Post Fifty

50 posts!! I started this blog four months after my husband left me. I post pretty much every other day – and this is my 50th post. There have been high points (the birth of grandbaby #4, hitting Gold at the gym, having fun in my new job) and low points (the disastrous DLG interview,…

Gold status – tick

I go to the gym. I posted about it here a while ago. Yesterday I achieved GOLD status. GOLD!!!! It works like this – after a month you get Iron status (well, you don’t just get it, you have to work for it, obviously). After two months at Iron status you get Bronze. After 4…

The New Girl

I started a new job on Tuesday. It’s my 25th job – always the new girl. I’ve moved around a lot, and sometimes I’ve held down more than one job at a time. But still – 25. Over the 44 years that I’ve been working for money, that averages out at 1 year 9 months…

Put the kettle on

Yes, baby has arrived!! Fabulous news, and I want to share every detail with you. But – I won’t. Sorry. When I started this blog I made a decision that other people’s stories weren’t mine to tell – so I won’t be giving you a blow-by-blow account of Toots’s arrival in the world. Suffice to…

It Tastes Just Like Butter

I mentioned in a previous post (‘Bunnies, ducklings, and sensible shoes’) that I volunteer with the National Trust (other heritage charities are available). For those of you not based in the UK (and there’s an increasing number of you – I’ve had visitors to my little corner of the internet from Australia, Canada, the US,…

For the love of bugs

This is my 7th garden. Some north, some south, some big, some small, and one that was basically tundra with a wall around it. My current one is tiny. There are advantages to this – mowing the lawn takes no time at all, and I can sit down in the garden on a glorious sunny…

Please wait here

Grandchild #4 is due, well – now, basically. Want to wait with me? Four grandkids. Wow. I have a 10 year old, and then after a big gap they seem to be coming along quite regularly – a two year old, a one year old, and a very-nearly-here. And straight away, things are complicated, because…

Bunnies, ducklings and sensible shoes

With all the talk in my last post about what exactly middle-age is – and what it’s not – I wanted to tell you about my work as a National Trust volunteer… It seems to be a natural career progression for people who were teachers – at some point we become National Trust room guides…

How do you sleep at night?

What is it with sleep? It’s the only thing that gets harder to do the harder you try to do it. I don’t always sleep terribly well. Maybe it’s to be expected, what with the husband moving out an’ all. Some nights, I just don’t sleep at all. Last night was one of those nights….

Physically fit at 58

The time has come to renew my gym membership. This means that I’ve been going to the gym for a year now. Time to take stock. It’s not cheap, but I go every other day, come hell or high water, so the cost-per-session is tiny. I’ve managed to justify it to myself, despite all the…

Doing the Deed (Poll)

I’ve decided to change my name by Deed Poll. It feels like the right thing to do, all things considered. I guess the expected thing would be to go back to my maiden name, but I have a problem with that. Quite apart from the problem I have with doing what’s expected. I mean, maiden??…