As I sit here looking out of my window, what do I see? The tall trees in the garden directly behind mine, are dancing wildly in the wind. The hanging foliage of the weeping willow is wafting about like badly woven hair extensions. The makeshift gate, formerly known as a pallet, has blown over, and the brown wheelie bin now lies on it's side, lid wide open. Even the cats have more sense than to go out there.
Oh my word, now it's starting to snow again :o( Things are not looking too good at the moment. Think I'll stay indoors.
Yesterday I purchased my train ticket for my journey to Morecambe next week. It was a nice day and I was full of the joys of spring, looking forward to my adventure. Now look at it. One could easily become despondent when one has organised a holiday, and the weather is threatening to put the mockers on it.
I could easily curl up in a ball, refuse to go out, and give the whole idea up as a bad job. In situations like this I always tell myself things could be worse. The roof could blow off the house, I could be living in the far north of Canada with snow up to the top of the door, or a flash flood could sweep through the ground floor leaving mass destruction in it's path. Of course none of those things are likely to happen. So what have we got here? Yep, it's windy, yep it's raining, yep there are a few flurries of snow, but this is today. Tomorrow could be different, it could all calm down and brighten up. The forecast is frost overnight, and tomorrow will be brighter. That's what they say and that's what I choose to believe. You might have guessed that I'm a glass half full kinda gal.
Things are never as bad as you first imagine them to be. I can think of lots of examples where I thought things couldn't get any worse. Like the time my beloved Ford Focus was rear ended and written off by a taxi driver. My goodness I was flippin annoyed, but hey it could have been worse, I could have been sitting in it at the time of the accident. I could have been injured, but I wasn't.
Like the time I wrapped a lorry trailer round a gatepost because I was going too fast. I thought it was the end of the world, I was so shocked. But it could have been worse. Instead of turning into the entrance of a factory on a quiet country road, I could have been in a busy shopping street, and wiped a cyclist out as I did the turn. Flippin heck, I was lucky there.
And what about the time I fell for the smooth talking guy who promised me he would love me forever as we planned to spend the rest of our lives together. It was all lies lies lies, all he wanted to do was to control me, and still keep his freedom. I went through a lot of heartache for that man, thank goodness I found the strength to get out when I did. But it could have been worse, I could still be the quiet frightened little mouse he turned me into. But I fought back, and I won :0) I had a lucky escape.
So, wet and windy and rainy and snowy today, but what for tomorrow? I bet it will be a lot brighter, well that's what I think anyway. Toodle pip.
Hello, I am a 68 year old retired lorry driver. After trucking for 32 years I'd had enough, went part time when I was in my mid 50's and stopped altogether when I reached 60. Yippeeee, now I am free to do as I like. I live with three cats, I make do and mend being very careful with my spending, only buying what I need. I have no qualms about buying second hand from car boot sales and charity shops, and getting free stuff from skip diving. Money saved is put towards holidays, a decent car, and days out. I love life, and it needn't cost a fortune to enjoy it.
1000 mile challenge 2017
We start on January 1st 2017. There won't be a dedicated page to log the miles, instead members of the Walking Group will need to declare their intention to start, with a comment on the first post of the year, and report in on the 1st of every month after that with their own mileage. Please remember to do that, as it will be the only record of your progress.
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Free things I have found, or been given, or I have asked for.
Left over food from a buffet - I asked for it...Frozen fish and vegetables - given to me by a friend....Pair of black steel toe cap work boots - found in a layby....Crystal necklace on a chain - found on a grass verge.... Eiderdown - given from a friend....pair of slippers - given from a friend....3 cans of cider - found in the churchyard....Two small conifer plants - found in a rubbish bin....A whole load of stuff - found in a skip....65p in coins - found in the street....An orange plastic pumpkin bucket - found while litter picking....17p in coins - found in the street while litter picking....Pile of magazines - given to me....Two bottles of water, a goody bag, and a medal - given to me for escorting my friend on her sponsored walk....Two golf balls - found while out dog walking....Two bags of usefull stuff - given to me from my friends declutter....Wooly hat and gloves - given to me....Coins total £1.10 - found....12 pearl beads - found....Yellow plastic dogs ball - found in a field....32p in coins - found on grass verge....A five pence coin - found on a footpath....A yellow Frizby - found on a grass verge....10p coin - found in the woods....Three course dinner and 2 mince pies - given to me....Plastic garden table - given to me....£1 coin, 5p coin, 2p coin - found in a car park....Seven daily newspapers - borrowed from a newspaper recycling box....A dress, a skirt, a jumper, 4 teashirts - my friend gave them to me....A bowl of home made soup - my friend gave it to me....A cabbage - my friend gave it to me....Two potatoes - found on the side of the road....A bag of apples - my neighbour gave them to me....cup of coffee at the arts centre - free with a voucher....70 craft magazines - given to me....A canvas windbreak - found in a skip....Two pot plants with flowers - found in a rubbish bin....A 20p coin - found....2 wheelbarrow loads of compost - I asked for it....Pieces of timber - I asked for them....Tin of Nivea cream - free sample ....Tube of face cream - free sample....Bag of chocolate biscuits - given to me....Two bags of horse muck - I asked for them....A metre of fabric - given to me....Packet of bread rolls - given to me....A 2p coin - found....Cupboard with a glass front - given to me....Bunch of flowers - found in a rubbish bin....Planter - given to me....Six wooden pallets - I asked for them....Cup of coffee - given to me at Radio Humberside....Free night school classes at the college....Tub of Lurpak spreadable - free with voucher....A 2p coin - found in the street....Three pallets - I asked for them....Four plastic crates from the takeaway - retrieved from skip.... A hard hat - given....A gigantic roll of shrink wrap, used for wrapping palletised loads - I asked for it....A plastic bucket and lid with emulsion paint in it - found in the hedge bottom....A tub of Lurpack spreadable - free with a voucher....Free dental check up....A free tub of golden syrup ice cream, my friend gave it to me....A box of chocolates - my other friend gave it to me....A 1p coin - found in the street....A bag of potatoes, packet of blueberries, packet of tomatoes - my friend gave them to me....A flower pot - found in the hedge bottom....Three plastic crates from the takeaway - retrieved from skip....