Sunday, 18 January 2015
How to spend a day . . .
Yesterday began as most every day begins . . . with doggie cuddles, some prayer and scripture study and then my writing on here, answering e-mails etc. and then I noticed that when I went into the kitchen that the area of carpet in the dining room which is in front of the kitchen door was literally squelching when I stepped on it.
Twice earlier in the week I had noticed a damp spot there in the morning, and thinking that Mitzie had been a naughty girl I had soaked it up, given her a tongue lashing and gone about my business . . . but this was more than a damp spot. Way more than a damp spot.
I got busy mopping and soaking up. Five large towels later, Todd got up. He hates being confronted with a problem like this first thing in the morning, but what could I do? He had to know. Pretty much the rest of his morning was spent in trying to sort the problem out. By about noon and after umpteen trips back and forth to B&Q it was clear that he was not going to sort the problem out and he finally took my advice and called the Landlord who is a pretty handy guy. Todd, he's not so handy. He can barely hang a picture. It's true. He knows it. But he likes to try and so I let him.
It was pretty clear by then that I wasn't going to get any of the things I had planned to do yesterday done and so . . .
If there is one thing that men really hate . . . it's a woman standing around trying to instruct them on how to go about doing something. I removed myself from the equation. I took myself off up into my organized and tidy craft room, popped some inspirational music into my cd player and settled in to write. I have been assigned a talk for next Sunday morning's Sacrament Meeting and I thought I might as well knuckle down and get it done. An hour or so later and I was finished . . .
So was the plumbing job.
I knew by then that the window of optimum light for food blog photography had passed and so I shelved my cooking plans for the day.
I got a new camera for Christmas this year and I hadn't really used it yet. My old camera had developed cracks all around the casing and wasn't really taking good photos anymore . . . I don't know how or why this happened. It hadn't been dropped or anything. I can only think it is a fault in the plastic used to manufacture it. In any case I had wanted a better camera for a long time and this year I got one. It's a bridge camera, so somewhat of a learning curve. I have been experimenting with it a lot over the past few days. That photo at the top of this post was taken with it. That's an old Birdhouse that I painted about 20 years ago now or maybe even longer and one half of a salt and pepper shaker set a good friend gave me just before we moved back up here to Chester. It's a blue tit.
I practiced taking pictures on the Macro setting. An old piece of cake . . .
Some Mayan friendship dolls . . . a gift from Doreen . . .
I took some photos of the lounge in a variety of ways . . .
I even played a bit with the special effects. This is the painting one. Not sure what I think about that, but it's certainly different!!
The gulls were all inland and flying about the back of the house. Must have been bad weather out on the coast. I took a few pics of them flying about.
And played with them a bit. I need to learn zooming now. But these are not too bad considering they were taken through my dining room window.
I have waaaaaaaay more to learn. Thank goodness for the internet. There are lots of tutorials out there to play around with. Whew!!
I washed and hung up all the towels we had used to soak up all that water as well, and by then Todd was making "honey I'm hungry" noises and . . . we really hadn't had much to eat all day and so . . .
I dug one of these out of the freezer and threw some olives on it and banged it into the oven . . .
Started cooking a package of this while the pizza cooked. (Yes, sometimes even I resort to drastic measures when it comes to cooking.) Seven minutes later it was done. I did stir a tin of chopped tomatoes into it to my credit.
I was in food heaven. Todd was in food hell. But I gave him a piece of cake (see above) and it was kind of all better, except for the meringues on top. He hates Meringues.
Just pick them off.
I then made up for it all and served him up a Spaghetti Western. All was well and before we knew it we were heading on up to bed.
And that's how you spend a day.
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
“This is a wonderful day.
And I have never seen this one ever before.”
~ Maya Angelou
Baking in The English Kitchen today . . . Elizabeth's Date and Nut Loaf. Can't be bad!!
Enjoy your sabbath. May it be blessed beyond measure. Don't forget
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And I do too!