Some days go better than others I find, do you? Somehow today, with a perseverence, I have managed to achieve quite a lot in spite of having had a bad night's sleep last night and being tired today. You could almost say I had been kept awake by a pain in my little finger - well my index finger actually. I am slowly getting arthritis in my hands and at present it is affecting my index finger on my right hand.
But today I was determined, with the help of my very capable Carer, to get the 'things to do' pile reduced. The first job was to get the New year sticker on to my Green Bin for garden refuse collection - not needed to be on until February 22nd but I don't want to forget where I have put it, so best on the bin. My Carer had the bin wiped clean, the old sticker removed and new one on in no time. And while she was out there she unlocked my car, started the engine (first twist) and left it running for a quarter of an hour to warm it up. Then she came in and got my Flahavan's porridge - delicious - and my round of toast and marmalade and while I was eating it she did about a dozen other jobs.
She brought in my wallet from the car so that I could look when my MOT expired - I had my first one on this car last ye ar. I couldn't find the MOT anywhere but luckily friends S and T called and later S looked it up on her computer and let me know the details. Her computer skills are brilliantcompared with my feeble efforts. It had expired last week so my next job was to book it in with a local garage for a service and MOT - that done for next Thursday and another job ticked off. Closely followed by booking a taxi for Tuesday morning to take me to see the nurse at our Medical Centre for Blood Pressure and Heart checks. By ten o'clock all these jobs were done and ticked off on my list - and I felt good.
One last job was to wait for the arrival of my new trolley with trays and brakes. It has been on order for three weeks. It arrived late this afternoon and I feel much safer using one with brakes. Now my next list starts as on Monday I need to ring to ask them to collect my old trolley without brakes. But isn't there something satisfying about ticking things off on a list?
My Carer brought me a lunch again today - Scotch egg with cole slaw, salad and a cheese slaw. I cooked four new potatoes in the microwave for four minutes and then had a really delicious lunch. How lucky I am to get such delicious meals. Puds are usually either banana, orange or a dozen green grapes. Some days I have half a dozen soft apricots and half a dozen brazil nuts.
This evening I watched the last episode of Rick Stein in France - a repeat but I have enjoyed it just as much second time around. Then it was Monty Don's American Gardens for an hour ending up tonight in New Orleans - what beautiful gardens he showed us. Altogether not a bad day with the satisfaction of a few jobs done.