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, 30 January 2016

TSSF Update.

In a previous post I explained that my future with TSSF was under scrutiny and a decision was to be made whether I was to be allowed to go forward for Profession.

The meeting originally planned for November was cancelled at the last minute due to illness and so did not reconvene until this last week.

As expected, it 'was agreed' that I am "not suitable" to be nominated to go forward for Profession for  a variety of reasons , some of which were outlined in the previous post.

It appears that I am "unconventional" and as a result of this non conformity I "do not fit in"  and none one "knows what to do with me"....all these statements I agree with incidentally.

It is though, rather ironic, that our new Area Novice Guardian had sent out an edict (see previous post..again!) in which we were not to be seen as 'community' but more as 'individuals'.    
So what happens when I am an 'individual'?

Their decision, though expected, makes me sad that I am seen as an 'inconvenience' rather than an eccentric old lady.

Will continue being the Franciscan that I have always been, there is really no need for the official 'title'.  I am not a 'perfect' Franciscan, just as I am not a 'perfect' Christian...who is anyway?

Pax et Bonum

Friday, 15 January 2016

Annoyances of Old Age

Be warned...this is  a 'pity party' rant..apologies in advance!!

The last two weeks have been rather 'eventful'...'enlightening'....'annoying'...a sobering reminder that my chronological age is creeping along into my seventh decade....Why?

First I had to pay a visit to the Dental Clinic...after numerous scans,
 x-rays, blood tests and prodding and poking...I really don't like dentists.

The result?

There is "considerable bone density loss in my right jaw, upper and lower"
Osteoporosis in my jaw...too much talking my husband said!
Due in fact to the chronic tooth and gum infections I have endured since the age of eleven. Which has merrily eaten away the bone.
As I am already taking medication for osteoporosis the only 'treatment' is a wonderful 'Hannibal Lector' like support to wear at night
 or whenever I am not wearing my 'teeth'.

How romantic.

Secondly:....yesterday a routine visit to the Optician shows that I have cataracts in both eyes, one in the centre of the lens in the left and one at the bottom in the right.
That explains the recent problems I have been having with my eyes which I thought were just my need for new glasses.
I love my Optician, he is 'old school' , an independent optician not one of these speedy fix-it quick operations. He has been looking after my eyes since 1987 so knows them very well.
These dratted cataracts will slowly get worse until the time comes for surgery to replace the lens.

These two 'annoyances' are just more to add to the long list of my ailments which  I will now list, just because  I feel like a moan...so if you have read this far please feel free to stop now!

So to date my poor ageing body has to cope, on a daily basis with:-

1. Pain in the jaw

2. Fuzzy vision

3. Osteoporosis pain in three crumbling Lumbar Discs that were fractured in an accident in 1964 (surgery not an option in this case) Plus the three 'slipped discs' that were squashed and regularly 'slip' a little more

4. Trochanteric Bursitis, both hips which makes sleeping difficult

5.Cervical Spondylosis for which I need a special pillow or neck brace to get to sleep at night

6.A leaking Mitral Valve which gives me the occasional bout of Angina

7. A kink in my Carotid Artery that occasionally goes into spasm and gives me a dizzy spell

8. A 'Baker's Cyst' in my right knee which regularly flares up and means that I have to wear a knee brace...

9.  Asthma that makes me out of puff in windy or extra cold weather

10. Low blood pressure which means if I get up too quickly I fall over!   Better to have low blood pressure than high. This runs in the family, my Mother had low BP as do my two daughters.

11.......plus the constant aches and annoying pain of osteoarthritis....

OK...am done now, just had to have a rant as sometimes I get rather fed up . It is amazing how the body gets used to living with chronic pain, my eldest daughter's constant pain and immobility is far worse than mine and puts things into perspective.

...and yes, am very grateful for free health care despite the many faults of the NHS

... and yes, there are many more people that cope with similar and more than this and don't have a moan.

I don't usually moan , because moaning/ranting/pity parties change nothing at all....but just felt like it.

Did warn you!!

Feel much better now

Thank you 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Menace of Suburbia

This is the biggest suburban menace there is...............

“Cyclists ride on pavements, footpaths and pedestrian zones without regard for pedestrians, inconveniencing and endangering them. 
It is illegal in the United Kingdom.”

The maximum court fine is £500 or the police can issue a £50 fixed penalty notice . In short, it is illegal to cycle on a pavement alongside a road, unless it has been marked as a cycle track. However, children under the age of 10 are below the age of criminal responsibility

Once again this morning as I was walking, legally along the pavement, a cyclist came belting towards me, fully expecting me to obligingly move out of the way.

I never, ever move out of the way for cyclists on pavements.

This cyclist was one of the most laughable kind...all togged up with cycle helmet, high viz jacket and gloves, even the cycle clips were high viz, all kitted out in the required safety gear for riding on the road!

This is another one of them. Our police are not in the least bit bothered about this dangerous habit despite the signs saying that it is illegal

Safety gear is an optional extra as you don't need them if you are riding on the pavements

Sooner or later one of them is going to do me a damage and I will be chastised for not moving out of the way...well, tough, am not planning to move out of their way any time soon despite all the abuse and foul language it usually results in.

We do have some footpaths that have cycle path adjacent to the pedestrian walkway, those I observe.
Before moving into town I was a cyclist myself as the easiest way to get from A to B...never felt the need to ride on the pavements. It doesn't hurt to walk and push your bike for the short time you need to be on the pavement.

OK...rant over, will go and make the tea!