Wednesday, 21 October 2020

A Buttered Placemat


My favourite cafe is busy with pre lockdown customers. I ordered a sausage butty and a very large americano and planned to read my book but with what's app messages  coming in thick and fast, it feels as though I'm having real conversations. It’s not as good as the real thing but it will do.

Gorgeous Dave wondered if he had upset me,as I'd gone quiet since my night shifts and dr polly giggled at my gifs sent to her as she was in the middle of telephone consultations

What's app has been a life saver these past few months. 

I’ve bought a small slow cooker from Aldi this morning for 9 quid and will make a casserole later it’s pouring with rain and quite miserable

An elderly lady is laughing loudly across the cafe and everyone is smiling

Shes just announced that she tried to butter a small round place mat

Hey ho




76 comments:

  1. Little bits of normality count for a lot.

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    1. Oh I do feel trapped though

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    2. Maybe look for some good comedy films to watch during lockdown? Might not be high art, or a substitute for meeting your mates and neighbours, but a laugh will lighten your heart a bit. x

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    3. Strange as it may seem I’m not a lover of film comedies but I think I are right...my follow up blog entry suggests this I think, tiktok has filled a void

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  2. A Whatsapp group of friends formed to arrange another friends 60th birthday following Covid guidelines was great fun. We divided into groups of six to celebrate in gardens, decide what each group was doing and share photos and silly speeches.

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    1. Inventive ......I like the thought of this

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  3. Well as long as she realised before she took a bite ....

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    1. She was quite giddy and it was infectious

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    1. I haven’t really enjoyed my days off .
      Not enough to do

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  5. What's app keeps me in touch with my daughters, one in the RAF and the other in Australia. I am so grateful for modern day technology.

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  6. Buttering a place mat is something I would do. Loved it.

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  7. That elderly day would have made my entire day better.

    I've never had a sausage butty. I just came back from a 7km walk and I'm starving. That looks so good.

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    1. It was.....it was lunch and breakfast combined

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  8. I love people who are self assured enough to laugh out loud at their own ridiculousness - and invite the rest of the world to join right in.

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    1. Yes....she took great glee informing the whole cafe

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  9. Technology is keeping people connected and is greatly appreciated. Always nice when someone can laugh at their own mishap, share it with others and bring laughter to all. We all need more humor and laughter.

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  10. I love Whatsapp. I love seeing my son as I talk to him on Whatsapp in Australia. I love all the little jokes and memes people have sent me on them throughout this nightmare we're all living through. I love that we have a family group Whatsapp where we can still kid each other and chat with each other as though we're in the same room. Technology is a wonderful thing when it's used correctly. x

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  11. Buttered placemat - very funny! I'm always amused by food mishaps. I have a friend who in the early 80s decided to go for a day trip to France. Being a naive 20 something he saw a sign outside a restaurant offering a free half carafe of wine with a meal, so not having visited France previously nor tried the cuisine thought he'd give it a go. The meal with various accoutrements was duly served and he tucked in. He was enjoying his meal but wondered where his half carafe of wine had got to. He called the waiter and asked - only to be told "excuse me sir, but you have poured it over your food". Being an unworldly Brit he had assumed the jug placed in front of him was some sort of sauce...needless to say he paid up and left somewhat sheepishly. One can imagine the amusement of the French staff. Gives me a good chortle - that and thinking about some other daft escapades, on a miserable, rainy day.

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    1. That's a good story. I would have loved to have seen the waitstaff's faces when he "sauced" his food!

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    2. I love a good embarrassment story ..please keep em coming x

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  12. The slow cooker will be brilliant for you to come home to after night shifts in winter, hot home cooked meals waiting for you, you could batch cook and freeze a few too. I love mine !

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    1. I used to have one which broke , but I wanted a specifically small one

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  13. Oh, dear. Buttering a placemat? Whatever is the world coming too? I love my crock pot. Easiest thing in the world... hardest thing is taking the time to do all the prep work in advanced. Makes the best soups! Glad you got out. We have 6 inches of snow here. In October! Sigh.

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    1. The cottage is filled with the smell of stew.
      The log burner is lit again
      Ma4y has gone around to a Trendy Carols for a cuddle

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  14. I love my slow cooker casseroles and the best rice pudding in the world , enjoy .

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    1. I hate , absolutely hate hot rice pudding
      But adore it cold

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  15. I am not a great cook and I just never got the knack of the slow cookers. I tried, since it would have been quite handy with working full time and 4 little kids, but since they wouldn't eat the "food" that came out of it, I eventually gave up and stuck to the standards. Ah well.

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    1. The knack is keeping it simple
      Soups and stews only

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  16. I'm surprised you didn't already have a slow cooker. They are wonderfully convenient for busy cooks, especially during cold weather when hearty fare is called for. One of my favorite things to do is overnight oatmeal; you can flavor it with spices, extracts of vanilla or almond, etc., and add dried fruits (apples and cinnamon are a winning combination). I of course make it with some portion of cream, in addition to water, because everything's better with dairy.

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    1. I had one for years but I have an idea it broke or Chris took it
      I wanted a small one which helps with portion size

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  17. I rcently tried to scan a bar code to find the price of an item only to find out it was a hand sanitizer machine. Clearly, I cannot be left unsupervised. Fortunately, no one witnessed this but I did laugh.

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    1. I’ve often walked into store mannikins and apologised

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful cafe. Made me happy, reading your description and the photo. Yum.

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  19. You have managed to make us laugh on what is a pretty miserable day John - and that sausage butty looks good.

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    1. Yes....I needed the laugh too....luckily I’m meeting a friend tomorrow

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  20. Mmmm...you can't beat a nice buttered placemat with a dollop of strawberry jam. Lovely.

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    1. Do you put the jam on before the cream though?

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  21. Some rice cakes and healthy type biscuits I've tried could actually be used as a place mat.You gobbled up some nice big juicy sausages today John you lucky man x

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  22. That sausage butty looks delicious. Enjoy! X

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    1. I like y shed
      Big portions massive sausages

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    1. Please don't be sad Mavis x

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    2. How’s things mave?

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    3. Flis, don't mistake my resting bitch face for sadness x

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    4. I'm doing ok. This time next week I'll be stood up again 😊

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  24. Barbara Anne5:01 pm

    It's always good to laugh - even at yourself - it lightens the heart.
    Your meal looks delicious.
    Hope the slow cooker is perfect for having a meal ready for you when you come in from work. How high off the floor will it need to be so the dogs and Albert cannot knock it over to eat the contents?!

    Hugs!

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    1. Albert never walks on the counter tops now, he’s been told

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    2. Please let me know the words and I will use them on the black cats that live with me

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    3. He’s bright
      Living with 3 to 4 dogs he has had to be

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  25. A slow cooker is nice to have for days when you work. It can cook for you and be ready when you get home. Laughs are always a good thing. I wish we had more.

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    1. That’s why I wanted a small one..
      Something hot to come home to

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    2. Anonymous12:47 am

      And a hot meal too.

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  26. As long as she didn't try to eat the place mat....

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    1. I’m reminded of Victoria Woods dinner ladies where one character Jean. Had a relative who ate a raffia drinks coaster

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  27. we were laughing the other because one of our now grown children was complaining about a poor connection as he tried to Facetime us! When my husband was working overseas (way back in the olden times) we would only get a short call once a month! He wrote letters 2 or 3 times a week because they took forever to reach us in the states. Technology has made life, especially now, so much easier and far more immediate. xo

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    1. I spoke to my friend in Sydney the other day like she was next door

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    2. I remember those days well. Fiance was in W. Germany and could only phone Canada on payday. 5DM coins were saved for the phone box. Letters took two weeks.

      Today's youth complain about slow WiFi

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  28. Buttering a placemat had me in stitches, Reminds me of my late mum-in-law getting the tv remote out of her handbag to phone home on! x

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    1. Yes, her obvious hysterical embarrassment was quite infectious

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    1. Isn’t it,, and free....
      I use it daily ....
      What’s app groups are fun too.
      I have a small one with jason who fills our correspondence with risqué videos

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  30. Anonymous8:36 pm

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  31. Have to feel sorry for somebody who feels the need to post comments like the previous one. Even if just copied and pasted, still sad.

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  32. I screamed when the waxwork-like policeman in Madame Tussauds winked at me. I was only 16!

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  33. Years ago my very uncouth, common, loudmouth nasty uncle (he took my yard toys to the tip ! When I was only 4) drank the lemon water finger bowl at a big posh family wedding😂😂😂

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  34. Whats app has been brilliant through all this covid business. As well as keeping in touch with family we are able to talk to (and see) friends who live in Singapore, my husband has been friends with them since meeting them while they were training at St. Athan for RAF when they were 15 years old, they're in their 70's now.

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