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The long way home

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 28, 2014

English: Train crossing the Canal Southport to...

English: Train crossing the Canal Southport to Manchester train crossing the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Taken from underneath the M6 Motorway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday morning around 10 o’clock I asked E if she would like to take a trip into Manchester for a few hours, not for any particular reason but simply to get out of the house and away from things for a while. It would have been nice to go to Liverpool to see the marionettes but we knew it would be too crowded. The marionettes I am talking about are giant-sized puppets about 8 metres high visiting the city once again over the last few days. They were last there in 2012 but this weekend past a much higher number of visitors were expected. We didn’t wish to go there for that reason and for the disruption to transport schedules and routes. We decided to go to Manchester instead. The journey to Manchester from Southport is normally straightforward as most journeys between them are direct by train which only stops at a handful of stations along the way. Of course we took a cab to the station which is only a mile and a half from our house, cheaper than leaving the car there all day. E had telephoned ahead and had arranged the free hire of a motability scooter for herself as she is partly disabled. That meant that once we were in Manchester she wouldn’t have to walk anywhere though travel in the city is free on the bus routes. I however had to walk everywhere! We had no plans for the day but E wanted to return the scooter before 5.30 when the hire office would be closed. It still gave us a few hours to wander about. First stop was to get a bite to eat then we set off to explore. At first we were not sure where to go and we found that we had to move some distance away from the station in order to see more of the city. I have to say that a couple of hours isn’t long enough by far to visit any city and do it justice so we didn’t even try, all we wanted to do was go in the direction of our noses and see what we might come across. As it was another hot and sunny day the streets and parks were full of people enjoying themselves in one way or another. JS42703798Eventually I took E to see the city’s gay village (quarter) and showed her the places I used to go every week on a Wednesday evening. No, I am not gay but it was just somewhere to go and mix with a few of my friends at the time. I don’t go there now and haven’t been there for twelve years. E had not been before but had heard of the place. We didn’t stop there but went for a coffee a short distance away before setting off back toward the train station and to return her scooter. We had purchased a lower-priced ticket which accordingly wouldn’t allow us to travel homeward between 4 and 6 o’clock (peak hours) but that didn’t matter as the next train was due not long after six. As it happened the earlier train had been delayed and therefore didn’t set off until two minutes before six and I am certain we would have been allowed to travel on it had we tried. However because E wasn’t so sure we delayed trying and when we did we found we had just missed the chance to board it before it left the station. That would mean a wait of twenty minutes, or so we thought, but we were informed that the next train would be leaving in a couple of minutes. We had to get to the correct platform which meant using the elevators for E’s sake as she cannot easily cope with all the steps they seem to have at railway stations. We made it just in time. We knew we had to alight a couple of stations down the line to board another train which was going directly to Southport but that was no hardship. Had we caught the previous train we wouldn’t have needed to change to another train as we had to with the later one. All was going smoothly and we hoped to be back in Southport around 8 o’clock at the latest but the train stopped a third of the way into the journey and we were told that it wasn’t going any further because they didn’t have a driver to take it the rest of the way! We were then informed that a bus would be provided to take us the rest of the way. It didn’t arrive for another half hour and now it was after 8 o’clock. The driver had to make stops at the train stations along the way to allow people off but he kept on making the wrong turns, having to reverse back up narrow country lanes that he shouldn’t have taken in the first place! It was 9.15 before we got into Southport and another fifteen minutes for the cab to get us home! At least we had the company of a woman with her two teenaged daughters for the duration and we made jokes and laughed about our common demise. We might do things differently next time or maybe not!

Shirley Anne

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A really horrible dream

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 27, 2014

The Dream

The Dream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I woke up around 5 am on Wednesday morning shocked by the dream I had just experienced. The whole experience was abhorrent to me and I was relieved that I had awoken and that it had only been a dream. The content hadn’t been triggered by anything I had seen on television or heard on radio the previous evening or for any time previous to my recollection and neither had I read anything nor seen anything on the Internet to bring about the dream. Never in my life have I experienced anything to do with the subject of the dream either so it came as a shock that I had dreamed it. I immediately thought it might be a message given for some special reason for often messages come this way, through dreams or visions. The part of the dream I remember most vividly was in fact quite short. I remember myself being a younger electrician working in a huge hall of some description and working high up on scaffolding near the ceiling. I was involved in fitting some conduit to supply an air-conditioning unit and found myself struggling whilst trying to hold one end of the air-conditioning unit and fit the conduit at the same time. My colleague, an older electrician was supposed to be helping me but he’d disappeared off somewhere. There was a middle-aged woman with me but I am not sure why she was there, though she may have been an electrician too, however she was acting as someone in charge and seemed qualified to do so. We climbed down the scaffolding to go and look for the man. We found ourselves immediately inside a toilet, as we do in dreams. There appeared to be no-one in there but then a closet door opened and there stood a young boy, probably about 8 or 9 years old tucking his shirt inside his knee-length school uniform shorts. His face was blushing as if we had caught him doing something he shouldn’t and we thought he must have simply been embarrassed of our presence. Just then the man came out of the same closet and made some excuse as to why he was there. It was blatantly obvious that he had been interfering with the boy sexually. He knew that we knew what they had been doing and we told him to his face that we knew he was a paedophile and we were going to report him to the authorities. He said nothing but hung his head in shame. The boy however had thought it was all a joke and was smiling. His innocence had been taken from him and we knew one day he would suffer because of the selfish attitude of his much older predator. Like I said, the dream came out of nowhere and I felt awful to have dreamed it.

Shirley Anne

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You’re ‘avin’ a larf ain’ ya?

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 26, 2014

On Monday afternoon I went out for a short walk. I had been playing my guitar out in the rear garden and on my return indoors found the house empty. E had disappeared in her car without saying anything. I think she went to see her mum. Anyhow I decided to go for the walk and along the route I paid a visit to the pub for a soft drink as it was very warm and humid. There were not many people there but I found someone to chat with, one of the regulars, a woman I’ve known for some years. Whilst she was paying a visit to the toilet an older gentleman who was at the bar getting a couple of drinks turned to me and said ‘Hello Shirley Anne, done anymore testing lately’? I replied that he had me at a disadvantage for I couldn’t for the life of me remember him. He politely reminded me that it was his and his wife’s apartment I had checked only a couple of days prior to see if the electrical installation was safe! I apologised for not having remembered him after such a short time but in fact it had been his wife I had contact with for most of the time whilst I was there. That wasn’t an excuse though. Shortly afterward his wife appeared and I recognised her immediately. We had a laugh about my shortcomings. In real terms my short-term memory isn’t very good and I think it gets worse as time passes. However, my long-term memory is much better and I can remember things long-passed in great detail. I had gone into the kitchen the other evening to wash a glass I had been using and when I’d done that I proceeded to put it in the refrigerator! Realising my error I quickly put it in its usual place. I put these things down to my age of course, things we do when absent-mindedness takes control. I laugh about it and others laugh too. I have attempted to put the sugar bowl into the fridge and the margarine or butter into a storage cupboard instead of in the fridge before today. All very strange and comical but harmless and good for a ‘larf’. There are worse things that I could be doing and I hope it never comes to that. One thing I do notice from time to time is when I go upstairs for some reason I sometimes momentarily forget why I went upstairs or what it was I went for! I put that down to growing old and I laugh at myself for doing it. We can laugh and joke about such things but I suppose it could be worse, I could end up with that problem being a normal everyday occurrence rather than an occasional and infrequent one.

Shirley Anne

 

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Something chilly to cool me down

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 25, 2014

 

English: Series of air conditioners at UNC-CH.

English: Series of air conditioners at UNC-CH. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday was another hot day. It isn’t so much the temperature that I don’t like but the humidity. When I was involved with air-conditioning work I learned much about humidity, temperature, dew point and such things. I was also trained in heating, ventilation and refrigeration which allowed me to understand how to achieve and implement ideal conditions for computer equipment, machinery and people! The former things just didn’t work well if the air-conditioning was not right and the latter voiced their opinions and complaints! As it happens the ideal environmental conditions for both computers, printers, storage of paper are identical to those for humans, though to hear some people they are never satisfied. I was constantly in the firing line when it came to meeting the air-conditioning requirements of the people in one of the offices where I was employed as an engineer many years ago. Although the temperature and humidity levels were kept to 21 deg C and 50% relative it made no difference to some people who simply wanted to complain. Those levels are in fact the ideal requirements. I played their game though and when they complained that it was too cold when in fact it was 21 deg C I adjusted the humidity up a couple of notches to say 53% and the complaints stopped. An increase in humidity you see restricts the body from cooling down by reducing the ability for perspiration to evaporate which results in a feeling of warmth. Pushing the humidity higher though results in conditions becoming unbearable. This is why on hot and humid days we feel drained and lacking in energy. One of the worse things we can do to alleviate the discomfort is to wear too much clothing whilst taking a cold shower will give temporary respite. The body needs to evaporate its perspiration naturally and the only real way to do that is to move into another environment that has a lower humidity. An increase in perspiration can help if the humidity isn’t too high so it would seem to make sense to increase the ability to sweat. So it was that I found myself making a chilli-con-carne on Tuesday morning! However as Tuesday is a day we like to go dining I had to leave off eating the chilli until the next day. Fortunately it keeps for a couple of days, especially if kept in the fridge, because of the spices in it.

 

Shirley Anne

 

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Some jobs are easy

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 24, 2014

Kim and AggieI went to do a job some four miles away from home on Monday morning but was soon back home, in fact I returned well within an hour. A simple enough task to disconnect some wiring to socket outlets that were no longer needed and to remove three fluorescent light fittings replacing one of them with another fitting of a different type. It took me longer travelling than it actually took doing the work! Not all my jobs are as easy so it was a pleasant way to start the week. It was also a warm and ‘sticky’ day, that is the humidity was high, not really suited for working outside. Again therefore I gave up on that idea. I am usually dressed for work during the week unless I’ve decided to take the day off so that I am available should anyone call. Whilst I am waiting for someone who needs my services I look for things I can do at home. I have a vanity unit in my bedroom, basically a hand basin on top of a cabinet. One day I plan to replace it with a modern unit but for the time being it serves its purpose. It’s not that old but I guess it was installed in the 70′s when the person who owned the house had the room refurbished with built-in wardrobes. Those wardrobes need new handles, an easy thing to replace when I put my mind to it. I would like the vanity unit replacing though as the hand basin is made of fibreglass and is champagne in colour. It is hard to keep clean as it stains easily. Eventually like I say, I will replace it with a white glazed porcelain version the same as we have in the bathroom. I was in my room and noticed how dirty the windows had become both inside and out. The dirt is more noticeable when the sun shines directly upon them. Out came the cleaning equipment and soon I had them crystal-clear and it was whilst I was using the vanity unit to clean the equipment I noticed just how dirty and stained it had become too. I do wipe it down every day but now and then it needs more than that so I got out the propriety cleaning liquid and gave it a good clean, however there were still limescale marks around the bases of the taps (faucets) and elsewhere that the cleaning liquid wouldn’t shift. To clean away any limescale deposits requires the use of an acid and the best acid to use is vinegar! The acid softens the limescale making it very easy to clean off. I also noticed that the water in the basin didn’t drain away as fast as it should so I removed the water trap beneath the basin and cleaned that out too as it was clogged with limescale, though it didn’t need vinegar to remove it. I also had to replace the sealing gasket (actually a rubber ‘O’ ring of which I have a large selection) as it leaked when I first replaced it in position. Soaking a blocked-up shower head in a solution of vinegar and water for a few hours will make it as good as the day it was first used. There are many household things which can be used for cleaning without the need to buy specialist cleaning liquids, it’s just a matter of knowing what cleans what. For those of my readers who live in the UK they will remember the two ‘cleaning ladies’ program on the television. Their names were Kim and Aggie and the pair of them came up with some very useful methods of cleaning around the house, often saving the need to replace things because they seem impossible to clean. Some jobs are easy, some are easy with a little know-how and it still wasn’t lunchtime when I’d finished. I was even able to write this post!

Shirley Anne

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Just thinking

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 23, 2014

friendship - IMG_3604

friendship – IMG_3604 (Photo credit: Nicola since 1972)

There aren’t too many things which capture my attention though I take an interest in many things. As far as my daily life is concerned many would think it rather boring and mundane and for them I suppose it is. Much of my time is spent working on one thing or another either at home or in someone else’s home. I like work because it gives me something to do but not only that it gives me something to do that is constructive and doesn’t simply waste time. I also enjoy the challenges that work often presents me with and the sense of achievement that cannot be experienced in other things. One thing I do enjoy now is socialising, meeting people and connecting with them. Once though, long ago in my life, I was a very unsociable person and reclusive, rejecting all advances by the invitations of others. I simply didn’t wish to know. Even at this time in my life I didn’t mix with my siblings though in fact they had all flown the nest bar one. I took this attitude to its extreme occasionally until one day I began to reach out and mix with people. I found it very easy to make friends and I made quite a few of them within months. I did see my siblings but only on rare occasions. All I had in my life were the few friends I had made though none of them ever became close. Once I was married I found those friends gradually falling away and I lost contact with them. Winding the clock many years onward and by the time I was divorced I had no friends at all. I hadn’t seen my family, that is my siblings, for a long time either so there was again no-one in my life. I made a second attempt at socialising and again made a few friends. I almost never see any of them now and I am back with no-one for companionship, that is except for my ex partner with whom I remained. I have found that our relationship has improved vastly and is as good as it ever was when we first met 42 years ago, though the form it takes now is different from what it was then. Without this relationship I have nothing. Yes, I do see my children from time to time but no-one else. I wonder why my friends drifted off and lost contact and though I have telephoned them I get no reply. I don’t expect to live in their pockets for they have their own lives to lead but the occasional contact would be nice if only to see how they are doing. Such is life, people are what they are but I know my life would be better with them in it.

Shirley Anne

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I’m into this cooking lark!

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 22, 2014

doughnuts_89027_16x9A few days ago I mentioned something about making doughnuts or donuts. I had been making some pies and making the pastry myself rather than buying it ready-made which to me seems pointless as the exercise was to see if I could do it all myself having not done it before. Oh yes, I have made a few cakes and scones and those sorts of things but never got to grips with making pastry. It was about time I tried and as it turned out it was very successful. E was quite surprised I think at the result of my first effort and believe me she can be very critical. She went out on Saturday to meet with her group. They meet up on the third Saturday in the month usually. The weather had turned wet and a little stormy, though hereabouts it wasn’t that bad at all. It was wet though so I was unable to do anything in the garden as I would like to have done. The previous evening we finally had our gas supply re-instated and there was a hole in the footpath leading to the garage E uses. According to the National Grid gas engineers another group would follow on behind to restore the footpath. We had been told it could take days so late in the evening when the sun was beginning to set I decided to back-fill the hole myself with the heap of sand that had been dug out to get at the gas main and to do it before the promised rain arrived late that night. At the very least it would prevent either of us from falling into the hole, though they had placed a guard next to it. It only took me ten minutes to do it and tamp it down as best I could but at least the sand was level with the surrounding concrete paving. On Saturday morning it was raining when I arose and I was glad I’d taken the time to fill that hole. However, whilst sitting in the lounge I became aware of a very loud noise going on outside and saw that the team, or one of them supposed to be reinstating the disturbed ground were using a mechanical tamping machine in the hole I had filled to make sure it was well compacted before the flagstone and concrete were laid. They didn’t continue with that though and left to do more tamping down elsewhere. It may be Monday or Tuesday before it gets finished. Anyhow I digress. After E had gone out around 1 o’clock I decided to make preparations to cook some doughnuts using this recipe http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/doughnuts_89027 and whilst waiting for the dough to rise (it takes about 45 minutes) I made myself a salad-filled wrap for my belated lunch. I resumed making the doughnuts but still had to wait a further 30 minutes for the individual parcels of dough to rise some more before I could deep fry them. Most of the work involved in making doughnuts I’ve learned is in the waiting! One thing I found out too is that although I followed the recipe verbatim it somehow didn’t seem to be going as I expected. The main issue I had been where it says ‘knead the dough’ after it had stood for the 45 minutes. It didn’t appear to be solid enough to actually knead and I thought it must be an error with the quantity of flour in the mix. I decided to add more, quite a bit more before it became manageable without sticking to everything in the process. I was hoping I hadn’t messed it up on my first attempt but as it turned out later having eaten one of the smaller ones, it was perfect! I will make some more in the future if I get the opportunity now I know what the pitfalls are. I might also make an attempt at making them from other recipes to see if they are any better and if in fact I can make them without making a mess of it.

Shirley Anne

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Wondering when

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 21, 2014

Stormy Weather!

Stormy Weather! (Photo credit: khalid almasoud)

It has been a couple of weeks since any work to speak of has been done on our ‘mound’ project in the rear garden. That has been due to the weather either being too hot or too wet! I have also not had the time because of my electrical work and this past week we have had engineers flitting in and out of the house as they worked to replace our old gas pipes in the street. When we had some spare time E and I purchased some plants that will inhabit the border that has been created to one side of the new pathway and in the central portion which I have come to call the ‘mini-mound’, though it isn’t that small. We have decided to ease back from finishing the project until the weather is more favourable and for another couple of reasons. Firstly we want to take things easy for a while and enjoy the warm weather and secondly we have other things that need attention. I am just wondering when we will actually get back to the mound. We had a builder come round to assess some brickwork we need doing but he hasn’t bothered thus far to give us the quote. At this rate I’ll probably do the work myself and save myself a small fortune in the process. At the very least I will have something to keep me occupied when other duties become scarce. I know I can do the work and if I say so myself, probably just as good as any bricklayer. I am more fussy. I am also wondering when I will get around to doing the second of my ‘mini’ projects in the front of our house, the other one, now done, was installing the flagpole a few weeks ago. Before I can do the smaller project I have to order the part but I will continue to keep my readers in suspense until it is done.

Shirley Anne

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Guns in the neighbourhood

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 20, 2014

Sussex Police helicopter H900 (The Eye in the Sky)

Police helicopter

On Sunday we heard the noise of sirens in and around our local streets in Southport. Nothing unusual in that for we hear them frequently for one reason or another. Mostly it will be an ambulance and less frequently the police or fire brigade off to some accident or emergency. Once in a while we hear the sound of the police helicopter flying over the town but that usually happens after dark and is usually because they are searching for burglars or other offenders. We are not plagued with such things but there are a few persistent offenders on the police radar. Anyway we heard and saw the helicopter flying low over the houses around about on Tuesday and it appears they were looking for or chasing after a suspect believed to have been involved in a drive-past shooting on Sunday in a part of town about three miles away. According to what we found out through the grapevine armed police had cornered a man in the adjacent street to ours and had arrested him for the offence. An armed officer evidently had remained outside of the house in which the man had sought refuge for a number of hours afterwards. Presumably it had to be checked forensically for any evidence. For a ‘quiet’ little town we seem to get our fair share of murders and occasional shootings. I have no doubt it won’t stop there either! The whole world seems hell bent on committing acts of evil and civilized society is a thing of the past. Although acts such as these are in fact very rare and represent only a fraction of what might otherwise be called normal behaviour in the community it is nevertheless something we could all do without. There will always be individuals who are not prepared to live as upstanding citizens and do not care much for the established norm that the rest of us enjoy. I’ve no idea what the shooting was about but no doubt it had something to do with drugs. Since Tuesday we have heard that the man arrested was 24 years old and has been charged in connection to the shooting.

Shirley Anne

 

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Holes here there and everywhere

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 19, 2014

A polyethylene gas main being laid in a trench...

A polyethylene gas main being laid in a trench under Chesterton Road, Cambridge. The bright yellow polyethylene (PE) pipes have been used to replace older ductile iron pipes since the 1970s. Once complete, the pipeline will opperate at a pressure of 75 millibar since it is directly supplying domestic premises. However, the pipes can be run at up to 10 bar. Gas main pipes in the UK are generally 250mm in diameter. The smaller diameter pipe branching off the main pipe is for domestic supply. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the previous month or so we were advised of the proposed underground works by National Grid to replace the gas main in the street and the pipes to each dwelling with plastic pipes. Presently every pipe is cast iron. At the time of writing on Tuesday evening our supply hasn’t been replaced but it should be done by tomorrow, Wednesday. The pavement outside each property on our side of the street has been dug out to access the old pipes so there are many holes and heaps of the sand all surrounded by the necessary guard rails and temporary pedestrian pathways around them. All necessary work of course but my concern and the concern of many in the street was the upheaval and digging out of gardens and foot paths to complete the work. However it appears that in most cases they will be able to push the new pipes inside the old metal ones because the new pipe is smaller in diameter. I am told the plastic pipe is 1.5 inches (38 mm) in diameter whilst the old metal pipes are 3 inches (76 mm) in diameter. Providing there are no sharp bends or elbows in the old pipework there should be no problem. I watched the team pushing the new pipe into the old pipe supplying my next-door neighbour’s property this morning so I am hoping they’ll be able to do the same here tomorrow. As it turns out I won’t be at home at least during the morning as I have a job scheduled some distance from home. It may be completed before I return. I hope so.

Update: I was out working in the morning on Wednesday  and expected our service to have been at least part-way done but things never go to plan do they? I discovered that they had lifted a flagstone, had drilled away some of the concrete path (behind the bush in the foreground in the picture below) and dug out a mound of sand to get at the old gas pipe. They had cut a small section of it away and had attempted to push the plastic pipe inside but to no avail. They decided to use ‘the mole’ to drill beneath the mound that is in the front garden (this side of the flagpole in the picture)  in order to get the new pipe to the street but they struggled somewhat getting it inside the remaining pipe that goes into the house. The FlagThey had to revert to using a slightly smaller pipe for that small section. Unfortunately time wasn’t on their side and it was too late in the day to complete the final connections but I had expected that having seen what they’d had to face. It meant we were without gas overnight. Fortunately we would only have needed it if we were cooking. The hot water cylinder would be heated with the immersion heater (which I had the foresight to replace some days ago as the old one was faulty). As we have electric showers bathing isn’t a problem either. So E and I decided we’d dine out in the evening yet again! Good excuse I thought. It appears we can claim a £30 payment because we were without a gas supply for 24 hours too! Well Thursday morning came and went and the job still hadn’t been completed but the gas supply was finally restored around 4 o’clock. However, when the main pipe in the street is replaced, they said Friday, which was yesterday as you read this, we will be temporarily disconnected again. I watched them break the old cast-iron pipe outside our house then later watched as the new polythene pipe was being mechanically pushed down inside the broken sections from the top of the street. Finally they connected our new plastic pipe to the main one and tested for leaks. For some people, workmen in the street are simply a nuisance even though they are providing a service for them. I don’t take that stance and in any case someone has to do the work! One good thing about all of this is that I learned quite a bit about the gas supply system and also a little more about the gas appliances in the house, especially the fires. One of those fires requires a service which I will get attended to in the near future. I already knew about that though. The engineer gave me valuable information about the model we have, some of which I never knew before. That information will come in handy when I employ someone to service it because I will know what is required beforehand! It will be some time yet though before everything is back to normal in the street and in our garden too for that matter! The engineers told E that we and our next-door neighbour were the only ones in the street to offer them drinks during the week they have been around. I know we supplied many cups of tea and coffee but I would have expected more from my neighbours.

Shirley Anne

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley Anne

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Women in the Church

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 18, 2014

the word of God

the word of God (Photo credit: jangkwee)

1 Corinthians 14:33-40

33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to enquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 14:34 Or peace. As in all the congregations of the Lord’s people, 34 women

It has become more and more commonplace for the Word of God to be twisted or ignored by those professing to be Christian followers of the faith and worse still those who are members of the Church whether clergy or not. It seems that the pressures of the world’s view, morals and standards come before what God says. Initially ordaining women into the priesthood was an absolute non-starter but gradually the longstanding adherence to God’s word has been eroded. What makes men think they can alter what God dictates with impunity? Look at verse 36 above. This attitude follows on from accepting other things that are wrong as being right, for example homosexuality. There are several verses which point to the fact that God doesn’t accept homosexuality but they are ignored in preference to ‘human rights’ legislation and the pressure and influence of the unbelieving masses. They will quote that love is supreme and of course it is but there is a difference between the love they talk about and the righteous love of God. We must love one another no matter who they are but that isn’t an excuse to accept their way of life when it goes against the word of God. The amazing thing is that all these things are prophesied in Scripture but it appears even the clergy miss that point. Remember one thing though in all of this, we are all sinners and must not judge one another for we ourselves, if believers, saved by the blood of Christ, saved by faith through the mercy and grace of our Lord, will be judged too.

Shirley Anne

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Baking days

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 17, 2014

Shortcrust pastry recipe, step 5

Shortcrust pastry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a rather busy day on Friday and nothing special planned for the weekend I managed to have that extra hour or two in bed on both Saturday and Sunday morning. Saturday was a really lovely day and although Sunday started a little wet the day got better with each hour that passed and it was sunny again all afternoon. E and I had picked the gooseberries from the bushes on Thursday and I had it in mind to use them before they became inedible. We had left them in the fridge to keep them fresh. We had a better crop this year than last but we had to rescue the bushes from being eaten by larvae earlier in the season else we’d have had none to pick. E went to see her mum during the latter part of the morning whilst I made preparations to make a gooseberry pie. I prepared enough pastry to make at least one pie but found there was some remaining. I didn’t however make another gooseberry pie, though there was enough fruit to do that but instead made a mixed-fruit pie instead. With the remaining gooseberries I wanted to make a crumble. As I am the only one in the house who likes gooseberries I had to freeze the pie for another day. On Sunday morning I chopped up the large bundle of rhubarb E had brought home from visiting her mum but didn’t feel like making more short crust pastry so I prepared some crumble instead. I made two large rhubarb crumbles but again had to freeze one for another day. I am the only one who likes rhubarb too! During the day I searched for recipes for making doughnuts because I have always wanted to make them at home but somehow never found the time. There are many recipes for making doughnuts as I’m sure many will know so I will try out a few of them to see what is tasty. E does like doughnuts though so I’ll have to make plenty! All I need now is the time for as my readers know I am often busy working. Rainy days and Sundays will probably be the best time for such things. I’ve never been one for doing much baking in the past but over the last few years I have gained quite an interest having baked scones and cakes in recent times. There is much to be said for home baking if it is done right of course. All ingredients will be free of preservatives if chosen properly. Maybe I will be posting more about home baking in the months to come.

Shirley Anne

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What does it take?

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 16, 2014

My readers will know that I am a Christian believer, an exile from atheism, turned-around, born again person, all of those things but still me. It’s all about realising something is truth, experiencing a change of heart and a revelation from God Himself. You will often hear Christians saying that God revealed Himself to them in one way or another which opened their hearts to the fact that they were in need of salvation because they were heading for eternal damnation otherwise. God has a plan and knows in advance which way people will go in believing or not in His gift of life eternal in Jesus Christ. As human beings we all fall short of His glory, no-one but no-one is anywhere near perfect in His eyes and never will be by their own efforts. It is because we are all sinners that we remain separated from Him and that can be forever. Hell is indeed being separated from God. God knows our imperfect state and knows we are helpless to do anything about it ourselves but we are His creation and He loves us so much that He died for us in order that we may be redeemed. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’, John 3:16 . Jesus Christ paid the penalty for each and every one of us but we must believe that and accept him as our Saviour. When we invite him in he will come. We are given The Holy Spirit who then dwells in our hearts like a live-in helper. As we allow The Spirit to guide us and teach us we become more and more at one with our Maker.

It isn’t a religion as some think, it isn’t a religion but a relationship and one with a promise. We become heirs to a great kingdom, we have been washed clean of all our sins and made pure in the eyes of God because of what Jesus did for us. If anyone does not believe that it is their choice, it always was and always will be. I can only wonder why people so easily reject the message and maintain a belief in something else which will leave them condemned and without hope for all eternity.

NOW READ THIS IF YOU ARE STILL SKEPTICAL………http://y-jesus.com/wwrj/6-jesus-rise-dead/?gclid=COX-prfzyb8CFWnpwgod3ZAA8g

Shirley Anne

 

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Nudge, nudge, wink, wink

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 15, 2014

"Nudge, Nudge, wink wink, Say no more".

“Nudge, Nudge, wink wink, Say no more”. (Photo credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop)

A line from the famous Monty Python sketches, know what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink? We’ve all done it in the past. We’ve all dropped a hint or two for one reason or another, perhaps encouraging an answer or perhaps a response to our benefit. I work hard for my age and even for a younger person at times and I need a rest, a break just like anyone else. I could of course drop everything and dust off my passport to go somewhere exotic or simply somewhere out of here. I won’t do that without company which in my case is E. Since around Autumn last year I have dropped many a hint regarding the possibility of taking a break together but it has fallen on deaf ears. She would like a break too but seems hesitant in getting something organised and she still has that £3000 credit waiting to be spent. I keep reminding here that its face value is falling whilst she is making up her mind. To be fair any break would have to be taken with the company from whom she won the money. She cannot decide on what to do or where to go. I am not bothered either way but I simply want to get away from my work for a time. As much as I enjoy working I am still only human and I do get tired of it all sometimes. I am about due for a break, in fact overdue for one having not had a long break for some time. The last break was for only four days but nice as it was it wasn’t really long enough. Now with the school holidays imminent I fear E won’t be as happy taking a break at the same time which would mean waiting then until September. Unless we can arrange something at short notice it looks as though it will be September before I get that break, if indeed I get one at all. I shudder to think what it would be like to retire from work and have too much spare time on my hands such that I would feel the need to gallivant off somewhere every couple of months.  One day breaks are fine occasionally, I couldn’t do that often. I don’t like the idea of travelling about either even if it is me doing the driving every day. Much as I love driving it isn’t my kind of holiday to flit about in one. Travelling in itself is tiring and I want to rest! So I am not sure at this moment what we might do if we get the chance but I hope it will be something.

Shirley Anne

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Space again

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 14, 2014

English: Modern view of Manchester City Centre

English: Modern view of Manchester City Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday morning  just before noon I took E to collect the large hire van from the hire company across town and drove back home to park my own van in the garage. The people who run and own the hire company are known personally by us and we always use their company whenever we wish to hire a van. E was quite some time arriving home with the vehicle which as it happened was even larger than the one we hired a few weeks ago. We immediately set about loading it with the numerous boxes and pieces of furniture which belong to our youngest son and his girlfriend that we had stored in our house and garage whilst they were waiting to move into their own first home. They both work in and around Manchester so it was natural for them to buy a house there. We got most of it stored in the van but had to wait for them to arrive before we could load the heavier items such as the bed and one or two items of furniture. We were sitting having our lunch some time after two o’clock having loaded all that we were able to when they arrived at the door. They were surprised that we had in fact done most of the work already. I think it came as a bit of relief as they had been at work during the morning. Finally we set off toward Manchester some time after three but they first drove to her parents home in order to collect her car before following on behind us. We actually arrived at least a half hour before they eventually pulled up but whilst we were waiting for them we decided to do a spot of gardening by removing much of the overgrowth and weeds we found trying to engulf the small front garden. We filled their wheelie bin which had been empty when we first arrived. After a brief look around their new home we all set about unloading the van. It was a hot sunny day on Friday and it took its toll on us all to some degree. It was fast approaching 7 o’clock by the time everything was inside the house. During our little tour our son showed us the rear garden which at present is very much overgrown and somewhat neglected. It will take some time to get it organised. He showed us a large cabinet tucked away in the rear which he hadn’t opened beforehand and wasn’t quite sure what it was until I told him it was a storage box. We opened it to find a large spade, a large fork, a strimming machine and a lawnmower inside left there by the previous owner. That was an unexpected bonus! We didn’t stay long after we’d done the unloading but it was now after 7.30 and we had to get back home. We put some more fuel in the tank, not a lot, and drove homeward. On the way we talked about something to eat and I suggested we stop at one of our regular haunts which happened to be on the route. It had been some time since we dined out in the evening but to our surprise we found the place remarkably empty for a Friday evening, a time when many folk unwind after the week’s work. There were still quite a few people in there nevertheless. It was well after 10.30 when we got home. The two lounges we generally use now seem empty with all their furniture gone and as E said earlier, ‘I’ve got my garage back’! Their house has been well cared for by the previous owner and apart from some repairs to the brick wall at the rear of the property little is required to be done. It is one of those houses that can be lived in without having to do anything to decorate or improve it. The same cannot be said of the gardens though but given time I’m sure they will put that right.

Shirley Anne

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Always in a rush to go elsewhere

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 13, 2014

Golf "Lessen"

Golf “Lessen” (Photo credit: JD Hancock)

During the last couple of weeks we have had The Women’s British Open Golf Championships being held at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, about a half-mile up the main road. The event is being sponsored by Ricoh, a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company. I have to admit not knowing that until I checked them out on a search engine. Personally I don’t have much interest in golf but I do watch it in part on the television occasionally. Had I been an ardent follower I would be living in just the right place as in fact I am doing here on the west coast for there are many golf courses in the area, a golfer’s dream. Personally I would never go to an event to watch the game, especially if it was only for one day in a competition that lasts for several days. My eldest son it seems isn’t that fussy. I didn’t know he was interested in golf, though his wife may be but I think it was more of a casual visit to the event, this one day, rather than him wishing to go every day to see as much as he could. On Thursday morning he arrived with his wife at our house so that he could leave his car here all day. I had gone to work a half-hour before they arrived so didn’t see them. E ferried them up the road in her car and returned home. I was back home myself an hour later. I chose not to do any more work in the garden as the weather was too warm and I wanted a rest in any case as the following day, Friday, E and I were collecting a hire-van to transport our youngest son’s furniture up to his new house in Manchester, about 50 miles away. We would be kept busy loading and unloading for a couple of hours, pretty tiring work. Later in the afternoon, actually it was well after six o’clock, E collected our eldest son and his wife on her way back home from doing the shopping with her mum and they picked up their car and drove off home to her parents house about three miles away where they have been living for the past two years. Now we hardly ever see them but whenever we do they are always in a rush to go elsewhere or have an excuse to leave early and never stay long. This time they were alone as their little girl, our granddaughter, was being looked after by her nan so they could have stopped for a while to chat. It appears that they can find the time for watching golf all day long though. It is hard sometimes being a parent and being treated this way.

Shirley Anne

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Annoying adverts

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 12, 2014

Sneak Preview: The new Yahoo.com

Sneak Preview: The new Yahoo.com (Photo credit: Yahoo Inc)

I don’t know if my readers read some of the current affairs or look at some of the videos that are placed on their email provider’s front page. I do understand that some providers only provide an email service, Google is one of them, well at least it is from my mailbox there. I have four email addresses which are provided by Bust.com, Yahoo, Google and AOL . My Yahoo account was the  second one set up whilst I was away for a month in Thailand. I’d had an account with Virgin in those days at a time before it took on its present form. When the new platform was set up I didn’t bother to switch and I lost the account, though I planned it that way. Later I opened an account with Bust.com which is a magazine directed to women which also provides a basic email service. I used that address for my business purposes. My Google account provides a separate address for anyone wishing to contact me on my blog and finally my AOL account is for everything else and is the one which gets most of the traffic. Although I check all the accounts daily I often check the AOL account more than once. It is whilst I am connected to AOL that I occasionally read the news items on their front page and sometimes watch one or two news videos that might be of interest. As with most commercial Internet sites AOL is splattered with advertisements. Now anyone who knows me knows I hate aggressive and in-your-face advertising. I despise cold-calling too. In fact I might only take notice of an advert if it is static, any dynamic adverts force me to avoid even looking at them but advertisers are a sneaky lot and will do anything in their power to get you to look at their presentations. So I switch on a video of interest to me, an item of news. I click on the video and am immediately presented with a thirty-second advert so I end up switching it off and miss the video I wanted to watch. Another thing I find is that if I am looking at a slide-show and move my cursor over to the associated text in order to scroll down, I am presented with an extremely thin scrolling bar which is difficult to move directly over  without overshooting into the blank space to its right. If that happens I am then presented with an advert which almost covers the screen. Most annoying. I try my best to avoid delving too far into the news on-line for these reasons. One of the most really annoying advertising practices is placing dynamic flashing images around the periphery of the screen which are very distracting and others which follow your scrolling action so as to remain in view to one side of the screen. All this behaviour doesn’t wash with me and actually has the reverse affect to that intended by the advertiser. My whole attitude to advertising is this, if I need a service I will do the searching and therefore do not wish to be cold-called, have my mailboxes jammed with spam mail or pushed into my face on my computer screens.

Shirley Anne

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Thick and fast

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 11, 2014

Pressure Gauge

Pressure Gauge (Photo credit: wwarby)

When I was much younger I took the pressures of my working life in my stride, in fact I relished in it for the sense of achievement I attained in coping with it all. As I grew older the enthusiasm didn’t fade and the work was just as plentiful and demanding but again I took it all in my stride though I would end up tired at the end of a busy day. Nowadays however my workload has diminished, mostly because I have engineered it that way. I simply do not want or need too much pressure in my working life now for the simple reason that I cannot undertake the same volume of work I once could manage quite easily. I still like the pressure often involved in my work and the challenges it presents so often  but I have the sense to keep my work to a minimum. Occasionally though I sometimes feel the floodgates have been opened wide and I am faced with a deluge of requests. This past week has been one of those times, the work, though small jobs, have been coming in thick and fast. The work I have been doing in the garden has been spasmodic because of this and of course the weather but this weekend, Friday E and I will be hiring a large van for the second time so that we can return our youngest sons’ furniture to Manchester and into his and his girlfriends’ newly bought house. They of course will be shifting the furniture with us. After much hassle and legal frustrations surrounding the purchase of their property they were able to gain possession on Monday. Already I have been asked to check over some of their electrical equipment and wiring! I will take a toolbox with me on Friday just in case there is something that needs immediate attention. Even as I write this on Tuesday evening I have received three calls for my services and people ask me when I am going to retire! I remember the film called ‘Predator’ where one of the characters, nicknamed Blain I believe, was wounded and was bleeding. One of the others told him that he was bleeding to which he replied ‘I don’t have time to bleed’. That’s a bit like my position, I don’t have time to retire!

Shirley Anne

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One of those jobs

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 10, 2014

Chrysotile in Slate Roof Tile

Monday was another gloriously warm and sunny day though it didn’t start that way. There were many clouds in the sky first thing but as the morning progressed it got better. I was asked to rewire or re-instate the wiring inside a very long garage that had its roof replaced after the wind ripped off parts of the old one. I don’t remember it being that windy for a few months so perhaps the damage was historical. The old roof had been made of corrugated white asbestos (Chrysotile), a somewhat dangerous material when particles are airborne. I remember visiting the house a couple of years ago to install a protective garage electrical distribution board to replace an old and dangerous one that offered very little protection from electric shock should a fault occur. I remember too having left the lighting circuit disconnected inside the new board because the lighting circuit wasn’t as safe as it should have been and doing that because the occupier wasn’t prepared to pay for it to be repaired at that time. Perhaps they had it in mind to have it done after a new roof had been fitted. At that time the roof was pretty much intact except for one or two holes and I suppose they knew then that a totally new roof would need to be fitted. Well it seems the weather eventually forced them to get it done. My job this time was to rewire and refit and part rewire four power outlets and rewire or part rewire the four lights. A new steel roof had been fitted with timber supports mounted on and around the existing old steel framework so routing the cables was made easier. However the garage wall were made of concrete slabs bolted to concrete pillars with special clamps. Drilling the concrete was nigh impossible as it was extremely hard. I managed to drill two holes though not very deep in order to fix one of the power outlets and gave up that idea for fixing the others as I had completely worn out two new masonry drills! I had to find another way of fixing the remaining outlets. I was able to release the clamps and slide pieces of wood beneath them the screw the clamps back in position. I was then able to fix the power outlets to the wood. One thing about my work, and it has always been the case, is that I have to be very inventive at times. There are special bonding pastes these days which will securely fix almost anything to almost anything and in minutes be set hard ready for use but I didn’t have any of that with me. I don’t usually carry it on my van as it is fairly expensive and the need for it is rare but it would have made this particular task easier. Having said that I had to keep the costs down knowing that the occupier wouldn’t wish to pay too much for my services. Nonetheless I was paid £115 for the three hours with only £13 of that expenses. I don’t come cheap but am worth it! LOL. Just as I had finished I got a call from a woman I have known for some years who was checking to see if I was at home so she could visit. I have done work at her house several times in the past and I knew her when she worked for a company I had a maintenance contract with. We’d often chat about our homes but she had never seen mine so one day a couple of weeks ago E and I called into the outlet where she now works to buy some paint and we invited her to call in on her way home from work one day. She asked if it was alright to visit about 1.15 and as I was just about to drive home I told her it would be fine. She has the same name as E so when they were together it became a little confusing talking with them. Anyway she came and had a mini tour of the house and gardens and she was very impressed at what we’ve achieved over the years. One thing I have to say about this woman is she can be a little ‘dizzy’ and she can speak for Britain as we say. She actually had her vehicle parked at the entrance to our road and couldn’t figure out where our house was even though I had told her and she knew it was number one! As for talking, nice as she is she doesn’t know when to stop. LOL She left after an hour and we were then able to eat lunch, a late lunch with her voice still ringing in our ear holes!

Did I say ‘one of those jobs’? Late in the evening around nine o’clock I received a call from a lady who had lost all the power in the house. I explained as much as I could to her on how to reset her power circuits but after trying what I suggested she found the problem still existed. She had also just restocked her freezer and didn’t want it to defrost. I decided to go and assist. After some investigating I had to split the offending circuit and disconnect the fault bearing section as a temporary measure thereby allowing half of it to work. Fortunately the ‘good’ half was able to supply the freezer. A friend of mine will continue with finding the exact source of the fault in due course as I am unable to accommodate because I have other commitments. As it happens my friend had been finding it difficult to find work this week. I was paid for my call-out and temporary repairs and I arrived back home near to 10.30

Shirley Anne

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I wasn’t going to

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 9, 2014

A pair of Wellington boots

A pair of Wellington boots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I mentioned in a previous post I wasn’t intending to do any work in the garden on Saturday as rain had been forecast and in any case I had an electrical job to do in the morning. However, I had that job done quite quickly and was back at home within two hours. I drilled four holes in the wall up the first flight of stairs where E wanted four pictures hung as I had promised then hung them after which I more or less potted about for a while. Now the weather wasn’t as bad I had thought it would be, in fact it was bright sunshine with clear blue skies from mid-morning and throughout the rest of the day. So after a light lunch I donned my ‘toe-tector’ Wellington boots and went to do some more digging and laying of stones slabs around the mound we have been working on. One of the first slabs we had laid when starting the project a couple of months back had to be lifted and relaid as it had only been placed there as a temporary measure whilst we proceeded with the rest of the work. E joined me soon after I began working and between us we relaid that slab and put in two more together with three edging-stone slabs. We didn’t spend too long on the task, about two and a half hours, as it was quite warm but we collected some of the remaining unused slabs and laid them in line next to where we intend to use them as edging stones. That was enough outdoor work for the day and we packed away the tools. I know I won’t be able to do any more work on the mound project until Wednesday, which will be today as you read this. Unless it is raining!

 

Shirley Anne

 

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