|The dress I wore, modern, but the fit is flattering|
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Thursday, 11 February 2016
|It's Freezing Today. Looks beautiful|
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
I was thinking this evening about doing blog post about what I've been doing this evening. I've been busy. I feel like I'm always saying I'm busy! Dh had a really bad headache and was laying down in the lounge with a duvet and hot water bottle. I decided to get a lot of jobs done as I not too tired after work (10 hours today). As I was working, cooked dinner, rice noodles, fish and spring greens with a white sauce. While i was making this I stripped the bedding and got it soaking in the bath as the washing machine is still out of commission. I then got a parcel ready to post, replied to a couple of emails, medicated Burt (he has a toothache and is in for dental work next week). I started thinking about the difference between our life and that of people we know.
I find my life very fulfilling. It's not perfect, is anyone's? But I love it and I like that I try to be a little bit different and do things the way we like even though it may not be conventional or always easy. It's taken a while to get here. I was a bit wild in my late teens/early twenties.
At the moment we are urgently saving £5k to have work done on the outside of our home. Living on yellow tickets for groceries goes a small way to helping us do that. It's not always easy, and meals sometimes have to be creative ( thank goodness my husband is happy to eat anything he does not have to cook himself!) but we save a large amount of money doing this. Also, our washing machine is on strike so I am making do with a bucket and plunger or the bath for larger items. I quite like doing this, it's only my work uniforms that can sometimes be tricky to get to washing machine standard but at the moment I'm fine to make do. Although drying things is hard at this time of year anyway, let along with hand wrung items! I shampoo'd the carpet at the weekend and (while I don't like to gloat) it's come up really well and cost about 10p in carpet cleaner and the elbow grease was free! compared to ££ to hire carpet cleaner. I plan to make my way around the house as the weather gets better.
It's been hard to get up the allotment recently. For anyone reading this outside the UK, we have had rain and wind and generally horrible weather for weeks now. As soon as it gets better I will need to get down there and crack on.
I feel like I've rambled a bit. I guess what I wanted to say is that a traditional or simple life is not always an easy or quiet life. Our life is busy, we do relax and have time out but the easier thing to do would be to fix the washing machine on credit and take out a loan for the roof. It would be easier to buy veggies and fruit all year round rather than have an allotment. But for us that isn't satisfying and I think a happy life is one that is fulfilling. For everyone that means something different and I think that changes as life goes on. In ten years time things may be different, who knows?
I hope this reads ok. I've ummed and ahhd about posting it as i don't want to come across as a bit. . . .I'm not sure of the word! I wanted to post a few more thoughts but it's late now and I want to read so I'll say goodnight. The wind is howling here so I've put the washing out. Who knows if it will be there in the morning? !
Nighty night x
Saturday, 6 February 2016
Sometimes, when the weather is especially poor, I think it's easy to waste the weekend as I can feel limited in what I can do and go.
Today, the weather has been horrendous. Howling wind and rain, and it's set to last all weekend. It's cold and damp and miserable! I was working this morning and it was very busy. Dh picked me up and treated me to beans on toast and a coffee out for lunch! It was lovely to sit and watch the world go by in the warmth of the cafe with the rain driving down outside. On the way home we stopped to get some carpet shampoo. When we got in dh helped me blitz the house. I got a load of handwashing done, dh dusted and hoovered. I did the kitchen and bathroom floors then once everything was done I shampoo'd the hall carpet as it's been annoying me for ages! The dehumidifier (which we use in winter to prevent damp in our old home) is on to dry it. It's not really ideal carpet cleaning weather but better now while I've got the time than not at all!!
I then sat down to do some language study. I've always wanted to learn another language but dh and I don't go abroad very often so I decided to learn Welsh, it's it's my nearest country that speaks another language and I'm really enjoying it! Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that speaks welsh. It's my own project. It's a speaking, not a writing course. I'm doing the Say Something In Welsh course and I love it. I've been doing it for about 6 months now. Slow and steady progress to reach a lifelong ambition :) I try and practice 3-4 times a week even if it's only for 15 minutes or so.
I then sat down with a cup of tea and read some of my Land Girls book.
We were going to go for a drive this evening to look at the flooding but the strong winds have kept us safely inside.
Wishing I could get up the allotment but I can't see any point in going up and getting soaking wet and trying to lug heavy soil around and probably putting my back out in the process!
Off to bed now. Nighty night.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
I've been doing lots of reading recently to try and destress from all the house drama that is still going on *sigh*. Below are two new books I've got.
I went to the opening of a friends vintage shop recently. Beautiful shop with some lovely original pieces.
I've been doing lots of walking as I'm trying to walk 1000 miles this year as a personal challenge. It's not easy getting out every day with the weather as it is but I'm past the 90 mile mark now since 1st Jan so that's pretty good I think.
The washing machine is still broken. Dh thought he'd fixed it but alas not so I'm handwashing, which I'd be happy to do long term except my work uniforms really need a machine wash but it's ok at the moment. We're looking forward to a nice weekend. Going to try and get up the allotment too. I've seen some blackcurrant seedlings cheap I'm going to pick up.
Looking forward to starting WW2 re - enactment this year too!