Thursday, 31 October 2019

Thursday


Tonight it's my second choice in the hunt for new-to-me social events and I'm going to a quiz. It's a Meet-up event organised by someone else and is limited to a group of eight. I have met three of these at other events during the last few years but don't know them well, and I will be meeting the other four for the first time. I have been to the venue many times but never for a quiz, so I am hoping it's a good one. I don't know if it is a team of eight or two teams of four but either way, it should be a good evening. 

I'm meeting S for coffee this afternoon so, as I no longer see him at band, it will be good to catch up together. I might go in to town earlier so I can have a look in the clothes shop nearest the coffee shop but it depends on how early my morning visitor leaves ... a friend texted late last night to say she will call in this morning for coffee on her way to a work's meeting, but didn't say a time so I will carry on with the monthly reviews for the blog until she gets here.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Wednesday


The honeysuckle is growing over the fence again. This has really cheered me up and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my neighbours have no plans to cut it down. I must remember to ask them next time I see them.

Apart from getting my hair cut yesterday, the rest of the stuff on my to-do list didn't get done. Shortly after breakfast I started to feel unwell with stomach pains - no raised temperature or any other symptoms, just the pain which gradually got worse. I thought it was probably a stress related thing and the pain wasn't severe enough to warrant any medical attention so I just had a quiet day and by the early evening the pain had disappeared. Today I just feel a bit tender in that area, most likely from clenching muscles but apart from that I am fine.

As for today, I have an interesting task to complete. I've thrown a load of vegetables and spices in the slow cooker so my evening meal is sorted which leaves me free to spend the entire day reading and making notes. A very good friend is trying out some writing in a new-to-him genre and has asked some of his friends to read the extracts, make notes, and then he will arrange a get together to discuss our reviews of what he's written. He's already had work published but I think this is his first serious attempt at writing adult fiction. I want to make a start on the reading today as then I have plenty of time to look through it again if I need to. I'm looking forward to this, it should be interesting!

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Tuesday


The singing group meets in the Methodist Church on the far side of town for a 90 minute session and I loved every single minute of it. I did wonder if I was in the wrong place to start with as there were lots of people dressed as witches, wizards, devils, etc. but it turned out to be a fundraising night with a Halloween theme - in the photo above you can see two people, one with green hair and one with pink. I was sat next to two witches and felt very underdressed!

The group sings in three parts and last night concentrated on three songs - Carol of the Snow, Pavane for a Silent Night, and Fix You (the Coldplay hit). Michelle who runs the group writes most of the arrangements herself and the harmonies are glorious.


It was so well organised. We all had a copy of the music, which I was pleased about because some singing groups only issue the words, and then we worked on sections with Michelle singing each part through for us to follow. 

The group has its own website on which there are recordings of each part of each tune so members can practice during the week. I'm not sure whether practice is expected but I will be doing some for sure.

I'm not sure how easy it will be to get to know the other singers as there isn't really an opportunity to mix and chat but despite that, I will definitely be going each week. Did I mention that I loved every single minute of it?

*****

I don't have much on today so will spend some time on band related things. I'd like to do one trip to the recycling centre if I can fit it in but it all depends on how I get on ... I need to be home in time for G who'll be cutting my hair and making me look and feel human again.

Tonight will be a TV night. I've signed up for Netflix so will be choosing a film to watch.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Monday

delighted to see that the rose is still flowering
Shortly after publishing yesterday's post my friend E phoned asking for help. She's broken her leg and needed to be collected from hospital so that's what I did. I brought her back to her home and, apart from a quick walk along the towpath with her dog, stayed with her until her family was able to get there in the evening. It's strange cooking in someone else's kitchen, especially when that person doesn't enjoy cooking and seems to live out if tins, but we managed. I packed a case for her and filled a box with the dog's stuff and she's now staying with her brother until she is able to cope alone. She's not a well person at the best of times so this is a huge set back for her and I hope she can fully recover from it.

On to today, and I will be shopping to stock up on fresh fruit and veg, and will hopefully have a bit of a wander round the few clothes shops in town. I say hopefully because it is half term so the shops may be busy and if that's the case, I will wait until next week. Back at home I'd like to do some work in the garden ... all the recent rain has encouraged a lot more weeds which I need to clear before the frosts start. I also have some more bulbs to get in the ground if I can.

I don't have any lessons today as it's half term. This evening it's the singing group and I'm looking forward to it. I am always slightly anxious about joining an established group but I'm sure it will be fine. I'll report back tomorrow!

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Sunday

Choosing to snuggle up and watch films was the perfect way to spend a cold and wet October day. Sadly, there weren't any black & white films I fancied so I opted to watch The Last of the Mohicans and Fried Green Tomatoes. I hadn't watched The Last of the Mohicans before so I've ticked another film off on my 'films I should have seen but haven't' list, and I enjoyed it. I saw Fried Green Tomatoes ages ago and it's one of those films that has stayed in my mind; I loved it just as much the second time of watching and will now probably read the novel the film is based on. I went up for a soak in the bath afterwards, was in bed by 10 pm, thankfully slept well, and have woken feeling refreshed. 

Again I have no firm plans for today but, if the rain holds off, will walk round to the garage for a couple of Sunday papers and spend the morning exercising my brain on the crosswords and puzzles. Apart from that I'm hoping there will be a play or story on the radio to listen to during the afternoon but if not I'll settle for listening to some music instead. Tonight the fourth Harry Potter film is on TV so I may watch that (again!!!), or will get started on another book. 

Today's food is very simple. I cooked a chicken yesterday, most of which has been portioned and frozen but I left some in the fridge for today's chicken sandwiches (lunch) and chicken fried rice (dinner). 

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Saturday


I slept in again this morning, not hauling my body out of bed until after 10 o'clock. I didn't sleep well thanks to the wind howling all night, and in the early hours the rain against the window was so loud that I gave up all hope of sleep so read for a while.

Needless to say, I have very little energy today! I don't have anything planned so that's a plus point, and all I've managed so far is a shower, made my bed, made and eaten breakfast, and have dealt with the post (2 circulars straight to recycling, autumn/winter programme from the Theatre Royal to be looked at later, and a card from a friend wishing me luck with the changes I am undertaking). 

Now I have to decide what I want to do with the rest of the day. I definitely won't be going out. It's still raining and is set in for the weekend according to the forecast, so a vague thought of going out for a walk and taking some photos has been vetoed. It's very dark in the house today and feels like the sort of day for closing the curtains, shutting out the rest of the world and watching old black and white films while sipping hot chocolate ... right, that sounds like a plan. Let's hope there are some good films on TV!

Friday, 25 October 2019

Friday

A will be here at midday to work her magic and make my home sparkle again so as soon as I've eaten breakfast I need to have a quick tidy round. 

I have a long to-do list today, starting off cooking a lentil and veg soup in the slow cooker, and shepherdess pie, chicken casserole, and veggie lasagne in the oven. That will all be portioned and added to the meals in the freezer. Bed sheets and all the towels need to be changed and laundered, and the beds remade, and I hope to find the time to prepare five new pieces of music and get them ready for printing one day next week.

I have come up with a list of groups I'd be interested in trying - singing, fitness & friendship, walk for health, quiz night, and a board games club. These are all groups where I will meet new people either weekly or fortnightly but, although I'd want to go regularly, none of them ask for the same level of commitment as the band so I'd be able to disappear off on day trips etc. if I want to. I'm not planning to start them all at once so will test the waters on Monday with the weekly singing group and on Thursday with the fortnightly quiz, and see how I get on. If it all works out I will end up with a social activity on four days each week and then three days each week with nothing planned. Most of the groups meet for 1.5 or 2 hours, so although it sounds like a lot it's not really ... probably just enough!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Thursday

yesterday morning - a misty start to the day 

I slept in late again but am not stressing about it. I'm taking notice of what my body needs so am sleeping and eating to my body clock rather than worrying about sticking to a routine for now. 

I had such a good day yesterday. S was poorly so we've rearranged to meet but that meant I was able to spend longer with J. I updated her on my decisions and we chatted through possibilities for other changes and ways of moving forward. I feel in a much better place emotionally than I did a week ago.

I'd originally agreed to carry on teaching the beginners at band but have decided to stop immediately. I agreed this with  S (a different S from the one I meet for coffee) who understands that I am making a complete break and said they will manage. I will hand over the accounts and the responsibility for the instruments within the next week, and will complete the folder checks with C as soon as possible. It was all very amicable and the door is open to return if I decide that's what I want to do. 

So now I am looking for something to do as a weekly activity. The singing group/choir is one possibility, and I will also try to make contact with the local 'Walking for Health' group. I'm looking for things where I'll be with other people rather than solo activities. The solo activities will happen but to start with my focus is on replacing the community/social aspect of the band as the loss of that is going to leave a massive hole in my life.

On to today and I have nothing planned. The new SIM card has arrived so I can deal with that and change over to the new contract but that will only take a few minutes, so it's probably going to be another lazy day filled with reading, piano, TV, and audio book. Oh, and plenty of food and mugs of coffee!

the swans have ventured away from the canal

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Wednesday


A complete turn around and I was up with the larks this morning. For once I've woken feeling refreshed so it looks promising for a good day.

I've been out for a short walk around the village, have eaten a yummy bacon sandwich, and have dealt with my emails. At midday I'm meeting J for lunch and then S for coffee later in the afternoon, so I have the rest of the morning to catch up on some more band things and get them ready to hand over. I can feel things 'lifting' so am still comfortable with my decision to take a break/leave 

I ended up having quite a productive afternoon yesterday, changing my broadband supplier, revising my mobile phone contract, and cancelling a couple of subscriptions I'm no longer interested in. The money saved will be used to pay for membership of a couple of local groups if I decide on joining ... that's still at the planning stage and I will have a couple of trial sessions before I actually sign up. 

My friends turned up last night and we had a long chat, catching up with all the news. It was a lovely relaxing evening with people I know well and we'll do it again in a few weeks. I'm going to them next time though.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Tuesday

I can't get going today! I slept in until 10 am, it's now nearly midday and all I've done so far is have some breakfast and start a load of washing. I don't see much hope for this afternoon so I may give in to this lethargy and just accept that it's going to be a lazy day!

If I don't summon up the energy to actually go out for a walk I'll do it around the house and garden instead, or maybe look for something on YouTube. I'll need to find some indoor alternatives for walks now that we are heading towards winter as I know I won't venture out when it is frosty and there is a risk of slipping/falling. Apart from that it'll probably be an afternoon of reading or, as I missed last night's episode of Dublin Murders, this would be an ideal opportunity to catch up.

A couple of friends may be calling in tonight. It's one of those loose arrangements where they'll drop in if everything else they are doing today runs to schedule and it doesn't get too late. It'll be lovely to see them and we'll just reschedule if it doesn't work out.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Monday

Autumn colours in the car park 
It's been another pottering about sort of day but I have managed to complete a few jobs.  

The biggie is that I have completed the last lot of banking and have balanced the band accounts, so I can now pass that job back  to the committee. This also means that I can stand down as the Treasurer and will no longer have any committee member responsibilities. I may also ask to be removed from the list of Trustees but I haven't made up my mind about that. 

I had to queue for ages in the bank so I only did a small shop afterwards, buying enough to last out the week. I did drive to the library but the car park was chock-a-block and I couldn't be bothered to wait for a free space, so that'll be on the list for another day. 

Back at home and, after a break for lunch, I loaded the washing machine, then started checking the instrument database. There's not much to do on this thankfully, just an instrument to collect from the repairer, some filing, and the next set of forms to be prepared for the instrument checks. Then, once the instrument is ready, that will be another job I can hand over.

I've given up for the day now and after I've finished this post, will start on planning my meals for next week. My doctor phoned with the blood test results this morning, specifically about cholesterol levels and confirmed that I have managed to reduce the level through diet and to keep doing what I'm doing ... some good news at last! The results from the heart scan means that I can get back to exercising and, hopefully, weight loss as well. I'll start up the daily walks again from tomorrow and take it from there.

The bit that disappeared from yesterday's post was me waffling on about whether some retail therapy would be a good idea ... maybe a warm jacket or winter coat even though I don't really need a new one. What do you think?

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Sunday

It's been a strange sort of day. I've been pottering about but, to be honest, have started quite a few jobs and failed to complete any of them. Never mind, there's always tomorrow!

A friend from the band has just left after a flying visit and another will be phoning tonight (hopefully not when the Harry Potter film is on TV!). From things that were said I half get the feeling that they are putting my decision down to ill health, which isn't the case at all, so it'll be interesting to hear what is said when the other one phones tonight. Even after a few days for it all to sink in I feel it is the right decision for me at this point in my life.

Moving on ... I am concentrating on adding a few events to the diary so that I have things to look forward to. I've been looking for something for the end of October but no success so far. November will be better with a trip to London to see the Tutankhamen exhibition and there are a couple of things going on in Bristol which sound like fun if I can get tickets. I used to do a lot of things on my own, quite happily, but I seem to have drifted away from that and I'm trying to work out if that change is in some way underlying how I'm feeling ... not true depression but a constant 'things are not right' feeling that I want and need to turn around. 

[Aarghh!! Half my post has just disappeared. I won't try to rewrite it but will add the missing info to tomorrow's post.]

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Saturday

I didn't mean to stay away from my blog for so long but life got in the way as it has a tendency to do!' I've spent the last two weeks sorting myself out, something that was long overdue. I've been dithering over reaching a couple of important decisions for too long but I have finally decided on the changes I want to make. 

The one that will have the biggest impact on my life is that I have left the youth band. I can't really go into the reasons for that here as part of the reason is not really my story to tell, but will say that it was entirely my own decision and has shocked everyone. I have agreed to continue teaching the beginners until they make arrangements to replace me and will also complete some of the outstanding admin as well. I'm still unsure myself whether this is a temporary break or a permanent but it will be for at least a year to allow time for the others to take over all the jobs I was responsible for. 

I've also decided to stop running the monthly book group. For some time it's been taking up a lot of time getting it organised, way more than it should have done, and I haven't been enjoying it as much as I used to. I'll ask one of the others to take over running the group but if no-one wants to, then it will have to finish. 

It's always the way but, after months of dithering, as soon as I reached these decisions I felt the relief immediately. I will miss the band but have plenty of other opportunities to continue playing if that's what I decide I want to do. For now, I have plenty of time to work out what I want to do ... there's no rush.

To finish on a happier note ... my doctor confirmed that I do not have heart failure. I may have shed a few happy tears!

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Taking A Break

I'm taking a few days break from blogging. There's nothing wrong but I need a bit of 'me time'.

Back soon xx

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Saturday


After a tiring morning at band I don't have the energy for anything else. I've spent the afternoon reading and will be going up to bed as soon as I've eaten my evening meal. I'll be back with a proper post tomorrow.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Friday

This morning was more about sorting rather than arranging to dispose of things. 


I wanted to look through all the things in these storage boxes and make decisions on what to keep, sell or donate. I know some of the doll's House stuff is in a couple of them but not sure what else is there. Ideally, most of the boxes will be emptied and can be stored in the garage, out of the way.

I've stopped for some lunch now (homemade tomato soup) and will read for a while. It's pouring down so I won't get out to the garden today which means that I might as well spend the afternoon cooking. I've invited a few people to a bring and share meal tomorrow (after I finish band practice), so will make a pot of chilli and a pot of vegetable soup in readiness. While they are bubbling away I will carry on with some sorting - the bookcase is in need of a good tidy, and then I'll continue listing the audio recording equipment and camera systems. 

I'm not planning on going out this evening so will draw the curtains on a dismal day and settle down for a cosy night watching some more of the Friends DVDs.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Thursday

I slept in this morning after a fairly late night. Our band conductor, in amongst lots of other music related activities, plays in a Big Band; they practice every Wednesday and once a month open the doors to the public and perform to whoever turns up. Last night I met up with some of the adult members of the youth band and that's where we went. It was a great evening on many levels - building on friendships, enjoying the music, getting an invitation to go for a meal later in the month, and best if all, an offer to help with the garden.

I've been to see this band many times before and usually go with J (who was moving house so couldn't come this time) but other band members brought friends, parents, and work colleagues, so it's still something that I will arrange with J (who is a social butterfly and will fit right in).

Plans for today are all to do with the decluttering, starting with all of this ...


I want to advertise some things for sale, post a couple of parcels to family and friends, and start a pile of charity shop donations. 

I also have a couple of simple tasks to complete for the youth band, which should only take about twenty minutes. After all that's done and assuming it stays dry, I hope to get out in the garden and carry on with the tidying.

Tonight, well it'll definitely be an early night. I'm not going out so may watch TV or listen to an audio book. I borrowed a couple from a friend, both Agatha Christie  type detective stories.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Reasons To Be Cheerful in September 2019

I've  had a very quiet month so I haven't many events or outing to add to my list this time. Despite this there are still plenty of reasons to be cheerful during September. 

At the start of the month I chose to focus on the 'little things' for my daily joyful activity by which I mean taking the time to enjoy simple pleasures, being in the moment and not experience it through a camera lens or with half my mind on something else. Here are my daily joyful activities for September:
  1. Taking the time on an early morning walk to stop and listen to the bird song
  2. Watching the butterflies on the buddleia
  3. Standing by the river in Bradford on Avon watching the kingfisher
  4. Walking through town and enjoying the flower displays
  5. Relaxing in a bubble bath
  6. Chasing raindrops down the window with a friend's grandchild
  7. Spending the morning with friends who share the same interests (at band)
  8. Looking back through photo albums
  9. Appreciating the benefits of routine as I resume the private music lessons after the summer break
  10. Benefitting from a good laugh after watching repeats of 'Would I Lie To You'
  11. Enjoying the laughter of the children playing brass instruments for the first time
  12. Relaxing in a bubble bath
  13. A walk along the canal towpath
  14. Appreciating the acoustics when band practice was held in the church
  15. A mindfulness interlude in the garden
  16. Celebrating one child's achievement when she pitched a high (for her) note that she's been struggling to play for a long time
  17. Meeting and chatting with the children I used to teach. Then in year 1, they are now year 3 and attended the brass workshops today. Lots of fun!
  18. Running a brass workshops with a class of adorable year 3s. They were full of fun but really well behaved and it was a pleasure to be with them.
  19. Chatting with friends via Skype
  20. Enjoying 10 minutes of mindfulness
  21. An early morning walk
  22. A quiet day, reading and relaxing
  23. Another brass workshop with a mixed yr3/yr4 class who were delighted when their teacher joined in and tried to play.
  24. Appreciating the pleasure of a warming bath after getting soaked to the skin
  25. Sitting on a bench in town, people watching.
  26. Finding an old photo I thought had been lost or destroyed
  27. Chatting with A
  28. Meeting the three keen, and very lively, new starters at band
  29. Listening to the church bells
  30. Reading in bed

*****

Finding a new affordable daytime event - a afternoon film club showing recently released films. This month it was Fishermen's Friends, it only cost £4.50 for entry which included tea/coffee and cake before the film started and again during the interval. Everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed the film.

*****

The holidays are over and weekly band rehearsals have started. It was lovely to see everyone after the long summer break and to get back to playing my tenor horn.


*****

Visiting local primary schools to run brass workshops on behalf of the band in the hope that we get some new learners. Although we didn't get many new players, the workshops were tremendous fun and I loved working with all the children.


*****


I enjoyed a surprise visit from friends who also treated me to an Indian takeaway meal. We had time for a long chat and to catch up on everyone's news. I like these sort of friendships where, no matter how long since we last saw each other, we just pick up where we left off. We've known each other for 45 years.



*****


A spur of the moment visit to a nearby National Trust property, enjoying an art exhibition displayed in the garden. The first time for ages that I spent time with my camera, photographing whatever caught my eye.



*****


Taking the decision to start drinking coffee again! Mornings are much more enjoyable when I start the day with a mug of coffee!


Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Lifestyle Goals: Monthly Review for September 2019

At the start of May 2019 I decided to change the way I want to monitor my short and medium term goals, choosing to adopt Bless' approach in my search for a balanced life; this is Bless' explanation:

 .... my monthly balanced life goals are similar to the spokes of a wheel, with the length of each spoke representing my satisfaction in that area of my life, from 1 to 10, with 1 being most dissatisfied and 10 being most satisfied.  Ideally, all the spokes are of equal length and the wheel will roll along smoothly.  If the spokes are of unequal lengths, then, the resulting wheel will be lop-sided and wobbly.  My current ratings for each segment are shown within the parentheses.  

Here is my update for September, stating my goals and the bullet-pointed task list that I'll tackle in during the month to help achieve the goal. Last month's ratings and tasks are shown in black and the start of the current month is shown in yellow.

HOME (9.5)(9.5)

Goal: The home is always clean and tidy.

It's just the remainder of the decluttering to remove from the dining room and then category should be marked at '10' and I haven't made any significant progress at all during August. Must do better!!

Tasks for September:
  • finish hanging the pictures upstairs - COMPLETED
  • measure up for a wardrobe in the small bedroom - COMPLETED
  • measure up for the picture frames in hall and living room - STARTED
Tasks for October:
  • focus on the remainder of the items to be decluttered


GARDEN (9.5)(9.5)

Goal: The garden is always tidy and presentable

The wet weather hasn't helped. I need a couple of dry days to get back on top of the weeding. 

Tasks for September:
  •  stay on top of weeding/dead heading as necessary  - STARTED WELL BUT THEN THE WEATHER WAS AGAINST ME!
  • water garden regularly during sunny spells - ACHIEVED
Tasks for October:
  • tidy front and back gardens 


FINANCE (10)(10)

Goal: I am financially secure and remain completely debt free

Ongoing monthly task:
  • continue to monitor spending and reduce expenditure where possible


COMMUNITY, FRIENDS & FAMILY (9)(9)

Goal: I take an active role in my local community, and have strong bonds with family and friends

As I live alone, it is very important to maintain social 'out of the house' interaction with others and I'm constantly looking for new ways to achieve this, particularly for day time activities.

Tasks for September:
  • continue voluntary work with the youth band - ACHIEVED, ongoing
  • try to meet at least one adult band member socially  - ACHIEVED
  • investigate the local free lunchtime/Sunday concerts - in progress
Tasks for October:
  • continue voluntary work with the youth band
  • try to meet at least one adult band member socially


EMOTIONAL WELL BEING (9)(9)

Goal: I have a positive outlook on life and am benefiting by avoiding bouts of depression and keeping my emotional well being at a healthy level

Again, it's been a struggle this month but I have reached the end of the month feeling positive with how things are going.

Tasks for September:
  • write a Reasons to be Cheerful post for my blog - ACHIEVED
  • actively start the day intending to be happy and enjoy life - IN PROGRESS
  • complete a daily joyful activity, with the focus on the 'little things' rather than bigger activities - ACHIEVED
Tasks for October:
  • write a Reasons to be Cheerful post for my blog
  • actively start the day intending to be happy and enjoy life 
  • complete a daily joyful activity


HEALTH & FITNESS (7)(7)

Goal: I lead an active life, benefiting from increased fitness and improvements in my general health

I am waiting for the results after the echo cardiogram and have a doctor's appointment in two weeks time. I'm hoping that he can magic up some way to stop me feeling so tired!

Tasks for September:
  • keep all medical appointments in September - ACHIEVED
  • go for a short walk at least three times a week - FAILED!!
Tasks for October:
  • keep all medical appointments in October
  • go for a short walk at least three times a week


HEALTHY EATING (8.5)(8.5)

Goal: I eat sensibly and healthily and am benefiting by losing weight and experiencing increased energy levels

I continue to eat healthily but am not currently monitoring my weight. I'll make a decision on what to do once I have spoken to my doctor.

Tasks for September:
  • use the Myfitnesspal app to monitor food - ACHIEVED
  • drinking 4 glasses of water a day - ACHIEVED
  • restrict the number of takeaways and meals out - 50% SUCCESSFUL (I didn't buy takeaways myself but friends treated me to takeaways when they visited ... I was just being polite!!)
Tasks for October:
  • use the Myfitnesspal app to monitor food
  • drink 4 glasses of water a day
  • complete bulk cooking to stock the freezer


LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL (7)(7)

Goal: I live life now, in the moment, and avoid putting things off. I decide what I want to achieve and I do it!

I constantly feel too tired to make any real progress in this category. I have plenty of ideas but now need the energy to get out there and do it!

Tasks for September:
    • regular music practice - 65% SUCCESSFUL
    • arrange two diary dates for every week in September to meet with friends - ACHIEVED
    Tasks for October:
      • regular music practice
      • arrange two diary dates for every week in October to meet with friends
      • arrange one day out 


      TIME MANAGEMENT (8)(8)

      Goal: I make best use of my time to lead a full and productive life

      I've had lots of lazy days during September but despite that, the important things are getting done on time without any procrastinating.

      Tasks for September:
      • continue to establish a week day routine, getting chores done in the morning to leave the rest of the day free - IN PROGRESS
      • keep all admin up to date - ACHIEVED
        Tasks for October:
        • continue to establish a week day routine, getting chores done in the morning to leave the rest of the day free
        • keep all admin up to date

        ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS (8)(8)

        Goal: I educate myself about the environmental crisis and make changes to my lifestyle to reduce my own carbon footprint.

        I've reached to point where I now have to use up existing purchases before I can buy the chosen alternatives. I have eliminated all plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables.

        Tasks for September:
        • focus on food items, aiming to buy all fruit and veg from greengrocers, farm shops, and/or farmers market to completely eliminate the use of any plastic packaging. Also purchase all grains and pulses from the refill shop. - ACHIEVED (for fruit and veg), ONGOING for other food stuffs
        • bulk cook and freeze a selection of vegetarian meals so that I can have three meat free days a week - IN PROGRESS
        Tasks for October:
        • identify how to buy meat and fish that is free from plastic packaging
        • bulk cook and freeze a selection of meals


        SUMMARY

        There is no change from last month in any of the categories. Considering how tired I have been I am pleased with how the month has gone and that none of the markings slipped.

        SEPTEMBER 2019

        AUGUST 2019