Monday, 2 October 2017
I go back to work/study on the 8th Jan 2019. 14mth course of work and study and the government pay me a bursary - a decent oen of about 19k and pay for my post grad dip. Am I scared. Yes I am bricking it but one step at a time. It means we will be free to leave here when Tweenager finishes Y6. we wont be flush through the course but we won't have student debt to pay off.
Just busy busy busy. Got much to organise re child care for two. Biggles is starting work early at 7am and leaving early each day other than Thursday. Ideally I take them to day care/before school care and he collects and does extra curricula till I get home. Only two days of extras to see to-Swimming and guitar.
Small boy is still small and doesn't start ft school till 2019 but this is a great opportunity which fits with Biggles likely moving date of Summer 2019 and starting secondary school not to mention the financial aspects. I will miss him very much but we will have from March until September 2019 together and weekends and all of August next year though I will have lots of homework.
Life is lovely and quiet here. Not much military intervention which suits me.
Still frugaling. We have the same sofa we had 6 years ago. it was third hand to us. its still serviceable.
Five frugal things I have done recently
1.Purchased a new to me single spare duvet for small boy for 3.50 from The Princess Alice Shop and two blue pillow cases from another charity shop for 1.00.
2.Tweeny spied the Honey Badger from the Lion Guard for 1.50. The Lion Guard is his thing this year. Snaffled and put away for xmas.
3.While on holiday we visited a Science Adventure centre call Magna. Visit once and you get 12mth free pass. It's worth going twice or thrice. So when we went back to Sheffield to see Grandma we used our pass. Good day had by both the kids. There is enough there that is accessible for toddlers and tweenies and a great play park. In the summer there is a water splash park. Not paddling pools just squirty stuff.
4.The freezer if full of left over meals. I make enough chilli, soup etc to freeze at least one or two meals. Biggles has a choice of grub to take to work. We are making at attempt at slimming world. Rather he is. I am doing the cooking but have been rubbish at sticking to it. It's just learning a new way to cook your tried and tested favourites.
5.Slimming world cheaper options - frozen and tinned fruit, plain yogurt flavoured with a few drops of caramel, vanilla or lemon and sweetener. Am not purchasing muller flavoured yogurts or other pre flavoured ones when I can save money by doing it myself. Onken fat free flavoured or muller which is most common is not cheap. Fat free natural or greek yogurt is as cheap as 45p for a 300ml tub from the right supermarket. This lasts two people two days if you have a generous portion for pudding.
Friday, 12 May 2017
Still baking, shopping at Aldi, charity shops, eeking out meals, freezing etc. Life ticks along quite comfortably. Biggles home for R & R soon. We need to work out a plan. financial and life. Given the state of the government and its self serving poor bashing obsession we need to insure against this for us and our kids, work out a way to get back to the country, save more, etc.
Monday, 27 March 2017
We are considering:
Tin can wind chimes
Drift wood seashell wind chimes
Painted rocks/ painted concrete remnants.
Random tin can and metal chimes
Knife and fork chimes
Old jewellery for chains and beads etc
Sunday, 26 March 2017
I only like Moto GP. Season is March to November. After the three months it's £5 per month. Cheaper than paying for the channel or Moto GP pass.
Biggles pays for BT Sport for the season and casts it to the TV. He'll be back in August so it's only about £20 I will have to pay for the season. £100+ on MotoGP app.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
We can still recycle it. We will recycle more esp the bathroom rubbish. Two bins needed. We will walk more in nice weather too.
Still baking, gardeningish and getting on with it. Lists are being ticked. Kids are joining in.
Taking pleasure in it too.
I have some applications coming up. I need to complete them next Thursday when Small boy goes to a childminder for the day.
Earth hour to night and we will bath by candle light and play hide and seek. Resolve to recycle more. The bathroom rubbish is a point of contention. We should do more with it. So often it is al chucked away in one. At least the boxes and paper and plastic bottles should be sorted. I'll see what Tweeny girl comes up with too.
Enjoy Mothering Sunday. We are not doign anything in particular. I have a small £5.11 0.83kg Joint of beef to roast.
Friday, 24 March 2017
I have a jobs list much of which is spring cleaning or rather spring sorting. I getting through it. Removing items that are accomplished then adding more when I see or come across something that needs doing. Some of it is fun. Others are just a drag.
Tis the way of the crumbling cookie.
More to do tomorrow. I need to make the most of the nice weather.
Once we have popped put for items - I want to- make headway with the garden planting and maybe wash some reachable windows, get some washing hung out..
Monday, 20 March 2017
Got kids dressed
Washing put on
Washing hung out inside due to grey clouds
Banking paper work completed
Form filling and administration
The above interspersed with playing with small boy.
Various phone calls
Nap with boy. I can see the cuddle time diminishing already. Childhood is fleeting.
Cup of tea
Prep for tomorrow
Sorted through bed linen, towels and tidied shelves.
Filled a bin bag with old kids clothes for Tweeny girls school's clothes drive.
Peace and quiet.
That's a few more spring cleaning jobs ticked off the list and I'm a bit more organised. Doing little bits when I can.
Toddler group and the post office tomorrow, afternoon dog walk and ice cream on the way home from school maybe...
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Basically to justify any garden improvements they need to be considered against the following:
Fun and simple for the kids
I would love to garden properly and invest in plants and veg etc. Moving in three years and living in rental accommodation it seems bit pointless.
I have lawn seed. We have muddy a d bald patches. I see lawn as practical. Makes the outside more accessible and less dirt to be walked in for/by kids and dog
Screening- discourages nosey parkers and I'm more likely to use the garden with the kids and I have more privacy in the living room. You could look straight in. It's a dark house naturally so closing the curtains was quite depressing
Container plant is for the front of the house. We can take it with us when we move. Was 7.99. Low maintenance and I already had the pot. The front of the house is horrendously dull.
I was given these packets of seeds - English and Scottish Wildflowers.
Oh a whim I have purchased carrot seeds and sunflower seeds.
Where should I plant/grow these seeds. I have a scrubby grassed areas that was likely once a flower bed.
I have the corner plot, the concrete trough and a long window box plastic planter.
The other side of the garden. Lots of patchy lawn area and scrub where the hedge has been cut back.
I have purchased two packs of carrots. Where should I grow them? Concrete trough? Could I chuck in some seeding potatoes as well? What else could I chuck in for fun? Cheap and cheerful and simple to grow.
Got dressed, got small boy dressed
Shouted at children for spitting water at each other. 9 and 2 -
Changed small boy
Opened curtains downstairs
Let dog out
Picked up dog poo
Turned on TV
Made coffee and juice
Made porridge and a sausage sandwich for Tweeny
Collected in washing
emptied dish washer
Began refilling dishwasher
Swept the kitchen floor
Got out more muffins and cake to defrost.
Helped tweeny with Maths homework
Emptied out under stairs cupboard and re stacked - sorting out coats and scarves as I went. We now have better access to the coats and jackets we need in this more spring like weather
Arranged to return one package to Ebay and arranged to return one package to an Amazon seller. I have to pay for postage but still.
printed off NHS bursary application - all 60 odd pages. This needs quiet time to complete.
Made a cup of tea and had a slice of cake.
It is 1155.
The day is dreak and grey. The dog needs a run. I had intended doing some gardening. I may only plant a plant in a pot and scurry away inside and contend my self with sewing.
We will pop to the park at about 3pm I think post the boys typical nap.
Sunday dinner today but with boneless skinless chicken thighs. We eat late. So around 6pm ish.
Off to spend some time with my children, albeit indoors.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Monday, 13 March 2017
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Long day. Kids had fun. Learnt about Queen Esther. Tweeny girl impressed with the stories about girls. The schlep to Stoke Newington was hard work: train, underground, bus and lots of lifts. We stopped off for Mcdonalds on the way home. Treat fir the kids. Lunch was lovely for me. Tweeny less so as she doesn't do much in the ways if vegetarian grub. I live it. Small boy eats veggie ok.
Mcds is the devils food and only tolerable for treats. Small girl chose the chicken strips, dips, fries and a Milkshake. Small boy got a Mcreconstituted chicken nugget happy meal. I got a diet coke. Only spent 8.75 so no harm done really.
I have now worked out how to get to King's Cross and Euston and Victoria without the stress of stairs with a buggy, smallish bags and another child. There are possibilities for weekends away to Scotland. It's a maybe of I can get a dog sitter or walker.I don't want to do kennels.
A late train going there and some downloaded films may help. Walking up and down the carriage, drawing and books. Maybe for the right price..... I shall investigate.
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Managed to snaffle some daffodils from the fields. Rogue bulbs never seen in bloom. I picked a few choice flowers not all of them.
We have costumes organised for tomorrow. Small boy should be ok in the buggy. Still coughy but by tonight was charging round again. Fingers crossed for Purim.
Friday, 10 March 2017
No beef on Sunday. We will be eating at the party or the dreaded happy meals at McDonald's. I am not lugging additional food on a British Rail train and then on to Stoke Newington via the underground. I will have the buggy and costumes and stuff. It will be more than enough to lug around. I can overlook a happy meal. Its a vegetarian party menu. We all bring a strictly veggie dish. Some folk keep kosher so its best and easier to avoid meat products.
Its a very progressive community. My chum wouldn't be part of it otherwise. Wish I could find some progressive catholics lol. I love some religious traditions, stories etc and have wonderful memories of the community when I was younger. Just not so much as I grown older. Too much I have to pretend not to hear. Ahh well.
I quoted another blogger to my chum. Said blogger is Israeli, and describes Purim as 'another Spring Equinox type festival with a Jewish myth attached that runs some thing along the lines of 'They tried to kill us, we won thanks to a miracle. We eat' (sic). My friend laughed. I taught her what to say in a confessional when we were younger and she taught me the words and moves to Hava Nagilla. She got the short straw clearly. Hava Nagila is much more fun. We joke a lot. She is my token Jewish friend and I am her token left footer catholic friend. She's not and neither am I but we pretend. Love her dearly.
Great NHS service. Emergency 'sit and wait' appointment at GPs. Seen within 30 mins. Chemist delivering the standard steroid dose at 4pm this evening.
Cost - Nadda. Zilch.
Sofa it is for cuddles. New plans required for the weekend.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Leeks were on offer as part of their big 6. I purchased some. I now need to do something interesting with leeks other than put them in soup.
I shall ponder it.
We have pizza and popcorn for Saturday night. Sunday, I may indulge in some beef if I find a nice cut at the local butchers. Just for me and Tweeny and boy.
I hope to get our trampoline base put together at the weekend. Not a simple task when there is only one of you and kids running around but heyho. Solutions not problems!!!
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
She has also requested more muffins. They are a half decent breakfast food for Tweeny. She is not a breakfast kid unless its the weekend when she will take her time to devour cereal and bacon /sausage sandwiches quite happily. Midweek her preference is the vile pop tart. In order to get something into her on school days I do indulge this rank habit. I have some in reserve in the cupboard. She will consider toast but only occasionally. I don;t have any left over fruit so may surprise her with a dollop of hidden nutella. Treats are treats. Italians eat cake and pastries for breakfast.
We have eeked out two meals this week. Chorizo pasta one day then I added a dollop of creme fraiche and some spices to the left overs which we ate today. Small boy devoured it with gusto. He is a happy pasta kid. He was born in Italy.
He is nearly 2. We have just under a month till his birthday.
I will think about play doh, sand for his sandpit and some second hand paw patrol things from Ebay.
No party as it will be pretty much lost on him. His Grandma may visit. We will celebrate but quietly.
Dunno what to cook tomorrow. We have dance and drama classes from 1630 - 1830. Something quick or prepared. Maybe curry and rice and a few naughty chips.
Tomorrow is shopping day. Frustratingly I have to stay in to wait for a tree surgeon on an 8-6 appointment. Realistically they pack up at about 3pm. I have the school run so a note on the door will have to suffice in the morning. Appointments are being booked and messages left on Biggles phone I think.I didnt book this one. He isn't checking his messages as this costs. And he is in UAE. I shall need to speak to the management company. Not military it has been contracted out.
Small boy came round after a while and interacted. Tweeny girl was a bit non plussed. The novelty has worn off. The time difference and his shift pattern mean he is shattered and ready for sleep when we speak at 1600. Hopefully in the future when the shift pattern changes we can sync for guitar practise for Tweeny girl at least. On Sunday he was able to help her with her maths homework which was nice.
We ended up eating dinner together with Biggles propped up against the condiments. The four way general conversation was a bit odd to begin with but nice. Biggles had eaten. All praise was given for the eating of peas and sweetcorn.
Easter hols are on the horizon.Considering going away. When Biggles was away last time Tweeny was small and we lived much closer to family. Now we are 7hrs away. I'd like to take the kids to Scotland to see family but the drive puts me off. We have the dog to consider too. Maybe I will break my journey in to a few places. It will still be an epic hike. Where there is a will! I shall endeavour to problem solve and find hound friendly hotels.
Biggles is back to the gym. I need to up the exercise and diet else he will come back all buff to a chubby unfit Mrs who is twice his size.
When they bugger off on detachment aka deployment they nominate a friend to check up on you to make sure you are ok. Biggles mate contacted me to see if we need anything, how we are doing etc. The gist of the conversation via email and text was:
- I have less washing
- I don't need to cook as much
- I shop less
- The bed is all mine
- The house is tidier
- I don't need to sit through re runs of Top Gear or QI, or tolerate the new Jeremy Clarkson programme being streamed through Amazon on to the TV in the lounge.
- I have posted out his England Rubgy shirt as requested.
- The kids miss him
- The dog misses him
- I am responsible for cutting the grass and so I also miss him. lol
It was nice of said chap to drop me a line so soon. He will probably call at some point too. He's a nice chap.
I am starting to miss the company and someone to moan with about the world and goings on but its ok. Its not a war zone like I have said previously, so coms are frequent and uninterrupted and we can also Skype which we couldn't last time. And less worry obviously.
R and R isn't too far away. I'll keep that one quiet and surprise the kids I reckon
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
I want to spring clean my wardrobe.
I want to sew and re purpose.
I want to sleep.
The children are sleeping. Small boy will wake at 5am ish. I need sleep.
Buggery shite. I have work tomorrow evening and much to do. No daytime sofa naps for me.
- Fruit bread
Maysan curry paste and Makway curry powder NO stockists in the south east according to their product map. It's great for fakeaways. Can't beat it. I make and deep fry chips some times to go with it as well as rice for Friday night fake it food.
I would like to get the flap jacks off pat. They are useful for Biggles who is rubbish at breakfast. He will take a slice of banana bread and says he would also take flap jacks. His eating habits are a bit naff to be honest. Just habits he has been allowed to form since childhood. He really needs to up his veg and fruit intake but its like talking to a brick wall. Who doesn't eat fruit at least once a day? An apple as part of lunch? I used to take three pieces to fruit to work each day and a sandwich. Satsuma, apple and banana being the easiest to grab. I blame his mother.
I figure eating is partly what you need to eat and also a bit of indulgence. He has too much indulgence.