Sunday, 24 September 2017


A bright sunny morning, the sun is warming the sitting room quite nicely, its not too cold out either, is this the start of an Indian Summer? I am not holding my breath!!

Usual sunday breakfast in bed, we lay reading till just before 10am. The gammon is on in the pressure cooker and the veggies done for tonight.

I am missing my sewing machine, will be so glad to see it back on Tuesday, good as new hopefully. I can get on with some essential sewing.

DB is in the garden, picked some of the french beans, he cut down the climbing beans during the week, the pods are drying off, once they are dry I will pod them and use some for seed next year, the rest will go into a jar to use in soup, stew and casseroles. He is also still picking raspberries and there are a second crop of strawberries ripening too.........

No plans for the rest of the day, just going to chill till its time to sort the supper.

Gammon with mustard sauce, roast potato's and courgette, green beans and carrots. Raspberries and crean for dessert....yum yum....

Saturday, 23 September 2017


DB had an appointment for his flu jab this morning, so a quick trip to the Drs. I cannot have it allergic to the albumen the virus is in.

A reasonable night, woke a couple of times, but went back to sleep ok.

Fine but cold day, we had a brief show of sun but it soon clouded over.

Sad to read today that one of my childhood friends passed away two weeks ago, he was one of a set of twins. Never married but spent time looking after his parents until they died. He was a talented organist.

Supper tonight sausage, mash and veg, no idea whats for dessert if anything.

Friday, 22 September 2017


Fine sunny day but brrrrrr cold.

After having an hours nap yesterday afternoon I had a job to get to sleep last night, managed eventually and slept till just after 8am, did not have to get up to the toilet in the night either.

Sitting room bit of the friday clean done, the kitchen can wait till tomorrow. No laundry to hang out.

I have re made the bed in the sewing room, so if I need to I can go and get in there.  Had a phone call re the shed, it will be delivered next Friday and erected  on Monday 2nd October. Strangely that would have been Nicholas's 47th birthday. Under normal circumstances he would have erected it for us. I will be pleased when its up and we can start putting the stuff in it. DB wants to coat the floor with preservative before anything gets put in it. I will be able to get the little dryer and table out there, giving me more room in the sewing room.

I phoned about my machine yesterday, They discovered that the base was not level, it was 1/8th inch out from one end to the other. They had contacted Janome to be told that it would be 5 months before they could get a new base, it would have to be specially made. DD insisted they took the base off a new machine and sent it to him to be fitted, it arrived on Tuesday. There were a couple of other things that needed sorting the needle threader was crackered, which I knew, and I had also knocked the timing out sewing that last bag, so all together with the service it cost me £240.00 It will be back on Tuesday. No more heavy bag making from now on!!

We are taking my neighbour out for afternoon tea, so better go and sort myself out.

No fish and chips tonight, we might have egg on toast later.

Thursday, 21 September 2017


A better night was had by both of us.

This morning I left DB in bed and went into town shopping, he was up by the time I got back. Still had his headache but this afternoon reported it seemed to be easing. He spent some time in the garden before lunch.

I had hung laundry out before I went out, brought it in after lunch as it clouded over, glad  I did it started to rain just after 3pm and slung it down for quite a while. I ironed the sheets etc, so that jobs done, I can remake the bed in the sewing room in case I need to use it.

DB went for his siesta, after a cup of tea, I took his place and did nod off for about an hour. I have an awful lot of sleep to catch up on.

It has turned quite cold since the rain, so have lit the fire in the sitting room, I will put the sitting room rad off and put the heating on a bit later, the bedroom will be warm when we go to bed.

Just phoned about my machine, its just cost me £245 for service and a couple of things to be put right. Ouch!!! I should get it back on Tuesday. I will be able to get on with some sewing. 

Awful news this week, 4 earthquakes and the horrendous damage done by the hurricane. One of my blog readers lives in New Zealand I hope she is ok.

My grand daughter is due to go to Mexico on honeymoon next month.........

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Yesterday was not a good day, DB and I had 'words' late yesterday afternoon, he now knows exactly how I feel about the situation.

I did not sleep too well last night, DB was restless. I would have gone back into the sewing room except I had stripped the bed to wash the linen. I only have a single duvet cover for that bed. I have bought another one, waiting for it to be delivered.

Towels washed and dried on the line.

Went to the GP's this afternoon, she has already written and asked for an earlier urgent appointment for DB, he has to take 2 tablets at bedtime tonight. I am also on medication for the stress and to help me sleep at night. She admitted she could see that DB had gone down a lot from the last time she saw him. So we wait.......

Booked the car in for a service next week. 

Was going to do pasties for supper, just cannot hack it, so mice and tatties with carrots and french beans. DB picked another load of raspberries.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


A reasonable night last night, have decided to go back into our room tonight, see how I go. Day bed stripped will wash the linen tomorrow.

Line of laundry out this morning, towels in to wash tonight, wet room and toilet cleaned, also did a bit of moving round in the sewing room. I have a pile of ironing to do. Might do it tomorrow.

Its a fine morning DB much as usual, has been out in the garden taking the beans down and sorting out a few bits. His headache is not too bad today, so he says.

Corned beef salad tonight, will do some mash with it for a change. Have taken out mince I plan to make pasties for supper tomorrow, its ages since I made any, DB brought me in a turnip, will grate some to put in with cubed potato.

Monday, 18 September 2017


Thankfully, both of us slept ok, I put the light out early, I was very tired, DB's light was still on.

Stripped the bed, hope to get the laundry dry on the line, its a bit grey looking just now.

I did get the tablet set up yesterday after a false start, have loaded some stuff up on it including borrowbox, was reading a story on there.

After a difficult conversation with DB it has been decided that I will just go to the ceremony for DGD's wedding, DB will stay at home. I will be away for about 3 hours and a neighbour will keep a watching brief on DB. There is no way he is going to be fit to go. I will have to let my daughter know after we have seen the Dr on Wednesday. I am upset but I cannot be away for any longer than that. We were only going to stay for the meal afterwards as it meant we would be travelling home in the dark over roads I do not know. They are having a disco which is not our scene anyway.

Did not do the full Monday clean, by the time I had hung out the laundry and changed the bed, I was about done in, so just did the bedroom, will do the wet room tomorrow.

It's turned out sunny so the laundry has dried, will fetch it in and fold it.

DB having his siesta, he was out in the garden again this morning. I am very concerned about him, the constant headache is affecting him badly. Roll on our visit to the Drs Wednesday, see if I can get them to do something about an earlier appointment. Do not hold out much hope, having to wait that long fills with dread.

Egg chips and beans for supper, just cannot be bothered to do anything else.

In the garden this morning.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


DB did not have a good night, he told me he was still awake at 3am, makes a change, I did sleep ok.

I went into Melton this morning left DB in bed, he was up by the time I got back. The tablet I returned has been credited, I just need to keep an eye on my account to make sure it does come back. I bought a new tablet, its driven me nuts trying to set it up.

Its been a bit of a dull day here and its now trying to rain. Hope its ok tomorrow, its bed change day.

Roast pork spuds, calabrese and carrots for supper. No idea about dessert, it might just be choc ices.

Sorry its a short entry for today. More tomorrow hopefully.

Saturday, 16 September 2017


Thankfully I did have a better night last night in my sewing room, will be in there for another couple of nights and then try back in our room. OH said he put the light out at 11.15 and went straight to sleep. Funny he does not fidget when I am not there.

Finished my medication, not sure the infection has gone, I felt awful first thing.

Did managed to do the delayed Friday clean, have also put some chicken in a casserole for supper, will have it with pasta and garlic bread.

Had to take the car to the garage, the metal we found underneath was from the exhaust system, chap made sure the car was ok and also checked the tyre pressure for me. I met our friends from round the corner, they were just out for their walk. Stopped to ask how DB was.

I am now seriously wondering if he is going to be fit to go to B's wedding, its just over 4 weeks away. I will be devastated if we cannot go.

We had a couple of showers this morning, then it brightened up, its now clouded over again, so guess we are in for some more rain.

No sewing my machine is still at the dealers, hope to get it back next week sometime. I have a couple of things I am wanting to do.

Friday, 15 September 2017


Welcome to my 100th follower. I hope you enjoy reading my mundane little blog.

Another bad night, about 3 hours sleep all told. I am not going for a nap this afternoon, hopefully I will sleep tonight. Have made the appointments for Wednesday for us both to see the Dr. Its getting ridiculous. I have decided to sleep in the sewing room bed, so need to go in there and clean up a bit, the bed is covered with fabric.

The chap came with 12 bags of manure, he opened a bag to show us, looks good......its from a stables.

No Friday clean it will have to wait till tomorrow, I am too exhausted to do it today, especially as the kitchen floor needs washed.

Spent some time sorting the sewing room so I can sleep in there tonight. I had an enquiry about the dryer, hopefully someone is coming for it tomorrow. The stuff I ordered from Boston Duvet and Pillow Company, a new winter weight duvet and 6 pillows, arrived, a huge parcel. I need to sort through the pillows when I change the bed and chuck out the grotty ones.

Stovies for supper tonight, just sliced the spuds, cooked the onions and cubed the corned beef ready to cook it, does not take long to cook, although years ago it was made in cast iron pans and left on a low light to cook. It was a favourite on Mondays when there was washing to be done.

Its rained on and off so no gardening for DB........he is hoping to go into Melton with me on Sunday, will see how he fairs. I am doubtful he is going to be fit to go to the wedding unless we have a major miracle. I will have to go on my own, I just cannot not go.

No news about my machine, I was hoping to hear today that it would be on its way back over the weekend, no such luck.

Thursday, 14 September 2017


I decided this morning not to take DB with me and cancelled my visit to my friend.

 Bit of a fraught morning. I needed to post off a parcel and draw some money from the post office. Our local PO was closed, the post mistress seems to work when she wants to.

From there I  went on to fill the car with fuel and to the hospital. The Drs were running behind, whats new, however I got seen within half an hour of my appointment. I have been discharged. The MRI scan showed my heart was working ok and the pacemaker is doing its job. I asked about various things, his advice see my GP about my stress levels and I should ask for DB to be tested for dementia.........hmmmmm. His parting words were ' if he has dementia you are in for a tough time'.   Thank you so much I really appreciate that. As if life is not tough enough already.

I did go to bed this afternoon for a couple of hours, not that I slept, but lay reading.

R & J came whilst I was out and R finished putting the wood round the beds, they stayed with DB for a while, which was good, it meant that he was not able to get into mischief  whilst I was away.

The wind seems to have died away completely, it is sunny but we did have some rain this afternoon for short while.

Fish and chips tonight for supper, I will do something else tomorrow.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Horrendous night, which needless to say OH slept through once he stopped fidgeting and went off to sleep. Think I had about 3 hours patchy sleep. We have been lucky, not much damage, just a large plant pot blown over. The wind sure was battering at the front, I thought at one point the bedroom  window would come in.

Into Lidl this morning for a quick shop, I took DB with me, half way home he announced he felt sick, typical!! He wasn't but the face was miserable for a while. Heaven knows how I am going to go on with him tomorrow.

I have decided to send his tablet back to Amazon, last night it was on charge overnight and was only 1% charged, have arranged for it to go back, I am looking at a different one for him. Guess we will have sulks till it arrives. I need to return the tablet to factory settings so it wipes everything from it.

Today has been a bad day for me so we are having the last two dinners from the freezer, I need to order 6 more.

DD2 has asked to borrow the trolley she is having her kitchen refitted by her son and they need the trolley to move stuff about on, we will take it on Sunday when I take the tablet for the courier to pick it up.

We have 12 bags of manure coming on Friday, we need the trolley to move them round the back.

I heard from my friend in Florida last night, they were very lucky, they spent the night in her sisters flat which is hurricane resistant, when they returned home there was very little damage, so they got off lightly. The hurricane blew out before it reached North Carolina, so my other friends were not affected.

I hope to have a better nights sleep tonight.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


A bright morning, we are forecast high winds tomorrow and bad weather for the rest of the week. Washing machine on, hope to get it out and dry.

It was so cold yesterday I put the heating on, just for a short while in the evening.

Managed to do a sketchy clean, no energy, apart from getting lunch and supper I will be spending the rest of the day on the settee.

DB does not appear to have any after effects from his fall yesterday, despite what I said he is out in the garden this morning, I give up. Just cannot do it anymore.

Hospital appointment on Thursday, I have some searching questions for the Dr.........I should not be feeling as I do.

Hope the machine arrives safely this morning, I will be waiting to hear from Pattypan that all is well.

The laundry dried on the line, just airing it before it goes away.

Cheese frittata and salad for supper. DB has picked enough of the late fruiting raspberries for us to have some for dessert, he is going to cut the canes down now.

No word about the machine, I hope it got there ok.

Monday, 11 September 2017


A bad night one way or another. It was well after 3am before I dozed off.

Grey morning, we had a couple of showers of rain during the morning. DB was in the garden...guess what....he fell again, I am beyond speech, I cannot speak to him he just ignores me, so I am giving up. I need to preserve my sanity.

Courier came for the embroidery machine, it is on its way to its new Owner Pattypan, I hope she enjoys using it,

DBs computer back with a new drive fitted, it should work a bit quicker now.

No Monday clean done, will do it tomorrow morning, I did not want to miss the courier which I could easily do when I have the Dyson on.

Cold lamb with tomato and cucumber salad, jacket spuds.

To any of my friends who are in the US I hope you are all ok, Tampa was hit, Sun City is a bit further south but no doubt you were battered, I hope the house survived without too much damage. The storm is heading towards the Carolinas, it has been downgraded but its still blowing some.

Sunday, 10 September 2017


We had our usual Sunday breakfast, I did not have to get up in the night, although I was awake for a couple of hours, put my IPad on and read, then dropped off for another couple of hours. Still feeling a bit fragile this morning, will see how the day pans out.

Its a very grey morning and cold, I lit the fire yesterday afternoon.....

Thoughts at the moment with our friends in Florida, they live south of Tampa, the storm has vered to the west, I really hope it does not hit them. I also have friends on the eastern seaboard, one lives in Pennsylvania, the other in North Carolina. Watching the TV news last night its frightening the damage the storm has caused, how people will ever recover I do not know, they have lost everything. It will take a long time to re build communities that have been razed to the ground and they have to live somehow.

DB has sorted out the coal shed so its easier to get into for coal, its cold so I may well light the fire this afternoon.

Roast shoulder of lamb for supper, will do roasties and possibly cauliflower, carrot and calebrese. No idea what might be for dessert if we have one.

We finished off the last of the raspberries last night, I do not think there will be any more.

Saturday, 9 September 2017


I was up early and off to the Drs. medication to take for a week. I felt rough first thing but have improved as the day has gone on.

Its been a funny day the weather cannot make up its mind what to do. We have had sun, dark clouds and thunder.

DB spent time in the garden this morning, he moved a couple of plants and also started cutting the lavatera down, it will get cut right down in the spring when it shows signs of new growth.

Quiche, salad and jacket spuds for supper. DB picked more raspberries, we will have them for dessert.

It was so cold this afternoon I lit the fire, will make it up and then allow it to go out.

Hopefully the embroidery machine will be picked up by couriers on Monday, then I will be able to sort out the sewing room and await the return of my machine after its service.

Friday, 8 September 2017


In to town first thing, needed some bits from Morrison. Back home in just over the hour. I bought 2 shrubs from Morrison, £3.00, a cornus and a white ceanothus, they are both in the garden. I have photographed them and entered them into the garden journal so I know whats where.

I have tried again 3 times to connect the printer to the computer, I even set the printer back to the factory setting, still not managed it, got the printer talking to the router but not to the lap top, I am really brassed off now. No sign of the techie either.

Its a dullish morning, we did have a few spots of rain but it soon went off.

I have another UTI, getting very fed up its only a few weeks since the last one. I have an appointment with the Dr tomorrow at 8.15. They run an emergency surgery on a Saturday, I was lucky to get in.

Fish and chips for supper tonight.

Update..... the techie man came on his way home, the printer is working, but he did say its one of the worst he has ever had to install. There was a point where I thought he was not going to be able to make it work. I was getting ready to send it back.

Sewing machine has arrived at its destination, doubtless I will be getting a call sometime next week when it has been serviced and it will be on its way back to me.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Not a good night DB was fidgeting for England.

Load of laundry on the line, keeping my eye on the weather, its clouding over, some black clouds on the horizon.......may have to have a mad dash.

Have spent another morning trying to get the printer to connect with the lap could well be on its way back for a refund...hoping techie might appear sometime and sort it for me. I even tried to install it on DB's lap top, still no luck. A printer is no use to me unless I can print with it. Advice do not buy a Canon printer!!

Waiting for the courier to collect my machine for service. I have packed up the embroidery machine which is going to a friend, I knew she was looking for one and offered it to her. I hope she enjoys using it. I had to ring Janome to find out where the extension table fitted in the box, I just could not remember, thankfully they knew. 

I spent an hour rearranging the sewing room for when the machine comes back.

I ordered the shed yesterday, the lead in time for installation is 4 - 6 weeks, so by the middle of October DB should have his shed back.

DB spent an hour in the herbaceous border this morning, he has dug out the scruffy Kerria, I have been trying to get it out since we moved here. Its one of the few plants I do not like.

Tomato and bacon pasta and garlic bread for supper........

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Bright sunny morning, but cloud soon developed, we had very heavy rain showers yesterday, looks like we may be due more today.

We went round to the chapel for coffee, not so many people there, took some spare veg round, beans cucumber and a courgette that thought it was a marrow.

New printer has arrived, I need to set it up and print off the labels for the sewing machine to go back. I also need to sort out the embroidery machine, hopefully it will be picked up by couriers on Monday. I need to source some extra strong packing tape to make sure the bottom of the box does not collapse when its picked up.

Frustrating afternoon, not manged to connect the printer with the lap top, blessed thing, have emailed the techie see if he can do it. DB had to hand write the labels for me.

Fritatta and salad for supper tonight, DB picked more raspberries this morning, so we will have them for dessert.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Very dull wet morning, it did clear up, but the sky is very dark again now. We could be in for another heavy downpour.

Chap came from the council, we can put the shed up, no sign of the knotweed, the dead bits we gave to them to destroy.

DD2 also came after lunch, she got the boxes for the machines down from the attic, so I can prep the one thats going for service and make sure its ready for collection on Thursday. Waiting to see about the embroidery machine should know later today if they are coming to collect it or if it too has to be sent by courier.

Hopefully the new printer will be here tomorrow, I can set it up and do the labels for the box. No idea what I am going to do with the old one, or with the inks I bought recently. I suppose I could put the inks on Ebay.

Prepped the supper, mince and tatties, just need to cook the veg.

Monday, 4 September 2017


Very dull grey morning, we have had rain overnight so the garden is soaking, we woke to G in the garden leveling the ground for the shed. He had already dug out the soak away for the shed.

I was asked for the recipe for the chicken yesterday. I use whole chicken breasts but it also works with diced chicken.

Chicken either whole breast or diced.
Half a cup of brandy.
6 dried apricots.
Chopped onion.
Chopped garlic.
Mixed herbs.
Chicken stock. Approx 300mls
Butter and oil. Cream, optional.

Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the oil and the chicken, fry the chicken until its slightly coloured, scoop out and fry the onions.

Add the garlic and chicken back into the pan, stir.

Pour in the brandy and allow the alcohol to burn off, add in the apricots, herbs chicken stock and season.

Bring to boiling point, then turn down and simmer. For whole breasts about 40 minutes for the diced chicken 20 - 25 minutes. You may need to top up the liquid.

I use corn flour to thicken the sauce a bit and then add cream, thickening the sauce stops the cream from splitting. You do not have to add cream, just thicken the sauce slightly and serve. You can also miss out the brandy if you wish. Its up to your taste.

Serve with veg, or rice with peas.

Glad I did the laundry yesterday,  it would not have dried today.

I decided yesterday to ask DD1 to come and go up the loft to get the machine boxes down, she is coming tomorrow afternoon, so I can arrange for the sewing machine to be collected later in the week.

Went to print the labels to send my machine for service, the blessed thing will not work, have tried everything I know and a few things have bit the bullet and got a new printer. We had that one since 2012, so not bad I suppose. DB messed up the previous one.

Monday clean done, discovered the loo was leaking, so a call to the repair people, the chap has been and fixed it.......also paid a couple of bills.

Egg chips and beans for supper........

Sunday, 3 September 2017


Usual Sunday breakfast in bed, up and stripped the bed, linen on the line, the forecast for tomorrow is not good. The electric blanket is back on the bed as well.

I had a disaster yesterday afternoon, the thread broke in my machine, and tangled up, I cleared it out but now the machine keeps missing stitches, it is due for a service anyway, so once I manage to get the box down it will be on its way to Scotland for a service, its well due for one.

We went to see if we could see G about the shed base, no sign of him, so left a note, I am hoping he will come next week sometime. We need it sorted before they come to spray again. Then at last I can order the shed.

Its dull, but there is a fine breeze, the village is quiet, although there is a caravan rally on the village hall field, they seem to come two or three times a year, they get the use of the village hall in the hire charges, so access to toilets and kitchen. The hall is in the middle of being decorated, no idea what happened to the plans to alter the hall, guess they may be trying to access funds from the lottery.

Cooking chicken breasts in brandy with apricots for supper tonight, roast spuds, carrots and green beans, no idea whats for dessert, possibly ice cream with something.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Sunny Saturday

It was cool this morning but the sun is shining and DB says its warm in the garden. He has harvested the pods from the drying beans, they are now laid out in trays to dry off. We used 6 seed saved from last year, they have done very well.

Lots of farm traffic on the lane, taking advantage of the good weather, still silage to get in and ploughing to do for winter wheat.

I had breakfast in bed brought through by DB, first time for ages, so it was after 9am before my feet hit the floor. Lemon drizzle cake in the oven, sliced the loaf I made yesterday, it was quite soft, think I might reduce the water a bit in the next loaf. Fruit for tomorrows breakfast in the fridge, chicken for tomorrows supper defrosting. I have also packed up two lots of the ham trimmings I got from Aldi, they are in the freezer for sandwiches.

Nothing planned for the rest of the day, will spend the afternoon reading or sewing. I have cut out the bag, struggling with the handles a bit just now. The way I usually do them is not going to work, the handles are too thick...hmmmmm......need to do a bit of a jiggle.

I have been looking at the containers, I need to bring some of the geraniums in for the winter, I can then take some cuttings and grow them on for next year. There are 4 trailing geraniums which I want to keep too. I would like to take cuttings from the fuschias, its a bit late, but I might just be lucky, there are also plants to go in the border before they die right back. 

All day breakfast for supper tonight, I have some left over potato, so will do a couple of potato cakes to go with it instead of  fried bread.

Friday, 1 September 2017

1st September

Meteorological yesterday was the last day of summer, this morning the outside temperature was in single figures.....bbrrrrr. I lit the fire yesterday afternoon, let it go out during the evening though. We are going to have to source some wood to light the fire with, we seem to have run out of kindling, maybe I should have kept some of the shed bits back.

Friday clean done, I have once again cleaned what look like tea stains off the hall and sitting room carpet, I have to admit I am disappointed in the carpet, it seems to attract muck....I cannot afford a new one, have other plans.

DB is out in the garden, we have 3 large slabs that need moving. The brick path that went round the corner of the old shed has been lifted and now are in a path going up the side of the herbaceous border to the top of the veg garden, that path is much wider.

He is now sorting the bush tomato's which have been allowed to grow too tall, they are starting to ripen.

Yesterday I sorted out all the bits for the embroidery machine, I have also put pre wound bobbins, stabilizer and threads in a bag......and a pre wound bobbin in the machine. Because the dust cover has been on the machine it just needed a wipe over with a damp cloth, cleared out the bobbin race, not a lot of fluff in there.

The lining fabric for the bag arrived yesterday, I am waiting for the felt for the decoration, then I can get on with that and also, I hope, the rest of the things for the fair. The bag fabric will need overlocking, it frays like the devil.

Once the embroidery machine has gone I need to get at the window and give it a good clean down, the net could do with washing too. I keep a net at the window to shield the sewing machine from the sun which shines in during the afternoon. It can get quite hot in there.

Towels  washed and out on the line, they should dry.

The hole in the road has been repaired, apparently the water people are blaming the fire service, there was a farm fire in Harby, no idea what happened but the water mains have burst in several places in Hose, Harby and Stathern.

Supper, salmon, new potato's, peas and parsley sauce, not sure about a dessert...........need to put a loaf on we are almost out of sandwich bread.

Thursday, 31 August 2017


I sold the machine!!! I had offered it to a friend who I knew was looking at embroidery machines, she emailed last night to say she wanted it......woo hoo........ just need to sell the accessories now.

Waiting to hear if she is going to come and collect it............

A brighter day, quite sunny but by the afternoon there is a distinct coolness in the air. It was really cold last night, so this afternoon I have lit the fire for a bit of warmth.

Shopping at Aldi this morning, I was brave and left DB here on his own, he was ok. I have decided that shopping once a month is too much, so I will be going once every two weeks after the end of September, the bags are just too heavy. It means dividing the menu list in 2 but thats not really a problem. I collected some bits for my neighbour across the road as well.

We had a water main fracture in the village yesterday, water was pouring down the lane for about 6 hours, such a waste, it appears to have been repaired, but there is such a large hole in the road, the water pressure has blown up the surface of the road, no idea when that will be mended.

The builder came this afternoon and repaired the crack under the toilet window, he thinks it was a result of the bathroom being altered last year, he has cleared out all the old cement  and a broken brick and repaired it.

Supper tonight sausage and mash with veg from the garden. DB is picking fruit, there may be enough rasps for a small dessert.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


My goodness it was dank this morning, I am bored and fed up!!

One bright spark on the horizon I think I have sold my embroidery machine.........will know later tonight. I need to check it and make sure its fine. A quick clean is called for. I will also need to sort out stuff to go with it.......

Its now raining, that horrid stuff we used to call smurr in Scotland yukk.....

DB seems ok this morning, we have not had any pulled faces so far, but yesterday afternoon was horrendous.....I will not go into detail TMI.

I am seriously thinking of cancelling our short break, I just cannot face going away with DB as he is, will leave it another couple of weeks and see. If we do not go away I can maybe get the shed up a bit quicker. 

The weather cheered up at lunchtime, signs of the sun coming out.

We did the freezer audit and the menu and shopping lists are done, Aldi tomorrow, DB is almost out of yogurt.

We now have water running unchecked down Chapel Lane, looks like the main has burst. I have filled a kettle and also a bucket with water. I guess the water board will turn up at some point.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


I have listed some sewing stuff on Ebay. I have offered my embroidery machine to a friend who I know was looking for one, if she does not want it, it too will go on Ebay and also Gumtree. I am keeping my Atelier machine, I will be doing some quilting but not as much as in the past, sticking to smaller things, and no embroidery except the stitches in the machine, and certainly not buying anymore fabric. I have sourced some fabric for the lining of the bag, it cost me £6, that will have to be added to the cost of the bag. I had nothing suitable in my stash. 

I also need to sort out my UFO's.........aarrgghhh they all need finishing off.

A dull morning, I have 2 lines of laundry out, it seems to be drying ok. 

A reasonable nights sleep, woke a couple of times, but managed to get back to sleep again ok. Up just after 8am, showered and hair washed.

No moans from DB so far, the day is young. He has been out in the garden for a while doing some weeding in the herbaceous bed. He has just come in.

No plans for the day, I have to sort out some more stuff to go on Gumtree have decided to sell the little dryer, once the machine has gone that will free up the small table we can use it in the kitchen instead of the big dining table.

Decided on egg, chips and beans for supper. DB picked some more rasps, so we can have them with some ice cream for dessert.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Bank Holiday Monday

Not a holiday in our house everything goes on as normal....... Monday clean done, had to unblock the toilet yukk.... thankfully it did not take much, have given it several flushes to make sure its clear now.

DB out in the garden, says his headache is slightly better, it will never be gone until the nerve un traps itself.....still moans about not being able to keep awake...........I am hoping we do not have to wait too long before he gets an appointment for the neurologist.

I had a reasonable nights sleep....woke a couple of times but dozed off again.

Its a bright morning, there was a distinct autumnal chill in the air this morning, the skies are blue and the sky divers are out again, we have an old airfield about 6 miles away, the planes circle round us gaining height, sometimes we get to see the divers jump and start floating down.

I had beef stew in the freezer, so will have that tonight with veggies. The muscle foods delivery is due tomorrow, so I have turned the defrosted freezer back on, it will all go in there. I guess we will be eating a fair bit of chicken in the next few weeks. Some of their other meat is quite expensive, will keep my eye out for offers.

I need to sort out fabric to line a different type of bag, it will take longer to make, its more complicated than the usual bag I make, will also look out the pattern for the Christmas wall hanging, that will be it for the fair, what I do not sell will be presents. I am then going to concentrate on putting the Ohio star quilt together and get it quilted by a long arm quilter. After that apart from small things that will be it, I will start to clear out all my fabric etc and gradually turn the sewing room back into a bedroom.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunny Sunday

Woke after 5am, read until DB woke, we had our usual Sunday breakfast, DB is now dittering in the garden.

Last night was DGD's hen do, they went to Nottingham, a bus load plus rellies from Derbyshire.

 From left to right, The Bride, Brides Mother, Brides cousin, Brides Aunt. All show a strong resemblance, you can tell they are all from the same family, my two daughters and their daughters.

I guess there may be a few sore heads this morning. Daddy stayed home with the baby.

Geranium pot by the back door.

The bathroom orchid.

Pork for supper, I plant to do meringues with fresh raspberries for dessert.

Its been another fine day, sunny but there is an autumnal chill in the air.

Saturday, 26 August 2017


Slept slightly better last night, I was awake just after 8am, lay reading until DB woke just before 9am.

His headache comes and goes, I keep telling him that movement of his neck will affect the pain, he just does not seem to I am giving up. He moaned for a while about feeling sick, but he wasn't.

I went for a nap again this afternoon, slept for about an hour, as usual feel rubbish now.

Its been a reasonable day, sunny, then dull then sunny again.

Chicken and bacon pie with new potato's and green beans from the garden with carrots.

Friday, 25 August 2017


Another bad night last night, DB was fidgeting for England, I was wide awake by the time he dropped off.

Seems ok this morning, I made him sit down for an hour after breakfast before he went out into the garden. He picked beans, raspberries and blackberries. He has also dug up some more spuds. He says his headache is a bit easier........

I have done nothing this morning apart from read, will be having a rest on the day bed when DB goes for his siesta.

I need to defrost the small freezer, I am expecting a delivery from Muscle Foods next week, it will all go in the small freezer in the kitchen. There is not much in it now, I should be able to get it in the other two freezers and leave that freezer free for the delivery.

Fish and chips for supper, we will have the rasps with some ice cream.


I did go into the sewing room and had a couple of hours sleep, DB was up when I came through. I really do not like sleeping in the day, I always feel really weird when I wake up, I must have needed the sleep though it was 3.30 before I woke. Hope for a better night tonight.

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Another day another dollar. Had a reasonable night, I fell alseep watching TV last night.

DB started his new medication last night, this morning he vomited his breakfast!! Not sure about this, will see what happens tomorrow morning. He was bending down in the garden. To say I am fed up is putting it mildly, this is not how I expected to spend my retirement.

I have to go into Melton for some shopping, will make sure he is ok in bed before I go, he has instructions not to get up until I get back. Hopefully I will only be out just over an hour.

I have ordered my first delivery from Muscle food. I have looked at the site a few times, they had a good offer on today, I have decided to give them a try, I know several people who use them for meat.

Computer chappie came yesterday, he is having to update the Bitdefender remotely, it would not accept it yesterday said it was a day too early.......I have to check later. He also took me off DB's laptop to give him a bit more space, he has also suggested that I get an electronic hard drive installed rather than the mechanical one that is in it now. He thinks the laptop will last a good few years then.

Its been a fine day so far quite warm just a bit of a breeze.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Yesterday afternoon I nipped over to see our neighbour, when I got back DB informed me that he had passed out in the bedroom........he had found himself on the floor no idea how he got there! When I got back he was sitting in the sitting room..... 2am this morning he was awake moaning again, he went back to sleep, I was still awake at 5am, so had about 4 hours sleep again.......

This morning we were up breakfasted and away by 8.30 to the Drs. AT LAST someone has agreed with me that  in all probability its his spondylosis which is causing the headaches, he has been referred for an emergency appointment with a neurologist and given some medication which the Dr hopes will at least lessen the headaches to a dull roar. I think the Dr was a bit surprised when I cheered in the surgery. Her eyebrows shot up. She said she gathered I was ok with what she planned.

Back home he is out in the garden for an hour before he has his lunch and then goes for his siesta, I cannot go for a sleep we are expecting the computer chappie this afternoon, so hopefully I will sleep tonight.

Its another grey day, but really muggy, its supposed to clear, as long as the laundry dries on the line I am not bothered. I need to freeze the stock I made yesterday, the rest of the soup for lunch, no idea whats for supper, depends how I feel later, it could well be the last two ready meals in the freezer.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


Yesterday was a better day although the headache persists, I am making an appointment for him to see the Dr, a referral to a neurologist has been suggested.

After his siesta we went up to the hospice and dropped off some stuff for the shop. Around 5pm DB said he felt tired, so laid down for about an hour, he was up in time to have his supper and stayed up for the rest of the evening.

He was restless for a while before he went to sleep, but we both got a reasonable night.

He went out in the garden for an hour this morning. Cucumbers picked, I pulled a leek for soup.

I spent the morning in the kitchen, make leek and lentil soup for lunch, used up some courgette and also green beans, I cooked too many last night. I also made the stock for scotch broth. I had 3 lamb bones, into the pressure cooker with carrot, onion, garlic and soaked soup mix. 20 minutes and it was done, have taken the remaining meat, what bit there was, off the bones and the stock is now in a big bowl cooling. I think it will be split into 2 lots one to use and and for the freezer. Salad prepped for supper tonight, just have to cook the jacket spud. 

DB confessed he was tired so went for his siesta, we are going to the surgery tomorrow, he still has the headache, paracetamol just does not touch it. The hospital told him not to take the codeine as it could make it worse.....what do you do???

I am about to put my feet up and read, I might also have a nap, although I did sleep fairly well.


I have received a couple of comments about my post yesterday. Before you comment you need to have lived in my shoes for the last 27 years!! I NEVER post nasty comments on any blog, if I cannot find something pleasant to write I do not comment. I have been vilified before, its getting extremely wearing, if you do not like what I post, which is a mirror of my thoughts, then buzz off and annoy someone else. DB is well aware of how I feel and why!!

Monday, 21 August 2017


Thank you for all your messages yesterday, it was kind of so many of you to contact me.

Before I start, I wish to make something clear, in the UK you do not pay for ambulances, they carry trained paramedics who can deal with an emergency and stabilize a patient before removal to hospital, they also carry out tests eg ECGs.BP stats levels.

We are 30 miles from the nearest hospital that has any information on DB's conditions, no way would I take him in the car. I never go in the ambulance with him, I cannot get back from the hospital especially on a sunday. I usually phone when I know enough time has lapsed for him to have at least been triaged.

We have to pay for car parking at any of our hospitals and the cost is astronomical if you are forced to park for more than a couple of hours. 

The hospital phoned me to update me on his condition, they had run a series of blood tests chest X Rays etc, he was waiting for a CT scan. They phoned later to say he was being sent home, all the tests had been satisfactory and transport was arranged. He arrived home just after 8pm. He still has the headache, he has to see our GP on Wednesday if it persists. He still has it this morning!!

He knew when he got home I was not happy, One of these days he will cry wolf and I will ignore him.........

We both slept, I had taken medication to make sure I did not lie awake, was up to the loo at 3am apart from that it was just after 8 when I woke up.

Its a grey morning, the bed has been stripped and is on the line, we are forecast rain, I hope it dries before it comes. Monday clean has also been done. DB has potted up some plants that arrived over the weekend, one hour strictly observed.....he is now reading a book on his tablet. After lunch he will go for his normal nap. I might then put him in the car and go up to the hospice to drop off some things for the shop.

Sliced the lamb, have done some more veggies so we will have yesterdays roast dinner today. DB pick raspberries, we have enough to have for dessert.

Several phone calls this morning, people concerned about DB, especially my neighbour who has just lost her husband, not so concerned about DB but about me which was kind of her.

Sunday, 20 August 2017


Lovely bright morning, just a bit of a breeze.

Better night last night. DB got up after breakfast, he has been in the garden for a bit, now back in bed. He did manage to stay up after supper last night.

 I am rather concerned, he was a bit breathless when we got back from looking for George, will see how he goes, bearing in mind that he had a clot in his lung last year. We went in the car and found George at the allotment, he is coming round next week to see about the concrete.


Hey ho DB is on his way to hospital, had problems breathing and chest pain, took 3 hours for an ambulance to get here!!

I will phone later and see whats going on. They will not tell me much over the phone, but I am not going in to sit around for hours and then have to drive home in the dark, There is something going on and it needs sorting, we have been at this for 3 weeks now. Its time something was done.

Had supper all prepped, I will cook the meat and then freeze it. the fruit for dessert I will also cook and freeze.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


I woke about 2am this morning, freezing DB had wrapped himself in the duvet and kicked the quilt off the bottom of the bed. It was after 4am before I managed to get back to sleep.

We were very late getting up, it was 10am before I managed into the shower. DB has been up for about 2 hours, had most of his lunch, now back in bed asleep. I had hoped that the medication would have worked out of his system by now.

Courgette, green beans and french beans picked this morning, took some green beans over to my neighbour, did some for our supper as well. I have some belly pork slices, I am going to cook them slowly in a casserole for supper.

The grass needs cutting, when D gets back from the caravan I will get him to do it for me. I really need to get into the herbaceous border and do some weeding and cutting back, the lavatera is taking over the border and the grass. I also need to get the trellis for the back of the house and start training the clematis onto it. The base for the first shed in the garden also needs prising up and the ground leveling a bit. I need to see George.

Its a fine, but a stiff breezy day, I have the quilt from the back of the settee on the line having a freshen up, I could do with taking the cover off and washing it. I have to put it back on damp so it stretches, do not know if my hands would manage it.

There is constant noise on the lane, tractors going up and down getting the rest of the harvest in before the weather changes, there are signs of an early autumn, its cold first thing and in the evening when the sun goes down, it was 11c this morning when I got up to get the breakfast. The village children have started attacking the chestnut tree by the Doctors, the nuts are not ripe enough yet although the leaves seem to be falling.

Quite a few of the local fields have been ploughed and appear to have been sown with a winter crop. The leeks in the garden are bulking up, so leek based soup on the cards. We had leek and potato soup at lunch with hm bread.

No sewing done, cannot concentrate whilst DB is under the weather.

Friday, 18 August 2017

At Last

A better nights sleep!! I did rouse a couple of time, but slept from 10.30pm till about 7.30am. DB still has a slight headache but not as bad as it has been however, he is still sleeping for England.....I am hoping today will be the last day, otherwise it will be the Dr again. The vile medication should have cleared his system by then.

I put a load of coloureds through the wash, it is fine and sunny in bits, it has almost dried on the line, so will be fetching it in shortly, the forecast is for showers later.

E came round to collect the bag I altered the strap on, she said she would see me later.

I have a load of stuff for the hospice, I am going to ring R and see if he will collect it next time he is passing, I cannot see us getting there anytime soon and I could do with it out of the way.

Friday clean done, the sitting room was quite dusty, cleaned the windows inside as well, whilst I had the floor mop in my hands I went over the front and back doors to get rid of the dust and muck that accumulates on them, including a couple of spiders who thought they might stay for the winter....sorry chaps....not on these doors. I also discovered a spider had decided that a web between the freezer and the wall in the kitchen, would  be a good idea.......afraid not.


4pm. DB has just got up, he says he has no headache, we will see how long he lasts this time.

We had a massive rainstorm just after lunch, a good job I managed to get the laundry in before it started, quite a heavy down pour for a time with thunder. 

Well that did not last long 5pm and he is back in bed asleep, rang to see if his results were back, some of them were the rest were not, so  I guess it will be Monday.

Fish and chips for supper.........

Thursday, 17 August 2017

That was the night that was!!

7pm last night after supper DB retired to bed and slept the clock round and more.  He did get up for breakfast but was soon back in bed. I phoned to speak to the Dr. She phone about 11.30 and has taken DB off the medication, he has to take codeine for his a trip to the chemist to collect his new medication. We have to ring tomorrow to see what the blood test says.

Another night I did not sleep well, I did manage a nap this afternoon after lunch, but only for a short while. A council workman woke me hammering on the door, we had reported that there was a crack under the toilet window, it is going to get repaired.

DB was still sleeping when I went out to the chemist, he managed to wake up long enough to have a cup of tea and eat a donut. He is still awake now, how long for is another matter.

It had rained overnight, but after breakfast the sun came out and it has been a lovely day, not that I have seen much of it.

I am hoping for a better night tonight, the medication should have cleared DB's system and maybe the codeine will clear the headache.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Another bad night

I think I am going to have to sleep in the sewing room for a few nights, its getting ridiculous, it was after 4am again before I got off to sleep. 3 hours is just not enough. DB slept all night and spent most of it snoring....................

Blood test at the surgery this morning and then into Morrison for some shopping. I cannot believe I spent £13 on a half shoulder of lamb for Sunday!! I am not happy, looking at the receipt I had been charged for a kilo of lamb leg steaks, I ended up going back to Morrison and getting an £8.60 two journeys into town.

DB is still complaining of headache.......this afternoon he kept saying he was tired, so was I,but I still had to drive into town and get a refund for the meat. He starts taking 2 tablets a day tomorrow......

Its been a sunny day, quite warm this afternoon.

Cooked salmon for supper with new potato's, green beans and hollandaise sauce, we finished off the apple and blackberry for dessert.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A New Day

Better night last night, DB went off to sleep without too much wriggling.

Its a fine day, a load of laundry done and out on the line, also managed to do the Monday clean a day late.........

DB spent an hour in the garden this morning cutting back part of the hedge between us and a neighbour.

He seems to be tolerating the new meds, will keep my fingers crossed though when I start to increase the dose. Its really vile stuff nut if it works he should not be on it for too long.

My cancelled appointment for the cardiac consultant has come through for September, so I hope to get some answers about various things then.

There was some gratin last last night, so we will have it with the toad in the hole tonight. I stewed some apples and blackberries to have with custard for dessert.

Monday, 14 August 2017


Another bad night, took DB over an hour to stop fidgeting and settle to sleep, by which time I was wide awake again.

Up sharp and off to the Drs. Had to wait about an hour. Blood tests were back and everything is fine, but just to make sure we have to repeat it on Wednesday, give the prednisilone time to clear his system. The thinking is that it is coming from his neck, so a different medication which we have to start in small doses and work up. I am relieved that it is not thickening, or an infection in the arteries, but he still has the headache!!

I gave in and went to bed this afternoon, slept for 2 hours, I did not hear DB get up,  I feel awful now, thick headed. Fingers crossed I sleep ok tonight.

Supper prepped, just have to re heat the gratin and cook the tomato's and spuds, we will finish off the plums with custard for dessert.

No Monday clean done, will have to tackle the wet room etc tomorrow.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunny Sunday?

We both slept for a while yesterday afternoon, I was in bed by 9pm last night, woke briefly when OH came to bed. Apart from getting up to the toilet it was after 8 when we woke.

Usual Sunday breakfast in bed. DB is out in the garden just now, no idea what he is up to and to be frank he can just get on with it. He was complaining again about his head aching...........its the Drs in the morning regardless.

No plans for the day except to sit and read, will prepare the pork for supper and thats about it.

Had a quick trip down to the surgery to put the complaint letter through the door, I want it there before we go in the morning, will be asking to see one of the senior partners.

Its quite warm outside, it was very chilly yesterday afternoon, it was a case of fleece jumpers on. Expect it will be the same today once the sun goes down.


Nothing much else to report, I have discovered that there was a smaller shed on the site before the one we took down, I have found a shallow concrete base which I need to lift, so spade and lump hammer going to be in use, I will use the rubble to make a soak away at the back of the coal house which floods if we get heavy rain. It will also help to level out the slight slope thats there.

We both had a siesta whis afternoon, finger crossed we sleep ok tonight. We need to be up early to be at the Drs by 9am.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Another bad night

4am this morning before I finally got to sleep. I ended up sleeping in the sewing room. No idea what time DB went to sleep, but we did sleep in a bit this morning. One of the side effects of his medication is insomnia, the dose he is on I consider to be rather high as well.

The results of the blood test did not come through, I am very annoyed, several times the NP told us she would ring us with the results yesterday, DB phoned at 5.45pm to be told that no way would the results be through that quick and the NP was not even in the building. I have written a letter of complaint for the practice, no way will we ever accept seeing her again for anything. The results should be available sometime on Monday.

DB has been in the garden for a short while this morning, I managed to get the ironing done, and have altered the strap to the bag.

Bacon fritatta and salad for supper tonight.

Friday, 11 August 2017


Another sunny day.

Yesterday finished with me taking DB to the Drs. he has had to go back this morning for a blood test, we will know the result this afternoon........I am keeping my fingers crossed its not arterial sclerosis that is causing his headaches. He has been given steroids, took 6 last night and 6 this midnight he woke me moaning about his stomach, I made him drink a glass of milk, the pain went off, he slept, I did not, was reading from 12 midnight onwards. No  effects from todays dose so I suspect he had indigestion.

G arrived just as we were going off to the Drs to start taking down the shed.

The empty shed.

What the site looked like when everything was cleared away.

We need to just level it out a bit, the council have to arrange for the chap to come and spray to make sure any Japanese Knotweed is killed off and then I can order the new shed and get it put up. We will have to relay the paths and construct a decent step, at least 2 of the slabs to the left are going to have to come up.. the new shed is 2 foot longer than the old one.

Once the chaps had gone I set to and cleaned the kitchen, wet room and toilet floors and hoovered the carpets in the living room and hall. I am going to see about getting a cleaner once a fortnight once I have sorted the shed etc.

We were going out for tea this afternoon, but our friends are coming to us instead, I feel safer with DB close to a bed just now, although he has been ok this morning apart from the headache.

E came round last evening with the cash for 2 of the bags, the last one I made, as I thought, the strap was too long, so I have undone the top to redo the strap and then re topstitch round the edge. I might get it done tomorrow.

I think I will be going to bed early tonight, 2 hours sleep is just not enough!!

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Woke to a fine morning, so laundry out on the line first thing.

DB had breakfast in bed, got up about 9.30 went back to bed at 11.30.......brilliant.....Phoned and re arranged our visit out for tea tomorrow, they are coming here, apparently there is a birthday cake involved. Our trip out for afternoon tea has been cancelled.

D came over and between the two of us we moved the sentry box into its new position and then emptied everything from the shed onto the lawn. It is now all packed away and the shed empty. I forgot to keep out the tin with the screwdrivers in, I will need to find it DB wants his spade hangers taking down. All the cup hooks have been removed and are in the drawer in the kitchen. It will be about 6 weeks before the new shed is put up, then everything has to go back........

Laundry is almost dry, I need to tackle the ironing from Sunday though.......may be this afternoon.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


DB slept so much yesterday, he had a problem sleeping last night, so of course I was awake too. However he is much better today,his body has obviously got used to the dosage.

I left him in bed this morning whilst I went to Lidl in Bingham, he was up for lunch and then went back after lunch for his siesta. 

G came this morning, he wants to take the shed down on Friday, so I have had to ask for help from a neighbour to empty it. I ordered 3 bags of coal for the sitting room fire which came this afternoon. I took the handle off the mower and its now on the half pallet in the coal shed along with the tool box. Hopefully we will get the shed emptied tomorrow, then once the shed is down I can contact the council and get the ground treated next month.

We did manage to get as far as the local hairdressers this morning for a haircut. I am using two of the frozen meals tonight, tired after shopping and sorting part of the shed.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

At last they got it right!!

Its raining and has been since early this morning, nice steady rain, will do the garden and pots good.

DB is very dozy, the meds close together yesterday meant he slept very well, I managed through to 7.30 with a brief wake up around 4am. We did not get up until 8.30, no housework being done, just cannot be bothered.

DB is in bed sleeping as I guess he will be till his body gets used to the medication, he says he will get up later.....we will see.......

Soup at lunch time, its quite cold so decided against salad for supper tonight, egg, chips and beans instead.

Need to do a shopping list, I am going to Lidl in Bingham tomorrow, will leave DB at home possibly in bed will see how the medication affects him later.

I am going to spend the afternoon on the settee reading.

Monday, 7 August 2017


Yesterday was a bit of a washout.

DB announced at lunchtime his headache was getting worse, more medication at the required time. After supper he was still complaining so I made him ring 111. We got a Dr at midnight, tension headache, paracetamol and codiene......duly taken, he slept all night. I was awake until after 2am.

He got up this morning, at 9.15 he had a dizzy which is still going on at 11.30am. Now what do I do? 

No Monday clean done, CBA it will have to wait. I am swithering whether to ring our GP and ask for a home visit see what he has to say. I feel it has been going on too long and bearing in mind his medical history I feel it needs looking into.

Will report back later.

I gave in and rang our GP,  DB could not lift his head off the pillow. She confirmed that its a nasty attack of vertigo. She put in a script which I collected after lunch, within 30 minutes he was sitting up......the medication is for travel sickness, he can only take it for 5 days before I have to reduce the dose until he is no longer taking it. The headache and dizziness have both gone.

DB requested the chicken with veg. I picked french beans, so beans, carrots and potato's. The rest of the strawberries in jelly for dessert, possibly with ice cream.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


A good drying day, I hope, sunny with a decent breeze.

After our usual Sunday breakfast I stipped the bed and put the washer on. the sheets etc are now blowing on the line and I hope they will be dry soon.

DB has cleared out the coal house, I need to order some coal before the price goes up, he chucked out a load of soft sided pots, we have hundreds of the things, all sorted into pot sizes. Next is to start sorting out and emptying the shed.

We finished off yesterdays quiche with cucumber and tomato salad and hm bread for lunch, chicken tonight for supper, I also made a strawberry jelly and put some of our frozen strawberries in it to have for dessert.

The courgette is going daft, our neighbour at the back was cutting down the hedge, so I handed over 3 courgette and a home grown cucumber, they bought me a bag of apples during the week, I have them to peel and freeze.

No plans for this afternoon except to read whilst DB has his siesta. I need to sort out the library books, the van comes tomorrow afternoon.

DB is still suffering with headaches, we have the chiropodist coming in the morning, once he has had his feet done he is going to the Drs. We have an open surgery in a morning so he will be seen.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Quiet Day

DB was complaining of a headache this morning, he had fallen asleep on 4 pillows, not surprised, when he got in the shower and let the hot water run on his neck it went.

We were not fast getting up, DB decided yesterday he was not going to the Presidents day at the bowls club, so sent an apology,  we are spending a quiet day. He has been out and mowed the grass in the back, but thats all. I decided just to shove the dyson over the sitting room carpet and clean the kitchen.

I had done beetroot yesterday in the pressure cooker, it has been sliced and bottled, enough for a 2lb and a 1lb jar, we will be having some at supper time with a quiche.

We had a slight shower of rain this morning but by lunchtime it had cleared and the sun was out.

No real plans for the rest of the day, DB will go for his siesta, I might go and do some sewing, see how I feel.

I did end up doing fish and chips last night just after 7pm DB said he was peckish and fancied F & C so I cooked.

Friday, 4 August 2017


I put towels in the washer overnight, so they were ready to go out when I got up. DB brought me breakfast in bed this morning. He managed to fall again in the garden this morning, I am very fed up.......his dizzies are back too, not as bad as before but there never the less.

I drove over to my quilting friends this morning, we had lunch, smoked salmon sandwiches, yummy.....and then cake topped with raspberries and fresh cream.

DB took his tablet and went into the sitting room to read whilst we chatted.

Decent journey home, the traffic was not too bad all things considered. It has been fine and sunny most of the day, rain was forecast but never arrived....the towels dried and have been folded and put away.

No supper tonight we are still full from lunch. We will have fish and chips tomorrow night, DB has cancelled presidents day, so we will be here for supper.