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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 3rd May 18, 9:50 AM
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    Crazy Cat Lady Chapter 3 - A New Beginning
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    • 3rd May 18, 9:50 AM
    Crazy Cat Lady Chapter 3 - A New Beginning 3rd May 18 at 9:50 AM
    Good morning everyone,

    I've had a bit of a break from the forums over the past couple of months, but today seems like a good time to come back on here and to start a new diary. An awful lot has changed in my life over the past couple of weeks and it's going to take some time and effort to adjust, and more than ever I need the support and accountability of being on here to keep me on the straight and narrow as far as my finances are concerned.
    I hope that some of my usual bunch have followed me to this diary, and welcome to anyone new that might be reading. I need all of the help and support that I can get...
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    • Chrystal
    • By Chrystal 13th Jan 19, 5:25 AM
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    I echo what Buffy, Beanie and teapot have said
    Hope it's the start of lots of good things for you. (((hugs))) X
    I Believe.....
    That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others.
    Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 13th Jan 19, 8:11 AM
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    Shhhhhhh!

    Anyone else wondering about the state of CCL this morning?


    At least it wasn't a school night


    Congratulations on a new chapter of your life opening up, even if it starts with a hangover.
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 13th Jan 19, 8:25 AM
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    Morning all
    OK, so I'm not jumping for joy, but I definitely don't feel as bad as I deserve to that's for sure. My sensible head must have kicked in at some point because I was in bed by 10pm having had 2 pints of water and a couple of paracetamol. There's no sickness, and no headache although I might need a nanna nap this afternoon
    Normal service shall resume today - as normal as possible anyway. I have tutoring this morning (money desperately needed) so I need to pull myself round as soon as I can. I've also been hankering for scones so I'm trying to psyche myself up to making some. I know that they are basics but I really do lack that confidence in my cooking. I'll see how I feel once I'm home later. I need to cross 2 frogs off the list, and I need to make 2 little PADs to the penny savings pot if I can possibly scrape it together. Also have done no school work at all so I don't think that I can ignore that much longer... However, I'm going to try and take things as easy as I can because it may be the case that I'm wiped out after tutoring
    NST March Wins #9 nsd = 7 1 debt vs 100 days #5 £50/£553 Pay all your debt by Xmas '19 #56: £997.60/£5750
    • Hillwalker11
    • By Hillwalker11 13th Jan 19, 11:26 AM
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    I often read your diary but don't often post. I am in total awe of you teaching chemistry.
    My youngest son's chemistry teacher was a huge influence in his journey to becoming
    a doctor. Have never forgotten her! Give me English Literature over the sciences any day,
    but then it is good we are all different.

    Scones...... the biggest tip I was ever given is, when they reach the dough stage ready for rolling
    don't roll them like pastry! Just shuffle the dough about a bit with your hands and pat a bit with the rolling pin. The dough needs to remain thick when you cut them out, that way they are large when removing from the oven. You don't get as many out of the mixture but the ones you do get are good.
    Good luck.
    • foxgloves
    • By foxgloves 13th Jan 19, 3:32 PM
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    Hillwalker- I've just left CCL exactly the same advice on the Small Things thread! I don't roll scone dough out either & they rise beautifully - plus no rolling pin to wash up!
    Money can't jump out of your purse on its own so ask 'Can I borrow one, make one, grow one, bake one, re-purpose or recycle, acquire it for free?' Yes? Then put that purse away & keep your money because little savings
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 13th Jan 19, 8:50 PM
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    Hello
    I have survived Just about. I am shattered and desperate to go to bed but I'm just going to hang on for another hour.
    Didn't get lots done, but I did my tutoring (so we can eat this week ) and braved the scone making, thanks to everyone on here encouraging and giving me tips. I have 8 gorgeous tasting but not very good looking cheese scones. Will serve some with my soup from the freezer for dinner tomorrow, but I sneaked a couple for tea this evening. I had a bag of SR flour in a tin that's been in my cupboard for months now. I need more tips from you lovely people about what else I can make with SR flour apart from cake. I do have some dried fruit needing used up but am less keen on sweet scones.
    I didn't get round to doing much schoolwork. However, I'm sort of half planned. This sometimes works out better in the end because I don't stress when things don't go exactly according to my plan. And I'm mostly in specialism tomorrow so lots of chemistry. Thanks for posting Hillwalker - I'm pleased your son has had an inspirational teacher. I try my best, but I definitely have good days and bad days However, the kids see me as human and someone they can be 'safe' with because I don't try and be perfect. I'm rubbish at practical but it's entertaining for us all
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    • greent
    • By greent 13th Jan 19, 10:20 PM
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    Welsh cakes? - I'm not a fan of fruited scones, but Welsh cakes are yummy (and dead simple)
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    • GlendaSugarbean
    • By GlendaSugarbean 14th Jan 19, 6:57 AM
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    What about cobbler? Which is basically scones, but on top of stew / stewed fruit. Good winter fare.
    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 14th Jan 19, 8:29 AM
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    Really glad you had a nice day/night out the other day there. Very much deserved.

    I do love a good cobbler. And a good scone, with jam and clotted cream. HAS to be clotted cream!!
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    • foxgloves
    • By foxgloves 14th Jan 19, 3:46 PM
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    Crumble? Either fruit ones or savoury ones?
    Muffins? You can make savoury ones by adding grated cheese & anything you like, really......leftover cooked broccoli, crumbled stilton, chopped cooked bacon, ham, olives, spring onions, herbs, you name it. Sweet ones can have chopped fresh fruit in or dried fruit, whatever you like. Very easy.
    F x
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 14th Jan 19, 7:00 PM
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    Evening all
    Not really sure what's been up with today... ds woke up in an absolutely foul mood, and the kids were 'challenging' today as well. I asked my head of department if I seemed grumpy but he insisted it wasn't me (for a change). So I was quite frustrated at work, although most lessons went well (half planned is definitely sometimes better as long as you have more than you need in terms of activities).
    Monday is always a bit of a write off - I get up quite tired, then don't stop at all between about half seven and half three (had to choose between lunch and the toilet today) because I'm teaching all day. Plus, the first of the January exams was today as well, so my workload is going to ramp up over the next week until Feb half term. So I'll say in advance, don't worry if I go quiet - I'll just be really busy doing 2 full time jobs. This will be particularly tough this time round as I've gotten used to getting much more sleep these days. I need to get my lists and time organised sooner rather than later and make sure I find some time for winding down.
    I have been productive with the frog list, and crossed 4 things off there today which is good news for staying on top of other stuff. I'm almost on top of school work but need to maybe do an hour or so here tonight if I can bear the slow speed of my laptop.
    There's nothing else exam wise I can do before Wednesday at the earliest so get on top of everything else.
    Chased up my mediation form. I won't believe I have it until I'm holding it in my hands but I've been told I can collect it tomorrow. If I do it will go straight to the solicitor with instructions to get on with court action as soon as possible. I'm so frustrated with the slow pace of all of this, although according to most it's happening mega quick - not for me. I made the decision months ago and I'm stuck waiting for other people - I suppose this will teach me to be patient (ugh).
    Thank you all for the cooking suggestions - I'm determined to give some of it a go, although it might end up on the frog list...
    NST March Wins #9 nsd = 7 1 debt vs 100 days #5 £50/£553 Pay all your debt by Xmas '19 #56: £997.60/£5750
    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 15th Jan 19, 7:33 PM
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    Another busy and productive but quite frustrating day. Behaviour is still poor at work and I've had the toughest couple of teaching days I can remember in years... However, I got lots done, which is good news while things are so busy.
    In between teaching, and exam stuff I also found the time today to pick up my mediation form at the family centre and hand it in at the solicitors. That's the last box ticked now so I can take ex to court over getting the house transferred into my name. The secretary was a bit voice-of-doom warning me that it'll cost thousands (thanks - I kind of already knew that but what else can I do?)
    Also went to a doctor's appointment I've been putting off for months so I can cross that massive frog off the list. I've added another couple of things today.
    2 of the 3 exams I'm marking have been done over the past 2 days so I'm about to get very busy - hence the very quick check in here.
    I will be back though, but apologies if my updates are brief and a bit abrupt.
    NST March Wins #9 nsd = 7 1 debt vs 100 days #5 £50/£553 Pay all your debt by Xmas '19 #56: £997.60/£5750
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 16th Jan 19, 7:00 AM
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    Get you! how very organised and doing all that is in your power to control. Well done. Keep on keeping on.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Jan 19, 9:29 AM
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    Happy marking (I think!!)
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 16th Jan 19, 6:14 PM
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    I'm poorly sick
    Woke up this morning with a bit of a chesty cough, which has deteriorated badly as the day has gone on and now includes aches and pains everywhere. If there was a time I couldn't afford to get sick it's definitely exam season. UGH!
    Ah well. I've taken 2 ibuprofen and some cough medicine - keeping the night nurse for 8pm.
    Will be back.
    NST March Wins #9 nsd = 7 1 debt vs 100 days #5 £50/£553 Pay all your debt by Xmas '19 #56: £997.60/£5750
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Jan 19, 6:51 PM
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    Feel better soon
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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. ***Be the difference.***
    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 17th Jan 19, 8:36 AM
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    Uh oh!

    That sounds like the dreaded f word. Hope it disappears quickly and doesn't spread to the kids!
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    • MeandO
    • By MeandO 17th Jan 19, 9:23 AM
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    Hope you feel better soon CCL. There's so much of it around at the moment. xx
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th Jan 19, 2:08 PM
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    Take care
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
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    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger. ***Be the difference.***
    • Honeysucklelou2
    • By Honeysucklelou2 17th Jan 19, 9:59 PM
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    Hope you are feeling better.
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