Sunday

What a day. Walking Louis is a nightmare as I take a step the wind tries to knock me over its blowing a gale.  Louis hates it.

Well Ive been working on my painting on and off all day Ive had to make some magor changes  So I paint over it and wait for it to dry then more paint because  it keeps showing through. Ive just done more tonight and I hope in the morning I can blend it it so it doesnt notice. I then have a coule of minor changes and additions then it will be done. I have ordered a frame on line . Such is life.

Friday

For me its a quiet day. After Yesterdays hectic one. Today  is No  Travelling for Interviews. No  newspaper Photographers in our Front room.

just Chill out day. It is fresh out again.  I suppose its wind up day  to marsden On Tuesday. At least mavis will  not be refused treatment . Her infection has cleared up  almost gone now.

The latest Painting is coming along nicely. I did a couple of hours on it this morning. But I have a couple of magor  alterations to do on it. I may attack it again after  evening meal . Some times I geta mental block. I can see what needs changing but  have to push myself to  do it.

Tuesday

It was up  early and off to Marsden. We arived far too early  the traffic on M25 was nothing we sailed through but  we ended up  an hour early. Down in the canteen we got tea and coffee. Do you fancy some toast Mavis asked me. Yes nice one. So  I ordered 2 rounds of toast with  our coffee. Sorry  but you order that  in the other  half. So  we  found a table and I wandered into the hot food area. All lined up  Fried eggs bacon sausage and fried bread.  Can I have  toast please. Yes  its over there.  I couldnt  see any. Oh you have to  do it yourself  she said. So there I am  cooking  toast . I was chatting to  another guy  who we meet often. I  was looking for mavis but couldnt see where she had gone. I was almost out of the area when  the  cashier  said do you want to pay for that? Oh dear I was so embarrased. I said Jesus I nearly walked out without paying.

We sat talking  for  a while before going up and booking in. We were not sure  what was going to happen  today. But about 9 we were called in  it was time for bloods but as they looked at the bruising and a few woried  looks . They started to  remove the dressing. It was buried under a mass of dried blood which took ages to clean up but the nurse was so good. With  all that done and re dressed we had to wait for the doctor. Soon  we heard that familiar MAEVIS in the Ausy accent, it was Sam. How are you today  he asked how is this rash ,take your top off lets have a look. Ah yes its doing nicely . Everything else ok? Yes  no probs.  After checking  the results of the scan he said there is even more shrinkage from previous scan, thats good news. Right I am happy to continue with the trial but not this week So you can go home now and I will see you next week.

Mavis was happy to show her Medal  to the nurses all  were impressed. We  called in to do some shopping on the way home. I think Louis was surprised to see us back so early.

So for now we carry on.

Monday

A busy day today. Trying to  create a slide show and a small video. All sorted now. Its really cold out  Brrrr.

Marsden  tomorrow. But  not a full day just a picc  check and see if the rash has gone. Well the  cream has  got hold of it. Its almost gone. So  should not be any problems. I have  started my Next Painting. At least its sketched in full size now. It a request for Hazmat Pro. Not sure what they  want it for. But it keeps me busy..

I think Mavis will take her medal in  to show the nurses . After all  without their  help  she wouldnt be here to  get a medal  they all contributed. My  dreaded windows 10  is still  stable today fingers crossed.

Sunday

I hope I  have a better day today than I had yesterday. I think I must have been Tired from Thursday and Friday.

My Pc was a mess Win 10  had done its update thing and had put several of my items in the Recycle bin God knows why. Almost everything I did on it  was useless. It crossed my mind to  Bin the pc and go back to my laptop which is running win 8.1. I was wrapped up trying to get the videos and pictures of the BCA  up and running I had problems there. I  eventually decided  that an early night was needed. 10.30 and off I went. Problem so many things running round my head i didnt sleep much. This morning I was wide awake at  a bit befor 4 am so i got up made a cuppa and set too  on pc. At the moment I have managed to  download  most of what was missing or corupt. I mean how does win 10  delete all the software and drivers for my printer. Ive never had problems with that. But it  only printed garbage and would not scan at all. So  today I just hate win 10  not so much with a vengance. But its only 11 am so watch this space.

Thursday

One hell of a day. We travelled to London to meet Tracy and Angy. After a  Coffee we made our way to  Black Rods Entrance at Wesstminster. After passing through Security we were  ushered inside to begin a fantastic Day. Mavis was to receive her  BCA award for  her services to mesothelioma and mesowarriors. It was all a bit  overwhelming But we were greeted at the hall reception by Larry Lamb . We were shewn to our table. This turned out to be The Top Table. We sat with Lords and MPs. The place was filled with wonderful people.  We sat through all those inspiring people  receiving their awards. Untill it came to Mavis`s. How proud I was to   hear her presentation and to see her walk up to recieve it. It was a short  afair but more was to come later. We munched our way through  Sandwhiches and Champaigne. Good stuff not  cheap Carver.

After this initial Phase we were left to  mingle. We met so many nice people. I turned round and came face to face with Linda Robson. I  put my hand out to to shake hands  and found myself saying sorry may I. Of course you can she said and we shook hands and chatted   Mavis turned round and also  chatted.  I tended to stand back and just watch mavis talking to all these people.

Later we were guided outside to a waiting Tour Bus. This was to be a drive around London to Advertise the BCA awards  splashed all over the  buss.

Then it was to make its way back  where we were once more guided into  westminster to the final part of this presentation. More Champaigne and eats on posh  trays. It was held in  the  part called Church Hall. very nice Circular room. Once more the presenter was Larry Lamb. It was the final Part  where  each medalist was issued with  a scroll. And each was invited to say a few words. Mavis Thanked all the NHS and its Doctors and Nurses.

When this part of the ceromony was  ended,we were free to make our way home. So  outside it was a taxi  back to Victoria and the train home. Tracy and Angy came home with us to stay overnight. After chatting  and Coffee we were all shattered and  retired. When we got up this morning they were already up. We  arranged that later we would  give them a small local guided tour of  the area. Then a nice meal out. But all to soon it was time to take them to the station  they have a long  journey home. We were having a  laugh in the ticket Office and  a BR man came out and asked us to  calm down and make less noise because they couldnt hear customers at the window. Cheeky . But all to soon we were waving goodbye as the train pulled away. Now its back home  and get back to Normal. An end to a fantastic 2 days. Thank you Tracy and Angy and a special Thankyou to Mavis.  I will sort the photos tomorrow as soon as I can.

https://youtu.be/nmv2djjVQpE 

Is the small video so far.

Wednesday

Although it  cuts me  to say it but  having  paid the Ransom . I am now back on  with  onestop again. its a lesson learnt about  eggs in one basket. But at least I  dont have to worry for another 24 months. maybe by then I will have calmed down a bit.

OK so tomorrow is Mavis`s big  day. She goes to Westminster Palace in London to receive her award. The BCAh. For those they dont know what it is. Its an alternative to  the Queens awards which are usually  to  Ministers and Peers and celebritys . It an award given to   ordinary people for  extra ordinary work and dedication. British Citizens Award. It covers muliple disiplines Mavis `s is in the catagory for Health. She has put an enormous  amount of work into  onestop over the past few years even though she was undergoing treatment herself. Her  thoughts for  others overshadowed her own problems. A truly amazing woman. I am SOOOO proud of her.

She shares this honour with  all her mesowarriors. Bless her.