Saturday, 11 October 2014

Pi has filled out quite a bit now, she's 9 months and such fun to have around. Love her to bits.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

New Baby


Big congratulations to Fink and Lynette on their new arrival, and, just to show that even at our age we can produce a new baby, here's our 8 week old who is now named Pi, hope we can keep this name lol.

She's a very thoughtful little girl, she leaves little packages around the place for us to find but I think she's getting the hang of paper gradually. Has anyone ever thought of inventing nappies for dogs?

It's been a mixed year so far, I was over the moon about losing 56 lbs in weight but then my depression worsened and I started binge eating and put 28 lbs back on and shot my blood sugar up to 29. Considering the norm is between 4 and 8 the doctor told me that high 20's could be fatal. I'm now back on the 5:2 again and have lost half a stone.

Eagerly looking forward to being able to take the pup out for walks when she's had her next shots. I've recently rung up 6 years playing World of Warcraft and still not tired of it although there's a new kid on the block. I've been doing the Elder Scrolls Online Beta, looks good, in similar vein to WOW but Bethesda has the edge with an amazing back catalogue. Found it hard to play after years of having the controls set up in a certain way, but we will see.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Going Down

Tommo

Well, this year has thrown some curves my way, illness has dogged me for months, culminating in a short hospital visit where I was treated with antibiotics that I didn't need for an illness I didn't have. The experience was frightening, especially as I saw people, some much younger than me who had severely screwed up their lives due to the demon drink.

One guy was completely yellow and told me his family had disowned him because of his behaviour, another looked as if he'd been kicked in the head by a team of mules, he told the social worker he'd fallen over outside the pub. Turned out he was a hoarder too, according to his son-in-law, living in a small area inside his house like a recluse.

Add to this a line of old geezers in oxygen masks and my unease turned to a fear of hospitals which galvanized me into taking charge of my life and health. I began the 5:2 diet, where you can eat what you like for 5 days (although you don't really want to) and for 2 days eat just 600 calories (fast days) they can be any day but it's advisable not to do two on the trot. After 8 weeks I have lost 3 stones, 6 inches off my waist and no longer need to take 3 different tablets and an injection to control my Diabetes and my blood pressure is the best it's been in many a year.

The fact is, I had given up on life and because I was constantly feeling ill I was more or less waiting for the end. All the time the solution was in my hands, all I needed was the jolt to take the initiative.

The picture is me wired up for a sleep trial which measures sleep patterns. I had this because I have Sleep Apnoea, one more thing I hope to conquer. Two years ago I was given a CPAP mask which you have to wear during sleep to keep the airways open, it sounded like Darth Vader and after a few weeks I had to give it back as I was constantly taking it off during the night and found it wasn't helping. I now have a MAD (Maxillary Advancement Device) that fits over my teeth and pushes the lower jaw forward thus opening the airway. Results are ongoing and I have to have another trial in a few weeks with the MAD in place.

All in all, a new me has emerged, determined to try and enjoy whatever life span I have left.

On a darker note, our little dog Lottie who we've had for 14 years had to be put down yesterday, it was a huge blow but again, one we must cope with and continue.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Herman the German

The German Friendship Cake This really is a delicious cake and the idea of passing it on is brilliant.

The Herman Starter Mix

This is the mixture that you pass on to your friends along with the Friendship Cake instructions

Ingredients:

• 5oz plain flour

• 8oz castor sugar

• Half a pint of warm milk

• 2 fl oz lukewarm water

• 1 packet of active dry yeast

Instructions:

1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water for 10 minutes then stir.

2. Add the flour and sugar then mix thoroughly.

3. Slowly stir in the warm milk.

4. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth.

5. Leave in a cool, dry place for 24 hours.

6. Now begin at day one of the 10 day cycle, as per the friendship cake instructions.

German Friendship Cake Instructions

Here are the instructions I received with my little Herman. Quite straight forward really.

Hello, my name is Herman.

I am a sourdough cake. I'm supposed to sit on your worktop for 10 days without a lid on. You CANNOT put me in the fridge or I will die. If I stop bubbling, I am dead.

Day

1. You get Herman and put him in a large mixing bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel.

2. Stir well

3. Stir well

4. Herman is hungry. Add 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar and milk. Stir well.

5. Stir well

6. Stir well

7. Stir well

8. Stir well

9. Hungry again. Add the same as day 4 and stir well. Divide into 4 equal portions and give away to friends with a copy of these instructions. Keep the 4th one.

10. Herman is very hungry. Stir well and add the following:

• 1 cup sugar

• half tsp (teaspoon) salt

• 2 cups plain flour

• 2/3 (two thirds) cup of cooking oil

• 2 eggs

• 2 tsp vanilla essence

• 2 cooking apples cut into chunks

• 1 cup raisins

• 2 heaped tsp cinnamon

• 2 heaped tsp baking powder

Mix everything together and put into a large greased baking tin. Sprinkle with a quarter of a cup of brown sugar and a quarter of a cup of melted butter. Bake for 45 minutes at 170-180C. When cold cut into finger pieces. Cake freezes well and is also delicious warm with cream or ice-cream.

Enjoy

Friday, 30 November 2012

Mein Gott, has it been that long since the Aardvark arose from his burrow and bleated to the world. Well, the year wasn't nearly so bad as I expected although sadly, it included the death of three much loved relatives. Little things conspired to make us happy bunnies like the warm glow of my £200 cold weather payment (lol) and various other little gems.

Looking forward to Christmas mainly for the lunch we have at the Seminary, this is seriously good scoff and the guys are really great. The main reason I lament the passing of the year is that it places me a little closer to being aggro'd (a World of Warcraft term that is used when you get within a nearby monster's detectable range and get your ass whupped) by the Grim Reaper. I'm inclined to think as I get older that the old boy isn't as grim as he's made out, in fact he has the ability to end a world of pain at a stroke (geddit).

Well reader, if in fact you are out there, I wish you a fair old festivity, don't forget the geezer in who's name we go to such excess when your gazing at a Jackson Pollock at your feet. I may blog again before the event if I can crawl out of my burrow once more.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

New Year, New Hope? No Chance!

Well, as the year drew to a close I offered up my usual prayer of hope that next year be an improvement on this one. I must say I've been disappointed to find that, through illness, this year has probably been the worst so far. I deleted this blog because I felt that I wouldn't be around to post and if I was then it wouldn't be very entertaining. Can't say I was wrong but I re-instated it in the hope (there's that word again) that the doctors may find what exactly it is that's making feel so ill. If I had a name for it I could at least cuss at it.

It's likely that Diabetes has a lot to do with it, it could even be psychosomatic but none the less debilitating and if my mind is doing it why can't my mind stop it. Excuse the gripe but I'm really pleased that I feel up to posting this after so long. Meanwhile here's a picture of what my head feels like, perhaps I've somehow incurred the wrath of Cthulhu although I haven't done anything demonic in many a moon.

Cthulhu-Awakening

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Spooky

As usual we were underwhelmed by small visitors on Halloween. It could be the Indy Car racetrack a few feet from our door or the total blackness surrounding us after dark. I think it's more likely to be the moat, it's wide and deep and the drawbridge is up at night (cue eerie Hammer Horror music). I have been in touch with Rent-A-Chum, the people who send visitors to your house. The only qualm I have with them is that pensioners cannot have 20 something females as chums, downright unfair, I'm sure they might have something interesting to say. So, to any old geezers m/f in our area, come on down, the kettles always on and my nightshirt covers all my wobbly bits.