365 Meme Day 67 & 68

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:28 pm
debris4spike: (B&W swirls)
67 - What super power do you wish you had?

OOooooops, I thought I had written and posted this yesterday, but just open the "page"!!!

I wish I could have re-newable energy.  There is so much I would love to do and see, but tiredness (and life) take over.  So if I could renew the batteries more regularily, I could get things done (and may even keep up with LJ)



68 - Go up to your best friend, hand her this notebook and say “write anything about me.”

My best friend doesn't live close to me.  I know much of what she would say, as she is honest to my face ... yes we are really special friends.



The list of 365 questions can be found here

What A Day

Friday, August 26th, 2016 03:37 pm
debris4spike: (Breast Cancer)
Dad is still with us, but drifting slowly towards Heaven.  Very little response today, but still an occasional smile.  He told me a few days ago he was chatting to mum.  So great to see his mind full of happy memories at this time.

I spoke to my best friend today ... only to find out she had a breast biopsy yesterday, and din't tell me so as not to upset me.

However maybe it is good for us both to have the other one to worry about.

Yes, I owe replies - but my brain can't focus when I am with Dad as I am now.  Thank you for your love and support - it truly means more than I can say.
debris4spike: (Cheers)
Saw my best friend for lunch - so that was great (and as she was coming over I managed to get the energy together to give the house a clean)

So, double happy!!
debris4spike: (Riding DJ)
Having no work today has been good for my CFS .... some rest, some shopping ... but most of all I managed to have a long phone call with my best friend.

Toni and I met 17 years ago, and almost immediately became friends ... and soon realised we were each other's best friend.  Something neither of us had in the past.

It was really, really great to catch up, even though there was a lot of bad news to exchange ... firstly I can't get to her daughters wedding this weekend, as driving is something my body wont do.

But, whatever we chatted about overall made me feel loved and happy.

Still Alive!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 04:39 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I promised myself I would post more, to show that LJ is still alive ... despite all the mad people who have defected to FB ... and then all I seem to have posted this week are junk things ... so, here's a bit of a proper post!

I haven't really caught you up with how I'm doing, as there isn't really much news there!  I will admit I am not as exhausted as I have been - getting to bed at about 10 now, so that is real progress.  The cough has finally eased (although not gone completely), but am left with pain in every joint and muscle ... especially in any old injuries ... and being accident prone means I have some real mangled bones and muscles!  Ended up going to the doctors ... but all they can offer are pain killers ... so am taking them as needed now (as soon as the pain builds up I am succumbing, as I had really let the symptoms rule my life).  So, I am more in charge of me than I have been for some time.

I haven't had any work this week - which is a problem for the bank balance, as it's just the fact there were no shifts ... but I have tried to be positive and get things done.

Yesterday I went to the opticians (I still go to the same one in Bude) ... so I also got to meet up with Toni for lunch, which more than made the trip worth it.  My eyes are really dry and "gunky" which is causing me problems with my lenses ... another side-effect of the virus.

Today I painted half my humungous shed (I ran out of paint at that point ... which my muscles were pleased about!) ... I have also done washing and ironing ... and had a walk.

This time of year I miss riding, as I used to have some beautiful rides by bluebell carpeted woods ... but I walked to my nearest Church, and got to see some .... (Sorry about the photo quality, but off my cheapo phone!)

A few bluebells )

I have commented this year that the blossom has been stunning - I have been very naughty and not gone out with the camera ... one more thing I must get organised with.

Well, hope you aren't fast asleep by now ... and hope that life is treating you well.
debris4spike: (DJ - plaited!)
I am great at just taking life as it comes.

As most of you know I was bullied and that left me very isolated, add to that my strong faith, most days life does just travel forward, and I go along with it.

This morning as I was reading my Bible, I saw a verse in the Psalms that jumped out at me, and got me thinking.  It was in a modern version, so the phrase meant something.  It was one of King David's Psalms and one of those he wrote when he was feeling alone.

I can so relate to that - and as I said it is something that I have been suffering from again recently.

However, and this is where I began to think ... David, in this case, was betrayed by his best friend.

I met Toni, my best friend in 1997, and since our first meeting (she was a patient of mine), our friendship just blossomed ... into something neither of us have had before.  She and I are alike in many ways, an so different in others, yet we have supported each other through some tough times ... and through some happy days.

Some years ago someone we both worked with tried to separate us, and for a few hours I felt like David did here ... but we spoke, only to find that Toni was feeling the same ... from then on we watched her try this again (and again).

I am so glad that even though we now live over an hour's drive apart, other than actually up the road from each other, our friendship is still there.

She has given me so much - friendship, unquestioning support, loaning me a horse (who she had already named after me ... DJ), laughter, and being with Jaykub when he had to be put to sleep.  She taught me to ride, she pushed me both in my riding and in my general confidence.  I have pushed her confidence in herself ... and was there with her when she had to have her horse put down while we were out riding ... and have had her daughters stay with me a few times.

Thank you Toni, for sticking by me.  Toni is a special person in my life ... and I can Thank God that she hurt her back and had to come to me for treatment!!!

Catching Up

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 03:41 pm
debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As I have just said in my 31 day meme, procrastination is a fault of mine.

Wow - seems days since I was last here, so now this is my 3rd update within the hour!!

I have made an entry for both memes I am doing - so well done me!

I have signed up for [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy ... and it's back on LJ, so I am happy.  I will admit I never got organised over the last couple of sessions as it was on DW ... so now I have to just get some ideas as to what to do.  It will definitely be some icons, but I would love to get a fic done.  I have 2 fics I am working on ... and must get back to them.  See, I told you that procrastination-is-me!

The orchestra concert went well - so was pleased with that.  Whether I will still be needed again in March, I don't know.  For my sake, I hope so ... but for the orchestra's sake I hope they find another clarinettist.

I had this afternoon off, so have done a bit of cleaning, as my best friend (& hubby) are popping in later.  Toni wants some (osteopathic) treatment ... and a chat, so I am also cooking them a meal.  I saw them on Saturday and we have promised each other we will meet up more often.  It's amazing how quick the weeks go, yet we miss seeing each other.

Hope that you are all keeping well ... will try and keep in touch better ... I promise.
debris4spike: (DJ - plaited!)
Wow, where did the weekend go?

As ever I rushed home to Mum, Dad & Jiffy on Friday after work ... and took them shopping.  I don't go in the shops, so this is my hour-ish space to sit in the car (or this week on a bench in the shade) and read.

Friday evening, is caching up with any editing Dad's book needs and then some artwork.

Saturday arrived .... and I took Jiffy for his normal morning walk, and then headed off to Bude for the day.  I managed to get there in time to collect my contact lenses and new fluids.  I know there are opticians locally, but having had previous bad experiences with them, in that they don't want to cope with the operation scarring on my right eye, I stick with Yi ... she is great.

Then to get a sarnie, and sit by the beach for 1/2 hour ... before heading to rehearsal.   That went pretty well.

After that I went for a half hour walk (photos to follow) ... and then met Toni ... the 2 things I miss about Bude are the orchestra and Toni ... she and I have been through some good and bad times.  She updated me on DJ ... he has now been "talent spotted" and works for "Riding for the Disabled" in the Windsor area.  As she said, he had good training with me!!!!

Then to the concert .... which went well, despite poor audience numbers.  Nice weather mans BBQs, not sitting in a Church listening to a Chamber orchestra.  Mozart, Haydn, Handle, ... etc.  Not my favourite music, either.  ut it was great being there - even though I ended up with a blister on my lip, and my damaged finger really complaining.

I got back to Torquay soon after 11pm.

Sunday was a normal Sunday - Church with Dad, then after lunch I did the crossword with Mum (I read out the clues, and she answers), while Dad snoozed.  Then we did some more editing of his book ... just about in the finishing stages now.  Then I took Jiffy for a walk, and had tea before heading back here.

Hope you all had a good weekend ... have a fun week.


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debris4spike: (Buffy - with sword)
I went into work today only to find I wasn't needed, they sent me to another ward ... where I also wasn't needed.

However on Monday (the only day I worked this week) I had to "special" a patient ... 8 hours of sitting had really tightened up my leg again.  So ward #2 said I ought to be at home ... so I have come home.

The grey clouds said "no money" ... but then the silver lining arrived ... washing can be done and hung out, more bread cooked, and I actually got quite a bit of my spare room done yesterday, so now I want to press on today.

Yesterday Toni popped round as she was visiting omeone in the hospital - so it was really lovely to see her.  We have both missed each other, and said so, and have promised to make an effort to visit.

So, sun is out, washing is on .... now I need tyo drink the rest of my tea, and get on ... not before doing my stretching exercise again!

Have a fun day.
debris4spike: (Buffy - with sword)
I went into work today only to find I wasn't needed, they sent me to another ward ... where I also wasn't needed.

However on Monday (the only day I worked this week) I had to "special" a patient ... 8 hours of sitting had really tightened up my leg again.  So ward #2 said I ought to be at home ... so I have come home.

The grey clouds said "no money" ... but then the silver lining arrived ... washing can be done and hung out, more bread cooked, and I actually got quite a bit of my spare room done yesterday, so now I want to press on today.

Yesterday Toni popped round as she was visiting omeone in the hospital - so it was really lovely to see her.  We have both missed each other, and said so, and have promised to make an effort to visit.

So, sun is out, washing is on .... now I need tyo drink the rest of my tea, and get on ... not before doing my stretching exercise again!

Have a fun day.
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
As I promised, here is a bit of a scribble about Orchestra.  We did our Winter concert on the last Saturday in September ... and here you can see me with a cheesy grin just at the beginning -

Read more... )

At the end I have made the hank You speach for a few years now. It was because our Chariman always said she could never cope ... this time, however, she had since died, so it fell to me again (and for the last time) to thank people, and remind everyone when the next concert is
Read more... )

The previous night I had stayed at Toni's ... and she came to the concert. It isn't often that we have our picture taken together ... so persuaded her husband to do it -
Read more... )

The concert went well - but for me it felt weird.

I had been a member of the orchestra for 24 years, and treasurer for 15 years.  Although I had told people that this was it, nothing seemed to sink in.

I found out, as I was leaving that the conductor and his wife (the only ones I really get on with) had been told that I wasn't actually leavng. In some ways I wish it were true; but and hour and a ahlf travel each way is impossible. teresa was mortified that nothing had been done to say Goodbye ... but I said it was easier for me to slip away. I would never have coped (would I?)

So, with a hug and a kiss from them both, I got in my car and left orchestra ... and Bude.
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
As I promised, here is a bit of a scribble about Orchestra.  We did our Winter concert on the last Saturday in September ... and here you can see me with a cheesy grin just at the beginning -

Read more... )

At the end I have made the hank You speach for a few years now. It was because our Chariman always said she could never cope ... this time, however, she had since died, so it fell to me again (and for the last time) to thank people, and remind everyone when the next concert is
Read more... )

The previous night I had stayed at Toni's ... and she came to the concert. It isn't often that we have our picture taken together ... so persuaded her husband to do it -
Read more... )

The concert went well - but for me it felt weird.

I had been a member of the orchestra for 24 years, and treasurer for 15 years.  Although I had told people that this was it, nothing seemed to sink in.

I found out, as I was leaving that the conductor and his wife (the only ones I really get on with) had been told that I wasn't actually leavng. In some ways I wish it were true; but and hour and a ahlf travel each way is impossible. teresa was mortified that nothing had been done to say Goodbye ... but I said it was easier for me to slip away. I would never have coped (would I?)

So, with a hug and a kiss from them both, I got in my car and left orchestra ... and Bude.
debris4spike: (Riding Jaykub)
Day 01 - Introduction
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail

Day 08 – A moment, in great detail

Most people's lives are made up of moments ... separated by normality.

So which moment can I talk about ... are you expecting a James moment, a family moment, a Church moment ... there have been lots of each of those ... no, I thought I would tell you about the last hour before Jaykub became mine!

He and I loved each other... I never doubted that, even from day 1.  He looked after me and protected me ... even to injuring himself on a couple of occasions to help me.  However he had what could best be descrbed as a Nervous Breakdown, so Toni decided he would spend 4 months just being ridden by me, before he was sold.  She had offered him to me but I said the commitment was too much.

The last morning, she asked me to get him ready as he was having a try-out ... so could I give him a final groom and tack him up.  She then asked me to watch what happened, so that if I ever wanted to buy a horse I would know some of the things to do.

I sat on the sand school fence for about 1/2 hour watching Jaykub - he was perfect ... the woman loved him.

Toni told her that she had someone else who had already had a try out (which surprised me) and asked me to take him back to his box, and untack him, while re-assuring the woman that she would know that afternoon.

As I brought back his tack, Toni was sitting at her desk, looked up and said

"Well, are you going to let him go?"

I just said "No, I can't"

And, I then found out that she had already spoken to Mum about the money and her boss about his livery ... a I said yesterday, she knows me better than I know myself!

I put Jaykubs tack down, and walked back into his box for a cuddle ... which he returned ... the first time he did that, but then an everyday event.  (I would stand in front of him, with my arms round his neck and he would rub his chin up myback)

One special moment ... one very special boy.


Still to come )



debris4spike: (Riding Jaykub)
Day 01 - Introduction
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail

Day 08 – A moment, in great detail

Most people's lives are made up of moments ... separated by normality.

So which moment can I talk about ... are you expecting a James moment, a family moment, a Church moment ... there have been lots of each of those ... no, I thought I would tell you about the last hour before Jaykub became mine!

He and I loved each other... I never doubted that, even from day 1.  He looked after me and protected me ... even to injuring himself on a couple of occasions to help me.  However he had what could best be descrbed as a Nervous Breakdown, so Toni decided he would spend 4 months just being ridden by me, before he was sold.  She had offered him to me but I said the commitment was too much.

The last morning, she asked me to get him ready as he was having a try-out ... so could I give him a final groom and tack him up.  She then asked me to watch what happened, so that if I ever wanted to buy a horse I would know some of the things to do.

I sat on the sand school fence for about 1/2 hour watching Jaykub - he was perfect ... the woman loved him.

Toni told her that she had someone else who had already had a try out (which surprised me) and asked me to take him back to his box, and untack him, while re-assuring the woman that she would know that afternoon.

As I brought back his tack, Toni was sitting at her desk, looked up and said

"Well, are you going to let him go?"

I just said "No, I can't"

And, I then found out that she had already spoken to Mum about the money and her boss about his livery ... a I said yesterday, she knows me better than I know myself!

I put Jaykubs tack down, and walked back into his box for a cuddle ... which he returned ... the first time he did that, but then an everyday event.  (I would stand in front of him, with my arms round his neck and he would rub his chin up myback)

One special moment ... one very special boy.


Still to come )



debris4spike: (Spike - Real Vampires get me hot)

Yesterday I posted a Photo Meme and asked people to suggest some photos ... here are 3 of the answers.

[livejournal.com profile] kudagirl asked me for - "A photo of your special place.   One that makes you feel safe"  I am pretty relaxed everywhere - but in Mum and Dad's I love sitting on this seat, in my bedroom.  The seat was the one that Dad bought Mum when she was pregnant with me, as a nursing chair.  As you can see, it's been re-covered, and now sits in my room, with a cushion my friend that I was Maid of Honour for made for me.  And ... yes, theres Portius, wearing a James neckalce that I had from [livejournal.com profile] auntiero 


Somewhere special )

And, [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee  asked for my favourite handbag.  The one that is special is the one that Toni made (yes made) for me for my 39th Birthday ... we designed it between us ... horse + roses.

The other bag is my everyday one!

My handbag )

[livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie  wanted to see the outside of my house.   Just don't look at how much it needs decorating ... especially the back of it!

My House )

More pictures to come ... and if you want to ask for a picture, please do!


BTW - Hope you like the new icon - [livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie  made for me!
debris4spike: (Spike - Real Vampires get me hot)

Yesterday I posted a Photo Meme and asked people to suggest some photos ... here are 3 of the answers.

[livejournal.com profile] kudagirl asked me for - "A photo of your special place.   One that makes you feel safe"  I am pretty relaxed everywhere - but in Mum and Dad's I love sitting on this seat, in my bedroom.  The seat was the one that Dad bought Mum when she was pregnant with me, as a nursing chair.  As you can see, it's been re-covered, and now sits in my room, with a cushion my friend that I was Maid of Honour for made for me.  And ... yes, theres Portius, wearing a James neckalce that I had from [livejournal.com profile] auntiero 


Somewhere special )

And, [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee  asked for my favourite handbag.  The one that is special is the one that Toni made (yes made) for me for my 39th Birthday ... we designed it between us ... horse + roses.

The other bag is my everyday one!

My handbag )

[livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie  wanted to see the outside of my house.   Just don't look at how much it needs decorating ... especially the back of it!

My House )

More pictures to come ... and if you want to ask for a picture, please do!


BTW - Hope you like the new icon - [livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie  made for me!

Just Me!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 08:19 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)

Let me start with huge thanks for my waffles - they are scrummy ... Thank you [livejournal.com profile] louise39 and [livejournal.com profile] all_choseny 

realise life has nipped past and I haven't whittered on to my friends ... Life, Toni, work ...

So, friends, here's the babble )

Well, thats about me up to date - not that there was much to say!

Hope you all have a good weekend ... I have to hope it stays dry tomorrow, as I want to get the grass cut, and mum was talking about me chopping a chunk down from a tree!


Just Me!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 08:19 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)

Let me start with huge thanks for my waffles - they are scrummy ... Thank you [livejournal.com profile] louise39 and [livejournal.com profile] all_choseny 

realise life has nipped past and I haven't whittered on to my friends ... Life, Toni, work ...

So, friends, here's the babble )

Well, thats about me up to date - not that there was much to say!

Hope you all have a good weekend ... I have to hope it stays dry tomorrow, as I want to get the grass cut, and mum was talking about me chopping a chunk down from a tree!


Music Meme Day 12

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 10:03 am
debris4spike: (Wise Men - Come let us adore Him)

Day 01- A song that makes me happy ... Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
Day 02- A song that helps you clear your head ... In My Room by The Beach Boys
Day 03- A song that makes you laugh ... Right Said Fred by Bernard Cribbins
Day 04- A song that reminds you of something ... Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris
Day 05- A song that has a new meaning to you every time you hear it ... If Tomorrow Never Comes by Ronan Keating
Day 06- A song you can always relate to ... Where Could I Go But To The Lord? By Elvis Presley
Day 07- A song that is your guilty pleasure ... Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats and Dogs by Brian & Michael
Day 08- A song you liked when you were younger ... Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups
Day 09- A song that makes you want to dance ... C'mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran
Day 10- A song that makes you cry ... In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
Day 11- A song that reminds you of summer ... In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry

Day 12- A song that reminds you of your best friend

It was hard to decide what piece of music reminded me of Toni ... we have listened to a lot, and shared a lot over the last 12 years.  However in the end I chose the Christmans Carol "While Shepherds Watched" .... Toni used to go to Church as a kid, and like many it has put her off going!  When we met I managed to persuade her to go to a carol service (and in actual fact she has been to one most years since).

When she got the hymn sheet she was pleased that the list finished with her favourite ... one she had learnt from her Gran.  However .... this is the tune they had ... and she has never forgotten, or forgiven them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj47NlPhHVg

If you want to have an un-seasonal sing-song, to what most consider the right tune -


Oooops - I only have a Wise Men icon, not a Shepherds!

A James song that reminds me of Toni would have to be Angel.  For the same reason James wrote it for his then girlfriend ... she is an Angel and she just doesn't know it.


The rest of the days ...  )

Music Meme Day 12

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 10:03 am
debris4spike: (Wise Men - Come let us adore Him)

Day 01- A song that makes me happy ... Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
Day 02- A song that helps you clear your head ... In My Room by The Beach Boys
Day 03- A song that makes you laugh ... Right Said Fred by Bernard Cribbins
Day 04- A song that reminds you of something ... Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris
Day 05- A song that has a new meaning to you every time you hear it ... If Tomorrow Never Comes by Ronan Keating
Day 06- A song you can always relate to ... Where Could I Go But To The Lord? By Elvis Presley
Day 07- A song that is your guilty pleasure ... Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats and Dogs by Brian & Michael
Day 08- A song you liked when you were younger ... Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups
Day 09- A song that makes you want to dance ... C'mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran
Day 10- A song that makes you cry ... In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
Day 11- A song that reminds you of summer ... In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry

Day 12- A song that reminds you of your best friend

It was hard to decide what piece of music reminded me of Toni ... we have listened to a lot, and shared a lot over the last 12 years.  However in the end I chose the Christmans Carol "While Shepherds Watched" .... Toni used to go to Church as a kid, and like many it has put her off going!  When we met I managed to persuade her to go to a carol service (and in actual fact she has been to one most years since).

When she got the hymn sheet she was pleased that the list finished with her favourite ... one she had learnt from her Gran.  However .... this is the tune they had ... and she has never forgotten, or forgiven them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj47NlPhHVg

If you want to have an un-seasonal sing-song, to what most consider the right tune -


Oooops - I only have a Wise Men icon, not a Shepherds!

A James song that reminds me of Toni would have to be Angel.  For the same reason James wrote it for his then girlfriend ... she is an Angel and she just doesn't know it.


The rest of the days ...  )

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