Chit-chat November

So we are 13 days into November. Soon be Christmas. 😀

I learned a bit more about my new doctors since this post, Why do people NOT observe the rule, don’t phone? when I talked about the accessibility that this my new doctors do, that the other did not.
Since making an appointment recently, to see the nurse, I noticed my appointment reminder had a text, or email option, should I need to cancel my appointment. I think this is really great and this is something my previous doctors did not provide, which would have meant me calling into the practice itself to cancel.
My appointment with the nurse is tomorrow. I am hoping my anxiety is minimal, or nil, because I noticed that when I called into the practice yesterday, to say this was second time popping in, I had some anxiety I wasn’t expecting. Hopefully this will all die down, as I get to know the practice.

When it comes to e-readers, should I decide to buy one, I know that the Kobo brand will be best for me. Thank you to everyone that commented in post, E-readers or books? It confirmed for me, that Kobo would be best for me with the comments left in this post and me looking a little further by googling. But as I say, I have not really decided to buy one now and whether I will in the end, I don’t know. I will see how I feel in the coming months.

I am looking forward to my week off work next week. All that week is called for in some way.
Monday will be an appointment with the dentist. Just a routine check-up, then I will meet up with mum while in the area, for lunch. The remainder of Monday once home, will be watching DVD’S, or reading and nothing else.
Tuesday to Saturday, I have kept myself open for a friend who is going through something difficult at the moment. I will see her how ever many times she’d like to meet up during that time. If there are any days I don’t meet up, then I plan to have a lazy days, or maybe a walk in a park, or two.
Sunday will be what ever comes my way, or a further lazy day. I am just going to go with the flow, because the past week has been difficult at times, where I have struggled with energy and having either sore muscles, or joints, or both together. This has made it hard work at times, at work, when my body has felt like this, so I am really looking forward to the week off next week and I am counting it down.
I may, if motivated, put the Christmas tree up, at some point in that week.

Why do people NOT observe the rule, don’t phone?

Utility provider for my gas, now I am in the process of leaving them for another supplier that can provide customer service, is trying to phone me.
They have been informed by myself several times I am deaf and that email/chat is my preferred choice of communication.
They have also been told by my landlord when he had to intervene, to help get my gas sorted because of cutting me off from chat. They were obviously still asking to speak to me, or phone, because he kept reminding them that I don’t hear in the phone. (Whoever was on that end of the phone were thick, or deaf, to not understand clear instructions from my landlord.)
They don’t try once to phone me, they have tried a few times, regardless that I have them now blocked.

The charity that is collecting my furniture, they require a phone number, so the driver can contact me when he is half an hour away. I inform them to make sure the driver knows to text.
I had an unknown mobile number phoning me. I cancelled call and texted and it was them. They have done this before; phone, when I have given clear instructions to text.

Why do people ask for phone number, when you clearly tell them you don’t have one? Or because you say that is not my form of communication and explain why, that they still ask?

Even HMRC are not fully accessible. They don’t provide email as a choice to contact them and as I seen on Twitter, they don’t accept DM via there, due to security. But you can send a query via Facebook private message. That led me  to apologise butting in on this conversation, but I asked HMRC how can you say sending a private message via Facebook, is anymore securer than via a private message on Twitter? I query because I am deaf and you don’t do email, which is my preferred method. Whether HMRC will respond to this question, is another thing.

Businesses everywhere are stepping up, but HMRC are in the dark ages still, because they don’t do email. The same reason, because of security.

Where I now live, the doctors I have registered at, at time of registering, I discovered they were a little bit more accessible than my old doctors. Providing something that other did not and that’s emailing me, if they need to contact me.

It’s a simple request, when I say my phone number is for text only. Please don’t phone. Yet they try to phone?

But it’s not simple to those that I tell and it’s frustrating.

E-readers or books?

Last time I had this conversation was years ago when I used to write my deaf blog. Then, I loved to hold books (and still do) even though I owned a  Kindle. When I owned a Kindle, it was when they started to get smaller and before the paper white version came out. I had my Kindle for some years until I sold it, being faithful to paper books instead. But also paper books were  out-waying the Kindle and I wasn’t using the Kindle much, as well as not wanting to be committed to Amazon. (Although the last part, I may have understood wrong about that years ago, or things have changed since. So you may be able to help me with that question. Keep reading.) So with the Kindle being pushed to one side, I decided it was time to sell.

Fast forward to present. As I say, I still prefer paper books, but I either buy mostly second-hand, or use the library. The last book I bought new, was “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D, then before that, “Lagom.”

Being in a smaller place, means I have no intention of buying a new book I intend to keep, unless another book is removed to put in its place. But with the books I am currently happy with, means I have no need to buy.
I will still buy second-hand now and again, but this is because once I have read it, it will be put back into a bag for charity.
I also have the library where I can read a book from too.

I have been thinking whether it’s worth me buying an e-reader again. But do I buy a Kindle that I have experienced before, but a newer model? If so, does buying a Kindle mean I have to commit myself to Amazon, or can I get a book for it from anywhere? as I don’t want to join Amazon.

If I don’t buy a Kindle, what other e-reader is good?

I have thought about e-readers again, because I know you can get free books too for them, as I used to mostly read free books before, when I had the Kindle. But whether in the end I will buy one, I don’t know. I want to make sure it would be something I’d carry on using and not put away again after so many years.

Can you help/advise?

Maybe my readers read from e-readers. What e-reader do you use? Maybe you can also answer my above question regarding the Kindle?

Maybe you are just a paper book fan and avoid. Maybe you like both.

Do share your thoughts and I hope you are able to advise too.

Thank you in advance.

Life update

It’s 2 weeks and 3 days since moving into my flat. I’m settling in still as I make appropriate changes.


My new curtains went up yesterday, slightly delayed than planned. This was due to the curtain pole above the larger window. The brackets had been bent round the rod, so the only way the curtains were coming down, were to be completely taken down. I ordered new brackets and re-used the curtain pole. So now the rod can come off the brackets, like it’s supposed to.
I was taken by surprise when my new curtains were up, just how it changed the feeling in the flat. (In a positive way.) They are a grey/silver colour, that are velvet.

My washer was connected by the plumber yesterday and after babysitting it today when it came to being on the rinse, I can safely say it will be fine to be left on its own. 😀 This was because when it was tried out while the plumber was there yesterday, it leaked on rinse. Everything was checked by myself and the plumber, so I felt reassured it wasn’t from the pipe at the back, or my washer. The issue could have been that there may have been a slight block in the waste pipe outlet, to cause that. It was obviously the case with not further leaks. After doing a first load, I adjusted the feet on one corner of the washer, as I noticed my washer was moving a fair amount, which surprised me, as it seemed stable. So I shall be observing what it’s like on the next wash when it comes to the spin.

Christmas will be coming early to some, as those that I post my presents to, will be on their way. I have done this so that I knew I had the money to post them, but also not to worry about reminding myself when to post them.

My Christmas tree will be up over the weekend. The unwanted furniture I am donating, is being collected by a charity tomorrow, so once that has happened, my dining table will be moved more away from my settee and nearer to the window on that side of the room, with my Christmas tree in the corner, or front of the window. (Not decided yet.)

Books and DVD’s

I’m enjoying reading, “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak. I’m near the end of it and so I should finish this by the weekend. I shall then start on, “Sea Change,” by Robert Goddard.

I am also getting back to where I left off with “Wentworth Prison” and “The Walking Dead.”
I bought “Wentworth Prison,” season 6 and “The Walking Dead,” season 8, on DVD’s. I have started on “Wentworth Prison” first.

Blog post re-share: You Are Amazing

It’s so easy to overlook yourself and this post serves as a good reminder for us. 🙂


I’m truly enjoying the November Soul Reset.

Day Three is talking about gratitude, but not just the proverbial list. It asked me to thank myself.

To say ‘thank you’ to me for being me.

Consider the last time you felt thankful for yourself. Really genuinely. Not because someone told you to. But because it just dawned on you. It just dawned on you that you are pretty amazing. ~SC Lourie

This is rather profound. When I think back of all the things I’ve been through, I tend to thank God, and that someone who stood by me during the storm. I cannot recall if I’ve ever said, “Thank you Barb.” 

I encourage you to take a quiet moment with you. Sit with a warm cuppa, and thank you for being there for you. When you think of who you love most in this world let it be you. You…

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Where I live

So as I said in, I don’t give a … post, I would talk about where I live. But since that post,  I have moved as you know to Mansfield and with other things, it’s delayed things a little. But here it is.

So Mansfield is no stranger to me, it’s just the first time living here. This is my fresh start, as my regular readers and friends will know, that I desperately needed. It’s close to work, as well as other things.

In the photo below is part of the main road, down the road from me. It’s this part of the road that I have to be really careful on crossing, because the traffic come from different directions here. The road that turns of to the left has three directions you could go, so with that and this main road, it can be chaotic.
I don’t usually like very busy roads, but I am doing really well with it. I suppose it is because when I am at home, with me not really being directly on the road and away from it, that’s what makes it better for me.

Where the road signs are, you will see a bus shelter, which behind there, there is a very small park with seating.

Own the road from here, are where I will follow me shops and, a cinema and a bit further, places like KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut, to name a few.


The rest of the photos are taken from a local park, called Titchfield Park and on here, which you will see in the photo below, but also closer up in the photo after, of Titchfield Tea House that I visited and talked about first time round in this post, Not long to go. I totally recommend this place on here.


The photo below, which you may not quite tell, depending on what device you are reading this post on, but the grey area is gravel and there is a group that comes on here playing Boules.


Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

As I talked about in Chit-chat October, I knew that I was a sensitive person, but as being a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ (HSP) was new to me. I looked up further about HSP, after a reader commented how she was a HSP and wondered if I was. I googled the film/documentary she mentioned and then I visited another website on the topic. I could see from further reading of both the website and book I have bought, “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D, that I am a HSP. I continue to work through this book, as said in Chit chat October, so I’m sure I will discuss things I am learning, in future posts here. There are some things I either remember, or remembering, which I am processing and I now look at differently, for the better. As some of my memories are from childhood, I may at times have to practice extra self-care. But I am fine as I do this, because I have the tools to do it, learnt from therapy, as well as additional I learnt, that worked for me.

I will leave you with website link I visited and read more on this topic.


Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?