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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Dreich

Dull and grey today, and despite there being no wind it is freezing cold.  I had hoped to do another hour or so in the garden but it was really not nice enough to be outside.  A trip to Cockermouth though, for another check up with the eye doctor.  This time the diagnosis is a blocked and possibly infected Meibomian gland.  Ouch.   But at least I have some rather nice treatment (lay completely still with a heatpack on my face and relax for 10 minutes - I can do that!) which should help overall with Dry Eye.😌

Instead of gardening I made a start on the horrible job of putting Christmas decorations away.  It shouldn't be a difficult task but I never enjoy it.



This year I had some new decorations, cheapies from Wilko in a "buy 3, pay for 2" offer and the shelf above the fire has never looked so nice, if I say so myself 😊, and much better than any of these photos would imply.





I like them so much I don't want to put them away yet.  I had a bloggy browse and found I am in excellent company:  Lucy at Attic 24 has the same little white arches on her mantle, and that gave me the idea to put both of them on the same shelf.  The grey triangle came with three fairly naff cardboard stars and not enough greenery,  I rebuilt it before the holidays and suspect it will also stay around for some weeks to come :-)





Change of plan for the floral scraps, made up the first four log cabin blocks but it doesn't look right.  Not sure what Plan B is . . .






23 comments:

  1. I have kept out some greenary, Holly, ivy fir, all in a small jug. Plus I have loads of fake candles and lights, just to brighten the house.

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    1. The candles and lights seem to be a permanent winter fixture here too :-)

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  2. Your shelf looks lovely, I love the little white arches. I haven't put decorations up for years but I remember one year in our previous house when Michael was very small I really went to town on the living room, it took me ages and it looked so nice I didn't want to take everything down again afterwards so it all stayed up until June! :)

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    1. Every year we think about not bothering with decorations, but I know I would miss them if I did not bother.

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  4. Hope the treatment for your eye works. Your mantel looks lovely & I so miss not having a fireplace to play around with, especially when I see what Lucy gets up too with hers. Don't have to worry about clearing away any Xmas stuff, except for the cards, as I just couldn't find the mojo to be seasonal. I love the block, but I'm with you on "something" not working. That block is not unlike the one I had published in Make Modern magazine (the one they sent you), so have a quick peak. Clouding over here I think, so hope the cool change is on its way. Just looked at the weather station & it is 44.1deg. outside, so it can't come soon enough. Take care.

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    1. Hope it does cool down for you Susan, 44 degrees is brutal - how is your garden faring?

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  5. Your decorations look lovely. I took down the cards and decorations in the dining room yesterday. The rest will be coming down today. I'm going to miss them. X

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    1. We're finished now Jules, I thought I would miss them but playing with the mantle has kept me amused :)

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  6. I hope your eye problem clears up soon. Being a dry eye sufferer myself I know how itchy my eyes feel and it's not nice at all. I use artificial tears for mine and find my eyes are worse the longer I spend on the computer or Ipad. Your shelf does look lovely, it is a chore taking the Christmas decorations down but it's quicker than putting them up. The house looks bare without them though.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I know you suffer and computers definitely make it worse because you tend to blink less ☹️ Yesterday was interesting: previously I had only ever been offered drops to deal with the dry eye symptoms but what I learnt about the meibomian glands makes a lot of sense and I would rather spend time trying to unblock them, if that's the problem, rather than constantly using drops. It's very relaxing having the warm eye bad on for ten minutes!

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  7. Sounds like we have similar eye problems. I’m on steroid drips and Doxycycline at the moment and have been at the hospital today, Back again in 6 weeks, I’ve just ordered a Brider mask which offers moist heat as the one I have used for ages plugs ib to a mobile phone charger and is only dry heat, The doctrines thinks moisture will help.

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    1. Oh Susan, that sounds horrendous. Have you ruled out dermodex mites? Hope your new mask is helpful.

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    2. Actually for the first time in the years I’ve had problems I think I at last have a doctor who may help. I have been on drops for over three years for high eye pressures and she thinks that they have been irritating my eyes. She has cut them out and us even unsure that I need them. I have taken steps using eyelid cleansers on the off chance that I could have a demodex problem. They contain tea tree oil. Until I ended up with this doctor no-one else was really giving much help and I was trying everything that I could think of. I had quite a struggle to get the appts and tests I needed which involved a formal complaint.

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    3. Good luck Susan, hope your new regimes and a sensible doctor can make some difference for you. Re: the demodex mites - have you read about having a 'Day Zero' where you wash all bedding at 40 degrees or above, wash your hair and shower before bed, and if you half-wake up in the night, use your wipes then?

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  8. Will take our decorations down on Sunday, as Eileen says, quicker to take down than put up. The house will look so bare, however my poinsetta is still going strong and an amarylis given as a gift will be in bloom soon so will bring a bit of colour to my living room.

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    1. Hi Eleanor. I quite like the emptiness once the decorations are down. Means I have no excuse to ignore the dusting though :-)

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  9. Stylish mantelpiece!
    Every year my husband moans about putting it up and how it's completely unnecessary and then spends the evenings deciding on what combination of lamps and lights best shows it off and makes the room look cosy and then protests that it cheers up January and 'do we have to take it down quite yet - it's only tradition after all'. I think I'll start with the Christmas cards. :-))

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    1. Thank you for liking the mantle, I've changed it around a bit today.

      We've never left our decorations up past 6th January, but one year I did put them out on 1st December just to get the job done!

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  10. Sorry about the eye problem, but glad the help, is enjoyable.

    I've yet, to start putting away.

    Ahhhh, now I know what the Log House squares are!!!!!!

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  11. I happily reboxed our decorations a few days ago - however we do keep lights up all the time - to lighten dark corners especially this time of the year.

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    1. Thanks Kate, I seem to need those points of light more than usual this year. Thank goodness for rechargeable batteries.

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