Leaky roof repair man
Spotting a brownish stain on the ceiling coving is one of those heart sink moments. I blinked and looked again, but it was still there, and it hadn't gone away the next day either. So I dug out the old address book, banished my friend procrastination, and made a call to the guy who redid this roof some 15 years ago. Within half an hour he was checking the ceiling in the hastily tidied back bedroom, and then he disappeared out of the Velux in the attic. The result? No leak, but he did fix a loose slate and told me to call him back during the deluge to check again. And the charge? Nothing. Not a cent: There are some good guys out there.
Or the chance to spend a few minutes relaxing in a lovely warm relaxing Georgian waiting room before being called exactly on time for an essential health check. Fast, efficient and friendly, the Breast Check Service is everything the Irish Health Service should be.
"Mum, your hair is looking really flat," is one of the best complements my daughter can pay me. An explanation and hair exposé to follow when I get around to finishing it.
They're very rare in this house: but Smiley slept 'till 9 last Sunday, which gave me a couple of uninterrupted hours to laze around chatting on social media. Bliss.
If you follow Looking for Blue Sky on Instagram you might have seen the unboxing of yet another IKEA shelving set, which had been sitting in the hall for a couple of weeks waiting for the day that I needed to do some therapeutic furniture building. And that day was Tuesday. As the lovely Suzy says, it's basically Lego for grown ups, just a pity that my house is almost full...
Moving swiftly on, I'm also joining in with Striking Mums, the campaign by Kate on Thin Ice to get mums to think of themselves a little bit more. This week her questions are all about risk-taking:
1. Would you describe yourself as a risk taker?
Yes, except when the result might be conflict. Then I take no risks and try desperately to diffuse things and make the conflict go away. Well unless it all gets too much and then I usually go away...
2. What, if anything, concerns you about taking a risk?
These days the risk of death worries me, as I don't know who would look after the children.
3. What is the worst thing that could happen if you take a risk?
For the children: my death. For me: A life sentence of any kind.
4. Tell us a situation where taking a risk paid off for you
Do you ever really know if taking a risk paid off? Because you don't know what would have happened otherwise. All I do know that I've had an interesting if challenging life so far as a result of all the risks I've taken.
5. Tell us about a situation where taking a risk resulted in harm to you or yours.
I stayed too long in a situation resulting in emotional damage.
6. What risk are you tempted to take right now?
I'll pass on this one!
7. What would help you feel better about taking that risk?
More self-confidence, support and fewer health worries perhaps?
8. What risk did you not take that you now wish you had?
Going to my best friend's wedding some 30 years ago. I wasn't well on the day, but I really wish I'd gone. Despite my no-show she is still one of my best friends. Not sure this really counts as a risk though!
9. Do you admire people who take risks?
I admire people who take calculated risks, not rash ones. People who walk into dangerous situations clear eyed, having weighed up the risks and prepared themselves as best they could.
10. Can you think of someone famous or otherwise who is a inspirational risk-taker? What can you learn from them?
Well there are so many, but of course the first people that popped into my head are Frodo and Sam from the Lord of the Rings. I know that it's fantasy, but it can make more sense when your own life seems so different from the norm. The lesson? It's about doing the right thing even when the odds of everything working out are very very small.
|Always inspiring, at least to me!|