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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The End

The last day is here , January hurry up and bog off youve not been a great start to the year !!
I have been creating weird and wonderful slow cooker efforts most days , mainly from cupboard leavings . Yesterdays chicken, half a red cabbage ,half a bag of freezer burned stirfry veg ,onions garlic and stock cube piled up with dumplings was a great success, Young Baldrick had 4 bowls and practically cleaned the slow cooker with his tongue , he was just passing through as a grown up had to accompany him to the doctors .
Ive managed to motivate myself to drag out a bit of crocheting I started moons ago, its only a couple of giant mindless granny squares to cover a cushion on my office chair but its a start .
Work for the rest of the week , Friday is payday , so a few grocery necessities and then skint yet again , its no wonder I have the winter blues ..lol
Trying not to watch a lot of TV it just seems to be endless bad news , Trump stamping his foot like a petulant child because he really cant do what he wants without a challenge from somewhere in his own country ,then the truly chilling meeting between him and Mrs May , I think sticking my head in the sand might be a good idea or just doing another quilt ..lol
We didnt try to leave the EU just to become the 53rd state of the USA !! Meanwhile learning Russian still looks like a useful life skill these days ....im turning into a paranoid granny ...AAARRGGGHHH

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Steam

No its not coming out of my ears !!  I just seem to have run out of it completely , January is proving to be a total bore of a month , todays the first day without freezing fog for over a week , instead its arctic wind... I decided to forego walking the school run this morning , I can do without the wind making my head ache all day , short of wearing a mask no amount of Baltic Granny Chic can cure that one , my sinuses get cold and its headache time .  Why is it regarded as child cruelty to make an eight year old walk a mile and a half to school and back , yes our route is bleak and past open fields but I well remember walking 5 miles to school as a kid and thinking nothing of it . Plus i dont care that its dark coming home after school sports , it means i do 6 miles a day to take him but if i can do it 3 times a week it helps stop my back spasms . So on the days i dont have to be somewhere we walk .
The January poverty plan diet has gone really well , i managed to buy 140 chicken thighs for £7 just before xmas bagged them into 6 packs and the slow cooker has been producing chicken varients 3 or 4 times a week , that and deformed fish fingers from Heron have been the staples , plus lots of veg .
We had to go to the diabetes training session last week ,it  seems we eat really healthy , but Mr BH has to face the fact that he isnt known as Mr Two Teas for no reason . lol ,,hes sulking and whining that hes hungry all the time and it is driving me steadily mad . Im not about to start peeling the coating off his fish fingers either . Plus he has never grasped that if he has 3 pieces of fruit a day the rest of us cant afford any fruit at all ...bleedin men
The kids are climbing the walls because he wont allow yogurts crisps or any form of biscuit or cake into the house because he would be tempted , so in one way its quite economical because they eat out more .
The end of month budget is down to pennies but with paying Young Baldricks rent and putting a pair of tyres on my car it is to be expected , work has dried up ,but it usually does till March  so i may now get a few crafty bits sorted .
So roll on February , got to be a bit better hasnt it once the jumble sales start

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Take A Deep Breath

So Young Baldrick has left the building !!!!! step back and take a deep breath and relax .
Deposited him yesterday in a homeless refuge in Lincoln , it cost me money I had to pay 2 weeks rent up front .
Then I found out the reason his dad wouldnt let him bring his stuff into the house , while  unloading it all at the shelter i find that he has bags of clothes and endless electronics,  game consoles and even an electric guitar and amp , but no household belongings at all . Everything he was given he had thrown in a skip because he wouldnt need it anymore???  If I had known before I paid his wretched rent , I would have marched him down to Cash Converters and made him sell the lot !!!
This shiny new hostel gives them flats with everything in , so the little shite has been playing us yet again , this is where he wanted to live but theyd told he couldnt move here at his last placement  .
As you may have guessed id quite like to ram his Yankee Candle Collection somewhere painful at the moment . The atmosphere is a little frosty at the moment , he even tried to sting his dad for food , when were short after paying his rent !!!
On the strange front , Mr Bah Humbug now has a case worker as well because we had to be assessed as a family due to Young Baldrick , seems very nice, they seem appalled at our financial situation and what we actually manage to live on .  Even more appalled that he wants to work with a potentially life threatening condition , he loves his couple of hours a week at college but it is as much as he can manage . We showed them the paperwork for his ESA medical and the one 3 days previous that he was awarded PIP for and as she said this cant be for the same person .
Theyre going to look into things...I wish them luck .
Work is its usual shambles , theyd like me to go full time to Hull , cant I just move there ? Not quite that simple with a disabled partner who eats more of my time everyday , plus the never ending childcare for my daughter . The Young Baldrick saga that leaps out of the closet everytime everything looks up and then theres my mother ..
Mother dearest went to the doctors with the coughing lurgy doing the rounds . They wanted to admit her to hospital because it turned out to be pleurisy , but there were no beds available so she was sent home with antibiotics and an appointment for the community nurse , they did send her home in an ambulance car however. She didnt plan  to mention any of this but she was grassed up by email from my cousin . So I ring Her
Were you planning on telling me you ill?

No , Im Fine

You sound dreadful so your not fine are you?

Theyre making a fuss over nothing , I went shopping today .

She had gone out for bread and milk on the bus because the weather forecast gave snow and gales !!
So she missed the community nurse , if a neighbour hadnt  come out and told her shed been seen at the bus stop the nurse was going to ring the police for them to break in!!

She is now considerably worse , whinging for england because shes run out of Whisky to ease her cough and wants me to go and nurse her , but ive pointed out I cant do home visits on both sides of the Pennines..AARRRGGHHHHH

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Saving the NHS ..

I will just drag up me soapbox and then get me ranting head on . Am I the only one who can see that Jeremy Hunt is made of the same mould as Ian Duncan Manslaughter?
This total tit has been buggering up the NHS for quite a while , its now our fault that A & E will crash and burn come the cold spell , our fault for wasting oxygen is it?
Lets start at the beginning , now theyre outsourcing GP practices to various dodgy companies theyre all desperately trying to milk every penny out of central government . All our GPs have that rabbit in the headlights look , they spend endless hours doing medication reviews to see if they can save a shekel by not giving you medication . hundreds of thousands of appointments wasted . So lets stop them for six months , just so GPs can actually diagnose those who actually need to go to a hospital in the winter months. Then theres the endless waste of time prevention courses paid for by the NHS , we are awaiting dietician and how to live with diabetes courses , neither of us have diabetes , but were fat so must be at risk , they have even started Mr on medication , his liver problems caused by medication cause abnormal blood sugar ...Doh .  So you ask cant they change his medication? No,  everything else has been taken off the perscription list by the managing company because its to expensive ....aaarrgghh
A&E , maybe it should change its name to Alcohol and Emergency , surely they can find a filthy cow barn somewhere for the ambulances to open the back doors and just toss the drunks in? But they have to be treated like royalty because of our compensation culture ho hum , in that case breathalyze everyone who turns up to use casualty , £100 charge for treatment at that point if you fail, £200 for drugs  , outsource the fine recovery to private companies and print a list in the local press each week . My mother may die of embarrassment next time she tumbles after her second bottle but i would howl.
Stop blaming the staff Mr Hunt , it getting to the stage where your life would be at risk if you turned up at most hospitals , but lets be honest most of you and your compatriots wouldnt set foot in a NHS hospital except for a photo shoot . Jeremy Corbyn would be the only one of you in casualty !!!
Next big point , the NHS has gone to the dogs because of targets , do away with every last one of them , then a lot of the management could be got rid of , they are there merely to fiddle  figures to get the funding from central government .
Im sure most of us would sit that extra hour in casualty , if someone came out from behind the locked doors and told us they had a major problem , that they couldnt admit anyone because they had run out of beds even in the corridors . In fact most wouldnt be at casualty at all if they could see a GP and not have to talk to the imbecilic phone services that run out of hours medicine .
Its not bloody hard Jeremy !!!
 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

La La La




Well where to begin...lol
Once again im navigating the swamps of the housing department, with the evil one in tow . Had an interesting meeting with them .

So you turned our flat offer down.

Grunt

We will not help you again , heres a list of private landlords . But you will require a deposit and someone as guarantor . We should be able to find temporary accommodation , but it could be anywhere in Lincolnshire .

 Grunt

 Now at this point I totally agree with the lady at the council , why the hell should anyone help him, he turned a flat down , which he forgot to tell us , but i have to grind my teeth and put the case forward .

Are you aware of his disabilities?

Err does he have any ?

They should be listed on his files that you have

She then actually looks through the notes  and admits that she hadnt seen this part of his files and that she was unaware that he should always have an advocate with him and that he is partially sighted so that all documents have to be in large print . So his housing list removal is going to appeal ..

Then another day off work is needed to sort out advocacy for him , I explained what had happened and another charity agreed after a few phone calls to work with him , ive made them very aware about his drug problems and that he will just use them and us then push everyone away , i also found out hes being supposed to be getting daycare psychiatric treatment ..something else he forgot to mention .

So hes still on the sofa , hes eating us out of house and home and creeping round his dad being perfect son .

So for therapy i spent a whole 80p on books i dont need ...lol


Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Year Of The Mug



So guess what my New Year Present was? Young Baldrick back on the sofa . Hysterical phone calls last night , to his dad , how hes homeless and being threatened again .
Me and Mr Bah Humbug had our first proper row since weve been together , he pointed out all the hoops weve jumped through for my kids and i pointed out that my pair did the sex and rock and roll and not the drugs . So we went to pick him up from a village near Spalding,  nobody there with a baseball bat that we could see ,he fills the van with all his stuff , then gets a lip on with his dad because he wont let him fetch any of his stuff into the house because hes not staying . He was also searched upon entering .
Cant see any damage , hes just remarkably smug and keeps smiling at me . The cuckoo is back in the nest
As usual he smelt like a ferret and stank of weed , cant see thats hes on the hard stuff at the moment as hes not coming down badly like last time .
Ive made the usual round of phone calls this time, he has an appointment with the homelessness officer first thing Tuesday , I have to be with him because hes classed as vulnerable so thats another day off work . Adult social care cant do a lot because his safeguarding officer isnt in till Tuesday but I had a chat with the duty officer who ive spoken to before and she says they have advised he needs to be in a family environment , not let loose to the world , woopy do !!! in other words they want us to keep him ...no way , I would sooner live in my soddin car than share a house with him and ive made this very clear to Mr Bah Humbug .