A long chain of events and I ended up here writing this

Friday evening and my son was filling in his first job application form but had to wait for an email to come through because you have to sign up to the company web site before you can apply. Being a teenager he did not want go back up stairs to check his emails so I said I can do it for him (I host my own email domain and his has an email address on that domain). So I logged into the control panel and checked the email for him and passed on the information he was waiting for. It had been a while since I had logged into the control panel so I though I would have a look round just to make sure thing were all running OK. As the wife has started using her web site as she looks for a another job (redundant after 3 years) I checked the usage stats and the error log. I noticed quite a few errors “page not found” errors, so I thought I had better check her web site out for broken links. Fortunately her web site is OK no broken links. So then I decided to check this web site for broken links, after a long time checking, it tells me that it had checked over 2000 pages and and found over 500 broken links. I found the number a little hard to believe but the links it gave were broken, the majority of the links are for one link which no longer exists. Some of the other links are just links to picture that I have linked to which are no longer there. Rather than go through each link I though there must be a word press plug-in which could find and replace the broken link with a working link and there were several. Unfortunately the two I tried failed to work. After a bit of googling it turns out that my PHP (PHP is a scripting language) is to old and needs to be updated.

As PHP is part of my hosting package it was off to my hosting companies support page to ask them if they can upgrade my version of PHP. No can do was the reply, you will need to move to another hosting package to get a newer version of PHP. So started an afternoon of emails between myself and my hosting company, the end result is they are happy to move me to a new hosting package at no cost which is good seeing as I have just renewed my hosting with them, but (there always a but), I will possibly loose the hosting and email service’s for about 24hrs as my site moves from one IP address to another IP address. I understand this and losing the hosting is not to much of a problem the email. The email address my wife uses as her contact in all her job searching is one I host so that is a big problem. So as it stands now my moving hosting packages is on hold until the wife’s job searching ends and as consequences of this all my broken links are going to remain broken for a little longer. All this because my son could not be bothered to check his own emails!!

I decided to have a closer look at some of the broken links, some were quite simple as they only appeared on a couple of pages and were easy to correct, but it was while I was checking out these links that I noticed the last time I posted on this blog was the 28-02-16 “Spring is just around the corner”, so I thought it was time to post something again.

Well now it is Mid September and it is Autumn, looks like Summer past this blog by, so what have I been up to………………..er not a lot. I am still to fat, I still living with diabetes, I am still not going out on my bike enough……….yeah nothing has changed. Last time I went out on the bike was June, even went to Swinley Forest before that really enjoy when I get out there riding it is just the getting out there which is the issue. Works is just as manic as ever although I got a pay rise which is always a good thing.

As per-usual I have waffled on so I am going to get out of here for now. Hopefully I can soon start on all those broken links I have

Spring is just around the corner

All the hope of getting out on the bike at the beginning of autumn fell flat on its face. Won’t bore you with the details but it was the normal things from the past few months. I have got my ankle sorted out at long last, guess what it was??? One of the tablets I was taking as part of my treatment for diabetes. Apparently muscle\tendon inflammation is one of the side affect of taking Simvastin (a statin). Why the doctor never told me this on the two occasions I went to the doctors about my ankle I don’t know. Within days of stopping taking the tablets my ankle was feeling a lot better. Get the occasional twinge but nothing like it was.

As part of my diabetes treatment I was offered a flu vaccination, never had one before, I have heard stories of getting a bad case of the flu after having the vaccination so I asked a few people who had had the vaccination in the past there thoughts on it. On the whole they said they would recommend it so I had my injection mid Oct. Glad to report at the time no ill affects……………………..had to wait until Christmas for the cold\flu\bug to kick in. The son and the wife had been suffering with a cold bug for a couple of weeks and though they were on the road for getting rid of it before Christmas but the bug had other ideas. By bedtime Christmas eve all three of us were suffering badly. I think the wife summed it up best on Christmas day, if it was not for the daughter coming round for Christmas dinner we all would of stayed in bed. While it ruined Christmas for all of us the wife and the son were well recovered by new years, I had to wait until mid February before my throat felt OK. With that and the lousy weather, riding went out the window.

Diabetes check up went well in September, diabetes eye test in January did not, had to go for my annual eye check for diabetic retinopathy (its damage to the blood vessels in the eye that can lead to blindness). It seems as though I have background retinopathy, it does not affect my sight but I have to work harder at managing my diabetes and I thought I was. Now have to wait for my next check up which is due in April-ish sort of time.

The fish tank is going well, at least it is better than it was a few weeks ago, not sure how (I have my suspicions) but got a major infection in the fish tank, had several different infection going on at the same time but could only treat one infection at a time. In the world of fish keeping (at least for 95% of fish keepers) fish illness is a case of self diagnosis by the fish keeper (you can hardly take your fish to the vet!!). Unfortunately I lost a few fish but the remainder of now well on the way to full health even to the point a couple of them are pregnant!!

muddy bike

This is from this morning ride, the first of 2016, it was only a short ride, it was a very muddy ride, by the time I had finished I ached in places I had forgotten, I was blummin cold, not freezing but the dreaded windchill factor cold, by the time I got home I was freezing. My knee is giving me a few twinges at the moment but I am determine to go out again next weekend. Certainly a different route than today’s to avoid the mud. Well I am out of here for now.

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welcome autumn

So it is the first of September, this morning when I left for work I had to find a coat to fend of the cold dank drizzle, (and it was dark) on the drive home I had the air con on as the sun beat down in the bright blue sky with scattered white fluffy clouds, typical British weather.

To be perfectly honest not much has changed since my last post, I have not been out for a ride although the Whyte has spouted some new bits but I am yet to test them. My ankle has gone from dam right painful to feeling OK and back to dam right painful on a weekly basis. Spoke to the doctor about it and he said he was happy to refer me to the orthopaedic consultant at the hospital but he is likely to want to put my leg in plaster for 8 weeks!! Not what I was looking for so I have left that idea on the shelf for the time being. I was at the doctors as I buggered my knee, I could not bend it with out being in pain, not sure what I did as I was sat at a desk and went to move and I could not bend or straighten my leg as my knee was agony. Doctor reckons I have broken a little bit of cartilage off and it is catching as I bend my knee. It is not to bad now I can walk ok but still can not fully bend my knee with out feeling pain.

Back to the doctors next week for a diabetic check up, I asked them back in early June if I needed a 6 month check and they said no, so I get a letter 6 weeks later telling me I need to go for a check-up?? By the time I go for the check-up and get the blood test results I will only be a couple of months away from my 12 month check?? I gave up trying to make sense of it, just hoping I have been doing it right, I certainly think I have but the check-up will tell me one way or the other. Day after that it is the dentist turn, one of my back teeth he did a major filling on a few years back has broken up, I know what the outcome will be, he did not want to do a filling on it last time but I told him I did not want it out, think I will probably loose the argument this time.

At last my big fish tank has got fish in it, ok so there is only 4 of them and they are each about 30mm long but by the end of the month I hope to have moved all the inhabitants of my other tank (along with all the rock) in to the big tank which is about 30 fish in total. Here is a picture of the tank (prior to putting the fish in the tank)

fish tank
Filled with water and ready for some fish (they are in the bag on the left)

Well that enough from me, thinking about giving the page a facelift, will need to find a template I like and see what I can do, but until next time, have fun………

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Getting old is not much fun

Well that what I have found over the last few years, I think the point was emphasized when the doctor joked that if I was a horse I would be put down!!

As it stands I think I am on top of my diabetes (not stupid enough to say I am 100% in control, been brought down to earth with a bump to many times), still suffering with Achilles tendonitis on the ankle, apparently suffering from diabetes does not help (all to do with circulation). My calf muscle problem while not hurting me as it used to is still there and in part is why I have the Achilles tendonitis. Three or four hour undisturbed sleep is the best I can manage at the moment, if I sleep for more than 6 six hours in total it has been a good night. I had a case of vertigo for good measure a few weeks back which was not much fun, for those that have never had it, think being drunk without having a drink or the hangover. According to the doctor it is all part of getting old, not sure I am liking that.

There is some positive news, I have sorted out a big issue with the new fish tank stand, well I say tank stand but it was in fact a workbench that I had made to a specific size (about 9″ lower than a normal workbench). The problem was work benches are normally meant for cold damp workshops where being perfectly level is not an absolute requirement. When we brought the workbench in doors the top timbers (38mm thick) twisted so I was unable to get the top level enough to put the tank on the stand. I even filled the tank with water to see if the weight would flatten it out (which was a risk itself as it could of stressed the tank and cracked it) but even filled with water I was able to slide a CD under one corner. So the tank was drained and it was back to the drawing board. In the end the 38mm thick planks were removed and replaced with 18mm ply, currently I have two sheets of ply (36mm) the same size as the stand and a third sheet the size of the tank (same length but narrower). So directly under the tank is 54mm of ply and now it is flat. Been working on building the 3D background (pieces of Styrofoam stuck together then sanded into shape then covered with cement which will then be sealed and then stuck to the back of the tank). I have most of the other bits I require to run the tank I have been picking up rock and coral sand for the tank second hand as I see them come up for sale. The only thing I am missing at the moment is a light unit (I have a temporary unit I intend to use). Hopefully the tank will be running by mid July and ready for inhabitants by the end of August.

Things are slowly moving forward on the bike front, been out a few times now. The good news is that it does not hurt my ankle (unless I wear a thick socks). I have given up on purchasing a new bike, I went to a shop with the intentions of buying one of two bikes but came away empty handed. I just found myself compromising what I wanted to the point that I had to ask myself if I was going to be happy with the bike so in the end I walked away from both of them. I have decided to keep my current bikes and decided give the Whyte a bit of an upgrade with a new set of brakes, pedals and a saddle.


Picture of dear son and both my bikes (he was riding the hard tail) on a recent ride overlooking Poole. Son was complaining about not feeling very well, 20 minutes after this picture was taken he dived into a bush and was sick, spent the rest of the weekend sleeping or being sick, still went to school on Monday because he had an exam!!

OK I have waffled enough see you all later

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Same old, Same old

Thought it was time to post an update, it is about 4 weeks since my last ramble. Still struggling with the Tendinitis of the Achilles in the ankle so riding my bike is just not happening, still have 4 weeks before my physio appointment, I am just trying to stretch it (as the doctor suggested) as best I can.

I have now got my self a stand for the 5ft fish tank, basically it is a custom built work bench but it was cut down in height, I have added some other mods to it and I am now at a stage where I am just about ready to put the tank on the stand (probably in the next week). We have had to move the current fish tank which was no mean feat. We took all the rock out, then drained the water out of the tank (while saving it to put back in the tank once we had moved it) until there was just enough water for the fish (so about 3″ deeps). Then we tried to move the tank and the stand together, hell it was still heavy. Between the three of us we managed to turn the tank and stand through 180 degrees and move the tank about 4ft from one side of an alcove to the other. Then we put the new stand where the old tank had been. Once the tank is on the stand, then I can start work on building the 3d background for the tank, never tried this before, read a few articles, watched a few youtube video’s, just got to see if I can do it now.

The baby fish are doing well lost a couple but that is to be expected. When we drained the current tank down (for the move) we found another baby fish in the tank, we can only think it was one that mum had spat out after I released her from the fry tank. A couple of days later we noticed another small baby fish in the main tank. He seems to be living down the side of the internal filter, we keep an eye on him but have decided to leave him in the tank otherwise if I try and get him out I could end up scaring out of his hiding place and then he is likely to become lunch for one of the bigger fish.

How was the solar eclipse for you? For me it was the same as it was in 1999, dull, grey and basically a non event, it got slightly darker but had I not known there was going to be an eclipse I may not have noticed it was darker.

Finally before I go, WordPress have been pushing a few updates through which has changed the way things look on this blog. Unfortunately I have not bee paying attention and I have missed some problem that these updates have caused. Hopefully I have sorted most of them now, let me know if you see any other issues. Well I have rambled enough, hopefully when I post next I will be able to show you some picture of the new fish tank, don’t think it will have fish in it but it won’t be far off (hopefully).

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