Thursday 26th January 2023

I was psyching myself up to having two teeth out today. We took Ellie out for an early morning walk. I didn’t take my phone with me and when I returned home there was a message from the surgery to say that Juliette had phoned in sick and so they had to cancel my appointment. Let’s say I was HAPPY!! I know I have another appointment later on in February but for now relief!

The man from Octopus also came to sort out our smart meter. We have only waited  two years! At least now it is done.

Thought for the Day – “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ~ Maya Angelou

Tuesday 24th January 2023

Mal took Ellie over the field but she seemed as though she wanted to go further. However we had appointments at the vets and the weight clinic, so it was just a short walk.  She had put on a bit of weight but she has had no exercise for over a week, so we have another appointment with Meghan in 4 weeks. We then saw Sorrell the vet and she was very pleased with her paw. But there is a lump on part of her pad which we should watch but it doesn’t look sore now. We have to carry on with the ointment until the weekend.

So, as she seemed so lively we took her to Reculver country park where she had a really good run, the first in a week.

A very grey day. On the way home we dropped Lou’s birthday present off but we didn’t go in as Ollie was off school with a stinking cold and we didn’t want to catch it!

Thought for the Day – “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.” ~ Hilary Clinton

Sunday 22nd January 2023

Only a trip across to the field again for Ellie and she still jumps when I put the ointment on her foot. Poor thing.

At the allotment Mal untangled the netting from the grapes and pruned some of the other bushes.

We had a huge beef joint which I bought before Christmas, I slow cooked it and it was really lovely, probably last us for quite a few meals.

Later we watched the Arsenal v Man U game. An excellent game. As expected Arsenal won.

Thought for the Day – “Life teaches you a new lesson every day, if you are attentive enough in the class of life.” ~ Invayj

Saturday 21st January 2023

Mal does a quick walk over to the field with Ellie and then back again or she starts limping. I then wash her foot, dry it, ointment and pain killer. At least it is progressing even if it is slowly.

I had a quick trip into Deal. I really am horrified at the price hikes. I used to buy mature cheddar in Sainsburys for £5 a kilo. Today it is £8.50!! So that’s what they call a 10% increase is it? Wholemeal bread was £1, now £1.45 and it goes on.  I had already put in an order with Ocado to be delivered in the evening. I really only came for some nice wedding paper as Sol got married yesterday….he hasn’t even told me! Lou let me know. He only had a couple of friends there.

We had another contractor arrive for a quote for the garden. We also watched the Hammers match and they won! Yeah!

Ocado arrived later in the evening and my shop included a free tote bag and a free  box of Hotel Chocolat chocs!!

Thought for the Day“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Friday 20th January 2023

Mal walked Ellie over to the field but she struggled coming back and that is only a very short distance. She is being very good and not licking it any more. She knows I am watching her! But she did jump when I put the ointment on her, the pain killer obviously hadn’t quite kicked in .

We had a plumber round to give us a quote, let’s see if he does come up with one! We are beginning to lose faith with local contractors, they all want long term contracts at the building sites.

Mal decided it was too cold to go to the allotment, instead sorted out some insurances that all seem to be renewed around this time. I don’t have the patience. For instance, Ellie’s was going to double but if Mal cancelled and then reinsured with the same company it was £10 a month cheaper!

Thought for the Day – “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” ~ Dale Carnegie