There's a TV programme here that may not, at first sight, seem as if it will be interesting. It's called Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing. Now I have no interest in fishing but I enjoy this programme. Two comedians in their mid sixties going to various locations around Britain, fishing local rivers while chatting over the subjects that mid sixty people chat about. I know, it doesn't sound thrilling does it? But their friendship and camaraderie shine through their conversations and now and again they say something that really makes you think.
Last week we saw an episode where Bob Mortimer says something along the lines of the fact that as you get older you get more into the habit of saying 'no' to things. Then after a while people stop inviting you to join them and you find yourself increasingly alone. Saying no is the start of the path to isolation. Isn't that true?
So this weekend I have found myself with that at the back of my mind, and said 'yes' to three invitations!
I've hurt my back. Really hurt it. Bending down awkwardly to put washing into the machine I felt something twinge and next thing I knew I couldn't stand up! It's been gradually improving every day especially if I keep standing or walking, it's the sitting down and laying down that is doing me no favours. (Osteopath appointment booked for lunchtime today!) We had been invited out for dinner with friends to a new restaurant which opened in town and I was really on the verge of cancelling but then I thought about the quote and decided to take painkillers and go. After all, if I'd stayed home all I would be doing was sitting down so I may as well sit down with friends eating a lovely meal someone else had cooked! It was a good evening and my back was fine right up until the moment I tried to stand up after sitting for two hours - but a bit of a stretch got it moving again and by the time we'd walked back to the car it wasn't too bad.
Then on Saturday we had spoken about going to an open day at a group of art studios in a nearby town. I wasn't feeling like it but then ... I thought, the sun is shining, I will be walking around and it will be nice to get out and about rather than sitting at home while Paul went on his own. I was pleased I went as it was a lovely location and lots of talented artists working in their studios.