Monday, 29 August 2016

It's Something

Today I washed and ironed all the new shirts I got for bear.  He finished last year with two that were just about fit for school, what with some very miscellaneous stains and a few scuffs.  At least they were still white - washed to rags, but white.  I have six new shirts for him to start with, three new jumpers to go with the two that still fit and four pairs of trousers.  That should keep him going, at least until Christmas.

It doesn't make up for the epic fail with dinner.  Bear is insisting on helping me, and that's a good thing.  He meticulously chopped up the onion, sweet pepper and olives that went into the frittata.  The thing  is, he isn't very fast.  There is no reason why he should be, he is still only nine and getting the hang of things, but it does mean that dinner was so late that we are having the frittata cold for dinner tomorrow and bear and DH had a takeaway.

Still, on the bright side, I am now half way up the back of the jacket.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

DH has a lot to put up with.

I was talking to DH.  I couldn't work out why the bathroom window wouldn't stay open.  I like it open at least a crack but, no matter what I did, whenever I went back to the bathroom the window was shut.
'I even tried putting a tube of denture cleaning tablets in the groove where the window would shut but...'
'Denture cleaning tablets?' DH asked.
'Yes, you know, in a tube, and I found them...'
'Seriously, denture cleaning tablets?'
'Yes, I tried to clean the toilet with them but it didn't work.  Anyway the tube had moved...'
'You tried to clean the toilet with denture tablets?'
'Yes, and it didn't work.  It might have been because they were old as I got them ages ago to get coffee stains out of mugs.  Anyway the tube had moved.'

DH looked at me as if he was trying to decipher ancient Chinese.  I was able to reassure him.  'It's okay, I found out that every time bear uses the bathroom he shuts the window.  So it wasn't a ghost or anything.'

DH has a lot to put up with.  At the moment he is putting up with me knitting a pattern from a book, which should be okay, but it isn't as good as the one I ended up chucking out.  I think the first pattern had a lot of gaps.  It's like the person who created it (and it is an awesome jacket) knew what they meant, but didn't put everything in, because they didn't realise that a very ordinary knitter would need to know when it switched from basket stitch to stocking stitch, or if it actually did as the picture was less than clear on that, and whether a particular row counted or not when you were trying to sort out the increase.

I am determined to not only finish it, but to actually sew it up and wear it before the end of September.  According to the book, it took their knitter a total of 27 hours to finish.  That's a lot of tv to catch up on, and I'm good with that.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A Good Day

I had a lot of awesomeness today just hanging out with bear, so regardless of the grumbles, I had a great day.  I still managed to fit in some grumbles.

We had planned to go and see Nine Lives at the cinema, but the reviews have been so bad that we decided to skip it.  Instead we went out for lunch to the local Harvester.  We hadn't been to that branch before, and we were a little too early by half an hour.

Rather than sit in the pub for half an hour drinking expensive drinks, we went over to the farm shop that was just across the road.  I am drawn to farm shops.  I keep hoping that this time I will find one that isn't just about overpriced olives and will be local produce at a decent price.  The one we went to a few weeks ago didn't live up to what I was hoping for and the queuing system annoyed DH (it was seriously complicated).  However this one was promising.  There was plenty of good butcher's meat out, in the sort of cuts I remembered from when I was little.  There was proper neck of lamb and what I consider proper pork chops.  I asked and you can order gluten free sausages that are made on site, and there were several burgers possible as well (to be eaten tomorrow).  Tonight we had bacon.  We asked about bacon and the very nice butcher went to the back and cut slices off a flitch (I think that's what it's called) with a very sharp knife and it was beautiful to eat.  There were some local veggies as well, so it could be a good place to stock up.  It is only about fifteen to twenty minutes away, depending on whether Leeds United are playing, and I never knew.  We'll see how the burgers eat, but I'm optimistic.

The meal at the Harvester was pretty awesome.  Bear loves the Harvester.  Basically, he loves the free salad, but the 'build your own chocolate pizza with a cookie dough base' dessert also works for him.  He was a happy bear.

We watched the Great British Bake Off.  It's the first time I've seen it, and I was rather in awe.  The first episode was so far beyond my expertise and bear has already announced that we are baking tomorrow.  I can see a lot of baking happening with bear, and there are worst things.  I just hope I can keep up.

The big naff raff of the day was knitting.  I had been itching to try a pattern which is knitted from cuff to cuff and makes a jacket.  I bought the pattern, had the needles and yarn ready to go and I couldn't resist any longer.  Except the pattern doesn't work.  I can't see how you can increase each end on every fourth row and increase 12 stitches in 21 rows.  It doesn't make sense.  I was having to guess whether it was stocking stitch or something else as it sort of hinted further down the instructions but I couldn't tell where it started, if it did.  I now have 1200g of aran and a desperate desire to knit but no pattern.  I feel very deflated.  Still, I suppose it is a shopping opportunity, if only for patterns.  I've been googling free patterns, which are my first choice, but haven't seen anything I like yet.  There's no rush, I have a pattern for a different sweater and some DK so I can get something on the needles.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

I Hate Gluten

Grumble grumble grumble

I used to really love gluten.  I couldn't get enough of all the different breads and cakes.  I loved wholemeal bread and rye bread and couldn't get enough barley in a stew.  If I had it now I would be very poorly.  I wish I could hate it, things would be much easier for me.

Last night we watched Eat Well for Less, which for those that haven't seen it is a programme about cutting food shopping bills.  One of the adults in the family was coeliac so had to go gluten free.  By the end of the show I was feeling fed up.  I know that it wasn't all about gluten, but they kept going on about things being wheat free when gluten is also in barley and rye.  They kept talking about 'no wheat' and missed the bonus that a lot of standard stuff is actually gluten free because that is how it is made rather than any design, like Heinz baked beans and some soups.  They didn't mention barley malt, which can be a real hazard and crops up in all sorts of places.  They didn't mention the unexpected hazard of malt vinegar in pickles and sauces and that some companies, like Reeses (who make Reeses cups) and Pataks are pretty much all gluten free.

And then, then, as we are running desperately low on treats, I went on Approved Food and they had a barley malt drink listed under the gluten free stuff.

Also it is too hot.

Also, despite it being hot (very hot in the house), I have promised a shepherd's pie tonight and I had better deliver.  Sigh.

Tomorrow we are supposed to be going to the pictures.  Bear thinks we are going to see Nine Lives but actually I'm going to see the air conditioning.

Monday, 22 August 2016

We've Done Something Right

Bear had a dental check up today.  So far he has escaped fillings and treatments and he remains undrilled.  I am impressed as bear has a 'can-do' attitude to eating sugary things and doesn't hold back.  I wish I could put it down to good dental hygiene, but while I have rigorously enforced teeth brushing I suspect it is more down to luck.

I took the opportunity of having DH with car and got bear checked out at the opticians as well.  Apart from colour blindness, there is nothing wrong with bear's eyes, but I think it is a good idea to keep a watch out.

We also watched 'The Man From Uncle', the 2005 remake.  We all enjoyed it lots!  Tomorrow is likely to be quieter, just hanging out.  It's what DH needs and it will do bear no harm at all.  Besides, bear is likely to be tired.  He is staying up to watch the last episode of Eat Well for Less tonight as a treat and is unlikely to be in bed before 9.30pm.  Mind you, I suspect he will be sound asleep by 9.32pm.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Know Thyself

Apparently 'Know Thyself' was inscribed at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.  It's really good advice.  I'm baffled by what makes me tick.

This time last month I could barely function, was having lots of panic attacks, couldn't swallow tablets, couldn't get out unless it was for bear, and I was generally a mess.  Today I got up, took my vitamins, sorted out bear's breakfast and randomly ended up in Halifax, on my own having left bear in DH's safe hands.  I have no idea what has changed, I'm just glad it has.  It was a lot of fun.  I got bear a book on football from a charity shop that really cheered him up and as Sainsburys were having a sale on clothes I picked up a shirt for DH, a top for me and a sweater for bear.  It's printed with a rocket science type pattern (here, can't get the image to go over).  I hope that it will lead bear to put the sweater on instead of the heating.

I forgot to take a picture while I was there as proof.  I did try taking a picture out of the window.  I ended up with something like this.  It was a really pretty stream.

So here is a pic of Halifax from Wiki.  I'll get one for myself next time I'm there.  It wasn't this sunny.

Bear's tummy continues, well, bear.  It is a bit hit and miss even when it comes to goodies, although he apparently managed to absorb vast quantities of mini savoury eggs at lunch, but any hint that he may have to venture out of the house and it immediately becomes an acute case.  He will have to deal with it tomorrow.  He has a visit to the dentist and the optician tomorrow and he isn't getting out of it.

Friday, 19 August 2016

I Take it Back

The banana bread tastes gorgeous.  Bear loves it, I love it, the only snag is that it is so filling!  The bits we made will keep us going for a few days.  It is just perfect.

Here is a link to the recipe.  You only need one slice at a time, seriously.

Bear continues with poorly tummy which has left him lying around, ninety percent leg, watching YouTube videos while playing on his Xbox.  He has just been picking at food, though he managed to force down some chocolate.

DH is now on holiday for a week.  We are all looking forward to a nice, relaxing time.