Saturday, 27 August 2016

I am not grumbling, honestly I am not

So Fahed went back to work almost 4 weeks after his knee operation. Now his knee is massively swollen and the doctor is talking about problems with blood clots and signed him off for another 4 weeks. Which takes us up to our Crete time, so its 8 weeks until he can work again. The famous zero hours contract status of swimming teachers means we are lucky if they manage to sort out SSP so lucky for us we have a freezer full of food!

Obviously I didnt like the role of nurse so last night I opened the fridge door on my toe and bent the toenail over backwards. Blood everywhere. My lovely husband had to limp over and get me and sit me down, as I felt I was going to faint (and flick the nail back into position) even though he can barely move.

So am back in list mode to try to take control of the uncontrollable situation!

Its bank holiday weekend here so we have three days off which sounds lovely until you consider: Three days off and Fahed cant bend his leg or stand up, so we cant do DIY or garden work. Sitting in the car is painful so no trips tot he seaside or the forest, and anyway he cant walk when he gets there.
And he has pretty much tidied (emptied!) every drawer and cupboard in the house in the last four weeks of looking to keep busy anyway.

So the list:

Buy tile cutter blades for Crete
Take a bag of books to friends daughter for her 'library'
Clear the things which need mending on the dinner table
Finish laundry and put it all away
Collect parcel from the delivery place
Take Jamal to town to get a new part for his phone (lent him an old iphone as his phone is dying but the sim tray is missing)
Sort out Faheds sick certificates and get them into work
Buy some Wellman and metatone for my poorly other son.
Buy black fabric dye and see if i can save a top which i spilt bleach on
Get 2 more usb/mains plus for kindle and fitbit
Sew a load of tops to make them smaller. No new clothes until more weight has gone :)

That'll do for today

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Moving on

Okay. I am over the whole pension thing, other than perhaps for the odd grouch. Instead I am going to think about what I will do if I decide to do something completely different for a few years.

Plans for rest of this year.

Post holiday - re-schedule my mortgage to shorten the remaining years
Have a proper think about what I could do if I didn't want to carry on with my current career.
Make plans for the holiday
Another post holiday plan includes a service and general overhaul for both cars
Carry on with my weight loss (very happy with it right now)
More dancing. My lovely Bollywood plus Salsa and maybe I can fit in some West Coast Swing.
More travel. Definitely need more travel.

And arent the Olympics exciting. I cant believe how well we are doing. Such a small country in second place. Very inspiring.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

One last moan about Brexit

This is a really selfish one too. I am sorry but just this once. I put a ton of money every month into my pension. So now with the economy in decline once again, as we basically all knew would happen, there is a massive deficit on my pension. Basically the investments made by the pension provider are now reduced in value so it appears that they don't have enough to pay us. As we adjust to being outside of Europe and forge new trade deals etc then this probably improves but that'll be too late for me. The board members at my work want to suspend the scheme. That means that my pension will be frozen until i retire but that I cant add more over the coming years.  In the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter but I have really scrimped and saved to ensure I am not a financial nuisance to anyone when I get old.

I have only heard this today so no doubt i will get used to the idea and it might even make me re plan my future so who knows. Might as well retire sooner but have to find some new income ideas.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Mini library

So in the spirit of concentrating on the nice things I have been trying to part with some books. Its hard but I have sorted out a bag full. But there is a plan for them. My friends daughter has a very good heart, as well as pink dreads and a blind dog (as only the best people have) and now a library in her garden!. The have painted a water tight cupboard and are allowing people to take books and add books. Lovely idea. I think she said about also doing something similar with food. But anyway, in the meantime my books are going to their own mini library to bring the pleasure of books to some new people.

Also I read this today (or something very similar)

When you see a stranger reading a book which you love, its like having a personal introduction to that person, by the book.