Do you have what I call 'frazzled' days? Days when everything takes twice as long to do as usual and the harder you try to be 'normal' the more you feel the opposite? Well today has been 'one of those days'. Perhaps it is me. Perhaps things are just as usual but my brain has decided not to process anything, to have a day off.
It started badly. My carer kindly gives a good clean through for me once a month and I agreed with her that I would this month clean everything at waist height (it is dangerous for me to stretch up or bend down as my balance is bad). I have really enjoyed it and have discovered muscles I had forgotten I had. I have polished all the furniture, wiped all window sills, cleaned the hob, cleaned the top of the kitchen units, tidied the bookshelves. Not all in one day I hasten to add - it has taken me a good week doing a bit, sitting down a bit and then doing a bit more.
Last night, to be sure, I made certain the vaccuum cleaner was fully charged. Luckily she brought her own because mine lasted all of five minutes (it is a twenty minute one). We had a good look at it, we consulted my son, we decided I needed a new one. My son consulted on line when we found mine refused to charge. Ten minutes after my carer had gone having used her own to finish the carpets, I plugged mine in for a last try before ordering a new one - it worked perfectly and merrily charged for two hours before saying it was fully charged again. We now will wait and see.
Then I tried to deal with an insurace which is due for renewal and I needed to telephone to confirm that I wished to renew. I got out all the documents and made a note of the questions I wanted to ask- rang the number only to be told that number was unobtainable. I looked in my file and tried various numbers (the company has recently changed hands) until after almost an hour of searching eventually I got the right number. They apologised profusely - they had typed the renewal on the old company notepaper in error! Then of course I had to sort all the papers I had had out of the file into the right order before sorting them in again.
Then trying to add to my supermarket order which comes tomorrow - many things were unobtainable - coffee, my favourite beetroot(to which I am addicted), my favourite coleslaw. So I had to search through and find alternatives. Then half way through adding them to whole thing went off and I had to start again.
The last straw came this afternoon when I wrote the cheque for the insurance renewal, put a stamp on the envelope and thought I would relax by walking across the road in the sunshine (yes it is a lovely sunny day here), then I couldn't find the letter I had just written and stamped. I retraced my steps from my desk - reciting to myself where I had been. To take my mind off it I emptied the tumble drier and folded the towels, took the pipe out of the window and closed it, bent down to put the pipe out of the way - there was the letter. The breeze from the open garage window had blown it on to the floor. It is now a quarter past four and I am doing nothing more today - I am frazzled!!