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, 14 July 2013

What a Weekend!

Well hello there!  Phew what a scorcher this weekend has been!  Have you enjoyed it or do you shy away from the heat?  I do like it warm & sunny but I must confess I couldn't stay out in it all day, it gets too tiring and I don't like the thought of what too much hot sun will do to my skin.  But I am not moaning...we've waited so long for the nice weather so I am glad it is here.  Also it means I can cycle to work and enjoy it more therefore cutting back on petrol usage.  Certainly the central heating is not even considered and the meter readings I submitted this weekend show a healthy credit is building so that's good news.

So!  This weekend has been a busy one and I do feel quite proud of myself.

As you know we're trying to sell our house and one thing which is a bit of an embarrassment is our under stairs cupboard.  It is usually disorganised - a typical dumping ground.  This weekend I pulled everything out and vacuumed the floor in there and cleared cobwebs.  I put up a three shelf unit - the first time I have EVER put up a shelf of any description so a three shelf unit was heavy and cumbersome but with a tiny but of help from hubby, I managed it.  I threw away some rubbish, recycled what I could recycle and then organised all the contents so much better.  It's still not perfect but it is a damn site better now.  Probably what you would expect an under stairs cupboard to look like whereas before it was a bit of a horror show.  Mind you, one viewer told me it was very tidy compared to the previous house they looked at which is also for sale in the street so has the same layout.  That made me smile!

What else have I done this weekend:  all the usual laundry, changing bedding but also I picked a massive crop of strawberries from our garden patch:  I reckon if I had bought the equivalent amount from the shops it would have been getting on for £10 worth at least.  Also there is a cherry tree which overhangs our garden so I picked a large bowlful.  The tree is just in the grounds of the flats next to us and no-one ever comes to pick them so they end up going to waste (except for the ones the blackbirds peck off).

I have sold two things on EBAY and listed two more things which I hope will sell.

We have had lunches & dinners from things already in the house except for a £1 bag of salad which hubby picked up yesterday.

Also I have repaired a favourite summer top and also a fab summer dress which I bought 4 years ago and have no intentions of throwing out yet!  ALSO I cleared out a few items of clothing this morning into a charity bag....then rescued a pair of jeans back and made them into pedal pushers for the summer!  I am so chuffed with them.  I have never cut & hemmed anything before and I did it all by hand as I don't possess a sewing machine.  The stitching is a bit rough if I am honest but I did them in a hurry and it was my first attempt BUT they are fine for around the house, garden and popping to the shops if I need to on a sunny weekend.  I'm happy anyway!  They look pretty good with some wedge summer shoes.

So all in all it has been very busy but a good weekend and I feel like I have been productive in new ways.

How about you?  What has your weekend been like?