Monday Magic is back – Inspiring Blogs for You!

It feels like forever since I shared some inspiring blog posts with you.  If you read my last post you will know that for various reasons writing has not come easily recently, but I something that I really want to do is to get back into the habit of sharing great blog posts with you.

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Back in June I did manage to get to the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London and once again was able to meet up with other bloggers – some were old friends, others I felt I knew and then there were others who, along with their blogs, were new to me.  I was so excited that a fellow Chronic Illness Blogger – and one who I know – the lovely Caz from Invisibly Me won a category……you must have all heard my cheers!

 

The hotel was beautiful, situated in a perfect London square which actually boasted a small cricket pitch.  I’m not sure that they liked the look of me though as we had to use the tradesman’s entrance round the back…….this was the accessible entrance with a stairlift that accommodated my wheelchair.  The design seemed so clever until it was time to go home and the young receptionist blew the electrics when he turned the stairlift on.  There was no way that it was going to budge, so yours truly had to get out and sedately make my way down the stairs whilst hubby carried the chair behind me!  It was nobody’s fault, but it was a good job that I wasn’t in my electric chair…..nobody would have been shifting the weight of that down the stairs!!

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Meanwhile the younger male members of the family have been off gallivanting to sunny climes.  The politics student went away with uni friends to Spain where they stayed in a friend’s villa on the coast near Alicante. Maybe that should read a friend’s parents’ villa….. I am certain that they are lovely, but they must be totally and utterly mad to allow a group of 10 twenty year old “boys” to use their holiday home!  More recently the young engineer and friends left London at its hottest for the cooler temperatures of stunning Crete followed quickly by a trip to Pride in Amsterdam – if the photos are anything to go by they had a wonderful time in both locations.  I will save stories of our hols in dear old Blighty for another day!

 

What of the lovely girl? Well she and her friends have had their A level artwork “Inside-Outside-Inbetween” exhibited by the Royal Marsden hospital in Sutton (Surrey branch).  The hospital reached out to local schools as they wished to display local young artists’ work in both corridors and treatment rooms. A private viewing was laid on for the students alongside friends and family – unfortunately I was too unwell to be there but hubby and parents had a great evening.  Apparently the food that the Marsden laid on was great – and the art was pretty good too!!  Anyone who is local and interested will be able to view the girls’ art until December.

 

 

 

 

So that must mean that it is time to sit back and enjoy some great blog posts – this week all chronic illness and health related – as ever please like, comment and share posts that you enjoy.

https://www.simplyemma.co.uk/slowing-down-to-smell-the-flowers/

http://rockabillyspoonie.com/2019/08/12/for-the-records/

https://thechronictraveller.com/2019/08/11/the-milan-bone-church-san-bernardino-alle-ossa/

https://pamelajessen.com/2019/08/09/cannabis-for-fibromyalgia-and-invisible-illness/

https://weareholistic.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/self-care-is-simple/

https://youcanalwaysstartnow.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/mighty-ugly-not-me-the-book/

https://3sistersabroad.com/2019/08/03/a-day-in-salamanca-spain/

https://livingwithme.blog/2019/07/07/life-update-and-goals-for-2019/

http://www.shipwithnosails.com/2019/04/20/facing-the-fire-what-to-do-when-you-are-first-diagnosed-with-crps-rsd/

https://www.jumbledbrain.com/2019/08/12/are-these-brain-zaps-just-anxiety-or-my-brain-injury/

Have a great week,

Claire x

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A Zebra Returns – when a Flare combines with Brain Fog and equals a Blog Drought

Why is it that chronic illness can leave you feeling like a hypochondriac? When one thing leads to another and then another and then yet another? A flare of days turns to weeks turns to months……

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When I wrote my last blog post I had no idea and certainly no intention that it would take me so long before I would be back again.  So often we speak of pacing and the need to prioritise for our own self preservation, but even this can become physically and mentally exhausting.

Chronic pain combined with brain fog, combined with the disability of the dislocated right shoulder (yes of course I am right handed), multiplied by the hot weather doubling the effects of POTS and the number of faints, equals in some strange algebraic type equation a hell of a couple of months!!

 

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I am lucky to be an admin for a great group called the Chronic Illness Bloggers and I always prioritise the scheduling of their posts to Facebook as number one each week.  This means reading each blogger’s post to check that it adheres to the group rules ahead of scheduling and this is a past time that I look forward to – my guilty pleasure, for sure.  There are some seriously good writers out there and each week I come away having learnt something new, hungry to try another different recipe and generally inspired by our community. Brain fog and painful hand spasms have led to writer’s block on several different levels for my own writing……and on reading some of these wonderfully written and thought provoking blog posts, I have actually questioned my ability to write and felt a little intimidated.

The longer my flare and writing drought have endured the harder it has been to find my way back.  The inevitable thoughts of losing readers and poor stats start to creep in as the ever popular “how to write a successful blog” type posts crop up daily on my social media feeds.  Social media – aghhh! Has anyone else found themselves drowning in the inability to keep up with all the different platforms, when a head that has been stuffed with a mixture of cotton wool and candy floss will not allow you to remember how to even eat breakfast?  Scrolling down the ipad on Instagram is enough to set off hand pains, and keeping up with world politics on Twitter is enough to trigger a migraine!

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Two days later and I am back to try to finish this post.  The last couple of days have been filled with fainting, trip to the doctor, more fainting, CIB scheduling, even more fainting and….oh no, the increase in symptoms caused by monthly hormonal fluctuations!!  Great.  But….I have read and scheduled more blog posts – found great tips on managing pain, journaling, the importance of a great support network to name but a few – and I thought about why I started blogging in the first place.  I knew nothing about stats and social media platforms – I wasn’t on Facebook or Twitter, and Instagram was just a word that the kids threw about.  Not once did I think about the numbers who might read my ramblings about chronic illness and family life. I wanted to share my experience of living with chronic pain and chronic illness – at the time having a spinal cord stimulator implanted to help with nerve pain – and maybe give something in the same way that I had received support and hope from other blogs.  Writing can be therapy, a distraction, an outlet, a hobby and a sanctuary.

So here sits this zebra attempting to write…hopeful and thankful and wanting to re-engage with this wonderful blog family.

 

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PS: I am also the owner of some fab mauve fingerless compression gloves that help keep the spasms at bay when I type – hurray! IMG_0600

 

When The Simplest Things Floor Us

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the simplest of things can floor us?  Not the big things – the dislocations, the brain fog or even a recent A&E visit to check out an ankle injury for fractures.  Over the last few weeks a new enemy has been creeping up, slowly and insidiously until a sudden movement caused spasm and pain off the Richter scale.

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Where? Back pain? Neck pain?  Well they still haunt me daily alongside the dislocations, but this is different and affects everything I try to do.  One evening several weeks back, my right hand suddenly drew itself up with a sudden, intense spasm into a claw.  There was no warning and the pain was searing – in fact I screamed the roof off leaving no one in any doubt that something had happened.  Cramp? No, this was a very different feeling as the ligaments and bones within my hand felt as if they had become intertwined and stuck in a confusing rigid medley of pain and spasm.

 

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Several hours later the claw unwound as quickly as it developed, but the pain, now in both hands continues.  Maybe it is a repetitive strain type pain or some of the nerve pain may originate in the problems in my neck, I don’t know, but it affects everything.  Holding a cup of tea, brushing my hair, holding a book……and typing!  Admin duties for the Chronic Illness Bloggers and emails have been prioritised but typing is painfully slow.  Writing my own blogs has slowly but surely slipped away from me.

Nothing in life is predictable is it? But life with chronic illness has “unpredictability” as a middle name – no day is ever the same, it is impossible to know how the body or mind will present itself as it wakes each day.  The bigger issues, “the big picture”, can be easier to cope with, but the little things that are unexpected can be the straw to break the camel’s back.  The best laid plans can be blown apart, resentment hits, brain fog distorts memory and pain can take hold.  Yet life goes on with or without functioning hands!

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This has taken several days to type…..hopefully normal service will be resumed soon!

 

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Midweek Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

Inspiring blogs has slipped to midweek again, but as I had already found the posts I really wanted to share them.  I didn’t get near my laptop on Monday as hubby was filling out the dreaded tax return online – this meant he had 2 laptops and the ipad spread out in front of him and he doesn’t even have a regular job!  Who knew that the tax office struggles to cope with zero hour contracts?!

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The politics student has returned to university this week, but not before a trip to A&E to check out his knee.  I think that I mentioned last week that he had dislocated and then relocated his knee – the pain and terrible cracking continued and we were advised by the GP & a physio friend that he needed to go to hospital to have it checked.

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So I duly packed off hubby and son, with flasks and sandwiches…..no, I didn’t but probably should have done as they were waiting for the best part of last Friday.  The wait we could understand – there were a lot of emergencies and the waiting room was full – but it was a shame about the attitude of the nurse specialist.  Son and hubby explained the problem and were slightly taken aback by the tone used to tell them that A&E is for really sick people!

They explained that the GP had sent them and were apologetic for taking up time…….but where does someone go with this sort of problem? No you are not seriously ill, but you do have something wrong that your GP can’t deal with……no wonder so many of us chronic bodies avoid going to hospital!

Enough moaning, yours truly has had an eventful week and managed several outings between the bouts of neck pain.  A curry with friends – a fellow zebra who made contact via this very blog, another reunion at my old school as Chair of the alumni group – a  group only 2 years behind me so I knew them which was great, and a National Theatre Live production of All My Sons at our local cinema.  If you get the chance to see this it is fantastic – Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Colin Morgan (aka Merlin!) and Jenna Coleman. Getting out of the cinema was a challenge as although the spinal cord stimulator helps with the pain it doesn’t help with the dead leg and immobility after sitting.  Good job I have a husband, eh? But it is no wonder I can hardly move today and am happy I have a new furry pal come to stay for a couple of days…….meet Jensen!

The posts encompass various things that have been happening this week – Mother’s Day in the USA (read Willow’s beautiful poem), ME/CFS awareness and mental health awareness. May is the awareness month for many conditions and I will put up a listing on another post – I don’t want to miss anyone out.  Don’t miss the inspiring ladies featured at Tea and Cake for the Soul. So grab yourself a drink, sit down and relax!

https://lifeattheintersection.com/2019/05/06/who-are-the-millions-missing/

https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/song-lyric-sunday-mothers/

https://www.jolinsdell.com/2019/05/book-review-printed-letter-bookshop-by.html

https://pamecrement.com/2019/05/10/before-she-was-your-mother/

https://ablondeinthecrowd.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/confidence-help/

https://myloudwhispersofhope.com/2019/05/13/its-mental-health-awareness-week-in-the-uk-may-13th-19th/

http://jademarie.co.uk/positive-body-image/

https://father-hood.co.uk/2019/05/13/parents-subconsciously-sexist/

https://teaandcakeforthesoul.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/menopause-fab-at-50/

Please share some love and comment, like and share your favourites!

Have a great week,

Claire x

16th May MM

 

 

Midweek Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

Did you think that I’d forgotten about “IBFY” this week?  I had a blog tour spot for Monday and didn’t want to overdo the musings, so thought a midweek spot might do nicely to share these posts that I had found for you.

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We survived our week with hubby away…..just!……..and more importantly he survived an activity week with 64 ten year olds.  The weather was really kind to them and he returned looking more like he had been to Spain rather than to Kent, the sun tan covering any signs of exhaustion!  At this end I continued to share drugs and my CBD vape with the politics student as he nursed, and continues to, his dislocated knee; there was one faint/fall/dislocation and only one set of plans cancelled. Not too bad going!  The lovely girl even managed to get out of bed every morning to do her paper round without her dad dragging her out of bed.

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As hubby arrived home, the eldest and a group of friends headed off for Snowdonia, North Wales….to go camping!  Pitching a tent in the dark on one of the coldest nights this year – not my idea of fun and I think the young engineer’s better half would have preferred a B&B.  They actually had snow and built the snowmen to prove it!

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Meanwhile yours truly now has the results of my neck x ray and unsurprisingly it shows disc and degeneration problems in both the cervical and thoracic spine.  “Where shall we refer you?” pondered my GP……um, how about somewhere that can arrange new bodywork!  I think that my neurosurgeon might go off for a very long holiday when he sees my name on the Back Pain Clinic patient list again.  At the moment I have no expectations and want to avoid more surgery – be it on my shoulder or my spine……time will tell!!

 

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I hope that you enjoy this mix of blog posts that I have found this week – I have finished with a short video to highlight pain in Ehlers Danlos Syndromes Awareness Month.  So sit back with a favourite cuppa and happy reading!

https://irishtwinsmomma.com/postpartum-depression/

https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/my-review-of-fatality-in-f-by-alexia-gordon/

https://www.musthikemusteat.com/lets-catch-up/

https://melissavsfibromyalgia.com/2019/05/02/my-gut-friendly-coffee-routine/

https://fullofgritandgrace.com/2019/05/01/mental-health-chronic-illness-why-its-critical-we-discuss-them-together/

https://michelevosberg.com/2019/04/30/what-are-you-afraid-of/

http://anordinarymom.site/who-are-you-forgetting-to-invite/

https://myideaofparadiseetc.blogspot.com/2019/05/mothers-day-around-world.html

https://channongray.com/kindness-an-elixir-for-body-and-soul-alike/

https://themighty.com/video/painting-our-pain-ehlers-danlos-syndrome/?utm_source=newsletter_eds&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_eds_2019-04-24&jwsource=cl

Please like, comment and share!

Have a great week,

Claire x

PS: Happy Birthday, Dad!

 

 

Book Review and Blog Tour for Sue Lawrence’s “Down To The Sea” #LoveBooksGroupTours

Disclaimer:  Thanks to Love Books Group and the author for the copy of this book and the opportunity to take part in this tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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The year is 1981 and young couple Rona and Craig have spent an inheritance on a large Victorian house in Edinburgh.  Ex-lawyer Rona is excited to turn Wardie House into a luxury care home so sets about exploring and planning, and in the process she uncovers some history of the house and its inhabitants.  The cellar and attic give up secrets from dark corners and when the sea fog descends the new owners hear strange, disturbing sounds.

There is only one close neighbour – glamorous and sophisticated American Martha – and she immediately wants to make friends with the young couple,  sharing with them that the big house has been the centre of several unhappy scandals in the past. But when asked about her own life, she is secretive and reluctant to speak, giving up conflicting details of her life before coming to Scotland.

Return to the Newhaven district of Edinburgh in the late 19th century and 14 year old Jessie has found herself the centre of gossip and accusation, following the loss of a fishing boat in a storm.  Blamed for the death of the fisherman by superstitious villagers, Jessie is thrown out of her home and is sent to Wardie House, the poorhouse.  The home is run by the Governor and Matron, characters who rule with an iron fist and create a harsh, severe life for the many inmates of the poorhouse.  Jessie begins to suspect that all is not as it seems, particularly with one of the older women, and when Jessie’s only friend finds herself in trouble, Jessie plays detective and unpicks secrets.

These secrets directly link 1898 with 1981, but it will be down to Rona and Jessie to unravel them.

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I was sent a paperback copy of this novel, and whilst I am always grateful to be sent an electronic copy, there was something special about holding a book in my hands.  The artwork on the cover is immediately striking and gives a hint of the haunting tale inside.  Ms Lawrence alternates the book chapters between 1981 and 1898, a concept which works well to build up and to link the two parts of the story.  As someone who has a tendency to flick back and forth between times, rereading sections and checking on memories, I was very pleased to be reading a paperback rather than my Kindle!

The book is well written and very easy to read.  The author uses some beautiful descriptions for the Scottish scenery and I was transported to a place where I could feel the sea on my face and the thick mists swirling around the house.  My favourite descriptive writing can be found using every sense in the scenes in the coal cellar and smugglers’ tunnels….no spoilers here!

The characters are all important within the storyline and in each of the two timelines there is a strong leading female character.  Personally I enjoyed Jessie’s timeline the most and was able to feel her emotions and character growth as she learnt the art of survival in the poorhouse.  She was used to hard work amongst the fisherfolk, but the poorhouse presented her with a very different set of challenges and I loved seeing her develop into a steely young woman, prepared to fight and protect those she loved.  This is also something that is mirrored by Rona in her storyline as she learns more about the mysterious Martha, her husband Craig, the residents of the nursing home and also herself.

This is a novel that manages to incorporate the historical with the psychological and weaves a tantalising tale around haunting secrets and painful truths.  The author manages to keep the suspense running throughout, whilst slowly but surely linking the timelines, until the actions of one are revealed to have dramatic consequences for the other.  A great tale which is both eerie and moving in equal measures.

I found this book gripping, became invested in the characters and thoroughly enjoyed it.

4 stars

Find the book:

Amazon.co.uk

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WHSmith

Waterstones

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About the Author

(from The Scottish Book Trust website)

Sue Lawrence 2Cookery writer and novelist Sue Lawrence was born in Dundee and brought up in Edinburgh, where she now lives, having lived in many places including the French Pyrenees, Ost Friesland in Germany and northern Finland. She trained as a journalist with DCThomson after an Honours degree in French from Dundee University.

She has written 17 cookery books including Book of Baking and A Cooks Tour of Scotland. Her latest cookbook is A Cooks Tour of the Scottish Islands, due out in August 2019.

She specialises in traditional Scottish food and Baking and has written for various newspapers and magazines since winning BBC Masterchef in 1991.

She moved into writing Fiction recently: her second novel, The Night He Left, was published in April 2016. Her latest novel, Down to the Sea, will be published in 2019.

About the writer’s work

Having trained as a journalist, Sue Lawrence began writing cookbooks and newspaper and magazine columns. She now writes both Fiction and cookery books and attends many book festivals around the country, talking on both subjects, but mainly nowadays on fiction (though always happy to talk Cake too!).

Find Sue:

Goodreads

Agent website

Twitter

 

This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info

May Day Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

Another week and here we are in May – so it seems perfect to have a little May Magic as Monday came and went this week!  It has been a perfect day in south London – sunny, bright and mild – what better way to start the month.

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Hubby is away this week with the year 5 classes for an “outward bound” style activity holiday – or to put in in layman’s terms…..archery, hiking, zipwires, pylon climbing and more with 60 nine and ten year olds.  Of course hubby has the boys’ dorms under his care after the activities finish for the day, and his comment to me on their first night was “I knew it was going to be challenging when we started our first task of bed making and one of them actually said ‘what’s a duvet?”!!”.  They usually arrive home with damp kit, a bit smelly and absolutely shattered…..and that is just the adults.  This year they have a bank holiday weekend to recover and I know that the adults will appreciate the extra day for R&R.

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This leaves me at home with my offspring.  The eldest has just returned from a surprise birthday weekend away in Dublin – lovely treat from his better half – and is now looking forward to the first package in his gift from us…..a subscription to Pong Cheese Club.  Watch this space for taste testings!  My main carer for the week – the politics student – is nearly as much help as a chocolate teapot as he has succumbed to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and dislocated his knee during a footie kick around.  He managed to relocate everything to the correct position – you get used to doing this with EDS – but now cannot walk, despite my best efforts with tubigrip, a brace, crutches and painkillers.  We must have made a strange looking team as we put the rubbish out today…..him on crutches, me in a collar and sling – there is definitely a joke in there somewhere about the number of dislocations in a household of zebras!!! (Why the zebra?)

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I started saying what a beautiful day it has been and this led me to a big achievement, namely my first solo trip out in my electric wheelchair.  It has been a while coming, but today I was due to visit my friend for a haircut and whilst mum waled there with me, I came home alone.  I know that it sounds crazy for a woman of a certain age to be excited to get home under her own steam, but having that little bit of independence back after so long was both exciting and terrifying in equal measures.  Fingers crossed that over the next few months my joystick control and pavement driving improves – it is very hilly here, but I have good brakes!!

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There is a great selection of spring blog posts here and one in particular is close to my heart, as I was a specially trained head and neck cancer nurse in a previous life.  The final listing is from Angela, and I think will strike a chord with all bloggers as she explains to her nearest and dearest that it is ok either way if they read her writing or not.  So sit back with your favourite tipple and enjoy!

 

https://youcanalwaysstartnow.wordpress.com/2019/04/15/soul-sunday-i-did-it/

https://fullofgritandgrace.com/2019/04/20/self-care-ideas-that-are-also-earth-friendly/

http://www.denysewhelan.com.au/denyse-blogs/new-normal-for-me-with-head-neck-cancer-43-2019/

https://crunchandcream.com/single-serving-brownie-in-a-jar/

https://retirementtransition.blog/2019/04/22/how-do-you-listen-respond/

https://www.crestingthehill.com.au/2019/04/where-to-from-here.html

https://veroniiiica.com/2019/04/29/ten-odd-things-i-do-with-double-vision/

https://tayler.silfverduk.us/the-best-way-to-heal-your-gut/

https://jboccupationaltherapy.co.uk/hypnot-session-1/

https://angelanoelauthor.com/inspiration-motivation/read-this-or-dont-either-way-i-still-love-you/

Please share some love and comment, like and share these posts.

Have a great week,

Claire x

May Day Magic

Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

It is Easter Monday – hope you have had a great holiday weekend!  The weather has been just spectacular here in the south of Britain – the young engineer and friends have had a balmy weekend on Hayling Island (just off the south coast, near Chichester) where they donned shorts and enjoyed temperatures on the beach more akin to Club Med!

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A huge event for me this week was finally being visited and assessed by a community Occupational Therapist.  I can’t even tell you how long I have been on the waiting list, it has been that long!!  A big plus was that said OT, Johnny, has had one previous patient with EDS so he was familiar with the condition and knew a little about POTS too.  What a difference it makes when you don’t have to teach the medical professional from the word go…..although the spinal cord stimulator was something new to him.  It seems that maybe I am more in need than I thought – although the kids would tell you I am needy!! – or rather I might be deemed eligible for more help than I had anticipated.  Apparently it is possible for the assessment to recommend a need for a Japanese style loo – you know, one that washes and dries before it flushes (it may even play music….joke!!).

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So if the OT recommends it AND the local authority agree it, I might be able to get my electric wheels out of the house via the front door in the not too distant future…..the dog will appreciate a ramp, and a walk in shower to replace the bath and a stair lift might be on the cards too.  Watch this space!!

Chocolate has invaded the house this weekend.  The kids might be young adults now, but they have still been given a “healthy” supply of chocolate in the shape of eggs, bars and rabbits.  I have a complete new shelf of ornaments!

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The blog posts for you this week include a mixture of spring and Easter posts, recipes, Earth day and health topics. Grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy!

https://www.abalancedbelly.co.uk/glutenfreeeastercakes/

https://www.style-yourself-confident.com/spring-lifestyle.html

https://www.baileyleah.com/2019/04/mini-egg-cheesecake.html

http://www.kayleighrvr.co.uk/2019/04/what-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-was-younger.html

https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/understanding/

https://decorcraftdesign.com/2019/04/15/love-our-earth-day-in-pillows-tote-bags-and-t-shirts/

https://www.chronillicles.com/disability-blogger-award/

https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com/yoga-with-dizzy-dizzys-delightful-yoga-poses/

https://notesfromtheuk.com/2019/04/19/is-an-excess-of-money-clogging-up-your-life/

https://chronicallydrained.info/chronic-asthma-allergies-lupus-hashimotos-diabetes-and-more-all-lead-to-a-lifetime-of-medication-for-kristin/

Please remember to comment, like and share posts you enjoy – voting closes for the Annual Bloggers’ Bash Awards this week, so it would be great if you would consider voting for me in the Best Lifestyle Blog and many other super bloggers – vote here.

Have a great week,

Claire x

 

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Nominee Best Lifestyle Blog

Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You!

Here I am, already running a day late this week – but as I had already found some blog posts for Monday Magic I thought I’d go ahead and share them today.  The shoulder and neck are feeling a little easier and the amount of opioid floating around my system is considerably smaller so I can put pen to paper…….well fingers to laptop!

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So what have we been up to in the PainPals house this week?  I mentioned in my last post that hubby made a trip to his parents and left me in the not so capable hands of the oldest and youngest children/young adults!  We survived to tell the tale although the crumbs in the kitchen drove me to distraction.  On Saturday the three of us joined my parents and various other cousins for a family lunch and I was so pleased to actually make it there.  The most exciting thing was being told that my cousin and her partner have booked to be married next year on a cruise aboard the Queen Mary to New York.  The funniest thing was that her other half made an announcement, whilst she sat there all embarrassed saying that “it really isn’t a big deal”…….well in that case cousin, I will go to New York on the Queen Mary with your fiance, and then on to Washington and Niagara Falls!!  Ha, ha, ha.  She doesn’t want to make a big fuss at their “time of life” – mid 50s and 60.

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The young engineer was slightly on edge during said meal as hubby was home, but he was taking advantage of a friend’s season tickets to a London football match (Fulham v Everton for you footie fans!) and had taken the young engineer’s better half with him.  Would dad show him up? Would he say something really outrageous?  No, son – they are both football fans (both support Chelsea actually!) and will have far too much to talk about that will not include you!! Our friend was in Paris supporting his boys in the marathon and was gutted that having lost several matches in a row, Fulham actually won!!

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Fulham Football Club cake that I made a couple of of years ago

The house is back up to full capacity as the politics student arrived home last night for the Easter break – after false start at the weekend when he was struck down with a migraine (he promises migraine and not hangover!) after finishing an essay….early.  I haven’t investigated the bags yet, but there is only so much dirty washing that can be transported on a coach trip…..I think that I might leave a trail of arrows to the washing machine.

I hope that you have had a good week and are ready to sit back with a cuppa and enjoy some fantastic blog posts.  The beef and ham cheese roll looks amazing, “Getting Older” made me laugh out loud and Christie Hawkes’s post really gives food for thought.  Enjoy!

https://italiangoodness.net/2015/02/15/beef-and-ham-cheese-roll/

https://hopehikesandhealing.com/2019/04/11/how-to-be-with-the-suffering-of-loved-ones/

https://www.niamhgabrielle.co.uk/emergency-red-cord-cards-by-euans-guide/

https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/fixing-the-fixer/

https://www.jtouchofstyle.com/dementia-training-for-caregivers-jill-lorentz/

https://ohmrstucker.com/getting-older/

https://msbrensays.com/2019/04/11/just-when-you-think-you-cant-you-can/

https://sewprettyinpink.com/2019/04/16/a-unicorn-onesie-for-recovery/

https://christiehawkes.com/the-power-of-words-and-mindful-speaking/

https://www.momshomerun.com/2019/04/wherever-i-run-there-i-am.html

 

Please like and share the posts that you love – make a blogger’s day……and if you would vote for me in the Annual Bloggers’ Bash Awards you would make mine!  Please vote here.

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Nominee Best Lifestyle Blog

Have a great week,

Claire x

 

I’ve been nominated! Best Lifestyle Blog – Voting Open! #AnnualBloggersBashAwards

It has been several weeks since I was here writing – another dodgy dislocation of both shoulder and neck leaving me out of action.  I feel so guilty that I have been unable to visit my lovely in laws once again and hubby had to head of for Hereford without me. He left me in the “capable” hands of the lovely girl and even the young engineer has worked at home for a couple of days – I think a fall last week freaked him out and certainly did the dog who broke my fall!  Fear not, old Sam is fine!

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During my blogging silence I was delighted to receive an email telling me I have been nominated for an Annual Bloggers’ Bash Award (ABBA) – hubby and I attended our first bash last year, met some wonderful bloggy pals and have already bought our tickets for the 5th Annual Bloggers Bash in June.  But I never dreamt that I would make it onto the nominee list – thank you!

I am honoured to be nominated and to be in the company of some fabulous writers!

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Nominee Best Lifestyle Blog

I have been nominated in the Best Lifestyle Blog category along with some seriously good writers.  Although my blog has a chronic illness focus, I am also keen to appeal to my readers who don’t have health conditions and sometimes getting the balance right is tricky.  So to be recognised as  a lifestyle blog is praise indeed.

It would be wonderful if you would consider voting for me – the voting is now open!  Please take a look at all the blogs and categories and vote here – Annual Bloggers Bash Awards

Voting closes at 9pm (BST) on 24th April, 2019.

Monday Magic normal service will resume next week and I have some great reviews to share (written in my head!!)

Have a great weekend,

Claire x