Friday, 12 May 2017

I'm An Optimist

These are the things I am presently looking forward to

 
My nickname was Greymouse in school! 

  • Holidays in Spain, Broadstairs, Sheffield and New York later this year!
  • Days out planned in London with hubby,
  • My retirement at the end of July
  • Visiting the new Storyhouse Theatre and Cinema in Chester ( which used to be the old Odeon)
  • Losing more weight and buying nicer clothes( and see below)
  • Being able to bend over without farting
  • Getting fitter with badminton ( and still beating the Prof as I do so)
  • Watching The Mist tv show! ( a tv version of one of my favourite films!)
  • Learning Spanish ( I aim to start classes in September)
  • Catching up with my old friends more ( Nu, Nige, Mike, Bev, Jane, Kath, Bel-Ami, Hazel, ) 
  • Going to comic con  just once to meet Norman Reedus and Melissa Mc Bride ( Walking Dead) 
  • Seriously starting to write a book
  • Starting a pottery night class ( I have always wanted to )
  • Getting a new kitchen finally sorted! 
  • Finally Winning the Quiche class at The Trelawnyd Flower Show
  • Joining the community choir in Gwaenysgor ( I am not talented enough for the Village MVC)
  • Get a scotch egg tattoo! - a tiny grey mouse holding it! ( my nickname in school was greymouse!)
GWhat are you looking forward to?
I'd be interested to know xxxx
The new Walking Dead?

Chester nights out

My spiritual home

71 comments:

  1. karma catching up with trump.

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    1. Amen. I can't wait until we can refer to him as "the disgraced former president"

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    2. I'm beginning to think Trump IS Karma for all our lazy voters and antiquated Electoral College system !

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  2. meeting you and the prof in new york!

    meeting travel penguin and his hubby this summer!

    starting some new knitting projects!

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    1. Come into the city and meet us on 42nd Street Pershing Square for a coffee xx!

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    2. I would LOVE to! e-mail me as the time gets closer!

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  3. Love your list.
    I am looking forward to the crisp, clear beauty of our winter.
    Looking forward to promised rain.
    Looking forward to the 1600 Spring Bulbs I planted coming in to flower.
    And looking forward to a lakeside cruise to revel in the autumnal colour when I wake my partner in an hour or so.

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    1. You are sweetly easily pleased xx

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  4. Paying off the mortgage in 3 months, loosening the purse strings a little and not live so frugally. Travel more.
    2.5 years until NHS retirement at 55.

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    1. A proper list dearheart x

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  5. I'm ploughing through you're blog from the start,n saw that Chris was working in Preston! Was that at UCLAN? :)

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    1. Many moons ago , it was! Did you know him?

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    2. Noo but I studied there, and live in the nice countryside of South Ribble lol.A tenuous link I know, but am really enjoying the blog x

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    4. So near yet temporally so far - I used to catch the bus past UCLan every day!

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    5. Omg small world! X

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  6. Hmmm, so dinner with me doesn't feature eh?....bitch!! Nx

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    1. I still hope to touch that base dear heart xxx

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  7. Simple things, safe and happy children, final payment on my loans, saving at least half of this years cherries from the ants, learning to play the piano, more evening walks with my husband, Alien Covenant and Star Wars, visiting London again and still be able to pay the rent in september....oh yes, reading your book!

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  8. Going to the ballet tomorrow night with one of my daughters-in-law and staying overnight at their house.

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  9. I'm ploughing through you're blog from the start,n saw that Chris was working in Preston! Was that at UCLAN? :)

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  10. I really reeeally hope that I will be living back in New York when you come to visit ... That would be a great thing to look forward to.

    My list :
    Getting back to N Y ... out of Florida.
    Getting my life back ... out of Florida lol
    Making plans for a trip to either South America or the UK.
    The Trip depends on how / when I get out of Florida.
    Are you seeing a theme here ? :)

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  11. Because I am my husbands (unappreciated)
    full time care giver.
    I look forward to time spent in my garden
    alone, and quiet.

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    1. I hope you get that time soon.No-one to help?

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  12. Looking forward to seeing "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" at "The Lyceum" on Monday night. Also looking forward to torching our local "Crooked Claw" tattoo parlour so that no more gullible fools can have tattoos inked there.

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    1. YP-it's excellent - take a box of tissues with you!
      with you

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  13. Right this second, as I sit by the Gulf of Mexico on a barrier island in Florida with a martini beside me, I am
    mainly looking forward to eating the crab cakes I've got the mixture for just waiting to cook, along with my first green beans and potatoes from the garden. And then some reading, and snuggling with my sweetie, and then...sleep. I'm into the short term anticipatory phase of life.

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  14. Moving into my new bungalow.

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  15. I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep. (One day at a time)

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  16. What is your favorite thing about NYC? Your fav place?

    lizzy

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  17. This is a fun site for current things to do, events etc, in NYC. [delete comment if you don t want the link here]
    https://www.timeout.com/newyork

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    1. TimeOut mags are fabulous. I remember our first trip to London, I studied that damned guide like there was going to be a test ! No matter where you go, there is a TimeOut ..

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  18. Seeing my sister in July...We haven't seen each other in four and a half years, when we put our dear stepdad to rest in Colorado.

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  19. I love picking my first Aubergine/Pepper/Courgette/Tomato of the year. My aspirations are few.

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  20. You have so much on the horizon. I'm happy and excited for you -- except maybe for the Scotch egg tattoo -- especially for being able to bend over without farting -- and retirement in July -- and Spain!

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  21. Ha! I'm with you on losing more weight and buying nicer clothes. Just posted about how not to start a diet, after my resolve got a bit derailed. I blame the gin.

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  22. My next martini.

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  23. Eurovision tonight! (Despite the U.K.'s dismal entry - again!) I just KNOW that you'll be watching even though you daren't admit it.

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  24. To live to be a granny.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Maria, you will be. I have 2 grandsons .. about 20 years apart :)

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    2. Oh that is lovely. Then, 'Hope is last to die' x

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  25. Haha, good luck with all that, John - I had big plans for when I gave up full-time work but somehow time shrinks. I'm looking forward to:
    A weekend with friends celebrating a birthday for one of them
    A family get-together in July (around 25 of us, siblings, partners, children and grandchildren)
    Holiday with friend and her kids in Cornwall
    The older I get, the more important it is to see friends and family - you never know how many more opportunities you'll have.

    I love the tattoo!

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  26. Moving on to our narrowboat full-time probably at the end of May. Retiring in October.

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  27. Visiting Wales very soon. More holidays when my cat/house sitter is available.

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  28. May the God of Implementation be on your side.

    Your list sounds grand - apart from the tattoo though the design is so very funny and disgusting at the same time (we had gatecrashers aka mice eighteen months ago; and yes they are cute and very fast. But you don't want them wrapped round your Scotch egg.) Trouble with tattoos is that they look amazing (on other people), however, even people with tattoos do get older; and as the collagen in your skin lowers so your skin shrinks (that was a polite way of avoiding the word "wrinkle"). Is there a sadder sight other than an old person hunched over than a saggy tattoo? No. So, my dear John, a bit of forward planning in order I think. Not least if you are battling weight. What may look great now will turn into a car crash two lost stones later. If that little excursion of mine hasn't dampened your spirit then you truly are an optimist.

    There are two things this year has in stall for me, neither of which I look forward to - one of them awful though may prove my salvation, the other so revealing I can't bring myself to spell out either of them. Don't worry, I am not on death's door. Actually, do worry: I am not on death's door.

    Hasta la vista,
    U

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    1. Waking up alive in the morning always is a miracle

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    2. You are very right there, Rachel, that really is a miracle!

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  30. Watercolor class on Wednesday . . .
    And taking more classes . . .
    One more trip to Ireland . . . might happen in October . . .
    Homemade Blueberry Buckke this morning . . .
    Seeing my daughter in a few hours . . .
    Hearing and seeing my three year old great grand daughter . . .
    running into my arms saying, "GG . . . GG,"

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  31. I'm looking forward to taking my 87 year old mother to the Royal Festival Hall on Monday to receive an honorary degree for the teacher training she did in the early 50s.

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  32. We have two good friends in Chester, so we're hoping to go over there sometime and sample the new Storyhouse complex. Putting all those amenities under one roof sounds like a great idea.

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  33. Now that was a list! What adventures await. With two old weenies, one on insulin and eyedrops galore from cataract surgeries, I am happy to stay with them as long as I can. Solitary woman, as always.

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  34. picking up the four bags of white peaches the orchard is holding for me this morning.

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  35. The first step to getting where you want to be, is knowing where you want to go, you have a plan, you are on your way. We would love to buy you lunch in New York this fall.

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  36. I look forward to spending my first wage packet in 18 years and not dreaming of my new job every single night.

    A woman at work has a tattoo in which the ink carried her Dad's ashes.

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  37. Retiring the end of august. Visiting a good friend in tucson. Visiting historial homes of authors and presidents. Seeing alaska. Creating more art. Making memories for my disabled sister and finding a safe place for her to be if i donot outlive her. Sharing hugs and smiles. And becoming a mermaid when i grow up.

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  38. My Lovely Hubby being at home almost full time from the end of June.

    Visiting The Eden Project again at the beginning of next month

    The Great Welsh Show in July.

    A family wedding in September.

    And yes ... possibly getting some more tattoos.

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    1. Sue .. for most men there is a "time of adjustment" when they still get up and get dressed as if they were going to work .. then they sit around the house either bored or irritating you with planning things to do because they have nothing to do but you do :)
      After the initial glow of freedom is off ... things will settle down and be fabulous all the time.
      We traveled. My husband sold his business and we moved then he started planning trips. ... fun times ahead :)

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    2. Haha ... not in our case NFA. We will be full time smallholders, the only difference is that we will at last be doing it together, it's been our plan for the last nine years and my blog has charted our progress, and I won't have to lugs bags of Layers Pellets around on my own :-)

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  39. Greetings!
    I have just retired (yay!)and I'm looking forward to a wee break in Scotland, three months in Oz visiting rellies, and the rest is relatively frugal e.g.: learning crochet, doing lots of knitting, joining the National Trust for Scotland and visiting lots of their sites (membership is an absolute bargain for oldies), lots of long lies, binning the alarm clock, decluttering the house and sorting the garden, going for country rambles, having lots of picnics, playing Scrabble, mah jong and canasta, poetry appreciation classes, long afternoons sprawled with the cat reading a backlog of books, then plundering the local library for more! That's just off the top of my head for starters, but thank you for the prompt to do a proper list!

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  40. I will join the choir with you john ....

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  41. I head out.in my motorhome with my 86yo Mom tomorrow for a trip back East (I live in Phoenix), and I think I'm almost already looking forward to getting back here.

    I suggest Memrise.com to learn Spanish online. It could give hours a bit of a head start.

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    1. Shadowmoss ... Weather Underground .. get it for your phone/

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  42. Dancing at Wimborne Folk Festival, going to my first handfasting, visiting Totnes with a fellow blogger friend, raspberries from the garden, son coming home from Bangladesh in July, Medieval Baebes concert...there's masses coming up and I can hardly wait!
    Arilx

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  43. My husband being given the all clear, and free from the ravages that cancer and chemotherapy have done to his body. Nothing more important than that at the moment.

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  44. The tattoo is cute and would be a great reminder to you, after you lose all that weight you are planning on losing, to stay away from scotch eggs lol.

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  45. I'm really looking forward to retirement! July 1 is my first day of freedom. After that, there's a long list of things to do...

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  46. I am going (home) to NY City in October and will spend three days with my friend of 60+ years. My heart races at the thought.

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