Sunday 31 December 2023

Week 52 The end of 2023. Happy New Year.

Goodbye to 2023 and to Bob the Dog. Hello to 2024 and to new adventures.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year.

The week before Christmas I went for my B12 injection to discover the GP had requested a blood test, the nurse didn't know why. I got a phone call from the surgery on Thursday to request another test next week and a face to face appointment with the GP. I didn't ask why, but my results on the NHS app show high neutrophils and high platelets again. This has been going on for 6 years now, just constant call backs and no answers. In the meantime the random shooting pains, breathlessness, chronic fatigue and migraines continue.

Child 4's Christmas cards were located on Thursday. I checked the certificate of postage and I had written the wrong house number, his neighbours hadn't bothered to pop them through their box.

358 Sunday After a lazy morning we headed up the hills for a walk then home to chill before child 2, DIL and grandchild arrived for Christmas. We had a late dinner, chilled out, watched TV, grandchild to bed at 9.30pm, presents put out and adults retired around midnight.

Very windy up on the hills.

359 Monday Merry Christmas. I was up at 5am and dozed on the sofa till eveyone else got up around 8.30am. Present opening took around 3 hours, followed by a late lunch and an afternoon/evening of playing games, watching TV and just relaxing.

Video call with grandson.

360 Tuesday We headed out to Worcester to see the Christmas Tree festival at Worcester Cathedral, had a coffee and a walk, then home to watch TV and have an early tea. Family left and after a quick tidy round it was just TV, sofa and snacks.

361 Wednesday Off to Keynsham to visit MIL for the day, took her out for coffee and back to hers to empty the attic for her to sort through and we'll go back next week to help her with donations for charity shops and the skip. Home to watch TV, a take away and chill.

Thank you notes written.

362 Thursday A lie in then down the retail park for a coffee and to buy a couple of birthday cards, home for dinner and I brought the dolls house down from the attic to finish painting at the dining room table.

Recycling sorted.

363 Friday Off to Gloucester to visit child 1, we took her out for coffee and to wander round the shops for a couple of hours. Not feeling well so home to bed and read for a couple of hours. Tax return complete. I overpaid 94p on the Capital Gains when I sold the flat last year and I'm owed approximately 1 months salary in overpayment of income tax.

Flooding at Upton Upon Severn.

364 Saturday Day spent nursing a migraine, dosed up on meds in and out of bed dozing on and off, watching TV. 

This cat has been so needy since Bob died, she follows me everywhere and steals my seat at any opportunity she gets.

365 Sunday We popped into Worcester for a coffee, Peter drove home and I wandered around the city and caught a train back mid afternoon. Happy New Year and wishing you all a wonderful 2024. Evening being spent with a work colleague and his family just up the road.

The River Severn in full flood.

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  1. Happy new year. We've got similar flooding pictures in our town around the canal, but at least the flood alleviation worked and it's car parks and the flood plain park that flooded, and not the theatre again. That's a real mix of stamps. I'm presuming for overseas.

    1. It's been touch and go getting in and out of Malvern with the floods, no rivers in the town though thankfully

  2. How annoying about the doctors. It sounds like they are just sending you around in circles.
    I am glad Child 4's Christmas cards were found.
    It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. Those stamps are brilliant.
    Happy new year to you and your family! Wishing you all the best for 2024. x

    1. Thank you Kim, Happy new Year to you and yours also

  3. Happy new year!
    The stamps look cute, quite a mix of them. It's heartbreaking that the cat misses the dog, poor little one.

    1. The cat turns 15 this year, we didn't realise how much she would miss the dog

  4. Happy new year! Hope that 2024 brings adventures and answers on the health front for you. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas. The Christmas tree festival looks lovely. It’s nice when the tax return ends with you being owed! Hope that the flooding has eased now. #project365

    1. The floods have subsided for now, it was touch and go getting in and out the town

  5. Some of those stamps are so cool! We have had a fair bit of flooding around her too with country parks having to shut. Glad the missing cards were found!

    1. I won't be posting vouchers again, took a risk, glad they were found though