>Lent – contains crass money talk

>My Gran always used to give up chocolate for Lent.  And I’ve done that a few years although I’ve not succeeded in that goal for a long time.  For her it was, I think, a religious thing.  For me giving up things for lent is more about proving that I can and doing it for her sort of in her memory.

We’re doing Shrove Tuesday at the weekend again this year which was a little disappointing as I’ve been in all day powerchairless.  But tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent regardless of that.

And although I did consider the chocolate thing, I decided that for lent this year I should try to have 40 days of thinking more about whether I actually really and truly need things before buying/eating/using/whatever them.  This is a better goal as it helps me to cut down on my snacks in a healthier manner which should also help with my weight and be better to stick to long term (easier)

Finances have been something of a stress over the last week with the thought that my fridge was going to need to be replaced and so were my wheelchair batteries.  But the fridge issue resolved itself magically and my chair does need new batteries but not immediately (and that it seems is less likely to be the hit I thought it would be).  So that just leaves me with one big one off unexpected  outlay for a TV license rather than three.  Which makes me calmer about the whole thing.

But I would like to see how easy I would find it to be more frugal with my money – and what I learn when I take the time to really think about things.

Oh and as I was powerchairless yesterday I came to quite a shocking realisation.  I had been bemoaning the fact that I need new wheelchair batteries (or so I thought) and they are so expensive.  

Then I got a taxi up to CAB.  It’s 15 mins or so in my chair and 5 mins no more in a taxi.  And the taxi was pretty pricy.  The driver told me all I’d been charged was the minimum.  So I started doing rough workings out in my head… if I got taxis everywhere and just went to CAB and back twice each week, went to the supermarket probably twice and maybe to the doctors or whatever once every couple of weeks… and just paid the minimum charge… I would spend roughly the same each month in taxi cost as I will on wheelchair batteries which this set have lasted about 15 months and probably have another month in them, maybe two.  And that doesn’t take into account meeting my friends for lunch or going to writing or knitting or stuff like that.  I wouldn’t be able to afford that.

>101 in 1001: Item 17…

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Take a crafty course at the Arts Centre



… has been completed!

My contemporary knitting class finished this morning.  I’ve had great fun with it and have learned a lot about thinking outside the box when it comes to knitting.

 And also some new skills.  I was particularly glad to do “deliberate holes” today because whilst I know how to do that with k2tog and yarnover combinations, I’d seen PSSO on a lot of patterns and whilst I knew what it meant I didn’t get how to do it or even realise that was a technique for holes.  So seeing someone show me several times was really great.

I need to have a go at several of the skills I’ve learned, the only one I’ve tried is using DPN’s which I still can’t quite get.

It’s actually not the end of contemporary knitting for me as it was meant to be two five week classes with this week off in between for half term.  But we missed a week due to the snow so it ran this week (although with only two of us and the tutor instead of five) and I signed up for the second lot.  

Originally we thought that there would be four of the five from this time doing the course again starting next week.  Turns out however talking to the people in the centre that only two of us are repeating and a bunch of new people.  So she will show them the stuff we’ve done and maybe try and get some new stuff in too.

I really pleased because to be honest, this second time round for me is going to be less about the class as such and more about the hanging out for an hour knitting and chatting.  Although I do appreciate and love the learning new things and help doing stuff as well.

>101 in 1001 Item 57…

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Start a memory/keepsake box



…has been completed!

I’ve had my eye out for just the right box for a while.  Thought I’d seen it but it was pretty pricy (being Laura Ashley it was nice but it would have meant paying for the name) so I was wondering and looking still.  And on Saturday I spotted just the right one.

And my Dad went and got it for me when we were in Reading again on Sunday (yes, I went both days this last weekend).  I was really pleased too because I thought it was £13.99 but it turns out it was only £8.99.  Did lead to a slightly confused Emma when he gave me a fiver as part of my change though…

So far I have mostly theatre programmes to go in there.  But I have some old letters I want to add.  I just need to find some time to hunt them all out and put it together.  Still actually buying the box was the big thing so I’m counting this one as done.

>101 in 1001 Item 39…

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Go shopping at Hobbycraft



…has been completed!

That place is sooo much fun.  We were in there an hour and a half and probably could have stayed a bit longer.

I bought loads of beads, and wire, and earring hooks.  And I bought crepe paper and crayons.  And I bought a load (3 balls) of sirdar denim ultra (which if you’ve been keeping up is one of my favourite yarns) for dirt cheap.  Oh and a yarn needle which I’ve been sort of needing but never spotted at the time I thought of it.  oh and two balls of DK, i knew there was at least one other thing!

Mum bought a load of stuff too.

And one of the best bits?  I had more stuff than she did and she was convinced I’d spent more that she had but I’d actually spent a lot yes.  I was rather pleased by that.  Probably more so than I should have been.

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Go shopping at Hobbycraft

…has been completed!

That place is sooo much fun. We were in there an hour and a half and probably could have stayed a bit longer.

I bought loads of beads, and wire, and earring hooks. And I bought crepe paper and crayons. And I bought a load (3 balls) of sirdar denim ultra (which if you’ve been keeping up is one of my favourite yarns) for dirt cheap. Oh and a yarn needle which I’ve been sort of needing but never spotted at the time I thought of it. oh and two balls of DK, i knew there was at least one other thing!

Mum bought a load of stuff too.

And one of the best bits? I had more stuff than she did and she was convinced I’d spent more that she had but I’d actually spent a lot less. I was rather pleased by that. Probably more so than I should have been.