November 1st

Spoke to the Doctor that has bean looking after me regarding my wrist from when it was broke. My wrist is still very painful.  I have bean massaging it with PHORPAIN IBUPROFEN GEL 10% W/W, this helps a bit but I think there is something a bit wrong with my wrist. I twisted it when drying Luna, since then it has not bean right at all. The Doctor said I would receive an appointment soon to see him. 

Cleaning up stairs today got most done, the rest tomorrow. 


Pilates on my bike cold and windy. I think Winter is on its way. I did not go quite as hard on the squats this week, as muscle pain last time for a few days. Shows how much not doing something can affect you.  


Finished off doing the bedrooms, went over downstairs as well. Paul was sanding the back hallway cupboard door and there was sawdust on the floor, so I left the vacuum out for him to finish when he had done. 

Later a lot of fireworks were going off some with very loud bangs. I had Luna tucked in my hoodie and she seemed to like them. In fact she grumbled when it was quiet, more so with the ground fireworks. She could hear them but not see them.  I am still down stairs sleeping with Luna. We get quite a good nights sleep.  Not sure what the next step is but for now its as it is. 


A very wet day rained a lot, river is very high. We are lucky as many people have left their homes because of serious flooding. I know it's very wet on the common with small underground streams and rivers appearing in a lot of places. You have to be careful that you do not slip. Saw Mary and gave her the calming spray and plug in, to hopefully help Rory, as he is terrified of firework and loud bangs. He was a street dog for a few years so no ones really knows what he went through. Hope it helps as he is a lovely dog.

Our friend John is here tonight to treat us to a Chinese super as a thank you for Paul taking him to appointments out of Lincoln. The Chinese was very good and Andrew joined us as well, everyone enjoyed the food.


 Lindsay and family plus Paul, went to see the Sincil Bank football ground fireworks. Tommy-Lee's girlfriend Kiera had got a very bad case of TONSILLITIS and looked very pale. Tommy-Lee was not the best either. Andrew, Luna and I did not go. Andrew is not really interested and would sooner watch them in the garden. I can not go as it could bring on SEIZURES, the flashing lights have never bean very good for me even be for I had SEIZURES. I always felt dizzy at fairgrounds often with headaches too. At a display you are just sat waiting for the fireworks to begin, never on time either. No sooner started then finished. Not like when I was growing up, a big bonfire a small box of fireworks. A great time. We then watched any others that went off. So casual and just a nice night. When I was younger we often used to put half cooked potatoes to finish baking in the embers of the fire. My parents trusted us enough to let us do this and get close to the fire. Not like today, that is if there even is a bonfire at all, it would be roped off. Were we a lot more sensible or more grown up than to days children!? 


Today I am varnishing the doors for the cupboard that Paul has sanded down. This takes a long time as new soft wood. Three coats are recommend, I am hoping just to do two and see how it goes. This I am doing outside but it's a bit cold and soon gets dark. Going well, holding the brush a bit hard at times but starting and stopping seems to work. Most bits have had at least one coat so the rest another day.

 Doing well with the blanket I am making, nearly half way there. Then I will be decreasing all the way down to four stitches again. When finished I will put a picture up. Just another one to make after this one is finished. I am going to do smaller stripes. Not sure why, but this seems to go quicker possibly because you change colour more often.


Cold wind on the common. Saw Mary and Rory she said he was terrified and did not even want to go out for a wee. She thought the plug in and spray helped but needed more time to saturate the house. Poor Rory he is such a good dog. Luna's coat is keeping her warm and dry and everyone thinks she looks very cute in it. I got some new tracksters today for my Pilates sessions and when I go running again. My others are at least a decade old and very tattie. Hopefully they will be a bit warmer when going on my bike this winter. Got a few Christmas presents come as well.


Paul and I took my bike (in the back of the car) for a service as badly needed one. He said he would have it done at the latest Wednesday next week. 

Went into town to get a few Christmas presents did quite well too. Had to ring Paul to meet me, as the bags got too heavy for me. I was going to come home by bus but they are all usually full after the bus station stop. I would have got on the one out of town, so no much chance of getting a seat. I do not like buses anyway and have not bean on one for over three years since be for COVID. Very tired later and shoulder pain too, from the bags of shopping. Bit more of the blanket going well.


Nice walk on the common Squidgy and his son Ben (ex neighbours)came round to see us, just as I came back from the common. After they had gone I cleaned up before going to see my friend Lyn as its her Birthday. I looked at the clock and thought it said eleven am but no it was twelve. I had to hurry then as going on the bus around one ish. Got there ok it felt weird being on a bus again as not bean on one for around three years. The journey is only a short ride around two- three miles. Lyn and Mo her husband are both well. She looks very good as a bit older than me but not as many health problems. Good to see her, as last time we met up was my Birthday in February. Her bungalow is very nice and tidy the whole time but can be cold as they only heat up the one room.  


Pilates went well, the bike rode a lot smoother and just glided along. Went up Canwick hill lovely, cold and windy along the back roads. I put my balaclava on coming home under my helmet to cover my ears a lot warmer than going . A good session but wrist is very painful, not good when you need it to hold the handlebars. Cup of tea and a big cuddle with Luna when I got home.


FLU and COVID jabs then into town to get some wool to make my friends baby a blanket. She is called Heather and is the new baby daughter of Helen and Paul and sister for Poppy who is four. Well done all of you.

Jabs went well arms a bit tender but not too bad. Came home and watched Starship take off went well did more this time. Did the belly flop not easy for something weighing around 120 tons plus.

Later we had Indian for tea very nice too. Later I did not feel the best probably tired out. During the night hot and cold dizzy even when lying down. 


Legs and arms very painful spasms too. Got up violent headache. I took Luna as sometimes it can help in the fresh cold air. I think it did make my head feel a bit better. I just feel so hot and dizzy all the time. Later mid afternoon I had a lay down on the settee with Luna of course. Felt better after wards head not as spinning.


I feel a bit better but not really that good mostly just sat all day sometimes knitting other times just resting. Finished off the first blanket just the ends to sew in. 

Blanket all done came out a bit bigger than the last one I made.

Getting the other one started now, smaller stripes like I said plus one more colour as I used some on first blanket. Did some washing and put it out I think it will dry. 


Looks like it will rain soon, so getting Luna out early after her brush. She did not get her brushed yesterday and it showed a few knots. Hopefully she will be able to get cut soon, last time she was scared of the clippers so Maxine could not do too much. I do feel quite a bit better but not quite right yet. I think this was a reaction to the jabs I had. At a guess I would say the FLU one. Any way I am on the way up now. I am going to give Pilates a miss this week as a ten mile round trip so not up to that. 

Did a bit of cleaning up but forgot the water was off. Lucky it was not off long so able to do bathroom and kitchen the rest tomorrow. 


As I said no Pilates this week. Rested and did more knitting of second blanket going well and seems to be faster. Twenty row stripes instead of forty rows, More changes and ends to sew in but looks good. 

I feel stronger today but very tired and headache back again.  Limb pains just about gone now so I am very pleased about that.


Sharp frost very cold on the common. Luna did not feel it as she was running around, I am pleased I got her the red coat as she soon gets cold when stood.  She now weighs 4.9kg so not much at all, since last month she has put on a little bit from 4.5. Later working on this Blog bringing it up to date.

Andrew and I are going to make a Christmas cake. I said I was not going to make one but Andrew said he would help so today's the day. Cake baking went well. Andrew did most of it and I weighed up the ingredients. The cake smelt so good while it was cooking. I am making John a sponge cake like I did last year. Then that's it, no more as it takes me a lot longer to do some things now. My grip is not good neither is my concentration either. I need my glasses to just see labels and cooking instructions.


A wet start to the day. Luna was confused as we held off to see if the rain stopped a bit. We got out around two pm, so not too bad Luna was very happy. With going out at a different time we met a lot of new people and dogs. Paul and I went Christmas shopping to see what presents we could get. Not very successful as only got one. At least it's one less. I got Luna a treat ball recommended by Westie Vibes; a youtube channel I watch. You fill it with treats then the dog rolls it around to get them, can take a while as it has a lip. It's the Planet Dog Orbee- Tuff Lil'Snoop --Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy small Royal Blue from Amazon. 


Luna's hair cut today, how will it go? Last time not too good as she was scared of the clippers. This time however, she very good and Maxine managed a good groom on her. I did have to hold her at times but on the whole she was very good. Maxine was very surprised how she coped with it all as well. She looks so sweet now and a lot smaller too.

She looks so sweet.

Had a walk with Andrew to get some things from Hobby Craft just outside of the town centre. Also Boyes in town, quite a walk as already bean on the common. It was very cold as well. Luna was not happy at being left but she will be alright. I did get my Brother his Christmas present so that's good. Luna was very happy we were back.

New people have moved in next door, and their dog barks a lot, it's only a little dog but can be very annoying.


Went to see my friend Joy today took both her Christmas and Birthday present. I have not seen her for ages just speaking on the phone. Good afternoon and nice to see her face to face. Paul took me and the presents as around two miles away and I walked back calling in the town and getting a few more Christmas bits.  


No Pilates today as very cold again and sharp frost. I would be going on my bike and I did not think it was worth it for an hours Pilates. I think I will struggle in the cold weather getting there. I could go by bus, but it's around twenty minutes or more to the bus stop as it does not come past the high street. The buses are a mystery to everyone as they run when they feel like it. The first ones runs on time and after that's it's a have I missed it  or not. Coming back home it's the same. So I like to go on my bike when I can. 

Luna had a "Pup day" she was just getting in to trouble, eating the plants that have bean brought in for winter, my vase of flowers too. I had to sort out some parcels for pick up, while at the door she ate my chocolate biscuits (not good for dogs at all). Not content with that she found a chocolate sweet and ate that too plus the wrapper.  All this while I was trying to clean up. A lot of parcels delivered today only one for us though. We take in parcels for others.

Well November gone nearly Christmas now. Not too bad a month for me apart from my reaction to the jabs. A fair bit of pain but I try not to dwell on it and just get on with it. Hope things are not too bad with you and you are coping well. 

All the best to you and enjoy your Christmas. 

Love Gill. 


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