Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wednesday 19th February 2020

Morning all.  How are you doing today❓  It's just starting to get light out there, so I'm gonna take the puppy for her stroll now.  BBS❗
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Back now and the puppy has been walked and fed so it's time for my pills now.
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Pills all went down a treat this morning... even the 5-HTP (use my name and email address in the referred by a friend if you're a new customer and you'll get, I think, 10% off your order) didn't have a chance to melt (like it usually does a bit), so hopefully that means today will be an even better day than yesterday❗
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Taken 5 photo's of the puppy dog while Steve's out and about again.  Gonna put them on my site now while I remember... hold on.
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OK, the photo's are now up on my site and the hubby is back, so I'm lost now... what do I do with my time❓❓
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Just had a letter from my GP basically saying that there's a chance I'll recover from the psychotic depression but might relapse and that if I want to go down that route, he can refer me to a consultant psychiatrist to monitor me as I come off the AP's and that if I do relapse then I just need to go back onto them again.

The WKE is a bit more complicated... I've already written to the Neurologist who treated me while I was in hospital and I've got a phone number for a place that will be able to give me more information on hopefully my recovery, so I just need to contact them now.

Basically, there's a good chance I can recover from the psychosis and I just need to contact Headway about if I'll ever recover from the WKE.  Need to remember to do that though - you watch me forget 🀣
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That's the virus scan finished.  Reassuringly I'm still virus free, so time for the backups now.
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Just checked my bank account and I'll have 36p left in my account by the time Sunday rolls around.  Thankfully I'll be getting my benefit on Monday so I'll be able to pay Steve back the £6 he lent me and I'll be able to replace the money that I took out of my other current account too and hopefully 🀞 be able to put some cash aside for a new external hard drive too.  Need another £60 to get the one I want 'cos it's the best value for money, and I'll be able to afford it as long as Steve doesn't borrow any more money from me for the next few months.
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Got 840gb left on my external hard drive which'll see me through most of the rest of the year and means I can save up the almost £200 for a 10tb hard drive instead of the 6tb one I found an hour or so ago... mind you, it's only 4tb more for double the price❗  Hmmmm.
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The backups have finished so I've put it all away and can finally stretch my poor knee again.  It's only once a week for a  couple of hours though, so it's not too bad, in the grand scheme of things.
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Loads more photo's of the puppy this evening.  Just waiting for my FTP programme to load up then they'll be up on my site.
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OK, the photo's are all up on my homepage now... loads and loads of 'em, considering the photo taking got off to a veeery slow start this morning...

She's just gone❗  I'm missing her already and she's only been gone for a minute❗  Literally❗  😒  I'm gonna take me pills and head to bed now.  Nite nite orl.
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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Tuesday 18th February 2020

Mornin' all.

The puppy has been walked and fed... need to remember to do an extra length this afternoon 'cos we came home a touch too soon today.  All my pills πŸ’Š went down really easily this morning so I'm hoping for another good day today... keep your fingers crossed 🀞 that today is a good day for me❓  Please❓
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Got the Fitbit email report on my site now and I'm currently uploading a photo of the sleepy puppy to the first page of my site.  I'm hoping to get more photo's of her today, but no promises.
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Taken another photo πŸ“· of the puppy 🐢 and the wild bird feeders are filled up and ready to go outside now... Steve said he'll "do that when the potato's are cooking" for our lunch, so expect some photo's of our tiny back yard hopefully with some wild birds having a feed off them. 

We used to only get seagulls because there was a big water bit right in the centre that they all swam on and demanded chips and crisps and jacket tatties from unknowing passers by.  Thankfully it's been turned into a huge slap of concrete now and our nearest water is the Quays a few miles away.  They used to nest on the bus depot, but they've stopped doing that too now, which is even better, so hopefully we'll get wrens and blue tits and robins etc coming to the feeders now... they're too small for thrushes and blackbirds and stuff but hopefully we'll get a bird table at some point in future if we get some birds coming to the feeders.

I think the RSPB were looking for people to record the birds in their garden or something weren't they❓❓  We're prolly too late for that now though, but we're still doing what we can for the wildlife❗  I'd love to get a hedgehog family visiting us too, but there's no way for them to get in and out of the back yard without coming through the house 'cos there's three 12 foot high walls and the house on the other side, so it's not suitable for things that can't fly.  Maybe a bat box or something like that instead❓
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That's the puppy walked and fed again.  As promised, Steve put the bird food containers up while we were out, so now we've just gotta be patient and hope that birds decide to visit us now.

I remembered about walking slower on our stroll, but it didn't make any difference to the active minutes, so maybe it does have to be distance rather than speed❓  Not to worry, I'm not going to increase the distance before the end of Summer unless the puppy wants to and my legs can cope with it.
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I've just taken the Calcium and it went down pretty easily and today is going well so far.  Steve's just given me the requested 10 minute warning, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor and go and grab my jacket tatty. Be back this afternoon, after I've had me lunch🍴.
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Cor lummy, that was more filling than I thought... they were only small potatoes, but they filled me right up very quickly.  I'm not bloated, but not far off it❗
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Just put another 4 photo's and 2 video's of the puppy onto my site and I'm thinking that I'll have an early night tonight 'cos I'm already totally cream-crackered even though I haven't done anything too exhaustapayting today, so I'm wondering if I should have a couple of squirts of the B12 to see if that helps.
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Decided against the B12... gonna take my last pills of the day and head to bed for a really early night, in the hopes that I wake up feeling better tomorrow morning.

BRB.

OK, they're taken and I'll be off to bed as soon as I start yawning πŸ‘
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Righty-oh... Steve's asleep so I'm heading to bed.  Nite nite orl❗
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Monday, 17 February 2020

Monday 17th February 2020

Mornin' again all.

What have you all been thinking to the text colours I've been using over the last week or so❔  Which has been your favourite colour that I've used❔  Which one should I use as a change from the black❔  Lemme know in the comments pretty please❔  TIA❕

Gonna take the puppy for her stroll when it lightens up a bit out there.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  The first third of the walk, the rain held off, but literally within seconds of us hitting a third of the stroll and it started peeing it down so we're both soggy now 🀣  That's it until lunchtime now though, so I'll download the Fitbit spreadsheet and put it on my homepage then take my first pills of the week.
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That's the pills taken.  They all went down really easily this morning, so I'm off to a good start to the day... I'm hoping that means that today will be a good day.
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Steve's gone out to heat up today's zoop and I've been reminded about taking the Calcium, so that's done and dusted and I've just got 2 more pills left to take this evening now.
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The puppy has been walked and fed again... I've hopefully worked out how to get the afternoon strolls to appear in the Fitbit app now - I just need to walk slower is all - same number of lengths, just slower steps 'cos each length currently takes about 1 minute and 10 seconds, so I'd need to do 9 lengths instead of the current 5 on Tuesday to Sunday for it to be recorded as being active minutes.  Gonna try and remember to try that this week... you watch me forget though 🀣

I've got me zoop now and added it into the Fitbit app - apparently it's only 195 calories and pure vegetables, liquidised then heated through so it's another healthy meal without rice or pasta for a change - 3 pure vegetable meals in 2 days, which is awesome❕  Doesn't happen often so I make full use of it when it happens❕
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Been catching up on my emails all afternoon and have semi decided to invest in a second Fitbit (the Fitbit Charge 3) so that I can wear that on my wrist as a watch and my current Fitbit Inspire still around my ankle to see if my theory of people getting in the range of 8k-15k steps a day are wearing it around their wrist so it counts each wrist movement as a step even if they are sat still in a chair.  I've got no doubt that some people, who have active jobs or who are on their feet all day achieve that if they wear it on their ankle, like me... but office workers who spend the majority of their time sat down in front of a computer definitely don't, unless they go for a run/walk for 6 miles every day definitely don't❕❕

The shopping has already been and gone... came a single minute into the time slot and apparently he took the boxes into the kitchen too, which was even better❕

I've fed the puppy and taken my pills, so hopefully it'll be another early night tonight, 🀞 fingers crossed.
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The pills are just starting to kick in, so I'm off to πŸ›Œ bed for an early night.  Nite nite orl❕ πŸ’€ 
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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Sunday 16th February 2020

Mornin' all.

The night light thing worked last night, but it hasn't brightened up again yet 😞.  It worked for me falling asleep though... fell asleep half an hour earlier than usual and woke up feeling more refreshed too, so maybe it really was the screen brightness that stopped me from falling asleep until gone πŸ•™ 10pm❔

Gonna take the puppy out for her stroll now... BBS❕ 
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OK, we're back and dripping wet 'cos it started raining ⅔ of the way through, but that's it until this afternoon now.

Steve said about putting the rubbish and recycling out later on again 'cos of the weather, which is fine by me.

Time to catch up on my emails now, while I'm waiting for the photo's of the puppy to upload to my site.
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That's the rubbish and recycling sorted for another week now - the jars have even gone out this week so it's all gone out except the waste food caddy and our third recycling box this week.

It's burgers, chips and veggies for lunch today 🀀 Steve's gonna have buns with his burgers and "maybe a few chips" whereas I'm having the burger patties, chips and veggies... I'm thinking it'll be sweetcorn for the veggies 'cos that's at the top of the freezer but it's a big bag and there might be some open bags of veggies we can have instead but anything suitable for semi-vegans is fine by me❕
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A huge lunch today and Steve's already asleep and there's even a box of leftovers for me tea too.  It was even a nice, healthy lunch with lots of veggies for me... the vegetable patties obviously had vegetables in them, the chips were oven cooked instead of fried and half a plateful piled full of mixed veggies too.  A grand total of only 694 calories so far today, which is awesome and there are leftovers for me tea too and there's even more room in the freezer now too, which is great going... hopefully it'll be completely empty by the start of March, fingers crossed 🀞.
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That's the Calcium taken and the pill organiser refilled ready for next week now, so I can just relax until bedtime now  πŸ‘
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Time for me last 2 pills of the day now... hold on❕

OK, they're both down the hatch now, so I'll head to bed as soon as I start yawning again.
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Just started yawning and it's not even 7.45pm yet, so I'm gonna publish this then shut down for the night.  Be back tomorrow so I'll see you all then.

Nite nite orl❕ πŸ’€
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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Saturday 15th February 2020

Taken all me morning pills and taken the puppy out for her stroll, so I'm all set until lunchtime now.  As you can see, todays text colour is brown which is, apparently, Bloggers dark yellow❕

Almost fell over Steve's internet wire this morning, but he doesn't seem to care.  I'll need to get another rug as soon as I can afford it... I'll be at least £25 overdrawn this week though, so Steve's internet speed is obviously more important than my safety.  Again.
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Charging up me Fitbit now and apparently I was asleep for 9 hours and 56 minutes last night, so why am I wiped out❔
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Taken my Calcium and lunch is almost ready, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor in preparation now.

BBS
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That was a really yummy, if slightly too spicy lunch... vegetable chilli - yumsk❕

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Gonna take me last two pills of the day now, half an hour early, but I'm absolutely wiped out
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I've just turned on the night light thingy on my laptop and dimmed the light in the living room too in the hope I'll fall asleep quicker when I go to bed tonight.  I'm giving it a week for my body to get used to it and then decide next weekend if I want to keep doing it like that or if I want to go back to full brightness the whole time my machine's on.  It's gonna be weird tomorrow if I'm down here before 7am 'cos there's no way I'll remember what I've done and I'll think that the power lead is unplugged or something❕ 🀣

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The night light thing is already working 'cos less than an hour later and I'm ready for bed.  As always, I'll be back tomorrow could someone (or better yet, several someone's) leave me a comment in reply to this post to remind me that I've turned the night light dooberry on pretty please❔  Thank you so much in advance.

Heading to bed πŸ›Œ now... nite nite orl πŸ˜΄πŸ’€
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Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday 14th February 2020

Mornin' all.

Purple text today methinks.

Now that Steve's opened his Valentine's gift from me, I can tell you all what it is❕  It's a cushion of the puppy's head so it's totally unique to both of us and there isn't another one like it anywhere in the world❕


I've taken me pills and walked and fed the puppy dog and we're having a quick and easy lunch today - tinned vegetable ravioli... yummy.

The poo was hiding from me yesterday, when the council asked me to take a photo of it, but it's visible now so I've taken a photo of it and emailed it to the council now.  I can relax now, until lunchtime when I take the Calcium.

Took advantage of a free course with the New Skills Academy this morning - I'm not gonna pass up anything free❕ 
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That's the puppy's second stroll sorted now... fed her too, and she's on the back of the sofa, pushing me off❕  That's the thanks I get for looking after her❕  Maybe she's paying me back for taking so many photo's of her laying down in front of Steve's chair❔  Cheeky cow that I can't be without any more❕
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Just had 4 Valentine's cards and 3 gifts through the post...

...from my Dogs Trust sponsor dogs 🐾 of course❕ πŸ€£πŸ’•
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That's the Calcium taken and 8 photo's uploaded to my homepage now.

As a change from the menu, apparently we'll be having chilli and rice tomorrow 'cos Steve "don't know if we've got any sauce left" and we are at our spending limit for the groceries for the next two weeks and we haven't got any meatless pieces left either, so curry is out too.  😞
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My pills are kicking in now so I'm gonna head to bed.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning❕
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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020

Morning all.

Haven't had any comments about which colour to use for the text, so what colour do you reckon I should use today?  Orange?  Red?  Yellow?  Fuchsia?  Yeah, Fuchsia today... mind you that isn't so much different from black, so should I go with this or black or red?  I'll stick with this for now, but might change it later on.

I've taken all my morning and lunchtime pills, so I've only got the AP's to take tonight now.  Having my first dose of caffeine this week too and apparently I need to add more to the shopping 'cos there's only a scoop and a half left, so I'll do that now.  Gotta take the puppy for her first stroll of the day too... gonna finish off my coffee first though 'cos the puppy is still sleepy, bless 'er.  Steve's just said it's raining outside too, so I'll take her out when the rain has hopefully eased off a bit.
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Walked and fed the puppy dog now, and I'm pondering on, when I can afford it, getting a camcorder that I can put around my head to prove that I pick up the puppy's poo, that I take her for two strolls a day and also that I've got proof of exactly were I walk her so that the council and/or the police can use it as evidence if they need to.  Might even upload each video to You Tube so that you can join us both on her strolls as well as while she's in the house 🀣.  It'll have to be a cheap camcorder so possibly poor quality video's, but it's better than what I've got now.
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OK, so found a cheap and cheerful camera for just under £20 that seems to do everything I want as well as coming with straps to hopefully go round my neck, alongside the counter and apparently the battery lasts for an hour and a half, so as long as I turn it off between walks, I would only need to charge it up once on a Monday and still hopefully have enough charge left for one more walk on Tuesday, then charge it up again and it'll keep me going for most of the rest of the week before I need to charge it up again.

Assuming the quality is good enough I'll be able to video the cat poo's to send to the council as well as being able to have evidence for the police about picking up her poo and exactly where I walk her as well as what is said if needs be.  They can't argue with an unedited video recording after all❕

Just need to save up for it now - shouldn't take too long... it won't be in February 'cos I can barely afford the bills and shopping for the rest of the month as it is, but as soon as I can afford it I'll definitely buy it❕ 
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Found a picture on my Facebook wall with an acronym of depression so I'll put it on the depression page of my site and add it here too:


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Just taken the puppy for her second stroll of the day and our lunch is almost ready, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor and go for yet another wee (my 10th in about 3½ hours - yes, I have been counting) then bring my lunch in, eat it and fall asleep 🀣
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Cor lummy, we're both bloated now... spag bol with proper spag instead of our normal pasta shells or twirls or whatever.  Steve said about putting the two packets of spaghetti into a jar and then that'd make three more sensible sized meals instead of two with quite a bit left over/wasted.  We've got a spaghetti jar in the kitchen, we just haven't used it for well over a decade so will need to be soaked and deep cleaned before we use it the first time, just to be sure we aren't accidentally poisoning ourselves or whatever.

I've put more "posh coffee" in the basket for a couple of weeks time so my caffeine fix for the next little while will be PG Tips tea... need to remember to eat something before I have it though, or it'll go straight through me again, like the coffee this morning 🀣
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Steve's just sent me a link to a large pod of wild dolphins 🐬 showing off alongside a boat that you can see here.  My heart is totally melting and I've got a smile plastered to my face now.
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That's me last two pills of the day taken and I want another early night, so I'm gonna shut down soon
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Just done some online surveys and the AP's are kicking in now, so I'm off to bed now.

Nite nite orl❕ πŸ˜΄πŸ’€
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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Mornin' again all

How are you liking me changing the colours of the text in this and the last couple of blog posts❔  Which is your most preferred one so far❔ Do you prefer dark text like this and Monday or light text like I used yesterday❔

The virus scan has started and I opened up my two email programmes so it's gonna take forever to finish today, but that's OK, 'cos I've got a medical appointment at lunchtime so hopefully it'll be finished by the time I get back from that then I can do the backups.

Taken my first pills of the day - they were a nightmare to get down again this morning 😞 They are swallowed now though, so that's it until I get back from the medical appointment.

Still missing the puppy dog, but it's in her best interests for her health and it's only a couple of days a week, we have her the majority of the week so that's all we want.

Steve's just said about getting a bird table for the back yard now that it's clear... sounds like a good idea to me, as long as it isn't too tall for me to reach in and replace the seeds❕  Can't see Steve doing it and it'd have to be up against the wall so that the puppy didn't knock it over too... might as well make use of our back yard now that it's totally clear❕
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Just got back from the nurse and my blood pressure is fine and dandy, the blood was taken and they are gonna let me know if anything else needs to happen and I've lost 5kg (10lbs) since October, which is awesome and means that I only need to lose another 3kg to get to my ideal weight now, which is fantastic❕  It's taken the best part of 17 years (not a typo) but I'm within touching distance now... I reckon that calls for a celebration❕
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 *ahem*   

THE PUPPY'S HOME AGAIN❕❕❕❕

Gonna have me soup then take her out for her walk... she's only missed one walk this week (this morning) which is three better than last week and she's only been out of the house for about 18 hours this week instead of two days that she's normally with Helen.  She's already asleep under Steve's leg, bless 'er.
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Got a couple of photo's of her now, so I'll put those up, finish the soup and then take her out for her fifth walk of the week.  Assuming she's home for the rest of the week, like normal, she'll have 13 walks instead of her normal 10 and I'll have 6 or possibly 7 days of exercise in the Fitbit app too, depending on if this afternoon's walk lasts 10 minutes or not... if it does, it'll be 7 days of exercise and however many active minutes, otherwise it'll be 6 days exercise and active minutes.

Just gotta wait for the backups to finish then I'll put it away and that'll be it then, I can take the puppy out for her stroll.  It's currently at 99% so it should be finished any minute now.
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Backups have finished and I've walked the puppy.  Half the distance of yesterday's which is double our afternoon walk or ⅔ of the morning walk, so it's pretty much on target considering she's only here for half of today.  It's not showing up in the Fitbit app yet, so I'm gonna reboot my laptop and hope it'll be there then.  No great shakes if it's not though  πŸ˜ƒ

BBS❕ 
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Didn't need to reboot after all, just needed to shut down the app for a couple of minutes 'cos it's showing 11 active minutes for the puppy's walk and 3 days of exercise, so it'll be 7 days exercise and recorded minutes this week, which is awesome, and I know now that I need to walk the puppy 10 lengths for it to start showing up, so it's obviously a length a minute which is cool and groovy and I understand why it doesn't show up afternoon strolls now 'cos we only do 5 lengths on Tuesday to Sunday.  That's OK though, as long as it records our morning strolls then that's all I want 'cos the afternoon strolls are just an added bonus.

Gonna sort out the photo's now, before I forget.
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OK, the photo's are up and I've just taken a survey... the puppy is asleep under Steve's leg again, bless 'er.
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Taken and uploaded an extra 5 photo's and my evening pills are kicking in so I'm off to bed now.  Nite nite orl πŸ’€
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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Mornin' all.

I'm thinking today will be a green day for the text in here, just to jazz things up again.

I've already taken the puppy out for her morning stroll and fed her, as well as taking all me day pills, so that's me sorted until this evening now.

Gotta have a bath in preparation for tomorrow and prolly get the door to Steve's prescription as well as getting the puppy ready for going back with Helen today.  Busy day❕

Got some photo's to put on my homepage, so I'm gonna do that before I forget... BBS❕
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Steve's just heard from Helen... she's picking up our senior little puppy after work tonight so there is plenty of time for me to have a bath before she comes and Steve's prescription will hopefully be delivered well before then too.  Gonna keep resizing the photo's now and get that and the Fitbit screenshot thingamejig up on my site before we have our lunch.
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Steve's pills have just been delivered, so all that's left to do now is having a bath, taking the puppy for her second stroll and having our lunch.  Steve reckons that I should have our lunch, take the puppy out then have me bath, so that's what I'm gonna do.
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Just taken the puppy out for her second stroll and she poo'd so I picked it up and brought it home... it's what is legally required so I always have and always will❕  Steve gave the puppy her lunch and ours is in the oven, so I'll have my bath after we've eaten and then wait for the puppy to go back with Helen for her medicated bath again.
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Yummy scrummy in my tummy.  Just had lunch of jacket tatties, cheese and beans and I'm now "in the zone" with calories (according to my Fitbit) and nicely full without being bloated.  Gonna wait for my lunch to "go down" before I have my bath, then wait for the puppy to go then have an early night, ready for tomorrow.
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I've just got out of the bath so I'm all clean now.  I worked out that I need to put the water heater on for at least an hour before I have a bath so that I've got a big supply of hot water refils instead of only half filling with hot water once before the hot water is used up... even then it's barely warm❕  I put the water heater on just before I got undressed and I just about managed one refill with the hot water in the tank.

Time to catch up on my emails and Facebook posts since I've been in the bath now.
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That's the puppy fed, watered and prescription taken now, so we're just waiting for Helen to turn up and take her away again 😒  I know I should be used to it by now, after so many months, but it still πŸ’” breaks my heart πŸ’” every week, even though she's only gone for a couple of days now.

Got a couple of short video's of the sleepy puppy to keep me going though, as well as all the photo's from yesterday and this morning, so I'll look at them when I'm missing her terribly until she's home again.

BRB - just coding the video's and uploading the updated index page... hold on❕
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That's the first one coded and ready to be uploaded, just waiting for the second video to finish uploading to YouTube now.
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Both up on my site now and both prescriptions taken, so just waiting for the puppy to break my heart then I can go to bed.
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The puppy's just gone❕ 😒  My πŸ’” heart is breaking❕  She'll "be back in a day or two" but it's already too long❕
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I'm off to beddy-byes now but I'll be back tomorrow.  Nite nite orl.  πŸ’€
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Monday, 10 February 2020

Monday 10th February 2020

Morning again all.

The Fitbit says that I was asleep for 8 hours and 48 minutes, which is 3½ hours less than yesterday but I'm feeling a lot more awake and ready for the day than I was yesterday for some reason.

It's nice and light out there, so I'm gonna take the puppy for her stroll now, then take me morning pills then sort out the Fitbit spreadsheet to put on my homepage.

BBS❕ 
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OK, we're back now and the puppy has been fed and watered so it's time for me morning pills then I'll sort out the Fitbit spreadsheet.
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Pills taken now... all of 'em went down really easily this morning, thankfully, so that's it now until lunchtime.  Time to password protect the spreadsheet, code and upload it to my site now.
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The Fitbit page is sorted and I've added 5 photo's to my index page too.  You can see the ugly me in all five of 'em.  Wanna try and remember to smile in future photo's and not put myself down as much too.  I'm not pretty but I'm not ugly either, so I need to reprogramme what I've always been told since childhood.
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Another 10 photo's added after our second stroll of the day... we are both wet and soggy but Steve's put the heater on to dry us both off.
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That's my last two pills of the day taken now and the groceries had been and gone by 6.05pm too❕  Just gotta finish off my mug of tea then I can have a wonderful early night again.

Steve said he hadn't heard from Helen by the time Marie came to the door to help him put the groceries away so he's thinking that she won't be coming tonight for Mitzi, which is totally cool and groovy, I'll just keep her harness on when we get back from her morning walk tomorrow.  Steve's prescriptions are being delivered tomorrow and I've gotta have a bath ready for my own medical appointment on Wednesday so it's gonna be all go tomorrow❕
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I'm off to beddy-byes now... adding those last few photo's was worth the exhaustion and I'm hoping to be asleep by πŸ•£ 8.30pm... keep yer fingers crossed 🀞 for it to happen.

What do you think to the blue text I've been using today... is it easier or harder to read than the black❔  Lemme know in the comments❔  Please❔

See you all in the morning... nite nite orl❕ 
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Sunday, 9 February 2020

Sunday 9th February 2020

Mornin' all.

It blew a gale out there overnight, but I slept right through it❗ 🀣

Took the puppy out for her stroll and it was still really windy out there, so we didn't do any extra extra's today, just our normal length walk.  When we got home, I fed her then took me six pills and refilled the box ready for next week.  Missed two Calcium pills last week which ain't so bad... certainly better than before I got the box and a lot safer so that I don't accidentally double dose on any of the pills.

Burgers, chips and veggies for lunch today and apparently there isn't much left in the big freezer, so it's just the little freezer and cupboards to empty out now... so proud of us for holding off on getting new freezer stuff for the last couple of weeks so that we could totally empty it... just gotta do that with the little freezer and cupboards now.  Apparently all we've got left in the little freezer is "green and orange zoop" that Steve's mum made for us, so that's the little freezer sorted too, just the cupboards left to sort out now then that's it.

We've improved sooo much over the last 6-ish months and it's done us both the world of good too.  Thank you for cooking for us every day, Steve... I really appreciate it, and so does my bank balance❗ 🀣
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That's our lunch eaten... Steve had burgers and I had chips.  We've taken the rubbish and recycling out and the puppy's been for both her walks, so we can relax for the rest of the day now.  Steve's tweaking tomorrow's shopping then that's it for the day.  Patrick is getting his batteries charged up ready for Wednesday and my legs are kinda going "don't move for the rest of the day now" so I'm gonna keep my bum on the sofa other than going for wee's when my bladder tells me to.

Had 10 hours of sleep last night, according to the Fitbit but I'm more exhausted than when I get 7 or 8 hours for some bizarre reason❗
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Taken a couple of surveys this afternoon.  Can't remember what either of them were about now though 🀣

Patrick's batteries are charged up already, so I can take him down to the doc on Wednesday if I need to, if Marie doesn't come to pick me up or whatever.  Steve's making us a hot drink and I'm hoping for another early night tonight, in preparation for our Marathon Monday walk tomorrow.
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I've had enough of the day, so I'm off to bed now.

Nite nite orl❗
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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Saturday 8th February 2020

Mornin' again all.

I took the puppy out for an early stroll this morning then came back and fed her then she fell asleep.  I'm wondering if she's got a bit of hearing loss 'cos she doesn't always seem to hear me when I ask her to "sit" and "wait" for her breakfast, but knew the hand signal I gave her for her breakfast straight away, even though I didn't say a word... is that hearing loss or Westitude❓
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That's the shopping sorted and I've taken a few photo's of the puppy dog that haven't been sent from my phone yet for some reason.  As soon as they are sent I'll get them on my site.
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OK, they're sent.  Need to turn off my phone then turn it back on if it happens again... you watch me forget though❗  🀣
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Spaghetti and meatless balls for lunch today.  Yummier than I remembered and 66% of us are fast asleep right now 🀣  I've taken the puppy for both her walks and she's had two of her three meals so we're all sorted until bedtime now.

Absolutely exhaustapayted now so I'm hoping I'll be able to have an early night tonight.
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Tofu, right... how do you prepare it and what do you eat with it please❓

Steve says it absorbs the flavour of whatever it's cooked with, but do you need to cook it in the sauce (or whatever) right from the start or do you need to cook it separately, then add it to the sauce for the last few minutes please❓  Other than in curries and with pasta and sauce, what else do you eat it with please❓

Now that we are eating mainly home-cooked meals instead of take-aways every day, I wanna see what else is available for semi-vegans that Steve would enjoy too.  We use Quorn stuff in most meals, I just wanna try new things... especially now that we've apparently got through most of our big freezer 🀣

I've spotted a couple of vegan steaks at Sainsbury's that I fancy trying at some point but "a bit too vegetarian for me... I'd need proper meaty steaks when you have those, sorry".  That's fine by me... maybe we could have them instead of the Quorn Roast on a Sunday, just for a change?  If they don't taste too bloody or meaty then we could maybe have those every other month or whatever, just as a bit of a change❓

Steve's definitely getting into the home-cooked meals again now, which is awesome... I definitely prefer home-cooked food to take-aways and they are doing wonders for our weight loss too... we've both dropped a clothes size since Steve's been cooking for us now that we aren't having at least one take-away a day and it's a lot cheaper too... we're getting a week's worth of food, drinks, cakes and biscuits every week, for less than just two take-aways used to cost us.  We still have take-aways, but they are treats now, rather than staple meals for us.

So proud of you and really appreciate you cooking for us each day, Steve❗  😍Love you soooo much❗
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More photo's and a shortish video of the puppy dog to resize, code and upload this afternoon... bear with me while I sort them out.
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OK, they are all up and I've fed the puppy, so that's it until bedtime now.  Definitely want an early night tonight - I'm absolutely wiped out❗
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Just taken me last two pills of the day so I'm gonna head to bed now for a really early night.

Nite nite orl.  Sea ewe in the morning again.

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Friday, 7 February 2020

Friday 7th February 2020

Mornin' all.

I've taken the puppy out for her stroll and had my breakfast (an apple turnover), so the rest of the day is mine now.  Already taken some photo's of the puppy and she's fast asleep on the sofa next to me now, bless 'er.

Steve's making us a mug of "posh" (cafetierre) coffee to wake us both up and it means that I've had my two caffeine drinks this week, but that's OK... cutting out the majority of caffeine hasn't made much of a difference to my OAB unfortunately.
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That's the last of my prescriptions just arrived, so I'm not waiting for anything else until this time next month now.
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Updated my homepage with loads of photo's of the puppy dog this morning and my Fitbit is charged up and I've been for several wee's from the posh coffee already, so I'm thinking I'll need lots more wee's today 🀣
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That's me morning pills taken... several hours later than normal, but they're down the hatch now.  Missed 2 Calcium pills this week so really shouldn't miss any more... can't take today's Calcium until mid-afternoon cos I took the prescription it interacts with a couple of hours later than normal, so need to take the Calcium later too.  Would never have known that if it hadn't been for the pill box container thing that I put them all in every Sunday.
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Simple but yummy lunch today - meat-free sausage rolls and chips... yummy.  Tomorrow's lunch is s'getti and meatless meatballs then Sunday is burgers, chips and veg 🀀
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That's my last two pills of the day taken, so I can concentrate on putting graphic stars instead of html stars on all my reviews now❗
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Just started yawning, so gonna charge my mobile up a tiny bit then head to bed.  Nite nite orl❗
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Thursday, 6 February 2020

Thursday 6th February 2020

Mornin' all.

Apparently Helen texted Steve last night with the results of Mitzi's vet visit and it's good news... the vet is happy with her weight and blood results so we just need to keep on keeping on for the forseeable future now... same amount of food, same dosage of meds and still the same medicated baths which is awesome πŸ‘  Because of the meds she's on, there will still be vet visits to keep an eye on her levels, but they won't be every month or six weeks or whatever - months instead of weeks now which my bank balance will approve of  🀣

We're getting our hair's cut today and by the time we get home, we'll have spent double the amount of time with Steve's family in 11 days as we have with my mum in over a decade and it'll be the same again next week - in 18 days we will have seen Steve's family triple the amount of times in under a month than I've seen my mum in over a decade, but Steve doesn't see anything wrong with that 😑😠

Time to read and review the book now, before we go and see Steve's family.
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Gonna shut down ready for getting our hair's cut now... buh-bye for now and I'll be back in a few hours!
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Back now and we have, officially spent double the amount of time with Steve's family in 11 days as we have with my mum in a decade and it'll be the same again next week too... so much for going over to see my mum regularly eh❓

The puppy's coming home at some point this afternoon though... yaaaaaay❗
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Having a Burger King meal for our "make do" lunch but it's not twice a day any more though and most of our meals are cooked at home now, so the occasional take-away ain't so bad.
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The puppy's hooooome❗  Yaaaaaaay❗❗❗  Need to phone the vet and pay for her blood test and food while I think of it... hold on...
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Oooh ouch❗  Just paid Mitzi's vet bill which set me back the best part of £100 so it's a good job I'm getting paid on Monday and I had the money in my account to cover it... I'll be left with less than £1 in the bank after tomorrow's bill payment has come out❗  😟
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Absolutely exhausted and I haven't got anything to get up early for in the morning, so I'll get up when I get up... bet I'll still be down here before 8am though❗  🀣

Nite nite orl.  Sea ewe in the morning.
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Book Review: "The Poop Diaries" by Abby Ross


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

First thought, just by the title of this book, don't read it around the time you eat... I've had soup for lunch 2 hours ago so hopefully I'll be OK, bear it in mind though πŸ˜‰

About half way through the second chapter so far, and nothing has made me want to lose my lunch yet... it's gross in parts, but not too bad.  Easy to read while you're waiting for your tea to cook or in bed at night or whatever.

Oh boy, after a gentle start, the grossness has started on page 78!

Yep, the grossness hasn't eased off yet so make sure you've got a strong stomach before you read this... it's a good book, just very very gross in parts - take heed of the title 'cos there are a lot of detailed descriptions on that type of plumbing!

Keep reading through the gross bits in the middle 'cos it ends as innocently (is that the right word❓❓) as it starts... the grossest bits are definitely in the middle but you can safely read the first and last few chapters without losing your lunch.

Such an interesting, humourous and at times maddening on the plumbers behalf because of the way their clients treated them, but well worth a read!

Thank you for opening my eyes to the plumbers difficulties out there, Abby Ross... I hope everyone who comes into contact with tradespeople after reading this book treat them with more respect and gratitude than some of the plumbers you interviewed in this book!

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Mornin' all.

Just taken me morning set of pills.  They all went down pretty easily this morning... still missing the puppy though.  The virus scan has started and I'm gonna have a shower when Steve gets back from his medical appointment.

Gonna browse Facebook all morning until Steve gets back, have me shower, then do the backups.
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Steve's back now and he's made me a mug of tea (thank you Steve❗) so I'll finish that off then head off for the shower... or should I wait until after lunch❓❓

My prescription turned up while Steve was out but it was only one of 'em instead of two, so I'll give it until Friday then phone the pharmacy to find out what's going on.  I had the med review and the surgery pharmacist was happy with me continuing with all of them so hopefully there's just been a delay with getting it in is all or something.
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Jumping in the shower and washing my hair, so that it has a chance to dry before I head to bed, then time for my lunch (cuppazoop) and backups... TTFN❗
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Out of the shower now and the virus scan has finished (still virus free... yaaay❗) so time to do the backups now.  Keep your fingers crossed 🀞 that it goes well this week❗  Please❓
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That went amazingly easily and worked first time too, which is awesome❗  Time to check my emails until bedtime now.
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System restore point created, so I'll just mooch around until the washing has finished so that I can put my Alice band back in my hair (it's being washed atm)... hope it doesn't take too long❗
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Evening pills taken... think I forgot the Calcium today though.  Too late to worry about it now though!
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I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Getting our hairs cut tomorrow so not sure how long tomorrow's blog post will be... that's it for today though, nitey nite nite orl❗
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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Morning all.

Just taken all me pills, so it's time to walk the puppy dog now.  Caught up on my sleep last night, thankfully... 9 hours of sleep and I feel a lot better for it too.

Gonna take the puppy for her first stroll of the day now.  BBS❗
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Back now.  She walked me an extra length today and she's fast asleep in her bed now.  Steve's gonna go out and do our lunch now... jacket tatties, cheese and beans for me and tuna and sweetcorn sandwich filler for Steve's tatties, just to see what it's like.  Apparently we're both having cheese and I'm having an entire can of beans to myself... I hope the potato can swim❗  🀣

Gonna take the puppy out for her second stroll of the day now.
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We're back, the lengths are in the spreadsheet, the puppy's had her lunch and been for a poo so that's it now until the lunch is cooked.
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That was a huge and yummy lunch for both of us today❗  Gonna be an early night for both of us again... I give Steve under half an hour before he falls asleep 🀣
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19 minutes later and he's, as predicted, fast asleep and snoring his head off❗ 🀣
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The puppy's gone and I'm off to bed... no reason to get up early in the morning, so I'll see you when I see you❗

Nite nite orl.
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Monday, 3 February 2020

Monday 3rd February 2020

Mornin' all.

Was awake and down here before 3am today.  At least I've done some research into going to see my mum by train though... it's expensive at £75 return and involves a change at Didcot Parkway which is gonna send my anxiety through the roof, but my mum is worth it and I refuse to not see her any more.  We'll have to stay at the railway station which is far from ideal, but she's worth it and it's more affordable to get the train over every few months than saving up for a car, paying tax and insurance and petrol and all that other jazz.  2020 will be the year that I see her again.

Currently charging up my Fitbit so that it keeps working for the rest of the day and I'm gonna be wiped out by the time the shopping's been and gone 'cos I got less than 6 hours sleep overnight but hey-ho, too late to worry about it now.
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That's the Fitbit charged up and the weekly spreadsheet added to the Fitbit page, drunk me mug of cafetierre coffee so I'm all set for the day now.
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Just got back from our Monday Marathon stroll and she walked me an extra length this morning, started on a second extra extra length, but there's no way I could have safely done it, so we came home instead.  Not going to be able to move for the rest of the day now... even going to the bathroom and back is gonna be a struggle for the next couple of hours, at least, so it's a good job I went before putting the puppy's harness on and leaving the house to start it... even my hands are aching and struggling to move❗

That has to be it until at least lunchtime... no moving my legs until I go and get my lunch then take the puppy out for our second stroll of the day.
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I'm absolutely cream-crackered after such an early start this morning❗  I've already done an extra 1045 steps over my daily entire target and it's not even 10am yet❗

I'm wide awake (because of the cafetierre coffee) but dead on my feet after this mornings marathon and ache all over, so I'm not going to move off the sofa for the rest of the morning now... hope the caffeine doesn't affect my bladder too badly 'cos it's just not safe enough for me to hobble anywhere until at least my legs have recovered.
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That's the puppy walked for the second time, fed (both the dog and her humans) and I've taken 3 video's and 3 photo's of her that are on my homepage and added it to the Fitbit app.  That's it now until the shopping's been this evening, then I'm gonna have an early night and hope that I get considerably more sleep tonight than I did last night 🀣
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I'm absolutely cream crackered, so I'm off to bed now... nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Sunday 2nd February 2020

Mornin' all.

Taken the puppy for her stroll, fed her and taken my morning pills so I'm all set until lunchtime now.  We're seeing Steve's family again today, that's three times in seven days which is the same as I've seen my family since January 2010 - hardly fair, is it?

Gonna shut down now, but I'll be back at some point today.
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Back now. 

Ended up spending 5 hours with them which was the same amount of time that I spent with my mum in 2 of the visits in 2010 plus the other 3 hours on Monday and Wednesday is the same as I spent with my mum in January so, as predicted, Steve's spent the same amount of time with his family in 7 days as I've spent with my mum in the last decade.  Not happy about that at all, and it'll be the same next week too 'cos of the shopping on Monday is an hour, his medical appointment on Wednesday will be at least two hours and we're going over to get our hairs cut on Thursday too, so that'll be at least another couple of hours, minimum.  The week after that will be another hour on the Monday, medical appointments on Wednesday for both of us as well, so that's another three hours so in 17 days we'll have spent near enough triple the amount of time with Steve's family as we have with my mum in just over a decade.  Hardly fair, is it❓
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Running the battery down on my laptop atm.  Trying to catch up on everything I've missed today too lol
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Gonna take my last pills of the day and head to bed now.  Still got an hour and 47 minutes worth of battery life left so I'll keep running it down until I head to bed then shut down I reckon.
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That's the last pills of the day taken, so I'm gonna catch up on Facebook now, for the first time today.
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Battery is down to 19% now, so gonna post this then wait until it finally dies on me.

TTY all at some point tomorrow❗

Nite nite orl❗
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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020

Mornin' all.

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month and all that jazz.

The puppy's been out for her walk, she's been fed and we've both taken our morning pills.  I've already taken several photo's of her, so I'll put those up when I edit my homepage and put the January photo's on the 2020 page... lemme do that now, before I forget.
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OK, that's sorted now so the first page will load a lot quicker now 🀣
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I've put up loads of photo's of the puppy and it's not even lunchtime yet❗
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Got 3 long video's of the puppy dog this evening too that are currently uploading then I'll code them into my homepage.
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That's my prescriptions taken and two of the three video's have been uploaded, so just waiting for the last one to finish now then that's it for the day.
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Just taken an almost 13 minute video then that really is it then 🀣
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The uber-long video has just finshed uploading and I've coded it, just waiting for my FTP programme to start responding so that I can upload it now❗
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I'm off to beddy-byes until the morning now.  Nite nite orl❗ 😴
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Friday, 31 January 2020

Friday 31st January 2020

We are finally at Brexit... without a deal - this could either go amazingly well or amazingly terribly - all down to BoJo so not feeling too confident about what will happen to the country now.

The puppy was a good girl on her first walk of the day, came home, ate her breakfast then went out for a poo πŸ’©. 

Got my prescription review at some point today... I'm thinking it'll be a lunchtime call so that the patients appointments aren't delayed.  Steve has changed the menu for the third time this morning - we were supposed to have fish/sausages, chips and rumbledethumps because he "can't be arsed to cook today so it'll have to be a make-do lunch of crisps and cake" even though he agreed to the whole menu on Sunday.  This is the third change already this week.
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That's the prescription review done - gotta have a blood test and blood pressure check because of a couple of the prescriptions I'm on, but that's easily sorted.  Got an appointment on the 12th to get it done and dusted but other than that, everything is tickety-boo❗
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That's me lunch eaten (fishless fish and chips), puppy walked and Calcium taken.  All sorted until tonight now, which means I can spend all afternoon doing surveys 🀣
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Taken a few surveys and coded loads of photo's of the puppy into my homepage, taken my pills and I'm heading to bed now.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning again πŸ’€
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Thursday, 30 January 2020

Thursday 30th January 2020

Mornin' all!

All my morning pills went down OK this morning and the puppy behaved herself on both walks.  The Calcium wasn't too bad, just a touch chalkier than normal.  Got social services coming out soon to see what help they can give me... keep your fingers crossed 🀞 that we get some help and support... it's amazing how much support we've been given...

She's just been and gone and there is a lot she can give us access to, including someone coming out to help us sort out a room at a time to "give us more room" to start with, then a trolley to help to bring the food and plates into here, then potentially a seat to help me to get in and out of the bath and all sorts of other things.  She said about getting a bed into the living room for Steve and turning our spare room into a living room which isn't ideal 'cos we'd be back to barely seeing each other again then, but the wheels are in motion now and we can say no at any point apparently.

It's amazing what can be done if the right people (in this case, the police) make referrals for us❗  Just got my meds review tomorrow, Steve's family on Sunday, then next week is back to normal... I hope❗ 🀣
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Got 6 photo's and a 10½ minute video of the puppy dog that's currently uploading from my phone to YouTube, so as soon as that's sorted, I'll code it into my homepage then take my evening pills while the page is uploading.
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Two of the photo's are a bit blurrier than usual, so it'll just be four photo's instead of six.  Not to worry though... there's still 2GB's worth of video to enjoy too❗
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Just gonna restart to get rid of the flippin' frozen message box thingamejig... BBS❗
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Back now and I've taken me last pills of the day so I'm gonna be here until I start getting tired then head to bed for an early night.
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Thanks to the long video of the puppy, it's got me interested in taking more, longer video's but I have to be sat down and Steve said he doesn't want any video's of him, so other than the puppy, what else can I video on my phone, just to practice?  I'm all out of ideas and need your help pretty please❗  Leave me a comment in reply to this blog post and let me know your ideas❗  I can't take video's of me walking the puppy 'cos I've got her lead in one hand and my quad cane in the other but that's pretty much the only time I leave the house, other than to go to the doctor (which I can't video due to confidentiality of the other patients) or getting my hair cut (so Steve would be videoing it instead of me).  All ideas are more than welcome❗  Thank you so so much❗
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Shutting down for the night now, but I'll be back tomorrow.  I'm off to bed πŸ›Œ now though, nite nite orl❗ πŸ’€
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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wednesday 29th January 2020

Morning all.

I discovered a new pair of trousers in the bedroom last night, so that's saved me a bit of money and my pills went down amazingly easily this morning, so hopefully that means today will be a good day for me.

The virus scan has started, so I can't check my emails until it's finished... means I'll be surfing for the next 5-ish hours. Time to watch Masterchef while I'm waiting I reckon.
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Steve will be seeing his family the same in 7 days than I've seen my family since the start of 2010.  He saw his sister yesterday, his dad today and he's seeing his mum on Sunday.  I saw my mum in January 2010, at my father's funeral and then two months later with the puppy.  I haven't seen her since.  Hardly fair now, is it❓
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That's the Calcium taken, so I'm all dosed up until bedtime now.
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THE PUPPY'S HOME AGAIN❗❗❗  YAAAAY❗❗❗
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Got a medication review over the phone on Friday for some reason... it's only two days away so I hope it's nothing serious for it to come out of the blue like this❗  I ordered the anti-bladder pills and folic acid last night so maybe it's that❓  I've got an appointment to see Dr B in the middle of February, so maybe it's for that to free up the appointment❓

Got a social worker coming out tomorrow, just after lunch too, just to see if there's anything they can help with... that was arranged by the police that I'd totally forgotten about❗

It's amazing what's suddenly become available in the last 6 months - first the CAB then my GP surgery and now social services... I wonder who's next❓❗
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Got a feedback opportunity soon so I'm gonna plug my headphones in and go for a wee in preparation.
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That's the feedback sorted and my last two pills taken, so it's time for bed now I reckon.  Can someone remind me to sort the photo's and upload it tomorrow pretty please?

Thank you and nite nite orl❗
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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Mornin' all

I've taken all my pills until bedtime now, just need to sort the Fitbit email report out and put it on my site... if PSP ever decides to start 🀣  Also potentially got another person wanting to update her site for Steve too, so he'll be working on getting a quote sorted and hopefully having another happy client under his belt... he needs to remember to add in his labour charges instead of just his standard expenses of the domain name and hosting though - like he said, he's not a very good businessman 'cos he hasn't made any profit on the sites he's made so far 🀣

Gonna try rebooting to see if that helps things along.  BBS❗
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That's the report up and our lunch eaten... yummy jacket potato, cheese and baked beans today and we'd only been finished for maybe 15 or 20 minutes before our Iceland groceries were delivered, so I've just taken the cakes off Monday's shop and it comes to only £40.06 which is awesome.  Steve's got 24 packets of meaty crisps to eat all by himself now though❗  🀣
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Put a bottle of squash and 2 boxes of paracetamol for Steve as well as a bag of lettuce and pack of tomato's to go with our burgers so it's £44.26 now which is more like it.
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Just taken my last pills of the day and within literally seconds of putting the second one under my tongue the Freegle person came to the door with the head massager... my first ever receive in the decade (at least) since I've been using Freegle❗  Gonna try it tonight and leave a review of it on here and my homepage tomorrow - it's something I've wanted to try for several years and I've finally got it in my hands. 

The pills are kicking in, so I'm heading to bed for an early night now.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning❗
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Monday, 27 January 2020

Monday 27th January 2020

Mornin' all.

Just taken me morning pills and Steve's given Mitzi hers (as well as a chunk of HobNob), so it's time to take the puppy out for her first stroll of the day now.  It's Monday so it's the two marathon walks today... gonna be a long slog, but it's only one day a week.

BBS❗
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That's the puppy walked and fed then she went out for a poo, like a spectacular girl... I could swear that she wanted to poo while we were on our walk, but she obviously held it in until we came home - maybe she really does understand how difficult it is for me to pick it up on our strolls so holds it in until we get back❓  She hasn't poo'd on her walk for the last couple of weeks, but has very soon after having her breakfast (like this morning) or in the early hours of the morning when Steve takes her out.  I do, of course, pick it up when she poo's on our walk, but I'm wobbly and anxious for the rest of the walk then... sometimes even the rest of the morning/afternoon❗  Is that even possible though❓  Do dogs understand and empathise with their person❓  Do they willingly make things easier for them or am I overthinking things❓  🀣
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Had a veggie delite Subway sarnie for lunch and I've taken me Calcium, so I'm all sorted until after the shopping's been delivered now.  Time to take the puppy out for her second stroll, then give her her lunch now.
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Just got back from our second stroll of the day.  Almost gave Steve a heart attack when he saw me because I didn't make the clinking, jingling noise with my keys as we came in.  Nowt else on for the rest of the day now though, so we can both recover from Marathon Monday.  It's only once a week but it wipes us both out.  Worked out (thanks to Fitbit) that 10 times up and down is 12 minutes, so I'm thinking I'll try 7 times up and down tomorrow to see if that hits the 10 active minutes that Fitbit needs to track it and if not, I'll do 8 times on Wednesday to see how many extra lengths we need to do for it to be logged by my Fitbit.  It's frustrating but necessary but not doing anything negative to either of us long-term.
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Steve's just heard from Helen that she's coming to pick up the puppy after work this evening❗❗ 😒  I know how much the vet bill is for last week though, so I'll pay that now while I remember... BBS❗
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That's the vet bill paid... £39.25 which ain't bad going at all, considering it wasn't far off £150 a month for her steroids and food last year❗  She's off the steroids and on a different food (because she's the ideal weight and is a senior puppy) now so it'll prolly be around £80 a month from now on which is a lot more affordable at just over half the price❗  As soon as the medicated baths finish and her thyroid levels are where they should be, it'll just be her thyroid pills and food each month and maybe yearly blood tests just to keep on top of it all.  She's priceless to us and I'd find any amount necessary for the puppy dog... she's a senior girl now and other than her thyroid seems to be doing really well and is happy and healthy and enjoying herself still, which is great news❗
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Taken 17 photo's and 4 video's of the puppy dog today but she's just gone❗  😒
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Gonna update the Fitbit app with my last drinks then head to bed - I'm missing the puppy dog like mad already and my heart is breaking πŸ’” so it's gonna be awful not having her here❗
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OK, it's updated, so I'm off to bed.

Nite nite orl.  Sea ewe orl in the morning.
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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Sunday 26th January 2020

Mornin' all.

Just taken me pills, including the Calcium, so that's it until this evening now.

It's nice and light out there, so I'm gonna take the puppy our for our morning stroll.  Need to remember how many minutes the Fitbit says I've done so that I can see if it includes the second walk of the day or not... it certainly used to, but hasn't seemed to for the last week or so and I don't know why and I haven't changed anything in the app so I'm lost❗
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Taken a couple of photo's of the puppy dog, so I'll put them up on my site when we get home from our stroll.
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We're back now.  The Fitbit is saying 20 active minutes so I'll see if it increases this afternoon after our second stroll.
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That's the rubbish and recycling out for another week, so I'm thinking I'll take the puppy out for her second stroll soon, just while I think of it, and I'll see if there are any additional active minutes added, then I'll get a different pair of jeans on, ready for tomorrow's marathon.

Almost fell over on this morning's walk, so I hope that doesn't happen again this time❗
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We're back now and the Fitbit hasn't logged the second walk so it obviously goes by the exercise length rather than the active minutes, which is very disappointing considering it's set to 1 minute instead of 10.  Not to worry though, Monday's will be the only double active minutes from now on, seemingly.
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Yummy Sunday lunch today - Quorn roast, plenty of mixed veg, roast potatoes and stuffing.  I've also got next week's meals planned out and we're having veg every day and I'm even gonna try having a small amount of gravy with Thursday's meal (Quorn mince and sprouts) to give it a bit of moisture... I haven't had gravy since Primary School because I don't like everything tasting the same so Steve's gonna put a small amount of gravy in with the mince but not so much that I need a spoon to eat it with.  It'll be the first time in over 30 years that I've had it❗  It also means that the freezer will be empty enough to start on our monthly Iceland bulk shops for frozen food so that we can have something different to pasta and rice every day  🀣  Might even stock up on ice cream while it's cheaper too... because of my dairy allergy I can't have "normal" ice cream so usually pay getting on for a fiver for dairy free ice cream that costs about half that much for dairy ice cream.
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I'm getting a head massager from Freegle at some point next week (my first ever thing I've got from there 🀣) and I've just put the chocolate box and tin on too.  I've taken me pills and they are already kicking in, so I'm off to bed.

Nite nite orl❗
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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Saturday 25th January 2020

Mornin' all.

How are you all doing today❓

Taken the puppy out for our morning stroll and she was a very good girl.  According to my Fitbit app, we strolled for 17 minutes this morning.  She met two people and to give credit to one of them, they stepped into the road so that we could pass each other... he wouldn't have done that before I got the police involved❗

I had a gorgeous dark red apple for my breakfast... definitely my favourite colour of apple... nice and sweet without being too sweet.

Time to catch up with Facebook now.
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That's the puppy walked for the second time today and I remembered to take my Calcium when I got home too❗
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I was wrong about the Fitbit needing to be above 75% yesterday, 'cos it logged the first walk, but not the second one today, so it obviously doesn't count the shorter walks as exercise for some reason, which is annoying.  Not to worry though, as long as it counts the longer, morning walks then the shorter walks at lunchtime are just an added bonus.  If you're that interested in how much I exercise though, use the Fitbit page for the steps and the walking page for the percentages... sorry about that, but it's another reason that the Fitbit is getting a ⭐⭐⭐ review next month.
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That's all me pills taken today... even remembered the Calcium at lunchtime❗  🀣  I'm hoping for a relatively early night tonight instead of my usual 10pm-ish.
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Just found a head massager on Freegle so have requested it because the offerer has said that they'll deliver locally which is awesome❗  I'm heading to bed as soon as I've finished my mug of tea, so I'll hopefully be asleep before 9pm which would be fantastic.  Gonna say nite nite to you all until the morning now and head to bed.  πŸ˜΄πŸ’€
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Friday, 24 January 2020

Friday 24th January 2020

Mornin' all.

My pills went down really easily this morning, so I'm hoping that means today will be a good day.

The Fitbit still hasn't logged yesterday's walk with the puppy so it needs to be above 75% charge to work (approx 2 days between charges) instead of the 5 days it was advertised as so it's getting a ⭐⭐⭐ review from me at the end of February.

It's lovely and light outside now, so I'll take the puppy for our stroll now, then carry on reading the book.  BBS❗
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That's the puppy walked and fed for the first time today, just one more walk at lunchtime, then her lunch, then we can relax until tea-time then we can all relax and head to bed.  Time to finish reading the book now so that I can review it.
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The book has been read and reviewed on my writing site, blog and Amazon now, so I can relax before I have me lunch, then try and remember what I was going to do after it was finished 🀣
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Put a couple of photo's and a video up on my site of our baby girl.  Dunno what to do with the rest of the day now though 🀣
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Taken me pills so I'll head to bed as soon as they kick in - hopefully not too late tonight 'cos it was almost midnight by the time I fell asleep last night❗
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Gonna head to bed now, but I'll be back again tomorrow... nite nite orl❗
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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Mornin' all.

THE PUPPY'S COMING HOME TODAY❗❗❗

Apparently the vet is happy with her skin, weight and bloods so he wants to reduce her food a little bit more to see how she gets on with that, the medicated baths will continue for a while yet but it's only taken 3 or 4 months on the right meds and she's healthy again.  It's amazing how quickly she's got back to her ideal health when she'd been tested and treated appropriately❗

I'm gonna take my pills now and we're gonna have the jacket tatties for lunch today, unless Steve changes his mind again.  Keep your 🀞 fingers crossed 🀞 that I can swallow them all easily again.
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She's hoooooome❗❗❗

Straight into her bed and fell asleep again, bless 'er 🀣
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We're definitely having jacket tatties for lunch 'cos they're in the oven and the beans emptied into a saucepan and the cheese out of the fridge... can't wait to get my teeth into it❗
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Takes about 20 minutes to read a chapter of the book, so I'll hopefully finish it and get the review written by bed-time tonight... currently 39% of the way through it.  Not gonna risk reading another chapter before I have my lunch, in case I have to stop half way through it to put my laptop on the floor.
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Ooooh❗  Very yummy lunch❗  Healthy and very filling as well as a few of my 5 a day, so great all round❗
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That's the puppy walked this afternoon, so it's time to get back on with the reading now.
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That's my evening pills taken, so just waiting for them to kick in now, then I'll head to bed.
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Got a few photo's of the puppy dog to put on my site along with the review when I've finished the book... I can pretty much guarantee that it won't be tonight but hopefully by tomorrow afternoon it'll be sorted.  It's getting a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ review so far.
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Time for beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl❗
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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Mornin' all.

How are you all doing❓

The virus scan started this morning, so won't be able to check my emails until it's finished so that it doesn't need to keep running overnight.  Keep your fingers crossed 🀞 that it finishes at about lunchtime again.

Time for my morning pills now, then surfing the net... BBS❗
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Weren't too bad to take this morning, thankfully.  Time to surf until the virus scan finishes.
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Just had an automated email from Iceland saying that the bonus card will be here in 7-10 days so we just need to empty the big freezer now πŸ˜„

I've hopefully updated the photo on my Hotmail account too so we shall see when I need to sign in to my laptop again πŸ˜„
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That's the Calcium taken and we're having zoop instead of jacket tatties today  πŸ˜”  Apparently we'll have the tatties tomorrow - I just hope they haven't gone off by then, what with them being fresh an' orl❗
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Backups finished first time this week... it's rare that it happens so painlessly!

Had zoop for lunch today, so it's jacket tatties tomorrow and curry on Friday... yumsk.
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Currently reading a book that I'll hopefully finish off and review tomorrow... assuming I can remember what I'm reading tonight of course❗ πŸ˜„
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Off to bed now.  Nite nite all, sea ewe in the morning

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Morning all.

Late morning this morning, so I've already taken me morning pills and I'm about to take the puppy out for our first stroll of the morning.  BBS❗
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Steve's just pulled a Sainsbury's jam sandwich cream apart and they are soo beautiful inside❗  I've taken a photo so I'll put it on here and in a review on Sainsbury's when I've walked the puppy.
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We're back now and I've put it into the spreadsheet ready for Sunday.  It's bitterly cold out there this morning❗
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There isn't an option for adding photo's to reviews, so I'll just resize the photo (otherwise it'd be close to 5mb and force you to scroll the page horizontally, just to see it) then put it here - hold on for a bit.


Beautiful, innit❓❗
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That's the Fitbit email report sorted and up on the Fitbit page, so that's it for this week now.
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Taken the Calcium and emailed Iceland about getting their bonus card then we'll slowly work through what's left in the freezer and start doing our monthly frozen food shop through them.

My phone started making weird noises because there was a system update and the only way to shut it up was to install it immediately, annoyingly.  Still, it's one less thing to go wrong overnight by doing it now 🀷
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The puppy has just gone back with Helen and I'm already missing her like crazy.  Got loads of photo's of her on the sofa though, so I'll put them on my site and head to bed.
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OK, the photo's are up now, so I'm heading to bed.

Nite nite orl πŸ’€
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Monday, 20 January 2020

Monday 20th January 2020

Morning all.

It was bitterly cold out there on the puppy's marathon Monday stroll.  It was bitterly cold out there so we were both glad to be home.  She devoured her breakfast, Steve gave her some milk as a treat, but she hasn't been out for a poo yet.

The rubbish and recycling have been and gone and I've taken all my morning pills, so I'm all set for the day now.

Steve had a call about getting a smart metre installed, so they are coming out in April to fit it for us and they will automatically get readings so that Steve doesn't have to log it any more... bet one of us will forget about it and it'll be a surprise when they turn up on our doorstep though❗ 🀣  It'll be good to have it all done and dusted... one less thing for us to worry about and they can't say that we're using more electricity than we really are/the reading is too low, like has happened in the past.

That's everything sorted until lunchtime now.
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Calcium taken and Fitbit charging up, so I can continue surfing the internet until this evening now.  Brought the canvas bin bag in, so I don't need to do anything else now, until I download the Fitbit thing... I'll do that now, before I forget.
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That's the Fitbit page on 3 pages now so that you, my homepage visitors, don't need to scroll down to get each week's information.  I've been kind and kept the initial page at the same URL (so that you don't need to update your bookmarks) and just linked to the 2019 and 2020 pages from it.  I'm pondering on splitting up the 2020 page and future pages into 3 months per page, but we shall see.
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That's the puppy walked for the second time today.  She was a very good girl and I'm so proud of her❗
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The shopping came early tonight and apparently we've run out of room in both freezers now, so I've taken the freezer stuff off next week's shop and suggested that we spend the next little while ploughing through it all then doing a monthly shop at Iceland to fill them both up again then just get things like fridge stuff, fresh potato's, tomato's, fruit etc from Sainsbury's each week so that we can use the full depth of the big freezer and don't waste the things we've bought in the past so that it doesn't go out of date.  I can't afford to waste money yet that's what we're doing by not using up what we've already bought!

Means that we can buy in bulk and stock up on ice cream etc in Winter when it's cheaper and more readily available rather than paying a premium in the Summer and it not necessarily being in stock 'cos that's when everyone buys it.

Taken my evening pills, so just waiting for them to kick in now, then I'll head to bed.
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Heading off to beddy-byes now... nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Sunday 19th January 2020

Mornin' all.

I've taken one of my morning pills so far and I'll get the others taken now before I forget... brb.

That's all my pills taken until bedtime 'cos I've taken the Calcium too, so that I can get on with filling up the pill caddy thing.

That's done as well now, so I'm gonna take the puppy out for our morning stroll as soon as I've downed the Ginger Beer.
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Had our lunch (vegetarian pasta bol), taken the puppy out, updated and uploaded the walking spreadsheet then taken loads of photo's and a video of the puppy as well as asking about editing the custom food logs on Fitbit.

Just spent the day aimlessly surfing the web today and I'm gonna have an early night tonight I reckon, in preparation for the standard busy Monday madness - Monday marathon with the puppy, bringing the rubbish and recycling stuff in, taking all me pills, updating my homepage with the Fitbit stuff and then collapsing in a heap 🀣

A very short blog post today... absolutely cream crackered and I've walked 4,282 steps today, so I'm hoping that I'll hit the 5,000 steps tomorrow.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🀞 for me❗
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4,301 steps and I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl.
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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Saturday 18th January 2020

Mornin' all❗

How are you all doing this morning❓

I've already taken my pills - went down nice and easily this morning❗  Gonna take the puppy out for her morning stroll now then hopefully I'll be able to upload the book review I did yesterday.  Wish me luck πŸ‘Œ
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That's the puppy walked and fed, she's poo'd and been rewarded so that's it until lunchtime now, when I take my Calcium and take the puppy out for her second stroll of the day.
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That's the Calcium taken, so time for the puppy's second stroll of the day now.  BBS.
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And we're back.  An extra length onto our walk, thanks to the puppy carrying on walking instead of coming home, but that's OK... it's just snow that makes me too nervous to do extra extra's.
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Got 3 more photo's and another video of the puppy dog, so when my FTP decides to log me in I'll upload them all❗
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Less than 5 minutes into a support chat with one of the support bods at TSO Hosts and the FTP is sorted... why didn't I go straight there when I started having problems instead of waiting days on end❓  🀣
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Been having a look on the Check a Trade site to try and find someone to come out and put flooring in the bathroom and maybe repair and decorate our stair and bathroom walls.  I've shortlisted 5 local traders with good ratings so as soon as I can afford it I'll see if they fancy coming out and giving me a quote.  Gotta save up for it first though❗  🀣

Right now CA Soletrade is ahead of the game 'cos his reviews say he can do the flooring, repairs and decorating so that it's all done by one person, instead of having to find 3 traders for the 3 jobs❗
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Just taken me prescription, so as soon as I start feeling tired I'll head to bed again  πŸ‘Œ
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Just started yawning, so I'm off to bed.  Nite nite orl❗
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Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday 17th January 2020

Mornin' all.

According to my FitBit, I was asleep for just over 9 hours last night and I feel so much more awake this morning, so I agree with it 🀣

Gonna take the puppy out for her stroll now then the CAB lady is coming about my PIP appeal at lunchtime.  She's nice enough, but I'm just nervous about it is all.

I just wanna get it all sorted and out of the way.

Taking the puppy out now.  BBS❗
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She was a really good girl on her walk today... met a doctor who can't park very close to the kerb though 🀣  Time to check my email and get sorted ready for the CAB lady.

Zoop for lunch, just to stop our bellies rumbling while she's here, then hash browns to properly fill us up when she's gone.
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We're not having zoop after all now, apparently.  Just the hash browns and vegetarian sausage rolls  😞
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Had me hash browns for a late lunch and have spent all afternoon sorting out my PIP appeal.  Done now though and when I've restarted my laptop I'll forward it on to Trina at the CAB.  BBS❗
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Just finished reading and reviewing a book... just waiting to be able to log in to FTP to upload it now❗
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Just started feeling sleepy, so I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl.  Eye'll sea ewe in the morning❗
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Book Review: Lead Generation with Facebook ads 2020 by Skhumbuzo Zulu

Lead Generation with Facebook ads 2020 by Skhumbuzo Zulu 
⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

If you are looking for a very quick read with a basic overview of marketing your site and converting visitors to your site into customers then this is a good little starting spot.

The author makes some good points in less than 30 pages that'll hopefully set you on the right track to expanding your site and visitor conversion rate.  If you've got the start of your site and you want to increase you visitor numbers and sales conversions, then this is a gentle introduction to it.

It would have got a higher star rating if the author had described, in detail, how to do the things they've suggested instead of just assuming that you'll know exactly what to do and what the URLs are and stuff.

It's a decent introduction, but it needs a lot more detail and instructions.  Sorry.