Sunday, 25 July 2021

Day 494

Day 494...

And we have another Sunday and we had a very lazy start to the day.

But when we finally got moving I had the fun job of completing the online grocery shop ready for collection tomorrow. And while I did that Simon set about a few jobs that needed sorting around the house.

First he is repairing some wood around the garage door and had some expanding foam filler to squirt into the holes. He then decided to look for any more holes that needed filling to make best use of the filler. He found a couple just alongside some guttering just underneath the edge of the house roof...slight issue as by filling in the holes he disturbed a wasps nest!! Thankfully the wasps seemed more confused than angry but I have contacted our 'wasp man' to come out and 'sort' them out!

Next job was to help Molly with a little project she has in mind for her Shutter Studios business that involved resin which Simon is rather adept at using. She has a plan to create some bespoke items with coloured resin that she will then sell under the banner of Shutter Crafts.

Then we had the big job of the day which was to continue with the job we'd started a couple of weeks ago of chopping back some rather well established trees and bushes with an aim to remove them completely. So with hedge trimmer in hand and a pair of loppers we, well mainly Simon, made good progress. We managed to fill two bins and burn a lot of the very dry stuff and although we still have more to do we have definitely made progress.

While Simon did the majority of the gardening I had a little podcast recording to complete. Michelle and I hooked up online to record a special show for our Patreon supporters. And then no sooner than we'd finished recording it was time for our Disney quiz via Zoom, which I was the joint winner of...although this does mean that I have to come up with questions for next week's show!

And with that I am stopping typing as it's late and I need to chill.

Take care.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Day 493

Day 493...

And we have another Saturday and one that started off rather slowly as both Simon and I struggled to get moving this morning.

First job of the day was to get Molly to her guitar lesson which now means letting Molly drive us there. With Molly dropped off at her lesson we headed over to our coffee shop of choice and for the first time since March 2020 actually went inside to enjoy our coffee. Throughout the pandemic malarkey we had stuck to drive thru' coffees but with the easing of restrictions and no longer having to wear face coverings or 'check-in' we were happy, and prepared, to enjoy our coffee inside.

It was so nice to see all the staff without masks and a good proportion of the public doing the same too, we even got talking to another customer who was also enjoying being out and about without the previously imposed restrictions. We also got chance to chat with Joe, one of the store assistants, who we have gotten to know pretty well over the years. He was in early for his shift and came out of his way to sit and chat with us which was just lovely.

Molly then drove us home via our local chip shop to pick up some fish & chips for my dad. As we were leaving my dad's Molly was all set to drive us home when we noticed that the 'L plate' at the front of the car was missing...not sure how we'd lost it but can only presume that the magnetic seal had worked its way lose and it had been lost somewhere on the drive back from her guitar lesson. Thankfully the set Molly had bought has a spare one, but as that was at home we thought it best not to let her drive the short distance home!

Then for the rest of the afternoon we went to visit Simon's aunt and her partner who had moved closer to where we live around a year ago but who we've not been able to see because of all the restrictions. So we spent about four hours catching up on events in our lives, going out for a walk with their gorgeous dog and drinking lots of coffee in the sunshine. We had a lovely afternoon and are looking forward to being able to see more of them from now on.

With a dinner of keto pizza eaten and a glass of wine poured I think it is time to sign off for today.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, 23 July 2021

Day 492

Day 492... two of my summer break.

Well I have to say that I probably had the best night's sleep in a long while; I still woke up on occasion thanks to night sweats but not as often as of late and that meant I woke feeling a lot more refreshed.

It was also nice not to have to jump up to get out the house at a set time. The day has revolved around getting caught up on a few general household tasks as well as a little pre-school work. I managed to update the tablets that we use at pre-school to ensure the software we use was the correct version as well as deleting photos to free up the devices storage space.

Just before lunch I popped out for a beauty treatment appointment which meant I was out and about for about an hour. It was interesting to be out in the public to see how the recent lifting of restrictions was translating to the general public. I would say that about a third of people had chosen, along with myself, to not wear masks and it was so nice to actually see people's faces for a change. It is dismaying that so many people still feel the need to wear face coverings that have been proven, time and again, to have little, if no affect, on the transmission of any respiratory condition. At the end of the day if when you're wearing a mask you can smell someone's perfume or cigarette smoke or food aroma's then I think it's good to presume that the minuscule virus particles have managed to get through as well!!

After a little lunch I took Molly out for a short drive so she could get a little more practice in. The rest of the afternoon was taken up with sorting some of my own paperwork out, checking finances and looking at insurance policies - whoop!

As Simon finished work we nipped out to a local supermarket to pick up a handful of things that we had run out of. I was expecting to not find what we needed as the current news stories are all about shortages due to staff getting 'pinged' to self isolate but we must have been lucky as we came away with all that we wanted. Although some products looked a little thin it didn't look as bad as I thought it could have.

And now it's time to stop, enjoy a glass of red wine and settle down to watch this weeks Star Wars The Bad Batch episode.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Day 491...Ink Day

Day 491...

...and day one of my summer break from work. Working in education I am extremely fortunate to get six weeks off over the summer months and thankfully Simon has been able to book a couple of those weeks off too.

But I couldn't have started my summer break any better as today was ink day! I was due to have a tattoo back in April 2020 and this became one of the first victims of the initial lockdown. When restrictions were lifted this time last year I debated whether to get re-booked but with all the uncertainty and subsequent lockdowns I never got the chance.

So this morning I drove the 48 miles to see my favourite tattoo artist Simon Saint Heywood at his studio Acadia Tattoo in Macclesfield. It took me about an hour and forty minutes to get there but it was another beautiful, sunny and warm day and it is a stunning route to drive across the Derbyshire Dales.

Simon has been responsible for the majority of my Disney sleeve along with my Star Wars Rebels tattoo and my Disney Carousel thigh piece and today it was time to add some more Disney...well what did you expect?!

Today's tattoo was inspired by a dream that my Simon had a while ago that involved Peter Pan & Wendy flying together. I wanted the design to represent Peter Pan flying slightly ahead encouraging and supporting Wendy to fly along with him. This very much represents Simon and I; Simon as the ever youthful Peter guiding, encouraging and supporting Wendy (aka me). Providing me with the confidence and self belief that I struggle to maintain but with Simon by my side and pulling me along to achieve what I may not always realise that I am capable of.

A few hours of lying down and keeping still and I was able to take this awesome creation home with me...

...and now I have the ink bug once more and need more ink!!

I arrived back home to a fresh pot of coffee and once refreshed I had to pop out to collect a prescription for my dad. The pharmacy is still adopting a policy of only one person in the shop at a time and so I joined the queue outside to wait my turn and prey that the storm clouds didn't deluge me with rain. Thankfully the rain held off until I was at my dad's house, although it didn't last for very long and the few rumbles of thunder didn't do much to clear the air.

By the time I got home again Simon and Molly were in our 'gym' lifting weights...I decided to give the weights a miss tonight using my freshly inked skin as an excuse.

And with all of that Thursday was done, now it's time to chill and watch this week's RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Day 490...School's Out

Day 490...

Well it's rather late in the day that I find myself writing this as time just seems to have vanished, but today was our last school day of this academic year so I can officially say 'School's Out!.

So my work day consisted of a little admin but as this was our third Open Day it was mainly spent chatting with parents, new and old. We were blown away by the generosity of our parents with lots of cards, gifts and kind words as we said goodbye to a cohort of our children...and yes there were tears!

But with the work day done and school done for another year I headed home to do a little more pre-school work! I know that contradicts what I've just said but I had a claim to process and a couple of emails to send. Although I will have some more work to do over the summer in the form of accounts and a few updates but they can wait for a day or so.

But with a fresh coffee in hand it was time to jump online with my good friend, and podcast co-host, Michelle to record another episode of our Disney Dream Girls podcast ready for releasing this coming Sunday. As always we have a great time recording but it is also chance for us to connect as friends and share what's going on in each other's lives.

I finished recording just in time to get Molly over to her kickboxing class and as is the norm at the moment she drove us there. Her driving is better than ever and you wouldn't know that you were in a car with a learner driver; just hope she can get a test date through earlier than her booked date in October!

And that was today, our last day in school and the start of the summer break and for me it is also 'tattoo eve' as guess what's happening tomorrow?!!

Take care.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Day 489

Day 489...

Another very hot and sweaty day and another full day in work for me.

We had our second of three Open Days and so my day was split between time chatting with parents and then catching up on bits and pieces of admin. As a result it meant when I got home it was time to play catch-up!

I was waiting for a butchers delivery to happen today and it hadn't arrived at the specified time and as the afternoon moved on I decided to email the butchers to let them know. Within half an hour of my sending the email the order turned up...typical. The delivery guy had been struggling to find us although I'm not sure why it took until five hours after the original delivery slot for him to call me for directions!

While Simon and Molly went down our gym this evening I carried on with some more admin work for pre-school; another Open Day tomorrow will mean less time getting my work completed and as I need to sort the wages out I figured I'd best get ahead of things tonight!

Only a short post today, it's getting late and although I have things I'd like to write about I think I will leave them until I have more time to put my thoughts together in a cohesive manner.

Until then...

Monday, 19 July 2021

Day 488

Day 488...

Well, it has been a Monday and for a change I was in work today. As we are holding Open Days all this week I thought it was only right that as manager I be in each day.

This meant that my work was split between grabbing moments when I could do my usual admin work and then chatting with parents. We are using the opportunity of restrictions getting lifted to welcome parents, existing and new, into our preschool for the first time since March 2020!

These past sixteen months have been challenging and have seen us havjng to approach things in a different way. But we have missed out on lots over that time; missed Christmas concert, missed Leavers concerts, missed Christmas Fair and now two missed Summer Fairs. We have even had to set up our own Crowdfunder in lieu of being able to hold our Summer Fair this year. We can but hope that things will start to get back to something more normal over the next few months.

Back at home it was chance to catch-up with Simon who'd had a busy day involving a trip to Ikea which combined with getting Molly out for some more driving practice.

I then had some emails and admin of my own to sort through before getting Molly transported back and forth to her kickboxing class.

And all while today is being hailed as 'freedom day' here in England but I'm not convinced we are there yet. We have rumblings tonight of possible vaccine passports which could be a gateway to digital ID's and a two tier system. We find ourselves living in a time when our freedoms and liberty feel like they are hanging in the balance and when the majority also appear willing to accept it all rather than recognise the slippery slope we could find ourselves on.

I fear the road ahead is going to be a bumpy one! I started this blog 487 days ago to simply record what being in a lockdown was like and how it would affect us as it was something we had never experienced before. I never imagined that I would still be writing it now and feeling like we are on a knife edge, not knowing what truly lies ahead. So despite it being 'Freedom Day' I am going to carry on with my daily posts to capture just how things progress and whether we will ever get back to our old way of life.

Take care out there.