Thursday, 18 December 2014

Just a quickie...

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I have been feeling very nauseous since August. Went to see the doctor and he tried me on some drugs to reduce the acid thinking it might be reflux. This is my second bout, had it to a lesser degree last year. Tablets didn't work, made me feel like I had a brick in my stomach.

New government legislation dictates that if you are of a certain age and drugs don't help the symptoms then you go on a 2 week emergency list for a gastroscopy (just in case it is the start of something nasty).

Had my consultant appointment yesterday and the procedure first thing this morning. Wanted sedation as I can't swallow on command. Wasn't aware of gagging or anything. Woke up, had water, then coffee and sandwiches.

The nurse took us both into another room and said everything seemed normal, nothing nasty. Phew!

They did take 4 biopsies, the results of which should take a week. They also tested me for H. Pylori bug and that too was negative. Guess I have to wait for the biopsy results and whether they show the reason for the nausea.

Having a rest for a while then will get on with making bread later on.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Seemed to pass in a bit of this and a bit of that, a blur really. We both needed Chiropractor treatment and now have to drive further for that but petrol is dropping in price. Then we had to do a small food top up plus just a few drinks for the festive period.

By the time we got home, it was nearly 1:30pm so we stopped to have beans on toast! I finally remembered to re-take the few decoration pictures we did on Sunday, not too exciting. Unfortunately I managed to chop the fairy off the top of the tree:
A few things on the windowsill next to the tree:

DB's mum used to knit us all kind of people, she loved knitting. The mantelpiece:
The decorative tubes on either end were given us many years ago by some parents from school (they had wine in them). Finally, our dresser in the dining room:
Nothing much on it but we sometimes bring greenery in nearer the day. The ceiling also has things strew across it and there is a little golden artificial triangle tree on another cabinet.

We managed to get the joint of meat we were after and that is now in the freezer. The butcher de-boned it and they will first be rinsed then roasted ready for soup making.

Although we have 'invested' in 3 joints of meat for the festive 10 days, the total spent does not exceed our ration allowance each, for all of December and January. We have only spent about £5 on meat so far this month so all in all, it will work out just right. There will be quite a bit leftover for pies, curry, etc which will probably feed us through February as well. All in all, a good investment.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Welcome and puddings...

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We spent yesterday afternoon putting up the tree plus a few other decorations. There was a time when DS was small, that almost every room was decorated including his bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen! Unfortunately, the photographs are all blurred so I shall take some more today and put them on tomorrow.

Once that was done, I made us some bread and butter pudding for desert after tea and one for the freezer. The one in the tin is for us over two nights, the bottom one in the glass bowl has gone into the freezer for visitors. I made sure I didn't over brown it so it could be heated in the oven when they come:

Normally, I make this with milk and eggs but as I bought two x 1 pint cartons of double cream for ice cream, instead of two x 1/2 pint cartons, we had a whole pint of cream to use up before it went out of date.

It was very nice and rich but wouldn't want to eat it that rich all the time. I have just updated our menu tab so that should be available for viewing very shortly.