Sunday, 26 January 2014

Driech Sunday

It's soo miserable out. The rain is relentless, their is snow on yonder hills. It is leaving us with an icy wind. You just want to stay indoors, wrapped up, preferably with a blanket, bed socks and a real hot chocolate, instead we are here; Kelburn Country Estate, outside on rope swings and walking beside swollen, gorged, fast flowing streams. We went into the little cafe, where even the simplest of foods are extortionate and quiet frankly not worth the going rate, never mind the increase rate.  We played it safe with a bacon roll between us (the pasta gran made was far too spicy) the between use was a compromise as Lyle only wanted a tuna sandwich and they had no tuna, also our bacon was the last available.
We attempted to hide from the horrible weather by hiding out in the playbarn. I think it is still thawing from the last ice age!

So with our fingers, nose and toes numb, home we head, for a well deserved heat!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

My little wish list

Let's see how much of this I can't 'have' by the end of the year.

A leaner body - not skinny, but healthy
A healthier mind and body - more being active, more of the good food, and less of the bad stuff
A healthy bank balance
An emergency fund of around £500
A holiday abroad
A holiday to the caravan park that Lyle loves
An ice cream maker - to make delicious ice cream that doesn't make us ill
A bread maker
A range style cooker
A chest freezer
A small fridge with an even smaller freezer on top
Chicken Coop and chickens
A washing machine
More crochet getting done
Start sewing again
Grow food
Write more - just ramblings but it does clear the head
Sell Lyle's bed and get him a trundle so we can have Rio over to stay
New bed for my room
Get car fixed then sold, get cheap to run car
Get pantry built
Donate old clothes, bags and shoes
Car boot the toys
Make things to sell
Bed earlier every night
Enjoy something from everyday
Squirrel away money every day- well 5 days at least
Request reduced working hours
Spend more happy times with Lyle
Tidy more daily
Clear out often
Use bike more
Visit friends more
Get Out There more

Bit of a long list of stuff , not all going to be done in 2014, but charity shops will be getting scoured regularly for some of the stuff.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Can't sleep

Tonight me n Lyle went to bed early, we put on a film - Diary of a wimpy kid 2 and when it finished we went to sleep, around 9pm.
Yey! Early to sleep. Great way to start 2014.

Then I awoke at about half one in the morning.
It's now around half four.
It's not fair.
I want to cry, but then I will wake Lyle again - who woke to tell me 'you are such a, a.... a reader' then dozed back off into a fidgety sleep.

I should have probably gotten up and done some housework, or watched a film, or read a book. Instead, I had a gander through Facebook, mortgage free in three, frugal queen, then after I had put the phone away, I started imagining my kitchen with these tall freezers, now I don't think they are going to fit with me being able to keep (my still imaginary) pantry. Now I'm thinking small chest freezer. In black. To go with the as yet un-bought washing machine, and the even further off un-bought range style cooker. 

My super early morning search shows me that a black chest freezer is very unlikely in the UK. Now I am wondering if I can put a small white on in my cupboard under the stairs, which currently houses the electrical supply to my house and about 6 other houses in the street, along with my camping gear, ironing board, mop bucket, steam cleaner and a few other random items.
If that is an option, then I could purchase a smeg type fridge with small freezer on top, obviously not pay through the nose for Smeg though.

Ahh why can't my brain shut off.

And all because when I went through a light sleep cycle I heard a noise and ny brain started to think, was it the cat, or someone stealing your bike?

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year - 2014 I have expectations

As I lay here in my bed, mulling over 2013, I realise it was not too bad at all, I know going forward; I need to release the repressed anger I have towards my somnophiliac ex-boyfriend. I need to leave the anger I feel towards myself for allowing me to stay in such a toxic relationship. I am more mad at myself for not following my instincts than I am for anything else I have ever done in my life.

So, I am hoping to channel those feelings into creating a better me. Santa very kindly left me and Lyle New bikes, and we intend to be out on them at every opportunity available.

Family also gave me lots of vouchers to spend. And spend I intend on doing. On boring items, like a new washing machine, a new small fridge and a tall larder freezer. I found out it is more economical for me to buy a tall standing freezer, with lots more storage space and a small fridge than it is to buy an American Fridge Freezer, or even a fridge freezer on-top-of-each-other unit. 

I explained to Lyle what resolutions are and why we make them.
Last year mines was to have more experiences and I think we did.
We went glamping in Glendaruel,

went to the jousting at Linlithgow Palace,


went to MurrayMarshall House Hotel in Perthshire

Kelburn Country Estate (lots) and Lyle eventually got the confidence to do the rope swing.

I went to the Example concert

Lana Del Ray concert

And these are only some of our highlights from 2013.

Lyles resolution for this year is 'to have more fun with mum'.
And mine this year is 'to take Lyle on a holiday abroad' as well as continuing with last years of 'making memories' with the cheap days out.

I have plans 2014. Don't you think you can fuck them up with this cancer scare. Don't even dare.

(Pics added when I get to work haha)

Saving this for Elf on the Shelf

As the title says.
I need to work from a p.c. for that post, and I have been itching to get to work since Christmas day just for that reason.