Sunday, 17 October 2021
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Our new home has smart meters.....and we were provided with a display thingy which has been sitting in a drawer until yesterday when I decided to have a play. This was triggered by a letter from the power provider asking me to register online and informing me that we are on the standard tariff which is bound to be expensive. The monitor was plug and go so hassle free to set up but it's a bit scary when you see energy consumption in real time 😱
When we woke up this morning this was the reading:
I assume it is the combined gas and electricity cost but I'm not sure if it includes the standing charge. I would guess not, so need to watch consumption closely and stop G from boiling kettles of water for endless cups of tea which don't get drunk 🙄. We are on a standard tariff and have a dilemma.... do I try to change tariff now or wait for the first bill? Martin Lewis says to 'do nothing' but I'm not sure. Meanwhile I'll try to keep useage as low as possible whilst I do a bit of research. Does anyone know if the standing charge is taken into account in the figure quoted?
If useage over the year averages £2.00 per day the annual cost could be £730 How low can we go and still remain warm and clean 🤔?
We were called into the surgery at our old GP on Saturday to get our flu jabs. I guess that will be the last time we visit there. Next day I woke with with a headache and ached all over but by Monday felt perfectly fine. How weird is that 😏
Stay safe everyone x
Friday, 8 October 2021
Sunday, 5 September 2021
September already and the beginning of Autumn. How did that happen? This year, the same as last, has flown by in a flurry of inactivity! The only exercise I have been getting is at the allotment (thank God we have it) and it has provided us with a fair selection of veg as well as apples and raspberries. I haven't bought any potatoes for a couple of months now either....
There are still runner beans aplenty, 5 potato plants still to unearth, and we are trying to grow sprouts. They look a bit feeble at the moment but time will tell. Our leeks were a disaster. They grew to an impressive size then showed signs of distress as white mould set in and they had to be pulled up and destroyed, so not even any use for the compost heap 😭 We have picked a fair number of apples; both cooking and dessert varieties but a high proportion of both have been nibbled and spoilt on the trees. Ah well, we can say we have shared with nature.
September also sees the children back at school ( I can hear the collective sighs of relief from all the mums out there!) Our Granddaughter turned 17 a few days ago ( how did THAT happen too?) and all through the Summer holiday she has been applying for jobs without success. It's not easy now either, with video interviews, online applications etc but she has really tried her best with absolutely no luck whatsoever. She is going back to 6th form in the hope that things will improve in a year or two. Our Grandson turned 14 at the end of July and is growing so fast. He's now taller than me! and is a lovely caring lad. He doesn't really like school after all the disruption of the last year as he is dyslexic and finds home schooling difficult. Fingers crossed there will be some semblance of normality this Autumn term.
A BIG thank you to everyone who left kind and sympathetic comments on my last post for my Brother and his wife, V. They were quite poorly for a while with headaches, runny noses, coughs and tightness in the chest but are both now out of isolation and have been told that they are considered immune to the virus now for at least 90 days. I'm still wearing a mask in certain settings and just getting on with things. I don't subscribe to the conspiracy theories either. Covid is what it is and the pointing of fingers of blame and conspiracy to control just don't cut the mustard.
Anyway, it's a beautifully sunny Sunday and I must do the ironing before it gets too hot to do it.
Enjoy your day wherever you happen to be in the world. Stay safe x
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
I had a shock call from my Brother yesterday. On Saturday he and his wife did their lateral flow tests and both were negative. On Sunday his wife felt off colour, tired and developed a cough so on Monday they did another test; his was negative, V's was positive so they went to a drive through test centre for a PCR test. She definitely has Covid, despite being double jabbed and extra careful. My Brother's PCR test was void so he had to go for another drive through test yesterday....still awaiting results of that one. They have both been extra careful with contact, hygiene, social distancing etc, and they still wear masks when in enclosed spaces, especially as V is 76 yrs old and not in the best of health. The only places they have been to is for food shopping so I feel she has been so very unlucky. At the moment she is in self isolation in the house. She is sleeping on the sofa downstairs, using a separate loo and preparing her own meals in order to keep contact with my Brother to a minimum. Poor V.
PLEASE everyone....don't take any chances with your health.
Stay safe wherever in the world you happen to be x
My Brother has tested positive too 🤒😷😪
Saturday, 21 August 2021
I awoke to drizzle and, with the promise of a wet, miserable day ahead, decided to crack on with something productive..
I didn't sleep well last night for worrying that our move will not be happening. It seems that the only thing outstanding is from the management company of our current home who are simply not replying to emails from our solicitor and so are effectively blocking the sale. I have to forget it and hope that the solicitor can sort it out eventually.
Anyway, after a leisurely breakfast of muesli, fruit and yogurt I hopped into the car and drove to our local M&S for some easy ready meals as I'm totally fed up with cooking. Just over £16 spend has put 5 ready meals in the fridge as well as a box of cookies which our Granddaughter loves. It will be her birthday on 1st September so I will give her those along with some money in her card envelope.
The breadmaker is on, producing a lovely crusty loaf for tea......
My hair is feeling messy and in need of a cut. I rang the posh looking salon down the road and they can fit me in on Monday afternoon. Perhaps a new haircut will give me the mental boost I need.
Half an hour left before G comes back from work so time for this....
Tomorrow there is an antiques fair at Himley Hall from 9am to 4pm. Weather permitting, I'll be having a wander round there. It costs £2 to park and £2 entry fee to the fair but it's in the open air so should be quite safe. I can take a flask and a sandwich. I LOVE antiques fairs 🥰
What are you doing this weekend?
Stay safe everyone x
Friday, 13 August 2021
Since my lack of success with the 'Magic Bags' a while ago, I haven't managed to get one at all. They either fly out as soon as released or are too far or too late in the day for me to pick up. DD has got the Greggs ones down to a fine art! She has managed to get 3 over the last few weeks. The latest one shown above contained:
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