Friday, 28 March 2014

And, I'm feeling good!

Hurrah!  I have been twice now to the gym, on the GP referral thingy, and it seems to have lifted my mood, quite significantly.  I suddenly feel better than I have done, in the last couple of years.

In other news, I have finally completed a 16 page report I needed, and wanted, to get done.  And, I'm pleased with it.  I am a workaholic sometimes, and this rarely changes, so I am learning to accept it for what it is, and go with the flow.  And, this helps with the stress levels, too.

On the craft front I am keeping quite busy, too.  I went to a lampshade making course, and really enjoyed it.

This is my lampshade, with the blue and grey circles.  It was some fabric I bought several years ago, to line a bag I was making my daughter, for Christmas.

Lacemaking!  Something that has been on my mind for ages.

And, the weaving.  I have wanted to do weaving for such a long time, and dare not start it.  Now, if I want to continue with it, I will need to find lots of space and lots of money.   Damn, shouldn't start something, you can't carry on, really.  Hmm.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

And, another thing

Hi there, yes it's me.  Where did January go, I ask you?

All of a sudden it is February, and we still don't have snow where we are, but they do have lots of it 'up the Glen' as I understand it.  I do miss getting snowed in, but do love being able to get out and about, now we're living in the town.

The weight is starting to shift slowly, with 4 lbs off.  Not a lot, but a good start, and on the right road.  The secret, I have found after all this time, is planning.  I have been planning my menus and recipes and shopping lists, and it seems to help.  Yes, I did write recipes - write down the book/magazine page numbers, so I don't lose the darned thing once I have shopped for it.  And, yes recipes as I cannot abide processed food.  The slimming world class I go to all rave on about a packet of stuff that is a pasta with cheese sauce, and you just add milk.  Then, you whisk up some eggs, add that and it cooks in the oven, like a quiche.  I can think of nothing more awful (and I am being polite here) than a packet of cheese sauce.  So, I made the thing from scratch and it took probably about the same amount of time and tasted delicious, and there was some leftover for lunch the next day.  And, here is one of our favourites, a Kedgeree, but with so much less butter than the usual recipes ask -

The crafting is getting well behind, as I still have some reports for work to finish off, that are quite lengthy.  Once they are done, I have promised myself a good long break - which will probably be the month of April, when I shall do nothing but craft, hurrah!

I was due to start an eight-week weaving course last Tuesday, but had the most dreadful and prolonged heavy cold, and had to cancel, bah!  But, I am ready and able to go this week, and am really looking forward to it.

In the meantime, nanny's lolly-dolly wanted some knitted socks, so I promptly made her some pink ones.  However, it was purple ones she really wanted, so these are on the pins as we speak.

These are actually less pink than in this picture.

But, what I really want to be getting on with is this ->

Well, if I get on with one or two of my reports today, I will be ready for the week to start in full swing again, tomorrow.

See you soon.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Big job

2014 is going to be my year.  It is going to be a big job.

I am currently seven, actually eight stones overweight.  I need to lose at least seven of that, to be in a healthy weight range.

I have already joined Slimming World, in order to lose the weight.  Yes, it was a silly time of year to do it - just two weeks before Christmas, but it needed to be done and I started to feel more positive as soon as I signed up.

I have long been looking at healthy eating, just eating good food.  But, now I need to concentrate on eating a lot less.  A lot less.  We especially munch in the evenings, but this will stop.

Also, for the past few years I have moved a lot less, due to my back problems.  I had an operation last September, and have gradually been improving week by week.  Thank bloody goodness!  The appointment for the gym will be through soon, and in the meantime, I am doing my recovery exercises, and am walking the dog.  It still hurts, but I'm sure this too will improve.

I have now reduced my medication to a fraction of what I was once consuming, as I simply don't need them so much.  It has taken a while to work out which meds I can reduce or stop, such as I don't need that one, I just need this one, but no, I do need that one, so let's try and stop this one.  The other one has gone completely.

So, the big job for this next year - and here I am laying down my gauntlet, is three-fold.

1.  Lose that weight - by eating smaller portions, eating more fresh fruit and veg, and vegetarian meals
2.  Become stronger and fitter, more core strength and endurance, I want to walk further and longer
3.  Reduce my medication.

I have a Blue Badge and a movability car.  This has been invaluable to me, as I could not have lived my life or gone to work, without it.  But, if I can improve my overall health and fitness, I may not need either.

Now, that would be a happy new me.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday, 13 December 2013

He's nearly here!

Yes, that time of year again.  How, I wonder, has it all come around again so quickly?  It surely was only a week ago, that Xmas 2012 was nearly here.  Might be something to do with getting older, oh well.

We have had a flurry of finding the right phone for Mr T - should it be the iPhone, Samsung etc, etc.  But, he has now decided to stick with the iPhone, and we'll search the Vodafone stores tomorrow.  I keep out of it, I'm afraid.  I love my iPhone, and won't be changing it, anytime soon.  It mixes in and connects with my mac book pro, and keeps me up to date with where I am supposed to be.  Don't need anything else.

What I could do with at the moment are two things.  One, is the expected winter weather, please!  I put away all my summer trousers and tops, got out the jumpers, leggings and boots, and what happens?  Last week, the weather was a frosty -2 degrees.  Since then, it has been between + 9 and 11.5 degrees!  The Autumn coat is even too hot to wear, and then I see people wearing scarves.  I have even put up blackout linings onto my bedroom curtains - which both keep out the light and the cold.  Hence, we are opening our bedroom window, of a night-time, or we get a headache.  Weird.

And, the other thing?  Some sleep.  For some reason I have stopped going to bed early.  And, when I get there, I play games on my phone, read my kindle and/or watch telly.  Then, all of a sudden, it is 1.30 am, and I have to be up for work in the morning.  Put that together with me trying to cut down on my medication, and have stopped the night-time sleeper/pain killer, and you can guess the rest.  This morning I didn't actually get to sleep until about 5 am, and was then awoken by Mr T at 8 am.  Went back to bed this afternoon for a couple of hours, but intend to look after myself from today, and will be up the wooden hill by about 10.30 pm.  Promise.

I have now been signed off by the physiotherapist at the hospital, and referred for a 3 month gym membership.  My movement is so much better but, as I have not really moved for the past couple of years, I need to build up my muscle and core strength.  This is such brilliant news, as I had been getting quite depressed, prior to my op, beginning to believe that I would never again be fit, or feel positive about myself again.

Now, I feel like I have been given a second chance at living life to the full.  I am awaiting some contact from the gym, about getting me started, I am properly doing the exercises I have been given.  And, I have now joined Slimming World.  At the heaviest weight I have ever been, in my life.

So, now that I am taking the physical and mental steps I need to make 2014 a better year.  So, let's have  Xmas, and 2014 - bring it on!

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Arrgh!  Some nosey parker found my blog and read it, and passed on some information I wouldn't have wanted passed on.  Except, that the 'information' they passed on was mis-read.  This could have caused quite a stink, and I do wish that even though these people don't like me, they would just feck the feckety feck off.

It makes you wonder why someone would tell someone stuff they think they've read.  They think they are being a friend to the person they're telling?  If it is the woman I think it is, she is well known as an unhappy and spiteful person.

I shall leave it there.

Well on the road

I am well on the road to recovery, now, I think.  My meds are back to less than what I was taking pre-op, and my movement is better.  Though, I still can't walk for very far, and shopping is literally a pain.

I was hoping to be able to give up my Blue Badge by next year, but we shall have to see.  The amount of pain has definitely reduced, which is such a bonus.

So, that's the moans over.

Now, we are just looking forwards.  Firstly, to Christmas.  Unusually, for this time of year our cards are all written, and presents are all bought or made.  We've had to watch the pennies carefully, but it seems we have done it, and with not too many arguments, either!

Christmas this year will hopefully be much different from last year.  Family tensions seem to have reached a good level now, which is so much better all around.  NBG (Nan's best girl) wants to be here for Christmas morning, and wonderfully, her mum and dad have agreed for her and NLD (Nan's lolly dolly) to stay over on Christmas Eve, so they can wake up here.  Christmas Eve will be spent with all of us here, having what we all hope a lovely, cosy evening with dinner, DVD, popcorn and new jammies, first.  Mum has to work on Christmas morning, and lunch is planned for mid-afternoon, and thankfully, mum can then relax and enjoy the day, bless her.  She couldn't relax last year, as she had to go to work in the afternoon.  That is a downside of working in the care sector.  Dad can just enjoy his girls until mum gets back from work.

And, then on Boxing Day my boy arrives, together with his son, by tea-time!  Yes, more excitement.  And, it means that we really will All have a bit of time together.  And, they are here for a few days, and we can enjoy them.

The wee one is 3 ¾ and will shortly be getting hearing aid, due to his right ear not being formed fully at birth.  They have now found out that his hearing is greatly reduced, and the hearing aid will used by his left ear.  It is thought (and, I would agree) that this loss of hearing is impacting upon his social and speaking skills, but he is very good at lip reading.  If I could interfere here, I would want dad to look into NWB (Nan's wee boy) having some contact with other children with hearing loss.  My reasoning is that, as he has this issue, and is thus far isolated from his peers, he may find his community with other children with similar issues.

But, if there is one thing I have learned over this past 12 months or so, it is that I need to keep my own counsel.  Only give an opinion when it is asked for.  Of course I have found this hard, but actually my children are adults.  And, as I am heading out of my mid-middle age, they are heading towards theirs - ergo, able to make their own choices.  I am so proud of my children, they are good people.

You know me, I may take ages to write in here again, so if you're looking in, I wish you a very Happy Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Now, it's the neck!

So, I went to visit my lovely Chiropractor this lunch time and, she made me feel a lot better.  I still have to rest it, but she did find some really sore spots on my neck and upper back, and zapped me there.

I will see her again next week, and am hoping I will be able to drive myself there.

In the meantime, readers, I can spend a little time on my laptop, and have found some reading ... of which the 'puter will not upload, grr.  So, First Up we have 'Handmade Silk Paper' by Kath Russon and 'Lampshade Lady's Guide to lighting up your life' by Judy Lake.  Both of these crafts have also been calling me for a little while, and I am due to go to a lampshade making workshop in November (as soon as I've paid, oops forgot earlier!)

And, the builder has also done our stair bannister for us.  These were previously solid (stud) walls and, as we have electric heating we want to get the most out of it.  By opening up the stair walls it lets the heat up, and the light into a fairly dark hallway.  So, the work continues - we bought the paint for the walls, yesterday and, as soon as that's done we can order the new carpet.  This is a lovely new start, in  a house we were never planning to live in, but we actually feel quite cosy and settled in - strange, isn't it?