Happy Birthday Mum

I’ve left the lodger in charge of the cat and joined my parents in a little hotel in Derbyshire to celebrate Mum’s 90th birthday. This is the 90th birthday party that started off as a cruise. The cruise, which should have happened back in August, was cancelled back in March for obvious coronavirus-related reasons. It…

4 in the Morning

It’s 4 in the morning, and I’ve been awake since just gone 3. I’m not sure if I’ve not slept at all, or if I’ve woken up ridiculously early. But whatever, here we are. This blog is about my life since my husband left back in February 2019, and I don’t have the right to…

Bad Back

As if things weren’t bad enough!! Now my back’s gone. This is a ‘normal’ bad back – not like the one I got from Flipping Tyres. All I did was lean over to pick up my laptop from the side of the bed. Something I do Every. Single. Morning. But this time, there was a…

No Woman is an Island

This blog is my story. I don’t have the right to tell anyone else’s story. The trouble is, other people’s stories are buffeting me from side to side at the moment. No woman is an island – although I feel like one, with waves crashing all around me and nothing much I can do about…

Are We Confused Enough Yet?

Hands up if you know for sure what you’re allowed to do. No, me neither. So many questions – Can I visit my elderly parents in their home? We form a support bubble. I’m in a lockdown area, they’re not. Can my elderly parents visit me in my home? Can I meet up with my…

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…

My Forever Home

It’s 6 years and 2 months exactly since I moved in to this house. It’s my 18th house (not counting ships – I really will have to do a post about the ships!). It’s my third forever home. It’s a big house, I suppose – a basement, ground floor, first floor and attic, with 4…

Time flies…

It will be six months tomorrow since he told me he was leaving. It feels like longer, and it feels like hardly any time at all. We’d been out, and I was driving us home. I said something, he said something, we got home, I put the kettle on, and we talked. No big argument,…

Owning the space

Furniture. All those bits and pieces we gather around us. We buy it, we’re given it, we inherit it. Sometimes we’re hard put to say where it’s actually come from, or when we actually got it – it’s just there, the back drop to our lives. It generally just stays where you put it, year…