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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 6th May 18, 5:05 PM
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    Natty68
    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th May 2018
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    • 6th May 18, 5:05 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th May 2018 6th May 18 at 5:05 PM
    Welcome to the weekly Flylady thread. If you need help organising your week or getting motivated when it comes to housework then come and join us.

    Thank you Valli for last week's thread

    Every room comes back around next week so please don’t stress about catching up

    These lists are only suggestions and not a must do list; you are more than welcome to post and follow your own lists.

    Also adding a declutter mission each day will help to gradually clear the clutter and make flying easier.

    A few of the basics before we start the week

    Hotspots are areas where if one thing gets put there, loads of other things follow!

    Daily routines are anything you need to do on a daily basis like washing, swish and swipe kitchen and bathroom, ironing, making beds, vacuuming high traffic areas, making meals etc.

    Night-time routines are all things which make getting ready in the morning easier, preparing clothes for the next day, making lunches, swish & swipes of the kitchen and tidying the living room before you go to bed plus personals like shower/brush teeth etc.

    Fling Boogie - stick on some loud music, grab a bin bag and whiz around the house finding items that can go out with the rubbish, recycling, for charity shop, basically anything that will stop it cluttering your home.

    Swish and swipe/S&S means have a quick wipe over an area such as a sink or toilet to prevent the build up of dirt. This is usually done on a daily basis

    HHE/HHC/HHI Half Hour exercise/challenge/ironing ... run around for 30 minutes to the Benny Hill music frantically cleaning exercising or ironing.. other music may be used if you prefer!

    Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

    Bank Holiday Monday.
    Dailies
    Quick hoover
    Quick swish and Swipe
    Rest of day off
    Enjoy the glorious weather!!!


    Twinkling Tuesday- Master bedroom and Landing
    Level One

    Throw open windows and let that sun in!!!!
    Strip and wash bedding!
    Clear some floordrobe
    Level Two
    Clear landing floor.. or sort a hotspot out there!!
    Wash windows
    Vacuum floors
    Level Three
    Sort out shoes and coats and bags! etc
    Binbag dance
    HHI

    Extras
    • Mend 2 things from your 'mend it' pile!!
    • Reorder and tidy a chest of drawers.. if there is anything to get rid of.. DO IT!!
    • Wash and put away any winter coats you shouldn't need for the next 5 months!!
    • Dust and deweb
    • Make sure those smoke alarms are working!!! (do not set fire to anything.. just press the button!!)
    • Go through your make up/nail varnish. Throw anything that has gone past it's shelf life or worse still has a life of it's own..

    Wishy-washy Wednesday ~ Living Room, Hallway and Stairs
    Level One

    Open those windows and let in the sun!!
    Declutter floors.. in all these areas!
    Sort through the coats and bags and shoes.. What can you fling?
    Level Two
    Clear the mantle and a hotspot and replace only what should be there!
    Wipe and water any plants and dust and deweb!
    Vacuum the floors!
    Level Three
    Empty a cupboard or drawer and fling all that is no longer needed and rehome anything that shouldnt be there!
    Wash any soft furnishings
    Wipe all the paintwork and all the doors!

    Extras
    • Wash the windows if they need it
    • Binbag dance.. fling that rubbish!
    • Polish any mirrors and pictures and glassware
    • Replace any dead lightbulbs in the house.. and test those smoke alarms!!
    • Clean out smelly pets

    Thrilling Thursday - Kitchen and Dining mess
    Level One

    Let in the sun by opening those windows!
    Clear and wipe work surfaces
    Wipe and replace small appliances
    Level Two
    Empty cutlery drawer.. wash cutlery tray and replace everything neatly.. get rid of all the odds and
    sods that shouldn't be in there..
    Wipe the front of the units, kickboards and the large appliances
    Sweep and mop the floor
    Level Three
    Wipe dining table and replace cloth if needed
    Clean out the fridge, how about making a nice soup with the leftoever/slightly sorry looking
    vegetables…!!
    De-web and fluff the room

    Extras
    • Wash the windows
    • Sort through the freezer.. what do you have loads of and what needs using first!!. Vacuum up those
    • escaping peas and brussels!!
    • Wipe down paintwork/sideboards/units in dining room
    • Meal plan for the next week and make a shopping list... based on what you found in the freezer.
    • Clean filters and detergent dispensers
    • HHI


    Frantic Friday - Bathrooms and office/study type places.
    Level One

    Open the windows and let the sun and fresh air in
    Clear the clutter from all these rooms!!
    Ring someone you love just to tell them so.. we never do this enough!
    Wash any curtains/blinds/mats etc that need doing
    Level Two
    Vacuum the floors
    Clean bath, toilets, shower and sinks
    Wipe down the tiles and defragment the pc while doing this.
    Level Three
    Declutter and dust the pc desk
    Wipe away cup rings and sticky things
    Wipe the keyboard, mouse, cables and sockets and suchlike.
    Clean the windows.

    Extras
    HHI..I really need to do this!!
    Clear a hotspot
    Degunge around the bottoms of the taps!
    Wipe cupboards and polish mirrors!
    Do a DIY task that you have been putting off since time began.
    Last edited by Natty68; 10-05-2018 at 9:46 PM.


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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 8th May 18, 6:50 AM
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    Fayolle
    Lots of ((hugs)), Frodders. I hope the GP can offer some help for you and your mum this morning. Xx

    Yesterday morning was again at the allotment. I am finally beginning to see the ground for the weeds. The afternoon was spent anger ironing as new people down the road had thumping music blaring, so much so that it made sitting in the garden impossible. I do like my peace and quiet. However, we were then invited to an impromptu bbq down the road, away from the beat, and had a lovely evening.

    DD is back to exams today, so any spare good luck vibes much appreciated. Roll on the end of week.

    Off to work in a bit. Yes it's my day off, but hey ho.. Back later to see if I can muster energy.
    ETA - well done YL on saying no to work.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 8th May 18, 9:56 AM
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    Honey Bear
    My boss has scheduled a meeting tonight because he is a miserable bu**er who doesnt believe in bank holidays.
    Originally posted by YORKSHIRELASS
    He sounds like a right treasure. Glad you made the decision not to turn out for it. 42 miles - I'd be crippled!

    The friend I haven't seen for 30 years has arrived and I'm shattered after one evening! Not much flying will be happening while he's around.

    Kittens fine, Kelpie coping, although we still haven't been able to merge them yet. A box of rabbit disappeared between them all this morning and they were all so interested in it that they forgot how close they were to each other. Serious progress, but we can't keep bribing them forever.
    Keeping it AF
    • marie2
    • By marie2 8th May 18, 1:27 PM
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    marie2
    Hi. I've been lurking here recently. I hope to join in properly maybe next week as not much will get done here this week.
    I have a favour to ask, Honey Bear would it be alright to PM you with some cat news/ questions? I really need help and feel more comfortable asking here than on the other board.
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 8th May 18, 3:38 PM
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    YORKSHIRELASS
    Just checking in. Feeling oddly lethargic and not with it today. Tried to open a cupboard door with the wrong key at work and couldnt work out why the lock wouldnt turn. Thank goodness no-one was watching!

    Paid stuff done. Little bit on job no. 2, need to get passport photos done (forms MUST go off this week) and a couple of parcels to send off so going to drive into town shortly. Gym class later, will take it steady.

    Oh and going to make lasagne for tea. Might do that next.
    • klew356
    • By klew356 8th May 18, 4:08 PM
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    klew356
    I don’t know how to get my motivation, i want my whole house to be clutter free! My living room, hall and bathroom are this way but im !!!!!!ed if i can keep on top of the kitchen. The spare room could be better and my bedroom is the worst of the lot – organisation is needed and i am lacking enthusiasm but really want it done – suggestions please!!
    help
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 8th May 18, 6:01 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    I don’t know how to get my motivation, i want my whole house to be clutter free! My living room, hall and bathroom are this way but im !!!!!!ed if i can keep on top of the kitchen. The spare room could be better and my bedroom is the worst of the lot – organisation is needed and i am lacking enthusiasm but really want it done – suggestions please!!
    help
    Originally posted by klew356

    First things first - you need to be able to eat.

    You might need to declutter as well as clean -

    First - chuck all empty packets, half eaten boxes, packets, tins, bottles and jars. Clear the countertop. Clean the countertop. Clear the sink. Clean the sink. Start washing up. Clear the hob. Clean the hob. Wash up pans left on the hob.

    Things like books, magazines and food containers - books into spare room, magazines into recycling, tupperware, takeaway containers into the bin (you can get more at a pound shop if you find out later you need them).

    Chuck out rusted pans, buckled trays and cracked crockery.

    That starts you off - keep the sink, counter and hob clean, wiping up as you cook, sticking packets into the bin or putting away the moment you stop using them. Wash up bits as you go along - less to do after tea when you just want to sit down. Whilst the sink is filling for after tea, wipe over the hob.

    Add in more bits as you get used to having somewhere to prepare and cook food.


    NEXT - your bedroom. Because it's where you rest.

    Most importantly, strip and make your bed with all fresh linen. Once you've got a nice, clean bed to fall into (or lie on when it's hot), start thinking about the next thing that you notice as you lie there - a box of stuff? An overfull wastepaper bin? Heaps of stuff on a dressing table? Keep your bed clean, no putting things on it, just deal with that one thing. If it means making the spare room look worse, so be it - your bedroom is more important because you're the one who uses it.

    If you have a clean bed and a way of feeding yourself, the rest will follow.


    Himself is all a flip floppy waify drip today. It's too hot for the poor love and he wants to have a nap. Like he's been up all day whilst I've been at work.

    I was up at stupid o'clock with the joys of AF pain, so faffed around trying to find something cool enough to wear without it highlighting my bloated belly. Then went to work to find the s*dding central heating was still on. I was not happy.

    I have therefore done next to nothing all day and snuck out early because everybody else seemed to have already left for the day.


    Idiot Cat has fallen out the window again. Just as well it's the ground floor.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 8th May 18, 7:40 PM
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    Natty68
    Well afraid I have done absolutely nothing today except sleep and watch trashy t.v. I've also been racking my brains trying to figure out where my marriage certificate is..but think I will have to do another hunt tomorrow..grr!!

    Why is it when applying for a DBS check they won't blooming take my paper licence and the stuff I provided as proof. They want photo evidence its me but as I don't have a passport or a photo licence I'm screwed.. And also I seem to have lost my marriage/birth certificate so am on the hunt for that... Red tape is horrendous I hate it...

    Bank Holiday Monday.
    Dailies
    Quick hoover
    Quick swish and Swipe
    Rest of day off
    Enjoy the glorious weather!!!


    Twinkling Tuesday- Master bedroom and Landing
    Level One

    Throw open windows and let that sun in!!!!
    Strip and wash bedding!
    Clear some floordrobe
    Level Two
    Clear landing floor.. or sort a hotspot out there!!
    Wash windows
    Vacuum floors
    Level Three
    Binbag dance
    HHI

    Extras
    • Reorder and tidy a chest of drawers.. if there is anything to get rid of.. DO IT!!
    • Wash and put away any winter coats you shouldn't need for the next 5 months!!
    • Dust and deweb
      [STRIKE]
    • Make sure those smoke alarms are working!!! (do not set fire to anything.. just press the button!!)

    Wishy-washy Wednesday ~ Living Room, Hallway and Stairs
    Level One

    Open those windows and let in the sun!!
    Declutter floors.. in all these areas!
    Level Two
    Clear the mantle and a hotspot and replace only what should be there!
    Vacuum the floors!
    Level Three
    Empty a cupboard or drawer and fling all that is no longer needed and rehome anything that shouldnt be there!
    Wash any soft furnishings
    Wipe all the paintwork and all the doors!

    Extras
    • Wash the windows if they need it
    • Binbag dance.. fling that rubbish!
    • Polish any mirrors and pictures and glassware
    • Replace any dead lightbulbs in the house.. and test those smoke alarms!!
    • Clean out smelly pets


    Struggling financially

    Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 8th May 18, 9:24 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Well afraid I have done absolutely nothing today except sleep and watch trashy t.v. I've also been racking my brains trying to figure out where my marriage certificate is..but think I will have to do another hunt tomorrow..grr!!

    Why is it when applying for a DBS check they won't blooming take my paper licence and the stuff I provided as proof. They want photo evidence its me but as I don't have a passport or a photo licence I'm screwed.. And also I seem to have lost my marriage/birth certificate so am on the hunt for that... Red tape is horrendous I hate it...

    Bank Holiday Monday.
    Dailies
    Quick hoover
    Quick swish and Swipe
    Rest of day off
    Enjoy the glorious weather!!!


    Twinkling Tuesday- Master bedroom and Landing
    Level One

    Throw open windows and let that sun in!!!!
    Strip and wash bedding!
    Clear some floordrobe
    Level Two
    Clear landing floor.. or sort a hotspot out there!!
    Wash windows
    Vacuum floors
    Level Three
    Binbag dance
    HHI

    Extras
    • Reorder and tidy a chest of drawers.. if there is anything to get rid of.. DO IT!!
    • Wash and put away any winter coats you shouldn't need for the next 5 months!!
    • Dust and deweb
      [STRIKE]
    • Make sure those smoke alarms are working!!! (do not set fire to anything.. just press the button!!)

    Wishy-washy Wednesday ~ Living Room, Hallway and Stairs
    Level One

    Open those windows and let in the sun!!
    Declutter floors.. in all these areas!
    Level Two
    Clear the mantle and a hotspot and replace only what should be there!
    Vacuum the floors!
    Level Three
    Empty a cupboard or drawer and fling all that is no longer needed and rehome anything that shouldnt be there!
    Wash any soft furnishings
    Wipe all the paintwork and all the doors!

    Extras
    • Wash the windows if they need it
    • Binbag dance.. fling that rubbish!
    • Polish any mirrors and pictures and glassware
    • Replace any dead lightbulbs in the house.. and test those smoke alarms!!
    • Clean out smelly pets
    Originally posted by Natty68
    All part of the Hostile Environment for immigrants, Natty. Never used to be like this - and it's why Himself was coerced into renewing his passport and driving licence, both of which have been invaluable over the last few months.

    You should have been given a sheet listing all the other things they need when you don't have a passport/driving licence - household bill within the last three months, birth certificate issued at birth, bank statement int he last three months, council tax bill, etc, etc. It is possible to do, but it's certainly not easy.

    When you get your DBS certificate, go online and register the certificate with the Update Service, though - not only is it more useful for whatever you need it for right now, it saves you having to go through it again when they decide it needs to be renewed, as it's updated automatically, and if you need one through another organisation, the actual checks for their one take less time. Only £13 a year, you can opt for automatic renewal (we did) and then you really don't have to think about it again.


    Had a calm talk at with Himself about how much the state of the kitchen is getting to me. He said nowt, I said lots. It'll be interesting to see whether it makes any difference - I've even offered to buy a new dishwasher and a fancy steamcleaner if he thinks it'll help.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 9th May 18, 7:27 AM
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    Fayolle
    Morning.
    I'm doing a quick trip to the market and a top up shop before going out for a walk with a friend. It was so much quicker when I could run, but hey ho. I'm going to wear my trainers though a) because it's the first time that I haven't been for a walk in wellies for a long time and b) because it might make me feel like I've exercised. It's all in the mind....

    I threw my toys out of the pram last night in a 'this could be worse, so don't push it' way. I'm sick of living in a hovel where nothing ever gets done. We will still need to renovate when we are old and infirm. The result was that I then spent a MAD half hour in the garden flinging salad seeds wherever there was a gap. I suppose at least that job got done.

    Off out soon, back later as I have a long list to do. A friend is coming round this afternoon for a coffee, so that's a couple if hours ruled out.

    Have a good day. Frodders - hope you are ok. X
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 9th May 18, 7:30 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Hi. I've been lurking here recently. I hope to join in properly maybe next week as not much will get done here this week.
    I have a favour to ask, Honey Bear would it be alright to PM you with some cat news/ questions? I really need help and feel more comfortable asking here than on the other board.
    Originally posted by marie2
    Welcome, Marie2. PM me and ask away by all means but I won't be able to reply until much later today when my house guest goes.

    Just checking in. Feeling oddly lethargic and not with it today. Tried to open a cupboard door with the wrong key at work and couldnt work out why the lock wouldnt turn.
    Originally posted by YORKSHIRELASS
    That may have something to do with your 42 mile megaride in the sun!

    Welcome Klew 356! Jojo's excellent tailored post says it all really, and when you need a bit of extra light reading, the first post on the thread includes masses and masses of information that helped me start to get this house under control.

    If it all seems too much, an excellent tip passed on to me by Ionafan when I was completely overwhelmed by it all - dot to dotting works. Just concentrate on on bit at a time until all the 'done dots' join up. Good luck with it.

    \rant alert

    I've discovered something rather un-nerving. I'm so used to guests staying here that when a friend comes to stay and takes over my entire life, requiring all my attention during waking hours - I get to screaming pitch very, very quickly. Give me a paying guest over a ceaselessly needy friend any day.

    If he were unhappy I could understand the neediness but he's not, just hyper attention-demanding, physically not aware about crowding people and emotionally incredibly intense. I expect that makes me a horrible person.

    I've told him that Kelpie's hydrotherapy session, being run by a vet nurse, is a closed medical treatment and therefore I can't take him with me. This is an out and out lie - I've taken masses of people to watch. I'm a very bad person.

    \end of rant
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 09-05-2018 at 6:26 PM.
    Keeping it AF
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 9th May 18, 8:10 AM
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    excellent tip passed on to me by Ionafan when I was completely overwhelmed by it all - dot to dotting works. Just concentrate on on bit at a time until all the 'done dots' join up.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    I don't take credit for the dot-to-dotting - it was happening long before I joined this thread (Anj's Mum springs to mind???).

    I've told him that Kelpie's hydrotherapy session, being run by a vet nurse, is a closed medical treatment and therefore I can't take him with me. This is an out and out lie - I've taken masses of people to watch. I'm a very bad person.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    No you're not - you're protecting your guest from possible fall-out if you carried on trying to please him all day without a break

    I have a big admin job which simply *must* be done this week, but it won't get done today. We are off out in the direction of Dizzy Land, but not quite far enough to make a flying visit IYSWIM. I have to order some made-to-measure work clothes that I shall be needing in September, so we're going to a specialist shop in a lovely little town with a cafe that does a very nice lunch, then we might manage to walk it off at a NT valley, with Rosie of course Must remember to take sunglasses and hats

    Happy holiday to Mrs and Mr LW.

    Hope everyone has a good day xx
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 9th May 18, 8:14 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Thank you Ionafan, and I hope you have a lovely, lovely day. So exciting!
    Keeping it AF
    • klew356
    • By klew356 9th May 18, 9:14 AM
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    klew356
    First things first - you need to be able to eat.

    You might need to declutter as well as clean -

    First - chuck all empty packets, half eaten boxes, packets, tins, bottles and jars. Clear the countertop. Clean the countertop. Clear the sink. Clean the sink. Start washing up. Clear the hob. Clean the hob. Wash up pans left on the hob.

    Things like books, magazines and food containers - books into spare room, magazines into recycling, tupperware, takeaway containers into the bin (you can get more at a pound shop if you find out later you need them).

    Chuck out rusted pans, buckled trays and cracked crockery.

    That starts you off - keep the sink, counter and hob clean, wiping up as you cook, sticking packets into the bin or putting away the moment you stop using them. Wash up bits as you go along - less to do after tea when you just want to sit down. Whilst the sink is filling for after tea, wipe over the hob.

    Add in more bits as you get used to having somewhere to prepare and cook food.


    NEXT - your bedroom. Because it's where you rest.

    Most importantly, strip and make your bed with all fresh linen. Once you've got a nice, clean bed to fall into (or lie on when it's hot), start thinking about the next thing that you notice as you lie there - a box of stuff? An overfull wastepaper bin? Heaps of stuff on a dressing table? Keep your bed clean, no putting things on it, just deal with that one thing. If it means making the spare room look worse, so be it - your bedroom is more important because you're the one who uses it.

    If you have a clean bed and a way of feeding yourself, the rest will follow.


    Himself is all a flip floppy waify drip today. It's too hot for the poor love and he wants to have a nap. Like he's been up all day whilst I've been at work.

    I was up at stupid o'clock with the joys of AF pain, so faffed around trying to find something cool enough to wear without it highlighting my bloated belly. Then went to work to find the s*dding central heating was still on. I was not happy.

    I have therefore done next to nothing all day and snuck out early because everybody else seemed to have already left for the day.


    Idiot Cat has fallen out the window again. Just as well it's the ground floor.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Decluttering/kon mari has been in and out of my life this past 18 months, i actually don’t have a great deal of ‘stuff’ i just need better organisation. I much prefer when the counters are clear. Im going to have a good read of this tonight again once i am home and see if i can pluck inspiration from your help – thank you!
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 9th May 18, 10:24 AM
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    Dizzy Imp
    Hello flyladies and welcome to the newbies

    Feeling wobbly today, both mentally and physically I'm afraid. I've got a dress on that used to make me feel great, but it now looks like a skin-tight T shirt and is utterly gross. I'm seriously considering going to the GP for help with my eating. Any advice, other than wire my jaws shut?

    Right, off to sort out my bedroom. Should burn off a few calories...
    • klew356
    • By klew356 9th May 18, 12:49 PM
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    klew356
    Hello flyladies and welcome to the newbies

    Feeling wobbly today, both mentally and physically I'm afraid. I've got a dress on that used to make me feel great, but it now looks like a skin-tight T shirt and is utterly gross. I'm seriously considering going to the GP for help with my eating. Any advice, other than wire my jaws shut?

    Right, off to sort out my bedroom. Should burn off a few calories...
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    Aww im the same, i have started to bring out the summer clothes for work and im already feeling like crap in them, i cant spin this week so apart from walking with the dog im not getting alot of exercise either grrrrr
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 9th May 18, 2:54 PM
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    pigpen
    I don't take credit for the dot-to-dotting - it was happening long before I joined this thread (Anj's Mum springs to mind???).
    Originally posted by ionafan
    AnWsmum ... but close enough.. I think of her often.. lovely lady <3.

    Spent the day dealing with Jasper.. DD1 brought him round so I could experience his true horror for myself.. he was an angel... he ended up falling asleep on me .. then Twinkle climbed on so they were both asleep on me lol.

    Off to dump craft stuff at school.. and maybe collect some beasties,
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
    Mortgage-free Wannabee (05/08/30)
    6/6/14 £72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    08/07/2018 £52998.57 (2.41% int.)
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 9th May 18, 6:28 PM
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    Honey Bear
    I'm freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee of him! It feels marvellous.
    Keeping it AF
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 9th May 18, 6:33 PM
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    ionafan
    AnWsmum ... but close enough.. I think of her often.. lovely lady <3.
    Originally posted by pigpen
    As you say, close!

    We have been out as planned, got measured up, enjoyed a good lunch and ended with a very pleasant walk along a wooded limestone escarpment with a quarry full of fossils Came home and caught up with zzz (I need min 7 hours a night, but always wake up after 5 or 6 ) and have since mown the lawn, dug up about 100 dandelions and buttercups, and cleared nettles from around the back gate so that I can get in and out with Rosie without being stung.

    Help! I have had a reply about the ad that I placed on Gluetree a couple of weeks ago (child's car seat) and am now panicking about the fact that someone has asked if it is still available and might want to come and see it while DH is out.

    Must get on with admin work this evening - it's fast becoming a toad

    Enjoy your new-found freedom, HB It's amazing how much hard work some friends prove to be.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 9th May 18, 6:56 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Another relatively unproductive day, but did get some things sorted - including time off for the next dentist visit

    Rather disappointed to find a lunchbox full of leaves (and nothing else) today, but thanks to the joy that is a Parents' Evening, I could grab a couple of slices of pizza from the Staffroom before coming home.

    Himself has been doing the washing today - I walked into the lovely smell of Fairy and Comfort Pure (no eco friendly stuff on offer this month and we'd run out).





    As far as dealing with food goes, I don't recommend entrusting your dietary needs to a frankly erratic Catering Department. However, what does work for me is deciding what I actually like, rather than what I felt obliged to buy (and then obliged to eat) because other people expected it.

    Examples of what would be expected vs. what I prefer would be;

    Lasagne & chips ----- fresh cauliflower cheese on masses of salad.
    Pasta bolognese ----- courgette ribbons, coriander pesto, on salad with extra pine nuts.
    Fish and chips ----- fresh fish seared in a pan, dumped on bowl of salad including leaves, cucumber, tomato, new potatoes (or, if salmon, a whole avocado sliced up), a small splash of oil and lemon squeezed on top.
    Boiled egg & soldiers ----- boiled egg, pinch of sea salt flakes on top, lightly cooked asparagus spears and a tiny bit of butter.
    Ice cream/cookies/cake/biscuits ----- big tub of prepacked melon or fresh fruit salad, a little coconut yoghurt.
    Milkshake (prepackaged or in a powder/syrup) ----- cold coconut milk blitzed with fresh or frozen fruit and half a banana if the fruit isn't quite sweet enough alone.
    Another cup of tea/coffee/fizzy drink/beer ----- water. (Not that I don't have all of the previously listed, I just don't have a second, third or fourth).
    Chicken Tikka Masala and all the fried extras from a delivery place ----- veggie curry (potatoes, okra, mushroom, lentil or chickpea, for example), homemade, no dairy (so onion, garlic, ginger, spices, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes and a blob of tarmarind paste/chutney, half bag of spinach or salad leaves from the fridge and fresh coriander chucked in at the end to wilt and a small toasted flat bread.
    Chinese Takeaway/Supermarket bagged meal for 2/4 including very sweet sauce, no vegetables, fried rice, prawn crackers, noodles ----- salt & pepper squid, prawn balls/vegetable tempura or packets of steamable dim sum/chicken gyoza.


    This isn't always mega healthy - I'll quite happily have a large iced coffee with caramel syrup every couple of months (with coconut milk, preferably - I don't drink cows' milk because it makes me feel bloated, sick and the doctor reckons it probably made my autoimmune nonsense worse), but I have black coffee every day, so I've got the room for manoeuvre there, I am fond of gin and any variant of elderflower or rose flavoured fizzy drink (plus the occasional cheap and nasty energy drink because I need a kick up the behind to get moving when I haven't slept well), but I don't feel like I have to have them everyday because they're currently sat in the fridge - they're there if I want them.

    Upshot of all that is that, whilst I don't particularly record these things, I'm finding stuff in the wardrobe that I must have been given that didn't fit, I've put it away and promptly forgotten about it and now fits perfectly - even on my biggest week. So my shape has at least changed. And, even if it's TMI, I've always had tummy issues since I was a baby. Always - visits to the hospital, medication, xrays, the lot. But since I've started on my meds for Psoriatic Arthritis and eaten more like this, my tummy has been functioning exactly as I've read it's supposed to do for the first time in my life.

    I've also managed to make sure my blood test results are good - Hb is in the healthy range and, possibly quite relevant here, I've got my Vitamin D level up from severe deficiency to slap bang in the middle of ideal. Vitamin D levels can affect your mood (as my PsA inflammation levels do), lack of sunlight/daylight can make you feel lousy and generally being malnourished isn't going to help anybody feel good about themselves or feel energetic.

    Obviously, it's not medical advice - if you're actually feeling depressed, you need to see your GP, you need to get any physical illnesses excluded - but in the meantime, do you think you are actually eating foods that you like, nourish you and give you what you physically need, rather than stuff that enables you to squash down bad feelings, gives you a bit of a sugar/carb high/makes you feel sleepy/punishes you because you, for some reason, don't believe that you deserve food that makes you feel good or healthy?
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Honey Bear
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    Honey Bear
    Jojo, very sorry to have to let you know that lovely Billy, landlord of the Dolphin, died on Sunday or Monday this week.
    Keeping it AF
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