Thursday, 21 February 2019

Thursday 21 February 2019

That's the supplements down the hatch and Steve's new mug arrived while she was having a poo, so I'm just waiting for the Cortado pods to arrive now!
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Time for the pup's walk now, as soon as Steve comes back into the room so that he can answer the door if it goes while I'm out with our senior pup.
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Just worked out that I spent £115 this month that I won't be spending in March, so I'll be able to put that into my savings from March to May then our anniversary gift and my mum's birthday gift in June then July to September I can put the money into my savings again, October are 2 birthdays which'll mean I can't put any into my savings then November and December will be saving up for Yule gifts.

You watch the money go onto the groceries rather than into my savings though lol.  £75 a week on the shopping will eat up the potential savings and it's only a tenner more a week than I'm currently shelling out so I reckon I'll have £100 in my savings by the end of the year rather than each month!  😲
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Brushed me teeth and lunch is pretty much ready, so I'll save this post then put me laptop on the floor and go and get it.
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That's the Cortado pods just arrived too, so I'll be making good use of those after late nights and when I'm feeling particularly tired first thing.  Steve said he's never tried Cortado before so there's no excuse not to any more now that I've got 50 of 'em and about 40 Chocochino's left! lol
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Cheese 'n' onion rolls and chips for lunch again but with brown sauce squeezed over them this time.  The sauce wasn't as spicy as I remembered the brand names being and the first taste that hit me was sweetness which was a bit weird, but by the time I'd finished eating a few chips I was used to it and it didn't surprise me any more.  It'd be perfect if it was less sugary and a bit spicier, but for 45p I'm not complaining at all!
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Steve's just had his first couple of sips of the Cortado coffee and he seemed to be impressed with the flavour.

I'm still impressed by how quickly the water heats up in the machine lol  Cold to really hot in exactly 30 seconds (yes, I counted this time lol).
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Just left an Amazon review for the box of Cortado's and Steve's mug.
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Just taken me prescription and I just have to get back to this book... there will be a review on my writing blog and Amazon hopefully by the weekend, so keep your eyes peeled!
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Gonna publish this now so that I can keep reading.  Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Wednesday 20th February 2019

The puppy was an awesome girl on her walk this morning... 500% in one part!  She wanted to keep walking but my legs said not to risk it so we came home instead.  Might take her out again later, maybe after lunch, if my legs have recovered in time and she wants to.
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Just taken me supplements and other than the B12 semi melting a little bit, all four pills behaved today, thankfully.

Going to have a mug of the new cafetierre coffee that came with the shopping on Monday evening... hopefully it's the same as we usually get, just in different packaging - we shall soon find out!
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2 small jacket tatties, grated cheese and baked beans for lunch today.  Yummy scrummy in my tummy!
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Just taken me prescription - went down really easily tonight!
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Shutting down now, so it's been a relatively quiet day blog-posting wise!

Nite nite orl!
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Just taken me supplements.  They weren't easy to take but they were far from difficult either.  I'm bloated with squash now though lol
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Time to take the puppy for our morning stroll now.  BBS!
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Back now.  Another 400% this morning and it was the puppy decided on the length today. 'cos she got to the front door and put her brakes on bless her.  I'm not going to force her if she really doesn't want to walk any further... it's good to push each other occasionally, like we did on Saturday but we both need to recover this week 'cos I dunno about the pup, but my knees are aching now that I've sat down.
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Just completed the first survey of the day.
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Ordered meself a box/bag of cortado pods that'll be here on Friday and a large tea/coffee mug for Steve so that he doesn't have to use my chipped one 'cos he can't be bovvered to find his own large mug.  That'll be here between Saturday and Tuesday so that we can both drink a litre of cafetierre coffee between us and I'll be able to have instant wake-ups after when I've got the cortado pods in me sticky lil hands!
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Second one done and dusted... that one took less than 5 minutes from start to finish and I'll be getting up to 95 American cents for it which is really good going for such a quick survey... it'll prolly be more like 10 cents though lol
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Third survey finished - this one was about food and my diet by a big UK company... just knowing that my opinion is being taken seriously is fantastic!  Makes me want to change to them for my weekly shop now... wanna be sure that the products are actually on the shelves first though!
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Fourth survey completed
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Goin' to bed now... nitey nite orl!
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Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday 18th February 2019

Took my supplements without any kind of issue this morning... they all went down with a single mouthful of squash, even the Calcium!
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Put last week's spreadsheet onto the disability page on my site and then took the pup for her morning stroll.
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450% today.  The pup wanted to keep walking but that just wouldn't have been safe for me so we came home.  500% max on our morning strolls this week.
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Just had a phone call from our mortgage company.  Apparently they sent a letter back in December about our mortgage, but we never got it so they are going to re-send it.

It's got me worried now!!
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Almost forgot to brush me teeth this morning!  It was only because I saw toothpaste advertised that reminded me lol
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Just worked out why we couldn't see the Amazon images on my site... we've both got ad blockers installed on our browsers lol  The software obviously works then!  lol
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First survey of the day completed.
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Second survey done and dusted... this one was about our pup!  Yaaay!  😁
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That's me prescription taken. 
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Third survey sorted.
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Just taken 6 surveys on just one site but I'm cream crackered now so I'm off to bed.

Nite nite orl!
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Need your help with something if that's OK?

Can one (or, if possible, several) of my regular blog readers go to my book reviews page and tell me if you get the images immediately above each rating to show up please?  When I look at the page in Chrome, the images don't show up for me, but they do in Firefox.  The hubby has just looked for them in Firefox and they aren't showing up for him.

There should be an Amazon image showing the cover of each book, it's title and price immediately above each star rating I've given it... could you let me know which browser you're using and if you see the Amazon image in reply to this pretty please?

TIA!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunday 17th February 2019

Just taken me supplements.  The Calcium crumbs sort of behaved, the Iron melted, the B12 went for a walk around my mouth and the Multi got semi-stuck half way down my throat, so it wasn't the best ever to take them but it's also a lot better than some days!
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200% on the puppy's walk means that we've done 3500% extra this week which is over a month's worth of walkies in the bank in only 7 days!!

Next week will be short walks again so that we can both recover from yesterday and then the week after will be 500% a day.
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That's the rubbish and recycling taken out and the puppies poo cleared up out of the back yard.

No arguements again this week, thankfully  👌.  Steve even cleared the pasta bake jars off the side too because there was so little in the recycling this week!
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After yesterday's marathon I was still 5 steps off the target of 2000 steps a day which I can only assume is because I side-step a lot.  If I can get out of that habit I'll be close to the target every day and yesterday might even have been 2500 steps too!

Gonna go and brush my teeth now, then relax and recover for the rest of the day.  Hopefully remember not to side step while I'm in the bathroom lol
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That's me teeth brushed now and there was something else I thought of while I was brushing them that I've forgotten now  😞
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Cake and crisps for lunch today and pasta bake for lunch tomorrow.  Gonna add some jars of pasta sauce to the shopping so that we can have that next week for a change.
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Just been to the bathroom and back.  Only side-stepped twice this time instead of every step so, like with brushing my teeth and walking the pup, I just need to break the habit and replace it with a better one.  If it's like with brushing my teeth and taking me supplements, it'll take a week of me going "don't side-step, walk straight" to myself in my head the whole time I'm on my feet and keep reminding myself of it.

I achieve it every day if I don't side-step, I just need to break the habit!  Maybe I could get some kind of reward for every day I don't side-step?  Like with counting the percents with the pup, posting in here with my supplements and posting to Facebook every night I do over 1000 steps?  It doesn't have to be edible or even cost anything, just something I can celebrate with each day I achieve it is all.  Needs to be something I don't already do though.
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That's what I'll do!  Like I post about taking me supplements every day, I'll post every time I walk without side-stepping and reward myself with an early night for every day that I side-step less than 10 times throughout the entire day!

I'm allowed 8 more side-steps in the next 11 hours... or should I start off with allowing myself 15 side steps a day?  Reduce it by a single allowable side-step a week or something, like I do with increasing the pup's walks?

Yep, that's my reward, I'm allowed 15 side-steps a day and for every day that I manage it I'll post to Facebook about it before I fall asleep, like I do with the steps.
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Steve's just updated the spreadsheet for me so that I can record the number of side-steps I do as I go along, just like I do with the pup.

I'm allowed another 10 side-steps now then it'll officially start tomorrow and every day I get under 15 side-steps I'll celebrate on Facebook in the same post as the one with the number of steps I do.

Might increase the number of steps post to 1250 or even 1500 a day, just to really push myself next week  👌
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Yep, 1250 and under 15 side-steps is my Facebook reward next week.  I didn't achieve that twice last week and hopefully by not doing side steps my daily count will increase too.  That's my reward for not side-stepping and getting the daily steps increased and it won't bore my friends so much either lol
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Got both spreadsheets on my phone now so just need to keep updating the side-stepping one as well as the walk percentages now!  It'll take a few days for it to lodge into my nightly routine and I'll need to remember to put both on my disability page too, but I'll get there soon, I'm sure.
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3 more side steps makes 10 since I came back with the puppy and decided to do it, but that's at least 5 side steps more than there will be on Tuesday 'cos I won't be taking the rubbish or recycling out or bringing the bag and box in with me then... it's just Sundays and Mondays that have more walking and shuffling around than the rest of the week so Tuesday to Saturday will give a more accurate reading of both the steps and side-stepping.
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Going to shut down for the night now 'cos I'm totally cream crackered!

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday 16th February 2019 - part 2

Just taken our plates out to the kitchen and the pasta bake was more yummy than normal - all the pasta was covered in thick sauce and the cheese had melted just enough to be edible without getting stuck around my tonsils and making me retch.

1715 steps today, so just got 285 steps to go by the time I head to bed... just gotta remember not to side-step so that every one is counted!
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I'm the only one in this house who's awake atm!  lol
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First survey of the day done and dusted.
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That's my prescription taken and I'm trying to find an image to use in the shop now and not getting very far, annoyingly!
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I gave up with the images in the end.  The 3 new products are in the shop but hidden from view until Steve does what he needs to do now, so I've just saved myself £100!
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I'm gonna crawl up to bed now... I think I deserve it after this morning!

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday 16th February 2019

Been awake since just gone 4am because I needed a wee, then couldn't get back to sleep!

The virus scan finished at about 6am and didn't find any nasties so I'm in the process of backing everything up now, hopefully without sending my blood pressure through the roof this week!

The documents back-up always takes forever and this week is no exception - 7½ hours to go atm lol
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Just read and replied to all the forum messages and there's only 3 minutes left to go on the backup now so the 7½ hours was more like half an hour!  lol
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That's everything backed up first time without my blood pressure going through the roof this week.  Took just under an hour from start to finish  😌
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Just brushed me teeth, so I'm gonna take me supplements now so that I don't forget again!
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Supplements taken now.  The Calcium crumbs went everywhere, the Iron took 3 mouthfuls of squash to swallow and the B12 and Multi took 2 each.  Not a good pill-taking day today, apparently.
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One

Thousand

Percent!!!

That's not a typo - it's an all-time record for the pup and I.

OK, so it's only 250 metres which most people wouldn't blink at, but for us it's like walking a marathon!

It'll definitely be a short walk tomorrow... it just won't be safe to walk much more than 250% after this morning's marathon walkies.

The extra walkies bank balance is now a huuuuge 3400% so we only need to walk 200% tomorrow for my OCD to be happy.

Be interesting to see what the steps count comes to tonight... hopefully I'll hit the magic 2000 steps now.  Let's see what the current total is - brb!
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1518 and it's only 10.30am, so it's looking good 'cos there's less than 500 steps in 11½ hours which is about 45 steps an hour so I just need to keep going to the bathroom and kitchen and back into the living room to achieve it.  It's less than a step a minute and judging by my bladder this morning, I'll achieve that with no problem lol
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We now have forks... a grand total of 15 for our lunch (pasta bake apparently 🍴)  😋  A well-deserved celebratory meal.
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Shutting down now so that I'm not rushed when our pasta bake is cooked.  I'll be back this afternoon, just don't know how chatty I'll be is all.

TTYS!
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Friday 15th February 2019

Just got back from the pup's walk.  500% so far, which takes the extra's bank up to 2150% after 5 days, but I'm hoping we'll go out again later on when the pup has recovered.  I'd like to do another 350% to take the bank account up to 2500% but I'm not going to force her if she really doesn't want to 'cos that'll be the furthest we've walked since we first got her and she had more energy because she was a young, spritely little girl almost 9 years ago!

She poo'd on our walk this morning, which I dutifully picked up, but it's made me really shaky and unsteady on my feet for a while now so I need to recover too.
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Steve's got a medical appointment again today (it's every Friday for the time being) so it'll be a late lunch/early tea today so that he can "just sit out there for 20 minutes" and it'll be "something and chips again 'cos they are nice and easy to do" which is fine by me!
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Just been for part two of the pup's walk and we did 350% so the extra walkies bank balance is now at 2500% after only 5 days!!


We'll both sleep well tonight!  lol

So proud of us both for smashing our previous record of percentage walks in a day by doing 850% today, which is 100% more than our previous personal best in a day.

Assuming we do 600% both days of the weekend, we'll be at 3000% again, which is awesome!

I want to try and increase our daily walks to at least 500% every morning, but I would prefer 600% for ease of maths lol
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Celebrating the 850% walk with a gorgeous Dolce Gusto (£36 off atm too!) Chocochino (no milk pods, but if you prefer milk, these are the chocochino milk pods to go with the chocochino pods up there ^^ but I've got no experience of them because of my dairy allergy)... I'd forgotten just how gorgeous they were!
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1715 steps now so I doubt I'll walk 285 steps before I head to bed, but that's OK as long as I hit 1750!
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That's me prescription taken and I'm still full from lunch lol.  Forgot to take me supplements this morning and it's too late now so I've set up a reminder on my phone for that too lol
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Can't stop yawning, so I'm having an early night.  See you all tomorrow.

Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Thursday 14th February 2019

Happy Valentine's Day to those who celebrate it!  💕
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Our senior puppy forced me to walk a huge 650% today so there's 1750% extra in the walkies bank after only 4 days!  It's also 100% more than yesterday, 200% more than Monday and only 100% off our current record of 750% in one day!  If we carry on at this rate, there will be 3500% in the bank by the time we come back on Sunday.

I'd love to hit the 3000% but if we do 650% every day from tomorrow to Sunday, we'll totally smash it!  I'm not going to pressure our pup to do any more than 100% every day if she really doesn't want to though.  She's  a senior girl with short legs so I don't want her to feel like she has to walk the human equivalent of a marathon every day.

She met our neighbour and her two daughters who came out of their house pretty much as soon as we did.  Mitzi's little tail was wagging into oblivion but they were very nervous around her, bless them.  It's totally natural to be nervous around new dogs, especially the first few times you meet them so hopefully they won't be quite as nervous next time and as they meet her more regularly they will slowly build up confidence that she won't hurt them.  She's a friendly pup who just wants to make friends with everyone but we need to take it at the children's pace so that they don't grow up being scared of dogs.
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I've brushed me teeth and had my first mug of coffee of the day, so just need to take me supplements now.

BRB
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That's me supplements down the hatch... they were all a nightmare to swallow so I'm bloated from all the squash I had to drink now!  😞
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From Mitzi on Valentine's Day!  lol

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First survey of the day completed.
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I'm being paid PIP tomorrow and that's when most of my bills come out too, but when all my February bills have come out and £60 a week for the shopping, I'll have £144 left over in my account and I'm paid ESA again in 2 weeks which'll take it to over £300 which'll take me up to the end of February then my March pay days will cover my bills so the £300 will cover the shopping throughout March and I can give most of the rest to Steve for a month's mortgage on top of the electricity that I pay for as part of my monthly bills which ain't bad going at all.

I've also spent £75 this month on annual bills which I won't spend in March so that's even more that I can use to help with the mortgage too!

Feeling sooo proud of myself right now!
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Steve's just said that he might be a bit short at the end of February so I can help him out with the £300 which will pretty much cover the mortgage or whatever else needs to be paid.  I'm far from rolling in it, but I can help Steve out this month so I'll move the money I've already got in my account over tomorrow and again on my next ESA pay day.  It's not much, but it's better than nothing!
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That's me prescription taken now so hopefully I won't forget and take them again by accident lol
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Just taken another survey, but doubt I'll be paid for it 'cos the default page saying you get paid in 3-7 days didn't appear, so I've potentially just wasted over an hour on a survey for nothing!  😠
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Gonna have an early night now, which is well deserved after this morning's marathon!

Nite nite orl!
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