No Furlough

I fall into the ‘not furloughed’ category – found out on Monday. The boss had asked us for our preferences a few days ago, but with no guarantee that we’d all get what we wanted. They were still making decisions about how the furloughing would actually work – maybe they would pick individual stores to…

No More Days Off

I had a day off from work yesterday. Turns out I’m a key worker. Didn’t see that coming. So – first thing I did was sleep for nine hours – from 10pm until 7am. For someone who normally only feels the need for about 5 hours’ sleep, I think that shows I’m quite tired with…

The Accidental Key Worker

Can I admit to having Lockdown Envy? The thought of being able to stay home, maybe read a book, go for a nice walk as long as I stay away from people – that sounds lovely. My reality is very different. I’m a kitchen designer – but because I work for a major DIY store…

Who Do I Think I Am?

I enjoy visiting old relatives. Really old relatives. Really, really old relatives. Over the last couple of days I’ve been visiting Peter Righton Atkinson, 1829 – 1888. He’s actually only a relative by marriage – he married my 2nd cousin 4 times removed in 1857 – but still fascinating. I started delving into my family…

Another one!!

I had a lovely birthday yesterday with my son, topped off with a rather pleasant Thai meal. Very many thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes!! And today – well, I’d like to think I don’t look a day over 59… I don’t feel 59. Or rather I don’t think I feel how I think…

It’s not the Hip it’s the Hamstring

I went to the physio the other day, because of what I thought was a pain in my hip. He prodded and poked at it – until he got the desired result, which was basically me going ‘Yowwwcchhh!!’ when he hit the spot. Physiotherapists seem to get most of their job satisfaction from this moment……

It’s not the Hip that’s giving me Jip

My hip hurts. All part of getting old? Definitely not. Overdid it at the gym? Probably. It’s been hurting for about six days now – and if I’ve learnt nothing else during my life, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to put up with it. So off I took myself to the physio. I’ve had…

Autumn Cleaning

I’m Spring Cleaning. Whaddya mean it’s October?? Back in the Spring I was a bit busy with other things, seeing as my husband had not long since walked away from the marriage. And besides, I had a cleaner back then. I had a lovely lady who came in for two hours a week, and hoovered…

My Hysterectomy Anniversary

It’s six years today since I had my hysterectomy. I really really didn’t want one. Well, I didn’t want one until all the other options had been explored. And to begin with I thought I had a good chance of getting away with not having to have one. I was diagnosed with fibroids – benign…

HOW old??

A little late with this today. It’s Mum’s birthday, so a-visiting I did go, and I’ve only just got back home. My parents are getting old. At the risk of stating the obvious, with every year that passes they’re another year older. They still travel, they still have a car, they still have opinions. They…

What’s your Last Name?

Back in May I changed my name by Deed Poll. I’ve had a fair few last names. My maiden name, of course, then my first married name. That name happened to be double-barrelled, so when we split up I dropped the first half and just used the second half. Then when I married again, I…