debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
Day 31 → best moment of the month

I think, as ever, each month, and possibly each day, has a few special moments.

* I enjoyed all my mince pies ... I love them!

* It was good playing board games with Brenda and my 4 nephews on Boxing Day.

* I enjoyed the Nativity service at Exeter Cathedral. It was great to see this lovely old building full of families ... and animals!

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(Thanks Tim for the photos)
So there are a couple of things that made December fun.

This has been a good meme, and it's been good to see that others have snagged.
debris4spike: (Family)
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family

Obviously none this year - but here are a couple from the last few years. This one was taken when we were on holiday in Kos in 2007 ... we went over for a day trip to Turkey
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2012 - Mum & Dad's Diamond Anniversary
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And, our last family photo - March 2015, on Tim & Claire's Silver Anniversary.
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debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
No, not "the" first Christmas, although this is what we need to remember, but this is the first without Mum & Dad (or any other family).  And, yes I did cook myself a proper dinner ... and Jiffy thoroughly enjoyed himself opening his pressies that Santa brought him!

Happy Christmas .... I hope that all my friends are having a lovely day, but also that you are able to set aside at least a few minutes to remember the first Christmas morning - Jesus, the Son of God, born as a baby in Bethlehem.

Thank you Jesus for coming to this world.

Our Church wasn't having a service this morning, so I went to a local Baptist one and was pleased that we had one of my favourite carols. This is one of the 2 I chose when I was baptised back in 1975, but still love it now. Lovely tune, and meaningful words.

I do love the traditional carols, but this one was one of the other ones we had at Church this morning .... Let's celebrate the birth of a Baby

debris4spike: (Giraffe)
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year

I don't really collect anything ... well I do have loads of giraffes. My friend bought me another ornament for my birthday, and I bought myself some giraffe earrings.  Thinking about me saying I don't collect them I started adding up how many I have I realised that possibly I do collect them ... I have them all sizes and materials.

But basically I would say I collect family and holiday memorabilia. So seiing as we sold M&D's house I have gained loads of family stuff.
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
Had a pretty good day, so far.

Have decided that resting isn't really getting me anywhere, so decided to go back to the gym today and because I am on steroids at present, that went well.  I have also played my saxaphone for about 15 mins.  It is easier to play for my mouth than the clarinet, so have started easy, and will build up.

I still have all my sorting out to do, but I shall, hopefully, do a chunk of that tomorrow.

And, for a final piece of news, a final step for Mum & Dad, their bungelow no longer belongs to us ... it completed yesterday.  A long time, seeing as the neighbours put the offer in last Easter ... but as we got more than we expected we weren't too upset ovrt all.

And, before I post this meme that I snagged from [ profile] zhelana

1. Will you be looking for a new job?

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?

3. New house?

4. What will you do different in 2017?
Learn to realise that I need to be poitive about myself, and enjoy myself, for myself.

5. New Year's Resolution?

And there's more )
debris4spike: (Child)
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago

Just to say that the icon is me - 1 year old (in other words in 1962)

Through the years )

Lest We Forget

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 08:46 pm
debris4spike: (WW1 Grave)
I will admit this post is very much "copy and paste" from a link that Tim sent me.  Our Grandfather was one of those thousands who, 100 years ago tomorrow, went over the top at the First Day Of The Battle Of The Somme.

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For on July 1, 1916, following a seven-day British bombardment, some 120,000 men clambered from their trenches and went ‘over the top’ — to be met by a hail of German machine-gun fire that mowed down half of them. With 20,000 dead and 40,000 wounded, it was the bloodiest single day in British military history.

Relaxing before the carnage: Heartbreaking photos of our troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago shortly before they went 'over the top' on the bloodiest single day in British military history. The weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were gentle, compared with the horror that followed.

Rolling countryside north of River Somme was home to more than a million British servicemen, mainly volunteers. Haunting photographs from 100 years ago show the men relaxing, released to mark the centenary of the WWI battle. But the lush, green, springtime lands would shortly be turned into a muddy moonscape by the horrifying conflict.


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A welcome rest: Exhausted soldiers of the 9th Rifle Brigade take a break — and a chance to have a smoke — in a field away from the front line. From left, Second Lieutenant Walter Elliott, who was killed on November 20, 1916, Second Lieutenant Roger Kirkpatrick, wounded (date unknown), Captain Herbert Garton, who was killed on September 15, 1916, Lieutenant Evelyn Southwell, killed on September 15, 1916, and Second Lieutenant Herman Kiek, wounded on April 27, 1918. Southwell told his mother in a letter he was so tired he fell asleep while marching

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A chance to wash: Officers of the 9th Rifle Brigade bathing in a stream behind the lines are (from left, excluding obscured faces): Captain Arthur Mckinstry — wounded, Second Lieutenant William Hesseltine, killed August 21, 1916, Captain William Purvis, wounded September 15, 1916, Second Lieutenant Joseph Buckley, killed December 23, 1917, Lieutenant Morris Heycock, wounded August 22, 1916, Captain Eric Parsons, killed September 15, 1916, Second Lieutenant Sidney Smith (in background) killed August 25, 1916, and Second Lieutenant Walter Elliott, killed November 20, 1916

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Knee-deep in mud: Wading through a trench on the Somme are Major Beauchamp Magrath (left) of the 8th East Lancashire Regiment, killed on June 2, 1916, and Captain Paul Hammond, right, who died on February 25, 1916. The other two soldiers are not identified.

As you can see here, the water and mud were horrific - Granddad was lucky to survive with both his legs.

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Captain William Johnson, of the 18th Manchester Regiment, was photographed by a friend on the afternoon of July 1, 1916, walking along a captured German trench. He was killed six hours later

For more photos and information, here is the full article

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.

As a PS - here are Grandma and Granddad on their wedding day in December 1920
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And this is their Golden Wedding Anniversary ... and yes, that's the rest of the family in 1970! (I was 9)
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Mum, Tim, Me (!), Grandma, Granddad, Nick, Dad
debris4spike: (Vampire Diaries - Brothers)
I thought I would post this picture of the family taken at Nick's 50th.  Sadly I couldn't get there as I was too ill .... maybe that is what caused some of the upset, but at the time it took me all my strength to drive the 2 miles to dad, rather than the 150 to Nick.

Anyway - here they are ...  )
debris4spike: (James - Q&A 2011)
Three Things You Want To Say To Different People

This is the one tha I have seen many struggle with, and even without my hectic life I have been putting off answering it!!!  Oh well, here goes -

  1. One thing I am glad I did say, on a regular basis was, "I LOVE YOU" to Mum ... and I still say it to Dad.  I often say it to by brothers, as well, but will admit I don't often say it to my 4 nephews.  We are meeting up next week to move Dad's piano (etc), so I must say it to the 4 of them, then.

  2. There are a couple of people I pray for regularily, for their health and happiness.  But have never told either of them ... maybe I should (one especially knows how mad I already am!!)

  3. I suppose, overall, I wish I could speak to people who mean something to me.  I can chat to strangers, chat at work, but friends and family (and James) make me totally freeze ... so much so "hello" is all I manage.  I need to break through that incredible shyness ... but sadly doubt I ever will!

Yay, I managed it!

Daily Bible Reading

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 02:43 pm
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
Like the last time I posted (about my name), this is another vague entry!

When I was reading this morning there were a load of lists of names - family lineages.  I will admit that after years of reading the Bible I tend to skim through the genealogies in most cases.

However it occured to me that many people like going back into family history ... which is actually a list of genealogies!  Last year I was fascinated to find out, via Tim (who enjoys this hobby), that Mum's family (on her mother's side, goes back to Jasper Tudor, and beyond.

So, maybe I am a hypocrite to not read the heritage of the Jewish families of the Old Testament.

One Week On

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 12:06 pm
debris4spike: (Mum)
.... And I still feel in limbo.

I suppose keeping Dad focused and OK is taking a lot out of me, although I feel guilty to say that as there is only him my focus is slightly easier.  I think for both of us, it is hard to believe that Mum has died, because last Jan she spent almost a month in hospital, so I keep expecting to get a date for her to come home.

We met with Tim at the funeral directors, and that was not as hard as I expected.  Although it felt weird to be buying a plot in a cemetary, it somehow didn't seem wrong fro the 3 of us to talk about what wood |Mum would want her coffin veneered in.

This afternoon I am off to the solicitors (a friend of Tim ... and he will be there).  The wills are old so Dad and I are executors.  Sadly Mum spoke of re-writing last year, so I know what she had wanted, but never got it done.  The other reason for the appt is that I have to be made Dad's Power of Attourney.  Mum had never wanted it to happen as it would upset the boys, but now we have a double tragedy to sort out.

Tomorrow Dad, Jiffy and I are going to my place again ... it's a tip.  We are meeting my best friend and her husband and they are going to help me sort out the spare room again.  Nick & Tim want to just sell this house, but I am going to do this in stages.  I hope to get to work for a couple of mornings a week (to start with), which means the 3 of us staying overnight in Exeter ... thus the room clear!  I don't know if Dad will cope, if not I will re-think.

Finally I want to thank you for the lovely comments you left ... I am going to reply to them (and previous comments) over the next couple of days.  Like when Jaykub died I have been suprised by those who care ... and those who don't!

Thanks for listening.


On a slightly different note (but not!), I am trying to get back to some artwork from time to time ... to take my mind off the eulogy I have to write is the reason at the moment! So, thought I would sign up for a new comm .... I don't know how good I shall be, but I need my escape challenge ...

[ profile] tvlims| Season 1 Sign ups.
debris4spike: (James answering at Q&A (plus his name))
Where do the days go?  I haven't managed to answer any comments recently, I really don't know if I can ever manage to find a few moments, but will try (soon).

Mum's memory is beginning to fail slightly as well now.  Dad's is not good, with a huge loss in his vocabulary, which makes it harder than ever to try to help him.  Jiffy is doing well, and we are still managing to get for longer walks.    However I am still as "ok" as ever ... and to prove it, here is a photo that Mum took (at her insistance) when I got back from Church yesterday morning.

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I have also snagged a simple Alphabet Meme from FB, as it means I shall be typing something other than depressing news!!

A- Age: 54
B- Biggest Fear: Not being able help those I love  .... I also hate heights, spiders, etc
C- Current Time: 21.00
D- Drink you last had: Blackcurrant & apple squash.
E- Easiest Person To Talk to: My best friend Toni, or my sister-in-law Brenda.
F- Favorite Song: London City (James), In My Room (Beach Boys), etc
G- Ghosts, are they real: Probably.
H- Hometown: Exeter, Devon
I- In love with: ... other than James ????
J- Jealous Of: Lots of people, for lots of reasons.
K- Killed Someone? A few spiders!
L- Last time you cried?:A few days ago.
M- Middle Name: Jacqueline.
N- Number of Siblings: 2
O- One Wish: To see James again.
P- Person who you last called: Andrew (my nephew's birthday)
Q- Question you're always asked: How are you?  How are your parents?
R- Reason to smile: My faith, Jiffy,
S- Song last sang: "Oh dear, what can the matter be" (!!!!!!)
T- Time you woke up: 7.45
U- Underwear Color: White
V- Vacation Destination: None, as I can't get away.
W- Worst Habit: Procrastination.
X- X-Rays you've had: Teeth, right ankle, low back, left hand, left knee
Y- Your favorite food: Sausage and chips.
Z- Zodiac Sign: Cancer.

Well, that at least gives me an entry that is not too depressing, even if it is still boring.

The 12th Again

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 08:04 am
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
I did say I would try to post - so thought that as yesterday was the 12th I would try to get a monthly entry in to [ profile] monthlydiaryday   this time.

So, what did I do yesterday?

Normal 7am alarm call ... at which time I emptied my washing machine onto my whirl-line .... while watching the sunrise clouds changing shape and colour ... normally I'm not awake enough to notice! Then I loaded a second set into the machine. This time I can some of dad's trousers to do ...a rarity as Mum normally does it, but at their ages it's nice to pick up the flack for them when I can. Once I's showered, read my Bible, breakfast, made sarnies ... and hung out the 2nd load I made it to work at 9am (just!)

I was working on Surgical Outpatients. In the morning I was in a breast-care clinic. It never ceases to amaze me how many people come through these clinics ... and sadly how many have poor a diagnosis .... 14 patients in that group ... 2 to receive bad news, and 2 were going off for urgent scans (one male) as the doctor knew they would also get bad news. The rest were scanned, but came back with the all-clear.

Then after lunch I was working in the same area of the hospital, but weighing people as they arrived ... making sure notes were in the correct place ... etc.

Home soon after 5.30, and while the meal was cooking I rushed down the road to the supermarket ... milk, fruit etc a necessity.

After dinner it was ironing ... and more ironing. I watched Robin Hood on the DVD ... Errol Flynn is a great distraction!

Then onto the computer for a bit of a catch up, and to make some Blakes 7 icons ... before bed, with my light off at about 11pm (after some Spuffy reading to relax me, of course)
debris4spike: (Family)
Day 1 - A Picture Of Myself.
Day 2 - 20 Facts About Myself.
Day 3 - Favourite Quote.
Day 4 - What Are You Afraid oF.
Day 5 - 10 Favourite Songs.
Day 6 - Your Five Senses Right Now.
Day 7 - Your Pet Hates.
Day 8 - What's In Your Handbag.
Day 9 - What's Your Worst Habits.
Day 10 - What's Your Best Physical Feature.
Day 11 - List 15 Of Your Favourite Things.
Day 12 - What's In Your Fridge.
Day 13 - What Is Your Earliest Memory.

Day 14 - If You Won The Lottery

Well I should say I don't do it!

However if a large cheque arrived on my doormat today I would make sure that Mum & Dad had some so they could hire gardeners/decorators etc so they could get a comfy living with everything that's going on in their lives.

I would pay off both my brother's mortgages (I don't have one) ... and give a small-ish amount to each nephew for college days.

For me I would get my hall/staires/landing decorated and my garden sorted out.

I would travel to see my aunts, as well as other friends in England ... and would also then travel to visit friends around the world ... warns you all to put the kettle on and be ready!

debris4spike: (Does not like bugs - HPI)
Day 1 - a picture of myself.
Day 2 - 20 facts about myself.
Day 3 - favourite quote.

Day 4 - What Are You Afraid Of

a)  Like many I am really phobic about spiders and insects (except butterflies) ... they all have too many legs and move toooooooooo fast!

b)  I am afraid that through something I do, or fail to do, someone I love will suffer.

c)  I am afraid of getting my face wet (I already said about that on day 2)

d)  I am afraid of losing those I love ... although for most I know I will see them again one day!

There are probably loads of other things - but that is enough to panic me for this evening!


It's All About Me!

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 09:23 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
Things have been quiet so I answered [ profile] lupina78's meme prompt ... and these are the 5 questions she asked:-

1. I know you´re a very talented musician. Is there an instrument you wished you could play, but never really got the hang of it?
2. What´s your favourite food?
3. If you´d have the chance to go anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
4. What´s the one thing you own that means everything to you? Like, an item with great sentimental value.
5. Aaand last but not least, what´s your favourite Buffy episode?

Yes, I have answers )

So - if you want 5 questions just ask!

debris4spike: (Soldier - silhouette)
So here I am again - and as someone asked how the latest dental appointment went I thought I would scribble a post, in case anyone else is keeping up with this epic saga, that is taking longer than "Gone with the Wind"

I have finished the penicillin ... for which I am sure my tummy will be thankful (!), and had more "gunk" inserted in the hole. It was very sore ... so that was annoying. The dentist said I still have a red patch on the inside of my cheek, and on the roof of my mouth. She now wants me to leave it and hopes by Monday it will be finished ... if not ... back for more tests and treatment.

I had a short shift at work today which was nice as I got some actual housework done ... although I also ended up having a snooze when I sat down for a cuppa mid afternoon! (Blaming the pills, not old age!)

I have also uploaded some photos on my pc which are for some icons I am making ... as my theme is WWI.

So wondered if you wanted to see my family (mostly on Mum's side) ....

My family during WWI )

Hope you are all having a good day.

debris4spike: (Family)
Yesterday Mum and Dad got their thank you note from 3 of the boys ... they have consecutive birthdays the first week of December - So a good day for the Family prompt.


debris4spike: (Family)
Last wekk I at long last got round to putting up the pictures up my 2 flights of staires ... these are on the first set, and as you see they are my Joyful set ... my 2 brother's weddings, and the 7 of us at M&D's 40th wedding anniversary.

Smile please )

My Grandparents

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 08:24 pm
debris4spike: (Family)
For those who didn't look at my latest set of icons here, I thought I would upload the 2 pictures that I used for AC 1 & 5 .... my Grandparents wedding days.

The Ancestors )

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