Monthly Archives: October 2016

I was hurting


Friday 21st to Thursday 27th October

Happy Birthday to my big brother George ๐Ÿป

The troops were coming today! Julie, Hannah and Lynda. Robyn and me had the day off work (poor Leah couldn’t get the day off but joined us later in the afternoon). The plan was for us to move some of the boxes that were packed and ready over to Lynda’s house in nearby Hook Norton (she had very kindly agreed to us storing some of our things in the workshop she has next to her house, until we had another house to put them in!).

After loading two cars, driving over to Hooky, unloading everything, stopping for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, driving back and just getting ready to start the second load, I get an unexpected phone call from Leah. The solicitor had just rung her at work to ask her if we wanted to exchange contracts on our house purchase this very afternoon! What??? What on earth had happened to suddenly turn everything around so quickly? – but of course we very happily agreed.

Our jobs for today had now changed, we didn’t need to take any more things over to Lynda’s. We would hopefully now be able to move it straight into our new house ๐Ÿ˜€ So we all went down to the kitchen and started to have a mass pack and clean in there.

After all of that action I had to then call up to the doctors because a blood pressure machine had become available. I had to have this at home for a week and record my own blood pressure twice a day. And while I was there I got talked into having a flu jab ๐Ÿ’‰ which I was not very happy about ๐Ÿ˜•

Since hearing the good news, for the rest of the week Robyn, Leah and me have spent most of our time cleaning, packing and sorting with a lot of help from Julie and Hannah and we’ve also been lucky enough to have help from Tom, Jack and Gary.


Of course I have been feeling quite unwell through it all and to add to that my arm was VERY sore from the jab for a few days. I went to work one day while not feeling too great :/  I paid another visit to the doctors because it was looking like my Shingles type patch was a bit infected – it was hurting โ˜น๏ธ She gave me some antibiotics and some cream (this treatment is still yet to be started :/ )

Although I have been doing as I’m told and taking my blood pressure all week, even though I’m not sure the timing is very good, as I am still stressed and constantly on the go to try and get everything done ready for moving. What with doing this first thing every morning and then taking my tablets it feels a little bit like being back in hospital! ๐Ÿ˜–

And as if I haven’t got enough to do this week I have just had to attend a National Speed Awareness Course (on my way to the John Radcliffe one morning for my volunteering duties I was caught going a few miles over the 30mph speeding limit! Naughty me!) The registration for this course was 7.45 AM ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Can you believe that? This meant I needed to leave my house at around 7 to give me a chance of being on time. It was going to be quite an achievement for me to do this, I am not known for getting up bright and early. 

But I did it ๐Ÿค—

What a month


Saturday 1st to Thursday 20th October

October. And what a month it has been so far ๐Ÿ˜–

I have dressed up as an elf for a fancy dress party, went for a wander around Banbury Canal Day and then had a nice roast dinner for Hannah’s belated birthday celebrations, visited my friend Nina (which definitely did cheer me up for a little while!) I walked along to the salon so that Robyn could do my hair (lovely head massage ๐Ÿ’†) before she went away on holiday, the lucky thing! (She had left a little treasure hunt for me again, and when I solved the clues for each day there was a treat left there and at the end of the week a message had been spelt out – I do know that I am spoilt!) Gary and me went out for another roast dinner, Julie and Hannah came round one evening to help us sort and clean, we got the house ready as best we could for a viewing from the estate agent as the house were in is now already up for sale, went out for a cooked breakfast, visited my brother and Robyn came home safely ๐Ÿ˜€ 

I have had a visit to the doctors which I almost gave up on because I waited 2 hours to be seen. I was very fed up. Thank goodness I had a prearranged meeting with my friend Jackie later that day for a much needed cuppa โ˜•๏ธ 

I had been having some pains in my side and back area so I was given some antibiotics for a possible water infection (I wasn’t 100% convinced with this but we’ll see what happens). I also had high blood pressure. And the next day I also found a new outbreak of the Shingles type virus that I get so you could say I wasn’t feeling particularly great!

I have had a couple of days off from work from being ill, a few days off as holiday, apart from that I have still been working and volunteering as normal.

I have also spent quite a lot of this month crying ๐Ÿ˜ฐ and being just completely stressed out. The main reason for this being the dreaded house move which has just been going on for SO long now. I seem to have been having to contact all the parties concerned more and more as the weeks have gone on, chasing to get things sorted as we need to be out of the house we are in at the moment on 31st October. I didn’t seem to be getting any sensible answers from anyone, just always ‘we’re now waiting for this or that to happen’, so frustrating. It was certainly looking like we were going to be homeless for a while until the house purchase finally goes through. And knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to provide Robyn and Leah with a home is upsetting and makes me feel so guilty, that’s my job as their mum isn’t it? Instead we were all having to ask family/boyfriends if we would be able to stay with them for a short time and also trying to find some storage for all of our belongings! 

I had definitely had enough now, I was finding it difficult to cope with. They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can go through. I can tell you that feeling ill all the way through it too is not something that I would recommend ๐Ÿ˜–

Baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ cuddles


Monday 26th to Friday 30th September

Monday – I was very lucky today as I got to have a lovely cuddle with a tiny baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ We met Robyn’s friend in Caffรจ Nero for a cuppa and baby Daisy came along too. Gorgeous. Hurry up with my grandchildren girlies ๐Ÿ˜˜

It was Gary’s mum’s birthday today so later we called over with Emma for a visit, to take the presents and to have a cup of tea. I wasn’t feeling well and hadn’t eaten all day but I did manage to have a bit of birthday cake! ๐ŸŽ‚

Tuesday and Wednesday – I just went to work as usual but it was a bit of a struggle, I still didn’t feel well. I had a terrible constant headache, unsettled tummy and just didn’t feel right.

I did manage to read an article about this though – I am sorry to say that we definitely do not have a plastic-free existence :/ We have SO much plastic from all sorts of different products (but I must say that most of it does seem to come from food, and probably mainly the plastic tubs that fruit comes in now, as Robyn and Leah eat so much of it ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ…) but I do make sure that by the end of the week our recycling boxes are always full …

Thursday – I got up and got myself ready to leave for the hospital for my volunteer work. Robyn then said to me ‘are you sure you should be going today?’ No I shouldn’t, but I was trying to make the effort. But this brought me to my senses a bit, I really shouldn’t be going, for myself because I just didn’t feel well, but also for the sake of the patients there just in case I was contagious ๐Ÿ˜ท So I didn’t go, but I was VERY upset about this.

Friday – I just happened to have a day off from work. I felt a little better. More packing and sorting and jobs around the house.

A difficult week. On top of not feeling well I was still dealing with everything to do with the house move which is still ongoing but just not going according to plan, VERY stressful. Then receiving a telephone call from someone completely changing what they had told us they were going to do previously, setting everything back even more. We have been ready to exchange for months now, we are being very patient. 

I don’t know if it is all this stress that is starting to affect my health?

A nice long walk? ๐Ÿค”


Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th September

This morning I noticed this bizarre bruise. Where on earth did that come from? ๐Ÿ˜

A trip to Banbury with Gary this Saturday afternoon. We just had a nice wander around the shops. 

On the way in we noticed that one of the car parks had started to be knocked down. So on the way back we stopped to take some pictures! 

It seems silly that this car park should hold special memories for me. But on a Saturday afternoon when I was a child, I always used to go into Banbury shopping with my mum and dad and sometimes my sisters or a friend. We used to walk around to White Lion Walk and buy some freshly made jam doughnuts from the bakery there (you could actually watch the machine that injected the jam into the doughnuts!), my dad used to like to go into the deli that was also there and buy some ham off the bone! I never used to get any pocket money but I was usually allowed to buy a book (which almost certainly would have been Enid Blyton as I had a great collection of her books). And so this was the car park which we always used to go into. 

So yet another piece of my past that is now disappearing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Happy Birthday Hannah ๐ŸŽ But she wasn’t around to celebrate her day with us ๐Ÿ˜ฆ She had gone away camping with Julie ๐Ÿ• (yes camping – at the end of September! so rather them than me ๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒง) so Sunday was a day spent not doing anything too exciting. 

But then there did turn out to be a bit of excitement in the evening. Unusually I found out it was going to be a curry Sunday ๐Ÿ˜. Haven’t had one for such a long time, and then it was on Saturday evenings!

A chicken, cauliflower and green bean pasanda with sweet potato in mustard seeds as a side dish, rice and a garnish of chopped tomatoes ๐Ÿ˜‹

I want to do a sponsored walk/trek for my chosen charities. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and especially now after having my transplants. This year has kind of just passed me by, especially after getting the news that we had to leave the house we are in now and at first I really had no idea what we were going to do ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It’s kind of turned our lives upside down again. But I am now starting to tell myself that next year could be the year when I will actually achieve this ๐Ÿค”

Here are some long distance paths that the British Heart Foundation recommend for their walks. Will I be found along one of these next year? We will see …

That pushchair!


Monday 19th to Friday 23rd September

This Monday afternoon Robyn told me that we had better not go for our usual Costa visit as we should really get on with ‘jobs for moving’ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ So that’s what we did. A bit later we called along to Julie’s to drop some stuff off there only to discover that Hannah had come home from work not feeling well and had just been sick. So we made a very quick exit!

I was worried about going into work on Tuesday. I had heard that there was a sickness bug going around and I was thinking that as Hannah had been ill it might have found its way into the shop. I DID NOT want to catch this, I hate being sick, apart from the fact that I simply haven’t got the time to be ill at the moment :/

Back to work again on Wednesday. No sign of the sickness bug for me yet thank goodness but I was feeling particularly exhausted with not much energy to spare in my body ๐Ÿ˜ต

I didn’t manage to go to volunteer on Thursday. I was tired, I was stressed, I wasn’t particularly feeling in the right frame of mind for it and I also had so many jobs that really needed doing today. I didn’t feel too pleased with myself for making this decision but I think it was probably the right thing to do.

While I was at work on Friday I noticed a lady walking through the shop carrying a toy pushchair. I recognised it immediately as being the exact pushchair Leah used to have when she was little.

Here it is, but this is the tandem version, Leah had the single. 

Seeing this brought back so many memories. Leah used to absolutely LOVE playing with her dollies in that pushchair. She would literally spend hours and hours dressing them all up so carefully, feeding them, cuddling them. I felt a bit sad that this stage of our lives was all over. Happy times. I just wait for the grandchildren now I guess ๐Ÿ˜

Carrot cake


Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September

I was spoilt on this Saturday morning with my favourite bacon and poached egg on a toasted Warburtons giant crumpet ๐Ÿ˜‹

In the afternoon we went for a walk around Charlbury Street Fair where there are craft, food, tombola and other stalls to visit, there’s a few classic cars to look at, there’s a small fair with children’s rides, a fire engine to clamber about in, Morris dancers, fancy dress etc. All the usual things you find at events like this. The highlight for me was the piece of carrot cake I bought to take home and eat later, it definitely was one of the best I’ve had ๐Ÿฐ

In the evening me and Gary had another walk back through the fair in Chippy but as there was no one about that we knew really we went into the pub right in the centre of town and managed to get a window seat overlooking one of the fair rides, so we spent the evening people watching. It was quite good fun actually!

Look at this young man who had a liver transplant when he was a child, he is now going to be competing in 19 sports! in the Australian Transplant Games ๐Ÿ…

On Sunday we had a little trip out to Heythrop Zoo where the Amazing Animals live! It is not open to the general public like a normal zoo so we took the opportunity of going when we found out they were having an open day. It was a warm sunny afternoon and I had a really nice time. I haven’t been anywhere like that for a long long time. You could get so close to the animals too.

As you can see it was a great photo opportunity for Gary ๐Ÿ“ธ

And then I got to hold a snake … ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are 20 foods to eat when you are stressed! So – Leah’s okay with her quinoa, Robyn’s not too bad with her apples (but she needs to get some Tahini to spread on them) but it seems like I definitely need to change my favourite Cadbury’s Dairy Milk to some dark chocolate ๐Ÿ˜ณ 
But somehow I just don’t think even eating these foods will help with the way all of our stress levels are at the moment :/

Garden in the sun


Thursday 15th to Friday 16th September

A volunteering morning. I was feeling pretty fed up, probably mainly because I hadn’t been well again and was still not feeling quite 100%. I didn’t stay for too long anyway as there didn’t seem to be that many suitable patients :/ I took myself off and went and sat in the hospital garden as it was a nice day ๐ŸŒค to try and cheer myself up a bit.

The fair had arrived in our town today ๐ŸŽก On our evening walk we had a very brief wander through it, bumped into Robyn who was with her friend and watched them having a go on this very scary looking ride! She loves things like this, I don’t, and I don’t even like watching her on them too much ๐Ÿ˜–

I just wanted to show you this – four Paralympians ran faster. Quite amazing!

On Friday I worked and in the evening I walked through the fair with Gary. Robyn was there again with some more friends, so we walked around with them for a little while watching the fun they were having (Leah doesn’t like fair rides so she avoided the whole thing!) and we also came across Laura and Tom with Oliver, who seemed to be enjoying himself as he was trying to knock the stack of tins off the shelf!

And this – is very clever!!!!!

‘wearing whatever floats your boat’


Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th September

Monday, spent doing jobs and later there was a good excuse for a crafty coffee and blog with Robyn in Caffe Nero in the town. We were waiting for my sister Julie to finish work so we could meet her and pay a visit to the building society next door (yet another little thing that needed doing in preparation for the house purchase ๐Ÿก)

I absolutely LOVE this ๐Ÿ˜

I think this could very soon be me!

And look at this. 

A man holding his own old heart after undergoing a successful transplant. I would have loved to have been able to hold my own old liver like that and have a good old look at it. I do have a photograph though ๐Ÿ™‚

Robot does 2 kidney transplants, blimey! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I have the whole week off so no work for me this Tuesday morning! 

Earlier in the year me, Robyn and Leah had tried to plan to have a week off together to do something nice. Then the house move came along so we thought we could just use the time for that. That didn’t work out either! But in the end I had completely booked the wrong week off, Leah was off last week and it also turned out that Robyn didn’t have enough holiday to take the week off anyway, so that all worked out well didn’t it! Always the way it seems in our house ๐Ÿ™ƒ

So more sorting of junk was planned for me this week instead :/ I did arrange to meet my friend Jackie in the afternoon though as I knew I would be wanting a break. I haven’t seen her for ages. As it was warm and sunny we sat on the patio outside Bitter & Twisted for a while instead of our usual cafe. That was nice. We had a good catch up. But while we were there a massive thunderstorm โ›ˆ seemed to appear from nowhere and we had to dash inside! Back at home all my washing was out and I had left the lawnmower out too as it wasn’t working properly and was waiting to be looked at. Oh no :/ But when I eventually got back the washing was hardly damp! Weird and confusing ๐Ÿ˜•

Have you ever had your colours done?!

I woke up not feeling too great on Wednesday. Really? On my week off. Can’t I have a break? Obviously not ๐Ÿ˜ท I had a headache, unsettled tummy, an aching and wobbly body etc etc which lasted all day. I had arranged to visit a friend in Banbury in the afternoon (when I was a childminder I used to look after her daughter Sian and we have stayed in touch) so I still went. At least I would be sitting down and resting there! It was good to see her. And Sian had finished college early and was there too – even better!