Friday, 4 April 2014

No walking but keeping busy.

Thank you for the fantastic responses on yesterdays post, it was interesting to read them. If I may quote a few here. 
Mary in Perth says.......I have been very much aware this week of things I have no power over............but then what I DO have power over is how I react. I can't do anything about the cost of electricity, but I can control how much I use. No control over other road users, but I can control how I react. The list goes on. It reminds me a bit of the Serenity Prayer. It's given me the wonderful empowering feeling that you talk about.
liniecat says...... I'm about to drop to 3 days working but actually would like to stop altogether, although my income would then be very very small so I too am going to have to cut right back and live frugally and sensibly soon. I don't find that scary, it will be a challenge I'm sure and I completely understand what you mean when you say its empowering. Perhaps its knowing that the decisions we make for own selves now, is all that's left for us that is truly ours and that is empowering.
Anonymous says........I am happily married and he supports me and cheers me on, but he is not responsible for my happiness, only I am capable of doing that, nor am I responsible for his or anyone else's happiness. 

Natalie says.........Oh yes, going your own way. Life is much better if you step out of the rat race. I don't give a fig about what I look like.
I think we are all singing from the same sheet here. Sorry if I'm stating the bleedin obvious, it's good to know that you get it. 
Right, let's move on, no point in standing still, ha ha. I didn't go a walk today, the fog was worse than ever this morning. I'm not sure if fog is the right word, it's more like clag, that heavy wet mist which hangs in the air and covers everything in a fine spray. 
This meal is what I had for lunch yesterday. Salad, cucumber, watercress, lettuce, and celery, with scrambled eggs and mushrooms. Very nice it was too. 
This morning I stayed in and did some sewing. I've started another denim bag. You may wonder what this picture is about, I will explain. Remember the post about using a mesh fruit bag and placing it over the fabric, then embroidering through the holes using the grid as a guide. I've had an idea of doing something similar on the front of a bag, but I needed a grid with bigger squares. After looking around the house for something suitable, I found this cake cooling rack which I got out of the skip. The squares are the right size. Secure it onto the fabric with clothes pegs. It's looking good, I'm using red wool for the design. More later.

Lunch today was half a very large pizza, bought from Morrisons last month for 50p. I can't get my oven to work because I haven't used it for a very long time, not that I am bothered, I didn't use it much when it did work. I have managed without one for at least ten years. I cooked the pizza under the grill, it worked out fine, piping hot. The pizza itself wasn't brilliant, the full price being £2.35. I think if you are going to get one regularly you need to add more ingredients to the miserly topping. Can't complain about paying 25p for my lunch though, ha ha.

This afternoon I did a couple of hours in Helen's garden. Picking up all the cuttings from the hedge I trimmed on Tuesday, and bagging them up for the tip. Next I dug all the borders alongside the hedge to tidy it up. It looks nice. I didn't need to go to the tip, Helen managed to get all the rubbish in her car.

It was 4.30 pm when we finished, so I did my usual pilgrimage to the little Tesco. There were a few reductions to be had. I got a bag of Kale for 30p, Muller Corner yogurts for 59p, was £2.82. and two small yogurts for 16p each.

There are two other stores in the village and as I wasn't in a rush to get home I thought I would have a look for more reductions. The Co op have orange stickers and I was a bit lucky. 2 egg custards for 29p. 6 wholemeal bread rolls for 25p. Bag of spinach for 29p. 6 fromage frais for 29p.

Next was the Spar shop, worth a look as I was passing. Most of the reductions were pathetic, 20p off, hardly priced to sell as they advertise. Scouring the shelves, something caught my eye. 25p for six large free range eggs. Had to have them. Not much date left on them so I will eat them in three days. Good find.

I am all geared up to go to the Park Run in the morning, must make an effort this week.
That's all for now, have a nice weekend. Toodle pip. 


  1. I don't know why they bother only knocking 20p off it must cost that in stickers!

  2. I do enjoy reading your posts but one little thing.... its parkrun all one word all lower case :) 90th completed run tomorrow... nearly at the 100 tshirt!!! :)

  3. Love your food purchases! I am going to have a go at more veg and less breads and diabetes numbers are up again and this is my fault! Need to trim down to salads and a bit of fish here and there....

  4. Hi I usually only read but had to post to say.... don't rely on the dates on eggs alone. You can do an easy freshness test - put an egg in a glass (or several eggs in a jug) with plenty of water. If the egg lies horizontal at the bottom, it is fresh, if it lies vertically at the bottom, it is less fresh but still fine to eat asap but if it floats to the top, it is stale and shouldn't be eaten.

    1. Thank you for the info about the egg test. I ate two today and they were fine.

    2. Good to know! thanks for that Anon : )

  5. More great bargains!

    Enjoy your run tomorrow. I hope the smog will have cleared away by then. It`s better here today so cleaner air should be with you by the morning!

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