If I haven't gotten to your blogs yet, then sorry. I have been trying to not get too far behind on blog posts, but between everything going on at the moment, my determination to still get my craft projects done, and the fact that Blogger seems to have been having some issues lately, it appears to be next to impossible to keep up with things properly at the moment.
The good news is that the council did give me the full £250, so I've finally been able to order a new cooker, which will be coming next Wednesday. I'm pleased about that, since I miss my cooker, and also because it will be a brand new one. I've had "as new" ones before, but never a "brand new, never owned by anyone, fresh from the manufacturer" cooker. So finally having a completely new one is exciting to me. Especially after all the time I've spent without a properly working cooker. I wanted to get it sooner, but I kept being just a little short for the amount for the one I wanted, and I wasn't prepared to settle for having just whatever - after all, I had the microwave to cook with - but with that money from the council I can finally get my cooker. And they did say that although it's officially for decorating, it's up to me what I spend it on. And at least it is something for the house (OK, flat) that I'm buying. I bet plenty of people who got the payment spent it on stuff that wasn't even for the house. And the only reason I wasn't prepared to settle for anything other than the cooker I wanted, was because of the fact I was finally getting a brand new cooker, so I wanted it to be one I like and want. After all, in theory I will have this cooker in my kitchen for several years.
The other news is that my parents have seporated. I'm not 100% sure that it's entirely a "bad news" situation though. I mean, on the one hand, it's a bad/sad thing, because it's a shame, and people seporating after several years together is never a good thing. On the other hand, they have been practically living separate lives for some time, and they have been drifting apart more and more recently, so perhaps it's not entirely a bad thing, because they might as well make it official and live their seporate lives properly. If you know what I mean. I'm sure that fact doesn't make it any easier for them to deal with the fact that after all this time it's over between them, but it's the truth, and it - perhaps - holds some potential for comfort in an otherwise bad/sad situation.
In a way, the parental seporation is partially behind my lack of contribution on the blogs at the moment. Not because either of my parents is demanding of my time or anything, but because I don't feel that day to day life at the moment should be published on my blog, so I've set up a bunch of movie reviews to publish each day. And - though I read your blogs each day - sometimes I just don't feel like commenting. Or, there will be something I intend doing soon, so I don't bother signing in to comment, since I feel bad if I get to some blogs and not others (which is what happened yesterday).
This seems to be turning in to a ranting, whining sort of post, and I was actually trying to avoid doing that (though I did warn you in the title) so I think I will let this do for now. Besides, I need to feed the boys, sort a few chores, and then I have plans for "hopefully" getting to blogs that I didn't get to yesterday, and doing more crafts.
I hope you have a great weekend, and that October is a good month for you so far!