A Week Off Work – At Last

What with Covid-19 and lockdown and furlough and being a key worker and everything, the week off that I’d booked for the week after Easter didn’t happen.

That means this is my first annual leave since Christmas, and I am SO looking forward to it. My FEET are so looking forward to it.

No plans, obviously – I can’t go anywhere or meet up with anyone (although I believe Durham is very nice at this time of year…)

But there are things that need to be done, and I will do them. The list is long and getting longer –

  • Job #1 is to paint the garage floor. This has needed doing for about a year. First I couldn’t afford to get the paint, then I was too busy with the new job, then it was too cold – but now I have no more excuses. I bought the paint a while ago (isn’t staff discount a wonderful thing!!), and today I will crack on.
  • I also want to clear out my garden shed and if I think it needs repainting I’ll do that while I’m at it (no, not with the floor paint – I have special garden shed paint).
  • The back of the house needs a good fettle. I have no back garden, just a driveway and a set of steps up to the back door – but there are weeds growing where weeds have no business to be growing, there are leaves piled up in corners, and there’s a funny little space (it would be the cupboard under the stairs if it was indoors) that I need to find a purpose for. I want to re-plant my herbs by the kitchen door (I have the herbs and the potting compost, and the pots – I just need to put them all together).
  • I need to go to Tesco. It has to be Tesco, even though there isn’t one near here – I’ve got £25 in Clubcard vouchers. I didn’t realise it was so much until the other day. Some were in my purse, some were in my handbag, some were in my other handbag, and some were on the kitchen bench. It was only when I gathered them all together and counted them up that I realised how much I had. Totally worth a special trip. Something to do while the garage floor is drying!
  • I’ll be mowing the lawn on 31st May, as No Mow May comes to an end. I have buttercups, dandelions and white clover in my lawn – I hope the bees have enjoyed their little treat.

And there are things that I want to do. Hopefully I’ll manage to do them too. This list is also getting longer –

  • I want to spend some quality time with my family tree. I’ve just discovered that one of my relatives married a man who was a Scottish Liberal MP, so that needs some further investigation.
  • I want to go for a proper long walk. I might leave it until the end of the week, to give my feet a chance to recover…
  • I want to start going to the ‘gym’ again – my gym is closed, obviously, but the owners have put enormous effort into their online presence. They’re doing three live workouts a day, which I’ve just been too busy to join. Now’s my chance!

And I’m planning on spending one day doing absolutely nothing. It’s not something I’m very good at – but it has to be done. And I need to learn to do it without feeling guilty.

I might just spend the whole day in my lovely patchwork chair.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. LittleDreams says:

    Now now, are you sure this is a holiday, it sounds far too busy to me-😋🤦🏻‍♀️!
    This is also my first week “off” since the lockdown and I’ll be reading and watching something on tv.
    Could you do a socially distanced walk with a friend? I’m thinking of organising one myself, although haven’t yet done,xxx

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    1. I know… I just can’t help it. I’m rubbish at doing nothing. But I am going to try to get out for a walk (later in the week, when my feet have had chance to recover). Will have a think about who I could drag along with me…


  2. Sarah says:

    Good luck with squeezing everything into a week.

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    1. Yes, I see your point. I’ve made a start on the garage!! I’ll report back at the end of the week. xx


  3. Katherine Cole says:

    Enjoy your well earned break!


    1. Thanks, I will! Today I will mostly be preparing the garage floor for painting…


  4. SisterStay says:

    You are a whirlwind of activity. I hope you get it all done and still have time to recover before squeezing your poor feet back into those work boots.


    1. I pretty much did!! I have another week of starting 21st June (it’s the week I should have been spending in Naples) – whatever I didn’t manage to get done will go on the list for then!!


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