Wednesday 19th June 2024

Thought for the Day – “My side of the story doesn’t matter any more. Life happened, it hurt, I healed but most importantly I learned who deserves a seat at my table and who will never sit at it again.”

Tuesday 18th June 2024

We walked Ellie and I stopped off at the Health centre and joined the queue outside!

Thank goodness they gave me an appointment for 4pm. Would I mind going back…not at all, same day appointment!

I returned at the correct time and yes I had a bad ear infection with a lot of swelling so he couldn’t even look inside. He gave me a prescription for steroids and antibiotics.

One of my teams (in the Daniel sweepstake) is Portugal, who won in the evening but a fairly boring game unlike the Turkey game earlier.

Thought for the Day – “You can’t make a cloudy day a sunny day but you can embrace it and decide it’s going to be a good day after all.” ~ Jane Lynch

Monday 17th June 2024

I headed for work and the car warning lights started coming on again. I stopped and they went away and then came back on further down the road. A bit of a joke as I drove it to Faversham and back the previous day, no problem! I wasn’t risking it, so I turned round with the red light still on and went home. I had to ring Jack and apologise I wouldn’t be in work. I also had to cancel my maxillofacial appointment for tomorrow. All being well, my “new to me ” car should be ready on Wednesday then hopefully no more stress.

Today we decided on the car I want and the garage offered a trade in, very little as the car is old and done a lot of miles. The car should be ready on Wednesday. But of course I have to get the car there somehow.

Then the most unlikely thing happened. They are digging up our road to install  super Virgin Media computer stuff, have been for a few days. The guy came again today to ask if I could move the car. Mal joked with him and said “maybe”. They got chatting and he offered the same amount that the garage was offering for part X!! I told him the warning lights came on as  it was being driven, power was being lost etc etc. He just said that he would go and get the cash! He does cars up and had none on the go at the moment.  He brought the cash back, filled in all the forms, we cancelled our insurance…deal done. One less thing to think about.

Next thing, I have had ear ache all weekend and it is getting more painful, so I phoned the medical centre . Yes ages until they answered and then they told me to go round to see the pharmacist. I walked all the way round there and was told the surgery is wrong as ear problems are only dealt with by the pharmacist for 1 – 17 year olds.  I walked back to the surgery and it was…..’ well you  better phone in the morning or go to a walk in centre. Dover, Deal or Canterbury!!’ Oh yeah I am going to all of those, no car and they are not on a bus route.  Or I could ring 111, oh yea when Mal’s GP told him never to call them! Hopeless. What a crazy world we are living in. The final thing they said was “queue in the morning at 8am as you won’t get through on the phone!”

Back home and paracetamol.

We watched the best Euro match so far in the evening. France v Austria.

Thought for the Day – “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ~ A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh

Sunday 16th June 2024

Father’s Day! Mal opened cards and presents and I went to put some flowers on Torin’s grave, at least we care about him on Father’s Day. Who would know if Scarlet and Jack do?!

We drove up to Lou and Rhys’s where Lou had made a Father’s Day roast which was lovely. After the meal we took the dogs for a walk. The two dads together……….

Yes, instead of a nice background they decided to have the dog bin in the photo!

We then met up with Tris, Violet, Jem and Dom back in Sandwich at The Quayside bar.  Then the four of them came back to our house to watch the England game. Not a very good game!

A busy Father’s day, with me and a dodgy car having to drive to Faversham and back.

Thought for the Day – “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

Saturday 15th June 2024

I went shopping early and came back in rain. Where has the decent summer weather gone?!

Lots of strawberries on my little pot at home and loads more at the allotment. Also my first courgette has appeared! Mine are gold rush , hence the colour . Their skins are always very tender.

Then football! One of my teams in the sweepstake (Albania) lost. Mal has Spain…a win! Rhys is hoping Spain will win as he will be in Spain for the final and knows they will all be partying over there!

Thought for the Day“Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Friday 14th June 2024

Mal went for more tests at Maidstone Hospital.

I tidied up a bit in the garden. Nice to see the sun out for a change.

I have heard about Grace today. She is the guide dog I am sponsoring. She is now doing her advanced training. Clever girl. They say “her ideal partner could be someone mature who enjoys regular outings at a relaxed pace; it could be a person who appreciates her companionship, sweet personality, calmness and love for cuddles.” Sounds like your average goldie!  And here she is……….

In the evening we watched the Germany v Scotland game, the first of the Euros.

Thought for the Day – “Life is not about having everything. It’s about finding meaning in everything.” ~ Joel Randymar

Thursday 13th June 2024

Lou started our Daniel  family sweepstake for the Euros. I have Portugal and Albania. Mal has Denmark and Spain.

We spent more time with Rhys car searching. We have to avoid a lot of traffic as all around Whitstable, the road is shut and causing chaos.

Thought for the Day – “All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” ~Viola Davis