Thursday, 19 July 2018

More health stuff, sigh

Thanks all, there wasn't a 3rd thing so the day wasn't all bad, fortunately.

More health stuff for OH - this morning he had a letter from the cardiac consultant, following his echocardiogram last week.  It seems there is still some moderate dysfunction going on in his heart valves, so they want to keep an eye on him, he has a follow up appointment with his cardiac consultant in 2 months time.  He also has to go on yet another tablet, again for life - I think that's 5 or 6 heart meds he's on altogether now, plus one to protect his stomach lining from one of the other meds.

He's also had *look away now if you're squeamish!* very violent diarrhoea, a few times with blood, every day for getting on for 3 weeks (the other health problem I mentioned the other day).  Had blood tests and had to provide a poo sample last week.  Bit worrying as his mother had bowel cancer, however, the GP said it could be due to parasites - apparently they can be picked up from infected soil (he's always in the garden with his hands in soil), stagnant water (from the water butts maybe?) or even from dogs/cats.  If it was from Betty though, I'd assume I'd have it too, which I haven't.  Anyway, this morning the doc said it was a bug (whether he meant the parasitic kind or a virus I don't know - I wasn't there and husband didn't think to ask!).  However, the runs have eased off now, he didn't have them yesterday or today, so doc said it may have worked itself out.  He's to ring the surgery though if it comes back and they'll prescribe him something immediately, the GP has put a note to that effect on his file.

He's been saying for a while now he'd like a chicken curry - I said it probably wasn't a good idea whilst he was crapping so much!  Give it a few more days and I'll probably make him one.  Having said that, the temperature, which had dropped a few degrees the last couple of days, is now hotting up again, so I might not feel like making or eating a curry!

Oh, welcome to a few more new followers and commenters - I'll try to make sure it's not all gloomy!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Good start to the day! (not)

I'm a right grump in the mornings - early riser, but it takes me a good hour or more to come round and actually wake up, I like total peace and quiet, all I want is a big mug of coffee and 10 mins of silent contemplation, before putting the laptop on and reading blogs and the papers.  I hate it if my husband gets up with me, as he's the complete opposite of me - total livewire who's chattering and putting the TV on the minute he gets up.  Luckily he doesn't often get up when I do!

Well, this morning at 05.50 I put the kettle on, coffee in my mug, opened the fridge be confronted with a sea of milk.  Husband had put a new, half defrosted, 4 pinter on its side on the middle shelf last night, and it had leaked during the night.  Only about half a cupful as it turned out, but you'd think from the lakes of milk on the middle and bottom shelves, in the 2 veg drawers and what dripped out down the front of the bottom freezer and onto the floor when I opened the door, that it was the whole 4 pints.  Sod it.  Not what I wanted to see before I'd barely even opened my eyes!

**Edited to add:-

Husband has just done breakfast - scrambled eggs for both of us, with tinned tomatoes for him.  He's just dropped a spoonful of the tomatoes when serving them up on his's gone everywhere, including all over him.  

It's obviously going to be one of 'those' days......

Monday, 16 July 2018

Woo hoo!

We have rain.....proper, pouring down wet stuff.  No idea how long it's going to last, but it's enough to give the garden a good watering anyhow.  Who'd have thought we'd be gleeful about rain!!

Bought a couple of hardy fuchsias (Tom Thumb) and a perennial lobelia today, to fill out some gaps in the front border.  Some of the flowers have definitely suffered in this long hot dry spell, we've not watered the flowers a lot, saving the precious water to use on the veggies (we can't eat the flowers!).  I just hope they survive it and come back again next year.  

Thank you for the comments, the strawberry/blackcurrant jam is lovely.  It's a good idea to mix the mush with custard, or even freeze it in smaller amounts to make yogurt icecream, thanks for those ideas, I'll remember for next time.  I had a spoonful of jam with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped roasted almonds this morning for breakfast, delicious.  Oh, and my weight has dropped below that horrible **stone mark again now, thankfully.  It's up to me to make sure I don't see that number again!

For dinner tonight we're having our homegrown carrots, runner beans and yellow French beans left over from yesterday, together with added courgettes and the last few peas, mixed with a cheese sauce.  Got some 95% pork sausages yellow stickered last week, we'll have those too.  We used to eat sausages and bacon weekly, we have them only about once every 3 weeks now, can't give them up altogether so they're lovely as a treat.

Oh, and guess what, the rain has stopped and the sun's come out again - that didn't last long!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Glut busters

Thank you all again for the lovely comments, which reinforce my view that I'm right to carry on with my blog, whatever I choose to divulge.  Thanks for sticking with me, I do appreciate you all.

Anyway, on to food...I've not weighed myself since the other day, I know my weight fluctuates from day to day and it's not helpful to jump on the scales too often (they'd break if I jumped on them anyway!).  The weight will continue to come off, however gradually, as we continue with our healthy eating, I know that.

We have loads of courgettes and I'm actually enjoying eating them more this year - for the first time! - since our diet is now more veggie than meat based.  I do try to vary how I cook them, so we don't get bored.  Yesterday morning I made courgette and cheese muffins - not the mini egg frittata type muffins that are so popular now, but proper baked savoury muffins made with flour.  Simple enough, just wholemeal flour, baking powder and dried herbs, mixed with a beaten egg and enough milk to make a stiff batter.  Grated courgettes (2 medium size) which I squeezed out in a clean teatowel to get rid of most of the water, and grated strong Cheddar mixed in.  Spooned into a 12 cup muffin tray, with some left over which went into a small baking dish, and baked until golden.  We had the one in the baking dish warm with salad, it was delish.  The rest have gone in the freezer.

When I made the blackcurrant cordial a couple of weeks ago, it left a LOT of mashed blackcurrant puree.  I didn't want to just throw it away, so froze it temporarily (it filled 2 large plastic boxes) until I decided what to do with it.  I defrosted one of the boxes a couple of days ago, had some with Greek yogurt for breakfasts (yummy).  Yesterday I made a blackcurrant cake - basically Victoria sponge mix but I used more flour to create a stiffer mix to support the weight of the fruit.  I spread half in a square baking tin, added some dollops (technical term) of blackcurrant puree, then the rest of the cake mix.  A few teaspoonfuls more of puree scattered over the top, then baked - it took a bit longer than a normal sponge would.  Cut into 16 small squares, we had a square each with a dessert spoonful of half fat crème fraiche yesterday - oh it's gorgeous, you only need a small piece as it's very rich.

So, still a lot of the first box of blackcurrant puree left.  I've decided to make jam - strawberry, with some of the bags of berries I froze a couple of weeks ago.  As strawberry jam can sometimes be a bugger to set, I'm going to add the rest of the blackcurrant puree - should set with no problem!  

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Weight on, damn it!!!

I got on the scales this morning to discover that I'm ** stone and half a pound, having been under the ** stone mark for several weeks now.  It's not surprising, I guess, since I know I've been emotional eating recently (e.g. half a tube of Pringles crisps yesterday!).  Absolutely gutted, it was such a downer to see that figure, I'd hoped never to be that number again.

Well, the answer's in my hands isn't it - don't eat crap!  Don't buy it - if we haven't got it in the house then I can't eat it can I?!  It's not rocket science FFS.

I don't know why I've been letting people and situations get to me so much lately....well, I suppose it's down to the depression.  I was feeling so much more positive at the beginning of the week, now I can feel it slipping away again.  And husband's got a new health problem which is a bit worrying.  

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A further change to the blog

I've been giving the whole blogging thing some more thought.  Ilona (Meanqueen) has today announced she's going to blog less and is turning off the ability to post comments.  I can't say I blame her, who wants the stress of having to field abusive ones?  Even if you don't publish them (and who would?), you still have to read them first.  And then, if they're abusive, they're stuck in your mind.  I do tend to dwell on things - it's all very well saying (even to myself) don't take any notice, what people who don't even know you say doesn't matter one iota, who cares what they think?  I wouldn't normally let it get to me, but with my current rather fragile state, it does.  

I never wanted my blog to be controversial, I didn't want to be a stirrer or someone who drops a bomb and then sits back and watches the fireworks go off - that's not me, not at all.  I just say what goes on in my life, I don't say stuff to wind people up or provoke arguments.  

So now, although I'm not going to stop blogging, I'm thinking I simply won't mention some for instance certain stuff about my dog.  Or anything that's likely to provoke strong emotions.  I know it's my blog and I can say whatever the hell I like on it, but if it causes some people to react and impose their strong views on me, then it's going to cause me a lot of anxiety and stress, and that's something I really don't need or want.

So what I say from now on will only be a partial view of my life, and I will only give away what I feel comfortable sharing.  I'm not turning off comments - comments are one of the really nice things about blogging, you learn so much from others, you can laugh and cry with them, and lovely comments build you up when you're feeling really down.

I'm sorry if my genuine lovely readers are upset by this change, you know who you are and I'm more than happy to answer any questions or have more of a discussion via email in the future.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


Oh wow, so many lovely comments again, thank you all so much.  It's heartwarming to know that so many people, and not just from the UK, read the rubbish I write.  It really is as if we have friends from all over the world.  And I seem to have acquired a load more readers - a huge welcome to you all.  

Last night I think was the hottest, muggiest, most uncomfortable one EVER, I only slept in bursts of 10 or 15 minutes, it was just SO hot.  I have my showers in the mornings, but had another before going to bed, in an effort to cool down and hopefully sleep better.  Some hope!  Both husband and I were tossing and turning, sweating like pigs (do pigs actually sweat?) even though the windows were open, it was just too darn hot.  I finally got up around 04.30 am and came downstairs, opened the lounge window and the front door and, blissfully, there was a wonderfully cool, even chilly(!) breeze.  Betty got up from her bed under the stairs and went straight outside and lay down on the grass (well, what used to be's now crisp straw), so she was clearly too warm as well.  Thankfully, it's several degrees cooler today and no longer muggy, thanks to the cool breeze.  I don't know what I'd have done if it was as hot as yesterday again, I just cannot cope with the heat, being blonde, fair skinned and freckly (and overweight!).  

We'd decided to get rid of our 3 seater sofa - the seat at one end was starting to collapse and, being suede and pale coloured, was not the ideal thing to have with a dog who loves to lie stretched out on it, it was just too difficult to keep clean.  As you've probably gathered by now, we rarely buy anything new these days, preferring to buy good quality stuff second hand.  I'd managed to find 2 barely used leather electric recliner armchairs on the auction site, we got them for the amazing price of £60 - that's for the two, not each!  Went to collect them yesterday....we had a bit of a struggle to get them out of the seller's house and into our trailer and back of the car, and then even more of a struggle to get them into our lounge.  And in that heat!!  But we managed in the end.  And then we had to rearrange all the furniture, and then change it around again because it didn't work that way, with both of us getting progressively more sweaty and grumpy (if we had guns we'd have shot each other, I think!).  Oh, was it worth it though....the chairs are GORGEOUS, and SOOOOO comfy!  Betty has her own armchair now, my favourite large chintzy fabric covered one - she shared it with me anyhow, frequently jumping up on it with me, and then gradually stretching out more and more until she pushed me off, the cheeky monkey.

So we've now got 4 armchairs in the lounge, all different - well, the 2 new cream and brown leather recliners, my big chintzy flowery chair and a Parker Knoll 70s tub chair in a patterned cream with, we think, ash wood frame.  It's lovely, we've had it for years and years, bought it in a second hand furniture shop.  The chintz one we also got from a second hand shop, 6 or 7 years ago, it's also wooden framed and in excellent condition.  Buying good stuff, even pre-loved, is so worth it, it lasts forever.

Betty has just come in from the garden, dragging the end of a long rope - it's daddy's rope he uses to tie down stuff in the trailer, he left it in the garden yesterday after we brought the armchairs home.  She's been playing with it all morning and has just decided to bring it indoors...only it's very long and she's dragging it everywhere, and it's just got stuck under the front door.  If my phone wasn't on charge I'd have taken a photo, she looks so funny.  I can never be annoyed with her, she just makes me laugh so much.