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24 January 2017

Early Start!!!

Up early this morning for a quick visit from Ruby as Andy was dropping her at school so that DS and DDIL could attend an early appointment. She was only here for about twenty minutes but that was long enough to make me happy for the day. Sausage and chips has been requested for tea tomorrow which makes a change from tomato soup or chicken pie.

Tea last night......


Mackerel fishcakes with a greek yoghurt based lemon, parsley and cracked black pepper dressing, raw baby spinach and cous cous salad instead of sweet potato wedges. It was very, very nice indeed.
It's really cold today so I'm glad I made the pork and beans yesterday. Andy is going to be out in the cold for a while with DS replacing our fence panels so he'll need something nice and warming.

It's taking me ages to do this post this morning as I keep getting distracted by the birds in the garden.
We put a new birdhouse out at the weekend and judging by the amount of visitors we are getting it is a big hit.
I love watching them.

Once Andy has finished outside I will be off up to the attic bedroom to make a start on tidying up. I'll have to stay downstairs until then as Smudge won't go out and stay out with him but will want to keep going out to check what's going on. I am not leaving the door open for him today....it's just too cold.

So that's me for today..........what are you up to?
Thanks for stopping by.
Sheila-x-

23 January 2017

Monday, Monday........!!!

.....so good to me.
Monday, Monday it was all I hoped it would be.
One of my favourite Mamas & Papas songs and summing up exactly how I feel today.
I think the bug has finally packed it's bags and I am feeling pretty good.
Time to get back to my job list and get this house back in order.

Today will mostly be food preparation.
Tea for tonight is already prepared....mackerel fishcakes which I will serve on a bed of spinach with a yoghurt based sauce and sweet potato wedges.
There is minced pork in the fridge which I will turn into a pork and bean type of thing to serve with steamed veg tomorrow.
DD loved the cous cous salad I made last week so I am making up a batch of that for her lunches over a couple of days this week and I also want to have a veg drawer sort out and see if I have anything that wants using up to make a soup.
Lots of peeling and chopping to be doing today.

The lounge is desperate for a deep clean but that can wait until tomorrow when I won't have to spend time in the kitchen and I really need to put the attic to rights. All the Christmas stuff is packed away but the boxes are dumped anyhow and need stacking. It has to be nice and tidy as me gorgeous girl is coming for the weekend on Friday.

Thank gawd I have some energy back to get things done.

Hope you are all having a lovely Monday too.
Sheila-x-

22 January 2017

Going The Right Way!!!

Although I had a good night of sleep last night I woke up feeling like I'd slept on rocks and the blocked up nose was back with a vengeance and making me feel quite nauseous so I couldn't face going out for lunch with Andy and DD. I stayed home and had three dry crackers and a cup of coffee instead.
I do feel a bit more human now as I have been out to do a top up shop and had a walk round in the fresh air.

We had a lovely hour or so with The Doodles yesterday testing out the cupcakes that DDIL had made as a trial run for Ruby's birthday next month. They were gorgeous.
I didn't get to spend much time with London Grandma and Grandad as Ruby whisked me upstairs to see her new bed and then proceeded to put a little show on for me......singing and dancing. She has a lovely singing voice.
Marlowe was just as cute as a button as always and she has us in stitches. She really wants to be walking now and looks so pleased with herself when someone holds her hands so that she can walk across the room.
I love my little girls so much.

Good news for Andy. He will be going back to work on phased return on January 30th. His first week will be two night shifts followed by three afternoon shifts the next week until he feels that he can cope with full time return. His job is fairly physical so I am glad they aren't just chucking him in at the deep end.
We are so ready to get back to normal now.

Right....I am off to concoct some fishcakes for our tea tomorrow night while I wait for the start of the new series of Call The Midwife....yay!!!

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday.
Sheila-x-

21 January 2017

Sleeping The Day Away!!!

Had another weird day yesterday where I slept for nearly the whole day and night but this morning I have woken up feeling lots better. My head feels clearer, the stuffed up nose is almost gone and my legs feel stronger.
Hopefully this means that the bugs have left the building and I can start to get back to normal.
I've only had it for a week but it feels like it's been a month.

Easing myself back in gently I am cooking our main meal for lunchtime today as we are visiting The Doodles later on for tea and cake and by the time we get back it will be too late to be having a big meal.
Can't wait to see them all. The London grandparents will be there too and it will be great to have a catch up with them.

Oooooh....11:25am and I am still in my pj's....I had best go and get dressed and get some potatoes peeled.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Sheila-x-

20 January 2017

Dreary Day!!!

It's a very damp and foggy start to the day here although the sun does seem as if it's trying hard to make an appearance.
I was going to go out for a wander with Andy this morning but I'm not feeling quite strong enough so I'll just stay home and keep warm.

I did manage to do a couple of jobs yesterday. By leaning on the worktop I managed to stand long enough to make a cous cous salad for DD's pack up and fold one load of washing.
The house is starting to show signs of neglect and I'll be glad when I can get back on top of things.

Today I am going to sort out the fabric I have that is suitable for the clothes I am going to make for Marlowe so that it is all in one place and I don't have to keep going through the box. I might even do some cutting out if I'm not too tired.

Right....on with the day by waking myself up with a cup of coffee first.
Hope you all have a fab day.
Sheila-x-