Hello again. I'd like to thank you all for following my blog, reading it and commenting throughout the year. You make blogging worthwhile and I'm very grateful for all your support!
As I said in my previous post my mobile phone was stolen on 6th January. I had gone to the Cat's Protection League on Friday where I hadn't been for a while. I bought a colourful square coaster made of felted balls which I thought would be good to place a plant pot on. As I paid for it, my phone must have fallen out of my bag onto the counter unnoticed by me and the volunteer who took my payment. I realised when I was in Lidl my phone wasn't in my bag when I went to apply my Lidl Plus vouchers, but thought I must have left it at home. Although I must say I had an uncomfortable feeling about it; as I felt sure I had taken it with me. After a thorough search at home and ringing it several times, I rang the charity shop. I was told that a man was seen picking up a phone from the counter but when challenged by the staff stated it was his! My phone had a purple leather case embossed with a floral design and although this may be sexist I doubt a man would choose that type of cover. It's such a pain when this sort of thing happens; blocking the phone and arranging for a replacement but it's all been sorted now and I have a new phone. It's really important to me as I rely on my phone and tripod to take blog photos and photos when I'm out and about.
On Friday evening we all went out for a meal to celebrate Grandson's 18th birthday. A very good time was had by all. Isaiah is a man now; able to vote; fight for his country; enter in a credit agreement and get married without parental permission. He can finally attend doctor and dentist appointments without an adult needing to be present - hurrah! He was doing mock A level exams the first week of January and has applied to 5 universities to study law in September.
We had a quiet weekend doing the usual housecleaning and I cooked Sunday dinner. I also went for a 6 mile walk on Sunday morning along the river. Over the weekend we started watching a German series on Netflix called 'Woman of the Dead'. Gripping! By Monday my new phone had arrived but the sim card hadn't so I couldn't use it. I went to Barnardo's on Monday having had a 2 week break and it felt good to be back. We were inundated with donations and I spent all morning processing them.
On Tuesday it was back to the food bank after a 3 week gap. I spent the morning trying to find homes for the toiletry donations that we had amassed. There wasn't room for all of them so there were several crates still to be unpacked and sorted. I also made up 6 crates of toiletries to go out to distribution centres. We have temporarily reverted to the old system of putting out the toiletry and hygiene items and allowing people to select what they need. This was the system in use before the pandemic and social distancing. Hopefully, I'll be back making up hygiene bags in the next few weeks. I didn't take any outfit photos as I was still trying to set my new phone up; it took middle grandson and me until Tuesday evening to do so. Thank goodness for grandchildren! I went for the usual swim on Tuesday afternoon and swam a mile. I went for a short 4 mile urban walk on Wednesday, went to Aldi in the afternoon and stopped in the Castle Rd charity shops for a rummage but bought nothing except a pair of boots...
I cooked a vegan dish on Sunday: 'Jumbalaya' and cooked Tofu for the first time for dinner; OH made a chicken curry.
Again donations had been stopped on Monday to allow us to catch up with the huge influx of donations that came in over the weekend. We got a lot done and I always feel very satisfied to see a clear space on the floor; where before the space was filled with donations! It helps of course to have 2 volunteers on Monday mornings. Monday night was very cold and in line with my disorganised morning; bedtime was a disaster. I'd made up a hot water bottle (or a 'hottie bottie'; as my brother Julian calls it) and put it in the bed while I was taking off my make-up and brushing my teeth. When I got into bed the hot water bottle had leaked. I tried drying the hot wet patch with the hair dryer which then stopped working; in the end I got the iron out and ironed it as dry as I could... it was still a bit damp when I got back into bed but I'd had enough by then. I can't really complain about the leaking hot water bottle; it was a Christmas gift from my colleague Mandy, whom I worked with in a further education college in Luton, between 2002 -2004. That hot water bottle was almost 20 years old!
It was -3 degrees when I got into my car on Tuesday morning to go to the food bank. I wore lots of layers. Everything was pre-loved. The cardigan by Next; was a Barnardo's find about three years ago. The pinafore dress by Nutmeg was a find on Monday; again from Barnardo's; as was the Uniqlo polo neck. Underneath that I wore a camisole. Tights as before. I have a grey pair identical to these but couldn't lay my hands on them. The boots by Kickers; were a recent Daycare Hospice find when I dropped off a bag of donations. I was looking for a small side/occasional table and came out with boots instead! Necklace and earrings both pre-loved.