Monday 20 October 2014

And it Grinds to a Halt ......

Stoptober has ground to a halt for us in many ways.  Spending the weekend down in Berkshire with Lovely Hubby at his midweek digs we ate out, we drank out (coffees and booze) and generally relaxed completely.

Stoptober was the last thing on our minds!!

With two of the dogs in kennels and two of them travelling down with me, the first thing I have to do today is go and bale out the Jacks.  It feels like I'm paying a ransom when I walk into the kennels office and hand over our hard earned cash to get our pooches back.  But I don't mind too much, we like the kennels we use for the dogs and more importantly they like it too, so much so that when Rosy's collar slipped off as the guy was leading her round the corner she carried on walking beside him with her tail wagging rather than coming back to me.

But it starts this week off badly handing over cash.

I am still frugalling away in other more day to day ways, but only in the ways I normally do, nothing specially thought out or extra.  Cleaning my shoes the other day for instance.  The shoes are only two years old so I think I will easily get this Winter out of them if I keep them polished and cared for, I do hope so they are so comfortable.  The boots are ancient now, they have done so many rounds of Project 333 they are like a permanent Winter fixture.  I have just bought them some new inner soles to make them a bit more comfy and snug.  With age the soles are thin and the leather has stretched, no bad thing further into Winter when I will be able to wear two pairs of socks but they are a bit roomy with just one pair!!  I was trying to work out how old they are, I bought them off Ebay when our country lifestyle was just an idea ...... which means I have had them just over six years, they were used when I bought them but not excessively so.  They definitely deserve a little bit of care over this Winter.  I hope I can make them last.

I didn't take an 'After' picture unfortunately, I just put the boots on and went out with the dogs, which of course means that now they look just like the 'Before' picture again, oh well at least they have a coat of polish to protect them.  I must get in a weekly habit of keeping both pairs nice and looked after.

And speaking of Project 333 today I must finalise this Autumn's clothes.  I had a bit of a sort out last week and took some things to the charity shop and sorted through my shirts and jeans, now I need to pull out the jumpers I stored away at the end of last Winter and see what I have that will do for this next round.

Are there any of you who still do Project 333?

(If you want to read some of my old Project 333 posts, just type those words into the Search box at the top left of the Blog.)

Sue xx


  1. Sue, when I was a girl, one of my jobs on a Saturday was to polish all the family shoes for Sunday. So you brought back a memory!

  2. When I had my boots resoled the cobbler polished them for me - they looked amazing !

  3. Hubby is ex army, so shoes and boots always clean here.

  4. I think it extends their life no end.. a regular polish. My Dad .. Army too ... was one for polishing .. and dubbing boots .. and they lasted for years. I'm afraid we are a bit lazy here .. I'm resolved to try harder!
    Vicky x

  5. Must admit I'm a bit of a slacker where cleaning boots are concerned. Hope it all goes well for Mavis tomorrow.

  6. I'm lucky enough to have a husband who loves cleaning shoes. Caring for your shoes to extend the life of them is a great thing to do.

  7. I always clean our walking boots after a mucky walk and leather shoes are polished regularly. I wash smelly slippers and trainers in a bucket of soapy water, stuff with newspaper and dry out. They usually come up like new. Where we lived in Lincolnshire, we had a cobbler who could fix any pair of boots or shoes. Our Stoptober has been a bit of a disaster. We're still living as frugally as we can where we can but this month we had the trip to hospital which entailed buying a magazine for son to keep him occupied, some food and coffee while we waited around. At least they've stopped charging for hospital parking now. Then my mobile phone died and had to be replaced. Then my hair dryer blew up!! I bought one half price in the sale - it's too cold up here to go out with damp hair. Today the heating engineers are here all day and tomorrow the dog is having her op as she has a lump and also needs spayed. Hope Mavis gets on fine x

  8. Re project 333....I was going to do it, listed my items of clothing and shoes, then realised that the whole lot only numbered 27 in total! That lot was for all four seasons too. No wonder I never have anything to wear! Living in the country now means that we never go to functions where I need a nice dress and we no longer have weddings to go to so I don't have anything other than jeans, t shirts, fleeces and jumpers. It's a good job I will probably never need to meet the Queen!

  9. It is always one of my "winter resolutions" to keep my boots clean and polished. I can't slack too much because they use so much salt on the roads and sidewalks; it must be cleaned off or it corrodes your boots! I am trying out a pair of lined rubber boots that I can just wipe clean...


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