Now in his second week of chemo cycle 5, the side effects of the anti-sickness pills have worn off and Steve's brain is back in top gear. Better still, the benefits of the blood transfusion he had last Tuesday are clearly evident. His colour looks good - rosy rather than sallow; he feels perky, has a lot more energy and isn't dropping off to sleep during the day at the drop of a hat...
In parallel, I have recovered from yet another short, sharp head cold virus which had laid me low physically at the end of last week, and a lost wedding ring came to light a couple of days later turning heartbeak into joy!
With the support of friends online and in the real world, we've ridden out the storm of last week and are now enjoying calmer, if cooler waters....Oxford's first snow of 2013 fell overnight on Monday; there was another dusting this morning and a "significant" amount of snow is expected on Friday.
We awoke this morning to news of a helicopter crash in London, in an area where many people live and work, including friends not so very far away. Sadly, there were some fatalities. However, given the location and timing, the outcome could have been much worse. Events like that bring home to me how vulnerable to circumstance we are, and how important it is to make the most of life and the opportunities that come our way.
Having emerged from the black hole of last week, it's good to know that Steve is now approaching his last cycle of treatment in this chemo regime and, all being well, we will be able to look forward to a fresh start in the spring.
When Jack and Katie were small, some of my favourite books to read out aloud with them were from the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel.
Frog and Toad All Year includes a story entitled "The Corner" in which Frog tells Toad how he searched far and wide, looking round every corner to see if it was the one that spring was just around. He eventually found it when he returned home, around the corner of his own house where the birds were singing and his parents were working in the garden in the sunshine....
Stay safe in the cold winds and snow. Snowdrops will be pushing through soon. Winter isn't done yet, but spring is just around the corner and we will be ready to enjoy it when it arrives!