debris4spike: (Flashing lights with my name)
Wow home a couple of weeks already.  How did that happen?

I suppose the washing kept me busy!

I finished off my hand written journal, as I had got a bit behind and finished off the holiday blog, so there have been things that have kept me busy.  I have been back at work, but not as often as normal as the clinics are empty.  So that means I have been at home more, which makes my lack of LJing even worse.

And Jiffy has had to go to the vets a couple of times as he has got a nasty skin infection.  Tomorrow he goes for a haircut, so I hoping that will help things finally settle, as with 2 weeks of antibiotics and steroids don't seem to be helping much.

So no real news - but I have photos to share ... they will be up soon.

Group *hugs*

Hi - Remember Me?

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 03:40 pm
debris4spike: (USA)
I am back - and to say that the last month was amazing is such an understatement.  Brilliant, fantastic .... etc, etc.

I still am not up to date with my holiday blog, but am getting there.  For those who didn't follow it, but want to have a look, the first post is here .... it will save me having to import my photos. However, as I took over 3,500, if anyone wants to see more of anything, they only have to ask.

Hope you all had a good month - sorry I missed birthdays etc, but was staying off-line as much as I could so people who know me wouldn't realise my house was empty.

Did I miss any vital news, if so let me know ... otherwise, it will be a day or 2 before I am fully organised, then ... watch out!
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
I am not in Chicago, but I still have to agree with Harry Dresden and The Archive ... Sea Otters are too, toooooooooooooooooo cute

Happy Father's Day

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 08:11 pm
debris4spike: (Dad)
Happy Father's Day to all dads ... and remembering those who don't have a dad, or have a dad but not one as amazing as mine was.

Thank you Dad - miss you xx

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No real news as I am still wallowing, although feel that my head bobs above water from tim to time ... so at least there is a little progress.

My achilles tendon is still sore, but my new glasses are working well.  I had to have a fancy prescription this time as sadly my sight is getting slightly worse each year in my right eye (the one I had the operation in).  The retina was detatched completely in 1988, so the fact that I can see at all is amazing.

Anyway enough of that - I kept promising to share a couple of photos of my conservatory.  I did take some before photos but decided to just share these few taken this morning.

A sunny morning )

Well Done Stacey

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 05:28 pm
debris4spike: (DJ - plaited!)
How many of you remember my adventures with DJ (icon above as a reminder). Well he was my namesake, that I had on loan when I lost Jaykub. When I first saw him he was hours old, and I was with Stacey (and Kayleigh). They are my friend Toni's daughters. Stacey (& Toni) taught me to ride, and we all worked together in the stables.

Well here is a news item about Stacey ... I am so proud of her.

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Outside Windsor Castle ...
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CONGRATULATIONS Stacey

Just A Scribble

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 08:21 pm
debris4spike: (World travel)
For those you read my long-delayed update (here, if you missed it) I forgot to say that I won't be posting photos here (or on Facebook) while I am away. With an unusual surname it would be too easy to track that my house is empty. However I have set up a Wordpress Blog to occasionally update ... if you want to follow me, please ask for the name.

Well I didn't get round to answering your comments did I? I would imagine it will be this weekend before I get full focus.

This morning as I was taking Jiffy for a walk I saw the signs uo for the Polling Station ... I was suprised I hadn't voted, until I realised that they had put the signs up a day early!  Yes, I will be voting tomorrow.

Hope things are OK ... *hugs*
debris4spike: (M&D wedding)
Yesterday I drove to Nick & Brenda's to have lunch with them to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary.

We had a nice lunch, with a couple who are close friends from Church, then back to their house for the photos.  Brenda and I also had a great walk before I headed back home.  A great day, that I really enjoyed.

Sadly Tim & Claire were busy, as were her siblings ... although more sadly her Dad had a stroke last wek.  So I was the only one there, but I wouldn;t have missed it for anything.

23/05/1992-
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25 years on-
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And a few of the family )
debris4spike: (Rose)
As I said Christine and I had a great day out on Friday when we went to Burrow Farm Gardens . Although it rained off and on it didn't stop us enjoying the gardens ... or having some lovely cake!


Enjoy a stroll )

Book Meme

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 02:13 pm
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] i_love_freddie:

Just to show I am making an effort to get back to you all. Apparently this has been around for a time, but as I have been missing so it's new to me!  So I have snagged.


Hardback or paperback:
I do like a hardback book ... but there again, a soak in a bath with a paperback is great.

Borrow or buy:
Buy. Will borrow some things, but if I like them I "need" to buy.

Fantasy or sci-fi:
Bits of either.

Love-triangle or love at first sight:
Either - depends on the author.

Wall shelves or bookcases:
I have both ... you can't have enough, can you?

Bad plot with good characters or good plot with bad characters:
Hard, I suppose I like the characters to be the strong part if I have to pick either/or. People who I can love or hate in a poor story is better, as like can sometimes be humdrum!

Harry Potter or Percy Jackson:
Neither!

Booklr or Bookstagram:
Huh!

Contemporaries or Fantasy:
Fantasy.

English books or books in your native language:
My native language is English.

Buy in a bookshop or buy online:
Depends on the book. Online is often cheaper, but it's good to see the actual book itself, sousually at a book shop.

Amazon or book depository:
Amazon.

Buy because of the cover or because of the description:
Description.

Alphabetical shelves or colour coordinated:
Neither. Mine are arranged by genre, then in height within those catagories.

Different sized books or matching sizes:
Doesn't matter ... depends on the subject.

Wait to marathon a series or read as they’re released:
Read as you go ... I may even end up giving up. Although then you have to sit and wait for answers (come on Jim Butcher)

Movie or tv adaptations:
Both.

Reading indoors or outdoors:
I will read anywhere.

Coffee or tea:
Silly question, I'm English! Tea.

Bookmarks or random objects to mark your page:
My Bibles are all full of bookmarks, but other books is either a bookmark or a slip of card.

Dog-earing or bookmarks:
Used to dog-ear, but tend to now use bookmarks.

Be your favourite character or be their best friend:
Depends on the story.

Physical or e-book:
Bibles and other factual books are physical. But I have got into a kindle for many of my fiction books, although still have actual books to read as well.

Read in bed or on a chair:
Mostly in bed - I was brought up that reading during the day is lazy!!

Audiobook or ebook:
Love listening to James. He used to travel to and from home while Mum & Dad were alive. Now he comes to the gym with me! As I said, I do love my Kindle. Have a couple of sites that do free, or cheap eBooks, so that is even better.

Series or stand-alones:
Either

Reading in the winter or reading in the summer:
Funny question - any day, every day!
debris4spike: (James - silhouette)
I haven't turned on LJ in weeks.  I haven't been to music group ... although I have managed to work most of my shifts, and get to Church.

I have been stuck in LIMBO, and am really having to fight to escape.

I am on the countdown to my holiday ... yet am struggling to feel happy about it.  However I have started to sort out my clothes, so that's a step on the way.

I have also started councelling.

So, all in all I will wake up in time for my holiday.

Anyway, in those missing weeks I have missed being part of the friendship and community .... but sadly not enough to break through this terrible darkness.  Today Christine and I went out for lunch and a walk, and that has focussed me enough that I am typing this.

SORRY!

Anyway, I have done a few random things in those weeks ....

  • Went to Auntie Joyce as she asked for help to sort out her garage.  When I got there she changed her mind.  Sadly she also tried re-hashing old family tensions (from before my birth!!).  Then I got stuck in traffic on the way home ... so not the greatest of weekends at all.

  • Jiffy has turned 11, but has managed to stay pretty healthy recently.  So good news, although I suppose he is sad that he hasn't had a chance to visit his much loved vet.

  • Got my bra fitting done and am a inches measurement smaller.  So maybe the gym work is helping after all.

  • Had an opticians appointment and am sadly losing a bit more of the field of vision in my right eye.  I had the retinal op 28 years ago, so am happy to have my sight at all.

  • Dan (19) and Tom (17) have passed their driving tests ... so all the eligible boys are drivers now.

  • Auntie Mary came over for a meal.  She was Mum's best friend, and came down on a coach trip to the area so that she could see me.  It was really special to see her ...  really lovely.  One of thos times when you want to slow the minutes down.

Well it seems as if that's it.  As I said these last few weeks have just drifted past.  I am going to aim to post some of my photos from today's walk this evening.  However I warn you now, that plan my not work.

Hope you are all OK ... any news, let me know please .... and SORRY again

Happy Star Wars Day

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 08:33 pm
debris4spike: (Ewok)
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... and, yes, I am looking forward to the next episode at the end of the year.



Well so much for being around more often!  I have managed to keep going at work, get to the gym .... but that's it.  I am very tired, so haven't done much more than snooze in front of the TV in an evening.  Great as when I get in from work, one of the channels has been showing re-runs of Dr Quinn, so that's a good start to relaxation.  I don't always get to see it all as I am walking Jiffy, but as I know the story that's not a problem.

I have Tim & Claire coming over tomorrow for tea.  I haven't seen them since Christmas, so it will be nice to catch up.  Did I tell you Nick & family came here about 10 days ago ... for lunch, and to see Mum & Dad's graves.  We had a good time.

Yet again, I am sorry .... I haven't forgotten you all, and do miss you.  But the brain doesn't catch up too quickly ... sorry.

Just Had To Share

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 04:46 pm
debris4spike: (LOL - James (full face))
Dogs ...and Queen, what more we ask!!

Happy ANZAC Day

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 10:42 am
debris4spike: (WW1 Grave)
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Best wishes to all who remembered this morning at dawn.

Normally on a Tuesday morning I go to the gym before work, but on Saturday evening I pulled my calf muscle, just where I tore it 4 years ago ... it is not happy (and neither am I). So this morning I have made some ANZAC biscuits to take to work this afternoon ... my boss is a Kiwi, and seemed stunned I knew what the date was!

I am then popping out to the shops to get some new shoes to wear to the gym, when I started this I only bought plimsolls as I didn't think I would stick at it, but with old ankle and Achilles injuries I need to be sensible.

I will try to both catch up with replies at some point, and get some photos taken of my conservatory, and other work I've had done.
debris4spike: (St Georges Day)
I noted I was the only one wearing a red rose today at Church, or among the few I met or our weekly wander round the cemetery. But, that won't stop me wearing it for the rest of the day ... and again, next year!

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

(Shakespeare's Richard II)

"Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!"
(Shakespeare's Henry V, Act III)


The other good point about St. George's Day is that it means I have popped into LJ, and managed to catch up with a few of your posts, and have even snagged a film meme from [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo ... the only problem is that it does call them movies, not films!!

Here's the Film thingy! )
debris4spike: (James - silhouette)
This afternoon I was stuck in traffic for a short time not far from where I live (I was taking Jiffy for his annual jab).  Anyway, 2 things I saw amused me.  I see them all the time, but today I am obviously warped ....

1)    They are building a new retirement complex ... backing onto the crematorium!!!   (They obviously don't expect people to have a long retirement!)

2)   Just across from the hos[ital is a small parade of shops.  5 shops, 2 of them are funeral directors   (They obviously don't trust the doctors!!)

Well, as I said - madness abounds today!

~~~~~~

On a more normal note, let me wish Queen Elizabeth a lovely 91st birthday.

20 Assorted Icons

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 08:59 pm
debris4spike: (Guitar)
I have actually managed to get a set of icons made.  This is for round 3 of [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo  It is in many ways hard as we are given a theme of "Dark & Light" .... but I find the hard thing is deciding what images/theme to use.  So this set of 20 are a bit of a missmatched set of themes.  However they are all dark/light ... I hope!

Anyway here are my 3 teasers -




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Here they are, if you want to peep )
debris4spike: (Christ is Risen)


Just got back from evening communion at Church, and this was our final hymn. A lovely reminder that today is Easter Sunday ... Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, Hallelujah. It was also one of the hymns that my drothers had at their baptism back in 1984 ... so another reminder for me!

And, this final hymn was the last hymn of our morning service ... people often ask how I have coped with these last 5 years, well, there is your answer.



Happy Easter

Staying At LJ

Friday, April 14th, 2017 08:21 pm
debris4spike: (James silhouette)
 Although I have this account, I will only post over at LJ.

However I will try to pop in here as regularly as I can to keep up to date with those friends who have come over here.

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2017 08:16 pm
debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)
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Today is Good Friday - the day that we remember that God's Son Jesus was crucified, with two criminals, outside Jerusalem's walls. The pure Son of God died and was buried in a borrowed tomb.

Exeter, like many towns & cities, had a walk of witness this morning, although I didn't go. Exeter has a big event in front of the Cathedral including a play to show those events of the trial and Crucifixion. As a personal choice I do not like to see Jesus being portrayed by anyone. It is great that it's so many people forget what Easter is about. The weather was good, so hopefully a lot of people learnt a bit about The Bible this morning.

And, yes, I have just had 2 hot cross buns with my tea!

Happy Easter

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 05:12 pm
debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)
At long last I get time to sit and type.

Last week I ended up with another week off work with a virus. It started as sinusitis that was quite mild, but went onto my chest again! So this week it's been busy to be back at work, catching up.

Well my conservatory is up (vinyl to come next week) ... so now I shall spend this weekend trying to get my house looking like a home again. Once that's done I shall take some photos so you can see what has been happening.

This afternoon Misty and I went for a walk around the city ... and payed for my holiday, so now it's all ready to go.

As I said it's Maundy Thursday, and as you can see here, The Queen has been handing out the Maundy money. Here are a couple of photos to show how well the Royal Couple are looking.

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And here she is with money -
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Well that's me up to date again. Hope you are all well

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