This is part 2 of 2, for Chit-chat July, to keep post short. Chit-chat July – Part 1 of 2 is here.
I have been to my mum’s bungalow a few times this month. Checking and removing some things, to mine, to sort later and I have been giving the bungalow a quick tidy up. There are two rooms to do still. Kitchen I will do Saturday morning, then I will only have bedroom, when furniture is out.
I moved a couple of things around in my flat, to accommodate a couple of pieces of furniture that would go in there. One being a small dining table that I will use as a dining table and my white dining table, with it having a fold down table top, this is now to be used as a desk. One side kept folded down all the time which will go up nearest to the wall.
I would have liked to have done the other way round, but because of space and where it’s going, it makes sense to use my white table as a desk. Should I need temporary extra space for mum’s paperwork, I can always pull it out and but the table leaf up. But I plan to avoid that, because its not something I could leave up.
I needed to create this new space for when I go through mum’s paperwork anytime, knowing if I needed a break, I could walk away and come back to it later, without moving it. Covering it up with a covering, so away from prying eyes, if needed.
Also, when wanting to eat, or chat around the dining table, it would still happen. My dining table gets used a lot, since living in a flat.
And a solid pine ottoman, is going along a wall where I had a small side table and lamp originally.
That table has now gone in my bedroom, ready for when I have a date for furniture to come to mine. So my fold up chair was moved for that, to other side of the bedroom. It used to be mine, but I gave it mum. I always said I would have it back, if one day mum not needing it. The lamp will go back on top.
The small table is not in the way in my bedroom. But it will become a bit of a dumping ground with a couple of mum’s boxes going in a space there, till I decide what to do with them. So I shall cover them with a sheet, to not feel like my bedroom being cluttered.
- New Year’s Eve
- End of days
- The Assassin (2015) (I was disappointed with this film.)
- Cirque Du Soleil – Journey Of Man
- Cirque Du Soleil – Varekai
- Cirque Du Soleil – Dralion
Read a book called, ‘The Lynmouth Flood Disaster,’ by Tim Prosser. A book a neighbour lent me.
I emailed where I usually volunteer once every fortnight, to let them know I wouldn’t be back to volunteering, when they open. Not just because of Coronavirus, which if it was that alone, then I would have temporarily stopped originally, until seeing how things go until next year. But because I plan to take on mum’s finances, looking after that, so I have decided to stop volunteering permanently, while I do this, as any break I have between this and work, I plan to do just my thing. I would though, when in the area, call in and see them, letting them know prior I will pop by.
I received a free handmade face mask.
This was from a neighbour from the other block of flats. Her sister makes them and, after admiring one she shown me and my two neighbours, while we all chatted, she’d said she get her sister to make me one and I said how much? She just shook her head and said nothing, I’ll get you one.
I soon received it. It’s not the same design, but I love this design even more. 🙂
From my neighbour downstairs, the one who I just do chats with outside the home and not in, after he became drunk that time, gave me one of his hats.
He brought so many hats out when, me, him and the other neighbour who looks out for me got chatting while we all drank tea and got me to try on his hats. It was another sunny day, like before when we were all out there and I got my cap on. He thought he get me to try on his hats and asked other neighbour, what you think?
The one I liked best, was the one the other neighbour thought I looked the best in.
I kept it on because with the sun coming from the side and it was protecting my face from burning, compared to my cap.
When eventually we were going in for different reasons, me needing to have my lunch, I was about to give him his hat back I was wearing and he said keep it. So I shall treasure that hat and when I sit outside again, I will wear that. 🙂
I have been baking my usual, shortbread biscuits, but with a twist. I made chocolate versions. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of that.
I have also been making some cakes today, which I shall be sharing with my two neighbours:
Watercake, which is dairy and egg free. My first time making.
The receipe says to not use fan oven and only conventional. Although I have a small conventional oven, I have only ever used the grill part and not the oven bit, so I don’t know what its like, so I used my fan oven at a lower temperature of 160 degree C. instead. For the time stated. Although the cake is fine, it may have been ready 3 or 5 minutes before.
This cake is lovely served with cream. In my case, dairy-free cream. 😋
I was going to make shortbread, but my mind went elsewhere, so started off with the preparation wrong, meant I was now going to be making another cake. So I followed the sponge recipe for victoria sandwich, added mixed spice to it and put it all in one sandwich tin and baked. Turned out nice. So I have a mixed spice sponge cake.
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