Another To Do List

Another week off work. This, of course, was the week I should have been in Naples. Never mind. This is now the week in which I’m ticking off yet more of my to do list. The plan goes like this – Go for a proper long walk – nope, not yet. If it’s going to…

Still Owning the Space

A year ago I wrote about ‘Owning the Space’. Time for a recap about how that’s going. The garage had always been my husband’s space, and once he’d moved out it was very empty. It still is very empty!! I finally managed to paint the floor – first of all I couldn’t because the MG…

Naples – The Holiday That Didn’t Happen

Tomorrow I should have been packing to go on my holiday to Naples. Ah well. Ain’t gonna happen. I’m not the only person whose holiday plans have been thwarted. Maybe next year. Maybe. But the thing is, this trip to Naples was symbolic for me. It was going to have been my first holiday on…

Anniversary

Yesterday was 8th May. A strange day, in many ways. First of all, of course, it was the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe. Not the end of the war – that didn’t happen until VJ (Victory in Japan) Day on 15th August – but the end…

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…