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    • maryb
    • By maryb 5th Mar 15, 4:06 PM
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    i have a bus pass (thank you, Boris!!!) and hair is definitely grey but not sure I fit otherwise
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 5th Mar 15, 4:17 PM
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    Right you lot - time to hoist up your bosoms (Les Dawson style) & get stuck in to this lovely new thread. I also have this little mental picture of a cartoon used for a cleaning ad many years ago of Mrs Mops in pinnies & turbans on their hands & knees in a row with their bottoms swaying to and fro in time to the music - is that us.................????
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Possession
    • By Possession 5th Mar 15, 4:20 PM
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    Frankly Silva my bosom could do with some hoisting...
    I've just paid the electrician and got the money out to pay the roofer at the weekend so am feeling considerably poorer.

    • Doveling
    • By Doveling 5th Mar 15, 4:26 PM
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    My problem is that everything continues to sway for four or five minutes after the music has stopped and if I get down on the floor somebody has to help me up again!
    How do you all empty your freezers out to defrost them. If I take something out I seem to put four meals back in of what I've just made from it.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 5th Mar 15, 4:29 PM
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    My problem is that everything continues to sway for four or five minutes after the music has stopped and if I get down on the floor somebody has to help me up again!
    How do you all empty your freezers out to defrost them. If I take something out I seem to put four meals back in of what I've just made from it.
    Originally posted by Doveling
    I stop buying food until it is empty.

    I have three freezers. One is finally empty. I need to rejig the other two, and may get to the bottom of the chest freezer by the end of March.

    Only spending is the occasional pint of milk when I really can't manage without coffee/have visitors, and some fresh veg which I am NOT allowed to make into soup to freeze until all the soup is gone. I have plenty of frozen fruit, so no need to buy any.

    I'm now at the stage where there is less in the way of 'ingredients' than meals, so there is less chance of stuff going back in.
    • Doveling
    • By Doveling 5th Mar 15, 4:38 PM
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    Gran3 - if you still have the lids, could you cut them as you would a grow bag?
    • cat4772
    • By cat4772 5th Mar 15, 4:44 PM
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    sometimes I'll use a large duvet to wrap around the food (insulating it to keep it cool) whilst I fast defrost the freezer; using a mix of hair dryer - (never in the freezer, just pointing the heat from a 10cm distance towards the freezer so there's no danger of electrocuting myself) and trays of hot water to create steam to help speed up the defrosting. depending on the state of the freezer it can take about 30-45 minutes to be defrosted. I'll wipe everything dry inside the freezer; i find this stops it frosting up as quickly if all the surfaces are dry to start with.

    Hope that helps.

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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 5th Mar 15, 4:45 PM
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    My problem is that everything continues to sway for four or five minutes after the music has stopped and if I get down on the floor somebody has to help me up again!
    How do you all empty your freezers out to defrost them. If I take something out I seem to put four meals back in of what I've just made from it.
    Originally posted by Doveling
    Same here Welcome Doveling, Cat, Hester and I'm sure there was at least one other person

    Thanks for the new thread nuatha How's OH doing?

    Stilty What great news about DD's new chariot!
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 5th Mar 15, 5:11 PM
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    I wish you had not used the word chariot....I now have an image of Miss Stilty doing a Ben Hur with Mum's best kitchen knives strapped to the wheels - heaven help her little bruvver!
    Debt free date.....3 August 2015
    Now building up a Doomsday Cash Stash
    • stiltwalker
    • By stiltwalker 5th Mar 15, 5:29 PM
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    Nargleblast - we live in a very touristy town and regularly think we should kit both the kids' wheels out with Boudica spikes and a bull bar, just so we can make our way down the high street on a market day! Now there's an image for you
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 5th Mar 15, 5:55 PM
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    Good Evening chums, and Hi to all the lurkers I too am of the age when I can remember women in turban headscarves (ala (ilda Ogden ) but I have never worn a curler in my life (although I have used rollers many moons ago

    Oh the days of the Carmen rollers ) I also had one of those hairdriers with a hood attached which meant I could multi-task and cook and while feeding my tribe, and also be doing something vital like answer the phone which seemed to ring non-stop between 6-7 at night for some reason.Then I'd have to turn my hairdryer off and the big ballon-like hood would gently deflate
    Nowadays I just wash 'n'go my hair, a quick flick with the comb and then I am doing something else.

    Nice to see a shiny new thread.We all seem to lurch from one broke/hard up week to another at times don't we,but we all survive somehow.

    Perhaps more women in Government would sort some of the debt crisis out as we all know how to tighen our belts until they are almost pinging
    Onwards and upwards chums
    JackieO xxx
    Last edited by JackieO; 05-03-2015 at 6:04 PM.
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    2018 Food spend so far this year Three months totals 96.53 April 8.98 . this morning short shop was 5.62 only bought essentials
    • stiltwalker
    • By stiltwalker 5th Mar 15, 6:09 PM
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    And her little brother is waiting for delivery of his own wheels - they'll be having chariot races!! So if you're going to feel sorry for anyone Nargle - please let it be me!! (lol, not really I'm quite looking forward to it).

    Respite evening tonight so we're off to the curry house in a bit for some couple/keep me sane time. We often do curry as it's a cheap night as it is a bring your own place so got a half price pinot grigio from Mr T to take with us - it's been a long week so well and truly ready for it.
    • shanks77
    • By shanks77 5th Mar 15, 6:15 PM
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    Better get some wood, hammer and nails, nuatha, looks like the Garden Fence might need extending!
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    It's more likely to need re-enforcing if I lean over it lol
    Welcome to all our newbies look forward to "speaking" to you all and picking up your hints and tips.
    Thanks for a new thread have spent soooo long starting from the very first thread, coming to the end only to find another thread with hundreds of posts for me to read and so on and so on. So a chance to be near the beginning makes me lol
    Nothing OS to add so will catch u all later xx
    Ooh I lied managed to save money on my house and car insurance all for a short time on the phone 50 saved altogether xx
    Last edited by shanks77; 05-03-2015 at 6:24 PM. Reason: Added text
    • mowdrops
    • By mowdrops 5th Mar 15, 6:43 PM
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    I would love to join you all on this new thread. Like Hester the fence will need to be low as I am only 4foot 9 but a stocky little creature.
    • chickens11
    • By chickens11 5th Mar 15, 6:52 PM
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    Slow up you lot, I go absent for 2 days and all hell as let loose, arguements etc , and the old thread is well and truely wrapped it self up, and here I find myself on a new thread , I hope im welcome .........Sheila...
    My motto is " one life live it ".....
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 5th Mar 15, 7:28 PM
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    Join the over-the-garden-fence gang, sheila, I know what you mean, a week is a long time in politics they say.....And a day can be a long time on these threads. nuatha has the hammer and nails to customise the fence to fit each one of us, he is the bloke among us after all, so it's his job! Oops, did I say something non-PC there?
    Debt free date.....3 August 2015
    Now building up a Doomsday Cash Stash
    • gran3
    • By gran3 5th Mar 15, 7:44 PM
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    Jackie O we must have been separated at birth. My mother got my Carmen rollers with the vouchers from her fags. I also had one of the inflatable hairdryers. I go to a local 'museum' and all the stuff I used to have and use is in there.
    • Squiggly Diddly
    • By Squiggly Diddly 5th Mar 15, 7:56 PM
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    Squiggly Diddly
    Thanks for the shiny new thread I've posted a couple of times on the other but not quite got going. I now have visions of a large army of "apronned" ladies (and a few gents) marching en masse down the road clutching a variety of kitchen/garden tools who are definitely a force to be reckoned with!! And with a huge amount of knowledge and experience amongst them. hopefully lots of people will post & share as that's what makes the thread work.
    A week of "befores" going on for me, as well as one after. Joined a weight loss/exercise group at my local gym, part of which is a before pic as well as measurements (somewhat scary & a bit depressing but have bucked up since). Looking forward to developing a healthier way of eating & being fitter and healthier. Must read the OS weight loss thread.
    Also had a good haircut, from halfway down my back to a base of the neck bob! (Which I am very pleased with).
    And finally ordered my new kitchen & just booked the start date today, 7th April - can't wait for the new one!! Need to buy some appliances, sink, tiles & cabinet lighting. Will be done just before I leave one job/start another!!
    So a quiet few weeks coming up...
    Live your life until love is found, or love's gonna get you down" (credit to Mika!)

    • Bathory
    • By Bathory 5th Mar 15, 7:57 PM
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    Hello all. I'm a middle aged heavy metal woman (promise to keep the music down) who would like to join if its ok?

    Les Dawson - blimey he was funny. The Candle in Cumbria sketch where he pulls different faces always gets me laughing.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 5th Mar 15, 8:01 PM
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    Evening all. Jazee here. For those who don't know me, I'm in North Yorkshire, have two dogs and became officially FAT this week as my waist has disappeared - just like that.

    And what won't help is that DH and I treated ourselves to a rare takeaway tonight.

    Lovely to see so many people posting. I will try to post more regularly too.
    Savings 2018: 1288.56
    Garden spends 2018 - 90.17 (compost, solar lights, begonia plants)

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