Tuesday 10 November 2015


I'm sorry I haven't been around much but I have had a few days of eating frogs.  I am sure you all know that if you have to eat a frog, the best thing to do is to eat it early in the day so that for the rest of the day you know that the worst thing you have to do today has already been done. You didn't know that?  Well, you do now.

I keep chipping away at the Room of Shame and will take you back in there soon, but of rather more urgency has been doing a little financial re-organising.  This was provoked by the closure of the only bank in our little town.  I've long done most of my banking on-line but have always used one of the Big Four banks (even though I knew I could get a better deal elsewhere) because I felt that it was worth supporting banks which provide a service in rural areas.  Well, they have changed their policy on that one so I decided to go for the better deal.

Never one to do things by halves this provoked a full scale money makeover.  So far I have changed my broadband/TV/telephone package, my car insurance,my energy tariff, my current account and my credit card.  None of these has been easy, largely because of my personal inefficiency, and the whole procedure has taken rather a lot of energy so blogging is taking a back seat

Sunday 1 November 2015

Taking Myself In Hand

This post is actually a wrist-slap for me.

Back at the beginning of the year I resolved to finish the year with fewer messy places than I started with and at first I did well.  I sorted drawers and cupboards and even (more-or-less) sorted The Room Of Doom.

The Room of Shame
But other parts have not gone so well.  Back in July I decided that the sewing room / dining room/ spare bedroom had to be tackled and I pitched in with great enthusiasm.  But it didn't last and this is the latest view of what I have decided to call the Room of Shame.  

This cannot go on.  I need to get it sorted so that Louise can come and do her stuff with the cleaning.  I have bits towards several Christmas presents somewhere in that mess and if I don't find them soon I am going to have to do some unnecessary spending to buy other presents.

But the most important reason is that there are just two months left of this year and they are not ikely to be the least busy months of the year.  I want to get to the end of the year with that resolution intact and well advanced.

So my wrists are now well slapped.  Watch this space!