Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Tuesday, 31-01-23

Morning, all.  Another early wake for me (around four am) after a very satisfying spell of sleeping until around six thirty to seven.  Ah, well, I can go with the flow nowadays so it is in no way a problem, thank goodness.

At the beginning of January, I tentatively jotted down in my diary a few 'goals' that I would like to meet/achieve in January.  I don't really do this much, tending towards a shorter term thing - i.e. 'today I will . . . ' but thought I'd give it a go.
This is what I put:
I will . . .
1. get back into the ten something (relating to SW). . .
2. eat from freezer and stores
3. defrost, sort out and audit the upright freezer
4. ditto the chest freezer
5. keep an eye on spending

And . . .
1.  tick!
2, 3 and 4.  done/achieved and more, as you know, having accompanied me through them all in unnecessary detail.  :-)
5.  I'm pleased with this one as I was getting a bit concerned about my lack of 'grip' on my spending since Mum and Dad passed away.  I've checked pretty much every day, recoded everything on the Excel template I learned how to set up before Christmas (and which works, yay!) and know exactly how much I've spent and, thankfully, how much I have left over.  It's a great relief and no hassle.  It's ongoing now.

I think I'll carry on with this goal setting for smaller things - different ones, obviously - and hopefully it will work in February as well as it has through January.  I know it's just small things but I like it.

I really didn't do very much yesterday and it was lovely.  I went out to circuits; it was just two of us for half the time before H turned up so there was plenty of opportunity for chatting between puffs!  It was a sunny day once the skies had cleared but I really MUST clean my French windows - they are in a shocking state.  The low lying winter sun shows them up so very much!

There was no shoe tidying and no stash sorting but they can wait, it isn't urgent.  The four ply stash blanket is coming on a treat and is growing very quickly.  I'm doing all the sewing in of ends and joining as I go so apart from a border, once it is big enough there won't be much else to do.
I said to Beth on Sunday that when I pop off, her main problem will be what to do with all dear old mum's knitted and crocheted blankets!!  I think I need a holiday cabin somewhere where they will look just right (if only!).

And finally, Matt the Plumber emailed to set a date to come and fit the new water softener - three cheers.

Today begins with Groove but there's nothing else in the diary.  The French windows - one pair anyway - is top of the list and I need to add to the small collection of things to pack on Friday.  If the weather is good, I might pop out for a walk too.  It should be good.

Have a happy day, everyone.  xx


Monday, 30 January 2023

Monday, 30-01-23

Morning, everyone.   I woke at stupid o'clock for the first time in a while but, to be fair, I went to bed quite early and fell asleep quickly so I thing I've had my fair share of sleep.

It's not cold out at the moment and it's dry.  We ended up with some lovely sunshine round here yesterday . . .

. . . and we had an amazing sunset.

The photos have come out too red - it was closer to a very intense pink really.

I'm glad I caught it.

Beth and Alex came over for a roast dinner and a chat.  It's pretty much the only time I have a roast dinner - roasting for one is a bit lavish - although I do freeze leftovers.  It's not quite the same thing though, without the cooking experience.
(not complaining, just saying!)
In the afternoon, we talked holidays.  For several years now, the three of us have wanted to take another holiday at Center Parcs together.  Covid put paid to that for a while but it's time to think again so we looked up some prices, etc, for later on in the year - September/October time, maybe.  It will be nice if we can get it organised although it's not so simple now Beth has to book time off.

I didn't do much else except for sorting out parts of the fridge.  The top shelf and the doors were rather crammed with sauces, jars, etc - the stuff that needs to be chilled once open.  After chucking away everything that was going fluffy, I made a note of what was left, wiped everything down and put it all back neatly.  Another tick on the list - yay!
The rest of the fridge was fine, it was just the jars, etc.

Today is the usual Monday.  There's a Snippet first thing (a short exercise routine) and later on it is Circuits at the studio.
I'm leaving any washing for Wednesday so all the stuff I want to take with me to Five Lakes is clean and not re-worn.  
I often do a food shop on Mondays but I won't need to do one this week.  I'm out of milk but have some almond milk in the freezer so can have that, if needed.  I'm also out of carrots but will ride that disaster!  :-)

I'm trying to think of what I fancy decluttering today.  I do need to sort through my shoes and there's always the chunky/Aran yarn, if I can find the boxes.

Also, I must start to gather things together for next weekend.  It won't be complicated but I must remember things like swimming cossie and sportswear.  If I do forget anything crucial, it's only an hour for both home and back but, obviously, I would rather not!

I'm sure I will find stuff to fill the time . . . on the other hand, next week looks super busy in places so I will work to feel no guilt at taking it easy in advance.   😉
What are your plans for today.  

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Sunday, 29-01-23

Good morning, everyone, and a happy Sunday to you!  
It's another dull start to the day but that's OK.  It's not cold and it looks as if it's going to stay like this, more or less all week and through next weekend - which is fine by me.  As long as the roads are OK . . .  :-)

Yesterday went very much as planned.  
I now have all my DK yarn stash in boxes which makes the whole cupboard look so, so much neater.  Well, the top half anyway - there's still one shelf that has all my chunky and aran yarns and I need to consider how I'm going to organise that - maybe two larger boxes which I think I have somewhere.

Once I've finished the 4 ply blanket, I think I will start making some jumpers for the Sally charity drop off again.  There's still more DK yarn than I thought until I got it all out yesterday.

I also tackled another kitchen cupboard.  Again, not too many surprises as it's a 'working cupboard' but it is now all nicely organised and much more logical.  Just a few out of date things to discard but nothing too embarrassing.  It took longer than I expected what with going up and down the stepladder, etc, but it wasn't too bad really.

The other main thing was to check my governor mailbox and I'm so glad I did because there were several things there that needed a response.  There's not loads of extra paperwork for the meeting next week, thank goodness, but the one I need to go through didn't open in a legible form so goodness knows what's wrong there.  I've let Heather, the clerk, know.
I find that there's a meeting for the committee I am on, the day I come back from Five Lakes - that should stop me pining about having to come home, don't you think?

The other day, I got a request for tuition that really challenged my decision to stop and not to start again, made last year.  I knew I could do a good job and I was so tempted but thought 'do I really want to put in all the extra time and effort it would take to do it properly?' and the honest answer was 'No, I don't'.
So I said sorry but no and as soon as I'd sent the email I knew it was the right decision.  I'm a bit sad, all the same, though.

Today, Beth and Alex are over for Sunday lunch, so I will take some time in the kitchen this morning to prepare everything.  I haven't seen them for a while so it will be so very nice.  Apart from that, it is the usual stuff and it's Throw Down this evening to finish off the day nicely.
It should be good! 

How's your de-cluttering/re-organising going?  xx

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Saturday, 28-01-23

Good morning, everyone.  It's dull and mild but, thankfully, dry and clear outside this morning and I'm sitting here, comfy and cosy after a pretty good night's sleep.

Yesterday was, as usual, pretty good.  
Slimming World was brilliant.  The place was buzzing, loads of people stayed for the second half and the atmosphere was fantastic.  It's really picked up since Christmas, despite the problems with the hall, and there are plenty of new members coming along as well as old friends returning.
I lost a little bit of weight which I'm happy with and I won the raffle yet again - I seem to have a lucky streak at the moment.  This week it was bread type stuff - a loaf, some pittas, some wraps and a box of the new Hi Fi bars.  The first three are now in the freezer and the last tucked away.

I gave someone a lift home and, as I dropped her off in Morrison's car park, I decided to get the few bits and bobs I needed while I was there.  It was a very small shop and it means I won't need to shop next week at all, which is good.

I got ironing, etc, all done and sorted but I didn't get round to sorting the cupboards.  I'll do that today when I've finished on here.  It's not a big job, it just needs doing.

When I sorted the shelves in the shed, it freed up some plastic boxes and I'm going to take them up and put my SK yarn stash in them.  It won't free up any space but it will look (and be) so much neater and more organised - and it will take five minutes at most.

I must check the mailbox I have as a governor because I've noticed that we have a Governors' Meeting on Wednesday and the paperwork is probably up there for pre-reading.

Today's Snippet is a full SET class but split into three segments, each around fifteen minutes and not live.  I'll do that at some point this morning too, leaving the afternoon free for 'me' things like reading (fiction and Governor's stuff) and crocheting.

I expect it will be a really nice day - I hope yours is too.  xx

Friday, 27 January 2023

Friday, 27-01-23

 Morning, everyone.  Friday has rolled around again and it's so close to the end of the month now.   It's above freezing here and, although tonight is predicted to get below zero, generally and despite sensational media forecasts about 'snowmageddons' next weekend, it looks as if it will be fairly mild.  I'm very happy with that.

I got the pull-out drawer sorted.  As it's a working area - open and closed several times in a day, there were no real surprises apart from a collection of sachets going back to my Hello Fresh days and which will be very useful now I have found them.  There was a solid block of muscovado sugar but after spending the day in a bowl under a damp cloth, it's soft again and in a proper glass container.  Oh, and now I know exactly how many sugar free jelly sachets I have.  :-)

I sorted out my food cupboard just after Christmas but I think I will give it another go as there's things in the wrong place again and it's not organised enough really.

After the SET class and a really good fun chat with Chris, I got the usual household stuff done, changed the bedding, got that washed and dried (but not ironed), sorted out the aftermentioned drawers and gave the kitchen a tidy.  Apart from the ironing, I think I did everything I hoped to do.

Today, being Friday, is Slimming World and, as always, fingers are crossed!  The Snippet is just a short session today which I will do when I get home from SW.

I had expected to have a friend around for lunch but she can't come - her oven broke and she has to stay in for it to be repaired (hopefully).  We've rescheduled for later in February so I have that to look forward to.

The house is reasonably tidy so there's no big clear-up before the cleaners arrive and I hope to get that ironing done before they come too - not that it matters but they come late afternoon and I really don't want to start ironing early evening today.

That's my Friday - very ordinary really.  Nice and peaceful and, hopefully, leading into an easy weekend.  Have a happy and satisfying day, everyone, whatever your plans.  xx

Thursday, 26 January 2023

Thursday, 26-01-23

 Good morning, everyone.  It's above freezing again today although it felt really cold when I went out to the freezer.  Yesterday was damp and raw, a very bleak day;  I didn't really feel properly warm pretty much all day until I warmed up in personal training.  There's a moral there, I am sure!

Thanks for all your stash comments yesterday.  I think this whole 'keep something set by' ethos is one that's never really gone away.  My own experience is that Mum always had one open, one on the shelf and at least one set by for all the commonly used food products.  For the cleaning products and toiletries it was one open and one in the cupboard.  Don't start me on loo rolls!  They had a big airing cupboard with plenty of storage room!
So I grew up with the habit of never running anything down completely and I'm sure that is part of the reason why I get a bit edgy when the petrol tank measures half full.  It is at the moment and I'm glad it will be February soon so I can do a top up - I could anyway but am trying to budget a bit.
So, for me, it's always been a thing to have a stash, whether it be shelf or freezer which is why I'm doing a no spend!  And I am very thankful that I can.
But for some the very idea of having things left in the cupboard at the start of the week (the shopping week, I mean) is strange and they are happy to, or have to,  buy from week to week.  Sometimes it is necessity and sometimes it's choice.  The latter is absolutely fine, it's just different.  The former is not so good, is it.  Everyone should have enough money for food.

I guess in harder times we all do our best, in our own way, not to waste things.

Apart from feeling cold, yesterday went really well.  I got the shelf stash sorted - sadly, there were a few out of date items that I decided just had to be thrown out (I felt bad about that) and the whole thing was a mixture of longer term stuff and kitchen overflow.  It's all sorted out now, listed and organised with a few things brought in and the same things crossed off my shopping list for next time.

Just as I finished, a message pinged through from Chris.  She and Steve got home from badminton to find that their stopcock had been broken by the plumber working next door to them (by mistake, obviously) and not only was water gushing out, they had no water in the house.  Please could she come over and grab some containers of drinking water?  Obviously, I said yes, and dug out a couple more containers she could use.  Just as we were walking back, up drove the water board van and they got it sorted pretty quickly and, thank goodness, without any need to dig.  But it was a worrying hour or so for them, all the same.  
One plumber NOT to use in the future (although, to be fair, he did get the water board on the job very quickly indeed)!

Sharon turned up and now I feel a bit tidier again.  She always does such a great job, bless her.  Now my hair is short, it can be dry cut so that saves on time and money, both the cost of the cut and the amount of shampoo and conditioner I use.

Personal training was great - it's the start of a new block and Lindsey has definitely upped the ante, especially with the strength stuff.  She's also included more balance type stuff - my balance is very poor due to wobbly ankles and also the poor hearing/middle ear stuff.  So I'll never be great on balance but every bit of improvement helps.

Today starts with the Shimmy Snippet which is a full 45 minute SET class so that will be great.
Then Chris is over for our weekly natter and I look forward to hearing the whole Great Water Disaster story!  After all, very little exciting stuff happens round here.

Then the day's my own so what shall I do?  Well, I think I'm going to sort out my pull-out cupboard in the kitchen.  It's better than it was but it is rather disorganised and, as I'm on a bit of a roll, I may as well make the most of the current motivation.  It won't last for ever.  And I need to change my sheets so that's some washing, drying and ironing to get done - I am starting to long for days when I can dry my washing outside again now.

Better get over to Facebook and do my admin stuff over there now and then I need to get myself sorted out.  Enjoy your day, everyone, whatever the weather!  xx

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Wednesday 25-01-23

 Good morning, everyone.  It's another above freezing start to the day as far as I can tell (no frost on the car) and, for me, it is also a more leisurely start too which is nice.
I'm working on staying in bed a bit longer, reading maybe, or just relaxing, and it's a lot easier if I know I don't have to be up and dressed by half eight or whatever.

Thank you very much for all the info on dry shampoo.  I will look out for it just to see if we have it round here but I'm not sure I will get any - it's very rare that I would actually need it and, given I am trying to declutter . . .

Lindsey did take Groove class yesterday.  On the surface she looked fine but she did take the easier option for some of the movements and I thought she was flagging a bit by the end.  Fortunately, a few of the clients had cancelled for various reasons and she said she would take those time to rest up.  Fingers crossed . . .

When I got home, I found I had a phone message so checked it out and it was from Five Lakes.
Do you remember, they got in touch a while ago to say that the room they had allocated me needed some work doing so they were upgrading me (yay)?  Well, this one was to say that, if I wanted, I could arrive an hour earlier, between two and two thirty.  I could check in, get all the info and then have a nice wander and read before accessing my room at three.  It means avoiding queues at check in and I am really pleased.  So I phoned them back (working on Confidence here - with my hearing issues I am very nervous about using the phone) and confirmed that it would be fine.

Then the final details popped into my mailbox and I saw that my room is now a 'Hotel Deluxe Plus' (oooh-er) which is only one down from the 'hotel suite'.  Blimey!!  No complaints here but, given how lovely and comfortable the ordinary room I had last time was, it will be interesting to see what differences there are.  I think one thing is a separate shower and maybe it's a bit bigger but I don't know - I'll take photos!

I got the ironing and various other houseworky stuff done before chilling, telly watching and crocheting.

Today starts with a hair wash!!!

Then it moves on to a bit of a sort out.  Having done various audits, I though it would be helpful to take a look through my stash of shelf stable items, check dates, see what I have and whether there are any gaps.  It really does need a good sort out - I brought home a number of food and cleaning products from Dad's last year and just dumped them, basically.  They need sorting.
I won't be aiming to use these items up, they are for longer term as so many people seem to be doing too.  I chuckled yesterday after watching a few YouTubers talking about their 'shelf stable stash' - it's not often I am on trend . . .

Sharon arrives late morning; it will be nice to see her and have a good old chat as she snips away at my crowning glory < cough >.

The only other thing is personal training in the afternoon.  There's nothing on Facebook to indicate that Lindsey is not fit enough although I have told her to cancel if she has any doubts.  Can't do more really.

That's it, really.  By the end of the day I hope to . . .
have tidier, audited stash shelves
have a nice, clean, tidy head of hair
feel a bit fitter
have a few more four ply granny squares

It should be very satisfying.

I hope your day is satisfying too.  Stay warm and be happy, everyone.  xx