Just A Few Points

Friday, August 18th, 2017 08:41 pm
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)

  • GGgrrrr - haven't been posting regularily!

  • GGGGgggrrrrrrrr - haven't replied to your comments.

  • Jiffy is still scratching, but not as bad as he was, so the vet has suggested increasing his baths, and I am being more pro-active at finding different walks to go on.

  • Went to Salisbury & Stonehenge on Wednesday (photos to come)

  • Work comes & goes ... well, the patients do.  Everyone moans about the lack of money spent on the NHS, however whatever really annoys me is that so many people just don't turn up for their appointments.  That causes more expense.

  • And, as a final point - I have booked a weeks trip in June in Italy ... Rome, Florence, etc


And, finally Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] kudagirl ... miss you

A Nice Walk

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 06:14 pm
debris4spike: (Woodland walk)
Last week Christine, Jiffy and I went to Becky Falls It was great fun - Jiffy only needed help once at the end, and ended up sleeping all the following day!
Enjoying a walk )
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*

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 )
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
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!

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On a more normal note, let me wish Queen Elizabeth a lovely 91st birthday.
debris4spike: (Jiffy - painting)
This is the latest advert for Weetabix ... Jiffy has 1/2 a one every evening mixed in with his meat!



So, look out Exeter, Jiffy is here!
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*

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 )
debris4spike: (James - singing the blues)
One thing that I have managed to do over the last couple of weeks is make 20 icons for the first round of [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo ... the theme is "Blazing Blue". There were no other prompts, which I tend to find slightly harder.

Anyway, here are the three teasers :-

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The full set is here )
debris4spike: (Oooops - Cap'n John)
I owe replies, I haven't caught up with my f-list .... I am just so, so bad!

But I am determined to start catching up, starting today.  In about 1/2 hours time Jiffy and I are heading out to pick up my friend Christine, have a walk and lunch at a doggy friendly place.  I am taking my camera but as the decorator is still in I can't get at my main computer so won't share today .... but will asap.

Anyway, what's up with me?  Not much!

I am having my kitchen painted at present, and yesterday the same painter finished painting my bedroom.  The carpet arrives next week.  So hopefully as the days and weeks now move on I shall be able to start packing things away in their permenant homes.  I have decided to have a sunlounge off my kitchen, so there is that to confirm and book ... and then the only thing I will eventually need is a new lounge carpet and the room painted.

No further on my holiday plans, as I am waiting for Annemarie to confirm the dates with her.  So annoying, as I dare-say flights, etc will be going up in price.   So am still at the vague point of Oregon - LA - San Fransisco - Visiting a friend in Missouri.  Will update, when I can.

Jiffy is doing well - slightly confused by stuff being moved around all the time, so it will be nice to get him settled again.

Having been a bit on-off with the gym, I have gone twice last week, already once this week, and booked for a class on Friday.

I have had a week or two of drifting, but I am determined to get myself back on track.  I will catch up with comments, re-post a gift I owe (!), and try to keep up to date with all your journals.  Bear with me - I will get there!

Well I had better get on and get Jiffy ready.

I know I have missed a few birthdays over this last week sorry - but on the day that would have been Mum's 89th birthday, I do hope you had a good day, and the year ahead is special.

Be back later *hugs*
debris4spike: (Upminster)
As I have already posted I went to Auntie Joyce's 90th birthday this last weekend.  The older she gets, the more she gets like her mum (I suppose that will happen to me - you have been warned!).  She is quite a numb person, with no real emotions.  So sad.  When I arrived, and left, I gave her a hug ... but I might as well have hugged the lamp-post near the drive ... no reaction at all.

She didn't want any cards, and asked me to pop her balloons before I left (I didn't!).  Still it was a good event the coffee morning put on, with other friends invited, and a lovely spread of food.A couple of photos )


Jiffy was a good boy - he slept much of it, despite over 50 people talking around him ... some people congratulated him by giving him a sausage roll and half a cheese scone!And here's the proof )



As ever Jiffy made himself at homeAnd kept guard )

I am trying to get the camera out a bit more this year, so here are a couple of photos I took while in Clacton ...  )
debris4spike: (Captain John - hands on belt)
As you may have seen, I have been MIA, which is why I need to do catch-up. I have been to Auntie Joyce's 90th birthday last Friday. She is Dad's sister, and as you can see that like Dad 2 years ago, she doesn't really look 90.

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There are a few more photos that I took and will post in the next couple of days.

Anyway, here is my 365 meme catch-up!


26 - List your pets.

In the past Mum & Dad had 3 spaniels.
Scrappy, a golden one who died when she was 13 and I was 6.
Perry (my first love), a blue roan, and died a month before his 5th birthday.
Misty, a white & orange, who was 15 1/2 when he died.

Now there is Jiffy a Westie who is 10 1/2 now ...and as mad as ever.

My other "first love" was Jaykub, a Welsh Cob cross, who died when he was 10, and then I had my namesake, DJ, a dappled grey Connemara on loan until he was 10 (he now lives in Windsor)


27 - Today I felt really secure knowing ______

That I was able to be with Auntie Joyce on her birthday.


28 - Whose life did you make a difference in today?

I spent the day with Jiffy and Auntie Joyce, but don't know if I made any difference there.  However I did buy Claire's birthday pressie, so next week that will make a diffenence to her!


29 - What is your super power?

To be able to spot a spider and run away!


The list of 365 questions can be found here

365 Meme Day 21

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 08:46 pm
debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
What mood were you in today?

Pretty good.

  • I heard back from Annemarie, and it looks as if plans can be made for my USA trip.

  • I went to the gym, and although wasn't there long had a good time.

  • Jiffy had a good walk this morning ... this week has been tough as two vet visits (he likes them, but sad they had to happen).. An ear infection, then a cut paw. But today he was doing well



The list of 365 questions can be found here

365 Meme Day 16

Monday, January 16th, 2017 08:31 pm
debris4spike: (Jiffy - one ear up)
Whats the last thing you apologized for?

Actually about an hour ago I was putting the antibiotic ointment into Jiffy's left ear, and it was sore for him (we only went to the vet this eve), and I was apologising that I was making his "poorly ear" feel even worse.




The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Gym quote)
A few of my friends have done posts reminding us at that despite problems and upsets, there are still so many positive things, so I am going to try a positive post a week.

Yesterday I went to the gym, and my trainer has increased the number of repeats on all my programme!  There was one that I reduced the weight for on the last rep as I was struggling, but other than that I managed (just).  However what really cheered me up was that I always finish with a swim and jacuzzi.  As I was swimming I actually counted the lengths and realised that back in October the first time I went I only swam ... and only managed 4 lengths, a gap, and another 4.  Yesterday, after an increased workout, I swam 10 lengths, and actually could probably have done a bit more ... so, great, my stamina is much improved already.

Back to work this afternoon after 6 weeks off.  Still coughing, and catching my breath, but I am doing an "ignore and see" ... so for me, that's a positive way forward!  Having had a lifetime of chest problems at least my doctor accepts that I will struggle from time to time ... so we are seeing how things go.

And finally, had a great walk with Jiffy this morning.  He has been a bit sluggish, which worried me, I put his older jumper on him, and whether it was that, or just he is feeling better, he enjoyed himself ... and it was great walking across frosty land.

Well I must get on, as I need to get an early lunch and change ready for work.
debris4spike: (Flashing lights with my name)
Well I said I would do it, so here are the first couple of days

What is your number one goal this year?

I really want to try and feel more positive about myself - but after 55 years that may be a bit of a struggle. Still points for giving it a go!

What are you most grateful for?

For my friends here, for Jiffy, and most importantly my faith. I am also thankful that, although I lost M&D in the last 15 months, I am thankful that I was able to know them so well.


The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Wine glass at sunset)
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve

I always stay up to see in the New Year, last year was the first year by myself, as the previous year I was with Mum & Dad.

This year I shall treat myself to a takeaway at the local chippy, and watch some TV. I shall definately be watching "I'll be home for Christmas", the 1988 version. It's a family tradition - White Christmas on Boxing Day, and I'll be home for New Year's Eve.

I will have sherry, and sing "Auld Lang Sine", then watch the fireworks on TV and then speak to all the family on the phone. One downside of fireworks is that poor Jiffy hates them :(

No New Year resolutions - I did them as a kid and always broke them by 2nd Jan, so now I don't bother!
debris4spike: (Family)
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family

Obviously none this year - but here are a couple from the last few years. This one was taken when we were on holiday in Kos in 2007 ... we went over for a day trip to Turkey
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2012 - Mum & Dad's Diamond Anniversary
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And, our last family photo - March 2015, on Tim & Claire's Silver Anniversary.
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debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
No, not "the" first Christmas, although this is what we need to remember, but this is the first without Mum & Dad (or any other family).  And, yes I did cook myself a proper dinner ... and Jiffy thoroughly enjoyed himself opening his pressies that Santa brought him!

Happy Christmas .... I hope that all my friends are having a lovely day, but also that you are able to set aside at least a few minutes to remember the first Christmas morning - Jesus, the Son of God, born as a baby in Bethlehem.

Thank you Jesus for coming to this world.

Our Church wasn't having a service this morning, so I went to a local Baptist one and was pleased that we had one of my favourite carols. This is one of the 2 I chose when I was baptised back in 1975, but still love it now. Lovely tune, and meaningful words.



I do love the traditional carols, but this one was one of the other ones we had at Church this morning .... Let's celebrate the birth of a Baby

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