Inspired by the Cozy Burrow I am sharing the multitude of notebooks I use to stay on track, being a bit of a scatterbrain I have a lot of them.
Today’s is not the prettiest of notebooks to look at, but very useful- it’s quite long in shape, bigger than A4 but narrower, and is one of many notebooks I found at Dad’s house when I cleared it. The writing at the top is his- he was a Lawyer , a Coroner and a Commisioner for Oaths- hence the title Evidence Book. Not as Mr E says the place where I record his bad behaviour for later reference. No book would be big enough for that.I like it for its size and that it has perforated edges for easy removal of pages. It’s where I write important stuff! Here’s what’s in it.
Page 1- From our old house- plumbers I got to quote for a new basin in the cloakroom, and the boiler firms for the boiler replacement.
Page 2- people who might fix the old drive
Page 3- list of jobs in the old garden- people who might fix the fence/ chop trees
Page 4- possible electricians to re- wire the old house- not followed up on.
Page 5- trying to figure out my financial situation before retirement
Page 6- same for Mr E
Page 7- some of you may recall we saw our old kitchen in a museum , labelled 1980s kitchen- here I have written everything in the kitchen- page is headed Kitchen re-visited- we never did agree on what to do!
Page 8- more on my financial situation taking into account the things Dad left me in his will.
Page 9- record of an important meeting I attended on behalf of my brother when he was looking at a building plot and getting planning permission with the town clerk and mayor. All to do with trees in a cemetery.
Page10-14- trying to sort out and untangle some things with my brother
Page 15-Long list of jobs to do in the garden and garage, for which we eventually got help
Page 16- Long list of jobs to do in the house before putting it on the market- mostly de cluttering
Page 17- 21 Research on a topic I presented to the U3A psychology group on boredom- which turned out to be very interesting
Page 22- the same group- research on hoarding ( rather on my mind with all the de-cluttering going on!)
Page 23- notes on addresses in Wiltshire for various things like banks
Page 24- long list of peple to tell we have moved
Page 25-27- notes taken on Stitchbook video about fabric dyeing- I need written instructions!
Page 28- refering to the house we didn’t buy in December- all about drains surveys- turned out to be quite interesting but then I do love TV programmes about drains, as well as hoarding.
Page 29-30 Stitchbook notes on Joomchi
Page 31- Trying to sort out buildings insurance on this house which you have to do when you exchange contracts but still live in your current house- that was a nightmare once we got stuck in lockdown.
Page 32- 34- notes from phone calls to tell businesses we had moved- total nightmare waiting to get through in May- brings it all back.
Page 35- carpenters to fix the summer house here that broke in the wind- one too pricey, one said not worth it, one said could do, quoted reasonable price then failed to come when he said he would….grrr
Page 36- list of photos from last year to print for albums- never have there been so few as in the last 12 months when we were either house hunting or stuck in lockdown
And that’s it but there are lots of nice empty pages left in this notebook for very important things.
I find it interesting to look back like this, to be reminded of plans, what happened to them, to the things that I researched for pleasure , to see what went well and to remember the sheer frustration of life in lockdown when everything took 10 times longer than it should, and we are still not through it all.
Love to know if you have a notebook for really important things when you need to make a decision. Does writing things down help you? Do you write notes when you phone someone- do you keep them?
Do tell- more notebooks next week…