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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Tales from The Shire
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    • 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
    Tales from The Shire 19th Jul 17 at 10:11 AM
    Tales from the Shire


    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
    J R R Tolkein


    After many happy years in the Garden of England we have started a new adventure in The Shire. Although still reeling from the stress and upheaval of the house move, we can see the potential for a wonderful home and life here. It's going to be amazing!

    There is much to do and, as with any great journey, company is much appreciated. So I hope my forum friends will join me on the road.

    A new chapter (and diary) has begun.


    Fortune x

    For those who are interested in how we got to be here, my previous diaries can be found at:

    Two Pennies Left - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4068401
    The New Adventures of Fortune - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5605109
    Last edited by Fortune Smiles; 04-05-2018 at 8:46 PM.
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 9th May 18, 11:09 AM
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    Have a happy Wednesday
    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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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 11th May 18, 7:53 PM
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    A day off... or two
    I had a day off yesterday to meet up with some friends for coffee. Had a lovely time but coughed and spluttered throughout and was pretty exhausted by the time I got home. So, in an attempt to kick the bug once and for all, I have spent the day in bed

    Let's hope I wake up in the morning virus fee and raring to go.

    Because I'm very, very bored now.

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 11th May 18, 8:02 PM
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    Hope you are on the mend really soon & enjoy your weekend.
    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.
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th May 18, 8:25 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Seconding wot Beanie wrote.

    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
    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 11th May 18, 9:11 PM
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    I had a day off yesterday to meet up with some friends for coffee. Had a lovely time but coughed and spluttered throughout and was pretty exhausted by the time I got home. So, in an attempt to kick the bug once and for all, I have spent the day in bed

    Let's hope I wake up in the morning virus fee and raring to go.

    Because I'm very, very bored now.

    Fortune x
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    Blimey, this bug really loves you doesn't it hope it does one very soon.
    • greent
    • By greent 12th May 18, 7:24 AM
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    Fingers crossed for a splutter free day today x
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 124616 01/10 104927 01/11 89873 01/12 76317 01/13 52546 01/14 35356 01/15 12133 07/15 NIL
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    Net sales 2018 553.92/1000 PAYDOX18 (#15) Done 18918.90
    • brizzlegirl
    • By brizzlegirl 13th May 18, 8:49 AM
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    Take it easy FS, lots of tea and sleep I suggest..

    X
    MFW..aiming to pay it off in 2022.. 2018 Savings Rate - Goal 25% [29% May 25% June] 2018 Income Goal 76/750 July Goals: AFDs 16/25; Declutter 60 items 07/60; LSDs xx/10; NSDs xx/10 Exercise 05/30 12k steps per day please Aiming to be a true Frugalista!
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 13th May 18, 9:41 PM
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    Roller Coaster Sunday
    Thank you everyone for the good wishes. The cough is gradually subsiding and my energy is gradually returning so I feel like things are getting back to normalish.

    We've had an up and down day today:

    Down: the dishwasher broke

    Up: I fixed it

    Down: FDawg disappeared for an hour

    Up: I found him

    Up: We bought a dining table and four chairs from the Bay. It's a huge, oak, refectory style table and exactly what we were hoping to find. Nobody else put in a bid so we got it for an excellent price.

    Down: I left Mr F to measure the car up to see if the table would fit in

    Up: Fortunately the seller offered to take the table top in her car and drive a 30 mile round trip so we could get it home It was such a lovely thing for her to do that we took her out to lunch on the way and had a fabulous time. Mr F has redeemed himself by putting the new table together.

    Down: Now we need to buy more chairs

    I even managed to get some chalk painting done this weekend. I'd bought a very cheap ladder style book case on Amaz0n so I could have my cookery books in the kitchen. It only came in white and my kitchen desperately needs some colour. It's now bright orange and only needs a wax coat before I can start using it

    Definitely a spendy weekend and I will have to juggle budgets a bit to accommodate the table... but I love it, I love it, I love it.

    Hope you've had a fabulous weekend all

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 13th May 18, 10:27 PM
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    Excellent table buying, and it sounds like you made a new friend too!

    Glad you found Fdawg
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 14th May 18, 8:20 AM
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    An eventful weekend then.
    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.
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 15th May 18, 10:33 AM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Excellent table buying, and it sounds like you made a new friend too!

    Glad you found Fdawg
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    She was a lovely lady and wouldn't take any money for petrol either.

    An eventful weekend then.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Story of the year so far Beanie!

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 15th May 18, 10:54 AM
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    Woman with a Plan
    The bookshelf is waxed, in situ and full of cookery books. Welcome back Mary, Delia, Nigella and Jamie I've very pleased with the result and two more boxes have been removed from the annex

    FDawg's crate got a proper clean up and change of bedding. We are going to have to take very good care of him over the next few weeks. He is now very underweight We've been feeding him well over the recommended potion size of food but it seems it hasn't been enough. He's now on a weight improvement plan being fed small portions every two hours with extra treats. My food shopping budget has taken a little hit this week as a result - FDawg's menu now includes fresh liver and chicken, sardines and yoghurt. He has been wormed so, if his weight doesn't start improving in a few days, I'll take him to the vet to make sure there's no underlying problem. I feel dreadful that we may have been (unknowingly) starving him but he's always had a delicate tummy so finding a food and portion size to suit him has been tricky. He's also very active and burns a lot of nervous energy. I'm hoping he'll start to fatten up now.

    The WI meeting last night was an open air cinema at a member's house. Great fun and the film was good (Hidden Figures) but, although I wrapped up really well and took extra blankets, I did feel a bit chilly. I've been coughing a bit this morning but have taken a Lm$ip and that seems to have quietened things down.

    I've been feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed these last few weeks. I've lost so much time to illness this year and am behind on everything. I need a plan to get back on track.

    So I am off to the annex now to get at least one room cleaned and to start making an inventory of what's required. This afternoon will be ironing and I'll squeeze in a hour's gardening if I can. I am at home most of this week so would really like to make some in roads. I'm sure I'll feel the pressure lifting a little then.

    The sun is shining here again in The Shire and the countryside is breathtaking. There is so much variety in the plant and wild life. A couple of days ago we spotted a Black Cap. It's the first time I've ever seen one and it was singing it's heart out. No wonder they call it the 'Northern Nightingale'. We've also found a wild bee nest I do believe that Shropshire is the most beautiful place in the world right now.

    Hope the sun is shining on you guys too.

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 15th May 18, 11:02 AM
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    Sorry to hear FDawg is suffering but it always sounds like you're doing your absolute best for him, it really does.

    I know exactly how you feel about getting behind because of illness - I'm still ridiculously far away from where I need to be, but I'm getting there - couple of big bramble roots hit the bin yesterday, which made me feel good

    Take care with the cleaning today.
    Retired August 2016
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 15th May 18, 5:34 PM
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    Sorry to hear about FDawg.
    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.
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 16th May 18, 1:13 PM
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    I hope FDawg is enjoying all those extra tasty treats
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 16th May 18, 9:18 PM
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    I hope FDawg is enjoying all those extra tasty treats
    Originally posted by XSpender
    He thinks all his Christmases have come at once XSpender. Mr F is complaining now because he isn't getting any treats

    Sorry to hear about FDawg.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    It's only been two days on the 'Fatten up FDawg' diet Beanie but I do think I can see an improvement already.

    Sorry to hear FDawg is suffering but it always sounds like you're doing your absolute best for him, it really does.

    I know exactly how you feel about getting behind because of illness - I'm still ridiculously far away from where I need to be, but I'm getting there - couple of big bramble roots hit the bin yesterday, which made me feel good

    Take care with the cleaning today.
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    It's been difficult getting his food right Karma. He came to us with a tummy upset caused by the food he was given at the Centre. We changed this to a high quality food but you have to make the change gradually and he didn't get on with the new food either. So we changed to a different flavour, again gradually, and that worked fine for him. However, the recommended portion size wasn't enough for him so we have been increasing this but you have to do that gradually too. So all the while we've been gradually making the changes he has been gradually losing weight. During the hot bank holiday weekend we were outside a lot and he had the run of the place and he just didn't stop racing around. It was after that we noticed how much weight he'd lost. But you're right, we are doing the best we can for him and have followed all the professional guidance. I think the 'Fatten up FDawg' diet is working but it's a bit early to tell yet.

    I'm still behind just not quite as far - but hey, if we just move one stone at a time we'll have moved the mountain before you know it

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 16th May 18, 10:28 PM
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    It took the whole of yesterday but the living room in the annex is now sparkling clean. And it looks lovely I was worried that I'd need to get the curtains dry cleaned - four pairs, two full length But they are very clean and a shake out and airing on the line in the sunshine has freshened them up beautifully. I also managed to rescue a very fly blown lampshade which now looks as good as new

    I have made a list of the things needed, just some finishing touches really - cushions, pictures, etc.

    Today I've had a tidy up in the house and got a couple of hours ironing in. Lunch was Vegetable Jalfrezi and supper was Summer Minestrone - Mr F is complaining that FDawg is getting all the meat

    Tomorrow is Annex kitchen cleaning time.... yay

    I hear the sun is returning tomorrow Fingers crossed.

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 6% paid Overpayments: 1098.49 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th May 18, 10:36 PM
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    beanielou
    You have been a very busy bee
    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.
    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 17th May 18, 7:20 AM
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    in need of direction
    I thought all dogs automatically get the best of everything.
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    determined to stop defining myself by my mistakes.
    Progress not perfection.
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 17th May 18, 7:53 AM
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    Cheery Daff
    I've very impressed with all your annex-cleaning and box-putting-away
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