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Julie and Ian Dollery, some of my closest friends who for some reason seem happy to feed me two, three or more times a week.  I’m not sure it’s because I fulfil the role of ladies companion for Julie, making her tea while she works from home, or keeping her company on lunches out at swanky restaurants (it’s such a hard life some weeks!) or whether because I provide an excuse for Ian to make dessert, discuss outrageous political theories and watch animated movies with 🙂

All I know is these two have fast become two of my best friends! And this year, in a few weeks, they are taking me on a one-week all-expenses-paid trip to Phuket in Thailand!

Yep – an all expenses paid overseas holiday. I’ve never left Australia so this will be an exciting time. Also I’m feeling quite nervous about being well enough for the Dollery’s to get their monies worth ( Julie has informed me that I’m being quite silly).

This is the resort we will be staying at:  Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach

Overview of Mandarava Resort

Overview of Mandarava Resort

They have massage facilities .....

They have massage facilities …..

Also I have been promised tigers!

Kay Jones is my internet mum 🙂 She’s on social media, cross stitch groups and has known me for years.  She’s never afraid to tell me to pull my head in when I’m being a doofus 🙂 🙂

As she knows I’m on a stash diet this year, Kay has bought me access to the Alessandra Adelaide Christmas Mystery Stitchalong (SAL) for my birthday.

The design is a Mystery ....

As it is a Mystery – here is the design teaser ….

Kay bought me option 2 for the mystery, which includes the chart, five ceramic ornaments, 1 ceramic button and four jingle bells.  All of the buttons and what not will be hand-crafted by Alessandra herself!

I am sooo excited! Thank you Kay mum!  Expect to see pictures here as I do floss tosses and choose fabric 🙂


There is a popular meme going around that says something to effect of “Good friends are those you may not talk to all the time, but when you do it’s like you spoke yesterday” or you know, something of that nature.

Debbie Lord is one of those friends. We don’t chat often, but when we do the phone calls last for hours 🙂  Many many thanks for my birthday presents Debbie!  Cross stitch charts of course 🙂 🙂 🙂

Ciro Marchetti – Heaven and Earth Designs

Armada - Ciro Marchetti

Armada – Ciro Marchetti


Bubble Telescope - Ciro Marchetti

Bubble Telescope – Ciro Marchetti


Randal Spangler – Heaven and Earth Designs

Computer Catastrophes - Randal Spangler

Computer Catastrophes – Randal Spangler


Hi all,

I know I’ve neglected this blog in favour of the immediacy and informality of Facebook, but I thought it was time I got back on here for those who avoid FB.

Not much has changed in the past six months.  I’m still in pain every day, I still sleep, watch TV, stitch, play Warcraft and obsess over my cats as distractions from every day pain.

It’s my birthday on Friday and the usual week of night terrors has begun again.  From my limited understanding of my psyche, these are a manifestation of grief.  I still miss my Trouble Cat who died on my birthday several years ago.  I suspect I will miss her for every day of my life.  She was my constant furry companion for 18 years, for at least half of those it was her and I alone against the world 🙂

When I quit work in early 2011 due to Bruce the migraine, there was an overwhelming feeling that drugs or surgery would fix the issue and I’d be back in a job by my birthday. Yet another birthday is coming and that hasn’t happened.  I grieve for the life I lost; the career ambitions, the financial independence, the feeling of making a difference in the world, of paying my taxes and being able to grumble about all of it.

Yet it is not all doom and gloom. Due to new meds I have been able to deal with the everyday noise of the neighbourhood without wanting to go postal on all of them. I’ve even started listening to music again, although in very small bursts, just a few minutes in the car when driving. I’m watching TV more now, instead of reading it 🙂

And of course I am still alive, the cats are all well, I’m affording the increase in my rent and still able to keep the car on the road and covering the winter heating bills.  Life could be so very much worse.

I couldn’t be where I am without the support of my parents, and my close friends the Dolley’s and Stephen (all of whom keep the cats and I fed each fortnight).  I was going to type fed and sane, but well sanity is over-rated 🙂

So what about the rest of you?  Bring my up to date on your life – especially if you are not one I chat to on FB regularly.


The Walk

Oooooh guys guys guys – especially for those who wish to lose weight/become fit/need to walk, and can’t or wont run …..



One that is iphone only (sorry Android people) but uses gamification instead of the storytelling is Striiv. You use your steps each day to buy plants to put into your garden. You can’t cheat by throwing money at it, you have to walk the steps to get the growing points. If anyone joins this one, let me know, I’d like a friend 


This one has had me walking laps around the house at 11pm at night to get one more plant in before bed. I see this as a good thing.

Something that probably doesn’t need to be said, but well hey this is me:

I’m probably going to go a little loopy, a little flaky and probably even more unreliable and/or cranky in the next few weeks while I wean off some migraine meds and start on some others. Please, please PLEASE call me out if I’m being rude, forgetful, creepy or sound in any way worrying to you. I wont know as I’m inside my head looking out. You lot are outside looking in, so I need you  🙂 🙂 🙂

So seen new specialist. Diagnosis upgraded from Chronic Daily Headache to New Persistent Daily Headache. Have new drugs to try.

Chronic Daily Headaches is usually applied when the person has a history of headaches or migraines that become more and more frequent until they are daily. Treatment is usually drugs that break the migraine cycle.

New Persistent Daily Headache is when a NEW headache comes out of the blue and just doesn’t go away – it is persistent and daily. It can have migraine symptoms or it can present as only headache symptoms. NPDH is often resistant to the drug therapies used in CDH. NPDH is a very new category and there is very little written specifically about it.

Oh so very interesting!

Watching a Michael Mosley special “Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach” and learned that there are as many neurons and other brain matter in the human digestive system as there is in a cat’s brain.

The Vagus nerve (the one connecting the brain to the gut) acts differently dependent upon your broad personality type – extrovert or introvert. When experiencing severe gut pain an extrovert experiences the classic rise in blood pressure and heart rate that we all expect. An introvert however experiences a slowing of heart rate and drop in blood pressure for a couple of seconds, reducing the amount of pain that is felt.

Thus extroverts would respond better to pharmaceutical or drug therapies and introverts to psychological therapies such as CBT …

This introvert with a lifelong history of gut pain finds this all very very interesting ….

Time for sleep. A really good nights sleep.


20 Nov 2013

Abby waiting for her daddy to visit …


20 Nov 2013

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