Saturday, 18 August 2018

Saturday 18th August 2018

Just taken me hayfever pill and 3 supplements.  Only the Iron went down without a problem today  😟
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We had hash brown's for lunch!!!  Yaaaaaaay!  It doesn't take much to make me happy, but having home-cooked food is an easy way to achieve it!
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I haven't seen my mum since the Summer of 2010 when we buried my father and went over to see her once after we got the pup.

Haven't seen her since.

Neither of us have a driving license and Steve doesn't have a car so we're kinda stuck with just the phone and email.

My brother has both a driving license and a car and he's more than happy to take her to Wales for a 3 day holiday that they came back from yesterday.

Steve's just suggested me getting a taxi over there for a few days then getting a taxi back here but at about £100 (nope, that's not a typo, I really do mean one hundred pounds) one way and being left with literally pennies at the end of each month, I don't know where I'm supposed to be magicing £200 from!!

Like Steve said, the road works in both directions and my mum has been over here a few times before my father died and it's no problem at all to give him directions if he needs them to bring her over here occasionally but my brother isn't up for that for some reason, so screw him!

My mum is 74 now so she's not getting any younger and she's got diabetes that she's struggling to keep under control with pretty much no help from her GP other than telling her she needs to lose weight.

I just haven't put my arms around her for almost exactly (as in to the month) 8 years and I miss her!
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Completed a grand total of 2 surveys today... a bit disappointing but that's just the way it is some days!
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Virus free and backed up for another week so I can go to bed now... at long last!

Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 17 August 2018

Friday 17th August 2018

Virus scan started, puppy walked and fed and I'm about to take me supplements to get me sorted for the day.
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Hayfever pill and supplements taken so I'm all set for the day now.  Gonna make an early start on the surveys and take it from there.
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Steve's just promised "on Mitzi's cute little bum" that tonight's take-away will be the last for a while and that "we'll definitely have something cooked here tomorrow".

Unfortunately I don't believe him but I'll refuse to have any more take aways until we have at least one meal cooked here.  I'm just soooo bored of take-aways!!
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The chips were totally gross... ate less than 10 of 'em because they were so greasy!  Yukerama!
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Taken me prescription and finished me can of pop so I'm going to bed soon I reckon.
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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Thursday 16th August 2018

Puppy walked and fed and she's now fast asleep on the back of the sofa.
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Got over £50 credit to use up on my mobile so Children In Need will be getting a donation from me this year as long as they can take it off my phone lol
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Haven't taken me supplements yet, so I'd best do that now, while I remember!
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That's me hayfever pill and supplements taken now.  The multi was a nightmare to swallow today!!
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Just 5 bits and bobs today... I've taken me prescription so I'm gonna clear the cache in Firefox ready for the weekly scan first thing tomorrow, then head to bed!
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday 15th August 2018

That's the puppy walked and fed.  Almost had me over as I opened the door because there was a cat sat right in the middle of the road, washing itself.  Mitzi's little tail was wagging into a blur and the cat just looked at her and walked off.
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Steve's just done another 2 bottles of squash for me and he's making a cafetierre of "posh coffee" (which is actually cheaper for more volume than the instant coffee) so I'll be able to take me supplements when he comes in with it too
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He's just filled up me mug so I'll take me supplements now... hold on!

Done!  Finished the box of hayfever pills this morning and the supplements were a nightmare to get down again.  All sorted for the day now though, thankfully.
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Started next week's online grocery order and my OCD is happy 'cos it's £58.85 all in.  I had a voucher for 15p for the substitute price difference this week so it was £59.00 before that which my OCD was happy with too... I'm easily pleased, me!  lol  😄
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I've been a chocaholic since childhood and prolly always will be.  Steve forwarded an email from Amazon to me with a selection of chocolate hampers in it and seemed to think he'd be getting more than a crumb out of them.

He's known me for 25 years so you'd think he'd know by now that he won't see more than the wrapping from most chocolate!  lol 😃
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Done 4 or 5 surveys today so I've got about $2ish coming into my online survey account in the next few days.

I realise that that doesn't sound like a lot, but it quickly adds up to a fair bit, then you've just gotta convert it to £s and ask to be paid when you reach the required minimum amount!
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tuesday 14th August 2018

The pup doesn't want to go for a walk again for some reason, so I'm gonna take me supplements and wait for Steve's flapjacks to be delivered again.

Apparently he can afford daily take-aways and weekly things from Amazon but he can't afford to help me with the groceries that are 90% his every week whereas I'm left with literally pennies each month, have holes in my shoes and can't afford anything for myself after paying the electricity and groceries every month.  Hardly fair, is it?
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That's me hayfever pill and supplements taken so I'm all set for the day again, now.  Gonna make a start on reading the memory book, putting what it says to the test, then review it.  Wonder what advice it'll have that I haven't already tried?
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Just finished reading the book and reviewing it here on this blog and on Amazon... I had such high hopes for the book improving my memory enough to study but it didn't tell me anything new unfortunately.

It's an OK way to waste a couple of hours but it's not worth spending any more time on it than that, unfortunately  😞
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In 9 months time it'll be 30 years since I first became a Take That fan... scary stuff!  I even remember how I first found out about them - via High There! back at the start of Summer 1989 just before they released Do What U Like!

I remember reading the interview - I was sat on the bus on the way back from the hospital and there was an interview with them in it that I was so engrossed in that I almost missed the stop!
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Book review: Memory improvement techniques by Achievement Pyramid


☆☆☆ out of 5

I had high hopes for this book because I've had huge memory problems for 15 years and I was hoping it would give me ways to improve my memory. 

I was wrong. 

It didn't tell me anything new at all and the exercises it provided were doing crosswords and taking IQ tests along with getting more exercise, practising yoga and learning to play a musical instrument. The most helpful part was right at the beginning when it said about using mnemonics to remember information, but I knew that from my first college course.

If you are looking for a book that will give you ways to improve your memory, look elsewhere. 

If you're looking for a book that teaches you nothing that you didn't already know, but you want to waste a couple of hours, have a read of this book, but don't expect to gain anything from it that you didn't already know. Sorry. 




Monday, 13 August 2018

Monday 13 August 2018

Just taken me supplements after Steve reminded me and they went down pretty easily this morning!  Only 4 mouthfuls of squash to get them down instead of the usual 5 or 6 or, on a particularly hard-to-swallow day, half a litre!!
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Not going to take the pup for her walk this morning 'cos she's going to see the vet for hopefully the last time about her skin.

She only had half a body of fur, after her previous owners didn't want to treat it, when we first brought her home from the Dogs Trust back in 2010 and had to have a bath every other day with a prescription shampoo.  Her skin has been similar to that but we nipped it in the bud as soon as we realised it was happening again.

She's been being treated for a few weeks now and we're hoping this'll be the last vet visit she needs because she's only got one steroid left and her skin is a lot better now, thankfully!
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Only got a little bit left to crit in the book... the author was aiming for 16 year old readers but changed their mind yesterday.  It's gonna be published in September but needs oneheckuva lot more editing and needs to be at least tripled in length too!  I'm glad they've already got a publisher but hope they aren't being taken for a ride like I was back in 2012!
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Had another author email me for a review of their book overnight.  This one is about improving your memory so this one will be interesting to try out and I'll definitely try out any techniques within it and give it an honest review... might be a bit unfair that my memory problems are due to having a damaged brain, but it'll be the ultimate test for the book, and, if the techniques work it'll help me if I start studying with the OU next year!
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Our little senior pup is baaaaack!!  Apparently she wanted to make friends with a greyhound/lurcher type dog at the end of the road while they were waiting for Marie and she made friends with a bulldog while she was waiting in the vet's too... such a friendly girl!

She's still on the steroids but it's every other day now instead of the every day it's been for a few weeks and she's up to date with her jabs and we've just got to keep an eye on her ears and wipe them out when necessary now.

The pup has also got a comedian fan online apparently too.  The comedienne was missing her dogs and asked for photo's of her followers dogs, so Steve put up a picture of Mitzi and the commedienne apparently replied saying she looks like a model!

That's it for vet visits unless she needs to go back again now though, just gotta finish off the steroids and keep an eye on her ears but she hasn't got to go back any more!  Yaaaaay!
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And the crit's finished after 2.5 loooooong days reading and critting it.  It's got potential, but there are a LOT of errors that a simple editing will solve.  It's also only 61k words apparently, so the author needs to find another 39k words to make it into a novel as opposed to a novella, yet the publisher has said it'll be published in September... a lot of work to do in a very short amount of time unfortunately  😔

Gonna give myself the rest of the day off, then read and review the memory improvement book tomorrow!  You watch me forget though lol
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday 12th August 2018

The pup only wanted half of her walk today... she was eager to go out, unlike yesterday, but she point blank refused to do the other half of her walk which usually means she needs a poo urgently and is being kind by not doing it in the street in case I fall over and can't get back up.

Nope, she came in, had her harness taken off then went to graze on her breakfast!  I hope she's not in pain or anything now that she's a senior but I don't know why she's getting so stubborn about either not going for a walk at all that entire day (like she did yesterday) or only wanting a very short walk (like today).  I just want her to be well and happy is all!
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It's amazing what can be achieved when me an' 'im work as a team instead of sworn enemies.  Just like last week I took the recycling box out backwards while Steve took out the rubbish bag that's usually too heavy for me to lift and this week we had a full blue bag of cardboard recycling to go out too.

We worked as a team and got it all out there ready for tomorrow morning then I took some last minute bottles out for the recycling too.

Just gotta clear up the pup's poo and put it in the rubbish bag, then that's it for another week!
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Gonna hopefully finish critting the book by bed time then I can spend all of tomorrow doing surveys and hopefully writing my own manuscript too... wish me luck!
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That's the pup's poo cleared up... slimey and gross 'cos of last nights rain, but it's only once a week thankfully.
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Almost forgot to take me supplements!  They are done and dusted for the day now though and I surprised myself by being able to swallow all 3 of them with the squash that was left at the bottom of the bottom of the bottle instead of needing gallons to swallow them like I usually do!
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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saturday 11th August 2018

Our little senior puppy doesn't want to go for walkies this morning!  😕  I'll keep trying to persuade her, but she's more interested in sleeping right now!  😟

Gonna take me supplements now then try again in a couple of hours or something 😟
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 That's me 3 supplements done and dusted for today.  The Iron was a nightmare to swallow for some reason today, but the Calcium and Multi were fine... weird.
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We seem to have our UKTV channels back after Virgin got into a tizzy a week or so ago.  They obviously had too many complaints and customers leaving that they thought "oh poo" and grovelled to the UKTV bods to take them back!

The programmes Steve had set up to record have vanished, but presumably they are easy enough to set up again!

Yaaaaay!  I can catch up on The Bill and Masterchef again now... they were the only programmes I watched lol

I genuinely haven't missed watching TV though... 'onest!  I couldn't have cared if the TV had been on or off but those 2 hours of telly a day are a welcome return to my viewing!
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36 hours later and I'm still virus free, so gonna back up my hard drive again, then carry on critting this YA novel and I can have an early night for a change!  It's taken me almost 7 hours just to crit the first chapter!!
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I is stuffed to the gills now and I've still got a portion of onion rings to eat!!
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I is cream crackered so I'm going to put the bottle of Tango in the fridge, head to bed and hope I achieve more tomorrow than I have today!

Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 10 August 2018

Friday 10th August 2018

I took me prescription at 4.30pm yesterday and was awake 12 hours later.  Stayed in bed until 5am then came down and started the weekly virus scan going.  Started reading the rest of the novel that I started yesterday afternoon and I'm almost two thirds of the way through already.

When it got light I took the pup out for her walk then came home and fed her then Steve gave her her pill and I did her ear then read another chapter, took me supplements and even remembered the hayfever pill this time too!

Already achieved a lot and I'm hoping to get the book finished by early afternoon so that I can review it and then get the surveys done so that I can write a bit more of my own manuscript!

I'm hoping that the new supplements will come with the post and apparently Steve's waiting for a delivery too.  He's getting paid to be my carer for 35 hours a week, but I'm lucky to get an hour out of him.  Me, OTOH isn't getting any money for being Steve's carer but I do more for him in one morning than he does for me in a fortnight!!
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26% of the virus scanning is already done and its only been going for 4 hours!!  I'll have to start it at 5am more often lol
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Just finished reading the novel and I totally wasn't expecting the last sentence at all!  Can't find it on Amazon to leave a review for some reason though  😕
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Me supplements have turned up and they sound smaller than the current Calcium pills, thankfully... as long as they aren't any bigger than the current multi I'll be happy, but if they are capsule sized then it's no biggie, I'll just have to crunch them up but I'll be taking just the one single supplement every day instead of the three that I currently take!
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