Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April Menu

I didn't do a menu plan this month, but other than one day I can't remember, I took a note of what we ate. There's nothing super exciting in there. the nicest thing was the tamarind and chipotle roasted tofu. It was delicious! Some with salad and the leftovers on a sandwich, yum yum yum. 

The main thing I've learned from this is that we weren't as focused on food. There were quite a few days we were happy with a sandwich, we didn't think about shopping all that much and we did a lot more "chuck it in and see" meals which was great. I'm not planning again next month as the other bonus was that we came in well under budget. 

1. roast veg and butterbeans in tomato and rosemary sauce w. avocado and ciabatta
2. green lentil hot pot w. celeriac and potato topping. 
3. burrito
4. pizza
5. sandwich

6. sandwich
7. beans on toast
8. roast
9. roast (requested by Dan as he enjoyed the first one so much)
10 bns and spinach curry
11 out
12 tamarind & chipotle roast tofu w. salad

13 puy lentil pasty w. roast veg
14  enchiladas
15 ?
16 pasta
17 chilli 
18 brushetta w avocado
19 sausage and beans *yum*

20 roast
21 curry w. naan
22 lentil stuffed peppers
23 hotpot
24 peri peri rice w black eyed beans and v-pud
25 tea and toast (massive lunch when we were in Buxton)
26 soup and sandwich
27 out

28 nut roast
29 plaki w. roast veg
30 puy lentil pasties w. l/o roast veg


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

watching elegant lady

I spoke to Elegant Lady this week
Actually, I really inconvenienced her but no need to dwell on that. I put her things in the nicest bag we had to make up for it, it did not go unnoticed.

So what did I learn? She just looks "on the off chance". She sticks to neutrals for shoes (mainly) trousers and coats/jackets. She does use colour but limits it per outfit and always accessorises. They can be statement pieces but they coordinate with one or more items she's already wearing.

Time Flies

A couple of weeks ago I decided to start the spring cleaning so everything was looking as it should by the time we go to the stag do and Dan's mum comes over to rabbit sit. But time flies and instead of spending our time doing what should be done we've been out enjoying ourselves instead. 

As far as I've got with the spring clean is to put new flooring down in the rabbit pen and cleaning the top of the kitchen cupboards. One of those tasks was more important than the other, no doubt about that. 

Will the spring clean happen in the next few weeks? Well, looking out of the window at the sunshine, I doubt it.  

Monday, 28 April 2014

Charity Shops and Freebies


I chopped the bottom of the Hobbs skirt off the picture, but it was chucking it down with rain!
I think the fact I've bought more from charity shops this week than ever before must be due, in part at least, to the fact I'm now happy working at my shop. Between the two of us, this week we've spent a whopping £30.96 in various charity shops! Here's what we bought -

£19.97 3 skirts (2 Boden, 1 Hobbs)
£ 2.00 cd
£ 3.00 gift for my brother
£ 2.00 shrug
£ 3.99 knitted top (Jigsaw)

That's a lot of shopping but it's a lot of stuff of the needs/wants list too. the gift we bought for my brother went down exceptionally well, so it was well worth the money. 

some edible, some decorative
We went out for lunch yesterday to celebrate two birthdays, Father and my brother. It was noisy (apologies to everyone else in the place) and a little chaotic but it seemed to go well. As well as a free meal we also came home with some plants. We forgot to bring home the planter of veg Father had made up for us and a big pot of verbena, but we did remember a couple of beans and some spring onions. There's also a couple of heuchera, some aquilegia and marguerite, ideal for filling in the gaps in the borders and adding a bit much needed height.

No prizes for guessing what I have to do today.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

How Do Belts Work?

A regular customer in the charity shop has caught my eye - not for the usual reasons. I call her "Elegant Lady", she always looks amazing. Her clothes aren't fancy or posh brands but she always looks very well put together, even when it's just jeans, t-shirt and pumps. She just has that certain something.

I do not have that.

I am aware, however, that to look a bit more pulled together belts would be a good idea. Here is my thing. How do you stop the end of the belt flapping about when there are no belt loops on your skirt? I don't know. How does that work? I know that if I wore a belt I'd end up looking like I had a side tail. I have an elasticated belt that fastens with a clip so there is no flap at all but I can't seem to find any more like that, well other than some that resemble a weight lifting belt or some kind of corset. 

I have narrowed the belt flap solutions down to - cutting the belt, sticking the flap with some double sided tape, folding the flap in an exciting fashion, adding some kind of decorative clip to hold the flap to the main bit of the belt. Or just use some string.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Friday

9am

where am I? in the kitchen, looking for my scarf

what am I wearing? grey leggings, new blue flowery skirt, grey t-shirt

what's the sky like? looks like rain

what's motivating me? Going to a new place!

2pm

where am I? in the cellar of a bookshop looking at car manuals and stymie bold italic spotting

what am I wearing? as 9am, plus scarf, tevas and red coat

what's the sky like? not visible

what's motivating me? wonky floors, jelly and tip-top beer, warm water straight from the ground, fancy baths, Frank Matcham at it again, exciting tiles, charity shopping

5pm

where am I? up a hill in the car

what am I wearing? as 9am

what's the sky like? very grey and very misty

what's motivating me? steam trains, Halo, cornflake cakes, knitted shrug/ cape (depending on the mood)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bargains or Not-Bargains

Whether these are bargains or not very much depends on your point of view. I went back to the charity shop this morning to buy the three skirts I'd seen there yesterday. They weren't very cheap, I paid £20 for the three, and skirts are only on my secondary "wants" list but I mentioned it to Dan and he was extra keen on me getting them, so that tipped me over the edge and I did. 

I am entitled to a discount, but I didn't take it. Am I daft? I probably am as I could have saved around £4 but the shop exists to raise money. I'd be well annoyed if I was working hard every week* and everyone was getting extra cheap stuff, or the stuff we donated was going for next to nothing. Maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way but there you go. 

I also went to the library to return some gardening books and upon my return the postman had delivered a little gift from Coby, as a thank you for the Easter gift we'd sent to the other bunnies at the rescue.







*I don't work hard every week but you get the point I'm making. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Red Coat

Two more things then I think my wardrobe is probably full as this weekend I ticked something off the list. 

Last year I decided I wanted a mac. A mac seemed like an easy way to get the slightly smarter look I'm after without any fuss. I have tried on many, many macs none of them were quite right. I won't go into the many and varied reasons why they weren't right, you name it and I hit the problem.

This weekend we weren't supposed to be shopping, other than for a gift for Father but I found myself in Debenhams searching for the facilities. We found ourselves in the old lady section of the store, the classic section and I found one. I normally wouldn't want to think that I fall into the category of wearing old lady clothes but hey, who cares!

I think this one item has done more for my wardrobe than anything else - it's long enough to cover me up if it's a bit wet/cold/windy but it's not my tramping about in the wilderness coat. It's not woolly like my other coats so I can wear it when it's not cold but not hot. It's also bright red and provides a home for the pewter whale brooch Dan gave me for our anniversary last week. No photo, it's like the night here, I took a picture but it looked pink and glittery - far more exciting than the reality. Less exciting is just what I was after. 

The remaining two items are a pair of kind of smart shoes, I don't own any and would like some for "work", funerals and other such occasions. Finally a smart top, there are an increasing amount of family occasions for which I am always dressed in too casual a fashion. These items also need to be unexciting, that's why it's so hard to look for them. 

Easter Rugby League roundup. Friday did not go well, Widnes were away at local rivals Warrington. It was enough to turn someone to drink or Easter eggs, watching a 44-6 defeat. Do we miss Joe Mellor? Well, I do. Yesterday we were at home to St Helens. Saints rested a fair few of their first team due to a massive game in the cup against Leeds Rhinos next weekend. Widnes came out on top 40-26. People can say what they like, as the old phrase goes you can only beat what's put in front of you. It was great to see the return of Grant Gore who had been out with a broken knee cap since the away game against Warrington last season. He did well, hats off to you Grant. 



Monday, 21 April 2014

Small Things

Our weekend has been scaled back a little as I've not been feeling great. We've still done the small things though 

Cleaned the top of the kitchen cupboards

Mystery shopped two pubs, which included visiting somewhere we'd never been before

Weeded the largest flowerbed

Sewed a few blocks of an almost forgotten quilt

Visited the library

Went to the Lancashire market, met some great people and picked up a gift for Father's birthday

Made some rabbit toys (now destroyed)

Relaxed

I even left my phone at home so I didn't spend the whole time taking photographs, that simple act was so relaxing even though I love to have a reminder of our days. That's that, simply nothing to report!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Sideboard Update

After my whatever that was last week where I wanted to get rid of everything in the house and finding out that Dan really likes the sideboard I decided to make it work. 

When we tidied the garage the other day I unearthed a little metal platform/shelf thing to go along with the small metal shelf thing I already had in the house. 

it's a bit soft focus for some reason

I also appropriated a biscuit tin, given to us by our friend when she came to stay last year. The lid is being used as a tray for some small boxes, fabric paint etc and the main bit holds my lino cutting stuff and other bits and bobs. I also use these very useful items



They're the feet from our old sofa! Until we got rid of it I really thought the feet were wood. It wasn't until we removed them to get it through the door that I knew they were in fact plastic, ideal for storing bits and bobs. Using these few things the storage potential increased no end. I now have a suitable space for my craft stuff.


basting pins and clips stored at the back as I only use them once a year

There's even room on the bottom shelf for the colouring books I bought for my birthday from Fred Aldous and some other things like the pulled work sampler I picked up for £4 from a charity shop in Hebden Bridge the other weekend. 


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mystery Shopping

Dan is a bloke, in full time employment, in his mid 30's. He gets to fill in lots of surveys (as long as they don't discount him as he researches for a living), which is a good thing. A little while ago he stumbled across an opportunity to mystery shop for a pub chain. 

Yesterday he received an email offering the choice of 8 or 9 places to try, some were to test food and drink, some just for drinks, but it doesn't say which is which until a location is selected. We picked one not too far away, it turns out we're just there to check out the drinks. So we're going to head off this weekend. Could be fun. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

That Holiday Feeling



When I talk about stuff here, it's just the stuff that's on my mind. It's the mundane things that make up the whole, that's why there are no jaunty filters on the pictures and often no pictures at all. It is what it is. As you know we don't go away on holiday. We last went away in Spring 2009, we were nearly stranded in a snowstorm at the top of a hill in the Lakes but that's not why I didn't enjoy it, I didn't enjoy it because we'd just lost our rabbit and I was too sad. I'm not that bothered about holidays in reality but I do like that holiday feeling. You know that whatever it is that you want to hold onto for the rest of the year. 

Last weekend is the closest to a holiday I think we've ever had in my time with Dan. We started on our debt free journey a few years into our relationship so other than spending weekends with friends and things like that we didn't go away. Then we had no cash and then we had pets. The four day weekend was holiday-like. I've been trying to work out what made it feel that way. 

It couldn't be the location as we were in familiar surroundings, it wasn't really the time as we're off every weekend, it certainly wasn't the money as we didn't have much to spend. It was the small things, the things we usually take for granted, we made time for and appreciated them. Dan went out to buy some fresh bread from the town, we treated ourselves to a sandwich from a sandwich shop down a back street (I will go there again, it was one of the few times someone had asked if we were vegetarian and prepared our food separately. The Fylde is not great for non meat eaters). We fancied a hot chocolate after tea so we walked to the corner shop to buy some rather than saying we'd wait until the next supermarket trip. We drank tea outside and had a stroll on the prom, I chatted to a lady in a charity shop (and bought bargain dresses) Dan went to the tip and we slept in the spare room. 

It was just doing all the stuff we talk a lot about wanting to do but then never just do them. We never usually do anything at Easter other than watch Widnes twice but this year I'm really looking forward to it. We will be ditching the car as much as possible and just seeing what happens, I've already decided I want chips! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Small Step Gardening

My super long weekend was cut short. I thought Dan was off today too but sadly not. 

As you know I'm not much of a gardener but I do want to do more, so this weekend we did a bit. We also went to the library and I checked out a ton of books, I now have the start of a garden notebook. Between that and Dan asking a man at the garden centre about soil I think I learned more this weekend than in the whole of the rest of my life about growing things. 

It's very small and humble so don't laugh. We started off with this amazing award winning lawn and by the end of the day we had a hole, a big pile of stones and a lot of old lawn that we didn't know what to do with. 




Then we had a day out in Cockermouth. Then we cleaned and tidied the garage and watched Catalan v Widnes on the telly. 

Then we did some more digging and planted some onions, herbs and strawberries. It might be right, it might be wrong but as the man at the garden centre said - plants want to grow so don't worry too much.

And now for the most underwhelming "after" pictures of all time - 



The empty bit at the back will be filled with as yet unknown veg that Father has for me , I think it's more salad stuff. The small black pot at the front of the final picture has lettuce in it too. I also found some tomato seeds when we tidied the garage so I'll sow them today and stash them in Dan's dressing room as it gets the sun all day. It will be a bonus if they grow as I don't know how long they've been there, they were a Secret Santa gift but I can't remember if it was last year or the year before. 

The troughs are just to protect the coriander until we can get something more suitable to use as a windbreak. Everyone has suggested a wigwam of something in the middle but I'm worried it would fly off, it gets pretty windy here. It is small and very brown but I am pleased that we actually got out there and did it. We all have to start somewhere don't we?






Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mini-bob

Forgot to say, the weekend starts here for me so I'll be back on Tuesday or Wednesday, hopefully with some garden progress to report. 

Sacred Sideboards



I am anti-faff. I know everyone kind of is but I really am anything for an easy life, apart from when it comes to quilting. In that regard I love the misery. 

Doing the life audit means looking at things that touch my life as well as things that I am/do. I've worked really hard at getting rid of the barriers that stop me doing the things I want to do most and things are easier. Much of the time it's just about not thinking too much. There are two things that are holding me back and they're big in a way and small in other ways. They are both a faff though. 

Firstly, the garden. There is a lot of work to do in the garden and I am eternally thankful to Father for doing the main clearing and fence fixing. However, there are some things I want to do myself. Father is in no way stopping me from doing it, but having to deal with the fall out of my decision making is. Because he's a proper gardener he wants to help me avoid all the mistakes, but for me to feel confident about gardening I need to make the mistakes to really feel that it's not the end of the world. So I've been reading and I'm just going to get out there and dig a bit of my lawn up, plant some veg and if it doesn't grow then it's just tough. 

Secondly is my blue sideboard. Again, this is the hangover of someone's kindness. When we moved into our other house eleven years ago, my parents gave us a sideboard. It fit really well into our old house as it filled up a massive room when we didn't have very much furniture and it was kind of useful. But not really all that useful. Our mistake was to bring it here. When it came into this little white box it was clear the sideboard had seen better days. So I painted it and we nearly killed ourselves getting it up the stairs into the front bedroom. 




The thing is, nothing fits in it. It's just about deep enough to hold a sheet of A4 paper. I keep trying various things but nothing works, it's always a pain to deal with. So I should get rid of it. I think I'd be ok with that, but to get it out of the house I'd have to break it up. That's the thing I don't know about and it's holding me back. It's no good to me really but there's nothing wrong with it but I can't get it down the stairs. This is how I tie myself up in knots. 

The funny thing is, I'm fine with big decisions, they don't scare me at all. It's just these little having to deal with what other people think, because I'll have to hear all about it even though I don't really care what they think.

After churning all this over in my mind Dan informed me that he really loves the sideboard and he likes looking at it even if it's useless. That's good enough for me. 

Another thing, I had a really good time at the charity shop yesterday. I think I'm finally getting used to it, I'm entrusted with some extra tasks these days which breaks up the standing behind the counter bit. So I'm happy with that too. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Haberdashery

a small selection of the buttons on offer

I was told there was a really nice fabric shop on King Street in Blackpool, so when Dan went to get his wig chopped on Friday I went with him for a putter around. I wandered up Birley Street, through the market, past the square then thought "am I in the right place". I nipped into a pet shop and spoke to a very nice man who sold me a new toy for the buns then I was off. Had a look at the soon-to-be supermarket and council offices then turned onto the street in question. There was the haberdashery, just opposite The Hop pub. I couldn't tell how nice it was as I couldn't really see inside. So I went in.

I quickly realised I wasn't in the shop the person had told me about. 



I was, in fact, somewhere far better. I spent over an hour in the shop discussing all manner of important topics with the owner. Had I wanted some fabric the chances of me being able to buy it would have been pretty slim as we were in some kind of fabric Jenga situation, so I settled for some sundries. I could have stayed all day but I had to meet Dan and she had to do some work at the circus. 

I am in no way being disrespectful about the shop, the owner is wonderful, a community champion, has extensive knowledge of dressmaking and fabric crafts (she also does classes at college, offers private workshops and does repairs from the shop), not to mention hilarious. She is in the middle of a tidy up, finish date unknown. If you need bits and bobs for sewing she will almost certainly have it in the shop, you might have to come back another day to allow time for finding it, but it will be there. Plus, there's this gorgeous cabinet (we had to shift a table and a couple of fold up chairs for me to be able to snap it).




I have since located the other shop (on Church St), run by local go-getter Dotty Delightful, it's very jaunty with some very reasonably priced craft and dressmaking workshops and a large variety of stuff, but doesn't seem quite as much fun, or bear any similarity to an assault course as far as I am aware.

A Bit Thrift, A Lot Deluxe

I'm not going to end this with the expensive punchline, I'll get it out of the way first.

I spent £17.50 on a bottle of shower gel. 

No-one talked me into it, not the salesman who offered me fruit tea or pink wine and squirted us with stuff, not the guilt factor of being in a fancy shop with no intention of buying anything. Dan heavily encouraged me that is true, but I just said "why not"? I know now that a really good reason why is that it was seventeen and a half quid for soap and there need be no more reason why not, but we are where we are.

It's probably the most extreme thing I've done as part of the life audit/desire map so far. As I mentioned a while ago I wanted to work through all the toiletries that have piled up over the last little while. Well, the shower gel I was using (a gift) made me smell like an old lady. And I mean an old lady when I was little when old ladies were old, not the fun let-your-hair-down types they are now, I was one step away from buying a bottle of Tweed. So now that's bathroom cleaner, and when I have a shower I smell of almonds. 

I know no bathing product is really worth that amount of money but it's had an amazing effect. The house as well as my body has undergone a little bit of a transformation since I bought it. All the little "it'll do" decisions that had started creeping in are being dealt with. Things have been put away properly, not just put away, things have been primped and straightened and I have felt amazing. Radiant. 

The radiance may also have something to do with the dozen or so free samples of very nice stuff we were given along with the shower gel. I have been pampered this weekend. I even spent some more of my life audit money on some organic cotton yoga pants when we stopped off for a bit in Hebden Bridge on our way to the rugby yesterday, just for wearing around the house. I received a bit of a discount because the shop owner had a really bad hangover and she couldn't be bothered to correct her mistake on the till! 

Prior to these moments of insanity I'd snapped up a few bargains. I went to the Lancashire market on Thursday for some v-pud, the black pudding stall had the largest queue in town, which made for a very happy stallholder. After that I went into "my" charity shop and bought a sheet I'd had my eye on when I was last in there. It was on the sale rail so it was only 99p. (For anyone in the area, a designer and new with tags sale starts today). On my way home I went to the craft shop where the usually silent owner was very jovial which was lovely. I spotted a sale bin and picked up a metre and a half of fabric for something or other. So a big pile of fabric for £8.74. 

the orange one's the sheet


close up of the grey dotty one

The grey dotty one was £5 for a metre, I think I might use that to make something to wear if and when I ever get my sewing machine. After spending £17.50 on a shower gel, it may take a while to save up!

Oh wow, all this and I haven't even mentioned what happened when I went to Blackpool... I have photographic evidence of that, for another post. 




Thursday, 3 April 2014

Budget Cooking

The danger with not planning and just in time shopping is the potential for budget blowing. The fact I'm concerned about this three days in is a big deal. I spent a lot of cash on Tuesday, mainly on nuts, seeds and dried fruit, but after I'd been at the charity shop I went to M&S to get something for tea...

It was delicious but it was also quite expensive, thankfully there are lots of bits and bobs left over for the rest of the week. So last night I went very budget and I think it was possibly just as nice in a very different way. I made lentil hotpot. It appeals to me as it's no fuss, it's a one pot and once it's in that pot you can sit down for an hour!

It was just - 

1/3 cup or thereabouts green lentils
1/2 a big onion, thinly sliced
3 sliced potatoes (I used a mixture of celeriac and spuds)
some stock
additional herbs
splash of soy sauce or your favourite gluten free alternative

Layer the spuds, lentils and onions up, pour the stock over, stick in the oven for an hour. Eat.

I don't know how much that cost to make but not very much. I bought some wraps last night so lots of the left over veg from Tuesday will be cooked and shoved into them, another cheapy. I roasted the rest of the celeriac, a leek and the rest of the onion from the hotpot last night and we'll have a quinoa one pot on Friday. If I don't use all the spinach tonight I'll shove some of that in too. There are three potatoes on the bring at the bottom of the sack so they will feature at the weekend in some way. We're going to wonderful Halifax to watch Widnes on Sunday so it will be soup and sandwich on our return. 

See, I can't help but plan!

For those of you who were wondering how Widnes were getting on, and I'm sure you're all out there. It's not going too badly. We lost heavily away to Leeds a few weeks ago, worst of all Joe Mellor dislocated his shoulder so will be out for a while. Due to this injury Tom Gilmore was able to step up when we played Hull FC the following week. Dan and I had the usual conversation about whether we should go or not, in the end we didn't despite loving that city. In terrible conditions Widnes ground out the win, 0-7 with Gilmore dropping a goal to put us more than one score ahead. 

Sunday just gone saw Widnes at home to struggling Bradford Bulls. Widnes saw the game out 22-18 which makes it sound closer than it really should have been. Chris Dean was sin binned for Widnes and Bradford went in for two tries in the time he was off the field. Both sides showed some really good flashes but also some poor decision making. Having said that, it's the kind of game we might have thrown away in previous seasons, so a win is a win! We're currently 4th in the table, but it's still very early days, whether we'll be able to sustain the good start and make the top 8 for the playoffs I don't know, it will be fun finding out!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Proper March Round Up



Apparently being tired has rendered me unable to think and write at the same time so yesterday I think I said even less than usual. I just can't sleep, I'm reaching zombie state I think. 

Anyway. I did achieve some things in March, we spent a lot of money with booking the hotel for the wedding, having the car serviced and the slight hangover from having the roof repaired. So we didn't save much. There were other successes though. 

Despite it going a bit awry I attempted some new recipes, most of which will make a repeat appearance on the menu at some point - I don't believe we need to relive any of that, it felt like I talked of nothing else for about three weeks! I made a scarf, a bag and a necklace, I decided to save up for a sewing machine. I sorted out my wardrobe and have a realistic idea of things I would like to have for the warmer weather, it's not as much as I thought.

I don't follow any of the 365 day or one-a-week challenges but I do read and gain inspiration from plenty of them so that's to Dreamer, Mum, Angela, Ann, wherethejourneytakes me and others I have cleaned and tidied the toiletries and airing cupboard, organised the craft cupboard, made some accessories (as mentioned), said goodbye to a huge stack of magazines, done a couple of little cleaning tasks I've been avoiding, made some bread and spent time clearing up in the garden, went to a new place, did a jigsaw and rejigged the rabbit pen. 

Finally thanks to those no make up selfies from the other week I got rid of virtually all of my make up, not that I had too much of the stuff anyway. 

putting my exercise mats to good use


I am still nowhere near finishing the kitchen cabinet. I've hit the part the previous owner clearly started with. This area is sanded and the paint has been applied well, so it's very difficult to remove, I prefer the areas where they didn't take as much care. It will happen, eventually, then I will have a new tv unit - something to do, something pretty, something useful. Win win win. 

the legs are looking good at least!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Round Up

With all the excitement of ditching the menu plan and so on I forgot to think about what we bought last week. I know we bought some bread, greens and houmous from the co-op and spent about £4 and we spent £23.33 at the supermarket. So we were right up around the £190 budget which considering the pantry restock and things I'm pretty pleased. 

We're ditching the weekly shopping trip to and just going as and when. What with wanting to avoid the tyranny of the fridge and the amount of times we're out somewhere and there's a nice roadside sale, market or other source of nice looking stuff that we can[t take advantage of due to having been to the supermarket, it seems to make sense. I say that now, when it's raining I''m sure I'll feel differently. It means I'll be doing a lot more shopping on my own as I can go to the monthly market and the greengrocer during the day when Dan's at work, but that's good too as I need the push to get me out walking. 

I have no idea how April is going to work out, I'm going to do a reverse menu plan or whatever you'd call keeping a not of what we really did eat, rather than what we thought we should eat. Will there be any difference? Who knows, not me!