I seem to be seeing red everywhere right now. Yesterday, we shopped in Waitrose and I was tempted to buy red roses. Not a harsh red, more what used to be called Crimson Lake in my childhood paint box. I have never bought red roses for our bedroom before, and I’m truly not sure whether this colour looks right; I’ve always chosen pastel pink or white, but red they are, and they do add a lovely splash or colour.
Similarly, I bought the latest issue of the magazine which was my favourite in my childhood in the 1950s – Homes & Gardens.
Unfortunately, it was in a sealed plastic bag so I couldn’t have a quick glance through it to see whether I wished to part with money for it, which is what I decided to do. I thought it would be nice fireside reading for a wet and miserable afternoon.
The first fire of the autumn (Living Flame gas fire) yesterday afternoon
Sadly, while Homes & Gardens is undoubtedly a beautiful magazine, the homes in it aren’t quite to my taste; very attractive to some, no doubt, and also to their proud owners, but somehow they just miss the mark with me, and as I buy style magazines to see lovely homes, this magazine will soon be on its way to the charity shop.
Today, both husband and I had appointments at Specsavers. All was going well until I was called to the desk with the frames of my new reading and distance glasses to finalize the details. I had heard one of the assistants call my name so I went and stood in front of her at the counter. Or, at least I stood in front of who I thought had called my name.
And then a voice behind me called, “Mrs Powling?” and I turned around and saw that another woman some distance away was dealing with my details. When I was young, all elderly people tended to look alike. Now there’s a bit of role reversal and these two women looked – well, to me they did! – alike. They were both about the same age, the same height, they were wearing the same Specsavers uniform, they were both – how can I put this without causing offence? – somewhat tubby, both wore similar glasses, and both had long blonde hair. And it was no use someone saying, that I “should’ve gone to Specsavers …” as in the TV adverts … I was already there. But I did feel very stupid!
We don’t visit our local town very often, but this morning it was quite quiet and we managed to park our car easily close to the small park in the centre of the town.
The sun was shining through the autumn leaves on the trees, and the flower beds have already been planted, ready for spring. We are fortunate, I think, in having even a small green space in our town, an oasis of calm.
Once home I found that the latest issue of one of my magazines had arrived, the Christmas issue. Oh dear, lovely though the magazine is, I don’t really want to look at Christmas trees just yet! But this is how the magazine world operates; a magazine arrives even before Hallowe’en and there are Christmas trees in it everywhere.
In the fireplace, the alstromeria flowers which I bought over a week ago are now fully open and look lovely in the autumn sunshine.
I still haven’t changed things on the mantelpiece for something less summery and more autumnal – I’m just lazy about such things these days. Too busy writing blog posts, ha ha!
And now to some cooking, not only for our supper but also for the new freezer. Yesterday, we had a chicken curry from the freezer – it was lovely being able to raid the new piece of kit in the garage, i.e. not having to cook the evening meal apart from some rice; it was like having a take-away but at not at a take-away price! Once, many years ago, I thought it might be fun to try take-away pizzas for myself and husband. I phoned Domino’s – or some such chain – and made enquiries, but one pizza was about £10 with the delivery free. Do people really pay such prices for a piece of cooked dough with some topping? I said I fancied a pizza, but I didn’t fancy one that much, thanked them, wished them a good evening, and put the receiver down. I expect it was their turn to think “stupid woman!”
Until next time.
A bit of late news, just coming in, as they say:
This afternoon my computer guru has brought me a new printer, and also installed more ‘memory’ into my computer. The printer, an HP Envy 5540 prints both sides of the paper, thereby being more ‘green’ than those which only print on one side. OK, you can turn a page around and print on the reverse of a sheet, but this does it automatically if you provide it with the instructions. The wonders of the modern age!
I have also been cooking for the freezer this afternoon – three meals for two of chilli now in the fast freeze section, and a cottage pie will soon be joining the chillis. I now have at least a weeks’ supply of meals for two. I trust I shan’t become a slave to Freddy the Freezer, but it will be lovely to have a ready supply of meals simply to de-frost and re-heat in the winter when we move from salads and cold meats and cheeses to casseroles and cottage pies and chillis.
Until next time
Stop Press: I have just realized that this is my 250th post! How the time files when you’re enjoying yourself!