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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 1st Jan 17, 2:18 PM
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    Mooloo's Joining up the dots in 2017
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    • 1st Jan 17, 2:18 PM
    Mooloo's Joining up the dots in 2017 1st Jan 17 at 2:18 PM
    Welcome to another year in the life of Mooloo.
    I have been posting for many years now and have shared all the ins and outs of life, love, families and work.
    I started when I was struggling to bring up my children and their new babies under quite difficult circumstances.
    I am happy to say that I am in a much better stage of my life than all those years ago.
    I live with my 9 year old granddaughter with a Guardianship order for the past seven years.
    I have my own business running a sewing shop, and I have a rather tenuous relationship with my chap for 12 years plus.
    We are moving into 2017 with the new challenges of joining up the dots and hopefully moving forward to a single home in a couple of years.

    So while I attempt to get things done I will continue to keep my life on track by being accountable for my actions by committing what is going on here.
    I will see if I can remember how to post a link from one thread to another.
    Last edited by Mooloo; 02-01-2017 at 6:54 PM. Reason: Change title
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 10th Jul 17, 10:39 PM
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    Been focused on the Business journal this evening.
    We had an uptake of £1,473 last quarter against the first quarter. But the wages have wiped that out. With an increase of £2,520.
    So I obviously can't sustain that. I am looking into the costs more now than ever. We obviously need to increase our income to cover the difference so my challenge will have to come up with a way to get that extra £250-£300 a week plus each week, somehow!
    So if we are both sewing fully then we should be able to, however I know that my sewing time is going to be more interrupted than it has been. So I figure that my focus must be on the sales of stock and the uptake of sewing courses etc.
    Planning is the most important part of the exercise from here on in.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 11th Jul 17, 7:12 AM
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    I had a very late night in the end because I was looking at the Business and playing around with figures etc.
    My decision for today is to take photos of some of the stock and upload it to Facebook at the start of the work day, and try to be able to do that everyday.
    To decide on what I want to promote and concentrate on growing the sales of accessories and fabrics.
    On the household side, I want to put more effort into keeping up the downstairs as we keep dumping our bags as soon as we get in and then not getting them emptied immediately. I struggle with domestic duties!
    I am going to have to bring some unpicking home for the evening if I want to get those camper covers reduced asap.

    That's the plan!
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 11th Jul 17, 6:24 PM
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    Day started at a pace and I didn't get to photograph anything.
    Lots of last minute suits came in today!
    I sewed £239!! Worth of work staying late until 5.35pm. I had 5 fittings all suits today!
    I waited for a customer to arrive from Milton Keynes today and it turns out she is an alterations business in MK and is so Busy with staff off for holidays maternity etc that she's brought an urgent suit to me.
    Interesting!
    She's been running the business for 13 years but she does not do the sewing. She bought a going concern apparently.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 12th Jul 17, 6:30 PM
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    DS apparently has a job -commission basedselling fish and meat boxes! Not sure how he will do at that but at least he has gone out there and found something and not just given up.
    Today I have been home all day and pottered. Had a visitor for a few hours so didn't do everything I planned but did sort a lot of things out.
    All the washing is done and outside drying.
    We have finished off odds and sods for the evening meal. I plan to do some ironing upstairs in the bedroom in front of the tv.
    I will try and sort my clothes for the holidays while I am at it.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 12th Jul 17, 11:38 PM
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    I started to do the ironing and realised that the wardrobe was full of winter clothes, and there were no spare hangers, so I side tracked and sorted out the clothes hanging in the wardrobe and put winter dresses in a bag to store, and sorted out a pile to throw out, and started to pack for the holidays at the same time, so I then ironed and put away where appropriate. I have just stopped now as it's way past my usual bed time and my feet, back and hands ache. Enough for one day. Clean stuff off of the line ironed and put away, and one of the piles of clothes lurking on top of the ottoman done.
    There are still several piles lurking in the corner of the bedroom. So that's my target next time I am on my own in the evening.
    Bf said "that's unusual for me to be ironing'" and he is so right. But while he is away I took the opportunity as it was getting me down wearing the same things all the time, and the ironing was taking over my bedroom, the sofa and the work room. So I have far too many clothes.
    I have three piles on the landing to remove. Some for rags, some for charity and some possible for dgd. There was nothing really worth trying to sell on really in that lot.
    The wardrobe is still in sections, jackets, blouses, skirts, dresses, trousers and bfs 3 shirts. The coats are in DGDs wardrobe and downstairs hanging up, but I will struggle to give up those. I only managed to put one short coat in the charity piles and that is because I have two of the same coat and it's now too small.
    I didn't leave home at all (except the school run in the morning). Was going to dash out, but decided that the jobs could wait another day. I did find the paying in book, so I can bank a cheque now, I booked the photographer for DGDs passport picture and filled the form out, ready to slot the picture in and post at the post office. I used leftovers up for tea, and will manage until tomorrow but I will need to shop for loo rolls and washing powder and the car fuel light came on Yesterday so petrol needed before I go to work in the morning.
    I have arranged for friends daughter to watch sports day and the family picnic at school as I have too much work on, so Dgd is happy about that, and I have chased up the highway agency about the parking lines again.
    My friend from up the street came to see me and we spent a couple of hours chatting about the business and my plans, and looking at the link for my daughter's wedding photos. All 687 of them!
    So all in all a good day, and now to sleep! I hope.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 13th Jul 17, 9:39 AM
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    Hope you had a good sleep.
    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***
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 13th Jul 17, 1:39 PM
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    Would the photobooth at a local supermarket not be cheaper than a photographer Mooloo?
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 13th Jul 17, 6:14 PM
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    Would the photobooth at a local supermarket not be cheaper than a photographer Mooloo?
    Originally posted by Slinky
    The photographer is only a little dearer at £8.95 but the picture is guaranteed. She is also a few doors away from the post office so I would rather give my money to a local business than to a supermarket.

    I slept reasonably well, but I forgot to take my gp this morning and boy do I feel the difference when I am not taking it. I ache everywhere today.
    I didn't add the takings up before I left, so can't report on the amounts we did, but I know we had a lot of collections and a lot of new work in.
    Also several phone enquiries about curtains.
    BF is coming back from Austria here tonight, so I hope his flights are not delayed as they were going out.
    I managed to resew two of the 12 Cushion covers. But decided not to bring them home tonight and rest my hands.
    I will do some more tomorrow.
    Just cooking a spaghetti bog for tonight.
    Easy and guaranteed Dgd will eat it.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 13th Jul 17, 6:15 PM
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    Yeah! The white lines have been changed outside of the house today! My call worked finally.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 13th Jul 17, 6:57 PM
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    Mooloo - I've gone from ironing absolutely everything for my family of five, including bedding, towels, tea towels etc to ironing absolutely nothing now I'm on my own. I try not to buy clothes which need ironing. Life is too short and I've got more important things to do
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 13th Jul 17, 7:01 PM
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    Mooloo - I've gone from ironing absolutely everything for my family of five, including bedding, towels, tea towels etc to ironing absolutely nothing now I'm on my own. I try not to buy clothes which need ironing. Life is too short and I've got more important things to do
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    I second this!

    If it needs ironing, it doesnt come home from the shops with me!
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 13th Jul 17, 7:01 PM
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    Another non ironer here.
    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***
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 13th Jul 17, 7:02 PM
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    Mooloo - I've gone from ironing absolutely everything for my family of five, including bedding, towels, tea towels etc to ironing absolutely nothing now I'm on my own. I try not to buy clothes which need ironing. Life is too short and I've got more important things to do
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    I hate ironing! I have to press things as I make/alter them and I don't mind that so much but family ironing yuk.
    When the kids were little I sent my ironing out.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 14th Jul 17, 7:04 AM
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    Blink and I think I missed him. Bfs flight was delayed so he arrived around midnight and was gone again by 6am! Oh well.
    So what is happening today?
    Sewing obviously. School picnic, so will it rain? Probably.
    Freezer lucky dip is marinated chicken Piri Piri skewers.
    Must shop for loo rolls if nothing else.
    The market will be on so I can get my salad stuff as I go to work.
    I wonder what the day will bring? I am thinking it could be quite as people stay away from the area for the Grand Prix.
    Oh, I need to do some more cushions too
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 15th Jul 17, 7:42 AM
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    Thursday was £285 takings, yesterday £185. So we are still doing quite well. The seamstress rang in sick yesterday so I needed to tackle some of the jobs that were on her job sheet. I also tackled another Cushion cover and some of my work sheet, but I was tired and finished just after the show shut at 4.15pm
    Had to shop for loo rolls, washing powder, and a few extra frozen vegetables. I had bought the salad on the market.
    Dgd stayed the night with the neighbour's and I will see her after work.
    Today is a birthday party for 8 little girls so I need to take my machine from home, the extension lead, and lunch this morning.
    Bf is off running at the park in oxford this morning.
    We will go over this evening- a round about route due to local road closures for the Grand Prix.
    My morning will be tidying up and setting out the work shop in readiness for the children.
    But first I still have to wash up last nights dishes! Yuk.
    That will teach me to leave it till the morning.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 15th Jul 17, 8:12 PM
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    www.dropbox.com/sh/a9fjpk2hnsigpj1/AAAvXxlAPgUZjpNU_sVQYbJMa?dl=0"]http://https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a9fjpk2hnsigpj1/AAAvXxlAPgUZjpNU_sVQYbJMa?dl=0[/URL]
    I hope this is the link to Dropbox pictures of today's efforts from the Birthday party girls.
    A great time was had by all.
    I am tired now.
    Just been doing the accounts and this week was only £12 less than our highest week this year.
    I just can't seem to make it to the £1,000 barrier- close but not quite there!
    I have had a call back from one of the dress shops I targeted in the next town, and am going to have an interview next Wednesday morning. The woman even had a spare room that might work as a satalite branch. Could be interesting!
    Worth looking anyway.
    Last edited by Mooloo; 16-07-2017 at 9:16 AM. Reason: Trying to edit link
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Eager_Elephant
    • By Eager_Elephant 16th Jul 17, 8:23 AM
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    The link doesn't work unless you remove the http:// at the start and then it takes you to all your photos but you can click on 15/7/17 to see the photos from today.

    They are lovely bags, Mooloo - I bet the girls had a fab time!!

    Excellent news on the takings - fingers crossed you break the £1k barrier soon!!
    Ninja Saving Turtle No. 1 for July
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    (up to 15/08/17)
    My Diary is here - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2175629 (Eager Elephants Effective Everyday Excursion)
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 16th Jul 17, 9:22 AM
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    Think I just made it worse!
    Should have taken you to a folder names Mooloo's.
    Oh technology has the better of me at the moment.
    We only need to find an extra hours worth of money to hit target of £1,000
    So I will have to try and promote more sales related items, and maybe a few more parties and classes.
    I brought the diary with me to Oxford, so I might try and spend some time on planning this evening, for a bumper August!!!
    Although last year we were closed for about 10 days, which didn't help.
    I am not planning to close this year, and hopefully will have staff to cover for me from now on.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 16th Jul 17, 9:23 AM
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    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a9fjpk2hnsigpj1/AAAvXxlAPgUZjpNU_sVQYbJMa?dl=0
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Jul 17, 12:36 PM
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    Bags are just fab.
    What an excellent idea for parties
    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***
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