June (1)

June 1st

Another warm day- planting some peppers that we have bean given, also some sunflower seeds that Andy from across the road gave me. Rain is on its way soon so it will be a good start for them.

All washing done and dried. Cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen.

2nd

Paul did the ironing so that was good, thank you, Paul.

On our walk today we saw the swans with 7 babies. One of the babies or signets, as they are called, went into the water and got in trouble from his Mum or Dad. He soon went back to the bank with the rest of the family.







The little white cat who is called Snowy, tried to get in through the dining room window- cheeky little thing. Andrew and I had to shut the door as he was determined to get in. He is a very friendly little cat and now goes in the shed for naps while Andrew is having a smoke.









4th

Helping Paul sort out the big cupboard we have opposite the back door. This holds everything from Summer's food to toiletries and all the household pots and pans plus more.

Lindsay phoned up, she has hurt her back and the Doctor has put her on DIAZEPAM. Rang her later and she said it had helped.

The weather has now turned a lot colder down from 23-24C to 10-12C or lower.

Later on, Summer had bean out for a wee and stood at the door to be let in, stood behind her was Snowy who also wanted to be let in. We are going to be careful or he will sneak in.

5th

Rang the Hospital about my appointment Monday for my wrist. After a lot of questions, they agreed to see me. This I was pleased about as my wrist, fingers, and arm are still not right. 

Bean knitting a small rabbit as a present for a little girl. I made one of these ages ago for the Hospital as a comfort toy.






8th

The appointment went quite well, The Doctor showed me the X-ray from when my wrist was first broke 1st January. The bones were different from each X-ray and even I could tell they were healing now. Still not quite right yet, he said but on the right track. The nerves are not as good still quite a way to go be for they are right. He said because the bones are doing good I do not have to see him again.

 In around 1-2 months' time and if no better- I need to go back to my own Doctor and might have to have a small procedure called a decompression, on my wrist to loosen off the tightness of the nerves. This he thinks if necessary, be done under local anesthetic, hopefully  I will not need it. I am trying to use my hand more- but that's not easy when it goes into spasm at the slightest touch.

10th

Pulled my first radish today, also the sunflowers are coming up. Both these were from Andy across the road.

A lot of pain today around my right shoulder and neck, very tight. Fingers are also very stiff.

11th

Did the ironing still left-handed as the right hand will not take the weight of the iron and hurts too much anyway.

My granddaughter Jamie-Lee was here and had tea with us, she was good as usual.

Fed the greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers both are doing well. Apart from one cucumber that has died no idea why, it just did.  Any way still 2 left and they are looking good. Weird because Andys cucumber died too but Lindsay is doing really well.


Finished off the bigger Ted for Ness, 2 doors away- she is a Nurse at Lincoln hospital.




Also a look-alike Summer as a Pup, for Izzy who loves Summer so much.




 




13th

Repotted my 2 orchids as were not looking very happy. Hopefully now will do better.

In the garden, most of the day tiding up roses and a bit of weeding moving a few bits around.

Very heavy feel to the air today- storm headache. Later on, it did feel fresher but get the storms we were told to expect.

15th

Tomatoes are on their second tieing up so getting big- 2 lots of flowers on them so soon little tomatoes will be forming. Cucumbers also flowering too. The 2 that are left are doing very well.

Rung up Maxine the lady that cuts Summers hair, for an appointment. She will ring back as shopping at the time. Trouble was the landline decided to play up and she could not get through and had no other number We could ring out but no incoming calls were able to get through.
Summer looks more like a sheep so bad;y needs a cut. An appointment was made for next week, when we realized what was happening with the phone.

Later Summer was sick and not her usual self at all. Probably picked up something off the common. She is always finding something to eat that is not good for her.


19th

In town today a few more shops open a big queue for Primark- not a place I needed to go in so I was quite pleased.

Later night time I was looking after Emmie the first time this year. She is usually easy to look after and her Dad is never very late. We came back here as she wanted to see Summer. At one point she was scared of her but not now.

20th

Phone now mended man, came today while I was out with Summer, so that's good.

Summer her usual self now so I am pleased hard to see her looking so unhappy.

Poor little Jamie-Lee has had an accident she had gone into an iron railing cracking her jaw and badly bruising her face and chin. Lindsay (her Mum) took her to A and E and after X-Ray, she was able to go home- in pain but better than Lindsay thought she would be. She even asked for food soon after coming out of the Hospital. Brave little girl, hopefully, she will not hurt too much tomorrow.

21st

Happy Birthday, Andrew. This was a Birthday he so nearly did not make after he was attacked last December.

We got Andrew some computer stuff consisting of a case and a water cooling setup for the computer. The inside of the case lights up in different sequences- very nice. Not just for looks though- as his room is up in the roof, and can get very hot, so this sort of cooling system can cope a lot better to cool things down. Other presents from Wayne were natural shower stuff- Lindsay and family were beer and tobacco.

Father's Day- as well so Lindsay round to see Paul. He got presents of Rum, beer, cheese, and a pork pie, very happy he was too. Indian meal later on for Andrew, Paul, and I. Very good it was too, a different place to what we usually one we have not tried before.

22nd

Hair cut for Summer- she was so relaxed that she was nearly falling asleep after ten minutes so Maxine had to hold her up. After around an hour, she was done, looking more like a little lamb now and so cotton wool soft and white. She hopefully will be a lot cooler, just in time too as hot weather is returning again.

23rd

Another hot day but very heavy. I have a storm headache. Quite a bit of all over pain too.

Doing more tieing up in the greenhouse and weeding. Trying to just keep going- is better than sitting for me, if though I am exhausted most of the time.

Jamie-Lee and Linday here for a while played with the cooking stuff upstairs. The swelling has gone down on her face so not too bad,  just a bruise under her chin. Lindsay said the swelling had gone a lot.



Making Jamie-Lee a cardigan to replace the other one that Emmie had. This one is a bit paler pink all was going well, then I made a mistake, trouble was I did not see it for a few rows so had to pull it down and start from there again. I got it all right in the end and now going good.

Ironed all the bedding with left hand again as right still not able to hold things that are a bit heavy like the iron. Soon getting a new iron as this one spitting out  scale, it is quite old and used a lot.


24th

Just general cleaning up today, very hot temperature 29-30c did not really cool down at night either.

Put some CDs on a memory stick for Angela for her car.

25th

Had Jamie-Lee later, staying for tea as well. We played with the cooking set again and made pretend meals. Jamie-Lee made a great big trayful for Andrew no meat or fish of course she said because he is a vegetarian.

28th

Bit cooler today no storms as yet- some rain though.

Paul has got a bug/virus or something and has bean in bed last 2 days.

I cleaned the computer room so everywhere clean and tidy now.

Bit more knitting Jamie-Lees cardigan- usually with Summer close by.

Sat watching TV later and looked down and saw Summer laid next to my chair, only it was not her as she was further away- it was Snowey the cat, how long he had bean there I do not know. He gave a big yawn and walked off. He must have walked straight past Summer while she was asleep. Cheeky little thing.

Oh well, another strange month because of the VIRUS- but trying to make the best of it the same as everyone else.

Hand is a bit better- but no strength or power in it, fingers very tight. Shoulder is the worse though and at times very painful, with shooting pains from my fingers up to the shoulder and in reverse as well. My shoulder creaks and cracks if I try to lift it up and out. Still feels very tight and stiff too.  Going to see the Doctor soon that's if I can get to see him. So many questions to start with then often a phone call appointment which is not the same as he can not see what is happening to the arm and shoulder.


Summer is a lot better at night now, and at times stays in the dining room to sleep instead of the front room.

All the very best to everyone and see you next time Love Gill.



Picture of Summer and Snowy eying each other up at night time.

May (2)

May 17th


Summer settled in the dining room last night so I think she has calmed down a lot at nights now.
I think she will be in the dining room some nights and front room other nights. I am not bothered which room she goes in and long as she is happy and has a good night. I did tell her about Chubby/Tabby cat that passed away, so maybe she understood.

Andrew and I went into town today- still only a very few shops open.

Later Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round for a bit, good to see them.

A lot of pain today in my arm, spasms shooting up from my wrist and fingers. I have taken a lot of extra tablets today but the pain still remains. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

Made a Front Line Teddy for Emmie for her birthday, along with the cardigan I finished a few days ago- the picture on last month's 15th Blog. It was going to be for Jamie-Lee but a bigger size will be better for her.

 
 Front Line Worker.
 
 Emmie's Birthday Presents.

Now Jamie-Lee would like one but the uniform/scrubs in pink. At least I can now knit, but a lot slower and not for as long.

19th

Dull day but very humid.

Doing the ironing, not much but made my shoulders and arm hurt even though I was using my left hand.

Andrew and I went and cut down the brambles that grew down the little cobbled walkway that I and a lot of other people use to get to Sincil Bank then onto the common. They had got so long they were dropping down and hitting people in the face. We took hardly any time at all. I think the Council is meant to do it but when would that be? They are not the quickest at the best of times.

Andy across the road brought me some radishes to plant, he had thinned his out and did want to waste them. I put them in the garden straight away and gave them plenty of water.

I have ordered Summer some salmon oil for her joints as she is a bit shaky on her back legs when stood still, and a bit stiff after laying down. Very good on her legs otherwise. She can still run fast and has no trouble chasing her ball. She will be 10 years old on August 2nd.

20th

The little girl Izzy who I did the pictures for, gave me a card, a plant, plus some biscuits for Summer. This was very much a lovely surprise. Thank you, Aunty and Izzy.
 

Her Gran said she had shown everybody that would look, Summer picture book and she was very proud of it.

Weeded the garden then watered it, it's so dry with all this warm-hot weather. Even had to take the toms and cue plants out of the greenhouse as too hot in there. Both doing very well, soon will be planting them in the greenhouse.

Bean another warm humid day still 26-27degC as I write this at 7.30 pm.

Summer was a bit unsettled before bed but I think she was hot as not had her haircut since 2nd March so a bit fluffy.

21st

A bit cooler today nice on the common, Summer was able to run around a bit more without getting as hot.

Arm really hurts today- I am doing the exercises as best as I can but they are not as good as they should be. I think there is something wrong with my arm. The hand does not grip, I cannot hold anything that is the slightest bit heavy. It will not bend behind my back. A lot of pain if I move it wrong. Some of this is RSD but not all of it. I have an appointment on June 8th. Whether I will get this I do not know, I hope so. 

Had Jamie-Lee for a few hours- she had tea with us as well. That child can eat--- Her plate was the biggest of the mine and Paul's. She had 3 sausages 2 veg, mash, gravy, and 2 Yorkshires. Ate every bit as well.

We played with the Barbies dolls and Andrew played with her a while too.
Gave Jamie-Lee her Ted I made, she liked it very much but said she needs a dress for when she is not at work and of course pants too. I said I will get on to it when I can.


These are just the clothes as she had her dress on (later picture).

22nd

Very windy and a lot cooler too. Lovely on the common, Summer ran round like a young pup again.

I went with Andrew to get his clothes back from the Police Station from when he was attacked last December 13th. Some were no good as they had to cut them off him. The rest I washed twice and they were like new again.

His case is not going to Court as there is not enough evidence. The main thing is he is still here and well.

Started Summer on her fish oil so see if it will make any difference. There is a ltr bottle so a good trial.

24th

Planted all the tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse, bit cooler and more cloud so give them time to settle in. The rest for Lindsay and Andy across the road.

 
 

25th

Summer is now good friends with the little white cat. She will chase it at times but he is not scared of her. There is another cat too, from the same family next door who comes as well, but not as much as the white one. A bit shy this one at the moment.

Fed the lawn with lawn feed all done with left hand. Took well over an hour. Summer was there right next to the hose pipe when I filled up the watering cans. She always has a play at the end, as most of you know, and can get very wet.

Andy across the road came and got his tomatoes and cucumber plant so just Lindsay's now.

Lindsay and Jamie-Lee called round after a bike ride. I gave her the dress and pants I made her she liked them very much and said how pretty they were. Lindsay said she was lucky to have a Nan that could make things.


Spoke to Jay-Jay on his mobile about his arm, he said it was getting better and not hurting as much.
Lindsay had said a few days ago it had opened up and did not look good. After a trip to the Doctors, she was reassured that things were ok. Probably should have been stitched instead of glued.

26th

Paul gave Summer a much-needed bath. She does not mind having a bath/shower at all.

 
 

After in the garden on the lawn.

 
 
So white now and fluffy.

She spent an hour outside with me, eating a long curly chew so she soon dried off. All soft and very fluffy I cut around her eyes so she could see better.

Got a bit of greenfly so spent over an hour spraying the garden and greenhouse- none on toms or cues that I can see but they might be hiding.

Lindsay bought me a Strawberry plant last week and there is a big one nearly ripe.

 
 The big one on the left nearly ready. 

Summer keeps looking at it, as she likes strawberries. I told her we have to share it. Andy came round with a courgette plant for me so that was nice of him. Planted it out straight away.

Andrew and I watched the space x rocket take off to the space station or, that was the plan. Things did not go to plan and the launch was stopped 16 minutes before blast off. The weather was to blame, storms, and rain coming and going. This launch was in Florida so the weather is often like this.

The 2 crew are Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. They must have been disappointed. Hopefully, the next launch will go better on Saturday 30th.

28th

Early hours around 5am, Summer was barking and crying like she was in pain. I went down to her and I think the smoke alarm had beeped to say low battery. She is terrified of the sound and gets very distressed. She had pulled the front room curtains off there hooks- knocked  2 ornaments off a small table. I went to the back door to let her out so she would calm down. The key had broken off in the lock after she was trying to get out by clawing the door. She was crying and getting more upset and I was doing my best to get her out.
 I got a thin knife and turned it in the lock it worked. Summer was calming down outside. Good as I am always worried that she will have a heart attack as she gets so bad. 

Now I had to get the key out - good old U tube showed me how-- so all was good again. Nothing broken just a small hole in the curtain. Paul will put them back up later. We had a spare key too so that was good.
An early start for me as only bean in bed for 2 hours.

Jamie-Lee is here for tea tonight. we picked a strawberry that was ready and Paul, I, Jamie Lee, and Summer shared it. Even though I did not have much it was very sweet and nice. Just like English strawberries should be.

Lindsay picked Jammie-Lee up then I was ready for a rest. 

29th

Emmie's Birthday so I took around her present of the cardigan and front line bear. She said she liked them both very much. I think the cardigan will fit just right.


Pictures as 17th.

Watering the greenhouse every other day, it has to be well watered as it gets very hot in there. The garden has been watered a lot as well. Our garden is south facing so very hot in the Summer.

Watched the rocket blast off this time all systems were go. What a sight, history in the making. Everything was perfect this time. Hope the rest goes well.

 Getting ready for take-off.
5-4-3
 2-1 blast off.
Bob and Doug inside Dragon 2
Space-station getting ready for Dragon 2.
 Dragon 2 docking with the Space Station 19 hours later.
 Coming through from Dragon 2 to Space Station.

Doug coming through.
And Bob.
Doug and Bob far-right and the 3 Space station crew.

A sight and story not to be missed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX

Summer is getting close to her friend Snowy cat, Summer chases him, but he does not always run so they just sit looking at each other.

 Snowy.
   Snowy and Summer.

Well, another week in lockdown so pretty much the same for me. My wrist and arm still not right. I have an appointment next Monday but not sure yet if it will go-ahead just have to wait and see.
I hope all is well with you all, see you next time Love Gill.

   

May (1)

2nd May

Well another good night with Summer. I think now she is over the worst of her separation anxiety. I am using less spray now. She settles now quicker and looks like she wants to be in her basket.

I brushed her later, her fur is so silky soft and warm just the right to cuddle up to.
Summer likes nothing better than cuddling up to me, as soon as I sit down she is there ready to jump up on the chair.

Not really much else going on- the days are still pretty much the same as they were last month. Most spent in the garden or house. Soon the day will come and we all will be released again to go where we want to. I have not suffered too much but I know a lot of you have. Keep it up, there will be an end.

Summer has got a new friend- this little white cat from next door. She is fascinated by him and spends a lot of time waiting for him to come and see her- crying for him if he does not appear.




4th

A little girl on the common is madly in love with Summer (a lot of people are) I printed her out some pictures of Summer from a pup up to now. (Andrew helped me). I gave it to her Aunty to let her have when she got home. Now she will have Summer with her all the time.

5th

A lot of spasms in my right arm plus pain. I wish it would hurry up and improve. When I hold up my arm- it is not straight and hurts a lot when I try to make it look like the left one. I think it has healed wrong and is at an angle. I do not see anyone Medical at the Hospital till June. Even then nothing is certain that I will still have an appointment. It depends if we are still under some sort of lockdown.

Paul is improving day by day and getting stronger.

6th

Cutting the grass today- Paul usually does it but I said I would, a bit hard with my arm but I managed. I did have Summer helping me. Very warm today.

 Come on let's get started.

 
Doing a good job Mum.

7th

A few holes on the lawn so I am filling them in with soil, then grass seed on top. The weather has bean very warm so I will have to water to keep it damp. Summer will be happy as she loves the hose pipe and any water.

Seeded some herbs- Coriander, Basil and Parsley straight into the garden.

Washing dried very well ironing tomorrow.

8th

Last day of my ANTIBIOTICS for my water infection, this took 2 weeks worth of tablets but now has all gone. I am very pleased about that too.

Ironing today, still have to do it left-handed, took a lot of getting used to but OK now. I just turned the ironing board the other way. After the ironing both arms hurt.

Watered the lawn with my helper Summer- she got very wet, did she care- course not the wetter the better for her.

Later I did a bit of shopping at Lidls. I was not long at all, the shop was not busy. Kept social
distance away from others as I should, not always easy in a supermarket.
Andrew went to Morrisons for most of the main shopping on his bike. Certain things Paul likes from there. He was not too long either- between us we got just about everything.

10th

My Grandson Jay-Jay badly cut his arm late last night and he and Lindsay spent a lot of the time in A and E. He is alright though had the cut glued instead of stitched. He was very pleased as he does not like needles.

11th

What a change of weather dropped from around 22C to around 9C and going to get colder as the week goes on. Hailstones first thing. Two days ago T-shirt and shorts weather-- today coat on, and hat plus gloves to take Summer for her walk, the wind is so cold, like Winter again.

The cat we have called Tabby real name Chubby has passed away. This was one of Summers friends who with his Brother Ginge used to spend a lot of time in our garden. He had not bean well for a while rest in peace Tabby/Chubby.

My friend dropped me round a pile of puzzles all very good ones. This should keep me going for a while.


12th

Walking through the Fairground common my friend and I saw 2 beautiful young tan deer so lovely. My friend said if she had been on her own she would not have seen them. This common is a lot nearer to the road- so I hope they found their back to the main common. Later on we saw some ducks and their chicks near the lake.

B12 injection today it really hurt a lot and came up in a big lump. Not bean this painful ever, hours later it still hurt.

I started trying to finish off a cardigan I started for Jamie-Lee before Christmas, mostly done just bands and sewing up to do. I did some but made my wrist and arm hurt a lot going into spasms.

15th

My friend Andy's Birthday today- so I made him a cake yesterday, its a boiled fruit one so easier for me to do. Iced it today and took it over with his card and present.


Tomatoes and cucumber plants are doing well- very pleased the way they are growing.




I have finished off the cardigan for Jamie-Lee not too sure if it will fit her now but I am very pleased with how it turned out. I told her if it does not fit I will start another one a bit bigger.

A very pretty colour I think.

Here we are at the end of another Blog-  Not a lot of change a few laughs here and there A different style of life at the moment, an uncertain one too. Things will get better for all of us, we just have to be patient and wait.           All the very best to you all and keep smiling Love Gill.

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