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 though 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…

Life After Lockdown – The Fitness Studio Owner

Take a look at her ‘Life Under Lockdown’ post too! The Rollercoaster and the Sycamore Tree by Jules Parry Finally, after three months of me jumping around in my makeshift fitness studio (aka our garage), and me talking to myself and a couple of screens, some lock down restrictions were lifted and I could start…

Feeling Out of Sorts

There seem to be a lot of things that are just getting to me a bit at the moment. And I’m sure that any one of them, on their own, wouldn’t faze me. Even a handful of them wouldn’t faze me. Indeed haven’t fazed me, until now. Here’s the list!! My parents are slowly beginning…

That Was Then, This Is Now

In the strange parallel universe that is ‘What I would have been doing if Covid-19 hadn’t happened’, this is the weekend I should have had two of the grandchildren to stay. I would have been picking them up today, and returning them on Sunday, so that their Mum and Dad could get a well-deserved and…

Space Plague – one year on

I started a new job a year ago. It was just 5 months since my husband had left me, and after a few false starts, I’d landed a job as an Explainer at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. My first gig, as it were, was the Bradford Science Festival – this was a…

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…

What Have You Done Today?

As we begin, possibly, to move out of lockdown and back into the world, it’s time to take stock I think. There we were, tiddling along – and suddenly we could only go out for essential purposes. Which I think forced us all to think about what is essential. We discovered that lots of things…

A Week Off Work – At Last

What with Covid-19 and lockdown and furlough and being a key worker and everything, the week off that I’d booked for the week after Easter didn’t happen. That means this is my first annual leave since Christmas, and I am SO looking forward to it. My FEET are so looking forward to it. No plans,…