Thursday, 12 February 2009

Rain and Rubbish

Its been over a week since my last entry but I didn`t want to do a posting when I had little to talk about. I decided that after so long I should have something I can say. Right, I`ll begin.

As you know if you live anywhere in the British Isles the weather has been dreadful one way or another. While some of you will have had lots of snow many of us had 24 hrs of rain, I know Jeannette mentioned it in her journal the other day. Getting to work has been a problem lately because if I haven`t been avoiding deep puddles and in some places floods then I have been practically skating on the frozen roads. Yesterday it took me an hour for a journey that usually takes no more than fifteen minutes. The roads were so slippery that there were accidents everywhere and I had to keep turning round to try another route to work.

I`ve had no more silly accidents of my own since my last couple of escapades (fingers crossed!) though at work we have really been going through it the last couple of days. Yesterday a big electrical fault occured and without going into detail we have lighting but no other power at all. Luckily we have one plug socket that works where we can boil a kettle, I don`t know what we would do with a cup of tea or coffee. The tills aren`t working so we are trading manually, a bit of a nuisance but I`m coping. Hopefully it will be repaired by tomorrow. I spent much of the late morning

loading rubbish into the newly delivered skips. We have been waiting for them for over w eek so you can imagine the build up of rubbish. I smelt less than fragrant when I`d finished work and when I got home it was straight into the shower and my work uniform in the washing machine. I really don`t mind doing work like that because physical work has never bothered me and I don`t mind getting my hands dirty. Mind you, seeing as I was wearing gloves my hands weren`t at all dirty, it was just the rest of!

This Sunday I`m working all day Sunday as we are having a stock take and its all hands on deck so to speak, anyway the extra money will come in handy. As it is my hours have been cut by four hours starting on March 1st but just until the busy season which is in the Spring, hopefully that will be very soon. I`m not bothered about losing the hours either, I`m just grateful to still have a job. So many people are losing theirs as businesses collapse everywhere so I have no intention of complaining about a bit less money a month.

Kerry is doing really well and is getting things ready for the arrival of her new baby. I can`t believe its only a matter of weeks before she is due. Roman is doing well at nursery school and is looking forward to being a big brother. Actually Jim and I are probably even more excited than he is!

Yesterday Jim and I went shopping in the afternoon. I decided it was time to use a giftcard that I was given for Christmas. I originally thought I`d keep it until I needed something but then I thought I`d buy something because I WANTED it, it`s a gift, why not? I bought a nice pair of jeans in sort of dark coffee colour, it might not sound very nice but its a gorgeous colour and I also bought a red v-neck jumper. I don`t usually wear red but I saw this one and fell in love with it and had to have it. I also bought some curtains for my dining room. I bought some a few weeks ago and they just weren`t right. I couldn`t take them back because the shop has now closed down so I`ll have to save them for another time or find someone who wants them. They`re really nice and it would gbe a shame if they don`t get used. The new ones are just right and they were really, really cheap. After all the months of looking and I end up paying a fraction of the price I thought I`d have to pay. If I hadn`t already bought the other pair I`d have been even happier. Maybe I`ll put the other pair up for sale, I could advertise in the local shop and newspaper free ads.

Next weekend Roman will be staying here for the weekend to give his long-suffering Mum and Dad a bit of a break before the baby is born. They don`t get out much so it would be nice for them to be able to go out for an evening together and to be able to have a lie-in in the morning. It`ll be their last chance for some time to come. We are going to take Roman out for the day on the Saturday. Jim has suggested we go to Reading for the day but instead of going by car we`ll take the train, Roman adores trains so he`ll be thrilled when he finds out.

Oh dear, I`ve just seen the weather forecast, apparently we are to expect more snow, not a lot but then they say it will freeze overnight. Oh dear, another slippery journey to work again AND its Friday I superstitious? You bet I am! Bye for now. :o)


  1. Take care driving on those slippery roads, Sandra. I know you and Jim are excited to spend time with Roman and also about the new baby. That is as it should be for grandparents. 'Grandchildren are pieces of the heart.'

  2. See snow is normal here at this time of year...There is more often snow around my birthday than no snow

    Caff xx

  3. Ido admire you driving to work in these awful conditions ,then sorting out all the rubbish ,I hope they apreciate you ,most certainly a cut in hours is better than losing your job ,Wont it be fun having Roman at the weekend ? you must let us know how it goes .well done treating your self to your jeans and jumper ,you work hard enough so deserve them , Jan xx

  4. It is hard to believe it will be only a few weeks before Kerry delivers. I think Roman will have a tremendously wonderful weekend with you. He's such a sweetheart around you. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. I hope you don't have another rough drive to work tomorrow. Have a great time with Roman this weekend. Helen

  6. Please be careful driving in the bad weather. It never occurred to me that tomorrow is Fri the 13th!! That's usually a very good day for me. I hope the trend continues.

  7. Well it sounds as if a lot has been happening! I hate rain but it is so necessary!
    Be safe.

  8. Hi Sandra ,you are brave to drive in this awful weather ,keep thinking we are finished with the snow then it starts again .I don't look forward to walking to school in the icy conditions but only today then we have half term week off .
    Glad to hear Kerry is keeping well .What fun for you to have Roman to stay with you ..look forward to hearing about it ...Have a good weeekend Jeanxx

  9. It sounds as if you are absolutely unstoppable! Just don't take any risks in the ice and snow.
    lve, Angie, xx


  11. I can't get over your, more snow coming...hope it isn't bad. Yes, driving in it is something else...
    I know Roman is going to have a great time with you and Jim...and Kerry can rest up some...that's great.
    Hugs and love,

  12. I'm happy you are still in one piece now that the big freeze is come to a close in England. Hope all goes well for Kerry when the time comes!

  13. I don't care for snow but I also hate heavy rains and heavy winds. We had some terrible winds the the other day that caused so much damage.

    It sounds like your businesses in the UK are in as much trouble as here in the US. The economy is just awful. xx

  14. I hate it that you have had such terrible weather and have had to drive in it...i know you are so ready for this winter to be over!! I know also that you and Jim will have a fun and BUSY time with Roman. I am so anxious to hear of the new grandbaby arrival.XO


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