Tuesday 3 March 2020


One of the things I try to do each day now that I live alone is to aim to speak to at least three or four people each day - it is so easy to become isolated.   There may come a day when I can't get out (I am not very mobile already) so I really have to make the most of things while I can.   I have had a successful day at chatting today - just as I did yesterday.

I always do my weekly shop on Tuesday mornings when there is just me here (if I have visitors coming I tend to have  an order delivered from Tesco).   Then I meet a friend for coffee before going back home.   This was one of the Tuesdays when there is a lunch at TOSH - cooked by volunteers and about a dozen of us go - all friends now so there is plenty of chat.  Then it was home and, while the weather wa s reasonably pleasant (much less wind than there has been for weeks) I decided to walk round the estate with Percy again.
On the way back I called in on a lady whose Mother died last week - I hadn't seen her for a few weeks since Tess died (we used to meet dog-walking each morning) and I called to offer my condolences.  We chatted for an hour. 

Then I went home - thinking I would put off the job I had intended to do but then told myself not to be a wimp and to get on with it.   The job was to renew by Blue (disabled) badge permit on line as it will shortly run out.   Took me a while - scanning my passport, a council tax bill to prove my address and loading a photograph (which friend W kindly took for me at lunch time).   Then I decided to also put the farmer's In Memoriam into our local  paper as I do each year - it is easy to do on line.   It will be three years on the 22nd of this month since I lost him.   I miss him every single day.   A funny old thing - life.


justjill said...

But you did it.

wherethejourneytakesme said...

My poor mum has reached the point where she cannot go out on her own now - her decline has been sudden and I feel sad for her. Glad that you are able to make the most of your mobility Pat and that you are able to use a computer as that will keep you in touch with people too. x
PS We had a lovely weekend in North Yorkshire with mum - the weather managed to stay fairly fine if not very cold most of the time. We had a trip out to Eggleston Hall for lunch on Saturday and then Northallerton on Sunday - only downside was I was bitten by a dog - rather shook me but glad it wasn't one of my granddaughters.

gmv said...

You are an inspiration for me as I am growing older and sometimes fear the old age part of my future.

Your farmer must have been quite a wonderful husband and friend.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I miss my man too. You learn how to go on by yourself, but it is not quite the same is it? Hugz :)

Cro Magnon said...

When my wife goes on her travels, I often speak very little for weeks. I am obliged to speak to the checkout girl at the supermarket, and the nice lady at my baker's; otherwise I remain silent, and love it. I would make an ideal candidate for a monastic silent order!

Rachel Phillips said...

On the days when I am alone I rarely speak to anybody. I am not sure how I would achieve an aim of speaking to 3 to 4 people.

Librarian said...

I work, so speaking to people happens automatically every day. During the week, I am on my own since my husband died 10 years ago. On week nights after a busy day at work, I sometimes don't want to speak to anyone - but of course I speak to my partner on the phone almost every night. He lives 150 km away, so we can only see each other on weekends. Other week nights, I meet friends at the pub or visit my parents.
You keep so admirably active, Pat! It feels good to have accomplished something you didn't actually feel like doing at first, such as the renewal of your blue badge, doesn't it.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

If you do ever find it difficult to get out and about I'm sure you'll have plenty of visitors; my mother certainly did once it became impossible for her to get out and about. They don't make it easy for people to renew those blue badges, do they? I'm not even sure why you need to renew them at all when your disabilities are the kind that are unlikely to improve with age.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Tolly agree John - and why it takes six weeks for renewal goodness only knows.

Thanks for calling

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I can't talk without pain, so your idea of a good day is my idea of misery! Thank goodness for the connections the internet affords us.

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