August 19th, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy "Belated" Birthday



Birthday Graphics

I didn't forget yesterday, just sadly wasn't well, so had a snooze and when I woke up my sis-in-law phoned for a chat and I totally forgot why I had left my computer on!

Sorry Kuda - Hope that you had a good day, and that life is going a bit easier for you. I miss you being around, so hope you get to pop back soon.

Best wishes for a better year ahead

Cary Grant - Embarrassed for you

New Age Disorder Named


Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!!  Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests itself:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I head towards the garage, I notice post on the porch table that I picked up from the postman earlier.

I decide to go through it before I wash the car.

I put my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the recycling box under the table, and notice that the recycling box is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the recycling first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the postbox when I take out the recycling paper anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my cheque book off the table and notice that there is only one cheque left.

My extra cheques are in the desk in my study, so I go into the house to my desk where I find the cup of coffee I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my cheques but first I need to push the coffee aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The coffee is getting cold, and I decide to make another cup.

As I head toward the kitchen with the cold coffee, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - the flowers need water.

I put the coffee on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers..

I put the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV,I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I put the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn't washed

The bills aren't paid

There is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the kitchen work-surface

The flowers don't have enough water,

There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,

I can't find the remote,

I can't find my glasses,

And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all bloody day and I'm really tired.

I realise this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.....

Don't laugh - if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!
James - silhouette

At Long Last - An Update

Not that there's any real news, but I have been a bit "in and out" so haven't really kept you all up to date with the trauma that's me at present!

On the good news side -

  • Claire is doing well - is now almost back up to full time hours, although some of those are spent working from home ... but she is doing well, and rarely gets super-tired now.  She has been enjoying a "Force" charity return to work thingy.  A charity to support those with cancer, and their families ... she even persuaded Tim to have a couple of massages, so all in all good news.

  • Andrew is already getting organised for his move, sorting out housing, a Church ... so at the moment it's going well ... butterflies have still to arrive!

  • Jiffy is having fun with the better weather - Mum & Dad can keep the back door open, so he can let himself out to bark at the magpies when they land on the neighbours house!  I am sure he sometimes sees invisible rhinoceroses though as he can be charging around more than needed for one bird!

  • Dad still plays the piano at Church every other week - Anne the organist is slowly improving from her cancer ... so they share it, which is great for them both.

Well sadly that's all I can think about on the positive :(  ... so now for the not good news!!

  • Mum is in a lot of pain - she has inflamed one of the tendons in her hip, and despite having an injection she is not much easier.  She is sleeping a lot and is finding movement very hard .. which is really depressing for her.  Sadly she is a bit more intolerant of Dad's poor memory, which causes tension.  He knows it, and accepts it ... until he is having a bad moment, and then it is not easy for either of them.  In calm times they both know that "you only hurt the one you love" ... and sadly being able to snap shows that after 62 years of marriage they are still working well together!  So negative and positive at the same time!

  • I have had to abandon my fence painting - have 1 1/2 sides done ... hope to get the rest done a few planks at a time.

  • I have less than 2 weeks to go now ... and am rapidly losing mobility ... very stiff and achy all the time, despite keeping going as much as possible and taking pain killers as needed.  I have also had to stop wearing my lenses, although have tried a few times, within about 3 hours of them in, despite eye-drops, my eyes feel full of gravel.  I ended up seeing an optician locally as couldn't drive to mine in Bude.  She said that my eyes look ok (so that's good), but that I needed new glasses if I was going to wear them all the time - the cheapest I could get were £400, but I am happy in them ... and am, after all these years, thinking that depending on the diagnosis I may go into glasses full time.

  • Yes, can't drive very far at all - which means my day trip plans with my friend from Church have mostly been missed this summer ... and I had to say I wont be playing in the orchestra concert ... both the drive and the weakness and slowness in my fingers will stop that.

  • Mum & Dad's house and garden are no where near as tidy as I had hoped .... I can't work a full Saturday on it ... even though Jiffy helps!  I have mostly managed to keep the garden about 75% tidy ... as it's good to work outside, but housework has been a  bit sparse ... so don't look at the dust if you pop over for a cuppa ;)

Well that seems about most of what's happening ... in other words not much as I can't do too much, and when I can I can't afford it as I have had to cut my hours back!

Sorry for a  bit of a moan, but mostly this was meant to catch friends back up to date .... and to explain why I am sometimes a bit MIA!!