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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
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 29-10-2016 at 8:24 AM.
    'Ich habe genug' 'Your Vibe attracts your Tribe'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 9th Aug 18, 9:15 AM
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    Good Morning


    Fortune - it worries me the way things are going







    I suppose having watched 'GrAnd d3s1gns' from the get-go, firing off builders is more common than perhaps first thought. And sometimes it is the fault of the client, as much as the builders, but there is alot of bodging going on out there......... And most of it was done in my house at sometime or other But I worry that if a job is 'small', but is not necessarily totally 'take out old component, slot in new - bill client' nobody seems to want to know.



    It's somewhat impractical to buy a 'new house' should your built-in cooker conk out, but what happens if you can't find anyone to fit a new cooker? Do you really have to consider getting a whole new kitchen fitted, by a firm, for thousands? Ditto when your shower goes caput? Or a radiator needs bleeding? Re-turf, each time your mower won't start?


    Tea last night ended up being greek style casserole. I've no longer got the link to the recipe, but I'm thinking that it is a vegetarian version of a greek dish that uses beef and orzo pasta. Anyway, I make it without meat, and normally, I vaguely follow the recipe, but when I can, throw in seasonal veg/what I have. So last night, I used up the mushrooms - chopped up they were no different to the YS'd closed cap mushies that were 66p for 300g, compared to my 30p for 250g And I used up another gifted courgette - still got some more and some more runner beans too and served the YS'd brocolli (18 pence - dunna mind if I do ), steamed on the side.



    Tea this evening will start with, 'take a courgette and some runner beans, firmly in hand......... '


    A few bitsa bob to get from the shop today. And a tidy up is in order - again


    Right, think that is all the I can witter on about. So I'll vamoose.


    Ta for popping in. 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 9th Aug 18, 3:29 PM
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    Yes, have to agree it is so difficult to get people to do small jobs at a reasonable price
    The amout of people that tell me that I need a new conservatory is just ridiculous.
    I know that I do but I cant blooming afford it
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "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.***
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    Out of debt, out of danger. MFW 2018. No 144
    • MatyMoo
    • By MatyMoo 9th Aug 18, 8:18 PM
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    MatyMoo
    Another problem with decent tradesmen is that they are incredibly busy so can pick and choose the jobs they want and over price the ones they don't. I have a fantastic plumber who can turn his hand to anything and he has just refitted my utility room and put in a downstairs loo but I had to wait and he can't move straight on to my bathroom refit as he has another job scheduled in for when people are away on holiday. He isn't the cheapest but he spots things that need doing and fixes them - this week it was the shed door, last week it was the outside tap!

    When I had problems with my heating he arrived on his way home at 7.30, was here an hour & charged me 30. When the boiler died & he couldn't replace it for a week he turned up with heaters to keep us warm.
    Proud Member of Mike's Mob
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Aug 18, 8:28 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good evening


    Heartily agree MatyMoo, although increasingly it seems that tradesfolk are 'expert' (*raisedeyebrowsmiley*) in one singular area. And are not able to complete tasks without the involvement of someone else - which just complicates matters/task completion. I realise some things need relevant qualifications/training, but some of it.......



    We pootled over to HB to get some things today. DH was tasked with getting some bits from mrAl and mrL, so money has been spent.



    We managed to get out and about in the sunshine, so that was very nice.


    DH has worked hard this afternoon, and achieved loads DH's every move was watched intently by BG who, when not checking progress of Papa, was engaged in several imaginary phonecalls with a dear chum that we're hoping to hook up with on Monday. It's interesting what children deem 'important' to include in conversations, isn't it?


    Tea this evening included a new to me recipe and utilised 3 of the 4 gifted courgettes (yellow) that I have in my possession. I decided to have a bash at courgette curry, and I'm glad that I did, as it was simple in terms of ingredients, and tasted very nice. The only change that I made was to include some lemon juice, as I thought it would prink it up nicely - I think I was right I served it with dhal and roti/flatbread. Very nice, very frugal and made a bit of a change to have flatbreads rather than rice. BG tried flatbread and promptly spit it out (we assumed too many nigella seeds), but then begged for more and ate up all they were given, so.......... I will definitely keep the recipe and make the curry again. Just my sort of thing.


    Today i am grateful for these 3 things;

    sharing of information

    an expression of thanks

    a hook-up with a chum to look forward to


    Ta for popping by. 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 11th Aug 18, 8:57 PM
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    Well done to your DH

    Tradespeople these days are not what they were is all I will say.
    I am getting auld I think
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 13th Aug 18, 5:20 PM
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    Good Afternoon,


    Just a quick duck in for me, whilst BG is having a well-earnt snooze, and I ponder what the eckington is fer us tea!


    A jolly day out has been had today


    We popped over to a nearby town. We took a donation to the foodbank there. They are supporting families over summer hols who otherwise would depend on FSM, and had put out a 'most wanted' list to be able to meet that need. I decided that we could contribute to that request, as it is the 'summer' version of what we did at Christmas time. Through shopping very, very carefully, I think I got considerable bang for my ring-fenced buck. It is NOT an easy way to shop for everyday things, as I think I ended up going to at least 4 different shops to get everything that I had planned out on my list, to make my pennies work. Case in point, I was able to visit a mrS today, which was in walking distance, to get the last of the items - tinned fruit and spaghetti in the 'basics' range (which I would, and have, eaten myself) - to make up the donation. Normally, mrS is far too far for me to walk to - and not everyone has access to HB/h3r0n etc etc.



    I did actually get a sense of satisfaction handing over our contribution - which is not me being big-headed, it's just I actually felt that in finding out what they needed, getting as much of it as I could for the money I had available, and getting it TO the centre of operations was actually helping. Do you ever contribute to a charity and wonder if your pennies are going to support their work, or to re-carpet the CEO's office?............. The member of staff we dealt with was lovely. I've not supported that particular foodbank before - but certainly shall bear them in mind for the future.



    We had a mooch around the chazzers. Thin pickings, although I've got some fabric that will help me with some projects that I have in the pipeline. Not barginacious, but just about worthwhile. We did also take a small bag of things to our favourite chazzer for them to sell on.


    I packed a picnic, and was all set to go to the municipal park, but stumbled across the most delightful little community garden, which was beautifully tended, full of flowers, bees and butterflies and absolutely devoid of people! BLISS! BG and I sat at a lovely picnic bench and munched our lunch, and then BG had a lovely run around and explore the garden, flora and fauna Finally, we hooked up with our chum and had coffee and cake and mucho fun with some fantabulous toys.


    And it only cost 1 to park for the whole day! Smashing. Really feel that we've had a wonderfully satisfying and fun-filled day today. For not alot of pennies spent


    Still no idea what's fer us tea mind...........


    Right, better push orf. BG won't be napping for much longer - although they've been on the go all day - and I really must get tea on the table for DH, who's been working hard all day, whilst we've galivanted and eaten cake!


    Ta for popping by. 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 13th Aug 18, 6:19 PM
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    beanielou
    What a wonderful & well thought out FB donation
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "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. MFW 2018. No 144
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