Yesterday I received a late Christmas present. The most fun you can have with two sticks and a bit of string. Of course, it would be even better with grandchildren.Speaking of grandchildren, it is GrandSon3's 7th birthday today. Obviously we can't be with him so in a short while we're having a big online family game of Among Us. (Involves murder and treachery for those who don't know. Good wholesome fun.)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
My sorted tin cupboard:It may not look very different but I am getting rid of all these pans:I started this renew and chuck away plan mainly because I wanted to replace my swiss roll tin (used very rarely for that purpose but frequently for other things). So it's a shame that my order for replacement tins didn't include one of that size!
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Today I have:
been taught to make (delicious) shortbread cookies by GrandDaughter1;
made Lego creations with GrandSon2:
I also managed to finish my article for the next issue of The Bay. It was a good job the editor sent out an email or I'd have forgotten about it. In the article I talk about love, February being Valentine month, and I dug out this old photo to accompany the article. It was taken before we were married, when Husband still sought to impress me with flowers. (You'll need to read the article to understand the significance.)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
As part of my learning about marketing I heard of a number of sites that send out a daily email with lists of books on special offer that day.
I actually promoted my book on a number of these sites with out a huge amount of success but ... I have found them very addictive when it comes to buying books. The books on offer are not just self-published but also from traditional publishers and big name authors.
Most of the books are free or 99p, and at that price, well, you've got to, haven't you? It also allows you to try new authors and if you find you don't like them you haven't wasted a lot of money. (Yes, I know library books do the same but libraries are closed at the moment.) You don't have to sign up for a daily email but can just visit the site when you feel like it. However if you sign up you can say what genres you like, and you'll only receive recommendations for those.
Alternatively you could buy one of my books, if you've not already read them! (See right-hand column of blog.) In fact, when you visit my website and sign up for my mailing list you get a free download of my first novel, This Time Next Year. Just saying.
Then again you may prefer to listen to my dulcet tones reading This Time Next Year. In which case go here.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Do you remember using soap leaves?
I have a memory from my childhood of soap that came in little packets similar to matches. And you'd tear off a leaf of soap when you needed it.
This, from Crabtree and Evelyn in 1977, was the closest image I could find:I must have been given it as it sounds far too frivolous for us to have had in the house as a norm. I think a similar product is available today and would be useful to carry in a pocket for emergencies.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
At least if I am a grumpy old woman (refer to last post) I will be a sweet-smelling one. I have just placed a bulk order for Yardley soaps, yes, including lavender. And now I'm being very tempted by their Freesia and Bergamot* eau de toilette.
It seems hard to find nice smelling soaps these days. The handmade ones are very lovely but quite expensive for everyday use. I don't feel I can justify that. I have been in the habit of buying Palmolive three bars for £1, and while they are perfectly good at getting me clean, they don't smell delicious, and I do like a nice smell.
I am reminded that Uncle used to use Yardleys Freesia cologne. And he smelled nice.
It must be the new year or something: I am getting reckless with my ordering!
Only this last week I ordered a whole lot of new baking tins. Husband said I could only have them if I promised to throw out some old ones.I do have quite a lot of rusty old tins that I hang onto just in case. And putting anything back in the cupboard does involve sticking it in and closing the door quickly and hopefully.
Saturday, January 09, 2021
Home schooling began again on Wednesday and as Daughter has three children she had the brilliant idea of asking me to help. So on Thursday I read a story to GrandDaughter2, and then we wrote a story together that she illustrated.
I read the story of Mog and the Vet and Granddaughter's story was perhaps influenced by that - it was about a cat who loved boiled eggs - but there was a very unexpected twist, that made me exclaim, 'I wasn't expecting that!' when GrandDaughter2 told me what happened next.
Yesterday I did cooking with GrandDaughter1. We tried a new cookie recipe and I have to say hers turned out better than mine. These are hers:I only had dark brown sugar so mine tasted okay but didn't look very appetising. Next week GrandDaughter1 is going to teach me how to make macaroons.