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Lovely Weather…

19 Jul

…If you’re not working in a hot factory! Firm has had to buy a whole load of new fans.

Can’t understand though, those who complain about the heat and then go and swelter outside in the sun to eat their lunch sitting on the hot tarmac. Me, I go out to the back of the factory where it is sheltered by tall trees. A lot cooler sitting on the grass.

We are just finishing the flagging in the back yard at home. There were a lot of them missing or broken. When that’s done we will be putting the gazebo up! I sat out there after work today in a shady area with my feet in a container of cold water. What a relief.

We need a little rain though, or very soon we will be told water restrictions are being put in place due to a drought. We really need to control our water supply better when it does rain, so we don’t have these shortages.

Will be exploring a few local watery areas with the dogs over the weekend. Might even have a paddle myself!


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March Already!!

2 Mar

2013…Please slow down!!.

Oh my word, it doesn’t seem that long since I was writing a post about the New Year.

I remember being told as a youngster that time seems to go faster as you get older, though I took no notice at the time. Then of course I started repeating the same to my kids.

This year though, seems to be passing uber-fast. It’s only six months now until I turn 60. Argh!

Being 60 doesn’t even have advantages any more. Like a bus pass or winter heating allowance. No more cut price services automatically at 60.

Will I still be considered an O.A.P. though in the eyes of many? Most probably.

Time Flies

Time Flies

Things People Say To You (Or About You)

30 Jan

Prompted by a post elsewhere on the web:

I was pondering on things people have said about myself (not necessarily directly to me).

A guy I was dating a few years ago was told something by an acquaintance from a few years before, who also knew him. It was someone I had interacted with on a local web forum and had also met at the occasional  meet up for people on the site. (no animosity between us).

One of the things she supposedly said was that I was “very outspoken”.

It comes to my mind from time to time, because I still wonder whether it was meant in a good way or bad. Maybe she was referring to posts I wrote on the forum. I would say what I thought about a subject, but I certainly would not say anything to offend people, and always double checked my posts before I pressed the publish button in case whatever I wrote was coming across as pompous or rude.

People I have asked about it since all seem to be in agreement that I have never seemed outspoken in a bad way. That it is good to say what you really think about things rather than shy away from the truth.


From the stepfather of an ex, who I had just split up with. He told me that I was a very strong, capable woman who came across as confident.

I hadn’t thought of myself that way before. It certainly changed the way I looked at myself in the future. Sort of a turning point for me.


Being called a swat at college about ten years ago, because I used my coffee break to catch up on some maths revision, rather than go to the canteen. The tutor reprimanded the person who said it and told her it was an offensive thing to say. I honestly didn’t have a problem with that comment. There are worse things to be called after all.


My father, who wouldn’t let me help with painting in the house and little DIY jobs, although my brother (younger) was allowed to. Reason? I was a girl and it was a men’s work. Well it was the early sixties I suppose. I always wanted Meccano and Lego too, but never got them. I had to play with my brother’s.

Funnily enough, I was the one who ended up doing all the household decorating in her home, whilst brother couldn’t do it for toffee when he got older. Nor was he any good at putting up shelves…

Home Move On The Cards?

29 Jan

We moved into our present home, an upstairs flat almost exactly a year ago. We had heard the flats were in line for further renovations, (they had just had new kitchens and bathrooms fitted to bring them up to standard) including the outside walls back and front. Therefore we didn’t worry too much about the fact that it was quite cold back then. The layout of the flat is good and the views are lovely.

But after no sign of action for months we finally received notification of the plans from our local council. It seems the alterations are actually more directed at making the shops underneath us more presentable and attracting long-term tenants.

New signage and frontages on shops, new doors on flats, brought forward to bring entrances inline with the street, rather than recessed. Nice new brick instead of 1960’s tiling at ground floor level, but no mention of weatherproofing on the flats above. So basically we are not getting what we thought and the housing Association has misled us.

The plans make the finished design look lovely (I won’t bore you by putting the plans on here) but they don’t make our lives easier.

The fact that they are planning on bringing the doors forward is going to make the already large hallways even larger. It would make sense to me to leave the existing entrances there, so this would in effect form a vestibule at the front, but they are not doing that. So basically we will have an even larger (un-lived in) space down stairs to try to heat, as this obviously has an effect on temperatures upstairs.

Especially with my health problems (I have asthma among other things and I’ve had serious bronchitis recently) we don’t intend to stay here for another winter unless the plans are changed.

My daughter has just landed a new job in Rawtenstall. As one of my sons has bought a house there with his fiancée, we are seriously considering that area. Hopefully our worst weather this year is over now and we have time to find somewhere else before the next winter.


Rawtenstall. View from a hill in Haslingden.

Dress Your Age?

18 Jan

I recently came across an article from 2009. Dressing your age when you are over fifty

If I took notice of it I would have to totally overhaul the way I present myself. I would say the ideas are mostly a bit old-fashioned! I’m 60 this year and I’m not going to suddenly dress differently just because I’ve reached a certain point in my life.

From the article:

Long hair is just too much of a contrast to an older face.

I remember that being stated many moons ago, but I thought ideas had changed. I am in the process of growing my hair (almost shoulder length now), after having a short cut for a very long while.  Apparently it makes me look younger, so no way am I going to stop growing it!

Steer away from tee shirts with writing on them. The cute sayings or I’m so and so’s grandma are just plain silly. Simple solid color jewel neck or V neck t-shirts or shirts are classier. White is always good as is black depending on your coloring.

What’s wrong with a bit of fun? Why does it have to be “Classy”? It’s a tee-shirt for goodness sake, not a ball gown. People wear them every day. Lighten up. If a dress code isn’t required, what’s wrong with a slogan? Mind you, I wouldn’t be going for a “cutesy” slogan. That’s nearly as bad as a Christmas jumper.

Speaking of collars and necklines at our age (I’m 65) the decollatage may sound nice in French but it’s usually wrinkled and freckled. Not attractive. If you do wear a V neck or open front shirt try putting a nice chunky beaded necklace on to fill the space and take the eye away from the wrinkled skin. Deep V necks with a lot of cleavage showing is just not appealing except perhaps to another old fogie.

Depends who you are I suppose. If you’ve spent a lot of time over the years in the sun that tends to make it worse. I didn’t, and my “decolletage” isn’t wrinkly and freckled, although I know someone 10 years younger who has that problem. So not necessarily an age thing.

Skirts: No miniskirts. I don’t care how good your legs are it’s just age inappropriate. Keep your skirts at least to the knee. Simple pencil skirts are a wardrobe must have. Depending on your body pleats are fine, Something with a little flare and A lines are all classic and look good no matter what the age

Whilst I don’t wear anything very short because I don’t have the legs for it, many women in the age group do. A “mini” skirt doesn’t have to be approaching your derriere, Too short would look tarty on any age.

Pleated skirts? Yuk. A line skirts? No thanks. Never have and never will.

Hoody sweatshirts are iffy but if you pair them with matching bottoms they give you a more together look.

I have a couple of these and wear them with jeans. Wearing matching bottoms is like the track suit look. Silly unless you are going to do something sporty or work out at the gym.

 Evening wear. I think going risqué is a no-no. Wrinkles and risqué are repugnant. Nothing slit up the leg or   real low at the neckline.You can have a blast with color instead of cut.

Well is anyone going to tell 52-year-old Carol Vorderman she shouldn’t go risqué? Enough said…

You can still wear boots, heels, nice flats or whatever is comfortable.

Gee that’s great. Though I suppose you would turn your nose up at my Doc Martens?

Now go through your wardrobe and ditch the childish duds. Weed out the wacky things you’ve been wearing since you were twenty and pair down to a perfect, impressive well dressed woman.

Childish duds? Wacky things? That’s all a matter of taste and opinion.

I suppose that “jeggings” could be classed as tacky to some, but I love them because they are easy to wear inside long boots, and look good with a tunic.

I also like ethnic type stuff, long skirts and the like.

The point is, what does it matter? Life’s too short to worry about whether your hemline is at a certain point, or if you should wear a plain tee-shirt. As long as you are comfortable, happy and your nearest and dearest aren’t embarrassed to be seen out with you what really is the problem?

Tee shirt

I might get one of these…



31 Dec


A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all on WordPress and beyond.

In particular to those who have connected in any way with my blog.

So long to any of the bad stuff of 2012. May the good continue and be joined with more peaceful times and good fortune ahead.

I thought maybe this was a good time to share something I had not seen before, from the late George Carlin.

Bloggers from the U.S. will know who he is. I have heard of him, but didn’t really know anything about him being from the U.K.

I do know that he was supposedly a loudmouthed, controversial comedian, but that whatever one thought of him he certainly shared some wisdom over the years.

The text below is certainly true and profound:

A Message From George Carlin

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don’t share this with anyone….Who cares?

George Carlin

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