Blue Skies and Warmth

Isn’t it strange how things just seem to fit together sometimes – like the pieces of a jigsaw? and yet last week you were scrabbling anxiously through the box of jigsaw pieces because you were missing a corner?

I would still describe my physical status as recuperation but I feel positivity blooming again somewhere deep down.  I had to attend an interview this afternoon for a short college course – I went to the open event about it on Thursday and today was the next stage.  However,  just like on Thursday instead of going direct to Arbroath I had to go via Dundee!  Why via Dundee today? well because I needed some photos with me of me and I did not have a spare fiver to go to a photo booth as suggested to me on Thursday!

I filled a Kong with biccies and peanut butter to amuse Pup while h was alone this afternoon and popped it in the freezer – he has sore gums with teething).  That sounds quick and easy doesn’t it? well it might be if Pup didn’t have the hearing of a bat! every rustle of paper or rattle of biscuits brought the small furry one to investigate so it was achieved in about seven separate steps.

Bathing next and if you recall Pup’s attempts to steal my towel around 11 weeks ago we had a repeat event today – there was a knock at the door and since I was expecting dog food delivered tomorrow but it has always been 24 hours earlier than expected I went to see.  I walked along with Pup licking my knees and grabbing the towel and tried to make enough noise t let them know I was on my way without actually dropping the towel!  The slightly nonplussed driver stepped back round the corner of the porch as I appeared half clad and a woman tried to pass me the sack of dog nosh.  Having popped it down just outside the door for me she fumbled in her pockets and produced two dog biscuits – you can be sure that Pup and Dog did not turn their noses up at those!  Dog food dragged inside and left in the porch I returned to cleanliness.

So I got myself ready but dressed in casual scruffs fr the dog walk; there were a few shenanigans en route so it was not as enjoyable as it could have been but never mind.  On returning home I left them to mooch a little and made sure I had everything I needed.  Then I got myself changed into a skirt and my only presentable (non walking boot) winter footwear – a pair of boots with splits in the soles.

Eventually it was time for crate and bed and some treats to help them settle and I departed.  Pup was settled but I could hear Dog fussing while I waited at the bus stop.  An almost uneventful journey ensued until I was spotted by someone – Toxic’s colleague who had allegedly said I had been pestering him about Toxic’s behaviour cleared the air with me by telling me what he actually said – which was very different!  We both agree that it is upto Toxic to shovel his own manure now if he wants to get out of the heap he has landed himself in.

I went to get the photos printed and the machine told me there was no charge; the counter assistant was flummoxed and charged me just 39p for 8 passport sized pictures.  Next I got a burger lunch and then headed to the bus station to catch the 39 to Arbroath.  I didn’t see much of that journey because there was  a flurry of texts/emails relating to the Community Council meeting we have tomorrow.

I had a little time before my interview so I took a few pictures of this church tower – it amused me to see the gulls standing like weather vanes at the top.  Before you ask no I did not edit that sky in – it really was that blue and with lovely warm sunshine today.

Church towerchurch towerGull

I was fortunate that one person did not show up so I got an interview slightly earlier which meant that getting home was better timed. The interview was fine – as always I can think of things I could have answered differently – but it will hinge on the type of course being aimed at getting people into a particular type of role – which is not quite where I would be wanting to aim for.  So now wait a day or so and see.

I returned via Dundee as well since it was the quicker route for me and that gave me an opportunity to pass on some thanks and appreciation to the driver who safely got my wee girl to her train last month in the snow.  I arrived home to a deliriously happy Pup and a grumpy old Dog! so it took a while to get our evening together back on track.  They are both now snoring while they await bedtime.

Then I got a lovely surprise – a whole other sort of warmth – a friend had looked me up on Facebook.  Now I don’t really use my Facebook much but I have it for community connection and so on and recently I made it findable.  I will look forward to a meander through her pages to see what they have all been upto and I am very privileged to have been sent a piece of writing by one of the children – and what a fantastic piece of writing it is too – a very talented young person.

And then another lovely surprise – a friend had made me a funny design based on a dog who listens to his whistle and one who doesn’t – I embarrassed myself snorting with laughter.

So as I said a warm, sunny, blue sky day but the real warmth comes form the people we know who care about us enough to show it and reach out when we are struggling to find all the missing pieces and make our jigsaw whole.  Thank you to all those “blue sky” people who have helped me along a little faster to being myself again.  I will go to sleep with a smile on my face for the first time in a week or two so HUGS to you all from me and the waggy monsters.

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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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