Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Don't get me wrong when I say I am using VERY STRONG painkillers, I feel a lot better that I have in ages.
The painkillers are really helping with the pain and the side effect is that I am not feeling so down because the pain is better regulated.
I was given enough to take three lots a day(enough to be seeing and kissing Pixies!) but after the first day, I am finding that two lots a day controls the pain and I don't feel the desire to be going dancing and singing naked in the street!
Three lots a day was definitely too much.
And I am not taking the Diazepam!!!
I managed to take Sali and Anna shopping in town on Boxing day and whilst I could feel the pressure in my back increasing there was no increase in pain.
However, the painkillers do wear off in the night and I do feel as if I have been kicked in the back by a donkey and walking first thing is not an option!
I visited the doctor on the Wednesday before Christmas and she was able to tell me the results of the MRI as her computer is linked to the hospital computer.
I have 9 inches of damage/severe arthritis and 3 Torn Spinal Discs......so not much really!
As you can see, my sense of humour is still intact even if my back isn't!
So no more 10k runs in the foreseeable future!
But for Christmas I had a new laptop so I do not have to sit at the computer table but can lie down in bed and rest my back AND still go on the computer and right my blog.

We had a lovely Christmas though.
Whilst my back was in a lot less pain, Snowhite and Fiona still cooked the Christmas lunch.

Snowhite doing Christmas baking :D

The Chocolate Christmas Puddings that Fiona made :D

The only thing not as I would have made it was the broccoli which was a little(a lot!) al dente but then I do prefer it cooked to mush.Yes I can hear you all saying YUK!
Beauty decided to have a long lie in and so none of us got up until gone 10am and then lunch was not until 3pm but we had a very restful but enjoyable day.

Opening my Christmas Stocking x

Something I read on Paulo Coelho's Facebook page today

If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes.
I would relax. I know of very few things that I would take seriously.
I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less bran.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.
You see, I have been one of those fellows who live prudently and sanely, hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I have had my moments. But if I had it to do over again, I would have more of them – a lot more.

I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had it to do over, I would travel lighter.

If I had my life to live over, I would pay less attention to people telling us we must learn Latin or History; otherwise we will be disgraced and ruined and flunked and failed.
I would seek out more teachers who inspire relaxation and fun.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall.
I would shoot more paper wads at my teachers.
I would keep later hours.

I’d have more sweethearts.
I would go to more circuses.
I would be carefree as long as I could, or at least until I got some care- instead of having my cares in advance.

I doubt, however, that I’ll do much damage with my creed.
The opposition is too strong.
There are too many serious people trying to get everybody else to be too darned serious.

(there are several versions of this text circulating in Internet. The one above is attributed to Don Harold)

I shall definitely have to think about this and write my own version.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Gandhi's policy of Non-cooperation is legendary but my family will all agree that Beauty's takes Non-cooperation to the next level.
If Beauty does not want to do something, convincing her to actually do it can be almost impossible .
Beauty's non-compliance in school concerts goes beyond even Gandhi's hard-core ideals.
For example, she spent last years concert sat in a a paddling pool on stage and the year before she sat in a giant box.
Now if I were her teacher I would be pretty peed off at this as she is the most verbal and most aware(and most obstinate!) child in the class.
She is also always singing and dancing but refuses to perform to request.
She also knows an amazing amount of Christmas carols and songs.
What a party pooper!
In today's concert she is a reindeer.
However, I have no idea what she is going to be sat in!
Such a sweet child x
Anyway, today is Beauty's school concert but I do not think I will be attending due to this virus I have as I think it would be unfair to inflict it upon anyone else.
It has got worse and it has now got to the 'HACKING AND SPITTING' stage!
Also, all down my wind pipe is starting to feel sore.
I shall ask her teacher to take a photo of her sat in whatever she is sat in then I will not miss anything!
The sad thing is she never notices if I am there or not!

My memories of my own school concerts include always being an angel but never Mary and being dressed in Edwardian clothes singing to Mary Hopkins' song Those Were The Days..

My most significant memory of the concerts Beauty's older sisters did.....Fiona dressed as Mary seen drop kicking the baby Jesus across the stage just as the stage curtains are closing.
I was weak with laughter
You have got to love that kid.
She is a star.

Oh yes.....PC gone mad.
I can imagine this happening!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Yes I know.
As my girls have told me many times,years ago I would have been burnt as a witch!!!!!

And what is my crime?

Well I make all my cleaning products myself using borax,soda crystals,bicarbonate of soda, natural soap flakes and white vinegar but I do have ready made eco-products for when the girls need to do some cleaning or washing(oh I am so funny!) or when I cannot be bothered messing!

I have also made my own shampoo and hair conditioner which seems to work better on my hair than the most expensive 'frizzy' products .

When a girl has hair like Crystal Tips then she HAS to try everything to tame THE BEAST!

If that makes me a witch then Oooops!

Or it could be the fact that I spend the summer in long dresses.
But surely that just makes me like a hippy but then again the girls also think I look like a hippy!!!!!!

I am not sure !

I don't do labels!!!!!

I am also a vegetarian and cook lots of vegetable stews using herbs and spices in large steaming pots on my large range cooker.

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble

but I don't use

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--For a charm of powerful trouble,Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

BUT you never can tell so be careful what you eat at my house!

Or perhaps it is my PREMONITIONS!!!!
I have had quite a few premonitions of things going to happen in my life but I have never been able to do anything about them.
They usually seem pretty vague until they have happened and then they seem crystal clear.
My most recent was that Beauty was going to cut her own hair and that happened though I did try and hide all the scissors, she found a pair that had been lost!
The most significant was the day of the Hungerford Massacre.
I was walking through Newbury which is only a few miles from Hungerford (a number of Newbury people died in the massacre) and I had what I can only describe as a vision. I am not religious but I realise that there are a lot of things that happen that I don't know about or understand.Anyway, I was walking towards the market square when I felt I saw a man , there but not there, run around the corner of the post office carrying a rifle and he ran straight passed me and was gone.
Then I thought it was just silly imaginings but at that time the gunman had already killed a number of people in Hungerford and went on to shoot more.

My theory?

I obviously have no more firm evidence that anyone else but I think it is to do with how you are as a person.
I am a mother of 6 and being a mother of 1 or 6 heightens your senses and makes you constantly aware and sensitive to what is going on around you with regards to your children.
You are always listening and always watching and you can also sense things when nothing can be heard or seen.
I also read The Nun's Story and she describes Nun's who are Mental health nurses as different to other nurses.She said it was as if they were hyper aware and constantly alert.
I think we humans have that ability to be hyper alert BUT where the 'visions' or what ever you want to call them come from......I have no idea.

Conclusion.......Witch or not a Witch?
Perhaps what they said in Practical Magic is the answer.
'There's a little witch in every woman.'




An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.