God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Week of Prayer for World Peace

Sunday 16th October to Sunday 23rd October marks the 42nd year of the

Week of Prayer for World Peace

This week of prayer for peace comes as the British, US and French special forces and paratroopers support push by the Kurdish forces from east and Iraqi army from south in a battle to capture Mosul,the last known ISIS stronghold.
We pray especially for all the innocent civilians caught up in this warfare.

Although it was a Christian initiative that led to the founding of the Week of Prayer for World Peace in 1974, it soon became an inter faith activity, and now welcomes everyone, of all faith traditions or none, to take part. The first Chairman,the late Dr. Edward Carpenter, former Dean of Westminster, established the guiding principle of the Week in the words “The peace of the world must be prayed for by the faiths of the world”, and this is still the basis of our work today.

For those who want to persevere with the idea of praying with people of other faiths, three thoughts may be helpful.

  • First, the different prayers that we say are said by neighbours in the same town and the same street every week. In worshipping together we simply bring under one roof what happens anyway under the same sky.
  • Secondly, we are convinced that there is only one humanity that prays, and only one Divinity that we pray to, whatever different opinions we may have about that one Divinity.
  • Thirdly, we recognise that inter faith partnership does not itself imply agreement.

The things we agree on are many, and precious. The things we disagree on are precious too. When we stand with a follower of another faith who is praying, whenever we can agree with the prayer, we give it our interior assent. Where we cannot agree, we withhold our interior assent. It is still good to stand with that person as a friend and as a partner.

The International Prayer for Peace
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Cat catastrophe update

An email from my son this morning with news of 'Micky T.'

He is now home again, looking extremely thin and battered.
His bottom jaw is now held together with screws,pins and wire, and  a gap at the front where the bone was too badly shattered to be repaired.

We also noticed that the photo shows his left eye is totally occluded with cataract.

Son says that he is slowly eating, though on semi solids and  very messy.

Welcome home Ginge.

Friday, 14 October 2016

A bit of bother.....

I was telling you in my last blog post that I had been recalled to Cardiac Clinic due to the finding of an "anomaly" in my last echo cardiogram.....

well.................this is why!!

I have a hole in my heart....


Not what I was expecting and rather took me by surprise I can tell you.

Consultant was very informative, drew lots of diagrams to illustrate what exactly is going on with my 'wobbly atrial septum' which is what showed up on the echo gram.

What I can't understand is that it wasn't there six months ago.
Or rather, it didn't show up then. It has been there since birth apparently. Who knew?

As I have already had one TIA two years ago and the Consultant says that this hole puts me at a much greater risk of having a full blown stroke.

So what now?

Good question? 

I have four more appointments lined up for the first two weeks in November and several more tests to undergo before a final decision is made about the need for 'closure' of this tiny hole.
And it is a tiny hole, if it was any larger I would not be alive

That is not as dramatic as it sounds as it is just like having an Angiogram...
......of which I have had several.

I am nearly seventy years old, death is nothing to be afraid of, 
God is good and  am assured of eternal life.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Monday Musings

Musing Number 1
Have been having a sort out which posed a question.....
What do I do with all the notebooks that I have used as prayer journals and  bible study notes?
Do I keep them? If so, for how long?
My family won't want them 'after I've gone'; so do I get rid of them now?

What do you do with your old note books?

My journals I have kept for decades and they will be saved as my 'legacy' if you like.
IF...any of the children or grandchildren want to read them! 
They may not; I haven't asked them.
Perhaps I should?

Meanwhile, the pile of old notebooks pile up.
I won't show you the pile of shiny new notebooks,just waiting to be written in!!!!
Have to confess that I do buy rather a lot of them, in an assortment of sizes....
......especially if they are on offer.

It seems that my two youngest grandchild also have a liking for notebooks too.

Musing Number 2

Saturday afternoon brought a  phone call from a very distressed son to say that some *******person 
had kicked his elderly ginger cat  like a football to boot him out of the way.
This cat has a habit of sitting in the middle of peoples drives and nonchalantly moving out of the way. A new neighbour down the street objected.

"Micky T" sustained a badly fractured jaw, but thankfully no more broken bones.
Yesterday the vet operated on him but his jaw is too badly shattered in one place and that part has had to be removed completely.
Thank goodness for Pet Insurance he said

Now we wait and pray to see if this elderly cat can eat and drink with his wonky jaw, if not.....

My son is  a softy when it comes to his cats, he has three.
 ( and three rabbits and a tank full of tropical fish as well)

Musing Number 3

This is a 'knee update'....... had my final hospital check up last week. The bones have healed OK, but will now be prone to arthritis. The number of times my age is mentioned makes me want to tear my hair out. 
Sometimes I think that the doctors just use age as an excuse!!!!!

Anyway...knee and ligaments have reached a state of 80%  return to 'before accident' and apparently are not likely to improve much more due to my ..
..you guessed it....age....grrr
Walking is fine, but can't walk as far as 'before' and knee starts hurting after   about thirty minutes walking. So my two hour tramping the fields walks have been greatly reduced. Am hoping with  increased usage the strength and stamina builds up again slowly.

And then...this afternoon I have to report to the Cardiac Clinic yet again...
.....a recall this time as my last batch of routine tests " threw up an anomaly"
Goodness knows what that is all about? I know my heart leaks and is getting worse, I know that the blood and nerve supply to my left leg is getting worse....... 
.....and the reason for all this decay is...you guessed it......my age.....grrrr

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

Uhm....perhaps this blog post should be called the "Monday Moan"

Happy Days

Monday, 26 September 2016

Spot the Supervisor!

It wasn't until I uploaded this photo of the new fence...before I painted it a fetching shade of green.... that I noticed the 'supervisor' on the front doorstep!!


She is wearing a soft cat collar to stop her scratching at the allergic eczema rash on her back.

She tolerates this far better than the vet supplied big plastic collars...and much cheaper too.

Can highly recommend them

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bathroom Blues

The workmen have finally GONE......after nearly three weeks!

It started like this...

...a nice little blue bathroom, the only thing out of place was the oversized sink that the previous owner of the house had installed. Liveable with......BUT.......my husband has always disliked it and has been saying since we moved in in 2007 that one day he would get it changed.
So he has.
An appointment was made with the bathroom design team at our local "Band Q" for the 21st May,

Then on 20th May I had my accident and was immobile and not able to attend the meeting. 
So off husband went by himself.
He knew what my thoughts were for this new bathroom but he had other ideas
 and came home with this......

....a layout totally changed......oh well. A date was set for work to began. My husband would happily go off to work each morning leaving me at home to contend with the inconveniences of having no toilet , a house full of workmen and a terrorised cat who hates loud noises of any kind.

Then on Saturday 3rd all the 'stuff' was delivered and filled the kitchen which is the largest room in the house...
It also meant that we were reduced to eating meals on trays on our knees in the sitting room. This is something we both hate and never do, much preferring to eat sitting down at the table.

Workmen turned up at 8.0am on the Monday morning...they were coming in as husband was going off to catch the bus.
I had made 'toilet arrangements'in the small outhouse we have in the back yard and the cat took refuge under the stairs for the next two and a bit weeks.

On day three this is what was left of our little blue bathroom....
....and outside in the front garden was this....

When the tiles came off one of the side walls, so did most of the wall plaster, that had to be renewed, adding another two days onto the working schedule.

On day nine when the tiles were up, the bath  and shower in and the side wall re plastered and painted the next job was to find the main pipes coming off the central heating boiler to connect the pipes needed to install a radiator in the bathroom......what a day that was!

It was a case of 'hunt the pipe'  as the pipes were not in the place the plumber expected them to be and  as the floor kept coming up, first on the landing, then the adjacent bedroom, he was just about ready to give up  but decided to just have "one more look"....and finally the main pipes were found.
This is the resulting mess.....and another day added on to the schedule

Next day the radiator was connected and installed in place on the replastered and repainted wall

Day 11 saw the flooring go down and the new toilet and sink finally installed and Day12 and 13 saw the finishing touches done, and the flooring fastened back down to make it safe but it is never going to look 'right' and finally we had a bathroom...sort of...
all that was needed was for me to try and find places for the necessary items as this new bathroom is tiled on three walls and no space for shelves so changes have to be made.

Day 14 saw the arrival in the pouring rain of the recycling man who came and cleared everything away from the front garden.

The team of fitters, Andy and his son Callum and an apprentice called Pete, could not be faulted. They turned up early and didn't take long lunch breaks. They didn't play loud music or spend time on their mobile phones. They put down dustsheets  and at the end of each day swept and cleared up their mess. Callum even washed the front path one day after he had been mixing plaster.
This company comes highly recommended and the work also has a five year guarantee.

Husband says it is well worth the price  and reasonable rates of repayment
 (it will take him three years to pay it all off)

He loves it...
I don't.

Then on Day 16 a man came to replace the front fences and install a new gate. This is the third time we have had Dave come and fix fences in this house and previous house so we know that his prices are reasonable and the workmanship good. 

The finally yesterday the man came to give the central heating boiler its annual check up . Because of the installation of a new radiator the boiler and heating system had a longer than usual overhaul

And today.....NO WORKMEN 

The cat and I survived and have asked my husband that he never,ever, makes me go through all that again....ever

Post Script
Last night as husband was running a bath in his brand new bathroom, I discovered that there was no water coming out of the kitchen taps for me to do the washing up, just a few drips!!

There had been a problem with reduced water pressure in the kitchen taps during the installation which I had brought to the attention of the fitter. He said that the pressure was  fine and bathroom installation would make no difference.

I have rund him this morning to report this phenomenon only to be told that it is nothing to do with him, and it "must be a fault in the water meter limiting the water flow"...which is absolute nonsense.

Am not at all impressed.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Summer Musings

It has been nearly a month since my last blog post so on this wet and windy August morning thought that I would share some of the various happenings of the last month.

We have had a few sunny days, and the cat makes the most of them by sun bathing on this shelf in the garden. It did have plants on at one time but after several were  nudged off by a cat trying to find a comfy spot it was safer to remove them.

Then there is this fuzzy flower....

In late spring I had rescued a small plant that was put out in the rubbish at a local supermarket. Always one for a challenge where plants are concerned it came home with me. 
(I did ask and was given permission to take it)

It had just two very small, glossy leaves, no label. 
 Over the months it grew into an odd shaped plant with five tall spikes of leaves
.....uhm...not very exciting.
Then it developed flower buds at the very tips of the spike. 
These turned into these pink fuzzy flowers.
These in turn made me laugh as I had just been knitting a pair of socks in some pink fuzzy yarn that a friend had given me. It wasn't until I looked at the photo on my camera that I realised that my shirt is a very similar colour.

Still have no idea what the plant is called, must go a Googling.

My two son in laws have both been taking part in charity events

Erin, one of my eldest grandaughter's joined her Dad on the local 10k run, both did very well.

Then my eldest daughter's husband took part in a twenty mile walk in aid of their local hospice in Birmingham

He was a very successful triathlete up until his mid forties.
Now he still cycles and does long distance walking
He is now sixty nine and two years older than I am.

My two daughters paid us a visit, we talked a lot and drank gallons of tea.

My husband tried to take a 'sensible' photograph of us all but all three of us dislike having our photos taken and  we always 'strike a pose'...these are the best of the bunch!

Now I am back to walking, (though not over rough terrain like the fields), husband and I took a 'town walk' one day during his week's holiday. He wanted to show me where he now works...in an office block near to the docks. It looks rather grim don't you think?

On the way we came across this sign on one of the many small factories that are situated around the dock area.

All things plastic and artificial for your garden landscape!!

Then he took me up a walkway that comes up in the centre of the busy motorway..in order to get to the walkway that led down to the other side we first had to walk along this footpath in the central reservation...imagine...cars zooming by on both sides and a very low fence  to keep us safe...

The view from the top looking out over the  docks and the Humber was worth the unease...though was very glad to get down and get the bus home again.

Now August is nearly at an end,
 My two grandaughters did well in their first year exams and so are back to College for year two, 

Their mother (my middle daughter) has taken the great step of giving up her part time job to start this year as a full time degree student. For the first year she worked as well as studying.

Eldest daughter has also returned to her studies to become a Child Education Psychologist, These studies were cut short in February 2008 with five hours of emergency  surgery for cancer.

Think that is all the news for now.

Hope you all had  enjoyable summers and ready for the glories of autumn.

God Bless