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3rd - 17th. October 2007
Well, the BIG news is that I'm having my teeth done! I've just about enough to have most of the remaining out and have some dentures.
Life in general has been good to me work wise. I have now 3 'strings to my bow' for a base income through the winter month's. I have the Academy Job (two days, 12 hours) - some Catering work, still at the Club, which is on a 'work whenever you can' basis - The Mini Bus driving (but still awaiting Police Clearance).
The rest of my spare time !!!! is spent up-dating and re doing website pages. I have many ideas, it's simply finding the time to do it. I get spare time, but it's usually in hours and not days, which I really need.
The only slight worry I have about all the work is my back which played up badly for six weeks or so back in early Spring.
I lost another chicken this week. I saw she was heading that way a few days before hand, going very quiet, still and not bothered about eating. I'm sure she wasn't ill, some of them could be 6 years old by now, just got old I guess poor thing.
I've been going a bit wood crazy for a couple of weeks. Several walks down to the wood at the bottom of the Lane has supplied me with loads of kindling and medium size wood.
To raise a bit more extra cash I hope to finish of a small animal run at some stage over the next few days and weather permitting may have a Boot Fair on Sunday Week.
The main thing is that I'm a lot more optimistic about the coming winter this year than I was last. That was a nightmare and by far one of the most harrowing times I've had.
In fact, on the Cricket Club side, I don't think there's one part of the Ground or job which I haven't worked in or worked at!
This weekend means putting the Clocks back. The bad news is that it'll get darker, but the good news is that I've one extra hour to do things on Sunday!
17th - 31st. October 2007
In view of my forthcoming investment into the plastics industry (dentures), the last two weeks have been a case of working when and where I can.
I have at least some good news and bad about my teeth! The bad news is they can't do everything in one day and on the 14th. I have to travel to Plymouth for a half hour Assessment appointment.
Hopefully the quotation will be affordable and I can arrange to have them done not long after. Hope so, I'm really keen now.
Life down the lane is the same as ever. I managed last Friday off which enabled me to clean out the chicken shed. I think they forget who I am. I've been leaving home at silly times and quite often I have to leave the food in the dark, so don't see them.
The colder evenings have meant the Rayburn's been re-invented for the next 5 month's or so. Ginger (above) has had a few health problems of late and it seems he's really feeling the cold.
We're also getting regular visits in the garden by the Pheasant which is always a treat to watch as he waddles his way past the Acer to have a walk down the lane.
I decided against a Boot Fair, last resort I think. I was too tired to get up so early on Sunday and with the Dentist Appointment not being so soon as I first thought, it's on hold for now.
On the website front, I have started a 'site within a site' on 'Growing up in the 50's and 60's'. I had originally pencilled it out to 16 pages, but as I've written the first 4, it looks like being about 30.
In the main website I have been quite busy and added about 20 pages in October, see top right for links.
The Forum goes from strength to strength and now has over 200 members. If you haven't joined already, please do so. There's some good quality posts on all sorts of subjects there.
Next week I'm decorating some rooms for someone in Ramsgate for at least 4 days. With the other work, I don't get a full day off at home until after Plymouth.
But, unlike last year, I'm just in the clear financially. I've had a strange change of direction this year and although it's my seventh year of downshifting, it still seems to be evolving.
Can't work it out. Down to survival I guess!