Thursday, 22 February 2018


Good morning, everyone.

Yesterday was lovely.  After a quick visit to Morrisons and some home pottering, I set out for J's house where we had lunch and a really good catch up chat.  She had made tuna salad, which I could have with a reasonably clear conscience, and it was very tasty.  We talked about this, that and the other without stopping.  I've known J for many years now.  In fact, the first time I met her was at the photocopier at school as she waited to go in for her interview and I had just started there and was doing two terms of maternity cover.  I made a few 'good luck' comments before whizzing back to class to relieve the TA.

After I got home, tuition also went really well and I felt I had made a significant difference to the student's learning and understanding - always a great feeling.

So I went to bed feeling satisfied, if you know what I mean.

Today is not quite so busy but there's still plenty to do.  I have some washing (which will probably have to be dried indoors), the cleaner is coming a day earlier so I need to get the place ready for her ministrations, I have some planning to do and I need to check my bank balance online and make sure my spending and saving records are all up to date.

I used to get paid each month on or before the 26th which was very handy if things were a bit tight at the end of the month.  It saved me umming and ahing about transferring a bit over from savings.  I was always very strict about not actually dipping into the next month's money but didn't want to worry about perhaps going slightly overdrawn.
Now, my teacher's pension lands in my account on or before the 23rd, which is equally useful in terms of not needing to worry.
As my dad says, it's all numbers on a slate really but it works well for me.

It's getting jolly cold again, isn't it?  There was a fairly stiff breeze yesterday afternoon which didn't help, and I turned the heating up come the evening.  I think I'm getting soft in my old age!

Well, better stop waffling on and start on the chores.  Have a great day, everyone, and stay warm.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Good morning, everyone.  It's Wednesday: it used to be my least favourite day as it was such a long day at school with staff meeting tacked on the end so the rest of the school work had to be done well into the evening after that which shattered me for the rest of the week.  Now, I rather like it.

I know some of you had sun yesterday but, sadly, here it was rain most of the day with just an hour when the sun struggled to break through.  However, by three it was raining gustily again in time for schools coming out and that was that!

Beth came round for dinner and we had a lovely natter.  Work is going well for her which is lovely.  Alex was home last weekend and seems to be doing great.  He'll be home again soon and I hope to see him then.

Today will be a busy day.  I have various bits and bobs to do first thing, then I'm off to a friend's house for lunch and a good chat and catch-up before whizzing home for tuition.

The liver shrinking diet seems to be going well enough, despite the challenge of devising meals with fairly restricted amounts.  I think I am getting into the swing of it now and there's no real problems (yet).  I think that because it is medical, as opposed to primarily cosmetic, there's an added motivation there.  It's not a long term eating plan but it could be with a few minor tweaks.

Well, I need to get going with the list of things to do before I see my friend, so I will get going or they will never be done. 
Have a super day, everyone.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Good morning, everyone.
It's raining again this morning after a pretty damp day yesterday too.However, it doesn't feel all that cold so that's good.

Yesterday felt pretty busy although it was good fun.  The young knitters at Knitter Knatter Club had worked quite hard over half term so there were quite a lot of tangles to sort out.  One young lady has started knitting squares for a doll's blanket and another has been learning single stitch cable (I suspect mum is a knitter).  Listening to their chat as they knit away was very amusing.
Then I helped in FS before coming home for tuition.

Today promises to be a quiet day so I will get on with planning, tidy up and sort out the guest room, which got just a bit disordered over Christmas, and do some knitting and maybe even some sewing.  At some point soon I MUST get on with the patchwork quilt cover.  I also want to work out a few more recipes that will fit with this medical diet I am now on.

It's coffee time now so I will stop rambling on and get myself into the kitchen.  Have a good day and stay dry!

Monday, 19 February 2018


Good morning, everyone.  I hope you all had a very pleasant weekend with lots of the same sunshine we had around here.  It's wet underfoot now so we have obviously had some rain overnight so goodness knows what today will bring.
Have you heard or read the sensational headlines about the 'beast from the east'.  Apparently, there's some cold weather coming our way from the east but I'll believe it when I see it.  Like most of us, I'm fed up with these over the top weather warnings that hardly ever materialise.

It was such a lovely day I decided to change my sheets and got them washed, dried and ironed.  Sheets do iron so much better when they've been line dried, I find.  I finished my meal planning for this coming week as the liver shrinking diet starts today.  I mended some clothes and got on with mini-clothes for the doll.
All in all, a quietly productive day.

Today the children are back to school so I will be there for the knitting club and then staying to help out before tuition after school.  Back on the wagon again until the Easter holiday!

Have a super day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Sunday.  It's cold and dry with a nice frost and, as I have some washing, it would be nice if it stayed that way for the day.  Fingers crossed.

Yesterday I started off the day by pranging my back.  I reached up to put a plate away, twang went my back and '****' went I!  It was in the same place as the pain I'd been having for a few days so I was a bit concerned but, as it reduced a bit, I reckon that I've been holding my posture very awkwardly all week and something just sort of 'gave' because for the rest of the day I was more pain free than I have been for a week.  Certainly the gallstone ouch has gone (touch wood) and the other is now just an ache that reminds me to get up and sit down carefully.  Didn't stop me sleeping, that's for sure.

It was a lovely drive to Sainsbury's - all frost and mist with the sun breaking through - and when I got there I treated my car to a wash and wax while I shopped.  Inside, there were ads about 25% off Tu clothing so I bought a few bits in a smaller size as some of my clothes are now falling off me.  All that helped me finish off the holiday money I didn't spend!

Then it was home to do some ironing and then rest.  I'm sure it's helped considerably and it is so nice to feel well again.  I didn't get out in the garden so maybe I will today and I still have plenty to read so the holiday continues at home, doesn't it?  Lovely!

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Good morning, everyone.  It was another really lovely, sunny winter's day yesterday with a frost first thing.  Really cheering although I MUST wash the back windows.  That sun really revealed the shocking state they are in!

I didn't do an awful lot really.  I found a bit more washing so I got that done and dried outside and really that was about it.  I slept, read, slept again.  It was rather nice!

Today I have to go to Sainsbury's and I must do a bit of planning and, if I am to start of the liver shrinking diet on Monday < spit >, I must go through the fridge and sort out what either needs using this weekend or prepping and freezing until afterwards.

I gather it's going to rain today but, if it doesn't or between showers, I want to do some more gardening and I must put out the snowdrops and irises I got from Anglesea Abbey.  A good time to do this because I can see where all the other snowdrops and other bulbs are.

Have a great day.  I'm just off to make coffee - proper coffee today, I think!  Nice!

Friday, 16 February 2018


Good morning, everyone.  It is so good to be home again that I care not what the weather is doing.  Mind you, yesterday turned out quite nice and I got two small loads of washing line dried in the wind and sun.  It was the nicest day we have had all week.

It could have been a pleasant week away but wasn't, mainly because of the gall stones.  It might have been my unwise choice on Monday evening which certainly didn't help, but it had already started at Mum and Dad's over the weekend and just continued. 

A bit of a shame but never mind, I am home now and there were some good bits!  Anglesea Abbey was lovely and I enjoyed the shops at Burwash Manor:  I'll definitely be going back to both when the op is over and done with.  It wasn't the fault of Premier Inn that I didn't feel well enough so I shall be going back there too.  The food looked great and the room was very comfy.

The journey home was all I could have asked for.  Easy onto the A14, easy onto the M11, easy on to the A120 and a delightful drive on the back roads into Chelmsford which brought me into the back of my road.  Sunny, light on traffic and took about an hour because it was mostly fast roads.

Eventually I cracked and went to the pharmacy yesterday afternoon to see if they had anything stronger than the usual stuff, coming home with co-codamol and dire warnings about addictiveness.  I shall be very careful and maybe just have it now and again when the ouchiness gets a bit too much for the usual stuff.  There's no use troubling my GP with an op on the horizon, still on schedule for mid March although I don't have the date yet.  What I do have is the liver shrinking diet that I have to do for three weeks before the op so I should get the date soon and then there will be light at the end of the tunnel.  I have had a good old rant about the diet on The Frugal Factor so I'll keep this blog rant-clean!

Today (and for the weekend) I am taking things easy.  I'm tired, uncomfortable again (but had a good night's sleep under the influence of co-codamol) and there's things I want to catch up on via iPlayer and the like anyway.  There's a bit of ironing to do and sheets to change but I'll see how the innards feel.  I have a bit of planning to do but can get on top of next week's work reasonably quickly.

Hoping we all have a good day and tomorrow I am determined to be more cheerful!  :-)