Good Morning on this blustery but dry Monday morning. The sun is a hazy bright light pushing it's way through the grey clouds. I have a bit of good news about the kitties, on Saturday Elmo was installed in a pen, in Sue's garden. This is much better for him because he can look across to the other kitties in their pens, and Sue comes and goes throughout the day between the various jobs she does. He is not so lonely now. We were lucky enough to find a lovely lady in the village to take our two black kittens. She has previously had two cats but they have since passed away, so she is delighted to take our two into her lovely home. I believe we have two more cats coming this week, from an elderly man who is too poorly to look after them. We took his details a month or two ago, and now we find we can help to rehome them.
If you asked me who is my favouritest singer of all time, I would struggle to decide between three or four artists, but Cher is up there near the top of the list. I just love her voice, her costumes, her vitality, the whole strutting about the stage thing, she has so much energy. I went to see her in 2004 at Sheffield Arena, and I have picked this clip because it looks very much like the song she opened with. Go on, give it a blast, turn the volume up, dance around the room, what a brilliant way to start the week.
Twas a busy day yesterday, tidying the garden, and going a bike ride. I needed to get some excecise and thought I would combine it with a trip to Tesco to see if there were any reduced prices. Timing is crucial, the shop shuts at 4pm on a Sunday, so I arrived at 3pm. It was a little bit disappointing, not as many bargains as I hoped for. However I did manage to get some wholemeal bread reduced from £1.40 to 14p and a couple of other reduced items, totalling £2.63. My panniers were bulging.
I must tell you a little story about this trip. I had locked my bike to a rail near the trolley park at Tesco's, and was struggling to pack the shopping into the panniers. I had to split the six yogurts into three's, and pack and repack the bread so it didn't get squashed. Then I unlocked the bike, fastened the bag on the carrier, put my yellow vest on, don't want to get knocked off, and tucked my trousers into my socks. I happened to look up at a parked car, a little boy sitting in the front seat was giggling his socks off. It made me smile, for a moment I must have looked like Mr Bean :o)
I am going to write a seperate list of how much I spend on food. I want to know exactly how much it costs to feed me. I think you can soon lose track of how much you spend when you pick up odd items here and there from different shops as I do. I cherry pick the bargains from all shops. On Saturday I went to Pets at Home to get the special offer cat food, and while I was there I picked up a few items from Morrisons. My spend was £8.16, cauliflowers were a good price. To get a true figure of the cost of feeding me I need to keep records over several months, because I will obviously be eating from my food cupboard and freezer as well. Then the cost of replacing these items will be included in future shopping.
I couldn't be bothered to cook last night, so the easiest thing to do was to throw a bit of salad on a plate. Lettuce which was reduced to pence from a week ago. Spinach which was given me, on it's last legs. Two sticks of celery given to me, a bit limp. Cucumber reduced, from Tesco. Half a tub of cottage cheese, reduced to 9p, half a tub of coleslaw reduced to 9p. Two slices of wholemeal bread. Fab dead cheap meal.
My fashions for today are not so frugal, the teeshirt was not cheap, (cough splutter, I hate to admit it, £20) but I had to have it to remind me of the fabulous time I had at Sheffield Arena.
Here is my Commandment for today, I've lost track of which number it is.
Thou shalt not forget how lucky thou are. Next time you feel that life is crap, that nothing is fair, why has this happened to me, and why am I struggling like this, just take a minute to think, it aint that bad.
As I go about my daily chores, housework which I hate, I often think I bet Victoria Beckham doesn't have to wash up, I bet she doesn't whip round with the Dyson, I bet she doesn't have to clean the bog. Oh, how I hate housework. Can you just picture her with her marigolds on scrubbing the floors, no I can't either. But then I can't picture myself tolerating having a camera pushed in my face every time I step outside my front door, so I am very lucky in that respect. At least I own my own life, and can walk around looking like a slob without it being plastered all over the newspapers.
I have been thinking of ways in which I am lucky.
I was lucky to be born in England.
I was lucky that I had a mother who taught me good values.
I am lucky that I can always bounce back.
I am lucky that I have nice friends.
I am lucky to have found this house.
I am lucky that I found the courage to change things that weren't right for me.
I am lucky that I can open my eyes each morning and see.
I am lucky that I am me.
Take a few minutes to think about why you are lucky.
OMG, I've been having so much fun on the youtube, looking for these funny clips, I haven't stopped giggling for days. So, here is my latest choice, my DAILY LARF for this Monday morning. I loved Paul O'Grady as Lily Savage, and was a tad upset when he said he wasn't going to dress up any more. But hey, Paul is just as funny as himself.
I don't know if anyone noticed but I put the wrong day in the title, ha ha. This is Monday DAY 3, as in the countdown from Day 10. Only two more days left, Wednesday is the big day.
Anyway, we have a winner for yesterday, only 11 names went in, always fewer readers at the weekend, people are busy with other things. So, congratulations to Kate G, your name was picked out, you have ticket number 735077. Well done and good luck.
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