It has been a mad week with so little time for myself that today I have hardly done anything but a little light cleaning and a bit of clearing up and putting away. Still it felt good not to have to go work and to get my house back in some semblance of order.
Yesterday evening was our fund-raising event in memory of my dearest friend and colleague. I haven’t been told a figure for how much money we raised for the hospice (where Helen spent her last few days) but I am sure it must have been quite e bit given the amount of people there. Her mum, step dad and younger daughter all attended which was lovely and they won a raffle prize too – how lucky was that.
Tomorrow we are venturing further north to go and collect my granddaughter who is coming to stay overnight. She is 2½ now and loves baking, animals and trains so we are (weather permitting) going on a train ride a few miles away from here at Clayton West on the Kirklees light Railway. I like trains too so we will both be excited. Perhaps we might even bake a few buns to take home for mummy and daddy – I bought a tub of chocolate drops and sprinkles from Sainsbury’s the other night just in case.
We couldn’t make pancakes on pancake day due to time pressures so we had Mushroom and Leek pancakes tonight. I make them with buckwheat flour rather than ordinary but I have only found it available to buy in 3lb bags so I need to find some other recipes that use buckwheat so it is not wasted. The menu planning is still going well though when I am short of time the plan ends up as a quick scribbled list in my notebook. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to search out and try new recipes in the last few weeks so we have been relying on old favourites.
The airing cupboard is now up and running and I love having a cupboard where I open the door and inside the contents are only items we need and use – there is nothing in here that you might call clutter or surplus to requirements and it has an equal amount of space : stuff which is quite pleasing to me.
It is fresh, white and bright with the new strip of LED lights that comes on automatically when we open the door. At the very bottom of the cupboard just out of the picture we installed a heater – a 40W tube equivalent to a light bulb and will just keep the cupboard warm enough to air the ironed clothes and linens which can be stored on the lowest empty slatted shelf.
I have cream towels and white towels (the white ones are from the cottage – I thought we may as well be using them here at home) this makes washing them easy as they all go in the wash together. The white ones I bought in 2004 from Primark Home and they have been really good and stay soft when washed and dried inside (I don’t have a drier so cannot ‘fluff’ them up). To keep my linens and towels smelling nice I place bars of scented soap and satchets on top of the piles.
I am eager now to get started on our next project in the house.
I saw an article in a magazine recently that suggested it is a good idea to spend one to two hours a week on your finances, keeping yourself up to date with changing interest rates and checking for good deals. I would include in this time checking those online bills for utilities. It is so easy to get the email saying your bill is ready for viewing and then ignoring it. We found quite a few mistakes on our BT bills and Npower.
So I am going to set aside two hours this weekend to deal with the following financial tasks
- car insurance to accept
- cancel the separate breakdown cover (it is covered in the car insurance)
- pay the credit card bill
- check the bank accounts
- open a savings account for Mr I that has a 5% return
This week Saintsbury’s gave me a coupon for 8p off petrol if I spent £15 on clothes. It seemed like a good deal to me as I had seen a jumper for work for £18. I also had a few rewards points coupons and one triple points so these are mounting up nicely. Other than that I have not spent any money other than the groceries this week and a couple of birthday presents.
Have a good weekend x