Good evening. I hope you all had a nice Mothers Day, with your Mumsies, and Grand Mumsies, or someone elses Mumsie. I did notice that the streets were pretty quiet this afternoon when I took Rocky out for a walk. No doubt there were a lot of people doing their duty and bearing gifts for their loved one. My own dear Mum passed away 29 years ago, on Tuesday. I shall be thinking of her then.
The little chit chat last night sparked off a lot of interesting comments. It's nice to get so many points of view, I like to read all your stories. Victoria, your grammar and spelling is fine, I know what you meant. I don't expect you to compose a word perfect epistle. I struggle myself sometimes, says she of very little education, ha ha. If anyone hasn't read all the comments on this post, 'A busy Saturday', perhaps you might like to catch up now. Methinks we really need a forum with all the interesting stuff that's coming out. It's a shame that posts and comments get buried after a few days, although sometimes someone new comes along and reads up all the back posts. I do read all the comments even though they might be on a post which is a year or two old. By the way, thanks Phil for your comment on the trucking post :o) I'm amazed you remember me after all this time.
I see the Mary Portas programme on Channel 4, Mary's Bottom Line, struck a chord with a few of you. There were some emotional scenes as she interviewed people for the eight jobs she has to offer. There was Andrew who had borrowed a suit from a friend especially for the interview, I cried for the poor lad. You could see the desperation on each of their faces as they hoped they would be the ones to be chosen. It is such a tragedy that we have young people who have virtually no hope of ever working.
I think this will be a good series to watch. For our worldwide readers who don't know who Mary Portas is, take a look at http://www.maryportas.com/ She is currently working on an independant review into the future of our High streets. She has some great ideas. We need to move forward, our High Streets will never get back to how they were. It will be interesting to see how her plans unfold.
Thank you for that info about Rawtenstall, Janet, I will take a look. I like to read a success story. Mary P has so much vitality and enthusiasm for getting manufacturing back to Britain. It makes sense to stop importing cheap tat, and start making things ourselves. I might even buy a pair of her knickers myself, when my boys pants have worn out, ha ha. Those lacey ones would be no good for me though, I like to know my bum is well covered.
It looks as if my litter picking adventures are rubbing off on one or two others. Yeh, go for it, tidy up your neighbourhood, make your corner of the country a little haven. The more they throw rubbish down, the more determined I am to clean it up. I am a woman winning the war against litter, well in my village anyway, ha ha. Soubrette, I'm glad to see you are joining me. Wean you are doing a good job with cleaning up your corner plot. You ask if anyone helps me. Yes, one or two people have told me they pick up a few pieces as they are dog walking. Also Graham the church gardener tries to keep the churchyard tidy, though that is an ongoing battle as that is where the yoofs hang out.
PP, there is a bin right next to where they stand, yesterday it was full to overflowing, so I emptied it and transfered the rubbish to a bigger bin nearby. We have quite a few bins, but they still throw cans and bottles on the ground right next to the bin. It's their way of being a pain in the arse, they think it's funny.
I am pleased to report that my limbs seem to be loosening up, as I am on the trainer every day. I do ten minutes at a time on level six, three or four times a day, and each time it gets easier. At this rate my legs will be well ready for the long walk. I must say the trainer is also good for my brain. I start off listening to the radio, but then my mind wanders and I switch off from it and think about other things. I probably don't need the radio on at all, as I get lost in my own little world.
Cutting down on my car miles is going quite well, I havent started the engine for nine days now. With the price of petrol being what it is, I am saving the miles for the long trips. I went to town on the bus this week, and I haven't needed to do any food shopping since March 8th, so that's good going. Still chomping my way through those big bags of carrots and spuds. Cat food is running low again though so I suppose I will have to make a trip out for that, when I check which supermarket has it on offer.
I have a little money saving tip for you. I sometimes buy these Value Dips from Tesco for 98p. I put dollops of it on my salad or steamed veg. I always end up with the Mexican style one to use up last, because it's a bit too spicy for me. Well I never throw anything away, so I find another use for it. Today I mixed a couple of spoonfulls in half a tin of spaghetti in tomato sauce, and I must say, it was lovely. I'm going to put this last bit in some beans tomorrow. So if you have any sauces, or dips, left over, just add them to anything that you might be cooking.