First Day of July

I overslept this morning.  I didn’t wake up until nearly 9.30 and as we had to go out before 10.00 I couldn’t have my usual weekend breakfast.I had to make do with Rice Krispies and a glass of water instead.

We had to go out as I had an appointment in town to collect my new glasses .  It means I now have both my new pairs so I can keep one of work and one at home.  

We also went to a bank to ask about opening a new account.  Our own bank has closed its branch in town which means travelling 15 miles to the next town for any face to face banking so we’ve decided to switch banks.  I know 15 miles doesn’t sound a lot but when our town has several other banks it seemed silly not to switch.  

I’ve just realised that there is something else I intended to do in June and didn’t get round to.  I didn’t have my haircut.  I had thought that I’d go in this morning to make an appointment but didn’t, because of this:

The first I knew there was a problem was last Sunday when my husband suddenly asked me what was wrong with my eye.  It’s the third time this has happened and I don’t know why.  A blood vessel bursts, I don’t feel it happening, it doesn’t affect my vision and it doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort.  So I forget about it until someone says ‘ooh, what have you done to your eye’ and then I feel self conscious.  I feel I need to wait for it to clear up before I make a hair appointment. 

My list of things to do in July is quite short and simple. 

Grow herbs  I try to grow herbs every year but am unsuccessful. This year will be different.

Enjoy fresh air  I can spend time in the garden, open windows and doors while I’m inside and go for walks.

Go for a picnic  Onr fine weekend we’ll drive out to the coast, or to a country park, and take some sandwiches.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  A simple meal al fresco will be fine.

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Things To Do In June

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, or mid-year resolutions. I don’t even have long term goals. I do, however, set out at the beginning of each month a short list of things to achieve that month. Here are my things to do in June. 
Celebrate the start of Summer. There is some debate at the start of every season whether the season starts on the first day of the relevant month, i.e. March, June, September and December, or at the equinox or solstice. I’m opting for 1st June as the start of Summer. I have good reason for being up early on Thursday (my nephew is delivering a short segment on Radio 4 at 05.58 on the song of the Skylark) so I will use my early rising as an opportunity to enjoy the sunrise over the rooftops and fields I can see from my bedroom window

Go to a concert. This is a bit of a cheat as we’ve had the concert tickets since the end of January and the concert just happens to be in June. We’re going to see Leo Sayer perform in Huddersfield town hall. I wouldn’t call my husband a fan of Leo Sayer but he does enjoy his music and as the tickets went on sale in time for his 60th birthday my sons decided to get them as a birthday treat. Although, thinking about it, I ordered the tickets and the boys have never paid me for them

Finish two crochet WIPs. Specifically the two near identical blankets I intend to give as Christmas presents

Have my hair cut. This might seem a surprising thing to find on the list as most people have their hair cut on a regular basis. Not me, though. When I was told in December 2015 that my cancer had come out of hiding and was spreading, I knew that the chemotherapy would cause me to lose my hair. Again. So I last had my hair cut in October/November 2015 and it has taken until now to grow back enough to now need cutting

Read a good book. I generally read psychological thrillers or crime novels. While these are a step up from the ‘chic-lit’ I was reading when my treatment left me too tired to concentrate, they couldn’t be described as classical or ‘modern classical’ literature. Currently on my bedside table (or Kindle) I have On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’ve already read On Chesil Beach (which I can remember only vaguely) and Brooklyn (which I can remember even more vaguely) but I’ve never read ATLWCS. I think I’ll start with On Chesil Beach