Wednesday, 8 April 2020

20 in 20 March Update

Well I had no idea when I made this plan that a huge curveball was going to be thrown into the mix.  We'll all certainly remember 2020.  Life is vastly different at the moment.  I debated about doing this update as March saw the Corona virus starting to spread rapidly and measures put in place to curb it.

But keeping to a routine during these times is important so here's the March update:

1. Fill out weekly/daily planner
I'm still keeping this up and it's more important than ever at the moment to help with organising meals and cleaning routines.


2. Garden projects: Get window boxes for front garden plus big planters. Stepping stones for rear garden.
I've done the window boxes in the front garden but of course we're not doing any new projects as we (were) trying to move.  Now the gardener can't come I will have to keep everything under control.


3. Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal/outing)
Well our dates now consist of a daily walk together while it's still allowed.  I think I might have to get a bit more inventive.


4. Eat at 6 new-to-me restaurants
With restaurants closed for the foreseeable future this might not get completed any time soon.


5. Complete the A – Z blogging challenge
A work in progress! 

6. Plan Family weekend for my birthday
Well at this rate all we'll be doing is co-ordinating a time to have a "house party" on the internet.  I can't see the lockdown ending anytime soon.

 

7. Take up an exercise class
Well I might if I could!  Yes I know you're probably all shouting "what about all the online ones?"  but I really can't find the motivation right now.


8. Plan a road trip/holiday with hubby.
Hopefully one day!


9. Visit the beach
At some point!


10. Complete my reading challenge (52 books for the year)
I struggled to concentrate on reading last month but I did manage to finish 4 books so I'm still on track for this. Full details can be found on my Goodreads page here.


11. Keep a gratitude diary
March was not a good month for this.  I need to focus on it more!



12. Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes)
March was quite a good month in terms of the number of posts.  But then we have had a lot of time on our hands.


13. Take a photo each week and blog about it.
Going to plan.

 
14. Read 12 books on my TBR pile.
No progress on this during March.


15. Finish knitting WIP (blanket of squares)
Still not finished the WIP but now I've started knitting another blanket!  The fact that I'm knitting is a plus for me.


16. Try out a new recipe or do a bake each month 

Not in March!  ❌

17. Visit/see Noah every month
We haven't seen him since 29th February.  They were supposed to be here at the end of March for Nathan's birthday but of course that didn't happen.  Who knows when we'll see them next but at least we can keep in touch thanks to technology.


18. Get damp treatment done in house
Hopefully this will be a non-starter now that we've decided to move but if we have to wait too long for a buyer we may just have to get this done anyway.

19. Maintain weight
Well despite being stressed I've actually managed this one.  I think one thing that's helped is that we've switched dinner from being an evening meal, often quite late, to being an afternoon meal and then we'll just have a snack later.


20. Be kind to myself. Whilst I think it's good to set myself challenges sometimes life gets in the way or I just have days where I really can't be bothered. I need to accept this and not be hard on myself when things don't go to plan.
I'm definitely doing this at the moment!





G is for Garden (A-Z Challenge 2020)



In January of this year my hubby and I decided that it was time to move on to the next stage of our lives and move house.  I deliberated long and hard about whether it was a good move to take part in the A-Z Challenge this year (pun intended) given that we could be very busy, but decided on balance that having something to focus on might not be a bad idea.  Of course the decision on a theme was much easier to make – Moving House!  


Then Covid-19 put a stop to any ideas of moving so I’ve had to regroup and rethink my posts.  Which means I’m not as prepared as I’d liked to have been but here goes:


G is for Garden

We currently have a nice garden.  It's quite a good size - not too large but not small and, thanks to the input from a couple of gardeners over time, it's actually looking lovely, especially now when things are starting to bloom.

Obviously when looking at houses we're also looking at gardens.  But, to be perfectly honest I'm not really a gardener.  I'll do what needs doing, but I'm not an enthusiast like some people are. 

Realistically we need a garden that's easy to manage.  Not a project.  But we do need some sort of outside space.  We viewed one house that had the most boring garden I think I've seen.  It was square with a high fence all around and a patterned tiled floor and just a few plants in raised planters around the perimeter.   The house was quite nice but I just couldn't have coped with the garden or rather lack of it. 

Another house had no fence down one side - the owners said they owned both houses but would reinstate the fence before completion.  The house had been on the market for a while so why not just sort the fence out?  Although there were a lot of other things that needed sorting out with the house too which range a few alarm bells.

For now I'm just enjoying our own garden, particularly as we can't get out the same way and thankfully the weather has been co-operating!

How important is your garden?

 

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

20 in 20 - Weekly Photo #14 - 5/4/20


Well I'm managing to keep up with this task so far.  This is one I took yesterday after finally completing the puzzle:


I've always enjoyed puzzles - not just jigsaws but any sort of puzzle really.  Of course at the moment there is lots of time available for doing these things. 

We have several WhatsApp groups amongst our extended families and puzzles are being shared daily.  Some are easier than others but my regular readers will know I love a challenge.

I was happy to have completed this one but very frustrated:



There's a piece missing!  The puzzle was bought at a Jumble Trail last year so I can't be too cross.  And I have plenty more puzzles to do.  One advantage is that the more I complete during this lockdown the less there will be to take to a new house as I'm planning to donate the completed ones to a charity shop when things get back to normal.


F is for Furniture (A-Z Challenge 2020)



In January of this year my hubby and I decided that it was time to move on to the next stage of our lives and move house.  I deliberated long and hard about whether it was a good move to take part in the A-Z Challenge this year (pun intended) given that we could be very busy, but decided on balance that having something to focus on might not be a bad idea.  Of course the decision on a theme was much easier to make – Moving House!  


Then Covid-19 put a stop to any ideas of moving so I’ve had to regroup and rethink my posts.  Which means I’m not as prepared as I’d liked to have been but here goes:


F is for Furniture

Furniture is another thing to consider when moving.  Will my existing furniture fit in the new house and if it does fit will it look ok?

We have quite a lot of furniture – most of the bedrooms have freestanding furniture in them, although our bedroom has built in wardrobes.  We also have built in units and shelving in our lounge and other rooms.

When looking at a property we’ll need to consider what will be able to go with us and what we might need to buy or even discard.

If the purchase of the property we liked had gone through much of our furniture would have been able to go with us but we would have needed to look at how we stored a lot of our stuff and we'd need wardrobes or built in units made for the master bedroom.  I think our 2 sofas would have been too big in the lounge of the new house.  Assuming they went through the front door and hallway! 
Another thing to consider further down the line.  Removal companies are usually pretty good at getting things through small gaps around awkward corners etc.  Whether they will work with the current d├ęcor is another matter. 

Whereever we end up going we’d need to get in and settled first and then work out a plan!

Now thanks to Covid-19 most of my planning revolves around meals and shopping.  I'm quite enjoying this challenge though.  Keeps the brain ticking over.  How are you coping with this situation?