Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Taking Stock - October

Hello, are things good with you ?

Things are okay with me though it’s been a bit of a rough eight weeks, hopefully that is all going to turn around.

I had my sutures out and the scar is healing well. There is no pathology results as yet and no dreadful phone calls.

It is six weeks since my hysterectomy and since I've also heard nothing from this Surgeon (and of course peeked in the notes while waiting for day surgery the clear margins on the melanoma removal site - no malignancy) I think I can breathe easier.

Tense times, when three times previously I've been given shattering news. Cancer.Cancer.Melanoma (albeit in situ)

Every so often I pause and take stock.

Took this pic on our wedding anniversary a few years ago.

Making : Beds for our next visitors expected tomorrow.
Cooking : Good question - what's for dinner ?
Drinking : Water and water Kefir ... and Midori Snowcones.
Reading: Breakfast, School run,Chemo and just started Jillaroo
Wanting: My new bed quilt - today !
Looking: Endlessly through Netflix menu
Playing: UNO - with the minions.
Deciding: What to pack for the cruise
Wishing:For calm seas
Enjoying:A lovely weekend with our 7 visitors.
Waiting: For Friday - the epic 25th wedding anniversary Cruise departs
Liking: Daylight Savings is coming this Sunday.
Wondering: How i will go with a digital detox on the Cruise.
Loving: my Dyson Vacuum cleaner - as much as the kids.
Pondering: If I can still go Dragon boat paddling with friends here on Sunday
Considering: Something different for my hair.
Buying:New face washers !
Watching: what I eat cleanly this week because I'm go for broke on the cruise.
Hoping: Our former Sydney house is SOLD - cooling off is over so technically SOLD
Marvelling: My mother is just the best in the world - coming to mind my boys while we cruise
Cringing: At the scales
Needing: An Energy boost
Questioning: Why bad things happen to Good people
Smelling: Hay
Wearing: Hats - being sun smart everyday now.
Following: No-one, I march to the beat of my own drum
Noticing: My nuts are almost gone.
Knowing: Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.
Thinking: That Purple is an awesome colour
Admiring: The resilience of friends going through terrible times
Sorting: The kids bedroom clean up is complete - Hallelulah
Bookmarking: Recipes - I will never make
Coveting: A new rose garden
Getting: Ready for a busy month ahead.
Disliking: Pain in my knees
Opening: The results of my MRI as soon as I can my hands on them
Giggling: OddBall the movie was hilarious
Feeling: Tired , didn't get much restful sleepover the weekend
Snacking: Vanilla Maple Pecans
Helping: Spread awareness about Breast Cancer - Be Breast Aware and feel your boobs right now...unless you are on the train or bus or shopping :)
Hearing:Country music CMC is Hubby's favourite and next week it's all about the music.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Diary of a Dyson kid

We had a special delivery here a few weeks ago. The timing was perfect. I was recovering from my hysterectomy surgery and milking the no housework thing to the max.

My minions inherited their love of vacuuming from their dad. The first thing that attracted me after his candylicious bod was that he did the vaccuming for his MUM every week.

Without fail.
I fell for the " Oh sorry I'll be late for our date I'm still doing the vacuuming for mum "
He probably was.

It felt like Christmas when I was invited to attend the Dyson event at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show. While decorating cupcakes and being invited to make a big mess - we had the opportunity to make a see how the clean up can be a breeze with a Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick vacuum. Best you pop over there and read the technical stuff.

So this arrives -

Dyson V6 Absolute 'Cordless' Vacuum -  a new toy for the boys though I secretly take it for a quick zip when no-one is watching.

like Lego it goes together easily. A nine year old did it.

 This was sped up but you get the gist.

Then the vacuuming wars began. I supervised closely so the wand didn't turn into a light sabre or weapon of mass destruction to beat the bro'.

I was 'floored' at the amount of red dirt and dust (the downside of a tree-change) - a fair bit of red dust gets traipsed inside every hour day , the dust it sucked up in the boys' room that had not long been vacuumed by Hubby with our other vac was astounding. Let's talk about the lego that was saved too - and how clean the car is now.

This was only a small handful of what we recovered over a few vacs.

 It’s probably the last vacuum I’ll probably ever buy ...though to be clear this was gifted. Hubby loved the Absolute V6 so much he bought Motorhead for his business. He loves that Dyson cleans from floor to ceiling and everywhere in between - cobwebs are history.

The V6 Absolute is rightfully at the top end of the V6 range as a “premium vacuum”. It covers the bases of the entire Dyson family - V6 Handstick; the V6 Animal (specialist for pet hair as well as hard/soft floors) ; the V6 Motorhead Handstick designed just for carpets , V6 Fluffy Handstick for hard floors.

Each model looks slightly different, comes with slightly different batteries and attachments but the wands/heads are interchangeable on our two.

Vacuuming is not meant to take all day - in less than 20 minutes this awesome vacuum’s super power zips through the dust , detritus and crumbs. Super 6 mins on max power on a single charge sucks up the cat hair on my outdoor lounge. the dust from around the fireplace was a big winter problem.


Between charges you can relax knowing you have time up your sleeve to relax instead of still lugging the plug in vacuum from room to room and searching for a free power point.

Maintenance instructions suggest rinsing of the filters, once per month or so and my friend tells me they send you a message to remind you.

It's comforting knowing that the dust and allergens aren’t being exhausted into the air largely to the HEPA filter attached to the back of the unit.

The GOOD - 

Every head you could possibly want .
V6 Absolute comes with
  • a soft-roller cleaner head for hard floors,
  • a direct-drive cleaner head for soft floors,
  • a mini-motorised tool for pet hair , car mats and seats, furniture, stairs - the anywhere, suck up anything vacuum.
  • a mini-soft dusting brush for compact tasks like keyboards and other such delicates. 
  • extension pole attached for floor use and detached for compact hand held suck ups.
  • 2 Tier Radial™ Cyclone Technology: Flings dust out of the air and into the bin, separating out even the most microscopic particles.
  • 2 year parts and labor warranty.
Lightweight at 2.31kg but with MAXIMUM power.
Should unexpected friends pop in you have just enough time to do a quick zip around the kitchen and entry.

Though we rarely change the heads - Dyson comes with a docking station/wall bracket too for storage of all the accessories - we haven't decided when to put ours yet.

The Ummm
  • You have to work quickly because apparently it takes 3.5 hours to fully recharge from empty (according to Dyson) .
  • So if you have a bigger house to clean, you’re going to do something else in between charges.
  • I think it is worth the price tag yet it's something a lot of average families might not see the value in investing in - unless they read a stunning review and are convinced.
  • The sizeable bagless bin needs emptying often , duh' that means it's doing it's job - especially with my dirt magnets and their boots off rule interpretation - "That's for muddy boots Mum! " and hubby "I'm just in for a minute" Why can't they just follow the rules.
  • ONLY 2 year parts and labor warranty.

  • Available from Dyson.com.au and select retailers.
  • Range: Dyson V6 RRP: $499, V6 Animal RRP: 699, V6 Fluffy RRP: $799, V6 Motorhead RRP:$799, V6 Absolute RRP:$899.

Now the kids are all revv'ed up by the intensely powerful Dyson's V6 motor. I'm still sitting back watching them vacuum and waiting for the V8's.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday : I didn't see this coming

Be ‪#‎sunsmart‬ this is what wide excision of a small ‪#‎melanoma‬ in situ - early detection - on upper cheek looks like.

In situ melanoma is the very earliest stage of melanoma. There are cancer cells in the top layer of skin (the epidermis) but they are all contained in the area in which they started to develop. So they have not started to spread or grow into deeper layers of the skin. In other words, it has not become invasive. 

Thank God my Sydney Breast Cancer / Sarcoma surgeon (also Melanoma specialist) at a follow up appointment in June was very observant, had a closer look and advised removal ... I didn't waste any time seeing a local surgeon. The suspect lesion was removed 8wks ago, yesterday I had more surgery to get clear margins.  

I am okay and it's not too painful.

#‎slipslopslapseekslide‬  ‪#‎skincancer‬  ‪#‎melanomaawareness‬ ‪#‎melanomaprevention‬  

I could not be word less today - It's so important to protect your skin from the sun. If anyone is looking for tips on being SunSmart, please visit Cancer Council for more information.


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