Yes, it is two weeks and one day since my last post and I must apologize to everyone (that is if anyone is still following me) especially those whose posts I've not visited or, if I did, didn't leave a comment.
I appear to have fallen, no perhaps just collapsed, into a deep hole from which I am endeavouring to extract myself. I made one attempt at Wednesday words last month but my mind is not working as it should, so putting words together has not been easy. I'm down there somewhere in that hole:
No excuses except I am old and at times things get on top of me (perhaps I should just pull the cover over the hole I'm in and accept it) but I read a good piece of advice on WebMD today which may be part of my problem. It said not to listen to news headlines which can depress one and I think, perhaps with all the dreadful things happening in the world today, that is excellent advice.
I hear of the fighting and hating that is going on and I fear for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and wonder what the world will be like for them in 30-50 years time. I am thankful I shall be long gone before then as the world I once knew is rapidly coming to an end. I know I lived through the years beginning with the Great Depression and then WW2 and subsequent smaller wars, but somehow people still cared about each other. These days folk are often far to busy; their lives seem so much fuller than ours were way back then. Of course we only had radio until television came along in about 1958 so not a lot of distractions but we certainly didn't have all the mod cons people have today.
Since the advent of computers, mobile phones etc. people seem to keep in touch with text messages, emails etc. but not the written word nor the spoken word. I miss that dreadfully but was delighted yesterday when our friend Richard called via his mobile from Darwin (in our Northern Territory). Now that was so thoughtful of him and it was much appreciated. He left Perth in July and has now travelled 4,041 kilometres in his camper van to reach Darwin, plus of course all the extra mileage he did in between investigating places en route. He is 50 years of age and this is a great adventure for him to undertake on his own. He says he is still enjoying himself and isn't sure what his future movements will be or when he will return home. Richard has also sent emails on his journey but it is always great when he takes time to make a phone call to us when he is within range of a mobile tower. This is the route he would have taken:
Another reason I often feel really down is the fact that modern technology has left me way behind. I have a computer which is great but no iPad nor an iPhone (we do have a simple mobile phone but even that is too much for us to fully understand although we can receive and make calls on it) and although I use Facebook to play Scrabble and keep in touch with what family are doing I have no idea how to use other social media and I'm not particularly sure I even want to.
I now find in brochures, magazines etc., these little black and white squares I am supposed to click on to find out MORE. What and how do I do that? Is there another way I can find out what they are trying to tell me or offering me? What am I missing out on? I have no idea but it too makes me feel left out and how do I find out about it all.
I have a feeling of being redundant (dictionary meaning: superfluous, no longer needed) as I really am of little use to anyone or anything except Phil and our cat. I know Phil could manage without me if he had to although he doesn't want to have to do so, and Candy would miss me but would still get looked after.
It is truly awful to feel this way and I am doing my level best to try and climb out of that deep hole and get on with some sort of existence. I am determined to give the news a big miss for a while as I can do nothing to ease the stress the world is having. I will try very hard not to anticipate the heat our summer will surely bring; we had a taste of it last week and I didn't enjoy it one little bit. I will once again try the power of positive thinking. It's worked before so here's hoping.
One thing I enjoyed doing on my blog was researching different things such as flowers, animals etc. but I ran out of ideas. I wonder if anyone has suggestions of a theme I could work on. I think I need something to inspire me, to get the old brain into gear once again. Can you perhaps help in this regard? It would be much appreciated if you could and, if you do, thank you.