Friday, 18 September 2020

New Bedroom!

Day 184...

Last day of the working week for me, and a day in work as well.

Work was pretty much standard stuff; sorting emails, filing, prepping for new starters and a little bit of banking. In fact nothing very much to report.

On getting home I could hear our bedroom fitter busy vacuuming away which meant that the work was almost complete. I'd not long grabbed a coffee when I got the nod that everything was complete.

We now have three lovely new fitted wardrobes and a free standing dressing table. Although the fitter had done a fab job of cleaning everywhere it still needed another wipe down, which actually took me way longer than I thought it would. And as Simon was working late this evening we have decided that we will put everything back in the bedroom tomorrow when we have more time and can take the time to put all our stuff away in an organised manner.

The talk of today is whether or not we are entering a second peak of Coronavirus, and debate as to whether the country is about to go into some sort of mini, two week, lockdown...but whatever happens it sounds like schools will remain open and people will still be able to go to work. I suppose yet again we will have to wait and see what this government decide to do, and from when, and then see if that makes any difference or not. It can really feel like we are just flapping about without any real sense of a plan of any kind!

All we can do is try and do our bit and stay as safe as we can; so keep your distance and wear a mask.
Take care out there.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Work & Wardrobes

Day 183...

Back to actual work today amid more news of another pupil at the local senior school testing positive for coronavirus causing the closure of their sixth form unit.

My day was fairly standard with sorting emails and banking and getting all the prep work done for a new starter next week.

The day at work finished off with our first parent committee meeting of the new school year. As a registered charity pre-school we follow a constitution that requires us to be managed by a committee that is made up of primarily parents. The committee is there to keep the pre-school in check, to make sure we are following all the correct rules and regulations as well as helping us to raise lots of money. Although we receive government funding and some of our parents pay fees it is not enough to keep us going and so each year we raise as much money as we can so that we can carry on at the highest of standards and provide great care and education to all the children that attend.

So this afternoon we got together to elect the committee for this year and plan our way forward with fundraising activities. We are very aware that some of our usual fundraising won't be able to take place this year as they involve lots of people coming together in a confined space! But we have ideas for celebrating Halloween by having a week devoted to all things Halloween; with fancy dress, games, treats and a creative competition. I have a contact at our local ASDA store called Jon, who is lovely and always does his best to help and support us, so I have reached out to him to see if he can provide some prizes and maybe even visit to do some socially distanced judging!

This did mean I was later home than usual and by the time I got in our bedroom fitter had left for the day but we now have all 3 wardrobes up and some of the fittings in place. Fingers crossed one more day tomorrow and we should have our new bedroom.

I jumped on the laptop once I had a coffee and typed up the minutes from our committee meeting and emailed that out to all who attended. I also sent Jon at ASDA an email to see if they can help in our endeavours to raise a few pennies. This did mean that it was just Simon and Molly who went 'down the gym' tonight as I was still typing away.

Today's little bonus was a free tub of ice-cream from the dairy that deliver my milk and eggs. During the early part of lockdown when getting eggs from my supermarket of choice was tricky to say the least I started using a local dairy that would deliver fresh milk and eggs to my door...they also happen to do some amazing ice-cream as well. So during lockdown we treated ourselves occasionally to some ice-cream but have continued to have milk and eggs delivered weekly. I am proud and happy that I can continue to support a small local business that chose to diversify during lockdown to keep their business going. As a reward this week they sent out free tubs of ice-cream to customer's spending a certain amount and I was lucky enough to be one of those customers!

Think I might stop typing now and have some of that ice-cream...just to make sure it's okay of course!

Take care out there, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Wardrobes & Ebay

Day 182...

Today was day 1 of our new wardrobes being fitted so we were all up and ready for the day.

The fitter arrived just before 9am and got straight on with the job at hand and by the end of the day he had the framework for 2 of the three wardrobes up and some of the fittings in place for one of them. He reckons he will need two more days to get the job completed.

We had another butchers delivery just before 10.30am which saw me and Molly splitting 100 sausages and 4.5kg of smoked back bacon into smaller parcels. As a treat I'd ordered some of their black pudding as well as some wild boar sausage!

The rest of my day has been mainly taken up with listing more items for sale on Ebay. I had about 9 or so items all ready to be listed and then after finding some more boxes I was able to get another 8 listed this afternoon. Just a long process of photographing everything, working out the postage and figuring out what details to list. This is where the beauty of the internet comes in as I discovered a piece of pottery that I thought was relatively contemporary actually dates back to the mid 1950's!

I had a little work to deal with as well, nothing major just a few queries and a few tweaks to sort. And Molly had her usual karate this evening.

So it's been a busy and productive day but at the same time relatively quiet.

Take care out there.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Day 181

Day 181...

Today has been a work day, and although the weather has been lovely I spent most of my day inside.

Lots of catching up on emails, organising our annual pre-school photo morning for next month (fingers crossed) and getting prepped for our AGM & Committee meeting on Thursday.

We had much discussion over our staff uniform today as we are all a little concerned about keeping warm this winter. Our building is not the warmest and having to keep doors and windows open to ensure good ventilation will not help. So we need to think about layering up and buying new bits of uniform if needed.

Once home and changed I decided to make the most of today's sunshine and top up my vitamin D while enjoying a coffee outside and catching up with my own social media and emails. It was then out to the post office to send the last of the current batch of Ebay sales on their I just need to find the time to get some more items listed.

We have had all the component parts for our new wardrobes delivered today and so our bedroom is currently full of boxes ready for installation tomorrow. We have an early 8am start tomorrow and not sure just yet how many days the installation will take but all being well by the end of the week we should have our 'new bedroom'.

Our new bedroom in boxes!!
We enjoyed a short trip to the 'gym' tonight...although our gym has become a little more compact as the space has now been invaded by our old wardrobes! But we still managed to get done what we wanted.

So we are struggling to get tests now...yet we are all supposed to be out in the community going to work and going to school but should we have symptoms we can't find out if we have 'it' but just have to lock ourselves away for 14 days...just in case! Would it not have been a good idea to get a testing system working that could cope with the inevitably surge in testing once everyone did what the government told them to do and went back to work, the pub and school?! Or is that just too obvious?

Along with the new guidelines of 'no more than 6' that came in yesterday, but was preceded over the weekend with photos and video of people hosting parties or going out in large groups as 'one last blowout' before the new rules come into force. Do people not get it? Do they not think that in a couple of weeks time they could be suffering from the consequences of that 'one last blow out'? I really am quite disheartened by it all at the moment as there really feels like there is no end in sight and that the powers that be don't really seem to have much control over any of it, let alone any idea of how to deal with it!

I will carry on doing all that I can to follow the rules and reduce my risk and just hope that everyone else does the same! Stay safe out there, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Monday, 14 September 2020

A Busy Monday

 Day 180...

Well as is usual for a Monday the first job of the day was to collect our grocery shopping, get it home, unpack it, wipe it down, wash the fruit and veggies, throw away any packaging and pack it all away!

Fueled by a coffee we then embarked on the main task for the day which was to clear our bedroom of all furniture. We moved two drawer units into the living room along with the mattress from our bed (guess where we're sleeping the next few nights!) and two wardrobes were moved into the garage.

We had to move our sofa to make room for everything in the living room which was no straight forward job as our sofa has storage under the seats and the only way we could physically move it was to empty all the storage first! We discovered a number of board games, the majority of which were variations of Monopoly, and all of which belonged to Ethan. Suffice to say they are now in Ethan's room!

Once the furniture had been cleared out and the room was empty we had to remove some of the carpet. As we have not got our new flooring sorted just yet we are keeping the carpet for the short term but have removed it from the areas where our new built-in wardrobes will be going. Having removed some of the carpet we then had a trip out to our local recycling centre to get rid of said bits of carpet!

Next job of the day was to make a start on sorting out the Ebay sales that had happened yesterday and first thing this morning so it was out with the parcel and 'fragile' tape to start packaging. I think I managed about 8 or 9 before it was time to take Molly to her karate lesson.

After dropping Molly off at karate we came home via the Post Office to drop off the took longer than we would have liked as the woman in the queue before us didn't seem to know what she was doing! We then got home for Simon to quickly go up a ladder and touch up some decorating from the other week before dashing out the door again to go fetch Molly.

It was then home to cook dinner, keto chicken parmesan with fried green beans, followed by writing this blog, chatting with friends via WhatsApp and wrapping six more parcels ready for sending out tomorrow.

We have heard today that the local senior school, the one both Molly and Ethan attended, has a reported case of Coronavirus in a what happens now? Now it is so close to home it will be interesting to see the knock-on effect and how this will affect us all going forward. But like everything with this virus only time will tell and all we can do in the meantime is take as much care as we possibly can.

Stay safe out there, wash your hands, keep your distance and wear a mask!

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Sleepy Sunday

Day 179...

Today has been a pretty ordinary and quiet sort of Sunday.

The day started with my usual online grocery shop, updating it ready for collection tomorrow. Along with an online butchers order that will come later this week.

I have been watching some of my Ebay listings as a fair few finished over the course of the day which now means I have more items to package up and take to the post office.

We had a little catch-up with Molly sat outside enjoying the sunshine with a coffee. Her boyfriend has gone back home today so we were filling each other in on what we had all been up to the last couple of weeks while she had been away.

There were a couple more bags of unwanted clothes and shoes to drop off at our local hospice clothes bank as well as a courtesy stop by our other house to make sure all is well and pick up any relevant post, which there wasn't.

Another coffee outside in the sunshine to soak up some more vitamin D while I carried on reading some more of Dr Aseem Malhotra's 21 Day Immunity Plan explaining why sugar and carbohydrates are so bad for our health and how reducing or eliminating them can have profound affects to our metabolic health.

The afternoon...early evening...was rounded out with our usual Sunday Disney quiz hosted by the podcast I co-host (Disney Dream Girls). It was, as it always is, great fun and simply a pleasure to chat with like-minded individuals from around the world. Paul did an amazing job with his questions and although me and Molly only got 5 points we learnt loads of interesting Disney facts!

A quiet day before a very busy week ahead!

Stay safe out there, whatever you are up to. Keep you distance, wear a mask and take acre.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Good Friends and A Spot of Tidying

Day 178 

It has been a lovely day today, the weather was great and most importantly we got to meet up in person with my very good friend and fellow podcaster Michelle.

We were meeting Michelle at a local cafe and this was a great excuse to get a little dressed up and put on proper make-up for a change, something that has taken a bit of a back seat over these last few months. The good thing was we were able to grab a table outside in the sunshine, have a few coffees and a good old catch-up. And although Michelle and I talk every week either when we record our podcast or when we have our weekly Sunday evening Disney quiz via Zoom it was so good to actually see each other in person, and it felt like it was only yesterday that we had seen each other.

Michelle was on her way to get some more ink added to her Tangled tattoo and so we took advantage of her being close to where we live to meet up...and of course we both had Disney themed face masks!

Once home we had another coffee, sat outside in the sunshine, while we planned our attack for the afternoon. We have just started watching Marie Kondo on Netflix and today her book 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up' arrived and we are really loving the approach to 'tidying', decluttering and reorganising. This afternoon's task was to 'tidy' our clothes as part of our new bedroom happening this week and this involved getting out ALL our clothes and making one big pile before going through every item to decide whether or not it should stay or go.
Just a few items to go through!!
By the time we had gone through everything we had 11 bin bags to go to our local hospice clothes bank. The idea is to handle each item and decide whether or not that item brings you joy and although I don't think I really did that it certainly gave me the freedom to let go of things that I would have otherwise have kept on the premise that 'it may be useful' or 'it's too good to throw away'. 

We are also adopting the Marie Kondo way of folding your clothes so that everything is folded into a small parcel which means that everything you own can be seen when opening a drawer rather than being squished at the bottom of a pile. I must admit I was very skeptical about what Marie Kondo was advocating and thought it may have been a bit too 'woo' and was aimed at simply throwing everything away and going very minimalist but I have been very pleasantly surprised and am now very keen to watch the remaining episodes and read the book in full.

Well I best stop writing this blog post as I still have all my newly folded clothes to put away!

Stay safe, wear a mask, keep your distance and take care.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Last Day of the Working Week

Day 177...

And the end of my working week. And a steady day at work to round out the week.

Most of my focus today was doing all the prep work for three new starters that we have over the coming weeks that are additional to those already booked in to start.  

Once home it was get changed, grab a coffee and take a seat outside and enjoy a little sunshine that was late arriving today. I have started reading Dr Aseem Malhotra's book 'The 21 Day Immunity Plan' and so far it not only confirms what I have learned over the last few years but does so in a very simple and easy to understand manner. To read about his own mother's failing health and her untimely death only made me connect even more as my own mum was, in my opinion, taken too early and better advise and knowledge may have given her a better chance at living longer.

Too much sugar, too many carbohydrates, too many highly, ultra processed foods are all doing horrible damage to our health. If we want to be the best that we can be and be in the best possible health to fight off whatever infections or virus's may come our way then we need to take a good long look at how we look after our bodies. What we put into them and how we treat ourselves.

We need to put the right fuel inside; proteins and fats and forget the sugars and carbs. We need to appreciate the unnecessary stresses that we put ourselves through and recognise that taking the time to stop and evaluate can be so therapeutic. We need to put ourselves first, make sure that we are looking after ourselves as only then can we begin to look after others.

Then this evening saw the return of Molly from her time away at her the house has suddenly got busy again after two weeks of relative quiet. And we now have a busy weekend ahead of us as we try to get the house ready for the installation of our new bedroom next week.

Take care out there, stay safe, keep your distance and wear a mask

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Work & Podcast

Day 176...

And today was a full day in actual work and this will be quite a short and sweet blog post!

A fairly standard sort of work day, we had a couple of new starters today but otherwise everything was as you would expect it. My day was spent dealing with emails, sorting out a uniform order, catching up with my deputy manager and beginning to organise the paperwork for three additional new starters at the end of the month.

Once home it was back out the door to take some more parcels to the post office to then get back home again and straight into recording a podcast episode with my fellow Disney Dream Girl Michelle. We chatted with a fellow podcaster who has been able to visit Walt Disney World over the past few months since they re-opened. It was interesting to hear what it's now like with lower crowds and new regulations and how quickly that is becoming the new normal.

After recording we then had another parcel to get to the post office as Simon had received payment for a helmet he had made over the weekend for someone in Germany.

And then it was home to cook dinner, a glass of red wine and stop for the day!

Take care, stay safe, keep your distance and wear a mask

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

No Work & A Field of Cows

Day 175...

So this is my first full week back at work in this new school year and the first week working my new hours which means that I don't work Mondays and Wednesdays anymore...and this was my first Wednesday 'off'.

So what was the first thing I did this morning? inputting for the funding claim for pre-school - doh! To be fair we have a deadline of tomorrow for inputting this data and we haven't been given that long to get it all input so I wanted to make sure it was all done ahead of time so that I wasn't rushing tomorrow. So a short amount of time this morning will save me stress tomorrow.

It was then onto the mundane tasks of life; ironing - whoop! Not my favourite job but better that I get it done and out the way today rather than having to do it at the weekend when Simon and I could be busy doing other stuff! Okay so at the moment 'doing other stuff' isn't really a big deal because life seems to have taken a bit of a knock with all this Coronavirus malarkey. I think we are just resigned to getting jobs around the house completed and perhaps an odd coffee out from the local drive thru'!

As lunchtime came around it was lovely to be able to get out for a walk with Simon as our usual lunchtime walks seem to have taken a back seat of late; wet weather, being back at work, sorting out our 'other house' and getting our own house ready for our new bedroom have all encroached into our 'walking time'. But today was beautiful so it was a pleasure to go out walking, even if we did have to contend with cows in one of the fields that we regularly walk through, that doesn't normally have cows in and I'm not the biggest fan of them when there's nothing between me and them!

They moved towards us when we walked past...why?!!!

Blessed to have stunning views so close to home
This afternoon I decided to have a look at a few more bits that could be placed on Ebay for sale and after taking photographs I decided to find out some more information about them. One is an oil painting on canvas that is signed so I thought I would use the old 'google' machine to try and find out who the artist was...only problem being I can't read the signature! I tried all sorts of searches and although I found another picture very similar in style (I'm no artist but it sure looked like the same artist) it had no information about the artist.
This is what I'm trying to decipher!
After almost an hour of looking online I gave up and decided that coffee, chocolate and sunshine were needed. So I took half an hour in the sunshine and chatted with Molly via WhatsApp while I soaked up some sunshine.
Topping up my vitamin D
Blue skies and sunshine
But I decided I really ought to be doing something so I headed inside for yet more excitement...hoovering! Before ending the day with a little home workout down 'our gym'.

So today we have new restrictions all set out ready to come into effect from Monday...I think these new restrictions are supposed to be simpler and will be enforceable by law but every time I read something about them the press seem to want to quote what it is now and what it is changing to which I think just makes it all the more confusing. Don't tell us what it has been just tell us what to do and when!

Whether this will make any difference goodness knows, everyone is by this point so confused as to what we should be doing and with whom and where and when. Some reports compare the figures we are seeing now back to March and April when we weren't testing and comment that back then the true figure of positive cases was probably much, much higher than we ever knew and therefore comparing now to then is like comparing apples and oranges. Some reports point to Sweden and their approach which is now yielding very low numbers of cases to the point where they are saying it is controlled.

And in all of this regular folk like you and me are left asking who is right? Are we taking the right approach? Should we be doing more? Should we be doing less? What should we be doing and who should we be trusting to do the right thing for us? It can be all very overwhelming and at times very disheartening.

So I guess all we can do is take care, stay safe, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Work and More Packages

Day 174...

Today was a work day that started out at home. I was due a phone consultation with the breast unit at my local hospital as part of my ongoing care following breast cancer last year. My call was due at 9.15am...but by 11.15am I had heard nothing so decided to go into work.

I had managed to get some admin work done while at home but could only do so much as the paperwork I needed was at pre-school. But once at work I caught up with my deputy manager and then got on top of what I needed to get done.

Once home this afternoon I was in need of a coffee and some sunshine and I really didn't have the motivation to do anything much. But once I stopped and relaxed I then realised the list of things I should be doing.

I got myself moving and packaged up a couple of Ebay sales that had been paid for overnight as well as taking photos of the next lot of items that I am going to try and sell. Simon then had a helmet that needed packaging and a price calculating for posting to Germany; the only problem being that the Royal Mail online postage service seemed to have a bit of a glitch and wouldn't recognise what we wanted to post. Suffice to say a complaint has been logged to see if the issue can be resolved, as it was obvious that their site wasn't working as it should.

We then had another item to package up, a print that had belonged to Simon's family that was signed by the artist, Nigel Hallard. It was a print of a painting of a gentleman called William Giles and was set in Mousehole, a small fishing village in Cornwall. Simon and his family had spent many a summer holiday visiting Cornwall and this print had been brought home sometime in the 1970's. Simon had remembered seeing on Facebook a page called 'Mousehole Archive' so he contacted them to see if the print meant anything to them and whether they would like it for their collection. Lo and behold we were met with a very enthusiastic response and so today we were able to pack it up and send it on its way back to where it had been bought in the first place.

And although we have been sending lots of packages I actually received two of my own today. One was a present for Simon as a treat and then the other was all for me...a Disney treat...or three!

And today we hear that the number of cases are on the rise again, we have a school local to us already closed but very little idea of what it all means and where we go from here. All we can do is carry on as best we can, take the best precautions that we can, wash our hands, keep our distance and wear a mask.

Take care out there.

Monday, 7 September 2020

Jigsaw Complete!

Day 173...

So my Monday started kind of early as at 12.50am I finished my current jigsaw project. A 2000 piece Disney jigsaw that I think I started back in June or July. I've not really had much time to devote to it but two things had compelled me to get back on it. First Simon had found me a magnifying ring light so I was now able to carry on into the evening once the natural daylight had gone. But secondly the jigsaw was taking up a fair amount of space and in just over a weeks time we will need as much free space as we can find while our new bedroom wardrobes get fitted and we have to find somewhere else to sleep for a few nights.
Completed 2000 piece jigsaw
As is usual for our Monday mornings it was off out to fetch our 'click and collect' grocery order. Followed by the inevitable unpack, wipe everything down, wash the fruit and veggies, throw away the packaging and then put it all away.

In our attempt to create space we have earmarked items for putting on Ebay as well as a large pile of things to go to our local recycling centre and so next job today was the very glamorous 'tip run'. But it has freed up quite a bit of space in my hall.

Once back home Simon spent a couple of hours casting some prop parts for a couple of orders he had received over the weekend as well as making a bit more progress on the parts for his R2D2 build. While he did that I sorted through all the successful Ebay sales from yesterday and got them packaged up and ready to go to the post office.
Parcels ready for posting
The only slight problem was that when we arrived at the post office it was just getting ready to close as the postman was due to collect the days mail and so they would be out of action for about 15 minutes or more. So we decided rather than hang about we we would go home, have a coffee and try again later...which we did and this time we managed to get all our parcels off on their way, it's a good job our post office is only a few minutes drive away!

So we started back at pre-school last week and most of the schools around us either did the same or have started back today and already we have heard of a local school having to close because a member of staff has tested positive for Coronavirus. I would think that as schools have only just re-opened their doors that this positive case cannot be attributed to the school re-opening but is more likely a knock-on effect of somebody somewhere not following the guidelines as well as they should. I think we all know people who love to share on social media what they are getting up to and who are quite blatantly not following the guidance and I guess this is going to be the consequence of those actions. The sad thing being that because this is someone connected with a school it now means that the whole school, staff and pupils, are all having to self isolate for 14 days.

But I guess we are going to have to accept that this could be the way forward from now, and hope that as cases will inevitably rise that the number affected badly and requiring hospital treatment does not. But I guess only time will tell.

Take care, stay safe, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Ebay & Disney Quiz

Day 172...

So last night turned into a bit of a marathon session on my jigsaw, hadn't intended to but the 'I'll just put a few pieces in' turned into 'quite a lot of pieces' and although not yet done I have made a fair bit of progress but it was rather a late night!

Which meant it was a slow start to the morning with the first job being to update my grocery shop online ready for collection tomorrow. And with that out the way I had the task of setting up more items for sale via Ebay, another 13 items. Plus as the day moved on I started to see sales coming through for the items I had put online last week!

Simon has made contact with a couple of relatives who we can now send a stack of family photographs to. But the lovely thing has been making a re-connection with family members who, for one reason and another, we have not been in touch with for quite awhile. They have expressed their gratitude at being thought of and are looking forward to being able to add to their own families memories. As a result we now have excuses to go visit different parts of the country.

Mid-afternoon I took a coffee outside to soak up some sunshine and prepare for this evening's Disney Dream Girls quiz as I needed to come up with some questions. So as it was Pluto's 90th birthday I decided to produce some Pluto based questions along with a couple about the iconic attraction, as well as one of my favourites, at Walt Disney World; the Carousel of Progress.

Simon has been busy casting parts for a helmet order that he received this weekend as well as a bit more work on the 3D parts he has printed for his R2D2 build. Although at one point he did have to rebuild part of the 3D printer as a print he set off this morning decided to not print as it should, but a quick replacement of a part and we are now back up and running.

Amongst the items that we have inherited from Simon's mums house we found an old audio tape that was made when some of Simon's relatives were living in Australia which we have tracked down, by way of his Dad's diary, to 1974!. We think the tape, once it had been recorded on one side was sent out to Australia and was then returned with their recording on the other side. Thankfully we had a tape machine that Simon could hook up to his laptop to then transfer the audio. The amazing thing is that Simon has been able to 'clean up' the audio track and cannot only hear his own voice as a child (which sounds remarkably like our own son did at the same age) but he can also listen to his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and his grandparents; it's all been quite emotional at times. But thank goodness for modern technology that we have been able to preserve this and, like the photos, make a digital copy that we will now be able to listen to whenever we like as well as share with other relatives so that they can hear themselves and others who are no longer with us.

The afternoon was rounded out with the now usual Sunday Dream Girls Disney quiz which was, as always, lovely to chat to people from around the world, share what we have been up to, our plans for the coming week as well as attempt to answer a few Disney questions. I think my score this week was just 4 points, but it really isn't about the points but the connections and the giggles.

Stay safe out there, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Ebay and more Ebay...

Day 171...

So here we are at the weekend and after a very slow start to the day, and having sorted some boring household chores, my mind turned to what to do today. My eyes then fell on the rather large pile of 'stuff' that I have decided to 'Ebay'.

So back to Ebay it was for me today. I picked out the next lot of items, photographed them, researched them and logged them all so that tomorrow I can put them all online and see what happens.

We have a variety of items to 'dispose' of and part of the decision making process involves a fair bit of 'googling' to see if what we have is of any significance and whether it's worth our while putting it online. At the moment I've been working my way through some of the smaller pieces but I am now getting to the point where we have lots of old glassware and dinner sets to get rid of and I am debating the best way to deal with them all. It seems such a shame to just throw them out when I am sure someone out there could make very good use of them, but that will have to be a challenge for another day.

Simon has been as equally busy again today with finally getting to the end of all the family photos that we had inherited. It did involve yet more detective work though as we had to go through our own albums to compare and marry up dates. Thankfully we had logged all our photos in order, with dates and descriptions written on the back of each one, which meant we had a definitive record of when things occurred to match all the photos together.

By late afternoon Simon had processed all of the photos - all 3156 of them. He had tracked a relative down via Facebook and is now able to send him some of the physical photos that involve his side of the family. We have piles of photos that will now get distributed to cousins and aunts as well as a box that we will keep out of the way in the loft. We have said that when we get the chance we would now like to do the same with all our photographs so that we can have them stored digitally and be able to look at them quickly and easily without having to wade through album after album.

By the end of the afternoon I was all 'ebayed' out and decided to switch my focus to my latest jigsaw, which is taking me forever to complete because I just haven't had the time to devote to hour and a half later and a little more progress has been made.

And that was our day...doesn't feel like I've done much but I know that I really have. Whatever you are up to please stay safe, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Friday, 4 September 2020

Week One is Done

Day 170...

Well, we've made it to the end of week one back at pre-school...well I say week it was actually only three days...and we only had children back in for two of those, but still week one is done - woohoo!

My day was taken up with more paperwork for our new starters, emailing out invoices to our parents, sorting out paperwork for claiming our government funding, a bit of banking and the usual emails.

It was one of my teams birthdays today and so we had, as is tradition, all clubbed together to buy her a present and she had brought in treats; a homemade raspberry cheesecake...which was lovely! I don't normally eat sweet desserts but this was what Simon and I will refer to as 'rare and appropriate' and as it was homemade it wasn't as overtly sweet as shop bought versions and I really enjoyed my little treat (thanks Sylv!).

One of our favourite books to read to the children is called 'Argh Spider', it is a lovely book with some beautifully illustrations. The last picture in the book shows a room FULL of spiders and this afternoon we discovered that pre-school was looking very similar to that last page, so much so we had to get the hoover out! Not really sure where they all came from I think it's 'just that time of year' but it did remind me of a picture Simon drew a few years ago.

This was part of Simon's 365 Mickey project which ran through 2011...I shared this picture on the Disney Dream Girls podcast family Facebook page just the other day and so I shared it again today with the girls at work as it seemed to represent very well what we were up against!

This was drawn to represent what we walked into on our return home after two weeks away!
Once home I was greeted by Simon and a coffee and the news that we have a date for our new wardrobes to be hopefully this time two weeks from now we should have a brand new bedroom (minus the flooring which we still have to sort).Just got to figure out where to put everything while the wardrobes are fitted in a house that is full of 'stuff' from our other house! Argh!!

Then I decided to get a little more admin work for pre-school completed as I still had a few invoices to send out and a few emails to write and deal with but once that was done I took an hour out to move some pieces on my jigsaw. I was only going to spend 20 minutes on it and the next thing I knew an hour had gone by - oops!

Right I have a glass of red wine with my name on it so take care out there, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

The Kids are Back

Day 169...

So my second day back at pre-school and today was the first day we were open to the children. We only had a very small number attend today as our new starters are phased in over the next couple of weeks which does mean we get to ease our way back into things.

All the children did amazingly well as for all but one of them this was their first time back at pre-school since we closed back in March. Our routines are different to when they were last with us because of COVID but they all just accepted the changes without any issue (and the parents did really well too!). 

My day was focused on sorting paperwork and bits for the new starters that will be joining us over the next couple of weeks, writing a newsletter, reviewing our plans with my deputy manager and sorting the uniform order that had came yesterday.

By the end of the day I had managed to complete most of what I wanted and was able to head home in the sunshine, as opposed to the rain of this morning, and enjoy a coffee on the patio soaking up some vitamin D.

Next job though was to sort out the butchers delivery that we received today; needed to unpack it all and then split it into manageable sized portions before putting it all into the freezer. Then I did a little more pre-school admin work by posting online our latest newsletter as well as emailing it out before heading 'down the gym' with Simon.

And that was today and back to work again tomorrow.

Stay safe out there, wash your hands, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Back to School

Day 168...

And it was back to school...well

So up and out the door quite early so I could be at work for an 8.30am delivery of some uniform arrived at about 8.55am!!

First job of the day when I arrived was to fight my way through cobwebs, there were so many spiders everywhere! It was then down to business with a team meeting sat outside enjoying the sunshine to chat about the new school year starting, how things are going to work and the children that we have registered with us.

Next the team set to cleaning the room and getting all of our equipment set out ready for opening tomorrow to the children. We are what is often referred to as a 'pack away pre-school'; this basically means that as a charity we don't own our own premises we simply rent space and have to fit in with any other organisations that use the building which means that at the end of our day we have to pack ALL of our equipment away so that whoever uses the building after us has the space they need. At the moment we share the building with our local scout group and they have not yet re-opened which is a little bonus for us as that means we can set-up and leave everything out overnight ready for tomorrow.

We finished a little earlier than expected so it was home to grab a coffee with Simon sat outside before he carried on with his afternoon at work. I then had a little pre-school admin work with just a few emails to deal with and registers to print and bind.

And then it was time to jump online with my fellow Disney Dream Girl Michelle as we recorded our podcast ready for release this weekend as well as a special edition for our Patreon supporters.

Final job for the day was to jump in the car and take another couple of parcels to the post office. The weather had been lovely this morning but now it was cold and rainy so much so that I had to put the heater on in the car. Let's hope this isn't the end of the Summer, I like the warmth and the sunshine!

So day one done and now ready to open up for children tomorrow!

To all in education take care, stay safe and wash your hands!!

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Last Day of Summer Break

Day 167...

So today was the last day of my Summer break from preschool and the day started off with a little preschool admin - doh!

To be fair I wanted to sort out all my bits and pieces that I have had at home and that now need to go back to preschool so that getting out the house tomorrow morning will be straight forward. I had a phone call from our uniform supplier wanting to arrange delivery of some stock today but they had realised we weren't open until tomorrow, which resulted in me agreeing to an 8.30am drop off tomorrow!!

I then had a few emails to deal with, registers to update and a little bookkeeping work to complete which thankfully, didn't take me too long.

It was then off to the post office with the last of the current batch of Ebay sales before sitting outside in the sunshine enjoying a well earned coffee.

My aim was to take the afternoon off and I did pretty well. I was able to spend most of it sat outside, topping up my vitamin D, drinking coffee and either chatting with Molly via WhatsApp or reading my latest downloaded book - The 21 Day Immunity Plan by Dr Aseem Malhotra. 
My position for most of the afternoon
New reading material
I then geeked out a little as I decided to tweet about what I was reading and Dr Aseem only went and liked my tweet and then retweeted it! Argh!!! By the end of the day my tweet had been liked 26 times and retweeted 7 times!! Wow...and from what I've read so far it's going to be a good read. I think a lot of it will echo most of what we already do but I love to be able to read and learn more about what we can do to be as healthy as we can.

Simon took an hour out at lunchtime to drop some paperwork off at the letting agents but more importantly he has had his first post-lockdown hair cut!! He hadn't been in any rush to get his hair cut and had decided instead to let it grow so that he could opt for a different style. So no more hat wearing as he is now all refreshed, smart and stylish! Here are the before photos...

...and the after photos...

And today was rounded out with a visit to the gym...aka our garage and it was the first time in a few weeks for me as we have been so busy of late. It was really good to be back at it and I need to get back on it!

That was today and tomorrow is back to work...just staff tomorrow and then we open to children the day after!

Take care out there, keep your distance and wear a mask