Okay so I'm really not very good at this journaling business. I always mean to update on a regular basis but life always gets in the way and it just doesn't happen. This year has been even worse than previous years and I'm nowhere near retirement yet!
Boo continues to do well for a seventeen and a half year old cat. In addition to all her previous ailments, she was found to have diabetes when she went for her monthly checkup for thyroid and kidneys in May. Luckily these days there are special pens available which hold around a month's worth of insulin and give a metered dose and, being Boo, she didn't turn a hair at having a needle stuck in the back of her neck twice a day. Getting her to take her twice daily thyroid tablet is another matter! In October it was then discovered that she had started producing a little insulin so is now borderline, she's off the insulin for the time being but has to visit the vet regularly for a pinprick blood test.
The garden has almost defeated me this year. I was managing to keep on top of it until the middle of the year when I ended up having to work longer hours. I've kind of just done the minimum this autumn and will have a real blitz on it in the spring when, hopefully, things will have died down enough for me to be able to actually see plants individually rather than as just a jungle of merged plants. I did get a local landscape gardener in to tackle the pond as one of the water iris' went completely bananas over the summer and merged itself with every other plant in the pond, creating an island so that the pond itself was split into two, luckily Nemo the Fish was trapped in the deepest, widest half. I rescued the miniature water lily from the mass and have replanted with new plants, avoiding any water iris'.
Work has been manic. Our Manager moved on to her next position early so instead of staying until the end of September she left in June. In addition to that, Helen, one of my fellow team leaders then went back on long term sick in July. Helen has now handed her notice in so we can all move on but she's been off sick for the majority of the past two years, although whilst off sick she has been attending interviews and got herself a new job, that, along with all the pictures she's posted on Facebook of her holidays and days out and even conventions attended, all while off sick, has somewhat annoyed many members of the office. We already know that she won't be replaced so Jo and I now have to sort out how we're going to cover her work.
As they couldn't find anyone to temporarily cover for the manager Jo and I have been doing the job between us, along with Helen's job, for the past five months which has ended up with us working over nine hours extra a week each. We are really looking forward to our new manager finally starting in December and handing some of the work back to her.
It was my mother's 80th birthday in September and I took her out for the day, we had fantastic weather and spent a lovely day looking round the shops (her choice) buying clothes and ended up having a picnic in one of the park's in town as it was so warm and sunny. We had a family party at the weekend which was great fun, one thing you can say about my family is they know how to enjoy themselves and they are always willing to help clear up and wash up afterwards which is always a bonus when throwing a party!
So all of this hasn't really given me much time for writing or anything, although I have signed up for a few things this Christmas. I did manage to get to the Chevron 8 Stargate Convention in Birmingham in April, the London Film and Comic Convention at Earls Court in July and the Creation Stargate Convention in Chicago in August and I took the opportunity to re-book my seat for next year's convention which will be the very last official Stargate Convention.
I obtained my Diamond Award at Slimming World in October for having remained at my target weight for a year. I still go regularly as I'm on the social team and have been the 'weigh lady' since around February/March time. It's actually good fun and I really enjoy being able to be the first to congratulate people when they have done well and got awards as well as sympathise and encourage them if they haven't had such a good week.
So, all in all, I'm really looking forward to the Christmas break!