Monday, 21 September 2020

That's me pills taken, money moved across for the electricity and...

...daily virus scan started.

The pills went down nice and easily this morning, thankfully - just one gulp of squash for each one.

There was one "advanced issue" with the virus scan, but that was solved in a couple of clicks so I'm back to being safe and fully protected again now.

I've put my exercise spreadsheets up and am just uploading the FitBit spreadsheet now... hold on!  OK, that's the FitBit spreadsheet sorted out now too, so I'm gonna publish this post before I forget again.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Had me tea so now it's time for me pills

We had egg (and Steve had sausages) and chips for tea and apparently I get a point for badgering him to cook and he loses a point for breaking the eggs.  I'm not fussed about broken egg yolks... you've gotta break them before you eat them, so it's just saved me part of the job is all 🤷.


I've updated my navigation page with the completed course and certificate and put this past week's walkies spreadsheet up on my homepage, so time to check my emails, take my pills and head to bed now.

Nite nite orl.

Just finished the course and there *was* an assessment...

...which I failed the first time 👎 but passed the second 👍 with a score of 80% 👌, so it's time to code and upload the certificate and celebrate with egg sarnies for tea... my arse is gonna stink tomorrow 😄

Scratch that food bit up there... Steve's gonna make me fried eggs and chips and he's having sausages and chips, so my arse is still gonna be rancid tomorrow 🤣

I was wrong about...

...adding a new label.  Literally all I did was type it into the "Labels" section, saved and published the post, then started this one and it was there 😌 I like it when things are easy 👍 😄

Up to module 145 now, out of 164

Not bad going for 2½ days of studying❗  I'm seriously hoping that there won't be an end of course assessment 'cos I can't even remember the stuff that I learnt this morning, let alone on Friday.  Steve's meeting B via Zoom as soon as B wakes up so I'm hoping I can wait until the call has finished before the assessment happens so that Steve can give me the answers to the questions I don't even understand.

I've hopefully added another label to this post so that I can use that whenever I talk about what I'm eating - it won't be that easy though, will it❓❓

Puppy walked, fed and medicated...

...I managed to study a module before we went and Steve's just made our breakfast, so I'll put that into the app then carry on with the studying.  Steve's got a Zoom call with his family that starts "between 2 🕑 and 4 🕓 apparently" to quote Steve.  We're having a light lunch of "cakes and stuff" 'cos Steve "really can't be arsed to cook today, sorry".

Time to get on with my studying now.

Virus scan finished, pills taken... it's time to start studying until the puppy wants to go for her walk.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Last two pills taken, so...

I can spend the rest of the evening studying and getting as far as possible so that I've got more time to work on the end of course assessment tomorrow.


Puppy has been walked, fed, watered and medicated for the last time today, sooooo...

...when my laptop has recovered from the blue screen of death, I'll be able to keep on studying and hoping to reach at least module 110 before I head to bed tonight.  I'm currently learning about the basics of using Python and I wanna try and work out how to put a programme with the "magic 8 ball" on it.  The course has said how to do it but I haven't had the guts to try it yet, so I'm gonna finish the course and try it, with Steve's help, after that's done and dusted so that there's no time pressure and I can get Steve's support whenever I need it.


Wish me luck❗


Cheese and onion sarnies for lunch

Just had our lunch - I had sarnies but the bread wasn't thawed enough for Steve to have sandwiches too, so he had a make-do lunch of chicken slices, cheese and onion.  Simple but yummy and quick as well as involving no cooking, which is what Steve wanted today.


Time to carry on with the studying now I reckon.  I'm learning about the Python programme this afternoon, so may need Steve's help as it starts getting more complicated.


That's the puppy walked and fed, so time to start studying now

 I eventually managed to persuade our senior puppy to go for her morning stroll, she poo'd 💩 so I picked it up and we carried on with the walk.  When we got home I fed her and Steve put our porridge into the bowls, so we're all fed until lunchtime now.  Steve said it might be sarnies for lunch today 'cos he really doesn't feel like cooking, which is fine by me and the spread will significantly increase my calories too, which is even better.

Time to get on with studying now though.

She's displaying a huuuuge amount of Westitude this morning lol

 I've got her harness and lead on her, but she's refusing to move.  We're wondering if it's because she can't see (because of all her fur around her eyes) which makes her anxious maybe?

I'm not gonna give up now that she's ready to go though!

Taken my morning pills and am currently charging up my Fitbit while I...

...wait for our senior puppy to wake up so we can go fo... she wants to go now bless 'er, so I'll BBS.


Friday, 18 September 2020

Given up on studying for the day now

I've got the nightlight thingamejig set up on my laptop to help my brain to switch off ready for me to go to bed.  It kicked in just over half way trough the module which made the information on the screen hard to read, so I've given up on the studying for the night now.  Gonna start again bright and early in the morning, so I'm gonna have an early night tonight in preparation.  Nite nite orl... sea ewe in the morning.

I've taken all my pills and I'm gonna aim for...

...studying 64 modules before I head to bed tonight, so that I can crack on with doing the other hundred tomorrow and hopefully 🤞 finish it by the time I head to bed tomorrow night.

Been studying all day and I'm not even a third of the way through yet!

This is the longest course I've taken for many months and I'm only up to module 40 out of 164 so it's gonna take at least another couple of full days then another one to pass the end of course assessment.  I've been dreading this course purely because of its length and my memory issues but I've started it now, so I'm determined to see it through completely.

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Thursday, 17 September 2020

Not much has happened today, which is why I've been...

...silent since this morning.


Got a call from my GP surgery about a letter I wrote to them thanks to a story in one of the magasines I write and I've got a telephone appointment with one of the doctors on 2nd October to discuss it.  I just need a "yes it's the same thing, go ahead and write to them if you want" or a "nope, they are different things with very similar names" in which case I won't write to the person in the story.  It just needs to be a quick "yes" or "no" that'll take less than a minute is all, but I want to be sure of the importance of that one word difference in our diagnoses is all.


Can almost guarantee that I'll forget by the time I go to bed though 😆

I've taken my last two pills of the day, so I'm gonna head to bed as soon as I've finished off my hot drink that Steve made for me.

Good morning again everyone

Mornin' all.


I've already taken all my pills, and I've definitely taken the Calcium this morning 'cos it's Thursday so I don't take the FA which means that I swallow the Calcium with all my other supplements.


Our senior puppy is snoring away in her bed so I don't think she'll want to go out for her first stroll of the day just yet.  Steve's put the heater on too, cos we were both tilly cold and I've put my jumper on, so hopefully we'll both warm up soon.


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Just taken my last two pills, so...

...I'm gonna check Facebook one last time, then head to bed for an early night.


Nite nite orl.


Didn't *think* I'd taken it!

I got the reminder on my phone and laptop that I needed to take my Calcium at 1pm, same as every day and because it's Wednesday today I took the FA first thing so couldn't take the Calcium until "a few hours later" according to the doc when I very first started taking the FA 'cos of what it said on the leaflet that came in the box.  I looked in the dosette box several times but couldn't see it anywhere so thought my memory was playing tricks on me again.


Steve asked for a plaster a couple of hours ago after he assaulted himself with a knife when he was cutting up the tomato for his sarnies at lunchtime and I took the dosette box out then, which must of been just enough movement to dislodge the Calcium from wherever it was hiding.


I've taken all bar my last two prescriptions now though, so I'll have me tea (chips and lashings of tomato sauce), take me pills and head to bed for an early night I reckon.  I'm hoping to put up a really short goodnight post, but just in case I forget, I'll say nite nite orl now and I'll sea ewe 2morro.


That was easier than yesterday!

I've taken my morning pills, they all went down a lot easier than yesterday, thankfully.


I've also set the weekly virus scan off and remembered not to start my emails so hopefully it'll be sorted, including the back-ups and restore point, by early afternoon today.

Walked the puppy but my Fitbit didn't log any steps or active minutes or anything, so I'm not a happy bunny.  It seems to be the same every Wednesday though, so I'm wondering if AVG and Fitbit clash as they are both running at the same time❓

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Back now and I've taken my pills and I'm feeling proud of myself because...

...I did my daily squats without holding onto the walls at all which is the first time in about 30 years so I'm feeling particularly proud of myself this evening.

I've had me Mugshot and burnt my tongue and roof of my mouth, but that's OK and totally my fault for being so greedy that I didn't wait for it to cool down slightly before shoving it in my mouth.

I'm gonna log off in a bit, so this is potentially my last post of the day.  I'll say goodnight now just in case, but I'll be back again at some point tomorrow for sure.

It's a lot later than I would have liked, but...

...I've just persuaded the puppy to go for her first and potentially only walk of the day.  When we came home I fed the puppy and did my squats without holding onto the walls at all which I'm feeling really proud of myself for.


It's Mugshot for tea, so I'd best put my machine on the floor in preparation... BBL.


What a morning I've had so far!

Started off with one of my supplements getting stuck half way down my throat, which is the exact reason that I can't take larger pills or capsules.  Took about an hour for the feeling of it being stuck to finally disappear.


The puppy hasn't fancied going out for her walk yet today and because it's the hottest part of the day now, I'm not gonna walk her until this evening when I'll lump the two walks together into just a single walk.


Had a call from a doc about my prescription and I've finally got the 56 pills per prescription again now... yaaaaaay 😌 Just gotta wait and see if I get the 28 I need for September as well now.  I requested them but it hasn't shown up on the online ordering thing yet so I hope they have been prescribed.

Steve's going to go and see his nurse in a couple of hours and he's not sure how he'll feel about cooking when he gets back, so it might be a Mugshot for me and a couple of Pot Noodles for him for tea tonight.  I just don't want him to stop cooking 'cos we really can't afford take-aways every day again now and I much prefer the taste of home-cooked food.

Monday, 14 September 2020

The sit-ups and leg raises really are working!

I got Steve to take a couple of photo's of my belly at the end of July this year, which was around the time that I first started doing them.  He took another couple of photos this morning and the sit-ups really are reducing my belly flab!  I think my thighs are finally starting to shrink too 'cos the trousers aren't so tight on my thighs any more.


I've still got a way to go before I get a flat belly, but it's nowhere near as big as I was thinking, I just need to reprogramme the part of my brain that's still telling me I need to lose like 7 or 8 inches when in reality it's more like half that much!


These are my two before photo's:  

And these are today's photo's: 

It's very slllloooooowwww progress, but it's still progress all the same.

Still free of nasties and I've put all the...

...spreadsheets up on my homepage now, so time to take the puppy for her first stroll of the day, assuming she's gonna get out of her bed of course 😉


Another productive morning so far already!

I've taken my morning pills, checked my email, started the virus scan going and I'm about to sort out last week's spreadsheets, then I'll take the puppy for her stroll and get ready to phone my GP about the flu jab at 9am 🕘

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Had me tea, taken my pills and I'm heading off to beddy-byes now

I'm absolutely cream crackered so I'm off to bed... see you all at some point tomorrow.  Nite nite orl 💤


Where on Earth has the day vanished to?!

I dunno what I've done all day, but it only feels like an hour ago that we were putting the rubbish and recycling out, yet I've just taken the puppy for her final walk 🐾 of the week and dealt with the walkies spreadsheets for this week and it'll be time to take my last two pills in about an hour and a half❗

Puppy, rubbish and recycling sorted out

I've walked, fed and watered the puppy for the first time today, put the rubbish and recycling out for another week and the puppy has been a pooing 💩 machine over the last week❗  She produced 2 on our daily strolls and another 7 in the back yard and hasn't even poo'd 💩 yet today either❗

We're having a very late breakfast (11am 🕚) so we're gonna have "cakes and stuff for lunch today, but I'll definitely cook tomorrow to make up for it" which is fine by me... it's not often that we have cakes for lunch and Steve cooks most days now, so I think he's allowed an occasional day off now and then 😀.

I'm gonna go up and scan in that article for my GP while I think of it though, so that I can bin the magasine when I've finished reading it.

Productive morning so far!

I woke up 2 hours later than I usually do and at a more sensible time for a change (7am 🕖 instead of 5am 🕔), then took my pills as my laptop was booting up, refilled the organiser and weighed myself again.  I'm now 52.58kg which is more like the weight I was on Thursday 🤣 and means I've put on 580g instead of losing 500g like it said when I tried it out for the first time last night... it's also more like the weight of my wee in my bladder rather than losing half a kg after 2 litres of liquid and two meals too.


Just had a thought actually... I didn't calibrate the scales before I took yesterday's reading, just got on them and assumed that was it, but I'm sure I read in the instructions that you need to step on, calibrate them, step off so that it turns itself off, then step on again to get an accurate reading, which I forgot to do, so I'm totally ignoring yesterday's reading 'cos it was completely my fault that it was wrong and this morning's reading is the accurate one.  Means that a combination of a full bladder and eating significantly more calories than I burn has meant that I've put on half a kilo since Thursday morning... I just hope I can control my OCD now and not weigh myself multiple times a day.  Monday is my only weigh-in day that I'm allowed.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

The puppy didn't want to go on her second walk either, so I hope...

...she's back to her usual self again tomorrow and maybe today she was just feeling her age more than usual.  She's eating, drinking, weeing and pooing absolutely fine, it really has just been her reluctance to go for either of her walks today is all.  We're all allowed an occasional off-day as we age, after all and she is in her late 70's in human years so missing an occasional day of exercise is OK we reckon.

The scales have just arrived and...

...I'm feeling mightily impressed by them already.  They are incredibly easy to use, read and most importantly for me, brilliantly stable too.


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The puppy hasn't felt like going for a walk at all so far today, soooo....'ll be a looong one at 5pm-ish to make up for it.  It'll hopefully be cooler by then too, 'cos it's pretty warm out there right now, 'cos I've just been for a walk to try and get some active minutes racked up on my Fitbit app.


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Pills taken, breakfast eaten, just waiting for...

...the puppy (and hubby) to wake up now, so that I can take her for her first walk of the day and let her have her brekkie.


Written to my GP too about something I read in a magasine last night - she's got a very similar diagnosis to me (I've got an extra word in the middle of mine) and I just wanna check with my GP that it *is* similar to my diagnosis so that I can maybe try and get her email address so that we can both get to know each other and support each other with things that we are both going through with our illnesses the way that people without it will never understand 'cos they ain't going through it.


I'm expecting another package from Amazon at some point today with me scales in so that I can keep track of how much I weigh and aim for those 5kg by January.


I've gotta remember to phone my GP surgery on Monday to rearrange my flu jab 'cos it says on the site that you have to be able to stand for 10 minutes and there won't be any parking, so I'll have to charge up Patrick's batteries and go down there in 'im instead of getting Marie to take me down there.

Friday, 11 September 2020

The puppy has been walked and fed for the last time today

Just got back from our little girl's final stroll of the day, fed her and had a slurp of my cuppa, so just waiting for the call from the CPN now.  Steve doesn't think it's gonna happen, but I'm still kinda hoping that it will.  He's got until I take my pills before I give up until Monday 👌


Amazon package arrived so now I'm just waiting for...

...the call from the CPN, then I can take the puppy out, take my last two pills of the day and head off to bed.


Steve's just brought a mug of tea in for me, so I'll walk the puppy then have that when it's cooled down a bit.


Calcium taken, so just waiting for...

...the CPN to call back and the Amazon delivery to turn up now.  It's on the map and 9 stops away atm, so hopefully it'll be here by about 3.30pm 🕞 then I'll just have to wait for the call from the CPN so that I can go to bed for hopefully an early night.


Lunch eaten, puppy's food paid for...

...Calcium taken, so just waiting for the CPN to call back and my Amazon delivery to turn up, I'll take the puppy for her last stroll of the day, then that's it until this evening then - all go today❗

Taken the puppy for her first walk of the day

Just got back from taking the puppy for her first walk of the day... took a while to get her out of her bed and her harness put on her, but she can relax for the next few hours now.  It's the getting started that she finds the hardest.


Still waiting to hear back from the CPN and I'm expecting an Amazon delivery between now and 4.30pm, so it's changed 5 times since it was put out for delivery 🙄 😄


Steve's just given me a five minute warning, so I'd best go and get it now, but I'll be back afterwards.  TTFN.

The CPN has just called back and...

...the pharmacist is on annual leave today (so he's had a lucky escape 😉) but the CPN is gonna have a word with a doctor about it and call me back later today to let me know what's happening.  I like this CPN - he gets things sorted out straight away and knows where to go to get things moving.  Hopefully I'll have a prescription for the missing 28 pills prescribed and sent to the pharmacy by this evening and my repeat prescription adjusted so that I can have 56 pills at a time of both the 2.5mg as well as the 5mg so that I don't need to have a phone appointment every month to ask for the missing box.

Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 for me that it'll finally be sorted out by the time I head to bed tonight❓

Just had the call with the CPN and...

I have, potentially, got the pharmacist into trouble for halving the number of boxes I can get at a time.  The CPN is gonna call the pharmacist now to find out why he did it then phone me back.


Hopefully 🤞 I'll be able to get another box prescribed today and then the 56 tablets every two months again after that.  If it does happen like that then I'll hopefully be stable enough to not have to see anyone about my psychosis for the rest of the year and potentially into next year too.  I still get paranoid when I forget to take them so I still get psychotic without them so I still need them, but I want it to be a mutual decision with a doctor or CPN rather than a pharmacist who was talking to me about a different illness that I've got❗ 

Mornin' all

Remembered to start earlier today then❗ 😌 👍

I've just taken my morning pills and because it's Friday, I ain't gonna take the Calcium until this afternoon so that it doesn't mess up the FA.

Done the daily virus scan and I'm still free of nasties.  I'm expecting a delivery from Amazon today as well as a call from a CPN about my meds in the next hour or so... hope they don't happen at the same time 😟  Gotta take the puppy out for her first stroll too but I'll take my lead from her with that... she's wanted to go out at lunchtime instead of in the morning for the last couple of days, so maybe her legs take a bit of warming up now or summat❓

Sugary/chocolate porridge for brekkie today 🤤

Apparently my credit score has changed - I hope it's a positive change 'cos I certainly haven't taken out any more credit anywhere❗ 😯

It was the mortgage, apparently we're "a month and a bit in arrears" but it's taken a month to appear on my credit score.  Looks like I'll be using my savings to clear it again and won't get any credit for it.  Again.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Haven't posted all day 'cos I forgot and I'm going to bed soon, but...

...I went to see the nurse again this morning and she's happy that my blood pressure is stable and I've put on 1kg of weight since I was last weighed, so she didn't mention the dietician again, thankfully.  I've also applied for my Blue Badge and got an initial appointment for my memory test on the 25th then we'll see what happens from there.  


I've got a CPN appointment tomorrow morning on the phone, so I hope I remember to ask him to adjust my repeat prescription to 56 tablets of the 2.5mg that the pharmacist halfed to 28 pills per repeat prescription request for some bizarre reason.

I've also got an appointment that I knew nothing about on 1st October for my annual flu jab so it's all go for me, medically speaking 😄

I've taken all my pills for today, so as soon as my evening ones start kicking in I'm gonna head to bed for an early-ish night.  Doubt there will be another blog post before then, so I'll say nite nite orl and I'll see you all again tomorrow... hopefully sooner than today 😁

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Virus free for another week

The virus scan has just finished and I'm still free of nasties, so time to start the weekly back-ups now, then take the puppy dog out for her stroll, have lunch, bring the groceries in, have a bath and get ready for tomorrow.

Aksherly, I might put my Fitbit back around my ankle (it's been charging up for the last couple of hours) and see if the puppy is ready for her stroll yet, 'cos she really didn't fancy it this morning and she's been finding it harder and harder to get going each morning for the last week or so, but is usually fine again by lunchtime and has more energy in the evenings for her second walk... I'm taking my lead from her now though.

Totally forgot about the weekly virus scan, but...'s underway now, after a reboot.  I've taken my pills and I'm trying to persuade the puppy to go on her first stroll of the day now, but she's currently walking up and down the back of the sofa 😀

Steve had a look at the shopping last night, while I was in bed, and discovered that I'd taken my pop off so he's gonna ask his mum to get more for me when they do their shopping.  Bet it'll be cola or lemonade so that he gets even more drinks but I still don't, which'll be my fault too, just like with my father.

I've given up on trusting people now 'cos they always break my trust but automatically assume that I won't break theirs and I'm fed up of it now.  I'll do whatever the other person wants and forget about my needs and opinions again, same as always 😞

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Honest opinions please?!

I'm pondering on going back to the once-a-day blog posts again, but I haven't made up my mind yet, so I'm putting it out there for your views on if you prefer multiple short posts a day or if you want just one long one❓  Personally I don't mind either way, which is why I'm throwing the floor open to all of you, to see what you would prefer.


Leave me a comment in reply to this and just let me know if you want multiple short ones or one long one a day... you can remain anonymous if you want to, I just want to go with what the majority want is all.


Had our tea and it was easy and yummy...

...need to let it "go down" before I take my last two pills of the day and head to bed though❗

Puppy's been walked and fed for the last time today

She was a good girl on her walk and absolutely devoured her tea, bless 'er.  Just waiting for the humans to have their tea now.

Got some photo's of our beautiful little girl on my homepage now

Just taken a few photos of our beautiful little puppy that I've put up on my homepage now... she's desperately in need of a grooming session, so it's a good job she's booked in for the 24th 😉


The puppy has been walked and fed, I've taken my pills and...

...adjusted the shopping so that Steve could have even more stuff and I haven't got any pop for the next week now.


The stuff just for Steve (meaty things mainly) come to £10.70 but mine (literally a bottle of squirty soap for the bathroom and another bottle of squash) comes to £2.60 - hardly fair, is it❓  Means that Steve'll be drinking pop and squash as well as tea and coffee next week, but I'll be having water so that I've got enough squash to last for my pills.  He used the "I put £3 in that we haven't used yet so that'll cover the extra £3 over budget" excuse again, but for the last two weeks we've been £2 over the budget, so if I'd left my pop on, we'd still have been £4 over the budget for the last two weeks or £7 before his added £3 but I bet he'll use the same excuse again next week, same as always.


Monday, 7 September 2020

Puppy's been walked and fed, I finished a course with a score of...

...90% and I've taken my pills, so I'm gonna head to bed for an early night in a bit, so I'll say nite nite to you all now and I'll see you again tomorrow.

That's the puppy walked and fed as well as...

...the rubbish and recycling been collected and the bags and boxes brought back in.


My Fitbit app isn't working so I'm gonna have to reboot... BBS.


Mornin' all

Hello everyone

I've had me breakfast and sorted out the spreadsheets for another week, as well as taking my pills so I'm all sorted until lunchtime when I take the Calcium now.  The rubbish vehicle has just reversed down the street, so I'm gonna go for a wee, bring the rubbish bag in and then walk the puppy dog.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Prescriptions taken, so as soon as my watch has finished charging up...

...I'm gonna head to beddy-byes.


Had me lunch, taken the puppy out for her walk, put the...

...walkies spreadsheet up on my site and I'm charging up my Fitbit and watch ready for tomorrow.  I'm gonna have an early night tonight I reckon, 'cos I'm totally wiped out for some reason and I wanna make sure my body can cope with 'marathon Monday' tomorrow.


Puppy's had half her morning walk, so...'ll be the other half before she has her lunch today.   Maybe I'm being naive again, but I reckon the reason the puppy didn't want to go on her stroll first thing, was because she needed a poo 💩.

She's just taken me out for part 2 of the walk and seemed to enjoy it more than she did this morning, so naive or not, I'm gonna keep thinking that she was being kind to me this morning.

Time for lunch 🍴 now.

Food waste and blue bag taken out too, so I'm gonna...

...recover for a while, then take the puppy out and have my lunch.


Glass has gone out now too, so just need to...

 ...walk the puppy for the first time today now, then I can relax until this evening.  It's only once a week, thankfully - don't think I could cope with it more often 😖

That's the rubbish and recycling gone out

Took the recycling out, cleared up the puppy's poo 💩, then the rubbish and finally sorted out the glass jars that were on the top of the hob.  Gonna take the glass out now then try and walk the puppy again... we'll see what happens after that.


Breakfast eaten, pills taken, organiser refilled, Fitbit charging up, but...

...the puppy doesn't want to go for her walk and Steve doesn't want to do the rubbish and recycling 😣  Seems like it's gonna be another late start to the day with the first walk of the day and getting the stuff outside ready for it to be collected in the morning 😔😒

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Coffee cake for tea, pills taken and college course found

The pills are already starting to kick in, so this'll be a short blog post, but I've found a free college course that is entirely online but I'm pretty sure I've already emailed the college about it and decided against it 'cos I haven't got the Benefits Agency letter about my ESA award any more (but that was getting on for 20 years ago now... can you honestly say that you have got every single piece of paperwork you've ever had for the last two decades❓).


I've sent the URL to Steve to see if any of them take his fancy 'cos he's got a very recent letter to say his benefit is continuing so hopefully 🤞 he'll be accepted.


I'm gonna have a really early night for a change and head to bed before 8pm 🕗.  Nite nite orl 💤

Yummy pasta bake for lunch today

I was wrong when I said we wouldn't be having it today - Steve proved me wrong and said he enjoyed making it, so we'll hopefully be having it semi-regularly now.  I've already added another packet of grated cheese to the next grocery order that's due on Wednesday early afternoon.  Apparently we'll be getting a dozen eggs as standard, without needing to request them each week too, so that's waffles and eggs or egg and chips or omlette or whatever each week now too, as standard.  Gonna add the oil to the shopping order so that we can have non-stick things that come up the sides of the pan too.


I forgot!

Just taken the puppy for her morning stroll then fed and watered her, but forgot to take my morning pills first... no wonder I've felt cruddy and unsteady since I woke up❗ 😞  Hold on and I'll take them now, before I forget again...

Taken them now... they all went down pretty easily, thankfully, so that's me dosed up until this evening now.

Started virus scan, had breakfast, about to...

...take my pills (it's Saturday, so I don't take the FA which means I can take the Calcium), then I'll walk the puppy.


I've remembered to put liquid soap onto Wednesday's order and it's only £1.30 for 500ml rather than the 90p for 300ml that Steve found and put on there first❗


The puppy wants to go outside, so I'll take her out, put the bowls in the sink and then hopefully take her for her first stroll of the day.


Friday, 4 September 2020

Very unhealthy day today

Evening all.

We had cake for lunch and junk food for tea so my calorie count is now through the roof... hopefully that'll go a small way to helping me put on the weight that the nurse wants me to though❗

The puppy was more willing to go for her evening walk today, then we came home and she had her tea and went for a poo in the back yard so got a biccy as a reward.

I'm thinking it'll be a late night tonight 'cos my stomach won't appreciate doing 150 sit-ups so soon after eating and I don't fancy going to sleep feeling sick either, so I'll give it until at least 9pm 🕘 or even 10pm 🕙 before I even think about heading to bed.

Had my breakfast, took my morning pills... Facebook and I've just taken my Calcium, so I'm all dosed up until this evening now.


Had chocolate porridge for brekky for the first time in my life... for some reason it sent the temperature of the porridge through the roof and Steve didn't believe me until he had a mouthful of his too.


We're having chocolate cake slices and angel cake for lunch 'cos Steve "can't be arsed to cook today, sorry" which is fine by me as long as it doesn't get back to being junk food and take aways for every meal again... I much prefer home-cooked food and always have, as well as it being considerably cheaper.


I've just requested 🥺 pasta bake for lunch tomorrow and Steve's agreed but I can almost guarantee he'll complain about how long it takes to cook tomorrow 🙄

Morning again everyone

I've set the daily virus scan running, taken my pills, updated my NaNo project ready for November and I'm about to have my breakfast, then I'll take the puppy out for her first stroll of the day.


Thursday, 3 September 2020

Book Review: "On The Verge" by Zane Martin

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
This should be interesting... I rarely laugh at anything, especially books and I've never read a graphic novel in my life, so this should be an interesting experiment!

As predicted, not even a glimmer of a smile, let alone laughter.  I've no doubt that some people might enjoy this book and laugh out loud at it, but it didn't float my boat at all unfortunately.  The only reason I'm giving it 5 stars is because every book I review starts off with 5 stars and it wouldn't be fair to knock off a star just because it didn't tickle my funny-bone.  If your humour is tickled easily and you want a quick read that takes under an hour from start to finish, then you might enjoy this book more than me, it's just not my kinda thing though, unfortunately.  Sorry.

Had our lunches and the puppy didn't fancy...

...her second stroll this afternoon, so I went on me own and even ventured a touch further up the road than I go with her... only an extra few steps, but every step counts 😉.  Think I'll go on our standard strolls with the puppy, but if/when I go out on my own, I'll work on going to where I went today and take it from there.

Just taken loads of photo's of the puppy dog

Our beautiful puppy is definitely back to herself again now 'cos she's not looking at the camera in most of the photos I've just taken of her, which is normal for her 😀.  They are all up on my homepage if you wanna go and have a look at 'em❓

Puppy's been walked and fed, Steve's gone to get his hair cut so...

...the rest of the day is mine now❗  Bit peeved that Steve will have seen his family the same in 5 days (by Friday) as I've seen my mum since the start of 2010.  Hardly fair, is it❓

Book Review: "We Are Family" by Nicola Gill

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

This is a good book so far... my only complaint is that there is very little speech between characters so far.

Almost half way through and I'm still mostly enjoying it, but she's sprinkled in a few big brand names that I hope the author has got written permission to use, or she could get herself into serious legal trouble.

Only got 67 pages left to read then it's finished!  The only reason it's not getting the full 5 stars is the brand names that are used is all... a little thing, but it could save the author oneheckuva lot of trouble if she'd got permission to use them before publishing her book.

Just finished the book and I have to admit that it was pretty disappointing.  The beginning and end weren't too good, but the middle was a great read.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Puppy's had her first meal of the day and...

...absolutely devoured it.  No ill effects yet, but assuming it all stays inside her and doesn't affect her poo's too badly then things are hopefully 🤞 back to normal and the puppy just had a bit of an iffy tummy this morning was all, like everyone does occasionally.  As long as her poo tomorrow is solid then I can, officially, stop worrying.


Time to take my evening pills now and check my email for the first time today, then head to bed for an early night with any luck.




Just walked the puppy, but...

...she had diarrhoea so I'm not gonna feed or walk her today or tomorrow and I'm not gonna get my hair cut tomorrow either, so that I can look after her while she recovers, poor little puppy dog.

Virus scan started, pills taken, anxiety through the roof

It's the weekly "quick scan" that takes until well after lunchtime to complete, but that's OK 'cos it's only once a week.  I've taken my morning pills and must have been completely wiped out 'cos my Fitbit says that I was asleep for 7 hours and 45 minutes but not awake or even restless at all❗


I've remembered to record my achievements yesterday on the Fitbit Community site and the planks were weird again last night, especially on my right side again, but apparently that will improve if I keep doing it... I hope so❗


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Puppy fed and walked, tea eaten, so now it's time for bed...

...nite nite orl.


Puppy walked and fed for the second time today

We've caught up with this morning's lengths now and the puppy is fast asleep again, but just our normal lengths left for this evening now.


I've also updated my Fitbit page with the email report that came through while I was out with the puppy dog.  I'm getting incredibly anxious about tomorrow, even though it's not for 24½ hours yet❗  I just hope I'll be accepted is all.

Busy morning so far

I've walked and fed the puppy, taken my pills, was going to review a book that's coming out a month later now, taken a survey, had my breakfast and done my morning squats.  Managed 15 this morning, and it definitely helped to have my legs at shoulder width instead of next to each other❗  The puppy only wanted to do two thirds of her walk this morning, so I'll take her out again soon to do the other third, then it'll be back to normal again this evening.


Monday, 31 August 2020

Cake for lunch and puppy walked, so I'm ready for bed now!

 Evenin' all.

We had cakes for lunch, then the puppy had her lunch and slept the afternoon away in her bed.  I took her for her second walk of the day and she went straight back into her bed again... today has really taken it out of her, poor thing.  She was fine when she got going and enjoyed our strolls, but by the time I took her harness off, it really seemed to catch up with her and she got in her bed to sleep it off and recover.  It's only once a week and she didn't have any walks at all during my 2 week self-isolation, so maybe her body just needs to get back into it again.

I'm gonna have a really early night tonight and hope that my body can manage the extra 30 seconds on top of my usual nightly exercises... we shall see❗

I'm exhausted after this morning's 10 squats!

My body is kinda going "WTF are you doing, woman?" now that I've started squatting too, so the planks are gonna be even more of a shock tonight 😄

We're having a reeeeeally unhealthy lunch today 'cos Steve doesn't fancy cooking, so it's cake, cake and more cake today.  Hopefully that'll push my calorie count through the roof which'll help me to gain weight though.

The puppy has just got into her bed, so maybe not lol

Just as I was about to stand up to go and get her harness, she came back into the living room and climbed into her bed, so maybe she's not feeling up to walking as much as I was thinking this morning.  I'm still gonna take her out, but I'll take my lead from her and not force her if she really doesn't feel up to it.


She's just walked out of the living room again, so I'm gonna use the opportunity to take her while I can.  BBS.


That's me morning pills swallowed and...

...a new box of Folic Acid ordered, so time to take the puppy for her stroll now.  She seems more willing to move this morning, so hopefully we'll do the morning stroll in one go instead of splitting it over two like sometimes happens.


I was wrong in my previous post

Just been out to check where the rubbish bods are and they've already been and gone, so I bought the rubbish sack back in and I'm about to take my morning pills then I'll take the puppy out for the first time today.


Mornin' all

My Fitbit didn't record my exercises or sleep again last night, so I've re-paired it again and it'll hopefully work for longer than 3 days this time.


I've put the exercise spreadsheet and last week's Fitbit spreadsheet up on my site now and the rubbish vehicle has gone down the street, so I'll take my morning pills now then take the puppy out for her marathon Monday stroll when it's gone back up.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Taken my last two pills of the day, so... soon as my Fitbit has finished charging up, I'm gonna put it back around my ankle 🦶 and head up to bed 🛌 for an early-ish night.  Gonna say nite nite to you all now though, and I'll sea ewe orl in the morning.

My Fitbit STEPtember targets

It's taken me 11 months to build up the confidence in myself enough to take part in a Fitbit challenge with mainly able-bodied peeps from all over the globe.  We set our own targets for the coming month, so these are mine for STEPtember:


My STEPtember targets are:

10k steps once a week  -/4

7k steps every day  -/30

150 sit-ups every day  -/30

100 leg raises every day  -/30

10 squats a day -/30

10 seconds of front planks a day -/30

10 seconds of left side planks a day -/30

10 seconds of right side planks a day -/30


Could someone hold me accountable for doing this every day pretty please❓  Encouragement works better for me than nagging, but if I miss more than one day without a very good reason, then feel free to nag me.


I wanna put my daily achievements on this blog every night (assuming I remember of course lol) and on the Fitbit community as soon as I come down the next morning.  It doesn't start until 1st September, so tomorrow will be the last day of freedom before I start pushing myself.  Keep your fingers crossed 🤞 for me pretty please❓❗


Jiggled the navigation around a tiny bit

Just moved a page in the navigation bit from the "physical illness" drop-down bit to the "pets" bit 'cos they are walks with the puppy as opposed to anything to do with how I'm feeling and I could never remember which bit it was in even though I coded the flippin' thing, so my visitors stood no chance❗  Bookmarks and stuff will still work, it's literally one line of code that's in a different place now is all.


It's inspired me to hopefully work on the next new page of my site now that I've seen what I'd planned to put in 😆


Walked and fed the puppy for the last time today

The puppy dog was a lot more eager to go on her evening walk than she was this morning... I could barely get her out of her bed this morning, but she was out of her bed and ready to go for her walk before I'd even finished calling "walkies" this evening.  She seemed to cope with the walk a lot better and hopefully enjoyed it more this evening too... maybe her body just takes a while to get going in the mornings now that she's an old lady❓


I must have been really stingy with her lunch 'cos there was getting on for half a bowl of food left for her tea... sorry puppy❗


Had my lunch of...

...omlette (sp?) and waffles, updated D's site for her and my Fitbit is now charging up again.  If you wanna get fitter but don't want to pay more than £40 for a brand-name tracker, you can get the same Fitbit as I've got for £30 off right now... just use the link up there 🠉🠉🠉 before it goes back to its normal price is all - it's been soo worth the money for me.

Achieved a lot this morning too


  1. submitted a manuscript to a publisher, 
  2. taken my pills (including the Calcium),
  3. started the daily virus scan,
  4. taken the puppy for her first walk of the day, 
  5. fed and watered her, 
  6. cleared up her poo 💩 and 
  7. taken the rubbish and recycling out ready for tomorrow morning's collection. 

It's so hot that I said to put the fan on after less than a third of the puppy's walk this morning and it's been on ever since too. 

We're also getting rid of one of our bags of bags to Steve's mum when we go to get our hairs cut again on Thursday.  Usually it's her getting stuff for us, so it feels good to be able to repay her.

Saturday, 29 August 2020

That's next week's grocery order placed

Just put in an order for next week... Wednesday this time to see what that's like, but if that's OK (and Steve gets his full order of meat 😄) then I'll be investing in a mid-week delivery pass ready for the week after... I prefer buying things like that in advance 'cos it's one less thing to remember and at only £10 for 3 months it's sooo worth it too.


Had me lunch now

Just had my lunch... just over half of what I usually have and I'm genuinely not hungry any more.  We usually have 4 burgers each a week, but I could only manage 2½ of mine today❗❗  I've put lettuce and tomato's onto next weeks shop and discovered that if we had our groceries delivered mid-week instead of on a Friday or even a Monday, the delivery charge is half price - £1.50 instead of £3❗


I've also got a wobbly tooth as well as a chipped one, so I wish I'd had them both taken out while I was under the general anaesthetic last week 'cos I really can't afford to see a dentist right now.  Ho hum 😟

Achieved quite a lot already this morning

 Mornin' all.

I've taken my morning pills and the Calcium, sorted out a new spreadsheet for exercises that I'm gonna start on Monday, checked my emails and now I'm gonna walk and feed the puppy dog.

This afternoon I'm hoping to study a course or maybe update my websites or something like that... I'm literally so cold that I'm shivering but Steve won't turn the heater on because "it's not Winter yet and I'm sat here in a t-shirt and shorts!" which is pretty much his standard selfishness.  I'm gonna put on a third layer when we get home to try and warm up enough to stop shivering.

Friday, 28 August 2020

Soggy weather out there, but the puppy has been...

...walked and fed for the final time today.

I managed to get my Fitbit issues sorted by unpairing it and then rebooting.  It's working again now, so I just need to remember that next time it happens and I could have got it sorted yesterday instead of today then❗

Frustrating morning so far

My Fitbit decided to stop logging everything at 3.33pm yesterday, so I've lost all of everything that's happened since then.  Again.


I've walked and fed the puppy and done my marketing for an author on Facebook.  Had my breakfast and unpaired my Fitbit but my laptop won't let me reconnect it again 👎  Gonna reboot and give it one last chance.


Thursday, 27 August 2020

Pills taken, so I'm off to beddy-byes

Absolutely cream crackered, so I'm heading to bed for a reeeeally early night tonight... nitey nite nite orl.


Slllloooowwww afternoon today

I've taken the puppy for her second stroll of the day, answered a Dogs Trust survey as a follow up on one I did last year, completed a Nectar survey and checked Facebook... gonna take my last two pills of the day and have another early night I reckon.


The puppy has been walked and fed now

She's fast asleep, next to me on the sofa now, bless 'er little heart.  The first few times were slow going, but when her legs started working properly it was fine after that.


The puppy really isn't feeling like going for her walk yet

Our tiny little senior rescue puppy is curled up in her bed, so maybe yesterday's walk took more out of her than normal❓  I'll give it an hour or so then try again I reckon.  Maybe a lunchtime walk instead of a morning one today instead❓


Pills taken, virus scan and coffee finished, so time to...

I've taken all my pills until this evening now, the daily smart virus scan has finished and my mug is empty, so time to walk the puppy now.


Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Taken my last two pills of the day and now I'm gonna...

...finish looking through the boots on Amazon and then hopefully have an early night.


Puppy has been walked for the last time and totally...

...collapsed between Steve's feet pretty much instantly that her harness was taken off her, poor senior rescue puppy.  I'm not gonna take her out any more today, other than if she needs a wee, but today's walks have taken it out of her even more than our stroll on Monday.  Poor baby girl.

I'm charging up my Fitbit now and Amazon have reduced the price even more since this morning... almost half price now, so grab it while you can before they change the price again❗

One of the two backups has finished and the other one says...

...that the estimated time left is an hour and ten minutes, so I'm gonna go for a wee then try and persuade the puppy to go on her second/final walk of the day.  If she's this tired after only 3 days then what's she gonna be like at the end of the week❓❗ 🙄

Haven't had any nausea after this morning

Haven't had any negative affects from this morning's supplements going into an empty stomach, so I reckon the nausea was just the anaesthetic and I can go back to dosing myself up as soon as I get downstairs and before I take the puppy out for her morning stroll now.  My body is still replenishing its backup supply after those two weeks without them, but it will hopefully be back to normal again soon... it's only every 5 years so that ain't such a bad thing I suppose.

Calcium crunched up and swallowed

Taken my Calcium and spoken to my mum, the virus scan has finished so I've just started the backups.  When they have finished I'll be able to check my email for the first time today.  Had toast for our lunch which has sent my consumed calories through the roof 'cos of the dairy-free spread, but that's OK 'cos I doubt I'll eat anything else for the rest of the day now.


First walk of the day, completed

 Just got back with the puppy dog and she had a very social walk this morning 'cos she got stroked and talked to by a builder and the children next door were at their window for the first time since I started my self-isolation and there have been a couple of birthdays in their family since then too.  The puppy was starting to struggle towards the end of her walk and she's flaked out between Steve's feet now, bless 'er.

We're having toast for lunch today, 'cos Steve forgot to take the soup out of the freezer overnight.  That's OK though, it'll send my calories through the roof again which will hopefully go a small way to helping me to put on more weight so that I don't have to see a Dietician and leave the spot open for someone who really needs the appointment more than I do.

Just taken my morning pills on an empty stomach

Morning all.


I've just taken my morning pills on an empty stomach to see if the initial nausea when I came out of hospital was because of the anaesthetic, as long as I don't feel sick this morning, I'll keep taking them on an empty stomach 'cos that's what I prefer doing.


Running the weekly virus scan atm, so can't check my emails until it's finished, but that's OK 'cos it's only once a week.  It'll be the deep, monthly virus scan in a couple of days so I really can't check my emails then and my machine will be on overnight too so the battery is gonna get really hot unless I remember to click that checkbox in AVG to shut my machine down when it's finished.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

I've taken my last two pills of the day and they are already kicking in, so...

...I'm off to bed.  Nite nite orl, sea ewe 2morrow morning.

Third walkies of the day done and dusted...

...very very windy out there and the puppy poo'd, so I picked most of it up but had to get Steve to pick the last bit up 'cos it just wasn't safe for me.  Fair do's, he did it, but now he hopefully understands why I ask him to not go for a poo or get washed and keep his legs down while I'm out with her. He doesn't usually believe me, but hopefully he will from now on... I'll believe it when I see it though.  It's only a total of about 70 minutes a day, out of 24 hours which I don't think is too much to ask, do you❓


Got a second, slightly longer video on my homepage now

Just taken a slightly longer video of our puppy dog, so there are 2 video's of the puppy dog on my homepage now.  She's slouched back into her bed now, so I think she's had enough of being a media star for one day now, so I'll leave her be now.

The puppy was happy to go out to complete this mornings walk at...

...just gone mid-day, so we're back on track for the last walk of the day at about 4pm-ish again now.


I've taken a video of the puppy dog but stopped the recording, accidentally, before I was ready... oops!  It's currently uploading and I'll put it on my site when it's done and dusted.


Back home after less than half the distance this morning!

Mornin' all.


I've taken my pills and paid for my prescription PPC for the next 3 months (it runs out on Christmas Eve 🤣) so that's my pills paid for now.  I've gotta try and remember to do it for another 3 months in November, which'll take me through to March, then I'll do it for a year at a time again.


I've taken the puppy out for a short walk... she was feeling her age again, so I didn't force her, but I'll take her out for the other half of this morning's walk at lunchtime and back to normal again this evening.  She's an old lady now, so I'm not gonna force her to do more than she feels able to... maybe I should make it 3 walks a day as standard though❓❓  I'm gonna take my lead from the puppy today though - if she doesn't want to do any more lengths at all then that's OK and I won't force her.