Sunday, 31 May 2009

back door photo 31 May

A busy photo today!

And whilst I was out there enjoying the sun, I caught this shot. Rosie was watching bees and Joanna joined in with her. I don't know why but I love it!

Friday, 29 May 2009

I made a start

This morning, Joanna and I joined a gym. I don't intend to use any of the gym equipment (yet) but I do intend to use the swimming pool. After we got all the details sorted and paid the money, we went for a swim.

Jings! I was aching after a couple of lengths - and this wasn't even full pool lengths. Oh well, I've got psoriatic arthritis so I'm not going to get down on myself because I'm a bit achy. I just have to keep going and, hopefully, in a few weeks/months, I'll be swimming more and more lengths before I start to ache. After the swim, I sat in the jacuzzi for a while and that made the aches loosen up a wee bit.

Then this afternoon I had my first appointment with the physiotherapist. She was delighted that I had decided to go swimming - I can't do my joints any harm in the pool so the more I do, the better. She showed me quite a few exercises to do to loosen up my shoulders and arms and to strengthen my back muscles. And others to make my thumb loosen up and a few more for my legs and feet.

None of these exercises are difficult and I intend to do them as often as I can. It's up to me to get this body working again and today I made a start. Good for me! :o)

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

snail, lilac, gravel and a train!

I went outside this morning to take a photo of this snail as he wandered up the wall -

And thought I'd take a photo of our wee lilac tree which was taken from a cutting of my Grandad's lilac tree. My Grandad died in 1969 - mum has kept the tree she got from the original cutting and has passed several cuttings around the family. The photo shows some of the gravel Douglas put down at the weekend.

And, as I was outside, I heard a train coming so I finally managed to take a photo of the back garden with a train passing by - it's the navy and pink thing you can see through the trees!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

a couple of bears!

We were all on the iChat again last night and all of a sudden Joanna - on the left - and Debbie - on the right - turned into a couple of bears! :oD

Friday, 22 May 2009

random pics of Rosie

I coudn't think of anything interesting to blether about today so I went and dug in that bottomless pit of a photo folder on my computer. Here are just 3 that caught my eye of one of my favourite subjects to photograph - Rosie.

This is the day we got her. That red ring was about 4" across so you can see how teeny tiny Rosie was!

I'm pretty sure she was put up to this!

And this is just what she looks like when she just wants to sleep without some fool sticking a camera in her face!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

a 48 hour day!!

Whoever said a day lasted 24 hours lied! I can make them last 48 hours! :oD

At bedtime last night, Douglas said I only had 5 minutes of my birthday left but I pointed out that I was thinking I would just move mentally to Hawaii - or wherever is 12 hours behind us - and have another 12 hours of birthday.

On checking this morning, it's somewhere called Eniwetok that's 12 hours behind us. Apologies to the people who live there but I've never heard of Eniwetok! Still, I was with you mentally having another 12 hours worth of birthday!

And then I got to thinking that if I'd been in New Zealand for the 12 hours before the UK hit my birthday, I could have a birthday that lasted 48 hours. 12 hours in NZ, 24 hours in the UK, 12 hours in Eniwetok! Sounds like a plan to me!

The converse must also be true. You know - if you don't want a day to happen you could spend the first 12 hours of it in Eniwetok where it hasn't happened yet and the last 12 hours of it in New Zealand where it's already over. (And, New Zealand can't be that far from Eniwetok as they're just over the International Dateline from each other!) So you can have a day with 0 hours in it too!

Yep - days can last anything from 0 hours to 48 hours - none of this "a day is 24 hours long" nonsense!

Is it kind of sad that the logic of all that sounds reasonable to me! :oD

Monday, 18 May 2009

happy birthday to me!!!

Calling Douglas an old man has had to stop for another 9 months as I caught up with him today. Yep - it's my birthday! Happy birthday to me!!!!!!!

And, because I stole Deb's drawing of Jo on her birthday, I stole the one she drew for me too! I love it. Just one thing - I have no hands???

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Beanie's birthday!

Today Joanna - aka Beanie - is 27 years old! She is now the age I was when I had her. I am now the age my mum was when I had Joanna. Joanna is my mum's 5th grandchild! I don't have any yet - which I am perfectly happy with, thanks, girls!

Anyway, Debs drew this for Jo and I totally stole it from her blog!

Friday, 15 May 2009

light at night!

This is a photo of the sky from our back door at just after 10pm tonight. Scotland may not be as light as Alaska but not too shabby! It's a bit fuzzy but that's what happens when I switch the flash off!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

back door photo 14 May

I was determined to take this photo today as the weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is for rain, rain, rain!

a giggle first thing in the morning!

Today started off with a chuckle courtesy of Radio 2.

A man was driving in his car with his mother-in-law in the car with him. She asked if her grandson, now aged 14, still suffered with car sickness.

The man tried to explain that, these days, the son was normally too engrossed with his PlayStation/GameBoy to notice they were even in the car but it didn't come out quite right. He got his words mixed up and said that the 14 year old was normally too engrossed with his PlayBoy to notice they were even in the car.

Made me giggle. :oD

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

the results are in

I was at the hospital for my long-awaited appointment with the Rheumatology department this morning.

After much prodding, poking, X-raying, blood-drawing, weighing, heighting (!!) and so on, the diagnosis is psoriatic arthritis. It's not curable but it is controllable which is fine by me.

I am being put on pills which will reduce the inflammation around my joints and will hopefully help get me moving again. That will be so good! I've also to get steroid injections every 6 weeks to help get things going. I got my first one today - in my posterior! It didn't hurt a bit - maybe because there's a LOT of padding back there! LOL

So, there we have it. Psoriatic arthritis. I'm so glad to have a name for it. It's silly but it's like the doctor has said to me "Yes, Anne, there IS something wrong with you. You haven't been making it up!"

Oh, and, let me tell you this. I knew the doc would ask how this all started so yesterday I sat down and wrote it all down in a sort of timeline thing. And the best way to fill in the dates and what was specifically wrong with me on those dates was to go back and read my own blog. I *knew* blethering in a blog was a good idea! :o)

Monday, 11 May 2009

a few shinies of my own

I was going to steal Jo's idea and do some shiny, happy things of my own but then I decided just to post some photos that make me happy/smile/giggle.

They're not a definitive list by any means and I know that if I look through the DSC things on my computer, I could find tons more to post but these will do for now.

Fred bear - I've had him forever!!

pencil fence - don't you just want one? I do!

Rosie in snow - she didn't like it at all.

Lizzy's cake - very cool

choc chip cookies - yummmmm

livingstone daisies - don't you just love daisies?

advent calendars - they've got legs!

Misty - our first dog

Pepper - our second dog

sunrise - 19 Nov 08

sunset - 19 Nov 08

tidy sewing room - I don't think it's been this tidy since!!

Friday, 8 May 2009

dearie, dearie me!!

Joanna and I were blethering with Debbie on the iChat this afternoon and we were having a good laugh. Don't ask me what we were laughing about - I can't remember!! - but I was laughing so much I got wheezy!

But then, when you see this screenshot Joanna grabbed whilst we were blethering, you can maybe see why! Dearie, dearie me! :oD

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

yellow bag with funky lining

I've been doing some more sewing today. This is a bag that I made out of a yellow placemat. It was a wee bit boring - if bright yellow can ever be called boring! - so I lined it with some funky material I had lying about.

Don't ask about the fabrics I have lying about! Let's just say I don't think I'll ever run out of fabric! *blush*

Anyway, here's the bag.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

can you see them now??

Especially for my online friends with bad eyesight - tee hee - here is the cropped bookcase. Can you see the titles now? :oD

Friday, 1 May 2009

see what I made!

I spent a lot of yesterday sewing. I LOVED it! The pattern planning, cutting out, pinning, sewing, clipping seams, pressing seams and so on. I enjoyed every minute of it!

Sewing used to be an almost all-the-time thing for me. If I wasn't reading I was sewing. Computers have a lot to answer for! However, I found the pattern for this bag online so I suppose that's something good about them.

And I have made some fantastic friends online from all over the world so computers aren't such a bad thing really. I just need to manage my time better so I can compute AND sew! So, yes, ignore that remark about computers having a lot to answer for! :oD

Anyway, see what I made yesterday!

I changed the pattern I found online as I didn't like the way it looked - there would have been a seam right down the middle of the main part of the bag and, with the fabric I was using, that would have looked ridiculous!

I'm treating this one as a prototype and will change the pattern some more. The handles, for example are way too wide and I think some padding is called for - the bag is way too floppy. But that's the fun of making things - change things around a wee bit and you make it unique!

Oh, and for any of my computer friends reading this - please note the books in the bookcase - Photoshop rules! LOL