Inchcock Today – Fri 8 Nov 19: Stuck indoors, deliveries, Stroke Assessor Lady visit, and fewer wee-wees that ever before? Haha!

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Friday 8th November 2019

Scots Gaelic: Dihaoine 8 Samhain 2019

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WD 180.50.0 02:55hrs: I stirred with the firm belief that I had only nodded off a few minutes ago, and it was still early evening, Thursday! I certainly felt tired enough to convince myself, but no, it was five-to-three on Friday morning. The eyelids were heavy and running. The coughing and wheezing started, then a nasty prolonged burst of Colin Cramps in the left leg and foot attacked me. Breathing was difficult and noisy, back-pain Brenda and Arthur Itis joined in as soon as I attempted to move.

I am still confused about the wee-weeing situation. Yesterday I must have drunk enough water and tea to float a battleship. Yet only took about three, very weak wee-wees all day, so where is it all going/gone: Have or will I spring a leak? Tsk!

Eventually, I forced myself to get out of the £300 second-hand c1968, grungy-coloured rickety recliner, that Xyrophobia-suffering Brother-in-Law Pete damaged when he was stealing my valuables. (I still haven’t had any cash returned back from him yet six-months later, but fair enough, he’ll have spent some of the money on his new drone and CCTV systems I imagine). As for the old coins and notes, I understand he’s already sold most of them on the West Bridgford market. Still, money and alcohol seem to make him happy.

WDP 11gL5Fri01WD 180.50.0A I was out of the chair, on my feet, and with walking-stick in hand, rounded the twice this week fallen onto and bent misshaped electric airer, to avoid another accidental catastrophe – and stubbed the toe against the corner shelving. I silently cursed, only just preventing a loud retort from coming out.

I ventured hobblingly (thanks to Artur Itis!) into the kitchen and rather methodically for once, almost as if I was in Automatic-Pilot-Mode.

5Fri02I used the GPWWB (Grey-Plastic-Wee-Wee-Bucket) for a DAAFJ (Drips-And-All-Finished-Job) wee-wee. cleansed the bucket, washed the dandies, moved the handwashing, hanging and on the airers. Kettle on, and took the medications, then made the brew. Fetched the camera and took a fairish snap of the morning’s view. Of course, it was raining. Tsk!

Then to the computer, and booted it up – Boy was I pleased when it worked! I had to make the template for this blog first, before getting on with the updating of the Frustrating Thursday Blog!

5Fri005WD 180.50.0 No demands for any Porcelain Throne activity, or any more wee-wee’s. I went to make another brew, for this voracious, insatiable thirst was still with me. All part of the cough & cold I suppose, oh, the cough seems to be easing off this morning, but the sore throat is persistent, and breathing still a struggle, the gasps are a smidge worrying.

Finally, at last, I got onto doing the updating. Four hours later, (and about six mugs of tea) I’d got it all done and posted off to WordPress. Time for a mug of tea (Hard to believe, I know, me drinking! Haha!)

WD 180.50.0 The computer was slowing down, this worried me. But, I noticed the Liberty-Global Virgin Media liars box lights were flickering, so it might just be a poor connection, I hope it’s nothing more sinister!

I went on the WordPress Reader section. Some entertaining stuff on there today.

Then I went on the TFZer and album, to catch up. Enjoyed that, even though everything takes me so much longer get done nowadays, I love the TFZer site.

5Fri006The Christmas pressies and som Chinese sausages are being delivered today, from Amazon. I’ll check the tracker, hang on a minute… Nope, they have not arrived at the depot for distribution yet. So, it’s likely that a lateish delivery will be made. My estimation would be 16:00hrs. Of course, I could well be wrong and it does say up to 21:00hrs, Mmm! I hope the yare easy to cook in the oven, or maybe in the pan with the rice, I’ll check later.

Ah-well, I must press on with CorelDrawing and get some page top political graphics made, back in a bit, well, a long time. Humph! Flaming slow going!

5Fri007The Amazon parcels arrived.

The very expensive Chinese sausages and the Nasal Spray had arrived. I just hope I cook them right. Whatever the instructions are in several languages on the packet, I can’t read them, they are too small for me to decipher. Ah, well! Pot luck then!

I thanked the young man and returned to the computer to try graphicalisationing again, and the intercom chimed out and flashed as I was passing it. Wow! It (the intercom) was working again!

It was the After-Stroke six-monthly assessment session lady. We set about having a Q&A session and discussed whether I should be added to the Stroke Survivors meeting list and after the After-Stroke Physio ends in December. A very pleasant lady indeed. We managed a smile and laugh or two into the bargain. After she had gone, I felt a little sad. Poor old thing!

WD 180.50.0 I made another brew, and back on the computer, CorelDrawing. Another interruption, I heard a voice somewhere in the flat! I grabbed the four-pronged walking stick and had a hunt around in investigative-mode! It was coming from the intercom, saying repeatedly: “This is an… (Word Unclear) Test – Do not respond” So I didn’t! Haha!

Fatigue dawned, and I got the meal cooking. I used a packet of ready-made meal from the freezer, Chicken in Black Bean Sauce.

WD 180.50.0 Not one of my best cooking efforts, due to my tendency to nod-off with the timer at my side, which I can’t hear and is not loud enough to alert me when I’m in the land-of-nod. Thus overcooking was committed!

5Fri27The chicken meal, I’d added some extra black bean sauce in it, too much really. And with nodding-off like wot I did, the cobs came out of the oven looking rather too overcooked to eat. But I put them on the tray to give them a try, and they turned out scrumptiously tasty! Fair enough, they were that hard-crusted, the mouth ulcers bled; but for flavour like that, it was a little price to pay! It took me ages to get through, but I savoured every blood-letting, ulcer tearing, mouthful! Gorgeous! Taste-Rating, 9/10!

I got the washing-up done, no handwashing tonight. Then settled into the unbelievably uncomfortable second-hand, c1968, rickety recliner and put a Hustle DVD on to watch. I only had a few short nod-offs and rewinding the DVD incidents. But the awe-striking and amazing thing was that I watched through all three episodes! (Well, in a nodding-off fashin!) Then, turned on the TV, watched an instalment of a police chase thingy! It was late on before I got to sleep properly… and the dreams started, the waking and thinking trying to remember them and scribbling down notes to use in the morning. Which turned out to be mostly indecipherable. Humph!

11 thoughts on “Inchcock Today – Fri 8 Nov 19: Stuck indoors, deliveries, Stroke Assessor Lady visit, and fewer wee-wees that ever before? Haha!

  1. I see you got some Chinese sausages. They are easy enough to cook, just boil them or steam them with your rice. What’s adding you to the stroke survivors list involve? Are there benefits to being on the list, other than you survived? Happy to hear you managed to eat your meal. That is amazing you got through three episodes of the DVD.

    • A’morning, Sir!
      I do not have a steamer. But do therice in a saucepan on the hob. I hope the dried looking sausage will cook quickly, in with the rice and some sauce perhaps?
      The lady says it will replace the murderous (my word), After-stroke Physio Exercises, but are not so ‘dynamic’? Also, they have seated meetings every so often. Mmm?
      The DVD session shook me as well, Tim! Haha!
      I plan to try some rice and sausage for tonight’s nosh. Fingers crossed.
      Taketh care!

      • The easiest way to cook the Chinese sausage is to boil it. A sausage site says to boil it and then cut it up to serve on rice. It’s pretty rich tasting, so you should only boil one link to start with (to see how you like it), and then slice it up and put it on your rice.

      • Ah, that explains last nights disaster then, Tim! I put the links whole, in to cook with the rice. I had to throug them away, still raw! (Ate the seasoned rice, mind) So, with the others I’ll do as you suggest, mate. Next time I’ll boil them for twenty-minutes mimimum, then cut them up and add to the cooking rice.
        My culinary-qulities have beem tested and found failing. Nothing new there, then.
        Cheers Sir!

      • We use a rice cooker that we set for having extra stuff with the rice, so it takes 40 minutes (we are at altitude, so it take a lot longer for things to cook up here, plus water boils at a lower temperature as well), so everything is cooked by the time the rice is done. If you are using minute rice or short cooking rice, definitely boil the sausages for 20 minutes, then add them to the rice.

      • Thanks, Tim. I’ll try that tonight.
        Never heard of a rice cooker, I’ll look it up on Amazon, mate.
        The rice I like only takes three minutes to cook, so thanks again for the tip.
        Another queatuin here, Sir: If I tried normal rice, and wanted to add some Hoisin or black bean sauce, when should I add the flavouring to it? I’ve never cooked straight rice before yer see.
        Cheers, Cocker!

      • You would add the sauce after the rice is cooked. Regular rice can be tricky. You need to figure out the time for near sea level. You don’t want to open the lid until it’s done, so it’s easy to burn or have too much water if you don’t have the timing down.

        A rice cooker is much easier if you do normal rice. You want to get a small rice cooker — 3 cups cooked (1.5 uncooked) or 6 cups cooked (3 cups uncooked) if you can fine one that small. Otherwise the 8 cups cooked (4 cups uncooked) are a common size.

        You can cook as little as 1 cup in any of them. The rice cooker cup sizes are smaller than western cups.

  2. Keep a magnifying glass handy for those impossibly small font instructions! I just used mine to read the instructions and dosage on a pill bottle and it’s handy for reading ingredient lists on packages for those nasties I need to be aware of as a dialysis patient.

    • Ah, logical words of wisdom, Doug.
      Somewhere is this microscopic, balcony crumbling, uncleanable new windows, carpets-destroyed by contractors, constant humming an dronig noise-surrounded, apartment (Hehe!), there are at least three magnifying glasses that I hae bought – where they are, reamains as Mysteries of my beloved Woodthorpe Court, that lies somewhere between the twilight zone and a wormhole slipping through a tear in the fabric of space & the spacetime continuum, illusion, delusion, & hallucination!
      They cannot be found! Along with the record card for the Anticoagulation Haemostasis Deep vein Arterial Thrombosis Clinic, the wind-up torch, the sock-glide instruction leaflet, even a pair of stepladders and clock have gone missing this year! Hahaha!
      I went out yesterday to buy yet another mag-glass, and retured with food I did not want or need, jammie-bottoms, shirts… but no magnifying glass.
      I’ll not give up yet though, Doug, another in-depth search for them and other missing items is on the cards for today.
      I’m sure you can relate to my pickle, mate.
      I must mentions this by the way: Thinking back back, and remembering when I dropped a sausage when eating (years ago), and I never found it? Months later, in th smae chair, I dropped some bacon – this time I saw Cyril, or a flash of him, as belted passed grabbed the rasher and was off out throught the cat-flap! Hehehe!
      Cheers mate, take care and give thefurries a cuddle for me if you get the time.

      • Yews, I have at least six of the little buggers in my apartment, and know the location of, um, two, I think! Lately, the extra house key and more seriously, the extra car key, without which I would be in a pickle were the battery on the other one to die, as it did last winter, were mysteriously gone. I found the house key jammed in a basket on the floor by the dining table (cats!) and the spare car key buried under books and mail I haven’t sorted through on the dining room table. Happily, I found several dollars worth of spare change I’d dumped on the table at various times, and can make a down payment on a house now! Well, maybe not that much, but it’s almost $10 I didn’t realize I had. That change adds up!

        The kitty boys thank you for the cuddle!

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