Monday, 24 January 2022

Still positive!


I'm still testing positive so I need to to do the whole 10 days self isolation.  Current rules here are if you have 2 negative tests 24 hours apart from day 6, you can end isolation.  And since Friday another 3 teachers plus the P1 SLA (Support for Learning Assistant) and a nursery worker have all tested positive too.  The school is literally running out of staff to cover classes.

I've been chatting to the folks who are positive and the range of symptoms is wide.  I've just had rotten cold like symptoms but some have had terrible headaches and joint pain.  And 2 have absolutely no symptoms at all, not even a sniffly nose!!  

My main symptom atm is ringing ears.  I looked it up.  Covid ear is a thing!! 👂

I've also been reading about teachers who are getting it for the second time.  We have an SLA who has had it twice.  There is a teacher in England who has now caught it for the third time!!  What does that do to your long term health??

Friday, 21 January 2022

I needed a laugh today


This made me laugh this morning!!  Clearly I'm not an intellectual then 😂 I do love Billy Connelly and was lucky enough to see him live before his health started failing.  My friend posted this on FB after I received a rather different photo from my stage partner at school.

We have a safe enclosed garden for both P1 classes as outdoor learning is a huge part of our play based learning approach.  Unfortunately it's a safe and enclosed magnet for local teens to hang out in and our play equipment often gets damaged despite having lights and CCTV.  Our shed gets broken into regularly but last night they took it a stage further by setting fire to the toys.  At least £1000 worth, some of it brand new as we only got delivery of it last week.  Apparently it was quite a ferocious fire and the fire service had to attend.  This was at 4am!!!

The kids were really upset this morning and I feel awful that I'm not there to talk about it with them.  How do you explain to 5 year olds that someone burnt their toys for fun?

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Second Sock Syndrome


Thanks for all your good wishes.  Just feeling rather crappy, chest a wee bit wheezy and got a bit of a headache today.  And feeling very tired.  So I've just been lounging about listening to my audiobook and knitting.  I finished the turquoise sock this morning and debated whether to cast on the second one or finish the half done grey one.

I decided to finish the grey one then I've got a finished pair.  Shaped the heel, picked up stitches for the instep and now I'm shaping the instep.  I remember now why I abandoned this one.  The colour is hard on my poor eyes.  Definitely one for daylight and not night time so need to find something else to keep me busy in the evening.

Second sock syndrome is very real as you're always tempted to start a different colourful one and not knit another one the same.  I know there's a method to knit 2 at a time on circular needles but never tried it.  Might go look it up on Youtube later!  

Monday, 17 January 2022

It got me!


It's a faint line but it's there.  I've got Covid.  There's a big outbreak at school with 4 teachers plus our Family Support Worker and dozens of younger kids all testing positive over the last few days. So far it feels like a stinky cold with a blocked nose, scratchy throat, bit of a cough and my face feels like it's burning.  I've heard if it's Omicron that day 5 is the worst day. *SIGHS* 

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Halfway point


Well I'm halfway through January and my fridge looks like this!! 😂  I have a quarter of the red cabbage left (might use it in a stir fry this coming week), a bowl of home made coleslaw, half a pack of dairy free spread, small pack of hard sheep's cheese, 500g soya yoghurt and a range of condiments.

I cleaned out all the sorry looking veggies this morning and made enough soup for lunches for a whole week.  Grated it all and chucked it in a big pot with rice, red lentils and a bit of stock powder.  I didn't have any leafy green veg so added a pack of frozen parsley (home grown 2 years ago.)  It's actually very tasty!

This is my second batch of coleslaw, simply made with some shredded red cabbage and grated carrots/apples/onion mixed with a splash of apple cider vinegar and mayo.  I tossed in a few walnuts too.  Really tasty!!

I opened my last litre carton of soya milk which usually lasts me a week. I mainly use it for breakfast (GF rice crispies from my Approved Foods order last year or porridge) but I sometimes make a white sauce. I'll use it sparingly this week!  

I took the last of my homegrown tomato sauce out the freezer this morning as well as some vegan bacon.  I'm planning to make some pizza bases tonight, hopefully there will be some leftovers to freeze for the end of the month.  The freezer is full pretty full of fruit, veg and GF bread so sould last easily until the end of the month.

So far this month I'm pleased to report at the halfway point  I've only spent £91 on a new kettle, pest repeller plug ins (we have mice in the walls of the extension!), a baby gift for a colleague and meds for Emma.  

We went back to the vet last night to get her stitches removed.  The wound has healed and no further action is needed on the fatty lump.  However, her ears are still not fully healed and she needs more steroids. The painkillers she was on have had the benefit of helping with her arthritic shoulder and she's had a new lease of life this week.  Much more playful and alert so we're keeping her on those for a further 2 weeks then she'll be reassessed. Another £30 spent.  

All in all a decent frugal start to the year.  I'm not including the vet op costs as I'm using my savings from last year.  But I'll add the on going costs as it will give me idea of how much it costs to keep an older dog.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022



One week back at school and I'm tired.  Not just a lack of sleep type tired, deep down body and soul tired.  Pretty sure it's the same for a lot of professions right now.  I daydream A LOT about retiring and how I could afford it 😂  But it's that dream that's keeping me motivated and stopping me from going to Lidl on my way home from work to buy tortilla chips and guacamole!! 😂😂  Funny how you (ok me!) obsess about something when you're trying to be 'good.'  It's a WANT not a NEED!!! 

I'm sticking to the eating from the pantry challenge.  Some meals are a bit basic if I'm tired (GF pasta with a bit of grated goat's cheese) but I did enjoy some Punjabi spiced cauliflower last week with the lentil curry.

I got 4 meals worth from those 2 cauliflowers I scored in M&S for 40p each.  It's a Madhur Jaffrey recipe, very tasty and reheats nicely too.  Find it HERE.

Emma is doing well.  You can see her wee shaved patch on her tummy.  The lump is just fatty tissue so thank goodness for that.  We're due back at the vet on Friday after school for a post op check up and to chat about my 'options.'  I really don't want to put her though another op as she's 10 and older dogs don't recover as well from repeated general anaesthetic.  Plus there's the cost too.  My friend has a 12yo cat that keeps getting warts that turn cancerous.  So far she keeps getting them removed but we've been chatting about when is it ok to stop doing that?  Never an easy decision for pet owners though.

Tuesday, 4 January 2022



You know that saying that goes along the lines of when you makes plans God/the universe laughs?  

I dropped Emma at the vet this morning for some tests and a biopsy this morning.  She has a very large lump on her tummy that needs looked at plus she needs her ears cleared out again.  Both procedures will done under general anaesthetic.  This was a planned event so I knew it would be costly.  However when the vet casually said this morning it would be around the £1200 mark I actually gasped and said yikes!!  She had her ears cleared out 2 years ago and it was just over £350 so I was expecting the extra tests to add a bit more.  But not more than triple the cost!!!  Oh and did I mention she's not insured??  There goes that £1500 I have in my savings!  She's totally worth it though 💖

Since I was in town any way I popped into M&S as I had £11 in vouchers.  Lots of veg was reduced.  I got potatoes, 2 cauliflowers, red cabbage, 3 peppers, bag of apples, bag of pears, onions, cashew nuts and a tub of soya yoghurt.  Total cost £11.38, so only actually spent 38p.  I'll do some cooking today to keep me busy and make enough meals to see me through the week as I'm back at school tomorrow.

I'll collect Emma after 4pm.  Poor wee soul 🐶

Edit:  She's fine but groggy.  Results in 2 weeks.  Cost £1038 in the end