Project 366 2020 Week 34 Day 229 – 235 Another week of getting used to the new normal – it rained a lot!
Sunday 16th August – Day 229
I had an assistant to help me with the painting, just not the one I was expecting!
I painted all the window and door returns upstairs and downstairs and rehung all the blinds. I really want to crack on with painting all the rooms that I didn’t get to do a couple of years ago and maybe if I don’t manage to get another job next month that’s what I’ll be doing in my ‘free time’.
We also ordered a new bed frame as our’s is ancient and is so incredibly heavy that even the OH can’t move it. He bought it before I was even on the scene and I’ve spent years banging my ankles on drawer handles. I’ll be glad to see the back of it in a few weeks.
Monday 17th August – Day 230
After work, we went through my son’s school uniform to see exactly what we needed to buy him when we go shopping tomorrow. Gutted to discover that there are brands new trousers that are now a good couple of inches too short!!
My son is having a bit of a Minecraft phase, he’s currently designing a house for us all with all sorts of features.
Tuesday 18th August – Day 231
We headed to Banbury in the morning and it was our first visit since lockdown started. So many shops shut!
We got there for 9 am and headed straight to Clarks to get my son’s feet measured. They were brilliant. We were quite anxious as it was our first ‘retail’ experience really in the new normal. Very efficient, helpful and really calmed my son down. He’s gone about one and a half sizes and now has bigger feet than me. I was a bit in shock. We got his shoe shoes organised and I realised we’d now need to look at school trainers, walking boots and casual shoes too – everything is way too small!
We went into Sports Direct to look at trainers, the service was appalling so we ended up just walking out. Then on to the Banbury Museum for a visiting Lego exhibition, we’d booked tickets for. It was smaller than we thought but there were a couple of really good builds.
It’s been months since we’ve seen my ex-MIL in person. She is still shielding but we’d arranged a doorstep catch up and it was so lovely to see and chat to her for an hour. We all left with smiles on our faces.
A stop at Banbury Gateway sorted out the uniform items that we were missing although still no joy with trainers etc. Will have to look closer to home.
In the evening my son and I went out for a walk. We were going to do a loop walk around Caversfield but decided to explore the Eco estate on the edge of town instead. We’ve never been there before and it felt like being in a totally different town, very different housing designs, not my cup of tea at all.
Wednesday 19th August – Day 232
Rain rain and more rain and even the cats didn’t fancy going out in it.
We did brave the elements in the end and headed into town to try our local branch of Sports Direct – what a different experience that was! The guy there listened to what we needed and came back with a couple of options for us and generally couldn’t have been more helpful. School trainers purchased.
Thursday 20th August – Day 233
What a difference a day makes. Sunshine all day and the first day in ages where we didn’t need to be anywhere or do anything. A chilled out breakfast and then we got out in the garden. I had some tidying up to do and it wasn’t long before my son was messing around with sticks and the paving slab he dug up from the garden some months ago. He was bug hunting and found worms, slugs and woodlice had all made a home under the slab. Easily pleased.
Friday 21st August – Day 234
Last day of work until 4th September! I’m really looking forward to switching off for a decent amount of time.
I’m experiencing the joy of peri-menopause periods again. Let’s just say I had to get changed 4 times today.
I spent the afternoon watching pigeons in the garden and just feeling rather drained.
Saturday 22nd August – Day 235
Up to Derbyshire to stay with my best friend as our family bubble. She has a walled cottage garden that I love looking out on whenever I visit.