Thursday, 31 December 2015

Still Windy

but no where near as bad as yesterday. I put towels in the washer last night, hung them out, they are as good as dry, I also washed the heavy cotton cover from DB's chair, its still quite wet, will fetch it in before it starts to get dark and leave it on the airer in the sitting room overnight.

Have completed the pre New Year clean, so everything is bright and shiny, not that it will last, it will need doing again next week!!

I have not even thought about my aims for next year yet, my mind is on other things, but I guess we have 2 main jobs, getting the multifuel stove installed and a fence and gate on the side of the bungalow to make the back a little more secure.

DB is sorting though his seeds, there are some things we can start off late in January and a few more for February. Some of the veg we want to grow we will get as plants from the market.

We will have a quiet night, we will go to bed and read, may see the New Year in, depends on how whacked I am later.

Sausage, mash and beans for supper, a banana split for dessert, need to use up some cream. We finished the last of the soup for lunch today with some freshly made bread.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Last but one day of the year

The weather is horrendous, it has been blowing a hoolie since the middle of the night and shows no signs of abating at all. At least we do not have the torrential rain that has plagued the north of the country. I am so sad for those who have had their houses flooded again. I am afraid I am one of those who would like to see the overseas aid budget spent to help these people. The UK always responds magnificently when help is wanted in other countries. Now its our turn and so far....... nothing. I was always taught charity begins at home.

We braved the weather and went to Morrison's for bread and milk, dropped some stuff off in the charity shop and then on to the library to change our books. DB enquired about the mobile library, it is coming the first Monday of the month, stopping in our road for just 10 minutes and then off to the school. I think we will be going more to the main library, even though we have to pay for parking. Its easy enough to slot in a visit to the library. We have to pass it on our way out of town.

Although the wind was very strong we did not see much damage, the open bits of the road were a bit hairy but we got there and back ok.

No laundry today, will put the towels in tonight, I think they may well dry on the whirly tomorrow otherwise they will have to go on the airer. Tomorrow is clean up day, so we start 2016 with a clean house, although I will not be clearing the grate out as my MIL used to do. No washing new years day either, my Grand mother always said it was unlucky, and we had enough bad luck this year without asking for a repeat performance in 2016 thank you.

Liver and bacon tonight, have a rice pudding for dessert. All the rich Christmas food has now gone with the exception of some of the gammon which is in the freezer and a pannetone which we like buttered, I will also use some of it for a bread and butter pudding, maybe tomorrow.

Andie: The clearing the grate was something that was done by my MIL and also DB's first wife in Scotland. New years eve she would clean the house and make sure there was no dirty laundry. During the evening around 11pm the grate would be cleared out, the ash pan emptied and then the fire relit to welcome the new year.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Another load of laundry out today, just needed a few minutes in the dryer to air the stuff.

More trouble with GD last night, asked for advice and then rode straight through it. I have given up am going to cancel my Facebook account, it's all getting too much.

It's been a fine day, chap came to give us a quote for a gate and fence that Nick was going to do for us, it will make our back garden more secure.

Monday, 28 December 2015


A new week, Monday clean done, DB washed the car, it was filthy. I guess he is going to have to do it again before a week on Friday.

Neither of us wanted to get up at his morning, reading until after 1am. We are going to have to get back in to getting to sleep at a reasonable time and getting up at 8 am.

Stripped the bed put it all in n the washer and got it mostly dry, used the day time electric, the forecast is not too good for tomorrow.

Supper tonight, the last of the turkey and some gammon with jacket spuds, celery and tomato salad. Vienetta for dessert with drop of cream.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

That was Christmas

Its over and gone. As usual all the decorations are packed away. Christmas will never be the same for us again.

Christmas Eve was a very bad time for me in more ways than one, DB spoke to our GP she has upped all my medication.

We went to DD2 for lunch on Christmas day, DGD had cooked, it was very nice and we came home with enough turkey for 2 suppers. We did drink a toast to Nicholas before we ate lunch.

Yesterday we did nothing. Late up, no lunch but ate supper early and then watch some TV and some programmes we recorded earlier.

This morning we set to and put all the decorations away, boxes had got shoved in various places when we moved, so now I know where they all are.

 DB has started to sink a drainage trench behind the coal shed to make a soak away. Hopefully it will stop the water running into the coal shed a wetting the coal. The logs are on half a pallet, so up out of any water.

The situation in Yorkshire and Lancashire is horrendous, even more people flooded and huge power cuts as well. I guess the river in Haddington will be in flood as well.

This is the blanket I knitted, this is just one set of stripes there are 4 more down the back of the settee, so its quite big. I have used it. I fell asleep on the settee yesterday afternoon and DB pulled it over me, very cosy.

Its a bright morning, just coming up to noon the sun has broken through, no idea how long it will last though. Its not cold outside. 

We are having cold meat, salad and jacket spuds tonight for supper. DB requested bread and cheese for lunch. No idea about dessert, although I do have 2 creme brulee in the fridge.

Friday, 25 December 2015

If you do not have helpful comments to make please butt out. My wife is almost at breaking point.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Madness Continues

GD has really upset me today, she arranged the service without asking us if we want to have any part in it. I am royally hissed off.

DB has been in contact with her all morning trying to sort out the mess she has made. 5 speakers...the congregation will be really bored.

That is the last I am saying on the subject. I have tried to keep out of it but there are just some things you cannot let go.

Dull first thing, the sun is just trying to come out, DB has an appointment to see the hearing people at the hospital this afternoon re his deafness. I have to go and collect a pair of shoes I ordered, if they fir ok. Also need a quick trip to Morrison for yogurt if they have any left, I doubt it....he will have to eat fruit if I cannot get any.

Still suffering with the fibro and my BP must be on rocket fuel level.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Good News

If there can be such a thing when your 45 year old son has died.

His body has at last been released by the coroner, the funeral people are collecting him this afternoon.  Its a step in the right direction.

A sunny day but windy, I had put laundry in the machine overnight, so its out on the line, hopefully about dry, will be getting it in before the weather starts to damp down.

We are past the winter solstice, the nights should start to draw out a bit. The weather is so mild a lot of the bulbs I put in have started to put leaves up, heaven knows what will happen if we get snow and frost now.

We are waiting for the chaps to come and do an estimate for the side gate and fence that Nick was going to put in for us. The back of the bungalow is wide open, anyone can walk round from the front. I will be glad when its done. The back of the bungalow will be more secure.

Our next door neighbour has just had 3 fence panels and posts replaced, all the wood was left on the garden, DB went round this morning and asked for the posts, just what we need for the raspberries, and he was also given some wood for chopping.

Not sleeping well, it was 5am this morning before I dropped off, up just after 8 so I am off to put my head down for half an hour.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

I was at the hospital today to check my pacemaker, everything ok, back in 4 months.

Spent a while this afternoon talking to various people about DS'S funeral. Sorted flowers, also arranged to send letters from us and his siblings to be put in the coffin with him. I have to speak to the gentleman who is taking the service with some memories of him. His body has not yet been released by the coroner.

I am exhausted, I hope that now we can have some peace.

Monday, 21 December 2015

We now have a date for my sons funeral. We have to wait till January 8th.

Things have really kicked off here, its not going to be a peaceful experience.

Friday, 18 December 2015


We went this afternoon to say goodbye to Nicholas before he goes to the undertaker. My husband, daughter and granddaughter came with us and we met Lauren and Amanda at the hospital.
We know now that Nicholas knew nothing of what happened it was so quick in his sleep. He had a massive double haemorrhage.  I am glad he did not suffer. He looked so peaceful. I am now able to accept that I will never see him again. It is hard, but thats the way it will be.

Thank you all for your messages, they mean so much to us. We now have to face the funeral after Christmas.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Thank you

Thank you to all of you who have sent messages this last 2 days.

Everything is very raw at the moment. They have not done a PM yet, so we still do not know what happened.

We have received so many messages of support from family and also from so many of Nicky's friends and workmates. It does help to know so many people are thinking about us at this awful time.

I will resume posting at some point.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

I may not be posting for a while

I am heart broken, I received the news tonight that my youngest son Nicholas was found dead this afternoon.

Edwin and I are in shock, we have no idea how, his daughter found him when she went round because she could not raise him on the phone.

So Now I know

Phone call just after 8.30am this morning, the surgery, the sample I sent off last week has grown something, Dr. prescribed medication, could we pick it up. Suddenly everything made sense. When I was in hospital they mentioned I had a bit of a urine infection, but because of the drugs I was given when my pacemaker was put in they did not intend to treat it.

When I left hospital there was no mention of an infection or that I should see my GP for antibiotics. No wonder I have felt lousy.....I have been cooking the damn thing since June. I am a bit wary of the antibiotic, its amoxicillin, not too sure about that, it remains to be seen what happens. I have taken the first tablet. DB had to see the nurse for his INR so he collected the script from the onsite chemist.

The sitting room storage heater is almost cold so I have lit the fire, will have to see what happens tonight. I hate the damn thing, its either too hot or stone cold. At least we have the fire and I can light it.

Need to get butter out of the freezer to make shortbread for the U3A meeting on Thursday. DD1 is coming on Sunday so I will make enough for them as well.

DB going for his siesta shortly, I may well doze on the settee, need to get my strength up, have things to do Thursday and Friday and then again next Tuesday. Taking the chance to rest when I can. I have bed linen to iron but it can wait until I feel a bit better. I hope this is not the 'seasonal illness' rearing its head again. For many years I toiled through Christmas day with some sort of illness, cold etc. It was a red letter day if I did not retire to bed after I had cooked the lunch. Have not had it in recent years.

Its dull and there is quite a mist, fire is taking its time to burn. I have noticed its often like that when its damp out.

The council workers are still with us, pointing next doors side wall, so all the muck is falling onto our side path, something else to sweep up. Have not had a chance to go and see what damage there is to the back garden herbaceous border.

I am on the ast 24 rows of the blanket, should finish the knitting this weekend, weaving in the ends is another matter!!

Monday, 14 December 2015


Damp start this morning, it did clear later. The council workmen were here again. Rubbed down the paintwork and then tried to sweep it away, its all over the garden. All our wire fencing has been done, I need to go out now and see what state the garden is in, I hope they have not squashed any of my plants.

Monday clean done, scones made for visitors and a loaf on. Laid the fire ready to light. The loaf turned out much better than the last two. I will slice it tomorrow and put it in the freezer

DB went for his siesta, up just before our visitors arrived. As I expected the lady wanted to have a look round, got stuck in the sewing room, thought we would never get out!! DB shouted that he had made the tea, they left after scones and tea.

I put the washer on during the morning, did get the stuff onto the whirly and it was almost dry when DB fetched it in. Will put it on the airer in the sitting room when we go to bed. Hopefully iron it tomorrow.

It turned very cold after lunch I was glad we lit the fire. I put one piece of wood on after I  lit it, shut the fire up and its still going. I just might turn the storage heater off and make the fire up, see if it stays in overnight.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Soaking Sunday

It was very dark again this morning, we overslept. It had obviously been raining but seemed to have stopped. By 10.30 it was slining down again.

DB had swept up the mud left by the fencers on Friday, sorted the coal and wood for the fire and spent a while chopping sticks.

I finished sorting the sewing room, still quite a bit of stuff hanging about, but its much tidier. We are going to U3A on Thursday so will take in the stuff for the dump, I need to check and make sure its open. They alter the opening times in the winter.

Chicken etc prepped for supper just have to switch on the combi to cook the chicken, when it comes out roast spuds and butternut squash will go in whilst the chicken rests. I made a syrup songe yesterday so a couple more sices for tonight, we will finish it off tomorrow.

DB has started going for his siesta again, he had dropped it off for a few days, but was then falling asleep in the chair. Just about an hour is enough for him.

I am going to put a match to the fire and read until he gets up.

I was knitting last night, had to put it down whilst watching Strictly, I kept doing the pattern row wrong. Have just 2 more bands to do after this one, then have to weave in all the ends. Its a job I hate, but it has to be done.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Its raining.......again

Dark, grey, wet day, it has not stopped raining all day.

I decided it was the day to start and sort out my sewing room again!! I have found a number of UFO's no idea what I was intending to use them for, found a set of 2 strips different widths sewn together, what are they for? beats me. I am undoing them will put the strips in the strip box.

I found the squares for 3 more table mats, guess I had better do them and get going with sewing the binding on the ones that are made up.

The fabric I was given from our group member who passed away has been pressed and recut either into strips or squares, the dress fabric etc I have put in bags to take to the charity shop. I am sure someone will be able to use it. There is some velvet and satin which the U3A dramatic group might be able to use at some point.

I put the decorations out last night, As I was putting the fairy lights round the models that came from the US, I spent a moment think about DB's relatives we had gone to stay with for Christmas 1992. They bought us the bungalow thats on the right hand side of the dresser that Christmas. The Ice Cream Parlour and Picture House were given to us by Henriette when we went to stay with her after her husband died. I put them out every year along with the two models that their son Drew gave us. Sadly Drew died in 1995 followed later that year by his father. Out of a family of 6 there is just one son left.  We have not heard from him since just after his mother died. I did a search on Facebook and have found him, I sent a brief message last night.

I spent the morning in the sewing room and an hour this afternoon, it was getting quite chilly, so I am now in the sitting room undoing a set of sewn together strips. I lit the fire straight after lunch for some reason the sitting room was quite chilly. Nice and toasty now.

Feeling a bit lazy tonight so egg and wedges for supper, might make a lemon sponge pudding, it will last us at least 2 supper desserts with either cream or custard.

Friday, 11 December 2015


Today was the over 60's lunch at the Baptist Church, the meal was free but a basket was left out for donations.

Very nice meal, turkey, stuffing, roast spuds and parsnips, mashed turnip peas and gravy, followed by christmas pudding with either custard or brandy sauce,mince pies and chocolate peppermint creams, coffee or tea. It was a large plateful, pity there were not doggy bags!!

After the meal we went through into the chapel to be entertained by the local school children singing carols. It never ceases to amaze me just how entertaining young children can be, watching some of them singing was very funny, I had a job to contain myself. There was one little boy who was intent on picking his nose, he spent most of the time with his finger stuck up there!! We got home just after 3pm after a very nice lunch and entertainment.

I washed towels and hung them out, they were dry when we came home, just gave them a few minutes in the dryer to fluff them up a bit. I really do need to get into the sewing room and tidy it out, it looks like a rubbish tip. Its been a fine but cold day, the sun was out but not a lot of heat in it.

I sat next to one of the ladies who runs the craft group that meets on a Friday each week, she asked me if I would like to go along, so I promised I would go next week, they are then having a break until the first Friday in January. It will give me a chance to sew down the binding on the table mats I made for the quilting ladies.

Since we have been home I have put out the few decs we have up over the holiday, they will be put away on Boxing Day, they will have been up long enough.

We have visitors coming for a cup of tea on Monday afternoon, so I need to make cake and scones. 

Supper tonight, cream crackers and cheese and a yogurt for DB, apple for me and a cup of tea. I am still stuffed after our lunch.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Yuk, its raining

DB at the Drs this morning, blood test ok, he is waiting for an appointment for another colonoscopy......aarrgghhhh I well remember the last one..........

He took my BP monitor back, waiting a summons for medication.........

After lunch we went into town to the bank, did a bit of shopping, it was slinging down again. We called in to see DD2 but she had been given a half day. DB got his glasses adjusted once again, they are making his nose sore now!!

Glad to get home and light the fire. We are having tomorrows fish supper tonight, we will be stuffed tomorrow its the Pensioners Lunch at the Baptist chapel, so it will be a light supper for us.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Feeling a bit better today, although I did fall asleep on the sofa this afternoon.

My arm has gone down a bit and is not quite so red, still itches like the devil though.

OH cut the grass this morning including the new piece, it was getting very long. Our neighbours have put lights on the top of the fence and round the roof. I suppose I aught to get the houses etc out, need to decide where to put them, could put them on the window cill, but would not be able to draw the curtains....hmmmmm.

Need to sort myself for tomorrow we have an appointment in the town tomorrow afternoon. DB needs to go to the Drs in the morning for the results of his blood test from last week. He can take my BP machine back at the same time.

On the last lap with the knitted blanket, just finished the last cream piece.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

50 degrees under

Had a shingles injection at the Drs last week. I am allergic to some part of it, my arm swelled and reddened quite alarmingly, I have not been feeling 100%.

Nothing to be done except wait until it disperses whilst the Dr tries to find out whats in it, it could be the medium the virus is in. I cannot have the flu jab because I am allergic to albumen.

Hey ho, have spent most of the day on the settee, have managed to do a bit of knitting.

Hope to be feeling a little better tomorrow.

Monday, 7 December 2015


 Late start this morning past 8.30 when I woke. I forced myself to do the Monday clean. Just really did not feel like doing it.

The chaps are back doing the facias, ours is going to have to be completely replaced its all rotten, so plenty of banging and crashing tomorrow.

We missed the library bus, it came last week, so we had to go into town, neither of us had books to read. DB also went to the opticians. The arms of his glasses have rubbed the side of his head, so they needed bending down a bit.

Had a job lighting the fire tonight, despite the wood etc being dry, it just would not go, had to re-set it.

I did a load of laundry overnight, I had to put it on the airer, although it was not raining, the ground was not drying up. I will bring it into the sitting room when we go to bed.

My sewing room looks like a disaster area, fabric all over the place, I am going to have to try and get rid of some of it. The U3A has a drama group, they might be able to use some of it. I do have some I can offer to the group for lining bags etc and also some heavy calico, not sure what I am going to do with that.

We have an appointment at the bank on Thursday, I want to change our account

Friday we are joining some other' older citizens' at the Baptist Chapel for a Christmas lunch.  Apart from those two events it should be a quiet week.

Melton has 1250 Christmas trees on display in our local St Mary's Church, there was quite a bit about them on the news this evening. They put on a display every year. This year they have broken their record of 1000 trees set last year. The display finishes tomorrow.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Another Wild Day

The wind is still giving it some welly, trees are bending, guess there will be a few down and quite a lot of damage. The sun came out briefly but was soon gone.

I feel so sad for the people in the lake district who are flooded again despite the so called flood defences that were put in after the last flooding some 5 years ago. many of those people will have lost everything then and are now without insurance and faced with the same problems again, it is heartbreaking. so many of them live close to water.

Finished off the clean that got interrupted yesterday, so kitchen gleaming again, all the mud and muck cleaned off the floor. Fire is set for later this afternoon.

Need to sort out a dessert for supper, we are having roast pork, I have half a butternut squash,, will cut it in half and roast it with the spuds, the rest will go in butternut squash soup tomorrow. I have some apples left so think a crumble might be in order. I also want to bake some scones for tea this afternoon.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Its Windy

DB went out to the shed to get coal in this morning and found that the log pile had collapsed onto the top of the coal. The wind must have rocked the shed enough to dislodge them.

Was just doing a delayed Friday clean when DD2 and DGD walked in, I knew they were coming but no idea of time. They stayed for some lunch before heading back to town. The kitchen will get sorted tomorrow, not doing any more today, time to chill.

It is still blowing a hoolie out there, very strong winds and the trees are taking a battering. There is a caravan rally on the village hall car park,do not envy them one bit, the vans must be really rocking.

Off to get my head down for half an hour for a Nana nap, feeling a bit tired.

The Christmas Quilt is on the bed, so guess Christmas is on its way.

A bit better shot of the patterns. This quilt was a month by month kit by Jo-Ann in the US. My friend from Indy bought the complete set of 12 blocks plus the fabric for the sashing in the sale for if I remember rightly $24. I could put some extra quilting on, I did not quilt the borders or round the bow at the top.

 It goes on the bed until after Christmas and then it goes back in its bag in the drawer till next year.

Friday, 4 December 2015


Slow start, I have left the Friday clean to tomorrow.

The council chaps came and started on the fences, they have trampled over a lot of the front garden, have not had a chance to see if they have done any damage to the plants. The path was covered in mud which DB swept off when we got back.

We had our lunch and then set off to see my quilting friend, the road was fairly busy, but we made good time. We spent a couple of very pleasant hours chatting, drinking tea and eating chocolate brownies.

She was delighted with her orchid, phew...its is difficult to know what to get her.

Good journey home, the traffic was heavy but not too slow, just before 4pm when we got home. The fencers have gone, done some of the fencing but not all, so I guess they will be back next week. The window cleaner had been, so £5 wrenched from my fist!!

Our usual fish and wedges for supper, we have been given 2 pieces of brownie to bring home, we will have it tomorrow with a cuppa, banana for dessert tonight.

I managed to get 2 bp readings in this morning, will try and do 3 this evening.

Thursday, 3 December 2015


Up at 7.30 and at the surgery by 8.30, it was stoating again and we were 9th and 10th in the queue. I have to take my BP 6 times a day for a week....really...... stress  equals high BP, I know that. and I have plenty of that in my life. Sorting DB's feet will only add to it.

We eventually got home just before 12 noon, had lunch and then went into town. We wanted to go to the was closed...wasted 70 for an hours car parking we did not need. OH went for a haircut whilst I was in Morrison we then went to the hospital where we were told that we would no longer be able to get out feet done at the hospital. We are not to cut our nails but use a diamond nail file, cost £6 plus £3 P & P!! something else to hack me off.

When we got home the workmen were in the close, they are coming to repair the facias, they are going to use wood again and repaint it....bad decision as far as we can see, they would save far more money if the replaced the wood with upvc, no on going painting and repairing needed. They are starting at 8am tomorrow. We will be here in the morning, but out after lunch.

Wish I had done a load of laundry, it would have dried outside, will do it tonight and it will take its chances with the weather, the weekend appears to be going to be very wild weather wise.

Right, I am taking my very grumpy self off and sort out the supper. DB is going out to the garden club, I just cannot be bothered to go, so will be staying here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


Visit to Ikea with DD2 today. DB was going to stay at home and go to the coffee morning at the Chapel round the corner.

I had a very bad night was still awake at 4am, so the alarm going off at 7.45 was a welcome relief.

I was sorting the breakfast when DB came through and announced that he was going to come with us, he was aware that I had not slept well so he was going to come with us and drive!!! Well I will go to the end of our house!! what brought that on???

Yesterday afternoon was rather strained, I decided to keep out of DB's way and once he had his siesta I went through into the sewing room. After supper we watched TV and so to bed.

We had to get fuel and pick up DD2 I swapped the turkey crown for my pressure cooker, I returned the microwave one to Lakeland, I did not feel it worked as it should. The refund cheque came yesterday.

Coffee as soon as we got to Ikea and then a wander round, we both knew what we were looking for, so just over an hour and we were on our way home. DD gave us lunch so back home, sorted out the supper. DB has been very usual I spent more than I intended to.

Tomorrow we have a full day. We have to try the Dr again, so we have to get up at 7.30 and be out of the house and at the Drs at 8.20 to be sure to get in to see the Dr we want to. Back home for lunch and then out to Tesco, the hospital to get our feet done, Morrison, DB wants his hair cut, on to the library, Lidl and then home.

Friday I am hoping to go and see mt quilting friend. DB is going to have to come with me regardless, so he will take a book and read, whilst we chew the fat.

I hope I sleep better tonight, I need it, on painkillers 4 times a day just now.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Good Day?? No!!n

We were up early to go to the surgery The Dr said she wanted to see DB. When we got there just after 9am, the place was packed and the Dr. DB needed to see had a full list. We were told to come back on Thursday. I was not a happy bunny to say the least.

When we got back DB made a comment which really upset me, I was furious, if I had somewhere else to go I would have gone at that point.

I have put up with his 'illness's' for 25 years and quite frankly I have had enough. Words have been spoken, and not kind ones either. He cleared off outside until lunchtime. I am still not happy and he knows it. I know he has problems, but he does not seem to take cognisance of the fact that he is not the only one in the house who has problems, I am not allow to dwell on mine. Cleaning etc is done regardless of how I am feeling, the same with cooking. It would be good if just occasionally he put himself out and did something for a change.

Enough for today........