Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Got a whole new look now

Just done a bit of messing around on my blog and changed the fonts and backgrounds and colours and pretty much everything!

What do you reckon to the new look?

That's better!

Worked out how to increase the text size so I've given my blog another new look now as well!

Might want another re-design soon... whole new look and graphics and fonts and stuff!  👍

Taken me supplements but the squash wasn't strong enough

The hubby filled up my water bottles with squash last night or this morning or whenever it was.

He said at the time that it wouldn't be as strong as usual.  That would have been fine if I could taste the squash at all.

But I couldn't, all I could taste was metallic water!  👎

Going to keep drinking it to stay hydrated and stuff, but I definitely prefer stronger squash to block out the metallic taste!

Wanna work out how to change the text size too to be the size I type in... gotta try and work it out before I forget though!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Taken me supplements

The multi is kicking in already again.

Why?

Dunno the science, but I was wiped out and cream crackered and couldn't stop yawning before I took it, but since I swallowed it everything is back to being awake and in HD again!

No idea if it's for real or a psychological/psycosomatic thing or whatever, but I'm happy with taking them and I'll keep believing the multi is a fast worker too!

If you want a great suppliment supplier and want 20% off your first order, go to Simply Supplements, click on the "referred by a friend" link, bung my name (Amanda George) into the box and my email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) on the next page, et voila!  We get 20% off already great prices each and they offer an auto dispatch service too, I haven't tried that though! 😀  If you try it, let me know what you think?  Please?  👌

Monday, 29 May 2017

Shopping's been and gone now

That's full cupboards, fridge and 2 freezers for the next 7 days now!

Marie couldn't come over and neither could M so we put it all away together even when it's a big shop like today!

Just taken me supplements again

I've got one bottle of squash and two bottles of pop left to drink before the shopping comes tonight so I'm thinking I'll go and get meself a bottle of pop now  👌

Sunday, 28 May 2017

That's me supplements taken

Just taken me supplements but the multi-vitamin hasn't kicked in yet so might spray a couple of doses of my B12 oral spray to see if that helps.

I'm hoping to write 4 chapters today which, in theory, will take me 8 hours if it's anything like last night... it's the getting started that's the problem though!  👎

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Almost 7pm

Just taken me pills and had 2 mugs of hot chocolate so I'm heading to bed for an early night.

Nite orl!

Definitely Summer now

It was so hot last night that I put the fan on in the bedroom for the first time this year.

Didn't get under the duvet either.

Left it on up there when I came downstairs.

Hot and humid outside when I took the pup for her walk too.

Fan is on down here too.

Been drinking a litre of squash and it's only 10.20am so far!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Me internection died on me so I asked Steve for his help

Spent 15 minutes trying to get the connection back until the hubby came home.

Asked for his help, he stopped the virus scan and rebooted... I could have done that when the connection first died!  lol

Just restarted the virus scan so it'll still be going at bed time.  Ho hum.  🙆

Ah well, not to worry

Me prescription has just arrived and Steve's gone for his appointment

Me prescription has just been delivered and Steve's gone to get his legs changed so the minute he comes back I can get on with my day... gotta remember to leave my laptop on tonight for the virus scan to work its magic though.

I was wrong

It's 20 months, not 18 until I've paid off one of my credit cards... woops!

That's still not so bad though, I'm counting the months instead of years now!

18 months

In theory, I'll have totally paid off my SB credit card in 18 months.

That saves me £50 a month so I'll put £25 extra onto CO to take it up to £50 a month and the other £25 will be for BC to take it up to £100 a month.

I'm wondering if I should just add the extra into B though, to help me to save for a rainy day or whatever.

Either way, I'll have totally paid off my first credit card in 18 months which leaves me with 2 left to pay off then I'm totally out of debt and I'll just be donating to charity and paying for insurance and SCBWI and Namehog after that... things that don't affect my credit score.

I'm never ever getting another credit or store card again, it's not worth the hassle.  👌

If I want something but can't afford it then tough!  😊

The pup has her food now, so I'm just waiting for my prescription now

As soon as my prescriptions have been delivered, I can relax and have another early night.  Got enough to last until Tuesday so it's not urgent yet, but when I phoned up for the repeat on Tuesday they said it'd be with me today so I hope they're right!

Done my adding up while I remembered

£193 to come out between now and the 15th June
I've got £300 already saved up to cover them, leaves me with  £107
Plus £230 week after next is £337 yeah?
Shopping on 5th June takes it down to £230 for easy maths.
Take off £129 for the rest of me June bills leaves me with £100 yeah?
Shopping on 12th June leaves me with pennies again.

Etc etc

Is my maths near enough right this time please?

Pup walked and fed, supplements taken, virus scan started

Absolutely exhausted but it's going to be a busy day today so I've gotta stay awake.

It was the virus scan that was happening today that I forgot yesterday.  My prescriptions, hopefully Mitzi's vet food and starting the virus scan was what I was trying to remember.

Gotta try and do a few sums this morning... the shopping on Monday will leave me with 41p in my account and I've got £300 ready for June's bills, but I don't need the full £300 on the 15th, some of them don't come out until the end of the month so I'll need to do some adding up to see how much comes out on the 15th then I can move the other however much into B and I'll be paid again before the end of June bills come out.

You watch me forget!  lol

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Today's lunch was...

...a big bowl of cheese ravioli.  Yumsk.

That's the pup walked and me supplements taken

Took the pup out for her walk this morning then came home and fed her.  Normal morning routine for us.

Just taken me supplements too, won't be long before I'm on the new Simply Supplements pills judging by how many were left in the bottom of each bottle!

Had a message overnight about someone interested in taking the pup for an extra walk once a week... can't work out how to reply though!  😟



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Friday is gonna be a busy day!

Other than the usual stuff, I'm getting my prescriptions delivered, Mitzi is prolly getting her vet food brought over and there's something else that I've already forgotten.

Gotta love the brain damage!  😕

Mitzi and me supplements

Woke up.

Came downstairs.

Put the pup's harness on her and took her for her walk.

Came home.

Put her food in her bowl.

Realised I hadn't taken her harness off.

Sat at the bottom of the stairs.

Took it off.

The pup went into the kitchen and ate her breakfast.

I came in here and took me supplements.

Almost threw up.

It was only the squash though, thankfully, so I swallowed it again and booted up my laptop.

I asked Steve to ask his family to get more vet food for the pup at the end of last week.

She's now completely out of it and he still hasn't asked them.

Thankfully she's still got most of the bag of Pooch and Mutt food left so she won't starve but it's always the same... I ask Steve to do something with several days notice and he still doesn't do it. 

This is his final chance.

If he doesn't phone his family by lunchtime I'll phone them myself and stop asking him to do it.

I give up!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Taken me supplements too

They were hard to swallow this morning though  😕

It's done for another 24 hours though, I just hope my prescriptions are easier to take this evening!

Hate making that phone call every month!

Hate phoning the pharmacy, not because they are rude or hard to talk to or anything, but because I never know what to say!

Ordered my prescription now though and it'll be delivered on Friday so I can breathe a relieved sigh for another 4 weeks now.

Need to remember to give them the unused pills that I had left over from the prescription review a couple of months ago though... you watch me forget!  lol

Manchester suicide bombing emergency number

Manchester explosion emergency phone number: 0161 856 9400

Everyone in Manchester is close in my heart this morning
 

Manchester suicide bombing coward

I woke up to the news that a suicide bomber had struck overnight who killed people coming out of a concert.

I grew up with IRA bombings and we had decades of peace.

The UK pulled together and looked after each other back then and we'll do the same again now.

The UK is a strong country who will not be broken by cowardly terrorists.  If anything, terrorism makes us stronger.

Monday, 22 May 2017

That's the shopping been and gone

Only caused a mini argument this time between him and me.

He asked why I'd taken my stuff off the shopping.

I said I couldn't afford both lots so I took mine off.

He asked why I didn't tell him.

I did. 

He lent me £1.

If I had to borrow money just for his stuff, how in the heck was I supposed to afford my own stuff as well?!

Means that for the next 7 days I've got no food or drink in the house, other than tap water and 1.5 bottles of squash, left over from last week's shopping.

I'm impressed that he noticed I hadn't ordered anything for myself though!  👍  He doesn't usually!  😃

Taken the pup for her walk and taken me supplements

The pup didn't want to go out first thing... she was fast asleep on the back of the sofa and I didn't want to disturb her, so I waited until she woke up to take her out.

When we got home, I fed and watered her then booted up my laptop and took me supplements.

Marie can't come over to help with the shopping today 'cos she's in London this week and it's all Steve's stuff on the shopping, not a single thing of mine but I'm still expected to pay for it all!

Humpf.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Glad I've got an Equifax account!

Just checked me credit score from Equifax and apparently I've defaulted on an O2 contract that I cancelled within days of getting it.

My credit report noted that I'd cancelled the contract and that I'd paid it last month and defaulted on it this month.

I've just phoned Equifax and within 8 minutes it was sorted. 

The lady I spoke to said she'd put a flag saying that I was disputing it and could take anything up to 21 days to hear back from O2 then they would email me with the result.

I just hope that O2 check their records and see that I cancelled it in less than a week and the person I spoke to said they wouldn't be taking any more payments.

So why have they put a defaulted flag on my credit score when I've never even had the sim card, it's on my credit record as being cancelled the month that it started, it was paid last month even though the account was supposed to be cancelled mid-March so why have I suddenly defaulted??

Hopefully it'll be sorted by the middle of June!

Taken me supplements, no viruses and backed up again now

The 3 supplements were taken and within minutes the multi kicked in.

The virus scan was clear again but when I tried to create a folder on my back-up device, it wouldn't let me use numbers for some reason.

Steve suggested rebooting, which I did, et voila!

Steve's gone to the post box now to post 3 letters and he's going to be asleep for the rest of the day, but he deserves it!

He's just got back... he did it!  So totally awesome!  WTG Steve!


Saturday, 20 May 2017

39% now

The progress bar won't progress soon and I'm going to have an early night tonight... too wiped out to have a late night, need to get back into the habit of going to bed early again!  lol

12% done in an hour and a half

Not bad going, eh?

If it's anything like last week it'll hit about 40% and the progress bar won't move because it's scanning all my emails and PSP tubes!  lol

6% done already

Set the virus scan going about half an hour or so ago.

It's already done 6%.

Hopefully that means it'll be finished by bed time, no guarantees though.  I usually set it going after I've had me lunch on a Friday and it's sorted by the time I come down on Saturday morning so hopefully it'll finish by the time I go to bed tonight because I set it going 4 hours before I usually set it off so, in theory, it'll finish 4 hours earlier than usual too!

Gotta remember to do my back-up when it's finished too... I'll prolly forget that too though!  lol

The taste never gets better!

Me an' 'im are registered to vote by post.

I've just voted and sealed both envelopes.

Yuckerama!

The taste of the lickey seal bit never gets any better!

Gross!

Taken me supplements and...

Just taken my 3 supplements and I've got to remember to clear the cache on both browsers and set the virus scan going... you watch me forget!  lol

Friday, 19 May 2017

Forgot to do the weekly virus scan today :-(

Usually set it going after I've had me lunch, but Steve didn't get home until about 2.30pm so that wiped out my routine.

Gonna set it going as soon as I come down here tomorrow though!  lol

Review of Andy Cars in Gloucester

We've been using them for months.

They were so late for me every time I used them... needed to book the taxi for half an hour before the appointment time and I got there just in time for my appointment.  It's less than a five minute journey from our little house to my GP but it took them twenty minutes to pick me up and take me five minutes down the road.

What's even worse though, is that they have just refused to pick Steve up any more because of his size (he's clinically obese) making it hard for them to drive or something.

When Andy Cars told Steve that, he went back in to his GP surgery and asked if they had any other numbers for taxi's.

They had the number for Associated Taxi's and they were brilliant apparently.

As Steve said as soon as I saw the taxi pull up outside the house:  "Andy Cars are c**ts!"

They've lost 2 customers with us and a regular £20 a week just from Steve.

If you're in Gloucestershire, avoid Andy Cars like the plague and hope that the company goes bust soon!

Star rating from us now?  Zero out of five!

I've never used Associated Taxi's so can't give them a review yet, but it sounds like they are so much better than Andy Cars going by what Steve said!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Me PPC has just turned up too

Just got a three month one that'll take me until the beginning of September, I'll have enough in my B account by then to cover a 12 month PPC which is £104 so I'll definitely be able to afford it and still have enough to cover my SCBWI renewal in August 'cos I've already got £70 in there, plus the £10 S/O tomorrow gives me enough to easily cover the SCBWI membership and be well on my way to affording the PPC too.

August to November are expensive months because I've got my SCBWI membership in August that costs $80, then the PPC in September which is £104 and two birthdays in October!

Expensive but worth it and they are only once a year so I'll pay then forget it and concentrate on putting £10 into B every week.  Expensive but doable.

Me supplements have just arrived. Yay!

Me supplements have just arrived and the bottles are as huge as the calcium bottles... don't know how they are going to fit 180 pills into each of them unless they are small pills... they don't sound small though!

I've got good reason to finish off my three supplements now though... I'll just take one a day instead of three!

I really don't like taking pills but if the new ones are as bit of the calcium ones, I'll have to crunch them up and hope they don't taste too bad!

Taken me supplements again

I really feel the difference when I forget to take me supplements and then within minutes of taking them I'm good to go again!

My Simply Supplements order should be delivered today hopefully and they did take Monday as the dispatch day which is totally OK by me, just wish they'd said that on the dispatch email or on the site or something!  They are a fantastic company other than that though!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Just taken me supplements

It's taken me all day to remember, but I've taken them now.

Hopefully my new vitamins and minerals will turn up tomorrow... I'm guessing that they counted Monday as the dispatch day because that was the first working day after I'd ordered it, so it'll be three days tomorrow, just need to be sure of which speed I chose when I ordered them... I'm pretty sure it was the 2-3 working days which means that it'll be here with the post tomorrow but if it's 5 working days, it'll be Monday!  lol

Just had my first taste of...

Just had me first taste of a nectarine and if it had been sweeter then it'd have been OK, but like the peaches, it just wasn't sweet enough!  Way too sharp and sour for my liking!

Sainsbury's sweet and juicy peaches

I started drooling when I added these to the shopping last week.

Couldn't wait to try them on Tuesday but the brain damage made me forget they were there until bed time.

I've got a very sweet tooth and love juicy things.  It's been literally years since I had a peach so wanted to try them again.

Bit into the first one and yes, it was very juicy but also very sour.  I hate sour things!  Yuck!

What a waste of money!

Going to try the nectarines for lunch, but if they taste horrible too then I'll stick to apples and banana's from now on!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mineral water versus tap water

I used to live in Oxfordshire.
I now live in Gloucestershire.

I've always enjoyed the pure taste of water and couldn't tell the difference in taste between tap water and mineral water when I was in Oxfordshire.

Noticed the difference this morning though!

Opened up a multi-pack of Sainsbury's still Scottish mountain water.

It just tastes so much cleaner!  So much fresher!  More natural!  Like with table salt and sea salt?  I didn't used to be able to tell the difference between those either, but since reducing the dose of my AP everything has more of a taste difference now!

I tried Glaceau vitamin water recently but it didn't taste much different from strong squash and it was pretty expensive for such a small bottle (£1.55 for 500ml) but after tasting the difference in the mineral water, I might give it one last chance.

Got the cherries and berries squash in the water now... yumsk!

If you're in the UK, give the water a try... get someone to give you a glass of tap water and a glass of the mountain water to see if you can tell the difference too?

Won't need to get any paracetamol with next week's shopping, because...

Just taken two halves of a paracetamol caplets without crunching them up so that left one in the box.

Steve said there were another four full boxes in the kitchen so I brought one in for him and left the other three boxes out there.

Won't need to get any more paracetamol for the rest of May now!  lol  Steve usually adds one a week out of habit or whatever, so if I see any more on next week's shopping, I'll take them off before we have enough to stock our own chemist shop!  lol

If I ask...

If I ask if I've taken my supplements today, please tell me I have.

Either today or tomorrow my Simply Supplements order will turn up and I'll only need to take one pill instead of 3 when I've finished my current supplements.

If you want or need any supplements, definitely go to Simply Supplements - they are a fantastic company and if you use my name (Amanda George) and email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) you get 20% off your first order too!

Go on, you know you want to!  👍

Monday, 15 May 2017

That's a bit good then!

Just phoned CO and SB to see what my outstanding balance is on them.

I'll have totally paid off one of them in 20 months and the other one is about a third of BC which'll take about 5 years to pay off but when I've paid off CO next year, I'll be able to move the £50 over to SB to pay it off even quicker.

I can so do this!

Next year is an expensive Namehog year, but I'll hopefully have enough in B to cover it by the time it needs paying... I just hope that I get PIP as well as ESA so that I can keep on top of my bills and stuff.

Knew he wouldn't take it!

Steve promised me last night that he'd take my PIP form to the post box when  he went out this morning.

He hasn't.

I just hope Marie doesn't mind taking it if she comes over instead of M tonight... bet he won't even ask her though.  He's my carer but does bugger all to deserve that title.



Yummy!

Just had me salted caramel almond ice cream

It was frozen solid to start with so I put the lid on and put it on the floor for a couple of minutes then scoffed the lot!  lol

Yumsk!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The red team in Formula 1... Ferrari??

When Kimi Rikikikonen crashed out the camera showed a small child in floods of uncontrollable tears.

Fair do's to the red team, they got the kid and his family into the pit lane and meeting Kimi and the mechanics and stuff and just really made a fuss of the kid.  They are a multi-million pound, huge, famous formula 1 team but they seem to really be grateful to their young fans which is so totally awesome and makes me love the red team almost as much as I love Rikikikonen!

Like Steve said when I told him, it costs them five minutes to do something like that, but will give them so many more fans for genuinely caring and being grateful for their fans who spend hundreds or even thousands to go to just one race.  The red team didn't lose anything but have potentially gained millions more fans around the world just for taking five minutes out of the day to comfort a young fan!

Happy mother's day, right?


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Link to download AVG

You can get AVG anti-virus and anti-malware for free here but I definitely recommend paying for it if you can... it's so worth it!  It's under £70 a year right now, which is the same as the Amazon Prime thing, but you get so much peace of mind and protection for that and you don't need to get any other security software if you use Windows 10 because there's a Firewall you can turn on for free or download Zone Alarm Pro for less than $25 a year instead if you don't want to use the Windows firewall.

I know I've been telling you to spend money in this post and the previous one, but security and peace of mind with AVG and Zone Alarm is worth it I reckon!

Me supplements have been dispatched

Just seen the email from Simply Supplements to say they've dispatched me multi so it'll be here by Wednesday... not bad going considering I ordered them on a weekend evening and they dispatched the order less than 24 hours later!

If you're after a quick, honest, reliable supplement supplier and you want 20% off  your first order, go here, click on the "referred by a friend" link, put my name (Amanda George) in the box, hit the button, put my email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) in the box and you'll save yourself 20% on your first order!

You can get loyalty points on the Simply Supplements site as well as discounts if you sign up to their newsletter and if you're with Quidco, Top Cashback or Lady Cashback you get points on every order by going through the cashback site of your choice first!  Quidco is my cashback site of choice and my £160 earnt since I joined half way through 2014!

If  you're a regular Amazon customer, do yourself a big favour and sign up to Lady Cashback and then get Prime membership.  Prime is available for one person per address, but you can nominate other people in the same house to get Prime delivery too.

I know it may seem like I'm getting you to spend money, but I wouldn't even link to the sites let alone recommend them if I didn't like what they do!

Just an extra couple of clicks ahead of going to Amazon or Argos or Simply Supplements or Just Eat or Interflora and loads of others means that you get cashback and takes only an extra couple of minutes, if that!

Same with Nectar... if you shop for your groceries in Sainsbury's and do a lot of searches online, get thee a Nectar card and get the app in your browser - 2 searches in the app is one free point and you just made an extra couple of clicks!

Going back to Amazon, if you suffer from insomnia or aren't tired any more by the time you get into bed, get yourself a Kindle Fire tablet to have a bit of a play with while your body relaxes enough for you to sleep.  If you prefer to read instead of surf, invest in a Kindle e-reader as well - I've got both upstairs and wouldn't be without either of them now!

Amazon have got a bundle of Kindle stuff available too if you want to get everything you need for your new e-reader - the bundle has the Kindle, a case and a mains adaptor thing for under £150 which is a saving of over a tenner if you bought the things individually!

OK, OK, shutting up now!  lol

AVG has just protected me again

Just tried clicking on a link in an email.

AVG blocked the site and quarantined the threat.

Without AVG working its magic for me, I would have been infected again!

Can't remember how much it costs, but even protecting me once is worth everything to me but this is at least the second time this year that it's protected me so it's got my custom for a very long time to come!

Only took the pup on half a walk today, because...

I usually take the pup either 5 times or twice up and down the street, depending on where we go.

Today we only went half way because she poo'd and by the time I'd cleared it up I was visibly shaking and there's no way I was stable enough to do it again.

If Steve takes the PIP form to the post box then I'll walk her up to the end of the street with him, like I did last time... my legs just couldn't cope with the rest of the walk this morning though.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

That's everything bought now

Bought the multi-vitamin and 2 gifts, still got £43 left to come out of my account on Monday but everything is bought now and still got £112 left for the shopping too.

My PIP form has just arrived too so I'll print out my answers and tape them to the pages then that's done and dusted too while I'm waiting for me lunch to cook.

I was dreading the form not arriving until a couple of days before my month is up on the 22nd but Steve only phoned them on Monday so that's good going by the benefits agency!

I'm glad I write everything down in me blog!

The thing I'd forgotten was getting the supplements which is only £15.70 and I've got just under £60 still to come out on Monday so I'll be able to either spend £120 on the shopping, or put the extra £20 into B... that means that I'm already putting £80 into B every month which is a bonus I wasn't expecting!

Virus free and backed up for another week

The virus and malware scan had finished by the time I came downstairs, so I set the back-up going while I took the pup on her walk and it's just finished so that's it for another week now  👌

Took the pup on the new walk this morning and she was fine all the way through it, so her reluctance was boredom more than pain or whatever.  Worked out while we were on her walk that each length is 1¹/₄ lengths of her previous walk, so twice up and down is equal to 5 times up and down of the previous walk.

The pup was happy to go further today but I didn't want to risk it.

Already taken me supplements as well and am having some mini meringues for me breakfast.  Gotta work out how much more will come out of my bank account on Monday just to be sure I've got £100 in there for the shopping, the money for the PPC has already come out and I was waiting for something else but can't remember what that was now!  👎  I'll have to go back and read yesterday's blog posts to remind me 😃  lol

Gotta love how the brain damage affects my memory!  😞

Friday, 12 May 2017

Just seen the email from Simply Supplements

I emailed Simply Supplements a couple of questions about the Multi-vitamin and mineral thing that I'm going to get on Monday for definite now.

My 2 questions were:

First off, the drop down box says they are tablets but one of the reviews says they are capsules - which are they please?

Secondly, the 360 pills and the 120 pills have a different image - I'm going to hopefully get the 360 pills on Monday, but do they come in a box or bottle please?

Their answer to the first question was that they are tablets and the answer to the second question was that the images are different because the 120 pills come in a blister pack in a box whereas the 360 pills come in 2 pots of 180 pills each.

That totally sold me and I'll definitely be getting that multi-vit for £15.70 instead of the 3 pots that I'm currently taking costing £40.

I love Simply Supplements and I can't recommend them highly enough!

Just done a major clear-up of my corner

Totally filled a black bin bag mainly with empty viva-dog boxes that had things for Mitzi in them in search of her most recent box that was full of treats.

That's disappeared somewhere but I've got 2 half packets of Kong treats, a small box of Christmas doggy chocolates, 4 mini treat sticks and a vacuum sealed bag of 2 huge chicken fillets.

Steve's under strict instructions to use up the Kong biscuits first because they are already open, then the chocolate because that's open too, then the sticks because they are individually packed and lastly the chicken fillets because they are so big and are vacuum sealed so can't be put back in anything other than the big blue box that her treats had been in until about 15 minutes ago.

Dunno where the April box of treats disappeared to though!  Still, she's got enough to keep her going as long as Steve only treats her when she goes out for a poo instead of every time she goes for a wee... that's what caused her to become obese to start with!  She knows that she only gets a treat from me if she asks to go out and poo's... wee's don't cut it with me!

Just set the weekly virus scan going

Cleared my browsers' cache and set it running because we're just having chocolate for lunch today.

Back up my hard drive tomorrow and that's it done for another week!

Oh cool!

If I ordered the 3 supplements I currently take it'd be about £40.  Normally that'd be fine, but I'm spending £400 a month on groceries now so can't afford the £40 on top of that right now.

Just had a look at the Multivitamins and Minerals... everything I need in one tablet for £15.70 including free delivery.  Just need to be sure I can afford it after my bills come out on Monday.

B vitamins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and even Thiamin which I'm short of as well as vitamins B12 and D all in one tablet for less than half the price I paid for 3 and it's a years supply too!

Simply Supplements are a great company and if you use my name (Amanda George) and email address (amanda.k.george@googlemail.com) in the referral box we both save 20% on our first (for you) and next (for me) orders too!

Just taken me supplements and my OCD is happy today

Took me supplements in the right order today so my OCD has kept quiet this morning lol

I'm feeling the multi kicking in, the calcium not really and the iron not at all!  Still going to keep taking me supplements though 'cos I feel the difference when I don't take them for a few days!

Going to need some more soon though!  Assuming they don't cost more than £25 all in, I can get them after I've had Patrick's tyres pumped up next week.


PPC and SCBWI

I ordered my 3 month PPC last night which'll take me up to August.
£80 a month into B for the next 3 months is £240 plus the £60 that's already in there takes it up to £300.

12 month PPC is £104
SCBWI membership is about £60
Wheelchair insurance in July is £153
That comes to £317 and I can move over just the £17 from NW and I'll be able to afford it as long as I don't spend anything between now and then.

Keep moving over £80 a month between August and October will leave me with £160 in B again.

Namehog stuff is less than £15 in October and less than £10 in November which I'll just take out of NW and leave the money in B ready for next year... 2018 is going to be an expensive year!

Took the pup on a slightly different walk this morning

Took her up to the next house and back twice and the pup was like "ooh!  This is new!" so might chop and change it every few days so that the pup never knows where we'll be walking... either 5 times up and down the original walk or 2 times up and down on the new walk and if there's a car I can use to get me on and off the pavement I'll use a third variety too!

She's 8 years young at the end of June so I guess it's time to mix things up a bit for her.  Gonna give her 3 meals a day too... same amount of food, but a third of it for breakfast, the second third when we've had our lunch and the final third for her tea.

She goes back to eat her breakfast 3 times during the day and eats a third of it at a time so I'm gonna try that to see if it helps her.  I'm taking my lead from her now that she's getting on a bit.  We'll have had her for 7 years in the middle of July... couldn't be without her any more!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

I'll be able to afford to get the PPC

Just checked B and I've got just over £60 in there atm, so as long as I don't spend anything else between now and the start of June, I'll be able to afford the 12 month PPC in August as well as the Namehog stuff in October... just got to not spend anything else now!  lol

Wasn't expecting that so soon!

Just had an email to say that my prescription pre-payment certificate will run out at the start of June!

I've just paid for a 3 month one instead of a year long one because I can't afford £124 right now but I will be able to by the time the 3 month one runs out I'll be able to afford it using the money in B assuming I keep putting the £80 a month into that account so that I'm not tempted by things I don't need.

Where is the year going to?!

Just installed an app on me laptop

I take part in market research when I remember to check the email address the invites are sent to.

As part of one of the research dooberries I took part in at the weekend I was invited to install an app on my smartphone that keeps track of where I am and websites I visit and stuff.

It doesn't have access to what emails and texts say and it doesn't record phone calls or log in details or anything.

As a reward for keeping it on my phone I get a £10 Amazon voucher for every month that I keep it installed.

I've just been invited to install it on my laptop too which will earn me another £10 voucher every month.

I've just got to keep my mobile with me and keep my phone and laptop charged up so that it can get the information it needs.  Basically I've just got to forget that the app is installed and use my mobile and laptop like I normally would, with the reward of two £10 Amazon vouchers a month.  I've got no problem with that!  £20 Amazon vouchers every month just for using my smartphone and laptop like I would anyway is fine by me assuming they don't eff up anything on them of course!  lol

Just taken me supplements

Did it in the wrong order, but I've definitely taken them.

Usually take the calcium, then the iron, then the multi but took them in reverse order this morning.  Still feeling the benefit of them, just not as strongly is all and my OCD is going nuts about it now!  😟

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Patrick's back wheels

100% of the people who've tried to pump up Patrick's back tyres (me, Steve and C) have been unable to pump them up, so C suggested phoning Assured Mobility to see if they can come out to do it.

Steve's just done that for me and they charge a £25 call-out fee then inner tubes and wheels and stuff, if they've been damaged on top of that.

I've got £154 in direct debits coming out on Monday.
£100 for the shopping is £254 when they're added together, yeah?

I've got £339 in my account right now.

Take £254 off £339 leaves me with £85 yeah?

Take off the £25 leaves me with £60 to last me 1 week yeah?

I haven't got anything coming from Namehog until October, so I can afford to get Patrick's tyres pumped up, yeah?

I'll be paid again the week after when my other bills come out and I'll be able to pay for the shopping out of those pay days and I'll be back on track to being able to spend £112 on the shopping each week, which we've never done, not even at Christmas so I'm thinking of saying £102 a week and putting the extra tenner into B each week so that I save £80 each month instead of £40 ready for Namehog stuff and Patrick stuff and emergencies and stuff.

Makes a huge difference to a few years back where I was struggling to make the minimum payment each month and was badly overdrawn every month.

I've been able to pay off everything except my 3 credit cards which is £150 a month, plus Equifax, 4 charities, 2 mobile phone bills and newsgroup access which makes £322 a month.  Shopping is just over £100 a week, wheelchair insurance every July and 2 SCBWI membership fees a year in March and August for me and Melanie that's $80 each a year then that's it... and I'm still left with almost £50 a month to spend on whatever I want or need!

The money that goes into B covers my Namehog stuff, the wheelchair insurance and SCBWI memberships - hard but definitely doable!  Especially if I put in £80 a month... I'll be able to cover Patrick's insurance in 2 months, the memberships in a month each and Namehog stuff as it comes up!

I'm far from rich, but at least I've got it all written down now with online banking that I keep a close check on most days!

I reckon, touch wood, that I've beaten my spending addiction into submission too... being able to spend the money on the weekly groceries seems to be all it needed to leave me alone most of the time!

So proud of myself that I could even write this message and believe in myself enough to know that I will, most likely, stick to it too!

👍😊

Three times out of four! Yay! :-D

Just got back from seeing C.

Walked to and from the pub without holding on to him!

The first time I held on to him on the way but not on the way back.

Today though, I walked both ways without holding on to C at all!!!  He stood on the road side of the path, so that if I did lose my balance, he would be able to stop me falling into the road and getting run over like me and Steve are most worried about with my unsteadiness, but I'm slowly building up confidence in myself and my quad cane... just need to not use my left arm for a confidence booster and stick my tongue out in concentration now!  😄

It'll take a long time to feel confident enough in myself to walk to the pub and back totally alone, but at the start of the year I was struggling to get to the end of the street alone... not any more though - I even coped with four pavements and four slopey bits alone today... wouldn't have even been willing to try it a month ago!

I can so do this... it took literally 1.5 decades to get so unsteady so I'm not thinking any further ahead other than getting to and from the pub alone right now - gonna take it really slowly and listen to my body, I'm not going to push myself too hard and I'll listen to what my body says it's willing to try each time I try it.

Feeling really proud of myself right now!!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Small victory for Steve

Steve is clinically obese.

Has been since he was a child.

Makes no difference to me, but he's too big to get into a small car and use a seat belt without an extension.

While he was waiting for the taxi driver to get the money for him this morning, he tried the seat belt on and he managed it! 

Apparently it was far from comfortable to have it on and it was pulled to the end of the belt, but he got it on and plugged it in... he hasn't been able to do that without an extension since he got rid of his own car!

So, not only is he the next clothes size down for the first time in his life, his food portions are smaller, he's losing weight and now he can wear a seat belt without an extender!  So totally awesome!

Keep going, Steve!  I'm so proud of you!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Took me supplements and had me lunch

As predicted, I felt a difference within seconds of swallowing the supplements.  Even the calcium & magnesium pill that I took first was kicking in within seconds of me taking it!  The iron wasn't so noticable but the multivitamin kicked in within seconds too.

I'm more awake, me bones aren't aching and I just feel so much better already!

Had pasta 'n' sauce with grated cheese for lunch... we hadn't had it for a while and the onion in it was really strong and unexpected!  lol

Got me Amazon order delivered when I'd just started tucking into lunch as well as a phone call mid-mouthful on me mobile... busy day today and it's only 2.19pm lol

Got me blood tests done

Looking in the tray thing I thought it was only going to be one tube.

Nope.

Not even two.

Or three.

More like four or five so I haven't got a clue what else my GP is testing me for!

He knows what he's doing though so maybe it was just different things that took a tube full each or something?

Got my blood tests in just over an hour

After I went for the meds review, and the AP was reduced, my GP said he wanted a couple of blood tests to check the high dose hadn't messed with my liver or kidneys or something.

Going for that today and need to remember to ask my FIL to post a PPI letter for me too... you watch me forget though!  lol

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review of Swedish Glace soy strawberry ice cream on a stick

I had a box of soy ice creams in the freezer and I'm always hot when I get out of the bath so I got myself one and another for Steve.

They were really small and nicked Wall's symbol and to quote Steve "other than the size of 'em, I'd never have known they weren't real ice cream!"  Steve eats meat and isn't allergic to dairy, unlike me, so that's a huge compliment to Swedish Glace!

Like I said to Steve when he commented on the size and price, not so many people are going to buy soy stuff so they need to make their profit somehow and they do it by halving the size of each ice cream for pretty much the same price as a Magnum.

I'd be first in the queue to try a mint soy ice cream though!  The ones we've just had were strawberry and they do a vanilla one so hopefully they'll come up with a mint one at some point!

I was wrong in my previous blog post

Steve found me a second pair of knickers just before I jumped in the bath - got a huge hole in the side of them but still wearable and it means I've now got 2 knickers that I can wear instead of one.

Still missing 15 pairs though!  lol

Sorry for my mistake though!  Makes me human I guess.


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Tomorrow lunchtime

Got a blood test tomorrow at 11.15am.

Haven't taken my supplements since booking it last week.

Oh boy am I feeling it... just want to be sure I give an accurate result on the tests is all so I've just been taking my prescriptions not the supplements.  Gonna start taking them again as soon as I get home tomorrow though and try and remember to take them every morning after that 'cos my body is screaming for them and making me feel everything I do more than when I remember to take them!

I really know it when my body is pleading for the supplements!  lol

That's the washing on and more knickers ordered

I've ordered 20 knickers since the end of January.

3 were binned before even being worn.
1 is bing washed now.
That makes 4, so where have the other 16 disappeared to fer flip's sake?

Going to have a bath when the main part of the washing is finished and the water has heated up again then get dressed minus knickers until the washing is dried, then I'll put them on before I go for me blood test tomorrow morning.

It's the same with me socks that I bought in February - the only ones that are still in pairs are the ones I haven't opened yet and the ones that I've just taken off... I've got 3 individual socks who have lost their partner!  *sigh*

Maybe I should sew everything together before I put them in the washing machine to be sure I still get everything in pairs... I'm missing tops too!  I've currently got 2 tunics and 2 trousers and one skirt... I'm missing 2 Dogs Trust t-shirts, a white t-shirt, 2 mini skirts and a long skirt somehow!

The wights are probably playing tricks on me or something... complaining about the empty offering dish in the bathroom or something!  lol

I'm hearing things now! lol

Suddenly woke up this morning because I could have sworn some was hammering on our front door so loudly that it woke me up.

When I came down and asked Steve who it was, he looked at me as if I was nuts and said no-one had come to the door.

I must be hearing things after the police using their big red key last night lol

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Apparently...

Charlie and Duffy are married now in Casualty... that's like June and Toni being married in The Bill!

What on earth have I been missing... didn't even know that Duffy had left the programme, but apparently she came back as an agency nurse, the hospital took her on permanently, she and Charlie got together and one of them said to the other that they should have done it ages ago or something.

Anyway, I've just taken me pills and I'm going to ask the pharmacy driver to take my old AD and AP boxes with him next time I get my prescription delivered in 3ish weeks... I was keeping them in case I needed to go on the 15mg instead of the 10mg but it's been almost 5 weeks now and I feel better on the 10 than I did on the 15!

Everything backed up now

The virus scan and malware scan were clean so I'm doing a tune up now... it found 180 issues that it's fixed and 1.21GB cleaned.  Doing a defrag now then that's it.

I'm still going to do a weekly virus scan and daily malware scan but I'll do a tune up on the first Saturday of each month too, just to keep everything running smoothly.  It only takes a few minutes extra so it's not like I'm wasting loads of time on it or anyfink like that but it's reassuring that I do it and only takes a little while to keep everything running smoothly!

Third time lucky?

Been trying to back up my laptop's hard drive since feeding the pup but I keep kicking the USB thing out of the external hard drive.  I've got it flat on the floor now with the USB dooberry jammed up against the table leg now, so hopefully it won't come out a third time!  😒

The pup definitely approves of her new food

Steve measured out the 120g of Pooch and Mutt food for Mitzi overnight and I put it down for her this morning.

She got through most of it and it totally filled her bowl so she definitely approves!

The Pooch and Mutt company definitely have a new customer with us!

I worked out where I was going wrong with my maths last night

I included the £40 into B twice when I didn't get the £40 a month spare, so I really will have £40 a month to get clothes and domain stuff and things like that!  Yay!

Friday, 5 May 2017

The emergency food has just arrived for the pup

Just opened her bag of Pooch and Mutt food that has just been delivered.

I tried her on just a single piece of it in case she didn't like it, but she sniffed it, cautiously licked it then took it off me and ate it, so I tried a second bit.

Sniffed it and took it straight off me, so I tried a small handful while the pup was dribbling in anticipation on my boots.

Scoffed the lot without even sniffing it this time so I think she approves of her new food... just gotta measure out 120g to feed her with tomorrow and Sunday now then she'll be back on the Cesar on Monday morning, ready for Marie bringing over the vet food on Monday evening.

WTG Pooch and Mutt - you really know dogs!  You've got a regular customer with us now!  👍 🐶

 

Good job I put my mobile on to charge this morning! lol

Just had the call from the PPI bods about claiming back the PPI I paid on my SB credit card for 20 years.

It's all underway now though.  I need to fill in and return an email from the company taking it on for me and I might get a phone call from SB just to be sure that it's a genuine claim then we're good to go!

Yaay!

Just set AVG running...

... had to right click on it in the system tray to get it going 'cos the icon on my desktop and in the start menu just brought up a box with 3 pages saying I was protected with no way of setting the scan running!

That's it for another week though... the virus scan is going, the malware scan will run overnight and the firewall runs every time I turn the laptop on.

Just need to back up my documents tomorrow and it's sorted for another week... yay!

£58+£230 is...

It's my first May pay day on Monday, so £58+£230 is £288 yeah?  Take off £100 for the shopping is £188 yeah? And another £100 for the shopping the week after is £88... right so far?

Two weeks on Monday I get another £230 then on Tuesday I get £309 which makes £539 plus the £88 is £627 take £83 for the last bills leaves me with £544 take off 2 weeks shopping at £110 a week leaves me with £322 yeah?

Then same again 2 weeks later and every 2 weeks after that... right so far?

Basically as long as I don't spend anything on things I don't need it's all do-able, right?

I hate maths!  lol

If my maths is right (and it probably isn't)...

After the shopping and direct debits have come out, I'll have £50.40 to last me until the end of May then I'll be on track to having £58.40 with £8 to add to it at the end of every month and I'll have about £100 in B by the end of May too... just gotta keep saving for me domains and stuff as well, but I'll use the money in B to cover that!

I won't be able to get top brands or clothes or anything like that, but it's definitely doable!

Yay me!

Saw our neighbour on the pup's walk this morning

Apparently the police went to see him yesterday and everything went well, his English isn't great but his month in India seems to have given him confidence in using it.

He wanted to stroke the pup on her walk this morning but she's still scared of him for some reason... Steve reckon's it's the smell of his cigarettes that she doesn't like but her little tail was wagging so maybe she just needs us to be patient with her and take things at her speed?  Give her confidence to let him stroke her?

Thursday, 4 May 2017

2.30pm tomorrow

I'm expecting a call from a PPI claims company about claiming back the PPI I paid on one of my credit cards.

Not expecting anything to come of it and I'm paying either 30% or 50% if anything does come of it and I won't pay anything if they don't win anything back for me.

I'm grateful it was in place and I *did* use it for 12 weeks but because I was paying PPI for almost 20 years, I should have been able to claim PPI for 20 years instead of 12 weeks!

If the PPI company win anything back for me, the money will go towards paing off SB which will save me £25 a month sooner than if I didn't even try!

Our neighbour is back home now! Yay!

Our neighbour is back home now!  Yay!

He's smoking and wandering up and down the street again... yay!

I've emailed the police to tell them he's back but it's so good to see him again.  He's an amazingly friendly man who doesn't speak much English but he's back home again now so all is right in the street again!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

I've now, officially, started on my second month of the lower dose of AP

Just taken the first pill in my new box of AP's and didn't need to increase the dose, so I'm now officially on 5mg less and feel a lot better on it!

Obviously I'd prefer to be fit and healthy so didn't need any prescriptions at all, but I'm happy enough to slowly decrease the doseage... I don't want to go any lower than 10mg for a while again now though but I'm totally happy to decrease my AD if I need to as well, I'm just not willing to risk going any lower with the AP now though.

Going to head to bed soon... I'm cream crackered!


What a little smiler!

Steve's regular carer left her job on maternity leave.

She bought her little boy over this morning and what a little smiler he is!  Such a little sweetie!

He's 7 months old now and he's got an awesome grin on him!  Both my nephew and the baby have very similar names, so I'll still keep calling my nephew H and the carer's baby "Jess' baby" or "smiler" or whatever.

Both H and Jess' baby are full of smiles but this morning was the longest the smiler had ever seen me for... kept grinning and laughing and bouncing the whole time Jess was here with him.

He's going to be spoilt rotten his whole life if he keeps being such a happy boy!  Going to break so many hearts as he grows up!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Gotta give him credit!

Steve has just phoned the benefits bods and the form will be here within 2 weeks and we've got a number to chase them up if it hasn't arrived by then.

When it arrives I'll print off my answers and tape them to the questions on the form and just hope that's OK.

Getting nervous now!  lol

Monday, 1 May 2017

Tomorrow will be...

I'll have taken the new, lower dose of my AP for 28 days tomorrow and I feel a lot more with it on the lower dose... I'm more awake, more motivated, clearer headed and all sorts of other good stuff.

I'm reluctant to go much lower though... don't want to go any lower than 10mg just in case things go nuts again and I like being well so don't want to risk it.

Thank you Marie!

Marie came over to help with the shopping today and it came half way through the booked time.

Still haven't had me mug of tea yet though!  lol

I'm gonna take me pills and head to bed now though... walked the pup up and down 5 times this morning then walked to the end of the road and back with her as well when Steve went to post the voting things.  The pup is snoring her head off behind me and Steve's got the snooker on so I'm gonna take me pills, shut down and head to bed.

Nite nite!

Just as I started clearing up after Mitzi...

Just been to clear up the pup's poo and after one scoopful I felt a couple of drops of rain on my head.

By the time I'd finished doing it, the rain was really heavy and by the time I put the bag of poo in the bin out the front, it was hammering down!

I just hope the electricity doesn't trip 'cos there's no way we can reach the trip switch with Steve's chair there!

Talking of Steve, other than a light doze he's been awake all the time since he got home first thing... he seems to have more energy and his mood seems to be lighter too!

That short walk this morning obviously worked a mini miracle for him!  He'll sleep well tonight too if the small amount of exercise wipes him out as much as Mitzi's morning walks do for me at night!

So proud of Steve!

Steve's just posted our postal votes all on his own!

Me an' Mitzi walked him to the corner and waited for him until the pup saw a cat further down the road and was risking pulling me over so we came back home but Steve did it... he really did!

It was slow and made him breathless but he's pretty much recovered from that already too... it used to take at least 5 minutes and he'd be asleep within minutes and grumpy when he got back into the house.

Literallly 2 minutes later and he's recovered enough to talk and he seems to be feeling positive about it which is fantastic!

WTG and TY Steve!  You're a total star!

I'm getting old!

Need some sort of cushion or something to raise me bum up a bit 'cos me knees are killing me.

I'm not even 40 yet though!  lol