Monday, 20 November 2017

Well this is turning into a monthly fiasco!!

Well this is turning into a monthly fiasco!! Can't believe it's been over a month since blogged..
Been travelling to and fro from Aberdeen to Inverness and back to finalise home buying and see my husband. Just as well we do not pay for our train journeys ( sometimes I sneak into First Class and get freebie coffee and a goodie) ...However as from Nov 1st, I've tried to be gluten, diary and sugar free to support our elder daughter) After the first 4 days of a wee headache, it's been fine, except for the hunger!!!

No seriously, I am feeling better in my digestion and have lost a few pounds...it's a 30 day Arbonne Healthy Eating Plan. We have cheated..like I've had to have a caffeinated coffee on occasions to keep up my morale and energy at work.

Speaking of work- I got an email from Life and Work magazine as an "Emergency :Big Question" person...topic in 250 words. "The Holocaust" Well I had a lot to say, and fast, since my Dad went through this unspeakable horror.

On a lighter note, gearing up for Advent this and that. Doing a "Blue Christmas" afternoon Event for those who might find Christmas 2017 less than jolly.Tonight is a Mango choir concert and tomorrow the Guild Craft Sale. Have given my apologies, since on 18 and a half hours a week, I have had to be ruthless. Edinburgh national mtg Thursday and full day Wed, with Worship Service, Airyhall Primary School, worky chat with two people over coffee am and pm. Byeeee.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Coincidence???

Last week my Line manager had sent me a list of older folks in Residential Homes for me to fit in visits this month and next, before the rush and bustle of the C word ( or A word for Advent)
So I decided to walk across one Thursday afternoon -down the long granite housed  Cranford Street, to see 4 residents with dementia, pass on Greetings from Mannofield church and a current church magazine.
I only managed to see 2 out of 4 folks, because at 2pm that day ( unbeknown of course to me) there was an Activity Session/Discussion in Common Area. The Manager kindly foisted upon me a welcome cup of tea. I chatted to one  seated resident, before moving on to another room where Resident 2 lived. She was having personal care at the time so I went back to the foyer with my tea and texts.
After a few moments, a member of staff informed me that Resident 2 was ready to see me. She was lying very still in her bed ( there were very helpful photos on each residents room doors so I knew what he/she would look like) There not being a lot of response , but for a gorgeous smile as I waved goodbye several minutes later, I left
Fast forward to Saturday in Balmanno Hall in church, and I noticed the Church Officer pointing at my Body Shop stall ( selling off one of my daughter's surplus beauty products) and me.
"Yes, I was the Parish Asst who had left her card at Cranford Home, and yes, I'd be happy to speak to the gentleman in the vestry." Turns out, how timely that visit to his wife ( Resident 2) had been. She had not been expected to live many times over in her 12 year residency, but now the end looked like it was in sight. The chap said how thankful he was that I'd been to see his wife, and would I kindly do the funeral when need be. Of course, I consented, so grateful to God, for that God-incidence that had led me there two days before. These encounters greatly encourage me that I am in God's will and in His time, even when I don't realise it till later!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

River Church flows....

On Sunday Sept 17th, I 'defected' and went up from Mannofield Church to River Church , which meets in nearby Airyhall Community Centre. I wanted to meet the pastor and see if our churches would be compatible to work together on Messy Church next year. I was delighted that, though small, this church is vibrant and alive and mission minded. The pastor told me that they had asked God to show them where there was a gap in Aberdeen, where no churches existed. He also asked God to give them favour in His eyes. They have laboured away for several years, and I believe the breakthrough has come! River did a two day Holiday Club in the summer so have valuable experience in reaching families...watch this space!

Went on Retreat for two days recently to the Black Isle, to a wee village called Kilmuir overlooking the Moray Firth.. beautiful views across the Firth, bird life galore, and inside in the warm, several Deacons learning to be still and listen to God with the aid of Scripture and poems. It was a gift, and a joy to be there. Just need to practice being still in the busyness of people and meetings. Looking forward to leading wee half hour Wed morning service tomorrow.

I feel I need wisdom  these days..one or two individuals needing pastoral care, and I am out of my depth. But God is faithful and will show me when to be silent and listen; when and what to speak.

Our house hunting in Inverness is progressing, but I'm getting weary of travelling the two hour train journey most Fridays.. showing photo ID or signing something...you know how it is!?
Patience and trust required!  Autumn is a time of letting go, as the leaves change colour to hues of gold, burgundy, and forest green.So, I shall allow myself to let go of one meeting this weekend, in order to be fresh for a busy Sunday service followed by an Elders Conference 11.30-2.30.
Blessings! Byee....

Monday, 4 September 2017

"You're going to have to watch yourself!" Monday Sept 4th 2017

"You're going to have to watch yourself!" is perhaps the most caring quip I have had since telling folks I am knackered after the move ! Arrived late last Thursday back to ABDN, aching all over but filled with thanksgiving to God for ordering our move of furniture into storage in Inverness. David took the cat up in his van, like Postman Pat.
So... Fri, Sat and Sun were 'down tools days' for me and daughter Dawn. Both she and her Dad started new jobs today...you couldn't write it, could you...the providence of God...wonderful.
Came back to office with quite a few emails to answer, and to sort out a rota muddle...
The lovely lady who coined that title phrase was responding to my recap of last few days. She's the convener of the Pastoral Care Grp in Mannofield Church....I call it a Task Group because they get things done and organised very efficiently and I love liaising with this lady, who is an inspiration.
Committees which meet and discuss and pen push to make them look as if they are effective, I have no time for, being honest. So in this new post, I am only partnering with the 3 grps where I feel I have something to offer, and where they are fired up for action....
Bye for now...yes, I AM going to have to watch myself....
Joke...was at a student lunch in another church in Aberdeen with older daughter yesterday, and the conversation got round to "Eggheads" and "Pointless" TV shows, both of which I have been on, so if you say to me again..."you are going to have to watch yourself" I say to you "Not again !!?"

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

End of August...end of an Era...

Working in Aberdeen today and tmors morning then hot footing it ( hot training it  by rail)

By Thursday evening, David and I will be collapsed in a heap in Aberdeen, having driven up a van and a car with  Lucy cat in it....She's a rescue cat so she might  need psychiatric support as we move her, after only 17 months chez Getliffes !?) No...she will adjust quickly as long as she has food, water and a litter tray.

Last week I had the joy of visiting a lovely smiley wee lady ( the elderly are not all like this as you will know). She was in a cottage hospital having fallen, and had a sling for her dislocated shoulder. She laughed when I joked that she'd have to stop nudging the men on the dance floor, if that's what happened.. After a wee favourite hymn that she couldn't remember the words to, and a wee prayer, I was off to let her daughter continue visiting regularly. Having lost my Mum in 2000, and speaking to a chap in the office today whose Mum is 91 and blind, it is such a bonus when more than one sibling or carer comes and shares the visits. I hope when I get older that I won't be so crochety that no-one will want to visit me !!??

Also last week on the bus home, I got talking to a woman who is a practice manager in a specialist GP surgery near the harbour. She told me that because folks with addictions and/or homeless people, if they miss 4 doctors' appointments , they are struck off most Gp's lists. SO.... this system was set up for folks with 'chaotic lifestyles' in Aberdeen and they understand the nature of their difficulties and let them come and go as they need, often treatment for their feet is top priority if they have been on the streets and sleeping rough.
At the end of our conversation, I said to this lady that since I was doing the service that Sunday, I would remember to pray for the clients and staff. She seemed genuinely grateful that anyone would do that for her and her patients. I know about this place now, so we can signpost potential 'service users'..such are the jargon phrases these days !? I also offered to give some of our upcoming Harvest Thanksgiving food donations to their place. watch this space...I hope Mannofield folks agree...

Monday, 21 August 2017

SOLD!!!

At last, the SOLD sign is up outside ye olde hoose!
I know it may sound pedantic, but David and I have been waiting for confirmation by new buyers signing missiffs. ( What a strange word !? I must do my Miranda Hart impersonation ....straight to camera...missifffths, mithiffffs...oh just legal jargon..)
So.....LD !! So...this means I shall spend tomorrow in Hamilton, not Aberdeen, informing ye Utilities and ye other companies of the our imminent move, and therefore cancellation of this and that.
I found a fabulous page to print off from the net on bbc.co.uk/homes, which gives you a tick list of people to tell that you are moving...wonderful time and brain saver...
No more for now...must pack...am so grateful for folks prayers and well wishing.
PS Yesterday at church, there was a mountain of baking left over from the rained out High Blantyre Gala Day, so along with a "thanks for being our neighbours for 11 years" it felt great to alkso pop through the letterbox gingerbread men for the families, and home made choc chip cookies for the others ....aw...

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Up to my neck in the Ionian Sea!

Just back from the Greek island of Corfu. What a privilege it is, to be able to afford a holiday.
God reminded me while away, that everything we have ( or own) is a gift from Him. So, when I was moaning about not getting the value of the house we have sold in Hamilton, I was acting like a spoilt child. ( Sorry God) or worse, behaving like the world around us...where all there is is what they have or own, so they cling to their rights as limpets to a rock....back to the Ionian Sea...inky midnight navy blue at its deepest, then melding into azure turquoise clear green hues and as you reach the sandy shores, some grey green colours. Magnificent! We went by boat one day to the nearby island of Erikousa to sunbathe. Then I had the local delicacy of  fresh sardines. I will never forget the taste of my soggy bread as it soaked up the flavours of the Mediterranean...lemon, olive oil, herbs and fish.
Enough of my foodiness...here are two funnies..
Breakfast was continental in the hotel we stayed in. Every morning, the waiter, Christos, would ask if we wanted the small oval cup of protein with our toast...asking "boileg? boileg? wan? two?"
Another evening he caught me reading a book at the dining table, saying "wot you read? Dirty book?" I looked at the title and laughed as I told him it was a book about prayer "Fuelling the fire!"
I am now brown on arms and legs below the knees...thankful to God for the heat of the sun,and lashings of sun cream! Oh and it was SO nice to be able to wash through our clothes and hang them on the balcony of the hotel room, knowing they would be dry in a couple of hours... oh to do that in Scotland!?
By for now...next blog will be about the move....the furniture, the chats about what we keep what we ditch...aaargh!!!!