It's amazing how the weather changes from day to day. Yesterday it was cold and windy, dry and at times sunny. Today it's dull, warmer, and now it's raining. I've had an invitation to go away at Christmas, but I can't make the final decision untill nearer the time. If it snows over the next week or so, and then freezes, I aint goin nowhere. It would be madness to try and drive 200 miles in bad weather. So at this moment in time I don't know where I will be on the 25th.
I see that Jayne has asked for a 'making a bag' tutorial, I am onto the job, though I think I may have already done one of this particular design. I tend to make them in the simplest design I can think of, a back and a front and two handles. I don't like putting zips in, and dont usually have the right zip for the job anyway. I don't buy materials to make them, except maybe very cheap fabric from a Scrapstore, charity shop, or car boot sale. I am thinking of a velcro fastening for this one.
I thought I might go food shopping at Tesco this afternoon, but I have looked at my £4 off voucher and it doesn't start untill tomorrow. I am sure I can think of a few more meals to dish up from my dwindling stocks. I have no bread left, no cheese, and after my meal tonight I will have no veg left except for tins and frozen peas, and a few onions. Tonights meal will be the last of the cauliflower and a piece of grilled salmon from a bag of frozen portions, six for £5.50.
I have reached the eight week mark of food spending in under £80, now I am ready to start again. The next shop will be a big one to use the voucher, and I aim to get the best and the most for my money. I listened to The Food Programme today on Radio 4, it was about the rising cost of food. It really is quite frightening, as it is a global problem and completely out of our hands. We all blame the big supermarkets for putting prices up, but they too are at the mercy of the global economy. The ingredients we buy from the rest of the world have all increased.
People's spending habits are changing as more and more are shopping like me to get the offers and reductions, so the supermarkets are having to discount to get shoppers in the door. Yes we moan about how they put prices up first then reduce them on offer, we get fed up with that and call them greedy and grabbing. I'm not sticking up for them but if you think about it, any business is ruled by the global market, they have to pay the price. Yes they have clout because they are massive institutions, but they are not immune from going bust. At the end of the day, if your money in is not enough to cover your outgoings, you go belly up, or get bailed out by someone who is bigger.
Anyway, here is my lunch which I have cobbled together from some bits and bobs. The last bit of the frozen pasta shells which I got ages ago reduced from Morrisons, with a handfull of frozen peas. Chunks of lettuce, last bit of potato salad, spoonfull of cottage cheese, and I scraped the jar of Value mayo untill it was clean. Very nice thankyou.
The finished shawl
5 hours ago