Good morning, all. It looks as if it's going to be a much more pleasant day today, fingers crossed! I could do with some cheering sunshine to brighten me up.
I tried to get the space/spare china down to the hospice shop but when I got there it was closed - something to do with training and a new till - so that's first on the list for today. Before then, Jeff had turned up and did the necessary so now I have a neat garden again. He took one of the china items away with him, a lidded cake plate that I've never, ever used and didn't think I ever would.
After coming back from the aborted drop off, I had to stay in all day. I had ordered a new bread knife from Amazon as my old one (very old one) had started rather mangling the bread. Of course, because it was a knife, there were all sorts of rules and regulations about it. It couldn't be left by the front door (obviously), nor with a neighbour. I had to provide photo proof of identity and sign for it. In the end, it didn't turn up until after six in the evening!
Today there's a bit more going on. First of all, I've had a lie in! Yes, I have - I woke before four again but instead of getting up, I thought I'd try the old trick of turning my electric blanket on very low. It worked well last winter and it worked again today. I warmed up and dropped off again and didn't wake until nearly seven. It's just as well I wasn't planning an early morning swim, isn't it? And I really do feel better for the extra sleep.
In fact, nothing much is planned until midday when I have my second session with my personal trainer, Lindsey. It'll be a lot more active and energetic this week, she has threatened, with less talk and more do. Eeeek!
Actually, I am quite looking forward to it in a slightly masochistic sort of way. It's slotting into my 'up my fitness levels' drive really well.
Another thing I think I might be looking forward to is an active holiday she plans once a year in Valencia. This year's one is next week and, obviously, I'm not going on that one, but then she starts taking bookings for the following year and I am seriously thinking of going. I know it's not everyone's cuppa but, as long as I can have a singe room, it could be mine!
It's four days 'all in', a mixture of activity (the hotel has a roof top pool and a gym so there's aqua as well as other 'classes' plus a bit of sightseeing and, a really good thing, the flight is from Stansted so, if there's no organised way to get there, I can take a bus.
I hate driving on the A120 around Bishops Stortford on the Stansted side. When it was a nice, friendly little local airport, it was so easy to get to but now it's so complicated, I just go through the town or round t'other way to get to Dad's. The few times I've gone the airport way, I've got thoroughly lost!
After Lindsey's session, there's a gap before tuition and then a shorter gap before Slimming World. So, lazy morning, rather more busy afternoon and evening.
The other thing I need to do today is plan the weekend meals at Dad's. Usually I work around what he's got in but this time I suggested I plan and get in what I need and he was more than happy to let me do this. I can go shopping after my swim tomorrow morning and before I set off so that will work really well.
First of all, though, I will just glance through my planning. I'm pretty sure I have more than enough materials ready but all through my life as a teacher I have had this dread of running out of work for my class. It's never happened and I could wing it if it did but . . .
Have a good day whatever you have planned for your life.