You find me lying on the bed with the sun streaming through my open window. There is a cool breeze which I am enjoying. I don’t like extreme heat and especially now when a hot flush might turn up at any given moment. I may just have enjoyed a Cherry Bakewell or even two! If I am honest I am enjoying lock down less as the weeks go by. I feel a little bored from time to time. I am chomping at the bit to get used to a new and positive normal. However, all my loved ones are alive and well so I am determined to focus on the good things in my life at least most of the time.
You can take it as read that I am continuing to enjoy great sleep even sleeping right through last night. Unheard of! Food here is wonderful. Even better my brother forgot to get the chilli sauce for the pasta last night. I struggle with that every week so did not miss it one bit. I have worked out I am very much a people pleaser and think I need to work on that. For example, I am drinking cheap cola because my son does not like it so won’t drink it and I don’t want to upset my brother who bought it.
I have started reading a new book about a woman who goes to live in Paris. Seeing as we never did pull off my daughter’s 16th birthday treat, all things Paris are welcome right now.
I had some disappointing news this week but seem to have remained upbeat most of the time and especially today. Getting out for a walk always helps especially if it is sunny and we see dogs en route.
I laughed at myself today. I had ordered some padded envelopes so I can send gifts to people. I did not really register the measurements on the Amazon advert so just said yes to large. They arrived today and if I want to send a baby elephant to anyone I will be OK. They are huge!
Talking of goodies, my son was offered some expensive shoes to review just when he needed a new pair too. Result!
I have ordered a few things this week including shoes in the right size as George at Asda clearly are generous in their sizing so I received two pairs (one for my son and one for me) which were way too big! Added in a polka dot unwired bra and some khaki shorts so that I could get free delivery. I also found a lovely Esty store for a face mask with a fun liquorice allsorts design. If you are looking for a face covering, I have written a post about where to buy face masks and so on.
I am continuing to revel in the luxury of my eldest boy’s company and our obsession with The Lost Kingdom on Netflix continues. As for me and my brother, we watch The Last Post on Netflix. We tend to be together in the evenings watching soaps, travel, cookery and news shows. Last night we watched The Marigold Hotel film followed by the documentary that is officially not based on the film!
It was my husband’s birthday this week and it was lovely to hear him speak on the phone to my son here. He was lovely to him about his 5 university offers (I will keep saying 5 because it is true and I am allowed to be proud). I was moved by his beautiful words as was my son. It has taken a while but it came at last and we value that.
My daughter phoned me out of the blue one evening. That is a first and was such an unexpected pleasure. I really did feel my heart swell when I experienced another of her important milestones.
My younger son continues to WhatsApp me regularly and today we had a giggle about his Great Bernard dog avatar. He taught me how to add a picture to my own account. I used the picture of a beau-ti-ful mug that a newish online friend sent to me. It has that word on it along with my name and love hearts. It was a gorgeous surprise.
It is an odd period for our family as for everyone. I am counting my blessings until the new normal arrives.