Not only Lockdown but also… Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain by Jade The week before my wedding, I was diagnosed with both endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. That was in May 2018. However, I was suffering before that – the doctors just weren’t sure why. I found out the hard way, when we decided we were ready for a new baby….

Not only Lockdown but also… writing a novel

NaNoWriMo by Nic Golding I’m currently a woman on a mission. My aim? To write 50,000 of a novel in November as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Or, to put it in a slightly more terrifying way: I have 30 days to write 50,000 words. In the middle of  lockdown. While working full-time….

Food Banks

October was pretty shitty for me. And when I sat myself down to have a good think about why, I realised that what I need most in my life is to feel that I’ve achieved something. Anything, really. I decided that I needed to start to do something about it. I wrote about it here….

Lifting Heavy Stuff

I’m a kitchen designer, but designing kitchens isn’t all that the job entails. Mostly I sit at a computer, but sometimes I have to get physical. I have to work stock. I have to help a customer with a purchase. I have to just shift stuff from A to B. And from time to time…

Covid – My Part in its Downfall

An advert popped up on my Facebook page from an organisation called Synexus. They conduct clinical trials in the UK on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. This particular trial was for a Covid vaccine. More precisely is was – a Phase 3, Randomised, Observer-Blinded,  Placebo-Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein…

Time Flies

I’ve been retired for a week!! Only – I haven’t. When I first started my working life, retirement was 60 for ladies and 65 for men. And it was my 60th birthday just a week ago, so I would have been retired for a week, all things being equal. Now, of course, it’s increased for…

Not only Lockdown… but also Things Beginning with C

A Guest Blog The Big C by Sarah 1st January 2020.Christmas is over, a New Year is ahead of us. Lots to look forward to… Concerts, Camping, a holiday in Cyprus, Celebrations to be shared with family and friends. And then the Big C reared its ugly head into our lives in March and changed…

A Lie-In and a Workout

Yesterday, for what felt like the first time in a long time, I was off on a Sunday. I work shifts – and very unpredictable shifts at that. I can start as early as 7 in the morning or finish as late as 9 at night. I can work Saturdays or Sundays, or both. I…

60 Burpees at 60

I turned 60 the day before yesterday. And when we’re not in Lockdown I go to the gym every other day. I suppose I’m reasonably fit for my age – although I tend to notice the things that I can’t do more than the things that I can do. I have a Morton’s neuroma in…

60 Today

I’m 60 today. The start of my 7th decade on planet earth. I should have been having a bit of a do with my family – but that would have involved unnecessary travel, mixing households who were in two different tiers (I know we’re all in lockdown now, but some of us were in Tier…

Masks are Like Knickers

It’s been said before – but it’s true. We’re all getting used to wearing masks these days, but for them to be effective they have to be worn properly – just like knickers. Here’s my handy guide to wearing masks (and knickers…) Don’t go out in public without them. Change them every day Wash them…