Monday, October 18, 2010
There was a little girl,
who had a little curl,
right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good,
she was very, very good.
But when she was bad,
she was horrid!
This nursery rhyme could've been written about my neighbour. Not nice arty neighbour Anne, who is always a delight, but my neighbour on the other side.
J is a very difficult person to deal with. When she is in a good mood she laughs and jokes and is very friendly. When she is in a bad mood she takes it out on EVERYONE! This makes having to have contact with her rather difficult because you never know if you are going to meet nice J or nasty J.
We both have Littlewoods catalogues, and she is almost never home when deliveries come, so for most of the 9 years I've lived here I've taken in parcels for her. And then a few months ago she got really mad at me because I moaned about what had been left that time - 8 very large, very heavy boxes that took up my whole entrance hall and hurt my back when I was moving them. She very snappily told me that in future I should just ignore the knock when the van arrived.
A couple of weeks earlier, she had hidden in her house when her ex showed up, instructing her son to hide too. Her ex had forgotten to bring his son's antibiotics back with him when he dropped the lad off, and so he had come by with the bottle, and for some utterly unfathomable reason, J pretended she wasn't in. Dad, not wanting to leave with the meds, knocked on my door and asked me to give the meds to J when I saw her. What else could I do? I took the meds, waited for him to leave, and then went out the back and called J over the fence. I knew she was in you see. She told me off for taking the meds from him. Told me it was none of my business and to butt out in future!
This is what I have to deal with. :-) So, after those two incidents I didn't answer the door unless we were expecting a delivery ourselves. Then a few weeks ago, we were expecting a delivery, and the driver had a couple of packages for J too, and would I take them? Well, what could I do? I took them in, and sat with bated breath wondering which J I would meet later when she got home. She was fine! She moaned at the fact that the stuff she ordered had turned up early, which was why she hadn't been home to take delivery, but she was ok with me, so when the delivery guy knocked today, I opened the door.
BIG mistake! He was only delivering a large, flat-packed computer desk and cupboard! Two huge and hideously heavy packs! Oh the temptation to tell him to stick it! LOL. But he was careful to put them where I could manage to wrangle them back out when J arrived home. Then he told me that she had been texted to let her know the goods were coming today! She should have been home when he called. "I'll kill 'er! I'll b***** kill 'er!" I muttered under my breath. *grin*
I came back in and told Tara what had arrived. Then I said that J had better be grateful I took the damn stuff in. "One wrong word and I'll clout her one!" I threatened jokingly. Tara looked alarmed at this, and I had to reasure her that I was kidding. The joys of Autism + Tara = her not always being able to tell when I'm making a joke. :-)
As luck would have it, I spotted J reversing onto her drive an hour or so later, and I went out to get it over with, and for a wonder she was happy and jokey, and sympathetic about the weight of the stuff, and full of gossip about a friend of mine who is probably moving to America with his wife because she hates living in the UK. She loves a bit of gossip, does J. LOL I think it may be one of the reasons we have never got close. I loathe gossip, and if people talk to me, they know that their secret is safe. This does not sit well with the local gossip-mongers, as you can imagine, although near strangers will often confide in me, and I like to be thought of as a person who can be trusted not to blab. LOL
One friend of mine, some years ago, told me her husband had left her for his secretary. She was crushed and had to talk to someone about it, so came to me. I swore not to tell a soul, and didn't. Six months later, at my hen party, she made a sarky comment about him at the table, and no one but me knew what she was talking about. Her face was a picture when she realised I had been 100% true to my word. :-)
Anyway, between us, J and I battled the desk and cupboard parcels over the fence without breaking said fence or the packages, and that was that! Thank goodness. *grin* Now J has an entertaining evening of creating a 3D item of furniture out of a selection of different sized flat pieces of wood and various screws and pieces of plastic.
Time to change the subject, seeing as I've waffled on and on today. My head is still woolly. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! ;-)
I had a great walk this morning! 25 minutes today, which got me nicely into the first field at Highwoods. I saw something there today that was a total reward for me getting out of bed, even though I had slept very badly, and had to really talk myself into doing the walk before my sinuses kicked off.
On my way into the path to the tunnel, I saw a collection of goldfinches. I love those birds. They have the most amazing beauty to them, and they have stunning singing voices too. I forgot I was on a timed walk for the moment, and just watched them flitting from tree to tree through several gardens.
Then I reached Highwoods proper, and had the most amazing experience! I saw Woodpeckers! Three of them! I do like to see things in threes. :-) First I saw a Green Woodpecker foraging in the grass meadow, with its red head bobbing up and down. I tried to get a photo, but my phone camera truly sucks at close ups, and when I uploaded the results onto the computer, you couldn't tell there was anything there outside of grass.
Then, as I returned along the same stretch of path I saw the same woodpecker still in the field, and then a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew up into the oak trees at the edge of the field, just as another Green Woodpecker flew down into the field from the same trees. I was ecstatic!!!
Sadly, the joy of seeing such beauty before I had even had breakfast, couldn't distract me from THE HILL. This is the only downside to the whole Highwoods Walk experience. It is a fairly short, but incredibly steep bit of hill, after you come out of the Highwoods entryway and turn left to head home. It is so steep, that even cyclists who tackle hills well tend to get off and push! It is so steep, that the best muscular legs have to really work to get up this stretch. It is so steep that the council are being lobbied to install lifts and a moving staircase! Are you getting how steep this hill is? LOLOL
I staggered up this hill, and even when it slacked off a bit I could still hear my legs swearing at me. What were you thinking woman? Are you nuts? But I got up to the pedestrian crossing in one piece, and made it home just fine. I'm hoping that over time my legs will adjust, and I'll gradually find the hill easier to climb. :-)
Tomorrow I only have a 15 minute walk scheduled, so I won't reach Highwoods or the Hill, but hope to get some Tiggering and strength training in after breakfast, if I feel up to it. I have one more day of antibiotics, and the rest of the week on Sudafed, to hopefully beat my sinuses into submission. :-) Between that, the painkillers, the nasal spray and the steaming, they are getting a ton of attention!
After breakfast, I cajoled Tara into coming shopping with me. I needed to get to a chemist for more Sudafed and painkillers, then do a short shop at Waitrose, and as a side effect of sinusitis is dizziness, I don't feel safe on some of the narrower pavements alone.
Now, the silly thing with Sudafed is that the chemists round here will only sell you one pack of 12 at a time, saying that they aren't allowed to sell you more because they can backfire and make your condition worse if you take them too long. This is fair enough, but it means that, even though my doctor has told me that I can take three a day for a week, I can't buy 21 pills in one go. Also, I can't go back to the same chemist for a second pack three days later, so I had to go to a chemist near town to get another packet! The pavements along the road to this chemist are narrow, so I needed Tara with me. LOL
When we had finished with the shopping and got back home I was very sad.
Tara had a treat - a chupa chup lollie. Sophie had treats - Bakers doggie treats. I didn't have treats though - unless you count the Sudafed and painkillers.
So Tara was further cajoled into helping me make a batch of rock buns. I weighed out the ingredients and she did the mixing, sorting, and we now have a Mummy treat - though I'm sure I will share with Tara and Sophie too. :-)
So, if you are still awake at this point, well done! I have certainly had a major dose of the waffles today! :-)
I hope that Monday has been good to you too.
This is the amount of path I walked before the alarm went off:
The light at the end of the tunnel! :-)
And a TV LOL:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I managed my 20 minute scheduled walk today, but basically forgot the rest of my exercise plans. I was supposed to spend about 20 minutes on Tigger too, but the day just got away from me. While my brain was awake enough today I really wanted to catch up with some emails that had been sitting in my inbox all week, and I am well on my way with that at least. I may still get some Tiggering in, but I doubt it, as it is getting rather late here.
I have shaken my walks up a bit. Rather than continue using the circuit I have been using, I am now trying the route to Highwoods. To begin with I didn't use that route for a couple of reasons. One was that it takes about ten minutes walk to reach the tunnel at the entrance, and most of the walks were less distance than that in the beginning. Another reason was being concerned about getting stuck at the traffic lights and losing precious steps while waiting for the green man to let me cross. The third reason was that I wanted to use the same route each day so that if something happened, Tara would know where I was.
But now I am a little bored with the old route, and on Saturday, when I finally got to do the full circuit rather than setting my timer to half the minutes, and then turning round, it was just so noisy! Even through the housing estate, which is normally fairly quiet, the traffic was relentless, and by the time I got home I was sick of the noise of cars, lorries, trains, cranes and kids screaming everywhere I walked. *grin*
So today, I set the timer for ten minutes and headed off to Highwoods. Aaah, blessed peace! I even got across the only busy road with only a few seconds wait for the green man. I was right about the distance. I reached the tunnel, and the timer went off just as I was about to emerge from it into the Park. So I snapped a quick pic of the tunnel:
and headed back home. I bumped into the nice smiley Irishman with the old dog on the way back and we each asked after the other dog's health. It was good to be able to say that Sophie was holding her own for now. :-) It was a shame I was heading home, because it would have been nice to have someone to walk with. Ah well, maybe next weekend. :-) His old dog makes me laugh. He is so intent on walking, sniffing the ground and leaving his mark that he completely ignores everyone around him, and he isn't confined to a lead, so we were practically shouting to each other as his owner tried to keep up with him and chat at the same time as his dog put more distance between us. LOL
So, it has been a good day, a serene day today. The pain is still there, masked by the painkillers, and I am rattling with the number of tablets I'm taking, but I can live with that if it is helping. At least the pain tends not to be there much for the first hour or two of the day, allowing me to get my walks in still before taking the first dose of the day. Yay!!!
I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend.
Sophie's endless patience with Tara shows in her willingness to wear her smaller Rags on her nose long enough to have her photo taken. :-)
A bracelet I made out of plastic canvas and embroidery thread:
And the obligatory LOL:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Just a very quick blog to say walk done! :-)
It turned out to take just over 35 minutes to complete the chemist-doctor circuit without stopping. I was meant to do 40 minutes today, but I don't have the ooomph to quibble, so I'll take the five minutes of up and down the stairs to complete the shortfall today. :-)
I still beat some previous bests today. :-)
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories burned: 169 (new record)
Steps: 4224 (new record)
Time: 0:38:04 (new record)
Distance: 1.90 miles (new record)
Then I came home, had my first pills for the day, and turned into a wishy washy zombie. Please work pills. I don't want to spend the next five days in LaLa Land for nothing. :-)
I hope I am feeling better by this coming Friday. You see, I got this email from my eldest last night entitled:
Muuuuum...you know how much I love you..........
Well, you can just guess what is coming can't you. *grin*
Yes, it is 'Mummy, please do me a favour' time. Bryony's hen weekend is organised for next weekend, around a visit to London to see something at the theatre, though what it is they are seeing has escaped my befuddled brain for the moment. Anyway, Bryony has Saturday night's accommodation sorted, but not Friday night, so, I am going to be squeezing her and two or three of her friends into the house. I will be sleeping with Sophie, and leaving the girls to fight over my bedroom and the floor therein. I'm sure they'll all squeeze in somehow.
When I say I am sleeping with Sophie, I hasten to add that she has a settee in Bryony's old room as her bed, and I will get the somewhat lumpy but ultimately comfy bed that is also in there. :-) I'm sure we could have curled up in a dog bed together, but I fidget a lot in my sleep and Sophie would get fed up with me pretty quick. I just hope she doesn't snore too much. *grin*
Have a great weekend everyone.
Friday, October 15, 2010
I was standing on Tigger, trying to bounce, but I really wasn't enjoying it, which is unheard of for me. Then I noticed that it was just after 2pm. "Enough!" I cried. I can't take this torment any longer. Leaping off Tigger, I grabbed the phone and called the doctor's surgery for an appointment. The thought of a whole weekend of sinuses getting even worse than they already are was too much. It was 'get some pills or die in the attempt' time!
I got a 3.20pm appt with the nurse practitioner. Oh well, better than nothing, and if I had to collapse in tears to get my way I would. I'm not proud!
I left the house at three, arrived at the surgery ten minutes later, to find they had changed my appointment so that I would see my doctor instead. Win! Not only that, but I had only just sat down when I was called in ten minutes early. Win again!
My doctor asked some questions, then examined my nose, throat, ears, glands, and took my temperature. He offered me antibiotics and a few days of sudafed, which I gratefully took, amazed that I didn't have to argue to get it. It looks like news has finally filtered down that I need all this stuff plus the nasal spray I am already on when the sinusitis really gets a grip.
I was out of the surgery by 3.20pm, even though that was my appt time. Win Three! :-)
Ten minutes later I was in the chemist getting the scrip filled and chatting to one of the assistants who has also suffered chronically with sinusitis. She has had surgery so was able to tell me a little about surgical options. I will be brave and get the referral so that the consultant can check me over to see if I am a candidate for surgery myself.
The circuit - doctor-chemist-home - was completed in record time. I left at 3pm and was back in the house at 3.50pm. Tomorrow I am doing that circuit again. I have a forty minute walk, and think that without stops it should take around 35-40 minutes, so tomorrow, all being well, I'll find out. :-)
Of course I took my first dose of tablets as soon as I got them, so now I feel a bit sick to my stomach, which usually happens on this particular cocktail, but if it works, it is so incredibly worth it!!!
Sophie took her bread and meds mix again today when I got back. She just dropped it on the floor, sniffed it, licked it, then picked it up and munched it down. Yeehar!!! No more fighting her to get the stuff into her. I think we can safely say after three successful days that she is fine with these meds and this method of administering them. It will make her final time with us a lot easier if I don't feel I'm making her miserable with a daily fight to get the stuff down her. :-)
So, today I did a twenty minute walk, about 8 minutes on Roo, and a couple of minutes on Tigger, then the Doctor circuit. That will do me very nicely for exercise today. :-)
So here's to a few days of R&R!
Have a great day everyone!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I missed my blogging yesterday. My sinuses are so bad that I wanted to get as many work hours in as possible to try and give myself a long weekend of R&R. Mission accomplished! I have my hours done, so I can spend at least the next three days nursing my head, playing with Sophie, and chillin' while Sparking, catching up with everyone, and replying to some emails I've been looking forward to responding to. :-)
Exercise-wise I've kept up with my walks so far this week, yesterday was my rest day, swapped with Friday though, because we did a Tesco run, and I didn't feel I could manage anything else that day.
Today I did a 30 minute walk, followed by a Waitrose circuit.
Sadly my strength training went by the board yesterday and today. So did my step challenge. That has been hard to do this week, because I am just so tired with this perpetual headachy-stuffed nose-tiredness, which is also affecting my ears. But I figure that as long as I can keep at least my walking going, I'm happy. Do what I can when I feel up to it and see how it goes is the motto this week. I'd like to see this week's walks out if I possibly can, because it will complete the second section of the book I'm working through. Kind of a milestone. :-)
The heating is on as I sit typing this. We did so well to get halfway through October before giving in, but it got too cold for us last night, so we had the heating on to take the chill off before bed, and I'm warming us up again tonight. We can still get away with no heating during the day, as long as we keep the doors shut. Sophie doesn't like it, because all summer we have the back door open all day so she can go into the garden whenever she wants. Normally as soon as it gets cold enough to keep the door shut she becomes a perpetual 'I'm-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-door' dog. :-) Another symptom that shows she isn't herself is that she isn't looking to go outside at all. When she does go out, she is showing virtually no interest in her balls.
She has taken her medicine the last two days. :-) I tried Rhonda's suggestion and soaked them into a chunk of bread. Yesterday she licked at it and then munched the chunk down. Today she licked, took and dropped the bread on the floor, but when I picked it up and offered it to her again she ate it. Dare I hope that she will continue to take her meds this way? *fingers crossed*
I am craving chocolate, and I can't understand why. I can take or leave chocolate for the most part, only really feeling a need for it the day before TOM arrives, and even then a couple of squares will usually fix it. At the moment though, I'm craving it every day, several times a day. I'm wondering whether this is because I feel pretty down at the moment, and maybe I crave it because it is a mood-enhancer or something. Has anyone else had this happen?
The weather matched my mood today too, drizzly all morning. :-) It was that light level of drizzle that mists your glasses but doesn't get you obviously wet. I don't mind it really, and we did have a nice bit of blue sky and sunshine before the wet crept back in.
So, on the plus side:
I didn't get soaked on my walk. :-)
I'm nice and warm. :-)
I made a tasty pot of ratatouille tonight and had some on a bed of pasta. Om nom nommy! :-)
I have a sausage and bean casserole planned for tomorrow, using Borlotti beans for my first attempt. I couldn't choose between a tin of those and a tin of black-eye beans, so Tara shut her eyes and waved the electronic bar code reader at the tins, and it chose the Borlotti beans for me. LOL. I don't even know if I like them. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. :-)
My computer is randomly choosing nice music for me to listen to while I spark a little before heading for bed. :-)
I hope all is well with my friends here. I hope to catch up with you all over the weekend. :-)
I'm sure I've seen this gate. :-)
Look! A pile of leaves to jump in! Thanks Kittie! :-)
And the Mad Hatter approves! :-)
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