Monday, 5 December 2016

Frosty Morning

I did not sleep too well last night so late waking. DB also slept in. When I drew back the curtains it was to a white world. A very heavy frost which has not really cleared all day.

Like the cows tail I am all behind today. Managed to change the bed, but the laundry will have to wait until tonight, wet room and toilet cleaned and mopped.

Re laid the fire, lit it after lunch, the heat is off until 4.30, but the sitting room rad will stay off whilst there is heat from the fire, the thermostat controls it,

I made another loaf overnight, sliced the one from yesterday, I have to open freeze the slices, will slice and freeze todays loaf tomorrow. I am trying to get a stock of stuff in so if I am not well there is stuff to hand. I have cancelled the scan, I need to speak to My GP first, apart from anything else, we have a pretty full month with appointments for DB. I need to be fit enough to go with him.

Mobile library this afternoon, I discovered two books in my drawer I had not read, so will put them back in and renew them.

Fritatta and salad tonight, need to sort out some sort of dessert.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

What A Glorious Day

When we opened the curtains the sun was shining fit to bust. There had been a frost so the grass sparkled in the sun.

We were up and away just after 9.30, early for us on a Sunday. A lot of traffic on the road, its the Victorian Fair in Melton this weekend, there was also a lot of traffic on the A46, quite a few large lorries too.

The fabric warehouse was fairly quiet, no problem parking, and it did not take me long to find what I wanted. I had a quick look round to see if they had buttons but could not fine enough of the ones I liked, so we were soon on our way home.

We stopped off to see if my eldest daughter was in, no luck although her car was there, guess SIL was playing golf.

Lunch over DB went for his siesta, I cleaned out and re lit the fire in the sitting room. The sun is still shining, but I guess it will soon start darkening up as evening approaches.

Pork for supper, roast spuds and celeriac, cauli, calebrese and carrots, banana split for OH just banana for me.

Fabric for the baby quilt, cream background, make a 9 patch and cut it two ways. Then add in another 9 patch  using the background with a different colour in the centre.

This is the colour for the second centre, a bit deeper yellow. I will photograph it as I make it. That way it is easier then it looks. I am going to use 4" finished squares rather than 4 1/2 finished square, it will make the finished block slightly smaller.

Saturday, 3 December 2016


I did not expect to sleep after last nights bombshell but I did, mind you my brain is going at 90 miles an hour this morning. I gave the letter to DB to read, not a word.......just 'well you had better go and see our GP' who of course is on holiday this coming week.........

Dull but there is a slight breeze, I have laundry out, hope it dries other wise it will be on the airer. Fire cleaned out and relaid. We are running out of kindling, DB chopped up some bits of old fence panel this morning.

After I re laid the fire gave the sitting room a flick with the duster. DB does not like the new Dyson, so muggins hoovered the kitchen, sitting room and hall before putting said machine back in its cupboard.

Liver and bacon tonight, I froze the liver in seperate bags this time, so I only have to prepare one lot as and when, rather than cook it all and then freeze what I don't want to use. Will do mashed spuds, cabbage and carrots with it. Banana for dessert.

I will be spending the rest of the day on the settee reading apart from giving DB a lesson in how I run the banking, I will need a rest after that. There are times when I really wish I had not taught hin to use the lap top.............yesterday being one of them and I suspect that today could be too.

My quilting friend gave me a sweet jug with some grape hyacinth bulbs and some compost, they were starting to shoot so I have filled the jug as per the instructions, the bulbs are planted and I have put it in a dark cupboard for a few weeks. Once they have flowered they will go in the garden. I did plant some in a pot outside last year.

Tomorrow I am going to the Fabric warehouse, despite saying I was not buying any more fabric, (heaven knows what DB will do with whats left when I shuffle off this mortal coil) I need some baby blue, cream and yellow for the baby quilt.

The presents we are giving are on my sewing table waiting to be wrapped up. Whilst DB has his siesta I am going to write the few cards we do send. Then there is nothing else I need to worry about. Just a small shop for fruit and veg before the day and thats it.

Finished up the split pea soup for lunch with some toast, I will need to make another pot tomorrow. I have some brown lentils, never used them before so will have to google a recipe.

DB says that both the onions and garlic are sprouting so thats next years supply, he had to water some of the celmatic, they were very dry and showing signs of dying back.

Friday, 2 December 2016


Out early, DB had an appointment at the dentist. I went into Lidl for the few bits I wanted from there. Sat in the car waiting for DB. When he came back he said the dentist had decided to take out the tooth, it split and broke, so the nerve has been taken out and the root filled. The dentist was afraid that if he went on to try and take the tooth out he might break DB's jaw........No thank you, I have enough trouble with him as it is without him having a broken jaw. A quick visit to Morrison for yogurt and we were off home.

Home we had soup for lunch and then set off for our visit to my quilting friend. I had a miniature orchid for her we came home with some pressies and some magazines.

It was so nice to see her again, her left knee is giving her some problems, she had her right knee replaced some years ago.......

After tea and cake DB went into the sitting room to read, we sat and put the world to rights.

We left in time to get get home before it was dark. Waiting for me was a letter from the hospital with the results of the appointment I had in November. No good to read. I have made an appointment to see the Dr to discuss the letter and also the MRI scan they are asking me to have. Although I feel OK my condition is really not good, so I am going to apply for attendance allowance. There are other things I need to think about now, and DB also needs to realise that I am not at all well. I know he will refuse to talk about things unless I force the issue.

Home it was fish and wedges, with mixed veg and bananas for dessert.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Its December

No frost this morning. I was late waking up, DB brought me my breakfast.

Its has been a day of sunshine and shadows, not as cold as it has been, but cold enough. Have only been out to the coal shed for coal.

DB had a filling come out of a tooth last night, so bang goes my savings target this month, I guess it will be coming out.

Sausage, mash, carrots and cabbage for supper, everything is prepped except the chocolate mousse which I will do shortly.

General sorting out, clearing up bits and pieces and putting the few presents we are giving on the table in the back bedroom to wrap up. We are going to see my quilting friend tomorrow afternoon, DB has a dental appointment in the morning, we will come home and have a bacon sarnie and then set off. We do not want to be too late coming back its dark soon after 4pm. Thankfully after 21st December the nights will start to draw out again, cannot wait.

I have sorted out a small table runner and two casserole mats for my niece along with a box of choccy biscuits for the family. I need to get in touch with her and make arrangements for her to either nip over or I will meet her in the town.

Our neighbour has just gone with her next door neighbour in the car, I hope they are not sending her husband home!! She is really not fit to look after him especially at night.

We are not sending any cards this year, I give a donation to a local charity instead, but we do give cards to one or two relatives and local friends, we do not have to post them, they can be pushed through doors or given to the recipients. I had a scrounge round and have found enough cards without having to buy any. I usually buy them in the sales after Christmas.

DB not coughing so much and although  I am a bit stuffed up, not really a cold. Will keep DB taking the medicine for a couple more days.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sniff, sniff,,,,,

My nose stopped running last night, I applied vick again on my chest, fumes made my eyes run!! Paracetamol along with my normal nightly medication, this morning a bit stuffed up  but thats all.

We went off to Bingham, library, bank and Boots for more cough medicine for DB. Then on to Aldi. I did managed to spend a bit more than I intended, but I have enough left (I hope) to see us through to the end of December. We are out for lunch next Friday, so it will just be a sandwich for supper. Christmas day we are out too, should come home with a doggie bag though.

I got DB more cough stuff from Boots, I nearly died it was 75p dearer than the chemist in the next village, will not be getting any more from Boots thats for sure.

DB went over to see how our neighbour is, not good news, his wife is very worried about him. The hospital have told her they think he has the beginnings of Alzheimer's or dementia, I think it is a bit strange at 91. They have told his wife that if he comes home it will only be if there is a full care package in place for him. She is in her late 80's and has heart disease amongst other things, she is not able to care for him herself, it will just be too much. I will go over and see her myself tomorrow.

It has been a nice but very cold day, we had quite a heavy frost last night again, The road was ok this morning, but its a bus route so has to be treated if the weather is bad.

Spag bol tonight. I have made yellow split pea soup for tomorrow's lunch, we finished off yesterdays soup at lunchtime.

Today is St Andrews Day its the first time for many years we have not had Haggis, Neeps and Tatties for supper. I have not found any haggis locally. I will have to see if I can source some for Burns Night in January.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sniff, sniff, sneeze, sniff sniff

Wonderful, not...... yesterday the snivelling seemed to have gone, wrong, by last night I was sitting with a tissue shoved up my nose to stop the drips!! Very elegant.

I went to bed dosed up with vick on my chest, 2 paracetamol and honey, lemon and whisky toddy. Thankfully the cough stuff seems to have reduced the cough, cough from DB so we both slept ALL NIGHT!! wonders will never cease. It was almost 9am before I woke, even then I doubt if I would have woken had it not been for the fact that I needed the loo.

The drip, drip coughing from DB apart from the occasional clearing of the throat.......

Chiropodist has been so we are fit for another month or two, she comes about every 10 weeks. costs me but at least we both have comfortable feet.

One of DB's favourite suppers tonight gammon, egg, tomato and if he is lucky fried bread. I made a jelly with fruit in yesterday so that will do us for a couple of desserts. Tomorrow is spag bol, so need to cook the mince today.

We have decided to go to Bingham tomorrow, we are both out of reading matter.......I need to do the shopping list. I can go to the bank and draw cash. I am going to split it in half, half for tomorrow the rest for a shop the week before Christmas to get fruit and veg and anything special we want. We are still fairly well stocked with meat in the freezer. I have a couple of parcels of lamb we can have either with roast spuds or salad and I have the small turkey crown which will do several meals either hot or cold.

Its a bright morning, but we did have a very hard frost, its all white, if I did not know better I would think we had a slight fall of snow. One the car has defrosted we will go out and put the cover on the windscreen, then at least we will not have to defrost that in the morning. It will be a slow journey to Bingham there are quite a few twists and turns on the road.

The house is nice and warm, I tripped the heating to be on all day, almost forgot to switch it back last night, it was only when I was about to doze off I remembered. The fire will be lit after lunch so I can burn all the snotty tissues.

I have been fighting the urge to go to the fabric guild in Leicester, I think I am going to have to go. I want baby fabrics to make a quilt for the new baby. There is to be a baby shower.....something else we seem to have imported from the US, in January and I would like to have it finished by then. Trouble buying on the Internet is getting fabrics that coordinate. I want to use blue and yellow for the blocks and a figured cream for the background. The base is a 9 patch made from 5" squares which you them cut apart, add in strips and squares, the block finishes up 20" square, so 4 make a decent baby quilt or play mat.

I have been doing some research on savings accounts, none of them seem to pay a decent rate of interest unless you are prepared to lock a lump sum up for 1 -2 years, further research is needed. It will keep me out of mischief whilst my cold progresses.