debris4spike: (Christ is Risen)


Just got back from evening communion at Church, and this was our final hymn. A lovely reminder that today is Easter Sunday ... Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, Hallelujah. It was also one of the hymns that my drothers had at their baptism back in 1984 ... so another reminder for me!

And, this final hymn was the last hymn of our morning service ... people often ask how I have coped with these last 5 years, well, there is your answer.



Happy Easter

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2017 08:16 pm
debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)
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Today is Good Friday - the day that we remember that God's Son Jesus was crucified, with two criminals, outside Jerusalem's walls. The pure Son of God died and was buried in a borrowed tomb.

Exeter, like many towns & cities, had a walk of witness this morning, although I didn't go. Exeter has a big event in front of the Cathedral including a play to show those events of the trial and Crucifixion. As a personal choice I do not like to see Jesus being portrayed by anyone. It is great that it's so many people forget what Easter is about. The weather was good, so hopefully a lot of people learnt a bit about The Bible this morning.

And, yes, I have just had 2 hot cross buns with my tea!

Happy Easter
debris4spike: (Jiffy - painting)
This is the latest advert for Weetabix ... Jiffy has 1/2 a one every evening mixed in with his meat!



So, look out Exeter, Jiffy is here!
debris4spike: (B&W swirls)
I would love to join you ... but am not visiting New Zealand! Well, that's my excuse!!


debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
As many of you know I used to be a clarinettist in an orchestra, and I do miss it.  I also was a member of a wind band, where the majority were ex-military bandsmen (in fact a couple were still in the Marine reserves)

I thought I would share a couple of pieces of music that we did play at concerts with the band.




Dogs

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 05:29 pm
debris4spike: (Jiffy - sleepy)
Anyone who thinks animals have no brains .... watch. For the rest of us, watch & enjoy!






I think Jiffy needs to concentrate better to be featured!!
debris4spike: (Child)
It was when I started to check up on this I realised how long I have been missing.  So this is a big catch up ... here are the questions:-

52 - What is your most treasured item?
53 - Your biggest insecurity.
54 - Something that you want to do before you die.
55 - What is something that makes your heart break?
56 - Something that you’re extremely afraid of.
57 - What food are you craving right now?
58 - What was the last dream you remember about?
59 - A habit you wish you didn’t have.
60 - Describe the room you’re in right now.
61 - A dead person you’d like to talk to and why?
62 - Go look in the mirror. What’s the first thing you notice?
63 - What song makes you dance?
64 - Name a cartoon you loved as a kid.
65 - Your ultimate feast?

And here are the answers )


The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Child)
This week at work one of the patients I saw had night terrors about choking on cats. I was telling my boss, so that if she needed further treatment she could be referred on if needed. However it reminded me of a song I know, that I learnt as a kid.

I asked my boss that, and although he comes from New Zealand and is younger than me, he knew it. However the rest of the group are Portugese and Filipino ... they didn't know it.

Anyway when I got home I had to hear it - aand thought I would share it!

365 Meme Day 23

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 05:39 pm
debris4spike: (Amen!)
My biggest hope is ______



1
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
2
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
3
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
4
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.



The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Vampire Spike + full moon)
A Third-cousin (!), has just sent me this video -



WARNING - don't watch if you don't like puppets
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

19th December

Monday, December 19th, 2016 12:21 pm
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)
Happy 120th Birthday Granddad!
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Thank you NHS for 28 years of sight in my right eye. (I had surgery on that day for a torn and detached retina.)

*******

In more up to date news I am still off work. Despite getting better last week, yesterday (at Church) I began to feel my chest tightening up, and this morning I woke coughing, and have only just stopped. My GP is puzzled, so that's totally me! My lungs sound clear, and I can take a deep breath with no problems. However she was concerned at my heart rate again. So, I have had a chest x-ray, and she has put me on antibiotics and steroids for 5 days, to see if there is something somewhere she has missed. As I had to go to the hospital, I went up to the department to apologise, and to find out how the Christmas Party had gone. Apparently it had gone "very" well!

Tim and Claire popped in yesterday afternoon to do a pressie exchange, so they are under the tree. Yes, I managed to get decs up ... not looking very even, but certainly festive!

Speaking of festive - this was on the radio this morning, so thought I would share ...

A Proper Post!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 12:22 pm
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
I am so busy spamming you with London photos, as well as managing to keep up to date with the December Meme that I haven't actually done a proper post in ages ... so here goes.

  • First, I am so sorry, but I forgot to post Birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] gillo and [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr yesterday.  I truly hope you both had lovely days, being spoilt by those you love and that the coming year will be a truly special one.

  • I have just got back from the doctors.  I have been signed off for the rest of this week with the option to just phone in on Monday if I still feel rough.  It is being called a viral chest infection, but basically exhaustion on top of that.  I have had viral chest infections most years, normally lasting about 5 - 7 days, so it's obvious when my body has to slow down that's what gets to me.

  • Jiffy has another bad skin infection, so he was happy to go and see Marni for a cuddle (and anti-biotics!)

  • My new kitchen worksurface arrives tomorrow.   So when I finish this I have to clear all the surfaces.

  • I really need to get organised for Christmas.  I think I have done most of the shopping, but need to sort it out and post things off.  I haven't even thought about cards, but already received some, so I must focus.  Maybe I will try to get started tomorrow while my kitchen is being dismantled.

  • Yesterday I had a suprise phone call.  The person who had been Mum's friend while they were at school during the war.  They lost some of their closeness when she married, and then Mum moved away, but have still kept in touch and visited .  She just phoned to find out how I was coping.  So that was really lovely.

Well, anyone who is still awake wins a special award.

Now, I will post some more London photos later! But to finish, a Christmas song I heard on the radio this morning -
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
When we were kids we had a record player with a few 78's .... a few hymns, a version of Black Sambo, Peter & the Wolf .... and this amazing song. It became a true family favourite.



A couple of times they played it to people who were superior about their taste in music.

Tim has just sent me the link, so had to listen ... and had to share.

So you can listen while you ignore my ramble!

First let me apologise for my lack of LJ, lack of birthday wishes, lack of keeping up.  I started back at work this week, and although I only work 3 1/2 days a week I was absolutely shattered by the time I got home.  So my evenings were spent snoozing in front of thf the TV, and going to bed early.

6 years ago I was still an osteopath, and riding regularily.  Since then the chronic fatigue hit, and I spent time caring for Mum & Dad.  Everyone has been telling me that I need to find myself.  I haven't really had any "me" time ... ever.  Mum was very clingy, and it got worse over the years.  Yes, I knew she was like that and accepted it, but now it's hard to think that I only have myself (and Jiffy) to answer to.  Anyway, one thing I have decided to do is to join a gym ... gulp!  I never thought I would do such a thing.  The one I have joined has a pool, jacuzzi and sauna as well aas regular revues for the gym, and loads of classes.  So I have had the basic gym induction over the last couple of weeks ... and this morning I actually did my first session today.  I am aimimg to help my posture, build up my stamina and strengthen my core.  So, watch this space!!

I saw my osteopath again today, and he was pleased with how well by body has coped with the latest changes.

Poor Jiffy has to have surgery .... The infection in his anal gland is getting slowly worse, and the benign wart on his face is now being scrathed, so I presume it feels sore.  He is booked in for early October, so a nervous time for me, as he is over 10 now.

However to take my mind off things I took him to a nearby town for a lovely walk this afternoon ... in fact I even treated myself to an ice-cream.  However, as I was texting a very special friend, I still feel guilty, as there is housework that needs doing.  It feels wrong to fritter my time away, although I have to admit I feel pretty relaxed as I type this.

Well still haven't got round to reply to comments, but I really hope that now I am getting back into a routine I will have more focus and get caught up,   Also will be able to catch up with you all ... if I have missed anything, let me know.

Strictly Come Dancing has started, so must focus on that ... the countdown towards Christmas!!!!

Music

Friday, September 16th, 2016 12:14 pm
debris4spike: (James singing - music notes)
Over the last few days it seems as if a few of my f-list have listed some songs, or music details.  Well I had to go to the dentist again today, for the tooth problem that started at Easter.  She took an impression for a plate to fill the gap, but doubts I can have one as my bite is wrong ... I do think at 55 it's a bit late to change that!!  Anyway, we wait and see what the technitions say.

Anyway, back to music.  As well as inheriting photos, jewellery, books etc from Mum I also gained an increase in her CDs.  I was listening to some this morning in the car (well I have to use a USB) and heard one song which I admit to loving ....



Not quite a 2016 #1, but fun none the less!
debris4spike: (James - my name)
Yet again I missed a birthday, when did it become August?? Hope that you had a great day, [livejournal.com profile] i_love_freddie yesterday - and that the coming year will be special.

Had a weird day yesterday, with my BP dropping suddenly while I was at Church. Luckily I didn't collapse in a heap, but got to the kitchens before I made a total fool of myself. I saw my own GP today, and all OK ... so it was me being "me" as normal.

I had taken today off work to do some more painting the shed and fence, but it is raining ... so hope it means I can catch up with LJ (have I missed anything), and continue doing some more sorting of my spare room ... certainly a never-ending task!

When I was getting up this morning this song was on the radio.



It brought back memories of my last year of school, and I certainly didn't like Mondays because even now I remember I started the day with double chemistry. Good subject, weird teacher!!

However listening to the first few words made me wonder about the Spike storyline in season 4 ... "silicon chip inside her head". I wish I were clever enough to let the plot bunnies multiply!

Too Cute Not To Share

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 11:54 am
debris4spike: (Aw - James.)
Published on 4 May 2016
The Glover Elementary School in Milton, Massachusetts has a special tradition of providing sanctuary to nesting ducks inside the school's interior courtyard. Each time ducklings hatch the entire school helps guide them safely to a neighboring pond.

Happy Saturday Everyone

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 12:40 pm
debris4spike: (Hi)
At last a chance to sit and catch up a bit.

I am trying to be a good girl on my days I work a 9-5 and not switch on my computer, but rest and slob out in front of the TV, with an early night. There is still loads and loads to sort out, so I don't want to push myself like I had to last year. Hopefully I shall slowly be able to increase my "working" time, but at present I am trying to be sensible (shock, I know!!)

Yesterday I went to the dentist for my 4th appointment - which in theory should have been the crown placement. However on appt 2 (after the nerve removal) I was sore while she was drilling, and then the area hurt for the week, so last week it was no treatment but penicillin, however no change. So yesterday she took all the filling out and re-x-rayed, and drilled, cleaned, and put an antibiotic liner in, before re-sealing the root area. She was quite upset because if this doesn't work I lose the tooth. As it's a tooth #2 she is upset. I don't care about my own appearance (in fact I never ever use a mirror), but she is upset. So I had to comfort the dentist as I know she has done everything she can. The area is very sore, but whether that's the antibiotics working or not, I wont know till Friday ... watch this space.

Saw dad only briefly yesterday as he was in the activities room helping with a wall hanging ... well, he was sitting and laughing as the activities co-ordinator teased him into saying he was in charge of the 6 ladies there. Great to see him happy.

Sorry, I forgot the camera yesterday, but as I was dentist, then an hour at Mum & Dad's doing more clearing out nothing to photograph. So I thought I would share the pictures I took on my phone last week. The camera is not great (to me a phone is just to keep in contact!), but [livejournal.com profile] dragonflylady77 challenged me on Instagram to post a nature picture a day for a week -Read more... )

And finally, as it's a weekend, and we haven't got thesun the rest of England has, here is some James to cheer us all up -
debris4spike: (Puppy licking)
Work is great, but still only doing half days as I am shattered, although I know that the furniture moving is both stressing and tiring me. Ended up sleeping for an hour this afternoon.

I haven't forgotten you all, just needing to be careful about my energy levels, with all the furniture moving on Saturday and Tuesday.

So will catch up .... I promise.

However, I just wanted to share this video. Great to see war heroes being honoured, especially our 4 (3) legged soldiers.

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