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Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:11:51 AM- I'm still here!
I've been taking things easy for a month or two, getting back on my feet. I'm not out of the woods yet but I feel ok ... in fact I feel bloody good. I still have a lot of hospital visits and treatment to endure but that's alright ... gets me out of the house lol. I'm tired a lot and fall asleep at the most inopportune moments but that's ok too ... means I'm letting my body catch up with itself. All in all I'm thankful for every day, for everyone I meet, for everything I accomplish ... even if it is only being able to get dressed, yes, I'm doing ok.
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"On the road to recovery I hope"
- chargingram

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 2:37:54 AM- Good Times
Heya ... it's been a week or two!
I had a fantastic hen night in town last Saturday. Managed to bring the house down at Karaoke, drank far too much in Wetherspoons and danced so much that my legs wouldn't work the next day!
I survived my 50th birthday on Monday ... the world didn't end, there weren't tidal waves and it wasn't raining toads!! In fact it was a really nice day, starting with breakfast in bed, a fabulous dinner and birthday cake cooked by my kids and then being taken to a cliff-side, open air theater to see a comedy in the evening. My kids totally spoiled me and I loved every minute of it.
Now I've just got to get to my wedding on time on Friday and finish off what has been an epic week.
I've also decided to adopt the rescue dog that I was fostering, bringing the total of hounds to four now in my little house. I definitely can't adopt any more as we don't have the room but I'll keep on fostering.
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"Best wishes for friday :)
oh , and rescue dogs rule !!!"
- Showy_Showy

Tuesday, June 03, 2014, 2:46:27 AM- Fostering an abandoned dog
I had a very tearful phone call from a friend of mine a few days ago. The dog charity that she's involved with drove up to Kent to rescue an abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terrier that was going to be put down because the dog pound where he'd been for a week couldn't be bothered to re-home him.

She's already looking after several dogs and couldn't take him so she asked me if I could foster him until the charity finds him a forever home. She brought a very frightened, sick dog to me. My own dogs took an instant dislike to him but this poor little boy needed some love and affection.

So ... Patch and I have been camping out in my workshop for the last few days. He was such a mess, nobody had been taking proper care of him. I've now wormed him, de-flead him, clipped his nails and cleared the mites out of his ears. He's had a bath and now looks a million dollars. In three days he's learned a whole set of commands and is totally obedient. I've even managed to get my little pack to accept him. His greatest quality is love. He's very affectionate and loves to have his head scratched and his belly tickled. This is usually repaid with a big hug and snuggle from him. I have no idea why Patch was abandoned but I'd love to get hold of his original owners and give them a piece of my mind.

Far from being an aggressive dog, Patch is loyal and gentle. I'm thrilled to be able to foster this gorgeous dog and I'll be very sad to see him go but I'm confident that someone will want to give him his forever home and give him the love and attention that he deserves.

I wish that people would learn how to look after a pet properly before they take it on. For me it's a lifetime commitment of love, learning and fun. Too many people take on animals for all the wrong reasons and then find that they just can't cope, at the animals expense.

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"i hate animal abusers... think they should be put to sleep..."
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Sunday, May 25, 2014, 1:21:00 AM- Back on my feet and ready to go!
A few weeks ago I ended up in hospital with pneumonia in both lungs. That combined with brittle asthma is not a good thing, as I found out. Anyhoos, after being pumped full of antibiotics and steroids for a week the doctors finally agreed that I could come home. However, after a further scan there were still dark patches on both lungs. I'm now waiting for an appointment for further investigations as to what these patches are.
Well that's the crap out of the way ... now to the nicer stuff ... The wedding isn't too far away now. I've been working out in my garden this week, painting walls, planting new shrubs and trees and painting garden furniture. I'll be decorating some of the house next week, just to freshen things up. I'm still making decorations for the marquee and it's all coming along nicely.
My niece is planning my hen night in Newquay and my daughter is coming home from Scotland for two weeks so I'm really looking forward to those two events. I've heard on the grapevine that my niece is getting a stripping dwarf for the hen night .... the mind boggles!! lol Hen night on 21st of June, 50th birthday on 23rd of June, wedding on the 27th of June and barbecue on the 28th ... it's going to be a busy week and I'm going to need a serious hangover cure!!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014, 12:29:24 AM- Plans are going well .... it's just the other stuff ...
The wedding plans are going marvelously. I've made a ton of decorations for the marquee already. The garden is looking great and I've just planted a new maple tree and a load of rose bushes and hydrangea too. All the fruit trees are in blossom now so I'm expecting a bumper crop later in the year.

The honeymoon is now off as we just can't afford it but as we live in the most beautiful part of the country it really doesn't matter. We can take day trips and picnic on the beach here ... plus the dogs can come too ... yay!

A bit more worrying news ... I've now been diagnosed with Polymyalgia ... the doctor thinks it was probably brought on by the stress of the flood back in September. All I know is that my body is wracked with pain. To top it all I've also discovered that I have arthritis in my neck, spine, hips, elbows and knees. Seriously .... was I Attila the Hun or Jack the Ripper in a previous life or something?? It wouldn't be so bad if I was a bloke ... with the stiffness ;)

I've refused more medication on the grounds that I'm not a chemical dumping ground and decided to delegate more instead of trying to be Wonder Woman all the time. We'll have to wait and see how long I can keep that up! ...
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Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:02:35 PM- I'm getting married!
After being with my partner for 8 years and going through a lot of ups and downs with him, I have finally agreed to get married. I always said that I wouldn't do it a second time but I now feel that the time is right.

It's not going to a big thing like my first one .... I have an aversion to wearing something that makes you look like a meringue and I think churches are creepy.

So .... it's going to be a quiet registry office ceremony in crops, kaftan and flip flops and then a barbecue at home afterwards with close family and friends. Perfect.

We're pretty skint so I'm going to make all my own decorations and floral arrangements and I'm doing all the catering to keep the costs down. The lovely people on Freecycle have come up trumps and I've been given glasses, plates and bunting to help me out and even free accommodation in France for our honeymoon. All we have to find is the ferry fare.

Anyway the big day is just after my 50th birthday in June so it'll be a double celebration for me. I can't wait.
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- BazzaGO

Thursday, October 03, 2013, 9:01:16 AM- Flood
Well, I got flooded out last Saturday night/Sunday morning. Due to the Council's incompetence we have drains that can't cope with the flow of water from heavy rain. I've lost everything that was stored in the garage from my move in March, including fridge-freezer, big freezer, tumble drier, dishwasher, a new kitchen, worktops, furniture, pc tower, photos, antiques ... the list goes on. Everything was soiled by rain and sewage water. It even got past the threshold to my house and ruined stuff. Depressed? Just a bit! And now there's more thunder, lightning and very heavy rain so I'm expecting to be hit again. The council couldn't give a flying fuck. Oh happy days :(
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"contact your insurance ASAP.... over here you need to have flood insurance and they have to replace all damage as it was.... IE: if one stair tread is damaged it needs to be replaced and the entire flight of stairs needs to match in finish... if that can't be done they all need to be refinished..."
- joeytomatoes

Monday, September 02, 2013, 9:43:31 AM- Rollercoaster
I've just had a wonderful 2 weeks with my daughter, stepson and other family members coming to stay. I haven't seen my daughter for a year so it was fantastic to catch up and spend some real quality time with her. It was the first long visit from my step son and we finally connected so hopefully there will be more visits in the future.

After everyone had departed and I'd finished cleaning and tidying from their stay I decided to take a few days off from doing the house up. I was just sat at my desk, watching an old episode of Game of thrones when I felt like I'd been hit across the back of the head by a crow bar. I had double vision and collapsed in a heap. It was some time before anyone found me in my workshop but I was eventually taken to the doctor, with a very bad headache.
My doctor took one look at me and called an ambulance, fearing that I'd had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. After having a CT scan and lumbar puncture the results were inconclusive so I'm now waiting for an MRI scan. I'm out of hospital now but I'm weak and fuzzy around the edges. If you don't see me around for a while don't worry .... I'm probably comatose in the workshop ;) xx
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 10:30:13 AM- Today is not a good day
After having a couple of relatively minimally painful weeks, today my body has decided to keep me from moving. Everything hurts, from my fingers to my toes. The morphine and other painkillers aren't working at all and all I want to do is throw myself off a cliff ....except I can't even get out of the bed!! lol I've been an all you can eat buffet for horse flies while I've been working outside too. I'm covered in massive, itchy, red welts and I can't even reach around to scratch my back today. Grrrr!! The worst bites are on my back but I also have them on my legs,ankles and toes and they itch like a bastard. Grrrr!!

Anyway enough of my woes .....

WHEN I'M 100,

The family wheeled Grandma out on the lawn, in her wheelchair,
where the activities for her 100th birthday were taking place.
Grandma couldn't speak very well, but she would write notes when she needed to communicate.
After a short time out on the lawn, Grandma started leaning off to the right, so some family members grabbed her, straightened her up, and stuffed pillows on her right.
A short time later, she started leaning off to her left, so again the family grabbed her and stuffed pillows on her left.
Soon she started leaning forward, so the family members again grabbed her and then tied a pillowcase around her waist to hold her up.
A nephew who arrived late came up to Grandma and said, 'Hi, Grandma, you're looking good! How are they treating you?'
Grandma took out her little notepad and slowly wrote a note to the nephew.......
'Bastards won't let me fart.'
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"I would so love to scratch your back and body ...and apply copious amounts of lotion on your whole body ...that would be a treat for me"
- bodymaster4u2

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:45:05 PM- Funeral
Today's the day I say my final farewell to my bestie, Sue. At 3pm (Friday) she will make her final journey to her resting place. We won't cry or be sad ... we'll sing and celebrate a beautiful person's short life.
I'm eternally thankful that I had the pleasure of knowing her in this life and I look forward to meeting her again in the next.
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"sad times and yet happy tiems as you remember her life and treasure and begin to store all the shared memories of time well spent together xxx"
- newromantic

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