Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday

Good morning, everyone. 

Yesterday was very busy but a lovely day.

The journey home was good.  A bit slow at times but rarely at a stop and there were no hassles.  As soon as I got home I set to making the dinner so that by the time Alex arrived it was all on and doing.  I had a lovely time chatting to him - he seems very happy at uni, is getting good grades and thoroughly enjoying his studies.  Dinner was nice but the roastie was a mistake.  The evening was uncomfortable and there's still some twinges now as I type.  A lesson learned, I think: mustn't get too complacent.

After seeing Alex off, I whizzed off for tuition and then relaxed for the evening (starting to feel sore, unfortunately) and, after weeks with very little I want to watch, found that there was actually a clash of programmes so thank goodness for iPlayer.

Did you watch the programme about the Queen and Prince Philip?  I enjoyed it in a very light sort of way but it was ridiculously superficial and 'reverential' and told us nothing.  I guess we are used to documentaries that are a little more informative and analytical nowadays and this was neither.

I got the annual letter yesterday, informing me of the winter fuel payment which I had forgotten about.  Very nice too and I look forward to it arriving in the next few weeks.  Another advantage of getting old(er).

Today is hair day - well, hair evening anyway.  Now that Beth has a job, we've had to change the time to evenings so the lovely Sharon will be arriving here at six, ready to work her usual magic.  Can't wait - I always feel better afterwards.

I'd better get going; it is past six o'clock and things won't do themselves.  Have a good day.  I gather it is going to get more chilly again through this week so stay warm and cosy.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday

Yet another new week starts.  This year is racing along so quickly now that it's blink and you miss a week.  Yesterday was one of those days you wouldn't want to miss though - not warm but gloriously bright and sunny and very, very cheering.  Just a beautiful autumnal day with still enough leaves on the trees to provide rich, shining colour.  One of those day that totally contradicts the poet, Thomas Hood.

 No sun - no moon! 
No morn - no noon - 
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. 
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, 
No comfortable feel in any member - 
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, 
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! - 
November! 


I am looking forward to today.  I'm at my parents' right now but will be whizzing home because Alex is home from university and will be coming round for lunch.  I gather he lives on typical student fare so I will be boiling a ham and making a roast dinner - a bbq sauce, roasties, roast parsnips and, probably, broccoli or peas.  No dessert though - we both have to stay awake in the afternoon, after all.  And he will be taking what's left back with him too.  😃

Should be good!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday

Good morning, everyone.  Welcome to Sunday.

Doesn't it get dark quickly now?  Yesterday was a pretty gloomy day anyway after a beautifully sunny start that faded very quickly but by four we shut the curtains on the gloom. 
On days like that I can quite see why people want some glitter and shine to brighten things up and why decorations go up so early.

I wonder if today will be any brighter.  Hope so.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday



Good morning, everyone. It's turned jolly cold at the moment, hasn't it? No frost today as far as I can tell, but brrrrrrrrrrr, all the same.

Here are the happies I posted on fb yesterday.
In no particular order.
1. I continue to feel well and have only had occasional slight twinges, nothing to fuss over.
2. I got round to having my flu jab - the first one! I'd better not get flu now!
3. It's been fun hunting for fat free recipes. I've found some goodies.
4. I got an appointment with my GP quickly. :-)
5. Blood tests to check liver and kidney function came back - and there's no problems.
6. Life is getting back to normal again. I do like routine!
7. It was lovely to see some dear friends last Saturday and have a chat.
8. An empty ironing basket!
9. It's a gorgeously sunny day today.
10. Now Beth is working, I don't see much of her any more :-( , so it was great that she came over last Sunday afternoon and we had a really good chat.
. . . and two for luck
11. The Christmas turkey has been ordered.
12. Lovely flowers from friends. Thank you so much.

Re number 11, Kelly's of Danbury must be feeling the pinch like everyone else.  For the first times since I have been using then, they are charging for delivery (it's free if you pick it up from the gate).  I did um and aha and ponder but decided to treat myself so paid the fairly substantial amount they asked for delivery.  Maybe during the coming year I will pin down exactly where the farm is and do a collect next time.  It can't be all that far away but I've never seen signposts to it while driving around here.
Having ordered it feels nice though - the start of the Christmas routines!

Time for coffee.   Have a great day, everyone.


Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday

Good morning, folks.  I'm a bit late this morning as I had an early morning appointment at the surgery and decided to leave this until afterwards.

I'm seeing more of that surgery waiting room than I have in the last ten years all put together!  Today was flu jab (the first one I've had) and the one-off pneumococcal vaccine that all over 65s are recommended to have.  I had the flu one but it appears that there's a shortage of the other and, as I don't fall into any of the target groups,  I didn't have it.  Try again in January!  I wasn't particularly sorry really.

On the off-chance that the blood test results were back (they were only done on Wednesday), I asked at reception and they were.  No further action needed.  I didn't think there would be but it's always nice to know.

I had a few twinges yesterday but they came to nothing and were certainly nothing like a fortnight ago so I'm not fussed.   I just hope I lose some weight as a result of all this 'being careful'.  I shall be cross if I don't!

Well, I have a bit of a busy day ahead of me so I'd better set going.  Have a splendid day and, Diane, I am so glad all went well.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Thursday

Good morning!

Yesterday was a very ordinary, fairly dull day once the blood tests were done.  I set to and emptied the ironing basked but, inevitably, there is now more which I am determined to do this morning!  If I do, that will mean washing and ironing can be off my mind for a few days.

Apart from that, it really was a very 'nothing' day, just like the weather, and I think that today is going to be more or less the same really.  Hopefully, by the end of the day, I will have a tidy house ready for the cleaners tomorrow.  That's the aim, anyway.

I'm sending all best wishes to my blogging friend, Diane, who has an operation today.  Hoping it goes well and recovery is quick.

Have a good day and stay warm and dry!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday

Hooray!  Yesterday I really enjoyed eating for the first time in a fortnight.  When I first got home from hospital, I didn't feel hungry and didn't want to eat all that much, but yesterday was fine.  And still no gallbladder discomfort although things did go somewhat Purple Ronnie in the morning.  Once that settled, I felt great.

Tuition continues.  I had two sessions yesterday and it does feel nice to get back to it.  It's been three weeks, you see - half term week, then the week I was unwell and admitted and then last week 'recovering'.

Dinner was nice yesterday.  I got the recipe out of one of my low fat cookbooks and basically it was chicken with a limey-mint marinade.  Very delicious and one to remember for another time.
Tonight I want to try a lasagne with a topping of cottage cheese/quark.  It might work, it might be a horror-monstrosity but I will give it a go and see.  Watch this space!

Today I set out early to go to Broomfield for some more blood tests.  That particular department opens at 7:00 and I got there at just after then so parking was a doddle.  Even at that time there was about 20 mins waiting - people wanting to get to work, I guess.
It's the first time I have tried to park there for a very long time.  Since the last time, they've had a big rebuilding project and it's all considerably better now and much, much easier.  Now I've found my way around a bit I won't be so anxious next time.

Having done my duty, medically speaking, I have come home to a pile of ironing that really HAS to be done.  I will need to use the steam iron and I just hope there's some decent rubbish on the telly!
I'd better get started, hadn't I?