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



Saturday, 17 June 2017

"oh I do like to be beside the seaside...."


 This is what our local paper said today........

"The sun is shining for what is expected to be the hottest weekend of the year so far and hundreds of people are heading to Cleethorpes to make the most of the summer weather.
The Met Office and Public Health England have issued a Heat Health Watch Alert for the North East Lincolnshire area and much of England with temperatures forecast to reach 27c today (Saturday) and on Sunday with night-time lows unlikely to dip far below 17c making for some uncomfortable sleeping conditions.
The heat warning is in effect until 8am on Tuesday with temperatures on Monday still fairly high, peaking at around 23c."


So off we went to the sea side, only a couple of miles a way and a rather sweaty bus ride.

We called into our favourite eatery "Suzie's Cup of Joy"


Iced Latte for the husband and Iced Cappuchino for me...

.....plus...


Sundried Tomato and Mozzarella Panini for him...

.....and...


....this huge Beetroot and Falafel Salad for me.


Followed by a slow stroll to the less busy end of the beach for an ice cream...

........ and two very unflattering photos of myself that husband sneakily took...

I am wearing my unglamourous "cataract sunglasses" as advised by my optician.
They fit over my regular glasses, and despite looking very unattractive , stop my eyes hurting in sunlight



All this is on our doorstep and a place we regularly visit.

Another hot bus ride home to be greeted by a rather grumpy cat who hates hot weather 

and putting the kettle on for a welcome cuppa.

My shoes were full of sand

Happy day 





Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Price of Salvation


I have , what my husband calls "an annoying habit"....I talk to people I don't know!

If I am in a queue, or at the bus stop , or sitting next to someone on the bus, I have this tendency to start a conversation.

This has resulted in some interesting discussion, both light and frivolous and deep and meaningful.

One such "deep and meaningful" conversation happened at the bus stop on Monday. 
Had just missed my bus so had thirteen minutes to wait. Was soon joined by someone I vaguely knew to speak to as they live round the corner from us.

They knew I went to the Baptist Church and that we believe in the need to be 'born again' which I was asked about .

Then out of the blue, this was dropped into the conversation....
" Why does the gospel offend so many people?"

That made me think.

As usually happened I thought of a better answer when I got home and had time to sit and think!

Why does the gospel appear to be so distasteful, so offensive? It is mostly off putting to people who feel they have everything, materially, socially, career wise. People who believe that they are entitled to all they 'have' .

The gospel sounds like a tragedy: die to yourself and you'll live.

Salvation sounds like bad news: we are saved not because we are brave, clean and reverent; but because we are dead and our life is hid with Christ in God.

Salvation has nothing to do with turning 'bad men' into 'good men' but 'dead men' into living men.

You can see why the good news of salvation is offensive to those who think they 'have it all'...it doesn't  apply to them does it?

The good news of the gospel only applies to those who recognise that they are 'losers', be it rich folk, poor folk and all those in between.

Each must consider himself a loser if he wants a seat at the King's banquet:-

Luke 14:16-24    New International Version (NIV)
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”


The price of salvation is high, and yes, we should sit down and count the cost. But when the counting is done there is that absolute certainty that everything we have as a born again believer is exactly the right price for a seat at the banquet.

All you have to be is a certified loser and God will send His servant Jesus to positively drag you into His House.

Be like the yellow duckling I came across recently, who looks nothing like his siblings, no idea why.........and stand out from the crowd. 



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ancestry DNA


This email appeared in my in box a few days ago....exciting!!!!

(Elsie Joy Barker is my name at birth...but have always been called Joy or EJ)

Three months ago my eldest daughter presented me with a Ancestry DNA kit, so that the result would hopefully, arrive in time for my birthday...which is in six days time....

She had her DNA  analysed at the beginning of the year with some surprising and very interesting results.

My children have a West Indian Father which accounted for the very diverse results.

Was not expecting any surprises in my DNA results, apart from the Irish and French Grandmother's.

This is what my results are:---


So where did the Scandinavian connection come from I wonder??

We knew from the extensive research done on the family tree of both my parents lineage that no one had moved far from the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire area; so no surprises there .

The most exciting thing though is that there are four confirmed  third cousin DNA matches, and six  fourth cousin DNA matches.

The Ancestry.co.uk web site allows me to send messages to these cousins who are anonymous. It is up to them if they wish to make contact.

I do hope some one does, don't you?

Now my other daughter wants to get her DNA done just to see if she has any Irish blood, as none showed up in her sister.

Long time since I did DNA mapping in Human Biology classes so am not 100% sure how the links are formed.

Happy Birthday indeed


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

What now?


I 'suffer' from an auto immune disease called Polymyalgia Rheumatica, it is not life threatening, just blooming annoying.

It comes and goes, triggered by a trauma or incidence of excessive stress.

I have been in remission for just over six years ...until now.

If you remember, last May I had the fall that damaged my knee, that was the trigger for this relapse.

As my Rheumatologist reminds me  "PMR takes a year to cook"...
....then there is a "year, or eighteen months of hell"...
....followed by a "year of tapering off"   before it fades into the background again.

(If you have PMR for longer then it is Fibromyalgia. They are similar in symptoms but with distinct, notable differences)

Well, I have had my year of "cooking" now I prepare myself for the year ahead. 

Having been here before so know what to expect and will weather the storm without the offered medication. As always I refuse the mega doses of steroids to take for two years minimum, or the offer of Methotrexate.

Am used to living with chronic pain so this just takes it up a notch, it is the limited mobility that annoys! So will just get the walking stick out of moth balls ready for use and carry on.
And get to visit my rheumatologist more often...Thursday this week again.



The photos are off a walk my husband took two weeks ago to see the Bluebells in the wood. 
We were a week late really as they were just past their best, but uplifting to the soul none the less.


This fallen branch was covered in a velvety moss that was wonderful to the touch.

Hoping some one somewhere is having warmer weather than we are in the UK...it is mighty chilly and extremely windy......brrrrr





Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EDS Awareness Month


I have mentioned before on this blog, the sad fact that all my three children have genetic hereditary illnesses.

My eldest daughter is severely affected by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. 

She is now chronically disabled and mobility very limited.

A pain free day is never an option.

Her younger sister is also affected but in a much milder form..for now. 

We all know that it can, and will progress.

May has been designated  EDS Awareness Month  

As a chronic pain sufferer myself, am fully aware that pain is invisible to those around you and hard for non sufferers to really understand how it limits life.

So, am just making you aware...
...please go and read about it, it is more common than you think.

Thank you for listening

Saturday, 29 April 2017

To make you smile.....


 Smile Number 1....a true story
 Husband and I always sleep with the bedroom window open, even in the depths of winter. The only thing that hampers this is the fact that the front of our house seems to be in a wind tunnel and the strong winds play havoc with the window.
The window in question is a designated 'fire escape' window because the roof of the bay window is directly underneath it. These windows have specialist hinges allowing it to be opened flat against the outside wall... for easy exit in case of fire.

Why am I telling you this?   If the wind blows up in the night  the window can, and does fly open if I don't catch it in time, which I usually do....

however...on Friday night/Saturday early morning I didn't  catch it and was woken up with curtains billowing wide into the bedroom. The window is on my side of the bed and  I'm the light sleeper so it is up to me, usually, to shut the window. This time the wind had caught the window full on and it was back flat against the wall which meant I had to fully lean out to haul it back in again.

This done and peace restored once more, I get back into bed only for my husband to open one eye and say..." You do realise, you haven't got any clothes on?"

Too much information I know, but I don't wear  night attire, but have a long tee-shirt at hand if needed...in the rush I had forgotten it....ooops!
It is not uncommon for folk to be out and about in this area at 2.0am in the morning  and I didn't have my glasses on so wouldn't have spotted any body.


Smile Number 2 and 3

 These gems were in a newsletter aimed at 'seniors' I picked up recently and made me laugh out loud.
Pure examples of  British Humour, so it set me wondering as to how many of you will actually understand...


Joke of the Day
 "To help save the economy, the government will announce next month the the Immigration Department will start deporting Senior Citizens, instead of illegals in order to lower pensions and health care costs (flu jabs, walkers, wheelchairs, free prescriptions, bus passes etc)
The Government has established that older people are easier to catch and in most cases will not remember how to get back home. I started to cry when I thought of you all, maybe I would never see you again.........then it dawned on me...I'll see you all on the bus!!!"




Annual Senior Citizen Test
Only four questions. It's good to keep the  brain active so relax, clear your mind and begin.

Not as straight forward as you think!!!

1.  What do you put in a toaster?

2. Say "silk" ten times. Now spell "silk"   What do cows drink?

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks, a black house made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?

4. No using a calculator for this one.... You are driving a bus from New York City to Philadelphia. In Staten Island 17 people got on the bus. In New Brunswick 6 people got off the bus and 9 people get on. In Windsor 2 people get off and 4 get on. In Trenton 11 people get off and 16 get on. In Bristol 3 people get off and 5 get on. and in Camden 6 people get off and 3 get on.
You then arrive at Philadelphia Station........how old is the driver??



Enjoy








Thursday, 13 April 2017

Good Friday Thoughts


Yes, I will follow Jesus

I will gladly follow Him around the Sea of Galilee and be fed alongside the five thousand.

I will drink wine made from water.

I will rejoice with the blind man who can see and stand amazed at a dead man who rises from the grave.

I will follow Jesus everywhere....except ...the cross

Oh I can cope with the burdens, those everyday troubles that we all must put up with.
And besides, there are always others to help us carry those burdens.

I can accept the thorns, those annoying inconveniences that can't be avoided.
I just accept those and get on living.

But a cross?

No, it is not my inclination to take up a cross.

Unlike burdens or thorns from which we can't escape and learn to put up with...
...a cross is a choice.

A choice that Jesus willingly made.

He did not have to take it up, he could have refused.

But, no, He willingly took up His cross so that you and I might have power.

Power to carry one another's burdens.

To gladly accept our thorns.

The Lord asks us to willingly take on those difficulties and situations that we face daily
and head up the long path to Calvary 
where pride and vanity, stubbornness and resentment are crucified.

His death and resurrection gives us the power to make that choice.

To daily take up our cross and follow Jesus



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