Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Monthly Photo Challenge: Beginning With 'E'

The theme for the August challenge was 'beginning with E'.

an egg in a chicken egg cup

a dippy egg

a bird's egg, found in one of the pots

my Kindle, an eReader

Eeyore on the side of a biscuit barrel

and on the top of the biscuit barrel ... Winnie the Pooh holding an Easter egg

an elephant

elastic bands

embroidery threads and chart

the eye of a needle

position of an E on a piano

Eden rose

Erigeron in the garden

poll card and voting papers for the local election 

essential supplies!

the number 8 (eight)

The challenge is to take photos on the set theme; the photos must be taken during the month (no archive photos), a minimum of five photos but no upper limit, and there will be a new theme every month. The theme for September is 'blue' and I'll post a linky at the end of the month  Have fun! 

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the August challenge. Here's the linky  .... please link to your challenge post, not just to your blog. 







Tuesday

 In the garden ...


... the new Eden rose bud has opened and I love it! The other new rose is covered in lemon coloured buds but it'll be another day or two before they open fully.

Yesterday's Bank Holiday was really quiet. I pottered about for a bit at home, tuned into the Style Coach class for an hour,  and then settled down to read during the afternoon and in the evening watched the new series of Vera on catch up. I didn't realise until it was too late to do anything about it that the village of Imber had been open to the public all weekend, yesterday being the last day. I hadn't realised that the event I missed the previous weekend was the Imber Bus Day, when the Routemaster Buses ferry visitors to the village, and that this weekend was the full open weekend. Never mind, I was expecting to wait until Christmas so nothing has changed in that respect!

The Style Coach class was all to do with discovering your style personality, i.e. how do your clothes reflect your personality? We identified our personal styles through a quiz so I can't replicate that here but based on our choices we ended up fitting into one, or maybe a combination of two, of the 5 style personalities. This link will take you to a site that deals with 6 style personalities - the 5 that were mentioned in the class plus the addition of a European Chic style. I ended up being classed as a 'natural' but with an element of 'classic' thrown in the mix, which really confirmed what I already thought. So the challenge to do over the next day or two is to look at all my clothes and decide which things I like and why, and which things I don't like and why. The idea is to assess each item through the filter(s) of my personality style. 

Today, I'm waiting in for two people to pay for and collect the items they've bought. I will also need to package one item to post tomorrow as that auction ends this evening and there are bids on it. So although I don't know the final price I do know it has sold and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a bidding war at the end!

I'm hoping to speak to C, the piano teacher, today. Lessons start a week today and we left it that we would speak this week and deal with any issues so I am going to ask if we can test the computer side of things before the actual lesson. I can't remember the name of the programme she uses for the online lessons but would like to test that it works on my laptop to avoid the first lesson being taken up with technical issues. Apparently it's similar to Zoom but is a programme specifically for music teachers where the majority of the signal is dedicated to the audio rather than the visual. 

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My August decluttering challenge:

  • 1st = a set of plastic measuring spoons (I never use them)
  • 2nd = a white shirt (band uniform that is now too big) 
  • 3rd = odd balls of wool (going to my sister, who can make use of them)
  • 4th = a map quiz book (completed and unlikely to want to do it again)
  • 5th = blue cardigan (big holes in both elbows so only fit for the bin!)
  • 6th = a pile of half completed puzzle books (going to my friend's sister)
  • 7th = large fruit bowl (I don't like it but K does, so it's going to her!)
  • 8th = a broken Filofax cover (only fit for the bin!)
  • 9th = unopened toiletries (unwanted gifts, so going to a friend)
  • 10th = 3 small terracotta indoor pots (gifting them to K)
  • 11th = old duvet set (to be donated)
  • 12th = 5 Pyrex divided containers (to be donated as I never use them)
  • 13th = two impossibly hard jigsaw puzzles (to be donated gifted to Joy)
  • 14th = books, garden fleeces & growing bags (gifted to Joy)
  • 15th = a box of carbon paper (gifting to E)
  • 16th = tin full of pencils and crayons (donated to a woman's refuge)
  • 17th = DVDs I never watch (gifting to E)
  • 18th = broken metal whisk (to be recycled)
  • 19th = brand new under sink waste bin (to be donated)
  • 20th = 2 pairs of specs (to the collection bin at the recycling yard)
  • 21st = winter coat (now too big, gifted to K)
  • 22nd = old makeup (only fit for the bin) 
  • 23rd = tatty tea towels (wanted by T for use in his garage!)
  • 24th = laddered tights (only fit for the bin)
  • 25th = socks that are more holes than sock! (only fit for the bin)
  • 26th = flash cards and rhythm cards (teaching resources going to C, the piano teacher)
  • 27th = 3 large and brand new white picture frames (will probably be sold, unless my sister wants them)
  • 28th = various kitchen utensils (to be donated/recycled)
  • 29th = a box of assorted ornaments (to be donated)
  • 30th = some more completed puzzle books (in the recycling bin)
  • 31st = tatty ring binders and wallet folders (to be recycled)

Monday, 30 August 2021

This Week ...

 ... It'll be another week at home waiting in for various deliveries and visits to view, and hopefully buy, some of the items I've advertised.

Entertainment & Socialising

Assuming L and J have received negative test results I'm hoping to see them at some stage during the week. This will be weather dependent but the forecast is for fine days so I'm hoping we can meet up in my garden.

The Goldster online choir starts on Saturday so I will try that out. On paper it's exactly what I want, i.e. an SATB choir, but I have no idea how this will work online. It's scheduled for a midday start, which isn't ideal but I have no plans to go out so can arrange my day around it.

Online Classes & Talks

  • Monday: Style Coach
  • Wednesday: Nutrition Club, Style Coach
  • Thursday: Bollywood Dancing, Indian Cooking 
  • Friday: Nutrition Focus
  • Saturday: Choir
Health and Fitness:

Daily: a 30 minute walk, 30 minutes of Tai Chi, and 20 minutes of knee strengthening exercises. 

Home and Garden

Home: My August decluttering challenge ends tomorrow. I'm really pleased with how many things I have found to dispose of so I will continue throughout September but won't log it daily on my blog. I have more adverts to place this week and am hopeful that some of the items already advertised will sell. Because of the lockdowns and associated financial difficulties some people are facing, I wasn't sure whether this was a good time to be selling but there has been enough interest so I will keep going.

Garden: M will be here on Friday to work her magic. I need to discuss the replacement of the fence with her as it's going to impact on some of the existing plants and we also need to decide what to do about the ones I've just bought that are waiting to be planted. In an ideal world I wouldn't have ordered them until after the fence had been sorted but I'd actually placed all the orders before my neighbour spoke to me about the fence. It looks fine from my side but that's only because he's been shoring it up on their side! 

End of Lockdown Adventures: I'm not planning anything for this week as I need to stay in most days, but will fit in a jolly or two if I can.

and finally, Hobbies:

Reading: K loaned me a pile of magazines ages ago and has asked for them back so I need to get on and read them before I see her next week.

Italian: 15 - 20 minutes daily practice

Piano: 30 minutes daily practice. Lessons start in 9 days 😃

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Weekly Reflections

 Reasons to be cheerful ...

  • chatting with family and friends
  • finally selling the doll's house
  • new plants are arriving daily!
  • re-watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • enjoying a new online class - the Style Coach ... the challenges and questions set in each session are proving to be most enlightening
  • finding a couple of new recipes to add to the meal plan for next week
  • that there is still plenty of colour in the garden to enjoy
  • continuing to make progress with the decluttering
  • despite a bit of a wobble on Wednesday and the ever present worry about Covid, continuing to feel positive and content with my life


I am grateful ...
  • that my neighbour is taking the lead to arrange for our shared garden fence to be replaced ... my only involvement will be to pay my share of the cost!
  • for online ordering and supermarket deliveries
  • for the opportunity to help my nephew's family ... usually it's the other way round!


Lifestyle changes
  • exercise: 
    • 30 minutes daily walk. Achieved 
    • 20 minutes daily knee strengthening. Achieved 
    • 30 minutes daily Tai Chi. Only achieved 3 days out of 7
  • weight: 2 lbs loss 😊


End of Lockdown Adventures
  • photograph the sunflowers. No progress
  • visit Caen Hill Locks. No progress 
I've been waiting in for deliveries every day as well as dealing with people interested in the items I've listed for sale so haven't had the opportunity to do any of my planned adventures.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Saturday

There's a bit of progress on the decluttering front to report as I sold the box of card making supplies yesterday, but not the music theory books. I think the person saying she wanted the music theory books was just a time waster - I'd listed the titles of all the books but it seems she didn't want any of those (even though they were being sold as a job lot) and asked for one that wasn't on the list and which I don't have anyway!

Today has to be house work day which is a bit of a shame as it's Saturday and I was wanting a lazy weekend. However, opening all the boxes of decluttered items and moving things between rooms has created a layer of dust everywhere and it's getting me down so I will deal with that first, before moving on to more pleasant activities!

I'm waiting in for another delivery this morning and this afternoon may have a visit from someone who is interested in buying the engineer's surface plate I'm selling. That'll be the last really heavy item from the garage so if he buys it I can think about organising the garage properly in the new year. The supermarket delivery will be here tonight and that's about the sum total of the excitement for today!

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My August decluttering challenge:

  • 1st = a set of plastic measuring spoons (I never use them)
  • 2nd = a white shirt (band uniform that is now too big) 
  • 3rd = odd balls of wool (going to my sister, who can make use of them)
  • 4th = a map quiz book (completed and unlikely to want to do it again)
  • 5th = blue cardigan (big holes in both elbows so only fit for the bin!)
  • 6th = a pile of half completed puzzle books (going to my friend's sister)
  • 7th = large fruit bowl (I don't like it but K does, so it's going to her!)
  • 8th = a broken Filofax cover (only fit for the bin!)
  • 9th = unopened toiletries (unwanted gifts, so going to a friend)
  • 10th = 3 small terracotta indoor pots (gifting them to K)
  • 11th = old duvet set (to be donated)
  • 12th = 5 Pyrex divided containers (to be donated as I never use them)
  • 13th = two impossibly hard jigsaw puzzles (to be donated gifted to Joy)
  • 14th = books, garden fleeces & growing bags (gifted to Joy)
  • 15th = a box of carbon paper (gifting to E)
  • 16th = tin full of pencils and crayons (donated to a woman's refuge)
  • 17th = DVDs I never watch (gifting to E)
  • 18th = broken metal whisk (to be recycled)
  • 19th = brand new under sink waste bin (to be donated)
  • 20th = 2 pairs of specs (to the collection bin at the recycling yard)
  • 21st = winter coat (now too big, gifted to K)
  • 22nd = old makeup (only fit for the bin) 
  • 23rd = tatty tea towels (wanted by T for use in his garage!)
  • 24th = laddered tights (only fit for the bin)
  • 25th = socks that are more holes than sock! (only fit for the bin)
  • 26th = flash cards and rhythm cards (teaching resources going to C, the piano teacher)
  • 27th = 3 large and brand new white picture frames (will probably be sold, unless my sister wants them)
  • 28th = various kitchen utensils (to be donated/recycled)

Friday, 27 August 2021

Friday

 In the garden ...


... the new rose, Eden, is fast becoming my favourite! The fuchsias are still full of flowers and the pomegranate is keen to flower but doesn't have much luck as it gets to this stage and then loses the battle with the winds. Two more plants arrived yesterday, a perennial sweet pea and an obedient plant (physostegia virginiana 'vivid').

I missed the Bollywood Dancing class yesterday which is a shame. I just forgot the time and, as it starts at noon, it's not a particularly good time for me to take part anyway but I'll try again next week as I'd like to at least have a go. I did watch the Indian cookery class though and may be a convert to okra (bhindi) ... only may at the moment but it looked absolutely delicious so I will have a go as soon as I can get hold of some okra. The thing I like about this class is that she also gives tips for when shopping, so we all now know how to test the okra for freshness. The dish is bhindi dopiaza so it's a dry dish rather than one with the sauce/gravy, and she also showed us how to make a simple and quick side dish to accompany it - she used carrots today  but it will work for most veg so it's a good addition to my recipe folder. Does anyone know which supermarkets sell fresh okra please? I know it's possible to get frozen but I'd prefer to use fresh if I can. 

I'm not having much luck getting out and about this week. I'm waiting in for another delivery this afternoon and this morning I have someone coming to look at some of the card making supplies and am waiting on another person to confirm what time she is coming to look at a selection of music theory books. 

Apart from that I'm hoping for a relatively easy day. I'll have to water the garden at some point and there is probably deadheading to do and then, after my usual piano and Italian daily practices, I'll be settling down with a new book - 'Death Comes To Bishops Wells: The Shire Mysteries 1' by Anna Legat which is set in my home county of Wiltshire. If I remember correctly, the setting of Bishops Wells is based on Devizes which is a town I know very well so will be looking to see if I recognise any of the locations in the book.

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My August decluttering challenge:

  • 1st = a set of plastic measuring spoons (I never use them)
  • 2nd = a white shirt (band uniform that is now too big) 
  • 3rd = odd balls of wool (going to my sister, who can make use of them)
  • 4th = a map quiz book (completed and unlikely to want to do it again)
  • 5th = blue cardigan (big holes in both elbows so only fit for the bin!)
  • 6th = a pile of half completed puzzle books (going to my friend's sister)
  • 7th = large fruit bowl (I don't like it but K does, so it's going to her!)
  • 8th = a broken Filofax cover (only fit for the bin!)
  • 9th = unopened toiletries (unwanted gifts, so going to a friend)
  • 10th = 3 small terracotta indoor pots (gifting them to K)
  • 11th = old duvet set (to be donated)
  • 12th = 5 Pyrex divided containers (to be donated as I never use them)
  • 13th = two impossibly hard jigsaw puzzles (to be donated gifted to Joy)
  • 14th = books, garden fleeces & growing bags (gifted to Joy)
  • 15th = a box of carbon paper (gifting to E)
  • 16th = tin full of pencils and crayons (donated to a woman's refuge)
  • 17th = DVDs I never watch (gifting to E)
  • 18th = broken metal whisk (to be recycled)
  • 19th = brand new under sink waste bin (to be donated)
  • 20th = 2 pairs of specs (to the collection bin at the recycling yard)
  • 21st = winter coat (now too big, gifted to K)
  • 22nd = old makeup (only fit for the bin) 
  • 23rd = tatty tea towels (wanted by T for use in his garage!)
  • 24th = laddered tights (only fit for the bin)
  • 25th = socks that are more holes than sock! (only fit for the bin)
  • 26th = flash cards and rhythm cards (teaching resources going to C, the piano teacher)
  • 27th = 3 large and brand new white picture frames (will probably be sold, unless my sister wants them)

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Style Coaching 2

The second session was just as good as the first so I'm making it a priority to attend the rest of the course.

This time was all about planning, focusing on where we are now and where we want to be in six months:

  • To determine our starting point (point A) we were asked to score where we are now in terms of personal goals, lifestyle changes, satisfaction, or  confidence, etc - they may not all apply or there may be other aspects of life in general that you wish to focus on. Be specific in your choice and then score your starting point out of 10 with 1 being the poorest score ... nobody is a 10 when starting out! 
  • Next, assess what your score could be in six months (point B) ... realistically you are looking to improve your rating by one or two points. 
  • Then think about your choice and list three things you can do to help you move from point A to point B so that you can be proactive in improving your score. These three things must be within your own area of control, so for example anything Covid related is outside of your control. 
  • Finally, look at the three actions you have decided on and determine what has stopped you doing them already. So for example, is it that you don't like shopping, are you stuck in a rut, are you overwhelmed by choices. This step helps you determine what your current mindset is.

Things to be aware of when making changes are:

  • choose who to listen to
  • the media and social media disseminate negative influences as well as positive influences 
  • your frame of mind when shopping
  • not knowing what you want or what suits you
  • dissatisfaction with yourself
  • a new style may require a new mindset:
    • whether to choose the latest trends or go for classic items that will last?
    • understand the difference between the price per item and the cost per wear?
    • are you a consumer or curator?
    • why are you spending a lot of money on clothes for special occasions that you'll only wear once?
The challenge set in this session is the 'Five Days Selfie Challenge'. You don't need to actually take a photo if you'd prefer not to as looking in the mirror will be sufficient. Make sure you dress as you'd normally dress ... don't make a special effort on you appearance unless that is what you'd normally do. Each morning for the next five days get dressed, take the photo or look in the mirror, then write one sentence on how the way you have chosen to dress makes you feel.

Thursday

Yesterday's bad news ... my surgery advised patients that they may have to cancel non urgent blood tests due to the global shortage of blood tubes! I don't know how long before this shortage is over or how this will affect the tests I'm supposed to be having now as I still haven't passed the first hurdle of getting an appointment yet!  It's another worry though, isn't it?

Yesterday's good news ... I've sold the doll's house! G, my hairdresser, saw it on Tuesday and said straight away that she knew who'd want it and texted her friends with all the details so they came to see it yesterday and are buying it for their twin daughters for Christmas. We've agreed that it will stay here until the end of September as they are away on holiday and then busy with birthday celebrations, so a minor inconvenience but they sweetened the deal by agreeing to pay the full asking price in return for me storing it for a month.


I'll be sad to see it go but will appreciate the space it takes up. It's something I was going to do with my late partner and he was going to make all sorts of things for it, but of course that's no longer possible and to do it on my own is a compromise I don't want to make. I can always buy a much smaller house if I change my mind in the future but I think I'm more likely to do a bookshelf insert instead. I did get a bit upset about selling the doll's house so the afternoon was a bit of a weepy one. I surprised myself with my reaction but at the same time can understand it ... this is the final thing that ties in with how our lives were affected following his diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease. I think that I may experience a positive change in my emotional health once it finally leaves the house.  

As a result of that I didn't do much for the rest of the day. I tuned into the Style Coach (will write about that tomorrow) but that's it, so I have to get on with labelling the school uniforms today without fail. I also avoided going shopping so either need to do that today or arrange for a delivery.

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My August decluttering challenge:

  • 1st = a set of plastic measuring spoons (I never use them)
  • 2nd = a white shirt (band uniform that is now too big) 
  • 3rd = odd balls of wool (going to my sister, who can make use of them)
  • 4th = a map quiz book (completed and unlikely to want to do it again)
  • 5th = blue cardigan (big holes in both elbows so only fit for the bin!)
  • 6th = a pile of half completed puzzle books (going to my friend's sister)
  • 7th = large fruit bowl (I don't like it but K does, so it's going to her!)
  • 8th = a broken Filofax cover (only fit for the bin!)
  • 9th = unopened toiletries (unwanted gifts, so going to a friend)
  • 10th = 3 small terracotta indoor pots (gifting them to K)
  • 11th = old duvet set (to be donated)
  • 12th = 5 Pyrex divided containers (to be donated as I never use them)
  • 13th = two impossibly hard jigsaw puzzles (to be donated gifted to Joy)
  • 14th = books, garden fleeces & growing bags (gifted to Joy)
  • 15th = a box of carbon paper (gifting to E)
  • 16th = tin full of pencils and crayons (donated to a woman's refuge)
  • 17th = DVDs I never watch (gifting to E)
  • 18th = broken metal whisk (to be recycled)
  • 19th = brand new under sink waste bin (to be donated)
  • 20th = 2 pairs of specs (to the collection bin at the recycling yard)
  • 21st = winter coat (now too big, gifted to K)
  • 22nd = old makeup (only fit for the bin) 
  • 23rd = tatty tea towels (wanted by T for use in his garage!)
  • 24th = laddered tights (only fit for the bin)
  • 25th = socks that are more holes than sock! (only fit for the bin)
  • 26th = flash cards and rhythm cards (teaching resources going to C, the piano teacher)

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Wednesday

In the garden ...

... the two new roses were delivered yesterday - Claire Austin, lemon buds fading to creamy white, and Eden, cream buds edged with pink changing to a pink rose edged with cream. The bird bath was also delivered and I will post photos of that when it's in position.  The blue pots also arrived but will be going back as the box contains red pots, not the blue I ordered. I'm waiting to hear back from the supplier. 

I had a long chat with my neighbours yesterday about the state of the fence. We share ownership of the fence and last time we discussed it, about six years ago, we thought at that time it wouldn't need to be replaced for about eight maybe ten years if we were lucky. This meant that we wouldn't be looking to replace it for another two or three years but last winter's storms and the recent high winds has shortened that timescale and it need to be done sooner rather than later, as in now! We've left it that he will arrange for quotes and then take it from there. It's all down to the cost (for both of us) but hopefully we'll be able to get it replaced before spring. There's never going to be a good time to get it done but from my point of view this timescale fits in with the existing plans to cut the two established roses right back, and all the other roses and climbers haven't grown that much yet. I'll let M decide what she wants to do with the new plants for now. 

I'm planning to stay at home today. There's another parcel due, medication not plants, and I have someone coming to look at the doll's house at midday - I hope they buy it but I think it may be bigger than they really want. Anyway, this slots in nicely between the Nutrition Club this morning and the second Style Coach session this afternoon. I'm also on school uniform labelling duties for C and H so will get that done this afternoon and drop it all round to them tonight on my way to the supermarket to buy fruit, veg and bread. 

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My August decluttering challenge:

  • 1st = a set of plastic measuring spoons (I never use them)
  • 2nd = a white shirt (band uniform that is now too big) 
  • 3rd = odd balls of wool (going to my sister, who can make use of them)
  • 4th = a map quiz book (completed and unlikely to want to do it again)
  • 5th = blue cardigan (big holes in both elbows so only fit for the bin!)
  • 6th = a pile of half completed puzzle books (going to my friend's sister)
  • 7th = large fruit bowl (I don't like it but K does, so it's going to her!)
  • 8th = a broken Filofax cover (only fit for the bin!)
  • 9th = unopened toiletries (unwanted gifts, so going to a friend)
  • 10th = 3 small terracotta indoor pots (gifting them to K)
  • 11th = old duvet set (to be donated)
  • 12th = 5 Pyrex divided containers (to be donated as I never use them)
  • 13th = two impossibly hard jigsaw puzzles (to be donated gifted to Joy)
  • 14th = books, garden fleeces & growing bags (gifted to Joy)
  • 15th = a box of carbon paper (gifting to E)
  • 16th = tin full of pencils and crayons (donated to a woman's refuge)
  • 17th = DVDs I never watch (gifting to E)
  • 18th = broken metal whisk (to be recycled)
  • 19th = brand new under sink waste bin (to be donated)
  • 20th = 2 pairs of specs (to the collection bin at the recycling yard)
  • 21st = winter coat (now too big, gifted to K)
  • 22nd = old makeup (only fit for the bin) 
  • 23rd = tatty tea towels (wanted by T for use in his garage!)
  • 24th = laddered tights (only fit for the bin)
  • 25th = socks that are more holes than sock! (only fit for the bin)

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

The Style Coach

Yesterday I took part in the Style Coach class on Goldster. I wasn't really sure what to expect but thought it was worth a try in the vague hope that this class will help me sort out my personal style, something I have really struggled with since putting on so much weight. I tuned in for the first class just to see what it was all about and I'm so glad I did as I think it will really help me. It's a 12 week course running every Monday and Wednesday for one hour each time, which is more than I was expecting but as it's only for 12 weeks I will make the effort to attend every session. I tend to be easily influenced by other people's suggestions and no longer have any real idea of my own 'style', so I'll use the guidance provided in this class to work out exactly what I want. 

The course will cover the following topics:
  • Planning
  • Mindset
  • Style Preference
  • In Depth Body Shape Advice
  • Colour
  • Capsule Wardrobes
  • Wardrobe Organisation and Editing
  • Shopping 
  • .... and so much more!!! 

We've been set our first challenge already which is to refrain from buying any new clothes, accessories and shoes for the next twelve weeks. I'd struggle if it was garden related items but won't have any problem if I have to avoid buying clothes as it's not my favourite activity. I've also decided that I won't declutter any more of my clothes until I have completed this course.

The bulk of the first session was taken up with setting a goal and relating each of these questions to that goal ... 
  • What do you want specifically? (state positively) 
  • Is this within your control? 
  • When do you want to achieve this by? 
  • Where do you want this? (what area of your life?) 
  • Why do you want this? 
  • What will it look/feel like when you have achieved it? 
  • What will happen if you achieve this? 
  • What won’t happen if you achieve this? 
  • What will happen if you don’t achieve this? 
  • What won’t happen if you don’t achieve this? 
  • What could stop you from achieving this? 
  • Do you have the resources to achieve this? (time, money etc) 
  • How will this affect other people in your life? 
  • Does this align with your values/beliefs?

By answering all of those questions the idea is that you should be able to see whether the goal you have set is really worth doing and also have a much clearer idea how you will benefit once you achieve it. Apparently you are three times more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down so here goes .... my goal is "to lose one stone by 31st December 2021". Two of the ladies I recognise from the nutrition classes have set the same goal and we've formed out own mini support group. I toyed with a goal of creating a capsule wardrobe but I've tried that before and failed miserably so I need to wait for the advice before thinking about that. With the weight loss, I know I can do it but I don't currently have the right focus so this will help me get back on track.

The final thing was to decide on a reward for when you achieve the goal you have set. I've decided that I will treat myself to a new jacket, style and colour to be decided.

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My August decluttering challenge:

  • 1st = a set of plastic measuring spoons (I never use them)
  • 2nd = a white shirt (band uniform that is now too big) 
  • 3rd = odd balls of wool (going to my sister, who can make use of them)
  • 4th = a map quiz book (completed and unlikely to want to do it again)
  • 5th = blue cardigan (big holes in both elbows so only fit for the bin!)
  • 6th = a pile of half completed puzzle books (going to my friend's sister)
  • 7th = large fruit bowl (I don't like it but K does, so it's going to her!)
  • 8th = a broken Filofax cover (only fit for the bin!)
  • 9th = unopened toiletries (unwanted gifts, so going to a friend)
  • 10th = 3 small terracotta indoor pots (gifting them to K)
  • 11th = old duvet set (to be donated)
  • 12th = 5 Pyrex divided containers (to be donated as I never use them)
  • 13th = two impossibly hard jigsaw puzzles (to be donated gifted to Joy)
  • 14th = books, garden fleeces & growing bags (gifted to Joy)
  • 15th = a box of carbon paper (gifting to E)
  • 16th = tin full of pencils and crayons (donated to a woman's refuge)
  • 17th = DVDs I never watch (gifting to E)
  • 18th = broken metal whisk (to be recycled)
  • 19th = brand new under sink waste bin (to be donated)
  • 20th = 2 pairs of specs (to the collection bin at the recycling yard)
  • 21st = winter coat (now too big, gifted to K)
  • 22nd = old makeup (only fit for the bin) 
  • 23rd = tatty tea towels (wanted by T for use in his garage!)
  • 24th = laddered tights (only fit for the bin)

Monday, 23 August 2021

This Week ...

... I'm hoping for a quiet-ish sort of week. I have a very short list of things I want to get done (only three things on the list) and the new plants should start arriving later this week so I want to fit in a couple of walks today and tomorrow.

Entertainment & Socialising

Both L and J are busy with work and also need to wait on test results so we won't be meeting up this week, which means it'll be phone catch ups with both of them. 

It's the Bath and West Show this weekend which I may go to but it all depends on the weather and whether I'm notified that a delivery is due.

Online Classes & Talks

  • Monday: Style Coach
  • Wednesday: Nutrition Club
  • Thursday: Bollywood Dancing, Indian Cooking 
  • Friday: Nutrition Focus
Health and Fitness:

Daily: a 30 minute walk, 30 minutes of Tai Chi, and 20 minutes of knee strengthening exercises. 

Home and Garden

Home: My August decluttering challenge continues. It's been easy to find things to dispose of so I may continue through September as well. I'm giving myself 100 more days to complete all the decluttering which takes me just past my birthday but is a nice round number to deal with. In that time I want to clear the remaining boxes, deal with a few items in the garage, hopefully sell all the items I've advertised, and do a monthly charity shop drop off and a recycling yard run to dispose of the rubbish. It sounds a lot but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I need the decluttering to be over and done with.

Garden: I've ordered the majority of the new plants so am expecting deliveries later this week, and the spring flowering bulbs ordered much earlier in the year will be here soon. It's the wrong season for a couple of plants so I'll order them when they are available next year. 

I've decided to put the feeders back out to encourage the birds into the garden and I've also ordered a bird bath so now have to decide where to place that. 

End of Lockdown Adventures

  • photograph the sunflowers
  • visit Caen Hill Locks

and finally, Hobbies:

Reading: I've just started listening to Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Italian: 15 - 20 minutes daily practice

Piano: 30 minutes daily practice. Lessons start in 16 days 😃