Sunday, 3 February 2019

Blog back in working order

Many thanks to the blogger help forums for without them I would not have been able to gain access to my blog.  A blog that, much to my surprise, has been running for nearly 11 years.

Now I apologise for the haphazard way in which I run my blog, with moments of intense blogging followed by silences as life gets in the way.

So what has happened in my world lately?

Well a job that I had been working in for almost 20 years (initially working locally, then London, then remotely from Spain and again remotely from UK) finally lost the contract that was originally only going to be temporary until the client took it in-house.  Now for 18 of those years I had worked on that contract and whilst the original company had TUPE us across to another company I had helped to build upon this role and build the team until the clients were ready to work on it themselves.  Consequently it left me without a job unless I wished to either re-train and commute to London again or to accept voluntary redundancy. 

I accepted redundancy.  My redundancy started on my birthday 1st December and upon this birthday I reached the age of 65 and now fell into the bracket of "retired on state pension only".

But I am not ready to retire.  I am not ready to rely totally on my £164.35 pension!  I am definitely not ready to slow down or quieten my brain.

So, what next?

So far I have been brushing up my CV and applying for jobs.  Only 2 interviews so far.... Now I am pretty sure that I have the experience and qualifications but something seems to be preventing me from obtaining new employment.  Age is not really allowed to be a factor but in all honesty I guess any position would involve other colleagues and I would need to fit in with their age group.

As I continue my search I have taken on the joy, expense, and training of a young puppy to keep my other dog company.  I had forgotten how exhausting that can be.  But it is keeping me busy!

Friday, 1 February 2019

Widget Server problem - is this the end of Blogger

 Widget has taken over my blog and I cannot view it or access the settings.  Not even sure if this post will work!  Is this the end of blogger?

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Live In The Moment

While sitting here working at my computer my desktop background changed to a photo of my kitchen in Mallorca and I stopped and stared.

For five minutes or so I allowed myself to gaze at the photo and remember how the kitchen had been in a terrible state when we bought the house and how the blind was one of the first things we changed.  Next we changed the cupboards and rearranged the kitchen to allow for more cupboard space, our fridge freezer and an extra under the worktop freezer.

While pondering on this I also remembered how stressed out I had got with all the pressure of being the breadwinner, the organiser and everything else that went along with that move.  So much so that I forgot to live in the moment.  I didn't appreciate what I had around me and what I was experiencing.  My mind was too busy thinking about the next thing I had to do.

Now I realise just what I missed.

I missed enjoying the moment (even with all the stresses and strains) and now that moment has gone.  I missed enjoying our lovely Spanish home and now that has gone too.

Too busy to live in the now, too busy thinking and not enough time enjoying, too busy to remember how short life is and how we should enjoy the here and now for when we turn around it is gone and all that we had or have is for nothing.

Life is for experiencing and enjoying and I have always spent too much time worrying to appreciate that.

Hope I can remember that in the future.

Ok back to work now!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Harvest Moon

It is a harvest moon tonight and autumn is well and truly here.

The sun is shining and the sky is blue but there is a nip in the air.  First thing in the morning there is a heavy dew on the grass and it won't be long before the frost will greet me as I walk my dog.

Living in the countryside I have noticed the berries on the trees and bushes and if the old tale is true then the amount of berries and the early onset of them should be telling me that it is going to be a cold winter!  Mind you I'm not a true country person and I'm probably reading it all totally wrong!

I certainly miss the Spanish autumn.  Well to be perfectly honest I should just say that I certainly miss Spain - full stop, in totality etc and now that I've been given a clear bill of health (for the next year anyway) I can start to think of the future again.

I haven't totally given up on Spain, I miss the sunshine, the people and the way of life, but you can't look back.  I've said it before and I will say it again.

"Glance back but look forwards"

Well nearly the weekend - have a lovely one everyone!