When I was growing up you had to go to the Post Office with your pension book (or Family Allowance book) every week to collect your pension in cash. Where I lived it was a Thursday and there would be a queue of OAPs (including my Gran) standing outside before 9am waiting for it to open. Then they'd take that hard cash and go to the Co op supermarket, butcher and greengrocer to get their weekly supplies. My Gran would famously visit every shop to get the best price on everything. She never bought everything in one place.
All this to say I got my first pension payment this morning. Electronically paid into my online account and I was notified by text. I did have a mild panic when the text said a much smaller amount than I was expecting. But I get 3 separate payments from the 3 different schemes that I paid into over 35 years 🙄 so I only got 1 text instead of 3. I checked my account and it's all there! Phew!! Grand total of £729.14 a month. It doesn't cover all my expenses (car payments/car insurance/council tax) so I'm relying on my savings to pay those until I sell the house and pay off the car next year. But reality has now set in! 😱
My dear Gin Queen friend was 60 last week so I splurged and got her a very special gin that has her name on it! I hope it's a good one!! 🍸 From now on presents will be small and hopefully hand made.
And my last internet spend for a while (possibly ever!!) was some sock yarn! I like to have socks on the needles as a pick up and drop activity for Winter. Someone will get a pair for Christmas and there will be some lovely new colours to add to my leftover sock yarn blanket.
Thank you so much for the good wishes for my Lovely Mum. I spoke to her last night and she's doing well. She might get home tomorrow (Saturday) and I'll hopefully be able to go visit her soon 😊