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Topic: Blue's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day (life viewed through the lens of depression)

  1. Blue's Clues
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    14 October 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    Hey Wilma. Pretty low energy today, so I'll keep it brief. This whole business of living out of a suitcase for months is really wearing me down. Frankly, it sucks. Making so many appointments to sort out stuff I couldn't do while working is also really giving me the willies. Doctor, dentist, psych, etc. Sigh. I'm ditching the diet - have lost a couple of kilos, am generally healthy and just within my preferred weight range (I'd normally aim for the lower end of that range), that's all I have the energy for.

    Glad the exhibition was good and that you're doing some painting with your friend. Metallic paints sound fun.

    Sending you a hot water bottle and a steaming hot coffee.

  2. Wilma1
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    18 October 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Just dropping off a hi Blue, low on energy at this end also.

    Take care. ☕️☕️☕️💙

  3. Blue's Clues
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    20 October 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    I'll keep it short and sweet today, Wilma. We're finally home! About bloody time.

    KKind thoughts to you and your loyal companion. Leaving a coffee.

  4. Croix
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    20 October 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Dear Blue~

    Marvelous!

    -C

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  5. Wilma1
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    21 October 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, so pleased to hear you are ‘ finally ‘ home.

    I Can almost hear the ahhh feeling. And though I’m not one for to many old saying, the one I can accept is ‘ There’s no place like home’.

    I hope you can relax and unwind. Take care. Sending a hot coffee. I’m heading to the kettle for my second. ☕️☕️💙💙

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  6. Blue's Clues
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    21 October 2020 in reply to Croix
    Thanks Croix. It is marvellous!
  7. Blue's Clues
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    21 October 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    Thanks Wilma. So true, definitely no place like home. So glad to be back, to have our own space, and the whole house for little puffballs to zoom around in. The way it should be.

    We weren't expecting to be back in so soon, so had a bunch of appointments booked this week. That's pretty frustrating. After that, though, we can settle in and get rested enough to enjoy being home.

    Cheers for coffee, sending some home made oat and chia biscuits to go with your second cup. :)

  8. Wilma1
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    22 October 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I understand the frustrating appointments. Life keeps throwing you curveballs. I hope things settle now you are all HOME.

    I hope your appointments are helpful, even though, frustrating. Though one area that will be challenging, is the expense. So much money in medical things now. I can’t keep up with prices, just goggle, what can one say.

    We are warming up down this way Blue. It’s nice putting washing out, and bringing it in dry on the same day. My backyard is now getting some sun, so I am gardening when I can.

    Those biscuits sound nice. I might try to bake something one day, not in the near future, just one day. I’m not impressed with supermarket biscuits and cakes, a good thing really.

    Nothing exciting happening in my neck of the woods. Just more physio. Now I have someone helping with my hands. It’s a shame one person can’t deal with it all, but it is what it is.

    I hope the puffballs are enjoying the flight around the house. My neighbor has recently bought a beautiful coloured parrot. I heard a different bird sound, and met him today.

    Well Blue, take care. Another incoming coffee. ☕️☕️ I surprised myself a few days ago and enjoyed a green tea. 🙄🙄

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  9. Blue's Clues
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    25 October 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    More appointments this week, but first a week-end to be home. Still working out how to relax after three months of doing anything but. A lot has changed at home and still needs to, so I'm trying to get settled again. Feels a lot like moving into a new place, even though it isn't. My partner had moved in barely a month before the operation, so he hadn't really settled in properly to begin with, it's back to the start for him. Though with the time away and the changes we both feel like it is much more ours now instead of like he's just moved into what was mine. That's definitely a better thing.

    So far they have been, Wilma. There will be some big expenses coming, unfortunately, medicare doesn't cover much of what I need at the moment. Though I'm also working on whittling down my regular expenses some more. There may be some good things to come, in that department.

    Sounds good. We're having brief periods of warmth here, a few nice days, then another week of cold and rain. Getting a bit bored with that. I, too, need to get some washing out - curtains, bedding, the sort of stuff that won't go on the inside hangers. Glad you're getting in some gardening.

    It's one of my favourite recipes. I hope you do, it's rewarding. I agree with you about cakes and biscuits from the supermarket - they tend to be mostly sugar and not a heck of a lot of flavour. I try to use good quality ingredients, and in most things I make will use raw caster sugar, which is less cloyingly sweet than white sugar.

    How is the physio going? I can see your frustration at having too many people involved.

    Puffballs are definitely enjoying themselves. I'm hearing them sing a lot more, and Mr Feisty is enjoying his baths again, which he wasn't while we were away, I had to mist him with a spray bottle for any sort of bathing and he wasn't nuts about that. Sir Pecks handled it better, but they are both much happier little birds now. The parrot sounds lovely. They are very intelligent and playful birds.

    My lovely man brought me breakfast in bed today, along with coffee. It's amazing that he's up to doing stuff like that a lot more, now. He rarely cooked before the surgery and couldn't drink coffee because it raised his heart rate too much. We are starting to see more and more benefits after all the stress.

    I actually quite like a green tea on occasion, myself. Would happily sit and have one with you. :)

  10. Wilma1
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    27 October 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I smiled reading your LM brought you breakfast in bed. It would have been very special for both of you. Also, the fact that he is able to do this so soon after such huge surgery, is absolutely amazing. ☕️☕️

    It must be a good feeling both you both, moving back in and getting settled. Nice you know the feeling is now ‘ ours’.

    Sorry Medicare don’t cover any of your medical expenses. I hoped, being on a part carers allowance, that it would. Sucks really.

    Physio was ok enough. I have fingerless tight fitting gloves to help with swelling in my hands, plus a brace if I need it. I need X-ray, so I will do that sometime. Back in 3 weeks. They will try to do both appointments in the one day, that will help.

    Warming up down this way, but quite wet.

    Do you have the dogs living with you at the moment ? Not sure if it ‘s too risky so soon after hospital, but was wondering .

    Pat for puffballs Blue. Best wishes to you and your LM.

    Take care.

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  11. Blue's Clues
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    31 October 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    It is pretty special, Wilma. I'm really proud of him, the progress he is making and how well he handles everything - and I'm certainly not saying it's easy for him. He's really something.

    Definitely a good feeling. We continue making little changes. My lovely man got us a coffee machine, a step up from my little plunger - one we can set up and programme to brew the coffee later. It's part novelty and partly because he wants my day to start better when I go back to work, no need to make coffee, it's already ready. :)

    Medicare covers some of it. Not dental though, and only half of psych, so one appointment with each of those has cost me about $300. Sigh. No more carer's allowance, he's no longer needing quite the same level of care, so I'm not eligible for that any more.

    So not too much pain with physio this time? How are the gloves and things, are they helping? Glad you don't have to do extra travel for those appointments, at least.

    Pretty wet here, too. My yard is looking pretty shaggy again already. Must be doing good things for the veggies you planted though.

    No, the dogs aren't ours, they are his dad's. We did get to enjoy their company whilst staying with his dad, they were no problem for my partner.

    I did some cooking yesterday. A vegetarian mornay and a baked cheesecake. Sending some goodies your way. And a pig's ear for your loyal companion.

  12. Wilma1
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    1 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I can hear how much your LM means to you. It’s heart warming. I do believe he is quite something, and wish you both every happiness. Your both deserve it.

    Sorry the weather has turned wet and uncomfortable. Hopefully, once spring is over, which is usually quite changeable, some warm weather for you. We have had some rain, but it Heading for 21 today, 24 later in the week. So , it’s warm down this way.

    I will have to test the gloves over time, but they do help a little with pain levels. It’s a bit like, which pain is worse, and where. It takes your mind off one area, onto another. So much fun being old Blue. 😫😫

    Planting tomatoes today. Looking forward to home grown. Nothing beats the taste of straight from the garden.

    The exhibition ends on Tuesday. It’s been really successful. I will work on something for next year. It’s important to get the mental health message out there.

    Gosh, that’s a lot of money to have to pay for medical stuff. Outrageous really.

    Sorry the carers support finances have stopped. Does that mean you have a date for returning to work ?

    The coffee machine sounds great. So thoughtful. I hope it’s better than the plunger. ☕️

    You always impress me with your cooking. Sounds yummy. Thankyou. I’ve tried some pasta sauce, not impressed so far. I think I will try from scratch. Trying to improve my diet. I did find a potato recipe, and it is delicious. Very simple.

    My package starts this week. I will be getting assistance with cleaning and appointments for starters. But it expands over time. I was impressed with what they help with.

    Glad you are in your home and settling in.

    Take care Blue. Leaving some Lindt chocolate balls.

  13. Blue's Clues
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    1 November 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    He does mean a lot to me, Wilma. Most beautiful person on the planet, in my opinion. So much love and respect for him. Thank you. We're working on the happiness, finding it where we can.

    It's slowly warming, just wish it wouldn't keep dropping under 20 degrees, it's getting a bit late in the year for that. Grumble. I'm sure you'd be happy as a clam in it, though, haha. We've actually come into some warm days, 27 today, and a couple of days over 30 coming up. Just the ticket for ol' Blue. You'd hate it. :) Might get my other curtains washed before it goes cold again, we'll see. Glad you're getting some tomatoes in, I agree about home grown, they are so good.

    A little help with the pain is a start. Sorry it seems like trading one pain for another, though. I hear ya, Wilma. Not quite old yet, but definitely feeling a bit creaky some days, got a whole bunch of irritating aches and pains I never used to.

    Very glad to hear the exhibition has been a success, and that you're thinking positively toward the next one. Very important message, I agree, it's great you can support getting it out there and have your lovely art appreciated at the same time. :)

    Yup, it's a lot. And I "make too much" for a Health Care Card. Hardy-freakin'-har - not that one of those would get me a discount on psych or dental anyway. And I have more appointments upcoming with both. As for the Carer's Allowance, it was pittance anyway, hardly over $100 a fortnight, so it helped a bit but would have made no difference to whether or not I had to return to work. Still pegged to go back at the end of this month. Don't wanna.

    It's a great little gadget, I think I can retire the plunger. Takes up a lot of space, though. Contemplating getting a table in the living area to have as a breakfast bar. Not for a while, funds are limited. Nice thought though, and not wholly out of reach.

    Thanks, I do love to cook, and take a lot of pride in it. It's fun exploring different cuisines and ingredients. Oh, if you want an easy pasta sauce, I fall back on marinara a lot. I don't use seafood in it of course, but Sunfed or even oyster mushrooms would go nice in it. Just tinned tomato, a bit of minced garlic and oregano - maybe some passata and water if it's a bit dry, and cook it all together for a bit. Easy and tasty. Glad you found an easy potato recipe.

    Lovely, I'm glad you're happy with the help.

    Thanks. Chocolate is always welcome. Kind thoughts and coffee for you.

  14. Croix
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    2 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Dear Blue~

    I sit back and watch your life changing, it is truly lovely to see. From puffballs to LM plus puffballs, and to be pampered by one who loves (even at physical cost to him) is an unsurpassed feeling.

    Mrs C brings in the wood for the fire, something I can only manage one bit at a time, and does it out of love, even though she too has some physical problems, shortly to be fixed one is hoping. It makes that fire special and valued for more than just heat. Well it is by me anyway, the menagerie simply take it as just tribute.

    Wilma~

    I've been involved in a large number of museum exhibitions, some annually on mental health. What would you think of the idea of not only submitting an entry, but also do a series of panels showing how it was made?

    I've found the public has been fascinated by this and appreciate the end product even more as a result, ending up thinking about meaning as well as execution and artistic merit.

    Croix.

  15. Blue's Clues
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    2 November 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hey Croix,

    Thank you. I'm happy to report that such things are not really physically taxing for my lovely man to do, as they once would have been. He often says he feels things have been very unequal with the amount of physical things I do on his behalf (though I argue that point, of course) - I think spoiling me now is making him feel better as much as it is enjoyable for me. Definitely an unsurpassed feeling, especially with puffballs in attendance.

    You have mentioned the firewood before, it is good that she does that for you - hopefully not with too much pain to herself. Fingers crossed her troubles are resolved soon. I agree about the value being heightened so much by the intent behind it. My partner has often made me coffee in the morning, even when he was quite ill before the surgery, and bemoaned that it seemed so small a thing to do. I always thought that coffee was the best - I knew it was an effort, but he wanted to do that for me, to make my life easier. It meant so much.

    We are lucky to have the people we do, to share our lives with. And the various beasties, who simply bask in the attention and treats they are given.

    Blue.

  16. Wilma1
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    4 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I was shocked reading you only got just over $100 a fortnight. That would hardly buy much food, let alone the other expenses.

    So far today I’m sick of the USA elections. It’s being covered on most channels, and I’m pretty sure Trump will win. I hope I’m wrong.

    My home help came today. She’s a lovely lady. She will be taking me to medical appointments etc as well. Takes a lot of anxiety out of it all. So far so good.

    How’s the coffee machine going ?☕️☕️☕️

    Yes Blue, I would not enjoy the temperature you are getting, or heading towards. We had a warmish day yesterday, but ok today. I’m pleased it’s heading into warmer days for you. Maybe you and your LM will get out a bit more now. I hope so.

    So it’s back to work at the end of the month Blue, just in time for the silly season. It’s going to take a bit of adjusting going back I imagine. But best not spend to much time thinking about it. I hope change happens for you sometime, when you are ready.

    Thanks for the recipe. Strangely enough, that’s exactly what I did for my potatoes. I looked it up, and it says to slowly cook it for best results.

    Leaving a hot chocolate today Blue, some comfort food. ☕️☕️🍫🍫

  17. Wilma1
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    4 November 2020 in reply to Croix
    Croix, Thankyou. That’s a very good idea. Plenty to think about and plan.
  18. Croix
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    4 November 2020

    Dear Blue and Wilma~

    Blue, talk about good and bad news, I"m delighted your LM has reached the stage he can do those tasks without discomfort, it opens up a whole new world for him

    The bad - if I'm repeating myself I guess I'm getting ancient:(

    Wilma, the three successful things I've had a hand in producing are photos suitably mounted with explanatory text if needed, a video loop showing the artist at work, and live shows where the artist comes in for an hour or so and actually demonstrates.

    From what artists have said this latter is the one they enjoyed the most, they may have not got much work done but enjoyed talking with people and even getting fresh ideas.

    Croix

  19. Blue's Clues
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    6 November 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    You're right, Wilma, that amount doesn't cover much, even with my budgeting skills. Every bit helps, but now it's gone I'm frankly not seeing a huge difference in the budget.

    Admittedly I've had my head in the sand a bit, there. When they have an outcome I'm sure I'll hear about it. Until then, I'd rather not get swept along with the circus.

    Really happy to hear that about the home help, less stress is exactly what you need.

    The coffee machine is great, I love it. It's nice being able to set it to have my coffee ready when I want it. Though admittedly we're taking the opportunity to avoid setting alarms while we don't have to, so not knowing when we'll be up means just making coffee as we go more often than not.

    I'm afraid the warm spells are only lasting a couple of days at a time, then it's back to cold and rain. Happening again over the week-end. Would be nice to be a comfortable temperature for more than five minutes. Sigh.

    I don't even want to think about it, Wilma. Everything in me is repulsed by the thought.

    Sounds like we've been on the same wavelength with our food. Nice.

    Hot choc sounds good, I should possibly take a time out from all the coffee, haha. Kind thoughts to you and your loyal companion. Sending a chocolate cupcake your way.

  20. Blue's Clues
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    6 November 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hey Croix,

    It's definitely a boon for us both. So glad for him, and looking forward to all the things we will be able to do together as he gets stronger.

    Haha, I've been guilty of it myself, at times.

    Hope you and the Menagerie fare well.

    Blue.

  21. Wilma1
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    9 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I’m hoping you are warming up in your area, we certainly are. I think I saw a 28 later in the week. Yikes.

    Tomato plants are in and looking good. I also have lots of green strawberries at the moment. Once they turn red, I will enjoy some.🍓🍓🍅🍅

    my tv is mounted on the wall now, so I have more room. Slowly getting things working.

    How are you and your LM doing ? I hope his strength is getting better. I remember he was at uni, but I’m guessing that has been put on hold till his health gets better. Next year might look very different for you both. I wish you could find better employment, but I know that’s not urgent at the moment.

    I have my painting student coming tomorrow. She has not been for three weeks, as she has had medical appointments. I’m looking forward to catching up with her and some news.

    leaving a green tea today Blue, you might be overdoing the coffee with the new, you bute machine. Take care. Tap for puffballs.☕️☕️☕️

  22. Blue's Clues
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    10 November 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    A few warm days have happened, 36 today, I even wore shorts. Certainly hasn't been much call for that for some while. Temperature will be dropping again tomorrow.

    Glad to hear the garden is coming along nicely. Home grown tomatoes and strawberries sound good.

    More room is great, I'm glad things are getting where you want them. I've been doing some rearranging at home, too. Have got my computer and such back into my office (I gave my office space to my partner when he moved in and set my stuff up in the lounge, but now the spare room is fixed up and mould free, he has his own office and I can have mine back). I've also been able to set up the drinks cabinet his dad gave us ages ago, it needed cleaning and shelves put back in, and a proper place to be (lounge room, because now there's not a computer in the way).

    Yes, uni has been on hold for him. He'd withdrawn because of his health only a month or so before the operation. At this stage we think he can resume uni next year. As for my work, I'd call a change urgent, just not necessarily possible. Honestly, still don't wanna think about it.

    I hope you have a good time with your student, you always seem to have positive interactions with her.

    Green tea sounds good. You bet I've gone a little silly with my coffee, haha. Leaving some ANZAC biscuits - made them last night, extra chewy as everyone always requests of me.

  23. Wilma1
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    13 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I love chewy Anzac biscuits. Thankyou.

    Your little home is taking shape, it’s such a good feeling. It’s sounding homely and comfy. I did presume the coffee machine might get a good work out. Nice to know you are both enjoying the simple things.

    My painting student is just one of those giving/caring souls. It’s nice to give her something to enjoy. I get to share and see that enjoyment, always a special feeling. We have some good conversations, there’s a nice flow to it. We can disagree, not feeling right or wrong, just different points of view.

    We had a 29 days during the week Blue, I don’t want to know what 36 feels like, shorts or no shorts. I’m glad you cope with that heat, even enjoy it by the sound of it. That being said, a bit of heat on these old bones is feeling nice, just not too much of it. 🤞🤞

    I’m hoping for a work change for you. But will leave that conversation for now. Enjoy the time you have left at home.

    My physio appointments are finished. I have hand supports. As far as all the other aches go, it’s waiting till hydro therapy next year.

    My baby is not well. We are off to the vet this afternoon. I noticed she had a cough during the week, but yesterday afternoon, the coughing got worse. Not a good night last night, and no appetite this morning, so, the next few hrs will be tough going. She never goes off her food. I’m pleased the got me in today.

    Leaving a hot coffee this morning Blue, I’m heading for my second. ☕️☕️

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  24. Blue's Clues
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    13 November 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    No problem, Wilma. I like making them, they're a crowd pleaser.

    It is slowly taking shape. Unfortunately pretty much the minute we got our offices sorted out, my lovely man's computer decided it was a good time to stop working. So now he's getting more use out of my office than I am, and we're both feeling distinctly off kilter. Our computers are hugely important to us and the things we enjoy most. Sigh.

    It's great to have someone like that to spend time with, it's the sort of relationship that is comfortable and not too taxing on we introverts. Sharing art just makes it more fun. :)

    36 isn't so bad, it hits mid 40s often enough in Summer, and even I find that a tad warm. For now, I just wish we'd have more than a few days at a time over 20, it's too cold for me. 28 sounds perfect.

    I think I told you I've stepped down as second in charge as well as reducing my hours (works out to about 23 hours a week now, as little as I can afford to keep the household running).

    How are the hand supports working out? Hopefully not too far into next year for that hydrotherapy.

    Really sorry to hear your loyal companion isn't well. Here's hoping the vet can identify the cause and help her quickly. Lots of gentle pats for her, any good energy I have is coming her way.

    Coffee is good, my lovely man happily cleans the machine, grinds the coffee and has it ready for me most days when I get up. It really is a treat. Sending some home-made yoghurt and muesli, that's what I've been working on today.

  25. Blue's Clues
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    13 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    I'm not sure I've even said anything about it here on my own thread. I've recently finally got my Mental Health Care Plan, and started seeing a psych. That's big for me, I've been trying to push through the hurdles for years. It's been hard to make appointments around work, and every time I did there was some reason I couldn't get the Plan on that day, had to make another appointment, inevitably didn't. The last time I pushed through and found a psych, he turned out to be a bit of a crackpot. I don't know what astrology has to do with psychology. And no I don't have gender identity issues, and one of the very few things I don't hate about my job is the low status that comes with it. Dude did not have his head screwed on right. Honestly, I'm not sure this new one is the right fit for me, either. I don't need a gratitude diary (I am perfectly adept at being grateful for the good in my life) or to replace "I have to" statements with "I get to" ... that **** is flatout denial and the thought of it sends my mental health into a massive tail-spin. Is this what professionals do? I could sit and fart a tune at someone and it'd help them more than this crap.

    What can I say? I'm tired. I'm angry. I want help to find my way out of this BS with work, I never want to set foot in that hole again. It's the last huge thing wrong with my life, but so help me it's been wrong for so long, and I just can't seem to rid myself of it. I guess money is the one thing I can't take risks with, I have my man and my birds to provide for, a mortgage to pay, and that's a whole lot less than rent, so selling the house isn't even a viable option to simplify things. Aargh. Just aargh.

  26. Wilma1
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    14 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I’m giggling at your, “ I could fart a tune that would be more helpful “ I really do hear you about finding a good fit. I really hope you do.......eventually........but I hope sooner, rather than later.

    I did have one psych tell me to ......read books, not to watch tv, get a purpose in life, and to get over my past. I felt I could help him more than he could help me, but I didn’t return. I have found my social worker/counsellor more helpful all round.

    My fur baby is very quiet. The vet doesn’t know if she has kennel couch, or heart problems. Both present with the same symptoms apparently. Kennel cough can come in the wind from anywhere, so that’s the first being treated for. She has a heart murmur , so that’s a possibility. Coughing has eased, appetite is fine, so nothing major at the moment. Not good for the stress levels though. A quiet day here.

    Stepping down at work, and reducing hours is a wise move. Anything to make life better. You have enough to worry about with keeping your LM comfortable and as healthy as possible.

    I really am sorry about one computer dying. Sometimes you have to wonder about timing with these things. I don’t know if your package covers things like computers, but it might be worth investing. My package does, once the money accumulates. Also phones and heat pumps. Amazing. I had no idea. But the money needs to be there.

    Oh, you are more than welcome to that heat. I don’t ever want to know what the 40s feel like, so I’m not a candidate for hell. 😂😂😇😇👿👿

    I will not search my pantry for something nice to eat. I would love some home made yoghurt, Thankyou. I might head over to IGA and see what’s on offer.🤔🤔

    Pat for puffballs, and coffee for you and your LM. Take care. 💙💙

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  27. Blue's Clues
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    14 November 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    Haha, glad I could give you a chuckle, Wilma. Yeah, I hope that too. Admittedly I have my doubts.

    Good grief, what a lazy idiot. That compares the GP I approached about my asthma - it was getting worse to the point I was using my puffer more than once every day. He says to me "What do you want me to do about it?". I dunno, maybe your job. Jeez. How some people stay employed in these professions is beyond me. Oftentimes it's people a bit lower down the pile like your counsellor that do better. I think they haven't developed quite the same arrogance that comes with a big paycheque.

    Oh dear, neither of those sound good, poor pup. Though if her cough has eased and her appetite is returning, it may well be that the kennel cough treatment is working. Fingers crossed. Gentle pats for your dear girl.

    Yeah, it's as much as I can do without going too far the wrong way with my income. Breaking back as much as possible. I mean to be home with my family as much as I can.

    His dad is working on fixing it - if anyone can, he can, but it's as much about availability as he works away from home during the week. The computer has been sitting at his place all week. Sigh. What package are you talking about? Contents insurance? I can't imagine it covering things like technical difficulties.

    Haha, yeah 40 is a bit much. It's hit 48 a few times, that's a challenge in a house with a tin roof that magnifies the outside temperature somewhat. Apparently I'd hold up okay in hell. Hm.

    Fortunately, yoghurt is really easy to make. Hope you find some good munchies at the IGA. :)

    Thanks. Sending some fresh fruit this time. Summer fruit is available now, and frankly cheaper than the humble apple. Give me nectarines over apples any day, especially for $2-3 less a kg. Kind thoughts to you and your loyal companion. Hope she is feeling better soon.

  28. Wilma1
    Wilma1 avatar
    1630 posts
    15 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I was thinking the mental health plan. My plan is my aged care, level 2. The government allocates so much for each level, 1-4. Money left over can be used for other things like computer etc, a bit like NDIS for young people I think.

    I hope the computer is fixable, and that it happens soon.

    Fresh summer fruit 🍇🍑🥝🍒 yummy. Thankyou. I will check out what’s available down this way.

    Furbaby is doing well. Her cough has eased right off, so it’s looking like she caught kennel cough from somewhere. I thought it was only caught while in kennels, but I will get her on yearly injections now. So relieved to see her bouncing back.

    I understand the need to spend as much time with your family as possible. They are your priority.

    I can’t believe that Drs response. They can have massive egos. I waited for 2 hrs to see one dr. When I finally did get in to see her, she talked on the phone to someone about another patient. Then she asked me why I was there, but before I got to answer, her phone rang again. What! I’m invisible. I didn’t go back. So bloody rude. But if we do anything, we get asked to leave. Really gets my blood pressure rising. They take home good money for being rude. 🤬🤬🤐🤐

    I have pumpkin seeds that are sprouting. I hope to wind them along one of the fences. I haven’t tried from seeds before, so I’m pretty excited.

    Perfect weather here at the moment Blue. 19 today, with a shower forecast.

    I didn’t get to IGA yesterday, but I’m heading over there shortly.

    Leaving some Lindt chocolate 🍫🍫 Take care.

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  29. Blue's Clues
    Blue's Clues avatar
    2234 posts
    16 November 2020 in reply to Wilma1

    Oh, okay. Far as I knew it was for psych visits and nothing else. I can't imagine them approving any other expenses. Partner's dad is working on the computer now, he is an IT guy, so there's a decent chance.

    I got apricots and nectarines, and they were pretty good.

    Glad your loyal companion is doing somewhat better, that's a relief. Vaccines sound like a wise choice.

    Yeah, he was an idiot. Wow, I don't blame you for not going back to that doctor, how rude and arrogant.

    Great work with the pumpkins. They wouldn't fare well in Summer here, but should be fine in your neck of the woods. Hope they go well.

    Sounds too cold for me, Wilma, I'll leave the cold and wet for you.

    Cheers, definitely a comfort food kind of day. Feeling pretty blah, today, tired and low. Sigh.

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  30. Wilma1
    Wilma1 avatar
    1630 posts
    17 November 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Blue, I’m sorry you are feeling tired and low.

    Sometimes, after all the stress you have been under, things can have a delayed reaction . Just wondering if it might be catching up on you.

    I hope you are resting/sleeping at the moment.

    I also hope today is a little better for you.

    Take care Blue. You are a special person on this planet. Let your LM spoil you a little bit more.

    Incoming Milo. Alway a comfort drink I find. 💙💙💙

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