Reset, recharged, recovering

Hi, Well, it certainly helped to get back into the swing of things. After a bit too long in cisville, having time with like-minded folk certainly helped recharge my batteries. I think it’s easy to forget what a difference Chams makes. In fact, as the Ever Lovely Mrs J said to me earlier, it’s more than going out, it’s support too. How right she is. Oh, I’d also like to say a quick note of thanks to those of you who got in touch via email or who commented with support. Thank you ❤️ After last weekend’s spot of bother, I had ordered two skirts from the Oxfam Online Store as a bit of both a gamble and retail distraction. […]

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Warnings, coping, and surviving

Hi, I think I can start this post by stating that the days around the weekend did not go well. I would add that it was no one’s fault and that I mention it because I try to keep YATGB honest. Yes, I’m aware that the hair, padding, shapewear, makeup, and not being 100% out make that statement jar somewhat, but hey, you can only do your best with what you have 🙂 TL/DR: it was pants, then things got better 😉 I can only describe the situation as being a slow descent into the dark woods. Not a relapse into depression, but certainly the withdraw of light and joy that accompanies that. I’m writing about this because A) blogging […]

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Good enough

Hi, With the first few days of 2021 passing by, conversation and publications around New year’s resolutions will be doing the rounds. I seem to recall a friend saying that if something is important to you, why wait? But, sometimes life isn’t like that and the ritual of turning a new calendar page may be the prompt to make someone reflect and think of the year ahead. Maybe it’s like the feeling of the newly started exercise book: nothing but a clean, soft page of empty paper waiting to be filled. That feeling of a new start… usually followed by the joyful (!) return to work, but let’s not spoilt things eh? 😉 Goals with self care I would, if […]

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2021: a look back

Hi, Like the year before, 2021 seems to have been an odd fellow. We seemed to have a brush of normality, and yet, COVID never seemed far away. The long shadow of Xmas Before and the long winter that followed. As a family, we’ve kept up with mask wearing in shops and in public places. Yes, I’ve not been as rigorous at Chams, but – and let’s skip any jokes about cheese & wine it’s-not-a-party umm ‘events’, sorry business meetings – with there being a small number of us, and by keeping social distances, we have remained okay. The good news this year is that while the Ever Lovely Mrs J’s health took a bit of a dip, her changes […]

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One size

Hi, Having had the luxury of an extra week off before Christmas, we’re very much enjoying the second week off. As much as being a grown-up brings certain responsibilities, it does not include homework. Child 2.0 has a few items set and they’re doing their best to get them out of the way With that in mind, the old phrase school days are the best days of your life hauled itself out of the depths. Okay, maybe for some, but listening to the Ever Lovely Mrs J, a few friends, and my own experience, really, things got a lot better when we were out of it. So, for anyone currently in school reading this, it does get better and no, […]

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Happy holidays

Hi, Well, the Jones family have now retreated to their respective caves and there’s just myself and two hounds on the sofa. After a very pleasant walk in a nearby country park, the final push on the wrapping up, and the now traditional cheese board tea, we’re coasting beautifully into Christmas Eve. At this time of year, even with the COVID situation, Christmas can be quite the pressure cooker. Please remember, it’s just a day. It doesn’t need to be perfect and it’s absolutely okay to retreat to apply self care if required. We’re all human, even [insert famous person’s name you don’t like] 🙂 If possible, get outside if you can – alone or otherwise – and try not […]

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