Day 367 this busy bee 🐝 needed a mega nap today 🥱😴

The alarm went off at 5.45 this morning as Mr Sporty Spice was going to the gym. 😴😴😴 soooooo tired but also wide awake. What is it about that time in the morning when you need to go back to sleep but can’t?!?

I got up at 6.20 and decided to head into Tartan Campers early. The guys start at 7am so I can start early if I want…. except for today….. locked out!!! A freak chain of events meant that the guys that were already there had no key for the front door. So I spent the first 45 minutes standing in the car park. Should have gone back to sleep 🛌

Hmmmmm now how true is this?!?

The old me would have been raging about this… the new me…. registers it, feels it… meh… and moves on. it’s no big deal at all.

Must try this too

I got a good chat with the lads about camping in the Outer Hebrides, I had a coffee to drink that was still warm and I had a safe drive down. Three things!

A lovely lady in the After Dry January group shared this yesterday. I love the colours to start off with and the totally spoke to me.

I got back home about 1.30 after I managed to get out the staff car park. I forgot I’m only working half days this week and hemmed myself in behind a guy who finishes at 3pm. Muppet!

Had some lunch as soon as I came home as I was SO hungry. Might need to think about taking a mini lunch with me but on the plus side I remembered to clean my teeth. 😬😁 I also took my water and breakfast. Way better than most days so far.

I knew I needed a sleep. I felt exhausted but a good tired of that makes sense. I did a Suzanne Robichaud meditation….Sleep Session – I surrender (letting things go) starting about 2.30pm.

Next thing I know is 4.35pm!!! Musta needed it! That’s our stock phrase…. 🥱🛌😴

Of course the second job needs doing too but I only had a few calls to make. Did them and then Freya and I went for a walk with Claire.

My new working life means I’m struggling to hit even 2,500 steps a day so I needed a push to go for a walk. Claire doesn’t push… she just asks 😁 but I wouldn’t have done it without her.

Very strange cloud pattern over Beith – tornado?!? Thankfully not.
The sun was shining on this gate today
Hard work getting a photo of Freya standing up as she always lies down…. I got the phone ready and turned would with a ta-dah got you!!
Freya in her usual photo pose!
Lovely evening sun
Daffies blooming!

Did anyone notice, there was still some light in the sky last night at 8.20pm? Love, love, love the lighter nights.

Another good day and I’m listening to what I need. Not gonna lie I’m already looking forward to my bed too but I’ll get used to it. It will just take some time to undo 2.5 years of the sloth 🦥 🤣

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 366… The Rambling Sloth 🦥 becomes the busy bee 🐝

I did not want to move when the alarm went off this morning…. I think I spent a fair bit of the night wondering when 6.30am was coming, without looking at the time. 😴🥱

Why did I agree to do a job that needs an alarm? Who’s idea was this? Vowed I’d never go back to early morning starts…. you get the drift…… let’s get this clear… getting up at 6.30am is a whole lot better than 5.30am like my previous job. Also now that I don’t care how I look (🤭😁) I will get that time right down to the wire. At the moment I am just practicing at getting out the door with everything I need. It’s not going that great…. I forgot to clean my teeth one day, forgot food one day and forgot my water today but as the days go on I expect to claw all of that back and be organised once more! I really should write a checklist….. note to self! I actually do love a good list.

So I was at Tartan Campers today for 7.45am and worked until just after one. All going great!

Back home, had lunch as I was STARVING and was close to devouring my right arm… why is this saying not the left arm?!? Does it not taste as nice? 🤣🤣

Then up to my upstairs bedroom office for round 2 until 5pm Pawsitive Solutions calls.

Another full day and I think I’m better for it. I think I am more focussed and less faffy which is a technical term in my book. I definitely feel more alert and involved and a part of something.

One of my friends messaged this afternoon to say she’s booked Tartan Campers rental van Archie for her holidays!!! How cool is that?! Can’t wait to see her when she comes to pick it up in a few months! We better be allowed to hug by then….. 🤗💕

I love this next one….. ♥️♥️

I love being this person 💞

My blogger friend at The Windsor Waffle said that The Rambling Sloth seems more like The Busy Bee at the moment… that made me smile 😊 and so I pinched it for my heading today. Don’t worry, not changing the name and normal blog service is continuing for now. 😬

Keep being kind to others, keep smiling and keep giving out ransoms compliments and the world and you will be all the better for it.

Stay safe everyone 💜💜💜

Day 365 writing this blog for a whole year and happy 11th anniversary to us! 👰🏻‍♀️🤵🏻💍🍾🥂🥳

So yes…. possibly due to my errant number system the blog says it’s one year to the day since Craig and I went into COVID-19 lockdown. I think we have to skip over the fact that the blog seems to be six days later than the news reports it but maybe Craig and I were later than everyone else?!? No??? Let just pretend….. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😆 it’s the news that’s wrong….

I think we’ve all seen our lives turned upside down in the last year. We have literally stayed at home for about 90% of it. I’ve only seen my parents and in-laws about 3 times since this all kicked off. We’ve been really lucky that no one has been really sick that we know. My poor father-in-law is in isolation for the next few days having tested positive last week though very luck he doesn’t really have any symptoms.

We’ve seen others be more relaxed with the rules and I guess there are some who have been even stricter than us. I think we’ll come out of this with a completely different outlook on life and know 100% what matters to us. We know who we need to see and we’ll do it pretty fast in case it changes again.

We booked two wee holidays today!!! Loch Ness in May and Glencoe in July. Hope there’ll be many more in between but at least these are in both calendars for time off.

11 years ago I said I do to this clean shaven handsome man. I remember when we first met and knew we would be together. I remember counting the days we had been together never mind the years.

Yet look at him now. Still as handsome (well I think more so) but so different. We think the beard arrived about 2014 and the hair started to grow maybe a year or so after that. 😍

We both now I’ve most couples it’s not always been a walk in the park. We’ve had some highs and we’ve had some lows but we’ve faced the head on every time.

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We went back down to Gro Coffee in Irvine this morning for breakfast 🧇…. wait till you see the photos this time.

Waiting on the food in the camper
Sausage, bacon and egg toasted sandwich 🥪
An Elvis waffle stack… out of this world!!!
Death by breakfast!!! the stuff on the top is candy floss… of course… there wasn’t enough sugar in there already.

I may not eat for weeks now. I actually managed it no problem until the last 3 bites but I was beaten.

STUFFED!!!!
Great place to park the van! Breakfast with a view of Irvine beach
It’s a wee bit wild today!
Super windy!
I got some lovely gifts…. this one says Julie & Craig on one heart and 28.3.10 on the other ♥️♥️
And a lovely wooden card!

Craig is always great at buying gifts. He only got a leather strap bracelet that says 11… 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😬

Back home and out in the rain with the dogs. It’s the only time that varifocals aren’t the best… in the pouring rain.

Come on mumma says Freya!
Could Calaidh be any more angelic?!?
Freya with her stick looking like a thin cigar!!
Daffies 🌼🌼🌼
The pylon has been out the field and left the gate open?!?!?!
Our flowers from mum and dad are looking lovely!

We have a lovely dinner planned tonight. It might be a bit later than usual as she waits for breakfast to digest.

Thanks to all of you for sticking with me for a year and to those who have joined more recently. Your kind words mean so much. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

I don’t know what will happen to The Rambling Sloth moving forward as I will be working way more than I have in a very long time. I’ll take each day as it comes and see how it feels. I’m fairly certain that I still need to keep writing to keep myself sane.

But for now I’m putting the phone down and off to enjoy the rest of my weekend.

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Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 364 we have daffodils in the garden oh and got a new car!!

Mr Sporty Spice was away to the gym this morning at…. wait for it…. 6.15AM…. I mean come… on…. on a Saturday that’s the middle of the night. So guess who was wide awake?!?!

I was going to get up and walk the dogs but decided to do a Suzanne Robichaud hypnotherapy meditation. I read that when you are busy you should make time for you so I’ve been busy….

Stop People Pleasing

Should say that I add links into blogs every now and then and if you click the blue underlined bit it should open!! That’s the one I did this morning and don’t remember it finishing and Craig woke me back up when he came home at 8.30am.

I’m trying to stop the anxiety from taking over this time.

I saw that our newly planted daffies were in bloom!! Finally!

We took the dogs out after a coffee.

Hey that’s not the best pic ever but I am what I am. Check me for owning my size instead of trying to belittle it.

I had a lovely surprise last night when some friends from New Zealand replied to an email I’d sent them on the 13th March 2011. Yes you read that right…. 10 years ago!!! I met them in Australia in 2004 when they were backpacking. I was early 30’s and they were older with grown up children but they were backpacking too. They were English but lived in New Zealand so I went to stay with them in Ponsonby when I travelled through New Zealand in 2005. They sent me a photo from back then and apologised for having never seen my email!!!

Check the young thing!

Just shows you how we all make impressions on people in our lives. After 10 years we were chatting like I’d seen them yesterday!

We got home to a nice surprise! It’s our 11th wedding anniversary tomorrow and we had a card from our maid of honour and flowers from my mum and dad!!

They were posted by a company called Bloom and Wild. You light see them advertised on FB. They come in a flat pack box with very strict instructions on how to handle them. This does not include dropping them on the floor at any point in time.

Dammit!
How lovely is this… you open the up and then follow the steps in The Jules guide (coincidence I think?!) such a lovely idea for posting flowers and there are vouchers all the time.
Here they are on day 1. Bloom and wild suggest you don’t take photos until day 2 but they don’t know that I have to hunt for blog content on a daily basis so I’ll follow up with other photos when they floof out a bit.

Then we were off out to pick up Craigie’s new wheels!!!

I even got to drive it!! I seem to be almost sitting on the steering wheel in this pic. Unlike he who drives almost from the rear seats with his long legs!

I tidied out the van again now that he will never need to drive it. I can now control it’s cleanliness again 😆

My new under cupboard storage solution. Bet the guys at Tartan Camper are well impressed?!?! 🤣🤣🤣

Back home and comfies on well in house comfies rather than out of house comfies is more like it. We’re having Gastro pub fish and chips tonight and it’s nearly ready (4.15!!) early dinner for us.

He’s making me watch the Godfather at the moment so we saw half of number 1 last night so guess that’s where our evening viewing is headed.

It’s been a lovely day. Not the weather… it wasn’t lovely. Cold and windy. Wouldn’t be my blog without a forecast now would it. 😬

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 363 March is definitely going out like a lion 🦁 confirming my theory ✅

What a dreadful day for the end of March. It’s so windy and freezing… we even had hailstones!! That said there’s been sunshine that I didn’t expect. It’s warm in the sunroom with my feet up while the dogs sleep.

Peace at last….. Calaidh will be hiding somewhere having a sleep and I’m not getting up to find her. They’ve been hyper today…. have they missed me? It’s honestly like someone’s been feeding them blue smarties. 😆 so they calm is very welcome. Craig is away down the bottom of the garden hammering in the shed.

It’s 4pm and I am so grateful for a day in the house yet I’m secretly wondering how things are going at the Tartan place…. yeah it’s no secret if I’m telling you guys is it?! I have to watch that. I need to create the right work life balance this time.

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So I spent the morning catching up on dog behaviour calls and updating the village hall accounts. I am like a working woman possessed. Well I was until just after lunch!

We took the dogs out for a big walk in the hope it curbed some of their exuberance… it did, hence sleeping pups!

Don’t be fooled…. very windy and very cold! Still very beautiful 🤩
Almost 🌼🌼🌼
THE gate with a lovely blue sky
Walk on hold while Craig hunts the poo to be picked up 🧐
Keek!!!!
Washing our paws 🐾🐾🐾
The reflective puddle is back
Here she is…. coming to see where we all are and enjoying the sun.

Since we came home I’ve had a lovely lazy afternoon. It’s nice to be home and have nothing to do (she says ignoring housework etc etc)

Blog composition interrupted by some serious Calaidh cuddles!! She doesn’t do this very often up on my knee. Was lovely to get cuddles 🥰

OH MY GOD IT IS SNOWING!!!!! 🌨🌨

And in true Scottish weather fashion it’s now sunny again. Honestly if you don’t look up in this country you might miss something quite dramatic.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I be chillin’ 😎

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 362 another working day!

I was up and out for bed for 6.30am to take the dogs out at 6.45am with Claire. I mean seriously check us…..

It’s a beautiful morning over the village but rain is forecast all day
Great enjoyed her run in Spiers school grounds
The primary school with its new bell tower looking lovely
Thought this was worth sharing. Not seen this at the school before

So good chat with Claire and the world put to rights before 7.30am! A great start to a day. ♥️

Jeep-less Craig needed the van today 😱 so he had to drop me at work.

So I’ve quite rightly had a few people concerned that I take it easy…. it’s been a whirlwind of a week. I had no idea on Monday morning that I would have spent 3 full days in The Tartan Camper Co!

The days I am working there seem like the longest days ever and that’s not because I’m bored. It’s because I’ve not done anything for 7.5 hours in over 2.5 years. I’m really enjoying it. When I left today I told them I was more knackered than I’ve been in a long time but that I have bloody loved my week. It’s a different tired. It’s a justified tired. A satisfied tired rather than that sludgy I’m so exhausted I can’t move tired. There is a buzz about me that I’ve not had for a while.

This little guy wanted some of my lunch!

I really enjoyed my puppy call last night too. I was beaming from ear to ear when I came off that. It was a full 2 hours so far too long but I need to work on that.

It’s very important that I use everything I’ve learned and don’t react to situations as I would have in the past. I need to control my response.

Having a wee Frexinet 0% Rosé to celebrate!

I also wanted to share the photos of Edinburgh in tribute of the year since this pandemic lockdown started. Some stunning shots.

Edinburgh Castle
The global rainbow 🌈
Carlton Hill

What a lovely tribute. 🌈

Stay safe everyone 🌈🌈🌈

Day 361 working 7.45 till 3.45 and a puppy call at 8pm (doesn’t sound as good as “working 9 til 5….”)

Yes I know…… my first full day of full on work and I schedule a puppy call at 8pm…. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😬😳😆

There is a chance this will be the shortest blog today. I’m exhausted but in a good way. Have learned so much today already. It’s been a good day but that’s the most intense period of time I’ve spent on “work” in about 2 years.

I’ve pretty much done what I want, whenever I want for so long that being in one place for 7.5 hours seems like a HUGE commitment…. AND… I have to do it all again tomorrow?!??

Also booked in a puppy call for 8pm tonight but would rather do it today than wait for it tomorrow if that makes sense? I think I might go for a wee nap before then.

Now this would really help me!!!

I realise yesterday was the anniversary of COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. The country paid tribute to those 126,000 people that have died as a result. I heard about the first person I personally knew that died of COVID-19 just this week. Wee Mo was a member of the cleaning team in my old work and she was always the last person I saw when I left at night. She was the smile at the end of a hard day. She always had a kind word for me. A very special lady.

I still can’t believe how much our lives have changed as a result. I look forward to everything opening back up again and letting us out of the house. Although in these past few days I’ve seen more people than I have on the whole year!!

Not entirely certain why the blog is only on day 361 today….. I seem to be 4 days out but hey. Worse things to worry about.

Can you imagine how much I want this hoodie?!?! 🦥

Stay safe everyone 🦥🦥🦥

Day 360 a wee trip to Glasgow for the first time in 4 months…only 15 miles away. #covidlife

Woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning after a great sleep. No wonder after yesterday’s excitement! Was out with the dogs by 7.45am but……….FORGOT TO TAKE MY PHONE!!!

So no pics 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 to be fair it’s a very grey day so they wouldn’t have been that exciting anyway.

Back home and upstairs to plan my dog behaviour calls just in time for Kinesiology at 10am online.

It was another good one this week. We are still working on my weight concerns (note I didn’t say weight issues….) and metabolism blockage. So all of that is now cleared so my weight is going to stop causing me stress. It is what it is and I will deal with it when I have the energy. I am no longer disgusted with myself. Wow. Check me?!?

A week or so back I recorded a video with Shelagh about my journey with Kinesiology. It’s about 27 mins long so not for the faint hearted. I’m gonna add the link below for anyone who is really bored….. actually in all seriousness it’s a good listen if your interested in kinesiology. I’ve been attending sessions for 2.5 years now. Fascinating stuff. You can listen to me rambling on in person for a change.

My recovery from burnout

I did watch this wondering which that chatty confident looking wifie was….. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😬🤣

Which takes me back to the last few days with The Tartan Campervan Co….. I do not give myself any credit for things like this. Craig reminded me that years ago I commented that I would kill to work for a company like that. I knew my skills would be transferable to campervans…. way back then. Years later they offer me a job. I mean this is the stuff that dreams are made of. Things like this happens to everyone else. Not me. Yet here it is. On a plate. Handed to me.

Your amazing comments on my new job really got me thinking last night. I appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart. I do not see what other people see, I see all my imperfections and concerns and worries and stresses. Yet I can do this and I will do this. AND I will really enjoy it.

So we did go to Glasgow today!!! First time in ages…..

I let Jeep-less Craig drive Abbie the Camper 🤣
Yay the big smoke!!!

Saw none of it….. we went to look at a car for Craig as he is now without Jeep. First thing we see on the motorway?!? A Jeep… yup….

In COVID times you get to test drive by yourself! Think we’ll go for it just checking up on spec etc before we make the final decision.

Possible new car!!
The M8 would normally have been nose to tail! All the road markings have changed up here so it moves to 3 lanes instead of 4!! Can’t imagine how many issues that will cause post COVID traffic…..

Home to catch up on all my calls!

I’m off to relax now…… 😍

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 359 a wee surprise today… 🖤🚐🖤

So….. today has been a wee bit different. I was up with the alarm at 7.15 and in the shower and ready to leave by the back of 8… I had an appointment at The Tartan Camper Co at 9.15am.

I was due to drop the van off for some wiring work to be done but the owner asked if I would consider running a wee project for them. He’d text at the end of last week to ask, completely out of the blue.

They converted Abbie the camper van and we’d chatted about my previous work experience with a large vehicle manufacturer across my various visits here.

So…. check me…. at a desk, with a laptop and an iPhone and waiting on my new email address. We’re going to look at 20 hours a week at the moment to help them update a parts list and pricing etc. Negotiating with suppliers, shopping around, placing orders etc.

I’ve known about this for a few days now and I guess this was the reason for my recent antsy-ness. (I love that antsy-ness appears to actually be a word!!!).

I have taken several deep breaths today. I went to Tartan ready to take on the world, half way through the morning I wondered who the hell I was trying to kid…. me? I haven’t worked in an office since the end of May 2019. What do I know? How can I help? Who do I think I am? Thankfully it passed and I mentally slapped myself about the head….. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I cannot tell you how huge this step was for me but I’ll take it one day at a time and have to unpack all those boxes in my brain….

Tomorrow I am back to dog behaviour!

So in another piece of good news….

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!

We are so sad to see the Jeep sold today but great that Craig can get a newer car with way better fuel consumption. I am also glad I no longer need a ladder to get into whatever car Craig now decides to drive. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😬🤣 that 2.5 inch lift was just two steps too far for me.

Bye bye Jeepey McJeepface- driving off with its new owner

So it’s been a big day. I’ve just realised too that it’s the first day Craig and I have been apart for about 4 months….. (yea I bet he loved it!!) I have seen and talked to a lot of people today. More people than I have seen in 4 months….. I am going to be quiet for the rest of the evening to recover….. (what do you think?!?!)

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 358 sunny Sunday in lockdown (but very chilly breeze!) ❄️☀️❄️

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Ok so this blog is not meant to be a weather forecast but since our weather shapes most of what we do at the weekend it makes sense to mention it….. that and I’ve been naming blogs for so many days you run out of ideas!

Oooooh can you tell where my head it today?!?

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So to focus on some good news….

How great is that?!? I’m waiting on my wee blue envelope to come through the door but the UK are rattling through the vaccinations! We’ve been in Covid level 4 regulations and then lockdown for months now. The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible but all the talk of the European 3rd wave is making me think I need to do everything at the end of April when we can….. just in case our freedom is wheeched away from under us.

I felt great this morning, was up bright and breezy, it’s a beautiful morning and Craig and I have a breakfast date at Gro Coffee in Irvine. Wait until you see the photos of the cakes………. 👀

I mean zoom in…. these are all enormous!
I had a caramel apple pie 🍏🥧

It was exquisite…… I was worried it might be a bit dry but even the pastry was moist. Melt in the mouth. The whole thing did… very quickly!

Our view from the windscreen!!
Craig had Eggs Benedict
Then we went for a a walk….. this pic is hysterical as I couldn’t see the camera and you can tell how windy it was!!! Baltic!!
Irvine beach
This wee guy was riding the thermals
We took a wee walk on the beach 🏖
The water is still crystal clear
Huge big tanker on its way up the coast
So clean
Saw this old bit of pipe
There’s a repaired bit (rubber) in the middle but the rest is all corroded now
Huge expanse of beach

Came home and went straight out with the dogs!

Walk with Claire and the dogs
Pretty clouds
Calaidh posing
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We are so lucky to have this countryside on our doorstep
Spooky tree AND a gate…. what’s not to love?!
Huge muddy puddle!
Some lovely daffies 🌼🌼🌼

Sat in Claire’s garden for a coffee once we got home.

I’ve kind of lounged around a bit like someone searching for a purpose…. ALL DAY…..rather than just enjoying the day.

So now I have my feet up in Grans chair… I’ve tried sitting out in the sun on several occasions but it is only 8C and even I can’t sit in that… maybe time for a nap. I hate to say in all my ramblings that I know I am “just tired”… again. Yes again…. its been a lovely day with cake and sea and friends and walks… I have nothing to stress or worry about. Be still my anxious head. Please.

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Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️