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….

Supernumerary back in the States

Three weeks at sea, and back we were at the other side of the Atlantic, heading for Houston, Texas. My first husband was in the Merchant Navy, and I spent three years travelling with him as a ‘supernumerary’ – that’s basically someone who is surplus to requirements. On my second trip we’d flown out to…

A Walk of Two Halves

Let’s go for a walk we said. It’ll be fun we said. That was a couple of weeks ago. Friday was the best day for us, but the forecast for last Friday wasn’t good. We decided to do it this Friday. The weather might have improved by then. That was yesterday afternoon. Well, the forecast…

Dirty Mash

I’ve rebelled this week. Every week, just about, for the past 18 months I’ve had Rubber Chicken. I roast it on a Sunday, have it cold and in sandwiches on Monday and Tuesday, then make soup with the bones on Wednesday. But this week, well – this week I haven’t done that!! I was in…

Life after Lockdown – The Holiday Part 2

A Five-Part Holiday needs a Two-Part homecoming. Here’s Part One. And here’s Part Two – What We Did After Our Holidays Part 2 – by 67 and Stopped Counting We are back! Our journey home was not too bad, just a little stressful with a lot of different elements that had the potential to go…

Life after Lockdown – The Tutor

With tutoring still not happening, our tutor is using his creative skills to great effect with other projects. You can read his original ‘Life under Lockdown’ post here. All Day to Fill – by Howard Carlisle What to do today? At first, when we heard the words of Boris – we all need to stay…

Life after Lockdown – The Funeral Celebrant

Still not something we like to think about – but we really should. The Thanatologist’s previous post (‘The Memory Lives Forever’) is here. Less Can be More – by the Thanatologist When I wrote my last guest post for this blog, I was feeling very sad. I had just delivered several funerals that felt bleak,…

Life after Lockdown – The Holiday Part 1

The first of my lovely Guest Bloggers – the long-awaited Holiday Update!! You can read the start of the story here. What We Did AFTER Our Holiday – by 67 and Stopped Counting I am writing this from my lounge in lovely West Yorkshire because – we are home!! We were “stuck” in Mallorca for…

Where do you draw your line?

Have you got your hair appointment booked? Will you be out (‘Out out’) on Saturday night? Are you looking forward to going for a coffee? Is it really over, are we really getting back to normal, starting tomorrow? Or are we all just being sacrificed on the altar of economic expediency? It’s obvious that companies…

The Second Half

Well, that’s the first half of 2020 over with. It’s been a hell of a year so far. It’s kind of taken me by surprise, that we’re so far through the year. I think it’s because I feel everything has been in some sort of suspended animation since the start of Lockdown. I surprised myself…

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…