The Worst of Both Worlds

The gym I go to had to close due to the pandemic. But it was OK, because I was doing so much walking (6 – 8 miles a day) and lifting (25kg sacks of cement, concrete, sand) at work that I was getting fitter and stronger by the day. I must have been getting through…

Just Lovely

I was off work last week. Let’s call it annual leave – ‘holiday’ conjures up too many memories of flights to foreign places and things that might have been. Anyway. This was the week that I should have taken just after Easter, but due to You Know What, it was cancelled. Which meant I hadn’t…

Seven years on

I’ve been fairly nomadic throughout my life – shortest period in a house was six weeks, longest was 12 years. It’s exactly 7 years since I moved into this house – it feels like home. On the day we’d originally viewed it, we also viewed three other houses, all in the same price bracket. The…

A Week Off Work – At Last

What with Covid-19 and lockdown and furlough and being a key worker and everything, the week off that I’d booked for the week after Easter didn’t happen. That means this is my first annual leave since Christmas, and I am SO looking forward to it. My FEET are so looking forward to it. No plans,…

A Different Normal

Today is going to be a doing-day. It’s the first mid-week day off I’ve had in a while – I have a list of things I need to do. Wash my work apron and hang it outside to dry. Put away the washing that I did on Monday. Pay a cheque in. I’m doing the…

My Feet Hurt

Back in the olden days, when life was normal, just over a month ago, I was a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain in the UK. We have to wear steel toe cap boots on the shop floor. They’re not very comfy at the best of times, but I spent my days sitting at…

My Unfurloughed Day

I work for a major DIY chain in the UK. I used to be a kitchen designer. I like to think I still am… Alarm set for 6:30 but awake by 6. Mug of tea and bowl of cereal in bed, then into the shower. Put soup (Rubber Chicken Day 4) into a flask for…

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…