Random Jottings Of Gildersleeve

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Is The Way I'm Feeling...

Wonder what will come along and spoil the moment?

Anyhow, I can report that I am in credit regarding my utility bills, internet, contents insurance, water rates and bedroom tax. If I make the equivalent of three more payments on the rent, I am paid off until the New Year. Two payments and the broadband is also paid until next year.

I am thinking that if I'm up to it and I have paced myself this week...I will go to a free night at a local pub tonight approx 10mins from my home and listen to a 60's live band. It will only cost a couple of drinks and is quite intimate. A member of the band told me about it. It will be the first time I have ever been inside it and I have lived on the town for 56 years.

I am hoping to go and see the illuminations on Saturday, my last chance for this year but it will take around two hours in either direction. I may have a better idea of what it entails if I have managed to travel to the event. My local bus company only gets me from my own town to Durham. Then I have to change to another one and they can only get me to within 15 mins of the location but they tell me there is another company that will take me even nearer.

The joys of public transport...

Next Friday I hope to see a student version of a production of a PG Wodehouse "Jeeves" story in Durham. And its reasonably priced. A venue I have just discovered by chance, they tell me they do a different production every week Thurs to Saturday. Then a week on Saturday I hope to see a musical locally which many in my circle seem to have seen at various local venues. It is based on a mining disaster and will be staged at the Sage in Gateshead next year. Sadly that is too far to travel to and difficult to get home from. The tickets will be much more expensive too. That is called "She's Fired" and written by a local musician and playwright.

With the time of year and weather there will be less places to go to and events to attend so it will become a little quieter.

I had some tasty but simple meals yesterday but need to get more fruit and veg in my diet again perhaps today. I did have Shepherd's Pie, followed by a portion of cookie dough chocolate cheesecake. For supper I had a chip butty followed by a piece of chocolate cake. I loved it.

I found myself watching a little TV, my favourite comedy The Big Bang Theory and I can't believe that I watched a BBC adaption of a novel I have heard about for decades but never seen before as a film, TV programme or even read the novel..."Fanny Hill" but I can say I have seen it now. I assume the TV version was very tame and much was omitted. Even this production was made in 2007.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What Can I Say...

I have been contacted by the bus company and it turns out that I can get up to Durham and to other destinations but to reach the illuminations in the Sunderland area I have to switch to another company. Hopefully I will get information today(Thursday)

I got a bit worked up about my finances earlier and tough not great I am at least up to date with my bills(for now)I had a senior moment as they are called and realised when I have been paying my bedroom tax I probably had forgotten to cover my water rates so I went to the shops to pay that. I can't understand why I had that lapse in memory.

I paid my credit card for that unexpected utility bill at the weekend and put some extra in the current account to cover the next direct debit but discovered I had enough to cover it anyhow.

Otherwise I've watched some TV and continued with the tidying up. Done some cooking, repaired the lining in my thick warm coat which was coming away, not the greatest sewing but it worked. Oh and also did the job many dislike doing and it is usually suggested men avoid doing it all costs...cleaning the toilet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wow...Its Wednesday...

Had a good day...in a fairly good place mentally and emotionally. I'll take those days when they are there.

Made a meal of fried egg, baked beans and bacon...

I was thinking of doing something with lots of veg and meat later today but may take off to see some illuminations(They finish this weekend)I missed them last year. I'd go at the weekend but Sunday is my get together with friends on the town, Saturday may be busy number wise and I may want to take it easy and pace myself. Thursday night is the small bingo club again, Friday there is a free music night approx ten minutes from my home with a band playing '60's music. I guess today is my only chance.

I'll start the day perhaps with fruit and porridge or to give me energy and to be a little healthy I may make a banana sandwich. I'm debating whether to prepare a meal in the slow cooker for when I return. Anything remaining can be used the following day.

I watched some TV and found a new website on the internet with a wealth of material so now when I can't find something on "Ordinary" broadcast TV I can go looking elsewhere for something to watch. My music club was on again Tuesday night. Before going there I popped into the supermarket. Haven't been there for perhaps four or five days and came away with some items I was down on like kitchen rolls, bananas, leeks, a variety of bread buns. As opposed to bread. I saved enough to decide to take a taxi to the club and I was still in pocket.

I also made the effort to get caught up in the tidying up of the house and clear my bedroom. That only leaves a little of the Dining Room and outhouse to do. Then I'll start to look into actually putting up blinds(maybe)and curtains. I'm more convinced that I am not that bothered about blinds, curtains can be drawn for privacy and for keeping a room warm. Not forgetting the putting down of carpets. I have been talking to the owner of a local store and he's promised to look after me and not fleece me. He knows that I am new to buying carpet.
 
My recent illnesses seem to have settled and that includes the gout, not even a twinge at present. That's why in an earlier comment I suggest that in hindsight my illness of last week could be connected to my own medical issues and could be connected even to the drugs I take and a follow on from the gout. I will mention it at my next hospital check up in the middle of November.

UPDATE:You can see that I am still here. I may try to get to the lights on Saturday, I am awaiting information from a bus company regarding services, routes and times and they haven't got back to me as yet.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Not The Most Eventful Day...

I had a little flare up of my illness earlier in the day but it passed by quickly. Watched a little TV. And made an effort to have a reasonably good meal in the evening...


I had some soup and a later on some scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans. Every day cannot be exciting.

Not Sure That I Am Going To Enjoy...

the dark nights and the return of Winter but I'm going to try to. If not if I can stay close to home I can make the most of when the better weather and lighter nights return and perhaps save a little.

I did do something good on Saturday night, I saw a fine comedian, Jeremy Hardy who isn't seen too often on British television but is a regular on The News Quiz on BBC radio and has been for years. What he does on radio does not show his mastery of working an audience on stage and his astute observations on society and the news. He also gave more than any other comedian I have seen on stage except perhaps the old trooper Ken Dodd who is more of a traditional performer. Taking out the interval he was on stage for around 130 minutes.

On this occasion there was plenty of time to get to the bus station from the theatre and I felt fine catching the last bus home and even spending time in the bus station so I didn't get home until midnight.

Of course I was quite wide awake and the clocks went back to GMT so I watched a bit of TV until the early hours and finally went to bed and slept the clock around. It was quite warm indoors but on the early hours very wild and windy. The wind dropped a bit on Sunday afternoon but once again in the early hours as I write this and catch up on some old episodes of the US TV Western series Bonanza it is starting all over again.

Sunday evening I had a win on the bingo, not a big amount and after what I had spent I was only £9 better off but it will pay for another couple of sessions with the elderly at their small club this week so they are free in effect.

Later today I shall pay off the credit card bill caused by the mix up over the utility company and I'll put enough in the bank to cover the next payment.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I Try Not To Use My Blog To Have A Go At Companies...

after all you are only reading one side but what I am about to write has a good outcome...this time. I generally have a good relationship with the call centre staff at the UK utility company NPower. They have always spent whatever length of time I require and steered me onto the best deal.

However, on Friday night I went onto the website to submit meter readings. I discovered by chance my Direct Debit had been increased from what I believed to be £50 to £86. So I phoned in to the call centre and was told that I owed £54.

This now meant that not only did I have to find £54 but within 8 days they were going to take out another £86 from my bank.

The good news was if I paid the owing amount the DD would come down to £75 per month. Considering that I use 16%-20% less energy and I am on a duel fuel deal until 2017 I could not understand me owing money and why the increase on the monthly DD. Also at present I am on some kind of scheme where I get some help with my bills anyhow.

Well, I paid that £54 by credit card. Its a start but what annoyed me was that they did not think to inform me that I owed money and also give me warning of the increase, they have my e-mail address after all.

So I phoned a different department today...sorted in minutes. No apology to speak of but...it appears that the energy scheme has started so really I am in credit. My monthly DD was not £50 but £40, its gone back to that amount. Because of the mix up the next payment has been delayed by 13 days too.

In the end it all came good but when I asked why they do not inform by e-mail of money owed I was told they don't do that...so it could happen again. I guess I will just have to look on the website more often. However, for now, all is well.

Friday, October 24, 2014

As Promised Here Come Images Of My Kitchen...

Still needs lots of work and cleaning but it gives an idea of what it is like...could be putting different rugs or carpet down. It also needs blinds and curtains...








Been Missing For 24 Hours...

Longer than that on here but I have had a 24 bug that crept up on me, on Wednesday night I felt the need to go to bed early(for me)and then it struck in the middle of the night. I don't ever remember having diarrhoea like it. Then I seemed to beat it. And it started up again mid afternoon. By now we're talking Thursday of course. Of course you manage to deal with illness when living alone but you do miss not having someone giving you some TLC.

I managed to attend my bingo in the evening but came home and found I was so tired that I fell asleep watching the first episode of the new series of the Big Bang Theory(thankfully I caught what I missed online earlier today)Then I decided I felt bed was calling and I went there and slept the clock around except for having a coffee and two slices of toast and marmalade earlier this morning.

I feel as different as it is possible today. I was lovely and warm in bed too. Slept well but I know I did have a dream that was unhappy/troubling but it probably in reality did not last as long as it seemed at the time. I don't know where some of my imagined world came from. I do remember being moved from my present home and finding myself living on the coast of Bournemouth but the view was spoilt because we were looking onto a rubbish tip before being able to see the sea. I know Mum and Dad were in the dream in some way too.

I also remember trying to get back here because I had all kinds of personal items that had to be moved from the loft before this house was emptied. Also until everything was removed we were paying rent on both properties.

The property in Bournemouth I was less than happy with as work was shoddy and I can see this being connected to all the work that has been carried out here in recent weeks. The rest of the dream is too mixed up/weird and doesn't seem to make any sense.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Already...

I've been good...yes I have been out since Saturday but for specific reasons only...Sunday night for a couple of hours with a group of friends, Monday afternoon for a couple of hours with the oldies at the bingo and tonight the Music Club. But no shopping and un-necessary trips out.

I have made an effort today and tried to tidy around a little even if the real work still needs to be done. At least doing this means that people could visit and it keeps me sweet with the Landlord.

The weather was really bad here on Sunday and today around the UK its not been great and people have been killed by fallen trees etc...the wind is getting stronger as the day goes on in my location but being inland and not having big open spaces, its going ok.

The last few nights the simple things have kept me warm enough, when downstairs in the lounge watching TV. Slippers, Dressing Gown, a couple of fleeces and a woolly hat. Surprisingly warm. Haven't been cold in bed either. But its still early days.

Getting some nice meals again and at reasonably regular times too. And I had some food left over from Sunday night so I had ham and pease pudding baps and some soup to use up yesterday.

I'm looking into the possibility of a music night at a local hall in a neighbouring town on Friday(a charity do for dementia awareness)its a 60's/70's night with a raffle and only costs £3 but so far the phone has been off the hook for hours. If its a live band I may go but if its just a disco I won't bother.

If I have to use a taxi to get home and I am on my own we're only talking around £5-£7(if I can find someone else to go with me that will come down.

I am away now to have a break from tidying up, have a warm drink, take my meds, have a shave, get dressed and I was thinking about making a meal around 5.30pm(possibly fish and chips)but may have that as supper. I have had afternoon tea(well coffee)and cheese and fruit scones. Later I have some nice pork and stuffing sandwiches I can have.

If I go out a little earlier for my club, I will try and find a remote control that will work with the TV I have upstairs(I lost the original remote)then I shall see about getting the TV engineers back in to connect it so I can watch all my TV in my bedroom via a relay system and an additional aerial(it is smaller than the one downstairs)but of course it is a smaller room and I am nearer to it. That could be handy during the Winter and on cold nights. I can be in bed and its a smaller room to heat/occupy.

UPDATE:It is a disco.