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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I need to get a couple of things straight. One, I did not buy any new clothes today. Two, I did not give any to a charity shop.

Right. What did happen, first (and you'll have to excuse me, I am still reeling from the experience) is that I took my three winter coats to the dry cleaners:

- The thick black wool one, two winters old, a small fit so it is only two sizes too big at the moment ie fits well enough, though it should be three sizes too big.

- The lime green one, same vintage, chewed by moths in one place but ok to wear, loose fit so although it is a size smaller than the above black one the fit of it is more or less the same.

- The vintage fine black wool one, vintage because I bought it in 1986 and love it so much I have never been able to bring myself to get rid of it, one moth hole (that I noticed and it's a recent addition, the moths got it but I got the moths so fingers crossed that's it) and size 16 so still too small but I have Hopes of it.

Three coats, shoved into black bin liner, lugged to the dry cleaners. Will be ready on Tuesday, cost of cleaning the three (23.25).

What do you mean you didn't hear that?


It's scandalous. I rarely get anything cleaned and this reminded me why.

I staggered back home and had a lie-down and a cup of tea.

Once I'd recovered enough, I shoved a couple more garments in a plaggy bag for the recycling bin. I also - now that I can see what's on there because my coats are all at the cleaners - had a look at the bags hanging from the coat rack in the hall. There were two with stuff in there for the charity shop/recycling bin. Here's where it gets complicated.

One of the bags contained a pair of black needlecord trousers in a size 22 that I decided to get rid of more than six months ago and forgot about. I was getting rid of them because they were too tight and I thought I would never get into them again.

I have just tried them on and they are now too loose.


So tomorrow they are going to the recycling bin, but for the opposite reason from the original reason.

As I said, it's been a confusing sort of day.

I measured my waist this morning and I seem to have lost another three centimetres from it. Either that or the technicalities of a tape measure are beyond me. This is quite possible.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SKYWATCHER6 11/18/2012 5:29AM

  great blog - thanks!

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GRAMPIAN 11/18/2012 5:18AM

  It's almost as dear out in the sticks! emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 11/18/2012 5:16AM

    You are quite funny and I really enjoy reading your blogs. Now tell me, how much is TWENTY-THREE QUID AND TWENTY-FIVE PENCE in dollars?

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NEW-CAZ 11/18/2012 5:10AM

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SDAILEY4 11/18/2012 5:02AM

  Way to go!!! Congratulations on the "surprise"'s inspirational to me (I'm a newcomer to SparkPeople). And truly entertaining!:) emoticon

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NCSUE0514 11/18/2012 4:27AM


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TSARITSA 11/18/2012 4:21AM

    23.25? Ouch. For this reason, I am deathly afraid to take anything to the dry cleaner in Geneva. Everything here is usually twice as expensive as it is in the US. So I wait until I visit family in the States :). The price of the plane ticket comes even when I think of all the money I save on: fixing shoes, dry cleaning, haircuts & other beauty rituals, new clothes, & electronics. :)))

Congrats on your weight loss! emoticon

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NOTTINGHAMKATE 11/18/2012 4:06AM

    What a fabulous feeling - giving clothes away because they are too big! Add in the fact that a charity will make some money out of them AND someone else gets to buy themselves cheaper clothes and everyone's a winner!
Congrats on the further 3cm, keep it up.

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TRUCKERSMRS 11/18/2012 3:29AM

    I try to stick to a rule of - if it needs dry cleaning I don't buy it. I've got some cashmere mix tops from John Lewis that go thru the machine wonderfully.
Love your blogs and well done on your achievements.

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GODS_TEMPLE 11/18/2012 1:56AM


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LAURIETAIT 11/18/2012 1:46AM

    emoticon 3 cm !!! emoticon
As for the cost of dry cleaning .... I have never been more grateful to be a phys ed teacher. We never where wool !

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KRISUA 11/18/2012 1:37AM

    Congrats on losing another three though :)

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JULIERAE41 11/18/2012 1:17AM

    absolutely adore the nom nom nom bit! There is an addictive game on the net called Om Nom about a cute, little monster with an affinity for candy. I have stopped some major cravings in their tracks playing with him instead of om nomming myself into oblivion. While it is not exercise, it does the trick!

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POPSY190 11/18/2012 1:01AM

    I try to avoid dry cleaners as much as possible. Good news about the trousers!

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NEWTINK 11/18/2012 12:06AM

    I hope tomorrow is better for you .. congrats on some things sorry on others emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 11/17/2012 11:54PM

    Joyous confusion! I hear you, though, on dry cleaning sticker shock!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/17/2012 11:43PM


Your blogs ALWAYS give me a smile


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Have a Super Sunday

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MICKEYH 11/17/2012 11:12PM

    I want to congratulate your hard work and achievement. I now feels like I want to go find the forest like your Epping forest. Must have some positive power in the forest that let you motivate, to do the things you do to get a wonderful result. Or did you find some secret 'shroom to take home and eat it?(LoL)) o(^▽^)o I love your sense of
Humor!! Love your blogs. Thanks for sharing.

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DESERTJULZ 11/17/2012 10:58PM

    Yikes! That is pricey dry-cleaning. Congrats on getting to small for the slacks that were too small for you. Nice turn-about.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/17/2012 10:37PM

    Great! Keep it up.

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TREYONE 11/17/2012 10:28PM

  I cannot believe the expense of dry cleaning-especially when you think about how much the clothes cost to begin with!!! emoticon

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TEMPENATIVE 11/17/2012 9:52PM

    thats aweful i havent paid for drycleaning a decade at least, what a joke! but eventually i will need to launder my husbands sportscoat, but I refuse to buy dryclean only clothes. and the ones i get at the second hand store i just machine wash, cuz who cares I got it cheap! congrats on the shrinkage of yourself. emoticon

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KIPPER15 11/17/2012 9:14PM

    I just donated a large bag of turtlenecks and sweaters to the church winter free "sale". I also gave 3 coats that are swimmingly big on me. It felt very good. Now I really need to shop for a new winter coat. emoticon

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KAREN608 11/17/2012 6:55PM

    Oh silly me. I buy denim washable winter coats.
Think of the money I save!
And I can move the snaps over to make them fit tighter
for some times yet.
One is worn out and I use for outside chores,
and the other is nearly pristine condition used on Sundays & Mondays.
Those are the only days I go to town these days.
Sigh. I miss living in town, walking and wearing coats out.

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LINDAK25 11/17/2012 6:31PM

    Yikes, $37.00 US! The only long coat I have is from the 1990's and has shoulder pads. I guess it's time to say goodbye to it. I have several jackets. One fits, the others are at least 3 sizes too big. I'm hoping the winter here is as mild as the one we had last year and I can get through not having to buy another coat until next year. Here's hoping you really did lose 3 centimeters from your waist!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/17/2012 6:23PM

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SUSIESLIM62 11/17/2012 6:21PM

  emoticon emoticon for the laughs and keep up the good work!

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LIZZIE888 11/17/2012 6:20PM

  We should get together and have a clothes swap party... I'm sure between us all we can re-work our wardrobes.
(I'm typing this on the iPad and on first trying to write the sentence above it substituted the word "party" with the word "orgy"... I think a clothes swap orgy would be a different proposition all together!)

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/17/2012 6:08PM

    *Sigh* And I'm so easily confused... I think I'll watch the rest of the Miss Marple story.

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SUNRISE14 11/17/2012 5:58PM


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4KWALK 11/17/2012 5:45PM

    I just love your blogs. Do you chuckle to yourself all day?

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    Great news. Great confusion. Thanks for sharing.

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POLSKARENIA 11/17/2012 4:29PM

    Brilliant news and brilliant blog!!

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JESSICABOOTY 11/17/2012 4:22PM

    I really get a good laugh following you around. Dry cleaning is brutal and I agree with one of the commentators that it's even worse for women's clothing for some unknown reason. Good for you and keep at it. I need the comic relief..especially today!

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FROMNDTOGA 11/17/2012 4:06PM

    Another great blog. Love it when we have to send clothes to the Thrift Shop because they are too big! emoticon

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NESARIAN 11/17/2012 3:31PM

    Yikes! So, dry cleaning is ridiculously expensive out of the US also. Sorry you share this pain.
Congrats on the awesome find with your pants though! Somehow your story supports procrastination. I guess I have to go through all bags set aside now before I give them away. Or, wait a few months so I may be able to wear them again....

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DALID414 11/17/2012 3:26PM

    I don't dry clean anything, then again I don't buy dry clean only clothes, for the same reason. I know myself, I'd rather ruin it in the wash than step foot in a dry cleaners!

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JUDSTERF 11/17/2012 3:25PM

    emoticon What a great feeling?!!!

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SENIMMO 11/17/2012 3:09PM

    I am not looking forward to the cost of dry-cleaning my wool coat. My husband bought it for me 2 years ago (unfortunately for my Dad's funeral) and it's much too nice to pitch or send to Goodwill. As long as it's not threadbare, it stays emoticon

Rather interesting on the trousers going, though. Of course the reason NOW is much better! Sooner or later I hope to be tossing things because they are just too big.

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K-MONEY 11/17/2012 3:03PM

    Woohoo for the new reason to get rid of the trousers! emoticon

I completely agree - dry cleaning costs are ridiculous, not to mention it costs more to dry-clean a women's button-down shirt than a men's!! I Dryel everything that I can't wash/dry in the machine. It's not as cheap as just washing them, but WAYYY cheaper than actual dry cleaners.

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/17/2012 2:54PM

    I can't remember when we last had anything dry cleaned, not even sure where the nearest one is around here. I hope the added (unforseen) expense doesn't make you miss a train trip for a hike. It certainly ate into the savings made on the boots!

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MRS.DOYLE 11/17/2012 2:41PM

    Quite an interesting day then. i usually dry clean coats every spring and put them away ready for the winter. it's dear but worth it if you really like the coats.

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NITTINNANA 11/17/2012 2:39PM

    I'm with you when it comes to dry-cleaning costs!

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