Hi and I wonder who is out there today? I have absented myself from my blog for 10 months or more and I feel no guilt about it one little bit. I had blogged myself to a complete and utter standstill, so much so that I have not been following blogs that my blogging friends write, some so prolifically.
How is everyone? Phil and I are still making an effort to hold our heads above water having recovered a couple of months back from an extremely bad chest/head cold. Yes a cold, not flu as no aches and pains or temperature but just blocked heads and so much coughing. Took us about 4 weeks to get over the cold itself and several weeks before we began to feel ourselves again. I had two trips to the doctor and had steroids and antibiotics the first time and different antibiotics the second time with an additive of some type of acid. Fortunately that seemed to do the trick. Phil is on a low dose antibiotic every winter and that seemed to help him without having to see the doctor.
We are currently feeling a little isolated as FOUR members of our family are paying a visit to the U S of A, New Jersey to be precise or Pitman in NJ to be even more precise. K and B and A and C flew out together last Friday to pay a visit to B and her partner K. From what I've seen on Facebook A is particularly intrigued with the squirrels that inhabit the neighbourhood they are in and has taken videos of them. K, like me, loves the autumn coloured leaves on the trees which we have so few of here in Perth. She posted on Facebook a photo of the trees in the street where B and live and the colours are glorious.
I mentioned a serious question I have to answer. I have made 2 very serious decisions in my life and they both involved marriage and as most of you know I have been married twice. I know I have had to make other quite difficult decisions but the one I have to make now is this: my driver's licence is due in January and as most people know after you turn 80 you need to visit your GP where he tests your eyesight, your blood pressure and blood glucose (if you happen, like Phil and me) to be diabetics.
My paperwork has just arrived and although I've not driven for several years now I have always liked to have a current driver's licence in case of a real disaster when I would perhaps have to drive but it's also good to have identification with one's photo on it. My GP has always signed me up as being capable of driving even though I tell him I've not driven much for some time.
Phil suggested I let my licence lapse as he has been our driver for some time and hopefully will continue to be so for some time to come. I first drove a car when I was about 17 or 18 and then drove several times in the following 2 or 3 years. When I married in 1953 I drove quite a lot and in 1954 I thought it time to get my driving licence. Got it without a problem and have had it ever since without one demerit point which I am very proud of considering the amount of driving I used to do in heavy traffic to and from work for many years.
I had a few parking fines but they were only when I loaned my car to Phil or Karen. Just hated the fines being in my name but that is in the long distant past and all forgotten by the three of us. They by the way, paid the fines.
Your advice please. Now approaching 87 is it time to be honest and say because my arthritis has gotten so bad I'd probably have trouble driving very far, except perhaps in a real emergency, and not renew said licence. Please tell me what you would do in similar circumstances. Yes or No.
It has been quite a wet winter in Perth and it has not been until this week that our weather has begun to warm up. We have only just today begun to pop the sprinkler on in the garden and will probably have to do again next Tuesday and Friday as no rain in sight. They are our 2 watering days although we can use hand held hoses to water pots and various spots in the garden.
The cooler weather has kept my frangipani very quiet and they are only just now beginning to get leaves. I am hoping this warmer weather will spur them on and in a few months we will be enjoying some beautiful flowers again, similar to this one from last year: