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Thursday, 23 November 2017

And Then

I have noticed that i tend to get more viewers the more miserable my life becomes , is that because of the Eastenders effect? The more miserable life is the better it makes you feel about yours ? I do wonder , but then again some of you been visiting for years and are a wonderful supportive bunch .
Things have took a grim turn yet again , wage slip due to illness this month wont cover the cost of running the business . So income zero for both of us and its xmas , im glad we dont celebrate except for a turkey dinner , which is languishing in the freezer , its going to be fully frozen this year and all i will need is a bit of fresh veg .
Im expecting the bank to shut down the business in the next 30 days , ive broken my agreement by not earning enough ..ho hum ...plus there was the news that the DWP have finally clarified the rules for self employment and universal credit , you must work at least 35 hours and have an income after expenses of at least £1700 and something a month , something ive not achieved since Mr Bah Humbug took a turn for the worse , if i was getting Carers Allowance I would have to work 24 hours a week on top , so theyre saying i must care 35 hours a week and also work 24 hours a week , so you must work 59 hours a week to qualify for any help at all????  Plus theres the fact that I work far more than 35 hours a week caring , im up 3 to 4 times a night at the moment , with his endless nosebleeds and toilet trips and helping him back into bed after he falls out and being punched and kicked over and over , one of the things your not supposed to mention if youre a carer,  im struggling to fit work around the Drs and Hospital appointments and it looks as if im going to have plenty of my own shortly .
Then to make matters even more fun , we had a really odd council surveyor turn up peering through our windows , strange bloke a bit like Jacob Rees Moggs younger brother . But it would seem that he had been sent to investigate the "claims" that we dont have double glazing ..lol  I explained the whole sorry tale about how none of the houses in this street that were council houses had double glazing and that the council actually accused us of stealing and selling the double glazing , he looked at me gone out until my next door neighbour come out and had a go about it, they have lived here through the whole fiasco , the council paid for double glazing and the fitters put in single upvc windows about 15 years ago and somebody at the council signed them off as double , when this was finally admitted 5 years ago, they promptly fitted double glazing in the 2 pensioner properties and left our 4 houses with the single glazing . Now the problem is that the new folks over the road have a premature baby whos stuck in hospital because there home isnt up to Letable home standard which states they must have double glazing in when a tenancy is granted , I was already aware of this because im an evil old gossip but the man from the council says they can only fit new windows every 30 years and they dont get any more money from central government for refits . Unless theyre vulnerable tenants , I pointed out my partner and the fact that my neighbour collects her pension in February , so hes off back to see what he can do , but being a surveyor he had a good root round and was suitably appalled at some of the so called repairs that have been done and the fact that a lot of the repairs that have been signed off have never been done . So we have them coming to do the gutters and roof repairs that they have signed off as been done  on all the houses tomorrow , under the actual councils supervision , the painting up outside that has been signed off twice is going to be done in the spring , we have a meeting about the heating tomorrow , should be a laugh as we have none due to lack of funds.
The one he really liked was the window they had fitted kitchen cupboards over the top of without removing and bricking it up .....have fun folks

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Poverty Plans

Today we shall discuss the coming of the Apocalypse ...aka ...Universal Credit , we are fortunate that its not scheduled till next July here , the first big push starts at the end of the month in a lot of areas .
Never in the history of mankind has a good idea been so badly organised , when it was first announced there was supposed to be huge cost savings by combining all the benefits together , quite a good idea .  Then the Tory Party gave the job to various cronies and American companies and it has turned into a witch hunt on the poorest and most vulnerable .
Number 1
The Housing Benefit scandal
they are no longer going to pay peoples rent direct to the landlord , already every to let sign going up has  No DSS on it , this should be shut down hard , its discrimination the like of which hasnt been seen since the 70s , the good old days of landlords evicting people because they were poor or disabled . Doubtless we will have loads of programmes to cheer up my mother along the lines of Benefits and Bailiffs because there all scroungers out there .
Number 2
The 2 child rule
You will no longer be able to claim anything extra if you have more than 2 children . Seems fair enough why would you want more kids if you cant afford them . This was supposed to only affect those who were born after a certain date . What they forgot to mention is that any change to your benefits means that those who already have more than 2 children will lose the portion of their benefits for the extra kids so thats a whole generation blighted because they are worthless .Also is it 2 kids to one mother ? or will men still just wander around breeding any old how . My mother will enjoy Benefit Breeders the new tv programme or have they not already done that one ?

Now I will get out my crystal ball and look to the future ..lol
The Government has decided that due to the single child rule each teenager must care for 10 frail elderly , while holding down a 60 hour working week at the incontinence pad factory  .  this of course is a good thing , they will inherit all the belongings and property of the elderly they care for . After 90% death duties of course .
Due to the lack of low skill labour the rich will be buying foreign staff from Amazon, thats if they can find any foreign staff who are willing to come here ..
I could go on and on and on , but instead heres a pretty knitting pattern , from the days when you could have kids ,stay at home and be a mother , cook wholesome food and be everything that the feminist sisterhood fought against


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Still Here

Ive survived my latest brush with the NHS , first day back at work yesterday , ive been working from home all week , code for making a token effort online while feeling like death, got to see the Dr next week just to keep him happy , so we will see .
Poor old Mr BH is baffled as he says . Im the one whos always ill !!!! .  Just to make matters better I had to do an urgent Tesco Online shop with what wages i had , I quickly realised this lot arent capable of any kind of budget shopping or cooking , so the freezer is full of everyday sausages , nasty pies , crap burgers etc etc , but the simple fact is that if im not here they will order takeway which at its cheapest is what i would feed the family for a week on  , then be whining at the doors of the foodbank for the next month.
The Tesco online shop went well , try putting tesco cat food into the search bar if you want a laugh , among the cat food you get Regal cigarettes and a glorious pink Barbie car?? So our cat has some strange wish list on there?
The poor old cat isnt happy with us , she was neutered courtesy of Cats Protection this week , she finally found her howl when i dropped her off then started her howl again when i took her for her check up ..lol  ..so much for the she will be sleepy for a couple of days mantra , she came home leapt out of her cat basket shot up the curtains and proceeded to hiss and spit at us all evening from on high . now she hates us all..lol
Caseworker came back from her holidays to find theres been no progress at all with anything , it would seem Mr BH has another different medical for ESA next week that we had heard nothing about , what a surprise , so she is taking him for it . I wish her luck as his walking is once again dire , his nose is bleedin constantly and they think hes popped his ribs again . This is his Fit For Work Medical...lol  He just wants to go back on his flexible learning programme at the college a couple of hours a week when hes up to it , but they wont fund it unless hes in certain criteria . Im just worried that once again they will find him fit for work , then we have the whole rigmarole of the Job Center again with its 2 disabled parking spots and nowhere else you can park for miles .  Hes unable to attend unless i go with him , if the lift isnt working he cant manage the stairs and it just turns into a whole demeaning circus for him . complete with security escorting him 12ft from the front door where they are no longer liable if he tumbles , they cant help him in any way just ring for an ambulance . 
We shall see ...............

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sick Note

Ive been excused from blogging on the ground of sickness , its been fun ,,....not
Mr Bah Humbug has had a fun week with a camera down his throat , they have found something and taken biopsies , we await with interest . We have also found that his little procedure last week has actually made one of his problems worse so hes looking at surgery and to finish him off his flu and pneumonia jab made him really grotty .
So ive spent a whole week pre payday , trying to fit work around this , with no fuel bugger all in the house to eat and no heat at all ,because we need to keep the lights on .
I actually went to the GPs and saw the new little boy GP , turns out hes an ex army medic so more on my wavelength we had a 5 minute  appointment due to the other GP keeling over at the morning surgery !!
You need to go to casualty
No chance they cant do a lot , 30 years of abdominal surgery tons of scar tissue and adhesions , digestive system runs like a sack of spanners but i manage .
Right try this , huge dose of antacids every two hours , this should stop your digestive system in its tracks take them till monday morning then ring me if youre still here . Youve no fever , no vomiting everything is coming out the other end ok  so youve not perforated , merely damaged or inpinged somewhere in there .  If you were a man you would be rolling on the floor in casualty by now . I will be amazed if your not in hospital by Monday ...Good Luck
Its Saturday morning im still here ...lol

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Caring

This week has been a weird mix of up and down , its half term and the munchkin is home and grandad and munchkin are at each others throats 24/7 , day off yesterday for hospital with Mr BH trip to Grantham , one he hadnt been to before , lovely staff , well organised clinics and one of his minor problems hopefully sorted but theyre at least willing to try again if this little treatment doesnt work . It did however prove yet again that he needs to consider getting some wheels under his arse , he managed barely with crutches yesterday , despite him being told theyre not to be used , refused a wheelchair then ended up in agony all last night and hes currently so grumpy that no one will go near him...lol 
We are fortunately having a good waterworks and bowels phase at the moment , just a few minor lapses in the scheme of things which means ive managed a few more hours at work , its amazing just how many hours a week his problems in that direction can use up . But then i find out hes not drinking so he doesnt need the toilet and i can go to work more AAARRRGGGHH  Which is dangerous in itself with his problems. Bleedin Men .
On the depressing front i bumped into an old acquaintance who complemented me on my weight loss and asked if it was Weight Watchers or Slimming World?  I think the DWP diet rather missed her , so she then went on to tell me that what i needed was some face filler just to help with the wrinkles!! It had helped with her gastric band weight loss , the gastric band has led to 10st of weight loss , but shes now unable to work because shes passing out all over the place , she doesnt see the irony in this but her husband can afford to keep her so she wont . 
Then i was sat listening to Mr BH earwigging some locals on the radio , they were doing a fine character assassination on one of their neighbours , then i realised they were talking about someone i have known for years , they were going on about benefit scrounging druggies , taking taxies everywhere etc etc , the person they were talking about had a major motor bike accident 15 years ago , he had major head injuries and his legs are a horrible ulcerated permanent mess , he suffers from major mental health problems , he has ataxia , severe manic depression that needs regular inpatient treatment and his partner is his carer and has the patience of a saint .  People sadly only see what they want to see and believe the endless benefit scrounger programmes on the telly ...ho hum 
On a plus note I would like to thank the person who handed in my purse that I had dropped outside the Foodbank , nothing missing, they wouldnt tell me who it was other than it was a client , not that there was much in it . But an honest helpful benefit scrounger and i would gladly have given them something as a reward .
Its so often those who have the least who help the most 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Thoughts For The Weekend

This week has been a string of beggers belief stories across the media . So I thought id tell a few of my own . 
What a surprise theres a petition been launched on the government website asking our current government to clarify whether they intend to bring in the shopping cards for benefit claimants and asking the question in parliament if they get enough signatures . much the same as the SNAP system in the US , surprise surprise am i turning into a bleedin prophet ....
This led to this rather interesting web page , to see what our local MP actually does get up to.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25597/caroline_johnson/sleaford_and_north_hykeham/votes

not much it would seem , do enjoy looking up your own MP im sure you will find it interesting , this lady got in with a huge Tory majority and the help of Shetland ponies and Sinclair C5s , there is no possibility of Labour ever getting in here . The only boom industry here is undertakers , our population is so aged , as fast as one Tory voter dies theyre replaced with ten more retiring here from down south . 

Planning application letters came through the door the other day , it would seem theres been a planning application for the field over the road to build 4 houses , theres not much there, just a couple of horses and on the far side a few victorian farm buildings , my objection is not that they are building there, but the field is huge and theyre only wanting to build 4 houses , so yet again we get more houses that nobody living locally can afford to buy , they say theres a shortage of homes , true. but not in the half a million bracket , its the little cheap stuff we need not more retiree palaces . 
Even better the munchkin came home with a letter from school saying they have been offered a 20 space free carpark if the village supports plans for a large housing estate on the land across the road from the school , the school needs a car park desperately , you cant get away from the fact it serves a huge rural area and the only way to get the kids there for most people is to drive .  Once again its the size of the properties that i object to , that and the fact we dont have the infrastructure , for us its a large amount of properties , our school has 84 pupils , the only shop is soon to be 5 miles away , our lights dim at peak times and the internet drops through the floor of a winters evening .

DWP... it seems a single assessor has had 18 claims turned over at tribunal level in the space of a couple of weeks , all were for terminally ill cancer patients ....beggers belief 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pull Yourself Together Wench

So in the real world i squandered the price of a bag of porridge on this to cheer myself up.

Its on my dressing table smiling at me . Good old Enoch Wedgwood , posh Josiah wedgwoods second cousin twice  removed . Cheap cheerful and colourful early twentieth century tat , export ware so quite how it ended up in a charity shop in Lincoln is beyond me , one damaged candlestick which can be a repair project but doesnt really matter because im terrified of candles anyway ..lol...theres a weird fact you didnt know about me


Then there was this bit of tat spotted in The Bridge Community Venue on Friday , they were going to chuck it in the bin because the electrics were no good and had to be removed , it took some persuasion but i managed to get them to stick it on their facebook page for £20 , but ive been threatened with finding it on my car boot if it doesnt sell...lol...its gorgeous , with the original shade , but it wouldnt survive for long in my house not with Penny the Gnome Killer and a Munchkin with a Nerf gun . Someone please go and buy it , save it from certain death at my house...lol

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Paranoid Poverty

Lost the will to post for a week im afraid , its that time of year , turn your face to the wall and try to forget winter is coming season..lol ...
No progress on the DWP front they sent us another form to fill in which is clearly wrong as none of the questions apply to us at all , we will cobble the answers together as best we can , even the caseworker says this is irrelevant to our case  , but hey ho .
I got paid this month , partly. So we squandered on paying enough of the water rates to stay out of court and getting my work phone bill payed so that i can actually work , my car has a wheel bearing going so thats the end of that vehicle shortly , just dont have the funds to repair it.  Still have the van that apparently got us into this unholy DWP mess in the first place , because we have a van we must be guilty of benefit fraud . Err no the van is over 10 years old and was Mr BHs when he was working , would you want stinky fishing gear and oily crap inside a mobility vehicle ?  
Still arguing about work with the council and there you must give up work because its making it impossible to work out your Housing Benefit mantra .  I must give up work and claim jobseekers by xmas or our half payment on the rent will cease . No wonder im losing the will to live . 
We go over to full Universal Credit in July , so im hoping the tribunal is sorted by then , hoping but not holding my breath . 
Its reassuring that we are not the only ones , apocalypse Universal Credit is going to hit big time just before xmas for millions of people , HO HO HO from the Conservative Party , theyre also toying with the idea of benefit claimants being given a prepaid card for benefits which will prevent them squandering what they are given and limit where they can shop and what they can buy , I presume this is why theyre allowing Housing Benefits to be paid direct to the claimant under Universal Credit, then as the homeless feckless families are plastered all over the Tory media they can come to the rescue with the prepaid card system , which will only allow you to shop at the Tory supporters supermarkets , just think of the captive customers they can boost their profits with . 
We are basically being sold the biggest turkey on the whole planet , we are using the poor to create wealth for the selected few , we are creating a system that is so complicated that you cant traverse it because your feckless and stupid  , so the caseworker job market will flourish . The cost of the list of basic foodstuffs they will allow you to buy will soar to increase company profits for the suppliers, so all the holier than thou "we would never allow this to happen to us " will also find theyre paying through the nose for basics . Or will there just be a separate "poor " aisle for the DWP card holders or certain hours they can shop at so as not to offend the Haves . 
I sometimes think were one step away from being barcoded to show we are poor .
This has turned into a right paranoid rant of a post , maybe i should be medicated ?  but i cant even afford a perscription ...lol 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Little Ideas

 So I think i found the ultimate competition for some of us , I still pursue the five a day rule on the competition front though ive won nothing lately , this little beut popped into my in box today but i shant be entering as our tenancy states we cant have bees chickens or livestock .

http://snip.ly/zm7jf#http://www.eatnatural.co.uk/pollenation/become-a-beekeeper

Meanwhile the rest of my inbox is filled with the usual twaddle , endless why havent you used the £2200 pound in that bank account you forgot about and claim your free bitcoins from some helpful foreigner with worse grammar than me on a Gin Day .

Now someone suggested conker washing liquid , so to that end ive been looking it up and thanks to the howling wind and the fact kids arent allowed to play conkers due to elf and safety, the munchkin picked me a whole carrier bag full in five minutes this morning waiting to go into school .

 http://wastelandrebel.com/en/make-laundry-detergent-out-of-chestnuts/

I will let you know what happens...lol

Im also going to try the five a day rule on the ebay shop , hoping to get it to a steady 30 items all the time , this slightly went askew when i nodded off and slept most of yesterday , plus people keep buying stuff and spoiling my plan ..lol.. I want to try and list as diverse a collection of stuff as possible , if i shot my pet cripple I could probably make a go of it , but its actually making me want to do something , rather than have to put up with my miserable real world job that never gets any better on the paying me front , im supposedly getting my back pay Friday ..ho ho ho


A little pattern porn from the Ebay shop 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Winter is Coming

Walking to School this Morning was a reminder that winter is on its way , blinding sunshine icy take your breath away wind , a wee bit bracing .
Today will be packing away the odds and ends of car boot stock worth keeping , rags to the charity shop , books to the 50p shelf in Tescos , door curtains must be kept out of the vast pile of curtains , they can be facebooked once the weather really turns and people realise they cant afford to run their heating all the time . Will ask our caseworker if she knows anyone who needs curtains , the church charity did give me mountains of them and most only required new header tape or the hems repairing , the ones beyond saving will be cut up for oily rags and cleaning , plus theres a pair of big blotchy heavy linen ones that might be useful for rag rug backing , the header tape off these will be recycled back onto vintage ones , people love the vintage ones but they dont tend to buy what they have to put any effort into , so thats a winter project , may also make up some big shopping bags for foodbank out of some of the truly vile 80s ones ...lol ..the joy of owning a Singer treadle is that you dont need electricity to craft !!
On the electricity front , the final post office in the area shuts in January they cant even make a living selling tourist tat as a sideline , so that will be a 10 mile round trip for electricity to the coop , but as i want to grow the ebay shop , i will have to go to civilization most days plus you get dividend points for buying electric at the Coop . Still not having a smart meter yet , awaiting generation 2 meters where you will be able to switch suppliers at will . this could make for big problems if we get bad weather ..but , ho hum cross that bridge when we get to it
And my winter project has entered the building , lots of little jobs need doing to it  but i think im in love .


If the living room wasnt such an oily man cave i would fill it with houseplants and pop it in there , for now its in the bedroom with a kitten asleep in it , alternative pet bed methinks , not bad for a £1 , even love the shabby faded hood . i think my toy and doll problem springs from never having these things as a child. I may accidentally forget to sell this...lol

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Jumble Season

Has there been any huge changes , its been a good the bad and the ugly kind of week .  On the good front Sleaford Cats Protection have received a legacy to neuter Cats , so thats one less worry , little penny is awaiting her appointment . Nobody has been able to do it before because we arent receiving the correct "benefits " the fact that we are receiving no benefits excludes us from a raft of useful things that are available . Sleaford Cat protections current Neutering offer is for anyones cat  you dont have to be poor ..

On the bad front , its another strange DWP one , we received a letter asking Mr BH to renew his sick note , rang the doctors who didnt want to see him , they would ring him when it was done .
Goes to pick the note up only to find hes fit for work again , the format has changed yet again , previously there was a third option work with support  , this is what Mr BH was in . Asked the receptionist , who said youre kidding me !  Dragged the little boy GP out of his cupboard and asked him to explain .
 Ahhh yes we had a meeting about this . Apparently we can no longer say youre unfit for work unless your on special measures .

Right so this says hes fit for normal work

No theres a box at the bottom for light duties only. The DWP now decides if youre fit for work . Ridiculous isnt it ?

So there we have it the DWP now decides if hes fit for work , cant wait . But ive a sneaky feeling they will just rubber stamp it and send him back to the horrified Job Center yet again . If it means he can get his funding for college back that would be a bonus , but then again we cant afford the fuel for him to go at the moment ...caseworkers going to love this one !!

On the ugly front , i got paid a little from some work done in May , have we splurged wildly ? No weve bought nothing but food, this should carry us through till xmas , ive now lost the will to cook because we have choice in the cupboards , I kept a whole £10 for myself and have done the charity shops and a jumble sale .


a whole 20ps worth of knitting patters for my collection  , a stack of winter reading , hedge loppers , a few sewing machine bits .  couple of tops and a large ugly item that will be revealed once ive cleaned it ...lol
I managed to resist the huge vintage dolls house that i couldnt lift for a £1 , i know how much it would cost to restore and ive a little one thats sat here glaring at me for the last 2 years!! All this and change of £3

Monday, 25 September 2017

Bum

So Friday evening we get a phonecall from the hospital can Mr BH come in first thing Monday for a root up the buttocks type procedure . Bless him he was ranting within seconds and i had to ring back and check it was the right procedure , which when I rang it turned out they hadnt read to the bottom of the booking slip , it was for a procedure the consultant  had decided not to do because it was to risky but we got it sorted and he had the correct procedure this morning . Talk about terror he was sweating before we pulled up in the car park , dripping by the time we got in the building and his blood pressure was through the roof . So he had to have a sit and a cuppa to calm down .  What made it worse was the nurses dealing with him were lovely lads but they were a pair of trendy hipsters with the big beards . He said it was a judgement on him for taking the mickey out of hipsters all the time , i think he must have cracked every bad joke in his extensive bad joke book .
Bizarre really , all the truly scary stuff hes had to have done the last few years , where he hasnt batted an eyelid and this was the one where he freaked .
He came out eyes wide and commented " they shoved an alien tentacle up my orifice and ive been violated by hipsters !!! "
Men....theyre just strange

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Grim Day

Saturdays are usually pretty grim , everybody's home , they all want things done NOW  and its always creative cooking day , the weather forecast looks good for tomorrow so ive got mountains of curtains to measure and label , oh the joys of probably the last car boot sale of the year , i need to get rid of tons of books so a 10p sale on them tomorrow , just on the grounds of  by Spring i will have read dozens more ..lol
I dont have much storage space , ive 40p to my name till someone pays me, no fuel and theres a good cat jumble sale today Aaaaaarrrrggggghhh 10am Birchwood Scout Hut    just spotted another Scout Hut Nettleham 11am , tiny jumble but ive found some amazingly strange stuff there from time to time.
Weird cooking fact , seriously out of date cuppa soups , half a bag of freezer burnt mixed veg , the bones and skin of last nights chilli chicken , slack hand full of lentils and pearl barley and a few soup noodles make good soup .
The ebay shop is up on its wobbly toddler legs , diabolical photos and scans. Because the postage on the listings is so hard to figure, im only listing teeny things and selling in the UK which is a bummer .


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Coat-Bestway-2095-Pattern-Original-50s-/192311752588?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

So im off to measure curtains wish me luck , ive mountains to get through but i know i will start rooting, find something interesting and my mission will take most of the day ...lol

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bimbling Along

Ive always loved the word bimbling probably because i like life to be bimbling , sort of unexciting and regular . Sadly theres not much bimbling anymore ...lol
I feel that im writing a record of the decline and fall of the human race most days , the end of the world is supposed to be some time this week or the next , according to someones translation or prophecy.  The Rapture is booked for the 23rd I believe , which could be a shocker to those who think theyre  holy , when there still stood here as the most unexpected people just up and vanish.
So what do you buy from the jumble sale , when youve £4 between you and the end of the month , I think I did well, a jug full of good make LED lightbulbs  for 50p, much needed as i have been going to bed with a torch for a fortnight , theres enough bulbs to see us through the winter.  A huge carrier bag of "sewing rubbish " as the lovely lady called it for a whole 50p , it was packed with lace and ribbon , binding, elastic , piping cord and at the very bottom 3 white and one pale pink Gutterman unused reels of thread....Woop Woop . Also 4 brackets to go into the greenhouse construction box for a whole 10p each , the next book in a series ive been reading etc etc and I still have change in my purse . So the thrift gods shone  in the right direction if nothing else .
Meanwhile it was caseworker day and she rang the DWP to ask the question on everyones lips . Why do we qualify for not a penny at all !  There was much mumbling and eventually they came to the conclusion that we hadnt filled in a farm eos31 or some such , our caseworker had never heard of it , they have certainly never asked us or even sent us one, in fact they have never mentioned it at all before !!!  She asked if we could do this retrospectively , much mumbling again , yes  Where do we get said form ? Its not available online you must go to the jobcenter and ask for one . Thankyou said the caseworker jumped in her little car and went trundling off to do the 30 mile trip to get one ....
3 hours later she returned to tell us the Job Centre had never heard of this form and it wasnt till she had a paddy with the DWP on her phone and the Job Center manager was dragged from his office , they eventually found said form , theyd always wondered what these were for because nobody ever asked for them !!!
It took her 3 hours because someone had once again jumped off the roof of the multistory car park in central Lincoln so she couldnt get her car out .........Just one of those days
We filled in the pink form  of 30  pages of information they already have on a blue form and she took it straight back to them and stood over them while they checked it and sent it on its merry way to HQ.
What will be the result of this form we have no idea , but you have nothing to lose when you have nothing anyway.  But the annoying and worrying thing is theres no reference to this form anywhere , nobody at the job center knew anything about it and most of our Job Centre are pretty useful and helpful , both our caseworker and I have spoken to the DWP numerous times been stuck on hold with the god awful music that saps everyone's will to live , patronised by kids in a call center for hours in the last 6 months and im bleedin angry about the whole shitty performance . They will not tell you anything that actually helps you , unless you ask the right questions they dont give any answers what the hell is going on ?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Joy of Poverty

Now heres a little challenge for you all if your purse was really empty with cobwebs in the corners and you have a prepper attitude what would be the things you forgot to stockpile for the apocalypse ?
Heres a little list of the irritating things I forgot and the strange things ive had to adapt .
Wash powder , why have i never stockpiled washing powder ?  But nobody noticed  that i spent 2 months using dozens of odds and ends of bath foam , posh weird shampoos and even washing up liquid to do the laundry . I can vouch that Matey makes your towels lovely and fluffy !! and cheap washing up liquid cleans soiled sheets far better than any posh powder .  I now have a huge box of Easy the £5 for a huge box from Iceland courtesy of daughter , she only noticed when there was more room on the shelf in the bathroom and her bedding smelt of her disgarded nettle shampoo ...ooops.

Why is a bar of soap so cheap these days?  it works out a fraction of the price of shower gel , I have a huge selection of unopened soaps gleaned from auction lots , unopened xmas gifts we find in them and big bags of the little hotel soaps. I could probably go years without shower gel...lol

On the sewing front , white thread and white quilting thread ..AARRGGHH  when your miles from a shop and youve got not a penny thats the really irritating one .  Had a blinding idea the other week at the jumble , mattress covers , you know the varying thickness ones that nobody ever buys . I got a dustbin bag full for 30p , you guessed it theyre now all unpicked and i have tons of wadding sheets for quilting , far less messy than the time i decided to undo a duvet in the garden for wadding ...lol

On the never putting the greenhouse saga  , Mr Bah Humbug has finally after 4 years admitted hes no longer having anything to do with it...HOORAY ..the boys and i will create something that resembles a greenhouse with the greenhouse frame and the rubble we started to liberate from the airfield  a local dumping ground and resource for those needing breeze blocks and rubble . First batch of breeze blocks and bricks currently hiding in my boot at the moment . We also did a few minor storm repairs to the sheds and noticed a few more me and the boys can tackle , one shed window broke and we have plans to replace it with some toughened blue glass shelves from a wall unit i salvaged and hid years ago.  Roof repairs to leaky shed will be tackled once the munchkin returns from his holiday and i can ram him on the roof . I have some multicoloured  bits of wagon tarpaulin , just need to get some felting nails  which im sure i can turn up at the car boot and the shed will have a pretty patchwork roof ,  it will irritate Mr BH no end   and the neighbours will doubtless report us yet again...Ho Hum
So go on confess , whats the strangest think youve done while poor or just in a bid to recycle ?


a little pyrex love just because im in that kind of mood and i just washed it up and put it away

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Gray....

That I think sums up life these days , nothings going very far on the DWP front , we had a letter a few weeks ago saying they were refusing to accept the consultant letter we supplied regarding the current situation with Mr BH and the lower back and bowel problems , they told us we must reapply  because they were a new condition that occurred after his assessment ...REALLY
This week we have a letter from the tribunal service saying they have received the same letter and it will be included in the evidence pack for his tribunal.
If you didnt realise what lying cheating skanks the DWP are you would get nowhere with anything .

Not around much at the moment due to work and harvest commitments , being poor is bleedin time consuming im afraid , its all a bit 50s housewife , by the time its picked prepared and into the freezer or jammed thats another day gone .
Someone did ask if I would publish recipes , but being as im a spur of the moment cook and what i cook is hardly healthy , just filling and very cheap , that will be a very occasional happening ..lol
On the crafty front I think i should hang out a sign saying closed for the foreseeable future , I just dont have the time.
What I really need at the moment is a nice sunny sunday to do one last car boot sale , ive been donated tons of curtains and bedding by the church charity shop , they were going to send them to the ragman but theres really nice clean items among it , tons of big modern curtains and nice bedsets that sell so well out here in the sticks .  We had one of those chats where you realise that the person youre talking to has no concept of real poverty and rural poverty is very real where i live .

Bless her I caught her chucking piles of blankets to the rag man , nice expensive aertex and real wool blankets , she was baffled when i said price them up and sell them .

But nobody uses blankets these days

Live in a house with heating you cant afford to run , you use a lot of blankets come the winter

A wonderful christian charitable lady , love her to death but shes never had to think before she puts on the heating and really doesnt grasp that theres a lot of people out there who have no heating all winter. Theres plenty of houses that i visit where the kids spend the whole of winter under a duvet on the sofa with hot water bottles . Our munchkin is a hardy soul who spends his time moaning that its to hot at school , even now hes getting funny looks running to school in his shirt sleeves , they look even more baffled once it gets to January , the trick is physical activity first thing in the morning and popping your hands and feet in a icy bucket of cold water when you get up , my dad taught me that one many moons ago its an old farmworkers trick it constrictes the capilleries in your hands till the point where they hurt , but you dont feel cold again all day even working outside . Guess i just grew up in a farm house with one little range it was only warm when we had the washing copper on all day and  we all had corned beef legs from sitting to close to the fire and fighting the dogs and cats off the hearth rug ..lol ...those were the days its sad to see them back again .

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Silence

Can you hear that?  total silence the munchkin has gone back to school today !!!
Its sort of weird to get used to , but it does mean i can get on with my harvest chores , mountain of blackberries boiled up awaiting straining first job of the day . Going to try the pickled pears Hairy Bikers recipe , im missing a few ingredients , so i will improvise ..lol
Noticed the rhubarb has sprung back into life , so i will go and chop it all down and freezer a load , plus i may do a jam .  Sultanas soaking in tea for a batch of tea bread buns .  Apple everything with the windfall apples , main crop due this week...AARRGGH
Raspberries to pick theyre just yielding a pint a day at the moment but theyre going to glut shortly .
The freezer is starting to look grimly empty , so need to find cheap protein from somewhere , starting to realise that is going to be the stumbling block through the winter on the extreme food budget were on at the moment .
 Ive tried to explain to Mr Bah Humbug that we can happily live without meat but hes been really twatish about it , not that we could afford much meat before our latest financial apocalypse ..lol  He had a paddy because i served up the worst sausages of all time the other day , just straight forward sausage egg and chips and he goes off on one , only to be told hes been eating them for weeks disguised in various fajita rice , sausage casserole etc etc .
We eat a lot of cheap supermarket eggs , bacon miss shapes and liver , because they are cheap , cant beat yellow sticker liver , we had a yellow label pork chop each last week sheer luxury ..lol ..Theres a lot of indian food as well , its amazing what you can achieve with lentils and chickpeas , endless bhajis and falafels , ive always stockpiled gram flour and semolina flour so ive barely made a dint in them yet , i always mix 20g of semolina flour in when i make pastry it seems to make it less sticky and gives it that store bought colour. Getting low on dried onions but you can get a sack of onions for a couple of pounds out here in the wilds.
I have a shopping list in my head for when were flush ..lol...if it ever happens

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Ramblings

Have things improved....mmmmmm  well my mood has, though the practicalities of life have not .
So lets answer a few questions on my last post ,
Sadly you are not allowed to video these assessments though we did have our case worker there as an  impartial witness , some people have taped them without anyone being aware and there have been attempts to prosecute some assessors but the DWP and Capita refuse to provide their identities and its progressing to the High Court to whom the DWP and Capita are not responding to.
You must provide all your evidence of disability to the assessor on the day , we were not due for reassessment for another year so dont have a lot that is up to date , she refused to look at what we did have and we cant now submit it at a later date , they have just refused the last consultants report we sent them . Ho hum we will take it to the tribunal with us , in the distant future when we get a date .
The mandatory reconsideration was sent back as refused so it does have to be a tribunal .Yes our caseworker is handling the appeal process , bless her she needs a medal .
So thats it. we are at a bit of a dead end until we get the dates and we gather theres a huge backlog at the moment
So now lets get to the cheerful stuff , my wageslip shows about half what i expected for this month , nothing changing their , still hoping i dont have to give up work just so we can get the rent payed , the Welfare Help have just passed the buck back to the caseworker again , insisted we apply again for a different variation of ESA that we have tried before and they just say we arent entitled to ...AARRGGHH
Big plus i did a car boot sale that made a bit more than usual so ive splurged on yellow label turkey mince and liver and dreadful cheap sausages so we wont starve , meanwhile im trying to be an ostrich over the mountains of apples and pears we are currently infested with ..lol  The huge potato crop needs lifting im using my 8 year old slave a lot more now, he doesnt seem to mind that  im now his only childcare due to him being a very naughty boy at holiday club
 Raspberry glut is very visably coming in the next couple of weeks then its cob nuts , so easy to store, then im thinking its time to find a cheap grinder cum blender and make nuts for baking ...seems like a good idea but i cant find much about using native nuts to cook with , but im game .
Just remembered i have a gallon of red wine vinegar , it was cheap thats my excuse, so may try pickled pears im sure it was a hairy biker recipe ?
Not much canning im afraid , due to electric costs , does my head in, ive a large collection of Kilners that i wont be able to afford to fill this year ......being skint is no fun at all !!!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Shock!!! PIP

Well today we received our copies of Mr Bah Humbugs PIP report , ive just read through it and im frankly gobsmacked , its just a vast tissue of lies , not even small lies these are huge ones . Apparently he can bend down and touch his knees and practically gambol around the house!!! he was observed to walk  200 metres unaided He has no incontinence issues , didnt sob through part of the assessment , in fact hes practically fully healthy can cook for himself , shouldnt need any help with bathing or toileting and is mentally just fine . And his wrist operation has cured him !! he even got marked down for attending church!! which we do once in a blue moon .
FFS have these people no shame .
I really hope theres a special place in hell for the woman who did this assessment , the one who turned up late , had him sobbing in under 5 minutes , never asked him to walk and just pointed to a chair in the garden and asked if he could get there . She can clean him up when hes sobbing and apologising when hes soiled himself and she can  do his endless washing . Hes so embarrassed at what hes been reduced to it makes me want to cry every day . Yes he was clean and well presented , so if your disabled you should be filthy and and dressed in rags . And lets be honest hes clean and tidy because i keep him so . She should have to see him try to cook a microwave meal then be unable to get the film off it and end up with it all over the kitchen . Yes he can make a pot noodle , if someone takes the lid off  and only puts enough water in the kettle for what hes doing . She can mop up the trail of blood when hes constantly cutting himself  because he has no feeling . Or even better lets see what she has to say about the self harm scars his arms are covered in , many more just recently due to this sorry situation she has created .  And lets not forget 80% of those with my partners spinal problem kill themselves within 2 years of diagnosis , because its impossible to take away the pain without drugging him into a coma and hes tried to leave this world on more than one occasion already
And yes i am crying writing this  ...............

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Trapped

Well thats what it feels like , im surrounded by so called professional help that doesnt appear to be much bleedin help !!! case workers are messing about over  juristiction issues.
 My daughter being in the legal profession is refusing to pay the rent because shes of the legal profession and they have given us nothing to confirm the payment arrangement just a scrap of paper with a couple of figures and dates ...AARRRGGGHHH
Lincoln Hospital are driving me nuts Mr Bah Humbug was referred back in December for an ENT appointment we waited 6 months as this is none urgent , then the appointments arrived 4 times and each was cancelled over the phone and rescheduled , then they cancelled again and nothing , so while chasing up another appointment I asked what was happening and they said he had been discharged for repeated none attendance!!! This is the second time in the last couple of months that this has happened with appointments at Lincoln Hospital , it goes on his record that he doesnt attend and that could be used against him at his coming tribunal!!!  I was told they couldnt change what is on his records and it was his own fault for wasting NHS resources !!!
So I marched to the GPS spoke to the lovely sentient receptionist and she made me an appointment to speak to the practice manager , which when i showed her this had happened twice in such a short period of time came to the same conclusion I did , they are doing this to massage their figures for seeing people within so many weeks , if it wasnt for the fact that Mr BH has complex needs we wouldnt have spotted this , they could be doing this to loads of people , then claiming its an error if people question it . Because your discharged you go to the bottom of the list again ...AARRGGHH  the GP has put in a formal complaint .
Im leaving voicemails here there and everywhere trying to sort these messes out  , nobody gets back to me , apparently its the holiday season so nobody is available , my partner doesnt need a carer he needs a full time secretary !!
Todays mission try to get in touch with a couple of the other consultants secretarys about the reports he needs for his tribunal , GP refuses to help because they dont get paid for it !!  we may have to pay for the letters , the DWP doesnt ask for anything from the medical profession it is all down to you the disabled person to prove that you have any disability  , they only ask your GP for a copy of your medical records , if youve ever accesed your GP records online you realise that there very patchy , some of the locums records make no sense and it probably bears little resemblance to your current condition , there may also be lots of coded acronyms from years back about you being a malingerer , hard work etc etc , GP records seem to have approved immensely since patients have the right to read them , what a surprise...lol
Im sorry if im boring you all to tears , it feels like im documenting the decline and fall of  the NHS for posterity at the moment , but i do feel that its something that needs to be put on public record