Monday, 21 January 2013

Health and a Harvest Moon

Many thanks to everyone who left very kind comments on my last post. I dont think I have yet to come to terms with the glaucoma, its like it is something going on "over there" rather than to me. Im putting the drops in religiously, but I do get frustrated as there is no way of knowing if they are working, until I go back for a check-up. I will get over this and accept it, just coming to terms with it. Since start of the year, I've not had a good start - just recovering from a bad s & d bug and several weeks ago, I badly scalded my right hand whilst making a cup of tea and doing about 4 things at once. Bit of a bugger when I'm right handed.

As you can see, I have a new blog name, I wanted something that reflected me and my 'path'/feelings/beliefs more and whilst I am still dreaming of living by the sea, I'm trying to be a bit more in the here and now! The header photo is of a standing stone at The Minions on bodmin moor, we visited the standing stones last year when visiting family in the summer. A very special place, as are all standing stone sites. I now want to visit Avebury and the Rollright stones in Oxfordshire.

A harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox. As you may know, Autumn is my favourite season and also the season of my birth. I always find it to be the most special time of the year and this full moon is special, but then so are all the others.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

One day you're up, the next you are down

Just  when we think things are on up, there is always something to bring you down again. In short I have been diagnosed with Glaucoma, I'm still in shock to be honest. There are long term implications and I am worried that I could lose my driving licence, I am going to have to disclose this to the DVLA and they ask you to have regular field vision tests. The last time I did this (during my most recent eye test), I had to do it twice to pass it. If I end up losing my licence, I could lose my job, its a requirement to have a licence. I have been given eye drops and will need to see the Opthamologist again in a few months to see if the drops are working. The long term implications could be loss of vision and possibly blindness. I guess I am going to have to get used to it, take the drops and try not to let this stress me out. Many people with Glaucoma do not lose any vision and carry on as normal, so think positive!

Blessings x

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Hello,where to begin, belated Happy New Year to one and all. We celebrated by seeing the Hobbit on New Years Day, we thought it was great. In all, we have had a lovely Christmas and New Year and I am enjoying the last few days of my holiday with T. I mentioned in my last post that we had received some fantastic news. Well, I have come into some money, we are very fortunate. It will be enough to pay off some of our debt, which will really make a difference to our budget. We will be able to save about £300 a month, which will be  redirected towards the rest of the debt. The load is definitely lighter and the burden of debt will get lighter alot quicker now.

Continuing on the theme of money, we are continuing to work on improving our money management. What have we done so far:
  • cancelled unnecessary direct debits
  • returned to the envelope system for food/petrol etc
  • returned to menu planning and shopping lists
  • returned to sticking to a weekly food budget
  • keeping a record of every penny we spend

Still to go is continuing to sell anything unwanted, monitor our spending and improve our frugal living skills. I am also hoping to be able to start paying into our pensions again and increase our debt repayments. I'm hoping that this year will be better for us and we have turned a corner and see a small chink of light at the end of the tunnel.

Blessings x