For today… 21st January 2018
Looking out my window… it’s pretty awful weather out there. Rain one minute, snow the next. Slush on the ground which is freezing in places and just soggy wetness in others.
I am thinking… of having my hair cut. Or perhaps growing it and having it dyed. Or “under shaved” or something. Anything other than this “in-between” nothingness that it is at the minute.
I am thankful… that there is no budget this month to have my hair cut. I’d end up with something I would regret if I went this side of payday!
One of my favourite things… is knowing my children are happy.
I am creating… space on my bookshelf for … what else? … MORE books.
I am wearing… my favourite hoody, which unfortunately is starting to show signs of wear and tear and is not really suitable for wearing outside the house any more. It’s great for inside the house, but not for “best”, sadly.
I am reading … “Keeping The Dead” by Tess Gerritsen. It is the seventh in the Rizzoli and Isles series and I thought I had read all of them, but this one is one that has slipped my net. I am only a little way into it but it is showing signs of all the excellence of the rest of this series.
I am praying… that my sister in crime is going to be ok.
I am learning… about different ways of leading church worship. Among other things.
In my kitchen… we had home made teriyaki chicken casserole for tea last night. It was absolutely delicious and a fantastic dinner for two of us. Really easy to make too. All I did was put 180ml of soy sauce, 160ml of water, half a tsp of ground ginger, 2 minced cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar into a pan and boiled it. Then I added 2 tablespoons of cornflour to some cold water to make a paste and added it to the boiling mixture. I think I put too much in because it instantly solidified, so I added some more water until it looked more like a sauce than the stuff they cover roads with. I then put most of that sauce over two chicken breasts in a casserole dish and baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes. I should have covered it with tin foil because the sauce went a bit crusty, but it was ok after the next stage. While I cooked the chicken in the sauce, I cooked 175g of Basmati rice and pack of stir fry vegetables. I then shredded the chicken and mixed it with the sauce, then added the rice, the vegetables and the rest of the sauce and put it back into the oven for 10 minutes to heat through. It was absolutely delicious, but next time I wouldn’t put as much sugar in it and I will think about adding some more garlic.
Post Script… I have been thinking about making marionettes on and off for a couple of years now, and I found this on YouTube and it looks a fantastic way of constructing them. I will perhaps give it a go over the half term break in February.
A moment from my day…
When your daughter has been travelling for nearly 7 hours from one end of the country to another, and you are on your way to meet her rendezvous point and this is the view ahead of you for the next 45 minutes. ARGH!!!!!
A very tongue in cheek comment, but when confronted with this sign at the motorway services tonight, ought I to have been upset by the fact that I am not a lady? Does this sign only apply to those identifying as “ladies”, or is it a polite term to denote the fact there are no stand-up urinals in the room and all the toilets are behind cubicles? Should I have kicked up a fuss with the management that since I am not a “lady” there are no toilets available to me? Or should I just accept the fact that I am lucky I live in the western world where we have ready access to clean and safe sanitation no matter how it is labelled?