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    • Bitsy Beans
    • By Bitsy Beans 10th Mar 11, 12:21 PM
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    Bitsy Beans
    Oh wow, I love the smell of black thorn blossom, so that's a bit worrying! I can't stand lily scent though...smells like widdle to me.
    Originally posted by lostinrates
    And me. Not a big fan of lily's as inevitably something gets stained with the pollen before I'd had chance to remove the stamens <sigh>
    I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it'll be with a knife Louise Brooks

    All will be well in the end. If it's not well, it's not the end.

    Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars
    • Catbells
    • By Catbells 10th Mar 11, 12:25 PM
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    Catbells
    catbells if you get certain benefits you can have loft insulation done for free.

    I have decided that I am going to work my budget April to April from now on because all the yearly bills should be in by then. It is too hard to work out what any increases might be.
    Originally posted by grandma247
    Thanks Grandma. I'm not on any benefits - yet. I would imagine they kick in where your 60 or 65? Haven't retired yet.
  • shegar
    What does everybody think will happen (is that bad grammar? who cares) will happen in the new financial year ? Are there more job losses in the pipeline ?
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Ohyes it will be a bad year, with central goverment cutting back on our local councils most departments will suffer greatly in the new financial year.........

    I do know that for certain, because as you know my husband had a severe stroke at 49 yrs old just over 2 years ago, and he needs 24/7 care, ,which I provide 24/7, im not too well myself but we have not been offered much at all for the new year..........

    Had a social worker call the other day to see if they can give me a bit of help cos im really tired and struggling at times and if im lucky they MAY be able to get someone to come in in the mornings to get hubby showered ,dressed etc, so that I can do my medical needs.........

    But I shant hold my breath!!....she tells me their budget has been cut again this year, so they I have to wait until Apr 5 to see if they have enough funding.........

    What tends to happen is I get very worn down after about 5 to 6 weeks of caring and in desperation I phone social services and say "please can you take hubby for a week cos im about to drop."..........obviously they do.......so now they want to try to get him out to a day care centre for a day a week to give me a day to either , sit down, go shopping, or even the hairdressers........that would be lovely for me..........

    But theres a waiting list to get him in to one of these groups, plus their funding as been cut so they want to reduce how many days they have groups.........
    We are also about to lose our library, our buses have been reduced too.........

    So I feel I shouldnt really be asking for help at such a bad time for our country..............

    Our fuel is so dam high its all gone mad, we pay 1.42 ltr diesel..........

    Why cant the goverment see we are going downhill fast.......all our food is delivered by transport, and transport cost money, fuel, wages, wear and tear on lorries, and TAX to get food to us ...............

    I really dread to see where it will all end........

    And my last moan, or rant, of the day, ..........THE OLYMPICS why are we spending so much money on thisthe poor country is on its knees , with hospitals,drs,schools,libraries,councils, buses, in trouble ....... oh I could go on............. Yes as another member said .....well council tax is not going up this year..... I SHOULD think not either.....weve got enough on our plate to contend with this year..........sorry guys n gals but I needed that...
  • Hippeechiq
    I've just retrieved a pack of these from the freezer which I grabbed on a whim from the whoopsie cabinet last month at Mr T.

    As they don't feature as part of my normal "routine" I haven't got much of an idea.

    Could you lovely and resourceful people give me a pointer or I shall have to resort to a jar of cook-in sauce? And that would be very un-OS, and I shall probably be sent to the Arms in disgrace....
    Originally posted by GreyQueen

    Re the Chicken Thighs how about these (click on title)
    MOROCCAN CHICKEN

    MAPLE ROASTED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SWEET POTATO

    BACON ROAST CHICKEN THIGHS

    COQ AU VIN

    BRAISED HERB CHICKEN THIGHS

    I do a 6 week menu plan at at time, and eat all of these on a 6 week rotation (plus other meals of course ) So I can vouch for all of them.
    All found on the internet during the past year, and all absolultely lush. HTH
    Last edited by Hippeechiq; 10-03-2011 at 2:44 PM.
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  • ChocClare
    I've just retrieved a pack of these from the freezer which I grabbed on a whim from the whoopsie cabinet last month at Mr T.

    As they don't feature as part of my normal "routine" I haven't got much of an idea.

    Could you lovely and resourceful people give me a pointer or I shall have to resort to a jar of cook-in sauce? And that would be very un-OS, and I shall probably be sent to the Arms in disgrace....
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    This is a nice one (and dead easy):

    Chinese Chicken

    In a casserole dish, place
    6 tblsps wine
    3 tblsps soy sauce
    1 tblsp water
    1 tblsp sugar
    1 tsp made mustard

    Mix round to stir. Put your chicken thighs in the dish and zhuzh round so they get covered in the sauce. Bung in the oven on about gas 5 for...um.... not sure - an hour? I judge it by when it starts to smell nice . Remove the lid from the casserole and return to the oven for a further 20-30 mins until skin is crispy and brown. This is a dish which benefits from cooking until the meat falls off the bone, as nothing is more bleurch than a scarcely-cooked chicken thigh!

    This is delicious and makes a LOT of gravy - more than you'd think for the amount of liquid you start with. It also freezes and reheats beautifully - in fact, it tastes better the next day (this also allows you to let it go cold and take off any extra fat). Serve with mash to soak up the gravy, or rice.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Mar 11, 12:33 PM
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    Annie
    poor you with that midwife - don't let it upset you. I was 42 when DD2 was born 15 years ago (and 36 when DD1 was born 21 years ago) and the local midwives were more enlightened than that way back then. Just a possibility, but do you think you are perhaps going too far not to seem to 'know it all' because that must have irritated you when you were a midwife? Because there is no doubt that people like that don't tend to pick on the ones who are confident and well informed. The Health trusts like to say that women should be the ones making informed decisions about their own care in pregnancy so take them at their word
    • Catbells
    • By Catbells 10th Mar 11, 12:35 PM
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    Catbells
    Sounds a bit dodgy. I would never sign up to anything from cold callers coming to your door..
    Originally posted by Frugal Dreamer
    Thanks F Dreamer. I know what you mean and I never usually let people in and probably shouldn't have. He just seemed such a pleasant lad and had ID round his neck. What do I sound like!!!!

    I rang the company he works for SIG Energy Management and they are working on behalf of the energy companies. They are getting proper full grants from the government for people over 70 to have the insulation done and part grants for other people like me. It hasn't been done yet and I don't know how I could have it done any cheaper (190) any other way. I hope I haven't been done. Will ask on another board on MSE.
    • Catbells
    • By Catbells 10th Mar 11, 12:40 PM
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    Catbells
    Think you made a mistake. The mere fact that they said
    "He said it was in response to the energy companies overcharging over the past 10 years and was a way of 'giving back the money' to consumers"
    A bit unlikely that he/they would say that but more importantly admit to overcharging. Assuming they fitted it not a terrible price as in you do not have to fit it. BUT I recently spotted a deal for my mate NOTE not on benefits an organisation was fitting roof insulation for 47 and doing wall insulation for 67 (or vice versa). I also got triple or double rolls (depends on the gap between the joist) of 7" insulation for 1 a roll (carbon offsetting by an electricity company can't remember which). All in all a poor deal but you will still get your money back possibly in one year. They did fit it????
    If they had said carbon offsetting it would have been believable also it is not normal for salesman to do this it is done by post? or a card in local paper.
    Originally posted by brandeberryj
    Thanks Brandyberry. I am starting to have a few misgivings. Yes they come and fit it too. Do you think 190 is too much. Got a sick feeling in my stomach now....
    • Catbells
    • By Catbells 10th Mar 11, 12:43 PM
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    Catbells
    Woo are you saying they haven't fitted it yet? Have they measured your attic? "I would get 300s worth of free insulation to the loft (10"thick) and I would have to pay the balance - about 190." If they haven't measured you attic how can they come to that figure? You may find that the "about 190" ? may turn out to be more? Possible?
    If you haven't done it yet try the following ring up the council see what they have on offer or what they know is on offer from other sources. Do a search for offers BUT start here as money saving expert often know about insualtion deals.
    Your offer sounds iffy.
    Originally posted by brandeberryj
    Yes he went up into the attic and measured it so the price wont change and I have that in writing. Since there is a partial loft extension they are going to insulate the access hatch too to keep the extension warm.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Mar 11, 12:43 PM
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    maryb
    8.56 an hour...luxury I get 6.47!! I pay 5.5% of that into my pension and hope that its not going to go up- so am keeping my fingers crossed..makes me quite mad that the front line staff will suffer yet again whilst the managers on fat salaries probably wont notice a thing I think the media portrays all public sector workers as people who will retire with huge final salary pensions taking away from the tax payers purse etc etc , but its actually only the big wigs who get the disproportionate payouts (surprise surprise!!!)
    Originally posted by bertiebots
    To be fair, part of the proposed changes will mean that you are not subsidising the fat cats to the same extent as before. The way a final salary scheme works is that everyone pays in at the same rate but the rate is probably more than younger workers need to pay and a lot less than older workers need to pay. If everyone stayed on the same salary all their lives it would be swings and roundabouts but with a final salary scheme the pension you walk away with is based on what you earn at the end even if the contributions you have paid wouldn't cover your entitlement. So the ones who get promotion to high paid jobs late in their careers scoop the cream off the pot. If there then isn't enough in the pot to cover all the pensions then everyone has to pay more. Moving to a career average will minimise the amount of extra funding that is needed AND stop the high paid managers grabbing most of it.
  • floss2
    Annie
    poor you with that midwife - don't let it upset you. I was 42 when DD2 was born 15 years ago (and 36 when DD1 was born 21 years ago) and the local midwives were more enlightened than that way back then. ....
    Originally posted by maryb
    I rememebr my late mum telling me that when she was expecting my younger brother at the ripe old age of 41 in 1971, she was put into a private room in the maternity unit as the "young girls will be upset by the sight of an older mother".....in fact they were all queing up to be given advice from a mother of 3 kids between the ages of 7 & 11!!
    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Mar 11, 12:56 PM
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    maryb
    Good point - it was quite common to be an older mother before widespread reliable contraception - just not an older first time mother. It's the years in between when families got smaller that meant average age of motherhood fell, until us babyboomers started having babies in our 30s. There's been enough of us since then that you would think they would have stopped treating an elderly primagravida as someone who should know better
    • Bitsy Beans
    • By Bitsy Beans 10th Mar 11, 12:57 PM
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    Bitsy Beans
    Thanks Brandyberry. I am starting to have a few misgivings. Yes they come and fit it too. Do you think 190 is too much. Got a sick feeling in my stomach now....
    Originally posted by Catbells
    I had cavity wall insulation done the same way - only paid the balance which if memory serves was 190. Mine I organised via a leaflet through the door........
    I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it'll be with a knife Louise Brooks

    All will be well in the end. If it's not well, it's not the end.

    Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars
    • flowertotmum
    • By flowertotmum 10th Mar 11, 1:11 PM
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    flowertotmum
    Hi all..
    sheesh annie..what a cow!!!..thank god your wiser than some mums and threw her out...i have had 1 nightmare MW..and hubby threw her out..for saying that at my age i should know better...she kept muttering and tutting..so hubby asked her what the problem was and if she had a problem she could leave...got another one who was lovely..i was 37 when i had baby 5..and 40 when i had baby 6..no problems apart from being referred to a geriatric mother...but hey ho..i'm here and would do it again in a flash..good luck hun..
    Well got all my washing dry today..very windy here..cleaned my windows inside and outside..so the sun can shine through..
    My little tot is going for tea at her friends house tonight..growing up fast..so we having pork chops and all the trimmings as she is not keen on pork so will have while she is not here...
    Hubby went for his interview only to be told that the position had been filled...they could have rang to let him know..
    Have treated the girls to some new books..well not new but off fleabay..going to pick them up later on..lots of enid blyton stories..so that'll keep them quiet...
    right i'm off to sweep the porch out and then have a cuppa...
    ftm
  • Hippeechiq
    try this http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/main-ingredient/poultry-and-game/chicken/chicken-basque.html

    Big advantage is that it is very forgiving of extra cooking time, so it re-heats really well.
    Originally posted by RAS
    Thanks for posting that RAS - it sounds lovely - as does yours ChocClare

    Chicken Thigh is one of my favourite - and imho underrated - meats, so I shall enjoy adding them to my existing recipes
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    Xmas 2011 Fund 220
    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 10th Mar 11, 1:53 PM
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    Fruball



    And my last moan, or rant, of the day, ..........THE OLYMPICS why are we spending so much money on thisthe poor country is on its knees , with hospitals,drs,schools,libraries,councils, buses, in trouble ....... oh I could go on............. Yes as another member said .....well council tax is not going up this year..... I SHOULD think not either.....weve got enough on our plate to contend with this year..........sorry guys n gals but I needed that...
    Originally posted by shegar
    I'm sorry you are going thru such a rough time Shegar - Don't feel you shouldn't ask for help though... You need help hun or you will end up poorly yourself

    And re the Olympics... Don't even get me started - I am sure they would argue that it will bring people to England who will spend money here but I bet it won't make as much as we have spent... and you are right, the country is ON ITS KNEES already so the last thing we need is to spend out on that
    • flowertotmum
    • By flowertotmum 10th Mar 11, 1:57 PM
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    flowertotmum
    Ohyes it will be a bad year, with central goverment cutting back on our local councils most departments will suffer greatly in the new financial year.........

    I do know that for certain, because as you know my husband had a severe stroke at 49 yrs old just over 2 years ago, and he needs 24/7 care, ,which I provide 24/7, im not too well myself but we have not been offered much at all for the new year..........

    Had a social worker call the other day to see if they can give me a bit of help cos im really tired and struggling at times and if im lucky they MAY be able to get someone to come in in the mornings to get hubby showered ,dressed etc, so that I can do my medical needs.........

    But I shant hold my breath!!....she tells me their budget has been cut again this year, so they I have to wait until Apr 5 to see if they have enough funding.........

    What tends to happen is I get very worn down after about 5 to 6 weeks of caring and in desperation I phone social services and say "please can you take hubby for a week cos im about to drop."..........obviously they do.......so now they want to try to get him out to a day care centre for a day a week to give me a day to either , sit down, go shopping, or even the hairdressers........that would be lovely for me..........

    But theres a waiting list to get him in to one of these groups, plus their funding as been cut so they want to reduce how many days they have groups.........
    We are also about to lose our library, our buses have been reduced too.........

    So I feel I shouldnt really be asking for help at such a bad time for our country..............

    Our fuel is so dam high its all gone mad, we pay 1.42 ltr diesel..........

    Why cant the goverment see we are going downhill fast.......all our food is delivered by transport, and transport cost money, fuel, wages, wear and tear on lorries, and TAX to get food to us ...............

    I really dread to see where it will all end........

    And my last moan, or rant, of the day, ..........THE OLYMPICS why are we spending so much money on thisthe poor country is on its knees , with hospitals,drs,schools,libraries,councils, buses, in trouble ....... oh I could go on............. Yes as another member said .....well council tax is not going up this year..... I SHOULD think not either.....weve got enough on our plate to contend with this year..........sorry guys n gals but I needed that...
    Originally posted by shegar
    Shegar..hun you vent away babe..i totally agree with you...its disgraceful..are there not any local charity groups that could maybe help you out...i think your doing a wonderful job..your amazing..your are made of strong stuff..
    take care
    ftm
  • jackieglasgow
    To be fair though, the Olympics were planned before the financial crisis. They can't exactly say, "Sorry, we've changed our minds" There would be all sorts of legal and financial ramifications. Can't say I approve or disapprove, but I am still a bit gobsmacked by the way people who live in London have had to pay an extra levy to cover the cost.
    It's what is inside your head that matters in life - not what's outside your window
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory. - Ghandi
    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 10th Mar 11, 1:59 PM
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    Fruball
    Shegar - If you have a local LETS group, they often have people on there who will do 'adult' sitting and keep your DH company whilst you go out for an afternoon or something... I doubt they'd help with the practical stuff but if it was a few hours to give you a break...
    • bluebag
    • By bluebag 10th Mar 11, 2:00 PM
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    bluebag
    Hope you've all seen the weekend offers at lidl.

    A box of non bio powder for 3 odd and it's a 60 wash box. We could easily get 120 from it by halving amounts. I personally use the value shampoo (22p a litre!!) but if hubby gets to the machine before me he insists on having 'real' laundry products, lol!
    They've also got pork loin steaks too in for the weekend at 1.39 a pack.

    HTH
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    Just cheat and put the economical stuff in the branded box, I do it all the time with all sorts from shampoo to cereals with my lot.

    My freind used to take the labels off everything and write on what it was in black marker pen so no one got dog food instead of baked beans.
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