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Monday, 19 October 2015

Catch up

Things have been very busy here - too busy - its just the depth as usual.

I had a hospital appointment last Thursday, a follow up with the Epilepsy Consultant who is happy that my meds are keeping me under control - well something has to.  They do make me very sleepy at times though so he is going to pop me back into GP care - I know for the best part what I am doing with looking after the condition.  He is going to write to the GP though allowing me some flexibility with the dose  (if I need to) although initially I am to stick with it and see how it goes.

We did a little more at Mum's on Saturday this time dealing with her clothes and personal bits and the kitchen.  Made me a little emotional, because slowly a little bit at a time the ties are being loosened - and I don't like it - the floor is moving under me things are changing and I am having to be brave when I just don't want to be.  The clothes are bad enough but splitting all her baking bits and bobs that was double whammy.  Her personal domain where she was in her element.

I have her recipes.  The ladies in the family one by one from my great grandmother's time have always made a tea bread for family members that is served in the Yorkshire way with butter on, some cheese and an apple for Christmas.  We understand my great grandmother started the tradition, although it could stem from before her time, then my Nan took over, then my Mum and now its my turn.  I have the recipe and I have promised to make my brother and his family the Tea Loaf; we all love it even my nephews.  I have the original recipe and the newer one brought in by my Nan just before she lost her independence. I will post these up shortly for you to try.  The original recipe was a yeasted bread.

I have also said that I will make their Christmas cake so I plan to do that this weekend coming.  Christmas puddings will be done on stir up Sunday.

Yesterday was busy.  The pantry fridge needed a proper defrost which took most of the day and I partially cleaned the cooker as well.  I still have some more to do on that.  As I was too busy I decided not to cook yesterday and we had a simple scratch meal.  However I did have a joint of pork out which I prepared and popped into the newly scrubbed fridge under foil and then prepped the veggies i.e potatoes and carrots and left them in salt water.  I also found some pigs in blankets.  I therefore arranged for OH to put the cooker on when he got home from work which he duly obliged.

Tonight we have had a lovely roast pork dinner with roast potatoes, mashed potato, carrots, peas, shredded cabbage, home made apple sauce,  roasted shallots and pigs in blankets and lashings of gravy and it was tasty.  A lovely warm meal to come home to.  Trouble is when I cook like this it usually later before I get a sit down.  Well can't have something without putting the effort in but it was worth it.  There is plenty for tomorrow night's tea also so that will save some clatting about tomorrow.  Come these autumn nights you need warm food in your belly.

On the crochet front I have nearly finished the blanket for my Auntie about five more rounds and it will be finished.  Uncles is a quarter worked so hopefully will be able to get  wriggle on then.

Am just going to watch Doc Martin and then going to get stuck in again.

Catch up soon.

Pattypan

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6 comments:

  1. I hope that your meds keep you on kilter Pattypan, looking forward to the tea loaf recipes. My granny squares are stacking up nicely, I had a night off last night as I spend the afternoon working in the garden, glorious warm sunshine here in Wales.

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    1. Hi Pam apologies for not getting back sooner. Technical issues. Will post up the Tea loaf recipes soon. Glad you are really getting into the granny squares will make a lovely throw/blanket they are so snuggly. I am near the end of a lap throw (a generous one in yellow, cream and gold for my aunt and a green and white one for my uncle). Also have a large cot blanket to do for a work colleague so I am going to be really busy. Will pop up photos once done. Hope you are keeping well. Are you having a rest from the piecing or are you still creating beautiful quilts in the background. Will we be seeing photographs of your Gentleman helper who wanted to learn how to quilt, quilts. Take care.

      Pattypan

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  2. I am so sorry to read that you are having to clear your late mum's things. Just when you have got your head around your loss, and would rather move on, you have to deal with the practicalities. As your mum was such a good cook, all the kitchen things will have that extra resonance from being so well-used and familiar. Clothes, too, are also very personal. There were some things of my dads - a favourite shirt etc - which I just couldn't let go of when I first went through the wardrobe. I think mum finally sorted through when she was moving to Wales with us, but I still have that memory and a sudden pricking of tears at the thought.

    Enjoy your crochet. I am starting on socks for Tam's boyfriend - I have done a test patch on the main pattern but just hope I don't screw them up doing the first rounds of the toe (it is fine sock yarn).

    That roast pork dinner sounded scrummy btw.

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    1. Hi BB, its been emotional and practicality dictates that I cannot possibly take everything I would like to. I can relate to the tears too, as does my brother. For the best part we have taken our time and taken the time to remember as well and fortunately we have agreed on most things. I am still working on the crochet very little time at the moment. Socks are still on my list to have a go at - I hope yours come/came out well. Hope you are keeping well and am glad that you have some company. Now if I ever won the lottery and was able to move to Cornwall I would probably be just up the road from you. Its a dream you have to have dreams to aspire to and achieve better things. Take care honey, you too have not had an easy year and yet you give so much love and support. Don't ever change.

      Pattypan

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  3. Dear Pattypan, just read over on another blog about your dog having her op. Have you though of leaving a scarf OH wears with her ? I did just that when our boy had a op and he apparently snuggled up to it after his op and was really calm as he could "smell" us close by not all the horrible chemical smells? Maria xx

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    1. Thank you Dotty that's a good idea. We have had to postpone her operation until next week as the car did not pass its MOT and is going to cost over £500 to get it fixed. We have to take her to Newmarket for the operation and she is going to be there for four days bless her little cotton socks. Will do that for her and her squeaky duck. so that she is reassured. She has been very good so far.

      Take care.

      Pattypan

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