Musings On An August Sunday

Well, I have something positive to report. My old car passed the MOT test, and had its main annual service. The price was exactly what I had been quoted, and I should be okay for another year of driving.
—————————————————————————————

Ollie is still losing fur in his big summer moult. I brushed him for almost 30 minutes the other day, and filled a large cardboard box with all the compressed fur that came out. I put the fur at the end of the garden, in case some local birds want to take it to make their nests more comfortable. Then he was booked in for a full grooming session next Thursday. Claws clipped, a good fur strip, and a refreshing double shampoo. That should make him feel better, as well as look and smell better.

—————————————————————————————-

After some more stifling days and uncomfortable nights, the temperatures went down considerably. We even had some significant rain one morning. But despite the temperature drop, it still feels humid and uncomfortable by the evening.

—————————————————————————————–

Ukraine seems to be out of the news again. The BBC has been concentrating on the Conservative leadership election, and the drop in exam pass rates for prospective university entrants. As only 160,000 members of the Conservative party can vote to choose who wil be the next Prime Minister, I see it as excessive publicity for Truss and Sunak, the two candidates. Whichever one wins, it will make no difference to me. Situation normal, make life easier for the rich.

——————————————————————————————

Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful Sunday.

——————————————————————————————-

70 thoughts on “Musings On An August Sunday

  1. Great to hear all went well, and Ollie’s fur will bring comfort to the birds. Be lucky if the Ukraine is out of the news in the UK. Here our media can’t get enough airing about it, and today we also had to read Mrs. Truss would push the button for the nuclear bomb, if it would be in need. xx Michael

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m finally getting to read your Sunday musings on Tuesday! Good news about the car, weather, and sweet Ollie! I’ve been editing and training for weeks now and it’s feeling a little lonely. My most meaningful relationship is with my thesaurus. Here’s to a fulfilling week! Hugs, C

    Liked by 1 person

  3. At least there has been some rain, hopefully more will come. Ollie must be pleased when you brush him and get rid of the fur. I am having to brush my cat now too and the brush is full of hair by the end. She seems to enjoy being brushed so at least it’s a pleasant time and not a fight.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ollie enjoys a good brushing. I bought one that it easy to discharge the fur from. Highly recommended. The fur comes off so easily, in a kind of fur ‘doughnut’. You just press the button you can see in the photo. 🙂 Search ‘Pet Pumpkin Brush’ on Amazon.

      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. (1) I’m glad the MOTley crew passed your car.
    (2) We have a “good fer Strip” here in Las Vegas. It’s good fer gambling, good fer shopping, good fer dining, and good fer entertainment.
    (3) High in Las Vegas today of 101° F / 39° C. That’s actually “mild” compared to the norm here in August. I guess the southeast part of the Las Vegas Valley (Henderson) got some rain recently. Most of the valley did not.
    (4) The wealthy class looks out for itself. Everyone else is an afterthought.
    (5) It should be peaceful here. I glanced outside. No troop movement. No shelling. No mushroom clouds.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Good news about the car. A load off your mind. I can’t drive because of my eyesight currently and in any case the car is still not repaired and I am not covered to drive the loaner. Not a problem until Grant suddenly needs emergency medical attention. It is always a concern because of the cats and we don’t have a Plan B. It isn’t that easy to organise. A kind neighbor drove an hour to collect G and he got home about 0230. Severe vertigo, cause uncertain. He’s keeping a low profile today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I was diagnosed with Vertigo after some strange occurences some years ago. I had to resign from my voluntary job at Dereham Windmill because of it, as I got dizzy going up and down the steep wooden steps. There is something called the Epley manoeuvre that can help, but it didn’t cure me. I have learned to live with it now, but Stemetil tablets can help during the dizzy spells.
      https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/home-epley-maneuver
      https://www.news-medical.net/drugs/Stemetil.aspx#:~:text=How%20do%20I%20use%20Stemetil,injection%20is%20the%20recommended%20dose.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Like

    1. It has been 25C here all day, and feeling humid. We had that one spell of heavy rain, but it didn’t last and soon dried out. The car passing the MOT is always such a relief.
      Thanks, Stevie.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Good news on the MOT front! I can imagine how Ollie must feel. It is so hot this year! Here it’s still pretty hot although we had a fair amount of rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Thankfully, the evenings are cooler, so at least we can sleep a bit. Take care!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Olga. 25C here today, and still quite humid. Ollie managed less than an hour out walking before he wanted to head for home. I still use a big fan in the bedroom, so have been sleeping okay.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Like

    1. It features almost as the end now, or as a mention when they are talking about fuel prices. “Because of the ongoing war in Ukraine”. It has become a very wearing excuse now, especially as it is not really true.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Ollie is doing well I hope? The car test is always good news…..Ukraine is no longer the shiny object for the media to chase…..for us it is the upcoming election…..have a great dat and be well chuq

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Very happy your car is okay.
    We have to do this controls all two years.
    I wish you a nice Sunday. I hope we can enjoy only warm days in the next few weeks. And a bit of rain is desirable.
    Best wishes, Irene

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I appreciate the exams should be covered, but not as ‘Breaking News’ or the main feature. It’s as if they have decided the war in Ukraine doesn’t matter that much anymore, just as long as they can use it as an excuse to keep prices going up.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

      Like

  9. Good news about the car, Pete. It’s quite warm again here, and not so windy as yesterday. It’s Folk Week in Whitby, so very busy, and I have a week off from my theatre performances; only 2 a week, so not too demanding. Four more to go when we resume. All the best, cheers, Jon.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I’m not a big fan of Folk Music, but it is nice to have that festival to liven up the town. Warm here too, with no breeze. I am just back from walkimg Ollie, and he is panting hard. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Like

    1. Thanks, Beth. Inflation is bad here, and the government seems to me moving even further to the right. But the sun is out, and Ollie is sleeping beside me, so that’s enough to keep me happy for now.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. I have never watched that, Jack. It had Andrew Neil and Nigel Farage on it, and I can’t stand them. And Neil Oliver takes conspiracy theories to a whole new level. 🙂
        Best wishes, Pete.

        Like

  10. Good news about the car & Ollie. I need some uplifting Pete. An old NZ ambulance colleague that is just older than me but fitter, had a sudden stroke at a bar, I was supposed to have joined him at, but I never made it. There was another former ambo with him at the time. Frank Dunick is now in a rest home and can recognise me but can’t speak. I will now visit him daily as its a short bus ride. Its hard to know what to say to him but today I read out some of your blogs Pete and it got some head nodding. It makes one humble to be alive still.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sorry to hear about your former colleague Frank, Gavin. As we know all too well, life can change in a heartbeat. Physical fitness doesn’t guarantee escaping so many medical conditions, unfortunately.
      Best wishes, Pete.

      Like

All comments welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.