I can’t decide whether to be glass half full or glass half empty this week.
Let’s consider the facts. First looking at the bleak side:
- We have given up hope that the Scottish government will allow us to travel in March or April for the Orkney holiday we originally planned for January.
- My wife Mandy and I have not received a vaccine invitation, but our younger son, Tin, who is just 31 years old, has. No idea why.
- The sunny weather promised for this week has turned into low cold cloud. So much for spending time in the garden.
- The backup disk for my PC has failed, and the new one does not work.
- We bought 3 cubic metres of wood for the fire, and it will not burn.
- The heating is not working in our boat.
- My niece is going to have her first child in a few weeks, and we aren’t allowed to see her.
- Having spent several days last week trying to sort out funding for my Dad’s care home, I still do not know whether the council will allow him to stay in the one where he is now.
- The things I have been doing this week, such as painting and reading, are a waste of time.
- I am really missing the people contact I used to get at work.
Reframing these in a more positive way:
- We have rebooked Orkney for the whole of November. As with our original plan, this should be dark enough to catch the Aurora Borealis at least once.
- Our son is super lucky to get the vaccine early, and for Mandy and I it should be just a few weeks away. So close!
- Monday was a lovely day here and looking at the crocuses, spring is definitely coming.
- There are many reasons to hate Amazon, but if something doesn’t work, they replace it without quibble.
- I have 3 cubic metres of wood stacked neatly in my wood store, and by the autumn it will be perfectly seasoned.
- Pierre, the best narrowboat mechanic in Scotland, has promised to fix my heating this week, so I may be able to get back there at the weekend.
- All being well, the reopening of Scotland will allow me to travel up to Fife to see my niece and her new child very soon.
- Wiltshire council have agreed to pay for a bed for my Dad, and if his current care home does not have a “council bed” available, we can pay a top up. He will not have to move.
- The things I have been doing this week, such as painting and reading, are relaxing and good for my mental health. They are exactly the kinds of things I never had time for when I was at work.
- I am not missing at all being on constant zoom meetings. My time is my own.
What do you think? Half full or half empty?