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…

Dry January

Some people that I don’t know are doing Dry January, and I was invited to join the group. Well – that’s not quite true. I know one of them – and she invited me. I’m not actually even doing Dry January… When my ex and I first got together, he wasn’t drinking at all. He’d…

God Bless America

If there is a God, which I doubt. They certainly need all the help they can get. I have some questions about the events on Capitol Hill on 6th January 2021. Where was security? Why were people wearing sweatshirts printed with ‘CIVIL WAR 6 Jan 2021’ if it wasn’t pre-planned? Why do Trump supporters look…

Don’t Let Lockdown Win

It’s been a shit couple of days. We had such plans, you and I, at the start of the year. So we’ve fallen off the wagon – so what? That doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Let’s forgive ourselves and climb right back on board. Let’s remind ourselves of why we wanted…

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…

New Year’s Resolutions

So that’s that over with for another year. I don’t really like New Year. Lots of reasons. But this year, on top of everything else, we’ve left the European Union. I’ve said all I need to say on that topic here, here and here. I didn’t feel like celebrating anything – I switched the TV…

Farewell to EU

Today is our last day as Europeans. I enjoyed being European. I took full advantage of the rights it gave me, particularly the right to travel and work abroad. All those immigrants that we’re apparently overrun with? I was one of them, in the Republic of Ireland, from 3rd January 2007 to 16th December 2010….

Clinical Trial Part Three

Off for my third appointment yesterday morning, as part of the Covid-19 clinical trial that I’m involved with. Woke up to snow first thing, and the clinic is the other side of the Pennines… The first appointment, at the end of November, was for the first injection and involved a lot of questions about my…

A Merry Little Christmas?

How was it for you? Quieter than planned, I expect. I sincerely hope that this isn’t the new normal. But it’s got me thinking about Christmas traditions, what we do and why we do it. From when to put up the Christmas decorations to when to take them down again, via what to do on…

Happy Christmas To Us All

Here’s to you, dear readers – a cheeky glass of Prosecco before I start cooking… This is for the people who find themselves on their own this Christmas. This is for the people who find themselves wondering if they’ll be on their own by this time next year. You can do this. You really can.

2020 – It’s Been a Funny Old Year Part IV

‘Not Only Lockdown but also…’ – the final part of my Review of the Year and the Guest Bloggers who so kindly Guest Blogged for me. They reminded us that life goes on whether we’re in Lockdown or not, and for some (most) of us, Lockdown isn’t the only thing we’re having to think about….