Crikey where has the first 9 days of October gone, I've been so busy with one thing and another that I lost track of the days. I should also confess to relaxing a little more which has included more Downton Abbey binge watching. I absolutely love the dynamics of the characters Violet Crawley (Dame Maggie Smith) and Isobel Crawley (Dame Penelope Wilton), I have laughed out loud many times. I have been knitting while watching to so not entirely unproductive.
Marlene over at the Everyday Life blog touched on the subject of sleep (or lack of it) in her post the other day. My sleep pattern since I retired from shift work has been dreadful and I found it hard to function some weeks. But I have to admit its getting better, so when I find myself tired and needing to stay in bed that's exactly what I do. Most days I'm up at 7 but today it was 9 o'clock before I ventured out of bed having only got up once in the night. Uninterrupted sleep is the best medicine you can give yourself.
Monday morning I rose thinking I'd catch up on the washing and prepare a couple of meals for the week. However, I decided to get my crafting bits and pieces out and set about making some cards. The cards produced were quite varied, Christmas, birthday, thank you, New Home and Anniversary. Well it was our 41st Wedding Anniversary on Monday. The cards flowed quite quickly thank to a great range of old card toppers I've cut up over the last 6 months. Now I've started the creative juices I've got lots of ideas for more. I will need to make a couple of envelopes as some of the cards produced are odd sizes. My crafting stuff is quite old so I'm thinking of asking for some crafting bits for my birthday in a couple of weeks time.
There was still had time to get some washing/ironing and meal preparation in too. Hubby was quite thoughtful and bought me some flowers, skinny popcorn and low fat desserts knowing I'm back at Weight Watchers. There was a large bar of whole nut which is calling to me from the fridge but after staying the same last week I really want a loss tomorrow. I might have a piece tomorrow.
Yesterday I took advantage of the cauliflower offer (59p) in Tesco and prepped two lots for the freezer, one lot ready to be steamed and the rest as cauliflower cheese. I still have another large whole cauliflower in the fridge to use between now and Sunday when I hope to get more before they go back up to over a pound. It was also my youngest daughters birthday (35) so we paid her a visit and I enjoyed a very thin slice of cake!
|Ready for cheese sauce|
My exercise is important to me so I always make time allowances to get a good walk in or a trip to the gym or both on occasions. While the sun is shinning I'll probably head for Jaywick as I haven't been there in years. You've probably heard of the place as its classed a the most poverty stricken town in Essex. Its approximately 4.5 miles from my village and there is a great promenade to walk along into Clacton. In all fairness the range of property there various enormously and numerous documentaries produced about the place don't do it justice. Yes there is a very good community spirit in the place, there is a lot of poverty but there is also lot of people who are making money from buying the cheap property and renting it out to Social Cases. They take the money but they don't clear up the mess some of the tenants make.
I'll be taking lots of photos to show you how beautiful it can be and the juxtaposed situation between the properties that can be found there. Of course having a Jaywick postcode can be quite damaging but there are some local business men trying to invest in the area and get some good housing built taking advantage of the beautiful views of the shoreline. Back soon. Tx