Things are on the up

So, back to work, but the sun is still shining and everyone is in a good mood it seems. I could easily have spent another couple of days sorting out the garden – there is so much to do still! I am aching all over, but it’s good exercise and I love spending time in the great outdoors.

imageI have heard about another agency organising host families for language students and I intend to ring them today. They require hosts for much longer periods for students aged 14-18 who will attend local schools between 5 months and a year. This appeals to me much more than getting an adult lodger. It’s a bit more responsibility, but I wouldn’t be fighting for my kitchen space with another adult or having to find them cupboard space, etc. Also, we have had so much fun getting to know young people from different parts of the world – this way, we get to know them even better. So let’s hope that comes to fruition to provide a regular extra source of income – sorely needed at Shoestring Cottage 🙂

I have mentioned previously that I have a holiday to Tenerife coming up. This is courtesy of Mr Shoestring, who is paying for my flight, and his Mum, who is letting us use her timeshare. I am so excited I can’t tell you. I have never been to Tenerife or had a holiday out of season ever. Life is so manic I feel I need a proper rest. I have already been to the library to get some books, and have purchased a few cheap items of summer clothing on eBay. I have also managed to sell some things over the last few months which will provide my spending money.

Things are looking up 🙂

0 thoughts on “Things are on the up

  1. AuntLeesie

    Sounds like you’ll have a very nice holiday! To encourage you about the foreign exchange student program (as it’s called in the states), my sister in law and her family did that for several years as a source of income and had nothing but wonderful experiences with the students. She still gets email from a few of them. It was very successful for her, and I’m sure will be for you, too.

  2. Julia

    Have you read “How I Lived on One Pound A Day”, by Kath Kelly (2007 or 2008)?
    It’s an excellent, easy read book, broken into monthly chapters of her year, but so full of good ideas for free things and insights into our consumer culture. I found it in the library.