Thursday 7th October 2021

Ellie’s walk first and then we had another slot booked at the tip to dispose of the other half of the bed base. It was so well made that it took Mal ages to take it apart to fit into the car. On arrival, no queues and hardly anyone there. Why do they continue with this appointment system when you can always make one for the following day and it is virtually empty?

Mal coloured my hair. I have given up with my hairdresser in Deal and I am trying one in Sandwich to have it cut. I don’t trust them yet with the colour.

I sat in the garden in the afternoon.

Thought for the Day – “Each new day has a different shape to it. You just roll with it. ~ Ben Zobrist

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Wednesday 6th October 2021

We walked Ellie across the fields, she loved the wind blowing. I went to Deal in the morning, to get a couple of presents. Mal went to the allotment in the afternoon. We have so many marrows at the moment.

Thought for the Day – “You learn nothing from life if you think you are right all the time.”

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Tuesday 5th October 2021

We walked Ellie, just about managed to miss the rain. I then went into Ramsgate to meet Rhys for lunch. We lunched right next to the beach and then we walked around the harbour.  The weather was very changeable.

The rain stayed away until we were back in our cars. Rhys has been having real problems getting diesel for his school run. What a crazy situation for so many people to be in. On the way home, still queues at our local garage.

Thought for the Day – “Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it.”

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Monday 4th October 2021

My first day volunteering at Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity shop. It was so nice to walk the 5 minutes round the corner instead of the hour I used to travel to get to Demelza.

I think a bit of a continuation from Saturday where Claire had been working in the shop until 4am on Sunday morning! So, still very busy. I have discovered out of all of the Pilgrims shops, this is the “high end” one, so we have a lot of designer goods. Certainly a different level of pricing and of course a lot of different methods of running the shop. By 5pm I was tired and my feet ached, not being used to standing all day! I think my head was about to explode with no official training, just “can you just do this” and trying to remember it all! It will get easier.

Mal had a cooked dinner ready for me when I arrived home.

Thought for the Day – “Isn’t it scary knowing that anytime could be the last time you talk to someone? Keep that in mind.”

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Sunday 3rd October 2021

Tristan’s birthday, so conserving fuel again, Tris, Jem and Dom came over by train and we had Sunday lunch in the Fleur de Lis. I was the only one who chose roast beef and just before the waitress brought it out, she came and gave me a steak knife and said “you may need that as people are complaining the beef is tough”. Then the lunches arrived. I was quite flabbergasted if that was the case, why they were still serving it and not offering me something else?

Yes, she was right, it was tough and I couldn’t eat it. When she came to collect the plates, she said “oh you thought it was tough too.” I asked her why she hadn’t offered me an alternative if she knew it was inedible and that I sincerely hoped she didn’t expect me to pay for it. They removed it from the bill! Perhaps the nut roast that Jem, Dom and Tris had would have been a better alternative!!

We won’t be going there again!

At least Spurs won their game!

Thought for the Day – “You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.” ~ Joel Osteen

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Saturday 2nd October 2021

We walked Ellie and then went to the local shops before the rain started. It rained and it rained!

I walked round to Pilgrim’s Hospice charity shop as I had spoken to the manager previously about becoming a volunteer.  I took in the application form. Yes, they were busy, so busy they had run out of change, hadn’t done the banking etc etc. I was just standing there and so offered to go to the Post Office for them and they said yes! That just shows how busy they were as they didn’t even know me nor looked at my application form, it was still in my hand. She did know however that I had volunteered at Demelza.  Eventually it was agreed that I would start on Monday and do any other day I could manage…no I think one day is enough for now. Claire, the “support manager” is a lovely lady.

Thought for the Day – “If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do.”

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Friday 1st October 2021

Thought for the Day – “Being negative only makes a journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus but you don’t have to sit on it.” ~ Joyce Meyer

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