Snaps ‘n’ Crackles #5 – Around here lately!

October 11, 2016
health update, snaps n crackles, min
health update, snaps n crackles, min

Keeping a positive attitude!

It’s 8:15pm on Monday evening and I don’t have a post written for Tuesday’s #IBOT.  It’s been a bit busy around here lately!  Time is limited to write tonight because I want to watch Part 2 of the ‘Brock‘ mini series and that starts at 9pm.  I go to my spreadsheet of nearly 100 blog post ideas but it’s too late to start writing most of them.  I’d need more time.  I stare at the books on my desk looking for inspiration.  Finally, it dawns on me – I’ll just chat about what’s been happening around here lately.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those kind of posts.  So here goes, and hopefully it will turn out OK.

I’ve been having quite a few medical appointments lately.  I won’t go into all the detail but it has certainly been taking up a lot of my time!  There have been some symptoms and test results that caused some concern for doctors (and me) and so a series of more tests were done.  Some quite sinister suggestions of what might be wrong were mentioned but thankfully so far none of them have been found.  I’m seeing a specialist now so lots of train trips to the big smoke (easier than worrying about parking and lots cheaper).  To think I used to do that train commute twice a day, five days a week!  I don’t miss that at all!  Once or twice every now and then is fine though.  The specialist ordered some more tests which have all been done now (until he orders more).  One of the drugs he has put me on has made an enormous difference to me.  Bless this drug!!  It’s made me feel so much more comfortable and that is so much more fabulous than I could possibly put into words!!  I will be seeing the specialist quite regularly for quite a while it seems.  He and his team are awesome and I feel so happy to be in their hands and far more hopeful now that all will eventually be resolved.  One day, I might feel ready to tell the story in a little more detail but maybe not until I actually know and understand what has caused the problems!  The answer to that is still being investigated.

On a brighter note, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you would know that I recently looked after my sister’s dog ‘Rudi’ while she was away.  Rudi is a red toy poodle and so cute!  He was great company for Ava and a lovely distraction from medical stuff for me.  He was with us from Tuesday one week to Thursday the next.  He had me twisted around his little paws.  Love him!

rudi, toy poodle, red toy poodle, poodle, dog

Cheeky boy making himself at home on the arm of the lounge

red toy poodle, poodle, toy poodle, dog

Getting really cheeky now! Look how high I can go!

cavalier king charles spaniel, red toy poodle, toy poodle, dog, dogs

L to R: Ava, Rudi. The injustice of incarceration so that the bags of groceries could be brought inside without fear of any escapees!

On the Thursday that Rudi was to leave, my sister (from Sydney) and her two children arrived to stay.  They’d been staying with my parents, had a week’s holiday down at Burleigh on the Gold Coast and were now spending a little time with us.  They were to fly out on Sunday night and were delivered to the airport in plenty of time only to phone later to let us know their flight had been cancelled (due to the crazy windy weather in Melbourne).  So back out to the airport to collect them and we had a bonus extra night and morning with them and the kids got to miss a day of school (so exciting)!  They managed to get re-booked on a flight late Monday morning and are now safely back in Sydney. 

If you read my September Taking Stock post, you would have read under the WAITING prompt that I was waiting for my niece and her husband to have their first baby.  Well they have had the baby!  It’s a girl!  She was born on Friday night at 10:30pm.  She’s 3.2kg and her name is Claire Ivy.  I will be meeting her soon.  Cannot wait for a cuddle.  I adore newborn babies – especially when I can hand them back and get a full night’s sleep! haha No it’s true – I love them – all those little sounds they make for one thing! 

I am finally sitting at my new desk in my home office – yahoo!  The old one has gone into my son’s room.  He needed a bigger desk so that has worked well.  I still need some shelves put up on a wall, to buy a filing cabinet and another little storage unit and to decide what to put on another wall.  Once those things are done I’ll take some photographs and reveal in a blog post.  It is SO.MUCH.BETTER now then the setup I had before!  More space. Much more visually appealing and to my taste.  Much more functional.   Hooray!  Here’s a little glimpse I posted recently to Instagram of my new block calendar (kindly given to me by my sister for looking after Rudi) and the sculpture one of my son’s made for me when he was at school (it’s of me).  Don’t you just love the heart-shaped ‘heart’ and the heart shape created by the joining of the hands.  I love it!

blocks, block calendar, calendar, desk calendar

There’s so much more that’s been going on but that’s enough for now.  Besides, I need to make a cuppa before ‘Brock’ starts!

Ciao for now,


Linking up with Kylie Purtell for #IBOT

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  • Reply Kylie October 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Wow, you’ve had a very busy time lately – Rudi, family, babies and specialists! I love hearing about what’s been happening in your home. I’m looking forward to the pics of your new home office too!

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      It sure has been busy! Don’t get too excited about the home office photo’s! Better than before though! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Hugzilla October 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    JAY-SUS! For someone who didn’t have much time to write, that is one epic post. You are putting me to shame here. Sorry to hear that the health issues are still plaguing you but glad to hear you are onto a successful course of treatment. Take care of you x

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      LOL – I belted that post out pretty quick and snappy last night. Whacked some images in, did my meta tags, keywords, SEO snippet thingy and all that other backend jazz and bang – scheduled and off I went to watch Brock! 🙂 The health issues are getting better thanks to Mr Specialist’s super drug and the rest of his team are sorting me out. It’s all positive and will get better and better over time. It’s so wonderful after many, many years of frustration and doctors not getting to the bottom of things! xo

  • Reply Deb @ inner compass designs October 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Oh to get to have a new baby in your life to enjoy but give back. Inhale all the love and goodness and it will heal you mind, body and soul… Take care of yourself Min xx

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I know! I’ve seen photo’s of her and she is so beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her and have loads of cuddles. A baby is so precious! Thanks Deb! xoxo

  • Reply JF Gibson October 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    So much going on! I hope that the medical situation sorts itself out for you, and that you enjoy those newborn cuddles!

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks Jodi – things are on the up and up! 😉 x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid October 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Busy, busy, busy! Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling yucky but yay for having a good medical team on side, they can make all the difference. I always think the worst thing about tests is the waiting for the results, it’s definitely the worst bit, lucky you had the gorgeous Rudi, a cuter distraction, I never did see! Saw your desk makeover on IG, I can’t wait for the big reveal!

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Yes yay for a good medical team! I’m so happy about that! Yep waiting for results has been rather anxiety provoking of late, particularly as those sinister options were possibilities that scared me! I am incredibly grateful to have been mostly lucky with the results so far. Rudi was a great distraction that’s for sure! The big reveal will never happen if I don’t pull my finger out and get those last things done and dealt with! haha xo

  • Reply Deborah October 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Yay for new desks! And I’m glad there’s nothing to sinister wrong. It’s amazing how medication can sometimes help. My GP gave me something to help me sleep a few months ago. I can’t take them too regularly but limit them to before work days and the difference it makes is remarkable. I actually go to bed and go to sleep. And I sleep. And wake feeling okay. I suspect she’ll cut me off at some point but bloody hope not.

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Did you get a new desk too Deb? And thank you – I’m glad there’s nothing too seriously wrong too. Ahhh yes you would appreciate how one little pill can make ALL the difference. Different scenario’s but WOW. Hope your doc doesn’t cut your supply off (geez we sound like drug addicts) LOL

  • Reply kathy October 11, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Beautiful new desk, gorgeous new grand niece and I just love that photo of you – you look so radiant – even though your health issues are ongoing you look and sound positive.

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks for the lovely compliment Kathy – it’s one of those flukey shots that turned out ok. Even I like it and that never happens. Loving my new desk and cannot wait to meet my grand niece 🙂 xo

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama October 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    We watched Brock too … hubster has long been a huge fan. What did you think of it? We thought they didn’t age the characters very well. I wonder how much of it was fact and how much fiction too.

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Totally agree that they didn’t age the characters well at all! Gosh the guy that played Brock is good looking *sigh*. I only realised last night that he’s Patrick from Offspring! It must have been the dark hair that threw me. Hard to know how much is fact or fiction – especially around the domestic violence claims!

  • Reply Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection October 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Your pooch is gorgeous. Love the chocolate colour. When we are busy, isn’t funny how our passion are the first thing we stop.

    • Reply Min October 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Natalie – it’s my sister’s pooch (though one of the dogs in the crate is mine – the one on the left) and his colour is called red. He’s a red toy poodle. 🙂

  • Reply Cat@lifethroughthehaze October 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    You have so much going on Min.
    I am loving your office!
    Take care of you xoxo

    • Reply Min October 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks so much Cathy! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Nicole @ The Builder's Wife October 13, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I do hope that your health concerns are sorted quickly. I must admit,I love the occasional train ride, one of the rare opportunities to relax and watch the world go by. Wouldn’t like to do it every day though xx

    • Reply Min October 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Nicole – me too! Hope your health concerns are sorted quickly too! The occasional train ride (in off peak time) is ok, but the daily commute on the train, week after week, year after year … um no (so glad those days are over)! xo

  • Reply Jo @ You had us at hello October 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Hope your health kicks back into gear quickly. Brock!! I taped the first one and forgot there was a second night! Whoops!! Drool over Dr Patrick though hey!! Niiiiiiiiice! Baby cuddles are the best – how exciting and love your little house guest – what a cutie!! xx #teamIBOT

    • Reply Min October 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Jo! Oh no – shame you missed part 2. Is in online somewhere so you can catch up on it? OMG – Dr Patrick – drool+++ !! I’ve met the baby now and she is absolutely gorgeous. Love her! Haven’t seen our houseguest since he left us. I’ll have to fix that! 🙂 xo

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