Tuesday, June 25, 2013
As some of you know, I spent a lot of time in hospital last year, leaving my house empty. As I live in the country, this meant that rodents got in, and caused all sorts of electrical damage.
On top of this I had a problem with my heat pump. The mother card had to be replaced, possibly due to being hit by lightening they thought.
It took a long time to get a replacment, and then there were problems with the electricity and a leak from the heating system, which meant the antifreeze was diluted.......... In brief, there was a perfect storm of circumstances which led to the heat pump and the boiler breaking down.
I actually involved the legal assistance from my insurance, but at the end of the day, I couldn't get any help from them, they felt that the heat pump people had acted properly without undue delay, and the offer they made to me to replace the pump and boiler was a good one. Which it is, and at the end of the day, I'll have a system that works and that the heat pump people will be servicing etc......soon, I hope!
The guys have been working and found all sorts of problems with my previous system, including a water softener that hadn't been properly installed, amongst other things, and hopefully have sorted out some other preexisting things that didn't work properly. They also found rather a lot of dead rodents in the machines!
And then yesterday, just as all seemed to be reaching the end, the head technician felt that the new heat pump was making a funny noise, so checked out my electricity supply, and it is faulty! I have triple phase, and two are fine, but the third is not working properly.
And that was it, I finally cried. It may even be that this was the original problem, but we have no way of knowing!
OK, it's not life threatening, but it is rather expensive, and has been a major source of stress for me........especially as I don't have a proper job at the moment (more of that elsewhere) although luckily I have an insurance policy that has matured, and so can afford the work, but once the money is spent, it is spent!
Meanwhile, the whole house needs rewired......and that aint's cheap either!
Where I am really lucky is that my wonderful partner Jacques is doing much of the rebuilding work upstairs, helped by my children......basically the whole of the upstairs has been reconfigerated and my plan is that once all the work is finished, to let the house as a holiday home. That way I can still have all my children home from time to time, even if I am living mostly with Jacques.
I am trying hard to look at the blessing in disguise,
a new system that is more efficient, easier to run, and much easier if I am letting the house, a lot of other preexisting problems solved, and others on their way to being, all's well.
The old lemons and lemonade thingy......
But the stress is not helping my health, nor my weight!
Rant over for now!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Warning, some pretty horrid mental images to follow, not for the faint hearted.
As some of you may know, I had a carcinoma removed from not quite the end of my nose just before christmas. I was not a pretty sight, I can tell you! Then on the scar tissue, I got a spot, that I thought I had dealt with. I had of course to be very gentle, as the tissue was very new.
However, the scar still bothered me, it hurt, and even though I had been back to the surgeon, who was quite happy with my progress, something was a tad uncomfortable. I was supposed to massage the scaar tissue regularly but it was uncomfortable. I hung on and hung on blaming the scar, the healing etc. After a certain time, I realised that the black mark on my scar wasn't part of the scaring, but was just possibly a blackhead. I asked Jacques to have a look, he gently touched it and the whole thing sort of exploded (I did warm you that the imagery wasn't pretty) Once I had got it cleaned out, then of course, my nose wasn't hurting any more, I was able to massage it with impunity.
OK, so what has this got to do with anything?
Another much less pleasant allagory!
How often is something so evident in our lives, but we get sidetracked into thinking that it is something else, for whatever reason. Or, in my case, we stick with the first answer, and do not look any further......and what do these contradictory sayings have in common? (Hint, it isn't Calvin Klein)
Well, they both show a certain amount of lack of questioning, of being unwilling or unable or whatever to literally look past the end of our noses!
Or simply being stuck......
So, a question to possibly ask ourselves......
What is causing my discomfort? Could there possibly be a spot on the end of my nose? If so, what can I do about it? Mind you, you might want to change the question
Me, I'm still stuck at the moment, but at least I'm aware of it, and the thingy with the nose helped me to see past the end of mine....
And as for the direction I intend to take, well, in this instance, straight ahead even if I am not yet at full steam!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
It is mother's day in the US, but not in all the rest of the world. Jacques' mother fell the day after mother's day in France last year. She died of he injuries, some 20 or so days later, and this is a translation of what I wrote and said at her funeral.
"Louise Morel, Mémé, loved her garden very much, and she also loved flowers. That is one of the reasons that I ask you to imagine a rose bush, she had several in her own garden.
To propagate roses you can take a cutting and that makes a new plant, not too different from the original. You can also graft a cutting onto another rose, and that makes a different rose bush. Or you can keep the roots, and graft a cutting from another rose. However, each of these new plants keeps something of the original.
And that gives a wonderful garden, full of different colours, perfumes and varieties. Certain of the roses can be transplanted into other gardens, or other plants welcomed into the original garden.
I invite you to see Louise, Mémé, as the original rose bush, a rose with all its qualities, but also with thorns; and the Morel family as the gardens. And even if this first rose bush is no longer at the centre of the garden, part of it is always with us, not only in the descendants, but also in the memories of all those who saw and appreciated not only the first garden, but also all those other gardens inspired by that first one
I invite you, the next time that you see a rose, or another flower, or any object from nature, to think of someone you love, present or absent, and to smile. Like that you can express and share love, present in us all, and which never dies.
In that way you can follow the advice of Pierre de Ronsard: «Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow, Gather the roses of life today»."
So go out there and smile!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I have decided to give this a try. You can find out what it is here........ www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19112549 and here thefastdiet.co.uk/
While the jury is definitely still out on this one, there is quite a lot of disagreement too, www.nhs.uk/news/2013/01January/Pages
t-work.aspx , I am willing to give it a try, and see how it goes.
I have done fruit fasts in the past, and quite enjoyed them, so the idea of fasting isn't unknown to me, and well, this is relatively easy form of reduced calorie intake for a short time.
Having read as much as I can, including the book, I have decided to give it a go. I shall have my fast days on a Monday and Thursday, whenever possible, as these are, paradoxically, my busiest days, and so from what I have read, it should be easier.
Unlike most people I didn't start on a Monday, but did today, Thursday. Well, I read the book on Tuesday, so that's why.
How did today go?
I left for Lyon at 5:45, after some water and some decaf, and had a mug of decaf in the car with me. My tummy was rumbling en route, so I did wonder how I would manage to get through the day! In fact, once I got to Lyon for my class at 8 I had no problems. I even sat in the cafeteria to work at midday, smelling the cooling paninis etc, and had no problems. I drank water all day, as I always do.
To keep busy before my PT, I did some window, and then other shopping. I bought a really cute little notebook with leather binding, to note all my food intake in, not just on fast days.Whilst I think that SP will be a great help here, noting wherever and whenever will help. It will also keep me more accountable, especially at parties etc, putting each and every glass of wine in. I am sort of going to study myself as it were.
Every mouthfull counts!
I had thought that Jacques would be at paret this evening, so that I wold be fending for myself, but it was cancelled, so he had prepared dinner. I hadn't really told him, as I thought he would be sceptical (as he was) however, he is willing to indulge me. For dinner I had fish soup, ratatouille, smoked mackarel, and fruit. Which came up to 500 calories, more or less.
I didn't have a problem not eating during the day; I had some tummy rumbles, but nothing major. I'm pleased cos I managed a 24 hour fast, more or less, and it seems to be the fasting that has the health benefits, compared to the calorie defecit for the weight loss.
Next fast day is Monday, so I'll blog then at the latest.
I'm tired now, but it was a long day, and it is bedtime. And it's a healthy tired.
Oh, one last thing, I will be doing my best to record mood etc aswell, that being another SP tool which I think might come in handy.
Off to do it now.
Night night all!
Whoops, nearly forgot, my weigh in this morning was 68.5 (up .5 on yesterday) and I can't remember my waist measurement, I'll take it again tomorrow!
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