Ok the top pic with the old lady has been going the rounds for years but it really sums me up
I’m sure you know I haven’t, ‘Popped my clogs.’ As we say here in the NW, of England. I have been struggling to write this time. I have put all my excuses below and yes they are true! Now though; today I’m going to try to finish it. My writing friends will know that sometimes you get a voice in your head that says, ‘Who would want to read what you write? This time it has been loud. Also life isn’t moving as fast as I want it to. I, have great friends, but so need an adventure. How the heck can you have an adventure at my age? I know what you are thinking. But I still live in hope!! Anyway here is what I have written before this tirade. I’m afraid it is all about poor me!
Started this around a week ago and so I have written some of it already. I have to tell the truth and every excuse I make below is true. Still I also have to say I can only write this when I have my happy head on. In Barrow and NW we have a saying; ‘I have had a Cobb on!’ Meaning I’ve not been in the best of happy moods.
Most of you know I was given such a large amount of
Steroids, and for far too long! Fifteen months now from the 60mgs a day which I needed at first. The woman in charge of my case forgot about me. I can’t really call her Doctor! Thank God, my doctor’s surgery took good care of me! Otherwise I would still be on a high dose or not here!! I have been so let down with her, and I am so angry.
I need to find the real me again. Thank goodness for the great group of women friends I have. When we get together as a group we laugh most of the time and some of them take care of me. Well not take care of me in a poorly capacity!! They pick me up and we have runs out etc. We are ladies that lunch.
Still, I am now down to 1mg of steroids a day and although it’s a struggle, I am not giving up until I hit nil. ‘I must be the oldest drug addict in Britain.’ If you find this boring and I’m wandering on, it’s because I took my one steroid about an hour ago and that’s why I ramble on.
This is where I started a week ago!
First of all a big sorry for being so late! Also I hope you all had a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful Christmas, and a good New Year that will last for the rest of 2016.
I had every intention of being early, but life often decides your fate.
I had an unexpected appointment for a hospital procedure and to have a mild anaesthetic. Fine, it was all OK but the anaesthetic kinda knocked me off for a few days. Then it was Christmas, and then it was New Year. Busy, busy, busy!
I have just booked my stay in York. My date to be a speaker at the International Women’s Week, is the 13th of March, where I will be giving a talk on my books! Imagine that?? (see below)
I can hardly wait!!!
My favourite number is 13 (13th March) so that gives me hope that all will go well. I love York so will happily spend some time looking around this beautiful city. There are a large number of events, of writing, healing, art & creativity, history, cultures, all for women, by women, which should be an amazing event. I am so pleased & honoured to be a part of it.
Last year they have had a dreadful flood there and lost an ancient bridge. I hope they are getting over the worst of it by the time I get there. I decided to book a Premier Inn because it is in the town centre, it was recommended to me. I needed help and the young lady Kerry who helped right through the arrangements could not have been more pleasant and helpful.
It’s important that York, like our beautiful Lake District, has visits from tourists. I hope they are ready again for them. Please don’t stay away!
In my area which of course is next to the Lake District; people have worked desperately hard to get everything back to normal. So just letting you know everything has been sorted and most places are open for business.
Feeling quite sad, at hearing about Alan Rickman our British actor passing on; I loved him in Die Hard, and Truly Madly Deeply. I have enjoyed other films he has done but these were my favourites. ‘Show’s my age!’ He also came to my small town in 1992 to appear in Shakespeare’s Hamlet for a number of nights which were completely sold out. It was in Brady’s Transport firm’s large warehouse.
‘This is a quote from out Evening News paper.’ It’s was 1992, when he was here.
Sue Jenkins Barrow arts manager at the time told The Evening Mail, it is a major achievement to sell this show. ‘The other cities where it has sold out have huge populations surrounding them, while all we have is a population of about 70,000 and a lot of sheep between us and the next centre of population.’
There is a great picture of him in one of our terraced streets. You can see the huge buildings where they were building the atomic subs and still do.
Although we happily didn’t get dangerously flooded here because, as most of you will know we are on a peninsular. The sea can flood when we have an extremely high tide and gale force winds, but luckily we don’t have any large rivers. I guess as well, being surrounded by the sea on three side we plenty of drainage.
I only cooked for five on Christmas day I also had a lovely visit with my Grandson Liam, his wife Danielle and my two lovely Great Grandchildren.
I was also having around a dozen friends on Boxing Day. It landed up only being just three of us!
Two of my friends were travelling home from Glasgow. They had also given a young lady Kerri a lift home her mum and partner are also friends of the group and were also coming to dinner. Then when they were almost home they realised that the main road into Barrow would have a flood at Lindal, this is one of those dips that should have been rectified many moons ago. ‘Council have just promised to finally fix it.’ Supposedly by 2017, we all guess it might happen 2020! I had already had two friends have to cancel from Ulverston, as they couldn’t get past Lindal.
Anyway, my friends who had managed to get from Glasgow to Ulverston, decided to chance going the Coast Road route. It too was flooded! They tried several different roads but still landed up to their thighs in water. They needed to be rescued, so after managing to get a rather grumpy older lady from the nearest farm to let one of them use her phone. ‘They couldn’t get a signal from their phones!’ ‘She was not helpful and left them outside!’ They had to huddle together in the doorway, until the young woman knocked the door again and asked if they could possibly wait inside. The lady brought towels but just for them to sit on! Finally they were rescued by Kerri’s family. The old lady was watching and someone said to her, ‘I think they should have a flood sign here.’
She replied, ‘Oh I have the sign in my garage. I forgot to put it out!’ Kerri’s family are were coming to me that day but all they could do was to go home and try to warm up.
I am going on!! I am just trying to say how dreadful it is here in Cumbria and that little story is nothing to what thousands of whole families have suffered. It has been heart breaking. Thank God, up North as they say, there have been a tremendous amount of volunteers who have worked like Trojans, helping their Neighbours.
Also I have been listening to Cumbria radio and they have said; ‘Farmers from all over Britain have sent hundreds of lorry loads of farm food to help our desperate farmers. Many farmers from all over the North have lost almost everything in the floods. It heart warming to feel that so many people pull together when hard times hit.
All my friends and myself, caught up finally had a few great lunches etc, but it was a different Christmas to the usual one.
I also had an excellent night out at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston. It was to see The Manchester Camerata. It was so wonderful, an absolutely awe inspiring Orchestra. The music literally did lift my spirits and I was with two lovely friends Tim and Gillian. A drink or two and ice cream, what more could a woman want? ‘Not together I hasten to say. Seeing them again at Forum in Barrow sometime in March, can’t wait!
I also had lovely meal out, when I went to a pub that caters for children, with my Grandson, his lovely wife, and my Special Great Grandchildren. so things didn't turn out to badly for me.
I am going to say bye now and apologise again, I could go on but you will have read enough by now.
So friends I hope all is well with you and hopefully next time not just talk about me. And if any of you wish to make a gift of a book to one of your friends, here's the link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lilian-Wookey/e/B008OSG0OK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1455394734&sr=1-2-ent Enjoy!
Take care and be happy.