Brass Monkey Bus Stop & Bitten by the tsetse fly.

Sunday 22nd Nov.
I made it to bed early, had time for a read and turned out the light at 12.30 am. It was still a bit of a shock to be perfectly awake again at 2.55 am.                                                       After a flying visit to the loo I came back and logged on. In amongst the variety of mail it was lovely to see so many likes for  last night’s blog and of course the wonderful comments. I always get some pleasure answering those. I finished what mail there was by 4.50 am and suddenly felt tired again. Rather than go through to my chair, I turned the light out and gave sleep another chance. Sleep accepted and the next time I woke it was 7.09 am. Dn Dn Dn. When was the last time 7.00 am and bed were in the same sentence without Mike’s name being mentioned? (Rhetorical question).                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went through to the kitchen and took my meds, made a coffee to bring back and prepared to go into battle.I grided my lions ( whatever it was they didn’t like it )and dove in.It was no fun.I got to 76, did ten and checked again and it was now 78. I’d do another dozen or so and check, now it was 93. This is not the way it was meant to go.

By 9.00 pm I was on 93 and five minutes later on a resuscitator when Mike walked in. Unbelievable, not even one battle. I went through to join him in the lounge leaving the post to self combust in my absence. Mike may have been up but nothing told me he was awake. I had to catch him at the right moment. I waited until his eyes closed and each time they did I spoke as though I hadn’t noticed. The eyes opened again. When he was ‘compost mental’ I suggested that as he wanted to visit a place for his fish foods which was beyond where we usually ate, why not stop on the way through and have breakfast instead of lunch. I think he agreed. I could taste the bacon already.                       I went to get dressed and carry on with a bit of work while he tried to open the roller blinds on his eyes. I heard him go through to his room a few minutes later.

At 10.15 am we were on our way. We needed to be there before 11.15 am as they stop serving breakfast at the Bells of St Mary’s then. We got there at 10.35 am and paid for our plates. I just had to wait for my tea so I could take a tablet. Once that was done I hoped no-one would get in my way. 3 rashers of bacon, 2 sausages, 3 pieces of fried bread, i fried egg, 1 spoon of scrambled egg, 1 plum tomato and a few beans. Mike had an extra sausage and an extra fried egg but no scrambled egg or tomato. We didn’t make any toast just then. All that bacon on display and I was so restrained.                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was really nice as a change. I had two slices of toast and Mike just 1 afterwards but I got plenty of butter for it and Mike had strawberry jam on his. I finished my cuppa and as Mike went to the loo I stood outside to enjoy an after meal cigarette. I don’t know how Mike’s willpower holds so well. He’s been stopped for 4 weeks now and says he doesn’t mind. I hope I cope that well when my turn comes.

We drove to Criminal Bay and Mike picked up the fish food he needed then as we walked round he chose a couple of Christmas presents. They were really nice. It was quite funny really as Mike often says he doesn’t ‘do’ Christmas and he often says it about birthdays too, yet here he was shopping.                                                                                                 We left there and drove into Rhyl to visit Homies as there was something else he needed, which we got, and then went to Matalan for a look round but neither of us bought anything there. Finally we drove home. I struggled to keep my eyes open on the return journey but it was that or be mocked.                                                                                              We arrived back about 3.00 pm. I made Mike a coffee while he did the flowers from yesterday. Then I went to do a little work. I was up at 166 but couldn’t stay there as Joey had been without company most of the day. As I went back to the lounge Mike was trying to  put the new baize on the card table. I helped and was able to talk to Joey at the same time. That job was finished about 4.00 pm and I had to come back through. Mike got his stuff together and headed home.

I stayed glued to my office chair until 7.30 pm then went for  some tea to take my second lot of tabs. Joey started coming out a bit as I put the TV on so when I came back though at 8.00 pm I left it on for him. There was a film on at 9.00 pm so I had to make a concerted effort to get the numbers down. I managed it but I knew there would be more later. I have to have bloods done at the hospital in the morning so I need to rest a bit better tonight. Of course tomorrow’s work  will pile up while I’m out. It’s the nature of the beast. I went through to watch the film. Damn, I wish I’d learned to read. I thought it finished at 11.10 pm but instead it was 11.45 pm. It was a gallop to come back and complete the blog. We’re looking at 1.00 am bed without touching the mail.

Monday 23rd Nov.

I made it to bed for 1.00 am. I only had about ten minutes with my book before trying to settle. It wasn’t easy but eventually I dropped off. I dropped on again at 3.09 am and was wide awake. There was a sudden need to pass water ( thus proving I’m no witch…….warlock , well there’s no need to be rude).                                                                             Back in my room again I logged on and checked my gmail. Heck there were loads of emails from Yvonne with pictures of Reuben.  It was like she’d been sending them all night. Still as it was only 3.15 am that was a distinct possibility. I was clearing messages until 5.15 am when I went too take my morning meds and scoff some cold toast. I wanted to do the washing but realised I’d have to leave the drier on when I went out and I won’t do that. It’s going to have to wait till Wednesday as I have the hospital this morning and then MuJo are visiting. Tomorrow is my visit to see Yvonne and young toe cruncher.( My toes).

I left the house at 8.10 am and walked to the bust stop which was still chock a’block with the pimplies. It wasn’t long before a school bus came and I saw my bus pull in behind. The driver must have been there for a count of three and I must have been in clear sight in his rear view mirrors hopping up the road with sparks flying from my crutches. He pulled out and beggared off when I was withing 20 feet of his ‘I hope your wheels fall off” bus. Did I mention it was piggin’ freezing this morning? No, then let me mention it now, it  was brass monkey weather,so bad my sheepskin coat was shivering. (OK, poetic licence there, I don’t have a sheepskin). The next bus to arrive did so at 8.35 am. I had to borrow a blowtorch to release my shoes from the pavement. The latest people to arrive at the stop thought I was a statue which is probably why he chap next to me hung his brolly from my arm while he read his paper. Someone carried me aboard the bus.                                                                                                                                   We were in town within 5 minutes and since my appointment wasn’t until 9.00 am I had 20 minutes to get to the hospital. It’s one of those places I have to stop regularly on the journey to remind myself to breathe. Still I got there with 5 minutes to spare and only one person was called before me.

Once released, and I knew I wouldn’t bleed for long as the blood was already frozen in my veins. I could hear it crystalise as I walked back into town. There was a temptation to stop and go round LIDL but I decided as I needed to go to m chemist to get home quickly. This time I only had a 5 minute wait for the bus and I was soon back in Greenfield. I dropped my prescription request off and came home.No need to get chips and curry sauce from Pauline’s as I know I’ll be eating out today and I can call in there tomorrow on my way home providing I’ve been to the loo before getting on the bus.                                                                                                                                                          Since it was barely 9.30 am I had chance to do some work when I got in. No before spending a few minutes talking to Joey though who definitely wasn’t talking to me in return. About 10.30 am I had to break off to go and brush up the seed husk Joey happily scatters about. I didn’t know what time MuJo would appear. It urned out to be about 11.05 am.

I did drinks, passed them  gifts and we chatted for a while before it was time to move off into town.Mu went to the bank and Post Office while I accompanied John on his regular visit to two charity shops. Then the cold was biting so much we took refuge in the chippy where it was wonderfully warm. The cold had hit my kidneys and I needed a wee so I headed for the loo to be presented with an ‘Out of Order’ sign on the gents. Oh how I wish I was wearing my kilt….wait a minute, it’s bloody freezing out there, no I don’t. The ladies wasn’t occupied so I went in there and locked the door…firmly.When I came out I checked my skirt wasn’t caught in my panties and went to our table. Mu joined us pretty quickly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After eating we took a walk down to the third charity shop.While MuJo were inside I spotted a game of Trivial Pursuit in the window. It was a special edition which I thought might have more questions. MuJo came out as I was finishing a cigarette so I said I was going back in to look at the game. Instead, they went in and bought it and another different one. They refused to let me pay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Leaving there we headed back up town towards the car. I needed to call in a shop to see if they had any farm animals, but before we got there we called into a hardware shop that sells decorations. John wanted a couple of birds ( don’t we all?) for his tree. They also saw an LED plant that radiated colour in waves, it was nice. While they looked for the birds I paid for the plant. I got the lady to give it to them as a prize before they left to save arguments but it turns out they really aren’t as green as they’re cabbage looking.(Damn). I managed to get the farm animals and we went to the car.

Next stop Flint. Mu wanted ALDI so I bought chocolates for Temptations there. Once she had what she wanted we drove over to Temptations and went in. Mu ordered the drinks and I said hello to Ceri, Sian and Kyle and handed the chocs over. We enjoyed the warmth though it certainly wasn’t as cold in Flint.                                                                  From there we paid a visit to Homies and to BuM where we all picked up a little something. It wasn’t catching though so you’re all safe.                                                                            We drove home again. John had some cake to take with his tablets and we chatted a while before they left to visit his mother who’s well into her nineties now. That was about 3.30 pm. I waved them off at the door and it had just started raining. John said “You know the photo of Ju in the ‘Love’ frame?” I told him I did. All the time he was walking away up the path. “Well when you get back in, you’ll find a £20 note for the flower. We’re not having you pay that out as well as everything else.”                                     They were too far away for me to argue but I have the memory of an elephant and you can believe it doesn’t stop here !!

I started work on the piled up mail, taking a break from 5.15 pm to 6.30 pm. Then I came back and caught up so at 8.00 pm I was free for DIY SOS The Big Build. I was a wreck as the second story was a man who lost his wife to cancer much as I lost Ju only he had 6 young children all in a 2 bedroom house. The finished product was amazing as it was now a 6 bedroom house, a fantastic open plan downstairs with a great kitchen and a wonderful garden with playhouses and sheds for the children as well as a football pitch. Seeing people cry affects me so I was almost blubbering as I came back to my room at 10.00 pm to put the finishing touches to my day. I need windscreen wipers on these glasses.

Cold Day in Colwyn Bay.

Cold Day in Colwyn Bay.

Just before the explorer fell in the sea. Man Overboard!

Just before the explorer fell in the sea. Man Overboard!

Tuesday 24th Nov.

I son’t know whether there were remnants of last night’s DIY SOS in my brain or whether I dreamed while asleep but I was convinced Julia was in the other room in bed when I woke. That was at 2.49 am. It’s  3.18 am now and it’s taken until now to realise it’s not true. I don’t know whether I’m more grateful to the period where I believed she was back or now when I know the truth. Either way, there’s a huge void inside me and it’s Ju shaped. She’d have been so excited we’re seeing Yvonne and Reuben today and excited at the thought of maybe more Christmas shopping.She loved this time of the year and buying presents. She was the kindest of people, always thinking of others. Photographs of her surround me and I daren’t  look up yet.

I signed into gmail while all this thinking was going on. Despite what’s thought men can multi task (cough) and I was answering or generally dealing with mail. By 3.40 am I’d temporarily cleared gmail and was working on Talktalk stuff which still comes in despite nothing going out from there to friends now. That only took ten minutes and I signed into ebay. I knew I had time for a few fun searches. I needed them. At 4.00 am though I went to take my meds and make a coffee.                                                                       By 4.30 am I was back complete with coffee, ready to do battle if necessary. It was actually fairly steady going until the dread hour 6.10 am when the floodgates opened.     I worked hard to hold the flood back but when I had to stop at 7.15 am there were more than I had started with. I started to get my coat on and get the bag of gifts for the new baby I was taking with me. With candles in jars in there I had to watch the bag didn’t swing into my shins while I walked.                                                                                               Shouting goodbye to Joey I locked up and started out towards the bus stop. I was lucky not to make itall the way there before the bus pulled in beside me at the kerb. Howard saving me from the rain.

I nodded for most of the journey which was good as the journey goes much quicker. In Chester Yvonne and Reuben weren’t waiting fir me so I started walking in the direction they were coming from and having a cigarette as I did so. I met up with them soon enough.  Unsurprisingly enough for a man with a bladder the size of a pea, I wanted to pee. We went into a Cafe Nero for our morning drink as our usual shop wasn’t open for another ten minutes and Yvonne didn’t think the current rain was enough for me to decorate the pavement and no-one would understand if I walked round with a look of sheer bliss on my face. So, I went to the loo in the cafe and then refilled straight away with a pot of tea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 When we came out our shop was open so we went in to buy some things for Yvonne’s hospital bag. I was carrying the stuff and was heartened to hear from Yvonne that we weren’t going to have an argument about paying for these items today. I was pleased right up until the moment we argued. She said she meant we weren’t going to argue because SHE was paying !!! I can’t help it if I didn’t understand. I thought her statement lacked clarity. I took the easy way out by pushing her over, pinching her debit card and paying myself. Much easier than arguing. I did buy some slippers as part of  a stocking prezzie. In another shop I got a couple of silly gifts to go into a stocking too. There are times the stocking is much more fun than the main gift.

Time ran out and I had to go to the bus stop. Reuben helped by holding onto my crutch, trouble was he was lifting and moving it in direct opposition to the rhythm of my walk and I was all over the place. I didn’t have time to visit the loo before departing either so I’d be relying on willpower. I wasn’t feeling very well and was looking forward to nodding off on the bus.I managed that fine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At the other end I had to decide how urgently I needed a pee. It was too urgent for the chippie but not quite so urgent that I couldn’t call in at Pauline’s quickly. The trouble was, when I’d got what I wanted a small queue had formed at the counter.  By the time I’d got out we were going into Def Com 3 and the need was more urgent. By the time I got home I was hopping up and down on the step trying to get my key in the lock, and the hopping didn’t help. As the door opened I flew, dropping shopping around me and leaving the door ajar with keys in. Anyone hearing the cries of relief would have wondered just what was happening. I came back,  took my keys out of the lock and closed the door. I picked up the shopping and put away in the freezer some things I had bought. I took my coat off and carried the rest of the shopping to the kitchen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Joey was my next priority. I opened his cage door, talking to him all the time. Being ignored as usual but at least he didn’t fly off in fear. His seed and water were changed and then I could go and see to me lunch. When I walked into the kitchen he started talking but when I leaned through to talk back he shut up again. When my lunch was ready I took it through and sat with the TV on low. He flew out of the cage and parted my hair but as usual he wouldn’t land. He did start talking to me though.                          After lunch at about 1.30 pm I came to work on the mail. 142 pieces (Thanks folks) and stayed until 5.00 pm then took a break till 6.30 pm. When I came back I caught up onm the rest pretty quickly so at 9.00 pm I could watch an historical programme on Prince Arthur and his murder by or at the behest of King John. I’m so sorry I watched it. Experts talking on the likelihood of who did it and how it was done. Different historians and their opinions, forensic psychologist to talk about John’s ability to do such a thing ( they were joking-right?). You might have well as said, Arthur was killed. No body was found but it was in John’s interest for it to happen since Arthur had a better claim to the throne. Only he didn’t….Richard on his deathbed declared John his heir and since Arthur had never visited England and spoke only French the English didn’t want him. Case closed.

I had time to work on the blog and will be able to finish the rest of the mail afterwards. Some better sleep tonight I hope.

In the doghouse?

In the doghouse?

Keep rockin' or the polar bear gets it.

Keep rockin’ or the polar bear gets it.

LYRICS:

Oh What will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future?
Say the brown bells of Merthyr
Who made the mine owner?
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the grim bells of Blaina
Put the vandals in court
Say the bells of Newport
All would be well if, if, if, if
Say the green bells of Cardiff
Why so worried sisters? Why?
Sang the silver bells of Wye
And what will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
Oh What will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future?
Say the brown bells of Merthyr
Who made the mine owner?
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the grim bells of Blaina

Wednesday 25th Nov

Well, the light went out at midnight after just a short read. I think I was bitten by the tsetse fly again yesterday and the sleeping sickness was upon me. It’s not like I didn’t take advantage of the bus ride to sleep.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was 3.49 am when I woke this morning so I was quite pleased. That’s getting on for 4 hours continuous.  I put my dressing gown on, turned on the light, powered up the computer, cleared my chair…..and nipped to the loo. When I got back, everything was ready for me. I started on the mail and when that was cleared at 5.11 am I went through to the kitchen and took my meds. I had my usual cold toast , put the washing machine on (it was heavy so I took it off again) and brought my coffee back to work. I just had time to clear what was there before the day’s deluge started.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And boy did it start. I worked through till 10.00 am and still had 54 to go.  I watched Homes Under the Hammer with Joey who was obviously excited about some of them then came back to work some more only to find I was up to 77 now.

I was going to start again when there was a knock at the door. It was a pretty young lady from the gas board come to read the meters. The one outside was no problem but the gas meter inside had to be unburied. I’m supposed to be on the list for a smart meter but I dread to think how long the list is.                                                                                            At 11.20 am  I’d finished with her and made an attempt to clear some of the post. Then the post man turned up with a parcel for me and as I had to go through to the kitchen to open it I stayed for lunch. Lamb’s liver and onions with baby boiled potatoes.                                                                                                                                                                           At 1.00 am I returned to work and found myself back up near 100. I worked solidly till 3.25 pm and was finally- though temporarily- clear. Yay. My timing was perfect as the doorbell rang and my drug mule was there. I swapped the drugs for a box of chocs and went to put them away.                                                                                                                       There was no point in going back to work as I needed to have a general tidy up before Dil arrived. He did so at 4.20 pm. I made a cuppa for him and we watched Flog It as we chatted and then our quiz, Pointless. With our memories it seems like it might be .

When 6.00 pm arrived off went the TV, out came the table with it’s new baize covering and we started gaming. The first game of Yahtzee Dil won 4-2. I don’t know whether he wanted a second game to thrash me again but I’m going to be generous and say it was to give me a chance. Well, I took it and I won 4-2 this time. We settled on the draw. We opened the 20th Anniversary edition of Trivial Pursuits which was one of the two MuJo had bought me on Monday. It was much more difficult to play than the original which is where our memories reside. But, there were two highlights to the game when I answered a sports question to get my orange segment and then when I answered a second one to win the game and Dil’s jaw dropped as he was sure I wouldn’t know it.                                                                                                                                                                                    This game had taken a lot longer to play than usual so it wasn’t worth starting another game. Instead Dil left about 10 minutes early. I don’t blame him of course as he comes here straight from work and hasn’t eaten. He must be tired and tonight his leg was giving him some gyp too so I’m sure he’d be glad to rest it. Anyway, it just meant I could do my victory dance a bit earlier.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I tidied up, washed the pots and tucked Joey in for the night then came through to work. Plenty of mail waiting again which I did first tonight. I started the blog at 11.00 pm and think I’ll make it to bed for midnight.

A take out lunch.

A take out lunch.

Look Mum,I'm a statue.

Look Mum,I’m a statue.

Thursday 26th Nov.

I don’t remember going to sleep last night. It may have been I was out for the count before my head hit the pillow. I’d put the light out at 12.10 am as I couldn’t concentrate to read. This morning it was a memorable time when I woke, 3.33 am. I paid a swift visit to the Piddle Palace and came back to log on. I had post enough to keep me going until 4.10 am so I chose that time to take my meds, have some breakfast and make my coffee. When I returned about 4.40 am there was more. OK, I could live with that. It held me until 6.00 am.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   At that point I decided to make the best of my break and take a cruise snooze. Fat chance!! It’s pitch black and Joey chirped at the vital moment and looking at the screen I see someone left the tap running. I dived in but still the level rose. I was still at it at 8.30 am when I had to stop to get dressed. I needed to go to Pauline’s for bread and my lottery tickets.I admit I’ve considered throwing my hand in if they keep ignoring my numbers like this. It’s getting to feel personal.

I got back at 9.20 am and took the bread to the kitchen. It was light enough now to let Joey out. I opened his door and he hopped up to the next bar and tucked himself quietly into a corner. I stood talking to him but got no  response so I moved away to the kitchen door and tried again. Still nothing. I’ll have to hope that maybe the TV going on at 10.00 am will bring him to life. It did. Bring him to life that is. I was fading away ready to doze and he was full of the joys of spring.                                                               After our programme I went back to work for a while as more stuff had com in the hour I was away. It took me till 11.45 am to do it and then I had to run and peel my sweet potatoes for lunch. Today I was especially thankful for bangers and mash. Joey on the other hand seemed to disapprove as he gave me a right roasting when I went to eat it. Of course he could have been complaining that I’d made him miss the start of Bargain Hunt.                                                                                                                                                 I was close to missing the end of it as my eyes seemed to want to close. I fought back and went to my room to see if more messages had come through. They had, so I didn’t  let them mount up. I kept making things worse for myself though by looking at all the Black Friday offers I’d been sent. In the end I ordered something from ebay that wasn’t in the Black Friday offers but I hoped would make a good Christmas gift.

By 3.00 pm the mail boxes were clear again and I could feel my eyelids going ready for internal inspection. I went through and sat in my chair,said hello to Joey and zonked. I was only out for 40 minutes but I felt so refreshed. There was a residual headache though but I think that was down to the disapproving one continually having a very loud conversation with the bird in the mirror who annoys him dreadfully.                                                                                                                                                                                                I cleared a few more messages before 5.15 pm and quiz time arrived. It was at half past six when the second quiz was over when I found out my organisational skills were lacking. I checked what time I was due back in the lounge (if at all) for another programme. I found I had just half an hour to work and then things to watch from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. First The Antiques Road Trip for an hour then One about a lawyer ( Garrow’s Law I think?) and then the next episode of The Last Kingdom. It’s like tasking a holiday only as we know holidays have to be paid for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I came back at 10.00 pm to start work on the blog and to clear the newest emails. Then at 10.45 pm Mike arrived and my plans took a nose dive rapidly. We both wanted to hear the news of the other and Mike’s week has been very active. I finally packed him off to have a coffee but there’s now no chance of bed before midnight. If I’m very lucky it might be half past the witching hour.

Friday 27th  Nov

I made it to bed for 12.30 am- just. Reading was limited to just half an hour before the light went off though.  I was up again at 2.20 am while my pea sized bladder did it’s work and for the time it took me to convince my body I wasn’t quite done with sleeping as it thought I should be.  At least I had time for a cigarette during the debate. I returned to bed and lay staring at the wall in defiance, determined that Somnos was not to win. I fell asleep again. I got up at 3.44 am and this time there was no going back.

Friday mornings being what they are I went to the kitchen as soon as the bladder had made it’s presence known again. I took my meds and sprays then prepared my cup for coffee and brought my drug drawer through. I added the new drugs that had come on Wednesday and then sorted the next week’s drugs out in the meds tray. At about 4.30 am I returned to the bedroom and powered up and logged on.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 There were quite a few messages in my gmail but there was time enough to deal with them before the deluge. I made a start. One of the odd things I noticed was a lack of Black Friday offers considering this was the day. Still, there was time, no doubt they’d arrive at 6.10 am. Only at 6.10 am just one message arrived in gmail and two on my Talktalk. I  dealt with them and sat twiddling my thumbs. At 6.15 am they were there. 104 for starters. It took until 9.50 to get clear enough to say good morning to Joey and take Mike a coffee. They both ignored me.

At 10.00 am I turned Homes Under the Hammer on and naturally Mike chose that moment to come in. Yawning, twitching and one hand seemingly doing a count of the body parts he deems important…..and I don’t mean his eyes. At the end of the hour he still hadn’t finished his first coffee. I had to return to my room and Mike had to get ready to go out. The work was still coming in .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mike left about 11.15 am to go to Manchester . I decided if I had a rare chips and curry sauce (cough) I could afford to stay here until midday, so that’s what I did. Joey and I watched Bargain Hunt and I finally think I have it figured, he loves the theme music to my shows and the exit music but can’t stand the bits in between.  Once it was over my eyes were on autopilot and closed. An hour and five minutes I was out so I had to dash back to work yet again and play catch up.                                                                                 In between bits of work  I wrote some more Christmas cards ready for those to go abroad. The nearer Yvonne gets to having the baby the more likely I am to forget. I now know that the baby is breech too which is a tiny worry. If it can’t be turned beforehand they’ll have to do a caesarian between Christmas and the New Year. At least someone is still making sure I get my Capricorn.

At 5.00 pm I went back to the lounge and readied myself for the quiz, so I had some tea and settled down in my chair. Joey was dive bombing me then going back to his cage and saying “Joey Joey” in a very self congratulatory way. I missed a few questions that way.                                                                                                                                                      After the show was over I knew my other quiz wouldn’t be on as they extend The Dancing Show to an hour on a Friday. I went back to work until 7.00 am. I had a text from Mike at just gone 6.00 pm to say he was on his way so maybe he’d be here to share the Antiques Road Trip with me.                                                                                                          During my messaging I had a reply from a lovely friend to say she didn’t know I was in Wales and that her church had sent a couple of missionaries over here some weeks ago. They were still here. I didn’t think anything of it at the time but all of a sudden I burst out laughing. It hit me…….Missionaries here, do they think we’re not civilised yet? I can imagine them hacking their way through the bush of someone’s ornamental pampas grass or bamboo only to be captured by the natives and eaten, or at least forced to eat pysgod a sglodian ( fish and chips) or bara brith. In fact, maybe that’s why they’re still here. I wish I’d thought of it while  I was answering her.

I went to the lounge at 7.00 pm and was horrified that the programmes had been changed and my Antiques Road Trip wasn’t on, instead they’d put the dancing show on later. I was still sulking at 7.20 pm when Mike arrived back. I made his coffee and we chatted a few minuted before Question of Sport came on. This was followed by Mastermind and at 8.30 pm I went for a shower.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           At 9.00 pm I had Have I got News For You for  a bit of light relief. It was very funny tonight. After it was over it was a case of locking the bird in his cage to a sound bollocking and telling Mike I’d be back later for my tabs. Off back to the slave labour then. At least I’ll be able to get an early night.

I'm checking where I've been not where I'm going.

I’m checking where I’ve been not where I’m going.

Yes, you hold on tight Daddy, I'll keep you safe.

Yes, you hold on tight Daddy, I’ll keep you safe.

Saturday 28th Nov

I got my early night and was in bed by 11.35 pm after doing my legs. I read until 12.45 am and then settled for sleep. I didn’t wake until 4.39 am this morning, with no overnight trips to the loo. That’s great.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Saturdays being what they are- busy- I turned the computer on, went through to the loo, washed my face and hands then headed straight for the kitchen to take my meds and have breakfast. At the same time I ran over my shopping list to see if I’d missed anything. I brought a coffee back to the bedroom and did as much as I could for half an hour before taking time out to get dressed. By the time I’d done that, my outstanding post had gone from 17 to 93 and was gaining ground. I was able to do a few more before Mike’s alarm went off and it was time to head back to the kitchen to make him a drink.                                                                                                                                                                When I took the coffee in I woke him and let him know it was there just before his alarm went off for the second time. Panic had caused me to return to work. At 7.00 am Mike’s alarm went off for the fourth time and I had no choice but to remind him not to forget his drink and to tell him the time. I couldn’t return to work as I needed to get the food waste and the recycling bags out, making sure a good cold draught hit Mike’s bedroom. He went through to the lounge. I allowed myself another quarter hour of work before being prepared with my coat and bags. Mike was getting dressed in his room and after my prompting I didn’t want him being ready first. His morning score was A-4 C-2.

We made it out for 7.30 am by some miracle then Stirling Moss had us at the Supermarket by 7.50 am. As usual he got the trolley while I got my cash. First think was a new supply of sweet potatoes then it was time to choose the flowers. We needed a full change this week so got 3 bunches of mixed to display together. I picked up some teeshirts for Reuben but the rest of the shop wasn’t important really.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After coffee we visited a LIDL not too far away to get some of their bread rolls then rolled on into Flint as usual. I picked up a few items from my fave shops then we took  the chocolates to Temptations and had our drinks and Mike’s teasted toecake. After there we went to another shop where Mike did some of his Christmas shopping and bought himself a pair of shoes. That necessitated three more shops on the look out for some innersoles he needed. For some reason I wasn’t feeling too grand this morning . We drove over to Prestatyn for lunch and we were quite a bit later than usual which didn’t help me much, but it was a nice lunch anyway.

It wasn’t too much longer before we were able to set off home. Joey was a bit disgruntled at being left captive so long but he did forgive us eventually. Once the shopping was away I came through to work. It was 3.00 pm. Mail up to  187 by then I did what I could. I still wasn’t feeling good but I think I discovered why. I was tired. So tired that I nodded off over the keyboard ( please Somnos don’t let me have sent out any idiot mil again). What was worse was waking up at 4.45 pm and thinking it was in the morning. I heard Mike go to the loo and I went to check on him and heard the TV going in the lounge. When he returned I asked if he hadn’t been to bed yet. He was looking very smug as he’d been through and seen me asleep (and snoring according to him). Luckily I couldn’t have been out above half an hour, but half an hour wasted.  I was due in the lounge at 5.20 pm to see Mastermind and give Mike some company so I didn’t manage miracles with the mail. I stayed there until 6.40 pm then was allowed back to work until 8.00 pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Then it was time for the Murdoch Mysteries and Murder in Paradise which took me until 10.20 pm when I was free to come and attack the blog post and anytime I have left I’m free to work on the outstanding 93 messages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The weather here is still cool, windy and wet. I don’t know if there’s any improvement on the cards. I hope so.

Wishing you all a Wonderful New Week with dreams come true and Hugs galore.

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  1. Hehehehe, great effort in hopping to the bus and crutches sending off sparks – priceless ☺ – I guess the bus wheels didn’t fall off soon after its brazen departure without you and your next bus ride was a nicer adventure despite somebody else’s brolly hanging off your arm and your body being picked up and carried onto the bus like a frozen statue – you portray the impossible so possible ☺ Well in any case that particular hospital visit out alright it seems despite your blood freezing in your veins ☺ Bless Yvonne for sending you all those wonderful photos of Reuben – such delights! Have a wonderful week and perhaps this will be the one when your turn will come to ditch the ciggies – it’s been six months for me and never looked back – when I get tempted with friends puffing away around me I just start thinking how stinky and not-at-all-tasty they are😀 I wonder if I will hold onto to this? Massive hugs!

    • Good luck with continued NOT smoking, Inavukic. I’m proud of you! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Ina. I don’t think the departing bus had it’s wheels fall off either but we take a different route so it’s still a possibility I can cling to.
      I think it’s Wednesday I find out about the blood tests as I have a diabetic clinic that day. First I have to face a chest clinic tomorrow and you just know the subject is going to come up. Even now I can hear the smugness in Mike’s voice as he tells me the drug that’s helped him and he hasn’t smoked in 5 weeks now. He knows I’m going to have to mention it. He says how much he can smell it now he’s stopped and he’s amazed he never noticed it before.
      Six months is an amazing time, you’ve done so well. I hope you continue to hold off. It’s when I’m on here I smoke the most, I do it automatically.It will be very hard.
      I hope you have a great week and it doesn’t slip by unnoticed as the weeks seem to be doing on the run up to Christmas.
      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

      • David – we all seems to have same habits sitting before the screen, typing away, googling away, reading away – and a pack of smokes goes without notice…you will know when it’s your turn and it needs to be your decision if there’s going to be one – there are plenty who never stop and get to live a long life…I know what you mean re questions and mentions when at the doctor’s…didn’t like that part either…my lungs by the way were “perfect” when I stopped despite smoking for over 40 year…perhaps limiting the number of places where you smoke, cutting some out…may be the way for you too as it was for me and then gradually cutting out …different people different ways but Mike is right – when you stop you really smell the buggers😀 I hope I last – I am determined to but at my age determination can be a bit fickle at times Have a great week xxxxxxxxx

      • I think the biggest problem is that I enjoy smoking and don’t WANT to give up even if I NEED to. The biggest fear is the likelihood of weight gain which I don’t want. Mike is having success on his giving up but he’s complaining about an increase in girth and a problem doing his trousers up.
        Determination may be more fickle at our age but I think we’re more determined than the younger element.Having got this far I’m sure you’ll be fine especially with the thought of the smell to push you on.
        xxx Hugs Galore xxx

      • Yes they say weight gain can be a problem but if one turns into a “rabbit” and chews on carrots rather than biscuits – all good! :))))) I completely understand what it means to like the “ciggies” and enjoy them🙂

  2. David I’m sure it gives you a terrible mix of feelings to see Julia… I believe she is trying to send you comfort.
    It was fun to see the Abba song, & Gladys — you know I love her & the Pips!
    Joey seems to be coming along. The pics of Reuben were particularly gorgeous. Mega hugs my friend.🙂

    • Dear Teagan, you’re right. It’s a terrible mix of feelings. I sorely miss having someone there to share my thoughts with and laugh with or moan to when things don’t go quite right. I’m guessing that’s pretty natural. So feeling Ju is there when I first wake and then finding she isn’t – no-one is, is a crushing blow.
      Thank you for enjoying some of the music with me. I always listen to the full song when I put it on and then often carry on listening to others while I work,if they’re not too distracting. You know how much I like Gladys too.
      When I was in the lounge last night I couldn’t help but laugh at how Joey chattered and threw out his name in case we forgot. He is coming on albeit slowly.
      I’m glad you liked the pictures.
      xxx Humongous Hugs to you xxx

  3. Mostly I’m chuckling over your not at all concealed horror of ‘the dancing show’ David. I love a good dancing show and follow several of them most happily [apologies for such bad language]. Thank you for continuing to tweet for me – I still can’t access my account for anything and have given up trying to get in. I’m a tweetless twitterer. Have a great week – I hope everything goes well for you xoxo

    • Hello Pauline, I’m sorry to hear how afflicted you’ve become with the dancing shows, all those women with bunions in their future, ouch ouch.
      I’m always happy to tweet for you. It’s strange how you can’t access things there. I’m pretty sure there’s an ointment for tweetless twitterers these days.
      I wish you a truly wonderful week where nothing goes wrong..
      xxx Sending Massive Hugs xxx

  4. David
    Always a pleasure to read your offerings

    Best to You

    john

  5. A busy week, hope all goes well at the clinic.

  6. Thought you sparkled this week. You had me chuckling throughout with your witty asides although I know what you mean about watching programmes where people cry. I end up blubbing more than them.
    XX HUG XX

  7. Laine Jensen

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, David, but I think it’s sweet that you can still ‘blubber’ with compassion for others. I’ll look for some ‘windscreen wipers’ for you glasses. lol! Hugs and Smiles, Laine🙂

    • I’m an old softie Laine. I do think it’s difficult not to cry when others do so and amazing kindnesses to hit my weak spots. Windscreen wipers for my glasses sound just perfect unless you happen to have a lifetime supply of Kleenex tissues handy.
      Thanks for dropping in.
      xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

  8. I do love how you manage to write about the everyday mundane and then slip in a one-two punch to the heartstrings. Life is like that and your blog mirrors it perfectly. Stay well, David, and enjoy those moments in between being fully asleep and awake – our lost loves are always with us and they pick these moments to remind us. xo

    • My second compliment of the day, thanks so much Mel.
      I’m indestructable . Those few moments between sleep and wakefulness tear me apart because that’s when I think someone’s there and realise they’re not..Once I’ve accepted the other room is empty I’m ready to take on the day. I once woke Ju just to talk and I think she’s enjoying sweet revenge for that.
      Have a fantastic week, hopefully without any nasty weather.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  9. Love your humour, I am sitting here wondering what you would put in my stocking as you really seem to think about it a lot and match the presents to people xxx have a good week and try not looking at any screens for 30 minutes before bed, just read a book not kindle and see if that makes a difference to your sleeping pattern as it has mine. Xxx

    • Thank you. I’m not sure yet but you can bet it would include at least a miniature Baileys and some chocs. Maybe some dot to dot books to keep you occupied and some luminous stars for the bedroom ceiling.
      I always read a book as I don’t have a kindle except on the PC and I find that a beggar to take to bed., mind you it would be the most active thing I’ve had in bed for years if I did (including me).
      I’m guessing if you followed my sleep pattern you wouldn’t make a jumper.
      Have a Great Week,
      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

      • Lol I’m liking stars on the ceiling but what about the mirrors! Lol lol
        You are very safe with booze and chocolates, must remember to buy some Baileys nearer the time. I have decided to not buy any more after eights as I have eaten two boxes. I can always find chocolates when i have hidden them but never other things!
        Have a good week and be good xxxxx

      • If I got you mirrors for the ceiling we’d have to say you slept in a ‘Boodwar’ then not a bedroom.
        I was cross with myself this weekend. I had a message to say two boxes of After 8’s for £1 for Black Friday weekend.No way could I remember where it was on Saturday morning when I was out.
        If you have a B & M store near you or a Poundland, the Whittaker’s Mint cremes, Coffee cremes and strawberry cremes are gorgeous. Don’t but them too early, they never last.
        xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

      • Oooooo coffee creams mmmmm

      • They’re nice too.
        xxx Hugs xxx

  10. After reading about that breakfast I had to go down and cook up some bacon. Unfortunately there was no sausage in the house but that was some meal you had there..:)
    You manage your struggles with such determination and with a positive spirit. You are truly an inspirations, David.
    God Bless…stay well.

    • Oh, the sausage is only an added extra if there’s bacon in the house George and to be honest it was the fried bread I’ve been tasting in my dreams for ages. Apart from my mictrowave I only use the grill. It’s a standing joke here that the cooker is known as the library as I once put some books in there to get them out of my way. Otherwise I’d be able to do breakfasts like that at home..
      I think I’m just to contrary to pop my clogs so it’s more a pain than an inspiration.
      Look after yourself
      Hugs

  11. Thinking about the way bladders rule our social lives—you don’t know you’re born! At least men can pee on any street corner (yes, just like dogs). In a country where public toilets have yet to be invented, and where the toilets in cafés need a health warning slapping on the door, women daren’t venture further than a bladder from their own homes. All these wonderful ideas about picnics and days out in the countryside, unless there is true empty countryside without a gang of farm workers round the corner of every field, you can count me out!

    • You mean there are no public facilities for Ladies and no public health code for cafes?That’s awful. I sympathise. Nowadays when anyone asks me for directions it’s not via all the pubs (turn left at the Bull’s Head) it’s by where the public loos are. I have them fixed in my head for miles up and down the coast.
      xxx Gigantic Hugs Jane xxx

      • I exaggerate. In town there are a few modern public loos, but not many and the facilities in traditional cafés are not to be recommended. But once you get out of the city, you’d be hard pressed to find a loo anywhere. I remember that the department stores all used to have splendid facilities. They don’t encourage that kind of thing here.

      • In cities you tend to get these capsule loos these days. The Victorian ones you went underground to have all but disappeared. Cafe’s still seem to have them and in the main they’re well kept. In town it tends to be cafe’s mainly and again they’re often OK but department stores don’t seem to have them any more unless they have a cafe or maybe a baby changing station. I’d say we’re pretty alike except perhaps for the state of the ones in cafe’s. Perhaps the public health officials clamp down more here on those.
        Mike went to a public loo today and found three of the four toilets were vandalised. Luckily it was as we were due to eat so there was a loo in the pub.A shame people have to find pleasure in creating damage like that.
        xxx Super Hugs xxx

      • Vandalism of any kind is difficult for most people to understand, but vandalising a toilet? Why?

      • The only reason I can come up with is for the pleasure of making life difficult for anyone in need.There are some sick minds out there.
        xxx Hugs xxx

  12. I laughed and cried reading your post this week, David. I can’t imagine how you must have felt first thinking your wife was nearby and then knowing that she wasn’t. Massive hugs. xxxx
    The Reuben photos were wonderful.
    Good luck with your medical tests!
    Judy Collins does a beautiful version of The Bells of Rhymney.
    Wishing you a wonderful week!

    • That moment before I’m fully awake has me thinking many things.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the Reuben pics, he should get poser of the year award.
      Thank you. As they’re both reviews really I don’t expect them to be any problem. Maybe a minor change in meds.Noting more.
      I adore Judy Collins but haven’t heard a version of that. I shall look it up today. Thank you.
      Have a wonderful week Merril.
      xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

  13. have a good week David. Sounds awful waking up and realising there’s no one there. Take care G

  14. Waiting for the bus sounded awful (I hate being cold) but you told about it with so much humor that I couldn’t help but laugh. I can only imagine how bittersweet the memory/visitation from Ju must have been (((((big hugs))))). Your joke about the missionaries visiting Wales made me laugh, too. I hope it never becomes too “civilized” there! All in all I enjoyed visiting with you and your family and friends through your journal this morning. Have a great rest of your week.

    • Waiting for the bus was a punishment Madison. I was frozen to the core.
      Bittersweet is a perfect description of the visitation from a high thinking she’s here to a real low when I see she isn’t.
      I never asked what the Church was but I have to guess it was Mormon as I don’t know anyone else who sends missionaries here.We really are civilised as you can tell from all the Pepsi/ coke cans by the roadside.
      Thank you for dropping on. You’re assured of a welcome at any time.
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

      • “Pepsi/ coke cans by the roadside”
        *Sigh*. You just ruined my image of the place being one of the last holdouts😦

      • Sorry Madison, I was trying to show civilisation according to the products they have available when often it’s the opposite. We are a holdout in parts still.
        xxx Huge Hugs xxx

      • I understood and was just ribbing you, but am glad to know there are still places still on holdout🙂 I’m not a big fan of civilization when it comes to being a throwaway/consumer society. We’re trying to decivilize a bit here at Wild Ozark, but it’s hard to disentangle from the trappings.

  15. I hope all the tests are fine and the reviews too. I’m sure everything will go well with Yvonne. Reuben looking gorgeous as usual. Congratulations to Mike on stopping smoking. And to Inavukic. You always remind me of the Christmas presents… that I’m trying to not think about. Not that many to get, but so many people everywhere already… Take care.

    • Thanks so much Olga. I’m sure everything will be as it’s meant to be. I’ve got every faith things will be OK with Yvonne in the end. As long as both she and the baby are healthy I’m happy. Reuben still pinching all my limelight, ah well, sigh. Mike’s doing well with the smoking or rather not smoking. Ina is doing amazingly well.
      Sorry for the present reminders but it’s creeping ever nearer. We seem to have gone from 6 weeks away to 3 weeks away in a blink. Time to concentrate on my cards next I think, sending thos off now requires a second mortgage.
      xxx Unlimited Hugs xxx

  16. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” should be the theme song for all of Reuben’s pictures. I’m still smiling at the squirrel getting fed, David. We have two pictures of Molly with squirrels when she was almost three. In one she’s sharing a cookie…in the other she’s running away with the squirrel following.
    Thinking your wife was nearby was one of those fleeting gifts, or at least I see it that way. I still have those flashes of friend who died too early; at first they were upsetting, and then I saw them as gifts. I wish you a wonderful week, David, and many gifts.

    • That would be a good song for him Marylin. You never know what’s coming next. He’s quite fearless with the squirrels but a year ago it would have been the same reaction as with Molly but for different reasons. He objected to them sharing his food.
      If I knew the glimpse of Ju was just a short term thing I could probably cope, it’s that thought that she’s just in the next room that catches me because I see she isn’t just a moment later.
      Have a Fantastic week
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  17. You make me laugh, I don’t mean to laugh at your expense really but the picture I see when you missed that bus just sounds so comical. I am sorry it was so cold and you had to stand outside freezing, thats not funny, I do so enjoy your stories, the music and the photo’s it is one of the highlights of my week really and truly, Stay warm and strong my friend you are a treasure. Massive hugs!!!

    • Don’t apologise Suzanne. There’s no greater compliment than to hear I’ve made you laugh since somewhere in all the rubbish I’m trying to. I’m sure the sight of me missing the bus was comical, it was so unexpected, I thought he’d wait having seen me.
      The cold didn’t hurt me, I was wrapped up but I bet I looked miserable.
      I’m so pleased you love the stories, the pictures and my music choices.
      I hope by a treasure you don’t mean I should be buried 10 feet down at the bottom of the garden?
      Have a Great Week,
      xxx Mega Hugs xxx

  18. Oh you’re in fine form this week… I was laughing, but just as expressive was your sadness at missing Ju. It’s peculiar how those moments catch us, like time passing means nothing.
    Am I right in understanding Joey has picked up on his name… he and you are both clever boys🙂

    • Thanks so much Dale. I’m glad I made you laugh. I’m sorry that Ju is often a subject on the blog but you’re right, it’s because those moments catch me like no time has passed at all. I do miss her warmth, her love and her company.
      Yes,Joey has been able to say his name for a while but just recently there’s been a lot of jabber followed by a very clear Joey Joey.Whereas we tend to say it 3 times, he generally only says it twice. And, despite the fact we say “Best best boy” he’s chosen not to learn that (yet).He’s his own bird.
      We still get dive bombed and hair parted ( well in my case anyway as I still have hair) but still he’s not landing. We’ll get there though.
      xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs xxx

  19. Old Habit Die Hard (I guessing the name of the next Die Hard movie), I know, but there’s always hope, David. I used to drink Coke, a lot and then one day I got sick of spending the money, the calories, etc. so I went cold turkey. I felt like I was in withdrawal, but soon enough it felt better.🙂 Unlike giving up ciggies, giving up Coke meant weight loss. Best of luck to you.
    Roobs sure knows how to put a smile on any face with that gorgeous grin and Joey, well, he’s turned out to be a delightful handful, hasn’t he?🙂
    Loss is such a presence every day, but I find the times, like getting close to holidays and on special days, that’s when we miss those we loved and lost the most.
    Thank you for sharing your week with us, dear friend, you also know how to put a smile on my face. Take care. Massive wondrous December hugs from a very Capricorn Capricorn😉

    • I think Old Habits Died Years Ago would be better as a film title in that run Donna. So if I gave up ciggies and gave up Pepsi at the same time they might balance one another out? I think I’ll try the Pepsi first and give the weight loss a chance to grip.
      Yes and Yes. Roobs can put a smile on someones face even when he’s kicking their shin, with that grin. Joey is a delight who gives me frights with his hair raising display creating hairline runways. Still never lands though.
      Loss does catch us most at those times.
      I’m happy if I put a smile on your face, T’is my job.
      xxx Decenber Hugs to you from an old Crappycorn xxx Just how Capricorn a Capricorn are you?

      • Sure, start with the Pepsi then move up…hope your new habits don’t go up in smoke lol😉
        I’m too Capricorn, how about you?😉
        Massive hugs!🙂

      • Oi, don’t pinch all the best jokes.
        I’m 18th almost at the end.Maybe a bit of peaceful Aquarius crept in there d’ye think?
        So when is yours?
        xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  20. I love your heartfelt comments mixed in with bits of humor, David. Great pictures of Reuben as always (that smile is just too cute).

  21. Colwyn Bay looks beautiful. I tend to me a night owl getting to bed around 1 am. Hope you have a great week!

    • It used t be a beautiful place Kourtney but has gone badly downhill with bedsits. A shame. Rhos on Sea next door is still OK though with seafront shops.I don’t live there any more, just visit sometimes.
      I’m usually a night owl too. Read until 1.00 am sleep till 3 or 4 am.then back to work.
      I hope you have a wonderful week too.
      xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  22. Great post! I’ve so been there with standing outside in the freezing cold after missing a bus! Actually just kind of happened to me on the way to my flight at 4 am a few days ago! Also always love love love seeing the kiddie pics!!

    My mom has been trying to quit smoking and there’s been a lot of starts and stops- such a hard habit to break, but definitely worth it!! I personally have been trying to give up caffeine, but it’s so so hard😦.

    • Not the time you want to miss a bus with a flight to catch. I hope you made it OK. I’m glad you enjoy seeing the pictures even though he steals all my limelight. lol
      Since I’ve had no response from th surgery yet about the particular help I asked for maybe I’m safe. I could say I’m destined to be a smoker.I’m sorry your Mom’s having a hard time if she actuially wants to give up.
      I found the easiest thing to do was to have a jar of de-caff and use it every fourth cup, then third, second until finally it was just de-caff. Not quite a s hard then and no withdrawal symptoms. Good Luck.
      Huge Hugs xxx

  23. Kev

    Lol… I’ve heard about those, I don’t do Christmas/Birthday types!😀
    Great pics again, David… love the beach one. Rod and Abba in the same post… can’t get much better than that!😀

  24. You must have dozens of boxes of chocolates in your house… you’re always handing them out to people. I dont know how you have the willpower, I’d have eaten them all!

    It’s nice to hear you talk about your wife. I can tell you love and miss her very much. Its hard to be on your own, but you seem to have a very lovely family and friends around you. I’m glad about that.

    The other thing I’m glad about is that you’re sleeping better… hooray! It makes such a difference to get a good night’s sleep, although personally I couldn’t survive on only 4 hours a night!

    When is the new baby due? I hope it turns naturally. My sister’s daughter was born breech. Lots of love to you all!

    • I usually get three a week Ali and the first goes to Temptations straight after I get them. The others are so useful at home but oddly I never think about eating them.I’d love to say it’s because being diabetic I’m very careful but I’d be telling a whopper.

      I thought by now everyone would be tired of hearing me witter on about Ju. She’d have been stronger than me. But I do love and miss her.It is nice to have family about and they’re pretty tolerant.
      Four hours is luxury Ali. Don’t forget the catnaps too.

      The baby is due 30th December. If it hasn’t turned by Christmas they’ll do a Caesarian between Christmas and the new year.My fingers crossed for a natural birth this time.
      xxx Sending Unlimited Hugs xxx

  25. During the holidays is when we tend to miss our loved ones the most. At least that’s true for me. So many memories…and we’re lucky to have them, aren’t we? Doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt and it always feels a bit shocking to me, anyway. I’m thinking, “What? Where is this coming from now?”

    Sounds like it’s quite cold and wet over there right now (as per usual). Being a California girl, when wet stuff comes out of the sky it’s…well, just really strange!

    As always, I’ve enjoyed catching up with you, David (and listening to your lovely music choices). You do keep busy, but it doesn’t seem that you get a lot of sleep. If you have to take the occasional daytime nap, so be it.

    xoxo Hugs Galore xoxo

    • I think you’re right, holidays are probably worse. I know Christmas is a time that always catches me. I’m lucky to have my memories but wish they were continuing..
      Yep, cold and wet describes it perfectly. So far the wet isn’t white though to make it Christmassy.
      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you enjoy the music. Ido requests as long as it isn’t bugger off.
      I’m not very busy really except on the computer which is my mistress, but I haven’t slept for long for years. I don’t really mind and I do enjoy the afternoon kip if I can.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  26. Congrats on the new wee one on the way. Knowing that it’s breach now should help make sure delivery is fine. Big hugs. Emails take a long time to go through, don’t they? It sounds like you get a lot. Men can multi task? Hmm, who knew.🙂 Many hugs. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thank you Maggie, another thug to beat me up. Next week they’ll try to turn the baby but it’s very uncomfortable to do so, so I hope they’re no going to force the issue.
      Oh yes, emails can take forever and even though I got rid of quite a lot of rubbish I still get upwards of 200 a day. The worst is around 100 all at one time now.
      Oh yes, we can multi-task if it doesn’t involve decisions or too much thought.
      xxx Have a Fantastic Weekend, Hugs Galore xxx

  27. I’m sure Julia is there in your heart giving you comfort, David xxxx

    Another great post that had me laughing and crying (I think it’s good to get those tears out sometimes. It cleans the system of stress)😀

    • You may never know just how lifting your comments are Dianne. I can’t thank you enough.
      I love to make people laugh though I’m not sure how or why I made you cry. The biggest compliment is that I can invoke any emotion in someone.
      xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs xxx

  28. I see it’s started snowing already on your blog. My blog is a free one so I don’t get snow. I also don’t get sidebars, but haven’t published books yet to market, so it doesn’t matter. Sounds like it’s starting to get cold here. Take care when the ice arrives. That’s one thing we don’t have to worry about here unless theres a “drastic” climate change.Cute pictures of Reuben. It won’t be long now before we see pictures of the new arrival. If they know it’s going to be breech, they’ll be prepared. I’m sure all wil be well. Take care. Huge Hugs.🙂 — Suzanne

    • Mine is a free blog too Suzanne but I still get the snow.I’m sure it’s somewhere in the drop down menu. That’s also the place you find the sidebars you want to add which obviously can be more than just books. Some people keep their awards there.
      No probs with ice or snow yet as there’s too much rain.
      Glad you enjoyed the pics and yes the newbie won’t be long now.
      xxx Massive Hugs as always xxx

  29. Interesting post as usual, David🙂
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

  30. Well, I am going backwards trying to play catch-up. Much I have to say, but for now my heart is melting at the picture of Reuben, peeking out from inside the dog house. XXXOOO

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