I wasn’t ready to wake up at 7.10am today…. still in a really deep sleep when Craig got up and then there was a dog and then that was it really. There is a chance my head’s still in bed…..
We’ve achieved so much during lockdown. It’s great that Craig can do all this stuff as the garden is almost finished now and we did it at minimum cost (apart from the 6 foot fence installed years ago but that is another story!!!) He’s been talking about doing the very back of the garden for ages and I always thought we didn’t really need to….. so glad I finally listened and we decided to do it as it’s like being away on holiday when we’re down there. It doesn’t feel like our garden!
So yeah fair to say that I am quietly thoughtful and reflective today and that’s ok.
When I woke up I did that crazy head thing that women do where we think of a million and one things that need doing. The weather started to turn so I decided to work on the Overland & Borders web page…. the web design page said I have to pay £143 for that privilege, my free trial is over?!? As much as I’d love to have a web page and I’ve done a lot of work on it, it’s not going to be worth £143! I then looked at ways of making money through targeted ads on blogs rather than the random ones that are added in just now…. that wanted a web page… 🤦🏻♀️😳 So computer shut down and gave up on that idea… for today!
Instead I chose to tidy out my jewellery boxes…. why, I don’t know but it was a sitting down job… hardly through anything out but just sorted it all out. Craig came in from work and laughed and said, did you take photos…. eh…. no, I never. Should I sack myself now?!?
In some real proactive news I have finally put my lovely Beetle Bug back up for sale, this time on Gumtree and FB marketplace. It was only on Autotrader for 2 weeks right before lockdown started when everyone stopped normal life for a bit. Let’s see what this brings!
Other good news, I had a chat with the Beith Tryst Volunteer co-ordinator and I’m being given another 2 houses to visit tomorrow, so that’s 5 in total. I had told them a few weeks back that one of my regulars was really down so she got extra calls to check up on her. That’s what its all about. Keeping in touch with people who need looking out for. She loves that I chat with them. Well I was never gonna be a deliver and run kinda gal now was I?!?
So it’s my father in laws birthday tomorrow and we are hoping to visit them for the first time with all socially distanced rules in place so I need to keep my chats brief tomorrow… and remember to put the handbrake on in the car every time I stop…. and remember my mask…. and gloves…. what could possibly go wrong?!?!? Guess it just depends who turns up tomorrow… calm and in control Jules or scatty and hair-brained Jules 🤷🏻♀️😆
In global pandemic news:
I also read in Sky News today that there is good news and bad news in the UK coronavirus stats… the good news is that the number of excess deaths in the UK is down to the lowest level since the beginning of the epidemic. The term “excess deaths” is the important part. This report so looking at the number of deaths over and above the average for the time of year and that’s where the bad news comes in. The death toll is still mounting.
There have been 63,700 excess deaths since the start of the pandemic and currently only just over 40k of these are recorded as COVID-19 deaths…. does that mean we’ve had a lot more than we think? I keep reading this but it never seems to affect our final numbers. We’re already the highest deaths in Europe but that would take us into another realm. I’m sure other countries had problems with their reporting too… we may never know the true extent of this.
We have become so used to our new normal life that I think we or I personally forget that there are 40,883 or maybe more people who were here in February and early March that have since died. Many of us have been at home for 77 days now. Would you ever have believe that could ever happen? Do you stop and take some time every day to realise the true enormity of what we are facing? It’s unbelievable and yet we are living through this. I say that very lightly as we are just very lucky to have not had anyone we know personally catch it. We know of 2 survivors, family of friends that both had a very tough time of it but kicked COVID’s butt!
Stay safe everyone ❤️❤️❤️