Here We Go Again

Here in West Yorkshire – and specifically in the Bradford area – we’re in Lockdown for the second time. Things had started to ease – I’d got my hair cut, the gym had re-opened. Life seemed to be getting back to normal. Now, with just 2 ½ hours’ notice, we’re in Lockdown again. We’ve been…

Feeling Out of Sorts

There seem to be a lot of things that are just getting to me a bit at the moment. And I’m sure that any one of them, on their own, wouldn’t faze me. Even a handful of them wouldn’t faze me. Indeed haven’t fazed me, until now. Here’s the list!! My parents are slowly beginning…

Out Like a Light – or not?

The other night I didn’t sleep a wink. Or at least, that’s what it felt like. I’d been up at 5:30am, in work for 7, finished at 4. When I got home I’d grabbed a quick cup of tea and got changed, then did at least an hour’s work in the garden. I’d had something…

Masks

So, it’s going to be compulsory to wear masks in shops from 24th July. OK – probably a good idea. No – a very good idea. But there are so many questions – Why has it taken so long? How many people have become ill or even died due to masks not being compulsory? If…

But This IS Me!

As you know, I run a business with my ex. About a week ago I needed to make some purchases for the business from Amazon. Now, as it happens, this isn’t something I do very often. The last time I used the business debit card with Amazon was back in November. I placed my order….

Hayfever

I was told, aged 11, that I would grow out of it. Here I am, aged 59 ½, sniffling and snuffling with the best of them. To be fair, it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be – I used to be a mess of itchiness (the eyes! the throat!), sneezes and sniffles…

How Would You Like Your Trolley Sir?

I was going to have a rant today about customers. The customers who think they know best (‘I don’t need a trolley…’) The customers who look surprised/offended/bemused when they get to the till and try to pay with cash. At this point they have walked past 4 (I know – I counted them) signs telling…

Exit Strategy

We all need hope at times like this. But false hope is worse than no hope at all, and that seems to be what the BBC was reporting yesterday. Here’s the news article that’s got me annoyed – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52329659. The headline reads ‘Coronavirus Vaccine: target of a million doses by September, scientists say’. Now call…

Lockdown

Yesterday was the first day of ‘lockdown’ in the UK. I work as a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. As a ‘hardware store’ we are counted as providing an essential service, so we’ll be staying open one way or another. We sell items that people will need in order to keep their homes…

Back off, Buster

I’m tired. Very, very tired. I work in retail. That’s really all you need to know! Yes, it’s a customer-facing role. Yes, it has its challenges even on a normal day. But add Corona Virus to the mixture, and you get a very special sort of crazy. In the last two days  – A total…

See Naples – or not…

Well, I booked my first solo holiday back on 14th February. I’ve paid for my flights, and a deposit on my accommodation. I haven’t booked anything else – I’d planned on booking the ferry trip to Capri, a walking food tour of Naples, a trip out to Pompeii. All the stuff. Well anyway – you’ll…