• 2021,  access,  argh,  complaints,  disablism,  discrimination

    What I haven’t missed in lockdown

    I was struggling a bit with my mood last week. I commented to one of the carers that I had a few things planned – a top up food shop, a trip to podiatry etc and I hoped doing those unremarkable, normal things would help. Certainly in the November lockdown I had a shitty few days and then had a day that was what would have been normal pre-covid (my Dad came to look at my washing machine, I went to the dentist and into coop.) and unexpectedly it really helped. Well I did my top up food shop yesterday which was only the second time I’d been in a…

  • 2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading

    March Reads

    I still feel like I’m not reading as much as I’d like. Although it’s also true that I abandoned one book and have two paperbacks and an audiobook that I started but have yet to finish. But here’s what I did finish in March. I have made plans to cut down my internet time this month (specifically by not reading fanfiction) so I anticipate reading more in April. I’m not sure that I have a favourite and a least favourite book this month, I liked everything that I finished but nothing really stood out. I was pleased to read two books that have sat unread on my selves/kindle for well…

  • 2021

    As I wrote in my last entry, it’s been a year since things started to end due to covid. At first glance you’d think the last year has been full of bad things. I could (and maybe should) write about the fear and the worry and the difficulties. But whilst it’s not a year I’d like to repeat there have been some good things and moments I’ve enjoyed. In many ways the best thing was it forced me to take a break from CAB and over stuff to slow down that I really needed but didn’t feel able to take. I was so stressed by that. The stress and worry…

  • 2021,  Quarantine 2020

    One Year

    For me it’s been a year since Covid changed my world. One year ago yesterday (7th March 2020) my friend Carolyn got the train to Birmingham. We had lunch in Pizza Express, sharing a bottle of wine. We wandered into a few shops. Asked for sanitiser in Body Shop but they didn’t have any. We bought books (we always buy books) and I was beginning to look for a new handbag because mine was developing a small hole. I saw one I liked but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted so I left it as it wasn’t urgent yet. A year later I’ve still got the same pink spotty Cath…

  • 2021,  books and reading

    February Reading

    I spent a fairy big chunk of February not reading and then the last few days of the month reading a lot. In addition to the books listed here I listened to several hours of another audiobook but got bored of it. As before, books marked with a * are from Boxall’s 1001 books you must read before you die lists so count towards my goal of reading 40 more of them before my 40th birthday. Fighting for your life: A paramedic’s story by Lysa Walder Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler The Switch by Beth O’Leary (audiobook) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins* The Switch was probably my favourite…

  • 2021,  books and reading

    January Reading

    In previous years I’ve occasionally tried to post here about what I’ve read. But it’s something I’ve struggled to keep up regularly despite wanting to. I thought this year I would post a list on the 1st of each month of everything I read in the previous month. Books marked with 1001 are from Boxall’s 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list and so count towards my goal of reading 40 more books from that before my 40th birthday. Serpentine by Philip Pullman Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky A Promised Land by Barack Obama (audiobook) Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky The Circle by Dave Eggers (audiobook, 1001)…

  • 101 in 1001,  2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading,  Crochet,  goals

    40 Before 40: Pandemic Edition

    My 40th birthday is at the end of this year. At the end of 2019 I wrote a “40 before 40” list of goals to achieve before I reached that milestone. I blogged about that a little bit but never shared the list online I did achieve three of the goals last year – I went to see Book of Mormon and did a photography course before the pandemic hit. I also manged to use my manual chair every day for over 40 days later in the year. Looking at the list as I write this, I could also be said to have done two more – I attempted to…

  • 2021,  crafts,  creative,  writing

    Thing a Day February

    Several years ago – searching on my blog suggests longer ago than I thought – there was a non-defunct website that ran a “Thing a day” challenge in February. The idea was to make something – from scratch – every day in the month of February. I tried it in two years at least. And I didn’t manage to do everyday either year. But I remember enjoying it. Then the website changed and it got harder to participate and eventually it disappeared. As all things do it slipped my mind. Then for some reason as I wandered the scenic route home from podiatry this lunchtime, trying to avoid the dug…

  • 2021,  acceptance,  care,  Compression,  Family,  friends,  lymphoedema,  things people say

    The Most Supportive Thing

    I wrote an entry a while ago about blog posts I’d been wanting to write (I’m really good at starting things…) this is part of one of the posts, there maybe a part two at some point but not any time soon. Last week (before the phone call about self-isolation) I had a problem with the carers. No one turned up to do my call and then when I eventually tried to call them to chase it up (much later than I should have because I kept thinking “someone will come soon”) I couldn’t get through on the phone, repeatedly. Once I did manage to get hold of them it…

  • 2021,  care,  honesty

    It is a truth universally acknowledged…

    …that I can cope perfectly well at home not going out when I’m not going out because I don’t want to. But the minute I’m stuck at home for the foreseeable for reasons beyond my control I get cabin fever. Haven’t been out since New Years Eve because of my cold. It’s well on it’s way out had decided to do the full 10 days isolation just in case and was planning to go for a walk probably tomorrow. I’ve been happy at home working my way through a long book and an even longer audiobook and playing games on my iPad. I didn’t really have an enthusiasm for the…