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What a few weeks!

August 31st, 2006 (12:42 pm)

current mood: exhausted

Here I am at last.  5 weeks of visitors with just a couple of days between each.  I have today free and then my daughter arrives for the weekend tomorrow.  So I thought I would spend a few minutes updating.

It has been a funny month.  Great highs with friends and great lows with my mother who is failing fast.   Problems with an ex. who just will not collect his belongings even though he left nearly 3 years ago and my daughter giving me earache about it.  

I will enlarge on things.

1.  My mother.   Can't walk at all now but refuses to use the wheelchair we bought for her, so she has to be almost carried by my father on one side and me on the other.  Absolutely ridiculous!  My poor father is worn out as he is now her full time carer and so I have to spend a lot of my time looking after her so that he can get a break.  Her mind is going.  She does have lucid days but they are fewer and fewer.  Her bodily functions have gone and it took over a month before we could get help from the district nurse.  I shall say no more about that - you can imagine what it has been like! 

2.  My daughter and I booked a London theatre trip about 6 months ago.  Earliest we could get tickets and Saturday is the day.  We are going to see Billy Elliot and have a girlie shopping trip and lunch.  I feel an expensive trip coming on.

3.  My Dutch friends came over in their plane twice.  It seems they may be back end of September if not before because Odile infringed Gatwick airspace when they departed a couple of weeks ago so she may be hauled up infront of the CAA to explain herself.  Could be an expensive mistake.

4.  Been tidying out the garage - again.  This has not been helped by the fact that I still have my ex's belongings stacked in a quarter of it!  Even though I have requested him to move it umpteen times he has refused to do anything about it.  Of course, I don't like to upset him too much because he is a better 'friend' than enemy and after what I went through I am still scared of him.  Eventually, after having my daughter go on at me, I saw a solicitor and I have to write to ex. and formally tell him to move his stuff or it will be destroyed.  The problem is that will mean him coming down from Scotland to fetch it and to be honest I am frightened witless as to what he could do while he was here.  Having to sort out a plan.  Causing a few sleepless nights!

Got to go now and have my lunch as I have to take one of the dogs to the vet this afternoon.  She has a cyst on her back which is apparently harmless and it seems to have become infected.  I hope they don't suggest removing it or that is going to be another expense.  It hasn't caused any trouble for all the years she has had it so maybe some antibiotics will do the trick.

So, I am still alive and kicking.  Weakly sometimes but still kicking! 

Love and hugs to you all.

harranne [userpic]


May 18th, 2006 (11:29 pm)

current location: as usual - in front of computer!
current mood: cheerful

Oh dear, I have received another 'nudge' so I have decided I had better stop being lazy and actually write something instead of just reading other peoples entries!

So what have I been doing? Well playing 'Mum' for 3 weeks. Long time since I have had to do that! My son has been living with me for a while. He left on Sunday for Germany, then Holland, then maybe back here for a couple of days and eventually, when everything is sorted he will be off to China. His work visa is taking far longer than they thought to come through as he has to have a special permit as he is a journalist and as he has worked for a newspaper out there before they are being very cautious. Obviously checking if he wrote anything subversive last time he was there!

I have had a few days to get straight as he arrived with most of his worldly goods and took up all three spare bedrooms. We spent quite a bit of time taking stuff to the storage unit and I now have bags everywhere waiting for the airfreight people to ship them. But they can't go until he does! Seems he is in chaos!

Have given up one of my direct selling jobs and have been setting up a good ebaying business. Started with unwanted things around the house and now I spend my weekends at carboot sales and such and am learning the things to look for that will make some profit! It is working well! Everyone who visits is scared they might leave something behind and the next they see of it will be on my site on ebay!

Woke up this morning to find that the glass in my patio doors had shattered! Thermal something-or-other the man from the insurance company said! Then inspector came round and said that if it was thermal whatname then I wouldn't be covered by my insurance so put on the form that one of the dogs knocked a lamp over during the night and it had broken the window - very nice man!!

Hope everyone is well and that I haven't missed too much. I have tried to keep up with reading entries but have discovered that if you get too far behind you haven't got a clue what everyone is talking about!
Shall write more tomorrow. I have a free day to do what I like!

Hugs to everyone.........now back to trying to catch up with you all!

harranne [userpic]


April 24th, 2006 (01:49 pm)

current location: home sweet home
current mood: chipper

Where are the days going to? Thought I would have so much more time now that I am not doing one of little jobs - but no! I seem to have got myself involved in gardening, tidying out, socialising etc. etc. but at least I am enjoying myself!

My son has descended on me for 3 weeks. He got his job in China and is off around the 13th May. He has nowhere to live until then and I seem to have drawn the short straw! His baggage arrived on Saturday and he arrived on Sunday. Now he needs to sort his stuff and arrange for most of it to be sent by sea. It should have been done earlier so that it arrived around the same time as him but 'procrastination' is his middle name! It is strange to have someone around the house again after 2 years on my own. Suddenly I am at the supermarket planning meals instead of finding something in the freezer as and when I am hungry. To top the lot, he is on early shift this week which means I have to get up at 4am to run him to the station to catch the 5am train! But I shall miss him when he leaves so I shall make the most of it while he is here. His girlfriend is over at the weekend (she is German) and my daughter and son-in-law are planning to visit to see David before he goes, so a crowded house for a couple of days. David and Kathy have both got jobs in Beijing so it will be the first time in their relationship that they have had to be together for any length of time.

Ever since he mentioned about getting his belongings on a boat to China I have not stopped singing 'I want to get you on a slow boat to China'. I am driving myself mad!

Off back outside now to plant some more bedding plants. Then to the station to pick up son. No peace for the wicked.

harranne [userpic]

A week later........................

April 12th, 2006 (06:02 pm)

current location: In the study - on the right as you come in the front door!
current mood: chipper

Well, I have done what I normally do when I get myself stuck in a rut - I keep myself to myself and wait for my mind to sort itself out. And it has! I knew that if I waited long enough something would give and I would move on. So...... I am having a couple of weeks without putting my catalogues out and I am thoroughly enjoying it! I am dreading starting again so maybe that is the answer - give it up! I am sure I can find something else to do. I have been doing the same thing for 5 years and I guess I have used every bit of enthusiasm I have for it!

I have had time to get back on the computer and sort out a lot of junk on here that I have been filing away in case I needed it. Time to do a lot of the jobs around the house that have needed doing for so long. The garage is all but tidy now and I am making a fair amount of money on ebay getting rid of everything I can find that I no longer want.

So I feel better than I have felt for a couple of months. Long may it continue.

Good things and bad things have happened this week.

First the good things: Met up with Skyring at Gatwick yesterday. Had a very pleasant time talking and looking at his journal. He ALMOST fooled me with his 'how to eat a Tim Tam' demonstration! He is the first real, live bookcrosser I have met (come to think of it I haven't met a dead one yet!). Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip, and thanks for the coffee!

Today I went to London for lunch with my son. Making the most of it as I think he has got a job in China and will be off there again next month. He is obsessed with China! He has already been working out there twice! Wish he would settle nearer at home! Maybe I will get another holiday out there - had a brilliant time in China when he was there before. I shall miss our monthly lunch dates as well!

My daughter and her husband were down for a couple of days last week. They took me out to the local Italian restaraunt for dinner and I think it was the discussions over dinner when they really encouraged me to start doing more of what I want to do rather than what I am so used to doing I feel I can't change. If that makes sense.

The not so good things: Harriet (my oldest dog) decided to keep being sick (all over the house!) for 24 hours and I was getting really worried as last time she did that it was liver failure - then I think I found the reason why - the remains of a toffee paper in her bed. Just a bit but enough to tell me that she had found one of my toffees and eaten it wrapper and all. So, 48 hours of chicken, fish and pasta and she seems to have recovered.

On Monday afternoon I went out to feed the fish in the pond and there was no water in the pond and 15 fish lying on the bottom in the 2 inches of water that was still there. One had beached itself and was a gonner and another 2 were floating upside down but still breathing. I quickly turned the hose on (yes, we can use a hose to top up a pond as long as there are fish in it) and sprayed the surviving fish. I reckon 10 minutes later and I wouldn't have had any fish!. Frantically rang around all the local aquatic firms to see if anyone could come and sort it as an emergency but either they had all gone home for the day or didn't have an emergency service. Thought I was going to have to stand and watch them all die or fill the bath and put them in there! I turned the pump off and filled the pond and it seems to be ok. A pond repairer has been this afternoon and he is going to clean it all out, check the pump, etc. and find out where the leak is (under the waterfall no doubt!). Rather expensive but I treat my fish like any other pet and cannot see them suffer!!

Anyway, it is a good week in all. Really feel I have turned the corner and things are beginning to interest me again.

I am going to post this now in case I lose it like I did the one I tried to write last week! Hugs to everyone!

harranne [userpic]

Wednesday evening.

March 8th, 2006 (11:21 pm)

current mood: blank

Been having one of those 'must update my journal' weeks!

Trouble is finding something to write. It has been one of those weeks where nothing of interest has happened. The days have all been the same, get up, do some housework, collect/deliver my Avon and Betterware books, lunch, walk the dogs etc. etc. etc. Life seems to have times like this. Maybe it is the time of year. I don't know.

It has rained for the past couple of days. I really want to start tidying the garden up ready for spring but either it has been too cold (I'm a fair weather gardener) or it has been raining! So I have spent my time sorting out junk and putting the good items on ebay. The book I put on there sold for £1 more than I asked but so far the purchaser has not journalled it. In fact he hasn't even left feedback for me! Have another lot of books to take to the charity shop at the weekend and now I have run out of stickers so must go into bookcrossing and buy some more.

Anyway, I have shown that I am still here and alive and kicking. Not in the best of moods at the moment but things should brighten up soon. Just want some sun! Would love a few days away - have to think about that.

harranne [userpic]

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March 5th, 2006 (04:11 pm)

have a great day!

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February 21st, 2006 (09:25 pm)

current mood: contemplative

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seems I'm unpopular too!!!

January 29th, 2006 (09:20 am)

current mood: crushed

Oh dear - have to sharpen up my 'be popular' skills!

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harranne [userpic]


January 27th, 2006 (07:12 pm)

current mood: confused

I'm having problems again!!!! Groan!

Why is it that I cannot post 'friends only' anymore? All updates have to be 'public'. Not only that but all my postings for the last few days have been wiped from my friends pages!!! (or so I have been told). I have sent a report to the support team but has anyone any ideas why this is happening so that I can fix it?? Thank you.

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January 27th, 2006 (03:04 pm)

current mood: disappointed

This weekend has gone completely tits-up!

Firstly, I was supposed to be going out with my friend Anna - yeah, she who bounced me on my birthday because her boyfriend wouldn't let her out! Guess what, she did it again today! Rang her to arrange a time for lunch to be told that she had a chap coming to mend her fence and she didn't know what time he was coming and didn't want to wake her beloved up as he was tired and asleep, so she couldn't make it! She was sorry to have to cancel again. I am sorry too as I had worked yesterday which should have been my day off!

Secondly, I supposed to be going to London tomorrow to help my son move his clutter from one flat to another and then he was treating me to a sushi banquet at the local sushi bar. He rang to say the paperwork hadn't been completed so he couldn't get hold of the keys to the new flat.

Then my father rang and said that he and mum where meeting some friends for lunch tomorrow and would I like to join them. Hey, at least I was going somewhere! WRONG!! Popped into see them to pick up some books - Dad mentioned that they would see me tomorrow - Mum looked confused and when he said that he had invited me she went ballistic at him for not asking her first if it would be okay! So I grabbed the books, told them I wouldn't spoil their lunch and stormed out! Wouldn't have done that if it hadn't been the third 'no go' in 2 hours.

On a happier note: both of the items I had on ebay sold this morning. Not for much but seeing as they were freebies from a competition I entered something was better than having them sitting in a cupboard not doing anything. Spurred me on a bit now to put more goodies on there. Never know what to charge for postage though and as I don't have any bathroom scales for the heavier objects I have to keep lugging them to the post office to have them weighed which, if I have a few items, causes upset to the other customers in the queue.

Oh well - onwards and upwards as they say - whoever 'they'are!

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