Monday, 10 May 2021

Just A Little Bit

Jaded...there I said it...that is precicely how I feel today. Tired and washed out. Heavy showers are preventing me from getting the laundry dry outside, an extra workshift on Saturday has left me worn out and I got myself an injury from one of the clients as a special bonus. Gee thanks. I normally love my job, but right now I really don't. Having serious considerations into a career move or at least a career side-step. Whether it's the tiredness making me feel this way I don't know but I hope it leaves pretty darn soon.

Knowing there is bread to bake, cakes to make and shopping to fetch plus the end of year accounts to do some more of is not making for an appealing day so far. I have managed to order some supplies for the build but energy is clearly lacking even after a lovely cup of coffee earlier.

Maybe some good music would help...if I can even be bothered to put some on. Horizontal could be the position for the afternoon quite easily. 

Now I know you really don't want to read any more of my woes...I'll leave you with memories of a better day...






Well if the video works enjoy...
Blessings J. x


Monday, 26 April 2021

Living in a Cloud...

Of dust...oh yay...the dust bunnies are here and have come to stay a while! Foundations are dug for us and next door...it took a week and is all passed by the building inspector. We foolishly thought it would take two days...silly us. However the builders assured us if they had been doing it it would have taken three weeks...hubby is a bit of a goer obviously! Anyway the digger has just been collected...along with it's various buckets and an additional pecker which was needed to break up certain areas. We have treated our immediate neighbours to their favourite tipples and chocolates to apologise for all the mess and noise...they said we didn't have to...we said we wanted to!

Henry cried when he realised the digger had to go...he is digger mad...he'll get over it! I needed my normally 10am coffee at 8:30 this morning...I fed what seemed like a small army last week...one labourer, a family friend who was draying trailers and sometimes on the digger, us and daughter's family. Morning break, lunch, and tea. My joints are playing up, just this weekend...I don't know what I've done differently if anything as although I've been getting food offerings to the hoard I haven't been digging in the garden. Maybe the weather turning colder is to blame, who knows.

Today I am finally on my own...the children have been shipped off to youngest daughter for the day whilst their Mummy goes to work...I need to knuckle down to some paperwork...just waiting for the coffee to trickle into all the necessary places! My we have such a cold wind...proper Mayfair weather, except that for the second year running there will be no Mayfair...always on the first Thrusday in May. On Saturday I am returning for a late shift to work...well if my boss has done the rota correctly. Then I am having a week off. The week after I will do two late shifts then have another week off. Hopefully this will set me up right to get back in the swing of things. I have 4.8 weeks holiday to take before the end of July so can do this for a few weeks if necessary. 

Later this afternoon I'm off for the weekly shop...plus an outdoor light...a casuality of the digger but it could have been much worse...read tired husband and a roll bar incident! I've decided to time my trip for when eldest daughter returns with the children and is getting their tea...in my kitchen as theirs plus their bathroom is no longer standing. I will have the children tomorrow and need just a little space! Two boys close together = real handful!

 
Obviously it was all too much for Wilbur...who fell asleep on some spent flowers I had dumped in the sink!

Some prettiness at the front

 
 
Chaos at the rear

Until next time...
Blessings, J. x


Thursday, 15 April 2021

Difficulties Commenting...Again!

Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble leaving comments on blogger again...I have had to hop onto my mac this morning after no luck on the ipad...though that is now having yet another update...a few years ago there seemed to be hardly any updates required for an ipad but now it seems to be a near weekly occurance.

But never mind as they say...the sun is shining...though I have a sore back I know it is from carrying both cats in their carrier up to the fruit cage two days ago and it will recover. Yesterday I just held onto each of them in turn in my arms to get them up there and back again. I feel that my actual energy levels are returning...they need to...today I must remove much of what is in our passage as tomorrow the digger returns!

I have an inkling I may be in  a spot of bother with hubby tonight...he makes his own packed lunch however if something doesn't fall out of the fridge onto him we don't have it! It appears he has taken sandwiches without putting butter on the bread...alas all three packs of butter were in the fridge...I mean they were hiding in a dark cupboard...and he seems to have missed the largest cake tin...full of homemade cupcakes and has turned out the remains of a pack of lemon vienese whirls that I bought cheap on an after easter discount. He doesn't really like lemon. Oh dear...the homemade bread was on it's third day too...I am a bad wife.

Blessings, J. x

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

This and That

So it is nearly 8pm and I have literally just collapsed onto our sofa. The fire is lit and Wilbur is purring along contentedly on the back of the sofa right by me. Hubby is our with son-in-law and youngests' caveman logging. Hopefully it won't be too long before they return home.

Later I know the Yorkshire Shepherdess and her family are returning to the television screen. I won't be putting on the TV until then. It has been a beautiful day here, though it began with a frost and there is the ever present nip on the edge of any wind that blows.

I seem to have been doing things all day, however looking about the place I cannot for the life of me think what I have done so much of really. I walked the lanes to a friends house this morning and sat chatting in the sunshine. I had young Henry for a while first thing whilst daughter did the shopping with just the one child. The kittens had some time out this afternoon venturing around inside our fruit cage area. They are indoor cats because of the road by us however I would like them to feel the sun on their backs, the wind in their whiskers and know how it feels to chase flies and such. I think they were able to do all those things this afternoon.

Last week I had a real down day...my back really hurt...well everything hurt. I was in Tesco getting freeze spray, Ibuprofen and a few groceries when I happened to notice the vitamin section. I bought myself some Seven Seas joint care max. Basically you have to down two what can only be described as horse sized tablets each day. One full of fish oil with collagen and omega, and one with glucosamine sulphate. Now I don't want to tempt fate or anything, but I feel really somewhat different since beginning to take them. I have what I can only describe as hope...I still take the Gabapentin and pain relief. My back hurts most of the time...my toes snack at the end of the day and sometimes my hands hurt...but I have been doing so much more. Things like peeling veg. At my worst I couldn't peel potatoes, in fact the night I gave up and decided we'd have toasted sandwiches for tea I had to ask hubby to cut the bread as it just hurt too much.

Our build is due to start next Monday. I have ordered the first load of blocks, sand, cement, and membrane. I have paid the building control fees and can't wait to be able to start thinking about the pretty things! I could be waiting a while yet though. 

Anyway though the nights are drawing out this night is beginning to pull in and I am grateful for the light on my computer. I shall leave you with a few snaps of happiness.





Blessings, J. x



Monday, 22 March 2021

A Gentle Day Ahead

So it's about time I heed the advice given to me and spend more of my time relaxing...hard to do when so much chaos lies scattered around for my eyes to gaze upon. Dust bunnies...I'm looking right at you...and Henry keeps letting me know I have weps...(cobwebs)...now apparently there are weps...BIG!! I scooped one from the fireplace at the weekend for him to study...it came out complete with the body form of a  daddy longlegs...we couldn't decide whether it was a dead one or a cast off skin...

I need to make a list...a short one obviously...and prioritise what really needs doing...planning regular rest breaks...and pace myself whilst doing the tasks...this all sounds so easy...in reality it just isn't...sometimes things need doing all at once..but hey ho...after over exerting again at the weekend even I realise I need to take better care of me. Luckly there is plenty of cold beef for our evening meal and with a little mashed potato veg and gravy we'll have full and happy tummies. 

Our living room carpet really needs to be shampooed...but you know what...with all the building works coming up we have resigned ourselves to the fact that it and the stair carpet is going to get trashed...it would be just too much of an effort to try and save it. The stairs go up from the living room and yes there will be builders and a hubby stomping on up with their boots on. I have decided it just isn't worth any of my energy or stress...we'll do whatever needs to be done when the time is right. Meanwhile I have a body to recover.


Good morning Wilbur...normally more camera shy than Kitty...enjoying a spot of the bright stuff on hubbys' chair...notice the honest repair?! We have two screws fixing the arm...he did it when I was away from home once and the children thought I'd go nuts...I've been with him over 30 years...what is the point!

Blessings, J. x

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Sharing Good News


Some news arrived in my inbox late yesterday afternoon that I wasn't expecting until early April...our plans for an extension have been approved...Imagine a big big smile, and a lightness in my heart that hasn't been there for a long long while. I know full well that there will be frustrations...much upheaval...financial burdens and plenty more...but I am feeling very happy. We will be able to truly make this cottage into a home...a home fit for an expanding extended family...

To be able to have a dining room to seat people instead of cramped in the kitchen will be truly wonderful. To have our bedroom at the rear of the property and be able to open the window at night if it becomes too hot will be a blessing...Happy happy dancing here today, and this evening we intend to celebrate with a chinese takeaway...

I have this morning begun the task of packing up best china and getting it ready to put in the loft...the loft at the front of the house...because yikes...the rear roof will be coming off! Lets all pray for a pleasant Summer please.


 

Yes Kitty...the there will be much change in the coming months...and I'm not sure that you are supposed to be up on the dresser young lady!

Blessings, J. x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, 18 March 2021

Jabbed

The deed is done...I offered my right arm this time as I sleep on my left...second Covid injection took place earlier this morning. Hubby is booked to have his first next Wednesday. Things are moving along in the right direction.

I continue to take medication to mask some of the symptoms of Long Covid...lesson learnt from overdoing it on Monday...never let internal battery get lower than 50%. (Quoted from the Dispatches programme)...I'm still paying for Monday's exertion today with shakey legs, & body. Overdone. Feet are now raised after returning from my place of work where the jabs took place. It is the farthest I have driven since last being at work. Mug of tea to my right...packet of crisps (salted) devoured...and relax.

Spring has been teasing us and a frost came in the night...I hadn't covered our tender seedlings and shoots with bubblewrap so was anxious to visit them this morning. I think they are ok...the frost didn't penetrate the greenhouse this time.

 









Yes Spring is springing...whether or not Old Man Winter is ready to depart.

Blessings J. x