We have featured HOME as our word of the week two times in quick succession. This has truly been our focus this week. And for good reasons too. If you want to hear how our week went, and a few highlights, then read on.
By the way, we are linking with Anne from Raisiebay to share a word or phrase that sums up our week. It is something that we (and a few other bloggers) try to do on a Friday. We enjoy doing it. Being reflective helps us to be positive and to be grateful for all the little things.
Leisa and I have been counting the lucky stars that we’ve been spared so far from contracting Covid19. We remember when we just started hearing about the outbreak and looking at the demographics of the people it seems to kill off! We were thinking that we were a perfect match. So of course we were scared and stayed home, avoiding any physical contact with the outside world.
Our friends and neighbours would do our shopping for us and leave it just outside the door for us to pick up until we could get slots for online grocery shopping delivery. We used to even put masks on to take the grocery in!
Well, this week we reflected on how much we are slackening on things, and we seemed to be not as careful as we used to be. Well, since we heard this week about another new variant, how badly Jamaica and other Caribbean countries are coping, the prospect of some classes and lectures again reverting to being online only, we’ve decided to stop taking unnecessary risks with our lives and health and that of others. So home it is unless it’s very important.
So outside of our early morning walks this week, we haven’t left home.
Work at home
This week we ordered two new mattresses as the old ones had become quite uncomfortable and the springs were on the verge of coming through. One of the beds was a cheap and cheerful box bed from Argos and that got broken in the process.
You should see us getting out our toolbox and even a wooden chopping board to fix it. We are hoping the gorilla super glue and nails we used will be able to hold up for at least a few more years. You can’t tell by looking at the bed that we had to do that repair work. We actually removed a part of the outer fabric covering that was stapled around the frame. We then did the repairs and stapled the fabric part shut again. We let it sit overnight with some heavy stuff on to weigh it down and now it is good to go.
The linen closet
We spent about an hour going through the linen closet just to organise it and get rid of the things we no longer need. In the process, we found all our cushions and throws that we will soon get out to decorate for Fall/Autumn. Of course, we were surprised to find some sheet sets that had not been used for a long time as we keep washing and replacing the same ones. We need a proper stock rotation system for this. Any ideas?
We even considered getting rid of them all and getting some new trendy white ones. But we thought better of it. That would be too much of a waste of money just to keep up with others. Do you use crispy white sheets? We’ll continue to look at them on TV and on Amazon and in magazines.
This week was the last in our series of Wednesday day dates for this year. So to celebrate, we invited our YouTube subscribers to a virtual BBQ and chit-chat in the back garden. It was mostly ok but after a while, we had to rush back indoors! I’ll put the video below so you can see what happened.
We really enjoyed the series and we will miss doing this. Hopefully, next year we will be able to carry on but for now, we are staying out at home.
We were watching this YouTube video this week and saw them using this cajun seasoning mix that is supposed to be really good with seafood and chicken. The name of it was so funny that I ordered one and had it delivered to Big Son at his uni accommodation. He didn’t seem to get the joke and just replied, ‘Thanks for the seasoning’. So over £7 for nothing… or is it?
Let us know if you’ve heard of it or even tried it.
Home is still a mess!
Due to our three going off to university this year (one has already left), we have bags and boxes and stuff piled up all over downstairs. It’s sort of a messy look that we don’t like but what else to do?
One more will be leaving this weekend so there will only be clutter (lol) for one, left behind. I can imagine we will have a house that echoes by the end of September.
As a result of the clutter, we can’t all fit in the conservatory to enjoy the last few promised bits of sunshine (the last few days we hardly saw the sun anyway). But we have enjoyed a day or two sitting in the back garden feeling at home amongst the flowers, pumpkins, peppers, and other plants.
We have done a bit of cleanup and booked for the City Council to collect the two old mattresses and some bags of other stuff. We just realise too that one of the barbecues had rusted so much that the hinge for the lid had broken down on one side. It didn’t get booked in for collection so we might just keep it covered over in a corner to go off with next year’s end-of-summer rubbish. It’s £30 for the collection so we won’t be booking another one right now.
It’s sad to imagine that in a few weeks it might be too cold to sit comfortably out there! We will use the rest of this week and next to remove any plants that need to be removed as they will soon be brown and ugly to look at. That’s the plan anyway.
Over to you, how would you sum up your week this week?