Black Widow*

It’s The Boss’s class today: High End Endurance which means staying between seventy five and eighty five percent effort. Manage this. Let’s see if can show you graph… Here it is. Stay in the green and yellow zones apart from during the warm-up, which brings average effort down:

You can see me with The Boss in the attached photos.

The yarn has arrived for New Chap’s scarf. Show you:

Last night we watch Black Widow, the 1954 film recorded from the Talking Pictures Channel. This is a new channel, number 81, which just shows old films. Black Widow is good fun.

Go to cancer hospital for pre-chemotherapy blood tests. Start my new cycle of chemo on Monday. The tests are to make sure my white blood cell count hasn’t dropped too low. If it has, won’t be allowed next chemo cycle.

The fluffy monster has been in and out today, looking for food. Mum is in the kitchen cooking.

We watch the fluffy in the garden at lunchtime: he crouches by the hedge, gazing into it. Maybe he is watching the birds who live there.

It’s a bit cold, but I have my crochet blanket for warmth.

Am making some plans with my chums as will be back at the flat Monday to Wednesday. Suzy will stay with me and we’ll go out for dinner with the crew on Tuesday. Then will walk Dolly on Wednesday. Need to unfreeze my gym membership so can go on Tuesday so have emailed the gym.

Happy Friday everyone!

*1954. Feature film. Stars Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft. Directed by Nunnally Johnson. Written by Nunnally Johnson and Hugh Wheeler.

Knot Guilty*

Have a successful Spin session – here I am with The Master. Hopefully can show you graph. Let’s see:

Notice all the yellow for over eighty percent effort now that the panther has gone. Enjoy Spin So Much More now that the panther has left.

It’s been raining today so the fluffy monster has been inside a lot. Here he is:

He was sick a couple of times last night but is feeling better now.

Watch Nazi Victory: The Post-War Plan – Nazification after lunch which is about SS bride schools and antisemitic clothing laws and ADIFA – the Nazi clothing line. It is fascinating.

Have just been knitting outside under my crochet blanket whilst wearing my crochet shawl. It is sunny outside now but we have come in to watch Gardener’s World.

It is spaghetti for supper – yay.

Happy Thursday everyone!

*2014. By Betty Hechtman. Book 9 in the Crochet Mystery series starring Molly Pink.

Dead Men Don’t Crochet*

MadFatRunner makes me a crochet shawl to go with my blanket. She is a machine – it only takes her two days.

Today I wear my new trousers from Myla Clare:

Mum picks me up and we drive to Dolly’s house. Dolly rugby-tackles me from behind and then we walk to the park. We don’t go up Primrose Hill anymore as my lungs can’t manage it. Here we are:

We attract a lot of attention today – as sometimes happens – with various people commenting on what a beautiful dog she is. Which, of course, she is.

We race home to walk Gandalf. Here we are:

He is my best boy. He finds an enormous stick and starts carrying it home but we exchange it for a treat. I kiss him on the top of his head and cuddle him.


  1. Ache that comes and goes in left arm – I think from Gandalf pulling on the lead. He has a harness but doesn’t like it and he’s very strong.
  2. Sore hands and feet – chemotherapy side effect.
  3. Lower back pain – from Spin I presume.
  • After this rainbow scarf am knitting am going to make one for New Chap out of this yarn:
  • It is a bit dull for my personal taste – was hoping he’d go for something a bit more brightly coloured but he asks for something that is not more than two colours, including black. It will motivate me to finish this current rainbow scarf quickly.
  • Have a small sleep – am Very Tired after walking both dogs and now am watching the most recent Gardeners’ World with Mum. Am going to forge ahead with my knitting:
  • The yarn is Sirens by Lion Brand Mandala from:
  • Lion Brand Mandala do all these yarns look:
  • Right, I need to get on with my knitting.
  • Happy Wednesday everyone!
  • *2008. By Betty Hechtman. Book 2 in the Crochet Mystery series, starring Molly Pink.
  • Hooked On Murder*

    Look at the amazing blanket that MadFatRunner crocheted for me. Love it So Much.

    We have been watching Life On Mars and she has been crocheting and I’ve been knitting. There are lots of knitted scarves and crocheted blankets in Life On Mars as it’s set in 1973.

    Have my sleep and now am sitting up in bed writing this. It is windy outside. Leaves blow in the breeze. Some of my plants are not dead such as the spirea. Show you:

    Somehow it has survived months of drought. It’s called Joseph’s Coat – presumably because of the multicoloured flowers.

    A couple of neighbourhood cats have visited and a wood pigeon.

    Right, must get on with my day.

    Happy Tuesday everyone!

    *2008. By Betty Hechtman. First book in the Crochet Mystery Series starring Molly Pink.

    Life On Mars*

    Do well at Spin – spend plenty of time in the yellow zone. Show you graph:

    Then go out for lunch with Hannah. Haven’t seen her for ages so it’s good to catch up.

    Hannah takes me back to the flat. Then MadFatRunner arrives and we start watching Life On Mars on DVD as DVD player working whilst TV and digibox are not working.

    Then another chum comes round with her dogs. Show you:

    We are meeting them for a walk tomorrow afternoon.

    Have had a fun-packed day of humans and dogs so have just put a nut roast in the oven and made a salad. Going to microwave some rice and MadFatRunner is heating up some chopped tomatoes to make a sauce for the nut roast and having a seasoning crisis.

    Looking forward to supper and to watching some more of Life On Mars.

    Happy Monday everyone!

    *2006-7. TV series. Stars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White and Dean Andrews.

    Why Didn’t They Ask Evans*

    Can actually show you a pictorial representation of my mood. So, here is today’s graph:

    Notice all the yellow for over eighty percent effort.

    Here is one from Monday before mood came up:

    Notice that can’t get into the yellow zone at all. There are lots of differences between low and high mood but this is a measurable one. Also today have the resistance up to 7, 8, 9 and last week was struggling with 3 and 4.

    Have spent Hours on the phone today – another sign of Not Being Depressed.

    Also, now the panther is gone am able to chat to my chums at Spin.

    Just watching the Men’s High Bar Final. Soon it will be Epke Zonderland, the Dutch superstar who has just qualified as a doctor, in case the gymnastics doesn’t work out. Here he is:

    It’s 5.55pm. The fluffy monster is in, looking for supper but it’s not yet a mealtime. The grooming mitt has arrived and he doesn’t seem to mind it, so that’s good.

    Yesterday we watch Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? It is silly but good fun. Tonight is Unforgotten – yay!

    Zonderland takes silver although his routine looks perfect to me. He can console himself with his medical degree.

    Had better go and groom my fluffy monster. It is cold and grey outside.

    Happy Sunday everyone!

    *1934. By Agatha Christie. Murder mystery novel. Another one where the TV people have inserted Miss Marple: she’s not in the book.

    Death On The Nile*

    It’s The Princess’s class – you can see us in the above photo – and I work hard. Graph hasn’t uploaded yet but there’s plenty of yellow for over eighty percent effort and am pleased with self. It is nice to be able to talk to my chums for the first time in months now the panther has gone.

    See my psychiatrist Dr Stein and he is pleased that the panther has gone and happy that am planning to spend a couple of days at the flat next week for the first time in four and a half months. MadFatRunner is coming to stay hopefully so am not on own. Am thinking of some fun activities for us to do: maybe we will go to the Zoo on Tuesday.

    Am watching the diving from Edinburgh. Grace Reid and Alicia Blagg are both in medal positions in the 3m Springboard Final. Can see the fluffy monster on the other side of the glass sliding door. He stares at me. He probably wants another meal but it’s 6.50pm and not a mealtime.

    We watch Death On The Nile last night and it’s So Good.

    This new flower is looking good in the garden:

    It’s Rudbeckia Summerina Orange.

    Dad is reading the Financial Times in the living room. Mum is in the kitchen. Can hear the radio.

    It hasn’t been too hot today, which is good.

    And it’s Gold for Grace Reid and Silver for Alicia Blagg – Well done Team GB!

    Happy Saturday everyone!

    *1937. By Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot detective novel. A great classic.

    Reef Of Death*

    Achievements Of The Day:

    1. Walk Gandalf. Here we are:
    2. Gandalf picks up two sticks and carries both of them home. He’s such a clever boy.
    3. We see some Cuckoo Spit. Also known as Lords and Ladies, it usually appears in September but everything’s early this year:
    4. Have a bath.
    5. Watch the synchronised diving 3m board final, or the first bit of it anyway. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears win silver behind the Russian pair.
    6. Have a sleep.
    7. Watch Mum and her chums play bridge. Would like to learn and understand it as am sure it’s a useful life skill, but it makes no sense.
    8. The fluffy monster isn’t overweight! At his weigh-in yesterday, he comes in at 6.58kg which is perfect. He’s such a good boy at the vet.
    9. He has a frustrating day today as it rains for most of the day but it’s sunny now and he’s outside, getting his apricot paws wet.
    10. Just watching the conclusion of the triathlon now – Le Corre of France wins. Alastair Brownlee comes home in fourth.
    11. Death On The Nile is on tonight so can watch that after supper. Yay. It’s one of my favourites.
  • Happy Friday everyone!
  • *1998. By Paul Zindel. Children’s murder mystery novel about scuba divers in Australia.
  • This Is The Water*

    Am watching the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow whilst huddled under my furry blanket. It is cold and raining outside and the fluffy monster is in the house. We’re taking him to be weighed at six o’clock. Hopefully he hasn’t put on weight.

    Ben Proud takes Gold in the fifty metre freestyle. Well done Ben. Imogen Clark takes Silver in the fifty metre breaststroke and James Guy takes Bronze in the hundred metre fly. There are still the relays to come but I might miss something as am taking the fluffy monster to the vet with Mum.

    Work hard at Spin. Here I am with The Boss and The Master:

    They are off to Transylvania tonight for the event in the haunted castle that was meant to attend but am not well enough, which is a shame.

    Can’t show you graph as it hasn’t uploaded but I get into the yellow zone – over eighty percent effort – and spend some time there. My Spin effort is improving now the panther has gone.

    Had better get dressed to go to the vet. Fingers crossed for a slim fluffy monster.

    Oh it’s the 400m men’s individual medley. Let’s see if we can get a medal here. Here comes our Max Litchfield. “Hungary have won this event at the last seven European Championships,” the commentator says. It’s a good start from Litchfield. Come on Max – he’s leading. He’s still leading. “Max Litchfield looks fabulous…how much has he got left? A brilliant silver medal for Max Litchfield from Great Britain.” The Hungarian wins, as usual but an amazing return from his shoulder problem for our Max.

    Right: am definitely going to get dressed now. Let’s just see Imogen Clark collect her silver medal. Here she is on her international debut and she’s the new Commonwealth record holder too.

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    *2014. By Yannick Murphy. Murder novel about a girls’ swim team in New England.

    The Murder Mile*

    Have been bitten by mosquitoes on left shin. Just watching the heats for the 400m hurdles from Berlin where the European Athletics Championship is taking place. Last night Dinah Asher-Smith wins gold in the 100m and we’ve got two qualified for the final of the 400m hurdles: Megan Beesley and Eilidh Doyle.

    Moving on to the decathlon where Tim Duckworth of Great Britain is leading after six events. Then it’s the discus and Arthur Able of Germany wrestles the lead away from Tim. Next it’s the pole vault and Tim Duckworth is back in the lead. With just the javelin and 1500m left, it’s going to go down to the wire. But how good to have a real British contender in the decathlon for the first time in a while.

    We walk Dolly this morning. Here we are:

    We have a pleasant walk. It’s about 19 degrees this morning, so not too hot: am even wearing a cardigan.

    Can Tim Duckworth retain his lead in the decathlon though. Arthur Able and Shkurenyov are both better than him in the javelin. Able moves ahead, then Duckworth with Shkurenyov just behind him. It will all come down to the 1500m.

    It’s International Cat Day. Let’s look for the fluffy monster. Find him and give him some food.

    “He’s already had two suppers,” Mum says. So now he’s had three.

    Dad, who doesn’t like athletics, is complaining about the noise.

    Here’s the world’s most beautiful cat for International Cat Day:

    Mum’s friend comes round for lunch and we sit in the garden. Don’t get to sleep till 4pm and Mum wakes me up at 6pm.

    The panther seems to have gone, which is good.

    Oh here is Daley Thompson to talk about Tim Duckworth’s chances in the decathlon: “you wouldn’t really call him a runner – more of a jogger.” Apparently the 1500m is his weakest event. Tim is just 22 years old, so there’s plenty more to come from him, we’re told.

    Happy Wednesday everyone!

    *2013. By Paul Collicut. Set in Arizona in 1954. Graphic novel about the race to break the four minute mile. Detective thriller.