Sunday, 13 August 2017

A week in the life of...

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been one of travelling, hospitals and missed opportunities.

Monday I do chores for me and a friend who has a few health issues.

Tuesday, I travelled up to Somerset so that I could take my Dad for his first set of chemotherapy for his terminal cancer. Dad chose the chemotherapy option to give him a few extra weeks/months so I got to his place in time to have some lunch, travel over to the hospital in time for a coffee before heading to the ward to start the treatment. Luckily, I decided to buy a lightweight wheelchair because it REALLY helped with the journey from the car, through the hospital to the ward.

The first round of treatment went relatively smoothly but took a little longer than expected (due to a possible reaction to the drugs). A few extra drugs helped things along and we made it home OK. I stayed overnight to make sure things were OK and travelled back home on the Wednesday. So far, apart from a little nausea and a lot of tiredness, Dad has been OK. His breathing has even been a little better so it seems to be going OK. The second round is this week so I am hoping it goes a little smoother again as we get used to the process.

Thursday, I was a bit of a zombie. Friday, I was kept hanging around to find out when I was taking my daughter's boyfriend to the railway station so I couldn't really get much done. I did, however get a small amount of (secret) sculpting in.

Yesterday was a slow day but we managed to get some cinema time in. We went to see 'Valerian and the city of a thousand planets' which was a good film but sadly confirmed what the critics have been saying... "no chemistry between the leading characters, shallow plot but a wonderful spectacle of special effects". It was good... but not awesome. Worth going to see though.

Tomorrow is another week of much the same. Chores, chemo and hopefully, an opportunity to get something moving on the 'Inso's Diminutive Emporium' front. At least I now have all of the components to get things moving (boxes, labels, bases, bubble wrap, light-box for photos... ). Hopefully, I will get the time, alertness and inclination to get things started.

Seeing as this has been a bit of a slow update, here is a picture:

So much to do... so little time.

See you from the queue!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The traveller returns...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been one of tiredness but full of progress as well.

I have started a small local community project that I am not going to expand upon but takes up a little time so that has been something that has to be accounted for. I also travelled up to Oxfordshire to collect my daughter because she has moved down to Cornwall and will be staying with us until she can find a place of her own. Obviously, we have been spending time together and going out doing stuff so I have been kept pretty busy.

This week has also seen my wife's 50th birthday so I have made sure that she was spoiled and looked after. She puts up with me so she deserves a bit of a pamper every now and again.

My father is in good spirits and has had his briefing with his cancer team about chemotherapy. I will be taking him for his first batch this coming week. The rest of the week will depend on how he responds to treatment with regards to side effects. Hopefully, it will go perfectly and there are very limited side effects but only time will tell there. One thing that will help is that I decided to buy a lightweight wheelchair for him so that he can take a breather and let me take the strain a bit. I made sure it was one with smaller wheels so that he doesn't feel like he has to help... he'll have no option but to sit and be chauffeur driven.

Hobby time has been fairly limited this week; mostly due to time but also tiredness. That said, I have finished painting the first set of Halfling snipers:

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To explain the colours I have used, the bases contrast with the camouflage so that the miniatures stand out. I understand that this isn't the idea behind camouflage, however, when you are hoping to sell things, people need to be able to see what they are buying so it makes perfect sense from a commercial perspective. I may add some tufts at some point but I think this current standard shows off the little troops quite nicely.

The Emporium... In a bid to actually get these Halfling snipers up for sale, I have been sorting out the mundane things and have so far got plastic bases for them, boxes to send them out in, bubble-wrap to keep them safe and am currently waiting for some labels to arrive. I have also ordered a light box so that I can (hopefully) take some nice pictures of my products (the light in my house is awkward at best). Once everything comes together, I will be in a position to start selling... fingers crossed.

That is about it for now.

See you from Jamaica!