Monday 5th September
|248/365: one more from the bouquet!|
I'm focusing on batch cooking this week. I'm fed up of eating odd meals, the result of using up the odds and ends in the freezer, so it's time to get my act together and do something about it. Today's task is to tackle the first lot of shopping and pick up enough ingredients for the first lot of batch cooking ... over the next three days I'm cooking up some hidden veg pasta sauces, fish pies, shepherds pie, vegetable soup, chicken curries, and a couple of quiches. I also want to buy and cook a couple of chickens and a gammon joint so I can slice and portion them ... a useful addition to the freezer stock and particularly useful for lunches ... plus pick up the bits and pieces I need for the week.
I'm hoping to get the shopping over and done with this morning because, if the weather forecast is accurate, the rain starts at midday and carries on for the rest of the week. Please, please, let it be accurate this time! Anyway, apart from the shopping trip, I don't have any other plans to go out today so will try to get as much of the cooking done as possible while I'm still feeling enthusiastic. I'll set the laptop up on the dining table and in between will carry on listing the adverts for the decluttered items.
L and P are travelling back from London so will call in to see me late this afternoon. They'll be staying overnight which means they will eat with me and spent the evening at mine but will sleep in their motorhome, then back to mine for breakfast before they continue their journey home tomorrow.
I've decided to put the choir on hold for the time being. I'm not sure why, but I feel anxious about joining. Maybe it's still the lingering lockdown lethargy but I feel that I want to wait for now. I also won't be going to the photography group I'd selected mainly because of an existing member who is very active in the group but who I made the decision some years ago to exclude from my life and I don't want to get involved with her again, so it's back to the drawing board for that one and I'll be looking for another group. I'm a bit disappointed about them both, but also a bit disappointed in myself for not facing up to the challenges both options would present ... at least I haven't burnt my bridges with either option and can always change my mind!