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Off to cosy and warm bed soon with a book.
First day was a good one
A good 1st day!! I have 23 goals to achieve in 2023 using 23 as a theme. I’ve started on 3 of these today.
Not an NSD today as I wanted to buy the 1st round at the pub this afternoon as DH usually pays for our social outings but it’s become a tradition that I buy the first when we go out for New Year’s Day. I also ordered my December photos so not to waste another NSD another day.
Weighed myself this morning, have really enjoyed the food & drinks over December but I’ve had enough now & glad to draw a line!
I awoke later than usual, but as I'm trying to do 31mins of exercise each day this month, I started off with a 17min aerobic video, followed by my 16min flexibility YWA. After breakfast I did a bit of tidying, took a meter reading, then set off for a walk. On the way home, I saw some elderly neighbours in their kitchen, who I've not seen/spoken to for months, so visited them for half an hour or so. They were so pleased to see me & hear all our news +especially about DH getting his transplant). Twice she told me I was one of the cheeriest people she knows 😍 Sorted through, cleaned & lined 2 more shelves in the kitchen, then did the ironing. After tea I did more prep work for my budget folder. Hopefully, tomorrow I can add up the final totals from last year, then set budgets & put money in the sinking funds. Had a bath with my book & did some pampering.
Grateful for the joy on the elderly people's faces when they saw me, their compliment, managing to do my first stint of exercise without collapsing in a pool of sweat! 🤣
@f0xh0les I'm interested in your firecracker sprouts, & @Toni'sfriend, how did you make your soup? Both things sound delicious!
Make do or do without!
If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours 😃
So, chop the tomatoes, add garlic, chillies (number depending on how spicy you want it) tomato puree and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, simmer for about 30 minutes, blend and add a tin of chickpeas (more if you're making a big pot). That's it! It would work just as well with tinned tomatoes and if you want to make it vegetarian use veggie stock cubes instead of chicken.
It was rather nice!
Dawn - Hope you're feeling better today. Himself has a dreadful cold as well. Lots of lemon and ginger tea with honey is highly recommended.
Wrote my to do list. I think I will follow suit and clear the decorations today although I usually wait till the 6th. Will stick some lentil soup in the slow cooker, boil the eggs that are close to their date and make a big batch of salad.
Had quite bad nicotine cravings this morning, but got through them. Just keep thinking of the person I want to be and how I want to feel in a few months time.
Have a good day
However all the grab and go food I bought helped (berries, mangetout and baby sweetcorn, grapes, sliced meat - no bread but the day before I'd sunk my teeth into white buns that were soft as clouds - and chocolate and ice lollies). I drank loads including improving my water intake and I managed several 'extra grooming' bits. The 'thick headedness' precluded any serious planning so lots of watching my serial and some reading.
Fell asleep at 5.30 pm and woke a couple of hours later. Phone call to tell me that mum's Blackpool cousin had died. Her daughter told me last week that she'd reached the 'end stage' - mainly because she'd stopped attempting to walk or even get out of bed to demand attention (more attention - she's always demanded attention). I'm so sorry for her daughter, she's left such a tangled mess. She favoured people who gave her the attention she craved so lumps of money have been left to her current 'best friend', her cleaner, the cleaner's husband, the man who did her shopping and the son, daughter, s-i-l and one grand-daughter of another cousin (the other grand-daughter isn't mentioned). The remainder of the estate will go to her daughter and then to the grandson she refused to meet. However she's appointed the 'best friend' and the cleaner's husband as executors and the vultures are already circling.
Some of these people are totally toxic - the cousin's son recently called her recently, accusing her of bad-mouthing him (he was horrible to mum after his mother died, even though mum and her partner were her primary carer's after her bouts of chemotherapy). This was after he'd abused his position as a social worker to find out which nursing home her mother had gone to. Now he's being conciliatory and wanting to come to the funeral, possibly wanting the glassware her mother collected. I said that's fine but the value of any glassware (it's hideous but valuable) is deducted from the cash he inherits. Lots of these people also have keys to her mum's house.
So I've committed to going to a funeral in Blackpool, to support my second cousin and her son. Ideally I'd like to take one of the boys' but can't see it happening.
Today is a gloriously sunny day, there's so much I want to be getting on with. However I'll start with getting myself downstairs at some point and sitting in the garden, well wrapped up and pondering. Grateful for having some distance from this branch of the family (the lovely cousin who made the raised beds and did other diy stuff for mum banned the deceased from visiting him - she had his sick wife waiting on hjer hand and foot and criticised everything). Easy food, lots to drink, sorbet in the freezer, enough.