Whose Job is it Anyway?

I’ve decided to get a cleaner. I used to have one – she came for two hours every week, and hoovered, dusted, and cleaned the bathroom. When my husband left, I had to let her go. This frustrated me – a lovely woman, very good at her job, and she had to lose 2 hours’…

One Year On, Six Months On

One year ago today, my husband left me. He’d told me he was leaving back on the 8th of January, and since then we’d been living a strange sort of life where we were still under one roof but not living together. That part is a bit vague now. I know I stopped doing his…

See Naples and…

In my new job, we have to book time off. Not so unusual – but it wasn’t like that in my two previous careers. In teaching you just get the school holidays, no option. And when you work for yourself you can (theoretically) take time off whenever you want. In practice, you rarely take time…

Change of Name, Change of Passport

I changed my name by Deed Poll. Which means I’ve needed to apply for a new passport. And yes, rather than leave it until I’m actually going somewhere, I decided to apply for a new one now. Sooner rather than later. Maroon rather than blue. It arrived, all shiny, on 28th January, three days before…

10 Benefits of Volunteering

I used to be a volunteer with the National Trust until life got in the way and I had to get a proper job. I still do it when I can, and I still miss it a lot. I wrote about it for my column at 60 & Me. My posts for them have to…

Kitchen Designer – me!

I started this job just over 5 months ago. I’m a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. It’s the job I’d applied for but didn’t get here. It’s my 26th job. I’ve always been interested in kitchens – in the way they’ve evolved from basically a fire in the middle of the floor. I…

Want to Start a Blog?

Fancy writing your own blog? Do you look at this one and think ‘I could do that’? If that’s you, all I can say is – go for it. If I can do it, so can you. Truly. This post isn’t about the technical side of setting up a blog. Dearie me no – my…

Me Day

Yesterday, it was one year since my husband told me he was leaving. It’s been a very quick year. It was a pretty ordinary day – I took the car for its service, bought some milk on the way back home, spent the morning hoovering, did some work for the business. I even spoke with…

New Year Newbies

It’s New Year!! Happy 2020 to you all. Starting around about now the gym will be packed out with New Year Newbies, January Gym-ers – the people whose New Year’s resolutions included, ‘I must get fitter and lose some weight’. Those of us who already go to the gym might complain a bit about the…

4 Resolutions for 2020

New Year’s resolutions – do you make them? Do you keep them? Here are mine – not terribly deep and meaningful, just a middle-aged woman who happens to be free and single, making a few promises to herself. I have no idea if I’ll keep them – but I know I’d like to, and that’s…

Be Our Guest!!

I was recently invited to become a guest blogger for Sixty and Me, an online magazine aimed at helping women over 60 to live happy, healthy and financially secure lives. I wrote my first post for them a couple of weeks ago, and here it is!! Are You Financially Savvy? Do please have a look…