Update on Life… More time has passed than I thought

I’ve just had a look back at my posts and the last one (other than last night’s tasty missive on milk) was in June…. LAST YEAR.  Over 10-months ago.  I found 6 drafts hidden away, containing half formed, part formed and nearly fully formed thoughts for internet consumption so I have tarted up a couple of those for future scheduling.  It was a bit of a shock to find that I had neglected my blog for a good 6-months more than I thought.

What has happened since then?  I’ll try and remember!

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Same but different

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Mixing it up

Yesterday was an enforced rest day due to my mystery toe…. 75% sure it’s broken but it’s not nearly as painful as I think it should be for a broken toe, however it does ouch something horrid if I use my foot correctly when walking (i.e. rolling from my heel to my little toe then across the ball of my foot to my big toe.  Consequently, am suffering an achy foot and a cramping calf because I am either limping or trying not to limp by rolling my foot directly from heel to big toe.

I also had some emergency dog-sitting so clients could go to Wimbledon so decided that I would take the day off and let my toe settle down.  Just some gentle walking with the pooch.

As a result, I have decided to shift my Friday exercises to Saturday, Saturday exercises to Sunday and use yesterday as Sunday’s rest day.  This is because I was feeling really disappointed that I wasn’t going to be able to do my exercises yesterday, I was feeling like a bit of a failure until I told myself to buck up and that resting with a broken bone is not ‘wimping out’ but a sensible move.  Evidence of my guilt/disappointment/wimpish feelings about taking yesterday was the dream I had where I was scoffing down bread and pasta and all sorts of other Trot-list foods, EAP be damned!  It was horrid.

This is more like the me of 17-years ago before everything went a-over-t health-wise.  At last!!

In other news, last night I registered for a local K9-9K sponsored walk, with dog, for our local veterinary charity, the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) on the 21st July.  This is a Big Thing for me, being able to contemplate walking 9k (or 18k steps in pedometer terms) in one go.  This time 12-months ago, and even 6-months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to even think of doing this without coming over all fatigued.

On that positive note I will leave you to go and try my foot out in a Jodhpur boot

On yer bike

Got the bike out this morning; cycled to church as there was just me and restricted parking. Only a mile each way (so shouldn’t really be using the car anyway) but you’ve got to start somewhere.

Another high step count today. Went to note down my steps and was only 20 steps short of 10k so ran down and up the stairs to get to the other side. 10012 today.

Had a lovely day, spent most of it with a lovely local family from church. Babysat their 5 kids last night so “mum & dad” could go out for some together time. Was invited back to theirs for lunch and the I headed home to feed the sheep before heading out with the dog to meet them in the Forest for a lovely walk. A bit windy and overcast but a lovely afternoon.

Tomorrow is a return to Pilates (antibiotics side effects allowing) and first day in the new job. Good times.

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Hello stranger, it’s been a while

Nearly 3-months!  I’m a bad blogger.

Well, it’s been a rollercoaster ride.  It took nearly a month to get sorted out with the job, waiting for references to come through.  Didn’t get a confirmed start date until 23rd October (when I was offered the job on 28th September).

In an ironic turn, the happiness of getting my start date confirmed was flipped on its head by the fact that the cat was killed later that day.  I had noticed, not long after 4pm, that one of the panels of the fence between us and next-door was hit by something, hard, like someone had kicked a football at it.  I though it was one of the neighbours grandchildren and took no more notice of it.  Later on, the plumber came in saying that our neighbour wanted to have a word with us outside.  We thought it was a bit strange but went out to see.  They had come home and found the little cat laid out dead on their driveway.

I don’t think we’ll ever know what happened but she was probably run over on the road, made a last dash for home (with a mad rush of adrenaline) and just kept running or tried to jump the fence and didn’t make it.  She would have broken her neck on impact with the fence and died quickly… certainly quicker than from the internal injuries she most likely had.  Other than a little bit of blood round her nose, there was not a mark on her.

To say I was heartbroken would not be an overstatement.  She was my constant companion for the last two and a half years.  She was always around, always wanting to be near you.  She was my friend and I’ll miss her always.

That was on a Friday.  The following Monday my grandfather, who had been diagnosed with terminal, aggressive lung cancer in July, was taken into hospital with a chest infection.  He died at 4am on Tuesday morning.

I started my job on the 1st November and on my first day I discovered that one of the County Councillors I used to work for (last time I worked for the Council) had died suddenly in August.  I attended his memorial service on 16th November.

The job has been going great but I think I need to devote a whole post to that as it is now time to go downstairs and put up the Christmas decorations!!