Are you with me so far or have I gone too far back in time for you? The reason I am mentioning this is because of what happened last Wednesday week. Each year I am interviewed by Silver Chain and last year they were running so late with their appointments I didn't see anyone till March this year. At that time the lovely lady I saw said my next appointment was due in September this year. In order to bring it all up to date she gave me a number to ring and said to ask them if I could either have a home visit or a telephone interview some time in September. She obviously realised I don't get around too well and she was trying to really be helpful.
I then went on to ask about a telephone interview and she asked me to hold on a few minutes. She eventually came back and told me they only make phone calls to north of the river!!! I said that made no sense as it would cost them only a local call north or south but she said that was their ruling. I persisted that I felt a phone interview should be possible and she said she would get back to Lisa who by that time had gone home and ask Lisa to ring me in the morning. I asked that she phone me after 10am (we are late risers) and next morning I was up at about 9am but no phone call from Lisa. No call on Friday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday either!!!!
I decided I would wait till lunchtime Thursday and then ring them again but before I had a chance to do that I did receive a call from Silver Chain from an entirely different lady to the other four I'd spoken to last week. She said they'd make an exception and I could expect a call at 8.30am on a date in September. "Whoah" said I, "I'm barely out of bed at that time and really not compos mentis enough to do a long interview on the telephone". She said she was sorry but that was the only time of the day they made telephone calls. She suggested perhaps a home interview would be best so I am expecting a lady to call in October at a reasonable hour of 10.30am. I do also have to consider Phil as he tends, like me, to be a late riser, especially in the cooler weather. After all, he is from England and they, poor souls, do tend to feel the cold more than many of us Aussies do.
Phil went to his monthly poetry meeting this morning (I like some poetry but not enough to talk about it) and when he arrived home he handed me a a lovely bunch of daffodils. I couldn't help laughing when he said "They were really quite cheap." I told him that wasn't really an appropriate thing to say when handing a lady flowers but I realised he was telling me he'd not wasted a lot of money. Now, I ask you, would any lady think a gentleman was wasting money if he handed her a simple bunch of flowers? I think not but the sentiment was not lost and I appreciated them as the bunch of flowers he gave me last week had just been thrown out.