• 2018,  care

    Five Things I had Forgotten About Having Carers

    According to this blog it’s nearly 9 years since I stopped having carers.  My care package to manage my lymphoedema has been in place for just over three weeks now.  And it’s going well. Most of the carers I’ve met I’ve got on well with (some I’ve only met once so it’s hard to know how I’ll get on with them) and there haven’t been any of the problems I anticipated with getting my wraps applied tightly enough. I am however remembering several things I had forgotten about having carers.  Here are five of them. 1) Your time is not your own. Just because the evening visit is scheduled for…

  • 2018

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the little things worth mentioning but perhaps not worth an entry of their own For several months (maybe 8) I’ve been involved in doing social media for CAB. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with it but I do find the twitter feed of who the account is following very interesting. I keep thinking I need to add some of those people to my own personal feed. Also looking at the feed is a bit of an example of how not to do twitter – whoever set the account up followed three local newspapers. All three will tweet the same story at the same time so…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters in exchange for this review. This book is being serialised in 4 parts coming out roughly every two months. Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 has just been released (never let it be said I do things in a timely manner), part 3 will be out in April and part 4 in June.  I enjoyed part 1 and am looking forward to reading part 2 tomorrow. I’m disappointed to have such a long wait for the final two parts because I can’t wait to read them! Welcome to Littlewood,…

  • 2018,  care

    Say My Name

    I’m kinda well known for either not spotting people  I know when I’m out and about or for people knowing me but my having no clue who they are.  To be honest, that second one tends to happen a lot – as a CAB adviser I’m often the only person their someone deals with (plus I stand out because of my wheelchair) but if I’m doing drop ins I can see up to four people in a day. For slightly over two months my parents (mostly my Dad) were coming in twice a day to do personal care tasks related to some treatment for my lymphoedema.  However on Tuesday this…

  • 2018,  blogging,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive

    Telling My Story

    I’ve been disabled from birth and I’m proud to be a wheelchair user. I love my powerchair, it’s scratched and squeaky, muddy but magic.  I’ve dripped pasta sauce all over it and bled on it. I’ve tangled the wool from my crafts under it and had to call for help when a duvet cover got jammed in the wheels.  I’ve drunk cocktails in it, danced in it and carted home heavy bags from the supermarket in it. It lets me live my life and do what I want. Someone described it as my independence but it’s more than that, it’s a part of my body. This chair has taken me…

  • 2018

    Quietly Back

    *blows away cobwebs and looks around* I haven’t blogged for ages – I lost my mojo for a lot of things but especially blogging last year.  And over the last few months I wrote several blog posts and then lost them because it seems my ipad hates my blog.  I’m not sure what’s going on there but I’ve just posted and backdated three entries that I managed to rescue (there are probably another three that were totally lost to the abyss). I don’t want to say that this year is looking like it’ll be better than last because I think it’s too soon to say.  But what I will say…

  • 2018,  books and reading

    Bookish Thoughts and Goals

    One of the things I’d like to do more of this year is blogging about books.  I mean, really I’d like to read more but if I manage that I’d like to share more about it.  I love reading and I miss being part of a community of book lovers and sharing that.   Reading has been a struggle on and off for the last year or so in part due to my depression.  I’m now on Sertraline again rather than citalopram and although it’s early days I seem to be feeling better.  Getting back in a routine after Christmas is probably helping that too.   I didn’t complete my…

  • 2017

    Happy New Year!

    Once again I’m here as the year ends with the thought that I’ve not blogged much this year.   2017 on the face of it should be ending with a comment about it having been a better year – certainly there have been far fewer deaths and no real personal crises. Or at least not the major wheelchair related ones there were in 2016. But, mostly thanks to depression it has been a tough year.   I said to my GP a while ago that I thought being back on antidepressants was helping but that circumstances weren’t. More than half of this year was spent with one major situation needing…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christiansen

    I received a free copy of Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christiansen from Netgalley to review. Reading other reviews, it seems a lot of people only received a sampler.  I was lucky enough to get the whole book.   Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.   ‘What’s the weather going to be…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    Mini Book Reviews

    I have written several times this year about struggling with my mental health.  I described it a while ago as being somewhat functionally depressed. If I have to go somewhere or someone is expecting me it happens. If there isn’t a set plan things have varied this year between “it’s not going to happen” and “after a fashion”   Reading has been perhaps the hardest thing in that because for quite a while I just wasn’t managing to finish books. Lately that’s improved but despite reading several fabulous books and wanting to review them I haven’t managed that part.  I have been wondering if I should give up reviewing books…