Sunday, 30 June 2013

0 ways in 30 days - end of project

As well all know i am great at starting things but much less good at finishing them. But I did it this time.

  1. Learn to ebay more successfully - COMPLETE
  2. Make an effort to actually put into practice what I have learned (5 items a week minimum until the house is empty!)- COMPLETE but also ongoing
  3. Attend as much of Ahdel's bands gig as possible- COMPLETE but also ongoing
  4. Make an effort to socialise with a friend at least once a week, doesn't need to be 'out' but does need to be fun COMPLETE but also ongoing
  5. Organise my ebay packing/posting centre so that I am not always late and always putting too much postage on to packages because I don't have time to do it properly. - COMPLETE
  6. Re-visit utility costs and see about changing - COMPLETE
  7. Find 8 new one to one students for Fahed COMPLETE
  8. Book Ahdel on a (very expensive) course to improve his swimming teaching qualifications - COMPLETE And today he passed the exam.. Whoop!
  9. Re-visit all insurances, cars and home,to see if they are still competitive and when they can be changed without penalty. - As COMPLETE as can be until October.
  10. Set up printer with the desktop computer COMPLETE in as much as I delegated this job to Jamal!
  11. Find out when all of the mobile phone contracts expire so that we can COMPLETE and will be ages before I can change any of them.
  12. Get a new Tesco club card - COMPLETE
  13. Sign up for weekly emails telling me the cheapest local fuel station COMPLETE
  14. Find details of nectar account and where you can get points Ensure I am signed up to get my nectar points on ebay. COMPLETE
  15. Visit Quidco and see if I am missing anything. COMPLETE and profitable.
  16. Spend more time in the garden. I am doing this so COMPLETE but ongoing
  17. Spend more time with Fahed. COMPLETE but ever ongoing.
  18. Find some new series to watch on TV.  COMPLETE 
  19. Make up a calendar of annual renewals so that I know when to start investigating utilities, insurances etc. And why not put birthdays etc on the same calendar as they don't exactly change year on year. Not yet complete but I have started a book and log of everything. UM, NOT QUITE
  20. Make up a list of outstanding jobs on a room by room basis: hopefully it is less daunting than just thinking everything needs doing in every room! Get cracking! Ahdel mended a scratch in the bath. Small stuff but a start.Not made the list yet but actual work is progressing well
  21. My birthday on Saturday and I am going out with my best friend for the day. If it doesn't rain we are going to a free music event in a park in the town, with a picnic and some wine :).COMPLETE 
  22. Family birthday treat is a meal cooked by Fahed on Sunday night. Hopefully a nice video as well.COMPLETE and a very enjoyable family evening it was too
  23. My friend had the same new years resolution as me - more fun in her life but the economical sort. So we are looking at other fun things to do. Next thing is Shakespeare at the Globe but on the Island. Something good to look forward to. COMPLETE but ongoing
  24. I have found someone who wants my jewellery findings and she is very nice so happy that they have a nice new home to go to COMPLETE
  25. I am going to learn to ice cakes, either from youtube or night classes or just by mucking around with icing. I make good cakes so I should be able to ice them. Not yet started as no birthdays until August but I am planning two for my friend and for my sister then. COMPLETE for the moment
  26. I am planning to get a bike. There is some tax deductible scheme at work whereby you can pay for a bike form your pre tax salary and safe 40%. UM,NOT QUITE I keep forgetting or the shop is shut.
  27. Went for a walk around the park at lunch today with my mate Paul. we booked it into our diaries to do it every Monday lunchtime. COMPLETE but ongoing
  28. Re-organise conservatory to make better use of space - Before end of June but after Fahed goes to visit his family. He can;t cope with the trauma of change.
  29. Make sure I attend weekly singing group at work - COMPLETE by ongoing, good fun.
  30. Clear a debt - will be done by end of June COMPLETE

27 OUT OF 30. I am happy with a 90% success rate. Maybe I should consider doing it all over again July

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Saturday to do list


  1. I haven't had one of these for a while and I get a lot, lot more done when I do so here goes: Wash sitting room wall (Someone spilt a drink of, i guess, water. I shows form some angels and not others but today i will get it out and get rid of it)
  2. Toucher up sitting room ceiling with white paint after a small leak which has now dried out.
  3. 4 loads of laundry - all to be washed, dried on the line and out away
  4. Soak Jamals denim jacket,, which he never wears as it is too hard and crunchy, in a conditioner solution for a few days.
  5. Envelope and post Jamals birth cert
  6. Grocery shopping
  7. take all remaining tools to the shed
  8. Sort out front garden (been on th elist for weeks)
  9. Clear and sweep patio
  10. Put glass bottles of water upside down into the herb pots (forget to wate rthe? me? as if)
  11. Finish all upstairs woodwork painting
  12. Vacuum kitchen
  13. Vacuum sitting room
  14. Vacuum hall stairs and landing
  15. Vacuum bedrooms
  16. Buy a reel of purple cotton (meding)
  17. Cook a peice of topside and make a small potato salad to take on the Monday picnic
  18. Look in Ikea for 2 large bins and 2 large laundry baskets for my eternally untidy brats.
  19. And a towel rail so that Ahdel can hang up his wet kit over night
  20. Remove nets in the sitting room. They are only half length and they probably do give us a bit of privacy but all the same,, not keen.
Wish me luck

Friday, 28 June 2013

Another week swooshes by

at a million miles per hour. This week we are in week three of having no landline. We also had two power cuts this week. Oh, and I cant get mobile phone coverage on my house so we are effectively cut of from contact. So no power and no phone.. Do we live in the outback, maybe the wilds of Mongolia. Nope, we live near Winchester, the ancient capital of Britain where there has been a city for over 1000 years, and still we have no bloody electricity. So i think I missed out on any blogs beginning with a letter early in the alphabet. But now I have found Cathy again too. I don't know who else is missing though as Google reader has gone :( Fahed is still away visiting family so I am planning an active weekend.. Not one of fun though! He hates the smell of paint and it makes him rather ill so I am going to get all of my odd and ends of painting finished (hopefully). Also some garden work, especially the front (looks awful). Checking out the bike shop, some grocery shopping. All fun, fun, fun (well, sort of) I seem to be having a happy attack! And what is also weird is that this posting has paragraophs in Blogger but they disappear when I post, whic makes it look very much like I am writing in a terrific hurry, which I am not!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Old Reader - make sure you do it right!

So I moved all my blog subscriptions to a new reader, the old reader, which I like very much. After a few days i thought that its funny that I haven't had an update from Moyra lately, then i got an update via Facebook and realised that subscription had dropped off. The this evening I noticed Daizy was missing. Then Froogs was gone... I have obviously re-added everyone but not sure who else I have lost. If you change reader using export import functionality then do be careful you don't ditch all of your favourites, like I did.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Works well under pressure

My mending basket had got too full to actually carry around up until yesterday. Finally I could avoid no more. There were two pairs of Fahed's trousers to be hemmed & two pairs of jiggers to be mended/hemmed. All had to be done ready for packing.
All went well so I also fixed the sleeves on a silky top which we weird and puffy (no more!).  Then I mended two pairs of my own jeans which were in the basket so long I had actually forgotten I had them. Next a pair of Ahdel work trousers. And nothing went wrong, as it so often does, withy lack of about combined with my mums ancient sewing machine. 
Just started to pin the arms on a dress (mail order and looked weird without sleeves- somehow I found matching fabric, yaay) and we ran out of time. I really left it to the very last moment. Silly but I whipped the ought it and nothing went wrong so I guess it suits me to work under some time constraints.

And when we get back dropping Fahed at the airport I am going to do those sleeves even though I don't need the dress until December :)  

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Good alternative for Google Reader

I have been looking for a good alternative for google reader for a couple of months since finding out my perfect reader was being ditched (sob) Most of the possible alternatives are magazine style, which is fine if you want a paper you pick up when you want it. Not at all what I want. I like a readable list which lets me know where I am & what i have read and what not. I have been trying out Feedly for the last few weeks. Its fine but I get confused about rad and unread and end up losing the plot. Today I discovered The Old Reader. It is exactly what I wanted, a old style google reader. Suits me, so hopefully it stays around. thoroughly recommended.

2 1/2 weeks

Fahed is off to visit his family tomorrow/ 2.5 weeks of just me and the boys (who are men, not boys, so I am safely home alone). As I have mentioned before Fahed is a little bit in the aspergers area, so change is not appreciated. Before & after his holiday he is very unsettled anyway so I also use his time away to make any major changes I want to around the house. Hey, he is going to be grizzly anyway so I might as well use it. This time his sofa is going. It is old and tired. We have two sofas in the conservatory so one of those is coming in to the sitting room. Then we re-arrange that rest of that room to make it better for Ahdel and his music stuff (guitars, amps and all sorts are everywhere), but I also get a quiet reading area. The new sofa will be better for Fahed as it is more comfortable and better quality but all the same, it is change. He does know about this but I wont be reminding him again as it might get veto'd in the tense days before travel. I have also made myself a massive task list to complete during this time, mostly painting, varnishing and a bit more de-cluttering. I like to be kept busy but am also setting aside some creative time. I rather like the freedom of 2.5 weeks without having to worry about change,timings and all the rest but I am happy to get back to normal at the end of it. Cant add photos again - sigh

Friday, 21 June 2013

Food Waste Friday

This is new to me. I am not a waster by nature it helps to be accountable.

This week is my first week and hopefully my worse ever week as I chose to have a bit of a sort out in the pantry, fridge and freezer. Oh, the guilt.

4 freshly frozen sardines - I bought a load and ate half.. They are too small to gut and I cant be happy with the idea of eating them un-gutted

4 instant 'burger in a bun' things which I bought for my son ahead of our holiday - one son can cook but the other one would starve in front of an open fridge. These were too awful even for him so after three months I have accepted they need to go.

2 frozen gluten free crumpets - they were horrid and Fahed would prefer no crumpets to them crumpets..

2 manky bananas - one frozen and one fresh. Couldn't work out how to peel the frozen one and the fresh one just got missed.





FoodWasteFriday

Thursday, 20 June 2013

30 ways in 30 days mid term update

  1. Learn to ebay more successfully - My friend Margret is showing me the way to go. Selling much better and making some cash! - COMPLETE
  2. Make an effort to actually put into practice what I have learned (5 items a week minimum until the house is empty!)Five items finishing this week again. - COMPLETE but also ongoing
  3. Attend as much of Ahdel's bands gig as possible Tickets booked for next gig 23rd July - COMPLETE but also ongoing
  4. Make an effort to socialise with a friend at least once a week, doesn't need to be 'out' but does need to be fun Went out Saturday to a free gig in the park and visited family and then visited another friend on Sunday. Go me! - COMPLETE but also ongoing
  5. Organise my ebay packing/posting centre so that I am not always late and always putting too much postage on to packages because I don't have time to do it properly. Done - made myself a little folder of tape, paper, plastic packaging bags, stamps,pens etc which goes in my Ebay basket.- COMPLETE
  6. Re-visit utility costs and see about changing changed to Sainsbury Utilities - COMPLETE
  7. Find 8 new one to one students for Fahed COMPLETE
  8. Book Ahdel on a (very expensive) course to improve his swimming teaching qualifications Have to book on or by 7th June. Bye bye £395 COMPLETE (course starts tomorrow)
  9. Re-visit all insurances, cars and home,to see if they are still competitive and when they can be changed without penalty. All in October/November -- As COMPLETE as can be until October.
  10. Set up printer with the desktop computer FAIL - must try harder this week
  11. Find out when all of the mobile phone contracts expire so that we can FAIL - must try harder this week
  12. Get a new Tesco club card - the petrol station that I go to is Tesco Express, although not their fuel unfortunately so I might as well get points on anything else I buy whilst I am there Ordered & arrived. Plus the Esso station has started giving Tesco points on fuel so I have given a card to the other car owners in the family too COMPLETE
  13. Sign up for weekly emails telling me the cheapest local fuel station Done and it is quite a surprise COMPLETE
  14. Find details of nectar account and where you can get points Ensure I am signed up to get my nectar points on ebay. Sorted. And i have enough points for half of a dress that I like in Sainsbury's shop. I am going to get that dress and I am getting it for nothing.....somehow COMPLETE
  15. Visit Quidco and see if I am missing anything there Opened a new bank account for Fahed and got £50 COMPLETE
  16. Spend more time in the garden. Its fun and enjoyable and sometimes the housework can just wait its turn. I am doing this so COMPLETE but ongoing
  17. Spend more time with Fahed. We work at different times and so its not always easy but we could try harder. FAIL - COMPLETE but ever ongoing. We went out to lunch and a couples of wanders together.
  18. Find some new series to watch on TV. I think we might be a bit weird as TV viewers as a family. The TV is only on when being actively watched, not just to make noise. When we are watching something which we often do all together, then we don't talk except as we fast forward through the ads or if there is something in the programme to discuss. When someone leaves the room, we pause the TV until they come back. Are we weird?? Discuss  Trying Sherlock, Perception and Grimm - (any more is too much - I dont have a lot of spare time for TV so 5 x 1 hour programs is about my upper limit) COMPLETE 
  19. Make up a calendar of annual renewals so that I know when to start investigating utilities, insurances etc. And why not put birthdays etc on the same calendar as they don't exactly change year on year. Not yet complete but I have started a book and log of everything. UM, NOT QUITE
  20. Make up a list of outstanding jobs on a room by room basis: hopefully it is less daunting than just thinking everything needs doing in every room! Get cracking! Ahdel mended a scratch in the bath. Small stuff but a start.Not made the list yet but actual work is progressing well
  21. My birthday on Saturday and I am going out with my best friend for the day. If it doesn't rain we are going to a free music event in a park in the town, with a picnic and some wine :). I am glad of this as Fahed has a course all day learning about integrating swimming lessons for the disabled into mainstream lessons. Cant really miss it but I didn't want to be home alone on my birthday. COMPLETE - It was great and we took a picnic and wine and an amazing cake with me on it, which she kindly carried all the way from the island for a surprise for me.
  22. Family birthday treat is a meal cooked by Fahed on Sunday night. Hopefully a nice video as well.COMPLETE and a very enjoyable family evening it was too
  23. My friend had the same new years resolution as me - more fun in her life but the economical sort. So we are looking at other fun things to do. Next thing is Shakespeare at the Globe but on the Island. Something good to look forward to. COMPLETE but ongoing
  24. I have found someone who wants my jewellery findings and she is very nice so happy that they have a nice new home to go to COMPLETE
  25. I am going to learn to ice cakes, either from youtube or night classes or just by mucking around with icing. I make good cakes so I should be able to ice them. Not yet started as no birthdays until August but I am planning two for my friend and for my sister then.
  26. I am planning to get a bike. There is some tax deductible scheme at work whereby you can pay for a bike form your pre tax salary and safe 40%. I am looking into it & hope to visit bike shop tomorrow.
  27. Went for a walk around the park at lunch today with my mate Paul. we booked it into our diaries to do it every Monday lunchtime. COMPLETE but ongoing
  28. Re-organise conservatory to make better use of space - Before end of June but after Fahed goes to visit his family. He can;t cope with the trauma of change.
  29. Make sure I attend weekly singing group at work - COMPLETE by ongoing, good fun.
  30. Clear a debt - will be done by end of June :)
I am really happy with how much progress I am making. Maybe I should do this every month.

Friday, 14 June 2013

I did it!

Chopped up three credit cards - we have no emergency access to debt now. Nervous, moi?  No, well yes, not much, it will be fine. It felt kind of liberating. Kind of.

Now kill of all debt and rebuild emergency fund.
I am also stashing away savings so that we can help my dear brother in law start a new business after the war in Syria. It gives Fahed something positive to focus on and the family will need all the help that they can get when it over (it will be over at some point, won't it?).
Last thing - savings fund for Crete house. Next year a big visit with lots of expense, like starting to rebuild the old house. We never run out of things to fix but its all good.

Positive, positive, positive, thats how it works.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Getting serious

I have made a plan (snowball spreadsheet stylee) to clear up the last of our debt. We borrowed some non mortgage debt to pay the last stage payment on the house in Crete, due to a few changes in exchange rate.  So to kick off the next stage in our financial evolution I am chopping up my credit cards. I have three but in about five minutes I will have none. Chop and go.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Udate Day 10 (1//3 through)



  1. Learn to ebay more successfully - My friend Margret is showing me the way to go. Selling much better and making some cash! - COMPLETE
  2. Make an effort to actually put into practice what I have learned (5 items a week minimum until the house is empty!)Five items finishing this week again. - COMPLETE but also ongoing
  3. Attend as much of Ahdel's bands gig as possible Tickets booked for next gig 23rd July - COMPLETE but also ongoing
  4. Make an effort to socialise with a friend at least once a week, doesn't need to be 'out' but does need to be fun Went out Saturday to a free gig in the park and visited family and then visited another friend on Sunday. Go me! - COMPLETE but also ongoing
  5. Organise my ebay packing/posting centre so that I am not always late and always putting too much postage on to packages because I don't have time to do it properly. Done - made myself a little folder of tape, paper, plastic packaging bags, stamps,pens etc which goes in my Ebay basket.- COMPLETE
  6. Re-visit utility costs and see about changing changed to Sainsbury Utilities - COMPLETE
  7. Find 8 new one to one students for Fahed Found 4 possibles so far
  8. Book Ahdel on a (very expensive) course to improve his swimming teaching qualifications Have to book on or by 7th June. Bye bye £395
  9. Re-visit all insurances, cars and home,to see if they are still competitive and when they can be changed without penalty. All in October/November -- As COMPLETE as can be until October.
  10. Set up printer with the desktop computer FAIL - must try harder this week
  11. Find out when all of the mobile phone contracts expire so that we can FAIL - must try harder this week
  12. Get a new Tesco club card - the petrol station that I go to is Tesco Express, although not their fuel unfortunately so I might as well get points on anything else I buy whilst I am there Ordered & arrived. Plus the Esso station has started giving Tesco points on fuel so I have given a card to the other car owners in the family too COMPLETE
  13. Sign up for weekly emails telling me the cheapest local fuel station Done and it is quite a suprise COMPLETE
  14. Find details of nectar account and where you can get points Ensure I am signed up to get my nectar points on ebay. Sorted. And i have enough points for half of a dress that I like in Sainsbury's shop. I am going to get that dress and I am getting it for nothing.....somehow COMPLETE
  15. Visit Quidco and see if I am missing anything there Opened a new bank account for Fahed and got £50 COMPLETE
  16. Spend more time in the garden. Its fun and enjoyable and sometimes the housework can just wait its turn. I am doing this so COMPLETE but ongoing
  17. Spend more time with Fahed. We work at different times and so its not always easy but we could try harder. FAIL - need to try harder still
  18. Find some new series to watch on TV. I think we might be a bit weird as TV viewers as a family. The TV is only on when being actively watched, not just to make noise. When we are watching something which we often do all together, then we don't talk except as we fast forward through the ads or if there is something in the programme to discuss. When someone leaves the room, we pause the TV until they come back. Are we weird?? Discuss  Trying Sherlock, Perception and Grimm - COMPLETE (any more is too much - I dont have a lot of spare time for TV so 5 x 1 hour programs is about my upper limit)
  19. Make up a calendar of annual renewals so that I know when to start investigating utilities, insurances etc. And why not put birthdays etc on the same calendar as they don't exactly change year on year. Not yet complete but I have started a book and log of everything.
  20. Make up a list of outstanding jobs on a room by room basis: hopefully it is less daunting than just thinking everything needs doing in every room! Get cracking! Ahdel mended a scratch in the bath. Small stuff but a start.Not made the list yet but actual work is progressing well
  21. My birthday on Saturday and I am going out with my best friend for the day. If it doesn't rain we are going to a free music event in a park in the town, with a picnic and some wine :). I am glad of this as Fahed has a course all day learning about integrating swimming lessons for the disabled into mainstream lessons. Cant really miss it but I didn't want to be home alone on my birthday. COMPLETE - It was great and we took a picnic and wine and an amazing cake with me on it, which she kindly carried all the way from the island for a surprise for me.
  22. Family birthday treat is a meal cooked by Fahed on Sunday night. Hopefully a nice video as well.COMPLETE and a very enjoyable family evening it was too
  23. My friend had the same new years resolution as me - more fun in her life but the economical sort. So we are looking at other fun things to do. Next thing is Shakespeare at the Globe but on the Island. Something good to look forward to. COMPLETE but ongoing
  24. I have found someone who wants my jewellery findings and she is very nice so happy that they have a nice new home to go to COMPLETE
  25. I am going to learn to ice cakes, either from youtube or night classes or just by mucking around with icing. I make good cakes so I should be able to ice them. Not yet started
  26. I am planning to get a bike. There is some tax deductible scheme at work whereby you can pay for a bike form your pre tax salary and safe 40%. I am looking into it.
  27. Went for a walk around the park at lunch today with my mate Paul. we booked it into our diaries to do it every Monday lunchtime.Started
  28. Three more things to add

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Update for day 6




  1. Learn to ebay more successfully - My friend Margret is showing me the way to go. This week a dress sold for £19.51, my stuff usually sells for less than a fiver
  2. Make an effort to actually put into practice what I have learned (5 items a week minimum until the house is empty!)Five items finishing this week
  3. Attend as much of Ahdel's bands gig as possible Tickets booked for Wednesday 5th June (missed as Fahed was in hospital)
  4. Make an effort to socialise with a friend at least once a week, doesnt need to be 'out' but does need to be fun I cant do this until weekends really but will try
  5. Organise my ebay packing/posting centre so that I am not always late and always putting too much postage on to packages because I dont have time to do it properly
  6. Re-visit utility costs and see about changing changed to Sainsbury Utilities
  7. Find 8 new one to one students for Fahed Found 4 possibles so far
  8. Book Ahdel on a (very expensive) course to improve his swimming teaching qualifications Have to book on or by 7th June. Bye bye £395
  9. Re-visit all insurances, cars and home,, to see if they are still competitive and when they can be changed without penalty. All in October/November
  10. Set up printer with the desktop computer
  11. Find out when all of the mobile phone contracts expire so that we can 
  12. Get a new Tesco club card - the petrol station that I go to is Tesco Express, although not their fuel unfortunately so I might as well get points on anything else I buy whilst I am there Ordered & arrived. Plus the Esso station has started giving Tesco points on fuel so I have given a card to the other car owners in the family too
  13. Sign up for weekly emails telling me the cheapest local fuel station Done and it is quite a suprise
  14. Find details of nectar account and where you can get points Ensure I am signed up to get my nectar points on ebay. Sorted. And i have enough points for half of a dress that I like in Sainsbury's shop. I am going to get that dress and I am getting ti for nothing.....somehow
  15. Visit Quidco and see if I am missing anything there Opened a new bank account for Fahed and got £50
  16. Spend more time in the garden. Its fun and enjoyable and sometimes the housework can just wait its turn
  17. Spend more time with Fahed. We work at different times and so its not always easy but we could try harder.
  18. Find some new series to watch on TV. I think we might be a bit weird as TV viewers as a family. The TV is only on when being actively watched, not just to make noise. When we are watching something which we often do all together, then we don't talk except as we fast forward through the ads or if there is something in the programme to discuss. When someone leaves the room, we pause the TV until they come back. Are we weird?? Discuss  Trying Sherlock, Perception and Grimm
  19. Make up a calendar of annual renewals so that I know when to start investigating utilities, insurances etc. And why not put birthdays etc on the same calendar as they don't exactly change year on year.
  20. Make up a list of outstanding jobs on a room by room basis: hopefully it is less daunting than just thinking everything needs doing in every room! Get cracking! Ahdel mended a scratch in the bath. Small stuff but a start.
  21. My birthday on Saturday and I am going out with my best friend for the day. If it doesn't rain we are going to a free music event in a park in the town, with a picnic and some wine :). I am glad of this as Fahed has a course all day learning about integrating swimming lessons for the disabled into mainstream lessons. Cant really miss it but I didn't want to be home alone on my birthday.
  22. Family birthday treat is a meal cooked by Fahed on Sunday night. Hopefully a nice video as well.

Eight more ideas to go...........

Sunday, 2 June 2013

AH WHOOPS

My 20 ways in 20 days should have been things to make me happy rather than concentrating on money saving efficiency. Never mind, I am sure that anything which makes me more financially efficient will also make me happy, if only by leaving me more cash to do my fun things with. So as I ahve wandered from the path I might just make up my own plan and have 30 things in 30 days. That is if I can think of 30 things and remember to do it!

  1. Learn to ebay more successfully
  2. Make an effort to actually put into practice what I have learned (5 items a week minimum until the house is empty!)
  3. Attend as much of Ahdel's bands gig as possible
  4. Make an effort to socialise with a friend at least once a week, doesnt need to be 'out' but does need to be fun
  5. Organise my ebay packing/posting centre so that I am not always late and always putting too much postage on to packages because I dont have time to do it properly
  6. Re-visit utility costs and see about changing
  7. Find 8 new one to one students for Fahed
  8. Book Ahdel on a (very expensive) course to improve his swimming teaching qualifications 
  9. Re-visit all insurances, cars and home,, to see if they are still competitive and when they can be changed without penalty.
  10. Set up printer with the desktop computer
  11. Find out when all of the mobile phone contracts expire so that we can 
  12. Get a new Tesco club card - the petrol station that I go to is Tesco Express, although not their fuel unfortunately so I might as well get points on anything else I buy whilst I am there
  13. Sing up for weekly emails telling me the cheapest local fuel station
  14. Find details of nectar account and where you can get points
  15. Ensure I am signed up to get my nectar points on ebay.
  16. Visit Quidco and see if I am missing anything there
  17. Spend more time in the garden. Its fun and enjoyable and sometimes the housework can just wait its turn
  18. Spend more time with Fahed. We work at different times and so its not always easy but we could try harder.
  19. Find some new series to watch on TV. I think we might be a bit weird as TV viewers as a family. The TV is only on when being actively watched, not just to make noise. When we are watching something which we often do all together, then we don't talk except as we fast forward through the ads or if there is something in the programme to discuss. When someone leaves the room, we pause the TV until they come back. Are we weird?? Discuss
  20. Make up a calendar of annual renewals so that I know when to start investigating utilities, insurances etc. And why not put birthdays etc on the same calendar as they don't exactly change year on year.
  21. Make up a list of outstanding jobs on a room by room basis: hopefully it is less daunting than just thinking everything needs doing in every room! Get cracking!


Nine more required.
As it is the second today I need to do at least two to catch up on myself.

Summer Rain

The middle of summer on the sunny south coast of England, and the rain is falling heavily enough to keep us indoors again. We were hoping to...