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Travelling On

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
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  • themadvixthemadvix Forumite
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    How awful Karma 😔 thank goodness your friend was there! I hope the man gets the help he needs.
  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    Another positive thing for me, a text yesterday from a distant friend, I'll phone her today.  Need to rehang my porch curtains, give me back my privacy.  I "cooked" yesterday, for the first time in all of this: the old frugal brownies recipe from here on mse.  Rested on my laurels, I think, didn't take enough care - burnt and stuck, and wasteful as a result, even though it tasted good.  Must do better!  Will do better!
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
  • apple_muncherapple_muncher Forumite
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    It is good to look at it as an opportunity isn't it?
    I have the opportunity to learn new tech skills to deliver quality teaching. I have the opportunity to connect with my pupils in a totally different way. I have the opportunity to do that from the comfort of my own home too!
    I read a great piece this morning, in Le Monde, about how all the good intentions fade away and we're left wearing the comfiest and oldest and tattiest of tracksuits for the epic journey of bed - sofa - toilet - bed every day. And you can even fish the remote out from under the low coffee table without having to get up. But the downside is the drawstring that inevitably slips and you show your builder's bum (plumber's bum in French!), or it pulls out and you have to spend hours re-threading it. And then you see yourself in a mirror and realise that you have lost all self-respect!
    Be that butterfly!
    NST May#1; NSD 5; Ex 7; remove items 102; bagfuls (53)

    Mortgage £3,000? ish (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143; 01/19: 18.275) MFWDate: soonish
  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    Be the butterfly, exactly!  You too, lovely apple :)
    Not doing too badly here, since its only 2pm.  Used the facial cleanser (and the crazily priced muslin :) ), put the veg on - hmm, not a complete success, finished off one lot of onions, put some green lentils and herbs etc in, thats it - didn't chop up the old turnip.  Never mind, I can do that tomorrow.   And the machine wash is on, at the new higher setting I use for the moment.
    Also more rejigging around the porch: some new post came this morning, and I put it in an old freezer drawer, right by the front door.  I'll open it later in the week.  Also washed down a side wall with bleach (mould is starting up again, when it's safe to have builders in the house, I'll have to have a discussion about that).  Tidying up too, since the "post drawer" is an extra burden for the little side table there.  I can make it work, actually. 
    Gratitudes:
    - the space to be a butterfly :)
    - watching 5 blue tits running up and down the twigs and branches of my witchhazel tree.
    - the pace of life slowing down a bit, so I can feel I have enough energy to get in touch with a few people.


    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
  • apple_muncherapple_muncher Forumite
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    The thing with becoming a butterfly is that you get to spend lots of time cocooning first!
    NST May#1; NSD 5; Ex 7; remove items 102; bagfuls (53)

    Mortgage £3,000? ish (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143; 01/19: 18.275) MFWDate: soonish
  • KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    And I really did cocoon :) didn't do the handwashing or the direct debit (though I started the latter).  Hunted out the missing thingies to attach the curtain to the pole and felt v virtuous B)>:)
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
  • edited 31 March at 11:05AM
    KarmacatKarmacat Forumite
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    edited 31 March at 11:05AM
    I saw a rainbow from my kitchen window this morning :smile:
    So today, it's about finishing off hanging the porch curtain; getting the direct debit out to my French bank (I've realised that might just be an email, not a handwritten letter I have to scan); keeping up with the dishwasher;  the handwashing of the two swish wardrobe items; and emailing my London friend, who sent me a letter - not opening it till the weekend.
    I've got my next projects lined up but I won't list them, I won't, I won't - except I do need to start to pay attention to the garden!

    ETA - two weeks today since I got home from the cruise - so I almost certainly didn't get it from that, either the trip itself or the rail journey once we disembarked in the UK.   Now here's hoping I didn't get it from the 2 shops I did that week, or the delivery last week.
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    New kitchen fully installed June 2019
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