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    • Valli
    • By Valli 7th Jan 18, 5:04 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th January 2018
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    • 7th Jan 18, 5:04 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th January 2018 7th Jan 18 at 5:04 PM


    What is FLYLADY? Well, it's our version of the US flylady idea - but we work on the principle that housework is not fun, it's boring, can be time-consuming, is often thankless but, unfortunately, necessary. It's here on Old Style to provide the support we all need and to make the whole task easier and quicker. We also accept that, sometimes, life just gets on top of us and we can't keep up, maybe because we're time-poor, not in the best of health and/or we have littlies who need us. We are definitely NOT control freaks aiming for perfection and utterly spotless show-homes.

    Welcome to the weekly Flylady Thread. You're more than welcome to join us in the everlasting battle against dust, grime and gibble. The aim of our thread is to make those onerous tasks less daunting, and to support each other - and to make time for the finer things in life!


    Please do remember we have to abide by MSE rules; each post should, ideally, include some mention of flying.


    Thank you Natty for last week's thread

    Please follow the forum rules on this thread as Flylady has been here a LONG time and is a fabulous support and resource for lots of us. All posts should have some Flylady-related (ooh a compound adjective) content!

    The idea is that even if you are really busy you don't need to fall off the wagon!

    Every room comes back around next week so please don!!!8217;t stress about catching up

    These lists are only suggestions and not a must do list; you are more than welcome to post and follow your own lists.

    Also adding a declutter mission each day will help to gradually clear the clutter and make flying easier.

    A few of the basics before we start the week

    Hotspots are areas where if one thing gets put there, loads of other things follow!

    Daily routines are anything you need to do on a daily basis like washing, swish and swipe kitchen and bathroom, ironing, making beds, vacuuming high traffic areas, making meals etc.

    Night-time routines are all things which make getting ready in the morning easier, preparing clothes for the next day, making lunches, swish & swipes of the kitchen and tidying the living room before you go to bed plus personals like shower/brush teeth etc.

    Fling Boogie - stick on some loud music, grab a bin bag and whiz around the house finding items that can go out with the rubbish, recycling, for charity shop, basically anything that will stop it cluttering your home.

    Swish and swipe/S&S means have a quick wipe over an area such as a sink or toilet to prevent the build up of dirt. This is usually done on a daily basis

    HHE/HHC/HHI Half Hour exercise/challenge/ironing ... run around for 30 minutes to the Benny Hill music frantically cleaning exercising or ironing.. other music may be used if you prefer!
    WM ~ Washing machine
    TD ~ Tumble dryer
    SC ~ Slowcooker
    BM ~ Breadmaker
    DW ~ Dishwasher
    SOAADFA ~ Sit on 'bottom' and do 'nothing'
    KH/XH/FW ~ Ex-husband and other not so polite versions
    DH/DD/DS/DW/DP ~ Dear husband/daughter/son/wife/partner/whatever
    OH/SO ~ Other half/significant other
    NN ~ nice neighbour
    Toxic (friend/mother/sister/whoever) ~ person in your life that seems to exist to make your life miserable
    AF ~ Aunt Flo 'time of the month'.. nothing to do with flying but it comes up often.
    ETA ~ Edited to add
    Gibble ~ miscellaneous crap that appears forever homeless
    Dot-to-dot ~ pick a small area (not a whole room) like a chair/coffee/table/shelf/worktop or wherever- thats your first 'dot' - totally clear it - clean it - and only put back what should be there - deal with what you have removed (not just move it somewhere else) then if you have time move on and do the same to another 'dot' -the idea is just like a dot to dot puzzle, you aim to join up all the dots and have a tidy room. The trick is to keep each dot tidy until you get them all joined up! All credit to AnW's Mum for this one
    RoD ~ Room of Doom, the one room that feels like it is a permanent pit and cannot be used to its potential!
    MAD half hour
    - Mad is the abbreviation for Make A Difference.
    The idea is that you have a Forth bridge (ie never-ending - or just huge) task but that you work on it in half-hour bursts. This way you know you ARE stooping, and that you won't get it finished but you will make a difference - so it might be clearing out - the garage or shed, or clothes sorting, or weeding - you get the picture - but rather than keep going until you've lost the will to live you do half an hour...but, eventually those half hours will get the job done!

    Mr S/A/T/M/L/Al - supermarkets Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi. You get the picture!!

    Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

    ok Here goes this Week...

    Marvellous Monday - Blitz those bathrooms

    Level 1

    Throw the windows open wide in your bathrooms, en-suites and cloakrooms
    Remove any rubbish from these rooms
    Flush loos and fling down some cream cleaner or loo cleaner
    Clear all the gibble from round the bath and out of showers
    Scrub bath and/or shower tray
    Wipe down edge of bath, panels and shower screens
    Wipe switches and sockets
    Check lighting is all working and not acting as fly cemetry - clean out if so
    Remove plugs and clean them, too including underneath; clear any traps

    Level 2


    Now the loo has had a soak scrub it out - don't forget under the rim
    Wipe all cistern, handles/buttons, outside of loo, seat and lid
    Flush loo and pour bleach round bowl
    Close lid
    Wipe toilet toll holder
    Check spare toilet roll stock has not mysteriously vanished

    Level 3

    Wipe sills and shelves
    Wipe soap bottles
    Polish towel rails
    clean out sink and polish taps
    Bleach down all drains and in all overflows
    Check for cobwebs in corners
    Sweep, wipe or vacuum floor as appropriate
    Put out fresh towels
    Dirty towels into the WM for a HOT wash

    Extras

    S&S kitchen
    Check smoke alarms are fully-functional
    HHI
    Mad half hour -
    if you're a H2H or a Flymarketeer use this time for that!

    Tuesday Twinkles Living room

    Level1

    Empty out any rubbish
    Clear and clean coffee table
    Rehome anything which is out of place
    Wipe coasters
    Deal with any flowers/water & wipe plants
    Clear out fire/woodburner
    Get a just-damp cloth and wipe switches, sockets and places where sticky fingers linger

    Level 2

    Dust and polish any wooden furniture or just dust
    Check corners for cobwebs/spiders and remove
    Dust skirting boards
    Wipe handles/sockets/switches
    Dust electricals

    Level 3

    Lift chair/sofa cushions and vacuum under them - check for escaped baubles
    Wipe leather furniture/vacuum sofas
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor

    extras
    clean window in lounge
    MAD half hour - only half an hour - this is a nibble not a mouthful! Challenge time for challengers!
    HHI
    Binbag fling - grab a bin bag, run around the house and fill it with gibble and CHUCK IT OUT


    Wonderful Wednesday Boudoir beckons!

    Level one

    Open the window
    Strip the bed
    Fling the sheets in the washbasket
    Go and get your breakfast/kids off to school etc

    level 2


    Close the window (like you haven't already)
    Dust the headboard or vacuum as appropriate
    remake the bed
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe or any other clutter
    (see - looks better already)

    Dust all horizontal surfaces - vertical too, if you have time
    Polish any mirrors

    Level Three
    Clean the windows
    Vacuum the floor
    Make sure bedside cabinets are clear of clutter

    Extras

    If you need to keep meds upstairs (eg asthma inhalers) make sure they are in date and ready for use
    HHI - don't let it build up
    MAD half hour - use it for your challenges or sort a drawer in the bedroom


    Thrilling Thursday

    Hall, stairs, landing

    Level one


    Beat, vacuum or wash doormats
    Clean windows and mirrors
    Wipe switches and sockets
    Check corners and crevices - deweb!
    Put away summer coats/anything not currently in use

    Level two
    Dust, wipe or polish banisters and rails
    Clear out detritus
    Vacuum all floors or mop inc stairs
    Shift the shoe pile - put away anything not being worn

    Level 3
    Wash down front door inside and out
    Dust any furniture in these rooms
    Clean light fittings inc. wiping bulbs with a damp cloth - see how much brighter they are

    Extras
    Check smoke alarms; CO alarms
    HHI
    MAD half hour
    CHALLENGES - how are you doing?
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    shops selling 'spring cleaning' stuff on offer - do you need anything?


    Friday Flight _ Kitchen and Dining Room

    Kitchen and Dining room

    Level One


    Change table cloth/wipe table mats
    Polish/wipe table and chairs
    Empty bins and wash them out
    Clear sides and wipe down sides and tiles
    Clean all appliances you keep out

    Level 2
    Clean cupboard fronts and wipe handles
    Wipe sockets and switches with a just-damp cloth
    Dust in dining room

    Level 3

    Clean and clear utility
    Clear sills and wipe
    Put out new or clean cloths and tea towels
    Mop/sweep/vacuum floor

    Extras

    S&S bathroom
    Update your list of herbs and spices handily stuck inside the cupboard door so you know what you!!!8217;ve got in stock somewhere. Check all are (reasonably) in date, too.
    Choose a cupboard to clear and clean
    HHI - get that mountain down
    MAD half hour
    Last edited by Valli; 11-01-2018 at 10:06 PM.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 11th Jan 18, 10:11 PM
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    FWIW, from the lofty portal that is Y1 - I agree, Piggers. .
    Originally posted by Valli
    See, Dot is in yr 1 .. she has to write a whole paragraph and does spelling tests and they are looking at having a whole class who are struggling with pencil control and unable to form letters... it doesn't bear thinking about!! I know that is extreme.. Pixie is the youngest in her class and perfectly capable of most of the foundation work and is doing some of the Yr1 work but she gets home from school and does work books for fun, I am not going to discourage that... but I do worry about her progress!!

    I've done nothing all week too and tomorrow I have 2 appointments (9:30 & 11) and OH is at work from 1 so I'll be doing nothing then too! .
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 11th Jan 18, 10:27 PM
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    5lb off this week and 1.5 stone award from slimming world
    Originally posted by lil_me
    Well done. I did actually manage to go for a run this morning, first one since Nov 11th and it was very wet so I did the shorter drier route which was 20mins and managed to keep going so I was pretty pleased with myself. I won't mention the T0by carvery this evening.

    When I left for work Mr N was flying round the kitchen; I asked if he had any plans this morning and he actually replied that the weather was too bad for much except flying. Yes I know I'm lucky.
    3 mice snaptrapped in garage now.

    Did an assessment.
    Sorted out Mr N's new toy for him; our bereaved friend very kindly donated him his late wife's tablet.

    Not much else other than did a couple of surveys, checked emails and went out for friend's birthday.

    Planning to do a tiny bit of report writing before bed.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 11th Jan 18, 10:58 PM
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    Hi everyone, another one here who is surviving on very little sleep at the moment, but at least I don't work so I can rest when I'm able.
    Flying wise, the bathroom has been done, bedrooms done, hall stairs and landing all done, washing and drying all done (I only do this once a week), the front room has been done and that only leaves the kitchen and dining room that I will tackle tomorrow.
    I have attacked the paperwork and slowly getting there but the shredding pile is getting rather large so I must borrow the shredder off my dd.
    I must start tackling the lottie next week, I went there today to pick a cabbage and realized I started some alterations before the snow and cold snap came and I haven't finished it yet, I have also to try and get into my shed as some thieving people tried to get in but just squashed the lock flat so nobody can get in now, but that's not a bad thing as nothing was taken, but I cant get in now either, but no matter I can fix that.
    Next week or perhaps over the weekend I would like to start emptying one kitchen cupboard at a time and spring cleaning it out and after that tackle the pantry that is a big glory hole really!!
    So off to bed now to see if I can claim some sleep back after my 3 hours last night.
    Nannyg
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    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 11th Jan 18, 11:56 PM
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    The word Fred came into my head tonight with fond memories of Toots. Love how her welcome is still used. Just thought I would share that. Got to Birmingham. Forgot lots of things. Need to use lists more. Toots would remind me about the organisation book I lost.

    Goodnight all xxx
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 12th Jan 18, 12:00 AM
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    The word Fred came into my head tonight with fond memories of Toots. Love how her welcome is still used. Just thought I would share that. Got to Birmingham. Forgot lots of things. Need to use lists more. Toots would remind me about the organisation book I lost.

    Goodnight all xxx
    Originally posted by lil_me
    I know... I still have some messages from her, and a christmas card.. and a card she sent when CF left and one she sent when we had Squeak.. I hope she can feel our love and how we still remember her.
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    • riotlady
    • By riotlady 12th Jan 18, 1:11 AM
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    Day to day cleaning is going fine but haven't done as much de-cluttering as I planned today or yesterday because Mr Riotlady has been off work and he's a terrible influence xD A bunch of nursery furniture arrived from IKEA though and I've done loads of little niggly jobs like sorting out prescriptions and posting thank you notes.
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 12th Jan 18, 7:23 AM
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    Morning all - rubbish night's sleep. Don't know why. Did have a strange dream that I had a fist fight with Rachel Hunter (Rod Stewart's wife) and won!?!

    Anyway - naff all done yesterday as we had a powercut, then low voltage supply for most of the day. Had to send some tradesmen away as their tools need 110v to run and we were getting about 90v. Not enough to run my kettle or the microwave. Defrosted my HM waffles on the woodburner, so the boys had these and milk for brekkie.

    Did go fresh food shopping and had a cuppa with a slightly bonkers very amusing friend. Had to collect another friend's daughter from school as the mum and dad had been delayed car-hunting miles away and lost track of time.

    Oh, I swept the floors....
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 12th Jan 18, 8:02 AM
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    Morning all,

    Piggers my DD is in year 1 and I am amazed at how much homework they get. She's the youngest in her year so was only just 5 starting year 1 and is shattered at the end of each day.

    DH decluttered to work with a bacon and sausage bagel, kiddies fed and watching TV and I've just had brekkie. Must shove some clothes and slap on then get ready to go - loads of errand to run after school run.

    Will report back later have great days all xx
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    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 12th Jan 18, 11:29 AM
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    Hello

    I'm not at work today - though I should have been . I spent most of last night in high anxiety mode and got very little sleep (and what sleep I got was dream-ridden), got up and got ready for work - on automatic pilot I think, then had a meltdown instead. Poor DS didn't know where it had come from - not sure I did tbh.

    I've discovered there is a direct correlation between the number of dirty pots here and my mental health. I've not WUDUPA since Monday evening ....I suspect that's when the downward slide into mental hell began.

    Looking at possible causes I've come up with: the change in my eating habits affecting my brain chemistry?; being bored stupid at work most of the time (the novelty of not being rushed off my feet has definitely worn off - there must surely be a middle road between bored and crazily busy?); the dratted radio at work - but I think that's possibly a symptom rather than a cause (because I'm bored there's nothing to help me tune out the noise); all or none of the above .

    Flying? I made the bed and fed the birds as part on my morning routine. Difficult to motivate myself to do anything at the minute. At least Sweetie (budgie) is happy to have my company

    Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible (I hope!!!)

    Rxx

    PS If anyone sees my mojo please send it home - it's done a runner!
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    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 12th Jan 18, 1:40 PM
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    ooo I think someone shared their mojo with me Thank you.

    I've put: clean towels in the bathroom; a towel wash on - it's swishing now; the rubbish + some recycling out, and folded some of the dry clothes from the airer.

    Not much but I feel dreadful so anything must be on borrowed mojo

    Rxx
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    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 12th Jan 18, 5:01 PM
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    So sorry you struggle that way Roundtuit; I can be similar sometimes so you have my sympathies x

    Flying wise not a lot apart from putting away dry washing, washing and hanging up wet stuff. Picked up some stuff from table and that's about it I'm afraid. Rubbed in 2 lots of ibuprofen gel and think it is helping a bit - cut back on my work so much but a case of needs must.

    Been having a chat with Huck's owner and I think she is realising I don't want to be taken for granted as feel that has been the case but cleared the air now and said I can only do just Huck 3 days a week as from beginning of February whereas at the moment I'm doing 2 7 days a week almost!!

    J doing tea for us which is nice. Got the wood burner going as it's cold.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 12th Jan 18, 5:56 PM
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    Walked into friday am meeting to see glum faces so switched myself into optimist mode (is usual mode if I am honest) and walked in going 'woot it's Friday!' and grinning ... they'll need earplugs on the Friday it's payday lol - or JJTF's noise cancelling headphones. Wonder if they do Valli cancelling headphones...

    WM x 2; TD x 2 and DW.

    excellent work though I says it as shouldn't...
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    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 12th Jan 18, 6:03 PM
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    Roundtuit I hope things improve for you.

    I haven't done a huge amount of flying.
    - went to gym class
    - found out a friend from Norwich was in the area visiting a few people so he is now invited for the eve/night. So I went to Mr T on my way home from the gym
    - Got home to find that thankfully Mr N has sorted out the guest room, bathroom and the lounge smells of polish. I've organised dinner.
    - done a bit more of a report
    - had a long phone chat with my mum and ditto my brother.

    so where did the day go?
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 12th Jan 18, 6:19 PM
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    Not long back from work. Minimal flying done here - actually it is just the wm x 1 and that has only been on for 10 minutes, so I'm not sure that even counts as minimal. DH will be home in about an hour so I guess I ought to motivate myself to get dinner ready, but really cba at the moment. Instead I am contemplating finding a glass of something. It is Friday after all.
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 12th Jan 18, 8:47 PM
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    No flying done today. Family day today, so minimal housework will be done today or for the next few days. I will keep checking in though.

    Today's completed list was:

    Put dry washing away
    Make roast for tea tonight
    Prep filling for tomorrow night's tea
    Make sure the house is reasonably tidy
    Do some knitting.
    Food shop
    (And one more that I can't remember, but it's done.....)
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 12th Jan 18, 8:53 PM
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    Roundtuit I hope things improve for you.
    ....
    so where did the day go?
    Originally posted by Narc0lepsy
    I second both of those comments.

    I don't seem to have achieved much today:
    - put down mouse bait and traps in the eaves lofts
    - decluttered 4 bags of oddments and a life-size (3 ft high) stuffed St Bernard toy (who has been stuck in a box in the loft for 4 years - DH finally agreed that it was time for him to go) to the CS - fer-ling!!
    - spent an hour mostly cuddling my young friend's baby
    - did a quick dash through town, calling at the freezer food shop to use my voucher , PO (where for the second time my packet was too thick to go through the slot so I will have to repack it again ) and bank to pay in cheque from SiL
    - cooked our main meal at lunchtime
    - had to go out to see the GP before I'd eaten all my lunch (I ate the rest when I came home again). She has ordered me to have xrays of my hands and hip, and the vampires will do lots of blood tests
    - booked xray appointment for next Tuesday and will get bloods done at the same time
    - took Rosie out for her usual hour
    - made an early tea because DH had to go to the horsepiddle for his pre-op before having a painkilling injection in a couple of weeks time [fingers crossed] (he is on blood thinning medication, so the injection has to be done as a day case)
    - church choirmaster rang to say that practice was cancelled tonight because 2/6 are ill. He persuaded me to play for 2 services in February while he is away (I don't mind, but his wife does the rotas and she will now have to find substitutes for me on all my other duty rotas!)
    - sat down with a and fell asleep for over an hour - DH went straight from horsepiddle to war games (not much difference, I suppose)
    - rang SiL and chatted for half an hour
    - read emails

    Ah well, tomorrow is another day

    Lynne, I meant to ask whether we can all come over and visit you in Spain. It looks a very nice resort

    (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks all round, as needed. Hope everyone has a good weekend x
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 12th Jan 18, 8:59 PM
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    Work done
    Tired tonight
    Cat had a cuddle

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    • Valli
    • By Valli 12th Jan 18, 9:23 PM
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    Lynne, I meant to ask whether we can all come over and visit you in Spain. It looks a very nice resort
    Originally posted by ionafan
    Excellent idea...
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 12th Jan 18, 11:00 PM
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    Hello

    I'm not at work today - though I should have been . I spent most of last night in high anxiety mode and got very little sleep (and what sleep I got was dream-ridden), got up and got ready for work - on automatic pilot I think, then had a meltdown instead. Poor DS didn't know where it had come from - not sure I did tbh.

    I've discovered there is a direct correlation between the number of dirty pots here and my mental health. I've not WUDUPA since Monday evening ....I suspect that's when the downward slide into mental hell began.

    Looking at possible causes I've come up with: the change in my eating habits affecting my brain chemistry?; being bored stupid at work most of the time (the novelty of not being rushed off my feet has definitely worn off - there must surely be a middle road between bored and crazily busy?); the dratted radio at work - but I think that's possibly a symptom rather than a cause (because I'm bored there's nothing to help me tune out the noise); all or none of the above .

    Flying? I made the bed and fed the birds as part on my morning routine. Difficult to motivate myself to do anything at the minute. At least Sweetie (budgie) is happy to have my company

    Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible (I hope!!!)

    Rxx

    PS If anyone sees my mojo please send it home - it's done a runner!
    Originally posted by roundtuit

    I call it Visual Noise. Clutter and junk shout at me - add to that appalling artificial lights, jarring noise that's too loud to allow you to focus on one things and you get me hiding in silence in the dark for as long as possible before I end up a nervous wreck. I've even been known to lock myself in a large cupboard and switch the light off & sit down, just to have a few minute's respite.

    Those earplugs are great for reducing it - as is relying upon natural daylight or at least switching the lights off and working with a particular lamp. When forced to work with somebody absolutely adamant that the flickering overheads must be on all the time, even when they aren't in the room (so turn them on when I'm working in there happily), I've even been known to stick on a pair of wayfayrers.


    If you're that stressed, I suggest you focus upon your bedroom being calm to the eye (ie, not loads of stuff all over the place and, IMO, less emphasis upon intricate patterns, more block colours/a limited palette), a clean bathroom and the kitchen cleared every night. That way, you have three places in which you are free of the constant whining, shouting and chitter-chatter of a thousand things that should be somewhere where you don't have to look at them.

    I can't guarantee it will fix everything, but where I've got almost full control in particular areas at work, they are so well organised, it's hard to keep other people out as they want to come in and have chats or work in there - they describe it as 'nice and calm over here'.


    As I sit here, I'm vaguely irritated by the bunch of books Himself has insisted on putting on top of the bookcase rather than inside it and the heap of packaging strewn across the floor where he ordered a frame (just how I like it, slightly chunky, wood, stained black or dark brown, no embellishments) for a very stylised image of hares. I love the picture and frame, but whilst it has no physical influence upon me, I'm wondering why on earth he couldn't just pick the plastic and cardboard up and put it in the recycling every time I almost catch sight of it in my peripheral vision.


    Other things that have made me feel anxious or slightly disorientated in the past have been needing a new glasses prescription and - daftest of all - having an unnoticed buildup of earwax, as that meant I couldn't quite hear properly in one ear, which must have been making me feel off kilter, even though I wasn't able to tell that my hearing had reduced on that side.


    Himself was taken ill Wednesday night and I made the decision to call for an ambulance when his breathing went weird and his heartrate dropped by 50%. Couple of hours on a drip and a telling off from the Consultant for not eating properly and I went to work yesterday morning on 2 hours' sleep and not having eaten since Monday night, only to find out at lunchtime that I'd dropped my bank card somewhere on the way home at 3.30am - when the bank notified me that somebody had been on a little spending spree with it on some cheap trainers, something cheap and electrical and four hours' online gameplay. Himself didn't answer his phone when I called, either. Didn't know at that point that I'd dropped my card, so dashed home in case we'd been burgled or he'd keeled over - and promptly had a mini meltdown of my own once I'd established the house was fine. Will have to reclaim the money (thank goodness I had enough in the bank for them to let the payments go and then claim it back without it affecting the bills).

    Got about 4 hours' sleep last night, struggled through work and was just about to sneak out the front door to go home fifteen minutes early when I spotted my boss the other side of the door, so had to style it out as though I'd deliberately come over to update her on the day. So I left ten minutes late in the end, as she loves to chat



    Just spent over half an hour on the phone to the bank completing the dispute procedure. Ugh. If I get a full refund, it's been worth it, but awful line, awful distorted hold music for ages five times during the call and struggling to understand the accent of the gent in the Fraud Department. I've now got a headache to go with AF back pain.


    And it's my birthday in 57 minutes. I'm old. I'm tired. I'm grey, pasty, have panda like dark circles under my eyes and I'm haggard looking. And Himself is watching Jimmy Carr and some awful quiz with Jonathan Ross and Claudia Winkleman shrieking.

    YUK YUK YUK YUK YUK.
    Last edited by Jojo the Tightfisted; 12-01-2018 at 11:03 PM.
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    • By lil_me 12th Jan 18, 11:12 PM
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    Happy birthday for 48 minutes time Jojo

    Long busy day at Autosport, 11000+ steps when my personal average is closer to 6000! Feet feel on fire. Pace myself a little more for our last day here tomorrow. Organised all my bags already. Made the most of free time with no kids or dogs for copious amounts of chilling out. Just moisturised my very tired feet

    I!!!8217;ve been doing little lists while I!!!8217;ve had thinking time so still productive. Need to decide on my new dailies instead of dashing around every few days & being disorganised

    Time to get some sleep before the hooligans who are Out for the nights out come back. Already a few in. I can hear them and of course doors slamming through the hotel. Hopefully we won!!!8217;t hear the vibrations from phones on a morning in the adjoining room x
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb
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