Saturday, 25 July 2009

A reminder that I am not as fit as I thought I was!

Yesterday was moving day for my eldest daughter.I had said to her that I would be on hand during the day for whenever they needed some help.At a little before eight in the morning I was sitting in my PJ's having just finished my breakfast and drinking my cup of tea, when the phone rang," Hi ,it's me I'll be there to pick you up in two minutes" as I was half asleep I replied "OK".As soon as I had put the phone down, the very short conversation sunk in!!! I dashed upstairs and got washed and dressed at breakneck speed to see Rebecca's car arrive in front of the house just as I got back downstairs. Well that was ok but I was a little breathless as I got into her car and obviously still partially asleep as I had to go back indoors for my glasses(which I wear all day !)and to turn off the TV which was still showing the breakfast news.
I spent most of the day  at either the old rented house dismantling beds, carrying drawers and boxes from upstairs to downstairs via the very steep and winding staircase or at the new house feeling a bit useless as I did not really know where she wanted things put, but she was too busy herself to tell me and her boyfriend was making the trips between the two houses, only about 5 miles apart, with van loads of furniture and boxes. Most of the work involved was at the old house and by six in the evening I was worn out and Rebecca said that they would be fine with possibly one more van load to go.I walked home, as it is only five minutes, but by the time I got in I felt thoroughly shattered.

Ha ! I thought I felt tired yesterday, I got up this morning and nearly everything ached! My calf muscles are the worst, I think its all the going up and down stairs. I have to keep moving about or I think I might seize  up completely.
 But there are several bright sides to this story,
 1) My daughter and her boyfriend have their very own home,
 2)The exercise must have done me some good, and lost me a few of the extra pounds in weight I seem to have started carrying around and 
3)I had a message on my answer-phone when I got back to say that I had been shortlisted for the job I had applied for and could I attend an interview!

so on balance a good day was had by all( and I have the weekend to recover).

Sunday, 5 July 2009

What I did on my holiday

Did you ever have to write a essay with that title when you were at school?. Well here is what I did on mine

I am just about at the end of my two-week summer break from work. However I don’t seem to have done very much with the time. We didn’t go away on holiday (too expensive) and we didn’t go for the odd day out (still costs money, and there is hardly any spare at the moment!), so I spent the time at home “pottering”. Most afternoons I was able to watch the tennis at Wimbledon on the TV, something I have not been able to do since my daughters were very young (I seem to have always been at work, but then I am a Saturday’s Child). I did do a little bit of sewing in the first week and some designing of new patterns, a small bear with a rounder shaped head, which I am pleased with and a dragon, which needs some adjustments and is not to be revealed at the moment.

I also spent a bit more time researching my family history, something I have done on and off for a number of years now. I have only ever used the internet to do this, there is such a lot of information available to look at, that I have ,as yet, had no need to go and visit various records offices around the country to check documents. I have always thought what an interesting thing it would be to do though. 

Imagine my delight when I found a job advertised at the local records office for an assistant to help people do their own family research, how brilliant would that be? It is part time and fits in with the part time hours I currently work, and the extra money would certainly also be a help. Well I have sent in my application (I have not written a CV for 13 years, so that was interesting trying to remember all the details of my work history ), I just have to wait and see now if I am on the short list (all fingers crossed), the closing date is not for a while yet so I won’t hear for a little while, however they did say that they let people know one way or the other, which is more than some employers do nowadays.

 I will have to get myself in gear tomorrow morning, no more getting up at whatever time I fancy, I will have to be up and ready to go bright and early!