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  • Greying_Pilgrim
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    beanielou wrote: »
    Glad that you had happy holidays :)


    Thanks love, we did :D


    I forgot to mention that we had some MSE help on hols :D The lass on reception where we were staying gave us the benefit of 'local know' to (legitimately) avoid paying an over-inflated car parking charge at one of the (many) attractions that bring folk into the region. She didn't actually realise the charge had gone up from last summer, so it was quite a chunk-a-change she saved us :D I did take the opportunity to say thanks :D



    Also, DH and BG had, in fact, lost me in a mrA superstore, and were 'loitering' - possibly looking somewhat helpless (:rotfl:) and a lady engaged them both in chat, establishing that Family Greying clearly weren't 'from round-about-here', and then insisted on giving BG some money 'for sweeties'. DH tried to politely decline, but the lady seemed hurt at his refusal, so DH relented, and BG soooooooooooo held onto those pennies :D They couldn't have been more precious had they been the crown jewels :DBG bought some of their most favouritist chocolate with the pennies - only hanging 5p over to the cashier at first, and only handing over the rest of the money after some gentle persuasion from mum........ :rotfl: i think I'm raising a little 'un to keep a firm grip on the finances :rotfl: But wasn't that kind? Giving a little bit of money to a child to get themselves a treat. People never cease to amaze me :D


    Tea this evening will be black olive pizza with a tomato mozarella salad and something else not yet determined......... possibly a bean salad. The tommies were bought on holiday - garden grown :D and such a rainbow of colours :D No red snooker balls in this punnet! :D we shall enjoy them I am sure, and have fond memories of seeing the garden in which they grew :D


    Greying X
    Pounds for Panes £3,005/£10,000 - start date Dec 2023

    Coins for Camping (May) -  £1/£15  (Camping TTD - £75/90)
     
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    Non-food household spend May £24.01/30
    Bulk Fund May 0/£15

    Knitted items for charity 1/24 (inc. Blankets 1/6)
  • beanielou
    beanielou Posts: 90,634 Ambassador
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    How lovely that Miss BG got a lovely treat :D
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  • Busy_Mee1
    Busy_Mee1 Posts: 1,015 Forumite
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    Just catching up Greying and enjoying your updates. So glad that you had a nice time away.

    On the subject of small children and wellies, this reminded me of the time my daughter got new wellies and she loved them so much that she wanted to wear them to bed.....and we let her on the basis that was one battle we weren't going to fight. She is all grown up now and quite a well round human being ( albeit still a bit wilful in a good way :T) . And we have some cracking photos of her sporting her wellies in her pyjamas, a tutu and a swimming costume .....she really loved them.

    I say follow your heart when bringing up children. Ours were definitely free range children and I got a lot of tuts and disapproval but they have grown up to be lovely adults.

    Funnily enough, we were only just talking the other day about how the tradition of random "aunties" giving children pennies for sweeties seems to have died out. I don't know if this is the stranger danger thing or people not carrying cash. I just remember how lovely it was as a child to receive money in this way and my children were always thrilled too. I am trying to maintain the tradition with little ones that we know :)
  • Greying_Pilgrim
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    Busy_Mee1 wrote: »
    I say follow your heart when bringing up children. Ours were definitely free range children and I got a lot of tuts and disapproval but they have grown up to be lovely adults.


    I have to say, I'm trying very hard to lean toward that way of thinking Busy Mee 1. I suppose what gets my giddy goat is that folks even bother making comments...... I don't do it myself - at least, I don't think I do, I either try to say summat nice or supportive, or keep quiet. Increasingly it's the 'why did you feel the need to say that?', these days, rather than, 'oh my goodness, they are right, I am a carp mother' ;)


    Oh, our life would be so much less rich if it wasn't for BG's 'acquired' Aunties and Uncles. No doubt about it, BG's blood bunch have little or no time for BG :( and are too self-absorbed to give a fig :( Whereas BG's acquired bunch are generous with their time, or their energy - sometimes gifts :o - or their knowledge, or skills, or their play or their solutions to problems, or their timely arrival with a wet wipe............ :rotfl: I have never cultivated these additional Aunties & Uncles for what they would give to BG in the form of material 'stuff', they are in BG's life to show what 'good adulting' looks like and what love looks like :love: And my goodness they are doing a most excellent job :D


    If BG grows up to be a 'lovely adult' well then there will be no one more pleased than me.



    Yes, the sweetie money was given to BG genuinely, and as DH was there, there was no 'stranger danger' issue - but I do know what you mean. There have been circumstances where I have been less certain of folks intentions.... I will freely admit, whilst frevently hoping I am wrong.......


    Right, I've a tommy salad to 'whip' up :D


    Greying X
    Pounds for Panes £3,005/£10,000 - start date Dec 2023

    Coins for Camping (May) -  £1/£15  (Camping TTD - £75/90)
     
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    Non-food household spend May £24.01/30
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  • beanielou
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    So proud that my DS is a maverick :D
    Always has been & really hope he always is.
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  • Greying_Pilgrim
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    Good Evening :hello:


    Sure hope the sun is shining wherever you've laid yer hat for tonight :D And if you're in a traffic-jam (been listening to all-request Fri-YAY on R2) may you get safely to your destination, soonest :D


    Well, it's been a funny auld sorta day. Far too many cross-words :( But sometimes people need shaking outta their funk and reminding that there is no 'I' in team............................


    Lunch used up the remainder of provisions bought fer our picnic lunch yesterday, so no further expense :j For tea I made a black olive pizza - for which the olives were purchased - anyone know why there is is a great black olive shortage in mrL? Or is it just OUR branch? I didn't bother adding mozarella to the tomato salad - because it didn't need it. D'yknow, good ingredients need little or nowt adding, and in this case, a warm in the afternoon sun on a ledge did more for those tommies than any amount of fancy-schmancy ingredients cudda :D Those tommies were delish - we enjoyed them SO much :D Thank you to the gardener wot grew them :D We also had some Marshalls macaroni* (jus' braggin' ;)) which had been napped in a little tomato/red pepper sauce. BG hoovered their portion up :D Very nice and made a nice change from wedges - although I'd be the first to admit that the weather helped enormously - wedges have been 'just the job' for most of the summer :(


    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;


    Getting the wash done and out :D

    Good food and great memories

    Achieving everything that I set out to achieve over the course of the last week, within budget :D


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.



    Greying X




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  • beanielou
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    Good Evening :hello:


    Sure hope the sun is shining wherever you've laid yer hat for tonight :D And if you're in a traffic-jam (been listening to all-request Fri-YAY on R2) may you get safely to your destination, soonest :D


    Well, it's been a funny auld sorta day. Far too many cross-words :( But sometimes people need shaking outta their funk and reminding that there is no 'I' in team............................


    Lunch used up the remainder of provisions bought fer our picnic lunch yesterday, so no further expense :j For tea I made a black olive pizza - for which the olives were purchased - anyone know why there is is a great black olive shortage in mrL? Or is it just OUR branch? I didn't bother adding mozarella to the tomato salad - because it didn't need it. D'yknow, good ingredients need little or nowt adding, and in this case, a warm in the afternoon sun on a ledge did more for those tommies than any amount of fancy-schmancy ingredients cudda :D Those tommies were delish - we enjoyed them SO much :D Thank you to the gardener wot grew them :D We also had some Marshalls macaroni* (jus' braggin' ;)) which had been napped in a little tomato/red pepper sauce. BG hoovered their portion up :D Very nice and made a nice change from wedges - although I'd be the first to admit that the weather helped enormously - wedges have been 'just the job' for most of the summer :(


    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;


    Getting the wash done and out :D

    Good food and great memories

    Achieving everything that I set out to achieve over the course of the last week, within budget :D




    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.





    Greying X




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    Loving these:):T
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    "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.
    ***Keep plodding*** Out of debt, out of danger. ***Be the difference.***
    One debt remaining. Home improvement loan.
  • Greying_Pilgrim
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    Good Morning :hello:


    Start of the holiday weekend, but DH is working, so no big adventuring for us.


    It'll be a day of quiet pootling. I've managed to get most of the washing done :j Just the last few bits in the machine now, and we're done :T Until it all piles up again......... :rotfl:


    Tea will be curry. One will be a tomato curry, as I got a punnet of YS'd cherry toms from mrA on holiday - I should have known better, they don't ripen, they go from underripe to mushy, with no brief 'ripe and ready to eat' inbetween :( The only thing to be done with them is to cook them - so I shall! :D


    Not all my YS purchases on hols were as disappointing, I got a pile of oranges YS'd in mrS (they smell wonderful), and we had some lovely blueberries for our yoghurt. All the strawberries I purchased were from supermercados :o But they were all Scottish strawberries :D Although I have to say that the tastiest by far were a punnet of 'wonky' strawbs, produce of Angus from mrAl for 91p. I don't routinely shop in mrAl at home, so I was taken with the selection available at the one I used on hols. We have some 'brochan' porridge oats to try (10p cheaper) - I also bought a packet of the brochan oat bars (raspberry) to try, albeit that they were a bit pricey, and a pot of the 'instant' porridge - strawberry, raspberry and cranberry flavour. Not one I've seen anywhere before :D


    I also bought some YS'd beremeal crackers to try, and they were lovely. BG likes crackers and they were hoovered up. I wish I had bought 2 packs! :D Although even YS'd they were £1.10 so........


    No wonder I'm all but out of budget - too many purchases! :D Still, it'll extend the holiday a little :D And we did - for the most part - have picnic lunches and 'picky' teas whilst we were away. Saving our pennies for 'real' treats :D Balance - it's about balance :D


    Right, certainly can't think of owt else :money:to add. I'm almost out of dosh, so I can't see how I can 'save' summat I ain't got :rotfl: We will be feasting on memories for the foreseeable :D


    Ta for popping in.


    Greying X
    Pounds for Panes £3,005/£10,000 - start date Dec 2023

    Coins for Camping (May) -  £1/£15  (Camping TTD - £75/90)
     
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    Non-food household spend May £24.01/30
    Bulk Fund May 0/£15

    Knitted items for charity 1/24 (inc. Blankets 1/6)
  • beanielou
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    Happy pootling:)
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    "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.
    ***Keep plodding*** Out of debt, out of danger. ***Be the difference.***
    One debt remaining. Home improvement loan.
  • rtandon27
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    Welcome back GP & happy to hear you had fun on your hoibobs!:j Love your story of the random auntie & sweetie money - your BG has learned her financial lessons well;):)

    We are starting our staycation today with the plan of store-cupboard challenge for meals this week! :D Starting of with a 42p yellow stickered quiche for breakfast with some baby tomatoes & cucumber slices - Both of us fed for under a pound!:j:j:j
    4 YEARS 10 MONTHS DEBT FREE!!! (24 OCT 2016)
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