365 Meme Day 15

Sunday, January 15th, 2017 06:00 pm
debris4spike: (Mum)
What is your favorite piece of art you own?

Hard to say. I have nothing expensive, and a vast range of styles. However all the pictures on my wall are individually loved. I have a few favourites, including

The Love Letter by Millet (print) My copy was my Grandparents and is in a lovely wood frame, and is sepia.
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btw, the artist went down on the Titanic.

I have 4 prints of Italy that a friend gave me.

However the true specials are the paintings that Mum did. She sometimes copied pictures, but in one she painted the 5 houses that they lived in during their marriage. I often asked her where the next house would go ... but as it turned out she never needed it! It made it that much harder when she lost her sight to realise what she had lost. These aren't great photos as they were taken on my phone, so the angle means they are slightly blurred in places, and the colour isn't great, but you will see what I mean -

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The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
Day 31 → best moment of the month

I think, as ever, each month, and possibly each day, has a few special moments.


* I enjoyed all my mince pies ... I love them!

* It was good playing board games with Brenda and my 4 nephews on Boxing Day.

* I enjoyed the Nativity service at Exeter Cathedral. It was great to see this lovely old building full of families ... and animals!

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(Thanks Tim for the photos)
So there are a couple of things that made December fun.

This has been a good meme, and it's been good to see that others have snagged.
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] jen_nsync_landl ... hope you are having a good day.

Yesterday Brenda sent me a link to this photo .... her 5 boys, she said.  They are on holiday, so it seems as if they are enjoying family time together.

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Nick, Dan, Andrew, Joe & Tom

This morning I had to go to Mum & Dad's to meet the gas engineer to service the boiler, and then the people who are doing the final empty and clean of Mum & Dad's.  It'a the start of the end, and yet it still hasn't sunk in.  This last year has passed over me, yet somehow I can't come to terms with things.

Dad is ok, although a bit low emotionally and finding this warmer weather harder to cope with.  But the staff are monitoring him, and I have managed to get in 5 days a week.  I ususally take Jiffy about every 10 days.  Dad loves seeing "the boy" as he always calls him, and he livens up the staff no end.

Speaking of Jiffy I also took him back to the vets this morning.  He had an infection in his right anal gland.  I have been having to apply warm compresses to him, and it's getting batter.  If it hadn't improved it would have meant surgery, so that's good news.

Once we had seen Marni we went for a walk locally to her ...Brunel Woods )

Oh well, back to work tomorrow ... but only for the day, then out again with Christine on Friday.

Hope you are all having fun x

Day Off Work, Today

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 04:52 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
I normally work Tuesday afternoons, so it's good to take off a few hours yet have the whole day.

I have actually been quite productive .... this morning Jiffy and I went to Mum's cemetery. It was always a place that we have walked through as it is lovely, so this way it's a nice walk, as well as checking Mum's grave .... and used the camera on my phone to take some pictures, so you can see what I mean,by clicking here )

Once back I dropped Jiffy off and went to see Dad. He was looking very chipper today, and as I had taken my chromebook in we looked through some photos from LJ.

Then lunch, and then i actually spent an hour painting my fence, and then another half hour painting a couple of garden chairs ... a lovely bright pink! So now I'm showered and LJing, as well as writing a couple of letters I owe.

So a good day - I hope your day is going as well.
debris4spike: (Wanting a hug - Cap'n John)
I realised that some of the time oof feeling low and unwell has escalated me feeling low, and sorry for myself.  I had not bothered dying out the grey hair, wore tatty jeans, and din't even bother with ear-rings on a couple of days.

So, hair is coloured, and yesterday afternoon I took Jiffy for an extra walk locally (with my phone only) to take some photos for my Friday challenge,as you can see )

Earlier in the day yesterday I had been to the dentist again, and she has talked herself out of extraction, and has re-filled the root and giving it a month to settle (I think she is hoping that if it gets worse I shall return before that ... while she is on holiday!!)  I then went to Mum & Dad's and did another 90 mins of sorting.  There's still loads to do, but I am slowly getting through it all.  I then went to see Dad, who was exhausted!  The morning had been a "street party" at the home, which I had hoped to go to until the dentist intervened.  Then a meal outside, then some kids from a local school gave a sing along party.  Hopefully I will get to see the photos.  Everyone said Dad had a great time.  He has a new posh, large wheelchair now, so he can sit in it, as well as be moved in it.  It has a large footplate as well, and he sais it's very comfy.

Today Jiffy and I went in the bus to Exeter ... he loves going there.  I bought a pasty for lunch, that he shared a corner of ... so I decided me time was needed ... the boxes will still be here later!

PS, Friday 13th May 1981 was the day I passed my Driving Test ... Happy Anniversary me!

Well I must get some art done - I signed up for Seasonal Spuffy ... Hope you are all having a good weekend.

Happy Saturday Everyone

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 12:40 pm
debris4spike: (Hi)
At last a chance to sit and catch up a bit.

I am trying to be a good girl on my days I work a 9-5 and not switch on my computer, but rest and slob out in front of the TV, with an early night. There is still loads and loads to sort out, so I don't want to push myself like I had to last year. Hopefully I shall slowly be able to increase my "working" time, but at present I am trying to be sensible (shock, I know!!)

Yesterday I went to the dentist for my 4th appointment - which in theory should have been the crown placement. However on appt 2 (after the nerve removal) I was sore while she was drilling, and then the area hurt for the week, so last week it was no treatment but penicillin, however no change. So yesterday she took all the filling out and re-x-rayed, and drilled, cleaned, and put an antibiotic liner in, before re-sealing the root area. She was quite upset because if this doesn't work I lose the tooth. As it's a tooth #2 she is upset. I don't care about my own appearance (in fact I never ever use a mirror), but she is upset. So I had to comfort the dentist as I know she has done everything she can. The area is very sore, but whether that's the antibiotics working or not, I wont know till Friday ... watch this space.

Saw dad only briefly yesterday as he was in the activities room helping with a wall hanging ... well, he was sitting and laughing as the activities co-ordinator teased him into saying he was in charge of the 6 ladies there. Great to see him happy.

Sorry, I forgot the camera yesterday, but as I was dentist, then an hour at Mum & Dad's doing more clearing out nothing to photograph. So I thought I would share the pictures I took on my phone last week. The camera is not great (to me a phone is just to keep in contact!), but [livejournal.com profile] dragonflylady77 challenged me on Instagram to post a nature picture a day for a week -Read more... )

And finally, as it's a weekend, and we haven't got thesun the rest of England has, here is some James to cheer us all up -

What A Morning!

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 03:31 pm
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
Earlier in the week Dad and I found out that one of the nurses is a Christian who goes to the same denomination Church that we do.  She goes to the one in Exeter, while I still go back to our old one in Newton Abbot (I prefer a smaller group, and have friends there).  So, she suggested that Dad might like to go to Church this Sunday as she wasn't working.

So, I got there at 8.30, to find that Dad had been given an early breakfast, and had been given priority for getting him washed and dressed.  A minute to 9 am we were at the front door to wait for the taxi ... at 9.30 we gave up.  The staff were very, very annoyed on Dad's behalf.  The taxi company that he was booked with just had an answerphone on, and although the head nurse phoned a few other taxi services, none had a wheelchair taxi available at short notice.

So we went for a short walk outsid, then back to his room to read the Bible, before they got him a big bowl of porridge fro a second breakfast.

Doesn't dad look smart )

I have a feeling non-Church like language will be used when the staff eventually speak to someone!

Photo Friday

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 03:20 pm
debris4spike: (Flashing lights with my name)
I didn't take many pics yesterday, but knowing I promised myself some photos at least it inspired to take those!

I went to see Dad yesterday, and thought you might like to see how he is doing -

My daddy )

And, in all fairness this was taken today -

One hard working animal )
debris4spike: (Irrisistible)
I am a member of [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday ... but yet again another month has gone by!

Still trying to catch up with some news on your LJ's ... but am sure I have missed loads.  I also have quite a few comments on my own LJ that needs to be replied to.  So will do a mini catch-up ....

  • Dad is not doing so well.  His vocabulary has decreased, and so it's very frustrating for him (and us).

  • Mum is not coping with Dad.  She is sure that he could "pull himself together" .... Sadly however many times I explain to her the sad truth of Alzheimer's her memory is not good either.  That doesn't help in general either as she accuses me of forgetting to tell her things.

  • Jiffy is doing well - he had a hair-cut last week, and Jackie said his skin is pretty well.

  • Saw this amazing hearse last week on a walk with Jiffy (did post on FB and Instagram)

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  • Today I managed to damage my right calf muscle as I skidded taking Jiffy for a walk.

  • Last Wednesday I played "hookey" from Mum!  I took the day off work - went to a stately home (photos to follow).  I also did a bit to sort out my back garden ... as well as sleeping a bit.

  • I managed to cut the grass yesterday, as well as get some work done with dad in his general garage clear-out.

Oh well I shall post this short note ... and try to get caught up with some letters I owe before heading out into the rain and to Exeter for the night.

Hope all is well with you all.
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
Life is as hectic as ever.

Mum had problems getting out of the bath, so I helped ... helped her to break 2 ribs!

Dad had a good Father's Day, as Tim & Claire came over for afternoon tea.  It was nice to see Mum & Dad chatting and relaxed.  As ever I was busy ... as if Mum is OK I shall go to work, so I needed to get all the food done.  Anyway, thought you would like to see the picture I took for Instagram this morning -

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As to other news, Jiffy needs an op .... he has a polyp on the inside of his bowel (near his bottom). Once he has had the lump removed it will have to be biopsied. So we have a bit of a worrying wait ahead of us.

Instagram Photos

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 05:04 pm
debris4spike: (James - pointing finger)


Someone asked if I could share my photos that I have taken over the past few days, for Instagram.

so peep here )







debris4spike: (James - London 2011 - flashing colours)

About time I hear you say !!!

Hope all is well with you and I haven't missed too much.  I seem to go from one day to another, and never get time to spend relaxed in front of my computer.  This is being done on my tablet while Mum and Dad have a snooze.  Good excuse to not do housework as I have to keep quiet 😉

So let's get up to date .....

1 - I am actually feeling a lot better .... my energy levels are up and the pain level down.  My osteopath has said that he is also pleased with progress, but still has a long way to go.  Anyway I am feeling positive, and for the first time in ages I am actually going to restart playing my clarinet.

2 - Dad is doing OK ... he still gets times when he loses himself and his vocabulary is not great.  However he is keeping busy doing gardening every day .... even when I am not around to nag!  He goes to Church with me every Sunday and takes Jiffy for a walk every day.  So all in all for a 90 year old Alzheimer's sufferer he is doing well.

3 - Mum has good days and  bad days ... for the first time yesterday she did about quarter of an hour sweeping where I was digging ... she was wiped out by the end, but it was good to see her wanting to do something.

4 - I am now on Instagram .... so if anyone else is then find me there .... Debris4spike.  My nephews nagged me, and although my phone camera is not great it is still fun.

5 - Jiffy keeps well.  The mornings I am here (4) we go for a walk ... so that's nice for us both.

6 - Now I am in a routine with cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc, life is easier.  I feel more in control of my own life again.

Well I have to get on .... certainly busy as ever, but at least now I am feeling a bit stronger life is a bit easier.

Will try to keep up better.  But I know I am a bad girl, so make no promises 😄

Still Alive!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 04:39 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I promised myself I would post more, to show that LJ is still alive ... despite all the mad people who have defected to FB ... and then all I seem to have posted this week are junk things ... so, here's a bit of a proper post!

I haven't really caught you up with how I'm doing, as there isn't really much news there!  I will admit I am not as exhausted as I have been - getting to bed at about 10 now, so that is real progress.  The cough has finally eased (although not gone completely), but am left with pain in every joint and muscle ... especially in any old injuries ... and being accident prone means I have some real mangled bones and muscles!  Ended up going to the doctors ... but all they can offer are pain killers ... so am taking them as needed now (as soon as the pain builds up I am succumbing, as I had really let the symptoms rule my life).  So, I am more in charge of me than I have been for some time.

I haven't had any work this week - which is a problem for the bank balance, as it's just the fact there were no shifts ... but I have tried to be positive and get things done.

Yesterday I went to the opticians (I still go to the same one in Bude) ... so I also got to meet up with Toni for lunch, which more than made the trip worth it.  My eyes are really dry and "gunky" which is causing me problems with my lenses ... another side-effect of the virus.

Today I painted half my humungous shed (I ran out of paint at that point ... which my muscles were pleased about!) ... I have also done washing and ironing ... and had a walk.

This time of year I miss riding, as I used to have some beautiful rides by bluebell carpeted woods ... but I walked to my nearest Church, and got to see some .... (Sorry about the photo quality, but off my cheapo phone!)

A few bluebells )

I have commented this year that the blossom has been stunning - I have been very naughty and not gone out with the camera ... one more thing I must get organised with.

Well, hope you aren't fast asleep by now ... and hope that life is treating you well.
debris4spike: (Jiffy - sleepy)

Poor boy ...  its hard having to stay up late!

Photo-A-Week

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 08:43 pm
debris4spike: (Ocean Waves)
I belong to [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger and I have basically managed to keep up to date this year.  This week's challenge is FISH and I am hoping a Sea-Horse counts!  I don't really "do" fish ... so don't know whether it counts ... if not let me know and I'll look for something else.

Anyway I thought I would share,as it's a bit different anyway.  As you know I work at a large hospital and all along the corridors is art work that is changed about 3 times a year. They have just put up some new work - and some of it are driftwood sculptures -

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Sorry but my phone doesn't have a great camera on it.

Photo-A-Week

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 08:43 pm
debris4spike: (Ocean Waves)
I belong to [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger and I have basically managed to keep up to date this year.  This week's challenge is FISH and I am hoping a Sea-Horse counts!  I don't really "do" fish ... so don't know whether it counts ... if not let me know and I'll look for something else.

Anyway I thought I would share,as it's a bit different anyway.  As you know I work at a large hospital and all along the corridors is art work that is changed about 3 times a year. They have just put up some new work - and some of it are driftwood sculptures -

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Sorry but my phone doesn't have a great camera on it.

2011 - Day 355

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 07:46 pm
debris4spike: (Giraffe)
Along the main corridors of the hospital is a selection of art work, and slowly this week they are changing them all - look at one I spotted today (near the staires I use the most!)

2011 - 355

2011 - Day 355

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 07:46 pm
debris4spike: (Giraffe)
Along the main corridors of the hospital is a selection of art work, and slowly this week they are changing them all - look at one I spotted today (near the staires I use the most!)

2011 - 355

2011 - Day 354

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 07:44 pm
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)

Went into work Tuesday morning to find that the tree fairy had arrived - every ward has a tree + decs ... and places such as the restaraunt have 4 trees ...

2011 - 354

2011 - Day 354

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 07:44 pm
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)

Went into work Tuesday morning to find that the tree fairy had arrived - every ward has a tree + decs ... and places such as the restaraunt have 4 trees ...

2011 - 354

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