Hi friends I seem to have managed to lose the ending on my blog. I never end without saying Goodbye and Wishing you all Well.
So Bye to everyone and be happy.
Hi all, and welcome to all my new friends.
Well, I have found out today that my blog provider has made changes on the site. I have no idea why, and have no idea how to use the changes! 'Yet.' The two pictures on the top are from the beach that I look out on from my window. My two friends let me put these pictures on last year sometime in Autumn. Not the ones I expected to put on this time. But hey, they are very nice!
I write my blog in office word, then cut and paste as I find I can lose it easily as I write it on my site. Problem with older fingers! So I had written this before I found out my site had changed, please bear with me as I wrote everything below earlier.
The first thing I will say to all you lovely new friends is, ‘I make mistakes on here. As my already blog friends will tell you. My grammar and spelling at times can be a tad unusual and my putting a picture on it can often be strange.’
I want to apologise to my usual blog friends, for being boring lately. ‘Sometimes, I bore the h--- out of me!’ As you all know from the beginning of October I haven’t been able to live my life as full as I usually have done. Not everything is sorted out yet but I’m not going to dwell on it. I need a change and soon I am going to take a month off and to change my views from my windows. Although they do make up some for lack of adventure in my life. And to my new friends, I would say you would perhaps understand my life better if you go back and read some of my older blogs.
What a strange month this has been! Although I’m not complaining, strange at least takes away the word boring. The first thing I am going to tell all my friends who are already with me when I write my blog, is what has happened to me on Fb.
Most of you will all know how these LIKE pictures come up all the time Fb. Most of them asking you to like whoever or whatever they are about.
Occasionally there’s something interesting and one caught my attention. It wasn’t an advertisement, it was a piece about the well known singer Annie Lennox. It was her 60th birthday, and I was totally surprised at what she had written. ‘I have always thought of her as a really strong woman!’ She was saying, that women her age were being discarded because of a really strong youth culture that is so important now. That as soon as we become a certain age, all that is expected of us is to talk about our weight, wrinkles fashion and hair. I guess somewhere along the line I’ve missed all that.
‘Although I have been bored out of my mind sometimes when friends have spent time admiring a chair, or a piece of wall paper?’
Give me a sunset, a new baby or most scenes from my window which faces over the sea and I can admire those for hours. I spent time in Scotland last year because I couldn’t travel abroad and like our Lake District which is on my doorstep; it was awesome. I must hasten to add every country I have visited has been the same. The beauty in this world is breath taking!
Back to Annie! There were so many women who wrote her and agreed with her, from fifty upwards. They were having a hard time being older and I could see how very vulnerable they were feeling. Thank goodness, there was another lady of 92 years came on and said she didn’t feel as if she was ignored as she had many friends of all ages and many hobbies that kept her extremely busy.
Those of you who really know me, also know I keep really busy and positive. So I put a message on saying, ‘Hi I’m eighty in a year and a bit and I’m not invisible to anyone.’ I also went on to say, ‘I’m a Florist or a Floral Designer to my lovely American friends but I worked in London and Surrey after I was divorced, I did many different jobs. ‘I went to the USA at fifty for a year and worked in a flower shop.’ I also said, ‘I came home and opened a flower shop and then when I retired I went to college to learn Creative Writing and somehow manage to get an A level.
It was between Christmas and New Year, when the piece by Annie was on my Fb. As I wanted to read the piece from Annie again when I found more time, I put it into my favourites. I reactivated it on the ninth of February, and in that time until now! Astonishingly, I have had 5,000 likes, 150 requests to be a Fb friend and over 160 of the most uplifting messages from people all over the world. They couldn’t have come to me at a better time.
Well one of them did say, ‘I really admire you, but do think you could proof read your answers.’ I just hope she doesn’t read this. If I had to keep going back over my messages I would never get an answer written.’ I must say I know she is right! I pulled her profile up and she is an English teacher at Ohio University. I never had a full week at school after I was eleven and left at fourteen. So sorry but I’m a lost cause.
I have stayed in three days this past week to get my blog written but, Mice and Men wait for no man. Not sure if I have the right metaphor here, but you will know what I mean. On my first day I was determined not to answer the phone or look at my messages. My old man called at 8am for his drink and biscuits and I just had to sit and cuddle him. He sat as usual staring into my eyes and dribbling. I really know I have someone who loves me after Sooty has sat on my knee. I had finished my breakfast by then but bang went an hour and a half. I pulled out the computer I like to write on, and it slipped off my knee, broke a couple of bits, so spent half an hour fixing it. It’s difficult sticking cellotape over cracks. I managed it in the end and it worked! By then I needed a cup of coffee.
Started to write at last, then home phone rang, only really old friends use it so I answered it. By now it was 11am and I was just going into the shower. On the phone was my very dear friend John, we go back a long way. He wanted to visit me and now needs a carer to be with him. He has the same birth date as me ‘2nd of May,’ but is 11 years younger and has had dementia coming on for the last two years. I always know how lucky I am when I see how he struggles to remember things. It’s so sad to see as I feel as if I have already lost a best friend. Still, I was so pleased when he remembered and told his carer friend that we had the same birthday.
Anyway the day passed without my writing a word of my blog.
I forget the odd thing and said to my young friend who used to work with me. ‘I think I might have Altzihmers. She just laughed and said. ‘Well you must have had it in your forties because you were just the same then.’ Made me feel better!