@Dot thank you... there has been no running since last time thank goodness, and I think I've recovered okay.
@Rainbow-Zebra Hooray! That good puppy deserves a pat, and you deserve a cheer!
Sitting here with a lovely cup of tea.
Sending best wishes to everyone.
@artist55 really hoping you have been able to take a sick day, but if you are at school, teaching, I do hope the kids are delightful and the day goes easily.
@sapphire777 hoping you got another sleep in today and a then a few big cuppas to rehydrate yourself, and that today is a gem.
I so appreciated you making the time to join in with the Halloween party and send us to Count Dracula's castle.
And everyone else who joined in! Even virtual parties take some effort and concentration.
I think everyone got a piece of the wonderful cake, a spooky drink and, ofcourse, an eyeball in their soup bowl. Thanks so much everyone for making it fun.
Hi @Dot! Hope you enjoyed your cup of tea
Thanks again for the Halloween party and all your organising
Now I know how to post photos haha... I've been watching this Willy Wagtail in its nest that it built on the clothesline. Didn't go so well in the storm last week but since it's been sunny they are back and chirping away!
@emsarah Lovely. Good she survived the storm and is back on the nest.
I'm glad too @Glimmer! I was sure she wouldn't come back but here she is. It seems like a very exposed spot but maybe she likes the view?
Feeling rather blah and missing the world today… must be the blue skies.
In better news though I went to cafe (!!!) on the weekend with my closest friends. It was my first time out for a social thing in many months and since lockdown ended, and also my first time taking my rental wheelchair out of the house. I only spent about an hour there then came home but it was so nice to be pushed and to not have to walk. Today though I am thinking about how nice it would be to walk without symptoms again. Even just to the cafe down the road and back… I’ve never been an active person but it’s these small things that sting the most for me.
@emsarah So precious that little guy is keeping you company Such a sturdy and resourceful use of space! So cute.
@emsarah what a beautiful little nest to have in view! I hope you will be able to give us updates!
An ME/CFS friend had a treat when she was almost completely bedbound, but a bird (swallow maybe?) built its nest right outside her bedroom window and she could watch a season of birdy soap opera as the babies hatched, grew up and fledged.
Willy wagtails are such characters!
@yawning I think 'blah' might be the scientific unit for measuring ME/CFS. Let's hope 'blah' levels are not up today.
Oh yes, just one walk without symptoms! It is not much to ask, and fingers crossed it will be possible. Especially if your wheelchair does your job and saves you from keeping on exacerbating your symptoms.
Hooray for a cafe visit with your friends!
@Glimmer is that cat of yours keeping you in line?
(Miso the cat is very pleased as I have the front and back doors open at the moment. She gets very irritated by a shut door.)
It is a jump in temperature in Melbourne today and I do wilt in the heat. Hopefully my home will stay cool and I can protect my seedlings.
How are you going in today's weather (whatever it is wherever you are)?
@Dot Yes my cat (Her Royal Highness) has been fed, watered, and responded too. Now she at the foot of my bed keeping me company.
@yawning a cafe trip sounds nice! What did you have? I'm glad you could use your chair to get there. Was that your first time using one? I feel you about walking. I used to love walking, I'd go huge walks on the weekend and walk to work but I agree just a short trip down the road now would be amazing.
@Dot hope you and your plants are going ok this afternoon and you haven't melted!
@Glimmer I would love a cat for bed company! How long have you had yours?
Bird update (my partner has called her and her partner Wilma and Willy) Wilma is still on the nest today but she's hot, got her little beak open. Crossing my fingers the babies will hatch quickly before real summer weather hits!!
@emsarah Hope Wilma and Willy will be okay out in the hot sun. They normally nest under eaves in sheds, carports, etc. I’ve had my cat Hannah for ten years, so she’s definitely part of the family. She’s hard to look after at times but her companionship and funny antics make it worthwhile.
I had a karaage chicken poke bowl, loaded waffle fries and a coffee @emsarah! If you can’t guess, I live on the hipster side of town.
It was my first time using the chair in public. It’s a self-propelled and I hired it thinking I’d be able to use it myself but I was quickly proven wrong… Pushing uses up a lot of energy! I’m thinking about investing in a power wheelchair now.
It’s the cutest when birds open their beaks like that. Also pleased to learn there are some other cat lovers here. I have a 3 year old shorthair tortie. She’s a force… Not sure what I’d do without her.
@Glimmer argh Wilma has no shelter silly billy. We will have to build a little verandah around her . Aw Hannah is a cute cat name! Aw yes cuddles and antics definitely make it worthwhile.
@yawning haha that sounds amazing. I'm all for hipster food if it tastes good. Karaage chicken mmmhmm Oof and it's been so long since I've had coffee, yum!
Good on you for trying out the chair by hiring it first, then you can see if it helps you do what you'd like to do more of! I am borrowing one from someone but my partner has only pushed me in it up and down the corridor of our house. I might have to use it when I go to the specialist but I'm so nervous they will think I'm being dramatic! The problem totally is needing a push, so a power chair would be amazing. You'll be having poké bowls at the café every week if you get one!
Yay for you also having a cat for cuddles!
@yawning I hope you can get a powerchair, it would probably really help you! I have both a powerchair and self propelled chair so can give you advice if you need.
I'm struggling with my pacing today, I think I have some kind of sinus infection secondary to bad hayfever and lying down makes the gross goo in my nose run down the back of my throat and exacerbates my chronic tonsillitis. So lying down isn't very pleasant right now. I'm also a little bit anxious because any time I have respiratory symptoms I worry that its covid. Anyone else struggling with the hayfever lately?!
Aah to top it all off having the fan on to try and keep cool is blowing dust/pollen around and making my nose irritation worse!!
@river Oh no, that’s a big Grrrrrrrr.
And such wonderful, welcome news that little Cleo Smith has been found alive and well.
I am sitting with Miso the cat headbutting me for scratches, and having a cuppa before I face the job of making my home tidy enough for homehelp to get to the floors!
@Glimmer I am glad HRH is taking good care of you.
@emsarah Thankyou, I did keep comfy yesterday, and even the warm night didn't get to me thanks to double brick block of flats! A bit humid this morning though!
Garden news: I'm very pleased that my spaghetti squash seedling is flourishing. Spaghetti squash is my new discovery, and I want more.
Hello to the wagtails. It looks a tricky place to rig up some shade.
@yawning Wonderfully hipster fare there!
Oh yes, a power wheelchair will be much more CFS friendly. I hope you can find one.
My Miso cat is a black and gold tortie. Shorthair, but still manages to leave it everywhere. She will be starting her summer moult any minute and I am not looking forward to it!
@river It's been an awful hayfever season for me too. Also I have a bad dustmite allergy (that's the one that causes that horrible post-nasal drip for me). If I keep the windows shut my dustmite allergy gets worse and if I open all the windows my hayfever is worse. Aaaagh! (washing all the pillow and mattress protectors today).
Also wondering if it is covid, every day . But it hasn't changed since my last negative test.
Sending best wishes to everyone,
PS Mods: I'm missing that Reply button at the bottom (but I did find it at the top). Otherwise having fun checking out the changes.
Ooh, waking up to forum changes! It will take a little time to get used to but having the reply button/toolbar always pinned to the top of the screen is so much less confusing. I was always having to reply to people directly because I couldn't find or didn't have the energy to scroll to that button.
@Dot yay for double brick! My partner got very hot in the shearing shed yesterday but I stayed nice and cool inside because we have double brick too.
Spaghetti squash is such a fun vegetable, I only ever tried it once when I was a kid though. What do you/will you eat with yours?
Hello to Miso cat!
Hope the tidy didn't take too many spoons
@river how is your hayfever been today? Mine was so bad this morning, so lucky an antihistamine helped. I get really sneezy and also itchy inside my throat and ears? Weird place to get itchy haha.
Definitely feel you about the Covid throat tickle fears too.
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Oh and Wilma update, she got through the drizzle this morning and is sitting tight in the wind. A few times when I've gone to look she's been looking inside the nest. Checking the eggs are ok I guess! They must be tiny eggs!