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I live where I live so that I can be close at hand for my elderly dad. My brothers live on the other side of the world and although there are times when I feel a bit overwhelmed by the weight of responsibility I think I'm lucky to be able to spend time with my dad.
I do have future plans and aspirations but for now I'm here for dad just like he has always been there for me.
Plans changing is about the only certainty these days
Loved the food show story too
Early Retired June 2020
Yes - MFW has changed a LOT. Back in the day the expectation was that if you were "serious about it" you would sacrifice pretty much all fun stuff in order to OP every spare penny - there was also a bit of an attitude for a while that if you didn't have an offset mortgage you weren't "doing it right" - Hairy Shirt Suffering is right, as Redo so perfectly put it! (A bit like the "is your heating on yet" threads which inevitably turn into a p***ing contest and would be better named "who can claim to have their thermostat set the lowest!") I follow quite a few diaries on MFW these days and as Cheery & TMV say it is indeed an entirely different place to way-back-when!
Staffordia yep - I've not been to Shetland (It's on the list!) but suspect there are definitely some parallels there on the travel front. We *could* be lucky, and get straight on a flight to Glasgow, straight on a second flight to Stansted, and theoretically if everything ran smoothly we could be down in Essex again inside 5 hours tops - but if "the call" came at the wrong time of day, or in a period of poor weather, the best case scenario could well turn into 24 hours, and possibly worse than that if flights were full because ferries were cancelled.
Paspatur yep to changing circumstances needing to mean changing plans - and also to changing situations in the desired future location, too. Covid changed things a LOT in the Hebrides - there was a sudden rush of people from off-island buying property up there - in a lot of cases without ever having visited or seen the place at all. People had heard on the news that there was no positive cases there at all (there wasn't for literally months as the locals were SO aware of the need to avoid it because of limited medical facilities) and so it was seen as a desirable place to have a bolt-hole. As a result, now a lot of properties that come up for sale never even hit the open market - they simply get sold privately to locals, which is completely understandable. It definitely slightly changes how we might be considered if we bought as a second home though, there's no question about that, and also means that prices tend to be higher for those that DO hit the open market. Ironically, a lot of those rush-purchases are now coming up for sale again, unsurprisingly!
Apologies - there were too many folk to name-check everyone who popped in to wish me a happy new diary - all comments and visitors as ever are much appreciated though!
MSE Stuff: Today started with a cash-out of a modest sum from Prolific - it ended up at £15.25 and that has already been bounced from PayPal to my "Gym Neutral fund" - and my signature updated to reflect that I am now a third of the way to target. I'm not under any real illusion that I'll hit target on that one - but then I never was. It as really about offsetting the cost as much as possible. There is still £3.31 sitting pending over at Prolific too so that's a nice little boost to December.
Hopefully MrBoss will pay me a bit later and I'll be able to money shuffle and get my personal accounts surplus reallocated.
FD Reg Saver still not showing open - not too concerned though, I guess they've had a lot applied for in the last few days!
A pottering type morning here today ahead of going out a little later to visit a beer festival and meet up with some pals. Just booked train tickets (through TCB of course!) and other spendiness will be a small entry fee to the festival, and the cost of beers of course, plus a pizza lunch with a friend when we get there, we may want a snack of some sort later on as well but we’ll see.
Other spendiness: £2 on books in the charity shop today - MrEH will be returning some to a different charity shop tomorrow morning I think as he has to go that way anyway.
Reckon that’s about it - the train fare for today will come from our joint fun account as we’ve taken nothing from there recently so it’s reasonably well funded. Everything else will be from personal spends though.