Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Mornin' all.

The puppy walked me an extra 50% this morning, so the rest of the exercise I do with her this week is a bonus, including yesterday's stroll.  A cat has poo'd on our neighbours blue cardboard recycling bag, so I've reported it to the council.  2.5 months since they last poo'd in the street, so I hope it's not regular again.

I'll hopefully have my Fitbit email to add to my site soon.  Gonna code and upload some photo's of the puppy while I'm waiting.

I was wrong, the email has already come through, so I'll sort that out first then take some photo's of the puppy before she goes back with Helen at some point today.
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All coded and ready to upload, but FileZilla doesn't want to play nicely, so I'm gonna reboot.  BBS❗
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A couple of reboots and lots of patience later and FileZilla is finally connecting to my site so I'll upload everything now... hold on❗

OK, everything is now up-to-date and uploaded so I can relax until lunchtime now when I take my Calcium and our weekly burgers.  Zoop tomorrow while the virus scan is running then butternut squash for me and bacon, eggs and home-made potato squares for Steve so Thursday is gonna be a yummy veg-fest❗  Gotta go and give the puppy her ½ of a sardine with her lunch now though... BBS.
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The puppy loved πŸ’– and absolutely devoured her ½ sardine, within seconds of it hitting her bowl❗  She's being picked up between 4pm πŸ•“ and 7pm πŸ•– today so we really do have a whole extra day with her, which is awesome❗

Steve's just started cooking our burgers so I'm gonna finish off my mug of tea, take the Calcium then put my laptop on the floor in preparation for our lunch 🍴 being ready.
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That's the Calcium crunched up and swallowed.  Did I take my other supplements this morning❓  I don't think I did, did I❓  Or did I❓  I'm gonna take them now, just in case I didn't.  Surely one single double dose won't hurt me will it❓❓  It'll be my own fault if it does❗  😟

I've definitely taken all four supplements now... just gotta take the 5 HTP then it's all sorted for the day.  Hold on.  OK, they are all definitely taken now so that's it until I take my 3 prescriptions tonight.

Gonna put my laptop on the floor then go out and get my burgers.
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Back now❗  Need to put my lunch into the FitBit app before I forget... hold on.

That's done and dusted... 200 calories over target already today though - oops❗  🀣
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The puppy's just gone again 😭  We had her for 24½ hours longer than usual and she was excited about seeing Trevor so she's obviously happy with her few days a week there but she didn't even look back❗  😒  The love is already shrinking and we'll have no choice but to talk to each other between now and Friday... she's the smallest member of the household but the biggest personality and expressions of love by far❗  Missing you already Mitzi❗❗
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Taken me prescriptions and want an early night, so I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Back tomorrow though, as always.

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 21 October 2019

Monday 21st October 2019

Morning all

Three things before I forget what I want to say in this first part of my daily blog:

  1. We've got the puppy for an extra day this week❗❗❗
  2. My Fitbit logged my disturbed night
  3. I've taken me supplements
  4. Don't read this bit when you're about to eat, 'cos it's about poo πŸ’©
I was wrong up there πŸ”ΊπŸ”Ί about how many things I wanted to cover πŸ˜†  Let's do them in order.  First up the puppy isn't being picked up today after all, but she is at some point tomorrow instead, so we've got her for an extra day... yaaaaay❗  We don't know why it's happening like that, but I'm sooo glad and excited and relieved that we'll get her for an extra day and it makes the day a lot less stressful and having her for the extra day means the house has more time to soak up her love too❗

Next up, the Fitbit thing.  I woke up in the early hours and came down for a wee then couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours, so was thinking that the Fitbit would say I woke up and stayed awake but when I came down for good at 8am, it amazingly logged the twice I went to sleep and the twice I woke up, which is so totally awesome!

The third point is just my daily sentence to say I've taken me supplements.  Felt very sick after taking the Folic Acid, even though I hadn't eaten anything so I don't know what happened with that, but they're all taken now.  Even remembered the 5 HTP first time this morning 🀣

The last bit is about poo πŸ’© so don't read this paragraph if you're not prepared for that❗  Both of us had floppy botties this morning (Steve apparently about 5am πŸ•” and me about 3 hours later πŸ•—) and we reckon it was either the zoop or the meat free sausage rolls that we had for lunch yesterday.  Steve's just gone for another πŸ’© at πŸ•˜.  Our poo's are still solid, just very soft for some reason.  Maybe the zoop or sausage rolls were past their best or something❓

OK, grossness over with now 🀣  Time to walk and feed the puppy.  It's our "Monday Marathon" today, so I hope my bum behaves while we're out and the puppy doesn't poo either 'cos I'm really anxious about picking it up at the best of times... I'll do it, of course, but my anxiety will be through the roof. BBS❗
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  She was greeted and admired twice on this morning's stroll.  23 Active Minutes and 2,103 steps already today and it's not even 10am πŸ•™ yet!  Managed 3,068 steps by the time I got into bed yesterday, so I'm hoping for getting on for 4,000 steps by bedtime tonight❗  Gonna do the site admin for last week's Fitbit now... It won't be accurate 'cos apparently there weren't any active minutes at all last Monday, despite having a record of 28 minutes on the puppy's stroll.  That's OK though, it must still be sorting itself out after the Firmware screw-up.
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 My rings (these and these) have just arrived and they fit a lot better than the original rings 🀣  Purely my fault for ordering the wrong size though.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with any of the silver rings and they will get a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review from me... there are a lot more gold rings than I was expecting - I knew that there were 48 in the pack but was thinking it'd be 2 rings per finger, but more than 4 per finger is even better value for money❗  Assuming they don't leave a green or black mark around my fingers (because they are cheap), they'll be getting ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'s too❗ 

Just waiting for the jewellery shield liquid to paint on the inside of them to hopefully stop them leaving marks on my fingers then that's all the birthday vouchers spend and I only paid 55p for it all❗  Amazon have done well out of me for my birthday this year - £150.55 in under a month... I've been spoilt rotten thanks to Chris and my mum❗  Steve's family got me smelly stuff which was awesome too❗
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That's the recycling, food waste and cardboard been and gone.  Just waiting for the rubbish now, then that's it until I take the Calcium at lunchtime and feed the puppy then we can breathe until the groceries come this evening.  Gotta cut up the sardine's ready to go back to Helen's tomorrow.  It'll be the first time we've ever given her sardines of any sort and I think they stink don't they❓❓  We've got an airtight container for them though, so it'll just stink the house out while Steve cuts them up and puts them in the box, then each time we open the box after that.  It's only once a day though and we can open the kitchen window and back door just before I open the container so that hopefully 🀞 most of the smell will go before it reaches the rest of the house 🀣
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Not even 12.30pm πŸ•§ yet and I'm already over my daily steps target... next goal is to reach 3,000 steps by this afternoon and hopefully 4,000 by bed time❗  Today is gonna be a good steps day, I can feel it in my 🦴 bones 🀣  I've walked 26 miles since I've had the Fitbit too which is about a mile a day just from walking the puppy and wobbling around the house!
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Having issues downloading the Excel version of my Fitbit stuff.  I've got it with no problem at all as a .csv file that I'll use if my account still doesn't want to play nicely after I've restarted, I'd just prefer the Excel version 'cos it's in a sheet for each day which I much prefer.

BRB❗
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Nope, still can't download the Excel spreadsheet, so it's the .csv file this week.  Steve said there's prolly something wrong on their end so I'll just keep trying throughout the day.  Gotta love πŸ’œ technology❗ 🀣
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The puppy's just had her first ever (with us) half of a sardine... she had them with Helen last week but the new ones have just turned up with the shopping and Steve put it in her bowl with her tea and she devoured it like a shot❗  She obviously approves and it does her mobility good as she ages so Helen's suggestion was awesome and Mitzi definitely approves❗  I can see it being a regular thing on our grocery shops from now on❗  They're Sainsbury's own brand so they were only 45p so it's a tiny price to pay for Mitzi's health in her senior years.
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Just taken me prescription and I've just found an awesome site where I can get the vast majority of gifts in one place, so I'll sort those out before I head to bed.
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That's all the gifts sorted from just one site, so as soon as I'm paid next week I'll be able to buy them all before NaNo starts... yaaaaay❗  I'm gonna head to bed now.  Nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Sunday 20th October 2019

Morning all.

How are you all doing today❓

I've just walked and fed the puppy then fed myself and took me pills.  Thankfully they all went down OK this morning.  The puppy walked me an extra 150% on top of the 550% extra we usually do anyway so that's really messed up my maths 🀣

Gonna code and upload the spreadsheet now so that I can edit it on my phone before I forget.
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The rubbish, cardboard, food waste and recycling out for another week.  Only a minor disagreement this week.  It's done now though.
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Just ordered meself some more rings (these and these) and something that'll hopefully stop my fingers going green/black (this) which apparently can happen with cheap rings.  The rings'll be here tomorrow 'cos they're on Prime and the protecter thing will be here between the 24th and 28th.  Paid a grand total of 55p for them 'cos I've finally used up my mum's very generous voucher.
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Taken several photo's and a video of the puppy, so gonna code and upload those now while I remember.

OK, they are on my homepage now so time to take my Calcium.  Wonder what we're having for lunch❓  Apparently we're having zoop and meat-free sausage rolls for lunch... I just hope there's enough zoop left for Wednesday's weekly virus scan too❗  In theory I'll be able to have a solid lunch, I just wanna be sure is all, just for this week.
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Calcium taken.  Wasn't too bad today, thankfully❗  There's a whole new box of 4 zoops so we're having one each for lunch today and the other 2 on Wednesday.
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Tomorrow's shop now comes to £70 instead of £50!  🀣  We've got fresh baking potatoes, fresh butternut squash and vegan lasagne on it, so we'll get plenty of veggies next week, I just don't like how expensive it is, is all... unhealthy stuff is cheaper than fresh food which is why we so rarely get it - £20 just for 4 potatoes, one squash and a fresh lasagne eats up almost half the usual weekly budget of £50 just for 3 meals and that's without drinks and bread and stuff too!
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Just done a bit of maffs and worked out that after 2 weeks shopping and the rest of my October bills have come out, I'll still have £130 in my account which is sooo awesome!  I'll put £100 of it into Steve's car fund and the other £30 into my savings so that I'll have £43 in there, ready for Yule.

Still haven't got a clue what to get for anyone for Yule 🀣
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Just taken me prescription and my phone is currently charging, so as soon as that's sorted, I'll head to bed for an early night.
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Just changed the clock face on my Fitbit for the first time ever and it actually worked after I synced it❗  Yaaaaay❗❗

My phone is 55% charged and I'm not tired yet so hopefully it'll be fully charged before I start feeling tired.  🀞
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The phone's finished charging and I'm πŸ₯± yawning so I'm gonna publish this and head to bed.

Nite nite orl❗  πŸ’€ 😴
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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Saturday 19th October 2019

Morning all.

Charging up my Fitbit then I'll take the puppy out for her stroll then feed her.  Gonna take my supplements while I'm waiting I reckon.  Gotta remember the order to take them all in - OAB pill first, then a fruit pie, then Folic Acid... nope other way around.  Oops❗  Folic Acid, then pie, then OAB pill and then supplements.  Gonna do that now while I remember 🀣

OK, they're all taken... except the 5 HTP❗  Again❗  Hold on and I'll take it before I forget again.  OK, that's gone too now, so I'm dosed up until lunchtime now.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  She went out into the back yard for a wee and poo within minutes of us coming home too, so got a biscuit as a reward.

She's just jumped up on the sofa totally alone too, which is so totally awesome... she couldn't have done that 6 months ago and that, I think, is because she has lost so much weight, her energy has skyrocketed and her thyroid is being sorted which has all combined to her having more confidence and motivation in herself... so totally awesome and I'm relieved that it's sorted out now.  So totally worth it, just frustrated and slightly disappointed 😞 that it's taken so long (as in at least 5 years) to be diagnosed and treated is all❗
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Steve's just fed the puppy and I've just taken my Calcium so it's time to work out how to update the final word count on 2017's NaNo.
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Just a short blog post today by the looks of things.  I've put 3 photo's and a video up and I've already hit my daily steps target so the rest of today's steps are a bonus now, which is great going by me I reckon.  Walked just over a mile and I'd love to try and hit 3000 steps by the time I go to bed too.
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Prescriptions taken.  Nice and easily tonight, thankfully.  Gonna have a look for decaf coffee to put on Monday's order now.  πŸ‘Œ
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Not very tired, but I'm heading to bed anyway.

Nite nite everyone❗
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Friday, 18 October 2019

Friday 18th October 2019

Mornin' all.

Just taken me two morning prescriptions and I actually remembered to eat after taking the Folic Acid 🀣.  Time for me supplements now, then that's it until lunchtime.

Taken me supplements too now, so that's me dosed up until lunchtime now.
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Me OAB pills have just turned up, so I've got enough to last me until the end of November now.  Thought I'd ordered the Folic Acid pills though, 'cos I've only got 8 days worth of those❗  Gonna put in the prescription request for those instead now.  BRB.

OK, that's the order in with my surgery... wonder why I ordered those instead of the Folic Acid though❓  Lemme just check my surgery online dooberry.  There should be 84 days worth apparently so I wonder where the others are 'cos I've only got 28 days in the box❗  Maybe they are with my AP's❓  Lemme check that too... BRB.  Yep, there's another 2 boxes of Folic Acid so I did order the right ones then.  Best cancel the prescription request for them 🀣
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Just replaced the air freshner in the bathroom... lovely lavendar scent instead of gross pooey smells❗  There's another scented thing that Steve's family got me for my birthday that ran out of oil (or whatever it was) a looooong time ago and neither of us can remember what sort of oil it was in there 🀣.  Steve said he'll phone his mum "later" and ask... I don't reckon he will though - same as always.
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THE PUPPY'S BACK HOME FOR THE WEEKEND NOW!!  YAAAAAAY!!!

Already taken 4 photo's of her, so I'll resize them, then upload them.
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The photo's are now up and it's absolutely hammering it down out there, so I won't take the senior puppy out yet.  If it's still raining at 3pm then I'll take her out then, but not before unless it stops raining.
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Just taken the puppy out for our stroll and it started peeing it down within 4 or 5 steps after closing the door❗  It's all part of being owned by a dog though - walks in all weathers and picking up their poo❗
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OK, so I was wrong this morning... Steve's mum has just phoned and he did ask her about refilling the air freshner.  Apparently it's not refillable after all, so I'll just bin it next time I go into the bathroom.  There's a new lavendar one in there as of this morning so I'm not too worried, just got a small amount of motivation to tidy up little bits and pieces is all.  I binned 2 tubes of Primula that ran out in 2013 and a tube of garlic paste when I put the fridge deodoriser - hardly a cleaning session, just little bits here and there is all.
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Having a really early night tonight, so I'm off to bed.  I'll be back tomorrow and would love it if you filled in the survey I put up last night... it's totally anonymous and for my eyes only❗  Pleeeeeease❓❓  TIA❗
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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Thursday 17th October 2019

Morning all.

I'm in an awesome mood this morning for some bizarre reason, so I'm gonna make the most of it and take my first two prescriptions and four supplements nice and early.  Hopefully they will all go down OK 🀞

OK, just taken them and they all went down fine and dandy, so I'm gonna have a look and see how many steps I did yesterday... won't be many 'cos I barely moved all day yesterday πŸ˜†

1,348 steps is all, only just over half of my target of 2,500 steps❗  Woops❗

Gonna have a read of the Fitbit thing now.  I asked about some exercises to do while I'm on the sofa to build up strength in my legs so we'll see what they say.

OK, so someone has suggested going to see a physio, getting ankle weights and agreed with my thoughts about getting a floor cycle so I'm gonna write to my GP now while I remember, so that I don't waste money on getting the wrong things and potentially making me even worse than I already am.

OK, done and dusted with the letter, so I'll take it with me when I go for my flu jab in 2 weeks time.  You watch me forget now though❗
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We're having Quorn roast and fresh potato squares for lunch today... yumsk!

While that's cooking, I'm gonna go through Facebook and remove tags that I never agreed to and blocking the people who tagged me in them.  Only Steve's family, Chris and Hannah are allowed to do that from now on unless I give you my personal permission for each post before it's posted.
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Taken me Calcium now so time to carry on with my Facebook admin until I get the warning about lunch 🍴 being almost ready.
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Just had the 10 minute warning, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor and go out and grab it.  Wanna find a way to put a vote ✔ button on my blog and site about whether you prefer the single long post a day that I'm doing now (this one is a good example) or if you want me to go back to multiple shorter posts again.  I'm happy πŸ‘Œ either way but I'll go with the majority votes next weekend, assuming I even remember to put the vote bit up 🀣
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Oooh, that was sooo yummy... simple but delicious.  Gonna try and work out the voting thing now, before I forget... BBS!
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OK, so this is the voting thing - it's more detailed than I was originally thinking but is totally anonymous and I will never share your feedback with anyone.  Promise.
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Taken me prescription, so I'll publish this as soon as I start feeling sleepy.  Hoping for an early night tonight.
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I'm off to bed πŸ›Œ now.  Late night, but sooo worth it.

Back again tomorrow.

Nite nite orl❗
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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Morning all.

Little oops to start the day with.... accidentally took 2 of the prescribed Folic Acid and 2 B12's❗  I'm not worried about the double B12, but is taking 10mg of Folic Acid dangerous❓  Will it screw up my body up beyond repair❓  I'll read the Patient Information leaflet to see if it says anything in there methinks... hold on❗

The leaflet didn't give me any information, so I'll call 111 for reassurance as much as anything.

Apparently NHS111 has a website so I'll use that first methinks.

Just filled out the assessment and a medical professional will call me within the next 20 minutes.

Just had the call and apparently Folic Acid has a very low toxicity but if I get any blood, pain or swelling then I need to call 999 but other than upping my levels of liquid, there's nothing to worry about.  Got "mum arm" (© Steve 🀣) now, but other than that I'm feeling fine and dandy, so I'll just carry on with me day now that I know there really isn't anything medical to worry about.  Thank you NHS❗
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First full scan without including the AppData folder finished in about 5 hours so I'm running it again just to be sure it really did scan everything instead of just a quick scan, 'cos it usually takes 20-ish hours and I can't believe that just one folder takes 15 hours to scan❗❗  If the full scan *did* only take 5 hours then I'll do it every day instead of once a week❗
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Just had me Wednesday traditional zoop and my Calcium, so I'm all sorted until this evening now.
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OMG❗❗  I've done two entire computer scans in about a quarter of the time it usually takes to do a single one, just by excluding the AppData folder❗❗  Still virus free so gonna do the back-ups now, saving me a job tomorrow morning.  Thank you for protecting me for another week, AVG
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Two virus scans and backups all finished in under 12 hours which is a pleasant surprise... means I won't need to get stressed out tomorrow morning now  ➰➰➰

Just taken my prescriptions, so when they start kicking in I'll head to bed.

Been a pretty productive today, thankfully.
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Starting to feel tired, so I'm off to beddy-byes now πŸ›Œ.

Nite nite orl 😴
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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Morning all❗

Time to take my supplements then get the Fitbit page sorted.  Wanna try practising going up and down the kerb without the help of cars, just like I did with the slopes last week.  I'm not going far away 'cos there's a kerb literally just outside the house so I'll just use that, just to slowly increase my confidence in myself and walking.  My neighbours will wonder what's going on and if they ask I'll tell them 🀣  Next week it'll be slopes again, then kerbs until my anxiety about falling over going up and down slopes and kerbs.  I'm not going to rush myself to get it done, I'll push myself and my confidence just slightly each week and I'll get there in the end.
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Just taken me supplements without eating anything before the OAB pill, but I don't feel sick yet, so hopefully 🀞 I won't and it was just while my body was getting used to it that I felt sick if I didn't eat anything and because my body is used to it now, it genuinely doesn't need to be on a lined belly❓  I certainly hope so❗

Got the Fitbit page sorted out with last week's feedback that I got via email this morning.  I'm getting a pack of 12 pairs of thermal socks delivered today, so my feet will hopefully be nice and toasty warm!
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After the rest of my monthly bills come out, the insurance and my money goes in on Friday, I'll have £200 to spend on groceries for the next 4 weeks, which is my normal budget of £50 a week but I really can't afford any more than that though, pennies over is OK, but definitely not pounds!
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Calcium swallowed and we're having burgers for lunch, which I've just put into the Fitbit app so I'm over my allowance of daily calories, so it'll definitely be me versus the pavement after lunch 🀣
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The burger was scrummy, a slight kick of spice but not too overpowering.  The mayo, lettuce and tomato definitely helped to cool it down❗  Time to tackle the pavement now.  Wish me luck❗
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Just been up and down the kerb a few times πŸ‘Œ.  T'was easier than I was dreading and just like with the slopey bits I tried last week, it just needs a bit more practise so I'll keep trying it while the pup is at Helen's and maybe do the slopes one week, the kerb the next week, then the slopes and kerbs on alternate weeks until I feel more confident about doing it alone... it was the same when I first started walking the puppy - my anxiety about it was through the roof, but I knew I had to keep trying and now I do it pretty confidently each morning... I just need to do it despite how anxious I feel about it.  I've done the slopes and kerbs totally alone without falling over so I just need to keep practising now πŸ‘
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Still waiting for me socks to turn up 🀣  Can't go to bed until they arrive 😞
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Just taken me prescription and we're gonna watch "A week on..." a man being pregnant - I hope he has to eat coal or cotton buds or something like that, so that he gets the full effect!  🀣
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So unfair❗  He was only wearing the pregnancy simulation belly and only ate pickled gherkins out of the jar once❗❗  His next video is him experiencing childbirth which should be fun to watch πŸ‘

My socks turned up at the start of the video, so I'll open them up and take a pair upstairs to try on in the morning.  I'm thinking I'll wear my velcro boots instead of these tomorrow, just to see just how warm the socks really are with no outside help❗

For now though, I'll say nite nite πŸŒ›πŸŒ™πŸŒ˜ and I'll see you all again tomorrow.  πŸ’€πŸ’€
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Monday, 14 October 2019

Monday 14th October 2019

Morning all.

It's the hubby's birthday πŸŽ‚ today so I'll just give him his gift... hold on!

I gave him the frame first, which totally confused him 🀣

Then the painting tube and he looked at me in confusion.

When he carefully opened the tube, the painting was wrapped in protective brown paper, which caused even more confusion. 

He unrolled it and when he saw the painting his mouth dropped open in surprised delight❗  Yaaaaay❗  To quote him as soon as he saw it "that is sooo her❗  The tongue and position and everything just screams Mitzi❗"  The painting is now in the frame and waiting to find somewhere to put it up.  It took a long time to plan and the result is sooo worth it❗

Happy birthday Steve, from me and Mitzi-moo❗
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Taken me first 6 pills of the day and now I'm gonna walk the puppy.  BBS❗
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Puppy took me for a marathon walk this morning and met 2 cats during our stroll so kept trying to pull me over❗  Thankfully I managed to stay on my feet while she was trying to make friends with them, but there was more anxiety on my part than usual, 'cos if I'd fallen over I wouldn't have been able to stand up again 😟  Thankfully she didn't poo which would have sent the anxiety through the roof when I picked it up 'cos there weren't any cars to lean on throughout our lengths.

That's it for the day now though, just gotta find out roughly what time the puppy is going back to Helen's so that I can put her harness back on after Steve took it off, despite me saying just to unclip her lead.

Steve's just called my surgery to find out when the flu-jab session is after it was resheduled.  He thought it was this Thursday but I knew it was resheduled to the 31st but couldn't remember the time.  It's between 2pm and 6pm, so he's told his mum the right date and time now... hope 🀞 the queue isn't too big 'cos there's no way I can stand!
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Only been awake for 4 hours, but I've already walked more than my target steps, distance and active minutes according to my Fitbit.  Hasn't recorded my sleep though, so right now it's a 4 star review in January.  If it sync's later on then it'll go back to being 5 stars, but I'm not going to manually track my sleep any more.
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Here's the photo of Steve's assembled birthday gift from me:


We both love it and it's better than I was thinking... thank you so so much, Robyn Heath (you can see her site here or search for her on Facebook at robyn art heath)❗❗
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Just finished reading and reviewing a MG book which is why I haven't been very chatty on this blog so far today.  Got some photo's of the puppy to put on my site now though, so I'll do that now while I remember 🀣
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Prescription taken, so I'll be off to bed πŸ›Œ soon.  I've put the spreadsheet up for last week onto my Fitbit page if you want to go and have a peek❓  Gotta remember to add the email report to that page tomorrow morning.
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Just started yawning πŸ₯± so I'm off for an early night πŸ’€.

Nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Sunday 13th October 2019

Morning all.

Already got a 5 minute video of the puppy uploading to YouTube where she's actually awake and moving around throughout it❗  As soon as it's finished uploading, I'll put it on my site.  It was a nice surprise that she was so active so soon after I came down here, but she's asleep under Steve's leg again now 🀣  Gonna take her out for a stroll soon 'cos I can't take my morning pills until Steve's made me another bottle of squash.
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Blimey it's soggy out there❗  We did our normal amount of lengths today though, despite the rain.  Time to update the spreadsheet and do the admin on my site then take me morning pills.

Site admin done so time for me pills now... 2½ hours later than normal though  😞

OK they are all down the hatch now.  Means I'll have to take the Calcium at 3pm instead of 1pm though, so that it doesn't negatively affect my OAB pill.  For some reason, the B12 was a lot harder than normal to swallow, even though the other 5 pills went down fine❗
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That didn't last long then❗ 🀣  Just added my time asleep to the Fitbit app instead of letting it go.  I definitely won't starting tomorrow though... my OCD was determined to finish off the week of logging it manually 🀣

I'm gonna go and clear up the puppy's poo to put in the rubbish bag now, in the hope that it'll be taken this week 🀣
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Thankfully it was nice and easy to get it all sorted this week.  Steve separated the recycling boxes and I took it outside... that was ¾ full this week and only one box instead of our usual two that we had before the puppy went to Helen's to get her health sorted.  Then I took the rubbish out... barely ½ full so far, and that's with all our rubbish in it for the week too❗  Still got the rest of the day to go but I can't see there being too much more rubbish to go out, thankfully.

Apparently we're not having our Quorn roast for lunch after all 'cos Steve's too tired, which is fair enough.  Might request another bowl full of home-made potato wedges again instead, so that we don't waste most of the bag of potato's.  Quick, easy and healthy to do, then Steve can go back to sleep 🀣
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We are, officially, having fresh potato chunks as opposed to wedges.  Basically the same as the wedges, just a different shape is all 🀣  Steve's currently cutting up the potatoes then he'll bung them in the oven for however long they need et voila!

Put the bathroom bin outside too, still only ½ a bag of rubbish though!  We're so ace!
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Just taken me daily Calcium and lunch will be ready soon.  Just potato's, spray oil (so that they don't stick to the foil 🀣) and salt.  Apparently it takes 50 minutes to cook though, so that's almost triple the time I was thinking❗❗
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The potato chunks were especially yummy today.  Steve salted them instead of using the Italian seasoning that he used last time and it really brought out the potato flavour instead of just tasting the seasoning.  I've put a garlic and herb seasoning on the grocery shop that's coming tomorrow that I'm thinking we can use for the potato's next week and just keep the Italian one for pasta.

Hold on and I'll go and make sure I really have put it on...

Yep, garlic and herb seasoning, apples instead of tangerines or bananas and raisin whirls instead of the apple turnovers 😍
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Just taken me last 3 pills of the day so I can hopefully have an early night!
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Off to beddy-byes now πŸ›Œ.

Nite nite orl 😴
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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Saturday 12th October 2019

Mornin' all.

The FitBit still doesn't want to track my sleep since the Firmware update which is annoying, but not a deal-breaker 'cos I got it for the steps more than anything.  I don't seem to be the only one with that issue though, so hopefully FitBit will take notice of that if they decide to do another update.

Time for me to take the puppy our for our morning stroll then I'll come back and take me pills.  If the FitBit tracks our stroll then that's OK and I'll keep using it, but I'll give it a 3 star review rather than a 4 or 5 star one.
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Steve's moved the spreadsheets over onto the SD card for me and it seemed pretty painless, but I'm glad he did it rather than me❗  Time for me pills now... Steve reminded me that I need to take the Folic Acid before I eat anything, then line my stomach for the OAB pill and 4 supplements.

Put me big toe through my last pair of socks so I'll need to get some more❗  Thankfully I've still got enough to cover it with my mum's vouchers, so I'll use that instead of my money.  Hold on and I'll get them while I remember now.

These 12 pairs for under £9 and these 30 pairs for under £19 so 42 pairs of socks for under £30 ain't bad going at all!

Decided not to track my sleep manually on the Fitbit any more.  Shouldn't have to❗  Already done 2838 steps and I've only been awake for 3½ hours though 🀣  Unofficially aiming for 4,000 steps today... wish me luck🀞 😁
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Just bought meself an opal ring from America for £6.69 and I'm hoping 🀞 it's the right size 'cos it was numbers rather than letters 🀣
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Just given the puppy her lunch, then she went for a wee, then she came back in here and jumped onto the sofa really easily and totally alone❗❗❗  She's definitely more confident in her old age❗
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That's the Calcium crunched up and swallowed and I've got another video of our baby girl to put up too❗
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Not much has happened since lunchtime, and I obviously kept forgetting to update my blog, so now it's 7pm and time to take my prescriptions.  BRB.

OK, that's all 3 of my nightly prescriptions down the hatch and I've posted a couple of messages on the Fitbit forum asking for advice and I'm feeling particularly proud of myself today, 'cos I've done 3624 steps so far today, which is 1124 steps over my target steps and it's not even a Monday 🀣  Be interesting to see what Monday's step count is, considering I'd done almost 2000 steps by the time I came back with the puppy this morning, and the Monday just gone was over 5000 steps and that was before it got so sensitive about the steps I did too, so I'm hoping 🀞 I'll approach 6000 steps on Monday, then I can really celebrate❗
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Goin' to beddy-byes now... think I deserve an early night❗

Nite nite orl πŸ’€
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Friday, 11 October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

Morning all.

The puppy's coming home today❗❗  Yaaaaay❗❗  Apparently "it won't be until this afternoon slash evening", but that's OK.  She's only been gone for 2 days and apparently she's loving the half sardine with her tea πŸ˜€  The house is gonna stink from now on, but the puppy is sooo worth it❗
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Still having FTP issues so I've re-opened the support ticket to try to find a way to sort it out on my homepage and writing site.  I've got a book review to go up on my homepage and a review of my book on my writing site so it's not urgent, just very frustrating.
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Home-made potato wedges for lunch today - fresh potato's πŸ₯”, salt and seasoning with a touch of oil πŸ˜‹.  Can't wait.
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Just taken me Calcium and I'm determined to get my Fitbit working again today❗  🀣
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Lunch was yummy and entirely done at home too which is even better... not a single visit to the freezer or even the fridge at all, which is sooo awesome.

Gonna try and get my Fitbit to work properly now.
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I've hopefully got the Fitbit sorted 🀞... if it automatically tracks my sleep, like it should, then I'll be a veeeeery happy bunnyπŸ‘.

Just waiting for the puppy to come home now, then I can relax πŸ‘Œ
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The puppy's home now❗❗❗

Means there will be loads of media to add to my homepage as soon as the FTP starts working.
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Just while I'm waiting for the FTP, here's a photo of our puppy dog a couple of minutes after getting home lol:

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The FTP is working now so the site's all up-to-date and waiting for your valued visit!
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Off to bed soon, so I'll say nite nite now... just a short blog post today 😁

Back again tomorrow.

Nite nite orl❗
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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Back now aka Thursday 10th October 2019 in the afternoon

Back now.  Currently doing backups.  Taken 7 of my 10 daily pills and had me lunch (yummy chilli - thank you Steve!).  The author of yesterday's book has requested that I put a URL about her book in the blog post and review on my site, so I'll do that as soon as the backups have finished.

The rest of Steve's birthday gift turned up with the post this morning and I've got another review of my YA novel to put on my writing site too, but I can't do that until the backups have finished either 'cos I need to get the URL to link to from my email, which I'm gonna wait until the backups have finished so that I can be sure I'm using the right URL.  Gonna finish off the book that I read most of this morning while I was waiting for the virus to finish.

Need a wee first though 🀣
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Just finished reading and reviewing a book but can't FTP it to my site for some reason.  Can someone remind me to try again in the morning pretty please?

Gonna take me final 3 pills of the day then head to bed... I is wiped out!
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Book review: The Puzzle of You by Leah Mercer

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

This is a good book, but the swapping between pregnancy/new baby and 3 years later, after the accident, was very confusing.  I read most of it in a single day because our internet connection was down and I enjoyed it, just got frustrated by the timeframe each chapter was set in and the last few chapters seemed, to me at least, to be repeating itself either from the very start of the book but there were a few pages where it was almost word for word what had happened a couple of chapters before!

It's a good read, just needs the time frames to be handled a bit better is all.

Quick update!.

Just a quickie - our internet went splat overnight and I need to reboot my laptop to get the connection back, but I can't do that until the virus scan has finished.  I'll be back as soon as I can - just don't know when that'll be unfortunately.  Sowwy!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Mornin' all

Forgot that I need to take the Folic Acid on an empty stomach so ate a fruit pie before I took that and my other pills... felt a little bit nauseous but not anywhere near as bad as I was thinking❗

Gonna update my Fitbit app now with my sleep and exercise since it's not been doing it since the Firmware update at the weekend then post a message on the Fitbit site to see if anyone on there can help me out.

BBS.

OK, that's the app updated, so time to ask about it not tracking on the Fitbit forum.

BBS again.

That's done too... apparently I'm not the only one with the sleep tracking not working any more, but nobody else has posted about the exercise not tracking since the firmware update.  Methinks the techy bods tried to be too clever and don't know how to turn it back to something that actually worked❗
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Just about to read a book about blogging.  I will, of course, put the review up on here when I've written it, so be on the look-out for it on here and on my book review page at some point today.

BBS!

OK, it's read and I'm just about to review it here on my blog (it'll be showing up under this post 'cos I'll post the review before this post), on my book reviews page and on Amazon.

Gonna get that sorted now, hold on!

Done!

Steve's just discovered that if you're using the most up-to-date version of Windows 10, you can press the Windows key and . and it comes up with a little box of emoji's that you can put into whatever you're writing.  I've tried it with Thunderbird and it works in there, so let's see if it works in my blog too 🀞 - oooooh❗  It does ✔πŸ’―❗  It's got the copyright symbol © too but it's appearing squished up for some reason 😞.  I bet I'll forget by the time I have me tea though πŸ˜‰.  There's a yawning emoji too, so I'll hopefully remember to use that just as I take me prescriptions in the evening and there's a bed too, so I'll use that when I sign off for the night too. I'm really liking this new discovery πŸ’š
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Just taken me 3 evening prescriptions πŸ’Š, so I'll head to πŸ›Œ as soon as I start yawning πŸ₯± so that I can get some sleep 😴.
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Off to πŸ›Œ now.  Nite nite orl πŸ’€
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Book review: The Blogger Trailmap: How to Take Your Blog to the Next Level in Easy Steps by Chivi Frost

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

I had high hopes for improving my blogs after reading this and it does have useful information in it for the first time blogger but it's not in steps and, for me, most importantly, doesn't tell you how to do it.  For example, on p15 and p16, it says what you should aim to achieve in the first 30, 60 and 90 days which is a fantastic way to break it down and it says that you should aim for 100 subscribers, but it doesn't tell you how to go out and find them❗  I've had my blog for several years and I get 5 regular readers a day (thank you so much to each and every one of you!) and my most readers for one post has been 11.  I'd love to get 100 readers a day, but other than getting the content sorted, it didn't tell me how to go about finding those extra 95 people to read my daily blog posts.

The content is great for a newbie bloggers but it doesn't tell you how to do the things it suggests.

It's a great, short, quick read that people who want to become a blogger will hopefully find really good, but it needs more detail about how to do the things it suggests.

So glad I read it, but could do with some more instructions and proof-reading for oopsies, which is why I'm knocking off a star.

The information about the content and niche you should aim for with your book is fantastic and the infographics really broke up the text at appropriate places... a definite must-read for those who have got a blog account but haven't got a clue what to do with it.

If the author chooses to do a second version of the book, I'd love to see more suggestions for the way to do the things she suggests in her book - especially getting more subscribers at the start... she could easily double or even triple the length of it 'cos it's only got 60 pages and cover each of her points in more detail.

Thank you for giving me so many ideas for ways to improve my blogs, Chivi!


Edit - the author has asked me to put the books page alongside the review here and on my site so here it is!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Mornin' all.

My Fitbit said something about unpairing the device from the app, so I said 'no' - hope that was right❗

Gonna take me morning pills now... brb❗

Forgot to have something to eat before I took the OAB pill so I'll be feeling sick for several hours now  😞
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Ginger beer to the rescue again❗  Yaaaay❗

Gonna wait for my stomach to calm down then take the puppy out for our morning stroll.
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Just got back from taking the puppy out... ginger beer is totally awesome for nausea❗  Within a few sips I was totally fine again and took the puppy out for our morning stroll like normal❗
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Just had my mum on the phone.  While she was talking to Steve there was a delivery for me.  £100 Amazon vouchers for my birthday❗❗  OMG - that's a huuuuge amount to spend on one person❗  Gonna go and have a look for something to get with it now 'cos my mum was totally sure about the amount.  Naughty, naughty Mum, but thank you so so much❗
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Only spent £36 of the vouchers so far, but they will all be here on 10th October.  Got a 64GB micro SD card, a book to tackle my writer's block, a doggy toothbrush and treats for the puppy to hopefully help to keep her mobile as she grows older, plus the last part of the order I placed on my birthday with Chris' gift will be here tomorrow.  Just waiting for Steve's birthday gift to arrive in time for his birthday now.
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My navigaion and studying site is back at last❗❗  Only taken 4 days 🀣
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Apparently there are updates to get for Windows as it's "patch Tuesday" so I'm gonna publish this now then install them.  Gonna use the opportunity to finish my mug of decaf tea then head to bed I reckon.

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 7 October 2019

Monday 7th October 2019

Mornin' all

Goin' for my pneumonia jab this morning - hope it doesn't hurt❗  Gonna take my morning pills then take the puppy out for our morning stroll.  Marie is taking me down to get the jab... thank you Marie❗  Not gonna worry about that until I've taken me first 5 pills of the day and walked the puppy though.
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Just taken me pills, so time for the stroll now.
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The puppy was sooo naughty on our walk this morning❗  Constantly trying to pull me over and constantly barking at a Pug too❗
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Steve's mum has just called to say Marie is leaving, so time for me to go outside and wait for her now.  Wish me luck❗
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Just got back from having the jab.  Didn't hurt at all❗  I also requested to be weighed and I'm 68kg so I've lost 5 kg in just over 18 months (20 months to be exact) which is so totally awesome❗  Forgot to ask what my target weight should be though, d'oheth.
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Been trying to find a way to update my weight on my Fitbit Inspire but I can't work out how to.  Gonna ask on the forum 'cos I can update my target weight but not my starting weight.  Hold on and I'll do that while I remember.

I've done it❗❗  I had to do it on the Fitbit site rather than in the app which is a touch annoying but now I know how to do it (but I'm bound to forget 🀣), but there's only 8kg to lose now to just about be in the right weight for my height.  In theory that'll take 2 years or so, but I'm very nearly back to my ideal weight now... I'm literally about half the size I was when I came out of hospital in 2003, so it's taken 16 years but slow and steady wins the race and all that jazz.
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Taken me Calcium, so that's it now until bed time.
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Sorted out me supplements that arrived this morning and gave Steve the chewable B12 that I already had.  Got 5 months supply of 5 HTP now (4 months that were delivered this morning plus 1 in the original pack that I bought), a years supply of Iron, a years supply of Calcium and a years supply of my Multi as well as a years supply of a Vitamin B complex that I've never had before.  Assuming it's still available in a year's time, I'll give the chewable Calcium a go next time I put in my order in about 11 months time, 'cos I chew up the current Calcium and even the VeganShield instead of my normal Multi too.  That needs to be taken twice a day though, but means that I won't need the Iron or B12 (which is in the day pill) or Calcium (which is in the night pill) so we shall see.  Basically half the amount of pills that I currently take for hopefully the same support that I'm currently giving my body, as well as providing vegan Omega 3 which I'm currently missing out on completely - I can see the positives and negatives of both.
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The shopping came just after 6pm and was gone by about 6.10pm❗  I barely had time to finish my newest page on my site and hadn't even started uploading it by the time Marie went home❗  Means I can have me apple turnovers, take my last pills of the day and be in bed by 8pm❗  I could get used to this 🀣
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Had me tea and pills, so I'll update the Fitbit app then shut down and head to bed.
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Off to bed now... nite nite orl❗  Sea ewe in the morning.
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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Sunday 6th October 2019

Mornin' all.

The rubbish and recycling were out before 8am again and I've just taken my supplements, so as soon as I've finished my mug of coffee  I'll walk 🐾 and feed  the puppy 🐢 then have a bath and shave me 'pits ready for tomorrow morning.  Already drunk a litre this morning and I've only been awake for an hour and a half 🀣
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Just had a reminder come up about unplugging πŸ”Œ my laptop to discharge the battery πŸ”‹.  I do that every month so that I get the most battery life out of it and it doesn't "forget" how to fully discharge... like I do with my mobile πŸ“± every time too.
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Just struggled to take one of the black bags from out in the yard to the back door to put it in the rubbish too 'cos literally all that was in the bag was one black bag and a carrier bag with the pup's poo.  Might as well do it while there's so little rubbish in the bag being collected tomorrow!  Just one last black bag to sort out then that's it... just the toilets and cisterns to go now, but they won't be taken so they can wait until one of Steve's siblings comes over to take them to the tip.  Just gotta have me bath ready for tomorrow now then that's it for the day.  Might go and do that now aksherley... a chance to relax and recover after this morning.  Gotta put the spreadsheet on the appropriate page too at some point - should I do that first maybe❓  It'll only take a couple of minutes to do so yeah, I'll do the spreadsheet first then have a bath afterwards.
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Just remembered that I'm waiting for my πŸ“± phone's battery to run out too, so I'll wait until that happens, plug it in to charge up then go for me πŸ›€ bath after that.
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Back now.  That bubble bath was amazing❗  Within less than 5 minutes of getting in, I could feel my muscles relaxing and I'm feeling more awake than I have for a very long time too❗  It's Sainsbury's own brand and is only 85p for 500ml so I wasn't expecting much, but I was wrong... I feel sooo much better than I did 1½ hours ago❗  It's definitely going to be a regular purchase now❗
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Had a reminder pop up to take my Calcium, so I'll take that then go and get my lunch 🍴.

Just had a dialogue box pop up to say that my laptop battery πŸ”‹ is running low so I've just plugged it back in.  Took about 5 hours to run down today, so I'll know for next month now.  My mobile πŸ“± ran out of battery while I was in the bath πŸ›€ so that's charging up too.  Just waiting for my Amazon delivery to arrive now.  Time to have me lunch now... bet the delivery will turn up just as I put a forkful into my mouth 🀣
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It's just arrived and the box is soooo heavy❗  The books are a lot thicker than I was thinking, which make them even better value for money❗
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The washing has just finished so I'm gonna go and put my Aliceband back on as well as a thick cardi to bring my body temperature up a bit.
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Taken me last 3 pills of the day, so I'm gonna upload the last five photo's of the puppy 🐢 then head to bed.  I'll say goodnight now though, 'cos I'm about to publish this, so nite nite orl❗
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Saturday, 5 October 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019

Happy birthday to me,
Squashed tomato's for tea.
There's a nutter,
In the gutter,
And yes, it was me!

As of midnight, I'm now 42 years old and I've had one birthday card from Steve's parents and Marie.  Steve said he and Mitzi got me "snot and two buttons" for some bizarre reason❓❓  Gonna take my 5 morning pills then take the puppy out for her first walk as a 42 year old.
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All 5 of the pills went down really easily this morning, thankfully, so time to walk the puppy now.  BBS.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  My FitBit is hopefully charging for the first time too, means I can't go for a wee until it's finished though 🀣
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My homepage and navigation page are obviously going through the server thingy today 'cos I can't get to either of them to upload the photo's and video of the puppy and it won't let me download the emails on those domain names either, which is annoying and frustrating but needs must I s'pose 🀷.
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That's the Fitbit charged up for the first time since using it daily.  Thankfully it doesn't seem to have lost the information that was in the app, despite the tracker showing zero when I disconnected it from charging.  While it was charging, I asked on the Fitbit community bit about being able to email a report to myself so that I can put it on my homepage instead of having to screenshot everything every day.  I'm hoping it's just a hidden setting somewhere that I haven't found yet so that it's nice and easy for me and doesn't stress me out, but if there isn't a way to do it then I'll try and remember to screenshot it all from within the app every morning as soon as I come downstairs.
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Remembered to take the Calcium today 🀣  Got a card from my mum and Chris who was very naughty - only gift of the day, although my mum's card said that the gift was going to arrive separately.  Still gotta find something for Chris' birthday in a couple of weeks though - I haven't got a clue what to get for him this year 🀣
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Got loads of stuff with Chris' gift and ordered his birthday gift too.  Most of my stuff is coming tomorrow because it's a Prime household and Chris' gift is arriving tomorrow too for some reason... does Prime apply to the things that the Prime household orders even if it's being sent to a different address❓❓
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Pazza 'n' sauce 'n' cheese for lunch today 😍
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Just taken a longer video, mainly of the puppy but Steve makes a very short appearance in the middle of it too.  Currently uploading it to YouTube then I'll code it into my homepage and try to upload it again... we shall see if it's working yet in the next few minutes.
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Taken another photo of the puppy relaxing between Steve's legs again, so I'm gonna go and feed her while the email with the photo in it is being downloaded then I'll come back and code it.
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The photo is coded and ready to upload as soon as the server dooberry has finished  πŸ‘Œ
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That's me pills taken, so as soon as they start kicking in I'll head to πŸ›Œbed.
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Righty-oh, I'm off to beddy-byes now... nite nite orl πŸ’€
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Friday, 4 October 2019

Friday 4th October 2019

Mornin' all.

I love my webhosts (TSOhost)❗  They took over from Namehog when they stopped trading and I'm loving TSOhost just as much❗  They migrated their servers overnight and said that if any of my domain names were elsewhere, I needed to update the nameservers.  That went shooting over my head so I started up an online chat and Stephanie said that 2 of my domain nameservers were with Mesh Digital ltd which I've never even heard of, let alone used, another 2 haven't been migrated yet and the last one they did for me then and there.  I know how to create websites and that you need both hosting and a domain name for it to work but other than that I haven't got a clue❗  Thankfully they know exactly what to do and it was sorted within 5 minutes 🀣

If you want your own domain name and hosting that doesn't have ads and you're willing to pay for it, I definitely recommend TSOhost❗❗

Gonna take me pills then go on our morning stroll with the puppy.
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Just got back from walking the puppy πŸ•.  There's a bloody British Gas van parked on the pavement and it was a struggle to get past the front of it each time 'cos there was only just enough gap for Mitzi to squeeze through.  If it hadn't been one of the neighbours that I actually say more than "hello" or "good morning" to then I would have taken pictures and reported them to the police.  Luckily the British Gas person came out of one of the right doors otherwise I'd have brought the puppy home and taken photo's of just how far onto the pavement they were!  It's your lucky day today, British Gas man!
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As of now I'm covered with life insurance until my 70th birthday❗  Yaaaaay❗❗  The mental illness isn't covered for the first 12 months but it is after that for the next 30 years, so that's a relief 😌
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Just persuaded Steve to take a photo of the puppy... she's been in her bed all day so I haven't been able to take any of her so far 😞  Hopefully she'll be more active after I've fed her though πŸ‘Œ
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Fed the puppy using Steve's instructions and it actually worked... just gotta remember to do it that way every time now 🀣
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Got more photo's of the puppy at last❗  Gonna rotate, code and upload them now before I take me pills and have an early night.  BBS❗
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That's me totally dosed up with my last 3 pills of the day now, so I can just concentrate on the photo's then hopefully have an early night.
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Gonna finish reading this chapter then head to bed, so I'm gonna say goodnight now.  Be back at some point tomorrow morning though.  Nite nite orl.  😴
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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Morning all.

After my early night last night, I slept for just over 10½ hours last night and I'm feeling a lot better this morning so my body obviously needed the extra rest❗  I've taken me morning pills and they are starting to kick in now as well.  The B12 melted so took a couple of mouthfuls of squash to get all the bits down, but other than that they were all fine.  I'm hoping to get my weekly report either today or tomorrow from FitBit, it'll be interesting to see what that says and what it looks like and stuff.

The puppy is coming home for her weekend visit again today... can't wait❗

I accidentally pulled out the power cable from my laptop yesterday, which stopped the virus scan, so it's still at 5% but should, in theory, be done by this afternoon so that I can do the backups.
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In about 15 hours after application I've had a decision - AIG turned me down, so Reassured got straight onto a specialist insurer who is slightly more expensive at £50 a month but for the same cover and still over 40 years.  I really can't afford any more than that though so if The Essex turn me down too, then maybe I'm just not meant to have life insurance❓
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The puppy's hooome❗❗❗
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Just taken me Calcium and I've taken a few photo's of the puppy that I'm gonna code and upload now.
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Just taken the puppy out for our stroll... it'll only be one day this week (ie yesterday) that we haven't been out for a stroll together which is awesome❗  We're already at 1900% extra percents and that's taken off 700% for the entire week (even though we're only on Thursday today) too, so we might just about get to 3000% extra by the time we come back on Sunday... totally awesome❗  Need to think up a different word to 'awesome' though, 'cos I've used it in every sentence of this paragraph 🀣
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Finally got an answer about Mitzi's obesity food.  The way Steve described what his cousin (the vet nurse) said was "it's like with any diet... you get down to the weight you want then stuff your face with burgers and chips so you gain weight and you have to go on a diet again.  The vet wants her to stay on the diet food but add half a sardine a day until she gets back up to 9kg then she'll be put on a senior food instead" so I can stop worrying and going on about that now 😁

Gonna add the sardines to the shopping now, while I remember... BBS.
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OK, that's the sardines added.  Steve requested that they were "the ones in tomato sauce instead of oil 'cos they just taste better" so they're on Monday's order now.  Annoyingly Sainsbury's have stopped offering bags with their online and click & collect shops πŸ˜’ so I've added peddle bin bags (65p for 50 ain't too bad as long as they are strong enough to hold the rubbish we put in them) and dog poo bags (they got good reviews so hopefully they are suitable too) to the shopping.  Still under £50 but quite a bit more than it was this morning 😞
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Chippy chips for tea, just for a treat 'cos the virus scan is still running  😞
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Got another loooong video of the puppy dog... 7 minutes again, mostly with her back to the camera 🀣
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Review: Barleycup instant cereal drink


⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Just FYI I'm a new tea and coffee drinker (as in I didn't start drinking it until the end of Spring 2019), I'm allergic to dairy (so have tea and coffee black) and discovered that I prefer to actually taste what I'm drinking otherwise it just tastes like hot water which is gross.

Now that you know my taste preferences, here's my thoughts on my very first mug of an instant cereal drink.  My hubby put 4 teaspoons of it into my large mug (as in 500ml as opposed to an average-sized mug of about 350ml) and filled the mug with hot water.  I cautiously took my first sip of it and almost burnt my mouth 🀣  It certainly didn't taste of coffee - there was maybe a tiny hint of coffee flavour but that quickly disappeared and was replaced with a flavour I've never had before that I'm guessing was the barley.  Then there was an aftertaste of what I can only assume was the chicory.  Took a bit of getting used to, but by about half way down the mug I was getting used to the new flavours and really starting to enjoy it.

So why am I knocking a star off?

Purely because every mouthful goes through me faster than caffeinated coffee does, despite this being decaffeinated.  I've been for 5 wee's while I've been drinking it and even coffee only produces a single one 🀣

It's a nice strong flavour which I enjoyed after my tastebuds got used to the new experience and I will be getting it again, but I'm thinking I'll add a small squirt of runny honey to it next time, just until my tastebuds get used to it... I started off with 2 or 3 sweeteners in every mug of tea and coffee when I first started drinking it earlier in the year, but not any more... it's just strong and black now, so I'm thinking it'll be the same with this drink too.

I'm thinking of trying the dandelion one next just to see what that's like.

I'd say definitely try it, but make sure you have easy access to a toilet while you are drinking it, just in case it affects you like it did with me 🀣

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Morning all.

Just taken my Folic Acid and don't feel sick at all, so I obviously need to take that on an empty stomach and the OAB pills when there's something lining it.  Gonna have a fruit pie so that I can take my OAB pill, then take me supplements.

The virus scan started this morning but had to restart before it started, so it was 8.30am before it properly started, but that's OK 'cos it finishes in the early hours then shuts down my machine.

I've said to Steve that I wanna practise going up and down slopes today in preparation for my appointment on Monday morning.  I've done it a few times before without falling over, it's purely to increase my confidence.  Assuming that goes OK, next week it'll be on and off kerbs alone and I want Steve there again, purely to give me confidence that I can do it.  I've got a quad cane so there's no way it'll fall over even if I let go of the handle, I just need to increase my confidence in using it is all.  Slowly but surely is the way to go and I know I can do it 'cos there's a slope into the car park of my doctor's surgery, which is why I want to build my confidence in that first.
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That's the morning pills taken and I feel fine atm, so as long as I keep taking the Folic Acid on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, I'll be fine and dandy.
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Just moved over the mortgage money and I've told Steve that if the software and page are finished by the end of the month then he doesn't have to pay it back, but if it's not, I want the full £2600 refunded.  Don't see why I should have to pay for something in advance, that turns out to be over budget and overdue.  😠  None of his other customers pay in advance or nearly double the price, so why should I just because I'm married to him❓ 😠
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Steve's just said that he'll walk with me and the pup, but not just me... knew that would happen 😞  I'm gonna finish my mug of coffee then go out and do it alone.  Again.  😠  I just wanna learn to do it alone so that I'm not stuck outside the docs 'cos I can't go down the slopey bit.  Maybe it's a blessing in disguise though❓  With Steve not coming with me, I've got no choice but to cope with it alone, just like when Steve's dad takes me to the doctor on Monday.  I know I'll be OK, I just need to work on my confidence is all... need to learn to trust the quad cane instead of barely using it is all.
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Just done it, totally alone and very unsteadily, but I did it❗❗❗  πŸ†  Gonna give it a couple of hours to recover a bit then try again.  I'm gonna keep trying until I've built up confidence in myself and the quad cane.  Just need to take things slowly and keep pushing myself is all.  I'm determined that it will happen by the end of October 'cos I've barely used the quad cane since I got it back at the end of August 2013 and it's pointless having it if I don't use it❗
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Another 1½ times, which is a total of 2½ times up and down slopes in about 20 minutes.  That's it now though until I've had me lunch and I'll try again at least once more this afternoon.  My confidence is already a lot better, but my anxiety and exhaustion are through the roof so I'm gonna give myself a couple of hours before I try again.  I will achieve it, slowly but surely, before Monday.  Steve not coming was definitely a blessing in disguise because I had no choice but to do it alone, just like I will have to on Monday.  Soooo proud of myself 😌
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This describes why I'm so determined to tackle slopes today:

I will conquer slopes by the end of the day and then gradually work on my confidence levels.
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Just taken me daily Calcium - went down nice and easily this afternoon, thankfully.  We're having zoop for lunch because of the weekly virus scan and Steve's cooking the last batch of veggie sausage rolls to celebrate part one of the slopes then we're celebrating again this evening after doing part two of the slopes after lunch.  Can't wait❗
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Didn't manage the second set of slopes after all, but tomorrow is a new day and I'm not going to give up until I've done it and I'm not constantly anxious about every step.  It'll be so hard but so worth it too.  Time for me prescriptions now though... gonna have an early night too - think I deserve it 🀣
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That's me prescriptions down the hatch so I'm gonna head straight to bed πŸ›Œ I reckon.

Nite nite orl  πŸ’€
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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Mornin' all.

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

Gonna try to decrease my use of exclamation marks instead of using them at the end of almost every sentence 🀣  Wanna try to use more smilies and images and stuff too - wanna make full use of all the things available in the toolbar of the writing page instead of just the smiling (😁 or πŸ˜ƒ), laughing (🀣), exclamation marks (❗), occasionally question marks (❓) and the icon I use as the divider (➰➰➰).  Gonna do proper paragraphs too with more than a single sentence in it.  Wish me luck❗ 😁
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Taken the puppy 🐢 out for her morning stroll, just the normal length today, but that's OK 'cos I walked over a mile and almost 2,500 steps, in 42 minutes with her yesterday, which is my daily target in under an hour, so 1,000 steps in 12 minutes today was a relief πŸ˜ƒ She did another huuuuge wee but no poo this morning which was a massive relief after picking up her poo yesterday on top of the marathon we walked.
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Taken me OAB prescription and 4 morning supplements, so I'm all set until lunchtime now.  Gonna order some more 5 HTP and a years supply of the B12 so that Steve can have the B12 I've already got to see if it's that which helped my irritability when it was low.  Need some more 5 HTP soon anyway so might as well get the B12 at the same time.  Gonna see if they've got any Vegan folic acid I can take too, 'cos my GP called yesterday afternoon and said I was low in it, so has prescribed me some pills to correct it so wanna keep on with that after the pills have finished, like I'm doing with the B12.  It'll be 10 pills a day instead of my current 9 but if my body needs it then it's worth it 😁
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Seriously impressed with Simply Supplements❗  Just bought 4 months supply of 5 HTP and a years supply of a vitamin B complex that not only has B12 in it, but Folic Acid too as well as Thiamin which are all 100% of the NRV, so I'll still be taking 9 pills a day but covering both the B12 and Folic Acid as well as the Thiamin that caused my neurological problems to begin with.  If you are in the UK and looking for an amazing supplement company, as well as 10% off your first order, just follow that link up there ⮙⮙, fill yer basket and pop my name (Amanda George) and email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) into the 'referred by a friend?' box et voila❗
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That's impressive speed by the pharmacy❗  They've just delivered my Folic Acid and it was only prescribed and sent over to them yesterday afternoon❗  I've gotta take 1 a day for 3 months then one every other day, potentially for the rest of my life so that I can be sure I'm getting everything my body needs.  Assuming it doesn't make me nauseous, that's OK though.  Up to 10 pills a day now though 🀣  Might take the Folic Acid at lunchtime along with the Calcium so that the pills are spaced out better.  Just set up the reminder on my phone so hopefully I'll get into the habit of taking 2 pills after lunch, instead of just the 1.
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The puppy has just gone again 😒, but only until Thursday this time πŸ˜ƒ... yaaaaaaay❗❗  Only a day and a half without her this week then, which is sooo totally awesome πŸ‘.  I'm missing her already but I've only got to get through today and tomorrow without her before she comes home again πŸ‘Œ.
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The flu jab had to be re-arranged because of a delay in their supply, so it's now on Samhain (31st October) between 2pm and 6pm.  I'm hoping to be able to be taken down there ready for when it starts so that it's done and out of the way.  I'm hoping Steve'll fill in the carers form so that I can take that with me on Monday too.  He's got until I go to bed on Sunday to do it in so that there's enough time to get it sorted and bagged ready for the early start on Monday (the appointment is at 9.35am so I'm guessing I'll be picked up at about 9am 🀣).  I just want to be ready to pick up the form and head out of the door... gotta remember to have a bath and shave on the Sunday though, so that I don't embarrass myself with hairy pits 🀣  Might see if I can find a t-shirt to wear under my cardi so that I don't have to get half undressed just for the jab, like I did with the blood test 🀣
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Just taken the first prescribed Folic Acid and it made me feel very sick, very quickly.  Thankfully I haven't thrown up and the ginger beer is kicking in now, so maybe I need to take it on an empty stomach instead of a full one❓  Might try that tomorrow... come down, take the Folic Acid, have an orange then my first OAB pill and supplements❓  Either that or I'm the 1 in 1,000 who gets a side effect from it❗  That'd be just my luck 🀣
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I love how easy that was❗  I saw an ad for Reassured on Facebook offering life insurance for 20p a day so I visited the site and filled in the form.  They phoned my mobile and I was totally honest about my illnesses.  Considering how screwed up I am both mentally and physically, I was quoted £300,000 worth of cover over 40 years for only £46.40 a month which is sooo awesome❗  Considering a funeral costs £3,000 to £5,000, it'll still leave a minimum of £295,000 for Steve to play with when I've kicked the bucket and I'm covered as soon as I'm approved by the insurer too❗  The price won't go up at all during the entire insurance period either which is even better.  I can't recommend Reassured enough if you are looking for life insurance in the UK atm, but your quotes are too high for you to be able to afford❗
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Off to πŸ›Œbeddy-byes now.  Feeling so proud of myself for writing in paragraphs instead of sentences between each border... just gotta remember to do that for the rest of the time so that it becomes a new routine now πŸ˜„

Nite nite orl... sea ewe orl 2morro❗
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Monday, 30 September 2019

Monday 30th September 2019

Mornin' all.

As always happens, I got zero support yesterday on one of only 3 days a year that I need it... no PMs, no emails, no texts, no nothing.  Bet it'll be the same on Sunday too, as well as 7th April.  They expect me to be there for them 365 days a year, but ignore me on the 3 days that I need their support.

I'm sooo fed up of it.  I'm all yours for 362 days a year, but nobody wants to support me the other 3 days  😠
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Just walked the marathon with the puppy and I've already smashed the entire days steps target... not quite 9am and I've already walked 3,397 steps as well as walking for 43 minutes and 1.35 miles so I'm not going to be able to go further than the bathroom for the rest of today 🀣

Time to take my first dose of pills and recover now.
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Got 7 photo's and 2 video's of the puppy dog that I'm currently uploading to YouTube then I'll get it sorted on my site... BBS.
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And another 3 photo's makes 10 in about 4 hours 🀣
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Just seen this on Facebook:


Sorry, but it made me  🀣
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Nearly 4,000 steps and 1.54 miles walked already today... feeling really proud of myself considering it's just before 2pm❗
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4184 steps and 1.67 miles just before 3.30pm❗  Total aceness❗
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So true.
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Taken me prescriptions so just waiting for the puppy to be picked up then I can head to bed.
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Steve's just heard from his cousin about Mitzi... she's spending another night with us❗❗❗  Yaaaaay

I can now head to bed for an earlyish❗ night... 4,655 steps and 1.85 miles thanks to the marathon Monday walk this morning has really impressed me - easily pleased, me❗ 🀣

Nite nite orl❗ πŸŒ›  Sea ewe in the morning❗
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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Sunday 29th September 2019

Morning all.

Today is gonna be a difficult day 'cos 23 years ago I lost my first twin and I'm now infertile so my twins were my only chance to have children too  😭
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That's the rubbish, recycling and food waste sorted, time to walk the puppy now.
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Taken some photo's of the puppy, so need to remember to code and upload those when we get back.
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Taken me supplements and they were OK today.  Not the easiest but not the hardest either.
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The puppy wee'd a huuuuge wee and poo'd on her walk so I cleared it up and carried on.  We did another up and down today because the puppy carried on walking instead of coming home.  Time to update the spreadsheet and put that and the photo's on my homepage.
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That's the pages sorted and I've just taken another 3 photo's of the puppy, so time to sort those out now❗
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The newest 3 photo's are up now.
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Literally just (12.59pm) met my target of 2,500 steps and walked a mile so far today already.  Totally awesome❗
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Just had a reminder to take the Calcium, so I'll BRB
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That's the Calcium down the hatch... not too bad today, only 2 mouthfuls of squash for all the crumbs which is awesome❗
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Forgot to feed the puppy at lunchtime❗  Woops❗  She's been fed both meals in one now though, so that's it until tomorrow morning.
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There's a Windows update currently installing on my laptop that apparently takes a couple of hours so I'm finishing off this post on my phone then taking my last pills of the day and heading to bed for an early night now, so I'll see you all tomorrow.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Saturday 28th September 2019

Morning all

Woke up late this morning... 8am instead of my usual 7am for some bizarre reason.  Don't feel tired or anything and went to bed and fell asleep just before 10pm so my body obviously needed that extra hour❗  We got our hair's cut yesterday so maybe that's why I needed the extra hour❓

Gonna walk and feed the puppy now.
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Our normal length walk today and the FitBit app is showing 13 minutes now, which was, apparently, the length of our walk so it'll be interesting to see what happens on Monday now that it's totally working❗
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Just taken the longest ever video of the puppy... 7 minutes and 15 seconds!!

Got 3 photo's of the puppy with Steve to add too.  Hold on and I'll do that now before I forget.
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And another photo❗
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Gotta have something to eat and take my 5 morning pills now, before I forget.
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And another couple... really have got to take my pills before I forget now though 🀣
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That's me 5 morning pills taken, 2 hours later than normal which means I won't be able to take the Calcium until about 3pm, but that's just how it goes sometimes.  Not the worst day for taking them but far from the best too, unfortunately.
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Quorn lasagne for lunch for me a sausage sandwiches for Steve today apparently.  Yumsk  πŸ˜‹
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Steve doesn't know how long the lasagne had been in the small freezer and it tasted surprisingly meaty... maybe the flavour becomes meatier the more it's frozen❓
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Just (2.45pm) asked Steve to phone his mum about Marie bringing the saw over with her so that I can chop down the tree that's regrowing.  I've also asked him to request that she hires a trailer to put the toilets, cisterns and poofe into so that I can practise my walking in the back yard.  Right now there's a small gangway that I squeeze through to clear up the pup's poo.  It's just one job that needs to be done then that's it❗
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Just taken me Calcium and finished off a bottle of squash with it.
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Steve said, at 4.45pm, in total frustration with me that he would contact his brother about coming over to clear the back yard.  I just want it all gone and the sooner the better.
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Having a well-deserved early night.  πŸ›Œ

Be back in the morning.

Nite nite orl!  πŸŒ›
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Friday, 27 September 2019

Friday 27th September 2019

Mornin' all.

Today has high pollen counts 'cos I woke up sneezing at 6.30am and my eyes quickly started watering too.

The FitBit says that I slept for 9 hours and 19 minutes overnight which is really useful to know.

Found the FitBit forums so I'm gonna ask on there if there's a way to securely fasten the extension better so that I'm not so paranoid about it coming off my ankle, and I'm also gonna ask if there's a way to automatically get a report sent to my email address too, 'cos I'm 98% sure that I read somewhere on the FitBit site that it would automatically send the report when it resets itself at midnight.
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OK, so it's a weekly report, rather than daily so I can now stop worrying about that... just need to find out if there's a more secure way to attach the extension.

Assuming I get the report and there's a way to securely attach the extension then I'm sold on the FitBit❗
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Gonna shut down to go and get me hair cut again now... BBL8R❗
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Back now❗

Gonna feed and water the puppy so that she doesn't get too thirsty or explode her bladder.
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Been fiddling around with the FitBit app since we got home and I've already walked almost a mile today and we haven't had our lunch yet❗
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Decided to up my target daily steps to 3,000 steps and the target miles to 1.5 miles a day... we shall see how I go with that.
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Worked out that the calories out is what I burn and I've worked out how to add my meal things so that it comes up as calories in... just hope I remember how to do it when we have our tea tonight and my breakfast in the morning❗

Still don't know how to get the lightning bolt to move though  😞
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Just had a reply to my message on the FitBit site and apparently it only starts recording "Active Minutes" (the lightening bolt) for ten minutes at a time.  There's no way that I'm stable enough to stay on my feet for that long, so I'll just ignore that icon for my own safety  😊  Just relieved 😌 that I haven't broken it already πŸ‘Œ
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Just taken me last 3 pills of the day, an hour and a half later than I'd hoped, but they are starting to kick in already so I'm gonna head to bed πŸ›Œ now.

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Thursday 26th September 2019

Mornin' all.

The puppy's coming home today❗❗❗

This afternoon to be exact❗  Can't wait❗

Gonna have a shower and wash my hair when the backups have finished.  The full virus scan finished at about 2.45am and shut my laptop down, so it's just the backups now then that's me sorted for another week.

Time for me supplements while I'm waiting for my documents to finish off backing up.
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First pills of the day are swallowed - pretty easily this morning.  Not the easiest ever but not the worst either, which hopefully means that today won't be too bad.
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The FitBit has just arrived... hope it lasts longer than the first one (3 months) lol  It's already better than the second one 'cos it actually turns on 🀣
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Gotta download the app onto my likkle laptop - brb❗
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Just activated my account and gotta charge it up before I use it apparently 'cos there's some kind of update to it.  Hope it doesn't take long❗
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That's the Calcium swallowed and my FitBit is smiling at me now, instead of telling me how full the battery is, so maybe that means it's fully charged❓❓
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Steve's just given me a 10 minute warning for lunch, so I'll hopefully remember to get the FitBit set up after we've eaten, 'cos apparently it'll take "at least 30 minutes".

BBS❗
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That was a yummy lunch!  Pasta and meat-free balls!  The cheese was a touch too strong and overpowering, but other than that it was good❗

Time to update the FitBit now.
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The puppy's hoooommmmmeeee!!!
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Just taken the puppy out for our daily stroll - total extra's already this week, after only walking her for 2 days, is already 1200% extra and that's taking off the whole week's walks too.  Weekly total percents without taking any at all is 1900% in only two days (Monday and today) because she was taken back to Steve's cousin on Monday afternoon and didn't get back until this afternoon, so that's not bad going at all❗
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I'm already enjoying having the Fitbit and as long as it keeps working beyond the New Year, it'll be getting a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review from me.  Apparently it automatically logs your sleep and it's water resistent up to 50 metres, I've just got to thoroughly dry it after it gets wet, which is to be expected.  The app is linked to my email address on the laptop rather than on my phone so I'll see what happens when I sign in tomorrow❗  It keeps track of what you eat and drink too which was a pleasant surprise... wonder if it'll put that in the report dooberry too❓

I've set my target daily steps to the minimum of 2000 (it won't go any lower) and I've already done 1,297 of 'em in about 5 hours which is awesome, especially as it seems to count side steps too.

Since lunchtime, I've already walked just over half a mile too, just from going to the bathroom, the kitchen and walking the puppy, which is awesome❗
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I've increased my daily steps target from 2000 a day (which I achieved in about 4 hours) to 3500 a day.  If that's easily achievable tomorrow then I'll up it to 5000 steps a day, which is only 3000 steps off a healthy person's average according to the app.  I can sooo do this... it's already motivated me to walk the puppy which I wasn't intending to do this morning before I got it.  I'll see what it's like after a week and take it from there πŸ˜„
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Just taken me last three pills of the day so I'm gonna head to πŸ›beddy-byesπŸ›Œ now for an early night... bet I'm still awake at 10pm though 🀣

Nite nite orl πŸŒ™
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Mornin' all.

The virus scan and laptop behaved first time this morning... is that an indication that my pills are gonna go down easily and maybe even a good day❓  I certainly hope so❗
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The five pills all went down really easily, so hopefully that's an indication that today is gonna be a good day❗
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Just bought meself a FitBit that'll be here tomorrow.  £65 but it does everything I want and has a year long warranty in case that goes wrong too.  Expensive but hopefully worth it.
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Back from the blood test now.  Was there just gone 2pm, my appointment was 2.30pm so I was prepared to have to wait around for a loooong while but I was in at just gone 2.15pm and out by 2.20pm and back home again by 2.30pm❗

T'was a flippin' huuuuge needle that I regretted seeing immediately, 'cos my veins usually collapse with things like that which is why I turn my head away.  It was a good 5cm long but I barely felt the needle go in so the phlebotomist must have found a particularly good vein or something❗ 🀣

I opened a letter when I came home for my flu jab and there's a form to fill in 'cos Steve's my carer that needs to be returned to the surgery.  If I'd opened it this morning I could have taken it with me this afternoon πŸ™„
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Just spoken to me mum on the phone πŸ“ž - it was good to hear her voice again and I'm missing seeing her even more now❗  πŸ˜”
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I'm gonna head to bed πŸ›Œ now I reckon.

Nite nite πŸŒ™ orl.
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