Husband had as good a birthday as was possible under the circumstances. He had some nice cards (I made him one, which he liked), and gifts....a couple which I know should be coming from others haven't yet arrived, no doubt delayed by the covid situation. So he's still got a couple of nice surprises to come.
I still haven't got round to having my dead laptop looked at, or replaced in the event of it being terminal. The Amazon fire tablet I bought to temporarily replace it (what I'm typing on now) is ok but limited in what it can do....still, it serves a purpose and I'm grateful to have it. However, husband's daughter told him the other day that her husband bought her a new tablet for Christmas - there's nothing wrong with her present one, the new one is simply a more up to date version. It's not an Amazon one but a proper tablet....Husband didn't know the make, but his SiL is a computer technician working for one of the big computer companies and gets a discount on products, so it's a good one. Anyway, his daughter said I can have her old tablet so she's sending it to me, which is very kind of her....saves me having to worry about paying to get my laptop fixed. The next time they come down to visit us (whenever that may be allowed!), her husband will look at my laptop and see if he can fix it.
Husband and I are going to be saving towards 2 specific things over the next year or two, so I've been having a look at our finances to see where we can make savings. Changing our big, expensive to run, gas guzzling car for a smaller, cheaper to run car is one thing that should save us quite a bit. I've gone through our direct debits and cancelled a couple of small ones that weren't strictly necessary....small savings but every little helps. Food shopping is another area where I think we can make more significant savings. This month I'm aiming to do just 2 shops (both online), rather than weekly. We had one delivered at the beginning of this week, I have another booked for the 20th. They don't contain any extras, they're both average weekly shop amounts, as we have plenty of freezer and store cupboard stocks in. So that will be 2 weekly shop amounts saved for this month, which I can transfer over to the savings account.
Not going out anywhere is saving us fuel costs too, so that's one advantage of lockdown - have to look for the positives in this situation.