Monday, 28 November 2011

A Few Of My Frugal Ways

Hello Readers, and thank you for all your kind comments so far and thank you for following me.

I thought today I would list a few of my frugal ways although I know that probably most of you do some or all of them it may give some of you a few ideas.

1. When cooking on the hob I always keep the lids on as this keeps the heat in to save energy and the food cooks quicker.

2. I usually start off with boiling water from the kettle to save the gas and also my time.

3. I keep a few chickens so cooked and raw peelings are fed to them. What they can't eat goes onto the compost heap. (Not cooked food though.)

4. Veg cooks quicker when cut up small so I try to do this.

5. After using the oven, if it's cold I leave the oven door open to heat the room.

6. I can't afford to have the heating on much so if it's already on I will turn it off before starting to cook a main evening meal and until we have finished eating as I find we don't notice its cooler while the oven is on and we are being warmed from inside as we are eating. Also I think appetites seem better and less picky.

7. If we are just watching television, we cover ourselves with quilts or blankets.

8. As the light fades I draw the curtains, especially in bedrooms and other rooms not being used at that time of day to keep the heat in.

9. When straining boiled veg, the water goes straight into a bowl or jug to make gravy or cheese/parsley sauce. This saves energy and also some of the vitamins that are otherwise lost in the cooking water. Any extra strained water is cooled and frozen in a margerine or ice cream tub to make gravy or stock another day.

10. I re-use plastic carrier bags for rubbish as that saves the black refuse bags from splitting which would mean using two.

11. I always try to fill my pans to the top even if we don't need that much food cooked at the time because I will freeze it ready cooked for another day. This saves energy and time.

Thats all I can think of tonight. I will add more another day.Has anyone any money or time saving ideas they would like to share?

P.S. Will pop back later if I get the opportunity, to upload a photo of my recent knitting project, my first attempt at a moebius scarf.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The Dentist.

Sorry I haven't blogged recently but I've been nursing an abcess in my jaw. I've a morbid fear of the dentist and knew I should have gone weeks ago but went to the doctors instead to get pain killers (Solpadol) and antibiotics. Eventually the pain got so bad and believe me it was that eventually I booked the dentist appointment, he looked at my mouth and said 'that has to come out' so I said I couldn't face it and he said he could refer me to an orthodontist who could sedate me but it would'nt be until at least the 10th December but I would have to go in again the next day to get a proper checkup (this was just an emergency appointment you see)  so that he could see what other treatment I may need referring for. Anyway the next day I went in (this was last week) but the pain was so unabearable (I have had 4 children so know what proper pain is) I plucked up the courage (whilst trembling with fear and pain) and asked him if he would just take it out now which is what happened.

Well he pulled and yanked for what seemed like ages and I felt like my jaw was going to dislocate as I had to force myself back into the chair against him and eventually I heard a crack! Turns out I had a hook root on one side and he had to break it I suppose to make it come out. I asked him if he managed to get it all out and he said yes and showed me both pieces and asked if I'd like to keep it . (This is one reason why I had such a phobia as my father told me he had these roots on his tooth.)

I've still been in quite a lot of pain enough to stay on the solpadol until today as my jaw took a bit of a bashing I suppose but I've gradually reduced the dose as I don't like taking strong tablets, especially these as I've heard they can become addictive, plus they didn't agree with my stomach. Also I'm still on the antibiotics until next thursday (2 week course).

Anyway, something that may make you laugh after all that, my daughter was with me and she laughed when I came out of the treatment room because she said that the whole side of my face was drooping a lot including my eye LoL. She was telling the truth because when I had to sign my name in there I couldn't see out of my left eye.  I was so frightened you see that he had to give me about 6 injections to numb my gum because I was so hyped up I could still feel it. LoL  ooooooohhhh never again.

Anyone got any phobias they'd like to share?


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

More Crafting, iphone covers and crochet blanket

I made these iphone covers a few days ago, I think they are cute. My daughter's friends asked me to make some.I think the daisy one is my favourite.

I found through a friend, a chap who is hopefully going to sort out my car to get it through its MOT tomorrow. Fingers crossed he can.

Thank you Mum for popping over and leaving a comment. I've been reading your blog too. I love the cat photos by the way.  I have also finished another crochet square blanket, this time in blue and cream and will post the photo as soon as I take it

I welcome any readers to leave a comment if they wish. Its nice to hear from fellow Frugalers and Crafters..