I think that going back to my old home stamping ground for the funeral of my cousin affected me more than I realised. I now seem to have a new lease of life and have started to sort out some of the unimportant but annoying small problems that affect my life at the moment, I am fighting back! I have been limping around and been unable to negotiate any sort of step for the past four months, so I decided to telephone the department of the hospital to ask when my ultra scan was going to take place. There is such a long waiting list for non emergency scans that I would not be seen until after December 31st. I rang my wonderful doctor who was very surprised as she had asked for the scan a.s.a.p. She immediately rang the hospital and asked for an appointment at “the trauma clinic”, we await results but she has instructed her office staff to keep in touch with the clinic so that I can take up any cancellation that might turn up.
My grandson is resuming his university course very soon so he will not be able to do my shopping for me so I decided to be really “with it” and try to do my shopping “On line”. I know that I write this blog and can send e-mails, but that is the whole extent of my computer skills. I have struggled all day to register with a good but not expensive store and place my first order. I feel completely exhausted, it is so out of my ‘comfort zone’. I had to resist a lot of the pretty inviting pictures of all that lovely food (I am a very greedy old lady) and stick to my prepared list. It will all be delivered to my door at a stipulated time, I am going to give it a good try and hopefully become more independent, I must say ‘thanks to my children who have always made sure that I have everything that I need., but it will be good not to have to ask
I have also tackled my service providers, with winter fast approaching, my gas bill has been on my mind. When I rang the provider, a very helpful young lady. sorted out my ‘standing orders’. I managed to reduce my electricity “monthly direct debit” but my gas one stays large, so I am going to have to take steps to reduce the heating bill. I live in a flat in a house where the facade is ‘listed’ so there is no ‘double glazing’ to my very large bay window in the living room. I am going to have to organize some secondary glazing, perspex, maybe cling film ,(I’m joking about the cling film), I will have to think of something, any ideas?
Now to my over riding hobby, gardening. I have been busy taking ‘cuttings’ of various plants, particularly fuchsias. My daughter gave me a ‘winter hardy’ fuchsia called Mrs Popple, it is beautiful and is the same colour combination as the cutting that I ‘stole’ from that derelict garden. The flowers on Mrs Popple are smaller than my stolen one which I call ‘Brazen Beauty’. They are a combination of shocking pink and deep purple. I am also taking cuttings for my elder daughter who is setting up a plant stall with a friend, at a ‘Farmers Market’ as light relief from her stressful job as a teacher.
Thinking about this interest with gardening, I think that it is all to do with my past life of ‘nurturing’. When I was young, being born on a farm, I was brought up to look after animals. Then I got married and looked after the farm and children. The children grew up and had their own children, I helped with them, now they have all grown up except one precious eight year old who now helps me with my garden. Gardening, is obviously taking care of that part of me that needs to nurture something. Long may it continue!!!!!!