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    • misstara
    • By misstara 31st Dec 16, 10:07 PM
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    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2017
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    • 31st Dec 16, 10:07 PM
    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2017 31st Dec 16 at 10:07 PM
    Time for a new thread for 2017

    I loved reading about what everyone was getting up on the 2016 thread and hope that you will join me again in 2017.

    With everything else that was going on in the later half of 2016, MMMing went a bit by the wayside but now that me and OH are settled into the new flat, I plan to get properly back into it. So here's to another year of making do, mending and minimising

    The 2016 thread can be found here
    And Cheerfulness' original 2015 thread is here

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    Mincemeat flapjack
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    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 21st Nov 17, 5:36 AM
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    What a lovely supportive thread. I thought people would perhaps be a little 'off' about some one my age not having a job through choice. ( I'm early 50s) But no. Lots of you, like me, value sanity and freedom over stress and money. I like that very much. I'm actually getting rather excited now.

    As for having things to do, the list is endless. We have a huge garden with a veg patch, fruit trees and a soft fruit cage. I haven't maximised the veg patch for years due to time but I'm already planning for next year. I am also into my crafts. I can sew and am quite creative with all sorts of bits and pieces. I love it. I have rooms to decorate, fences to put up, gates to hang, painting to do, taps to change. All of which I'm perfectly capable of. So I will not be idling away. I will be a very busy bee.

    I have asked for garden centre and hobbycraft vouchers for Christmas to help support my habits and then I won't be dipping into the pot quite so much.

    I told my mum the other day about our plans. She was very supportive and dropped in the point that I'd be around to escort her and my stepdad on trips and travels! Myself and my siblings live a long way from her so I'd think she'd like the help every now and again.

    So it's all good. And in part that's due to all your good wishes. I thank you.

    On to MMM

    Make do - with no extra shopping this week - freezer and cupboard only.

    Mend - curtain rail that had come out of the wall

    Minimise - my massive double sized bag of spinach that I cooked and froze as it was past its best.

    Happy Tuesday everyone.
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 21st Nov 17, 6:40 AM
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    Slowdown keep smiling. That is a sign to leave work.

    Make do - now the hall cupboard is painted, shelves and hooks up i started putting everything back in. I now have lots of books so umbrellas were hung up as were baseball caps. I found a clear sturdy plastic bag and it now stores gloves, scarves and hats. Reused a couple of shoebox to store stuff for the shelves. Looks better and written contents on the side of the box

    Mend - if this counts a candle so the wick is now uncovered by wax so I can now light it. It is a large candle that I really like.

    Minimize- more shoes.DH and DS2 had to decide which shows i could throw out. They all had holes in them or soles very thin and the rest of the show not in good enough condition to 're sole.
    More leads and plugs left the house. Nobody knew what they were for.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 21st Nov 17, 9:52 AM
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    Slowdown when the big City firm I worked for had a redundancy programme during the financial crisis I bit their hand off. I was 55. I still offer up heartfelt thanks every day that I was able to. I have never regretted it
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 21st Nov 17, 2:06 PM
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    Thanks YorksLass and sorry for the late reply - i will give the rock cakes a go this week, they sound lovely!
    • dND
    • By dND 22nd Nov 17, 9:26 AM
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    What a lovely supportive thread. I thought people would perhaps be a little 'off' about some one my age not having a job through choice. ( I'm early 50s) But no. Lots of you, like me, value sanity and freedom over stress and money. I like that very much. I'm actually getting rather excited now.
    Originally posted by Slowdown
    There's a saying Slowdown, Take time to smell the roses.

    I came to France after a breakdown due to work stress, a divorce and the death of my father and despite being totally broke now I'm in the best place mentally that I've ever been.

    I've just been reading a book on downsizing (one of the Kindle free reads of course ) and I think I'm now ready to divest myself of a lot of millstones I've been hauling around with me all my life and make the space and time for things I would really like to do.

    There have been some interesting programmes on BBC4 mainly, both about health and the 'powers' that run the world. There have been some really good ones on consumerism and how we are conditioned to buy, buy, buy. Like most things, I've found that understanding what's happening is halfway to you being able to counteract and control your own life.

    Right now what I need to do is stop procrastinating and get on with the work I need to do for the craft fair I'm exhibiting at this weekend.

    All the best to everyone, I still manage to read about half the posts even though I'm more of a lurker again.

    Interestingly though, MSE was one of the first things I made sure I could log back into after a 'blue screen of death' computer event a couple of days ago. I had to reset Windows which basically took it back to factory state (thankfully with some of the items kept in a data file) but just about all the programmes I've added over the last 5 years wiped. I have more than a few weeks of work getting back to what I want.

    Then after that, it's just the little matter of remembering the hundreds of passwords I've used on the various sites over the last 5 years.

    • savingpennies
    • By savingpennies 22nd Nov 17, 5:31 PM
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    I've not been on for a while (holiday of a lifetime and new kitchen).
    One of the benefits of the new kitchen was packing everything away and wondering why I had so much stuff! So I have done lots of minimising as I got rid of lots of 'Tupperware' type boxes either because they had no lid or there was a lid and no box. I also found some out of date stuff - some of which I am sure I can safely use and some binned. One of the benefits of the new kitchen are deep drawers instead of cupboards; I can actually see everything instead of getting down on my hands and knees to find what was in the back of the cupboard.
    I've minimised a lot of what is in the freezer as well so not much shopping going on which helps the budget.
    Books - the original virtual reality.

    2017 in 2017: £2095.11
    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 23rd Nov 17, 6:29 AM
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    It seems to me there are lots of very sensible folks on here taking life over work decisions in order to rebalance and enjoy life. I always remember my grandfather saying "Money doesn't make you happy, it just makes being miserable a bit easier."
    Well, I don't want to have the miserable but easy life, I want the happy one.

    Make do - with just toast for breakfast. My son ate the last eggs

    Mend - I intend to fix the hanging hook in the back of my coat.

    Minimise - the last of my branches need cutting up for kindling today before the tree men return.

    Happy MMM Thursday
    • Emmala
    • By Emmala 23rd Nov 17, 4:25 PM
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    Iím a long term lurker on this thread but wanted to pop in to say Slowdown, I really think youíll enjoy not working. My DH lost his job suddenly a few years ago, and I went back to work having been a SAHM. I worked at my kids school (didnít fancy supply teaching so went back as a TA). Earlier this year, after a couple of awful years in an increasingly toxic working environment, my DH (heís been back in work for three years and earns good money) said he wanted his wife back. He pointed out that I didnít earn enough money to be treated as badly as I was being, and as I was so unhappy he said to leave. Best decision ever. We can manage without my money, Iím here for the kids (DH works abroad for 80% ish of the time) and Iím available to help my parents more, as my dad has Parkinsonís. It wonít be forever, but I think Iíll not go back until my youngest is at secondary in a couple of years. Iím younger than you and one or two people thought I was mad to give up work, but most people understand that it suits our situation and so is a positive thing (not that itís anyones business anyway!) I wish you well!
    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 23rd Nov 17, 11:37 PM
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    Emmala - inspiring.

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    Something happened today that made me think that I have finally made the right decision. Let me tell you about it, but if you get bored skip to the next post. I shan't be offended.

    I went to meet my DH at a large shopping centre tonight after he'd finished work. I had a token from a J* L*wis loyalty card for a free coffee and cake. I was going to take advantage of it and then afterwards meet DH at a brewery there for a beer.
    I got off the train and made my way towards the shops. It's not a place I enjoy and have to seal myself in a bubble to feel comfortable. I don't like the crowds or the noise or the shops but I do like the brewery and its a convenient place to meet my DH.
    As I made my way from the station across the bridge, I saw a very sad figure of a young man, sat against a bin, with his head on his knees and a hand written sign saying "Homeless and hungry, can you help with spare food or change."
    His image stuck with me as I made my way through the doors and into the mall. As I walked along I struggled to understand why I was going for a free coffee and cake, (I have both at home) while this man was sitting on a cold pavement with nothing.
    I walked alongside shops laden with Christmas trite. Meaningless, planet destroying, soul destroying trite. I watched people cramming giant pretzels, heavily laden cream chocolate waffles and huge pots of jellied sweets into their mouths and I felt sad. Sad at the waste and greed.
    When I got to the shop,in question I went to the restaurant, picked up a giant muffin, a takeaway hot chocolate and walked all the way back to the man on the bridge and gave it to him. He looked up and smiled and said "Thank you so much".
    Did I feel better? A bit maybe. But what I did feel was a great sense of priorities. Of knowing that I was making the right decision to choose life over money, time over stress, calm over convenience. And to step away from the rampant consumerism and greed that grips our society.
    Maybe I'm sounding dramatic, but sometimes it's these experiences that help you realign and realise what really matters.

    This man had nothing to minimise and nothing to mend, all he had was to make do.

    I'm so lucky.
    Last edited by Slowdown; 24-11-2017 at 3:50 AM.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 24th Nov 17, 7:05 AM
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    Slowdown that was lovely.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 24th Nov 17, 8:31 AM
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    Very sobering Slowdown and what a reality check. Thank you very much for your thoughts.
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Emmala
    • By Emmala 24th Nov 17, 9:48 AM
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    That’s lovely Slowdown, I bet you made his day. When DH was out of work a friend of mine popped in one evening and gave me a gift voucher for Asda and a lovely note. I sat a cried because it meant I could shop that week. We were incredibly lucky that my parents helped us cover the mortgage, but once my wage paid the bills we had nothing for food so I was having to put the shopping on a credit card. Everyone knew things were tight, but this one friend was the only one who thought of us and helped in a practical way. I will always remember her kindness, and I’m still waiting to pay it forward one day.
    • dND
    • By dND 24th Nov 17, 10:29 AM
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    I so agree with you Slowdown. There is so much injustice in this world. I'm pretty broke at the moment but I have a roof over my head, warmth, and food to eat so I am in fact very rich. Even though I have little spare cash I try to contribute something to the food bank collections here and try to donate what I can to places that can use it.

    Slowing down does give time to look around and see what is happening around you (it's also a 'gift' that comes with getting older I think). I think you become more comfortable with yourself so you really begin to consider others rather than being egocentric.

    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 27th Nov 17, 6:47 AM
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    Thanks for the comments. It was and continues to be very sobering.

    I went to a place near me in the countryside that has barns bedecked with Christmas decs and bits and bobs. All beautiful. And lots of crafting stuff. But I was restrained and spent 40p! I kept walking round thinking "I could make that for next to nothing" or " I really love that but it's just more stuff"

    It didn't spoil the experience at all. In the past I would have felt a pang of envy for those with piles of goodies at the till or spent money that I didn't need to. So this thread is clearly working.

    Make do - some clothes a friend gave me that she didn't want anymore ( she has a massive wardrobe)

    Mend - finally that bloomin' door knob.

    Minimise - the bits of left over chocolate into the brownies. (Though technically it won't be minimised until I've scoffed the lot).
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 27th Nov 17, 8:19 AM
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    Isn't it amazing how this thread and the KM thread change your point of view? When you have a warm and comfy home, food on the table and family/friends do you need 'stuff' to improve your life? I'm increasingly appreciative of small pleasures now. I think it's also because I actually have time to appreciate them.
    Not sure what I'll be up to today - have a few telephone calls to make and as it's such a grey day here might do some baking.
    Wishing you all a good day x
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 27th Nov 17, 1:03 PM
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    Slowdown, well done on having the courage to consider taking the plunge and not working! I am sure you will be busier than ever but with things you truly value and be much richer (even if not financially) for it! Your post about realising the importance of priorities really resonated with me, i admire your determination to step out of the accepted norm of working hard to spend hard.

    Make do - food from the freezer, and fabrics/yarns from my stash to make some things to sell and some gifts.

    Mend - not much recently as we had a full house over the weekend with extra people staying, which was lovely but didn't leave much time for ticking things off the to-do list! Managed to do some crochet in the evenings to work on gifts but otherwise it was nice to have a break. We did some walking in the rain, and visited some enterprising friends who have just opened an independent greengrocer.

    Minimise - spent yesterday evening (after our extra guests had left) photographing and listing lots of things on fleabay. I've now crocheted enough things in my neon/UV reactive yarns that the rest fit in a single box so they can be neatly stored, so all the gloves/decorations etc i've made are now listed on the fleabay. There was a fair bit of kitchen stuff, some unused balls of yarns that i don't expect to ever use, and other bits to go too, some of which was surprisingly pricey when i checked similar items listed on the site, so all being well it may help a bit with xmas expenses However, i have un-minimised by a large (A1) cutting board to make the paid sewing i am currently doing a bit easier. Cost £15 and it will be so much quicker than trying to cut out on a board smaller than the actual pattern so i feel it is worth it!

    I can't believe it will be December this week. Terrifying! Still trying to decide on gifts for a few folks and i need to get making for the rest! All good fun though. Have a lovely week everyone!
    • misstara
    • By misstara 27th Nov 17, 8:53 PM
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    Evening all

    Slowdown - sounds like you've made the right decision for you. This thread definitely makes you think before you buy.

    Had some eggs that were going out of date on Saturday so hardboiled them then and had egg mayo for tea tonight with a baked tattie that was cooked while the oven was on yesterday so minimising electricity use and a nice easy tea when I got home from work. Also made scones since the oven was on.

    Had steak pie for tea yesterday, an extra portion has gone into the freezer for another day. I made too much mashed tatties so will have that with sausages tomorrow. Think there's some neeps in the freezer which will go with them too.

    Really need to work on minimising my weight as I've put on half a stone recently and my clothes definitely feel a bit tight

    Also trying to minimise how much we use the heating but OH is sabotaging this one. Seems to be a constant battle of heating on/off.

    Got a few wee mending jobs to do so will hopefully get those done over the next week or so.

    Not much else to report, hope everyone has a good week

    RainbowHippie - I also can't believe it's almost December, where did this year go?
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    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 27th Nov 17, 9:39 PM
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    Make do - used up the bread in the bread bin for toast rather than dipping into the freezer for the sourdough I love so much.

    Mend - can I count doing a jigsaw? It was clearly broken up when I opened the box but I'm mending it into a picture.

    Minimise- the pile of papers under my desk at work. Some are such out of date policies that I just shredded them!

    Hope you all had a happy Monday.

    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 30th Nov 17, 2:02 PM
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    Afternoon All - been quiet on here the last few days, has everyone gone into hibernation?

    Well - I've minimised some cash - by ordering the canvas,thread and eyelets to make new dodgers and a sail cover for my little boat. I made a general enquiry from our local guy whose generally a bit more economical and was quoted £120 plus vat minimum for the sail cover. I have spent nearly £100 but that will do my dodgers too.
    Both items will have to suffice as my mends!!
    Made do with freezer stocks for dinners on Mon,Tues and Weds. Dinner tonight will be from fridge and store cupboards.
    I minimised a few outstanding jobs yesterday so the List is looking sparse at the mo - hope to keep it that way in the run up to christmas too!!
    Hope everyone has a good day and stay warm 'cos its blimmin freezing here!!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • crazytree
    • By crazytree 30th Nov 17, 2:20 PM
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    Blinkin' busy week for me, working Mon and Tues then getting a load of new animals. Himself went to a local(ish) rescue centre for three new chickens on Tuesday - and met (and fell in love with) a dog there who was in need of rehoming! Wednesday (yesterday) we are now the proud owners of another dog - Lolly!

    make do - An old cat bowl they no longer use (sides too high) has been repurposed for Lolly's food dish. Crafting paper I will never use for crafts was used to wrap Himself's birthday presents coz I had no "boy" wrapping paper. I'm gonna make him a card too later today!

    mend - nothing although we've bought a new shower to replace the old one which leaks when you turn it off. It would have cost a fair bit to repair and been difficult to do. He's going to fit it tomorrow...

    minimise - erm I've started sorting out the Christmas presents so I'm getting rid of the pile of boxes they came in. One box was over a foot long x 5" x 5" - contained 1 CD!!!!!!!!! and loads of brown paper.

    I want to "mend" a jigsaw too. I used to love them and haven't done one for ages. My friend gave me a Where's Wally one ages ago, I just need "someone" to move their carp off the dining table!

    Tx
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