Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Old Home Town, Looks just the same

The Old Home Town Looks Just the Same..

ABC of Troon.  G is for GOATFELL VIEW

The home of choice for the Dogwithnobrain. 

When we viewed this house, in 1998, we didn't think we'd get it, but a couple of phone calls, an offer, and it was ours and in January 1999 we moved in.  

It has been the happiest of homes. 

The Children grew and flourished.  They had friends, and parties, and sleepovers, and homework, and favourite tv programmes, their own rooms, secrets, and shouting and family dinners at the tables.   It's still home for them, and the door will always be open and a bed available for them. Always.  (And their friends :-))

Himself and me have been happy here.  We've laughed together, loved together, and he has always been there for me whether it's my unpredictable sobbing, or my tourettes, or just general craziness.    He's astounded me with his DIY and Repair skills, and other times had me on my knees laughing with them. 

We've loved pets and lost pets, planted stuff, and grew stuff, killed stuff, nourished stuff.  

We've all bounced and slept on the trampoline in the garden, we've had bbqs, and late night star watching sessions. We've played hide and seek in the dark, and laughed til my pingpong incontinence kicks in.  Himself has tolerated me hanging lights, bunting, ladybirds, and bees from the trees. 

We've got the loveliest of neighbours... even the type who help you push your car out of an upward sloping drive at 8am in the morning kind of neighbours.   (Thank you so much you wonderful being)

We've watched upwards of 20 kids grown from between ages 5 and 10 to adulthood and some of them start families of their own, cheered when our neighbour's kids have succeeded, as they have cheered on ours.  

And no.. I can't see Goatfell from the house.... I can see the far south end of Arran - I did check that this morning before I left the house.

Here's to many more years of happy days in Goatfell View. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Stealing

Would you rather be stuck on an island alone or with someone who talks incessantly?  On my own - I have sufficient voices in my head to keep myself company without the pain of someone else's opinions.

Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Cold.  Heat makes me sleep.   I work beside two folk who are very cold blooded, and insist of having hot office all the time. I bought a USB fan to cope with them. 

Would you rather have a cook or a maid?   A cook - that's what I've got just now .... I do the cleaning, he does the cooking :-)   I'm an awful cook.

Would you rather be the youngest or the oldest sibling?   I am the youngest sibling, and it isn't a good place to be. 

Would you rather get rich through hard work or through winning the lottery?   A little mixture of both.
Would you rather have a 10-hour dinner with a headstrong politician from an opposing party, or attend a 10-hour concert for a music group you detest?   A ten hour concert for music i detest.  Politician's crap makes my mentally ill. True that.  Last years Independence Referendum sent me over the edge.

Would you rather be an Olympic gold medalist or a Nobel Peace Prize winner?   Nobel peace prize winner.  I'm crap at sports.

Would you rather have a desk job or an outdoor job?   I have a desk  job, I wander outside every so often, so it is almost like the best of both worlds. 

Would you rather live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain?    Ooh oooh now I'm torn.. Now I'm really torn. A NYC Apartment, because it would have a lift, and access to EVERYTHING in the world I could possibly need, including an airport to get me to the mountain. That being said = I adore the mountains.  From the bottom, standing looking up at their gorgeousness.

Would you rather have Rambo or The Terminator on your side?   Terminator. I can't understand a bloody word Sylvester Stallone says.

Would you rather be proposed to in private or in front of family and friends?   In private. That is a private, private thing between two people. 

Would you rather have to sew all your clothes or grow your own food?   Oooh, oooh, Again, torn. Very, very torn. I have a sewing machine, but I am very much a beginner, I would Love to make my own clothes.  We have a garden, we love growing things - This year - loads of apples; my husband has made chutney, apple pies and crumbles, and we are waiting on the Cider.  We have had bramble jelly, and bramble and apple pies - I'm thinking Bramble Vodka next year.   We didn't have much success with our Plums, or our Strawberries, or Cabbages or Cauliflowers this year, but they started well.  Maybe we could do both. 

 Would you rather hear the good news or the bad news first?   Bad news, and then use the good news to recover.

Would you rather be your own boss or work for someone else?    Someone else. Let them take the risks, and let them be totally impressed by me. 

Would you rather have nosy neighbors or noisy neighbors?  nosy. hmm. am I torn.  When we moved our neighbours had a party at least once a month. It was horrific.  Singing badly on Karaoke at until 3 am.   In another house we lived, a neighbour would stand on a bucket outside our window to look in.  She tried to have me arrested for "indecent exposure"  - the police were mortified when I told them I had been standing in my living room, and she had been standing on a box outside my window. 

Would you rather be on a survival reality show or dating game show? Survival reality show, so long as it didn't involve eating bugs.

Would you rather be too busy or be bored?   Busy , busy busy

 Would you rather watch the big game at home or live at the stadium?    At home.  The view isn't as good from the stadium

Would you rather spend the day with your favorite athlete or you favorite movie star?  Hmm, I don't have a favourite athlete. Have you mistaken me for someone who moves much? 

 Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer?  Ohoooh... I like it fine where i am. .  cool summers, and baltic winters :-) 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Stealing

Cookie Meme

Stolen from: Love me some surveys

Are any of your friendships on a fine line?   Nah.  All Friendships should be at the point of being able to say what you want, when you want, offence being taken and given, and no bitterness remaining. 

 Have you ever witnessed a birth?  Witnessed a birth?  I did it twice.  Jesus H Christ.  I pity anyone who was in the room with me.  (that would be himself..... both times) ha ha ha I am a BAD BIRTH Giver.

Where’s your favorite place to be when you feel depressed?   By the sea.  By the waves.   Washes all your blues away.

Are you currently looking forward to tomorrow?  The Dentist!  Am trying reverse psychology.  If I say I'm looking forward to it, maybe I will. 

When was the last time you held someone’s hand?  Yesterday. I hold hands with himself a lot.  He doesn't trust me to cross the road myself. 

 Have you ever faked sick? No, i'm sick enough by myself, without pretending.

Are you currently wearing jeans? No, very, very classy leggings. 

 Have you gone to a coffee shop within the past week? [i.e. Starbucks] No. We don't have any starbucks/ Costs / Nico in our wee toon.  We are currently waiting on one being built, but so far, they haven't even laid the foundations, only put up a fence.   And I am pretty upset about that. 

Would you like to be able to read thoughts?  I can :-) 

Do certain swear words just roll off your tongue?   Yes, I am a terrible swearer, I swear like a Sailor.  Much to the horror of my Daughter who never lets a swear word pass her lips, apart from "jobbies"

Are you often the last one to understand a joke?  I am often the last one to understand the truth too.

Can experience be gained just by reading?  Most definitely.  Your mind expands by absorbing information.

 Does playing the guitar make a person more attractive?  Oh yes. of course.  -Note to self Get Guitar back out of case. 

 Have you ever slept in a tent, indoors or out? Yes, yes, yes, often, and I do recommend it highly.  Tent in the garden, tent in a field, tent in a camping park.  Wonderful thing.

What does your hair look like at the moment?  Wet.  I'm just out the shower.  And I'm just about to go out for a walk, and it's raining, so I'm not drying it just to get it wet again :-) 

Are you mad right now?  I was born mad.  Sad, but true. But it does make for an interesting life for my husband :-)  

Who did you spend your summer with last year?  This year?  Last Year?  Every year for the past upteen.  Himself.  I do love his company.

Did you eat a cookie today?  No I did not.  :-)  It's only 1344. I'm only out of bed an hour.... not time for cookie... Might have one when I'm out for a walk.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sunday Stealing

From Love me Some Surveys  For Sunday Stealing

Is there anyone else in the room with you atm? What are they doing?  Yar, my other half.  He has just gotten up to make me a cuppa tea :-) 

Do you show your teeth when you smile, or do you prefer smiling with your lips closed?   I smile with my teeth. But I have a wonky overbite, and people think I am doing a kid-on smile.  I like smiling. Smiling is good. 

Would you rather be told the truth, even if it isn’t what you want to hear?  Yes, always. Except "You're a fat arse".   I hate lies. 

What is something that you plan to buy, as soon as you’ve saved up the money for it?  Double glazing, new kitchen, trip to America, trip to Santorini in Greece.   Pleasurable things. 

Do you play Sudoku?   No. I have no brain.  See photo above.  I prefer word Searches.  My Daughter is immense at Suduko.   Is very, very clever. 

 Have you ever had a migraine?   Oh god, yes. I suffered horrifically from Migraines.  At least once or twice a month. And then I discovered that medication I had been taking for something else, had actually been causing it. Since I stopped taking that medication I have had two.  Only two in a whole year. 

What was the last book you read for pleasure?  Midwinter of the Spirit by Phil Rickman, and The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo. ( I read that one over and over) and The Sacred Art of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyre.  I have several books on the go at once :-) 

What was the last item of clothing you purchased for yourself?  A blouse type top. Joe Brown make.  They are a bit quirky and messy. Like me. 

Your first serious relationship, do you still talk to him/her? My first serious relationship.  No. It was a first relationship for a reason, it wasn't going to be my last :-)    Who would I say it was.... hmmm. I don't even think nah, I'm not going to consider it. Messy, messy

Who is the last person you texted?   My mate K.  we have an on-going textual relationship at the weekend. 

How close is your family?   My little family unit, of four of us, is very close.  My extended family  - not so much.   But even then, my little family unit - One is 75 miles away, one is 3500 miles away, but I still consider them close :-) 

Is there anything too serious to be joked about?   Nothing.  I cannot stand political correctness.   Last week, there was a woman who was suing, heck, the whole work for telling a joke about a Sikh.   She wanted the joke banned.  The crazy stupid thing was, I had never heard the joke told as about a Sikh, I've heard it told about Irish, Scottish, Glaswegians, Canadians, Australians, but never a Sikh. I don't think it was even that funny.   But she  was making it a bigger deal than it was.  Arse. 

Do you like to understand and have good knowledge of things?  I do. But there are some things I don't understand.  Like, electronics.   I work in an electronic manufacturer and designer. I have NO IDEA WHAT they do. ha ha ha. When someone phones and asks, I have to ALWAYS pass them to someone else.   They have tried to explain it to me, but my head puts up barriers. 

What is worse? Back pain or shoulder pain?   Shoulder.  Shoulder pain is excoriating.  EXCRUCIATING

Have you ever almost fallen off of something high off the ground?  hmmmm, No. I don't go high off the ground. Ever.

What’s one fruit you love in drinks?  Pineapple. and  Coconut. :-) 

What is something simple that you’re afraid of?  Tomatoes.  Don't laugh.  Serious phobia.  My husband and I were contemplating how we could make a Nigella thing today, and I couldn't cope with the prospect of the EVIL TAEMATAES. 

Has this weekend been good?   It's been lovely.    Thank you for asking. :-) 

 How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?   thirty minutes.   No more no less. 

 Last movie you watched in theaters and with whom?    Spectre,  with my beloved :-) On thursday.   I almost fell asleep in the theatre. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday Stealing

25 Fun Meme -From Sunday Stealing

Stolen from: My Random Randomness

1. If you were trapped in a room with the person who asked this for 24 hours, what would you do? The answer cannot be romantic or sexual.   This confuses me somewhat... Which person?  Bud ?  Alli's from Randomness?   What would I do with anyone trapped in a room for 24 hours... probably ask them if I could borrow their lap so that I could sleep.   I like sleeping, and if I was trapped - no better way to pass the time than sleeping. 

2. If you could learn any language instantly, what would it be?  Spanish, no French, no Greek, No Spanish, No French, No Greek.  I'd like to speak all these languagses equally, can't decided which one I would like to be competent in immediately - I did think I was quite good at French, but after our holiday in France, I know that I'm not.  Even the best English speaking French couldn't understand me. 

3. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Mmmm Tough choice.  I could go Dreamy and say "The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo" , or I could go entertaining and though provoking, "All Fun and Games Until somebody looses an eye", by Christopher Brookmyre. 

4. Favorite song lyric?   And I'll be loving you, Always....     Hold Me now... Last night when you were crying, i felt that I was dying.   True love will never allow it...With or without you....   You can tell my mood today eh? 

5. Favorite album?   Love, Aztec Camera 

6. Which time of day would you say is best for you work-wise?   Between 11 and 3.  I'm waking up before, and settling down for the evening after. 

7. Favorite city that you’ve visited?  Edinburgh. Always. I love Edinburgh.

8. Favorite city that you haven’t visited? This question is an oxymoron.  How can it be a favourite city, if I haven't visited it?  Nonsense.  You have favourites because you experience them, if I haven't experienced it, I can't favourite it.   I think I might like Moscow, but I wouldn't say it is my favourite city, because I've never been there. 

9. If you could donate $10,000 to charity, what charity would you pick?  One that loves animals.  Pandas, dogs, cats.   If I wasn't married I would be cat / dog lady. 

10. What is one book you wish you could get all your friends to read?  See the two books above.  I'd read them forever, and I wish everyone else would.

11. What is one movie you wish you could get all your friends to watch?  Dogma.    Everyone has seen Shawshank Redemption.

12. What do you think people assume about you from first glance?  Frumpy Housewife.

13. If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be?  Cello.

14. What is your favorite item of clothing?  Loose Tees

15. Who was your first follower on your blog? Do they still follow you?  Hmm, I have another blog - a daily one, HttP://  One of my first followers died, others - (I have been "Blipping" for five years, are some of my best friends now. 

16. If you could create one thing, what would it be?  A beautiful piece of yarn work.  I crochet and knit furiously, but it's all very second rate. 

17. Favorite superhero?  Clark Kent.  Not a mistake, I prefer Clark to Superman.  he's my type of man,. quiet, unassuming, gentleman, perfect. 

18. If you were to write an autobiography, what would you title it?  Diazepam Daze.  See, I didn't even have to think - already in the process. 

19. If you were to have a band, what would you call it?  Diazepam Daze.  Why waste it, I'll never publish. 

20. What is your favorite card/board game?  Scrabble. I adore Scrabble.  I have to blackmail my husband to play with me.  And I cheat. 

21. What was the first IM service you used? Who was the first person you talked to on it?  AOL Chat.  Jemimi, a French Chap called Eric.   You just used to browse and find people and chat. I practised my poor french on him before my first french holiday.  He agreed it was bad, but said it was understandable.   It must have gotten worse. 

22. If you could give a friendly hug to any one person, who would it be? Cannot be your romantic/sexual partner if you have one.  I am happy to hug anyone, except if they look particularly smelly, or dirty. I'm not OCD, but once, I hugged someone I had spoken to on  line and on telephone often, and felt drawn to hug them tight (despite how they looked),  I felt like I needed a shower for ages after. 

23. Have you ever won any sort of contests? What kind?  I have won loads of competitions - I spent about six months entering at least 50 competitions a day. That works, it really does, you just enter and enter. And you win. 

24. Who was the last person you hugged? Cannot be your romantic/sexual partner if you have one.  Hmmm, Mo. . Mo... I hugged Mo at work. I love Mo and hug her frequently. We support each other with Hugs. 

25. If you could be skilled in any one activity, what would it be? Cannot be romantic or sexual.   Why is everything about sex?? Not everything is about Sex.    Skilled in one activity. I'd like to be really good at knitting,  I'm seriously not, but I do love the feel of yarn between my fingers and NO that isn't sexual or romantic.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Stealing

That Alphabet Thing Meme

A: Accent --  I have a problem with accents. Leave me sitting with someone for too long, and I i become that accent.   When I went to view my first flat as a wee premie student in Edinburgh, after speaking with the landlady for a couple of minutes (yes, minutes), she said "when did you leave Edinburgh , your accent is still so strong).  Then, there were the soldiers I entertained one night in my deep N'rn Irlnd" brogue' then I met them three weeks later and they wanted to introduce this brilliant Irish lass to their mates.  I was completely gobsmacked.  The real accents -Western Scottish, with a lilt of Lancashire from my husband. 

B: Breakfast --  This mornings.  Just newly down my gob.  Irish Farls (Not because I'm Irish, but because they are more tasty than Potato Scones, bacon and poached eggs.  

C: Chore you hate --  Mostly everything. I'm not very house proud. 

D: Dad's name -- Joseph Edward.   A good name. 

E: Essential everyday item --  Nivea.  My face needs Nivea.

F: Flavor ice cream --;   Yesterday, I had Creme Brulee.  It wasn't so good.  I love Vanilla with Scottish Tablet. 

G: Gold or silver -- Silver. 

H: Hometown -- Troon - A little coastal town on the West Coast of Scotland. Home to Five Golf Courses, Two Beaches, Woodland and Coastal Walks.

I: Insomnia --  This week, Yes.  Am quite exhausted

J: Job title --  Financial Administrator

K: Kids --  Yes, I do.  Gorgeous Ones.   Boy and Tooli   

M: Mother's birthplace --  See hometown above.

N: Number of significant others --  Only one. My heart, my soul. My life.  My Si. 

O: Overnight hospital stays --  Tonsilectomy, Pregnancy Complications, Hysterectomy.   All good. Free Drugs.

P: Phobia --  Tomatoes

Q: Quick at --  Typing. People hate Skype chatting with me.  I type as fast as I speak.

R: Religious affiliation --  The Mother Ship, which I suppose makes me ... Can't remember the name, same as John Travolta and Tom Cruise.  (Which is a coincidence since I am a Mean dancer, called Cruse)

S: Siblings --  Yes.

T: Time you wake up --  As late as possible please, I am so tired.

U: Unnatural hair colors --  Bleached blonde.  I've gone back to black now - Although I am probably really grey. 

V: Vegetable you refuse to eat --   It's really a fruit. TOMATO  I have real phobia.

W: Worst habit --  putting off today, what I could do all the time. Lazy buggar.

 X: X-rays --  My leg about three months ago.... because I knackered it, doing the dancing above :-)   Didn't get results, so I presume it must have been okay.

Y: Yummy --  Mummy, me.

Z: Zodiac sign --   Taurus on the Cusp of Aries.  Makes me sound like I care. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

It's all in the breathing

I had a hysterectomy 12 years ago (I was very young... but had had my family).

My hysterectomy was to try and rid me of the evil that is Endometriosis.

I suffered with Endo for a long, long time.  I first went to the Doctor in 1986, because sex with my then current boyfriend (and subsequently my husband - Yay), was really painful.  Really , really painful.  The doctor decided it was Constipation, stuck her finger right up my arse, wiggled it around and said "Maybe".

That examination put me off going back for a long time.   It also put me off sex for quite some time too.

Eventually I returned to the Doctors, around 8 years later and this time, I had IBS.  I drank Fibregel every day, twice a day. To this day, I still hate the taste of Fibre, and Orange.

The pain did not diminish.  It increased.  Monthlies expanded.  I had Monthlies all the time.    I walked like a baby in terry toweling nappies, because basically that's what was happening.

The pain grew in area - not only was it restricted to my womb and lower back and cervix. It started to move down my legs.  Performing Number 2's at the wrong time of the month or day, would result in me having to lie down, sedate myself and recover from the pain.  The flow would make me drop to my knees.

Eventually I was referred for a Laparoscopy.

It didn't find anything.

The doctor suggested a hysterectomy simply as a last resort.

When I went into hospital, I think they considered that I was having a hysterectomy to "stop the inconvenience of periods".

When I woke up from surgery, the doctor apologised to me.

I did have Endo - it was hidden from the front view; hence no result with the laparoscopy.  My bladder, and ovaries, and cervix, and womb were tightly bound together with the endo scar tissue.  They had to cut everything out and stitch me back up again.

They scraped away what they could of the Endo, but as is the way, they couldn't remove it all.  My cervix was too tightly welded for them to remove it, so not only am I without Womb - I still have to undergo smears.

The pain subsided.  It hasn't left completely, and it is impacted by what I eat. I think because my bowel was affected, some foods digest differently and struggle to move thru an adapted bowel.  Depending on what I have eaten, No 2s can still cause me gross pain.  

Like today.

Yesterday I did something which made me howl in pain on the loo.

I had to lay down for a good while after to recover from the shock of the pain.

It's never going to go - i just have to learn to deal with the pain as best I can without resorted to sedating myself.