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Monday, March 2nd, 2015
10:07 am - Not worth the bother
I've come to the conclusion that I'm not worth the bother of knowing. I am often boring, whiney and repetetive. Whilst many have some kind of sympathy for my situation, at least in part, I've been doing myself no favours and the resulting silence both on my LJ/DW blogs and in RL are a testament to this.

I am not looking for a little back patting or gratuitous hugs here, just acknowledging the truth. I can't even promise to try and improve any time soon - I've a lot on my plate and I'm still heading downhill, after all - but I'd like to thank all/any of you who been a friend or even spared me a kind or supportive thought, and let you know I am aware of the problem and would like to change things.

Thanks, I've appreciated you.

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current mood: indescribable
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
10:42 pm - Must go and get some fresh potting compost
I have several part bags, and a number of pre-used flower pots, yoghurt pots and the like to start off our own seeds, but I need some ready to plant up things for John to sell at the WorldClass Fayre come May. He wants to sell bags of popcorn during the two daytime sessions (oh, joy, popping a hundred odd bagfuls the night before), but plants always sell well to parent-types during the after school sessions. There are just too many cuddly toys and cakes on sale from the various stalls to make much money there.

The good-old standbys of tomatoes, windowsill herbs and bright annual flowers come top of the list, and I shall probably also add a cheap pack of bell or chilli peppers yet. The excess shop has had Suttons seeds on clearance, 10 small packs for £2, so it will hardly break the bank. I'm also trying some more unusual plants, like cucamelon and white strawberry, as well as windowbox veg for us and hope to have some left over to share, plus a few runners of the succulent pot plants I have taking over the windowsills of bathroom and kitchen.

John seems keen to help with the initial stages this year, and I have an eye on somewhere to germinate them. Hopefully we are past the worst of the frosts now, so in a few weeks I can start transfering to somewhere sheltered outside.

And there, we have a plan!

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current mood: peaceful

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
6:38 am - And they're off!
C and B have loaded up the car with snacks and drinks and are now heading up to Sheffield Uni to check it out. This is the one that Catherine really wants to get a place at, which is why they are making the effort.

In the meanwhile, I'd been listening to the radio and regretting not having a phone that texts as there is a special 'early risers' slot each morning I'd have mentioned them on. About ten minutes after they left I was wondering at the coincidence of a Catherine from Hampshire being driven to Sheffield by her dad for the Open Day being mentioned before it struck me that C does have a phone that texts - good girl :)

Now to try and get the other two out of their pits in time to get the bus/walk to school. Wish me luck.

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current mood: awake

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015
12:22 pm - *sigh*
I know most people would be thrilled to find nearly all their old trousers were more than a bit loose on them, but I wish mine didn't keep falling to my ankles every time I reach up.

Still, one of the better buys at the monthly village tabletop sale last week was a couple of kilt pins loaded with some decent safety pins, better quality than I'd been finding even in the packs at the fabric shops, at £1 each, so my failing dignity will be bolstered for a little while longer yet while I'm clearing/cleaning (hence the old trousers).

Hoping to finally get that gastroscopy this coming Wednesday. I'm more than tired of not being able to eat or drink properly, wondering if each little sip or well chewed bite has slipped down or is about to regurgitate. Won't be able to get anything done about that until we get the information from the procedure. I know I cancelled the one I was supposed to have last Monday due to B smashing up the car the previous Friday, but I think the idea of my GP sending me to the private hospital on the NHS was supposed to speed things up :p

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current mood: cold

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Friday, February 6th, 2015
10:33 am - I'm not that worried, but...
Why is the BBC posting stories about how wild birds spread bird flu just days after we get news a chicken breeder's stock have been diagnosed with it only three miles from our door?

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current mood: cold

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015
2:27 am - Strange...
I am lying here, rubbing gel into the back of an increasingly painful pelvis and wishing I'd had the sense to get someone to make up a dose of my medications before they'd headed off to work/bed, when I spot the alot on my bed. Nothing too unusual about that, I've given up wondering how the thing keeps turning up in different places, but then I spot something white in its shaggy coat...

Okay, so it isn't a full dose of everything, but the two pain killers it managed should be a start to getting me moving enough to get the rest of the meds a little later. I am not even going to ask how.

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current mood: curious

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
2:20 pm - A bit of better news
After my dismayed wailing here a few days back, regarding a fault in Windoze XP on the laptop I rely on, after a routine shut down it decided to automatically run CHKDSK on starting, without any prompting from me!

As a result, whatever errors had occurred that kept making a forced shut down of Windows happen (with increasing frequency) seem to have been found and fixed. This is a great relief to me, and it seems I'll be about a bit longer yet :)

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current mood: relieved

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014
2:58 pm - And another thing...
In a spirit of parental even-handedness (and because she complains I never blog about her 'better' spontaneous efforts)...

We went out to eat for John's 10th birthday last week, as was his choice. It is rare to see us all at table together, if only because I find it difficult to either sit or eat these days, so there was much chatter as we waited.

The subject turned to beards (don't ask - no, really, don't ask) and Catherine related an incident at college where she had pulled her bum-length hair around her chin in imitation of a beard (she demonstrated) and some cheeky so-n-so had remarked she 'looked like Gandalf!'

Phoebe wasn't a 100% sure she had the right reference until LotR was confirmed, but Catherine went on.

'You know, Gandalf the Grey'

'But wasn't he White in the films?'

'Well, he started off Gandalf the Grey but later became Gandalf the Oops-I've-been-Oxicleaned'



Okay, we all found it funny, perhaps you had to be there :p

/end parental duty

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current mood: amused

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12:57 pm - Must learn the words...
We were trying very hard to figure out which carol John was talking about before the first carolling outing. It was something to do with 'saving Satan' - no, not Santa, definitely Satan...


It was with grins of realisation that we heard 'To save us all from Satan's power' in God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen from the back of the stage/truck on Thursday :D

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current mood: cheerful

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Friday, December 5th, 2014
11:13 pm - Grumps
After trekking out in the cold to first the village 'Christmas' street event (where John was singing with the school choir to start things off officially) last night and then the school fayre tonight (choir again), my pain has wracked up.

I am having trouble swallowing but am dosed up as much as I can. I still can't get the pain down to a level where I can sit or lay even half way comfortably though. B did make sure I had enough hot water bottles before he left, and they help, but the only position that helps is kneeling on the side of the bed with my bum in the air and my head dangling over the side. The pelvis is happier, not so much the knees.

It is more than a bit nippy like that, too. I just wish I could sleep grumps

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
3:40 pm - Waaahhhhh!!! :(
Windows (XP) on the laptop is dying.

It keeps shutting itself off for largely unexplained reasons and tells me things like it can't do a defrag as there is an error. There looked to be a chance something like CHKDSK might be able to restore whatever the problem was, but it doesn't recognise me as an Administrator to access things.

It looks like I shall soon have to resort to using this as just a word processor, at which point I shall miss you all *hugs f-list*

swoons dramatically and reaches for the Pringles

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current mood: worried

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014
2:33 pm - Throw-Away Fact of the Day
The collective name for a group of bobolinks is a chain.

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current mood: amused

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014
1:06 pm - The problem with imports...
Is that they are a bit like cane toads - seem like a good idea at the time...

Black Friday has become one of the latest marketing things over here. It is a wholly American idea, and has no traditional or cultural basis over here, but the idea started to take hold only a few years ago amongst online shops that have a US base (even if they are a local branch, so to speak) and retailers have started to bring it into the physical shops as well.

Several of the big supermarkets over here were advertising a Black Friday Sale. Most of them, even if open 24 hours, advertised the sale would start at 8 am or thereabout. Not so Tesco, of which the powers-that-be decided to steal the march by starting at Midnight.

It's the staff I feel sorry for.

I remember people talking about the scrums and rows that used to break out in the big department stores amongst bargain hunters come the New Year sales when I was a kid. As these sales started spreading earlier and earlier plus the online sales, there was less trouble. Now it seems the introduction of this foreign idea is bringing it all back.

As said, Tesco advertised a midnight start. By around 2 am (when B has his 'lunch' break) nearly everything on sale in that store had gone. There had been a few raised and disgruntled voices, but nothing much else. Not so in the other large branches in the area. There were several scuffles reported across the board, the Night Manager ended up shut in a cupboard (whether by choice or not, I don't know) in one, and the head of security in another was beaten up.

*ahakes head sadly*

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current mood: cynical

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Friday, November 28th, 2014
2:02 pm - BZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz
Catherine has a day off college today. While B is struggling with the school run I pass by the bottom of the stairs and hear a loudish buzz.

'Whose alarm is that buzzing upstairs,' I ask C (alarms are normally set to radio rather than buzz)

'Alarm? I don't know--oh, that's my laptop, I think.'

Cue an alarmed look from me and a suggestion she goes and looks into it.

Now, we could only afford a secondhand model for her sixteenth, and it had a short guarantee which ran out just before the fan broke down. I took my courage in hand, checked out these things online, bought a replacement part, and replaced it. It seemed to work all right, although it could get a little noisier than it originally did when under pressure.

Today I had to rake up even more courage - my hands are no longer as steady as they once were, and being blind in one eye and a bit fuzzy in the other is not a good place to come at a bit of sensitive technology's innards from.

First pass I managed, with a bit of delay over the fiddly bits, to give it a go, but both C and myself were worried that the fan wasn't actually working on trying it. Of course, as we turned it off to check it over the thing started up, but I was happier with the idea of going back in at that point.

Second pass I made sure of the seating of the fan unit, fiddled with the fiddly bits, and put the case back on. It was when I was wondering about the four left over screws I spotted a metal plate that should have been inside was in fact outside, on the side. Cue...

Third pass, which didn't involve taking out the fan but did involve the fiddly bits (after the plate had been seated properly). There were now the proper number of screws left... or there were, until I lost the screwdriver and flipped up the box they were in.

Fortunately I was able to locate them all, tighten the case, slot in the battery and start the laptop. Even more fortunately, both C and myself detected an air current at the side but not the loud noise there had been before.

I shall be keeping my fingers crossed.

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current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
12:06 pm - Addressing a problem
As in, I have no idea where any hard copy of addresses is (like the WiGGLe list), and my address book on the computer is empty.

The thing is, every year I say to myself I'm going to make an effort to post out Yule/solstice/Christmas cards to people, and every year I miss the deadline for one reason or another. This makes me feel awful, if only because I know from personal experience how even what seems like a small gesture can lift someones spirits when they are feeling low or under pressure or even just a little cut off. It's nice to be remembered even if you aren't.

So, dear F-List, I would be most grateful if you could supply me with an address to which I could send some kind of seasonal greeting, if I can get myself halfway organised.

You can send it as a PM on DW/LJ, though I'm hoping I've set Comments as Screened as well. If you prefer email let me know, but I don't access my account more than a couple of times a week at most these days so expect a delay.

I'm not promising I'll be any more organised this year but I do have a small stack of cards here by my bed, and I will make an effort to go out and buy some stamps in a day or two. Please help me out, I'd like to hear from you.

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current mood: hopeful

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
7:23 am - Not the best suggestion
I'm running low on diclofenac gel, which I don't get on prescription, so I went and had a look on ebay to see if there were any bargains to be had.

I ran a search on 'Voltarol' as a start, and ebay supplied the following suggestions at the top of the page:

Voltarol gel, Voltaren, Voltron...

Rly?

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014
10:59 pm - *waggles eyebrows*
No, seriously *waggles them again*

I can waggle my eyebrows! Well, one and a half of them, but that's an improvement. And the half that is working is making a valiant effort in trying to tug the other half into action.

I should elaborate. They gained access to my skull (and through it, the tumour) by making the incision under my eyebrow so as to hide the scar once I'd healed. However, there was a lot of damage done to the nerves around there, leaving me with a numb area from my left browline right up to the top of my head.

I'm hoping the feeling will come back one day, but the thing about all this was that I lost all brow movement on that side. It looked odd but, all in all, things could have been worse.

Well, I finally gained some movement today! I felt something odd happen when I looked up at something, and then spent some time gurning at myself in a mirror when I realised what was happening. So far it is only the inner half that is responding, and sometimes a little sluggishly (it is odd to see one brow shoot up while the other creeps after it) and not entirely cleanly as the far edge drags, but it is an improvement :)


ETA: Still can't quite manage a scowl yet, though.

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current mood: giggly

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Friday, November 14th, 2014
7:50 am - Cherry?
It has made me wonder for a while, but lately some American fanfic writers in the Potterverse keep insisting on furnishing old houses (manors, castles, etc.) in cherry wood.

I'm not sure I've ever seen cherry wood, and traditional furniture over here would be hardwoods like oak, beech or elm. Other woods such as walnut, even, and especially as decorative veneers, but not cherry, which is an American wood and not widely available or valued over here. Imported woods were likely to be things like mahogany.

Just a mild niggle. Another basic, cultural divide, I suppose.

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current mood: curious

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7:31 am - Dear Daughter
It is very nice of you to help out by waking your siblings for me, but I'm not sure banging on doors and yelling 'Wake Up!' in Japanese is going to endear you to them.

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current mood: amused

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
11:44 pm - The problem with pills
In this case, it is throwing them a little too forcefully to the back of my tongue, resulting in one of them adhering to the moisture on the uvula and dangling there while I make hacking noises and reach for a glass of water :/

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