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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes
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    • 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes 27th Oct 16 at 9:11 AM
    Hello

    I think that the time may be right to start a new diary. So much has changed since I started my 2nd diary, which can be found HERE and we're a whole lifetime away from my first diary, which can be found HERE

    Whilst my first 2 diaries concentrated on living a simple life, concentrating on debt-avoidance for my (then) DP and I, we had a 'bit' of a tumultuous 2015, which meant that my DP became my DH and we 'Two' became 3, with the safe arrival of Baby Greying

    Our focus has changed dramatically. Far from contemplating 'downsizing' (a bit of a misnomer in terms of our house, honestly, I've been in bigger 'flats'! ) and somehow achieving early retirement; we now have a future focus that needs us to be super fit and active for as long as we can be. Also, as older first time parents, we are both committed to try to be in Baby Greying's life for as long as possible, without being a burden. Because whilst being older does have some distinct advantages when applied to parenting, there is no denying there's a downside too..............

    Also, the economic climate is changing once again. Blame it on whatever you like, but there is always some reason why prices of x, y or z rise. There is always a reason why, when you find a way to combat inflation; someone comes along and changes the rules of the game. A good example of this is our wood burner. When we had it installed, we had access to a goodly amount of free wood, we both had the time and energy to process it and we could live with parts of the house being cold. Forward 10 years; more people have stoves - and are all chasing that 'free' wood, 'purchased' logs are now very expensive around here and we've no time to stack nor chop wood. It's become easier, and 'as expensive' to flick the on switch for the central heating....... a cleaner in-house option, that can keep the whole house a manageable temperature and Baby Greying at a safe and comfortable temperature.

    Now it does matter if our hair-brained money saving wheezes make our teeth fall out or our toes freeze orf, because it impacts on our ability to look after Baby Greying in the now and in the future. Our health and well-being is a priority - but still not at any price. We want to have it all,;but with only a modest budget available, we're gonna have to get creative. I rarely shop in the 'big 4' supermercados. We purchase some things from mrL, some from mrAl. A smattering from mrW, mrT and m&$ (bananas mostly), with h0me bargins and h3ron f00ds being the sources of our regular shopping. We also have access to a food co-operative and I occasionally get to go to the next city along to get bulk purchases of pulses and spices.

    Our focus now (that we've got over the shock of Baby Greying ) is to move on from Greying Towers. The long and short of it boils down to it not being the right environment for us to bring up a child here. There are nicer places. We need to find them. So a move is on the cards. However, some renovation of the towers is necessary, and whilst funding has always been an issue; now we have the added upheaval of trying to do work around a baby. Not impossible, but not ideal. It's also still proving impossible to find reliable tradespeople. We're looking for a plumber, again

    The one thing that I've come to recognise with age is that there is always 'good stuff' in every life. Even when you're really going through the mill. There are good people, who say or do good things to help you. There are the wonders of nature to take in at every turn. There is humour everywhere, even if you have to look under a few rocks to find it. It is important to be thankful, even on the dark days. And I try to do that - and find writing it down, in my online diary a good exercise in stopping. And thinking.

    We like food at Greying Towers. I write about it alot. I take pictures of me tea. We're vegetarian (at present) and so vegetables feature. Alot. When it's gifted HG produce, it's even better

    So, do you fancy climbing aboard for the new adventure. Taking some time out to Fall apart in my backyard with Me, DH and BG?

    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 29-10-2016 at 8:24 AM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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    • Cumbria lass
    • By Cumbria lass 3rd Oct 17, 9:03 AM
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    Cumbria lass
    I would be annoyed as well Greying re vouchers , but lesson learnt ! As for walking trousers I have tried different makes but my most comfortable are from A!d! . They have washed well and come to my waist .
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    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 3rd Oct 17, 10:41 AM
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    in need of direction
    Mr T will sometimes replace expired vouchers. It's possibly worth an email.
    Mortgage at 01.01.14 £119,481.83 today £79,993.50, target £75,000 by 31/12/17 Offset fund today £4,035.43 target £5,500 by 31/12/17
    Emergency fund £5k/5.5k & £90/200 cash.
    Current weight loss 6/34 by 28 feb 2018
    determined to stop defining myself by my mistakes.
    Progress not perfection.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 3rd Oct 17, 11:10 AM
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    I would phone Mr T.
    Worth a punt.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 3rd Oct 17, 4:14 PM
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    apple muncher
    Now don't you go and do any dusting, mind. Things like that can have serious repercussions...
    NST Organise October #10; NSD 12/20; Ex 6/20; craft 6/31 (212); remove 514
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 3rd Oct 17, 4:57 PM
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    EssexHebridean
    Definitely worth a phone call on the vouchers - I have a strong feeling that they will usually replace in that scenario - it's the ones that are converted to actual deals tokens that you have to use within their time limit, isn't it...

    Troosers - C'Hoppers do a few different styles I think - not though I know what style my current ones are, you understand...! Regatta are a flipping nightmare on me though - they practically come to underneath my arms!
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 4th Oct 17, 4:45 PM
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    beanielou
    Hope all ok today.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 4th Oct 17, 8:31 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Hope all ok today.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Yes, thank you beanie love. All ok

    INOD, beanie and EH - thank you for your advice regarding the mrT vouchers. You were absolutely right and a phone call thankfully resulted in the restoring the points to my account and the vouchers will follow at the end of the month For which I am grateful Doesn't excuse my stupidity;but I'm counting myself as very blessed. I'm glad that I fessed up on here to being a numpty though

    apple muncher - funnily enough I did find something more interesting to do than rigorous dusting..... I concur - housework can be dangerous

    Cumbria lass - that's interesting about mrAl walking trousers. I shall keep an open mind next time they advertise them.


    We had baked tattie, omlette and (gifted) runner beans for tea. Didn't break the bank, but wouldn't interest any michlyn starred eating establishments, neither

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    advice from fellow mse'rs

    the things children do


    more gifted produce


    Ta for popping in. Ta for helping me. Ta for supporting me. Appreciated. Greatly. Always.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 10th Oct 17, 9:09 PM
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    Cheery Daff
    <sticks head round door>

    yoo hoo, cheerful Greying, is everything ok? Hope so xx
    Saved for house move: £16,000
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Oct 17, 9:19 PM
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    beanielou
    Hadent realised you hadent posted in so long.
    Hope all well in your world Grayling & family.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • Silver Queen
    • By Silver Queen 10th Oct 17, 9:52 PM
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    Silver Queen
    Hope to hear from you soon greying. I mostly lurk but miss your cheery morning posts xx
    Debt Totals October 17:
    £350 Natwest Credit Card / Now £0 £15,500 Loan from Parents / Now £12,000 £2,000 Overdraft Now £1,000
    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 11th Oct 17, 11:54 AM
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    Hiddenidenity
    Hope to hear from you soon greying. I mostly lurk but miss your cheery morning posts xx
    Originally posted by Silver Queen
    From me too x
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    Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
    • Verbatim
    • By Verbatim 11th Oct 17, 2:46 PM
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    Verbatim
    And me too!
    CCs @0% £24k Dec 05 £19,621.41 Au £13400 S 12600 Oct £11,981 £9481 £7500 Nov £7250 D £7100 Jan 6950 F £5800 Mar£5400 May £4830 June £4660 July £4460 Aug £3200, S £900, £0 18/9/07 DFW Nerd 042
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 11th Oct 17, 4:59 PM
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    *someone has to say it*

    Of course the last time Greying disappeared for a while...

    Hope all's good lovely!
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 11th Oct 17, 5:05 PM
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    greenbee
    *someone has to say it*

    Of course the last time Greying disappeared for a while...

    Hope all's good lovely!
    Originally posted by EssexHebridean
    I so nearly said that yesterday but wasn't brave enough
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Oct 17, 5:17 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Thank you for all your kind wishes.

    Nowt wrong.

    Just......................... I dunno, hit a bit of a sticky patch in life and am more than just a bit fed up to the back teeth tbh.

    In the grand scheme of things, it's nowt. But as it's nothing to do with MSing either.............

    Bobbling along. Being mindful of spending, not overspending (don't think ) But not saving shed-loads neither, and haven't come up on the lottery

    Haven't got alot to say really.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 11th Oct 17, 5:33 PM
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    in need of direction
    you said enough letting us know things are okish. you do know though that whinging about non mse stuff is allowed. take care
    Mortgage at 01.01.14 £119,481.83 today £79,993.50, target £75,000 by 31/12/17 Offset fund today £4,035.43 target £5,500 by 31/12/17
    Emergency fund £5k/5.5k & £90/200 cash.
    Current weight loss 6/34 by 28 feb 2018
    determined to stop defining myself by my mistakes.
    Progress not perfection.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 11th Oct 17, 6:26 PM
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    beanielou
    you said enough letting us know things are okish. you do know though that whinging about non mse stuff is allowed. take care
    Originally posted by in need of direction


    You should see my diary
    SEriously, take care of you.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 11th Oct 17, 7:48 PM
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    apple muncher
    Thinking of you x
    NST Organise October #10; NSD 12/20; Ex 6/20; craft 6/31 (212); remove 514
    2017 MFW#63 Pay off: £3320/£4050; 2
    017 sell 116

    Mortgage £23,689 (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 11th Oct 17, 8:14 PM
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    It's the changing of the seasons. I think that as we are basically all animals it's the hibernating instinct which is making us all tired and fed up at this time of year. My DD is feeling the same.
    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 11th Oct 17, 8:27 PM
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    Hiddenidenity
    Thinking of you too xx
    DFW £1388.71/£7348.71 Rent Arrears £511.28/£3381.28

    Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
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