Monday, February 14, 2011


I wish I could say the LSO hurt his back when he was carrying a body on a stretcher across the hills on a dark night in sub-zero temperatures. He did that as part of his Search and Rescue training but the truth is he was cutting his toenails when his back locked up. ‘Facet joint lock-up,’ said the physio and handed him a pair of crutches. ‘Terrible pain,’ said the doc and handed him a prescription for hefty painkillers. ‘No alcohol,’ he added so LSO didn’t tell him it was our birthday. (Yes, we share a birthday.)
We went out for a meal with friends, “A” and “E”. They are young enough to be our children so were able to manhandle LSO into their 4x4 and yank him out at the pub. We all pushed and heaved him in through the door. ‘Every table full. Sorry,’ said the landlady. We heaved and pushed the poor LSO back down the path and into the car. Eventually we found a pub with an empty table (Recession? What’s that?) I couldn’t see the menu because it kept moving – got an ear infection which affects my balance. The LSO drooped over his cutlery trying to ease his facet joints. “E” filled two chairs, one for her seat and one on which to rest her poorly knee. “A” set off for the loo, ear cocked (Oops!) to listen for any pings in the pan. He’s waiting for kidney stones to pass. We didn’t mention ailments all night. The meal was excellent and a happy time was had by all. I'd recommend the trio of school puddings with a jug of custard. Pure comfort food!


  1. I've been to writers' group meetings where writing doesn't get mentioned, only the latest tweaks, twinges and viruses get shared!

  2. I thought you had to have something wrong with you to get into a writers' group.

  3. Browsing through people's blogs (and not getting down to any writing), I've noticed that everyone seems to be miserable at the moment. But a trio of puddings with custard - now you're talking!

    I hoep the facet joints improve soon. Awkward things, backs.

  4. Maybe the LSO's back will end up in a story?
    "I wish I could say" sounds very much like "What if?" and we all know where that can lead

  5. Hope your LSO is feeling much better now. How wonderful to share the same birthday makes it easier to

    Best wishes,

  6. Hope you and the LSO are both improving now.
    I'm not sure how funny it was for you all at the time but I absolutely howled at your description of your night on the town! You really do describe things so one can just see them as if watching a film.
    Hope you are all back to full health really soon. x

  7. I hope you and the LSO are mending.

    Because I love your blog I have awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award. Details at I hope you will share seven things about yourself on your blog and pass the baton to 15 more bloggers, but no worries if you’d rather not.