The UK is enjoying a heat-wave and we may be on trend to have the hottest summer on record. It’s been over 30C here in the North, which is virtually unheard of, and we’re having the most prolonged hot spell in over 40 years. I luuurve nice weather but this is too hot even for me and the temperature in my bedroom hasn’t dropped below 26C all week despite a huge fan going full pelt, consequently there hasn’t been a huge amount of sleep happening and I’m now feeling pretty wiped.
Monday, one of my photography buddies and I took advantage of the sunshine and went down to the river with our cameras. To be fair we didn’t get any useable shots but had a nice time anyway and ate our picnic lunch in a wild flower meadow. In the afternoon I had to take Bertie to the vets. He’s had a herniated spinal disc since he was about 3½ and now and again the pain gets really bad, so he’s been put on Gabapentin. He’s had it before and it It usually helps but this time despite both that and daily paracetomol the pain still isn’t under control so I’m not sure what the next step is going to be 😦
Tuesday my Dad had his long-awaited appointment with the spinal team and has thankfully been referred for surgery. He’s always been super fit but 18 months ago started with back stiffness and leg pain and is now unable to walk around his home without a stick. His MRI showed spinal stenosis which can happen as we age, but his seems to have progressed at an alarming rate of knots. I just hope he doesn’t have to wait too long for treatment.
Wednesday I received a call from one of the men at my Camera Club. Can you remember we were given arranged seating at our annual dinner the other month and I was placed opposite a single, middle aged farmer who bored the arse off me all night? Well it was him, telling me I had beautiful eyes and inviting me up to his farm. I go to my camera club for help with my photography – if I wanted a boyfriend I’d join a dating app. I had to let him down as gently as possible but it’s now going to be bloody awkward when we next meet up. I could sodding well kill the woman who organized the dinner and placed me on a table with no less than 3 single, middle aged men I’d tried all fucking year to avoid.
Thursday I had lunch at a lovely local cafe with another camera club buddy. It’s so fabulous to be able to eat outdoors, although all the goddamn flies are annoying and despite wearing insect repellant I have several, large, angry, I-want-to-scratch-my-skin-raw bites.
Aunt Flo this month has been a bitch. I’ve had period, endo, bowel and back pain for 10 days now but no proper period. I had brown gunk for 3 days then 1 day of light bleeding. Nothing for 2 days followed by anther day of brown gunk. The pain has been ridiculous though and has included shooting pains down my legs which have kept me awake half the night for most of the week not to mention the fact that I can’t sleep on my favoured left side because it sets off wicked bowel/ovarian pain, and to add insult to injury I’ve had no less than four migraines. FFS I’m so over it.
With the pain, heat and lack of sleep I’m flagging this weekend so have just had a quiet time not able to do much of anything. I’d had a couple of photos in mind though, including this one, which I’ve worked on in the evenings, while simultaneously eating my body weight in Haagen Dazs and binge watching old episodes of the Kardashians to avoid the torture of eleven men in shorts chasing a ball of air around a field, otherwise known as the football World Cup 😉