- hello Patrecia Upton
- Username: misswhiplash
- In response to: "Who are you?" I am Patrecia Elizabeth Grace Upton born in Basildon Essex England on 23 November 1939, I have 3 daughters Lynda, Jennifer and Rebecca, I have 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
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- Murphy's Law( I beg to differ)
I don't know anything about Mr Murphy and his Law but I guess that with a name like Murphy he has to be Irish.
This would probably explain why when one thing goes wrong..it follows that everything else does as well.
I have always known it as Sod's Law but I have no idea who Sod is either but I don't think that he is Irish..probably English!
So whether it was Mr Murphy or Mr Sod..when things go wrong all at once it follows that the whole day will collapse into disaster....it's Sod's Law!
- Do I love thee the most? Nah!
What a daft and stupid question! Where do they get these questions from? As if you could answer that..who do I love most in the world ? and why......
Okay-dokey ....My first answer is the Lord my God....Above all else.
But then when it comes down to humans , your family or your friends ...How can you possibly say that you love one person more than another.
I would not like my daughters to think that I loved one of them more than the other two.
Yes, they have different personalities and maybe I do have a preference then but that is purely on how they are... I love each one excactly the same.
The same applies to my step children. Maybe I am not as close to them as I am to my own daughters but I still love them all. To me they are as precious as my own daughters and I hope that I can love them as Vera their Mother would have done had she still been here.
Even my husband is not loved most in all the world. I love him to bits and think that he deserves a medal just for marrying me and putting up with me...but ' in all the world' ...I don't think so.
all I can say it that it is a stupid question and the only reason that I have written a post on it , is because it made me feel angry..what impudence!
- The one experience
The one experience which changed my life was ...being born!
I must admit that I do not remember a lot about this great happening in my life but I do know that it was indeed the beginning of the experience surpassed by no other. Living!
It was all a very long time ago...1939...some of you were not even a twinkle in your daddy;s eye then.
I arrived on Friday 23 November in the early morning. My place of birth being was my Grandfather's wooden bungalow in a small sleepy little village of Basildon in Essex. Maybe calling it a village is a bit of an exaggeration. It was a hamlet..just a few house scattered in the countryside.
I was a skinny baby. Maybe it was the lack of good food as the war was about to start so maybe food was a bit scarce. Anyway there I was, a new arrival into this great big world.
I don't remember staying with my Grandparents for very long because my Mother had to get back to London to go to work so I assume that she took me with her.
The place where we lived in London was Upton Park , very near to the West Ham Football Stadium. It was a dingy basement flat with a small concrete back garden and a toilet outside. I only know this because my Mother told me.
The years from birth to three years of age I cannot recall but at 4 years of age I was in St Michael's Boarding School Leigh on Sea Essex.
So , yes I would say that the biggest experience of my life was being born. I have had many other experiences since then , some good some bad, but I have always plodded on.
Now I am approaching the Autumn/Winter of my life and I can honestly look back and think what an incredible experience it has been.
- My life -- the prequel
What on earth does 'Prequel' mean? Is it one of these silly modern day usages?. I even looked in my dictionary and it is not there...so as far as I am concerned it does not exist....
However I will try to write 500 words about my formative years...if you get really bored..you can always word count..
I was born in Basildon Essex UK in November 1939. at that time it was not even a village let alone the big town that it is today. At that time it was about six houses scattered far and wide.
I arrived into this world whilst staying at my Grandparents house as it was during the war years and it was safer in the countryside than in London.
At the age of 4, I went to boarding school in Leigh on Sea Essex whilst my Mother worked in London.
I rarely saw her...
At the age of 6, I was transferred to Thornleigh School for Young ladies in Tunbridge Wells , Kent and I stayed there until the school closed. I was then 12 years old.
still I rarely saw my Mother.....but I loved her with all of my heart!
I then went to live with my Mother and her new husband and attended Vauxhall Park secondary Modern School, This was where I met my future husband and the love of my life.
I left school at 15, got married at just 17 , became a mother at 18 and again at 20.
Divorced at 30, remarried at 31 had my third daughter when I was 33.
divorced again when I was 50.....remarried at 56 and so far I am still married and no plans to be any different.
I have three beautiful daughters whom I love with all my heart . I have three great step-children who have brought so much joy into both our lives. We have umpteen grandchildren and great grandchildren...so life has been good.
So is this a prequel to the story of my life?....I still don't know but I do know that my life has been great.
It has had it's pit falls, its low times and its high times but what has sustained me through all of this is my Faith in God....
So when I go to meet my Maker I shall go with a happy heart and a ping in my step..I could not have wished for anything more
- The ultimate job
I wasn't going to write about this subject as it did not really apply to me. Being retired, the last thing you want to spend time thinking about is 'going out to work'
But here it is , Sunday afternoon , I am bored...so I was flicking through my WordPress site and came across my last years' progress report. I have proof that I am making progress but what caught my eye was the list of people who have visited my blog the most and how they got there.
There was the usual..WordPress, Facebook, The Laughing Housewife (thank you TillyB) and next was ARS....Animal Rescue Sofia. That was indeed a surprise....
I spent the next hour looking through all the animals rescued by ARS in the past year. I did not see a picture of Benji but I did see loads and loads of other beautiful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens..all happily rehomed.
Al lkinds of dogs big ones, medium ones, small ones and weeny-teeny ones have all found happy forever homes. I think the different kinds of dogs are as numerous as the different types of people who adopt them and yet the dogs and people seem to match perfectly.
It reminded me of what a really spendid job these dedicated workers do for the stray, abused and abandoned animals of Bulgaria and in particular Sofia.
Animal welfare is not the priority in Bulgaria as it might be in other countries and animals are , on the whole , not treated well. In fact it is only in the last decade that anyone has done anything at all to help the poor helpless creatures.
Wherever you go in Bulgaria you will see stray dogs. Some of them have been neutered and released again. These dogs have coloured tags in their ears and because of this they are to a degree protected.
Only once have I seen an animal so emanciated that there was hardly any skin left on the body. It really was just a skeleton covered by thin layer of skin. I did try to entice it to me but it ran off into the bushes and I could not find it again.
So having seen such suffering..I am even more in praise of those volunteers who spend their time helping the animals...so if I was asked to describe my ideal job..I would reply .....working in an animal shelter.
If I did not live so far away from Sofia or Varna I would definitely give my services to help but I cannot do that so i do it financially instead.
With 4 rescue dogs and three rescue cats I think I have a mini rescue home and that is as far as Neville , my husband will let me go......
So I am content to be as I am. Even I cannot rescue every animal in the world even though that would be my dearest wish.
So if you, yes you, are in the position where you know of abuse or starvation or neglect..please do something about it...do not leave it to someone else!