• 2020,  40 before 40,  Action 4,  manual wheelchair,  wheelchair

    40 Before 40 – Use My Manual Everyday for 40 Days

    At the end of 2021 I turn 40. So at the end of last year I wrote a 40 before 40 list (it’s not on this blog before anyone goes looking). I always thought that with the number of trips away it would involve I wouldn’t manage all 40 tasks. But that it was good to have aims and I could probably manage a fair number. With the current restrictions I definitely won’t manage most of them because even the one day trips are out of reach. I might write a new “pandemic edition” 40 before 40 list to start after I turn 39, I need to have a think…

  • 2020,  crafts,  Family,  friends,  hospital,  lymphoedema,  powerchair,  Quarantine 2020

    Random Bullet Points of Quarantine-ish Life

    I have been meaning to write a blog post for ages. And as always I’ve started writing a couple and not posted them. So here is a post of Random Bullet Points of Life, written whilst waiting for a carer. I’ve been advised that it’s worth me started to look into a new powerchair. I’ve trialled the one they recommended three times (I trialled, then when the tech came back to work on my Jive and brought it a second time as the weather was better and I could have a longer go, then it turned out I’d have to have a different seating type if I got a seat…

  • 2020,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  things people say

    Another of those stories

    A couple of years ago I wrote about discovering I’d become one of the stories my wheelchair supplier tells. A tale of a disaster that they sorted and makes them look good. (And I was thrilled with the way they supported me with that) I’d hope two years later that someone else has taken my place in the stories rotation. But sadly I suspect I’ve probably just edged my way back onto the list. Because less than a week after it was in the workshop for routine maintenance (and after I told a new tech who dropped it back that “I’ve stopped saying see you soon instead of goodbye to…

  • 2020,  Crochet,  friends,  powerchair,  Quarantine 2020,  Quickie Jive,  shopping

    Hints of Normality

    I’ve been quiet here lately as I experienced some ableism (that was made worse by the fact it was from someone I thought was a friend) and that took up a lot of head space made me withdraw slightly for a bit. But as much as I did need to step back for a few weeks I don’t want to stop blogging here completely. The other thing that’s taken up rather more of my headspace than it should have is a problem with a carer. Now resolved and handled very well by the agency. It was sad for two reasons – one it was completely ridiculous and a carer I…

  • 2020,  care,  Quarantine 2020,  things people say

    Four Months of Isolation

    It’s been a fair while since I wrote one of these “life in lockdown” posts and it’s definitely something I’ll want to look back on in future years so here’s another one. I just put the washing on for an extra rinse so we’ll see how far I can get before it finishes. Monday was 4 months since I was last in a building other than my house (I went to the gym on Friday 13th March). I’ve probably written this before but although the panic buying that weekend would have made it unsafe for me to go out, I probably would have gone to town in the week after…

  • 2020,  Crochet,  Quarantine 2020

    “But what do you do in a crisis?”

    I am something of a fussy eater. Much better than I used to be but still not great. Two things I don’t like are tea and coffee. It doesn’t bother me, I’m more than happy to go to a meeting and drink water or get a coke or some juice in a coffee shop or whatever. It’s probably one of the least problematic of my dislikes. Because you just order something else. But it’s also a dislike that a lot of people find hard to get their head around. Why don’t I like it? I just don’t. Years ago, someone I volunteered with went to get herself a tea and…

  • 2020,  achievements,  care,  disability,  lymphoedema,  Quarantine 2020

    Value for Money

    One of my carers has asked me about two things I’ve bought lately (a stocking aid and some cloth masks) and specifically how much they’ve cost. When I’ve said “about X pounds” she’s said that’s very expensive. I’ve been thinking about that a lot since we had those two conversations. I think she’s wrong. But only because of the bigger picture. The mask conversation was almost irrelevant. She’s told me how much she paid and said delivery was more. I didn’t pay delivery. Hers came from somewhere abroad (I forget) and took ages to come. Mine were here in a few days, from (I think) London. She wasn’t comparing like…

  • 2020,  books and reading,  Quarantine 2020

    A Month of Reading

    It’s nearly a month since I last updated on here about what I’ve been reading. And there’s a fair amount of books to share about. There’s also quite a few I have read part of but not finished which I won’t list. On VE Day I started reading a series of books set in the Second World War. Those were Quarantine Reads 12 – 15. I read the first one cover to cover in one day and finished book 4 in the series a week later. I enjoy books set in that period as it’s one that interests me and the books tend to be quite character driven rather than…

  • 2020,  mental health,  Quarantine 2020

    Life in Lockdown

    I feel like I need to update and write about what life is like at the moment because I’d probably like to have the record in future years. But I also feel like there isn’t a whole lot to say. There’s no “what I’m reading” post this week because I’ve been reading the same series since last Friday and I want to post about them all at once. I’m on book 4 now which is currently the last one but I reckon the author will probably write at least one more. I left the house for the first time in almost two months on Tuesday to go say Happy Birthday…

  • 2020,  books and reading,  Quarantine 2020

    What I’m Reading

    I feel like it’s been a bit of a slow lethargic week or two – I wasn’t well for a few days last week with an ear infection – but looking at my list of what I’ve been reading since I last updated (and adding in that I’ve written a bit and almost made an entire hat) I think that might just be me being a bit hard on myself. So what have I been reading in the last two or so weeks since I updated? A fair amount. I’ve started and not progressed with a few books but here’s what I have finished. First up was The Spanish Promise…