October update

I feel like this week should be like going to confession. Blog, it’s been 3 weeks since my last update ….

So, what has happened in the last 3 weeks I hear you ask. Well like most people living alone and working from home during a global pandemic, nothing overly exciting. Life just carries on and the days and weeks seem to merge into each other.

I had to take my car in for its annual service and MOT and had to be at the garage by 8.00am. I hadn’t been up that early since lock down. It was a real shock to the system. Then to top it off, it was raining and I had to wander round until my car was sorted. It was my first time going into a local coffee shop and having to sign in with the new Track and Trace App. I suppose its better to be safe and careful.

The day was not a complete waste as I managed to get my hair trimmed especially around the ears. My hair doesn’t really have any style at the moment as its still growing back after I shaved it off in July to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. I did notice yesterday that it appears to have a lot more grey in it, then again, at least its growing.

This photo was taken when I first had my head shaved.

I did also splash out and buy myself a new Vitamix Blender. They are not cheap and this one was probably at the bottom of the range, but it’s a lot better than the cheap one I had. It makes grinding nuts and making sauces so much easier.

My friend Alison came for a visit and I made some wonderful lasagne with inspiration taken from Jill Dalton at the Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show. I didn’t have enough zucchini, so used some eggplant and filled it with lots of mushrooms, onions and other veg I had in the fridge (I forgot the kale), topped with the white sauce and some nutty parm. It was delicious.

I also made a “frozen” cheesecake dessert made with nuts and frozen bananas with a warm blueberry sauce taken from Nadiya Bakes. It was Ok but not one I would do again.

With this new way of life, all I seem to think about is food. I watch a lot of cooking shows and often find inspiration and ideas on how to amend recipes to fit my new lifestyle.  Today’s lunch was tomato soup made with tinned tomatoes, leeks, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes thinned down with some water and then blended.

The only other actual recipe I have tried recently were some Carrot cake muffins. They were OK on the day, but actually much better in the days since. I need to experiment some more.

The main excitement revolved around the Sky Engineer coming round to install my new Sky Q system with my new Smart TV. It’s taken a bit of getting used to the new system but the best thing was including Netflix. So much to catch up on. I have been binge watching Star Trek Discovery and Lucifer. Both out of this world!!

The best thing about all of this is now being able to watch TV in bed which is something I have never been able to do. Thanks to my very understanding brother who came and mounted the TV in my room, I can now envision lots of duvet days during the winter, under the covers with my electric blanket on.

I have also had an electricity Smart Meter installed. Its been quite interesting to see which items use the most electricity. Using the kettle and my small heater at the same time, sends the meter into the red. Not surprising, the tumble dryer today was in the red. I hope it means my monthly costs are not going to increase.

The most interesting and quite scary thing I have watched this week, is the talk Chef AJ did with Dr. Wes Youngberg about his work with Alzheimer’s Disease and how sugar affects it, as well as how Vitamin D can help with Covid. Watch it here. It is truly worth watching.

One of the things I have been doing during lockdown is reading. I love crime novels and have read and re-read all 50 of JD Robb’s In Death series. Its set in the future and features a tough New York Detective, Eve Dallas with her fabulously rich Irish husband Roarke and a cast of fascinating characters including cops, doctors, reporters and even a singing sensation.

Another thing I work on in my spare time, is my family genealogy which I collate using a family history software programme and various online resources. I get passionate about it some weeks and fully immerse myself in the history and then have to put it aside especially as some days it feels like I am working all day and night on my laptop. I have made some fascinating discoveries particularly about my South African family, but that is for another post.

I also need to focus on eating properly again. I seem to have eaten lots of bread, rice and past as well as more nuts recently. Although I have not put on any weight, I certainly haven’t lost any. It has made me realise that there are consequences for the things I put into my body. I also feel like I have a slight cold with the sniffles combined with a headache which has me feeling rather run down. I have been taking my echinacea drops, but I think I may need to visit the health shop to get some more vitamins.

This week’s challenge is to sort out the things I am taking to the local tip on Saturday. I had to book the slot so really need to get my head in gear and do it now. It will also make me feel like I have actually achieved something.

As my friend Anita regularly tells me, all small steps lead to change. Here is to a successful week ahead with lots of small steps.

Have a good week everyone ….

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