Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Grace

Today I was at the nursing home visiting for most of the day.  By the time I left I was so tired and as I started the drive home this song came on the radio.  It just spoke to me.  The words said so much about what I had learned today about Grace.  Don't you just find it amazing how the right song can appear on the radio just when you need it.

(I tried so hard to put the video in, but couldn't get it to work, I will have another go another day when I am less tired, but please do click the link and listen to the words)

It is a rubbish time right now, but a good time too, learning about myself, good things and not so good.  I am incredibly impatient at times, and yet I am learning patience.  I am also learning things about others too.

Mostly what I learned is the way that others can act with such grace, despite what they are going through.  Gosh, if only we could be more graceful in our dealings with others and in our lives.

The good news is that in a sense I have been more graceful since my visit last week, because I haven't been attacked by any more anti rain weapons (love that term Red Setter!) and I am wearing flat shoes too - no heels!! 

Still managed to spill my lunch down my front today though, drive the wrong way into the petrol station at the motorway services and nearly walk off with someone else's credit card too - can you imagine how awful that would have been!!  Oh, and horror of horrors, set the personal attack alarm off on the phone of the Lady I was visiting.  It shrieked and wailed like nothing I have ever heard and who knew that phones could have personal attack alarms.  Oh the shame!!!  At least I didn't set her alarm off for if she needed a nurse!

They had a raffle today, I didn't win a prize, but at least it meant that I didn't win the basket of dodgy looking toiletries that was left as the last item to be claimed either!  No one seemed to want it.  I think that it went to some poor man in the end, I cannot imagine what he would do with the contents of the basket.


Small blessings!

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Thank you for your comments and understanding at this time, your words and thoughts are so appreciated, more than you might know. 

I am sorry that these posts are not perhaps the most cheering things you have ever read, or perhaps they seem irreverent, but Lady is someone very close to me (as is Third Person).  I have to find the funny side and perhaps the black humour in all of this as if I don't I will be a sobbing mess in the corner no good to anyone.   In the last six years we have had pretty much a continual stream of ill health and worse in our friends and family and as I will perhaps someday explain more about, if I don't look at it in this way I cannot look at all.  Please don't be offended though.

Thank you again for your kindness.  Best wishes to you and yours.

Amy

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Around and about Boston

Some more views around and about Boston for you to - I hope! - enjoy.

These are some of the beautiful architectural details inside and around the Boston Public Library.  It is a beautiful building that I was delighted to come across as we were walking.  Inside it is just amazing.










Looking out from the windows on the staircase the view was lovely too.  This is in the courtyard.







The courtyard is stunning too.







Outside the building is amazing and has so many wonderful decorative details.




We know some people who don't think that there is any history in America - truly, that is what they think!! - and so we kept saying as we walked round, really, no history, really.....  This just goes to show that there is history and beautiful architecture as well doesn't it!

Amy

Thursday, 16 October 2014

You will never believe this one.....

This is a true story that happened to me today.  For real.

Third Person from my story on Monday was going on holiday today hence my visit to Lady on Monday to take over care duties from Third Person.  Third Person came to my house to be picked up and taken to the airport.  Third Person lives about 2 hours drive from me.

For some unknown reason Third Person decided to check her passport to make sure it was hers.  No idea why.  Turns out that it wasn't her passport.............  Oh no.  It was her Husbands!!!!!!!!!!  Husband is currently driving the 2 hours drive home.

What to do???

Third Persons neighbour goes to Third Person's house, collects correct passport, meets up with husband halfway between where Husband is and where passport is.

Husband then drives back towards my house.  In the meantime I have put Third Person and their luggage into my car, and am driving towards Husband to meet.  A meeting place is finally agreed upon about an hour from my house.

We meet at the agreed point, and amazingly arrive within just a few minutes of each other.  Passports are exchanged and double checked and then checked again, oh and possibly again.  Husband and Third Person hug and get back into the relevant cars.

I then drive back home to my house arriving about 2 minutes before car is due to collect Third Person to take her to the airport.  Third Person runs in to go to the loo while I take luggage from my car to the car going to the airport.

Third Person thanks me and my Hubby who has just arrived home from work and departs.

The day is saved. 

Hubby asks me while I am smiling.  I tell him that I am actually probably slightly hysterical especially given Monday and then this............

While this has been going on Hubby has also been making rearrangements himself.  Tonight is Hubby's 25th anniversary at his job and he is having a dinner with colleagues to celebrate.  I am supposed to be acting as chauffer and also going too.  Of course the fact that I am currently driving across the countryside and not knowing if I will then have to drive on to the airport or not is causing a wrinkle in the plans for tonight.

So Hubby rearranges travel plans just in case.  Then when I got home Hubby cancelled the emergency rearranging plans.  We are just sitting and having a cuppa before we get ready to go out.

Sometimes people ask me what I do all day, and do I get bored in what I do - because I don't go out to work in an office of people all day they seem to think that I don't do anything and would therefore be bored.

Take today, out tonight, this afternoons little shenanigans, this morning I washed and changed the bed linen, did a grocery shop, tidied up the house, emptied the dinner things from the dishwasher and put in the breakfast things and then the lunch things, sent some e-mails, went to check on my geraniums in the garden, fiddled with Halloween decorations and probably a load of other things I have forgotten about.  You know the kind of things.

So no, I am never bored, and I don't sit doing nothing all day!  I can make my own schedule, and just as well that I can when days like today happen.  Today was supposed to be a "free" day for me to do not a lot.  Well, that didn't happen did it!!

You know that they say that the truth is stranger than fiction, well it really is.  I could never think to make up something like this - can you imagine!!

Amy