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 though 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…

A Yellow Handbag Day

Yesterday afternoon, after a morning spent hoeing and weeding and cutting the grass, and a quick bite of lunch, I went Out. I decided a few days ago that I wasn’t going to let this day off just evaporate without doing something. I’d originally wanted to drive over to Bolton Abbey – but you have…

Husbanding my Resources – Still

I’m still husbanding my resources. And still very aware of the irony of that statement. Last year, when my husband had just left me, I needed to try to live as frugally as I possibly could. I cut back on the amount of money I spent on electricity, gas, water, and food. I’m evangelical about…

Hair. Cut.

It was 4 o’clock on Saturday 25th July 2020. Finally. The long-awaited hour of my long-awaited hair appointment. I arrived at 5 minutes to 4, face mask in place. I was met at the door and had my temperature taken. This is the first time in all of this Covid crisis that I’ve had my…

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…