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  • jullietwright 2:47 pm on September 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    26th September 2015

    You Could Not make It Up

    My friend Elizabeth A. has been telling me about a Cat Enrichment Programme which has been set up in Somerset. Basically it involves playing with kittens. Not only that but participants are required to attend a training course before they are allowed access to the kittens. Is there a foundation level, with further study leading to a certificate in Advanced Playing With Kittens? I think we should be told.

  • jullietwright 10:55 am on September 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    16th September 2015

    Some Thoughts on Dental Health

    Dental check today with the new dentist. My previous one retired in the summer and I made a point of going to his farewell open day to tell him that he was being very inconsiderate to retire after 30+ years. I also picked up a small sample tube of toothpaste, handy for taking through airports. The new man, Dr. M., is a worthy successor to Mr. G who fixed me up with trouble-free crowns to replace my crumbling molars (and premolars). Many people are still anxious about visiting a dentist, probably because of unpleasant and painful childhood memories.
    Our dentist was called Mr. Robinson and his pracice was in Park Lane, Macclesfield. The approach of the six-month check-up caused increasing dread, reaching its climax in the waiting room as Mr. R. was always at least half an hour behind in his schedule. The fashion for removing all a young person’s teeth and replacing them with a nice set of NHS “piano keys” (a popular 21st birhtday present apparently), had given way to enthusiastic drilling, even when patients were conscientious in the use of the toothbrush. It was amazing how much work was needed even after a six-month interval and all without the use of pain relief. Added to that, denistry in the 1950s seemed to have attracted the most irritable and sadistic characters. Were they specially selected or was a life of inflicting pain to blame? I only once protested and was reprimanded in no uncertain terms; I never dared do it again! The 1960s brought a welcome change. Word went round that the new young dentist, Mr. H. was actually concerned about not hurting patients and would offer a shot of pain relief. Soon his appointment book was full to over-flowing.
    The life expectancy of the UK population continues to rise and there many reasons contributing to this welcome news, not least the Food Office orange juice and cod liver oil our generation were given. And, unlike our parents, most of us have kept our teeth – a triumph of modern dentistry. This means that we can chew our food thoroughly and digest it more efficiently, so there is no need to daily recourse to the Milk of Magnesia, senna pods, Bile Beans etc. Better nutrition leads to better health and fewer mouth infections means better circulation. So…. we can hang around for a long time annoying our grandchildren by pretending to be deaf.

  • jullietwright 10:19 am on September 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    16 th September 2015

    Farewell Faithful Friend

    It was a sad day saying good bye to my little Micra after 15 years. I remember driving it out of Benfield Motors and watching the wheels on the mileometer begin to turn from zero. And no, it is/was not just a heap of rusting metal! Norham Garage had warned me that it would not pass its MOT again, so a visit to Ken S. was indicated and, as always, he just what I needed – a three-door Micra, only five years old and shiny black. I still felt bad about abandoning the old Micra but comfort myself that someone had bid for it at auction; with only 29 000 miles on the clock, the engine could be a sort of motorised heart transplant. The latest one one now has some new mats (charcoal grey with pink trim, a bargain at £6.99 at B&M) and a sticker pledging support for Newcastle Falcons. The only problem is that it is slightly wider so driving in and out of the garage needs two of us so that I can actually get out of the car once it is in position.

  • jullietwright 9:54 am on September 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    16 September 2015

    “There’s no one quite like Grandma”

    It was my birthday last month – 71 – and perhaps this is the year I shall turn into a sweet little old lady. “Sweet” is stretching it a bit as for the rest I shall just have to wait and see. We certainly need a new computer; this one is taking 15 minutes to take me where I want to go and then it collapses in exhaustion and I have to start again. Time to send for our wise man of all things computer-related, Ken.
    Payment is not going to be a problem as after years of allowing Littlewoods to extract small sums from his bank account, Keith won the pools – nearly £600! No, I didn’t think people still did the pools,either, but there it is. Over 40 years of patience have been rewarded. I am going to post this now in case the malevolent fairy inside this machine wakes up and I lose everything.

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