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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 12th Aug 16, 1:55 PM
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    22 Foxhole East
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    • 12th Aug 16, 1:55 PM
    22 Foxhole East 12th Aug 16 at 1:55 PM
    I just made my first mortgage overpayment.

    We bought a 5 bed Victorian terraced house in the East Midlands in April 16 that has been badly neglected. It needs everything doing, it has been let out on a room by room basis and used as a rental machine. Now it is our family house (4 kids = one bedroom each!!).

    So far I have replaced 2 Velux on the attic floor so the rain stays on the outside (very rotten frames)

    Have had a full electrical rewire as the wiring was underneath the wallpaper - not boxed or chased in, just behind the wallpaper and skirting boards. Got a shiny certificate and everything now!

    Decorated 4 kids bedrooms and put down new carpets in 3 of them

    On the still to do list for this year

    - new roof and insulation - nails degrading! Snow could cause a huge problem. Better get it sorted really.

    - New shower and bathroom flooring - water damage, holes in floors (!) we should have moved the bath mats when we were viewing, they hid a lot of damage.

    Plastering and decorating.

    Nice carpets!!


    That will be the two top floors done and I can kid myself I am 2/3rds of the way finished

    Not attempting anything on the ground floor until 2017 - so no talk of log burners,knocking down walls, kitchens, damp proof courses, shower rooms or the like. That way lies madness, shhhhh, next year, at some point...

    So, let's talk money.
    House cost £160,000
    Deposit was £41,315 (sale of previous nasty Manchester Foxhole)
    Amount borrowed £118,685

    We got a 1.94 % fixed for 2 years with Accord which rises to something ridiculous like 7% so remortgage time in 2018

    We will repay £1.82 for every £1 borrowed over the 26.5 year life of the mortgage unless I overpay

    I have just rung Accord, found out I can repay up to 10% of the total amount borrowed (each year without penalty), can make as many overpayments as I like per month without penalty, but cannot check on the balance online. I have to ring up a silly automated 0345 number that will tell me what the balance is! I will have to remember to ring it on my mobile so it is free.

    Monthly Mortgage repayment £467.00
    An overpayment of £200 a month would knock 10.5 years off the life of the mortgage.

    We are planning on spending 5 years living here, and them moving elsewhere due to the nature of DH's work. So, lets see how much I can throw at this mortgage.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 26th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
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    Ouch for the loss of money on the strikes, I absolutely get why they feel striking is needed but it is a huge ask from people to do that much. I remember talking to academics last time who agonised about the impact on students too. Do UCU have the insurance that gives members some pay if they strike? I can't remember but I think Unite did have the option last time they had 'trouble at the mill'.

    In terms of planning it might not all go off in the same month. Last time they had to submit a form the day after to say that they had been on strike, and it was recovered from the following months pay cheque.

    ETA: Thinking back there was something about impact on pension too, can't remember the detail though as it was a few years ago. Counted as unpaid leave or something if you don't make the contributions up.

    Much sympathy from me.
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 27th Jan 18, 8:59 AM
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    Thanks redofromstart I have absolutely no idea, but at least I can plan for another tight month. If it does come out of the end of March pay cheque it is not a problem as the kids 5% interest accounts will have matured and I will have a fat wad of cash waiting to be drip fed back into their regular savers. We won't starve.

    The eldest two have barking coughs now, and #3 is starting too. Lemon-flavour-paracetamol-based-drink-sachets will not last long with 2 of them necking them. Will have to pick up more today or tomorrow.

    I have caved and allowed DS2 to go on his school residential trip to Devon (or somewhere) in June. £320, but it will do him good to realise not everyone has the quality of parents he has.

    DS1 was actually shocked when he went on his, not only at what his friends did not know how to do for themselves, but what they ate or had never eaten before, and he came back with a bit more appreciation for us. Which was nice, it doesn't last long, but it made him much more aware he is definitely not hard done by. The thought of not knowing what an aubergine or avocado or (shock horror) an artichoke was. He is still traumatised his best friend has never eaten a walnut or an olive (his mum tried one once and was not impressed). His lunch is a constant source of amazement. Nearly every day he comes home with a new thing Tom has never eaten. The boy is 15! and totally averse to trying anything new. He also thinks that anything with a YS is 40 seconds away from mouldy.
    Poor thing must be horrified by DS1s tales of my thriftiness. Must think I am a total nutter. I hate to think what he tells his parents about his best friend's Mum. Oh well.
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 2nd Feb 18, 1:14 PM
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    Welcome to February!

    DS 3 is 10 today, he has a football kit, goalie gloves, boots, an ice cream ball thing, a couple of T Shirts and books and money. He can't complain!

    He has requested a peanut butter and jelly cake. So I have made two victoria sponges, so 4 layers, made a peanut butter icing and will alternately sandwich jam and peanut butter cream to make a tall cake. Not sure I have candles though - good job I thought to post this or I would have made a major error!

    It is a Chinese Takeaway for tea tonight. I make the rice at home so it is just the main courses we buy, should be about the £20-£25 mark.
    He has 2 friends coming over to play tomorrow morning around 9.30, so that should keep him happy.

    No further painting has been done, but what has been done looks marvellous, I will get on with it next week.

    I paid all my outgoings first this month. Which makes me nervous as I worry I will end up being short. Silly really, I have a credit card for emergencies.

    Bob the boiler man came and serviced my boiler, I have a crack in my probe (!) apparently, so I need to be aware of it, but it is still working and so we are hoping and keeping our fingers crossed my end does not drop off.

    Recycled some old bits of the kids to the foundation stage (nursery) at school. A few very cute badger/ raccoon / squirrel glove puppets, and a couple of old rolls of wallpaper that just turned up in the post one day. They draw and paint on the back of them, so that counts as recycling and charity as far as I am concerned.

    I feel like there is something that I should be doing, but I have no idea what it is.
    I went to Aldi on the way back from school
    picked up DHs dry cleaning,
    made the birthday cake
    made the icing
    rang step-gran to make sure she is behaving herself
    Checked the diary - there is nothing in there.

    Oh well, it will either be remembered or not.

    Birthdays tend to throw me, and it takes a day or so to get back into the routine.
    There is only one week left until half term - then routine will be well and truly out of the window.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
    NEXT GOAL is sub £105k before JulyMortgage-free wannabe 2018 #161
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 2nd Feb 18, 3:41 PM
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    apple muncher
    Happy birthday to ds3! 2 cakes = 10 candles - hope you found enough real ones.
    NST April #17; NSD 11/15 ; Ex 13/20 ; craft 5/30 (48); remove 381
    2018 Pay off: £1188; 2
    018 sell

    Mortgage £21,904 (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 2nd Feb 18, 5:21 PM
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    Hooray for Wilko
    I was going to go to £land but found them for 75p instead.

    Still no idea what it was that I feel I was supposed to be doing.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 2nd Feb 18, 8:32 PM
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    kerri gt
    Happy Birthday DS3. That cake sounds amazing.

    Your story about DS1 reminds me of my parents taking myself and my best friend out for dinner when we were about 5/6yrs old. My mum was so used to passing me the menu to make my choice she was genuinely shocked when she realised my friend couldn't read it.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16

    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 3rd Feb 18, 3:55 PM
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    Well they came for 4 hours and then went.
    I think they must have dusted bits of the house, as they spent 2 hours playing hide and seek before they discovered the NERF guns. DS3's friends are the oldest in their houses, so do not have the benefit of two bigger brothers' hand-me-down weapons. Poor DS4 came off worst (of course, the smallest usually does). But they all seem to have had a good time and I did LM sausage rolls, chips and beans for 8 ( 8!!! I had to stick the extra leaf in the table!).

    DS3 is now knackered, they must have been up and down my stairs a hundred times each.

    Supper will be reheated left over chinese takeaway from last night. Can't be faffed with anything else.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 4th Feb 18, 11:11 AM
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    Had to get out of bed at 6.30 as my face hurts it is all sinus / mouth / throat/ ears related. Having 2nd lemon-flavoured-paracetamol-based-drink of the day.


    Will do a little light baking and laundry and spend the day drinking hot drinks and quietly asking the kids to do their homework. Ok, quietly begging them to do their homework.

    DS1 and DH are off to the Workshop of Games to play with their tiny men.

    Did I mention my face hurts? at least I have Endeavour to look forward to at 8
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 4th Feb 18, 2:24 PM
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    apple muncher
    Get well soon. In my pre-coeliac days I used to get rotten sinus infections and found that avoiding wheat and sugar, and bananas (?!) too, plus drinking copious quantities of water (4l+) helped alleviate them.

    Hope the kids are cooperative...
    NST April #17; NSD 11/15 ; Ex 13/20 ; craft 5/30 (48); remove 381
    2018 Pay off: £1188; 2
    018 sell

    Mortgage £21,904 (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 4th Feb 18, 2:41 PM
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    Not medical advice obviously, but have you tried ice packs on the sinus, it shrinks the inflamation and (sorry if this is TMI) allows the gunk to move, with the steam giving it an extra incentive.
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 4th Feb 18, 7:09 PM
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    Thanks, copious amounts of hot tea help, as does chewing, there is nothing there really to shift, it just feels like the inside of my face has been sand blasted. But only on one side. It will probably be gone tomorrow and was my pathetic excuse at trying to come down with this cold everyone seems to have. Luckily I am most rubbish at catching stuff and am never really down for more than a day.

    I knocked up a tray of peanut butter flapjacks, a pizza dough and a pizza sauce in the allocated half hour in the kitchen while making bacon sandwiches for the kids for lunch. They don't need a full cooked meal twice a day. They are spoilt.

    They can have pesto pasta in their lunchboxes tomorrow. I can't be motivated to make pasties tonight. I reserve the right to be rubbish for the day.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
    NEXT GOAL is sub £105k before JulyMortgage-free wannabe 2018 #161
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 12th Feb 18, 8:16 AM
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    All better again after 2 days.

    It is the first day of half term, none of the kids are downstairs yet.

    DH is scheduled to have a tooth pulled today. He is very unhappy. He had 6 hrs of r/c on it, and was supposed to go back for a crown to be put on, but he did not go back 18 months ago, and now it is irrepairable. He hates the idea of a bridge, and wants to spend £2000+ on an implant. He is one of those funny chaps who is confident talking in front of 800+ people in a lecture theatre, but as soon as his hair started to thin a little, he took a complete nose-dive emotionally, and he is going to slump again unless he does the tooth implant thing. His mum is totally body dysmorphic. She has spent the 20 years I have known her dieting as her size 10 is too large ( she told DS1 he, was gross when he got a tiny tummy just before he shot up 4 inches in 8 weeks. He was just accumulating extra skin! the boy is nothing but lean, last summer she told DS2 he did not look like his brothers because his face was so round and chubby (she just stopped herself from saying FAT because the kids started laughing at her - they know grandma has a problem where she thinks everyone is fat, because I have told them about it, one of the smaller ones will say something along the lines of 'oh Grandma, that was very rude, he is not fat, we all know you have a problem inside your head ), so I should not be too surprised he will be a bit odd about certain things - it will not help she is coming to visit at the weekend for 5 days. Her first question to me was how his balding was coming on and can she mention it yet. Nothing could stop her from mentioning it.

    So enough whining. I will spend my time fire-fighting while they are here. They come on Friday (DH at work) will be here until Tuesday (DH at work Mon and Tues and the kids are back at school Mon and Tues).

    So, list of things to do before they come
    Change all bedding x 5 beds
    launder / dry / return to airing cupboard
    Stick down odd wallpaper seams that are a little loose in bedroom
    Finish last bits of wallpaper in upstairs loo - have a new roll
    Drive DH to dentist and back (a local makes him shaky)
    Buy a pot of paint and paint the lining paper in my bedroom
    Look for an extra sofa for them to sit on (c/shop) or move the sofa bed back into the front room while they are here.
    Clean and clean and tidy and clean
    Take the 2 smallest to the park
    Trip to museum
    Pancakes for Pancake day on Tuesday
    Finish my book.
    Last edited by f0xh0les; 12-02-2018 at 8:19 AM. Reason: forgot my pancakes
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
    NEXT GOAL is sub £105k before JulyMortgage-free wannabe 2018 #161
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 23rd Feb 18, 10:50 AM
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    I am so excited about this new mortage.

    It is due to start on 1st March, 1.59% fixed for 2 years.
    Reduced to 20 year term, taking off 4 years and 6 months off the original term.

    If I can manage to o/p £400 a month, I will be under 100k by Christmas.
    First goal is sub £105k by school summer holidays,
    Second goal is sub £100k before 2019.

    I will not tell DH. This is my secret plan of sneakiness and it will be his Xmas present. I think I can do this, as I usually spend the kids' money when it comes in, and then save £100 each and put it back in their accounts monthly. So I have done this over and over again. This time it is going straight into the mortgage, and the kids money is safe (possibly well, at the minute it is safe,).

    Everything is on hold until the strike is over and the new mortgage is all sorted and up and running.

    The gas and electricity bill came in, it is quarterly so very low April - September and then quite high October - March.

    £370 !!! I was £400 in credit though. but it has been cold this winter, and if I get the living room fireplace reinstated, then that will drop, as the living room is the coldest room in the house and DH has a wayward finger that keeps pressing the +1 button on the central heating.

    The rest of the house is toasty, and the kids have turned their radiators off in their bedrooms as the heat from the rest of the house keeps them warm on the top floor. DS2 is rotten for turning the rads up to 5 and then leaving the room.

    The Turtles challenge is keeping me on track.

    £270 left to pay on DS2's school trip, but that is not until June, and if I pay £10 from the child tax credit every friday and £50 from the child benefit for the next few months, it will not take long to pay off. The hard thing is not to pay it off now and then have to have tight budget months. I still see it in my head as a debt, which it is not. I decided quite late on that he could go, so I did not get a payment plan, I am just throwing odd money at it on the school payment page when I remember.

    So all in all I am feeling quite positive, and think I know what I am doing and where I am going.

    Right now I am going to the top of the hall stairs and stripping a bit more wallpaper. It costs nothing and will make a huge difference when it is done.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
    NEXT GOAL is sub £105k before JulyMortgage-free wannabe 2018 #161
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 26th Feb 18, 9:52 PM
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    That is a fantastic rate- I am not suprised you are excited about it

    Sounds like you have a great plan on how to achieve your end of year figures. You have inspired me look at where we will be at the end of the year and see where we could be with planned OPs and any stretch OPs we can snuggle in!
    2018 MFW #20 - OP £895.56/ £3000 30%
    Jan: £417.42 Feb: £260.14 Mar: £218

    Emergency fund £4K/ £6k
    Mortgage Oct '16 £170.995 LTV 90% end: Nov 2041
    Overpayments 2016 £255.50 2017 £2600.40
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 27th Feb 18, 10:14 AM
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    I have just been money juggling for March's budgets

    It is looking really good.
    After all bills, the last £100 of the cc from DS3's birthday present, and if I pay off all of DS2s residential trip, I will still have £850.
    I can save a serious amount of money if this is what I have left to play with. I don't tend to spend over £100 a week. There are no more birthdays until the end of September.

    DH is going to spend all of the money he has saved for his tooth implant when that becomes viable. Luckily he has that money saved, but it will wipe out practically all his savings.

    So, the completion date with Accord is 1st March and I will be transferring to Clydesdale - they will get in touch with a payment calendar in March and I am going to fish out the original Accord payment schedule and use that to cross off the payments as it will show the date they expected us to be at £, and I can see how much time I am saving.

    So ridiculously excited now!

    Just got in touch with Clydesdale, and I can just transfer money in, I don't have to have a savings account with them ( the Coventry charged a fee if you overpaid from an account that was not their's)

    So back to wallpaper stripping on the stairs.

    The snow forecast, eventually came, but there is about 2mm on the ground.
    Tis blimmin' cold though.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 3rd Mar 18, 11:16 AM
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    The mortgage deal has gone through.

    Still have not been contacted by new mortgage company though.

    So far this morning I have inventorised the pantry, made a meal plan (11 main meals), I have a 4 item shopping list that should do me the entire week.

    Water started dripping out of the front of the boiler this morning, not when I got up, but by the time DH got up he was complaining of a dripping noise that was driving him nuts in the kitchen while he was having his breakfast. He said he looked but couldn't find anything (cos he hadn't really looked) so I found the drip, we have cleared the condensate pipe of ice, it is still dripping but the heating is still working so, hey, we have a drip. Not like we haven't had that before, will wait and see what occurs, when the weather is better it may all work again. Anyway, we have heat. so there.

    The savings account this month is already £550.
    Child benefit is coming in on Monday and I get £50 a week from tax credits, so another £450 all in, and I think I am going to be able to save nearly half of that.

    If I can make £800 of savings this month I will be ECSTATIC !!
    But I have to remember that next month's paycheque for DH is going to be smaller due to the strike. But it bodes well for future savings.

    Right, time for a cup of tea and a think.

    Have a great, if cold and snowy, weekend.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 6th Mar 18, 2:17 PM
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    OMG, if you want to get a bad impression of a bank I would suggest Clydesdale!!

    Confirmation of mortgage payments came yesterday.
    The address was wrong
    DH's NAME was wrong, and then to add insult to injury, the wrong name was mis-spelled!
    I rang to find out the balance and how to get my online account - they want you to have a current or savings account to do that. I asked last week and was told I did not need an account with them. So I rang up and asked again, and was told I could only do it with a current account with them, and then take out a savings account, and that would link the mortgage account for me to see it online.

    On the plus side - Mortgage currently

    and the daily interest has gone down to £4.72

    Yay!! At least the phone number to the bank is 0-800. I will need it to update my accounts and see if it tallys to my book-keeping.

    There is no payment this month, it starts on - yep - 1st April. Might explain the shoddy information and service so far. Not impressed at the bank, I am impressed by the rate, and I can put up with it for 24 months until I jump ship to a more professional organisation.

    Got a cheque for nearly £60 from the legal people as they asked for more from the new mortgage company than it needed. DH has the same. Very odd behaviour, but they wanted more in case it did not go through, and the interest was going to be nearly £15 A DAY if it did not go through as planned. But it did. So we get it back and will pay extra off the first repayment.

    Made marmalade chocolate sponges (Paddington Cake) for after school snack, a chocolate sauce for the kids post supper coconut ice cream, and have a pizza dough rising in the airing cupboard for later.

    No after school clubs today

    Three weeks until a fortnight off at Easter. Already??

    So, Mission £105K is on.

    A girl's gotta have a plan, after all.
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 10th Mar 18, 3:56 PM
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    I am my own worst enemy.

    I had £600 sat in my holding account waiting til the end of the month so I can check I don't need it, and then throw it at the mortgage. So I decided to shunt £70 off to DS2s residential so I would only owe £200, but after a week, decided I would pay it all off, then remembered I needed to do the house insurances before the end of this month, so I did that - £250, and have sent it to the credit card to get the M&S points on that too.

    And now step-gran wants me to visit over the Easter holidays.
    It takes about £500 for the boat for 5 of us plus the car via Liverpool.
    I might just go on my own instead. She resents the attention I have to give to the kids, and does not like me taking them out - she refuses to come with us anywhere. She just wants me. What can I say? More importantly, what can I do?

    So my holding account is diminished to just over £160, good thing that I had it, I did not need to go into debt for it. It is a one off payment. Job done.

    Lego Ninjago was a good film to go to. Who knew Jackie Chan was in it? I have sat through many many god-awful kids films in my time, but this one was quite fun .
    DH was supposed to come with us, but he had only just got up and had his breakfast when we were leaving, so we left him behind.

    Wonder what tomorrow will bring? I am sure the 2 smallest will have made me something at school. Must prepare my surprised happy face - I have had some total shockers over the years.
    The reasons my kids love me should never, ever be written down.... (because you feed us / for cleaning my clothes / for not making us live in a hedge)

    I might just spend the day under the duvet. Yeah, I wish.
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 18th Mar 18, 11:16 AM
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    Now step- gran is scared of me driving in the snow, so as I sat with my finger hovering over the buy button, she rang and said don't buy until she has consulted Countryfile and the badgerstrangler. She thinks Non Iron is going to have a white Easter. Either dodged a bullet, or I am waiting for a ricochet.

    The strike is still ongoing. The university has agreed to spread the strike over multiple paycheques at 2 days a month. Which is very decent of them.
    The staff are now working to rule until the pensions are sorted.

    We have about a cm of snow here. The ice looks more dangerous. Will wait until after lunch and try and hit the YS aisle at Mr Ts. I have two after school 6pm information meetings this week, which should end at YS time. So my fridge is pretty bare at the moment. Keeping my fingers crossed for bargains, and meal plans will be tweaked as necessary.

    So I am up in the air, with 5 school days to go until the Easter holidays, no firm plans, and I am on budget.

    Got letters from the kids 4.5% regular savers, they mature on 23rd and I will take the capital and leave the interest in the kids accounts. They will spend every penny. I despair sometimes. They cannot possibly be my children, they are very much their father's sons.

    Duke of Ed was cancelled, so all the little spends on replacement pot handles, and marshmallows, and emergency blankets although unavoidable, were not necessary from this month's budget. At least he is packed for next time. They cancelled it less than an hour before they were due to go. Very last minute, but probably wise.

    Right, off to enjoy the Sunday morning politics with a nice Earl Grey and a banana. Rock and Roll!!! and to think I was only getting home about now in the days before children............... those days may come again.....
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    • By f0xh0les 22nd Mar 18, 1:06 PM
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    Ferry booked, for Saturday!! not coming back until 4th April.

    Step-Gran is all happy and quite giddy now.

    DH is sulking - his own fault, he did not want to visit his parents, claims he has too much work and can't go away, so he can't complain I am picking up his slack. I am leaving him a nice clean quiet house to work in. He hates it. He can talk to the hamsters as far as I am concerned. I have responsibilities beyond his comfort.

    Have not asked in-laws yet if we can visit them over Easter.
    Will wait until I am in the north, and then keep an eye on the weather forecast - There are enough things to blame me for without adding 'willful and deliberate snow making' to the mix. They may have plans over Easter anyway. Will ask DH to ask them when they ring him. They have not spoken to me since they went back home.

    Annoyingly, Step-Gran is talking about me coming over again for 4-5 days in April/May and again in summer so I can get a stock of bird food in so she can feed the birds in winter. Last week she was talking about booking in for 2 weeks respite care, to see if she could stand being in a home as she was worried she is getting unable to cope. Now she is convinced she will be there in Winter.
    I can't see it, to be honest.

    I am starting to think I am not helping her by going over, as it is giving her something to look forward to - as in 'if I can make it until March, foxy will be over and sort out x, y z. Then when I go back she gets down in the dumps again, and I get phone calls, and all sorts, about how worried about herself she is.
    She can no longer even operate a tin opener. I have just bought her a battery powered one for arthritis sufferers, she has no strength in her hands, and Parkinsons, she can't cut up a turnip, her hands shake so much she can no longer write properly etc.

    Then she gets a false sense of everything being alright, and gets angry I can't drop everything and fly over there for a week without the kids whenever she decides she needs me. She resents needing carers x3 a day. She is resentful of the kids now. It takes my attention away from her. Poor old duck.

    Busy checking airbeds and washing blankets and finding passports- we have to take everything with us. She got rid of the spare room beds about 10 years ago to make room for her ironing board (????)

    Kids 4.5% accounts mature tomorrow, so I will steal the capital and leave the kids their interest in their card accounts. All 4 kids have cards to access their money now. Even the 8 year old. So hooray! no more standing in the queue in town. They can take their money out of the hole in the wall. Sadly DS2 keeps forgetting his pin as he is an idiot. 13 but still terribly immature.

    So, when they go back to school after Easter, I have one week, then DS1 goes off on a residential , one week later DH is off for the weekend with his mates, a week later DS3 is off on a residential, the weekend after DS1 is off on his DofE, then it is May half term! So June is going to come around quite quickly with all that going on.

    Plus on the first of May it is my 20th Wedding Anniversary.
    DH most probably has no idea.
    I married the most unromantic man in the entire world.
    He is lovely though, I shall keep him a while longer.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 : Oct17 - £109,495.00Dec17 £108,800Jan 18 £108,392.98 March 18 £108,000April £107.---
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