After a grim month of July, August has come as a relief.
For starters, I haven’t been robbed and, although I still struggle with the loss of my cat, I am much better. That’s a big improvement on last month.
So how did it go?
- Workwise, summer is always a bit slow because the members of staff who are normally at uni, pick up more shifts during the holiday but the extra time off allowed me to do things at home and I needed some time to myself. I also worked a wedding party that paid £100.
- I did a market research gig that paid £60 for 1 hour!
- The vet’s bill is probably going to be a lot less than I expected. They haven’t given me the exact total yet but I got the statement from the insurance and it seems that they paid more than I thought they would.
- The motor insurance finally made me an offer for my bike for £950 which is great – minus £250 excess (not so great). Still, I’m happy with £700. It’s half what I paid for it but it was a year and a half old and I used it almost every day so it’s not too bad. I haven’t received the money yet as they only gave me the offer this morning but they said I should have it next week. Success!
- I got a £15 Amazon voucher from Swagbucks. I haven’t done much on that site in the last couple of months so it’s quite good, especially as I have also redeemed another £25 that I should get within the next few days.
- For my first try at growing potatoes I managed a yield of almost 30lb and and still have another bed to dig up.
- The school has offered me new students from September on. One of them is here until December and the other three until February. That’s me set for a few months.
- I got a tax rebate for £351.
- On the food growing front, both the shallots and the tomatoes were a bust. I got about a dozen shallots and the equivalent of a punnet of tomatoes. To be fair, after my cat died I couldn’t face going in the garden as I kept seeing her coming out of all her favourite hiding places and I would start crying so I didn’t do any watering or weeding for a whole month!
Nothing to declare… yeepee!
Total tally for the month: 8 good things vs 1 bad, that’s what I would call a good month.