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Day 227

January 31st, 2019 at 12:35 am

It isn't as hot atm as it was in India but the humidity makes it harder to cope. I bought myself a new pair of sandals nzd45.00. The weather is predicted to turn cold and wet over the weekend. Hope it holds off as I've a bbq on Sunday.

Day 226

January 30th, 2019 at 12:34 am

I got a recipe book from the free box outside the SPCA shop. The Destitute Gourmet by Sophie Gray. She was all the rage when I was bringing up DS, feeding a family on nzd50.00 a week - with the help of a large vege garden and a flock of chickens. I'll see if any of her recipes can be adapted for a single person.

Day 225

January 29th, 2019 at 12:41 am

I have to put money aside for a retreat at Easter, and also to pay for yardwork. I want to get my Travel fund back up to nzd5000 in case I am unexpectedly called to visit family overseas, and I want to replace the stove. I waill still be working on my EF but more slowly, maybe $100 a month.

Day 224

January 28th, 2019 at 12:34 am

Phoned the dr to renew a prescription. Because of the new govt health subsidies it only cost me nzd12.50 instead of the previous $25, and $15 at the pharmacy.

I am on my 36th day of not buying yarn. I hope to go all year or until my stash is used up, whichever comes first. Just have to stay out of thrift stores.

Day 223

January 27th, 2019 at 01:20 am

While I was away, Lime scooters were introduced all over town. They cost nzd20 an hour. I don't think they'll solve the energy crisis for anyone but the ablebodied well to do,

Add the e-scooters to the kids riding regular scooters, students riding bikes and skateboards and hooverounds, pedestrians have to keep alert on the sidewalk now. Maybe they should rename it the sideride.

Day 222

January 26th, 2019 at 02:14 am

I am still a little jetlagged, so spent most of the day snoozing.

Day 221

January 25th, 2019 at 12:15 am

I have started saving for Christmas. I put nzd5.00 into my Christmas Club for groceries, and my spare change into a money tin for gifts. I also found 10 cents so that went into the money tin too.

Day 220

January 24th, 2019 at 12:22 am

Catching up on my emails and the news. I have been e-free for the last few weeks - not even an English newspaper. It was a relaxing experience without having media 24/7.

Best suggestion to end the U.S. govt shutdown - since President Trump is a billionaire, he can advance the money to build the border wall, and Mexico will pay him back.

Day 219

January 23rd, 2019 at 12:49 am

I'm back. India was wonderful, beautiful, maddening and challenging as always. Full of contrasts, ancient temples by modern highways, incredible riches next door to appalling squalor. I'm torn btween weeping over so much suffering, and rejoicing at the resilience of the human spirit. The children in the villages were very happy to see us and they loved the hats.

I had nzd400 left over which I put in my EF; halfway to my goal. For groceries I bought
bread 2.38
red peppers 2.81
bananas 3.29
tomatoes 1.76
carrots 1.45
broccoli 1.49
avocado 1.69
bread rolls 1.38