Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Feeling surprisingly sunny

Follow up letter from the doctor in the menopause clinic arrived today.
She describes me as a “nulliparous lady,” never heard that said about me before.
Says I finished chemo in November 2010, wrong, once had “severe menopausal symptoms,” wrong, and “continues to be troubled” by night sweats, decreased memory, and irritability. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. 

I used to feel panic when I thought about the past, the fact that there was now a great chunk of it behind me. I wanted to run back and change things, do it better,  differently to produce better results. I don’t feel that horrible regret now. My days have separated out like a child’s, each one enough and I don’t think much about  past or future.

My only problem is money. Well a lot of people have that worry and it’s not fatal. Everyone wants salmon on a herring diet. And I worry about getting fatter. I noticed recently that my friend Pam who has always been rather round, seems much slimmer. She insists she hasn’t lost a single ounce, it’s just that all her friends have put on loads of weight. That is one answer to the middle-aged spread issue. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

now I have to think of something brief and witty to say!

twitter link cant believe this makes sense!


I am trying to open a twitter account with link to blog - not getting very far. They seem to have named me janekelly25 no idea why!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

The Lord Saatchi

At the end of last month I wrote a letter to Lord Saatchi commiserating with him about the death of his wife, Josephine Hart, from the dreaded ovarian cancer. I met her a couple of times at her poetry readings, once with Bob Geldof who was very friendly and flirtatious. She sent me two of her poetry anthologies with DVDs when I started teaching in prison.
I took the opportunity to ask if he'd like to help with our charity, Ovarian Cancer Action. I was a bit worried about doing that as she'd so recently died, but I have had a letter from him thanking me for my "inspiring words," and adding,best of all,

"All shall be well..."

Thursday, 7 July 2011

New Blog

Dear friends I am starting a new blog - off with the old and on with the new!

It's called, Oknowibelieveitbutwhat'snext?

Do hope you will enjoy it!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

A response from Colin at last

On my way home from church this morning I met Colin Firth leaving his ivy-cladhouse. He was all done up in black cycling gear, including goggles and helmet, but I recognised him and of course I know where he lives.
As he cocked his famous leg over the bar, I mentioned to him that I had sent him a letter quite a long time ago, when he was in line for the Oscar, asking if he would like to contribute to our church roof fund, as all the lead has been nicked.
This missive also mentioned the church organ which is currently dying, but I didn't bring that up as well. As he was half on his bike it was best to keep it simple.
He said he hadn't seen it but he never responds to letters put through his letter-box, as he doesn't want anything coming to the house, and "tries to discourage it."
Not sure he understands the postal system and how does anyone know that he discourages it? His silence doesn't exactly betoken disapproval of letter boxes.
He has someone to deal with all his mail, and he says he will at some point get round to looking at my letter and will respond. I look forward to that!