Even as I write, I am snuggled up in my new long-sleeved thermal top. It is soft and cosy and gorgeous, and teamed with my equally new fluffy dressing gown, I am a whole lot happier about facing winter now.
But whence this sudden wealth? I have been saving up a couple of Marks and Spencer vouchers that kind people gave me for my birthday back in July. With winter in mind even then, I have been very carefully not spending them. But today it was time!
It is four months since I have been shopping. I don't mean trips to Lidl or occasional wanders into a charity shop. I mean proper clothes shopping. Even just strolling around Marks and Spencer's lingerie department was a real treat. I miss clothes. I miss shoes. I was never particularly extravagant clothes-wise before this year, but I could at least indulge myself here and there.
So today I spent £40 worth of vouchers on two thermal vests and a dressing gown. Good and happy purchases. But I averted my eyes from the party clothes on my way out.