Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt

That it! The Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt ends today so you only have until midnight tonight to get the rest of those elusive photos. Here's the final linky for you to share your photos with fellow hunters. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Playing Catch Up!

I'm behind with everything so it's not just the blog I've been ignoring.

Health wise, things are not great. My knee is still troubling me and now the other one is just as painful, so walking any distance is an effort. On the plus side the nosebleeds and migraines are starting to ease off, and the PVD in my right eye continues to improve. I had the appointment with the consultant about the 'freckle' in my left eye and left with the shocking news that it may be a melanoma. At the moment whatever it is contains features of both a benign freckle and a malignant melanoma but not enough to be certain either way, so they will continue to monitor it. Not really the news I wanted but at least it is being monitored.

I'll have all the quotes for the home improvements by the end of this week and can decide whether everything can be done. I'd added quite a few 'wants' to the list of 'needs' so fingers crossed that I can afford to get everything done now  so that the entire house will be finished. Work starts on the replacement windows within the next month and then the electrician will be in, followed by the plumber and carpenter. It's going to be a busy and messy few months ... but worth it!

I've already made some changes to teaching commitments. It's not been possible to change everything to the same day which means that I'm still tied to travelling during the school holidays so I've decided to stop running one of the recorder clubs when we break for Easter, a choice made easier as the parents weren't too good at paying! Another school may not have the budget to finance music lessons in the next academic year so that may all stop as well which will leave me with one afternoon's teaching from September. This will really open up the week for me and means that I'll be able to organise mini breaks away during the cheaper term time. I'll get some more brochures next time I go into town and start planning!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A Quick Post

This will be a short post as I don't really have anything to say, a direct result of doing very little!

I've spent most of my time sleeping off migraines and then coping with nosebleeds in between. My eye and knee problems are continuing to improve, although it will be a slow job for both. I see the eye consultant next Monday and then it's back to see my doctor about the blood pressure, migraines and nosebleeds. He's going to be sick of the sight of me, I think I need to rub me out and draw me again!

Home improvements are progressing as planned. I've received the quote for the electrical work and am just waiting on the cost of the rest of the work from the carpenter/builder. Everything I've asked for can be done so it's moved to the next stage where I'm choosing tiles, bathroom suites and light fitting - much more interesting.

Friday, 2 March 2018

A Snow Day

It's frustrating that I can't go out to take some snow photos but I'm being sensible and it's simply not worth the risk to my knee. This one was taken through the doors in the living room and is probably all I'm going to manage for now as the whiteness makes my eye hurt.

My neighbour has very kindly cleared the front of my house and all around my car for me, not that I plan to go out. All the Wiltshire schools are closed, we've cancelled tomorrow's band practice and I've plenty of food in the house so I have no need to venture out before Monday at the earliest and only then if the schools are back. 

I'm not feeling full of energy today so it's going to be a quiet day at best, probably just  getting on with a bit of paperwork and filing. I kept the heating on overnight (just turned the temperature down a bit) so the house is warm and I don't have the problems of the condensate pipe from the boiler freezing that lots of people are reporting on Facebook. I've rearranged my holidays and, instead of the two planned photography holidays, will now be going to the Peak District (in August) and to the Isle of Wight (in September) instead.

I've just looked out the window - the local kids knocked on my door earlier to ask if they could have my snow 😊 but have now abandoned their efforts to build snowmen (not the right sort of snow apparently!) and have cobbled together some sleds so are racing up and down the close. It's good to see them out enjoying it.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Eye Update

This is a quick update using my phone. I can't post the links for the scavenger hunt update as the Internet doesn't like the snowy conditions and won't come out to play today so I'll get that sorted as soon as I have Internet access on the laptop.

I had an 8 am appointment with the optician to complete the final tests. I aced the peripheral vision test - 40 out of 40 on both eyes so am pleased with that. Also received the brilliant news that the problem in the right eye is a posterior vitrious detachment (PVD) and should settle down over the next six months with no long term loss of vision. I just have to take extra care for the next six weeks as, if I'm really unlucky, it could still develop to a full retinal detachment during that time period. She said it was already looking better this morning so it's unlikely to develop into the more serious condition and the 'extra care' means that I need to avoid heavy lifting and exercises that 'jog' the body such as running and jumping. Once it heals it'll never happen again in this eye but at some stage it is likely to affect the left eye, so I have that to look forward to in the future!

She then managed to wipe the smile off my face by saying she'd found something in my left eye. Apparently I have developed a 'freckle' in that eye which needs further investigation, this time at the eye clinic in the Royal United Hospital in Bath. She was very evasive so I don't really understand what this may mean but she faxed the images through to the hospital and they phoned me to book an appointment within 20 minutes. I'm hoping that this speedy response is down to efficiency rather than urgency. The appointment is for March 12th as I had to turn down the two earlier dates I was offered because they clashed with other medical appointments. 

I'm tucked up in home now waiting for the blurred vision (from the eye drops she used this morning) to clear. I've turned the heating up, have a casserole in the oven which'll be ready for lunch and am snuggled up on the sofa watching daytime TV. I'm using the term 'watching' quite loosely as I can't see any detail at all!