Week in the life…..WEDNESDAY.

Woke up at 8:00am and went straight down to make our morning drinks. I needed to get washed and dressed soon after because I had gym and shopping this morning. I didn’t have my full breakfast before the gym…just a banana and some fresh orange to wash down my medication.

 Setting off for the gym and shopping and….yes…that is a toilet in the hall! We are waiting for the plumber to come and renovate our shower room which is just down that little corridor to the left, so you can see space is limited until it’s finished.

 Grabbing my shopping bags and trainers, I set off to the gym about 9:15am. It’s wet and windy as I park close to the reception.

                                                                     

At 10:00am I’m on my way to the superstore where the windswept, rain-soaked car park awaits.                                                                                                   

BUT, there’s something important I must do before I begin to shop……NO…I managed to avoid this section of the cafe…….

 ….and settle for porridge and a pot of tea for breakfast instead!                                                                                                                                                                                      


Time to go shopping in the store and arrived home with all complete about noon.


Fridge, freezer,veg rack and fruit bowls filled with fresh food…thank goodness…I find going shopping a real ordeal….can relax….until next Wednesday.


Really ready for lunch now….soup and sandwiches…I’ve ‘gone off’ soup at the moment so just have sandwiches.


After lunch , TV news and a bit of relaxation, it’s time to get the recycling bins ready for the collection day tomorrow. We put them out the night before because they’re supposed to come from 7:00am onwards and we don’t arise until 8:00am at the earliest! When your kitchen is on the first floor and there are three floors to cover, even though there’s only two of us now, we still have four separate bins. Only two will be emptied this week, but we need to clear the house of everything.


6:00pm and its time to make a chicken noodle stir fry for tea.


Self portrait through the landing mirror….pity I didn’t stand further back to get the whole of the lovely oval shape in…..cheer up self!


The usual evening of TV, computer and various other delights and then to bed far too late at 00:25am.



















Week in the life……TUESDAY.

The alarm woke me to a cloudy but bright morning at 8:00am and I got up to make drinks as usual. On Tuesdays, I go to my walking for health programme, so I need to get up and dressed when I’ve finished my drink.

Breakfast, medication, filling in my ‘Week in the Life. notes and packing my rucksack ready for the walk.

Out to the car at 9:30 am to get my walking boots on.

Ready for the drive to meet the group.

Park in a side street…..lovely blossom on the trees.

The Romiley Forum Theatre which is part of the shopping precinct.

Hewitt’s coffee bar, where we all meet for a drink and a chat before we set off.

There are eight of us today. Someone said, “People will think we’re a cult!”

Past the pub.

Carry on along Compstall Road.

Turn right into the lane.

The Tangshutt fields notice board. You can see the flyer for our walks on the right.

I didn’t notice this last week!

The new fruit trees have been planted.

The old wood is left on the ground to provide habitat for insects and other wildlife.

I must find out what these delicate flowers are.

Better catch up….they’re leaving me behind!

The stream tumbling down the hill.

These long steps and hand rail make it safer to climb the slope.

A lovely little pond by the path….must investigate this further next time.

The football pitches on the Tangshutt playing fields.

Distance markers are set into the path for walkers and joggers.

There were lots of birds in these bushes……honest!

We walked past a lovely bank of bluebells.

My favourite moment of the walk was looking across this field of golden….DANDELIONS! The photo doesn’t do justice to the vista.

Looking across the fields to the farm buildings.

A stone bridge crossing the railway line.

There’s a cafe and restaurant at the farm….must go and try it sometime!

This house has its own access bridge….looks like it might have been the entrance to a bigger house.

The old Oakshott Cotton mill…this was probably the lodge at the entrance to the mill.

The mill now has modern extensions and re-cycles used products to produce board.

Another part of the old Oakshott Cotton mill.

This time we go under the railway to get back to the centre of Romiley.

Mmmmm….a lovely creamy coffee and a chat back at the cafe.

Who ordered this fried egg butty?

Back at home by noon to make sandwiches for lunch….love that chilli picallili!

Watched the TV news, read some magazines and then off to explore the virtual world!

At 6:00pm there was a burst of sunshine to cheer this view from my kitchen window. Time to make tea.

Chicken, chips and beans……yum!

After some more TV watching, it was time to write a shopping list for tommorrow.

Last download of photos for the night. Supper and medication at 11:30pm and in bed by 12:20am.


Another good day which will help me on the road to recovery. I’m so glad that I have the time to go walking and do the things I need to do…..wish I didn’t waste so much of it!

Week in the life…….MONDAY.

 8:00am The radio alarm wakes me with a jerk to the manic noise of the Chris Evans breakfast show and I notice that my dawn lamp is already on…..crawl out of bed, switch off the beeping sound and the lamp….put a sock in it Evans! Tried waking to Radio 3 and 4 but used to drop off to sleep again. Downstairs to make coffee for DH and tea for me…..still feeling tired even though I’ve only just got up. Back to bed to sip tea and relax and listen to DH snoring.

 9:00am The untidy kitchen awaits as I come down to make breakfast. DH fell asleep in the living room last night and woke up at 3:00am and came up to bed….left him to sleep in.



My usual breakfast of cereal, skimmed milk, banana and orange juice.



Scan the ‘Radio Times’ for today’s TV programmes.

Now for my ‘chemical breakfast’ ie my medication.

I try to keep my mind from wandering on to negative things by doing puzzles. Something ‘mechanical’ seems to calm me down and gives me a rest from stressing.

10:00am Watch ‘Homes under the Hammer’, my favourite daytime show.

11:00am Unload and reload the dishwasher and tidy the kitchen.

Switch on the computer and check email, social media sites and blogs. DH gets up at 11:45am 

12:33pm Decide it’s time to get washed and dressed.

Washed and rid of the notorious pink pyjamas, I’m ready for the rest of my day!

1:00pm Now, what’s in here for lunch?

Boiled eggs, marmite on toast and an apple.

Fell asleep in the chair watching the News on TV but woke up in time to check the computer and get ready for my gym workout.

4:00pm Drive to the gym in gloomy, cloudy weather.

5:00pm Drive home from the gym in glorious sunshine and spend some time in the garden when I arrive, to breathe in some fresh air and listen to the bird song.

Time for a refreshing cuppa!

6:15pm Make and eat tea.

7:00pm Watch TV and have a tea and cake break. DH’s birthday cake left over from yesterday.

Watched some more TV and then some more blogging and photo downloading.

Had some tea and yoghurt for supper, more medication, then into bed at 0:10am.
2:00am Still awake because a dog somewhere was barking for nearly two hours…don’t remember dropping off to sleep.

All in all, not a bad day for me, even though the weather was mostly grey and cloudy and nearly everywhere in the house needs cleaning and tidying! When I do activities that are ‘good’ for me eg going to the gym, I never seem to have the extra energy needed to sort things out. At least I managed to do the basics of shedding the pink pyjamas before it was dark again, preparing meals and washing up!
My favourite time of the day was the lovely burst of sunshine when I was able to go out into the garden. I could hear the birds singing despite ‘planes roaring overhead, cars driving past and car doors slamming.
I am really grateful for the fact that I am able to go out to places now, even though I still sometimes feel anxious and uncomfortable. It’s much better than the days when, if the slightest thing went wrong, I would stay in bed the whole day. Let’s hope I’m starting to be in charge of ‘the black dog’!


A week in my life…23rd to 29th April 2012.

I shall be following this event by Ali Edwards  

next week to try and get myself back in to the blog habit at least once a week from now on. Although ‘A room of my own’ is my scrap booking and creative blog, I am going to put my entries on my OTHER blog ‘Life in pink pyjamas’ This is usually where I blog about mental health issues and my own depression, so I thought it might be a good idea to combine the two things and produce a record of a week in the life of someone suffering from anxiety and depression. My everyday life has been a ‘roller coaster’ of moods over the last couple of months, so I hope that this will become clear and help people to empathise with the lives of sufferers.
This is also part of my pledge to the Time for Change campaign to talk about mental health and to try and end the stigma that is often associated with mental illness. If you feel you can help in some way, maybe you could make the pledge too:)

A week in my life April 23rd to 29th 2012.

I shall be following this event by Ali Edwards  

next week to try and get myself back in to the blog habit at least once a week from now on. Although ‘A room of my own’ is my scrap booking and creative blog, I am going to put my entries on my OTHER blog ‘Life in pink pyjamas’ This is usually where I blog about mental health issues and my own depression, so I thought it might be a good idea to combine the two things and produce a record of a week in the life of someone suffering from anxiety and depression. My everyday life has been a ‘roller coaster’ of moods over the last couple of months, so I hope that this will become clear and help people to empathise with the lives of sufferers.
This is also part of my pledge to the Time for Change campaign to talk about mental health and to try and end the stigma that is often associated with mental illness. If you feel you can help in some way, maybe you could make the pledge too:)