debris4spike: (Spike in bed)
Still haven't answered replies, yet here I am posting again!!  And, in fact, I have 2 other day trips to share.  Last Thursday I met up with Brenda to celebrate her birthday (today), and then yesterday went on a coach trip with Christine.  So, you have been warned, more photos to come!

But instead of doing those (I still have to sort photos anyway, I am doing this domestic question meme, that I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] teragramm

The questions )

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule?
Providing I am not tired, I go up to bed at about 10.30, and get up somewhere between 7.30 & 8.  However I still have to beware, as sometimes my tiredness sneaks up on me, and then it's bed by 8.30

I do like to read before I turn off the light ... so should be about 1/2 hour ... but that can vary.

I don't "do" duvets, pjs & nighties, or cheepo pillows.
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.

(no subject)

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 02:55 pm
debris4spike: (Amen!)
Dear Lord God,

Help me to ignore my weekness, and to rely on your strength; from minute to minute, day by day.

Amen

No News

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 02:53 pm
debris4spike: (Yawn - Horse)
... since my big update of last week.  But thought I would at least type that as I have been missing so much over the last couple of years!

So nothing new on any of those points, although I have had a bit of a rough week with the chronic fatigue.  I fell asleep last Sunday evening and missed Church.  Then on Thursady I left work early, and fell asleep for the whole afternoon and missed Church music group.  However I have been a good girl and not got upset over it.  Today I am feeling quite a lot better, although got up late and am missing the gym.  Still I have made some spicy biscuits and aim to do some more knitting of my cardigan this afternoon, or evening.

One other thing is that I joined www.photocrowd.com which is free ... thought it might challenge me more on the photos.  Although if I am as bad with that as I am with [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger it won't help at all!

Oh well, as I said, no news ... so hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  You never know I may get some comments answered today!
debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As all of you probably know by now we had a terrorist related incident in London, and as ever random people walking through the city are injured or have lost their lives.  It seems small compared with other atrocities, but no doubt is meant to scare people away from the city.

No way - terrorists are not going to run my life ... or my country!

Anyway, enough of politics (etc) not something I usually even mention on LJ.

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I keep saying I am back and then disappear!  Last time I picked up a tummy bug (I think the kid who sat in front of me at Church the previous day was ill), and sadly my Chronic Fatigue set back in ... so I somehow lost a week.  I managed to work for 2 days, but that was all.

So, I need to focus, and get back on track.  There is no way I can skim back through your news, and I must yet again apologise that I have been a bad friend (I should get that sentence in the pc memory and that way just fill that line in each time! ).

So what I need to do is do a catch-up post incase any of you remember who I am, and want to know where I am and what I am doing!It's all about me - )

I do hope that you are all well ... any news, please let me know.
*group hugs*

365 Meme Day 67 & 68

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:28 pm
debris4spike: (B&W swirls)
67 - What super power do you wish you had?

OOooooops, I thought I had written and posted this yesterday, but just open the "page"!!!

I wish I could have re-newable energy.  There is so much I would love to do and see, but tiredness (and life) take over.  So if I could renew the batteries more regularily, I could get things done (and may even keep up with LJ)



68 - Go up to your best friend, hand her this notebook and say “write anything about me.”

My best friend doesn't live close to me.  I know much of what she would say, as she is honest to my face ... yes we are really special friends.



The list of 365 questions can be found here

I Am Still Alive!

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 03:25 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Wow

How did I manage to dissappear for that long - so far behind?  I suppose it asn't helped that I have been working a couple of "normal" weeks, which is actually only 3 1/2 days, but I have been very tired the rest of the time.  I also ended up very sore after having Carpel Tunnel injection.  The GP just caught a nerve as he put the needle in, and although he moved it it was still really sore for a week.

Jiffy has been keeping OK, which is good.

I have booked my holiday.  I will be out of the country for almost all of July (and a couple of days of June).  This coming Thursday I shall be meeting up with a lady and her dog who may be Jiffy's carer for the holiday.

The decorating is finished for the present.  I am slowly trying to pack things away in their permenant home.  However I have decided to have a conservatory built!  So some things will have to move again after Easter.  I will post some pictures soon, I promise.

Still I am posting a couple of pictures here.  Last Wednesday I had an email to say that Mum & Dad's stones had been placed.  If you are on Facebook you will have seen the overall view, but here are some more.

RIP Mum & Dad )

365 Meme Day 17

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 06:32 pm
debris4spike: (E.M.M.H.)
On a scale of 1-10 how is your health?

I am sure you all know I am struggling.  A major chest infection, coupled with exhaustion, is taking me a long time to get over.  I have good days now, like yesterday, then this morning slept through an alarm clock and didn't wake until 10am.

However, as is often said, there are a lot of people a lot worse off.



The list of 365 questions can be found here

365 Meme Day 4

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 08:17 pm
debris4spike: (Dad)
What is your best memory of last year?

I had some truly special times with Dad .... I have posted the pictures before, but this one of us on Father's Day is just so wonderful. I was trying to get Dad to look at the camera and we had such a long laugh.

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There are other great moments, but these moments still make me smile, as I think of them.


The list of 365 questions can be found here


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Yes, I'm all behind with replying to comments, I know. I aim to catch up over the weekend. I am back at work, but struggling with tiredness, as well as still a bit of a cough. Today I left 1 1/2 hours early ... but just so glad to have stayed that long. Back again tomorrow.
debris4spike: (Not pleased.)
I am still unwell ............ despite feeling so much better.

Today I had taken a day off as I had planned to meet up with Christine for a walk, but it got changed at the last moment.  So I decided to turn off the alarm clock and have a lazy start.  Little did I realise that, having had an early night I would sleep the clock round, so at just gone 10 was when I woke.  So, a lazy breakfast and a short walk with Jiffy, and I decided to go to the gym.

Sadly when I was doing my 3 minute warm-up I noticed my heart rate had already gone up to 170,  I do have a fast heart rate, but that was unusual as even the first time it only hit 148.  So, I decided to slow down and just do a steady 10 mins, making sure the heart didn't go above 150.  Then did a few of the exercises and a slow swim.

So, a snack lunch, and then fell asleep again for a couple of hours.

So, yes, even though I feel a lot better I have to remember the CFS is still there.  It was nice to have the day off really.

The carpenters have finished, for the present, but am waiting for the decorators now, so can't find anything.  But I have decided to "go with the flow" and aim for my birthday next June to hope that things will be gettting more organised by then.

As I hadn't been all that good at posting about general things, I have found a meme via Google, which I will do.  Probably not every day, but will try to work steadily through it.

50 Deep and Thought-Provoking Questions. )
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
When we were kids we had a record player with a few 78's .... a few hymns, a version of Black Sambo, Peter & the Wolf .... and this amazing song. It became a true family favourite.



A couple of times they played it to people who were superior about their taste in music.

Tim has just sent me the link, so had to listen ... and had to share.

So you can listen while you ignore my ramble!

First let me apologise for my lack of LJ, lack of birthday wishes, lack of keeping up.  I started back at work this week, and although I only work 3 1/2 days a week I was absolutely shattered by the time I got home.  So my evenings were spent snoozing in front of thf the TV, and going to bed early.

6 years ago I was still an osteopath, and riding regularily.  Since then the chronic fatigue hit, and I spent time caring for Mum & Dad.  Everyone has been telling me that I need to find myself.  I haven't really had any "me" time ... ever.  Mum was very clingy, and it got worse over the years.  Yes, I knew she was like that and accepted it, but now it's hard to think that I only have myself (and Jiffy) to answer to.  Anyway, one thing I have decided to do is to join a gym ... gulp!  I never thought I would do such a thing.  The one I have joined has a pool, jacuzzi and sauna as well aas regular revues for the gym, and loads of classes.  So I have had the basic gym induction over the last couple of weeks ... and this morning I actually did my first session today.  I am aimimg to help my posture, build up my stamina and strengthen my core.  So, watch this space!!

I saw my osteopath again today, and he was pleased with how well by body has coped with the latest changes.

Poor Jiffy has to have surgery .... The infection in his anal gland is getting slowly worse, and the benign wart on his face is now being scrathed, so I presume it feels sore.  He is booked in for early October, so a nervous time for me, as he is over 10 now.

However to take my mind off things I took him to a nearby town for a lovely walk this afternoon ... in fact I even treated myself to an ice-cream.  However, as I was texting a very special friend, I still feel guilty, as there is housework that needs doing.  It feels wrong to fritter my time away, although I have to admit I feel pretty relaxed as I type this.

Well still haven't got round to reply to comments, but I really hope that now I am getting back into a routine I will have more focus and get caught up,   Also will be able to catch up with you all ... if I have missed anything, let me know.

Strictly Come Dancing has started, so must focus on that ... the countdown towards Christmas!!!!
debris4spike: (M&D wedding)
I am actually sitting with dad and typing this update - the great thing about a Chromebook. Dad's home has Wi Fi, so thought I could actually do an update.

Firstly, sadly, when I said Dad is poorly, I mean that he is now drifting, having had yet another stroke. He just wants to go Home. He is very peaceful and the care is stunning so although I don't want to say Goodbye, but I know he will be going to Heaven, and I will see him again one day. He told me yesterday he wants to go Home, and that he is missing Mum. So hard to realise, but a lot of positives in such a negative time. I have had the privilege of knowing an amazing man for over 55 years, and even now is is half asleep with a beautiful smile on his face.

As I said my back had been playing up ... well my osteopath said I could look on it as good news!!!! For the last 3 years I have struggled, some days terribly, with the CFS ... yet he thinks I am doing so well that my horrific injury of 1982 is now able to become a separate entity. So looking at it that way I could see cause for celebration, and certainly nice to be able to tell dad that after he and mum have been so worried about me.

Jiffy has also been to the vets as he has a small infection in one of his anal glands. Marni has seen him 3 times now, and if there is no improvement next time then he may need a mini op. He was not great on his walk this morning. I had told him dad was poorly and I wonder if he has understood what I was saying.

Anyway, on a brighter note, here are the photos of Glastonbury Tor I promised you ... we had a great day for the walk as the view was amazing.

Well worth the climb )

Dad's asleep at present so I will try to get some more bits done, but doubt I will be focused enough to go through my f-list ... sorry
debris4spike: (Stone sculpture)
Last Friday Christine and I went to Glastonbury ... 55 1/2 miles each way.  The great news is that almost 4 years ago, coming back from Nicks, we came via Glastonbury (as normal), but I had to stop to take Codeine, and to walk round the car .... a few times.  That was my last trip as the CFS set in.  Going though Glastonbury on a regular basis I had always wanted to visit.  It turned out that Christine had never been either, so great to explore together.

The town has a huge history to explore.  It is believed to be the last resting place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, the first Church is believed to be set up by Joseph of Arimathea and his disciples.  The area was first settled in the Bronze Age.

To begin with we wandered around the town, saw the Church, saw some of the many shops, as well as some 11th Century Alms Houses and a medieval merchant's house,

So thought I would share some photos
of the town )

More photos to follow

I Iz Back

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 10:41 am
debris4spike: (Eternal Refuge gif + my name)
Yep, I had a great trip with Auntie Joyce.  Jiffy was such a good boy, both on the journey and over the weekend, including going to a coffee morning/prayer group.

The great news is, after 4 years my muscles coped with the journey, 278 miles each way - an answer to prayer, exercise and the support you have given ... Thank you.

I did take loads of photos (as you would expect from me), so they are uploading as I go to see Dad.  I am working later, so will try and catch up with you later, and post some photos.

If you had any excitement, please aim me in that direction ... till later *hugs*

Off For A Few Days

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 07:49 pm
debris4spike: (Essex Girl)

Jiffy and I are going to Essex for a few days.  Dad's sister, who is two years younger than him, lives in Clacton.  I haven't seen her for quite a few years, and I have wanted to make the trip for a long time .... but it has been impossible as Mum was always very jealous of my time.

With the CFS I am aiming to really concentrate how my body is coping with the drive.

So off tomorrow, back late Sunday .... and no internet during that time.

Hope you all that have a good weekend

At Long Last .....

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 12:11 pm
debris4spike: (Ow - look of shock on face)
.... I have my new router so can try to keep up to date from now on (*fingers crossed*)

Well that's the good news .... the bad news is OUCH .....

As you know, I have been battling the tooth problem from Easter, and last week had the tooth taken out.  End of problem, HA HA.  Apparantly 1 : 10,000 extractions give something called a "dry socket" ; in other words the hole refuses to heal.  So I had the socket cleaned and packed yesterday and started on penocillin, and have to return for more treatment in a couple of days.  They think it may take up to 6 months to heal :(

I asked "Why?"; and was told there was absolutely no reason .... so I pointed out that my last extraction went the same way.  Apparantly all that proves is that I am incredibly unlucky ... so, for those who wonder how I got the name Debris, you can see why!!!

Also saw the doctor today as my thyroid has decided to pack up.  The good news is that I now get free prescriptions, the bad news is that it makes my tiredness worse ... so not good to go with the CFS!!

Well must get lunch and head into work.

Will try and catch up with some of those back comments this evening.

Kidnapped By CFS

Friday, June 17th, 2016 05:08 pm
debris4spike: (Do Not Disturb - James!)
That sounds like a book title that would be a winner!!

Actually I have good news in that I have managed not to have to cancel any work, but other than that I have been wiped out.  So yet again I have been a hopeless friend ... so sorry, feel free to de-friend me, as I know I have been missing.

I am a bit better today, but poorer as I have treated myself to a Chromebook so that I now aim to try to catch up with all those long due replies to your comments.

Today Jiffy and I went to see Dad to find there was a concert so we went as well.  The routine was great with well known sing-along things.  The final one was the Okte Cokie ... and I got dragged into helping.  I could blame the the CFS, but basically I just think I am out of shape ... I was puffed!!!

Oh well no other news as I ahave not done much.

Sorry again, hope all is well with you all.
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.

Off Work ... Again!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 11:38 am
debris4spike: (James - silhouette)
Don't know why!  I wasn't feeling great on Sunday, in fact didn't make it to Church, but after a slow walk with Jiffy and a chat to Dad I felt OK.  However not so good on Monday morning, feeling very wobbly so phoned in sick.

Tuesday I only work afternoons, and felt OK in the morning, but by the time I got to work I was feeling drained.  I saw the 4 patients I had to and headed home exhausted.

Wednesday went into work, to be sent home.  Apparantly my face looked more grey than my hair!!  So have taken today off as well.

I think the conclusion is, in that trying to save my ttoth I had a strong dose of penicillin, and then had anti-biotics in the actual root itself.  I have only just started to feel better after my virus, and last year, so just had no reserves left.

So I am pottering at sorting out the books in my study, and the CDs that were mum's.  Being a good girl, but keeping positive as well.

Hope you are all well xx

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