Thursday, 26 November 2020

Managed to finish studying 2 courses today and now it's time for... to take my pills and head to bed.


Seriously struggled with today's two courses, but they are completed and passed now, so I can forget about everything I had to remember to pass the assessments now.


Steve's made me a hot drink, so I'll take my pills, drink the tea and head to bed for a reasonably early night I reckon.


Got the book review scheduled now, so just gotta remember to...

...put it onto Amazon and my homepage on 25th February 2021 now.  It's in my calendar, so hopefully I'll remember to do it.

Taken my daily pills and set the virus scan going, so now...

I can carry on with reading the book... the first 10 chapters were so dull and it would have kept the star if the backstory had been weaved in as opposed to dumping it all on my during the first 10 chapters.



Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Groceries have just been delivered and put away

I'm glad Steve brought the sugar through, 'cos there's no way I could have lifted it, let alone carried it all the way through to the kitchen... I can't even bring the bottles of pop through - Steve has to do that too 'cos I'm just not strong enough❗

That's it sorted until next week now though.

Taken my pills, eaten two meals, getting bored out of my tree with a book...

...groceries are due within the next half an hour and within the hour after that, then that's it for the day.


Had porridge for breakfast and hash browns for lunch today.  We'd ordered a 1kg bag of white sugar with our shopping today, but it's been replaced by a 5kg bag that's £2.75 more expensive and we've got nowhere to keep such a large amount either❗  Assuming that we manage to store it somewhere without it all spilling out and encouraging mice, it'll keep us going for the best part of 5 months, as long as it's not gone off by then of course❗


Steve's fast asleep with his legs up, which means that I'll have to answer the door and risk falling flat on my face and not being able to get back up.  I'm hoping that I'll get the last two boxes of my prescription tomorrow when Steve gets his delivered.


We've been invited over to Steve's family for Christmas now, but I wanna stay here and grieve for the first Christmas without a dog for 10 years... Steve doesn't seem to understand that though.

The weekly virus scan has just finished, so time to make a start on the back-ups now.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Put the email report from FitBit up on my homepage now

It's up several hours later than usual but it's ready for you to see now if you want to?  You can get straight to the page here.

It's taken 4 attempts and all afternoon, but...

...I've just finished studying my second course of the day.  Not gonna do any more studying now, so gonna use the few hours between now and when I go to bed to catch up on my emails and Facebook again.

Just finished studying my first course of the day

Just finished studying the Swine Flu course on Alison and the next one on my list is to learn about Pharmacy Practices... please keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that I pass this course first time too please❓❗

Taken my daily pills, completed the virus scan and...

...decided which course to study today.  I'm just gonna work from top to bottom with each course from now on I reckon, with the exception of longer courses - I'll start those the next morning, but if they are under 4 or 5 hours long then I'll do them in the order that they are on my navigation page, so it's the Swine Flu one first off today.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Just taken my last two pills of the day, sooo...

...I'm gonna have a really early night, so I'm off to 🛏 beddy-byes to catch up on a bit more sleep in the hope that I don't wake up at 🕒 3am again.


Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning again 💤


It's taken all afternoon, but...

...I've finished the second course and given up on studying for the rest of the day, so I've just been catching up on my emails and Facebook, so I'm pretty much totally caught up now.


Gonna finish my coffee, have a few Oreo's to try and increase my calorie count, then take my evening pills and head to bed.


Passed my first course of the day

Just passed the "Human Health - Global Health Issues" course on Alison with a score of 80% so I just scraped through, by the skin of my teeth, but a pass is a pass so I ain't complaining❗  I've updated my navigation page now, so time to find the next course I want to study now.  Might attempt the Human Behaviour one to see if I can get my head around what the instructor is saying this time.


Steve's just told me that he's expecting a delivery today and seems to assume that I'll answer the door and bring it in for him even though he's my carer, not the other way around.  Well he'll have a shock 'cos I ain't going to the door so he'll have to go himself 🤷

Taken my morning pills, weighed meself and...

...put last week's spreadsheet up on my homepage.  I'm still free of nasties according to the virus scan too.  Had my breakfast so I'm gonna take the bowls through to the kitchen now and weigh myself again.


Gonna attempt to study again today... hopefully with more success than yesterday.



Sunday, 22 November 2020

I think I deserve an early night tonight, soooo...

...I'm gonna take me pills, shut down and head straight to bed I reckon.  Nite nite orl.


Just done some...

...anchor tags on my navigation page so that it's hopefully easier to navigate to the different courses on each page now.

If I treated others the way they treated me...

...I can pretty-much guarantee that I would be alone after less than a week.


Saturday, 21 November 2020

Studying completed for the day, soo...

...I'm off to beddy-byes now.


I've decided to give myself the day off from studying tomorrow and probably Monday too, so that I'm not interrupted with putting the rubbish and recycling out tomorrow and bringing it back in again on Monday.  If I do study, it'll prolly be with Alison instead of the New Skills Academy, 'cos they have the lengths of time it takes to study each one, so might choose a 4-5 hour long one or summat.

Already achieved a lot today

Just gone 🕥 10.30am and I've already finished the virus scan, checked the forum, had a look through Facebook, taken my pills and finished the first course of the day with a score of just under 87% and haven't even had my breakfast yet❗ 🙄 🤣.  Gonna have some porridge then make a start on the Python course.  I'm hoping it'll be as quick to get through as this morning's course, otherwise I'll have to keep studying again tomorrow and I can pretty much guarantee I'll have forgotten everything by then... I've gotta at least start it though, right❓


Friday, 20 November 2020


Just finished today's course and because it had 40 modules I thought it'd take me the best part of 2 full days studying and I was sure that it would take me several attempts to pass the end of course assessment too, just like with the child counselling course I studied yesterday.




I finished it in about 8 hours with an hours break for lunch 🍴 half way through.  I couldn't remember anything that I learnt before lunch, let alone first thing this morning, just like with the counselling course I studied yesterday - that took 3 attempts and only took me a couple of hours to study it from start to finish, so I didn't think I stood any chance of passing this course at all, let alone first time I attempted it and with only 3 questions wrong, which gave me a huge score of 90%❗❗❗


I'm rewarding myself with chocolate 🍫, biscuits 🍪 and decaf coffee ☕... I think I deserve it and I'm sure there must be something wrong with their servers or the webpage or something, but I ain't gonna tell them in case they take my award off me and I have to go through the assessment again 🤣


I've put the certificate up on the completed courses bit of my navigation page if you wanna see it❓

Another selfish day again methinks

I've charged up my Fitbit, taken my morning pills, started and completed the daily virus scan and I'm gonna spend the rest of the day studying the Level 1 Java Certificate at the New Skills Academy.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Gonna be a totally selfish day today for a change I reckon

Afternoon all.

I've taken my pills, eaten my breakfast, checked my emails, completed the daily virus scan and I'm intending on spending the majority of the afternoon studying now.  I've already passed two courses and adjusted my navigation page so that it's up to date, so gonna spend the afternoon doing slightly longer courses and hoping that I pass those too.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 for me please❓❗

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Busy morning so far today

Woke up and came downstairs, started up my laptop and remembered not to start my email programmes, set the virus scan running, took my morning pills, had me breakfast and logged it in my Fitbit app, then had a phone call about my benefits... the person on the other end of the phone was shocked at how little we survived on each month, but he's willing to take on my case as long as my application is approved.  


My prescription turned up while I was on the phone, so Steve went to the door topless to get it off the pharmacy bod so they got a right eyeful this morning 😀 We got a couple of quiet hours before our groceries turned up, we put them away then came back in 'ere to discover that the virus scan had finished and I'm still free of nasties, so the backups are underway now, then Steve'll make a start on our lunches 🍴 and we can then relax for the first time today, knowing that we are pretty safe to assume there won't be any more callers either coming to the door 🚪 or on the phone 📞 and I'll be able to check my email for the first time today 😌

I'm pondering on studying one of the shorter courses this afternoon and potentially evening, but haven't totally decided about that one yet and if I do, which one(s) to study... I'm just gonna take the rest of the day as it comes now.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Blimey Charlie!

I'm loving the new parcel collection service from Royal Mail❗


We got a leaflet thingy through the post at the start of the month, which I would usually just bin, but I decided to keep this particular one "just in case" and I'm sooo glad I did.  I bought my first two yesterday for C and my mum's Yule gifts, 'cos there's no way in heck I could have taken them to the Post Office, so would have had to rely on Steve's dad or sister to post them for me.  I did it all online, printed the label things out and attached them to each package then waited nervously for them to be picked up today.

They've just been picked up and the Postie couldn't have been more helpful... he didn't even mind signing the bit of paper to say that he had got them from me... I can't recommend it highly enough and I'll definitely be using the service again❗

Thank you so so much Mr Postie and the Royal Mail❗

Missing Mitzi so so much right now

I thought I was coping OK with losing Mitzi, but I've just seen her collar, harness and lead on my way back from the bathroom 🚽 and I'm in floods of tears again.  😭

For those of you who only knew her when she was an old lady, let me tell you all about her and give you her life story while she was with us.  Settle back and get comfy 'cos this is gonna be a looong and emotional post.

When my father passed away the day after our anniversary back in 2010, Steve suggested that we rehome a dog from the Dogs Trust to help me with my grief.  I jumped at the chance and we drove over there that same weekend.

We looked around but couldn't find our dog.  I spotted Mitzi sitting in the back of her kennel looking all sad and ferlorn but because she only had half a body of fur, Steve really didn't fancy it, even when she came to the front for some attention.  I fell in love with her right then, but Steve was thinking about how expensive it'd be to have her treated, so I reluctantly agreed to keep looking.

When we went back to the desk and said that we couldn't find any dog that was right for us, the Dogs Trust volunteer asked what was essential for us in a dog.  We said a small dog that was house trained, the volunteers eyes lit up and said that she had the ideal dog for us, then disappeared and brought Mitzi back a little while later.

Steve was there thinking of money again and asked how much it would cost to treat her skin and get her fur to grow back.  The volunteer said that the Dogs Trust would pay for her entire treatment until she was well again, she just needed to be bathed with a prescription shampoo every other day that the Dogs Trust would let her chosen vets know about if we decided to rehome her.  I think Steve let out a relieved sigh or his eyes lit up or something at hearing that and he fell deeply in love with her straight away too.

We took her for a walk to see what she was like on the lead and she was absolutely fantastic.  The more time Steve spent with her the more he loved her too and we'd decided by half way that she was the dog for us.


When we took her back to the reception desk, we had decided that as soon as we had got everything ready here at home, she was coming home with us.


We told the volunteer that Mitzi had stolen our hearts and that she was going to be our dog.  I think the volunteer squealed with delight at that point lol  Apparently Mitzi had been with them for the majority of her life because of her skin and not having any fur so to hear that she finally had a home was music to the volunteers ears.  The volunteer said that all potential adopters had to go to a talk about looking after rescue dogs and how to help them to adjust to their new life in their furever home and that we would need a home inspection after that, but if all that was fine and dandy, then we could come and collect her.

She came home with us about a month or so later and immediately went exploring.  Decided that she would sleep on our bed instead of in hers, but that was totally OK with us because she was a member of our family now, so should sleep where the other two members of the George family slept.  She still had her bed here in the living room for during the day, but usually spent her time on the sofa instead lol

Happy months passed and her skin quickly improved.  Pretty much by the end of 2010 she had a thin covering of fur over her entire body again.

After about 2 years, Mitzi started to put on a lot of weight, so her vet prescribed her some obesity food and advised us to take her on longer walks to help her shift the weight.  That's when I started taking her out twice a day instead of just once, but her weight stayed the same and nobody could work out why.

She was on the obesity food for getting on for 7 years until a locum vet discovered earlier this year that Mitzi had issues with her thyroid, so she was put on meds for that and the weight dropped off her in under a month. She was put onto some senior food, 'cos she was 10 years old by that point and she was a happy puppy again, just significantly slower and less playful due to her age, but she was feeling more like the puppy that she had been all those years ago.

Literally a few months later, she went off any food we tried her on - wet dog food, dry dog food, moistened dry dog food, human food, salmon, tuna, scrambled eggs - she barely touched any of it.  The longer she went without eating, the more we worried about her.  Helen took her into the vets and they did blood tests on her.  The next evening the vets called with the results and you all know the rest... she was 11 years, 4 months and 1 week old when me and Steve made the heart-shattering decision to let her go.

She had a good life and was a happy girl until the last few weeks of her life.

I will always love and miss you, Mitzi T Doggington III

Monday, 16 November 2020

That's everything sorted until the New Year now

I've wrapped up the gifts, put my mum and C's gifts in postage bags and hopefully 🤞 arranged for them both to be collected tomorrow and hopefully delivered by the end of the week.

I'm not finding ways to avoid my grief at all, am I❓ 🙄 🤣

What would you prefer in future please?

I'm pondering on starting a new trend with my blog posts and I do, genuinely, wanna know your honest thoughts and preferences.


In future, would you prefer a couple of longer posts a day like I've done so far in November, or would you prefer multiple much shorter posts like I was doing before NaNo?


Either way is totally OK with me, I'm just interested to hear your views and opinions is all.  Do you want me to do the shorter "I've just taken my morning pills" and "I've just had a meal of..." posts that are usually a paragraph or so long but there are several every day because you get instant insights into my life as it is right then, or do you prefer longer posts that are just about the bigger things and only maybe a couple a day, like I've done so far in November (and like this one that I'm writing now)?  Would you prefer me to do like I did earlier in the year and combine them into one long post a day, but each post has multiple shorter posts within it?

I'm pondering on changing the default text colour of my posts away from black too... what do you think to that too please?  I prolly won't change the look of anything other than the colour of the text, but if you all want me to change the colour, hopefully that'll be easy enough to do.

Please leave me a comment in reply to this, letting me know your thoughts... you can remain anonymous if you want to, but I'd love to know who my readers are, just by their first name, so that I can feel less like it's a robot reading my posts instead of a real human being.  I appreciate every view, I just want to be able to put names to you instead of just having numbers... "I wonder how Jo Bloggs is today?" or "I wonder if Eric has read this post yet?" rather than "oh cool, 10 people have read that post, I wonder who they all are and what they thought to my post?".

I promise that I, personally, don't collect any information about you... I just want to get to know you all as people rather than numbers!

Sunday, 15 November 2020

It really is final now...

...Steve's cousin (the vet nurse who was with the puppy as she made her final journey) has just brought the puppy's collar, tags, lead and poo bag back and taken her food, prescribed pills and about a kilogram of dog biscuits back with her, so there really isn't anything else to come back to us now and all we have are our memories of her.  


She really is gone forever now 😭

I've got nothing to stop me from grieving after finishing NaNo and the other book I've spent the last 2½ writing to avoid the pain.

RIP Mitzi T Doggington III 💔

Sorry that I haven't updated this blog for the last 10 days, but...

...I did say it would be one way or the other when our senior puppy dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge, so it's seemed to be radio silence from me.


Hopefully things'll return to normal again soon though.  Thank you for your patience and for those 11 people who have read each of my last two posts here.   The increasing number of reads has definitely helped me to feel supported over the last 10 days, so I hope you will all continue to read from now on too.

As of this morning, I've started wearing my keys around my neck again, which got me to wondering if anyone happened to know of a place that offers personalisable key rings... ideally of a dog bone that I can engrave with the puppy's name and life dates so that she will be with me whenever I wear my keys but I'm not in the right headspace to know what to search for, so I was hoping for some recommendations from you, my blog readers, ideally UK based if at all possible.

I'm gonna write my first ever biography for JanNo, covering the puppy's life to hopefully bring my grief out instead of staying in denial and avoiding thinking about never seeing her again.  I'm thinking it'll be a POD book, rather than a traditionally published one and it ain't gonna be for children, possibly with the exception of older YA, but there will be stories and memories and waaay too many photos of her in it.  I loved her so much and didn't appreciate her love and support anywhere near as much as I should have done, so the biography will be my gift of love to her.

If you're a pet parent, make sure you stroke and kiss and talk to that pet more than you already do, because you never know when there won't be any more tomorrow's... we certainly didn't.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

One exteame or the other for the next little while.

Our senior puppy dog has just crossed Rainbow Bridge so there will either be loads and loads of blog posts or very few for the next little while.  No matter which it is, please understand and forgive me.


Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Haven't updated this blog so far in November because...

 ...I've spent all day, every day writing my NaNo novel and haven't done much else.


I've remembered to take all my pills every day so far, and the writing is on target for finishing before the 10th this year, which is awesome, but we got some awful news this evening.


The puppy went to the vet at 11am this morning because of her not eating and it was far from good news.  Basically there is something seriously wrong with her liver or kidney (Steve was understandably too upset to remember clearly) that's been going on for a very long time.  We were given 2 options:  try her on fluids for 48 hours to see if that helps or to make the hardest decision we've had to make in her life.

She's not happy and is in really bad shape right now, but the vets are trying her on fluids for 48 hours then taking it from there.

If the fluids *do* work then there's a good chance that the problem will reappear again in future, but she will hopefully be feeling more like herself and on a different food especially for her illness.

If the fluids *don't* work, then apparently it would be kinder to send her on her final journey.

We both agree that she shouldn't be alone if that happens but we don't have any transport to take us to the vet.  In an ideal world, a vet would come to the house to do it, so that the puppy is as comfortable and relaxed as possible, instead of being scared and alone at the vets.

We're just taking it moment by moment now and hoping for the best.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

I wanna wish any fellow Pagans a...

...blessed Samhain tonight.


Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe.

May your God/dess bless you tonight and keep you safe and healthy.

Finished the course and got a score of...

19 out of 20 which ain't bad going at all.  I've done all the editing and moving around of the appropriate bits of code on my navigation page and you can see the diploma on the 'completed courses' page.

Gonna go and have my well-deserved reward and preparation for NaNo now... a long, hot, lavendar-scented bubble bath 🛀 now.  I'm hoping that half my Yule gifts that I bought yesterday will be delivered today.  


Steve's heard from his cousin (the vet nurse) about the puppy too - she hasn't eaten anything today but has been sick three times so she wants to get a different vet to have a read through her notes to see if they can shed any more light onto how she's feeling and how to help her to feel better.




Pills taken, virus scan completed, studying started, breakfast eaten

I've taken my morning and afternoon pills, let the virus scan do it's thang and started studying a children's writing course in preparation for tomorrow.  Just finished eating me porridge and talking of food, Steve wanted to know what I wanted for breakfast tomorrow and I said toast 'cos of NaNo.  It's gonna have to be toast for breakie and instant zoop for lunch until I've finished it, so that I can get a few more calories into me.

Friday, 30 October 2020

Homepage fixed too

I've been through a few webhosts over the last 2 decades ('cos of them being sold off or going out of business or whatever) but each new host has been amazing with their support.  In just one afternoon I've managed to get two problems fixed with two of my sites and they are working perfectly again now!


Thank you so so much, TSO Host!

Back-ups sorted, Author site fixed, form scanned in, soooo...

...all ready to have one last hot drink before I take my last two pills of the day and head to bed.


Planning on having a loooong soak in a hot bubble bath 🛀 at some point tomorrow, to hopefully relax my muse so that I can make an instant start on NaNo as soon as I come down here on Sunday.

Deep virus scan has just finished, sooooo...

...I'm doing the backups then I can upload the photo's of the puppy dog from yesterday to my homepage and check my email for the first time in 3 days without needing to reboot my machine.


That's Yule and Marie's birthday gifts bought for this year now.

My mum's and my youngest nephew's is coming tomorrow then everything else in 3 packages between the 3rd and 10th November.  Steve will have to answer the door 'cos I'll be taking part in NaNo, but that's me sorted for another year now.

Morning pills taken, virus scan at 30%, already drunk the best part of...

...1 litre this morning, despite only being awake for about 90 minutes and I've asked Steve to take some stuff off the shopping so that I can get Christmas gifts for our nephews without going overdrawn.


Steve's just said that the first payment for the electric comes out on 1st December, so I'll use the £55 that I moved over for the gifts then start properly when I'm next paid.  I refuse to let Steve control my money any more... it's £175 for the electric a month and not a penny more than £45 a week for the groceries otherwise it comes out of his pocket instead of mine.


Thursday, 29 October 2020

Veggie burgers for the last time for at least 2 weeks for tea tonight

So that the patties don't go off in the freezer over the next two weeks, Steve's having 6 patties in 4 rolls and I'm having my usual 2 patties in 2 buns... gotta quickly sort out under my table so that I can put my laptop on the floor under it before they are ready though, so I'll do that now.


Be back after we've eaten❗ 🍴

The puppy has just left with Helen and we're missing her already!

Apparently she's already eaten scrambled eggs and Digestive biscuits along with her new pain relief that's gotta be taken with food, so hopefully she'll keep eating and be back with us tomorrow.  I certainly hope so, 'cos my heart is already in tatters after less than half an hour❗ 💔

I gave up on the deep virus scan and started it again because...

...I accidentally opened my email programme twice (once yesterday afternoon and again this morning), which would have taken a lot longer for it to finish, so I rebooted and started it again.  I'm hoping it'll be finished by tomorrow lunchtime now.


I forgot to say!

I've taken all my day-time pills for another day now, so that's it until this evening now.

We've just tried the puppy dog on scrambled egg from a...

...human bowl and she very slowly ate the lot, so either her metal bowl isn't right for her any more or she just doesn't like the taste of her doggy food.  Either way, if that's what it takes to get her to eat anything then so be it!  If it means getting 3 dozen eggs a week and giving it to her in a human bowl, then that's OK with me... I just want her to be happy.

Another update on the grocery shopping

Estimated cost:  £44.93

Steve's stuff:  £33.38

Which means that there is only £11.55 of joint and my stuff

Take off the 50p delivery charge:  £11.05

Which means Steve's got over ⅔ of the total spend of the grocery stuff just for him but I bet he'll want me to take off something of mine (6 bottles of pop and 2 boxes of instant soup which comes to £5.50) so that he can add yet more of his own.  He wouldn't let me do that with something he was paying for, but assumes it's OK every week with our groceries.


After NaNo, the soups will come off too, which leaves me with £4.20 worth of stuff and the rest will either be Steve's stuff or joint, just like next week.  Not happy at all.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Taken me evening pills, so I'll be heading to bed in a bit

The puppy hasn't eaten again today, so Steve's cousin suggested giving her scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow then she'll come and pick her up for an overnight stay at some point tomorrow.  Steve's cousin is going to have a word in the shell-like of a vet about getting some painkillers sorted for her until we've got her teeth sorted out.  I just want her to be OK❗


The monthly virus scan is still chugging away, so I'm gonna tick the box to shut down my laptop when its finished.  


The puppy really didn't fancy going for her second walk today, so I did a few more practise sessions with the slopey bits out the back.  I wobbled a little bit once, but my confidence immediately was better than I was thinking or even hoping for.

This time next month I'll be worth more dead than alive.

Well over half of our next grocery shop are...

...for Steve alone.  The grand total for the entire shop is £42.87 and £28.40 of that is Steve's stuff alone (crisps and meat and biscuits etc, so not even healthy stuff), so I'll know who to ask to take stuff off if I need to!

Deep virus scan underway, FitBit charging up, morning pills taken

Mornin' all.

I remembered not to open my email programmes this morning, so the virus scan started without me getting stressed out or in a bad mood.  My FitBit has very nearly finished charging up and I've taken my morning pills.

I'm hoping to plan out my JanNo novel today, if my muse ever wakes up.

My FitBit has just finished charging... only took a couple of hours this morning, which is awesome❗

Steve's finished doing next week's grocery shop and has managed to add £15 worth of groceries just for him.  All unhealthy stuff like crisps, biscuits and cookies instead of fruit and veg.  He's put two blocks of cheese (our regular and a mature block that I don't like) on there so I'm gonna go and take off our usual one now otherwise it's a waste of money.

OK, the extra cheese has been taken off now and I'm pondering on getting the FitBit Inspire 2 as long as I can get a strap extender or use the ones that are already on my Inspire.

Had my breakfast and Steve reckon's it's stopped raining, so I'm gonna take our dishes through to the kitchen, then try and persuade the puppy to take me on our morning walk.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Browser cache's cleared ready for tomorrow's...

...monthly deep virus scan.  It'll be running overnight, but it's only once a month so that's OK.  Need to remember not to open either of my email programmes though.... you watch me forget though❗ 😉  Might use the opportunity to study or do housekeeping on my sites or plan my JanNo novel or something... use the opportunity wisely as it's my last chance before NaNo starts on 1st November and I doubt I'll feel up to planning it after that 'cos my muse'll be overworked by that point and in desperate need of a break.

Pills taken, virus scan finished, all ready for the day now

The puppy is in her bed, snoring away and apparently she didn't eat her food or go outside overnight.  Steve thinks it's her way of coping with painful teeth, so I hope he manages to get the promised money together for the vet to have her teeth looked at!  I bet he'll ask me for the money back though, a week after it's done, yet he already owes me thousands this year and hasn't paid back a penny of it or made a start on the software I paid him in advance for!  One rule for him, another for me, seemingly.


Monday, 26 October 2020

Pills taken, virus scan running, website updated...

...electricity just about to be sorted out.  Steve's on the phone to them now and I really can't afford a penny more.


Need to cancel the Dogs Trust stuff though, which I'm not at all happy about.  I've already cancelled everything except the groceries and life insurance but Steve's cancelled buggar all of his payments which I don't see as fair at all 😠


Sunday, 25 October 2020

Talk about calorie overload today lol

My nurse wants me to put on 6kg of weight by January so that she's happy that I'm eating enough to function and I've achieved about 300g gain each week since she told me that.  I just haven't been moving as much and aiming to turn the FitBit calorie graph significantly red each day.

It's been blue (not enough calories in) twice this week, but today will hopefully make up for that, 'cos I've eaten 3,677 calories which is 2,097 calories over target today... woops❗  Definitely one of my highest (if not the actual highest) since I got it and made a conscious effort to control my calories, exercise and weight.  Hopefully the scales will show that I'm at least 54kg when I weigh myself tomorrow... if it does, then I've put on 2kg since the end of August, which is awesome and I'll only have to put on another 4kg before January then.

Sorry I didn't post this morning, but...

...I've taken my pills, had my breakfast (porridge) and lunch (cake) and have been reading a book while waiting to hear about the puppy and when she'll be home.  Gonna spend the rest of the afternoon reading and reviewing the book then take things from there.  The morning's virus scan was clear and I'm slowly building up confidence about going up and down slopes now, after practising using the wheelchair slopes yesterday and just now.  I'm still nervous about it, but my anxiety wasn't through the roof when I did it just now.


Saturday, 24 October 2020

Just taken my last two pills of the day and I'm...

...heading to bed pretty much straight away and hopefully remembering to change the bedroom clock-radio in the knowledge that I'll get an extra hour in bed and that I don't have to be up early to take the puppy for her morning stroll tomorrow.


Apparently the puppy is still off her food so Helen wants to try her with a different one in case it's the flavour that she doesn't like (it seems, for the moment at least, like she doesn't like the "Chappie original" flavour so Helen's gonna try her on the "Chappie chicken and liver" one instead) then we'll take it from there.  Gotta love her pickiness and Westitude 🙄🤣

We had s'getti and meatballs after all lol

I somehow managed to convince the chef to cook the spaghetti and meat free meatballs after all and we agreed that it tasted especially good today too.  We only used half a bag of cheese too, instead of our standard full bag for some reason, so that's back in the fridge ready for us to use again.  We're getting good at this portioning thing and we don't often waste food any more, which is even better❗


Next week is the last full week of solid food until I've finished NaNo, then solid food again in December while I plan out my JanNo novel then start 2021 with zoops again.

Need to work out which course(s) to study this afternoon now.  Which one do you reckon I should do please❓  You can see the list here and leave me a comment to let me know in reply to this blog post.  I'm thinking one of the ones with less than 3 modules so that I can be sure to finish studying at a reasonable time tonight.

The chef has changed his mind about lunch today

"Might be sandwiches for dinner instead today, sorry" which is fine and dandy, as long as he doesn't get back into the not cooking most of the time again, 'cos I can't afford any more bribes until the electric has been paid off.

Pills taken, virus scan clear, email downloaded, teeth brushed...

...puppy's poo moved, soooo I'm all set for the day now.  I'm thinking that I'll go and do laps of the house and yard and practice going up and down the slopey bits today.  Steve's said we're having spaghetti and meat-free balls for lunch today so that we can try and use up more of the mountain of spaghetti we've got... we didn't realise just how much spaghetti is in a 1kg pack so we've barely touched it so far 🙄 and we've got at least two or three more meals in the pack too 😄


I'm hoping to study another course today too... not sure which one yet though, prolly a short one so that I can do the laps, have my lunch and be there for the puppy when she comes home today.  I hope she's eaten and poo'd while she's been gone and she was just having an off-day yesterday with her not wanting to eat after her breakfast and no pooing 😟 

Friday, 23 October 2020

That's the puppy gone and our tea eaten...

...I've taken my pills, so I'm gonna head to bed as soon as my Fitbit has finished charging up.


Puppy's been walked and fed, we've potentially got...

...the money problems and electric sorted and a way to pay for the puppy's vet bill too - apparently we'll have a discussion about it when Steve's finished in the bathroom 🚽.  Things potentially aren't as bleak as they were 24 hours ago though❗


Virus scan finished, morning pills taken...

Still free of nasties and I'm dosed up until lunchtime, just waiting for the puppy to be ready for her stroll, Steve to phone the nPower man that came out at lunchtime yesterday, the can covers to arrive and the puppy to go back with Helen.

The puppy seems to be ready for her walk now, so I'll take her out and settle in for the rest of the day then.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

New Skills Academy have my business for a while yet lol

Spent the afternoon going through the New Skills Academy site and found even more courses that I want to study... you can see all the ones I want to do here if you want?


Virus scan finished, pills taken, breakfast eaten...

...just gotta sort out the puppy's morning stroll, breakfast and her medication now, then keep our ear on the door for Steve's prescription then that's it for the day.  Gonna try and get into studying again too, now that I've sorted my site out.  


It's Thursday but I'm only just having my first caffeinated drink of the week, incredibly, and I've got fresh lemons and honey in the kitchen to try and knock this cold on it's head before it gets too settled.

I've ordered some air-tight lids for the puppy's food which'll hopefully mean that we don't have to keep it in the bag any more and it's better for keeping it fresh too.  They are on Prime so will be here at some point tomorrow.  I went to the donation bit first too, so the Dogs Trust are gonna get a donation from it too, so it's worth it all round.

I've found 10 more courses I wanna take with the New Skills Academy so I've updated that page too.

Steve's made me a hot honey and lemon but put half the lemon in instead of just one or two slices 🙄🤣

Time to go and give the puppy her lunch and we're having 🍔 burgers for lunch, which is our tradition the day after the groceries are delivered, so that the bread rolls are still fresh instead of hard and/or gone off.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

That's the dog bones gone and my pills...

...swallowed, so now I'm just trying to find a Favicon for each of my sites then I'm gonna head to bed for the night.


Prolly won't post any more blog messages tonight, so I'll say nite nite orl now and I'll be back tomorrow 💤


Restore point created and I know...

...which course I'm gonna study when the groceries have been put away and the puppy has been walked, fed and medicated for the last time today.  I'm pondering on re-jigging the list of courses on my navigation page so that they're in the same order as on the New Skills Academy site which'll hopefully make the courses easier to find in future.  What do you think I should do though please❓  Studying or website updating❓


Back-ups have finished and fed the puppy, so time to...

...create the weekly system restore point then check my emails, just in time for the shopping to arrive, then I'm gonna study this afternoon - just gotta decide which course to start on.

Just downed my Calcium, so it's now time to...

...feed us and the puppy our lunches.


My back-ups are 97% complete, then I just need to remember to create a restore point, then I can check my email for the first time today 👍.

The puppy's taken me for...

...a soggy stroll, 💩poo'd again (which I, of course, picked up and brought home) and the virus scan has just finished, so time to start my weekly backups now.  Not bad going for a morning that started off slowly.


The puppy isn't wanting to...

...go for her morning stroll yet, so it might be a lunchtime stroll instead of a morning one today, which is OK as long as it's not raining harder by then of course❗ 😞

We've both been fed and medicated, sooo...

...just need to take the puppy out for her morning stroll then that's it until lunchtime then.  Got 3 photo's of the puppy to put on my homepage while she's asleep, then we'll both go out and about.


Remembered not to open my email this morning 'cos of the weekly virus scan, which is about half way through atm, so hopefully it'll be finished before our groceries are delivered so that I can do my weekly backups.


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Puppy walked and medicated, my pills taken, just checking...

...LinkedIn then I'm off to beddy-byes for another early night.


Where on Earth has the morning disappeared to?!

Afternoon all.


The morning has totally slipped past me today.  I've taken my morning pills, run the daily virus scan, checked my emails, coded and uploaded a couple of photos and a video of the puppy dog to my homepage, almost bought a couple of courses from the New Skills Academy, but I can't afford it until tomorrrow's groceries have been paid for, added another course I wanna take to my navigation page and queried 3 agents after the SCBWI online party.  I've had a busy morning, but this afternoon will hopefully be quieter 🙄😁

Just taken another video of the sleepy puppy.  She was snoring like a good 'un before and after I started filming her, but not during it... tsk.  I'll code and upload it to my homepage as soon as it's finished uploading to YouTube.

Haven't taken the puppy out for a stroll yet today in case her bottom isn't up to it again.  Maybe when Steve get's back from his medical appointment if the puppy is feeling up to it then though❓

Monday, 19 October 2020

The puppy's home and asleep between Steve's feet...

...I've taken my last two pills of the day so I'm off to bed for an early night for a change.


Nite nite orl, sea ewe in the morning.


Book Review: 'The Single Dad’s Handbook' by Lynsey James

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

I've read 8 chapters before lunch and it's been a fantastic book so far, WTG the author.  I thought that the swearing on the first page would be a signal of swearing throughout and it'd spoil a potentially good book, but I was wrong... there *is* swearing, but it's well-placed and not just written for the sake of being written.

I'm wondering about the semi-frequent use of big brand names though, if the author hasn't got written permission from the brands to use them, then they could be in a lot of hot water if the brands find out!

Just finished this book and it definitely deserves every one of those 5 stars that everything I review starts off with.  If you've got a day of boredom ahead of you, get your nose into this book and hopefully you won't regret it, I certainly don't.

I've put the second wheelchair slopey thing...

...outside our back door to start practising walking up and down slopes so that I'll hopefully be more confident using the one in the pavement that's just outside my GP surgery.  Almost fell over twice but the last time I went up and down it I achieved it without holding on to the wall, so I stopped trying then so that I didn't lose the confidence it gave me lol

The food processor is going at 🕑 2pm so I'll try again after that's been picked up... I'm feeling really hopeful that I'll feel semi-confident about it by the time the puppy comes home though 🤞

Pills taken, brekkie eaten, virus scan...

...still clear, spreadsheets up on my homepage, rubbish and recycling collected and containers brought back in, slopes adjusted, food processor going at 2pm, which means I've got a couple of hours to work on my slope confidence using my quad cane.


Sunday, 18 October 2020

Pills taken, virus scan clear, breakfast eaten, Fitbit...

...has completely given up the ghost and the puppy has thrown up 3 times and not touched her breakfast 😟  Overall, not a good start to the day 😞

Saturday, 17 October 2020

I've taken my last two pills of the day, so...

...I'm gonna shut down for the night and hit the sack.


Nite nite orl!


That's 2 kitchen things Freegle'd today, so just got...

...the food processor to go now then there will be loads of space for food preparation and dishing up and stuff.  In theory we can put the bread machine and slow cooker on there too, but we do very occasionally use them, so I'd like to keep hold of them just as a standby, like with our microwave.


The puppy's had her tea and her second pill of the day, so just waiting for me to take my last two now then we can all chill out until bed time.


All dosed up until this evening now

Taken my pills, including the Calcium (because it's Saturday so I don't take the FA today) so I'm all dosed up until tonight now.  Had almost 10 hours of sleep last night and I'm freeeeeeezing now!  The daily virus scan is under way and the pasta machine is going at lunchtime today so then it's time to put the ice cream maker up on Freegle.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Just about finished... mug of coffee so I'm slowly closing down all my programmes in preparation for the 'patch Tuesday' update, then I'm heading to bed.

Nite nite orl 💤

The puppy poo'd on her evening stroll, so... I'm legally required to do, I picked it up, finished our walk, came home and fed her, so hopefully she'll be able to have a quiet night tonight.  I'm gonna hopefully have an early night tonight too, so I'm gonna take my last two pills of the day at 7pm on the dot then pretty much head straight to bed.


Apparently the puppy is going back with Helen on Sunday and coming back on Monday, so I'll temporarily make our 'marathon Monday' strolls into a 'trecking Tuesday' just until she's back home full-time again.  Her health is a priority and we need to do what's best for her, so if that means shunting the once a week long walk to a different day, then so be it.


Photos are up on my homepage now, so...

...time to try and persuade the puppy to wake up and go for her last stroll of the day and her tea, then that'll be it unless she needs to go out the back for a wee or another poo.


The puppy gobbled down her lunch too, then...

...went out for a 💩 poo then came back in and curled up in front of the heater, bless 'er.


I'm gonna add a couple of fresh lemons and squeezy bottle of honey to the shopping now before I forget, then get this morning's photos of the puppy dog up on my homepage and take her out for her last walk of the day... assuming she wakes up before it gets too dark of course 😉


That's another one of my domains renewed for another year

Just renewed one of my many domains for another year, and after my hosting company sorted out the issue they were having with their site it was all done and dusted in literally 1 minute - I just logged in, clicked a button on the invoice, waited for a few seconds while my hosting company took the money et voila.

Genuine question, not a joke...

...what's the difference between a police officer/PCSO and a "law enforcement officer" please?

While I was walking the puppy this morning she made friends with a "law enforcement officer" whose uniform looked like a traffic wardens, but the "law" bit is the bit that's confusing me 'cos it sounds like a more general legal thing like the police as opposed to just vehicles like traffic wardens!  Are they like highly trained traffic wardens or something please?

The puppy scoffed her breakfast straight away this morning and other than being a touch anxious at the start of our stroll, she's back to the puppy that we know and love again, thankfully.

She's got a dental thing to go through that's gonna cost over £300, but she's an old lady now, so that's to be expected!

Marie very kindly got me an' 'im a box of doughnuts to share as a joint birthday gift, so that's 3 people who are getting birthday gifts next year now.


I took my pills before we went for our stroll and put more courses that I want to do on my navigation page.  Had porridge with golden syrup for my brekkie and we're having the doughnuts for our lunch, so my blood sugar is gonna be through the roof today 🙄🤣

My laptop is still free of viruses and malware, thankfully, so my friends are all safe from this machine.  It may not be necessary to run virus scans as often as I do, but it gives me peace of mind, so it's worth it to me.


I've already taken a couple of photos of the sleepy puppy in her bed before we went for our morning stroll, so I'll put them up on my homepage now, while I'm waiting for my prescriptions to be delivered.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Just asked Steve when he was going to... me back for the almost £2,000 I've lent him since March and he replied "I said I'll do it" meaning the software that's almost 18 months late, but taking that payment into account too, it's getting on for £4,000 he's had off me this year but he's demanding the £187 back as soon as he got the invoice.  Maybe I should do like he does and keep promising to pay him back but keep putting it off and putting it off for 7 or 8 months, then deny that I owe him it.  He wouldn't put up with it, but he's been doing exactly that and gets arsey whenever I bring it up.


I'll keep putting up with it until December 30th, but as soon as it ticks over to 1st January, I won't put up with it any more.

The puppy's home!!!

We've got a new routine to get into with her food 'cos she's having the wet and dry mixed together, but Steve says he'll do the weighing out of it when he does our porridge each morning then we've just gotta mix it up for her three meals each day.


As predicted, with the money, to quote Steve he said "I can phone up and pay the bill tomorrow, but I'm gonna need the money back sooner rather than later" so, yet again, he wants credit for paying it, but the money will be coming out of my account.  Again.



Even more courses I want to study now lol

Just had an email from the New Skills Academy with loads of courses that I wanna take so I've added them all to my navigation page and in particular the courses I wanna take page.  The list is getting loooong again, so it'll keep me busy and out of trouble after NaNo and JanNo 😀

Just done a bit of...

...rejigging, coding and uploaded a more organised navigation on my homepage - if you've been recently then hit Ctrl F5 'cos there's a couple of changes to the navigation as well as photos and videos of our senior puppy, but if you haven't visited for a while then there is more to see and it's more organised now too, so go and take a peek and leave me a message in my guestbook?  Please?


Steve's just had a message about the puppy... she's on a combination of wet and dry food for the moment "until her dental stuff is sorted out, then she can go back onto her normal food".  Basically it sounds like her teeth have been playing her up which is why she was so reluctant to eat, but mixing the wet and dry is working for her right now, so when the dental stuff is sorted she'll hopefully be back to her usual cheeky, happy, cuddly, terrier self soon.  Considering her age (11.5 years young) and that she didn't have the best start in life (she's a rescued puppy courtesy of the Dogs Trust who came to us with half a body of fur that the Dogs Trust had been treating since she was given up by her previous owners), she's been a really good, mostly healthy, addition to our little family!

Book Review: "To Argue With Oblivion" by Anthony Wright

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

This is my second ever memoir and it's starting off, like all the books I review, with the full 5 stars... I hope it keeps them all the way through!

I'm currently reading chapter 2 and I've already found a possible inconsistency between real geography and what the author has written lol.

Ah right, I've just been proved wrong by the hubby's quick search of the internet... apparently the distance is about right and the 18 hour days could be the time he was working as opposed to travelling, so ignore that part of the review up there ^^  lol

This is a fantastic book so far... I'm currently up to chapter 6 and I'll keep reading and reviewing it when I log on tomorrow.  Goodnight for now though.

Morning!  I'm about half way through the book now and I'm still enjoying it... I agree with the author's regret over not keeping a record of my achievements and mistakes since I came out of hospital... my memory is still atrocious and can barely remember 5 minutes ago, but that's a vast improvement to when I first came out of hospital and I couldn't even make it through saying a short sentence before I forgot what I was going to say and holding a conversation was pretty much impossible unless each speaker only said maybe 4 or 5 words, maximum.  I can hold a very short conversation with people I know well now though which is a huuuuge improvement and the diary would have shown me just how great that improvement had been.  I wish this book had been written and published 17 years ago, for that reason alone!

I'm reading chapter 10 atm and I'm wondering if mindfullness might help my damaged brain too, even after all these years?!  I certainly hope so and I'm gonna try and remember to ask a doc about it during my next appointment with them.  This book would have really helped me over 15 years ago after I came out of the Neurology ward!

This man is incredible!  He's running now, so maybe if he can do it then I just need to find the right focus and motivation too?  His was collecting up all his golf balls, maybe mine can be something similar?  Tiny steps and aims but hopefully that would make things more achievable wouldn't it?

Just finished and it's been a fantastic book throughout - it should be recommended to all patients with Neurological issues and has completely deserved the full 5 stars throughout.  A definite must-read.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

My heart is absolutely breaking!!

Just heard back about the senior puppy - she's not coming home today after all 💔 and won't be until tomorrow evening 'cos she needs to be bathed and there is something wrong with her teeth, as well as needing a thyroid check-up, so that's being sorted now, waiting for the blood test results and she's getting a bath then hopefully coming home after Steve's cousin finishes work tomorrow 😢




Blood results are back and her thyroid meds need to be doubled and all treats cut out completely again, 'cos she's 9.7kg instead of 8kg, so no more licking bowls or plates or bits of sandwiches from Steve and no biscuits for doing poo's any more either.  It's what is best for her though and that has to be top priority.

Calcium taken now, soooo...

...I'm all dosed up until this evening now, just waiting for the shopping to be delivered, then we'll put it away and wait for our little puppy to come home from the vets this evening!


I've done exactly 1,000 steps so far today, so the puppy obviously makes up for the other 6,000-ish steps every day.  My steps graphs on my exercise spreadsheets are going to be invisible today 'cos there's no way I'll do another 4,000 steps before I head to bed and 5k is the minimum on the sit-ups and leg raises graph lol  Won't be able to take any more days off with the steps for the rest of the month either, so that I hit my target of 28 days of at least 7k steps a day lol


Backups have just finished too!

Just put my external hard drive away 'cos the back-ups finished quickly and first time too!  I hope today continues to go so positively for me as it has so far today!



 The virus scan has finished already❗  Only took about 3 and a bit hours❗  It did, of course, help that I didn't open my email programmes so didn't need to reboot 😆🙄🤣

I've just started the backups, so I'm hoping 🤞 that'll go through first time too and will be finished by about lunchtime.

Had a reasonably busy morning so far

Came downstairs, set the virus scan going (even remembered not to open my email programmes), Steve opened his birthday gifts from me and my mum, took my morning pills, had my brekkie and ordered my FILs birthday gift from me and the puppy.  Deliberately didn't put Steve's name on it and it'll hopefully be obvious that Steve had no input into it when he opens it.  The only time Steve's name is going on gifts for Yule is for our two nephews, everyone else will just be from me and the puppy.

I'm missing our little puppy sooo much and can't wait for her to get home this evening - she's the smallest being in the house, but has a huuuge personality and really fills the house with love, more than her humans ever could!

I'm not gonna move far from the sofa today, so that I can make the calories in/out graph even redder than usual, which, in turn, will hopefully help me to put on weight next week.

Happy birthday, Steve!

Happy birthday to you,
Squashed tomato's and stew,
There's a nutter, in the gutter,
And I thought it was you.

I care about him really 😁

He liked his mug that I got for him and took it in the way I had intended, thankfully.


Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Photo of the puppy dog is now...

...coded and uploaded to my homepage.  She's looking straight at you in this one which is a rare occurance with me taking photo's of her!

Browser cache's cleared ready for...

...tomorrow's virus scan.  Gotta remember to not open my email while it's scanning my machine so that it'll be finished by the afternoon instead of leaving it on overnight.  You watch me forget though!  😆


What a day!

Had a veeeery early start this morning, so took my pills first thing, before I forgot again, then took the puppy out and had to literally hand feed her again, then Steve had my doughnuts and I had a banana for breakfast then he went off to his medical appointment and I just about had time to upload my weekly Fitbit report to my homepage before the enabler came about clearing out the house.  She brought someone with her and basically Steve's gotta bag up all the clothes he wants to keep and we've both gotta email the enabler with proof of our incomings and outgoings, which is fine by me, but I bet Steve'll conveniently forget again, just like he did with the expenses he was supposed to do and email her 6 weeks ago but didn't tell me until literally an hour or so before she arrived last time.


I've done everything I can now, just gotta wait for the ESA payment then I'll email it to her and it'll be up to Steve then.  I refuse to take the blame for things that I didn't even know about any more.


The Christmas gifts will be from just me again, but I bet Steve does what he did last year and claims that I forgot to add his name again.  Starting in 2021 I'll just be getting gifts for people who got me gifts the previous year, so I'll be getting my mum and C birthday gifts and getting my mum, C and Steve's family a birthday card each, but that's it now.  I refuse to repeatedly get blamed for things and Steve getting credit for the things I've done. Someone (C maybe??) said that I was a bit naieve sometimes, well not any more... I will take the blame only when something is my fault and I will treat others how they've been treating me from next year onwards.  Hopefully that'll thin out the people who say they care about me from the ones who genuinely do.

Monday, 12 October 2020

That's my last pills of the day taken, so...

...I'm gonna shut down Firefox in preparation for the SCBWI exclusive this evening... it's the last one though, so I really don't wanna miss it.


See you all at some point tomorrow.

Nite nite orl.

Busy evening too!

I've only just remembered to take my supplements and the B12, especially, is already working it's magic 'cos I've got more energy (maybe not such a good thing so close to bed time 🙄), my head is clearer, my vision is sharper... it's brilliant!

The reason that the afternoon and evening have been so busy though is 'cos I've fed the puppy twice and she didn't touch it, I've walked her for the last part of 'marathon Monday' and she's got an appointment with the vet on Wednesday afternoon about her not eating for the last 4 or 5 days.  I managed to get today's food into her by wettening it and hand feeding her, so Steve says his cousin (the vet nurse) says it could be her teeth or a stomach bug that's currently going around.  I just want her to be OK!

Busy morning again

So far today I've started the virus scan, taken my morning pills, brought the rubbish sack in, walked the puppy, brought the cardboard bag and recycling box back through, had my breakfast, fed the puppy (she didn't eat as much as I'd hoped yesterday) and weighed myself.

I've somehow lost 750g in the last 7 days, and the only thing I can think that has changed has been that I had breakfast and weighed myself before taking the puppy out for her stroll last week and Steve "can't be arsed" to cook earlier now and the puppy isn't so eager to go for her walks any more, so I'm gonna take this week's weight as the baseline to work from unless/until things change again.  I've still put on 1kg since I was weighed to start with by the nurse though, so it's going in the right direction at least.  Assuming I put on at least that much every month, hopefully the nurse will be happy when I go back and see her in January.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

That's her second meal she's eating today, sooo...

...if the same happens for her three meals tomorrow, then I can officially stop worrying and feed her when the humans are fed in the same place that her humans are eating then hopefully she will eat too.  Maybe dogs need reassurance that they won't be left while they're eating??


I think I've worked it out...

...the reason that the puppy has eaten such a small amount in the last week, isn't because she's ill or in pain or on the verge of going to Rainbow Bridge or anything like that, it's not even Westitude, she's just suddenly become a very social eater and doesn't like eating alone any more.




Because since this morning's experiment after her walk of bringing her food bowl into the living room, she's eaten a full meal twice and each time it was when at least one of her humans was eating.  First off it was when the human's were having their lunch, she went to her bowl and polished off pretty much all of her breakfast for the first time in about a week, and I've just opened up my last couple of Graze snacks (both chocolate this time, so I couldn't share them with her) and she went from being deeply asleep to polishing off her breakfast and lunch in one go before I'd even finished the second punnet!

I'm also wondering if she struggles with having her food bowl on the floor 'cos she went straight to her slightly raised food bowl the second time and scoffed the lot.  That small raise seemed to make the world of difference to her too, so I'm thinking for her tea today and all 3 meals tomorrow, we'll try feeding her here in the living room, with us, when we have our meals just to see if my theory is right.  If I am, then it's a tiny adjustment to make to keep our puppy eating and I'll research getting a raised feeding station for her too.


Late start to a busy Sunday morning

Got up late for me at almost 🕖 7am, then took my pills 💊, walked and fed the puppy, sorted out the rubbish and recycling, collected up the puppy's poo 💩, sorted out the living room and bathroom bins then took it all out ready to be collected tomorrow.

Steve's birthday gift is now out for delivery, so hopefully it'll be here within a few hours, instead of at 🕘 9pm.

We're having chips for lunch, so I'm gonna dive into my Graze box to increase my calories too.  Gotta remember to wear my other boots when I weigh myself tomorrow, so that as much as possible is the same each week.

My daily virus scan came back clear again, which is reassuring.

Gonna catch up with my emails and Facebook now.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Heading to bed as soon as I've...

...finished my (now cold) hot drink, so I'll say nite nite to you all and shut down for the night now.  Back tomorrow.


That's birthday's sorted for this year and I know...

...what I'm getting everyone for Yule too, just gotta save up for it now.  My mum is getting two gifts off me - one at the end of October/beginning of November when it's released and a second token gift for her that says how my heart feels for her to open on Christmas Day.


Steve's birthday gift is due tomorrow but he ain't opening it until the morning of his birthday 👍


I'm gonna veg out for the rest of the evening, now that I've taken the puppy for her walk and fed her.  Taken a 5 minute video of the sleepy puppy first though... just uploading it to YouTube then I'll put it on my homepage.


Good morning all

Very early start to the day.

Was awake before 🕟 4.30am and didn't think Steve would appreciate me coming down that early, so stayed in bed until gone 🕔 5am by which time I had given up on the idea of going back to sleep and I've been down here ever since.

I've taken my daily pills, including the Calcium, so I'm all dosed up until this evening now.

The virus scan has already finished and I'm still free of nasties, thankfully, so it's time to work out what to do with the rest of the day now.  It's still pitch black out there, so I can't even take the puppy out for her morning stroll yet 😞

Friday, 9 October 2020

That's the gifts in my Amazon basket for the rest of the year now...

Got 3 birthday gifts and 9 Yule gifts waiting patiently in my saved items, ready for slowly buying as I get a bit of spare money.  It's about a month later than usual for me, but it's sorted now and I can go to bed.


Nite nite orl 💤

Puppy's been walked and fed for the last time today

It took a while to get her out of her bed and her harness on, bless 'er, but she's been fine ever since then.


I've also decided to get one final birthday gift for Steve, his sister and his dad 'cos I got gifts for his mum and brother, but starting on 1st January 2021 I'm only getting gifts for people who have got me gifts this year, so it really will be 2 gifts and 3 cards for birthdays in 2021 and potentially only 2 Yule gifts for my mum and C.  I don't give to receive and never have, but I don't like spending several hundred pounds on gifts each year when that is rarely returned either. From now on the support and gifts I get is returned and nothing more than that.  If you expect me to support you when you are having a rough day, then I expect that support to be returned.  


Same with money... I'm happy to lend you money if I can afford it, but I also want that money returned.  I'm going to create a spreadsheet of all the money I've lent to people and expect it to be returned too.

I will also not pay for things until they have been delivered either - I've paid Steve to write software for me twice now and I've paid in advance but the first piece of software was getting on for 2 years later than he promised and the most recent piece of software is currently 17 months overdue and is "coming along slowly" despite being promised that it'd only take 10 weeks.

I'm not putting up with it any more.  Come the New Year I'll be a lot less naive and trusting.


We had s'getti and meat free meatballs for lunch which we haven't had for aaaaages and it was completely yummy.  We're both totally stuffed and Steve's currently sleeping it off 😄  We've still, apparently, got "over half" of the packet of spaghetti left too, so that's even better value than we were thinking - 40p for at least 4 meals is great value for money❗  I'm thinking it'll be s'getti and sauce at some point over the weekend so that we can use it up before it goes off.  I'm just glad that the waistband on my trousers is elasticated 😌


Just taken me daily Calcium, soooo...

...I'm all dosed up until this evening now.


We're having s'getti and vegan meatballs for lunch, just for a change.  If we don't get the sauce all over us and drop at least one forkful of spaghetti down us, it'll be a true miracle 🤣

Just had a letter from the hospital...

...apparently they took a biopsy while I was getting the coil replaced and it only showed benign changes, fortunately no cancer or pre-cancer at all, which is reassuring to know... wish I'd been told that they were taking a biopsy though, ideally before they put me under or if that wasn't possible then definitely when I came round and while I was still there in case I had any questions❗

My last birthday order has arrived, soooo...

...if the door goes then it'll be for Steve again 'cos I haven't ordered anything else.

Busy morning so far!

I've taken my morning pills, completed the virus scan, gone through my emails, caught up with the 3 things I've got on Freegle, had my breakfast and sorted out the photo's Steve took of the puppy dog and put it on my site - there was literally no difference between them, so I've just put one up.  My birthday boots are due either today or tomorrow then that's it.


I've decided that starting in 2021 I will only get gifts for people who have got me gifts the previous year, so it should be a very cheap year... two gifts (to my mum and C) and three cards (to my mum, C and the in-laws).  I'm guessing it'll be the same at Christmas too, a card for my mum and C and the same with the gifts.  I'm fed up of spending my money on gifts for people and either Steve getting credit (because I "must have forgotten to add my [Steve's] name") for it or nothing at all in return (Steve, H and D).  I'll donate money to the two people who donated to mine but that's it.  


No more.  


I refuse to keep being forgotten and everyone else assuming that I'll get them a gift.  I'll get gifts for both of my nephews and say that it's from Steve too, 'cos they are waaaay too young to understand, but everyone else will get what they've given me the previous year.  I'm not going to be a push-over any more.

The puppy's awake now, so I'm gonna take her for her first stroll of the day now.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Taken my last two pills, so...

...that's me starting to close things down for the day now.  Hoping to be in bed by 🕗 8pm and asleep soon after that, hopefully before 🕘 9pm.

Passed the course first time!

Just finished today's course at my first attempt with a score of 85.19% (there were 27 assessment questions instead of the usual 30 for some reason) with at least two (lunch and the puppy's second walk), possibly three (can't remember if I'd already started it when I took the puppy out this morning) long breaks which is even better.

I've updated the appropriate pages on my navigation site now, so I'm gonna check my emails now then relax until it's time for my last two pills of the day, then head to bed for another early night.  I've currently done 7,033 steps according to my Fitbit app, so I've already hit my daily steps for OctoberFEST within the community site so I'm feeling pretty good about that too.

That was a quick and simple solution!

I had the idea that maybe the puppy wasn't eating 'cos she was eating in the kitchen instead of with us, so I brought her food bowl in and put it on the floor for her.  


She devoured it within seconds. 

She's obviously become more of a social eater as she ages 'cos she's 11 now, so maybe that's what they do in the wild or something❓❓  I'm just relieved that she's got food in her stomach now and if that's what it takes to get her to eat her meals, then so be it.  🤷

Puppy's been walked and medicated now, but...

...only ate literally 3 bits of her food.  I put her tea down at about 🕡 6.30pm last night, but Steve said it took her until 🕙 10pm to eat it.  She seems healthy in every other way, just doesn't want her food as soon as I put it down for her atm is all.


It started raining so I used the opportunity to try out the jacket I bought with a voucher I got with my birthday.  It's supposed to be unisex but you can almost fit two of me inside the small so it's definitely aimed more at men 🙄🤣

Time to get on with the studying now... maybe a module before lunch then the other four after we've eaten?  We're having burgers again, home-made of course, with mayo and home-grown onions.

Time for a new day to start!

Mornin' all.


I've just taken my pills, so just my prescriptions to go tonight now.


Steve's decided that I should do the 'negotiation skills' course today (you can go here to see which ones are currently waiting for me to study them and here to see which ones I want to take but haven't signed up for yet), which, apparently, is 5 modules long so I'm hoping I'll be finished this afternoon and can have another early night.

Just started my daily virus scan which'll hopefully be finished by lunchtime too, then I can have my lunch and keep studying.


I put a rare-for-me photo of the puppy dog up on my homepage last night... she was actually looking straight into the camera❗

Time to shut up and start studying now.  BBL.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

The day has vanished again and now I'm off to bed...

I've put a photo of the puppy dog on my homepage but that's pretty much all I've achieved this afternoon.


I'll try to do better tomorrow... might even study a course again, but for now it's nite nite orl again.


The virus scan has finished now and...

...I'm still free of nasties.


Chris has had his birthday gift handed to him by the deliverer and the first package of my 3 birthday gifts is due today "by 9pm" which is cool and groovy.


Apparently we're having the scrambly eggs for "a late lunch or early tea after the shopping has been and gone" now 🙄

Mornin' all

Got a spectacular amount of sleep last night, according to my FitBit app - 10 hours and 47 minutes and I was restless 10 times, which ain't bad going at all.


I've taken my pills and started the virus scan... even remembered not to open my email this morning, which meant I didn't need to reboot loads of times and get stressed out about it.

We're having scrambly egg for our late breakfast today, then I'll take the puppy out for her walk, have lunch, bring the groceries in and put them away then we can both relax.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Where on earth has the day disappeared to?!

The puppy has been fed, walked and medicated as have I (got my last two pills to take in about half an hour), watched an hour-long video while Steve was at his medical appointment and cleared my two caches ready for tomorrow's weekly virus scan... how many times do you reckon I'll have to reboot before I remember not to open up my email programmes❓ 🙄

I'm gonna take my last two pills then have an early night I reckon... nite nite orl and I'll sea ewe 2morro.  💤

Puppy's been walked and fed and medicated now, sooo...

 ...we can all relax until lunchtime now.

Breakfast eaten and judging by the puppy's tail...

...she needs a poo 💩, so I'll wait until she's done that then take her out for our first stroll of the day.  I'm not gonna force her to go out before she's ready today, 'cos she didn't go out until gone 6pm 🕕 yesterday, so I wanna let her recover from that first.

Pills taken, virus scan finished, one of the exercise spreadsheets increased... I'm all set for the day now.  Gonna try and remember to take the puppy for her walk before it gets too dark today 🤣

Because I went to the hospital for the blood test yesterday, as well as doing my nightly exercises, I achieved over 11k steps for the first time since the nurse said to increase my weight (that was when I stopped doing my hourly laps), so I had to update the spreadsheet this morning which was easier than I was dreading, thankfully.

Monday, 5 October 2020

That's just under a third of Steve's defaulted payment on the...

...TV and washing machine.  Still owe them over £250 too.  I've got buggar all in my savings or current account now but at least we only owe £1100 instead of £1400 and we have, hopefully, still got a roof over our heads and the ability to wash our clothes and watch the telly.

Steve had better do exactly what I ask, whenever I request something now... he owes me that at the very least.


Not a happy camper at all right now.


I've just phoned to pay off, what I thought, was...

...a huge chunk of what we owed on the mortgage and found out for myself the shocking reality of just how many payments Steve's missed on the mortgage... it wasn't £300 like he told me on Saturday, nor was it £415 like he told me yesterday, the reality is over £800.  


If he had been honest with me months ago then my trust in him stood a chance of being repaired.  


Not any more though.  


As soon as the back payments have been paid off, I'll be keeping a closer eye on it now that I've got the phone number to call and the account number of our policy.  From now on I have zero trust in Steve and I won't believe a word he says from now on.

Cancelled the surgery blood test online and...

...phoned up to check, it has been and the receptionist wished me a happy birthday too.  I love and appreciate my GP surgery... they are the best ever and can't recommend them highly enough.


Time to go for yet another wee (gotta love caffeinated drinks, this'll be my third wee since I took my first mouthful of it), then take the puppy out for her marathon Monday stroll.  We're having a late lunch today, considering we didn't have breakfast until gone 10.30am 🕥 😆 which is fair enoughski.

Back from the birthday blood test

Got back about half an hour ago but couldn't work out why I couldn't get to the log-in screen on my laptop until I spotted that it wasn't turned on... d'oheth!  It's all sorted now and there were only 5 vials of blood taken this time but I barely felt the needle go in so I'm thinking I'm low in either vitamin D, B12 or both again.  I'm just relieved that my crappy memory is being taken seriously and I might get a diagnosis and/or treatment for it, like I did with my OAB diagnosis.

I can, in theory, relax until January now.

Steve's lied to me again so I trust him even less now

On Saturday it was "about £300" that we were behind on the mortgage and now that' increased to "about £415 'cos it's just over a month".  That's £115 it's gone up in 3 days.  I'm gonna phone the mortgage bods after I get back from the blood test and pay £300 off, which'll leave £115 still owed, which'll just have to wait.

That's the spreadsheets sorted on my site

I've just put the exercise spreadsheets and the Fitbit spreadsheet up on my site, so go see 'em!  😀


Happy birthday to me

H.appy birthday to me,
Squashed tomatoes for tea,
There's a nutter, in the gutter
And yes, it is me.

Morning all.

I'm 43 as of 7 hours ago and as a gift, my flu jab arm is aching, I'm getting blood taken and I'm not sure if I should have taken my vitamin pills this morning or not.  It's too late now, 'cos I just have, but we shall see.

Not got anything out of the ordinary planned for today, other than the blood test, it's just another day to get through as well as I can.

I've put on 50g in the last week though, which is better than losing it, but nowhere near as much as I was hoping unfortunately 😞


Still free of nasties though, and I'm not gonna take the puppy for her stroll until I get back 'cos she's snoring her head off again and I don't want my legs to give way from exhaustion while I'm in the hospital.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Puppy's been walked, fed, watered and medicated for...

...the last time today, so she's currently snoring her head off on the sofa next to me, bless 'er.

I'm trying to get PSP to open so that I can put this week's walkies spreadsheet up on my homepage, but it doesn't want to play nicely so I'm gonna have to reboot again 🙄  BBS.

Had me bath, shaved my pits and legs, soooo

...I'm all set for the morning now.  Need to add bubble bath to the grocery shop before I forget though.


Lunch eaten, puppy fed, so I reckon I'm gonna...

...take the empty plates through, finish my drink (decaff tea) then have a bath and shave my pits ready for tomorrow.  What a way to spend your birthday - being drained of your blood 💉😆


Steve's almost finished his last sandwich, so I'm gonna publish this, drain my mug and jump in the bath now.  BBL.


Puppy walked and fed, laptop unplugged and...

...breakfast eaten and put into the Fitbit app.  Apparently, for lunch today we're having sandwiches for lunch (cheese, tomato and onion) and cake for tea "'cos I [Steve] can't be arsed to cook on Sunday's right now".  That's fair enough and as long as he cooks for the rest of the week, then I think he's allowed one day off a week  👌


Gotta remember to have a bath at some point today so that I don't stink Marie's car and the hospital out when I go for my blood test tomorrow.

Money sorted, not at all happy but... had to be done so that we've still got a roof over our heads.  Gonna email the enabler now with the updated expenses list.


Mornin' all.

I've just taken me pills and refilled the organiser ready for next week.  I'm gonna take my second 5-HTP of the season too... hold on while I do that now.



OK, it's been crunched up and swallowed, so hopefully my mood will start to improve in the next little while.

I'm not at all happy about this, but I'm gonna have to move the money I'd been saving up for H and use it to pay off the missed payments on the mortgage so that we still have somewhere to, you know, stay... it seems to concern me more than Steve though.

I'll go and move the money out of the account and close it now, while Steve's asleep, so that I'm ready to pay off the missed payments tomorrow morning, when I get back from the blood test.  Not at all happy about this.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Book Review: "The Boy Between" by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

 Wowsers.  The first 9% of the book have been amazingly powerful and I've been nodding throughout 'cos it's where I've been too many times in the past.

My initial thoughts?  A definite must-read by everyone.

My hubby made me a mug of tea just after I started reading and I've only just taken my first sip.  It's cold now.  It's not often that a book achieves that - maybe only once in the last 9 months has it happened before.  Get this book, just don't hope that you'll finish a hot drink before it gets cold  ;-)

I'm up to chapter 4 and I'm still nodding throughout as I read... so many of the things that Josh felt as a youngster are what I went through at about the same age too.  I'm heading to bed for an early night now but I'll hopefully remember to keep reading as soon as I come downstairs and have walked our dog tomorrow.

Back now and I've already read two chapters without moving lol  Up to chapter 7 and I'm still nodding throughout every page.  Josh is more intelligent than I ever have been so his struggles must have been worse due to his dyslexia too.

Oh yeah, I remember that darkness, that feeling of the only safe place being my bed, being asleep.

Chapter 9 and his mum has finally got it... she still doesn't understand the depths of suffering we go through though, seemingly.

I wish I had had a Simeon when I was thinking those exact thoughts.  I'm sat here with huge great tears streaming out of my eyes.

Just reading the last 30-odd pages now and it's a relieved as opposed to happy ending so far.  I definitely recommend this book in the highest possible way!

Wow.  What an incredible book.  A must-read for fellow suffers of depression, for friends and family of those with depression and professionals too.  This is definitely a must-read book for everyone and still well-deserves those 5 stars that it started off with yesterday.

Walked and fed the puppy today and I've just...

...finished reading the memoir so gonna put the review up on my site and here on my blog now, as well, of course, as Amazon... a definite must-read!


Puppy's been walked and fed, so I can now...

...carry on reading and reviewing the book.  Not gonna move far from the sofa today 'cos my legs are really feeling it right now, even though I haven't done anything out of the ordinary so far today.

Pills taken already, virus scan started and it's still...

...pitch black outside so I won't take the puppy out yet, so gonna keep reading yesterday's memoir until it gets light and Steve wakes up, then I'll walk the puppy and have my breakfast, then carry on reading this incredible (so far) book.

Friday, 2 October 2020

I'm loving the memoir so far and I've just...

...taken my last two pills of the day, so I'm hoping for an early night and a bright and early start to reading more of the book tomorrow.


Steve eventually phoned his mum and asked her to ask Marie about taking me to the hospital for the blood test.  Gotta remember to cancel the November appointment when I get home though.


I'm thinking I'll finish this chapter then head straight to bed so that I can bore myself to sleep ready for a 5am 🕔 start tomorrow.


I've walked the puppy and bought two more courses, so now it's time for...

...reading and reviewing my next book.  The first memoir I've ever read so I'm keeping a wide open mind and it's about the depths of depression, so it will hopefully be an interesting read.


Just got back from walking the puppy

The puppy really didn't fancy a stroll first thing and it took until 10.30am 🕥 to even get her harness on her.  About three quarters of an hour later she was eventually ready for our first stroll of the day.  Chilly and soggy 🌂 out there, but that was my fault for not wearing a coat... gonna need to invest in a pair of winter gloves if it gets too much colder though, and especially if it snows❗

Steve's just gone to make our lunch - egg mayonnaise sarnies for me with the spread, which will send my calorie consumption and the FitBit graph through the roof again.

I've just got a reminder to take my Calcium, so I'm gonna do that now.  BBL.

Amazon Prime day

Are you an customer❓


Are you tempted by Amazon Prime but find it a bit expensive❓


Want to see what the deal is with the annual Prime Days❓


Now's your chance❗


If you sign up for Prime now, you will get access to this year's Prime Day... hold on, just wanna make another blog post before I forget...

Back now.

Where was I❓

Oh yeah, you get all the benefits of Prime, plus the exclusive access to Prime Day deals too.  If you sign up now, you get a free 30 day trial as well as access to this year's Prime Day.  I couldn't be without it any more.


Just had the telephone appointment and it was...

...good news for a change.


I've got the doctor's blessing to write to the person I was asking about but because I've got the extra word in the middle of mine, mine is more serious and that if this person writes back to me suggesting things then I should talk to one of my doctors about it first before trying anything because she's not a medical bod and they are, which is fine by me... I just want a friend who understands what I've been going through for the last two decades is all.


He also said that if I get the blood taken at the hospital instead of waiting for the one at the beginning of November at the surgery then he will get the results quicker (obviously 😉) and he can prescribe longer term, higher strength pills and refer me to someone at the hospital for more tests and support.

I like this doctor❗ 👍

I've taken my pills and...

...yesterday's photo's courtesy of Steve are up on my homepage now, ready for your viewing pleasure. 

Steve's currently making our brekkie (porridge, of course) and a hot drink for us, so I'm betting the doctor will call as soon as I've got a gob-full of it 🙄  I'm thinking that I'll take the puppy out for her first walk at lunch-time instead of this morning, so that I don't get stressed out about walking our dog when the doc calls.

He's just called to say that my porridge is ready, so I'll go and grab it to eat now.  BBL.


Pills taken, sooo...

...I'm gonna put the photos up on my site now.


I'm considering going back to the once a day posts again, but might wait until after NaNo... what do you all think and want though please❓


I never remember my dreams, but...

...the dream I had was weird, even for me lol


I've already forgotten it, but C was a main character in it and Steve even put in an appearance right at the end.  I've emailed C to tell him what I remembered and told Steve too, but I don't remember any of it now... d'oheth❗


I'm gonna take my morning pills then put yesterday's photo's on my site while I wait for the telephone appointment with the doc.  I'll take our senior puppy out for her stroll when I've had the call then start reading and reviewing the memoir I bought yesterday evening.  The virus scan has already finished and I'm thankfully still free of nasties.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Got a busy day ahead of me tomorrow...

...'cos I've got 12 photo's of the puppy that Steve's just taken to put up on my homepage, I've got a book to read and review and a fast appointment with a doctor about a magasine article I read and want to contact the author about, but I want to get my facts straight first.


I've also coded and uploaded 101 courses I want to do on OpenLearn alone and put it on my navigation page.


I've just taken my last two pills of the day so I'm gonna head now, for hopefully an early start tomorrow morning.

Nite nite orl.  Sea ewe 2morro.

Busy early afternoon today!

I had my lunch (golden syrup sarnies), had my flu jab (Patrick took me down there in 20 minutes on the slowest setting), finished updating my courses to take page and now I can check my email for possibly the first time today, before we have our tea (burgers).  Not planning on moving far from the sofa for the rest of today now, after I've got back from taking the puppy for her stroll.

Mornin' all

I've taken my morning pills, put a book review up on my writing site and blog so I'm just waiting for the puppy to wake up so that I can take her for her walk and have my breakfast.

Got my flu jab just after lunch and Steve's got his enabler coming at 10am so it's all go today.  I wanna try and update the OpenLearn courses that I wanna do bit of my navigation page again today too.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Fancy getting a computer game for free, legally?

Steve's just told me about Epic Games offering games for free for a day and he said that Rollercoaster Tycoon (one of my favourite computer games, alongside Theme Hospital and The Sims) is free today, so I've just signed up for a free account and installed it.  I'm thinking I'll use it as a reward for finishing NaNo so that instead of eating my weight in chocolate, I will spend the rest of the day every day until the Sunday playing it as my reward.


I recommend that you create a system restore point and close down all your other computer programmes before you install the game launcher in case something goes wrong... it didn't go wrong for me, but my arrow pointer thingy worked very very slowly and it messed up the order of the icons in my task bar as well as having to reboot which was slower than normal too.  It's done and dusted now though, so I can concentrate on preparing for NaNo then use it as my completion reward instead of the chocolate.  I'm still gonna have a reward of a J2O for every 5k words I write in a single day, so that I will, in theory, be finished on or hopefully before the 10th.  It's one less thing to have to find the money for though.