My views for today

Roses and sunshine a view from inside my flat

I chose to lie in this morning and have a relaxaing day.

It’s lovely and, sunny and my roses as you can see above, are still doing well.

I finished my chick, as I shared in a post before this one.

I was going to have a chippy at lunch time, but my local chippy have changed their opening times to just evening. So to not waste my journey I went into the supermarket, as it is just opposite, to get my essentials out of my remaining budget of this week. So I won’t be going again until Tuesday preferably. But it may be Monday.
On observation at my supermarket, the entrances are done so that one is exit and other entrance. I could clearly see the exit, but another chap ahead of me who seen it just last minute still tried to go in through what was now exit. But he didn’t get far, just like another after in front of me tried and he was told to go round to the other entrance to come in, which just adds only a few seconds to your walk. So not that hard is it, to just follow instructions and do as you are told.
As I have cash, I am already aware from my email received from this supermarket yesterday, that if paying by cash, they like you to use self-service tills. I don’t like em. But I used it without making a fuss. I was in and back home in 20 minutes, which was my plan. They had tape near the checkouts to help you observe the social distance.

Not long ago, I decided to email the ward that my mum is on, to see how they are doing on there, since this Coronavirus has come about and checking if they are allowing visitors on, or stopping it for the time being. (My last contact with the ward was November.) Pointing out though, that I won’t be coming anytime soon, even after virus has cleared out the country. I just wanted to check and see if mum was getting involved in any of the activities they are doing on there, that I have been looking at on their Twitter account for the ward.

I also decided to email mum’s social worker after. Last time I heard from her was January. I wanted to check in particular my mum’s bungalow, that she hadn’t lost it and if she was able to work with my mum to sort out in regards paying the rent she was owing.

Been in conversation with my morning employer via their app we use this afternoon, after their update on their newsfeed. A worrying time with regards to this one, whether I get my wages from the point of where I had to stand down in my job. Time will tell later. Especially if portal has not been created by then, that employers will need to use to claim wages Government said they would pay, for workers affected. I was worried about dipping into my savings again, if that’s the case that I am trying to build up for my long term goal. But when I think about it, I shouldn’t find it tight this next pay as I first thought, but it’s the month after that, if it’s not sorted and we are still in the same scenario.

Although it seems I have been busy, today has been a more rather laid back affair and it will continue like this for the remainder of the day. Enjoying the sun coming into my flat.

I plan to continue reading my book once this post airs and then watch a dvd, or two. I may pop back on this evening here. I may not. I’m going with the flow.

 

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Some relaxing products I have been trying

For some months, I have been trying some different products that smell nice and that are relaxing:

  • Radox Sleep Aromatherapy Body Wash
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist
  • Tisserand Sleep Better candle (not puctured)
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pulse Roller Ball
  • Boots Live + Be Hand Cream (not pictured)
  • Boots Live + Be Body Mist (not pictured)
  • Boots Live + Be Whipped Body Cream
  • Boots Live + Be Hand Wash

Radox Sleep Aromatherapy body wash, Tisserand Aromatherapy sleep better pillow spray and pulse point roller ball

Boots Live + Be body cream and hand wash

When I bought the ‘Tisserand Sleep Better’ range before Christmas, as my Christmas treat, I bought the gift set. It contained the candle, pillow mist and rollerball altogether.
Using them altogether, I slept solidly all through the night. I just have my pillow mist and roller ball left and although I class ‘Tisserand’ as expensive to start with, I don’t now with still having plenty left. Although some nights, I have not used it.

I would probably not buy as a gift set again, unless I treat myself. But I would consider the pillow mist and roller ball again, either together, or individually.

The ‘Radox Sleep Aromatherapy body wash,’ when showering in the evening, I would use this in conjunction with the ‘Tisserand Sleep Better’ products. I bought this to try after seeing it on a reduced offer. I loved the relaxing smell, while showering.

The ‘Boots Live + Be range’ is what I call budget range as they are in my preferred and affordable price range. But none of these products feel budgety.

I absolutely love this range and I have been going back for more.

I started off at first with just the hand cream in, ‘Captivating Pause’ and ‘Beautiful Connection.’ I had both of these on the coffee table, applying them to my hands in the day, when I needed to relax.
I bought these when I was at my worst depressive and suicidal state.
I liked both of these scents, but I found I was drawn more to the ‘Beautiful Connection one,’ as this ran out first.
Since then, I have bought the body mist spray, body cream, shower cream and more of the handcream in this scent. But I also going to try some of their other fragrances too, in this range.
So as you can see, I am hooked with theirs.
If I use their range at night before bed, then I don’t use the Tisserand. But mostly, at the moment, I use the Boots range in the day. This will probably change though, when my Tisserand has gone.

I hope Boots keep this range going, because I am hooked. I absolutely love the smell.

 

(The reviews of products in this post are my own personal reviews that I have shared myself. I have not been asked to create these reviews.)

 

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It’s the weekend

It’s the weekend and my weekend will be mainly a relaxing one after this morning.
Does your weekend start now or does it start Friday the minute you have finished work?
For me, I mostly think my weekend starts the minute I finish work.

I sprained a couple of my fingers yesterday, in my morning job. I was trying to open a pack of jumbo toilet rolls, to get one out. There was clear tape on the pack and it was a matter of trying to find an easy place to tear.
One finger is more sprained than the other, (my index finger) which I felt at the time of the incident and I am bruised around the joint of that finger. (The metacarpophalangeal.) But it’s not restricting me. I can bend them. Just painful. But I will take the opportunity to just try and rest that hand where I can.

So after this morning where currently my washing is in the washer and I have another load, I shall clean the bathroom and vacuum everywhere, I shall do nothing else.

I have been reading a blog this morning that I have not read until now. I only discovered it after she liked a blog post of mine, so I went over to take a look. One post went onto another and currently I chose to follow. So I hope this person doesn’t mind me giving a shout out of her blog: https://lifeinkarolingston.com/

I am also going to be a hermit this weekend and stay in my flat.

My scheduled post Anger has aired this morning and after I have aired this post, I will be away from my blog all day today, just to rest my hand.
I would like to say I would be doing the same tomorrow, but more likely I will be on later in the afternoon, to early evening for a bit, knowing me. So any comments left will get aired, when I am back.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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It’s the weekend

I don’t do many of these type of weekend posts and not something plan to. But here’s one today. Past weekend posts can be found at the end of the post.

So last weekend, on a Sunday, I pampered my hair, in which I shared the review of that product here, in this post, Review: Garnier Ultimate Blends Smoothing Hair Food Coconut and Macadamia. But I also pampered my feet. Something I have neglected on last year. By taking time out to pamper my feet and feel the positive effects of it, as well as my feet feeling really good, I shall be doing this again tomorrow. So tomorrow, after my shower and giving my hair that deep treatment, my feet will go in my foot spa for 20 minutes. During that time, I will exfoliate my feet using my pumice stone, then I will moisturise my feet. Massaging them while I do this.

Today, my plan was to walk around the nature reserve after calling at the shop for a few things, but it was one of those mornings where I felt fatigued. Not something I have felt for a while. So it felt a slow start this morning. So after I had my mug of tea and breakfast, which I had a boiled egg sandwhich, I called at the shop, judging whether after I been home with my items, whether I would go back out for this walk.
The weather felt as though there was dampness in the air, so I did not fancy that walk around the nature reserve with dampness and the cold. It felt like it was getting in my knees in the short time I was out there. So I did not fancy that. So when I was back at home, I opened my living room window a little more wider to get my fresh air and I had a second large mug of tea, mindfully drinking it in the quiet. Well, as quiet as it can be with a washer on. Mindfully tasting my tea, the warmth of the drink and the cosy feeling it gave me while feeling the warmth on my hands, holding the mug. Occasionally looking out if my window, from where I was sat at the dining table. I then painted my nails. So I have light purple nail varnish on my nails today.

After this post airs, I am having a simple meal I picked up today. I am having a tin of vegetarian ravioli. I plan to have with it a wholemeal roll, with dairy-free spread on it. I will also be having another large mug of tea.

I shall then this afternoon drop off dvd’s a neighbour lent me and more likely come back with more. So if that’s the case, you will know what
I will be doing next. Some more dvd’s to watch. 😊

Enjoy your weekend. What’s your plans?

Past, weekend type posts:

 

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Investing in my walking

As I have mentioned in a few of my blog posts and via other people’s blog’s, that when it comes to walking, I’ve never failed on this.
Yes, on some days when I’m very tired, getting the up and go in me to walk can be a little difficult at times, but some how, I still manage to get myself out there and walk.

I had the urge to run one time, which lasted some good months, as you know, but I’ve never got round to the running part, regardless of me buying the gear to run in. I don’t think it will happen now, but I will never say never, because you never know. But I know the walking will always happen.
The running gear has not been wasted though.
My trainers I have walked in plenty and due to foot pain I had at one point in my left foot, these trainers were essential around that time. I also had to ease off the walking a little, to give my foot a chance to settle. But I am now back to my usual walking.
My jogging bottoms I wear in, or out the house. To wear out as casuals feels strange though, as I have not worn jogging bottoms all day before to walk out in since my 20’s. Only time I wore jogging bottoms were when I went to Pilates class, but soon as I was back home, I’d change into something else.
The only bottoms I have worn in the home, were a pair to lounge in, for when I really wanted to relax in, which were a Christmas present from a friend. They are really soft and comfy.
My cap I have not worn yet, but when the sun’s out blazin hot, then it will come in handy to protect my head while out walking. But this will be strange, as I have not worn a cap for a while.
The one t-shirt I bought for running in, I wear as any of my other tops of mine. So again, not wasted.
My running belt will probably come in handy one day, so not getting rid just yet.
And not forgetting my Garmin Forerunner 30 watch. I still use it to track my walks. But I probably would not buy another tracker type watch, if anything went wrong with this one down the line and just use Google instead for whenever I am interested in distance walked.

So my investment in walking, is a pair of lace up walking boots, which I bought during the short time I was in a second cleaning job.

Ecco Lace up walking boots in black and grey
Ecco walking boots

These boots are from Ecco. (My second pair of Ecco shoes.)
These lace-up walking boots will give me stability for my ankles and ideal on most terrains, where I don’t need to worry about whether they get muddy, or scuffed, compared to my other boots.
These boots will also come in handy for future volunteer work with my local conservation group I joined, this year. They will also come in handy for when I am around that nature reserve on my own, as well as new walks I may take myself on, elsewhere.

These walking boots are light and comfy on first impressions while at first trialing them inside my home for over a week. But time will tell when I am out there.
I hope I find down the line, that I am happy with these, as I was with my first pair of shoes. My first time walking out in them, at Sherwood Forest, I forgot I had them on at one point, so all seems well with them.

Black Ecco boots
My Ecco boots for walking in town (My first pair.)

 

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#WellnessWednesday – Some of my scents I find soothing and relaxing

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These are just some of my different scents in the photo above, that I find soothing, that helps me relax:

  • Yardley rose perfume
  • The Original Champneys Health Spa – Summer Dream Rewarding Body Lotion
  • Relaxing lavender and coconut oil hydrating spritz
  • Relaxing lavender temple balm

 

As well as the above, I also like my scented candles, or scented oil in my diffuser.

And I find the smell and taste of Earl Grey tea comforting too.

What scents do you like, that feel soothing and relaxing?

 

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Nature Heals

I have been at my mum’s the past two nights, as I have been painting her bedroom walls and ceiling. I go home tonight and I shall do my own thing tomorrow, which will be a day at Southwell. So while at Southwell, I will no doubt look in Southwell Minster while there too.

This morning, while needing to do a couple of things, I also needed to be in nature, to refresh. So I went to Sutton Lawn. After calling in The Rumbles cafe and a wander around this park, I had a sit back on a bench I once sat on before and just take it all in for half an hour. This photo below, I taken from this very bench I sat at, a couple of years back, which I shared in a post.

Photo taken while still sat on bench

The photos below, I took today from the same spot and very near by, when I started making my way back in town.

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Nature heals and I needed it this morning.

 

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My other two colouring books

So here are my other two colouring books I said I would mention, since this post, “Adult colouring books.”

“Enchanted Forest” and “Secret Garden,” are both by Johanna Basford.

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The pages are so detailed inside and these two are going to last me for some time. They are worth the money. As well as colouring, there are things to find, or do. I’m doing the colouring first and will go back to the puzzles after, except for the pages that involve adding more detail them, which those I will do as I go along.

This photo below, is a couple of pages out of the “Enchanted Forest” colouring book.

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The photo below, is a couple of pages out of the “Secret Garden” colouring book.

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I have mostly used felt tips when colouring these pages, but at times I have used pencil crayons. Although the paper is good quality, I would not recommend Sharpies felt tips, as these will bleed through to next page. Felt tips I have been using that are really good and do not bleed through are Staedtler and Stabilo.

 

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Adult colouring books

Adult colouring books have been out a few years and they are still popular. They can help towards better mental health, because they give you something to focus on. I have been using colouring books for a couple of years, or slightly longer and towards end of last year, I was relying on them heavily after tragic events, to get through the day. (The last picture certainly reflects that very dark period in my life.)
These pages out of my colouring books were single-sided, so I used mainly sharpie pens for colouring in, but at times I used pencil crayons too.
I said last year that I would share some of my colourings one day. Although later than planned, here they are.

 

In a later post, I will share two colouring books I am now currently using.

 

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