Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Getting Back To Normal ...

... whatever normal is! Today is the first day I've really felt like doing anything. I was half hoping to go for a walk and take some photos but it's been raining on and off all day so far, so I settled for a day at home catching up with things.

It's half term so no teaching commitments this week and I hadn't made any firm plans to meet with family or friends, so today has been all about catching up with things around the house. I've washed the floor in the kitchen/dining room and am finishing off the laundry; there's only one more load to do and there's not too much to iron this time, but the ironing can wait until tomorrow.

I've sorted out some more unwanted paperwork. I don't know where it's all coming from but hopefully I'm nearing the end! It does mean that there is some shredding to do though, a task I really dislike for some reason, but I'm going to be grown up about it and not put it off - I'm hoping to get that done some time tomorrow. Once it's done I'll organise a skip run; I have the old integrated fridge and some odds and sods to dispose of plus a few sacks of garden waste. L has offered to help me with that job.

I treated myself to a soup maker and have been busy trying out different recipes, all of which I've enjoyed.  It makes about four portions at a time so the freezer now has a health stock of assorted soups to keep me going. I have all the ingredients for bolognese sauce, chilli, and shepherd pies so I'll be cooking those up later today or tomorrow to add to my existing stock of freezer meals.  I start back teaching next week and am bound to be tired so I'm planning ahead to make sure I can eat quickly and healthily when I get home, rather than resorting to takeaways. 

The weather forecast looks more promising for tomorrow so I've arranged to go for a walk in the morning and then, hopefully, some photography in the afternoon. Then I need to clear a space in the living room before Monday, when an unwanted gas pipe is to be capped and removed. I've already moved some of the furniture but there are two really heavy pieces to move so I'll be asking my neighbour or one of my nephews for some help.

Apart from that, the only other thing happening is that work is starting on the tiny front garden on Sunday. I've ordered on plant online (because it was on special offer - £10 instead of the usual £30) but I'll tell you what it is when it arrives. It's the only delivery I'm expecting so I need to save the details for a Monday post! I'll be buying the rest of the plants on Sunday at the local garden centre; the gardener is coming with me to advise on suitability and select healthy specimens, etc. He is also carrying everything, although I'm not sure that he actually realises that! I don't know if it'll be finished on Sunday but I'll post photos once it is done.

I can't think of anything else to waffle on about so I'll finish for now ..... and maybe just snuggle up on the sofa with a coffee and finish reading my book.


  1. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I sympathise with the rain preventing photography but this afternoon I did manage to get out and take some....raindrops for you know what!

    1. You're doing much better than me. I'm so behind with the WPSH ... starting to panic!

  2. What a drag being laid up for so long. Still these things can't be rushed so be kind to yourself! Nice that you have been able to make some headway with the garden and chores. I actually love shredding so I'm happy to oblige if nec! Look forward to seeing the finished garden.

  3. Well it does sound like you are getting back to yourself, but remember to take lots of breaks, you have been quite ill. Nice to hear that you are getting some headway with the garden - cannot wait to see photos. I have about 3 photos left on WPSH ... we haven't seen the sun for weeks & weeks so a lot of photos are dull or bleached out with the snow, still it's been fun collecting & hunting.