Wednesday, 19 October 2016

For Anne Marie

The day before a night shift often feels like a " nothing day"
I grab a couple of hours sleep in the afternoon if I can,.....the rest of the time , I try to catch up with chores.
I prefer the word chores to jobs.

This morning I was worried that blog Rachel had been rather quiet in the middle of her jaunt across Russia. Now I understand she has been drunk and naked on a three day train journey through Siberia.
It sounds all too 1960s for my liking.
But at least she's alive........I did have visions of her being tied up and bitch slapped by some lesbian guard in a gulag somewhere very cold.

Winnie has the shits over the last 24 hours so has enjoyed a bespoke lunch of rice and chicken.
She sneezed in the middle of the rice and has " pebble dashed by newly painted green walls in the living room. (With the rice and not the shit)
I left George removing every individual grain with meticulous care as I am on my third trip outside to retrieve the washing as yet another heavy shower has soaked the garden

I've made curried parsnip soup.

I've collected all of the paperwork, photos and certificates which have been sorted, and have put all away into the living room cupboard whilst watching an episode of the new series of Taskmaster 
( Taskmaster is a comedy show where 5 comics undergo strange tasks set for them by the very funny Greg Davies)

Taskmaster is the only thing that has made me smile all day.....
I shall leave you with some photos requested by Anne Marie
New stove, new Windows, new fridge.....
God help me!





52 comments:

  1. 22 comments to go!
    Off to bed

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  2. Tied up and bitch slapped by some lesbian guard in a gulag somewhere very cold? Oooo, gimme the name of Rachel's travel agency!

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    1. Lol... party time!

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  3. I am so glad Rachel is alive:) I worried too.

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  4. Go and mow that lawn; an absolute disgrace.

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  5. George is such a helpful wee man isn't he? Poor Winnie. I hope she feels better soon. Something she ate?
    Your windows look much like ours.

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  6. Looking good there. You put me to shame.

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  7. I love curried parsnip soup!

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  8. John the first thing i thought... OMGosh your frig is so small....lol How do you do it??? My frig is three times that size and sometimes i complain that i don't have enough room...

    What a beautiful stove. And the windows look grand! Poor Winnie i hope she is better soon... Hugs! deb

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  9. I wish they'd put curried parsnip soup in tins so I could also 'make' it. Sounds scrumptious. (Are you listening, Heinz?)

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    1. Hey Ray, Baxters do a spicy parsnip soup it contains milk so is no good for vegans. I have no idea if it is nice or not. Heinz lentil soup is nice and I think that can be had by vegans...

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    2. Now you mention it,Sol, I do indeed recall having had Baxter's Spicy Parsnip soup - and loved it. Must search it out again.
      Heinz lentil soup as well as their tomato soup (with various herbs added to it) are my two most consumed soups of all. I like to add some curry powder to their lentils. Gives it a bit more 'zip'.

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  10. Your beautiful yellow roses have made me smile :)

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  11. Thank you for the curried soup idea. I usually buy a parsnip if I am making a big stew or soup...just as one ingredient amonst many others. Now I will be considering giving parsnips star billing.

    That night shift of yours does require some pre-planning. Back in my varied retail shifts, my natural clock was always being challenged, so I have some understanding of your swings.

    Hoping Winnie is fully recovered...before your night shift.

    Best wishes.

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  12. I like 'chores' better too. Very Laura Ingalls

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  13. I make a curried "Cream of Potato" soup ... boiling potatoes in broth then adding a dab of cream and a dash of curry powder.
    This is from my Lazy Notes From A Broad cookbook .. that doesn't really exist.

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  14. I too am glad Winnie has recovered. My cat had a stomach issue not long ago, apparently he felt the need to spend a lot of time kicking litter around to bury it ... and managing to splatter sh*tty litter on the wall.

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  15. loverly, simply loverly! the fridge magnets are funny.

    OMB, you didn't make curried parsnip soup out of theangryparsnip, did you (shudder)?

    just another day in north wales...

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    1. John and Weaver both use parsnips, happy to say.
      While John is waiting for the Walking Dead he should be watching the parsnips who will one day take over the veggies markets.

      No more carrots !
      Parsnips unite
      Vote The Parsnip

      cheers, parsnip

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  16. LOL -- I got a good laugh at the pebble-dashing, though it might not have been as funny for you. Never seen Taskmaster, though the adverts have been intriguing -- "Conceal this pineapple on your person. Best concealment wins."

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  17. My first thought, was what a tiny refrigerator. Nice stove, nice windows. Rest well, do good work.

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  18. Funny the comments on the fridge!.😀Looks normal to me.Guess in UK we still tend to have under worktop fridges or fridge freezers with thefridge being the same size. Probably as we have smaller houses as we don't have the land you do in US, Canada.
    An American fridge would take up all my kitchen.😀

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  19. Have you lit that stove yet John?

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  20. Also made curried parsnip soup. I see you have a leek. On top of the fridge😀

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  21. "Chores" and "errands" sound so much more industrious than "jobs" and "going to the mall", don't they?? Nice appliances and windows. I knew that European fridges were smaller than ours in general but I still don't see how you manage. Perhaps we refrigerate a lot of things that you folks don't, or we shop for a week at a time whereas you don't?

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  22. So you've got all your new bits and bobs. Cross-fingers nothing else will go wrong or need replacing for a while....

    Nothing wrong with the lawn. It looks nicely verdant rather than ruthlessly scalped.

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  23. Jenny,
    Got me thinking, maybe as we are a colder climate.
    Lots of people store veggies in wicker shelving.
    Potatoes, carrots ,turnips,leeks, cabbage etc..
    Lots of people cook from scratch, so less room needed for ready meals.
    Freezer is normally full so fridge is just milk ,butter , cheese and salad, normally half empty. Jams etc kept in cupboard.Eggs too as being too cold apparently they don,t like.

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    1. Good thoughts, Kirrie. Although we must refrigerate our eggs as they are treated differently than UK eggs (UK vaccinates hens against salmonella and North America doesn't). Also we refrigerate all veggies except potatoes, and any condiments that have been opened are kept in the fridge too. Maybe it has something to do with having cooler pantries? I live in Canada, but in a modern home where there is no cool room for food storage. Our large fridge is always pretty full!

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  24. Chores? I seem to recall a film from the seventies called "Chores" in which a massive great white shark has its own unique take on cleaning up.

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  25. Well, you made ME smile today. :)

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  26. Pretty soon you will qualify for Home and Garden. The buyer of my house wanted some upgrades the electrician wasn't going to make. To quote him, "If you want a new house, buy a new house."

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  27. A Daryl fridge magnet?!? Nearly the walking dead day!!!

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  28. We seem to have bigger fridges here too, but I think it makes me lazy - instead of making just the right amount I think I can refrigerate the leftovers, and then often they sit there until I throw them out. Small is beautiful.

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  29. Thanks for the photos, it all looks good, especially the windows! (Do you have screens now? Storm windows?)
    That's a rather small fridge? Is there a freezer in it? You never said you grocery shop daily? Just curious. Hope Winnie is okay.

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    1. Old fashioned Brits all have small fridges

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  30. And the prize for the best blog photo of a fridge goes to...............

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  31. One of my dogs Daphne is on "bespoke" chicken and rice also. She has had 13 teeth out the poor little thing. I'm a bad mother...too many treats I think. Hope Winnie is better soon. x

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  32. Hey, we've got the same yellow milk jug. I was left the teapot by a loved Auntie. Hope Winnie perks up for you. Onwards and upwards. Cathy.

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  33. Hi John. There you are. I managed to post because I am in a hotel for one night and then you werent there. I dont get any internet on the train but sometimes get a phone signal in stations for just a few minutes and I can put a picture on Instagram although it doesn't always work. Long journey starts again tonightxxxx

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  34. One wonders what caused the waviness at the bottom of the window photo? And, I have new stove envy. Maybe next year.

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  35. Oh well, rice-flavoured pebble-dashing is a nice change from bookcase-jobbies. :D That is a lovely view by the way!

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  36. Omg only 19 to go to 1000 !!!!

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  37. I enjoyed this giggle . . .
    thanks . . .

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  38. Hey, we've got the same yellow milk jug. I was left the teapot by a loved Auntie. Hope Winnie perks up for you. Onwards and upwards. Cathy.

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  39. Are the leeks to show how very Welsh you are?

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  40. I like your new stove, it's like a smaller version of ours :-)

    Love, love, love the thought of Winnie sneezing into the rice and 'pebble dashing' the wall, and I bet those new windows plus the stove will make for a very cosy cottage this Winter.

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  41. Tied up and bitch slapped by a russian lesbian?
    What vivid imagination you have sir.
    I like ;D

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  42. Taskmaster is one of the funniest things on TV. GS is superb. We love that he so clearly enjoys what he does.
    Lisa x

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  43. Ooh the stove looks good. Which one did you get? We had a woodburner put in last year, took us ages choosing.

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