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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Still Here

No i havent been murdered in my sleep yet , ive just been cooking on a zilch budget , dealing with the fools and idiots that employ me and gardening myself into a coma .
How come something so relatively simple as the government living wage can cause me so many problems ?  I havent been paid because theres a huge squabble over how we will be paid in the future , they refuse to increase the wage they pay us , saying that because it is commission based it doesnt affect us ...mmmmm sorry but it does, saying that there is a possibility we could earn £12 an hour isnt good enough , that means we could work 40 hours and only earn £12 .
 Refusing to pay for work that has got back to you after the completion date, that was returned recorded delivery and signed for 2 weeks before the completion date, but you dont have the office staff to process it because you have made them all redundant isnt good enough .
I just wish I could find another job that fits around my carer duties !!
Young Baldrick ...wherever he is , we dont know.
 He had a major domestic with his dad and his dad wants no more to do with the situation , the police became involved over problems at his scheme and he was told he must leave for 3 days he refused to come here and it went on from there , they were moving him to another unit the last we heard .
Cooking on a budget of zilch is going quite well, ive managed to string a pack of mince out for 4 meals and it wasnt a big packet ..lol   Sadly its now tourist season here, so theres nothing in the local food shops that we can possibly afford, its all gone organic and farm fresh for the middle class masses that holiday here , theres no end of day bargains hardly and all the staple stuff like bread and milk has jumped 20p per item . One more week till we have any guaranteed income at all . Keep going down the garden and staring at the spuds and beans , netted the strawberries yesterday, cant wait im sick of rhubarb . Will the sweetcorn ever grow is the question and will the squash pop up . Fruit trees are looking promising so we will have tons come the season, its just the long boring wait for food variety.

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  1. I don't know how you stay sane and keep going, Kaye. Not paying you is just unbelievable.

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  2. Husband went on rhubarb strike today.I think that was him today down in the fruit garden telling the gooseberries to hurry up.

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  3. How in God's name can somebody work 40 hours and only get £12. That is insane. Could you enquire at the Citizens Advice if it is even legal for them to withold your money like this. I am soooo angry for you.
    I wish I lived nearer so that I could help you out.
    Sending huge hugs sweetie-x-

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    1. It has happened many times , but in the past we have had one steady income as well , there has only been a couple of times they have had the paperwork from the small claims court before they payed

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  4. Kate - your seemingly irrepressible spirit in the face of a rubbish situation makes me grateful for what I have. If we ever get caught in a time vortex and transported back to WW2, then we'll be looking to you for 'making do with what we have' lessons - hope the God of Jobs delivers a decent flexible job that pays a living wage very soon to you.

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    1. Currently considering digging a bunker ready for world war 3 , my mother says it's due next year...bless her she's never ever wrong about anything

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  5. ugh! Growing up, my family had very little money, I remember having the electricity turned off, the phone calls from creditors....And that is why, as an adult, upper middle class, I still shop thrift and cut coupons etc..My thrifty ways are always with me, because you never know what tomorrow brings, job loss, medical problems...One day can take everything away. I never look down on those who struggle,because I know what it feels like to count pennies at a grocery store. Hang in there, you seem like a resilient soul!

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    1. I'm a well trained wobble my grandma taught me everything I know

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  6. Kate you are in crisis, could you go to citizens advice and get a food bank voucher?.They give a generous 3 day supply of basics that can easily stretch to a week. Regards Kirriex

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    1. This is not a crisis , we have food ....its just very boring food

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    2. You would qualify for food vouchers, please don,t be too proud to accept!.

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    3. I believe in self reliance , we aren't starving . It's just challenging at the moment

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  7. Kate Ive been a reader of your blog for a while now.Ive been through some tough times having very little money and 5 children when my husband had a back operation and recieved little help as he was self employed.Anyway, I admire your sense of humour in the face of it all, please contact me ifyou can, I have something for you:)

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    1. A sprinkle of fairy dust is all I need..thank you so much for the offer

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