I took some still shots of today’s “weather event”, but then thought that a video might tell the story a bit better. Besides which, I’ve been meaning to make a video to post on here for ages, but shyness always got the better of me until today. Please excuse the breathless commentary at times. I’ve been doing much better of late, as mentioned on the video, but highs and lows are still the name of the game. I’ve been doing a lot of honest to goodness work lately, which I haven’t been able to do for almost five years, so it has caught up to me a bit today. Breathlessness is always the first indicator that I’ve overdone it and need to take it easy again. But it has been so marvellous to actually be able to do! Even if I take a big slide backwards again, there’s no denying that I am making progress. Yippee!!
Thanks for sticking around during all of the quiet spells, and for your understanding in general. Now that I’ve finished all of the physically demanding jobs of the summer/autumn season, I can direct the energy supply to things that take mental energy. Like blogging and commenting. And responding to those who kindly leave comments here. Ahem. Hopefully I’m on my way to not having to choose between physical and mental activities, but just being able to do one or the other at will some of the time now is heaven on earth.
Oh, and remember how I said that we were planning to move next summer? Not any more! Which is another sign that things are getting back to normal around here. Those who have known me for a long time know that the more definite a plan seems, the less likely it is to happen!! But hey, it keeps life interesting. 🙂 The change of heart is kind of a long story, but it all started with intervention from above. No, not divine intervention, but close enough. Anyone who makes a living by hanging out on people’s rooftops is an unearthly being in this phobic’s book! We had our roof redone last month, and the man who owns the company we hired said a few things that got us thinking. Then other things happened in quick succession to further push our thoughts in the direction of staying, and that was that. Was it a coincidence that my health miraculously picked up at the same time as these other things were happening? Some would say so, but I’ve had way too many of these “coincidences” occur over the years to believe that they’re random. When I feel that unseen hand in the small of my back, nudging me in a particular direction, I don’t question it!
The other good news is that Richard’s retirement date is set in stone now. His actual last working day is January 17th, I believe, but he had some holiday time booked from long ago, so his actual last day on the books as an employee will be February 8th. Which is another of those weird coincidences. February 8th, 2010 will be fifty years to the day since he signed up at the School of Nursing at Severalls Hospital in Colchester, England, as a soon to be psychiatric nursing student. Fifty years. Gah! I’d say that he`s definitely overdue for retirement! He has forty-seven shifts left to work, after tonight’s shift ends shortly, and five weekends. Not that he’s counting, of course. 😉
Alright, that’s it. I had promised my Facebook followers that I’d get this video up this evening, and I know that some are waiting for it.
P.S. Just to save you burning out brain cells, trying to do the age calculations, Richard is 68 right now. Gasp, I know, how shocking! Give yourself a minute, though, and you’ll get over it. Everyone does. 😉 Sure, it’s not the norm in this day and age, but it works for us, and that’s all that matters. I’ll tell you that story one of these days. If I remember. Gentle memory prods from you are always welcome, so don’t hold back should I seem to forget a promise … or ten.
P.P.S. It’s still snowing, five hours after I made the video.
P.P.P.S. Only joking when I mention stalkers in the video. I’m not that delusional … most of the time. 😉