February has almost been and gone already. I cannot even think what I have been doing but I know I have been busy doing it!
I warn you now this is more of an update and not a very exciting blog post – feel free to leave now…
Earlier this month we had a few days in our new caravan…a few very wet days and then snow when we got back home here in Yorkshire. This weekend it has been extremely wet and windy and I don’t know about you but I feel I am in desperate need of some warmer sunnier weather, especially to wake up to.
Cottage renovations aside we are planning a bit of a whole house revamp here in Yorkshire – inside and out – starting with the airing cupboard of all places. This may seem a strange place to start but recently we had a new Combi boiler installed and the hot water tank upstairs was removed. The upside is we have a large empty space but the downside is that the airing cupboard is no longer warm!
Mr I. has spent many a day inside this tiny space sanding and painting and fitting new shelves and a small tubular electric heater to keep it warm so I can carry on airing the clothes and linens after I have ironed them. I already keep spare toilet rolls and lightbulbs in here and the aim is to store the towels here too. To get the job done quickly Mr I. bought Quick Drying gloss – this was a big mistake it is definitely not as good in finish and quality as a normal gloss and it is still slightly tacky one week later – thankfully it is only the airing cupboard.
As well as the airing cupboard we are redecorating my younger daughters bedroom (she left home in 2002) and we have never updated it in all that time!
We are installing some fitted wardrobes in this room so last Friday we had another visit to Ikea – our third in two weeks – not because we had a lot of shopping to do but because on previous visits I couldn’t decide on the style of doors for the front of the wardrobes we had gone to buy!
As usual I thought I knew exactly what I wanted until I got there and then found I needed time to have a rethink. In the end I did buy the wardrobe doors I had first decided on and they have been delivered and are in our living room waiting to be put together. I am looking forward to having a place to store my linens which are in our main wardrobe at the moment.
The menu planning and shopping has gone better than expected – my shopping bill is definitely lower, our meals more nutritious and we have even produced a few leftovers for my lunch at work to keep my daily spend down too.
Boots have to their 3 for 2 and a five-pound off coupons at the moment so I am stocking up on my basic face creams and a new mascara. I haven’t compared my spending yet with this time last year – that will have to wait for a free hour next week when I can sit down and look at the budget.
Today I set up a new savings account with 5% interest which is a good rate given the low rates at present and I am trying to rearrange better utility deals one by one. Not a job I enjoy doing but hopefully will produce some significant savings.
The To-do List
I have been concentrating on reducing my list of tasks and trying to give myself only 5 a day so that those awkward ones don’t get left undone and keep recurring. This week will be even busier than last as I have a training seminar to attend in Leeds and I am involved in a fund-raising evening on Thursday after work.
On Monday I have a job to sort out at Kwik Fit who serviced my car and did the MOT and somehow entered my Vehicle number incorrectly. This has caused a problem at DVLA and guess who has to sort it out!
I have also a few items of shopping that I think will be cheaper from one of the bargain shops or Wilkos rather than from Sainsbury’s or Boots so I will make the effort to go shopping at lunch time.
I have quite a few birthdays for March so I had better start looking for cards and gifts so they are not last-minute.
Well my time is up now – hopefully It won’t be another month until my next post!
Have a good week x