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Posted 23/10/2017

Brian Connolly - Blonde Bombshell Lead Singer - The SweetBrian Connolly - Blonde Bombshell Lead Singer - The SweetI am a lifelong diehard Sweet fan. First band I ever became a fan of, jopined the fan club, collected everything I could. I love their music especially their own music, written and performed by them on their rock albums. If only I was older. Maybe things would have been different....

I grew up with Glam Rock and I loved it. Born in 1964, I was still very much a sweet little girl when the 70s started and Bubblegum music hit the scene. I really enjoyed the vibrant and lively music that was easy to sing along with.

Then one day I was watching Top Of The Pops (back in those days there was very little choice of TV unlike now!) One of the bands featured was called The Sweet singing a very catchy little ditty called Funny Funny... I LOVED it!

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So I Joined Instagram

Posted 10/10/2017

Everyone wants followers but don't want to follow!Everyone wants followers but don't want to follow!Today there are so many different social media platforms, it is impossible to join them all unless you do social media as a a full time job!

I, like many others use a few social sites (check my Social Media page for links!) that I post mainly memes on plus some other daft stuff!

Anyway a couple of months ago I joined Instagram. I had joined it a few months ago, got lost, and quit out thinking the account was gone and deleted, but lo and behold when I decided to retry and recreated my account I had followers! That took me by surprise! Didn't expect that! Then the fun began.

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My Breast Cancer Story Pt3

Posted 10/9/2017

Me and Sorsha enjoying lifeMe and Sorsha enjoying lifeWhat happens when your cancer treatment finally ends? I found very little information about this part. In fact, after my treatment ended, I had finished my chemo. I left the hospital and that was it! I felt lost and very much alone.This blog is about what happened.

I had finished my treatment. It felt odd. Suddenly I was alone, discharged for now from the hospital, I was not due back for a few months! I did not know what to expect. I was a mess. I was fat, bloated, tired, in pain, no hair, no energy and no self esteem.

I was going to be on Tamoxifen for a few years and that has a weight gain side effect! How long was this all to last! Everything I had read said you could expect to feel good again by about three months, and I had absolutely no idea how! I was a real mess. How do you start again, pick up where you left off.

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My Breast Cancer Story Pt2

Posted 8/9/2017

The Day After My MastectomyThe Day After My MastectomySo it has been a long while. It has been difficult to begin this blog. My life has changed so much in many ways since I had my mastectomy. The chemotherapy treatment was very hard. Next came recovery, getting back to work and all along I have been left with very acute tiredness that means each day I have to go back to bed to rest in order to get through the day.

Anyway, my last blog ended with me having the mastectomy and going home to recover. I found out that I had had a 5.5cm cancerous lump removed, and also it had been found in 15/16 lymph nodes. That was a shock. This also made me think, it is in my system, it has travelled, it has moved beyond. That thought has never left me, and still haunts me now. But life goes on and I have to keep fighting, I have a son who I love very very much. I have to get through this.

So back to the next installment. Chemotherapy!

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My Breast Cancer Story

Posted 31/5/2016

IHug In a BagHug In a Bag have been gone a while. So much has happened this year. It started out bad but went downhill at a fast rate.

On May 3rd 2016 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

It was a shock! There was no cancer in my family, anywhere that I knew of! I have never smoked. I hadn't drunk since my twenties! I hated the sun. I had tried to live a good life, was not over healthy but made some adjustments that were suppose to help.

No one can prepare you for something like this. No one really expects to get cancer. Even with the odds at 1 in 3 would get cancer, you still do nor expect it to be you.

I have decided to tell my cancer story, hopefully it may help others on this very difficult journey.

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Joys Of Public Transport

Posted 29/1/2016

In this modern day of cars, many people still use, and rely on public transport, but is it still a public service? It now often depends on what service you use. What is public transport? Usually buses and trains. The problem is these are no longer run as a public necessity but as a profit making business.

I use both. The bus daily for work, the train for recreation on days out etc. I do have a valid, clean driving licence but the cost of running a car today means for me it is not worth it.

It is due to the way my local buses are run that has made me reconsider getting the monthly bus pass that I currently buy and making plans to go back to my own form of transport - walking!

Basically, the way modern buses are run, is it really worth it if walking is an option? In my case, no.

This is why...

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Rescued Moma and Kittens

Posted 16/1/2016

The four rescued kittensThe four rescued kittensOk, hopefully you have already read my blog "Stray Cat with Kittens"? This is the next part.

We finally managed to get moma stray cat and the 4 kittens safe and warm with us. It was hectic! At this point we had lost our Ebony and had finally decided as she had gone, we would we decided keep mom, she could stay with us. Then on top of all this, we got Ebony back! All in the same week!

So we now had 5 cats, 4 tiny 5 week old kittens with a wild stray moma cat. This was going to be fun.

We started out by naming mom Sweetie as that was what we had been calling her, but both my son and I felt it didn't suit her.

Thinking hat on...

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We Lost And found our Cat

Posted 14/1/2016

Our Black Cat - EbonyOur Black Cat - EbonyWe have a beautiful black cat called Ebony. She was the sister of  Nimbus, the cat we lost (Loss Of a Loved One).

She enjoyed going out on a night raking, as all cats do. I have always let my cats out, they are nocturnal creatures. Yes they are hunters too, but that is who they are. Hug amchines with teeth and claws that love to bring you gifts, and they dont mind if they are alive or dead!

One morning, she wasn't home for breakfast. At first we were not too worried but after an hour or so, it was getting light, still no sign of her, we started calling her.

It would be months before we came to terms with her loss...

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Stray Cat With Kittens

Posted 14/1/2016

The Stray Moma Cat Living In a HedgeThe Stray Moma Cat Living In a HedgeIt has been a while since I have been on here as things started happening last year that took me away from most of my web building work, both on my sites and the other sites they I was managing. Things have now calmed down to a point and I am getting back to normal but with a few changes in my life.

I am now only doing my websites.  I am no longer managing the other sites from last year.  It was something I had to do for very many reasons, both personal and professional. My time is not as it was and the stress associated with doing the other sites is something I have decided i needed to cut out of my life.

The second change is cats!  Two things happened last year that have had a profound effect on me, and my son. Those who follow my Facebook page and / or my Twitter feed will have an idea about.  It is those two things that this blog is about.

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Kittens are Growing

Posted 19/8/2015

So my kittens are growing up fast! Icarus has now been neutered so there is now no possibility of little marshmallows! He has also been microchipped, he is all grown up  although he is still very much a kitten. Aria is still a baby. She came to me so young and she is still so small, it is easy to forget she is still very much a kitten. They have both settled in to the family like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and have intergrated well with my other cats.

From left to right Smudge - Aria - Minx - IcarusFrom left to right Smudge - Aria - Minx - Icarus

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Meet My Cat Family

Posted 5/7/2015

My son calls me The Crazy Cat Lady! Why? We have 5 cats of various ages. I am at my happiest when I have a houseful of cats, if I could have more, I would!

All my cats are mogs! All but the latest were rescued or came from feral farm cats.

So my cats consists of 3 tabbies, a tortoiseshell, and a black with a small splash of white on his front. Their names are Minx, Smudge, Ebony, Icarus and Aria.

These are my family cats.

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From Feral to Family Pt2

Posted 28/6/2015

Aria is now 8 weeks old and is going from strength to strength. She has turned out to be a very loving, gentle kitten without any signs at all of ever being a feral. Healthy and alert, she is clean and a joy to have around,

It has been very many years since I took in my first feral cat. This time round it has turned out to be the easiest experience of having any kitten yet.

Baby AriaBaby Aria

Most of my life I have taken adult cats from rescue centres or had cats passed onto me in need of a home. When I heard of this little feral kitten the only one of the litter to survive, it just had to be.

So what is she like?

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Final Addition - My Long Haired Kitten

Posted 28/6/2015

Aria, our feral kitten is growing and I was now looking for a companion for her round about the same age but I decided it would be a long haired only. This time I would be firm, long haired or nothing as this would be the last addition to my family.

By utter chance, two days ago, on Friday I looked at a web page that detailed local ads offering cats and kittens for sale and noticed at the top a new local ad with a picture of an absolutely charming fluffy kitten face. I read the add.

A litter of 15 week old kittens were ready for their forever homes, a silver tabby and a black, both short haired, a long haired silver tabby and a long haired silver-brown tabby. The advert said contact by text. I did.... 20 minutes later I was at the bus stop heading across town, I was the first person to enquire.

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From Feral to Family pt1

Posted 22/5/2015

Today we welcomed into our family a new member, Aria. She is a small feral female tortoiseshell kitten. Born of a feral cat on the edge of a farm I got to hear about her from a friend of the person who had found her.  She was young enough to have a chance at a new domesticated life. As most domesticated born kittens easily find homes I decided to take the plunge as experience has taught me that each feral cat I had taken in previously had become a most loyal and devoted family member.

It has been a long time since I had taken a feral in but after the recent loss of one of my cats I decided to take the chance on this unknown kitten. at 3pm Wednesday afternoon I was told the kitten was weaned and had been successfully caught, I was to pick it up in the morning.

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Loss Of A Loved One

Posted 2/5/2015

This is the Story of Nimbus.

Six months ago two new kittens joined my family. They had been abandoned in their home when the owners decided to move out, they were left behind, in a cold, empty house. I found out about them from a local rescue centre that had taken them in. As my two cats were Old, and Very Old I had decided now was the time to take on a pair of youngsters to bring on.

I have, for the last 30 years, always taken in rescue cats but usually, unlike in this case, I have been presented with a cat or cats that needed a desperate home. This time I wanted to choose, to look and find ones that suited me. I wanted to choose  a different colour than I had had before.

In looking around, I was directed to a local kennel and cattery that had become a local centre for taking in abandoned pets. There was the Dogs Trust centre about a mile away so luckily that rescue organization took all the dogs, but this cattery ended up taking all the rest, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, allsorts. I felt at the time that this was the best starting point for my search for new additions.

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