C-c-c-cold here! It was -5 when Mr C and I took the car to the garage this morning (something had to be checked under guarantee, and as it's 3-1/2 years old we want to use every bit of guarantee before it runs out). Now back to -2. But very pretty, with all the twigs and branches covered in hoarfrost.
Yums, I'll just bet you felt your quads on Monday! Hope you don't have to climb many stairs at the moment Sorry to hear the bird isn't around so much, but as you said that has to be her decision. Glad you have your Buddhist tranquillity to call upon. BTW, how's your job going? I seem to remember there was a reorganisation or relocation that was quite a pain, Have things settled down?
DL, you are indeed lucky to enjoy work. It must be truly grim to have to drag through each day doing something you hate. Besides, the sheer boredom of being away from home seems to be driving you onto the treaty, just for something to do. A job that both pays you something and does away with the need for self-discipline can't be bad!
Daffs, 47 is a splendid retirement age, especially for someone like you with so many interests besides work And I think cycling 3 miles uphill every day is bliddy good doing (tho Meldy is no doubt right and if you are planning on a 62 mile route you may want to add a few yards to your route now and then! Oh, and hats off to your sis --- you seem to have got her well and properly hooked if she's doing a half IM!!!
FarFar, a 2 hour commute is horrid. It's truly wasted time; and that, on top of your already heavy job, must really be wearing. Is downsizing on the horizon?? and How's work going for Mr FF now?
Melds, I guess one advantage of shift work is that you don't always have to commute in the rush hour, but there have to be times when it's hard to stay awake! As for Murph, he's lucky it's warm enough to have mud! Here everything is frozen solid, even the mud! Twice today I've emptied a boiling kettle into the birdbath, to melt the iceso the birds have some water to preen in. The water re-froze solid in the course of the day.
Podds, unless you've done a masters degree in the topic it's impossible to tell whether a car is a good buy or not. But having it damp all the time isn't very nice either! Do you have any car-ly wise friends who could advise? And how are you feeling now? Hope luigi has departed and the ribs are healing.
Hats off to all of you wrestling with the allocation of school places. Has to be one of the worst jobs EVER. Unpleasant and stressful even when everyone plays by the rules, but must be maddening when people try to get around the system---and I guess it's worse because you can understand why they are doing it. Of course it's a compliment to your school that so many want to come, but surely there ought to be more than one good school in the area?
Thanks for all the advice and support for the log. Neurologist has confirmed that there is nothing neurologically wrong. But he was rather unhappy because he had no idea how to try to deal with pain in the peroneus and just hoped a physio could sort it. I suspect a muscle imbalance is making the peroneus work too hard. Starting to wonder if it's worth going to a fizz, maybe I'll just have to find some way to sort it myself. Just tired of a knife sticking into my leg at every step. But no doubt it is beautifying my character
What's going on at work, MC? Or are you just generally fed up in the January-fed-up kind of way?
FarFar, if you are going back to work for a rest your weekend at home must have been epic!! But if that's what you need, I hope work is, um, restful!
Yums, that is a stonkingly good result! I think getting over 15 miles in those conditions is an achievement in itself, but to do it in just over 3 hours is really impressive. Hope the leggiest haven't been too sore today.
Meldy, deffo a good decision to support rather than try to run with Luigi on your back (or you chest, as the case may be).
Podds, you are really in the wars, aren't you? Luigi on top of all the bruising must leave you feeling pretty carp. I can see how processing 80 tri club applications might have psychological value to distract you from the pain elsewhere, but adding a new broadband provider sounds to me like plain old-fashioned masochism! Hope you survive it all!
I appreciate the care you all show me, so I took another good look just to make sure my orthotics were correctly installed. They fit the shoes in only one way, so I'm assuming they are in the right shoes. Of course I might have had the shoes on the wrong feet.... [looks doubtfully at feet]....but they LOOK all right. Nope, I'm backing my own ability to tell left from right: the problem isn't me, it's the orthotics! At least I think so
Bliddy cold here at the mo, due to be -5 tonight. That's not all that cold, but since we've had a week with frost every night, everything has got that deep cold that never seems to go away even if the temps go above freezing during the day. Cycled into the village and my face was numb when I got there. Met Mr C for lunch as today marks 35 years of wedded bliss for us. Now I'm just waiting for the neurologist on Wed: he won't find anything, so after I've seen him I can go to the physio and hopefully get moving properly again. (Anyone ever had any trouble with the peroneus muscles?)
Glad to hear that everyone seems to be high, dry and snow-free. I was thinking about you east-coasters with all the predictions of storm surges. Glad they didn't materialise! No snow here, but the most amazing dump of hail about 0700 today, absolutely thunderous.
FarFar, hope you made it back to the running club. It gives you such a lift. And Pippi's point about Mr FF's work is well made---think they do have a duty to help find him appropriate work. And do heed the wide advice of Sluggie and TAKE that day they owe you before everyone forgets it!
Podds, you still sound very ouchy, that must have been one nasty spill you took Glad you aren't contending with snow and icy paths, another fall like that wouldn't help anything! How is Tom doing now, BTW?
Sluggie, Podds is right---no one could be a wider, more loving daughter than you. Your intervention with Social Services sounds both effective and necessary. Moving house is an upheaval for anyone, and someone who isn't entirely focused can find it genuinely traumatic so hopefully she now has enough support to stay where she is for now. Hope choir was good, always nice to take up again. What are you singing?
DL, only you and OH would have an extensive collection of street lamps you saw on holiday No doubt about it, you are one stylish pair! (That said, I was really interested to find in an old hilltop bastide what I think is the earliest example of gaslight street lighting in France---late 18th century, I think. We think it's primitive, but it must have been a big improvement in those dark narrow lanes.) Oh, and well done on chugging on through the wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail etc etc!!
Meldy, another belated Happy Birthday! I saw from FB that you had had a great day, but no more than you deserve
Seem to be attending a lot of business meetings for various groups at the moment----some functioning awfully well and a real pleasure, some absolute nightmare. Oh well. Thanks for the sympathy for the lower log. Had a brilliant thought two days ago. It's all got much worse in the last 6 weeks, hips were totally seized up and I was rolling rather than walking, Suddenly realised it had got worse since I started wearing the orthotics. Decided to leave them off and see what happened. Bingo! Still have a very sore peroneus muscle (outside of lower leg) but hips move again and I can walk! Orthotics clearly going in the wrong direction. Will see the neurologist, he'll find nothing, I'll go back to the physio....
Entire fotball team having their annual dinner here tonight. They bring the food, set up, cook, and clear away. It's lovely, these chaps have been playing together since they were little and they do it all so nicely. Mr C and I however are going out! Happy Saturdays all, hope you stay high, dry, snow-free and above the tideline! xx
Dragon, what kind of lowlife would steal a rug and leave a horse in the cold? I just don't get it. Hope Roxy was none the worse for it when she warmed up.
Podds, you must have had one hell of a fall, sounds like even your stoicism is being tested. Hope things get better soon!
Meldy, sorry about Luigi. He seems to be a very persistent chap! But well done on the will. If people could see how much trouble it causes if they DON'T make one, they would all do it.
Pippi, a family parkrun sounds fab
Yums, just looking at your post. So you are redecorating, bringing up two adolescents, looking after your mum, working, running and meditating? What do you do with all your spare time? (Transl: give yourself a pat on the back, woman, you're a bliddy marvel!)
Daffs, well done to you and XB! Sounds like a splendid day out. And what's this 62 mile cycle?? Is your sis doing it too? (And if not, why not?)
DL, the story of you and your training programme is beginning to develop quite a complex plot line: I've kept to it; it's lost; I've found it again; I'm still sticking to it.... Every day I look for the next exciting instalment!
MC, you're clearly back on form, with running and swimming! Good on ya. And a very big cheer for your student who has come back so magnificently from that awful accident. You must all be so proud of her----and the support she's had from you all must have made a huge difference to her.
I seem to have missed a troll....nobody has offered me a massage! Don't know whether to be relieved or miffed
FarFar, how good that Mr FF got back a job he knows and can manage. Big relief all round. Hope they are still working so that in the longer term he can get properly well again 100%. LOL at your Ned! I think you're doing a great job with him! And as Meldy said, if people 'rough him up' they deserve what they get. Amazes me how people will approach a dog they don't know and take all kinds of liberties. It's unkind to the dog (who is probably frightened and defensive---he doesn't know them, after all) and excessively stupid of them!
Just back from the doc. Pain in the outside lower log has been getting gradually worse for several years, and spread to knee and hip so that I now limp noticeably and find walking uncomfortable, never mind running. Doc had a good look but could see nothing wrong except lack of reflexes (which he said isn't unusual) so he's referring me to a neurologist just to be sure. If he finds nothing (as doc expects) it's back to the physio. I'm just bored to tears with not being able to move normally. But about to go for a nice lecture and lunch at the art gallery, so life is good. Happy days all! xx
Oh Podds, that sounds painful! A hard fall on pavement can leave you with nasty bruises. Glad you didn't actually break any bones, but take care of yourself now, OK? (This includes permission to turf the boys off the sofa so you can lie on something soft
Daffs, moving house is always an epic effort, so hats off to you. Do you have someplace new in your eye, or will you try to sell your own place first?
MC, masters swimming sounds terribly official! Are you tri-ing this spring?
Woke to a pretty white powdering of snow, but it's thawing already, to be replaced by freezing rain. Nice. But we are all cheerful and busy today, C3 is here for the weekend (it's warmer than his flat, and bigger---and his cat is here so the three of us will probably have lunch in the village. As you see, Sluggie, I too have an exciting life!