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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Grim Day

Saturdays are usually pretty grim , everybody's home , they all want things done NOW  and its always creative cooking day , the weather forecast looks good for tomorrow so ive got mountains of curtains to measure and label , oh the joys of probably the last car boot sale of the year , i need to get rid of tons of books so a 10p sale on them tomorrow , just on the grounds of  by Spring i will have read dozens more ..lol
I dont have much storage space , ive 40p to my name till someone pays me, no fuel and theres a good cat jumble sale today Aaaaaarrrrggggghhh 10am Birchwood Scout Hut    just spotted another Scout Hut Nettleham 11am , tiny jumble but ive found some amazingly strange stuff there from time to time.
Weird cooking fact , seriously out of date cuppa soups , half a bag of freezer burnt mixed veg , the bones and skin of last nights chilli chicken , slack hand full of lentils and pearl barley and a few soup noodles make good soup .
The ebay shop is up on its wobbly toddler legs , diabolical photos and scans. Because the postage on the listings is so hard to figure, im only listing teeny things and selling in the UK which is a bummer .


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Coat-Bestway-2095-Pattern-Original-50s-/192311752588?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

So im off to measure curtains wish me luck , ive mountains to get through but i know i will start rooting, find something interesting and my mission will take most of the day ...lol

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bimbling Along

Ive always loved the word bimbling probably because i like life to be bimbling , sort of unexciting and regular . Sadly theres not much bimbling anymore ...lol
I feel that im writing a record of the decline and fall of the human race most days , the end of the world is supposed to be some time this week or the next , according to someones translation or prophecy.  The Rapture is booked for the 23rd I believe , which could be a shocker to those who think theyre  holy , when there still stood here as the most unexpected people just up and vanish.
So what do you buy from the jumble sale , when youve £4 between you and the end of the month , I think I did well, a jug full of good make LED lightbulbs  for 50p, much needed as i have been going to bed with a torch for a fortnight , theres enough bulbs to see us through the winter.  A huge carrier bag of "sewing rubbish " as the lovely lady called it for a whole 50p , it was packed with lace and ribbon , binding, elastic , piping cord and at the very bottom 3 white and one pale pink Gutterman unused reels of thread....Woop Woop . Also 4 brackets to go into the greenhouse construction box for a whole 10p each , the next book in a series ive been reading etc etc and I still have change in my purse . So the thrift gods shone  in the right direction if nothing else .
Meanwhile it was caseworker day and she rang the DWP to ask the question on everyones lips . Why do we qualify for not a penny at all !  There was much mumbling and eventually they came to the conclusion that we hadnt filled in a farm eos31 or some such , our caseworker had never heard of it , they have certainly never asked us or even sent us one, in fact they have never mentioned it at all before !!!  She asked if we could do this retrospectively , much mumbling again , yes  Where do we get said form ? Its not available online you must go to the jobcenter and ask for one . Thankyou said the caseworker jumped in her little car and went trundling off to do the 30 mile trip to get one ....
3 hours later she returned to tell us the Job Centre had never heard of this form and it wasnt till she had a paddy with the DWP on her phone and the Job Center manager was dragged from his office , they eventually found said form , theyd always wondered what these were for because nobody ever asked for them !!!
It took her 3 hours because someone had once again jumped off the roof of the multistory car park in central Lincoln so she couldnt get her car out .........Just one of those days
We filled in the pink form  of 30  pages of information they already have on a blue form and she took it straight back to them and stood over them while they checked it and sent it on its merry way to HQ.
What will be the result of this form we have no idea , but you have nothing to lose when you have nothing anyway.  But the annoying and worrying thing is theres no reference to this form anywhere , nobody at the job center knew anything about it and most of our Job Centre are pretty useful and helpful , both our caseworker and I have spoken to the DWP numerous times been stuck on hold with the god awful music that saps everyone's will to live , patronised by kids in a call center for hours in the last 6 months and im bleedin angry about the whole shitty performance . They will not tell you anything that actually helps you , unless you ask the right questions they dont give any answers what the hell is going on ?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Joy of Poverty

Now heres a little challenge for you all if your purse was really empty with cobwebs in the corners and you have a prepper attitude what would be the things you forgot to stockpile for the apocalypse ?
Heres a little list of the irritating things I forgot and the strange things ive had to adapt .
Wash powder , why have i never stockpiled washing powder ?  But nobody noticed  that i spent 2 months using dozens of odds and ends of bath foam , posh weird shampoos and even washing up liquid to do the laundry . I can vouch that Matey makes your towels lovely and fluffy !! and cheap washing up liquid cleans soiled sheets far better than any posh powder .  I now have a huge box of Easy the £5 for a huge box from Iceland courtesy of daughter , she only noticed when there was more room on the shelf in the bathroom and her bedding smelt of her disgarded nettle shampoo ...ooops.

Why is a bar of soap so cheap these days?  it works out a fraction of the price of shower gel , I have a huge selection of unopened soaps gleaned from auction lots , unopened xmas gifts we find in them and big bags of the little hotel soaps. I could probably go years without shower gel...lol

On the sewing front , white thread and white quilting thread ..AARRGGHH  when your miles from a shop and youve got not a penny thats the really irritating one .  Had a blinding idea the other week at the jumble , mattress covers , you know the varying thickness ones that nobody ever buys . I got a dustbin bag full for 30p , you guessed it theyre now all unpicked and i have tons of wadding sheets for quilting , far less messy than the time i decided to undo a duvet in the garden for wadding ...lol

On the never putting the greenhouse saga  , Mr Bah Humbug has finally after 4 years admitted hes no longer having anything to do with it...HOORAY ..the boys and i will create something that resembles a greenhouse with the greenhouse frame and the rubble we started to liberate from the airfield  a local dumping ground and resource for those needing breeze blocks and rubble . First batch of breeze blocks and bricks currently hiding in my boot at the moment . We also did a few minor storm repairs to the sheds and noticed a few more me and the boys can tackle , one shed window broke and we have plans to replace it with some toughened blue glass shelves from a wall unit i salvaged and hid years ago.  Roof repairs to leaky shed will be tackled once the munchkin returns from his holiday and i can ram him on the roof . I have some multicoloured  bits of wagon tarpaulin , just need to get some felting nails  which im sure i can turn up at the car boot and the shed will have a pretty patchwork roof ,  it will irritate Mr BH no end   and the neighbours will doubtless report us yet again...Ho Hum
So go on confess , whats the strangest think youve done while poor or just in a bid to recycle ?


a little pyrex love just because im in that kind of mood and i just washed it up and put it away

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Gray....

That I think sums up life these days , nothings going very far on the DWP front , we had a letter a few weeks ago saying they were refusing to accept the consultant letter we supplied regarding the current situation with Mr BH and the lower back and bowel problems , they told us we must reapply  because they were a new condition that occurred after his assessment ...REALLY
This week we have a letter from the tribunal service saying they have received the same letter and it will be included in the evidence pack for his tribunal.
If you didnt realise what lying cheating skanks the DWP are you would get nowhere with anything .

Not around much at the moment due to work and harvest commitments , being poor is bleedin time consuming im afraid , its all a bit 50s housewife , by the time its picked prepared and into the freezer or jammed thats another day gone .
Someone did ask if I would publish recipes , but being as im a spur of the moment cook and what i cook is hardly healthy , just filling and very cheap , that will be a very occasional happening ..lol
On the crafty front I think i should hang out a sign saying closed for the foreseeable future , I just dont have the time.
What I really need at the moment is a nice sunny sunday to do one last car boot sale , ive been donated tons of curtains and bedding by the church charity shop , they were going to send them to the ragman but theres really nice clean items among it , tons of big modern curtains and nice bedsets that sell so well out here in the sticks .  We had one of those chats where you realise that the person youre talking to has no concept of real poverty and rural poverty is very real where i live .

Bless her I caught her chucking piles of blankets to the rag man , nice expensive aertex and real wool blankets , she was baffled when i said price them up and sell them .

But nobody uses blankets these days

Live in a house with heating you cant afford to run , you use a lot of blankets come the winter

A wonderful christian charitable lady , love her to death but shes never had to think before she puts on the heating and really doesnt grasp that theres a lot of people out there who have no heating all winter. Theres plenty of houses that i visit where the kids spend the whole of winter under a duvet on the sofa with hot water bottles . Our munchkin is a hardy soul who spends his time moaning that its to hot at school , even now hes getting funny looks running to school in his shirt sleeves , they look even more baffled once it gets to January , the trick is physical activity first thing in the morning and popping your hands and feet in a icy bucket of cold water when you get up , my dad taught me that one many moons ago its an old farmworkers trick it constrictes the capilleries in your hands till the point where they hurt , but you dont feel cold again all day even working outside . Guess i just grew up in a farm house with one little range it was only warm when we had the washing copper on all day and  we all had corned beef legs from sitting to close to the fire and fighting the dogs and cats off the hearth rug ..lol ...those were the days its sad to see them back again .

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Silence

Can you hear that?  total silence the munchkin has gone back to school today !!!
Its sort of weird to get used to , but it does mean i can get on with my harvest chores , mountain of blackberries boiled up awaiting straining first job of the day . Going to try the pickled pears Hairy Bikers recipe , im missing a few ingredients , so i will improvise ..lol
Noticed the rhubarb has sprung back into life , so i will go and chop it all down and freezer a load , plus i may do a jam .  Sultanas soaking in tea for a batch of tea bread buns .  Apple everything with the windfall apples , main crop due this week...AARRGGH
Raspberries to pick theyre just yielding a pint a day at the moment but theyre going to glut shortly .
The freezer is starting to look grimly empty , so need to find cheap protein from somewhere , starting to realise that is going to be the stumbling block through the winter on the extreme food budget were on at the moment .
 Ive tried to explain to Mr Bah Humbug that we can happily live without meat but hes been really twatish about it , not that we could afford much meat before our latest financial apocalypse ..lol  He had a paddy because i served up the worst sausages of all time the other day , just straight forward sausage egg and chips and he goes off on one , only to be told hes been eating them for weeks disguised in various fajita rice , sausage casserole etc etc .
We eat a lot of cheap supermarket eggs , bacon miss shapes and liver , because they are cheap , cant beat yellow sticker liver , we had a yellow label pork chop each last week sheer luxury ..lol ..Theres a lot of indian food as well , its amazing what you can achieve with lentils and chickpeas , endless bhajis and falafels , ive always stockpiled gram flour and semolina flour so ive barely made a dint in them yet , i always mix 20g of semolina flour in when i make pastry it seems to make it less sticky and gives it that store bought colour. Getting low on dried onions but you can get a sack of onions for a couple of pounds out here in the wilds.
I have a shopping list in my head for when were flush ..lol...if it ever happens

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Ramblings

Have things improved....mmmmmm  well my mood has, though the practicalities of life have not .
So lets answer a few questions on my last post ,
Sadly you are not allowed to video these assessments though we did have our case worker there as an  impartial witness , some people have taped them without anyone being aware and there have been attempts to prosecute some assessors but the DWP and Capita refuse to provide their identities and its progressing to the High Court to whom the DWP and Capita are not responding to.
You must provide all your evidence of disability to the assessor on the day , we were not due for reassessment for another year so dont have a lot that is up to date , she refused to look at what we did have and we cant now submit it at a later date , they have just refused the last consultants report we sent them . Ho hum we will take it to the tribunal with us , in the distant future when we get a date .
The mandatory reconsideration was sent back as refused so it does have to be a tribunal .Yes our caseworker is handling the appeal process , bless her she needs a medal .
So thats it. we are at a bit of a dead end until we get the dates and we gather theres a huge backlog at the moment
So now lets get to the cheerful stuff , my wageslip shows about half what i expected for this month , nothing changing their , still hoping i dont have to give up work just so we can get the rent payed , the Welfare Help have just passed the buck back to the caseworker again , insisted we apply again for a different variation of ESA that we have tried before and they just say we arent entitled to ...AARRGGHH
Big plus i did a car boot sale that made a bit more than usual so ive splurged on yellow label turkey mince and liver and dreadful cheap sausages so we wont starve , meanwhile im trying to be an ostrich over the mountains of apples and pears we are currently infested with ..lol  The huge potato crop needs lifting im using my 8 year old slave a lot more now, he doesnt seem to mind that  im now his only childcare due to him being a very naughty boy at holiday club
 Raspberry glut is very visably coming in the next couple of weeks then its cob nuts , so easy to store, then im thinking its time to find a cheap grinder cum blender and make nuts for baking ...seems like a good idea but i cant find much about using native nuts to cook with , but im game .
Just remembered i have a gallon of red wine vinegar , it was cheap thats my excuse, so may try pickled pears im sure it was a hairy biker recipe ?
Not much canning im afraid , due to electric costs , does my head in, ive a large collection of Kilners that i wont be able to afford to fill this year ......being skint is no fun at all !!!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Shock!!! PIP

Well today we received our copies of Mr Bah Humbugs PIP report , ive just read through it and im frankly gobsmacked , its just a vast tissue of lies , not even small lies these are huge ones . Apparently he can bend down and touch his knees and practically gambol around the house!!! he was observed to walk  200 metres unaided He has no incontinence issues , didnt sob through part of the assessment , in fact hes practically fully healthy can cook for himself , shouldnt need any help with bathing or toileting and is mentally just fine . And his wrist operation has cured him !! he even got marked down for attending church!! which we do once in a blue moon .
FFS have these people no shame .
I really hope theres a special place in hell for the woman who did this assessment , the one who turned up late , had him sobbing in under 5 minutes , never asked him to walk and just pointed to a chair in the garden and asked if he could get there . She can clean him up when hes sobbing and apologising when hes soiled himself and she can  do his endless washing . Hes so embarrassed at what hes been reduced to it makes me want to cry every day . Yes he was clean and well presented , so if your disabled you should be filthy and and dressed in rags . And lets be honest hes clean and tidy because i keep him so . She should have to see him try to cook a microwave meal then be unable to get the film off it and end up with it all over the kitchen . Yes he can make a pot noodle , if someone takes the lid off  and only puts enough water in the kettle for what hes doing . She can mop up the trail of blood when hes constantly cutting himself  because he has no feeling . Or even better lets see what she has to say about the self harm scars his arms are covered in , many more just recently due to this sorry situation she has created .  And lets not forget 80% of those with my partners spinal problem kill themselves within 2 years of diagnosis , because its impossible to take away the pain without drugging him into a coma and hes tried to leave this world on more than one occasion already
And yes i am crying writing this  ...............

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Trapped

Well thats what it feels like , im surrounded by so called professional help that doesnt appear to be much bleedin help !!! case workers are messing about over  juristiction issues.
 My daughter being in the legal profession is refusing to pay the rent because shes of the legal profession and they have given us nothing to confirm the payment arrangement just a scrap of paper with a couple of figures and dates ...AARRRGGGHHH
Lincoln Hospital are driving me nuts Mr Bah Humbug was referred back in December for an ENT appointment we waited 6 months as this is none urgent , then the appointments arrived 4 times and each was cancelled over the phone and rescheduled , then they cancelled again and nothing , so while chasing up another appointment I asked what was happening and they said he had been discharged for repeated none attendance!!! This is the second time in the last couple of months that this has happened with appointments at Lincoln Hospital , it goes on his record that he doesnt attend and that could be used against him at his coming tribunal!!!  I was told they couldnt change what is on his records and it was his own fault for wasting NHS resources !!!
So I marched to the GPS spoke to the lovely sentient receptionist and she made me an appointment to speak to the practice manager , which when i showed her this had happened twice in such a short period of time came to the same conclusion I did , they are doing this to massage their figures for seeing people within so many weeks , if it wasnt for the fact that Mr BH has complex needs we wouldnt have spotted this , they could be doing this to loads of people , then claiming its an error if people question it . Because your discharged you go to the bottom of the list again ...AARRGGHH  the GP has put in a formal complaint .
Im leaving voicemails here there and everywhere trying to sort these messes out  , nobody gets back to me , apparently its the holiday season so nobody is available , my partner doesnt need a carer he needs a full time secretary !!
Todays mission try to get in touch with a couple of the other consultants secretarys about the reports he needs for his tribunal , GP refuses to help because they dont get paid for it !!  we may have to pay for the letters , the DWP doesnt ask for anything from the medical profession it is all down to you the disabled person to prove that you have any disability  , they only ask your GP for a copy of your medical records , if youve ever accesed your GP records online you realise that there very patchy , some of the locums records make no sense and it probably bears little resemblance to your current condition , there may also be lots of coded acronyms from years back about you being a malingerer , hard work etc etc , GP records seem to have approved immensely since patients have the right to read them , what a surprise...lol
Im sorry if im boring you all to tears , it feels like im documenting the decline and fall of  the NHS for posterity at the moment , but i do feel that its something that needs to be put on public record

Thursday, 17 August 2017

We're Off To See The Wizard

Well finally we got Mr Bah Humbugs Urgent Head CT results  , we also got to see the newest doctor at our GPs .  One who appears to be actually qualified , he came out of his office looked at MR Bah Humbug hobbling down the corridor and looked at me aghast .  Hes had a very bad week pain wise and one side of his body has visibly dropped yet again .  Hes mentally terrible, very irritated by things not working in his body and lashing out at everyone in frustration , one of those weeks when i want to run screaming for the hills .
So his head CT is perfectly fine , no stroke , no brain shrinkage, which has cheered up MR BAh Humbug a lot , it means he gets to keep his driving licence, not that hes fit to drive and not that i would let him at the moment , but the thought is there .
The Dr is referring us to neurology at Sheffield , which is where theyve been trying to refer him on and off for 3 years , hes had to lay it on heavy with the referral because most now get rejected at committee , we need to be careful not to see the GP who cancels all the referrals .
He was telling us there is now no Neurology , Mental Health or ENT service in the whole of Lincolnshire , he had a list of other hospitals the Nearest being Nottingham and Sheffield , we are familiar with Sheffield and Mr BH usually has to go there for his spinal problems . But as the GP points out this is a lot of use for the elderly and those without transport or much income , which is us im afraid , but he needs to go , so we will toddle off .
Well we got a visit from the Council this week about the rent , they were nice people and explained the decision  to us , apparently because we now have virtually no income , we must  pay half the rent each week , or rather my daughter must because her income is so high , this has gone down like a ton of bricks we have had teenage toddler tantrums of the first order , not bad for a 25 year old , shes told us shes leaving and taking her son with her , apparently her current car payments are more than me and Mr Bah Humbug have been living and running a house on for the last 2 years !!  Shes always paid into the house, bought a few groceries , paid for the water and took me on treats once a year , but i dont think shes ever considered just what having a home cost wise amounts to , you can cut the atmosphere with a knife , so i havent a clue what is going to happen , but if she doesnt pay they will start the eviction process at  the end of the month if she leaves they start the housing benefit again ...Bizarre
They then offered us food bank vouchers, yet again we refused the gardens running full bore now , plus we have to have appointments with Welfare Rights and The Council Debt Counselling Service . It seems there are quite a few people in this boat particularly in this area and it would seem its the same PIP assessor who has marked down everyone to nil points and blatantly lied through her teeth , the council is looking into it and have taken copies of the paperwork we have received .
I was once again told im daft for even trying to work , that i should be receiving carers allowance , which i cant get because of the PIP decision and that they will review the rent arrears in December . Its all very soul destroying , on one hand we have a Government bragging that Work Pays but in reality your far better off for sitting staring at a wall all day.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Slavery

Lets talk about something thats hit the news big time here in Lincolnshire . Now some of you may know I work part time for the Darkside , something im not allowed to talk about , they are truly crap employers .
I am familiar with the Rooney family both through my job and the fact that they are local legends , and theyve all been found guilty of modern day slavery offences and robbing the vulnerable .

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2017/08/notorious-family-members-convicted-modern-slavery-lincolnshire/

Couldnt happen to a nicer bunch of folks , they give travellers a bad name , in fact they give the human race a bad name.
So the purpose of this rant is to bring up a few things ive seen over a number of years ,  that appear to be more common. than people realise .
The controlling males of both the Asian and Eastern European varieties  , this isnt saying  that other nationalities dont do these things . It seems to be very comman for males working here to bring theyre spouses and families  here . Then they socially isolate them , the women never go out except escorted by the male , therefore they never learn any English and the male does all the talking for them , with government agencies , schools etc etc . Some have been here for 10 years or more and cant even communicate for basic things , its abuse of a dreadful sort , they have no access to money , no friends and are trapped sometimes with partners who are physically abusive as well .

The abuse of migrant workers , ive seen many cases of vulnerable people working in this country who are abused shockingly by there employers , some have been here years but there employers cynically take the piss , i met a lovely middle aged lady , eastern European  who had been ill for several weeks had submitted a sick note to her employer and received not a penny of her statutory sick pay , she had been here and paying national insurance for 7 years . So the government will be paying her employer the money and they should be paying her it . I pointed this out and she stated that she had raised this and she was told to shut up or lose her job .  This is not a tiny employer they are a medium sized company , this lady works unpaid overtime , she is expected to work 12 hours a day 6 days a week and always earns the same 40 hour week minimum wage .

Weirdest conversation of the lot a young English Asian man who had married a girl from the home country and her parents had given them a tandoori chef as a wedding present!! This grinning little bloke who spoke no English but was an amazing cook was living in the happy couples garage, quite happily , he was indentured to the brides family in Pakistan because of debts owed by his family . The lad was horrified and was trying to sort out the immigration status of the poor bloke in the garage . But as he said his whole extended family couldnt see what the problem was , they all "employ" staff in a similar vein in their indian restaurants .

So heres a few horror stories to remind you that unless you really look you dont see the awful things that are going on around you , theres a lot of people who quote the "stealing our jobs " mantra who have no idea what is actually happening in this country . Slavery is alive and we are in Lincolnshire not London , open your eyes and look !!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Doctor Tales

Well heres a surprise , we saw a useful member of the medical profession yesterday, a wee child ,bum doctor consultant , he informed Mr BH that he is 99.99% sure that he doesnt have bowel cancer or anything else sinister down in the depths , but will book him another CT scan to confirm last years MRI scans , he says that all the bottom half problems Mr BH is having ,from the gradual deterioration of his spine discs and bone causing more and more nerve damage .  He says they cant do a colonoscopy as it would do more damage than good  because of the nerve damage and hes somewhat baffled that a GP  would suggest this . We did point out that the said GP had sent Mr BH for physio because there is nothing showing on his MRI to show why he is in constant pain . We got a raised eyebrow at that point .  So thats one appointment down and 2 more scans to add to the list hes awaiting .
We are still awaiting the results of his head CT its been sat at the doctors for over a week but he hasnt been able to get an appointment , no change there .
Here is a tale told to me by Mr Bah Humbugs friend , hes a bloke that doesnt bother his doctor very often but he recently went into his local GP surgery to book an appointment , next to reception was a very large poster stating you must book 2 appointments if you have more than one problem , so he asked for 2 appointments only to be told he couldnt book 2 appointments they needed  to be booked for different days and times and he must ring at 8.30 in the morning to book each appointment they no longer book appointments at the desk .
Now Mr BHs friend works and is unable to ring at 8.30  every day until he gets an appointment so he pointed out this fact , he was then told if he was at work he obviously didnt need an appointment .
At this point he had to walk away .
He managed to ring up 2 days on the trot only to be told there were no appointments, on the third day he finally got through as far as the triage nurse who told him to ring again tomorrow to take paracetamol and fluids and go to bed .  at which point he pointed out his testicles were after 5 days of trying to get an appointment, now the size of a football and the paracetamol wernt doing a whole lot , they sent an ambulance!!! he was at work !!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Skint

Well I excelled myself  this weekend and survived the wet muddy hell of the scooter rally.  Thanks to his mate sponsoring the event for us , bores me to tears but it made Mr BH a happy man he got to spend lots of time talking gibberish with his mates  and i mostly slept through the whole event ..lol

As usual his mates are suitably appalled by the state hes in , most hadnt seen him since last summer , his mate was a huge help with the getting him around and  the up  in a morning side of things . But by Saturday Night he was exhausted and because of the mud, content to hold court in the tent . He was most impressed that he wasnt the most crippled there , a couple were wandering round with portable oxygen , endless crutches and sticks and a bloke with Motor Neurone in an electric wheelchair with a pair of carers kept getting stuck in the mud and having to be rescued it was a memorial rally for a friend of Mr BH who died of cancer and were all getting old .   I once again proved myself to be weird and an oddball by not drinking , snoring by 9pm  and walking the mile and a half into Syston  to wander round the charity shops . I think the last act just appalled everyone...lol   Didnt  buy a thing not due to poverty but because they were so damned expensive , the one notable exception The Caudes Equines Shop , never seen a shop with so much craft stuff , mountains of it , hidden away in a tiny modern shopping precinct . glorious , cheap and full of wonderful . But I was good and didnt buy a thing, its all about needs not wants at the moment .

On the shopping front the kids are being wonderful , though im not so sure about the nutrition levels of what they buy , diets are very much out of the window for the foreseeable future , im still wasting away, because there are a lot of things i cant eat due to my insides having been reorganised . Im still the size of a hippo but im back to my small hippo clothes at the moment .

This months shopping list will include , sugar for jam making , razors for my pet ewok , toilet rolls thanks to Penny the toilet roll killer who is growing at a rate of knots . Gram Flour , sack of Onions, something i dont grow because they are so cheap to buy . Endless everyday value from Tesco because its the nearest supermarket and they keep sending me vouchers that make a big difference even Tescos realise were poverty stricken. All topped up by the occasional yellow label item from the Coop in the next village . I did manage to score a good bagfull  yesterday thanks to my son , £3.75 for loads of bread, new potatoes in herb butter and mushrooms . Sadly the Moy Park chicken shop is under renovation till the 7th so i cant do a chicken run , im hoping the prices dont go up due to the renovation , we will see .  Now I just need to see if payday comes around on Friday , I await this with interest!!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Progress?

Has there been any progress?  Nope , his mandatory reconsideration has been rejected and was failed completely not a single point given .  So now we must await a very large form and then a tribunal which will be months , somewhere between 5 months and 2 years due to the huge backlog of appeals.
On a plus side we actually had a visitor  , a mate of Mr Bah Humbug , who is the average working bloke , works 60 hours a week, his missus has just been told she has heart problems, she also works hideous hours , theyre barely keeping up with the bills . He was appalled that we could be left with nothing at all , despite Mr having worked since he left school. We will probably never see him again as we served as a horrifying reminder of what happens these days if one of you becomes ill ,  He offered to take us out for a meal which we politely refused , mainly because we dont have the fuel money to go and get back here .

Today im expecting a call from my boss because i told the firm I work for on Friday that im grounded due to lack of funds. I forked out my last £50 on fuel last week I have nothing now for 2 weeks .  My work licences are due next month and i have nothing to fund them either  so i guess this is it work wise . I cant keep paying to have a job , they never catch up with what they owe you ever, and if you walk away you never see the money they owe you either .
 So where we go from here i dont know ? Ebay methinks .

Wait I do know , in theory we are going on an all expenses paid trip to a wet muddy field at Leicester , Mr BHs best friend is funding him a weekend at a scooter rally , small problem we have his urgent brain scan on Friday , but at least this means he cant try to ride there , he is kidding himself that he could, but we dont need to rub in the fact that those days really have past .

Biggest tragedies  of the week ?  I snapped my garden fork off digging potatoes  ..lol   I also have a badly swollen knee for no apparent reason , so im hobbling about a wee bit . It peed it down so no funds from car boot this week .  The daft things you run out of ?  Razors !!  So Mr Bah Humbug is now looking rather like an Ewok , in a cute furry sort of way ......

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Party Season

What to say..mmmmm , well I picked up some holiday cover , either that or yet another staff member has walked out..lol  this is a big risk , the big risk being will i get paid this month or will the firm go into liquidation again because they cant make the wage bill ?

Despite being cured by the DWP Mr BH hasnt been to well the last couple of weeks , im not so sure that isnt caused by the stress of our current situation , we managed to see a GP the other day , the nice one who always seems to be on maternity leave , she must have a huge family..lol  . So now hes got to await a head CT appointment due to some really odd neurological problems hes having ,  we can add that to his ENT appointment thats been 6 months cancelled 5 times still waiting for his next one . His urgent be seen in 2 weeks bum doctor appointment thats now been cancelled 6 times and been over 6 months.  Orthopedics dont want to see him again , his hip and pelvic injections having been totally ineffective , they have once again come up with theres nothing more they can do . Thats 5 consultants and 3 different hospitals  all say the same , but the DWP know better .

Odd fact , they now ration the heavy duty painkillers he has for when he does something dumb or takes a tumble , bit bazaar as these were what they wanted him to take daily on cost grounds before he insisted on seeing the pain consultant , it has to be really bad for him to take them as they knock him out and turn him into a grinning zombie . But he is allowed 4 a day in short bursts because otherwise we would be cluttering up A&E every time he tumbled . It would seem your only allowed 5 days worth now because people sell them!!   We could be rich and not know it .

Heres a little DWP logic to lighten the situation
Pain does not score any points in an assessment
If you have had a operation since your last assessment you must have been cured (if only)
There are no points for mental illness caused by your physical condition
100m walking in the DWP universe can be measured at 20m with a normal measure , even if you never asked to see the person walk .and only pointed to a chair in the garden  less than 20m away .

So this month we have achieved , all the bills got paid because we sold some stuff , we ate rather well because i grew a lot of veg this year , its my birthday and the kids have bought me fuel !!! so i can do more work i might get paid for and its raining properly at last , so the apples and pears may finally swell ready for the first harvest .

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Just Knit It

So in the depths of the dry and arid wastelands that are the fen edge what have i been up to?  Truthfully not a lot , work has dried up , we dont do a whole lot during the school holidays , plus theres the small matter of the receivership and the new investors the men in charge are currently threshing out a deal with .  Its surprising how much i can save by not going to work , so we are just managing on the odd car boot and a bit of ebay at the moment , our caseworker has gone off sick so nothing much happening in the world of form filling and scrounging off the state .
Im just building up to restarting the ebay shop during the school holidays and for a change i will run it into xmas  , I decided its better to car boot and have a good clear out through the decent weather , the local car boot is now free , so if i make £20+ a week selling total crap I can live with that and it keeps us in bread milk and fuel .
  Theres a certain snobbery at the car boots , the stall holders are mainly men of a certain age who are as miserable as sin and class a £100 a week as their pocket money . I had a bit of a spat with one next to me the other week .

I wouldnt get out of bed to sell the shit you do .

Really??

Bloody junk that should go in the bin .

I view it as recycling , theres a use for everything .

Your even giving stuff away, whats the bloody point in that .

I was giving away a box of jam jars and a box of eggboxes , I knew someone would have a use for them.  I also give away stuff im sick of the sight of ..lol  the ends of stuff ive had a big pile of , or the cant be bothered to pack it back into the car stuff . The eggboxes got me a dozen lovely eggs from the lady who took them , im more than happy with that .

Its such a spiteful selfish world we live in and its the little things that make me happy . sitting outside at 5am reading , because the hot flushes are back with a vengeance stress methinks .  The orchids growing in the lawn hence the peculiar cutting pattern..lol  , bee watching in the clover beds  etc etc


Meanwhile this bit of tattyness brought a smile to my face , take a close look at the red hat at the back , yep back in the 60s it was acceptable to mount a golliwog on top of you kids head .....how times have changed

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Bored

Being poor is boring ...that should be the whole of this post ..lol
But its not , today im sat here trying to justify going to a sale for the day just to get a break from Mr Bah Humbug and his endless bad tempered, woe is me attitude .
He has crashed and burned mentally yet again , not a big surprise under the circumstances i must admit , refusing to wash and shave or change his clothes , I know he has mental health problems , but once again hes refusing to see the doctor and hes just so damned nasty to us all including the munchkin that life is now hard work .  I feel as if im the referee in a rather sarcastic boxing match , nothing is right for him.

The dreaded interview with housing benefit went rather strangely , told them the circumstances and there was an awful lot of tooth sucking , it seems once again im technically guilty of fraud , because he has been in receipt of ESA since March and i havent informed them , but they hadnt  informed us till a week ago either !!  He receives no money he hasnt for over 2 years now so how would we know . It seems the information was never sent to them either , so they hadnt recalculated anything , so they have to recalculate from march ....err but we havent received anything so the calculation should be the same ...much tooth sucking again.

So once again  i was issued the eviction speech  , so i just pointed out that my partner is disabled and this is a disabled adapted property and that we do have a caseworker . More tooth sucking
I finally left with a form for discretionary Housing Benefit which i will give to our caseworker to try and sort out and a lecture on how i need to work more hours ...so a result methinks !!

Try not to laugh at this , received a phone call from the boss , it seems that they have been in receivership for a week because they couldnt make the wage bill this month , had i not noticed a different name on my pay slip?   Not really as i hadnt had a damned wage slip and they now owe me a considerable sum of money , peanuts to them but not to me .
I wish they had gone to the wall then we could get some financial help !!

Monday, 3 July 2017

My Way

We ive cleared loads of crap by doing a couple of car boot sales , still lots more to go as i havent even tackled the sheds yet...lol
Sarcastic son has been a big help and daughter is starting to sort me tons of stuff out , just donated a pile of university text books that will go on to ebay once the kids get there results , law and politics are good sellers , so thats a couple more weeks of bills paid .
I have to sort out another bank account because theyve shut my personal account ,i havent had a wage from the business in months , im once again credit blacklisted ( cant eat your credit rating so not that bothered ) Creditors wise some have been lovely , Anglian Water however are their usual twatish selves we had to go to the regulators last time we had financial problems !!
Found out that most banks wont accept me because I dont have a UK Passport , so will try to get round the Coop as they have social exclusion policies that arent affected by a bad credit rating .

British Gas rang to drop a bombshell, we will no longer be able to use home vending on our  prepayment meter from later in the month , we must accept a smart meter , yes great, but they dont work here, we have no mobile signal of the correct type , plus if you take a British Gas meter thay are different to other suppliers and then you cant change supplier!! British Gas are currently the cheapest prepayment suppliers in this area , but we have no shop to vend a key the nearest post office is a village away but it hardly opens anymore and we dont have enough regular income  to put a weeks worth of electric on at a time !! we use the odd £10 in Paypal to top up normally.

Wish me luck im off to North Kesteven Council to try and sort out the Housing Benefit , last time they just started eviction proceedings at that point and accused me of Benefit Fraud !!!  Ho hum out of everything theyre the one that makes me lose the will to live , they have nice staff and a few absolute swines who just think your off the programmes on the telly .

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

What Fun

So to celebrate destitution I buggered off on a trip to London , my birthday trip from my daughter so all paid for and done in advance . We took the Munchkin on his first trip to a gig rather than a big concert . Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies.  At the Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush , lovely venue fantastic staff only the size of a large pub , former music hall and bingo hall and you could take kids!!! We were sheltering from the sun round the side of the venue and the munchkin chimes up
Hello Alan !! sign my Ipod case for me
Next thing i know hes been kidnapped by a dodgy Canadian bloke and vanished into the venue to meet the band ..lol
He reappeared well pleased and laden with freebies , what can i say theyre a band of real nice folks . We were right at the front and they stopped for a natter with the munchkin half way through the gig ..lol..hes never stopped singing since we got back

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nGPgcZ3CWI


On the destitution front ....you all worry to much , we are fine for a couple of months at least , its going to be grim but its been grim in the past and weve managed .
For those from abroad , let me explain . Because i am self employed i receive nothing from the state if sick or out of work for 6 months . it makes no difference if we split up , I would still receive nothing. Mr Bah Humbug would receive something if i left him , not much and it would be eaten up by carers fees , he still wouldnt be given anything to live on until his appeal is heard and their are layers to the appeals which the government is spending on lawyers to fight the appeals thats why it takes so long . Many of the appeals are queuing for the High Courts that can take up to 2 years , they hope you die during this time !!
A benefits queen "friend" of the type you see on the TV , never worked , different ailment everytime they threaten her with work, all the kids statemented with different problems did give me some advice.
I should dump Mr BH  in the Local Jobcenter and scream the place down about how hes incontinent and let him crap all over the floor , thats what she would do !!  They soon cough up then ...REALLY!!
In the world where i live you just plant another 20 cabbage plants , and dig out the bed pads you made before we got the damned PIP payments in the first place and just get on with it......

Thanks for all your kind words , we have internet for another 2 months  , so i will keep you posted





Friday, 23 June 2017

Celebrate The Apocalypse

Quite where to begin , a few weeks ago Mr Bah Humbug  had a PIP reassessment , both myself and his caseworker were present and he sobbed through most of it due to the embarrassing nature of the questions . He had a further year to run but they decided to visit him early .
Last week we received a letter to say he scored nil points , he has been cured by the DWP , he has no visable signs of disability and because he can drive a manual vehicle no mobility needs, we were expecting the rate for mobility to drop because they have removed the mental health descriptors from the questions because to many people were getting it !!
But to lose all of it is bizarre , he has a degenerative condition , its not getting better , he can drive a few miles at most and thats because most of his disability is in his right hand side . when he arrives he has to sit for at least 30 minutes and wait for the feeling to come back to his legs before hes able to walk !!
Then the next day he gets another letter saying he has been awarded full ESA  but because he hasnt paid contributions for 2 years they wont be paying him a penny . He didnt apply for this, he applied for the work with support component this allows him to continue with his 4 hours a week at college.
So our caseworker has started an appeal for both benefits , it is disheartening to find that this can take up to 2 years .
So thats it we have only my unreliable minute income to live on , this is going to effect our Housing Benefit so we may well end up homeless or having to move because this is a disabled adapted property and officially Mr Bah Humbug is no longer disabled . Caseworker says she will start that argument next week once the appeals are lodged .
To say Mr Bah Humbug is down is an understatement , hes doing his best to be vile to all of us in the hope we go off to a "better" life , not happening im afraid , but its true he would be financially better off without us , even though hes cured they would have to provide care workers each morning to get him up washed and dressed , do all his cooking , washing  etc etc .
The main stumbling block is the fact that we are a universal credit area , so i cant apply for tax credits , I cant apply for anything because im self employed , i cant do a damn thing about any of this , just hope they actually pay me this month !!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Kitty Porn


 Penny is now an official Gnome killer !!!  just as photogenic as always , shes truly gorgeous but never stops , with her been so dark its been suggested she wears a hi viz , like to see Mr Bah Humbug achieve that one !!


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Speechless


A Young Baldrick tale that really beggers belief!!!

Mr Bah Humbug receives a phone call from a housing officer it got a wee bit tense , so he once again throws the phone at me and says sought that !!!
Now once again Young Baldrick has cut us off , hes been ignoring arranged meetings not answering his phone or door etc etc .
It seems hes been refusing to engage at all with any of the agencies hes involved him and his housing officer has had numerous complaints from another resident , so she needed to serve him with notice of eviction!!!
Did we have access to his flat ?
Well we do have a set of keys but he does leave the keys in the door to stop anyone getting in . So we popped down there and i broke in ...oops used the keys...honest .
He was laid stinking, wrapped in his curtains on the sofa  at 2 oclock in the afternoon !!!
The place was a stinking mess , i dont think hed thrown out anything since he moved in , fag ends everywhere , empty bottles everywhere, rotting food wrappers and ball bearings everywhere..WTF !!!
So surprise Step mommy is stood at the side of your sofa screaming in your lug to get your lazy arse up !!
So heres what we found , the little treasure had ordered a replica gun from Amazon which fires ball bearings and peppered the walls with it , thousands of metal ball bearings , it looks like measles in the plaster work!!  He has been using it in the garden so its a wonder he hasnt had a visit from The Men In Black to place a red dot on his forehead!! .....confiscated and destroyed by his dad
The mushrooms that were crawling in maggots had walked into his slow cooker the day before and that was his food for the week , hed gone and bought 30 jars of spices but no other actual food !!
Hes stopped taking his medication ...surprise
So I had a long chat with his housing Officer and it seems she was unaware that he has mental health problems the agency that is supposed to be supporting him never mentioned it .  Why isnt he living with us ?
Because we wouldnt be able to keep our tenancy if he lived with us !!!!! we are overcrowded and hes a nightmare .
 So where do we go from here ?
Well hes back in touch with his support agency . His paperwork is up to date . Hes currently starving and without electricity (at least that should stop the noise complaints )  he can always spend the next week hungry and cleaning , that was the excuse for the state of the place , he had nothing to clean with , so i popped to the shop and bought cleaning equipment ,  can he come here to stop as he doesnt get paid for another week ...Nope

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Election Eve Broadcast

So here we are nearly at the finishing post ...
And all I can think to say is what a shower of shit are asking for our votes
 Mr Corbyn is a decent honest bloke from a different universe , if he wins we are condemning him to the most poisonous job ever , trying to sort out Brexit . there has been lots of truly evil press and TV against him , but he seems to have enjoyed the whole campaigning experience . Hes doesnt seem to be phased by any of it . now there attacking Diane Abbot endlessly because shes not such a polished professional as some of the others .
Mrs May , well youve had seven years to make any impact on the whole terrorism scenario but seem to be more pleased that youve saved a bit of cash on policing . Sorry love but we have a whole generation of mainly young men in this country who your policies increasingly marginalise , they have no jobs no purpose no future and a few  muslim ones think they have found a purpose in terrorism .
So im going to ask some pretty callous question here .

 Does the money thats been saved outweigh the loss and ruining of lives you have caused ?

The magic money tree that means you cant give anyone in the NHS a proper pay rise have a different branch for funding Trident missiles ?

I travel all over the county of Lincolnshire and the sea of blue placards in pensioners gardens would imply that theyre all going to be voting Tory ,like turkeys voting for Xmas , theres not a thing I can change about that fact.

The one thing ive gathered from this whole campaign is that the press and TV are disgusting and biased, its pretty obvious to anyone , I dont think for one minute Mr Corbyn is an IRA sympathizer but equally i cant believe the disgusting articles stating that Mrs Mays father was involved in one of the churches pedophile scandals .

So vote for whoever you choose thats my verdict , I dont mind who it is . But please vote , express an opinion do something thats all i ask


Monday, 5 June 2017

Bloody Monday

Its 10.30 and its already one of those days !!!! Friday I was summoned into the bank , my only small reliable monthly payment hadnt gone into the bank . I ring my employers , who were very shifty and they  told me they had sorted it , there was a computer problem it would be in by 3pm .
Then this morning i find my phone has been cut off and my car insurance cancelled ...ffs like i need this hassle at the moment , still trying to sort this mess out , not helped by my other half giving me the death stare and refusing to lend me his phone ...grrrr
So I have to prioritize this unholy shitting mess once again caused by my poxy employers , im trying to take on other work ...lot of good with no phone access and not being able to drive.
 Though one company did make me snigger last week they wanted me to work for them because i have tons of experiance , then they asked my age and the whole tone of the interview changed , he finally said that that i didnt fit the demographic they employ , in other words i dont have a penis and im the wrong age ......
My sole plus point in life is little Penny , the least photographic kitten in the litter , Penny because shes a Soft Kitty and my other half loves Big Bang Theory .  Small , very feisty and mental in the way that kittens are really good at . Mr BH went and picked her and made a grave error of judgement in that you cant see a black tabby against a dark carpet , so hes constantly tripping over her and treading on her , her revenge was to wee in his sun hat.....crap photos im afraid shes never still long enough to get a decent picture  once she gets her proper eye colour her looks will improve, for now shes just a weedy little scrap




Monday, 29 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

General Election Broadcast No 4

Last week I was listening to a group of Police Officers gossiping , they were laughing at the fact that they are going to magic up an extra 10 000 police , cant even remember which party came up with this one . As one of them pointed out " They cant even recruit enough to keep the numbers up now , the pensions are shocking , the job stinks and everybody with any sense is leaving .
Then theres my mother ...AAARRRGGGHHH ...I already know shes a genetic Tory voter , if they said they were going to gas all benefit claimants and throw all the immigrants off the White Cliffs of Dover, they still wouldnt be hardcore enough for her . 83 and hates everyone..lol

You know that scruffy little shite Corbyn .

Mother!!

He used to be in the IRA

No he didnt mother

I bet he supports the Muslims

Hes a pacifist mother , he supports everyone .

As you may have guessed , she was trying to get me to hang up and i wasnt taking the bait ..lol

Its all the scroungers dragging this country down , the bad back brigade they all want putting down , they should sterilize all the unemployed , just breeding more scroungers etc etc etc on and on and on .

So I just pointed out that ,once Mrs May had forced her to get an equity loan on her home and robbed her of everything but 100k  , she would still be in a care home ...its been very quiet since



Saturday, 20 May 2017

A Week of Ordinary

What can I say , to much work none of it very profitable , my continuing problems with ebay ?
Nope its 3 jumble sale Saturday not quite shore how i will achieve this bountiful feast but im going to try..lol
12.00 Cherry Willingham village hall
1.00  Dunholme Village Hall
1.30 Minting Village Hall

plus a table top sale at Metheringham 9am  that i should be rushing to , but ive just got out of the shower and im not moving fast this morning..lol
Plus theres a Cream Tea and table Top in Timberland Village Hall  thats hardly been advertised at 2.00 that sounds good to me on the way home if i havent spent up

So this is the quick guide to what you do in rural lincolnshire on a Saturday , really i should be stuck at home doing endless chores for this thankless bunch...sod um!!!!!


Saturday, 13 May 2017

General Election Broadcast No 3

Did you witness the appearance of Mr and Mrs May on the One Show ?  all very strange but her and her OH seem to still like each other after a lot of years . I can never fault her taste in shoes ( see I said something positive)  sadly I can never forget the designer leather trousers made from the skins of  Sanctioned Benefit Claimants she wore a few months ago .
Then there was the time she lost a few votes this week  by mentioning that she thought fox hunting was a good idea , see they let her off script for a minute and her campaign managers are crying in the corner...lol
Meanwhile young Jeremy Corbyn seems to be quite enjoying himself tootling round the country , kissing dodgy babies and shaking the hands of all and sundry . Bless him he achieved the status of demigod when he managed to run over a BBC reporters toe from the passenger seat of a car driven by police protection . I really like the bloke but i can see his faults and it does seem his campaign is being managed by Simon Cowell its a wee bit One Direction .
Our local candidate has once again stunned us , someone did point out they thought they were hallucinating walking round Sleaford  this week , its Shetland ponies up and down the High Street in Vote Conservative banners .
So heres my overview.

 Are the Conservatives not taking this Election at all seriously , do they really think they cant possibly lose?
If they do lose , are they counting on the incoming boundry changes to finish the Labour
Party
The CPS have decided that they cant possibly prosecute anyone for electoral fraud . Bleedin Scary, has it been pointed out that the CPS will cease to exist if they do?

Just remember one party politics is what runs North Korea and Syria , thats the really scary thought !!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Pyrex

When did ebay become so damned complicated?  really struggling with it at the moment not running the shop just using it to sell a few bits and bobs that we dont need , it just seems to be designed to run on a smart phone . Something i dont have and try to avoid at all costs , in fact mobile phones are the one aspect of modern life i detest , I could live without one if it wasnt for work .  Then my wretched phone decided to ring 999 under its own steam this morning 3 times in a row .Why just Why!!!
Got a long lecture about wasting their  time , i heard it talking to itself or i would never have known , apparently EE are experiencing network problems . So ive turned it off and chucked it into a drawer till i need it .
The only pleasure is veg gardening down in the windswept wilderness , bleedin mice have nobbled my sweetcorn it had nicely got shooting up , the potatoes are just up , lots of orkney blue again this year, its a short season potato so the cabbages will go in straight after theyre done , couldnt find my favourite pink fir apples this year , unless i ordered them which i couldnt afford . Theyre may be a few strays pop up, im hoping . Somewhat surprisingly im getting a bit of help from my son , im not complaining , digging reduces me to agony .
The greenhouse is likely never to get finished , mainly because Mr BH is an annoying perfectionist , if hed just vanish for a couple of days it would be up and working , I dont need perfect i just want it up .
Must get round to sorting the strawberry netting , the thrush will be so frustrated but i want to leave them to polinate for a couple of weeks first , then theres the cabbage nets to sort out , the joys of living in the countryside , the wildlife wants to share all your food !!
Mr Bah Humbug went to see some kittens yesterday they will be ready in a couple of weeks, I knew he would give in eventually,  a small furbaby would cheer everyone up , he wants two but we can barely afford one , we arent on Income Support so dont qualify for help with the cost of neutering .
On the Thrift side I managed to get to a Car Boot at New York on Sunday , no its not a large place its a crossroads with a barren windy field with added bucket bog , tons of stalls lots of great stuff and i bought a tray of cauliflowers and calabrese,  they are much further on than mine so it gives the crops a head start a whole £2.00 spent .
I'm going to try and flog these JAJ pyrex lovelies on facebook , my favourite pattern but they would be just stuffed in a cupboard unused so they need to go . If they dont sell I will hide them somewhere ..lol  you can have to many mixing bowls !!



Thursday, 4 May 2017

General Election Broadcast No2

 Caroline Elizabeth Johnson – The Conservative Party candidate for Sleaford and Hykeham ...pair of supporters  seen riding round Sleaford town center in a couple of Sinclair C5s Tuesday ...Why just Why ? Nothing better to spend funds on ? After all Attila the Hun could sit as a candidate for the conservative party here and get elected , we are an area of nothing but pensioners and most of them arent poor . The poor and the disabled are mostly shunted out to the villages to poor quality council accommodation so its easy to believe everythings just fine here. Sadly my vote is worthless here , the blue rinses and the farming community will vote Tory forever . 
So I will leave you with this doodle that came to mind the other day , I think it sums it up , with apologies to Pastor Niemoller 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Bank Holiday

Well this has been exciting , do you ever get one of those days when you want to slaughter the rest of the world ? Once upon a time I had my hormones to blame now theyve dried up I think its just me ..lol
The plan was to get up and do ebay all day , ive mountains of stock kicking around in here and id quite like to see the floor . But nothing is that easy these days we seem to have a charger  thief in this house not sure who but i will hunt them down and kill them , took hours to get a wire to charge the camera .
Then theres the fact that my little finger is off on a mission of its own and its constantly catching the caps lock , it does this from time to time just to annoy me , ive tried taping it down but then my hand twists so i cant type properly , I look like a Victorian Dowager waiting for her cuppa tea .
Mr Bah Humbug is driving me mad as well , everytime i start anything theres a compelling reason he needs me, plus hes on a ,everything i say is wrong mission and hes feeling the urge to constantly correct me ,I know hes in pain but hes behaving like a total twat and now hes finally nodded off on the sofa I thought i will sit down and do a load of ebay listings. in fact ive managed to list 3 lots of wool because ebay doesnt like my photos or the brands or the bleedin EAN no , still clueless what that actually is but someone on the ebay forum said to just type in, does not apply , it worked!!
On the plus side ive managed a cat jumble sale on Saturday up the Birchwood , got all the curtains for Young Baldricks flat for a whole £3 then found out the price of curtain track is bleedin scary, so playing hunt the cheap curtain track at the moment . Moving day is Tuesday for him , still hasnt got a bed but hes got a sofa and a duvet so he will have to manage and hes also got a lot of noodles till his cheap cooker arrives .
The jumble sale also yielded next winters wardrobe for me , love it when unseasonal shopping is so cheap , got this little gem as well , Peace plate from 1918 complete with HMS iron duke and a bit of retro Wedgewood . Sneaked out to the car boot yesterday and all i came back with was a big xmas cactus and a couple of Lavender plants , lots of snide remarks about can we eat them !!



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

General Election Broadcast No 1

You just knew I wouldnt be able to resist didnt you ? I know its weeks away but i think its time to throw a few questions out dont you ? So lets begin with the big one .
Why has Mrs May called a General Election ?
Could it be
A The stress may kill Jeremy Corbyn
B Brexit the shitstorm
C The CPS not doing as their told and ignoring the small amount of election fraud in the last election.

Wellllllll    methinks its got more to do with trying to sort out the killing of the Labour  Party than anything , things have  quietened down around Jeremy these days , hes still alive his tofu burgers and sandals have survived the onslaught of the suits . Hes his usual frail shabby little self and he still quietly puts his case with no dramatics . Hes right about a lot of things and wrong about a lot of things but at least he doesnt think the poor should be paying the price for Brexit and everything else that is wrong in this country .

Do we care about electoral fraud ? We sort of expect it , so the daft gits once again tried to fiddle the expenses , this is a national pastime and let him who is without sin cast the first stone . Are we really that daft our votes can be bought by whoever has more suits on the ground and a shinier bus ?

Wee Jimmy Sturgeon , shes like a small annoying wasp these days and has watched Braveheart once too often but im sure it will be fun if someone has to form a coalition government with her . Then the Scots can have an annual vote on whether to stay or go , not that you can go far on a small island , plus think of the economic boost created by rebuilding Hadrians Wall .

Brexit ho hum , well once the French election finishes we may not be the only country telling the EU where to go , negotiating isnt going to work, so wouldnt 10 blokes with axes in a locked room be a better way of  doing it ?

But the highlight of the whole affair has to be Tony Blair telling everyone to Vote Tory , laughed my socks off at that one .


Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Change of Life

I had one of those conversations yesterday , in Little Tesco while staring at the uninspiring choice in the markdown bin ..lol
There was a gentleman probably in his late 50s with his little wire basket politely waiting like myself for the trolly bashers climbing over each other .
We looked at each others baskets , mine consisted of everyday value pot noodles and everyday value fish fingers , which for 65p for 10 are suprisingly nice if a bit skinny .
He had everyday cat stars and milk . He said
Did we ever think everyday would come to this?
Then he rifled through the markdowns sighing , we both settled for reduced sausages 65p a pack , tesco cheap Richmond copies but I can chop them and add rice, tomato, spices that are kicking about and with a pack of wraps its tea for 4 adults and a child .
This got me thinking , our food budget hasnt increased in years it cant , but things are getting very desperate , MrBh is having his PIP reassessed that is our only reliable income , it will drop by half because the goalposts have changed again and we will then have endless appeals , without any income in that time and with no help from our GP , this takes at least 6 months , hes his usual blase self about it . Im just frantically gardening , the big problem is now he has this diet plan hes supposed to stick to , his food costs twice as much , im losing weight again and munching iron and multivitamins everyday because i have a huge supply discarded by my health nut daughter , fruit is now off the menu he has to have it each day and hes so damned picky its making life hard . Once the garden kicks in things will be much better , but they dont call this time of year The Hunger Gap for nothing .
The GP suggested Weight Watchers for us both , we can both go it seems free,  he needs to lose 10st which would make him the size of an adolescent or a lollipop head , i did laugh according to her chart i should weigh 7st 6 ...in her dreams i think , but if things dont improve she may get her wish, without Weightwatchers.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Petty Annoyances

Thankyou all for the sympathy and condolences on the death of the Ginger One , still sadly missed by all . People keep asking me where he is , he was locally infamous as a cat flapper and food stealer and for walking to school howling .
Are we getting another cat , the verdict is mmmmm , both me and the munchkin are lost without him, but a house cat wouldnt work with the kids always running in and out , Ive looked at rescue cats , simply cant afford one im afraid , plus we cant meet the criteria for them   , its made me realise why some rescues are flooded out with animals . theres a big difference between the mythical perfect happy ever after home and the reality of cats . They will live where they choose and do as they want i'm afraid .  We shall see , maybe something furry will come our way ?
I managed a Jumble Sale cum Summer Fayre at the Birchwood this week courtesy of my daughter and spent a whole 80p on tablecloths and £1 on a set of huge curtains for Young Baldrick , he stopped here for Easter Sunday and helped his dad with stage one of finishing the greenhouse construction started 4 years ago ..lol its going to be a long job as i now need decent fence treatment which is costly



. Then theres reopening the ebay shop , that is taking far longer than planned due to endless software and compatibility issues , even the pictures arent working , im sure i will figure it out or my IT expert will ..lol
Thanks to the election work is on hold as usual , im waiting to see if my cheque lands with interest , if it doesnt i think i will retire ...I wish

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Week of Negative

Thought our good luck wouldnt last for long . Sadly we lost our Ginger furbaby to a car on Saturday , 9 years of furry pleasure gone in a second , hes been such a big part of everybodys life for so long now , the munchkin is sure he is going to rise on Easter Sunday . Mr says thats it no more , the garden is a furry abbatoir we have buried 4 in 10 years , we live on a quiet country lane but cats have no road sense . I just cant stand the silence , he was very in your face . I cant stand not having a single cuddle from anyone , in fact its driving me mad .
Then I got the stomach bug from hell , so now im wandering round like a drained corpse from hell , tons of work I just cant do, and a Bank Holiday coming up, with no funds and a house move for Young Baldrick who has been given a council flat , with a £150 grant to furnish it , a challenge im not feeling upto..lol  the whole family is giving bits and bobs but will he care ? well hes taking his medication regularly so he seems much more with it , the big question is whether he will keep taking it once hes loose in the community. He will continue to get a bit of support with maintaining his tenancy , but its whether he can manage to keep away from the drugs once hes on is own , or if he is going to get back in with the same crowd as last time only time will tell

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Week of Positive

Things just keep getting better and better , well in my little world they do . This week we had been stalking a new washer in the Argos sale only to find the sale had ended and it had gone up £50 in a day!  So we looked on the comparison websites and found that although the prices were lower in some places once you added the "installation"  delivery and removing the old machine they all came to the same price , the point is we didnt need installation,  delivery or removal but you cant not have them . we stripped the old washer down took out the drum to use in the garden , recycled some of the parts smashed up the plastics and popped them in the bin , kept the door and we were just left with the shell for the travelling wombles to take when theyre about . How they have the cheek to charge for installation i dont know a chimp can do it , but one i emailed stated they just abandon it on your doorstop if you dont pay for installation , plus you cant just collect a washer from a shop these days ..
Anyway i told Mr Bah Humbug that enough was enough and i was off down to Terrys Auction Room to get a washer whether he liked it or not . So for the stunning total of £30 i have a washer , far from new but it works a treat and if i get a year out of it I will be well happy. I will keep my eyes peeled for a newer bigger one when im flush . I ended up staying at the auction all afternoon just for a bit of me time and as usual as the afternoon wore on  the crowd and the internet died a death , they had five flatscreen TVs from house clearances and they were going cheap so with the rest of the washer budget i bought a TV for the bedroom nobody wanted it because it was so thick with dust and weve been without one for nearly a year since one of the kids cast offs died , cant say ive missed it at all but his lordship likes TV when he cant sleep . Got it home dusted it and Mr Bah Humbug started moaning it was to big for the bedroom because its the same size as the one in the living room , he says This is weird theres an awful lot of stuff on this control and its got tons of different sockets on the back ,
 He went on the internet got the manual and then said

How does this always  happen to you ?

What

Youve gone and bought a posh make smart TV with onboard everything.  how much ?

£22 with free dust !!

He was speechless , doesnt happen often .

Monday, 3 April 2017

Just Because

At last a couple of tiny pluses in my lackluster world.  You know the like comment and share competitions on Facebook , well I got this little beauty sent to me by The Search Press to review and im glad to report that this is a  modern crochet book I actually got on quite well with , it does written and charts plus a gorgeous photo and after a play with a few wool scraps , not the right weight or type , I managed to make a flower square that sort of resembled what they thought it should look like , I love crochet for its mindless quality and the fact that if you drop a stitch you wont get miles and hours along before it becomes very obvious . So I plan to have a few more plays with the designs in this one .




I toddled to Methringham car boot yesterday on the way to the Coop , i managed to get my shopping and a big file of knitting patterns with change from £3 , the tatty gem among the mostly 70s and 80s patterns is this War Knitting by Bestway  you can knit an ARP jumper !!





The Coop was having a bit of a clear out on the veg front yesterday so its wilty veg witth everything for the next couple of days , then a root in the freezer to see if theres any fruit left at the bottom to disguise the rhubarb because ive run out of jam and its munchkins holiday club this week ..lol Note to oneself,  must also bake buns he was moaning there were none today











Monday, 27 March 2017

Spring Sprung

So the reason for not being around much is Spring , cant beat a bit of heavy duty garden work in the sunshine , the trouble is im very much Billy No Mates when it comes to the gardening , plus they dont get no dig methods , i have to use those, my cyst ridden hips and back  wont handle a lot of digging . Its been that bad ive had to have a  nettle cull with real weed killer , hideously expensive vile stuff . I always leave a nettle patch between us and the cows it really does seem to keep them from deciding to visit plus the wildlife love them ,but theyre very invasive so needed culling every 3 or 4 years . its not where we plant crops  Ive a mountain of brambles to burn as well .
Im probably wasting my breath , but i want the greenhouse putting up , its been waiting 4 years now and the frames done and im sick of the feeble excuses from the whole lot of them , if they cant be arsed it can be sold , just very militant and totally fed up at the moment.
Still having to handwash everything due to the lack of a washer , this  is eating so much time , once again no help forthcoming .
Yesterday was Mothers Day , so I cooked endlessly for the whole ungrateful bunch of them Young Baldrick included , didnt do an ounce of washing so theyre all whining this morning ,  daughter nipped me to B&Q to price up the stuff for the greenhouse base , then a trip to Poundworld for a pack of Frys chocolate creams .
Dont have the money to pay for the greenhouse base so ive been out first thing skip stalking in Woodhall Spa where the posh folk live , its amazing what they chuck out over the weekend..lol but there were no breeze blocks aaarrrggghhh
Then theres a letter from the council informing us that theyre going to come and see how they can upgrade the heating, i should imagine that will be a log burner which will be no use to Mr Bah Humbug and as he pointed out maybe if they actually fitted double glazing we wouldnt be wasting our time trying to heat this dump , that may sound ungrateful but its ridiculous that they were defrauded by the company that fitted the new windows and it took them 5 years to admit it we have to wait another 25 years before we are allowed new windows again ...aaarrggghh
Work is pathetic , we have none of the work that actually pays till May , so we are more than skint at the moment , still waiting for the wages im owed to catch up , no wage slip yet again which doesnt look promising .

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 .