Happy Christmas To Us All

Here’s to you, dear readers – a cheeky glass of Prosecco before I start cooking… This is for the people who find themselves on their own this Christmas. This is for the people who find themselves wondering if they’ll be on their own by this time next year. You can do this. You really can.

Pressure Washing my Steps

Until he left, my ex was in charge of pressure washing. I would stay inside and think he was wonderful for getting out there and doing it, and I’d be ready with a cup of tea when he’d finished. When he left, he took the pressure washer with him, which I was fine with. But…

Blogging On

Wow – I’ve had a flurry of new followers over the last couple of weeks. Welcome all!! It’s probably time for a bit of a recap. Apologies if you know all this stuff already! It’s about 18 months since I started this blog. My husband had walked out on our marriage four months previously, and…

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…

Eyebrow Day

Today’s the day!! It’s H-Hour minus 7. At precisely 14:55 I will be setting off to walk down the hill to the beauty salon, to arrive at 15:00. I will have my mask at the ready, and be prepared to have my temperature taken and to fill in a track and trace form. I will…

Running Back

My thighs ache, my calves ache, and my right hip is complaining a bit. I used to go to the gym every other day. 45 minutes three times a week. And then Covid hit and the gym had to close. It’s a wonderful gym, and they started to put exercise classes online, so we could…

Rising Damp…

My lodger has been with me for six months!! The first one didn’t make it to three months – met someone and moved in with her. The current one moved in at the beginning of March, just a week or so before Covid-19 struck. And here’s an odd fact – we met for a coffee…

Supermarket Spend – Then and Now

Money was tight after my husband left, back in February 2019. And money continued to be tight until I got a job and got a lodger. This year, things have been a bit easier – plus, with the whole coronavirus thing, there simply haven’t been as many opportunities for spending!! So, I thought now would…

A Year of Kitchen Designing

It’s a year today since I started work as a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. I needed a job, because my husband had left me. We ran a limited company together – and that was my only source of income. When he told me he was leaving, my initial shock was very closely…

Corona Curves – Progress

Here’s my diary for the first 10 days of attempting to lose my Corona Curves. But first a bit of history. My normal weight, from about age 14 until I was about 45 was 7 ½ stone. I’m 5’8” tall. I was basically skinny. So skinny that complete strangers felt they could come up to…