Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Mornin' all.

The virus scan, after a few issues to start with, is now running through my whole machine again, so I won't be able to use my email until it's finished, but that's OK 'cos it's only once a week.

I've just taken my morning pills and remembered not to take the Calcium after taking the FA this morning, so I've gotta remember to do that at lunchtime.

I'm also trying out a new version of Blogger to write this post, that'll apparently roll out in June and is supposed to be better for mobile phones (cell phones for any American readers).

Gonna walk the puppy now, for the first time today, so I'll BBS... can't find the bleedin' smilies/icons now though!  >:-(

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Mornin' all.

9 hours and 23 minutes of sleep overnight apparently and oh boy did I need it❗  I've taken my pills and they are quickly kicking in so my body obviously needed them too.  Time to take the puppy for her stroll 🐾 now, then come home and carry on studying.
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Back now and we're both totally wiped out.  Got a few photos of the senior puppy dog that I'm gonna put up first, before I start studying.
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Photos are up, Steve's gone for his medical appointment, I've given the puppy her lunch and paid the vets for Mitzi's thyroid pills... the signed-for posting cost over ⅓ of the entire bill 'cos the pills were £11.95 and the first-class signed postage was £4❗❗  She's getting expensive in her old age, but sooo worth it to me❗
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Just got back from the puppy's second stroll 🐾 of the day, fed her and now we're both recovering from our two walks today.  According to my Fitbit app, the afternoon strolls during the week are about 1500 steps and I'm comfortably over my 5k daily steps target now.

I did a course on Alison while Steve was getting his legs changed and scored a huge 95% on it, which is awesome for me.  Was going to do another course, but don't reckon I will now otherwise I'll get stressed out before I head to bed again.

I've also just had an email from PayPal to say that they've closed the case in my favour about the Charge 3 that didn't work and the refund will be in my account within 30 days, which is fantastic❗  Thank you PayPal❗  I'm gonna email Trading Standards about it now so that they can officially stand down.  I'm just glad I used PayPal and that they found in my favour... I did what I could, but having PayPal and Trading Standards on my side definitely helped  😌
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Steve's had some awesome news while he was getting his legs changed this afternoon - in 16 months he's lost 18kg❗❗  He's clinically obese so needs to lose it to get to a healthier weight and improve his general health but that's 2½ stones in less than 18 months which is incredible - WTG Steve❗
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Just taken me pills, so I'm gonna publish this and shut down in a bit.  Hoping I'll be asleep before 9pm tonight to recover again.  Need to remember not to open my email programmes tomorrow until the weekly virus scan has finished and that it's the quick scan instead of the deep one this time 🙄 🤣
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Off to beddy-byes now... nite nite orl.
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Monday, 25 May 2020

OMG!!!

Oh

My

God and Goddess!!

For the first time since getting the Fitbit, I've gone through the 10,000 steps mark!!!

Just gotta do it regularly now, but I'm sooo proud of myself and I'm going to bed with a huge grin plastered to my face now.

I'm gonna read a magazine and listen to the radio until I can barely keep my eyes open, same as every night, but I'll have a grin on my face tonight.

Night night again all!

Monday 25th May 2020

Morning all.

After finally passing the course I studied for the entire day and night yesterday, I finally got to sleep in the early hours 🕐 and was awake again before 7am 🕖 so I came down and took my pills.  Gonna walk the puppy now, then feed her and start studying again.  I hope todays courses are easier than yesterdays one 🤣

It's marathon Monday today and the puppy is asleep between Steve's feet without even getting her harness on, so we're both gonna struggle this morning at least.  I'm thinking it'll be very slow and gentle today.
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We're back from our first stroll of the week and the poor puppy is totally exhausted, bless her.  She got straight into her bed after she'd eaten her breakfast and hasn't moved since then.  I've got a few photos of her on my homepage now if you wanna go and see them❓
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Added last weeks walkies spreadsheet to my site now and I'm pondering on studying again... don't know yet though.  What do you think I should do - study or recover❓
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Just scraped through the end of course assessment - I had to get 80% to pass and I got 80%.  Time to take the puppy for her second stroll of the day now.
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It's now, officially, too hot out there even for me. 

Just got back from our stroll and it was our normal length, but it took us 39 minutes according to my Fitbit app for some reason.  I've just got 1917 steps to go to hit my new Monday target before I head to bed... not bad considering my first target was 5,000 steps on a Monday when I first got it at the end of September 2019 and it's now almost exactly 8 months later and I'm aiming to double that❗  Feeling rightly proud of myself for that now and I'm definitely more aware of what I put into my body now.  I'll never be a health freak, but I'm now more analytical about what I do with my body and having realistic steps count definitely inspires me to push myself just that little bit harder.
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Just been for a practise in the back yard, to try and build up my confidence a bit but I got very wobbly very quickly, so maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.  I'm hoping to remember to do a few laps every time I go to the bathroom though, just to build up my confidence a bit.

Time to take my prescription now apparently... where on earth has the day gone to❓❗  It only feels like a couple of hours ago that I was having my lunch and taking the puppy out for our second stroll of the day❗
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Last pills of the day down the hatch, so I'm gonna go for another few laps of the back yard, before I talk myself out of it.  BBS❗
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Off to bed now for a well-deserved early night.  As always, I'll be back tomorrow, but I need the extra 2 hours to catch up on the sleep I missed last night.

Nite nite orl.  Sea ewe 2morrow.
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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Sunday 24th May 2020

Morning all.

I've taken my morning pills 💊, taken the puppy for her morning stroll 🐾 and fed her, then she went out for a poo 💩 so that's it until lunchtime now.  Gotta put the rubbish and recycling out when Steve comes out of the bathroom, but other than that, the rest of the morning is devoted to studying now.
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That's the daily 'Smart Scan' completed and I'm still free of viruses and malware.  Need to get into the habit of setting it going as soon as I boot up every morning, before opening up a single other programme, which will hopefully make it even faster.  It'll be interesting to see how long Wednesday's 'Quick Scan' will take... in theory it'll be the same as every other Wednesday scan and be finished by about 🕑 2pm-ish but we shall see, assuming I remember to do the right one this time 🤣
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The rubbish and recycling is out ready for tomorrow morning now.  The puppy's poo 💩 was especially smelly this week for some reason and she produced a lot of it too, bless 'er.  Time to wash me hands and start studying now.
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That's the puppy walked for a second time and I've got 85% on each of the two mid-course assessments so far... keep your fingers crossed 🤞 that I pass the third assessment and the final, whole course assessment at a reasonable time please❓❗
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Got one last module to study, then the two assessments, then I can go to bed.  I've taken my last two pills of the day, so assuming I feel tired enough, I'm gonna aim to be in bed by around 10pm 🕙 tonight, cos that seems to be the bed time my body needs to get enough sleep.
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It's taken 12 hours and it's 11pm 🕚 but I've finally finished the course I've spent all day on, so I'm gonna publish this, shut down and head to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl.
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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Morning all.

I've taken my pills nice and early this morning, so it's time to take the puppy for her first stroll of the day now.
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We're both drenched now❗  🤣  It started off nice and bright out there, then less than a quarter of the way through it started dribbling, which then went to a shower, then it rained really hard then back to a dribble and it had stopped by the time we got to the last quarter❗ 🙄

I've fed the puppy and she's snoring her head off between Steve's feet now, so it's time to sort the nightly exercise spreadsheet out now.
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OK, the spreadsheet is up on the appropriate page now.  I've taken a few photos of our little girl so time to put those up too... BRB.

Photos are up on the first page now, so time to check my emails and Facebook to see what's been going on.
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Lunchtime now, so time to feed the puppy dog.
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Walked the puppy and fed her.  She's completely wiped out again now, bless 'er.

I've decided to start studying again tomorrow, starting with the Diploma in Educational Psychology course on Alison.  Apparently it takes 15-20 hours so I might not get it finished tomorrow, but I'm not gonna get stressed out about it if I don't.  If that happens, I'll keep trying until bed time then take the assessment on Monday after a quick revision session.  I'm gonna work top to bottom of the list again and that's the first one on the list so it's the first one I'll try.
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Just had a bit more of a look at the course and there are 3 assessments while I'm taking it, then a final assessment for the last module, so I'm thinking I'll try doing the three assessments before I head to bed, then if I've got time I'll try the end of course assessment, but if time isn't on my side I'll head to bed, revise on Monday morning then spend all afternoon trying to pass the final assessment.  I refuse to get stressed out about this course's assessments - I can try as many times as I need to so I'm just gonna relax and go with the flow on this course.
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A Take That concert is on the TV now and I can't see see it with my laptop screen open, so I'm gonna shut down for the night now so that I can watch it, then I'll take me pills and head to bed for a really early night after the concert.

Nite nite especially early tonight orl.
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Friday, 22 May 2020

Friday 22nd May 2020

Mornin' all.

Must have been completely worn out yesterday, cos apparently every minute I was asleep was deep sleep, no light sleep and no waking up❗  No idea how accurate it is, but I'm feeling more refreshed and awake this morning, so hopefully that means it's pretty accurate.

Walked 🐾 the puppy dog very first thing, at like 7am 🕖 and while she was still slow to get started, she warmed up and walked a lot better a lot quicker, so maybe it was the heat that she was struggling with❓  Gonna leave off our lunchtime stroll today and take her out just before she has her tea, to see how she copes with that.

I've taken my morning pills and remembered not to take the Calcium so that it doesn't interact with the FA, so just got 3 pills left to take today now.

Just remembered to ask what a couple of medical words mean on Facebook too, so hopefully there won't be too much jargon if anyone replies.
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That's the first smart scan run and I'm still free of viruses and malware.  Only took a couple of minutes, so I'll definitely do it every day as long as I remember❗
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Just put 7 photos of the puppy dog up on my site if you wanna go and have a look❓
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Don't know what I've been doing all day, but it's almost bed-time now❗❗
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Just gone 8pm and I'm off to bed now 'cos I'm absolutely wiped out.

Nite nite orl.
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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Thursday 21st May 2020

Mornin' all.

I've already walked 🐾 and fed the puppy, taken me pills, had the phone call with the Gynaecologist and worked out that the AVG scan I did yesterday was the one I usually do monthly 'cos it took the best part of 24 hours before it was finished, so it's either the smart scan (which I reckon I'll do daily 'cos it only takes a few minutes) or the quick scan (which I'm doing now, to see how long it takes).  I can do the backups when the quick scan finishes then carry on with my day.  Already achieved a lot though, and it's not even 10am 🕙 yet 🤣

Yep, the quick scan is still going, so that's the one I need to set going every Wednesday.  Just stopped it and re-named each of the scans so that I know which one to run, when, now 🤣
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Backups are underway now, so as soon as they've finished, I'll put yesterday and today's photos of the puppy dog up on my homepage.
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Making use of being stuck on the sofa, so that I don't accidentally unplug the external hard drive, to charge up my Fitbit.
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I'm trying to add my new fitness tracker to my laptop manually 'cos doing it via the app isn't working... if doing it manually doesn't work, then I'll give up on it being on my laptop and I'll just keep it on my phone instead 🤷.
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That's the photos of the puppy dog up on my site now and I've officially given up on getting the new fitness tracker app onto my computer, so it'll be a phone only thing which is frustrating, but considering I'm only using it for the heart rate and blood pressure thing, I'll hopefully get used to it and having to charge my phone up every day instead of every 2-3 days.
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I'm gonna take my last two pills of the day and head to bed... I'm especially wiped out today for some bizarre reason, so I'm gonna get them down the hatch then shut down and head to bed for a reeeeeeally early night.
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That's my pills taken and typically I'm wide awake now 🙄 🤣  Gonna shut down and read a magasine while listening to the radio I reckon though... it's not often that I'm in bed before 8pm 🕗 so I'm gonna make the most of the opportunity and get to bed even before 7.30pm 🕢 tonight❗

Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning❗
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Morning again everyone

I don't know what I was dreaming about, but my heart-rate as soon as I opened my eyes was 90bpm yet it was only in the low 70's at it's highest during the day yesterday❗

Time to take my pills now.
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OK, that's all the pills down the hatch and my body is kinda going "oooh❗  Let's get the FA straight away❗" again.  It's already clearing my head and waking me up after less than 5 minutes.

Time to set AVG going...
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Ooh❗  The button to set the virus scan going has changed and the deep scan bit that I do every week has changed too, as well as the progress bar... hope it's more accurate time/progress now 😄
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Gonna take the puppy dog for an early morning stroll now... BBL.
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Just checked the progress bar and it is more accurate, 'cos it's at 26% now instead of being stuck at 5% like it was before... thank you AVG.

Really am gonna take the puppy for her first stroll of the day now.
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Just got back with the puppy and I think she's still feeling the effects of Monday, bless 'er.  She did walk me an extra length today though, so one of us mis-counted the number of lengths today 🙄
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That's another children's book read and reviewed on my writing blog and site as well as on Amazon... good job I woke up so early this morning 👌
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I've downloaded a phone simulator to try and get the new fitness tracker instead of my phone... it's taking forever to turn on the Bluetooth though, hopefully it'll be worth it though... it's keeping me busy while I'm waiting for the virus scan to finish - still taking forever, so I'm thinking it'll be a day without my emails again, but that's OK, I'll tick the box to shut my machine down when it's finished then I'll do the backups tomorrow morning again.  It's only once a week so I'm willing to be patient  👍
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I've been waiting for well over an hour for the bluetooth thingy to turn on so I'm giving it one more chance to sort itself out before I head to bed tonight otherwise I'll give up on using it on my laptop and just use it on my phone instead.  I set it going for a second time at 5.12pm, it's got until 6pm to sort itself out or I'm uninstalling it.
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It's now 7.15pm so I'm giving up with the fitness app on my laptop now, so gonna uninstall it and head to bed in preparation for the call tomorrow.  I've already taken my last two pills, so I'm gonna publish this then close all the programmes I've got open and head to bed for an early night.

Talk to you all tomorrow... nite nite orl❗  💤
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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Mornin' all.

I was sooo close to hitting the 10,000 steps yesterday... only 798 short❗❗  My legs are really feeling it this morning though, so it'll be a very cautious and anxious stroll 🐾 with the puppy this morning and possibly this afternoon too.  Very short term aim is to hit 9,500 on Monday and hopefully the full 10k by the end of June.  I'm not gonna push myself too hard otherwise I'll end up on the floor, unable to get up but I'm within touching distance of it now❗  Considering that I considered 5k steps "impossible" at the start of October and I'm usually totally smashing that now, I'm just gonna keep on keeping on and walking the puppy definitely helps.  It's only 'cos yesterday was the first time we'd ever walked that far and we were both feeling wobbly by the time we got home, it'll just take a little while to get used to it is all.

I've already taken my pills, and because it's a Tuesday I didn't take the FA so crunched up the Calcium as well this morning, so that's it until this evening now.

Time to cautiously walk the puppy for the first time today, then check my email and carry on reading and reviewing the book.  Gonna leave off Facebook until I've finished the book though... too distracting  😄
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered now.  We are both completely wiped out but I've got a couple of photo's of the puppy and I doubt either of us will be very active again this week because of the extra walks in the afternoons as well as the morning walks.  I'm not gonna push either of us too hard this week so that we can get used to the extra walks every day, but hopefully by the end of next week both of us will be used to it again.

We're having an easy lunch of chips (fries for any American readers out there) today... fine by me❗
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My fitness tracker from Wish has just turned up and is currently charging up - it's already working better than the one I got from eBay 'cos there's a battery symbol and time on the screen already which never happened with the eBay one yet it's ⅕ of the price❗  If you use my code of  chsbbzzzon on the Wish site, you can get up to 50% off your order... you have to wait quite a while for your order, but it's sooo worth it I reckon❗
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That's the puppy walked for the second time today and I'm absolutely wiped out now, so the only time I'm gonna leave the sofa is to go to the bathroom for the rest of the day now.  It's a good job I don't need to do anything else for the rest of the day now❗ 🤣
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My new fitness tracker is now fully charged and I've worked out how to get it connected to my laptop as opposed to my phone and it's recording my heart rate and blood pressure straight away.  It prolly won't be very accurate 'cos it hasn't got that cuff thing, but it's more accurate than nothing❗  Just gotta remember to ask the nurse what the accurate result is so that I can see roughly how accurate it is for my heart rate and blood pressure so that I can give it to my doc over the phone rather than taking up an appointment for something that takes under 5 minutes and could be used for a blood test or diabetic check or stitch removal or dressing change or vaccination or whatever else can't be done at home.

According to the tracker, my heart is currently beating at 83bpm and my blood pressure is 127/96 mmHg, whatever that means 🤣
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Just finished reading and reviewing the book.  Not a single chapter anywhere throughout it and the Amazon page says it's suitable for 8-17 year olds which is an 9 year reading range when in reality it's not suitable for children or young adults - the word choices are too mature for 8 year olds and it's writing theme too immature for older teens - JMHO of course.
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I've got the fitness tracker set up on my phone now (there doesn't seem to be a way to put it on my laptop, annoyingly) and connected my phone with my laptop too, so I can, in theory at least send longer texts faster and annoy you all faster too❗ 🤣

Taken me last two pills of the day and Steve's made me a mug of decaff tea, so I'll head to bed when I've drained the mug.
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I'm gonna shut down and head to bed now, for an early night 'cos I'm still recovering from yesterdays walks with our senior puppy.  Nite nite orl 💤
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Monday, 18 May 2020

Monday 18th May 2020

Mornin' all.

I've just put the review up on my reviews page, here on my blog (it'll be just below this by the time I publish this post this evening) and on Amazon - just waiting for it to be approved there.

Because it's Monday, it's gonna be a marathon Monday stroll today and because the lockdown has been eased slightly, we'll be walking this afternoon too, which'll knacker us both out considering the puppy is already struggling to stay awake and get out of her bed.

Apparently her food will be here between 12.45pm and 1.45pm so Steve's gonna have to knock on the door rather than take his keys to his medical appointment today.

Time to take me morning pills now... BRB❗
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That's me morning pills 💊 down the hatch, just got the Calcium at lunchtime and me two evening pills to take now then that's it for the day.
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Puppy has been walked 🐾 and fed and Steve's dosed her up with her meds, so that's us all medicated until lunchtime now.  The rubbish was collected while I was out with the puppy and the rest of it has just been taken too, so we can all relax until lunchtime now when I'll take my Calcium, the puppy's food will be delivered and we'll be having our pizza's 🍕 for a late lunch when Steve gets home from his medical appointment.
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Just been reminded to take the Calcium, which I've duly just done and I got the letter about the hospital appointment through the post and it's a good job I did 'cos it's not on either the 20th or even the 24th like I thought, but on the 21st instead 🤣  Steve's home now, so we'll hopefully be having our lunches soon 'cos I'm absolutely starving❗  Mitzi's food turned up under 5 minutes after Steve got home and while I was in the bathroom, so we're just waiting for Steve's multipack of Toblerones to arrive now.

I'm gonna take the puppy out for our second stroll of the day, while she's awake, then that's it for the day.
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Back now and we're both done in.  The puppy wanted to come home after 15 lengths and I was getting really wobbly and weak by the time we hit 20, so the last 5 were very wobbly and unsteady this afternoon.  I assume that the puppy is going to spend most of the afternoon asleep, and the only time I'm gonna be moving off the sofa is to go to the bathroom.

According to the Fitbit app, I've walked 3.49 miles and 8771 steps so far today - it feels it too❗ 🤣  Please keep your fingers crossed 🤞 that I hit the magic 10,000 steps by the time I crawl into bed... if I do, it'll be a new record for me and I'll have to come up with a new target to aim for 😀
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That's the Fitbit spreadsheet up on the appropriate page on my site now... feel free to go and have a look at it if you want to❓  The spreadsheet I put up next week should be interesting 'cos it'll be the first full week since the lockdown eased.  Today and tomorrow will be the biggest differences to last week 'cos there will be more steps, more active minutes and greater distances walked... assuming I can get out of bed tomorrow of course 🤣

It's too late in the day to start editing now, so I'll put the puppy's photo's up on my homepage then recover from Marathon Monday before I head to bed tonight.
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That's the last two pills of the day taken now.  I'm hoping I'll be able to have an early night tonight, instead of my usual 10pm 🕙 again.  I'm currently reading and starting to review a book without chapters so it's gonna be a nightmare working out where I got up to if I can't bookmark the page❗
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I'm up to page 63 if I forget in the morning and I'm gonna finish off my tea then head to bed for a genuinely early night for a change.
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Right, gonna finish off the last dreggs of the new decaff tea as I'm shutting down, so gonna publish this now.  Nite nite orl.  💤
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Book Review: Whiskers, Feathers & Fur: Veterinary Tales by Austin Donnelly


⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

I could swear I've already heard this book, within the last year or 18 months, but it was only published a couple of months ago, so it can't have been.

There are good bits, yes, but there isn't as much about the animals as I was hoping... it's more like a memoire about the authors life, rather than the animals he's treated.  I'm half way through chapter 5 and it's been more about the author learning to be a vet than the animals so far.

My hubby has just explained that Noel Fitzpatrick is Irish and he's a vet so maybe I was getting them both confused at the start of the review??

The author has mentioned an animal, very briefly, but we're back to his memoire again now. So many of the reviews say that they laughed but I haven't even raised a smile yet... it takes a lot to make me laugh, but I smile pretty easily yet this book hasn't even achieved that yet.

The author has just mentioned doing a pregnancy test on an animal, but it was only maybe a couple of sentences.

Oooh!  A paragraph about an animal now!  It's only taken 6 chapters!

Another animal... hopefully there will be more animals, less memoire from now on!

Ah-ha!  No wonder I remembered an Irish vet reading a book but couldn't find it anywhere - Steve's just said that he was listening to the Noel Fitzpatrick one when it first came out and they both start out very similarly... it sounds like this author has taken the idea and run with it, but instead of focussing on the animals that the title of this book made me hope, it's actually a memoire of the author rather than much talk about the animals he's treated since becoming a vet.

There's just been a euthanasia story in chapter 7 which was OK, but it didn't make me tear up or even feel slightly emotional which is strange for me 'cos I'm a very emotional person about things like that.

We're currently at 3 stars and that's cos I'm in a good mood right now... I can find very few positives about this book unfortunately.

At last... chapter 9 and there's more than a paragraph about animals!

Chapter 10 is back to being a memoire again.  Considering the title promises "Veterinary Tales" there is a very disappointingly small amount of them unfortunately.

Now he's going on about mankini's!  What on Earth does *that* have to do with being a vet??  This really wasn't what I was hoping for and definitely not in a good way!

What have Tazmanian bachelors got to do with animals and being a vet too?  The title is very misleading about the contents of the book unfortunately.

A few more lines of animal story sprinkled in chapter 12.  It should be the other way around IMHO though... it should be humans sprinkled through but focussed on animals, judging by the title of the book!  Not a good book at all, unfortunately, sorry.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Sunday 17th May 2020

There was a Windows update for my laptop last night but it still hasn't finished after 10 hours so I'm doing another system restore thingy on it which'll take a couple of hours apparently, so I'm doing this on my phone atm, instead of waiting for a week like last time.

Gonna walk the puppy then come back an actually talk to Steve again this morning 😉

BBS.
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That's the puppy walked and fed for the first time today and the system restore thingy has finished already too!  That means that I don't have to talk to Steve after all lol

Gonna go back to my laptop now... brb!
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Back now... it was pretty painless this time, prolly helped with the "almost an hour" (to quote Steve) stroll with the puppy.  Currently putting a restore point in again, after it was used in the restore and everything is ssslllooowww but all my files seem to still be on the machine, I've just gotta be patient until everything is back to normal speed again... should hopefully only be an hour or so.
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Change of plan for lunch... I'm having the Iceland pasta salad and Steve's having a Pot Noodle, 'cos the pasta will go off sooner than the pizza's.  We'll definitely be having the pizzas tomorrow though.
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That's all my pills taken until bedtime now and the pill organiser refilled, ready for a new week.  A couple of hours later than usual, but I had other things on my mind first thing❗  Time to work on the synopis for the rest of the day now.
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That's the synopsis reading better and I've got an audiobook to listen to then review, so I'll do that now.
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This book is supposed to be vet tales but it's a boring memoire instead❗  Currently at 3 stars and I've only got 50 minutes left to listen to, which is maybe one more chapter after this one, so I can't see it going above that unfortunately.  I've totally wasted my day with this book unfortunately 😞
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Taken me last two pills of the day so I'll finish listening to the book, review it and head to bed I reckon.
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Too cream crackered to do the review tonight, so I'm gonna do it first thing tomorrow instead and head to beddy-byes now instead.

Nite nite orl❗  💤
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Saturday, 16 May 2020

Saturday 16th May 2020

Morning all.

The puppy decided to lick the tyres of a car on our walk this morning.  She showed great Westitude and determination each time we walked past her tyre of choice.  Silly puppy❗

She's had a big breakfast so it'll be a smaller lunch and tea today, just for a change.

Time to sort out the exercise spreadsheet and take my pills now then wait for the post to come... there are several rings due today, so hopefully they will fit through the letter box instead of the post person having to knock on the door.

Gonna spend the day editing my manuscripts again.  Time for the spreadsheet and pillls first though❗
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That's the spreadsheet up on my homepage now and Steve's just brought a mug of decaff coffee in for me, so I'll take my pills before I have it I reckon.
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Pills taken and coffee drunk, shoes advertised on Freegle so it's time to start editing now 😊
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That's the editing finished and a dismal attempt at a synopsis written for it too.  We're having a take-away for our tea and I've just taken my final two pills of the day, so I'm gonna have me food and head to bed then spend tomorrow working on combining my NaNo19 and JanNo20 novels then give it a couple of months and do a very intense editing session of the combined manuscript.  You watch me forget though❗  🤣
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Off to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe at some point tomorrow 💤
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Friday, 15 May 2020

Friday 15th May 2020

Mornin' all.

It's my brother-in-law's birthday tomorrow so I've just got him an Amazon voucher, but I bet Steve'll claim credit for it tomorrow, so starting in 2021 we'll only get gifts for our own family for birthday's and Christmas' 'cos I'm so pissed off with me buying stuff and him getting credit for it, so starting in 2021 I'll only get gifts for my mum, Chris and Melanie.
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I asked Steve to get more food for the puppy at the start of the week but he hadn't done it, so she's now got a couple of days worth left and the vets are out of stock of it and it'll take "a few days" to get it ordered and back in stock, so as of now I'm only getting gifts for my mum, Chris and Melanie and I'm doing all the Mitzi things myself.  Still waiting for the software and webpages that are now, officially, a year overdue and already paid for so I'll be paying on delivery, the same as everyone else now.  So fucking fed up of being a second class citizen around Steve❗
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Got 5 photo's of the puppy dog on my homepage now if you wanna go and have a gander at them❓

I'm the only one awake in the house atm, so I'm gonna finish off my decaff coffee then wake Mitzi up to take her for our second stroll of the day 👌

Not gonna get any studying done today, so I'm gonna start editing instead... it's not like I'm short of courses to study or anything❗  It'll do me good to have a break from it for a few days and I can hopefully go back to it refreshed and ready to keep learning on Monday.
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That's the puppy walked 🐾 for the second time today and given her lunch... just one more meal at about 4pm then that's it for the day.

We met another set of new neighbours on our stroll this afternoon, so that's everyone on this side of the street now❗

It's almost 1pm 🕐 so it's our lunchtime too.  I've got a potato salad to try (I seriously hope it hasn't got dairy in it) and Steve's got a pastie or something to have for his lunch, so I'm gonna go and grab that for us both now.
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That potato salad was gorgeous❗  I've got a pasta salad in the fridge too, so that's tomorrow's lunch sorted too... yaaay❗
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M's just brought the shopping over and apparently we've got 2 huge bags of chips and Steve's got 2 bags of sausages too, so that's our lunch tomorrow and I'll have the pasta salad on Sunday instead.
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That's the editing finished.  Not bad going for about 10 hours and I'm hoping that I'll be able to spend both days of the weekend editing too now that I've done my first one.  I'm currently planning on spending all weekend editing then back to studying again after the puppy's first stroll of the day on Monday.

Gonna take my last two pills of the day now though, then catch up on Facebook and my email that I haven't even glanced at all day.
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That's me pills taken and I'm hoping to have published this blog post and shut down by 🕗 tonight, so that I can hopefully be asleep before 9pm 🕘 for a change.  According to my Fitbit app, I was asleep by just gone 9.30pm 🕤 last night and awake before 6am 🕕 so had just over 8 hours of sleep ('cos it takes into account that I was restless 7 times while I was asleep) and today was only the third day this week that I've walked the puppy twice a day for the last 10 weeks, so my body is starting to complain now.

Gonna head to bed 🛌 now... nite nite orl❗ 😴💤
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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Thursday 14th May 2020

Mornin' all.

Just got back from walking the puppy and she was a naughty girl throughout, then we came home (obviously 😉) and my pill-taking went wrong too, which is usually another indication that it's gonna be a bad day... hope I'm wrong though❗
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I've now completed a course that was supposed to take 15-20 hours about ⅕ of the time and in less than half the time of the course I took yesterday (it was supposed to take 3-4 hours but it took me all day 🤣).

Gonna put this morning's photos of the puppy dog up on my site now, pause for lunch (cheese on toast) then start studying my next course (Microsoft Digital Literacy - The Internet and the World Wide Web) which is supposed to take 3-4 hours, but so was yesterday's course that took literally all day❗ 🤣
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That's the puppy walked for the second time, the photos up on my site and our lunch eaten 🍴, so it's time to charge up my Fitbit before today's shop comes and I can carry on with the course while I'm waiting then.
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My Fitbit is now fully charged and the shopping slot starts in 8 minutes but Steve's asleep, typically.  Gonna start on the course now and take it from there.
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That's the shopping been and gone, the puppy fed, and my 3rd course of the day completed so that's it for the day now... I can catch up with Facebook and my emails and stuff now, then have an early night hopefully.
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Taken me last two pills of the day, so that's me done for the day now.  Gonna shut down as soon as I've finished my mug of coffee and head to bed and hopefully be asleep before 8.30pm 🕣 tonight.
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Just finished my coffee, so I'm off to bed now... nite nite orl❗  💤
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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Just taken my morning pills and the FA started working within seconds again, so my body has obviously needed it for the last fortnight.  My head is quickly becoming unfuzzy and I'm wide awake and ready to go again.

Steve said he "didn't get much sleep last night 'cos I was up and down to the bathroom 4 times" so he's going to be asleep all day so I'll get him to turn the telly off so that I can study today 'cos my prescription is coming today and Marie's bringing the shopping over this evening.

Gonna go and walk 🐾 the puppy 🐶 now.  BBS.
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That's the puppy walked 🐕 and fed so that's it until lunchtime now.
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Steve's got a call on Zoom at 2pm because he's my carer so won't be able to study then, either... best get started on it now, while I can.
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Steve's listening to his podcast/video now and I can't put my headphones on in case the door goes, so that's me not studying today after all  😡
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The first things (a pair of shoes) that I ordered from Wish (you can get up to 50% off by using this code: chsbbzzz) have just been delivered and earned themselves a 5 star rating.  I'm gonna finish my zoop and take the puppy out for a stroll which will be their real test 🤣.  Gonna give it a few days of wearing then I'll write a review of the shoes on my site's reviews page.

The fitness tracker was due today but because of the CoronaVirus thing, I'll give it a few more days to get here.  According to the site, it's got a blood pressure thingamejig on it, so assuming that's reasonably accurate, I'll be able to phone the results through to my GP each month instead of having to go down there for something that only takes a couple of minutes to do, but uses up an appointment that someone else could use instead.

I've got 6 rings, another pair of shoes as well as the fitness tracker due by the 16th too, so I feel sorry for our postie if they all arrive on the same day 🤣

Gonna take the puppy for her second stroll of the day when I've finished my zoop then carry on studying the Microsoft computer basics course for the rest of the day.  It's been pretty easy so far, thankfully.
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Just got back from the second walk 🐾 of the day, for the first time in about 6 weeks and we're both exhausted now.  The puppy 🐶 has flaked out under Steve's leg, bless 'er... apparently she'd just fallen asleep when I called her for her second walk too - oops❗

That's it for the day now though, just waiting for my prescription to be delivered and Marie to bring the shopping tonight, then we can all have an early night tonight.
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Steve said the carer's thing is asking for a password that he doesn't have, so he's given up and gone back to sleep again.  I'm currently doing my backups and keeping my ears open for the door and phone.
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My external hard drive has finally given up the ghost so I'm using my new external hard drive for the very first time to do the backups and it's whizzing through them at a rate of knotts compared to the previous one!

I've taken my Calcium at last and I've just got 3 more topics/pages to read and learn then it's time for the assessment... I'll hopefully pass it first time considering I already know 95% of what it's been talking about so far 🤣
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My internet connection has gone down now  Typical  Might have to reboot when the backups have finished if Steve kicking the router doesn't work.
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Steve's got his internet connection back but I haven't and I can't connect to either of our mobile's data connection either, so I'm gonna have to wait until the backups are sorted then reboot... I should be used to it by now, but as soon as the internet connection drops, that's me unable to connect to the internet until I've rebooted my whole machine.  So far, something that should have been completed by 3pm at the latest has taken an extra two hours, a lost internet connection.  What started off as a good, positive day has quickly turned sour this afternoon.  😡
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Back again now and my internet connection is back up again, so time to download my email for the first time in 24 hours, finish off the course and put the photos up of the puppy that I took this morning.  Currently 4 hours behind shedule today... hopefully I'll be able to catch up with myself before I go to bed tonight though 🤞
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Just completed the course and updated the appropriate pages, so time to code and upload the puppy's photos from first thing now.
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Submitted a MS to a publisher and I'm heading to bed now.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe at some point tomorrow❗
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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Morning all.

The FA is a miracle pill💊❗  I'd even go as far as to say that it's on a par with the B12 injections❗  I've only taken one pill so far but in under 15 minutes it was working it's magic and 24 hours later, it's still making me feel human and keeping my head clear of cotton wool❗  For the first time in a fortnight (which was when I last took the FA) I fell asleep without needing to read a magasine last night too, so it obviously turns my brain off at bed time too❗

Time to take my morning pills now then I'll walk the puppy.

Gonna pause the electricity payments to Steve for the next 3 months so that I can move the money over to H's savings account to replace what he used to pay one of his bills 3 months ago without telling me.  After those 3 months, his debt will be clear though 👍
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Couldn't find a way to pause the payments to Steve, so I've cancelled it and I'll move the money over each month and re-start the payments on 20th August 'cos he'll have paid the money back then and will be debt-free to H... just gotta remember that I've done it now 🤣
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The puppy has been out for her poo 💩, so my anxiety about unbalancing, falling over and not being able to get back up when I pick it up ('cos I'm a responsible, law-abiding dog parent) on our walk has completely vanished and I'll take her out for our stroll 🐾 after I've taken my pills.
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That's the pills taken and because it's a Tuesday, I didn't take the FA so took the Calcium at the same time, rather than at lunch-time.  They all went down really easily, so I'm hoping that means today will be a good day❗

Time to walk the senior puppy 🐶 then feed her and start studying.  Study skills today then possibly another one if I finish at a reasonable time.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  I came up with a gross idea for another new manuscript just before I went to sleep last night, so I'm gonna write that then have me lunch (hash browns) then study for the rest of the day.
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That's the manuscript written and the hash browns smell like they're almost ready, so I'm gonna go and have my lunch now then start studying.  BBS❗ 👍
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Oh.

My.

God❗❗

I've just been able to book a delivery slot at Iceland that's being delivered on Thursday afternoon❗❗

I'm gonna go back to the site on Friday at 11am to see if I can get a slot for Monday evening 'cos apparently that's when they put up their new delivery slots, and it didn't ask if I'd got a letter to say I was classed as vulnerable either❗

WTG and thank you so much, Iceland❗❗
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First course of the day finished with a score of 100% 😌 - can't get better than that❗  Gonna study the 'Global Health Initiative: Diabetes Awareness' course next then have an early night I reckon 😊
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That's my cache's cleared ready for tomorrow's virus scan, so I can safely get my head around diabetes now.
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Passed the diabetes course and decided to do one (or hopefully two, as long as I can get uninterrupted time to study and Steve answers the door and phone so that I can concentrate on what I'm learning) of the 3-4 hour long courses... gotta motivate myself first though 🤣

Gonna take my last two pills of the day a touch early then head to bed I reckon 'cos I've got huge dark circles under my eyes after so many late nights recently❗
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That's the pills popped and my body is just starting to hint at needing the next dose of the FA after about 32 hours so I'll be able to give it what it needs tomorrow for sure.

Gonna head to bed 🛌 now though... not even 🕖 7pm yet, but it's what my body is asking for, so I'm gonna give my body and mind the rest and sleep that it's asking for.

Nite nite orl 💤.
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Monday, 11 May 2020

Monday 11th May 2020

Morning all.

Just taken my first FA for two weeks and my body is kinda going "WTF❓" and clammouring for every bit it needs to recover from the last fortnight of not taking it.  I've taken my supplements and remembered not to take the Calcium this morning, just gotta remember to take it at lunchtime again instead now.

Need to phone the pharmacy when I get back with the puppy 'cos I've got enough for 9½ weeks of pill taking now that I've found the box and I don't wanna take a box when I don't need it in case someone else needs it.

Also, I can, potentially, take the puppy out twice a day again, starting on Wednesday... it'll be a very gradual re-introduction to the twice daily walks 'cos it's been 6 weeks since we last walked twice a day, but our Prime Minister said that we could, so we're gonna take advantage of it again, in case he changes his mind later on if the Coronavirus deaths increases again.

Gonna take the puppy out for our first stroll of the week now.
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That's the puppy walked 🐾 and fed... she entirely fell off the kerb and tried to eat a teabag that was under a car 🚙, daft doggy.  She was walking fine after her fall, and Steve said her underside felt OK when we eventually got home, but it completely scared her for a good few minutes after her fall❗  She absolutely wolfed down her breakfast as soon as the first few kibbles hit her bowl though, bless 'er, so her belly must have thought her throat had been cut this morning❗  We went out about an hour later than normal this morning though, so maybe that's why❓
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Steve's just made me a mug of decaff tea ☕ and the FA is already starting to help again 'cos my head feels clearer and I'm more awake already... gotta phone the pharmacy before I forget though... hold on❗

Can't call them yet after all, 'cos Steve's waiting on a call from his mum to say that his dad has just left to take him to his medical appointment so I'll try and remember to call them when he's gone.

The rubbish sack and recycling box lid is in the road too, so I can't get them in yet.  Steve said he'll do it when he goes out to see his dad, but I bet he won't❗
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I leant on the recycling box to grab the lid then walked backwards for the sack and brought them both in.  Steve's mum is on the phone to him now, so I'll phone the pharmacy as soon as he's gone to meet his dad.
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Just phoned the pharmacy and it was too late to cancel the prescription so it'll be here on Wednesday and I'll have 20 week's worth of it then, which'll keep me going for most, if not all, of the Summer 🤣
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Steve's back from his medical appointment and we're having chips for lunch today... after they are scoffed, I really do have to start studying though 🤣
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That's the chippies eaten and Calcium taken as well as setting my Fitbit to charge up, but I'm reading a book now... only a short one, but it's still not studying 🤣  When I've finished reading it, I've gotta review it on my writing site, writing blog and Amazon.  Be on the lookout for the review!
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The book has been read and reviewed... was only 60 double-spaced pages, so only took a couple of hours to read❗  Gonna study the Learning To Learn Online course now.
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Passed the course I've been studying for the last 3 hours so I'm gonna take my pills and head to bed for an early night feeling pretty positive about myself and my achievement this afternoon/evening.

Gonna do one last catch-up on Facebook before I head to bed though.
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That's the last two pills taken, so just one last read-through of Facebook and I'll hopefully be in bed by 8.30pm 🕣 and asleep before 9pm 🕘 with any luck❗
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Just scoffing an apple before I head to bed, but it will still be an early night if I'm asleep before 10pm 🕙❗
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Logging off for the night now... the FA is still keeping my head clear, which is awesome, I just hope it doesn't keep me awake all night❗ 🤣  It's felt so good to have a clear head again at last.

Nitey nite nite orl.  See you tomorrow at some point.
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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Sunday 10th May 2020

Morning everyone

I've had two Freegle people interested in the cushion/pillow/beanbag that I offered yesterday and I've promised it to someone that'll hopefully come and pick it up tomorrow.  I've re-advertised the empty chocolate tin and box too.

Taken my morning pills, refilled the pill organiser and discovered a new box of the FA, so I'll need to phone the pharmacy in the morning to let them know that they don't need to worry about the prescription request they put in again on Friday.

Gonna take the puppy out for our morning stroll 🐾 now though.  BBS❗
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That's the puppy walked 🐾 and fed, just waiting for her to go out for her poo 💩 now, then we can clear it up and put out this week's rubbish and recycling.
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We're doing the puppy's poo, rubbish and recycling after we've had our lunch and the Freegler is coming for the cushion this afternoon instead of tomorrow, which is cool and groovy and gets it sorted a day after I posted it which is awesome.
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Just put the walkies spreadsheet up on my site for the last 7 days and updated the spreadsheet on my phone ready for next week.

Can't wait for our lunch today❗  Gonna take the British Sign Language course at the New Skills Academy this afternoon, after the Freegler has been and gone.

Our lunch has just been delivered, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor now.  BBS❗
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That was really yummy❗  Totally stuffed now and wiped out after sorting out the poo 💩, rubbish sack, recycling box and cardboard/paper sack, but that's it now until the Freegle person comes to collect the cushion/beanbag/pillow thing this afternoon, then I can concentrate on the sign language course.
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Just finished the course with a score of 29 out of 30, which ain't bad going considering I had a break of about half an hour, waiting for the Freegle lady.  The certificate is up on my completed courses page now, if you wanna go and have a look❓

Not gonna study any more today - I'm gonna put more photos of the puppy dog on my homepage and catch up with Facebook and stuff.  Steve's got a regular medical appointment and our lunch "will prolly be in bowls" so I can spend the day on a longer course.  Might have a look around Alison.com and see if there are any shortish courses that I can take on there for free.  Hold on while I look at my courses to take page on my navigation site

Immediate thoughts are that I'll start from the top of that page too.  All the Alison courses are free to take, so it doesn't matter which order I do them in.  Gonna start with the second course on that page right now though, which is the mental health and illness course, which'll take me through to bed time, then I'll make a start on the educational psychology one tomorrow morning, after I've walked 🐾 and fed the puppy 🐶 in the morning 'cos it's a 15-20 hour long course and I'm not gonna rush through it.
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Hmmm, the mental health and illness course doesn't seem to be available any more, so maybe that's a sign that I need to re-do the list of courses I want to take there❓  Yeah, I reckon that's what I'll do from now until bed time... frustrating but necessary I reckon.  Gotta put the photos of the puppy dog up first though❗
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I've updated the courses to take page and there are now 45 free courses to take, of varying lengths that I'm gonna start on tomorrow 'cos I've just taken my last two pills of the day and I was cream crackered even before that, so I'm gonna publish this blog post now and head to bed I reckon.

Nite nite orl❗
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Saturday, 9 May 2020

Saturday 9th May 2020

Mornin' all.

I've failed the test again, but I've got a list of my right answers and which ones I got wrong now, so I'm gonna take the puppy for her daily stroll then come back and try again.  I'll spend all day on the dratted thing if I have to❗
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That's the puppy walked and fed, pills 💊 taken, liquid recorded, and spreadsheet updated, so that's it until lunchtime now.  I've got a few photo's of the puppy to code and upload at some point, but they'll have to wait until I've finally passed this dratted course.  Wish me luck with the assessment❗
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We're having another roast dinner delivered tomorrow... veggie sausages and apple crumble for me this time 🤤
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Passed it at last.  I'm thinking that if I fail the end of course assessments more than a couple of times from now on, I'll do like I did with this one and keep a note of my answers to each question and use those to hopefully pass... only took 3 attempts this morning and it was a lot less stressful than last night.

Gonna have the rest of the day off from studying now so that I can code and upload Mitzi's photo's from yesterday.
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The exercise spreadsheet from last night is up that I'd forgotten all about too... I really am gonna sort out yesterday's photos now 🤣
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Photos are up now and I've had me lunch (pizza 🍕) so I'm thinking I'll do a couple of shorter courses (under 5 modules) this afternoon.  Might catch up on Facebook first though.
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Just finished a course so gonna download the certificate and do the appropriate admin on my navigation page.
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Another one finished, coded and uploaded.  It was a 2 module one this time.
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Third one of the day finished... got 2 questions wrong this time, but that's still a pass so I ain't complaining 'cos it's only 4 questions wrong out of 30 which is a lot better than I did yesterday and this morning 🤣
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Potentially my last course of the day and it's got 3 modules, so we'll see how I go with it.  I'll hopefully pass first time again, but I won't beat myself up too bady if I don't.  Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed 🤞 for me please❗
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The tests at the end of each of the 4 modules were the only assessments and how I much prefer to do it.  Gonna download, code and upload the certificate now and I'll hopefully have another certificate because I've now finished all the courses in the bundle.  Not bad going for an afternoon's studying considering I wasn't going to study at all today after I finished this morning's course❗ 🤣
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I was wrong about the second certificate... still got 3 more courses to study to get it 🤣  I'll hopefully have finished them by the time I head to bed tonight though.  Gonna code and upload the course I've just done, then make a start on the writing better emails one I reckon.
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I know how to write better emails now.  The certificate is up on my site and I've got 2 more left to study.  Gonna do the email etiquette one first, after I've taken me last two pills 💊 of the day.
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That's the pills taken and my screen automatically darkened slightly 'cos it's 7pm 🕖 now, so I'll study the last 2 courses, hopefully pass them both, then upload the 3 certificates and still be able to have an early night after such a late one yesterday.
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Another course passed.  Just gotta download then code and upload the certificate now, then one last course to study and do the site admin on (assuming I pass it of course) then I can head to bed.
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That's the penultimate course passed in the bundle, so I've just got the research one left to do now then I can go to bed, hopefully before 8pm 🕗 to catch up on the 3 hours I missed last night after going to bed so late and stressed out.
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Done the research one and I've just got the procrastinating one to do now, then that really is it for the bundle course... I'm still hoping to be able to log off at 8pm though❗
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It's 8.30pm 🕣 and I've definitely finished studying the bundle now, so I'm off to bed.  Nite nite orl, sea ewe in the morning.
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