Craving quietness

The last two weeks I have been craving quietness. I just want silence. This quietness I seek has come on even stronger this past week. So with this and how my body has felt at times the past week, I am looking forward to peace and quiet, where I can with what ever gentle, in between.

Frugal living – part 5

I have not done anything new, than doing what I’m doing already, as discussed in past frugal posts.
I am though changing how I cut my hair. I have been using this technique originally, as shared in this post, How to trim your own long hair at home. But now, I use this technique, which you will find in the link below. There are nine variations of how to cut your hair in this link and the one I use is method seven of nine, cutting pigtails.
After using the pigtail method, the only difference I do, is I don’t bring my hair to the nape of my neck, instead, I bring it into a ponytail at the front and point scissors upwards to cut, so not a blunt straight cut on the hair length.

Nine methods of cutting your own hair

The new method I now use, I have been doing a few times now. I changed the technique because I wanted to cut my hair shorter, but using the old technique would have made layers in my hair very short. This technique prevents that and it works for me.
As my hair is wavy, I find cutting my hair wet best, for previous technique I used and the one I use now.

In Frugal Living – part 4 I talked about thing’s I wasn’t going to allow myself to buy, until I ran out. I’m on my last bottle of shampoo now, so when I have run out, I will buy another. I’m also allowing myself to buy hand cream, after running out. But this is the only moisturiser I’m allowing myself, as I still have plenty of the other.

With downsizing from a two bed house, to a one bed flat, I’m hoping to see some savings. My rent is more than before, but I still hope to see some savings when it comes to heating. So this is what I will be observing the coming months.

What have you been doing in the frugal side of things? Anything new, or are you just continuing with what you have done so far?

Post re-share: ‘Look Before you lock’ to Protect Curious Kitties — Katzenworld

I am sharing this important post, as a cat lover. This post highlights how important it is to look, before you lock up things, like out buildings, sheds, garages, etc… Whether you own a cat yourself, or not, it is important that when you do lock up, to make sure you have not locked in a curious cat. Please read this post for further details.

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Chit-chat November

So we are 13 days into November. Soon be Christmas. 😀

I learned a bit more about my new doctors since this post, Why do people NOT observe the rule, don’t phone? when I talked about the accessibility that this my new doctors do, that the other did not.
Since making an appointment recently, to see the nurse, I noticed my appointment reminder had a text, or email option, should I need to cancel my appointment. I think this is really great and this is something my previous doctors did not provide, which would have meant me calling into the practice itself to cancel.
My appointment with the nurse is tomorrow. I am hoping my anxiety is minimal, or nil, because I noticed that when I called into the practice yesterday, to say this was second time popping in, I had some anxiety I wasn’t expecting. Hopefully this will all die down, as I get to know the practice.

When it comes to e-readers, should I decide to buy one, I know that the Kobo brand will be best for me. Thank you to everyone that commented in post, E-readers or books? It confirmed for me, that Kobo would be best for me with the comments left in this post and me looking a little further by googling. But as I say, I have not really decided to buy one now and whether I will in the end, I don’t know. I will see how I feel in the coming months.

I am looking forward to my week off work next week. All that week is called for in some way.
Monday will be an appointment with the dentist. Just a routine check-up, then I will meet up with mum while in the area, for lunch. The remainder of Monday once home, will be watching DVD’S, or reading and nothing else.
Tuesday to Saturday, I have kept myself open for a friend who is going through something difficult at the moment. I will see her how ever many times she’d like to meet up during that time. If there are any days I don’t meet up, then I plan to have a lazy days, or maybe a walk in a park, or two.
Sunday will be what ever comes my way, or a further lazy day. I am just going to go with the flow, because the past week has been difficult at times, where I have struggled with energy and having either sore muscles, or joints, or both together. This has made it hard work at times, at work, when my body has felt like this, so I am really looking forward to the week off next week and I am counting it down.
I may, if motivated, put the Christmas tree up, at some point in that week.

Why do people NOT observe the rule, don’t phone?

Utility provider for my gas, now I am in the process of leaving them for another supplier that can provide customer service, is trying to phone me.
They have been informed by myself several times I am deaf and that email/chat is my preferred choice of communication.
They have also been told by my landlord when he had to intervene, to help get my gas sorted because of cutting me off from chat. They were obviously still asking to speak to me, or phone, because he kept reminding them that I don’t hear in the phone. (Whoever was on that end of the phone were thick, or deaf, to not understand clear instructions from my landlord.)
They don’t try once to phone me, they have tried a few times, regardless that I have them now blocked.

The charity that is collecting my furniture, they require a phone number, so the driver can contact me when he is half an hour away. I inform them to make sure the driver knows to text.
I had an unknown mobile number phoning me. I cancelled call and texted and it was them. They have done this before; phone, when I have given clear instructions to text.

Why do people ask for phone number, when you clearly tell them you don’t have one? Or because you say that is not my form of communication and explain why, that they still ask?

Even HMRC are not fully accessible. They don’t provide email as a choice to contact them and as I seen on Twitter, they don’t accept DM via there, due to security. But you can send a query via Facebook private message. That led me  to apologise butting in on this conversation, but I asked HMRC how can you say sending a private message via Facebook, is anymore securer than via a private message on Twitter? I query because I am deaf and you don’t do email, which is my preferred method. Whether HMRC will respond to this question, is another thing.

Businesses everywhere are stepping up, but HMRC are in the dark ages still, because they don’t do email. The same reason, because of security.

Where I now live, the doctors I have registered at, at time of registering, I discovered they were a little bit more accessible than my old doctors. Providing something that other did not and that’s emailing me, if they need to contact me.

It’s a simple request, when I say my phone number is for text only. Please don’t phone. Yet they try to phone?

But it’s not simple to those that I tell and it’s frustrating.

E-readers or books?

Last time I had this conversation was years ago when I used to write my deaf blog. Then, I loved to hold books (and still do) even though I owned a  Kindle. When I owned a Kindle, it was when they started to get smaller and before the paper white version came out. I had my Kindle for some years until I sold it, being faithful to paper books instead. But also paper books were  out-waying the Kindle and I wasn’t using the Kindle much, as well as not wanting to be committed to Amazon. (Although the last part, I may have understood wrong about that years ago, or things have changed since. So you may be able to help me with that question. Keep reading.) So with the Kindle being pushed to one side, I decided it was time to sell.

Fast forward to present. As I say, I still prefer paper books, but I either buy mostly second-hand, or use the library. The last book I bought new, was “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D, then before that, “Lagom.”

Being in a smaller place, means I have no intention of buying a new book I intend to keep, unless another book is removed to put in its place. But with the books I am currently happy with, means I have no need to buy.
I will still buy second-hand now and again, but this is because once I have read it, it will be put back into a bag for charity.
I also have the library where I can read a book from too.

I have been thinking whether it’s worth me buying an e-reader again. But do I buy a Kindle that I have experienced before, but a newer model? If so, does buying a Kindle mean I have to commit myself to Amazon, or can I get a book for it from anywhere? as I don’t want to join Amazon.

If I don’t buy a Kindle, what other e-reader is good?

I have thought about e-readers again, because I know you can get free books too for them, as I used to mostly read free books before, when I had the Kindle. But whether in the end I will buy one, I don’t know. I want to make sure it would be something I’d carry on using and not put away again after so many years.

Can you help/advise?

Maybe my readers read from e-readers. What e-reader do you use? Maybe you can also answer my above question regarding the Kindle?

Maybe you are just a paper book fan and avoid. Maybe you like both.

Do share your thoughts and I hope you are able to advise too.

Thank you in advance.