Resisting the Temptation to Rant

I’ve accidentally been thinking about death this morning. It’s a lovely day, blue skies, green trees, a great view and a Bank Holiday.

After rising slightly before seven I decided I may as well stay up and started catching up with some writing. I even avoided the depressing fight with my trousers this morning. As I sit and type I’m not wearing any. If I ever learn how to use Skype I may have to reconsider my dress code but for now it makes for a more relaxing morning.

We’re off for Afternoon Tea later today so I’ll have to wear a new pair of trousers so, quite honestly, I didn’t see the point of doing it twice in one day. Why, I hear the gentlemen readers ask, do you need a new pair of trousers? Because Julia says so. We are going to a hotel and she is demanding that my normal everyday costume of creased clothes with food stains is replaced by a clean and pressed ensemble.

I asked if she was going to be the one doing the ironing but she snorted and said: “You know where the iron is.”

I do. I also know where she stores the lettuce, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to be making a salad any day soon.

Fortunately there are a pair of trousers and a reasonable shirt (ie with all buttons and a check pattern) in the bottom of the clean laundry bag. They should be flat enough.

I suppose somebody will ask if I don’t explain it – people with fuller figures have to avoid shirts with lines as they tend to exaggerate the rotundity.

Anyway, I digress.

Death.

I was having a break from writing and thought I’d check up on a few symptoms I’ve noticed recently. With everything that I currently have it’s difficult finding room for new symptoms but I seem to have managed. I thought I’d better check just to see if they are important and see if I could spare the time to have them looked at.

I’m still waiting for news on the last chest X-Ray and the nonsense with Rheumatology (who have gone very quiet). In a couple of weeks I also have a routine blood test, so I think the NHS has plenty of my time as it is.

So, I logged on to the appropriate condition and looked at symptoms. I have most of them. Most of us do. Like all these sites they throw everything at it, alter the order and load it onto a website.

Not only that, but after whittering on about care plans and drugs they start talking of palliative care, a section which has plainly been written by a trainee with a text book. But I will not be tenpted into a rant.

So that is why I am accidentally thinking about death

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Great War Memorial Plaque

(I just had a look at my old posts on arranging my own funeral and notice I never did get on with discussing the sandwiches for the funeral tea. I may get back to that in the next few days.)

21 thoughts on “Resisting the Temptation to Rant

  1. tootlepedal

    What I don’t like about trousers is the way that the waist shrinks. Still, I don’t think that I could sit at my computer without wearing them. It wouldn’t seem proper somehow. If I had a pound for every time that I have said to Mrs Tootlepedal that we must get our affairs sorted and our wills re written, I would have a lot of money to leave to grateful beneficiaries.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      My father had a friend who was over 70 before he went out of the house without a tie. He didn’t do it again and used exactly those words – “it didn’t seem proper”. I come from a more relaxed time when civilisation had already started to crumble and personal standards were very lax.

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      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        It just goes to show that the early years are important. I joined the Mayor of Blackburn’s Anti-Litter League in the early 60s and I am not physically capable of letting litter fall from my hand. This is exactly how it should be, but some people have no difficulty with it.

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  2. Clare Pooley

    Why not give up trousers altogether? My son-in-law got married in a full-length skirt, though you don’t have to go that far. A kilt might do or a 1970’s kaftan? Driving would be awkward in the kaftan. Would Julia approve? 🙂
    Glad to see you had a good tea. I like the memorial plaque; did it always have a hole in it and if not, does it make any difference to the value?

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      No, it looks like a member of the family did it at some point and hung it up. It may affect the value, but the story behind this one outweighs the damage.

      I will write it up in a few days.

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