Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Best Laid Plans ..

     .. of mice and Melanie's, went whooshing out of the window when tear inducing knee pain forced her to stay put and not move; so bad was it that it overshadowed the back pain and that's quite some pain.  I am now back on co-codamol pain relief and am being referred on to a physiotherapist and a chiropractor. Also, the brother in law and his girlfriend visited on Friday so my nice neat home looked like a bomb had gone off when I got up on Saturday morning.
     I had planned on visiting all your blogs, doing some reading, some sewing and some decluttering but I have been able to do nothing whatsoever. Pooh. Oh, I have been watching my new DVD's, so far we have seen 'Psych Out' (a real snap shot of 1967/68 with little plot), 'Bunny Lake Is Missing' (another snapshot of the time and a lovely crisp black and white mid sixties film to boot) and 'Please Sir'.
     We have very much been enjoying BBC1's new afternoon offering of 'Privates' which is about the last conscription to National Service, which I heartily believe they should bring back (along with the Empire, Andy remarked, poking fun at me). I was not taken in by 'Downton Abbey', as high society Edwardian life does nothing much for me and it usually involves a hunting party which I have even less tolerance for, but I really enjoyed 'Mr Selfridge'. In other telly news, I really am liking 'Ripper Street' and am looking forward to the return of 'Call The Midwife' and am intrigued by next week's BBC1 afternoon offering, 'Father Brown' which is set in the fifties too.
     And in other happy news, the postie came with a gift for me from Curtise yesterday which cheered me no end! I opened up the squishy packet to find inside -



     Five new to me vintage hair scarves, like the ones I wear on a daily basis that I have never seen (well I found one once) in charity shops and a lovely pair of gloves which literally fit like a glove! I was very excited to see the scarf colours as they are all different to what I currently have. The green one went on straight away and looks lovely next to my hair colour. Thank you again Curtise, I adore them and feel very lucky indeed.
     I have also spent some of my Christmas/birthday money on a new petticoat and a couple of patterns, so am looking forward to those arriving.

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  1. More pain is not what you need at the moment. I do hope some physio helps. But Hurrah to a package of joy from Curtise. Her packages are renown around the world! I'll bet that green scarf looks gorgeous against your lovely hair. Xx

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    1. Thank you so much xxx
      I have now found I need to have blood tests taken before I can be referred on as they want to rule out something rather long winded of name first and foremost.

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  2. I do hope you are on the mend soon. I have constant neck pain and know how wearing it can be. Take care. M x

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    1. Thank you and I hope your pain isn't too bad x

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  3. Curtise sent you some beauties there. A different colour for each day! I'm so sorry to hear you're in so much pain. I hope your GP/specialist can sort you out with some hardcore pain relief to see you through. Your viewing list sounds like an ideal afternoon in front of the box for me. I love the colourful kitsch of things like Please Sir. I've yet to see Ripper Street but I'm hoping to watch it on catch up xxx

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    1. She did! I really love them and haven't stopped wearing the green one!
      I am now on a codeine based pain relief which makes my hands shake a bit but that's better than being in pain!
      I hope you enjoy Ripper Street, the costumes are gorgeous!
      And thank you, it's good to see you back xxx

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  4. Oh dear, the knee pain sounds awful. Could it be some referred problem from your back? I hope you can get some help from the physio or chiropractor.
    I'm glad the scarves and gloves cheered you up a bit. There were LOADS of those chiffon scarves, in all the colours of the rainbow, in one of my regular charity shops, the same lady had donated them all apparently (you could tell!) Next time I am in, I will see if there are any left in other colours. So pretty!
    Looking forward to seeing your new petticoat and patterns. xxxxx

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    1. That's exactly what it is, it's connected to my back pain, a nerve thing or some such, I had it years ago but don't recall it being this bad. I sat down the other day and my knee made a dreadful crunching sound which was quite disconcerting.
      And thank you again, I absolutely love my new scarves. I only really go in charity shops these days to see if I can find them and have been looking for years and only ever saw the one I snapped up so yours were gratefully received. And if you do see any others, I would be so grateful. Thank you again xxx

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  5. Oh no Melanie! I am so sorry to hear that your knee is playing up and causing you so much pain. On the bright side (if there really is one) you have been able to duvet day in style and see some brilliant day time TV. I managed to catch 'privates' and thought it was brilliant, it had me in giggles and how exciting that there is a new series of Midwives coming, I LOVED that programme.

    Also I managed to watch 'Christmas Cottage' and it was brilliant and I cried my eyes out. Must look out for it on DVD though as blooming adverts...ARGH!!!!

    Hope you start to feel better soon and get that sewing machine up and running xx

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    1. Thank you Rebecca xxx
      I have felt somewhat guilty not doing very much as I have convinced myself that people think I'm 'milking it' as most people's back pain isn't as long lasting as mine, so I haven't been able to enjoy myself too much, but the telly has been good! Even though 'Privates' had many historical inaccuracies, both myself and Andy really enjoyed it.
      I am so glad you enjoyed 'Christmas Cottage'! I cried too!

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  6. What a fabulous gift from Curtise! A rainbow of scarves!!! *Wooohooo*

    :( About your knee, Thank goodness you got some pain relief. You take it easy Melanie.

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    1. Aren't they pretty! I should hang them up in rainbow sequence, but then that'd make me want to fill the gaps!
      And thank you Melanie xxx

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  7. Oh, not your knee too? (((hugs)))
    Have you ever thought of taking Evening Primrose oil? Very good on your joints. I won't suggest fish oils, though they are very good too, because I know you're a vegetarian.

    Downton Abbey isn't all high society. There is a lot of 'downstairs' servant's stories. But having said that, since watching the xmas special I am very disappointed in the show, which is going downhill fast and rapidly turning into a soap! They've now killed off two of my favourite characters and the latter was so predictable it was almost laughable. I really don't think I want to watch the show any more!

    I've got Ripper Street bookmarked on IPlayer. I'll probably start watching it this weekend.

    :)

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    1. Yes, the knee too, such a nuisance, but it's a side effect of the back pain, all to do with nerves .. sometimes my shoulder goes too :( I did take non-gelatin capsules of Evening Primrose once but one broke and the whole lot stuck together in the bottle!
      I did watch Downton's first episode but it didn't really take my fancy, but Mr Selfridge caught my attention from the trailers alone.
      xxx

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  8. Dear Melanie, I'm so, so sorry that you're knee is causing you such intense pain. My heart (and total understanding) go out to you. I live in severe chronic pain 24/7 from some of my conditions and know exactly how much it impedes and impacts one's life. It's great that you have pain meds, but they usually only do so much at the best of times (at least so I find). Good mail days like that are so important to one's well being, I find, as they inject a much needed dose of happiness into your daily life and take your thoughts off how you're feeling for a spell.

    Thinking of you, my lovely friend, and sending countless healing wishes your way.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica and I am so sorry you have to go through what you do.
      The pills do work but as I said above, they make my hands shake but I can't really complain and the gifts really did put a smile on my face.
      Hugs from Great Britain xxx

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  9. I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with your back and now your knee Melanie, it must be so frustrating not being able to get on with things as well. I've suffered from it myself so I know how it can just stop you in your tracks, though I was lucky it was just one episode and I've been okay since then, fingers crossed. I hope the physiotherapist and chiropractor can help stop it happening to you. I've been rubbish at keeping up with TV programmes lately, though I finally got to watching 'Walk Hard' which was fun, I watched it with my daughter though and I think a lot of the musical references, which are what makes it fun to watch, did pass her by a bit. She likes a lot of old music too but she's not a geek like me that likes reading about all the stories of these people. Curtise's presents to you were lovely, so thoughtful, and the gloves will be so useful at this time of year especially. My mum used to have lots of those chiffon scarves and I was forever nicking them for dressing up games, and probably ruining them in the process, so it makes me feel very nostalgic to see them. Hope you're feeling a lot better now Melanie. xx

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    1. It is very frustrating, but things get done when they get done, that's just how it is. I'm glad you liked Walk Hard, we watched it again just the other day but I don't think Andy's brother, who watched it with us, really got it, as there are a lot of references to other biopics which he hadn't seen.
      I loved my gifts, I still smile when I see them! I used to wear my nan's when I was little, I'm not sure she had others as I would have had those as well :)
      xxx

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  10. I can absolutely see you wearing that green scarf, will look great with your hair!

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    1. I haven't even tried any of the others, I have grown rather attached to the green!

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