March 1st

Very cold wind on the common, but not too bad out of it. Soon after we got back it rained very heavily, I was pleased we went early. One of the youtubers Kayla- I follow, had to have another finger amputated, she now has only three fingers left; two thumbs and a pinky. This was caused by a severe case of RAYNAUD'S. I feel really sorry for her as she crochets a lot and is not sure if she will be able to still. She has other health problems too and is in constant pain. With having what I have, I know how she will be suffering. She comes across as so lovely and just gets on with it. 

You can find her here: Llama Mama Kayla (her youtube channel)


A cold rainy day.  We got back from the common before it rained too much. These are the pictures of the baby things I made

These are the baby things I made for Pauls friend.

For Heather.

Also for Heather.

For Poppy.

I have tried to make a pom-pom for the little hats I have made but no they just pull undone and are rubbish. I am going to get a pom-pom maker. This I think will help. I think its the tieing that I do, not get it tight enough, and they just come apart no good at all.  


I made Andy across the road a Lincoln City tea pot cozy. 

Not perfect but Andy liked it.

I am also looking after his cat Smudge for the next two days. He is no trouble as he mostly sleeps not even coming to get his food. He does eat it mostly as the next time I go its gone.

He is a pretty boy no doubt.

Luna had two walks today as Andrew wanted a walk on the common. She is very active today and a bit crazy too.

I have started knitting a jumper for my friend Debbie who lives close by. This is for her Birthday. The jumper is striped and I think will look very nice when finished. The wool is Aran wool, (25% wool and 75% acrylic) so a bit thicker than the usual DK wool I use, so a bit faster knitting, well hopefully, I have till the 5th April, to finish so I think I can do that..


Andrew read my Blog and we published it a bit late but never mind hope it was worth waiting for.

Kayla is doing well even doing some crocheting with three fingers. She said its hard going but she is doing it. Well done Kayla.


Happy Birthday Jay-Jay twenty to day, time has gone so fast. He came to see us today with Molly his girlfriend, and baby Corey who is nearly one. He can walk a few steps when he wants to.They are all doing good. Corey liked Luna and Luna was scared to start with then playing with him. 

Proud Dad Jay-Jay.
Jay-Jay and Corey.

                               Cory loved Luna, she liked him as well but, was not too sure to start with. 

Trying to kiss her.

For some reason Cory liked Luna's basket.  

Lindsay with Cory.

Jamie-Lee with Luna.

Even though it was Jay-Jay Birthday he brought me a present of Thornton's chocolates and a bag of jelly babies and a plant in a pretty ceramic pot. He said he did not see me on my Birthday and they were to make up for it.

He also brought Luna three bags of treats, plus a little dog who Andrew and I have named Jay. 

Lucky girl Luna he said he had not really bought her anything and it can be for her Birthday as well.

Paul and I got him a few bits plus money so he can get what he wants. Later Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came to see Jay-Jay and us. Lindsay was not the best as one of her bad heads. Jamie-Lee has got into the secondary school she wanted, plus transport as well. A lovely afternoon with them all. 


Woke to pins and needles in my left wrist the one I broke last. Going into town today to get some pajamas' and bras I have some Birthday money to spend. I got most of the things I wanted I forgot eye drops. I also got a pom-pom maker, hopefully this will help me with making them. I did spend nearly three hours away from home. I actually looked at the isles that I usually do not go down. Luna missed me a lot. She does not like me going anywhere without her. Paul has an infected boil on his neck so went to the doctors today. He was given ANTIBIOTICS.


A cold windy day east wind. We saw Mary on the common with Rory, he has not bean going on there as he has had a bad hip. So good to see them, both are doing well and Mary says his hip has improved. Not going to do a lot today apart from knitting and tea of course. Going well with Debbie's jumper got the back done already. As I said Aran knits up quicker. It's what most Americans like to use.


Not as cold today. Saw Rory and Mary again and both Debbie's. Changed the bed today and washed it all, hopefully it will dry. Andrew and I are sorting out the rose bush next door as they do not want it. I took some cuttings and Andrew dug it up and transplanted it in  ours hopefully it will take. The rose has bean in next doors for over fifty years and came from a priory. It would be a shame if we lost it but some of the cuttings will live on and hopefully the rose bush too.

Hopefully it will bloom again looks good so far. 


Mothers Day- Wayne sent me a card and Lindsay got me Ferrero Rocher chocs, and a card. 

Treats for me.

Did tea for us all. Lindsay had another bad head again. She went to sleep on the floor Luna kept going on her back and laying down to sleep also. Sandy a little dog we used to have did this all the time.


Cleaning up most of the day. Paul out at Birmingham at a meeting. Got back around five. Very tired later Luna was not tired very hyper running around and jumping on chairs. Relaxed and watched a bit of TV for a change no knitting. If I am too tired I know I will make mistakes.


I did all the ironing sheets plus shirts and trousers. Took quite a while too. Paul out in the morning and football at night time. Andy came round with a dish for Luna might be a bit big though.  Tired again later, Luna wakes up early so I have to get up as she wants a wee. Sometimes she will snooze a bit. 


Rest day today as had a few busy ones. Doing well with the jumper I have done the back and the front so going good so far. Two sleeves to do of course. With having the ten row stripes it goes quite quick. 


Going into town to day as pajamas' I got a little short in the crutch so I think a bigger size would be  better., Since having RSD I can not have any thing fitted, as causes me pain. Andrew came too as he wanted a few bits. When we went to change the pajamas' there was a ticket missing so they would not exchange them, I said its probably at home. I just bought another pair and exchanged the other two pairs. When I got home I looked for the ticket in my drawer no luck. I refolded the top and there it was, still attached all the time. A story to tell when I go back to the shop to get the refund. Tired again later, lack of hours of sleep. Hopefully Luna will sleep a bit more when she is older, now nearly a year old (27th March) 


A bit chilly to start with but soon warmed up and sun and showers most of the day. Doing this Blog all going good then a black grey screen.  Back to my Blog ALL GONE two hours work; tried undo button no good. IT HAS ALL GONE. Nothing else to do but start again. 


Andrew had a fall and hurt his hand mostly his fingers he can hardly move it. Not good when his business involves making things. Hopefully it's just a few days before his hand recovers.


Made some little cakes today just sponge ones. For some reason my little cakes are always better than a large sponge. I did not ice them as very tired not a lot of sleep just lately. Andy brought two cakes round but they were not the best, very doughy. Quite warm today at 8pm 13C. 


Debbie's Jumper has now got to the sewing up bit and then doing the neck. Sewing up takes a long time, as each stripe has to be done in the right colour not one continuous line. Things I ordered from Amazon came today one of them a wool winder, it makes cake like looking pats. These I am hoping will go better on my "wool Jennie." it hold the wool and lets it out so you do not have to pull it. At the moment it does not pull even and often falls off the cupboard as the wool sticks. This happens more so with loose wound balls of wool.

Wool winder, cakes and wool Jennie. 

Pom pom maker.


Pilates on my bike Paul at home today so Luna is not on her home. Very cold and windy at least it was not raining. A good session hard as some new moves. Rain and still very strong wind coming home very cold. 

I had my hair cut later looks good as usual. Debbie my hairdresser loved Luna and picked her up and was very taken with her. Luna loved her as well. While having my hair cut, Luna was just laid down no bother at all. Hope she is this good when she has her hair cut. 


Debbie's jumper all done I made a mistake with the neck took twice as long but got there in the end. Going to make a hat as enough wool left. I will put a picture of both when done. 


Washing and cleaning up took most of the day. Bit more of Debbie's hat night time going well soon be done. 

Andrew has one of theses' over sided tops with a pocket. Lindsay got it him as a Christmas present. Luna loves to go in the pocket and peeps out like a little kangaroo. We call her Puppy in the pocket. I think she would like to be in there all day if she could.

Quite cozy, with Andrew.


Angela here later to watch a film "Maestro." Not bad but took a bit of following at times. Both enjoyed it.  A lot better for me as the pictures is just too loud and can be hot. I am just not able to do things like that any more, it was good to see Angela though. We had a good chat just me and her.


Happy Birthday little girl- Luna one today. We got her some treats, a toy and a yellow chewing bone good for her teeth; better than my fingers too.

The year has gone so fast, we saw her at I think five weeks old, then picked her up at eight weeks. When we got her she weighed 1.9KGS. At her last weigh in she was 5.1KG. That was around 27th February. 


   Resting (and in need of a haircut).      

I had to swap the pyjamas again, as the next size up was huge the waist was around 3-4" bigger I could not keep them up The top was hanging off my shoulders. The ones I got hopefully will be better all round.

A sunny and showers day rain pouring down then sun, still windy too. We are in April and that a month of showers and change.


Luna has bean chewing her bone, at first she was not too sure as she is with a lot of things. She has bean playing with her toy as well. This was one of Summers so we said it was a present from her. I am sure Summer would have shared her things as she was like that. Today would also bean Sandy's Birthday  another little dog we used to have be for Summer

Pilates again on my bike very windy and cold again. I have to go over a fly over bridge and the cross wind was so strong it took me all my time to hold my bike. Hard work both ways going and coming back. Good session again only nine today usually twice that. Sat down rest of day and finished off Debbie's hat. All ready for her Birthday on the 5th.

I think it looks good.

I weighed Luna and she has lost weight, I am not surprised with all the running around she does. 4.9KG. 


I have started knitting a baby cardigan not going well might have to try another pattern. Andy's Mum has asked me to make some hats and mitts/gloves for the children that are the victims of the war. I said I gladly will. I have finished all the knitting that I had planned so a perfect time.


I have given up knitting the cardigan I started, and have picked another one. So far this is going well.

Good walk with Luna but more rain has made it very boggy again. She loves it whatever the weather or the ground, just happy to be out running around. Luna is very hairy at the moment but not for long hair cut on Tuesday 2nd. I will put pictures on next Blog. 

Ironing later but not too much too day. Made my back and hips hurt not sure why. Could it have bean the pilates or the bike ride there and back. My hips are loose so that can cause a lot of pain at times.

Today is our wedding Anniversary 49 long years. Paul cooked tea, steak potatoes mushrooms and peas and sweet corn. This was very nice as it does not happen very often. Thank you Paul.

Well quite a mixed, month. Fairly good health wise for me. I think my wrist that I broke has improved a bit on some days others not so good. Luna is about fully grown now as a year old. She is smaller than I thought she would be. Just right I think very loving and such a lap dog. 

I hope everything is good with you all, and if not as good as it can be. All the very best love Gill.


 February 1st

Jenny here after her hair appointment she is well. I feel quite tired today, Luna jumped on the bed at 6am so a very short night as I did not get to bed till around 3am. I did get back to sleep for a bit but not long as Luna wanted to go out for a wee. No Pilates today as the dentist said take it easy after my tooth out. The headache is still there as well.


Nice walk on the common with Luna but very windy,  at least it will dry the washing. Today we are taking Luna to the vets as she has a few problems I want them to check out. Her back leg goes into spasms at times. She is very itchy as well, also she has extra teeth top and bottom that should have fallen out but did not. Suggestions were made about her food for her itchiness. They checked her leg nothing was found, and her teeth did not worry the vet. We came away with a bill around £40.00, and four tablets PIRITON, for her itching at half a tablet a day. 

Luna waiting for the vet.


Put some more stuffing in Luna's basket cushion as a bit thin feels very soft now for her to snuggle in. Two of the tops I got last month are a bit tight for me so going to swop them over in town later. Andrew and I took Luna for another walk on the common. Still very windy and quite cold too, it did not affect Luna though as she loves the common. 

My mouth is quite painful today where my tooth was pulled out. The roof of my mouth is sore where probably where the instruments pressed . I put on some ANBESOL that helped a bit but stung for a while. The cold wind on the common did not help though.


Quite a mild day 13C at 7.30am still windy.  Changing the beds to wash tomorrow as going to be windy as well. I am making a toad in the hole for tea in a new non stick pan. Hopefully it will not stick. Mouth still quite sore but improving a bit. Toad in the hole was lovely and no it did not stick.


Cleaning up downstairs took most of the day. A bit of knitting later, Poppy's cardigan in poppy red. I love knitting in red, and the wool is so nice to use. My jaw aches today but the roof of my mouth is not as sore. Angela came round in the afternoon, coming back tomorrow as she needs Paul's help with some paperwork. She is doing well otherwise. 


An easy day for me as bean busy lately extra walks and in town a few times. A bit of knitting as Sheila would say a youtuber I follow. I think it will snow soon, and the weather actually agrees with me this time.


Happy Birthday to my friend John and Paul's Mum. And guess what it's snowing fast and thick flakes too.  I do not think it will settle much as ground is wet. No Pilates today either because of the snow. (I  go on my bike) I have not bean out with Luna yet but it will not hurt her to miss a day.  

Luna thinking.

She looks like a cartoon character in this picture.

Cleaning up stairs today and I have a helper too, Luna. This took me most of the day but it was fun with her running around.


Easy day today as cleaning yesterday made me have extra pain. I did do the ironing not to much though. So a bit more knitting, poppy's cardigan is done I just need to put the buttons on. I have started back doing the baby blanket for Heather Poppy's new baby sister. Got quite a bit of the blanket done. Though it's dragging now and I would like it finished. Pictures when all done.


Fog to start the day, misty and sunny later. I have bean awake since 5am. I forgot to take my tablets and went into MORPHINE withdrawal. Pain, hot/cold sweating, bad head, itching, very anxious too. As soon as I take my tablets the effects start to wear off, the pain lasted a while. I thought I had taken them at 10pm as usual, my tiredness is to blame I think. CHRONIC FATIGUE is not the same as just being tired, you are literally exhausted and I am in pain too. This can last days in some form or other.

The geese that had chicks last year are back hopefully to have more chicks. After the snow I think it's going to be wet on the common. The common never really dried out in the Summer, so it is wet to start with going into the Winter. 


Common was so wet as the snow mostly melted and then rain followed. Someone climbed up the big crane ladder at the back of us this afternoon. It's very high up, must have bean brave and not frightened of heights. I would climb up but only with a safety harness.


Cleaning up down stairs. Two lots of washing out as it's very windy. My friend Lyn is here later with a Birthday gift for me. I have not finished cleaning, but it can be done later, just the floors to wash. Lyn and her husband Mo are both well. Lyn did bring me a card and present. Good to see her and catch up.


Happy Birthday to me 69. It's also Paul's Dad birthday. Some days I feel my age, others I feel a lot younger. Before RSD, I looked a lot younger than I was. The RSD has aged me a lot. Even so I do not think I look too bad. A man I know on the common asked me how old I was. I said guess- be kind I said, he said 45 I said not that kind. He guessed again and said 63. Ok I said, and I told him how old I was, he said I looked good. Common air I said, and lots of walks. 

My friend Jenny came to see me with a present of chocs and money in my card. She had bean out for dinner at Scothern Nursery and enjoyed it very much. Scothern that is where my Brother and family live about a mile from the nursery. A lot of my garden plants have come from there as presents. My Brother came to see me as well today with some lovely primulas for the garden. Paul cooked tea of steak plus all the bits. Very nice it was too makes a change to have my tea cooked for me. I got some lovely presents plus £60 in money. A good day I will hopefully get the plants in the garden tomorrow. 

From Ness and Squidgy Emmie and Ben.
Flowers from Michelle, Paul's Sister and Sam her boyfriend.

Plants from my Brother David Wife Bev and Nephew Garry.

Jamie-Lee made this for me.

From Wayne and Kayleigh Disneyland Florida.

From Tracy.

Books from Debbie.

Money from His Mum and Dad, Angela, Jenny, Joy.

Tops from Paul.

From Lyn.

From Debbie as well.

Also from Debbie, four in total.

From Paul.

From Lindsay, Jamie-Lee, Tommy-Lee, Jay-Jay, And Kira.

Posh chocs from Pilates John, and Sweets from Luna (right front).

Pen from David Bev and family.

From Jenny.

From Pilates John.

My cake Black Forest gateau.

Very nice too.


Apart from a few bits I am having a rest day. Doing a bit of knitting trying to finish baby blanket not much to do now. After that its the baby cardigan for Heather then I have a few more things to do. Of course I did take Luna for her walk on the common very wet and soggy. She loves jumping over the puddles and chasing the birds too.

Luna's paw print in the mud.

Lindsay and Jamie-Lee came with a card and present of some Dahlia tubers for my garden, but it too wet to plant them yet. I love Dahlia and they are pom pom ones that last ages. The Nursery where I used to work from 15-20 years of age grew them in the hundreds they looked so lovely all colours.


I did get to Pilates today on my bike it was a lovely ride as quite mild and not windy like it has bean. I really enjoyed my bike ride. A good session, quite a gentle one this week. I was pleased as it's bean four weeks since I last went, 11th January. Took Jo a card as her Birthday next week she wished me belated Happy Birthday. There is no Pilates next week.  Back home and after kisses and cuddles from Luna a bit more knitting,

I will get this blanket finished. Quite tired later but a walk, a car ride, (to pick up a free chair) and a ten mile round trip bike ride. I know my bike is electric and pedal assisted but I still do pedal most the time, it's just a lot easier. You need it going up Canwick hill, as it a tough one. I have ran up and down it many times.


I have finished off the blanket at last I am so pleased, this has taken longer than the last baby blanket I did for Willow. I have started the cardigan for Heather this will not take long as only 3-6 months size.


Cleaned up downstairs apart from the front room as Paul was in there. I did put the primulas in the garden they look very pretty. Rained later so that would have bean good for them. Did not take a picture as all over the garden.


Cleaned up front room as Paul was not in for a while. Bit more knitting, cooked tea, Luna had two walks one with Andrew. She was very pleased and has so much energy even after running around.


A sunny day to day but windy as well. Nice walk on the common with Luna. Another one later with Andrew. When we got back Luna did not seem right she kept pacing back and forward and a bit wobbly on her feet. A bit worrying as this is how she went before when she was ill. I think she was over tired as after a good long sleep she was a lot better. After Summer and Luna's scare I soon get worried about her. Her hip and leg has not bean going into spasm much. She has bean having CBD oil and I am sure this has helped her. Also I have bean giving licorice root tincture, as this has good effects from itching according to Doctor Jones a retired vet I follow online. I am willing to give this a good try, as it's natural not like the tablets I got from the vet. 


Rain and lots of it the common was a mud bath but there is not really anywhere else nearby I can take her and let her off the lead safely. An older dog would probably be quite happy, just to have a walk on their lead, not Luna as she needs a good run around to get rid of her puppy energy. I gave her a little bit of the licorice root she licked it off my finger and seemed to like it. We will soon see if it helps her itching. Later she did not seem to itch as much or may be that's just me hoping it works. Time will tell. Cheaper than a vet if it helps her; £16 for a 30ml bottle that will last ages. She only has a tiny bit a day. 

Later Andrew and I took Luna out on the common again. She saw a pheasant and ran after it, trouble was, it went one way and she went the other. I think it's because she chased it yesterday, and it went towards the lake. This time it went the other way just strolling along. This was so funny as Luna could not understand where it had gone. Bean giving Luna the licorice root, she did not seem as itchy at bedtime and settled down straight away. Usually she has a bit of a tidy up be for bed. Still a bit too soon to tell if it working.


Cold wet day. Luna did not go out till the afternoon. No Pilates today either so I was pleased about that, not having to go along country roads I go on as the rain was beating down and the wind at times was strong. Andrew came for a walk with us today, not on the common but along a cycle track next to the river bank. She was off her lead but we had to keep a look out for bikes. At least she had a walk and seemed tired out.  


Indian for tea it was not nice and that's being polite. Paul wanted to try a new one that had just opened bad mistake. He ate his mine was ok but I did not finish it Andrew ate some of his and threw away most of it. It was dripping in grease, the courgette dish he ordered and the potato one was the worst. Even the poppadoms were soggy.  Not good as its quite costly Paul left a review but did not contact the restaurant to complain. My stomach later was not happy.  


Stomach not good very bloated and sore. The common is very sticky and you have to be careful to not slip. Andrew and I had a walk later with Luna. Paul has asked me to knit a cardigan for a friend of his whose Daughter has just had a baby girl. This one I am doing is a favorite one of mine. I first made it for Jamie-Lee when she was born but a lot smaller as she was so little. 


Bean sorting out my clothes for giving to the Charity Shop got a few bits for them. Still more to go through another day. Luna was looking for the pheasant but did not see it. I think with it bean windy yesterday it got blown around around a bit and was resting be for flying off. There are many pheasants on the common. The geese are still there as well so hopefully they will have chicks like last year. 


I weighed Luna she has put on weight, first time in two months. She now weighs 5.1kg from 4.8kg. Not a lot but it's a start she is not going to be a big dog, smaller than my little Summer. Luna is not a big eater and when food is put out for her she often just ignores it. 


Very cold wind today pleased to get back from the common, in fact I think we both were. Luna has her coat on but the wind was cruel. Bit more of the baby knitting lot done now. Pictures later. 

My hip and back are quite sore today and I have taken extra tablets for it. Hopefully Pilates will help tomorrow. 


Pilates looking forward to it as none last week, Paul took me in the car and picked me up. Good session quite a tough one. Not on again next week, so I think Jo gave us a harder one this week. I enjoyed it but a few said it was a bit too hard for them. Now jut rest for me today apart from tea cooking. Andrew and I watched a few video's online that we both like, "Sorted Food". A nice relaxing afternoon with Luna mostly sat on my knee. 

Well February gone very quick too I thought. Busy knitting a lot of the time, cleaning and cooking the rest - and of course looking after Luna. Fairly good pain wise but with RSD the pain never leaves you. 

All the very best to everyone love Gill. 

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