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.

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Relaxing on a Rainy Sunday

Good morning to you all. 

Well it is pouring with rain here but for once I am not glum about it.  My part of the country is officially in drought so we need it.  It's supposed to pour down all day....so let it!  I don't really have to go anywhere today though I am tempted to drive to the large Tesco store on the other side of town to stock up on marinated tofu which Tesco have at three for a fiver (it's normally >£2.00 per box) as we do use this at least once a week.  But we'll see.

Yesterday was such a lovely day with my friend.  I only see her about once every 2/3 months and she's the best company in the world and I love her to bits.  She has MS, her own financial difficulties and she lost her Dad recently to cancer but she still remains as cheerful as she can and tries to be optimistic.  She's an inspiration. 

So I picked her up at 11.00am and we then drove on to a little market town about 15 miles away from her village where we looked in most of the charity shops, had a bite of lunch in a cafe (my treat seems she spoiled me rotten last time we met up pre Christmas) then found bargains in the QS store there as well.  Time for a quick cup of tea & a chocolate muffin (naughty!) in Greggs at 4.30pm before returning home.

We chatted loads and just enjoyed each others company.  Perhaps in a way it is good that we don't see each other all the time as possibly it would lose its value?  I don't know.  All I know is when I come home from a day out with her, I feel so happy and if I have spent money it's been money completely brilliantly spent.

Speaking on which, apart from the lunch, what else did I buy?

Well I found a fabby pair of black bootleg jeans for £2.99....complete bargain of the day as they fit brilliantly.  They are drying under the porch as I type and I can't wait to wear them!

I also managed to find a lovely simple top with slightly puffed sleeves in my favourite blue colour:

It was £4 which was a little high for a charity shop considering the simpleness of it but the colour is perfect and I had to have it. 

In the same shop I found a pretty little Per Una cardigan (also £4) in mixed fabrics including silk.  It is going through the handwash cycle at the moment (as per label) with some liquid soap especially for delicates and Ecover fabric conditioner and I hope it will look, feel and smell fabulous afterwards. 

It fastens with just one brooch like button, has pretty fluted cuffs and a kind of handkerchief hem and looks great just over a vest type top with jeans (and it will go with normal trousers too).  That was in this colour which also suits my complexion:

So those were my charity shop finds which I was very happy with.

In the QS store I managed to pick up some more bargains totalling £13.47.  I got a pair of black jersey type palazzao pants (trousers!) which best friend advised looked great, very flattering/slimming.  They are perfect for lounging around at home in when I get sick of wearing jeans. 

I also got a very pretty, decorative slimline scarf with various colours in that suit my complexion and match my rain mac which is a coral colour.  Total bargain at £1.99!

And finally I found a longline vest top which was in a blue & pink messy print fabric which reminded me of something from the 80's but perhaps a tad subtler!  But it was a bargainous £1.49 (reduced from £7) and looks so much better on than it did on the hanger.  My friend I think was a little unsure when I picked it up but I'd said "Sometimes things just look better on!" and in this case I was completely right!  It's seriously cool, I love it!

You know shopping for clothes is fantastic when you're with someone like my best friend and you're both on the same wavelength i.e. look for bargains.  Also we had agendas i.e. I wanted some more casual trousers and tops in the right colour or style and she was on the hunt for tops that suit her and possibly more work clothes too.  She also found a bargain pair of curtains for £7 in emerald green to match her recently painted kitchen diner which is now a light sage green.  So we both went home happy.

I was so content last night.  Hubby had made a delicious tofu, broccoli & cashew nut stir fry on basmati rice and I had a glass of wine (which he'd bought me as his pay day treat, bless him) and all felt good as we settled back to watch a couple of episodes of the Battlestar Galactica remakes which we've recently started re-watching.  Lovely!

So that was my Saturday and I still feel relaxed and happy.  I hope you've had a good weekend so far too with something very pleasant to cherish as well.

Bye for now.
x x x



  1. It's great when all is well with the world and you got some bargains aswell.
    Love from Mum

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely time with your friend.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sft x

  3. What a lovely day out with a friend, there's nothing better, although bagging bargains makes it even more special!!