Death and Taxes…

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Benjamin Franklin famously once said “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes“, and in recent weeks I’ve experienced both. After chasing Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for well over a year I finally got my tax rebate – hurrah. It was a relatively small sum of money, but it was the principle that mattered most to me. It was MY money and therefore I didn’t see why anyone else should have it. On a sadder note, I experienced the passing of a very dear friend who I’d known for the past twenty years.

While I realise that anyone reaching their eighties is judged to have had ‘a good innings’, especially if they’d suffered bouts of ill health during their twilight years, it’s still upsetting when the inevitable happens. At times like these it makes you more aware of your own mortality and the preciousness of living. It also makes you realise that you only get one life and you mustn’t waste a single moment of it. Ted taught me many lessons, but the one which I will cherish the most is nicely summed up by British author and poet C. S. Lewis; ” You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream“…

Rest In Peace.

 

Having a Moment…

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You know that feeling, when you hear a song that you’ve heard a hundred times before, but for some reason or other this particular time it catches you emotionally unawares? Well that just happened to me.

Whether it’s related to the fact that in recent days there’s been lots of upsetting stories of tragedies in the world on TV and in the newspapers, or whether I’m just ‘having a moment‘, I’m not at all certain. Maybe it’s a combination of both, but when it happens it really can stop you in your tracks and force you to think about the genuinely important things in life.

For this reason, please just indulge me as I dedicate the Cilla Black song ‘You’re My World’ to my beautiful twin daughters … You’re My World

For A Limited Time Only…

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When you hear the news that an old flame has passed away, it can be a bit of a surprise, especially when they were several years younger than yourself. It also doesn’t help the situation when you’re contacted by your ex, via text, email and facebook, informing you that an old friend has also died, when you already knew from another source anyway. The thing about this getting older lark is that you have to accept the fact that people you once knew will end up dropping like flies during your senior years. Not only does it tug at the heart-strings; being sad for the families they leave behind; but it can really make you sit up and take notice of your own mortality.

I now have more years behind me than I’ll have ahead of me, which is a rather unpalatable truth I’d rather not dwell on too much. However, when your exes start popping their clogs it’s time to pull your metaphorical socks up, stop wasting time on people and things that are never going to enhance your life, and make the most of every moment. Carpe Diem…

The Results Are In…

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After weeks of hell, not knowing whether the lumps I have on my neck are cancerous, or not; all the scans, xrays, blood tests, a rather challenging morning at the cancer clinic in the haematology department followed by day surgery for a biopsy, I finally have a diagnosis…. I DON’T have cancer (phew!) I DO have ‘reactive lymph nodes‘ that will need further investigation, but I can’t tell you how much weight has now been lifted off my shoulders. To top it off, I’ve just seen my cardiologist and although he confirmed my heart murmur there’s no immediate need to operate (another phew!!) I’ll need to have annual scans but that’s easy peasy.

I am a very lucky girl indeed, and it’s things like this that make you sit up and take notice; appreciate what you have and focus on living life to the full. Right, I must now book my travel insurance – España, aquí vengo…!

Should re-name this blog Life Begins at Fifty Three and a Little Bit…!

Freebies…

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I’ve now been a product tester with Tesco for over a year and it’s been a great way to road test new stuff without paying for it! Although some of it’s been a tad naff; like the floral dress which looked like a dishcloth after washing; I’ve also had several real successes. I’ve loved trying out a blue, fleece hoody so much I’ve barely taken it off during the winter, and the funky ‘swing dress’ was a useful addition to my holiday suitcase in December. I’m also now the proud owner of a very posh black & white jacket!

Not every item I’ve been offered has been clothing; far from it. I’ve just finished reviewing a deodorant and a few months ago it was face wash. I’ve even been sent a toilet roll before now (yes, just the one and it arrived in a large jiffy bag, lol) but variety really is the spice of life and I look forward to the next item I’m offered… no matter what it is!

OMG – I Got The Job…!

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Life really is full of surprises, and it appears that middle-aged, peroxide blonde zombies are exactly what certain employers are looking for (ref: previous post) and I got offered the position within 24 hours of the interview! It hasn’t actually sunk in yet, but I’ll apparently be receiving my official paperwork in the post and a training day will happen in the next few weeks. As it’s casual work it’ll fit in perfectly with my current part-time job, so I really couldn’t have asked for more.

I have to admit that the jury was out regarding how 2015 was going to go, however, even though it’s only February this year really is shaping up rather nicely. New experiences, new friends and now a new job! Who knows what the future will hold but from where I’m currently standing it’s looking VERY exciting indeed!!!

Every Journey Begins With a Single Step…

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If you’ve made some great new friends since being single, chances are they’ve recently introduced you to some equally great new places and experiences. This can be quite an eye-opener, especially if you’ve been a bit ‘set in your ways’ up until now. If you’d previously been too unsure of yourself to hop across the channel on a ferry, or not had the confidence to join an evening class, then these types of activities, along with hundreds more, can now become a regular part of your exciting new life.

Instead of being a hermit or sticking to a familiar routine to avoid anything ‘scary’, the world can now potentially be your oyster. Don’t make excuses any more, jump in with both feet and allow yourself to feel truly alive.