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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

And the Winner Is

Amanda ...please email me your address and i will stick an autistic teenager on a bike with the plates ...kidding
Meanwhile in the real world , weve being doing endless Mr Bah Humbug trips and now Ive more Baldrick trips in this weeks workload , they moved him back to his old assisted living project and because most of the residents have been sent to jail he quite likes it there , well thats what theyve told him,  personally I think the staff may have held a cull . Hes got a work placement doing land clearance which he loves and hes still taking his medication and seems fairly lucid . So slightly less worried about him at the moment .
Mr Bah Humbug however is driving me mad after his cured by GP glancing at scan appointment , though he cheered up a bit today, he had his urgent Podiatry appointment and they told him that his galloping diabetes and imminent amputation is actually an ingrowing toenail and his blood sugar is fine . Theyre off to do that for him in the next few weeks , but once again they asked if he has Parkinsons , he was having a bad tremor day today and doing his drunken sailor walk . His comment?

Its all in my head ask my GP

Someone paid me a tiny payment into the bank so I can work the rest of the week ....WHOOPIE
I squandered most of it on a bit of shopping
1 mothers day card
2 packs of pork scratchings
Huge cabbage, cauliflower leeks and grapes off the market , a whopping £2.20
Broad Bean & Sweetcorn seeds Wilcos £2.50
A small bag of compost £2 because I enjoy walking miles back to the car with it , theres nowhere to park due to the poxy transport hub eyesore theyre building in Lincoln .
Then Morrisons for 4 pork chops for tea £5 thats the reason we dont often get decent meat, first time in a year we have had pork chops.
Liver
Cooking Bacon
Cat food
Giant hotdogs
Bread

Ive come to the conclusion I'm just seriously mean not just frugal , Ive been whinging that the prices at the cat jumble sale now being 30p an item , i got a tee shirt for son some xmas fabric and another piece for quilting , plus a typewriter for a £1 . Then yesterday I went off on one because i'd 7 adults for tea and the munchkin and had to use my imagination and root to the very back of the cupboad , it ended up as slow cooker chicken f*%k knows stew.
One lonely chicken breast shredded
One big tin of seriously out of date flagelot beans
3 sticks of wilty celery
2 mangy carrots
handful of lentils handful of dried onions
stock cube
half a tin of tomato paste lurking at the back of the fridge
3 cloves of garlic
two big spoonfuls of chilli sauce
sprinkle of everyday value herbs
add dumplings at the end

Beggers belief but they all went back for seconds , why are the good stews and casseroles always the stuff you just throw in?

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Can You Buy Positivity ?

Havent posted for a few days due to blogger failing to load the write a post page , bless it .
Work dried up this week as it does this time of year before next years contracts start . Then Thursday everything becomes urgent and I havent a cent to my name for fuel . lol such is life
The weather has been glorious and Spring like , so ive had 2 garden bonfires , cleaned up loads outside and theres still tons to do . Charlie Chainsaw has been at it again and has removed more of our fencing to put on his woodburner , most of the trees have gone off the estate now and the new folks over the road are just as bad , he asked the other day if we needed the trees in the garden as we dont have a woodburner , im begining to think they issue them a chainsaw with there tenancy agreement , they dont seem to grasp that you have to dry logs before using them and we have stinky black clouds of smoke when they start them each morning , so my revenge was two bonfires when they put there washing out . I really am that petty lol .
We are now the only council property here that doesnt have a woodburner . But apparently there painting the house this year , not sure when , im hoping they actually replace the front door this time , the bottom is so rotten the mice dont even knock as they run in and out and its horrible getting up to a hall full of snails and slugs when its wet .
Then the washer finally died spectacularly and terminally , the boys dismantled it and some of the parts will be sold on ebay to start the new washer fund , just havent got a penny at the moment , daughter helpfully suggested getting a club book , no thanks . im currently handwashing all the clothes and will stockpile towels and bedding for a launderette trip at the end of the month . Daughter thinks this is unhygienic and is paying her mate to do her and the munchkins washing , tell me the logic of that one ?
We have had problems at the GPs again , we wont even go there, it was so demoralizing and has set mr Bah Humbug off on yet another downwood spiral , it seems they know far more than two consultants he has seen and are experts at looking at scans, who knew ?
Im sure Lincoln has got Jumble Sale fever today , theres a cat one at Washingborough , Sturton By Stow this afternoon plus a couple of other little ones as well, Mr might let me go to one because we have to go into town today for bits and bobs  . The budget is £2 for this week ..lol

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Pretty Worthless Giveaway

Its Jumble Sale season !!! my favourite time of the year , before the car boot sales start . So I  trotted off to the scout hut in Lincoln last week for a cats sale last week, these are always amazing cheap and so varied it can be a little surreal, I spent a whole £1 on a cushion and 3 articles of clothing , one to cut up for patchwork ,one to unravel for the wool in a virulent lime green and one summer wear in the garden dress that my OH viewed with total horror ...lol...the point is that its these little things that make me happy .
Then it was pop into the Bridge Community Venue and i had to bring these home




Victorian and Edwardian are so unloved these days that this pair of pink and pretty were just pennies , sat among normal everyday dishes , now I cant become a plate collector , I have a drawer full in the filling cabinet already and we havent had a giveaway on this miserable blog forever .
So lets give away a pair of pretty pink romantic transfer ribbon plates , how do you enter may you ask ?  Its so simple, just comment , we will draw a winner by the scientific method of munchkin and dish on Sunday 19th March .
  Doesnt matter where in the world you are , we will post them to you , but it may be buy some weird super cheap postal method , like making Young Baldrick cycle there , so dont expect them tomorrow .

On a plus note theres a scout jumble sale at Lincoln Birchwood scout hut today which I cant make . And a Church Jumble at Tetford  this afternoon , a flyspeck in the Wold that i have had to look up on maps that i want to go to but i need funds...lol  Maybe I should charge them for doing their washing?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Into The Wilderness

Really havent had time for a lot of me this week , its all Mr Bah Humbug . It would seem that hes actually ill . Its a bit strange really because in the last 2 years of endless locums and never seeing the same person twice , hes been accused of being an alcoholic when he doesnt drink , being a fat dole scrounger in not so many words , struggled to ever get an appointment and become so depressed by it all that he has going on with his body that he has been suicidal .
Now just because his case worker rang them for a medical report hes actually ill . Its a bit obvious that they are in a panic . Hes got endless investigative hospital appointments coming up in the next few weeks , his test results have come back with dreadful scores for all sorts of strange things .
He took great delight in showing them his rotting toe
Why have you never mentioned this before ?

I have mentioned my feet every time ive seen someone for the last 2 years , the last time i was told to shut up because i only had 10 minutes by the locum with no vowels in his name !
Then the was the strange bloke who mumbled a lot and told me he wasnt interested because i was to fat to treat !
The nice arabish lady locum said i needed to see a Neurologist urgently , but you cancelled that because i was already seeing the Pain consultant and Orthopedics and it was to much expense . Oh and then there was Doctor bleedin Google the one who told me there is nothing wrong with me . !!!!!

It would seem because his xrays for his hip has come back clear of anything they now think he may have a problem with his bowels , problem !! hes been getting worse and worse for 2 years !! he has an urgent gastro appointment among all the others .

When he came out from his appointment yesterday, he went to the receptionist to book his next appointment for next week , she turned round and told him no chance and to ring back next week only to find the actual doctor stood there who said he is to get an appointment when he asks for one .
You see it all the time that being fat increases your risk for certain illnesses but it really is a case of getting anyone to look past the fat and actually take you seriously thats a major NHS problem at the moment .

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Lets Be Positive

Im trying...honest
At the moment i get the feeling that either Donald Trump will decide to invade or I will find an Alien in the airing cupboard!!
Its as if life is an ever depressing soap episode..lol ..one big surreal fantasy .
Last week Mr Bah Humbug tried to book a Doctors appointment 6 weeks post his winter lurgy and snot fest he was coughing and in agony . We got the evil receptionist , who told him to go away and ring back on Monday , which we promptly did .
  We actually got an appointment at the next village surgery rather than the little bungalow in the woods that operates as the mother ship for the practice , we drove up there . It was deserted which was strange just us and one other bloke and a big notice stating theyre shutting all the branch surgeries from this week and you will have to use the mother ship in future , on reading the notice it seems theyre closing them because its to dangerous for a doctor to operate on their own out in the wilderness, who knew its so dangerous out here in bandit country? and they cant fund then anymore We have transport but theres an awful lot of pensioners and the rural poor who dont have anymore . Our bus services are virtually negligable
But to our amazement we actually saw the real practice doctor , not one of the nutty locums or the odd young lad who just taps it in the puter and looks at the answers,  my other half always calls him Dr Google , she actually examined Mr Bah Humbug something none of them have done in the last 2 years it seems he has at least 3 cracked ribs .
Him and the boys have gone off for mission xray today , hes also got to have his pelvis xrayed because he may have broken something in there !!!  She pointed out this is really odd, we know his spine has broken from time to time but this is the sort of injury you get in your 80s so he will have to have some tests done for osteoporosis . It looks as if he has done this just from coughing he says hes not tumbled badly since last year , but he wouldnt admit it if he had . Theres no treatment it should take around 14 weeks to heal, if it heals, we just have to be careful he doesnt get pneumonia till then.
We had quite a long chat with the Doctor as there were no more patients , discussed his re application for ESA which she is more than willing to do the paperwork for .  She said the same thing weve said its allright saying hes fit for work but hes not fit for work unless proper support is provided and its not his fault that the types of things he can do are few and far between , plus the broken bones mean hes not fit at all for the next three months at least . I did point out he had his wrist in plaster during his last ESA medical and they said he was 100% fit , plus they had managed to make him see through an eye that has been blind since he was a child .
So this is todays episode of you couldnt make it up...lol
Dont you think I could write soap scripts with this carry on ?

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Dinosaur

Today I am mostly feeling like a dinosaur ...lol
One of my strange miserable old biddy gripes has to be Lincolnshire Coop , out in the villages beyond Lincoln they are often the only shop for miles , so they have a captive audience really , in the last year they have all undergone or are undergoing a bit of a makeover . They always babble on about being ethical and giving there members the dividend etc etc . They have obviously decided to give up trying to give their customers  a chance of living on a budget , they have become a shop for middle class ready meal eaters and those who can afford to pay through the nose for posh branded items . The quality of what they stock is wonderful but its now so expensive that shopping there is a joke if your on a limited income .  They always used to have a decent stock of basic own brand items which were dearer than other supermarkets but were quite adequate if you added in the cost of travelling  , these are now few and far between, if not you get the gap in the shelves thats always empty for days. You do a good £5.00 family meal deal not much use to pensioners unless they portion it out and eat a bit each day . Plus like a lot of families £5 for a meal is a bleedin luxury I cant afford Today I popped in for bread and bumped into my old neighbour in his 80s wandering round looking lost . As he said they dont stock normal food anymore do they ? He just wanted his basics he cant shop online, hes to frail to travel far , the bus journey to Lincoln wouldnt take him near a supermarket , they are all out of town monoliths .
Yes Lincolnshire Coop , these are your grassroots customers who have supported you for years , it may look pretty in your shop but he doesnt need a hugely expanded wine section , Costa , endless ready meals and a huge cheese selection , yes you have the things he needs but his budget hasnt gone up , just because your prices have rocketed to pay for your revamp.
Oh and while im ranting , have we got blizzards forecast ? Why have you never got cheap bread , just those god awful £1.00 bread buns ?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Feeling Windy

Well yesterday was a bit of a stinker weather wise and guess who had to work..lol it was interesting driving around playing wheelie bin dodgems and crushing recycling tubs , lots of trees down and lorries on their sides in the depths of Lincolnshire , its so flat here that we do seem to get it bad .
So what did i go and do , i managed to fall flat on my face as a gust grabbed me , i was mud from head to toe and im very black and blue and i ache in places ive never ached before , the worse of it was they then decided to cancel my work on health and safety grounds due to the weather ..AAARRRRGGGGHHH
I hobbled home to be greeted by Mr Bah Humbug at his best .
Look on the brightside ! if you were dead I'd be busy chucking your parasitic kids out . You dont know what pain is !!
 His only concern was I'd pinched his coat and it had mud all over it !!!
So I'm sat here feeling very sorry for myself , with the cat offering counselling should be at work ,but Im struggling to bend my knees , i had to take the munchkin to school  in the car this morning the one morning he wanted to walk ..lol then couldnt bend my legs for ages to get out of the car when i got home . I think its a work from home day ...sod it
This is when I really miss having a bath to soak in ..lol
2 Jumble sales in Lincoln tomorrow one at the MS centre and Reepham methodist church , ive 7p in the bank so theres not much chance of me being able to hobble there ..lol

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Moan & Winge

Oh to have something positive to post...lol ..Ive been working on the theory of if youve got nothing nice to say , say nothing . So I'm very quiet on the blog front .
Work is an unending nightmare , had a row with my boss last week along the lines of
 no im not doing a 100 mile round trip to do a job youre going to pay me £3.00 for sunshine
!!!
But it has the potential to earn you £12

Dont make me laugh ,it will take most of the day and £3 will not cover the fuel .

Your contracted to do this .

As i'm on a zero hours contract , I think you will find that im not .

We can soon find someone else to do it .

Good, find them .

So i'm expecting the sack yet again ..lol

The reason im very militant at the moment  is that my car died , the brakes went going down a big hill into Lincoln , so I then had to do a days work using only the handbrake which was interesting to say the least .
Only to get the whole are you sodding crazy rant , why didnt you ring breakdown !!
Well we havent had breakdown cover for over a year , if i walk out on a days work ,
I have to pay for it and thats well over £500 so what do you suggest sunshine?
Anyway the sons and Mr Bah Humbug in supervisory position on his plastic lawn chair replaced the brakes , then we realised it needed an MOT .
It was booked in and failed miserably with jobs the boys couldnt tackle , so were now totally broke and its a fortnight till pay day , i have my roadworthy vehicle back but no money for fuel to even go to work .
We had our first meeting with our caseworker on Monday , once again we have to round up all the medical reports to try and get some kind of  improvement in our circumstances , we have explained that our doctors are stunningly awful and this could take weeks, but they will provide legal advice and take the whole shitty shambles to an appeal tribunal , she read the huge file i already have and cant quite believe what has happened to Mr Bah Humbug . As she says all they see is his fat belly and they have competely disregarded his life threatening spinal impingement  so we will see where this goes

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How To Spot The Poor

Heres a few thoughts from the last few days . How to spot the poor for Daily Mail readers .
Lets start with tattoos , they will have loads because the government gives them far to much money and they have lots of time to get them due to the fact that we no longer have Workhouses .
They will be fat , due to the endless takeaways, because theyre too lazy to cook .
They have the latest phone and umpteen other electronica about their person , they should have them confiscated and be fitted with tags so they can be accounted for at all times because theyre all on the fiddle .
As you may have guessed by now , my mother has incorporated all these rants into her latest conversation ...lol
So heres todays challenge , how can you really spot the poor ?
Heres some starters
They will have a crap minimum wage job , maybe two jobs and they will have zero hour contracts so that the economy can flourish !!
 They will hang their washing out all year round in all weathers
They may spend the mornings sat in Weatherspoons or some such chain pub , because its warm, theres free wifi and you can get free refills . Its surprising how you come to love heat once your poor.
 Buggy 'Pushers hogging the shops , for the same reason,its bloody freezing at home and you can kill an hour in Primark where its like the tropics and the store detective gets some exercise following you
Buggy Pushers hanging round each others houses , because you only need to heat one house , and they go to whoever has electric that day , for heat and cooking .
So lets have some more suggestions for how to spot the poor

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The End

The last day is here , January hurry up and bog off youve not been a great start to the year !!
I have been creating weird and wonderful slow cooker efforts most days , mainly from cupboard leavings . Yesterdays chicken, half a red cabbage ,half a bag of freezer burned stirfry veg ,onions garlic and stock cube piled up with dumplings was a great success, Young Baldrick had 4 bowls and practically cleaned the slow cooker with his tongue , he was just passing through as a grown up had to accompany him to the doctors .
Ive managed to motivate myself to drag out a bit of crocheting I started moons ago, its only a couple of giant mindless granny squares to cover a cushion on my office chair but its a start .
Work for the rest of the week , Friday is payday , so a few grocery necessities and then skint yet again , its no wonder I have the winter blues ..lol
Trying not to watch a lot of TV it just seems to be endless bad news , Trump stamping his foot like a petulant child because he really cant do what he wants without a challenge from somewhere in his own country ,then the truly chilling meeting between him and Mrs May , I think sticking my head in the sand might be a good idea or just doing another quilt ..lol
We didnt try to leave the EU just to become the 53rd state of the USA !! Meanwhile learning Russian still looks like a useful life skill these days ....im turning into a paranoid granny ...AAARRGGGHHH

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Steam

No its not coming out of my ears !!  I just seem to have run out of it completely , January is proving to be a total bore of a month , todays the first day without freezing fog for over a week , instead its arctic wind... I decided to forego walking the school run this morning , I can do without the wind making my head ache all day , short of wearing a mask no amount of Baltic Granny Chic can cure that one , my sinuses get cold and its headache time .  Why is it regarded as child cruelty to make an eight year old walk a mile and a half to school and back , yes our route is bleak and past open fields but I well remember walking 5 miles to school as a kid and thinking nothing of it . Plus i dont care that its dark coming home after school sports , it means i do 6 miles a day to take him but if i can do it 3 times a week it helps stop my back spasms . So on the days i dont have to be somewhere we walk .
The January poverty plan diet has gone really well , i managed to buy 140 chicken thighs for £7 just before xmas bagged them into 6 packs and the slow cooker has been producing chicken varients 3 or 4 times a week , that and deformed fish fingers from Heron have been the staples , plus lots of veg .
We had to go to the diabetes training session last week ,it  seems we eat really healthy , but Mr BH has to face the fact that he isnt known as Mr Two Teas for no reason . lol ,,hes sulking and whining that hes hungry all the time and it is driving me steadily mad . Im not about to start peeling the coating off his fish fingers either . Plus he has never grasped that if he has 3 pieces of fruit a day the rest of us cant afford any fruit at all ...bleedin men
The kids are climbing the walls because he wont allow yogurts crisps or any form of biscuit or cake into the house because he would be tempted , so in one way its quite economical because they eat out more .
The end of month budget is down to pennies but with paying Young Baldricks rent and putting a pair of tyres on my car it is to be expected , work has dried up ,but it usually does till March  so i may now get a few crafty bits sorted .
So roll on February , got to be a bit better hasnt it once the jumble sales start

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Take A Deep Breath

So Young Baldrick has left the building !!!!! step back and take a deep breath and relax .
Deposited him yesterday in a homeless refuge in Lincoln , it cost me money I had to pay 2 weeks rent up front .
Then I found out the reason his dad wouldnt let him bring his stuff into the house , while  unloading it all at the shelter i find that he has bags of clothes and endless electronics,  game consoles and even an electric guitar and amp , but no household belongings at all . Everything he was given he had thrown in a skip because he wouldnt need it anymore???  If I had known before I paid his wretched rent , I would have marched him down to Cash Converters and made him sell the lot !!!
This shiny new hostel gives them flats with everything in , so the little shite has been playing us yet again , this is where he wanted to live but theyd told he couldnt move here at his last placement  .
As you may have guessed id quite like to ram his Yankee Candle Collection somewhere painful at the moment . The atmosphere is a little frosty at the moment , he even tried to sting his dad for food , when were short after paying his rent !!!
On the strange front , Mr Bah Humbug now has a case worker as well because we had to be assessed as a family due to Young Baldrick , seems very nice, they seem appalled at our financial situation and what we actually manage to live on .  Even more appalled that he wants to work with a potentially life threatening condition , he loves his couple of hours a week at college but it is as much as he can manage . We showed them the paperwork for his ESA medical and the one 3 days previous that he was awarded PIP for and as she said this cant be for the same person .
Theyre going to look into things...I wish them luck .
Work is its usual shambles , theyd like me to go full time to Hull , cant I just move there ? Not quite that simple with a disabled partner who eats more of my time everyday , plus the never ending childcare for my daughter . The Young Baldrick saga that leaps out of the closet everytime everything looks up and then theres my mother ..
Mother dearest went to the doctors with the coughing lurgy doing the rounds . They wanted to admit her to hospital because it turned out to be pleurisy , but there were no beds available so she was sent home with antibiotics and an appointment for the community nurse , they did send her home in an ambulance car however. She didnt plan  to mention any of this but she was grassed up by email from my cousin . So I ring Her
Were you planning on telling me you ill?

No , Im Fine

You sound dreadful so your not fine are you?

Theyre making a fuss over nothing , I went shopping today .

She had gone out for bread and milk on the bus because the weather forecast gave snow and gales !!
So she missed the community nurse , if a neighbour hadnt  come out and told her shed been seen at the bus stop the nurse was going to ring the police for them to break in!!

She is now considerably worse , whinging for england because shes run out of Whisky to ease her cough and wants me to go and nurse her , but ive pointed out I cant do home visits on both sides of the Pennines..AARRRGGHHHHH

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Saving the NHS ..

I will just drag up me soapbox and then get me ranting head on . Am I the only one who can see that Jeremy Hunt is made of the same mould as Ian Duncan Manslaughter?
This total tit has been buggering up the NHS for quite a while , its now our fault that A & E will crash and burn come the cold spell , our fault for wasting oxygen is it?
Lets start at the beginning , now theyre outsourcing GP practices to various dodgy companies theyre all desperately trying to milk every penny out of central government . All our GPs have that rabbit in the headlights look , they spend endless hours doing medication reviews to see if they can save a shekel by not giving you medication . hundreds of thousands of appointments wasted . So lets stop them for six months , just so GPs can actually diagnose those who actually need to go to a hospital in the winter months. Then theres the endless waste of time prevention courses paid for by the NHS , we are awaiting dietician and how to live with diabetes courses , neither of us have diabetes , but were fat so must be at risk , they have even started Mr on medication , his liver problems caused by medication cause abnormal blood sugar ...Doh .  So you ask cant they change his medication? No,  everything else has been taken off the perscription list by the managing company because its to expensive ....aaarrgghh
A&E , maybe it should change its name to Alcohol and Emergency , surely they can find a filthy cow barn somewhere for the ambulances to open the back doors and just toss the drunks in? But they have to be treated like royalty because of our compensation culture ho hum , in that case breathalyze everyone who turns up to use casualty , £100 charge for treatment at that point if you fail, £200 for drugs  , outsource the fine recovery to private companies and print a list in the local press each week . My mother may die of embarrassment next time she tumbles after her second bottle but i would howl.
Stop blaming the staff Mr Hunt , it getting to the stage where your life would be at risk if you turned up at most hospitals , but lets be honest most of you and your compatriots wouldnt set foot in a NHS hospital except for a photo shoot . Jeremy Corbyn would be the only one of you in casualty !!!
Next big point , the NHS has gone to the dogs because of targets , do away with every last one of them , then a lot of the management could be got rid of , they are there merely to fiddle  figures to get the funding from central government .
Im sure most of us would sit that extra hour in casualty , if someone came out from behind the locked doors and told us they had a major problem , that they couldnt admit anyone because they had run out of beds even in the corridors . In fact most wouldnt be at casualty at all if they could see a GP and not have to talk to the imbecilic phone services that run out of hours medicine .
Its not bloody hard Jeremy !!!
 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

La La La




Well where to begin...lol
Once again im navigating the swamps of the housing department, with the evil one in tow . Had an interesting meeting with them .

So you turned our flat offer down.

Grunt

We will not help you again , heres a list of private landlords . But you will require a deposit and someone as guarantor . We should be able to find temporary accommodation , but it could be anywhere in Lincolnshire .

 Grunt

 Now at this point I totally agree with the lady at the council , why the hell should anyone help him, he turned a flat down , which he forgot to tell us , but i have to grind my teeth and put the case forward .

Are you aware of his disabilities?

Err does he have any ?

They should be listed on his files that you have

She then actually looks through the notes  and admits that she hadnt seen this part of his files and that she was unaware that he should always have an advocate with him and that he is partially sighted so that all documents have to be in large print . So his housing list removal is going to appeal ..

Then another day off work is needed to sort out advocacy for him , I explained what had happened and another charity agreed after a few phone calls to work with him , ive made them very aware about his drug problems and that he will just use them and us then push everyone away , i also found out hes being supposed to be getting daycare psychiatric treatment ..something else he forgot to mention .

So hes still on the sofa , hes eating us out of house and home and creeping round his dad being perfect son .

So for therapy i spent a whole 80p on books i dont need ...lol


Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Year Of The Mug



So guess what my New Year Present was? Young Baldrick back on the sofa . Hysterical phone calls last night , to his dad , how hes homeless and being threatened again .
Me and Mr Bah Humbug had our first proper row since weve been together , he pointed out all the hoops weve jumped through for my kids and i pointed out that my pair did the sex and rock and roll and not the drugs . So we went to pick him up from a village near Spalding,  nobody there with a baseball bat that we could see ,he fills the van with all his stuff , then gets a lip on with his dad because he wont let him fetch any of his stuff into the house because hes not staying . He was also searched upon entering .
Cant see any damage , hes just remarkably smug and keeps smiling at me . The cuckoo is back in the nest
As usual he smelt like a ferret and stank of weed , cant see thats hes on the hard stuff at the moment as hes not coming down badly like last time .
Ive made the usual round of phone calls this time, he has an appointment with the homelessness officer first thing Tuesday , I have to be with him because hes classed as vulnerable so thats another day off work . Adult social care cant do a lot because his safeguarding officer isnt in till Tuesday but I had a chat with the duty officer who ive spoken to before and she says they have advised he needs to be in a family environment , not let loose to the world , woopy do !!! in other words they want us to keep him ...no way , I would sooner live in my soddin car than share a house with him and ive made this very clear to Mr Bah Humbug .

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Done Dusted & Finished

Well thats this years anticlimax over with. So contrary to certain family members imput I hadnt decided to join the death list for 2016 despite them all reminding me that im the same age as George Michael  . I had just decided that I should live by the motto "if you cant say nothing nice ,then say nothing "
Everything ive said over the past few years on the xmas subject still applies , so I thought it was a good time for a blog break .
So what has xmas bought me?  little prizes on the competition front , lip balm from Burts Bees and a really nice craft book from Popular Patchwork.  Prezzies?  Well im sure the family are convinced im an alcoholic !!
On the life is grim front , we have had heating, the freezer is full and ive actually been paid , i did buy little presents for them all and they were just as unimpressed as they were when i didnt buy them anything , go figure .
I did get a surprise gift from my daughter, a Fire Amazon thingy , still somewhat baffled , it comes without any instructions and plays endless Amazon adverts   but i have managed to play mahjong on it and it lets me read my kindle downloads . Im sure it can do loads more but i will set it a task a day , technology has rather left me standing still, but i can usually figure stuff out eventually . I think its a sort of a large print smart phone that doesnt include a phone...lol . The diary function probably has preset babysitting and washing lists...lol
Very quiet xmas indeed, we have seen no one , done nothing and had yet more worry on the Young Baldrick front ,  it was decided that he would be invited for xmas, it would be up to him what he chose to do . So I contacted his housing scheme only to find out that he had left over a week ago . To parts unknown . so we rang round the relatives to be told he was on the run from the police after stealing a car?? which explains the police constantly doing drive bys as this is one of his known addresses ,   please remember he is registered blind. He was spotted in Tesco doing his xmas shoplifting by another relative ,  he told them the car business was all a misunderstanding , between his girlfriend and her ex husband and was sorted .
Sorted my arse!! Last night we get a call from a lovely young girl on his behalf it turns out there are people looking for him and she had found him hiding in her garden hysterical because they had tried to kidnap him ....really ...now this could be just psychosis from not taking his medication , or it could really be his drug dealers looking for him over money , he wanted to come here , but its not happening .
We told her to contact the police straight away, so hopefully hes in a cell somewhere as we speak , what the past year has taught us  is that you cant help people who just use you everytime .
He needs proper professional custodial help , not this care in the community claptrap they keep on foisting on him , the odd visits from community psychiatrics if they can even find him , has helped him not in the slightest . Have we reached the end of the Baldrick Chronicles I think not
So to all a Merry Xmas ...thank God its over with for another year ..

Cherie hun  will scan that pattern once i find it ...lol

 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Thank Your Lucky Stars

Now sometimes the Thrift Gods do smile upon me . So try not to laugh at this one . I attended .The Cats in Crisis Jumble Sale on Saturday , usual wonderful prices and mountains of stuff , now i was very lame and gimpy and full of painkillers so wasnt joining in the bunfight , i got a sweatshirt that didnt fit ..lol a cushion cover that does and a shirt for the material , spent not a lot . So i hadnt spent my budget and got some raffle tickets just because you can never give enough to a pussy at xmas .
Well i didnt take a bag, so to me it seemed quite logical to just reach under the table and buy one for 50p , took it home looked at it properly and thought thats quite nice leather might use that . Looked at it again and noticed it was branded Mulberry , now I'm quite a failure as a consumer and a female shopper . So when my daughter and her posh friend came home I chucked it to her and said do you want this for xmas?  we are a joke present for xmas family and we get great amusement on spending as little as possible . She grabbed it looked and said are you kidding me , this is real isnt it ?
Yep you guessed id accidently grabbed a genuine Mulberry handbag , complete with registration numbers and all the other weird stuff that the fakers dont get right .
So my daughters 50p xmas present would have cost an awful lot of money new , her posh mate was horrified she paid £750 for hers , my daughters vintage Mulberry cost 50p in really good condition just missing the clip on shoulder strap . Shes now using it for court so i cant even get a photo ..lol
Even better I got a phonecall to say id won on the raffle , picked it up and it was a brand new boxed blender a big posh glass one  , we all sat round and looked at it , then decided we had no use for it all , dont make smoothies just eat the fruit...lol ...so back to charity it has gone ....
And just for giggles take a look at this i noticed the other day , I just have visions of this guy sat watching Emmerdale with his slippers on and a cup of tea while slaughtering a cow , my mind works in strange ways ...lol

Sunday, 4 December 2016

I Got Paid !!!

So they actually paid me a lot of the back money i was owed , did I rush out and pay my creditors...NOOOOO as a card carrying member of the feckless poor , I went grocery shopping and then recklessly squandered a whole £2 in a charity shop in Boston that is having a closing down sale , cant remember its name for the life of me but there was lots of wondrous bargains and its located in a tudor black and white building near the Guildhall museum .

This had to be posted because it reminds me so much of    http://www.subversivefemme.com/   its so very Rockabilly . I love seeing the occasions they visit even if it is the other side of the world .



As for me , I treated myself to another vintage jigsaw I know i have a problem with them but they dont do counselling for a thrift shop habit . And anyway it has blokes in kilts and edinburgh castle so what more can i want ?
On the subject of what more can i want , ive been practically banging my head against a wall with Mr Bah Humbug and his daft xmas gift suggestions , bleedin men , he cannot get his head around the fact that im serious about wanting either a decent frying pan or a silicon rolling pin or even a decent mandolin not a v cutter . He says theyre not gifts .
 I have tried with all of them this year i dont want more concert or event tickets  ive loved the ones this year but they have practically killed me and Mr Bah Humbug .
My xmas shopping is practically done, more origami for the munchkin is bought , my daughter has got the most expensive present shes ever going to get ( we will give you a laugh about this one shortly ) and son wanted a £5 tshirt on its way from China , im a little worried that they may be sending it by container ..lol . Mr Bah Humbug just to get , hes not a problem his narrow view of clothing makes it easy , if its not khaki , camo or original star wars  he wont wear it ..lol
Young Baldrick has disowned me publicly on facebook , bless him , Ive a feeling this is the fallout from the hospital trip causing this , plus a week at his mothers for his 21st , that he forgot to mention after we had organised a big tea for him . He didnt get that we dont do birthdays because of lack of funds, hed been posting online all the stuff he wanted and seemed to think we would get him him a tablet computer for his birthday , in this house you get a cake , tea and a card sunshine .
Just got to get a vile xmas card for my mother and thats xmas organised ...lol

Monday, 28 November 2016

50p To Make Me Happy

Popped into the Bridge Community Venue for a cuppa this morning and what do they have in? An awful lot of 60s and70s childrens books hidden among the new stuff . So I just had to buy 50ps worth didnt I , there was lots of enid blyton , famous five , mallory towers etc etc . But there was this one that a lot of people forget about . Brer Rabbit famous from the much maligned Disney movie Song of the South that the political police dont allow them to reissue . Theres still a pile of obscure titles sat there



Then there was a few more Biggles paperbacks , I usually build a pile and then ebay them , I was a Biggles and Just William child I also loved the Willard Price adventure books .


There was just one solitary Ladybird so it was needed to make up my 50p , but there was so many good books from that era , Mary Poppins , Jennings , Pony books and many more


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Bah Humbug

OK lets get it out there . I really have got to the level of loathing xmas , people cant afford to live from day to day let alone have the happy commercialised xmas advertised every other minute .
Its unusual for me to be fed up with it this early in the season , but its the grocery shopping aspect of it . Have you noticed theyve started hiding all the real food and replacing it with seasonal goods . I was stalking the yellow labels in Tesco the other day , only to find the chiller was full of yellow labelled Gyoza , Souflettes and Coconut Prawns with mango Salsa ...really ? Even at yellow sticker prices these were all around the £2 and more mark for 8 or 9 miniscule nibbles . I bet whatever charity gets there food at the end of the day will be so grateful . Cant you just see the poor bloke in his sleeping bag with his dog on a string rushing forward for those ?
WHY are they selling this stuff in bleedin November ?  I know it can be frozen and used later but the mountains in the cheap bin show that nobody is buying it . Lets face it when it comes to a buffet if you put this stuff out on you lets impress everyone buffet over xmas its going to be the tray of manky frozen sausage rolls and the cheese on sticks that gets eaten first .  Cheap manky frozen sausage rolls can always be enlivened with a good sprinkling of parmesan or glazing with a bit of chutney , thats as far as my buffet catering exotica goes..lol
So heres your challenge for this week .....

No1 whats your cheapy buffet cheat that actually gets eaten?

Whats the weirdest buffet item youve seen on your travels ?