Once more it has been a bit of a while since popping in:
Lots to talk about so lets get started…….
Health and Fitness:
Happily since June things have improved. In September I joined an online Pilates class after a friend recommended the instructor. I can go and do it at anytime as Susan records all her classes. Being at work does make it difficult to get to the live event.
As lockdown was lifted I went to her classes in a local hall. Only 12 of us at a time but it was much better than just doing it online as Susan told us where we were going wrong or needed to adjust a bit.
I find my legs are strong and can do most of the levels of difficulty but my arms are weak and my balance awful.
Nevertheless, it is great and I know where my strengths are and my weaknesses.
I think my legs are strong in part due to working at the allotment. one of the positions is just like the one I use when picking weeds 😀
In addition to gardening and Pilates I have restarted walking training for the 2021 Moonwalk today . I am roping my DH in as he is very sedentary now he works from home. We walked 2.5 miles this morning.
There were a few things bothering me when I last wrote. Here is an update:
Poor Sleep: Sleep managment is much better but I could still imrove things. I like to read so can’t always put my book down. Even if I do I can’t get off to sleep. I found listening to audiobooks helpful. I download a chapter at a time from the library and when I go to sleep the book stops when the chapter runs out.
I still keep the caffiene low and I sleep with the window open. Some nights hot flushes or a need to go to the loo wakes me every hour but other times I can go for three or four hours. Obviously this disturbed sleep is not helpful bit the odd lie in helps.
I stopped wearing my fitbit to monitor sleep as I was worrying more about it than necessary.
Pandemic: The pandemic has really affected lives no end but I am lucky not to be financially at risk and not be in contact with known covid patients at work. I am getting used to Dh being at home in the day. I am getting used to the socially distanced meetups I had (until the current new lockdown)
If I was to be isolated for a year I still have plenty to do.
I have been helping people at work and outside by just asking how they are and listening. I may be ok but many are not for one reason and another and I predict a wave of mental ill health as wll as the effects of long covid willbe with us for years to come form this time.
Making Money: This is an ongoing aspect of the last five or ten years when I decided to retire early ; before cancer; before covid.
Things have been going very well as it happens. I am working at selling all the stuff I have been given by people clearing out their clutter. I am selling on my books and bits of furniture. i am also buying in books at 50 pence each from the charity shop and earning on avarage £2.00 each.
Selling makes me happy but it does take time and energy. It is a quicker earner than all those surveys but is less soul destroying.
I am now less than six months away from retiring.
My savings pot has increased with refunds, selling stuff, surveys etc
- The Mortgage. My plan to pay the whole amount off at the end of March 2021 is still going fine.
- Holidays: I had a week away to Whitby with friends at the end of September and visited family down South. Not much has has been spent and I have put any savings towards the next available holiday which may be after retirement.
- Pay off loan: I paid back my nephew all the money he was owed in September.
- Emergency Fund: All pots of money for hols, car and emergencies are up to date. I can survive on saved income for four to five months if no wages come in this month.
- House repairs and car fund: As above.
Decluttering and Minimising: The house is still full of stuff thanks to my work in the charity shop and my difficulty in letting go. The clutter is now limited to two rooms and some int eh dining room where I sell stuff. I am doing one bag or box at a time so the place doesn’t get overloaded.
Prepping: So all the prepping has been worht it and friends who may have though me abit nutty now see the point of at least a bit of forward planning.
The solar panels have been a Godsend as Dh and DD were working on computers at home all summer. DH did all the washing and the dishwasher in teh day so we actually earned some money frome selling electricity back to the grid.
The woodburner has been used but while it is mild it is at rest.
The food preps have been invaluable. As lockdown eased we bought in extra flour and sugar plus other bits. We did have trouble getting paracetamol ( known as acetaminophen in the US) locally but have now stocked up. DD has a high temp last week so we had to self isolated until her swab came back negative. It was just flu I think.
The paracetamol bought her temp down nicely. In the UK you can buy two packs of 16 at a time That is enough for four days for one adult. My argument has been that we need enough for a week for all adults in the house. So it is done. Cold cloths and ice packs only bring down the external temperature and the internal temperature will continue to rise.
One thing we ran out of quickly was fresh fruit and veg. While we had some frozen veg we had no fruit apart from some stewed apple. We will look at rectfying this in some way over thenext few weeks.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
This last few months DH has made 8 raised beds out of pallets that a neighbour gave us as his building work took place. I have given a few away, kept some at home and took a few to the allotment.
I took a load of fabric to my niece and art supplies to her mum in July. I have cleared 75 bags of ‘stuff’ at least since January and hope to reach a hundred by New Year.
We have also removed plastic milk bottles and yoghurt pots from out recyling as it is all being delivered in glass by the milkman. We stopped this service years ago as the milk arrived after we went to work sometimes and was stolen or spoiled. Milk arrives at about 3am now.
So that is it for now. A quick update to keep you going. As retirement approaches I will be poppin gin to mull over my future plans.
A quick apology also for my tardy spelling in my post in June. It looks like I was drunk but my fingers just can’t go as fast as my head.
Take care all of you. Remember Hands – Face – Space