Not the Worst Day I’ve Ever Had

Today I packed parcels. I wrote eight slips out and remembered, after the sixth, that it was no longer 2019.

I moved on to load a gold 50p piece on eBay (it was Paddington Bear at St Paul’s Cathedral). I won’t trouble you with my views on “collectable” coins or the debasement of national character that accompanies cartoon animals being depicted on coins. However, I will let you imagine what these views are.

Then, just in case the excitement of being back at work became too much, I photographed some 1930s auction catalogues. That calmed me down.

A number of people rang me for advice on “rare” coins. On even rang me twice. I thought about telling him he was an idiot but customer service training prevented this.

You can tell how well everything went from the fact that I spent the whole day thinking it was Friday. It was only when Julia informed me that tomorrow was not Saturday, as I thought, that I realised my mistake.

We had vegetable stew for tea. Then we had cheese. It was very relaxing.

Now I’m writing a short post and I’m going to have tea and biscuits before going to bed.

As days go, I’ve had worse.

21 thoughts on “Not the Worst Day I’ve Ever Had

  1. tootlepedal

    I agree with you entirely about the bear coin. Well done for remembering about the change in the date. I daresay i will take some time to get used to it.

  2. jodierichelle

    Happy New Year! I will show my ignorance by asking when tea is. I thought is was 4:00 pm or so, but then you had another meal before bed. So now I am confused. We generally have breakfast upon waking, lunch around noon and dinner around 6:00 pm (very generally) . I’d like to know your mealtimes. I have been watching The Crown and am feeling very British and yet uninformed as to the basics.

    1. quercuscommunity

      In the northern part of the country, among those of us who are a touch unsophisticated, we have breakfast when we get up, dinner in the middle of the day and tea in the evening. This was historically called High Tea.

      More southern, and more middle class people have breakfast on rising, lunch in the middle of the day and dinner in the evening.

      Tea can also be “Afternoon Tea”, cakes and sandwiches at 3-4 in the afternoon.

      We tend to eat later than the traditional tea time which makes it more like dinner, though we cling to the old word.

      There is also supper, a light evening meal. It can be instead of dinner, or just an extra snack.

      Even I don’t understand it all, and I live here. šŸ™‚

      On The Crown you will be seeing the upper classes, and probably old-fashioned ways.

      1. jodierichelle

        Thank you for all of that – fascinating links. My grandmother lived on a farm and had breakfast, dinner (Big meal) around noon and supper as the evening meal. I think it’s just different terms for the same thing, except for the rich people. They seem to eat more.

      2. quercuscommunity

        Always interesting to hear about different ways of doing things. My grandfather always had supper as an extra meal before bed – often just a piece of cheese and a cup of cocoa.

  3. Laurie Graves

    I’m with Lavinia. That vegetable sounds healthy and relaxing. And delicious. As for the Paddington coin…I can well imagine your views, but you have to admit the little fellow is cute.

  4. GP Cox

    Hope your new decade is starting off pleasant!!

    Would you call me an idiot if I asked what a 1911 Great Britain Trade Dollar, minted in Bombay would be worth today?

    1. quercuscommunity

      I will check that up for you. I shouldn’t really call people idiots for asking questions. You have made me rethink my policy on abusing customers and, until tomorrow at least, I will be a nicer person. šŸ™‚

      1. GP Cox

        hahaha, hey – you were nice to me. In fact I’ve never seen you get nasty with anyone. I used to work retail, so i understand what you mean!!!!

      1. GP Cox

        Thank you very much. I think the sentimental value is worth more to me though – I’ll keep it. Thanks for the links, I knew you were the one to ask!!

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