Saturday 4 April 2020

Project 366 week 14

Been a horrible week news wise, a child dying alone because of the rules the NHS have to have in place, and then the funeral with no direct family who could attend...such a heart breaking time for any family. Doctors being forced to chose who lives and who dies.

The setting up of the arenas to double as hospitals really hits home how bad they think it will get, lets hope they are wrong

I have been pondering over making up two hospital grab bags in case things go wrong as there is no getting anything to you after you are admitted. I see you are being encouraged to make sure you have a phone charger with you as it will be the only means of being in contact with your family.

I see all the small local shops now have perspex barriers at the checkouts to help protect staff.

Despite everything the time still seems to be flying by.


My first Sunday shift back at work since September, only four hrs as used the last two hours of my holidays. Managing fine at work although it is getting chaotic with various changes put in place due to things changing daily. It is times like this I am glad I am not a Manager or a Supervisor.

Home via DD3's doorstep and a talk to her over her balcony. She had managed to get me two loaves when she got her own shopping.

Helped hubby out with some bits and pieces in the garden, got my uniforms washed and out on the washing line, and walked the dog in the evening. Hubby has filled in the rectangles he built with friend late last year and popped the pets trees on there. He also spent time creating a carrot patch which is part of the potato patch. Has put chip stones down in front of the middle shed as it floods every time it rains.


A morning walk with the dog to post Kim's parcel.
Made some rice pudding in the slow cooker to use up the last of my black bananas, bananas go quite nice in a rice pudding, give it a try before you say yuck.

Finished off another prem baby item, a dress this time.


A phone call to GP as I am still coughing with a drop in peak flow evenings and over night. He decided a course of steroids was the best course to take but said the prescription would take a few days to get through the system, but as I always have an emergency supply at home meant I could start the tablets I have and will pick the other ones up later on this week.

This then left me with the dilemma as we now have three levels at work for our own protection.  The red for clear off home and dont come back for twelve weeks. This states anybody taking steroids of more than twenty mg, my dose is 30, for short term should not be working. I had to clarify this with occ health as it does not say what short term translates as. Thankfully they came back and told me seven days or more so as I only have five days currently I can keep working. Last thing I need is another twelve weeks off work.

Took dog down the woods for a walk, must have seen six other people while we were out, some in the distance and three we passed with  more than 6 ft between us.You use to be able to go down here and never meet anybody but about the only place to go without a car from here so it is getting busier.

Doing more miles on my exercise bike and some cross stitching.  Started watching What Remains on BBCi player last night and finished it this afternoon, only four episodes in it with lots of red herrings and twists and turns. An enjoyable watch. Big issue is so much on there does not have the subtitles on it despite the programmes being shown with them, and hubby always uses subtitles so watching some of these programmes by myself.

When a decomposed body is discovered in a loft, Detective Len Harper begins to question the residents of the flats. Who was she and why had nobody noticed she'd disappeared?

Had a Facebook call from Ziggy who showed me her new puppy and her new bedroom. Quite difficult to see when you get the camera about an inch off what she is showing you but was nice to see her and hear her voice.


1st April, my blog turns ten on Sunday, so did a daft April Fool giveaway, that really is not such a daft prize currently. You can enter here.

Was going to leave shopping till the end of the week or start of next week but by then I will be more at risk due to the steroids. So decided to go today before they kick in too much.
Was going to do a freezer shop as well but managed to get mince, chicken and lots of reduce price sausages in Sainsbury. Still needing to queue round the block but moved in quite quickly. You no longer pick your trolley up from outside as they are steam sterilising them and handing them to customers. I had gloves on regardless.

A walk round the block with the dog. Home for a sleep as I was knackered. Not sure if it is the lack of sleep and a sore throat from coughing but just do not feel right. With two days of steroids in me I should be buzzing.

Had food in the fridge but could not be bothered cooking, was 7pm before I realised what the time was. So we toast and the other half of last nights tin of spaghetti.

My total mileage for the #walk1000miles as of Tuesday night now sits at 458.11 miles. Since the lockdown a lot of this is made up of exercise bike miles. Just over 160 miles last month. Nearly half way to the 1000.


Needed to tackle the fresh meat I had bought. The sausages just got popped into the freezer still in their packets. The chicken got split into two, I chopped all of it into chunks, coated it all in egg and then half in seasoned flour and half in seasoned bread crumbs. Now in four bags in the freezer. Somehow this morning managed to break the spindle part on my food processor, not really complaining won it from another blog giveaway nearly seven years ago, but had masses of vegetable peeled by this point  so I borrowed one from my lovely  next door neighbour that has sat in her cupboard for a number of years unused.  I swapped it for a piping hot bowl of bacon, lentil, carrot and leek soup that I had made
I turned half the mince into meat loaf to do hubby some meals and the rest into mince and tatties for me. Added dough balls to the slow cooker for me for tonight.
Also used a bag of chicken drumsticks that I had, cooked them first, then used the stock with a pile of veg and potatoes to make chicken stew. Love the flavour of drumsticks but not a big lover of the hassle of picking the meat off the bone while still hot on the plate, way to much bother. So cooled them and them pulled the meat off and freezer that is well ready to appear another night. Freezer now well filled for any emergency, well apart from a power cut. Just feel forward planning is so much more economical that convenience foods but still convenient.

Here are the three trees for the pets.


Set up my second celebratory giveaway, this time for a set of 3D Pop Up plywood models designed to help keep the children busy on lockdown. Had hoped to have more giveaways running, ten for ten years would have been nice but the others I was offered were tickets for various events on over the Summer that will no longer be happening.

Still feeling yucky but nothing specific I can out my finger on.

Got a message yesterday from the BBC, they had picked up on a picture I had put on their Facebook page when they had asked what we had done with our time in isolation.,of the rug I shared last week,  and wanted to share it on the tv. They also shared the fact somebody else had commented on the same post that she was "struggling with being all alone" and that she "had never felt so unloved in all her life." Her husband was checking in on her when he could but that had been her only contact,   So me being me I had pm'd her for a while, we exchanged phone numbers and I have called her a few times. It is nice to be nice and I think we could all do with some kindness in the current climate.

video share with permission from Ian Griffiths from the BBC


This is the cross stitching I have picked up and restarted. Probably half of it already done. I have a plan for this once it is finished.

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  1. It is such a worrying time and heartbreaking to hear about the funerals and people being admitted to hospital without family being able to be there. That is my worst fear. I have a massive fear of hospitals anyway since my girls had heart surgery and to be honest I've had a few panic attacks this week thinking about all the what if's. Not fun at all!
    This past week does seem to have flown over though.
    I am glad things are going well at work. You are a hero for going in!
    Thank you for the parcel. You are so kind and like I've said one of the most thoughtful and caring people I know. What a cute little dress!
    Happy Birthday to your blog!! The April fool giveaway was the funniest giveaway I've ever seen. This time a few months ago it would have been madness. Now we all want pasta & loo roll.
    We've not been to a big supermarket since all this started, at our local little Tesco it's one in, one out.
    You sound so organised with your meat. That's a shame about your food processor but it served you well.
    I love the video and you're right. It's nice to be nice.
    Good luck with the cross stitch x

  2. I love the fact that you swapped your neighbour's food processor for some soup - bartering has to be the way forward ! It's lovely that you phoned the woman who was feeling lonely and great to get a mention on TV. I love all your cooking and freezing - I must admit, I do wish I'd replaced the freezer now after the summer. Oh well, nothing to do about it now :-/

  3. How lovely to get a mention on TV, we have noticed our local walks are much busier, but I guess its only natural as we are being encouraged not to drive anywhere. Hope you are feeling better soon

  4. so glad you managed to get your meat on this shop and sounds like you're preparing well with stocking the freezer. Strange times to be returning to work, hope the steroids are effective, great you could see DD3 from the balcony, keep well

  5. Wow, 10 years is good going. Mine is a mere 8. Hope the steroid kick in soon. I'm impressed with all your meal prepping. I do vaguely plan for the week, and put leftovers in the freezer, but the OH isn't keen on pre-prepared food, so I couldn't see myself ever spending a lot of time prepping in advance.

  6. That is good news you got the meat on the shop. You are doing fab of getting stocked up. I really hope the steroids work. That is nice your DD3 could see you. Stay well and big hugs xx

  7. It has been a horrible week. Like you I have been thinking to have a bag ready just in case.
    Hope the steroids work

    How fab to get a mention on TV but your work was amazing so not surprised it got noticed! Lovely of you to reach out to that woman.

  8. That story about you on TV is lovely! How nice of you to make contact with that lady.
    I'm very impressed with how you use all your meat up and get it prepared and frozen.
    Hope the steroids have kicked in and you are feeling better now.

  9. I never thought about not being able to get things should you need to go in hospital. Perhaps a grab bag is a good idea. Hope that you are feeling better now and how lovely that you were able to make contact with that lady and help her feel less alone. Happy blog birthday. 10 years is quite a milestone. My blog turned 6 last week. #project366

  10. Glad you managed to get some meat this week. I am super impressed your prepare it all before freezing. I really should do that. Well done on all the miles you have done already. I have been looking for old craft projects to. Hope you are feeling better. Have a lovely Easter.

  11. What a lovely thing to happen with the TV mention, and how kind of you to reach out to the lonely person. You're so well-organised with stocking the freezer and batch-cooking meals.
    Happy 10th blogversary! Mine will turn 10 in October.
    Hope the steroids are effective and help with the cough. Keep safe!

  12. I agree with you about the kindness. I'm trying to make an effort to contact friends and family regularly, but I hope no one is slipping through the cracks. Glad you can still work.

  13. It's my understanding from friends who are working in the Covid situation as medical professionals that the child's family also had the virus so couldn't be in the hospital or at his funeral. We have been told that if children need to be admitted one parent can be with them unless that parent is also unwell. That's what they are trying to do. The media likes to share some stuff but not all the facts, which doesn't help at all.
    Well done on being 10 in blogging years. We are almost there, next year, and on all that walking, that's impressive.

  14. Oh my God,a child died?? Wow the situation is getting very intense there. The dress looks great; you better knit clothes for my future children :) Its good that you're getting your medicines and advice on time during lockdown. Have you finishd watching Manifest? The caption above fits the dog as if the dog is the detective. Happy birthday to your blog! Woah, keep up the miles! That's so sweet of you to give comfort and support to others

  15. Congratulations on being on TV but more importantly for helping support the lady who felt alone. We need to focus on the stories of hope rather than the fear #project366


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