Summertime blues?

The hot Summer we were promised, not really the right word, forecast, has not yet materialised. We did have a couple of weeks of fairly hot and dry weather in the beginning of June as I recall but traditionally July and August are usually the warmest. Well July has been a bit cool and wet for most of the time and the forecast, if we can believe it, is for further ‘unsettled weather’ for at least the week ahead. They call it ‘unsettled’ because it can’t make it’s mind up whether to be dry, wet, cool or warm, windy or calm. Usually ‘unsettled’ means we’ll get a bit of all those things! Personally I am not too bothered like some people are. It’s as though they can’t do anything just because it happens to be raining or it is too windy or cool. Everyone seems to want it warm, dry and calm and yet when it is like that they start to moan that it is too warm or dry. Funnily enough people don’t seem to moan if it is calm per se. So they get ‘the blues’. There are aspects of the weather I really dislike and they are when it is too hot, too humid, which I think is even worse, too windy and if it rains continuously for weeks on end. However life has to go on so I don’t moan about it. Here in the UK moaning about the weather is becoming, if it isn’t already, a national pastime. Sometimes the first words you hear when you meet someone is, ‘Isn’t the weather awful’, or ‘Isn’t the weather hot’ and so on. As a nation it seems we are obsessed with remarking about the weather. Whatever the season, the weather will do it’s thing. That’s the way it is and the way it will always be. Never mind the Summertime Blues.

Shirley Anne

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Survival

After reading a comment on my last post (Back to normal) it got me thinking about the things we hold dearly in life. I talked about what we might do if we lost our jobs and one person responding to the post pointed out that this very thing had happened to her recently. (See Emily’s resonse). It’s all about our survival in life. Our basic instincts are to survive. Because we live in the societies that we do, we need an income of some sort. We build our lives around this income, it dictates what we do and it becomes very important to us. I am tempted here to quote Scripture so I will: In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt 6 vv 25-27 NIV) we read ‘Therefore I tell you , do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’

But read on a few more verses to the end of the Chapter.

However these words are hard to follow and we do worry don’t we? It all depends on where your values lie. We surround ourselves with material things and collect things we really do not need. I often go into people’s houses and have to occasionally go into the loft or attic to carry out my job. In these places I find all sorts of things that the householder has stored up there. Usually everything is covered in dust or dust sheets and left there for years on end. They are obviously not needed in the daily lives of their owners so why do they keep them? Why are some of the things bought in the first place? I see cabinets filled with glassware, porcelain and other ‘valuable’ items. They seldom get looked at, seldom are they removed and handled so why are they there? It’s about having possessions but better to have treasures in the heart than physical things that serve no purpose. We can take nothing with us into the grave so what’s the point?
In all things it is wise to follow your needs and how to obtain them but worrying about anything is futile and solves nothing. Enough food for the stomach should be a goal in everything we do.
I value friendship more than anything else in my life. With true friendship there is love and where there is love there is happiness and contentment in this world.
To put it another way as Scripture says, ‘Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven’ (Matt 6 v 19 NIV)………Lots of love

Shirley Anne x

Back to normal

Things seem to have returned to normal this week. Work is coming in and I now have some scheduled for next week. I know all this might seem a bit boring and I suppose it doesn’t make for exciting reading but to me it means a lot. Apart from the fact I can EARN money it gives me something to do, a reason to get up in the mornings. Yes, I do like the rests, even the enforced ones but having something to do is important. If we are honest with ourselves I am sure most people would have that attitude. We all moan about our jobs sometimes but in reality work is a very important part of our lives. Not many people who come into a fortune are truly happy that they don’t have to work. They become bored once the novelty of a fortune wears off. Now I can hear some readers saying ‘I’ll give it a go’ and I’m sure they would, who wouldn’t? Now the other extreme is having too much work and this happens with me at times. It’s either a famine or a feast and people say ‘Well it’s better than not having any work’. They know the value of being occupied. Think about your own work and what you would do if suddenly you were redundant……….. now then……

Shirley Anne x

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

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