It’s been a while since I gave an update on things in the Furtheron house other than my cycle of vertigo attacks.
Firstly – my daughter is now fully recovered from her operation. Having removed the cyst with a large abscess on it she was left with a hole in her back. Yes literally – they have to leave deep wounds like that open to heal bottom up. She thought a couple of weeks. First day they unpacked it and repacked it was a shock when they said – “No you need to come every day. And probably for several weeks… if not months”.
In the end Mrs F, as ever, stepped into the breach. She is a trained first aider (she never tires of telling us that) but she went to a couple of appointments watched the nurses and therefore they agreed for her to do it some weekends as they only dealt with real serious issues then. They were impressed with her skills and so my daughter relied on her and the wound clinic nurses with going to the clinic less and less. They had to change packing to ones with honey in and then iodine to make it heal evenly as they wanted but a couple of weeks ago – 12 weeks after the op – she was discharged all ok. She’s back to going to the gym and swimming now. She’s very pleased – well less so with the scar and the dip in her back but small price to pay.
Mother-in-law seems to continue to be happy at the home. It goes up and down but regularly my wife comes home from visiting saying she was playing cards, doing a jigsaw with others etc. We put her house on the market after New Year and seem to have sold it pretty much instantly. Hopefully that will all go through, as ever much can go wrong in a chain like this but we’re flexible our end on dates etc. so we shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve got much of the money stuff sorted out too. Still lose ends on that which is typical but we’re getting there.
In doing that we’ve been clearing out. Found tons of old photos which we chucked in a large box and took to my mother-in-law. She said “You can make a bonfire with that lot”. She personifies ungratefulness at times. Also that included her wedding photos. How can someone married over 40 year and widowed over 15 now be so dismissive? Trying to figure out what to do with the slides we’ve grabbed too. Might get a viewer and then decide on getting some scanned in via someone who has a slide scanner I think.
Still we also found my brother-in-laws vinyl collection which was great. Some overlap with mine in the Led Zep, Pink Floyd etc. area but then a whole host of late 70s punk. Now I liked a bit of Punk so nabbed the copy of Clash London’s Calling but much of it not for me. So I’ll be seeking out via Facebook etc. anyone who is into that to see if they want to buy the collection or a substantial part of it. It has simply sat in the cases since he passed away in January 1982 so some are virtually unplayed probably.
Some other great finds included an old Stanley no 6 plane. I’d been looking for a second hand one on ebay on recently! It only needed one bit replaced for under a tenner and all good to go – result! An Scrabble game that’s provided a couple of Saturday night entertainment and a vintage monopoly set my son has taken possession of along with some old binoculars.