Project 366 2020 Week 47 Day 320-326 Another week and the weather is dull, grey and wet mostly, seems to sum it up perfectly.
Sunday 15th November – Day 320
The weather was so much better today so there was no way we were staying indoors all day. The OH had noticed a footpath close to the grounds of Claydon House during the last lockdown and we’d been meaning to investigate ever since. So with my OS app on my phone, we decided to investigate and ended up doing a 6km circular walk taking in the grounds of the NT property (currently closed) and the surrounding villages.
My son had been an absolute monster before we left the house – full-on teenager but of course, once he got out of the car he was fine and soon having fun in the mud.
Monday 16th November – Day 321
Odd socks day at school and my son loved the fact that we can now swap socks as he’s got slightly bigger feet than me.
A really quiet day at work but at least I can concentrate on some financial work that needs sorting out.
What a difference a day makes, gone is the teenager and back to my happy, smiling boy. He came out of school full of laughter and was just a joy to be with all afternoon and evening. He even let me take some nice photos of him.
Tuesday 17th November – Day 322
Paddington didn’t move from this spot all day. He didn’t even move when my son got home from school! Clearly, he’d had a busy night out on the town – no lockdown for him.
I got some blog work done as well as the weekly shop and picked up a few Christmas bits at the same time from the supermarket. Not essential I know, but same shop and I can’t see normality suddenly happening from 2nd December anyway.
Wednesday 18th November – Day 323
Grey, dull and wet day. Another really quiet day at work with nothing coming in but I have been able to spend time getting on top of some of the accounts that I’ve taken over recently.
Sorting out POA things for my Aunt is like pulling teeth. I’ve been trying to get her a rebate on her TV licence since August. You can’t call them, they aren’t accepting calls. So you email them and get an auto-reply saying that they take up to 30 days to reply. If only! I tweeted them ages ago and a human actually started dealing with things, but before long I was back to the auto-reply emails. So back to Twitter yesterday and a rather frank message on my thoughts on their service. Lo and behold, a rebate has been arranged, no idea for how much, and it can take a further 21 days to actually appear in her account.
Then on to NSandI regarding her premium bonds. They’ve finally acknowledged my details as her POA but I still can’t register online for her. 54 minutes on hold to them to try to sort out, only for them to have the same issues. Oh well then, we’ll send you a form in the post, complete it and post it back and we can then send you a PIN number to register with. Shoot me now. How elderly people actually deal with these companies is beyond me.
The larger frame for my cross stitch arrived today so I could finally get started.
Thursday 19th November – Day 324
Paddington decided to follow us to school this morning. We walk a different route these days and the road is busier so I managed to grab him and ran home with him whilst my son walked on alone to his friend’s house. They’d got all the way to school before I caught up with his friend’s Mum.
It was raining and I just didn’t fancy the trip to Stowe I’d got booked so I stayed at home instead and did bugger all apart from catching up on Harlots and The Undoing on TV. I did do some cross stitch too and this is the reality. Even varifocals aren’t helping me anymore to see the symbols on the charts so I borrowed my son’s magnifying lid from his bug catcher kit, the joy of getting old.
Skype call with my parents and our birthdays for Dad still haven’t arrived in Spain, sent at the very beginning of the month. Such a shame as never not arrived before.
Friday 20th November – Day 325
Rarely ever catch the colours of a sunrise as you can only get a glimpse of it from my son’s bedroom. Had to grab a quick phone shot while I could this morning. Another wet, grey, dull day. I’m done with November really.
Saturday 21st November – Day 326
Saturdays are taken at a slower pace these days. The OH is back to working through on Saturdays and my son and I are just taking the time not to set an alarm and chill out. It’s another grey, dull day so we’re spending it at home, playing games and watching TV. Strictly beckons this evening along with a rare Chinese takeaway for the grown-ups and pizza for the child who won’t try anything new!
It’s less than a month to my son’s 11th birthday. He’s picked his cake topper for his cake and I’m rather impressed with his choice – more on that to come nearer the time. A lovely personalised Christmas tree decoration arrived that I’d ordered from Emma at On the Nice List Designs. I’ve bought him a new named decoration every year since he arrived with us, nice to have organised that ahead of time.