Five Things Tuesday 6th July; Take 2

Having read Dr Tanya’s list, there are other things I like to write about that are not prompts. So here is my prompt-less list of my preferred wafflings.

Dogs.
How can I not enjoy writing about dogs when we had Maggie and she was always a star in my blog.

I love them so much and we have so many furry characters around us. Our fluffy guest has made herself at home and is currently snoring her head off at my feet.

Diets and food
The constant battle of the bulge and counting syns etc , hopefully offering support and being able to pass some tips on to fellow dieters as regards recipes and ‘cheats’.

Budgets
I’m a number cruncher and always looking for ways to save a few bob. Sometimes it doesn’t always work, but if we come across a pitfall, I pass it on so that people might not  make the same mistake.
We are on a limited income so have to get the best for our pound, but we have the advantage of having the time and means to shop around, especially pre-Covid.
I use a spreadsheet and budget a year in advance, so currently working on 2022/23 as 2021/22 is in progress and already covered.
Shopping
Ties in with the above and usually relates to food for which I have done comparisons over the years.

The biggest con is still weight, and you get less for your money though the packaging appears the same. Another little trick shops use is to be out of stock of something for a while and when it’s available again, it’s a few pence dearer (and less weight sometimes).

Our life on the boat
2014 to 2017 and a wonderful time. Loads of posts and pictures here including our final trip taking her up for brokerage.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Five Things Tuesday 6th July; Take 2

  1. Perhaps you’ve said, but why did you move off the boat? I can see (from a practical point of view), that the small quarters, the rising damp, the possibility of flooding and all would be factors in wanting to live on dry land, but the ambience! The views and the nomadic adventures would possibly outweigh my own reservations. I get sea sick though, so maybe not the best fit. I LOVED the images of Maggie, and miss her greatly along with you. Your guest looks like a beautiful and happy girl, and I hope you enjoy your time with her!

    • Restricted space and potential flooding were nowhere in our reasons for moving back inland, and although condensation was a problem in the winter, we had ways to get round that. I’m not a sea lover, but not once did I feel sea sick, not even in heavy storms as Hubby always made sure we had plenty of ropes to secure us. Hubby’s mobility was getting worse, we both had health issues, and money was tight.
      https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/gotta-get-a-spreadsheet-or-two/
      Hubby was also facing the loss of his mobility allowance and costs were spiralling out of control being in a residential mooring. Going gypsy had a lot of negatives, especially as regards postal services as a C/O someone or PO Box number was not acceptable for the tax office or banks, medical services and care would be difficult, plus we would have no other means of transport as we couldn’t keep a car.
      We do miss the simplicity of the life, but know we made the right decision, especially the way things have turned out when Dick turned up. Saying that though, we could not go back to it for health reasons more than anything else.
      Yes, Kela is a beautiful girl and seems to have settled in very well. She’s no trouble, and does a very good impression of a hearthrug!

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