Saturday, 24 March 2018

Like Mother Like Daughter

Today my baby girl is (whisper it ....43!) Good grief she was only born a short time ago, it seems.  She's a fabulous daughter and an amazing wife and mother and I'm so proud of her.  She has just whatsapped me a photo of what she spent our birthday gift money on...

Kurt Geiger boots! They are soooo expensive aren't they? mother, like that's my girl!!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post with suggestions and commiserations.  I do appreciate it.  Anyway, the bills have been paid and the cheques written as appropriate.  I'm hoping that's IT for a while.  Now....breathe.....

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  Stay safe and thanks so much for popping in xx

Friday, 23 March 2018

Bills, Bills and More Bills!

It's been a rather lovely day today.  We've had a tiny bit of sunshine and it's still bitingly cold but at least it's been dry.  It's given the Spring flowers time to recover a little from their battering. It's not quite time to clear up the garden and prepare for growth to start in earnest but the strawberry plants have been tidied up and put into the tiny plastic 'greenhouse' to warm up a bit. Result!

Do you know, just when I think the bank balance is looking healthier, bills plop onto the doormat just to spite me ;)  I was just congratulating myself that the car insurance has only increased by a few pence (so I paid it) when the LPG man came to top up the gas. In the course of a week we have had:

Car Insurance £168.44 (annual)
LPG £89.56
Electricity (6 months)  £330.75
Caravan storage spot   £300 (annual)
Rates, water & sewerage charges £513 (annual)

Total £1401.75

Of course, we also have the council tax shortly recommencing (we pay by DD) and which has increased slightly this year, the phone and broadband have increased too. The only wriggle room we have is in the food budget so the purse strings will stay tight there.  Everything else was written down and budgeted for at the start of the year. I have nothing left to put on fleabay but am keeping track of Stash To Cash for a while yet.

Blimey, after writing all that down I need a strong cup of tea! Is it just me or is the beginning of the year always worse for bills?

Stay safe everyone and thanks so much for popping in x

Stash To Cash £29.50

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

More Toothy Troubles

Many thanks to everyone who commented on my last post.  Sue will be sorely missed by a lot of people but I suspect she will still be around blogland now and then reading other blogs :)

We awoke this morning to brilliant sunshine :)  The snow has gone and the sun is regaining a little of it's warmth and my little pot of tete a tete daffodils are standing up like soldiers! I really do hope that last weekend was the very last of the snow for this Winter.

OH has gone off to a hospital appointment this morning so I am catching up with washing and ironing (and blogging) whilst he's gone.  He's gone for his pre-med.  Do you remember that I wrote about his tooth extraction in April 2017?  He developed a dry socket which left a gaping hole in his gum?  Well it never completely healed (as we guessed at the time) and now the consultant thinks that an un-erupted wisdom tooth is stopping the healing process.  Doh!  Our own dentist said so at the time but the hospital didn't want to do anything about it.  He has spent almost a whole year washing out the socket after every meal and trying to keep it clean.  Anyway, he now has an appointment for an extraction on 6th April under general anaesthetic.  This could have been done in the first place.  No wonder the NHS is in such a mess.  He has been to-ing and fro-ing from dental surgery to hospital numerous times over the last year, using up NHS time and money in the process. He is dreading the op but let's hope it finally does the trick.....

It's gone 9.30am and I feel hungry so I'm off for a late breakfast of muesli, raspberries and a spoonful of yogurt.  Once hubby gets back, lunch will be jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw.

By the way, there were still shortages in the supermarket yesterday.  Still no 4 pint cartons of skimmed milk and gaps on shelves throughout the store.

Anyway, see you soon. Stay safe and thanks so much for popping in x

Stash To Cash £29.50
eBay     £39.40

Sunday, 18 March 2018

We have SNOW! AGAIN!

The flurries continued all day yesterday leaving a light covering over everything by about 8pm last night.  During the night we had more and we have woken to a white world yet again.  My poor little tete a tete daffodils have been crushed by the weight of it.  OH has gone in to work and has texted me to say that he has arrived safely.  DD was due to travel to Nottingham to a dance competition but has decided not to risk it and I am heartily relieved.  I would have been worried sick until tonight when they were due back. That's IT more snow please.  How is it in your area?

I am happy to report another eBay sale this morning £17.18 after fees so I now have enough for DD's birthday :) 

On a different note, I was quite sad to see that Sue from A Challenging Year has suddenly stopped blogging.  I have enjoyed her challenges and photos so much.  Her comments feature has been disabled too so, if you happen to read this Sue, thank you so much for giving me pleasure, useful tips and often a jolly good chuckle x

That's all for now. Stay safe and thanks everso for popping in x

Stash To Cash £29.50
eBay     £39.40