An Octogenarian Gets her Wheels

No I didn’t age and pass my driving test!  The octogenarian in question is my friend Evelyn and the wheels in question are on her new Rollator (wheeled walking frame).  I am so pleased and really do not understand why it has taken so long!  I popped in to see her on my way back from Kirriemuir to check she didn’t need anything given the weather.

Before that little errand it was a normallish Saturday apart from Pup wanting to play out in the snow … lots!  On my way out of the house I fund another food parcel on the doorstep.  I did not look at the contents but did on my return glance at the wee note which tells me my neighbour is distributing food to lots of people and not singling me out and to leave it on her porch if I cannot use it.

1. The contents I did see included butter – we had a conversation about me not using ‘spread’ only butter the other day

2. After I said I did not eat refined carbs the bread being delivered switched to wholemeal – I don’t eat that either if I can avoid it but I had not stipulated that

3. Yesterday included pineapple cut up in a plastic tub – that isn’t something donated for distribution?

4. Someone who suffers from an illness which removes their choices really should understand that keeping on giving food to another person is undermining their ability to make their own choices … specially when food is one of the few choices left to them to make

5. With the time I spend caring for Pup I do not have time to keep running round to her porch.

I will deliver that back tomorrow with a note saying “I do not want any food thank you” … well I will providing a passing dog has not helped itself to the contents of the bag left outside my door overnight!  I feel sad because I know at the bottom of this is an illness which is taking away her choices but her ill health is not my responsibility and I can completely understand why people regularly involve the police when she becomes too intrusive.

Foodwise the Phecken stock is made and is delicious and I have veggies to make some yummy soup tomorrow.  I have UK apples again after a long stint without fruit – what a luxury.  I also plan to use some over ripe bananas to make banana bread.

Weatherwise the snow is thawing underneath but more is falling on top – and for the second day running I have lived in my walking  boots and gaiters.

On my return from Evelyn’s the bus passed me and I go waved at by the driver – think I know who it was but not 100%.  Then it passed me again after it had returned to the town centre and I got a beep … I love my buses and some of the drivers are fun too!


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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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