Already, after only a few days, my new working regime seems to be working.
On Friday I went to get the decorator his wages, and the cash machine ate some of the notes – about £40-worth. Everyone said it always does this when you order a lot of money, that the money gets stuck in the slot, and that it will put it back in about 5 – 10 minutes. I waited 5 – 10 minutes, but it wouldn’t let me try again for the rest of my money. I waited another 5 – 10 minutes, and tried at the post office, but the request was “declined”. It was declined because the system thought I’d had my maximum daily withdrawal already.
Luckily I had enough to pay the decorator all his wages on me because I’d drawn some out the day before too, to spread it out a bit, but I called the bank and they said it would probably sort itself out overnight. That was fine for me, but imagine if I had NO CASH and NO ABILITY to withdraw any, what would I do then? I could go into a branch if I wanted … I didn’t want, I was fine.
Next morning I checked and my money hadn’t been put back – yup, that’s MY money. So I had to go all the way into town to fill in a form, which I did, but which I could have done without this weekend. To date the money has still not been put back. I wouldn’t mind but it even said “your money has been retained, please refer to your bank”, so it knew it had kept some of it, if not all of it.
I think there could be several reasons for this:
1. It gave me £260 of the money and the remaining £40 got stuck but it got all confused because it didn’t keep the full £300.
2. It’s because it was the weekend and if I go and check right after this posts, I might find out.
3. The cashpoint is a lying bar-steward and was hoping I couldn’t be bothered to follow it up so it could keep MY money all to itself.
I’m hoping it’s 1 or 2.
Anyway, apart from that everything else seems to be working. The workstation is starting to feel like home. The trays have bits and bobs in them, I’ve wedged a full-sized Tarot card of The Fool into the frame of the small noticeboard where I can see it, and I’ve hung the calendar where I can see that too (on the wall, beneath the right hand bookshelf, in the centre, just above the printer).
After I did my shopping I came home, did a bit more de-cluttering, read quite a lot (I finished D is for Deadbeat and have gone straight on to E is for Evidence), completed and submitted my first assignment for the British College of Journalism (BCJ), completed my first assignment in Devon’s 5 Stories in 10 Weeks, and I made major inroads with the current annual. That’s quite a few ticks for one weekend.
I didn’t do any washing or ironing or baking, but I did cook a Sunday dinner, plate up another to warm up later in the week, and I did some extra vegetables to go with another meal also later in the week.
We had a lot of rain yesterday. It started at about 10am and carried on throughout the day. It’s great, just what we need, because apparently we’re in a drought situation in many parts of the country. It was so cold, though, I actually switched the heating back on for a few hours. I collected rain water all day, in various buckets and containers, and the water butt is almost full to capacity. That will do for the hydrangea and for the bird bath.
Friday night we didn’t go out because I was full of cold and the gig buddy was working till gone 7pm. I’m feeling loads better now and hope the cold is on its way elsewhere.
Today will be more de-cluttering, a bit of admin (I have to input some invoices onto spreadsheets before filing them, and I have to send out some post), and pretty much more of the annual. My second tutorial is here from BCJ and I want to look at my Writers’ Bureau assignment.