Good morning, everyone and welcome to happy Friday (I'm happy, anyway!)
It's a fine morning, not wet or anything and it doesn't feel too chilly either. Yesterday started off the same although by around four it was raining quite hard.
Yesterday turned out quite busy in the end.
It started off with my booked swim at the gym at seven. It was great - there were around seven people in the pool at busiest and by the time I'd done my half hour, there were just three of us. I decided to work quite hard so was buzzing by the time I got out - I enjoyed it so much!
Then it was home for a coffee, a hot shower and hair wash and then back into town.
I parked in the same car park (because it's free) and walked on into town where I picked up my prescription and then set off on a bit of a shop trawl.
Everyone I was was wearing face covering, everyone was smiley and very polite with lots of 'after you'/'no, after you' exchanges which made for a very pleasant time while walking around.
However, and this surprised me very much indeed, the service in the shops was appalling. Well, maybe not as bad as that but it's usually really good and yesterday . . .
In Boots, picking up my prescription, I and another person had to wait for ages (well, a good ten minutes) while the person who was at the counter dithered around doing other stuff and having what looked like chats to the others in the pharmacy area.
Then I popped into M&S, known for good service, and they had two people on the relevant tills and a great queue of people waiting to pay (including me). They also seemed really slow and it took a long time.
We have a Debenhams in town and I like it although I rarely use it (which, I gather, is a problem Debenhams is having generally) as it never seems to have quite what I'm looking for. However, there was a clothes sale on so I went in and got lucky with a very pretty dress, reduced from sixty something pounds to just over twenty which seems very good value. The ladies clothing floor was quite busy and people had lots of garments over their arms but there was just one (one!!! In that big area) paying desk and, again, slow service and long queues. It was quite hard to find and they didn't seem to have many assistants around to ask either.
To be fair, everyone was most courteous and it wasn't their fault there weren't many of them and, also to be fair, the service in The White Company and on Copenhagen was as good as it always is.
What did I buy. Well, more than I should have, probably.
In M&S I got a couple of bras in the next cup size down (woo hoo!!!)
In Debenhams, I bought that dress.
In The White Company I treated myself to some of their wickedly expensive but absolutely lovely room sprays. A little goes a long way so it's not quite as spendthrift as it sounds and they are so gorgeous.
And in Copenhagen I bought (don't laugh) a carrot sharpener!
After all that I decided to be very, very well behaved and not go to Lakeland! Also, I was getting tired by then.
Once home, I had lunch and then, rather reluctantly, headed off to the garage. Oh, the mess!! It was a case of getting the bin and recycling box round to the back and just taking one thing at a time. So I did and I reckon I got well over half of it sorted. There are some big boxes that need cutting up for the cardboard sack and some very old jamjars that need to go into the glass recycling as well as some wicker baskets that Beth can use so I'll take them round next week. I found a few treasures. Either Beth or Dave's old teddy - no way he's going in the bin - and some Clothkits - grey corduroy trousers, size 12/14 so they will probably work fine for me and a pretty white blouse age 5 - 6 so no idea how I can use that but no way is it getting chucked, not Clothkits. Maybe Beth can sell it on eBay.
I'd like to have properly finished but got weary of making decisions and fed up of the dust so I'll carry on next week. Really, there's not a lot left to do now and Kevin will be able to see clearly what I need taking and disposing of.
Then I will get the units and Beth and I can put them together.
And I will have a tidy garage, probably for the first time in my life. LOL
Today is much easier.
I was booked for a swim at seven but, after four organised blocks of exercise Monday through to Thursday and I did push things more in yesterday's swim, I'm feeling a bit achey this morning so I cancelled that and will just do the 'homework' Lindsey has set me to do.
I have to tidy up for the cleaners, pack for the weekend and Chris is coming round for a chat later on this morning.
Then I'm off to Dad's for the weekend.
As always, I may or may not post over the weekend but I'll be back on Monday anyway.
Stay warm, safe and happy. xx