Sunday, 14 February 2016

A Vintage House Day (Meant To Post Yesterday)

Dh has been out for the day today and had taken the car. I thought I would be able to get out and do some walking but, on waking up to wind and rain and knew the chances would be slim. I don't enjoy walking in really bad weather as it is so hard for me to dry wet weather gear.

Dh left at 7:15am so after making him coffee and toast I decided to have a practical day with lots of sorting out, reading and food preparation and I wanted to feel lovely whilst having  a house day so I put my hair up in Victory Rolls, put a smart dress on along with thermal tights and set about making the most of a wet Saturday indoors.

I started by putting a load of washing in to soak. The washing machine is still decommissioned. I was really pleased with the way dh's white shirt came up with a hand wash, especially cuffs and collars :)
Next it was Burts litter tray that  needed attention and I combined that with a bathroom clean.

After that it was  a stop for a cup of tea and I read some of my new magazine! Although one of the problems of buying old magazines is that if there are three part stories, I only get to read the first or mid part and never find out what happens! The one in my Red Letter magazine was really good and I can't find the next issue!!

Burt was then sick in the lounge so I took the opportunity to shampoo half the carpet after hoovering.

I sorted the food we have in. We have a load of plums I was going to freeze but after trying one, they were so delicious I know dh and I will get through them before they go off so I left them. I put  a veggie soup on in thr slow cooker which will be portioned and frozen for work lunches. I also had 3 bags of parsnips that needed something doing to them. I used one bag in the soup, then peeled and chopped the rest into chips and popped them in the freezer.

Lunch was scrambled egg on toast with a side salad and was lovely. I also cracked myself a few Brazil nuts.

There was a break in the weather in the afternoon so I whizzed up the lane and back which was 2 miles. The rest of the afternoon was much more leisurely and when dh came back we had a game of rummy (I won!).

For dinner we had sausage and noodles with veggies. It was a really nice day, despite the weather and I am itching to get up the allotment!

The dress I wore, modern, but the fit is flattering

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A Calm Start To The Day

Dh and I both work full time. Most mornings I need to leave the house at 7:30am, sometimes a bit later. We usually try and get up nice and early so we don't have to rush. 

When the alarm goes off in the morning. Dh turns it off and I turn on the lamp in the bedroom. We then get up, dh gets himself sorted, makes the bed then usually goes straight to his office to work.

I like to try and be calm and quiet in the morning. For me, it starts the day off right and lets me collect my thoughts. I have a busy and sometimes stressful job so I enjoy a quiet time before the day starts in earnest. During the winter months i only have lamps on in the mornings to provide  a gentler light that is easier on the eyes. Sometimes, if I don't have the lamps on I will put the hall light on and let the residual light lights every room a little. I don't have the tv or the radio on in the mornings. At the weekend or if I'm working late occasionally Il put it on radio 4 late morning but never first thing.

I make breakfast and sort lunches for us both and make us both a proper coffee, our treat to start the day:) Dh had breakfast in his office so I go somewhere quiet to eat, usually with a book or 1940s magazine if there's time. In the summer if I'm not in a rush I'll eat on the decking outside.

I always try and leave a tidy house. I'm more of a morning person so it's easier for me to get jobs done early so if I don't feel like much after work I don't have to force myself and can just relax.

Today I have woken up to a misty frozen fog! My washing outside is frozen solid. Dh and I have just had honey toast and a coffee and I'm about to start the ironing. I work late today so I'll get everywhere spick and span this morning, go for a walk up the lane (2 miles) then come back before getting ready for work.

I'd love to hear how anyone else starts their day?
It's Freezing Today. Looks beautiful 


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Trying To Lead A Simple Life . . .

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

Making The Best Of The Weekend

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

Doing Lots Of Reading

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!