Tuesday, 12 December 2017



Everyone's busy at this time of year preparing for Christmas, writing lists and checking them twice.
Both Bear and I were looking forward to Christmas doing all the usual things in the lead up. Then our world has been turned upside down.

I made a list to have my hair cut, visit the dentist, eye appointment, when a spanner was thrown in the works.  At my eye appointment the optometrist took a photo of the back of my eyes.  He was then quite concerned as he found spots down the bottom in the back of them.  Alarm bells rang and he advised me to go to my gp as soon as possible for a colonoscopy.

PFFT! That is nonsense Bear exclaimed but we made an appointment anyway.

My gp also thought it was nonsense but sent me for blood tests and stool tests.  Hope this isn't TMI but Bear was grossed out by the samples having to be refridgerated for three days until sent to the lab for testing.  He breathed a sigh of relief to get them out of the house. Mind you they were in little tubes which were all well sealed then in a thick plastic bag.  My gp was more concerned that I had a history of a malignant melanoma so wanted to do a skin check.

I returned to my gp today (Tuesday) for the skin check and results of tests. When he looked up the results he was shocked to see they were positive, so further tests have been ordered.  Being this close to Christmas though everyone slows down, so will have to be after the  BIG day.  Also my skin check was a bit iffy, I have to go for an ultrasound tomorrow as there is a lump behind my knee roughly in the same place as my melanoma and a suspicious looking mole on my foot. Next Monday the mole will be biopsied to check for malignancy.

Feels like deja vu with Christmas 2010 when my first malignancy was found  and the doctor having to ring around for a surgeon to operate.  Why do these things happen when everyone is going on holidays.

I have been sick on and off most of the year, which we put down to my coeliacs disease, although I am extra careful what I eat all the time.  Maybe it was a sign that something else was wrong, as I am always hesitant to go visit the gp.

Anyway that's enough of my grumbling.  Hope everyone else is doing well and prepared for Christmas if you celebrate it.

We are off to meet our family this weekend at the half way point for a lovely celebration.  I didn't want to tell them what was happening but someone  very wise told me if she were a kid she would want to know.  My eldest daughter knew as she is so intune with me that we both know what's happening all the time to each other. So the kids are taking it alright at the moment, thank goodness. Can't wait to see our 7 grandkiddies and give them all a huge hug.

Have a good week everyone.  Thank you all so much for your prayers and positive healing thoughts.

Hugs Lindy xx

Thursday, 7 December 2017



Thank you Jz for hosting this years cookie exchange again, it's  so much fun.  Hope you all have your taste buds ready for some delicious treats. 

So what are you waiting for READY STEADY COOK!

This is my contribution, not made by me though, but Bear.  He is the best cook in our family and loves to tinker with recipes to suit my dietary requirements.  I once had a delicious honey cake whilst out, so he experimented until he could match it. Gosh my man is good, I'm one very lucky girl.    Hope you all like it as much as me.  

Honey Cake  


2 ½  cups of White Wings G.F Self Raising Flour

1 teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate

180grams of Gluten-free Lactose-free Spread

1 cup of Raw Sugar

½ cup of Gluten-free Skim Milk

2 - 70gram Eggs

1 cup of Honey


Place Lactose-Free Spread, Raw Sugar,Honey and Sodium Bicarbinate in a saucepan.

Bring to the boil, then cool slightly.

Gradually add S.R Flour and milk/egg mix to the saucepan, mixing thoroughly, then pour into lined loaf tin.

Bake in the centre of oven @ approx. 180degrees for 1 ½ hours.

Allow to cool before removing from loaf-pan.
Now off you go blog hopping for some delicious recipes at all the following chefs/bakers pages.  
Bon appetit!

Sorry I'm having heaps of trouble with the font size on the blog roll. So if it looks weird please excuse me.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Prayers required

Sorry I haven't been visiting everyone's posts much lately.  I have a few health issues happening, which I was keeping  to myself, until a friend said I need to share. 

Going to the doctor Monday so will know more details after that.  As I've mentioned in the past I had a malignant melanoma removed 6 years ago.  Looks like the little bugger (pardon my French)  sent out some tentacles causing other problems.

Bear and I are both trying to stay positive which is really hard, as I had a friend go through exactly the same diagnosis recently. She was my mentor when I had my melanoma. We will be grateful of any prayers and positive vibes sent out way.

Thank you Lindy xx

Thinking of you Roz

To my sweet friend Roz,  I want to pass on my sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear Mum.  My thoughts are with you today (Thursday) as I know how hard it is to say good bye to your loved one. 

Just remember your Mum will always be in your heart and watching over you.

With love from Lindy and Bear xx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Cookie exchange coming your way

Dust off your cookie trays and cake tins the Great Online Cookie Exchange Extravaganza   is just around the corner.  Its coming real soon to a blog near you, actually on the 7th December.  So get in the holiday spirit, it doesn't have to be a cookie or cake recipe.  A favourite drink or something savoury is just as good.  We all love learning new ideas.  So get cracking.

Its another way to put your implements to work.

Sign up by 5th December  with  your screen name and the URL of your blog and email address. Send this info to Jz at 1reluctantONE@gmail.com

Enjoy this mouth watering fun day.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Its one of our sweet friends birthdays today, so I'm spilling the beans.  Unfortunately she is feeling poorly, so maybe a bit of birthday cheer from  all  of us will make her feel better.

Happy birthday Jan,  we all hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Hopefully you can have a nice celebration once you feel better with some bubbly and delicious food.  Maybe John could match the colour of this champagne with a birthday spank.

Best wishes
Hugs Lindy and Bear xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Thank you so much everyone for stopping by over the two love our lurkers days.  I had so much fun visiting all your posts, hope you all enjoyed these days also.

I'm doing my happy dance can you see? 

One anonymous lurker came out of hiding to tell me she is a fellow Aussie and wants to communicate with me via email.  Woohoo!  Also Fondles has referred me to a blog friend of hers who happens to be an Aussie. Thank you so much Fondles.  A few other people delurked also, so I'm a very happy  person right now.

How did you all go?  Did you make new friends either coming out to chat on your posts or emailing you? 

Thank you so much Hermione for hosting the lol days for all of us to meet new people.

Hugs Lindy xx


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