How To Be Bored – 15 ways to help you get through this

Whether you’re self-isolating for 14 days, or in a vulnerable group and needing to shield yourself for 12 weeks (and assuming that you’re not actually ill) you’re very likely to be bored out of your skull. Here are 15 ways to survive the boredom – Do something that’s needed doing for a long time –…

We’re not laughing any more

Only a couple of days ago, we could laugh about it – oh, it’s only like having the flu, I’m stockpiling books and chocolate… I’ve gone from thinking, ‘It can’t happen to me…’ to thinking, ‘If it happens to me…’ to thinking, ‘When it happens to me…’ in a matter of days. There have been…

Where Do I Think I’m From?

This post has nothing whatsoever to do with corona virus. Thought I’d give y’all a break. I’ve been researching my family tree for quite a while now. My parents came from Yorkshire in England, and Fife in Scotland. My grandparents were from Northumberland, Yorkshire – and Fife My great grandparents were from Kent, Lincolnshire, Northumberland,…

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…

Fourth Time Lucky

I’ve got a new lodger!! I’d had three enquiries within a couple of days of dropping the price, but none of them had come to anything. And then the fourth one came along. My last lodger moved out back in November. I knew I probably wouldn’t find another one until after Christmas but I’d sort…

Ladies who Lunch

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – this post isn’t about that, but I wanted to just mention that until 1982 a publican in the UK could refuse to serve alcohol to a woman. (In the sense of her buying it herself. Apparently it was OK if there was a bloke buying it for her). That’s…

Whose Job is it Anyway?

I’ve decided to get a cleaner. I used to have one – she came for two hours every week, and hoovered, dusted, and cleaned the bathroom. When my husband left, I had to let her go. This frustrated me – a lovely woman, very good at her job, and she had to lose 2 hours’…

Corona virus

I don’t bloody believe it. I want to travel. I love travelling. I travelled a fair amount in the past. I’m happy to travel independently. There are places I want to visit, there are things I want to do. There are adventures I want to have. My grand plan is to spend as much time…

Miss, Mrs or Ms?

It’s a question I have to ask as part of my job, and it’s fraught with difficulty. It’s easy for the guys. No-one will be offended by being called Mr, even if their correct title is something else. But it’s very easy to get it very wrong for us women. Traditionally we were Miss until…

Rubber Chicken – Soup Day

As promised a few days ago, here’s how I make my chicken soup. You should know by now that I’m evangelical about Rubber Chicken, so-called because you stretch the chicken as far as it’ll go. I get 7 meals (4 main meals, 3 lunches) out of one chicken. My last chicken cost me £2.17, so…

Are You Set in your Ways?

This was originally posted to my column on the Sixty & Me website a couple of weeks ago – and now you can read it here too!! It’s not just our joints that we need to keep flexible as we get older. The trouble is we find a way of doing things that works well…