A short chit chat

I received my certificate recently for my final paper for my ‘Health Care – Managing Challenging Behaviour’ course and I received a ‘High Merit.”

I am not doing any animal-related courses with NARPS now. This was because I spent half an hour just trying to register because of their website timing out.
There has been many occasions before, when visiting their website it times out, so I did wonder when I was planning to do my course there, what luck would I have.
When I did finally get to register, they did not accept my payment! Surprisingly, when writing out a complaint using their contact form and having the same issue of timing out, that actually got through. I said in response to their email that to just remove me off their list, as I am going elsewhere to do my courses now.
After searching around elsewhere and weighing them up, I have now registered with Stonebridge College. I await for my first course with them, as I have chosen to do via post, as this is my preference. (You can do it online if you want to.)
If I am happy with this course, then I already have another I plan to do after, once complete.

Outside, I got round to finally putting up on the artificial hedging on my fourth trellis planter. Do you remember the pansy that I nearly killed over and over in the early days? It is doing very well now. This one single plant has nearly completely covered the pot, around my rose-bush, as this photo shows. 🙂

You will also see my fourth trellis in the background of this photo, with the artificial hedging on. I will take a view from the distance of the whole garden another time.

pansy growing well in my rose bush container

Chit chat

My cat, Miley, had her teeth cleaned as mentioned in a previous chat. I picked her up in the evening, just in case if she was like before when it came to anesthetic; taking longer to come round. Miley was sleepy looking when I picked her up and she was like before; sleeping, but regardless how she felt, when we were home, she was obviously excited about being home and she was also ready for her food.
Miley shown her impatience for waiting for her food, by plodding around the room, while the fish was cooking in the oven. This was to be a small amount little and often that night and then she could have her usual food from the next day.
A couple of days later, Miley went back for her follow-up check-up, to make sure everything was ok and it was.

Miley, my cat, on the settee

As for me, I have had to bring my dental appointment check-up forward after finding a lump on my gum-line where I had my apicoectomy. (Learn about apicoectomy procedure here, which will take you to an external website.)
Everything had been going well since the apicoectomy and when I had my last treatment  at the dentist where he redone a filling to seal the other end of the root canal. I was just having follow-up appointment to keep check which the x-ray shown that the new bone was growing, but there was still more growth needed before the void was filled. I was also warned that there was still a risk that the infection could come back.
I have been that worried in the past of it coming back, that I have been back a few occasions in the past to be reassured everything was ok and my next appointment originally was September for a further follow-up check-up. It was only last month since all the first issues ever started a few years ago where I just started to relax about it, until recently one night, I just happened to look at my gum line and see a lump with like a head, as though it may ooze one day. This is the only difference this time, where before when I was concerned, I had nothing visually.
If it turns out that I have got another infection/abscess, then I will just get them to remove it. I don’t want any further root canal treatment and I don’t want another apicoectomy surgery.
Although I know I won’t be happy about asking to have it removed because this tooth being near the front of my mouth where it is on show when I talk, or smile, I am fed up with this cloud/worry that has always loomed over it. I will let you know what happens after my appointment, once it is confirmed.

Had a surprise on my lesson two of my ‘Health Care Foundation Course;’ I received a ‘High Merit.’ I was already prepared for receiving my next paper for lesson three, so as soon as it arrived, I worked on it and posted it. I just have two more lessons to go of this home study course and then it is completed.
Soon, I will sign up to the NARPS course I want to do. This course is done online compared to my other courses elsewhere. I am hoping there is a way I can print the courses off for my reference, as I like to keep things like this to look back on for future reminding. If I can’t, then it will be the old-fashioned way of pen and paper.

I have a book wish list for books I want to buy for knowledge and reference, for when I start my self-employment at some point. Some of these I have already ordered, using some of my savings. I have bought appropriate notebooks and other stationary ready and there is a filing cabinet to come soon. There is other necessary stuff to buy, or set up before I officially name and announce my business, but this will be when I have finished the course at NARPS, in case I pick anything new up from that to help. (Which I should.)

You will remember I talked about D.I.Y. Retreat at Home back in July. I have started preparing my D.I.Y. retreat, by creating this box of goodies just for that.

I won’t use all the goodies in one go, but this a selection to pick from on my pampering sessions/D.I.Y days I have.
The box was a plain box that I have decorated accordingly, which relates to what this box is about, so there are relaxing pictures as well as quotes. There are even some quotes on the inside of the box lid.

Next thing to do, it to decide what I will eat and do, or not do, to get the benefits. Once I know, it is booking my weekend in my diary to do it, so I stick to it. Then prior for that weekend, making sure I buy my food that I want.

Chit chat; garden and other topics

Here are a couple of photos from my garden, which shows the fourth trellis I talked about in this post. I have just not got round to putting on the fake hedging yet, due to lack of motivation at times, but also it has been raining a lately.

Garden photo 3

garden photo 1

Job hunting

Since this chit-chat post, where I talked about the frustrations of my job hunting, I have stopped looking. I have been put off, as it just created a negative effect for me. But there was something else I was hoping for and that was to start a self-employment job up for myself, while still working where I am. The only obstacle was would my landlord let me? Well…. he said yes. 🙂 A couple of people I have spoken to in small details about this, were confused as to why a landlord would refuse when I will be looking after pets at the clients home and have no intention of bringing any pets back at my place. This is because it may affect their insurance the landlord has on the property I rent. (There could be other reasons I am not aware of too.) I had a back-up plan should he have said no, but it would have meant more starting costs and it would have also meant that I would not have been able to set it up anytime soon. Thankfully, I did not need that back-up.
The job I would like to set up is pet sitting and dog walking in my local area. This would be doing something I love, as well as a job that keeps me active. I have wanted to do this for some years, but confidence issues stopped me on a lot of levels.
The world of self-employment is nothing new to me, so filling in tax return forms, book-keeping and filing necessary documents and saving necessary paperwork I have experience in. But this job, compared to my other self-employment work will come will a lot more responsibility and this will take some months of planning all the details before it becomes all official.
Although I am animal mad and I have knowledge of some animals, along with plenty of experiences with cats, experiences with dogs and some small animals, I also want to extend my knowledge and make sure knowledge I have is up-to-date. So while I am having my driving lessons, I will be doing further squatting in animal books. I also plan to now get my health care course out the way, rather than take it at a slow pace as I was originally planning with that one, so it is not forgotten when I start to be busy with my business. I shall also be taking a course with NARPS, prior to opening my business and one or two other courses elsewhere before, or when my business starts.

Naughty, naughty, me

Since this post where I talked about moving my furniture around, I have been naughty some nights being on my computer past a certain time. Regular readers will know I put a curfew of no later than 7pm at night, but some nights I have been on quite late. I need to remind myself and remain strict with this, because I know by doing this, it helps me to sleep well. Although my sleep has not been disrupted this time, I am not taking any chances by continuing it. The only change that will come later, is that the time will change to no later than 8.30pm.

My cat

Miley is doing better now I brush her every other day. This is helping her greatly due to when she was moulting a lot of her fur with not knowing whether she was coming or going with the weather.
Miley is also having her teeth cleaned soon. I hope she comes round better from her anaesthetic though. Although she was at no risk that time round, I could not help as a worried owner.
I leave you with a couple of photos, of Miley. 🙂

Chit chat

My learning

I finished a while back, my final assessment of my “Health Care – Managing Challenging Behaviour” course I and now await the result.
I just have my “Health Care Foundation Course” to complete, but I am not focusing on this too much while I concentrate on my driving. I will do it when I can, without the pressure behind it to do it, because I have over a year to do this course anyway.
Although this course and the one I finished before; “Mental Health” may not come in use for me, I have enjoyed the learning from it, especially the “Mental Health” one. I learnt more about me in that one, as well as new things on the topic in general.

Change of place

Usually, I like to study where it is quiet, but when I was studying for my driving on one occasion, I decided to study out; this was two coffee shops and the library while using their internet.  Mainly my studies were different tests, to see how well I was doing and I used their internet while doing this. The costs being just lunch and a couple of coffees and an ice-cold drink. I was out from morning till the afternoon doing this and it made a refreshing change. I was a right squatter that day, my break being only when I had lunch, then a short break when I got home in the afternoon before focusing on a different study for half an hour. After that, I thought I do truly deserve to have a break for the remainder of the day.

The weather

The weather has been varied; one minute hot and the next cold. Also, looking like it was going to rain, but never did and instead the sun shone brightly and it was hot.
Sometime back I was affected by the weather, but my cat, Miley has really been affected by the weather this year. For a short-haired tabby cat, she has been moulting very badly and suffered with fur balls. I have started brushing her every other day now, hoping this will help her. With how she has suffered this year, god knows how the long-haired cats are coping.

How is your pet coping with the weather?

Garden update – Inside and Out

Inside

When my last garden post update aired, a friend via Facebook suggested that I could start a little tradition of bringing the first rose from the bush each year and place it in a special vase for it. This friend, has a friend who does just that, to bring back some nice memories of a family member. I thought this was a lovely idea and something I will definitely do and here it is in the photo below.

rose cutting

While I was at it, I decided to cut some Sweet Peas too. Here they are:

cuttings of some sweet peas in a small vase

My rose and Sweet Peas after taking this photo, are now on my kitchen windowsill and the Sweet Peas were soon creating a lovely smell in there.

I also have some Lavender cuttings in my bedroom for a relaxing smell.

lavender cuttings

I usually avoid having any kind of plants in my home because of having to be careful with owning a cat. (Some plants are harmful.) It’s easier avoiding having plants in the home than worrying what is safe around a pet and what it isn’t.
Also, with me having hay fever, I shouldn’t really have plants in my home, but I do find the odd small cuttings here and there are not too bad for me, I just cannot have a big bouquet.
In the past when receiving plants, they have only ever been in my kitchen, because I never leave my pet unattended in there, but with her being banned in my bedroom now, (or if she gets her paw around my little finger, then never left alone,) I know I will be ok having a few Lavender plant cuttings in there.

Outside, I have my fourth trellis planter assembled, which is on wheels to make it easier to access a sewer drain should there ever be a need. As I write this post, this planter is filled with compost and I have transplanted some Forget-me-not at the front of it and deciding on what to put in behind currently. I also need to get the artificial hedging, but that will be end of the month before I can afford this. (At least I can wheel this out when the time comes to fixing them on the trellis.)

I will take a photo of the garden later in the year to show you what it is like currently.

My carrots are not growing as well as they should be, which I put this down to neglect of the watering possibly when it was very hot, but also it is possibly in the wrong part of my garden, so next year I plan to completely clear it out and grow carrots in a pot so I can put it in a different part of the garden and move if needed and in the planter grow Sweet Peas. I love the smell and of the Sweet Peas I have had this year and I would definitely like to have these nearer to my back door.  🙂

Chit chat

I have been applying for quite a few jobs in the last month. All of them were cleaning jobs, which I am skilled in, but I have so far had no luck, yet again. One that did get in touch, I heard nothing more after giving my mobile number requesting that this person texts because of my hearing loss, when it’s passed on to appropriate person. I cannot help but feel frustrated and wonder yet again whether it is because of my hearing loss with two of these that knew. It shouldn’t but it does happen.
I have never forgot how I was made to feel some years ago after an interview at a nursing home, who did not know about my hearing loss until on the day. They were very interested in me and at the interview I felt it was going very well. It went that well that they requested three references from me, which I gave. They said to me that once they had contacted them, they said they would get back to me when it was the next stage for the CBR check. They never did and they never ever contacted any of the three references I provided!

I should not be judged on my disability. I should be judged on my ability.

Is it any wonder I get frustrated and EVEN question my own worth after a while! It’s things like this that get me down, knock my self-esteem and my self-confidence. It makes life suck, because at the end of the day I am able to work and do my job.
This topic of conversation is a touchy subject verbally and not a conversation I like to keep going, so like wise, you will find I won’t comment further about the subject of looking for work in the comments section of this post. (Hope you understand.)
When I apply for a job, I never reveal my hearing loss until at interview stage, (should I get it.) That way, they have already met and spoken with me to see it does not cause an issue, unless they let it.
For those that don’t get my frustration, or any employer that judges people on their disability, rather than ability, then lets turn the tables. Lets say at an interview there is a hearing person and a deaf person applying for a job, who are both equally skilled. The employer decides to choose the deaf person, because he/she rather have a deaf person on their team, than a hearing person. How would you feel? (Probably same as I feel right now.)

Recently I went to Mansfield Woodhouse to see what this little village looks like. Although it is only a short ride away, it was my first time visiting the area. I went to have a feel of the place, in case a couple of the cleaning jobs ended up being in this area, so I knew where to get off. While there, I did a little shopping and had some lunch in a cafe, before setting off back to Mansfield and having a wander around town and calling into a shop to treat myself to a couple of magazines to read when back home, while the cat curls up on my lap. 🙂

Garden update

My Sweet Peas in the following two photos below.

my sweet peas

close up of a Sweet Pea

My rose bush now, since you last seen it in this post.
As you know, I bought this rose bush in memory of my aunt who passed away on new years eve. Now the rose that is open in this photo, opened on what would have been my aunt’s birthday. So this was a special moment for me and it makes this rose bush even more special to me.

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This corner plot in photo below, had Daffodils, Bluebells, Snowdrops and Heathers. There were also some other plants I planted. This corner did not do as well as I hoped and I had lost quite a lot of plants, so the next time I share a photo of this corner, it will have something in completely different. I have already cleared one section of it ready and have some hardier plants ready to go in both sections.

My Lavender in the trellis planter. One of these will get moved to a pot for next year, to allow for them to both spread.

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