I am hooked up

This picture was taken just four days after my full left shoulder replacement. As you can see, the operation was successful and all I have to do is learning to just use one hand for everything.

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I am already starting on some basic exercises to strengthening the bruised muscles. Sleeping is a little bit problematic, as I can’t sleep on my back very well, so I have to wedge my left hand to prevent the shoulder to fall forward. I think I have now managed to find the ideal (for me) solution.

I have carers to help me change my cloth morning and evening and to have a wash. They are lovely people, the first carer was a man, and stripping to “full Monty” took some “brain blanketing”. I survived but I can’t say I loved it. Actually it doesn’t matter what sex the carers are, I still don’t like the “full Monty” strip and wash; but when one doesn’t have two hands one is grateful.

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Yabby Dabby Doo a way overdue job, done!

Not solely by myself, but as my garden lady has stopped for winter I asked if I could hire her for a heavy-duty lifting job, to which she agreed.

I didn’t take a picture before she started, but this is what’s either going to the Skip, Freegle, Nextdoor or belonging to DJKA.

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Everything in the foreground (bar the green barrel) is for charity i.e. Freegle and Nextdoor. The green barrel has been stored near the camper. The rest is for the Skip. 1½ car load and there is way more to go.

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I was glad that Sarah loaded and unloaded my car.

Now all I have to do is getting pictures and advertising everything on the web.

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Sadly, I had to put things back into my garage for storage until people come and collect. I also placed my economic electric heater to get rid of some of the dampness. I can’t remember when I last had that much floor space in the garage-extension.

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Interesting handwritten facts

I was doing a little de-cluttering and came across a diary belonging to my mother and while looking through the book I noticed that I actually could read her writing. I have always said that I couldn’t read her handwriting but … while reading I noticed some of my own handwriting at the desk and I think this is why I can read my mothers handwriting.

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My writing is to the right – talk about growing to become a mirror of your parents.

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2018 – what a troublesome year!

I am slightly fed up with 2018. I am wondering what more this year can throw at me.First there was the water damage that forced me and my cat out of my house for one month while the building recovery firm made my house liveable again. While we were in exil, I decided to pop over to Denmark for a short week.

When Coco and I came back home, I had to find someone to do my garden. The lady I found (temporarily only) came with me – to check the flat – in Spain. It had become a dump! Grrrr.
We spend the whole week cleaning the flat for the next lodgers.
I manage to organise that the flat got painted from top to bottom, incl. the outside balcony rails and fixing this and that that had been left and not fixed; like the air-con that had never been serviced.

When I got home I wrote a “Dear John” letter to the keyholder and sacked him.
Luckily, I had another key-holder lined up.
I will meet her in October when I am returning to Spain to finish refurbishing the flat (new sofa, armchair, dishwasher …).

And the saga goes on and on, but I wont bore you any further.

Lunch at Café Lindevang

I took my friends out for lunch on the last day in Denmark. We went to “Cafè Lindevang” på Peter Bangs Vejen. It’s a place where you get good old-fashioned traditional Danish smørebrød (open sandwiches), and I would dare anyone to order and eat two portions. I know out of experience that the portions are gigantic; but check the pictures and judge for yourself.
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2x Pan fried plaice fillets w.Shrimp — 1x Prawns w. mayonnaise
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Tatar w raw egg yolk and garnish — 2” Burger w Fried Egg
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I was struggling even though the portions were smaller than last time I was there.
I would have preferred to have a starter split 3 ways followed by the main open sandwich. Yes, there is bread under the mountain of meat, its not gravy nor shadow its bread.
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Lunch with my cousins

Thursday last; I was having lunch with 2 of my cousins at The Plough in Cadsden, Cadsden Road, Princes Risborough. I saw Susan nearly 2 years ago and as for Sonja that’s at least 10 years ago.

We had a lovely lunch and it was nice to re-connect with them.
The weather wasn’t encouraging a walk in the forest.

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Going to the dogs

Last night was girls night out. It all started because I got a text from Towcester Racecourse offering me:
a free race card, a free £2 bet and a free pint of Carling Beer.
Four of us went to the dogs at Towcester Racecourse and it was fun not only because of the races but its also fun to win.
As one can imagine the place was packed, it was after all Friday evening; and what a lovely ending to the week it was.
There was 14 races on the card; but we left after race 13, so that we could get away from the course without too much hassle.

Hilary wasn’t going to place any bets but I squeezed a runner out of her for nearly every race.
I kept account and took the stake from her winnings and at the end of the evening she was £8.75 up;
not bad for not opening your purse once!  That in its own way was fun.
Twice her choice beat mine by the tip of a nose, grrrr; but I am not elaborating on my £30 plus winnings.
Sadly Tracey and Christine didn’t fare as well, but they still had a great evening out.