Oh Muddy Mud!

Me thinks I should have heeded this shepherd’s warning?  This was the glow in the sky when we woke this morning – very eerie.  It was snow clouds bathed in sunrise.

The snow had not worsened over night but pretty much started again after breakfast.  After lunch the pooches decided they wanted to sit out in  the blizzard – but because Pup is not yet reliable outdoors that means having the door open and popping back and forth to check on him.  Not only does this mean I don’t get other stuff done but it also means the house is freezing!  So I took them for a short walk together and I think the lead walking penny dropped for Pup.  If I can keep this up for the next few days I could have a lead trained Pup!

After returning them home and settling them quietly in crate and bed respectively I set off to get some salt liquorice and visit Evelyn. I was also hopeful of seeing yesterday’s chatty bus driver – despite saying I wouldn’t do any more to help Toxic I have done and I want to update his pal.  I had camera in hand and got some stunning pictures.

These water pictures were taken in Kirriemuir Den and whilst there I wanted a picture of some catkins I spotted – think it was an alder tree.  I stepped slightly to my left and my foot disappeared … in surprise I tried to step it slightly further over and the same thing happened – I went to my booted ankle into the mud underneath the snow! Muddy mud has now taken to lying in wait and ambushing me!!!!  I cleaned most of it off with snow and then in a puddle I found.

Then I popped in  to see Evelyn.  She had stayed at home today waiting for her new television to be delivered – it makes me a little cross actually – not that she has treated herself to a new TV but because her regular visitors have complained long and loud about the volume not working on the old one.  The thing is Evelyn doesn’t listen to the sound because of her hearing aid she relies on the subtitles – so she has been persuaded to buy a new HD TV with more controls than she will ever use – for the benefit of visitors!

Anyway I was able to hag on until the two delivery staff arrived and get a run down on the key controls Evelyn needed to know so she can use the thing.  I left with her promising me she will call the doctor tomorrow if she doesn’t feel better – she was very breathless; I have never heard her like that and I told her I was a little worried about her.

I took my leave to come home and feed two hungry boys – catching this sunset sky on the way.  This shepherd is obviously a long range forecaster since the weather now is anything but delightful – we have a howling northerly gale hitting the front of the house and whilst I am sure the noise is worse than the threat it is not much fun sitting here listening to it across my roof.  Not sure how the dogs sleep through it because I am not certain that I will!

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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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