well,last night i reserved a television on line at argos,went off to fakenham this morning to collect it.full marks to argos,gave the friendly assistant the code number,all ok,got packet batteries to take it just over the hundred pound total,and got £10 argos voucher straight away. very useful.the t v was ready for me in 2 minutes and the whole transaction took 5 minutes. well done argos. as i had the voucher i bought a new set christnas lights for outside,will replace 1 set that blew last year,i only had to pay £1.24 lol.
off to morrisons,few bits shopping i'd forgotten yesterday,and home. box unpacked,new tv plugged in,switched on and tuned in. great. mum happy with her new toy. it's her sanity,her one pleasure in life,like this thing here is for me,and it was worth £100 i dont have and will really have to try and work out how i am going to pay,to know she is happy. she doesn't go out except on a friday,hardly sees anyone except me and tracey the carer first thing,so yeah,i think she deserves a little pleasure,dont you???
now,just one more thing, my mum is 86,meaning she gets the £300 winter fuel payment,now that sounds a lot of money,but consider this. 4 years ago,we had central heating installed,and i had a full tank of heating oil,1300 litres at a cost of £224. i ordered last week,as she got her fuel payment,just 500 litres.cost?? £223. thats a rise of 2 and a half times in 4 years. makes that fuel payment a bit mean now. and it's only £200 if you 60 to 80. oil is still cheaper for us,we used to buy 2 cwt of coal a week,that is now £13.50 a cwt,plus 1 storage heater in her bedroom,which cost then 50p a night to run,so if you add that up,we would be paying now over £35 a week. electric,gas,oil. all gone through the roof. no wonder more elderly people die in this country in the winter than in any other country. many are scared to put the heating on,it says a lot about our society. old age pensioners,senior citizens,call them what you want,if there is one near you,living on their own,PLEASE be a good neighbour,keep an eye on them this winter,see they are warm enough. one day,it will be us,us who struggle to cope with rising fuel costs.sobering thought. keep warm and safe this winter,take care all