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Monday, 13th May 2019

My ceanothis (sp?) bush is totally covered in blossom and alive with bees, hoverflies and little insects.  Such a pleasure to see, which i do every morning as it is right outside my bedroom window.  Everything blooming or about to. The little rose bush has one fully opened rose and another coming out with buds all over it. Should be a good display. Read more...Collapse )

Wednesday, 10th April 2019

I went to see Art Garfunkel last night. i'd never been able to see him before and wish that it hadn't taken so very long, i think it's advisable to see the people you like when you can as so much can change in that long time.  i didn't even think about how old AG would be but it turns out he is six years older than me, making him 79 this year. Considering that, his performance was quite good and given a lot of his voice has gone, he was smart enough to stick to the easier songs that he could still manage. He said he loved performing and having an audience.
His son, Arthur Jnr was with him and has a really lovely voice. He gave us a couple of songs and dueted on a couple of Everly Bros with is dad. Art was beaming with pride and was obviously delighted with him.  Jnr is putting out an album shortly AG said but hasn't heard it yet. Jnr at 28 wasn't in any hurry apparently but i will keep an eye out for it.  AG didn't sing for long and we were out (with a 15 minute interval) at about 9.30pm-ish.
It is always sad to see an artist in their waning years. Especially singers who rarely keep their voices intact, more so i think with opera singers than the more 'popular' ones.  One has to wonder why they put themselves in the often humiliating position when they are no longer capable of giving the performance they fans want to hear.  Do they need the money or long for the audience adulation? And if that audience is willing to part with top prices for the sometimes less than stellar perfornances?  AG certainly brought in the fans and the Hall was packed.  i came late and had to buy a top-price ground floor seat rather than the disabled section (i had forgotten the bars across the seat in front of me, with great problems for legs but luckily i was able to change my seat).  Was it worth the £60 i paid?  Short story long, for me as a first-time-viewer as it were, not really.

Monday, 25th March 2019

And it's Monday again!  i remind myself to be grateful to see each morning, what with lots of people my age dropping like flies!
i must make sure i don't owe any money before i pop off!  It may take me a while, given my current spending on my mobility scooters, what with new motor and new rear wheels on the Colt - mucho deniro! i do have some saved up for that but will be able to pay in installments. The mechanic has just come to pick up the Colt to fit the new £403 motor and has promised it back tomorrow.  i have things to do on Wednesday and a ticket for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the evening, so make sure it gets back for then.
Talking of tickets, i went to see the sublime Tommy Emmanuel last night at the Corn Exchange and i have to admit i do rave about him somewhat, but he's not just one of the most talented men around, he's an experience.  i could literally listen to him all night.  Hearing his music on CD and YouTube does give you a good idea of how good he is, but to hear him in person allows you to see, and hear, the complete picture. Tommy is so totally into his music and has such a good time playing it, that he almost dances around the stage.  He would be remarkable for such talent but for someone my age, the vitality he brings to a performance has to be seen to be believed.
Most of these concerts start around 7.30pm, with support acts etc first and the star of the evening coming on around 8.30pm.  J D Simo was on first last night and came back on when Tommy called him in to play blues with him, and very good he was too.
The Royal Philharmonic will be playing Beethoven, Mozart and Vaughn Williams, so a mixed night. Pinchas Zuckerman is both conductor and soloist on violin. Sounds good. From the sublime to the ridiculous, Julian Clary is up next Thursday and he's a hoot.  Later this week, the auction is on again and another Peter Nuttall is up for sale, Falconer on a Horse. This will also be an unframed piece.  The last one i bought was too, a Knight on a Horse. That one was £100, not sure of the size of this one; i hope too see it on Wednesday pre-sale!  i can't afford it, of course, but we shall see what i can do.  Depending on whether or not i get it as to having a grocery delivery on Friday - it may be the following Monday! *Pension pay-in day*
There's a free Home & Garden show also at the Guild Hall over the weekend, which could be nice. to round out what for me is a busy week.  i can relax next week with only Julian to see but the following week Art Garfunkel is in town. i shall feel like i live there by then!  i've never seen Art in person, so that will be a new experience. Hope the lovely voice is up-to aging.

And on to the Friday Five shortly.

Saturday, 16th March 2019

i haven't got an icon for wind, so i've gone for umbrellas instead.  It's hellova windy today and very grey skies, although i believe some rain is forecast but not sure when.  Only the edges of these storms reach us down here usually but i think we're in for some of the nasties this time. i don't have to be anywhere this coming week, until next Sunday, when i have a ticket to see Tommy Emmanuel.
Friday Five on time again
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Friday, 8th March 2019

Lots of ramdom things happening.  Latest diabetes check-up resulted in slightly more overnight insulin, but on the good side, i'm down to 104kg, two less than last weigh-in.  Must lose some more. i've got the mobility servicing on Tuesday next.Read more...Collapse )
Isn't he beautiful?

Saturday, 15th February 2019

i don't DO Valentine's Day. Is it more of an American thing?  i think that among others that we have been given a business focus down the years - it's all buy, buy,buy.  Not my thing, never has been, come to think of it.  i only had one card, sent i strongly suspected by my mother, after a discussion! So that doesn't count.  None of my lovers/boyfriends were that romantically inclined.
Having said all that, i did actually send a You are my Valentine text to my lovely Mark this year!  *He was thrilled, i'm delighted to say* :D

Friday Five's have been varied in content over the years, but are always interesting.

1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week? No, not really. It does depend on what is in the fridge and freezer.

2. Do you make up a grocery shopping list and stick to it when shopping? Pretty much, but i'm always open to what's on sale.

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never write down on a list? i do a large proportion of my groceries online, so every week etc items are automatically included. Usually milk, bread and eggs (if i haven't any)

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand? No. i'm more likely to underestimate if it's an under-the-sink item or a tinned one. i do have a regular order for toilet rolls with Amazon, so i never run out and the price is very good.  Note to self:  Toilet Duck Cleaner (just finished the last!)

5. Do you get your groceries delivered? Yes, all the time.  It is so much easier when your mobility isn't good. Online access is invaluable if you don't have a car and you pay only one way with their delivery charge, rather than two-way-taxis .  i do have two or three accounts that i don't use much but can easily compare for availability and prices.  i do have a good Co-op just down the road, so excellent.  Their bread & bakery selection is really good.

Like i said, interesting what we think about - right now, i'm starting to think about what is for dinner, and realising i have forgotten lunch again!  Must grab very quick bite, so that's it for now.  Hope you're having a great weekend!
This is called 'You make me smile'

Monday, 11th February 2019

The Great British Weather is at it again.  Almost unseasonally warm last night - i was chucking off the covers a lot - and it's been fine and actually sunny for the last few days, but taking out some rubbish this morning, i was shocked just how cold it was.  Maybe it'll warm up a bit later. i hope so as i must go out and pick up my latest batch of pills.
i'll do the Friday Five while i think on...

1. What size (twin, full, etc.) is your bed? i've had a double bed for so many years, it would seem odd to sleep in anything else now.  You can't avoid those nasty singles in hospital, but i do wish they would stop covering them in plastic - oh i know why, it's just it makes me sweat so much and makes me really uncomfortable.

2. How many pillows do you sleep with? Four.  Might sound excessive but i can't lie flat in any comfort, what with the osteo and all, and need one for my legs too.  Two are duck feathers and the other two are synthetic, the ducks and one synthetic next to my face are head pillows (so feathers don't poke into my face) and the other synthetic gives between-support for my knees.  Sorry that's a bit convoluted. i can't take the weight of my right leg on my left knee, since i had my major accident in '78; not enough flesh there to cushion. And the osteo kicked in and made support on my legs more complicated - it's almost as complicated try to explain it all, so i'll stop!

3. Do you have a weighted blanket? If so, does it help you? What is a 'weighted' blanket?  i have a normal woolen one for winter. i have a sheet and duvet covers but no duvets - yes, i know, odd, but duvets are too hot.  i have various quilts for when it warms up a bit but get down by layer in summer to just a sheet.

4. Do you sleep with any stuffed animals? No, never.  i don't remember having any as a baby and certaiinly none as a child, as i was sick so much.

5. Do you have to have the TV on to go to sleep? No.  No TV in the bedroom, though i wouldn't mind one - nowhere for it to go though.

Not very exciting week to come or the rest of February for that matter but there's the MK Handmade & Vintage Fair at the beginning of March.  i've quite a lot of theatre shows and concerts lined up for most of March, a break for April, then more in May; so lots to look forward to.  Must go, i've a lot of paperwork to plough through before i go out.  Take care.

Sunday, 20th January 2019

Sun! For two days in a row, it has been sunny. Such a nice change from the seemingly endless grey skies.  It had it's good side in a way as it wasn't very cold, but boy, has the weather made up for it over the past two days!  Water on top of the bins has frozen and we had a really thick frost this morning - and it is VERY COLD!  i'm still making do with my little blow-heater (which is warming up the bathroom as we speak)  but i'm seriously considering putting the central heating on to heat the house up for a bit. i never have the heating on in the kitchen or the bedroom as i consider it's not necessary.  i mean, most of the time you are in the kitchen, the cooker is on and i don't sit around in the bedroom for long, going to bed or getting up, so what's the point? The starting radiator is in the hall, so lounge and bathroom are the only ones that need to be on.  The bathroom can be quite nippy in winter and as i want to wash my hair this am, hence the heater.  i think i'll bite the bullet and get the CH on.
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Friday, 11th January 2019

It's a new year... i look forward to writing 2020, 2030 and 2047, when i will be 100!  Will i get a Royal card?? And who would it be from - Charles 3rd or William, what 4th or 5th?
Friday Five, actually on a Friday!  Woo hoo.  i should go out but i don't want to... i'll do this instead

1. Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry? i have several; two turquoise necklaces made by me, various silver rings, zircon earrings and a matching ring.  i bought the ring in Australia and the earrings in Phoenix USA years later.

2. Is there a piece of jewelry that you wear daily? No.  i only wear jewellery when i'm going out.  i do wear earrings occasionally inside to keep the holes in ears open.

3. What is the most costly piece of jewelry you own? It is a 21c pure gold bracelet, Dad had made for my mother in Aden.

4. What piece of jewelry would you secretly (or not so secretly) love to own, but do not? Why don't you? Why secretly? There are several things i'd like but could not afford.  i don't wear all the pieces that i do have, why buy more?  Okay, i'm a sucker for rings!

5. Is there a piece of jewelry you once owned but no longer own? What happened to it? If you class a gold ladies Rolex as jewellery, then it would be that.  Dad bought me a watch to celebrate passing my GCEs. It had a small face and the domed cover was easily scratched and a new one would have to be made specially to fit.  i couldn't afford it and in a poor moment, sold it for the gold value. It wasn't really a day-to-day watch and both my parents were dead by then.

Jewellery is such a personal thing, isn't it? Some like silver or gold, many won't mix them, but i do. Although i do collect solid silver rings, i have the odd gold-plated one or two.
And a joke to finish!

Wednesday, 26th December 2018

And it's Boxing Day.  Bit grey but the forecast was for cloud and internittant sunshine. Looks a bit too set-in for any sunshine at 1.45 pm, not that i care very much, although i want to shake a couple of rugs outside.  i started a clean up on Christmas Eve and suspended any more yesterday, but i really need to get my floors done.  Or i will be knee deep in dust & dirt by the New Year!  You never know how much is on the floor until you go to pick stuff up, don't you?  Consequently, the lounge looks as though a bomb's hit it!
i had a nice Christmas dinner yesterday, with my little Turkey half-Crown, roast spuds, onions & carrots, peas and gravy. Very tasty though i say it myself. The beauty of a little roast is that it takes very little time to cook (hour & ten minutes) and the gas oven was the same temperature 190C needed to cook the little pigs-in-blankets in the last ten minutes. No stuffing; forgot until too late this year!
Not much else to say, except to wish you all the best over this festive season!