I’ve been rather lax with my blog-reading and writing lately. The recent cheese post had been prepared for some time as an ’emergency’ post to be used at a time when needed and I was glad to have had it. I shall have think hard about what I write to re-stock my draft box now. The past couple of weeks have been filled with family stuff (I should be more creative here but ‘stuff’ is such a useful word to cover a multitude of situations) which has taken up a lot of mental resources if not physical. Today I have nothing prepared so this post will simply evolve as I write it and think of things to throw into the mix.
I got my hair cut yesterday – nothing drastic, just a few layers to give it a better shape. I hadn’t thought about it beforehand but daughter-in-law said I seemed a bit deflated and suggested it. Afterwards I definitely felt better and the recent wondering about whether to go short again (I know I’d regret it – I always do) disappeared. We also talked about adding a couple of slightly darker shades of blonde to the highlights for the autumn. I have three weeks to consider this as I’m booked in for the end of the month. The mood-enhancing powers of a hair-do should never be underestimated!
Autumn is definitely in mind now. Even a sunny day has a nip in the air. I put on a coat for my trip to Tesco this morning – an unlined, purple boiled wool one bought from Phase Eight a couple of years ago – ideal for today’s temperature. It’s one of those things that I don’t wear a lot because I like it too much to spoil it. Ridiculous isn’t it? When I first started blogging I wrote a post about ‘saving’ favourite things instead of getting pleasure from them. I said that I’d change and I really have tried but I’m still not great at it. I’m going to try harder and enjoy wearing more of my favourites this Autumn. Another thing I did was to swap my black handbag for a purple one which goes well with the coat. Too often I use the black one because it’s easier than bothering to change over – well, this is going to change too! I have a number of bags (collected over several years) which I like very much and I’m going to make a greater effort to enjoy them. And it’s time for a wardrobe audit too, I think (not getting rid of but rather re-considering clothing combinations) so that’s three Autumn resolutions! I do love it when it’s time for winter layering as it always feels more stylish and I like wearing boots but I still wish the warm sunny days would return for a little longer because I like sandals too! Still, I have a holiday in the (potential) sunshine to look forward to in the not too distant future so no need to pack away the summer wardrobe just yet.
I noticed that the last banana lingering in the fruit bowl had gone a bit squishy so I bought some more and made a banana loaf. I like this particular version which appears in Jack Monroe’s A girl called Jack because it requires only 50g of sugar. I reduce this further by substituting a couple of tablespoons of Natvia plant sweetener. Compare it with Mary Berry’s recipe which calls for 175g!
I’ve volunteered to make two cakes for the end of September – a coffee one for the Macmillan coffee morning that will take place at the gym, and a birthday cake for my grandson’s second birthday. I’m thinking hedgehog as I have a picture of a hedgehog(ish) like monster in my selection of children’s birthday cakes cut from a magazine c1981. Leave off the tail and substitute chocolate matchmakers for the chocolate buttons and what have you got but a hedgehog(ish)- looking cake and let’s face it, a two year old is more interested in the chocolate than the aesthetics! I’ve not made one before so husband may well be enlisted to test a prototype.
And now, with a spare evening, I am going to catch up on my blog reading.