Hello and welcome to my blog. I've been getting some thoughts & feelings, exasperations and the odd happy moment down on the blog which helps my sanity and, I hope, provides a little entertaining read for you for a couple of minutes!

Right now I am mostly concentrating on getting through a rocky financial patch which I really hope will be cleared (all being well) by the end of Summer 2013. In the meantime I need to concentrate on continuing to do well in my "new" job (actually got it in Sept 2011 but it still feels new!) and living my life as frugally as possible.

Thanks for stopping by and if you leave me an encouraging comment, it'll make my day. :-)

Sunday, 19 February 2012

So Much For Saving!

What a disastrous weekend from a "try not to spend any money" perspective!

  • Iron:  cable splits exposing wires underneath.
  • Ironing board cover:  Splits.  And has looked rank for a while now.
  • Kettle:  lid will not stop popping open before it finishes boiling, husband's swearing at it makes my ears bleed.
  • Digital radio:  gives up the ghost on the day Liverpool play Brighton in the FA Cup (and 6Music is a must in this house).

So down to Argos I go today. And a few more Avios points collected.....enough said.  Beans on toast for the rest of the month now probably!

On the plus side I have thoroughly cleaned my car inside & out in the cold sunshine and felt very virtuous for it.  I've also kept myself busy with other chores, watching cycling on the internet from the new London velodrome (in the past I would have tried to get tickets) and now I am listening to the match on the new little radio.  Chris Hoy is a true sporting hero, a bone fide legend.  The rest of the squad are great too but what an ambassador he is for the sport.  Scotland are rightly proud of him as is GB as a whole I am sure.

I have submitted meter readings again today....gas is up to £170 and electric up to £101.  Next bill is due 16th March.  The gas bill is horrendous but we've been as frugal with it as we could be given we had snow on the ground for over a week.  Electric has been pushed up as I have had to use the extra haolgen heater to keep warm when the central heating was off plus the tumble dryer a hell of a lot during the very cold, snowy spell.  No choice.  I found mildew on the wall behind our sofa in the lounge last weekend and that's without drying clothes in here.  Happy to report that I have managed to get quite a bit of washing dry on the line this weekend as it's been windy if a little cold though the sunshine today has made part of our garden warmer which helped. 

Whilst out in the garden today I noticed the shoots of some daffodils coming through - what a happy sight that was for me!  Spring is definitely approaching.  I just hope Winter hasn't got a sting in it's tail!

Well on a final note today, I would just like to say RIP to one of my teenage idols, Ms Whitney Houston.  A fabulous voice, a beautiful woman, a Mother, a daughter and a whole host more to many people.  Sleep well.



  1. Sorry that you have had so many items break - its not good then that happens x

  2. Everything goes wrong at once doesn't it. Never mind Spring is on its way.
    Love from Mum