We have been out for the majority of the day and having checked our route before leaving home, Hubby discovered four sets of roadworks in areas we could not avoid, so we left earlier than we had intended. Although we actually arrived at the hospital an hour before my appointment, had we left home later, we would have caught every one, and probably have been late.
As things were, I couldn’t go into my appointment until ten minutes before, but that wasn’t a problem as I needed the loo and also had to notify reception of our change of GP. Hubby also registered our car for disabled parking concessions, and as the car parking meters had been fried by a lightning strike, all parking was free today!
I had a lovely lady do my scan and ask the usual questions about meds and diet. My post cancer meds have changed and I am also on the Ezetimibe for cholesterol. My diabetes is diet controlled, I am taking multi vits, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and garlic oil which helps my BP, eating a well balanced diet, and getting regular exercise. Loads of ticks on the form!!
Then came the bit I hate……….. weigh in and height check. I have shrunk half an inch so touch the marker at five feet five inches now, but the best news is that I am officially THREE KILOS lighter than my last density scan in November 2018 (I hope that doesn’t mean my bones are less dense), so my scales at home are pretty accurate as I was weighed fully clothed today and only two pounds heavier than I was this morning.
My scan was OK and I should get the results in a week. If I haven’t heard anything in ten days, I am to ring the surgery.
From there, retail therapy here we come!
The town can only be described as bleak. Hardly anyone wearing masks and a lot of long faces. A lot of the small shops we remember have closed, though a couple of big names have gone too, and the streets are unloved and grubby.
The market was a dead loss. It was less than half the size we remember and so little choice. The fruit and veg stalls had dire quality so we didn’t bother, but did get some undies for Hubby as everywhere else seems to favour boxers or briefs.
We got some snackie food and a drink from the bakers and had that in the car. Everything has been synned and I’ve allowed myself extra today as it’s difficult to calculate when out.
From there we went to Asda (Walmart I believe in the US) where we bought some cheap DVDs for £1 of favourites we originally had on video, plus a new hoodie for Hubby and a nightie (aka baggy tee shirt) for me. Fruit was also looking good, so I got some grapes, raspberries and plums, and Hubby picked out 4 decent jacket spuds which set us back 69p.
Onward to the craft shop.
Another disappointment as they had ZILCH in the way of Christmas stock. I did buy some oblong fluted edge cards though and some more stickers and borders.
Up to the DIY store, and I got a new box for my personal cards, and went into the ‘new’ Lidl store that had just been given planning permission when we left in 2014.
What a contrast to the disgusting store here. The shelves were tidy, even if depleted in places, and the floors clean. The fresh produce looked pretty good and not as if it had been trampled by the masses in the January sales.
I filled in the online Have Your Say survey after our last local visit and hope that the number of Nos I gave it (listing our local store by name) will warrant an investigation. As for recommending our store to anyone……….. I was generous and gave it 1.
We came home a different way knowing we would hit all the traffic and roadworks on the way back, and drove past our old house, which is now on its second ownership since we left. The village hall is advertising a motor cycle rally, and a couple of properties further up the road have had huge extensions built, practically doubling their footprint.
We made good time though and first call was a cup of tea!! Our final meals have been had so now at 6.15 we are relaxing for the evening.
It has been a long day, and I am absolutely drained.
Keeping socially distant wasn’t too bad, and although productive in getting most things we’d intended, it was a bit of an anti climax though the people we interacted with throughout today were all very pleasant.
Need more tea!!