I am happy, I have a washing machine, it washes, I am a happy bunny. It has been on relentlessly since it was delivered.
Also, I have been a bit thoughtful about potatoes.
I have bought in Tesco own brand potato waffles for the kids when bear has had friends for tea. The linky is here
At the time of typing they are £1 for a box. They would easily do us as a family two meals, or cover quite a few of bear's meals, are gluten free, very quick to prepare, and not unpleasant to eat. The value potatoes are £1.18 for enough that will do three meals now that father isn't here (I am generous with potatoes) but take a lot more preparation and energy to cook. If I was on a pre-pay meter I would get the waffles every time. They do not sprout and turn green if for any reason we don't use them up, and the cardboard is waste which I can recycle, but I do not have a compost bin for the potato peelings. There is a lot of waste with the value potatoes, I normally go for the £1.75 pack as the quality is significantly better.
I don't think I am ready to ditch potatoes completely, but I am definitely weighing up getting more of these in as a standby.
It is a bit worrying, though, that processed and pre-prepared stuff can stand so well against fresh food that hasn't been fiddled with. I am already a fan of frozen veg, and I think I will be looking again at some of the convenience stuff.