Sunday, August 30, 2020

Jan gets his training bit by bit LOL!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

The last few days weren;t the best of summertime here. Temperatures have dropped with some speed, we had rain, thunderstorm(just one LOL), a day with a really fierce storm, today some wind but rainshowers off and on, all with temps around 18-19C, which isn;t really nice summerweather. But if all goes right, middle of next week it will be better and temps will go to 20-21C with lots more sun.

Speaking of training of Jan, last week he had two visits to hospital which went quite well. This week he had his check-up appointment with his doctor of Internal disseases, and we had to be quite early there, at 10.00 a.m. It went well, with the tram and walking of Jan, and oh luck, we even didn;t have to wait long before he was called in. All seemed to be okay, but still the doctor wanted to do an endoscopy, to be sure. So that will be coming week on Thursday.

Jan also had to give some specimen of certain stuff(LOL), so after visit we came home, he did his thing and i went back to hospital to drop off the stuff. As I alwready was halfway, I took the oppot=rtunity to go to city center, wanted to look for a lighter coat, something you can wear in summer/autumn, when it is frisk, but not cold enough for the winterjacket. Something with probably a hoodie and that could have a bit of rain. Well, the shop I wanted to check out, had a loooong line of waiting people in front of it, so I skipped the search and will go may be next week on another day and time. Instead I looked around in some other shops if i could find something for Christmas present, or some things I have on a list of things that I could use or need, but that aren;t in a hurry, understand?

Didn;'t found much, which saves of course some money hahahaa, but....... I did buy Jan a pair of shoed. Yes, I normally don;t do that, because it is a rather "personal"thing, but I wanted him to have some kind of sporty looking shoe, and lighter of weight than the one he is wearing the whole time. I saw a pair that i liked very much for a very low price(sale of 50% off). So I took courage and bought them.At first he was a bit cross that i bought the shoes, but he tried them on, they seemed to fit well, so I think he is still a bit happy with them(which he will not tell me now, perhaps ony after some time, I know him!!!).

I am happy to say that slowly it seems to go the good way up for Jan, he even walks at times at home without the rollator. Okay, he isn't yet to compare with a running hare, speedwise spoken, but it's progress. Outside will be another story. Better to go for safety and use the rollator there for some time longer.

Last Monday I had another burst of energy, and did a lot of things I had on the to-do list and it felt quite good. Next day I had in mind to do some more, but got a phonecall of Heidi if she could visit us with Séveru=ine. Of course she could, It was great to see her again and Jan was happy too to be able to speak to someone else but me, hahaha.

It's not looking too good outside. There is quite some wind and every now and then a rainshower(and that are heavy ones). It almost looks like Autumn, but I n=am not ready yet for that. It was even so chilly yesterday evening that we pt on the heating for a couple of hours, just to get the chill out of the house. May be it will be necessary this evening too. It seems so early for that, so hopefully later this week with more sun and a bit higher temperatures we can do without it again.

Not too much is happening around here, as you can tell. Oh, I hear the washing machine making it's noise, which means the programm is almost at the end. So time to hang out the laundry, and take a look at my stewing pot with some lamb meat. That's dinner for this evening. Stewed lamb, with some onion, paprika, and some seasoning. I will make us some potatoes to go with it and see, what veggies I have in a pot. The kind you only have to warm up for a bit in a little pan. Easy does it sometimes, don;t you think?

I wish you all a very good week, and stay safe!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Our heatwave is done with.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

It is cloudy, every now and then a rainshower, and also some sun, and temperatures are around 21C. So that's a big difference with two weeks ago and even with part of last week. I love to have a warm summer but there are some limits LOL!

Last Monday Jan had to go to hospital for a test of his vains. It was somewhat early, 9.20 a.m., (for us almost like midnight hahaha), so we had to get up quite early morning to get ourselves ready to go.

It was now the big question if Jan would be able to make the expedition, but he did rather well. Okay, he will not be able to go for a speed competition in athletics, but he withstood it quite well. Lucky we have the trm just opposite our hose, it was more the distance from the tramstop to hospital that could have been tricky. The more, because they started to buils that new part and we had to go to the backinstrance, further away.

All went well, we made a restpoint, before going into hospital and also had a seat on a bench after he had done the test. Then back home. He is never a complainer, so I will never really know how he felt, but he looked good. The good extra on it was, that he slept very well during the night, I thinkk for about 6 or 7 hours in a row! That's amazing for him!

Same thing we had to do again on Thursday for another test. It went well also. so his in jury seems to heal, although slowly. He even now tries to walk a few steps in the house without the rollator. That still is difficult and I have some fear he does it too soon, but he has to start with it once, otherwise he will never walk without the rollator(and he hates it, I know). But he also is happy he has it and can move around.

That were the big things of the week. Doesn;t sound to be much, but it were time consuming expeditions, so those days there was left not too uch time for me to do other things(apart from having the energy or not ROFL). Still I managed to get some things done that were on my list, and that gave some satisfaction.

We also got the offer for the windows from the last company. Jan and I looked it through and we were left with a few quiestions. Well, I took the phone right away(wow, what an energetic move I made, hahaha) and had a real good and nice and informative conversation, I right away talked through a few changes, and only two days later I had the new offer with the possible changes and adjusted price on my doormat. That's a service, isn;t it?

We will have to talk once more with our neighbor, but I think we will both go for that last company.( It should be better too, because we got a little discount because we both asked for an offer and probably commission. I'll be glad if the signed order will go out and we will get a date for the works to begin. If all is good it will be done in one day. We only will have to make some area free from stuff standing around, take off the curtains, cover the floor at some places etc. the day before. I hope Jan will be able to do then some things together with me, and otherwise I will ask Heidi for some help, or may be Jan;s brother. We will see how things will be by that time. I think it could be done somewhere end Octobre or so.

For coming week I already have everal little jobs written on my calendar near my laptop(it;'s a good place for the calendar, because I almost sit every day for a moment or longer at the laptop and automatically look at the calendar, yeah, you know older brains, hahaha).

Gosh, tomorrow is the date of our marriage, we will be marries 13 years already, but together already for 28 years). Then there will be medicins to order and pick up, I should try to make an appointment with the hairdresser, may be already make an appointment with our plumber, who every year does the maintenance of the central heating kettle, and Thursday jan has to go to hospital again for his 6 months check-up appointment with his specialist for internal diseases( you know his liver and stomach and so on). So it seems to be quite a busy week, together with the usual things that have to be done, like some grocerie shopping, some cleaning around, probably some ironing, and if I have enough energy left at the end of the week change the covers of the duvets on the bed. I know, it all doesn;t seem so time consuming, but I don;t start my mornings usually at 9 o'clock anymore, I like to have a slow start, so there is less daytime left then, ROFL.

Okay, I think that is all there is today. I should take a look at my meat, that is on the stove, some beef that needs a few hours to stew, but then it will be so tender and taste well, together with some boiled potatoes(not my favourite way of preparing potatoes, I like them more out of the oven or fried, or made as french fries), but sometimes it just suites the rest, and probably i will make a salad with lettuce and lots of small tomatoes of different taste and colour. Strawberries as desert and we may have some plums later in the evening( I bought them and tasted one or two and they are yummie). Yes, we have to think about the vitamines, and better to have them from the food then from pills, if we can.

I wish you all a lovely week to come, and as always I hope you will stay safe!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

It was a hot and sticky week!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

We had a real hot and sticky week, yes. Temps did rise over 30C, with practically no wind, adn although we have a rather cool house, we did reach temperatures of around 28C(evening!), so in the sitting room it was kind of okay, but in the bedroom oh gosh, it was warm.

Because of that(and no we don;t have airco and no ventilator, normally we don;t need that) we didn;t sleep very well. Yesterday there was a bit of thunder and lightning, so we hoped there would come a rainshower, and ...... just a few drops and nothing more. Perhaps tonight there might come some rain, let's hope so, it would cool off the air. Still next week we will have good weather with temperatures of around 24C, which is nice summer weather, but better to handle.

As you can imagine we didn't do very much, it was just too much effort LOL. Still I went to city centre one day, lucky that day there was some more wind, and I took the better hours, and I found two pair of shoes in sale, one sandal and one low kind of sportshoe, also two t-shirts for me and two for Jan(these too in sale, and a nice sweather for Jan for just aa few Euro, and even found some presents for Christmas.

It all togethr was a very succesfull mission. That was about the most i did this week, only I think it was on Thursday, i gort a call from Heidi with requiest if i could go to her house in the afternoon to give Tommy a little walk. They were out of town and couldn;t get back early enough for that. Okay, I did it, but I wasn;t all too happy, because it was very hot that day. Never mind, Tommy was happy with me and that made the trip already good for me.

Last Monday Jan went again to the physiotherapist, it all looked good, and the man said for now Jan could do the exercises at home, but if he though something didn;t go well we always could call for a new appointment or advice. And it is going off and on so to say. Some days it goes rather well, and another day he has pain, cannot move too well. I think somewhere this week in his sleep he twisted perhaps the muscle again a bt and therefor was quite in pain the next day. It just will be a long process, with ups and downs.

Tomorrow will be quite a challenge for him. He has a research to be done for his vains at the hospital, so we will have to go by tram and then it will be a little walk to reach the hospital. I think Jan will be able to do it, but nevertheless it will be straining. I am really curious how he will feel after he gets home again. My prediction is, that at the least he will be very tired. And later this week he will have to go to hospital again for another research. And the week after he has an appointment with his doctor in hospital. Pffff, he will notice that he will use the leg a lot!!! Worst of all is that tomorrow's appointment is real early morning so we will have to take the tram quite early, to have enough time to walk in quiet pace to the hospital. 

It will all end well, I think, but at the moment Jan isn;t feeling very happy, because he cannot do the thing he would like, like working a bit in the garden, taking a little walk(without rollator), or moving around without trouble etc. I know it can be very frustrating.

In the mean time we still are kind of busy with the window stuff. I am still waiting for one offer, and then the neighbour and we will have to decide which company we will take, so that all can be done before the end of autumn, I hope.

When that starts(the window placing I mean) next thing will be searching for some new (net)curtains and probably drapes too, because the ones we have yet are very old and showing it slowly LOL. But because the new windows are made with high quality plastic frames(they just look like wooden, but you don;t have to paint them anymore, hoorray), we have to have another system for hanging of the net curtains. It isn;t advoced at all to drill into those frames. But I already saw on the internet that there are special systems for it and quite ingenious too. So aftr we have the windows right away choose some curtains and let them make and I also want them to be hung uup by the curtain shop/company. 

Oh, still so many things that need to be done or bought, but with Jan not able to walk much, that all has to wait for a bit, because we need to go to several shops for it. All will be good in the end, it only will take some more time I guess.

This evening we will have a bun or may be two with some pulled pork meat on it, perhaps a bit of salad aside. I didn't have courage to cook a whole meal today, so the pork I only have to warm up in the oven for may be 25 minutes and we can eat. Very easy and quick and not much trouble too. Tomorrow the temperature will be a few degrees less, so I will cook again kind of properly, hahaha.

That's all, folks, let's see how next week will come on. Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Sunday, August 09, 2020

We have an official heatwave now!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes, when 5 days in a row temps get over 25C we have a heatwave. And ut us really very hot here. Along the cost where we live, it already is around 29C now, in our garddn even several degrees more. It will stay this way till apparantly Thursday, then there might be some thinder and lightning and some rain, and it will cool off , still there will be nice temperatures, better to handle, like around 23C.

I love it when it is real nice and warm weather, but now it is even for me a bit too much. Worst of all is that there isn't coming much out of my hands, I become very lazy, it is just too warm to be very active, so I wait till temperature drops a bit and then I must do some housekeeping again!

Last Monday n=my friend Heidi came by to pick up the dog, I think he was happy to see her again, but may be he will miss me a tiny little bit???? That evening it was a kind of strange feeling, not having to go our after dinner and later in the evening, you know. However, how much I love that little dog, it also was wonderful to be able to sleep soomewhat longer on Tuesday morning LOL.

How is Jan doing? it goes better by very little steps. But he already went out twice or so for a very short walk. He also does some exercises every day. Tomorrow he will have another session with his fysiotherapist. May be there will be another appointment, and perhaps that will be enough(I know also that the fysio is going on holiday soon), so may be Jan will have a check-up session after that holiday.

Could be useful.

In another week Jan will have several appointments at the hospital, but I think he will be able to go there(with rollator, of course!) by tram. From the tramstop to hospital isn;t very far to walk, he should be able to do that. Of course I will go with him, I will feel much better doing that than sitting home, wonderinf how he will cope.

It was so warm the last couple of days, that somehow we weren;t very hungry, specially not at dinner time, so yesterday evening I got us some buns, and covered then with some salat leaves, then a slice of smoked salmon and some slices of hardboiled egg, and a few cut up buns with pastrami, salat and some cucumber slices. It tasted real good, easy to swallow and later in the evening Jan took a bowl of quick made soup.

Today I will have a ready-made borsjt(Polish beetroot soup with lots of veggies in it). Just will have to warm it in a pan, and I still have some salmon and pastramie and bread from yesterday. So a quick meal, that will taste good enough and we could take also some strawberries as desert. 

Time to take a cup of coffee now, and I will wake up Jan(he went back to bed early this morning, because of the warmth he didn;t sleep very well this night.). But now it is about time he takes a cup of coffee, and opens his eyes, otherwise he will have trouble this night again to sleep a bit.

That's all for this week. I wish you all a wonderful week to come, and stay safe!



Sunday, August 02, 2020

I think I walk more than I usual did.

Goodafternoon everybody!

We had nice weather and yesterday and specially Friday it was hot! We reached around 30C or so.
Today is somewhat cooler, because of the wind, next few days will be around 21C, but towards the next weekend temperatures will rise again a lot.
We might complain it is too hot, but it is Summer and if we didn;t had some warm temperatures we would complain also, so what to do? I think being happy we have nice weather, we can have the doors open, and it looks happy with the sunshine and blue sky.

Pfffff, another week with Tommy, and although I really love the little guy, he is no trouble at all, it is a bit hard to get up around 7.30 p.m. and go out with him, and then again 3 more times(well, the last walk is really a quick one, 10 minutes or so). But it breaks the day, it needs a total different planning and it might be good for my condition, but I feel the legs sometimes LOL! It is just that we aren;t used to it, that's the whole point. And sometimes it don;t like too much going out after dinner(rather sit down and watch some tv) but harder is it to get up on your feet again for the late walk. Why? I am just nicely settled on the couch with usually a pair of cosy lounge-paints, and then you will have to get your jeans on and shoes and get moving.
It might sound as if I complain deeply about the dog sitting, but that isn;t true. It is just the getting used to it that isn;t so easy, but I do it with love for that doggie. If you take care of a pet, you will have to do it well.

I have a bit of good news to tell. Last Monday I decided, together with Jan(wow, he agreed without much discussion)to call the doctor and have an appointment.. We went there on Wednesday afternoon(Jan walked the little distance, which was already a kind of victory for him, it was the first time in 3 weeks he got out on the street). He told the doctor about the situation, that it didn't get much better, or much too slow. So the doctor proposed to have some
physiotherapie. As we only have basic health insurance the treatment isn't reimbursed by it, meaning we will have to pay for it completely ouselves. Not so cheap, but for your health you will have to do anything if you can.
We could make an appointment right away(they have a physiotherapist practise in the same place as our doctor(that is very handy!) and Jan could have an appointment that same afternoon, only had to wait about 15 minutes. That was great! The physiotherapist let Jan do some simple exercises, and also homework to do! It was a good thing I pushed it through, Jan felt happy about it too afterwards. Next appointment will be tomorrow, and perhaps he will have a couple more, but the physiotherapist already said, he didn;t think Jan needed a log treatment.
It was, by the way, a very nice guy, and just the right type for Jan.
Now Jan already went out 2 days in a row(just for may be 10 or 15 minutes, but never mind, as long as he does that exercise of walking outside(at the moment still with the rollator of course), he will get the feeling back and slowly also the strength again and confidence again. And hopefully after a while he will be able to walk again without the rollator.

I just had a call from Heidi to tell me, they would start driving home this afternoon, so somewhere tomorrow they will be home again. And that means Tommy will be here only for today and may be tomorrow and then goes home again. I suspect, he will miss us a little bit, with us he is never left alone, he gets a lot of attention and much more treats(I know, not always so good, but I don;t overdo it, trust me).

Yesterday I had a little attack of cooking virus, so I made us a soup and backed us a small pirog(that kind of Russian pie, with minced meat).
That makes it easy for this evening's dinner, we will have the same LOL!
And I have strawberries with cream as dessert.
It is a rather simple, but tasty and quickly served dinner.

It is nice weather at the moment, not so steamy hot anymore in the garden, so perhaps it is a good idea to take a set there for a little while, perhaps I could take a small icecream????? Not a bad idea.
So I wish you all a wonderful week, stay safe, and till next Sunday.