How would I have survived without it?

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Picture this: a few days ago, I was struck with sheer terror when I realized that my beloved laptop was being a bit of a diva when it came to charging. I mean, I use this thing every single day – it’s practically an extension of my being! Naturally, my mind immediately jumped to the worst-case scenario: would I have to shell out a small fortune for a new charging port? The mere thought made me break out in a cold sweat.

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But fear not, dear reader, for I am not one to be defeated by a mere technological hiccup. I did some digging and discovered that a new charging lead might just do the trick. And lo and behold, it did! Crisis averted.

I shudder to think of the chaos that would have ensued had my trusty laptop not been restored to its former glory. I mean, how would I have survived without it? The mere thought sends shivers down my spine. But thankfully, all is well in the world once again.

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Health, and things that impact it.

We are hearing so much on the subject of fixing the NHS at the moment, but it’s not all down to the NHS. So many other areas impact on the heavy load they deal with.

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We as a country could lessen that load by getting other areas right. For example, the state of the roads and pavements around the UK is appalling. Potholes can contribute to vehicle accidents meaning the NHS is needed.

Dodgy pavements and potholes can also cause falls, and damage mobility equipment. Both these issues cost the NHS money.

Unsuitable and unfit housing conditions can cause ill health such as lung problems, mental health crises, skin issues. Housing that’s not fit for the person’s needs can add to the risk of falling, dropping hot stuff causing burns/scalding.

Lack of carers, or the appropriate level of care and the necessary numbers of hours means that people aren’t being supported to live a safe and dignified way of life, being as independent as possible.

It’s not just about getting up, toileting, food, medication. These visits allow carers to notice changes in a person’s well being, help to make Dr’s appointments if necessary, and help them attend the appointment.

If you don’t know when you will next get a chance to go to the loo, you’ll limit your liquid intake which can cause kidney problems, or you may struggle to manage the loo even though it’s not safe to do so, and end up falling and require hospital treatment as a result.

Selling of school playgrounds limits the ability of schools to provide a selection of different sports and activities whole enable students to learn to experience and enjoy taking various types of exercise, and also reduces the space in which they can create a school/class vegetable garden and grow fresh food for students to enjoy and learn about where food comes from, and healthy eating in a practical way.

All these things have an impact on themselves, but they also impact the load on the National Health Service.

This was just a small simple post, so there’s probably masses I haven’t mentioned.

Am I the only one.

Am I the only one who’s not feeling at all Christmassy yet?

I’m not quite sure why. I love Christmas but that buzz just isn’t there this year. Maybe it is because the weather isn’t what we are used to at this time of year, there are still plenty of leaves on the trees, the wrong plants are still in flower or trying to be. Here’s one example of this – photo taken in the UK on the 2nd of December.

See what I mean, strawberries shouldn’t be attempting to grow at this time of year!

Another thing is, I find it difficult to feel all Christmas cheery when I am so aware there are families out there who are struggling to survive day to day, and are worried about that and on top of that, they worry about letting the children down this Christmas.

If you see someone who is struggling, please give them a little help. Remember, help can be given in many different ways, it doesn’t have to be financially. Maybe you have a few hours spare each week and could help with the children while they grab some overtime, or maybe you have spare eggs from your own chickens, but most importantly just sit down with them and listen. Then they’ll know you care!

Cost of food, and not wanting people to know you’re struggling – or determined to pay your way.

Ok so by now most people are aware that foodbanks exist, I wish there wasn’t a need for them, but many are in need, and they help so much. Also many Churches will help if you’re in a tight spot and need a bit of extra support.

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But, there are others who are struggling just as much but are too embarrassed to use food banks, or have been brought up to always pay their way whatever the circumstances. Only the other day I was party to a conversation on this subject. Someone was talking about a place that provides free food – not a foodbank, but the food is provided for nothing. I had to explain that these kinds of places are available for absolutely anyone to use as often as they wish, they are available across the country (UK) run by various people independently and purely with the intention of reducing food wastage.

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The food is perfectly safe to eat, but is often short dated, or on the last day where it cold have been sold, so stores donate it to reduce the amount thrown away. Also some people who grow their own produce and have a surplus supply give some to these places – often called community fridges, or pantry’s. If you are interested in these either for an environmental or financial point of view, please please make some enquiries in your local area and find out what’s  available. You could even come back and leave a comment if you find and use one near you.

Before you get a dog….

Dogs are amazing, ‘Man’s Best Friend’ so they say, and yes this can be very true. Before you embark on the journey of dog ownership, there are many things you need to consider, I’ll write a little about the ones that come to mind.

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  1. Have you got the time required to give them the attention and exercise/training they need? Some dogs need more than others, but they all need and deserve time with you that’s just for them, not shared with anyone else, nor rushed because you’re busy. We all get extra busy sometimes, and if this happens occasionally, that’s fine and only natural. If you are working away from home during the day/night, who’s going to let the dog out, or give it a run somewhere?
  2. How much space do you have, do you have space for it to have a bed or two around the house, do you have a garden? My dog loves spending time outside, and luckily there is a garden, but I wouldn’t have the breed of dog that I do if there wasn’t a garden, as I feel they need that extra escape if they find things boring indoors, the weather is nice, things indoors are hectic or noisy, or they (like we do) just need a change of scene.
  3. Money is another thing that you need to consider. Can you afford regular vet visits for vaccines and other boosters. Insurance is another thing that you need to think about. As well as their food. Also, if you are going to any training classes, or plan to take up agility, you will need to pay for them too. Could you afford to have it groomed regularly? Can you budget for unexpected vet bills?
  4. Do you have enough patience? Are you a calm person.? What training method are you going to use? Which areas of the house you going to allow it? Would you mind all the mud in the winter? Are you in all-weather person? The dog may well want to go out in most weathers.
A brown and white puppy lying in the grass, looking up with head tilted to the side. Very cute!!
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