Well, that’s stopped me buying anything else on line. Both my credit card and my debit card want extra security, code numbers from my phone etc. I don’t feel I want to bother. In fact I might stop using the credit card altogether.

What with that, and the bank stopping us using our very good bank account because they are not continuing with money manager I feel more and more as if we are being shut out of the modern world.

If they do away with cash I’ll feel like an alien. What’s going on with the world?


Running a club

As the publicity secretary for a social club for the over 50’s I have been trying to recruit new members as the pandemic and the hot weather have combined to make many of our members stay at home and meetings are only half as busy as they were two years ago.

I know a lot of groups have folded, mainly becuase they cannot get committee members but we have tried to keep going and have a year of speakers and activities lined up. It is justa pity that when we put on a tea party or book a speaker we get fewer than two dozen members.( out of a possible 40+) The same loyal group attend the meals and a tiny number go to the board games.

Older people are told that to keep healthy they need to socialise. I’m just hoping we can keep going and, if possible, grow.

Falling Asleep

Reading one of Pete’s posts about feeling old in the heat made me wonder what time folk over 70 go to bed. Until this year we used to be able to watch the ten o’clock news and go to bed at ten fortyfive -waking up with the alarm at 7am.

Then we started to go back to sleep after the alarm and wake again about 8.

Now hubby sleeps during the day and I fall asleep after every meal and then again at about ten past ten so I miss most of the news. I still fall asleep most nights as soon as I get into bed, except when it is too hot and humid or I am worried about something. Then it is usually 4am before I can drift off.

This weather has had a debilitating effect. It is hard to breathe and painful to walk. We have been kind to the dog and only taken him out early morning before the pavements get hot. I have sent off for some joint pills as he insists on licking his front lega all the time and we suspect arthritis. We bought him a new toy chicken and he loves to play with it. Anything to stop him sunbathing as he gets too hot and comes in panting. He can still jump onto the sofa but when he has been still for a while he has a tiny limp that soon goes away when he moves about. He was very ill for a couple of days but the vet sorted it. Our house is just too hot. It got to 80 degrees in the kitchen, with the door open!

I am getting bored with salad!

Musings and mistakes.

I just looked at my last post and found the spelling errors. As a one time English teacher I am ashamed I let them go through. My only excuse is the weather.

The dog keeps licking his paws so I have ordered some joint pills for him. I tried to use my credit card but they wanted a passcode on my phone and it is too much hassle so I did it on my mobile. Now I am considering giving up the credit card altogether.

I don’t know how people manage without a computer these days and fear for the time when we have no landline phone. Things are moving too fast for me, while I am slowing down considerably. A walk I could do in 15 minutes now takes half an hour.

I have started my own book list and will post reviews when I find something worth recommending. Goodreads wouldn’t let me back on so I have stopped trying.

I am planning to go out for a Spanish tapas meal for our anniversary but the menu is a mystery. Any suggestions? I feel four dishes might be enough for us, and they serve them with Sangria, which we know we like. It looked like everything was potato but I’m sure that isn’t the case. I must learn to read more thoroughly. I wonder if I can find an appropriate picture?

Another grumble

Last week we had a letter from our insurer saying we needed to renew. It seemed to suggest that the direct debit would not continue but it gave a number to call so I tried. I was on for 15 minutes that day and another fifteen minutes today ( Mon.) and nobody answered the phone. This was a helpline! Some help.

I guess this is due to working from home – or lack of staff. Do you get the feeling everything is grinding to a halt? They should ease up on Maths , English and Social engineering and start to teach efficiency. Doing a job quickly and correctly, whatever it is, should be the aim of education. It would help if those in power and in the media set a better example. I’m beginning to think that perhaps other countries do have better ways of managing things, from health to justice.


MY mistake!

On reflection, and with prompting from the Daily Mail, I realise my criticism was unfounded. Although the headline seemed clumsy, by the time I had looked at it afresh I realised it was grammatically correct.

It read “It’s time for us mums to go on strike.”

If it had read “It is time we mums went on strike” I would have been correct. but the use of the word ‘for’ meant the sentence, without ‘mums’ would read “It’s time for us to go on strike.” which meant they were right. I stirred up a hornets’ nest on Mailonline. Good job I can recognise when I am wrong. I feel a bit of a twit but I don’t think it will stop me. I have given up with ‘different from’ as nobody uses that any more but will take more care in future before I comment on line.


I have just had a message from the Daily Mail saying they have had to take down a post from me as they had a load of complaints.

I was criticising a grammatical error made by the headliners over a perfectly written article but it seems some folk took offence. So the paper gave in and took down my comment. It seems grammar doesn’t matter any more, but the I suppose headlines are different. I wouldn’t care but substituting ‘we’ for ‘us’ would not have taken up any more space.

I make mistakes but I would have hoped the paper would have recognised the error and thanked me. No chance!


For years I have been using Goodreads to keep track of books I have read but recently it seems that may not be possible. It looks like I will have to set up my own list. I review every book I read so probably it was getting a bit much. I wanted to have a record of my favourites so that I could look out for more from the same author. Now I shall have to read through the list and just pick out the ones I want to keep and hope I don’t choose the authors I did not admire, when I get books from the charity shop.( or, worse still – pick a book I read before!)

It’s a pity because they let me see the covers but, hey ho – times change.


Hubby is mowing the lawn in this heat! Goodbye dandelions. He shouldn’t really be doing it with his breathing problems but he’s stubborn and wont ask for help.

I am trying to connect with a support group but he may not want to know. Trying to think up low salt meals to help our conditions isn’t easy. It was bad enough trying to slim but now it is even more difficult. Neither of us can walk far without getting breathless.

My horoscope says ‘don’t worry.’ Let’s hope it fits. The photo is the garden with the grass cut!

One problem fixed.

Saw the nurse on Friday and she syringed my ears so I can now hear again. They do ache a little but she suggested a touch of vasaline would ease the itching so I have tried that.

I have lost the eraser I use when doing the codeword puzzles so I mustn’t make amy mistakes! The ones on the end of the pencils go black too quickly.

Hubby has made a cake for the Friendship Centre tea party on Thursday so now I need to buy more raisins and currants.

It is beautifully sunny so I have put our money tree out in the garden. I hope it doesn’t get nibbled by creatures.

Now to send off the poem I wrote for our group anthology. Could I have turned a corner?