Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Sunday, 27 June 2021
And we're off! I started today with a routine eye test, at least a year overdue thanks to the you-know-what! As expected my eyesight has changed a bit and I now need varifocals 👓 Of course they're more expensive but I knew this day was coming so was prepared. I'll collect them in 2 weeks.
I spent some time in my back garden, weeding and just assessing what's there. To my absolute delight I discovered quite a lot of fruit is thriving.
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Yesterday was the last day of school so I'm finally on holiday! What a year it's been! I managed back to work for the last 2 weeks and hobbled about on crutches and an ankle support. Wasn't perfect but the kids and my colleagues helped me out. And I managed to clear out my classroom ready for my move back to Primary 1 (that's Reception or Kindergarten elsewhere). Since I'm absolutely positive this is my last move I gave away all my upper and middle school resources. This is all I took to my new room.
Mostly toys and some books, some trays that will fit into an Ikea unit that the janitor will move for me next week. I'm also to get a new sink installed. The current P1 teacher is on maternity leave so she's not moved her stuff out yet. I'm not going back into school until early August as I just need a complete break. Plenty of time before the new kids arrive 😊
Both my garden and allotment are overgrown with weeds. Just 6 weeks of no work means they've got wild! So my aim is to do a wee bit every day.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I've been watching some frugal You Tubers while sitting with my ankle up. I stick one on while I knit a summer cotton cardigan for myself. I used to watch quite a few frugal channels but many of them (although still very good) were about how to live frugally with children or teenagers or they were US based. They didn't really apply to me as a single (ahem) mature woman in the UK occasionally feeding an adult son.
So I set out to find some with older people and/or based in the UK. Here are a few of my favourites and some new ones I found recently.
WARNING: be prepared to lose a few hours checking them out!! 😂
Frugal Fit Mom
I've followed her for a while before this video made her a huge success. She feeds 4 sporty teenagers and a husband on a tight budget. US based but great advice.
132 meals for $42 This is a brilliant video! $42 is just under £30
What Vivi Did Next (UK based)
Vivi gave up a paid nursing job (due to arthritis) and lives extremely frugally from what she grows on her allotment and a few sewing side hustles. Very chatty rambling style but I love all her food growing and saving tips.
Frugal Jo (UK based)
American/Canadian who's lived in the UK for years
Frugal Jo home page
Frugal Money Saver (new to me)
A couple who took early retirement, New York state based
Mornings with Granny
I've followed Granny back when she was Penny Pinchin' Granny. Lots of good tips and detailed breakdown of food costs although she's US based
Frugal Over Fifty (new to me but I like it so far)
Frugal Over Fifty home page
She's Drinking Coffee (I dip in and out of this one but really like it)
Life Over Sixty with Sandra
I really love this one but it's not necessarily a frugal one. This video is her first one I found where she talks about money saving and minimalism. The more videos I watched the more I want to be like Sandra when I grow up!!
Here are a few more simple living/frugal/batch cooking ones I watch fairly regularly:
Mr Carrington (he's UK based and also recently appeared on TV)
The Batch Lady (she's Scottish!!) 😊
Simple Living Alaska (tiny house living. I love these guys!!)
Fy Nyth (tiny house living)
Let me know in the comments about any other good ones you've found and I'll add them below along with any others I find!
Saturday, 5 June 2021
I have a dear friend who is also my mentor/coach/counsellor (she has many labels!) who always tells me that I need to look for opportunities to stop and pause throughout my day. Since my brain races too fast for meditation she thinks just a few daily pauses is better than nothing.
Well thanks to my ankle injury I'm overflowing with chances to pause as I really can't do much else. I am grateful that I don't have pain unless I'm walking so haven't needed pain relief. I've spent the last 2 weeks with my ankle raised when I'm not moving about. So I've had a lot of thinking and reflecting time in between reading several books, watching cheesy movies on Netflix and knitting a summer cardigan. Oh and eating!!!!
Much of the time I've been on my own as my son is either working or spending time with his new girlfriend. At times I've felt particularly vulnerable as I realised I wouldn't be able to get myself out of a situation alone. Being unsteady on my feet, I've not been able to go up and down stairs safely and in an emergency I'd be stuck. I'm extremely grateful to have a downstairs guest bedroom and bathroom.
But I'm also grateful for this opportunity at a very tired and stressful point in the school year. June is the most frantic month in a school as we're constantly assessing and recording and report writing and finishing off 'stuff' before the summer break at the end of this month. I've been able to do quite a lot just by being able to sit at my laptop and do my paperwork. My class is now in the hands of a very capable supply teacher (although it took 7 days to get her!) so I feel less guilty about not being in class. Thanks to technology I've been able to log in and 'see' my kids and they've seen me on screen. I've also been able to do my parent contact meetings from home. So still working even though technically I'm signed off.
The biggest thing I've been thinking about is my future and what I need to do now for retirement. Current plan is 2 more years of teaching. This year (for many many reasons!! 😳) hasn't been very frugal so far. That changes now! I've found a few new to me frugal living YouTube channels so I'm binge watching them while I knit. And I'm making lots and lots of lists 😄
So I may be temporarily inconvenienced by my injury. But I am incredibly grateful for this unexpected chance to pause, reflect and be grateful.