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Sunny at last


swilkinson

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Well I posted in February that it was raining and that  continued most of March, it was the rainiest period in many decades. It did stop for a few days and then back came the torrential downpours and the floods. Some towns further north really suffered. It has eased back now but the run off  is still happening and the older, deeper drains are still running. Most people can't remember having the minor flooding as we have just experienced. Is it global warming or just the changes as resculpturing of the land takes place? Nothing remains static and plans for drains etc need revising sometimes.

 

So it is school holidays including Easter and Trevor and Alice are here til Friday. Today they have gone to Sydney to the Royal Easter Show and no doubt they will come back tired and stressed and out of spending money but satisfied that coming all that way was worth it because of being with Grandma and experiencing all the special things they can do here. And seeing cousins is hopefully a bonus too. Alice visits her aunt and cousins on her mother's side each time she comes here as they live one suburb over from me.

 

We are in the middle of preparation for Easter in the church. Most years I am involved but asked to be let off this year. I had a week away two weeks ago and since then have been very busy so I need time to relax and enjoy family time for a while. I did go to Sydney to see the oncologist and the physiotherapist who specialises in lymphoedema and both were pleased my condition hasn't changed but I still get very tired and blame the thyroid operation for that. Vitamins don't seem to help and putting my feet up mid afternoon seems to give my body a break so I try to do that most days.

 

The rest of the family are fine. There is still too many Covid cases in the State and as contact isolating is a matter of choice not law now my Adelaide grandkids are not coming here but their mother is going to see them over Easter. I have not seen them for two years. Unfortunately many grandparents are in the same situation. I see my Cardiff family when I go up there. I am so fortunate Trevor and Alice come here. I am also fortunate that I have good friends to meet up with for morning tea or lunch and the activities of the church and my Lions Club to participate in.

 

Since Covid changed our lives I have gone back to counting my blessings. I pray more for all kinds of people who are going through all kinds of troubling times. It is one thing I can do at home. Prices are rising and taking a long trip in the car is something I have to think about now as fuel prices have almost doubled. Do I need to go here and there? Usually not. If I do can I get there by public transport which is subsidised for old people like me who are on a full or part pension? Yes? Even if it takes longer that is a good option.

 

Sometimes I feel like my days are shortening I guess that happens to people of my age. My main life's work is over, what remains is sharing whatever wisdom I have accumulated. And that is only appropriate for some people who are seeking answers. The rest get prayed for. Of course practical help is needed sometimes and our church provides that. I am good as a listening ear so I do spend some time on the phone, not counseling, just listening. I hope that helps. I learned from my years as a telephone counselor that most people know what the solution to their problem is, they just need the courage to do it.

 

So life goes on day to day, some good days, some not so good days. My family are well and seem to be coping with life, I am well according to my specialist. Covid is still here, some of my friends or their family members have had it but so far I haven't. I call that fortunate and am thankful for it. I'll just keep them all in my prayers.

 

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Sue :

 

thanks for blog update, I get pearl of wisdom on kindness empathy & sound advice from your blogs. " I am good as a listening ear so I do spend some time on the phone, not counseling, just listening. I hope that helps. I learned from my years as a telephone counselor that most people know what the solution to their problem is, they just need the courage to do it. " you are spot on", will try to remember this since I am sometimes too quick on giving advice.

 

Asha

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