Monday, 30 November 2015


I was late up this morning, did not sleep too well. Very tired. DB went out to cut a cabbage, I had to de bug it before I could put it in the fridge. DB said he had to throw one in the bin, there was only the stalk left!!

Sketchy Monday clean done, DB pushed the dyson round for me. I managed to do the ironing and also pressed some of the fabric from last week. There is not a lot I could save really. There are two curtains which I am going to undo and use for bag linings. I also plan to make a few zippered bags as well.

Haggis, neeps and tatties tonight, I cooked the neeps and tatties together in the microwave and mashed them with butter and a bit of nutmeg. Will reheat once the haggis is cooked.

Time for a Nana nap I think..........

Sunday, 29 November 2015

I Got a Lie In Yay!!

Yesterdays lie in happened this morning, I was still asleep when DB got up, so I got breakfast in bed. It was after 10am before I finally made it out of bed. Not a good night, painkillers taken, but still a disturbed night.

Bed linen washed and put out on the line, it was blowing a hoolie and  gone very dark, so I went out and got it in. In the process I dropped the end of the duvet cover in the grass and then to make matters wore trod on it........its back in the washer, will have to take its chance on the airer in the sewing room, not putting the dryer on, there is enough heat in the house to dry it off.

Supper prepped, some of the beef from the other week plus frozen yorkies, butternut squash, roast spuds, carrots and green beans.

I made a treacle sponge last night so the remains will be dessert.

DB has gone for his siesta, I am just finishing sorting through the bits I brought back from the quilting group. A largish bag to go for rubbish. Several lots of dress fabric and some quilting fabric that needs ironing when I iron the bed linen. Also sorted out the file that was with the stuff, one or two useful bits in there too.

Weather is horrid again, its very windy and has not started to rain again, hope its better on Wednesday, am taking DD2 to Ikea at Nottingham.

I have just looked at the list for winter fuel payments, If you are married over pensionable age and your spouse is UNDER 80 you get £300. If your spouse is over 80 you only get £250!!! How do you work that out then???? We usually get it in November, but no sign of it coming yet, waiting for the letters.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

What lie in???

I was supposed to be having a long lie this morning, fine, except DB was so dozy I ended  up getting up making breakfast and taking it back to bed. Eventually he managed out of bed at 10am.

It was a bright morning first thing, I stripped the bed, its supposed to be fine tomorrow, and put the sheets etc in the washer, will put them on tonight and hopefully will get them part dry outside tomorrow.

DB has started to take the BP tablets, so far no problems, his stomach too seems to be more settled but not taking any risks till breakfast tomorrow, we will have our usual mixed fruit and croissant with jam. One thing, he is not having coffee just now.

Re made the bed with clean linen, have not done much else except prep tonights supper ready to cook.

Do not know what happened with the breadmaker yesterday, I put a loaf on as usual, it was as flat as a pancake and heavy as lead, not sure why, the yeast was quite fresh. and as far as I know the salt did not get near the yeast. Hey ho, will try again tomorrow.

Two things I am hoping not to have to replace, one is the combi microwave the other the bread maker, both will cause a hole in the budget and also put our inset stove plans back quite a few months.

It was so cold this afternoon I lit the fire early, I do not usually set a match to it until around 4pm, I was so cold just after 2pm I lit it.

Its just about 3pm and starting to darken, the lights will have to go on soon. I really dislike the dark nights, always make me feel depressed and lethargic, much more a summer than winter child.

We are going through the library books at a rate of knots, we have an appointment in town on Thursday so it will be a chance to go to Tesco for some bits from there, the library and then a quick nip into Lidl on the way home for some more of their Cumberland sausages

4 weeks today it will be boxing day and everything will be over for another year........once the longest night is past it will start getting darker later......hooray.....

Friday, 27 November 2015


We were at the surgery by 9am, it was stonking full. DB needed to see the nurse, he did not have to wait long, but he was away ages, began to wonder what was going on when he appeared. He is a Scotsman so does not give anything easily, let alone his blood, they had to have 3 goes at getting it out, eventually they had to use a butterfly. He now has an entry on his notes only to use a butterfly for blood tests.

Back home, a cup of tea and then the friday clean done and the kitchen floor washed, it was quite mucky.

Its been a reasonable day, it was damp this morning but then cleared up.

Yesterday I was given some carrier bags with fabric etc in from a quilting lady who passed away. I have gone through them this afternoon, not a lot to reuse although there are about 40 zips of various length. Some are new others have been removed from garments. I have several lengths of dress fabric,  a bit of quilting fabric which I will press. There is also a cutting board and ruler which I am hoping we can sell to one of the ladies. What ever money we raise I will send to A's daughter to give to charity.

DB has been ok all day, the 'runs' seem to have stopped, so I have a feeling it was all the fruit he ate. His blood pressure was well down this morning, he needs to continue to take the tablets.

I put a loaf on this afternoon, its come out almost flat, cannot understand it, very thing went in as usual except I used a bit less oil, do not think that's the problem will have to see what its like when its cooled down, the wretched blade has come out in it as well grrr.............

I was so tired I fell asleep on the settee and missed half of 'floggit'.

Just before supper the rain started battering against the back door and its quite cold.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Its Quilting Day Again!!

Fingers crossed nothing happens this week, although DB has been complaining about a 'runny' tummy, however he has been eating fruit twice a day for the last few days.

Everything is ready to go. The 'sitter' should be here about 1.30 I will ring and check he is here, I have told DB to go to bed if he does not feel well, there is nowt I can do anyway, I an not giving up the group.

It was a fine morning but them it clouded over. Have prepped supper, beef stew I just have to do the dumpling to cook on the top of the stew. Carrots, calebrese and green beans to go with it. I gave DD2 my pressure cooker and got a microwave one from Lakeland, some stuff it cooks ok, but the stew seems to be a different matter, its been in for 40 minutes so far......

Back later..................

No frantic phone calls whilst I was out, but I have just got back having taken him to the surgery, more moaning about his gut. I had just had enough. He has to sent a sample for histology, see if they can grow anything on it. He has also come out with blood pressure pills, his BP was through the roof again. I hate driving in the dark, but I had no choice, could not put up with any more moaning.

The Christmas meeting is off, only 4 ladies would be available, I just cannot be bothered. Today there was no sewing done by the girls, just demos about sashing and binding, by the time I had finished it was tea time, I packed my stuff up and we just stood around talking till it was time to go home.

I was hoping for a lie in tomorrow, no such luck DB has to go back to the Drs for a blood test and get his BP checked. He has also got to go back and see the Dr next Tuesday....... I think we should have taken our beds to the surgery. Not happy.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

What that I see? Sun?

It was quite cloudy when I  went to hang the laundry out before setting off for Aldi at Grantham. By the time we had finished the shopping the sun was out, but its still brrrrr there is quite a breeze. Hopefully the laundry will dry.

I had forgotten a couple of things I wanted from Aldi, but no too bad this trip, just over £50. I need sausages from Lidl and I guess I will need milk and toasting bread from Morrisons. Anything else I need for the holiday I will get when I go for my pacemaker check. There are also a couple of things from Tesco, but I have vouchers to cover that.

We got caught up with slow moving cows on the way home, they were being moved down the road outside Waltham, one or two impatient drivers behind us. Its not unusual to get animals on the road when you live and travel in the countryside. The cows had calves at foot, looked like they were moving them in for the winter.

Shopping put away, we had the left over baked beans from Monday on some toast for lunch, we also finished up the apple sponge from Sunday.

DB is off for his siesta, I and going to lock horns with the mat I messed up, am going to put a piece in, just cannot face taking the whole things off and putting it back again.

The laundry dried on the line so its in the airing cupboard. I have managed with a bit if creative sewing to get the binding mended on the one mat and the last one is pinned waiting for me to tackle it on Friday. Tomorrow is the quilting group, DB's 'sitter' will be here. I really do not want another phone call saying he is on the floor.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hmmmm now we have rain

Not so cold this morning, it started to rain just after we got up, its forecast to last the day.

Bad end to my sewing yesterday afternoon, I had put the binding on another mat, just cleaned off the edges and managed to cut through the binding at the top of the mitre, so its going to have to all come undone and be done again. I am going to have to join the binding to have enough to do the last mat grrrrrr.............

DB went down to the Post Office, we are going to Aldi  tomorrow I needed some cash.

He is still doing his jigsaw but only spending an hour at a time on it, then switching to do something else. On his way back from the post office he stopped to talk to a chap who has been building an extension, he came home for the barrow, he has been given a load of bricks which will help to extend the path round the shed. There will be more later.

Saw B as she was on her way out to do some shopping, P's foot is not any worse, but the medication is creating havoc with his stomach, poor chap. B was with her son who lives in Spain, she tells me his is coming back to live in England next year. Thats a blessing there will be someone who will be able to keep an eye on her. Their other son is in South Africa, he is coming home for a visit in the new year.

I am going to cancel the secret santa at the quilt group, quite a few of the ladies are going to be away, so to be honest its not worth it. We will have a stitch and bitch afternoon with some treats.

The rain cleared this morning, but its as back as the ace of spades just now and hissing down, have the light on in the sitting room. Will light the fire a bit later.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sunny Monday

It was brrrrrr again last night, its up to 1c just now although the sun is out there is no real heat in it.

I did a load of coloureds overnight, they are out on the line, I may have to finish them off in the dryer, will have to see, we are forecast rain for tonight.

I seem to have gauged the storage heaters better last night, Everywhere is just comfortable, not too hot. Monday clean has just been done. We did not light the fire last night, by 10pm it was getting rather chilly in the sitting room, but will light it tonight, now I have turned the heaters down.

I asked DB last week to put the fuschia and ivy leaf geranium in the growing house to protect them from the frost, did he do it? No!! he has this morning, which is a bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. They did not look too badly affected but time will tell!!

Simple supper tonight eggs and wedges, I usually open a can of beans, we have half and eat the rest for lunch one day on toast. I need to do a freezer audit see what meat etc I might need. We hope to go to Aldi at Grantham on Wednesday morning. I would usually go on Thursday but its quilting group day......DB's baby sitter is coming to sit with him.

I need to spend an hour or so in the sewing room, get the binding on the rest of the mats. I am going to demo sashing blocks together and also making and binding a project. I will give them the instructions for the next block in the sampler quilt to do over the holiday.

P across the road has cellulitis in his foot, he is not happy, is taking heavy antibiotics and having to sit with his foot up. Their son is over from Spain, staying with his sister in law, so he is going to take B shopping. I did offer to take her any time she wants to go, just to let me know.

I was disappointed at the decision in Strictly last night, makes me wonder if it is fixed, Jamelia danced much better the second time, Peter Andre was as flat footed as he was on Saturday night. No pointed toes in the kicks and flicks despite what Len said.

We slept in again this morning so late getting going, we are going to have to set the alarm, not so bad at the weekend but I need to be up and doing in the week.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sunday, Sunday

Brrrrrrrrrrr it was cold last night, thankfully all the heaters worked, the kitchen one a little too well, have turned it down, will see what its like tomorrow, if it warms up any I will turn it off. One thing I do have to do is mackle up a curtain for the back door, when the wind is from the north west it howls round and I can feel it coming in down the side of the kitchen door.

I went over to see our neighbour this morning, he has cellulitis in his foot and can hardly walk. The Emergency Dr has given him some antibiotics. Glad it was not him falling as he has done in the past. His son is over from Spain, so he is taking his Mother shopping. Once he goes back I will take over until P is better.

Prepped the supper, DB is struggling on with his jigsaw. After lunch he went for his siesta, I wanted to finish something in the sewing room, and then sat reading till he came through for afternoon tea.

The heaters are still throwing out the heat so will leave lighting the fire till later. I must admit I cannot wait to get the stove put in, but we will have to sit this winter out as we are. I just cannot afford to do it yet.

Supper tonight, pork steaks, roasties, carrots and cabbage, I have made an apple sponge for dessert, it will lst us at least 2 suppers.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Double Brrrrrrrrrrrr

My goodness its cold today. I put the heater on in the kitchen last night, forgot to put the switch on in the cupboard so the kitchen is freezing. Just cooked in there, we have been lazy eating in the sitting room, it warm in there. Not something we do regularly, I prefer to eat at the table in the kitchen. Needs must......though.

Its been a very cold sunny day, the wind is fierce, I had to shut the vents in the top of the kitchen and sewing room windows, it was like being on Blackpool prom.

I did manage to do a couple more mats, have the binding to sew down.

We had a bit of excitement this morning, Ambulance in the close, medics went to B & P, not sure what happened but they were in there for ages, went away with an empty vehicle, later what looked like the district nurses turned up. I will ring in the morning and see if they are ok. It appears to have been P, he could have fallen over and smashed himself. He has very thin skin and bleeds profusely.

DB is still working on his jig saw, its coming on but its going to be a long job I think.

I am going  to settle down to do a few more rows on my blanket.

Supper tonight macaroni cheese, tomato salad and jacket spud, I guess dessert will be banana and ice cream.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Brrrrrrrrrr its cold.

No Friday clean done, we were going out this afternoon, so a quiet morning.

DB was going to his history group meeting, and I had a few bits and pieces to do, so after lunch we drove into town. We called at Lidl on the way in and got what I wanted from there. Parked the car under Morrison, DB went off one way and I went the other. Called in the charity shops but did not find anything that took my fancy. Called at Yorkshire Trading for steel wool. Next stop Poundland for kitchen towels , cotton buds and some shampoo.

I met DD2 in Wilkinsons, walked back with her to the shop and a cup of tea than back to the car.

We called at Sainsbury on the way home and I bought the Turkey crown for Christmas, its sitting in the sewing room freezer till DD2 comes in a couple of weeks.

On the way home it chucked it down with rain, the sun was setting as we drove along and there were traces of a rainbow.

Supper tonight a bit less exotic than the chicken pasta supper of Wednesday, fish and wedges........

I have managed to bind and sew down one of the mats, just 7 to go!! I also did some of the blanket. almost finished the second 4 colours.

Thursday, 19 November 2015


I should maybe clarify my cooking etc.

I worked as a nurse for many years until I had a problem with my back, my GP advised me to find an alternative job, so I retained as a chef and worked as either a chef or chef/ housekeeper until I retired some 10 years ago.

Most of the recipes I  use are ones I have adapted over years to suit us.

The chicken pasta last night is a way of making a meal for 2 from a single chicken breast. It came out of my head........

Chicken breast cubed, diced onion cooked in a mixture of butter and oil, chicken then browned along with the chopped bacon, chopped mushrooms added, just over 400mls of chicken stock and a couple of cloves of garlic, pepper. Leave on a low heat for about 20 minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked through. Thicken the sauce slightly and add a dash of cream and a table spoon of brandy or sherry.

Whilst I am cooking the chicken I cook the pasta just under al dente. strain and leave in cold water.

Drain the pasta and put it in a casserole, pour the chicken etc over the pasta and stir in, then top with bread crumbs mixed with parmesan and sprinkle with paprika. Put it in the oven for about 25 minutes at 200c to heat the chicken through and brown the top. I served mine with steamed calebrese yesterday.

If you want to make the dish and heat it up later, put a little more stock in as the pasta will take up some of the sauce. I would pre heat the oven to 200c and reheat for about 35 minutes, make sure the chicken is very hot.

At least the Wind is not blowing and its not raining

Very cold today, the temperature has gone down quite a bit.

Better nights sleep last night, we were up fairly early this morning. DB went out and sorted out the fleece for the peach tree, so hopefully we might get some fruit next year. I brought the geraniums in that CR gave me for my birthday, they are on a tray in the front window. I have some trailing geraniums I would like to get in too if I can.

I spent some time this morning in my sewing room. I now have all the mats backed, it was a close thing, I also did the binding, so I can start to put the binding on. I have decided to do a demo next week of binding, I think some of the ladies might want to have a go. I have written out the instructions plus a link to a web site where they can actually see it being done as well. I am hoping to have the mats done by this time next week, taking a bit of a break from the knitted blanket.

Last nights pasta was delicious, I will do it that way again, its a good way of using just a single chicken breast and padding it out with bacon and, if you have them, mushrooms. Topped it with breadcrumbs mixed with some parmesan and then sprinkled some paprika on the top.

Tonight its quiche and salad.

DB walked down to get the TV choice after lunch, he said it was bitter, will be lighting the fire soon.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Whew!! what a wind

A very windy night, we were both sitting up reading to well after 1am, so very late up this morning, good job the visitors are coming after lunch.

I did the chicken pasta and put it in a casserole dish, we may well be very late having supper, so I plan to put cheesy breadcrumbs on the top and steam some calebrese to go with it, Bananas for dessert.

DB went out and sorted out the garden, things had blown about a bit and the bird table had blown over onto the new grass, fortunately it has not done much damage. I found a large empty put which was by the back door in the corner at the top of the front garden.

Few quick jobs done, set the fire ready to light and a quick push of the Dyson over the kitchen and sitting room floors, then retired to the sewing room to get ready for my quilting visitor. Need to see how she has got on with her bag and finish it off, then start her on the pot holder. After Christmas I will see if she wants to do the sampler. She is going to have to go some to catch up with the others.

DB has his 'baby sitter' coming to meet him and see if they get on ok. He should be here around 4.30, he is at the hospice this afternoon.

Right offsky to do a bit more and set the table for a very light lunch.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Sigh Another Grey Day

DB went off just before 9am to the Drs to get his INR done and log in with the practice.

It was 10 30 before he got back, having had his test which was fine and also 20 minutes with the Dr. going over various things, she was quite happy with him and his medication, so thats fine. My turn next week to get my script.

DD2 should be here shortly, she was to catch the 10.30 bus. Eggs hard boiled for egg mayo sarnies for lunch, need to do the veg for tonights supper.

Its a very grey morning again, DH tells me the forecast is for bad weather later, we may have to take DD2 home if its really bad, she has quite a walk from the bus to her house.

A couple of easy days, we have 2 visitors tomorrow, so I made a lemon drizzle cake yesterday. Might also make a ring of scone to be able to offer a choice, what ever I make will get eaten!!.


DD" been and gone, as has the support worker, she came to tell us she was going to be away at the end of the month and also to check on DB.

DD2 has decided on the size of the turkey crown for Christmas day, so I will go and get it. I have a couple of reward cards for Sainsbury so will use them. Also need a trip to Tesco for fish, if they have it, and a bottle of their dry cream sherry.

Monday, 16 November 2015

A Fine Monday

It was fine when we got up this morning so I have been able to dry the laundry on the whirly, its now airing before I put it away.

We left home to go to the Drs for DB's INR. I wernt into Morrison. I was just going round when DB appeared in front of me, he had collected a letter from the reception desk, and asked about his appointment, it had been cancelled and both is us are not off the system, so we are registered at the new practice, so DB will be going to the surgery in the next village tomorrow for his INR.

We went to the library, just in time for the minutes silence, called at Lidl for a few bits, they had none of them, so I will have to go back later.

Sliced the beef from yesterday, two more supper meals plus the meat for tonight supper with some salad and a jacket potato. There is enough apple crumble for dessert.

I did manage to get the last 3 mats quilted. I need now to back and bind them.

DB is doing a jig saw. DD2 is coming tomorrow and I have L coming on Wednesday, she is the new lady to the goup, we need to put her bag together and do the lining. Then later in the afternoon, the chap who is going to be with DB whilst I am at the quilting group. So tea and cake twice!!

Have just lit the fire, its turned very cold outside, snow is forecast for the end of the week. Brrrrrrr.............


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Not Another Grey Day (sigh)

very dark clouds scudding along, a blustery wind. We did have rain during the night, but it had cleared by this morning.

Veggies etc prepped for tonight supper, beef sitting in a red wine marinade.

I striped the bed, sheets etc are on the line, blowing in the wind, keeping an eye out for any rain, even a quick blast on the line will do.

DB is driving me demented, we are going to the town tomorrow, he has his last INR at the surgery and we need to go to the library, Morrison and Lidl. I was just sorting out the apple crumble when he came through and said he could not find the small blue wallet with his library card and driving license in. If I had a £1 for every time I have had to look for it I would be living in luxury in the West Indies. I had to stop what I was doing and start searching. When did you last have it? when we went to register with the new Dr. Is it in your coat or trouser pocket? No I think something went down the back of my chest of drawers.....aarrgghhhh to get down the back of his chest I had to move another cupboard and dismantle the shelf unit on his chest, was it down the back?? No!!! it was a b....y bookmark.

He disappeared, think he thought I was about to swing for him, he wasn't wrong, my hands were mentally gripping his throat, red haze in front of the eyes!! 

I was putting everything back when there was a call from the kitchen....I found it, I would have bashed my head against the wall if I could have reached it. Where was it??? On the back seat of the car!! he must have chucked it there when we came away from the Drs surgery with the other stuff and forgot to pick it up. It is now residing in my purse with mine!!

I now have a stress headache, so I am going to do his trick and retire to bed!!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

What Awful News

We were just on our way to bed last night when the news started to come in about the slaughter in Paris. I find it so hard to understand why people feel the need to kill hundreds of their fellow men in the name of religion. They do themselves nor their religion any favours.

I am past being sad, I am angry that once again, people, many of them in their teens and twenties have been murdered in a senseless act. The killers will be lauded by their contemporaries, sorry but they are lower than the lowest, killers in cold blood and for what?

Better get off the subject before I say something I should not.

Its a dull but dry and cold day. DB was in the garden for an hour this morning, afraid I stayed in bed, did not hear him getting up, first I knew was when he brought me my breakfast and the news about Paris. It is a city which holds great memories for the two of us, it is a wonderful city with fantastic buildings.....a city we so enjoyed visiting. I would love to go back again for one last visit, but doubt I ever will.

No plans except to sort out the beef for tomorrow and liver and sausage tonight, I need to do something with the apples that we were given yesterday, I might  make an apple amber for tomorrows dessert..... or even tart tatin. I can see bags of apple in the freezer.

DB has his jigsaw board out and has started the jigsaw he bought from the hospice charity shop on Thursday. I managed to finish the band of dark brown wool on the blanket before it got dark yesterday, and now starting on the second round of stripes. I think it might need three sets plus the first set again before its big enough. Its Aran yarn so it is heavy on my hands, have to sit with my feet on a stool so I can hold the bulk on my knees and it does not weigh so heavy on my hands.

Time for lunch, will finish off the butternut soup I made the other day with some bread. DB will have his yogurt. I have no fruit, so no idea what I will have.

I made a bread and butter pudding last night, there is enough left to have with custard tonight after the liver and sausage.

Friday, 13 November 2015

DB's turn

at not sleeping. It was 1am before the light went off, so very late getting up this morning, everything will be like the cow's tail - behind!!

Its quite windy here, it had rained during the night, but just now we have sun and blue sky, but its down to 7c.

DB has his jigsaw board out and is doing a jigsaw he got the the Dove Cottage charity shop. Dove Cottage is a local daily hospice which we, as a village, raise funds to support. I bought a pair of chicken bookends, they are cast iron and will do fine as door stops in the summer.

No outside work today, I have done a couple more patterns on my blanket, when DB goes for his rest I will quilt the last 3 mats and get ready to back and bind them. 

We had a power cut late yesterday afternoon, DB was watching TV when it went off and the lights all went off. It was off for about an hour, not sure why, but we have Western Power working in the village, wonder if they went through a cable???? We got the camping gas lamp and gas burner out, just in case, but we did not need it. I have put it away in the cupboard in the back bedroom, better than DB having to demolish the shed to find them if they are needed again.

Also need to make some scones, nothing to have with our afternoon tea.

The lay pastor from the Baptist Church at the back of us called this afternoon, he brought me a bag of apples and also told me that he had found someone who was happy to come and sit with DB whilst I am at the quilting group. I am going to ring the gentleman and ask him over for a cup of tea or coffee so they can meet. It will be a lot off my mind knowing there is someone with him.

I have managed to do the bands of the four colours on the blanket, so starting with the first one again now. 96 rows and 19008 stitches, I have at least 2 repeats to do!!!

Did not get to the mats today, must try tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

In Tonights Leicester Mercury.

GOODE Shirley Ann 6th November 2015. Passed peacefully away after a long illness, in Lancaster. Mother of Nicholas, Susan, Jane and Ruth, grandmother of Simon, Anna, James, Stevan, Sarah, Christopher, Jenny, Aaron and Brittany. Figure 8 slimming club in Leicester, Yorkshire Post column, economy cookery writer and Television personality in the 80's in Leeds, followed by a cookery Internet blog, Shirley lived in Morecombe from 2009. Thanks from all the family to Laurel Bank Nursing Home for their care. Funeral at Lancaster & Morecombe Crematorium on Friday 20th November at 2:45pm. Bare & Torrisholme Funeral Service, 5 Bare Lane, Morecombe. Te. 01524 410240.

Cold and Clear

this morning. I woke up several times during the night with jumping muscles. DB was up before me and brought my breakfast in, I took more pain killers and finally staggered out at 10am.

DB was weeding in the front garden, I made a new draught excluder for the front door and have started on quilting the mats for the quilt group. I need to quilt 2 a day and then back and bind them, need to make sure they are finished and packaged in good time.

DB will go for his siesta, so hopefully will get todays mats done whilst he is resting.

Managed to get 4 of the mats quilted, have the backing to do now, I want to cut the backing large enough to turn onto the front, save me binding them.

Fritatta for supper have some bacon that needs using up, so will fry that and then add the eggs. Salad with it.

DD2 emailed to say she is coming to see us on Tuesday, so lunch required.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

That's Better

Upped my medication last night, slept ok, I was asleep well before DB put his light out, roused once at about 2am. Late getting up, but we are retired, can get up when we like.

DB has planted the garlic. I had half a butternut squash left, so peeled cored and chopped it, put it in the microwave on medium for about 8 minutes, its now cooking slowly in chicken stock to make soup. I had some curry paste in the freezer, so hacked a bit off that, tastes great. DB is not a fan of curry, but he is my taste tester and he said it was nice, so butternut squash soup for lunch. I will give it a blast with the bamix to thicken it up a bit.

Its quite windy again this morning, but very clear for a change, the sun is out and we have blue sky, DB is in the garden with just a body warmer over his overalls.

We were talking about the garden for next year, it is not worth us growing squash, courgette etc from seed, so we will buy the plants. The tomato's we grew this year were Alisa Craig, much nicer flavour than the supermarket ones that come in from Spain. The cabbage is ready so apart from getting carrots, I will not need to buy any veg, just apples and bananas when we go into town to the Dr's, Morrison and the library on Monday. From then on we will be using the Drs in the next village, they have accepted our application.

DB went to the bowls club AGM last night, was home early so we were able to watch the last part of the Lewis programme. I enjoyed both Morse and Lewis, its sad that there are not going to be any more, but I can understand the thinking behind it. I was looking at pictures of Kevin Whatley from when he made Auf Weidersen Pet? spelling. He certainly has a 'lived in' face now.

Nothing planned for the rest of the day. DB is going for his siesta so I may well get on with the last of the mats I have to put together, then I can get on with quilting and finishing them, Will try to do two a day till they are finished.

Heard this afternoon that a lady who was on TV and wrote books about saving money many years ago, has passed away. When my  children were small she was on TV extolling the virtues of saving money whilst eating well. She was blogging up to a few weeks ago.
Rest in peace Shirley Goode.........

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Another Lousy Night

DB was restless again last night started coughing, got up for a drink. I made myself a cup of tea, went back to bed, DB was sitting up reading. No chance of me getting to sleep then. He finally put the light out around 1.30, I was still awake at 4.30.

Feel like something the cat dragged in, and forgot. Good job there is nothing spoiling today. We are expecting a delivery of logs after lunch apart from that nowt!! I am planning to spend the rest of the day sitting and reading.

Its the bowls club AGM tonight, so DB requires an early supper. Cheese and onion pie ready to be re-heated, he wants beans with it, so I guess we will be having beans for lunch tomorrow.

Its fine and dry, for a change. The sun is valiantly trying to break through, DB tells me its 15c outside, not really November temperatures. He has cleared the coal shed ready for the logs to be stacked, what will not go in there will be stacked under the eves of the house at the back.

Monday, 9 November 2015

More Wind and Rain

It was windy when we got up this morning so the laundry washed overnight went out on the line, it was almost dry when I fetched it in just before lunch.

This afternoon we went down to the local Drs and registered. What a difference to the very large impersonal surgery in the town. The receptionist check the forms and our ID, gave us a booklet and told us about surgery hours etc. We can go and see a Dr as soon as we want.

It was hissing down with rain, within a few minutes the rain had gone and the sun was shining.

DB has not gone for his rest this afternoon, will see how he lasts tonight.

Monday clean done, as well. Like to keep the place clean.

A couple of weeks ago I bought some spicy chicken strips with a view to maybe using them at the quilters Christmas Party, we are going to try them tonight with salad and a jacket potato. The remains of the plum crumble for dessert with some ice cream.

Log delivery tomorrow, will order more coal at the end of this month.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Dark Clouds

so dark we had to have the light on in the sitting room for a while, then lashing rain. Now? Its cleared up and the sun is trying to come through, its windy too, wish I had laundry to go out.

DB has taken himself into the garden, the bean wigwam blew down so he is taking it up and putting it in the composter.

He is getting quite slow at getting up, so we had breakfast in bed for 2 this morning.

We have decided to change Drs to the practice in the next village, printed off the 4 pages of forms, filling them in gradually, we will go down with them sometime in the week. DB had a phone call from the INR nurse at the old practice, she wanted him to go in for a blood test, why? when the hospital did one when he came out and it was fine. He told her he would go in for his scheduled appointment next Monday, but I doubt he will, he is going to arrange to go to the new surgery.

Our chemist also managed to mess up the prescription delivery, they did not have enough of DB's heart medication so just sent him 3 days supply, they had the script for more than a week!! Eventually they split 100mgs in half and sent him those.

Life is beginning to get back to normal although DB is still having his 'nap' in an afternoon, think he will stop it soon, he was reading till 1am last night, just could not settle.

Pork for supper tonight, making a plum crumble for dessert.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Wet and Windy

We had a lie in this morning, it was wet and windy, the garden bin had blown over onto one of the plant pots.

DB went down to the shop to collect the TV choice. I started to do the late Friday clean, managed to stuff up the cable which joins the box to the TV, good job I had kept a scart lead, so DB can still watch TV.

I sorted out the cables so the sitting room looks far tidier, I just need some large cable clips to clip the cable to the skirting board.

I fell asleep on the settee......

Meat balls and spaghetti for supper.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Wet again

It was fine first thing, we set off into town just after 10,30 by the time we got to the outskirts of Melton, it was persisting down. We aprks the car and walked to the chemist to collect the rest of DB's medication, I dropped him at the opticians and went on a little foray for a new light bulb for the kitchen, more wool for the blanket I decided to knit and another trailing socket for the sitting room to try and clear up all the cables that snake through various places.

I found a 'Puffa' type jacket for DB, cost me all of £13 in the sale... we had to wait ages in the opticians and then DB had to choose and pay for his glasses, we were running close to the wind for the car park.

Nipped to the dump and got rid of 2 old pillows and the old quilt as well as an old sky box and router.

Into Lidl on the way home, Cucumber 29p!! just needed a couple of things and their eggs are the cheapest and best in the town. I bought some Bavarian ham and a small baguette, split the bagette and buttered it, couple of slices of ham, a slice of cheese and cut up some of the last of our tomato's, scrummy........lunch. DB had a yogurt, I had a pear.

DB went for his snooze, he is sleeping at night so he obviously needs his afternoon nap, will continue encouraging him to go to bed for a while.

Its still pouring with rain, and very dark, sitting room lights on. We will be late having supper tonight as it was getting on for 2pm when we got our lunch.

I am knitting a blanket, its getting quite big and heavy, have to rest it on my knee or it hurts my hands.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Grey Skies and Rain

We went to Grantham this morning via the stove shop, we have ordered the stove it is to be fitted after Christmas. Grantham Aldi was packed. I wanted another pair of their slippers, they are excellent and have decent rubber soles which wear well and all for £4.99. I bought a couple of things DB said we needed.

Dunelm is on the same site, we went and got a couple of new pillows, a runner for the kitchen floor and a new vynil table cloth for the kitchen table. We had the old one for over 15 years, it was beginning to show its age.

DB went for his rest, I ironed the bed linen and a shirt for DB and then did another of the mats I am doing for the quilting ladies, I just have one to put together abd then quilt and finish them off. Will not be binding them, will bag them out instead.

We should have been having mac cheese, but I had some cream cheese that wanted using up, so I cooked the macaroni, stirred the cream cheese, pepper and garlic paste in, tipped it into a dish and then spread grated parmesan and Paprika pepper on the top. Will let you know later how it worked out, its going in the microwave with the grill on to crisp up the top. We are having tomato and cucumber salad and jacket spuds with them.

DB is having a baked apple for dessert. I hate baked apples, so I will be having something else.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What a difference.

This morning we toddled round to the Baptist Chapel in the road at the back of us. Silly me got the time wrong, but never mind. We were warmly welcomed and introduced to those who we did not already know. DB was in deep discussion with the lay pastor who runs the Chapel, I was talking to a lady, she and her husband are 'missionaries' they spend quite a lot of time travelling round the country talking to children in schools etc and arranging play days. They are off on their travels again next week, then they have a break over Christmas and the New Year. The group on the other side of her were having quite a discussion too, lots of talking and laughter, so different from when we went to the village hall.

The lay Pastor has said he will arrnage for someone to come to be with DB when I go to the quilting club, I have to send him a message the week before and he will sort it out, so thats one thing off my mind.

Anothe damp and grey day, we had some rain but it looks like clearing up now, too late to put the towels out they are on the airer in the sewing room.

Finished off yesterdays soup at lunch time, Stew tonight, I had some beans left so rinsed the sauce off them and have stuck them into the stew.

I watched HFW's War on Waste programme last night, we recorded it on Monday. I was appalled at the amount of food waste going on, I knew that supermarkets were responsible for chucking stuff out but the amount of food that people were throwing out because it had reached its sell by date, not its use by date was horrendous. They could cut their food bills by half if they used the stuff up, not throw it in the bin. I felt so sorry for the farmers growing parsnips for Morrison, it must be soul destroying. I must admit I was very angry at the end of the programme when Hugh said they had given up, they just could not sustain the losses.

When we lived in Scotland we were in a farm cottage where the farmer grew spuds for Tesco, half his crop was turned down. We had several lots of spuds given to us which were perfectly OK. We were very glad of them. I personally have no problem buying veg or fruit that is not an even size, if we had a shop locally that sold stuff that the supermarkets had turned down, I would shop there regularly.

DB seems to be holding up ok, he is in bed now just having his afternoon nap, he was alright all day yesterday, so I am feeling a little more relaxed. However I do wish people would read what I write before they comment. Normally had he fallen he would not have been taken into hospital, it was because his BP was high, they wanted him checked. Fortunately for us when he had palpitations on Sunday the Dr was once again able to see what happened, hence the referral to Glenfield to see if an ablation and pacemaker will cure the problem. His blackout/dizzies will never be cured, we can only hope to keep them under control. I am getting seriously sick of people trying to tell me what I should and should not do. I have been caring and coping with DB for 25 years, I can assure you the last thing on his mind when he was taken in on Thursday was if he was ever coming out again!!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Grey, Grey go away

I want to wash the towels hang hang them out to dry. Its a horrid day again, quite misty up on the hill we can see from the bungalow.

 DB has had the customary talk which we have to have every time he is unwell. Getting him to put up and shut up is so very difficult. At 82 he is still a 'mummies boy' and it drives me nuts. Heaven help me when and if he gets a pacemaker!!

Slept ok, woke just once in the night, the hall curtain also helped to keep the lamp across from the house shining into the hallway, which was good, it means we can sleep with the bedroom door open. DB did his morning routine, I gave him breakfast in bed as part of it for now. He has to drink 2 glass fulls of water and then lie down for 15 minutes, by which time his breakfast is ready, by the time he got dressed it would be cold.

Soup done for lunch, just about to go and to the sandwiches, egg and chive mayo, cream cheese and cucumber. There is either fruit or yogurt for dessert. I was going to do Macaroni cheese for supper, too tired, so it will be ham salad with a jacket spud. Possibly banana and ice cream for dessert.

I am making DB go for a walk round every hour, they have told him he must not just sit all the time. All pressure on me again!! Beginning to feel more than a little stressed. Hey Ho.

Monday, 2 November 2015


DB arrived home around 5pm last night. He has had a bit of a 'bitty' day, a couple of rests in bed, but he seems to be ok now. Its
 a nightmare getting him to drink, he has been told he has to keep himself hydrated.

He has been recommended to have a pacemaker fitted after having an AV oblation, where they burn out the piece of the sinus node that is causing the problem and then put in a pacemaker so the heart beats regularly.

DS2 has been, we now have half a pallet under the wood in the coal house, the rest is either sawn up or chopped for the fire. The curtain is up in the hall, so that should make a big difference to the warmth in there and he has also put the tie back hooks on for me. Measurements have been taken for the fence and gate at the side of the house. It will be a while before it gets done though. He also moved the sentry box along so I can walk round on the slab rather than having to tread on the new grass.

I am shattered this evening, have been busy all day, delivering meals on trays to the bedroom and then tonight cooking for all of us. DS2 elected to stay for supper, so egg, chips, beans and lemon sponge. Busy day tomorrow too, I have my neice coming for lunch, so soup and sandwiches on the menu.

Its been a nasty day, the fog never really lifted, so I have had to dry the bed linen in the dryer, could not face having wet laundry hanging about.

The library van came this afternoon, it will only come once more before Christmas, then in stead of coming once every 4 weeks it will be once per calender month.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Just Waiting

for phone calls to see if DB is coming home or not. Despite saying they were going to move him, he is still on the same ward. I have no plans to go in  and visit today. I was told to ring back after 12 noon and see what decisions have been made. I would really prefer that he stays another night, 2 days clear of dizzies are better than one, although the Dr. did say we just have to put up. I am quite tired, its the first time I have driven any distance since I had my pacemaker put in. Did not sleep too well last night either, Woke early but managed to get another hours sleep before I got up for something to eat and a drink.

Very foggy first thing, its cleared away and is not a lovely day. Sun is shining and the laundry I did over night is out on the whirly, hopefully drying. I need to hear about DB so I know whether I need to change the bed. If he is nor coming today, I will leave it and do it in the morning when I clean the bedroom.

Some chicken out for supper, DB will have bananas and ice cream for dessert.