It's February - nearly Spring!
All jewellery charity shopped except the lapis lazuli ring bought retail many, many years ago.
These sleeves were most impractical for cooking. When I got back from the foodbank I fancied cooking some Dhal (curried lentils) for dinner with chicken for OH; and I had some pudding rice to use up so I made a rice pudding. I dipped my sleeves in both more than once! I do love milky puddings which is very old fashioned of me, I know. I was the only child in my class who would go up for seconds of semolina! I must get it from my father. His name was Anthony; but his family nickname was 'Ago' (rhymes with sago) as he was such a lover of milky puddings like tapioca, semolina, rice and sago pudding...I wonder if you can still buy tapioca and sago at the supermarkets? It's usually quite a search to find rice pudding rice so I'm not holding my breath...
Dhal in my Dutch Pot donated by OH's sister-in-law.
As you know, we are still in Lockdown No.3 here in the UK; and certainly the rhythm of my week has changed since it began. If I am not at home which is most of the time; I'm only out for a walk, to do essential food and household shopping, or to go to the foodbank on a Tuesday morning. I thought while I have the time I would do something different so I've started to explore classical music. I know nothing about classical music; but luckily before this third lockdown I picked up two 10 CD packs of classical music composers for 1.00 each at the Cat's Protection League. I'm working my way through them and can now put some names and composers to pieces of classical music I've heard on TV or at the cinema. For example the theme tune to the 'Old Spice' advert in the 1970s (remember that?) is Carmina Burano by Carl Orff. Now, I'd never heard of Carl Orff; but I did enjoy Carmina Burano - the whole CD! I did know 'The Hallelujah Chorus' from Handel's 'The Messiah' (from school) and I have also really enjoyed the Handel CD. At this rate I might have to start listening to 'Classic FM' as well BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6!
There has also been quite a lot of good TV viewing. 'The Great Pottery Throwdown' is back which I love. I'd really like to try my hand at pottery; and when things are back to normal might look for pottery classes to join. There are at least half a dozen 'Walter Presents' series we haven't watched yet; and 'Spiral' a French crime series continues to make compulsory Saturday night viewing. We also watched a new drama series on ITV called 'Finding Alice' which was blackly comic.
All jewellery charity shopped.
Indoors I wore this black and white Next cardigan; with the M&S trousers and the yellow patterned top; all charity shopped from my Barnardo's.
As well as running errands in town I renewed my resident parking permit online; made a butternut squash, sweet potato and kale soup and did a towels wash. Middle grandson had a phone interview for 6th Form College and it seems he has a place for September; as long as he gets his predicted grades. He will be studying Politics, History, Sociology and Computer Science for his 'A' Levels. I also picked up a cross-body bag bought from our local buy and sell facebook group for 2.00. Good for trips out and when I'm doing urban walks. I bought what I thought was a cross body bag from my Barnardo's before the lockdown; but it wasn't long enough. It was a Liz Claiborne shoulder bag and I shall redonate it when the charity shops open again.
I felt like wearing animal print on Thursday. I wore an animal print top, an animal print cardigan; animal print boots and animal print earrings. Everything charity shopped except the boots bought in a Primarni sale about three years ago. Navy skirt by Femme; blue and navy animal print cardi by Dash and top by Tu.
On the way back my daughter called with the results of their Covid tests. Her partner's daughter had tested positive for Covid at the weekend; and although she doesn't live with them they had had contact; and thought they should have a test as her partner was feeling unwell... Her partner tested positive and was going to self isolate at their house. My daughter gets tested every time she goes to school; but she also had had another test with her partner; and hers, luckily, was negative.
I finally went out for a walk on Friday afternoon; having home schooled grandson in the morning, as his Dad had to go to work. I did an urban walk of 5 miles but am so bored with walking in and around town now.
All jewellery charity shopped except earrings bought from Sainsburys some time in the distant past. They were longer but I customised them as I do with lots of my earrings.
I didn't want to go out on Monday but I had to buy bread and pick up some parcels in town. I hate walking in the frozen snow and ice as I'm scared of falling and breaking bones. It's not just an age thing, either. When I lived in Nottingham in the 1970s; I lived at the bottom of 2 hills; (the point of the angle if you want to be precise!) and coming back from or going on night duty when it had snowed and frozen over; was a nightmare. I used to whimper with fear at the thought of walking down or up the slippery hill...
On the top shelf are some (but by no means all) of my trousers; the really lightweight summer ones are packed away in the loft. There are also, on the left, all of my linen tops. Below that are 2 metal hanging shelves bought from Lidl many years ago. In one of these I store my bras; and in the other my swimming costumes and cover ups. On the bottom shelf I fold my cardigans and store them on the left and on the right are my folded jumpers. In the big drawers below I store PJs and leggings in the top drawer; long sleeved tops in the middle and short sleeved or sleeveless tops in the bottom drawer. I use drawer dividers in all 3 drawers to try and keep some order. In the wardrobe spaces I have I hang blouses/shirts; some longer length cardigans and some lightweight jackets in one; in another I hang all my skirts (the summer ones are in the loft) and tunic tops. On my third hanging rail I hang dresses; jackets and a couple of dressy outfits. Finally, I share a hanging space with OH in the cupboard next to our bathroom. I hang my maxi dresses and some lightweight coats in this one. Coats and heavier winter jackets are on the coat rails up and downstairs.
Monday was home-schooling. Figurative Writing for English; the start of algebra - linear sequencing in Maths; spellings (words with mit) and positive body image and self esteem in PSHE. I'm pretty shattered by the end of Monday; but I did manage to do two white washes and hang them up, as well as making breakfast and lunch for youngest grandson. I dropped him home about 4pm. I'm ashamed to say I spend most Mondays now in my PJs and only get changed to take grandson home...