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
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*
debris4spike: (James - pointing finger)
I have been a bad girl at LJ-ing ... but a good girl at resting when not at work. So haven't really opened up my LJ at all, so am behind with the daily meme. Hope to do better! Here we are -


9 - The best part of today was______

Monday - less coughing ... and I did the full 9 - 5, and still had the energy to take Jiffy for a walk when I got home! Yay, first full day since early November.


10 - What’s the hardest thing you’re dealing with?

Tuesday - I still find it hard to cope with how I am dealing with Mum & Dad's deaths. I suppose it doesn't help that it feels wrong to be planning things for my future without them being involved .... after 55 years it seems wrong to not be part of a trio.


11 - Today I wish I had more _____

Yesterday was a pretty good day, but wished I had more focus, as there was a heap of ironing .... and it is still sitting in front of me as I type this!


12 - What made today unusual?

Today, being a Thursday, I normally work 9 - 5, but the clinic I usually do in the morning was cancelled. So had a lazy morning ... had planned to get my passport sorted (but need a hair-cut!!), so finished reading my book instead.



The list of 365 questions can be found here
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!!!!

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: (OK - James)
I have actually managed to work my 3 1/2 days this week - a first for a couple of years, so I took things easy every evening and just watched DVDs. I am only popping in now as I want to get my spare room sorted, so will try and catch up with you all tomorrow.

Anyway, while I am here, here is the MEME I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] teragramm

The rules - No using Google
Every answer must start with the last letter of your previous answer

Name - Debris4spike
Animal - Elepahant
Girls name - Trudy
Color - Yellow
Movie – While You Were Sleeping
Something you wear – Glasses
Drink – Sprite
Food - Eggs
Item in the bathroom – Shower gel
Place - London
Reason to be late – Not setting the alarm

12th February

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 03:17 pm
debris4spike: (Jiffy - one ear up)
Another 12th arrives, and I actually have time to scribble.

I have now been off work a couple of weeks, so am beginning to slowly feel human again - viral infections!!!

Anyway - yesterday, started off with the normal brekkie, and the taking Jiffy fo a walk.  Since I inherited him I am learning a lot about local roads, as he loves to explore!  Once back he got his car harness on and we were off to "Mum & Dad's" ... well, up the road from them actually as Jiffy was booked into the hairdressor for his bi-monthly care.

I dropped him off and went back to M&D's and did some more sorting.  The house is cool as we have turned the heating down.  I did mostly my room, as that is less depressing than throwing things away (although there is still a lot to do).  I had lunch ... McDonalds (!!!), and then back for more sorting - starting to empty the kitchen now.

On my way back to pick up Jiffy I dropped some stuff off at a Charity Shop, and stopped at the cemetary there, as I wanted to see my friend's mother's tombstone, which had been put up recently.

Then back to collect Jiffy, and back home.

A nice lazy evening, watching junk on TV and playing Tetris on my tablet.

So, not a bad day overall.

Well I Made It!!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 04:20 pm
debris4spike: (Hardest thing - live in the world)
As my Daily Bible Reading reminded me today - "God, you have put my life back together" (Psalm 4).  As I type this I realise that I am having a "normal" day.  In fact my whole week has been pretty easy.

Today I have taken Jiffy for a walk, done some shopping, eaten dinner, done some sorting, and now I have pc time.  Just one year ago today I was nursing a very sick Mum ... she had C Diff, a urine infection and flu.  However as there was an NHS crisis, and I am a nurse, she stayed home ... until 3 days later when the doctor realised she was getting rapidly worse.

Almost 4 weeks of hospital and she came home, and it was then I realised how week he was.  It was a long year, as I look back on it ... but at the time, day by day, it was just something I needed and wanted to do.

Over this last year I have not been around much, but when I have the love and support from many of you has been amazing.  However, for those  who were concerned, let me assure you that if I had to re-do this year I would.  Yes, it was frustrating, tiring, lonely, but I am glad I did it.

I still feel really in limbo about Mum, but know that I will come to terms with things in my own time.

Dad seems to be slowly settling into his new home ... when I went in yesterday he was telling me about some discussion that he and a couple of the other men had over lunch.  It didn't make much sense to me, but he seemed happy, so that is the main thing.  Jiffy is more settled.  He has a couple of favourite walks, and enjoys deciding which one to go on, and he certainly knows where his treats are stored!

I have managed to sort out my bedroom this week, as I had to amalgamate 2 sets of clothes, 2 sets of jewellery, etc.  So at least that seems "me" now.  I know that soon we will have to sell Mum & Dad's, but I am having a couple of weeks off of even thinking about that.

So, now I am in 2016, and like last year I don't know what it will hold.  However I do know that the support of friends, and with God's strength I will get through it.

Happy New Year to you all.
debris4spike: (Spuffy - Christmas)
Well after a lovely time spent with Dad it was back to earth the following day!!  He was tired, so very tearful.  I had taken Jiffy along, so I suggested the 3 of us went for a walk downstaires.  That really helped as Dad loved watching Jiffy have a chat to another dog!

Yeasterday, Tim had a similar visit, and then he and Claire came o lunch at my place.  We then went for a long walk ... amazing to think I live in a city, about 2 miles from the centre, yet those first  3 images were taken about 5 mins walk from my house.

Just up the road )


We walked on through that park, crossed a road and kept walking to the Countess Wear Paper Mill. It is one of the few remaining buildings which formed part of a mill complex, extending over two hectares, and was operational between 1638 and 1885, although there were probably earlier medieval mills on the site as well.

The site, at various times, operated as both a corn and a paper mill with high-quality paper being produced from rags imported from Europe.

History watching )


Today I went to see Dad again, and yet again he was sad. I managed to get him to say what a lot of the problem is ... How much he has lost ... Mum, his memory, his health, his ability to do whatever he wants .... So hard to help because I agree with him.

Still we had a chat and a laugh ... which was the main thing.  When I got back I spent an hour or two trying to sort out my bedroom.  So much had been just dumped it was hard to know what was there.

Hope you are all enjoying things.  I now have ironing to do!!
debris4spike: (Hardest thing - live in the world)
Wow, can't think why I have not been on-line ... no real reason at all.  So here I am, and I must try to reply to owed comments.

My cough is still with me, but the GP now thinks I am OK ... in other words, it's stress.  As is the fact that I am getting jaw pain, which is also caused by me grinding my teethin my sleep - so next week I am being fitted for a guard to wear at night.  Even Jiffy is getting more skin irritation, which his vet thinks is aggrevated by stress.

The Bank Holiday weekend has been about the same as normal ... housework, gardening ... and repeat.  As Marni had talked to me about stress I realised I need to take Jiffy for longer walks ... so that has been a positive start to each day (for us both, I hope).  She had the sorrow of nursing her younger sister through terminal cancer last year, so can truly know what it is about.  She was just 40 when she died ... no age at all.

Well I must get on and reply to past comments, and try to catch up with your news ... if I have missed anything, please let me know.
debris4spike: (James pointing - Caprica)
It has been some time, but there is a new meme going round that I saw on [livejournal.com profile] teragramm [livejournal.com profile] double_dutchess and [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 so thought I would snag as I am trying to catch up with LJ and keep my journal more active.

Here be me )

I did say in a previous post that I am now on Instagram. When the family came last week Andrew loaded a new App, so here is the latest image I uploaded ...

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debris4spike: (Jiffy - painting)
As I have my one evening off of the week, I was planning on another mini update, and realised that yesterday was the 12th ... so will do that instead.  As it was a day at Mum & Dad's it will give friends an idea of what a "non-work" day is!  Writing here and linking to [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday means I only have to type once!!

How to spend a day not at work! )
debris4spike: (Dragonball)
As I said when I updated earlier it was a day off today ... and I am truly happy with the amount I got done ... and managed (I hope) to not over-do things in the process!
debris4spike: (Cheers)
Saw my best friend for lunch - so that was great (and as she was coming over I managed to get the energy together to give the house a clean)

So, double happy!!

Hi

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 10:40 am
debris4spike: (Gardening - cut the grass Avon &Vila)
I am not at work again today ... but seeing as I again killed myself on Saturday with gardening, and still aching, it is a good thing.

I am catching up with previous comments ... and then going to wander to the shops to do some shopping ... the cupboards seem bare, and Dad gave me some money over the weekend to help me towards petrol, so I can re-fill the shelves.

I am going to do (I hope lots of positives) ... I have washing ready to hang out (again before shopping), I have the breadmaker on ... and a have picked out a couple of recipes to make and then freeze for later meals.

I have (and will have more) ironing to do ... so I wont probably be inspired to dust and hoover after that (see, already making excuses)

Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday (for those in England & Wales) .... and for the rest hope life is OK anyway!

I will post some pics later - I know I have Legoland still to post, but have had a couple of day-trips with my friend which I shall probably now post first ... so you will be spammed!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 09:41 am
debris4spike: (James - thinky thoughts)
...But no real plans, other than cleaning and housework for Mum & Dad.

Sadly Mum's health hasn't been great recently - with her heart failure increasing ... meaning she has literally no enery.  Then this week she was registered blind ... so emotionally tough.  Dad and I have just been talking, as well, as she really has major memory loss ... Dad finds it hard to deal with (as do I) ... although he has Alzheimer's, she actually has less memory than him, but wont acknowledge the fact.

Still they do well ... considering.  However I think the real reason the cope so well with life is that when I am missing during the week, Jiffy takes over their care ... He always tells me he has had a tough week when I arrive on a Friday ... LOL

OK, enough down thoughts.

Decided to share a health tip, that someone emailed to me -

When you drink Vodka, and ice you get kidney failure.
When you drink Rum, and ice you get liver failure.

When you drink Whiskey, and ice you get heart failure.
When you drink Gin, and ice you get brain problems.

Apparently ice is really bad for you!!!



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debris4spike: (Cowboy James - Wanted)
I am meant to be having a busy day today  ... so now I shall try and be positive and say that the last hour means I have "played" long enough ... the rest of the day is work!

I actually switched on the computer to look at steam cleaners ... but soon ended up "pottering" though the internet.  Fun, but not the plan for today.

I am not working, my choice.  I know I need the money as the shifts have been random, but most of my actual spare time gets spent sorting out M&Ds house ... so decided to actually spend a day doing mine.

Anyway, I found the cleaner ... now have to get breakfast, shop, and get on with the cleaning.

However, for cat lovers on my list, just had to share this picture I saw on Facebook (yes I did pop in there as well!)

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Hope that you all have a fun day ... hope I keep my focus!


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debris4spike: (Sanity - overated!)
.... But I decided to not finish the Christmas meme as it seems a bit silly now.

It seems as if LJ is up again - and although I managed to post yesterday it wouldn't let me comment, so fingers crossed we are a day closer to getting back to normality - and thus back in touch with my friends (group hugs).

Back in Exeter again after my break - and just been back to the doctor who said that the virus would last as long as it wanted to, but I hadn't developed anything else along the way. She has given me a cough suppressant, which already means I have coughed less in the last hour than I have every hour for the last month, so that seems hopeful.

I want to get some sorting out done this afternoon, as I am determined to have M&D here on Saturday, and also want to get a lot of decorating done before Easter ... so I have entered 2013 with a positive feel.

However, as I said at the beginning, I won't be going back - so if any of you posted anything important please push me that way.

Well hope this posts ... group hugs.

Saturday Again

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 11:32 am
debris4spike: (James - monochrome - side view - my name)
If anyone can tell me where the last week dissappeared to I would be most grateful!

Jiffy and I have done our Saturday patrol - and he was most dissapointed that I wouldn't chase up a hill after a motor-scooter as he wanted to!

Now I have to find windows in the shade to wash them - yes, the sun is shining!  Hope I get some next week on my mini-break!

Well, off to find soapy water!

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BTW - why so much SPAM recently .... I suppose I ought to f-lock, but have never wanted o do that.  It annoys me even more as they are all seeming to advertise Ug boots - a style I don't like anyway!

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Oh, well, windows are waiting.
debris4spike: (Vampire Diaries - Damon (smirk))
Well that was the weekend without James - but because of it I got a lot achieved.  I cleaned (hoovered then "washed") all of Mum & Dad's 4 bedroom bungelow. 

I got some thoughts put together for a fic ... one I had originally started a couple of years ago.  I also began towork out another story line for another fic ... both Spike related, of course.

I typed up a couple of letters for Mum that she wanted sent ... although in doing that I had a toffee to chew ... and, yes, the top came off my damaged tooth.  So looks as if Monday will see me on the phone organising the surgery to remove that root (as that is all that's left in!)

So a busy weekend to keep my mind occupied proved productive.

On a non-James note, I had a "fun" dream last night ... Damon came for a "visit" ... but not just him, he had an identical twin!

Hope your weekend was as good!!

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