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Home Comforts

What a week! It's been one of the most stressful weeks in living memory for our household and I confess I have hardly cooked a thing, I can't really remember what we've eaten but I know I haven't cooked any of it. I vaguely remember when I did cook, and here's what we ate earlier this month

I made a huge shepherdess pie, we ended up eating it three times. I know eating the same thing multiple times would be too much for some people, but I really don't mind, it's something I've picked up from Dan who isn't bothered as long as there's something hot to eat at night. 

Life wouldn't be the same without noodles so we had  Red Thai curry with tofu. 

Dan made some flatbread fold over things and we enjoyed them with some shawarma, roast veg and a big blob of houmous.

We had planned to finally decorate the bathroom and have a fry up as a treat, not much decorating has taken place but we had a mini fry up anyway!

The light was really weird so everything loo…

Hi Ho Silver Lining

Today we were supposed to be heading off to Wolverhampton to watch Burnley, however events have conspired against us and we haven't made the trip. It's a bit of a rubbish end to a very turbulent week, one I will be more than happy to see come to an end. 

To take our mind off things we decided to have a tidy up. Long story short, another 21 books have been decluttered. 

A few of these only narrowly made the cut last time, but in order to fit everything on the shelf we'd allocated some more had to go - from now on books are on a strict one in-one out policy. The biggest boost is that although it still looks messy, the sideboard is almost half empty now. There are still envelopes in there that I've owned since the 90's but the amount of general junk is still reducing. 

We also got rid of a box file and an ornament. 

More Things From Cupboards

After my bold claims of not needing to rid the kitchen of any more clutter I found a few things in the utensil drawer. 

Here's how the drawer looked last November after the last round of pruning

Here we are today

My parents are having a new kitchen and they silenced the designer when they were offered the option of pan drawers my mum announced she only owns two pans! It made me think I have a lot, but I do like and use them all, although I am eyeing the griddle pan with suspicion. Finally I decided to donate a herb chopper. My parents bought some new knives and received the chopper as a free gift, they passed it on to me as they don't want it. I don't want it either. 

Over the weekend we sorted out more books and other assorted things

Last night Dan suggested we take a look at the board games, we don't play games all that often so it seems like an obvious thing to do, but I love the design of them so much I find it hard, but I don't think I got rid of any when I found D…

Don't Make Me Enjoy Myself

I don't like to go on holiday, it's quite easy for me not to go away because it's just not something I've ever done. When I was little we went to the same campsite every year doing the same things and they provide incredibly happy memories for me. But then holidays stopped, when I was a young adult I never had the money to go away, then later I was working during holiday periods so it wasn't possible. People find it staggering that I've never had a holiday with my friends and that I haven't left the UK since the 1990s.

But you just make the most of things, not missing what you've never had and all that kind of thing. Dan would love to go away and I know he has plans to get me somewhere by dangling the carrot of train travel when the time comes.
Occasionally when we have a day out I think it might be nice to be able to have an overnight stay, but when I really think about it what I actually want is to go to sleep, and not have to do the washing up. 
Anyone …

Weekend At Home

Thankfully lack of funds had forced the decision to stay at home this weekend, rubbishy weather made us very happy about it. 

I finally said goodbye to the wool coat and fancy shoes I'd decided to part with a couple of weeks ago. It had not been my intention to donate them this weekend but I couldn't find my umbrella and had just had it with the bags of stuff waiting to go to the right place. We drove to Lytham and dropped everything off at the same shop. Done. It was a bit of an emotional moment truth be told, but the things are gone and I don't have to think about them again. The manager of the charity shop was also very pleasant which made me feel better. 

It also inspired me to have another wardrobe prune when we got home. So far I have ditched two dresses and a skirt. One of the dresses was on borrowed time as I'd made a deal with myself that I either wore it for a party during the December festival or it had to go. My mind was made up when I tried on a skirt that l…

I Must Have Been Bored

Somehow, and I can't remember how it happened, I've seen a few clean along videos on YouTube. Yesterday I found myself up a reasonably rickety step ladder cleaning on top of the kitchen cupboards. Unsurprisingly they were dusty as the last time I remember doing this task was around four years ago, although it probably has happened since.

Then in that way that happens when there's already a bucket of soapy water available I cleaned out the other cupboards, and even after our recent decluttering there were a few things to remove. 

The dishes had chips around the rim so they had to go, the three side plates are going to the garage to use as crock, the rest is just assorted stuff from the drawers, including some furniture protector pads that just weren't very heavy duty.

Now I have lots of space! It's slightly annoying that the jug has to live where it does but the top shelf is too high to fit and I couldn't get the whatever-they're-called out to move the shelf. 


No Apologies

I have seen posts popping up all over the place about making no apologies for just living life and thought it was a good idea, then it came home to me yesterday. A regular customer was chatting to me and I mentioned that I'd met a friend for a meal then we'd been to a pub. 

"Oh, you're a drinker are you" they said. "Is your boyfriend a drinker too?"

And I started to explain myself. Then I wondered why I was explaining myself to this near stranger. Also the phrase a drinker has connotations doesn't it, suggests a bit of a problem*. This is something I keep spotting, people dressing up judgement as concern. 

The more we chatted the more annoyed I became and by the end of the conversation I had decided to not apologise, take up my space, and not to justify myself to people who have no role in my life anyway.

It made be cross as you can tell.  

*I am overly fond of crisps.

In The Window

The window theme for this week was "you say it's Autumn, for me it's still summer".

Lots of Autumnal colours but with a injection of zest!

Another work week over and done with.

Plan, Plan, Plan

The roofing bloke came to see me on Thursday and we are penciled in for the start of next month, to our relief and extreme gratitude my mum offered us some money towards the cost, so although it's still going to be a squeeze for us it's now a bill we will be able to pay by the time the bill arrives.

For my part I've been planning household things to stretch the budget and I have lists galore, including a menu plan and very strict shopping list. I had been questioning the value of taking food with us to the football but then I saw one of my favourite bakeries was offering scones for £1 each, a packed lunch felt like a far better option after that! The plan this month is part pantry clear out, even though everyone else seems to be prepping for Brexit shortages, and part just good old cooking at home with lots of planned leftovers.

Here's the menu plan for September - 

1. my parents brought some soup, which was delicious. Also my father has bought himself a student vegetaria…