Tuesday, 7 July 2009


Here I am.....it's me-eeeeeeeeee! Did anyone wonder if I'd emigrated or something?

The first thing I want to tell you is that since the last week in April I have lost 16 lbs. I know that doesn't sound like much but it means the world to me! I would like to wave bye-bye to another 28lbs but that may be a bit over-ambitious. I'll aim for 14 and see how it goes. One of the reasons I wanted to lose some weight
was to prove to myself that it could be done without going to the gym or taking vigorous walks. Because of my bone condition those things are not possible but on the other hand I didnt want to starve to death either. Some of you will know that I do like my food and a lettuce leaf and half a tomato WILL NOT DO! So there we are, with barely a finger lifted and food aplenty, I've made a start.
Keith found a fiver (£5) a couple of weeks ago as we crossed the Church car park. Well now, if that had been me I would have handed it in somewhere. You never know, do you, maybe it belonged to someone who didn't have any more. He scoffed at the idea! "More likely somebody off to the shop for a packet of fags." Anyway, next day he was in the paper shop and bought a £5 Lotto with it. And on the Saturday it won! Well, sort of - £40. It was always our intention to go to one of the local village fetes on the Sunday and we did. I was instructed to leave my money at home, he would pay. When he's paying, specially with ill gotten gains, the least they could do is make it expensive! Nope - only £1 for the car park (on foot it was free) The fete was so very English. The Vicar in a straw hat minding his stall. A brass band playing. Strawberries. Candy floss. Ice Cream. Pony rides. Egg and spoon and sack races. Dog obedience display. A warm, sunny afternoon with just an occasional fluffy white cloud.

Of course, I just HAD to have some recipe books. I only bought 2 and they were only little old paper-back booklets from 1960's and 70's. What really interested me were the magazine and newspaper snippets and the barely legible handwritten recipes tucked in the books. Hundreds of them! So my new hobby is going to have to be scrapbooking them all. And the thousands of others that were left by my dear old surrogate grandma Helen.

I do love to let my imagination loose on handwritten recipes! I can just imagine the grey heads put together over church tea "Oh you must give me the recipe for your scones Edith if it's not a family secret dear." One recipe in particular - it's for Victoria Sandwich Cake - is scribbled on the back of a scrap of paper that somebody's husband has been using to work out his finances on. I bet he searched the house for that!
Keith is retiring at the end of October and is really looking forward t it. I'm not sure! He says he is going to start making beer in the garden shed. He hasn't thought this through. The contents of 'his' shed will have to disgorge onto the lawn again and he will begin the painful process - yet again - of journey after journey to the rubbish dump using whatever trailer he can beg from friends while his perfectly good (brand new) one sits unused at someone else's house! So that's just for a start. We have to fire the window cleaner because it's "pointless paying £3 a fortnight". He's going to do it himself. So he says.

AND - now remember I told you this - he says I can use the long service money he will get from the factory to buy a laptop. Huh? You heard it here! I never told you what he is having for his birthday in October. Picture this.....I swear it is what he wanted.....you know how some guys get 2 weeks in Bermuda or somewhere? He's having 3 nights in Blackpool to see the lights. Believe it or not we could almost have had a week somewhere warm for the price of that. Because of my wheelchair we have to stay in decent hotels with accessible rooms so that bumps the price up. No wonder English people don't take holidays in England is there? OK, that's it for now. Hope to be back sometime soon


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It sounds like things are really going to get interesting at your house with Keith retiring. Hopefully the holiday won't too chilly and you'll get to enjoy it all. I have some of those old recipe books too with bits and pieces stuck away in them. I rarely even cook much anymore but I've got lots of recipes. Congrats on the weight loss. I'm glad you are not starving to get it down either. You've done wonderfully.

Eileen said...

This was a great post! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The recipe books sound great, and I love the way you write! You have a great sense of humor!

And how on earth did you lose weight without starving yourself? I need that secret and those recipes you've been using to do that!
Wonderful! Keep up the good work!

'Hope you enjoy your holiday!
All the best,

Andy said...

Congratulations on shedding those pounds. Keith was lucky finding £5 all I ever seen to find is one or two pence coins!
Andy xx

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Anonymous said...

Hey angie...congrats on the weight loss...makes a person proud to lose a pound or two doesn't it!!! and 16...wow!!! and your pics were nice...and I noticed the sign in one "candy floss"...I believe we call that "cotten candy" LOL..always interesting to see how other folks are doing...and I have been to Blackpool...years ago...it was a nice place...kinda cold when we were there but we did walk down by the water...and I picked up a rock...oh about the size of a shoe..small shoe that is..it was smooth all over...and flat on one side...after I got home with it...we marked on it where we got it and the date...and just about a month ago I mailed it to my son..he was so happy to get it...uses it as a paper weight on his dest at the office...gets alot of comments...LOL...and retirement for Keith will be fun...enjoyable...and a bit of an adjustment for everyone!!! God Bless...hugs...Ora in Kentucky across the big pond!!!!! LOLOL

Blessings each day said...

Loved getting to read a post of yours again...maybe it pays to go away and then a nice surprise awaits me!

You really should share how to lose the weight the way you did and without exercising too! You could charge for the secret and THAT would be pay for your laptop in case Keith 'forgets'.

Hand written recipes really are a treasure and hard to find!

Will we get pictures of the brewery Keith builds? Is that going to be for extra pocket money?

I'm also looking forward to pictures of your trip with Keith in October as I have no clue what it is all about!

blessings and hugs,


Sandra said...

Hi Angie, glad you haven`t emigrated! Shame on you keeping the money, I would NEVER have done a thing like that...uhhumm, well I might have...lol! Well done on the win and the recipes. As you said they might have been family recipes handed down through generations. Reading about Keiths plans for beermaking reminded me of my mother`s attempts at making ginger beer. It DID explode...all over the living room, frightening the life out of my six year old self and most likely the rest of the street. Suffice it to say, ginger beer was never mentioned again after that...lol!

Love and Hugs

Sandra xxxx

bron said...

Angie I love old recipe books - they tell you so much more than how to put together a list of ingredients. A friend of mine looked after her elderly neighbour. After she died - aged 94 - Adrienne gave me her favourite cookbook. It was about 60 years old and was stuffed with extra recipes but all into the appropriate sections and lots of them annotated about what to substitute from your rations to make each dish. Really fascinating - though can't say it inspired me to try cakes with powdered egg and margarine!