Unsettled

Not just the weather, although that has been swinging to and fro between bright, sunny days then howling gales and heavy rain.

Our current lockdown is set to be in place for at least another six weeks, thanks to the ferry worker who brought in the Kent variant last month and started this whole mess off all over again.  It spread like wildfire around all the schools first and then into the older adults from there. New cases every day, although most of them now seem to be contained within isolating households.

Whoever thought that arranging a house move in the midst of a pandemic was a good idea must be an idiot. Oh wait...that'll be me then.

Our buyers are now into the Survey Squeeze Game.  Trying to see how much they can knock off the purchase price because of all the dubious defects their surveyor friend found.  P doesn't want to play that game so the house may well be back on the market soon.

My insomnia is back with a vengeance so I need to try some relaxation methods, apart from half a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc each evening. (Yes, I know that probably makes it worse but hey ho).

The good news is that P had his first vaccination yesterday. All done in 5 minutes and no side effects so far. I am in Group 6 so still have to wait for mine.  The rest of our group of friends have now all had their invitations.  Of the two who are younger than me,  one is in the vulnerable category due to cancer treatment and the other had hers early due to a mix up by the GP surgery.  I shall just have to be patient and wait my turn.

Although I may be feeling a little unsettled right now I know that this will all be over eventually.  We still have good health, a warm comfortable home and plenty of food so we are luckier than a lot of people elsewhere.

The barometer is pointing to change, so that's a good sign.




38 comments:

  1. Having a small pet or two would surely bring you comfort and help you to sleep at night. I would recommend gerbils as they are known for not being odorous. You could call them Morecambe and Wise or Bootsie and Snudge. Lord Peregrine would have the task of changing their bedding every few days. Just an idea.

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    1. They would probably end up on the BBQ.

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    2. What a horrible thought JayCee! I am surprised at you.

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    3. Well, if guinea pigs are a delicacy in Peru why not gerbils?

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    4. There wouldn't be much meat on a gerbil, or a guinea pig for that matter!

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  2. A positive mental attitude is the way to go ...... it always works out in the end but it can be so frustrating can’t it ? What is meant to be will happen I believe. Sorry sleep is evading you ..... I can’t think of any more sleeping pointers ..... I’d just keep drinking the Sauvignon Blanc !!! XXXX

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    1. Thanks Jackie. I shall certainly follow your advice 😊

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  3. I drank some cans of Guinness and 2 hot toddy's last night and slept like a log through the gale. I would wait and see what they offer you JayCee.

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  4. Oh I hate that game. I think you are right not to play along. It's good you don't have to accept their offer. Great your hubby is getting the jab, not so good you've not been invited for yours yet :( Lets hope your lockdown gets shortened if the numbers go down again. Good luck on all accounts! x

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  5. Sorry to hear about the new round of infection. And no fun to have a buyer trying to constantly grind away at your property price. No wonder you are having trouble sleeping. Hope things simmer down soon and that your nights become a tad more restful.

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    1. Once I move into "acceptance mode" my brain will stop fizzing so much.

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  6. No wonder your brain is fizzing. Stand firm, stay home and keep enjoying that sauv blanc. At least you're drinking a worthy wine.
    Hope it's all settled soon.

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  7. Like you (in that we are a small Island) we have had outbreaks recently associated with transport to and on the Island. Hopefully the outbreaks are contained. I'm awaiting my second dose. It's not due for about 5 weeks but they are hammering along at a great pace on the Islands (and in Scotland generally) now. Good luck with the sleep, vaccine and house. Life is a bit like the old forces saying "If you can't take a joke then you shouldn't have joined."

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    1. Yep, get on with Life. Just think of the alternative.

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  8. Everything seems unsettled when you are not sleeping well. Hope it all works out the way you want it to and you will be snoozing soundly again soon!
    Stay safe!

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    1. I know it is just a blip. Just about to take my medicine now!

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    2. Just about to take mine too. Cheers. Slainte.

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    3. Slaynt vie! in Manx Gaelic

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  9. Oh this pleases me. I thought I was the only person left in the world who still consulted an 'old fashioned' barometer every day.

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    1. We always give it a gentle tap as we pass by.

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    2. So do I. There may be more than you realise.

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  10. A rotten time to have to endure the hassles of moving. It's been bad enough here trying to sort out one or two simple things which should be a doddle... But everything just seems harder, the way things are! Interesting what you say about schools. Worryingly, here in England, the first step to opening up the lockdown is... Opening the schools. This week. I can't say I'm for it.

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    1. This variant seems to have been ripping its way through the schools without harming the children but obviously then being passed on to the adults in the family.

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  11. Like they used to say of my aunt, you have an active mind.

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  12. Insomnia is a pain. I cope with mine by listening to the radio through a mono-earpiece. The really interesting programmes often do the job, and I wake cursing, as something tedious then takes its place.

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    1. I did think of trying something similar but it would disturb P. How do you stop the earpiece from becoming dislodged if you fall asleep and move around?

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  13. Tim has been having trouble sleeping. I notice that he sleeps soundly on the sofa. When the television is on, he is asleep in minutes.

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    1. Yes, I find that I sleep better on the sofa but I can't really do that every night.

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  14. Dear JC,

    They [whoever they happen to be] say that moving house is one of the most stressful activities that can be undertaken in life. Well, add a pandemic to the mix and no wonder your mind is racing. The only trick we have learned over the years when stressed about something is to project ourselves into the future when the problem is solved or the unpleasant event is over.

    Whatever, we certainly would not enter into any bargaining over the price. If this buyer goes, there will be another. If you feel the price is fair, then stick to it, otherwise there will be no end to the haggling.

    And, how wonderful that the barometer points to change. A good thing. A fair wind is blowing, vaccinations are rolling out and all will be well. Take care, stay safe and, as we know you do, count your blessings and the light will appear at the end of the tunnel.

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    1. Thank you Jane and Lance for your kind words.
      The buyer did indeed withdraw from the transaction when asked by the agent to provide a copy of their survey report detailing the perceived faults. We have now decided to commission our own survey report so that at least we shall not be held to ransom by any future buyers!

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  15. I don't suffer from insomnia but I do have very disturbed sleep. I have a new Fitbit watch; birthday present from the daughter and it tracks my sleep. I wake up 3 -5 times a night (3 are usually for loo visits) and am awake for at least and 1 hour plus every night so far. The trouble is - or maybe it's a good thing; other than the loo visits I have no memory of being awake...
    xx

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