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10/25/20 12:08 A

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Sunday and I'm wide awake before 4am. Perhaps some sound from upstairs woke me.....but I'm not sleepy now, so have made coffee. And I just remembered that our clocks went back last night (so it would have been 5am which is less dramatic!)

Today I'm going to Trengwainton......probably the last visit of the year as it closes on 31st.

I need to do a menu plan. I've got a bit lazy about it. I need to reboot the habit.

I ended up getting a load of decluttering done - I went through all my cookery books and threw a lot out. I moved my bookcase from the kitchen, and have created a space where I can put a small kitchen table to eat at (leaving my living room table for craft work and studying!). That led to a re-arrangement of my living room bookshelf, and a load of old stuff thrown out too. Thrown out because I tend to write in all my books which makes them unsuitable for re-sale generally!

The sun is trying to shine. I've got two more tickets for Trengwainton (Tuesday and Sunday next week - 1st November is the last day).

I managed to do my exercises this morning too - and feel less achey.

a bit later: Trengwainton was good, and the walk there and back - muddy, but so colourful with all the autumn leaved on the ground.

I had been watching a video of Dr Rupy Aujla cooking and it inspired me to try a bit harder:



I made my own hummus, and grated veggies on top - made a dressing with soya yoghurt and tahini etc. Despite quite generous additions of spice, it could have been tastier. But I think fresh herbs is probably the lacking ingredient. At least I tried, and fed my body well at lunch-time.

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10/24/20 3:33 A

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Well, look at that - Friday didn't even get an update. It went OK at work. Then I made a tasty curry, kept my cravings at bay, spent the evening listening to an audio book and doing craft prep for today (Saturday).

For the past few days I have NOT got into my exercise gear as soon as I get out of bed, so have NOT done my morning exercise routine. Go figure!

I need to get back on track with that. I have a slight tight discomfort around that right scapula that I haven't felt for ages - usually stress-related I think.

Later: I really enjoyed doing the Hallowe'en craft sessions - and made at least 8 people very happy for an hour or two. I spent an hour laying on my back-massage tennis balls this evening. I think my back has got tense due to stress of being out and about in town for two days with the woman I was supporting. I can't honestly think of what else it could be.

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10/23/20 2:14 A

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Thursday morning and I feel like I've been awake since 3 am! My head was SO busy with work dreams.......... I'm needing my break from work over the weekend. So much mental processing going on. I hope it's a good sign that my brain is de-fragging!

Today - well, the mornings start dark and cold now, so no lovely sunshine to greet the day with. The coffee is just as good.

I have a nice gingerbread chai latte recipe on the go at the moment and have had one each evening. It's 100ml tea and 100 ml oatmilk - using a concentrated tea mixture. My daughter-in-law introduced me to a company called Bird and Blend who make really excitingly tasty teas (black, green, redbush, and herbal/fruit)

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I've got a monthly subscription with them now - and get three different teas each time. This time there was a recipe for the Chai latte which involved making a strong brew of the tea (1 tsp to 100 ml) - I made up 800 ml for the fridge. The oatmilk makes is really creamy. And the addition of a half teaspoon of local honey is just perfect.

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10/22/20 4:11 A

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I got through Wednesday and was in bed before 9pm. I set the alarm for 8am (just in case I overslept) and woke at 7.40! Big sleep. I woke with a sinus headache - OK now I'm upright and had coffee!

Another day at work - today 1:1 with someone. We have a plan I started yesterday: food shopping, bank, lunch, shopping for craft stuff and clothes. It'll be fine. But I'll be 'out there' all day.

It's grey and damp here. I'm wearing a red cardigan and my 'pearls' to cheer myself up!

Later: I had a good day, and I think the woman I supported enjoyed it too. But in the course of today I went into 11 different venues. I didn't spend long in any of them, except when we had lunch (and that was OK; well-spaced and ventilated). As far as possible, I waited outside and left her to pay at the check-out, or select the DVD she wanted to buy. She benefits enormously from these 1:1 sessions because she has lots of local connections and enjoys the 'banter' with people who work in the shops and the bank. But it's still a lot more 'exposure' than I'd chose for myself. I'm with her again tomorrow - just for 2 hours - and we have a plan. It should be just the cafe for coffee and the clothes shop for clothes.

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10/21/20 2:02 A

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Wednesday and it's still dark out there, and raining. I have a 10.25 hr shift today. It'll be fine. I'm in the process of handing over some of my responsibilities to someone else before I leave - that's giving me my 'teaching' role, which I enjoy.



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10/20/20 2:37 A

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Tuesday and I have a four-hour shift with someone who is very difficult to communicate with and motivate - very indecisive. So - it's a challenge - and I'm taking it on!

On Monday evening, I broke out of my 'not bothered' rut a little by putting some vegetables in the oven to roast (golden beetroot, parsnip and brussels) with a vegan burger, and had a hot, comforting, tasty meal. Then I had a long soak in a bath with epsom salts, eucalyptus - I could feel that my larynx was inflamed. I put Vick on my throat and filled a hot-water bottle, then curled up with a blanket and watched an 'easy' DVD with Hugh Grant in it! I have a nice collection of feel-good DVD's thanks to my son several years' ago putting a bunch together for me.

I slept well and woke up feeling a bit better. I do have a cold - but it's not debilitating. I'm grateful for the shorter work shift today, and plan to repeat my self-care routine this evening. (I have a longer shift tomorrow).

I have had an idea for an advent candle type of thing, using 25 tea-lights. That's perked me up a bit too. Not like these - just plain ones that I'll decorate in some way.



I was thinking something like this - putting a band with a number on it around each one.



Later: my day went pretty well - the weather helped being sunny and bright, if a bit breezy. And I had a very nice vegan lunch out.

I came home and had another relaxing bath. Then set to preparing for the craft activity on Saturday - experimenting with 'faces' - I'll make more of the best ones



This took me a couple of hours, listening to an audio book whilst I worked - very satisfying.

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10/19/20 1:17 P

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Thanks, Deb x

I phoned a friend today just for a chat - and I read a few on-line resources for mental well-being during this weird time. I'm doing most of the right things. My friend and I discussed whether or not we could be bothered with Xmas ..................... we probably will............

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10/19/20 7:14 A

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I'm sorry you are feeling a bit lost. As you acknowledge, many people are having these feelings. But, that doesn't really help you feel less lost. I think you are helping many 'lost' people by posting your honest thoughts. thank you.

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10/19/20 5:58 A

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The Sunday outing wasn't great - I did get 2+ hours walking in the sunshine which was good, but I didn't get to the Castle - there was a queue of people waiting to get in, and I couldn't face it, so I got a coffee and sat on the sea wall a while, then walked home.

I'm getting quite down and dispirited about things with this darned coronavirus. I know there are a lot of people much worse off, but it doesn't stop me feeling blue. And I feel tired a lot. It's a kind of chronic, low-grade kind of depression that a lot of people are experiencing at the moment I think.

Today - well, I got home from work at 9.30am. David upstairs is doing some kind of DIY (there are drilling noises, music and other busy sounds) - I think his plan is to make his sitting room into a studio where he can display his photos. I don't mind the noise, but I'm feeling a bit 'lost' myself.

I think I'll put the kettle on and make another coffee, then do some chanting.

I'm going back in to work after lunch to do an exercise session with them.

Gill

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10/18/20 4:52 A

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I woke up feeling lonely and sad this morning - covid blues!

This morning I'm going to St Michael's Mount - then work at 4.30 for a sleep-in shift.

The sun is trying to shine. It's a nice day - going out will perk me up.

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10/17/20 2:16 A

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The exhibition was amazing! The day was good too - no rain, just warm enough to want to take my coat off.

Today I'm prepared for my long shift. I set the alarm early so I'd have time for my exercises and chanting - which I've done. I also have a plan of how to manage the day as I have a new person 'shadowing' me who is a bit of a know-all - so I'm going to challenge her to lead - see what she's like when she has to think for herself. Teacher-mode is my favourite really - always has been - I probably should have been a teacher.

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10/16/20 3:15 P

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Celebrate these small victories, like the last long shift. You usually do a good job with that. Like taking the day off today. Enjoy the exhibit.

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10/16/20 5:34 A

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I did have the early night - and I slept late too! Started the day by skipping my exercises, making coffee and reading .......... whoops. Also skipped my chanting practice. Noted.

It's a day off - and I've got bitty things to do - collect a parcel, drop meds orders off, get shopping - then meet up with CB this afternoon to go and see the Grayson Perry exhibition at The Exchange. I have a long shift to work tomorrow and that's on my mind. I wish it didn't cloud my day - but knowing it's probably the last long shift I'll be doing makes it more manageable somehow.

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10/15/20 2:09 P

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Thursday - and nothing to report. Work happened and that's about it today. Tomorrow is a day off. I'm going to have an early night.

Gill

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10/14/20 1:16 P

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I'm glad you have a pleasant upstairs neighbor to accept and talk with about situations. I agree that knowing the sound and the person helps. It will be much easier to feel compassion towards David when you hear him walking about at 4:00.

Well done staying steady and enjoying the bus trip. I like the Kurt Jackson you shared. I can see you visiting that ancient place soon. I always enjoy your latest park pictures and what caught your eye this trip. I love trees. I was out walking the neighborhood yesterday admiring a old oak tree growing in an overgrown property on the fringes of the neighborhood. I'll take a picture next time.

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10/14/20 4:57 A

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Wednesday and I don't work until later, so didn't set the alarm - it was gone 8am when I woke. I had a horrible sinus headache and felt a bit grotty - I evidently have a cold virus. I started the day with Paracetamol and a compress of eucalyptus and lavender on my forehead! Once the drugs had kicked in, I managed to sip a coffee and eat a sliced apple.

Today I have an exercise session to facilitate at work; recorder group; then work this evening - just 5 hours, so reckon I can manage that (perhaps more Paracetamol!).

I've got my chanting practice back into my routine: approx 7am and 7 pm seems to work for me. I'm doing daily stretching, yoga, resistance training, strength etc, but finding cardio harder to make a habit at the moment. Another Sparker reminded me about indoor walking - I have a Leslie Sansone DVD which is good - maybe I will break that out.



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10/13/20 1:59 P

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Thanks - I love the colours and patterns.

On Monday I walked along the coast path to The Range to pick up craft supplies for a work activity. It was good to walk on the beach a bit too. There are fewer people around now. It was a decent 45 mins each way.

Today was Tuesday - and it's been a work-all-day kind of a day. I spent 30 mins doing yoga type stretches and some resistance/strength work this morning. I think I'll do it again this evening - trying to keep my lower back happy.

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10/13/20 10:41 A

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Nice photos of trees!

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10/11/20 2:04 P

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I enjoyed my excursion to Trengwainton today and took photos of different tree barks.



aren't they lovely?

I had cake and tea at the cafe, then walked home the long way, and explored another route I'd not done before; it's actually the one I wanted to take my friend JM along - and will do eventually.

One of the other places I want to re-visit is Lesingey Round - prehistoric mound up there among these trees.


Kurt Jackson has painted this view

photo from the on-line catalogue: Prehistoric Cornwall: currently on exhibition at The Jackson Foundation, St Just-in-Penwith (£8,500)

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10/11/20 4:41 A

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I DID get out on the bus! I blogged about it on my Spark page. It was wonderful to get out and see the countryside from the top deck of the bus. I only stayed in St Just for about 40 mins - because the bus is hourly, and I didn't think I'd manage an 100 mins. I had time to enjoy the exhibition, and get a coffee to drink before I got back on the bus (no eating or drinking on the bus allowed - officially, although I'm sure some people do).

Sunday - and it's kind of sunny with cold air again. I've got a Buddhist zoom meeting this morning, and a ticket for Trengwainton Garden at 2pm - so will enjoy that. I've spent time reading my Dungeons and Dragons information - and want to get started!

I saw my upstairs neighbour - the new one - yesterday and asked him what the loud humming was that I could hear on/off. Turns out it's his orthopaedic bed. I reassured him that I was not disturbed by it - he's otherwise quiet, and once I know what it is, it won't wake me. I know he also has a lot of pain - and is often up at 4am - and that's OK too. He goes out and takes photographs of the dawn. I'm so happy to have him, David, as my upstairs neighbour - someone cheerful and communicative. If I do overhear him on the phone, or talking to someone, he's usually laughing.

Gill

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10/10/20 5:34 A

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Thursday and Friday just happened - work, then nothing much in the evening.

Today, however is Saturday - and no work today. I have been out to get washing done and do shopping. And I went past the bus stop and checked the timetable.

I am going to risk getting a bus to St Just to see the new Kurt Jackson exhibition there today. I haven't been on a bus since March as (a) we were told only to use public transport if absolutely necessary and (b) I've been too afraid to. However, as the pandemic continues, and the weather gets worse, I am going to have to venture out a bit by bus. I don't feel strong enough to cycle there and back today.

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10/8/20 2:21 A

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Wednesday was just cancelled really - JM couldn't get away from work for our walk; I texted to say I wouldn't be at recorder group (too tired); I did get some grocery shopping done - and that's about it. However, my weight was down a pound this morning - so maybe I WAS really hungry.

Today - off to work in the dark! Nothing else has to be done today. Oh, I did do my morning exercises - which was important as my back was getting stiff.

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10/7/20 5:56 P

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I’m pretty liberal on my definition of running. Basically an ongoing habit of hitting the road or trail involving some amount of running. What you describe fits the definition.

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10/7/20 5:03 A

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I'm hardly running............ but it's a step in the right direction.

Yes, I hope D&D might be something my son & I can connect over; that'd be nice. He's an introvert too - we don't exchange comms often, but every now and then he'll remember to tell me that he loves me - and that means a lot.

I went off the rails with brownie bites at work last night - left laying around in the kitchen (the usual 'mouse-trap' scenario!) and then finished them off with coffee at 7 am this morning. The sugar has thrown me off-kilter again, and I'm CARB HUNGRY!

Today I'm supposed to be meeting JM for a walk, but she's messaged to say she's stuck at work. Then there's the recorder group this afternoon. I also need to plan and shop at some point. And I have three loads of laundry that need doing. I have to get coins for the machines.






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10/7/20 1:19 A

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Putting off the trip to see the family will probably make you feel less stressful. I’m sure it was a hard decision. But, you and your son have Dungeons and Dragons to Skype about. emoticon

My son is only an introvert to me. You will find something fun for your time off.

I have to go back and see what that yoga routine is like. Not that I intend to give it a try after your review. You are much more fit then I am these days.

It’s really t to see you’re running. I walked up and down the road the other day and felt it in my legs. I really look forward to getting into better shape ... I also dread putting the work into it.

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10/6/20 5:08 A

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Those yoga exercises were almost impossible - I can do a plank, and a side plank, and I can eagle-arms-and-legs but not 'crunch' much. I won't try that again - I'm better off with the four basic abs exercises I identified: Russian twist, plank, bicycle, straight leg lifts.

I was up before dawn, so got myself out for a 25 mins walk/run - 4 mins walk, 1 min run (wk 1 of the Spark challenge). The interval timer app I downloaded worked a treat - very helpful.

Today I'm off to the library to do the banking, and then meeting CB for a coffee at a cafe in town. This afternoon I'm off to work for another sleep-in shift.

My eating is on-track and moderate, but my weight up this morning due, I think, to having flour-based meals for two days in a row (home-made pizza).

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Monday - and of course, I woke up at work - in the dark, pressed 'snooze' once! Gosh it's harder to get up in the dark.

I had a book-study zoom meeting with LT this morning, which was good. The only slight frustration is that her husband always seems to be working in the background - on the phone, conference calls, printing etc. This is frustrating because they live in a five-storey house (three floors plus an attic and a basement which are living spaces - her DH used to hang out in the basement - but has now migrated to 'her' floor. They like being near each other, so I can't say anything, but I do find it a bit annoying!)

Then lunch, and back into work to do the exercise session. There were only two people today - the other two were in still in bed ('tired' 'not well'). But I'm so thrilled with the progress these two are making - getting stronger and more flexible - it's very rewarding.

And now I'm wondering whether or not to put the heating on - it's starting to be chilly enough to want to grab a blanket to cover my knees.

I'm going to make a nice warming lentil soup for my evening meal. I have in mind to do some yoga exercises for abs later - a Spark article:-
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Sunday - and I woke with a headache around 4am and opened the window, and dozed until about 6am. It was, of course, still pitch black, so I made coffee and switched on my fairy lights and the electric fake coal fire (lights only) and sat reading for a couple of hours.

I feel slow today - not done my exercises. Well, I suppose it's OK to have a day off. I'm doing a sleep-in shift today.

Working through a list of things that I had on Saturday's list and didn't do.

I've decided - I've amended my hotel booking to May 2021 - so won't be travelling in November. I've still got the week off work - so will have to plan some fun things to do.

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Saturday evening - and just checking in. I've been busy at work the past two days. Going to bed early tonight with cocoa, hot-water bottle, and a film to watch.

I've been having a nice exchange with my son about Dungeons and Dragons!

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I’ve said before that we live in similar climates, living on the western coast of the continent. While many plants go through the expected growth and dormancy cycle of the seasons, many plants grow all year long. That moss covered tree could have been in the forest preserve near my house. The moss greens up about now as the fall rains return.

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Yes, I keep changing my mind about it!

Today's visit to the gardens was really lovely - quiet, fresh, green-filled air. Today I loved the contrast between the vibrant green moss and the gold and brown of the leaves and trees.



I didn't get my long walk TO the garden because I bumped into someone I know who needed to talk. So I did the long walk home instead - which was nice. I was hungry when I was out, so I chose to have lunch in the tea-garden - under umbrellas because of intermittent rain.

Today I did something daring and bought a ticket to go to a 'spooky tales' story-telling evening at the local theatre - they can only seat 63 instead of 250 people - socially distanced, and are losing money all the time this pandemic continues. But I've chosen my seat, and was given the low-down on the systems in place - where to go in, where to get refreshments etc. All good. This will be my first indoor entertainment activity since the lockdown started back in March.

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You do have a tough choice ahead of you. I hate to think you miss out seeing your family. I also hate thinking you might be under stress the entire time.

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let's see if I can so that in Cornish...................

Nyns yw gorthyp a's govyn.
"There is no answer to your question"

My son is 'into' learning Japanese in a big way.

Thursday - and I woke early - before 6 am. I got up and did my exercises, then, because I had my exercise gear on, and it wasn't raining, I went out and did Day 1 of Week 1 of the Spark 5k Walk/Jog Challenge. 4 mins walk, 1 min run - repeat. It was nice to be out early.

I have a day off. So, I'm off to Trengwainton this morning - going to walk the long way round. It's pay day thank goodness, so some menu planning and shopping needs to be done.

I'm still undecided about whether or not go go ahead with travelling to Bath to visit my family in mid-November............. or cancel it and stay home. Undecided.

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I put very little energy into the debate. I learned a phrase in Italian just for this sort of question:

La tua domanda non ha una risposta.

“Your question has no answer”

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Wednesday, and the weather change has arrived - grey, rain (probably wind later). The refuse collectors are doing their thing. The window cleaner is coming today. I have an exercise class to facilitate at work, then recorder group, then work this evening. Busy enough day!

I was in bed with a hot-water bottle, a blanket round my shoulders, watching Good Trouble in iPlayer at 8pm last night. I watched two episodes which last 40 mins each - so lights out about 9.30 pm, and I didn't wake until 8.40 am! Phew! That doze on the sofa wasn't laziness - I really was tired.

Brian - I hope you didn't use any energy watching the presidential debate - what an embarrassingly incompetent 'debate'! I only watched bits - but OMG - how did it come to this!?!


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St Mary’s is a lovely church yard. It’s nice you found sun and quiet there. I don’t believe you will have a lack of things to do in retirement. You can finally give more time to these explorations and to yourself.

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Monday happened - I had a flu jab, a zoom study session with LT, and work (sleep-in shift).

Tuesday - and it's a sunny day with the forecast of high winds and storms over the next few days (perhaps it's wrong?!). If I was at the chalet I'd be sitting in the courtyard with my coffee - here, at home, I hesitate to sit outdoors.........why? I suppose I'm (a) afraid of people and (b) don't have much of a view. But, it might be worth it for the sunshine. Perhaps I'll risk it with a cup of tea and try to sit there for 15 mins.

Apart from that - I've done a ballet on-line class this morning - gosh, I can feel how effective it is on the joints (hips, toes, ankles etc). It's not easy to motivate myself to do it as it's not very dynamic - but it feels so very beneficial.

I'm starting to plan my retirement. The most common remark I've had (after "I'm sorry to hear you're leaving") is "As long as you have enough to do......" Like I'm going to sit at home watching telly - haha!

Right - come on Gill, out into the sunshine for 15 mins.
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Later: well, there were no sunny spots in the courtyard, so I decided to walk a short way to St Mary's churchyard - it's a high-point, with benches, and not busy. There has been a church on this site since the 14th century. It has a lovely churchyard with some very old gravestones and well-established plants. The photo doesn't do it justice - but it was 20 mins in the sunshine on a bench - very nice. There are some lovely photos on TripAdvisor
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On the way home I picked up a few cooking apples from a front gate - so I have a nice portion of applesauce now. I made a very tasty dahl for lunch, then half-dozed on the sofa for an hour or so. I have a slight headache this afternoon which I think might be a side-effect of the flu vaccine I had yesterday.

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Exploring the crisscrossing paths not knowing exactly where they lead sounds like fun. We had a sunny day today. I really thought I would get out today. I wanted to drive to the local forest park and check out how busy the parking lot and trials were.

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Super 3 hours out and about in the sunshine - once the sun is up, it's still got some heat in it!

I explored some footpath variations, which involved making my way through maize fields, missing the correct turning, then doing a dog-leg back to the path I usually walk - it was good research! I then followed another path that I'd wondered about - so I know where that goes to now. All good adventuring!

The light at Trengwainton was just lovely - kind of up-lighting the leaves as the sun is that much lower in the sky now.


I did something I don't usually do, and sat on a bench on the south-facing 'terrace' for half an hour, drank coffee from my thermos flask, and listen to a podcast. It was heavenly. The benches are usually all taken - but I was lucky today - not so busy.


I decided on the long-way home, and diverted onto a footpath I'd not explored before (they criss-cross around here). It ended up being walking through three fields of maize.



then I followed what looked like a path - but which petered out and I had to re-trace my steps (back round a maize field!)



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Thanks for popping in MRSLIVINGWELL - I really don't know about the supermarkets generally as I stick to small, local shops mostly. We don't have large supermarkets down here - even our 'superstores' are laughably small compared to yours! I think most people have figured out what times are best and which stores are best for them.

Our latest conundrum is the new tracking app which people are being encouraged to download. As a habitually 'early-adopter' of tech, when I can, I downloaded it on Day 1. However, there so many unknown factors - the app can only communicate with another phone with the app, and doesn't take into account whether you're wearing PPE or not. For example, I chose to turn the tracking off when I was at work because we are all wearing PPE. However my colleague kept hers on. There's no real guidance on it - just to turn it off if you are leaving your phone in a locker for example - it has to be on your person to be able to measure effectively. However, I'm going to use it - I can see that the more people who use it, the more effective it will be. I am, however, concerned about getting a sudden, random, instruction to isolate! I need to stock my food supplies up a bit when I get paid.

I slept well in my first night back from my holiday. The four members of staff at work, who have now been told I'm retiring, all said they were sorry to hear it, and how it wouldn't be the same without me. Nice to know I'm valued.

Today I'm off to Trengwainton Gardens - taking my coffee flask and a Nak'd Bar or something to nibble up there. The sun is shining although the air is cold (you feel it in the shade!)

It was nice to start my day with my usual exercise routine!

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“Isolating from isolation,” I understand exactly what you mean. I’m glad you could get away from work and town and Covid in a way and have some quality alone time.

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Popping in again to tell you I believe you are doing the right thing for yourself. My husband is in quarantine due to close in, sustained exposure. Our family doctor who is a doctor who is family, told us that if both people are six feet apart and wearing masks the risk is low. They are finding in their hospital that unless a doctor or nurse is intubating a patient or delivering a baby, those two precautions are resulting in very little passing of the virus (extremely low transmission). So that is what I'm doing (wearing a mask, inside; outside when around people). I'm staying out of restaurants and shops until I have the vaccine. When we socially distance eat on the porch with family, we sit further than six feet apart--more like 15 feet.

Remember all those posters when HIV was new? One person will feel like their risk was low, but they were also taking the risk of that one person and all the others who had slept with the second tier and so forth? Seems like people have forgotten this.

I see that Covid numbers are spiking in your country and that some cities are starting lockdowns again. How are the supermarkets?

In our country, you need only compare the outcomes of two cities: St. Louis and Philadelphia during the 1918 pandemic. It tells you all you need to know about proper safeguards.

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Saturday, and time to go home.

I had trouble uploading photos to Spark yesterday, it just wouldn't do it, so I'll update when I can.

It's been amazingly beneficial to just be away from home and take isolation from isolation really.

I'm working this evening......so back to reality.

It was quite a revelation to eat mostly packaged food for a week.......it made me aware of how many people have probably forgotten what real fresh food tastes like! The only ready-made food I enjoyed was soup from Amy's Kitchen - made in USA.

Later: back home with my broadband - here's a couple of photos from Friday's walk






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Glad you are getting outdoors as you can. Coastal weather can be fierce, even when sunny. I miss the ocean. I will have to schedule a trip in the next 12 months. Here it's raining hard again today. Thank you for sharing the creative journal with us.

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I did my walk. I repeated the route I'd done on Sunday, this time without the guide. I had to walk around a power line which had come down....not sure if it was live or not, so didn't risk it. It was cold and VERY windy on the north coast, but once I got over the dunes it was sheltered, hot and sunny. I've had a wide range of weather! I had an hour's sunshine at lunch too, sitting in a sheltered spot. Now there is wind throwing rain against the windows.

This was my Friday 'art'




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Phew! The weather has changed. There have been very strong winds which are really violently noisy in a wooden chalet!

I was lucky on Thursday as I missed the bad weather. I went out in waterproofs which protected me from the cold wind. I spent a good hour at Paradise Park, then sat with a coffee until it was time to meet GW for lunch.



I think the penguins are missing people.

The dinosaurs weren't bothered.


It hailed when we were having lunch. But was dry as I walked back to the chalet. Once I got in, the clouds burst! My creative journal entry is the dark, rainy day, with bits of nice from stickers that I got in a booklet from Paradise Park.



Today, Friday, and it's still wild out there, but not raining. I think I'll go for a walk before I decide not to!

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My goodness! What a very thorough piece of historical research. Thanks for finding and sharing that.

I've woken to a wild and windy day with showers........so apart from a walk on the beach this afternoon (tide dependent) I am staying "home" . I have made a list of things I plan to do.

Later - I did get out for that walk, inland towards the estuary and harbour.







And today's creative journal entry I'm calling 'Equinox' ........the shapes came from the packaging inside my porridge pot! I thought they looked like the sun and the moon.



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Interesting history

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Nice. Thank you.

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Today's creative journal is a kind of autumnal leaf rubbing.

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Beautiful place and beach, thanks for sharing the pictures. GPS is great for navigating unmarked and confusing trails. That was a big walk. You earned a rest with your feet up.

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I went out quite early to do a walk that started at Gwithian which is 4 miles from Hayle. I almost gave up after an hour, but I was nearly at Gwithian, so I kept going. I was rewarded for my effort and found there WAS a public loo on the way down to the beach. I also noticed more of the beach up there which I've not explored before as it's mainly surfing territory. I'll go back another time and walk from there.


I did a walk (guided by iWalkCornwall app) over the vast, grassy dunes and over an area that is known locally as 'Dynamite Towans' as it was where there was the National Explosives Works "where young girls manufactured dynamite from nitroglycerine...." It was established in 1888 for mining, but also made ammo for the First World War.

It was especially interesting for me because I still remember the bad feeling I had in my gut the first time i walked there - before I knew it was "Dynamite Towans" - spooky, huh?!



I would have been unsure which way to go without GPS! The dunes have paths going all over the place and they all look the same!







I did over 13k and was out just under 3 hours. It was quite strenuous walking up and down dunes. I'm nicely worn out - that good feeling of having been out, now home. It was nice to be in open places away from cars and people. I had a nice exchange with a local chap.


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You looked pretty relaxed raising your glass on Sunday. I like the collage. I love the line quality in Monday’s bench. You really captured that one.

Glad you are relaxing into your seaside holiday.

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Fab day - it was hot and sunny. I felt more relaxed today - maybe I just needed to settle in.

I had two nice walks. The ironwork on this seat caught my attention today.





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Thanks, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I slept better last night and woke around 7am to a clear morning sky. I took my coffee outside and enjoyed the sound of the sea and the birdsong. The sea is so different on the north coast compared to where I live on the south coast. Here there is sand and the sea is blue-green. On the south it's mostly pebbles and the sea is blue-grey.

I'm a little stumped for a walk today; the one I want to do is just a bit too far away - it's 3 miles to the start, then 3 miles walking, 3 miles back. I may attempt it another day, just not today. I know it's very exposed and there are no public toilets!

Today is forecast to be warm and sunny. My plan is to walk down to Hayle to the supermarket and get food, then walk in the beach when the tide is half out, about 1.30 this afternoon. Perhaps the beach will be less busy as it's a school day.

I'm planning to get green smoothies in my shopping. I need a reboot!

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I've eaten too many carby things this weekend for sure. But had a lovely day; a walk this morning, a nap in the sun after lunch (using my timer so I didn't burn), a bit of macrame, and a collage based on the vase of flowers on the table.



I think there might be a good sunset this evening.



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That’s so nice. There is something about being by the sea that makes me want to be outside. Thanks for sharing your September 19th picture. The bagel looks delicious with the strawberries.

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Yes, I've 'landed'

The sun isn't shining, but it was nice enough to have breakfast outdoors
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I'm going to do a creative journal entry every day. This was Saturday.


I'm off for a walk now.

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I saw your blog. Enjoy your week at the chalet.

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Saturday - and the sun isn't shining - it's grey, grey, grey.

My upstairs neighbour was moving around until quite late last night - I'm not sure, but I think he keeps moving because he's in pain (he lives here because he's now disabled by an accident he had years' ago which resulted in getting pretty smashed up.) If anyone asks him he always says he's 'really good, thanks' and laughs. But I see him struggling up the stairs and hear him upstairs. It doesn't disturb me like the previous upstairs neighbour did - with the shouting, drunk and drugged 'friends' calling round at 11 pm.

I'm in limbo a bit this morning, as CB isn't coming until 2 pm (I can't go into the chalet until 2.30). Anyway, I have to go and get food shopping. Finalize my packing. Then I think I shall just read a-while.

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Yes. I don't even have to book a chalet really - I can stay here and they can come and visit me. I could book myself a holiday any time I like really - and probably will.

I didn't get to eat lunch until almost 3 pm today - then I fell asleep for about 2.5 hrs. I seem to do that more often these days - just crash out. I guess it's OK if I'm tired enough to sleep I must need it.

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It will be nice to have the family come see you next Spring. You will be retired. It won't matter to you when they come.

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Ha! Yes, I suppose I am - it's Friday 11am, and I don't have work for a week!

My daughter-in-law is trying to fix up a holiday down here next Spring - so I will book a small chalet on the Towans again. Just waiting for her to choose dates that suit them with their work. My grandson will start school next September!

Today, lovely sunshine and an autumnal freshness about the air - it's nice.

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When you read this, you will already be on holiday. Enjoy!

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Recorder group was fun yesterday. I didn't have to go and deliver the meds order - someone else did it for me - which was nice. I enjoyed doing the exercise class at work too.

Thursday - and a slightly broken night as D (upstairs) was up late. He went out around 9.30 pm, and back about 11 pm. I tried to tell my brain it was just D moving about - I didn't need to listen to it. It half-worked. Things wake me up like a bang on the floor if something falls onto it. I'm glad I live in the ground floor, as I'm sure my floor noises would disturb someone else too!

However, when I woke, with no pressing things to do, I decided to make coffee and go back to bed to read for a while. Whilst I waited for the coffee I did some squats and lunges in the kitchen.

I'm not working until 16.30 today - then it's a sleep-in shift. The last shift before my holiday week off. Yay! I've started packing my bags ready for Saturday.

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I get envious, in a good way, of your 'lake house'! Aren't we funny?!

I haven't been on a bus since March...........................

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A weeks holiday at the beach chalet sounds wonderful. I'm envious ... in a good way. It's wonderful that your friends are helping make this work for you. I'm glad you aren't lugging all that stuff on the bus.

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Wednesday, and another good sleep.

Today I have a walk up to the pharmacy to drop of an order for work. The going in to facilitate a seated exercise session. Work later on - just 16-21 hr shift which is nice.

I've started packing my stuff up for going over to the chalet for my week's holiday. The pile looks quite big - but I have to take all my bedding and towels etc, and there will be a bag of food too. Easy with a car - a bit tricky without. I'm really grateful that CB has offered to help me by being my 'taxi' service.

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I think I'm getting used to not working quite nicely! I've had a lovely day. I actually almost forgot I had a ticket to visit the garden at Trengwainton! So I got a nice walk up to the garden, around the garden, and back from the garden - it was HOT today. I did stay there and have lunch - which I didn't really need............. I could have waited until I got home to be honest. But it was nice to mix with people a little - there are familiar faces there now and people who speak to me out because they recognise me. Those connections are important.

One photo from today - this isolated clump of pink caught my interest.


I knitted a square for my blanket, wrapped two Xmas presents, and knitted two pockets for the jumper I completed recently. Very satisfying.

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I had a similar thought to what CB's husband (Mr B?) said. Since I still count the years to retirement I kept it to myself. It seemed best to not speculate and leave it to someone who has retired.
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I felt very content with my day yesterday - being creative and crafty was really satisfying. I'm keen to start with the macrame - but am saving it for my holiday!

Tuesday - I slept well and woke to a bit of rain, but it's stopped now and the sun is shining again.

I've been out and done some shopping. There were a few young people around on their way to school - some wearing masks.

I have ballet class next................. then more creative stuff I think - wrapping Xmas presents, sewing, knitting. I might even just do a jigsaw puzzle and listen to the rest of the audio-book. I've appreciated having four whole days off work and feel less tired today. I was coughing a bit in the night............ no cough now I'm awake.

I spoke to CB's husband on the phone yesterday, and he made me laugh because I told him about my retirement date, and about feeling tired etc, and he said that once you know you're coming to the end, it kind of makes you more tired as you're counting the days........ I think he's right; I AM counting the days (well, the weeks anyway) and kind of 'getting through' them.

Right - off to put my tutu on!


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Monday - and I've stayed home today. I did do my morning exercise routines - keeping up the strength-training. Twisting and stretching the lower back, shoulders and neck.

I've eaten nice food today: goats cheese and avocado on rye toast for breakfast; lunch was dahl with carrot topping, and pitta bread - then some poached pears. This evening I didn't feel very hungry at all, so I had a bowl of oatabix flakes.

I sat out in the courtyard with a cup of tea this afternoon for 10 mins or so - that was all. But I've been busy today - a nice long chat with CB - she and her husband are on Day 4 of their 14-day post-holiday quarantine. I had a book study zoom meeting with LT which was good. I got a pile of ironing done, and practised my recorder pieces.

I wrapped another Xmas present, and hemmed a pair of jeans. I'm listening to an audio book and making another mask!

Did I say I am looking forward to my holiday?!

Tomorrow will be grocery shopping - just a little. Ballet 'live' at 10 am and a Windrush Foundation zoom webinar in the evening.


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You are doing the right things for yourself. Getting out the door for exercise, and calling it quits when you don't have the energy. Assessing how you spend your time. Prioritizing your interests. Well done.

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I did feel that my 'lazy' Saturday was needed - I binge-watched Good Trouble on iPlayer until it got dark - then went to bed!

Sunday - and although I slept well, I still feel tired. Sigh - but I did get up this morning and go for a short walk/run - 12 mins (2.04 km) which was better than nothing for sure.

Maybe I have a slight cold virus - I do feel a bit like that.

It's been a warm, sunny day. I've got another load of laundry done - still out on the line. And I sat in the courtyard with a cup of tea this afternoon - in the sunshine and admiring the new flowers that have been planted.

I wrapped a couple of Xmas presents! I enjoyed that - being creative.

Now I'm going to make a small pot of veggie curry, then there's a zoom webinar from the Windrush Foundation.

I have decided I need to scale back on the webinars and things on-line. I am going to prioritise my recorder, my Cornish, Buddhism and work (at the moment). The exercises too of course.

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Some days it's okay to be aimless no matter how hard that can be.

Enjoy the sunshine!

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Saturday

I slept for 10 hours last night, and woke to sunshine. Took a coffee back to bed and read for an hour - my lower back aches when I sit up in bed; doesn't matter how much yoga and stretching I do. Still - it might be worse if I DIDN'T do yoga and stretching - who knows?!

I find myself a bit aimless today - and that's probably what I need right now. I want to make plans........... and have made notes!

Just a quick trip up the road to the little supermarket and post-box, then three webinars from a LIVEWELL festival events this weekend.

I might have said this before - but I think I need to scale back on the extra things that have attracted my attention during the lockdown - and focus on a manageable number of things that I really benefit from. More news on this later.

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Thanks guys!

My work day is over. I left work with the desire to munch a whole packet of cookies. But of course, I didn't.

I came home and ran a bubbly bath. Then I got dressed in soft homey clothes. Then made a cup of hot oatmilk with some raw cacao in it. I am now listening to Mindful Mix of music on BBC Sounds and updating Spark a little.

I'm sleepy.

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Close neighbors, and ones above you come with living in a flat. I hope the new neighbor is who you think it is. It's hard to fault people for walking around. He does Tai Chi. He should move with a quiet grace -- I don't know that that is true :) The cups are a good treat when you have goals for losing inch(es).

Enjoy. I enjoy reading your updates.

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Friday - and I slept like a log again. Got up a bit reluctantly, did my exercises. Now off to work again.

I can do this.

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Thursday night - and I'm so tired. I've had two sleep-ins this week, and two early starts. I slept well last night and my upstairs neighbour didn't wake me at 4am - that's good.

Right now I feel like I have nothing to share. I've done a day at work. I've sewn some buttons on for someone (tricky ones actually where the buttons had ripped holes in the shirt) - and taken up a new pair of jeans for myself to wear tomorrow.

I have four days off (Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues) which I am so looking forward to.

I have managed to maintain my short morning workouts - but not so good at the evening ones.

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Work was OK last night - I had a good sleep.

This morning I went up to Trengwainton Gardens. I was able to help some visitors with directions to find somewhere that the satnav couldn't! That was possible because on my walk I'd wondered about a private road leading to a big house. Turns out it was the house they were trying to find as the man had a friend who was stationed there in the war. I looked it up online when I got home and it last sold for £2.5 million! All sorts of amazing places hidden away, eh?!

Today I liked the dotty effect of autumn on these leaves


And I sat for a while in this quiet circle, trying to calm down.


I didn't feel so relaxed in the Gardens today - there were more older couples, some of who seemed very vague about masks and social distancing. I was also feeling a bit perturbed by the latest announcements about rules for social gatherings. We now have a legally enforceable rule of 'six' indoors and outdoors.

This afternoon I went to the recorder group I belong to. There were five of us and our teacher - all socially distanced in a church. It was really nice to play with others.

This evening I spent 40 mins on hold waiting to register a home-test for Covid-19!

Sigh.

And next up is a Buddhist women's discussion meeting on zoom.

Oh, I did get a bath at some point. I had been feeling rather achey - I think it's the renewed stress of restrictions, the implications etc.

Decaff coffee is on the cards I think.

I got a letter from the pension service telling me how much I will receive - so at least I can now do my budget. It's a bit better than I thought, so I think I'll be just about OK.

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