Wednesday, 26 October 2011

weather, friends,

Good morning Friends,
This has been a quiet week so sorry not a lot to report on. The weather has been certainly getting colder and there has been a lot of rain very close to us here in Box with terrible flooding. It is hard to believe that only about 15/20 miles away they have had such flooding.  We have actually had it quite nice although certainly getting colder.  Yesterday Mary and I went into Bath as I was taking my glasses back. I only got them about 10 days ago but they were not as good as my old ones !! at least they didn't seem to be when I was on the computer the print was not as clear as it should be..Anyway after another check and various questions it was decided that I would be better with now I have to wait another couple of weeks or so for them to be ready. Thankfully they did agree that although I have had to pay extra for the new lenses they would deduct what I had paid for the ones I had just bought...
Pam was over on sunday for church. Henry brought her over and as he is not a church goer he came down here whilst we were at church and made himself a cuppa ! after church we all met up for Sunday Lunch at the Bear our fav. hotel in the village. Pam and Henry had never had a meal there but enjoyed it. Pam was also over on Monday again Henry brought her over. That was great as we do enjoy our Monday together. It was actually the first time I have had time to really hear the news about her new shoulder joint. She is getting on ok with it but will be gald when she gets the sling removed as she is finding it very hard to find a sleeping position..We had guild in the aftrenoon and this week our speaker had made up a quizz for us  !  there were 50 questions, it was made a bit easier in that all the answers were either a,b,or c..    you would never believe it but Pam and I got the exact same number correct   42/50 !! and as the winners we were given a big box of chocolates !!  we of course shared them with everyone at the meeting and so they all enjoyed them...
Well friends I'm sorry if this has been a wee bit short on real news but hopefully nesx time teher will be more. I did have a "send" this week that I think is too good to keep to myself so I am actually going to pass it on to you all with my love...

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.' 'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.

Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. 'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!

Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.

'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.


  1. Yes, Syb - you too have a great day! It too is getting colder here in MN. Winter is on the way, however, I'm up early this am, and I hear rain outside! jo

  2. Thanks for sharing your week and the send with us. Isn't it true that no matter what the circumstances it is our choice how we take them. I love the 5 rules for happiness. Hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one!

  3. Hope you have an awesome day too. Good advice at the end there. We have a front coming thru today that will cool us down about twenty degrees or so. Will be chilly. (This is Sonya - another sign on I made for the work computer so I don't breach passwords).

  4. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. I love that Sybil! Loved my catch up with you here this morning. It's been a great visit as always. I love how it begins with that gorgous picture at the top of you and Mary on board the ship! You are such great gals. I love you to bits! xxoo

  5. I must have missed this post on the dashboard Sybil.I feel you have told plenty and had a good week.Strange as it may seem,that your glasses didn't suit you.I too cannot do the computer, in my new ones either.I intend calling back in with mine, when I go to the hospital next Tuesday for my ears,to mention this.It's a lot of money to pay when you cannot read with them properly or do other things.My s keeps missing again on the keyboard, so it has taken me ages to do this comment.Well love enjoy the coming week and happy to read you again.Take Care God Bless Love You Kath xx

  6. Oh Sybil, I missed this post when you published it. Perhaps it was because God knew that I would really need to read it today. I've been tired and stressed here lately and wallowing in my misery. Thank you for such a lovely reminder, "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time." I'm smiling now and I feel happy. Thank you dear friend.