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I know this is a bit off topic for this blog, but I’m sure we’ve all done this; there is something on the floor that is a bit hard to get at. At the same time as you are thinking; ‘If that goes up the hoover they’ll be trouble!’ SO what do we do? We go careful! Hooving NEAR it and avoid it, whilst grumbling we can’t get at it. Until, we get tired n WOOF up the hoover pipe it goes and the hoover starts to make a weird noise or a weird smell and you just know if you ignore it now,  its new hoover time, or a call out fee and repair charges.

This was me a moment ago. There was a BIG wooded bead on the floor, I couldn’t reach it with the dustpan and brush, kept forgetting to just knock it to somewhere I could reach it, with the vacuum hose when its not turned on (oh the joys of hindsight) and being sleep deprived, up the pipe it went. Hoover still worked but now made a very high pitched squeel followed by the hot motor smell, that you know NOT to ignore!

How I found the blockage and fixed it

UNPLUG the machine from the mains before you do anything else!!!

I took different sections apart, that I knew how to do, looked in its viewable parts n couldn’t see it. Then I did the thing you do when you don’t want a big bill…I went to You Tube, YEY for You Tube this centuries answer to a dictionary for life.🥇

Here is the video I found for taking various sections of an upright corded dyson apart so you can remove blockages. How to clean a dyson vacuum 

For those not loving clicking links the channel name is ‘FIX IT Home Improvement Channel’ and the video name is ‘How to Clean a Dyson Vacuum – Dyson Blockage – dc 65’

Did work?

Well, it helped me learn more places to look, but I still couldn’t see the bead!! So I went back to basics and thought, what was the route in? The hose, so I took out the hose’s top section, the solid bit that you can extend out with the stretchy hose that connects it to the main body. I peered inside n thought, that’s too narrow a gap for the bead to have gone down. Hmmmm, ponder…wait a minute, where it goes narrower is PINK, the bead was pink! So the bit I was looking through was the end of the bead itself, the part with the hole! Feeling pleased now, I’d at least found it but how to get it out?!

Removing the stuck bead

I tried moving it with a pencil, but as I had previously reconnected the hose n turned it on, the powerful suction on the Dyson had wedged the bead in there tightly. Logical thinking here, also told me if it wasn’t going any further into the machine from that direction, it needed to go back out the way it came. 😉😎

I found a piece of dowel, like the stuff used for bird perches but NOT one the birds use!! This looked good as it was narrower than the gap in the pipe so it wouldn’t damage the dyson. After putting this onto the bead, where it was jammed. I hit the other end a few times and YEY the bead fell back out, the way it had gone in.

NO big bills, no call out fees and its fixed 🙏👍😉😎

Many thanks go to;

  • You Tube, there’s always someone on there who knows how to do stuff. 🥇
  • To the owner of the FIX IT Home Improvement Channel 🥇for this video help

So there we go, if you find youself in a similar pickle and I guess if you have Lego fans in the house, this would be a regular problem. Here’s just a few ways to get your vaccum cleaner working again. The video also shows how to take apart the brush bar at the bottom so if you need to untangle long hair from there, this will get you access to that section too.

Why did I blog this??? I have dyslexia, it also affects memory and I forget how to do stuff.  I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last time it happens and this way we all have a simple searchable way to find out how to fix it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie x

 

 

 

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One of my favorite places to buy crytals from online, is Crazicarmas Crystals on Ebay. Donna photographs them all so well, from every angle and very close up, so you know exactly what you are getting. Donna also sends the actual crystal from the picture, rather than a random one of the same kind, which to me, is very important. Crystal spends are a luxury, a special treat, something often to cheer myself up or to help with a particular issuse I’m having at the time. When I recieve my purchases from CraziCarma’s Crystals they come in sturdy boxes, wrapped in purple tissue and with a scattering of purple angles in there too. It like a present and makes me feel so special. I also love how full a description she puts up about each one on the listings; where it comes from and the qualities its known for helping with.

A few new crystals

 Crystals I bought from Crazicarma’s Crystals on Ebay.

The crystals in the picture are

  • Stromatolite
  • Golden Danburite
  • Strontianite
  • Blue Scheelite
  • Garnierite
  • Diopase
  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Peach Stilbite
  • Infinite Stone
  • Red Adventurine
  • Golden Felspar

Treat yourself to some crystals

I know times are difficult for us all at the moment. The crystal world can offer us so much; comfort, companionship, easing our suffering by helping us let out stuck emotions, helping us feel held, helping us feel grounded and less scattered, helping us with anxiety, depression and so much more. I know its an individual thing as to how sensitive you are to reciving these energies, and I’m not suggesting holding a crystal instead of seeking other medical treatment for conditions but at the same time, many of the crystals can make a big difference to your environment and wellbeing.

Crazicarma’s Crystals is a safe place to buy from she is kind and helpful, and everything is so well packed its a joy. Skip that cup of coffee and treat yourself to something beautiful from Crazicarma’s Crystals instead.

How do I choose my crystals

Do I choose my crystals, or do my crystals choose me? For me its a bit of both. I’ll see a crystal coo over it, check all the pictures and just ‘know’ this is the one for me. It could be the colour, the shape that draws me, only after that, do I read the description. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said ‘OMG, thats so perfect’, to a description of a crystal, in how it relates to a situation I’m having at the time.

Sometimes I set an intention; ‘Please help me find crystals that will help with…’

Sometimes its just that I’m feeling a certain way and I like to look through the crystal images as they are so beautiful and then certain ones catch my eye with the ‘Pick me’ feelings. Sometimes I get tickles, tingles or nudges when I see certain ones. I’ve learnt to trust those ‘hints’ that the crystal I’m looking at will be an important one for me to pay attention too.

Personally I like polished crystals. Though raw crystals are very beautiful and show the natural formation shapes, I personally find them more difficult to care for. Its not as easy to dust raw crystals and many crystals don’t take kindly to being washed under the tap to remove dust. I spiritually cleanse my  crystals with sound, so less chance of one melting coz it can’t take water.

I also like polished crystals and stones because I like to get hands on with them. I like to hold them, to meditate with them, to be able to handle them without risking damaging them. Some crystals are really tough and sturdy others are soft n delicate.

If you haven’t already, I can highly recommend bringing crystals into your world. They can be such a great help, in times of need. Even if you are not into the energy side of things there are so many beautiful crystals that will bring colour into your world and look beautiful in your living or working space.

I highly recommend Crazicarma because I’ve been shopping with her for a few years now its its ALWAYS a total joy.

Links

 

Crazicarma’s Crystals Ebay shop in the UK

She is also on Facebook.

I do hope you visit her shop soon, please mention where you found out about her.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

PS If you want more information on crystals and their associations and meanings, I can highly recommend Adam Barralet on You Tube.

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Newquay mum, Nina Peters, has created a community interest company and brand, Shield Us, to help those who have been shielding be able to leave their houses with less anxiety.

There are lot of people who have hidden conditions which make them vulerable to this pandemic. As social distancing relaxes, some people seem to ignore it completely, which for those at highest risk means they either are foced to stay indoors or they need YOU to be aware of the need to respect the ditancing rules.

That’s where Nina’s campagn began. You can read more about it here;

If you know anyone who could find these shirts and pins useful please visit her shop, as shown above.

If you know any societies or businesses who could help her raise awareness of this, help her get this logo recognised. Please let them or her know, contact information shown later in this post.

Please note:

I am in no way connected to this brand, I just saw the piece on BBC Breakfast this morning and its such a good idea and could help so many people that I’m using this blog post to hep raise awareness about it.

There are so many conditions that are hidden, and as a #spoonie a #zebra I so relate to this. This applies to so many conditions that are hidden, if someone can’t see your illness or condition, too often it means its ignored, and you just don’t have the energy to be a poster person for your condition.

If you can think of more, please contact them yourselves or pass on the links to Nina’s pages, as shown below

NinaPeters #ShieldUs contact info

There are so many hidden conditions, people on medications that lower their immunity levels, those who’s illness/conditions makes them more vulnerable to illness. Please respect that.

What would my logo have been…’Step back, to save a life!’

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

 

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Message in a bottle scheme is genius idea from the Lions Club, it is a plastic bottle with a form u fill in,  that contains ur medical information and other key information, which you then put in the fridge. If there is an accident or you get ill, someone from emergency services will check the fridge to see if there is one there. It saves time and it saves lives. Make one NOW before you need it, while u have time to find all the information for it in a calm way.

Why do I want a Message in a bottle?

Sometimes there isn’t time to think, sometimes stuff changes in a heart beat, and you are in the worst day of your life. Be kind to yourself, fill in those forms on the good days, and if that terrible day does ever happen. Know you DO know what to do, and will be able to make a difference, however scary things get.

If the first paragraph didn’t appeal to you, here are some other ways to think about this. You have home insurance so if stuff goes wrong at home, you phone someone and they sort it, right?

If u have a car u have insurance so it gets fixed n you maybe have breakdown cover so its one call n they know all about you?

If there is an accident or emergency, at home, you can just open the fridge grab the bottle and know u can save lots of time and stress, knowing all the emergency services may need to know, is right there. If you brain melts, you’re still covered.

If you have close relatives or friends who have you as their chosen person to contact in times of accident, having a copy of this information about them could really help. If emergency services ask you about their stuff, you can go to a folder and look at that info and know. (you probably only need household ppls info in your fridge tho)

The Message in a bottle scheme is FREE, if u have a printer and the link below u can make it now without leaving home. Its simple to do and no ongoing fees? Its a no brainer right? Don’t just clap the NHS, take some steps to make your life and theirs easier in case of sudden accident or illness.

Examples

Your other half gets really sick, what do you do?

Your child gets hurt, what do you do?

You phone 999, later they ask u questions like what is his/her,their GP information, is he/she/they allergic to anything? Can u answer that? In that moment of panic?

Can u answer that right now, while you are sitting safe at home with everyone well? How well does your brain help you in a crisis, are you calm and know all the info or does your brain melt, and you flap? (which is also a normal valid response to any of that too)

Saving time saves lives. The more information you can give the emergency servies, the quicker and better they can take care of you or your loved one.

NO judgement but if the answer is no 😦 then please have a look at the form and consider filling it in. Would it feel better to know that if anything bad happened, you could open the fridge door and know all the info you might be asked for is in there? You could just read it out, or hand it to the emergency services?

Where can I get a message in a bottle? Can I make one myself at home?

  • Next time you are in the pharmacy in the UK, look for or ask for Lions Club Message in a Bottle scheme. They may be able to give you one. But if you have a printer and can read this page, then why not make your own, right here, right now? Its simple to do.
  • Print this; PDF of the form for Message in a bottle https://www.scas.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/message-in-a-bottle-form.pdf
  • Print it double sided and its only one sheet of paper. If your printer doesn’t do that, ask it to print just page one, then put paper back in and ask it to print just side 2.
  • Make a form for every person in the house.
  • Fill it in
  • Put it in a bottle or envelope in the fridge. (wash out and a plasic milk bottle or similar, just be sure to lable the bottle and leave it in the fridge somewhere promonant)

****IMPORTANT****

Keep the information on the forms up to date, if your meds change, your gp changes etc, please print a new form. Print on high quality NOT draft, draft uses less ink, but means print will fade faster too.

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If you have no idea what your NHS number is, do you have a prescription? Have a look at the top of the prescription and it will state your NHS number. If you don’t have that, fill in as much as you can, and add other info as you are able to find it.

Its a great form you can specify who looks after you if u have a carer, who you want someone to contact for you, if you have someone who relies on you, if you have pets at home who would need to be taken care of. As well as all the usual allergy questions, gp, next of kind stuff. So its really good.

Links

Mine was from pharmacy and I wanted to share it with you here but here is more about the scheme

Though this is a UK based project, I’m sure the Pdf of the form will be of use to those in other countries too, you can add any extra information you need to to it.

We are all living in challenging times at the moment. Lots of us feel anxious, worried, want to help but don’t know how too. Lots of us are running the ‘what if…’ story in our heads.

I don’t want my post to create fear, this is something you CAN do, for yourself, for your family for those you care for, and for those who will be taking care of you. Its an empowering thing, and brings peace of mind, knowing all the key info is there for when you might need it most. Its an act of kindness to your future self who is having the worst day and needs all the help they can get in that moment.

/messageinabottle #messageinabottle

This is a timeless post, its not just for right now, its for everyone, everywhere, you can do this, you can make a difference.

Stay safe and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

 

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Just a heads up that I plan to put some calming ideas on this blog starting in July. Think art books, artists, card decks for inspiration, meditation links that kinda thing. If my hands allows some books that have projects that calm the mind n soul too.

The world sure is loud, shouty, spiky at the moment, so I’ll try to share some gentle things with you to help you through.

I fully respect that what one person finds calming, may well drive another nuts, so as with all things, take what resonates, step away from the rest. I don’t want to use the mindfulness word, as for me I find that devisive. Its a very marmite thing. Personal soap box moment on this topic; like any great idea that is shared, each person tweaks it a bit, adds their own spin and for me there are some parts of what is touted as mindfulness which (to me) feel judgemental. As if, you are failing if you don’t do this or that.

THAT’S not me and not for me. There is far too much of that in the world. Eek did I fall on my own sword there ??? Did I judge others, SORRY. Its simply that Mindfullness stems from Buddhist ideals, ways of life, things to live by, and that’s totally fine. My issue is as its been shared and rebranded as mindfulness it seems to have been modified past the original concept. I have found it being used as a mental health as a tool but in that situation as it was presented badly [to me] it was being used in ways that felt judgemental.  I own my part, I have tried to use it in situations that it turn out not to feel right for me, not at the right time and not in the right situation.

However, personally and for myself I feel surrendering to this current world situation is the way through for me. I have learnt Reiki from You Tube and will share where. Meditated lots, which has helped my anxiety grately.

I have learnt not to try to fix my mental health issues, been TRYING to fix for years and that’s not helped or worked. I have learnt to walk WITH stuff. Allowing it to be what it is, and witnessing it, giving it space to be, doing my best to take care of myself during the worst of times, and then waiting for the gaps in the clouds, the storms to break. When I  realised others can’t, won’t help then it was time to use a different approach. The phrase ‘no one is coming to save you.’ is one that has been repeatedly shown to me in this journey.There are more options that NHS offer, they simply have to stick to budgets and what NICE guidlines allow. It is what it is, not bashing anyone but waiting lists were long and its a circle of pillar to post for precious little of help, things aren’t going to be better with more people in need of help after the c19 situation. We gotta build our own boat here folkes. Work out what works for us, gather that, stick close to those who love and support us, who love us for who and what we are and beilive in. I have learnt that as someone wise also once said; ‘Its better to be alone, than be someone you are not’

So next month I’ll start to share what I’m using right now, see if it helps you too.

Holding safe space for all those struggling right now.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

UPDATE: If you were sad not to see the promised posts. Tech fail, my computer fell over. My health is suffering so I’m not able to post as much as I used too. I will post when I can.

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There seem to be a lot of tutorials around at the moment about how to sew masks for Covid 19 protection, for yourself but also to donate to those in need in hsopitals etc. I have done some research, please have a read through n watch a bit, before you sew. We want to help ppl, not give false hope.

How to sew a face mask

First video I watched was by Homemadeonourhomestead

Then their follow up videowith Q&A and lots of helpful links

This article on the materials used on homemade masks and their pros/cons limitations is IMPORTANT to read

Suay Mask pattern,

pdf pattern and instructions https://suayla.com/pages/suay-community-mask-coalition

Please consider adding a donation to his go fund me page, he is working to get testing for the material options for home sew masks but its $40 thousand. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mask-response-at-suay

Allergies and cleanliness

I applaud the thinking behind making masks at home, to help others, but my concern for this is also about the spaces they are being created in, have you sanitised your washing machine before washing these fabrics? Ditto other areas in your house.

Also allergies do you have pets? If your pet has had access to areas where you are creating these masks, that would need to be stated on the final piece. Sewing for yourself is fine, but if others have allergies that could be life threatening for them, then sewing in an area your pet has had access too, even if its not there today, if you have touched your pet then your sewing supplies, again, my heart says everything needs special cleaning down. The same is true of food allergies.

  • Please know I applaud all those wanting to create to help fill a gap, to ‘do their bit’ to help. But medical grade masks are made in sterile surroundings, with people wearing ppe while they create.
  • Please be aware of the limitations of the materials you are using, so you and those you are sharing these masks with can make their own informed decisions.
  • Please be aware that some people have allergies that can also be life threatening if triggered. This can be food related as well as pet related. Even in the smallest amounts allergens can be life threatening. So any food you or your area has been in contact with can be an issue.
  • Please wash your hands, wear gloves and a mask throughout your creation process.
  • This isn’t me being down on anyone trying to help, just that I knew someone who had life threatening allergy reaction, when they were in contact with someone who had been in contact with their trigger substance days ago! THIS STUFF MATTERS.

Sending love light and hope to all those struggling right now.

Thanks for reading, please share this post

Billie x

Update 22 April 2020

I stand by what I have written, and the allergy thing is still very important. As long as everyone keeps that in mind and is also aware of the limitations of such masks its fine. I have since done further research and discovered its possible to get liners for the masks which will improve their safety value to the general public, just for out and about.

Given the news is starting to lean towards possibly asking people to wear masks out and about, in the coming weeks n months, it would be WAY better to make your own, with one of the many many tutorials on You Tube than to deplete the already, dangerously low stocks, that are around and needed for front line staff.

Thanks for reading x

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On 26 March 2020, at 8pm, the UK is coming together to applaud those in the NHS for all their hard work during the Covid 19 virus pandemic. But I would like to thank them not just for right now but for every day, every night, every missed family occassion they have put their own needs asside to help others. You are the often unsung heros of the land. Thank you so much for all you do.

Thank You

Now more than ever its vital to say thank you to those still out there, risking their health, their lives to helping us.

I will also make a version of this for the window, and show it to everyone who is still out there; delivering post, emptying the bins, bringing food, supplies. you are heros too.

All too often these heros are facing verbal abuse just for doing their very best. Working long hours, driving miles and miles, often without the needed protection in the current virus crisis.

Lots of us are scared, for ourselves and our families, for the world.

THEY are too, and they are STILL out there, still HELPING YOU.

SO before you moan, or rant or rage from a place of fear, at those who are just trying to help. Take a breath, and if you can’t be kind, be quiet.

Please make your own versions of this for your windows, show those still out there, you care, you see them and their hard work, effort and appreciate them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

PS. Turns out this is the 1000th post on this blog. I’m glad its a special one.

Thank you everyone who has visited this blog, left a comment or found this blog and is posts n links useful.

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