You can read about week 1 of Nearly-There November here.
Monday, 12th of November.
Husband’s shifts are from 6am to 2pm this week. This means getting up at 4.50am to see him off to work, so there will be a few early nights this week if I am going to retain the will to live by Friday.
It’s getting more chilly by the day, but even during daytime the temperatures are bearable. I decided to peg a load of laundry outside before going to work, and it did dry for the most part before I got home and it got dark. I brought it up to our top floor and hung it to finish drying. Anything is better than having really wet washing all over the house.
Husband’s foot is still very red and sore, despite having taken a course of antibiotics. Will continue to soak it in salted warm water.
Husband was sent home from work again and told to rest the foot this week.
Tuesday, 13th of November.
Took a chance and hung another load of laundry out before work this morning, for it to get at least a chance to dry a bit.
Chased Husband’s operation for his foot as he has been waiting for it for a while.
It is now scheduled for the beginning of December. Have to plan now what will happen that week and what to do food-wise, and just house-keeping-wise. Husband will need to be monitored for the first 24 hours after the general anaesthetic, and then keep his foot rested and elevated for the rest of the week so will be out of action. Smells like I have to make a plan….
When I came home, Husband was searching the house as he could not find his bus pass anywhere. He got home from work so he must have had it when travelling, so where could it be?
Wednesday, 14th of November.
Day off today, or something.
Accompanied Husband so he could have his second Hepatitis B vaccine for work – he now has to wait until April next year for the third one and then a blood test a month later to check that his body is creating antibodies when exposed to Hep B.
Husband and I then went to apply for his bus pass – unfortunately I had misread the form. Normally for concessionary cards you have to have a medical assessment to check you are eligible. However if you score more than 8 points for mobility or communicating, you don’t have to attend. I misread this, as the lady said you have to have 8 points or more towards the moving around section of the claim, something Husband doesn’t have. Ah well, at least we have applied now. I doubt they will turn him down as he wouldn’t be able to drive due to his epilepsy, but we will see.
As a treat, we had lunch at the Yellow Arches. It was really nice to just spend time together and sit and watch people go by, while eating.
Afterwards, I went down to the bus station to check if Husband’s pass had been handed in, while he headed to his therapy session. Thank goodness someone had found it on the bus and were kind enough to hand it in. Saved us £3 in replacing it.
Thursday, 15th of November.
As my 24 hour ticket was still valid from the day before, I took the bus there in the morning, and walked back home in the evening.
Spent the evening relaxing, paying bills and ordering the first few things online for Christmas. Contemplated doing the in-tray but decided to leave it for another day.
Friday, 16th of November.
Walked to and from work today; going home there was a light drizzle.
Was slightly alarmed to read the internal newsletter as a member of staff has been approached in an aggressive manner within the grounds by a member of the public, demanding money when leaving work. I think I can continue to listen to music while walking to work, but going back now I will keep them off, especially if it is dark when I leave.
Husband has been given a week off in February next year, and I have also been allocated leave. After asking if our lovely neighbour could mind the Cat for us, we have decided to go to London for the week, just Husband and me, to spend time together. Have booked a hotel and the coach there and back again, getting cashback for both purchases. The hotel has free wifi and a cooked breakfast included in the room price, so that will set us up nicely for the rest of the day during our stay.
Also managed to change the bed and do some laundry after dinner.
Saturday, 17th of November.
Back at weekend job today. I managed to peg a load of laundry out and it was almost dry for when I got back, so could just get it in and finish it on the clotheshorse. It’s been a quiet day, so managed to catch up on some training and back office tasks.
My colleague who lives nearby got a taxi home and offered me a ride, which is very generous. It saves me so much time in coming home.
Sunday, 18th of November.
Had a quiet morning with Husband this morning before setting off to work. The Cat was enjoying the sunshine on our bed, but did not seem keen to go outside as it was cold.
I then had a message come through from Olio, a lady gifting a load of pumpkins. I asked if I could have some, so went by her house before work and collected some of them.
I asked the lady if she’d kept them from Halloween or something, but she explained she had a friend who worked on a TV set where they were shooting a market scene. At the end of the filming, they were going to throw all the food away! How wasteful!
I am unsure what to do with these yet. Some recipes suggest scooping out the seeds and roasting whole and filling them, others suggest grating finely and making fritters….
My colleague was getting a taxi back again after work, and offered me a ride. I keep asking if they want me to contribute but they just say it’s no bother. It was so relaxing to just be able to go straight home from work again, and not have to wait for the bus on my own in the dark.
I was also starting to feel a bit under the weather, so not having to wait outside in the elements was also a bonus.
And it saves me so much time – which I can then use at home to spend with Husband. Time is so precious to me now. It’s not something I used to even think about, but now I think to myself ‘Ok, what can I do while dinner is cooking?’ or, ‘I have five minutes, what can I do with that time?’
I wonder what I can do with my time next week?