I was woken up in the early hours of this morning with a violent thunderstorm going on....Betty hates them so I knew she'd be anxious. Husband said he'd been awake for ages (doubtful!) and had been listening out for her and said he'd not heard her at all so she was fine - huh, I knew she wouldn't be. I got up to go to the loo and could hear her as soon as I opened the bedroom door....she was standing on the bottom step (we have a stairgate so she can't come upstairs during the night), whining, panting and licking her lips, so clearly not fine at all. I went down and stayed with her....I don't make a fuss of her, as I don't want to give her the impression that there IS something to get worried about, I just sit quietly reading on the sofa and encourage her to come and sit beside me. It took her ages to settle down though - once the thunder and lightning stopped, there was a strong wind hurling hailstones at the windows, which freaked Betty out a bit as well. She did eventually lie down beside me and go to sleep.
I've got a lot going on at the moment, some admin stuff which is going to take me a week or two to sort out and is very complicated, consequently it's quite stressful (so I could have done with a decent night's sleep). I've told husband he'll have to help me out by doing a bit more around the house this week and next, as I won't have time to do everything, so he's in charge of dinners for the next few days. It won't be too taxing for him, as there are several meals I'd precooked and frozen, so he's only got to take one out and add some veggies to it. Or he can do basic things like cooking some chicken pieces with veg and rice.
I'm going to have a treat next week too, as a bit of light relief whilst all the stressful stuff is going on. Since having the arthritis and bursitis in my hips, which in turn causes permanent back pain and stiffness, I'm finding it increasingly difficult and painful to bend over and cut my toenails. There's a chiropodist in the village (I had no idea, but happened to see her advertising on the local FB page the other day), she offers free consultations, so I went to see her this morning. Well, she's lovely and very professional, taking my medical history and list of medications and explaining everything. She does a treatment consisting of toenail cutting, treating any minor foot problems such as corns or athletes foot or ingrowing toenails (I have a small corn), and giving a foot massage with nice smelling creams, £30 all in. Bargain I think, to have a pamper treatment for an hour or so, I've booked in for next Monday. She recommends every 8-10 weeks, which will be fine.
When I've got time at the weekend I want to do some more batch cooking for the freezer....a sausage pasta bake (planning on making probably 4 double portions) and a couple of fish pies. I also have half a large pack of puff pastry in the freezer, will use that to make some potato, cheese & onion pasties.
Mixture of sunshine/blue sky and showers/thick grey cloud today, and it's cold. I know it's only January and Spring is still a few weeks off, but it does feel like a long winter.