Christmas from Jeff Wall—Phoenix President
May I wish you all a Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year. The year certainly has not been what anyone expected especially since march when COVID destroyed our usual activities. We should now be enjoying our activities Christmas parties, dinners, and our Christmas Evening at Sheepfair. Like many of us, we have had to modify our Christmas plans. Whatever you have planned I wish you a happy break but above all please take care and stay safe. As for the New Year, it just has to get happier. Roll on the vaccinations and let’s all look forward to getting Phoenix back into full swing again. – Jeff
Here go once more!
Just as we had started taking small steps forward into the land of Semi Normality, we start
slipping back into the land of Lockdown 2. We will all do everything that has been advised
even if we don’t like it because we know it’s for the good of our loved ones and our friends.
Being veterans we are more prepared. Don’t buy 50 toilet rolls, worst-case scenario cut
up squares of newspaper thread through some string and hang on loo roll holder. I could
perhaps do a YouTube video on how to do this, it would contain details of which newspapers have the softest paper and which print doesn’t come off easily. All very important features.
Pasta – unless you are running a covert Italian restaurant, a couple of bags of spaghetti lasts
Flour – I’m sure you’ve got banana bread out of your system by now.
Tinned tomatoes- do we really need to stock up? If you think this is an essential item let me
know how many tins you would use in a month. Saying that if you’re in partnership with the covert Italian restaurant you may need lots.
I think being veterans we are confident that the shops will keep well-stocked.
The only essential items I insist you stock up on are wine and beer. These two items are vital for your well-being and sanity. I tried and tested this theory in lockdown 1 and it really does work, so I shall be following the same regime in lockdown 2. As I’ve tried and tested this theory you can be confident in my findings and I hope you follow
my advice and enjoy.
Cheers Sue x
Apparently, I am in the 52% of people in the country that are confused about what we can do, can’t do, and must do. So good to hear I’m not on my own.
We all need to eat healthy We can get up to 50% off when eating in fast-food
restaurants Eat out to help out. We need to get fit We may need to start a Phoenix cycling group
Think the doctor will give me a bike or am I confused about that.
We can perhaps call in KFC’s on the way back from our cycle ride.
If you nip into Greggs for a cheeky sausage roll, wear your mask
If you sit in to eat it, along with other diners, no mask required
Think I’ll do the mask if I eat in with my luck a Phoenix member will spot my guilty pleasure (Ha Ha)
I can have six people from different households in my garden observing social distancing for a catch-up.
I am very fortunate that I have more than six friends, so I can see them all down the pub Cheers!
I can have someone in to clean the house and fix that dripping tap. Just wondering which one of my friends has a mop and a Bob the builder toolkit.
I could go on and on about my confusions and I’m sure many of you are the same.
Perhaps we could do a Phoenix Quiz on the rules and regulations of what we can and can’t do, I know you won’t be rushing to have me on your team.
As the directives of what to do, what not to do and what you must do change
hourly and daily, the Phoenix quiz team will have to be on the ball.
To hug or not to hug that is the question, well it’s just one question.
A sign of the times is I’ve got mask envy! Have you noticed all the different types there are, some are very stylish even coordinated with what you wear.
Regardless of your style of mask they are necessary and we will wear them where we must. The sad thing for me is you can’t see people smile. In these troubled times, nothing lifts you like a smile. Keep smiling, even if no one can see it, remember smiles is the longest word in the world! There is mile between the first and last letter.
Love Sue AKA Confused Rugeley
After weeks of lockdown and isolation, it feels like the world outside is alien and it is.
We’ve all landed on another planet, and we have to learn the customs and rules.
The first lesson you have to learn is that the rules of this planet change daily!
One definite rule is keep a distance of 1 metre plus from people when outside, that is if you can’t keep a distance of 2 metres, now that’s easy to understand. 🤣
You can now form bubbles. On the other planet, you called them families.
Face visors or masks are being worn by hairdressers, bar staff restaurant staff plus shop assistants, do not be perturbed they are very friendly.
You can wear a mask too but be prepared for people not to understand what you are saying plus your glasses will steam up.
It will take time for us all to feel confident to venture out into this strange new world and I think baby steps are needed, small steps, there’s no rush and we need to do it at our own pace. For friends who are still shielding and isolating we are thinking of you and looking forward to us all getting together again very soon.
Love Sue x
PS Today I had my roots done and hair cut so feeling almost human, not sure if that is a good feeling on an alien planet🤣
We are looking at ways to keep in touch with each other!-
These are Sue Breen’s thoughts as an isolated Phoenix member!
The Thoughts of an Isolator
Today’s todo list
Shave legs – The forestry commission will be proud of me.
Pluck eyebrows – First I’ve got to find them🤣 (Does that count as another job?)
Sort out knicker draw – sort in colour and size, grey is the in colour at the moment so those old white ones are now in fashion. (Could be keepers)
Clean oven – This thankfully was just a passing thought Phew it’s passed
Learn a language- My husband says I’m doing really well at this, he reckons I’m using words he’s never heard before🤣
The most important thoughts of the day have got to be :
What can I eat next
How long until lunchtime
I’m really looking forward to dinner tonight
Surely it’s got to be ok to open a bottle of wine at 6 o’clock.
Love Sue x
I am also going to be producing the Newsletter, as usual, I am looking for items for the pages.
Please send me your words of wisdom, quizzes, poems, recommendations for books or films, ideas for staying busy, (keep it clean), etc.
Due to the latest government advice regarding Coronavirus all Phoenix Activities are cancelled until further notice
Trips commence on March 12th 2020
Liverpool trip Thursday 12th March 2020.
Coach departs Rugeley Bus Station at 8.30am.
2 seats left
Mystery Trip-Wednesday May 13th 2020
Price includes 2 course lunch
£35 per person
A lovely May trip
Bookings Taken At Coffee Morning
Sandra’s Christmas Sing-A-Long
Still time to get your tickets!!
at Sheepfair 21st December 2019 -7pm £4 each
Drinks & Nibbles & Santa included!
Tickets on sale at Coffee Morning or from Sandra
Please order your tickets and support Phoenix.
Phoenix Christmas celebration
Rugeley Phoenix is hosting the Phoenix Federation in a Christmas celebration at St Paul’s Church on Thursday 12th December 2019, 2pm-4pm. A limited number of tickets are available at £4 each.
Please get your tickets as soon as you can at Coffee Morning or get in touch with,
Sue Breen, Kath Bryan, Rhoda, Eileen Aston or other members of the Committee.
This is a service with readings, poems, singing and refreshments, to celebrate what Phoenix is all about,
Friendship and Companionship.
Sandra’s Christmas Sing-a-Long
At Sheepfair 21st December 2019 –
7pm- £4 per person
Drinks, Nibbles & Santa included
Tickets on sale from October Coffee Morning