Chit-chat July – Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of 2, for Chit-chat July, to keep post short. Chit-chat July – Part 1 of 2 is here.

I have been to my mum’s bungalow a few times this month. Checking and removing some things, to mine, to sort later and I have been giving the  bungalow a quick tidy up. There are two rooms to do still. Kitchen I will do Saturday morning, then I will only have bedroom, when furniture is out.

I moved a couple of things around in my flat, to accommodate a couple of pieces of furniture that would go in there. One being a small dining table that I will use as a dining table and my white dining table, with it having a fold down table top, this is now to be used as a desk. One side kept folded down all the time which will go up nearest to the wall.
I would have liked to have done the other way round, but because of space and where it’s going, it makes sense to use my white table as a desk. Should I need temporary extra space for mum’s paperwork, I can always pull it out and but the table leaf up. But I plan to avoid that, because its not something I could leave up.

I needed to create this new space for when I go through mum’s paperwork anytime, knowing if I needed a break, I could walk away and come back to it later, without moving it. Covering it up with a covering, so away from prying eyes, if needed.
Also, when wanting to eat, or chat around the dining table, it would still happen. My dining table gets used a lot, since living in a flat.

And a solid pine ottoman, is going along a wall where I had a small side table and lamp originally.
That table has now gone in my bedroom, ready for when I have a date for furniture to come to mine. So my fold up chair was moved for that, to other side of the bedroom. It used to be mine, but I gave it mum. I always said I would have it back, if one day mum not needing it. The lamp will go back on top.

The small table is not in the way in my bedroom. But it will become a bit of a  dumping ground with a couple of mum’s boxes going in a space there, till I decide what to do with them. So I shall cover them with a sheet, to not feel like my bedroom being cluttered.

Dvd’s watched:

  • New Year’s Eve
  • End of days
  • The Assassin (2015) (I was disappointed with this film.)
  • Cirque Du Soleil – Journey Of Man
  • Cirque Du Soleil – Varekai
  • Cirque Du Soleil – Dralion

Read a book called, ‘The Lynmouth Flood Disaster,’ by Tim Prosser. A book a neighbour lent me.

I emailed where I usually volunteer once every fortnight, to let them know I wouldn’t be back to volunteering, when they open. Not just because of Coronavirus, which if it was that alone, then I would have temporarily stopped originally, until seeing how things go until next year. But because I plan to take on mum’s finances, looking after that, so I have decided to stop volunteering permanently, while I do this, as any break I have between this and work, I plan to do just my thing. I would though, when in the area, call in and see them, letting them know prior I will pop by.

I received a free handmade face mask.

Face mask. Rabbit a

This was from a neighbour from the other block of flats. Her sister makes them and, after admiring one she shown me and my two neighbours, while we all chatted, she’d said she get her sister to make me one and I said how much? She just shook her head and said nothing, I’ll get you one.
I soon received it. It’s not the same design, but I love this design even more. 🙂

From my neighbour downstairs, the one who I just do chats with outside the home and not in, after he became drunk that time, gave me one of his hats.
He brought so many hats out when, me, him and the other neighbour who looks out for me got chatting while we all drank tea and got me to try on his hats. It was another sunny day, like before when we were all out there and I got my cap on. He thought he get me to try on his hats and asked other neighbour, what you think?
The one I liked best, was the one the other neighbour thought I looked the best in.

Cream gents hat with feather

I kept it on because with the sun coming from the side and it was protecting my face from burning, compared to my cap.
When eventually we were going in for different reasons, me needing to have my lunch, I was about to give him his hat back I was wearing and he said keep it. So I shall treasure that hat and when I sit outside again, I will wear that. 🙂

Me wearing the cream gents hat with a feather in it

I have been baking my usual, shortbread biscuits, but with a twist. I made chocolate versions. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of that.

I have also been making some cakes today, which I shall be sharing with my two neighbours:

Watercake, which is dairy and egg free. My first time making.

The receipe says to not use fan oven and only conventional. Although I have a small conventional oven, I have only ever used the grill part and not the oven bit, so I don’t know what its like, so I used my fan oven at a lower temperature of 160 degree C. instead. For the time stated. Although the cake is fine, it may have been ready 3 or 5 minutes before.

This cake is lovely served with cream. In my case, dairy-free cream. 😋

Watercake

I was going to make shortbread, but my mind went elsewhere, so started off with the preparation wrong, meant I was now going to be making another cake. So I followed the sponge recipe for victoria sandwich, added mixed spice to it and put it all in one sandwich tin and baked. Turned out nice. So I have a mixed spice sponge cake.

Mixed spice sponge cake


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It was time to say goodbye, to my volunteer role.

After over 4 years and nearly 5 months being a volunteer, it was time to say goodbye today. This was because as you know, I got my morning cleaning job, as announced in this post, It’s finally happened ….

My role has been varied over the years and I have enjoyed everything about it.

I have also grown as a person, because I first chose to volunteer because I knew it would have to keep me talking. I was that low, I felt myself closing down. I didn’t want to speak to anyone. Not even my mum if I could help it. So by volunteering, I obviously had to keep talking, so I would appear to be friendly to everyone that used it. This place brought me out of my shell that I was going into. So I have very fond memories.

It wasn’t planned originally I would be in today, because I let one of the workers know I wouldn’t be in last Friday, due to starting the new job possibly this week. But when I heard nothing by last night, I knew it would be safe to let them know I was doing one more.

Although it was my last day at volunteering, I did not say goodbye. I couldn’t. Instead, I said see you, because I know I will be back to say hello on my day off from work, or whenever in area and convenient to pop in. Likewise, they would like me to keep in touch too.

I received a card and a necklace off them, as my leaving present. Surprisingly, my tears did not come towards the end while there and I wondered what was wrong with me. But when I left and walked down the drive into town, they flowed then.

I will be seeing them in July, as I have been invited to a party then, as they will be celebrating 35 years providing to the local community. I bet I shall be in before then though.

If I have problems being wrongly taxed, I was encouraged to come in by the person in charge and she would phone the tax people on my behalf if required. She knows her taxes.

 

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Volunteering is good for self-esteem

If you have low self-esteem, then getting out of your comfort zone and volunteering will help improve your self-esteem.
Those that have known me from a previous blog I used to write, will know that Ashfield Play Forum was the first place I volunteered at. At was at my lowest moment prior to starting there; not feeling good because of work, confidence really low and I was depressed. I also started shutting off people close to me by not speaking, if I could.

I started volunteering at Ashfield Play Forum in January 2014 and I am still there, enjoying a wide variety of tasks. I like helping where I can and it improved my confidence and made me speak, which in turn made me feel I could speak up again to family, or close friends. I also felt useful.

July 2015 I started a new volunteering opportunity with Nottinghamshire Hospice, volunteering in a shop. This volunteering role took me out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed it there. Although I started off in the shop itself, I ended up working upstairs, as this was where I felt I was doing something and I felt useful; steaming the clothes and occasionally sorting. Although I loved it, I decided to leave after not quite a year being there, to pursue something different. This was then when I decided to volunteer at Rosewood.
Rosewood was the best move I made, as you will know when I talked about it here in this post. Although it is still early days and I have not yet started my volunteering role in feedback and patient experience, I still feel positive about my chosen volunteering route and I look forward to gaining different experiences.

So I definitely recommend volunteering to anyone. Just find what you’d like to do when it comes to volunteering, as there are different places you can volunteer at and give it a go. As well as improving your self-esteem and confidence, it can also be good for your CV, as well as for the company/charity you volunteer for.

 

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It’s an achievement for me

Today was when I travelled to a new area I had not been to before and as you know from a previous post, I can get anxiety when travelling somewhere new. (The link to that post at the end of this one, if you have not already read it.)
Armed with my eTrex 20 and a paper map as a back up, I caught the bus needed to get to Rosewood Centre at Church Circle, New Ollerton. For most of my journey my anxiety was not as bad as I thought it would be, but getting nearer to the end of my journey it did increase. Luckily, I soon realised I was coming to my destination and that anxiety, although still there, I was beaming, feeling proud with myself that I got there. 🙂

Now for anyone who travels, you may wonder why it is a big deal for me and why worry. But this is my anxiety. This is what happens to me because my confidence did not grow as a child, as something, or someone would knock it away. So over my adult years my confidence has grown, but slowly, because it can be a battle. That battle has got easier over the last 2 years and after today, I feel great and things I have observed on my travels today, I want to go back to and take a look.

My first impressions

My first impressions of New Ollerton was that I absolutely loved the look of the place and when I arrived at Church Circle, my first observation was how quiet it seemed, to say it’s a big village.

Rosewood Involvement Centre

Rosewood Involvement Centre is behind the health centre and the bus stop is just outside the health centre. (Although I got off a stop before, as it still was a very short walk to it.)

The place was very welcoming and I got to know the person who is the Manager there, more about Rosewood Involvement Centre, having a chat about myself, so the manager knew more about me and then I was shown around the place. The place is small, but for a newbie like myself, it still seemed a bit of a maze to me, so I was losing my bearings a little. (I know this will get better.) I then met some of the volunteers there and stayed there through till the afternoon, chatting with them, then joining in at their meeting they were having in the afternoon.

I have a volunteer application form to fill in and bring back with me when I start attending next Friday as a volunteer. I will be starting off at the centre for so long, so I receive appropriate training, learning more about the place and basically settling in, before going out of the centre to do a role that interests me.

From discussion with the manager, there are plenty of opportunities that will be good on my CV and I from what I learnt today, I know I will get even more experience then I expected, which could be put to good use.

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