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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.



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.


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.


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. 


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.
 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.

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 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.


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