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Life is a minestrone as the song says - my new diary

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
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  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    beanielou wrote: »
    You have had a busy bee day today, along with your trip to the physio.
    A neccesary evil unfortunatly sadly.
    Sleep well :) xx

    Well done on the accounts too :)
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
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    beanielou wrote: »
    You have had a busy bee day today, along with your trip to the physio.
    A neccesary evil unfortunatly sadly.
    Sleep well :) xx

    Thanks Beanie, am heading off to bed shortly. Hope you sleep too after your physio pummeling :o
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    teapot2 wrote: »
    I put all the flattened cardboard in the shed and tied the new covers onto the recycling boxes and sorted out more papers for shredding or recycling. Took the food waste out as well as the bag was full. Its not recycling day till Friday but if I get organised now I'm more likely to put it out for collection.
    I know that feeling :rotfl:
    Made soup for lunch with a sweet potato, leeks, pepper and lentils - was nice and thick. Had some with oatcakes and cheese for a change. Then went to physio appointment. There is progress which is good and she gave me more exercises to do on top of the existing ones. I had to practice them there for about 15 minutes. Then I walked home which is about the furthest I've walked since surgery. Think my legs will be sore tomorrow as already feeling it - those exercises used muscles that haven't been exercised for a good while :eek::eek::eek:
    You did really well on all of that - lots of portions made at the same time with that soup, I hope? And extending your walking on a day as cold as yesterday is really something.
    I couldn't eat all of my tea last night which was a kind of spag bol with [email protected] mince and veg so didn't want to waste it and put it in the frying pan and added a couple of beaten eggs and grated cheese over it and made a sort of omelette :rotfl: It was filling but not a keeper is all I can say about that!!!!
    Yeah, being determined to not waste food has a few consequences, doesn't it :D

    I've finished my accounts and checked my adding up and subtracting so have inputted it online and it seems to have gone though. I need to go back and explain that I stopped work when OH got his terminal diagnosis which is why there is so little income. There's a box to add information so I'll put it there. Then I have a couple more sections to complete and it should be done.
    Well done on that! I'm hoping to finish the dividends and savings section today, which will finish it all off completely. Do you use a spreadsheet to do your listings, or do you add it up yourself on a calculator? It took me years to realise that there's a simple "adding up" button on any spreadsheet, once you input the numbers, you just press a button, and hey presto, added up without any possibility of a mistake. Changed my life :rotfl:

    Good luck with the restof it today.
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    Karmacat wrote: »
    I know that feeling :rotfl:

    You did really well on all of that - lots of portions made at the same time with that soup, I hope? And extending your walking on a day as cold as yesterday is really something.

    Yeah, being determined to not waste food has a few consequences, doesn't it :D

    It certainly does :rotfl: Still two big dollops of sweet chilli sauce helped a lot

    Karmacat wrote: »
    Well done on that! I'm hoping to finish the dividends and savings section today, which will finish it all off completely. Do you use a spreadsheet to do your listings, or do you add it up yourself on a calculator? It took me years to realise that there's a simple "adding up" button on any spreadsheet, once you input the numbers, you just press a button, and hey presto, added up without any possibility of a mistake. Changed my life :rotfl:

    Good luck with the restof it today.

    Thanks, thats the section that I have left to complete as well. No I don't use a spreadsheet. I write it up in an accounts book and add it up :rotfl: I double check by adding up the figures from bottom to top then top to bottom :o I find thats quicker than inputting everything into a calculator but not of course as quick as a spreadsheet. When I first started doing after-school and Saturday jobs they didn't have tills that add up and tell you the change to give so it was all mental arithmetic and I still add stuff up in my head :o I don't have excel on this laptop but I think OH added something similar which might be some sort of free spreadsheet so I should have a look at it sometime. I did the ECDL years ago and got quite good at spreadsheets.
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    I used to check myself that way, downwards then upwards ... but in the days when my accounts had a *lot* of entries, learning the adding up button on a spreadsheet saved me a huge amount of time. You're right about the freebies - Open Office has a free spreadsheet, and I think there's others now, because Open Office has some download problems.
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    Karmacat wrote: »
    I used to check myself that way, downwards then upwards ... but in the days when my accounts had a *lot* of entries, learning the adding up button on a spreadsheet saved me a huge amount of time. You're right about the freebies - Open Office has a free spreadsheet, and I think there's others now, because Open Office has some download problems.

    Thanks, of course if I did the accounts monthly as I am always threatening, then it would be even more manageable :o

    On another subject entirely and in answer to your earlier post which I didn't get round to - yes, always a big pot of soup and sometimes half of it gets frozen if I've made enough for a week, in case I get fed up with it!
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    Hmm spendy day, got a new clock and timer fitted on the boiler which unfortunately is out of guarantee by a few months so that cost £100 :eek:

    Then went out for lunch with a friend, it was my turn to pay so £22. More than I'd usually want to pay but I know this friend has been having a really difficult time and I wanted to treat her. Also knew that if I just went for soup and sarnie which was way cheaper she'd have that too rather than what she wanted. It was really nice and loads of food so I just had soup for tea as I was still full......

    A couple of surveys done today, Yougov for 50 points and finally a Prolfic one after a few days without seeing any.

    Had an epic fail with the tax return as I can't find some of the documents I need. Why do I do this to myself time after time. Gave up looking and will have a think and another look tomorrow.
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    Oh no! I do it to myself too :( hope you've found them today.
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    Hope that you find what you need :)
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~**
    **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **
    MFW. 9 months to go. B)
    "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***
    Out of debt, out of danger. ***Be the difference.***
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    Karmacat wrote: »
    Oh no! I do it to myself too :( hope you've found them today.
    beanielou wrote: »
    Hope that you find what you need

    Thanks both, yes I found the papers - phew. I've inputted that section online and just need to do the interest info. which isn't much these days :p

    As far as I can tell from looking online, the bereavement support I get isn't taxable but the Carers Allowance I got for a few months is so I need to include that.
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