Thursday, 22 December 2016

An ordinary day in the life of me

Hello. I've been doing a bit of running around today, not literally running, but doing jobs that had to be done. The car needed an MOT test, so I booked it online last night with Halfords Autocentre, and delivered it at 9am this morning. Their place is close to town so I came home on the bus and left it there because they were busy. Halfords is the cheapest place I have found at £30.

Next was a dog walk, I'll have to take a picture of Jade. She is easy to walk, though I think she is a bit confused that we don't walk the same route that Ken walks her. He lets her off the lead to run through fields, that's ok because he has been walking her for over a year, but I will be keeping her on the lead. We will be walking around the village on tarmac. I don't want to be paddling through mud.

Back home for lunch, a big salad, and some sewing to pass the time while I wait for the car to be done. I rang them at 3pm and they said, yes, its' ready, so I caught the 3.30 bus back to town. I don't normally go to the bus station, no need to, but I was disappointed that it looked so scruffy. Literally rubbish everywhere. Visitors must think we are a mucky lot. The bus driver put his foot down a bit, seemed to drive ever so fast. Or maybe my driving is getting slower so I notice it more.

I then had to go to the vet's to pickup some tablets for Heidi, it's at the other end of town. Traffic was busy  so I diverted around the queue's and went through some country lanes, and now the car is all dirty again.

Dinner tonight was a pile of steamed vegetables, drizzled with toasted sesame seed oil. Someone said they like seeing pictures of my meals, but the steamed vegetables look much the same. I had brocolli, potatoes, carrots, fine french beans, and mangetout peas. Did you know that Aldi's super six this week are only 19p. I believe all the supermarkets have cheap veg, now is the time to buy plenty. Skip the meat, just have the veg.

This is my latest work in progress. Lots of hand stitching. It's not a big picture, this is the sea. Above it will be the sand, then the sky at the top. The darker blue is the nearest shade to the real thing, difficult to get the true colours when using flash.

Right, I'll get off, evenings are taken up with mostly cat cuddles, they all want my attention. Bugsy has been a bit picky with his food, but if I prod it around in his bowl he will eat some. He wants to eat, but grumbles about what I serve up. Sometimes his head is in the bowl as I am emptying a pouch into it.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip


  1. Did the car pass Ilona? The new picture looks lovely. I've been very cold here today hope it was better your way! Xxx

    1. Oooops, sorry, forgot to mention. Yes it did.

  2. So glad your car passed, I'm going to attempt the 1,000 mile challenge in 2017! Also I'll be cooking more 'Life After Money' style meals. I think you're brilliant for posting so often, for keeping up your blog for so long, and for being so fit and healthy, without spending lots of money!

  3. I love the picture. You are very artistic Ilona. I too just love vegetables, if I feel like something extra I stir in a tin of Lidl mackerel fillets in tomato sauce from Lidl which costs 59p. Jane xx

  4. Beautiful stitching and color. Best to you and your animals.

  5. You have been busy, I do enjoy your posts!
    I love your sense of color in your projects!
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Looking good on the embroidery front! xx

  7. Have you tried Bugsy on these new cat soups that have appeared recently? My Mum's cat is uber fussy with her food but even she has really enjoyed them. Wilko do their own brand for 50p per pouch or there are the usual Whiskas, Sheba brand cat soups which are a tad more pricey. The picky princess (Mum's cat, not her real name) even enjoyed the Wilko ones. Hope you have a lovely Christmas, Ilona, and thanks for all the blog posts this year - very interesting and informative as always. Elizabeth.

  8. Wishing you a Merry Christmas Ilona x

  9. Wishing you and your furry family a happy Christmas. Kristel x


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