Chit-chat July

So as you know, I took a blogging break. My mind was getting in a further mess of confusion. I felt overloaded, yet I wasn’t. I just couldn’t cope with how my brain was feeling of further confusion and, forgetfulness and my blog that started as therapy for me, when I first started writing this blog meant I just couldn’t be arsed to write and air what I was feeling, because it felt like too much work.
I was tired. I have been feeling tired for a long time as you know, as well as stressed. I wanted and needed to switch off. If I could have locked myself in a room for a week, or two without any form of contact, I would have done that.
It meant also not reading other people’s blogs, as well as avoiding mine. But at times, when I felt really good, I allowed myself to read the odd blog posts, liking theirs and maybe commenting. But I made sure my time was short.

So did my blogging break help?

Yes, surprisingly it did. I am still forgetful and I don’t expect this to improve, but feeling in general now to before, I feel much better, mentally. But I wasn’t expecting it to, with how I felt back then. This is my first post, since back from my blogging break.

I thank my kind readers and friends for their kind supportive comments, whether here on my blog, by email, or personally. 


To top it off, which some of you will know already, my asthma has been very troublesome this year. It affected my sleep in the end, for nearly two weeks, because I was waking up through the night every 2 hours, or less. But the asthma (and cough) itself had been going on much longer than this, before it disrupted my sleep.
I was proper pissed off. If I wasn’t tired enough, I now had to face disruptive sleep, until asthma (cough) was more under control, as well as being pissed off and frustrated with my coughing and limits it was putting on me, because I wasn’t walking out to he extent I was before.

I have had asthma for years, but it’s never been an issue. So for the first time in all the years of having asthma, this year was the first year I can say it was a nuisance.
I have had one nurse appointment that led on to having a doctor’s appointment, as the nurse was concerned on a few things.
At this first doctor’s appointment, after examination and discussion, I was given a short course of steroids. I felt third day in on them that my chest felt lighter and by the fourth day, that night, I got my first decent nights sleep. But my cough was still a pain and gasping for breath with it. And I still wasn’t myself. I also started coughing up blood towards the weekend, so this led to me making a second appointment at my doctor’s.
At my second appointment, I was examined and we chatted. My examination shown, like at my first appointment that there were no sign of a chest infection, but because my cough was no better and because of the coughing up blood, he thought it might be worth having a short course of antibiotics. These antibiotics were a strong dose and I seen further improvement in the end. I just have the odd coughing bout now, which varies in extent, depending on weather and pollen.
I also had a chest x-ray, which turned out to be ok.

I am glad that my throat no longer feels like razor blades from coughing, but I am seeing if the rest may calm down on it’s own. If it doesn’t and I am not back to my full self, I shall go back, which if this is he case, I may have already done it by the time this post airs.

Dairy free

Before my cough got worse, I already decided I was cutting out milk and yogurt again, using soya alternatives instead.
I am also only going to have:

  • dairy free butter
  • dairy free ice-cream
  • diary free chocolate

The dairy free chocolate I find more satisfying. The bar lasts me much longer, as I only take a few pieces at a time, where a dairy bar of the same size, I will eat all in one go.

I did this again, because I know by cutting out milk and dairy yogurt alone, the phlegm is much less in the back of my throat, or not at all mostly, when I have done this before, when I have had the phlegm problem in the past. I am not cutting dairy out for any other reason, than this.

With the asthma being much worse, as already talked about than its ever been, the phlegm in my throat felt very bad, at my worst coughing. I can’t imagine how much worser it would have felt for me, had I not cut milk and dairy yogurt out at this point.

In the past, I have done it on a temporary scale for so many months, but the above I have done now, I am doing it more permanently. But going completely dairy-free in the long run, I don’t know yet. At the moment, the completely dairy-free way, I am definitely doing for the remainder of this year and into the New Year and re-evaluate from there as to whether I continue being dairy-free, or partly.
If I don’t have soya milk in my tea, I also drink it black and I will put a teaspoon of honey in my tea a couple times a day. This was something I learnt to like, when I felt I had to cut the milk out before. So no problems in doing it again. And I can drink coffee black.

As this post airs, it will be my first day of being completely diary-free, after slowly cutting dairy off.
I already know that it gets a little bit difficult, when it comes to eating out in some places, because I already know of two places in my local area, where I won’t be eating, now I choose to be dairy-free.
Do you find it the same?

The only hardest problem I felt for me, was giving up dairy cheese. Which is surprising to say, considering I don’t eat a cheese sandwich often. But that’s not saying I don’t like dairy-free cheese, because I do, as I have ate it before personally.
I have some in the fridge ready, for when I fancy a dairy-free cheese sandwich, or toastie

Do you have dairy-free cheese?

I found a very useful book from my local library, to help me on my dairy free journey. It’s called, “How to cook for food allergies,” by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne. This book covers more than just dairy, so ideal if you have other food allergies. I bought a second-hand copy in the end, on eBay. I will talk about this book in a post of it’s own, a little later.

Are any of my readers diary free, in their diet?

Celebratory party

I went back to where I used to volunteer for their celebratory party. 35 years they have been serving the community.
It was first time they seen me since I left and when they knew I did not stay in the other job, they were quick to ask me back, if I wanted to come back. I told them that I may be in another job I am waiting to hear from, that’s possibly temp to permanent, so couldn’t say yet what I would be doing. But if it turned out it wasn’t happening, I would come back to help, until in another morning job. As long as they don’t give me another leaving due. We laughed on that and they said they wouldn’t. But if I wanted to come back, they certainly would have me.


So I may have only been in that morning cleaning job for a short time of not quite 2 weeks, but it was enough to know whether a second cleaning job would make all the difference to my budget.
I know that it doesn’t have to be 10 hours at least a week, as I first thought. I could take on a job of at least 8 hours a week and, with that and my other cleaning job, I would be able to live on it without struggling, as well as being able to save.

DVD’s watched

  • Cold Mountain
  • The General’s Daughter
  • The Stray, A True Dog Tale.
  • Replicas (staring Keanu Reeves)
  • (Re-watched) The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Life
  • Unbroken
  • (Re-watched) A Stitch in Time
  • (Re-watched) The Square Peg
  • Sherlock, series 1, 2, 3 and 4.


I have not read any books for some time, other than the last book I need to get back into and continue reading; “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. So this month, I have read, “The Little Book of Bob – Life Lessons from a Street-wise cat,” by James Bowen, which I bought from The Works.
Then I read, “Hope Was Here,” by Joan Bauer, which I got from the library.

I look forward to seeing you back here and chatting with you. Again, thank you for your support 

There are plenty of posts scheduled here, which I hope you are looking forward to.
I hope to get back into joining in with “Fibbing Friday” and “Working on Us,” prompts too.


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26 thoughts on “Chit-chat July

  1. Welcome back Liz, I too shall be taking a blogging break soon. I am taking the month of August off. I hope to have some pre-scheduled post ready but I haven’t done anything yet. Blogging is a hobby of mine so it always gets put last on lists of things.

    Asthma is no joke, it is annoying and just gets in the way of everything. When you can’t breath, everything shuts down. You can’t read, write, eat, or sleep, because all you are trying to do is get in breathes of air. So I am so sorry to hear about your asthma, I hope you start feeling back to your old self.

    Cold mountain is such a good movie. I watched a really good one last night with my husband called Bad times at El Royale. I think that is the title, anyway it was good but there are some moments of violence which I don’t tend to like. It had a good story line though, Alright I am off now, have projects to work on. Have a great weekend and I do hope your asthma starts clearing up, that’s no fun.

    1. Thank you and enjoy your blogging break.

      I still have some coughing bouts, but not to the extent it being disruptive as it was, or to spoil things. But it’s still at a stage to keep an eye on. Shall see how things go over next three weeks at the max, unless of course things change that I need to go sooner.

  2. 🙂 Welcome back, Liz. I am pleased to know that you are feeling much more refreshed after your hiatus from blogging.

    I also hope that you do not experience any more of those respiratory issues.

    Giving up dairy is a good thing because it can lead to a lot of allergies.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day, my friend!

    1. Thank you.

      Yes, in a conversation with another blogger, in an earlier blog post somewhere, either on mine or their blog, when I talked about it then, she advised to go dairy free, like her kids did,(who are now adults.) She said they had no hayfever when they gave up dairy and maybe I may be intolerant to dairy.
      I don’t feel I am intolerant. But I do know reducing in the past helped, so trying the dairy free option, does not hurt by trying and I am more willing to give it a go.
      I don’t expect to be allergy free myself. But any improvement is a good thing. 😊

  3. I’ve been asthmatic all my life, triggered by allergies. I found that going off all dairy has reduced my allergy symptoms. I still have allergies, but not as bad. My asthma is better too, but I don’t know if it’s due to eliminating dairy or if it’s due to reduced allergies. In any case, I’m grateful. Not having cheese makes me sad; I miss it. I cannot eat soy or cashews, which eliminates most of the alternative cheeses. However, I found a brand made from almonds that I like quite a bit. There’s no point in discussing brands, because the US brands don’t likely extend to the UK. Sorry about that!

    1. Thank you for your comment and experience on going dairy free.
      It’s a shame you can’t eat soya or cashews, but good you found a cheese made from almonds.
      Yes, it can be hard to tell if coincide, or if dairy plays a part, or the case of reduced allergies. But yes, anything is helpful.
      I know alone for me I normally have no phlegm by cutting out dairy, but if it turns out possible that cutting out further dairy helps, then it will be an interesting discovery.
      Whether I would like cheese made out of almonds, I don’t know, as I am not a fan of almonds, but strangely I do like almond milk on some cereals at times, so never know, I could. But yes, as you say, brands you will have, don’t extend from US to UK. It’s interesting to learn of this alternative cheese though, as I would not have been aware.

      How do you find when it comes to eating out, being dairy free?

      1. Eating out can be difficult, especially because I also eat gluten-free and egg-free. I look for foods that are naturally dairy-free such as meat and vegetables. I can eat a salad without cheese and using a vinaigrette dressing or a GF pizza with no cheese. I miss cheese, but have found my body is much happier without it. I use almond milk for most dairy needs, and the commercial cheese I like is made from almond milk (a cream cheese and a ricotta). I’ve bought a cookbook devoted to dairy-free cheese but I haven’t had time to make any yet.

      2. Thank you for your comment and suggestions on eating out. I know I am having problems.
        Today, I ate out. But they didn’t have what I was planning on having, so had to look at their chart to eliminate milk from food I was interested in.
        One that I suspected had milk in, the staff member said while looking at chart that it didn’t. She clearly did not know how to use it with what she was pointing out to me, because I pointed to her the milk column, where it was ticked to say it contained milk.
        I looked at something else and picked that once I knew no milk. But I had to double-check, to be sure.

      3. It is a common problem in restaurants; I’ve often gotten bad “help” from the waitstaff. Good luck with that!

  4. I’m glad a little break did you some good. I’m starting to feel maybe I need to do the same. I’m sorry your asthma has been so bad, I can imagine that making things very difficult. I had ‘suspected asthma’ & it’s hugely affected my sleep (just found out it’s not asthma, it’s a long term lung condition grr!) Anyway, I do hope the antibiotics can help, sounds like it’s worth doing and good luck with going dairy-free! Sending hugs – take good care of yourself & I hope the week treats you kindly, Liz xx

  5. I have an intolerance to dairy (and beef) and have been dairy-free for 25 years now. I find it natural now to use things like oat milk and oil in baking to replace milk and butter. I love dairy-free coconut yoghurt. I do have some goat’s cheese as I find that doesn’t affect me like cow’s cheese does, or sometimes I do buy dairy-free cheese. It is difficult eating out, but I don’t eat out much, and I have learned by now which are the best places to go locally for dairy-free food options. It will take some time to find the best alternatives, but I think you will definitely find it worth it. Have a good week!

    1. Thank you for your comment Christine. Thankfully, I don’t eat out often and I can see eating at home being easier, because I can choose what I want, than be limited.
      I am certainly enjoying seeing what each supermarket has to offer and how they vary between each one. Although, at times, I think I will make some of my own things, like cake and biscuits. But it’s nice to see the options.
      I like to go in my local Holland and Barrett store, at times too.

      Have a good week too.

  6. Welcome back Liz! I have missed you! I think you are brave to go dairy free, I couldnt do it! I am asthmatic too so I can relate to that!

    1. Thank you.
      Going completely dairy-free free I have found easier to do than I expected, but that’s probably because of building up to do it. But it’s eating out that can be hard, as I find little things to choose from, or not at all that I don’t end up eating there. Eating in is certainly easier to do.
      There are lots of things out there dairy free in shops and although nice, some things I will start making at home myself.

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