Contradiktat

They say we're never too old to learn! And our options for finding out are many. Advice abounds on newsreels, newpapers, information leaflets, and the internet. Medical advice as we move into winter is to avoid virus transmission by opening windows to ventilate indoor gatherings. Ecological advice as we move into climate change is to … Continue reading Contradiktat

Just a quickie…

I went shopping today... ,,,, Am I the only one picturing some gremlin, logged into Twitter, fingers on keyboard, deciding what shopping panic to instigate next? ,,,,,,,, ......................... This time of year, I've often wondered who on earth buys their Christmas turkey in October, when the supermarkets start upping their stock. But the empty freezers … Continue reading Just a quickie…

Downsizing

I struggle to throw things away, but the prospect of downsizing (again) concentrates the thinking. We live in the Cambridgeshire fens with a large garden that includes two fishponds, hedges that need trimming, sheds and decking that need regular preservative. There will come a time (I see it on the horizon...) when maintenance here gets … Continue reading Downsizing

As I Age; What Next?

As we grow older, the experiences of our parents can offer us clues about what to expect, or guard against. Having been adopted as a baby, I will have to wait and see. I have no knowledge of my birth parents. And medical science has moved on since my adoptive parents died. Gran survived breast … Continue reading As I Age; What Next?

Tooth and Claw As I Get Older

Teeth Once, I could tear sticky tape with my teeth and break thread with them when stitching. Today, the front teeth I once applied to tape and thread no longer meet for the purpose. My bottom teeth resemble tumbling tombstones in an abandoned graveyard. Today's orthodontists would probably remove a couple in childhood, but back … Continue reading Tooth and Claw As I Get Older

Memory, as I Get Older

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com I've always been bad at recalling names, so at least I know that isn’t age-related. I’m equally bad at recognising faces. I was often in trouble as a teen for cutting people socially who I had previously been introduced to at family events. I recently discovered there is such … Continue reading Memory, as I Get Older

As I Get Older…

As I get older, time flies faster. Before I retired, I expected that, with no job to occupy my time, the days would dawdle pleasantly. It took a while to realise how fast the months (no, years!) have whizzed past since I stopped working. I should have realised. Didn’t the weekends always fly by faster … Continue reading As I Get Older…

Conquering Inactivity (my own)

I haven’t written a new story for ages. Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com Even last month’s prompt from our writing group was answered with a rejigged story I penned years ago. My excuses to myself have been multiple. . . dogs to train, fish ponds to de-sludge, nettles to nuke, anthologies to edit, … Continue reading Conquering Inactivity (my own)

Gran Used to Say…

Recent posts about housework have reminded me of my gran’s term for my kind of cleaning. She used to call it a ‘cat’s lick’ or a ‘lick and a promise’. Promises to my household surfaces rarely get fulfilled. I’ve since been reminded of some other phrases Nan would use, One of which I haven’t managed … Continue reading Gran Used to Say…