I bought daffodils. When I looked last week there seemed none to be found but early this week, there they were – the promise of Spring, if not just around the corner, then at least on it’s way. I can hardly believe that we are almost at the end of January. At times my feet seem barely to touch the ground. The problem, if indeed it is a problem, is that there are so many regular commitments that I am trying to fit in all other activities into my limited ‘little moments in time’. In addition to the usual tasks involved in running a home and attending the gym three times, I’ve been to a funeral, had lunch with my son’s family and another lunch to celebrate a friends birthday. My granddaughter came for tea on Thursday and today I cooked a roast dinner for visitors, made a coffee cake, a raspberry roulade and an orange jelly dessert. This evening I’m babysitting for my younger son’s family. In other moments I’ve fitted in an eyebrow wax, two hair appointments and a manicure, booked a holiday, been to the doctor and taken my car to the garage for a minor repair. All this in addition to my job. Thank goodness for a husband who is happy (perhaps that is an exaggeration – maybe ‘willing’ would be a more appropriate adjective) to share household tasks. But, whilst I sometimes wish that life would slow down, how blessed I feel that I have lots of things to do and lots of people to fill it. I suppose it could be argued that much of what I do is my own choice but there is also a lot about which I have no choice. After all – we have to eat. It was pay day yesterday and that’s when I do my main monthly shop.
The freezer and fridge are pretty full so it wasn’t so much the main components of meals that I needed to buy but the peripheral bits and pieces which turn protein into meals and the snacks that fill the odd gap..
I picked up this jar of rhubarb and ginger conserve for just 59p. We don’t eat a lot of jam (a jar will last us about three months) but it’s nice occasionally on toast. I stocked up on some dates and nuts. Since my post about stockpiling Husband thinks I am doing exactly that, forgetting that I have always kept very well stocked cupboards.
I had meant to buy some balloons but had forgotten so I popped to the local mini retail park and ventured into into Poundstrecher. I’m sure there are better presented branches but our local one is pretty dismal and it must be five years since I went in there. On the way to the pay desk I spotted these oat cereal bars by Benecol (makers of the spread that is supposed to reduce cholesterol). Since I choose not to have a lunch break at work – it means I get to leave earlier – I need to take a couple of snacks with me, usually a banana and a couple of crispbreads or some overnight oats and yogurt, but now and then I like a cereal bar. Noting that these Benecol bars were selling at the astonishingly low price of four boxes for a pound (i.e. twelve bars), I couldn’t resist. At home I checked the usual price – Sainsburys and Ocado are selling them at £2 per box of three! To make it even better, they taste really good. They are a bit high on the Slimming World syn count to eat regularly but I won’t be having them every day.
Whilst at the retail park I also bought these heat pads. Similar ones cost £4 -5 in Boots and the supermarkets but Home Bargains sell them at 99p for a pack of two and I can vouch for their efficiency. Now and then they are just what I need for my occasional low backache. I also confess to using one occasionally on a very cold day if I have to be out and about. The heat will last for at least eight hours and its very soothing. Highly recommended.
I’ll shortly be off to carry out my babysitting stint where I will no doubt be expected to play Pop up pirates and Barbie dolls before snuggling up with a blanket, a book and an eight year old.