Meandering on Monday

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Pluviophile

Pluviophile  – I learned this word from a blogging buddy, VivinFrance, who I’m sorry to say is no longer with us.  Still miss her.

I’m English so I like the rain and walking in it – that is of course, if I’m properly dressed. And today it’s pouring down.  So I’ll get properly attired and face the rain. I’m so thankful that I am able to walk again on my own.  Until recently I had to have somebody with me when I walked but two weeks ago I was given the all clear.  So another thing to add to my gratitude list.

Then shortly before 1pm the rain stopped and the sun came out.  Just to be expected in a NZ summer.  So I decided that rain gear wasn’t necessary and I would go for a walk.  But once I started I didn’t know when to stop.

I started up our long drive and put on the MapMyWalk Ap. Up the drive to the road and then down these 132 steps, then along to the village for coffee. I decided to come the other way home forgetting that it was all uphill.  There were some steps on the way but far fewer (36).   So 3.4kms in 57minutes. Very pleased with myself

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Once I got home I realised how out of practice I was, so have to do more of this walking to get back into shape.  So a cup of tea, Stacey Kent on Pandora and my book and all was very well with my world.

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And today I have been given the date for my driving test.  When one suffers brain injury following an accident, one’s licence is immediately suspended for six months.  My friendly ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) Case Manager set this up for me.  So on October 6 I go for an off road test and then when I pass that, I will have another test driving my own car around the streets.  Hooray – the final hurdle in this latest “adventure”.

Oh and those of you have hung in since 2011 will know that this will be my fourth driving test.  I wonder if it will be as easy as the others.

And if you missed those posts and would like to read them, here they are:

The Driving Test 
Driving Test No 2
Driving Test No 3

 

 

 

 

A Few Days or The Rest of My Life

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Early in the year for a few days following my accident I didn’t know who anyone was or indeed who or where I was.  Quite frightening but fortunately for me it lasted a very short time.  But what of those suffering from say Alzheimer’s?  I’ve written several posts on this subject and for that very short time I could totally bond with my fictional character Jane:

My Name is Jane, I think.

They’re calling me Jane
Is that who I am
I am perfectly sane
but I don’t know their plan.

I look in the mirror and what do I see
Someone who vaguely resembles me
But why am I here and why all the tears
They are beginning to scare me, what is there to fear?

 It seems like only yesterday I knew who I was and
Proud, strong and upright my life in my hands.
But now you tell me that isn’t so
Well if I am not me then where did I go?

 I remember a time when my children were small
But yesterday and last week I know not at all
Where did those days go and why am I here
I wish you could tell me why did they disappear?

This young woman calls me Mother but I don’t know her at all
She looks kind of familiar, lovely smile, soft hands and all
And the young boys with her they are calling me Gran
But again I don’t know them why are they taking my hand?

Perhaps I knew her when I too was young
When life was before me and everything was fun
And losing one’s self wasn’t even thought of then
So how could I have landed here – is this the end?

 I think I know you – are you a nurse
And where are you taking me, I know the way
Well I did before this curse
Came upon me and befuddled my mind
And now I feel that I have left me behind.

But I am still me though I can’t make you hear
I’m still your mother and hold you all dear
What’s that you say my name is Jane
And I really feel that I’m perfectly sane.

But they’re calling me Jane
Are they talking to me
Is that my name and
Who I used to be?

 If you are interested, those related posts are :

My Name is Jane
My Name is Jane – 2
Tea Drinkers Unite

Adventure

Two Bucks or a Penny Less — Linda Cassidy Lewis

I love Linda’s books and have bought all four she has written to date.  Expecting many more in the future.  Why don’t you check these two out while they are on offer.  Two different but interesting books.

 

Everyone loves a sale, right? And a fabulous sale is when you can buy a book for two bucks or a penny less. My ebook publisher, Kindle Press, cycles their titles through a promotion schedule. This month, both my Kindle Scout winners are on month-long sales in the US Amazon store. High Tea & Flip-Flops […]

via Two Bucks or a Penny Less — Linda Cassidy Lewis

Alone At Last

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This week’s 100 word Challenge from Tara at Thin spiral notebook calls upon us to use the word QUIET in a story of 100 words.  And as she says “No more, no less”.

So, here goes:

What struck her most was the quiet.  After the caterers had cleared up and left and all the mourners had said their goodbyes, she was left in the empty house.

Ever since the accident there had been friends and acquaintances visiting or phoning to offer help and sympathy and now suddenly she was alone

Everyone said how brave she was but really she was just managing to keep her emotions in check.  She knew that she wasn’t brave.  She just knew that if she let go her grief would overwhelm her and she would never get out of the hole.

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An Earthquake and Tsunami Warning

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It was a rude awakening for people on the East Coast of the North Island.  The reason?  A 7.1 earthquake.  This is the biggest quake on the North Island in 10 years.  Even though it was strong and felt in many parts of the North Island very little damage has been seen as a result.  Of course, there have been numerous after shakes all day.  And yes, I did feel it here in Wellington some 525 kms away1

 

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Santiago, Photo CNN

The tsunami warning was put in place following an 8.3 earthquake in Santiago, Chile on Thursday.

Traffic moves along US 98 as Hurricane Hermine approaches Eastpoint, Florida, on September 1

Traffic moves along US 98 as Hurricane Hermine approaches Eastpoint, Florida, on September 1.  CNN

And of course, we hear about Hurricane Hermine heading toward Florida.  We are told this is the first hurricane to make landfall in 11 years.

These are just three more examples of Nature’s forces that are well beyond man’s ability to control.  We think we are in control but these two examples show us who really is in charge.

But in fact there were many more earthquakes around the world today –

Earthquakes today

 

PS – after posting this, I thought about those friends who don’t have such excitement in their lives and wondered if it is incredibly boring.

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Don’t know who sent me this, but it’s absolutely appropriate.  And I hope I’m not infringing anyone’s copyright.

 

Welcome Spring

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Today I noticed daffodils in bloom in my very small garden so spring is here.

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Yes really today is September 1 recognised as the first day of Spring here in New Zealand.  Well, we have had a really good winter this year and so are hoping it will run over into spring.

And Spring brings a new start for everyone.  Here the daffodils are bursting through cheering everyone with their bobbing yellow heads. Wordsworth had the words that I don’t

When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
and

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance”

And for me this is the beginning of the next 12 months of my life.  The past 12 were not great; The Architect died and then I had my accident.  But that is all behind me and I’m looking forward again.

I have so much for which to be grateful

  • A loving and helpful family
  • Kindly, caring friends including my blogosphere friends
  • A good and comfortable home
  • My good health
  • Able to afford to do most of what I want
  • And of course, I’M ALIVE to share in all that this wonderful and enjoy all that is on offer.

And just so I know how far I have come in the past 12 months, here’s the post from September 2 2015 –  Missing you.

 

So if you’re in our side of the world enjoy Spring and if not enjoy autumn/fall because we know that each Season brings us much to be thankful for.

 

 

 

Me – pedantic?

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Pedantic n: excessively concerned with minor details or rules;
overscrupulous.

I have realised that as I’m ageing I am becoming pedantic.  I find myself correcting the newscasters – who instead of whom; less instead of fewer, have two choices instead of a choice, split infinitives, etc etc.

While at the hospital recently I saw a message on the wall that said if you are a woman and between the ages of 17 to 65 – or some such ages, I drew my daughter’s attention to the mistaken use of to instead of and.  She responded with the question did I understand what was being transmitted.  Of course I answered yes but it still worried me. Well that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

Then later in the week, when just thinking about nothing in particular, it came to me that I was becoming pedantic.  The English language and the way it was used was very important in our lives growing up.  Both parents, but my Father in particular, were very aware of the way we used English and because of this I guess i have continued to be very aware of language.

So now I am making a definite move to change.  I know it won’t be easy but ….

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

 

And for no other reason than because I love it. –

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world“.
Marilyn Monroe

Red ShoesIf only I were able to wear those heels!

Saturday Again

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Six word Saturday button

You know what to do if you want to get involved.  Click on the above or on the link.  Now you’re all set to join in.

IT’S SATURDAY DID YOU FORGET ME?

Since my licence has been suspended for six months and I so cannot drive, my son has been picking me up on a Saturday morning to take me home for the weekend.  This is after he finishes work as Night Manager in a local hotel.  It entails my being up and ready to leave at 7.40 am. That’s really early for a retired woman.

Once I slept in and was in the shower when he arrived so kept him waiting for a time.  So now I set the alarm and jump climb out of bed at around 6.45 so that I can be ready for him.  Usually when we speak during the week one of us comments on the Saturday arrangement.  This week neither of us did and consequently my son didn’t arrive to pick me up.  So here I am dressed and ready but with nowhere to go.  I’ll use this unexpected time for ….what?

Never mind.  My son was very apologetic when I called him at 8am and he is going to pick me up tomorrow instead, but at a more reasonable time of 12 noon.  So back to reading and writing for me.

“I’ve been thinking Hobbes”
“On a weekend?”
“Well, it wasn’t on purpose” 
―  Bill Patterson 1958 –
American cartoonist, author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes

And because Ive just discovered Bill Watterson and Calvin & Hobbes I have included this.

Magical world

Have a great weekend.

Can you believe it?

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Do you ever do something and wonder what you were thinking of?  And even though you know what you were thinking of it doesn’t make it any better.

Shortly after I moved in with The Architect I changed from using Microsoft to Apple.  My Christmas present from him was a top of the range,  very large Apple iMac desktop.  I had an iPhone for manny years then a month after that  Christmas I bought an iPad.  So there I was with three Apples all communicating via Blue Tooth and so it seemed sensible to invest in an Apple laptop.  So a couple of weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and buy one.

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Over the past many months, even  before I thought of buying a new laptop, I had been copying files from the old laptop to the Apple iMac.  So when my son suggested that he put the Toshiba on Trade Me (our version of E- Bay) I agreed.

At the weekend he picked it up and checked that I had copied everything I needed off it and proceeded to clear the hard drive.  Oh yes, you have guessed.  Today when I was looking for something on the computer I realised that I hadn’t saved any of the work from my years as a Life Coach.  All the programmes I devised  and the courses I had run are now whiling away the time in the ether.

Well I have nobody to blame but me – and as I have spent years advising my clients that what we say to ourselves is what we believe.  So no – I’m not stupid .  I really believed that everything on that Toshiba .was backed up.  Well we all make mistakes and what is the expression about crying over spilt milk.

I’ll probably never need any of that material again but wouldn’t it have been nice to look at occasionally, just to see what I had achieved.  Oh well – back to the drawing board.

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”
Sophia Loren, Italian Actress, 1934-

 

Words and more words

“She had always wanted words, she loved them;
grew up on them.
Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.”
―  Michael Ondaatje  1943 –
from   “The English Patient”

Those of you who have read some of my earlier posts know that I too love words. My father shared his love of words and reading with his three young daughters and in turn, I have shared with my children.

I love it when I come across a new word and this week in reading a book published in 1950 “To Love and Be Wise” by Josephine Tey I came across several words previously unknown to me. I’d like to share a few with you.

  • Farouche – Marked by shyness and lack of social graces
  • Euphony – Being pleasing to the ear, harmonious
  • Imperceptive – Unaware, obtuse  **
  • Distrait – Distracted or absent minded
  • Excoriated – Censured scathingly
  • Pertinacity – Stubbornly tenacious
  • Alienist – Pyschiatrist
  • (Mental) dyspepsia – ill humour
  • Imperturbable – hard to disturb or upset  **

** The meanings of these two words were easily worked out by this raging mind but the rest were certainly new.

It’s very interesting to see how different words were used in an earlier time –  66 years ago.  But I don’t think I shall be using any of these words in my writing.  I just love the sound of them all.

And of course, though not a new word to me, loquacious was chosen by Tara at Thin Spiral Notebook as the word for this weeks 100 Word Challenge.

Have you come across any new words recently that you’d like to share?

 

And now I am spending the afternoon and evening with my son and his family.  it’s a beautiful sunshiny day and I am sitting out on the deck enjoying this winter weather and waiting for the others to join me..

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New Year’s Day 2016