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Thursday, 30th August 2018

Last day of August tomorrow; time zipping by again.  i chose the icon for this post in honour of the prolific flowering of my two roses.  i've cut back the front garden one as it needs to 'bush out' rather than be tall and weedy.  The one thing you can count on with plants is that they want to grow, so really no matter what you do to them, it they have a decent root system, it's almost impossible to kill them off.  Just as well for some of my plants as i'm such a rotten gardener!
i'm almost done taking my unwanted items to the charity shops.  9 tenths of books gone, thank heavens.  They were mostly the remains of a job lot i bought super cheaply at auction. They included a whole load of Alison Uttley books i didn't have which was really good.  i hadn't realised at the time i could have taken what i wanted and left the rest at the auction house; i know better now!  The auction house will either sell them on, give to a charity or just get rid, which is what i wanted.  i have some picture frames up next and three Chinese scrolls i've 'gone off' and are a bit too large for my purpose.  i asked one shop if they wanted them and they said yes, so i'll take as many of them as i can manage down today and the rest tomorrow.  It'll be so good to get them gone, as they take up too much room.
My friend Anna is home from the hospital, but needs full time care as she is bed-bound and not able to get up yet.  She is much happier at home and all the help she gets isn't costing her anything, so she needn't worry there, thank heavens. We all feel better at home. Age and time catches up with all of us, doesn't it? A very long-time friend who is a year younger than me was catching up to let me know she has just had a pace-maker fitted - casual as you like!  Luckily, it was a very quick procedure and she was home a day or so later.  Rocked her to think of popping her cloggs and those of us not in the country not knowing what had happened to her.  She wanted to contact us and let us know and say how much she appreciated our friendship, the sweetie!  It could take some time before her sons let us know as we may not be top of their list for advising.  Made me think about my situation.  As i have virtually no close friends here and i never see any of my relatives, i could be dead for quite some time before anyone missed me - come to think of it, i'm not sure who would raise the alarm; Doctors surgery? i have type2 diabetes and other bits, so if i didn't order repeat subs they might try contacting me?  Wonder how long that would take.  Postman maybe.  Some years ago when i was still up north, the man living oppostite me died and when the postie couldn't fit any more post in his letterbox, he came across to me and let me know.  i called up the lady who ran the mobile home park and we went to check it out.  He had been dead for maybe a week? Can't remember how long.  He did have family but they lived some distance away.  Odd feeling this - oh don't get me wrong, there are people who love me but they don't live close and some are overseas.  Oh well, i won't be bothered about it, will i!
On that cheerful note, i'll do the Friday Five!

1, What is your favourite food?
Curry, closely followed by Chinese
2, What is your favourite food preparation method?
Odd question - whatever it takes to cook it, be it boil, steam, fry or microwave
3, What is your favourite cuisine or style of cooking?
Didn't we just cover that?  Love a good piece of fish once in a while
4, Do you have any dietary restrictions and if so what are they?
Yes, i'm type2 diabetic so i have to watch what i eat and i'm almost allergic to peppers/capsicum
5, If you could introduce the whole world to one ingredient to improve their culinary experience, what would that be and why?
Can't think of anything really, but most dishes can be improved with garlic & onions - except bacon & eggs!

Love John R Neill's cider pressing rabbits. Have a great day!


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Aug. 30th, 2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
Did I miss the Friday Five? *confused* mmmmm garlic and onions are always essential :)
Sep. 2nd, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
Dunno, did you? i didn't look at the date to be sure but it was one i haven't done, so just did it.
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