Tuesday, 28 October 2008

a new boiler

Yesterday and today we had the plumber here to put in a new boiler. It's one of those condensing things so we don't need a hot water tank any more. Just turn on the hot tap, wait a wee minute and - hey presto - hot water.

It's going to be wonderful! Especially up in the bathroom where I used to put the hot tap on, sit on the loo and then, by the time I'd finished, the hot water was coming through.

Of course, he took the old boiler out yesterday but didn't hook the new one up until this morning. And, naturally, yesterday and today were the 2 coldest days we've had yet this autumn/winter! So, we were really cold last night but tonight, we are really toasty! In fact, we've had to turn the thermostat down it's so warm!

Now the worst bit is the dust that's over everything because he had to drill holes through the stone walls to get various pipes and chimneys outside. Fun! But at least it's warm fun! :oD

Monday, 27 October 2008

more leg-pulling

I was back at the chiropractor today to get more leg-pulling done. She is very pleased with the way things are going. She still worked really hard on the glute muscle in my right leg - I'm expecting to have bruises on my derriere! - as she says there are still some bits in there not right yet. It's painful as she does the work but I'd rather it was sore and made me better than not sore and it stay painful.

The difference she has made has been amazing. When I first went, I could cry with the pain I was feeling. See this photo for the proof of the pain in my eyes.

I've not to go back for more leg-pulling until next Wednesday - a big difference from the 2 times a week when I first went!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

the marvels of technology!

We spoke to Debbie this morning via iChat. We saw her too - it's amazing what can be done with technology nowadays. Long gone are the days when you would arrive somewhere and send a postcard home saying "arrived safely" (which would probably arrive after you'd returned home!).

Anyway, the weather is good in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Debs is going out with her camera today so I expect we'll see some fab photos soon.

I am trying to make some sense of the leftovers from the explosion but don't seem to be getting anywhere fast. Oh well, I'll do what the back and leg muscles will allow and then stop for a rest.

Friday, 24 October 2008

it's been a long day

We got up at 4.15am today so that Douglas could take Debbie to the airport for her 6.30am flight. I'm very happy to say she has arrived safely in Halifax, Canada and is probably at the B&B now. A bit of a sad/happy day. Sad for those of us left behind but happy for Debbie heading on her Canadian adventure!

It's now 8.45pm and I feel like I've been awake for days! I don't think I'll be staying up as late as I normally do! Like I said, a long day!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

I was trying not to cry …

I really was trying not to cry but then Jo wrote this in her blog and now I'm bubbling like a baby.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

an explosion has happened!

Our house has suffered an explosion. A whirlwind. A typhoon. A hurricane. Not a natural event but one caused by Debbie. She has brought so much of her stuff here that our house looks like a bomb has hit it. Here are just a few photos to prove my point.




The top hall - normally only the white bookcase and the brass box lives there. Can you see the brass box? Or the bookcase?



My sewing room table is all but buried.



She is "organising" this as I type - the livingroom.



And again!

And this lot are of the spareroom where she is to sleep for the next 4 nights - if she can find the bed!






Monday, 20 October 2008

she's going away

Debbie is leaving to go to Canada on Friday. I haven't mentioned this anywhere because it breaks my heart. I know that she's a big girl and can do what she wants but she's still my baby. My first born. And, no matter how old she is, I'm still her mum and it's a mum's job to worry! And I will worry!

She is in the process of packing up all her stuff and bringing it over here to be stored in our garage, our house, our attic and in a storage unit. If nothing else, it proves how much "stuff" we accumulate over the years. And all of that came from a studio flat! How much more will we have in a 3 bedroom house? I think we need to hire a skip!

Anyway, my baby is leaving to live in Canada for a wee while. She'll be back for Christmas so it's not that long to be without her. Take care, Debs!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

chiropractor update

It's the muscle in my right leg which has been "damaged" in some way and so the rest of my muscles have been trying to help it do its job. She did a deep massage on the muscle today and kept saying things like "oooh, that's bound to be hurting" and sucking in her breath and saying "oh, it's bad in there" quickly followed by "but we'll get it sorted for you".

She also made my back pop in several places - I didn't hear it but she did. Again, those places were where the muscles had been trying to help out and got themselves all tied in knots because of it! That was why my chest muscles were so sore last week and my arms and my shoulders - and so on and so on!

My leg feels a lot better now but I don't know if that's just because she was working on it and it might go back to being painful again. Who knows? I've to go back on Friday and then Monday and for another couple of times as well and we'll see how things go from there.

No exercise of any kind - even swimming - until we get me working properly and properly balanced and then she'll give me exercises to do. Meanwhile, rest as much as I can! And don't beat myself up if I don't lose any more weight in the near future - more important to get this muscle working properly. She said losing weight will not affect its workability. She said it was better to be as "normal" as possible.

I didn't like to tell her that I don't know if I could ever be described as "normal"! :oD

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

going to be poked!

I have an appointment tomorrow at the chiropractor. I have no idea what she'll do to me but I'm hoping she'll poke me somewhere - preferably somewhere non-tickly - and I'll instantly feel better. I doubt it will work quite like that but I get to hope!

I am just so sick of being sore all the time. Oh there are moments when I'm not sore but if I'm sitting down, it's a pain - literally - to get up. If I'm driving, it's a real pain to get in and out of the car. Putting on my socks - a pain. Taking off my socks - a pain. Getting into or out of bed - a pain. Getting into and out of the shower - a pain. I could go on.

I take painkillers after every meal and before bedtime just to be able to get through the day without bursting into tears. How pathetic does that sound? Anyway, I'm eager to go to Mrs Chiropractor to see what she says - and does. I'll let you know!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

results are in

My backache is just that - backache. It's nothing to do with my hips or legs or any of the horrors my mind imagined. It's "just" backache. Arthritic wear and tear according to the doctor. The solution is to take paracetomols - I can never remember how to spell that - and a visit to a chiropractor.

When I said "and losing some weight would help" the doctor said "yes, absolutely" going on to say that they (docs) no longer tell people to lose weight as they were being verbally abused so often when they did so. How stupid is that? Honestly! If you're overweight and losing weight would help your predicament, surely it's best to be told? Maybe some people refuse to acknowledge that they're overweight! Nutters!

Anyway - lose weight, go swimming to exercise without straining my back and take painkillers when it gets too bad. I can do that. I will do that. I don't want to live in pain so if that's what it takes, I'll do it.

Wish me luck because it's not going to be easy. Let's face it - it's taken me 30 years to get to this weight. I wonder how long it will take me to get rid of it?

Saturday, 4 October 2008

backache is a pain!

I have had a sore back for what seems like weeks now. I finally decided I needed to see the doctor about it as it wasn't getting any better so I made an appointment for Thursday of this week.

Thursday morning came only to get a phone call from the doctor's surgery telling me the doctor was ill and they needed to cancel my appointment. Eh? Doctors aren't meant to get sick! Poor man - get better soon, Dr. B. :o)

So now I have to wait until next Wednesday until he tells me it's just my age/I need to lose weight/do more exercise/all of the above. In the meantime I'll just keep taking the painkillers. If I could jump up and down, I'm sure I'd rattle from all the painkillers inside me!

And whilst I'm here, remember it's Breast Cancer Awareness month. Check your boobs!