With all that’s been going on, and very publicly, here and abroad, I have been at a loss to know what to think.  If I feel disempowered, how on earth must millions of other people feel.

Those that can, have grouped up and made their feelings known in public places around the world, often at personal cost to themselves. The amount of courage and positive human energy there is to care, is truly amazing.

I am not qualified to speak of what the security services at all levels do, or, what they do not do.  Like most people, I only know what morsels are given for public consumption. I am extraordinarily grateful to have been able to live a life that has been mostly safe and away from major conflicts. There are so many who cannot say this.  Every day we hear heart-rending stories, many of which are streamed into our visual consciousness to our homes. It does make us face the reality of the suffering that has been and is being endured.

With the current ruptures, of a type generally unknown to many of us in our lifetimes, our own comfort blankets are disappearing at speed.  The peace in Europe of the last seventy plus years is politically in the balance and it is also affected by major influences from other continents. There is a serious ramping up of aggressive rhetoric.  Where will it all lead?



I have been hustled and bustled at storm force levels today. Tonight, I am all done in. I feel really battered. A gorgeous sunny day, absolutely devastated by gales rising to storm force 10. There were more risings to storm level than were good for me.

Early start with jobs around the house.
Dentist at 10.30 – twenty miles away; careful driving required.
Grocery shopping from 11am – not too far to walk into the store, (be unsteadily pushed) from car park.
Trip into the local town from 11.40am – parked close to shops needed.
Got battered by winds, while waiting to cross road.
Drove to county hospital to visit someone. Wards hot from sun; patient didn’t realize extent and power of the wind, being safely out of it.
Just leaving; shocked to learn a closer friend was also on the ward with a serious illness. Dived in to see her. Felt bad about leaving after ten minutes.

I had twenty minutes to drive twenty miles on a varied speed limit road. Storm gusts constantly hit the car, side on, mostly, and the drive became a game of skill and steering wheel grip.

Now I look back on the day, it started like a whirlwind here indoors, with me rushing to get essential things done.

Time to slow down.


I decided amongst many things to decide to do, that I would make today backup day between my PC and laptop; they are networked and had not met for a while. I had not bargained for backup literally taking all day. It really has knocked out my schedule and, there I was thinking how good I was getting through all those mundane tidying tasks that need doing but have been put off till now, erm and even more so now I decided to backup…

I thought (simple little me) that the twenty minutes or so it took to backup my PC on the most recent occasions I did it (note plural) would be replicated by cutting and pasting or copying the files to the laptop. I still have, according to the little timer, 147 minutes remaining for the job to finish and as I check again, the time span is increasing!? (Ooh it’s gone down again. There’s no rhyme or reason to this.) The purpose for doing this particular backup is, that I do use both computers as double back-up to avoid repetition of all the disasters I have experienced which has included losing some irreplaceable data.

I have to admit, there is a wee bit more on the PC than the laptop but not everything on the PC needs to be copied onto the kid sister which is why I thought copying over the backup file would do.

The time span has increased again – I think I shall leave the equipment to it’s mad moments and do something more productive. It can have a restless night, I won’t. :zz: