Ive been hacking,sawing,chopping away at the stump. When mavis  came out and said WHAT are you doing. I said you wanted it out. She said no just cut back. Oh dear Ive obliterated it. Hm! maybe it will pick up.

As I said before the gardener we  had  didn’t  turn up . so if weather is fine over the next few days we decided to do it ourselves.

You just can’t rely on  some trades people.

Any minute now we got  Top Coat coming to quote me to paint all the outside. That should be interesting……

mavis  was up in the night again with louis. he is a funny dog. Choosy what he eats if he eats when he eats. Then paying for it with a tummy problem. He is also very crafty. I take him every morning up the lane for his early walk. He has worked out that if he does his business then,he doesn’t always get a ride to the park later. So he holds it in. Waiting to hear my keys rattle then he goes mad and we go to the park. Crafty.

It’s a sad day today Mavis found out that another  mesowarrior has passed on. This one we only recently visited and were due to  visit again shortly. Its hit home today. When  the time comes it is so frighteningly  fast its over in days and hours.

So our thoughts go out to Allen. RIP Tess.

Well the guy arrived to survey my outside and quote me for  top coat paint. He spent ages measuring   and checking it all. Then when he came in he said you will be pleased to know that the home is in excellent condition you have obviously looked after it. As its condition is good we would be happy to offer you our services.

So now we get down to price. After measuring and assessing the final  cost will be. wait for it. £10,000.500.

This was followed by a long silence. He  said was that more than you expected? I said yes about 5 x more. So you were thinking a couple of grand were you. I said I am stunned that it is that much.

He continued to describe the process. He said he was able to  give me a discount. He could do it for £8k if I was interested.

Mavis said Hm! £8 I shot her a look of  No Way. So I said I appreciate its virtues and its  20 year  warranty. But I wont be here in 20 years. So At the end of the day It’s just not economical for us. It would take 20 years at our  present expenditure to recover that much. So I am sorry to have wasted your time. But he was so nice about it. I got the impression that he was used to  no thank yous. So that was another step over.

I actually watched come dine with me. What a load of  bitchy  sods.


I had a mad 5 minutes. mavis wanted to  remove the Budleah tree. So  she was asleep in the chair I was updating my tom-tom so  I  took louis in the garden for a wee. Bingo i thought i will attack the tree. So  less than half hour later its right down to about  6 inches high. It’s a big round stump. Which I will have another go at it  later. We  had arranged for a gardener to come and do it but they never turned up. You know what they say if you want a job done , do it yourself. Later on we have mavis  brother visiting. But  First louis wants his run in the park. He had both of us up  at 2.30 and 3.30 this morning with an upset tummy. Not impressed especially when he went back to bed and I couldn’t sleep.


A pleasant couple of Hours when Maves Brother came.Louis got his run in the park . I had a late 40 winks.

I had another  mad 5 mins trying to demolish the remaining tree stump. When  company  arrived I had 4 Chisels buried in it and tonight they are still there. Tomorrow I  may try my power saw to finnish it off. But its got to be dry. Electric and rain don’t mix.


Today is the 2nd day Ive done nothing. Boring aint I.

I started a blog yesterday I  managed 1 line so it wasnt  worth posting. Today is about the same.

We think the Marsden have got Mavis  appointment mixed up. She was waiting for one to have a pict line fitted before our next drug day. But today we had a call  giving her an apointment for a scan. We have only had 3 drug days since the last one so it certainly is not due. But we have to wait  until monday to sort it out. So it looks like a trip  there on Friday. So now I have had to  cancel my car service and push it forward to the 9th . Thats when I have my bloods done ready for my  appointment on 29th.

Whi is getting past the bordom factor of Emerdale and Misery Marlon.


It was supposed to be showery and dull. But its been bright and sunny and really warm.

The Gardener didn’t  come yesterday to do a bit in the side  garden. It was rain all day. But  she didn’t make it today either.

We had to go shopping again today  for new curtains. See mavis`1s blog.  I’ve spent hours trying to get the bluetooth  to work in the car. I can answer incoming calls hands free. But try as I might I just cannot   work out  getting it to  ring out. I  follow all the instructions and I can get   numbers and names into  it. It stores them no problem. But trying to  dial out the stupid things says Pardon     Pardon     Pardon     3 times then switches off. I can’t repeat what I’ve screamed at it. When I came back indoors  there was a message on my answer phone. It said”Its me trying to get this ********* phone to work” I don’t know what I did but I could not repeat it. Its got a service booked for next week I will get them to  give me lessons.

sat  half watching Emerdale Boring Boring. Next was Corrie. I had to get up I can’t take another mind numbing plot.


Another long day at marsden. A   2 and a half hour  M25Journey this morning. Nightmare. We left at 6 am sharp arrived at 8 30.. problems with the drug again waited 3 hours  for them to make it. WE left  there around 4 pm and got home at 5.45. Both shattered.. They all rallied round to give mavis a birthday card. So many  staff came in to see her from the offices saying well done ,we have heard your good news. How nice is that. She is  Mavis  Not  just patient 28277665 in oak ward.

Its not stopped raining all day. It was pouring when we left and pouring  on the way home.

Tomorrow is another day night night.


Well  Our son & DIL have  gone back now. been a pleasant weekend.

We  got a strange phone call . It was from  the bank. They said we have detected activity on your account. And they wanted  personal details. mavis said sorry not prepared to answer . She contacted the bank to see if it was genuine. As it turns out yes it was genuine and our account had been compromised. Someone in New York registered our card and was buying  online games on my account. But  they have stopped the cards and we will get new ones. Then we must  wait for  a form to come  and sign it then they will remove the amount from our account. This is not the first time this has happened on it.

As if I would be buying online games in New York.

WE took a ride to the Range shop  as our son had not been to it. But we did not spend much.

Not sure whats on tomorrow. should be drug day but because its Bank Holiday it’s now on Tuesday.


For the past 2 weeks I have tried  on and off to  get  our  msi notebook to  connect to net. It connected to  wireless but  would not find the web. Ive trawled google for answers. Ive tried them all. Nothing worked. It  got to a point this week when I discarded it with thoughts of  dumping it in the skip. But inspiration  this morning  said to myself. Lets reload windows. Oh dear no disk. So thats out. suppose I  restore it. No cant do that button is greyed out. Last resort before  skip. Google it. Now we got different results. Followed instructions. It did not do a restore like normal. It returned to factory settings. Lo and behold I can now connect to the web. So now its load bits on for mavis. I will  leave it in the van for her. She does not like the nexus tablet.

I woke up with a swollen finger . Yesterday it was like a nat bite ,red and itchy. But this morning it was huge and so tender. I did my usual ,stuck a pin in it and eased  it. mavis bandaged it and put a stall on it. so watch this space. If its not one thing its another.

we have company  now  so I will have to go. TTFN