Chit-chat April

This month I have not done much other than work, meeting up with friends a few times in the month and making sure I had my chill days, just for me. The only thing different, was at the end of the month, when I attended a fundraising event for PDSA. This event was organised by a friend and one of her daughters. The event not only raised money for PDSA, which is close to their hearts, but also to raise awareness that learning disabilities need not get in the way of aspiration and value in the community.

Lasting memories of Miley

Miley, as you will gather from my posts, has made a very big and positive impact on my life. She has given me lasting memories and purpose of what I want to do, when it comes to pets in the future. This post says it all:

I also have those memories that we have shared over the years and very special photos. There is  now a couple of special places in my home. One corner of my home is where a photo I had taken in the final week, out of a few taken, I have chosen to frame. She is lying relaxed and the aim of the photo was to take a photo of her paw, as he had lovely pink and black pads on her feet. I have her face in this shot too, so it worked out even better than planned. This is in a sparkly frame next to the print of her foot taken by the vets.
In my living room, I have a lovely glass frame with a verse on that suits just how we were to each other and there is a different, earlier photo of her in it. This frame also has a tea-light holder.
Also, the thank you post I written to Miley, I copied just the words from the post and pasted them onto Microsoft word. Once happy with layout, I printed it out, which covered two A4 size paper and it is framed and displayed in my living room.

The Forget Me Not seeds, that were inside my sympathy cards from the vets, started to grow I noticed at the end of March. I am really happy about this, because when I have attempted to grown them in the past, I have had no luck. It is like these are meant to be.

De-cluttering

Things that belonged to Miley and were still in good use, along with unopened cat food, cat litter and cat dishes, I donated to Cats Protection where she came from. I just kept her Catit Senses Play Circuit, one blanket and the cat carrier, with me one day in the future hopefully of adopting another cat, unless things change then. (When I am in a council property.)
I also did some de-cluttering of my own again, to donate elsewhere. This was just a small carrier bag, half filled, which mainly consisted of cd’s. I have had the urge to get rid of these cd’s for some time, but I kept holding onto them. The strong urge to get rid, finally came after Miley’s passing.
I also donated two pieces of furniture that was no longer required, to the same shop that my carrier bag of goods went to.

Decoration and study

Decorating of my dining room has been done and it is now looking fresh again. I have just kept to the same neutral colours; magnolia and white. Due to how well it was done and how it made me feel, I decided to dip into my savings, to get the living room done next month. After all, as I cannot afford to move privately, I know I will be living where I am currently living for at least another year or two, or waiting it out till I get the council property. So I am trying to send some positive feeling around in my home again, while I have to stick it out in the area I don’t want to live anymore.
My dining table is now showing signs of studying again, so it is time to now get stuck into my Pet Sitting Course. 🙂 (Assignment one already on its way.) I am not going to be self-employed as a pet sitter now, but it still could come in use for the future. Even if it doesn’t, I know I will gain something else out of it personally. I will talk about this more later.

Baking

It had been a while since I made my healthier crumble, so I made my usual, apple and blueberry, but I had some crumble left over and so I made a small peach and blueberry crumble as well.

Saving money as much as I can

I need to save money where I can and not just usually what I put away. As well as a holiday next year I want, I also have to save money towards possible dental costs, prescriptions, etc.. with my situation changing. My main concern to save is towards dental, because of when the time comes to have a new false denture, which will then be my permanent one. I know I will get some help, but not likely to be as before due to my savings I have. Also, when one thing ends that has helped with prescription costs, to when I next apply for help with this, it won’t come in time for when my dental appointment is due.

Taking time out

Due to my withdrawal effects I started to feel coming off my antidepressants, (as I was getting the final stage coming off them,) I had to take extra time out.
One was a short unexpected break, which I announced here, but I found I was able to pop in later in the week, for a short few minutes. I wanted to do other things, away from a computer monitor
The other break was a planned one and was not to do with me coming off my tablets. I planned this a couple of months ago.
I will talk further on coming off my antidepressant, in a separate post soon, but I just want to add before I end this post, that do not come of your medication, without first seeking advice from your doctor.
I am fine now and how I felt when I needed time out was only about a couple of weeks. Maybe not quite that. I only have one side effect now, which feels like my balance. But like I say, I will talk later about this in a separate post.

3 thoughts on “Chit-chat April

  1. You’ve got a lot going on, and coming off anti-depressants alone can be quite a difficult experience. I think you’re being very sensible in trying to save money where you can well in advance, as long as you’re not putting too much extra pressure on yourself. Glad you’re getting on with the course – it’s definitely a great thing to do, whether or not you can use it for self-employment at the moment or not! 🙂
    Take care of yourself xx

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    1. Yes, it is varied. I think I am covered for dental, which hopefully I can claim some back later. But I don’t want to have to go in my savings if I can help it, as this is for emergencies a certain amount and the other to cover for carpets when one day I am in a council flat. I am a little concerned about this, but trying not to put too much pressure here.
      It is a little varied that is going on and the worst of the antidepressants is over and did not last as long as I thought it would. I think the balance issue is slowly getting better. xx 🙂

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