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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

In the middle of the night , well it was when i started writing it

Well, what do you do when you get up in the night not being able to sleep with the dehumidifier in your  sleep machine almost as hot as a boiling kettle , So while I have shoved it  in the freezer to cool down I thought I would write a blog post as you do at 2.30 am lol.

I have  been working on the garden for
four years now with trial and error with trying firstly to grow vegetables (My Dream ) but when you have to keep getting down to ground level and you have problems getting up and even moving into different positions when you are down there I have had to give up that idea.

This is what it looked like before.
lawn was that lumpy nearly every time i was in the garden i tripped up.

The initial attempt at growing vegetables.

Now I am focusing on the garden being as easy to maintain as possible but as pretty as I can make it too, We have had to pay to have the garden leveled we did half last year and a half this last few weeks,
 Initially with the help of our nephew who could not fully commit in the end ,Then we were recommended two retired gardeners who came and finished leveling and laid 96 square meters of turf, The company who grew the turf had also included an extra lot of 50 rolls  wich we could not use so that was freecycled

The old garden table and chairs needed a makeover.
You can just see the chairs before in this picture.
Its amazing how flat the lawn looked in this picture but it wasn't , It was dangerous.

The first thing we did in the garden when we moved in was put in a new shed but of course, the colour was not right.

  It now reminds me of a beach hut with the bunting i made.

The large planter has been made to disguise  an ugly manhole that we cannot do anything about as its a rented property .
  All the herbs were reduced at b&Q when the weather was hot , I picked of all the shriveled leaves and gave them a good drink and look at them now after a good feed.

The hanging baskets were from last year the ivy was still in there but all the plants were again reduced the total cost me £5.00 for the two baskets.

All these plants were either grown from seed bought from car boots and jumble sales or from the reduced section at B & Q, Plus presents from my friend Mel and our Daughter. Nik.

This is just one of the pictures of the reduced plants, The  grass before from a couple of years ago

Look at it now,

The grass needs cutting now but at least i dont trip up.


The table and chairs  look great.

The bottom of the garden needs weeding and some bark laid but i have to Pace myself and there will be some raised planters and maybe some trees/ shrubs around the wall.

Even my Christmas tree from Tesco has been worth buying this together with another reduced plant takes your eyes away from yet anther drain .


Health wise mammogram was fine doctor said the change in shape  of my breast must be due to loosing weight now stands at 12 pound just two pounds to my first stone.


Monday, 8 May 2017

No news is good news i suppose

The visit went ok with the neurologist , He is still on the hunt for my old Mri's , He did absolutely loads of blood tests and in the meantime given me an open appointment in case i get any weird neurological symptoms so like the title says  No news is good news , I just need to put up with things in the meantime (story of my life health wise).

Anyway the garden is coming along fine , Its taking a bit of time as our nephew keeps getting called into work weekends but the extremely lumpy lawn has been totally dug up , I advertised it on free cycle explaining that its been dug up and its in different shapes and depths and would take a lot of patience and hard work to lay it but two people came and took about half of it , The rest will go into raised beds then topped with top soil to save on the cost of a skip.

Last year we had hardly any blossom on the apple trees we bought with us from our old house .hence no apples ,look at them now.

We had an ugly planter on the outside of the house by the front door so we had it removed and planted up some ceramic pots i have had for years, they were bought from a charity shop about 12 years ago , A local Wilkinson was closing down and donated lots of stock to the charity shop.

Bargain buys have been few and far between at the moment but here is a few.

Jacobean embroidered tray was 30p , Its needs a clean but its beautiful. 

Huge Enamel Casserole 50p.

1960s hyacinth  bowls 50p the lot 

My first weigh in at weight watchers was a 3 pound loss not bad with an under active thyroid . 


Friday, 28 April 2017

Sleep Apnea

I am feeling a bit miffed today about a TV Program that we watched last night about overweight people.
 On the program there was this very large lady who has sleep Apnea , 
She announces on the TV to the nation that her Apnea is because she is overweight ,
 So Today i had to go to Citi Hospital in Birmingham to get my new sleep mask and asked the specialist , If i loose weight will my Apnea Disappear ,She looked at my history and mine  was that i  stopped breathing 36 times an hour times an hour  and anything over 30 was severe .
She said that they have stick thin people with sleep apnea so its not always a weight thing.

Why do these programs portray untruths , 
After the program i was thinking everybody who watched this now thinks if they know me that my Apnea is caused by my weight ,

 I have joined weight watchers anyway as  i am not very good at motivating myself, I have tried for the last few months  and I dont like slimming world ,

 After seeing this photo of me at my brother's wedding  this last weekend and feeling upset

After not being able to find anything in my size without breaking the bank.
Our daughter has paid for me to go for the next three months , I cant let her down or for that matter myself for my health as the last blood test found sugar and have to have a re test in 3 months ,This has all happened for not being as active as i used to be due to health reasons. 
 But most of all i was inspired by my freind Vix , I have been married for 40 years next june and will be 58  so would like to be a lot lighter and more happy with my weight  at that time.

Some more photos from the wedding.
My mom & Dad , Sister & Brother ( The groom ) 

The bride was tiny she looked beautiful.

The bridesmaids were so sweet , My great Niece is in the middle she did so well.

And the local revamped conservative club in Wednesbury was fantastic. 


Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Reveal

Well it's all done now , We have gone for a really dark colour , I know people say dont go dark in a small room but to compliment the new chairs we had to really ,
It's so cosy looking now i am thrilled , All is cost was the paints ,Some new lamp shades and a few more bargain finds and its cost just under  £100

We use a panel of wallpaper to add some interest over the fireplace , It depends on the pattern we only purchased one roll , This was used to add detail to the tv cabinet.

This was in a job lot i bought from Auction.

The lamp bases were two for £1.50 from jumble sale and the shades £5.00 each from Ikea. 

I never wanted  a big Tv as they dominate a room and this cabinet has been cut down to accommodate it , Sometimes you have to do things you dont like so other people are happy.  

I made the striped cushions the  round blue ones were £1.00 each from a jumble sale.  

This pie crust table was picked up from a jumble sale for £3.00 

The colour sets of the gold pictures.

I made these cushions from a 30p piece of fabric from a jumble. 

The brown lamp shade compliments the brown velvet curtains that i cant afford to replace. B & Q £7.99