… And Single

I took my car to the garage the other day, and the guy asked if I was seeing anyone. It’s a garage I go to often enough, and the guy who runs it knows that my husband left a while ago. I know this man, his girlfriend goes to the same gym as me, he…

Quite Giddy

I was wide awake at 4 this morning. Alarm was due to go off at 6 ready for me to get into my gym gear and head to the gym for 6.30. Yes, I was that excited. I got up and made myself a cup of tea and a bowl of cereal and took it…

Full o’ busy

Life is a bit hectic. I work 35 hours a week for a large DIY shed as a kitchen designer – but I rarely do just 35 hours, I normally have a couple of hours overtime at least, so my normal working week is usually about 37 hours. On the plus side, my working day…

Unblinded

Most people have had their first vaccine. Apart from teachers under 55 of course. Angry is far too small a word to describe how I feel about that. I was offered my vaccine last week. A lovely lady from my GP rang me and asked if I’d be OK to come in at 10 o’clock…

A Little Bag of Sweets

Yesterday was a Difficult day. And when a colleague arrived with bags of sweeties for the sweetie stash, there was only one thing for it. I took a small bag of Haribo Tangfastics – and scoffed the lot. I needed it. About three weeks ago, I decided to cut sugar out of my diet. First…

No More Sugar

I have osteoarthritis in the top joints of my fingers. The worst affected are my little fingers, but I get a bit of pain in most of them, apart from my thumbs. My hands look like I remember my Grandma’s hands looking. The joints of my little fingers are quite swollen. I don’t have much…

Walking in the Snow

I love the snow. I have happy memories of sledging on Beverley Westwood as a child. One year we were having such a good time that when the light started to fade we walked into the town for something to eat – then went back out and sledged in the moonlight. Magical. I’ve had adventures…

Me Day – again

Two years ago, on 8th January, my husband told me he was leaving. One year ago, on 8th January, I wrote this. I decided that I would declare the 8th of January Me Day. A day to acknowledge that I’ve survived, that I’m not the woman I was. I wish I could go back and…

Black Ice

Time to get back to the gym yesterday, after a bit of a lay-off over Christmas. Into the gym kit – leggings, T-shirt, hoody, trainers, heart-rate monitor – and off out for the 8am session. The gym is just a short walk from the house. The slush from the day before had frozen overnight. It…

No Plans

I have a few days annual leave, starting today. I have no plans. I haven’t even made any plans that have had to be cancelled. Yes – Covid-19 has been with us for so long now that these few days hadn’t even been booked when it all started. Unlike my planned-and-paid-for-but-then-cancelled trip to Naples in…

It’s Chriiiiistmaaaas (Nearly)!

Twenty days to go until Christmas. It’s going to be a funny one. And I don’t mean ‘funny ha ha’. What are your plans? Are you going for the full 3-household Christmas bubble from 23rd to 27th December? Or will you retreat from the world and use the holiday period as a much-needed excuse to…