We woke up revived after a reasonably good night’s sleep. I can’t say we exactly jumped out of bed and did press-ups or whatever such exercises are now called, something like “crunches”? Husband made us cups of tea, brought them back to bed and eventually we showered and dressed to meet-and-greet the day. Husband made porridge for us, too, while I made the bed.
We then took post to the post office for our sons’ business as one son wasn’t due back from a weekend away (with wife and grandson) until later in the day, and the other son wasn’t coming here today, but working from home. Disposed of all their post and some of my own – birthday cards and presents, and remembered to buy some stamps.
Arrived home and phoned the Breast Care Unit at our hospital for a mammogram appointment. Since having had breast cancer – and anyone who is invited to attend for an mammogram, for goodness’ sake, get this done. IT SAVED MY LIFE. I had no idea I had breast cancer until I had my three-yearly (as it was then) mammogram and by then it was a stage 3 cancer (out of four stages only). My chances of survival weren’t good. I won’t bore you with the details of my two-years of treatment, but without that mammogram, as I say, I’D NOT BE ALIVE TODAY. Anyway, as I was saying, I phoned in response to an invitation to make an appointment for my two-yearly mammogram, and that is all set now for early November.
I then checked my emails and found that I had some comments on my blog, so tried to open the Dashboard on my blog, but to no avail. I could get the blog, that was easy to do, but the Dashboard page – from where I can approve and reply to comments and from where I write my posts – was missing. I managed to get it via WordPress, but then any comments from me were signed in as Word Press Nanny (whoever she is!) I hope I have it back now, but we shall just have to see whether this post is successful and Nanny is replaced with my own name! We shall see …
Above (top photo) was our lunch today. I bought a very small chicken, just sufficient for a roast plus a curry for the two of us. With it today I served roast potatoes, roast parsnips, roast shallots, cabbage (with butter and nutmeg), carrots & turnips mashed, stuffing, and gravy. We are now both nicely full!
I steam the cabbage, and the carrots & turnips, and when I roast the potatoes, parsnips and onions, I par-boil the very small potatoes and then put all three vegetables into the pan in which I’ve par-boiled the potatoes and add a little cold pressed rapeseed oil, pop the lid back on the pan and give it all a good shake, and then tip the lot into a small roasting tin and pop that into the hot oven. This way, there is very little fat/oil on the vegetables, and none at all on the steamed veg until I serve them, and then I add a little Normandy butter to the cabbage, and some grated nutmeg, and I just mash the carrots & turnips and add a little sea salt.
Just before lunch, I had a delivery of two jumpers from Marks & Spencer. I returned the grey one last week as it was not only too large but faulty. These are to mix and match with the black, dark grey and indigo jeans (and both will look good under my navy blue winter coat, now in it’s third winter.)
A little while ago I parted with a pale grey jumper that I’d bought in Wallis several years ago. I loved it, as there were some nice details. Now, you all know I don’t usually like unnecessary details, but the grey jumper from Wallis had several small buttons up the cuffs, just for decoration. And they looked really nice. But the material pilled very quickly and so this jumper was used for housework only for two or three years before I eventually put it into the re-cycling box (we can re-cycle old clothes in our Council area.)
These from M&S are ribbed and are in viscose, not wool, one cream (almost white) and the other grey. I have looked out a couple of scarves which might ‘go’ with them, one with cream in it (only a little but as long as there is some, that’s all that matters), a silky one, and the other with some grey in it, a soft chiffon-style one. Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with them, as long as I either tuck them into jeans or tuck them up a bit over the jeans, because they are very long. This seems the fashion with jumpers, but these are just shy of being dresses! Well, they are on me at five foot two inches tall (or short).
The above photo shows the round neckline, which I think will be easier for me to wear than the floppy polo neck of the jumper I returned. If I order a polo-neck I expect it to fit snugly around my neck, not flop about!
And now to clear up the kitchen after our lunch, make a cup of tea and perhaps go for a walk.
Until next time.