Thought it was time I settled down and said hello.
Well what a funny and eventful couple of weeks I have had. As you will all know I had a heck of a job getting my blog on FB, and not being the best at IT, I found it quite frustrating. Probably you all received it half a dozen times. (I guess I should say sorry.)
A week last Friday I was asked to take part in a local film, which I'm not sure I could do, I have never tried to act in my life. 'Well not on the stage or in a film.'
Then on the same day had a problem that put me in hospital overnight. I was in a ward with only one other patient; she was an older lady than me. ‘That means very old.’ Her family were around her all night, and she was very happy chatting to them, also tidying her table up. The problem was her family weren’t there, but she could see them! I decided there and then if I ever have Altzimers, I want the kind she has because that was one very happy lady. As you can imagine I had no sleep, so slept most of Saturday.
Felt fine Sunday so was back to normal, went to our great Dock Museum with the group who are involved with the film. They are making a local film about the 1914 war and they have a WW 1914 exhibition at the museum. It is surprising how little we know about that terrible war.
Then on to dinner with a group of friends for one of my friend’s birthdays. I had a nice time but it was early home and no wine. I like a social drink, I don’t over indulge though as in my life I have seen what harm drink does to close family.
Monday my neighbour who is a strange old man, who shouts at me every time I pass him, decided to knock my door at 9-30 in the morning. I opend the window as I was still in my pjs, and he accused me of feeding the seagulls. I don't do that, and told him so, but this time he really had lost it and was shaking his fist at me. I told him to behave and he tried to slam the window onto me.
On to better things.
I had a lovely birthday this Wednesday. Lots of friends and family visiting, cards, beautiful flowers and an appointment to have my nails done. ‘I’m having Gel on as it lasts much longer.’ I had the full Monty in the USA last July, fingers, toes, and leg massage, only to the knee. In fact I wrote about that when I came back and if I manage to get back again. I’m definitely going to have the same treatment! Perhaps the little Asian chap will still be there, he was good!
‘I can’t believe how many years I have lived.’ No that's not true! I do when I look in the mirror in a morning, I look as if someone has slept on my face. I was wondering why I had so many wrinkles, because my Mother and my sweet little Nana didn’t have them. I was quite put out. Then I realised my Mother was only 58 years old and my Nana was only 61 when they passed on.
I’m sitting here having my usual two strong cups of coffee and three ryvita’s for breakfast. I had to get up most mornings at 6am when I worked as a florist, unless it was earlier. When I first retired I used to feel guilty laying in bed, but I soon got used to it.
I have to say, I loved my job and had another florist who felt the same. She would come into work early and often we worked late. Sometimes the shop floor would be full of funeral arrangements and we would stand and admire them. One of us would usually say, 'What a lovely funeral.' Timing was important as weddings and funerals don’t wait for anyone. People sent a lot more flowers to funerals than they do now. It is much more the done, thing to give to charities now.
Now the first two hours after I get up in the mornings, are, ‘my time!’
I am sitting watching, The Wright Stuff. They have been asking people if they have ever saved a life or almost lost theirs. One of the people on the show was talking about nearly drowning.
This brought a memory back to me of when I was in Turkey with a couple of lady friends.
My friends and myself went out on one of those boats that are done up as a pirate ship. It was a beautiful day, and they sailed into a stunning bay, the sea was as smooth as glass and azure blue. Then the cliffs went straight up around it, an oasis of beauty. We were told we could swim in the bay. Well I hadn't done it before, but liked trying anything new, so decided I would have go. I went over the side, put my foot onto the rope ladder missed it, and fell. I went down and down into the water and can tell you, no past came into my mind. I was too busy swallowing half the sea and wondering if I would get back up to the top. I did finally pop up, coughing and spluttering, nose streaming and everyone hanging over the side looking for me. I couldn’t climb back up the rope steps and was just floundering around. Then a huge, what had to be a body builder just grabbed me shoved me onto his shoulder and two young Turkish men from the boat hung over the side and dragged me onto the deck. I lay on that deck and felt just like a floundering, beached whale, thank goodness my friends did not take a photo of me. All my life I have wanted to be sophisticated, but these things happen so often, I'm afraid I've never made it.!
Writing this has also reminded me of something else that happened there. We were staying in Kemer; it was definitely a German tourist holiday resort. We were walking along the main street after dinner and a young Turkish man was trying to get us to eat in his restraunt. He was talking to us in German. My friend said, ‘Excuse me we are English, and we have already eaten dinner.’ He immediately became quite excited and said, ‘I have lived in England.’ I asked him where? He said, ‘The North West.’ One of us said, ‘Whereabouts?’ To our amusement, he said, Barrow-In- Furness.’ Talk about a small world! He had been working in a Turkish fast food shop called the Mammaris, in our town. He told us he loved it there and also that he used to go to the Ninety Nine, club. He asked to come back the next night to have dinner, his brother owned the restraint. We did, and had a wonderful night, but the one thing he asked us to do was not mention to his brother that he had been to The Ninety Nine club. I guess we all have our secrets.
Take care and be happy