Chit-chat June

My new job

3rd June, I started my new morning cleaning job.
As you will know from earlier posts, I wasn’t too sure about this job. But both my employer and the client where I am cleaning, are nice, which makes it relaxing in that way. But my first day at work was not impressionable, as I revealed here: Job shopping.

After 4 days, I decided to put my notice in. I gave just over a weeks notice. I decided to do this after having a panic attack, prior to setting out. I had irritable bowel a few occasions, with the stress too.
After I put my notice in, both my employer and the place I clean tempted me to stay. But I did not. It wasn’t for me.
When speaking with the manager, she apologised for coming across the way she did, on my first day. She did not mean to cause me stress. As I have said before and I said to her, I totally got where she was coming from, but she did scare me a little.
It turns out she is happy with my work and wanted to know how she could reduce my stress, which I discussed, but said I am not going to stay, because I am not impressed who I work for, as I wasn’t impressed with my line manager on my first day, which we talked further about.
We also chatted about other things. I said they wouldn’t see the last of me as I will come here for lunch at times, when I can afford to. I do like it here, but the job is not for me.

Something else is in the pipeline, possibly, work wise though. I basically will be cleaning for my same employers that I have worked for now, for over year, that I have enjoyed every minute of. The only difference, is a new area to clean at and a different person to speak to, for this job. This morning cleaning job is less hours. But it may go up to some more. It’s temporary, to possibly permanent, because of the circumstances. I chose to accept, whether this turn out to be permanent, or not. I am currently waiting on this, if it is still happening. I shall have to email on the matter, in another week, if I hear nothing more.

Supporting mum

I supported mum with her appointment, to do with her mental health. An appointment my mum did not want to attend, or travel to. So I got to see this psychiatrist for the first time, who my mum has seen before. This psychiatrist was really nice and when we left, mum said she liked her. I just had to laugh, because of how this dislike now became to be a like.
The mental health team that have been there since mum was discharged from hospital, have discharged my mum and she is now seeing a CPN, who reports back to her psychiatrist.

Day trip in Oxford

I met up with my friend, in Oxford. It’s been some time since we last met and this year was precious, with me only being able to visit Oxford once this year.
I received a lovely parcel from my friend of goodies, to put a smile on my face. Which it did and all put to good use.

Stone art

I have been doing some stone art for the first time last month.

(Images of these two stone arts below are mine. © Elizabeth Fisher.)

Mum likes the hedgehog and wanted me to paint her one. Paying me for it, so asked me what I would charge, if I decide in selling these, if I did more. This current hedgehog and my ‘breathe’ stone art is not for sale, but as I said to mum, if I paint another hedgehog, the pebble needs to give me the impression of a hedgehog.
These photos were taken before I varnished them and are now, or are finished being varnished in matt varnish, as this post airs.

New commenters on my blog, beware.

I am noticing I am getting new followers, or just new commenters, that when they decide to leave comments they leave only words along the lines of, “nice post,” or “great post,”
I have started to challenge those commenters by asking on the lines of, “What did you find nice/great about it?” As I expected, I didn’t get a response back. So readers beware, if you do start to leave comments like that, especially if you are not a regular commenter, or it’s first time commenting, I am not going to air a comment that just says “great post,” or similar. You need to explain further why. I would rather you just click the like button, after reading, if you can’t emphasize on the “great post,” comment. Thank you.

I would like to remind new commenters also, if your comment feels spammy and nothing to do with post in question, it won’t get aired.

And any comments that have a link in the comment, will be edited and removed. This was one of many things that annoy me, as I mentioned in this post when I re-shared another blogger’s post on the topic. That can be found here: Blog post re-share: 7 Telltale Signs Of A Desperate Blogger — Renard’s World.
Any comments I do edit, readers will know, because I will write below in that comment inside brackets, pointing out I edited it and why. Like for example, links removed. But if the comment has no meaning to topic, it simply won’t get aired.

I have already started editing comments before this post aired, that broke my blog rules.

I have always stated on my Policies/Disclaimer page about editing comments accordingly if they don’t follow my blog’s rules. I have also done posts reminding readers of this. Mostly, I have readers that follow this, but some are creeping through that are not, so I will be hitting hard and following my rules from now on.

I have started volunteering somewhere else

I have started volunteering in my own local area of Mansfield, for a local conservation group. My first meet up was one Saturday, for litter picking. I went around with another volunteer and I spent nearly two hours picking up litter, around Quarry Lane Nature Reserve.
It was the first time I have been on this nature reserve and it was lovely. I was impressed and I enjoyed participating with the group of volunteers. I hope to join in with them, on future events.
There are regular various events and people just dip and out of these different events. You come and do what you fancy.

DVD’s watched:

  • (Re-watched) As Good As It Gets
  • (Re-watched) Sum of all Fears
  • (Re-watched) Man of Steel

Getting my remaining answers from HMRC Working Tax Credit (WTC) department

The second week into June, I received a letter from my local MP who was chasing up my remaining questions I had in regards to WTC.
Finally, those remaining questions were answered and now I can say case closed. But if it wasn’t for my local MP and his caseworker, I would not have got my answers. It has taken nearly two months to get my follow-up email of questions to be answered.
But my feelings still stand when it comes to WTC, or Universal Credit that gets so much bad press, that I will avoid these two benefits, regardless of any struggles.
Having these questions answered and having it in writing, puts my mind at ease and I can finally move on from this.

No more Mr squirrel, (or Mrs)

In all the time I  have lived where I currently live, I have only ever seen one squirrel in the garden of where I live. I would see this squirrel regular at certain times, but unfortunately, I will see this squirrel no more.
The weekend my mum came over and joined in with Fibbing Friday for the first time, on a Sunday morning when she came to set out and meet me after I had finished work, she came across a dead squirrel, just outside the grounds of the property, on the pavement. Mum got rid of it, as she did not want me to ser it. It upset her too and she wasn’t going to tell me. But thankfully, mum did. Mum knew how much I looked out for the squirrel. There has been no sighting of a squirrel, so as I already sadly assumed, it looks like it’s the one I used to watch. 

Asthma

This year, of all the years I have had asthma, I consider this year, the first year to find my asthma a nuisance.
After having my latest episode to continue for some time and nothing really changing after following my asthma care plan, I ended up going to the doctors.
I first seen the nurse, who was concerned on a few matters and so an appointment with the doctor was made for the same day, just a few hours later.
After examination and finding I had no signs of a chest infection, I was given a short course of steroids. If no better, to go back.
The sleepless nights that I have had, have just added to my exhaustion and so I may take an extended break from blogging.

Blogging break

And as most of you will know, I am currently taking a blogging break and won’t be back until later in July, as mentioned in an earlier post aired. So any comments won’t get aired until then and replied to. I may require a further break than planned. If that’s the case, I will post a further update, to let you know.

I thank everyone for their kind support and patience, while I take the required break I need.

16 thoughts on “Chit-chat June

  1. 🙂 You appear gifted in the area of stone art.

    Also, make it a priority of yours to eradicate your asthma.

    I must admit that a Policies/Disclaimer page is a wonderful idea (Let us hope that people check it out before commenting on your blog).

    Do enjoy your blogging hiatus and I do hope that you return feeling refreshed!

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    1. Thank you Renard, for your kind words.

      It’s first time I have done stone art and it won’t be the last.

      Hopefully I will know some difference in 2 to 3 days with the asthma. I really need my sleep and feeling sick today with it.

      The Policy/Disclaimer page is something I have always had from the beginning of this blog, with updates accordingly a couple of times over the years and I have seen from my stats it does get looked at. But there have been new commenters, or people emailing me that have totally ignored it, if they are the ones that read it.

      I have rescheduled a post that was due to air this month, to a later month. I hope to feel refresher.

      Thank you once again for your valued comments here.

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    1. Thank you. That’s if this one will still happen. I shall have to query at the end of next week, if I don’t hear owt by then. But either way, I was already prepared to leave the other.

      I really enjoyed painting and the hedgehog one took 3 days to paint, before varnishing.

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  2. “Great post!”

    Only kidding, those spammy followers & comments are frustrating, I don’t know why they do it unless it’s to get follows back or something. I love the stone art! Honestly, both of those look VERY cool! Now for the stupid question…where do you get the stones from?
    I’m sorry your asthma has been bad. I’ve struggled a bit with my inhalers and I don’t think pollution and heavy air are helping. I really hope the steroids can give things a bit of a kick start back to your ‘baseline’, I remember them being quite good for me when I’ve had them in the past for my breathing so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. And a blogging break sounds good, you’ve got a lot on as it is so make sure to try getting more rest whenever you can. Lots of love, xxxx

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    1. 😂 Yes, they are frustrating and annoying.

      The stones came in a small box with acrylic paint. I bought them from The Works. I have another box, so I have two more stones. One of the stones, I will paint something from the little book that was inside.
      Future stones, I will get somewhere like B&Q.

      I have had 9 sleepless nights, as of from last night. It’s third day on steroids and I am noticing I am feeling lighter on the chest today.
      I still have the annoying cough, but it’s eased off a little.
      I have had a short course of steroids once before, when I had a chest infection.
      Although my peak flows have been lower than my normal, they are not too bad and the doctor wasn’t concerned about that. But he was concerned about the cough. I imagine he was expecting possibly a chest infection too, until on examination, found I hadn’t.

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  3. I love your stone art hedgehog, these are really cute! Great idea for the garden or indoor plants! You are very creative! Some jobs are just not worth it if they make us ill. Sounds like you did the right thing for you!
    Enjoy your time away and hope you are feeling chilled. Xx

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    1. Thank you for your best wishes and compliments.

      The stones are ideal to brighten and cheer up an area. These stones and future stones I paint will be only suitable for indoors, as the varnish I am using is not; weatherproof for all weathers, but if the right varnish was used, it would certainly cheer up a garden. Xx

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