Saturday, 1 January 2022

Week 52 One Daily Positive and Project 365. Happy New Year

Work starts next week on the Kitchen, so house in disarray, however with just the two of us and 3 spare bedrooms we'll just have to remember where we put things if we need them while the work is carried out.

Apart from buying the kitchen and new appliances as they are integral, we've designed it ourselves and will be doing a lot of the work. We have a builder coming in to help with removal and tiling and Peter will be assisting with the fitting. The builder will organise an electrician and plumber to move the appliances, add new ceiling and under cupboard lights and finally move the light switch to the other side of the kitchen door. We've selected a light grey as it was end of line and is painted as well as a quartz worktop and the new floor tiles are sitting in the conservatory. 

359 Peter and I were awake at 7.30am. Small child and DIL came down at 9.30am and son was woken at 10am. We had breakfast then started on the gifts, which lasted most of the day. We ate around 2.30pm and grazed for the rest of the day. Neighbours popped round with gifts and we walked the dog. Son, DIL and grandchild left around 9pm as DIL has work in the morning. The most played with gift of the day was a cardboard box. We collapsed into bed around 11pm, absolutely shattered.


360 A day of nothing, other than taking the decorations down, tidying up and watching TV as well as a dog walk. Work starts on our kitchen next week so we needed to get everything packed away, so we can box up the kitchen items to store in the lounge while the work is being done. I started on a jigsaw sent by son no 4 and his family.


361 A leisurely morning then off to B&Q to buy floor tiles for the kitchen. Wrote my thank you notes, walked the dog, tidied gifts away and watched TV. 


362 Met a friend for an outdoor socially distanced visit near Blenheim Palace for a walk and a coffee. Stopping at Tewkesbury on the way home and evening spent sorting through family photos.


363 Peter went to the flat to finish more work on the bathroom. I spent most of the day in my pjs, walked the dog and went to the shops. I packed up some ornaments and rearranged the dining room to store most of the kitchen in while the work gets done, I started my first shift at the covid booster vaccination centre in Worcester, however when I got there 20 mins before I was due to start the centre had closed early. An 18 mile wasted round trip.

I'm going to be really glad when this kitchen is replaced.


364 A leisurely bath, dog walk, sorted photos on the laptop and a 2-10pm shift at the booster centre. Centre closed at 7.30pm and is closed tomorrow. I made a complaint about my rota and got a shitty email telling me I'd messed up the two centres, dates and times. Swiftly forwarded the email with my dates, times and locations to prove I was in the right and heard nothing back. No idea if I'm working in the New Year or not now.


365 Dog walk, blood test, outdoor coffee stop and a food shop. Watched Sydney celebrate New Year and felt sad knowing my son is over there and the only thing that is stopping us going over is travel restrictions due to covid. Both booster centres closed, afternoon spent watching movies and eating crap. We watched Dubai celebrate the New Year, really strange to see it on the TV and not just walk out in front of the villa to view it all. We might stay up for the New Year, we might not.


This completes my 7th year with a photo a day. 

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19 comments:

  1. Happy New Year. Sounds like the booster volunteering is a bit of a mare. Why do they make it so difficult to help. Love the cardboard box washing machine mine were the same at that age. Looking forward to hearing about how the kitchen goes, we really need to do ours but the thought of the up heaveal with the boys, no spare rooms and working really puts me off!

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    1. Well we're ready for the kitchen to be fitted, I'm sure it'll feature heavily on the blog

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  2. I recognise your lovely friend, hope you had a lovely time. Good luck with the kitchen refit - we had ours done 10 years ago and I remember it being a nightmare. Happy New Year

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    1. Thank you, will let you know how the kitchen goes. I've been friends with Chrissie since 2009, we met on twitter

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  3. Good luck with the work in the kitchen. It sounds like you have some great plans for it.
    What a great Christmas you had.
    Good on you for working at the booster centre. It's a shame they weren't that grateful.
    I hope you get to visit your son soon.
    Happy new year, wishing you all of the best for 2022 x

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    1. Thank you Kim, hope you have a great 2022 also

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  4. Happy new year. What a pain about the booster centres. Sounds like they're very disorganised. Hopefully things this week have been better. Exciting about the new kitchen. I'd really like to get ours done as it's horribly old fashioned, and not very well made

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  5. Looks like your Christmas went well. All those kitchen plans sound a bit overwhelming, so much to do, hope it goes without any issues. The booster centre sounds a palaver. They messed up and then blamed you. Hope you'll be able to see your son soon enough. Happy new year!

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  6. Oh dear for the vaccine palaver :( We need a new bathroom but I;m not brave enought yet! good luck with the kitchen #project365

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  7. Wow you would think they would be grateful for the help and not send a rubbish email!

    Happy New year!

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    1. It all got sorted and the work turned out to be really good

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  8. Love your cardboard boxes, reminds me of something Dad did when I was a child too. Yeah to a new kitchen, hope it goes smooothly and look forward to seeing it when it's done. Fingers crossed you get to Oz, I know my brother/SIL want to get to NZ too for the same reason #365

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  9. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas. Love the photo of the little one in the cardboard box. Lovely to have a socially-distanced catch-up with a friend. Sorry that you had a wasted trip for your first shift at the Covid vaccination centre though and sounds like they didn’t handled your complaint very well. Happy new year, hope you will be able to visit your son in Australia at some point this year. #project365

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    1. Christmas was most enjoyable, the shifts turned out good in the end

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  10. That's handy if you can help with the kitchen, hopefully keep costs down. It's so expensive replacing a kitchen but can't wait to see the end result. So annoying going to do a shift and then it not happening, they really should have told you they were closing early. They didn't handle your complaint very well either, sounds like a shambles.

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