Someone wrote 'it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark' which is a great example of forward planning. Christmas is on the 25th December every year and nothing will get in the way of that, not even another outbreak of Covid which already looks like its going to be sooner rather than later. So it got me thinking what can I do in preparation for Christmas. I decided to give my girlfriends a small hamper each, consisting of sloe gin, blackberry jelly-jam, wax food wraps, biscuits and some chocolate. A slightly larger hamper will go to my mother in law with a supermarket gift card.
I've ordered some 200ml bottles and beeswax beads off the internet for the gin and wraps. I'll pop into town for some lovely cotton material next month and look for some suitable baskets to hold the goodies when done.
Hubby returned to work on Monday and is working 4 days instead of his normal 2 days to cover people on annual leave. He has been given the OK to order what PPE he needs to stay safe. Which broadly translates that his company are putting the onus on him to stay safe and if anything happens it will be his fault. I'm very angry with him as he hasn't consulted HR at all, despite saying he would. The local boss(former owner) couldn't give a dam and is still working from home! My advice falls on deaf ears, so I've given up.
He did bring home a big tub of very ripe blackberries last night and soaked them overnight. This morning they've been rinsed, cooked through, mashed and are currently straining through muslin into a bowl. I really need a jelly bag thingy but in the mean time this works. The liquid will be weighed and instead of matching this with an equal part sugar, I will add 10% less, so that its a slightly looser jelly-jam. He says there are plenty more for the next few weeks. So I'll have one element of my Christmas hamper completed very soon.
I did my first shop on my new budget last Friday having made a meal plan before shopping. This was adjusted when I got home having bought 4kg of chicken legs at Aldi for £2.79 per 2kg tray less 30% 85p(£3.90 for both). What a bargain.
I've been in conversation with Scottish Power for a while now over my smart meter home display unit. Just after Christmas it stopped displaying Electricity usage. I've done everything they've said, moving it, rebooting it and keeping it switched off for 72 hours but nothing has worked. I didn't ring during the pandemic as there was lots more important cases then mine but I got my bill this morning and my electricity usage is getting higher and higher. I've taken my eye of the ball due to the lack of display. After speaking with Gerrard and getting totally wrong information having Googled what he told me, I phoned straight back and spoke with Alex. She was very professional and has ordered a new home display unit. She has also confirmed the soonest I can leave Scottish Power is on the 12th October without any penalties. So I've set a reminder on my phone to check for an alternative energy supplier. Do you have a home display unit? Does it curb your usage? Bye for now. Tx