How to Turn it Around When You’ve Got the Blues

How to Turn it Around If You've Got the Blues | Not Dressed As Lamb

I’ve had “one of those days”. You know when lots of small, irritating things happen – nothing earth-shatteringly bad, just a whole bunch of annoyances of various magnitudes?

I won’t list ALL the things that have happened today (you know, for TMI/too much information reasons), but suffice to say I’m starting the weekend irritated, grumpy and cheesed off. I don’t actually have an answer to my statement of “how to get over the blues when everything irritates you” – that’s where I’m hoping you lovely lot will come in!

So, to start at the beginning…

The main cause for my general frustration at the moment is our house sale. I know I was warned about how laborious, long and frustrating buying and selling a house would be, but when we bought our first house way back in 2004 the whole deal was done in six weeks from offer to handing over the keys. We were first-time buyers, there was only the one house in the chain, and it was all super quick.

(This was DESPITE the estate agent telling us we weren’t serious buyers and that the sellers would pull out, making me cry at work – I found the letter of complaint I wrote to the director of the estate agent the other day. To this day we have NO IDEA why they told us this and neither did our solicitors, who promptly told the estate agent never to contact me directly again.)

Anyway – the joys of estate agents aside (apologies if you ARE one!), we have only two houses in our chain: the one we’re buying as it’s a new build, and our current home that we’re selling (our buyer is currently living with friends so she’s ready to go). I’m getting to my wit’s end about when we’ll move because I’d hoped it’d be a lot quicker than this. The fact that Riley is unwell and one of the reasons that we wanted to move was to have more space for him (interior space AND outdoor green space) is irritating me because we don’t know how long he’s got. We want him to have a decent amount of time in the new house, and every week that goes by means less time for him in the new place.

Yes we’re chasing them, we’re on top of all the paperwork, we’ve told our solicitors we want to be in by the end of June. With no completion date in sight yet, June is looking unlikely now.

 

When everything irritates you and you’ve got the blues

All of this means that I’m easily irritated by ANYTHING. Lots of things (from small irritations to “you’re ***ing joking me” levels) happened today – to me, to Keith, to Riley – to other people I care about. I had several important documents to post today, and to my delight our post office was closed “until further notice” when I got there. I have no car during the day and a bus journey to the next town/village would have been too late and taken too long.

I also got a blister walking the 300 feet to our local post office (I mean, seriously, shoes?), so that added to the fun. Then there’s the sore neck and shoulder I’ve had for a few weeks which is now hideously painful as of this morning (I mean, seriously, body? is leg pain not enough?).

I don’t think PMS is to blame for my irritability – I’m not feeling weepy, just… cross. Though maybe it is PMS after all? My cycle is getting shorter and shorter, so that and a few other factors are making me think I might be in perimenopause, but that’s a post for another day.

I’ve already apologised to Keith for my grumpiness, in fact I apologised as soon as he walked in the front door because he probably took one look at my face and thought “Oh my god, what’s happened…“. I can’t count on two hands (without taking my shoes and socks off) all the other annoyances that have happened today.

All I can say is: grrrrrrrrrr…!!

I know these are all First World Problems. BUT – boy, can it drag you down. As I’m writing this Keith’s just reminded me about the World Cup starting today… I wanted to watch the Egypt vs Uruguay match at lunchtime and completely forgot because of the other stuff going on. [Add it to my growing list of irritations.] I know football isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I like watching the World Cup, for me missing the first game is like missing the start of a new drama series – I feel a bit left out. I need this day to end!

 

Any good tips for when you’ve got the blues…?

So this is where you come in: I need some tips on how to pull myself out of this irritable rut. How do I turn it around when I feel really, really unpositive (made-up word I know, but I deliberately didn’t want to write “negative”)? I’ve got the whole weekend in front of me – I have to drive to the next village tomorrow morning and get my letters and parcels sent off at the post office, I need to get some photos done for the blog at some point and Keith is out on Sunday morning, but other than that, we don’t have solid plans.

Any ideas are welcome – we don’t want to be driving too far anywhere and I can’t afford anything too costly due to all the house moving expenses, but ideas for simple, cheap and effective things would be most welcome. Ideas for things to help my BRAIN get in the right frame of mind would be most welcome.

A massive, massive thank you in advance…!

DO PLEASE TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS: WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF THE IRRITABLE BLUES? I’M OPEN TO ANY IDEAS x

Catherine

P.S. Keith’s just told me the boiler’s stopped working and there are red lights flashing everywhere. Friday 15 June 2018, I need you to get stuffed…

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82 Comments

  1. JENN
    June 26, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Just saying how much i LOVE this blog. So relatable. Fingers crossed for better days.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Jenn thank you so much!! It was pretty much a one-off, thankfully those days don’t come along very often…!

  2. June 23, 2018 / 7:24 am

    Oh darned my comment was deleted. Never mind, I couldn’t really help you anyway.
    Greetje

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:46 am

      Oh not to worry Greetje, thank you anyway..! 😉 (it truly was a one-off day)

  3. June 20, 2018 / 11:40 am

    You poor thing. But great you love watching the World Cup. So do I especially teams that are I do not care about…so realxing…haha…other than that I just need to work out to get those positive hormons flowing….thank you for hosting and enjoy watching…xxxx Sabina

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:47 am

      The World Cup has been half great and half awful, Sabina!!! But I always miss it when it ends 😉

  4. Kathryn Trager
    June 18, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I have empathy. Last year we sold our home of 25 years, bought a different one in the mountains. I felt like l was holding my breath the whole time. Guess what? Our home sold and we are living in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It all came together, I can breath again. In America we have different hoops to jump through. It does push one over to the crabby side. I hope you feel like yourself soon.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:48 am

      Oh WOW how amazing does living in the Sierra Nevada mountains sound, Kathryn?!!!! Glad to hear you’re all settled, we’re nearly there…

  5. June 18, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Sorry you’re having a rough time Catherine. Chin up; you can get through it! I actually wrote a post called 10 ways to get through the day, so I added it to the link-up. I hope it helps. 🙂
    I wash my hair. (I always feel crap on greasy hair days!)
    And pull up a few stinging nettles from the garden. (Very satisfying!)
    Good luck with the house chain.
    Helen x

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:49 am

      OMG yes about the unwashed hair days, Helen – amazing how it makes you feel better, isn’t it?!! Thank you my lovely x

  6. Annice
    June 18, 2018 / 8:24 am

    Gardening. Get your hands in that soil, pull up some weeds, trim a shrub, move a plant, plant something. Very therapeutic and distracting, I promise.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Anything physical often does the trick, doesn’t it Annice – and of course with gardening you have the satisfaction of it looking amazing afterwards! thank you x

  7. June 17, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    So sorry you’re having a rough time. I’m growing to hate that expression “first world problems.” I GET it, there’s always someone somewhere who has it worse…but your life is your life and your problems are your problems. Someone else having it better and someone having it worse doesn’t mean you can’t FEEL your own struggles.

    That said, I like to really lean into my bad days…escape from the world…do whatever you HAVE to do (work, etc), then put on my nightgown and get in bed with a book or lay on the sofa and watch movie after movie, so I can lose myself in OTHER people’s stories, distracting me from my own for a bit. Or go to the beach with my chair and some snacks and maybe a cocktail in a thermos 🙂 and just stare at and listen to the waves. I find the ocean very energizing, but not everyone has that option.

    I used to go to the woods with Caleb and just share his joy at running free, but…I don’t have a replacement for that 🙁 I fervently hope that Riley gets to make the move and enjoy the rest of his days in his own yard.

    Hugs to you.

    Bettye

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:56 am

      That’s very true about it being your life and your life problems, Bettye, you’re right… I think I probably say FWP to pre-empt any snarky comments from people about how I really don’t have anything to moan about! I actually think it’s one of those things that’s related to mental health: saying mean things to someone you’d don’t know can be dangerous because you never know what someone else is going through (as I wrote about the week before this post)! Thankfully I’m not having problems with my mental health, this was just a crappy day where I felt like shouting OH JUST GIVE ME A BREAK, WOULD YOU?! – but it *might* have attracted comments from those who wished to bring me down even further, not knowing what else I might have really been going through.

      Therefore I shall not use the expression again unless it’s in a jokey way! 😉

  8. June 17, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Oh my goodness it seems like you’re just not having a good time with it. What a shame that the house move is taking so long! I’m sure when you look back after all is said and done that it feel like a minor blip in life but it doesn’t stop being stressful at the time.

    The best of luck to you x

    Mel ★

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:57 am

      I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I’ll be when it’s all over Mel!! Luckily that was a one-off crappy day, but every single day I wake up thinking, are we going to get a completion date today…?!! I probably won’t believe it when we do!

  9. June 17, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    I kind of sit on the porch of my house and relax and try not to think of anythng. It helps. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful Sunday.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Oh how I’d love a porch, Patrick!! Maybe I should have put that on my house wish list 😉 hehe thank you x

  10. June 17, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Arrggghhhh… days like that are SO annoying!
    Nothing to do but sit it out.
    Tomorrow is a fresh page!
    XXX
    Samantha

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 9:59 am

      I did and it was, Samantha – brighter days ahead!! xx

  11. June 17, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I can only tell you what I do.

    1. Put on some music, preferably loud, and dance, or if you can’t dance (bit difficult when you’re driving) sing along

    2. Go somewhere new or do something different.

    3. Stretch, breathe, look up at the sky.

    Hope the weekend improves your mood.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Music is a VERY popular one, Fi! Unfortunately that day the weather (and the day after) was awful, but we have glorious sunshine and heat now so at least my disposition is sunnier!! Thank you so much for the ideas x

  12. June 17, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Oh I am sorry you are dealing with this Catherine, the “little things” when piled up can be worse than one big thing sometimes! Totally relate to the periods getting closer together thing too, or just coming when they want/ being generally a pest as we are in our 40s and fed up of them!

    Agree wiith other comments to have a little at home pamper and get some fresh air. I don’t know if you are interested in meditation (I am no expert myself) but I do find lighting a nice candle and putting on a quick/however much time I have meditation (they have tons of free ones on Amazon Prime if you have it, in the music section, I use my telly/firestick!) helps me feel centered, or even a little calming music for ten minutes and just do NOTHING! Hope you get into the new house soon! xo

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Thank you Steff – you’re right, meditation IS a good one. When you’re frazzled and p*ssed off though it’s hard to get into that frame of mind though… sometimes the next day can be better for it!

  13. June 17, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Oh heavens, Catherine! I have been right in the heart of perimenopause for about 2 years now and you have just described my levels of irritability which seemingly get worse with my cycle…which is crazy and erratic and unpredictable these days! It is irritability that quickly creeps to levels of rage…unwanted and very uncomfortable rage for myself and everyone around me. I am just trying to ride out this perimenopausal storm…which I understand could be a very long ride. I am finding, however, that walking 3-4 miles every morning, spending tons of time out in the fresh air, and eliminating unnecessary stressors and toxic people from my life has made a huge improvement in my mood and irritability. I wish you luck in getting through this crazy midlife ride! Just know you are not alone!

    Shelbee

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Irritability isn’t fun, is it Shelbee? I need to look into perimenopause more – good to hear you’re coping with it and counteracting it with healthy habits! x

  14. June 17, 2018 / 10:28 am

    love the pattern mixing! Wish I was that good at it! I can totally relate. I also isn’t letting ,e link up 🙁

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Hi Stephanie, unfortunately my assistant goes through and deletes all links that aren’t anything to do with outfits on a Monday, so if you’ve been blocked it’s probably because you’ve been continually linking up non-outfits to #iwillwearwhatilike… I’m really sorry but it does say link up what you’ve been wearing only! I’ll reinstate your blog, so as long as you stick to outfits only on a Monday as per the instructions (anything goes on the #SaturdayShareLinkUp) you’ll be fine in future x

  15. Roswyn Glenny
    June 16, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Completely empathise, sometimes we all have what I call a “down day”, I find I go along with it, acknowledge it, then find something I really like doing, and don’t normally have time for, and just do it. Sometimes I tell myself I am wasting precious time on something trivial, but then as I start to feel better I realise I am not, usually works for me. Hope you are feeling great by now and the house sale is on it’s way to completion. Much easier process in NZ thank goodness, we did it last year and are now settled. Good luck

    • catherine
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      You know what, that’s actually a really good way to approach it Roswyn…! I was so desperate for that day to end!! Thank you, we’re nearly there with the house 😀

  16. June 16, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Bruce Springsteen- The Promised Land – you tube, Glastonbury or whatever means you can listen to it. Fail proof. Hint: If the walls are not vibrating / your ears aren’t hurting, it’s not loud enough. Try it. Would love to know what you think. Love Anne x

  17. June 16, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you had such a crappy day—even though you have a lot to be thankful for, it’s doesn’t mean you can’t get upset, especially when it’s a lot of little things that pile up. What I do is let myself be upset for a certain period of time—an hour, until the end of the day, etc.—and then I move on. It works for me! Hope you are feeling better soon.
    Cheryl Shops

  18. June 16, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Oh dear – I’m sure we’ve ALL had crappy days like that, dearest Catherine…I know I have!! It really makes you feel like the whole world is against you, doesn’t it?? 🙁 I’ve come to believe that it’s a combination of a series of unfortunate events (to quote the title of the book) and where we happen to be in our personal biorhythm cycle that creates this unpleasant energy…and yes, climbing out of the resulting funk can feel almost impossible. Robin and I grab Starbucks and go for a drive (with 80’s rock music blasting really loud) to shake off a sh*tty day…but spending some time near the water – an ocean beach is best, but a lake or river will do in a pinch – always works to soothe my soul. And remember – this too shall pass!!! XOXO

  19. June 16, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Oh love, we’ve all been there and I’ve had a particularly hideous few months leaving me drained and meh post-op. I’m grateful for no more surgery and a benign lump but I feel exhausted from the pain and worry and I totally know what a series of annoyances can feel like, everything adds up. I always think taking a break and doing some self-care, calling a friend who makes you laugh and just hitting pause helps me. Take the pressure off yourself and return to everything with fresh eyes. Lots of love x

  20. June 16, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Catherine, get out the house and go down to the sea!

    Take a deep breath, always works for me…
    sending love and hugs girl xxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:31 am

      Oh I wish we were closer to the sea, Ashley!! The irony is that Keith volunteers at Charmouth’s heritage centre doing fossil walks, so he got to go to the sea today but I didn’t! It’s too long a day to take Riley, though he does love beaches. The weekend was nice and relaxing though, despite the crappy weather xx

  21. June 16, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Oh Catherine. You really have had a day of it. What I do is ask if it’ll still be as important or upsetting tomorrow/next week/ next month/next year. It really helps put everything into perspective. I always like to get things off my chest to Ian, my friends (including you girls), or to my brother. It always helps me to sa6 it out loud to someone else. Sending you and Keith lots of love xxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:27 am

      Yes to saying it out loud, Liz – writing this post helped me get it off my chest as did listing all the sh*tty things that happened in our Whatsapp group!! thank you hon, you’re the best x

  22. June 16, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    My best solution for when I’m cheesed off (as an American this saying cracks me up) is to keep a gratitude list. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for every day. It will help. And – peri menopause is a real thing. Mine started in my 40s and lasted a decade. I’m grateful for menopause!! Hang in <3

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:25 am

      I need to look into perimenopause more Sarah as I think I may be headed that way (if I’m not already in it). I like the gratitude list idea, thank you!!

  23. June 16, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    I am sorry you had a difficult day. On a positive note, you survived! I normally tell my hubby I am frumpy and he knows to leave me alone or not take anything I say seriously. I then remove myself from situation and find something I like to do – scrap booking, reading, etc. It helps clear my mind and refocus on the good stuff. I hope the rest of your weekend turns out better. Hang in there!

    Maureen

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:24 am

      I always believe in the preemptive apology, Maureen… nothing worse than wondering why your OH is grumpy and thinking that they’re grumpy with you!! And thank you, the weekend did turn out better xo

  24. June 16, 2018 / 11:51 am

    Working out (long walks which seems a bit silly since you were already out walking but you need a walk with no purpose just to walk) and sleeping on it are usually what I do. Often I can wake up wondering what was really bothering me anyways.

    Sounds like selling a house is very different over there. We set a closing date in the sales documents and basically everything works towards that day. The mortgage papers and lawyers documents must all be signed and whether it is 3 months or 3 weeks to close it depends on the date signed and agreed to by the buyer and seller not the real estate agents.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:20 am

      Oh wow I wish a date was set first over in England, Jane – it would make everything so much easier knowing when we’re moving!! It’s been 10 weeks now and we’ve not got a date. SO frustrating.

      I’m definitely a walker myself, I like to go on my own for a fast walk daily as well as my Doggo walks with Riley because he’s so slow! But we still enjoy our walks with him, he does amuse us so that can be the best medicine xx

  25. Tracy Patil
    June 16, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Get a TV guide to see when all the world cup fixtures are on or look on the website. World Cup makes me so happy!! We are watching, drinking cocktail and eating tapas this weekend and then cuddle Riley and your husband. By Monday the blues will be a memory, feel better soon. Well until you watch the England match, Lol.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:16 am

      Haha yes it could all change come Monday night when we play our first game, Tracy!!!! But my expectations are low with such a young squad, I’m thinking this tournament is really for them to get experience. Feels good not to have high expectations for once! thank you xx

  26. Lucy
    June 16, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Much like Gail – If I have a day like this I use the words of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind – “After all tomorrow is another day”
    Always reminds me that nothing lasts forever – even bad days!
    Go & do something simple in the fresh air – a walk or a drink in the local pub

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:14 am

      Time made all the difference, Lucy, I’m glad to say!! I think all the shitstorm happened to happen on Friday, and it’s all slowly got better. I couldn’t do much to help Keith’s terrible hayfever, but I got my stuff posted and everything else (including my sore neck) has improved! thanks sweetie x

  27. Nicky
    June 16, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Hello Catherine, I certainly have days like yours and just getting your frustrations off your chest can help. The stresses of moving, or lack of!, and a poorly loved one is definitely going to make you feel down and are out of your control. I’m not sure what the best way forward is as I’m not an expert but I would suggest, in no particular order a big cuddle for Riley, a leisurely walk to see the wildlife, a big hug from your hubbie (they say at least a 6 second hug to get the happy hormones working), get your nagging chores done, and a trip to the local pub to watch the World Cup match with a G&T and your boys in toe. Big hugs to you.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:09 am

      I told Keith about the 6 second hug thing, Nicky – good tip!!!!!! 😉

      We’ve been watching the World Cup at home with some choice beers… it’s definitely helped! thank you thank you xx

  28. June 16, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Oh no Catherine, what a day! Property-selling seems a lot easier here in Scotland. But when my boyfriend was selling his last home he agreed to take it off the market as a local man knew it would be perfect for his mum who was coming back to Glasgow from London. But the poor woman was stuck in a chain down south. And so my partner had to renege on his goodwill and put it back on sale. Best of luck with your flitting as we say here, hopefully it won’t be too much longer.

    Meanwhile, I find the best cure for feeling down is fresh air and music. For me a good walk is free and cures all kinds of ills, while listening to my favourite music brings me out of a bad mood (nothing too minor key though or melancholic). You can’t beat a bit of 70s disco and a boogie round your sitting room! Especially if Keith and Riley join in.

    Or call a funny friend for a laugh about old times.

    And if you’re creative you can break out your paint pots. Art can be very soothing if you just let it lead you and go with the flow. X

    • catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 12:08 am

      Oh what a nightmare your bf went through, Emerald!! I have to admit that until we exchange contracts I’m constantly in fear that our seller will pull out…! 🙁

      We’ve had lots of walks with Riley – I always think fresh air is a great cure for anything. And I’m a 70s disco fan too, much to Keith’s despair #lol xx

  29. Karen B
    June 16, 2018 / 9:39 am

    ….irritations all come at once like busses ….it’s the nature of them and when they pile up that’s when you really notice them and feel ‘ oh why me ‘
    Moving house is listed in the top 5 of the most stressful times you can experience in life, so all your thoughts are likely to be hinged on the move so other events will seem magnified.
    We have moved many times over the years by choice and renovation projects. They never follow the time frame set out by the Solicitor, house conveying is pocket money for them and they perform the necessary searches at a leisurely pace !!!
    Perhaps a trip or chat with them may help to reiterate your need to move swiftly.
    As others have posted a nice hot bath with some relaxing oil and a big glass of sparkling wine might help. Pop some music on & twirl about the room and then go to bed with a chic lit paperback ( has to be a book as the page turning is relaxing !)
    Take care, keep your pecker up, Karen xx p.s. all will be well soon

    • catherine
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 11:42 pm

      Yes to them being like busses Karen (always the no.19 for me)!! What’s frustrating with our house sale is that our solicitors are actual property lawyers, so they do house sales all day every day!

      thank you my lovely, the bath and the vino and the music are all popular remedies 🙂 x

  30. Judy
    June 16, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Oh Catherine, what a day! Sometimes it’s the little things which bring us down, and you have big ones mixed in with the little. There are few things that aren’t made a bit better by a hot bath and an early night, as someone has already suggested, but also, please remember “This too will pass”, which is my mantra in troubled times. Good luck! X

    • catherine
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      thanks Judy – hot baths are a remedy for all sorts of things, aren’t they…?!!

  31. EffEmm
    June 16, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Some days just aren’t worth salvaging, and any attempts to do are futile or likely to cause further stress/angst. So, it’s always an early night for me, with hope for tomorrow.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 11:19 pm

      I was so glad when the day finally came to an end, Efemm! Today’s been much better, thank you x

  32. Sarah
    June 16, 2018 / 8:02 am

    Hi Catherine,
    Try learning something new, it’s a great distraction from life’s irritations. I like getting creative and even if it ends up looking like a dogs breakfast I have been absorbed in something that means I don’t spend my time in a cycle of getting irritated over the stuff that irritated me!

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 11:16 pm

      Doing something creative is a fab idea Sarah… I love your dog’s breakfast description!! #lol (and thank you xx)

  33. June 16, 2018 / 12:52 am

    Catherine, forgive me for having a bit of a laugh at this post!! It’s not funny, yet it’s SO real for all of us at one time or another! You just have to laugh when life is such a shitstorm! I liked the tip of going out for a drink with some girlfriends who make you laugh!! Another thought is a long, slow walk. Sometimes just looking at nature can help your mind go somewhere else…
    My 2 cents!!
    Hang in there. Once the move is over, things will feel better. And Riley will be able to spend time in his new home.
    xoxo Darlene

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      I know what you mean Darlene – and flippin eck yes it WAS a shitstorm of a day!!! 😉

      Our walks with Riley are always slow(!), so they’ve helped a lot. thank you hon x

  34. June 16, 2018 / 12:21 am

    OMG that’s so funny, I also apologised to Mark for being grumpy this week. You know what he said “Were you grumpy?”
    Hahahaha 😉
    It’s a bloody good thing we have such hilarious & sympathetic girlfriends who allow us to safely offload our woes whilst simultaneously making us laugh. Love you xx

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:54 pm

      Oh that’s so funny that he didn’t notice MT, LOL 😉

      YES to the girlfriends and offloading woes. Actually it helped today to just list all the stupid things that happened in our Whatsapp chat…!! Love you too, thank you x

  35. June 15, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Sometimes I find that it helps to just Ride It Out. Handle it. Whatever. Then, when I’m ready: I look up – & smile!! For some reason, it works.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      thank you Ratnamurti – actually apologising to Keith in advance always helps because it sort of diffuses the situation… we tend to have a bit of a giggle about how grumpy I am!! x

  36. Lynne Farrage
    June 15, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Download a yoga app or go into you tube and search for a yoga session. I am new to yoga and hooked on how 45 minutes of stretching can put me in a great state of mind after a stressful day. Great for stress in my shoulders and neck too ( crunching over lap top).

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:46 pm

      I haven’t done yoga in so long, Lynne – you’re right, it is SUCH a good stress reliever. Though the first session after a break always make you ache so much, hehe 😉 x

  37. Lorraine
    June 15, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Hi Catherine, remember me?
    This week I was signed off by my breast cancer consultant after 5 years, so when I get irritated by stuff I remind myself that I’m happy to be alive! During that time I have separated from my husband and bought a house….with the same frustrations. I know you have had health issues too and at the end of the day your health and happiness is what matters….the rest is just stuff.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:45 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Lorraine – the house problems (or slowness) and my aches and pains are what’s been frustrating me the most, not to mention seeing Riley and Keith not having a fun time either. But today was much better as we made moves to put right all the things that went wrong yesterday (as much as we could)! thank you my lovely x

  38. June 15, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Go Have a bath or shower relax and try to forget today. My dad used to say “dust yourself down and start again” You can do this! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:42 pm

      Yesterday IS now forgotten Laurie and I do feel more positive today – though the long hot shower I had did help!! Thank you sweetie x

  39. June 15, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    I find a little retail therapy often works! That or a glass or two of prosecco. We all get a bit like that at times. Thank you for the linkup too. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      Retail therapy in the actual high street actually does the opposite to me, Jacqui… I don’t enjoy it at all!! Happy to shop online but I need to curb the shopping a bit with the house move! We plumped for some nice beers while watching the football 🙂

      thank you hon xx

  40. June 15, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Put your ‘glad rags’ (as my Dad used to call it) on and go out, have a drink, a laugh, a dance, or a bit of a party

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:28 pm

      Such a good idea, Sarah… dancing always does the trick, doesn’t it x

  41. June 15, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Oh dear! Take a G&T, count your blessings because it always can be worse! Gerben has a new job but his old employer won’t let him go and now he is taking Gerben to court. He now already missed a course in Danmark by his new employer. Oh sigh. I’m joining you with that G&T!

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      I swapped the G&T for a delicious blonde beer, Nancy!! yumyum

      And I’m so sorry to hear that Gerben is having jobs problems… I’ve had my fair share of them in the past so I totally sympathise 🙁 – thank you for your comment sweetie x

  42. Anna JP
    June 15, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    Hi Catherine,
    I think the good old fashioned wisdom would be to try to find someone you can help in some way. Donate your unwanted stuff, or your expertise, or your time to help someone else out, and your own irritations will usually lift.
    You helped me last week (in a timewarp kinda way) when your blog advice about better photography came into good use in my 1st ever IG post, so thank you.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Oh my goodness Anna that’s a brilliant idea! I’ll definitely make sure I do that before the weekend is out, thank you 🙂

      And that’s lovely to hear that one of my photography posts helped you, I’m so pleased x

  43. June 15, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    Tomorrow is another day and hopefully everything will go swimmingly. Treat yourself (and Riley) to something nice….a bone or a Cornetto. Or some funny selfies in the photo booth if the post office has one. The completion date is a whole lot more tricky. Will keep fingers crossed on that one.

    • catherine
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      We got beers to watch the footie, Gail!! I love your selfies idea – though they’re not the same these days as the four pictures are all the same, unlike the old days with your four different ones…!! thanks hon x

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