Cowart's Common Room
Miserable Lark

The sun is out and I have had a lazy but frustrating day. Yesterday in IKEA I bought a new lighting track and couple of spotlights yet fitting them is complex and I have done no more than take stock of the problems. Even understanding the instructions is complex. And in the sunshine every bit of dirt and fly dropping shows up as do the windows which are dirty inside and out and which have condensation between the panes as well. So I am not a happy lark and could even agree with one of my MIL's favourite sayings which was 'I'm glad I am on my way out.'

She was never a happy woman which wasn't helped by her marrying a bigamist and then having all her teeth out at 23 (saves having trouble with them later, she was told). She had breast cancer but seemed to live with it and with strong doses of tamoxifen, generally being glad she would soon be out of it. Eventually she died of a brain haemorrhage, aged 82. Which just goes to show something or other.

Not altogether sure how we got there and I had better therefore find something much happier to write about, but I am dashed if I know what. I suppose I should be grateful that I am still in one piece with all my teeth. My university room mate, John, who now lives in France has Parkinson's. He is two days younger than I am and he wrote to me today saying that he has now to walk with a walking frame, though mentally he seems to be fine. These things are sent to try us I suppose and are proof that we should not waste time but rather seize the day.

John was, is I suppose, a classicist, Latin by the bucket, which reminds me to ask why is it that when you see people writing English 500 years ago the spelling is all over the place, yet their Latin seems all to be spelt text book correctly. I must ask him. Take his mind off his walking frame.

Another thing that MIL used to say when she was feeling especially cheerful, which I have just this minute remembered,

Such is life
And life is such
And after all
It isn't much.

Have a good evening. I shall try to me more uplifting tomorrow, if I make it through the night, that is . . .Very HappyVery Happy

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Posted at 16th Feb 2017 - 07:01PM   Posted by Fennie   Miserable Lark Comments: 7

Faith's Avatar Oh I like this post! For some weird reasonLaughing Maybe your MIL should've written her life history....sounds interesting!

You are always in IKEA - I have never been there in my life. I hate shopping anyway!

Hopefully you will survive another day Fennie, if only to keep us Cooers amusedSmile

Posted by: Faith on 16th Feb 2017 at 09:03PM

Camilla's Avatar Sorry to hear you are feeling a tad down at the moment Fennie, don't worry about the lights all will be well by morning and before you know after studying the instructions on a bright new day it will become much clearer those instructions that we get for fitting this and that are meant to test us, talk about the crypton factor.Very Happy

I love the English language as we know it was always intrigued by the Latin language but never studied it. My late ex neighbour who was history mad and only received an honorary doctorate when he was in his early sixty's was quite fluent in Latin.

Well I for one hope you are not on the way out because I know the world would be a much sadder place without you . You are only a youngen and have many years ahead of you and dear Fennie you still have all your marbles, you cheer us up with your amazing posts and your creative mind.

Beautiful photo Fennie of the sun going down over the water.

Hope you get a good nights sleep.

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Feb 2017 at 11:08PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Fennie - keep well clear of Ikea, all that uncomfortable furniture is enough to make anyone feel down.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 17th Feb 2017 at 09:42AM

Fennie's Avatar Oh I am a great fan of IKEA, not being able to afford better. But on the whole I am well pleased. I sleep in an IKEA bed, sit on an IKEA sofa and eat IKEA food at an IKEA table drinking IKEA coffee under IKEA lighting. You could say I was an IKEA freak.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Feb 2017 at 10:28AM

Fennie's Avatar And I have a family card! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Feb 2017 at 10:28AM

Camilla's Avatar My son shops at IKEA a lot too he loves it.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Feb 2017 at 02:48PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Never been to IKEA I think our nearest one is in Glasgow.
One of our dear old friends used to reply to you asking how he was "Well I woke up this morning and I was still breathing." Very Happy
Atleast he was a bit more optimistic than your Stepmother Fennie. 😃

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Feb 2017 at 10:48PM

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