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  1. In my tiny garden there are two apple trees, two Golden Delicious on semi dwarfing rootstocks I took pity on as they were sitting looking very miserable outside a supermarket.
    I am always surprised at how different they are when they ripen on the tree, as I recall Golden Delicious being hard and flavourless and green.
    These days of course I only eat the apples from the garden - and they are grown organically - so sometimes I find extra protein in the middles of the first few I try, but by now they have all dug their way out and wandered away.
    This year the apples are larger than usual, and very sweet, so I am sometimes spreading eating one over the course of a day. Eventually they will live up to the Golden part of their name and turn golden yellow, and by then they will be fairly soft and taste very unfamiliar.
    This year I have not been out to the cider making, and might not be Wassailing the trees in other parts of the county, but hopefully there will be other years in which to observe the calendar customs properly and in full. I might buy a small fruit press though, just to see how my own apples make cider, rather than leave them to return to the earth.
  2. I cooked a swede today, then chopped up half of it, put it in a jug with some cream and used the S blade of the Bamix to pulverise it - and then I ate it all.
    I still have half of it left for tomorrow - but I was going to divide it up and freeze it.
    It is under 6 percent carbs, it was very comforting on a rainy evening - I don't know why I feel so guilty about eating it all - I suppose because I had planned to do something other than eat the lot.
    Ho hum.
  3. I was able to remain at home for three weeks apart from one venture out to send a box of things to the grandchildren.
    When I went out shopping the roads were deserted and the shop had no queue outside, and although supplies were obviously erratic inside, with some shelves quite empty, I was able to buy all I needed. I added in a pot of rather forlorn daffodil bulbs to bring a bit of colour to the kitchen - though the large bouquet of flowers I was given for mother's day is still looking lovely.
    We are lucky in that as a family we do not need to go out - though my daughter is really missing the outings to play music. She and my son in law were living in Chicago, and have retained the same employment developing software. My son and daughter in law have a small business venture which can be done from home, so we are probably amongst those least affected by the lockdown.
  4. Our fifth grandchild arrived, and after a brief stay in the NICU she was released and is doing well at home.
    With all the spare time I have now I will knit a blanket for her and get rid of some of the yarn I have around the house. All my singing and dancing and playing music is on hold.
  5. Things seem to be going well.
    I trod on a pin a couple of weeks ago and was rather concerned about it - but after a couple of days it healed up without trouble.
    This morning I got out of bed without having to go carefully at first, and having been out to the shops my joints seem to be getting better and walking is so much easier than it was. At my age - almost 70 it seemed ordinary to be feeling as I was - but now - I just feel better.
  6. Luckily I was writing down my songs when I started to take the statin.
    I had always had a list of the songs I sing, written down as I went along, so chronological order.
    As I was getting on a bit, I decided to make a book of them, the versions I sang, for posterity. Then I found I had forgotten them. I was at over the three hundred mark by then, so I could still sing them, as long as I had the book in front of me.
    Last week was the third anniversary of diagnosis, so I decided to sing a song I remembered when at the Sunday afternoon folk club - it isn't even in the book, so I ought to add it, really. I was slightly apprehensive, but it came easily to my mind - I plan to do the same again at the next meeting.
    I only took the statin for a month or so, but it wrought havoc.
  7. Well - three years ago today I was diagnosed type two - still not seen the GP who diagnosed me, nor had any HCP speak to me about my diabetes - I don't expect I will.
    I have been called in to be encouraged to take statins - and been sent 'tickets' to go to have a blood test and a general health - smoking, weight and statins - interview.
    When I explained the symptoms I had taking the tablets the nurse went rather pale - stated asking how I was coping - who was looking after me - then I explained that they'd all vanished or reduced when I binned the tablets she started to tell me that it couldn't possibly have been caused by the benign and wonderful Metformin and Atorvastatin. Yeah. Right.
    I looked in my diary and pulled out a copy of an article I had found on BMJ Open about how age at death was higher for those with higher LDLs and she had to read it twice, then start to tell me that it was obvious that high LDL shortened life. I pointed out that was not what the article was saying, and left her to read it again.
    Ho hum.
  8. At the beginning of October there is a knitting show I attend as an exhibitor, and to which I cart a couple of machines and their ribbers, a table and a stand, lots of yarn, books and things to sell.
    This year my daughter decided to go on holiday, and my husband decided he was ill, and someone decided to park cars in front of our house for days on end, so I could not load up the car in readiness.
    I got up at seven thirty and started carrying things down to the front of the house, then brought the car as close as possible to load it. I drove to the venue, unloaded and set up for the ten o'clock start, then talked to people and sold things until 4 o'clock, when I packed up what was left and came home.
    I have been unloading the car a bit at a time, I must confess, but I was quite pleased with myself for what I achieved on the day.
  9. At the August Bank Holiday I went out to a gig with my morris side, the pub had promised water and other drinks, so when I realised I had forgotten my water bottles I did not go back for them.
    The pub did not provide - not even much water, and although I was given some, and managed to get a drink at the bar, I became very overheated and stopped sweating. We were out in the blistering heat from 12 noon until after 4pm, and no one in the side wants to go back to the pub again.
    Ever since then I have not had any appetite, and I feel changed.
    I seem to be reducing a little in weight, and changing shape - I have lost the fat pads over my kidneys so that my kilts with shaped pleats gape at the back.
    I have thrown away more food from the fridge in the last three weeks than in the last year.
    My morning coffee often remains half drunk, I don't bother to make breakfast - it is now 6pm and I have not eaten anything today.
    I don't feel ill, in fact I seem a little better than I was, but it is strange - and I think it shows that people can be affected quite by chance, by things which might seem entirely unlikely to alter their relationship with food.
  10. I thought I would try this just to see what effect it might have - a cure for baldness perhaps - I have been taking it for just over a week - it seems it is a cure for insomnia - the last three nights I have been going to bed before midnight and getting up correspondingly earlier.
    Tonight I was just going to do a few things around the house, and I am falling asleep - and it isn't even eleven o'clock.
  11. I finally got a letter from my GP surgery - the one I thought would be about my diabetes and maybe - just maybe my defunct thyroid which has been totally ignored for years - since the year before my type two diagnosis.

    No it is not instructing me to have blood taken for testing - it is a chat about diet and weight, drinking and smoking.
  12. I had a phone call this morning from my GP surgery, and I thought it would be for the annual health check appointment which I should have had every year since I was 40 - and haven't.
    No - it was someone asking about the flu jab.

    I am pretty certain that I went to the open clinic to have it not too long ago, and I was given the pneumonia one as well, but I did not argue - the caller wanted me to decline it anyway.

    I asked about the appointment around my birthday, just over 2 weeks away - nothing on the system.

    Perhaps it is another department or another computer list - but I really think it is getting beyond a joke now.
    Surely after diagnosis there should be some follow up - I was diagnosed in 2016 and have not seen my doctor since then.
    Admittedly my family are mostly long lived and healthy, but even so it is getting rather concerning.

    A friend of mine at the folk club was telling us that he was chided for being so pessimistic and having 'do not resuscitate' on his notes after a recent small operation. He had never been consulted about it, and most definitely did wish to be resuscitated in the event of needing it.
  13. My October recipe was
    200gm super seed mix from Lidl
    150gm of ground almonds
    1 cup of psyllium flour
    1cup rye flour
    2 cups of white bread flour
    2 cups of chapatti flour (wholemeal)
    1/2tsp salt
    1 tsp sugar
    2 sachets yeast
    2tsp baking powder
    small amount of lard - warmed to soften
    2 pints of warm water - you might need a bit more after kneading for a while.
    Knead well, divide into 3 small loaf tins, spray the top with warm water and leave at 40 degrees C to rise. Probably needs 1 to 2 hours.
    When risen, place in a preheated oven 180 degrees C - spray water onto loaves and into oven to make it steamy to start with, helps the bread to rise a bit more.
    The psyllium makes the bread purple, but that is disguised by the seed mix and rye flour being brown.
  14. Well - yesterday was the second anniversary of my diagnosis.
    So far so good.
    My kitchen sink blocked up, so today I had the job of moving things out of the way to get to the drain, finding it was blocked up, so then I needed to get the unblocker, a bucket and various accessories and get to work unblocking it.
    So far the drains from two sinks have been undone and the gunge removed, and once the last one is reassembled normal service should be resumed.
    Sometimes I am glad that I can and will tackle these jobs - but sometimes, when I am up to the eyebrows in - stuff - I wonder if I should be less practical and not so gung ho about it.
    It would mean having to pay out money to other people, and to contrive to make dinner without a functional sink - so perhaps it isn't a sensible option really.
    And it is Friday - I might have needed to wait until Monday to get a plumber to call.
    No - far better to brave the slime and get it sorted out.
    Onwards and upwards.
  15. I bought a pack of potatoes a while ago and decided to put them in the fridge rather than in the bowl with the last of the others.
    Having just opened the bag I found that an unfortunate slug had been packaged along with the potatoes, and it died in the cold depths of the fridge. I am such a softie.
    We are, of course, living in the middle of a mass extinction and approaching the 'I wish I'd looked after my ecosystem' moment - but I do wish I'd found it sooner.....
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