Hi everyone – I hope you all had a lovely Easter despite the weather.
It is nearly a month since my last post – apologies for that it was unintentional – time just flies by and before you know it a whole month has passed. I have been reading and keeping up with my usual blogs – sorry for the lack of comments – and I know I have some new followers whilst I have been hibernating so welcome to my little blog.
We have had a number of deaths and funerals to attend since the beginning of the year – I have another funeral of a friend next Monday but we have had one very sad and unexpected death of a family member, a little boy – it is always dreadful when someone dies but far worse to cope with when it is a child. So much sadness and together with this cold, dismal weather it has left me a little drained and feeling rather miserable and unfocused.
Work too has been a struggle – I don’t feel I fit in any more – I miss my colleague Helen more than ever – it would have been her birthday on 2nd March – I met her mum in town for lunch – we had a lovely chat and catch up which was nice and we could remember Helen together. Many of my other friends and colleagues at work have left the firm one by one recently and each day I keep thinking it really is time for me to leave too.
It is only the beginning of April and already I feel like I need a fresh start. Hopefully a bit of sunshine will help – when it eventually arrives.
As I look out on my garden it is still very brown – I have evergreen shrubs that are now brown too and I am not sure they will recover – the cold temperatures certainly did a lot of damage. The Cherry tree has no sign of life yet and only a few daffodils are in flower – everything seems so late. I dare not prune in case we had more snow and cold weather and when I woke up to snow yesterday on Easter Monday I was thankful that I hadn’t dashed out with the secateurs on the one sunny day we had recently.
Anyway I ramble on when the point of the post is to review my progress for March before setting my new intentions for April.
I wrote a shorter list of intentions at the beginning of March – some of which I abandoned – partly because of a lack of motivation and partly because of time – here is a round-up of my successes and failures for the month –
I abandoned this category altogether – I bought a packet of Easter cards and some of the birthday cards. I didn’t feel like making Sympathy cards so bought these as well.
We attended the Pensionwise meeting – the guy was quite informative and helped us to see certain aspects in a different light – but the difficult bit is still to come, finding a genuine IFA, making the choice of what to do with the pension pot and when to do it.
The eBay selling has been really good we have sold all the large items we had listed and we have even put on a couple of items now for our daughter. As we are going to Italy near the end of the month we will have to take a ‘listing’ break but when we return I have a whole new list of items to sell and I haven’t even started on the ‘stuff’ in the loft yet! Surprisingly we have earned about £300 hundred pounds so far and this will help towards our holiday.
I bought mum a present for mother’s day from a lovely little shop in Stranraer called Baxters – a soft fur scarf in a muted pink with a scattering of gold sparkle – mum was delighted, she seems to be collecting scarves at the moment and the colour was just right and she loves a bit of sparkle.
I got a good deal on my new car insurance with LV by taking out their multi car policy and I was able to knock off the breakdown cover as that comes free from Hyundai. I also used my Boots vouchers for a new mascara and face cream and took advantage of the Neal’s yard and Bodyshop offers on the frankincense serum and Vitamin E creams I use – a bit of an outlay but it will save me money in the long run. I haven’t totted up my spending for March yet that will have to be another post another day.
The garden tidy up didn’t happen mainly because of the bad weather but also once I had started on the office clear out I did not want to break off on the only sunny day we had.
The shed has gone now though but the guy who is doing the repointing has been rescheduled for better weather and after our Italy trip.
I had my hair cut shorter again, it is much easier to control in the mornings now and has a bit more bounce.
The fresh fruit in the morning continues – my favourite mix is oranges, pink grapefruit, kiwi and blueberries – the zingy colour combination looks quite healthy!
The exercise hasn’t happened – I have no excuse other than the usual such as time, inclination etc – I will endeavour to try again this month.
I went a bit astray on the neatening this month – I should have been concentrating on my wardrobe – and although I have been making plans for decorating and fitting it out somehow I found myself clearing out the office instead. I think this all started when I had to get the Pension papers down from the loft and one thing led to another. And now I am on a mission. It has been a big job as the office is all paperwork and craft stuff not to mention the man drawers full of unidentifiable cable and leads – but they are not unidentifiable anymore! At the moment I feel I have exhausted my decision-making capability and I am hoping I haven’t got rid of anything I should have kept. I will go into my clear out in more depth in another post.
So there we are not all of my intentions fulfilled last month but I have got through quite a lot in between funerals. April will be a month on hold I fear as the trip to Italy is coming up at the end so it is pointless starting too many new projects as there is plenty to do to get ready.
I will leave you (not for quite as long next time) with a picture taken in 2015 on the journey home from Scotland.
April 2015 – Scotland – after a sudden snowfall on the hills.