Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I Never Thought This Would Happen - Life is so Unpredictable ... !



I've been loading my car up and pricing stuff ready for my 'launch' at the Antique and Vintage Centre tomorrow - who would have thought I would end up in A & E last night ??

A knee injury has put me on crutches and walking with difficulty - everything is postponed.  I just hope the organisers will understand and wait a while.







Sunday, 20 July 2014

Drum Roll Please - Another Ambition Achieved ...


 
 
 
This year has been busy so far, and it looks like continuing that way.
 
Apart from the everyday hustle and bustle, expenses such as car repairs and household bills, there are four things that stand out.
 
One is my dear little Sopicat had a stroke, he is doing fine with all the TLC he could want and then some, he is having the best of everything, and slowly, ever so slowly, he is beginning to remember things and he is returning to small parts of his routine, sadly, he doesn't seem to remember me yet which is so upsetting because Sopicat and me were joined at the hip !  I'm sure he will get back to normal though I just have to be patient.
 
That's the 'not so good' thing out of the way.  The next is I have been very instrumental in helping a friend to sell a property, roughly translated means she didn't have a clue and I've done it all from cleaning the place to showing her where to sign on the dotted line, accompanying surveyors and viewings and everything in between.
 
Then there was the writing and 'publication' of my e-book, something I've wanted to do for a long time, I want my experiences to be of help to others in a similar position
                           http://howtoleaveyourabusivehusband.blogspot.co.uk/
 
Thank you all for the nice comments by the way, I'm glad you are finding it of use.
 
Now .................  drum roll please ...... !
 
I have achieved another lifelong ambition, I am now the proud proprietor of a unit in an Antique Centre !  I have always loved antique/vintage items and have collected them for many years.  Sadly due to a big house downsize recently I've had to sell much of my collection on Ebay just to make ends meet, but now hope to sell the rest at a little profit.  The picture isn't mine, I've only just taken the unit and won't have it stocked for another week, I have to wait for the current 'tenant' to move out first which is in the next couple of days.  I'll post some pics when I have it all set up.
 
So what's next ... ?
 
getting back to my beloved countryside of course, but that could take some time, but I never give up and certainly never let go of the dream.
 
 
 


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

I've Just Been Mugged by Sopicat ... !

Regular readers will know my life revolves around my feline family i.e. 5 cats.



I have two 'very' elderly ones who are on the verge of being accepted in the Guinness Book of Records for longevity I think !  mind you, they do have the best of everything, the very best I can afford.  The picture shows Sopicat - thinking I can't see him hiding on top of a dresser in the corner.

Anyway, I saw a 'treat' in Asda the other day, it's chicken flavoured and salmon flavoured yoghurt treats.  Now, I knew this was going to be a hit, because Sopicat lurves yoghurt, and I can't eat a whole one myself, he makes it very clear he's not going anywhere unless I give him half.  (I should add here I'm not eating the cat-treats yoghurts) !

This is what I'm talking about.
 
Now I may have opened a can of worms here if you like, because everytime I come in, he starts 'shouting' at me - yes really - because he want's some of 'his' treat. 
 
So being a frugal person, I figured out that at £1 a box, containing 5 packs, it could be quite expensive, so I'm going to have a go at making my own.  It just seems to be a natural yoghurt base, to which I will add tiny pieces of chicken and the liquid it's cooked in. 
 
Should save me a fortune and keep Sopicat happy.
 


Monday, 30 June 2014

You Can Be Frugal When You're on You're Own - But Not if You're Alone ... !


Now I know that sounds like a contradictory statement, let me explain.

When you live alone, you can control your spending, your expenditure and all outgoings with no one to answer to but yourself.  There is no one to argue with  you if you cut corners, don't put the central heating on or try to live a more frugal lifestyle.  End of.

But, if you have a partner/husband/wife who fights you every inch of the way, you are dead in the water and may as well give up.

Every penny you save, every cut you make, every saving you tot up will be wiped out by their 'couldn't care less' attitude as they go through life on a spending spree and having anything and everything they want 'just because'.

I'm talking about things like:

Wondering through the house and leaving every light burning behind them so the place looks like Blackpool illuminations.
Using a family sized oven just to cook one small portion of oven chips.
Re-heating food just because they didn't want it at mealtimes, thereby using more fuel, hot water etc.,
Are completely unable to go to a shop and come back with the one or two things they went for, they have to bring back several unwanted items, usually crap junk food, and increase spending.
Put one item in the washing machine !
Think nothing of jumping into a taxi.
Refuse to put on a sweater or extra layer and will happily sit in a thin t-shirt whilst turning the heating up.
Would happily go and buy new items of clothing instead of waiting for the washing to dry.
Fill the bath to the brim and empty the tank of hot water.

etc. etc. etc.  -  I wonder if any of you can add to this list.

Sooo .... do you live with a frugal saboteur ??



Saturday, 28 June 2014

I Am Published ... !


Well it's taken longer than I thought, due to a backlog with the distributors, but it's all done and dusted now and here is the direct link to purchase it for immediate download to your reading device.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH -
 https://smashwords.com/books/view/452296

It will be available from Amazon very shortly if you prefer to download directly to your Kindle device.  I will post the link as soon as I have it.
 
You may be interested to know you can download the first 10% of the book for free.


If you've ever been in an abusive relationship, whether its physical, emotional or mental, you will know the pain of having your spirit crushed, your soul destroyed and your self esteem at rock bottom.  You may think you can't escape, but the purpose of my book is to show you that you can, with a little forward planning and knowing what to do, when to do it, and who to turn to.

I have wanted to write such a book for a long time, and if I sell just one copy and can help just one abused woman out of her misery, it will all have been worthwhile.

I have been in such a relationship, experienced the pain and the difficulties, worked my way through it and survived.  You can too.

Click on the image in the left sidebar to be taken to the dedicated blog for this book.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Life Hurts Sometimes ...


I have just found out thanks to the wonders of Facebook, that I am a Grandmother again.

A Boy was safely delivered to my daughter in law and Son, I'm very happy about that, my Son will be delighted, he already has girls.

I'm also overcome with sadness because I won't get to see him.  Because of a family disagreement I won't be informed of the birth, but no doubt pictures will be published on FB, so I will keep up to date on there.

I know most people would say forgive and forget, blood is thicker than water, make the first move, blah blah blah, but sorry, no can do !  Mothers are people too and have feelings.

I've done nothing wrong and will not grovel or apologise for something I haven't done.  I am a woman of strong principles, and just because I'm a Mother does not mean I have to lie down and be walked on by grown adults who know the pain their words are causing.

They have made their choice to believe someone else and shut me out of their lives - so be it.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Windows 8 - ? No thanks Mate !


I had a new laptop about three months ago which came with Windows 8 installed.  'Apparantly' it's the way to go, the future, the system that is taking the computer world by storm - not !

If you are in the market for a new computer or are thinking of upgrading, give Windows 8 the widest berth you can - it is absolute ******* !!

It's a nightmare to understand, advice is virtually impossible to get, the books written to accompany it are about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike - the best advice I can give anyone considering this monstrosity of the computer world is, forget everything you ever knew about computers because it's all of no use now - it's all so different, you won't recognise a single thing, provided you can find the 'on' button that is.

I've been struggling with it and have got my head around one or two things, but am admitting defeat and am going to pay to go back to Windows 7.  This is what seems to be happening and what computer  technicians are recommending - Windows 8 has just been a big failure, people are migrating back to Windows 7 by the droves.

You have been warned ... !



Sunday, 8 June 2014

Goats ... and Rescuing Animals

I was recently talking to a lady online who keeps goats, and it brought it all back to me when I did the same.
 
 
I really love goats, in fact I really love all animals.  My two smallholdings were really rescue centres, I took in anything and everything that needed a home, be it fur or feather.

I had two pygmy goats called Lucinda and Lavender, two goats of mixed parentage (!) called Oscar and Daisy and Angel, the lovely angora buck.  I used to spin his fleece.

I also had sheep who lived well into their teens, chickens, ducks, quails, rabbits, cats and anything that turned up wanting a home.

I had polytunnels and grew all my own veggies and fruit, and sold the surplus.


It was expensive and back-breaking, but very rewarding and I miss that life and my animals.

 I lost it all when I had to re-home them when my landlord gave me 8 weeks to leave because he wanted the house back for a relative who was coming home from abroad.

I've never got over that.

I still have my cats though.

Perhaps one day I'll get back ... ?  I'll never give up hoping.
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