How are you?

Do you feel that your mental health is suffering during Lockdown? Are you feeling anxious, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry, and the rest? We know that depression is low mood that’s not related to any particular event. So someone feeling low following a bereavement isn’t suffering from depression – they are simply and naturally feeling an…

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…

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

During the first Lockdown, back in the Spring, I invited some Guest Bloggers to tell us about their ‘Life under Lockdown’. And here they all are. Get the kettle on, and settle down to read back over our Life under Lockdown stories, and remember what life was like at the beginning of all this. The…

Tier 4

If you’re waking up to life in Tier 4, I’m so, so, sorry. If your planned gatherings over the Christmas period are in tatters, I’m so, so sorry. My Christmas was going to be a quiet affair anyway – just me and the lodger, and I don’t think he’s a party animal. But I feel…

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

The first of my Reviews of the Year. If you click on the words that are underlined, you’ll be taken (as if by magic) to the blog post I wrote at the time. It started well enough. I remember making some New Year’s Resolutions – I only made four, and three of them came to…

Tirelessly??

If I hear the word ‘tirelessly’ trotted out by one more politician… Of course our health care workers don’t work tirelessly. They’re fucking exhausted. And they’re not superheroes either. Suggesting that they are just absolves us from the need to see them as actual human beings. This is a Guest Blog from a good friend…

*&%#^@#!!!

October was a bit of a dead loss. Lots going on, and none of it good. It felt like a giant pile-on, with me at the bottom. And nothing that I could do about any of it. As a result, I found myself in a strange place, decided that no-one really wanted to read my…

Eyebrow Day

Today’s the day!! It’s H-Hour minus 7. At precisely 14:55 I will be setting off to walk down the hill to the beauty salon, to arrive at 15:00. I will have my mask at the ready, and be prepared to have my temperature taken and to fill in a track and trace form. I will…

Supermarket Spend – Then and Now

Money was tight after my husband left, back in February 2019. And money continued to be tight until I got a job and got a lodger. This year, things have been a bit easier – plus, with the whole coronavirus thing, there simply haven’t been as many opportunities for spending!! So, I thought now would…

Back to School

How different from all previous years. I used to be a teacher – but I’m glad I’m not a teacher now. I used to be a parent of school-age children – I’m glad I’m not any more. The thought of being told specifically NOT to wear a mask, but being expected to work alongside 30…

Million Vaccines

Back in April, just five months ago, the BBC ran a headline that said there would be ‘a million vaccines by September’. I didn’t believe it then – it’s now September and it’s turned out to be… not true. Fancy that. The trouble is, it was reported by the BBC. Rightly or wrongly, we generally…