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The Six Month Challenge

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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Mooths » 03 May 2019 11:37

What a voice!

Hi, Ed, Fiz, Katey. Katey, we're going to need reinforcements once Ed and Fiz graduate.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Mooths » 05 May 2019 00:07

Me again! Just spent an hour reading a brilliant blog I’ve stumbled across - Sober Punks - instead of sleeping, and was led from there to this great link: pictures of people looking so much healthier, happier, slimmer and younger after a sustained period of sobriety -

https://www.boredpanda.com/before-after ... ty-photos/

Do check it out - it’s really inspirational!
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 05 May 2019 07:34

Morning all. :\:

Mooths, they all look fantastic, I’m doing something wrong, I’m just getting fatter. :lol: :lol2: loving not waking up with a hangover though, I would have had Thursday on the wagon, drank Friday and Saturday, woke up with a terrible hang over today, then I would be feeling depressed and shaking Monday, so would need a drink to make the dt’s stop Tuesday Wednesday. What a depressing, sad life that was, I hope I’m never tempted back there.

Have a lovely fresh Sunday. <:)>
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Ed » 05 May 2019 08:32

I have drunk once in 6 months now. 11th November. I set out to stop drinking for 6 months, I'm going to keep going but job done. Almost.
Enough time wasted on this.

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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Mooths » 05 May 2019 16:48

Bravo, Ed! Looking forward to continuing the journey with you.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Mooths » 07 May 2019 12:07

Hello, everyone. Feeling kinda quiet around here. Are y'all OK?
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 07 May 2019 14:48

Hi Mooths, :\:
I’m still with you. <:)> been busy, it’s holiday season, so all of the cottages on my books are back to back, then Sunday is grandchildren day, so busy weekend, but very much still going. I hope you are ok?
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Way to go Ed. \:)/ you are sooooo very close to that 6 months line now. \:)/
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Ed » 07 May 2019 18:49

Still here. What do you do Fiz? Holiday lets?
Enough time wasted on this.

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Post by fiz » 08 May 2019 05:12

I have a small cleaning company Ed, there’s only 11 of us, but it’s full tilt from about April to October with holiday cottages. Not the best time to have this plantar fasciitis either. :roll: but at least I’m not waking up feeling rough from the drink. ;)?

Hope everyone has a smashing day. Day 171 for me. \:)/ I’ve had a few dodgy moments that have hit me from out of the blue, but managed to ward them off. I’d hate to go back to day 1 now, I think that would set me off on another bender, the last one lasted a few years. :o
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Cowboy » 08 May 2019 20:57

Don't give in fiz. I promise once you push through 6 months it gets better - way better.

I had plantar facittus (spelling?) a few years back. Couldn't get out of bed in the morning my heels were so sensitive. Went to a foot specialist and they gave me these arch supports. They worked like a charm. Never came back but I keep them in my junk drawer just the same.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Ed » 08 May 2019 21:34

My partner deals with a couple of small cleaning companies that do holiday lets. It's bound to be you. I mean how many can there be??
Enough time wasted on this.

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Post by Mooths » 08 May 2019 22:14

Evening all! Our household is still all abuzz after last night’s footie - they’re Liverpool fans to a man/woman. I am feigning interest and watching them all drinking (sensibly, for once) while I bask in my own sobriety. ()o
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Post by Ed » 09 May 2019 00:22

I am house-sitting at the moment. The owners are trying to sell but there are virtually no buyers, we've had 3 visits in 8 months. When we signed up we agreed to pay some money to bills and do chores but no pets. When we arrived we ended up looking after a sick dog and 5 cats for 6 weeks. Which then turned into 3 cats permanently. We had a bit of a disagreement about paying money because we hadn't agreed to looking after pets and the bill amount jumped by 20 euros from what was agreed. Recently we were left with clearing up landscaping that hadnt been finished as part of our chores but it was proper labour and now he's notified us that we should have everything looking brilliantly with the 125 hours we should have spent in the last 5 weeks, with a list of what we should have achieved. We never agreed to that, we just said we'd be happy to do chores for them. So basically we are looking after their house, pets, paying bills, managing their post and admin and expected to do 25 hours labour a week on top. As far as I can see it's exploitation but we are a little stuck for 6 weeks. We want to just leave but can't. Any advice on how to handle this? Honestly I have my own house and I am a professional web developer. I just thought it would be a nice thing to do but I feel a bit of a sucker now. They are coming next week to check up on progress.
Enough time wasted on this.

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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 09 May 2019 04:36

Ed wrote:
08 May 2019 21:34
My partner deals with a couple of small cleaning companies that do holiday lets. It's bound to be you. I mean how many can there be??
Wouldn’t that be funny. It’s a small world Ed.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 09 May 2019 04:37

Thanks for the encouragement Cowboy, you have been a diamond these past 6 months. I won’t be drinking, I’ve come too far for that.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 09 May 2019 04:42

Ed, maybe take some legal advice, these people are taking a lend of you. Have they paid you anything yet? Sounds like they’re going to not pay you if they haven’t. They are expecting far too much from house sitters. Good luck with it.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 09 May 2019 05:11

Well done for resisting Mooths, I’m not a football fan but I do enjoy rugby.
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Ed » 09 May 2019 05:35

No fiz, they never agreed to pay us anything. We pay them 220 euros for bills. We had another offer of staying in a big house, no pets, lawn mowing once a week, no bills and a thousand euro bonus when they sold the house but we preferred the location here but consistently they have moved the goalposts. It's not so much the Mrs but the Mr. He employed a guy to do so landscaping work and was giving him a hard time. At least he was getting paid. We'll just have to hand our notice in and ignore him. He is in England and we are in France. I'll write a nice email to his wife saying we're off. I've had 6 months off the booze here and that was the goal, so all good in the long run.
Enough time wasted on this.

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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by fiz » 09 May 2019 06:50

Ed
Oh, I see. I’ve never done house sitting, but I did offer pet sitting in France, but I charged 100euro per week, plus i lived there rent/bill free, the longest I stayed in anyone’s house was 8 weeks, but I did offer a deep clean at the end of my stay, included in the price. Although, people always did ask for extras, gardening, decorating, I once painted a barn in Macon, but I always charged extra for add ons. So I think these people should be grateful for what you have done, not to mention, you are also security. Anyway, you’re right, the main thing is, you’ve stayed alcohol free. Time to move on to the next chapter my friend, what happens to those cats though?
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Re: The Six Month Challenge

Post by Ed » 09 May 2019 07:05

I have tried to explain that people pay to have their pets looked after but it falls on deaf ears 'how much time do you actually spend looking after the cats?' ITS NOT THE POINT! I think some people just refuse to listen. He wants somebody to work 25 hours for free, look after his pets and his house and pay the bills and as we're in the house he's trying it on. He's basically an a$$hole.
Enough time wasted on this.

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