And a Happy New Year…

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

Published by Jan

I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

Join the Conversation


    1. Happy New Year to you, Jane – that reminds me – I have only just started thinking about the wedding cake, and I wondered whether that is something you may undertake? I don’t think I’ve heard anything about you making wedding cakes, but of course, I could have missed it!! xx

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jane – I have moved forward with this, and have a slightly different suggestion for you. Of course, you’ll need to read my next post to find out what it is?….. sorry xx


  1. Happy New Year to you, it’s lovely to hear from you. I know what you mean about losing four days, they just seem to have disappeared without trace.
    It looks as though you’ve got some good things to look forward to, the return of Mrs M and shopping for wedding outfits will both be exciting won’t they, as well as catching up with Teddy.
    I don’t there’s anything odd about the workmen not returning to work until Monday, there’s lots of people round here and that I know farther afield that won’t be either. Obviously the service sector, and retail have to return earlier, but it seems many people have had an extended holiday.
    I’m looking forward to hearing more about the wedding preparations as well as the other developments you are teasing us with.x


    1. Frances – Happy New Year – perhaps, as you live in a fairly rural location building firms have slightly extended holidays. However, many local firms here have worked on Thursday and Friday. It is possible that it depends on each organisation and whether the work is urgent. I just felt that leaving us without security cameras and some of the lights in the corridors wouldn’t have been ideal. It’s probably me, and I’m getting a little grouchy in my old age.
      I’m looking forward to moving forward with the wedding plans too. Me – teasing you – never, it just wouldn’t happen!! xx


      1. I don’t think you’re getting grouchy, just fed up with poor security, lack of communication and general incompetence. I would be too. X


      2. Frances – that’s true – and I don’t think we’re quite as tolerant about some things when we are older. If someone says they will do something – I really do expect them to do it and in a timely fashion. xx


  2. Happy New Year to you Jan. Such a build up to Christmas and before you know it it’s all over and we are making our way through January. I’m not surprised about the builders not working – I think a lot of trades people take two whole weeks off for Christmas. So you will soon have Mrs M back I hope you have stocked up on shortbread!!!! Exciting times ahead shopping for wedding outfits with Georgie. You’ve also got to catch up with Teddy – so quite a busy time ahead Jan.


    1. Hi Maggie – I’m pleased that you had a good Christmas. It’s funny though, that although it’s lovely being with family, you get used to having your own routine. I understand that you are playing a waiting game, but even so, when you’re with other people, including family, they don’t always do things the way you would choose. Yes, builders and various other trades do seem to take a good couple of weeks off at Christmas. I’m sure their families appreciate having them at home. Lots of things ahead, and the time will quickly pass. xx


Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Cakes, Bakes and Simple Suppers

An Everyday Recipe Book


The strange events in and around a retirement complex

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: