Monthly Archives: October 2015

Cold shower


Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th October

Sat and did a bit of blogging this morning. A few jobs in the afternoon. A quiet Saturday until …

I got a text from my landlady saying she was coming round with her partner and the plumber. No notice given, just wanting to come straight round! Lucky I was in. And also Leah wanted a shower as she was going out in an hour. So after a heated phone call (not just about the unplanned visit) they turned up. Leah just wrapped in her towel! 😊 Then more cross words were had. I could write a book about what we’ve experienced since moving into their house, so I’m not going to bore you with it all. I have just had enough, and this afternoon turned out to be the time I decided to tell them! 😑 I’m not normally that sort of person, it has taken a lot for me to react in that way.

I was shaking when they finally all left and I felt a bit upset.

I went round to Gary’s and went straight for a shower as I was shivering from standing outside with my ‘visitors’ and I needed to try and settle myself. I got in but the water was cold and wasn’t even starting to get hotter. So back out I got, Gary had to flick a switch! and I had to wait 20 minutes for the water to warm up, still shivering. Was anything else going to go wrong this evening?

After a while I got my hot shower and Gary saved the day by making another one of his lovely curries. Chicken and cauliflower this time. Yummy!

Oh yeah, something else did go wrong didn’t it. I was sat watching the rugby, England v Australia. Say no more :/

Was glad to get to bed.

On Sunday I thought I had better do a bit of shopping as we had no food in the house and as Robyn was due back from holiday tomorrow, I knew she would be wanting her tonnes of fruit! πŸŽπŸŒπŸπŸŠπŸ‡ In fact the note she had left me today was to fill the fruit bowl with her favourite apples, as she was coming back home! The note she had left me for yesterday was a nice one for me though, I was allowed to choose an item of her clothing to wear at the weekend. So off to the supermarket me and Gary went, me wearing a nice jacket of hers!

Then we went into town where Banbury Canal Day was going on, so we had a wander around that. There was loads of stalls selling all kinds of things, a craft market, narrowboats, music, kids rides, tombolas. We met up with Julie and Hannah for a while, then they took off on their own! We then went around a few shops in the precinct. 

I suppose it was after about an hour of walking that my back and feet started to become very painful. I didn’t say anything at first because I hate having to spoil things, but I did start to suffer. I made up my mind then that I would contact my consultant tomorrow because surely this shouldn’t be happening, and I’m due to start back to work in November :/

Home, feet up, Chinese takeaway and X Factor πŸ˜ƒ



Thursday 1st to Friday 2nd October

October πŸ‚ How did that happen?!

This is what I found under Robyn’s pillow today πŸ˜€

So it got to Thursday lunchtime and off I went. I had things to do in the town like going to the bank, buying a birthday card etc, so it fitted in quite nicely. I didn’t use your money though Robyn. I have a Cafe Nero loyalty card that I get stamped when I buy a drink from there, and I had earned myself a free one β˜•οΈ How exciting!

Got home and into the garden I go. I think I sorted the rest of the wood from Jake’s dog kennel today. Some to my garden waste bin and the bigger bits in the pile for the tip. Oh and I moved a few flower tubs about and got some shovelfuls of dirt to put under them to level them up!

Then I cooked sausage and mash for me, Leah and Jack. Rather tasty actually!

Time for my walk. Ouch ouch ouch. It was painful. What is going on with my body? Is two walks in one day and jobs in the garden really just too much?

I couldn’t do Robyn’s challenge on Friday 😦 The first one I’ve failed. It was to take our dog Jake out for a tiny walk (he’s quite old now and he really can’t go very far). But last night the kids’ dad had come to pick him up so he didn’t get in the way for the builder, as I had been told he was coming Saturday morning to start the garden path at long last. Though I did ring him and sent him a message to see what time he’s coming, I haven’t had any reply yet :/

I was meeting my friend Jackie this afternoon, so I walked into town again. (Hope that counts Robyn, half of us has done the walk today 🚢)     We had a couple of mugs of tea each and a good natter!

Now for the weekend …

Treasure Hunt


Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th September

Heard it was going to be a nice week weather wise! Warm and sunny. So that was it, time for jobs in the garden. Feeling a bit unwell or not, they had to be done.

I needed to transfer some things from my shed into my new garden storage chest. Then I could actually begin to move about a bit in my shed to sort things out and give it a sweep. I had old tiles to sort out so I could put them on Freecycle to try and clear them. I managed to see my neighbour and he came and took some of the wood from Jake’s old dog kennel and he also took the big wooden chairs I had been left with. I thought he might want them for firewood but I think he decided he was going to do a bit of work on them and then use them himself!

Jobs in the garden, washing on the line, along with other odd jobs in the house – a busy Monday.

I was then lucky enough to have my tea cooked for me by Jack (Leah’s boyfriend). Mince, mushrooms, pasta. Nice πŸ™‚

Good job as I was tired and aching.

Robyn had left me a note on my bed. She had done a sort of treasure hunt for me with things to do every day. Today I found Barney (her very precious cuddly toy that she has had since very young) and I have to cuddle him every night! 

Tuesday was pretty much spent the same way, mainly in the garden. I got to use the bargain strimmer! The grass was getting long again and I had been told they were coming to start the new path at the weekend. I managed to do a bit but I found it quite heavy and it was hurting my hands. Then raking up the grass and fiddling about with other things, I was starting to suffer. I guess my busy day yesterday didn’t help either. Annoying and frustrating, but I cracked on. When Gary had finished work he came down and finished off the strimming for me while I did some of the raking.

I also had to find some time to do some adult colouring now. That was what I found today from Robyn’s note. I have to finish my pattern before she gets home!

Tonight I watched Body Donors on the TV. Did you see it? It was following two people that are terminally ill and they had decided they wanted to donate their bodies when they died to medical science. It was very sad but also very interesting. I really think that I also want to do that now. I would like new surgeons to have the opportunity of practising on me. I think it’s very important they are offered that chance. It’s not like I haven’t had it done before is it! One way I can say thank you to the NHS for my three hero surgeons. Can’t wait for next week’s episode.

More jobs in the garden on Wednesday. I carried a lot of the stuff that had just been left about to the end of the garden (some I just couldn’t lift on my own :/ ) which will hopefully make it easier when my sister comes with her car next week to do a tip run with me. Can’t wait for that, for some reason I love going to the tip and throwing my stuff into the various massive bins!!

I also got to have two treats today though. Robyn had left me some sweets in her bedroom and I was to sit and blog while enjoying them!

Then me and Gary went out for some food in the evening. We went to Bitter & Twisted. I had a flatbread, the topping was crispy potato, cherry tomatoes, haloumi cheese, red onion and Merguez sausages. Very very tasty.

Lucky me πŸ˜ƒ

Bye RobynΒ 


Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th September

On Saturday we went in to Banbury as Gary needed to get his mum a birthday present. We wandered about the shops trying to find something suitable. After a while I started to feel a bit unwell again but I tried to ignore it and carried on. I managed to get a few things I needed but Gary wasn’t successful.

We also needed to go to Bicester anyway to pick up a strimmer that Gary had pre ordered, so we went to have a look around the garden centre there. Thank goodness we found some nice photo frames with a stand that he thought his mum would like.

Now to get the strimmer. But of course, nothing is ever straight forward. They didn’t have one there! What? It had been pre-ordered and we had been told to pick it up after 3pm today. So the lady said we could choose another one and she would give us a bit of discount on it because the others were all more money. Gary picked the next one up in the range. Wasn’t in stock either. So she tried to ring a couple of their other stores in Oxford to see if we could drive over there to collect it. One didn’t have any in stock either and she couldn’t get through to the other. Other people were now waiting, Gary was starting to get frustrated, she was too. She then suddenly said to go and get the other one, it was about Β£80, and she just reduced it down to the price of the original one we wanted, Β£30!! What a bargain! Worth the wait and all the hassle after all.

Called into Chippy Co-op to get some food then back to watch the rugby. England v Wales. We lost didn’t we 😦

On Sunday morning I went back home to spend some time with Robyn as she was going on holiday tomorrow. I spent the morning getting the bins ready to go out for collection!, chatting about things with Robyn and getting upset! Silly I know but I’ve always been like it. I don’t like saying goodbye to people :/ and I was going to miss her. She likes to nag me but she looks after me well πŸ˜‡

In the afternoon I went to Gary’s mum and dads. Emma was doing her grandma afternoon tea as it had been her birthday yesterday, and we were lucky enough to be invited too πŸ™‚

It was great. Well done Emma πŸ˜ƒ

Now back home to Robyn and time to say bye πŸ‘‹ Will miss you loads 😦 please be careful, but have a great time βœˆοΈβ˜€οΈ

Getting old


Friday 25th September

Happy Birthday Hannah πŸŽπŸŽ‚

A day out for Hannah’s birthday today. We were going to Bounce near Milton Keynes. Lots of indoor trampolines!


Robyn, Leah and Hannah had a great time bouncing around, getting tired out very quickly. Very unfit or just getting old?!!   

Me and Julie just watched the fun. Would I have been able to take part? I really don’t know. My body kills when I’ve just been walking for an hour, so I dread to think what it would be like after bouncing for an hour :/
I did get to join in when we went through to another room though. We got to play table tennis and table football. Both great fun πŸ˜ƒ  


We then went to a local Toby Carvery pub (birthday girl’s choice) for a nice lunch. I had a bit of both pork and beef with some vegetables, lovely roast potatoes and a bit of mash too. It was very nice. 

Then we were heading for home when Hannah decided a trip to Hobbycraft would be a good idea so she could spend her birthday voucher that Leah had got for her. Hannah likes to do decoupage and scrapbooking, so lots of things for her to choose from there. It even made Leah want to get in the spirit of things, and she got a few little bits and pieces so she could make a start on her scrapbook which she had got for CHRISTMAS!!!

Eventually we made it back to Julie’s and it was finally birthday cake time! YAY! 


It was delicious πŸ˜‹

Thankfully I had felt a little better today and I managed to be able to enjoy the lunch and a bit of cake, as well as have some fun. It was nice for us all to be together. Thanks for a lovely day everyone πŸ˜ƒ