Friday, 3 July 2015

Bear Has a Report

It is awesome.  It is an epic win.  I am incredibly proud.

Bear has requested BeastQuest books for a reward.  As they are considerably less expensive than the trip to York Chocolate Museum he got last year, even in large quantity, I'm happy to oblige.

A Time for Everything Under the Sun

I love the rhythm in the first eight verses of Chapter Three of Ecclesiastes.  The link to the old King James version is here.  I love the old language.  Whether you are Christian or not, it has a lot of sense.
This is why I am looking at winter coats on my friend eBay now.  If we weren't nicely set up for rock salt, I'd get some now as well, as the price is lower at this time of year.

The summer sales is a good time to stock up on presents for Christmas if you didn't in the January sales.  It is a good time to plan for the whole 'C' word.  Ecclesiastes talks about 'a time to plant and a time to pluck up'.  Those who grow their own veg can now enjoy it and perhaps some can be put aside.

Father planted a couple of very small lavender plants in 2013.

Now is a good time to plan all the lavender bags I will be donating to the Church Christmas Fair.  I know the theory - I should pick the lavender on a dry morning and dry the stalks hanging upside down with a paper bag around them.  I am going to start saving paper bags and work out where they are going to hang.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Self Indulgent

Some very nice people have written some very nice things about my writing.  I went back to have a look at some old stuff and was inspired with another spark for the Steve Adderson story.  If you are interested the link is here.

Otherwise, today has been a bit of a fail.  I'm headachey and my stomach is very, very bad indeed.  I'm blaming the heat, taking it easy, being self indulgent and leaving the rest until tomorrow.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Not Mentioning the Weather

I'm not mentioning the weather.

I haven't been very productive today.  For some reason I managed to come home with three carrier bags from Tesco, Morrisons and the Co-op.  I got some reduced veg for dinner tonight from the Co-op when I picked up father's paper.  It is the local shop so I pop in there regularly.  Usually just for a paper, but I keep an eye out.  I picked up some fruit for bear for after school (very gratefully received) from Tesco.  I sort of accidentally called in to Morrisons as it was a cool place to wait for the bus between the opticians and father and fortunately only bought a salad and a fridge jug.

I have new glasses.  They are quite a bit stronger and when I walk in them the floor near me seems to come rushing up at me.  I feel seasick.

I am still trying to work out the 'Match and More' card from Morrisons.  I picked up a leaflet today and it seems that if I buy something at Morrisons that would be cheaper elsewhere then I can get points.  If I get enough points then I would get a £5 voucher.  However as I am always shaving the pennies I can't see I would make on this.  I may get one for the few times I may pass by, because it all helps, but I don't think I'll stress too much about it.

Normal for Me

I swear there is something wrong with me.  I've more or less given up attempting writing and thought I would give up entirely for a while due to really having to fight against the tide to get a few sentences down.  Last night was the hottest night of the year so far, with night time temperatures high enough for comfortable day temperatures.

So that explains why last night I found myself mentally writing a poem about frost as I drifted off to sleep.  I have no idea why the images came to me, or why I should write what I did, but it felt like I was ambushed.  The link is here if you are interested.

By the way, the picture I used from Wiki Commons, which is all about frost, was taken in a hot desert.  It doesn't look it.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Thank goodness DH managed to sort out the freezer.  I hadn't spotted the wedge of ice that was holding the door open, but DH cleared it.  I am so glad, and grateful that DH sorted it so well.  All the contents had to be thrown.  Looking for a bright side, we didn't have to spend over £100 and I got rid of a lot of stuff that was never going to be used but seemed such a waste to throw out.  It's just frustrating that the stuff had to go.  I can also start a freezer book and keep it up!

That being said, the sandals I dug out from last year definitely needed replacing.  So I need to get something that can cope with the swelling, something that can cope with my loathing of toe posts, something that will be inexpensive as it is likely to be only worn half a dozen times each year and, mainly, something that will make bear say, 'Mother!  You can't wear those!'  I saw these.

They are more expensive than I want to pay, also I would definitely break my neck in them due to iffy ankles, steep steps, bank down to bear's school etc.  But I do love the look of them.   I am getting an Amazon order together, as I can get that delivered to DH at work.  At the moment it contains slippers, as mine have disintegrated and are shameful.  I shall have to put them in someone else's bin, they are so bad.  It also contains a bundle of some inexpensive computer games to keep my sanity over summer.

Bear had his sports day this morning.  He won his race (the hurdles) and was generally lovely.  I am very proud of him.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Darn it to Heck

The freezer door won't shut.

I've been after a new freezer for a while.  This one is eight years old, which is apparently old for a freezer.  I find this hard.  The fridge freezer we got with our wedding present money was over fifteen years old when we got rid and the only reason we changed it was because I wanted more freezer space so got a HUGE upright freezer and a larder fridge.

If I prop a heavy bag against the door then it will probably be okay.  However I know that the freezer door has come open at least four times over the weekend, and was definitely open from Sunday afternoon (bear raiding freezer pops) and 3.30pm today (bear raiding freezer pops).  This begs the question of how safe the stuff in the freezer is.

I think the timing, waiting until the hottest week of the year before having a fail, is worthy of respect.  I'm still not impressed.

We don't need a freezer.  In fact I can make a good argument for hanging fire for a few months.  I've just had a look at (who rock, their customer service is up there with Lakeland and they are competively priced).  I whimpered at the cost.

I've looked at replacing a freezer seal and it looks beyond my skills.  As the trays are also iffy and I suspect it is on borrowed time anyway I am not sure it is worth the attempt.  Also I may finally be able to get a frost free model.

But darn.