.... in their Flying Machines
Most of my afternoon today was spent standing out in the pouring rain and fog, video-ing my DH and sons "flying" their Hovercraft in earnest. A very large, open flat piece of land, was ideal for some serious flying. This was not just the foot up the drive which was achieved on Saturday, but covering quite some ground.
As always seems to be in the case in these scenarios, far more time seemed to be spent tinkering and adjusting the engines to ensure it was firing just perfectly than actually flying, but at least they were having fun. Sadly no photos as I was stuck behing the camera, but when I have mastered YouTube, I will share some video.
The Weekly Shop, yawn!!
Monday is my night for telling Mr Tesco what I would like him to deliver. A very tedious task but necessary, nonetheless. I normally book my usual slot, one of the cheapest £3.00 slots, a few weeks in advance and then update my order nearer to delivery. As my 'local' supermarket is 10 miles away, I believe that the cost of my pertrol, wear and tear on my car and the time taken for me to go around Tesco myself, (plus all the extra items I get persuaded to buy when I'm there in person) is probably more, or at least the same, as my £3.00 delivery charge. All the lovely Frugal ladies out there might feel otherwise, if so let me know what you think.
As I no longer have an income now and I was the main earner in my household, financial concerns are rising and if I think about it for too long, it makes me quite panicky. I do know that this is one very BIG change that we absolutely MUST make in our household is to cut back on our spending. However, despite avidly reading several Frugal blogs, and having tried to take the lead from all the lovely Frugal Bloggers, plus my friend who can do a weekly shop of £35 and feed four amply, I am really struggling. The lowest I can get my weekly shop down to is around £85, but normally it is more like £95 - £120. Please, please bloggers give me some more help, ideas and inspiration.
One of my main problems is that I do not know how to cook, it was one thing my mother never allowed me to do at home. She did it all and was a matyr to not having any help from anyone, refusing any she was offered and complaining later. Therefore any dish like a Cabonara, Lasagne etc are bought as ready meals. My friend suggested I make a white sauce and then I could do my own. White sauce.......how? It's on my long list of things to learn. I'm sorry womankind, I am really letting you down I know, but don't get me started on my many failures or this blog would be endless.
One of my other problems is that I have three extremely fussy eaters in my house. Both boys are taking after their Dad in their dislike for all things vegetable or fruit. I have tried several Tesco value products which proved to be a false economy as they were refused point blank and ended up uneaten in the bin. Anyone who tells me " given a choice of value food or no food, they will give in eventually, when they are hungry enough", has met their match in these three. I do believe they would actually starve themselves rather than eat what is offered. Having said that, I have got them on to Value brands of some things, but No. 2 son just eats such a lot. He is the epitomy of the hollow legs syndrome. All the biscuits we now have are Value label, Baked Beans, Apple Juice, Gammon steaks and one or two other things. I do try to go for the special offers and I do have a set 4-week menu so our meals are planned rather than wasting food. I should be grateful for small mercies but even so I need to do something else to get this down.
On the crochet front, I have been trying to watch some Youtube tutorials but they go a bit quick for me to see where the hook is going in, but I now have my own personal tutorial set up for later in the week. Pop back and see my results later.
..... And Finally
Thank you to my 3 (yes count them, 1,2, 3) Followers. I am stunned, but so, so chuffed, I can't tell you.