Well now, my dear, it’s lovely to speak with you again, and would you believe that it’s the 4th January 2020 already. The last time I checked in it was New Year’s Eve, and somehow I’ve blinked and lost four days!
Christmas and New Year was very pleasant – in fact, much better than I expected – but it is rather good to get back to normal. I still have some decorations to take down and I want to read all my cards again so I’ll deal with those things during the weekend.
The workmen who were here before Christmas haven’t started again, but when I rang Head Office to ask about progress, the person I spoke to was rather sharp with me and commented that they were entitled to their Christmas break and wouldn’t be restarting until Monday 6th January. Now that seems rather a long holiday to me, but what do I know? Apparently I’m just a silly old woman who should mind her own business! Not that she phrased it quite that way, but that was certainly the inference.
So, just at the moment I don’t have any news to report about the work here. Alex has been in touch with me several times and it would appear that the building work at the site around the corner is motoring on apace. Horses for courses – the workmen there have been working for the majority of the Christmas break. Having said that, I believe that there is some sort of productivity bonus on offer, if the building work is completed by a certain date. I must admit, an incentive is a good idea – the amount paid out in bonuses is bound to be less than the amount of money saved by completing the work ahead of time.
I really must take a look round the site in a couple of weeks and see how close to completion they are by that time. It’s quite exciting – well, it is to me, but I don’t get much that excites me!! Who am I trying to convince – actually it’s been lovely to have a quiet couple of weeks where nothing has happened. Well, yes Christmas happened, but you know what I mean.
I’ve had several conversations with Mrs. M, who is returning here next week. It will be lovely to see her again. There are occasions when she is rather “full-on” but on the whole I enjoy her company. Apparently, she’s had a wonderful time in Edinburgh with Bertie and his wife, but rather like me, has missed her own flat and having her belongings around her. It’s all very well going away, but “there’s no place like home” and that is so true.
I’ve been trying to arrange for Teddy to come round when Alex is here so that we can discuss a few things, but she had to go away at rather short notice when a relative was taken ill and Teddy volunteered to go and look after her. Of course she took Harry with her – however, I believe she is coming back over the weekend, so hopefully after she’s caught her breath we can fix a meeting together. I think it may be next weekend, as she is due back at work on Monday and knowing her luck, there is bound to be a backlog of cases waiting for her to deal with them. There are certain things which are dealt with immediately, but she will probably have loads of paperwork to read and sign off.
I have had a couple of visits from Giselle which has been lovely. She has popped in after she has dropped some pastries off at The Roasted Bean. I haven’t been over there for a little while, but perhaps later in the week I may have an opportunity to go, possibly with Georgie. Talking about Georgie, I’m pleased to tell you that Billy is now better, and they are both beginning to think about the wedding. I think that Georgie and I need to go clothes shopping in the next couple of weeks. If we leave it much longer we won’t find anything, or else it will need a huge amount of altering, and something is bound to go wrong!
I’ll update you with the wedding arrangements later in the week. I think everything is coming together now, but we really need to choose our outfits. I really want us to buy an outfit each which isn’t likely to be chosen by any of the guests. It’s not as easy as you may think without spending an absolute fortune – which quite frankly, my dear, isn’t on the agenda! It’s only a few short weeks until the wedding, and as we all know this kind of thing seems to be a long time in the future until you check your diary and see that it’s only a couple of months away,
Right then, I better go and make another cup of tea and decide what I’m going to have for lunch today. I promise I won’t leave it as long next time. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx