Welcome Sunshine

Bright and sunny on the drive to Hospice this morning, although freezing cold.

A very busy morning updating name and address details on the database from around 300 letters which have recently come in.  This task may take me the next few weeks to complete.

Still sunny on the drive home, but only 4C maximum temperature all day.

I didn't feel up to doing much this afternoon so just read my book and am now opening a bottle of wine and throwing a few pieces of wood on the fire - some logs mixed with sawn-up pine bedhead salvaged from the local tip. 

At the height of Storm Ciara over the weekend P didn't feel like venturing outside to bring up more wood and coal so we went without a fire one evening, relying on the gas boiler for our heating. We both missed it and have made sure we have a stock up in the house to keep us going for longer before he has to brave the cold again.

Hopefully I will feel motivated to post something less boring tomorrow.

Thanks for reading anyway.





16 comments:

  1. I am amazed yet again that this job you do is that of a volunteer when it seems to me that your duties warrant being a paid post. I get wood and kindling in for the fire each morning as my first task, ready for the evening when I return home to my empty house.

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    1. When I enquired about volunteering I requested admin tasks as I struggle with people-centred roles due to my hearing impairment. The tasks they give me are not particularly difficult, just time consuming. Once my brain finally gives up the ghost I expect I shall have to stop.
      I am lucky that I have an underling to bring up the wood and coal for the fire. If he goes I shall need to buy an electric blanket.

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    2. I understand what you are saying about volunteering and it gives you the fulfilment that you want. I just have views on volunteering and how the workforce is exploited. Not particularly strong views, just views. I get the wood in, and I have an electric blanket.

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    3. Thanks Rachel. I don't feel exploited, just useful. You never know, I may need the services of the Hospice myself one day.

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    4. There is no question that I do not applaud you. My views relate to the way work forces are run by trustees, not the work that you do and your willingness to do it. Thanks Jaycee.

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  2. In this age of equality it is surely not the man's place to bring in the wood on cold winter nights. After all you have got hands and legs yourself and you are not a countess... as far as I know.

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    1. Oh no Mr P. I am but a weak and feeble female who needs a big strong male to chop wood and bring up the firewood in the teeth of a howling gale whilst I recline by the fireside sipping champagne and eating peeled grapes.

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    2. P.S. In an ideal world hospices would be properly funded but here in the real world they rely upon fund raising and the goodwill of compassionate volunteers. I applaud you unreservedly for the good, altruistic work you do. Keep it up JayCee.

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  3. I love our multi fuel stove. I clean it Monday to Friday and bring in the coal for that night's fire. I also pay for the coal and the kindling. OH lights the stove when he gets in from work; cleans it at the weekends and pays for the logs and fire lighters. It works for us!
    xxx

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    1. Our fuel tends to be freebies that P collects from local builders merchants or the tip. He is out there in freezing weather sawing and chopping and storing it in the workshop under the house. It is not much fun hauling it up all those steps to bring it up to the sitting room for the fire, bless him.

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    2. William Wilberforce will be turning in his grave.

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  4. There's a lot to be said for living abroad in the sun in winter. I also salute you for your voluntary work JayCee.

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    1. It is very tempting. Just need to find a reasonably priced flat to rent somewhere warm!

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  5. We still have a fire every evening. Days maybe warm but when the sun goes down its darnright chilly. And I usually bring in our wood...but the pile is right outside the door!
    Another month I reckon and then hopefully temps will be slightly warmer.

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    1. We don't usually warm up until May 😏

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