What a difference a year makes ....
Now .. back to our forum here .. hehehe ..
If Truffie's swelling is just an abcess it should quickly respond to a short course of antibiotics .. my female cat rarely had abcesses .. but my male cat loved to lay in all the 'dirty' parts of the local gardens .. and 'typical man' was never quite as thorough with his wash and brush up routines as his sister .. so lumps, bumps scrapes and all sorts meant I seemed to be constantly giving him antibiotic courses .. but 5 days should see the lumps clear up .. my dear old cats had to have anaesthetics right into their late teens .. with no real ill effects other than me getting the cold shoulder for a few days ..
Sorry to hear about Mr C's mole .. but definitely better off than worrying about it .. but I am sure it will be very sore for a while on his shin .. if he gets 'grumpy' with staying still for a few days tell him about my elderly uncle who just last week fell through the ceiling from the attic to the bedroom .. he was planning on making a small grandchildrens flat up there .. unfortunately he just lost his footing and crashed through .. he had to have blood transfusions for gashes on his head .. and worse still he has severely smashed his arm .. it's still touch and go whether he will lose the arm .. but for now he is having to be pretty immobile for a few months to try and let the bones knit .. he's got plates, screws and rods holding it all together .. and the very next day it would seem my mum had a really nasty fall, her sticks slipped and she dropped down onto her badly arthritic knees .. very luckily she had no more than bruised toes and badly swollen knees ... it''s a miracle she didn't break a leg, hip or arm ..
Have to say it's been a few years since I last visited the Fitwilliam .. but I wouldn't mind another look round .. if you are strong enough to push me that is .. and I would love to be able to meet with you if you have enough time when you visit sometime .. that would be lovely !
Those monks must have devoted their whole lives to just one book .. I'm always stunned by the vibrant colours and the 'devotion' of the illuminator really oozes out of the picture .. there's real heart and soul in those pages ..
It's quite breezy here this evening .. looking outside it's as if it has snowed .. 'snowed' a thick layer of golden leaves .. drifting up against kerbs and fences .. you can hardly see the car park surface .. it's just leaves on leaves on leaves !
Radiators are fitted ... and they look lovely, all modern styling and fresh ... but soooo many problems for the fitters .. the flats central heating water valves wouldn't turn off so they had to freeze them .. and it's so hot in the little cupboard space it wouldn't freeze the pipes at first .. then they had such a job getting the old rad in the bathroom off ... so much corrosion ... but I don't care ... because .. finally ... they are in .. fitted .. working .. and best of all controllable with nice thermostatic thingymabobs yahooooooooooooooo !!!!!
I didn't dare post I was expecting them today in case it jinxed it all again .. in fact they nearly didn't make it .. they got held up on the M25 behind an accident .. they were sat in a tailback for nearly 2 hours .. they'd just rung their boss to say they weren't going to get here and would try and turn round somewhere and get back to base .. then just as they were about to get started and try and turn round .. the queue started moving !
While they were waiting for the main valves to freeze up .. I 'oh so innocently' asked if they could drill 4 holes in the bedroom wall so that I could put my new curtain pole up .. so one of them did that while the others were testing the level of 'frozeness' ..
Now I can put up my new curtains .. nice dark ones so that they will cut more of the exterior lights out and maybe I will be able to sleep a bit better ..
Weather simply dreadful .. bucketing down with rain here .. it's already getting dark (and only 3pm) .. it's dank, mucky, wet, miserable .. but I'm 'bursting with joy' .. hahahahah
Phew .. done nothing all day .. but I am exhausted .. going to lie down for a few minutes before I start putting things back into the cupboard .. blimey, they've been out for so long my room will look bare once they are all stored away again ... a bit like having taken Christmas decorations down and it looks so bare ..
Ohhhhhhhhh it's all simply FANTASTIC ....
First of all .. the curtains did block out so much more light .. I slept like the proverbial log .. hahaha .. may have been coincidence .. but I do feel as if I've had a much more restful, deeper sleep .. I only woke up for a bathroom 'comfort stop' once too . where 'normally' I'd have had 3-4 comfort stops .. so I reckon I was much deeper asleep than I am usually .. and boy ohh boy do I feel better for it .. for once I feel I am 'raring to go' .. sigh .. but I have soooo much housework to catch up on .. once I get everything put away again that is ... but I will pace myself .. I mustn't over do things ..
Now for the radiators ... I gave them a decent time on FULL .. just to make sure they were all working correct and to get any last air pockets flushed out .. then I turned them all completely OFF ... to make sure the thermostatic valves would allow the rads to still fully turn off .. then I turned them all FULL on again ... yup ... everything seems to be fine .. a bit of air left in the bedroom rad but that just needs bleeding ..
After much dashing to and fro with my room thermometer .. I found that if I have everything turned completely OFF I am still more than warm enough (for the time of year of course!) .. but roughly with everything OFF .. my lounge is 5C COOLER than before .. the bedroom is 7-8C COOLER ... (much better for sleeping too!) .. the bathroom is about 10-12C COOLER .. sometimes I felt I would pass out as it was often over 30C in there if I forgot to leave the door open .. and .. wait for it .. that's all without having to have the windows open .. which before had been my ONLY way of regulating the heat from the 'full on' rads .. so now I shall carefull turn up the new rads until I have them 'balanced' i.e. I'm warm enough with no rads on .. but they kick in as soon as it drops cooler ..
What a difference this is going to make .. it might even make the fibro 'ups and downs' a bit less obvious too .. because the more 'even' I have everything (heat, stress, same foods, pace of life etc) the less severe the symptoms I seem to get .. only thing is you can't live in a cotton wool cocoon all your life .. so you have to accept some ups and downs .. but if your home 'sanctuary' is 'levelled out' then you seem to be able to adjust better to outside changes ..
Did I describe my curtains ?? I don't think I did ,, and I am soooo pleased with them .. I bought them years ago (well about 4) .. then I decided I would keep them until I moved .. they are a maroony/aubergine .. a thick suede effect pile with luxury linings .. in the bedroom they are practically floor to ceiling and nice and 'full' even when closed ... they look really expensive so don't let on to anyone that I only paid £10 for them in a sale .. heheheh
It's so much better with these new rads .. I don't have to open the windows wide anymore to let the heat out .. and yet it stays 'just nice' .. first thing I had to do every morning was fling the windows open wide to let the accumulation of overnight heat out .. and boy oh boy .. sometimes the bathroom would go well over 90F .. and if I forgot to leave the door open ... well I'm surprised I didn't pass out .. it was amazinghow much heat an permanently ON A4 sized rad could pump out ...hahaha
Now .. I feel much cooler .. more comfortable .. etc ... and I am slowly getting everything back into the store cupboard .. after 5 weeks of being cluttered up I can finally see floor space .. no more boxes .. blimey .. it's still chaos .. but little by little the clutter is getting put away .. can't do too much too quickly or I will simply forget where I've put what haha
Yesterday I spent 2 hours looking for any one of the FOUR tape measures I know I have .. not here, not there, where could they be .. finally found them in my knitting and crochet crafts bag ... of course that's where they ought to be .. but they'd been all over the place before
Oopsy .. hit the wrong button and posted too soon ... anyway .. over the weeks I've been stumbling around all the boxes and crates I've been trying to sort out where things should be .. but then of course I've forgotten where I'd put everything
So .. just a bit more clearing away .. then I can start on moving the room around .. and rebuilding the TV console .. and building the new sideboard/cupboard thingy ... by then it will be Christmas .. and shortly after Christmas I'm hoping I'll get the bathroom started .. so by next Spring .. I should be completely sorted hahahaha
But of course I shall have to find some new project to do then ... won't I ??
I've declared war on my weight .. this time of year I ALWAYS put on weight ... I blame the Christmas adverts and the tables laden with food .. if I hear the flippin' Iceland frozen food store jingle one more time ... aaarrgghh It really puts me off Christmas foods .. dozens of turkeys roasted just for the ads .. then I dare say simply discarded .. well that bird was a sentient being .. they should flippin' respect that it gave up it's life just for them to do a TV ad ..... they could at least bloomin' eat it ... don't throw it away as 'waste' ..
Christmas time .. well it's getting soooo close now .. I have no idea what to do (as always) .. I toyed with the idea of a 'turkey and tinsel' break .. but it's just not me .. a hotel would be nice .. but everyone else will be in family parties .. so I'd more than likely be completely on my own .. Christmas is the one time of the year when you are really NOT welcome as a singleton .. you get lots of offers to 'come and stay' .. 'come for Christmas Dinner' .. but you can hear the sigh of relief when you say you'd rather stay home .. yes .. that's it .. I shall stay at home .. enjoy my own home cooking ... watch the movies I want to watch .. dress up/or down as I please .. and even have a mid afternoon snooze perhaps ... hahahahah
Anyway .. back to my weight ... I am going to go to war with the unwanted pounds .. I;ve no idea why I put on weight this time of year .. but I'm gonna try and lose some of it .. no idea how yet .. but I'll give it a go ..
Ohh yes .. and well done to Mr C for sitting down and having a nice rest ... bet he's raring to go by now .. and how lovely to go out for a drive and a coffee .. sounds very indulgent .. rather nice to go out for coffee .. no coffee shop here but if there was I would treat myself weekly .. just nice to sit and watch life go by with a good cup of coffee .. and maybe a toasted tea cake ...
Ok .. well I am off to bed early ... again ... been sleeping much better this last week .. it never used to worry me sleeping in even mid summer daytime light .. but since I moved here I do find the outdoor security lights a bit of a pain .. if I leave my lounge curtains open (rarely shut them, lifelong habit) I don't even need a light on .. but it's nice to have a darker bedroom .. funny really .. all my adult life I have rarely shut the lounge curtains any time of year (other than in one home where we were overlooked) .. and yet for some reason I rarely open the bedroom curtains .. probably because I am in and out of the bedroom having 10 minutes lay down at all times of the day !!
I've been holding my breath all week ... the plumber arrange to come on Monday .. then didn't get the job he was doing in London finished so I had to wait until Wednesday ... so everything out of the cupboard under the sink in boxes .. in my way .. Wednesday very early morning he rang to say he'd had a 'dodgy' burger in London on Monday night after he'd finished the London job .. he'd been sick all day Tuesday .. he was feeling better but knowing I wasn't a 'well woman' he said he wouldn't come until Friday to make sure he was clear of the bug ..
So the boxes of polish, cleaners etc stayed on the kitchen floor .. by the way, I found I had FOUR spray polishes, FIVE anti-bac cleaners .. and a whole host of sponge pads, rolls of wipes and all sorts of cleaning materials 'hidden' away ... I won't need to buy any more until Spring hahaha
So .. this morning he arrived promptly at 9am .. said he'd been well for 2 days .. and he would plumb in the washing machine in ... all went well until he started up the washing machine to 'test' his plumbing .. AARRGGHH dratted thing leaked from the detergent tray .. not his plumbing .. a flamin' faulty machine .. so now I am waiting until Wednesday for a Zanussi engineer to come and sort it out .. GRRR
I should be ok to use the machine as long as I stand there with a cloth against the detergent tray while it adds water .. but what a flippin' nuisance .. sigh .. after all those weeks of waiting to get the wretched machine .. only to find it's faulty !!!
So .... next job is to read the manual, find the shortest programme and get some washing done .. have to say though .. when the plumber had it running it was very quiet .. seemed very steady with little vibration .. and the spinner part was excellent .. the tea towel he'd through in 'just to mgive the machine something to do!) ... was pretty dry when it had finished spinning
Forgot to say the engineer is coming out on Wednesday .. hopefully to fix the fault .. !
Started snowing here at 3am .. stopped again at 3.20am heheheh So fingers crossed it stays away for a bit longer .. new heating rads etc is proving very effective against the 'extra' cold we are having .. only had to make a minor adjustment to the thermostat thingy on the bedroom radiator .. all the others 'kicked in' as required .. it's lovely to be warm .. but not overheating .. and everyone here has mentioned I'm not opening all my windows every day now .. (which was my only way to control the heat) .. !
Poster for Sinterklaas on the notice board (GC's suggestion for an afternoon event here at the sheltered housing place) .. so lots of questions .. 'what's ... Sintie .. kay .. lay .. as' .. but I shall keep them all guessing for a bit longer .. heheheh ...
And my last 'do' with the Hawaiian theme has obviously got them all fired up .. as they are asking if they can dress up (as best as possible) in Dutch clothes .. be interesting to see what they wear won't it .. now GC ... how do I pronounce Zwarte Piet ... is it 'zuh wart pee et' ... or .. 'zuhwartey pete' ohh blimey .. do tell ...
Did a small load of washing yesterday afternoon .. very inconvenient having to wait for the leak and then ramming a teatowel against the detergent drawer .. so I am going to try folding a plastic bag under the drawer later .. that might fill the 'gap' that the water is coming out of .. not very good though is it .. especially when they actually test the machines before sending them out ..
No .. I haven't dropped off the face of the planet .. just been a tad busy .. !
Well .. what about the weather .., YIKES it's been cold here .. down to MINUS 12 a few nights .. we've had snow .. but luckily not too much .. I've been out on my scooter in the snow ... not so much a gently trundling along to the shops more an exciting slipping and sliding adventure .. !
The Wii has arrived .. still having a few problems getting it set up as I haven't enough 'slots' at the back of the TV for everything .. but fingers crossed I shall have it mastered asap ..
By long tradition tomorrow (Christmas Day) I shall be sorting out one of my kitchen cupboards .. it started many years ago when I was searching for a particular dish and ended up dragging the lot out out of the cupboard to find it ... while I was there I washed the cupboard out and replaced everything tidily .. and I've been doing it ever since .. and I have a particularly untidy cupboard waiting for my attention tomorrow haha
No idea what I shall be eating tomorrow .. haven't made my mind up yet .. depends on what I fancy I suppose .. my digestion has no sense of timing .. so it could be anything from a bowl of soup to a roast and all the trimmings hahah .. but whatever I end up having it will be because it's what I fancied on the day ...
I'm going to ring my sister in Australia shortly .. wish her a Happy Christmas before they go out visiting friends and family .. always seems weird that she is already in her Christmas Day .. while I am still in our Christmas Eve .. it will be the same New Year .. when she rings me to celebrate the New Year at midnight .. she will be one year ahead of me hahaha
Well that just leaves me to wish 'you and yours' the very best that the festive season can bring .. who ever you spend it with, however you choose to spend it ... have a truly GREAT time ...
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL
Still cleaning out cupboards hahah ... it's quite amazing what you find in cupboards .. so many things you'd forgotten about .. so many things that .. well .. you can only wonder why you kept them !
I've decided to keep going and clear out all the kitchen and one of the store cupboards ... and all the stuff I am pulling out and deciding I don't want to keep will go to the Sue Ryder charity shop .. so I will get nice tidy cupboard with no rubbish in them (or not as much !) .. and the charity shop will have some nice new items .. mostly new items that I had thought I needed or would be helpful .. but mostly things that take more time to get out and wash up after use than labour saving .. !
Christmas lunch was rather an 'odd' affair .. in the end I didn't fancy anything remotely Christmassy .. so I indulged myself in sausage, egg and chips .. not something I have very often ... and it was delicious .. naughtily delicious .. because I even fried the egg instead of having it poached .. woohooo ... I followed that culinary feast with a satsuma and a snack bag of raisins .. but it was what I fancied and I really enjoyed it ..
Been having a few probs setting up the Wii .. more a case of me not having read the instructions correctly .. a TV with insufficient sockets to plug everything in .. and a 'funny' thumb that clicks and locks in place everytime I bend it .. ohh and being in my 'worst' two weeks .. ! But getting everything sorted now .. the weather hadn't helped much .. extended my 'bad' two weeks into almost a 4 week downer ..
I did have a go and enjoyed the fitness programme .. but my heart and head wasn't in it .. so I decided to wait a bit .. if I'd carried on I might not have wanted to start again .. but now I am still looking forward to it .. it's silly .. but very fibro thinking !
Been a whirlwind few months .. new rads have leaked (3rd time!) mucky water everywhere .. .. waiting to get my carpet and curtains cleaned .. just got everything put away in the little store cupboard again from having the rads fitted and it was all back out again so they could turn the water off to do my bathroom make over ..
Ohh myy I have the most beautiful wet room now ... sooo much easier .. no more 'cocking my leg over the side of the bath' problems to get showered .. and it's really lovely .. lots of clean white tiling and chrome or stainless steel accessories .. I keep going and sitting on the loo (seat down!) just to look at it all ..
And ... GC my dear friend ... where are you ?? Everything OK I hope .. I have emailed but I'm wondering if I used the right addy .. ??
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