Sometimes I comment on your blogs after you have visited me, however the comment you get from me may not be from the site you visited. That’s because I have more than one blog.
So here is a list of my other ones. ūüėė

Crafting

Our garden

Why Stay In

Stay in, look after your health service, save life’s

Tomorrow will be a good day 

Captain Tom Moore 

Counting to ten, Breathing deeply, Praying to the universe

Counting to ten

Breathing deeply

Praying to the universe

Kitten’s leg is better but the last collar rubbed and infected his neck, more antibiotics, more nice smelling antiseptic wash, ūüė嬆 more around the clock care, he can’t be allowed to lick it. Have you tried to stop a cat from licking?

Counting to ten

Breathing deeply

Pray to the universe

I pick up my glasses from the cupboard and put them on, they don’t feel right. I remove them and the arm is jutting out, how on earth have I managed that. I took them to the¬† opticians I had them from. He looked at them and asked ‘did you sit on them?’ ‘No’ I answered. His look said otherwise,¬† He bent the arm a little and said there was nothing more that could be done I would need a new pair. That’s not going to happen anytime soon I told him.¬† Hubby remembered there used to be a little place close by that made spectacles, we looked on line found the place still open, phoned, explained and was told, bring them in now and we will take a look.¬† ¬†Within seconds¬† of being in the shop I was shown the problem, a small clip on the hinge was broken nothing at all to do with being bent. I left the glasses, four hours later I picked them up. Arm repaired and bent back to the original position.¬† No charge, can you believe that, I offered to put something in their¬† charity box but was told they had had to put away the boxes.

Counting to ten

Breathing deeply

Pray to the universe

The new credit cards arrived, they wouldn’t activate, a very long call to the card company and the cards were activated.

Counting to ten

Breathing deeply

Pray to the universe

Sis-in-law had to have a Covid test, turned out to be Sinusitis.

Counting to ten

Breathing deeply

Pray to the universe

Boris is opening the country up, this time slowly.¬† Part of me is jumping up and down, another part as taken to a cupboard to hide, it’s safe in my cupboard. Not that any of the lifting of the restrictions will make a bit of difference to me. I won’t be able to go shopping/out as facemasks still have to be worn, I can wear one for 10-15 minutes, then I can’t breath properly.¬† We shop together at 6.30 am, I take one half of the supermarket hubby the other, in out in 15 minutes. This on the whole works well, expect for the fact I have been sewing up my bras for the last 11 months.

Counting to ten

Breathing deeply

Pray to the universe

Bright Blessings

Oh dear, this is a gloomy one

I heard a report on the radio a couple of days ago concerning charities. A¬† charity representative was saying that people have not been so charitable this lock down, more people gave of their time and money in the first one, she sounded surprised. I gave this a little thought, all of about 20 seconds. Why the surprise, the first lock down occurred in a lovey spring/early summer, people didn’t mind going outside to fetch and carry. No one knew how long this was going to go on, in fact many thought it would be over and done with before Christmas, they thought they would be back at work within weeks,¬† so didn’t mind offering money or goods. Now 12 months on it’s cold, people have lost those jobs and are either living on benefits or their savings and wondering how long they will last. People who are working from home despite what the government keep telling us are not saving hundreds of pounds, that saved money is¬† ¬†being spent on extra home insurance payments, extra heating and energy, (all those cups of tea and coffee). People are tired, scared of what the future holds, the vaccine may well help, but what happens when the country does open up, will all be sunny and bright? Of course not, what we will have is years of high taxes, no jobs, cut services, rises in crime.¬† That light at the end of the tunnel is an on coming train people.

Some of the bigger banks are going to shut 11 branches a week every week throughout 2021 it as been reviled. All those people put out of jobs, all those people with no access to a bank. Not all people can bank on line or use a cash machine. I can’t use a cash machine, I can’t use any touch screen. It’s a bit of a standing joke with everyone who knows me, in fact there have been times when we have been out and they have left me to enter my own pin/touch for information etc just so they can have a laugh. (Remember the days when you could go out). I simply can’t get them to work. But I digress, back to the point, it feels as if we are being pushed into a cashless society, I really, really dislike the idea. I distrust the online banking systems. (as if to prove a point as I write this hubby has just entered the room to tell me he as had to cancel the credit cards as he had just received notification that someone has tried to use it. it will take a few days for new cards. If we didn’t have cash what would we do).

Not going to the bank and having that face to face is yet another step away from in my opinion another place that we are losing the human connection.

Here are some of the problems I wonder about.

What if the computers go down for whatever reason, you can’t get access to your money, you can’t pay bills, buy food. Just think of the chaos that happen when just one banks computer systems went down a few years ago, I can’t remember if it was a weekend or a bank holiday, I do remember it was only for 48 hours but it was chaos for the people involved, now imagine they all went down together. Then there’s the whole hacking threat.

The lack of face to face is another thing I fear losing. For some people that trip to the bank along with the shops may be the only human interaction they have. Along side this comes the frustration of trying to sort out a problem with a faceless voiceless entity on the other end of a computer screen. I have heard people say about banking on line or using your phone to pay¬† ‘it’s so easy and quick’ are we so busy we can’t wait for anything, having everything the minute we want it will make mankind¬† impatient, where impatience lives intolerance isn’t far behind.

Then we have the conspiracies.

Once a cashless society the¬† government¬† will have control over our money, they will know exactly what anyone person has, they will be able to simply stop your access to your money if they choose because you haven’t ‘behaved.’

Machines are taking over our lives, in the past I have been out with groups of people who have spent the evening on their phones, I went on a hen night where the bride to be spent the night texting her husband to be. I asked her why she was even bothering with the evening out, why she hadn’t just had the evening with her husband to be. She didn’t take kindly to the question. I have sat in peoples homes where they have texted someone in the same room as them.¬† I can’t help thinking that soon our ability to interact face to face, to speak, to form actual sentences, to read facial expressions and body language will all be gone, a little more of our humanity eroded away. I fear for the children of the future.¬† Sometimes I feel that this may be right…

 

At the moment it’s 3am, I have just spent ¬Ĺ an hour walking up and down the garden with Kitten while he decided which part of the garden would be the best place to pee, he decided the first place he went to in the end. I then spent 15 minutes looking for Nellie I didn’t want to shut her out, she was sat in the living room wastepaper bin. It’s a good job I love them.

Bright Blessings

 

 

24 hour Kitten

We took Kitten back to the vets, he has more tablets and a dog collar, does this work? Well no, the collar is so big that Kitten is having trouble sitting/lying and eating. Which means we are giving him around the clock care. I am beginning to think if we have to stay up with him, we might as well put the other collar back on so that he is comfortable and we can just watch to make sure he does not lick/scratch the wound.

Bright Blessings

When will it end

Kitten came in with an hole in his leg last Monday, (9th) we took the first available vets appointment which was Thursday. The vet wasn’t sure if he had been in a fight or had ripped his leg open on something as it was a strange wound. Long and short of it is, it is infected so now he has to have antibiotics, pain killers and a very nice smelling disinfection wash twice a day, he doesn’t like any of it, but mostly he doesn’t like his collar. Poor thing.

¬†He doesn’t like using a litter tray so we had been taking him into the garden to do what comes naturally,¬† things were going well until Saturday when (starting to feel better he made a bolt for the hole in the fence under the trees, I followed, he got stuck, I grabbed him my knee gave way, by the time I had untangled him, dragged him and me from under the trees, he had took the top of the wound and I not only couldn’t stand up but I was covered in scratches from the trees and Kitten. To top it all he has found out he can scratch the wound with his collar. Sunday we took him back to the vets and left him with the nurse so she could look at him and give us some advice.¬† The only advice they could offer was to put his leg in an old sock, tape it to him and see if that worked…it didn’t, he ripped that off and his collar. We managed to get the collar back on, today I am going to ring the vets again, there’s no way the leg is going to heal at this rate.

 

Valentines day as been and gone, do you do it? I have never bothered with it. Like most celebrations it is so far removed from the way it started. 

Valentine’s Day is named after the Saint Valentine, a 3rd Century¬† Catholic priest who lived in Rome .¬† At this time many Romans were converting to Christianity.¬† Claudius II (the Emperor) was a pagan and not liking¬† this created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do , he¬† believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore should not marry and passed a law preventing them from doing so. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.

Valentine was eventually¬† ¬†found out¬† jailed and executed on 14th February 270.¬† ¬†While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and his jailor’s blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and left her a letter signed ‚Äėfrom your Valentine’.

¬†Some 200 years later Rome had become a Christian country and the Catholic Church was determined to stamp out any remaining paganism. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year, the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed 14 February Saint Valentine’s Day, so establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints.

¬†In the Middle Ages the poet Chaucer¬† was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love. This was the beginning of the tradition of ‘courtly love’, a ritual of expressing love and admiration in secret.¬†

It’s the secret bit that gets me, OK you fancy someone so on this day you send them a card or flowers, that’s fine, what really gets my goat is why do married people do it, why do people who are going out do it, it’s all a money making scheme. You don’t need a ‘special day’ to show someone you care.

OK rant over.

Bright Blessings

Happy February, Random Thoughts

I wander around the house and garden doing my daily jobs and thoughts of things I want to blog about swim around my head. I sit at the laptop and nothing, well not quite nothing, the thoughts sit tantalisingly on the edge of my brains recall.  So I decided  to jot down some of the thoughts and news in the order they came to me, so lets see how this goes.

How many bones are acceptable in boned fish? I have to buy white fish for our oldest cat ,he has a few digestion problems,  and have for years been buying the same brand with no bone problem. Just of late however it is as if the boning process is being skipped. I find more and more bones with each piece I cook. We cut the fish  into 1 inch pieces and feed to Kitten a piece at a time. In one piece I found 6 bones, hubby said he had removed 15 from the piece of fish he had cooked. Is it me or does that sound like a lot of bones for boned fish.

Back in third lockdown and it seems people are just not taking it seriously, in our small road we have¬† neighbours¬† who have their children and grandchildren visiting, they both go out to work,¬† just think of the germs, another neighbour who can’t work because of a health problem, goes out at all times of the day and night, a couple more have visitors with children and small babies.¬† Why would people take the risk?¬† Could it have anything to do with the fact that some of the scientist advising the government have said that restriction will need to be in place until the end of 2022, is it the fact that because no end can be seen, some people chose to live their lives now?

While scrubbing the living room carpet I was listening to a chat show on which there was some expert saying that no one should eat sandwiches, they are not a meal, children should not be given them for lunch/dinner, they should have a cooked meal twice a day. You have to love these experts that live in a dream world where people can afford to eat two cooked meals a day. Whats wrong with a sandwich, I like a good sandwich.

The weather is being very odd at the moment, we have days that feel like spring,¬† the birds sing their little heads off, the cats sit in the garden, the snowdrops bob in the breeze, everyone feels better. Then over night we are plunged into the depths of winter, the birds go into a feeding frenzy, the cats mope around indoors, and the good feelings disappear a little.¬† While we are in the garden we have had 5 of our trees tided up, I should have spoken to the tree surgeon myself, I told hubby what I wanted done. What can I say, it’s done now.

I have spent sometime over the last few weeks crafting/making. I find it relaxing, I think it maybe keeping me sane. ¬†I am trying to do as many makes as I can with stuff that I have and up to now it’s working quite well. ¬†ūüėĄ I have tried to finish a book I started at the beginning of lock down but every time I pick it up something happens and the book as to go back into the cupboard.

Bright Blessings

 

February

So now, as the Maiden form of the Goddess whispers to us of hope and new beginnings at the festival of Imbolc, it is on a cold February morning that you are invited to step onto the ‚ÄėWheel of the Year.
 Carole Carlton

February will soon be upon us, the 1st and the 2nd are the time of Candlemas and Imbolc.

Imbolc the quickening of the year, according to the seasonal Celtic calendar it marks the beginning of the lambing season the beginning of Spring and with spring the stirrings of new life. It is also know as Feile Brighde, Brigid the triple Goddess (at Imbolc she is in her maiden aspect).

The original word was Imbolg which meant in the belly.  All of nature is pregnant and brings the promise of the renewal and awakening of earth,  life-force stir.  It brings hope with the returning of light after the long dark winter.  A festival of light this ancient festival marks the mid point of winter, half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

As Imbolc is a time of re-birth in nature, it is also time for us to be re-born, time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out old grudges and bad feelings to make room for new better ones, a time to clear the heart and mind. Imbolc is a cleansing time not only of ourselves but of where we live, a time to spring clean and tidy the garden ready for the new cycle of a new year. It’s also a good time for wish-making.

Imbolc is traditionally the festival and honouring of Brigid the Goddess of healing, poetry, smithcraft, of fire, the Sun and, the Hearth. The bringer of fertility to both land and people She was so loved that even as a Pagan Goddess her worship was integrated into the Christian church as St Bridget.

Candlemas is an ancient custom it commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus. This day also marks the ritual presentation of the baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem.

This was the day that all the Church’s candles for the year were blessed thus the name (Candle mass) Candlemas. Some Church’s still do this.

Some people believe that Candlemas can predict the weather

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.

If Candlemas Day be dry and fair,
The half o the winter’s to come and mair;
If Candlemas Day be wet and foul,
The half o the winter’s gane at Yule.

A farmer should, on Candlemas Day,
Have half his corn and half his hay.’
‘On Candlemas Day if the thorns hang adrop,
You can be sure of a good pea crop.

So if you feel inclined make a Brigid cross from twigs, willow, reed, paper or pipe cleaner. Or a  Bridey Doll from scraps and stuff with dried herbs, flowers, and leave by the hearth. Why not both.

Who Needs Clothes

What a week, we have gone from not knowing anyone with Covid to losing an uncle to it, he became ill  Monday, was taken into hospital Tuesday and died Wednesday early morning, an aunt as it and my step-daughter in law as it.

 

A news report said that a big on line clothes company had reported that they will have reached their predicted quarterly sales for this year by the end of February. Which made me wonder, with the amount of people losing their jobs and having to live on benefits or savings who is spending all this money? Then why when no one is supposed to leave their house except for food shopping, exercise, and medical appointments would people need to buy so many clothes?

Where can I go?

 

‚ÄúWe have become a nation of thoughtless rushers, intent on¬†doing¬†before¬†thinking, and hoping what we do magically works out. If it doesn‚Äôt, we rush to do something else, something also not well thought-out, and then hope for more magic.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†Len Holman

Saturday on the news Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged people to “act like you have the virus.” Really, ‘Do you really mean this’ I thought to myself. If so how on earth is that going to work, if you have the virus you can’t leave the house, you have to stay in a separate room to everyone else, so no one can leave their homes, no doctors, no nurses, no police, no fire people, no shop staff, no delivery drivers, no people who keep the water/gas/electricity running, you get my drift. In your home you must sit alone, no you can’t feed your child you have to act like you have the virus, no you can’t go and pick you old mom up off the floor you have to act as if you have the virus, and no one else can either. I do wish these ‘clever’ people would think before they open their mouths. Now I understand what he means, but there are people out there that will take this as gospel and this could end tragically.

Bright Blessings