Freesias bought last week and now open (they smell wonderful)
Yesterday, I had a busy day. But like many a busy day, when truly I was “working the whole day through” (as in the song) by the the end of the day I hadn’t much to show for my labours.
Just for fun then, I thought I’d jot down all the things I did, even the things which we tend to do automatically – such as answering the phone – but all of which take time and effort.
I don’t for one moment think my list will be much different from anyone else’s, but I did iT just to see exactly how I spent my time and why I had little to show for it. So here goes:
Got up and made coffee;
Once husband was out of bed and in the shower, made the bed;
Showered, dressed, dried my hair, did my makeup, spritzed with perfume;
Laid the table and made breakfast;
Cleared away breakfast and filled the dishwasher;
Emptied the washing machine (things that had been washed late last night);
Hung out the washing on the line;
Filled the washing machine with a dark wash;
Emptied all the dead flowers and washed the vases;
Refreshed the water in the freesias;
Emptied the re-cycling waste, the food waste caddy, and the residual waste;
Cleaned the sink and draining board;
Checked the bank statement online;
Answered the door to the postman;
Re-charged my mobile phone;
Tidied our bedroom;
Added items to the shopping list which is on the fridge (to be transferred to the main list on the computer in due course, and printed to take to the supermarket);
Cleaned the hob;
Tidied the kitchen and swept the kitchen floor;
Dead-headed the roses and geraniums in the garden;
Swept the garden path;
Made mid-morning cup of tea for husband and myself;
Emailed a book seller re a less than Very Good copy of a book (just a comment, not a complaint);
Answered phone call from Garage where car currently is having attention;
Texted elder son;
Checked my blog for comments;
Checked my emails;
Went with husband to collect car from Garage;
Made lunch, laid table, ate lunch, cleared away lunch, filled dishwasher;
Brought in dry washing, hung out 2nd machine load;
Did the ironing – a huge pile which included 10 pillow cases, 3 large flat sheets, and 4 single duvet covers, not to mention 10 shirts/tops and countless other things;
Answered door to courier;
Put the bed linen into the airing cupboard;
Put away shirts/tops/jeans into our wardrobes;
Put 2rd machine load of washing on and, when finished, hung it to dry;
Answered door to 2nd courier (something for husband);
Made mid-afternoon cup of tea for husband and myself;
Made coffee later, as painter arrived to start painting our garden wall;
Cleaned shower room;
Made supper, ate supper, washed up (only a few things, so not worth putting the dishwasher on);
Later … turned down the bed, i.e. removed and folded the bed cover, put out our glasses of water, and had a shower.
And thus ended a busy day, with little to show except a pile of clean, ironed laundry! And I still hadn’t done any real cleaning of the rooms, such as vacuuming and dusting.
And so to other things …
The courier delivery yesterday brought a lovely new flat sheet from Sophie Conran
I had already bought the green embroidered scallop-edge pillow cases so have bought the flat sheet to go with them. I thought they would look rather pretty with the cream wool cellular blanket, and they do. Very pleased, lovely quality cotton. I might indulge still further, in due course, and buy the coral pink embroidered scallop-edge sheet, as I already have the pillow cases.
Yesterday was a bumper day for books, too; some arrived via royal mail, some by courier. I have occasions when I tend to go mad, especially if I see copies of books I want that are listed as Very Good for just 1p plus postage.
The books I have bought are …
Actually, the Veronica Henry novel arrived on Monday, and as I had started it I’m going to finish that before even opening any of the others. And here are their covers …
Four fiction, one non-fiction, but oh, such lovely books which I’m so looking forward to reading.
Today has been less busy, but I did make pea and mint soup for lunch and then decided to make a salad as well, so made a tomato/red onion/basil/feta cheese salad, new potatoes, a little ham and salami (we keep our intake of processed food to a minimum) and a green salad, with some coleslaw and houmous. No wonder we have only needed some cheese and chutney sandwiches for supper with melon for a dessert.)
Ingredients for the pea and mint soup, and then when made, a dollop of crème fraiche was added before blending with a stick blender
And lunch was served …
Rather than in bowls, I served the soup in large breakfast-size cups
This evening we re-potted an acer we bought last year, and also I potted two heucheras (I still have a third one to pot – I hope that they have a better chance of survival in pots with grit around the tops!)
Now to have my evening shower, make a cup of tea, and then watch the final part of Love in the Countryside (BBC2) which I have really enjoyed.
Until next time.