Day 228 – Winter is Coming!

This morning, I woke up with back pain so severe, I could have given my right arm for someone to rub my back…and the other arm for a chance to lie in bed.

OK maybe not quite my right arm or my left arm. I need both arms.

I digress.

My back has been so painful all week and there is little I can do about it.

I would cherish the luxury of lying in bed resting it but when you’re on your own, that is a luxury that is not always possible. I had things to do, people to attend to like gardeners who come once a fortnight and so I dragged myself from bed, got washed, dressed and carried on.

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll understand the reference to winter is coming.

If you’re not, you are missing out.


I have to do one of Jon Snow.

I can’t help myself.

jon snow

I am terrified of being on my own over the winter months for reasons that I cannot explain right now other than to say that once the snow and ice set in, I will effectively be trapped indoors until they sufficiently thaw.

I do not know what I will do when winter comes but like the song says, one day at a time, sweet Jesus. 

So dragging my excruciatingly painful back around this afternoon, I had a task to attend to.

Many of the radiators including bathrooms and my bedroom haven’t been producing sufficient heat and so I tackled the completely new task of trying to bleed the radiators.

First task was trying to find a radiator key given that in 11.5 years in my home, it was something I had never done before.

I was exhausted by the wasted energy before I finally found a key.

Second task was bleeding the radiators with a little container to collect water and then disaster struck. Gushing water that would not stop from the first radiator I tried to bleed. In my defence, there was no hissing sound of air, just straight to water and I deliberated whether I was meant to gather the water. Duh.

Note to self: Google Google Google before undertaking new tasks.


I’m glad to report that after that disastrous start, I have managed to bleed all radiators in this four bedroom house; well except two covered with Victorian radiator covers.

Nope, I won’t even attempt removing those covers.

I know my limits…

But I have another one to add to new skill sets.

I can bleed radiators.

Job done.

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