Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Tuesday

 Sadly I have had to ask one of my carers not to come any more.   We are at the stage of discussing about cutting down on how often they come.   I really must learn to be independent again.  But asking her to stop coming was prompted by the fact that she also goes into our local care home and there two members of staff have tested positive although her test came back negative.   I just cannot take the risk at this point in my recovery.   I am sad to have to say goodbye to her - she had become a real friend.

So I am coping alone in the evenings.   Last night was the first night and I coped well.   When I get my 'hostess trolley' with brakes I shall cope even better.

All traces of snow  have gone although there was a frost this morning.   Now, at a quarter to twelve, the sun is shining in a bright blue sky.   As usual I watched the thousands of rooks fly over from their rookery at day break as I ate my toast and then - joy of joys - a  - huge skein of geese flew over heading West.   Not sure what that means weather wise but it was a sight for sore eyes.

 

Isn't it strange what a day of sunshine can do?   It is not the middle of January yet and yet Spring is in the air today.   Tomorrow a band of snow is promised to cross us - that will drive away all thoughts of Spring - so I shall make the most of today.

Having finished my Book Group book (brilliant) I have now started another - 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens. It is another book about America and about the 'marsh girl' - fascinating stuff and top of the best seller list at the moment.

I shall now go and microwave my roast beef and yorkshire pud which my carer brought me this morning for my lunch.   Then I shall have a walk with Priscilla.   Have a good day.


27 comments:

Jennyff said...

Hey sun and blue skies have returned to us too, what a tonic for us all. The Crawdads is a wonderful read. I am currently trawling through the 650 pages of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna. I’m not particularly enjoying it but I’ve started so I’ll finish. Enjoy your lunch.

Leilani Schuck Weatherington said...

You are absolutely right about the sunshine, Weaver. Our sky has been gray for several days now. I would love to see some sun. Where the Crawdads Sing is an amazing book. An interesting "study" is to compare that with "The Great Alone" by Kristen Hannah.

The Feminine Energy said...

I think you were very wise in not having that carer come anymore. It really is NOT worth the risk. ~Andrea xoxo

Derek Faulkner said...

I rather suspect that you will miss her company and chat each day, more than what she actually helps you with.

Marcia LaRue said...

"Where the Crawdads Sing" is a wonderful read ... could not put it down!
You be careful going for a walk with your Priscilla ... we don't need you toppling over again!
Keeping ourselves safe is a priority now ... just as before and will be just as important AFTER we get our vaccine shots ... because some folks are refusing to get the shots! So ... they will keep us from feeling totally safe to go without a mask! Woe is me!!!
Enjoy your day the very best way you can!

Kim said...

We too are in for some sun today, though it is not yet 1000 here, you are far ahead of us in the west. Learning to cope is indeed important, just be careful...as indeed you are regarding COVID.

I too loved Where the Crawdads Sing. I have spent more time in our south than any other area, I am now just a bit north, but still in my beloved Valley and Ridge region. The sun and sky do so many wonderful things here, it seems a coloring book with such variety. But I still love the south, and will never call those delicious crawdads "crayfish". Language is funny, eh? Books are my friend right now, and podcasts, and even tv, which I eschewed while working.

Do take care, don't let Pricilla buck you off!

Gerry Snape said...

So sorry about the carer Pat..my granddaughter with SMA..has had the same problem. She can't take the risk of one bringing covid into her little bungalow. Much love.

Frugal in Essex said...

You are wise to keep yourself safe. I think it is down to us individually now to stay safe.

justjill said...

Why is the carer not having the jab? Mine has had her first today.

Mary said...

Oh yes, you must stay diligent - all of us must - whether having people in our homes or going out. Please take care Pat.
I'm reading an 'old timey' book currently, Elizabeth Goudge's "The Scent of Water".
I just need to remember more of my country childhood in Devon, and the better days after WWII. The present is horrific and dangerous, the future frightening. . . . .but the past, at least for me, was happy and beautiful. Ms. Goudge actually lived in a village close to mine for several years. Have you read her books?

Stay safe and well.

Librarian said...

We had a wonderful sunny day yesterday, and I was lucky in that I had no meetings scheduled for the afternoon. Instead, I took 1 1/2 hours off and went for a walk, enjoying every minute of it! It meant I had to work a little longer in the evening, but it was well worth that.

Today started with snow, turning into sleet and eventually rain. I still went out for a quick walk, I just get stir-crazy otherwise, after all day at a desk.

I am sure your carer understood your decision. But the question someone else here asked is valid - aren't care and medical staff the first ones to get the vaccine?

Ellen D. said...

Glad you are staying safe and being careful while you do more for yourself.
Well done!

JayCee said...

We had roast beef topside with yorkshire puddings on Sunday, with the leftovers last night. I hope you enjoyed yours.
Only 3C maximum here today. I hope you stay safe and warm. Take care.

wherethejourneytakesme2 said...

It is important to keep yourself safe Pat - hope you are coping OK.

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy "Where The Crawdads Sing" as much as I did, especially the unexpected (at least by me) ending.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I read the "Crawdads" book recently - not the sort of thing that usually attracts me but I found it very addictive, reading till 3 am to get it finished!

Bonnie said...

I will be interested in hearing what you think of "Where the Crawdads Sing". It is on my list of books to read although I have not read it yet. The title alone reminds me of my youth when I lived in the south and spent many happy hours playing in the creeks and sometimes collecting crawdads for a bit before letting them go. I know the book is not really about crawdads but I believe some of it is about the world of nature that many love so much.

You are wise to not take any chances with exposure to the virus. Maybe you can still maintain your friendship with this carer through occasional phone calls. Testing out having only one person a day come to help you is a good way to see how much you have advanced in your healing. I am continually amazed by your abilities to cope and move forward. You are an inspiration for all of us.

Susan said...

Sounds like you are really coming along. I bet your carer liked her visits with you too but you have done the wise thing.

Heather said...

I love the way that geese call to each other while they are in flight.
It must give you such a lift to know that you can begin to cut down your visits from carers, however pleasant they are. I remember when nurses used to come to my husband - we had our favourites among them, but they were all very good.
It was ridiculously mild this morning. I went out well wrapped up as usual and arrived home boiling hot! I actually opened the windows to get more fresh air. More of the same would be nice but I think winter hasn't done with us just yet.

Rachel Phillips said...

I would like to hear the feedback on the book when you "see" your bookclub people and discuss it. I am interested in the opinions of the group.

Tom Stephenson said...

God, yes. The weather makes such a difference.

Joanne Noragon said...

We had a grey day today. Glad the sun shined on you. Tell us about Priscilla tomorrow.

Bea said...

It's unfortunate that you have to say goodbye to one of your carers, but it makes sense that you do so.

Our skies have been wet and gray of late. I'm near to missing blue skies.

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Cro Magnon said...

You were right to play safe, we must all do the same. I only leave home once a week. On Tuesday mornings I go shopping, and arrive at my supermarket at opening time (8.30 am) when there are still very few people around. I wouldn't go if there were crowds around.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all for your varied comments. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Crawdads book and I thoroughly recommend it for a good read. As to the Tracey Chevalier book - yes I will indeed report back on what my book group think to it; She is certainly a good story teller.
I am sorry indeed to have to say gooddbye to my carer but I can't take the risk - Covid is now everywhere up here - we have managed to escape it so far but suddenly it is everywhere.

Stay safe one and all.

Bovey Belle said...

We have had some sunny days recently, but back to rain again now - but very much warmer - which is a relief as the Removal men are here and we need the doors and windows open.

What a shame you had to let one of your carers go, but I fully understand you cannot take the risk of having her bring Covid to you. We have our groceries delivered weekly, and otherwise only go when necessary, to our local PO/shop where you are allowed in just one at a time.

I must look out for that Crawdads book. I am currently reading one by Joy Ellis on my Kindle at the moment - Beware the Past, which has me wanting to read it at top speed but sadly moving gets in the way! I downloaded (free) two more books from Amazon Prime, West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge - the first few pages look promising. Also The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice.