Has it really been 3 month since I posted?? Wow, I have no idea what’s happened there LOL
I won’t post weekly filofax pictures, otherwise this would end up being a monster post and quite frankly; I can’t be bothered. So, I’ll give you a quick run through!
Week 38 – I ordered a couple of Buff‘s and went to the Island. Mum and I took Kyle to see a Queen tribute band – they were very good although ‘Freddie Mercury’ didn’t attempt the high vocal range that the real Freddie can do.
I took Isis to the vet while I was on the Island – she had a tick on her back which was removed the same day as her stitches, but she then developed a huge scab which didn’t go away. The vet on the Island gave me some antibiotics and told me to take her to my local vet if it didn’t improve by the end of the course.
Week 39 – On Tuesday, I went over to Bex’s, had a fab day – as usual! On Wednesday, I started physiotherapy for my Plantar Fasciitis and I won a Zuca bag on eBay to pull my Hansen around in which was delivered by the seller to work on the Friday. It’s not perfect as it’s been well used, but it’ll do for me.
Week 40 – I went to Hythe hospital, on the bus (a five hour round trip) to attend the pain clinic. It was my first appointment and an hour wasn’t long enough, so she said I’ll have to go back to finish my assessment.
On the Friday, Jess went to visit her father at his home. He paid for it all and she was very excited about it. Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t last; he had a houseful of people when she got there and when they left, Cris and Debbie (his current wife) started drinking alcohol. They then badgered Jess to have a drink with them, even though she told them that she doesn’t really drink.
After being there for a few hours, she called and asked if she could come straight home – they didn’t even feed her, just chucked her in a taxi. The taxi driver had to tell her where to go when she got back to the train station.
Her father has made no effort to contact her since, he didn’t even bother to find out if she got home ok.
Week 41 – I had physio again and then on Wednesday evening I went to a spin meet in Sholing, I was very nervous but I didn’t have a panic attack! I was really relieved at that!
On Thursday, I ordered some fibre for Claire’s birthday and on Saturday, I took Isis back to the vet for another course of antibiotics.
They were baffled as to why the first vet hadn’t removed the scab so that I could bathe the wound to clean it. So, she removed it, then gave me some more tablets and some ointment to put on the wound. It worked a treat and the wound was healed up in about five days!
Week 42 – On Wednesday, I went to visit Mum as Kyle was away at Butlins with John’s Club. While I was there, I took a Smart car for a test drive.
I wasn’t going to get another motability car, I really wasn’t. For the most part, I was coping ok without a car. But I had the pain clinic at Hythe starting up, then Alex got a few appointments at Southampton General and there was a spinning camp which I had to beg a lift for and it just suddenly seemed easier to get one.
So, I decided on a Smart car – they’re sooooo cheap to run!
I took this car for a drive and immediately ordered one, there was one already built at a garage in London that met my specifications so we went through the application process.
Week 43 – On the Sunday night, Jess and I went to a local pub called The Tavern as it was comedy night – we had a great time, the comedian was Matt Black and he was very funny!
On Tuesday, Claire visited and I gave her her birthday present.
On Friday, I had a home inspection by Pearsons and on Saturday, I went back to the Island to collect my car!!!
As you can see, it’s jet black with a red interior. When I got it, it had about 100 miles on the clock and is in lovely condition!
Week 44 – I took the car to Asda and filled it up as it only had about 4 litres in the tank, petrol was 127.7p and I put £34.50 in it, filling it up. I registered that the car had driven 177 miles at the time.
On Monday evening, Jess and I went to Donna’s house and had a spin in with her and Bex. Jess got on very well with Donna’s daughter, Molly and thoroughly enjoyed herself. The fact that Donna breeds ragdoll cats helped immensely!
On Wednesday, Alex had an MRI. He has tinnitus in one ear – this is apparently quite unusual so the doctor wanted to do an MRI to check it was ‘normal’ tinnitus and not a result of a growth. It turned out that the MRI was clear.
On Thursday, it was Halloween and Jess and I went down to The Tavern again for a ghost walk around Romsey, then we had a buffet followed by a ‘psychic evening’ with two local mediums.
Friday was our one year of living in Romsey anniversary!
Week 45 – I went to visit Kerry on the Monday, they’re all doing well and it was great to spend the day with her and the kids.
On Tuesday, I had to go to the motability garage in Winchester as my car was leaking via the boot hatch – turns out a seal had failed (probably when it was originally fitted) and they’d have to order me a new window.
On the Wednesday, we bought home a new family member.
This is Crowley, he’s about 8 weeks old and very fluffy. When we got him, he hid behind the TV or under the sofas for the first few days until I persuaded him out with some string.
Since then he has been a very mischievous lovable kitten!
I also refilled my car on the Wednesday – the milometer read 472 – that was almost 300 miles on one tank of fuel!!!
On Thursday, Isis turned 6!
Week 46 – Jess had an interview for a Christmas job with Argos and they hired her! She started her induction week the very next day and is thoroughly loving it!
On the Tuesday, I had the back window replaced in the Smart car and everything has been fine since!
On Saturday, I went to collect Claire as we had a road trip planned the following week.
Week 47 was exhausting! We drove to Wales on Sunday to stay with Kristina for two nights, we had loads of fun – and cake!
We left there on Tuesday and headed north – we were originally going to stay with Amber & Bob, but they’ve both had a virus and were still feeling wiped out so Kaz invited us to stay with her, Tony & Jacqueline at their Maryport house.
We had a nice quiet couple of days, but it was obvious that Claire wasn’t as well as she thought she was as she was very bunged up and coughing loads.
Unfortunately, Kaz was taken ill the night before we left so we didn’t get a proper goodbye
On the way home, we popped in to visit Allison and her lovely cats before I took Claire back to Steve and headed home myself.
Saturday was the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who and we sat and watched it with Sara who I used to work with – bloody good episode!
Week 48 – I posted my advent swap to my partner, she doesn’t yet know who sent it to her, I may reveal my identity this week!
Aladdin and Wishy Washy
I also phoned the pain clinic as I had received my next ‘appointment’ – it’s a ‘telephone review’ and it isn’t until January 24th 2014! That’s 17 weeks after my last appointment, I was livid. I was assured that someone would call me soon with an explanation as to WHY I was going to have to wait so long (no one has called yet!)
On Tuesday, I went to the Island (again) to see Kyle perform as Wishy Washy in Aladdin and The Magic Lamp which was put on by Way Forward. Kyle was brilliant and carried the whole play! I was very impressed with him!
Cuban Zip – I got a bit excited over the 30mm rings!!
On Wednesday, I moved into a new filofax! I bought a brand new Cuban Zip on eBay – it has 30mm rings and is stunning!
I really like it – except for one thing; it doesn’t lay flat which makes it hard to write in when you’re on the phone or some such thing. It’s a beautiful filofax, but I think I will look for a filofax with 30mm rings that isn’t a zip and has nice soft leather like my Malden had!
Week 49 – I started my advent presents, so far I have had a Doctor Who tote bag, tissues with penguins on, lip balm and yarn all lovely stuff!
That’s pretty much it.
I’m recovering from a bad bout of the flu – which I think I caught from Claire, especially as Kaz and Jacqueline both came down with it after we left and everyone here has had it as well. I was so ill, I didn’t go to work at all last week!
I’m better now, I’ve stopped coughing, but I’m SO tired! Hopefully that won’t last long!
As far as Christmas goes, I’ve got – just about – all the presents and most of them are already wrapped and on the Island! So there’s not much more to do now.
I hope you have all been well – if anyone is still checking this blog LOL – Take care and I’ll try to post before the year ends
Well, you just knew I wasn’t going to post, didn’t you!
So, let’s get down to it!
Week 35, not a lot happened really, but it was a good week.
I worked the bank holiday Monday – we decided to open to see how it would go. It was very quiet really and wasn’t really worth our opening up, I said it was because we hadn’t advertised. I might suggest we do a 10% sale next bank holiday or something.
HE came in again. We had another chat and he said he’d been out at the weekend, I said I hadn’t been out in ages and I’d forgotten what ‘fun’ was like, he said he should take my number….so I gave it to him!
Naturally, I haven’t heard from him or seen him since!
On the Wednesday, Alex had a college interview. They decided he should do English and Maths GCSE, BTEC ICT and BTEC Support Skills. He was very pleased with how it went.
I worked Friday and Saturday and on Saturday night I went out with Sara. We went to this pub in Portswood and watched a show called Talking Bollocks – it’s like the male version of the Vagina Monologues and there were basically this group of guys talking about their penises, masturbations, losing their virginity and what life with a penis was like.
It was absolutely hysterical!
Week 36 of Monday started early as I had someone come out to look at my boiler as my radiators kept heating up even though the heating has been off – turns out the thermostat for the water was too high so the boiler was syphoning off via the heating pipes so it didn’t explode.
Then I saw a GP about my knees being sore still. He said I need to keep resting them. I then mentioned that I don’t sleep well due to my back and he told me I need to lose weight – obviously, the fact that I’ve had back pain since I was a size 8 is irrelevant!
I ordered Kyle’s birthday presents.
I ordered some more cables for my knitting needles and posted some parcels off.
Alex had an appointment at the hospital on Thursday…..what’s the male version of gynaecology? Anyway, he’s being referred for a circumcision.
I worked Friday and on Saturday, Dawn picked me up and we went to the New Forest for a spinning rally.
Ready To Go
It was loads of fun.
I was all ready to go very early, my miniSpinner was packed in it’s little purple bag and I had my TARDIS project bag in case I decided to do some knitting.
I also took a huge amount of fibre for the ‘Fibre Table’ – which I wasn’t very impressed by. I took about £70-£80 worth of fibre and there were a couple of hand made project bags and raw fleece to trade it with. But the rule was ‘once the fibre is down, it’s down’ so all I could take was the project bags. Wish I’d gone back and picked up the rest of my fibre actually as I’m now about £50 out of pocket.
Spinning in the sun
The day started out very well, very bright and sunny. We sat in a huge circle and chatted away enjoying the sunshine (even though I’m still peeling from getting sunburnt at Jack Up The 80′s!)
Donnas CPW with some of the fleece
Everyone was having a lovely day, there was combing demonstrations going on, Donna had bought her carder and there were loads of different types of spinning wheels. Traditionals, two metal Frank Herrings, a Majacraft Suzi, a Schacht Matchless, a Schacht Reeves, a CPW, my Hansen, a Ladybug, a Joy or two.
A really good selection!
Then a local farmer turned up with a LOT of fleece for us to purchase if we wanted it.
I didn’t buy any as I really can’t be bothered with the prep, but a lot of it sold – they got a good bargain too as it was all shearling fleece!
The smokers section as the sun came out
The weather didn’t stay lovely, unfortunately. But we had marquees to shelter under when the thunderstorm hit, which hit with a vengeance!
A good thing Sue’s RV has an awning as we wouldn’t have got all of us underneath the marquees and still been able to spin.
Unfortunately, the cold and damp caused Dawn to cough so she wanted to leave around 5pm.
We’re already talking about doing it again next year and Eve has said I can borrow a small tent she has so I can stay next time – I’ve just got to work out a lift now!
Week 37 has been the first week of college for Alex.
He wasn’t at all nervous until Sammie showed him some of her maths work – she’s 14 and in America. He had a panic attack as it looked too hard and declared that the college were going to throw him out for being stupid, he got very upset!
He had his induction day on Monday – he had to get up at 6am to get the bus at 8am and didn’t get home until 6pm. I blitzed the house and tried to stay busy while I worried about him.
I went to meet him from the bus stop, he looked shattered!
He said he had had a couple of small panic attacks through the day, the first during a meet and greet assembly where they packed approximately 600 students into the hall and the other when he saw his timetable.
They wanted him in every single day and three of those days were for the whole day! He was rather freaked about that and after the induction day we discussed it and he decided to drop the BTEC course as it’s just too much with the GCSE too.
He’s still in for four days, but only for a few hours maximum per session.
He’s now finished that first week, had a maths assessment (he got 50%) and is feeling much more relaxed about it. He has his bus pass, has found the smoking areas and has started talking to people.
I had physio on Wednesday – he’s given me some stretches to do to try and sort the problems out in my feet and legs and said I need to keep resting as well.
I’ve worked Thursday and Friday of this week and I’m literally out the door to work today – just trying to squeeze this post in!
This weeks pic:
Although it doesn’t look like it – it’s felt like a really busy week, but that might be because I’m writing this post on the Saturday of Week 35 LOL
Let’s see, Monday was Adams birthday, we had a drink and a takeaway for that – we spent Monday and Tuesday watching the Saw movies!
I covered Richards shift at the shop on Wednesday and I worked Friday morning too.
Friday was quite….exciting at work. We open at 9am and around 9.45 this guy came in and browsed a bit, smiled and left.
I noticed that he had nice eyes.
An hour or so later, he came in again. I smiled and we both said ‘back again’ at the same time. He said he’d seen something that morning while wandering about, but couldn’t remember where so was backtracking.
He stood and chatted for about 20 minutes, he told me he’s divorced and has recently moved back to Romsey to fight his ex for custody of his son.
He left without buying anything and I decided he really did have nice eyes.
I told Sara about him and she said if he came in again, I was to call her. I scoffed and said he wouldn’t be back!
Well…I was wrong. He came back a third time!!
While he was browsing books, I called Sara down on a pretence and then went over to chat a bit more LOL
Again, he left without buying anything and Sara giggled like a school girl!
Wow, that left me all over the place. It’s been a long time since I’ve chatted to a bloke that’s single and in my age range – Sara says he likes me, but how do I KNOW?? How do I know he’s just not being friendly?
It’s all quite terrifying, really!
After I got home from work, I took Alex to the hospital for an ENT appointment to investigate the tinnitus in his right ear. The doctor syringed his ears and gave him some ear drops to use, then we have to go back to get it investigated as it was too blocked to see anything.
My Ogle Designs Lazy Kate arrived – it was a birthday gift from Mum to go with my miniSpinner. It’s lovely and a fab design, but I wasn’t happy with the finish on it – it’s quite rough, there are nicks in the wood and the varnish is bubbly.
Bex says hers is the same and she’s planning on sanding hers down and using Danish oil on it – I may do the same.
I contacted the seller and said I was disappointed and I got a full refund and told to keep the Lazy Kate!!! I was quite impressed at that!
Saturday was quiet.
It’s now the Saturday after that, I’m working today – I’ll post about this week later on today, hopefully.
But, you know what I’m like!
Week 33 has been reasonably quiet.
I got home from Jack Up The 8o’s quite late on Sunday evening. I was shattered, sore and sunbunrt!
I spent Monday just resting – I didn’t have much choice as my knees were agony and I could barely bend the right one! I even had to sleep with a pillow under it to support it.
It didn’t want to bend, but it didn’t want to straighten either, so I had to limp around with this knee that was sort of stuck in one place!
I called the doctor, but couldn’t get an appointment until Friday of next week!
First completed bobbin of handspun
On Tuesday, I sat waiting excitedly for my miniSpinner to arrive – it was a very exciting day!
I haven’t knit a thing since! All I have done is spin!!
It’s fab – even if I do feel a bit lazy for doing nothing but sitting there – and it’s fast too! I have spun 100g in just under a week, which would usually take me longer due to my knees.
I have ordered a bag from Amazon after seeing this one on the Ravelry boards. Yes, it did come with a bag, but the provided bag is just a canvas bag – there are no pockets to store bits and pieces in and everything is just chucked in together! This one has pockets so I can put the mS and fibre in the main compartment, while the foot pedal, battery & cables, Lazy Kate & maintenance kit get distributed around the pockets.
Mum has also ordered me an Ogle Designs Lazy Kate as a late birthday present!
I did my first big order from Pets At Home on Thursday as we’re low on chinchilla food and Isis food is down to the last two bags – it’s the first time I’ve ordered from them as I used to go by car and I’m a bit disappointed that it takes about four days for delivery. The chinchillas will have a feast when it finally arrives!
Sara called me Thursday morning and asked if I could cover that afternoon – I was a bit worried about my knee as it was still giving me loads of trouble, but I went in anyway; I caught the bus there and Alex came to meet me to walk back as I decided to not go to Stitch & Bitch that night.
Walking home was – obviously – a bit stupid and I was in loads of pain. So, on Friday, I caught the bus to work and phoned for an emergency appointment with a doctor.
I got a 12 o’clock appointment which meant I had to leave work at 11.30 instead of 1 o’clock and I caught the bus (which was bloody late) up the road.
The doctor diagnosed tendinitis flare up with mild effusion – that’s fluid on the knee to you and me (I had to look it up!), he prescribed another box of diclofenac, told me to take the dihydrocodeine or paracetamol with it and keep resting it as I have!
So, on Saturday, I called Sara at work and told her that I wasn’t up to going in for four hours (the first two consist of me sorting stuff and going up and down stairs), but I would go in to cover the two hours on the till – I prefer working on the till anyway!
She was quite happy with that and the rest has done me good, I have more movement that I had a week ago and it doesn’t hurt quite as much, but it does still hurt a bit and I am pretty fed up with all the pain!
I had a self-assessment form come through from the Pain Management clinic this week, I filled it in and sent it off. I’m not feeling optimistic about it – I’ve already done one pain management course, I was in the first one on the Island. It didn’t do much. If you had a good day, it was called progress and if you reverted back to normal, it was called a flare. He just couldn’t accept that his program didn’t help everyone! One guy there had had part of his shoulder removed and no amount of physio was going to make movement any easier for him – he stopped coming after the first month.
I won’t spend another six months travelling to something twice a week that won’t help – I simply don’t have the energy to do it!
I’m not sure what else there is that I could do though….
Oh, in case you’re wondering what I’m holding in the first pic: it’s journal pages!
I originally planned to keep a journal in an A5 that Claire gave me for Christmas, but I just couldn’t be bothered to dig it out everytime I wanted it and I wanted the pages to be with my planner pages.
I don’t write a lot in a journal – most of it is here on my blog, which I class more as a journal than a way of telling people things; you lot just happen to be people who snoop in my journal – but every now and then, I feel the urge to actually write things down.
So, I decided to use the paper in my filofax to do so and when I do, those pages get inserted into the week they go with.
I tend to write the journal pages on different coloured paper so they’re easier to see and they also get decorated with tape and stickers.
I’d love to really decorate my planner like I see on Instagram and Facebook, but I’m not really that creative and can never think what to do – and I never remember to at the beginning of the week, so I just chuck a sticker in here and there when I think about it LOL
So, I ordered the Hansen miniSpinner two weeks ago.
Claire and I ordered at the same time on the evening of Friday 2nd August.
We got our dispatch notices and tracking numbers in a matter of hours and eagerly followed its progress.
I just knew that the letter informing me of my customs charges would arrive when I was away at the weekend, so I text home on the morning of the 10th and asked Adam to open the letter and send me the reference number so I could pay it.
I had to pay £142.75 – that was all the charges for one cherry miniSpinner with Woolee Winder, a maintenance kit and the super lube grease.
The earliest I was able to arrange delivery was yesterday, Tuesday 13th August.
As soon as it’s loaded on the delivery vehicle, tracking info becomes useless – it would be so cool if the delivery vehicles had GPS so you could follow it around the area and KNOW when it was coming down your road!
I spent the whole day jumping at every imagined noise outside the front door – at one point the chinchillas made a noise like knocking and I almost sent Jess flying in my haste to check the door!!!
It got to around 2pm and Claire sent me a message saying she was concerned as she had just checked the tracking info on hers and it said ‘held’ so she called ParcelForce immediately.
It turned out that although she had completed the payment via Worldpay and even had a receipt and had scheduled delivery, Worldpay hadn’t notified HMRC that payment had cleared so her miniSpinner wasn’t cleared for delivery!
What a stupid system!!! If it hadn’t cleared, then why did ParcelForce send her an email confirming payment and allow her to book a delivery day!
Poor Claire had to wait until today to receive hers.
My miniSpinner eventually turned up, I was so excited I took a picture of the delivery man!
He was rather nonplussed
Then I text Claire and asked if she wanted to FaceTime while I opened it, which she did.
It was very well packed and the first thing I saw when I opened it was the bag!
So, I lifted that out and quickly admired it, then there was lots of paper and finally:
There it was, all nestled in!
I lifted it out and it was pretty much ready to go, all I had to do was plug it in! They even send you a fibre sample (with a note explaining what it is and where it comes from) for you to get you going, you can just see the fibre tucked behind the mS in the next pic:
miniSpinner with maintenance kit & sample fibre
It has a very clever switch – if you plug in the power cable first, then the foot switch; the foot switch works in ‘deadman’ mode, like a sewing machine. If you plug the foot switch in before the power cable, you tap the switch to turn it on and off!
I was up and running in no time at all – my rollator makes a good stand for it and because it has wheels; it’s easy to move the unit around the room.
I’m considering getting a little TV table especially for the mS though!
It took a couple of hours to spin and ply the sample fibre:
Sample all finished
Then I moved straight on to some lovely fibre that I bought from Daniella ages ago!
It’s spinning up very well and I’m enjoying being able to recline my feet up – especially with my sore knee at the moment.
Don’t worry, Sherry The Cherry will still get used – I actually prefer a wheel that you have to treadle; I feel it gives more control, I shall use the mS for plying mostly and for when my legs ache and I can’t treadle!
Claire’s mS arrived safe and sound at lunchtime today and she’s been happily plying some spindle spun singles all afternoon!!
I am soooooooo bad! I haven’t blogged in ages so I’m going to get right on with it!
Week 29 was my good deed week and other than giving Isis a haircut, not much else happened – it was a good week though! I’ve started a new experiment; I’m keeping a journal in my filofax (I was keeping a separate A5 filo as a journal, but didn’t keep up with it). Whenever I want more detail about something (such as my good deed); I write it out onto filofax paper and then stick it in the middle of that week – that way everything to do with that week is there in the same place and I haven’t got to wonder if I wrote a journal entry about something!
Week 30 was a bit more packed!
It saw the end of the Tour de Fleece – I will admit I didn’t get a lot done, my knees just wouldn’t let me! I did spin up a skein of faux cashmere that I started on spindles ages ago. Got it finished and it’s gorgeous! I really enjoyed spinning it once I got going with it.
I also mastered longdraw and I was very pleased with myself for doing so!
On Monday, we had our property inspection and that went well and also Mel came to stay for a couple of days!
That was the start of three days of manic shopping!
We went everywhere! I didn’t buy a lot, but it was the chance to get to shops I can’t get to now and we looked round loads!
On Wednesday, Isis went in to be spayed. It was awful! I wasn’t allowed to feed her from 8pm on Tuesday night and no water for an hour before we left.
The vet was a teeny little place in Bitterne and the staff were lovely.
They took her temperature and then took me round the back so I could settle her into a cage – I was quite surprised at that as usually, they just take your dog and throw you out LOL. I felt guilty as I couldn’t give her a treat and then I left her on her own in a strange place!
I left her with my t-shirt and her toy octopus though and hoped she didn’t cry too much – I never leave her alone, you see.
Then Mel dragged me off for breakfast at Ikea and another day of shopping to keep me distracted.
By 11.45 the vet called to say she was all done and awake and I could collect her at 4pm!
It was very hot and I was wearing boots as the doctor told me flip flops were aggravating my plantar fasciitis, I just got hotter and hotter.
At the end of the afternoon, I went and visited ShopMobility in West Quay to find out what it was all about. Basically, anyone can register and then you pay £4 per hire for a mobility scooter – the hire can last all day until 6pm. You can also pay £7.50 a year which reduces your hire down to £3, this is better if you’re a regular customer.
When the summer is over, Mum & I are going to have a go!
I left there and then headed for Toys R Us carpark which is where Mel & I were supposed to meet (she’d popped to Asda) and on the way started to feel quite ill!
By the time I got to the car, I knew I was going to be sick at some point, it was inevitable!
I made it to the vet simply because we wound both windows down and the draft helped loads! But when I got there, I had to go and be sick in their loo!
The staff were lovely and someone waited for me and they kept asking if I was ok. Then they bought Isis out to me, they carried her out and said she was fine, just feeling a bit sorry for herself. They handed her to me and she went straight into cuddle mode with her belly against me.
I thanked them and we left, I cuddled her instead of putting her on the back seat to stop her hurting herself.
Halfway home, my phone rang – I nearly didn’t answer it as I was very low on battery and I didn’t recognise the number – I still felt awful too. But I did answer it and this voice asked if I was Sam, I said ‘yes’.
He then said ‘this is Paul’ I was nonplussed and asked ‘who?’ then he said ‘you held my head’ – it was my good deed guy! He was phoning to say thank you and that he couldn’t believe a complete stranger had sat in a pile of nettles and held his head! Apparently, he had aggravated his back, but he was ok.
I really didn’t think he’d call me, but I’m overjoyed that he did.
On Thursday, Isis and I rested – I had a thumping headache from the heatstroke and she didn’t feel up to moving around. We did manage to get her to eat a little, drink and she urinated. So I was happy.
On Saturday, I went to Fibre East with Jane & Kirsten. It was fun, but the venue was totally not disabled friendly – it was held in a college and there were stairs everywhere!
The best bit about it was Jane, Kirsten and I singing along to Queen at the top of our voices for the whole journey home!
Alex informed me that Isis had done a little poo that afternoon.
Week 31 started great; Isis was feeling much better and did a proper poo, although she still didn’t feel like moving around much, but who can blame her!
I filed a complaint with Virgin Media about their service as we were still having TV and broadband problems – I haven’t heard from them yet, so I doubt a complaint was actually logged!
Monday, Alex went to an interview at Totton College. The woman was very friendly and said that she’d sign him up to do English & Math and would also put him on a IT course. He has to go back in the last week of August to be assessed so they know what level of English & Math and he’ll start in September.
On Tuesday, Virgin Media came out and examined all our equipment AGAIN! Said there was nothing wrong with it and the fault must be with the exchange.
On Thursday, a man came out to look at the cooker as it’s developed this intermittent problem of the oven switching itself off when I’m cooking, he didn’t find anything wrong with it.
On Friday, I ordered my miniSpinner! I was going to get someone to bring it back from Rhinebeck for me, but the woman who offered is someone that I only really know on twitter and then, not that well. It’s an expensive bit of kit to trust to someone you don’t know well. So, when Claire said she was going to order one, I ordered as well.
On Saturday, Isis had her stitches out, we were glad to get them out as she was starting to jump on furniture and I was worried about her ripping them.
Week 32 started off with spending an hour on the phone with 3 (they called me) and getting Kyle & Alex’s contracts reduced to £15 each! Then I called Virgin Media and spoke to Mark. I explained the problem (again) to him and he decided that we needed to upgrade our broadband, which we did!
Then he said he would email our area manager about getting the TiVo sorted and would call me the next day.
The upgrading of the broadband seems to have solved our problems, but he didn’t call me the next day!
On Tuesday, I was woken at 8.30 by the doorbell and it was a Virgin Media engineer. I quickly explained everything and he decided that the only thing left to try was swapping my TiVo box for a new one.
He tried two different boxes, but they were both faulty then the third one worked.
I haven’t had a chance to test if streaming live stuff on the red button works yet, so watch this space.
At the weekend, I went to the Isle of Wight for Jack Up The 80′s – an open air music festival run by radio station JackFM.
It was really good, it was opened by a local group called Matchbox who sang more 60′s stuff than 80′s. Then Bootleg Blondie came on, she was quite good and got us in the mood. Doctor & The Medics followed her and he was excellent, then Katrina & The Waves came on – she was fabulous! She sang Walking On Sunshine which was fab to hear live, but her rendition of River Deep, Mountain High was awesome! The Lambrettas were after her, followed by Bad Manners.
It as a great day and I got totally sunburnt LOL
We went again on Sunday and listened to Orange Street, Eddie & The Hotrods, Junior Giscombe, Toyah, Hoosiers and Heaven 17. And yes, I knit ALL day!
I left after Toyah as I wanted to get home Sunday night and I had planned to visit Arnie and his family on the way home.
Coming home Sunday was a bad idea; there were no ferry-train link buses running and no Southampton-Romsey buses either, so I had to walk from the RedJet to the train station, then catch the train to Romsey.
It was infuriating, I called Alex and asked if he’d meet me at Romsey station with Isis (I knew she wouldn’t have had any exercise) but he said no as he was doing a personal challenge to stream gameplay for 10 hours.
I was really hurt by that!
Then I had to wait half an hour for a train, when it arrived; the last three carriages were locked, so I had to walk the length of three carriages to get to an open one. Then when the train pulled into Romsey, it pulled in so ALL the carriages were in line with the platform so I then had to walk the length of all three closed carriages just to get off the bloody platform!
Then I had to walk home, by myself!
By the time I got back, I was exhausted and my knees hurt!
They hurt so much that I had to sleep with a pillow under them that night to support them and I made an appointment the next day to see a doctor as they swelled up overnight. Unfortunately, it’s ten days until I can get to see someone.
The swelling has gone down quite a lot, but the right knee still feels very tender and delicate!
I was on my way to work at lunchtime and I decided to walk down.
I wasn’t very far from my house and I passed a shortcut lane, there was a woman standing on the phone and as I passed her; I realised I’d seen someone lying on the floor.
I went back and asked if everything was ok, the man on the floor appeared to be unconscious.
The woman, Pat, told me she had found him like that and that his name was Paul.
I spoke to him and he was lucid enough to respond to me, but he was obviosly having problems seeing me properly.
I held his hand until the First Response Team that Pat had called arrived.
While waiting I managed to establish that Paul had been drinking and while on his way to his friends house, he had tripped – he had ricocheted off a fence, banging his head in the process, and landed on his back in a pile of nettles.
He hadn’t moved as he had suffered a prolapsed disc in the past and knew he was going to experience pain if he tried to move.
The first response man who had come out poked and prodded him then asked me to hold Pauls head still until the paramedics could come and collar him.
Paul drifted in and out of consciousness, whether this was due to an injury or the alcohol, I don’t know, apparently he was an alcoholic and had drunk half a litre of vodka that morning.
The paramedics arrived and I assissted them in getting Paul onto a spine board so they could take him to hospital.
This weeks picture:
Ok, so on Sunday it was a day for celebration. My friends Karen & Tony celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary, my son Matt’s girlfriend turned 18 and my dreads turned 2!!
It was also the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final and for the first time in 77 years; a British (or rather a Scottish) man won the title!
It was all very exciting!
I obviously did absolutely nothing on Monday LOL
On Tuesday, I phoned Virgin Media AGAIN as I’m still having problems with my On Demand service, I was told that the man who was dealing with my case, Billy, would call me back. He hasn’t so far!
On Wednesday, I had a Tesco delivery.
On Thursday I started a new project called Toskana – it’s a fab little cardigan knit in 4ply yarn and I got some gorgeous coloured yarn for it.
Yes, that means I have finished Color Affection – I’m not in love with it; I haven’t even blocked it, so there are no pictures yet. I’m just relieved it’s finished!
On Friday, the boys and I got out in the garden and attacked the hedge out there – with our neighbour’s blessing and cut everything right back and down; I gained about 2ft of garden in the process!
I also completely blitzed Jess’ room.
I had an argument with her at the beginning of the week about her and her boyfriend having a shower (among other things) together and wasting water. I haven’t seen her all week!
Quite franky, I’m fed up with having a bedroom up there which isn’t being used and she’s such a slob, the mess is really pissing me off!
Her attitude has gone right downhill again and I’m sick of it. She barely works down at the Red Cross shop anymore and has ditched her Kleeneze job within a month of getting it.
I’ve had enough!
So, I’ve packed all her stuff. She can stay if she wants, but she’ll be the one sleeping on the sofa and I’m having the bedroom. She can also get out and do some serious job hunting, instead of spending all her time on the Island or shut up in her room drawing and listening to music.
It’s high time she grew up!
She doesn’t know what I’ve done as she hasn’t bothered to come home, she’s due home tomorrow evening and she’s in for a hell of a shock!
I’ve already told her that her boyfriend can’t stay this week and I’m not inclined to allow him to stay for a few weeks at the moment.
Or……she can move out.
She keeps threatening to do so and says I can’t boss her around anymore as she’s 18. Well, either she abides by my rules and does as she’s told, or she goes!
I predict an earthquake tomorrow
Week 27 was pretty quiet.
We travelled home from Woolfest on Sunday, it was a bit of a nightmare really – the traffic was terrible and it took about 10 hours from Cumbria to Romsey!
We were all shattered once we got here.
I ended up sitting up until about 3am nattering with Claire and Alex, which was stupid as I had a doctors appointment at 850am the following morning.
I made the appointment about 3 weeks ago and I was so glad that I did.
Basically, I made it because the Plantar Fasciitis was killing me! I felt so pathetic, but I was in agony! It had got to the point where I could barely walk and my speed was right down; elderly people overtook me with ease.
Going to Woolfest made things SO much worse!
After spending the day there on Friday, I felt dreadful – the backs of my knees felt like they were going to explode and I was getting spasms and shooting pains up as far as my hips.
I went to the doctor and saw a nice older lady doctor, I sat down and she asked what she could do for me. I just looked at her, I knew that if I opened my mouth I was going to lose it.
She got this sympathetic look on her face and said; “This is about your feet, isn’t it?”
I started to cry and she listened – even though I had arrived late and she had a queue of people. She listened and she didn’t hurry me.
She was annoyed that the last doctor I had seen had only given me paracetamol for two days and ibuprofen for eight, so she gave me about 84 diclofenac and a whole box of dihydrocodeine with strict instructions to take the diclofenac 3 times a day with a cocodamol and then at night, to take a dihydrocodeine instead of the cocodamol for at least a week!
I was also told to rest, do these stretches and to fill a bottle with water, place in the freezer and several times a day to roll the bottle under my feet.
The first couple of times I rolled the bottle; I felt nauseous – the pain was so immense!
She said that as well as the Plantar Fasciitis, I also had tendinitis in both Achilles tendons and in the hamstrings in the backs of both knees! So, my legs are inflamed from about mid-thigh downwards!
I didn’t work all week until Saturday and I didn’t have to do much else until Thursday so I did as I was told and rested as much as possible!
It did help and on Thursday, I went to Eastleigh to do some grocery shopping and attend a Work Focused Interview for my Employment Support Allowance. I also went to Stitch & Bitch in Southampton that evening, but I must’ve looked dreadful as Jane insisted I’d be getting a lift home later instead of catching the bus LOL
I worked Saturday, all day and I could’ve really done without that – I was in a lot of pain by the end of the day, despite two doses of diclofenac, one cocodamol and two paracetamol throughout the day.
I’m not working now until next Saturday and I know that’s going to be busy as it’s the Beggars Fair. I have no idea what it’s like, but last year it was absolutely heaving, apparently!
For the past two weeks I’ve been working on Color Affection and it’s nearly finished, I hoped to have it finished by the end of Wimbledon, but couldn’t quite manage it.
I’ve also been doing a few hours of spinning every evening – I’ve done about 70g in the past two weeks.
It’s been very frustrating actually; my elbows have been playing me up again, which has been affecting my knitting and the tendinitis gets worse when I spin too much and sets off the spasms and pains. I’m feeling very grumpy about the whole thing and wondering if I shouldn’t blow my DLA back pay on getting the Hansen miniSpinner now, even though I’ve got someone who’s going to bring me one back after Rhinebeck.
If I wait until after Rhinebeck, I won’t have to pay any fees on it. If I order now, I’ll have it in a fortnight, but it’ll cost me about £130 extra.
Sensibly, I should wait….but I want to SPIN!!!
I’m still in a lot of pain, but I don’t hobble chronically when I first stand as I was doing a week ago and I can walk short distances again – but it’s still causing pain so I’m still taking the diclofenac at least twice a day to keep the inflammation down as much as possible!
I probably will wait because I’m a skinflint and I hate wasting money, but I shall moan every time spinning hurts me
Remember way back in March when the DWP decided I was no longer entitled to DLA?
I was absolutely furious. They had sent someone round to assess me – she was very nice and very sympathetic and even recommended I go to Occupational Therapy for aids around the home.
So, imagine my shock when a few weeks later, I get a letter telling me that all DLA payments would stop the following month and that I had 3 weeks to return my car to a Ford garage of my choice.
I had no choice in this, I could appeal but the car still had to go – I panicked because my mobility has greatly reduced this past year and I had no idea how I was going to cope.
In the three weeks I had left, I purchased my rollator on eBay (as they’re mostly ‘collect in person’ rather than posted items) and I used older DLA letters to claim a bus pass and disabled persons railcard.
Losing the car was difficult at first, but I stayed positive and told myself it would be a good thing and extra walking would help me lose weight!
Within two months, I developed Plantar Fasciitis – after some research I have come to the conclusion that this is because I no longer have the car and am having to walk a lot more and in the past week, I have also been diagnosed with tendinitis of the Achilles tendon and the hamstrings in the backs of both knees! I have now been ‘upgraded’ to diclofenac and dihydrocodeine.
All of this got relayed to the DLA in an appeals process, I told them about their own examiner saying I should get a referral to Occupational Therapy – and I think that was my trump card!
It took them four months, but I got a letter yesterday telling me that I had won the appeal and would be put back on high rate mobility and low rate care.
The first thing everyone asked me is ‘are you going to get your car back?’
High rate mobility is £54.05 per week, low rate is £20.55. If I get another mobility car; they take away the mobility part to pay for the car. That’ll leave me with £20.55 a week….that would end up going in the car as fuel!
So, I’d be no better off, except I’d be no better off with a car.
With a disabled persons bus pass, I can travel for free on the bus. The railcard gives me 20% off travel on trains.
It’s actually a damn sight cheaper to travel everywhere by public transport for me!
Visiting Claire in the car costs about £75 in fuel. Going on the train is less than £30! Going to visit Amber in Morecambe is hugely expensive in the car but on the train, it’s very cheap – especially if booked in advance too!
Quite frankly, I could use the extra £75 a week – I’m slightly in debt due to not having extra money for the past four months and there are things we need for the house.
So, I shall remain carless for now, but having the extra money means I’ll be a little less frazzled about things and I can still visit friends – I just can’t do it in the comfort of my own car!