Project 365 2023 – Week 1

I would love to say the start of 2023 has gone well, but despite feeling better health wise, we have had a financial blow – after limping through the last couple of winters, our boiler has finally packed up.

We had our current boiler installed about 7-8 years ago, so it should have been fine, but sadly the model was discontinued and parts are no longer available, which means we have to shell out for a new one. Any travel plans for 2023 have now gone well and truly out of the window.

Here is our week:

Sunday 1st January

1st day of the year and luckily my shop was closed, so I had the day off. Sadly, my husband had to work, so we had a catch up day at home and Isaac enjoyed burning some of the Christmas cardboard.

Monday 2nd January

Back to work for me despite being a bank holiday, as one of my colleagues has had an operation and I am covering her department.

My only photo of the day is of Isaac and Willow who appeared to be having a face off.

Tuesday 3rd January

After two weeks off school, the kids had an inset day so the lucky wotsits got an extra day off school.

Wednesday 4th January

Back to school and the boiler decides to pack up. Luckily the kids had showers last night, so it was just me and my husband who had to brave a cold shower.

I worked in the pre-school today and the kids were fascinated by the C-17 Globemaster that was circling us all afternoon. I managed to get a picture of it on my iPhone when I picked Sebby up from his classroom, although it looks farther away than it seemed.

Sebby was supposed to go back to swimming today, but the pool has remained closed due to an issue, so he was happy to stay at home.

Thursday 5th January

After the busyness of Christmas and New Year, it was nice to get back to some normality and get some of my charity bits done. I changed over the charity on the bookshelf and counted the money raised over the Christmas period, which came to over £350 – not bad at all!!

Friday 6th January

Another day at work and it was surprisingly busy. Isaac was also back to work at the swimming pool, so things really are getting back to normal.

My only photo was of a donation to a local nursery school.

Saturday 7th January

We were supposed to be heading to London today to see the Hot Wheels Monster Truck Glow Party. We normally drive as far as Richmond and then park and get the tube in, but after doing my research we discovered that the line was closed thanks to the rail strike. I did a re-plan and we were going to park at Wimbledon instead. Thankfully I double checked before we left and that route also became a no-go a short-notice. With parking all sold out at the O2 and ExCel, and no other viable options, we couldn’t go – fuming is an understatement!!!!

Another casualty of Christmas was our dining room table. Our dining room doubles as a play / games room and the table kept getting moved and the legs snapped over Christmas.

We used our Christmas money in the January sales to get a new one, so spent the day building it and taking the old one to the tip.

The new one is much smaller, so I am hopeful that it won’t need to move it as much.

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7 thoughts on “Project 365 2023 – Week 1”

  1. How frustrating about the monster trucks event. I’ve been putting off going anywhere near London due to the worry about knowing whether strikes will be on, and our work event has again changed to online rather than face to face to avoid any attendance issues. They just need to get it sorted out now. It must be killing businesses as well as ruining a lot of people’s bookings. Costly needing a new boiler. I’m expecting that we’ll need one at some point soon.

  2. Oh no! That is rotten news about the boiler. You would have thought that it would have lasted longer.
    We burned our Christmas cardboard too, it really saved the wheelie bin being rammed full.
    That is rubbish that you couldn’t get any parking in London. x

  3. Oh no so sorry to hear that the boiler packed up! Ours is around 15 years old and I know we are going to have to change it soon.

    Well done on raising £350 and a shame that there was no parking!

  4. So sorry to hear about your boiler. I have no idea how much it would be to replace one. I hope it gets fixed quickly and you can find the funds somewhere. It’s a shame you missed out on the show. I wanted to take Ethan to that but we already had tickets for Disney on ice. The parking was actually sold out on our day but I was told they hold spaces for on-the-day parking. Also, I think parking in the shopping bit of the 02 is cheaper.

  5. ooh poop, what a pain in the backside with the train travel, the dining table and the bloody boiler, so frustrating for you, hope the new boiler is installed soon. I’d go back to the fitters for the discontinued one and see if they could give a discount on a new boiler seeing as they previously sold you one that only had a set life span

  6. Sorry to hear that you’ve started the year needing a new boiler. Love the photo of Isaac and Willow having a face-off. That’s a good amount raised with the books for the charity in December. How frustrating that you weren’t able to go to the event in London. Love the new table. #project365


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