As we get very close to our summer holiday, there has been a lot of jobs that have needed doing before we abandon the British summer.
…did I really say summer??
Last week, when suddenly winter ended and there was a mini heatwave, Deb and I were in Cannock doing a bit of decorating at our son’s flat.
Yes we do the decorating while he is at work. If we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t have got done.
Anyway we arrived on the Wednesday afternoon when the sun was blazing down on the country. We were inside a very hot flat painting the living room ceiling, and rewiring his telephone line that was a trip hazard.
We left the flat and felt the heat of the late afternoon sunshine for a few minutes while we went to our hotel. The room was very hot, but we hoped the air conditioning would deal with that while we both had a shower.
Not a chance. We eventually changed room to one that was bearable.
The next morning it was straight to the flat to continue the decorating.
The sun was shining even hotter.
I now pulled up the carpet from the lounge, hall, and stairs, while Deb painted the walls. This would keep her occupied for the remainder of the day, while I made two trips taking the old carpet to the local recycling centre.
Hot, rather sweaty, and totally shattered by late afternoon, we returned to the hotel for another cool shower. We were too exhausted to go out to dinner, so we ate in the hotel. Then it was back to the room to relax.
…relaxation was abandoned when the shower suddenly decided to give a fountain of sewage smelling water from its plug hole.
…Yuk – in fact very yuk!
We moved room again.
At least the hotel staff were friendly and very helpful. We didn’t have to pay the meal bill.
Friday morning we were up early and ready for the carpet fitters by 8:30. It was still hot and sunny and we had a third day inside a very hot flat.
The carpets were completed by midday, and with the car crammed to the roof with bits and pieces – including the carpet offcuts- we were ready to go home.
Our son came home from work early to sort out his furniture and electronics…after he had inspected our work. I think he was satisfied.
On the way home we dropped off the final bits of carpet before a very hot three hour drive to Herefordshire. Thank goodness for air conditioning.
Of course that was the end of the heatwave.
Since then we have made the most of any dry and warm(ish) weather to do as much as we could in the garden before we go away next week.
It has become cool again, and even the heating turned on last night.
Hopefully it will be warm and sunny for some of our Mediterranean cruise next week.
Now, lets go back to my knee.
Last week I saw my surgeon and he reported that my knee does not need any surgery. In fact it is perfectly healthy. As I appeared confused because of the pain from the last 20 or so years, he said that he did find something while poking about inside my joint.
Apparently I had a membrane called a ‘Plica’ across one of the bones in the knee that was rubbing on it and causing inflammation. During the exploration, he had cut it, out and from his previous experience, believes I will notice an improvement in a few weeks’ time.
And, now nearly five weeks on from the arthroscopy, I do actually think it is less painful. Of course much of that could be due to the exercises I am doing, plus the physical aspects in the garden, but I am hopeful that my knee is going to be less of a pain soon, and I can possibly try out some dancing while away on the cruise.
On a personal high note, I discovered that I had three of my books in the top 50 of Amazon’s cruise book category. It is wonderful to know that so many people enjoy my writing, and especially as one of these books is now 8 years old, but still selling.
That’s enough for now as I may have to go up into the attic to get the suitcases down soon.
Bi for now.