Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Clever Tips To Fight The Feel Of Age

A man running on a dirt path through the grass

A lot of people worry about looking old as they get through the years. As time goes on,
the effects of time can be seen on everyone, making it impossible
to escape, while also giving some comfort to those knowing that they don’t have
to go through it alone. When it comes to feeling old, though, it can be a lot worse.
To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some clever lifestyle tips which can
help to stave off the way time makes you feel, even if it means spending some money
along the way.

The Cold: As you get into your later years, coldness often becomes more of a problem.
Making joints ache and drying out skin, while also feeling bad, this sort of element
is not good in anyone's home, especially as they age. Electric underfloor heating,
portable heaters, and powered blankets are all great ways to get around this issue, and
they can be added to your home nice and easily. If you’d like to have something which
you can consume to help with this part of life, you could also consider the idea of
drinking some ginger tea to make yourself feel warm.

Fluids: It’s never good to leave yourself without enough water, especially as you start
to notice the impact of time on your body. At this stage in life, it will be easier than
ever to find yourself with issues directly related to not drinking enough, and this is something
worth sorting out as soon as possible. To drink more water, it can be worth
making yourself a bit of schedule. If you treat having a glass of water as being
as important as a meal, it will be easier to trust yourself to have enough of it.

Comfort: Not all of the aches and pains you will feel be as the result of lacking water or
heat. Instead, as time goes on, you will simply start to lose some of the faculties you
once had, and this will mean having to endure a little bit of discomfort. There is a tool you
can use to improve this, though, and it involves simply making yourself more comfortable.
Furniture makers often have products which are designed to make the lives of people
suffering with joint pain much easier to live.

Memory: Finally, as the possibly the most worrying area on this list, it’s time to think
about memory. As you get older, it’s very normal for your memory to start to go
down hill a little bit. When you’re used to soaking up as much information as you can,
though, this can be hard to deal with. To help with this, having your home set up to make
it good for prompting memories is  a good idea, with photographs of loved ones being
the best way to do this.

Hopefully, this post will give you the help you need to escape the feeling of aging
for just a few most years. It can be hard when you notice these parts of your life changing,
and it is always worth working hard to make it better.

This is a collaborative post.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Project 365 week 32


Sat in the car in between shifts listening to my audiobook and doing some sewing. Was watchng the squirrel in the tree eating the seeds out of the pine cones.

half way down and a third in from the left 


Had volunteered for overtime tonight as it is thin on the ground at the weekends at the moment. While I was out during the day doing other things hubby washed and ironed my uniforms for me, I only have two which is one each day at the weekends. While hubby is busy helping the dog is busy making a mess.


Was a nice evening so we took the dog up to Failford for a walk, was only going to be a quick walk as she had been out down the woods in the afternoon. But ended up doing just over 6000 steps and it was getting dark as we headed back.


A busy morning doing catch up stuff, changed over to Sky as we are getting our package plus our two mobiles for £2 more than we were paying for BT and we were paying for our mobiles over and above that.
New car insurance and breakdown cover has kicked in.

An evening walk round Eglinton Park, we went to bits of  the huge park we have not walked round before and spotted this statue. A wee bit history on it here. The sculptor made prmarily for cemetaries.

Eglinton Park Irvine


Some housework and ironing, Hubby fitted the dashcam into the car.
Made some treacle and sultana pancakes for lunch and then went and joined the ladies monthly bike ride. Six miles along cycle tracks from Barassie to Irvine. Hubby dropped me off and picked me up and he was walking the dog while I was cycling.Then we did another couple of miles round the Irvine Beach Park. Zillions of rabbits there again. Thankfully Dixie dog has no notion to chase them.
The Fitbit did not pick up the bike ride again, even though I did try it in my pocket instead of on my wrist this time. .
Walked down to DD1's to drop off a light bulb for Bob's bedroom in the evening.

round the far side of the stone dragon with Arran in the background 


A walk round Auchincruive and amazed at how well all the soft fruit bushes have benefited from the rain we have had. The crops were lookingvery very poor a few weeks back but I think next week I will stop off and do some picking of blackberries and raspberries.
 Last time I tried blackberries a few years back I took a reaction to them despite them being cooked, but that was in the third day in a row of eating them, so hoping if I go easy I will be ok. They have so much more flavour than shop bought. A number of apple trees in the same area but the apples are crab apple size so more suited to a juicer than peeling and coring.

Bob was suppose to have a hospital appointment and DD1 was going to take them all onto the Sealife Centre at Balloch afterwards. But sadly between Minky at 1am, DD1 and Fifi about 3am, Spud at 5am and  Dinky at just after 8 one by one they all went down with a vomitting bug. So they went no where. Thankfully Bob somehow avoided it (so far) as he would need to be hospitalised if he got it. I steered clear as I did not want it.

hubby eating the berries 


Hubby spotted these on a local selling site and liked the idea of imbedding one into the wall when we get the wall coated.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Taking Good Care of Your Dog on a Budget

Our dogs become part of the family and give us much love and loyalty. However, if money
gets tight it can be a struggle to pay for everything they need, but it would be
like giving one of the children away to get rid of your dog. Ways need to be found to keep the
costs as low as possible, and here are just a few suggestions.

Learn The Basic Care

On area that money could be saved is in the grooming of your dog.
Brush their fur on a regular basis and clean their teeth a couple of times a week.
Keep an eye on their paws to make sure they look healthy and speak to your vet
about how to trim their nails, and how long the nails should be before you do.

Taking your furry friend to be groomed can add quite a lot to the expense
of caring for them, and learning how to do it yourself could help to strengthen the
bond between you.

Shop Around

The easiest way to shop around these days is to look at comparison sites like this site.  
You should certainly do this for things such as dog insurance, as the premiums can
vary greatly for the same cover. Just make sure you know in detail what cover you are
getting, as they do not all pay out for the same things. We were very grateful for our pet insurance with
wee Lilly dog as it gave us the peace of mind we had done everything we could for her.

You should do the same to find a good vet as well. Their fees can be a lot of money
if you do not have the appropriate insurance, and you need to make sure you keep
their costs down.

Be Clever About Food

You need your pet to have a healthy diet, or you could end up with vet bills later on.
Look out for special deals in the supermarkets and pet stores, and buy the larger packs
if you can. You can get some really good discounts if bags of food are approaching their
expiry date, or if a particular brand is being discontinued.

There are some human foods you can give them if you have some left over, but
it cannot be stressed enough how careful you have to be. Onions are not good for them
and nor are grapes, raisins, chocolate, garlic, milk and other dairy products,
salty foods, citrus fruits, alcohol and several other things. It might be tempting to share
your treat with them, but you could be doing them more harm than good.

Try To Avoid Accidents

Apart from the fact you really do not want your dog to be injured, you need to
avoid accidents because of the cost of treatment. Make sure your garden is safe and
they cannot escape, and when you do take them out always have them on a lead.
No matter how well trained a dog is, if they see a potential playmate across the road, they are
likely to run without giving a thought to any traffic.

Keeping your dog in the family need not cost the earth, you just have to be careful about
what you spend the money on. For example, a dog would be just as happy playing
with an old ball as they would be with an expensive new toy.

This is a collaborative post.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Project 365 week 31


The darker nights are here, the lamp half way up the stairs is now back on in an evening and over night, Our bathroom is downsatirs and easier with a light on.


Got our car back late this afternoon, fingers crossed it is good.

One of the things my children grew up knowing how to do was mend a puncture on a bike, they all had bikes from young as well as me having one with the bike seat on the back for youngest son when he was little. Did make him lazy right enough as he hated to walk anywhere as a child.
Any way being the nice Grandma that I am I taught Bob how to mend a puncture today.


Went and joined in with an organised bike ride with Active Travel hub in Ayr. Did 6.3 miles and my plan had been a photograph of the group once we had finished. Sadly once the ride was over one of the ladies got tangled in her bike when getting off and we ended up phoning and ambulance and she got taken into hospital. I hope she is all right. So instead you have a photo of the route we cycled from map my walk,

Marr College Troon


Went for a geocaching walk up at Whitleees Wind Farm. Managed a circuit of 4.3 miles without it raining. We have a travel bug for Dixie so going to log up some caches for her. Went for something to eat and then was going for another walk but by then it was raining rather heavily. So supermarket and home instead.


A day of sorting paperwork, sorting car insurance and breakdown cover for the new year of them next week and various other long over due bits sorted and cleared. Also trying to  decide who to sign back up with for home broadband and tv as well as new mobiles, yes they ALL run out in the next ten days. None of it comes cheap but needs to be done.


Hubby had had dog out for a walk in the afternoon while I was away doing other things. Went to pick up a spare wheel and tyre for the car as it came with a can of squirty foam stuff. Went for a walk round Rozelle and managed to find the carved Gruffalo that somebody had asked me about the other week. This is cheating a bit as it is a carving put inside the tree rather than being part of the tree,


Yeeehhhhh a competition prize.....not the biggest value or the most exciting but a prize none the less.