Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.
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Wednesday 27 November 2019
I like to think of myself as a nice person on the whole and I never intentionally upset anyone, but I must have done something to someone, because they are clearly sticking pins in an effigy of me at the moment :-). This past month, I have had the dreaded lurgy big time. It all began with a cold, which thankfully did not hang around for too long, but that then lead to me having the stomach bug which was doing the rounds. I therefore felt it was only fair to pass it on to poor Keith. That bug really wiped me out for a few days, so imagine my horror when I woke up on the Sunday morning to find I was covered in Hives and no I do not mean the bee kind. I have allergies anyway, so sat and racked my brains to try and figure out what had I touched or eaten to cause this reaction and to be honest I am so careful I could not think of a thing. I ended up seeing a GP, who put me on antihistamines and said she thought my body was reacting to the bugs I had had. This was something I was ready to accept and so began taking the tablets for a week. During that week, I got another flippen cold and this one has left me sounding like a fog horn when I cough and joy of joys yesterday the hives were back. After taking the tablets for a week, I was told to stop to see if the hives came back and oh yes they have come back, so I am back on the tablets again. I have a feeling I will end up having more tests to see if I am reacting to something I am normally alright with. In the meantime, I will cut things out of my diet, to see if that works. I have a high intolerance to Nickel and this is not just due to cheap jewellery, which affects me also and the buttons on jeans, mine is also internal, so it affects the things I can and cannot eat. Over the years I have been able to work out my levels of how much I can tolerate on a daily basis, but maybe things have changed and I will need to change again. As we all get older our bodies and systems change, and perhaps this is what has happened to me. Anyway if it is just a case that someone has been stick pins in effigy of me, could you please STOP it now.
All over the world the weather we have all been experiencing has been crazy. I have friends in Australia who have been on fire watch due to the devastating fires, which has torn through large parts of the country killing wildlife and destroying peoples homes and livelihoods and yet in the UK we have been getting copious amounts of rain causing flooding over large areas of the country. Yes we live on a boat, but it does not mean we are safe. We have had friends caught on rivers. Thankfully they have been safely moored up and have been waiting the floods out, but some boats have been lost. Farmers have had to rescue their animals from flooded fields and many people have been flooded out of their homes. It seems Mother Nature has been kicking off and telling us we need to do more to protect her. Where ever you are in the world reading this, please stay safe and look after your neighbours.
Winter is galloping before us and Christmas is now top priority. I am well ahead of the game at the moment, because I have presents and cards to post and drink to buy, then that will be it for us. We do not go over the top for Christmas, because one we do not have the room for it and two it is just one day. I think the commercialisation of the festive season has taken away its true meaning, although for children it is still so important. I am not overly religious, but there is something so wonderful about going to church at Christmas and singing carols and seeing the Christmas message delivered. Christmas for us will be a quiet affair this year, but we will still have a lovely time and will be in touch with family.
Ok I have rambled on enough.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019
Yes, whether you like it or not Christmas is coming. You cannot have failed to notice that the shops and TV are ramming it down our throats. I for one never go with all the hype. I do what I want to do and spend what I want too spend and that is that. The same goes for the stupid Black Friday, which in this country lasts for weeks and is not on a Friday. Unfortunately the gullible, will queue up for hours on end to get what they think is a bargain, when really they did not need or want the item at all. In a way the same goes for Christmas, we over indulge with food, drink and the buying of presents, when really Christmas is all about being with the ones you love and that is not always family. This year for us it is so very much more special, because we have two Grandson's to buy for and that is indeed bringing us a great deal of joy. I hate with a passion the amount of advertising that is done, to try and encourage you to spend money that we do not have. Well it will not and never has worked on us. We buy what we can afford and no more. I will never get into debt so that I can enjoy Christmas. I am of the opinion, it is better to spend a nice card than to get into debt over buying presents, which will end up at the back of a cupboard or draw. So many presents end up as presents for someone else the following year, or got to charity shops. In some respects it is nicer to receive and gift voucher of money, because then at least you can get something you really need. I personally think that all the advertising begins way to early and the shops put out their Christmas things to early as well. Christmas Carols in October is so wrong.
Christmas for us will be at home. I am already buying bits and bobs of food and stashing it away for the festive period, but we will not go overboard. We are not having a Turkey, we have a Chicken instead, which will be enjoyed with all the trimmings. We like to nibble over the festive time and this is usually done in front of the TV.
We should all remember not everyone enjoys the festive season, due to loss, illness or family rows. They reckon that more family rows break out at Christmas, than at any other time of the year, this I can understand. After all many do not see their family from one end of the year to the next and then suddenly they are all plunged together under one roof with pent up annoyances. That is why sometimes it is better to spend it alone under your own roof. In a day and age when you can use the internet to contact and see family, no one is truly alone.
I am pretty much sorted as far as cards and presents are concerned. I have posting to do in December. As for the food and nibbles, that is also under control. I need to find the tree and decorations to check they are fit for purpose again this year. I do enjoy decorating the inside of the boat and seeing it lit up with all the fairy lights.
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Thursday 14 November 2019
Now as much as we always need rain to keep the canals and reservoirs topped up, I think I can say we have had more than enough now. Here it has been raining all night and it is absolutely pouring down still at almost 9am. I sincerely feel sorry for the areas which are flooded out and all the mess that the people are going to have to cope with once the water subsides. I can only imagine what it must be like and it does make me realise how lucky I am. On the other side of the coin are fires in Australia, which have been devastating to those living in the fire ravaged areas. I have friends living in those areas. Thankfully at the moment they are safe, but constantly on fire watch just in case they have to leave their homes. Mother nature is hitting back big time at the moment and we should listen.
I do not get poorly very often thankfully. The last time I had a stomach bug was a few years ago when I lost 5kg over 20 days. So to get another stomach bug was not welcome on Monday. This one was with sickness as well. It is very unlike me to stay in my pj's and cover myself with a duvet and have a hot water bottle, but that was me for three days. It did mean that I was waited on for a couple of days, but now Keith is experiencing the upset tummy. I am not one for being sick, I have never liked the feeling, so I am now grateful it is now at an end and I feel more human. Today I am actually making myself some Potato and Leek soup for lunch woo hoo. I know how to live.
So before the stomach bug hit, I did some Christmas shopping. We have a wonderful market on Saturday's which has a brilliant card stall. I always buy my cards, paper and calendars from him. So with cards bought, there was only one thing to do and that was to get them written out. I like to be ahead of the game. Whilst out we enjoyed a Wetherspoons breakfast, which set us both up for the day. The rest of Saturday was spent watching TV and of course doing the cards. Sunday well, I did very little, because it was Sunday. We did watch the second part of His Dark Materials on BBC1. We have seen the movie The Gold Compass, which was adapted from the same book, so we are seeing some similarities, but we are both enjoying the new series and look forward to seeing how it progresses. After that at 9pm on ITV was Ant and Dec's DNA Journey, which continued on Monday. What a brilliant and very interesting programs. So incredible to think how close their lives are and it is clear too see how close they still are, which is wonderful to see. Of course this coming weekend I's a Celebrity Get me Out of Here is back on ITV yayyy. I cannot wait, because I love watching it. Yes I know some will think why do you want to watch people eating bugs etc, but I do. It is interesting to see people coping out of their comfort zones.
Here we are it is Thursday and as I have already said it is pouring down. On board it is snug and toasty. I feel a film day coming on again, because it is definitely not a day to be going out. There will be no food shopping down today.
Where ever you are in the world, stay safe out there.
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Friday 8 November 2019
Autumn has certainly been throwing lots of rain at us. Sadly in some parts of the country, they have flooding, which is so incredibly sad. It must be devastating to watch your home fill up with water and you know there is absolutely no way of stopping it?
Here the water level has been up, because our boat has been listing towards the pontoon, which has meant we have let the ropes off a little to allow us to be on the level again. The garden has been getting a good watering, which I am thankful for, because all of the plants will bed in before the Winter begins. So far the plants are still looking healthy, so I am guessing they are rooting in well.
I am still struggling with pain, even though I am back on my medication, so I am going to see my GP next week, to see what she reckons. I have a thought as to what I think it maybe, but will wait for it to be confirmed. I know I have the Costochondritis, which I manage very well when it flares up. I also know that another condition can go hand in hand with Costochondritis and it is that which I think I maybe suffering with, but we will wait and see what happens.
The weekend is almost here. Have a fabulous weekend everyone.
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Tuesday 5 November 2019
With Halloween and as of tonight Bonfire Night over with, we will all be focusing on Christmas. Yes I know it is only November, but even I have begun to make plans for Christmas. I have bought some of my presents and will definitely be sorting out my cards, food and of course drink for the festive period. We have decided we are staying home this Christmas, so I will be cooking Christmas lunch. We will probably not have a Turkey, because for just two of us, they are too expensive. I am thinking Chicken with all the trimmings and then we can have a Chicken Curry for Boxing Day yayyyyy.
Due to the weather being a bit wet, we have not done anything else in the garden. The plan is to see how everything we have planted does over the Winter. If we then need to replace anything we an do in the Spring, before we head off cruising. At the moment we are really happy how it has all turned out.
Keith has fully recovered from Shingles. I think because we caught it early, he has had a good recovery and of course the Anti-viral tablets and eye gel helped hugely. Fingers are crossed he gets nothing else, anytime soon. As for me well I had a week of doing very little, because I have felt so tired and my joints have been very painful. I have been back on my medication and that has settled everything down, but I have an appointment to see the GP, to try and find out what is going on. I know I have Costochondritis, but this time the whole of my body was affected and I just felt worn out all the time. Anyway we will see what happens when I see the GP.
On Sunday evening, I got to dog sit our neighbour's handsome Spaniel. I looked after him on his own boat until Monday afternoon. It was lovely walking a dog again and he was so well behaved and absolutely no trouble at all. Towards the end of this month it will be a year since we let our darling boy Paddy walk over the Rainbow bridge. I cannot believe it has been a year already.
Yesterday (Monday) my Windows 10 laptop decided to die. The hard drive has packed up, so I using my old Windows 7 laptop, until we decide whether to replace it with a newer version and whether we have the funds to do so. It is an expense we could do without at the moment, but hey ho.
Today was ladies who do coffee day. One the Winter moorers come into the Arm for the Winter, I organize for all the ladies to get together for a coffee once a month. When you are used to be out cruising all year, being on a mooring for the Winter can cause cabin fever, so I set up the coffee club, so us ladies can get together for a good old natter I town for a couple of hours. It is fun to be able to have a laugh and a natter over coffee away from our boats. With Christmas coming we will no doubt organize something fun to do.
I hope that those of you who pop in to read my ramblings are keeping well?
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