Redecorating after Brunch

It all started because the milk was off. Which meant no milk for my cereal or my morning cup of tea. Of course, I could have had toast and marmalade and a coffee (I drink my coffee black). But I don’t like coffee first thing in the morning, and I didn’t fancy toast and marmalade….

Big Birthday

We had Big Plans. First, there was the cruise. Mum’s idea – Mum and Dad enjoy cruising. It’s not something I’ve ever done, although I’ve spent plenty of time on ships. Both Mum and I will be having Big Birthdays this year – she will turn 90 in October, I’ll be 60 in November. Mum’s…

Beverley and Back

What a lovely day I had yesterday. The forecast was fab – and the day didn’t disappoint. Sunny and dry, just what the soul needed. I’ve decided, seeing as my attempts at a holiday this year have come to nought, that I’m just going to go away for odd days. And not just that –…

Running Back

My thighs ache, my calves ache, and my right hip is complaining a bit. I used to go to the gym every other day. 45 minutes three times a week. And then Covid hit and the gym had to close. It’s a wonderful gym, and they started to put exercise classes online, so we could…

Where Were You?

Today is the 11th of September – 11/9/2020. Or, to put it another way – September 11th.  9/11. It’s 19 years ago today. That’s starting to be a long time. There are people in the world who are now adults, who were born after it happened. I was speaking to someone a little while ago…

Rising Damp…

My lodger has been with me for six months!! The first one didn’t make it to three months – met someone and moved in with her. The current one moved in at the beginning of March, just a week or so before Covid-19 struck. And here’s an odd fact – we met for a coffee…

Supermarket Spend – Then and Now

Money was tight after my husband left, back in February 2019. And money continued to be tight until I got a job and got a lodger. This year, things have been a bit easier – plus, with the whole coronavirus thing, there simply haven’t been as many opportunities for spending!! So, I though now would…

Back to School

How different from all previous years. I used to be a teacher – but I’m glad I’m not a teacher now. I used to be a parent of school-age children – I’m glad I’m not any more. The thought of being told specifically NOT to wear a mask, but being expected to work alongside 30…

Million Vaccines

Back in April, just five months ago, the BBC ran a headline that said there would be ‘a million vaccines by September’. I didn’t believe it then – it’s now September and it’s turned out to be… not true. Fancy that. The trouble is, it was reported by the BBC. Rightly or wrongly, we generally…

A Walk to Saltaire

It’s rained pretty much every day of my annual leave. Ah well. But yesterday, the forecast was good. I had things to do in the morning, but after lunch I walked to Saltaire. It takes about an hour to walk from my house, along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. It’s geography in action – canal, river…

Flipping tyres

I go to the gym pretty much every other day. A few days ago, I was trying to do some leg raises – not normally a problem. But this time – I couldn’t lift them at all, and trying to do it caused a pain in the middle of my back. Not good!! Some background…