• 2013,  awareness,  Uncategorized

    Remembrance

    At the 11th minute Of the 11th hour Of the 11th day Of the 11th month We will remember them. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not…

  • 2013,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    A properly poorly powerchair (part two)

    I wrote most of this Thursday and ran out of time to finish it and then forgot about it! So I got a phone call from the powerchair technician earlier tonight. He’d fixed both the problems he’d found on Monday, replaced my battered arm rests and fitted my new batteries. It was on track for me to have it back tomorrow. All good. But you know when you can just hear in someone’s voice that there’s a but coming? I don’t really know him but was getting that feeling. And unfortunately there was. A pretty big but too. He’d fitted one of the new tyres I requested this afternoon and…

  • 2013,  freedom,  frustrations,  NaNoWriMo,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  so you had a bad day,  trains,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Properly Poorly Powerchair

    I’ve got a poorly powerchair. I’ve known for a fe weeks that it didn’t feel right but I couldn’t put together what was wrong with it. Then mum and I went to Oxford to see The Mousetrap and on our way to the station afterwards (I had gone in early for drinks with a friend) she said the back of my chair struck her as wrong. When we got back to the station she had a properly look as we had time before the train and said she wasn’t sure. But I mentioned that I’d thought it felt off and had had a feeling it was something on the front…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday: limits, anxiety and sleep

    This week I’ve been doing my best to continue to push my limits whilst not pushing myself too far. I guess another way I could put it is I’ve been trying to say no without feeling guilty about it. That’s mostly successful I’ve also been trying to not let being anxious about a few things mean I didn’t do them. That’s mostly successful. I did write a bit more about those things but I’m not convinced it made sense so I reached for the backspace key. I would rewrite it but the final thing I’ve been trying to do is fix my sleep pattern and go to bed when I’m…

  • 2013,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You know you’ve got CP when…

    …half an hour before an appointment in your house finds you tidying up. Not to make the house look better (although that is a bonus). But because it occurs to you that they might need somewhere to sit. And you basically never sit on the sofa. Meaning it’s buried I use the sofa. I balance drinks, snacks and other stuff like my phone on the arm when I sit next to it in my wheelchair. And usually there will be a mix of books, knitting or crochet stuff, a fleece or two, an empty coke bottle or 4, sweet wrappers and maybe a wheatie on the sofa itself. I use…

  • 2013,  crafts,  Family,  friends,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Something New and a Surprise

    I’m continuing in my quest to spend less time online. I didn’t come on at all yesterday. Which is now two weeks running I’ve had a day off. And I suspect I’ll have one next week too if the weather doesn’t put paid to certain plans. I quite like it. Mum and I went to a two hour craft workshop yesterday. It was on Mono Printing. I’d never done it before and to be honest I didn’t really know what it was. To start with I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it. It was a bit late starting because the majority of people doing it were late. And…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  my mother,  photos,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things,  yayness

    A book that blew my mind #fridayreads #amreading

    I have a copy of a book called 1001 books you must read before you die. There have been several editions of this book so at various times different books have been put on the list and taken off again (and in the case of Memoirs of a Geisha I believe returned to the most recent edition of the list). I have the 2010 edition but I also have an app on my iPad and a spreadsheet both of which list every single book that have ever appeared on an edition of the 1001 books you must read before you die list. I believe the total number of books is…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  powerchair,  questions,  Sertraline,  Thursday Thirteen,  Uncategorized

    I’ve been wondering…

    A Thursday Thirteen list of things I’ve been pondering lately: …who invented chips? …does anyone ever use just one piece of loo roll? …why does one of my powerchair tires have zero tread left but the one on the other side still has a little? …why are knickers called knickers? …when will John Green bring another book out? …how long is too long to wear a bra before washing? …will I ever get sent another appointment to see my neurologist if I don’t chase him? …what shall I read next? …what does mono printing involve exactly? …do I need my antidepressant dose increasing? …how long my soon to start second…

  • 2013,  achievements,  C-A-B,  personal,  success stories,  Things I am proud of,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Thank You

    I’m quite well known for not noticing people waving to me when I’m out and about. Or not knowing who people are when they know me. Part of that has to do with the fact I meet so many people through things like CAB. I’m usually the only person they deal with but depending on if I’m doing appointments of gateway (10 minute triage like interviews) I might see up to 4 people in one session. The big thing in training for CAB is confidentiality. One of the points made about it is that due to that you shouldn’t acknowledge clients outside the bureau. That’s easier than it sounds because…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley

    As a part of my self care this week I’ve been trying to spend less time online (hence no self care Sunday blog yesterday because I didn’t come online at all.) and I’ve been trying to rediscover my love of reading. That’s felt like its been losing its appeal lately but I’m thankful to say I seem to have found my mojo again. I spent most of yesterday morning finishing reading Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley. I’m participating in her blog tour for this and received a free copy to review. Sophie dreams of building her own grand design, she just hasn’t got round to it yet… Meet Sophie Stone,…