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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 9th Jul 16, 6:57 PM
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    that's true! i learnt to crochet off youtube - amazing the resource we take for granted - sometimes someone just has to point it out!
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 9th Jul 16, 7:32 PM
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    Thanks for the poll zippy, glad we are all in one place again. I hope MrsLW, GQ and the other rgular posters will be along soon.
    Welcome to the new posters.
    In prepping news today's downpour refilled the waterbutt which now seems mozzie lava free thanks to the wu liquid tip. I've added a little more today after the rain.

    Today's prepping has also consisted of joining zippys Christmas thread and telling ds2 to put anything he wants to take on next weeks residential in the wash tonight if he wants it washed dried and packed for Monday.

    Tonight's plan is to finish a book I'm reading and maybe do some crochet.

    I thought I liked Andrea leadsom as she came across quite well in the debates but wondered if she had the experience to cope as PM however I really went off her today after hearing the crass comments made re the fact she has children while Theresa May is childless.
    Last edited by mrs-moneypenny; 09-07-2016 at 7:36 PM.
    grocery challenge August budget £400 spent £
    SPC~10 No100 : : X4 £2,700o/t fund so far
    read your books challenge-currently on the Kings curse
    xstitch challenge 63 Celtic Christmas
    17in 2017 challenge 3/17
    • singlestep
    • By singlestep 9th Jul 16, 7:33 PM
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    Do tell Singlestep? Always interesting to hear what skills people are planning to learn.

    There's always someone on here who is knowledgeable
    Originally posted by maryb
    Hah. Perhaps spendthriftness isn't all that you'd despair of! A few years ago, I had virtually no skills. I grew up in a family with parents who worked. We were in an inner city flat and now I'm in an outskirts of city flat where I can't even get herbs to grow at the window. I worked full-time alongside studies from the age of 16 and now I've got a reasonable income but am usually very time poor. I think that a lot of the basics that an adult might take for granted, I was never really able to learn from my parents who either didn't have them themselves or circumstances prevented it before it would have been appropriate.

    For me this has meant teaching myself how to cook over the past few years, some basic DIY and re-learning basic knitting, crocheting and sewing skills. Appalling as I'm rapidly approaching middle age My colleagues, male and female, with one notable exception, don't seem to be any better than me and so I'd perhaps had low expectations of myself. Improving and learning to make basic preps has made me a bit more resilient, so I do have a BOB, a winter BOB kept at work, and back-ups of all important documents.

    I've also struggled with low self-confidence and anxiety over the years which had caused some set-backs. However, going forward: jam and preserves, more DIY, first aid and basic 'outdoors' skills would probably be a priority. I'm starting from a very low starting point I tell myself that some progress is better than none ...
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 9th Jul 16, 7:38 PM
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    Hammering down with rain here.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - £1161
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 9th Jul 16, 7:40 PM
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    Oh Doveling sorry never answered your query of if I got to speak to the head re my course. Yes I did and he was equally vague and told me to keep him posted but a chat with the executive head on way out got me being told I can poss get course cheaper throu a school contact so I am to speak to finance person and exec head again on Monday and not rush to sign up to that college. Glad we walked out at the same time. Apparently he hadn't been told of my plans which I was told he had, so glad I didn't sign on the dotted line.

    We've had the rain most of the day Bob, I think most of the country is clear tomorrow.
    Last edited by mrs-moneypenny; 09-07-2016 at 8:06 PM.
    grocery challenge August budget £400 spent £
    SPC~10 No100 : : X4 £2,700o/t fund so far
    read your books challenge-currently on the Kings curse
    xstitch challenge 63 Celtic Christmas
    17in 2017 challenge 3/17
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 9th Jul 16, 8:12 PM
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    Singlestep you are doing really well. Knowing the direction you want to go next is a big step.

    BB send that stuff that's hammering down my way please.

    Mrs M what a happy, chance, money saving conversation!

    I'm keeping DD2's two dogs this week while she is out of town working. One of the little rascals has decided to potty indoors, which she has never done before. I'm really teed off as it is not my fault her mommy has to travel. Any suggestions?
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    [Regina Brett]
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 9th Jul 16, 8:21 PM
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    Any suggestions?
    Originally posted by milasavesmoney
    A cork.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - £1161
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 9th Jul 16, 8:23 PM
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    A cork.
    Originally posted by Bedsit Bob
    Or a nappy?
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 9th Jul 16, 8:37 PM
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    You two! I
    Although I know some use diapers/nappies, she would take it off. This is a dog who can do almost anything. We thaw meat on top of the fridge because she uses the drawer handles to climb up on the cabinets. I have lost several chicken and beef packages to this scamp because I forget she can get to nearly anything. I would keep her in the back yard if it weren't so hot. She may still find herself out there with a big bowl of water.

    Prepping thought today: rotate my stockpile of food. Buy extra of what we eat but eat what we buy in order bought. I'm thinking about a few items at the back of one of my shelves. I'm really bad about shoving the old stuff to the back and putting the newly bought in front. Must change that habit!
    Last edited by milasavesmoney; 09-07-2016 at 8:46 PM.
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 9th Jul 16, 8:43 PM
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    Sounds like a collar and chain in the shade with some water are the only solution. And suggesting to DD2 that she trains her dog properly...
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 8:44 PM
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    Singlestep, It sounds as if you are already more prepared than most of the population. I was never taught anything by my working mother and taught myself to cook sew and decorate. To this day I love getting to a certain level of competence in things and then I get bored. I used to beat myself up about it, being a dilettante and all that, and then I realised that it's the learning process I enjoy and there's nothing wrong with that. So though I don't have a very high level in expertise in anything I can turn my hand to most things .

    I find I go in cycles. I often revisit interests I was previously jaded with after a goodish break. I don't think I could ever be a wholehearted follower of Marie Kondo for that reason as once I am bored with something, all the tools and supplies no longer bring me joy. But I know myself well enough by now to know that they will again at some point in time.
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 9th Jul 16, 8:46 PM
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    singlestep, lots of people my age talk about the skills they learned from their parents - I was taught absolutely nothing by either of them, I taught myself any skill I've wanted, or as an adult gone to evening classes and later done online research. So I absolutely know where you're coming from - keep going! I think its really valuable to look on prepping as getting a valid skills base most of all.

    Mila - dogs with nappies! Boggledom, right here, right now

    And I'm another one going to join zippy's Christmas thread - Christmas will be really different this year, for my brother and sister as well as me, and we're certainly not focussing on bought presents - some ingenuity required
    Retired August 2016
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 8:46 PM
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    I get the impression that with dogs that sort of thing is anxiety

    With cats, it's revenge

    Cats can sulk to Olympic standard
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 8:54 PM
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    Tink it sounds as if you have a lot on your plate. Are there any particular things you do to head off problems before they arise?
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 9th Jul 16, 9:16 PM
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    Singlestep, It sounds as if you are already more prepared than most of the population. I was never taught anything by my working mother and taught myself to cook sew and decorate. To this day I love getting to a certain level of competence in things and then I get bored. I used to beat myself up about it, being a dilettante and all that, and then I realised that it's the learning process I enjoy and there's nothing wrong with that. So though I don't have a very high level in expertise in anything I can turn my hand to most things .

    I find I go in cycles. I often revisit interests I was previously jaded with after a goodish break. I don't think I could ever be a wholehearted follower of Marie Kondo for that reason as once I am bored with something, all the tools and supplies no longer bring me joy. But I know myself well enough by now to know that they will again at some point in time.
    Originally posted by maryb
    You sound exactly like my elder daughter Once she has learnt to do something she doesn't want to do it any more. She does still enjoy crochet though, just now and then.

    singlestep It sounds as if you are doing brilliantly You have my sympathy with the herb-growing though. I've only one window ledge in the house and it faces North, so they don't thrive.
    Last edited by ivyleaf; 09-07-2016 at 9:19 PM.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 9:31 PM
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    There's a motivational writer called Barbara Sher who calls people like me scanners. I'm a serial specialist apparently as opposed to the type who is immersed in so many things at once they can't finish any of them.

    As a prepper I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to have a base to start from in lots of areas. It takes a lot of trial and error to learn how to grow things for example but if you have the basics it could easily mean you can ramp up production without losing a year because you don't have the first clue
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 9th Jul 16, 9:43 PM
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    I'm thinking anxiety too Mary. She was on the streets and then in a shelter for some time.(they had trouble catching her) She adores my daughter and though she has stayed with us many times and not done this, she is now...or else she has developed a love for peeing on carpet.

    I've shut off all the carpeted rooms so that now she has a much smaller area and it's mostly tile. Bad dog!


    Are grow lights popular in the UK? That might be a herb growing solution.
    Last edited by milasavesmoney; 09-07-2016 at 9:47 PM.
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 9:48 PM
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    Hmm. Could you get your daughter to do a video of her saying hello to the dog and then play it on a loop on your tv? I know a lot of dogs are fascinated by seeing something they recognise on the screen
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • Doveling
    • By Doveling 9th Jul 16, 9:59 PM
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    Maryb - you seem to function like me. Do you have a link for Barbara Sher?

    Mrs MP - is your son doing the NCA? My ds (aka The Grunt) leaves for a residential in Doncaster on Monday then a week after off to Keele uni for a week. Feel as though my last baby is flying the nest.

    I'm going to use the time to see how far down I can get the food bill for myself and MrD.
    Before I would have said we are prepping for redundancy and reduced income in retirement, now I'm prepping for a new exciting phase in our lives thanks to reading JackieO's posts.

    Happy to be part of the new thread, sad that some people haven't chosen to join .
    Not dim .....just living in soft focus
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 10:05 PM
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    This is the book where I came across the concept of scanners. She has written lots more but probably just rehashing the same material
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Refuse-Choose-Revolutionary-Program-Everything/dp/1594863032/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1468098253&sr=8-9&keywords=barbara+sher
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
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