Sunday 9 December 2018

A few weeks since

I posted. Many things have kept me from Blogland, visiting others, reading favourites and indeed posting. I say many things, but it is really one little furry thing who answers ( sometimes ) to the name of Bluebell! She has my pure undivided love and attention 24 hours every single day. I seriously underestimated how doolally I would go over a dog! Work is hard for lots of unrelenting reasons but it pays for gravy bones, even though it keeps me from her!
Freddie, my first doggy love came to stay whilst Miss 24 and the beau went to Mexico on their holidays. Now he was booked in last year pre Bluebell. Dear sweet Freddie. Ever patient and so well behaved as Little Miss Bluebell Flowers tormented him from the minute they got up until the minute they went to bed. And I strongly suspect she was managing to annoy him through the bars of their crates! She was mostly swinging from his ears, taking toys off him, removing things from his crate, catching his tail, leaping all over him and barking a constant high pitched yap as she desperately tried to catch him outside. She was a monster to him. No sign of the uber submissive Bluebell out on our walks with other dogs! It was exhausting. It was also highly entertaining as he'd gallop past looking beseechingly as us as if to say
I'm pretty sure he also really appreciated all the extra treats because LMBF gets a treat for every wee wee and poo outside etc etc
I was doing over 20000 steps a day doing two separate walks in a morning and then a walk in the evening too.

I found this in my drafts and thought I’d pick up where I left it but three months on, almost at Christmas! LMBF is still the be all and end all! It got easier for about three days and I thought we’d cracked it...then she got to 6 months old and it’s like starting back over!! If I said we totally totally TOTALLY underestimated the hard work, I’d be nowhere near the truth! But I just love her so much!
I want to say a HUGE hello to you beautiful bloggy lovelies who keep dropping by my email inbox. I appreciate it so much and can only apologise again at how crap I’ve become at keeping in touch. I will try to do better! An explanation could be as my co worker is on long term leave, I’m spending so much more time in front of a screen, plus the added extra work load, it’s hurting my brain tothink and remember and sitting and typing just for fun on the blog just seems like work. Also since the puppy cane, time for other hobbies etc is shorter at the moment so everything has been pared back! I have missed you all though, as you all know, I’m nosy! What’s been going on?!! I’m trying to think what I need to put down for posterity.
Slimming World wise- I’m still going most weeks and have now spent 17 weeks at target or thereabouts. Currently am 4lbs over target, but my size 8 skinny jeans ( jeggings really ) still fit comfortably and I’m back on plan so think I’ve already lost some weight towards target again - find out Tuesday! Mentally I’m slowly getting to know what I look like now. But it’s hard. Like for instance. Bout a size 12 jumper from Sainsrobbers yesterday thinking that looks too small but I know I’m smaller now so I won’t buy the 14 I want to, I’ll be sensible and get the 12. Get home, try it on. Too big. Coulda got a 10. My brain won’t let me realise that yes that is the size I am.

Other news, in the kidney cancer world, nothing to report. So that’s good. The limbo land it keeps you in is less good but hey ho it’s what I’ll take over the alternative.

Mr 21 has a lovely new girlfriend who we like! She’s lovely. Miss 24 is still happy with her beau who I neeeeeed to tell you something funny about.
The HG was 50 last month ( photos of the cake I made in a minute ) and we all went out for the night.  Miss 24 told us that her beau told her
The reason he’s not asked her to get engaged yet etc is
Because he’s scared of her Dad!!! 😂😂😂😂😂 << this is a row of laughing faces!
Awww he’s such a funny lad, quite sensitive and gets mortified really easily! We put him straight, but also whilst it’d be lovely, it’s not important!

Craft wise nowt much to report. Can’t get much done at the moment because someone with long soft floppy brown ears wants to help all the time. And she’s not allowed upstairs so I rely on someone else being in and awaketo watch her to the standards I do!!! I’ve made her a raincoat, a toybox, a lead basket, a bed, a snuffle mat and a Christmas stocking!!!! I’ve not knit in ages which saddens me because that is my most favourite thing in the world to do. Cooking and baking. Still do that though less baking! When you see the HG birthday cake , try and understand exactly how much cake mix I ate, how much buttercream I licked off the spoon and how many matchmakers and malteasers I ate! Soooi sickly I felt that night!!!
Not got the tree up yet. One reason is time, another is having help of Miss Nosypants is putting me off! Actually she is really good and well behaved, the vet nurse told me. She’s learning and can do so many tricks.
Sit, lie down, roll over, left paw, right paw, high five, wait, stay, come, cuddles, crawl, round and finish- which is runround my back and sit at my side, hand ( put object in my hand ), tidy up - just learning this! I will say go find , and name a toy , she has loads but knows monkey, pink ball, blue ball, doughnut, piggy, bone, star and fish, so go find monkey, she goes and finds it, tidy up she brings it to me and stops it in her toy box! This is what we are working on at the minute so it’s not always successful!
I do post a bit on Instagram more than on here so I know a few of you on here follow me on there so will see her updates!!
Thank You for listening! Some photos now and then I’d best get a shower. We are going to my great nephew’s christening- you met him on here when I told you he’d been born almost too early. Well he is walking and talking nearly and it doing just fine now. Such a cutie and we can never thank the nhs enough for what they did keeping him on this Earth with us. Lisa will be there with her tribe and Harry is another nhs success story. Still in remission. At mainstream school with his visual impairment teacher. He’s learning Braille and is funny and clever. Will I ever be tall for my age William will no doubt want to sit next to me because he knows he’s my most favourite William on the planet and I know a lot of Williams ( I don’t, this is just what I told him!!) then we have puppy training class where I get a good dose of embarrassment from Bluebell showing me up not doing all the things I’ve just bragged that she can do! Puppy training really is for control and recall. She is rubbish at walking to heel. I’ve loads of different harnesses but I don’t want to have to control her, I want her to just do it!! She’s very strong and my arthritic shoulders can’t manage a puller!
Photos now and bye for now everyone xx
Lots of love from
Rachel ‘so much more to tell you but I’ve forgotten’ Radiostar xx


  1. Woo Hoo! You're back. IU do so love reading your posts which are so entertaining and just great to read! Bluebell sounds just lovely, if very time consuming, and I'm not surprised you're finding you don;t have much spare time what with work and dog and all the other stuff.

    You're doing amazingly with maintaining the weight loss too - you are such an inspiration.
    Splendid news about the kidney stuff too. Really glad for you all.
    Looking forward to the next post now! :-)

  2. Welcome back! And awww, just look at that completely adorable face. I laughed out loud at the state of the bath! So glad there's nothing to report on the kidney cancer front - my sister, who also had it at the same time as the HG, also has nothing to report, thankfully.

  3. Good to hear from you, I seem to get the impression that you have a dog in your house! Can't think how I knew :-)

  4. Little Miss Bluebell Flowers is totally adorable and I can fully understand her taking over your life. Beautiful photos of her.
    Great news about the kidney cancer. Andy is still cancer free and the problems it left him with are getting better slowly.
    The Malteser birthday cake is flippin' awesome....belated Birthday Wishes Mr HG :)
    Sounds like you are working hard....roll on the Christmas break eh?

  5. You should be knackered, but it sounds loads of fun. Glad all good things at the moment, love your pupstar, she is beautiful, but sounds full of bounce. Young William sounds special, glad all is well with him. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xxx

  6. So good to hear fom you today. What a star you are keeping to nearly your target weight. Conrats to the birthday boy too. Oh’ I see you have a dog🤣🤣🤣

  7. Know exactly what you mean as our springer Ruby is now nearly 9 months old and just having her first and only season, such fun! She was a whirlwind for the first 6 or 7 months but seems to be settling down slowly. She goes to training every week (not at the moment though) and is learning lots of things. Walks quite well now, not quite to heel. We did start teaching her toy names but drifted off with it. We were so tired for the first few months, it wasn't true. Enjoy this first Christmas with her.

  8. The most honest description of what it's really like to bring up a new puppy - properly. Well done on loads of fronts - the love, the care, the training and the bath cleaning :-) That photo reminded me of what my bathroom sometimes looked like when we had a Bearded Collie 🐾

  9. How great to hear from you! I can understand how miss Bluebell has stolen your heart! Oh my gosh, that cake!!!! -Jenn

  10. Lovely to see you back in action. Size 8, a real slender slip of a girl. Love the puppy and I know just how time hungry they are. Herbie was 9 months when he came here but had not enjoyed a "puppy life", he has more than made up for it and is still a 6 month old at heart.

  11. Miss Bluebell is like having another baby/toddler in the house!!lol Glad to see you back and that everyone is well. The birthday cakes look amazing!

  12. Lovely to see you back. Bluebell is adorable and you have done well with her training. Oh my that cake looks good.

  13. oh she is so cute, I totally get why you've been busy. I so miss having a dog around, I am starting to get puppy broody..

  14. Gordon Bennett that was a lot to digest in one sitting m'dear, that Bluebell is the spitting image of Bramble when she was her age though now Bear's a fatter and furrier mad Spaniel (they never grow up) Glad to hear everything is good oup north.


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