Monday 10th Sept 2018

Hey you guys!

I have been so busy and it has been amazing!

So firstly, good news about baba boy! He has been poorly but thankfully it is treatable, he has arthritis in his front legs. So I have been giving him painkillers in liquid form, especially for dogs, and he is like a puppy again. He is back on his food and his dancing and wooing away! We have just come back from a walk, and although he is slower than his daughter, he is doing so well.

I am taking them both to the vet on Thursday for their boosters and she can check him over again. I think I can safely say that he will be with me for a lot while longer. YAY!

On our walk, I picked rosehips and blackberries which I will add to my collection of herbs. I have plenty of dried herbs that I like to make incense from and they help my mood or to meditate. My garden is looking lovely at the moment, I have planted my winter hanging baskets which consist of lovely winter pansies and my chamomile flowers are starting to grow. The herbs are also showing good signs of growth, rosemary, basil, coriander, sage and chives are all doing well. There is something satisfying about growing things and being able to use them in recipes. Just having 10 minutes in the garden pruning the rose bushes or cutting back the lavender is good for the soul and for the mind.

I have also been working on my new placement as well. I took a job working with adolescents 13 to 18 years of age) and I am happy to report that so far, things are going well. My experience of working in forensic medium secure units has come in very handy and if we can prevent these girls from going higher up then it is a job worth doing.

I have will also be enrolling in my course on the 19th of this month so I will be a student again for the next two years. Somewhere in between, I may go out, but for now, I am happy to be learning and earning and having more control over my future. I feel now that I am getting somewhere in life and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But I will let you know about that one once I have started Uni again!



What have you been up to this week?


Sam xx

Monday 3rd Sept 2018

Today is the start of my new career. I have a busy week ahead with training and sorting out new uniform and, fingers crossed, getting work. I have signed up with a Nursing agency who are well known and have an excellent reputation.

I am a little nervous as there is no guarantee of work, but the sector is really short of staff so I a sure that there will be no problem. Still, knowing that nothing is certain makes me a little nervous. It is almost like being a trapeze artist without a safety net, you know you are a hard worker, talented, but one false move…..

The rest of the week is full of sorting my own health issues out, nothing major, just having boosters which are needed to keep you safe in this type of work, such as having enough antibodies to fight Hep B! Oh, joy!

My main concern is the health of my eldest dog. He was well looked after by my ex-partner for a few days last week while I went up to my old hometown to spend time with parents for my birthday. He contacted me to say that the boy was not being himself and was sleeping a lot. He is nearly 11 years of age and I am worried that age is creeping up on my best friend.  I called the vets this morning and I have to ring back after 1 o’clock to book an emergency appointment. He has gone off his usual food but not biscuits, so I am hoping it is a mixture of being cantankerous and the warm weather we are having. Still, best to get the old boy checked out he is my world and I do worry about him, I am dreading the day when we have to say goodbye.

So are my parents because they know I will be a mess. You see, my boy has been through a lot with me over his lifetime. He has seen a lot of horrible things and a lot of good things happen. He has stuck with me through thick and thin and has given me his paw when I have been sobbing my heart out over bad relationships.

He has shown loyalty and stuck by me when others have walked away when the going gets tough. He has sat with me when I have been recovering from operations, while those who I thought cared for me ran away.

All he asked for in return was my love and to be kept safe, warm and fed. But now he needs me more, as he ages, to look after his health and wellbeing, and as I call myself his Mom, that is exactly what I am going to do for him in his twilight years.