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Monday, 4th June 2018

And it's June... Year flying by.  It's a lot cooler today; maybe the forecast rain will come today.  i think there might have been the odd drop overnight a couple of days ago but that's about it.  Having said that now of course, it will bucket down.  If it doesn't when i've finished doing this post, i might nip out and start hacking back the front garden.  i really don't want to as my body will punish me if i do more than a little bit and you can see by the photo, it needs more than a 'little bit' !  i let it grow as a wild flower meadow but it's taken the bit between its teeth! Still,  need to get the flowers cut before the seeds set in.  i love the little self-sown wild orchid, which grows in the back garden too.




More of the May meme

5. WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE THINK MAKES THEM LOOK COOL, BUT ACTUALLY MAKES THEM LOOK RIDICULOUS?
Those drop-crotch trousers make men look truly stupid as well as ridiculous [women are smarter than that!].  But all those who have their phones glued to their hands/heads - and walking into things, including lamp posts and rubbish bins!

6. WHAT WAS YOU FIRST PET CALLED AND WHAT WAS IT?
We had communal pets that belonged to all of us [some i don't remember as i was too young and sick a lot, but mostly cats] and i didn't get one specifically for me until i lived on my own. That would be my first cat, called Mog

7. DO YOU REMEMBER MOVIE QUOTES? IF SO, QUOTE SOMETHING.
Sure, quite a few - 'That'll be the day' (John Wayne, The Searchers), 'I know' (Harrison Ford, The Empire Strikes Back) for starters

8. WHAT’S THE MOST USELESS PRODUCT AROUND TODAY (AND DID YOU BUY IT)?
i think there are quite a few but the only one i can think of just now, is the first of many garlic presses that don't do the job

9. WHAT’S THE WORST FOOD YOU EVER ATE?
i don't know what the dish was called but it had spinach in it and i threw up. Just about put me off spinach for life!

10. WOULD YOU RATHER GO 30 DAYS WITHOUT YOUR PHONE OR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE WITHOUT DESSERT?
What a silly question.  i presume this means a mobile phone [i have a land line with an ansaphone too]. i need a phone for essentials, like calling a taxi but mostly to text friends occasionally. Giving up dessert is now essential for a diabetic.

So that's it for now - take care and have a great week.

Friday, 25th May 2018

Hello!  It's Friday again...time is whizzing by just now.  Odd how that happens, like a dance, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.
i've very little to report really, all trivia.  i watched Prince Harry get married, like most of the country that wasn't watching the footy!  They could not have had better weather, just perfect.  It truly rolled on wheels without a visible flaw; except for the time-hogging American sermon. SO annoying, i kept shouting at him 'GET OFF'!! Talk about making the most of his time. You are not supposed to harrangue the guests with a damned Sermon. Meghan was starting to look a little glazed some time before he eventually shut up.  She was probably regretting having asked him over!  At least they were able to sit down through it all.  Did you see the Queen move restlessly?
i finally got out in the back garden yesterday and pulled up some weeds that were taking over the whole space and stupidly didn't put on my barrier cream.  In my own defence, i hadn't gone out to do that, i was attending to my bird feeder and just couldn't stand seeing that horrible sticky plant and the vine that climb over everything (including the bird feeder pole!) any longer.  Normally i would wait for the council gardeners but with their ridiculously reduced numbers, who knows when that will be?  The only downside was the sap is not good for your skin and brought me out in rash.  It itched too but a good wash and generous application of Savlon has banished it with very little sign it was there.
No Friday Five questions yet, again.  Never mind, i do some of KazzyCee's meme.

1. WHAT IS THE DUMBEST WAY YOU’VE BEEN INJURED?
Now that requires some thought!  Climbing over a wall with a cat in one hand and a torch in the other!

2. DO YOU COUNT YOUR STEPS AND/OR TRACK YOUR EXERCISE?
No. Wouldn't be much point really, with a mobility scooter outside.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES THAT YOU THINK ARE ESSENTIAL?
Apart from a separate fridge and larder freezer?  My under-counter fridge actually sits on the top of the counter and the freezer is shoulder height.  i use my microwave a lot and wish i had room for a dishwasher.  i'd have one if i did, so useful.  i'm in favour of anything that cuts down the time i have to spend standing up.

4. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD GADGET THAT YOU LOVE?
My microwave, i guess.  It saves so much time.

That's pretty much it for today.  Have a great weekend!


Friday, 18th May 2018

Odd day - fine with some sun & cloud but cool in the shade and not warm enough to have the lounge door open yet. It's nice if you can find a secluded spot in the sun.
Went out to my monthly NHS/patients group meeting yesterday and found myself chairing as neither our Chair nor the Vice Chair were there. We didn't seem to have appologies from either, though they may have sent them to the girl who takes the minutes, but she's on holiday.  Just points out her lack of competance, as she's one step short of not-very-good to say the least and not that interested in what she is supposed to do for our Group.  It wouldn't matter but we did have a guest speaker. We managed needless to say.
i was preparing an online prescription request earlier and had to ring the doctors as for some reason i hadn't realised i was almost out of Glicidize and wouldn't get more until after the weekend. No problem, they will send a prescription electronically to my chemist today.  i must ring them in a bit to see if it's gone through yet.

Friday Five on time for a change.
1. Is there a smell that will immediately sicken you? Bad blood, just awful
2. When you want quiet, where do you go? i'm lucky i live in a very quiet area at the bottom of a cul-de-sac.
3. Do you need/prefer total darkness when you sleep? Not total but do like it dark. Strangely the Council has just replaced our outside lights and we now have one that illuminates the back garden too.  It doesn't bother me but my neighbour is adjusting to it.
4. What is your least favorite taste? Odd question. Tasting medication meant just to swallow (when it sticks in your mouth)
5. How heavily do you rely upon your sense of touch? Somewhat but starting to loose feeling in my feet, which is disoncerting.

My ceanothis bush behind the rose (too early for that)

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Well, it's spring at last.  All the gardens are bursting with new growth and that includes ours.  It actually could do with a haircut and a good tidy up, though heaven knows when we will get one.  It's not that the Councils don't care, it's more there are not enough workers what with job cuts etc that they are being forced to make with the ever decreasing money from the Govt.  There's this ill-conceived move to try and get the public to do more and more and attempt to bridge the gap.  Most of us have neither the time nor expertise to do so. Also i don't think enough thought has gone into what money goes where and in consequence daft things get supported and some more important stuff is not helped enough, even ignored in favour of someone's pet project; which annoys me a lot. i won't do a song and dance about the millions the Govt seem to magic out of the air for stuff outside the UK [which makes me boiling mad] but does anyone really realise where this is coming from?  Yes, straight out of our pockets - and i resent that more than i can express politely!  Just how much do they have squirreled away??
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Tuesday, 17th April 2018

Well now, it looks as though Spring is finally here.  The back garden seems to think so anyway.  i guess this is a good thing as i turned into a real agraphobic this year!

Friday Five, a bit late but i haven't been in here for a while.

1) Has the weather where you are finally started acting like spring is here?
Yes, it has and the trees are all in bud and sois my ceanothis [sp?]

2) Do you have any special spring activities or outings planned?
i'd like to go down to the botanical gardens to look at the roses this year

3) Have you started wearing different clothing appropriate to spring?
 Not quite yet but it hopefully won't be long now

4) What signs of spring are manifesting around you?
Warmer daytime and night time temperatures, which will manifest in the duvet coming off the bed and a coverlet going on.  i will wait for a suitabley sunny warm day and will hopefully get the duvet washed before storage.

5) Are there special foods you enjoy preparing and/or eating in the spring?
Again hopefully, getting into eating more salads and being kind to my liver!

Couple of pictures for you - some wonderful Grinling Gibbons carvings.  Have a great week!


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Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Part 2

About forgot the Friday Five!

1. What is the most important lesson you have learned from your love life?
That i really can do without all those fragile egos!
2. When it comes to love, are you an optimist or a cynic?
Definitely a cynic
3. You see a long lost ex walking down the street. Are you more likely to approach him/her or just keep walking?
There's only a couple that i'd talk to again. They're 'pasts' although i don't think there's rancor [not on my part anayway], but not interested in approaching them, or i'd still be in contact.
4. Do you believe in the idea of a soul mate?

Nice fairy tale!
5. Care to share any relationship stories?
Nope.
Wasn't that interesting??!! Not.
Love the jousting rabbits...

Saturday, 24th March 2018

It's been an up and down day.  Got some things done but not others.  Stripped bed but not re-made, big wash-up in kitchen and eventually went out to see an Indian music concert.  Doors opening at 7pm, so i got there early at 6.30pm.  HUGE queue for the other hall, some girl singer i found out but i'd never heard of her, so promptly forgot her name!  About 7pm no movement to go in and i went over to the desk.  i overheard the guy telling other people, doors were now 8PM, musicians starting around 8.15pm.  i was so disgusted, i left and went to get some dinner - i could have eaten by then if i'd known.  Thoroughly pissed off.  It being the busiest night of the week, i reckoned i might be in for a wait but nothing out of the normal wait really, so that was good.  i chuffed off home through the lightest drizzle ever and was back about 9.50pm.  Ho hum.
Do you remember these wonder illustrations by Pauline Baynes in the Narnia books; i had forgotten she drew some for the Lord of the Rings too. Wonderful stuff. Hope you are having a good weekend



Sunday, 11th March 2018

And we have a rather belated Friday Five, again.  Not a 'biggie'...

1) Who made you feel good this week, and how? Sorry to say, it didn't happen

2) What did you do this week that moved you closer to reaching your goals? i don't have goals per say, except to live forever!

3) What did you most enjoy doing this week? Best thing this week was going to the MK Homemade & Vintage Fair, pretty much always a good day out.  i had a good trip there and back, the two hours didn't seem to drag at all; nice for a change.

4) What did you learn this week? Far more about fibromyalgia than i wanted!

5) What’s the funniest thing that happened to you this week? Can't think of anything off the top of my little pointed head.  Oh dear, this is a real negative set of responses, isn't it?  Maybe i can do better this week.

I managed to have a good day at the MK Fair.  There weren't as many stalls, i think.  i certainly felt i covered them all faster than usual. i had a nice chat with some of the regular stallholders, which i enjoyed, but didn't buy much.  Just as well, i'm not very affluent just now!
A rather nice mum & baby [carved in single pieces] whale set, a lovely red fabric with gold leaves [destined to be a scarf], a set of the sweetest bee coasters and yet another silver ring [just plain coil of silver wire].
Another week on its way, enjoy and take care!


Wednesday, 7th March 2018

The Friday Five gets later all the time, but no matter, there's nothing time sensitive in it

Would you rather [hobbies version]...

  1. shop // sunbathe - shop

  2. dance // sing - both

  3. watch college football // watch NFL - i'm not into any kind of football UK or USA

  4. write // read - read

  5. chat online with friends // hang out with friends - i like both, but restricted to online more nowadays as i'm soo far away from friends.

i've never really been much of a sunbather, only remember doing it in NZ one time, when i got really pale and wanted to put colour on my legs. That minimised the scars when i wore skirts.  i love to dance but pretty much out of the question now.  Same can be said of singing, as i've really no voice left.  i rarely sing anything nowadays.  i only keep a filofax diary now and only write on here and Facebook.  i send the odd email and that's about it.
i must go out and collect my prescription but it's a lot warmer now - maybe the calm before the next storm the weather forecasters say.  i want to go to the MK Homemade & Vintage Fair on Saturday and it's supposed to be okay during most of the day but possibily deteriorating to snow later in the afternoon, so i need to make sure i'll be warm at the bus stops.  Oh joy.  Hopefully it will be worth it for a good day.
Talk to y'all later!

Thursday, 1st March 2018

Boy, it's cold this week! i seriously think this has been the coldest daytime temperature possibley since i've been back in England, and certainly since i've been down here in Cambridge.  i even had the central heating on for a day to warm up the flat to wash my hair in comfort - there's a radiator in the bathroom.  i so rarely have the CH on, it's note-worthy!  Did i mention i'm getting over another batch cold/flu? That's two since i had my first 'flu jab!  Been lurking on my chest for a while now.  i do feel hugely better in myself but still battling the lurgy.  i'm eating properly again too, always a good sign. :D
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There's always some damn thing, isn't there??
i've a stack of paperwork to get through, so i'll love you and leave you.  Take care and stay warm.