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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
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    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes
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    • 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes 27th Oct 16 at 9:11 AM
    Hello

    I think that the time may be right to start a new diary. So much has changed since I started my 2nd diary, which can be found HERE and we're a whole lifetime away from my first diary, which can be found HERE

    Whilst my first 2 diaries concentrated on living a simple life, concentrating on debt-avoidance for my (then) DP and I, we had a 'bit' of a tumultuous 2015, which meant that my DP became my DH and we 'Two' became 3, with the safe arrival of Baby Greying

    Our focus has changed dramatically. Far from contemplating 'downsizing' (a bit of a misnomer in terms of our house, honestly, I've been in bigger 'flats'! ) and somehow achieving early retirement; we now have a future focus that needs us to be super fit and active for as long as we can be. Also, as older first time parents, we are both committed to try to be in Baby Greying's life for as long as possible, without being a burden. Because whilst being older does have some distinct advantages when applied to parenting, there is no denying there's a downside too..............

    Also, the economic climate is changing once again. Blame it on whatever you like, but there is always some reason why prices of x, y or z rise. There is always a reason why, when you find a way to combat inflation; someone comes along and changes the rules of the game. A good example of this is our wood burner. When we had it installed, we had access to a goodly amount of free wood, we both had the time and energy to process it and we could live with parts of the house being cold. Forward 10 years; more people have stoves - and are all chasing that 'free' wood, 'purchased' logs are now very expensive around here and we've no time to stack nor chop wood. It's become easier, and 'as expensive' to flick the on switch for the central heating....... a cleaner in-house option, that can keep the whole house a manageable temperature and Baby Greying at a safe and comfortable temperature.

    Now it does matter if our hair-brained money saving wheezes make our teeth fall out or our toes freeze orf, because it impacts on our ability to look after Baby Greying in the now and in the future. Our health and well-being is a priority - but still not at any price. We want to have it all,;but with only a modest budget available, we're gonna have to get creative. I rarely shop in the 'big 4' supermercados. We purchase some things from mrL, some from mrAl. A smattering from mrW, mrT and m&$ (bananas mostly), with h0me bargins and h3ron f00ds being the sources of our regular shopping. We also have access to a food co-operative and I occasionally get to go to the next city along to get bulk purchases of pulses and spices.

    Our focus now (that we've got over the shock of Baby Greying ) is to move on from Greying Towers. The long and short of it boils down to it not being the right environment for us to bring up a child here. There are nicer places. We need to find them. So a move is on the cards. However, some renovation of the towers is necessary, and whilst funding has always been an issue; now we have the added upheaval of trying to do work around a baby. Not impossible, but not ideal. It's also still proving impossible to find reliable tradespeople. We're looking for a plumber, again

    The one thing that I've come to recognise with age is that there is always 'good stuff' in every life. Even when you're really going through the mill. There are good people, who say or do good things to help you. There are the wonders of nature to take in at every turn. There is humour everywhere, even if you have to look under a few rocks to find it. It is important to be thankful, even on the dark days. And I try to do that - and find writing it down, in my online diary a good exercise in stopping. And thinking.

    We like food at Greying Towers. I write about it alot. I take pictures of me tea. We're vegetarian (at present) and so vegetables feature. Alot. When it's gifted HG produce, it's even better

    So, do you fancy climbing aboard for the new adventure. Taking some time out to Fall apart in my backyard with Me, DH and BG?

    Greying X
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    • Silver Queen
    • By Silver Queen 6th Feb 18, 5:30 PM
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    Hope BG is feeling better but I'm told that toddling age is the best age for them to catch all the illnesses and develop immunity. Hooray for an excellent, illness free adulthood!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 6th Feb 18, 7:46 PM
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    Good Evening

    ... but I'm told that toddling age is the best age for them to catch all the illnesses and develop immunity.
    Originally posted by Silver Queen
    But I'm wondering if BG has set a personal challenge to catch all 200+ types of the cold virus this winter.........

    Well, tea has been munched. We had Elizabeth Luard's version of Mulligatawny Soup, (a cook's year in a welsh farmhouse), which, regrettably, I cannot find a link to on the net But any recipe that starts with, 'take 4 or 5 ladlesful of leftover beans or lentils' is always gonna get my attention It was actually very nice, and used up some l/o rice out of the freezer too. It was sufficiently different to another mulligatawny recipe that I have - I suspect it is a Sarah Brown or Rose Elliot one - to make this a keeper. I added a squeeze of lemon juice in at the end, to prink it up a little, and didn't follow Elizabeth's method - but still a keeper of a recipe for me. I had been marvelling at BG's constant appetite during their cold, but it seems to have desserted them at tea-time, and all they would eat was some fruit and yoghurt But I'm satisfied that they have eaten enough over the course of the day to be ok.

    Right, mustache. I've some birthday cards to sign, and a note to write - then it's my bedtime

    Today i am grateful for these 3 things;

    no awkward questions

    thrifty soup fer tea

    that BG is still smiling, despite feeling rotten


    Thanks for popping by. Appreciated. Greatly.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 6th Feb 18, 7:51 PM
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    Hope you get a good sleep

    x
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 7th Feb 18, 8:50 AM
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    Good Morning

    So, the sleep thing didn't go according to plan, as I've come down with the lurgy........ However, the great news is that BG slept through the night I honestly thought we would be in for another night of shift work, but no BG is still snuffly and coughing, but somehow they found comfort in resting. I'm at the sore throat (swallowing razor blades feeling) and bunged up nose stage - hence why I couldn't sleep. I am as tired, but at least feel there is a *reason* for being awake. I know the impact is the same, but at least there is a reason (I can blame....... ).

    Urgh. Right. Today's plan.

    I've got some letters/cards to post.

    I have an item to donate to a local parent help group so must contact them to see about handing it over.

    I've some money to move for BG.

    Tea is going to be beetroot burgers and a salad bowl - a change from the tofu that was slated, but I forgot/ran out of time to press and marinate it, overnight, so that'll be for another day. I also need to get sorting a 'speedy' tea for tomorrow as we've got to do some running around with an appt for DH.

    I need to meal plan for Thurs 8th - 15th going forward.

    I've been thinking alot about plastics recycling and have thought about ditching buying yoghurt in pots and making my own. The only problem is with that is that UHT milk is the easiest choice to make yogurt with, and very often comes in tetra-paks, which contain plastic and aren't widely recycled (I don't think). I've already considered ditching buying passata in tetra-paks, and using tinned tomatoes (recyclable packaging), or buying bottled passata when I do actually need it (again, readily recyclable). But bottled passata is dearer, so I would have to up my game with, do I actually need it? Not easy is it?

    I need to get a new kettle. Our £13 cheap job has finally given up. It did give up not long after we bought it, and DH was stomping about, complaining about cheap c**p, but as I pointed out, £30 kettles last no longer...... Anyway, it somehow sorted itself out and has lasted well over a year now - if not 2, so whilst the 'junking' annoys me, it would annoy me equally if it was £30 worth.

    I need to get some exercise in today. If I wrap up warmly, fresh air will do me more good than harm.

    Right, best shift-a-tail feather and get emailing, as my starter for 10.

    Ta for popping in.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • try harder
    • By try harder 7th Feb 18, 10:54 AM
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    try harder
    We used to catch every bug a going with our five children now we catch them from our grandchildren ,happy days.
    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 7th Feb 18, 11:30 AM
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    I really need a kettle too! It's been on my to-do list since October!

    Hope you're feeling better soon, happy to hear BG slept through that must mean they feel better, even if only a little.

    Have a lovely day

    x
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 7th Feb 18, 1:27 PM
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    I can't imagine life without a kettle! All of ours have been the "mid range" type and I think I'm right in saying that in our time sine we got married we've had 3 of them...the current one being no. 4 - which means each one has managed in excess of 5 years on average. I'd certainly be complaining if one in the £25-£30 price range died at just over a year old!

    Lots of questions being asked here about the plastic question too - although how relevant any of it is in light of the fact that it seems China are seemingly no longer accepting plastics from us for recycling anyway I'm not sure. I DO want to try to cut back, and it annoys me that I'm mostly forced to buy mushrooms in punnets rather than loose in order to get UK grown ones.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 7th Feb 18, 1:33 PM
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    I'm in a soft-water area and my kettles last a very long time, generally.
    However, I have lived in hard water areas, which kills them quickly. I think the longest-lived kettle anywhere cost a fiver. Arg05 have them for £5.49, W!lko'5 for £6, next most expensive £10 and £12 respectively

    I also have one that is still working, but got retired age 5 or so, when Am@zon offered me a new one.

    My work as a registered childminder exposed me to so many bugs that I never get full-blown colds. I think I was smug about this once before. I got plenty of bugs during my time, though.
    . I am of the 'exposure is better' school of thought, for healthy children. The benefits from socialising at soft play and the immunity boost outweigh the risks of picking up a bug, in my book.

    Hope the kettle hunt goes well.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 7th Feb 18, 3:54 PM
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    Chap who repaired our shower last year told me that we've got some of the hardest water in the country - we do however only ever use filtered water in the kettle which may make a difference as they don't scale up.

    Agree about exposure to bugs being the way forwards for kids too - obviously with exceptions for things that could be seriously nasty or for children who are more vulnerable for whatever reason. You can't lock them up and particularly only children like BG (and like me!) need that socialisation.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Feb 18, 4:46 PM
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    Hope you are on the mend soon.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 7th Feb 18, 8:02 PM
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    Good Evening

    Soooooooooo very glad to see that a number of DFW diaries have been returned to their rightful authors. Bravo Right and justice has prevailed.

    And thank you to the tireless board guides, busy ferriting around knitting threads together, ensuring no stitch gets left behind

    I've made headway with my list

    Baby Greying posted the letter/cards into the postbox - bit of a joint effort, as their legs are a little too short to measure up to the slot at present, but they like to post things

    I contacted the local group to ask about donating an item. As they are volunteers I'm not expecting a swift response, but I have set the ball rolling.

    Money is moved

    Tea has been munched. We had the remaining walnut, lentil and beetroot burgers, with Indian Sprout and carrot curry and beetroot and apple salad (Happy Pear) A sliced avocado half and a dressing made out of miso, mayo, yoghurt and the last of the lemon/mint dressing from m&$. Bit of beetroot overload - as I forgot the beetroot burgers, um, had beetroot in them........ But the dish was full of turmeric, cruciferous veg, beetroot, avocado, omega 3 seeds and generally was cryptonite in a bowl........

    I haven't done my meal plan yet, but we'll be having bolognese for tea tomorrow (bought the bottled passata today).

    I bought a new kettle. I went for the same model we had before from A$da - purely because although it hasn't lasted long, it did have a good pouring action. I got a grey one, as the white and grey ones were on offer for £9. A black one (like we had) was still £12.50. Ideally, if I got my act together, I would research a better quality kettle (now that we have the means to make a cup of tea again) - that has a decent spout. I have found, looking around, that price is not always an indicator that you can get the water from the kettle anywhere near your mug, instead you end up flooding the counter each time you pour I also bagged a YS net of clementines that were 57p for 500g - which is cheaper than the current mrAl offering and I bought a punnet of 'ripen at home' plums (?) to make a crumble - if they ever ripen.......

    In purchasing kettles, and eggs, and dates, and clementines and brussel sprouts etc etc I did get my walking exercise done for the day, although by any stretch of the imagination, nobody would have hollered 'you're a fast walker' at me today I could but manage a swift plod. But as beanie always implores, plodding is good

    BG has been OK today. A bit fractious at times, but they are coughing less and their little nose has been a bit less like a tap. I broadly agree with exposure to germs etc etc, it was how we were raised, and I think after a few years on the farm, we developed cast-iron constitutions. But it's just been a bit full on the past 3 weeks,so I'm just feeling a bit flagged. This too shall pass

    I'm flagging at the mo, so I'm away to my bed in a min.

    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;

    that the right thing was finally done.

    for a lovely, kind, supportive text

    Bright, warm sunshine, despite the cold


    Ta for popping by and joining in with the discussion on such a wide range of topics. Always appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Feb 18, 8:12 PM
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    I got a Brev11le kettle for CHristmas.
    No idea how much it was but 'tis a dire pourer especially when fuller
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Feb 18, 6:43 AM
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    Good Morning

    I agree beanie - brand nor cost seems to have any bearing on whether a kettle pours or not. Which kinda defeats the object to me. I often wonder if designers of 'things' ever actually use them. And as for all clothes - baby or adult - being designed by 6ft tall, long-armed, pencil thin hipsters.........

    Right, the lovely volunteers have got back to me and have accepted my item for donation On condition that I can provide proof of purchase to ensure it is not a fake - for insurance purposes. What a jolly good job I have the receipt - how are we going to go on, in the future, if shops stop printing receipts, 'because our customers no longer want them'....... And our item better not be a fake, as we used it for BG and we got it from that 'posh shop' that is apparently, keen to never be undercut on price

    BG slept through the night again And as importantly, this baby mumma slept through the night too It took an age to drop off to sleep - to the extent I thought I had 'missed' my tea effectiveness slot again - the next thing I know, I wake up, wondering if DH is still in bed, and literally 2 seconds later, the alarm goes. Wow. I'm still congested and BG is still coughing, but I certainly feel a bit more human for some uninterrupted sleep

    Today's plans involve making a batch of lentil bolognese - for tea and for the freezer as we like it so. And then we've an appt for DH to meet and will do the appropriate supportive bit there. I also need some pasta if we are having pasta bolognese, or to prep some dirty tatties if we are going to have bolognese with baked tatties. I forgot to say, we had brown basmati rice with our 'beetroot-fest' last night, too.

    I need to do my meal-plan for the week today, and update my spending diary.

    Right, best crack on I suppose. There is snap to get prepping.

    Ta for popping in. It is appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Feb 18, 9:25 AM
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    Glad that yoiu both slept through the night
    Happy Thursday.
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    • WannabeFree
    • By WannabeFree 8th Feb 18, 9:49 AM
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    Yay to good sleep

    Have a lovely day

    x
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th Feb 18, 12:12 PM
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    Well, I've deployed my 'common sense' brain cell...... ( No sniggering at the back ) and I am in the middle of making a lentil based cottage pie for tea. It's bolognese under mash, but will avoid the need to run out and buy pasta and will make a better 'main' to put the last of the sprouts alongside (DH will be delighted.........) It'll all be cooked and just need popping in the oven for a while when we get back. I've done portions of bolognese for BG as they have pasta and they aren't a fan of potatoes (don't no-body tell Pipster........ )

    I only did enough lentils for the dish, but have plenty of the tomato/vegetable sauce left, so have portioned that up to freeze ready for future dishes.

    I've just remembered that DH has to provide a sample today, and that he ate loads of beetroot yesterday.......... Um, better own up to that one, before they think he's got summat seriously wrong with him.........

    BG has gone down for a snooze. They got a little bit crotchetty, and I thought I'd see if a nap would help - it appears to have worked.

    Right, best get sorting lunch and then sorting ourselves out. It'll soon be time to go.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Feb 18, 12:14 PM
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    Tea sounds good
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    "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***
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 8th Feb 18, 12:46 PM
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    Sniggering at the beetroot tainted sample in a suitably mature fashion

    We have a mid range rustling hobbes kettle and it is frankly dangerous and always has been as it shoots hot water over your hands and the worktop when you pour. Hate it but too mean to replace till it stops working.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Feb 18, 1:52 PM
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    Sniggering at the beetroot tainted sample in a suitably mature fashion

    We have a mid range rustling hobbes kettle and it is frankly dangerous and always has been as it shoots hot water over your hands and the worktop when you pour. Hate it but too mean to replace till it stops working.
    Originally posted by redofromstart
    Blimey, that wouls scare me to bits.
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    "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.
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 8th Feb 18, 5:45 PM
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    My dh sounds almost as dangerous as your kettle, redo! He doesn't even notice that he's poured water everywhere...
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