Oh, you delicious people have made me feel so much better!
Thank you for your supportive comments, and for sharing your tales of the unexpected twists and turns which life can take. I appreciate them, and you.
Having indulged in a whinge and a wallow, I shook myself and did the right thing - I went charity shopping.
My darling friend Vix, always a voice of sound reason and good humour, reminded us in her current post that there are still vintage bargains to be found in the UK's charity shops.
Three fabulous 1970s dresses - the first two are destined for Ebay, but the maxi with the splashy print is staying home with me.
1960s vanity case; 1960s Warmco wool blanket; 1970s St. Michael top; and a large wicker basket.
Those old St. Michael labels transport me back in time - I am pretty sure I had a top just like this when I was a teenager.
Sadly, a 1970s size 14 doesn't fit me, but it's perfect for Eldest, she's perfectly happy for me to buy her clothes from charity shops. That's my girl!
I found this retro 1970s-style shirt dress last week - it's not vintage, but I liked the print and it was only £3.50.
And the denim jacket is definitely my Wardrobe Workhorse.
Lynne is doing a series of posts on her excellent blog highlighting hard-working pieces which we wear to death. Once the weather is warm enough for me to ditch my winter coats, this is my go-to, goes-with-everything jacket.
Look - a grumpy-looking bird which isn't me, how refreshing...
Showing off my self-made tote bag - it's proving to be very useful, I can fit a whole heap of crap in there!
I think that's my smug I made a tote bag face.
Denim jacket, shirt dress, cardigan, bangles, 1960s flower brooch, belt and tights - charity shopped
1960-70s steel pendant - Ebay
Shoes - jumble sale
I'm linking up my charity shop finds with South Yorkshire escapee Max, feel free to join in.
And thank you again for listening and letting me complain a little, and for getting it and being kind.
It means a lot.