August

 August 1st

Rain to start with not cold, but a bit of a chill. Trying to do the bedrooms but very tired. I think a lot of this is to do with the B12 being twelve weeks apart now instead of eight. When I had my last injection ( June 22nd) the nurse was surprised that they had bean changed. She said I need all the help I can get with all I have. Blood test in September to see if there has bean a drop in my B12. If so they will go back to eight weeks as they were.

Paul is back home today from Waynes. I wish I could have gone too but I know I would have suffered too much and spoiled it for everybody. Hopefully next time I will go. 

Happy Birthday, Summer. Eleven today. She was treated to a very large chew, carrot, and chicken. A special tea of ham and chicken, then a lick of the jug from Angel delight, that Paul had. She had a very full, not-so-little belly. 


Happy Birthday, Pup! 

4th

Watched an interview from SpaceX with Elon Musk talking to Tim from Everyday Astronaut with Andrew. Extremely good and that's only the first part, two more to come. They are recording at Boca Chica, this is where the Starship rockets go up, and they do the tests for the future Mars missions. I Saw Elon's dog, Marvin the Martian, a very cute little thing.

Trying to tidy up a bit but I have no energy. Did the best I could then sat down, but that's not good either as a lot of pain at the moment. 


5th

Went to Asda on my bike to get my Brother a T-shirt that I had seen online, it's a route 66 with a motorbike on it. I thought they would have it in stock but no they did not. At least I got a look around Asda's. Came back and ordered online pick-up in a few days. Went to Hobby Craft which I had not visited be for. A lot of things for just about any handicraft you could think of.

 

7th

Picked up the T-shirt, looks good hope he likes it. Did a bit of tidying in the garden I keep doing a little bit when I can so it does not get too weedy. 

I looked after Emmie (neighbour two doors away girl.) later. All went well there as it usually does.  Her Mum came home from work at the hospital where she is an A and E nurse. Very tired she was too. I came home soon after. 

Bath and a Chinese what more could you ask for? Quite a lot really in my case.  

 

8th

Went to my Brother David/s and Wife Bev's house. Both well I gave him his present for his Birthday next week the 10th. Bev showed me her garden, a lot of veg growing all looks good. I wish we had a bigger garden so I could grow more things. Our greenhouse is in next door's garden. I suppose we have more than a lot of people though. Bev gave us some veg to take home which I did for tea carrots, courgettes, and beans. Also, a marrow which we will have another day stuffed with sausage meat.   

A lot of pain, later I think it was going in the car that did it, even though it's only around five miles away. Travelling is not good at the moment hope it gets better so I can have a life.


9th

Awake early in pin all over. I somehow bean bitten by mosquitoes as well so that's not helping at all. Nervous system on overdrive. I rubbed on some white Tiger balm, this helps a bit as it numbs the area. The smell is nice too.  I have taken MORPHINE, OXYNORM today, as the pain is bad. I know it will go as it's only a flare-up, but when. Hot cold as well, finding it hard to sit and relax at night.   

 

10th

Emmie came for a walk today with Summer and  I. Came here after and did some puzzles 100 pieces. Still a lot of pain. As the day went on it got a bit less. Nighttime was a lot more bearable and I was able to settle to watch TV more comfortable. Then like a switch that has bean turned on, or off in my case. it just goes back to my normal pain. That's RSD for you doing its own thing causing pain and suffering.   


11th

Emmie came round to ask me to help her with some puzzles, 1000 pieces, her Mum has bought them for her. While the front door was open Summer went round to a house a few doors down the street and went straight in. The man was getting his shopping out of the car. His two boys thought their Dad had got them a dog. As usual, they all thought Summer was lovely. I apologized but he was not bothered one bit. Summer made them all laugh. When we did the clapping for NHS she went down the street and went into as many houses as she could where the door was open. No one minded at all she is shush a lovely dog and everyone loves her. Went and did a few bits of Emmie's puzzle, not an easy one. I have the same one so I know. She has it on their dining table a big ten-seater so there is plenty of room.

 

12th

In town today to get my Sister in law, Pam a Birthday Present.  Also to sort out some Bras that have shrunk. This is the second lot that has done this. I was told they have all now bean withdrawn. That leaves me with none now. Got Pam a present so did some good. Tired when I got back hungry too as had no dinner. 

 

13th

Warm very windy day. Fed the tomatoes and cucumbers they are doing very well. Had a visit from one of our friends not seen them in a long time so that was nice. Looking after Emmie again tonight. She came round here as it was a bit earlier than usual. Summer had an extra walk later winch she enjoyed a lot. Emmie was on her scooter. After a while, we went back to her house and she did some dancing and gymnastics. Also had a go at the puzzle put in a few more bits. Her Dad came home and I left.


14th

A rest day today as very tired after all the pain of the last few days. So taking it easy after the cleaning up. Started knitting a baby jacket for a premature baby with a lace pattern but very easy to do. I have not done knitting for a few days as my fingers are not the best. I have sewing up to do for knitted glove puppets that I have made. when done I will put up a picture.


17th

Andy my neighbour came round with tomatoes and bread, he over-order. on his shopping. We did a swop for a homegrown cucumber. He was very pleased as he has had them before and they are usually very tasty. We have not eaten one ourselves yet as there is a shop-bought one in the fridge

The greenhouse has done a lot better than I thought it would and things are growing very fast.


18th

Cleaning a bit today but not going too good, very tired and I hurt all over. My left knee has bean hurting a lot, giving away more than it was. The pain is around the knee cap. The knee is the one I had the operation on last year. 


19th

My greenhouse is looking good everything doing very well. 







 Tomatoes are not ready yet but a good crop, same with the cucumbers as well which are ready.


21st


A wet day, humidity feels like it's squashing my body it's so heavy. Looking after two cats this week Buster and Bandit, belonging to Ness and Squidgy. They are away for a week. Found out that Buster can open doors and Bandit nicks the pouches of their food off the worktop.


Bandit on the sofa, which he likes.
This is where Buster prefers to sleep.
Buster, I think he was tired.

Eating their food.

22nd


Finished off the glove puppets I started quite a while ago. I am pleased with them. Also, a tiny premature baby set/ doll set, made in very soft 4ply baby wool.


Sue, Sweep, and Sooty.


The little premature set.


23rd

Lindsay came round with Jay-Jay's, dog, Cali. She thought she would be the boss but Summer soon put her in her place even though Cali is a lot bigger than she is. 

Lindsay gave Summer a ball which she played with off and on most of the day. She was flat out asleep later, as so tired. Went round to feed cats, Jamie-Lee came too, and when I got back Lindsay had cooked the tea, thank you, Lindsay. Very nice too it was chip and pancake roll. Tommy-Lee's favourite, He loves them. 

25th

Going to see my friend Bev today. Not sure how it will go as not bean in the car for a long journey as the vibrations gave me a lot of pain. The last time was on the 8th of this month when I went to see my Brother and Sister in law. That was around five miles and about half an hour. This journey is over an hour. The journey there went quite well but I did take ORMORTH before for I went. Good to see her, a surprise visit to see Russ and girlfriend Claire, plus Arlo their 9-month baby boy who is very cute. Bev has had a kitchen extension done very nice and so big- I was very jealous. We took her a bunch of chrysanthemums, and she gave us a lovely chrysanthemum plant. A lovely day I enjoyed it all.


So nice, hopefully, it will last ages.



 The journey home was not too bad but I did suffer from pain later but it was worth it to see them all.

26th

Summer is at the vets today for a check-up and booster. Not our usual vets which are at washingborough, this one at Welton where I went to Secondary school and lived in the next village for around ten years. I liked this vet and so did Summer too, very gentle and she loved Summer said she was a perfect little dog. Summer weighs less than she did in 2013. Everything was good with her no problems at all. She did not even flinch when the vet injected her. The car journey was good for both of us, as Summer can get a little stressed in the car. I was so proud of her, my little pup.


A lot of work is going on just behind us in the car park that used to be a garage. The work involves riverbank improvements, and plans have bean put in for old people's home and monitored flats. A lot of heavy trucks and work activity going on. This causes a lot of vibrations and pain for me. 

28th

Fed cats for what could be the last time as the family are back today sometime. The cats have grown to trust me and have become very friendly. Bandits loves to sit on my knee and cuddled going to sleep. Buster likes a stroke and prefers to sleep on his own. Both purr a lot and are very affectionate.
Went to see my sister-in-law as it's her Birthday, she is doing well so is Malc her husband. On the way back, went to the crematorium to put flowers, for Mum and Dad and my Brother's. His Birthdays just gone, Mum's was on the 26th.

Watched a rocket take off but it did not go well, it went sideways instead of up, exploding later higher up in the sky. They are still learning from any flight good or bad.

29th

Watered greenhouse and weeded it still doing good. The tomatoes not getting very ripe yet, but a lot of people I talk to theirs are the same. A bit of ironing, then more knitting a teddy this time made of very soft purple wool so should be nice when done. All plain knitting is quite easy to do. Ness brought me a bar of chocolate for looking after the cats This was very nice as I told her not to, but I will enjoy it very much. Thank you Ness. 

A bit more going on this month, going out and cat sitting. RSD-wise, not the worst so that's good. Hope you are all as well as you can be and not suffering too much. All the very best love Gill. 


July.

 July 1st

Andrew came with Summer and me for a walk. My hair cut in the afternoon looks good as usual. 

Changed bedding, all dried well.


3rd

My granddaughter Jamie-Lee has bean given an old sewing machine from her other Nan that passed away a while ago. Her grandad also passed away just recently, so their home is bean sorted. She wanted so much to plug the machine in and get it going, but I said no it has seized up. Leave it with me and I will try to get it sorted out.  

Storm in the afternoon, I was so pleased, my head was hurting so much. I was hot and dizzy. The storm felt like it was going on in my head. After having quite a good storm I felt much better. I know some RSD suffers do get this build-up before a storm. 

We had Indian for tea/supper, Andrew and I shared a selection, very nice it was too. We changed the place where we order from a few weeks ago and this place is a lot better. It's called Chilli Spice, the food is hotter and tastier. I don't always have an Indian with Paul and Andrew depends on how I feel. 


4th

Very heavy air again today. My head is terrible and I hurt everywhere again. We did have another storm later only a small one but it did clear the air a lot. I can remember reading about a lady who rung her boss to tell him she could not come into work as the storm was affecting her RSD. To start with he was not very understanding. She sent him a website containing information about RSD and how things can affect it. He spoke to her later and said he understood more now. He also told her his wife had MS and how they are similar in places. The lady thanked him for trying to understand these weird RSD symptoms. She said her last job, they accused her of faking symptoms just to get a day off and did not believe anything was wrong with her. RSD can change as much as the weather and the only thing you can do is go with it, and ride out the bad days and enjoy the good ones. He said any problems come to him.

My tomatoes and cucumbers are doing very well. The horse muck was definitely worth getting. The weather has bean warm so that's helping too.





These were planted on 26th June, as you can see done well in a short time.
 My Dad would have said you can not beat horse muck. 

5th

Very tired today after the last few humid days at least my head felt better before I went to bed.

6th

Walked around the common with Debbie a friend from the street. She has four dogs and takes them out separately, so three walks for her a day. 

A lot of pain today in my legs today, shooting up and down them and very painful. I have taken tablets (too many) but they have not done much to help so far. By the end of the day, I had pain everywhere. When I went to bed I could not settle to sleep at all. By five AM I had not slept a bit.

7th

Big nose bleeds soon after I got up. I feel far away today, I think after all the pain over the last few days. Pain not as bad so far today, (3pm.)

Feels a bit tingly when I wee, so taking the powder from the chemist CYSTOCALM. My stomach is swollen hope it's not another water infection. 

8th

Still pain, so will ring Doctors and get ANTIBIOTICS. The powders from the chemist are helping but not enough and the weekend is coming up so I don't want to chance it. As a time before it was a nightmare that took all day to get the ANTIBIOTICS after mess up from the out-of-hours Doctors in April last year. The day Paul came home from the hospital, what a day.

Went on my bike to the crematorium to see my Mum and Dad and my Brother. I took some roses from out the garden. I met a lady whose parents used to live at Dunholme where we lived, and we used to be friends with her brothers. How strange out of all the people to meet there to meet her. 


9th

ANTIBIOTICS are working but still feel not well. I need to go into town to get Lindsay's Birthday presents. Bean waiting for her to come into town with me but she has not bean too good either. Andrew came with me and carried all the shopping so he was a big help. Got what I thought she would like so at least she has something for her birthday.  When we got back after around an hour and a half. I just sat down I was tired and in pain also dizzy, but pleased I went.


10th

I got some bricks from our neighbour Andy and put them around the cucumbers to keep the water from escaping. Hopefully, the moisture will stay in the roots. This way they should keep growing well as they are doing. I feel a bit better today, not as dizzy or as much pain. I think I just got the ANTIBIOTICS just in time.


11th

England big football match tonight versus Italy. Most people think England will do well, but Italy also has done well. The reason they are both in the final. I watched the match (don't usually). England scores in the first two minutes, then Italy. At full-time with extra time, as well, 2-2. Into penalties, England lost they missed a shot at the goal. Italy scored. Oh no, they have messed up. I thought the Italian players were very rough and fouled a lot and got away with it. England did well and they so nearly won the match. Well done England you made football fans proud.


12th

Happy Birthday, Lindsay. They are round for tea later a Chinese. Jay-Jay did not come, Tommy-Lee, Jamie-Lee plus Tracy, and of course Lindsay. Nice tea and everyone enjoyed the evening. Lindsay liked all her presents but will have a better look when she gets home. 


13th

Hospital with a friend for support, hope things are not too bad for her.  Came back here and had a chat and cuppa. I think she felt better when she left. Another appointment next week for her. If she wants me to go with her I will. Nice to have someone with you even if they do get put in a waiting room because of the Coronavirus. 

17 years today since I fell and got RSD. How I wish I could turn back the clock.

14th

Watered the greenhouse, the tomatoes and cucumbers are doing very well flowers and tiny little tomatoes on some plants. I am pleased as last year they were a disaster. Bed late as a bad head again, that would not go despite extra, extra, tablets.

15th

Woke up still with the head pain felt dizzy TINNITUS (ringing in my ears). Not sure if it's the infection or just the RSD playing up or both.  I did not feel right at all. Took it easy after Summers's walk. Hot out today which does not help either. 

16th

Another trip for a friend to the hospital everything better this time. Pleased for her. She needs to go in for an operation soon. Back here for a drink and for her to calm down. Water infection I think is gone now. I feel so much better too.


17th

Cleaning up downstairs. Very hot day, reached 30/31C in the afternoon. Very warm in our garden which is south facing and gets the sun all day.   Andrew put the shade blind on the greenhouse as getting too hot in there  This will help to cool it I hope.


18th

Another hot day I think 24c mid-morning. Hit 30/31 So probably hotter than yesterday. Quite warm on the common Summer only had a short walk as panting a lot. For some reason, she has gone off her biscuits that she has when she gets back from the walk.  The greenhouse is cooler, in fact, cooler than outside so it was worth putting the blind on. Usually, it's a bit later on in the year.


19thth

Another hot day. Summer is struggling with the heat. Her coat is very thick, it's like us having a coat on. Her haircut is Thursday so not long to go Summer. 

Finished off the tiny dolls sets for Kayleigh Sister. So hard to do this time, could be the last ones I do as fingers not up to it unless they improve.  I hope so as I enjoy doing them usually.



The two sets of dolls.

20th

Bad spasms in my feet and legs overnight, I kept getting rid of it only for it to come back worse. Cleaning up downstairs very hot today sweating a lot. Did what I could then sat down. 


22nd

Summer hair cut short this time she looks like a new lamb and as soft too. Hopefully, this will help with the heat.  Maxine said she will feel the wind on her back now. Her coat is very thick, so even this short you can not see the skin on her back.  Later she was not panting at all, but, the temperature has cooled down a bit.  


  All the hair that came off, loads.


Summer before her haircut- looking hot and bothered.

That feels better.


So cute.


23rd

In town, today to meet Joy had a nice chat, a short time with her, but good to see her. Did a bit of shopping then back home to Summer. She was waiting for me and was very pleased to see me. Rested the reminder of the day as still quite warm. Cooled down a lot now, rain is on the way. Hope it's not as much as China or Germany as they had bad flooding. Angela called in later on the way back from an appointment.

26th

Today I am going to see my friend Jenny who I have not seen since February, my Birthday, then it was only at the door. The time spent with her was very good. I saw her husband Bob as well who is not too well at the moment. Hope you recover very soon Bob and back to your normal life.

29th

PIP call today to see if I will get disability money or not. The lady on the phone was very nice and actually listened to Lindsay and me. Lindsay had come round to help me with some things I forget or get mixed up. Now just wait and see, around eight weeks.

30th

Happy Birthday, Wayne. Paul going tomorrow I would love to as well but, I think it would be too much for me. The journey is around an hour and a half. Even stopping and splitting up the journey I know at the moment it would make me ill. I would love to go but not this time. Hopefully next time. I hope you have a good day Wayne.

After a lot of searching managed to get a manual off the internet, for Jamie-Lees sewing machine. This will be very helpful in showing me how to oil in the right places and other things. Only cost five pounds as a download. 


Summer having a bit of a nap.

Ha, Ha was joking not asleep.


Well - not a lot going on this month. Hope things are good with you all. Things are slowly getting back to normal in some places after Covid but is it all over yet? 

All the very best to you all love Gill. 







June.

 June 1st

Took Summer for a walk today. Called for Emmie, my neighbour's daughter who loves Summer, but no answer. So just me and Summer on our walk today. Going to be another warm day I think. It was lovely on the common, a bit of cloud cover so perfect for Summer.

A lot of pain later. All over pain. The sort that stops you from relaxing or watching TV. Took tablets but they did not do too much. Finally bed but disturbed sleep with pain. Going to bed then getting up around three hours later is not recommended at all. 


2nd 

Emmie came on the common today and enjoyed it a lot. She was frightened of dogs, well still is of most, but not Summer.

I feel very tired today, I think the lack of less than usual sleep has caught up. At least the pain has gone a bit now.


4th

Walk with Emmie again, last time for now as she is back at school next week and a sleepover tonight. I have enjoyed our time together. Then she came back here for a while as her Dad was at the Dentist, and we played with the Barbie dolls. I gave her one doll to keep as my granddaughter, Jamie Lee, had a lot of dolls that were given to her.

5th

Sorting out the bottom shed as getting rid of toys that Jamie-Lee can no longer use as she is too big.

Gave the toys to a friend. All that is left now is a small trampoline and two scooters (if you want a trampoline let me know). The shed looks empty now.  A lot better for getting the other things out.

Jamie-Lee has hurt her foot and Lindsay took her to A and E. Had an X-ray but nothing was broken just bruised. She is hobbling and in a bit of pain, but it will be better in a few days.


7th

Woke to a bad headache. 

Cleared later and I felt better. A trip out to the skip/tip and took all the things that were no good(decided Paul could stay). I know it was the skip but still an outing for me.

After a good day, guess what PAIN later in fingers and most of the body. Nerve pain the worse type for RSD suffers.


8th

Woke early as pain everywhere. On the common before 9AM nice so cool for Summer. As I did not know how Jamie-Lee's foot would be, and if she would be able to come with us. Not too bad as she is walking on it with no shoes on. She is here today as Jay-Jay is having a check-up on his arm that he damaged last year (put it through a glass door).  Jamie-Lee was very good today and a pleasure to have. Lindsay was back around 3 with Suey her dog, so Summer was very happy.  Lindsay and Jamie-Lee stayed for tea, then went home around 10. Jamie-Lee had bean here over thirteen hours. I was pleased she was good and not grumpy.

10th

In town today to get some new Pyjamers I think the ones I got might be a bit small. So going to change for the next size. Got two T-shirts as well one fits well the other feels wrong on the shoulders. With having the RSD things need to be looser than they used to be or it can cause pain. The same with bras that is when I wear one. By the end of the day, they can be so uncomfortable.


11th

Back to change Pyjamers before they all go. Took back T-shirt as well. A lot of washing done before I went, bedding as well, a good drying day.


12th

Cleaning up downstairs later did all the ironing. A bit warm for that, but got it all done in stages after a bit of sitting down.

Paul is cleaning the new car. Watered the greenhouse ready for the horse muck spread tomorrow hopefully. Very warm in there 35C.  A bit smelly as well as the bag of muck in there. 

My friend John came for tea and we all had a lovely Chinese, which we all enjoyed. 


13th

Another very warm day forecasted. I put horse muck in the greenhouse and coved it all with soil after watering it. There was steam coming off it. Shut the door and went back later to cover it with soil. Shut the door again for it to sweat, I think it will as the temperature is 38C in there. The smell is pretty bad but I quite like it.


14th

Cleaning up, upstairs today, and sorting out under the spare bed. Paul is cleaning all the downstairs carpets and my reclining chair. Very humid and warm wind today so the carpets are drying well. Greenhouse temperature is high 38C so nicely sweating in there. Hopefully a load of good tomatoes and cucumbers later in the year.


15th

Vacuumed all the carpets and put things back in the rooms. They all look clean now.

A lot of pain later all over, the sort that does not give up.


19th

Finishing off the Tigger. This one I am giving to Kayleigh, Wayne's girlfriend. Had a few problems but I am pleased with the result. I would not make another one. The instructions are not very clear on how to put it together. Disney are better at films and cartoons than knitting patterns I think. Wayne is coming on Sunday, on his own, which is a shame. Hopefully next time they will both come together. I have not seen Wayne and Kayleigh since 2019 Christmas, then I was ill so did not see much of them.

I am making a Pikachu for Kayleigh's nephew and giving her niece a little doll's crib set complete with a teddy. 

20th

Paul's gone to pick up Wayne from Halifax,  So will see him today, which is good. Wayne had his Christmas presents as well. Cooked dinner; a scaled-down Christmas one with turkey. It was very nice but later I had stomach pain, probably all the veg. Not bean too good all week though. IBS can be good or, as it was this week bad.

A nice day with Wayne. I know Andrew enjoyed his time with him. He got early Birthday presents from Wayne and Lindsay, his Birthday tomorrow. Fathers day today, so Paul got gifts as well. Lindsay brought me tulips and chocolate. I asked her why and she said I was the only one not getting anything. A very nice gesture I will enjoy them both. 

 

Tulips Lindsay bought me, this picture was taken a few days later so a bit faded now but still very nice.

Happy Birthday, Andrew hope you have a good day. More presents from Paul and me. Wayne is staying another day, not going back as planned. One more day to enjoy, We are having an Indian for tea hope my stomach will take it, not bean too bad today so far.

Finished off Pikachu so Wayne will be able to take him back with the little crib set. Also, Kayleigh's Christmas presents. 



Pikachu for Alfie.


Tigger for Kayleigh.


Basket for Daisey.



22nd

Wayne home today good to see him at last. Paul taking him back to Halifax and to his cat Timmy who has missed him a lot. Had my B12 injection in the afternoon did not hurt too much this time. Kayleigh rang up later to thank us for the presents and the gifts for her nephew and niece.

24th

Meeting Joy in town bean over a year since I properly saw her so I am looking forward to seeing her. A nice hour with her, lots to catch up on. So good to hug her. Had a bra fit at Marks and Spencer's and got some new ones. When my hands are bad I do not wear one as it's hard to put on, but my others are falling apart and not very comfortable at all, hope these will be. Picked up my glasses as well two pairs, reading and long-distance ones. Stomach still not the best runs and pain. 

26th

Put the tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse now they need to grow. Looking good though. I think as long as it stays warm they will catch up. Might be still picking tomatoes at Christmas but so what. This happened one year a bit back. I know early frost will finish everything off, so stay away frost. I made a frame from some plastic wire that I was given and it's perfect. Last year I had netting but the holes were a bit small so the flowers got trapped and some fell off so fewer cucumbers. This should be better I think.

Cucumber plants. 
Tomatoes.

Tomatoes.

Hopefully, they will grow fast now, the horse muck should help a lot. A few years ago it did and I had a bumper crop. In a few week's time, I will take another picture then we can compare them.

While doing this blog I am watching and listening to Glastonbury, not performing live, but the past few year's performances. Very good too. Amy Winehouse is on now, such a good performer she was. Some I had to fast forward as flashes and strobe.  My stomach still not good, got runs and bloated, is it IBS or ???


28th

Cleaning up today. Later went with Angela to the hospital as she needed moral support. We left home at six did not get back till nearly nine o'clock. I know they starve a bad stomach, But I was very hungry as only had a piece of toast all day. The last meal was tea last night around seven. Maybe it will help but I have not bean eating much anyway.  

Bad pain later mostly legs my knees were terrible pain. I put on BIOFREEZE to numb them, not bad as it does a good job. Not for long though the pain comes back this time everywhere.


29th

Painting the patio table and chairs going well. Summer was outside too watching everything I do as usual keeping guard.


30th

Second coat for the table and chairs, they look a lot better now. Almost new looking again. Should last a bit longer now and all for the cost of a tin of paint. 


Got Jamie-Lee after school, while Lindsay is helping someone clear a few things. She had not bean here long when Emmie came round to play with Summer. The two of them played outside for a while then colouring and hangman. Saw Emmie home then Jamie-Lee was on her iPad till Lindsay picked her up. 


Well, again another mixed month for me. Things are getting back to normal, and soon Borris will tell us what next. Hope everybody is well and things are good for you all. 


All the best love Gill.

Summer says hello

 Hello!

May

 



 May 1st

How nice the common is now, green trees, fresh smell, and just Spring/ Summer-like.  Everything seems to have just burst out of its Winter sleep. The birds are singing and the ones that have bean on their holidays are back. I saw a swallow flying back and forth as well. I think the warmer weather is here and better days are ahead. A lot of us have bean vaccinated and soon the others will be as well. Things are definitely looking up.

Got two knitting patterns today, one Sooty, Sweep, and Sue glove puppets. The other Rosie and Jim complete with the barge boat. I am looking forward to making them. Got to finish off Tigger first though.


2nd

Jamie-Lee here today, played as usual, this time with Barbie doll all going to a party. She stayed for tea as well.  


4th

After the warmer weather now cold, very, very cold, rain as well hailstones at times. Our Postman was back in his Winter stuff.  

I just went through from the kitchen and felt a drip on my head. We have a small leak in the kitchen roof where it joins onto the main house. Paul thinks he can fix it.

Coin racks came today and I soon realized we need more than we have so ordered. I think they will look good. When done will put a picture on here.


5th 

 I Watched with Andrew, Starship take-off, and land perfect this time. Well done SpaceX. 

A lot of pain later seems to be every joint I  have and more besides. Not good as already taken a lot of extra tablets, I know these will give me stomach problems later.


6th

While on the common my knee locked up and just gave way, and I dropped to the floor. The pain was very sharp. I got up, wiggled my leg about and the pain went and I was able to put weight on it again like nothing had happed at all. Very strange, but pleased it was a short burst of pain.

Paul has sealed the roof so hopefully, that will work. Just got to wait for rain now.


8th

Woke up with a bad headache, not good to start the day,  heavy rain too. 

Took Summer out late today as the rain was still pouring down. Yes, and the roof repair worked, well done Paul.

The second corona jab today, so hopefully I will be protected now. This one did not hurt as much as the last one. The Nurse did it a bit higher on my arm.  Later on, I had a more intense headache behind my eyes and down my neck. Feels like a lot of pressure in my head. Not too sure if this is related or just a coincidence, as had a lot of headaches just recently.


9th

Headache is mostly gone now so I am so pleased.

Nighttime I Finished off the second attempt of Tigger's head, as pulled down the last one, as something was not quite right. This time I have put on little diagrams so I know which bit is which and the right way up, as a lot look the same. I am better at knitting than sewing up anyway. I think this will help me hopefully or Tigger might not get finished.


10th

Not a good night woke up many times with ice-cold feet and spasms in my feet and legs.  

Angela popped round for a chat and coffee she is doing well. Cleaned up downstairs and washing, dried so well, as very windy. I love the smell of line-dried washing so fresh. Something you don't get with tumble drying.  I feel quite tired today as I a lot less sleep than usual. Spasms are still there but if I keep moving they back off a bit.

11th

Well an adventure day,  I went into town as not bean since January. Most shops are open now and just about back to normal. A lot of people around too. I quite enjoyed my day I felt free for the first time in ages. I got just about everything I wanted, so a good day for me. 


12th

Another not-good night I could not switch off and my brain was going at a fast pace. 

Changed the bedding and washed them, dried very well and quick. Home-made veg curry for tea, so we could all eat the same together, Andrew is a vegetarian. Very nice as well quite hot and spicey. We all enjoyed it.  


13th 

Dull start but not cold, the sun came out later. Lovely walk on the common with Summer so nice and green now. Bit of bedding ironing, and doing this Blog. Maybe a bit of sewing up Tigger later. More rest day than doing things today.  


12th


Finally, got Tigger done I am so pleased, Not quite as it should be, but, the finished Tigger looks the same as the picture.  I did manage to sew the tail into the hole where the head should have gone, so one big mistake. I did get the head on the right way after I had removed the tail. Gave it to Jamie-Lee and she thought it was great.


Tigger.




Mexican for tea, bacon, and chicken burger for me and fries. Very nice but too much Mayo, the meat kept dropping out the burger. I ate it all but I felt it later as very heavy on my stomach. 


16th

I have bean trying to mend a puncture in a wheelbarrow I borrowed from neighbor Andy to get horse muck off the common for the greenhouse. This has not worked despite four patches being used. I think the tube is a bit too old. Told Andy and he took it back. 

He said, he hardly used it so he put it outside his house for anyone to take. Within an hour someone had decided it was ok for them The barrow part was good, just needed a new wheel or maybe just the tube.


17th

While brushing Summer, I managed to pull out a few hairs around her eyes with the comb. She always has a lot of sleep black bits, that get stuck. This bled a bit but she did not seem bothered though. I put some Germolene on the sore bit and gave her the usual treat she has. All forgotten about, but I did feel very bad. I looked on the internet and a lady said to use a wet cold fannel and this will remove the sleep bits easily. Tried it and she was right.

Late night I had a very bad head, pounding. The air is very stormy so I think that has a lot to do with it. I stood up and a gushing nose bleed. I had already taken tablets for my headache but took more as no better. I managed to get to bed at 6am, still in pain. The birds were singing and it was lovely, another time perhaps to enjoy, but not tonight/ morning. Went to bed, hopefully, things will improve later. 


18th

Still headache but not as bad, but I hurt every. I know if I sit all day I will feel worse. I decide to get the greenhouse ready to take the horse muck. I took out five bags from each side, so now when Andrew and I get to the common to get the muck it will be ready to put on. My toms and cues are well behind, but the weather has bean more like winter again so I think they will catch up a bit when in the greenhouse All this lovely muck they will have to grow in should help too. 

The same sort of night again as last night, bad head. Still very stormy here, so go away heavy air give me a good day.  


19th 

Went with Paul to look at another car as this one wants too much money spending on it now as getting old and it's not worth it the cost. He chose another car  Citroen grand C4-- and will pick it up next Thursday. The last ride I would say for me in this car. I don't go in the car very much so the cars a lot more for him than me. 


20th

Summer did not settle last night I think the wind was upsetting her, howling down the chimney and the rain was blasting down battering against the windows. I stopped down with her sleeping on the settee. She soon settled again, now she had her Mum with her. 


21st

Other racks have come for the coins but they have sent them wrong. I got in touch with the seller and they will get back to me. The place is in China but supported by Amazon so should be alright. Shame as I was hoping to get them all done. I can finish off mine but not Paul's. Later I did not do the shelves as my hands not too good for grip today, maybe tomorrow.

Starting knitting another Tigger this one sits up and seems to be a bit easier to knit, but time will tell. 


22nd

A cold day is Winter back again? Lots of puddles on the common so Summer at least is pleased. Cold to a very strong west cold wind. We enjoyed our walk so that's all that matters. 

Started to do the coin selves, my hands are not too bad today so hopefully, I will not drop too many coins. They are all in their protective cases so will be ok if dropped on the carpet. Not like the crystals that have no chance. Andrew and I looked up how much the value has gone up for all of them. Not going to make me rich but at least they are worth more than I paid for them. Any way got them all done Dropping a few, looks good what I have done as you can see by the picture. 

 

Doctor Who protects them.

All done looks better than when they were all flat.



23rd

A cold windy day. Got a loan of a sack truck to get the horse muck with. 
Not a good day for pain, a nerve rash has come on my shoulders and neck very sore and itchy. I took an antihistamine this helps but it took a while to kick in. Hips are sore today as well, usually, it's more the left one but it's the other way round this time the right one giving me more pain. 

26th

Paul has got a ticket for Wembley to see Lincoln play Blackpool on Sunday. 
Had Jamie-Lee for a while but she was not very happy today.  

27th

Paul picked up the new car today.  I am cleaning and ironing as much as I can, as the pain is not good today. Helping Andrew with the big ladders we have, I managed to hurt my leg when I let go of it and it slid down taking off the skin as it went. This added to the already pain I was in. Took some tablets and just carried on with my jobs. At night the pain in my leg was not too good so when I went to bed it took ages to get to sleep. 
Then it's morning and time to get up again. People ask me why not stay in bed a bit more answer is it makes RSD usually worse. So long as I get at three hours I can cope. The pain is mostly what wakes me up in the morning.

29th

Yesterday Andrew made Summer another collar. Warm today lovely on the common.  We enjoyed our walk Summer and me. This is about the only place I actually go at the moment. 




Cute Summer.


Weeded around the greenhouse and inside a few weeds had grown plus some cat muck. The tomatoes and cucumbers I set, are doing very well they will be late, but the weather we had in May and the beginning of June would not have helped them grow much anyway. As it was too cold in the green.
 house.  

My leg is a bit sore but I do not think it is infected. 
Went to the common with Andrew and got some horse muck. To start with we could not find any so moved places. We got a big bag full so I think this will be enough. The truck we borrowed from Ness was very good and easy to push. The bag went straight into the greenhouse after being taped up to sweat. I shut the greenhouse door and over the next few days, it will heat up and sweat the muck. I think a week or so will be enough. I am pleased we managed to get the horse muck as last time it worked very well and I had a very good crop of tomatoes and cucumbers. 

30th

Jamie-Lee here from 8.30 as Paul and Lindsay plus Tommy-Lee and Andy from across the road are heading to Wembley for Lincoln v Blackpool football match. Lindsay and Tommy-Lee have not got tickets but will find a pub and watch it from there. They are going for the atmosphere. The new car will have a good test run. 
Jamie-Lee and I had a very good day and she was a pleasure to have. Andrew also kept her entertained with spelling and math and even a bit of Latin. This gave me a bit of time to rest. 

After an accident near the stadium and traffic jams, Paul was held up. They arrived home at 11.30pm. 
All very tired but buzzing after Lincoln had a good match, they lost 2-1 but Paul said it was very good.
I think everyone had a good day.  

31st 

Emie from two doors away came round to play with Summer. When Summer went to sleep we played with the barbie and Sindy dolls. Her Dad shouted over the fence to see if everything was alright, as she had bean here quite a while. Emie went home, and I had a sit down as not feeling the best. Tired from yesterday I think and lack of sleep.






Well, again a bit of a mixed month. I think that's how people with RSD can describe their lives. There are good bits, many ups and downs, and disappointments too. Obviously, there are some better days but not like before when I could control my life. 



Anyway, all the very best to you all, hope you enjoy this month's Blog.  
Love Gill.


April.

 April 1st

Well not a good night for me. Awake a lot with pain, very hot at times, even though it had got colder after the heatwave we had earlier on in the week. I do not feel right today, far away and so exhausted.

3rd

Sorted out all my crystals after me buying my new ones last month. I polished them with a glasses cloth, very shiny now and they all look good.  I took it steady and stopped when my hands started began to shake or feel strange. It is nearly all done, just the last two shelves to do, not much on them, bigger things. I move one ornament and I dropped it on the crystals that were on the floor. Smash--- the pig broke and left two orphaned piglets,  plus a duck that lost its feet and wing. Everything else was lucky. Andrew thinks he can mend them both so the baby pigs will get their mother back.  Andrew did manage to mend them both you can hardly tell they were ever broken.



5th

What a difference, so cold 3C with a wind chill factor around zero, northeast wind. Last week's temperature was up to 23C. So cold on the common today I was pleased when I got back into the warm. Summer does not seem to feel the cold so much, so she was fine. She needs a trim so she has a very thick long coat at the moment.

Balance not good today and still the far-away feel. 

Managed to get the letter from my Doctor, this time everything good. Just a few more bits to sort out then the document can be on its way to PIPS.

A bit of snow today did not settle.

7th

My friend John is here again to help with the last few bits for PIPS. Lindsay is writing a letter as well. 

Not too bad a day, tired as usual it's the sort of tiredness that stops your brain from performing even the slightest task. Pain as well from at least one source. If RSD does not get you me something else will, I can be almost certain of that. 

8th

Summer's hair cut today Maxine said Summer did have a lot to cut this time. 


Doing her best Eeyore impression

Be for hair cut she looks sad but does like Maxine a lot. She says Summer is the best dog she grooms.

Summer was very good and did not fall asleep or slip off the table. After over an hour she was finished, next nails, then done. She looks cutter, smaller, and whiter. 

All smiles now - more like Tigger

All the hair that came off.

I let her have a rest and a chew then she had a bath. Even whiter now and smells so sweet.


After her bath very tired now.

Posted PIPS letter so wait and see now, I have done all I can.

9th

Sharp frost cold again but nice in the sun on the common. Summer and I enjoy our walks very much.

All so very calm on there and peaceful. Some days I see a lot of friends, others no one. Summer likes to see her friends too. In fact, most are Summers friends.  

Not a good day for me, very shakey and cold a lot of the time. Not hungry either so not a lot of food eaten today.

10th

Doing a bit more of the puzzle not going the best. I can not get the sky right. Most pieces fit in two places, making it very hard to know where the right place is for them. I will finish it but when??

Chinese for tea, chicken balls, chips, and curry sauce for me. Indian for Andrew and Paul. Very good it was too I really enjoyed it, probably a little too much as I was very full. I was pleased though because as I said, I had not eaten much for the past few days.

11th

A  very cold start to the day, snow I think later.  Managed to get the sky done on the puzzle so very pleased. Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round in the afternoon. We played Monopoly. Jamie-Lee was not happy today in fact quite mardy. Nothing seemed to please her.

 I have had nerve pain and rash on my shoulder and neck for a few days, very painful and sore. Feels like sunburn and nettle rash all at the same time plus the pain as well. Lindsay put on some cream for me and that helped cool it a bit. 

Lindsay left and we had tea.  Indeed it did snow later quite a bit, big flakes falling against the dark sky. Very sharp frost when I went to bed and biting cold. Summer was not out very long be before she went to bed, maybe she felt the cold after her trim.

12th

Nerve pain not as bad tonight and my shoulders not as hot and sore, I am very pleased. Writing my blog and hopefully going to do a bit more of the puzzle. 


13th

Finished off the puzzle I was doing at one point I did not think I would finish it. As soon it is possible it can go to the charity shop with any other bits. I have put in a note saying how hard it is and frustrating.

 

It was a very nice picture but so hard to.
 

Summer is having a bit of trouble with her back right leg, she is carrying it very stiff. I have massaged it so hopefully, that will help. 

My legs late at night were very painful as well, at one point I had a wheaty bag on my knees to try and calm down the nerves. Helped a bit but the pain still there, I raised up the chair leg bit, which gave me terrible spasms all the way up both legs. Whatever I did it solved one problem but gave me another.

I went to bed around 4am still in more pain than usual but tired. I was awake a while then an exhausted sleep took over. Glad the day was over tomorrow has to be better. 


14th

Woke up at 8am the pain seemed to have gone a bit, So pleased. Cleaned up downstairs. Moving around is a lot better for me than sitting. So that is what I try to keep going not possible a lot of the time, but I try.   


15th

Up early again changed bedding got it washed and dried. Sorting out the other ornament cupboards. Ironing is done. I then shredded last time's PIPS forms as they will not be needed duplicate copies sent to Paul.


16th

Got up put my feet to the floor and pain from my left hip and lower back.  Hopefully, I will walk it off but every step hurts. Lifting my leg just to walks is so painful with spasms as well. With RSD it seems there is always pain somewhere. The extra tablets do not help much apart from getting to my stomach and upsetting it. Did not get any better throughout the day. Not having too good a time at the moment.


18th

What a lovely day, warm and no cold wind a beautiful Spring-like day. Lovely on the common, Summer ran around like a little pup. Hip a little better so long as I take it easy. Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round on their bikes. Gave Jamie-Lee the little chick I knitted for her with some sweets. She loved the chick and said it was cute.

 



 Cute I think and Jamie-Lee thought so too.


20th

Another sunny day Spring must be here. Brushed Summer another good lot of fluff off her. Very tired today, I think the last few day's pain and less sleep have worn me down. Having a rest day doing a bit of knitting. Harry Potter, nearly finished it, had to redo the trousers as too small. I think he is a bit fatter than the pattern. Too much stuffing I think, soon redone. These fitted well Sometimes I think the pattern can be a bit out or I did the legs too long. Got the face and hair to do and scarf. 


21st

Repotted three of the inside plants as getting too big for the present pots. Tiding up in the shed the gardening bits. The stands for my coins have come and they look pretty good. I put a coat of wax on them. Andrew is going to help me put them in the cupboard. I think it a good idea after dropping the crystals last time.  Hopefully, we will do it tomorrow. There is still another two coin display stands to come so it will not get finished yet. 


22nd

Frost to start with, I was up before 8am. Soon warmed up and we had a lovely walk with  Pat and Milo. A lot longer walk than we are used to so Summer was very tired when we got back.

Andrew and I put the coins in their stands and they look good. You can now see the coins as they should be shown not flat as I had them. I am sure when the other stands come they will look even better. Thank you, Andrew. 




24th

Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round late afternoon. Jamie-Lee had got her glasses she is very proud of them.  

Jamie-Lee trying on her new glasses at opticians.


Suey.


Suey their dog has not to bean too well and Lindsay thought the worst. Turned out better than she thought a stomach infection, so a few Antibiotics and she should be as good as new.

25th

Now finished Harry Potter for Jamie-Lee to take to a school friend. I think he looks good. I am sure she will too.

First-year at Hogwarts.




26th

Ordered some Kindle books off Amazon, eight books most free, 79p total cost. I now have over a hundred books on my Kindle. The one I am reading at the moment is about the very first space flight. The race between the Americans and the Russians. The story behind the flights and the families. A good read but long. I like to read shorter stories and a lot of children books. 

28th

Not too good today, a lot of pain in my back and hips, yes both. Properly bean leaning on the left side too much, usually the bad side. The neck is painful too with pain shooting up to my head. I have taken many tablets but not had much effect. I know this will go as it came but sure makes you feel bad till it does.



Again another mixed month for me. A lot of people are getting excited about the pubs and shops opening. I think I have just got used to being home all the time with Summer. I did not go out much before though. Spring is here, and the trees are all of a sudden are green again. Very good to see you after the last few months. Getting warmer too well some days it is. Hopefully better things to come this year, for all of us. 

As usual all my best to you all,
Love Gill.






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