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I am a normal ( in the loosest possible term) Dad from the North East of England. I have a few interests such as BTCC Touring Cars, Football, photography. My favourite hobby though is to just relax and chill out. I suffer from stress, depression and anxiety and possible PTSD. I am coming to terms with it these days where its not something I need to hide from people or be ashamed of. I also suffer from chronic back problems and live each day in pain in varying degrees. I am the sort of person that wants good for other people and always tries to help if I can. I can be really soft natured and sensitive, which sometimes surprises people when they meet me.

Trip to Edinburgh Day 1 (Vlog #234)

Day one of our trip to Edinburgh.

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Getting the decluttering bug

This week I purchased the ebook “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying” by Marie Kondo. Its the second book by Marie about decluttering your home. I have not read the first book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art” but everything I have read, the second book covers a lot of whats in the first but in more depth which is why I bypassed the first and went straight in and bought the Spark Joy. I still have not read it but Denise is in the process of reading it and is already getting tin the mood to get rid of loads of stuff. Even today she has blitzed the bathroom. It looks much tidier. Its a start. Small steps etc.
Every single room in our small house, every single drawer, and every single cupboard is crammed with stuff. The thing about new build houses is that the do not have many cupboards so storage is a premium we don’t have, hence why we have to ram stuff in wherever we can find.
It’s going to be a long tedious journey to get rid of so much stuff but we are excited about seeing our home clutter free.

I got snails Weekly round up (Vlog #231)

A bit of surprise when I looked in my tank today.

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Bother. It didn’t go to plan

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Drawn numbers were 3, 14, 22, 38, 45, 46, 16

Well that didn’t go to plan. Out of 8 lines I did, I got one solitary number so did not win a penny. Ahh well, it was fun. I’m glad I found William Hill doing the Irish Lottery as I have been looking for somewhere to do it the same as in the Bookmakers.

My Irish Lottery test

Since the english Nation Lottery has changed its rules and went to 59 numbers from 49 and the odds of winning the big one have gone from something around 14 million to one to 45 million to one. Thats a massive jump. It was bad enough when they simply changed it to 2 pound a play from 1 pound never mind the bad odds. Since the changes we have not won once. We get a free lucky dip nearly ever week but still get nothing from it. Not even 3 numbers, which we used to get quite often on the old rules.
years ago I used to enjoy plying the Irish Lottery. I was lucky on it quite often. The winnings are not as much as the English lottery but in my eyes more chances to win. even picking just 3 numbers to come out can land you 600+ pounds on the 6 number draw, compared to 25 pound on the UK lottery. Tonight to see if I have more luck, I have done the normal 6 lines on the English lottery ( I put them on for Denise’s works syndicate as I am the only one with an account ) and 6 line of 3 numbers on the Irish for myself plus 2 extra lines of 2 numbers at 50p a line. I hope I win something as Christmas has really hit the bank balance this years.

Here are the numbers I picked from the Irish lottery. Wish me luck.

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Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri Review

Review of the 26 cm ( 10 inch ) Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri.

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I received this pan from Ozeri to review and straight away I was more than happy. The first thing that struck me was the stylish look of this pan. With its contrasting lime green exterior colouring and black inside, it looks great on the cooker. The next thing was the balance whilst holding the pan. With a lot of other pans when holding them, they seem to want to so heavy that they nearly bend your wrist. Even though this pan is made from Made out of durable heavy-gauge pure aluminium it seems ideally weighted in my opinion to avoid the wrist bending. It seems very comfortable to hold. Mind you this pan is only the 26cm one so is not a large pan.

Greblon logo

This pan comes coated with GREBLON® ceramic – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free which means there no heavy metals or chemicals used in the coating. The GREBLON® ceramic coating means the ceramic should have Extreme hardness, high level of scratch and abrasion resistance, be easy to clean, have high level of temperature resistance, be fast at heating up, and is guaranteed suitability for food contact. Ceramic GREBLON® coatings are among the few ceramic coatings which have repeatedly been rated “good” on both aluminium and stainless steel by LGA (Nuremberg, Germany). LGA approved (No. 4935096, 3042830 and 3043292)
When it comes to product manufacturing and testing German companies are up there at the top for quality. When I know the manufacturer is a German company it gives me a reassurance that I know I am getting a well made product.

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The size makes it totally ideal for someone cook for themselves, for example bacon for one sandwich or a small omelette. If like us, you normally cook for a family, this size pan would not be big enough unless you just use it to cooks some of the ingredients to add to the main meal. But then again, not everyone eats the size meals we do.
We have tried all sorts in this pan from fried eggs to back and sausages, to cheese. Even though the stuff can burn, obviously thats up to the cook to avoid that, nothing sticks permanently to the pan. Everything we have cooked just wipes off easily under hot water without a problem. Although ETM test magazine 03/2012 gave GREBLON® three times top marks for function and scratch resistance, like all pans with a coating, try to avoid using metal utensils to help prolong the life of the coating. We have ruined so many pans in the past using forks etc and ended up damaging the coating which over time gets worse and worse. You have been warned.

All in all, I am more than happy with this pan. As strange or as weird as it sounds, I actually enjoy using this pan instead of my other small frying pans. I am seriously considering buying the 30cm ( 12 inch ) pan for my collection.

For all of you out there that have induction cookers, this pan has a magnetised induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer

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The pans are available on Amazon Uk here
and at amazon.com here

There are also glass lids available for this range of pans as well.

Ozeri Savore Electric Pepper Grinder review

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When I received my Ozeri Savore Electric Pepper Grinder I was not sure what to expect as I have never owned an electric pepper grinder before so I was not sure how good they were.
The grinder came packaged in a sturdy cardboard box ensuring it wouldn’t get damaged in transit.

Once opened I was greeted by a black, stylish and smooth feeling device. Kind of like a plastic / rubber type of feel to it. Straight away I could tell this is very grippy and unless I was on a day where I was being clumsy, I wouldn’t be dropping this. In the description on the box is states that it has an ultra soft grip. I would not say this is correct. It is certainly not what I would call soft grip in any capacity. It does have a nice feel to it, theres no denying that but not soft. I would say its smooth and hard to touch.

The grinder is about 6 inches tall with a polished chrome button on the top. Towards the bottom of the grinder there is a clear window to see the pepper so you can instantly tell if it needs refilling or not. Underneath the window is a 3 position slider switch to give you the ability to adjust the size of the grind. You can go from very fine grind where is nearly like powder up to big chunky pieces if you so wish.

The grinder comes with a durable ceramic grinder so should last a long time before wearing out. It runs on 6 ( yes 6 ) AAA batteries which are not included so you will have to buy these yourself. So far, at the time of this review, I cannot say how long those batteries will last but considering it takes 6 of them and you only grind for a couple of seconds at a time, I would imagine they will last a while. One neat feature I like is that it has a finger-print resistant coating. Theres nothing worse that a nice stylish designed device that as soon as you use it gets finger-prints on it.

Opening the grinder to fill it or put batteries in is easy. Just hold the top section and the bottom section and twist. There is an arrow on the top section to align with the padlock icons on the window.

One thing I did notice about this grinder is that the slider can be a little stiff to move. I am assuming this is maybes because of the mechanism may be stopped by a peppercorn rather than a fault but I am not sure.

This grinder can be used for both pepper and salt, so having one of each would be a really nice addition to the dining table.

All in all, I have to say that for my first ever electric grinder, I love this. Being a man, I love, love, love gadgets and having one for the dining table is great. Its such a great machine.

I need to write this down about how things have turned bad

Sorry guys, I felt I had to do this post. Even if its a way to just vent my feelings a bit. Its about depression, anxiety and feelings, so please feel free to skip this blog if you wish. If you do read it all, I thank you.
I also realise that this may be grammatically all over the place but I just typed it as it came into my head. I hope you understand.

Due to things happening at work, which is involving an investigation due to a complaint I made and is currently ongoing, I am being left with a massive mental problem. A lot of you may not think it is massive, and in truth, it may not be massive, but in my head, it is huge.
Because of these ongoing things, which at this point I cannot go into, I am not suffering from horrible anxiety attacks which give me painful chest pains. As if this isn’t enough, my brain has basically been turned to mush recently.
A lot of the time I get chest pains or get anxious for no reason at all that I can think of. It just comes on.

On a normal day, when I want to do normal stuff like housework, tidying up, cleaning, washing, answering emails, make phone calls, etc, my brain decides it cannot process anything. Its like my brain just goes into some sort of knowledgeless mode as if it does not know how to do the most common and simple things. It sort of switches off, and I am left bewildered, confused and frustrated as I know I know how to do these things but my brain has decided otherwise and flicked itself into its own version of ‘safe mode’. The only thing I’m missing is a crash report to submit to the brains tech support.

Everything there is to do has a counterintuitive effect.( I hope thats the right word to use ). I know some things I need to do have dead lines, but my brain cannot help me perform these tasks, and because of the deadline, I get more anxious and my brain gets more mushed up, and so on. Its like a snow ball effect. Also normal everyday tasks, I know I can do them normally, and the fact I struggle to do them currently, builds up frustration as well. Again, with the snow ball effect.
So many times, I have had things to do, and my brain just seems to switch off, and I go into a kind of daze, in a world of my own, oblivious to whats happening around me.
My eating is all over the place. I am supposed to be on a diet, but cannot even focus on that at the moment. And as bad as this may sound, and this is totally out of normal character for me, I can go for days without even washing ( apart from brushing my teeth ). I have no interest in it.

Sometimes in the blink of an eye, I go from not being able to function or do anything, to going on a mad cleaning spree or doing something in the garden to tidy up, etc etc. I have mentioned this to my doctor and he is happy I an not starting to become bipolar. Thats one good thing I suppose.

Yes, I have been given meds. Citalopram ( anti depressants ) to be precise, and have also just been prescribed Propranolol (Beta Blockers) for the chest pains etc which I have yet to get from the chemist, but so far the Citalopram does not seem to make any difference apart from make me want to sleep all the time, which my doc says is unusual for that drug.

At the end of all this, because of everything going on, I am left feeling very down, frustrated, anxious, and not sure who I am to a certain extent. This is not me. Not me as I know myself anyway. Even typing this post is giving me chest pains.

There may be some things I have not covered but I may remember later, but that is the way my head is working, or not working at the moment.

If you have read this far, I thank you so much for your time and really appreciate it.