December 1st

No frost this morning but windy. Wrapped up the Christmas cakes I made yesterday. Only one more to go then all done. Of course, there's the marzipan and icing to do at a later date. 

Got a letter from Pips/Attendance Allowance claim people, saying that I need to fill in yet another form. As the 50 page odd one, I filled it in April can not be passed on and I have to another. At least this form has only 30 pages. Why did they not let me know sooner? When I first filled in the form the time wait was around 8 weeks. That came and went and no communication from them. I wonder is it all worth the effort? John my friend who helps, well a lot more than help, he fills in the form for me as he has for a lot of other friends. 


Snow when I first got up, not a lot, but you could tell it was not just frost. Summer loves the snow and rubs herself along the ground, sort of like we do with snow angels (snow pups?). The snow soon went with the sun being bright and warm. Took some pictures on the common by the time I got home most of the snow on the paths had gone. 

I love snow.
I love my ball so much.
Play with me- I have rolled in the snow enough now.
Pictures of Queens Park. 

As you can see not a great amount of snow- was quite a bit thicker earlier.


Going into town today, we have the uphill Christmas market on for 4 days, so hopefully, it will be not as busy in the town centre. I was wrong big time, loads of people, queues everywhere. I think everyone shopping had the same thought as me, not as busy today. I got a lot of things, presents as well, there are a few Birthday this month so extra gifts to get. As we are back to wearing masks and the shops are very warm now, I struggle with the temperature changes. Going in and out of the shops makes me very dizzy and so hot. As I said got a lot of things so well worth going. So tired later and pain not good either. I do not go into town as much as I used to. I did enjoy shopping be for RSD especially if I had plenty of time, but not as much now. 

I did stop a lady from getting run over by a car though. Her friends had gone across but as she was quite a bit slower, she just got to the crossing as the red man came up. I held her arm and pulled her back, and said wait till the next crossing. Trouble was people were still running across so she thought it was safe. Her friends never looked back for her. She pointed them out and I waved to them, no response. I took her across with the green man still no acknowledgement from her friends they just carried on talking. The lady thanked me many times, I felt sorry for her as she was quite old and frail. Hope they looked after a bit better next time they crossed a road or she will run over.


Out today for a Christmas dinner meal, I do not go out very much now, the noise gets to me, a lot of the places are overheated. At times I can not cut up my food and this is not nice for me. Today was mostly good a lot of noise as it's held in a pub but on the whole not bad. My food was a beef dinner and I expected pieces of beef from a joint, but it was a thick bit of based steak. No cutting needed as it fell apart so tasty I took some back for Summer she enjoyed it very much. A nice day all around. I did not eat as so full till the next day's dinner, then it was only toast.  


Two friends from yesterday's meal came round to see Paul and me, David and Katherine. David used to live in Lincoln then he moved to Great Yarmouth and met up with a past school friend, and they became a lovely couple. They both said they enjoyed the meal, Katherine's first Christmas one. Christmas is the only one I go to now, there are usually 4 a year.


Had a phone call from my doctor, the receptionist said that my heart results are back, and he needs to talk to me tomorrow. I have bean expecting him to phone as I know my heart is not right. I was told this when I broke my wrist in 2020 January. Somehow it got missed and no one apart from the hospital knew about it. You can not blame Covid for everything. I did my best and rung up but in the end, I gave up. He has referred me to the hospital for more tests so wait and see.


Spoke to my Doctor and he said it's a valve that is not right in my heart and will need to be sorted. I will get an appointment to see a  cardiologist soon. I am not really bothered about it, as he said it's not got much worse in the last nearly 2 years. ( they sent the results of my last scan 2020 this time) so it's Wait and see. 


Marzipanned all the cakes so one step closer now, icing in about a week or so. John came round later and we did the Attendance allowance claim form, got it all done many thanks to John again.


The hospital cardiologist phoned up to discuss my heart problem and I will get an appointment as soon as they can sort one out.

My friend Joys' Birthday is today and I am going to see her later. I bought her a musical Christmas Merry go round that play we wish you a Merry Christmas. She loved it as all as Christmas is a joy to her. She is not doing too good at the moment. A good afternoon so all the best joy.


Booster jab today all went well arm is a little tender but does not hurt too much. The Other ARM hurts like hell same spot where the injection went in. That's RSD for you never straightforward. Post claim form so now wait yet another 8 weeks or more. At least John and I have tried. Later that night I felt my arm and there was a very big lump on it. When Andrew came down he felt it and said that's not right. At the time the plaster with the cotton wool was still stuck on hence the lump. After this was taken off hardly a mark or much else to see or feel. Quite funny really.


A lovely Spring-like day warm as well got up to 13C in the afternoon. Bean tidying up the greenhouse and garden. Looks good now all the dead bits and old support canes are gone now. The greenhouse is now empty of plants just watering cans. Just got done and Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came round. Good to see then bean a while as Tommy-Lee got covid and Jamie-Lee got a bad bug. So they all kept away. They stayed for tea a bit after but Jamie-Lee was at school the next day so she had to go home to bed or she would be up late the next day.


Lindsay and Paul going shopping to get Presents for her. When they came back Suey came too Summer was so excited so was Suey they love each other so much.

My best friend Suey.

 Later Suey had a sleep in Summer's basket. She does not mind one bit.

Lovely Suey.


Cleaning up and 2 lots of washing done drying inside as wet again out. Haircut today has got quite long this time. My hair grows outward as well as downwards. So tends to look like afro hair at times. Looks nice now as usual. The red Dragon big crane as Andrew and I call him got dismantled today I think they have finished with him now. Bye, we will miss you. The blue Dragon is still up and working so still one dragon here. The red one might be needed at the front of the site so could be seen again.

Dismantled ready to move on.

How it looks at the bottom of our garden now.

 The riverbank is looking good if not a bit sparse. I think after a Spring the weeds and shrubs will make it look better for us, the ducks and moorhens.

Looking a lot better than it used to, even better when all done.


Woke to a bad headache one-sided and behind my right eye. took most of the day to go. At the dentist today as well. Sitting in the dentist's chair with a bad head is not nice.  Everything ok, so that's good back in six months. Did a bit of Christmas shopping while in town, I tend to get a lot at the same time so fewer trips now. My arm does not hurt now, this injection the booster, was the less painful of the three. I think it depends on who does the injection. I have found that out with my B12 ones. 


Lindsay came round with Jamie-Lee. We played monopoly, or at least we tried. Jamie-Lee was in a bit of a mood and nothing seemed to please her. Andy our neighbour and friend was round, he said do we need the monopoly police to come and sort her out? In the end, we gave up. Lindsay said she was tired, end of the school term now so she can relax a bit. 

Looking after Emmie tonight as well. She was very calm and relaxed as usual. She and Jamie-Lee are very different temperaments, both around the same age. Emmie and I played board games, Later she was tired so I said cuddle up on the settee and rest a bit. Soon after her Dad Squiddey came home, just after ten pm so I headed home to watch Strictly Come Dancing. This is the first series I have watched and have enjoyed it a lot. Rose is deaf and is in the final with Giovanni as her partner. The other finalists are two men, John and  Jonannas, who are also doing very well. Who will win I do not know it could go either way.

Rose and Giovanni won- but it must have bean so close neither Rose nor Giovanni could speak as the tears flowed. In fact, everyone shed a  few tears. Rose said later, that she did it for all the deaf people out there to prove it can be done. Well done Rose.



Happy Birthday, Angela, she came round here for her present and card.

Earlier I had iced all the Christmas cakes and I think they look good. Six in total. Our kitchen is not the biggest and there is not a lot of worktop space. I use the dining room table where they will stay overnight to dry a bit. Good job there are only three of us to use the table for tea.

All done just need to dry now.


A dull dark day but not that cold. Summer and I had a good walk on the common. We met a few of her friends. Put all the cakes in tins ready to go to friends and family. Stickers are on the tins so there will be no mixing them up. One does not have brandy in. Took a picture of my Chinese lantern plant. 

Don't they look pretty no leaves just lanterns.

Lindsay Paul and Jamie-Lee went to another circus this time at the show ground. They all said it was very good. Jamie-Lee won the raffle again like she did at the last circus on the common.


A very frosty start to the day at least it's dry. I would sooner have a cold frosty day than a damp milder day any time.

Going into town today. Wayne is coming for Christmas for certain now. Up to now, he was not sure, probably after Christmas. A shame it's just Wayne, as it would have bean nice to see Kayleigh. Not seen her since 2019 Christmas then I was ill.  Did quite well with presents for them. 


Andy came round with a bottle of sherry and glasses for us to have a Christmas drink. Paul was shopping so just me and Andrew. Quite nice, only half a little glass for me. I have not had sherry for at least thirty years. I have never bean used to drinking much but it was very nice though. Sherry used to be the "in drink" at one time.  Later went round taking presents to relations. Did not get back till nearly eight o'clock. Poor Summer she was two hours late for her tea. We had chip shop chips, very good too, have not had any for ages. 


Cleaning up today. Paul has gone to pick Wayne up from Halifax. They got back around six pm. We had Chinese for tea but only a small one as I did not want leftovers. Good to see Wayne, not seen him since July. After tea, I made some mince pies and jam tarts. I was going to make some small sponge cakes but it got too late as I did not start till nine pm. 


Merry Christmas everyone. Cooking for ten today, Paul prepared all the veg so that was a big help. Everything was cooked just right and we all enjoyed the meal. Jay-Jay and Tommy-Lee said they could have done with a bit more. I was nicely full up hardly had anything else for the rest of the day. Lots of lovely presents as well. 

Merry Christmas from the Pup.

I am going to end my Blog there as I do not think there will be much happening for the next few days. If there is it will go on my next Blog.

Hope you all had a good Christmas and enjoyed it all. All the best to everyone Love Gill.


November 1st

Awake a lot during the night with pain in my back and hips.. The worst was yet to come. When I got up my neck was very tight and painful. As most RSD suffers know moving usually helps with most pain. I took Summer for her walk, not a pleasant walk I must say. I started to clean up hoping the movement would help loosen everything up. NO this did not happen at all, the pain got worse, and full very painful spasms started. Every time moved my neck forward or back the pain was off any scale. Macing me shout out with all the pain that was going on. This started to go into my hips and back ending up with full-body spasms and PAIN. I took throughout the day, six 400mg IBUPROFEN and four 30mg DIHYDROCODEINE plus four BACLOFEN and liquid MORPHINE ORAMORPH.  This did little to help, spending the rest of the sat down trying very hard not to move. 

By the end of the day the RSD had kicked in and the pain was intense. Not really able to take any more pain killer I tried TIGER BALM, but just rubbing this in was so painful. The tablets had made me a bit unsteady on my feet. 


The night was very broken with a lot of pain and spasms. My brain was fried and I felt very sick most of the day. Andrew took Summer for her walk today which she enjoyed.  This day was a painful blur.


Not a great night but better than the last two. A bit better today the RSD still going mad, but pain wise a bit less. So long as I do not make any quick moves my neck is not as bad as the last two days, it could not have gotten much worse. Andrew went with me for Summer's walk, not a long walk but still very nice. I hate being inside any day, especially when you can hardly move and not do much. I know the flair-up is not as bad as some I have had in the past but the pain is extreme.


Paul and Lindsay plus Summer were going to the fireworks at the football ground. Jamie-Lee was ill so Paul went with his sister and her boyfriend instead. I wish I could have gone but it as I know makes my RSD very much worse. They said they were very good and Paul filmed it on his phone for me.


A sharp frost this morning the first of this winter. Andrew came with Summer on walk today. A nice fresh one it was, with frost still on the common.

The river people are getting on well with work. 


Bottom of the garden very close now.
Garden again.
View from the bridge, the platform they built has now bean removed.


I feel a bit better today but spasms are still there, so long as I am careful the pain is manageable with extra pain tablets.

Going to sort out the so-called toy cupboard getting rid of the ones that Jamie-Lee has grown out of.

Started knitting Miss Piggy to go with two Kermits that I made.

Chinese for tea which was nice as not eaten much the last few days.  


Redoing Octobers blog as messed up by computer blip. Going well this time as nearly finished. The pictures take a lot of time to do. Paul cooked tea chicken and veg tatties, good it was too. 

My neck is a bit better but still a bit tight and sore, not taking many extra tablets now so my stomach feels better for it. A better day all around, even the RSD flare-up has backed down a bit.


Summer is having a bath today, I think she will feel a lot better after as a lot of bits were in the water from the common plants. These had bean irritating her for a few days. Cleaning up downstairs today this made me feel a bit lightheaded at times, Got it done so that's good. Sit downtime and a bit more knitting of Miss Piggy. 


B12 at last, twenty weeks since the last one. This was painful, the nurse took blood as well for my heart testing. I had an ECG as well. This was clear so that's good just wait for my scan next week. This is a heart scan to check up on the workings of my heart. I had one when I broke my wrist in  January 2020. This was supposed to be followed up, but was not,  things were not right with my heart then. Know more after next week. I am not worried as I feel alright most of the time, apart from the RSD that is.

More pictures from the river people. The platform that was removed, has now bean replaced with a plank type one.

The work seems to be going very well.


Not cold at all today, most people on the common had taken off their coats. My friend Angela is going to york for a few days and leaving her car in the street.

Visit to my friends today her husband is very ill with cancer. She needed someone just to talk to. We had a sandwich and just sat with each other I hope I did some good. I think I did. Why does this happen to the really nice people?

My arm is very tender more than normal. A lot of nerve pain shooting from my neck and shoulder. Was a nerve pinched or hit?


Nice walk with Summer, we saw some of Summers friends not cold again either. Doing this month's blog going well nearly up to date.

After dinner going to see my friend Lyn as it's her birthday tomorrow. I was going on my bike but it will be dark when I come back so that, and it's very windy- I will be going on the bus. Had to wait for ages for one. The drivers are either ill or on holiday. Nice catch-up with Lyn, I have not seen her for ages. Coming back there was a bus straight away.

The common is looking very beautiful at the moment with all the colours of the trees. Some have lost their leaves others are still well leafed.


Summer near the park.

The common any time of the year is so calming and colourful but in Autumn, winter it's even more so. What a lovely place to have so close.

Emmie (Neighbours Daughter) came round later to see Summer and play with the Barbies She loves coming round to play. Her Dad was cooking tea so she was not here for long. 

I have a bad nerve rash on my shoulder back, not nice at all. This feels like nettle rash and bee/wasp stings very nasty. I try not to touch the area as that makes it worse, but its not easy. Getting hot can fire it up all so. 


One of the smoke alarms started beeping early morning, this scares Summer and she tries to get out. She can not do this as its night time. Last time she ruined the dining room curtains. This time she pulled down the front room ones. I went to bed around four AM so it was after this. Paul came down and let her out for a while, she was hiding under the stairs. Poor little Summer, I think when she was a puppy at the birthplace, something must have happened with a smoke alarm. She calmed down and was alright later.  


Summer had her hair cut today and looks a lot better you can see her face now. With the appointment at ten am, we waited till after her cut, to go for a walk. Everyone we met, said she looked very smart. She was asleep on my chair for most of the remaining day.

So tired now.
Just leave me alone till snack time or, tea time, please.

Took down the mini-greenhouses that have bean in use over the Summer months. Washed the covers and poles. Will put away tomorrow as covers need time to dry.   

Little Snowy cat has disappeared, we have not seen him for a few weeks. His owner has not seen him either. Sometimes cats do go walkabout for a few weeks then come back. Mr ginge used to a lot. Summer is missing Snowy and does not understand where he is. She looks for him every day and checks his little bed and looks so sad when he is not there. I do hope he will come back. One of the cats nearby is bulling him and he was very scared of him.


Heart test today ECHOCARDIOGRAM to see if there is anything wrong with my heart. I had one of these when I broke my wrist in January 2020. Somehow everything got lost and nothing went to my doctor. Everything went well no problems. Bit tender bit on my chest when the probe was being pressed. At one point my legs started to spasm up. I asked the young lady that was doing the scan if she had records of the other scan I had. She said yes it's here. She did not know why the transfer to my doctor did not happen. This took around half an hour. Andrew is having his 2nd Covid jab today. He said his arm was a bit tender and stiff.


Watched a rocket take off not from Space X this time but from Astra. The fourth time for them and everything went well. Straight up into the sky not sideways or blown, up brilliant. Space X took four attempts also. Andrew's arm is very sore and stiff having trouble moving it without pain. Also, he is very tired.

Headache and neck pain later, and nerve pain in my arm, which spread to my right foot, where the RSD first started, not a nice thing to have. Took extra tablets, did not do a lot to ease the pain.


Very cold start to the day frost white over. I was in the garden early hours and there was no frost. Very cold clear sky temperature must have dropped later. 

More pictures of the Autumn changes near the common and park, taken in the afternoon after all the frost had gone.


Nurse today to see what's going on. When I got there the receptionist said this was a phone call appointment. News to me I said, after a long wait I saw the nurse. This was about my cholesterol as I thought.  This has gone down so she said it was ok, but try to get it down further. I said doctor Hindocha was not worried about it at all. She looked through my notes and saw what he had said. She said it could be hereditary as my diet is excellent. The nurse said try Benacoll as research has shown it works for lowering cholesterol. I walked home, very cold, pleased I had on my big coat. Checked on the log in doctors site and it was like I thought, an appointment at the doctors,  not a phone call like they said. Chips for tea, very nice too. 


Not as cold today but damp cold. Mum and Dad used to say when it was like this, it was raw cold and it went straight through your bones. Summer and I walked around the common with Mary and Rory her cute dog. Mary gives Summer treats, but she thinks she never has had enough and begs for more.

I hurt a lot today top of my hips, shoulders, and neck. Not a good day for me.


A cold start today sharp frost. Trying to finish off Miss Piggy, but not going too well. The features I can not get right. The hair I cut too short and had to do it again. Headache later probably from the knitting and not getting things right. I will try again tomorrow to see how things go.


Got Miss piggy right now and I am quite pleased with her. She is sitting with the two Kermits so I think will be very happy. 

I think she looks happy now.

I am making Christmas cakes again this year, just for friends and family. I use a big Kenwood mixer so it does all the hard work for me. The kitchen smelt lovely later. One done four to go, well five really but two are small ones.  


Very cold a sharp frost white over. On the common with Summer, it did not feel that cold. No wind though so that makes a difference. Saw quite a few cars with snow on the roofs. Did not really get a lot warmer either. Some places have had snow we had a tiny bit but did not settle. Wayne has snow and quite a bit. Spoke to my sister in law and she said they had snow. They only live around five miles away. 

Making the small cakes today and another big one too. Going well and again the kitchen smells like a cake shop. 

Not a good month for me this time. Too much pain and discomfort. Hope you are having a better month. As usual all the very best to everyone love gill. 

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