Share Your World – November 13, 2017

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Bench in the field

My walks are planned around benches. I have a diagram in my head where all the benches are positioned and I know exactly which route to take to aim for a bench. A problem with MS is fatigue. I can walk more or less, but it is tiring, half an hour is my limit. The benches are my lifebelts when I am on a walk. Take a river walk and aim for the bench. I can take it easy sitting on the bench and take a few shots with the camera. Walk up the stairs to the top overlooking the river where there is another bench. Let’s go to the castle, now that can be tricky as it is uphill. If exhaustion gets me before I reach the top I can take a seat on the bench in the photo, otherwise if I have a good day I will reach the top of the hill and sit on one of the three benches in front of the castle. This is usually more than a ten minute rest, usually a quarter of an hour.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

iPhone

It does not even need a storm, just a power cut of some sort. Been there and done it, so just stay where you are and do not walk further. You could trip over a cat, or walk into something. If I had to light a candle I would have to find one, and a match to light it – so forget it. We have a few flashlights, but do not even find them when there is not a power cut.  My iPhone goes where I go. It has become my lifeline for everything. It even has a lamp included, but it usually gives enough light without. I even use it as my  bedside lamp and to find my way to where I might have to go in the middle of the night.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

That is a question I did not have to think about. Forget the strangers, my mum always told me not to speak to strangers. It is all I, me and myself so give me the $10,000. I wonder how Donald Trump would answer that one? No, forget it.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Replacing tiles

We got out paving stones back on the front garden. After 7 months of building work, the scaffolding is gone and the ditch in front of my window has been filled in. We are living almost a normal life again. My cat is so happy she can now walk out of the window instead of jumping over a deep ditch to get to the other side.

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

8 thoughts on “Share Your World – November 13, 2017

  1. Yes, I sit on park benches for more than ten minutes. I am very involved with the homeless here, and one of the picnic benches in the Park is one of our favorite meeting places, and a place to share food, clothing, bedding and other resources, like our shopping mall.
    Storms can be pretty nasty up near the ridge, particularly with so many tall trees blowing about; but I never lose electricity because I have none to lose.
    I think that I would prefer $100,000 to give to others only because I already know how to accomplish that in a more or less effective manner. Otherwise, if I did not know how to give it away, I would take $10,000 for myself. Funding for the homeless here is less than ideal, but a small bit like this could go a long way if used responsibly. Even if it only went to get ten people into studios for a year, it would be worth it. After that, I would not spend any more of my money; but would keep it ALL to myself!
    That last one is an interesting question. I was assaulted and pummeled a few days ago. The assailant came from behind, pulled my raincoat over my head and dragged me to the ground. He was a scrawny young man who could not have taken me down any other way. He was chased off by a homeless disabled veteran (just coincidence). Sheriff deputies asked if I wanted to ‘press charges’. Of course, I did not want to without knowing what happened. I did not know if the assailant had mental health issues, or really anything about him. The deputies told me that he was ‘having a bad day’. What does that even mean? I ended up ‘pressing charges’, because the community helped me to decide. We determined that regardless of what prompted the incident, it was the indent that was the issue here. There are certain consequences for such behavior. Hopefully, the consequences will be appropriate to the actions. By that, I also hope that the assailant will get some sort of help if some sort of mental health issue is involved. What I appreciate about all this is the community support, and the way that the few representative of our community help to decide what happens in our community. I hope it all works out.
    Wow, I am sorry to so often leave such long replies.

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    • I don’t mind long answers, they are interesting. I find it commendable that people health the less fortunate in their lives, but at the same time people are constantly helping and the authorities that should actually be doing something often leave it to the average citizen to do it all for them. Perhaps I am too old to be charitable When you reach 70 years old and the obits in the newspapers are many that you know, then you tend to think differently. I need a wheelchair soon, have already ordered it, because I am no longer to go out on my own, as there is a risk of falling (MS). I am financing it myself but will ask the insurance to consider it. I know now there will be so many ums and ahs about whether I really need it and I cannot be bothered to go crawling for help. Perhaps I am one of the more fortunate that can pay for it, but I had to save first of all. No-one will give me funds.

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      • Although I am two decades younger, I have known too many who have passed away as well; and many did so in ways that were difficult for me to accept, merely because they were homeless. A good friend was fortunate enough to pass away in a hospital, but barely. There just are not resources to help people like him. One of the two friends I went to Oklahoma with (which I wrote about in an article to come out in a few days) passed away down in Aptos Creek last spring. Now, it is difficult to do nothing if I can do something. It is such big news when someone who had been homeless gets into a new home. I intend to take better care of myself as well, but this is part of how I do that for now. It is likely that I will not be in a very comfortable situation if I get much older, so I will need to change how I take care of myself as I go along.

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  2. I am the “keep everything at your fingertips” sort of gal. I have candles (little ones, in glass jars, but they last a long time) and matches on the headboard. In my med bag, there’s a mini-maglite. Three flashlights in the living room, strategically places. Another on top of the breadbox in the kitchen. Candles all lined up in the living room and charged laptops that make great flashlights.

    I also go from bench to bench and these days, I calculate how long the walk is and make sure I can not only GO there, but also come back. Half an hour is me on a GOOD day. Less on a not so good one.

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    • We have candles, we have torches, but I have my phone next to me always and I don’t have to walk anywhere, just switch it on.. I haven’t been out on my own for some time. The weather is also a factor and the evenings are darker. I don’t trip over anything, but my left foot is unpredictable. I have to have something near to hold onto.

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