A Mothers Ramblings: January 2018

Monday, 22 January 2018

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies explained for the curious and the nervous!

Hello! Pippa here! If you are like me and keep hearing about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies but having no clue what they really are, then this is the blog post for you. Here is Flyfour's not so quick, hopefully, easy to digest guide to Bitcoin, and other Cryptocurrencies, which should be enough for you to make your mind up if this is for you and if you could make any money!

Bitcoin logo

Over to you Flyfour!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 20th January 2018

When I wrote this meal plan, I was really excited about going shopping for it, because according to my costings I was going to end up having a whole threepence change from my Fifty pounds to pay for the shopping! I have a copper pot that I keep on the side, which already has a few pence in it, (well more like a couple of quid) so I was hoping to add them to it and use the pot at the end of the year to buy something ... I just don't know what yet, but knowing me it will either be Flowers or Book!

My favourite Sweetpeas

Do you save up your loose change? What do you do with it? What would you buy with it if you did save up?!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 13th January 2018

I've always thought, that when I do the weekly shop, that I'm quite good at sticking to a budget. I've realised in the last couple of weeks, that prior to the change of the way that I do the Food Shop I was terrible at sticking to a budget! This is changing now, as not only am I sticking to only a few different meals, but I'm trying to stick to a strict £50 a week... and I'm mostly doing it. I mean going over by a few pence each week isn't too bad, is it?!

Look, I think considering I'm knocking about half off the budget each week that I'm doing great!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

What We Are Eating W/C 6th January 2018

This is the first week that I've picked the meals from my rotating meals list. I just picked one from each of the categories, and then worked out where they should go based on what we are up to and how we like to eat during the week.

Flyfour also did me a huge favour and he programmed up something in our Home Automation to mean that we now have a database where I can ask one of our devices what is for dinner and it will tell me, without me having to look it up on my calendar, or in my diary or even on my blog! I'm so excited because, who doesn't like technology that is useful and fun?!

Plenty of Technology in the Garden

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy Birthday Top Ender!

Top Ender is 14 today!

Oh, and if you are reading this and seeing her today, please don't tell her what this blog post says, you are sworn to secrecy okay?!

Beautiful Top Ender, Seriously how gorgeous is she in this picture?

I feel really bad for her because she will have to go to School today (so does Dan Jon) and it's the first day after the Christmas break, so it will be a bit of a culture shock for her especially as she has got used to sleeping in late during the Christmas break.

We'll open gifts super early so that Flyfour can get to work on time, but we'll make the most of it by having a nice leisurely breakfast of her choice. I've no idea what she'll pick, but I'm ready for an early morning trip to McDonald's, a full breakfast at home or anything in between.

Top Ender the new assistant to the Doctor, yes Doctor Who! Okay, so not really!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Mario The Watcher

Every morning, when Top Ender, Dan Jon Jr and I take the morning photos we have someone who joins us. Actually, that isn't true. Occasionally we have, one or two of our neighbours who stop and chat with us as they pass on their way to get a newspaper or to walk their dog. Every day, even when our neighbours aren't around, we have someone who watches what we are doing. Watches us intently and never seems to fully understand what it is that they are seeing.

It is, of course, Mario our cat.

Mario, a cat actually sat on a mat

Monday, 1 January 2018


I don't think that I have ever started the year so optimistically.

I'm not sure why, maybe it is because I've manged to pack away some of my emotional baggage from the last few years, forgiven myself for things that I have done wrong or percieved I have done wrong, or that I believe I should have handled better.

Maybe it's because 2017 was a hard one, with death and loss and all that work on the house took it's toll emotionally and I'm glad to finally see the back of it.

Maybe it's because I'm finally happy with myself and my plans, maybe it's because I'm finally accepting myself or maybe, just maybe it's because I've, heaven help us if it's true, grown up.

PippaD on the phone and ready for a fun new year!

Whatever the reason, if all has gone to plan, then about now I'm either sitting at a high point in Milton Keynes hoping to watch the sun rise, despite knowing that the clouds have probably ruined that plan or I'm sitting in the back garden on the deck, hoping that the neighbours aren't looking out at me wondering why I'm sitting out before the sun has risen and why I'm not being much more sensible and sitting indoors in the warm.

I want to greet the first dawn of the year, I think that it'll be a little honouring of the traditional Japanese Hatsuhi Sunrise, but mostly this year watching the sunrise is for me to set the expectation for the rest of the year. I will bethere as it is born, I will watch as it takes it's first breath and hopefully see that it gives new breath to my hopes and plans for the year.