Sunday, 30 October 2016

It wasn't the cough that carried her off....

Firstly, thank you to everyone for your lovely comments, I think my blogging mojo is starting to come back. 

I haven't felt well since we came back from Scotland 3 weeks's nothing worth bothering the doc about, the cough is still dragging on...and on...and onnn! with no signs of letting up, although I am coughing a lot less frequently now, just still as violently.  My ribs feel permanently as if I'm being kicked by a footballer every day, from coughing so much I guess.  Other than that, I just feel exhausted and really run down.  I suppose these things take time to work through your system, I do seem to be susceptible to slow-clearing coughs since I had whooping cough a few years ago.

I'm starting to feel like cooking again.....proper cooking I mean, rather than just grabbing something out of the freezer and bunging it in the oven.  So I guess that's a good sign.  I don't like Winter, it's my least favourite season, but it does mean lots of stews and homemade thick hearty soups, the one good thing about it. 

Putting the clocks back an hour means we'll have nice light mornings again for a while - lovely, I'm definitely a morning person.  But we'll still be having a bit less daylight every day, boohoo.  At least the shortest day is in December, just before Christmas, so it's not really long to wait before things start picking up again, that's something to look forward to.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Normality returns (hopefully)

Sorry for the absence, it's been a funny few weeks.  A family member with cancer, now operated on and recovering, hopefully....death of an extended family member necessitating a 10-hour round trip for the funeral....OH had a minor accident at work ending up in A&E (thankfully he was fine after a day off work)....visitors who were supposed to be staying for a couple of days, who cancelled at the last minute, which I was quite glad about as am still a bit under the weather, especially after the funeral.  It was the nicest funeral we've been to, if such a thing can be said about a funeral, but the travelling just about finished me off.  I didn't want to talk about any of this at the time and struggled to find anything else to write about, plus I didn't really feel like blogging anyhow.  When I made my last post saying I was taking a break, it really did feel like a huge relief.  If blogging/writing a diary becomes a chore, then there's not much point in doing it.

A bonus was that it gave me time to read and catch up with other blogs, something I'd neglected for a while....I even managed to start commenting again.  If people take the time and trouble to read and comment on my blog, then the least I can do is reciprocate.  I will try to ensure I keep up with the blogs on my list.

So what have we been doing recently?  Well, I guess the big news is that the landlord has told us he's not booting us out as we have always paid our rent on of the other tenants has been given notice though, sadly.  Well, that's life I suppose, when you rent privately you're at the mercy of your landlord.  It's a shame for them though as they have 3 small children and now have to find another home in the run up to Christmas.  They're hoping to get a council house, I hope they do, it'll be more stability for them.  We don't exactly feel safe here anymore, but at least we've got a reprieve for a while.

We've been busy dealing with the harvest of our autumn veg, preserving it to see us through the winter.  Most of it's been frozen - thank goodness we have a small chest freezer (given to us) as well as an under-the-counter upright in the utility room, plus a large fridge/freezer in the kitchen.  Some of the root veg I blanched, some I just chopped up small in the food processor and froze raw, to be added to soups and stews.  Some I chopped into large dice and roasted first, a bagful can be grabbed out of the freezer when I'm short of time and thrown in the oven still frozen to heat through, or it's nice cold with a blob of mayo.  The pumpkins, butternut and acorn squashes are stored in baskets in the utility room, having no heating it's always cool in there.  We have 4 net sacks full of red and white onions in there too.  We haven't enough pumpkins to last through the winter, but as there's tons in the shops for Halloween (oh how I hate that, it's just another massive excuse for the shops to try and get everyone to spend loads of money!!) and they're ridiculously cheap, we've bought a few more, as they store so well.  We have loads and loads of French beans in the freezer, they did exceptionally well this year.

That's about it really.  I've just started on another crochet blanket, I do love crocheting blankets and throws in the winter.  We have enough for our own needs, but I'm aiming to build up a stock of baby blankets and lap throws, as they make good gifts.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Taking a break

I'm feeling quite a bit better, the cough is lessening a lot.  But I just don't feel like blogging.  We've had a lot going on recently which we're very preoccupied with, house stuff, family illness, other stuff, and for a couple of weeks now, blogging has just felt like a chore, one I could do without.  It was getting hard to think of what to write, seeing as I wouldn't be writing about any of the personal stuff.  And so I'm taking a break for a while.  I'll still read everyone else's blogs, that gives me great pleasure, and will comment when I can.  Be back in a while....hopefully.  Take care everyone.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Be back soon

Came back from Scotland with a cold & cough which rapidly developed into bronchitis.  Feeling a little better today, not coughing quite as much and my ribs aren't so sore from all the coughing.  Still got explosive headache though, and some more sleep would be good.  Back next week probably, and hopefully with lots of Scotland photos.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Still here!

We've just yesterday got back from a holiday in Scotland, which was absolutely amazing.  Took 100s of photos.  Will be back in a few days, once I've put them on the laptop and done all the washing and unpacked and put everything away (every room in the house seems to have stuff we brought back from Scotland in it!).