I think I’ve used this photo before but I do love a splashy action shot. It was taken by John Holdship last year.
Whilst the last few months have been full of the sort of change we can all do without, I have to say that worse things happen at sea and we are really doing fine – it is just a question of getting used to it all – which I am doing in my own fashion – slowly.
Stairlifts develop a life of their own and their remote controls mysteriously disappear, the trundlebundles (I think they are meant to be called Rolators) x 3 – one for outside with a flip up basket affair you can sit on when knackered (very useful – I use it for sitting down outside trying to get a signal), then we have one upstairs and we have one downstairs and this now has a very useful, if small, tray thing to put on top of the basket at the front.
Everything takes quite a lot of time – care assessments, carers assessments, the World Famous Blue Badge for disabled parking – really that DOES take time – we sent that off months ago. The Council has it, but they are letting it mature – in the way one lets a good Port lie down for a long time to reach its full potential. It is going to be a thing of wonder when it finally arrives and there will be no stopping us dashing off to indulge in parking activities. Just hoping Ma will be mobile enough to get in and out of the car when it turns up. We shall see.
I have joined the Highworth Library (good parking, lift, nice chairs to sit on) and am having a ball. There is absolutely nothing like a library – it’s free, and I’ve borrowed a lot of very expensive cookery books full of fabulous pictures and a couple of potentially useful recipes (now in my new diary/notebook system for keeping track of everything of interest in my life and all the things I must do but don’t want to). I’ve borrowed a lot of history books and …. a book about a mermaid in Brooklyn – it is as daft as it sounds and I couldn’t put it down.
Then I went mad and borrowed a couple of “Do You Good” books – one on catering for the elderly and one for getting a grip on financial affairs if you are a woman which started “DON’T PANIC – there is no need to panic – just read the book will you and stop having a panic attack” – I’m reading it in very small snippets. It says to take your time. It says we will get to love it and be interested …. The Foodie “Do You Good” book was very tiring and by the time I’d tried to work out which calories actually WERE calories (did you know that there are different calories and they are not all created equal?) and how many a person who is 90 should have given size, and actually how many I should have given size and vague ambition to reduce size …. well, we had baked beans on toast for supper and very nice it was too.
So although things sometimes feel as if I am in slo-mo and doing space walking – things ARE actually happening – but there isn’t much of a plan. Well, there is …. it is just in a latent phase …. you know, the “so much potential” stage!