Lost a long reply in the middle of typing it last night (deleted the whole thing instead of just the picture I was attempting to add. 😡) CBA to start again then, so here goes now...
You do realise that different screens make colours look different, Katy? (Hehehe now she'll be worrying about the new bookcase.)
I finished Florence II and she's in nextdoor's upstairs window. Luckily her daughter didn't want one as well: I don't enjoy knitting the same thing several times in a row. I've got another baby blanket planned next because the pattern is intriguing. I'll use up some more of the donated wool.
I looked on K (start a fire) book shop and The Chain was only £2.99. I bought it so I can read it too. I also got 2 other books that have been on my wishlist for a while, each reduced to 99p. 3 books for under a fiver - Bargain!
OH in a grump at the moment. He won't admit it, but I know he's stressing about me going back to work. He was bad enough, in September, when I went back after 6 weeks off; this time I'll have been at home for 10 weeks! Fingers crossed the better meds prevent us from having that nightmare again.
I have found a new hobby/addiction: needle felting. OH bought me a kit, for my birthday, to make a little fox and I made him and then made a tiny teddy with the leftover wool. I only stabbed myself about a dozen times with the (very) sharp needle! I would include pictures, but that's where this post went pear-shaped last night....!
It's been hot and sunny here for days now, but today is cloudy and much breezier so I'll probably be on the CBA or Reading bench. Need to rest the aching bones because I walked too far on my Thursday night "swimming walk" yesterday!
Glad your meeting went well😀 am also glad that you aren't going to just fizzle out, would have been sad to end your career like that.
Not a good day yesterday but am on a roll today...........bookcase ordered, woo hoo! Am well pleased have been looking for months and months. Spoke to guy to order and asked him around 50 times if second picture online was def the colour of the bookcase?? He has assured me it is, I wanted a dark oak, if it's not then there will be a problem haha. It is a little larger than the one I have now so with a bit of maneuvering it should fit. Also purchased an ottoman that will store GC's toys am really pleased because I had 3 basket things that were full and taking up lots of room, now I have a nice box😀 You know by now how minimal I am, no clutter.
I also managed to sort photos and frames and they are all on the wall, looks brilliant, such a great idea from YD.
All windows open here but it's a little windy which means it's chillier in the house than outside.
Have you read The Chain, JCJ? Am about to start it soon.
Chariot makes me def more steady and can walk a lot further, a total lifesaver for moi.
Isn't it funny that the chair gives me the fear and your OH it's the chariot.............
Did you finish duplicate Florence?
Podcast was crime related forgot to say xx
So sad about YD's friend. Doubly tough for YD so soon after losing her grandmother. 😢
I have given up trying to persuade OH of the benefits of a chariot. He just won't have it. He still sometimes talks about getting a mobility scooter.... but I won't hold my breath.
The team meeting went ok: we were all unsure what to do and we had to restart it due to weird echoes, but it was good to see the other TA's faces and hear their voices. It's been a long time. We now know what the routine will be IF we go back on 1st June - that announcement will be made, by Boris, on 28th May. Everyone in school will stick strictly in their own little group of up to 15 children with 1 or 2 adults. The groups will be kept separate at all times. We won't be allowed within 2m of any other adult and the staffroom will not be a socialising space. There is even a rota for breaks and lunch to limit who is in there. It will be extremely odd. If anyone has symptoms they will be tested and, if positive for Covid-19, the whole group - children and adults - will be quarantined for 14 days. I am confident that it will be reasonably safe.
Although next week is half term, there will still be key worker and vulnerable children in (so far no more than 6) and I am on the rota for Thursday, morning only - I don't think OH would cope if I was out all day; he's already getting anxious about me going back.
I shall probably end my career with the weirdest 7 weeks in school ever, but at least it won't have just fizzled out.
I also washed my car today and did the supermarket shop at 4pm - walked straight into the store and got everything on my list, no problem. Still no flour except bread flour, but I didn't need any because I got lucky on Saturday and found some SR flour in the local shop when I went up to sort out OH's newspaper delivery (2 weeks without one and then they sent the wrong one!)
So much achieved in one day - after 2 consecutive nights with hardly any sleep: I may have to lie down for the rest of the week! 😁
Dinner was delicious, thank you😀
That sounds like a nice walk, now if he buys a chariot, OH can walk and sit where ever he wants to...........
We started using whatsapp but have changed to google duo, kept having sound issues so much better now, would recommend. Good luck with your meeting.........
YD's friend unfortunately has died, she was on a trial that seemed to be working brilliantly, then it stopped working, so very sad just a young girl. She was married at the end of last year and a couple of weeks ago all her friends at a safe distance applauded her in the back garden, she thought it was hilarious, sad times.
Finished the photo frames yesterday and photos delivered today, am not even going to start placing them all the wall yet, cause I will have to THINK and PLAN haha.
Nipped to supermarket very early this morning and purchased essentials, no queues, I honestly hate queueing..........
Still on the hunt for bookcase, it's beginning to get on my nerves, either wrong colour, wrong size or exorbitantly expensive, have hung on to this one for a long time so will just have to wait.
ED has not started redeployment yet, whew, all things are in place just waiting for the call☹️.
Still chilly here, brrrrrrrrrrr xx
Good to see you back, Katy. There's a roast beef dinner with raspberry and apple crumble and either ice cream or custard - or both - in the shed.
I've put extra supplies of chocolate, cake, tea and tissues by the CBA, CSL and FF benches just in case you need them. Throw any guilt in that lake. We need to fatten up the alligators ready to celebrate when lockdown ends (although I am having to remind myself not to get too excited about that: OH will still have PD, so we won't be getting back to full freedom!)
We went, in the car, to a canal-side pub nearby. It wasn't open, of course, but we took the wheelchair and walked through the woodland by the canal. OH didn't ride in the chair - just sat in it whenever he needed to. It was good to be somewhere else for a change.
I knitted a little nurse doll, "Florence Knittinggale", and put her in my kitchen window so people can see her as they walk by. My neighbour saw it and I've had to knit one for her too.
Next Tuesday, we are going to have a virtual staff meeting using Microsoft Teams. I'm already on the anxious bench about that. I struggle to handle WhatsApp video calls with YD, never mind 20 of us!
Will you or won't you? Will there be any children in? Seems to be a lot of controversy JCJ.
Finished the little bookcase, it's lovely, woo hoo, so bright and funky haha.
Now have a new project.............picked 8 of my favourite GC photos, purchased frames and am busy painting, 2 yellow, 2 purple, 2 orange and 2 turquoise, smallish frames going onto hallway wall. I was going to put them in straight lines but YD says no Mum put them higgledy piggledly ah ha am trusting her advice and judgement.
It's a little chilly today, brrrrrrrrr, still feel as though it's winter.
How is your new phone?
Am really hoping there is something tasty in the shed tonight, can turn a blind eye to the graffiti........
Big thank you JCJ, your kindness is much appreciated and has helped me greatly, no words can truly express how grateful I am xx
So, we're definitely back in school on 1st June. Probably. Email from HT today outlining how the school will run to try to enable social distancing. I don't envy the senior leadership team: they have had a right mare trying to organise everything and everyone following - ever-changing - government guidelines! It's all a bit scary, but thank goodness I can drive to work and don't have to use crowded public transport!
And, however weird it will be, I know it is only for 7 weeks until I finish for good (unless we have to have kids in school through the summer holiday like at Easter and half-term, in which case it could possibly be 13 weeks!) Who knows. Watch this space. But from a safe distance, obviously.
Oooh! It seems to have stopped flipping the page upside down even when it's signed me out. Hurrah!
The coffee cake has coffee butter icing in the middle but just a dusting of icing sugar on top - we don't like it too sweet. You're welcome.
Had an email this morning to say someone has bought the safari mobile in my Etsy shop. At last! That's the first thing to sell since I put loads in there before Christmas! So I had to parcel that up and get it to the post office today. Also had to visit the paper shop (opposite direction from my house) to see why OH's paper, that I ordered, 2 weeks ago, to be delivered every Saturday, still hasn't appeared. The lovely guy in the shop doesn't speak very good English so we struggled to understand each other. Hopefully, the situation is resolved and OH will get his paper next week. But I won't hold my breath!!
It's been HOT today. Like mid summer! I don't know if it was the weather, people expecting restrictions to be lifted in BJ's announcement tomorrow, or, as YD suggests: the VE Day celebrations have made people think this war is over, but nobody seemed to bother with social distancing in the village today. It made me look like a complete mad woman dodging about trying to avoid groups of people walking straight at me! Grrrr!
We had bacon, egg and mushroom sandwiches for lunch. Yum. Can't remember the last time I had that. Needed some comfort food: I'm so fed up with being at, or within walking distance of, home!
Well, they made a tidy profit, greedy, greedy😡
Just laughing at you and workman...............did you have coffee icing? Love coffee cake, that underwear shop used to sell it but they don't any longer☹️
Nipped over to supermarket this morning for milk and bread, and it was very busy, was before 8am so am not sure if it was health workers etc?? Was really surprised.
Paint arrived last night and was very tempted to start there and then, but sensible head says wait until tomorrow, listened for once sooooooooooo first coat now applied, am NOT loving it haha.
Think I must be the messiest painter ever, splotches on rug, sofa, floor and all over my hands, honestly don't know how I manage it, have always been like that.............
Should have done a proper shop today but couldn't be bothered a great excuse to have a takeaway night, hurrah, other excuse have been painting all day haha.
Other dress arrived with 2 pairs of trousers that just slipped into my bag, like them all so very pleased. Won't need anything else for a long time.
Muggatea made, "CBA" bench here I come xx
Mmmmmm delicious tea, thank you Katy. I've shared our sausage, mash and onion gravy with everyone too. 😊
Memory is rubbish - but I'm very good at updating my calendar, keep it on the back of the kitchen door, and look at it every day. Also have reminders set up on my phone!
I made a coffee cake for OH today - belated birthday cake, as we had my sherry birthday cake to eat first. I was very messily scraping the bowl clean and licking the spatula when I looked up and saw one of the workmen, who are digging up the road outside our house to install a new water main, standing on our drive looking straight at me with a big grin on his face. So embarrassed. (wipes coffee cake batter off nose, eyebrows and chin)
Definitely a good idea to wait for the perfect bookcase at the right price. I was sooo annoyed to be grossly overcharged for DIL's birthday pressie. I saw she'd put a (used) CD she wanted on her (big river) wishlist. It was £15.95 + £1.95 postage. A bit pricey for a CD, but if it's what she wants, I don't mind paying it. So I ordered it. It arrived today and the seller hadn't even bothered to take off the original £9.99 price sticker OR the charity shop £1 sticker. What??!! That's really taking the ****. So angry.
Glad joey is doing well and you had fun at your virtual party haha!
Happy birthday FF😁
Gosh you have an amazing memory JCJ, can hardly remember my own birthday hee hee.
Lots of nothing done here today, though my shower screen now gleams with that new to me cleaning product. Found a book I haven't read, woo hoo!
Mum had a fall today and has a bump on her forehead, spoke to her earlier and all well. Blood pressure was a little high so that maybe the cause.
Not going to buy bookcase, it's really not the colour I want so will wait until the one that is perfect reduces in price because at the moment it's at a ridiculous price, have seen it £130 less than the price they are charging at the moment.
Have been getting bombarded from my supplier electric/gas with emails for readings was feeling furious as had given readings when I received first email. On my online account money had been deducted so am thinking what's going on?? Phoned company and after a half hour wait managed to speak to someone. He explained that the readings I had given were hypothetical, WHAT??
No bill but account reduced by amount of hypothetical bill, I'm thinking I am up to date seemingly I am not on his system mmmmmmmmmmm, so readings given today not hypothetical and should have bills soon. What they are doing is because of the virus and people being at home for longer times bills will be higher than usual so they reduce your account. It should have been explained when putting in readings, it's not and it should also be people's choice grrrrrrrrrrrr.
Tea on me tonight, cottage pie and broccoli in cheese sauce, no dessert though.
Was runner up in family quiz, woo hoo xx
Don't know if you still visit Benchland, FoxyFeret, but Happy Birthday! I've been thinking of you a lot lately and hoping you're staying well shielded from the proxy virus. Hugsxx
Just had a virtual party with a mate of 50 years standing - me with ciggies and Prosecco, him with rollies and cider!!!! We've sorted all the world's problems and our dogs health problems, so tomorrow the planet will be fine...
Joey's wound is healing nicely and he is so fit with all his walks - food consumption has increased.
Onwards and upwards!!!
Hurrah for fixing the shower, well done you😃, a new career???
Not decadent at all, especially as it was a birthday. I am all for takeaways the more the merrier haha.
What did you have???
Bet you were all prettied up for the call hee hee!!!
Popped into town yesterday, less than an hour I was back home and oh my dearie dear was a little/lot pained. Was difficult to remain upright and sitting wasn't happy either..........my face was even more contorted than usual. So will phone clinic on Mon, don't think I will be successful as I have tried every medication known to man.
YD had a small surprise windfall, extra special during this time.
ED will not be at mum's unfortunately, only council run homes.
Tonight is Quiz Night, woo hoo, we have all decided easy questions to start with, thank goodness!
YD and I already have our questions ready.
Bookcase in the living room, cannot make up my mind as the colour is slightly lighter than I would like? Still pondering. Paint job is bedroom.
As I am on the "CBA" bench indefinitely/permanently as the case may be I unfortunately will be unable to tidy Benchland in the foreseeable future, am hoping the alligators will munch the rubbish and when my paint eventually arrives I may paint the shed?
Let's hope no one wanders around the shed in the meantime.
Think the birthday girl got up to mischief.............xx
I. Have. Fixed. The. Shower! It was really simple after all my anxious fretting and OH's catastrophising. I talked myself in and out of that job so many times, but feel really proud of myself that I found out what the problem was and fixed it. The part cost £11 including postage, so I've probably saved about £100 by not getting a plumber in! (You watch, the *****y thing will probably break again next time I use it!)
It was OH's birthday yesterday, so we ordered in Indian takeaway from a shop 5 minutes walk from our house. That felt so wrong; so decadent. Of course, we had Friday chippies today as well, so that's 3 takeaways in 5 days. Goodness! That's a record for us! The chippy collection wasn't so dramatic tonight: I went down at about half past 4, without bothering to pre-order, and only had to queue for a few minutes.
The pension advisor rang me yesterday, but after all my stressing about the video call, it was just a normal call. This was fortunate because when I answered it, I panicked (the first call I've taken on the new phone) and automatically put the phone to my ear. That would have been a weird video call? My inner ear! 😛 The guy was really helpful though and advised me to ring LGPS and talked me through what I need to ask them for. I'll probably do that next week.
Hurrah for YD's super good news (I'm all agog!) and I'm glad that Mum is doing OK. Fingers crossed that ED stays safe. Might she be going in to your mum's care home? That would be good!
I thought you were going to paint that bookcase yellow? However a new, ready assembled one sound good - but would they be able to deliver it into your room?
I hope Joey is on the mend.... and staying out of trouble!
PS. I deny it all. I know nothing about the rude words burnt onto the shed roof with sparklers, or the fact that the alligators appear to be wearing tiaras. Hic!
Have you done it???? The shower?? The you tube videos are brilliant.
It's exciting getting a new phone, have always had a boy's name, a singer, courtesy of ED who gave me her old contract phones, the last one had issues with sound so she searched for another not too expensive one, changed brand phone is bigger really like it only slight problem is photos aren't so brilliant but can't complain.
laughed regarding your hair...........am so glad it's only the girls I have video calls with cause i'm a mess every morning haha.
Day started well YD had some extra superly good news, spoke to carers about Mum, all well there, then there was ED.................she has completed all course work and had a meeting today which means she is now ready to start her redeployment, which puts me straight onto the "worried sick" bench.
No date yet but she will either be in care homes or visiting people in their homes.
Finished the trilogy, read it years and years ago and couldn't remember the whole story, enjoyed.
Am also on the pondering bench, have a bookcase in the living room which I am not too fond of, have seen one I do like, ready assembled, woo hoo do I order???? mmmmmmm xx
Will you attempt chippie tomorrow? xx
I had great intentions to fix the shower today. I googled it diagnosed the problem and ordered the part. The YouTube video looks simple enough. The part arrived on Monday, but I was starting to chicken out of it, especially as OH was not very supportive or confident in my ability to do it! After speaking to YD on phone last night - she basically told me to stop being such a wuss and just do it - so that was the plan for today.... BUT the new sim card for my phone and its case arrived this morning, so obviously I've had to spend most of the day sorting the phone out.
It's a S******* (boy's 3-letter name - he was singing) G***** (stars, planets etc.... or chocolate!) A40. It's fairly basic, not too huge, as modern phones go, but a bit bigger than my old one. It will let me do more... Like access Wi-Fi in hotels and use banking apps which my old phone wouldn't do any more.
I was in the middle of transferring everything - including my number - from one phone to another when I had an email from my pension advisor asking if we could have a video call! What? I've not brushed my hair properly for days! (In fact, I had serious bed hair when I set up the face recognition on the new phone!) I've put him off til tomorrow - said it might take 24 hours for phone transfer (which wasn't a lie!)
What podcasts do you listen to? I like No Such Thing as a fish Susan Calman's Brightside and Off Menu. Sometimes when I'm knitting or making cards it's easier to listen to a podcast than watch tele.
Oh no! Joey in the wars! I hope he mends soon.
Aaaah poor little boy, hopefully this is the last.........xx
Well, JCJ what a night! Cannot actually write anything about party as am positive it would be deleted by moderators. Such very bad behaviour........
Had been sitting on the "CBA" bench for hours and thought better get moving, post office, small supermarket, then bigger one. No queue at po, no queue at smaller and tiny queue at bigger, so was well pleased. Something happened, loads and loads of sweet stuff fell into my chariot, couldn't believe it! Was at checkout before I realised couldn't take it all back so ended up paying for hundreds of sweets, oh dear!
Now will just have to eat them.
So now back home and back on that bench. Soooooooooooo can't be bothered xx
We now have our own space in the vet's car park!!
Latest trip due to Phoebe, Joey s best friend (!!!!!!!) taking a nip out of his neck and it went nasty. So what with eye drops and hibiscrub to bathe the wound, he's a proper little old man. And I had to negotiate the pet store to buy a harness so nothing rubs on the wound.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!
Ballgown and tiara and sparklers, woo hoo😄 birthday girl 40 at last..........................
Glitterberry juice at the ready, platter of sardine sandwiches, hot scones with lashings and lashings of cream, and special surprise ginger beer, we certainly know how to party.
Ooh a new phone, what kind? what does it do? you will be video calling all the time haha.
Oh my what a carry on with the chippie..........ours are still not open.
We are doing a quiz on Thurs night..........oh dear!
Am sure there will be cheating haha.
I will def not do too well cause I can't remember anything.
All quiet here have been listening to podcasts today, it's a first for me, fed up with tv now.
Have a lovely rest of the evening JCJ sending you big birthday hugs xx
Pizza, wedges, garlic and barbecue dips, coleslaw and chocolate cherry ice cream (from that pizza shop that could be confused with a pub game) in the shed. Firework display starting soon. Sparkly boots, ballgowns, tiaras and sparklers at the ready. 🎶Happy Birthday to me🎶 It's the big one. But I won't be ordering my senior railcard, as planned - or renewing OH's - just yet, seeing as how we can't go anywhere anytime soon!
The pizza delivery was hilarious. Back track to Friday's chippies: At about 5:30pm, I ordered and paid online, as suggested on a sign in the shop window. Message popped up saying my order would be ready in 1 hour and 26 minutes. What?! It's fish and chips. Are they out catching the fish? OH couldn't wait that long so he made an egg on toast snack to keep him going. Meanwhile, Phone call from chippy: please collect order at 7:10pm from the back door of the shop. How clandestine? Is it fish and chips or illegal substances?! Ah well, must be carefully arranged so people aren't queuing. I duly arrived at exactly 10 past 7 to find a long queue, people spaced at 2m intervals, at both front and back doors! FORTY MINUTES later, I was in possession of the deep fried comestibles and scurried home, resisting the temptation to stuff them all in my face on the way.
Fast forward to today: I'm not waiting until midnight to have my pizza, so I decided to order it at 12:30 and ask them to deliver at 5:30 to 6pm. Got to checkout: no pre-order available, so I paid anyway thinking, if it arrived a bit early, we could easily re-heat it. A bit early? Half an hour later, (bearing in mind the shop is at least a 10 minute drive away) while we were eating fish finger sandwiches for lunch, the doorbell went and there was my pizza delivery on the path outside and the driver hovering further down the path. Hey ho. The joys of takeaway ordering during lockdown?!
It was all delicious when reheated later (except the ice cream, which was kept in the freezer :p) so no complaints. There are a couple of slices of pizza left for snacking tomorrow. 😄
YD bought me a phone because I was whinging about all the things my old one wouldn't do, but when I went to set it up, (after waiting for her WhatsApp video call with GD - didn't want to be "between phones" for that!) I realised new phone requires nano sim and old phone has a standard. It looked like I could clip out the middle part of the sim, but that's scary because if it didn't work, I'd have neither phone. I tried it anyway. Still too big. Oh no! Fortunately, though, it still works in the old phone. New sim ordered and I should be able to transfer my number when it arrives. Shiny new phone back in its box and I will have to be patient.
Super quick, Katy? There's energetic! 🙂
Woohoo Scooby Doo, Hurrah! Yippee! Our chippy is open again. No cooking for me tomorrow. Yeah!
The blanket is finished and I've put it up for sale. Now I'm knitting a nurse doll because a colleague sent me the link for the free pattern.
Currently reading "Running in the Dark" by Sam Reaves. It's good.
Aaaah poor doggy, fingers crossed drops work very quickly, hope you are sitting in the garden just now. Sounds better than standing in queues.................
So not official then JCJ, it doesn't appear we are going anywhere soon.
Had to laugh at driver haha. Glad you are happy with your new stuff.
My dress also arrived yesterday, I love it soooooooooooooooo have ordered another similar style same company. Never wore the cowboy dress & will never wear it, will do a clearout after this is over.
Have also ordered the paint, it's not coming till May so you will be gardening and I will be painting JCJ.
Glad daughter's teeth are calming, both my girls have also had theirs removed, moi no so am assuming either I have a big mouth or am not wise😁
Book sounds interesting had a quick look at synopsis. I could send you the hunting party?
Am turning into lazy lump, started off well at the beginning, but now all seems a great effort, kettle on, muggatea nearly ready, off to the "CBA" bench, super quick. xx
Had another trip to the vet, Joey got a nasty eye infection, all gooey and yellow. Now he has to have eye drops, and it's a right tussle because he wriggles for England.....
My social life consists of sitting in the front garden and sitting in the vet's car park. Oh joy.
Mmmmm! Chippies. 😁 Don't stand still or Katy will paint you bright yellow! Hehehe
Not officially retired yet, I don't think. I shall hand my notice in to finish at the end of August (Yes I know school finishes in July: it's a salary thing!) but who knows whether we'll get back to school before then?
YD's toothache was improving and under control with ibuprofen, last time I spoke to her. She says it's her wisdom teeth trying to come through - it's happened before, several times, but this time was worse (probably exacerbated by the worry of the impossibility of social distancing whilst seeing a dentist!?) I have advised her to find a dentist, when the current crisis is over, if it is still a problem, because I, and most of my family, have had to have our wisdom teeth removed as there was no room for them to come through. (Clearly we were all wise enough not to need them?! :D)
I won't bother reading the Hunting Party if none of the characters are likeable. However, I've just finished The Retreat by Mark Edwards. That was good. Likeable characters and lots of twists!
Bras and jeans arrived this morning. Woohoo! I had an email to say the parcel would arrive today and I left instructions for it to be put in the porch. When I heard the outer front door close, I dashed to the front window to wave a thank you but there was nobody in sight! No van. No person. Parcel was in the porch but the delivery driver had completely vanished! Weird. He must have sprinted down the drive and raced away in a getaway car! 🤔 Bras fit - I knew they would: they're the same as I always get, and the jeans are fab so win, win.
Ordered OH's prescription online and persuaded Dr to issue the repeat for the items that aren't due for another 2 weeks as well. Collected it all from the chemist today. Hurrah! Now I only have to go once a month for him. (until someone introduces another drug to the daily cocktail?!)
Hope daughter has had her toothache sorted, nothing worse because it doesn't matter what you do the pain stays☹️, ouch, until you see a dentist.
That's good news about daughter in law.
Well, you will be busy in May haha raising beds, building and planting..........
Is that you officially retired now JCJ??
We will need to have a party!
Still quiet here, will be until lockdown is lifted, after months and months of crazy, feels odd to just be quiet!
ED let slip she was a little worried about moi, told her not to as I am fine, am ok with solitude haha.
We were all talking last night, YD has a fab artistic eye and has been painting all different things in amazing bright colours, they look really great. I have a little book case that has been crying out for something that will make it a little prettier, she says paint it bright yellow. Sooooooooooo am all excited now! All I have to do is find the paint............
Have had little visitors ants arrrrrrrrrgh not many but a handful, assumed they were coming in via the front door but they are coming in through a tiny gap near my radiator so am spraying every few hours and have not discovered any today hurrah. Am using water and vinegar spray, house smells like a chippie haha xx
I hope Joey behaved himself and didn't disgrace you in the vet's carpark!
Dresses, Katy? There's posh. I placed an order for bras yesterday (famous underwear shop) because it took me ages to find a style I like and I'm panicking the store might go the way of many others (eg Debenhams) and die a death in these uncertain times. While I was there I ordered some jeans too. Just trying to keep them in business. That's my excuse!
OH has bought me some blackcurrant bushes for the garden, so I can still make jam even though we've not got the allotment any more. He wants to make a raised bed for them but that requires timber and topsoil. I investigated online and found a DIY store that will deliver (burning part of candles). Ooh great! Started to put an order together last night but one of items out of stock and OH already asleep. Went to complete the order this morning and was put in a queue for 15 minutes To Get Onto The Website!! What?? The world has gone completely mad. Finished order. Need to book a delivery. Soonest delivery is 12th May. Nearly 4 weeks away. Oh well. We're not going anywhere!
Sitting in bed typing this wearing freshly laundered night wear and it's making me constantly feel like I need to cough it smells so strong. Couldn't get either of my preferred washing powders in that disaster S********'s shop just before lockdown and had to settle for newfangled pods (money container and ledge under a window) Dreading washing the actual bedding - it'll be like holiday bedding that I always complain about the owners using over scented products.
I hope your ED stays safe. Scary times. DIL should have ended her maternity leave this week and started her new job (with the same charity) as a Safeguarding and Sign Along trainer. Obviously, this can't happen (and GD can't start nursery) but they've discovered she's still got 36 hours holiday owing so she'll have that on her old salary and then be furloughed for 3 to 12 weeks on 80% of the new salary. So that's a weight off her mind.
YD has been struggling with toothache - probably wisdom teeth - and, as she says, what a time to need a dentist for the first time in 30 years!! (She went for check ups regularly, every 6 months, as a child, but never needed anything doing). At the moment ibuprofen is keeping it at bay. Fingers crossed.
Heard nothing about my new glasses. Don't want to pester them as it's not exactly urgent, but I hope they've not got lost amidst the current madness!
Exciting day tomorrow - Joey going for his check up at the vet to make sure his gums are OK. Consultation will be in the car park!!!
Last two days have been lovely weather so Sat in the garden with a book and a cuppa.
Nothing much going on here...............
Lovely and sunny, looking out of window cause when you go outside it's a little chilly.
Did my once a week shop no queues, so just in and out, secret is going down super early.
All fine with Mum, spoke to carers for ages so that was really good, they were saying she has her "banter" back.
Still keeping in contact with video calls.
ED had word yesterday that they are redeploying her, she has to complete some coursework then she will be off, it's a tad worrying as there is a possibility that she will be going into people's homes. She will have to wear full gear etc. GC will be in hub and nursery.
Am now reading a trilogy by Stan Barstow, that will keep me going for ages haha.
Bought a dress yesterday a casual one will not be delivered anytime soon but that's ok am in no hurry. What am I like wearing dresses? Think it's because I am in leggings all the time now haha xx
WHAT????? "have to move into the shade" are you kidding me???
We did have sunshine but had gale force winds so still pretty chilly, have seen the ever hopeful out in t shirts though, brrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Finished the book, it was ok, that's all I can say and it is true none of the characters are likeable at all, haha.
Fell asleep this afternoon watching tv I never do that?
Now, where do I find the camels? xx
Hahahaha I just had to share this with you.
I was messaging with YD about my new role as trainee Freecycle moderator: I told her I just had to reject a post, due to lockdown, because it wasn't "an essential item". YD offered to give me some practice by posting ridiculous items. She suggested a diamanté camel!! 😄 I said Benchland would LOVE that! Definitely an essential item. Post accepted. Lol.
Mine signs me out after a few minutes and flips the latest page upside down so the posts are about a week old. Signing in puts it right and I've set my tablet to remember me so I don't have to put in my password (just as well: not sure I even know what it is! 😋) Still annoying though.
I am knitting a baby blanket, for charity, using wool a colleague gave me. I still haven't sold the other stuff (on Etsy, JCJUK) despite dropping the price - twice - and changing the charity to something better known. Originally, the money was going to The Parkinson's Trust (for obvious reasons) now it is for NSPCC as they are working especially hard at the moment with families stuck at home together.
I have just read "A Kestrel for a Knave" (sob) which I got in a Kindle (other....) sale. We read it in school when I was in about Y7 or 8. It is better than I remembered. Now I'm reading "The Heat of the Moment" by Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton. It's about the psychology of firefighting and is fascinating. She is an expert in psychology, has worked her way up through the fire service and is now responsible for co-ordinating the response to emergencies that require more than 11 fire engines and, by her own account, an incredible woman!
Still warm and sunny here. I'm in the garden and I've had to move into the shade.
Guilty is harm our mind and body so you should not feel guilty and keep way by doing some creative things which will be helpful for you
Oh forgot to say, despite changing settings it's all gone back again to first page arrrrrrrrgh xx
Enjoy the peacefulness grumpy😊.
Was going to ask you JCJ, if you had booked somewhere, couldn't remember, then forgot to ask???
Lots of video calls going on here, because no one is really doing anything, topics are what you having for tea? are you out for a walk today? Becoming limited haha.
Well we are not having a heatwave here................
Will also have to do some walking am starting to stiffen and feet and fingers are becoming a little ouchy, that's normal before treatment. I go outside every hour to move around a bit but need to get chariot and go further, will start today. Can do avoidance here because there is no one around at all.
Am back to reading the hunting party, it's ok and around half way through.
I can't read a book unless I am in my bed haha so comfy.
What are you knitting now? What are you reading? xx
Enjoy your Lakeland gorgeousness untrammelled by the madding crowds, grumpy. It must be a unique experience up there: Easter weekend, sunshine and quiet! Enjoy.
I've spent most of the day reading and knitting in the garden, trying really hard not to have a double tantrum. We should have gone on holiday today AND I had to cook our fish and chips myself. 😠 Ah well, this will come to an end.... eventually and we can look forward to our little treats. At least OH is coping reasonably well with the restrictions, (largely because it's not made THAT much difference to him?!)
Joey now has two fan clubs, one for the morning walk and one for the afternoons - he is in heaven!!!!
Up here in the Lakes it is very quiet, now that the police are turning back tourists.
Garden day tomorrow if it stays fine.
We needed milk today so I thought I'd go and get the rest of the food we needed at the same time: to minimise the contact with people. Decided to brave S********* (where sanity is buried?) As, hopefully, it wouldn't be such a disaster as last time. I thought it might be quieter around lunchtime so I went then. There were LOADS of cars in the carpark - more than when I usually go at 3 or 4pm. The queue of people was huge and it went past 2 other shops (which I was surprised were even open: 1) appears to be a nation of British money 2) W**** - I consider to be the current equivalent of Woolworths) so it was a horrible mess of people unable to stay 6ft apart. Some had masks on. I got back in the car and drove back to the chicken shed in the other nearby town. Queue there was bigger than last time too, but it moved quite fast. I got most of what I needed, certainly enough to keep us going for a couple of weeks. There was a whole aisle of mahoosive packs of loo roll! 🙂 I still didn't need to buy any.
Got back home and OH decided to faff about in the kitchen just when I needed to put it all away. Grrr. He doesn't really get why I wouldn't let him come with me!
The weather here has been glorious. Of course. Because we're now NOT going on holiday on Friday. 🙁I've re-booked it for June next year. 😁 My car temperature gauge said it was 29° What??! And I think the air con needs re-gassing: it was blowing warmish air. Well, that'll have to wait.
Had set preferences ages ago, can't even find that bit now??
Quick nip out for some shopping early this morning, no queues in either of the 2 shops I visited, hurrah!!
So returned back home 45 mins later, that's a record.
Did have to go to post office in the afternoon, started walking, next thing torrential rain and very strong winds, reached destination a little worse for wear, posted a couple of things, came out of door to brilliant sunshine, WHAT??? Saw no one on my travels thank goodness. That's shopping done for the week😀
Am living in leggings just now, think there's no point dressing up.............
Have chatted a lot today, catching up with everyone, they are all doing well, thank goodness xx
Will just have to go and have a muggatea and a large piece of cake to calm down.... any excuse haha x
Signing in is just as annoying grrr happening to me too x will try your advice ASAP. It is now doing same on phone grrrr x
Hello bumpy, wrinkly. Lol.
If you sign in at the top right it will revert to latest message first. At least mine does. I may have set that in my settings/preferences somewhere. I don't know why it's started signing me out all the time. When I open Benchland, before signing back in, it shows me the latest page but upside down ie. Last Monday!! Annoying.
Do you know how to change from first page to last?? can't remember how to do it.
Annoying to have to scroll down and then have to click to last page to see post or reply xx
It's all about the food just now haha, did have a takeaway and it was really, really good yum yum.
Oh you will miss that chippie JCJ.................and your walk.
Have completed all the "I'll do that later jobs" and am pondering the "should I really do the bigger disruption jobs" that's cupboards fridge etc and have decided NO, haha. It's too much.........
Not that hot here, in fact it's pretty chilly at least it's not raining.
Had a chat with eldest GS yesterday that lasted a long, long, time, he asked me innocently at one point why my skin was so bumpy and wrinkly, out of the mouths of babes😁😂 xx
PS so busy thinking about food I forgot the main reason for replying to yours, Katy: weehoo! "Normal"! Hurrah!
Shepherd's pie last night, Katy, but no chippies tonight. Our chippy is now closed until further notice. Boohoo! There are 2 other takeaways in the village that are still open, delivery only, but they are both desperate for delivery drivers so I daren't order from them in case we have to wait hours. OH can't wait for meals or his symptoms get 10x worse. Don't really want Indian or Chinese anyway. We have some chippy chips in the freezer, saved from a previous visit, so he can have them with a breaded fish. I'll make some more (TWICE in one week?!! :() and maybe some eggs for me. I so enjoyed not having to cook on Fridays. OH has offered, but....... 😛 I'm wishing now that I replaced the oven chips when we eventually finished them.
DIL did the fox display for today. I laughed out loud when YD sent me the pic:
haha JCJ, laughed and laughed over the knife.............War of the Roses???
Yes you showed your daughter all about teaching and the aftermath, know you like a swift half, a pint or bucket?
Have good news I am "normal", I knew it..........
It was a pasta dish, I have made hundreds and hundreds of times, will take a long time before I can munch that again.
Am pondering whether to order a takeaway? cause I know it's chippie shed night, am truly grateful for all the tasty bits😃
Was chatting to shopkeeper yesterday, safe distance etc. He was telling me that at the start of all of this regarding the toilet rolls in two well known supermarkets here, people were fighting over them and the police had to be called, WHAT???? Disbelief or what?
Family have been chatting a lot, YD says what have you been up to today? Am like nothing really, me neither says she, makes me laugh..........on the other hand ED could and would chat ALL day, every day haha xx
What was you yucky tea, Katy? I put bangers and mash and cauliflower cheese in the shed last night. Hope you found it. Breaded fish and homemade chips tonight - to treat OH, I hate using the chip pan!!
Glad you got to see GD and found loo rolls. I've not even tried to buy any because we had a 9 pack at the start of all this and they usually last more than 3 weeks!
YD's fox was dressed as a teacher yesterday, with a black 'gown', blackboard, pointer and several teddy pupils. By the evening, this was replaced by Fernando Fox standing by a pile of empty beer cans with one under his arm. After one day of teaching. Hahaha. You can tell YD was brought up in a teaching household! 🙂
Had to exercise restraint (and let's face it, I get little else in the way of exercise at the moment!) tonight because OH was licking his knife 'clean' and putting it in the sauce bottle! I wanted to snatch it off him and stab him with it It irritates the **** out of me at the best of times, but in a global pandemic?!!!
I cleaned my Blue glass collection yesterday, the windowsill they sit on and the window. Nearly took the net curtain down to wash it but thought: no, pace yourself!