After sleeping on it we came to a decision and went out on Sunday morning to resolve the pot issue. Totties Nursery had the large frost resistant pot we liked but not the colour – so we drove on to Wyevale Garden Centre, they had both the pot and the colour. The ticket on the pot said £29.99 – I used my £3 off Wyevale voucher and they also accepted a £10 National garden token making the cost of the pot £16.99 ( much more in line with our new budget). In a separate transaction I bought 3 trays of pansies on offer for £10 and used my £5 voucher – a total of £5 spent. Not a bad saving although we did get absolutely soaked choosing them.
All I need to do now is to fill the pot with compost and add the plants – I cannot decide between the pansies or cyclamens for the new pot. I will need to sleep on it!
Today it has been really damp and cold here. I brought the washing in after lunch as it really wasn’t drying in the damp air but DH managed to soldier on moving paving slabs around outside ready to dig out to lay the concrete. He is groaning with a little back ache tonight – so maybe I will be on the washing up.
After writing a meal plan and shopping list most of the day has been spent dealing with paperwork – bits and pieces of loose ends. I feel a bit swamped with piles of paper and I must get rid of a lot of it – there is no easy way to file and remember some of the articles I have torn out of magazines in case they might be useful so I have decided it has to go.
I spent a few minutes cutting the fronts off a pile of old birthday cards – some I keep to turn into tags and the rest I will take to the Welcome Centre where some lovely dedicated ladies will make them into new cards to resell. The back of the card goes into the recycling.
I have also spent an hour perhaps two going through emails and deleting what I can – I now have an inbox of none but I am sure it will fill up again soon. The plan is to check them every morning when I do my financial checks and receipts which I am happy to report are completely up to date. The system of 10 minutes each morning is working well so I will add on another 10 minutes to deal with the emails and see how it goes.
I have chosen Monday as my weekly shop day but after going to Sainsburys during the daytime recently and finding it far too busy I have reverted to going at about 5.30pm as I did when I was working. It is not crowded at all at this time and although it is about 7.30pm when I get home I don’t mind as we can have a quick and easy tea – in fact I will make some soup at lunchtime next Monday to eat with a fresh roll when we get in.
In Sainsburys this week I bought a pack of Sainsburys own Little Ones eco baby wipes – I noticed the pack seemed smaller so once back at home I checked it against the one I have almost finished and I was right. Instead of 72 wipes there are now only 64 and the packet is smaller in length too. Another product that has become a victim of shrinkation. On the good side the Sainsbury’s own Pizza we bought for tea is now on a cardboard tray rather than a polystyrene one – so thumbs up to Sainsburys.
Tomorrow I thought I might make soup – I have some leeks and potatoes to use up in a Leek and Potato soup and I bought a reduced pack of tomatoes and some Romano red peppers to try out a new recipe for Tomato soup and I might make some Parmesan crisps to go with it.
So bit by bit I am carving out a new routine and setting up some better systems as well as clearing out old unwanted items. I have generated quite a shredding pile now and this will have to be another task that I do a few at a time so I don’t overheat the shredder.
Back soon x