Sunday, 17 October 2021

Day 578

Day 578...

After a busy week Sunday has rolled around and it has been a lot calmer than the last few days. We still had our weekly grocery shopping to collect as usual but with that done we had the day ahead of us.

Simon has an art commission that he is working on and is hoping to get completed sooner rather than later so he took some time out to put in a little more work. I decided to get on top of the laundry and managed to get up to date with the ironing.

Molly and Dan headed off down south around lunchtime; Molly will spend the next week at Dan's before returning home for a couple of weeks before she makes the big move down there at the beginning of November.

And with Molly and Dan on their way and Ethan on his way home from his friends wedding we suddenly realised that for the first time in almost twenty months we had the house to ourselves for a couple of hours - weird!

Mid-afternoon we took a trip into Nottingham and grabbed a coffee while we waited for Ethan's train to arrive. He'd had a good night away although I think he was glad to be home as I think the three trains and a bus to get home had wiped him out.

And for the first time in a fair few weeks I hooked up online with my fellow Disney nerds as we had our Disney Dream Girls Disney quiz meet-up! As lives are getting back to 'normal' we have found that getting us all to be free at the same time is getting trickier...never mind the time difference between here in the UK, Germany, California and Canada! And so today it was more of a chance to catch-up rather than partake in a quiz.

And I think that's where I'll leave it for today. See you tomorrow.
xx

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Day 577

Day 577...

Another busy day and another Saturday.

This morning our job was to get Ethan into Nottingham as he was meeting a couple of friends and catching the train to head up north for a friends wedding. He has a night away on his own for the first time and will be returning at some point tomorrow.

We had a errand to run on the way home that will become apparent very soon!! But arriving home we bumped into a couple of our elderly neighbours and spent a few minutes catching up with them and letting them know about Molly's new car as we have a shared garage and parking space.

Just as we arrived home so did Dan as he'd taken Molly over to her kickboxing school as today was the first part of the black belt seminar that they hold each year for those about to take their black belt grading. As Molly is already a black belt she attends the seminar to help those who are about to grade, and it is part of the responsibility that comes with being a black belt. The seminar lasted for three hours this afternoon and in a few weeks time the grading will take place which lasts for five hours, and although Molly won't be grading she will be attending to assist.

While Molly got all sweaty I toiled over the laptop keyboard as I had my online grocery shopping to update, a newsletter to write for pre-school, an email to compose and updates to pre-school's online learning journal to complete. And with that all done it was time to head out to go and pick Molly up from kickboxing.

So me, Simon and Dan jumped in the car, collected Molly and then headed over to the car dealer where we had been yesterday to collect her very first car! Molly was then able to drive herself and Dan back home while we followed behind. We stopped by my dad's on the way home so Molly could show off her car!

How snazzy is that for a first car?!

And all that was left to do today was to make keto pizza and settle down for an evening in front of the TV.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Friday, 15 October 2021

Day 576

Day 576...

And we have reached the end of the working week for me and it was a Friday. And a Friday with a full day in work.

So as all my Fridays in work are I have a day split between a morning 'working the floor' which means having direct interactions with the children which most of my working week does not usually have. I then had an hour or so to catch up on any admin bits that I could. We have an old mobile phone that I was attempting to upgrade to a sightly less old phone and as always with technology things take longer than you expect them to. I managed to get the new 'old phone' working but then discovered that all the contacts were not saved to the SIM card but to the phone memory which means that I am probably going to have to manually input them all...whoop! Although I have had another couple of ideas which might get us round the issue but that will now be a job for later next week.

I have a busy few days coming up at work as we enter the last week before our mid-term break. Lots of registers to sort, invoices to issue, wages to pay, contracts to amend, funding data to input and accounts to produce as well as a lot of other bits and pieces. It's going to be a busy last week at work.

Getting home I had just enough time to change out of my work clothes, down a few mouthfuls of coffee and scoff one of Molly's snickerdoodle cookies that she'd made yesterday before heading out the door. Me, Molly and her fella, Dan, headed over to a local second hand car dealer to look at a car that we'd found online.

As Molly had passed her test on Monday and has plans to move in with her fella she now needs a car to get all her plans into place. The car we had found was at the top end of her budget but the insurance was one of the lower quotes she had been able to get. It is a fun little car; bright colour, retractable roof, snazzy seats and more. And although we weren't able to get the price down any further we are pretty pleased with the deal we have got as there has been work done to the car recently that should keep it going for a while yet. So with a deposit left this evening we just have the insurance to sort before collecting it tomorrow afternoon! All very exciting!

When I finally arrived home for a second time today it was straight onto the laptop to chat with my fellow podcast co-host, Michelle, to record this weeks Disney Dream Girls show. We had missed a week last week because we both lead such busy lives so it was nice to chat and reconnect over some Disney chatter.

And while I chatted Molly did some prep work for dinner so that as soon as I finished recording I could start cooking...and while the keto moussaka is cooking in the oven I have used the time to write this blog...now that is multi-tasking!

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Day 575

Day 575...

And we have another Thursday and another day of two halves and another busy day.

My morning was spent in work and was spent with my deputy manager going over all things managerial! We had a couple of risk assessments to go through along with plans going forward for staffing, the curriculum and Christmas!!

The afternoon was spent at home and was my chance to catch up on a load of stuff that I felt I was behind on this week. I have a load of tasks that I need to get done before the end of next week as it's our last week of term and as my time this week seems to have disappeared I wanted to get on top of things. Just a chance to re-organise, write emails, newsletters and more. I was also able to get a few loads of laundry done as well as a pile of ironing. So all in all a productive day.

Molly's boyfriend has arrived today for the weekend a little earlier than planned which meant a little belated birthday celebration for him. Molly had baked a cake and some cookies and we had the customary giving of gifts.

And now it's time to enjoy a slice of the aforementioned cake with a cup of tea and this weeks RuPauls Drag Race UK.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Day 574

Day 574...

Well it has been a Wednesday and I am writing this quite late in the day so I think this will be a quick post!

Today at pre-school we have had what is called an 'Inset Day' this is a day that we take as educators to either complete training or,as was the case today, have chance as a whole team to come together and plan.

The main focus of the day was to ensure that the team had chance to collate all the information relating to their ongoing teaching and plan ahead for the next few weeks. My curriculum manager was also able to plan ahead for the remainder of the academic year so that we know what topics and areas of the curriculum we will be covering and when. We also had chance as a team to chat about upcoming events like our Halloween Fun week, our Christmas fundraiser, Christmas concert and our children's Christmas party!

I was able to resolve a couple of technical issues, get up straight on some of my admin tasks as well as create a list of more stuff to do. We also took the time to look at the way we assess the children via our online learning journal system and decide on the best way to utilise it moving forward so that we have access to better data to enable more accurate forward planning.

The difference for me today was that normally I only work the morning but today was a full day which meant when I arrived home I had just enough time to grab a coffee before heading out the door again to take Molly to a mid-week guitar lesson. Because Molly is taking part in a black belt workshop on Saturday at her kickboxing academy she won't be able to make her usual guitar lesson so instead she had been able to organise a substitute lesson for this afternoon. So while she strummed away I took advantage of the nearby Starbucks and enjoyed a quiet half hour with a coffee and a bit of chocolate!

We returned home and then, in what felt like a matter of minutes, we were out the door again taking Molly to and from her second kickboxing class of the week. 

I think it might be time to stop now!

See you tomorrow.
xx

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Day 573

Day 573...

Today was another Tuesday and another day with the morning spent in work and the afternoon at home.

The morning was all pretty standard sort of stuff with the usual admin bits and bobs and then it was home to grab a bite to eat before more car research for Molly.

Between Molly and I we had found a couple of cars that were within Molly's budget and so Molly had messaged the dealers yesterday to see if the cars were still available and whether we could pop over to see them. Well one dealer started off all positive but then went very quiet. The other dealer didn't respond initially but seemed to wake-up mid-morning and was happy for us to go and visit...the only problem was we couldn't figure out where they were located as we had two different post codes and then we found some reviews. The reviews were not good and as they were a thirty minute drive away we decided not to pursue them any further!

So it was back to the laptop to see what else we could find. We found a couple of cars at a dealers that were in the right price bracket, the insurance was doable and the write-ups on the cars sounded very appealing. Realising the dealer was only 8 miles away we decided to take a chance and we jumped in my car and headed over there. We found the dealer really easily, in fact they were exactly where I thought they would be...the only problem was that the dealership had closed, the car lot was empty and there was a 'To Rent' sign!

It didn't seem that we were having much luck so it was back home for a coffee and yet more laptop time. Well, we have found a couple of cars, and both are close to where we are. One car won't be available until the end of the week but the other car, after making contact with the dealer, is still available. Molly messaged the dealer and asked if we could possibly see the car today...but then everything went quiet! But about an hour later Molly's phone rang and it was the dealer wanting to chat about when she could go and see the car!. He was very chatty and told Molly a little more about the car and we have now said we will visit on Friday afternoon to see if it's the car for her.

It's all very exciting and now Molly just needs to make sure she can get the insurance sorted at a good price and then just maybe she may have a car to call her own!

We had a quick 'gym' workout this evening before Molly jumped online with her girlfriends. One positive that has been taken forward out of lockdown is the use of Zoom...this means that Molly and her 'squad' can all get together despite the fact that they all now live in different parts of the country because of work and study.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Monday, 11 October 2021

Day 572 - Success

Day 572...

Today was the day...the day of Molly taking her driving test!

It was an early start as her test was scheduled for 8.57am and she had a lesson beforehand starting around 8am. I'm not sure who was more nervous and anxious me, Simon or Molly?!

As she left the house at 8am she seemed very calm and composed. Being the organised person that she is she had sorted everything that she needed with her the night before and even had a thank you card and present ready for her driving instructor in case all went well.

I on the other hand had had a disturbed nights sleep, my stomach was doing butterflies and I was trying not to look at the clock and find things to keep myself occupied. Then at 9.38am WhatsApp pinged and we got the message we'd been hoping for -  'Passed! On way home'. Yay! We were so relieved and so happy for her as not only did she deserve to pass for all the hours of driving she has done but simply because she is a good driver!

But the biggest thing is that this now means her life can start to move forward as she wants it to. After starting to learn to drive in February of 2020 she then had to cope with the uncertainty that the pandemic brought. After lessons were re-started she really didn't know if she felt physically safe and comfortable starting them again and then when she felt she was ready we were hit with further and longer lockdowns. We were able to start getting her out and about around April/May time and after she passed her theory test in May the earliest date for her practical test was today.

So today has been a long while coming and at the back of all of our minds was the horrible question of what happens if Molly doesn't pass today? The waiting time to get a test date at the moment is horrendous and her driving instructor confirmed that had she not have passed the next date would have been around April 2022! But we don't have to worry about that as she has passed!!!

The great thing is she can now start doing all the things that she wants to do and that being able to drive gives her the freedom to do. She will be able to get out and about under her own steam to take photographs when and wherever she likes, as I know this is something that she has missed being able to do. It also means that she can now move in with her boyfriend and start their life together; we have big changes ahead!

But with the relief of passing we headed out for a celebratory 'coffee and cake' and from there we went in search of a car dealership where Molly had spotted a car for sale that was within her budget. It's a tricky business buying a car when you're Molly's age as not only does she have to consider the cost of the car but also the cost of the insurance which is more often than not more than the cost of the car itself!

We found the dealership but unfortunately the car Molly had seen on their website had been sold and although they had another car of a similar age and price it didn't tick all the boxes for Molly. This meant the rest of our afternoon was spent online searching for suitable cars. Between me and Molly we have found a couple of cars local to us and have made contact with the dealers to see if we can arrange to go view them tomorrow. Molly needs to get a car sorted sooner rather than later so she can keep up her driving and get herself sorted for the next big step in her life.

The day was rounded out with Molly's first kickboxing class of the week for which we had to provide the transport as she is not insured to drive our car at the moment as she is saving her pennies to put towards her own car!

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Day 571

Day 571...

And we have a Sunday and a relatively quiet Sunday.

It started with our usual trip to collect our weekly grocery shop which took us a little longer than normal due to a triathlon taking place around the town where we fetch our shopping from! 

Back home and shopping put away we headed back out the house so that Molly could get some more driving practice completed. She has her test first thing tomorrow morning and so we have everything crossed that she passes; she so deserves to pass as her driving is great and she has put in so many hours practicing her driving. She has driven around areas that I know when I was a learner driver I would have never contemplated. Just last night she drove Ethan into Nottingham, a very busy city, while following Sat Nav directions, she drove around areas of the city that even now I would actively avoid driving through!

On our way back home we stopped by my dads to make sure he was okay and to pick up a parcel that we had had delivered there. He's doing really well; after struggling with his skin following his second vaccine he has finally reached a point where his skin is back to how it should be...it's only taken almost five months and two lots of intensive steroids. I asked if he'd been approached to have his vaccine booster which I thought at age 77 (almost 78) that he would have been but he hasn't and he was adamant that he won't be accepting it should it be offered because of all the problems he has experienced so far. But he has had notification that he's eligible for his flu shot but as he hasn't bothered with that for the last 17 years he won't be bothering this year either!

Home once more and we decided to head out for a walk over the fields next to where we live and in an hour and 19 minutes we completed 3.8 miles. It is very noticeable that our walks are no longer as busy with other walkers as they were this time last year or even six months ago, but at least everyone we did see was happy and polite enough to say 'hello'!

We then enjoyed a coffee sat outside in the garden as the day has been dry and sunny and relatively warm for the time of year. We chatted about the possibility of replacing our garden shed with more of a 'garden room' so that we can get 'out' in the garden all year round. It would also mean Simon could sit 'outside' and draw with his digital tablet without having to cope with the glare of the sun on the screen.

The day was rounded out with a new meal for dinner as I made a keto chicken garam masala which was very tasty and will now be added to my repertoire of keto and low carb meals. 

And that is it for today so I will see you tomorrow.
xx

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Day 570

Day 570...

Saturday was upon us once more and after a pretty rubbish nights sleep I dragged myself out of bed to get on with the day at hand.

Our first job was to stop by pre-school so that Simon could take a look at the gate to the property as we wanted to extend it to make it more secure. Luckily we had a large piece of plywood already but we needed to figure out a way to attach it securely.

With that done it was time for Molly to drive us over to her guitar lesson, another chance for her to get some driving practice as the big day of her test looms closer. While Molly strummed away we headed over to a DIY store to pick up the necessary bits of hardware for the modifications to pre-school's gate, before grabbing a much needed Starbucks.

Molly drove us home and then we grabbed all the tools that we thought we might need and headed straight back out to pre-school to sort the gate out. We wanted to attach an extra strip of wood to the bottom of the gate but as the ground slopes we needed the extra piece to be either removable or flippable so that the gate could still open fully.

Thanks to Simon's know-how and a little ingenuity plus the ability of me to hold things, pass things, apply a plaster when needed and make coffee we achieved what we set out to do. The extra piece has been attached with hinges so that the piece can be flipped up or down depending on the circumstances. We also attached some hooks to keep the piece in place when in either the up or down position.

Up!

Down!
I think we were both quite pleased, and a little surprised, that in just over a couple of hours the work was done and looking pretty smart if we do say so. Thankfully everything went smoothly except for applying the hinges on the wrong side of the wood but that was easily rectified and all that needs doing now is a coat of blackboard paint so that it fits in with the rest of the gate.

Then Molly had another chance to get a little driving practice in as Ethan needed a lift into Nottingham to join up with some work friends to help celebrate a stag night; we await either a call to have a lift home or to be woken when he stumbles in later! Although I think it will probably be the former; Ethan is a quiet sole and so a 'night out on the town' is probably not really his 'thing' but we will see.

So while Ethan is living it large on a night out in the city we will be making, and enjoying, some keto pizza before we have a night in front of the TV.

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Friday, 8 October 2021

Day 569

Day 569...

And we have a Friday.

And a full day in work for me. This is the day of the week where my day in work is split between a morning working with the children and an afternoon catching up on some management admin.

I arrived home to a freshly brewed pot of coffee and settled down to get some more pre-school work completed. I needed to write our weekly newsletter that gets sent to parents over the weekend as well as review and update observations to our online learning journal and by early evening I'd achieved all that I wanted to.

In between all of that I also found an hour to take Molly out for another drive; we only have a few days to go before the big day of her test so we are trying to get her out and about as much as possible. She is also now looking for a car for herself and has at least one lined up that she's interested in should she pass her test.

And that was today, another short post as the day just disappeared...roll on the weekend.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Day 568

Day 568...

Well it has been another day of two halves. 

The morning was spent in work and was chance for myself and my deputy manager to touch base and re-group as we are now about two thirds of the way through our first half term of pre-school. We spent the whole morning looking at what needs doing, how we are going to do it and then forward planning up to Christmas and beyond!

The afternoon was spent at home and once I'd had a quick bite to eat for lunch it was time to take Molly out for a drive. We took a route around some of the area that her test is likely to be and then made sure we stopped by a supermarket on the way home to pick up a few essentials we were running short on. Yet again Molly did brilliantly and we have everything crossed for her when she takes her test next week!

Back home and with the shopping unpacked and a coffee made I spent the remainder of the afternoon and into early evening going over some of the work generated from this morning's catch-up with my deputy. And while Simon and Molly headed down 'the gym' I carried on with the work I was doing as I wanted to try and get ahead of myself as I know tomorrow at work I won't have the time to do what I need to do!

And that means that today's post is rather a short one. See you tomorrow.
xx

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Day 567

Day 567...

So it was the middle of another week and another day split between work and home for me.

The plan at work this morning all revolved around our annual school photo morning. We have an outside company visit, they take lots of lovely photos for parents to buy and the preschool benefits with a little commission. But by 9am the photographer had not arrived and things were not looking good.

A phone call to our contact was met with a 'this phone is switched off' message which meant we then had to contact the head office. They couldn't tell us straight away what was happening but that they would refer the matter over to the local area management team and get back to us. About two hours later we received a call back...and it was not good news.

It transpired that the company had become victim to the impact of the last eighteen months or so. They had lost staff either through redundancy or simply by them leaving after months and months of not being able to work despite the furlough scheme being in place. This had left our local area without staff to look after us and consequently meant there was no-one to send out to us at all. And whilst they were very apologetic it did leave us rather annoyed that the company hadn't had the presence of mind to inform us that our photo session would not be happening. We then had to get in touch with all our parents to explain the situation and apologise! I appreciate the difficulties that they have faced over the last year or so but that does not excuse poor administration practices. I will now have the job of looking elsewhere and figuring out if, and when, we could possibly host another photo morning.

On the plus side the lack of hustle and bustle that comes with a photo morning meant I was able to get caught up on a few admin tasks of my own that I had not been expecting to do.

My afternoon at home consisted of the ever so exciting sorting of laundry along with the ironing of clothes...whoop! But around mid-afternoon I headed off out to the hairdressers as it was time for a new colour and cut! I hadn't got any firm plans of what I wanted doing today...so this happened!

#pinkhairdon'tcare
So while Simon helped Molly get to and from her kickboxing lesson...she drove of course...I enjoyed a little 'me time' and spruced up my hair colour.

Molly did really well with her driving again and had her first experience of driving in the dark which involved driving down some unlit country lanes. But as always she took it in her stride and coped admirably with it all.

So it's time to sign off for the day as it's late, I have a glass of wine that needs drinking and the final episode of Marvels' 'What If' to watch.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Day 566

Day 566...

And we have a Tuesday and a day of a morning in work and an afternoon at home.

The morning was relatively straight forward although I didn't get an awful lot of time doing 'my work' as I seemed to be helping out 'on the floor' with the children. As the end of the morning session rolled around I began to help with moving equipment ready for the afternoon session. As our afternoons are quieter than the mornings we adapt the equipment and the space to suit the needs of the children that we have in. I was happily moving things around when I moved a bench and inadvertently moved it a little more forcibly, and ultimately a little further, than I'd intended; the result was a trapped finger! Oops!

Then I realised that in trapping my finger I'd thankfully not really hurt my finger but the rings on my finger had gotten so squashed that they were no longer round but more oval shaped and squished onto my finger rather tightly. My first thought was that I needed to get them off in case they were now too tight for my finger, my second thought was 'how on earth am I going to do that without cutting them off?'. The rings were so distorted in shape I couldn't see how they were going to move let alone pass over my knuckle.

But with the application of cold water and a little washing up liquid the first ring, my engagement ring, came off my finger; it wasn't easy but it was off. 

However the next ring was a little more stubborn and no amount of lubrication could get it moving. I managed to move it towards my knuckle but I think a combination of its new shape plus my finger that was by now swelling in reaction to all the pushing and shoving meant it wasn't going any further. I really began to think the only way it was moving was if it was cut off, thankfully one of my staff suggested pliers! I was able to squeeze the pliers around the ring so that it was more of an amenable shape and would move over my knuckle.

My finger remains a little puffy but is otherwise okay and thankfully my wedding ring was undamaged. I now just have the job of finding somewhere that can, hopefully, repair them for me.

This afternoon I was able to take Molly out for a drive and we managed about an hour out and about and yet again she did really well. I had a little admin work for pre-school to catch-up on with some resources to order online and before I knew it Simon was finishing work for the day and it was time to head down 'the gym'. We are still using our homemade gym in our garage and can see no reason why we would want, or need, to go back to paying out a membership for an actual gym!

And there we have today, see you all tomorrow.
xx

Monday, 4 October 2021

Day 565

Day 565...

Monday once more and no work for me today.

Our first job pf the day was to head off to our local recycling centre with some large items that we needed to dispose of and once that was done we returned home to finish off a little DIY.

Simon has worked hard over the last few days re-plastering walls, filling in holes, re-positioning skirting boards and staining wood and today he was able to paint the last remaining bits. And with all the DIY bits done we were able to return our bathroom back to normal by moving everything into the new cupboards and having a little sort through and a bit of  a re-organise.

With all that done we decided to pop out for coffee and enjoy some quiet time away from home just for Simon and I, a chance to stop and chat without the distractions of home.

Returning home I decided to sort another cupboard; pulling out a couple of shelves worth of stuff, throwing away items we no longer have any use for, cleaning around and putting back only what we need in a much tidier and organised fashion.

With all that done the day had rolled around to getting Molly over to her first kickboxing class of the week and as is the norm she drove us over there. She had a driving instructor lesson this morning which was her penultimate before she has her physical test next week. We are all fingers crossed that she passes as she so deserves to pass with all the practice she has put in and the fact that her skills are now really good.

And as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have been down for a few hours as I type this I'm really not sure how we're all going to cope with life...perhaps we'll have to talk to each other!!

See you tomorrow when hopefully social media will have sorted itself out!
xx

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Day 564

Day 564...

Another Sunday and I think a fairly short blog post today.

We had the usual grocery shop to go and fetch first thing and once we were home and everything packed away we didn't really have any plans for the remainder of the day.

We were still waiting for the wood that Simon had stained yesterday to dry so that was stopping us from re-organising the bathroom. So with no real plan in mind we thought we would take advantage of the bright, but blustery, day and go on a walk. An hour and 48 minutes later and we had completed one of our longest walks in a long while, a total of 5.6 miles and boy could I feel it in my legs. Although it did make my back feel loads better!

The remainder of the afternoon was spent rather quiet and in front of the telly watching the remaining episodes of the Disney + show 'Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom'. And while I did that Simon finished his latest art commission.

And that was our Sunday...a very quiet day.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Day 563

Day 563...

And we have another weekend and today we...okay Simon...had an early start as he was booked in at the barbers for 7.45am!

I had two jobs that I wanted to get done before we did anything else today. First was to update our grocery shopping ahead of pick-up tomorrow morning and second was to find out where the delivery that I was expecting yesterday evening had gotten to.

The grocery shop was pretty straight forward although I am getting a little bored now of the same products not being in stock week after week. They also seem to have scaled back their choice of some ranges so suffice to say I have a second shopping list on the go ready for when I can make an in person visit to a different supermarket.

The items that I'd not received yesterday were not for me but for pre-school and were some new technology that we'd received a grant to buy so they were not cheap. According to the delivery company they had delivered the items yesterday evening and had a photo of said delivery that was very dark and simply showed someone's feet in dark stripy socks! Evidently they were not my feet.

As I didn't discover this till late yesterday evening I had to wait until this morning to be able to chat to someone online. The annoying thing was that neither the courier company not the company I'd ordered from had any obvious ways of getting in touch. But I started an online chat with the selling company and after about ten minutes of waiting and poking around their website looking for a phone number or an email I found a complaints email address. So while I waited to see if anyone would 'chat' online I sent a complaints email, to which I received an automated reply saying they would be in touch within 48 hours!

After waiting 20 minutes I finally managed to speak to someone online; they were actually very helpful and lovely to chat with and reassured me that they would get the matter sorted. They needed to get in touch with the delivery company and set up an investigation but said they would be in touch via email. The great thing was that about fifteen minutes later I received an email to confirm what they were doing and the timescales involved.

We had Molly at her guitar lesson later on this morning and she was able to drive us over there and practice her reverse parking when we arrived. We nipped over to a local Starbucks for coffee while she had her lesson and took advantage of the petrol station on site to fill up the car. We genuinely needed to fill up as we were almost out but the garage had quite sensibly put signs up asking customers to limit their purchases to £30 which we were more than happy to do...although Simon did manage to go over by 34 pence! This does now mean that we have enough petrol to get Molly out and about practicing over the next week as her test date is almost upon us!

On the way home we stopped by my dad's to see how he was and to help him re-set his i-pad as it had decided to just power off and didn't want to power back on. Not sure what had happened as Molly picked it up, held the power switch down and hey presto one working i-pad! The good thing is that the skin condition that my dad has been suffering with since his second vaccine seems to be clearing up. Back in May the condition had gotten so bad that his skin was constantly flaking and bleeding but an intensive course of steroids had cleared it up but only for a few weeks. He'd put up with it for a few more weeks before being able to see someone at his doctors which resulted in another course of steroids which so far seem to be doing the trick and he looks better than he has in a fair few months. He has an appointment with dermatology but not until late December...fingers crossed he's gotten over the worst of it.

Back home and discovered we had a voice mail from a house local to us; they had a parcel belonging to us. And sure enough after popping round we discovered that the delivery we were missing had in fact been given to one of our 'neighbours' who hadn't realised till this morning that it wasn't for them. 

I then had some pre-school work to complete while Simon spent some time working on another digital art piece. Simon then decided to get the wood stain out as yesterday he'd been able to reinstate a skirting board following the repairs to our water damaged wall which needed a little touch-up. And while he did that I had the exciting job of filing paperwork and sorting laundry - whoop!

Then as it was now quite late on in the afternoon we decided that while Simon continued on with his digital artwork we would watch another episode of the Disney + show 'Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom' which is turning out to be rather fascinating.

So with all that done it is now time to stop, and perhaps find a movie to watch.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Friday, 1 October 2021

Day 562

Day 562...

And the end of the working week and we have a Friday and a full day in work for me. And it was a pretty standard Friday; the morning was spent working with the children and then a portion of the afternoon was spent catching up with some admin bits and bobs. I still have a little pre-school work to complete which I should be able to get done in the next day or so.

Once home it was time for a much needed coffee before dealing with the butchers order that had arrived earlier. Just a small matter of splitting 5kg of chicken, 5kg of steak mince, 4.5kg bacon, burgers, steak and 100 sausages into meal sized portions!

During the first lockdown back in March/April of 2020 when I was struggling to get delivery or collection slots at my local supermarket I'd looked into online butchers and discovered Rendalls in Scotland. Not only did they have a wide choice of exactly what I wanted but the prices were great too. During that initial period of lockdown their delivery timescales were quite lengthy but we thought we'd give them a try as it was something we'd never done before. Well eighteen months later and we are still using them and couldn't be happier; I placed today's order online on Wednesday afternoon and picked the first available delivery date of today...that's pretty good going. 

The great thing is that I am now stocked up on our meal time staples and know that we are all set for a fair few weeks. Living a low carb, almost carnivore, lifestyle means that this is an ideal way for us to order our food.

And before I knew it the day was done and it was time to settle back and get ready for whatever the weekend has in store.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Day 561

Day 561...

So ordinarily on a Thursday I only work the morning but today I had a message from one of my staff to say they were ill and couldn't work so this meant my half day turned into a full day.

But my day in work was pretty standard getting on top of banking, emails and a few admin bits.

I arrived home just as the last part of our bathroom re-fit was completed; the installation of our LED mirror. We had hoped to have fitted a recessed wall cabinet but when we discovered that the wall was in fact breeze block and not cavity we had to swap to just a mirror instead.

My next job was to speak to the company who will be installing a charging point for our new electric car. In the UK there is a grant scheme that means the installation of your first charging point is heavily discounted and with paperwork complete the next step was to arrange an installation. However, upon speaking with the installation team we encountered a small hiccup...well I'm hoping it's just a small hiccup. We want the charging point installed in our garage (pretty standard and obvious) but our garage is not attached to our house and is one of six garages that are associated with where our house is situated. So I have to prove that the garage is actually ours as otherwise we may not qualify for the grant scheme! This meant searching out the deeds to the house to prove that the garage, although remote from the house, is actually ours and ours alone! Documents have been scanned and submitted so I now await a phone call or email confirming that we can move ahead with the installation.

It was then time to hook-up online with my very good friend, and podcast co-host, Michelle to record this weeks Disney Dream Girls podcast. As always it was good just to catch-up with Michelle and share what's going on in our lives before getting down to the business of podcast recording. And with October 1st being the 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World our show very much focused on the 50th celebrations which are set to take place over the next year (if not longer) and we did a little contemplation as to what we would do if we could actually be there on the 1st. All we can hope for at the moment is that things get back to normal and we get the chance to visit over the coming year or so. Not sure if that's going to happen or not as I think it will all depend on what sort of 'normal' we are living with!

While I was recording Simon and Molly hit the gym which I had no intention of doing as my back is still a little tender, although it is improving every day thank goodness.

And with that it must be time to stop typing and time to sit and watch this weeks RuPaul's Drag Race UK!

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Day 560...Midweek...

Day 560...

And we have the middle of the week and thankfully my back is starting to feel a little better!

It was a pretty standard morning in work and then it was home for the afternoon although the first job once home was to attend a virtual 'leaders and managers meeting' run by my county council's early years department. So after grabbing a quick bite to eat and armed with a coffee I logged onto the meeting. Unfortunately I hadn't realised that the meeting was not the usual network meeting run for managers to update us on all things early years but was in fact to look at something being called 'Future Shape Education'.

I should have bailed when I realised what the focus of the meeting was all about. While the basis of creating an education provision that will give children the best start and therefore the best possibilities in life is sound, it is something that as educators we are doing all the time and do not need a 'focus group' to tell us this. Apparently, it is a forum to share resources and best practice...well I'm sorry but we are a small charity run pre-school with a team who have been working in the industry for a lot of years and have the experience, the knowledge and the skill set to ensure our children get the best possible start to their educational journey. And as a small pre-school we do not have the time or wealth of resources to be sharing with others.

But I joined the meeting and listened to what had to be said and then we got to the 'interactive' part...really?! So the over 100 delegates in attendance were split into 'breakout rooms' and had to discuss the aforementioned 'Future Shape Education' and then complete a form to 'report back'. I found myself in a room with three other people...one person quickly disappeared and that left three of us...none of us knowing what we were to do or probably inclined to know what to do. One of my fellow delegates decided to speak and at that point I bailed. We have all been on courses where there is a point in the proceedings when an 'activity' has to be completed with the strangers that you're sat with. We all know how awkward that can be, having to chat with people you have never met before and are likely never to meet again, and someone has to take the lead, and someone has to be the 'representative' of the group to present your answers to the room. Well imagine that but online, with a series of circles on your screen with peoples initials displayed...well I couldn't stomach it so I bailed.

I really couldn't justify spending my time (personal time as this was outside my working hours) doing something so frivolous and unproductive so instead I got the remaining pile of ironing done instead. Much more productive and time well spent!

Next on my list of productive things to do was to order some new equipment for pre-school as well as place a butchers order that will be delivered on Friday. I was also able to have another little clean around of the bathroom as I started to put things back into the room. I have a couple of baskets that I like to have out on display that contain all the various soaps and shampoos that I have brought home from our various stays in Disney hotels, and so it was good to be able to put them back in their rightful place.

It was then time for Molly to drive us over to her second kickboxing class of the week and when we drove back later on to collect her we popped to a supermarket to pick up a few things we were running short of.

And that was Wednesday, and now all that remains is to watch this weeks episode of Marvel's What If?

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Day 559

Day 559...

And we have the first working day of the week for me.

My back was feeling slightly better than it did yesterday and it was definitely easier to move about, although by mid-afternoon it did require some painkillers!

My morning was spent in work and it was pretty much a standard sort of morning for me. Arriving home at lunchtime I found myself continuing on with some pre-school work which I hadn't planned on doing but was needed ahead of the activities I have planned for the remainder of the week.

When I got home Molly had taken over the kitchen as she was having a bit of a photo shoot for the items she has been creating over the past few weeks. I was a little concerned to find a poured glass of wine sat next to the kettle but discovered that it was actually a 'prop' that Molly had been using for her photography!

My afternoon seemed to disappear quite quickly but it was productive. Not only did I get a big chunk of pre-school work completed but I took delivery of my new iron and managed to get through about two thirds of my ironing pile. But, and most importantly, I was able to secure a pre-order of the new White Lies album which is due for release in February next year and at the same time, ahead of general release, I was able to buy some tickets to see them live in Nottingham in March next year. In fact the concert in Nottingham will be the first night of their tour to promote their new album 'As I Try Not to Fall Apart'. So nice to have something on the calendar, just need to keep everything crossed now that nothing gets in the way!! And with the tickets already bought for November it means we have at least two things to look forward to!


 And time to sign off and see you tomorrow.
xx

Monday, 27 September 2021

Day 558

Day 558..

Well the day didn't start out too well today.

Just after I'd had my shower I suddenly realised that I'd forgotten to get sausage and bacon out of the freezer yesterday ready for this mornings breakfast. Not a big deal I just needed to hurry up, get dressed and get out to the freezer...that's in our garage...and everything would be fine.

In my haste to get dressed I pulled on a pair of freshly washed jeans...you know those jeans that need a bit of stretching when wearing them for the first time since being washed?! Suffice to say somehow in the wriggling and pulling on of said jeans I managed to pull my back - doh! So I can sit down perfectly fine and I can move about pretty well but the in between bit is proving to be somewhat of a challenge!

And then when I got to the fridge I discovered that I did actually have enough sausage and bacon ready for breakfast and so all the rushing and putting out of my back had been for nothing!

The first job of the day was for Simon as he had a parcel that needed to be collected this morning. After numerous failed deliveries last week plus a lack of communication from the delivery company (Yodel) had resulted in Simon 'chatting' with them online on Friday, for the second time last week, and being told that the parcel was now held at our local depot. Our local depot that was 10 miles away...and only open Monday to Wednesday during office hours...so not very local and not very accessible.

But Simon decided to use the opportunity to get Molly out for a practice drive and as he didn't know where he was going it was a good excuse for Molly to practice driving with a sat nav, which is something she will have to do in her test in a couple of weeks time. So off they went and apparently Molly did brilliantly, unfortunately Yodel were not as brilliant as Simon was informed that the parcel had now been returned to sender!! Argh!! Simon is now having to chase with the company sending the item as to where it actually is and whether it can be redelivered; it's a good job this was something Simon was being sent as a free addition to something he'd bought months ago and not something that he had requested himself!!

Just before Simon and Molly set off on their travels I'd decided to tackle the ironing pile that had gotten rather large. I'd just started ironing the first t-shirt when there was a pop, smoke and a strange beeping sound...no more ironing for me today! Instead, while Simon and Molly were out and about, I was online researching irons and finally buying one that will hopefully be here sometime tomorrow. I can't really complain as this one had lasted me at least eight years...probably longer...and has done a fair amount of ironing in its life!

The next job of the day was for Simon to sand back the plastering that he'd done over the weekend so that the surface could be smooth and ready for painting. A lot of dust was generated...a lot! So once the sanding had been done the remainder of the afternoon was spent cleaning up all the mess. Simon did manage to get a coat of paint on the wall after we cleaned up and it is already looking so much better than it did before.

We took a little time to sit outside this afternoon with a coffee as although the weather had been grey and wet this morning it had turned out to be a sunny but chilly afternoon and it was too nice to sit inside. But as the afternoon got a little chillier we moved our way inside and were able to catch another episode of the Disney + show 'Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom'. I'm not normally drawn to watching shows about animals and nature but I am finding this series to be so interesting and engaging and who knew that baby zebra's could be so cute.

It was then time for Molly to drive us over to her first kickboxing class of the week and yet again her driving skills were fantastic and she expertly handled three tricky hill starts in busy traffic!!

Monday is done, my back is still achy but I'm sure a little chocolate will make it feel better!!

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Day 557...Getting Arty!

Day 557...

Today was a Sunday with a purpose as we had an event booked to attend.

But before we headed out the door Simon managed to get another layer of plaster filler onto the walls that he is repairing with a view that tomorrow he will be able to sand back and hopefully have a smooth and even surface ready to paint.

So late morning we set off for Nottingham and ordinarily we would have driven into the city as it's only around twenty minutes away but today there was the Robin Hood half marathon taking place which meant most roads from our direction were at best restricted but most were closed. Thankfully, we have a tram that runs into Nottingham and which has a terminus just a couple of miles from home so we decided to make that our mode of transport for the day.

And whilst the tram is a great service; easy to use, free parking at the terminus, relatively clean and no more costly than car parking charges in the city it does take around double the amount of time compared to driving. And I will admit that by the time we got to our stop the tram was quite full and I was beginning to feel a little claustrophobic and also wished that other passengers had perhaps used a little more deodorant!! 

As we are not great users of public transport it was interesting to note that the take-up of people wearing masks was around fifty-fifty. We have opted to not wear masks as we don't feel the evidence supports their benefit to us or anyone around us and am I always astounded, and confused, at the way in which people do use them. Groups where some were and some weren't, couples were one half wasn't, people with the mask under their chin, getting onto the tram without a mask and walking through people to find a seat and only putting a mask on once they were seated - just seems to go against what they would appear to believe in. 

Arriving in Nottingham we were a little early so we stopped for a coffee before heading to the Canalhouse pub where, in their upstairs function room, Dr Sketchy's Nottingham was taking place. This is a burlesque/cabaret themed life drawing event that we have been going to for a fair few years now. Our last in person event was in February 2020 and although host and performer Scarlett Daggers had held a few online events it was great to be back doing something that had previously been one of our regular outings.

Dr Sketchy's are held all around the world and the Nottingham event has been running for 12 years. Simon, being the artist in the family, had discovered it many years ago and had attended a handful on his own before he eventually persuaded me to join him and 'have a go'. I am no artist by any stretch of the imagination, but the whole point of Dr Sketchy's is for anyone, of any ability, to come along and draw, enjoy the entertainment (the models will also perform), have a drink, maybe something to eat and giggle at the choice of music played by DJ Spike as he attempts to put the models off their poses with his musical choices.

It really is a very open and relaxed affair welcoming all abilities, all ages and all backgrounds. It's chance to switch off for a couple of hours or so, get out the pencils and doodle....or in the case of Simon get out the digital drawing tablet and create some wonderful images. 

Today, we had Scarlett Daggers modelling along with Starla Bright, who also entertained us with a cheeky burlesque number. We started off with a few one minute poses, then a few more two minutes poses, some five minute ones followed by 10 and 15 minutes ones before finishing off the afternoon with a 20 minute pose.

Here are just a few of my 'efforts';

Two minute poses - Scarlett Daggers

Five minute pose - Scarlett Daggers
Fifteen minute pose - Scarlett Daggers

Twenty minute pose - Starla Bright
As it is a while since I have picked up pencil and paper I was pretty happy with my results, and despite hating (and therefore avoiding) drawing faces I was pleasantly surprised with my efforts on my last drawing of Starla and when she commented that she liked it and thought it reminded her of her sister I was a bit shocked and maybe a little pleased with myself!

And with pencils packed away it was time to head home but with a date in late November in the diary for their next event. We had a small wait for the tram and found ourselves standing for the majority of the forty minute journey home.

Back home it was time for a coffee and chance to look over what we had done this afternoon with the obligatory posting to social media. Here are a couple of Simon's pieces...

Starla Bright

Scarlett Daggers
So nice to have a Sunday that revolved around actually getting out and 'doing something' and doing something that we have always done in the way we have always done it.

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Day 556

Day 556...

Our Saturday started with a trip to our supermarket of choice to collect our weekly grocery shop. Not our usual day but we did get chance to see Mark, one of the store colleagues that we have gotten to know over the years, for the first time in a long while.

We commented on the queue of cars waiting to get into the petrol station and how ridiculous it all was. He told us that by midday yesterday they were out of both diesel and petrol but by mid-afternoon a tanker arrived and refilled the pumps...so this shortage of fuel then? Media hype? I think so...one story today claims fuel companies have 'encouraged' the rumours in an attempt to let them recruit HGV drivers from overseas as this all hinges on a shortage of drivers rather than fuel by all accounts. But whatever the reason the media hype and over reaction has only made things worse and driven everyone a little mad!

Back home and it was time for Simon to tackle repairing one of our internal walls. The wall had been damaged by our previously leaky shower but with new wood batons in place the opposing side needed a rather large hole patching up. So it was out with the plaster board to fill in the gap and then plaster over. The first coat has been done so it now needs to dry before Simon can do anymore but already it is looking so much smarter than it has done in a very long while!

As that was pretty much a one man job I used the time to update some records for pre-school; I'd hoped to get them all done yesterday but simply ran out of time so I took the opportunity to get them all completed today instead. I then had three blog posts to write for the Disney Dream Girls website; two related to older shows and one was all about the show we recorded yesterday that will be released tomorrow.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent cleaning round the bathroom. Since the bathroom was completed last Monday we hadn't had the chance to get in there and get everything sorted. So today we were able to clean around properly and get the room ready for putting everything back in its place. And although everywhere is now clean we ran out of time to get everything back into cupboards so that will have to wait until another day.

With keto pizza made for dinner and the red wine poured it must be time to stop for the day and chill.

See you tomorrow.
xx

Friday, 24 September 2021

Day 555

Day 555...

And we have reached the end of the working week and a full day in work for me...well I say full day but my days ends around 3.30pm but we do start early so I still do just over seven hours in work.

Work today was a combination of working with the children and catching up on admin type bits and pieces. And when I did get home it was actually chance to carry on with a few bits that I wanted to get sorted. A few emails and some updating to do.

I also had my online grocery shop to update as we are collecting it a day earlier than normal as we have plans for Sunday which mean we won't have time to collect it then.

Then it was time to jump online with my podcast buddy Michelle as we had this weeks episode of the Disney Dream Girls to record. It's always a pleasure to chat with Michelle and our weekly recording session is also chance for us to chat, catch-up and support each other. We had fun recording about some new openings at Walt Disney World, changes at Disneyland and more.

By the time I'd finished recording Simon had finished work for the day and it was time to cook dinner. Molly and Dan were on their way home so dinner was timed for their arrival.

They had the trauma today of the panic buying of fuel that was going on in the UK. Not really sure why the panic had ensued but suspect the media reporting with headlines along the lines of 'public urged not to panic buy' perhaps helped 'fuel' the panic! Something that the media seems to likes doing at the moment!!

But as they had decided to fill the car yesterday they had enough fuel to get home but once here they decided to head out to see if they could get petrol anywhere. Dan lives about 190 miles away and as he will head back to his house on Sunday he wanted to make sure he had a full tank of fuel. Thankfully they were able to fill up at a local petrol station and while it was busy, and they had to queue which is unusual, they were still able to get what they needed.

Well that was Friday...it is late and I have had two glasses of wine so I'd better stop typing and see you all tomorrow.
xx

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Day 554

Day 554...

Another day split between work and home and another day mainly spent doing pre-school work.

The morning saw some of the usual admin tasks but was also chance for myself and my deputy manager to have a catch-up and start looking and planning towards the end of the year. I think we may have even mentioned Christmas at one point!

After a spot of lunch at home with Simon and Ethan I nipped back out to do a little grocery shopping. I didn't need to get a lot just a few regular items that I can get much cheaper at my local supermarket than the larger store where I tend to get the majority of what we need. 

Back home again and it was time for a little more pre-school work; some admin ahead of a new child starting with us as well as a little more financial planning.

Earlier today we had received a delivery of gravel for our courtyard garden, despite the fact that when we ordered it the earliest date we could pick was tomorrow! So when Simon finished work we decided to get the gravel moved from where it had been left and onto the garden where it needed to be. This involved a wheelbarrow, some steps, a rake and a leaf blower!

Simon shoveled the gravel into the wheelbarrow, moved it down the steps to place onto the garden for me to then rake into place. About halfway through we realised that we also needed to blow some leaves out the way so that the gravel further down the garden could be spread about easier. About an hour later and 850kg of gravel had been moved and spread about!

Before....
...and after!
And with that done all that was left to do was to cook dinner, pour the wine and settle down to watch RuPaul's Drag Race UK!

See you all tomorrow.
xx

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Day 553

Day 553...

The middle of the week and another work day and another day of two halves.

My morning was spent at work and was a mixture of all the usual paperwork and some discussions with my deputy manager. I also had a prospective new parent stop by for a visit and I am now prepping for their child to start with us next week.

This afternoon was spent at home but it was another afternoon that was taken up with more pre-school work. Today it was an afternoon of numbers as I looked at budgets and attempted to do some forward planning with cash-flow predictions over the next few months.

Then this evening it was time to go down the gym, lift some weights and throw around the battle ropes.

And that has been my day, quite straight forward and nothing much to report. See you all tomorrow.
xx

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Day 552

Day 552...

And we have another Tuesday and my first working day of the week and although it was split between work and home the majority of the day was actually taken up with pre-school work.

After a morning physically in work I headed home to carry on with more work. I had invoices to create and send out, along with a little research into an online app that we use and the changes it has undergone recently.

I also had my own emails to send and my own little bit of research into charging points for electric cars. I've also downloaded an app so that we can plan routes knowing where charging points are along the way. We are still waiting to get our home charging point installed so we won't be able to take delivery of our new car until that happens so in the meantime I am just trying to get my head around owning an electric car and getting prepared!

This evening as Simon finished work we decided to go out for a walk and we managed 2.8 miles in 58 minutes. It was chance to get some fresh air, catch-up on our respective work days and 'put the world to rights'!! It was a lovely evening to be out walking just as the sun was starting to set and we had some lovely views across our walk.


And that was today, so I shall see you tomorrow.
xx

Monday, 20 September 2021

Day 551

Day 551...

Well today turned out to be a busy and productive Monday and we achieved stuff that we hadn't planned on.

Today saw our bathroom fitter arrive for the last time (well...kind of...we are waiting on a mirror so he will be back to fit that in a week or so). He installed the radiator, cleaned up the tiles and added sealant around the edges and so with the exception of the aforementioned mirror we have a fully functioning bathroom again.

Just got to wait 24 hours for the sealant to cure before we can clean around and put our finishing touches to the room. Like our other rooms that we have revamped this past year or so we will take our time putting stuff back to ensure that we have only what we need and that it is stored in the correct places. This will be an ongoing project over the next few days I think.

I also jumped online this morning to order some red gravel as having cleared the courtyard garden a few weeks ago we needed more gravel to spread around. I hadn't wanted to order any while the bathroom re-fit was happening as we wouldn't have had the car parking space to store 850kg of gravel!! So roll on Friday and the weekend for finishing off another little project.

Then because the day was lovely and dry and sunny and because we had an empty 'garden refuse bin' we decided to chop back a couple or three bushes. One full bin later and we have a much tidier section of the garden, although I did have to remove my twinkly lights from the bushes as I was concerned the wires may have gotten cut by accident. Thankfully they are all intact and now I just need to get my outdoor electrics sorted so that I can have them functioning again.

We then had the garage to tidy up as it had been a storage area for all the bathroom bits and pieces over the last week or so. After putting things away and a little re-organising it was time to hoover through followed by mopping the entire floor. So thankful for the new rubber flooring that we laid a couple of months ago as it was so easy to get everywhere clean and tidy once again.

By lunchtime with the bathroom done, the garden rubbish bin full and the garage cleaned we had the afternoon free. So we took a trip into Derby as I had a beauty appointment booked for later on and enjoyed a wander and a coffee. Although I was slightly disappointed that Primark had almost no Disney themed clothing...pyjamas and socks were as exciting as it got.

Getting home we decided to go down 'our gym' aka our garage; our freshly cleaned garage, to lift a few weights and throw the battle ropes about.

This evening I was able to book a hotel for an upcoming trip as in November we are off to see White Lies (my favourite band) in Bournemouth for a stripped back and intimate concert. As Molly's boyfriend lives near Bournemouth we are getting quite familiar with the town and have a hotel that we like staying in. But unfortunately that hotel does not have any electric charging points in their car park and by the time we get to visit we will have our new electric car! Thankfully though I have found a comparable hotel that does have charging points and have managed to get a pretty decent deal including parking and breakfast. 

So all in all a pretty productive day...see you all tomorrow.
xx

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Day 550

Day 550...

Sunday again and the day started as is the norm for our Sundays of late with a trip to collect our weekly grocery shop.

With that out the way it was time to see Molly on her way as she will be spending this week at her boyfriends. And it sounds like she will be spending more time down there over the next few months. Ice skating is a big part of Dan's life and from November he spends most of his spare time at an outdoor ice rink that opens for the Christmas season. Molly has now become a bit of a skater too and so this year they want to make the most of the rink together and so it makes sense for Molly to spend more time at Dans. This won't be the first time she's spent time away from home as during the lockdown at the beginning of this year she chose to spend it with Dan. I think that this time signifies that in the future she will be coming home for visits!!

Our afternoon was spent wandering around Nottingham and stopping for coffee. The grey and wet morning had given way to a rather pleasant and sunny afternoon and so it was lovely to be able to take in the sights and sounds of the city. We popped into a comic shop that we haven't been in for a couple of years and Simon treated himself to three graphic novels.

Back at home and with more coffee Simon set about the next stage in the repairs to the wooden door frame that he'd started yesterday while I set about updating some more of the photos I'd scanned in the other day. I am now working my way through the August part of our trip to Orlando in 1993! I managed to update the information for each photo that I'd scanned so that I am now up to date again and ready to scan in the next batch of photos.

But while I was sat at my laptop I heard a thud on the window and looked round to see what had happened and saw a bird flapping about on our patio. The poor thing had obviously flown into the window and knocked itself out. It finally managed to flip itself over but it did not look good. Simon moved it to another part of the garden and even put out a little saucer of water for it but it still didn't look very well at all. About 15 minutes later I noticed that it was sat upright and had started to move around, although still in a very dazed state. It then hopped about a bit but lost its balance and ended up lying on its back. Things were not looking good, although Simon could see that it was still breathing. A short while later and it was back on its feet and was simply sat very still and I thought that maybe it was starting to come round but unfortunately the next time I looked it was lying on its back and on closer inspection it had stopped breathing...so sad. But at least we were able to move it and Simon could give it a little burial. 

So we will end today on a little bit of a sad note but I will be back tomorrow.
xx