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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 16:20
Middle Daughter is now late in her pregnancy and the baby is still breech. He's in a kind of 'v' position with his bum firmly plugging his only way out. Tomorrow they are going to try to turn him. If it works, great. If it doesn't they'll deliver him by C-section. So I might have a grandson by tomorrow night. Or not. Think I'd rather have an uncut and relieved daughter but if it happens, then we deal.

In other area: am finding it very difficult to write stuff. No- hang on that's not correct. I've been writing, longhand, and need to to type it up and expand but I cannot find a way to do this comfortably. I've been using Merlin, the netbook, to write with for nearly two years no, but in that two years the pain in my neck and shoulders has become more difficult to deal with. Currently I'm sitting in my chair with Merlin on a lap-table typing this but the position feels wrong now. There's a pain in my left shoulder, and one in my right arm, shoulder and neck, as well as one from my neck up through my head. My back aches too, but I think that's more from anxiety and lack of exercise. It's very hard to copy-type in an armchair, but I'm not sure that sitting at a desk is any better. That was why I got Merlin and took to the armchair. Perhaps I should go back to the main desk and see what happens.
Was talking to the Middle Daughter about books the other day and she told me I ought to have one of those stands/tables things that sits beside the chair and comes over in front of me, taking the weight of a book. It's certainly tempting, and I have some very heavy books. Future ones I can get on the Kindle, but there are still a lot of them on my shelves.

The handyman came for the Ma in Law and put in some new shallow but wide steps to her back door (which is the only one we use). Also put in grab-rails in all the parts of the bathroom she may need. The OTA also sent other aids (like a bath-board) and with the tablets from the doctor which seem to be working, she's a lot more relaxed and settling in very well. The rail for the steps outside is still to come, and there are lots of small jobs to be done (like hanging pictures and sorting out the endless supply of 'stuff' from 40 years in the old house) but it's getting better.

I've done a major re-organisation of the kitchen, the cupboard under the stairs, my wardrobes and so on. I don't know if it's related to anxiety over the fully-cooked grandson, the approach of xmas, general exasperation at hoarding, or a natural consequence of asking the MiL every few minutes, "Do you really NEED this?"

Watched the last Spooks this week. Sniff. Sniff, sob. Poor Harry. Sniff.
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Thursday, September 1st, 2011 15:58
Went to dentist today for filling. Discovered that a contributing factor to my sudden lack of dental health is the side effect of two of the drugs that are stopping me from walking off tall building. Not stopping drugs, so will have to pay much more attention to teeth.
Also found that there's another reason why I haven't been able to swallow, it's being monitored in case it's something nasty. That's cheered me up no end, as you can imagine.

Prior to the dentist appt this afternoon, I took the MiL off to the Metrocentre. Looked at all the new kitchen stuff, she's going to have a new kitchen after all - if this move ever happens. She bought a polka dot lasagne dish and a new mug. Next time will try to edge her towards new kitchen utensils, the ones she has could have been first used by Noah's Grandmother.

Went to M&S for a quick pick-up of underwear for me (two-for-ten deals, three-for-ten basics)but MiL buys matching sets of expensive lacy v. 'feminine' stuff. She grabbed herself a new set or two and then said, "You shouldn't bring me here!" My fault, of course. But she looks so happy as she matches up the bra and knicks.

She also bought a knife. Not a sharp knife, a kitchen knife. A table knife. Because she thinks she's accidentally thrown out one of her. She lives alone. She has the remains of her mother's and her own crockery, cutlery and glassware. But, one dinner knife ....

Have invented nice (well, very nasty actually) weapon for The Thing That Never Ends. Now looking for an opportunity to use it. I'm sure that's not the right way write a book.