Monday, 31 January 2022

Business affairs day

My heart sinks at the very word but I knew I had to do some 'office' stuff this morning.   First I had to arrange to go down to Hear and Now, the hearing clinic where I bought my new hearing aids (they are brilliant incidentally)  It all has to be tied in with the taxi service who take me down to Ripon and first of all they said they couldn't do it but then rang back to rearrange it - so now I am able to go..  So that is one tick on my list.    Then I had to rearrange a visit to my doctor - I need to see her to discuss my legs and whether or not I shall soon need a wheelchair.   That was soon ticked off.   Then I decided I would up my Times subscription to include Sundays - always a dull day for me so why not fill it with a Times, like I do all other days - that's another tick.   Then two bills came this morning -cheques made out and put into envelopes and ready to post- so I can forget about them.   All this took me all morning when it would once have taken me an hour at the most to do the lot.   Best not to think about it - too depressing.

After very strong winds all week end  there is still wind this morning but it is on the wane and it has been another very sunny day so not a lot of central heating needed - cooling down now though at four in the afternoon.   I am one of those who still enjoy Antiques Road Trip - not so much for the Antiques as the road trip bit.   So after this it is get a sandwich ready so that by four-thirty I can sit down with a sandwich and a pot of tea, all blinds drawn, heating on, all hatches battened down because we are in the inbetween time when by the time the sixo'clock News comes on all is settled for the night.   Then all that remains is to decide whether or not to listen to Boris's excuses (probably not).  See you tomorrow. Sleep well.

26 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It's always good to get the "office work" done.
From what I remember of watching the Antiques Road Trip when I was caring for my mother, it's charmingly entertaining if a little predictable in its format. Not as predictable as Boris's excuses and evasiveness though.

JayCee said...

I always feel very relieved when I have finally completed all my "office" stuff and the desk looks clear and tidy again.

Derek Faulkner said...

Congrats on arranging a visit to your doctor, around here it's almost impossible to get anybody at the surgery to answer a phone, let alone arrange an appointment. I just put up with my medical problems now, when they occur.
As a Tory voter and after watching Boris talking about the Gray report in the Commons just now, all I can say is, is that the man has got so much front, to be guilty of so much and yet talk circles around what he should now be doing.
Been a very sunny but very cold day in strong NW winds.

Helen said...

No matter your status ... you always manage to leave us with smiles on our faces.
Cheers.

Anne Brew said...

You tick off jobs, I run a line through the item on the list.
Both extremely satisfying! x

Sue in Suffolk said...

Which reminds me that we are well into the year and I've not sorted out the paperwork folder from last year. Better get that done

Rachel Phillips said...

Why would you want to discuss whether you need a wheelchair or not? I don't understand. Either you do or you don't, you should know. We got my mother one for occasional use and we decided with her that she needed it. We didn't have to ask a doctor.

Heather said...

Those 'admin' tasks are a pest but so satisfying when all is up to date.
Luckily for me I am still comfortable with my stroller though I do wish I'd paid for a better one. I have a feeling that I will want a sturdier one before long, but it does carry almost a week's shopping in it's bag and basket, and sometimes another bag hanging from one handle.
A bit breezy and a bit chilly here but no frost, so nothing to complain about.

Debby said...

Oh, the January blahs have got you but good! I'm looking for that good old Weaver pluckiness. I'm sorry that you are discouraged.

Anonymous said...

Rachel, why do you have to be so abrasive and nasty? Most of the time, people ask themselves rhetorical questions but you seem to take everything literally. Please, stop being so rude. Weaver, you are doing great. I hope to be as 'with it' as you are when I reach my 80s. I'm not in my 80s yet, but I'm still facing down some medical problems which, YES Rachel, I will need to discuss with my doctor to ascertain the way forward. I think it is evening right now where you are, Weaver, so have yourself a nice evening.

Sandy in the USA

vic said...

Well, Rachel maybe you have to be at a certain level of disability to qualify for a wheelchair otherwise you have to pay for it out of pocket. Could make a difference to one's pocketbook. A Dr's authorization might make it possible or not.

marlane said...

My Mum has a "mobility scooter" she is 94.

Susan said...

You keep as busy as the rest of us. It certainly does feel good to get all the paperwork completed. Managing health and wellness is also important and you do this impeccably well too.
The days are pulling out and on Thursday it is predicted to be 40 degrees. Relief from the cold will be greatly appreciated.

Rachel Phillips said...

No abrasion or nasty Anonymous just talking to my friend and asking her a direct question. She will understand. If she doesn't after all these years then that will be a rummun.

Joanne Noragon said...

I mopped the walker marks off the bathroom floor. All morning. I can't believe how long anything takes me these days.

Hilde said...

I quite like the paperwork part of office work, but I hate telephone calls. So I try to do as much as possible either by e-mail or by going there in person, if possible. Do you realy still write cheques? I think I haven´t seen one for the last twenty years. Here it is either online banking or transfer at the nearest branch of your bank. Which usually isn´t near any longer. And it will cost an extra fee.
Hilde in Germany

the veg artist said...

I can see that a wheelchair could make for easier outings, less tiring for you, but I suppose it has to be balanced with the risk of losing the mobility you do have. It is worth asking whether you can borrow one first - health services and charities often have aids that have been returned, that they can lend out.

Librarian said...

I am with Hilde there - haven't seen a cheque in decades, everything here is done via online banking. But whereas Hilde's nearest branch of bank is not near anymore, I am lucky in that I live so close to the town centre; we still have plenty of branches of our local bank dotted around the suburbs, and the main office a 10-minute walk from me.

Your mention of a wheelchair and wanting to discuss your legs with your doctor makes me hope you will be given the advise to keep going for as long as you can, and with Priscilla for company, your (almost) daily walks are certainly not doing you any harm?

Rachel Phillips said...

Wheelchairs can be a useful asset for when taken out by someone on a treat. My mother's was a fold-up travel one that we sometimes took with us in the car. It did not mean she suddenly had to use the wheelchair all the time. I hope for Weave there is some help in this respect too.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Letmwjust say one thing - Rachel and I have been Blog mates for many years - we have never met' but we comminicate regularly and I value her oppinion -we think along the same lines most of the time - when we don't we say so, have a disagreement and then get back on track again. I never take Rachel's remarks as 'nasty' -never met in the flesh - wish we could.


Thanks for commenting. It is not a case of not affording a wheelchair - I am happy to fork out for one - it is a case that it would discourage me from walking and that may be a bad idea.

Derek Faulkner said...

If it was me I'd walk for as long as I could, you know dam well that once you stop, that is it.
A travel wheelchair such as Rachel mentions would be a good idea if there was someone to take you out in a car fairly regularly.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I walk round the estate with Priscilla - a kind of travelling wheelchair - she folds for travelling in a boot and then I can walk with her and she has a chair - it is the next stage to this I am considering. A near neighbour has MS and is wheelchair bound chat to her about it

Gerry Snape said...

I sorted out a tool box from my studio this morning...threw a bit away and put the rest back...what a great feeling..I must do some more...though the energy needed means I'll wait a couple of days...well done Pat with the office stuff.

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Mary said...

Life is too short, and right now too messy for almost everyone on the planet! We really thought life would be back to a more normal phase by now - hasn't happened though. However, we lucky people who blog - and those who may not have a blog but kindly take the time to comment - have this special lifeline where we can come together, share our lives, thoughts, words, photos, and really wonderful friendships despite perhaps never actually meeting in person. Let's keep this modern version of "Pen Pals" fun, no long distance fighting or put downs - if necessary argue in private in an email, but think twice before doing that too!
. . . . . . I repeat "life is too short."

Pat, will be thinking of you as you make necessary mobility changes perhaps - but know you will be fine and not firing trusty Priscilla for some time yet!!!

Hugs - stay well and warm.
Mary -

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes Mary I do agree - I get enormous pleasure out of my blog- more I would guess than anyone else. It makes me communicate, it makes me think of something to write abote - it makesme keep in touch. Where would I be without it? I hate to think.