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, 24 June 2012

Be Gone Damn Cold!

Hello to everyone and welcome to Michele, my newest follower, very nice to have you on board.

The good news is, after three days off work last week, extra zinc, tonnes of orange juice and a couple of Brazil nuts a day for immune system boosting selenium, the cold started to wane come Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  I went back to work on the Thursday.  The bad news is, I am still coughing quite a lot and blowing my nose for Britain but at least I do feel a lot sparkier for most of the day.  However both today & yesterday I found myself napping on the sofa in the afternoon, completely unable to keep my eyes open so I guess my body is still fighting it off!

I didn't get to do much thinking (as I thought I would) on the days off, I was just too busy sitting there going "Gahhhhhhhh.....achooo!  Gahhhhhhh.....snuffle......splllllltttttthhhhhh"  (that last one is my attempt at the noise you make blowing your nose....). 

Since then I have pondered over my spreadsheet and I just don't know where I can make any more helpful cut backs to try and pull my overdraft back any sooner than about November, and this all hinges on no disasters happening between now and then!  I am impatient though and would love to have results now.  But I know I should grow up a bit and realise I can't have everything NOW.  Perhaps a bit of that spirit would have stopped me getting into my overdraft in the first place and would help me stay out of it in the future eh?

The plan has to be long term doesn't it?  There are no easy quick fixes.  Mainly I suppose I am worried about the space & time between now and November and all the temptations, invitations, possible problems and so on that could happen to drag me off the path between now and then.  And boredom.  There's no getting away from it, I do get bored and this sodding weather isn't helping!  Sometimes just getting out for a walk helps but lashings of rain is not conducive to country walks! 

I am envious of my fellow bloggers who have interesting countryside and geographical features to look at for free on the weekends.  I live in one of the most culture-less and  featureless places in the country (that's not an exaggeration it's the absolute truth) so please, next time you're out looking at nearby beautiful hills, cliffs, fantastic old buildings or strolling along a beach front, spare a thought for me! :-)

Still at least I have my holiday in Cornwall to look forward to.  The savings are still happening.  We've saved enough for petrol now, hee hee!  So if nothing else we have the cottage paid for and the money to get there and back plus a little bit more.  So if nothing else, we can get there, get home and buy ourselves some delicious seaside chips in between and enjoy the coast for free!  :-)   In reality if all goes to plan, we'll have saved a fair bit more by end of August so we can get out and about a bit and have a happy week.

Some of my friends are upping sticks all the time to go away on one holiday after another (with frequent weekends away somewhere in Europe to stem the boredom of home).  I am sure they see some wonderful things but I think I'm probably right to assume they won't ever appreciate a holiday as much as I am going to appreciate our little jaunt down to the West Country because we've saved and saved for this for well over a year and we probably won't go on holiday again for a few years.  I want to enjoy every bit of it from the moment we lock the front door and drive down (i.e good music on the stereo, some naughty snack along the way...!) to that moment of relief when you arrive and put the kettle on.  If the weather is kind (oh please be kind!) then every step of every coastal walk will be treasured and I may well reward myself with one or two local ice creams....mmmmm delicious.  Peaceful, tranquil nights away from the busy road which we live by and no rushing to get up early for anything in particular, except a lazy, tasty breakfast (hopefully on the cottage patio) and more fresh Cornish sea side air.

Readers, keep your fingers crossed for me that we have an Indian summer this year as if the weather is appalling after all this, I think my heart would break!

OK bye bye for now, I hope to update soon with some more positive news i.e. the cold has finally buggered off and I've had a breakthrough on the money and 'entertainment' front!

Have a good week.



  1. Fingers are crossed here.
    Love from Mum

  2. Oh dear - I'm sorry to hear that you've had this horrible cold that's going about. Hope that you're soon feeling properly better. Jx