Saturday Snaps

I have not been up there much during the past year, but we used to hang out with friends over in Archway. Not far from where some of my cousins live is Hampstead Heath. We used to walk across the Heath and then go and have a drink at the cafe at the side of Kenwood House. On a sunny weekend that place was always packed.

One of the reasons why we always thought it was an interesting place was a connection to an interesting historical figure – the first Earl of Mansfield, William Murray. The film “Belle” paints a fictionalized version of events, but I like to think that there may have been something liberating in the outlook of this man.

Will You Go Out With Me?

When I interview bloggers for the WEDNESDAY WRITER feature, one of the questions I ask is “which is your most popular post?” When I look through my posts one has received more “likes” than any other:

That surprises me because it was one of my first posts and it was not all that great. It was just me thinking aloud. But maybe it shows that finding the right one is interesting to a lot of people.

During the Pandemic, my dating life has not been the priority. But as things open up (if everything stays on track) then I am going to be thinking of carrying on with the search for Mrs Nyamake. Form an orderly queue and I will get back to you.

Thursday Verse

For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.

ROMANS 15:4

Throughout the scriptures there are examples of God’s dealings with people who experienced joys and challenges similar to our own.

Have you read a passage of the scriptures and identified with a Bible character? Have you been amazed as you read on the page the very feelings you have struggled with, and realized that a man or woman who lived thousands of years ago felt that same way?

Why would God go to the trouble of preserving the experiences and expressions of people and have them translated into thousands of languages? We today need to keep our hope strong. The practical advice and comfort God imparts to us by the examples of his people is like a great crowd cheering us on to the end.

Wednesday Writer – THE RAMBLING SLOTH

We have an amazing writer to inspire you this week. Not only are her posts amazing but the blogger behind “The Rambling Sloth” is also inspirational. I am thrilled to present her as this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITER!

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRINK WHILE WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS INTERVEW WITH YOU?

A lovely hot cup of coffee please! 

Coffee, Beans, Mug, Cup, Coffee Cup

Julie – I am also going to add a milk/cream jug and a sugar bowl as I don’t know how you take your coffee.

COULD YOU TELL US YOUR BLOGGING NAME AND THE NAME OF YOUR SITE PLEASE.

I’m Julie and I write at The Rambling Sloth 🦥 

WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?

Roughly 8 days in to The first UK Covid-19 lockdown end of March 2020.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

Our local historic society asked for people to keep a diary of what life was like in lockdown for future generations.

Having suffered with mental health, anxiety and depression, I wanted to get the word out that it was ok not to be ok. I’ve always been a bright and bubbly people pleaser until I fell apart on September 2018 and had to go off sick from my Senior Management manufacturing position. I wanted people to see how I managed through that during a global pandemic.

WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR POST ON YOUR SITE?

I honestly don’t know….. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

I did a quick scan over your posts Julie, and it looked to me as if the post with the most likes (but I have no idea how many views it received) was this one:

Day 100 of COVID-19 lockdown… what have we learned so far? 

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

If I can help one person to realise they are not alone then it will have all been worth it.

Hot, Young People, Summer, Landscape

It also helps me clear my head and make sense of my own thoughts.

FOOD THAT MAKES YOU SMILE?

Hmmmmm probably pizza… every time 

Pizza, Food, Italian, Baked, Cheese

IF I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU FLOWERS AS A THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME INTERVIEW, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Wildflowers….   my hubby calls them weeds!! 

Something romantic about them though!

DO YOU HAVE A SONG? ONE THAT FITS YOU AS A PERSON OR YOUR LIFE?

Dear Me by Eric Hutchison 

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN LIFE?

Honestly not really. I just know that is gonna be a lovely place to be and I am going to be happy with the direction. 

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO TELL THE WORLD?

That is ok not to be ok.

That people are not always what they seem and everyone has difficulties to deal with no matter how good it might look on the outside. 

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Wasn’t that great! I love Julie’s posts. I love her story. I love her motivation. The message you have to share with the world is something we all need to remember in these stressful times. Thank you for writing and thank you Julie for replying to the interview questions I sent you and being such an awesome WEDNESDAY WRITER.

Tuesday News

When I am scrolling through news websites searching for good news instead of all the bad news out there, I often end up settling for stories of animals or nature being cared for properly. But this week, it was the encouraging story of a woman and how she is blossoming that lifted my spirits.

The lady in question is Marie Frayne. She has had a hard time without question, but the BBC News website ran a story about how grateful Marie is to a local charity that has helped her out, “The Shrewsbury Ark”. This is the heart-warming story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-56570036

I was moved by reading about Marie. How important it is that we as a human family work together to make sure nobody is overlooked. Marie is blossoming and she is also inspiring a lot of people with her story.

Manic Monday

Changes can be challenging. Within our pharmacy, we have had to make a lot of changes during the course of the past year. Some of them are great changes in many ways, others are harder to understand.

We received instructions to clean the counter area every hour and we have a rota to make sure it is done. That’s a good thing. We all see the need for that. But fitting it into a busy work day and remembering to do it has sometimes been a challenge.

Then there are changes our customers might not always see. Head Office ask us to do “things” – either completely new aspects of our work (which has nothing to do with the basic role of the pharmacy) or just doing things differently. It slows us down to incorporate all these changes. We see our main role as dispensing prescriptions and giving advice on minor ailments.

Sometimes that does not seem enough for the big bosses who I guess are looking at the figures and trying to make us stand out to win customers over from our competitors. So now, we can’t just be team of pharmacy assistants and a pharmacist, we have to be pushy sales assistants, technological wizards, social media gurus, influencers, sex life advisors,…and more. Sometimes I am afraid that after our customers stand there and listen to our pitch to try to get them to sign up for every service we offer and buy products they never heard of before (and don’t really need) – will they ever want to come back to our pharmacy again?

Like A Flower Bending In The Breeze

Jim’s theme for today includes flowers. So I have taken the opportunity to feature a song that always makes me feel in the mood for romance. Yes, yes, I have my moments. There is more to me than pharmacy. Nothing could be more romantic than leading a partner around the dancefloor to a song like this.

I have chosen the Dean Martin cover of a song originally from Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, but it has been covered by a variety of artists including the Pussycat Dolls – hmm hmm. Better to stick with one of the greatest singers of romance. The song is simply called “Sway”.

CREDITS: Norman Gimbel, Luis Demetrio Traconis Molina, and Pablo Beltran Ruiz

When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now
You know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Saturday Snaps

This week I am reminiscing over a visit to Bath. We spent a long time enjoying the city, but the highlight was definitely the Roman Baths. It is one of the most interesting places I have visited in the UK.

It seems like a long time ago since I left London – over a year, but I am hoping later this summer we can hit the road and see more of other cities and towns around this country.

Uncomfortable

I am finding this dialogue increasingly uncomfortable. I think I want to write a post about it, but I need time to think straight. One thing I am convinced of is that you cannot paint all people with the same brush. It’ not fair.

So because my parents worked hard and have done well for themselves, it puts me in a “situation”. I know that they had occasional incidents were they were discriminated against and occasions when people were disrespectful. But that was from the minority, not the majority. I also know that suffering some injustice, some hardship made them stronger people.

I ain’t going to let anyone treat me like a lower class citizen, and nobody does. When someone is rude to me at the Pharmacy, you know what, I interpret that as them not being very well, or being stressed out, I rarely interpret it as racism. Unless someone says the words that hurt I don’t react. When they do say the words that words that hurt, I have a choice – and the choice I make is to to ask myself – what would Jesus do?

People can go to war, and fight and demand respect, or they can look to the best example of what it is to endure mistreatment and abuse! The point is – this is something only God can fix. You can fight all you want – but if God is patient and cool enough to wait until the right time to act, how do you think it is going to work jumping the gun? Not good. Not good.

There will be true justice. There will. If you are only fighting to have access to material riches and fame, you are missing the whole point. God chose the poor man. He chose those looked down on. He is so much more interested in what is going on inside a man or woman than outside.

Thursday Verse

“With you is the source of life”

– PSALM 36:9

When I first read this verse years ago, I felt a tingle inside. It is such a profound meaningful statement. Some Bible translations render this verse as “the fountain of life”. That conjures up a beautiful image.

I find it fascinating that so much attention is being given to searching for evidence of life on Mars, when we live on a planet so abundant in life. I can imagine that scientists would love to fully understand the jump between amino acids, proteins and living cells…and then onto conscious life. Although we can reproduce, and scientists can clone living cells and are learning about the possibilities of engineering DNA, they do not know how to create life from scratch.

It is humbling to think of our dependence on our Creator for life. He provides everything we need to sustain our biological life.

As fascinating as the source of life, the miracle of life is, what often causes us more reflection is why we humans die and if there is any hope for those who have died. The verse above points to the answer to those questions. We know from the scriptures that not only is God the originator of life, but he can restore life to those who have died. There are nine accounts in the scriptures where that occurred which stand along with the promises that soon God will resurrect people asleep in death. That is something no scientist can achieve.