Day 546 off to the Fit Body Farm long before sunrise and home just in time for sunset! 🌅 🌇

Wow what a long and busy day! It’s 19.08 and I’m ready to crash!

The Fit Body Farm was soooo good this morning. I’d been awake on and off through the night worrying about parts that needed ordered for work. Nothing I can do about it at 3am but I couldn’t get it out my head! I really tried.

So I was tired when the alarm went off but the Farm was exactly what I needed!

I loved it. We were indoors this morning as it was torrential rain. I felt invigorated with every exercise. I was aware that I started off unable to do some of them properly and got stronger at them as time went on. Apart from throwing a wall ball at a guy next to me on pretty much 75% of the time I was throwing it… I loved the feeling of getting it right. Upping the weights I was usually do and enjoying the present moment rather than waiting for it all to be over!

Seriously check me. I was all kinds of proud of myself!

I got to work and mum sent me this…. It brought a wee tear to my eye.

There weren’t many of us in work today so I had big plans to get lots of things done that I didn’t manage last week….

Big plans.

T’was not to be.

I seem to be a bit of a martyr when it comes to being busy and having lots to do. Even after all this time. I should know better. I have a million reasons why I can’t take lunch. I have a million reasons why I need to stay late for a customer sign off….

I feel really bad if I haven’t done something I feel I should have. Read those words carefully. It’s all me being hard on me. Still.

I feel really bad if I feel I’ve let someone down. I still have this level of perfection that I can never quite achieve. I’m a hard taskmaster. Thankfully I have a great team around me that tell me to “go take a walk in the field”…… 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 when they can tell it might be taking over.

I actually made myself some dinner tonight. Pesto pasta. I’m watching Grace and Frankie as I write this… it helps me relax and gives me a good giggle.

I am calm now. I need to try harder to remain calm when things don’t go my perfect way.

I’m looking forward to my bed already and I’ve only been home for an hour and a half!

Tomorrow’s a new day and another chance to chill the “heck” out. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 545 I am almost too grumpy to write the blog today 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😳 so I took a timeout 🤣🤣

Wow what a grump. Everything is irritating me today and I mean everything….. I feel overwhelmed by mess in the house, stuff everywhere, things that “should” be done. I can feel my head frizzling with electricity almost.

When I typed that it said “drizzling” and to be fair it made the corners of my mouth turn up slightly… the closest thing to a smile.

So it’s 3pm and I’ve sat down. What is wrong and what’s causing it….. how do I shake myself out of it?? I write my daily rambles and hope the reason becomes clear.

I’m tired. Last night was a lovely party. It’s my sis-in-laws 40th, she looked stunning and had a great time.

It took a lot out of me. The whole getting ready etc, I was really looking forward to it so I think I’d already used a lot of energy up before I got there. 🤣

I wasn’t comfortable with what I was wearing….. I proudly wore my alcohol free badge…. Not literally of course 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 but despite me holding strong in my 997 days without alcohol under my belt…. I guess I feel a bit like a fish out of water….not sure why I feel so defined by the not drinking thing.

Now there’s a plethora of alcohol free choices (just wanted to used that word!) but I just didn’t seem to relax. I was on edge, worried about saying the wrong thing or embarrassing myself. I feel quite strongly about my decisions and seem to want everyone else to understand and feel it too. Its not a nice feeling…. Anxiety at its best.

I joined in lots of conversations but it didn’t come as naturally as it used to. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t been to anything like that for about 3 years, maybe it’s COVID, maybe it’s the not drinking and maybe it’s just me “feeling” the situation after 43 days off anti-depressants.

That said I did see all the lovely people that I haven’t seen in a very long time and it was nice to get some big hugs. 🤗

Oh and there was lots of very tasty pizza, my mother in laws lasagne (which is amazing!) AND chocolate fountain!!!

It’s crazy. I feel so much better already… writing it down instead of letting it all rumble round.

You know what….. I did something different and my anxiety overreacted a bit. That simple.

Look a the lovely Ivy changing colour for autumn. It puts on a great show every day. How’s that for a change of subject?!?

So this morning was all about the dog walk. I took Freya and Bhruic out for a big walk first thing. We’re looking after Leo the Cockapoo today as our neighbours are at a wedding.

I took Calaidh and Leo out next.

And they’re off!!

They had lots of fun! So it’s 11.30 and all the dogs are walked but Craig had a great morning and moved loads of wood into the wood store, he picked potatoes and tidied up loads in the back garden. It’s good to come back home to see all that done.

The sky is really dramatic today. It’s forecast to pour with rain and yet it never comes.

So I’m trying to write the blog… but Leo wants cuddles!!

I’ve not had the best of days but I can honestly say that it’s all been in my own head and writing this has turned it around.

I’m still trying to focus on appreciating the present. I haven’t done that today. I’ve been too caught up in everything else.

I’m back in that zone.

This is your Sunday evening reminder that you can handle everything this week throws at you. Handle it better than I did today.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 544 shopping and a HUGE nap! Musta needed it!! Off to a party for the first time in years 🎉🥳🎁🎈🎊

It’s not like me to go to the shops these days. It’s not my favourite thing to do anymore. It certainly used to be but I’m not a fan anymore. We’ve got a party to go to tonight and she who rambles and lies like a sloth has no decent makeup to wear.

I’d borrowed some yesterday but it’s a bit to pale so I thought I’d go and get my eyebrows threaded and buy something more in line with my skin tone. Check me.

I have actually blow dried my hair every time I washed it this week AND worn mascara and eye liner every day this week. I always used to wear it before but haven’t for a long time. I don’t know why but I felt the need to make the change after my holiday. Like I’m coming back. Check me.

So back to today, I jumped in the van and headed to Braehead for it opening at 9am. Got there at 8.56 😂

My engagement ring has been in need of repair since just after the first lockdown. The diamond becomes unseated in the claws. I’ve lived with it like that most of the time.

The last time I took it in it cost me £175 to repair. I was so angry when it happened again but we were right back in to another lockdown.

This was me finally taken back. As a different person.

The old me would have been so angry.

The new me explains the situation calmly but makes it very clear that I am very unhappy the single, most expensive thing we’ve ever bought jewellery wise doesn’t seem fit for purpose. It’s away off for repair again. We’ll see what they say.

So I had a wander, eyebrows threaded and bought some new makeup 💄 in Boots and then my stomach did a dreadful tumbling like motion. Like it dropped.

I should say hear that Craig was violently sick last night just before bed and we reckoned it must have been something he’d eaten.

One minute he was fine, the next minute he’s auditioning for a role in Alien 👽 oh my god….. ive never heard him be sick before and sincerely hope I never will again.

Back to the stomach. (Haha it just gurgled as I typed that…. Funny….) it was all over the place. I got the sweats, I had that sick feeling in my mouth. I went to the toilets and thankfully wasn’t sick. Back in the van, missed out on my planned coffee treat and straight back home to bed.

I was in bed for 3 hours!! Asleep for about 2. Musta needed it!!!

When I woke up I saw I was missing this lovely sun outside.

It didn’t last long! Calaidh and I went out for a walk. should say here that the tummy issues seems to be resolved in our dog world just not so much in ours…. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

Bhruic is also in season now which is always a joy to behold. We’ll be cleaning up after her for a while now and the other two will join her in the next few days.

Honest to god I have now inhaled a fly!!!!!!!!! I don’t need to be coughing with this dodgy constitution……

Must have swallowed it as the coughing didn’t last long thankfully. We saw some coos.

Back home for shower, makeup, hair dry and getting ready to go out. It’s been a long time. My face has more wrinkles than the last time I tried to whap foundation on it. I’m sure of it.

I think I’ve had a pretty lazy day today but it’s been good. We all need it at times.

Here goes!

Have a great Saturday night!

Stay safe everyone ♥️💄♥️

Day 543 I have nothing else to do but think of blog content 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😷🤕🦠💉🥰 until the NEGATIVE came through!!

It’s 7.56am. I’ve been in my bedroom since about 3 pm yesterday. Are we there yet?!??

Now I’m not gonna lie. Despite feeling a bit shady I relished the notion of coming home yesterday, laptop in tow, gathering up some crucial things, books, crochet a cup of coffee… and having to shut the door and just chill.

But it’s a very strange reality. I think at this early stage I could be over the one room thing. I have an allocated bathroom which I get to wearing my mask but I’ve been twice already this morning just for the adventure. 🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️😷

It feels like Craig and I are not talking. It feels like he’s in a huff and slept on the couch 🤣🤣. Yet he’s been running around like a maddie making sure I have what I need…. Except this morning. He had a wee lie in and only just surfaced about 10 mins ago…. I need coffee….. ☕️😂 I’ve been awake since 6.30am. Instead of rolling over and going back to sleep I thought jeez….. wonder when I’ll get the results… it’s only 6.30am… what will I do in here all day?!?!?

Now this is actually a godsend. It’s typical that when we get the one thing we crave for…. Enforced downtime…. We’d rather do something else. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

So I’m going to make the most of it.

I already have lots of motivational things to share!

So update on how I feel. Genuinely not bad. A bit sniffly but still just like a cold. I could smell and taste dinner so all good.

Th bump on my head is still gowping.

I frantically searched for a large bruised lump on the mirror this morning… it’s that sore…..but there only a faint line which mirrors the headliner perfectly. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🥳

So at 9.11am this came through…

The first feeling is a relief but then honestly the second one not so much. I ran through to the living room and started hugging Craig as he got ready for work. Then I suddenly realised I was plunged back into reality. Dogs to few and walk, dishwasher to fill and washing to be done. Ugh….. Have a few more hours of isolation please??!?

So back to it…

It’s raining and I need window wipers for my glasses.

So I’ve spent the afternoon crocheting my blanket together, hanging washing and I popped down to my favourite the little gift shop to see my friend Gayle and pick up some birthday cards. Not been in for ages! So lovely to have a quick catch up.

Craig came home and we popped into the pub for a couple of drinks and then came home to make a Bobotie.

And here’s our version of it!

Dinner was lovely!

So all in all a good day. I’m negative and out of isolation.

Back at it!

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 542 from bedroom isolation for the first time in all these days of COVID-19 🦠 💉😷

After all these days of writing the blog I’ve finally come into close contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19.

I’m in the bedroom in self isolation after taking a PCR test and waiting on results.

I have to be honest and say that I’m not feeling great. In the olden days (😂🤣😂) I’d have said I was coming down with a cold. I have that strange cold feeling at the back of my throat, it’s not sore yet but it feels like it’s coming. My noise is sniffly. My head is sore too. Here’s hoping that’s all it is.

I did also clatter my forehead off a van this morning too and it’s surprisingly sore. I was taking photos of the interior of a customer’s van and didn’t see the headliner was still on the van and hadn’t been cut out yet and walloped right into it. I actually hit the floor for a minute…. Not passed out just nursing the clatter 🤕

Will COVID tests ever feel more bearable. Honest to god, you end up boaking and retching all over the place and then your eyes water…. It’s the most horrible thing. Actually as I wrote that I realised that’s an awful thing to say as nothing must be more horrible than having COVID-19 and feeling dreadful.

So my first PCR…. I’m sure most people know but I promised this blog would be a record of life during covid and I have pretty much given up writing about it…. You have to go online and fill out a form and book a drive through appointment. Once I heard about the close contact and realised I wasn’t feeling great, I booked one straight away.

I had to drive to Dreghorn Fire Station where they have a mobile testing unit.

You drive up to a reception van and the guy made me put on my mask and wind up the window just to a small gap. (Why on earth would that not have crossed my mind?!?)

He gave me a pack including the test and I had to drive to a parking space in the car park and follow all of the instructions and take my own test.

My anxiety doesn’t like reading instructions and deciding what to do under pressure. I like someone to tell me what to do so I don’t get it wrong. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

But I managed it. Obviously 🙄 The hardest part was trying to open the hazmat bag that the test goes into…. I was actually talking to myself at one point thinking how daft I would be asking them to talk me through opening the bag… 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😳🤣

Once your done you put your hazard lights on and they come over to you. They asked me to put my window up a bit higher. Then they scanned the QR code they give you when you book andbthen the scan the bar code on your hazmat bag.

You then have to drop the hazmat bag (containing the test!) out of the window and into a hazmat box that they open and hold up to the window.

All done. Just have to hide out in the bedroom until I get the results.

I came home and cleaned the kitchen and bathroom for Craig. We need him to keep healthy so he can keep working!!

I set up the home office and did some work in my tartan jammies bottoms. 🤣🤣

What a day!

Craig came home and said not to worry he would make dinner. Good. Then the takeout arrived!

So I’m all set up in the bedroom. Is it wrong that I’m enjoying a chance to have to stay put for a wee while. Of course the PCR results to come back negative tomorrow but for now I’m in here…..watching tv, candles lit, I’ve my crochet and books and Craigs smiley but masked face checking in every now and then 😷🤣😘

Stay safe everyone 😷🤕♥️

Day 541 A wee teeny bit of anxiety today but all handled!

We slept for a full night!!!!!! Calaidh made a noise at 2am which made me think we were off again but it was nothing. All good. What and amazing feeling to get a full nights sleep.

However, it seems one of the other dogs is not well now. Calaidh was on our floor all night. The mess I’d cleared last night when I got home was repeated overnight…. Must have been Bhruic or Freya?!? Aaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!!!!!

This was the view when we left for the gym at 5.30am this morning! Stunning eh?!? I can hardly walk as it is so the Fit Body Farm was great but hard work too!

This was the sky when I left the Fit Body Farm at 7.30am. Strange colours!

So I had a really busy day today and not gonna lie the anxiety was bobbing under the surface a bit today. A few things didn’t go to plan but I really tried to take a step back and slowly breathe through them. The breathlessness was the first sign. At one point I actually did a 2 minute breathing relax exercise on my watch.

It starts by saying “Please calm down”…. That makes me laugh. No shit Sherlock, that’s why I here….. breathing. After 2 minutes of inhale and exhale it says “Good job”…. Thank you. ♥️

So I handled things today that “I don’t think I can handle yet…..” there you go. I don’t have the confidence in myself to deal with them.

And yet I did. I had a BEETROOT coloured face by the end of one call….. but I handled it. I

handed over 2 completed jobs to customers today and had another one in for quote. It’s a lot of people to talk to that takes a bit of getting used to in my wee quiet world.

One thing I really struggle with is drama. I find it so draining. yet I’m aware I cause drama myself. I have enough for myself and don’t need others. 😆😆

There were guys working on the building next door today. Now I don’t mind swearing… I come from a manufacturing background so I’m used to it….. but this guy next door was something else.

He was up on a cherry picker at the roof of the building and seemed to be showing off to the 5 guys on the ground as he did the job. Showing off in a way that he was creating so much drama about the work. Honestly you’d think the job was the end of the world the way he was going on. F’in every second word and shouting at the top of his voice. It was the worst f’in job he’d ever seen and who the f had done that and how the f could it be fixed… I mean “f me… ffs… f’in shocking work…..” I am not exaggerating!! and it want on for about half an hour.

I was getting more and more annoyed at his outbursts as the whole industrial estate could hear him.

I went out to the fence and said “excuse me”… a man walked towards me and I said “I mean how bad actually is it?!?” He looked at me like I had two heads. I said “I’m trying to work in there and you’d think his world was ending up there” pointing to the cherry picker man.

Cherry man turned and looked down and me and said “really sorry pal” immediately. He knew.

I didn’t quite know what to say to that other than “aww ok thanks…” and sidle away. Kinda cringing.

But there wasn’t another peep outta him and he was there all day.

He got a bit excited later on but without swearing. There was just no need for any of his drama. it came from a showy-offy place but it was totally over the top.

I have enough anxiety in me without hearing all that and fuming at everything he said!!

Enough already.

So I’m home with my bright red face to have a bite to eat. Popped into Claire’s to see her for a bit then I’m off to meeting the Crochet Hookers tonight! First time in 3 weeks!

WordPress is making all my pics look tiny tonight…. Not sure why but that’s only adding to the weird stuff today.

A good sleep tonight will fix that. Not sure it will fix WordPress though. Maybe they’ll look ok size when it’s published.

Who knows.

I’m off to crochet!

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 540 8.22pm and I’m in my bed already!

Wow, poor Calaidh was up every hour or two last night…. Poor us.

She has a dodgy tum and just gives a little woof to be let out so we took it in turns. Strange thing is she’s super excited when she comes in and full of what seems like happy energy. she’s not flat like we would be if we were ill.

I then lie and think about random customers and jobs from work….. fall asleep then

This was the moon at 2.34am this morning.

It was even better at 1.22am but I did t have my phone…. To be fair…. Why would I?!? it annoyed me I didn’t hence the next time I was up I grabbed it…. I love that I’m thinking of blog content 24/7. 🤣

So back to Calaidh, not sure what’s wrong. Not fed her too much today and will be in with us again tonight so she can

Whenever she needs to. Sadly I came home to an accident tonight so it’s still a thing…. Poor pupper.

So this was the sun when I got to work. It was lovely this morning with kind of watery clouds making it very atmospheric.

Still… a sunrise over and industrial estate eh?!? What’s not to love.

Work was busy today. I wasn’t my effervescent yesterday self but I wasn’t bad either. I realised at lunchtime that I was actually just pretty shattered and after 2 nights of broken sleep I think that’s fairly understandable. (Wonder how many people read this that have had kids and think I have nothing to complain about?!?🤣🤣)

So…. I have to say here that I have the best boss in the world. (Seems he may be reading the blog………… 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🙈😂)

In all honesty I have realised just how lucky I am this last few days, to be able to have a job that I enjoy so much, feel appreciated and want to do as much as I can to help build into an even more successful business. These poor guys have listened to me bumble my way through informal interviews where I didn’t want to say the words that yes I’d give up my “off sick” status and at first commit to 20 hours a week and then 30…. When the thoroughly terrified me. They’ve given me a chance when I didn’t believe in myself. I still don’t at times but I’m working on that.

Anyway, enough rambling. I’m tired. I’m praying Calaidh feels better through the night. We have the Fit Body Farm in the morning and I’m already struggling to move from Monday’s session… getting out of bed in the middle of the night will be painful mentally and physically 🙈🙊🤣🤣🤣 and even worse by 5am!

Oh I had Kinesiology with Shelagh after work tonight. It was another great session exploring my reactions to triggers in daily life. Honestly I go in there like some whirlwind and come out calm every single time. I don’t know where I would be on my recovery without Kinesiology. I recommend it… and Shelagh of course… to anyone wanting to make some changes in life. 💜💙

The old me would have come home, had a glass or two of wine slumped in front of the tv.

The new me came in… cleaned up after Calaidh……………. (Yes the old me couldn’t have ignored that either!) Put washing away, cleaned the sink in the bathroom, fluffed up all the bedding…. An most importantly lit a Mojito scented candle (I am aware of the irony… a virgin mojito scented candle obvs…) and lay down to write this. There’s not a sound. Just me tapping into my phone.

Calm. Goodnight. already almost sleep.

😳

Stay safe everyone 🕯🕯🕯

Day 539 a great first day back! ♥️

Now this was a great day back at work and the gym but it wasn’t without its wee testing moments.… sent to try me and I laughed and didn’t let them!

This was the moon at 9pm ish last night just before we went to bed.

The dogs didn’t settle at all last night. Not sure if they were hearing noises outside or one of them wasn’t well but there were just random barks every now and then. Craig got up to let them out about midnight.

It’s almost like they knew we were getting up early and wants to make sure we wouldn’t miss the alarm.

This was the moon at 2.48am….. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🙈 my turn to let the out and it seems Calaidh isn’t well…. It must have been her that needed out.

It took me a while to fall back to sleep and Craigs alarm went off at 4.45am…. Minutes after I’d been out with the dogs… or so it felt.

I usually get an extra 15mins so stayed “asleep”…. Must have fallen back over as I woke at 5.12am with a start….. had 18 minutes to get out the door with clothes and food for work.

Made it just….. got to the top of the road and realised I wasn’t wearing my glasses 🤓…. I pulled over at the side of the road and Craig stopped too (separate cars so I can get to work…) and he offered to go home and get them! I of course then had to sit there looking through every bag I had….. and of course there were many…. To ensure I didn’t have my glasses. Could you imagine?!? “Oops sorry found them“ at 5.38am…. So thankfully Craig found them in the house and I genuinely had forgotten them.

From that moment on I couldn’t work my demister, main beam, I was all over the place. I hit the wipers instead of lights…. You name it. My drive to the Fit Body Farm was a real effort of poor coordination 🙊🙉🙈🤣🤣🤣

And then the fuel light came on….. at 5.43am…. I actually laughed and said out loud “that’s fine… these things happen” rather than let it get to me.

Thankfully we got there just in time!

During the warm up I felt really energised and thought wow, check me, I’ve got this!It felt great to be back.

The work out was really hard and I was knackered in the first 5 minutes. To be fair we’ve had almost 3 weeks off…. I’m feeling it now. 💪🏼💪🏼🏋🏻‍♀️

So into the shower and forgot half my stuff… had to make do. Least I had my clothes to change into!

So yeah work was great today. Felt great to be back, catch up and see where we’ve got to with builds. I felt really proud to be a part of it. Chuffed that they seemed genuinely pleased I was back. I am looking forward to going back tomorrow as I have loads more to do that I didn’t get done today.

But I have a list! A big list!

Check me eh?! Who ever said that after a fortnights holiday?!? Certainly NEVER me.

Lunch was a disaster. Everything was a bit past it’s sell by date… my raspberries were squished and leaked juice all over everything else. The celery was on the turn… a bit slimy…. The coconut bits were slimy… can you tell I raided the fridge and just picked a random handful of healthy things?!? I laughed and ate cake that one of the guys had brought in.

Dinner was a huge success. Pork Tacos 🌮

No maybe portion control needs work but I ate the lot 🤷🏻‍♀️ it doesn’t look great but that’s the refried beans. It was a Simply Cook pack of spices that you add the ingredients to. Lovely!

So yeah, all in all a really positive day for me.

I’m tired but that’s perfectly normal after little sleep.

I’m 991 days alcohol free since January 2019.

I’m 37 days anti-depressant free.

And I’m smiling 😊

Stay safe everyone 😊😊😊

Day 538 a chilled out Sunday🐮🐶🧶📱last day of the holidays

Ooooh I’ve had a lovely wee day today. I’ve done nothing much but I’ve not stopped. I’m doing what I like when I want to do it and not doing all the stuff I felt I “should” do.

The disappointment of the morning was that all the “almost dry” stuff we left outside last night in our garden laundry… was SOAKED…. overnight in the rain. Hey ho…. It’s all wet again but it’ll dry… sometime!

A selfie with some cows before 9am this morning while we took the dogs from a walk. These guys were too cute.

I also spent some time on my positive mental attitude…. I’ve got loads to share in the blog today. Sunday mornings are good for some positive reflections.

We’ve had the best holiday. It took a few nights to settle in but we did and feel refreshed and relaxed.

I’ve made a few calls today to catch up with people… I’ve blitzed the ground floor of Freya’s excess hair… oh my god it’s that season again, can hardly wait until Bhruic and Calaidh decide to join her. She’s moulting everywhere. It felt really good to hoover it all up… then she flounces through the room and it all fluffs everywhere again. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

And I have crocheted and crocheted and crocheted!! I can’t stop joining squares together and I love it. Wonder if I can do this all day at work tomorrow?!

I’m enjoying the completion of it rather than just crocheting squares . Seeing something coming together feels good.

So I’ve sat inside this afternoon as it’s not been as warm as was forecast. I’ve watched more Grace and Frankie as I’ve crocheted and I’ve enjoyed it. I feel so chilled I need a nap but I can’t stop crocheting 🧶 🤣🤣🤣

Thought we could all do with a wee Calaidh pic too. She’s been helping me crochet… getting stuck in the wool. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

My gym gear is ready.

My work clothes are ready…. (Jeans and T-shirt … 🤣🤣 hardly work clothes eh?!)

This is the first time I’ve gone back to work after a fortnights holiday in about hmmmm 4 years 🤣 Gotta be prepared.

But we had a blast!

This is your Sunday evening reminder that you can handle everything this week throws at you.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 537 glorious sunshine and a long day doing stuff!

What a lovely day compared to yesterday. It was warm when I got up and sat outside for coffee. The sun wasn’t out yet but it’s stopped raining which is something.

I did and I was!
Wide words from the Cookie Monster!

I had the best sleep… the kind I don’t ever want to wake up from but as soon as I opened my eyes I thought about the washing machine delivery so had to check my phone! Fatal… wide awake.

We were 8th for delivery so I spent the morning stalking the drivers on the AO tracking site. #stalker 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

Yay!!!!!

I’m so impressed with the service. Honestly… I bought the washing machine about 26 hours before it was installed. I think that’s pretty good.

Out with the 747 jumbo jet take off washing machine and in with the “barely makes a sound you have to keep checking it’s on” new one!

Now the installation wasn’t the easiest…. As father in law and Craig will agree having plumbed in the old one when we moved in….. lots of hmmmmmm-ing, huffing and puffing and exclamations that it wouldn’t fit as it must be bigger, has a bigger back on it, can’t push in further without compromising the pipes, doors won’t close over….should have a longer drain tube…. I sensed a lot of haste… trying to do it all too quickly to get to the next job… as he kept telling me. Lo and behold… a bit of perseverance and it fits exactly as the last one did… with a few small dents at the bottom where he was trying to push it in with his feet.

He then asks for a 5/5 when the text comes through for proof of completion as it will help guarantee him more work.

Of course I give him a 5/5… to be fair he did get it in where we needed it to be despite his own protests!

I wasn’t sure what to do with myself as I had no one to stalk once the delivery guys had gone but the good news was there was hundreds of washing to do!

I went out to put the pop top up in the van to dry and swept out the floor and carpet… washed the floor rugs.

Claire then asked me in for a cuppa so I popped into hers for an hour or so. Good catch up after holidays!

Back home and cleaned the pop up toilet tent, did more washing, weeded the garden, cut back some hostas…. Not a fan of a hosta at all. cut back with pleasure.

There are hundreds of flies and wasps about just now…. All landing on me… either that or I’m getting tickled by my long hair or wool….. I’m jumping about every few seconds!!

I am crocheting again. I’ve been inspired by the crochet ladies changing it up this week and starting a blanket…. so I decided to start joining some of my squares together. Became a bit of a woman possessed!!

Just picking them randomly and joining them together as I go. This is going to be mums blanket though god knows when it will ever be finished!

It all looks a bit wonky now but that’s just because it’s different thicknesses of wool all needing stretched to be the same size! All the balls of wool said double knitting but they were not all the same. Dammit.

I’ve been sitting out in the sun since about 3pm and it’s been hot. Lovely.

There were loads of sightings of the Aurora Borealis last night so I downloaded an app as they said it was going to be a great few days even down in Ayrshire. The app is called the Glendale App and is found online rather than any App Store.

This was the detail from this morning and sadly tonight it’s back to level 0 meaning we spent see anything. Too much cloud cover.

Some of the photos from last night were stunning… greens, purples, pinks. Would be fascinating to see. it’s on my bucket list!

So our last night of holiday with a lie in the next day so we popped into the village pub for a couple of drinks. I had Tanquery 0% Gin with Schweppes Pink Soda. A nice wee change.

Oh and a lovely lady who was leaving the pub stopped to chat and asked if I was the Rambling Sloth….. it took me by surprise…. Quite embarrassed but a wee bit proud to say that I am. 🦥

Anyway crashing back to reality we came home for dinner and wait for this… we didn’t order takeaway but made Beetroot Pesto pasta…. It looks a bit unusual (pink!) but tasted so good.

It’s been a really long day but in a good way. I feel like I’ve achieved loads. Great when my head is in a better place.

Long may it continue.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️