Category: Life

I am still here

I had several emails from WordPress (which is what this web site\blog is based on) about updating to the new version 4 so I decided as I am currently off work I would update it. It was then that I realised that my last post was on December 31st 2013.  So here a few lines of what’s has happened over the last 12 months. My legs are still a major source of aggravation, done very little riding, I have just purchased a TACX Turbo Trainer to try and get some fitness back. The wife has had a her shoulder Operation (on Monday, which is why I am off work) at long last. It was cancelled on the day of the operation back in May while she was waiting to be admitted to the hospital due to a leg infection (that is the short version of the story).   Life has carried on much the same as it was prior to my last post.

 

No Music today but here is a recent mugshot of me (trying out new features in word press 4 really)

 

My ugly mug
My ugly mug, need a shave as well
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the last one…

Well for 2013 at least.

Went to the gym earlier today, first time in a couple of months (despite my calf twinging last week), did not push it and was not able to do the same amount of workout as I was doing previously. Had a horrible feeling in my right knee, I could feel my knee moving around, it was not painful, just not a nice feeling.

Due to the gale force winds and rain I have not been out at all over the Christmas and New Year period, hopefully that will change for the better in the coming year. We escaped any major damage in the gales since before Christmas, living on top of a hill help against flood water. Only damage we had was a trellis fell off the wall.

fallen bush picture

Unfortunately the plant was all wrapped around the trellis so I had to cut the bush off at ground level, will see if it starts sprouting at root level in the spring.

I am not going to get reflective and look back over the past 12 months, it was crap and I would prefer to forget about it, as somebody once said you cant change the past but you can change your future, that where I am looking.

Going to finish the year on a cheerful toon

nearly christmas

It is only a couple of days till the big day and I don’t think I have felt less Christmassy before. I just seem to be going through the motions at the moment, I have tried to get in the mood but I just does not seem to be there.

For the first time in years the wife is working Christmas eve (and the day before as well) so I will be on shopping and errants duty those two days. It does not help that we don’t get paid until Christmas eve, so there will be an early morning raid on the supermarket on Tuesday. I think it is going to be a long week.

Went for the ultra sound scan on my calf’s last week, doctor only had it down to look at my right calf (which tore about 8 weeks ago) but I informed him that the left one was also a problem and that it tore about two weeks ago. After scanning both calf’s he was able to confirm that the left calf had torn but could only see indication of previous damage in my right and that was it. Now it is back to my GP to see what he says.

I had to go to head office on Thursday to complete a job that would take me about 20 minutes (it is a five hour round trip), but it meant I would not have to rush around when I was back in work in the new year (a new wood router is being installed). When I got to the factory the desk that was going to be built to house the PC turned into a large metal cabinet, problem one, some of the cables were now too short. Problem two, I went to hook the PC upto the network and nothing, dead, a quick word with the electrician who wired the new network sockets in and he told me that they had not been connected up yet despite me being told that it was all ready for me to connect it all up. So the electrician got the hump as it had to leave what he was doing and connect the network up. It was while this was happening that a major incident happened. I heard somebody had collapsed, it was only when I went outside that I noticed the three paramedic cars, one ambulance and the emergency helicopter!! Turns out the guy had a major heart attack, the four first aiders at work kept the guy alive doing cpr (the paramedic words, he could not praise them enough for what they did) until the first paramedic arrived. It was nearly an hour before the guy was stable enough to be put into the ambulance and driven to where the helicopter had landed (about quarter a mile way) and taken to hospital.

After the ambulance had left the paramedic called everybody together and explained what had happen and what they had witnessed (the incident happen in the middle of the factory in clear view of everybody) and the (then) current status of the patient. It was a quiet sombre affair but the paramedic could not praise the first aiders enough for the work they did before he arrived. Last I heard the patient was serious but stable and sedated in intensive care. Hope he pulls through, it is never a good time for anything like that to happen, it even harder at Christmas time.

Well as it is Christmas (even if I don’t feel like it) and there a lot of tunes I could choose for “the post tune” but I decided to keep it short simple.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Can I get a new body please

So there we were out shopping early on Saturday morning not a care in the world, getting on with the the jobs that needed to be done so that we could have the rest of this lovely sunny weekend to do what we wanted.

Walking through the doorway of the aquarium shop and TWANG, it sounded loud enough for the whole shop to hear but nobody was looking at me apart from the wife who was trying to work out why I had a grimace on my face as I did my best one legged flamingo impression.

I don’t know what I have done, all I know it is my right calf again, it is just like I have seriously pulled the muscle again. I have had this happen many times, it exactly the same feeling I get when my right calf cramps up when riding. Today it does not feel as bad but I still know it is there especially if I try to stretch my right calf. I have considered dehydrations as a possible cause (causing cramps)and have started to keep a record of what I am drinking. It is early days yet but I don’t think it is but I need to record even if it just to discount it. I think another visit to the doctors is in order but not until I have a bit more of my drinking record. Alternative is to trade my body in for a new one, unfortunately there are not many takers!!

Needless to say there has been no bike riding this weekend, I had planned a long ride which had several early turn off available if fitness or injury were to cut short the ride. I would had loved to do the ride a the local mountain bike club were doing but I knew 30 miles up some big hills that I could not beat 18 months ago is definitely a no go at the moment.

Last weekend we went back to Cleeve Hill where we held the charity recovery ride and met up with Tazz again and Jon. It was a lovely sunny day but blowing a hoolley on top of the hill, (18 to 33mph). In fact we actually had to ride (as in pedal) down one hill as the headwind was so strong, the consolation was we actually got blown up another hill earlier. It was a good day with friends but not a lot of cycling.

This Wednesday was the day of funeral, and it went as well as can be expected, the day was sunny and cloudy. Now starts the task of moving on.

The fish tank, this simple job of putting everything together is becoming a pain in the butt. Having purchased the sand and the rock I laid everything out in the new tank as I wanted and then filled the tank with water. I took my big filter off the old tank, washed it all out, fitted new media and put it on the new tank………………where it promptly sprang a leak all over the new carpet, thankfully it was only a small leak. Further investigation revealed it was the main seal between the top and bottom of the filter. In the hunt for a new rubber O ring I was offered a new pump. I really needed to get a pump on the tank so I went for the new filter. This is all up and running although I have to shorten the hoses, as they were all coiled up and to long when I first set the tank up. So now I have to take the hoses off and shorten them.

With the lid on and pumps running came my next problem, condensation in the tank lid. I have a plan, I have purchased a bit of polycarbonate sheet and currently waiting for the lid clips to arrive so I can fit my diy condensation tray.

With all this sunshine there could only be one song to end this blog.

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In Memory

After posting my blog last Sunday I decided to have an early-ish night ready for the week ahead, at 1am the phone rang, it was the hospital requesting us the come to the hospital quickly. We quickly dressed and I rushed the wife to the hospital dropped her off and then rushed back home (our son was still in bed a sleep, it did not seem right to disturb him). Just after getting home the wife phoned me, she was to late, her father had passed away a few minutes after the phone call from the hospital.

At the ripe old age of 85, William (Bill) Edwards had led a happy and fulfilling life, spending time in the RAF (his national service) and then in civilian life working as a butcher and then as a milkman until his retirement.

He leave behind his wife Edna, daughters Karen (my wife) and Sally and grand children Kristianne and Ryan, he will be deeply missed by all. The funeral is on Wednesday 29th.

It has been a tough few weeks for all the family…………….

Bills wedding day
Bills wedding day
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