Still from the coffee table come two more notebooks.
Possibly the most useful of all my notebooks. The one with the train is a pocket diary. I used to put important things on the family calender , but during lockdown there was a lot of scribbling out and then months of blankness, we nearly didn’t bother rehanging it when we moved. So my diary came into use for the odd things we needed to remember. The next seven days are blank apart from Sunday when we hope to have a family walk and pub meal- who knows if it will happen.
One good thing about being retired is that there are days that are blank- no more meetings or things to attend for work. Health appointments creep in and maybe some volunteering is possible, but lots of days are just there, so you might ask why on earth I need a diary. Firstly, habit I guess. Then it is handy to have one when you need it, you never know, saves bits of paper from hair dresser etc. At the moment I am writing down the shops I pop into , like my own personal track and trace, just in case.
But the thing I like most is being able to look back at the old ones- the family discussions it resolves, like how long ago did we see so and so, what was the name of that restaurant etc.
Mum and Dad both kept diairies- Dad’s were the week to a view and he had appalling handwriting, so reading them is tough-he was obsessed by the weather each day, and where he took his dogs for a walk, and who he met each day. He led a pretty full life until the end.
Mum’s on the other hand were full of the clubs she had joined, where they went, what they did, reminders to pay coach trips, theatre visits, who she saw at the Hay on Wye book festival, who she went with and meetings to help organise her social life.
I have kept but a small selection of these- my favourite has to be Dad’s from the year I was born, there I make my first appearance in the world!
And some diairies are a mine of useful information- yes I know the internet can help, but having it in a ready accessible diary is so much better than worryng about signals and wifi codes or whatever. Page 3 in my diary has Notable dates- you know Easter etc. At some point I must have had enough as I have written at the bottom of the page Year of Covid 19- Lockdown.
Page 4 is International dialing codes- no not needed these yet.
Page 5- Imperial to metric coversion- surprisngly useful when buying curtain rails and I’d measured everything in proper measurements of feet and inches.
Page 6 – World Times- not needed this- my step mum could have used this chart as she used to annoy my step brother by calling him in the middle of the night- she kept forgetting 24 hour clocks, and whether she was going backwards or forwards. I remember her telling me Steve’s news and then that he was cross when she phoned at 5 am!
My favourite pages are the ones at the back, the notes section. These pages really tell the story of a year, because it’s where I jot down things that are Really Important when I am out and about.
So for this year I have phone numbers of our estate agent, the solicitor, the removal firm , skip hire, a cleaning company to get this house Covid free before we moved in, details of the internet password, details of new chemist and GP, and the new library.
My favourite entries are two email addresses of old school friends I met up with in a group when we are allowed, one of whom I had not seen since we were 16.
I wonder does anyone else have a pocket diary and do you use it? I love mine and one of the best things is choosing my own each year. I have my eye on one with a donkey on for 2021!
The other notebook is a shopping list booklet which was a gift and yes I do use it for shopping lists. I do a weekly supermarket shop each week, and I tend to keep a running list , which frequently begins within an hour of the last shop. This weeks list has tartare sauce on it already. However it is often the notebook most readily accessible when I really need to write something down. So page 1- details of where I think my Grandmother is buried in Liverpool, the name of some local gardens a neighbour mentioned to me, the numbers of some photos to put in my blog media library and the phone number of a handyman.
Page 2- carpenters phone numer, and a to do list half crossed through now
Page 3 list of errands to run in a nearby town and four places of interest to visit -next year maybe if they open.
Page 4- hastily written verbal quote from the carpenter, list of things needed for the house and two birthday reminders, phone number of the pub for Sunday.
Page 5&6 notes on family history research
Page 7- names of two villages with family connections
Page 8- the shopping list
Page 9- Lots of ideas for my birthday for when Mr E asks for it sometime next month.. Always good to be ready with ideas!
The best thing about this notebook is that the pages tear out when no longer needed.
Does anyone else have really useful notebooks? Love to hear if you write shopping lists or carry a pocket diary.
The idea for this post came from the Cozt Burrow blog.