Charity


Echo...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.I checked the dates and it's been nearly a month so I guess we have a bit to catch up on.To start with, I've had my two weeks holiday (at home) and have spent a lot of the time drunk or under the influence... so I could have probably made more use of my holiday time but I think it was a case of having a decent blow out after a long period of no breaks so I am not bitter. The second week was with my wife so we spent some quality time, out and about but sadly, my lad couldn't make it so there was a bit of disappoinment there.In the first week, I had my Trengrouse Trim and went from this:Click the Pic!To a rather more shiny:Click the Pic!As a result of the evening's takings, the sponsor money from work and the Go Fund Me page, I raised over £500. With a bit more wheeling and dealing (sale of sculpts and some reproduction rights), I have added a further £400 to the total and will top off the rest so that, together, we will provide a new Flexi-Porter chair for the care home

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A special evening.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.Today, I have a last evening at work before two week's holiday and I am mildly happy about it... well... very happy because I need a rest.I started in care work almost a year ago (Oct 11th, 2018) and like a complete idiot, I have only had a week's holiday since I started. With dementia care being so physically and psychologically challenging (especially considering  that I had not worked for over a year, prior to starting the job), I have made a big mistake and should have had a bit more time off because I am pretty burnt-out at the moment. Lesson learned. At least I still love my work, the people I care for and the mates I work with... I just need to get the balance right.This week, I have mostly been tinkering... with no real progress on anything so I don't have any hobby pictures to show off.The Taurox conversions are coming along. I have almost got the box bodies on the three hulls finished and will most likely be focusing on those in the coming week or so.In o

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Tanks for the memories...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.Over the last couple of weeks, I have mostly been absolutely shattered... so things have happened in fits and starts.Work has been very good and I am still loving it. A few changes have happened but the team is pulling together and making everything tick along nicely so Kudos to everyone there.From a charity perspective, I have been very humbled by the massive support I have received from my work mates and visitors, for my "Boldly Goes" event. I have collected over £150 in sponsorship pledges so far and that will go very nicely towards my goal of buying a new 'Flexi Porter' chair for my care home. I have also been invited to carry out the little shaving event at my local pub "The Rodney Inn", in Helston so that's where it will happen and many thanks to Terry and Emma for that wonderful gesture.As for the on-line fund-raiser, I could do with a bit more support so if you are able to, please see if you can add some funds here:Steve Boldly Goes LINKIn other charity news, I

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A whole month?!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.I know... it's been a month but I have not really been getting up to much that is worthy of comment... so I thought I'd wait until something came up.A date has been set for my head/beard shaving, charity event... the first of October. As soon as I have a funding page up and running, I will post it up but in the meantime...Click the Pic!I have booked some holiday time so at the end of this month, I have two weeks off. That means I will have time to do some things... like get new glasses, see the doctor about my anaemia, get my bike serviced, see my son and maybe even chill out for a few minutes!Life has been pretty regular... still working and enjoying it, still loving Cornwall and still enjoying time with my wife and all the cats that seem to be arriving.On to hobby stuff and I did okay in the sculpting competition. I got 4th for the trooper and 7th for the Sgt:Click the Pic!There were 13 entries and some were by professional sculptors so I don't thing I did badly. It s

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Sculpting and stuff.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World.Over the last couple of weeks I have been working, clearing the garden and getting a bit of hobby stuff done... and I've also had to put up with a cold and a continuing lack of sleep.Work has been good. I am now officially part of the furniture and this has been proven by bumping into workmates when I am not at work and socialising with them... so there's that.When not at work, and when the weather has let me, I have been clearing the old fence from the garden. I have a way to go but this sort of thing takes time.The cats are on our minds at the moment. Charmmy is fine, Alfie has had his two lots of jabs and is waiting until it is time for his neutering operation. Sam is still not right. He will be going back to the vets at some point soon and they'll need to look at his tail/lower back... when he's on anti-inflamatories, he is less stiff but you can see he is still not happy. Fred is very much on his last legs and we have been in touch with the vets to discus his humane depa

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Continuing the trend.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been much of a continuation of last week... working and being tired due to lack of sleep.My wife has had a week off work and I was lucky enough to pick up a training course on the one day I had off... so we couldn't really get much done. Fortunately, we managed to go out for an evening at a local historic garden with Marie Curie. It was a good evening which consisted of a walk around the private areas of the garden followed by tea, cakes and a bit of a meet and greet with other Marie Curie fundraisers and committee members.Last Saturday, we popped over to see kittens at a friend's house and we are pleased to say that we are going to be bringing one home in a few weeks. His name is Alfie and here he is at the moment:Click the Pix!He's only four weeks old so it will be a few weeks before he comes home with us... but he is a little cutie.In other news, I got a pay rise... which is nice. I'm still really enjoying the work so I am hoping it can continue.Apart f

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Another Sunday; another post.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been another busy one, with the added complication of having a poorly wife to look after. As a result, I have been doing all the chores on top of what I would usually doing so my time has been well used.Luckily my wife has a really bad cough so I have really slept well this week... oh no... what I meant to say is that I have been listening to coughing all night so sleep has been a bit sparse too. That said, I must have had enough sleep because I have been able to work hard, get all my chores done and still have time for a small amount of hobby time.First up, I have been continue to work on my Primaris marines and have got another five, roughly base-coated. I just need to tidy them up, before a wash and highlighting:Click the Pic!Now for the distractions... I saw an image of a Mantic Teraton and thought "I've got one of those" so I dug it out, assembled it and have started to slap a base-coat on it:Click the Pix!I have no idea what I am going to do with it.

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A little bit of sculpting?

Hello and welcome to this week's blog post.To say that this week has been an uphill struggle would be an understatement.Working in elderly care, especially where dementia is high on the agenda, can be a roller-coaster ride. This week has proved it to me. I have seen the highs of making a huge difference to some of the resident's lives and I have seen the lows of watching the coroner taking away residents who have succumbed to dementia.There have been staffing issues, disgruntled people and 'interesting' challenges that have arisen due to some of the more diverse behaviour that dementia can cause... I have even worked two extra shifts to try and ease the situation... but it has all been positive (for me) so I am happy ticking along.Add to that, my charity duties whilst I have had time away from work (counting charity boxes, creating event programmes and paying in money at the bank)... and that means that I haven't had a huge amount of hobby time...... however... a small miracle has happened. My muse has paid a

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Getting there.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been one of this and that...There's been lots of work and I'm beginning to get used to the demands of it. Having something to eat, before going to work has made a lot of difference so that is a good thing. As is normally the case, I got the wrong day off this week... I wanted Friday but got Thursday... so I am now hoping that I don't have to play hooky on Christmas day because they haven't taken into account my initial request (when I joined) and the Christmas rota request (that I have clearly marked)... I have PLANS, Damn it! Hopefully, they will understand and realise that I will not be attending work on Christmas day, whether I am supposed to or not.So Friday was a bit of a rush. I worked until 14:30hrs and then dashed to the local church for my 14:35hrs, blood-donation appointment (33rd donation). When that was done, I pottered home, sorted my life out and when my missus returned from work, we went out for a meal to celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversa

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Life's distractions.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been one of slowly getting used to working for a living (again) and a bit of hobby stuff... so here we go.Work has been pretty heavy this week. I haven't really had a manual job for a good ten years and I think that the heavier aspect of this job... especially when stepping up from two years off work... has caught up with me. How can I tell? Well, I nearly collapsed at work on Thursday and if it hadn't been for the fact that I knew where the chair was, I would have. I managed to quickly back myself into a seat and put my head down to try and shake off the feeling that I was going to pass out. Five minutes rest, a drink of water and some fresh air sorted things out but I learned a valuable lesson... I need to eat breakfast. With that in mind, I now have some breakfast bars to go with my morning tea so I am hoping that the energy boost will keep me going at work.Apart from that, I have had a great week at work and am getting properly stuck into things now. I

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Is this the real thing? Or is this just fantasy?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.Forgive me, friends, for it has been two weeks, since my last update.Last week would have been a fairly boring update. It would have just been about training courses, tiredness and work... with no hobby stuff at all.This week is fairly similar but maybe, a little bit more varied...Over the last two weeks I have been getting training and work experience and have been plodding along very nicely at work. I have been involved with most of the day to day duties that a Health Care Assistant, level 1 (HCA1) may face but I have had to be line of sight and monitored closely while I am in the learning phase. I have assisted with personal care, eating, hoisting, restraint and also have had time to enjoy the company of clients in a friendly environment. Sadly, one of our clients passed away this week so I have also felt the sadness of what Dementia eventually causes... so the last two weeks have been pretty full-on.This coming week, I have more training and then I will be free of i

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The start of an interesting journey...

Hello.Welcome.Let's get the show on the road...This week has been a week of all sorts of things...First of all, my son (and his girlfriend) was visiting and I got to see him a bit while he was in town. It is always good to see him when he visits because he's his own man now and we have a good understanding now. He is still enjoying life in the RAF and I am still immensely proud of him. It was particularly nice to have a family dinner with My son, his girlfriend, our daughter and us... I am now looking forward to the next visit.As I mentioned last week, I started a few shadow shifts, at the care home, this week but I ended up phoning them because I was waiting for the call... but it didn't come. I think that there were crossed wires and we were both expecting to be called. Anyway... I have now shadowed an early shift and a late shift and already know that I have made the right choice in my career direction... the care system needs all the help it can get.I have shadowed some lovely people and have been able to

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The wind has changed direction.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been fairly interesting so I'll get straight to it...My wife braved the shave... (the week before last... but I failed to mention it in my last blog post) and has so far raised nearly £400 for MacMillan Cancer Support, which is very cool. Her charity page is still up and now shows a 'before and after' so pop along and please donate if you can:Brave the Shave LINKOn the job front, I have now passed all the checks and should be starting work this coming week. I will be shadowing a Health Care Assistant for the week before going for my induction training the following week so things are really getting interesting now. I know that the first few months will be tough because it's all new to me, it's a particularly demanding job and I have been away from a job for nearly two years. I have a feeling that Inso is going to be a very tired chap! I am really looking forward to it and can't wait to get started.I have finally got my medals sorted out. I sent them off th

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Autumnal... it's a word, you know...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been relatively quiet.More form-filling finished, DBS certificates dropped off and more waiting for news about my new job. On the plus side, I have received a formal offer for my job and that means that I am back in the game of life again. It also meant that I needed to buy some shoes, trousers and a polo-shirt so that I could have separate work-clothes... which I have now done. Once I have decided whether or not I can cope with the type of work I will be doing, I will spring for some additional 'sets' of work wear because I will most certainly need them.On the charity front, I have been counting and banking collections and have started the investigation into how to thin down a few of the more onerous forms... that'll take a while but I reckon that I should be able to get some reduced effort for our collectors.I have also been running a small auction for Marie Curie on one of my Facebook groups and have carried out the draw this morning... parcels will be

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The platoon is growing.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World on a lovely, foggy day.This is currently the view from my window:Click the Pic!It's definitely different to last weekend... Hopefully, it will disappear and we'll get some sun again.Back on track... this week has been one of travels and a bit of hobby so we'll start with travels.My missus has had a bit of a holiday and we have been pottering around and doing everything she wanted to. We have been to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Pendennis Castle, Trebah Garden and have also traveled up to see my Step Mum in Seaton. While we were there we went for a lovely ride on the Seaton Tram system and had lunch on Colyton station. In lesser travels, we have also been to see Ant Man and the Wasp at the cinema. I was also (thankfully) left at home when my missus went to see the second Mama Mia film with my niece so that was a bullet dodged. We have also pottered about in town and spent some quality time together so this has been a good week.On Monday, I had a bit of official duty

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