This week was a busy week at the Coln Community Stores as one of my colleagues is on a much deserved holiday abroad.
Rather than just doing four days, I am doing six and five out of the six started at 5.30 am. Monday through to Wednesday, the early starts were fine, but by Thursday early starts on about five and a half hours sleep were starting to get to me. After a short shift on Thursday (5.30 am to 11 am, albeit that I should have finished at 10 am if there hadn’t been an impromptu sandwich making requirement) I decided that I was going to have a nap before I started the daily chores. After a quick cup of tea and a snack, I fell asleep only to wake up less than an hour later feeling decided disorientated. With the sun streaming through the curtained windows, despite heavy duty lining, my first thought was that I had forgotten to set the alarm and was now late for my morning shift at the Stores. With panic coarsing through my veins, the fog of an afternoon sleep began to dissipate and I realised that I had indeed fallen asleep after and not before I had completed my morning shift. Calmed by a cup of Yorkshire tea, I began some mundane domestic tasks as well as tried to focus on some of the tasks which I had started but had not yet finished.
Given that I was working to a ‘to do’ list, I will share my ‘to do’ list with you:
- Send Jo a copy of my birthday list i.e. a list of presents which I am hoping to receive from family members on my next birthday (helpful, rather than greedy hints, I hope) – PS he did ask me to send them to him.
- Finish the proposal for the Coln Community Stores cafe i.e. something which the manager asked me to put together in advance of the next Committee meeting. You will be glad to hear that I completed and send this to my manager yesterday.
- Complete overtime sheet for Coln Community Stores.
- Send Rob, the owner of Lynwood & Co some of the ideas I had (some time ago) about diversifying Lynwood & Co’s offering.
- Put together some meal ideas for an elderly couple who are looking for someone to cook for them on a regular basis.
Although all of my ‘to do’ list items could be expanded upon, the two which best highlight the title of my blog are no. 4 and 5.
With reference to no. 4, Rob’s response to my ideas was very positive and I was glad to hear that he had similar thoughts and in fact was already implementing some of them unbeknownst to me – I am very much out of the loop at Lynwood & Co. since I went part time and even more so now that I am on a leave of absence. A leave of absence which may be permanent, but which at this stage I am not sure. Anyway, on the back of this, he rang me yesterday and asked me whether I would work with him in coming up with a fruit loaf for Lynwood & Co’s collaboration with Stay Cotswolds. A collaboration in which Lynwood & Co provides a welcome gift of sourdough bread, granola and coffee. They want to extend this gift to include a fruit loaf. As I type this blog my first attempt at a fruit loaf for this venture is cooling in the kitchen. It smells delicious. Let’s hope it tastes delicious. I am just waiting for it to cool enough to cut a slice to test. Depending on the outcome, I might be taking my first attempt up to Rob’s house for testing this evening. If the taste does not match the smell, it will be back to the drawing board tomorrow with a second attempt. So the reference to doors in this anecdote is that even if the main door of Lynwood & Co. is shut (although I am not sure if this is the case yet), there may be a small door, which a small person could enter and do a bit as a side line. This may just be a one off, but we will just have to wait and see.
With reference to no. 5, I was at work at the Coln Community Stores on Tuesday when an elderly gentleman came into the shop with an inquiry about his account, as well as asked to put a notice on the notice board. Being nosy I took a quick peek before I posted it to see what it was about. I note mentioned that the residents of one of the bigger houses in the next village were looking for someone to cook evening meals for them. I thought this may be of interest to me so to cut a long story short, I met the residents on Tuesday to find out what they were after; informed them of a potential rate of pay on Wednesday and left some meal ideas for them on Friday with a note of how we could proceed if they were still interested. Although very excited about the prospect on Tuesday, albeit a bit apprehensive, by Wednesday my enthusiasm was waning a bit and by Friday I was becoming quite uncertain. I really do just want to bake and in a way, I am not sure whether I want anything else to get in the way of my end game. Yes, it could be a means to an end, as well as could lead to other things, but at the moment, I am not sure. The ball is currently in their court. I doubt they will call me over the weekend, so I will just need to wait to see what next week brings. So with reference to doors in this anecdote, a reading of a note has potentially opened a new door. I am just not sure at this point whether I want to enter the door.