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Friday, 10th March 2017

Another working week done with - i'm SO GLAD i don't have to work any more. When i look back on by 44+ years of work, i can honestly say i rarely had a job i actually liked, although there were nice people along the way who softened the experiences.  i had a lot of jobs, as a consequence i guess and in those days, it was a lot easier to change jobs and trying for a better one.  Rather like changing where you lived, which was also pretty easy but you had to be careful as providing a month's rent in advance wasn't.  Still when i look back, all those changes did provide me with a lot of acquaintences and some some friends too.  i can't regret that.  Coming back to England and job hunting in a limited area in North Yorkshire was another thing altogether and very hard.  It would probably have been a lot better if i had been able to go to a big city but i was tied to the north as that was where Mum was living and i had come back to live with her.  She and Dad had picked a quiet area on outskirts of a small town, quite nice if you were their age and older, but totally bad for me. Everyone in the park was 20-30 years older than me.  Also the workforce in the North is so clannish, it was almost impossible to make friends.  That's enough of that anyway.

Our Council Champion came by this afternoon to look at the debris and the fence.  i don't think he realised just how much wood - and bags of unopened cement & some sand - there actually was.  He's going to email the contractors again and i'm to report back to him if it's all still there next Friday.  i'm sure the Council can make use of it all, but they have to warn the company if they have to remove it, they will keep it.  Will had a look at the rest of the fence and agreed it looks unfinished and parts really are a botch job.  The saga continiues.

i had a lovely night out last night having dinner with my friend at the 9's Restaurant and as we hadn't seen each other for a while, we had a good goss and catch-up.  Their food is good and with the all-you-can-eat buffet, you'd be hard pressed not to like something.  There's Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian pizzas, Spannish paella and plenty of veggies and salad too. Their dessert section is amazing and there are two chocolate fountains [white and milk], plenty of little fancies, Eton Mess, little mousses, lots of marshmallows & fruit and a soft-serve ice-cream machine!  There is no time restriction [until they close] and you can relax and have a good time.  *If you can ignore the occasional screaming toddlers!*

i'm all recovered from the biopsy and have a follow-up appointment next Wednesday, when i hear the results - fingers crossed.  i had my 3-monthly B12 shot and had my diabetic bloods done earlier in the week.  i've been on iron tablets too and they will check to see if i need to keep taking them - oh joy, more tablets.  i swear if you shook me, i'd rattle! Apart from that, i'm not too bad *taps wood* and have finally seen the back of that horrible cough.  i'm still waiting on getting my teeth fixed as when i finally got to see my dentist, he took an x-ray and promptly said he'd refer me to Brookfield's Clinic.  Just as well as he really isn't a dental surgeon, but heavens only know how long this referral will take as they are NHS and always busy.  i hate not being able to eat properly...

i'm taking myself off to see 'The Great Wall' and latest King Kong film [with Tom Hiddleston, yum!] next week, on my own as Anna will be away, doing her house/cat sitting stuff.  Both films are boasting spectacular special effects and y'all know i love that!  i'll let you know what i think.
Okay, that's about it for now.  Have a great weekend!
Love that cat!

Sunday, 19th February 2017

i had a huge problem when i last posted and only by a fluke was i able to get back what i had done. i'd erased it by mistake, not really sure how.  So must be more careful when posting.
i'm following KazzyCee again with a meme but renaming it Sunday Questions.

1. Do you take any daily prescription medications? Yes, too many really but necessary
2. Do you take any daily OTC (over the counter) medications?  Not daily
3. Do you take vitamins? Yes, l have been taking a multivitamin tablet and cod liver oil capsules but have had to add a prescribed B-complex shot and recently, an iron tablet to boost blood levels [turns my poo black! TMI??]. The last should be a temporary measure.
4. When you are sick, do you take OTC remedies or immediately go to your doctor? Luckily, i'm so rarely sick, that i usually self-medicate if it is cold or 'flu related.  i only go to the doctor if i can't get on top of it - like this last nasty little batch.
5. Do you take aspirin? Yes, as a blood thinner, in small doses.

That cough still lingers but i'm not sure if it is just my throat/lungs recovering or a last trace of the original, if you know what i mean.
i've had to re-schedule the liver biopsy twice now but hope to get it over with next Tuesday.  *ugh*  Then if all is still well, i will go ahead and go back to the dentist and get my bloody teeth fixed!  *i can't smile with no front teeth!*  i'm REALLY sick of not being able to chew propery - biting anything is a nasty joke.  Ah me, always some damn thing...
It's warmer at night just now but i'm finding the days chilly still.  We've had a few fine days and i appreciated the sun i can tell you.  It's a pity we're back to grey today, although we may be fine for a bit this week.  i really should try getting out more, now i'm about done with being sick. My mobility scooter battery runs better in warmer weather; the cold just sucks it dry in a flash.
Well, i must away and have a bite for lunch, so have a great week and spare me a thought on Tuesday.
Amazing street art and sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn [son five of the late Anthony Quinn].

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

i just seem to be following Kazzy Cee on memes at the moment, but i guess a short post is better than nothing, hey?

Pets today

  1. How many pets have you had at one time? We had a variety of pets over the years, two that i don't remember much, a gibbon and a Scottie [the only time we ever had a dog]. This was in Malaya where i was sick a lot as a kiddie, so that may account for it.  i've seen the photos though.  We had cats mostly, either singletons or pairs [which i much prefer as they are company for each other, especially if they start out as kittens]. In Aden, Mum did breed tropical fish for a while but they don't suit a travelling life! We gave refuge to a very young gazelle but before we could make sure it went to a good home, someone left the gate open and it got out. A pack of ferral dogs tore it to bits, bastards...  i only had cats when i left home in New Zealand, with varying results, not all of it good.  None of us liked birds in cages.

  2. What is the strangest pet you have ever had? i guess it would be the gibbon, which was most likely on it's way to a refuge. He and the dog used to have a lot of fun playing together.

  3. What is the coolest trick you have ever taught a pet? i guess training dogs is a good thing, like obedience and so on but i don't really like that either.  Dogs do seem to like those show games, stops them from getting bored i suppose.  Cats are their own thing, but will come when you call, if it is dinner time and they are close enough to hear you! All my cats were allowed outside when there was a garden.

  4. Real animals: What animal have you always wanted as a pet? Oh, a tiger without a doubt! Or a cheetah.. But i'd settle for something smaller, like an ocelot or bobcat... :D  i could keep bees, that'd be cool, and helpful to the population, but i doubt the Council will let me in a shared garden!

  5. Imaginary animals: Describe the ideal pet, an animal that doesn't really exist.  Pegasus?? Or a small boa - what an odd question

Thursday, 2nd February 2017

Book of Days

Outside my window: It is quite dark now, and been mostly grey all day but had a brief window where it fined up a bit [to the relief of my hairdresser!]. i have only seen the doves and occasional blackbird - and the thrice-accursed pigeons - but none of my little birds yet. i did hear something singing yesterday but didn't see anything. How i miss my little birds!  *started yesterday and finished today*

My thoughts... Pretty gloomy on the whole but i'm trying to stay positive - and try not to take Trump et al too much to heart. Did i say how much i loath politics? i worry about my liver and this continuing damn cough - i want to get my teeth fixed!

Today's Quote... Be thankful for today - it can always get worse! *that's from me by the way*

I am thankful for... my lovely hairdresser, Debbie. i'm on her visiting list [she went solo when the salon was closed] and it's a great having my hair cut at home and SO reasonably; she has an OAP rate but i always pay her more. *still way under £20* My hair has grown so long from my last visit, i felt positively light-headed as enough to stuff a cushion hit the floor! It was very irritating trying to cope keeping it clean while i was sick.

What I learned this week... the world is still fucked up and no-one seems to learn by the mistakes made by so many, over too many years...still hating and killing each other [mostly in the name of religion and greed] - no change there - and seemingly needing bugger-all to set them off, even in cease-fires, which appear to mean nothing. Terrorism flourishes in it's many forms and retaliatory violence keeps growing. This has so many knock-on problems, like the refugees, reaching epic proportions and the destruction of the countries especially in the Middle East and Africa. The longer the wars/fights last, the less food and items necessary to sustain life, creating 'hollowed-out' countries. If the people leave in such numbers, who are the fighters fighting for? Just the handful at the top of the 'chain'? So called 'peaceful' countries have political and corporate wars, just as destructive, only taking more time to show themselves... Mankind is a virulent parasite on the earth, selfishly concerned with their own wishes, ignoring the effect on the rest of the world - and deserves to be eradicated. *sorry about the rant*

From the kitchen last week... same old, same old really. i have spasmodic cooking binges, making stews, meat/veg meals and such-like sauces in quantity that i freeze in meal-size portions. Then i only have pasta or rice and potatoes, plus more veg to go with it, when i need them. i do have a large upright freezer, courtesy of an old friend, which is super useful and have space to store meat, chicken etc too. i simply need to remember to lift out those items needing to defrost in decent time!

I am creating (crafts, sewing etc)... i rarely do what you'd consider crafts anymore but i have a stack of stuff i can sew. Including a pile of items needing repairs and alterations, when i get round to them!

My adventures this week... (where are you going this week?)... Adventures? Hardly. i've rarely been out, due to the 'flu and the weather. i do tend to turn hermit in winter anyway and the battery in my scooter REALLY doesn't like the cold. i don't have undercover shelter, just a weather covering.

Becoming well read (What are you reading this week?)... i have two stacks of books to get through, not made any less by getting into the 'Mortal Instruments' series! Isn't it wonderful, i never seem to run out of books to read?

I manifest and co-create (what are your hopes and dreams this week)... We'll draw a discreet curtain over this one, shall we?

Melody (what music are you listening to? even if it's just the sound of a bird).. Two wildly different albums - Alexander Armstrong [both of his CDS], lovely voice which won't be hurried and the amazing variety of songs which are just strawberries and cream. The other music could not be more different if it tried, Counterfeit who are a punk/rock group. They are still in early days and the two lots i have are the CD versions of EPs, five songs in all. They are bringing out a full album very soon and i shall be interested to see just how they are developing.

One of my favourite things... This has to be watching Drew Pritchard's 'Salvage Hunters'. i was saddened to see the big to-do between Discovery [which includes the Quest channel showing SH] and Sky and was getting prepared to loose all the channels by today, most of which i don't watch but SH is one of them and Eurosport is another [mostly for the skating and stuff]. Luckily they have to come to an agreement in the nick of time and it's not going to happen now.

Goals reached last week... Still working on getting well again and tidying up the house. It's horrifying how chaotic things get when you're not well and have to sit down so often; even to wash-up the dishes. i must do some more clothes washing, which i did manage to do nowand then as i don't need to do more than stick it in the machine and then the drier.

Still life (share a picture you've taken OR a picture you found online that speaks to you)...
by William Henry Margetson - she's so peaceful somehow and holding lovely linens.

Sunday, 29th January 2017

i liked the look of this meme, so decided i'd do a Sunday version :)

1. Do you have one spot in your house where you like to go and just dream?
I have a four room flat - living room, kitchen, bathroom & bedroom - so it doesn't really apply to me. i suppose going to bed early to read could fill the bill but i'm just as comfortable reading with my feet up, in the lounge
2. Do you had a special blanket that you like to cuddle up in?
Not really but i do like a duvet in the winter to throw over sheets & blanket. i sleep with the window open most nights and it can be cold when i go to bed, but i usually throw it off when the room or i warm up - or i wake with a rather damp nightie!
3. If you could have one room in your house refurnished, which one would it be?
The bathroom, without a doubt!  Whoever put in the floor drain in the shower dish made a complete balls-up and water runs away from the edge of the 'wet' area towards the door!  Also the floor covering is some sort of nobbly 'non-slip'? stuff, i guess you'd call it.  Complete crap.
4. Did you have a good week?
As good as can be expected, getting over this horrible 'flu.  This morning was the second that i haven't had a coughing fit as soon as i sat up in bed - a really GOOD thing.  If this continues for the next few days, i will count my sore chest, throat and behind my nose as on the mend as well.  i did manage to get out to the auction on Thursday last and was pleased that i wasn't exhausted by the time i went home - sitting down most of the time helped!  i saw this wonderful little Japanese cabinet [36cm high] and as it is rather battered, i managed to get it for a reasonable price, though i missed out on a couple of tiny paintings [so vibrant and the catalogue pictures didn't do them justice], but you can't have everything!
5. Do you have special plans for the weekend?
Well, weekend is today, so no i didn't.  i have managed to get some small things done, like getting the bird table re-stocked.  i've heard a couple of birds but still haven't seen some of the little ones.  A couple of blackbirds and the usual damn pigeons, lurking in the tops of a nearby tree like vultures!  The doves are welcome but i resent feeding the pigeons, nasty heavy, greedy things!

Having seen 'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' on TV, i wonder why it hasn't done better at the box office. Especially given Lily Cole and the following Jamie Campbell Bower has.  He was Arthur in the 'Camelot' series with Eva Green, and popped up in a couple of small but interesting parts - The last? Harry Potter and Twilight films, among others.  He is also a singer of the punk/rather noisy band and has quite a following.

Well, i'm off - my Chinese has just arrived!  Have a great week

Sunday, 22nd January 2017

The Vintage Fair at the Guildhall was on today and i half decided to go. Contacted friend Anna, who has also been stricken with the dreaded lurgy, asking was she fancying going?  Yes, she was.  So bundled myself up and went.  MY GOD, was it COLD?!!  i was seeing my breath as soon as i stepped out of the door about half ten and my scooter cover was crackling with frost, as i removed it!  By the time i got to the Guildhall, my hands were beginning to hurt, they were so cold.  And in thinsulate gloves too.  Not very pleasant.
However, warm inside and by the time i had a brief look at a small bit and sat down with a cup of coffee to await my friend's arrival, i finished thawing my fingers on the cup.  Man, what a freezing day!
i bought some sweet little cloth purses and silver evening bag, very reasonably and a couple of other jewellery bits, including a nice scarf - all for £12 - bargain.  My friend bought me the most gorgeous Picasso print scarf, superb! And as you can see from being draped over my chair, it's huge!  The other shots are of a lovely girl who had on this amazing skirt [bought at the previous Fair!] and she allowed me to photograph it. Such a sweetie.
You won't believe it but we had lunch at McDonalds!  It suited us just fine and we finished catching up on all our news.  Some noisy kids but hey, you can't have everything.  It was warmer going home but still damned cold. Problem with my scooter battery when it's cold and inspite of setting off with a fully charged battery, by the time i got home, the cold had drained it right down to a single red light and i simply crawled up the bridge and home - just made it.  This is my big scooter too.  The only way round this is to taxi my little one in & back, but it really is too crowded for that and i leave it outside the room anyway.  Still all in all, a good day.
Hope next week sees the back of this damned cough and everyone has a much better week.

Friday, 13th January 2017

Didn't think about it until i wrote Friday 13th, which gets to some people [for reasons i will never understand].  It's just a date on a calendar, like the Ides of March, but i know some will not fly or even travel if they can avoid it. i've never been a very superstitious person, but even i 'touch wood' if i think i'm throwing out a challenge to the gods!
We've been lucky down here with the weather so far, no real snow or sleet.  We've had the odd flurry but never lasting more than a few minutes, though we've had some very cold winds and sharp frosts. With this bad 'flu, i've had no inclination to go out, except to pick up medicine, post a parcel or get necessary milk/bread etc.  It's blustery today and i feel for those in storm-warning areas on the coast. Spring tides don't help when you are expecting bad weather.
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Sunday, 8th January 2017

Well, so much for a Happy New Year - i have some very nasty 'flu.  Been over a week now, starting with a very chesty cough and gradually working upwards. Begging the question, how can you tell if it's the nasty stuff or something nastier, like pneumonia?  What is pneumonia anyway? Yes, it's an infection of lung/s and it's viral, but i have almost all the symptions - so far - but i don't have a fever.  i did have trouble breathing this morning. When i woke arounf 7.30am, i sat up to go to the loo and immediately starting coughing fit to bust. Not good as my nose was totally blocked and i had difficulty taking a breath between bouts.  After roughly 15 minutes of hacking and spitting - such a delicate description, doncha think? i eventually was able to breath a bit more easily.  i was a bit cold by then, so got dressed and being exhausted by then, slid beneath the covers and immediately went to sleep.  i managed about an hour and a half, before waking to take a drink of water, only for the coughing to start again!  When i had recovered this time, i gave up the idea of more sleep and walked into my bomb-site of a kitchen to make coffee and weetabix - still no front teeth, remember?
Talking of which, i knew my dental appointment tomorrow was out of the question and rang the surgery to leave a message on their ansaphone. Imagine my surprise when Jay answered [she's been managing the surgery for years].  She was just about to ring me!  Dentist can't get back as his return flight is via Turkey and airport's snowbound.  It will be Tuesday they think before they reopen.  i'll ring them when i'm no longer infectious and can breath okay.  There is a LOT of this bug and it's cousins going round and not just UK.  i have two reports from USA, one of which was the dreaded 'P'.
i think i will turn on the central heating and give this place a thorough warm... and have some hot soup for lunch.
Hope everyone not well is feeling better and that we are all back on our feet again SOON!

Saturday, 31st December 2016

It hasn't been a good year all round really.  Medical problems that will not go away and now huge problems with my teeth that will overflow into the New Year - some nasty stuff to look forward to!!

This is the last of the December meme

Day 31 → best moment of the month - Having a really nice Christmas dinner with Anna, celebrating my birthday too.  We go to Jamie's every year that we can.  i know some of the waiters well and we had one of my favourites, Luca, who spoiled us.  Great food and nice wine - and to hell with dieting and medical stuff!

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Another Black Thursday, 29th December 2016

Damn teeth falling to bits... and people dying in droves - not only the famous who make headlines but in the Middle East, Africa of course and far too many airplane crashes.  And it's damned cold today.

Next installation of December meme

Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year - Oh! i wish! But seriously, i am looking forward to the next Cambridge Folk Festival in July. i will have dinners out occasionally i'm sure, and i will book some theatre events and the odd film here and there. And let's not forget the up-coming tooth removals [so we can add to the little plate] and of course, my liver biopsy!! Har. Har.