Monday, 26 September 2022

Retro Pots, Winter Woollies and a Sad Accident


I've been washing all my more retro crockery and getting ready for My Modern Wartime Rationing Challenge.  I love the small size of the dishes; I always forget how much smaller they are when compared to even my normal pots.  I eat my meals off a tea plate rather than the more usual dinner plates, but the bowls of my beloved Wood's Ware especially are teeny compared to my cereal bowls and they make my pasta bowls look humungous!

No wonder everyone had puddings after their evening meals back in the day, a mouthful or two of crumble would have been neither here nor there when served in such small portions.  I'm really looking forward to using all this again.
 

I also finally got around to getting out my Winter woollies out from beneath my bed over the weekend, I panicked a little bit when I saw that all my Winter clothes fitted into this smallest of my shrink-wrapped bags.


But once I let the air back in, they expanded quite nicely.

It seems that I have four cardigans and four jumpers, which along with a fleece and a hoodie that's already in my wardrobe will be plenty for Winter wear alongside my jeans and t-shirts.

I also have four scarves, two pairs of gloves and one hat ... that's more than enough for me.



Everything has now had a quick wash to refresh it and is packed neatly away in my drawer, alongside the t-shirts and a couple of long-sleeved cotton tops that I can wear under them.

I've been missing from blogland for a couple of days as my Mum had a fall in her bungalow last Thursday and is in hospital in Manchester.  She has had a number of health issues that her doctor has not been very good at resolving, and it took the ambulance crew to finally put into place the care package that she should have been given by the doctor over two years ago.  Fingers crossed that once she is well enough to come home, she will be able to continue coping in the magnificent way she has up to now, it should just be a lot easier for her.


Sue xx



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  1. I got my winter clothes out too. It’s started as a very cold autumn. I do hope your mum will be ok. X

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    1. It suddenly got really chilly this week didn't it. She's in the right place to get the help she needs, thank you. xx

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  2. Oh heck, hope your mum is able to return home soon - home is the best place to get better.
    Strangely had an email from you with pictures - no words. Wonder where you meant to send it? and I didn't even know anyone had my email address!
    I thought of you when I was out at the weekend and a museum were selling replica ID and Ration cards!!

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    1. She can't go home until they sort out her mobility issues. Unfortunately, in the fall she hurt her collar bone, although luckily didn't break anything. She has bad tissue bruising and was in a lot of pain. Without being able to use both hands equally to take some weight off her feet and legs she can't use the rollator which we bought her recently and therefore cannot even get off her chair.

      Oops, so THAT'S where my missing four photos went!! Sorry. I've had your email address since you sent me an email asking me for my address to post a book to me a couple of years ago.

      I love the replicas that you can buy, I have a few that i will be giving away to Subscribers of my other blog over the course of ration month.

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  3. I'm sorry about your Mother. Wishing you both the best.

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  4. Hope your Mom is back home safe and sound.

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    1. So do we, but only when she is well enough to be able to look after herself again.

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  5. I hope your Mum is home soon, and thank goodness she has a care package now. Sooze x

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    1. Thanks, she does need some regular care, but the first priority is to get her mobile again.

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  6. Sorry to hear about your mum. Hope she heals quickly and is up and about again soon xxx

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    1. It's taken two years of waiting for her to finally be taken into hospital to start getting her many health problems sorted out. This fall, although awful, is probably a blessing in disguise.

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  7. Best wishes to your mum, Sue. I hope she is pulling through and getting ready to come back home.
    Sandie

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    1. Thank you. She is doing better and is currently on morphine to control her pain.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your mum. I hope she'll be up and about again very soon. X

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  9. Sorry to hear about your Mum and hope she makes a good recovery and can go home with help. Smaller plates sounds a good idea and I may just try that to cut my portion sizes. Catriona

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    1. Thank you. xx

      I've just been comparing crockery sizes and was astonished that my modern bowls hold twice the amount of my Woods Ware soup dishes and three times the amount of the desert bowls.

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  10. Best wishes to your Mum, Sue. Manchester has some great hospitals though, I am sure they will do all they can for her. Try not to be too anxious [easier said than done] The weather is turning cooler rapidly here. Winter clothes will be sorted out very soon

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    1. Wythenshawe hospital looks lovely now, lots of building work has obviously been going on there.

      I'm not even slightly anxious, we have wanted her to be admitted to hospital to have her many health problems sorted out for the last two years, it's just a shame it took a painful fall to kick start the process. She's safer now than she has been for a long time.

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  11. So sorry to hear about your mum, Sue, God bless the ambulance service. The GPS have let us all down over the last couple of years haven't they. I'm still feeling dizzy and my telephone appointment isn't until 4th October. I hope your lovely mum is home very soon and feeling much better.

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    1. Thank you. xx

      The paramedics were brilliant, and Mum's neighbour said they were disgusted that Mum had been 'abandoned' by her doctors and her health issues left to get so bad. Hopefully they will be able to work through some of her problems while she is in hospital, and she will be better looked after when she gets home.

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  12. I do hope your mom is okay and the hospital finds out what is going on. I have not gotten out my winter woolies yet. We got very warm today and I am typing this in a sundress.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, there are quite a few problems for them to work through before she gets home, but she is in a good place.

      I'm still in t-shirts but along with a cardigan or fleece now. It's lovely and warm if you stand in just the right place in the sun though.

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  13. Oh hope things go easier for your mother. That is a hard place to be in the middle of...trying to sort out your mom's health care as a third person.

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    1. Thank you.

      t is hard being an hour away, but between me and Alan sorting out logistics and buying her all the aids she needs and my brother getting her shopping and being on call as someone closer to Mum for appointments etc. we have just about managed over the last few years.

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  14. Oh Sue, what a worry for you. I do hope the care system that's been set up will really help both her and you feel safer. I've "been there, done that" with elderly relatives and it was always a lurking fear that they'd be left without care. Over here, it's nearly time for one last wash, and pack away, but still we're having the occasional really cold snap, so I'm putting off the final change over.
    Thinking for you and your mother and hoping all is well.

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    1. I feel she's already in a much safer place. It's such a relief that she is finally getting the help that she needs and deserves. Thank you. xx

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  15. I'm so sorry about your Mum but thank goodness it has initiated the care package she should have received earlier. Why does it take some sort of 'crisis' before anything is done?

    You remind me that I really must get my clothes sorted out once I am home again. In fact, I will probably make it my main target for next week. Thanks.
    xx

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    1. That's exactly what we feel. It's as though the ambulance service are the ones mopping up all the other failures. No wonder they are under so much pressure at the moment.

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  16. So sorry to hear about your Mum but pleased that she now has a care package in place and that it also supports her need to be independent. I love your vintage crockery , I like my hot drinks in a cup and saucer but seldom do it , the saucer is a handy place to put your biscuit. I recently bought some Arcopol dinner plates, they are much smaller than our others and we have found them to be more than adequate in size and the meals still fill our tummies. Winter drawers on :)

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    1. I'm actually really liking drinking out of a cup and saucer, I don't have to scrabble around for a coaster for a start. I do need to get organised and make myself some biscuits though, this month's points didn't stretch far enough to buy any. :-(

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  17. My Mum does live in a neat little bungalow with emergency call buttons, she just only remembers to put on the button she's supposed to wear round her neck when we are visiting, something her neighbour admits to doing too!! Luckily, she managed to roll over and pull her telephone down and call for an ambulance and her neighbour ... who has been brilliant in all this.

    I love Woods Ware, mostly in the green Beryl but I have recently started to like the yellow Jasmine. My little jug must have been weaving a spell on me. I perhaps need to watch out for a blue Iris trio to complete my colour collection.

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  18. Hi Sue, apologies for missing the last few of your posts - been doing my own 'getting ready for autumn/winter' and not at the computer. So sorry to read about your Mum, but sadly the story of lack of joined-up care and follow-up from the Doctor now almost seems to be the norm.

    At our own surgery 25% of GP positions are vacant, and 50% of positions are held part-time. I do not believe we can come out of this until the focus switches from "wait until you are really sick and we'll try to do something" and moves 180° to "let us help you stay healthy".

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    1. Most GPs practices are under tremendous pressure at the moment, it's so sad that the NHS is suffering the way it is. We definintely need to change to a system where people are taught to eat healthily, move more and stop turning up at A&E with a cut finger.

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  19. Sorry to hear about your mums lack of treatment by her doctor. My sister is the same. Eventually they made a formal complaint and that put a rocket under them and the hospital.

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    1. Her doctor only really pulled her finger out at the last moment, but still it took this fall to kick start REAL help. Mum is her own worst enemy though, she literally sat there expecting the doctor to know that she needed help and didn't phone the surgery much as 'there were people a lot worse off'. I think it was me saying that I was going to make a formal complaint about the practice that made Mum start to contact the surgery more.

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  20. I'm just reading this, I hope you Mum continues to improve and go home soon.

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  21. Just read this and I am sorry to hear that your mum has had a fall and is in hospital. I really can sympathise as the same happened to my dad and he has now been in hospital for five weeks. He has underlying issues as well and we are not sure if he will be able to go home at all. Anyway best wishes for your mum's speedy recovery. It all becomes such a worry as our parents get older.

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    1. She has so many different issues that have really snowballed over the past two years. It really does get to be a worry as our parents age. At least my boys are okay at the moment, I usually end up stuck in the middle of everyone's problems.

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  22. I know that feeling too Sue. Haven't seen my son since May and the worry of him as well as everything else can sometimes get overwhelming. My motto recently is 'one day at a time'.

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