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Sunday, 17th November 2019

Ooooh, it's been a damn cold wind this week and non too tropical today either.  i've been dodging the rain but copped a wet one last Thursday when i went down to the Auctions.  i had my eye on a couple of things, shawls and some pictures but they started at silly prices (online mostly) and just went up. The shawls went for about £260, i think.  i did buy a mixed lot of glassware, which included some other stuff, like a figurine of a tiger and the loveliest little bull (can't see him very well); bargain at £60, worth it for the bull alone.  i took the glasses, matching jugs on the top shelf, but not the dish (amazingly heavy). i kept the round flat dish and the animals, on the left but not the big glass pieces and the saluki. There are two pieces there, one behind the other and wickedly heavy. The Auction pass on unwanted items to charities. Saves me from having to do it.

1. Have you ever had a vacation ruined by the weather or did you just work around it? Not that i can recall. We would have worked round it when i was young and none of my later trips were wet - Phoenix, Venice or China, all were good.

2. What small changes do you feel people could make to give the planet a fighting chance against global warming? i think it's rather too late for individuals and only the big multinationals and governments could affect it now. People just need to keep recycling and trying to cut down on single use plastics.  Horrific how we've even managed to pollute the oceans.

3. Are you adversely affect by the weather, such as SAD? i think the weather affects us all in some way or other, but we do feel better when the sun shines, i know i do. Although, i don't take a great deal of notice unless it gets dark. Even then, i just put on the lights.

4. How is the weather where you are and have you seen drastic changes in it during your life time? This side of England is more sheltered from the Atlantic weather and unless we get stuff coming over from the continent, we have a very moderate climate. i've not seen a lot of British weather, except for the last twenty odd years, as i've lived most of my life overseas, so i'm not a good judge. i can say that when i was born in 1947, there was an exceptionally bad winter, with record snow drifts. My mum used to say that was why i love snow!

5. Do you think we can stop global warming or is it too late? It would need a world-wide effort NOW to slow down global warming, we cannot stop it. It is happening whether or not we do. We are simply speeding it up in the worst and fastest way. Sad but true.

That's it for today - have a great week, stay warm and dry!

Tuesday, 12th November 2019

It's been a while since i posted here, sorry about that!  Had the Annual Gas Service [courtesy of the Council] this morning; all okay. Not that i expected any different.  My gas cooker is 9 years old now but it's fine. It's one of those specially designed for a building with multiple flats and  insured, as it wasn't cheap, along with my dryer and TV. Wonder why i haven't got insurance on my washer? i thought i had but no. It's the same age as the cooker but running fine too - touch wood! i'm not sure if could get insurance on it now. Wish i had room for a dishwasher.

Damn, it's raining.  i had a visit to Cheffins open day earmarked for this pm, but not sure if i'll bother as it's a bit on the chilly side too. Still, there's always tomorrow. i've that Drs appointment for my hearing but it's not until just after 4pm, so could slot it in before - if the weather is better. Well, i'll do the Friday Five while i think about it.

1. What could you do for an hour or so today that you would really enjoy doing? Reading, with my feet up of course.

2. What could you do for an hour today that might improve your life in the future? Getting my tree trunk legs up!

3. What could you do for an hour today that could strengthen or improve a skill you would like to be able to rely on? Prevaricate less - and getting on with my Christmas cards

4. What could you do for an hour today that would make your living space more pleasant to live in? Sorting out my DVD collection to reduce the amount, before i start stacking them on the floor!

5. What could you do for an hour today that would improve your relationships with loved ones? That's a tricky one. i don't have any in the traditional sense. The remains of cousins family live up north and really don't give a damn about me. My loved ones are the friends scattered around the world, and you can't improve on that.

Weather looks to be lightening somewhat, wonder if it'll improve enough?
Whatever happens, have a good week and i hope flood water doesn't trouble you.

Friday, 18th October 2019

I've been feeling very...unsettled could be the word i'm groping for. i've been very tired pre my B12 shot, which i have every 3 months. i get one as my doctor factors in how much time i actually spend out of the sun apparently. All i know is how tired i get in that third month. Mind you given how erratic my sleep patterns are and the fact i don't sleep all that well, i'm surprised i feel as well as i do - well, sorta!
i'm not sure if how i hear is an age thing or i need some sort of hearing aid.  When i'm in a meeting, if people don't speak clearly or too softly, which is quite common as few actually learn to speak up and address meetings properly, i have trouble hearing them.  Oh i hear the words in a way but it all kinda blurs together, rather like i just need them to ennunciate much more clearly and pitch to cover the whole audience. It's not so bad if they sit near me and i can see them speaking.  i find the same thing when people speak quickly and i want them to slow down so i can understand what they say.  Am i making sense? It's a little difficult to explain.  Dropping the ends of sentences is a very common fault. It's that quick gabble of words, like they're rushing to end the sentence to get onto the next bit, and i frequently have a struggle to understand it all.  Is it possible for hearing to slow down?  i find i have to get the speaker to repeat what they say and say it louder.  It's really frustrating, especially as my hearing is good and i was told it was above average, not that long ago.   i did have another lady [a little older than me] complain pretty much of the same thing and she said 'Thank God, i thought it was just me'.  So is it an age thing?
i posted the hearing bit on Facebook and one of my friends thinks it is an age thing.  Go get ears checked?
Have a good weekend all

Monday, 14th October 2019

Another cloudy and cool Monday, but no rain. i appreciated that as i tootled up to Sainsbury's Cafe for a minor NHS meeting. It wasn't earth shaking or anything so dramatic and i was wondering if it is just another layer in the NHS cake to keep us busy, and so unlikely to come to much. We shall see.
The NHS is so complicated, i'm sure the general public has no idea.
i shall do the Friday Five this time. The last one was just for the USA and really had no bearing on the UK. This can at least be both.

1. Do you think you are treated differently because you are a man or woman? Yes, definitely. Not so much on street level as it were, but the higher up the food-chain you go, it becomes more obvious.  It has toned down somewhat over the years and a comparison of say, the 60's and now, it is a LOT different.

2. Do men or women have it easier in our culture? Why do you think so? In our 'culture'? What does that mean - as opposed to what? If you are talking European, American or Asian, and many of the so-called Oriental cultures, they are still very different and have not changed much over the years.  Women are still battling for equality and social status, that hasn't changed much, but we have more freedom to choose how we live our lives quite a bit more in the West.  Very complicated subject.

3. Do you think girls are raised differently from boys? If so, in what ways? This at least has eased up and girls can do more in education and sport, but it's still hellova slow.  Boys are still expected to be 'manly' and girls steered towards being 'pink and girly' (i was neither and still an aversion to this 'girly pink).

4. Do you think women should take men's last names when they marry? Why or why not? No, unless it's a legal necessity or they actually wish to do so. We are no longer men's property with a need to show who we belong to.  i don't like my surname much, but not enough to change it by deed poll!

5. Do you think a woman will be President of the United States in the near future? Who knows? It took Britain long enough and let's face it, most of USA is dominated and ruled by men, the moneymen.  Mind you, just about every country is, y'know!

Having said all that, have a great week!

Friday, 16th August 2019

Friday question on a Friday!  What next...  ha,ha
They intrigued me, so i'll get on and do them - can you believe i couldn't remember how to spell 'intrigue' and had to look it up?! Just shows how little i use the word, eh?
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Sunday, 11th August 2019

Not a lot happening today, except it's very windy.  i'm hoping for some rain. i know, sounds daft what with the flooding etc on the west side of the country, but not a lot has come our way.  i'm hoping this wind will tail off soon and the contractors will come in and do the 50% reduction on the two trees that so badly need it.  i'm told it's all aranged, though the contractors are 'very busy' but will do the work.  i'm told they are both flowering cherries.  i'll post 'after' shots again.

The Cambridge Folk Festival was last weekend - wow, week gone already - and we all commented about the lack of audience numbers.  It doesn't help when you don't have many big names to draw the crowds. We did have Graham Nash [of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, for those of you who don't know him] and he just killed it - 2 encores, and the Fishermens Friends.  Graham was on Friday night, not even a weekend night and the FF were on Stage 2, the smaller venue on Sunday.  Very odd. The Festival organisers tried to compensate by cramming in lots of acts, though sadly only a few were worth mentioning. Or that i had heard of.  Some of the tired old acts were in there of course, but i wished they weren't!  The 'Guest Curator' was local boy Nick Mulvey [never heard of him] and he was on an African kick, lots of drums and not a lot of actual music, if you know what i mean. When there were lyrics, you couldn't understand a word and it was very repiticious. Only Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita hit the spot with great music. The Sisters of Elva Hill were worth a mention with their ballet piece, first up on Stage 1 Friday and 81 year old Lil' Jimmy Reed defying age and infirmaty to get the crowd into some authentic old blues on Stage 2, just before the Fishermens Friends - who rocked the tent. My main problem i guess is that i'm not a 'folkie' and find a lot of actual folk music pretty boring - i mean, it is all the same, Irish, Scottish or whatever, fiddles, pipes, accordians. You get my drift?
It was well organaised and the stewards were great BUT what really got me hot under the collar was the lack of water in the disabled toilets - only hand sanitiser bottles. Can you believe it??  Roll it all together and i'm pretty sure i won't buy a whole weekend ticket next year.  Maybe they will line up some more interesting acts, who knows?  Watch this space!
Just the Friday Five to close...

1. How are you feeling today? i'm okay i guess, but my circulation is not good and the numbness and lack of feeling in my feet is getting steadily worse and my shins are following suite?  It's all diabeties linked probably, though my arthritis won't be helping it and is pretty bad, so not sure what i could do about it.  It doesn't help that one of my neighbours has recently died and he was a diabetic with chronic foot/leg problems.  i'm also having trouble thinking of the right words sometime, lack of quick recall, i haven't forgotten the actual words.  It's true, disabilities are not all visible.

2. Have you gone to one of those emergency/urgent care walk-in clinics? No, i haven't but i saw one start up in Sydney that was very successful. Cambridge is toying with the idea. It's all about the money, of course.

3. What symptoms made you go there? Not applicable.

4. Does it make you feel better to have the doctor translate your symptoms into a medical-sounding diagnosis (e.g., really bad cough = bronchitis)? Translating symptoms doesn't come into it, you want to know what you have.  i self medicate a lot and only go to the doctors for when i can't cure myself

5. What is the worst tasting medicine you have ever had? That has to be a solution called Mistexpect, pale green and foul!

Well, that's about it, friends and neighbours!  i sound like an old radio programme!
Have a great week and take care of your sweet selves

Monday, 22nd July 2019

'Monday, Monday..' music from the past.  It's been a busy one, for me at least.  i had a check-up appointment at the Hep Clinic at 10.15am and booked a taxi the night before - it was late and the Company had a scramble to get another one to me.  i restrained myself when it finally arrived just after 9.37am and just said 'you're late'.  i'm going to be racist here, so cover your tender ears!  Middle Eastern feller who took it personally and went into the usual song & dance how it was the despatcher's fault.  i give them the benefit of the doubt but he mumble/grumbled on far too long. Women in his world aren't supposed to criticise men and don't take kindly to any kind; suck it up, mate. i had left a goodly time to get there, so after a brief drop-off and dash, i made the appointment desk with five minitues or so to spare.
Needen't have worried, my Sister was running late. i set about getting an appointment with the dentist to replace a crown. A good twenty minutes later, Sr. let me know she was helping out as they are short handed, but did appologise. Usual story at the Hospital nowadays.  Had all my vitals checked before i saw her and i've not only lost a little weight [hooray] but i'm doing the Senior Shrink, now about 5.5in. Not sure how i feel about that. Anyway, Sr gave me a clean bill and 'see you in a couple of years' like the last bloke.  Just had to give some blood on my way out and i was done.  i called a taxi and in contrast to the first, this one was a dream. Quick, nice, polite and had no trouble with the scooter and had me home in jigtime.
Dentist wasn't until 3pm, so i had time for some homemade soup & a toasted roll.  Because of the Mill Road Railway Bridge closure to traffic, i made sure pedestrians still had access [they sent round a list of the days it was closed to everyone] and left an hour before i was due. It was a lot easier and better than i thought it might but at the far end of the bridge on the right side, there's a nasty little drop.  AND NO RAMP.  It was a scrape getting down, with nobody in sight.  i did speak to some of the working crew further down but they were gas men, not council - what's the difference? They were tearing up the road and needed to make it safe.  i went on my way unrejoicing.  i made good time into town and sat on my scooter in the shade for a while outside the surgery and watched the world go by. Building works on Regent Street corner and a sign told me it was 29C - i believed it! HOT in the sun.
Dentist had a fiddle about with my crown; maybe getting bit loose.  i don't remember this crown coming out before, so it may just be a time wearing thing. Do other people have the same problem?  i'd forgotten i had a crown there.  If it comes out again soon, he will make a new one. We can see at the end of August when i have a check-up due.
i did see a worker at the Bridge on my return but he was Gas too.  i was polite about it but let him know this curb was not a good thing.  He eventually came over and shifted a road sign that was blocking the shortest part of the curb and i managed to get up - yes, i remembered to thank him!
Belting hot in the sun, being a lot of reflected heat from the street & roads. i called into the chemist to see if my prescription was ready yet and it was, good one.  A boy & girl were sitting outside the Chemist, and he had dumped his bag onto the Council raised bed, almost onto a plant. So i told him to take it off - and the little twit got all lippy.  He did take the bag off, but put it back on while i was in there.  Can't have been more than about 12? Girl looked like a sister and was all for backing him up, as he didn't like the look he got.  i said outloud, 'that's all i need, Gobby Kids' and left them to it.  They didn't appear to have adult supervision, but it amused me that a lady standing near them, said something like i had a point.  i didn't stop and just went home.
It's been that sort of day...swings and roundabouts.  Weather supposed to be hot for the next few days down here.
i think i'll have some fish for dinner

Thursday, 4th July 2019

It's American Independance Day, ho hum...  Americans seem to celebrate anything at the drop of a hat, don't they.  Anything to cheer themselves up?  If so, why don't we; we could do with it!
My icon for those who aren't familiar with the Moomin stories, is Little My who seems cross all the time, but with whom i love my coffee.
i'm prevaricating...i should be getting on with my annual Spring clean. i've done a lot of picking-up off the floor and mostly finished vacuuming, except in the lounge, which is 3/4 done.  The dust is so thick in here, i need to do all the dusting before i continue!  Complete slag, me and lazy with it; ah me.
i've an appointment with the Diabetic Nurse at 3pm and although it's only 11.30ish, knowing me, i'll still be sitting here at 2pm!  i'll get all the rest of the flat mopped first i think, then i can finish in here at will.

Monday, 1st July 2019

Friday Five (USA)

Some of these really don't apply to UK, that's why i've put USA after the title.  We don't have a National Day for the UK Countries, it's more the National Saints - but i get ahead of myself

1. What is one of your favorite things about your country?
Two things - first, most of the people speak English (of a sort!) and two, there are four seasons in the year.  Though it is sometime hard to draw a line between them.

2. What is your favorite thing to do on your country's national holiday?
As i started to say, no National Day but the countries' saints - like St George for England, St David for Scotland etc. There's no day off or anything, so just a normal day

3. What do you usually do for your country's national holiday?
i don't do anything. i mean, we're lucky if i actually realise what day it is!

4. What is your favorite national/regional ethnic dish?
Opinion is multi-divisional on this, but i guess you could say Roast Beef for the UK as a loose rule.  Some veg associated - leeks with Wales, potatoes with Ireland, but haggis with Scotland and the roast beef with England.  Me, i don't care for leeks or haggis!

5. Who is your favorite national hero and why?
St George fictionally but i have to say Prince Charles in real life. Here is a man who formed his own opinions and stuck to them, even when ridiculed by others.  A man of strong principle and champion of the under-privileged.  i think he will make a good King.

In Other News - not that i don't appreciate the sunshine but we could do with some decent rain over this side of the country.  i have taken the opportunity to finish up the plant pruning in the gardens, following the major now-annual Council tidy-up.  With the assistance of Helen my #8 neighbour, who sweeps the cuttings into piles for me and takes up the small stuff in her long-handled brush & pan. We did a good clean-up of her rear plot and our Mews entrance way now looks nice and tidy.  i'm nursing my sore hips/back now :D but it was worth it.
My H&B will probably complain again today - it's clean floors day!

Must crack on, as it takes longer to pickup and clear the floors, than the actual vacuum and mop.  i frequently do that over two days.
Have a great week

Friday, 21st June 2019

Friday Five on Friday!

1. How do you beat the summer heat?
Not a problem, i'm an expert on cooling methods, witrh open windows and fans - Tip: REALLY hot wind, soak a net curtain in cold water and hang in the doorway.

2. Do you have air conditioning?
No, Council don't run to such luxury! I just have a fan in lounge and big one in bedroom. Just make sure you have a full length net-curtain for any outside doors for nighttime, to keep out the bugs and let any breezes in.

3. What’s your idea of the perfect summer day?
Lots of sunlight, but cool weather and a nice breeze

4. What’s one thing you always seem to do every summer whether you want to or not?
Sweat?? Keep mozzy repellant on hand!

5. Are you ready for the summer?
Sure, not that there's been much of one yet. It's Summer solstice today with very early sunrises and equally late sunsets. i've had to keep one of my winter coats out with some of the cool days and nights, and surprisingly, i've had my little heater on some nights.  Maybe we'll have an Indian summer?

Have a good weekend!