I've thoroughly enjoyed this past week at Number 38. There's been baking, crocheting, shopping treats, lots of home loving, good exam vibes, pretty flowers in the house, candles and the garden is blooming.
It's not been without it's little hiccups though. I sat down yesterday afternoon with a piece of cake and cup of Earl Grey all set to spend a couple of hours with Miss Marple, when the washing machine decided to play silly beggars and wouldn't drain. It's happened before but several flicks of the power switch seems to eventually sort it out. Not this time though. In the end there was no option but to open the door and let the water flow out. Turns out the drain was blocked with a tiny piece of metal. We spent nearly 2 hours faffing around with this. I started watching Miss Marple at 3pm and eventually found out whodunit at just turned 7pm!
Then, at 10.30pm we got a text from Matthew. They'd just got out of hospital with Sienna. Even though she's had the MMR vaccination she's got measles, bless her. Funny how things can come on so quickly isn't it. She was bouncing up and down full of the joys of spring when she was here on Thursday.
Anyway, here are some of my enjoyable moments from the week.
I've been baking again. It seems I don't make anything for weeks then suddenly a cake is coming out of the kitchen every other day. This was an orange and lemon drizzle. It was good on the day but even better the day after. Yummy.
While at the range I remembered Sadie mentioning burger and fries boxes so had a look and found these. Thomas has never eaten a burger but I thought he might try one if it came 'burger bar' style. I didn't hold out much hope actually, but you know what, it worked. He ate his first ever burger and asked for another one which typically I didn't have. He'll eat broccoli until the cows come home so it had a sidekick of greens as well.
I bought fruity candles for the kitchen. The lemon & ginger will probably burn out today. The next one I'll light is the raspberry.
And I couldn't resist these cute little houses for the shelf which look lovely lit up at night.
I also bought myself this book. The information is really interesting and the pictures are lovely. However, as I can only confidently identify daisies and dandelions I've decided for the time being I'd best not mix a potion in case I poison everybody.
Just out of interest here's a list of all the good things I can't use. Garlic, ginkgo, echinacea, St John's wort, green tea, ginger, bilberry, ginseng, grapefruit/juice, hawthorn and licorice root. Most of them are good for thinning the blood and keeping the heart healthy but because I take aspirin any of these could work adversely with the tablet thinning the blood too much and possibly causing internal bleeding. Obviously I wouldn't refuse to eat garlic mushrooms or drink a ginger beer but taking a supplement every day would be out of the question. Thankfully dandelion and burdock isn't on the list because I want to try making cordial and the ginger is negligible. I absolutely love D&B.
My first ice-cream of the year. A Mr Whippy. Love this type of ice-cream. In fact I love any ice-cream. This was another first for Thomas as well. Usually he buys one, has a lick to show willing, devours the chocolate flake then gives it away. But this time, he ate it all. I think we might be slowly turning a corner regarding food.
And our first asparagus. Rub in olive oil, grind some black pepper and sea salt over, pop in the oven and roast for 15 mins. Delicious.
A blanket is on the hook for Sienna. Hoping to have this ready for her birthday.
And a request from Tigerlily Trust for some padded crocheted hearts. I've been asked to make 20 if I can so I need to whip up 40 hearts and embellish them with ribbons, beads, flowers, etc.
Today, is carrying on in the same vein as the rest of the week. Quiet, feet up, each doing our own thing. Amy is working overtime, she did her 4 hours yesterday, came home, went to bed and slept for 3 hours! Thomas is laughing his head off in the Xbox room with his friends. They're on some mission or other which keeps going wrong. Mark is watching TV and I'm just about to make a cuppa and crochet a few more hearts.
Hope your week has been a good one although I know that isn't the case for a couple of blogging friends and hugs and prayers are winging their way from Number 38 to you and your families.