A quick chit-chat

With it now getting colder for some time, this fleecy blanket has not been far away in my living room to grab and put over my legs. A blanket that I have some years and that is very cosy, which was a Christmas present.
Sometimes, this has been draped over the bottom of my bed.

Pink on ine side and floral on the other

I had been looking at unblocking my mum’s number from my phone today, but I have kept it blocked, because I could not set it as I would like.
I wanted to allow the texts to come through, but not the calls. There is no option this way, other than you either block, or unblock a number. I will have to just keep an eye for the notification of an attempt and check in case there is a text.

A very small part of me wants to send a text, but it’s causing huge anxiety at the thought of it.

I am still waiting to hear from the counselling services and I have a feeling I am going to be waiting much longer than before. This was to have a face to face assessment with me not using the phone.
I decided to query via a company programme that I have automatically with my evening job, to query about their counselling, in case I am likely to get in a bit quicker with these. 

Coming back from work this morning and I seen a man walking in shorts!

Anyone else daring to wear shorts, when it’s cold?

 

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Chit-chat late October

Had a routine check up, which I was weighed and their scales said 10.1 stone. I looked at her in shock and commented I was 10 and a half when I last checked. The nurse said that scales can vary, but I said that’s a big difference.
I checked myself when I got home and found I am now just a little under 10 and a half stone. So I have lost some more, but not as much as at the doctors, using their scales.
The scales difference is shocking I thought and when I bought the scales I had some years ago, I bought because they are supposed to be accurate and a bit like the doctors. So who’s scales are right? This could cause issues down the line where they say I am underweight and I say I am not.

Looking further into scales, I read this article, which I found very useful. I did not realise scales used by doctors were monitored by Trading Standards:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6064203/amp/Why-bathroom-scales-LYING-you.html

I asked the nurse what I could do if I found to be losing further weight, because I don’t want to go under 10 stone. She said that to make an appointment with my doctor first, who would then do the referral where I see a nurse, who I would then see to advise in how to keep my weight. This will be a new experience if I find I have to go down this route. If I do have to, I think this is done with the nurse at my doctors, if I heard correctly.

Pj’s and t-shirts

I treated myself to another set of pj’s. That’s it for this area now.
Those that know me, know I am not really a pink person, but these pj’s are a pastel pink and white. (Photo of bottoms looking a little more pink, than what they are.) The pj bottoms being pastel pink with gold stars and the top is white with Bambi on it. The words underneath Bambi are Live, Laugh, Love…

My new pj's

Another day I went to buy myself some new t-shirts. Nothing special about those. They just plain, but I know these will last well, as I have some already of this brand.

My mum

Following on from Chit-Chat early October,  I checked on mum’s home and seen evidence to show the deteriation of my mum’s mental health, so I called in with that, along with mentioning a couple of other things that came to mind while at my mum’s home. I had about 20 minutes chat with a nurse, just off the ward.

I was contacted via text by the person who was going to be assessing my mum under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act, with it coming close to the days they can hold my mum there under the current section. My mum was assessed just over a week ago now and was detained under Section 3 of Mental Health Act.
The person who assessed my mum said that my mum was very unwell, delusional, refusing to take medication and not eating.
Now my mum is detained under Section 3, means treatment can be started, which I was informed of what that would be.
As much as I am happy for my mum to be sectioned, so treatment can be started and expecting this to happen, it doesn’t mean it did not hurt me to hear that. My heart was breaking when I first heard this by text, going home from my morning job. I sobbed all the way home. It just poured out and I could not stop.

You can find out more about the UK Mental Health Act, via this page, which will take you to Rethink Mental Health. All the different sections are there. You will need to scroll down for Section 3.

This is the first time my mum has been sectioned and I imagine when she realises she does have to co-operate, that this will be a shock to her too.

Dvd’s I have been watching:

  • Avengers Assemble
  • Watching the remainder of House M.D from where I last seen it all those years ago.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • XXX (Staring Vin Diesel)
  • 28 Days Later
  • Vanishing on 7th Street
  • Snitch
  • Big Daddy
  • Michael Jackson This Is It

Over 1 year

It’s over 1 year living where I am. My rent has stayed the same and possibly won’t change in the next few years.
I associate eventually landlords bumping up the rent and I am not talking a small increase, from past experience either.
So when chatting with a neighbour recently and we kind of came to the discussion of rent, I said that going by past experience I expected my rent being bumped up. He knows the rent that the tenant above me pays the same as me and the tenant has been there many years. So as I know he has same landlord as me, gives some reassurance for me that my current landlord is different.

Flu jab

Today, I will be having my flu jab. Once home, if not done it before, I will change my bedding and I plan to do nothing else. It’s a lazy weekend I plan to have.

 

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Chit-Chat early October

Soap hair bars

I have read posts in the past from other bloggers who have tried shampoo and conditioner bars, as an alternative to  bottles, to help reduce plastic.
A lot of these bloggers have tried these bars from Lush and they have given good reviews about them.
Like these bloggers, I have been a slow tryer of shampoo and conditioner bars.
Also, I associate Lush as expensive and so I have never been in Lush, or these similar type shops, until now.
Reading from other blog posts how long these bars have last them, compared to bottles, I expect my bars to last that long, or longer. (I am expecting longer.) So when I have used mine up, I will review in a separate post, next year.

An app to help me with my medication

I am only on asthma and hayfever medications. Both are important, but after this year with my asthma, I need to make sure I never forget to take my preventer inhaler.
When I started doing morning work, because of being up very early in a morning, it is best for me to take my preventer after my shift. This is so my doses are not close together; e.g. late in the evening and very early in a morning, when I can keep my usual late evening and mid morning doses instead.
The trouble was, I was sometimes forgetting my morning dose, after finishing work. I used a bright yellow sticky note as a reminder, sticking it on my coffee table, so that when I would sit in my usual place after work for a cuppa, I was hoping this would remind me. It didn’t work very well, because either I still forget, or I could not remember if I had took it, or not.
After speaking to a friend about this, he recommended ‘MyTherapy’ app. I have been using this app on my phone for over a month now and it has done the job. It is a good reminder if I forget, as I have my preventer inhaler listed in my app, with set times I want to be alerted.
I don’t have any doubts now whether I took it or not, because at the time of taking my medication, when it reminds me, I confirm that I have taken it.

MyTherapy app is free and it is available on the Apple app and Google play store. Click on the link below to find out more about it.

https://www.mytherapyapp.com/

It is very easy to use and I recommend it too, if you need reminding about your medication.

My mum

As I mentioned in Chit-chat extra September, my mum had been sectioned. I seen my mum’s consultant (doctor) where she currently is, so she could ask me some questions about my mum; what she was like when her mental health was good and bad, back from the early days, to present. So they get a better picture of my mum.

When I met up with my mum’s doctor, the chat was done in a private room off the ward, as I requested.
My mum’s doctor also told me at the start that this meeting was not to judge me, or expect me to be any part of her care, when the time comes one day she is discharged, or where my mum currently is.
I said to the doctor how a few people have judged me directly, or indirectly after I announced I was having a temporary break from my mum because I cannot cope anymore. The doctor said this was wrong of them and said it’s a lot to cope with in just a day, let alone do it as I have been doing. The doctor also said like other medical professionals have said that’s it’s time to look after me and when it’s time, carers in mum’s home, or assisted living has to be accepted by my mum, if she is to avoid a care home type setting.
The doctor mentioned how more care is required to ensure there is no repeat of how mum has gone, making sure she takes her meds in which ever form they may be (injection or tablets) and, that she takes care of herself, while I remain just being the daughter and not the carer.

Mum is not being discharged anytime soon. My mum’s mental health is worser than the time she had a breakdown when I was 11 and is having injections at the moment because of how bad her mental health is.
Mum has lost a little bit more weight since she was last there in the mental health unit.
As well as the usual negative voices I am aware of that she has, mum is also hearing voices telling her not to eat.
Her doctor believes at some point that mum stopped taking her medication again, hence her deteriation. So it is possible, as I discussed with the doctor and when I mentioned it here on my blog, that when my mum behaved the way she did towards me, that triggered my childhood, when I talked about how her behaviour was the same as when I was in my teens when she stopped taking her meds then, but I believed this time round that she was still taking them, that it was possible that mum did not.

The doctor said that my mum’s mental health is that bad, that she is not at the stage to listen to anyone and accept what is normal, or not. So it couldn’t be avoided, what has now happened.
For the type of mental health my mum has, when you get older it gets either more mellow, or worse. Unfortunately, it seems mum has got worse. But hopefully, once stable, they can get her back on some kind of a healthy level. 

The doctor also mentioned to me when we chatted, that they could do the contacting where required to help me, when it comes to informing the council, pension etc.. so that I don’t have to do it. All I need to do is give them necessary information of who they need to contact. I am to do this when ready and not to rush.
I have the necessary information on me after checking, but I shall still call at my mum’s place, as I want to check her home is ok and move her mail away from her door, so it looks lived in. I also need to dispose of food past it’s date in the fridge, like milk for example.

After this, I shall make sure rest of the day is mine.

 

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Chit-chat extra September

Mum

Mum has been sectioned under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983. I learnt about this via a letter, at the weekend.
I have obviously been given all the information about this that you would get, either as a patient, or nearest relative. I am guessing now that it was them that tried to phone me persistently to let me know, when I came back from my Oxford trip, if mum was somewhere else before being where she now is the day after the trip. So yet again, not observing that I cannot hear on the phone and only email, or text will do. If it was them.
This does not surprise me mum being sectioned and now mum is sectioned, I know mum will receive the right care. But I stand by my decision of not seeing my mum, until November time.
I have written a letter to my mum’s doctor who is part of her care, to make sure she knows this and why. (This is the the same doctor as before, at the same place my mum was voluntary at before, when she overdosed.) I will only see my mum’s doctor, if she needs to see me, during the time of this no contact boundary I have in place with my mum.
Mum will be where she now is for 28 days from date of being at the mental health unit. This could change either way, depending how things go.

Wavy hair

My hair is naturally wavy and if I was to attempt to put extra curls in, I bet it wouldn’t take much. Not that I do.
But what I have noticed this year, is how my hair is getting wavier. The most bug bear for me about this, is my fringe. I can blow dry it straight and in 5 to 10 minutes, it now wanting to go very wavy all if a sudden.
Yes, my fringe at times seems to go it’s own way when weather damp. But now all of a sudden, even before the wet weather came along, it’s really going wavy all the time. I can’t seem to keep my fringe blown dry straight all day now, like I used to. Mostly all this year, it’s now just wavy. It’s the only part I don’t like about my hair this year, for doing that.
Even now, before this post airs, I blown dry my fringe straight and back in 10 minutes, the waves are back. So my hair, when it comes to the fringe, is being unruley.

Do you have an unruly fringe? Or maybe you feel you have unruly hair?

My new morning job remains good

My morning job I started earlier tjis month, remains good. They remain supportive in my job role and all round a good team, which we all communicate well with one another.

Just some of the dvd’s I have watched:

  • Skyscraper (staring Dwayne Johnson) – OMG. On the edge of seat stuff and action.
  • Inception
  • Glass

And more. I won’t list any further, because I have watched a lot and I want to keep this post short.

Watching dvd’s remains my escape, when I am not walking.

Are there any dvd’s you have been enjoying watching, recently?

 

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Chit-chat September – Part 2

Time for part 2. If you have not seen part 1, that can be found here. 🙂

ECG and blood tests

It was my ECG and blood tests this month, as you know if you have been following recent posts.
I also had to take a urine sample in on the day I seen my doctor about the ECG and blood test results. Although I already knew earlier, on the day I had my ECG, that it was ok, as the nurse said so.
My blood test and urine test ended up ok as well and my doctor was happy about my blood pressure readings. So no tablets. I just keep checking my blood pressure once, or twice a week from now on and if it ever goes back up and stays there for a period of two, or three months, then to come back.
When this doctor knew about my situation and about my mum, he said I done the right thing too about taking time out. I had to think about me first, he said.

The cuteness

So regarding the cuteness that I so cruelly ended in part 1 and did not reveal what it was. I wouldn’t skip anything while reading this part, otherwise you will miss why I held back talking about the hamster.

I have a fur baby. A Syrian hamster. I bought the hamster from the adoption part, at Pets At Home. I was told that she was female and was 12 weeks old when I had her, so a bit older, as this post airs. (Just over 3 months and 2 weeks.) I named her Daisy.
Daisy is mainly white, with patches of light grey and her eyes are red. One eye being a darker shade.
Daisy is really nervous and she has been like this all the time, while at Pets At Home. So it’s going to take some work to hopefully have her feel safe at some level, but from having the hamster and to this post airing, it’s confidence is getting better.
I may not be able to handle the same way as my previous hamster, but as long as the hamster feels safe to some degree and happy, that is the main thing.
The wheel in the cage is a temporary one and as this post airs, Daisy will be already on a bigger wheel.

My hamster in it's cage.
My Syrian hamster.

So here is the reason why I delayed revealing my cuteness

After I had her for a couple days and getting a chance to observe a little, I was a little concerned. I thought for a female, she looked different to my previous hamster. I tried to put worry aside, because the hamster was happy, although nervous, was eating and happily running on it’s wheel.

I have only had one hamster before, which that was a Syrian hamster too. A female I named Bubbles and so I have had not much personal experience to compare hamsters.

Not quite a week later, my hamster is growing and I know I needed to get round to finding a suitable bigger wheel for her to run on. I also see that where I was focusing on before, was also growing. I was worrying again, but I was also getting more fascinated.
I tried to put my worry at the back of my mind, because all I could see was a happy hamster, who was learning to be more confident and I did not want to jeopardise her confidence, by taking her to the vet this soon. And like before, the hamster was happily active, eating well, peeing and pooping ok. But there was an occasion I came home from work and I really panicked. It looked a bit of a warm pink down there and I thought it was swollen in particular on one side, so I arranging via a contact form for a vet appointment.
When I looked again, it did not look like before, so now the fascination part crept in very strongly and what I had only been thinking about in the first week of having her, I was convinced now at this point what I was thinking.

With my hamster being more curious with me and climbing up the bars of the cage only the night before to check me out, I thought I would bribe her with a treat and get her to do that again, just so I could have a good look and it confirmed to me what I have mostly thought. She, was a he. So I was having a big grin because it was this and not that worry of another nature I had in my mind before.

Anyway. I kept the vet appointment, which was today. Best to have a full check-up and be on their books in case of any emergency in the future. They confirmed that the hamster is indeed a boy.

So for those who I already introduced the hamster to, meet my male Syrian hamster, Daz. (And not Daisy.)

To everyone else first seeing my fur baby for the first time. I introduce you to Daz, my Syrian hamster. 🙂

My new job going well

My new morning job I started earlier this month, I received feedback yesterday. They are happy with my work.

Seeing a different part of Mansfield

Due to missing a delivery, meant I had to collect it from a local post office. I had to look it up, as I did not know where this particular post office was, as I use a different one. It was 30 minutes walk away, where I have not walked before and I enjoyed the walk that way.

Walking back home yesterday, from my morning cleaning job, before turning off down a street, I was thinking to myself as I was looking ahead, wondering where that would take me. So I know one weekend I will have a wander and see. 🙂

 

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Chit-chat September – Part 1

As I started creating this post before airing, it started short and now it’s got longer. I was going to air it as one, but now doing it over two posts, because there is something happening on what I was sharing and I won’t have an update yet, as this post airs. So see part 2 for that.

Over my two posts, it will contain mostly good things, as well as updates, but also a part regarding my mum, which is in this post. Not a heavy post written, but stressful for me obviously.
It also contains sweet things. I have been baking and there is a small bit of cuteness at the end. (I am imagining you, now the reader going, I wonder what that can be? and skipping to the end, before reading the rest. So don’t cheat now, will you? 😉

So time for Part 1 and all being well, part 2 will air at the weekend.

Looking for flats

I shall start looking at council flats for me, near the end of this month. Being back at band 5 now will make it extremely difficult to get a council flat. But I will bid, because one day, I may be lucky. But until then, while I am renting private and even if I am lucky to be in a second cleaning job, I don’t plan to move within the next year, or the year after. I just don’t want any unnecessary stress, after the year I’ve had. Speaking of job, carry on reading and find out the latest on that.

While I continue to live where I am, I have put my large canvas picture of Miley back up on the wall. It’s now above the settee, so I could use what was already in the wall. (Well it was, until I moved the settee.) I have really missed having it up on my wall.
My peg lights I had there are down at the moment. They will go up again somewhere, when I have painted the the living room walls and ceiling.
A couple of my bedroom walls will be painted first, as this room is the room that looks tired still.

Job interview

Looking for a second job that I can do in a morning, since leaving that other one, has been quiet. There was either nothing being advertised, or I noticed it was jobs I have already applied for twice before and so I did not apply again for a third, because it makes you wonder what they are like as an employer, to have to keep advertising for another cleaner in just months. 
But eventually, something came up and I applied for a cleaning job of 15 hours per week.
This job was working Monday to Friday, preferably early morning, which was perfect for me.
I had an interview near beginning of September and I was very impressed with the company and so I hoped I would get the opportunity to work for them. I felt a good vibe about it too. The feeling was just like when I was interviewed for the evening job I do. 

I ended up getting this job and I started the next morning! And I still remain impressed with the company and I am enjoying it.

But now I am in morning work, means no regular volunteering. So I said bye bye again at the one I have done the longest and that I returned back to when I left my previous morning job. But I hope to at least see them once a month and depending on time I see them, maybe just help now and again for an hour, or so.
The conservation group one I not long joined, I let them know I wouldn’t be able to make regular monthly bird surveys. But anytime on annual leave from work and I am doing nothing, I will join in then, as well as when they advertise their litter picking.

I also had to see my mum face-to-face early September, as mum was still breaking a boundary when it came to texts. I did a meet-up because I had this feeling that mum wasn’t getting any texts off me when I reminded her of my boundary she was breaking. And I was right. So I sorted out her phone and we had a chat. This chat we both benefited on. But I still want this break, because there were still traits that are going to trigger me and mum said she would respect that, so I felt more confident that we would work things out.
But mum still ignored my boundary and so I really ended up being more assertive than I have ever been and said if she can’t respect this boundary, then I will make it no contact at all, until I am ready to contact her in November.
Mum’s nurse spoke to her about this and reminded her about the no contact until particular times and how I love her and she also praised me for looking after myself and that how I will contact her when ready, while she was reading the letter.
I am to contact mum’s nurse, should there be any problems, which I ended up doing, after still ignoring this one simple boundary. So now, I have done what I said I would do and that’s no contact at all until I am ready in November.

Going to Oxford

I am going to Oxford soon, to see my friend again. I’m looking forward to being there. It will be nice to have spending money on me this time.

I have baked the following, since last chit-chat post:

Lemon and orange marmalade cake with drizzled white icing
Lemon and orange marmalade cake

I don’t like marmalade, but I was open-minded and made the above cake, to see if I would like it. And I did.

As for my banana cake, not pictured, I absolutely loved it. It was the first time me making this and I added cinnamon to mine. It’s one I have made again since, but minus the demera sugar on the top.
I can see why most people like banana cake.

I have been watching:

  • Norman Wisdom’s films I have in a DVD box set
  • Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’ Em
  • Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindlewald

I have been re-watching some of my other dvd’s as well, as well as some other bought second-hand dvd’s. My dvd’s remain as one of my escapes.

I have been reading:

  • “No Surrender – Women’s Suffrage in Nottinghamshire.” This was compiled by Nottingham Women’s History Group.

I have re-arranged some of my furniture in the living room. Only my dining table has stayed where it always has, since living here. I have been debating on doing this for a while now and I like it. It feels even more cosy. I don’t plan to share a photo of my new layout, but if you look up an old post, just imagine it.
My settee is now facing the window, so I can look out at my lovely view.
My bookcase that has things on display of my last cat, Miley, is to the left of me when sitting on my settee. Books reaching distance, while sat down.
Coffee table is in front of me.
My lamp I had in the corner originally, is on my bookcase. So not moved far.

I don’t use my computer table now for my computer. The computer is now in the corner where my lamp used to be, on top of the filing cabinet. I stand to type, which is not regular I use my computer this way, as I watch dvd’s more on it. But it’s the right height to stand at, should I need to.
My 3-tier shelving is still on the same side as before. I have just moved it up towards near the door, where bookcase was originally.
Computer table has been lowered, so it’s one level. So now it’s a small table. And what I am now using this for, is for my lovely cuteness.

The cuteness

You are going to have to wait for part 2.

I know. I know. That was so cruel. But what I was going to write and what further I may end up writing about the cuteness, would have made the post very long. This was the part I mentioned near the beginning that something has come up and although I have the answers myself possibly, I just want them confirmed.

So do look out for part 2, where the cuteness can be talked about longer. For the very small few who know about the cuteness, or have an idea, please don’t reveal here. Lets not spoil the fun. 🙂

 

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Chit-chat August

Blood pressure

I was concerned with this at home, while taking my readings for my doctor, after the last visit and so rather hand my readings in, I made an appointment instead, because they were higher than normal for home.
What I didn’t know doctors do with those readings is work out your average from that and he told me from that average what he would like to see go lower. This was the bottom number.

I seen a different doctor, as the other one I have seen mainly, did not work on that particular day I called in. He was a doctor who soon put you at ease and was aware before I started to speak, that I lipread.

I now have a couple of other appointments.
First one is ECG and blood taken. I am not worried about this, as been there before some years ago.
Then at the second appointment I see the doctor who I seen last, for results of my ECG and blood test. I also take a urine sample that day to him.

Between my last appointment and when I see the doctor again, in September, I am to continue taking my blood pressure readings, but this time, just two, or three times a week; morning and evening.

My break from work, helped me to feel more like me, than I have ever felt for a while this year. It helped my fatigue that I had been having for some time, although I still have odd times of bad bouts of fatigue. Does this mean I have to listen to my body more?
I crashed as I expected on the weekend leading up to my break from work. But my recovery was quicker than expected. Regardless, I still took it easy.
My mood during that time was stressful to start, but I got myself to relax after a few days. But I had and still do, have some down days with how things have been.

I plan to go back to work, tomorrow.

During this time, I felt I had to cut ties with my mum, so the next time seeing her from last, was just over a week. Seeing her for the first time yesterday, after my break, went ok and I ended up staying a little longer than planned.
I have a letter written by my mum, for me, to read when I feel settled. This obviously is not something I will go into detail, in a later post when I have. Not even a protected post. I said to mum this could be end of September before I read this, at the earliest. I am waiting until appointments are out the way and I know what’s what. But all the same, the letter fills me with dread, because I have mostly had bad experiences when it comes to her letters.

Learning something new, was when I learnt how to blanch. This was needed for my Tomato and broccoli quiche (dairy-free).

As well as making the quiche, I also made some strawberry chia jam tarts, from the left over pastry, with me having the strawberries and chia seeds to hand.

Chia strawberry jam tarts
Chia strawberry jam tarts

I also made some petticoat tails. The recipe for those you will find in an old “McDougalls better baking 33rd edition” book.

Here are just some of mine made, on a plate.

A few of my biscuits on the plate
Petticoat tails

It’s been a good number of years since I last made these biscuits and when I made them again today, I put less caster sugar in them, than the recipe says, because I find them too sweet otherwise.

From the same book, I made cheese scones. Again, adapting so it’s dairy free. I made these yesterday. 😊

I have read a book called, “Keeping Secrets,” by Andrew Rosenheim. A fictional story.

DVD’s watched:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them
  • The Phantom of the Opera (film, staring Gerald Butler.)
  • (Re-watched) As good as it gets
  • (Re-watched) The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall
  • (Re-watched) Man of Steel
  • (Re-watched) Sum of all Fears

 

 

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Chit-chat catch up

So I have done everything I need to do that was needed with my blog and I am back to posting earlier than expected. So it did not take as long as expected.

I would like to thank all my readers for their support and hello to new followers that have joined, for the short time I was away.

Everything is still going fine with my electric and gas supplier. They use meter readings every time compared to the previous. So whenever I move home, I shall take them with me. (Unless I find them there already.)

My previous supplier who I left some months back, surprisingly sent me a cheque for credit I was in, as well as compensation. I was very surprised to see for a rip-off company and so I wasn’t expecting a penny. I would still not recommend them and I will avoid.

Me and my mum won’t be living together. I have now removed her off the council list. I won’t go into too much detail, otherwise it would make this post a protected post. But I am going my own way and mum can go hers, should she choose to take it. My mum’s nurse will advise and guide her should she choose to and if she does choose to, it means she can still move to Mansfield.

In the meantime, because of the situation and my health, which is now high blood pressure, (and I still have asthma issues,) I refuse to do those unexpected stop overs sleeping on the floor at night in a sleeping bag. Mum will have to use that 24 hour phone number she has, should she need it.

Work has been very supportive, as they always are, in these difficult recent times and I took their offer to have a week off work this week, so I could rest.

I will continue to live where I currently live, as I can’t afford to move in another private property, unless I am in a second job. But I shall hold out anyway, to see what happens with bids I make on any council properties.

I will walk away from arguments

As I have said in the past to my mum and now I am actually having to do it to my own mum, is that I won’t continue talking in a heated conservation. I will walk away.
Heated conversations don’t get you anywhere and don’t do anymore any good. I will and I have done, will walk away.

I have gone back to my old volunteer place, with not yet securing a cleaning job in the morning. They were happy to see me back. I do the same day and hours, each week as before.

My other volunteer role in my local area, I go bird watching this week. This is my second time with my local conservation group, since joining this year.

I decluttered. Yes. I managed to fill a carrier bag full of things, ready to donate to charity.

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