Feeling better

Having come out the other side of Root Canal Treatment Part 1, I am now feeling so much better.  You know when you don’t realise how terrible you felt  until you start getting better?  I’ve basically spent the last six weeks feeling slightly fluey but I’d assumed I was…run down?  Needed to cut back on the booze?  Perhaps this was what being 40 would be like (ugh).

Now the dentist has done his thing, I’ve stopped getting that unpleasant taste in my mouth and feel … better.  Thank God because we’re going skiing for half term.

I’ve also had all my hair cut off.  It had got quite long and whenever I combed it, it took ages because the ends had got so crunchy.  I had meant to just get an inch cut off but when I was having it washed, I randomly decided to get it cut to a jaw length bob.  I like it a lot and my husband said it looks nice.  My son HATES it and cried.  He said that he liked my hair the way it used to be.  I don’t think he approves of me changing my appearance.

My daughter, thank goodness, couldn’t give a shit what I do to my hair.  As long as I provide regular meals and snacks, let her watch Paw Patrol and murmur approving things while she does forward rolls, she will remain implacably indifferent to how I look.

I still haven’t quite managed to turn over the compost heap.  Never mind.  I’ll do it in April.

Compost bin
Compost bin

Compost bin at the end of November

The pumpkins have rotted down nicely and I ended up putting a load of leaves that I picked out the herb patch into the compost bin.  They’ll need a few green things on top but that should be okay.

Compost bin.
Compost bin

It’s unlikely that much will happen to the compost over the next few days / weeks.  I am told (by my Mum) that it is going to be cold this week.  I’ve had a look at the BBC weather app and today it is meant to be 0C (32F) at 9am in London and tomorrow it is meant to be -3C (27F) at 9am.  Woohoo!  The new down parka was not a total waste of money!

It is also going to be cold in the IoW but it isn’t going to get below freezing (because it almost never does here).

Compost bin at the start of November

I hope that my compost bin will benefit from all the pumpkin innards that have gone in there.  My Mum often mentions how disgusting she finds the inside of pumpkins and I have noticed a sort of gassy smell.  Plus handling all those stringy bits is a bit gross.

Compost bin with pumpkin insides added
Compost bin with pumpkin insides added

I’ll try to give my compost bin a stir before the end of the week, before I add the hollowed out pumpkins.

Herbs in the compost bin

I’ve been doing a bit of pruning of the herbs – I did the rest of the lavender and then cut back my sage, margoram, oregano and nepeta.  My children helped, which is a good activity for them, even if it does make me slightly less efficient.

Compost bin is full
Compost bin is full

I can’t decide whether to turn over my compost.  Over the summer, I saw a slow worm in there so I don’t want to disturb it if it is still there.  However, I’m never going to get compost unless I mix it up a bit.

Perhaps I’ll have a go with the fork in a week or two.