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Posted: 05/11/2012 at 13:00

Hi Pam, if I make soup I use a pressure cooker & so just add the pearl barley without pre soaking/cooking since am using 1&1/2pints stock. That is fine for me, but if wasnt using a pressure cooker I may soak,  or pre cook it a bit, but depends on how much liquid you're using i'd think.

Have just spotted some 'poo' on patio. Bit late & cold for hog I would've thought, could be ratty of course after bird feed? Compost bin that we use for all the kitchen veg waste is still secure- ie no sign of holes around the base.

Trying to psyche myself up to do something this afternoon. Same every Monday, knackered, with OH leaving so early. Today I had to find him a watch as he's either lost/mislaid his normal one. All the 'spare' need new batteries of course- ooh, just reconed that the 'shoe repair' place next to photo shop will have new batteries, can try anyway when go up to collect OH's photos later in week.

Need honey toast now. Daughter off to work soon, so peace again. J.

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Posted: 05/11/2012 at 12:21

Afternoon all.

We've been up to tip. The lazy work person there did actually carry stuff back to correct 'dump' for us, after telling us very patronisingly where it should all go next time! I did know, but daughter of course thought she knew better......

I forgot to send Kate good luck- hope she's coping, new jobs horrible IME.

Lottie- I too have a food diary. Started it yrs ago when 'on a diet' & now automatically continue it. It does make you realise just how much you can eat sometimes- a good wakeup call. I dont calorie count as such, but do watch my portion size. Called eating sensibly by me & helps me to stay more or less where I'm happy. Dont really know my weight at the mo, as hospital requires it in metric, so havent a clue! I know if have been 'a pig' & if my clothes suddenly snugger, so 'am strict' again & it all sorts itself out. Having lost quite a bit some yrs back & had to get new clothes a size smaller, I have no intention of going back up a size again with the costs involved!

Next washload ready- it's sunny here, no wind, but will save a wee bit on tumbling time. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 10:23

WManchester- bright sun & a definite frost first thing this morning.Very little wind. Tip visit today!

It was actually colder in back at 8.30am being -0.4C cf 0C at 5.30am!! OH had to scrape his car so the front, usually warmer by a couple of degrees must have aslo been below.J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 15:47

I'll do bumper cars, but nowt else- another wimp!

Big pause in the sorting here, OH asleep on sofa. Well we've really cracked on today & should all be proud of ourselves. Daughter's back now playing up too, mine was first thing this morning again.

I've got to sort out some 'posh' clothes for OH soon. He's got a business trip & dinner later this week. He wont have a clue what's what in his wardrobe. No sense of style, but then you could put me in a designer outfit & I too would just look a mess. J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:48

Some local-ish young lads 'found' an industrial firwork, a bomb type I think, & set it off in the street. Needless to say the injuries pretty horriffic & there's been a picture put out of one of the victims, by his Mum, to try & prevent more like it. Apparently police have found a 2cnd such 'bomb'! (I think somewhere back on this thread you'll see the pic)

Upstairs agin..... meal going to be easy tonight, 1 that I can almost do asleep! As for the ironing pile..... J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:14

WManchester is bright & breezy again, although clouding over again now.About 8C out there now.

We too were below freezing first thing & you could just see it on the grass.

No gardening for me today though. We are having a BIG sort out of 'stuff', you know the sort of thing that gets in your way for a couple of yrs & then you wonder why?

So now a pile for tip, to keep, charity pick-up, & really must sort out properly. We'll get there! J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:43

Well I think we're getting there. Daughter & me being much more ruthless than OH. I have just put some of his Mum's personal things he had into a tin. I wouldnt touch those.

It's very difficult clearing out someones' house when they are still alive. I almost felt it was worse than if Dad had actually gone. I felt so guilty.

I still have a bag of my Mum's things under the spare bed. I couldnt do it all those yrs ago, nor when we cleared their house in'11 & know it'll be very difficult even now.

Daughter has just shamed me by cleaning the inside of the door of the ex-airing cupboard. Boy does it look better! Wont need to repaint it now!

Have also consigned a weeping fig houseplant, varigated version, into the unheated greenhouse! Cruel yes, as it wont survive, but it's too big, drops leaves everywhere wherever it lives & I've not got a larger pot for it next yr. It was about 50p I think from the sell-off rack at Homebase many yrs back. I need to rescue the polished stones that are deorating (!) the top of the compost, but then into the compost bin in the sky......

Re that firework accident- not too far away from us. Police etc all trying to track down the source of them. They've found another not too far way I think. J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 12:04

Well am getting there. OH will go back up into loft later to bring down the 2 boxes of Dad's clothes that the charity people can have. Daughter has gift aid for them so that all helps. The electrical 'stuff' that we brought back from dad's house all to go, p[lus a couple of small appliances that OH insisted on buying & now never uses!

Daughter doing a sauce to go with the chappatis that OH insisted he wanted last shopping trip..... & our bed is getting clear. Daughter & me off up to tip tomorrow! J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 11:11

Bjay, I dont like QOTN tulips either & wasnt too impressed with Spring green either.

Purissima & PI for me now on. Treat as annuals & do in pots. Still got the odd unknown red, yellow & some Purissima that reliably pop up evrey yr in various beds. Just leave them be.

News this end- OH is sorting in his room, daughter doing 2cnd coat of paint, box of stuff in porch been sorted!

Now have box for tip, plus old kitchen steps, crate of 'to keep' apparently when I (!!) have sorted out all those 'b' plant pots (covers actually) in the garage so then OH can refill it with all his junk- How are we ever going to get sorted IF we ever need to move?

Charity stuff, shall phone for collection pick up this week, is in crate in hall. so now more room in spare room, where ottaman now has boxes of photos plonked on it. Our bed still covered, need to get OH to see if his little tv works with the old indoor ariel we have up there. Could be useful as tv/video combined- yay- so then can play the videos.

Back later, J.

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Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:10

Me again- I love T. Princess Irene too. Mine due to go into a large pot sometime soon.

Daughter now wearing a headscarf, but has no idea where an old pair of spex are likely to be...... think shall give up!

Will catch up properly on posts later, J.

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