hate making a fuss, and I hate the thought of ill-health controlling my life...

... which is why, I'm more than ready to change the subject...

Being in England, let's talk about the weather :)

Well, it Midsummer's Day, the 125th Wimbledon started yesterday, ergo the weather's awful - wet, wild and windy!! But there was some tennis yesterday...

Rafa won his opening match quite comfortably 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

 photo copyright The Guardian

But Andy Murray - playing yesterday evening, under the roofed Centre Court, as the rain siled down - gave us the usual British-hopeful scare... losing his first set 4-6, before winning the next three sets 6-3, 6-0, 6-0...

photo copyright The Guardian

I don't know if my nerves can hold out for the next two weeks... :)

Well, if you're able to hang around for a few more minutes, I do have one more story to share...

Last week, I actually found, and won, on ebay two issues of a magazine I've been coveting for over a year!!


Uppercase is a Canadian publication and costs $120 for overseas subscribers!! (A large part of the cost is shipping  as each issue is quite hefty!)

A few months ago, I did manage to find a UK outlet online - I won't name them as it wasn't the best experience - bought the current-at-that-time issue, and it never appeared... thankfully I paid via paypal and got my money back!

Rachel at It's Like Art had suggested earlier in the year, I check out ebay, and lo and behold my persistance paid off!! It's a gorgeous magazine with wonderful artwork, graphics, interviews, and bucket-loads of inspiration!



Now, of course, I want more... :)

4 comments:

Lyndsay said...

Huh. I'm Canadian, but have never heard of it.
And I would be happy to consume your cupcake toppings at any time!
Enjoy Wimboldon!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

I'm so glad your episode did not turn TOO serious - though that is scary enough indeed! My mom is diabetic too (and I won't be surprised if it comes to catch me in the next few years too), and she is just now getting set up with the new monitor packs that you can wear and it automatically checks your blood and adjusts with shots accordingly. She's very excited (or at least as excited as one can be about such things) because she feels this will give her much more freedom in life. She's been a diabetic for over 20 years now though, so I think she's at a stage where she feels ready for that.

gemma said...

Hi Claire
It was great reading this post and catching up with you. Take care of yourself. Sending my love
gma

apinkdreamer said...

hi! what a wonderful blog! you are such an inspiring person!
don't give up and keep creating!!!