Wednesday, 30 November 2016

End of the month

First of all thank you all for the comments about our nasty shock regarding the cancer. It almost feels that we have wasted the whole year with chemo and hospital, but it had to be done and Col is better now than he was at the end of last year. Plus we now know that we don't like living in town, hate not being able to be even a little bit self-sufficient and I've become a confidant driver  so it's not all bad!

Anyway we've got to the end of  low spend/no spend November.
There are a few bits to be added
Spending at the Christmas Bazaar (charity) £3, Fresh fruit,vegetables,eggs,milk and things for lunches this week £13.50
Filled up with diesel again after our Surrey trip £30- should last most of December
Few more edible presents £5
Total November spend £591 + the phoneline and  broadband Direct Debit which goes out later today.
It's very handy having a month with no big bills!
Next month there is the electric/gas bill, car insurance and cash presents - No way can December be low spend. I'm extremely envious of people who can do Christmas for under £100 but with 3 children and their partners, 2 Grandchildren, 2 sisters and brothers in law, one Dad, one brother, 2 nephews and a niece, it's never going to happen here. Especially as I don't do the sort of crafts that make presents.

I shouldn't really be fiddling on the blog because there is a December job list to be written and I must start writing Christmas cards as the Ipswich Scout Post-boxes closes on December 8th, they have one at the Oncology out patients which is handy, we can pop them in next week when we go and speak to the Cancer specialist nurse, 25p a card this year so still under half the price of a proper stamp and I need to pop my repeat prescription form round the corner before it gets dark.

Thank you again for all the virtual support.......Onward and Upward

Back in a day or two
Sue

20 comments:

  1. Good job with the low spend/no spend November. I really am going to get back on track in the new year. I fear that the next month or so is going to be expensive helping daughter with a move over 900 miles away. Sniff sniff.

    I imagine being in town is a big change but as you said it has helped you become a more confident driver AND you know town living isn't for you.

    Sounds like a lot of people to have to find gifts for. I only make gifts for certain people. Not everyone appreciates the time and effort put into them. Hopefully if I get the knitting thing down I might be able to make different gifts.

    Take care

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  2. Your first paragraph was just brilliant - still focusing on the positives! Well done you, I do admire you for that.

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  3. So sorry for you both Sue but you have a heck of a lot of people all sending you good vibes. That has to work, doesn't it?

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  4. Just saw the pissy news-no words good or bad enough to do it justice. Thank goodness you have all the good stuff going on as well-babies are such a comfort and I think holding them is healing. Hugs to both of you.

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  5. Onwards and upwards that's the spirit, x

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  6. Sorry for the news,but sending best wishes for the new treatment to work. Enjoy all the cuddles with your grand babies and making plans for your new home x

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  7. Just catching up Sue. I am so sorry to read your news. Sending my very best wishes and hopes for better news soon to you and Col.

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  8. You have all my admiration Sue for your wonderful positive attitude.

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  9. Your positive attitude is to be admired Sue and I'm sure it will help Col get through the next few months. I did wonder if you would be staying put to be near the hospital but if treatment is in Cambridge it probably won't make any difference to your plans which I suppose is good because at least you don't have to consider that. You have a lot of people rooting for you and as you say onwards and upwards. xx

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  10. Sue you are an inspiration to us all to keep on going, to find the silver linings in the clouds and to generally just keep our chins up. So I am sending you some keep on keeping on good thoughts and hopes for as good a December as you can possibly have. xx

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  11. I am so upset to hear that the cancer has comeback.
    You have all my admiration for keeping a positive attitude. And it is fine to get mad but as you know one needs to move forward as you have done so far.

    cheers, gayle

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  12. Even on my wages I'd save so much if I spent £591 a month. It is possible. But I wouldn't live, alas. Like my pub too much

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  13. Yes, girl, onwards and upwards. Virtual hugs winging your way.
    Margaret P

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  14. I saw Col's post and I was a bit lost for words. Life is so bloody tough and it's so not fair. Bless you both with your positivity and let's hope this new treatment gets to work soon xxx

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  15. Good job on the low/no spend November.

    God bless.

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  16. Your positivity will help you and Col get through it.

    In December, my budget goes out the window. It is a very expensive month.

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  17. Just catching up and reiterate what many others have said. You sound very strong willed and strong minded. Good for you, positive vibes from us to you xx

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  18. I'm a little slow in responding because of time difference - Canada- but I wanted to respond. I have a blood cancer - which sometimes is manageable and sometimes progresses. The only cure is a sct - whichI will be too old for if I should need it. There is a good UK web site called "Health Unlocked" and there are several people who through that forum offer buddy support who have been through sct's if Colin should want that. I belong to a sub-group that is run by Guys ad St. Thomas Hospital in London-I find it is a very helpful forum for patients and families. All good wishes to you and Colin. Jean

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  19. We have a Scout Post here too, only trouble is they deliver to you so late you have no chance to return the compliment on cards from people you didn't send to! lol

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