Friday, August 21, 2009

One year in bed today.






















Today it is one year since I have been in bed 24/7, not exactly celebrating just noticing the date.

Got Richie to give the dogs a biscuit just because I had sudden upsurge of affection for the wee darlings.

They are so happy, which is quite infectious, nice to have them rush in so cheerful and happy and full of it in the mornings.

They love the morning ritual of greeting us and being cuddled and then joyfully playing to show us what fine dogs they are.

Richie made me a delicious orange and banana smoothie for breakfast and herring salad with sour cream potatoes and beetroot, fresh parsley, gherkins and a hint of hot pepper for lunch.

Just had his banana/coconut chocolate chip ice cream and a space (thc)chocolate brownie which was delicious.

The brownie is another way of consuming thc, think it will relax me as I have been in quite abit of pain today.

Richie plans to make fish and chips tonight with aioli which I love, even nicer than mayonnaise and so much healthier because there are no eggs involved, just garlic and olive oil.

It is one of those hot days where it looks intermittently not so nice but it is just that there are many clouds around today.

So one minute the sky is blue and the sun hot and then a whole swathe of clouds pass by and it gets cool and darker only for the sun to pop up out from the clouds.

Listening to Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode doing the Friday afternoon film review, Kermode, its a good listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/kermode/


http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio 4

Tonight at 7.30 there is a new program which I am curious about with Fred Macaulay, a good Scottish comedian.

Followed by the Archers, which is on everyday at 8 pm, the program has been on the radio since the 1950’s, it is about a small farming community somewhere in England, called Ambridge.

Can hardly believe that it is already 5 pm here, we had a very slow and relaxed start to the day today which was very pleasant.

I have been joining Richie this week and having a wee cup of coffee when he
does and this morning we had a very leisurely cup while the dogs played around us.

The cake is working I am starting to feel more relaxed and the pain in my legs has retreated into the background.

Have a very good Friday.

24 comments:

Rain said...

Hi Herrad! I love hearing you talk about Spike and Marleen! Their happiness is very infectious! All I have to do is look over at my two and I get a smile on my face. They're both sleeping on the sofa right now...it's another brutally humid day, but not too hot, 25C, but 36C with the humidity. The fans are helping! Your food sounds so delicious! I'm planning on chicken fajitas covered with salsa, sour cream and melted cheddar cheese for dinner tonight! One year...gosh. Makes me think back to the past year of my life too...how things have changed! Have a great evening, I'm glad the space brownie is delicious and doing it's job too!
:-)

Herrad said...

Hi Rain,
Thanks for coming by nad commenting, its been quite a year.
Glad I have met you, feels as if I have known you longer.
Have been to your blog 5 times to look at Winston and Spencer in the bath, they are so cute.
Have a good day, i am feeling very relaxed.
Love,
Herrad

Libby said...

herrad, it sounds like you've got a wonderful day going on here, and yummy food!! i love your dogs long distance, too! it's good to remember this day, but not to dwell upon it, you've found SO MUCH to give yourself a full life, no matter what! and you & richie heve love coming from all over the world, never forget that! [hugs to both of you!]

Stephany said...

The entire day's menu sounds delectable Herrad, wow the ice cream and brownie---send some over! :)

I was practically drooling at the fish and chips too, ahhh!

You've been through a lot and one solid year in bed, is unbelievable you haven't tossed the computer out the window at times in frustration like I would have felt like doing!

So far this morning Koda has eaten dog kibbles mixed with scraps from breakfast of oven roasted fingerling potatos (tossed w oil and garlic then baked), scrambled eggs w sauted mushrooms and bacon! he has chased his ball, played with a bagel like it was a hockey puck and now he is asleep on the floor. What a dog's life!

Have a great evening

Herrad said...

Hi Libby,
You and all my other lovely blog friends have really helped and keep doing so, which is much appreciated.

Hi Stephany,
Lovely to hear abo0ut Koda's day, your breakfast sounded very good.
The cake has really relaxed me a treat.
by.
Big hugs.

Thanks both of you for coming
Love,
Herrad

Celeste Maia said...

I got hungry reading your entry, Herrad. And I love hearing about your dogs.
I just wanted to say hello to you. I have 2 guests staying with us, so I dont seem to stop, taking them around and showing the sites, cooking, entertaining.
Hugs from Portugal.

Amelia said...

Hi Herrad!
It's funny that you are talking about the infectious nature of the dogs, I have written a post today about the Therapy of Animals and how my cats help me. It seems that I was onto something!
And this afternoon, I fell asleep and Kit Kat came and curled up with me. We have had lovely cuddles all afternoon. She definitely knows when I don't feel so good.
You sound like you are having a lovely feast today, beautifully looked after by Richie, of course!
A year in bed, wow, but I agree with Libby, you have found so much to help fill your time and you have so much support, love and good wishes from so many people from all corners of the world. That in itself is something to treasure!
Much love & hugs
Amelia XxXxX

Shauna said...

Hey Herrad,
What a great day you've had today from the goodies to the dogs...and I adore your pictures. Some strange creatures we share the world with, eh?

S.

Erin said...

Hi Herrad!

It hs been a long year, but the end is in sight! Soon, hopefully very soonyou will be out of bed and able to get around a bit.

As always, love your pics!

Glad you are enjoying the day. Take care.
Love,
Erin

Stephany said...

Hi Herrad

Just thought I'd leave a link for a laugh

http://trailerparkbarbie.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/study-zombie-attack-would-end-humanity/

there's a new co-blogger you might recognize who created that masterpiece of absurd humor!

Stan said...

Dearest Herrad:

I always find loyal happy doggy companionship to be the best. That's not saying Richie doesn't do a fine job also LMAO.

Hope your having a great evening enjoying those special brownies and scrumptious food delights.

Hopefully you'll be out of bed and out in the fresh Autumn knocking on the door air soon.

Just my small wish coming from a friends heart to you this day.

Stan

Herrad said...

Hi Celeste Maia,
Lovely to hear from you, sounds like you are having a great time with your visitors.

Hi Amelia,
Nice to hear from you, animals are very good for us, cats and dogs lower our blood pressures, so stroke your cats alot its good for you.

Hi Shauna,
It has been a good day, lots of goodies and good radio and conversations with Richie.

Hi Erin,
Good to hear from you, hope you are doing well.
We are looking forward to getting me outside.


Hi Stephany,
Thanks for the link, I have been over for a quick look, have added the link.

Thanks everyone for coming by, hope you all had a good Friday too.
Enjoy the weekend.
Love,
Herrad

Herrad said...

Hi Stan,
Thanks for coming by, lovely to see your comment.
You always lift me and make me smile.
Thanks for your encouraging words,you are a wonderful friend.
Love,
Herrad

Vicki said...

I remember when you first said you were in bed 24/7. Doesn't seem like a year, but then sometimes it seems like a decade. It's good to notice rather than celebrate.

If anyone questions the value of dogs (and some people do), they just have to hear you talk about the infectious happiness.

You and Richie inspire us all. Enjoy the weekend -- and the dogs -- and the smoothies -- and even the beautiful fish pictures. Know we are all there with you (unless you need some privacy).

Herrad said...

Hi Vicki,
Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment, really appreciate your support.
Have a good weekend.
Love,
Herrad

Stephanie said...

Hi Herrad,

I definitely enjoy your blog and with the ice cream talk I definelty found my self running out to the store to get some for dessert tonight!

<3 Steph

robert said...

Good morning Herrad,
hope to be allowed to leave a comment still.
Would like to wish you always a soft pillow to support your dreams and a firm ground to stand upon as soon as possible.
Wish you a nice weekend.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

You are AMAZING Herrad. You truly are! I don't know how you do it---a year in bed. But I am sure Richie is a big reason why your spirits stay so good....And the doggies...Oh Yes! To have them be so spirited and glad for your affection..WONDERFUL!

Those pictures are quite remarkable, by the way. Where are they from? Do you have a Big Fish Tank? Anyway, they are Beautiful and so very colorful!
It's been very Humid here and Overcast as if it might Rain....But, it probably won't....!
Hope you enjoyed your lovely supper, my dear!

Sita said...

Hi Herrad,
Loved the pics. Reminds me of the first time I visited Buccoo Reef in Tobago. They gave me the goggles that had those magnified lenses, and wow. I remember feeling so surreal, like it was a whole new world. I was in awe of the beautiful colours in your photos--the coral and fishes.

Your dogs seem to bring you much joy, like Amrita's. I'm so glad for that. My 16-yr-old son is getting baptized on Sunday and I'm so blessed. He just makes my heart glad with his love for people and God.

Hey, have you ever heard Ingrid Michaelson sing "Love me the way I am"? It's this jazzy soulful love song I fell in love with. Check it out on Youtube.
Anyway, blessings,
Love, Sita

Webster said...

Hi Herrad,
Just thought I would drop in to say hello. "Hello!"
But I am not going to say Happy Anniversary with your bed!
Later Gater,
Webster

Celeste Maia said...

I have a little bit for myself this morning, so I came here to say hello, Herrad, I hope you have a nice Saturday.
Yes, I am having a good time with my friends, but I am also exhausted...

Herrad said...

Hi Stephany,
Hope you enjoyed your ice cream, what flavour did you get?
I am hoping there is abit left, maybe Richie can make more later.

Hi Robert,
Lovely to see your comment, you are always welcome.

Hi Naomi,
Thanks for coming by, its specially nice seeing your comment.
Richie keeps my spirits high by looking after me so well and so tenderly.
Got the pictures in images, just typed in fish and choose some.

Hi Sita,
Thankos for coming by, lovely to see your comment
Wow goggles with magnifying lenses, what a good invention.
What a wonderful experience for you.
Thanks for the tip,I will find Ingrid Michaelson on youtube when I have posted this

Hi Webster,
Sweet of you to call by appreciate it.

Hi Celeste Maia,
Thanks for coming by, my Saturday is good.
Have a good weekend.


Thanks all you lpovley friends for coming by really appreciate your visits and comments.
Feel like I have had a conversation with you which is sweet.
Have a good day.
Love,
Herrad

Patrick @ Caregivingly Yours said...

Yes, those MS benchmarks are certainly different than most know in their lifetimes. Your SPIRIT on this anniversary is admirable! ... applause, applause!!!

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Herrad said...

Hi Patricks,
Thanks for your visit and comment and applause.
Applause is nice as MS takes aw a y so many chances to shine.
Have a good day.
Love,
Herrad