Smile

 

I came across this beautiful picture but unfortunately could find no refernce to the artist. So if anyone can direct me it would be great.

 

I also came across a quote ” when others rain upon your parade open an umbrella and carry on”..unknown

What a powerful uplifting message.

Have a good day and follow your dreams.

 

Are you a poet?

In an article for www.writing.ie “Thoughts for Budding Poets” Liz Cowley says and I quote “…poetry shouldn’t be like medicine – hard to swallow but good for you”.    I totally agree.

Liz Cowley is one of my favourite poets Her work is so accessible.   She can make the most mundane seem important.   That together with the laughter which mingles with the often-tough topics of everyday living is what makes reading her poetry so enjoyable.

Liz Cowley opens the article “Thoughts for Budding Poets” by suggesting that many people are poets but are afraid that that we would be embarrassed by our ramblings/ scribblings.  That those scribblings would not be good enough.  Perhaps she is correct and that there is a poet in all of us just waiting to get out.

 

Why Put Off Things

 

Why delay? Why put them off –

the things we could have done before?

Why is it that we hesitate

and what is it we’re waiting for?

 

Why don’t we do things sooner?

Why do we often hesitate

until the day it’s much later,

it’s suddenly become too late?

 

Taken from the book “And Guess Who He Was With” by Liz Cowley

A Special Experience

Have you ever been lucky enough to be part of a special experience?

Last night I attended a dinner in the Crown Plaza hotel, Santry, Dublin.  There was a buzz around the table with conversations to my right and left.  The volume rose as the tables filled up.  So, you are asking what’s so different?

Firstly, apart from my husband I knew no one at that table, however people introduced themselves and made everyone feel welcome.  Conversations with strangers flowed.

This was an extremely special night where blood and platelets donors who had donated over 50 units were honoured.  I was accompanying my husband who was one of those being honoured.

Just 1 teaspoon of blood for a premature baby! Yes, ONE TEASPOON.  It was amazing to think that a teaspoon could equal a miracle.  The shelf life of blood is 7 days or 5 days for neonatal.  Just look at some of your groceries and look at their shelf life very little has to be used within such a short time period.

To the world you are just one person but to one person you are the world” We have all heard that expression but blood donors and platelet donors epitomise this saying.  Very often a platelet donor would be matched with a specific recipient.

For many kids and perhaps adults the men and women of the fire service are special.  How many kids dress up as “Firemen”? Last night I listened to an awe-inspiring talk given by a member of Dublin Fire Service.  The talk opened with background information of how this officer started donating blood throughout his time with the service.  How he started donating blood platelets in James Street never realising that in a short time he would need the service.

This man’s young son was diagnosed with leukaemia and spent 3 years on Chemo but the first donation of blood platelets actually brought back the colour to his son’s face.  This man spoke eloquently, gently, with dignity as he allowed us a little insight into the journey of his son’s illness and the journey of the family.  We were a privileged audience and I thank this man his wife and his son for sharing such a personal and traumatic story but one with a happy ending. His son is now a TEENAGER with all that entails.

One of the facts which I have found very difficult to understand is that Ireland has a population of 4,757,976(according to the census of 2016) and only 3% that is only 142,739 volunteer donors are keeping this country alive with blood.  This makes me very frustrated as I myself am unable to continue donating.

A I was leaving the hotel last night amid a great buzz I was determined to write something about how proud I am of these blood and platelet donors and especially proud of my wonderful husband that I would in some small way try and promote the need for volunteers.  So, if you have thought of donating but have put it off please think again.

It is not scary.  If like me needles aren’t your thing just look away then you won’t know anything about it.  Before you realise it, your donation has been taken.  Again, if you are like me a scaredy cat and just want to bury your nose in a book the staff will not take offence.  However, if you are a chatterbox the staff are great conversationalists.

So here is the information for Ireland: Facebook Irish Blood Transfusion Service: online www.giveblood.ie: phone 1850731137.  Don’t put off donating for another day.  If you are reading this in another country just use a search engine and you will get the information.

Thank You in anticipation

 

An Unexpected Angel

 

Shopping! Oh, how I detest it.  Let me quantify that.  Shopping for books, pens, paper, fabric, yarn, pottery and ceramics isn’t really shopping.  It is going on a mini holiday.  The weekly grocery/household shopping is a necessity which just has to be done and at this stage of my life I have it down to a fine art.

Shopping for shoes is mildly entertaining.  Shopping for a bag is good as I look at a bag and envisage how I will fill it with pens, notebook, journals and the other necessities one requires.

Then there is what I term the Nightmare Shop and it is clothes shopping to which I refer.  It is with dread and a heavy heart that I look at clothes shopping.  Yes, I have tried personal shopper.  It certainly was an experience. I have tried just wandering into a clothes shop to browse, however it isn’t long before I am browsing a book shop instead.

Yesterday I walked into a shop to be greeted by a vista of rich autumnal colours interspersed with shards of colour which should have been discordant but in fact enhanced the whole image.  No this was not an art gallery but a clothes shop.  Not only were the colours eye catching but the texture of the fabrics was enticing.

Having spent a time just wandering and noticing that the outfits were put together using unusual colour combinations I took the plunge and “tried on an outfit”.   On showing it to my friend I was approached by a guardian angel of clothes whose name is Serena.  I call her a guardian angel because she guided me through the process of choosing, discarding and turning the experience into an adventure.  She showed how to try something and to see where it did enhance or didn’t.  To look at different combinations and to realise that with guidance an outfit can boost the confidence of a person. I tried on rich colours,different shapes and laughed. You would have too if you had seen me. It was fun, yes fun. I never thought I would say that about clothes shopping!!

So, all I can say for those of you who like me hate, dread and dislike clothes shopping with a vengeance I hope you find your clothes angel.  However, if you are in Ireland or ever visit Ireland then take a trip to Newbridge County Kildare and call into Maybell Lady Plus Boutique.  There you will find two angels Ann and Serena who will help in making clothes shopping a really good experience.

And yes I  have an outfit I would never have thought of looking at never mind buying which makes me feel 6 foot tall and a million dollars. Good shopping.