Monday, 23 September 2019

Monday 23rd September 2019

Morning all.

Was awake before 6.30am 🕡 and couldn't get back to sleep so came down here and started up my laptop.  At the more sensible time of 7.45am I took the puppy out for our morning stroll... she was at the bottom of the stairs to get her harness on before I'd even sat down❗ 🤣

We did our normal marathon walk and my OCD has definitely improved since we've had her 'cos it doesn't make me so anxious if I've forgotten how many up and down's we've done now.  I also listen to my God and Goddess for how many we've done when I forget... they were arguing this morning though❗ 🤣

When we got home over half an hour later, I asked her to sit for her food and she actually did this time❗  Yaaaay❗  Time for some food and my morning pills now.
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That's me 5 morning pills taken and a couple of course bundles bought, so time to update my navigation page with all the courses now... that'll keep me busy until lunchtime❗
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That's the navigation page coded and uploaded... one of the courses is over 160 modules!!!  🤯  That's gonna take me forever to complete and I know I'll forget what I learnt in module 2 by the time I get to the end of course assessment❗  I have enough trouble with a day long course and this one is gonna take at least a week, if not 2 weeks❗❗
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Just taken 6 photo's of the puppy dog while Steve was in the bathroom!  They are all on my homepage now, along with the video from this morning.  She's going back with Helen today and coming back home on Thursday this week and we're getting our hair cut on Friday so Steve will see his family more in a week than I've seen my mum in 9 years again.  Not happy at all.
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That's the Calcium down the hatch.  That's it now until this evening when the shopping has been and gone and the puppy has disappeared (until Thursday) too.
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Just back from the appointment.  The OAB pills are now, officially, on my repeat prescriptions.  Dr B has hopefully (I'll have to check to be totally sure) sent the prescription over to the pharmacy so hopefully it'll be delivered either Friday or Saturday.  Just gonna check while I remember, hold on❗

Yeah, it was prescribed today and there are no outstanding prescription requests so it seems like it's gone straight to the pharmacy, thankfully.
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The puppy's just gone again❗  😢  I know it's for the same length of time as last week but it feels so much longer 😢 
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Heading to bed 🛌 for an early night for a change.  Nite nite orl!  💤
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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Hello again everyone

We've already taken the rubbish, food waste and recycling out this morning!  By 8am too❗  I remembered to pick up the poo that was behind the toilets this week... it's only taken 3 weeks 🤣

Going to take my morning pills then walk and feed the puppy 🐶.
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That's the puppy walked and fed, but I haven't taken my pills yet.  Gonna do that now.

Got a video of the puppy and the walkies spreadsheet to code and upload after that.
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Pills have been taken.  Started taking the 5-HTP exactly 14 days ago 📆 and they have really helped already.  Gonna keep taking them every day, even when the SAD season is over and done with 'cos they help my mood so much.  I'll take 2 during the SAD months and go back to the 1 during the rest of the year 'cos they have helped even more than the B12 did❗
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Just read and reviewed a picture book.  Reluctantly gave it 3 stars.
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Taken the Calcium, so I'm shutting down now until after lunch.
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Back now... lunch was yummy again and we've started to make a hole in the "gallons of pasta sauce" now.  Got a chunk of tomato wedged into my half tooth now though 🤣
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If any of you are Pagan, I hope you enjoy Mabon tomorrow.

Blessed Be.
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I know many, if not most, or even all of you, may not understand why I'm feeling especially proud of myself right now, but I've just got undressed, had a bath, got out and dressed again, all by myself for the first time in at least a year.  I can usually handle the bath and drying myself, but rely on Steve to dress me... but for the first time since Steve's last stay in hospital (when I stayed with the in-laws again) I got myself dressed totally alone too!  Even my bra!!!

Going to celebrate by feeding the puppy her tea then scoffing half a chocolate Swiss roll so that I can take my OAB pill without throwing up!
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That's the puppy fed.  Gonna wait until 7pm for the cake and pills.
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Pills taken so I'm off to bed, before 8pm for the first time in aaaages!

Nite nite orl!  🌙
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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Saturday 21st September 2019

Morning all.

I accidentally walked the puppy further than usual today.  We usually do 650% but we walked 750% this morning, cos I miscounted the up and downs... we should have done 13 but we actually did 15 so we will both be more tired out than normal today.
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Just taken a 4½ minute video of the puppy so I'm gonna upload that to YouTube while I take my morning five pills.
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That's the five morning pills down the hatch now, so time to code and upload the video html.
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That's the video up now  😊
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Got another 4 minute video of the puppy, so just uploading it to YouTube then I'll code and upload that one too.
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Second photo of the day is up now... she's actually looking at the camera/phone in this photo, for a change❗  🤣
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That's the Calcium taken... we're having mini meat-free sausage rolls and Steve's trying a new way of doing new potato's that he found online last night... apparently they should be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  Neither of us have ever tried doing them like that before, but if it works it'll be a good way to get more veggies into us.  I'll try and remember to let you all know when we've tried them  😃
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The potato's were nowhere near crispy, but still tasted better than they do boiled, so we'll have them like that again.
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Seen the in-progress, main part of Steve's birthday pressie and it's looking soooo good.  The colours have been changed to make it clearer, but it's gorgeous already❗

Gonna order the second part to go with it as soon as I find it on Amazon.
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OK, think I've found the second part... just hope it's the right size and does the first part justice❗
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Got the approval of the creator that it'll work well with what they are creating so I'll go and order it now.
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OK, ordered.  Gonna be here on Monday, so I hope it doesn't come while we're both out of the house 😟  It'll only be for about an hour so I'm hoping it doesn't come then❗  It's gonna be huuuuuge, so I hope it fits up the stairs so that I can keep it safely tucked away in the bedroom while I wait for the first part to arrive lol
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Off to 🛌 beddy-byes 🛌 now.

Nite nite orl 🌛... sea ewe in the morning.
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Friday, 20 September 2019

Friday 20th September 2019

Mornin' again all.

Just taken me 5 morning pills.  They all went down nice and easily, so hopefully that means that today will be good too.

Worked out that I'll be left with £4 in my account by the end of September, so I'm gonna have to be very tight during October.  Thankfully I've already paid for Steve's pressie, so only got to find something for Chris now and still haven't got a clue what to get him❗
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That's the puppy's vet bill paid... pennies off £160 rather than "just over £150" that Steve told me last night, so it's a good job I'm paid on Monday❗  Monday's money will cover 4 weeks groceries then my next pay day will cover October's bills.  I'll be covering my FILs birthday gift too because Steve's just said "we're not bothering with birthday gifts any more" so it'll just be from me and Mitzi then❗
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Just checked my bank balance and I've been paid JSA today instead of ESA on Monday❗  Hope they haven't moved me onto JSA 'cos there's no way I can work 😟 so I hope it's just a cock-up and someone has hit the wrong key❗  Gonna call the benefits bods to see what's going on... BRB
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Just finished the call.  Apparently there's nothing to worry about and I'm definitely still on ESA, they just paid an "immediate, same day payment" today rather than risking it being late.  When that happens, the payment goes through as JSA rather than ESA so I can now stop worrying 😌
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Just taken me Calcium, so only three more pills to take tonight and thats me sorted again.
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Pazza Bake for lunch today... droooool!
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THE PUPPY'S HOME AGAIN❕❕❕❕❕

Such a relief to have her back again... the house is already flooding with love again - the smallest member of the family with the huuuugest personality❗

Just read the new instructions and she's not home permanently yet but as long as we get her for long weekends then that's fine by me... we have to do what's best for the puppy and if that means we only get Mitzi for long weekends then that's what she needs right now.
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We had pazza bake for lunch today and we'll have pazza and sauce tomorrow... yay!
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Haven't done much this afternoon, just been admiring our puppy dog.  Haven't managed to get a photo of her yet 'cos she's been in her bed the whole time, snoring away, bless 'er.
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Steve's found a way to crisp up new potato's so we'll have those and mini veggie rolls tomorrow for lunch, instead of the pasta and sauce.
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Just taken a photo of the puppy!  First one of the day!  Gonna code and upload it now... BRB
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Two photo's and a video are now up on the first page (or on the 2019 page if you are reading this after the end of the month lol)
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Off to 🛌 now.  Nite nite orl 😴💤💤💤.
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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Thursday 19th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Virus scan finished in the early hours and shut my machine down, so time for back-ups now.  Helen sent a video and photo of the puppy last night, which Steve says he sent on to me, so as soon as the back-ups have finished I'll check my email to save them then code and upload them.  The puppy is going in to the vet with Helen today for a weight check, blood test for her thyroid and a skin scraping to make sure the skin infection has buggared off completely.  It'll prolly be expensive, but she's sooo worth it❗
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That's most of the directory backed up, just waiting for the documents folder to finish now then that's it for another week.  Gonna take my 5 morning pills while I'm waiting I reckon.
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All 5 pills swallowed nice and easily again... does that mean that today will be a good day❓  I certainly hope so❗
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Back-ups finished the very first time this morning❗❕❗  No restarts or stress or anything❗❕  So far so good with today going well 🤣

Time to check my email so that I can put the video and photo up on my site.
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It's up on my site and sorted out now.
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Just been invited for the Pneumoccal (sp??) vaccination.  I'm thinking I'll go for it and I'm hoping that the nurse can do it in the same appointment as my blood tests for Brad.  Either way is totally fine and dandy, it just seems pointless taking up another appointment while I'm already there is all.
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Sweet 'n' sour Quorn pieces with rice for lunch... yummy scrummy in my tummy again.  Steve said he used our usual (as opposed to Basics) sauce and it is definitely worth paying that little bit extra for that 'cos it tastes much better, coats the rice and doesn't slide off it.  I'm usually a penny pincher, especially on our tight weekly grocery budget, but things like that are worth paying a few pennies more for.
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Asked Steve to help me start to tidy up the side in the kitchen a bit today and he's given his usual "we'll see" in reply, which usually means it'll be left up to me again... I'm just not tall enough to reach over his perching stool though!  😞  It only needs to be done every couple of months or so, and when we've got rid of it, it'll be so much easier to stay on top of it.
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I was wrong.  By the time I came out of the bathroom to dry my hands on the towel, Steve had made a good start on clearing off the side all by himself!  💝  Thank you soooo much, Steve 😍😘

We've already got a bread machine, so that'll be the first thing to move across so that we can have scrummy, warm, fresh bread again 😋.  We're gonna set up the food processor too, then hopefully the ice cream maker and finally the pasta maker, but that's tiny so hopefully it'll just slot into place between everything else.
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Got an appointment for the Pneumonia jab on 7th October - good job I checked 'cos Wednesday's appointment is with the phlebotomist so she can only take blood out, not put things into me.  Assuming that goes OK though, I'll take up the flu jab if I'm offered it too.
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The puppy is almost perfect medically now... she now weighs 7.3kg instead of 11.9kg when she was last weighed, so she's underweight now. Her skin is good but still needs regular baths to keep on top of it, they are reducing her thyroid medication because the previous dose was making her thyroid too active and she's got messy ears again but she's doing so much better than she was 2 months ago! The bill is a hefty £150 so things are gonna be tight for a while, but the puppy is so worth it❗
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I've taken me three nightly pills so I'm gonna publish this then head to bed.

Nite nite orl.  💤
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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Virus scan is hopefully underway the first time this week!  Time to take my first pills of the day... mornings are always the most pills in one go (5), lunchtime just the one, then three in the evening.
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Facebook seems to have made some changes overnight... my list of friends on the right hand side has disappeared for some reason.  Don't like things suddenly changing on me 😕.
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Time for me morning dose of pills before I forget again 🙄
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They all went down nice and easily again, so hopefully that means another good day today❓❗
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A lot has happened online today... especially possibly making at least one new friend on Facebook, so I haven't been able to update my blog and I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl!  😴💤
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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Steve's just given the puppy her thyroid pill, so time for walkies now, then I'll feed her.
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Normal length walk today and she gobbled down her food so time for me to take me supplements now.  BRB
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Got a video to code and upload of our baby girl today... wanna take me supplements first, before I forget though❗
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That's me five morning pills taken.  Not as good as the last couple of days but not the worst either, so hopefully today will be an OK day as opposed to a bad day.
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The video and two photo's are now up on my first page, until the end of September when I'll move them to Mitzi's 2019 page.
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Just taken another couple of photo's of the puppy.  In her bed this time.
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The puppy is being picked up between 11.30am and 12.30pm today... means I've got just over an hour left with her before she leaves us for the rest of the week 😢
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I'm thinking I'll definitely need an extra 5 HTP when the puppy leaves today... my mood has already significantly dropped just with knowing that she's going this morning!  😟
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Got a 6 minute video of the puppy dog currently uploading to YouTube!!  It will hopefully keep me going until the weekend... definitely the longest video ever, not only of the puppy but of me and Steve too❗
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The puppy's just gone❗❗  😭
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Burjers for lunch today, as is our routine now, so that the buns don't go stale. Zoop for lunch tomorrow 'cos of the virus scan... that's our routine too.  We're pondering on getting some squeezy mayonnaise to go with our burgers instead of the tomato or brown sauce.  Just gotta remember to do it now❗
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That's the mayo added, along with lettuce and tomatos to hopefully add a bit of moisture to our burgers... slowly but surely we are improving our diet and therefore our health, so proud of us.
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Done the basics of the next three weeks' shopping, so that's one less thing for us to do on a Tuesday now.  Gonna hopefully get Steve to move my blood test appointment from Monday to Wednesday so that we don't get too stressed out on Sunday and we can take our time getting Patrick sorted on Wednesday instead which will do wonders for my anxiety about the puppy running off through the open door.  Still got an appointment on Monday afternoon but that's OK, it's just one less thing to worry about is all.
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Clearing the cache's of my two browsers, in preparation for tomorrow's virus scan and Steve's moved the blood test appointment to the Wednesday just after lunch, so I'll get Patrick sorted out and slooowly make my way down there after I've had me lunch.
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Need to add decaf tea and coffee to one of the orders... they are all under £50 and we're not denying ourselves anything either, which is awesome.
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That's the tea and coffee added.  Just under £50 now, but that's OK 'cos it's our weekly budget.

Time for me prescriptions now though.
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They all went down OK, thankfully, so I can head to bed as soon as I start getting tired now.
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Just started yawning, surprisingly soon after taking my pills, so maybe this morning's walk with the puppy tired me out more than I thought❓  Either way, I'm off to bed 🛌 now.

Nite nite orl!  💤
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Monday, 16 September 2019

Monday 16th September 2019

Mornin' all!

Time to take the puppy for her morning stroll.  It's Monday so time for the weekly long one today.
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Same as usual length.  The puppy was pondering on walking further, but decided against it so I'll go and feed her now.
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Puppy's been fed, so time for my morning pills now.
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They all went down amazingly easily this morning!  Hopefully that means that today will be a good day❗
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Next Monday is gonna be soo busy lol  Got the blood test that Brad wanted at 11am then I'll come home, have me lunch and go back for a follow-up for me OAB at 3pm then come home for a couple of hours then it's time for the shopping to come... all go next week lol  That'll hopefully be it for a while then though.
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Even the Calcium went down reasonably easily today!  So far so good with today going well!

Gonna set up the charging of Patrick now, before I forget and get stranded half way down to the appointment a week today  😜
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Set up a reminder for Saturday instead... Steve doesn't want to get stressed out with setting it all up then having to stop it when the shopping comes tonight.  It's an all day event, so hopefully it'll remind me as soon as I start my email programme 🤞!
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Just bought another fitness tracker.  It was only £4.50 so if it stops working after 3 months like the original one, it's no great shakes.  Need to remember to find the original spreadsheet again lol
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Off to beddy-byes now 🛌.  Nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday 15th September 2019

Mornin' all!

The puppy has already been for a poo this morning, so my anxiety can rest easy on our stroll this morning.

Time to take my 5 morning pills then I'll take the puppy out.
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OAB pill and supplements went down nice and easily this morning, so hopefully that's an indication that the rest of the day is going to be good too❓  I certainly hope so❗

Time to take the puppy for her walk now... BBS❗
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She was a very good girl on our walk this morning.  Met a neighbour and his family (twin girls and a toddler) as well as a neighbour on the other side too.

We've done really well with our rubbish this week though... one black plastic bags and two Sainsbury's bags, Steve put some Amazon boxes into the blue cardboard bag, a tiny bit of food waste and I put literally 3 bottles and a bag of Sainsbury's bags into the recycling.  Very little waste at all this week❗
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Steve filled another bin bag with rubbish while he was waiting for our lunch to cook so I took that out... the rubbish bag is looking more normally filled now 🤣
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Cautiously got the beach ball and took it back next door.  The man was lovely, and explained that his children enjoyed seeing how high up they could throw the ball and it accidentally came over the wall.  Nowt wrong with that at all... they are kids fer flip's sake.  Games and learning to throw and catch as well as challenging themselves is all part of childhood❗
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Yummy scrummy in my tummy... simple chips and baked beans, but there's no need to be fancy - as long as it's cooked, there's nowt wrong with simple!  Pazza and sauce next week at some point 'cos we've got about 3½kg of pasta and "gallons" of sauce according to Steve.  Another simple meal but there ain't nowt wrong with that at all❗
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Been trying to get on top of my surveys today... didn't manage to even scratch the surface❗ 🤣
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Just taken me 3 prescriptions and Steve's made me another hot honey and lemon, so as I've drained that I'm gonna head to bed... hopefully by 8pm 🕗 so that I can have an early night tonight.
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Finished the honey and lemon (couldn't taste the honey at all this time though), so I'm off to bed 🛌 now. 

Nite nite orl!  🌛
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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Steve's just heard from his sister that our nephew isn't going over until the afternoon now.  Steve's still going over this morning and I doubt he'll be back until the evening.  That means he will have spent longer with his family in one day that I did with my mum at my father's funeral and half of the first trip over with the puppy, combine that with seeing his sister on Monday and his father on Friday and that's the same amount of visits and time in 6 days as I've seen my mum since the end of June/beginning of July 2010
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I've asked Steve to ask his sister about taking the branches to put in their garden burner but I bet he'll forget, just like he keeps forgetting to phone the Benefits Agency about the 5 HTP.
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That's me 5 morning pills taken.  The B12 misbehaved this morning, but the other 4 were fine.
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The puppy's coming home today until Tuesday❗❕❗  Yaaaaaay❗❕❗  Can't wait❗
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Steve left to see his family at 10.25am.  If he's back by 3.25pm he will have spent the same amount of time with his family as I did with my mum at my father's funeral... if he's there until 7pm you can add the first visit with Mitzi to it, plus the 3 hours he spent with his sister on Monday and his dad on Friday will take it to the 11 hours I've spent with my mum since the Summer of 2010 in 6 days.

Bet he won't ask his sister about taking the branches back with her on Monday either, like he's been promising to do for exactly 2 weeks now.
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My posture correcter belt has just arrived so I'm gonna put it on now!  😊
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It's on now and I'm thinking I should have got the medium instead of large, but it's too late now❗ 🤣
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I was wrong.  The large *is* the right size, it just isn't as tight as I was thinking is all.  Taken 3 hours to realise that though 🤣
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Just taken me Calcium, so just the three prescriptions tonight now.
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Steve's just heard from Helen... she's going to bring the puppy back after tea, so I'll be all alone, again, until then and Steve doesn't seem to give a flying fig❗
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Steve's been at his parents' house for the same as I spent with my mum at my father's funeral, plus the three hours on Monday and yesterday takes it to 8 hours and just needs to be another 3½ hours with Steve's family before he's spent as much time with his family in less than a week as I have with my mum in over 9 years.
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An hour and a half (be an hour by the time he gets home) short of a years worth of time that Steve's spent with his family in under a week, compared to 9 years and 1 month since I last saw my mum.  Not a happy bunny at all  😡
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THE PUPPY'S HOME❕❕❕  YAAAAAAAAY❕❕❕
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She's been home for just over an hour and a half and I've already taken four video's and a photo of her❗  She's worth it though❗
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As predicted, despite a reminder before he left the house and a texted reminder, Steve forgot to ask Marie about taking the branches with her on Monday.  Doubt he'll remember to phone the Benefits Agency for me on Monday too.  He wants credit for being my carer but does bugger all to earn that title❗
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Taken my prescriptions and added the third and fourth video of the day to my homepage (or to her own page if you are reading this after the end of September lol).

Gonna finish my honey and lemon then head to bed I reckon.
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Righty-o, I'm off to beddy-byes now then.

Nite nite orl 😴💤
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OK,

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday 13th September 2019

Morning all.

First off, time for my morning dose of pills... need to eat something to line my stomach for the OAB pill first though.
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Just had a banana, so time for me pills now.
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They all went down amazingly easily this morning❗  I'm hoping that's a good sign for today going well for me.
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Just taken the Calcium... that went down easily too, so maybe today is gonna be a rare good day for me❓  I certainly hope so❗  Maybe Gaia and the Green Man are in a good mood today or something❓
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Not going to the in-laws tomorrow 'cos the puppy is due home at some point in the afternoon and I don't want Helen to have a wasted trip with neither of us being here, so I'm gonna stay here and wait for her and Steve's going to see his family for the third time in 6 days, which is the same amount that I've seen my mum since June 2010 (once at my father's funeral, and twice since rehoming the puppy)❗  Hardly fair, is it❓❓
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Gonna head to bed now.  Nite nite orl 💤.
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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Thursday 12th September 2019

Mornin' all 🌞.

Virus scan finished off and shut down my laptop again overnight, so I assume it didn't find any nasties on my laptop 👍.  Time to do the backups now.
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Documents failed 👎 for some reason, but the rest of the backups finished, so I'm gonna go for a wee and restart the documents backup now 👌.

BBS❗
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Documents started again 👍, so I'm gonna take me morning pills while it starts off then take it from there... says it'll take "more than a day" atm so it'll really take about an hour or so, assuming it keeps working this time.
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Taken me supplements, all 5 of 'em, so I'm rattling every time I move now❗ 😃
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The documents backup is at 48% and 4 minutes to go, so waaaay less than the day that it originally told me lol
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57% and an hour and 50 minutes now... it's all over the place❗  lol  Not complaining though❗ lol
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65% and 3 minutes 30 seconds now lol
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It's changed its mind again... still at 65% but it's now saying 4 hours 45 minutes lol
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Steve's prescription has just come to the door and Steve slept through it, so I had to answer the door and the lead became disconnected, so I'm having to start the backing up for the third time this morning.  Not happy 😠.
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74% now so nearly there now... just hope no-one comes to the door and I don't need a wee again before it finishes lol
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The backup's have finito now so I'm sorted for the next 7 days.  I can stretch my leg out now, for the first time today - my knee will appreciate that.  It's only taken 4½ hours to get it finished this week.
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I'm having strawberry jam sandwiches for my lunch today 'cos Steve hasn't got the energy to cook today... appparently he was still awake at 4am!  😲
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Just had the yummy scrummy in my tummy sarnies and taken the Calcium, so that's me sorted until bedtime now... just 3 more of my 9 daily pills left to take now.
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That's the review of the 5 HTP on Simply Supplements, here on my blog and I'll upload it to my site as soon as my FTP programme opens up.
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It's up on my site now.  Blogger threw a mini strop on me, but a hard refresh of this (the post writing) page and it was all hunky dorey again.
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Just dosed myself with my prescriptions, so just waiting for them to kick in now, so that I can head to bed.
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Not tired yet, but I'm gonna head to bed as soon as I've finished my cuppa, so I'll say nite nite orl 🌛 now 😴
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Review: Simply Supplements 5 HTP

These are amazing pills which work within a couple of minutes from the very first one!  If you've never taken these before or you've missed a day or so then you might find you need two pills just for that first day but I've taken one a day for four days now and they are already working a lot better than the anti-depressant I had previously taken for 17 years.

So why am I knocking a star off if they are so great?

Purely because of the price.  If you take one a day then it's almost £90 a year just for this one supplement which is more than a *years* supply of my other four supplements combined even taking one a day!  If you take the maximum dose of three a day it's only 20 days supply for almost £15 which is even worse!

If the price was halved or the amount of pills doubled then I would have no hesitation awarding the full five stars, but right now it's just way too expensive.

I'll keep on buying them 'cos they work fantastically, but they just aren't as good value for money as the majority of the supplements on the site.

My CPN recommended them and said that they were the pre-cursor to anti-depressants and I can see why.  If you need a quick low mood pick-me-up then definitely try these, especially if, like me, you suffer at the hands of SAD, but please check with your medical bod first just to be sure that they won't interact with any of your other meds.

Keep up the great work, Simply Supplements!

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Well, the cold season is underway now then.  As is normal for me I got almost 3 weeks without sneezing or sniffing or runny eyes from hayfever before my body decided to start with the cold season.  I'll have colds pretty much one after the other between now and March, have maybe a week or two if I'm very lucky, recovering, then the hayfever will start up again.  Just like every flippin' year.  Might experiment with vitamin C, but do I really want to take 10 pills a day if there's no guarantee it'll help❓  I need all 9 of my current pills and if my body needs the C then I'll take it, but if it doesn't work then what's the point❓
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Steve suggested fresh lemon and runny honey which worked last year so I'm gonna give that a go.  He's said he'll ask his mum to get them for me when she does her top-up shop today then he'll hopefully bring them home with him on Friday after his medical appointment.

I'd totally forgotten about that and would love to treat all this season's cold's the natural way instead of taking more pills or manufactured things that don't always work❗

Time for me supplements now though.
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That's me five morning pills swallowed.  The Multi misbehaved this morning, but other than that it was all fine and dandy.
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Nectar's sorted at last... only taken 24 hours lol

Got £72 worth of Nectar points so gonna use them for Christmas food... Taste the Difference as opposed to Basics lol  Gonna start looking for gifts for my mum, Steve's family, C and D today so that I can slowly start buying 💰 and wrapping them up 🎁.
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Third time lucky with the virus scan!  First time I needed to reboot for some reason that I can't remember, the second time because I wasn't protected, but the third time is working now... I'd completely forgotten about it again so I'm gonna put a reminder in my email programme to see if AVG needs to restart my laptop and remind me that it's virus scan day so that I don't need to remember that either.
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Didn't think I could love Simply Supplements any more, but I emailed them last night about maybe having a chewable, vegan Calcium and also the same for 5 HTP.  Wasn't expecting much, but I had a lovely email from them at 11.27am (19ish hours after I sent the email) saying that they'll pass my feedback on for future consideration❗  If it happens at any point in future, they'll be the perfect supplements company and you won't be able to shut me up about them❗❗ 

If you're in the UK (dunno about the rest of the world) and you are looking for a fantastic supplement supplier who make everything sooo easy then definitely go with Simply Supplements❗  They are the only UK company I've found on the entire internet so far who provide supplements that are not only suitable for vegetarians but also don't have lactose either - they make it sooo easy to find the right supplement for your body's needs❗  Their prices are awesome too - a year's supply of 4 supplements for £75... you'd spend at least that much on a couple of months supply elsewhere❗

Keep up the fantastic work, Simply Supplements, and I'll keep on making you my first port of call for all my future vitamin and supplement needs❗
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That's the Calcium taken, so just my prescriptions this evening now.
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Just had the zoop for lunch so just waiting for the airtight boxes to be delivered then that's it for the day.
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Steve's having a banana so I'm gonna have one of the apples... I can almost guarantee that'll make the delivery turn up lol
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Yep, 2½ bites into the apple and the delivery driver drove into the road lol  The box it's come in is a lot smaller than I was thinking so I hope I haven't wasted me money❗
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Just opened the box (Steve collapsed it ready to go into the recycling - thank you Steve) - and they are about the right size, just not as deep as I was thinking.  They will hopefully be OK, just shallower than I was thinking is all.
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Just taken me 3 evening pills and they are kicking in already, so I'm gonna publish this and head to bed for an early night... nite nite orl❗  😴💤
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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Mornin' all 🕣

Missing our puppy more than usual - the love in the house has dried up again and that's it until Friday too  😞  It's the same every week so I dunno why today is so much harder than normal  😔

Hopefully the 5 HTP will improve my mood though, like it did yesterday❓  Let's see.
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Just taken me supplements and yeppers, the 5 HTP is already lifting my mood.  I still miss the puppy dog, but my mood isn't so low any more.  Gonna try taking two a day - one in the morning with my supplements (like I've just done) to lift my mood until after lunch then the second one with the Calcium after lunch.  As long as it keeps working like this, it's gonna become my go-to for SAD and I might keep a box in the drawer next to me to help with particularly bad days during the rest of the year.
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My stomach (as in the internal organ) has definitely shrunk in the last month 'cos last week I couldn't finish half the burgers and I'm gonna struggle with even half this week too, but a month or so ago they all went down a treat❗  Steve's gonna have the other half of my burger patties as well as his own 5 'cos apparently they really shrink as they cook, so that there's no waste.

Need to look for some clip-lock tubs for left-over food so that we waste even less.  Steve's mum recommended Amazon so I'm gonna go and have a look now.
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Found these that I'm pondering on getting - any thoughts or opinions❓  Please❓
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Just taken the Calcium and don't feel I need the 5 HTP yet, so maybe I can get by on just one pill a day?  It seemed to have worn off by early evening yesterday so I was thinking I'd need two today but I've been wrong so far... maybe it really is like the B12 and it just needs to build up then it's one pill a day that lasts until the next day?  I've got a B12 spray in my neck bag just in case I need it, but I've barely touched it since I bought it at the end of last year 'cos I get the amount my body needs from the combination of the Multi and specific B12 pills every morning.

Already got my next supply ready for when I've finished the current set but I've got chewable B12 in that one, so I'll see what it's like... it's the Calcium and 5HTP that I need to be chewable because of their size though lol  Something to think about maybe, Simply Supplements❓  I honestly don't mind crunching them up because they are capsule shape and size, which I've always struggled with, but that's not what they were made for.

I've used 'em for 20 years and wouldn't go anywhere else now❗  If you've never ordered from Simply Supplements and want 10% off your first order, just pop my name (Amanda George) and email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) into the "sent by a friend?" box at the checkout et voila❗
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Just emailed them so we'll see what happens in future❗
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A reminder has just popped up on my phone to take my prescription, so I'll do that now before I forget.  Hold on...
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OK, all three went down nice and easily tonight.

Want another earlyish night tonight so prolly be publishing this and heading to bed soon.
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Thank flip for the reminder I set up in my email programme... I'd completely forgotten about tomorrow's full computer virus scan❗  Clearing both browser caches now then I'm off to bed I reckon.
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Righty-oh, I'm off to beddy-byes 🛌.

Nite nite orl 🌛.
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Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday 9th September 2019

Mornin' all❗

The puppy impressed me when I fed her this morning... she sat and waited without me putting pressure on her bum❗  How awesome is that❓❗  It took a few times of me repeating "sit" so we need to work on that, but she did it❗❗  So proud of you puppy❗
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Steve's just made me a mug of coffee... still can't tell the difference in flavours lol  Thank you Steve❗
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Time for me morning OAB pill and 3 supplements now, then I've got a photo of the puppy to put on my homepage.
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That's me dosed up until lunchtime now, just got my Calcium to take after lunch then me 3 evening prescriptions and that's me done for another day.
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The 5 HTP has just arrived so I'm gonna read the information leaflet and take the first one.  Keep yer 🤞 for me that they work❗
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There wasn't an information leaflet, just like there haven't been with any of my other supplements - d'oh!  lol  Just crunched up the first one 'cos, like the Calcium, it's too big for me to swallow whole and it tasted gross but if it eases the SAD this year then I'll put up with it.

Gonna take the 5 HTP when I take the Calcium now.  It's 9 pills a day but my body needs every one of them so I'll take as many as I need to give my body whatever it needs to function❗
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Just taken the Calcium.  The crunched up crumbs went down pretty easily but me lunch is almost ready to be dished up 🍴, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor so that I can put the plate on this table.

BBS❗
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That lunch was definitely one of Steve's best... just enough and the Italian seasoning added something that we didn't even realise was missing❗
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The puppy's just gone back with Steve's cousin (thank you Helen❗) and I'm missing her already  😭
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Just added three more terrible jokes to my humour page... sorry!

I'm off to bed 🛌 now.  Nite nite orl❗ 😴
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Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sunday 8th September 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed.  Steve dosed her up before I even came downstairs lol
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Got a few photo's of the puppy to put up on my homepage, but Steve wants to do the rubbish and recycling first, which is fine by me❗
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There's very little rubbish, recycling or food waste this week, so I've asked Steve about sorting out the butterfly bush and putting that in too.  He's agreed, but "later" so I hope it really does happen!  Might as well make the most of having room in the rubbish bag to get rid of it 'cos it doesn't happen very often❗
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Gonna take me supplements then try and find the strong black bags in preparation for our gardening later on.  I'm motivated to do it now that we've made a start.
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Supplements taken, so I'll do the photo's then hopefully do the butterfly bush before lunch 'cos I can already feel my motivation draining away  😟
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That's the photo's and spreadsheet done and dusted and my motivation is pretty much zero, so it's now or never with the butterfly bush.  Doubt Steve'll help me, but if I don't do it now then I won't have any motivation at all❗
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That's the butterfly bush from right in front of the back door snapped off and on the ground now, so I just need Steve to hold the bin bag open for me to put them in, then we can snap the branches that we did a few weeks ago then that's it sorted for a while.

I'm happy to wait for Steve to help me now though, assuming that's before it gets dark outside so that I can see what I'm doing.
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 We're having zoop for lunch and Steve's just said "maybe after the Grand Prix" for the garden.  Fine by me!  All he has to do is stand there holding the bag open while I put the garden rubbish in it, just like we do with the puppy's poo.  I'm happy to do all the hard work (again), I just don't want the bag to blow away in the wind is all.
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Steve's just helped to clear up today's gardening bits❗  Yaaaaay❗❗  Just got the original branches to get rid of now then that's it❗  I can stop going on about it now and Steve can watch the Grand Prix in peace.  We've got a pretty full rubbish bag now and a half full recycling box so that's good going for a week❗
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Just taken me evening 3 prescriptions and I want an early night tonight so I'm gonna shut down and head to bed soon I reckon.
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I'm off to beddy-byes 🛏 now.  Nite nite orl 🌛.
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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Saturday 7th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Taken a short video of the puppy so I'll take me supplements while I'm waiting for it to upload.
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Supplements taken, so time to do the site stuff with the video.
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Puppy walked and fed and Steve's given the morning dose of her pill so time for the admin on my site with the video now❗
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Aaaand it's all done, so dunno what I'm gonna do with the rest of the morning now lol
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Sweet 'n' sour Quorn bits and rice for lunch today, to try out the new sauce... hope it's better than the last one we had❗❗
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Gonna try and remember to put more icons within each blog post like the ❗ and ❓ and using 3 ➰'s to divide each section of the blog post up like up there ^^^ so that it's not just black text on a white background which can get very boring after a while❗  Lemme know, in the comments, what you think❓  You can be as anonymous as you want, I just want to make my blog posts more interesting for my readers is all.
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Curry rather than sweet 'n' sour for lunch today which is fine by me  😋
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We've just agreed that Jalfrezzi curries are the hottest we can both eat - any spicier and it would just be too much and we wouldn't be able to have more than a few forkfuls no matter how hungry we were.

Taken me Calcium and my mouth is pretty much back to normal, heat-wise now.  There will be a lot of noises this afternoon lol
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Just taken a video of the sleepy puppy before she moved behind Steve's leg lol
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Video is up on the site now and the puppy has gone to her bed 'cos she knows I struggle to get photo's and video's of her while she's in there lol
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Got another few photo's and another video of our baby girl to put up on my site now... BBS❗
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They are all up on the index page now... go and have a peek❗❓
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Another photo of the puppy with Steve... just gotta wait for the email to come through then I can do the admin on my homepage.
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Taken my prescription and I'll shut down as soon I start getting sleepy again... was asleep until 7am this morning, which is so totally awesome❗
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What have you thought about todays blog post with the tiny graphics instead of just constant text like usual❓  Leave me a comment and let me know❓  Please❓  If you don't want to give me your name, just your initial is fine by me❗  😃
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Starting to get sleepy now, so I'm off to bed 🛏.

Nite nite orl 💤.
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Friday, 6 September 2019

Friday 6th September 2019

The puppy's coming home in a few short hours 💓👍👍👍👍👍👍💖 Yaaaay!! 😍
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Supplements taken.  Nice and easily this morning, thankfully.
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Steve's just agreed, in theory, to help me sort out the kitchen so that we can put the food processor and ice cream maker onto the side so that we can use them.  The ice cream maker is more important to me 'cos it means I'll be able to have ice cream again.  I just hope it still works 'cos I bought it almost 4 years ago and it's still boxed and hasn't moved lol  We've got a bread machine too that I'd love for us to start using again.  Nothing better than soft, warm, fresh bread!
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The puppy's home at last!  20 hours earlier than usual, but SHE'S HOME!!!!! 😁

Already taken a photo of the puppy in her bed so it's time for the site admin to get it uploaded now!
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OK, that's the index page sorted now, so time for the daily dose of Calcium now.
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That's me dosed up until this evening now and the house feels full of love again... she's the smallest member of the house but I really feel it on the days she's not here.
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Another video of the puppy dog currently being uploaded.  When that's sorted I'll put it up on my site.
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The third video is coded and uploaded now.
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Taken another photo of the puppy, so I'll sort that out when I've fed her and Steve's medicated her.
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Poor puppy was starvey 'ungy!  She started eating her food right out of the tub, before it even hit her bowl!

Steve's given her the thyroid pill so time to put the photo up now.
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Just taken another photo of her so I'll code and upload both at the same time 😍.
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Off to beddy-byes now.  Talk to you all again tomorrow.

Nite nite orl.
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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Thursday 5th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Was wide awake before 6am again this morning, tsk.
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Almost forgot about my backups❕  They are underway now though and I've changed the reminder in my email programme from 6Pm to 5Am now, so hopefully I'll be reminded as soon as I boot up next week lol
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Having my second and potentially last caffeinated treat of the week now... had a mug of caffeinated tea in celebration after seeing Brad yesterday and Steve's just made a cafetierre of coffee for us both, so no more caffeine until Monday at the earliest now❕
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The backups have finished now... second time lucky and pretty unstressful this week.  The first time I tried to do it was totally my fault for putting the external hard drive on the sofa instead of on the floor under the table.
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All me morning pills have been swallowed now so I'm dosed up until early afternoon now, when I take the Calcium then that's it until my 3 prescriptions this evening.  Out of the three doses, it's the morning ones that are hardest to swallow for some reason... maybe because my throat has only had liquid down it until I have the pre-OAB pill pie or chocolate or biscuit or fruit or whatever, but by lunchtime it's relaxed❓❓
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Already had two portions of my five a day 'cos I had a banana and apple soon after I came down and I'm hoping I'll finally get my pasta and meatballs for lunch today lol
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We're having the meatballs and pasta at last!  7 days (including yesterdays soup that we always have on a Wednesday because of my virus scan) after Steve first suggested it.  YAAAY!!!

I've also taken off all 6 rings because they are all way too big for my fingers now, even with the ring adjusters on them, so I don't want to risk them dropping off my fingers and losing them like I did with one of 'em about 18 months back.  Means I'm losing weight though, so as soon as my weight settles down into my natural size 10 and my fingers shrink back to their normal size too, I'll get all the rings readjusted professionally.  It'll prolly be at least another year but the end is in sight now! 

I'm literally half the size I was when I came out of hospital back in 2003 (size 28 back then, size 14 atm) and I'm not on a fad diet, just eating sensibly and taking the puppy for a stroll every day that she's with us.  Steve's gone down a size around his waist too, purely 'cos we aren't having at least one take-away every day like we were until the start of this year, we are eating home-cooked food that costs less for a week's groceries than we were paying for 3 days take-aways last year and that's without doing any kind of exercise other than going to the end of the street to get in the car for medical appointments and me walking the pup every morning.  Steve joins us occasionally (he did the entire week with us before I had my ultrasound) but neither of us do anything other than walking and the only time we break a sweat is when the weather outside is hot, so it really is having a much healthier diet that we are losing weight with!

We're taking things very very slowly and creating new, healthier lifestyle habits that will hopefully be with us for the rest of our lives now.  It definitely helped having those bribes for the first couple of months, but Steve said recently that he genuinely doesn't need even that any more.
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We've had the pazza and meatballs at last❗❗

"There's still a few spoonfuls of pasta left in the saucepan" says Steve, but we are both totally stuffed so it'll go to waste, but even a few months ago he'd have cooked the same amount and it'd barely fill us up, so I think our stomachs (as in the internal organ) have started shrinking which is awesome.  We're on the right path now, we just have to hope that Steve's motivation to cook for us keeps going now that he's doing it regularly.  If he regularly starts relying on take-aways again then I'll start up the bribary (with 2kg of fudge to start with) again 'cos it's worked these last few months so hopefully it'll be the same if we regularly go back to take-aways again.  I'll still reward him every now and then to keep him motivated, but it won't be every Friday and Sunday any more after he finishes the current bribes/rewards (one Turkish Delight tomorrow and if he cooks both days of the weekend then it'll be the final one on Sunday).

So proud of you Steve❗

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That's the Calcium taken, so that's it now until bed-time.

Currently looking for temporary engagement and wedding rings just to take me through to when I've got down to my natural, healthy size for my body that will hopefully mean that my fingers have shrunk too, then I'll get a slightly more expensive set for myself.

The original engagement and wedding ring got thrown out with my Nana's antique jewellery that my father left to me in his will along with photo's, certificates, my signed school shirt, leavers messages in a book, final yeargroup photo,  unique artwork from children I worked with who are easily into their teens or even early 20's now and other sentimental things like that... basically if I wasn't wearing or using it at the in-laws then it was binned.  Still haven't forgiven the person or company who did that because they were all irreplaceable things to me and now they are lost forever  😠
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Feeling even better about my GP surgery now.  The patient satisfaction survey for every surgery in the UK has just been published and out of 6,859 surgeries, my surgery was in the mid 3,000's which I know doesn't sound very impressive, but wait until you hear where Steve's came... drum-roll please 🥁...

...it was in the mid 6,000's so it's not only one of the worst in Gloucestershire, but also in the entire country❗❗

My childhood GP is in the top 1000 in the country and scores above everything in each of the seven points which is so totally awesome!

So glad I changed surgeries when I did... I'm a lot happier there than I ever was with Steve's current surgery.
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The puppy's coming home for an extra half a day and night... she's coming home tomorrow lunchtime and being picked up again at some point on Monday... yaaaaaaay!!!
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Taken me three prescriptions and I'm hoping for an early night again tonight.  Very little realistic hope of it happening tonight, just like it didn't last night though lol
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I'm going to bed... I've just come over slightly sleepy so I'm gonna make the most of it while it lasts!

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Morning all.

I came down for a wee (our bathroom is downstairs) at about 3am and didn't put my glasses on... apparently I "looked like a zombie squirrel" - thanks then Steve lol

Time for me morning pills now - down to 7 pills a day now 'cos the 2mg prescription arrived yesterday so I just need to take one of them now instead of two - four in the morning, one at lunchtime and three in the evening.
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All dosed up until just after lunch now.  Time to check my emails and see how the virus scan is doing.
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The Calcium has been taken, so I've only got 3 more pills to take this evening now.
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Just got back from seeing Brad (my CPN) and asked for recommendations to see me through the SAD months.  He suggested trying 5-HTP as it's, apparently, the pre-cursor to anti-depressants so I'm gonna go and have a look for that now.

Obviously check with your medical bods before you take it, to make sure it doesn't mess with any of your current meds, don't just take my unqualified word for it, but if you struggle with SAD too, then it might be worth trying?

He's asked for blood tests of all sorts of things including my Iron, vitamin D and vitamin B12 and for the results to go back to my GP, but I already take supplements and I feel fine on them and I'm hoping the 5-HTP will see me through until next year, alongside the coconut oil that saw me through last year, but I'm feeling really positive right now!
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Just found the 5-HTP on Simply Supplements - less than £15 for 60 pills and I've got to take 1-3 tablets an hour before bed.  I'm gonna just stick with one pill a night initially, just to see what happens, but if there aren't any negative side-effects like there aren't with my current four daily supplements then I'll increase it to two as the SAD really starts to set in, at the end of September/beginning of October kinda time.

If you want a percentage off your order (I think it's 10% off your first order, but could be wrong) and you haven't already got an account with them, just look for the "referred by a friend?" link at the checkout and pop my name and email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) in the box and you will hopefully get a price reduction or a refund of the amount when they've checked that it's a genuine order and that I'm a genuine customer of theirs instead of a bot or whatever.

If you've already got an account with them, you won't be able to get the money off, but if you go to Quidco first and sign up for an account (free is cool and groovy and the one that I use, but I'm pretty sure there's a premium account that you can pay for, I just don't have any experience of it) you get a certain amount of cashback from each order... it's 13% for existing customers atm, but it's subject to change at any time.  I've got over £200 cashback in my account so far, just from going via Quidco first and those few extra clicks have been so worth it for me!

Another cashback site is Top Cashback which is worth signing up for an account with too.  You can only use one or the other for each order, but it's worth signing up for both and comparing the amounts of cashback on each site before you order, but it's soo worth those few minutes at the start of each purchase.

Free money for things you were going to buy anyway is sooo worth it!
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1½ hours after ordering from Simply Supplements and it's been dispatched so I'm guessing it'll be in my hands by the weekend, which is awesome!

WTG Simply Supplements!
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That's me three evening prescriptions taken and I want an earlyish night, so I'm hoping to be in bed by 8.30pm tonight... bet I'll still be awake at 10pm and awake before 6am tomorrow though lol
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It's almost 9pm so it's a bit later than I was hoping but I'm off to bed now.

Nite nite orl.
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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Mornin' all

I was wrong.  I didn't wake up at 7am like I predicted, but just before 6am, so maybe that's my natural waking up time, no matter what time I take my evening pills?
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Worked out that as long as I don't spend more than £50 a week on the shopping, I'll be able to replace the money in my savings account and have £7 left over for myself.  Hardly fair is it?
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Just taken me first prescription and three of the four supplements.  Next up is the Calcium at lunchtime then me three prescriptions before bed.
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Burgers for lunch today and it'll be soup tomorrow 'cos of doing the virus scan, so hopefully we'll finally get the passa, sauce and meatballs on Thursday lol
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Just brushed me teeth.  Not the wisest of ideas when the burgers are in the oven!  lol
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Yummy burgers, just waaaaay too much so I'm gonna go and jump in the bath ready for tomorrow now.  BBS!
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Out of the bath now.  Thankfully finally finished off the stale B.O bubble bath so it's time for the new one that came yesterday... hopefully that'll smell better than the one I've just finished lol

The cold tap still won't move so the bathwater made me feel like I was sat in a oven, turned up to it's highest setting, with the door closed, during a heatwave.  Steve reckons that a mug of hot tea opens your pores or summat which helps to cool you down... can't see that happening, personally, but I'm willing to give it a go.
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That's both browser cache's cleared ready for tomorrow's virus scan and I've had two of my five daily portions of fruit... a banana then an apple - the banana's might be best left until tomorrow or even Thursday 'cos they're still a bit green on the skin and a touch hard inside but the apple was scrummy!  It helps to have them in the living room so that we can just reach down for it whenever we want to of course! lol
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That worked out nicely then!  All three prescription boxes finished tonight, so as of tomorrow they can all be requested at the same time!  Total aceness!
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Gonna shut down and head to bed now.  Got an appointment with Brad tomorrow afternoon and I bet I'll still be awake at 10pm  lol

Nite nite orl 💤
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Monday, 2 September 2019

Monday 2nd September 2019

Mornin' all.

Time to walk the puppy then feed her and Steve will dose her up while I dose myself up with my morning pills.
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Normal Monday length with the puppy this morning and I've got a 3 minute video of her too, so I'll code and upload that as soon as we've both taken our morning pills.
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That's us both dosed up with our morning prescriptions, so time for my supplements now.
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That's the supplements swallowed, so time for the puppy's early morning video now.
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Steve's just wasted £30 by not redeeming the bloody voucher I sent him for a couple of courses I bought for him last night that had a time limit of midnight.  He promised he would redeem it last night, but he's just admitted that he didn't and it seems to be too late to renew it now.  Always the fucking same.  He promised back in March that a piece of software and webpage would be done and dusted and ready to go "within 10 weeks" and it'd cost £1000.  It's now almost 6 months later and he hasn't even started on either of them yet as well as the running total, that I've already paid him, being £2750.  He keeps promising to work on it but seems to be more interested in watching the telly and sleeping while the telly is on!!

He's got until the end of September to get at least one of them done, or I'm going to Trading Standards about it!
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Just done the adding up, and the £1000 and 10 weeks that Steve quoted back on 27th March 2019, has, so far, actually taken 5 months and 6 days and has cost me £3,407 which is a 204% price increase and 2.5 months overdue already, without even starting yet!
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The new dose of the OAB pills have just been delivered so I've just taken the second pill of the original dose like the doc told me to do on Friday, I've got 2 more to take tonight and the final four (in 2 doses) tomorrow then it's time to start on the new pills that have just turned up... does that even make sense?  lol  Basically I've got to take the remaining 6 pills in 3 doses which takes me to tomorrow night, then start on just one pill twice a day from the new box that's just been delivered.  Hopefully this'll be the right dose for me so that I don't have to treble the original dose lol
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That's the recycling been and gone, so just waiting for the rubbish to be picked up, the puppy to go back with Steve's cousin and the shopping to come now, then that's it for another week.
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Rubbish just been picked up, so I've taken the bag through to the kitchen.  Just waiting for the puppy to be picked up and the groceries tonight now.
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Just heard about the puppy... she's being picked up after the shopping has been and gone - between 7.30-8pm so I can take her harness off and relax all afternoon now.  Or should I leave her harness on??  😕  Steve said to leave it on so that she doesn't get in a tizzy about it this evening... means I can hopefully take more photo's and video's of the puppy today and we'll have had her for 3 days this week!  Yaaaay!!!  😄
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Taken me Calcium and my body has gone back to expecting it now, just like with the other three supplements, which is totally OK with me... if my body is happy then I'll do pretty much whatever it needs!
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Steve's just taken a photo of the puppy on my phone so I'll code and upload that now...

OK, done.  Got a short video of the puppy to upload when my phone has finished charging up again... BBS.

Aksherly, I'm gonna try uploading it while my phone is charging... I'm pretty sure I've done that before and it was quicker to do too!
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Yet again I've bailed Steve out.  To quote him just now "just checked my bank account that I was positive couldn't go overdrawn has gone overdrawn" so I've raided my savings yet again, for the second or third month in a row to send £50 over to him to get him back in the black.  I've given him a time limit of the end of September to get both the webpage and the software finished.  Bet it won't happen though and I won't see the money either.  He's £15 in credit now and I bet he'll squander it on a podcast or YouTube series or DVD or something like that and expect me to bail him out yet again in October too.

It's always the bloody same with him 😠😡
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Our baby girl has just gone again!!  😭
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Just taken my last four pills so I'll be up at about 7am tomorrow I reckon, 'cos that's 11 hours after I took them.
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Just moved another £20 over for Steve, so that's the electricity paid totally by me come next Sunday.  I'll be struggling to pay for the groceries and bills this month now, but Steve doesn't seem to give a f**k about that.

Going to shut down and head to bed now.  Nite nite orl.  😴
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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sunday 1st September 2019

Mornin' all.

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month, and all that jazz.

I've already updated my site for the new month of puppy pictures and video's, moved August's to her permanent page and taken a photo to grace the first page again already... it's not even 7.15am yet!  lol
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I'm the only one awake so gonna do the honours with the second recycling box... BBS!
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That's the recycling and rubbish done totally by me and it was sorted before 7.30am too.  The rubbish barely covers the bottom of the bin sack this week, so I've asked Steve about filling up a bin bag with the branches from out of the back yard so that we can make the most of having so much room left in it and he said "we'll see.  I'm not doing it right now, but maybe later" which is groove and cooly by me!  I just want to get it all sorted out and having such an empty rubbish bag just seems like the ideal time is all!
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I'm trying to teach the puppy to sit and wait for her three meals and up to now I've had to put pressure on her bum to get her to sit so I was thinking I'd have to do that again this morning and I did need to do it once, but I asked her to sit again when she stood up and she did it!!!  Only for maybe a second, but she still did it without me forcing her bum down!  Such a spectacular little puppy dog!

Time to wash my hands, eat a fruit pie and take me pills now.  BBS.
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First four pills of the day taken, just the Calcium at lunchtime and me three prescriptions this evening to go now!

Time to take the puppy for our second stroll now, then I can do the spreadsheet stuff.  BBS.
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That's the puppy walked and the spreadsheet sorted so just need to do the admin on my site now then get the spreadsheet on my phone ready for next week.
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Spreadsheet sorted, coded and uploaded to my site.  Just need to do my phone now, hold on.
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OK, that's me phone sorted for next week too.  Totally discharging the battery on my laptop today too.  Apparently it'll have completely run out of power in 5 hours and 41 minutes which is about 3pm so if I suddenly disappear, that's why lol
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Chips and beans for lunch today... yummy!
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Accidentally dropped a chip on the floor before Steve came in... oops!  Steve's just willingly given her two bits of sausage though, even though his cousin wrote down that she wasn't allowed any more human food... she's had literally 2 tiny bits of human food from me in the last 5-6 weeks, but Steve gives her bits of every one of his meals - naughty Steven!
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Gotta go and take the plates out, feed the puppy then take my Calcium now!
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This morning's sit was a one-off 'cos she didn't sit for her lunch if I didn't push her bum down!!
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That's me Calcium taken and I'm gonna close down Firefox as soon as I've written this so that I don't lose anything when the battery has completely run out.

Be back as soon as I can.

Buh-bye for now though.
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Back now and I've taken a photo and video of the puppy so I'm gonna code and upload them now.  The battery took 6 hours to run down and it reckons about an hour and a half to fully charge it back up, which ain't bad going at all!
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Just bought a posture correcter thingy that it reckons will be here by the end of September.  I've given up trying to do it without help!
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Just taken the longest ever video of the puppy... 5 minutes long!!!

Gonna get the cheese out of the fridge for the puppy's last anti-biotic pill, then take the final 3 of my own prescriptions.
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That's the puppy dosed up, so it's my turn now.
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They all went down nice and easily tonight, thankfully.  As soon as the video has finished uploading, I'll code and upload it then head to bed.
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OK, it's coded, just waiting for my FTP programme to start working now then I can upload the HTML and head to bed.

Tomorrow is gonna be busy - expecting my new dose of OAB pills, Mitzi is being picked up by Steve's cousin then the shopping in the evening... gonna be up and down off the sofa all day!
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OK, it's all up and ready to be viewed so I'm shutting down and having an early night 🕢 for a change.

Nite nite orl!  🛌😴
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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Saturday 31st August 2019

Mornin' all!

Taken me OAB pill and supplements already and my body is getting excited about taking the Calcium at lunchtime... it doesn't seem to care about the one's that I've just taken, it's looking forward to the lunchtime pill 🙄😂
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The puppy's home!!!!!!!!

She's back for the weekend which is awesome!!

Steve's already taken a photo of her on my phone, so I'll go and add it to my homepage now.

Brb!
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Three more photo's of the puppy to code and upload, then I'll take her for a walk.
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OK photo's up on the site now, so it's time for Mitzi's walkies and her lunch.
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She was pondering on doing 700% today but decided against it at the last minute so we came home and she had her lunch.

Gotta remember to add it to the spreadsheet, email it to myself then shut down while us humans have our lunch - grated cheese on toast today... haven't had that in sooo long!
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Completely forgot that the spreadsheets are weekly, so I'll code and upload it tomorrow when I move the monthly photo's and video's of our senior puppy dog to it's permanent home.
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Lunch today (cheese on toast) was quick, simple and yummy.  Thank you Steve!

Got 3 photo's of the puppy to code and upload after I've taken my Calcium.
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Just taken me second Calcium in 3 weeks and while the celebration isn't as significant as yesterday, my body really is noticeably relaxing now that I've taken them all again.

Time to code the three video's I've taken since shutting down for me lunch.
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That's sorted now and my mobile is charging up so there won't be any more photo's or video's for at least the next half an hour, but more likely an hour.

Gotta do a lot of moving around on my site tomorrow:  August's photo's and video's moved over to the puppy's 2019 page then there's the walkies spreadsheet to sort out both on the webpage and on my phone then sorting out the index page for the start of a new month as well as taking more photo's and video's of the puppy to put on the updated index page.  Might be a short blog post tomorrow 🙄... busy but worth it!
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Just worked out that I've got enough in my account atm to cover all of September's bills as well as 3 weeks shopping, so I'll be able to put the majority of my September payment into my savings which is awesome and I've already paid for Steve's birthday gift too, just waiting for it to be delivered now, which is one less thing to worry about.

I'm sooo much better at managing my money now than I was a few years ago, which is a huuuuge relief 😌
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Just done a survey but I can't remember how much the reward was... prolly 20p or something like that?
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That's a second survey completed, so time to dose me and the puppy dog up with our prescriptions then feed her.
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We're both sorted for the rest of the day now, so I'm just gonna wait until my evening prescriptions start kicking in then I'll shut down and head to bed.
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Blimey that was quick!  They are kicking in already, so I'm gonna shut down and head to bed 🛏. 

Nite nite orl! 💤
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Friday, 30 August 2019

Friday 30th August 2019

Morning again everyone!

Time for me to have a banana and take my morning pills.  I think, touch wood, that I'm getting into a routine now with all the pills that I take... especially the morning ones, 'cos I come downstairs, boot up my laptop, take my pills and get on with my day.

Got a medical appointment today and I've gotta try and remember to ask her how to pronounce the first third of my diagnosis 'cos I don't like not knowing how to pronounce it... I know how to to pronounce the middle word and pretty confident about the third word, it really is just the first word.

Gotta ask her about taking the Calcium again too with the newest prescription 'cos the patient information leaflet said something about it raising my Calcium levels, so I don't want to accidentally OD on it so just want to get a medical opinion on it... my poor body is screaming out for it, I just don't want to take any risks with it is all.
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All four morning pills have gone down nice and easily... I hope that's an indication that I'm in for another good day today!
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I CAN TAKE THE CALCIUM AGAIN!!!

Sorry to shout, but the last 3 weeks have been awful without it and my body is kinda screaming in excited relief!  I also know how to pronounce all three words of my diagnosis too.  The last 2 days have been awesomely good for my health.

I've gotta double the dose of my OAB pills from 1mg twice a day to 2mg twice a day and I've gotta go back and see the original doctor in 4 weeks time just to see how the new levels are going... but I'm sooo happy that things went so well with the appointment - such a huuuuge relief!!  😌
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Just taken the first Calcium pill since the first week of August and my body kinda went "what the... I didn't realise we had lunchtime pills to take too... what are... oooooh!  That feels sooo good!  It'll take a while to build the supplies back up again, but it's good to have the full set of supplements being taken each day again!"  My body is relaxing now that it's got everything it needs again.  It's 8 pills (4 prescriptions and 4 supplements) a day in three sessions (3 supplements and first dose of the OAB pill first thing, Calcium at lunchtime and then 4 prescriptions at 7pm-ish) throughout the day, but it's soooo worth it for me!  I'm giving my body everything it needs to function so any amount of pills is worth that!

There's vitamin B1 in the multi I take every morning, but I wander if I should start boosting that every day too, like I do with the B12?  Or would that be too much??
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Already bought a year's supply of all four supplements, so I'm gonna try and remember to order the Vitamin B Complex Tablets instead of just the B12 next year 'cos it covers B1 (Thiamin), B9 (Folic Acid) as well as B12 (Cyanocobalamin) which I was short of last time they were each checked and there's 100% of the NRV of each of 'em so it'll still be 8 tablets a day, but it will cover all 3 B vitamins instead of just the one.  There's no dairy in it and they are suitable for vegetarians too, so I'm covered with everything in just one pill again.  I could get used to this!
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Steve's just said that I don't need to bribe him to cook any more... he said that the Jaffa Cakes are honestly starting to go off slightly, so he's finishing those off and he's got 3 Turkish Delight's left which'll take us to next Sunday and that's an empty container then.  I'll still treat him unexpectedly and I know how to encourage him to cook for us every day now too, but now that he's motivated to do it he said he doesn't need any more bribes... I just hope he keeps up his motivation and we don't go back to at least one take-away a day again.

So proud of you, Steve!
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Having a reasonably early night tonight... my legs are telling me they need to rest so I'm off to bed.

Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Thursday 29th August 2019

Mornin' all.

Still virus free and I reckon I'll use the option to shut down at the end of the virus scan each time from now on.  It takes longer to boot up but it saves electricity and keeps the battery nice and cool too.

The back-ups worked first time this week with absolutely no stress or anxiety or anger or frustration or anything too, which was a huuuuge relief.

Time for me supplements now.
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Prescription and supplements down the hatch - they went down really easily too... could that potentially mean that today is gonna be a rare good day?  I certainly hope so!
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Pazza and meat-free meatballs for lunch today.  Wanna have my bath, ready for tomorrow first though!
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Nope, pazza bol instead as long as Steve can find the mince in the freezer.
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Third time's a charm, we're having sweet and sour Quorn bits instead lol
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The only flavour in the sauce was a small chunk of pineapple... no other flavour at all.  Very disappointing  😞
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Goin' to have my bath now.  BBS!
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Back now!  Other than the disappointing lunch, today is turning out to be a very good day for a change... I've achieved so much which may seem insignificant to you, but to me they are huge deals!  Started off being virus free still and my laptop having shut down properly, then the backups were done and dusted first time, then my OAB pill and supplements went down easily, then the lunch which has been the only downer of the day so far, then having a bath and getting dressed without getting at all stressed out about it and I remembered to add more bubble bath to the grocery shop too!  Very minor to most people, I realise that, but so many positives today is awesome for me and has done wonders for my mental health and motivation too!  😄
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Been taking the OAB pills for exactly 3 weeks now and they've been working for 2 weeks of that.  The PIP lady yesterday said I should ask to be tested for an infection but I bet I'll forget tomorrow lol
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Archaeologists have made a major breakthrough in Egypt ~ they have found a tomb of an ancient king embalmed in chocolate ~ His name is Pharaoh Roche!
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I ate a clock 🕓 yesterday, 

it was very time consuming
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I'm off to bed now... today has been a very good day and I appreciate every moment of it.

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Wednesday 28th August 2019

Mornin' all!

Steve's cousin put up a couple of video's of the puppy last night and I've hopefully worked out how to put last week's video up too!  Just gonna code and upload the three video's then I'll take me supplements ready for the PIP lady coming out.  My anxiety levels have skyrocketed in the last 24 hours because I'm so worried about it!
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Just remembered that there's a server migration until 8am so can't upload them yet... hopefully I'll remember when it's been sorted though!
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Morning prescription and supplements taken.  Thankfully it was a reasonably easy morning to take them today.  Gotta remember to ask the doc about taking the Calcium with the OAB prescription too 'cos my body is screaming out for it since stopping it 3 weeks ago!
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PIP assessor has been and gone and our internet connection has been down since about 9am so I'm using Steve's mobile data atm.  Not happy about it, but I'm gonna publish this and start a new post when our connection is back up.

BBS I hope!
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Nobody read this blog post before our internet, phone and telly came back, so I'll just carry on where I left off.  Currently downloading almost 10 hours worth of emails lol
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Taken me three nightly prescriptions, so just waiting for them to kick in now!
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Taking bets on what time I'll wake up tomorrow morning.  I took my pills at about 7.30pm so I'm guessing I'll be up at about 7.30am 🕢 tomorrow... place your bets now!

I'm off to bed now.

Nite nite orl.
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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Tuesday 27th August 2019

I'm still missing the puppy dog... the house doesn't feel like a home without her!
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Time for me first prescription and me three supplements now.
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All four pills went down pretty easily today, thankfully.  My anxiety is starting to increase about tomorrow though.  😟
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Burgers and sauce for lunch today... yumsk.

Gonna shut down until I've had them.  BBS!
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Back now... nice and full without being stuffed this time, so I think we've found the right combination for the burgers now.
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Just had someone from the PIP assessment calling about tomorrow, just to check everything ready for tomorrow.  She told me the lady's name (that's coming tomorrow) twice, but I've already forgotten what it is!  Oops!

Gonna have a read of the PIP form again and I've gotta try and remember to give her my GP's letter and leaflet about my physical disability diagnosis and let her know about my new diagnosis (the OAB one) and extra prescription that I've started taking since the form was filled out and sent off.
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My anxiety is going through the roof already... might have to resort to the coconut milk if this carries on and this lady doesn't come close to the earliest time of the appointment window!!
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Clearing the browser cache's ready for tomorrow morning's virus scan.
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That's my Tuesday evening routine done.  Just gotta remember to take my evening prescriptions now!
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Prescriptions all taken, so I'm fully dosed up for the evening now.
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Not tired yet, but I'm gonna shut down and head to bed now.

Nite nite orl 🛌😴
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Monday, 26 August 2019

Monday 26th August 2019

Mornin' all

Been awake since 2am 😮

Came down at 7am and booted up my machine, Steve dosed her up and I walked her... it's Monday so it was our weekly marathon today, she wee'd and poo'd for the first time since she's been home this week!!

Currently uploading a short, close up video of the puppy then I'll take me supplements.
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Running total of the day, at 9am is four video's and a photo that are already up on my homepage.

Time for me supplements now.
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Supplements done and dusted for the day.  Nice and easy again, thankfully.
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That's the recycling been and gone, waiting for the rubbish to go now, then that's it for another week.  At least our street was remembered this week!  😄
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Rubbish has just been collected and I've taken another 2 videos of the senior puppy so as soon as they've finished uploading to YouTube, I'll code them into my homepage again.
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The puppy's just gone again!  😢

The love in the house is noticeably shrinking!! 😭

Missing her soooo much and she's only been gone for a couple of minutes 🐶💔
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Having to resort to a Chocochino ☕ to stem the bleeding from my broken heart 💔... double my usual amount too!  She's been gone for about 20 minutes and my mood is back through the floor again  😞
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Just bought another 4 domain names, to take the current total up to 11 domain names - that's the OCD for you though!
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Shopping has been and gone already!  Steve thinks it was the same bloke that refused to help us last time Marie couldn't come over (a couple of Mondays ago) but he can't be 100% sure... if it *was* the same driver, maybe his boss had a word in his shell-like 👂 after my feedback to them on the Tuesday morning via their survey?

Time for my evening prescriptions now!
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They all went down nice and easily!  Still got half a bottle of squash left too, which will hopefully see me through the morning dosing tomorrow!

Time to do the first receipt uploading now, before I forget.
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All done!  I don't need to take a separate photo, only within the app and it's easy to do double-sided receipts too, thankfully!  One of the apps only does food purchases and consumption outside the home, so I'm gonna get rid of that one and just use Shoppix instead.
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Heading to bed now... nite nite orl!
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