People

Today my blog was visited by an elderly person, one who is transsexual. It isn’t often that those who visit here and make comment really touch me. My heart goes out to her. I have to use that pronoun out of respect.
I am happy that my own writings and thoughts touch other people in some nice way and I can tell that from their responses. Many of my visitors are transsexual and I can relate to them all, being transsexual myself but there are others too who are not. I’m glad that we are all different. What a boring world it would be if we were all the same!
Here’s to people……..bless every one of you who are reading this.
With love

Shirley Anne x

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Nice Job

Today I found myself at work but not all day. No matter, it was enough. Apart from two new extra electrical fittings on show you wouldn’t know I’d been there! A nice job I thought to myself. It isn’t often that there is absolutely no evidence of my having been to a premises, after all you cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg!
I don’t know why this is so but quite often I arrive somewhere and find a host of other builder’s and workmen’s vehicles outside. It’s as though everybody decides to have some work done at the same time! There was one such vehicle across the street from where I wished to park. There were four guys taking down scaffolding from the house opposite and loading it on the vehicle. When they saw me pull up all loading stopped and their eyes followed me as I went about my business taking materials into the house. You can always sense when you are being watched but I gave them only a cursory glance and saw the smiles on their faces. I guess they were wondering what a woman was doing arriving in a commercial vehicle and then carrying cable, tools and drillbox into a house. I can imagine the conversation as they returned to their own task in hand. I got on with the task I had in hand too.

Shirley Anne x

Monday, Monday……..

So good to me……….

as the song goes………

Work has started to come in again. OK nothing for today specifically but that’s alright. I feel a lot better now knowing that I’ll have something to do for a change! The cash is handy of course but mainly I won’t get bored. The beauty of my job is that I get out meeting people, something I really love doing. I get to see some lovely homes but sadly some wrecks too. Sadly for the occupants I mean.
Life ain’t that bad is it?

Shirley Anne x

Lousy Week

It’s been one of those weeks. No work, lousy weather, no spare cash to spend, bored stiff. Well it hasn’t really been that bad, I keep telling myself. OK I did do some repairs around the house so that is good, you know, a stich in time and all that. Next, I have been able to play my guitar more, exercise more, read more, watch more tv, read blogs (lol), and a host of other things. Time is a precious commodity and it shouldn’t be wasted. So on reflection, it hasn’t really been a lousy week. As for the weather, well it hasn’t been sunny is all. It rained a bit and was windy but that’s the weather, it’s what it does. I don’t mind the weather at all excepting if it is too hot and sticky or too windy. No, I don’t complain about the weather much.
I just hope the coming week will be a tad better……………..LOL

Shirley Anne x

Credit Cards

What is it with my credit card company? Originally I used to get my bill and go to a bank and pay it off. Then along came the Internet. ‘OK’, I thought, ‘I’ll do it all online and save myself a lot of bother’. So I set it all up on my computer and it worked……….ONCE! Since then each time I have tried to pay online I end up with a ‘Failed to complete the transaction’ statement. There is nothing wrong with my details nor my debit card details (I was using a debit card to pay off the debt). I telephoned the company and was told that my transaction had gone through but that it might take a while before I could see that on screen. Huh? I don’t think so. I was right, it should have been displayed immediately. So I paid over the phone. Now I am trying to pay off this month’s bill and hey presto, it still won’t work online! Now there’s a surprise! I am off to the bank this morning to pay it off by cheque………,just like I used to. Modern technology…..Huh! Oh, by the way I have set up a Direct Debit on my account so they can now do it all themselves! All I have to do is make sure I’ve enough cash in my bank current account each month.

Shirley Anne x

Enforced idleness

Well at this point in time I am unemployed insofar as I am not getting calls from would be clients. I don’t know what the reason is but it may be simply seasonal. People are spending their cash on holidays or simply not spending at all because of the present financial recession. It does allow me to do other things like repairs to an upstairs window frame I found wanted doing yesterday! I guess there is no real rest for the wicked as they say! Maybe things will pick up soon. I get bored very easily sometimes.

Shirley Anne x

Reaching out

The original reason for starting this blog is lost in obscurity. I had decided not to start blogging for I couldn’t see the need for it. However and upon reflection there is a need. People need people and so they reach out. This is achieved in many ways not least of all the written word. I have found that this blog has actually drawn people in to my world but the response is sporadic at best. Ok I know folk have their own agendas so I am not moaning about it but it does make me think why people respond or should I say look in the first place. Perhaps it is out of curiosity or maybe out of support. Maybe they have stumbled upon the site by mistake. Perhaps they want to reach out too. Whatever the reason I get responses, sometimes.
For myself it is a reaching out. I love people and want more of them in my life so I started this blog in that hope. I get responses but not as much as I would like. I look at the statistics and see how many visit me here and there are quite a few. However not many actually make comment or even say hello which is such a shame.
I am not making a plea here either, really I’m not but it would be nice to know that real people do have an interest in something I have posted here, even, dare I say, me? So please, if you are reading this do say hello if it is your first visit and if it isn’t then why not post a comment? Love to you all

Shirley Anne x

Orange Lodge Day

Wikipedia quotation:-

The Battle of the Boyne (Irish: Cath na B√≥inne) was fought in 1690 between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish and Irish thrones – the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William, who had deposed James in 1688. The battle, won by William, was a turning point in James’ unsuccessful attempt to regain the crown and ultimately helped ensure the continuation of Protestant supremacy in Ireland.

The battle took place on July 1, 1690 (Old Style) just outside the town of Drogheda on Ireland’s east coast. The armies stood on opposing sides of the River Boyne. William’s forces easily defeated those of James who led an army of mostly raw recruits. The symbolic importance of this battle has made it one of the best-known battles in British and Irish history. It is a key part in Ulster Protestant folklore and is still commemorated today, principally by the Orange Institution. As a consequence of the adoption of the Gregorian calendar (“New Style” dating), the battle is now commemorated on July 12 each year.

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This battle is commemorated each year in Northern Ireland and also especially in Liverpool and is a demonstration of protestant defiance against Catholicism in those two places. Here in Southport twenty miles north of Liverpool we get a parade by those arriving from Liverpool by train. There is much drinking of alcohol during the event and this sometimes causes outbreaks of violence. It is such a shame that this sort of thing still persists in today’s society even if one holds strong views regarding their religious faith. I shan’t be going into town today.

Shirley Anne x

Hiccup revival……..

Well I returned to the pharmacy this morning and they couldn’t find my prescription. They spent twentyfive minutes looking for it then eventually found my form. They then placed an order on the computer and showed me the screen by way of trying to re-assure me. I wasn’t convinced. They now assure me that my medications will be delivered to my home on Saturday morning. Watch this space!

Shirley Anne x

Let downs and hiccups….

Ah, such is life. A week ago last Monday I visited my doctor for a routine check-up before the dispensing of my hormone medications. I always apply for a re-issue of my medications two weeks before my present stock runs out which gives my pharmacy enough time to prepare, although I cannot see why it takes them the usual four days to do that. The pills come pre-packed by the manufacturer so it is only a question of labelling. Anyhow this time I had arranged for my pharmacy to collect the prescription request from my doctor’s surgery and deliver the prescription to my home. They were suposed to do that last Friday but somehow some other pharmacy had collected the request. When I called at the store to find out what the problem was I was given this information with the promise that all would be sorted out on Monday, that is the Monday just passed. I was assured I could collect my prescription today, Thursday so as I was going to town on other business I called into the pharmacy to collect it. Let down again! It appears they didn’t have the correct strength tablets but again assured me that I would be able to collect the proper ones tomorrow, Friday. Usually I don’t have a problem collecting my prescription because I usually do the leg-work myself, that is I take my request to my doctor’s surgery with the name of the pharmacy written on it so that the correct pharmacy collects it. The following week I make the trip to the pharmacy and have no problem collecting it. It would appear that if you want something doing it is better to do it yourself! Fortunately I still have more than a week’s supply to keep me going. I know which method I will be using next time!
That was one hiccup today. Another was my shopping trip. I went into a particular store to buy toiletries. I use this store for all my toiletries as they are inexpensive without losing quality. I also buy my toiletries in bulk to save journeys. I buy toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps, shampoos and a host of other things, so my bag is usually quite full. One item I wanted wasn’t there on the shelf, they hadn’t re-stocked the shelves. Now instead of going to the stockroom and refilling the shelf they say they cannot do that when I ask because the do that at specific times. I wonder how many customers they lose by doing that? It isn’t a major problem to me of course, I will simply go again in a day or so but the items I wanted I do use every day. I have that one covered though, having bought in bulk last time I have quite a stock at home. Now you can see why I buy in bulk, why I ensure I have enough of anything should they not be available when I call. Life is full of let downs and hiccups isn’t it? Be prepared so that disappointment will not lead to doing without.

Shirley Anne x