Happy Easter

To all my family and friends, my lovely carers, my fellow PALS (people living with ALS), and those kind enough to visit my blog, may I wish you all a very happy Easter. Enjoy the bank holiday break and keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny!

I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who came bearing gifts of chocolate and cards. They were very much appreciated. Also a special thanks goes to Val and Ann for the lovely potted flowers. They add a lovely splash of colour.

Mark

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Happy New Year 2011

To my dear family and friends, both near and far, to my fellow PALS (people with ALS), and to those of you who have been kind enough to drop by, let me please wish you all a very happy New Year. May the year ahead bless you all with good health and many happy memories to look back on and cherish.

And let us pray for some significant progress in the field of medical science!

Mark

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Merry Christmas

One of my eco-friendly limited-edition e-cards. Only virtual trees were harmed in its manufacture! 🙂

To all my family, friends, fellow PALS (people with ALS), and those kind enough to drop by, I wish you all a very merry Christmas. And if you don’t happen to celebrate Christmas then I wish you a happy holiday!

Outside my study window the colour is predominantly white. Snow carpets the ground whilst overhead looms a white featureless sky from which snow is steadily falling. It is very cold out and the roads feeding into the housing estates are slippery and treacherous. But I am far removed from the elements here in my cosy study and so have lost all touch with what it’s like having to get about out there.

I would like to say a big thank you to my aunt Joan who was kind enough this year to take up secretarial duties and sort out all my Christmas cards. So to all of you out there who have received cards from me and cannot work out the writing (on the envelope) – now you know!

I would also like to thank those of you who have sent Christmas cards this year. They are very much appreciated and it is nice to know I’ve not been forgotten even by those I have not seen for a while. Thank you all. I’ve got a nice little collection here on my desk. And apologies to anyone who I have forgotten to send a card to this year or whose address I don’t have. Sandra, if you’re reading this, I did send you a card but it has gone to your old house and I’ve just discovered you’ve moved.

And so before I sign off will you join me in a traditional Christmas song that was written by Irving Berlin Way back in 1942 and updated for the 21st century by me a couple of years ago! Okay, to the tune of White Christmas

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I’m dreaming of some new neurones

Just like the ones I used to know

May your days be merry and bright.

And may all your neurones work right!

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Now go and enjoy yourselves… Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy the festive season and cherish the moment because life is precious at the best of times!

Mark

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Happy Halloween

Hope you all have a spooky evening!

Enjoy yourselves! I’m on my own tonight. My meerkat friend is going out trick or treating in the hope that some kind person will give him a nice chocolate coated crispy locust! smile_regular

Mark

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Happy Easter

To all my family and friends, my fellow PALS (people with ALS), and those kind enough to visit my blog, may I wish you all a happy Easter. I hope the Easter Bunny brings you all plenty of chocolate!

I’d like to say a special thank you to my aunt and uncle and to my carers, Ann and Debbie, for the delicious looking Easter eggs. I haven’t started to tuck in yet… but it is only a matter of time smile_regular. At the moment I’ve placed the eggs below the radiators in an effort to help incubate them. Can’t wait to see what hatches! smile_regular

Mark

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Happy New Year 2010

To my dear family and friends, to fellow PALS (people with ALS), and those kind enough to drop by, let me wish you all a very happy New Year. May the year ahead bless you with good health and many happy memories to look back on and cherish.

And let us all hope for a peaceful new decade. As for me personally, I’m hoping for a breakthrough in a certain field of medical science smile_wink.

Mark

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Merry Christmas

One of my highly sought-after limited edition personalised Christmas e-cards! 🙂

To all my family, friends, fellow PALS (people with ALS), and those kind enough to drop by, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and health and happiness in the coming year.

As I write this the ground outside the house is covered in a blanket of crisp snow and the sun is shining down from a clear blue sky, thus adding to the seasonal atmosphere. Children are throwing snowballs, the adults are busy clearing driveways, whilst I can only look on with envy. It’s such a nice day out there at the moment; I really wish I could go out for a walk with my camera and capture some shots of the nearby farm fields. Well I suppose we could always take the wheels of my wheelchair and replace them with skids then hook it up to a team of large dogs and hey presto I’ve got my own sleigh! smile_regular

Soon daylight will fade and some of the houses around here will start to resemble carnival attractions or Blackpool illuminations. With my central heating running continuously and keeping me at a cosy 20° C I’m losing track of what the weather is really like out there although apparently it’s COLD. Actually having snow in December down here in the South is rather unusual these days (compared to my childhood). Normally Christmas is mild and dry… and nothing like Christmas should be, so it’s nice to see the white stuff just as long as you don’t have to go out driving in it. Personally I blame our upside down seasons on the greenfly affect! smile_regular

I would like to say a big thank you to Ann and Francesca who have done so much to help me prepare for Christmas. They have both literally been my hands these past couple of weeks. So to all my friends who have received a card from me and can’t work out the handwriting – you have Ann to thank for it. And to those of you who have received gifts this year a special thank you goes to Francesca who spent a lot of time yesterday wrapping them up despite feeling really ill herself.

I would also like to thank those of you who have sent me some really nice Christmas cards this year. They are very much appreciated and it is nice to know I’ve not been forgotten even by those I have not seen for a while. Thank you all. And apologies to anyone who I have forgotten to send a card to this year or whose address I don’t have.

And so before I sign off will you join me in a traditional Christmas song that was written by Irving Berlin Way back in 1942 and updated for the 21st century by me last year! Okay, to the tune of White Christmas.

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I’m dreaming of some new neurones

Just like the ones I used to know

May your days be merry and bright.

And may all your neurones work right!

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Now go and enjoy yourselves… Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy the festive season and cherish the moment because none of us know how long we have!

Mark

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