I have read the books, blogs, discussed with friends etc. and it is clear to me that despite all of this effort, I still have not got a handle on my clutter situation.
After some analysis, it appears that the problem is not with sorting the clutter into the recommended piles, it lies in dealing with the piles once created! The ‘Rubbish’ pile is ejected immediately, the ‘Keep’ pile finds a new home within the house, the ‘Charity’ pile goes straight in the boot of the car to drop off. The problem lies with the ‘Sell’ pile.
Please tell me I am not alone in carefully saving all items which I believe may have a value and would then, once sold, provide cash for other things? The issue, I believe, is how best to dispose of these items. Obviously you could put them in the local paper or newsagents window for very little cost. There are also many sites available for selling items, such as Ebay or Gumtree, but in the case of Ebay particularly the actual of selling cost of the item is quite high in relation to price achieved at sale.
I have taken a look at my ‘Sell’ pile and have decided that it is time to take action as money raised would help towards getting Katie Says off the ground and that can only be a good thing (obviously in my opinion)! And judging by the size of the pile accumulated, would definitely go quite some way to helping me achieve a clutter free home!
So I will be loading all the items I have collected over a longgggg period of time into an album on the Katie Says Facebook page and as there are so many items, it will be a gradual process, but I hope you will take a look and maybe find something which takes your fancy. Please do tell your friends about it too and maybe ‘Like’ the page to help spread the word.
Thank you for your help.
My little one is getting ready to join big school and all the preparations involved, as well as the end of term for DD1 mean that very little time has been left to work on my projects, namely getting Katie Says Sew up and running.
I have decided to shelf that a little until the girls are both back at school in September and I will then have lots of free time to myself – well that’s the theory anyway!
In the meantime, I am trying to make a few things and have set up a Folksy shop, which I hope to stock soon.
The Facebook page is now up and running – photos added of past makes, so please do take a look.
We recently decided that it was time to add to our family as the goldfish, although looked after and now huge, were not really very engaging for the girls. I am not a ‘dog person’ and as I would be the one doing most (all!) of the looking after, it was decided that a kitten would be the best solution.
Having contacted the Croydon Animal Samaritans, the lovely Lois asked us to visit some kittens and we ended up falling in love with and adopting two. They are brother and sister and came from an overcrowded house with their mum and 2 other kittens. They are always looking for kind forever homes for the animals they rescue and I can safely say that they provided us with all the help we needed in order to make taking on the kittens and enjoyable experience for all. If you are looking for a new pet, I would recommend you take a look at their website.
So it is with great pleasure that I introduce our little bundles of joy – Bertie and Betty Boo!
Isn’t it funny how you can be pootling through life when all of a sudden the world seems smaller, just through some random connection? I had seen mention of The MAD Awards on Twitter and various other blogs so went to check it out.
Turns out that there were various ‘worth a follow’ blogs that I had not yet discovered, so I subscribed to some of the finalist’s feeds and got back to work.
I went to read (clear out) my backlog of posts and suddenly much to my surprise recognised someone! The blog is SuburbanMummyUK and her daughter went to baby ballet with my youngest right here in Chislehurst. So I went from feeling that the world is a big place, to suddenly thinking it is sometimes quite small.
It happened on another occasion, when my Auntie who lives in Vancouver, Canada, suddenly announced that she had started talking to an English guy at a bus stop when he asked directions. It turned out (after a bit of discussion) that he was actually in my class in Secondary School and was just over there doing a bit of travelling. He and his girlfriend ended up spending the night at my Aunties and having a meal and beers – how random is that?!
Have you ever had that feeling?
I am not a fan of snakes, can’t even bear earthworms – they just make my skin crawl, so a very kind friend sent this over to me and I thought I ought to pass it on.
So click the link below and ENJOY!!
Largest Dead Snake!
Do let me know what you think, won’t you?
We have been very busy now that the weather has improved and started the preparations for our little vegetable garden. We do not have a great big allotment type plot (did, but that is a whole other story!), more of a collection of pots and containers on the patio, but hopefully we will still be able to harvest some crops eventually.
We have started the ball rolling with 4 types of tomatoes, 2 types of peppers, 5 types of chillies, runner beans and sweet peas. We already have strawberries, as they managed to resurrect themselves despite the horrible winter that they weathered. In a week or two we will sow some courgettes (although only 2 plants this year as we had a courgette mountain last year from 4 plants), aubergines, spinach and lots of different salad leaves.
The kids really enjoyed getting mucky and helping to sow all of the seeds. We even had enough toilet roll tubes for the runner beans despite the binoculars incident (see previous post)!
Just have to keep fingers and toes crossed now that some veggies grow or the kids gardening enthusiasm will not last very long!
What are you growing this year? Are there any vegetables that you would recommend we try?
1/2 tsp. olive oil
85g/3oz fusilli or macaroni
1 leek, thinly sliced
85g/3oz frozen or canned sweetcorn
85g/3oz frozen peas
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
2 large eggs
150ml/ 1/4pt semi skimmed milk
1 tblsp. fresh thyme leaves
50g/2oz grated cheddar
2 tbsp. parmesan, finely grated
1. Heat the oven to 190c / fan 170c /gas 5. Grease a 1.2 litre baking dish with the olive oil.
2. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water in a large pan for eight minutes.
Add all the veg and cook for another two to three minutes until the pasta is tender and vegetables slightly softened. Drain, then tip into the baking dish and stir together.
3. Beat together the eggs and milk in a jug and add the thyme. Mix the two cheeses together and add most of it to the egg mixture. Grind in some black pepper and a sprinkling of salt.
4. Pour into the baking dish, stir gently, then scatter the rest of the
cheese on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes until set and golden. Cool for a
few minutes, then cut into four and serve with a salad.