photographs copyright 2007
Saturday, 31 March 2007
photographs copyright 2007
Photograph copyright 2007
This is the pool at the boutique hotel we stayed in last year in Gocek, Turkey.
Saturday 31st March
Doing well, so I'm going out today!
Friday, 30 March 2007
I joined in Claire's Friday Feast....
What are you proud of?
What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize?
Two first class rail tickets to anywhere in the country. It's the only thing I've ever won.
Name something you do that is a waste of time.
Try to grow my nails. Whatever I do it doesn't work!
In what year of your life did you change the most?
2003 - I was attuned to Reiki.
Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?
Lying on a beach somewhere hot and sunny, listening to the sea.
We had a lovely time with Kai yesterday, he arrived in his Postman Pat outfit looking more like Benny Hill!
And, last but not least, here's Sam & Harry's little sister, our granddaughter Gracie Jean.
Thursday, 29 March 2007
We will be spending today playing with Kai! We are looking after him for the day because Mum is going to a funeral. He has just gone off with Granddad to the supermarket to do the weekly shopping, so I'm taking the opportunity to do a quick post.
Kai's daddy has built him a shop, so Nanna (me) and Granny (MIL) have a cupboard full of loose items because Kai needs the packets and boxes for his shop!
Granny brought a big bag of packets last night so we will be sorting through those and putting prices on them ready to go into the shop.
No doubt the LEGO will come out at some point today and Granddad will become chief builder. Granddad is Kai's favourite person in the whole wide world - because Kai has him tightly wrapped around his little finger!
I get to play with the plasticine because I'm good at making things and Granddad isn't, otherwise Granddad would be doing that as well!
Thursday 29th March
Improving all the time.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Owd Betts is isolated on the moor and overlooks Ashworth Reservoir, which is quite beautiful, as you can see from the photographs.
With the moor as a backdrop
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Tuesday 27th March
Getting there slowly.
Monday, 26 March 2007
My second claim to fame is that MWM, my youngest son, DIL and I appear on the Peter Kay DVD "Live at the Bolton Albert Hall(s)". The Albert Halls are situated in Bolton Town Hall which is Peter Kay's home town, and this was one date during his 180 date "Mum wants a bungalow tour". On the DVD you can clearly see son and DIL going into the town hall and then during the show the camera pans into the audience and there we are - MWM and me! You wouldn't think anyone would notice would you, but let me tell you I've lost count of the number of people (who know us obviously) that have said "That was you on the Peter Kay DVD wasn't it?"
You can see some Peter Kay video clips here:
Have you got a claim to fame?
Monday 26th March
Great sleep last night and now I am able to do a straight leg lift whilst sitting in a chair! No mean fete I can tell you and it hurts like hell, but part of the exercises so must be done.
Sunday, 25 March 2007
All photographs copyright 2007
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Please spare her a thought and some good wishes.
Update - Sunday 25th March - Queenie's wrist is badly sprained and bruised not broken thank goodness!
Before my operation I was assessed, at the hospital, for disability aids which the local authority provide. Because of the nature of my operation it was decided I needed the following:
A bathboard - which enables me to get into the bath and because we have an over the bath shower I can have a shower sitting on the bathboard.
A perching stool - this means I can sit at the washbasin to clean my teeth etc.
A high chair - this was a godsend when I couldn't get down low enough to sit on my beautiful leather sofas.
A throne - it's not really a throne but a contraption that fits over the toilet to make it higher, with sides on to help you elevate yourself off the toilet. Here it is...........
Not very elegant I'll admit but it has made my life easier this past four weeks! However, as I can now bend me knee past 90 degrees I no longer need it - hence the title of the post.
Saturday 24th March
Knee feels good today - see above.
Friday, 23 March 2007
Friday 23rd March
I couldn't get to sleep last night so was up at 2 a.m. reading again. I think there's a pattern emerging here! Still my knee is good today, definitely getting stronger and not as stiff.
Thursday, 22 March 2007
Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China and was introduced to the West round about 1900 by Dr. William Fitzgerald. He had noticed that reflex areas on the feel and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. It was further developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930's into what we now call reflexology. Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.
Thursday 22nd March
Great night's sleep again and no meds during the night. I have managed to cut all meds down by half now. Knee much more flexible since my lovely friend's administrations this morning!
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
Monday, 19 March 2007
1. People :
Double Glazing Salesmen - why, when they can see you had new windows put in last week do they still knock and ask if you're interested?
2. Television & Culture:
Text Speak - I don't understand it and I can't do it!
Wasps - what are they all about? They don't serve any useful purpose at all as far as I can see.
Doctor's waiting rooms - after waiting there for a hour you've forgotton what you went for!
The High Jump - this is what caused me to have a bad knee in the first place.
6. Food, Fashion & Style:
Aircraft food trays - Why is it when you've finished eating you can never fit everything back on the tray again? Well, that is unless you're MWM or my friend K, who have the knack of making it look as though it's never been opened!
That renegade sock - you know, the one that's always missing when you empty the washing machine!
Feel free to vote and I'll update with what's going and what's not.
Critique my blog gave me a really nice review recently see here.
Monday 19th March
Well I thought it was too much to expect more than a couple of restful nights. I had about 3 hours sleep all told, don't know why I just couldn't get comfortable. Stragely though, my knee feels better this morning - C'est la vie.
Sunday, 18 March 2007
A Mother's love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away....
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never falls or falters
even though the heart is breaking....
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems...
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation...
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.
Helen Steiner Rice
Saturday, 17 March 2007
How surprised were we to see this visitor to our garden?
It was sitting scratching itself as large as life in the middle of the afternoon. MWM crept outside to get a photograph and Freddie just looked up at him as if to say "Yeah, what?", finished scratching then hopped over the garden wall, down the drive and into the street!
Neighbours have seen two foxes recently so we are keeping our eyes open for some little ones, fingers crossed.
Saturday 17th March
Eureka - I've discovered the secret of a good night's sleep and a more comfortable one! Something so simple I can't understand why I didn't think of it 2 weeks ago - a pillow under my knee! Ah blessed relief!
Friday, 16 March 2007
Am I the only person in the world who doesn't do text speak? Not only do I not do it, I can't understand it and it absolutely infuriates me! Although I text a lot to family and friends I am incapable of using it, I have to spell out every syllable, comma, exclamation mark and full stop, and perfect spelling. My texts sometimes run to 3 pages but it has to be right. Maybe I suffer from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) !
Are we breeding a generation who won't be able to spell or use grammar by condoning text speak? I work in a school and have seen evidence that students carry this shorthand through to their school work and they think that it's perfectly acceptable. Now that can't be right can it?
Am I just an old fuddy duddy?
Friday 16th March
Another bad night last night. Went to bed at 10.30p.m but was still staring at the ceiling at 2 p.m. so I got up and finished my book. Took another dose of medicine at 4 a.m. and went back to bed. I managed about 3 hours sleep. Never mind I'll probably sleep tonight. The good thing is my leg doesn't look as knock-kneed today perhaps because the swelling is going down! :)
Thursday, 15 March 2007
He's just come back from the supermarket with everything we need for the coming week, including Easter Eggs for all the grandchildren, nieces and nephews and the bill came to half of what I would have spent!! He manages to do it every time and I really don't know how.
Anyway I'm not complaining, MWM is keeping me well fed and we seem to have everything we could possibly need, plus we've still got money in the bank - what more could I ask. This could mean I will have enough in my account to buy another pair of shoes or/and a handbag when I'm back on my feet - now that can't be bad can it?
Apparently my brain is Green.........
|Your Brain is Green|
Of all the brain types, yours has the most balance.
You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.
You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don't get stuck in bad thinking patterns.
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Monday, 12 March 2007
I knew, sooner or later, I would have to do a post about Reiki, because it is such a big part of my life.
The photograph is of an original print of the Reiki Precepts by which I try to live my life. My translation of the Precepts is:
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not get angry
Just for today be thankful for your many blessings
Just for today, be honest in your dealings with people
Just for today, be kind to all living things
By thinking of these precepts daily my life has become calmer and happier. My aim is to pass on this wonderful healing to as many people as possible. I am a Reiki practitioner who believes wholeheartedly in the power of Reiki to help heal the mind, body and spirit.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is the name given to an ancient system of natural healing which was re-discovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui (d.1926). Dr. Usui was inspired to develop this healing system from ancient teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki. Today, Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to be healed.
A Reiki Treatment
A Reiki treatment is a very relaxed affair. You may either lie on a couch or, if this is not possible, you can receive Reiki sitting in a chair. No clothing needs to be removed to have a Reiki treatment, the healing energy is able to pass through anything, even plaster casts! The practitioner places their hands either non-intrusively on the recipient in a sequence of positions covering the whole body, or may even give Reiki without actually touching the body at all. A full treatment will take between 1 - 1½ hours. A Reiki treatment is concerned with treating the whole person rather than specific symptoms. Reiki can be used to help heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Reiki healing can be given anywhere, at any time, as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.
Reiki can be used alongside any conventional medicine. Here are just some of the benefits that can be obtained from receiving Reiki:
· Promotes natural self-healing
· Balances the energies in the body
· Heals holistically
· Strengthens the immune system
· Relieves pain
· Relaxes and reduces stress
· Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver
The aim of Reiki is to restore the balance. To be ‘unbalanced’ is to be unwell. The Reiki energy tries to remove any blocks to achieving balance. It always works for what is good or best for the receiver. Reiki cannot be misused and can only do good. Reiki always comes in the quantity needed at that time and for the greatest good of the receiver. A Reiki receiver can ask for Reiki for something they specifically want it to work on, but it may be that the Reiki comes in response to the ‘need’ of the recipient rather than the ‘want’. Words used in an attempt to describe Reiki energy are love, compassion, nurture, support and peace.
At the very least a full Reiki treatment should give you an hour’s relaxation. Most people report feeling calm and totally relaxed in mind and body after a Reiki treatment. Reiki is an individual experience, no two people will experience the same feelings.
I found out about Reiki purely by accident whilst searching the web or information on something totally unrelated. What I read fuelled my imagination so much that I proceeded to find out as much as I could about it. I spent many hours reading information about what Reiki is and what it can do, before I decided to study Reiki and become attuned. I have completed both the Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 courses, which now qualifies me to practise Reiki professionally.
From the day I was attuned to Reiki 1 my whole outlook on life began to change. When you are attuned to Reiki you are given the five Reiki Precepts, which govern the way you think from thereon in. From day one I have found myself trying to live my life by the precepts as given by Dr. Usui.
Monday 12th March
It feels much better since the clips have been removed, not as tight. The muscles are definitely getting stronger - I can lift my leg a bit higher now!
Needless to say I have been giving my knee plenty of Reiki.
Sunday, 11 March 2007
I came across this poem and thought "That will be me", I can just see myself. In fact I do some of these things already, but I'm not telling you which!
Warning (Jenny Joseph, 1932)
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddently I am old, and start to wear purple.
Sunday 11th March
The nurse has been to take out the 28 staples in my knee - ouch that made my eyes water! It's not a pretty sight but it has healed well, just needs cleaning up and pampering now. I have some Aloe Vera and Vitamin E cream to pamper it with.