Feeling the heat and it went ‘phuttt’

It was hot and stuffy yesterday afternoon so the fan was brought in from the bedroom and placed in the lounge blowing towards the window as we chatted to MSM on the phone catching up on things and discussing my September mammogram. As it is an open clinic I can go on my own schedule without an appointment and MSM has kindly offered to put us up for the night.

Suddenly the fan stopped as we lost power. Hubby got up and checked that we still had lights, so it wasn’t a power cut, but we had no power to the wall sockets. He got a chair to check the fuse box in the kitchen and noticed the RCD had been tripped.
He reset that, then came in to find the fan still wasn’t working but the sockets were OK.
The fuse was fine, so he had a sniff round the back of the motor and it smelt smokey.
Damn. He’d intended to set the fan up in the hall on oscillate last night so that it would blow cool air into the rooms as the air was so oppressive.

We’d only bought it in February ready for the Summer having wanted one last year but everywhere was sold out. As it was, we got the last one at the time. It was under warranty so we rang the number on the receipt and were told to take it back to where we’d bought it and they would either give us a refund or replace it as they had 5 more in stock.
The plan today was thus Hubby’s INR, change the fan, then shopping.

Maggie would not co-operate and do her business in the garden before we left, so I took her for a walk in the field adjacent to the surgery. We both got soaked as it started to rain, she still didn’t perform, so one wet dog was put back in the car and I joined Hubby inside.
As we were leaving, we saw the nurse who joined SW the same evening as me, though because of her working hours, she goes to the session afterwards now. She has lost the same amount of weight as I have, and in addition been Slimmer of the Week for the past three weeks. I am so pleased for her. She has more to lose though but is well on course for losing her target of two stone before her cruise holiday in September.

We stopped off at the picnic area where after a wee and some gentle encouragement (ie You will poo dammit!) her ladyship did the deed and we were able to proceed to change the fan. I could crack a funny here about WTSHTF but won’t……………… oh, alright then.
No problems and we had a good laugh at the FUBAR written on the returns ticket together with a little drawing of a box with smoke coming out of it. Apparently it’s his last day tomorrow.
Then it was into town for shopping.

Hubby and I both take garlic capsules to keep our blood pressure under control. The problem has been that oil capsules were discontinued by our normal retailer and we have been experimenting with finding alternatives before we ran out.
Tablets don’t work and leave an aftertaste, but we have finally found some at a reasonable cost and stocked up with a year’s supply for the pair of us. No vampires visiting us then!
Hubby had a slight mishap with the magnifying card he kept in his wallet which cracked when he sat on it. The size of a bank card, it’s ideal to carry around to help read any small print, but sadly we couldn’t find a replacement today.

Food shopping is dull, but honeydew melons were on special offer at 99p, so I shall be having melon for breakfast instead of cereal, thus allocating those syns elsewhere.
My group leader sent me a text in the interim of getting my Maintenance Book to say I can have 2 Healthy Extras every day plus on 2 or 3 days every week I can have an extra 15 syns! That cheesecake/peanut butter stack/rocky road cake will therefore be enjoyed all the more because I won’t be overshooting the mark. However, I do not intend to start the treats yet and tempt fate of putting on a pound or so before I’ve started!
So far my scales have not been kind this week, despite my walking over 4 miles on Tuesday, 3 yesterday, and eating as I would do normally on Plan.

I made a mushroom and tomato bake yesterday which was delicious, and today we had chili and rice. I had a gingernut and kiwi crunch dessert yesterday and today it was kiwi, jelly and yoghurt. I have kept to my syns quota, and not a salad or egg has been consumed so far again this week, but something isn’t working, so I’m going back to basics for the rest of the week.
If I lose a further two pounds, I will get my stone and a half certificate, plus the Club 10 certificate for losing 10% of my starting body weight. It will keep me in target too, so I’m going for it.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Feeling the heat and it went ‘phuttt’

  1. Sadje says:

    A productive day!

  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Glad you got your fan replaced Di. Phew. It’s been so oppressive lately.

    • Last night was dreadful and we were glad of it, especially for Maggie as it was airless indoors.
      We have found a ceiling fan at a reasonable price and are waiting for supplies to come in. We had them in the cottage and our previous two properties, and they were a godsend at night without running up the electricity bill.

      • blindzanygirl says:

        That sounds good Di. I hope you manage to get your ceiling fan installed ok. I had never thought of that. Bgood idea. I suffer in the heat terribly since my cancer, and become very panic stricken in it. I really tussle with it. It makes me very ill. I asked Bob how much it would cost to install aie conditioning in just one room. I don’t know about the viability of it though, as we won’t be able to stay here. I don’t at this moment know what is going to happen to us. This house is far from the shops, on a hill which is useless for me particularly, with uneven pavements so that I can’t use my power chair, no kerb drops, and just generally unsuitable. Yet we can’t move. A dilemna! So though it would be good to try and do something permanently about the heat problem, it may not be viable. But oooooh, how I wish it was. Poor Maggie. I hope that after our few hot days next week that are forecast, we get some respite from it. Have a goid day Di xx

      • You too Lorraine.
        Hubby thought about AC and it worked out about £800 for him to install one (he is qualified) which was a bit beyond us. This fan is £35, so much better than the £80 plus we saw them at last year.

      • blindzanygirl says:

        Yes my hubby said about £800 too. Let’s just hope for cooler days

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    Most garlic pills are expensive, but the cheaper ones don’t work!

    • I use fresh garlic in my savoury dishes as a matter of course, but the subsidy seems to be working for us. Hubby has been monitoring his BP for several months, and what we are buying now is working well for him. My BP is good too and I’ve been taking it for a few years. It was interesting to note that the tablets didn’t work for either of us, but the oil capsules (2mg) do.

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