May.

 May 1st

A bit colder and very dull and overcast. I have started knitting a baby cardigan for Peter and Jenny's baby. This is a very pretty lemon yellow one, in my favourite pattern, it will not take long to do as a small size.

Saw some more chicks on the river while on Summer's walk. Not seen many this year this being the only second lot this year. At one time there were loads of little chicks on the river. I this a lot of the ducks have moved on. Lindsay came round later with Jamie Lee. Jamie Lee had got a bike computer from her Dad. Lindsay put it on for her she was very pleased. I have had one on my bike since I first got it in May 2008.


2nd

Saw Peters and Jenny's new baby today and she is so cute. I had bean in the garden, so I did not get a chance to hold her, as a bit mucky from weeding and things.  They will come back another day and maybe come in this time as just spoke on the doorstep. They thanked me for the things I made for Prisca a pretty name for a very cute little girl. 


Little rabbit I made.

Jacket to fit a bit later.
Cardian plus hat and mitts.


4th

Got some more wool yesterday for two cardigans I am making, one for Emmie and one for Jamie-Lee. Also another ball of lemon for the baby cardigan. I did think I would make it with one ball but no, I ran out. Only needed a bit as well never mind I have more for other things. Got three tomato seedlings up so that's good as I thought at one point they had got lost. More will follow hopefully. Jay-Jay my Grandson called in later on his motorbike he is the oldest one eighteen now.  Had a bit of a tidy up of my wool, I have a lot now. I am going to knit more toys or baby things and match up the colours and use as much up as I can. The cardigan will not go to Prisca now as Jenny says she has so many. I told her I can always do her one for when she is older.

6th

Poor Tommy-Lee has tonsillitis and Jamie-Lee has a throat virus, both not very well. Tommy-Lee has suffered from tonsillitis for a while now, but they only do an operation if an emergency. Having a bit of a problem with Emmie's cardigan doing the pattern while decreasing for raglan shaping. I will get it sorted out properly tomorrow. Looked after Emmie for a little while so Ness and Squidgy went out for a bit. It was not long before they were home again. Talked to Ness for a bit then went home.


7th

Nice today quite fresh but warm as well lovely on the common with Summer. Had a phone call from the chemist to see how I was getting on with my new tablets. I said better no major problems this time. Ness asked me to go round to her house and sit in the garden with her and Squidgy. We just talked and listened to music. They had big fire lit as well, I enjoyed it, even though it was only two doors away.

8th

A steady day, a bit in the garden, knitting, changed the bedding and got it washed and dried. So tired today, more pain than usual.  


9th

Ironing the bedding plus anything else that needed doing. Got the cardigan right now I decided not to do the pattern all the way up the sleeve. Hope it will look ok I think it will. Still, very tired today and the pain has not settled much. 


11th

Finished off the second sleeve of cardigan for Emmie so only the dreaded bands to do. Not very keen on doing them. Also finished off the lemon baby one. Just needs sewing up. Doing the bedrooms today still feel a bit off it but not giving in to it. 


12th

Nice walk on the common with Debbie and Kipling. Mary and Rory. Rory is such a sweet dog considering he spent two years on the streets. Rest day today not doing too much only the necessary things. Jenny came later after having her hair cut just down the road. Looks very nice too. She had a virus last week and was not too well. 


13th

A windy day. The common is looking very pretty at the moment the trees are beautiful, green and very lush. Mayflower trees are all over the common white with the occasional pink blossom.  







That's Pup.

Very large chestnut tree with candles in full bloom.

Loads of buttercups.

15th

Blood test today at the hospital, this is to check things for my heart scan on the 22nd of this month. All went well only one attempt to get blood. Sometimes it's hard to get blood from me as my veins are very thin and the needle can just straight go through. After Paul and I went to get some new bedding for our bed. We had different ideas so we did well to get two lots so we were both happy.

16th

Another warm day but so humid storms later, I do hope so as my head feels like it's going to split. 

While on the common I took some pictures of the two Canadian geese that have taken up living there. They now have little chicks six of them, so cute. While getting the picture they came very close, as I do not like feathered things so this was a bit much for me, so Summer and I left them to their very cute babies. At least I got some good pictures. I was told by a few people they are feeding the geese, so that's why they came close they thought I had food for them.






So very cute all legs. 



17th 

Still very humid we did not get any storms yesterday. Tired today, I think the headaches for the past few days have not helped much. Come on let's have a massive storm to clear the air. Cleaned out some big plant pots that have bean in Karol's garden. My greenhouse is in his garden and has bean for at least the last twenty years or so. He is good to let me have it there, Karol is very easygoing and does not really care what I do. Some friends came round later with their dog Roxey. She was very good as still a Pup. Summer was very good with her as well, but Summer is good with everyone we have met.


19th

Went to visit a lady nearby she lives on her own and is very lonely even though a lot of people go to see her. She is a very lovely lady, used to be a very top class hairdresser in London Oxford Sreet. A man who lives near her said she invited a lady into her house only for her to steal off her. How horrible is that, some old people are too trusting. I only met her myself on the fairground common a year or so ago. 


22nd

Heart scan at Grantham hospital Paul is taking me there. The journey was good too, not a lot of pain this time. Hopefully, the way back will be the same. Two scans with a drip for one, all went well just getting the cannula in was a bit hard for the scanner. I did warn him about my veins, but he did well with only two attempts. Very warm feeling as the fluid was going through with a feeling of wanting a wee. We went to a garden centre after. Loads of dogs, there is a cafe where they can go, not just the dogs but their owners too. Hopefully, I will hear about my scan soon and see what's going on with my heart. Ok going home too so pleased as when went to the sea I suffered quite a bit and it's about the same distance.


26th

I went to see my friend Mary and her dog Rory plus another friend from the common with her dog as well. A very lovely morning with them. Mary's grandson is here on a visit from South Africa, a very nice lad and has such a lovely accent. I have a bit of CYSTITIS but am taking some powders from the chemist called CYSTO CALM. They usually work quite well as I have had CYSTITIS be for.  Hope for the best as not very nice.


27th

Powders seem to be working as CYSTITIS not as bad so I am still taking them. Looking after Emmie tonight the girl from two doors away, may not see her again regularly as they will be moving very soon. Like I said I will miss them a lot. Emmie said she did not want to go. I said I will go and see them all and they can come here. Emmie was good as usual. 


28th

Well was I wrong about the CYSTITIS, it is terrible today pain, blood, and stomach swollen, very tender. Tried to phone 111 got through, and pressed just about every button on the phone, taking around seven minutes. Only to be told due to a large volume of calls, and to try later and was cut off. I will keep taking the powders and IBUES to lower my temperature and to help the pain. I did not try 111 again. 


29th

Emmies Birthday day ten today, took around her presents she liked them. Two novelty pens and books. The little Emmie doll look like I made for her. Plus some large light up balloons in pink, they glow for days. Resting today and knitting a bit as I feel a bit rough.


 The look-alike doll I made for Emmie.


30th

Paul got me an appointment to see the Doctor this was the wife of the Doctor I see. I had not met her be for. The appointment was at the other surgery so Paul took me. I was examined and a sample of urine was tested. I had an infection. She wants me to be seen by the hospital and have a scan of my kidneys and bladder, plus other tests. The Doctor said this will not be too long be for I am seen. I think I have heard that one, before just but wait and see what happens. I was given ANTIBIOTICS CEFALEXIN 500mg - 3 a day for a week. If the urine test shows up a different infection I will be contacted and the tablets changed. Feeling very tired so sitting down for much of the day.


31st 

Doctors today for a blood test to see how the new tablets I started for my heart are affecting my blood.


Well, another Blog published- and more to tell, some good and some not so good. The weather has warmed up most days now. So that helps me a lot, but still suffering at times. Infections do not help either. RSD does not care so we RSD suffers have to make the most of it. I look forward to mine and Summer's walk every day. Going out in the car can be very painful as you all know. So this is mostly all I have but it's one of the best.  Hope you all are well and pain-free as possible Love Gill. 

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. 


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