Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Knew it was too good to be true.

After promising to come out with me and the pup every day this week "because neither of us have anything at all on" Steve went back on it, as predicted "because my knees are a bit ouchy".  Mine aren't I suppose??  You need to push yourself even though you are in pain, Steven.  I push myself out of the door every morning or the pup wouldn't get walked at all!

Bet he won't come out with us tomorrow either.  Or Thursday.  Or Friday, let alone the weekend!

The puppy had a slow start this morning, so I'm wondering if she's feeling her age now?  After we got going she was fine and forced me to do an extra 150%, but the first 3 or 4 lengths were very slow and she really didn't want to walk.  After that she was fine, but those initial lengths she was finding it hard to put one paw in front of the other.
***

That's me supplements taken.  They all went down reasonably easily this morning, thankfully  👍.
***

My lil nephew's last book has been reviewed on my writing site and writing blog so all 6 books are ready to go to their new home now.
***

Mitzi is being picked up for her sleep-over and skin scraping this afternoon then she'll be home tomorrow at some point... the thought of spending the night in the house without her is breaking my heart!!
***

The puppy's just gone and the house feels too big and empty now!  She's the smallest member of the household, but has a huuuuuuge personality that totally fills the house while she's here and the next 24ish hours are going to be so hard for both of us humans 😢.
***

Goin' to bed for an early night... think I deserve it!  lol  It feels so weird not being able to say goodnight to the pup though!
***


Food review: Sainsbury's Indian Lentil Quarter Pounder 454g

Just tried these for the first time for me lunch and they were lovely!  A bit dry but very filling and tasted yummy.  I was slightly dreading them being spicy after how the hubby described them, but they weren't spicy at all thankfully.  They are good both in a bun with a slice of "plastic" cheese (that's what the hubby calls cheese slices for some reason) and a squirt of tomato sauce as well as on their own with a big helping of veggies.

If they weren't as dry as they are then I'd have given them 5 stars, but they are very dry so could do with making them a bit more succulent/juicy on the outside to make them perfect.  Maybe that's just me, but I prefer my burgers to have a bit of moisture so that they aren't so saliva-drying as these were.

We'll get them again, for sure, but I'd prefer them to have a bit more moisture in them... just a smidgen of vegetable oil stirred into the pre-formed mixture is all it needs, IMHO.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday 15th July 2019

Mornin' all.

That's me supplements taken already and I've been paid, so I can relax now.  Today's bills have come out of my account so I can relax about that too... just got mobile top-up, my lil nephews account, Dogs Trust donation, electricity and Equifax to come out now, as well as the Friday tenner and the groceries every Monday.  Tight for the rest of the month but just about doable I reckon.  Spent pennies over £300 on non-essentials in June and £198 already this month, but most of that was SCBWI membership (£63) and Patric's insurance (£89)
***

I was wrong yesterday when I doubted Steve would come out with us.  He did.  He did 300% with the puppy and I did our normal Monday marathon with her.  She made a new friend on her walk with Steve... someone was walking up the road and Mitzi's little tail started wagging, then as she got closer to the puppy, she rose up on her back legs and started dancing for her!  She didn't get petted but that's OK, 'cos not everyone feels comfortable around dogs.  Our across the street neighbour came out and got into his car so Mitzi greeted him then just as we were finishing our walk, our next door neighbour came home and said hello to me.  Very social walkies this morning.

The vet phoned while I was feeding her.  Apparently the steroids she's been on for the last few days was just a stop-gap to see her through until these ones came in.  Hopefully Marie or Steve's dad will pick them up and bring them over soon so that the puppy can start taking the proper ones.
***

The puppy has just been out the back for a poo, so I cleared it up and binned it totally alone because my paid carer was more interested in watching the telly.
***

My MIL's home-made zoop for lunch today.  Takes yummy, is healthy and filling so a winner all round!
***

Mitz is going for another sleep-over tomorrow then going in to the vet for skin scrapings on Wednesday and pick up her proper meds at the same time, then back here, so this week is gonna be expensive, but the poor puppy is worth it... we just want her to be happy is all.
***

That's the rubbish just been and gone... only 7 hours later than normal lol  Nowt else to do now, until the shopping comes this evening.
***

Apparently the shopping escorted Marie down the street tonight lol

We're having a take-away for tea, so I'm gonna shut down now and doubt I'll log back on after having such a late night last night... think I deserve an early one!

Nite nite orl!  💤
***


Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed.  We did 650% today which takes week's total extra's to a huge 4950%!  My OCD is complaining that we didn't do the extra 50% to make it 5000% but I'm trying to work through the anxiety it's causing me.

Gonna take me supplements then put the spreadsheets up on my site.  BRB.
***

That's the four supplements swallowed.  Reasonably easily this morning, thankfully.

Time for the spreadsheets now.
***

That was nice and easy... no arguments or stress or anything at all!  Even went for a wee mid-way through too lol  Only one box of recycling, one bag of food waste with my two burgers in the waste food caddy and the bag of rubbish was full but not overflowing and it's got the pup's week of poo in it again.  We're getting good at this weekly rubbish taking out thing!  Tomorrow we'll bring it all back in then that's it done and dusted for a week. Our inherited rose bush is taking over one end of the yard and the butterfly bush the other though lol
***

Just taken my mouthwash off the shopping so that Steve could add his mustard to take the total below £50.  That means that I've got 11 (including 9 bottles of pop) things just for me on the order and Steve's got 16 things on there, 6 of which are packets of meat slices that cost over £8 alone, yet I'm not allowed mouthwash that costs £3.50... strange how he's allowed 2 meals a day but only one for me!
***

Just done a bit of moving around of the huuuge walking page - gonna do one page per quarter now so that you don't have to scroll down quite so far.  Don't worry, if you'd bookmarked the walking page it's still there, but it's linking to each quarter's page now so you don't need to update your bookmarks or anything like that... don't you dare say that I don't make things easy for my visitors  😉
***

Chippies for lunch today... another quick and simple meal, but it's cooked at home instead of a take-away and that's the only requirement, so I'll go and get Steve's Jaffa Cakes as his reward now, BRB.
***

He decided to have a bar of Turkish Delight instead of 2 Jaffa Cakes for a change.  Fine by me... his reward, so his choice 👌.

He didn't have his Friday reward because I totally forgot and he didn't remind me, so that's two unrewarded times, but how am I supposed to remember everything with me brain damage being so bad that I can't even remember taking the rubbish, recycling and waste food caddy out this morning, even though it was less than 6 hours ago and the only reason I know that we took them out is that they aren't in the kitchen any more.  Yep, it really is that bad.

When he's finished his current rewards, I'll be getting him a 2kg box of fudge next but don't know if it melts like chocolate or if it can be stored at room temperature is all.  Either way is totally groovy, I just wanna know which is better so that it doesn't accidentally melt by keeping it in here is all.  Lemme know in the comments?  Please?
***

The puppy has just been out the back for her poo and I'm soooo glad she did it out the back instead of on our walk this morning 'cos I could smell it by the time I got half way through the kitchen so it would have really turned my stomach if she'd done it this morning and I would have had to bend over even closer to it to pick it up... soooo gross!
***

4 of the six books have just been dispatched via Amazon Logistics, so they'll be here tomorrow, just two more to go then that's all I'm spending for a while at least, other than the groceries each week.  I've already spent over £200 on things this month that I don't usually buy (SCBWI annual membership, Patrick's insurance, Mitzi's vet visit and the books for my lil nephew so I need to be very strict with what I buy for the rest of the month now.  I'll be at least £150 better off next month though 'cos the membership and insurance is only once a year, so as long as I can be a scrooge for the rest of the month with the things I want but don't need then I can breathe again in August.
***

We've just filled up the second recycling box too, with the pop bottles Steve's been hoarding over the last week.  Tsk.
***

Just finished a course and passed first time, so time to do the admin on my site now.
***

That's the certificate up on my site, so time for my prescription now.
***

ENGLAND HAVE WON THE CRICKET WORLD CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!!!!

I watch the cricket, but definitely do NOT describe myself as a fan, but to win it for the first time ever has made me a touch emotional lol
***

Prescription taken so I'll head to bed as soon as it starts kicking in.
***

Heading to bed now.  Nite nite orl!  💤  Sea ewe in the morning!
***

 

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Saturday 13th July 2019

Steve's just promised that next week, because there's nothing going on and as long as it isn't raining, "I'll come out with you and the pup every day as long as you don't go out stupid early like you usually do"

I asked him roughly what time was the earliest he'd come out with us and he said 8 o'clock was the absolute earliest.

Why don't I believe him?

Oh yeah, cos he said the same thing two weeks ago and went back on it.  Again!

I'd love to be wrong about it, but very much doubt I will be!
***

All three of us are dosed up and ready for whatever the day throws at us now, so I'm gonna start by taking the puppy out for our morning stroll.

BBS!
***

750% today and the puppy poo'd so I, of course, picked it up.  Soft and very smelly today, but I'm a law-abiding citizen so always pick it up when she poo's on our morning strolls!
***

Chips, cheese and beans for lunch today.  Simple and quick to prepare but yummy.
***

Got 3 books currently in my basket for my lil nephew to prepare him for his first day at school in September.  Gonna give it until tomorrow afternoon to see if anyone else on SCBWI-BI has any others to recommend then order them to hopefully arrive on Tuesday.

I've potentially got a book in mind for his Christmas gift too.  I can almost guarantee that I'll forget about it before August starts, let alone December though lol
***

That's my prescriptions taken.  Got a mug of tea to drink before I head to bed tonight first though!  😄
***

Goin' to bed now 💤.  Nite nite orl!
***


Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday 12th July 2019

That's the puppy, Steve and me all dosed up for the next 12 hours, then the puppy has to take her steroids and I need to take my prescription.

My maths has never been great, but I think I've worked out that between her food and walks every morning, she's lost 62½g of weight every week which is awesome.

This is my working outs - have I got it right please?

March to July is 4 months.
1kg divided by 4 months is 250g a month, right so far?
Each month has 4 weeks for the sake of easy calculation.
250g divided by 4 weeks is 62½g a week yeah?

Is my maths right please?  Assuming it is and she's been on steroids that we were told might make her put on weight, losing over 60g of weight a week is awesome for the puppy dog.  Keep going Mitzi, you're very nearly there now!
***

Just brushed me teeth for the first time in a couple of weeks and I'm gonna have to put the mouthwash onto the shopping again 'cos there's only one dose left, but I can almost bet that Steve won't take any of his stuff off, only mine.  Again.  Same as always.
***

We replaced the bread rolls we had this week with some different ones, took the fruit off, but that's all.  As predicted, Steve didn't take anything of his off the order.
***

Take-away for tea, so I'm shutting down now... nite nite orl!
***


Book Review: Saudade by Timothy V. Harris


⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

This book is a bit of a cross-over book... too old for children but too young for adults.

It started off well and kept my interest throughout.

So why am I knocking a star off then?

Purely because some of the grammar (especially using a backwards apostrophe that isn't even in the character map instead of ') and having occasional extra/wrong words and because it will have a very limited audience - more of a New Adult or cross-over book.

It's also apparently set in the future on a space station but that's barely mentioned and definitely wasn't what I considered to be set in the future either. TBH it's more of a modern day sci-fi book which is OK if you like that kinda thing, it just wasn't what I was expecting is all.

It's a good way to pass the day, just wasn't what I was expecting was all. Sorry.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Thursday 11th July 2019

Still virus free, thankfully, so time to start on the backups then I'll walk the puppy I reckon.
***

Backups under way.  One of them is gonna take 2½ hours to finish apparently, so I'll take me supplements before taking the puppy out.
***

Just asked Steve if he wants to join me and the puppy on our walk and he said no again "because it rained overnight"... knew this would happen!  It was him that suggested it but he's only come on four walks in ten days!  He started off so well then changed his mind and has only come on the walk once since last Thursday.  Well I'm not rearranging the appointment again.  If he doesn't come with me I'll go alone!  He's my carer and is paid to care for me for 35 hours a week but I'm lucky to get that in a month!   Most of it is the cooking for us both too!
***

That's me supplements taken.  All went down nicely this morning so hopefully that's a sign that I'll have a good day today.
***

Back-ups finished first time this week, so it's time for the senior puppy's walk now... wish us luck.  Gonna attempt another 750% I reckon but as soon as we've done 650% I'll take my lead from the puppy.
***

The puppy wanted to come home after 500% today, so I gently encouraged her to keep going until we did 650% then we both came home and she's flaked out on the floor, under Steve's leg now, bless her.
***

Curry for lunch today.  🍴
***

That was yummy scrummy in my tummy!  Steve's already asleep lol
***

Got Patrick's renewal reminder through the post.  Only gone up by £4 since last year, which is ace!  Gonna do that now while I remember... brb.
***

That was remarkably painless and at only £89 a year as opposed to month it's amazing value for money.  This is my 5th renewal with Blue Badge Mobility and the policy cost has only increased by around £15 in that entire time which is even better.  When I went on the initial search for an insurer for Patrick, I was thinking it'd be like £50 a month instead of less than £90 a year including recovery and puncture repair included as extras in the price!  If you live in the UK and rely on a mobility scooter or wheelchair (either manual or electric - they cover both) then I definitely recommend Blue Badge Mobility... you won't regret it and it's sooo quick and easy to renew - it took me longer to read the letter and policy documents than to renew the cover and it's all so easy to do online.  Just 2 pages (one to check the details are still right and the other for the payment) and the terms were really straight-forward and easy to understand too.

Same with Mitzi's insurance.  PetPlan were her initial insurers when we first got her from the Dogs Trust back in 2010 but it went from £25 a month to over £145 a month within about 3 or 4 years and we hadn't made a claim on it.  She's with Paws and Claws now which is under £20 a month and hasn't increased AT ALL from the first year (or if it has, only by a couple of quid a month even though she's a senior puppy dog now).  On top of that I think she's covered up to the maximum on everything for that and there's no upper age limit either, so as long as I keep paying the £20 a month, she's covered until she takes her final breath!

Insurance can be expensive, but the peace of mind is worth it to me.
***

That's Mitzi back from her vet visit.  £142 and more steroids again.  The vet took blood which on its own cost £80!!  Moved the money over to the joint account so that he can pay Marie back for it.

Let's see how long it takes him shall we?
***

I'm goin' to bed now.  Nite nite orl!  Sea ewe in the mornin'.
***

 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Virus scan started without any kind of technical problem or anything this morning.  Firefox had an update so I was thinking it would require a reboot but it didn't, thankfully.
***

That's me supplements taken so time to walk the puppy now.  Steve said he'll come with us this morning.  He's dressed and got his shoes on so it's looking likely he will this morning but I won't believe it until it actually happens.
***

I was wrong twice over this morning.

First the puppy doesn't always poo at 8.30am 'cos while there were a few times I thought she might on our walk this morning, she didn't poo at all.

Second, I was wrong about Steve too.  He did come out with us and took the puppy for 200% of her walk.  We walked 650% today, added to Steve's 200%, means she walked 850% between us, which is great going by her.

The puppy wanted to keep walking but it just wasn't safe for me so we came home.  Maybe she wants to increase her walk to 750% like she did with me yesterday?  It was only a few weeks ago that we increased it from 500% to 650% and she seems to want to increase it again now, so I'll try and see how much it's safe for me to do with her tomorrow then take it from there.  If it's not safe then I won't even contemplate it, like I didn't this morning.  It's all very well her wanting to go for longer walks, but my body has got to get used to it too!
***

The post has just come.  BarclayCard are refunding me over £500 for not supporting me enough when I was struggling to make the repayments on it a few years back.  Gotta fill in a form and enclose a statement of my account but that makes a nice change and I'll be able to add it to my savings for Steve's car.  Nice, unexpected surprise this morning!  Thank you Barclaycard!
***

Prescriptions taken... gotta remember not to shut down tonight 'cos of the virus scan.  As soon as the pills start kicking in I'll head to bed again.
***

Heading to bed now.  Nite nite orl!  😴
***


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Mornin' all!

Time to walk the puppy then take me supplements.  What do you reckon chances are that Steve won't come with us again?
***

"My shorts are in the wash" said Steve when I asked him about coming with us.  They weren't 10 minutes ago and it was him that suggested coming with us last week after re-arranging the ultrasound appointment!  He's being paid to be my carer for 35 hours a week but he does buggar all to earn it!
***

The puppy poo'd on her walk and I picked it up like I'm legally obliged to.  Soft, smelly, warm and big.  Made me feel sick when I picked it up and tied a knot in the bag!
***

The cheek of it!  I read and review books and I've read and reviewed this one book back in May that was riddled with errors so I gave it a single star review.  The author said that he'd had problems with the editor leaving the company so I said I was sorry about that but maybe he shouldn't have published and advertised the book and asking for reviews if he wasn't ready for them.

He sent me the edited book this morning.  Not a single word in the email, just the attachment and seemed to expect me to read it again and change my review.

Not gonna happen.

I said that I wasn't going to review Christian books so why he sent it to me to begin with I haven't got a clue but he didn't say a word in his email, it was literally just our conversation from May and the attachment!

Then I read a message from D about adding a page to her site.  No probs.  Did that for her, then read her PM on Facebook - she didn't want them on a new page, but in an existing page, so I'd just wasted the last half an hour of my life then!  Because she's a friend, I did it, then Steve said something about it being 50 years since Apollo 11 or something and I just lost the plot!

People expect me to do things for free and don't like it when I'm honest in the review and refuse to change it.  Then D changing her mind, then Steve talking about something was just too much for the day and I've had enough already.  It's only 10.21am too!

Not a happy bunny.

Gonna take me supplements now and hopefully calm down a bit.
***

That's the supplements swallowed.  They all went down with gulp each, except the Multi but that only took two gulps so I'm hoping this is the start of the day becoming more positive now.
***

The council are coming to clear up the cat poo "within 1 day" so hopefully it'll be cleared up by the time I take the puppy out on Friday morning.

The supplements are awesome 'cos they're already bringing my blood pressure down and that's the only thing that's changed in the last 5 minutes.  Dunno if it really is the supplements or if it just happens to be reducing after I've taken them, but I'm noticably less angry already!
***

Them new bread rolls are incredibly filling!  Only managed half my lunch today!
***

That's the browser caches cleared ready for tomorrow's virus scan and the pup is showing a great deal of Westitude atm lol
***

Prescriptions taken, so I'm going to bed as soon as they start kicking in.
***

Starting to yawn, so it's time to shut down for the day now.

Nite nite orl!
***