Thursday, 20 April 2017

Bear has a Steering Wheel

Somehow, I'm not sure how, bear persuaded us to buy him one of the cheaper plug in steering wheels for the driving games.  It's got pedals, for heaven's sake!  I suggested that it came out of bear's hoarded pocket money, but DH was happy we funded it.  Sigh.

It arrived and bear set it up.  I am now officially one of those old ladies who needs their son to show them how the remote control on the tv works.  To be honest, I'm quite happy to delegate that part of life.  It's bear's toy so he can sort it.  Though I'm not sure whether a nearly life sized steering wheel with a gear stick, indicator and pedals counts as a toy or an accessory.

I've been looking at meal planning again.  It hasn't worked before.  Partly because I swear there is something wrong with me and the moment I decide to do something I seem to run to do the opposite.  However the meal planners I've seen all start with proper recipes.  There doesn't seem to be room for the 'absolutely on the floor tonight so it's frozen sausages, frozen hash browns and frozen peas' type evenings.  Also, when bear it eating, terms and conditions apply.  Last night he suddenly decided that he didn't like sweetcorn.  I nearly cried.  We didn't have it when father was here, because he didn't like it and DH and I love it.  Sigh.  Theoretically tonight we are having frozen gluten free chicken nuggets that I got in for those 'on the floor' type evenings but the chicken that I was planning wasn't delivered by Tesco with sweet potatoes peeled, cut into chunks, stirred up in oil and possibly sage, microwaved for twenty minutes and put in a medium oven for ten (I love my combination microwave).  With frozen peas.  That is, if the sweet potatoes are still fit.

There are two ways the meal plans fail.  The first is because I don't have the energy for the fancy meal I've planned.  The second is because something vital wasn't delivered, or isn't fit, like the sweet potatoes being found to be mushy and yeurk.  All the articles on meal plans seem so assured and confident, where nothing ever goes wrong and they can always find the grater.

I think I will put the idea of meal planning on the back burner until I've done an audit of the cupboards and got a decent freezer.  That may take some time, especially if we keep buying bear steering wheels.

6 comments:

  1. I am one of those old ladies too, my 8 year old granddaughter is way more savvy than I am she sorts old grandma out. Bless her she has the patience of a saint with me. By the way can i ask how is the matheletics going and would you recommend it? X

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  2. I am one of those old ladies too, my 8 year old granddaughter is way more savvy than I am she sorts old grandma out. Bless her she has the patience of a saint with me. By the way can i ask how is the matheletics going and would you recommend it? X

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  3. I am one of those old ladies too, my 8 year old granddaughter is way more savvy than I am she sorts old grandma out. Bless her she has the patience of a saint with me. By the way can i ask how is the matheletics going and would you recommend it? X

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  4. I do a sort of haphazard meal planning. I plan out meals for the week but not necessarily the days we're actually having it. Sometimes it isn't even meals planned but what type of meat I'm using and the rest sort of follows. I do find that some sort of meal planning cuts down on costs and I'm trying really hard to be better about spending less on food. We want to up the amount going into hubby's retirement again next year as he is getting older and would like to retire one day lol.

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  5. Bear's new steering wheel sounds pretty fun! I seem unable to meal plan, too! I do best when I have a variety of things I could cook or are partially cooked and frozen. So, depending on what I feel like having that day, I can pull something out and put something together! This usually works out well enough for me. The only problem is, sometimes, things go bad before I can cook them!

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  6. Oh Thank the Lord! I'm not the only one who can't 'Meal-Plan' to save my life. I belong to a small forum where all of us have known each other for years and years - online, that is, though many of us have met up at various times. I'm retired, very happily too, but there are those who still have full-time jobs, families to look after and nary a moment to sit and watch the world go by. So they meal-plan. Religiously. They make a list of groceries needed to make those meals, then do the shopping, sticking to That List. No impulse buys, unless a real bargain crops up - and that is woven into next week's Meal Plan. Me? I think to myself a few nice meals, jot down the various things I might need, then arrive at Tescos without the list - or bags-for-life which are still in the hall, ready . . .
    I return with an assortment of food stuffs, forget the milk and bread, put everything away and at the end of the week, chuck out the no-longer-fresh produce still lurking in the fridge. So I sit down to do a proper Meal Plan . . . .

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