Monday, 27 April 2009
Douglas has had a few episodes of being poorly, but its better now thank goodness.. His mum has been quite poorly in hospital.. but shes recovering as well which is good.. my Uncle has had a couple of heart attacks and had some operations to open up his arteries a bit.. and next doors little white dog has also been poorly, but hes home and much better too!!
Now we are looking forward to a few days away to celebrate our 10th FirstHandfasting Anniversary! It gets a little confusing to explain to people why we had three ceremonies in a year.. but basically..
May 1st 1999 - Handfasting Dawn, May Day (Beltaine) Glastonbury Tor, married for a year and a day.
May 7th? 8th? 1999 Registry Office in Gretna.. that one lasts for life...
June 19th 1999 Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury, we wrote our own ceremony, had a beautiful colourful Handfasting Ceremony, and got married for ever and ever (and a day)
How soppy is that? :-)
Monday, 20 April 2009
During.... the carpet is doubled over.. at this stage.. they had laid the first half in the front room, and then pulled it out and fitted it to the back half of the room!
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Our old door was not very secure.. it was only a 3 lever lock (was shocked to find that my parents back door key opened it) the door consisted of a large frosted glass panel with a small wooden frame round - so easy for anyone to kick in and gain access. Glad to say our new door, and that of my parents now both boast 5 lever mortice locks.
This coming Saturday, we are getting a new carpet for our lounge!! We have wanted to replace the damaged, thin and scraggly carpets down at present since we moved in about 2 years ago, but other things took higher priority. The money for this comes from savings I had totally forgotten about until I had a chance conversation with my Building Soc on the phone a month or so ago.
As promised, I will take some photos when its all down :-)
Hes been to hospital as usual today, they have changed his antibiotics as the ones the GP gave him turned out to be powerless against the infection he has. I will add this is not the GPs fault- no one was able to tell until test results came back.
Hopefully in 3 days or so, when they start to kick in, he will at last start to feel better.
Lilly has decided that walking on the edge of our bed in the mornings is a good way to check that Im thoroughly awake, and persuade me to a) give her some love b) feed her. She was just having her little walk, and I commented to Douglas that mabye, just maybe in a few months time she would be confident enough to curl up on our bed as Billy does.
This photo shows what happened 2 mins afterwards! Please excuse the odd angle.. I took the photo with my mobile lying down in bed whilst worshiping the cat with my other hand.
Here are some more cute Lilly photos! I took these in March with my web cam that takes photos. Shes sooooo cute!
And finally.. one of the two rascals together. Moments after I took this, Billy was sitting on the cat mat, and Lilly came to join him, for a split second they were both looking like the best picture ever, but then Billy got the hump and shoved off :-)
I hope, having managed to capture a rare photo of them both at the same time, you will be able to see their different markings. Lilly is sitting in the window with her little black goatee beard, Billy is having a well deserved cat nap on his mat :-)
Are we doting cat parents or what????? lol
Monday, 13 April 2009
D is still not very well, so off to see GP for sick note, and Hospital to find out whats going wrong on Wednesday.
Poor boy.. and yes... it was better for him to stay and rest.. we went shopping today and even being in a wheelchair round B&Q exhausted him!
Friday, 10 April 2009
He has gone from the "too sick to care Im ill" phase to the "I'm grumpy and annoyed Im ill and I wanna get better faster" stage.
Still very unsure whether he will make it to Cirque this afternoon.... fingers crossed everyone!
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Douglas woke up on Monday morning feeling sick, running a temperature and a pain in his lower back. This was bad news partly because he was very poorly just a month ago, and ended up in hospital with dehydration following a bad bout of D&V, and partly because its even more time off sick from his job that he enjoys. We think its a uninary infection this time... sigh...
After a trip to the GP yesterday morning, Douglas is now on a course of dispersable antibiotics. He slept most of yesterday on and off, and when I came home I found he hadnt taken any of these new tablets as he kept getting half way through the "i must take the antibiotics" thought and falling asleep. I fed him one last night, and fed him another before I went this morning, and shall phone him at lunch time to make him take another.
Poor Douglas.. life is like a yo yo at the moment.. being poorly, getting better, then being poorly again with yet another bug.. its not fair but then life isnt.
I hope he will be better by Friday as we have tickets to see a spectacular show in Sheffield Arena.. Cirque du Soleil are performing there!!!!!! (Thanks to Aunty Lizzie for the birthday money that paid for them!) If he isnt well enough, I've put my mum on Standby :-)
We spent the morning doing a bit of housework and deciding on our new carpet, then went down to Welbeck for lunch at the Lime House Cafe. We had two lovely salads, and felt ready for a look round the mini museum, which had the earring King Charles 1st wore when he was beheadded amongst other fascinating things.
The Exhibiton featured a very flamboyant artist called Andrew Logan who loves to work with mirrors and lots of colours. I particularly liked a 6 foot tall daisy that had Brian Enos music emmanating from it!! (Brian Enos music is very soothing!)
Next, we walked round a bit of the large garden centre (we purchased quite a few things and didnt trust ourselves to look round all of it for this reason) The farm shop got a vist, and we came away with two rather nice cheeses and some bacon.
Having exhausted ourselves and our budget, we had a lovely drive back through the springing countryside and put our edible purchases in the fridge and the plantable ones in the back garden.
On Sunday we did some boring but necessary housework, and made the kitchen and downstairs loo sparkle before I mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Douglas came out, and planted some of our new plants, and the cats also joined us :-)
It was a really lovely weekend!!
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
The last day in Khartoum was blessed with clouds and wind; the hot weather was over. No longer was I hiding in ATM booths just to use the air-con, or hiding in the Mall with the Chinese (weirdly, the Chinese neither look at or acknowledge any non-Chinese). Doing stuff no longer had to be restricted to carefully restricted hours in the early morning or late afternoon.