This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,--
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England
William Shakespeare, "King Richard II", Act 2 scene 1
Happy St George's Day ... sadly for the first time in years I wont be wearing a red rose to work (as uniform wont allow it ... and my hear is too short to have that as an excuse either). But in my heart it will be there.
Have a super day - whether you are English or not!
As you all know my faith is utmost in my life ... today it's Good Friday, the day that Jesus, God's son, died on a cross for all the sins of this world ever.
I praise God in that ... but more especially in that He rose again. I praise God that He did this for the world ... He did it for me.
Thank you God.
This hymn is one of my favourites ....
Praise God that He sent His Son to the world ... to die for us. Take a moment this Good Friday to pray and give thanks.
I have to be better by July ... I have found out that Ghost of the Robot (James' band) is going to be in London mid-July ... and I have decided to buy one of the expensive tickets!
Something to aim for!
I have always wanted to see GotR since I got the first CD ... so that's brilliant.
And, of course, I see James and his son ... so even better. I didn't think I would get to see James again, so that's brilliant.
I just have to now hope I will cope with the bits that are more casual ... that is where I find life the hardest ... so for James I have bought the ticket, but whether I will end up hiding in a corner is another matter!
Sadly the virus has kicked into my muscles today ... the last hour of work was a huge struggle ... so came home and had something to eat, and some painkillers!
Feel a bit easier ... just achy now.
I had a docs appt anyway tomorrow, so that works out well.
Now I am trying to catch up on some internetting ... look back through my LJ and answer comments etc ... so at least I am now going to try to use the time properly.
I may even try to start some art work.
Hope you are all well.
I seem, as ever too hectic to keep up ... so thought I would do a quick "point" update ... I had planned to do more, but was late getting back to Exeter.
Thursday ... I went to Torquay to take Dad to hospital to have a Rodent Ulcer removed from his face. The op(s) on his cheek had gone well, but this was an extra spotted on the last op date ... so, change of location ... and more stitches!
Then work in the afternoon ... ironically at a dermatology clinic!
Friday ... Work in the morning then back to Mum & Dad's as I had organised to get the router on Dad's pc changed ... after waiting around a couple of hours it was to find he had been delayed! Still, I got some things done for Mum ... reading letters, checking her building society account, etc.
Then shopping for them ... they always used to do a weekly big shop, and now that's left to me.
Saturday ... I took Jiffy for his normal am ramble which we both love, then got back to start some work in the garden ... only to spot that Dad had a black eye ... so, off to A&E ... he has an eye infection.
Then back to cut the grass and do some weeding ... although it got very cold in the late afternoon.
In the evening it was a lazy night watching an old comedy film, and an episode of Dad's Army.
Saturday night - Sunday morning .... I was woken by Jiffy trying to fight his way out of his bedroom, and to hear our burglar alarm going off ... and no lights! Poor Jiffy is afraid of the dark (he sleeps with a light on), and add to that the noise of quite a few alarms he was a nervous wreck. Yes, it was our part of the town that as without power ... although it came back on within the hour.
Sunday ... normal morning at Church ... then after dinner I read them a couple of letters that had come in during the week, read a bit of the paper, then washed up. The cut Mum's hair and permed it ... as well as giving Dad some treatment on a painful shoulder.
I had planned to write a couple of things but while writing this my neighbours, who you cant usually hear, are having a screaming row ... maybe someone else as well (it sounds like more than 2 voices) ... so hope this makes sense. It seems to be calming a bit ... or maybe they are just loosing their voices!
Hope all is well - will try to get back on track tomorrow.
No work again today ... just no shifts available on the type of work I prefer. There may be a few "specialing" shifts available, but even when at full strength I find them stressful.
Yesterday I had a good shift, but within an hour of getting home I was totally exhausted again. After a reasonable weekend where I had not coughed much, kept "normal" hours, managed to get some of the housework caught up at M&D's, but still found time to rest I was annoyed at how I felt.
Today I feel achy again ... so although I really need the money (one disadvantage of being both single and self-employed), I must be positive and say that a day a bit easier would be good.
Mum and Dad were both emotionally low when I arrived, but seemed to pick up as the weekend went on. Dad has to have another mole removed from his face, but the good news was the op on his cheek was a success with clear cell margins ... so that's gone now. Mum is waiting for her hospital appt for her breast check-up ... if we haven't heard by Easter then I shall chase that up.
Claire has another appt today ... 8 weeks on now, and still about 1/2" that hasn't healed ... weird ... I always told her she was stubborn!! The surgeon is talking about the poss of plastic surgery to remove the "gap" and heal it finally. She feels she has come so far she doesn't want an op unless it is necessary ... so we shall have to wait till later to see what it is looking like. But we keep reminding ourselves that YAY the cancer is gone and she doesn't need chemo or radio!
To end on a cheery note ... since Claire was diagnosed I have text-ed her and Tim a verse from the Bible every morning at some point ... yesterday it was from part of my morning reading. I read froma modern paraphrased version called The Message, and this is part of one of the Psalms ... hope you love the modern poetry.
Psalm 36 : 5-6
God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.
But Cambridge lost this years boat race!
Yes, I am a supporter, so was sad to see them lose the race, although technically they had cut into Oxford's water ... so when the clash
happened they couldn't complain.
Still sad to watch ... have to wait for next year to see what happens then!
BTW - for those who haven't a clue what I'm talking about ... its the annual boat race down the Thames by coxed 8's.( Here are some facts and figuresCollapse )
However overalll Cambridge are still winning 81, to 78!
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received … Forget about the rude remarks.
And always remember... when life hands you Lemons,ask for Tequila and Salt and call me over!
Good friends are like stars......... You don't always see them, But you know they are always there..
"Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway"
I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here than a whole truck load when I'm gone..
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keeps You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
God keeps You Going
'Worry looks around, sorry looks back, Faith looks up.'