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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 29th Dec 17, 1:32 PM
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    another casualty
    Quit..rest ..restart . Diary no.3
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    • 29th Dec 17, 1:32 PM
    Quit..rest ..restart . Diary no.3 29th Dec 17 at 1:32 PM
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.comshowthread.php?t=53499 16
    And possibly the last . Not sure if the link works .

    From someone who never bothers with diaries ( I’m the person who gets one from the office but leaves it in a drawer for 2 years ), to someone who has done two on m s e .

    As the title suggests , diary 1 is quit ( 28/10/2015)
    Diary 2 is wondering what now?( 2/04/2017)
    Diary 3 is trying to pickup the pieces of the puzzle and put them together so everything fits . (29/22/17)

    I must thank all the regulars ( Lesson Learned, harz, enthusiastic , gigervamp, Anna , copperjar cew Wendy &co. ) plus all the others who have been reading and thanking me along the way.
    I do think that, had the internet and this site had been around when we first had problems that a lot of mistakes wouldn’t have happpened.

    There are many people worse off of course, but Like others I want to avoid falling down after trying to rebuild myself ready to be more sturdy and robust for what is thrown at me in the immediate future and beyond.

    Biggest obstacles to overcome : lose the weight / find a part time job/find confidence to meet new People / stop lazing around/
    Oh, and get off the prednisolone .

    Hope you enjoy the journey with me .

    Thanks
    Ac
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    • Karonher
    • By Karonher 2nd Jan 18, 11:56 AM
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    Happy New Year - hope everyone's plans work out
    Getting ready for Christmas 2018

    Aiming to make £5,000 online in 2018.
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 3rd Jan 18, 3:52 PM
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    Felt groggy this morning . Weather miserable . I did manage to get my haircut . I then went to dolphin shopping centre to get new trainers , some light bulbs and one or two other things .
    That was hard work and annoying .

    I went into Clarkís . Tried on one pair in the sale . Not right so I moved along to...jd sports . I have to be honest but I detest these type of shops antway. Unless youíre under 21 you are old and crusty.
    I looked at the various trainers in sale and asked the ďshop assistantĒ for size 12 in the three trainers I gave him .
    I.managed to try on one pair that was in my size. They didnít have the bling , but were all black . Black is not uncool.
    So I was pointed to the cash out . There was a couple in front of me and the were faffing about with baseball caps . The woman behind the counter was robotic and ..very slow . So slow that over 5 mins had passed. I just walked away . No loss .

    So I looked in ROBERT dyass and wilko for light bulbs . Selection was dire , but way too expensive . I may ask my friend where he gets his light bulbs from . I may even go online . In London ryness was the place to go . Very knowledgeable . Not the cheapest , but you bought with confidence .

    Iíve just had to go 9nline and order a couple of pairs of trainers from Clarkís . Next day delivery . No sale price with these , but if they fit right then this is the way forward.

    One thing I am after and not sure where to go : those small toys where you squeeze the sides of the body and the toy is attached to a pen etc. Canít remember the name of them . I looked in Clintonís but nothing in there. Maybe paperchase or someone does them .
    I had a few lost in the move . One was a little mouse which was dressed in a baseball kit complete with bat. These toys are about 5he size of my finger .

    Anyway thatís that . Iím waiting in tomorrow for home deliveries from m&s and Clarkís . Hopefully not all day . I paid the plevin cheque into nationwide so no need to go to poole for a while anyway.

    I aim to go to the gym on Friday . Tomorrow if deliveries are really early . Next week should get me back to three days a week there .
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 3rd Jan 18, 4:35 PM
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    Another place you could try for those toys is Hawkin's Bazaar. They do a lot of random stuff. We used to use them to get stocking fillers.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 3rd Jan 18, 4:46 PM
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    AC. Had to laugh at your shopping woes..,

    This week is not a good week for retail therapy, kids still off school etc, shops rammed. You might get on better if you wait till next week when all the kids are back at school and life is back to normal.

    I have to confess to being an online shopping convert. So much easier. I don’t mind rummaging round a street market or a nice little independent boutique type shop but I loathe and detest the big chain multiples and avoid them like the plague.

    As for shopping malls.......they make me feel nauseous at the mere thought of them, noisy, garish, full of tat, fast food joints and chavs......no thanks. Yes I’m a snob!!! and I don’t care.

    Managed to flood my kitchen on New Years night. Left the tap running whilst I wandered off.......thankfully it’s drying out ok with no,long term damage. Thank goodness for my dehumidifier......

    Good to see you getting back to the gym.....keep it up.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 03-01-2018 at 4:49 PM.
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    • By another casualty 3rd Jan 18, 5:22 PM
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    Hope the kitchen is ok LL.
    Yes I think that onlinr shopping is the way to go. While you are in the Amazon , I’ll be shopping there also .
    Regarding the dehumidifier : does it cost much to run over the yesr? A friend of mine thinks I should get a timer plug for it .

    Gigervamp , I did think of Hawkins bazaar . May try it . I cannot remember the name of the thing I’m after tho.
    Last edited by another casualty; 03-01-2018 at 5:25 PM.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 3rd Jan 18, 6:36 PM
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    My dehumidifier has an automatic eco facility, basically it detects moisture levels and then adjust itself at the appropriate setting. If itís happy with the atmosphere then it switches itself off. Clever piece of kit.

    Cost wise then obviously when itís romping away at full belt then yes our energy monitor scares me to death, but in eco mode itís a lot less scary. I havenít actually isolated the running costs. TBH things like kettles, hairdryers, tumble dryers, irons and electric ovens are probably just as greedy if not more so.

    Yesterday I had to wash and tumble dry the kitchen floor rugs, as well as all the towels I had used for mopping up, plus using the kitchen fan and the dehumidifier. I had those machines running continuously for hours. The usage yesterday was more than double my usual amount. But at least I didnít have to throw the rugs away and the kitchen is drying out nicely.

    The dehumidifier has already switched back to eco mode and even switched off for a while this afternoon so I guess the humidity levels must be back to normal.

    I know you have issues with condensation, is your dehumidifier helping.
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 3rd Jan 18, 7:25 PM
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    Good point about 5he other electrics we take for granted .
    Yes, my dehumidifier is helping . I donít put it onto any other settings other than the basic smart setting that it recommends .
    Itís an eBac similar to yours . It seems to have stabilised now .
    One of 5he easiest things to use. Just gotta remember to get some filters for it and remember to change in the spring .
    • Debsnewbudget
    • By Debsnewbudget 3rd Jan 18, 8:14 PM
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    Why not buy bulbs from a supermarket ?
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 3rd Jan 18, 8:31 PM
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    Why not buy bulbs from a supermarket ?
    Originally posted by Debsnewbudget
    I may well do that
    One or two are not bayonet . One is an 18 watt.
    I thought wilko would have a large stock., as with robert dyas
    I was wrong
    Thanks debs
    Last edited by another casualty; 03-01-2018 at 8:34 PM.
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 4th Jan 18, 12:35 AM
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    I'm pretty sure you can get ES (Edison Screw) bulbs in supermarkets.
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 4th Jan 18, 6:32 AM
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    We get most of our bulbs from B and Q or screwfix. Have you tried there?
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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 4th Jan 18, 8:33 AM
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    Thanks folks. There is a Homebase in branksome . Iíll try thereí also
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    • By another casualty 4th Jan 18, 4:27 PM
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    So..
    Got my trainers delivered by Clarkís size 12 / wide foot / great .

    Onto my delivery of jeans from m&s ....I was a size 40Ē .
    Now the size 38Ē I just received fit great .
    Iíll try the tops on later.

    Regarding the waist size: if I can hopefully get down to a size 36Ē waist by Christmas then I think itís job done ! I must be doing something right

    So, do I take the previous jeans I bought in m& s last month to a dry cleaners ( not that one ) and get them taken in ?

    Apart from the thoughts of looking for a job ( felt moody today about that) , I feel great .

    Regarding part of my weight and condition problem :
    I had an X-ray about 6 years ago as I felt a lump on my stomach and was the initial start of very slight breathlessness. There was nothing to worry about . The lady giving me the X-ray said at the time that she could see nothing .
    So part of my condition is affected by the thymus gland which can be removed . I think thatís whats making me look like Iíve swallowed a few tables . Iíve beren through the mill as you know , so it wonít be touched . Just a thought .
    Still , one waist size smaller ! Itís a start
    • Chrystal
    • By Chrystal 4th Jan 18, 5:12 PM
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    I think the things you are looking for are called 'pencil toppers'

    Hope this helps
    GC. Oct.17 = £261.18/ £300 = + £38.82 NSDs 20/31
    GC. Sept.17 = £354.89/£300 = - £54.39

    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 4th Jan 18, 5:15 PM
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    Thanks Chrystal
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 4th Jan 18, 5:17 PM
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    Congrats on shrinkage - waist size that is
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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 4th Jan 18, 5:39 PM
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    Thanks enthusiastic :
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    • By another casualty 5th Jan 18, 2:45 PM
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    So today, felt groggy. Was gonna go to the gym . Not really there so I put it back until Monday . I will of course suffer on Monday , as I will be having another p t session . After that , I intend to be back at the gym 3 times a week, or twice at the very least.

    However, I had to get out and checkout homesense for candles and possibly a framed print . I also wanted to see how Iíd get on at homesense for lightbulbs. I had a successful day . I did a bit of guesswork regarding size and style for an old 1960s snoopy lamp I got on fleabay last year . I did take a screw in fitting which is for the 3 wall lights in the living room ,and an ordinary bayonet fitting for the music room . Amazing regarding lightbulbs . I had 1 wall light and the light in the music room going out within 2 days of each other.
    So far, all the other lights in the flat are fine . When I purchased the flat,the seller got an electrician around to update everything on that side. Very impressed so far . I think it was a new circuit board put in .
    Cannot remember .

    It was nice to walk around without my jeans falling down to my ankles
    Iíve put a belt on my new smaller size. Good sign . Hopefully in a couple of months I will have the same problem as before and can buy new jeans in a 36Ē waist . As cartman from South Park says,ĒIím not fat , Iím big boned ď. Iím 6í tall so eventually I can say that too

    It was much quieter in Homebase and homesense . Got different scented candles in the sale and bulbs , so itís been a good day .
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 5th Jan 18, 8:07 PM
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    I think the things you are looking for are called 'pencil toppers'

    Hope this helps
    Originally posted by Chrystal
    Just found out that they are ďhugger grippersĒ and are from the ď80s
    They cost anything from £5 -£20 on fleabay . Iím after about a dozen or so. No I havenít grown up
    • Worrierwalker
    • By Worrierwalker 9th Jan 18, 12:03 AM
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    Hi AC and everyone- found the new thread.

    I am a candleholic if there's such a word AC- I bought one in Homesense the other week, a Chistmassy Gingerbread, haven't lit it yet though as I have several to get through.
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