The year before though saw me showing off some charity shop purchases, out of the six I only have the pale pink flowery one packed away with my Summer clothes, the rest were re-donated after a few months.
I've been a real home-bird this week.
My back is very sore and although I am trying to keep as active as possible sometimes you just have to give in and vegetate in front of the television. I've been watching quite a random selection of things, so I thought I'd do another little taster selection for you. Do let me know if you are finding this boring, but it's nice for me to have a reminder of what I've been watching too.
Out shopping the other day in Sainsbury's I noticed that my usual coffee was on sale again.
It used to go on sale regularly, £4 for the 300g jar size instead of it's more usual price of £7 and whenever it did I would stock up enough to last me until the next round of sale offers ... I usually manage to stay ahead of the game. This time although it's still a good reduction the sale price has gone up to £4.50 for the same sized jar. As you can see I bought four, saving me £10 on my four jars ...a saving still well worth having, but just another instance of sneaky rising prices that are going up in leaps and bounds rather than the pennies and pence they used to.
The £2 I didn't save this time could have bought me 5 packs of 40p spaghetti ... something that is for now still the same price, it shows the difference price hikes can make to a persons budget.
Obviously we will have to keep an eye on Ginger as those little platforms temporarily holding fat balls ... put there to discourage him ... just look like little cat platforms to me!! I honestly thought it would take a month or so for the birds to find this and be comfortable feeding from it, and with the washing hanging outside yesterday wafting in the breeze I thought this would put them off too, but by last night half of one of the fat balls was gone ... I'm just waiting to see if a seagull will carry one off 😄
Sometimes on these cold, dreary November Days it's nice to come in from the shops, hang up your coat, then put the kettle on while you grab a packet of biscuits and sit down in front of the television or computer screen for a bit of relaxing screen watching time.
So here is something for your weekend entertainment, just a couple of the things that I've been watching this week.
Find somewhere to live in New York with Cash Jordan ... some of these apartments and town houses are amazing. And I could quite happily live in lots of the tiny ones ... I think I would need one with a little balcony though.
Grace Booth on Extra Grack, her second channel ... the first is called Grackle. Just a young girl that brings a breath of fresh air to YouTube. Not in the usual 'Influencer' mode at all. Throughout me being forced to rest so much she has been something that I could just have on while I ate my dinner or just vegged on the sofa and I have managed to watch virtually every video she has made on this channel. Also Mavis is in love with Banksy, her cat.
My spider plant loves it on top of the larder cupboard and really reaches for the light from the Velux window. I wish I could reach up so high but even watering this is now out of question and once every two weeks I ask Alan to lift it down and give it a drink. I could of course move it somewhere lower, but it loves it's new position so it can stay reaching for the light as long as it's happy.
Christmas is coming in at us at a pace this year.
The Christmas ads are urging us to spend, spend, spend more than ever before. Seemingly because of last year we are all being encouraged to spend twice as much this year. Yes, we were 'confined to barracks' so to speak, but most of us managed to muddle through with the help of alcohol, food and television. Do we really need twice as much money spent or food to eat this year? Now I actually like watching Christmas adverts on the whole, after all they make a pleasant change from insurance, funerals and charities begging for just £2 of your money once a month for life to save all the poor little doggies ... for God's sake spend the £50,000 the advertising has cost you ON the actual doggies!! Sorry for the little side rant, where did that come from!! What I was going to say was at least they show happy families, nice food and glamourous people in evening attire doing ridiculous things clutching bottles of perfume. How the other half live eh!!
But the pressure on parents must be enormous these days, it seemed bad enough when my two were little all those years ago and I remember spending more money than I should have at the last minute due to advertising pressure. But spending the following weeks child benefit and thus the food shopping money on a couple of extra gifts for each of them to open under the Christmas tree never made them happier or made Christmas 'more special'. What made it special was time with us, playing games together, visiting their grandparents and playing snooker with Uncle Graham. Those are the memories that they treasure now in their 30s and 40s. (It always shocks your opponent when you play snooker or pool left-handed and you are a right-handed person ... those lessons were worth it!)
Living in a small space means that some things just cannot be hidden. When I'm making full use of the sunshine through the French doors even though the rain is pouring down outside, the washing is there for anyone to see ... lucky then that's it's usually just me. 😀
In full line of vision the other day ... just after Alan assembled it ... was Ginger, trying the bottom shelf of the new office shelves for size. He loves to watch the world go by on Alan's window sills and now it seems he loves to watch Alan work from his brand new vantage point.
On the last post Heather asked me what the books were under my plant on the sideboard, so I thought it would be easiest just to show a photo.
There are a few more on the shelves to the left of the television, and a few more in the cupboard below, which I forgot to photograph!
Ginger is turning into an avid television watcher, usually it's from the sofa but yesterday he took things to a whole new level and got up close and personal with Cottage Fairy.