Monday, February 06, 2017

A trip to the land of the East Saxons and I am recently returned bearing gifts and news of strange portents across the land. Yes, my mother had the BBC news on again and I endured their selected stories for the masses. I stopped off at Beers of Europe to pick up a few supplies on my way back and this should keep me going over the next couple of weeks. Mind you, I am off this week and no need to observe work hours...

Primarily British stouts and porters plus one nod to the USA. I usually buy German and Belgian beers but this time I opted for darker beers and from breweries I don't often see available.

For my week off I plan to get some work completed around the house, throw out the accumulated rubbish including some stuff to the charity shop, some modelling and I have an appointment with human (remains) resources for the new job. It will all be done at a sedate pace as I will be in holiday mode. After the family get together over the weekend it will be nice to put my feet up and relax as well. The 310 miles round trip isn't particularly onerous but when every village has a speed limit of thirty, plus numerous roundabouts and the inevitable agricultural vehicles plus Sunday drivers... I was glad to get home. I did look longingly at camper vans parked up in lay-bys as I passed them and thought how lucky they are to park up, brew up some tea and relax. Hopefully the next time I pop down to see my mother I may be doing the same. Mind you, having been behind a couple of them during my journey I realised they are slow but I guess at my age I shouldn't be haring about in the fast lane. The last time I popped down I forgot to bring my phone charger and I bought a cheap one from the market which, when plugged in blew up. Guess what I forgot again this time?  I charged the phone in the car and otherwise switched it off for a few hours to save the battery plus I didn't want a repeat performance for my Mum's electrics!
I shall crack open a beer, read a good book and put some relaxing music on this evening. Hopefully I will have regenerated my batteries and be fresh for the week ahead.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

                                     The above picture says it all!

The past two weeks of feline wars and little sleep finally caught up with me and I have taken a day off work. The final straws happened yesterday evening with an energetic kitten with diarrhoea decorating the house and an attempt to re home Maisie which could have gone better. Happily the kitten is now recovered although cleaning soft furnishings and bleaching everywhere else has added new fragrances to the house. The re homing involved an introduction to the prospective new house including their dogs... Therein lay the problem as Maisie doesn't mind dogs but the hyperactive pit bull cross wasn't what we expected nor the hamster. We agreed that it wasn't suitable and she came home with me. To be honest, I'd rather keep her and we will attempt to resolve the situation so that all stay home. It might get easier as the weather improves.  So the order of today is a hot shower, lots of tea and, as a consequence of Mindy's bowels, we are in need of more cat litter.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Well... that was a week I have no wish to repeat. The loss of Sandy, a MRI scan not going as planned and a job interview saw my stress levels soaring past eleven on the volume knob. The house feels empty without her presence and lots of things remind us of her. Sadly, her back legs went completely and I had to make the decision at the vet appointment to euthanise her. She had a wonderful life and we spoilt her rotten. When her ashes are returned we intend to scatter them at her favourite spot near the dock.
 The MRI scan did not happen as squeezing my large body into a very narrow tube resulted in a panic attack and I scarpered very quickly. I will focus on gentle exercises and physio techniques to reduce the discomfort because I shan't be attending for any further scans. The job interview is for a hospital liaison post and I have been offered the job. Three days a week and I can cycle or bus to work if required as most of the work will be in A & E (emergency department) or on the wards. Assessing emergency or urgent psychiatric referrals. The days are long and potentially there will be odd weeks where I work four days but I am happy with this. No more case loads and the paper work is significantly less, although targets and stressful difficult decisions are still part of the job.
 So all in all an 'interesting' week which hasn't been improved by the current outbreak of feline wars in the household. Sherlock either hides under our bed or in the garden to escape Maisie who has turned into a monster.  She is asserting her dominance but despite a variety of interventions including felaway she continues to harass and stalk poor Sherlock. Sadly, I think we will have to re-home Maisie because she has started on the other two cats and she is not changing her behaviour. It's a shame because she is a lovely little cat but it may be that she needs to be the only cat in the household. But today the sun is shining and it is relatively mild (Balmy by your standards Scoakat!) so I intend to enjoy the day. I hope your day is a good one too.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

                                    Poor old pooch. Sandy 2003 - 2017. 
      Rest in peace girl, you can fetch all the balls you want now.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

I have a date for the MRI scan for the week after next at 07.30! That's the a.m... Blimey, I must be the first patient that day unless they start at 7 or even 6 a.m! I am not complaining because I would be there at 6 just to make some progress on this problem. After some weeks of little sleep I took time off and I slept for two whole nights of ten hours each. Out like a light as I have spent several weeks where some days I wandered around in a zombie like state. However, pain relief when required, gentle exercises and relaxation is helping out at times. Enough about my health moaning, it is what it is and life goes on. The cool thing is that I might get copies of my MRI and can use it as an avi for social media!

A colleague who is an agency nurse and he was with the team for six months suggested I join an agency; do several months work and take the rest of the time off to relax. He pointed out the benefits:  better money, pay off mortgage early and variety of work. He also suggested working and living away for those several months so I get to see different parts of the UK. It is a tempting prospect albeit a mercenary approach but managers, once you get past their double speak and bullshit, look at the lowest common denominator which is money and number crunching. Perhaps a rethink and change in attitude is required for the next couple of years? We'll see...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A visit to the dentist this morning for my six monthly check up and all is well. My regular dentist was on leave but another impossibly slim Catalan woman had a rummage around my wide open gob. She noted a couple of minor issues but they didn't warrant any interventions and I stated my preference for leaving well alone. She was slightly perplexed by the self removal of  the troublesome tooth and I apologised for not having it to hand for her to examine. No.1 son was somewhat freaked out by it and threw it away much to my annoyance.

I am pleased to have the day off after another sleepless night as I can quietly doze off in my armchair and catch up on much needed sleep. Roll on the MRI scan and hopefully appointments with the physiotherapist otherwise I may have to start sleeping in the armchair as that relieves the discomfort. The downside of that is waking up with two or three cats fast asleep on one!


Sunday, January 01, 2017

                                                       Happy New Year!

A bit late in the day but I made the mistake of burying my nose into research on one particular series of tanks ( Vickers E series which led to the Russian T26 and Polish 7TP tanks). Given that the heavens opened this morning and a damp grey day this afternoon, I opted for a quiet day in with lots of tea and finishing off the chocolates. Hence the hours flew by as I followed up leads, watched videos of old film and dipped into forums and blogs. I may have ordered two more models to add to the stash as I plan to make up a small collection of this particular series of tanks.
No new year resolutions other than enjoying life and avoiding the idiots. If I can do the latter at work I will count it a success!
Wishing you few readers who still pop in here a happy, healthy and fun filled 2017!