A very, very good day
Yesterday, due completely to circumstances which are too long and involved to bore you with, instead of joining Ash in bed for our usual early morning cup of tea I took his up and then came straight back down again. The result of this was that the tea didn't get drunk or the tablets taken at their usual time but Ash himself had the brightest start to a day that I've seen in a very long time. It was so lovely and made such a difference to both of us that I thought I'd try a change in routine. This morning I got up early and came downstairs as usual but didn't disturb Ash at all, instead leaving him to sleep as long as he wanted. The result? a completely, relaxed and smiling husband who wandered downstairs just before 8am to make himself a drink. A very, very good beginning to this particular Tuesday but then things just got better.
A couple of years ago we had a new programmer fitted to the oil boiler with the heating set to come on at 7am every morning except, for some reason, Friday and Sunday when it switched on at 6am. That was mostly fine before but now I get up at 6.30 every morning to make sure I'm ahead of the game and ready for all that life sees fit to throw at me. Five out of seven mornings then the house is freezing when I come downstairs and with snow outside it's been even more difficult to haul myself out of bed. This morning, after a particularly cold night, I decided enough was enough, searched out the instruction booklet I've never before been able to decipher and set to. I moved everything out of my way, wellies, ironing board, walking boots, coats and all the other items that seem to have piled up around it, opened the booklet at the appropriate page and forced myself to focus. In the past I would have scanned the page, felt my eyes begin to glaze over and then handed the job to Ash who would have sorted the problem in a flash (in fact that's not quite true because if he hadn't been taken over by dementia there wouldn't have been a problem in the first place) but I've had to grow up and I'm so happy to be able to tell you that I've reprogrammed the boiler so that now I'll be able to emerge from my bed into a warm house every morning not just the two of old.
It doesn't stop there however because I also sorted out the sensor on the oil tank. For weeks a little red light has been flashing which usually indicates we're running out of oil but I knew we weren't so looked it up and it appeared that the battery needed replacing. A couple of weeks ago I'd looked on the oracle AKA Youtube but my eyes had done that glazing thing again and I'd left it, hoping that the problem would go away but of course it didn't so this morning I decided once again that I had to be a grown up and focus. Someone had given me a YT link to look at but it wasn't quite what I needed so I gritted my teeth, cleared the snow from the tank and looked more closely then went inside and got the video up again. Suddenly it all began to make sense. I disconnected the sensor got the batteries out, replaced them, screwed the sensor back in place and, 'Voila', everything is working as it should and we'll be safe from running out of heating oil.
So all in all a pretty good day and I think I might present myself with an award for competency in skills never before needed.
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I’m also impressed that you get up at 6.30 every day. Must admit since retiring my getting up time has naturally found it’s own level at about 7.30 - 8.00am - especially in this cold weather. I always used to get up at 6.00 when I was working but think I’d find it impossible now.