Late Night

After a busy day and evening yesterday, I managed to go to bed fairly early, but just as I was drifting off to sleep (11:15ish), my dad phoned.

He was in a lot of pain from an overfull bladder that he could not empty (ugh). I phoned the out of hours doctor service, spoke to a nurse and then a doctor and then a doctor came round. It ended up with me taking him to casualty, the doctor phoning the urology oncall person ahead and him having a catheter put in. Once that was done he felt hugely better and once they’d found him a bed on a ward he was able to get some sleep, and I was able to come home (2am).

We expected that he would have to stay in for a few days, but he was discharged this afternoon and is at ours at the moment where he is going to have tea. He still has the catheter in but he is able to go normally. He’s going to be put on a waiting list for some sort of prostate operation. He seems fine though.

I hate hospitals and I seem to be having to go to them far too often at the moment!

Oh well, tomorrow I’m going for the more alternative health care end of things. I’m going over to Leeds to go to Robert Maida, the reiki person that Cindy has been going to for a while. I know she has got a lot out of it, so I will withhold my total and utter scepticism and see what it’s like.

Day Out to Harrogate

After I’d dropped the children at school, Cindy and I went over to Harrogate to the Turkish Baths (recently renovated). I really enjoyed it, as always, and spent a lot of time in the steam room and the plunge pool. Cindy, however, found it too hot, too exhausting and spent her time either in the coolest dry room or relaxing on the day beds. We left earlier than we might have done otherwise, but it did mean that we arrived in Betty’s just before the queue started.


We had a lovely lunch, as you can probably see from the photos – rosti with smoked salmon for her, and rosti with scrambled egg, mushrooms and tomatoes for me. We walked back to the station and then arrived back in York just in time to pick up the children.

In the evening, I took John and Rose over to gym, where I bumped into Saffron – Nok has joined the same gym class as Rose. So I was able to chat for an hour instead of sitting reading, much more pleasant.

And after that, Sam came round to babysit for a couple of hours so Cindy and I could go out to Gill’s fiftieth birthday party. It’s difficult to believe that she is so old, she certainly doesn’t seem it. I suppose that 50 isn’t that old nowdays. Chatted to people about the oddest things – Cindy’s electric bike, reliable garages (Clive Hartley if you’re local and don’t already know), drumming and various other odds and sods.

Very nice day all in all.

Bonfire Weekend

We’ve had a great weekend – two bonfire parties and visitors to stay.

On Friday evening we went to John and Katie’s house and then allotment for a fantastic bonfire, lots of sparklers, red wine and port, then back to theirs for pumpkin soup, bread, cakes and Rose’s extra special chocolate brownies. Unfortunately Cindy was too worn out by her treatment to come to any of this – she sat on the sofa and dozed and then went to bed early.

While we were at John & Katie’s, Simon Palmour told me about his new blog.

Then on Saturday afternoon, Lal and Pauline came to stay, bringing a lovely butter dish for Cindy’s birthday. We went to Steve and Sam’s for another bonfire party – lots of fireworks set off by Tom, Josh, Toby and even John lit a couple. We had soup, veggie burgers for the children, quite a lot of red wine and a very pleasant evening. Cindy had to go home about 9 o’clock and was soon followed by all the others. Once we got home, we were all feeling rather peckish, so we got a take away curry.

Today, we all went to Meeting, while L&P cooked lamb for us. Toby missed the meal, because he had to go and play football. Yet another loss for the Panthers.