April.

 1st

Bit of snow on the rooftops, but by mid-morning, it had all gone. At least I was right about the snow. Bit more snow and sleet later. 


3rd

A frosty start, lovely on the common very fresh.  Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round later. They brought  Suey their dog, best friends with Summer. Both were very excited to see each other. I hurt quite a lot today with pain everywhere. Started making a little jacket for a new baby girl. The baby was born a few days ago. So I thought I would make her something. The parents got covid soon after her birth so I have not seen them. 


5th

My friend Debbie's Birthday today, I made her a Womble as part of her present. She liked him very much. 


Mr womble.

I have now finished off the Jamie-Lee doll. Jamie-Lee will get it next time they are here. I have started knitting a little doll for Emmie two doors away. This does not take much wool and is ideal for leftover wool from other things I have made. 


8th

I have somehow gone wrong on the baby jacket I am knitting. I think I know what I have done. I got it sorted it was too many rows between the buttonholes. The mice seem to have gone from the shed. Hopefully, they have found somewhere warm to live. I felt quite guilty turning them out of their little den.

Spring has sprung on the common and trees are beginning to look green again breaking into buds. Not all of them, some are still very dark looking. I have had no letter from the cardiology about my tablets so cannot get more. My Doctors will get the same letter as well and add the tablets to my list. I am now only taking one, BISOPROLOL. For the last few days, I have only bean taking half a tablet or they would have run out by now. All the others have had major side effects. Really bad stomach pain, the runs, and terrible bloating. I rang them and the receptionist said there is a letter on the way. I said that's what the other two said. I told her that it had bean a month since I saw the Cardiologist, surely that's enough time to get a letter to my doctor.  My friend Tracy has Covid but is not too bad.

Went to Gio cashing (modern treasure hunt) with Lindsay and Jamie-Lee. Jamie-Lee found them all. I thought I had found one, but it was an ariel lead from a TV.  The bit you are looking for is usually in a capsule. No little gifts this time, just bits of paper that you sign your name on, to tell others that you have found it. A nice hour or so but, I did not feel the best. Neither did Lindsay so we did not stop out too long. At least Jamie-Lee had a bit of something different during her Easter holidays.


10th

Chilly start to the day but it soon warmed when the sun came out. Nice steady walk on the common, mind you with Summer there is not much chance of a fast walk. Unless that is she sees Mary, then she will get a bit faster so she can get a treat from her. Ness and Squidgy house has got an offer on it. They have an open day later in the week so there might be more offers. Emmie came round to play for a bit and was playing catch with Andy from across the road, who came for a coffee. Andy went and Emmie and I played for a bit. Lindsay and Jamie-Lee were coming but Lindsay did not feel well. She still gets terrible headaches. Hope you feel better soon Lindsay.


11th


I spoke to the secretary of cardiology at the hospital. This is the third time I have rung them up. She said a letter has bean sent today. I said I am now out of tablets with no way of getting more as no letter. With it being Easter this week there will be little chance of getting them for a week at least. Why put you on tablets if there is no chance of getting more?  


13th


Rain today, we have hardly had any rain this month usually it's showers most of the month. Put in some seeds today toms and flowers.

Gave Jamie-Lee her look-alike doll, she loved it. I will get the boys something as well. I told her how much work went into it. 

In her school uniform same as Jamie-Lee's.
This hair took around five hours to do using a crochet hook.


Ready to go to school.


Lindsay is quite a bit better after her bad head pains. They stayed for tea. Tracy has recovered from covid as it was only a slight case. 

Lindsay got a phone call from Andy (Ex and Jamie-Lee's Dad saying he had lost his phone on the cow paddle where he takes his dog Rocky for a walk. Lindsay and Jamie-Lee went to help I was hoping they would find it as it was getting dark. Jamie-Lee did find it after Lindsay rang it. Well done Jamie-Lee. Andy gave her some money.  


14th

Another warm day, cleaning up today then into town to get Jay-Jay and Tommy-Lee something as I gave Jamie-Lee the doll.   I got them shower gel deodorant and a bag of lollies. I hurt a lot coming home, times like this I wish I had gone on my scooter. Probably done too much, but when I can do things I do or nothing would get done. I can rest now.  I paid for it later PAIN everywhere. At last, I got a letter from cardiology so my doctor will have one as well.


15th

Weeded all the garden not too much to do as I try to keep up with the weeds, with the warmer weather they are coming up a bit faster. A lot of the flowers coming up as well. I prefer being outside even in the rain. Watered it as well as very little rain this month. After tea, I sprayed all the garden with greenfly killer. Changed the bed as meant to be a nice windy day tomorrow so the bedding will dry.  I am very tired now but not in too much pain as yet, 10pm.


17th

Another warm sunny day. Summer had a bath so she is so soft and fluffy. I washed her basket, and she was not happy that she could not go in it. I showed it on the line, she just huffed and puffed a bit. I did make her a bed but it was not her basket so still not very happy. Later after her basket was dried she had a good sleep in it, very content again. I have now finished the baby things for Peter and Jenny's baby.  I am making a little rabbit as well.


Jacket for when she is a bit older 3-6mounths.
Baby set for now.

The little doll for Emmie looks like her too.
Another little doll I made earlier this year. 


All the knitted things have bean finished, I have started making Emmie a cardigan in multi-coloured wool. This is for Christmas so I can pick it up and put it down as I like.


18th

Summer hurt her back paw on the common while playing with another dog. She limped for a bit but when she saw Mary she ran to her for her treat. So I thought it was just a pull or something. Later on, she looked very sad, (she can do a very sad face and you have to feel sorry for her,) and was limping quite a lot.  I looked at her paw, and she had something between her paw pads about the size of a small marble. I got it out but she struggled against me. Not sure if this was the cause of her limping though as It looked like it had bean there more than today. Anyway, I am sure she will feel better than without it. We will see how it is tomorrow, might have to have a rest day.

I hurt as well not so much my legs this time, my arms. I can not get rid of the pain, like a flu-like one.


19th

Seemed funny not going on the common, as Summer was limping quite badly still. She did seem to mind too much staying in though. So maybe she was in a bit of pain. Sewing together the rabbit I am making for the baby. I put the arm joint on wrong and could not get it off. They are designed not to come off for safety. Andrew managed to do it for me, by cutting it. Normally I would have just cut around the joint but, I had no more fur of that colour left. I had plenty of joints. I got it done and just need to stuff it now. 

Later Summer was not limping hardly at all, so hopefully, it's the common tomorrow. 


20th


All of a sudden the common is alive again. The trees are bursting out and the trees are waking up for Spring. Summer and I were on the common and both of us enjoyed it a lot. She saw Mary and got her treats, also some more of her dog friends. I rang up the doctor to see if they had done my tablets from the hospital. NO, they had not got a letter yet. I told them I had, and they should have too. I had to take mine in so they could copy it. Now the doctor needs to see it and pass it. So in all probably another week's time before its sorted. I will try to speak to him next week when he is in the surgery. Not good enough is it? I went to see the cardiologist on the 8th of March. 

Summer seems a lot better today a slight limp but she seems a lot happier. I noticed the claws on her back feet were quite long. I will get in touch with Maxine to get them cut. I could take her elsewhere but she trusts her.

I had a lot of left hip pain later, could because I was on my bike earlier.


21st

Deadheading the flowers cutting back the daffs to give more room for upcoming plants, Pulling up the few weeds that have come up, and a general tidy up to keep on top of it. My Hip seems to be fine today so that's good. Summer's back to normal now, not that she is like a normal dog at all more human. 

Ness and Squidgy have sold their house.



Rabbit is now done and looking good.


Cute rabbit.




22nd

A bit chilly to start with, with a cold east wind, I had my gloves on, Mary said she was cold as well. Rory is a roamer, bouncing around the rabbit holes. So she stands still a lot and gets cold easily.  

Cleaning upstairs today Paul is going to do the computer room at the weekend (Wayne Ha Ha) 

Summer and Rory ate something in the park this morning and now Summer is not feeling too well. Her stomach was making loud noises. I rubbed it a bit and she let off quite a bit of smelly wind, I stopped up with her till nearly 4am by that time I think she felt a bit better, both of us to bed.


23rd

So much colder today I had on my big coat again and gloves. I have RAYANRDS so my hands are soon cold. Most of the last few days I have bean wearing my first proper running jacket, which I got around 1992 when I first joined Lincoln Road Runners. Thinner than my winter jacket. Summer seems very tired today but she has bean in season so I think that's why.

Lindsay and Jamie-Lee called in they are going to the fair on the common. This time it is here from 20th till 24th of this month, Usually here a week. Tomorrow they are going again with Tracy.  


Summer did not want her chew so kept it in her mouth for over an hour then she buried it on the grass. She is not very good at this. 

Her idea of burring.



25th

Lost the little screw from my glasses, found it again, then lost it in the drawer  I found it, only to loose it again on the carpet, looked for over an hour, this time I could not find it. I will just go to the opticians and get them to put another one in. I think it could have bean loose a while because they have not fitted right for a few weeks. I do not wear them all the time, mostly used as sunglasses. Bit more Knitting of Emmies cardigan going well.  


26th

Cleaning up today, I managed to knock over a plant, a mug of tea, and my salt lamp which broke the bulb. All sorted but I could have done without it all, as wanted to get it all done. I feel quite tired today less sleep than normal over the last few days. Spoke to my own doctor today about the heart tablets that I have bean put on from the hospital. He is doing the prescription today changing three of them for coated tablets. So they should be ready this week. At last, I am getting nearer to getting them, but we will see, so far it's bean a complete disaster. 

27th

On our walk today Summer met a greyhound, The man said she does not usually come up to people. She spotted Summer and came straight over. She let me stroke her as well. The man said this has never happened before. The dog was I think was called Hogen, and was usually very shy. I told him that Sumer was very gentle towards people, and has a calming influence on other dogs especially if they are a bit timid or young. He stroked and loved her thick soft fur. Summer lapped it up and looked up if so to say I can take more of this.  Near the park we met a couple with two young children, they were stroking Summer and again saying how soft and lovely she was. 

Going to Lidils today with Andrew, it's Dutch Week, so things he used to have when he lived in Amsterdam, he is hoping to get today. He got lots of things, the basket seems to fill up more when I said I would pay. Got Paul beer and dates, and I got rice cakes and a bag of sweets. Summer got a chew out of her supply. She was happy to see us back. She does not like anyone leaving the house at all.   


28th

Cold today, back to winter again. Nice but chilly walk on the common. When we got back Maxine had come round to cut Summers's toenails. I rang her and asked her to call in when she was in this area. Summer was a bit confused as to why  Maxine was here. When she comes to give her a trim, the cloth is down and she brings her table. As neither were here she did not know what was going on. Nails soon cut and Summer ok again.  Thank you so much, Maxine.

Went into town to get my glasses screw done. Got a few bits I wanted, more wool for a cardigan for Jamie-Lee. She liked the one I was doing for Emmie, she would like blue instead of pink. Another one to take my time over as it will be for her Birthday I think, in September.


30th

Well, today I actually got my tablets today that were prescribed for me on March 8th, I ran out and could not get any more like I said earlier in my blog. They have bean changed slightly so hopefully, they will be better. 

ATORVASTATIN FILM-COATED 20MG- CLOPIDOGREL FILM-COATED-75MG BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 2.5MG. The spray to go under my tongue has not bean changed. LANSOPRAZOLE has bean stopped., good it did not suit me. 




Well, not too bad a month this time. The days are getting warmer so that makes everything better for me. I think most people will agree. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine and coping with your RSD.Love Gill and Summer.



   




March.

March 1st

A horrible wet cold day. I do not think it stopped raining all day. Sorting all the books from spare bedrooms to go to the charity shop. Got rid of quite a lot, the rest now fit on the bookcase. 

Bit more knitting of Jamie-Lee doll trousers. Still got the hair to finish off as well, this is taking a lot more time than I thought it would. Jamie-Lee is going on a school trip tomorrow for two nights. Somewhere near Derby. This is the first time she has bean away from home apart from relatives.

Jordon North- Radio 1 DJ is doing a challenge this week, which he started yesterday, to raise money for Comic Relief. He is to row 100 miles from London to Burnley, his hometown, and his beloved football team, Turf moor- Burnley FC. Jordon has bean doing a bit of rowing practice over the last few weeks in secret. His challenge was announced last week on his and Vic's radio show.  

Good luck Jordon and well done for your courage, and guts, for doing this challenge. 

3rd

Jordon is absolutely wrecked, he has just run out of steam. Poor Jordon. He got out of his rowing boat and just collapsed. Only tomorrow to go, you can do it, Jordon. Around twenty miles to go, think of the finish with all your friends family, and fans. Everyone is behind you willing you on.


4th

Jordon has done it, coming up to the finish were his Dad and Brother on river bikes with other families members in the crowd. Earlier on his Dad had fallen in and had to be fished out. The crowds were going mad and cheering Jordan all the way. He has done it. Very tired but rejuvenated by his friends and family not forgetting his fans. He looked good, all the pain and blisters were forgotten about for now. 

So far he has raised £74,000 for the Charity. Well done Jordon. He said it was the hardest thing he had ever done in his life and never, never, again.

Jamie-Lee enjoyed her School trip and is back home now.


5th

Going into town today to get Jay-Jay my oldest Grandson, some presents for his eighteenth birthday tomorrow. I am usually not this late getting things but I did not know what to get him. After looking around I managed to find a Nike zip-up and T-shirt to fit him and was pleased. I got some shower stuff and sweets as well. 


6th

Happy Birthday, Jay-Jay.

I wrote this in his card: Jay-Jay another chapter in your life begins. Things have not always bean easy for you, but sometimes you have to work at them, to get things right.

Andrew made him some engraved glassware, and a box with his name on it, very nice too. He liked all his things and showed me what other presents he had got.  


8th

Debbie and I both feed the birds near the common mostly the robins that live near a big tree. One of them or both are seen regularly. I got some pictures they were both there to start with but one flew off.






They have become very tame and often sit waiting for us. I am scared of birds and feathers, so I am pleased they do not come any closer. I do like to watch them but at a distance.


At last my cardiology appointment, first I saw one of the team who asked me questions.  I was weighed and had my observations taken, plus an ECG. I then saw the consultant who said the scan I had earlier in the year was OK. The valve he was worried about, is good for now not perfect but OK. The other thing now he is worried about is the heart itself.  I am to have more tests.

In the meanwhile, I have bean put on tablets to help with the pain and erratic heartbeat. I said could I not wait till the next test results to see if I really need them. He said you might not get a second chance. I will take the tablets, at least for now anyway. He did say that if the next test results are good I will be able to come off them all. A deal I said and he laughed. I hate taking any tablets and tend to reduce mine whenever I can.  

The new medications I have bean put on are:

  • GLYCERYL TRINITIRATE SPRAY to use if the pain is bad, under the tongue. 
  • ASPRIN 75mg to thin the blood.
  • LANSOPRAZOLE 30mg- to protect the stomach. I was on this a few years ago, but it did not suit me. I will try again though.
  • ATORVASTATIN 20 mg- this is to lower CHOLESTEROL. mine is very slightly high and has bean for a number of years. My own doctor is not worried as I have a good lifestyle.
  • BISOPROLOL 2.5mg. This is to help with any pain and lower the heart rate when it goes a bit wild. I hope they do not have any nasty side effects.


9th

Did some gardening today tidying up everywhere and getting rid of the dead bits and the few weeds that had come up. A spring-like day, quite warm. One of the tablets has given me the runs quite bad I hardly dare move for fear of pooing myself. I think it's the ATORVASTATIN- as I looked it up on the side effects. I hope it settles down soon. Apart from that nothing else so far apart from aching everywhere, but this could be anything.  I hurt most of the time anyway so I am not counting this. Early days yet so just carry on taking them.  


12th

Gave Summer a bath yesterday she was very mucky and a lot of grit and muck came off her. I bet she feels a lot better now. She smells very nice so fresh now.

I have knitted a pair of gloves for my friend Mary, the one with Rory dog. She did not know that I was making her some. Every day when I saw her on the common she said her hands were cold. Even though she wore gloves So I decided to knit her a pair. The ones I make are 70% wool so very warm. I wear them myself and I have RAYNARDS bad circulation in my hands and feet. They keep my hand warmer than any other gloves. I mostly wear two pairs in the cold weather. She wanted to pay me for the wool but I said no they are a present.  Jenny had problems with her shower door and Paul said he would have a look at it. He managed to fix it quickly, as it was the seal bent over. I said to Jeny it could be this. She was very pleased and made us a cup of tea. We stayed for a while just talking. I feel quite tired today not really with it sort of feeling. 


13th

Sorting out my wool to see what I have. With knitting, you mostly have some leftovers not enough to do much with but too much to throw away. So you come up with ideas to use it, like toys and little bits. One year I made loads of hats for Age Uk for little Innocent fruit juice drinks to go on top of the bottles. Lindsay came round and Jamie-Lee of course, they stopped for tea. We were going to have Sunday dinner, but we had sausage and chips instead, very nice it was too. I love chips, especially homemade ones. I wash them and leave the skin on.


14th

Into town today, got some new wool from a charity shop for more gloves. A lot cheaper than wool stall, but you have to be there at the right time to get lucky. Got a few other bits, and had my glasses sorted out. I sat on them and they were twisted and uncomfortable. All sorted and wearable again.


16th

Runs calmed down a bit I feel a bit safer when I go out now but the pain is in my stomach is still bad. 

Summer had her hair cut today and looks so cute and very white. As usual, she was very good, she loves Maxine and waits for her in the hallway. Maxine does not use the harness or anything to hold her. I think she is the only dog that she can do this with. If when cutting Summer's face she will often give Maxine a kiss as if to say thank you.  


Pictures before haircut.

This is what I think of getting my hair cut.

What I get an extra treat,? OK then. 

Hay look at me now, wheres's that treat? Mum said I would get then? 

Not the best picture but it shows how white she is now after all the common muck has bean clipped off.

Rained later and did not stop, poured down now the common will be all slushy tomorrow. Just dried out as well.   


17th

Common not too bad so Summer did not get too mucky. My hair cut today so we will both look good together.  My stomach since starting new tablets has not bean good. I am stopping LANSOPRAZOLE. I think this is the fourth time I have bean put on these and the outcome is always the same, bad stomach and pain. Hopefully, the rest will settle down. 

 

18th 

Looking after Emmie tonight. She was good but tired so when her Mum and Dad came home she went to bed. When I left around ten minutes later she was asleep. They are moving this year but not far so I will still be able to go round to see them all.  


19th

Now that the river people have finished, its wait and see if the plans are approved for the nursing home and warden controlled units.

Riverside fence.


The fence I think looks good, like looking at a ranch. The wood bit is just past our house then it's the metal fence.



20th

A lovely Spring-like day just beautiful on the common. Summer was running around like a little pup. I think the sun brings out the better in most people as everyone I met seemed very happy. I even saw a few in shorts and T-shirts. Not quite ready for that yet as still a cold wind at times. But everyone is different. I picked up a lot of bottles that some had taken to the common, drunk them, and left them there. One was smashed and the lower part sticking up. If a dog or horse would have stepped on that it would have bean quite nasty. I do not know why they can not take them home in the bag they came in or bin them. 

 

Later Paul and I went to Mablethorpe a seaside town not far away. There was sand- racing on- motorbikes on the beach. We watched for a while then wandered off to look around the shops. Not everything is open yet, usually at Easter time. We had fish and chips, of course, they were good. 



Mablethorpe beach.

Even though it was a very nice day pain was there as well. More going than coming back. I had not bean this far for ages. Vibrations always make the RSD flare up, well mostly.  Terrible side effects from the new tablets. 

21st

Frost to begin with then sun and cloud. Not as warm as it has bean, but still good for March. Cleaning up and washing. I hurt a lot today, I think it's from the travelling yesterday. Hopefully, it will ease off soon.


22nd

My friends Ness and Squidgy's house has gone up for sale today. They are not moving far away so I will see them. More than likely still look after Emmie. I will still miss them when they go. Ness said it made her feel sad too.



23rd

Warm today got up to 17C in the afternoon barmy weather again. People were in shorts in the park and in the sun it was quite warm. Still a very cold wind though. Tidying up the greenhouse ready for the seeds soon. I was going to seed today but, decided not to as it can still be cold in there. So I will wait till next month. Cold can set the plants back a few weeks, so I just might as well wait a bit.


24th

Cleaned all upstairs today. Later finished off the Jamie-Lee look-alike doll's hair. This has taken around four to five hours maybe more. Looks good I think. When I get the tie done, I will put up a picture of her on the next blog. 


25th

Sorting out the gap between the bathroom and shed, it gets very untidy at times. Andrew went into the bottom woodshed and said he thought there were mice in there. I left some cheese to see if there were. Ness said they prefer chocolate or cake, something sweet. So  I left some chocolate and will check in the morning to see if it has gone. 


27th

Checked the shed, chocolate had gone. I will sort it out today. Andrew has a lot of his things stored in there.  Moved many things and sprayed them with disinfectant spray. Trew away anything that the mice had ruined, lucky not too much. The bags of birdseed had been attacked and a lot in some of the boxes. Soon there was only one box left, so the nest must be in there. It was- when I tipped the last bits of the box out, one ran out then the other, the first went next door, and the other shot under the shed. They had made an impressive nest of paper, bubble wrap, and cloth. The smell was quite strong. I felt quite mean breaking the nest up. Mice can be very destructive so they had to go. There was a hole in the shed, I think this was their shopping route to get extra bits and water. Paul mended the hole so hopefully, they have gone.  

Later Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round. With it being Mother's day I got some daffodils (I did not get a picture of them.) and two cards from them. Jamie-Lee wrote in her Nan's card, from your Granddaughter. Which I thought was quite sweet and funny. She said so you know who it's from me. Wayne and Kayleigh rang up and wished me Happy Mothers Day. They sent a card and a present. Andrew had given me pendants earlier this month.

From Wayne and Kayleigh.


Wayne and Kayleigh.

From Lindsay and Family.


28th

A misty start to the day colder than the last few days as well. I looked in the shed and the chocolate was still there. So for now the two little squatters have gone. I will need to check as they might be a hole I have not seen. Hope they will be alright as they were very cute. Getting warmer and there are plenty of sheds in the car park at the back. If they do decide to come back,  Andy across the road has a humane trap so I could release them further away, hopefully, they are still together. 


29th 

Still have problems with my stomach but getting better since I have stopped most of the tablets. The pain was terrible I have IBS so that flared up. I felt sick a lot of the time, very bloated. Also, bleeding when I went to the toilet. So bye-bye tablets. I have tried ringing the hospital and even spoke to the doctor's secretary who said I would get a phone call back to advise me on what to do for the best. I told her I had stopped all but one of the tablets, BISOPROLOL. They would have run out but I have bean taking half a tablet. I can not get more because they have not sent details to my doctors.

Met my friends Jenny, and Joy, for dinner at Thomas 2 in town at 1pm. I did not really feel like eating but did have some. I had not eaten since 7pm last night and was feeling a bit dizzy. Of course, the RSD saw its chance to cause more pain and discomfort and went for it big time. Both Joy and Jenny are doing well. Joy has lost weight and looks so much better. She said she feels it too. Well done Joy.  


30th 

For the first time since starting and stopping the new tablets, I woke up without stomach pains. Not as cold today nice walk with Summer on the common. I saw one of the little mice coming from under the shed, to get the seed from the grass that came out of the box they were in. Chocolate was still in the shed, so no break-ins so far. 


31st

I told Andrew it was going to snow. No, he said, not cold enough. It usually warms up to snow which it has done, Cleaning up downstairs today. Not feeling the best but will feel worse if I just sit all day.  

Later on, it snowed not a lot but it did snow. Soon went when the sun came out. Wayne has got snow as well just a covering. I rang the hospital again same response I will get a phone call she said. The other secretary has now retired so it's her she thinks I will deal with but she is at Grantham, not Lincoln. I told her about the tablets. So I will just wait and see. I am not taking the ones I stopped so either replace them or forget them. I would prefer the latter. Snowed a bit more, but not settling as the sun is warm. 


Well, another month has gone for this year. Not the best but not the worse. The weather is picking up a bit so that makes things better all around. Most people feel better in the sunshine. RSD prefers warmer weather, well mine does. 

All the best to you readers,

Love Gill and Summer. 


February

February 1st

My appointment with the cardiologist got cancelled because she is ill. Seems to be a lot of my appointments get cancelled. Not the cardiologist's fault though, hope she gets better soon.


2nd

Not as cold today on the common, not windy either. A good walk with Summer. 

Just lately my pain has not bean as bad, bad enough still. The overall pain is still there but the flair-ups have backed down a bit, the tiredness is still as bad and the wobbliness comes and goes as it feels like it Could this mean things are starting to improve? I do hope so this year will be eighteen years of RSD.

Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round later and stayed for tea. They had bean to Sports Direct to get Jamie-Lee some roller skates, they were a bit too small so need to go back for exchange.  Found out later from Lindsay they did not get bigger skates but sledges. Do they know something we don't?


3rd

Quite a bit colder today another good walk with Summer on the common. My friend Angela came round to see us. She is doing alright. Taking a pair of jeans up today, it took longer to try to thread the needle and get started than it did to sew them. I have a needle threader on my machine and had to get the instruction book to see how it works. My hand shakes a lot and can not hold things at times, and today was one of them. 


4th

Out with Jenny today at Age Uk where I used to volunteer. We both went back to see what it is like now. I have decided not to go back as I don't think I could cope. I struggled even before and dropped a lot of things. Jenny is going back and was a little disappointed that I was not. She understood and said I will try it and see how I get on but even she was not sure. She will get a date when to start. Things have changed a lot there is only one person left that we know in the kitchen. Bit of shopping then home. 


5th

Very windy and cold on the common saw my friend Mary and she said she was cold. I said put your hood up. She said I will not be able to hear you then. I said you can not hear any way or see very well. Rory, her dog loves it on the common and runs around for ages. Mary waits for him to come back then they move on, This can take a long time so she gets cold. Rory used to be a street dog so is used to doing his own thing. Making my friend John a Birthday cake. I just put everything in the mixer so it's not hard to do.


7th

Frosty start to the day and very cold too. Saw Mary on the common she gives Summer little treats. Summer did not see her to start, with, but when she did she ran to her and got her treat. We walked around with her again. Met Joy in town and she gave me a present and card for my Birthday on the 13th. Good to see Joy, I have not met her in town since last year. 

B12 injection later this stung a bit but not as painful as some I have had.


8th

The dentist canceled what did I say earlier about appointments? Saw Jonh and gave him his cake and present for his Birthday today. Picked up my tablets that the chemist missed yesterday off my prescription. 

Later I watched the Brit Awards, I watch every year (when it is on)   Adele got three awards and Ed Sheeran got the writer of the year. Good, but I did not like the man comparing it, a comedian, he laughed at his own jokes even when they were not funny, but still, I watch it for the entertainment of the singers.


9th

Not a good day for me today very wobbly and more pain than usual. I do not feel with it at all far far away feeling. Could just that I have bean doing more and the RSD has objected does not take much to upset it.


10th

Very frosty start but soon warmed up. Summer made two new friends on the common a chocolate labrador and a black one. When she was a young pup she was chased by a chocolate Lab and was scared of them for a long time. I was pleased she was not frightened by him as he was a very large dog. Good girl Summer. Looked after Jamie-Lee later, so Lindsay could see Tommy-Lee's teachers at school. Jamie-Lee has got tonsilitis. Another puzzle I have finished. I got a bit of help from Lindsay and Jamie-Lee she put in the last few bits. This was a Christmas present from my friend Joy.  

Lovely picture.


12th

My Brother David and Sister in law Bev came round, to bring me a card and present of a rose for the garden plus a large sunflower decoration for the garden also. They could not stop long as they were parked on the high st, as no room on our street because of football and the extra cars. This meant only a short stay because of restricted parking, an hour. He did not want to get a ticket obviously. Good to see them both as it bean a while, Christmas last time. I gave them three small cakes one for each of them as one of their sons lives at home. I told my Brother not to eat more than one and will check when I ring up after my Birthday to thank everyone for the cards and presents.


13th

Happy Birthday to me. Lots of very nice presents and cards. I bought myself some crystals with money from previous Birthdays and Christmas I got four and Paul bought me one. We had a Chinese takeaway later with Lindsay and Jamie-Lee joining us too. Very good too, I ate properly ate too much as IBS played up - worth it though. 


Cards and presents.

All my cards.

Flowers from Paul, on the left, Lindsay and family right, front from friend Jenny.  

All from Andrew, he made himself.

Dove and perfume from friend Lyn,  musical sewing machine friend Debbie, bath bombs Wayne, Soft toy Jamie-Lee, crystal clown Paul and two pewter rabbits from friend John.

From friend Debbie.

Puzzle from friend Joy crystal bath bombs from son Wayne and girlfriend Kayleigh musical sewing machine from Debbie.

Dairy box from Joy, chocolates on right from Angela, bars from Lindsay and family. These should last a while I think. Lion and toffee crisp from summer. £10.00 from Paul's Mum and Dad.


Bracelet from my Jenny, and necklace from Andrew that he made.

From my Friend Debbie with the sewing machine.

From friend Joy.

From David and Bev.


 From David and Bev. 

From my friend Tracy.


14th

Thanked most of the people for their presents and cards. Just two more to do tomorrow as out. Garry did get his cake and he said he enjoyed it so did David, Bev yet to eat hers. Started another puzzle this is an Amsterdam one quite colourful too. 

16th

All my new crystals came today all good. 

The clown one on the left side was a Birthday present. from Paul the rest I bought. From the left
ball of wool and needles, globe, spinning wheel, radio.


Barmy weather 14c at midday. Storm Douglas is coming this way, then Storm Eunice too, this is meant to be stronger and more powerful than Douglas. Weather warnings are in place, severe for some. 
Very windy on the common this does not bother Summer at all. soon after we came back it rain and for most of the day heavy showers. The wind and rain got worse after dark.

17th
A lot colder on the common today and so windy. Walked around with Debbie and her two spaniels Monty and Sooty do not like the wind and both wanted picking up. She said look at Summer she does not mind one bit. She was running around with the wind blowing her fur. Debbie was told yesterday that the river people have just about finished the banks and are soon packing up. They have done a good job I will put a picture when all the tidying up has bean done.

18th
We have got storm Douglas, at the moment, This is not affecting us too bad, but some parts of Britain have had a battering and a lot of damage has bean done. Straight away we are heading into a storm, called Eunice. This one is meant to be a lot stronger. I know it was very windy on the common. Summers fur was blowing in the wind. Cleaning up downstairs later. Sharp frost when I went to bed and very cold.

20th
Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round. Jamie-Lee has had tonsilitis but is just about better now. Later I did a bit more of the Amsterdam puzzle going well and not too hard to do. I have done the sky first as most people leave it till last and then it can be quite so boring.

21st 
Still quite windy but not as bad as it has bean both storms have now passed through. Walked around the common with Debbie her two spaniels again. Debbie said she had met a lady and a dog who had just moved here. She did not know about the common and her dog went crazy and shot up the hill in excitement.  She was very pleased too as where she moved from had nothing like the common.
Yet another storm is coming mostly to Ireland but could go anywhere.  At least it's good for drying washing two lots done and dried so quickly. I love the smell of fresh washing.

22nd
Picked up Tommy-Lee's jacket it needed a zip slider and I did not have one the right size. The lady charged me £10.00. Not too bad I suppose but it's only a ten-minute job. I was annoyed I could not do it myself.  Took Summer out for an extra walk later extra biscuit too which she very much enjoyed.
Paul cooked tea, rice and a Jalfrezi mince dish not too bad but a bit unusual. A lot more pain than usual well at least I have had a few better days. 

23rd
I am sorting out the hair for the Jamie-Lee doll. Jamie has curly hair so I need to make it look like hers. I wrap the wool/yarn around screwers and big knitting needles. I stemmed them with the iron, they have turned out very well.  Now just to hook them on to the head. This will take hours as her hair is very thick. Riverbank is done now, most of the River people have moved on to other jobs. So it's pretty quiet out the back now.    




I think it looks good now, and the ducks love it deeper and wider for them.




24th
Cold and windy today again not a storm this time, or not yet anyway. Dentist today 2.15 to refill a tooth that lost its filling. I was told I would not be charged as it was within the guarantee, well this was not really true as was charged a check-up fee of £23 odd, but not charged for the filling. I quiried this and the dentist said they have to do this as the Nation Health makes them. The dentist had told me to floss more, this is what made the filling come out. The left side of my mouth was numbed, I need extra LIDOCAINE to do this now, since having RSD. so I think it will be numb for quite a while. The numbness went around 9pm. A little sore then but not too bad.

25th
My friend Jenny is at Age UK today to see if she can cope with the changes. I hope she gets on alright. I know she wishes I could be there as well, but that's not possible for me. Later in the day Jenny phoned me and said she enjoyed it and is going back next week. All the best Jenny.  

26th
Did a few more of the curls for Jamie-Lees hair going to be a long job, as taking more hair than I thought. Was not pleased with some I did, so out they came, so more than ever to do now. Chinese for tea which was very nice. Andrew and I shared a veg curry which he had asked for to be hot and spicy. Very much different to the usual veg curry we have from there, the Chinese across the road. It was good, but a little hot for me, but Andrew loved it he has his food spicier than I do. 

Andrew put some hair on Summer from the Jamie-Lee doll, and she just laid there you can almost do anything with her more so at night time when she is very tired.




I think I could go into films with this new look.


27th

Not feeling the best today hot, cold more than usual. Far away feeling and headache very unsteady on my feet at times, taking things a bit slower.  Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round and had tea with us Sunday dinner-type meal. Pork steaks for Paul and I and sausage for Jamie-Lee and Lindsay with veg, roast tatties, Yorkshires, and mash, and of course gravy. Jamie-Lee loves gravy and has it on most meals.

28th
Weather change again from frost and sun to dull and rain. Summer and I just about escaped the rain on the common. We saw Mary and Rory dog there, had not seen them all week so that was very nice. Always good to see friends on the common. Summer is very well known there as she is so cute, Every loves her. Rained very soon after we got back. Cleaning up today Paul helping for a change so that's good. I do feel a bit better today. headache has gone and not as much pain.
    
Well, another month gone- mixed for me but on the whole better not a lot going on either as do not go out much apart from the common. 

All the very best to you all. 
Love Gill. 





  






























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