ANYTHING NOT TO DO WITH BEING A CARER !

Socialise and chat about other areas of your life
Sewing!

Oh, BB, that is so clever ! I cannot sew for toffee - I am really bad, and cannot sew a button on straight. I used to hate sewing lessons at school, though I have enjoyed the creativity of embroidery and rug making in my time, but I suppose that is not really sewing. Anyway, my sight is not good enough these days.... good excuse, and I am sticking to it :lol:

I love my garden, but being in a rented property, I am limited to what I am allowed to do.

Hence some prized things tend to be in pots - including my Christmas Tree. Is it possible to 'fall out' with a christmas tree? I am beginning to think so. I have been growing it for about 6 years and it will never be beautiful, but it is well over 6' tall and in a very large pot, and I am fond of it, really. Why am I falling out with it??? :-??? :-??? Because it keeps falling over - we must be in a wind tunnel because my amelanchier likes to join in and fall over too. It's quite annoying. :oops: :oops: I suppose they should be planted in the ground, but that would mean they would have to stay here should we move again - that's the trouble with landlords, they can give you 2 months notice without reason - and that has happened 3 times to me - horrible thought :ohmy: :ohmy: :ohmy:

The answer would be for them NOT to be in plastic pots, common sense tells me that, but then comes the problem - we no longer have a car, and the bus does not go near a garden centre and how would we get two really large pots on the bus anyway, not to mention the compost!! :S :S

The blessed trees are too big for me to try and repot on my own and the poor ould fella is not up for that sort of thing, so not much other to do than keep standing the trees up every time they fall over and keep fingers crossed for some calm weather. Talk about being all at sea!!! :dry: :dry:

Have a good day, everyone, as they say across the pond.
I love reading too, but can only concentrate to do it when not too tired and my mind isn't "too busy," (preoccupied.) I have a cat, she loves to play and I love having a relax with her on/beside me.

On my day off, (when S is at college and I'm at not at school,) I like to read, garden, go for a walk, meet a friend for coffee, have a bath, catch up on a recorded TV programme.

When S is home, it's not easy to do any of those things, I tend to squeeze school work and surfing the internet into any spare minutes.

S has a shorter summer holiday than me and I'm off now and he isn't and I'm realising that I actually don't really know how to deal with having spare time. I feel like I shouldn't be wasting it, but am exhausted.

Melly1
Busy minds are a problem Melly1

I expect many of us have trouble sleeping all night for worrying about our situations and that of our cared for.

I have had cats in the past, not allowed to have pets now, but they are wonderfully comforting to have around. I have known a couple of Manx cats in my time, and whilst tailess cats are sometimes frowned upon nowadays, the genuine Manx cat is very intelligent and a really good companion. :kiss:
I've been really busy with sorting the clutter. Now I can make some sense of the garden, and succeeding with my first attempt at flower containers, I find I can lose myself going to dead head, etc, and surf the net on what I can plant next.I used to an avid reader, but I can't seem to absorb now? I meet my friend once a month for brunch and catch up.Im doing more things for me now, kicking the guilt monster away. Hubby is never far from my mind, but I'm much better than this time last year. Oh dear, I had a guilt pang at saying that!!!
No guilt, no guilt, please.. we do what we can, as we can, and when we can.

Flowers are so wonderful, my wish would be to have all the summer flowers in the winter, as I love the flowers but do not like the sun :P ha ha, I am really weird.

I have been growing some twigs which I have now harvested, they are about a metre or so long, and I will make them into twiggy wreaths to decorate for Christmas, for family and friends, that reminds me, I must dry some apples and oranges to use......
One could paraphrase this but why not just alter the last line - it's a great and inspirational poem
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a CARER, my son!

Source: A Choice of Kipling's Verse (1943)
Mary, I was about to fine you for using the 'C' word in July, but I'll forgive you because of the lovely poem :)

When I'm not a carer I work! Does that count?
Hi Mrs A, and good morning!
Someone pointed out what a lovely poem this is to me yesterday, and as I read it for the first time in many many years, I thought how it applied to all of us here!!
Of course, it applies to everyone throughout life really, and is quite inspirational.
I try to work when not being a carer as well!! But as I am self employed and working from home - it is not very successful work :ohmy:
Play guitar read books watch DVDs listen to iPod 18000 songs on it word search jigsaws puzzles home baking collect first day covers. To name a few
Paul Graham Edward_1707 wrote:Play guitar read books watch DVDs listen to iPod 18000 songs on it word search jigsaws puzzles home baking collect first day covers. To name a few
To name a lot Paul!

I used to do jigaws but don't have space where we live now, but I thought of going back to collecting first day covers - I used to collect Manx ones for the kids many years ago - :roll: