What happened to the art of the lie-in?

September 10, 2011 at 9:57 am | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 7 Comments

Today is my first day of a week off work; YAY! A holiday! It’s been a very stressful week at work and I was really looking forward to a lie-in this morning. I slept well last night for the first time in a few days (we lost Middle-Sized Cat on Tuesday and I wake up in the middle of the night missing him!) I woke up at 6:30 and thought, ‘Oh good, I’m on holiday. I can have a lie-in.’ By 6:40 I was feeling restless, by 6:45 I was out of bed and heading down to the kitchen to make coffee and feed Enormous Cat and Tiny Cat II… who were very happy about the lack of lie-in. By 9:30 we had a load of washing on, I’d hand-washed two jumpers, made some more coffee and had breakfast. Hubby had dusted round the house and hung out the washing and put the next load in. We DID go back to bed to drink the coffee and read, which was nice, but it wasn’t a proper lie-in. I think it’s because we’re missing Middle-Sized Cat – he loved weekends. We normally bring a coffee up to bed at weekends and he would always bound upstairs (or creak upstairs in his later years), jump on the bed, snuggle up to me and purr manically for as long as I was prepared to stay there! He is sorely missed.

And talking of sore … I have a bad shoulder. It’s not RA, the RA is behaving itself very nicely thank you, which I suppose is why I’m not blogging much; it’s purely muscular, but damn it’s painful! I have no idea what I’ve done to myself – quite probably bad posture, given where it is … says Polly, pulling herself up straight while typing! Probably not aided by cat and work-induced stress! I’ve been trying (and failing dismally) to lose weight, and have been doing various bopping about embarrassingly in front of a DVD type exercises, which may also have exacerbated the problem. I wanted to do those this morning to work off the biscuits* I shouldn’t have eaten yesterday, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to. I’ve lost a handful of pounds but no doubt will put them back on again during my week off. Aaaaaaaaaaargh.

* I’ve been incredibly good at healthy, low-calorie eating for the last few weeks, but I met a friend for coffee at our favourite local café yesterday and the very nice café owner will insist on giving us free biscuits, and my friend absolutely refused to eat four, and they sat there and looked at me and said ‘eat me …’ until I did.



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  1. This psychic ability to hear biscuits that we both have is a heavy paranormal load to bear… ;o)

  2. A good one for paranormal investigators, perhaps, as it seems to be quite common!!

  3. I’m sorry, Polly, for the loss of your dear friend. As one who also loves cats and has one who’s a very deal old friend, I understand how you miss his company. Hugs for you.

    I also understand what you mean about the lie-in. We call it “sleeping in” over here, but the trouble managing to do it is just the same. I’d LOVE to snooze deep into the morning like I did when I was a hapless teen-ager, but years of getting up with or before the birds for work has completely ruined my ability to do so. Like it or not, I wake early and simply have to get up and get busy.

    Here’s hoping the pain in your shoulder goes away quickly with a week’s worth of TLC. Congrats on the weight loss–it’s HARD to do and harder to stick to. At least when you ate those cookies you enjoyed them! 😉

  4. Sounds like your being a very good girl… me.. it’s a day to day thing…. the joints are stiff, but mostly from Osteo… no RA flares, i’m blessed but the meds do have an effect on moods i think… Today is the last day of the pool open, here at “Oakpoint”… (retirement comm.).. I am however, ready for FALL..season changes make it that much sweeter when they come around again…
    As well, crocheting and quilting up a storm for our craft fair on Oct. 1… I work all year making things i like to make then sell them really cheap to people and watch the smiles on their faces when they take home something they love… I do lots of American Girl doll sweater and hat sets, along with a pr. of slacks made from scrap fabric or recycled fabric from used clothing… yep, i throw NOTHING out..
    Enjoy your vacation! I remember them all too well, always trying to squeeze things in all at once… but bear in mind.. the day does come that “everyday” can become a “lie-in day”…. LOL,, and i must say i’m better at that then most!!!!! 🙂 hugs B

  5. So sorry to hear about MS Cat – hope you are all coping OK without him. xx

  6. LOL! I don’t think every day will ever be a lie-in day for me – just seem to have lost the knack!! I’ve also been crocheting up a storm; I now have a large bunch of unfinished projects (or I should say works in progress I suppose!) 🙂 Slippers for hubby, a wrap for me, a half-completed Turkish crochet bracelet, and various bits and bobs of yarn that I’m just experimenting with! Had a lovely holiday – but NOT looking forward to going back to work tomorrow!

  7. Thans Mrs Mooseface; miss him terribly of course. On the bright side there’s no litter trays to clean, no fiddly tablets to chop into tiny bits and crush into food, no enormous vets bills, and he’s not in pain any more … would still rather have him back though!!!

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