Friday, April 26, 2019

Choose your words very carefully

In my quest to declutter my life, I went for a pamper spa day in Bloomfield Health and Leisure centre in order to detox my mind and body.


First up was a massage. I wrapped myself in my very fluffy robe and went into the treatment room. The very nice masseuse explained that I was to lie face down on the bed, over the patterned blanket but under the plain one. She then left for a moment to allow me to  settle myself, which I duly did. 
She came back into the room very quietly and explained that she was about to start.

"Have you anything on?" she inquired.
I had a moment's panic.
Do I say "Knickers" or is that too common?
How about "pants" or "underpants"? No, too masculine.
In the end I stuttered
"Just a pair of panties."

 There was a moment's silence, followed by
"No, I mean, have you got a special occasion coming up?"

Needless to say, it took five minutes to get the massage started, as we were both in hysterics. At least she got a great story to tell her colleagues at lunchtime.
"Wait til ya hear what yer wan said to me today...."

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Let it go

I have decided to declutter my life starting with my house. I ordered in a skip to help me in my momentous task.


I consulted with Marie Kondo, the queen of organisation, in order to do it properly. She recommends holding each item in your hands for a few moments and if it doesn't spark joy in your heart then let it go.



And do you know what , it really works!
So far I've gotten rid of...
my alarm clock,
bathroom scales
and the New Primary Language Curriculum!

I feel SO much happier already.

Monday, April 22, 2019

A great show

What to do on a Bank Holiday Monday???

  • Free Day
  • Glorious sunshine
  • Unable to be on my own
So off I went to Clonard GAA pitch to meet my niece and family, to engage in my favourite activity.
No, not hurling or football.
A MUSICAL!



They were having an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman.

We sang and danced along. Well we just sang. Evelyn got up as and danced as if no one was looking. I just wish as I could be as uninhibited as that lil' drama queen!



What more could you ask for?
Oh yes....
The Easter Bunny.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Put one foot in front of the other.

A new day dawned, which didn't seem right, but it did. I'm old enough to know that even when the bottom falls out of your world, the world keeps on turning.
At eight o'clock the sun was streaming in my window, telling me to get up and not waste a single minute of my life. Time is precious.

I did have a mission in mind. I had to walk the 8km back to Nanny Quinn's Bar and Restaurant where I had left my car the night before, after Ger's funeral. We had given her a good send off, one that she would have loved. But it had resulted in me not being able to drive my car home!

So off I set. It was a bitter sweet walk  as it was the same route that I had taken just over a year ago when I was trudging through the snow to meet Ger in the pub. Every step brought back memories of that walk. This time however, the weather was decidedly better.

Kilcolum cemetery looked less bleak.


Snowdrop season was over, but there were lots of primroses and purple flowers (that I don't know the name of!)


Buds were bursting into life.


Then I encountered some crosses. As it was Good Friday, there was a local procession to remember Jesus' final walk to Calvary. I said a prayer for Ger as I passed each one.


 I came across the second most beautiful scene of the day......


The birds continue to sing. This lone swallow sat waiting for his companions. He can't make a summer on his own.

I continued on, my legs were beginning to scream by this stage. Finally I encountered the most beautiful sight of the day.......


...my car waiting patiently for me outside Nanny Quinn's, unvandalised and unrobbed! 
Boy, was I glad not to have to walk back home.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Farewell my friends


Farewell my Friends
by
Rabindranath Tagore

Farewell my friends
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets
Whatsoever said
The pain I'll leave behind
Those dear hearts that care...
And the strings pulling
At the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At the turning of my life
I came across
Good friends.
Friends who stood by me
Even when time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears
For I need them not.
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad
Do think of me
For that's what I'll like.
When you live in the hearts
Of those you love,
Remember then
You never die.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ger Flynn 1968-2019


The world is a less colourful place without Ger in it.

I like to think that I have a way with words but there are none that can describe what a fabulous friend Ger was, and what a void her death has left in all our lives. I am speechless.

I thought of this blog that I posted only a little over a year ago, little knowing what destruction was lurking in the background. It was only after reading it that I realised how prophetic it actually was.
So until we meet again Ger, have the session started...and mine's a vodka and coke xxx

http://www.nols-agirlforallseasons.com/2018/03/a-bid-to-escape.html