Saturday, 21 May 2022

Andra Day - Rise Up


I love this song, obviously inspired by Maya Angelou.
An anthem for keeping going.eh?

It’s Saturday night and I’ve just had a delightfully hot long shower after work. 
Covered in dogs I’m now watching the 1971 The French Connection and I’ve forgotten just how good it is .but I need to go to bed soon as I’m up in the morning 
I can’t wait to go part time. Only a month or so to go.
It’s almost dusk and a man is shooting rabbits in the field with a powerful air rifle 
I can’t find Albert in the cottage so I’ve just called over for him to be careful as Albert too is hunting rabbits.
The man didn’t look pleased
I didn’t care.
For Albert limped up out of the grass when he heard my voice .
Mrs Trellis left a phone message worried about the war memorial inside the Church 
My elder sister messaged asking what I wanted for my birthday
I asked for a super king sized lightweight duvet 

Another two friends have messaged me but I’m tired so I promised myself to answer them tomorrow night ….I ate some cold sushi rice with chicken then  drank a gin and tonic on the patio before returning to Gene Hackman 
It’s almost dark 
And the pipistrelle bats are roaring up and down the lane like a Top Gun video with Mary watching them as though she’s sat at Wimbledon 



33 comments:

  1. Mmm gin and tonic. My favorite. I like it with a splash of cranberry juice and lime of course. The perfect summer drink. Its 92° F here. Enjoy your evening!

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  2. I'm so glad Albert was OK, I'd hate to think of him getting shot. You sound tired, John. After the G&T, early to bed for you, young man! Life will be so much better once you go part-time. It's such a shame that work gets in the way of life! Night, night. Sleep well. xx

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  3. I wonder what she would do if she actually caught one.

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  4. Another lovely word-picture. Thank you.

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  5. Part time will be life changing and all for the good.

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  6. Barbara Anne1:29 am

    We loved The French Connection long ago. Hope you get enough sleep and am glad Albert is safely inside. Ah, a G&T.

    Hugs!

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  7. I am there in my mind following each movement of all creatures. Your painting such a vivid picture for us all.
    Part time makes me happy for you!!

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  8. Part time! What bliss for you... what a fabulous thing to look forward to. Count down the weeks my friend! Great!

    Jo in Auckland

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  9. Anonymous8:14 am

    One summer evening around 8 or 9 I was about to take my dogs for a walk and heard a gun -I decided to wait a while- Next day I saw a dead badger x

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  10. I also enjoyed watching The French Connection last night (hubby fell asleep after 15 minutes). I resisted the lure of a G&T as I'm "trying to be good" (on Slimming World).

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  11. Lovely light evenings with a drink in the garden watching it
    change to dusk! Must be so good to look forward to less hours at work soon.

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  12. You will love working part time, it really does take some of the pressure off you

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  13. Sounds relaxing. Glad Albert is well

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  14. It's always lovely when I stop by and discover you're still here living your life and enjoying it, Happy late Birthday wishes :) <3

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    1. Thank you yaya….you have not commented for an age

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  15. I cannot wait to hear what adventures you get up to once you go part time!

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    1. Oh it won’t be that interesting all told x

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  16. I've been reading and loving your blog for years. Up until today I've been happy to remain on the sidelines, but the last sentence in today's post has brought me out of the woodwork. What a perfectly descriptive sentence! It's the simple things in life isn't it (both the sentence and the picture that it paints) that can make us smile.

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    1. Thank you Lucy that means a great deal

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  17. That woman, Andra Day, what an amazing voice. I liked the video but as the caregiver for a disabled person, I can honestly say it's fucking tiring.

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  18. Anonymous7:59 am

    I'm the carer for my husband and the video was nothing like real life. How I wish I could drift around with a smile on my face. Life is a long continious slog of dealing with bodily excretions, laundry (so much laundry, so many bed changes) feeding, mental health needs besides bodily needs, medications, the whole sheer mind and body exhaustion of caring for 24 hours a day. My relative's mental health won't allow additional carers or any outside help to come in. The video showing them eating out in a resteraunt made me cry, that hasn't been possible here for 8 years. Caring has made me a reclusive prisoner, unable to leave my relative. Videos such as that are a false representation of caring unless you're wealthy and your relative will accept outside help.

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  19. Anonymous2:07 pm

    This video and song takes me back five years to when I was nursing my late husband through his last few weeks of terminal cancer.

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