Sunday, 28 April 2013

My daughter and Olivia!

I know I tried to post a picture of my Grandaughter before - here she is this was taken just over a month or so ago.  It appears that it was happy to be posted unlike the others!!

Mental Health!

Doesn't time fly.

I have been in my new job for six months.  I have not had any days off sick.

It is a much nicer place to work, hard work though.

Some days it is still hard to get up in the morning.  I push myself.  Some days I am still really down.

But I will not give up!!

My flat is almost ready to move back into.  Took longer because the building company tried to cut corners.  Broke our fittings at times!  No coverings down and even lying! I found that stressful - OH dealt with this mainly. We have had to pay double our household bills at times although this will be paid back to us, work was busy - unbearably so at times,  our allotment has required attention - will post about that in due course.  Had problems with insurance company arranging for fitting carpet before we move back in but I am still not letting my mental illness beat me because these issues would test anyone!

Despite this mental illness I can get up in the morning, I can get through a whole day without crying, I can hold down and job and pay my bills!

The way I manage is by just thinking about one issue at a time and dealing with it. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

30 ways to save £1 - Moneysupermarket

Moneysupermarket are challenging bloggers to give them 30 ways to save a pound.  You could earn £30 or win £1,000.

Here's mine -

1. Grow your own vegetables even without a garden you could grow chillies and Tomatoes.
2. Meal plan.
3. Use vinegar instead of cleaning products it's great on a shower screen!
4. Do a clothes swap.
5. Borrow books from the library.
6. Swap books and magazines.
7. Test products and review them.
8. Walk more instead of driving.
9. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
10. Make do and/or mend.
11 if you need an item just now and again borrow from a friend.
12. Don't go shopping when you are hungry as you will spend more.
13  sign up to quidco and get cash back through spending.
14 compare grocery shopping at moneysupermarket.
15. Use the supermarket value ranges.
16. Shop at the pound shops.
17. Download vouchers for entertainment and restaurant meals i.e 2 for 1 bowling or two mains for £12.95.
18. Use less washing or dishwasher powder.
19. Bulk buy items that you usually purchase.
20. Car Share.
21. Take it in turns to hold entertainment nights and all bring some nibbles.
22. Shop at charity shops.
23. Track your spending then if you spend impulsively pledge to reduce that.
24. Buy Christmas and birthday presents in the sales throughout the years.
25. Compare the costs of products using a shopping robot.
26. Buy BOGOF items and share the cost with a family member.
27. Don't upgrade your mobile when the time comes chances are you can get a better tariff and keep your phone and number.
28. Take cuttings and seeds from plants where you can.
29. Make quilts from old material.
30. Use old tea towels and tshirts as cleaning cloths.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Good news and bad!

Car got through MOT with no advisories but while at the garage someone hit it.  I am worried as the car was on double yellows as that is where the garage parked it.  Will look at CCTV tomorrow.

I am selling it as I don't need it now I work five minutes away too much of a luxury to keep just for now and again. Will pay off loan and keep the rest in case I need a car in the future.  I want to keep this one but I cannot justify it.

Had a good week up North.  Didn't rain but didn't do much went for a walk around Corbridge and a down out at Belsay House.  Usually pop to Durham or the Newcastle shopping but I have out myself on a clothing ban as I have too much.

Pics of time away sorry not many: