Saggy skin under the eyes is something I’m susceptible to – I don’t know if it’s water retention, just a symptom of getting older, or tiredness, but there it is most mornings, enhanced by dark circles of varying hues.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Monday, 10 February 2014
I have been hit hard financially this week by a client who owed me money getting away with it – and this despite winning a court case and a CJJ against his company. I found out yesterday and I’m not exaggerating when I say the news has knocked me for six.
Last night I could not stop crying and I could feel a dark cloud closing around me. Today I’ve slept a lot and worried, thought black thoughts about him and against him – and against the law. How can it be that somebody who does something so despicable gets away scot-free? I thought laws were supposed to protect innocent parties from being shafted – in my case I did a lot of work for him and he has just not paid me.
I’m slowly rallying now. I’ve paid a few bills, paid my rent, checked my bank account and I’m still in credit. There’s a fridge full of food, the cupboards are well-stocked and we have a roof over our heads, at least for now. That’s a lot more than many people in the world, in this country even, have and for that I’m thankful.
I’m not going to waste any more time fretting and getting worked up about this man/company and what he has done; life is truly too short to waste even one breath, one second, on such a person.
All that’s left for me to do now is to put the whole awful episode behind me and get on with life, making a living and creating a beautiful future for my daughter and me.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
We have a new member of the family - Cosmo the kitten came to live with us from Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter a couple of weeks ago and he is settling into life as the baby of the family fabulously.
Dot has wanted a kitten for ages and now seemed a good time to go ahead. Not only has she a lot of love to give but I'm hoping Cosmo will help her settle in our new home and ease this transition in her life and the change in our family.
Monday, 3 February 2014
Mary Berry’s latest offering is a paperback version of her Cook Up a Feast, which caters specifically to large families, events and celebrations. The recipes are calculated to serve six or 12 and cover a whole range of occasions from informal lunches to swish dinner parties. The most I’ve ever catered for apart from kids’ parties (and I don’t think marmite sandwiches and fairy cakes count here really) is seven people – my family when growing up – and the thought of having to work out timings and courses preparing food for a crowd brings me out in a cold sweat. Timing is not really my forte as Dot would probably tell you if you asked her.