It Isn’t Over

One year on. Or should I say one year in. I worry that there seems to have been a sea-change in people’s attitudes over the last few days. It feels like it’s over. More and more people are getting their vaccines, the numbers are coming down, the sun is shining. We have the prospect of…

Unblinded

Most people have had their first vaccine. Apart from teachers under 55 of course. Angry is far too small a word to describe how I feel about that. I was offered my vaccine last week. A lovely lady from my GP rang me and asked if I’d be OK to come in at 10 o’clock…

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…