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Sunday, 2nd July 2017

i liked the tenor of this meme

1) What's the weather like where you are today? It's a return to some sunny weather with light cloud and gusty wind, after some dull days with one day with some decent rain!
2) How does this type of weather make you feel? It's nice when you want to take a spin outside and i did briefly consider going to the Fitz, but remembered in time that it's Sunday!  Don't like crowds or screaming kids (or otherwise!). Maybe later in the week
3) What's your favourite time of year (thinking about the weather)?  i guess that would be Autumn. Still some sun around but getting cooler and preparing for Winter; though i do like Winter
4) Is there any weather that just makes you want to hide away indoors? i'm happy to hide indoors when it's cold & raining, settle in with a book or watch movies on TV
5) If you were moving somewhere purely for the climate, where would it be - what's your perfect year-round weather scenario. Wouldn't mind going back to Sydney, Australia.  It can get pretty hot in the summer but it does get a good share of rain, and there are many side benefits like good transport systems and non-expensive restaurants and the City Markets.  There's a terrific China Town too.
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Wednesday, 28th June 2017

There's something about Wednesday, 'hump' day maybe.  i used to feel life was better when i was working, less time to go before the weekend and i could relax.  i SO do not miss working! i hated having to work and so rarely worked for companies i liked. BUT when money is the deciding factor, you take what you can to keep a roof over your head.  When i think of all the years i worked to live, i could get depressed quickly, so i rarely look back.  What keeps you going are the people you like. At work if you are lucky but usually personal friends and the times and things you had together.  i really hope my friends enjoy the work part of their lives as much as they can.  Families can also help, if you like them!  Sorry to be so reflective/gloomy!  It's the grey skies i think; which i don't mind if it's raining. Which it did yesterday.
i went down to Cheffins' open viewing day, for Thursdays auction and was suitably attired in winter mac and large umbrella, as it rained pretty much all day.  It poured down on my way there (on my scooter) and i enjoyed the sight and sound of rain after all the dry sunny days we've had this summer.  i'm not crazy about heat, as you've probably noticed over the years!  This wet and windy spell has been a welcome relief and i can positively hear the ground sucking up the water.  While i was there, there were some really heavy downpours and some of the loudest thunder i've heard for ages; long loud rolls of it!  It was still raining stair rods when i left but lessened somewhat as the afternoon wore on.

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Sunday, 11th June 2017

Lovely sunny day, following on from yesterday afternoon.  Which i spent at the MK Homemade & Vintage Fair.  The bus company has changed it's rules somewhat and OAPs can catch the X5 any time on Weekends & Holidays.  Saves time as i had to wait until 9.30am previously. So i made a time-sacrifice and caught the 8.10am. Arriving two hours earlier really made a big difference, not only in more time at the Fair should i want to but getting a better access to all the goodies! Always go as early as you can because the dealers have first pick if they can.
i got an adorable little china plate/dish of a badger, all of a fraction over 4.5" across and a tiny jug 'Springtime' by Wilkinson, 2.25" high for £5. A purse of seaside huts, 6.5" across the bottom seam, 5" deep & 5" across the zip - it had a nasty tan loop to hang round your wrist, but a quick snip sorted that! i bought a mock-turquoise silver bracelet, very pretty and an antique brooch like a golden flower (£3). Lovely things that won't break the bank.  The little bamboo boxes were a gift from a friend, a toucan on one and blue flowers on the other.  Sweet.
(pictures to come, lunch calls)

Friday, 2nd June 2017

Good morning!  It's been a scorcher of a week, all sunshine and quite high temperatures.  The garden loves it, of course, but i suspect more rain would be appreciated.  It has rained a few nights but nothing susbstantial; having said that, it will probably pour soon! Or not, as i really do love the rain! My rose bushes are covered in buds and about to bust loose. The one in the front garden [tied up as rose was so heavy] is intertwined with a lovely little native orchid [don't ask its name, i have no idea]. i leave my wild bits for the bees. See pics - front garden first, then the back with the larger bush next to ceanothis [sp?] and then the orchid under the bird feeders. The front orchid is a lot paler than the back but i think it is the same type. On the back rose, there are about 8 buds on that one stem alone.Read more...Collapse )

And an appropriate Matilda Browne to finish with. Okay, must get on and do some paperwork.  Have a great weekend, won't you?

Saturday, 13th May 2017

i don't often post on a Saturday, but having just read my f-list, it has spurred me on to do so.
i keep trying to remember what i had intend to post on Facebook.  i will have to get up and do it, if i remember!  It's irritating though.
It's been a pretty quiet week and i complained again about the missed rubbish collections. Lo and behold, Friday it was done. Only four days late this week and three weeks on the last due!  Let's hope they get back to their normal slack selves soon.
i spent yesterday afternoon clearing up the bits i had to do - clearing up things left lying around in the flat and take my depleted insulin pens to the chemist and the full Sharps box to the doctors, things like that. i had called into the Coop the night before on my way home from having a nice dinner with Anna at Nandos [at the Leisure Centre] and got a few bits i needed.  This morning i had scrambled eggs on crumpets, so needed more eggs!  i've been up to the Grafton Centre this afternoon and got some on the way home.  Grafton Centre is in the middle of a big re-organising and re-modelling stint and is a little convoluted to get round just now.  i popped in to check it over and they have some way to go yet. i was going to get a Burger King hamburger if they were back but they're not.  i wound up buying sausage rolls at Gregs - i wanted a chicken bake too but after rather too long a wait 'it'll be five minutes', i opted for another roll and he gave me two more!
Such excitement... *pulls sarcastic face*
i did get round to complaining to the City Council about damp marks on the bathroom & kitchen ceilings; been meaning to for ages.  And the little expelair in the kitchen promptly made funny noises and died!  So got onto them again and they're coming round on the 19th for that.  i had a call from them saying they'd managed to contact the upstairs owner [not a council flat like mine] and a couple of days later, said owner came round to have a look at it.  Nice girl, she took a couple of photos of the ceilings, said thanks a lot and departed.  i've heard some bangs and bumps but haven't heard anything more yet.
i've invested in new batteries for my big mobility scooter as the charge didn't seem to be lasting very long and i wasn't game to wait any longer given i'm going to the Folk Festival again this year.  Have i told you all this already?  Forgive me if i have - chalk it up to old age!  My Colt takes two batteries and at just over £88 EACH, it's just as well the DLA will cover it.  i think i'm okay on Little Nelly for a bit, as i don't use it as much and haven't had it as long as Big Bertha, but i may replace it a little later in the year.
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Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Bright sunny day today. A bit of a mixed bag this week with lots of grey and subsequent clouds. Couple of nights ago you could hear all the brass monkey balls hitting the ground!  It was damned cold - what is weird is that it can often be really cold around sunset and just after, then almost warm in comparison later in the evening. Don't understand that one; it should be the other way around to my way of thinking.
i'm still having this running almost-battle with the bin collection dept of the City Council.  So many weeks now the bins have not been collected on time or even in the same week, and there's always an excuse of the 'Easter/holidays' variety and trying to say if we had check the website, they had 'told us' the days would be late.  Well, DUH! they're always a day late on long weekends, even if your regular day was not a Monday.  i got really tired of ringing the dept to let them know and after a few minutes of self-justification, the service officer always winds up saying, yes, it is late and yes, it should have been done by now.  They say they're putting in a reminder collection notice - not that that seems to make much difference - but the same thing happens the following week.  My blue/green bins were not done [or anyone else in the Mews as i checked] last collection day.  This week should be the next 'normal' collection, making it the third week of non-collection.  Ringing got so bad that having called again [as i was told to do if the bins weren't collected by a certain day], i got a recorded message!  And to do an online reminder.  Which i did, to little real response.  The 3-day special collection reminder simply became the next 'normal' collection day - yesterday.  Guess what? No prizes for the correct answer; you guessed it, bins not emptied yesterday.  My blue bin is now full to the brim and i can't get anything more in.  The green bin now has weeds/plant waste starting to rot and it's just as well i double bag the kitchen waste as all the bags would be falling apart by now.
If the bins aren't done by Thursday morning, i shall be phoning Mr Pearson [the boss] and make an official complaint.
*snorts* In other news... My gum is taking FOREVER to heal - remains of broken teeth removed.  For one tooth, it has healed beautifully, but the second one, there was a small infection that healed and i thought, good-oh, soon done.  Oh no...all of a sudden, a swelling developed that is all blood, no pus - sorry for the gory details! Couple of weeks in, still there.  Went to regular dentist, and having looked at it, pronounced it part of the healing process and gave me a prescription mouthwash and said see you in JUNE.  i've finished it now and nothing has changed.  i resent this offhand and cavalier manner of waiting for it to heal when it's ready.  It isn't his mouth, so he's not worried.  BUT i have no front teeth and cannot chew properly, thus limiting food that needs to be chewed, like a steak or chop.  i have to cut things into tiny pieces - oh, you know, this is all so boring for anyone who isn't me!  Apologies, i just needed to vent, as having to wait MONTHS for resolution is starting to wear on my nerves.  i can't go back to the dental surgeon who did the procedure until my dentist recommends me, but i'm sure i will need to. All this waiting around can't be normal and in the meantime, i have a swollen grape on my gum...  *grinds remaining teeth*
i'm trying to stay cheerful and will share with you these lovely, bizzare and unusual door knockers.  Take care xx

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Heigh ho, everyone back at work - except my bin men!  i gave them a days grace yesterday, inspite of it being my actual day for collection, thinking 'tomorrow'.  Wrong...'tomorrow' now gone and the whole row and maybe the rest of the Terrace looks to be waiting, if the bins still out are anything to go by.  Hope this isn't going to be a regular thing. They missed my last blue/green collection; my blue one was just about to overflow! Black one this week.  It just gripes my cookies, if you will forgive the horrible mixed metaphore!
On the plus side, i finally remembered to take my long grey woolen coat in for dry cleaning [before i put it away for the summer] - £9.99!! Bloody hell, absolutely nothing is cheap or even reasonable anymore, and if you do get a good deal on something, you can bet your bottom dollar, it won't be made to last. Oh Britain, what happened to you?
i went mad and bought an old Union flag, simply because it was beautiful.  i like antiques and old things. So much more character and comfortable some how.  No, it wasn't a bargain and i think i will attach a backing material; maybe calico? It will help stabalise and strengthen the piece, i'm thinking.  It can't stay there of course, it is covering the TV.  i took a couple of shots for Drew Pritchard's as apparently it is going to be featured in one of their future shows.  i shall look forward to that.  The DP show is on Quest if you get it - or pick it up on computer when it has shown.  They may not use it but i can hope. :D  i'll let you know if i get any advance warning.


Not a lot more to report, except some of my little birds have come back.  i restrained myself from cheering outloud when i saw the robin!  So wonderful to see it again.  i was afraid they'd all died out or something horrible. It's mostly blackbirds and a young crow, and the inevitable doves and pigeons [i hates 'em].  Magpies are about but they never really went away.  i've left all the dandelions and whatever else is flowering for the bees, but will need to try and catch them before they go to seed, or i really will have them everywhere!  My little forget-me-nots have partially survived out back and some have reached the front garden this year. i must take a photo of the big flowering cherry. It's going great guns and i may have a good showing on the ceanothys [sp?] as it has survived the butchering by the gardener last year.  Thank heavens!
That's it for now. Take care and enjoy the spring!

Thursday, 13th April 2017

Looking at Easter long weekend - managed to get in my emailing, phoning etc before everyone disappears... and ordering my prescription online for collection next week.  Busy little bee, aren't i?!  i woke up early *bloody pigeons*, actually BEFORE the two builders in the gardens over the fence started up. And only one is banging away at the moment.  Luckily the thick walls muffle a lot. Still waiting for the fence contractors to come back and finish the damn fence - what are they thinking??  i was up so early, i may treat myself to a nap this pm!
Cold wind still.. *puts on electric fire* clouds and sunshine at the same time. i've had the central heating on more this winter than ever before; must be getting old.  Old skin gets quite thin, apart from dry and wrinkly - youth is absolutely wasted on the young!  Enjoy your plump firmness now, guys, while you can!  i find myself admiring good skin more than good looks, but i always have.
Did i say before, liver biopsy was okay? Yes, it's showing signs of fatty liver but in the lower half of any possible problems - 'come back in a couple of years for another check-up', the Man says. i can live with that.  Just eat more greens and healthy fruit.  i won't be putting rocket in my smoothies again though, doesn't mix too well with the fruit, but i can live with the cress. Spinach next with my pears, apples, blueberries, kiwi fruit and frozen mango pieces - whatever else i have in fridge.  i added in the peach & grape juice, which is very nice and bursting with Vitamin C apparently.

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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!