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NSD No 1. It helps that the shops are closed. Perhaps we should go back to the opening hours when I was young. 8.00am till 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and Wednesday half day closing. Maybe not.
We were up nice and early this morning so a few things accomplished. Bedding changed and all the washing done and drying upstairs in the spare room. Put zillions of cardboard boxes in the recycling and found homes for all the Christmas presents although some of them might be temporary until I can clear some more space. Replaced batteries in some of Himself's many pieces of electrical equipment because he doesn't know how to open the covers. So it's back to doing five minute jobs and doing small jobs instead of putting them off for another day.
Had a little bit of a spa and done my nails (not very professionally but done nevertheless). Lunch was chilli tomato and chickpea soup which I made yesterday and dinner will be pork fillet wrapped in Parma ham with garlic potatoes and roast parsnips. Fairly healthy. No snacking, no chocolate and no alcohol.
Now I'm relaxing with a pot of herbal tea watching Spartacus (again!) Early to bed with a book later.
Hope you have all had a lovely first day of 2023.
Budgets - I really think that this is an ongoing area of development for me, I wrote a lot about on the December cha cha cha thread yesterday. I really am still learning about my budgeting and what is realistic. I plan to really look at this, each month - but realistically its going to be learning from what happens when the budget gets blown! I am sort of over me saying to myself that at least I didn't use a Credit card. I keep stealing from myself - I keep not being able to treat myself / have days out - go to the dentist! As those are the pots that are involved the the 'Peter and Pauling.' All the budgets are set...but they may not work.
Assess: This is something I am getting fairly good at. My additional stocks of all sorts of things have dwindled and I really, want my wardrobe, my toiletries, make-up etc to be more slim-lined. I have a lot of fabric for dressmaking and I have joined the fashion on the ration and the decluttering threads to help me with this. I am fairly good with assessing what have in the fridge and meal planning accordingly.
Add: I am adding walking 3 miles a day, and eating 30 different plants week - work, walking and vegetables are the top priorities for the month.
NSD 1/15 today.
I am grateful for a lovely walk first thing this morning to the beach seeing the daybreak on the New Year. A lovely bath when I came home and a restful rest of the day.
Happy New Year everybody.
I have started a free 30 day yoga programme w 4drienn3 if anybody wants to join, will take me at least 60 days.
Every morning I want to do yoga, write and read for 30 min each. I have solved that by picking one in particular on week day mornings I don/t have 90 min spare.
Budgeting is a b1tch as far as I'm concerned. I have 'borrowed' money from myself over Christmas so this winter will be hard. I'm sure I will be sharing more about this in time.
Happy new year everybody! Enjoy the extra day tomorrow if you have it off :-)
Today I have been carrying on sorting the freezer in the kitchen - am about just over half way through (2 more in the garage....) - made sausage rolls at lunchtime with some puff pastry frozen in Feb 2021 and some YS sausages from last month with some bacon and chilli jam in from one of the many jars on the top shelf of the fridge.... DH and I had plans for a walk- and then about 5 mins before we were due to go out it started bucketing it down - and it still is ☔💧I've done a bit of ironing and 1 load of laundry (currently drying) and packaged up my old gold and silver bits for selling.
It's now hailing.... I thought that the temperature had dropped!
I haven't taken down any decs yet - I'll make a start tomorrow. I have, however, cooked off some chicken in sweet chilli sauce to use for lunches at work a couple of days this week - I'll have it with some microwave rice (we have lots...) and broccoli 🥦
I am grateful for a warm and dry house, that I don't have to go anywhere today, for plenty of food, for new slippers.
10: garden peas, green beans, spinach, carrots, onion, red onions, leek, spring onion, sweet potato, potato,
20: parsley, coriander, banana, apples, tomatoes, cucumber, lemons, limes, oranges, corn,
30: blue berries, olives, kale, red cabbage, broccoli, butternut squash, ginger, garlic, almonds,
Please add more?
Does pulsars count?
How would I fit all of these in my fridge or eat them in a week? @DrCarrie will you keep a tab?
It's from Dr Tim Spector's new research and book. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/may/15/go-with-your-gut-tim-spector-power-of-microbiome#:~:text=While many diets eschew certain,such as potatoes or rice.
This morning I looked in the fridge and decided on a tomato and roasted pepper soup, stuck 2 🥕 🥕 in as well and tin of some sort of red bean that came home disguised as a tin of chickpeas (rude!). Blitzed it all and it was perfectly acceptable. I made a chocolate sponge cake and a cherry Bakewell sponge. Supper is roast asparagus and mushrooms with even more garlic peppers, and with homemade focaccia bread in the oven right now. I was going to do one cheese and chive, and a smaller pesto one, but DS2 had been at the pesto, and the jar made a champagne cork pop 🍾 when I unscrewed the lid. So rinsed it out and recycled it, no pesto focaccia for us. Who even knew it could ferment? 🌿🌿🌿
Spent the afternoon filling my new wall calendar until September.
Tonight's plan is for a bath and hair wash, and back into work tomorrow lunchtime. I actually have my rota until 14th! Rock 'n roll!!