Yesterday, the boys went back to school…Yay!!… & my normal routine was re-established! They would probably not agree with my Yay!…but really, they were starting to get bored & after all, it’s only six weeks till half term!!!
They were pleased to be able to leave off their ties, as summer term allows the wearing of polo shirts, although Alex still has to wear his blazer unless the whole school is given permission to go without, on warmer days! Actually, Alex likes to wear his collar & tie…even if he struggles with tying a good knot, I think he likes looking smart, whereas Nathan doesn’t even do up his polo shirt buttons…they’re like chalk & cheese!!
So, after depositing them at their respective schools, I set off to my Slimming World group. Bearing in mind that I haven’t been to group for four weeks…the last two of which have been completely off plan, I was not surprised, but still mortified, to discover that I had GAINED 5LBS!!!!!!! Why does it take so much hard work to lose that amount of weight, but it sneaks back on with no discernable effort at all?!!
I left group fired up with motivation & a commitment to make the coming six weeks really matter…Chicago in 46 days & counting!…and headed off to Tesco to do the weekly food shop!
Now, those of you who visit regularly will know that in an attempt to reduce my caffeine intake, I have taken up drinking green tea with lemon & Manuka honey. Green Tea was on my shopping list & as I perused the selection of teas I spotted this rather striking box… & on reading the packet I discovered it was a herbal tea containing fennel, linden leaves & galangal root, the blend of which is believed to curb the appetite!! My being an easy target for all those marketing executives tricks meant that it was immediately added to my trolley!
I have to report that I have no idea if it does actually curb the appetite, but it is DELICIOUS!! The Fennel gives it a wonderful taste of liquorice & it’s rich in antioxidants & totally caffeine free!!
So it will be finding it’s way into my trolley again next week methinks!!
I also had another ‘find’ in Tesco..I was hunting around the cut flower department in search of something pretty for the kitchen table…the daffodils on offer were looking a bit shabby & the tulips too expensive…when I chanced upon a bucket containing various bunches at reduced prices & I got these gorgeous white roses, carnations & berries for only £2.00! Still with the 7 day guarantee, so I was happy!!
After collecting the boys from school I turned my thought to our evening meal…I decided to boil a couple of eggs to go with a salad for myself, & popped them into a pan of water & turned on the gas. Then I turned my attention to the preparation of what I could serve up for Lee & the boys! Once I’d done all the prep I could, I made myself a (herbal) tea & retired to my PC for a little blog hopping.
After a while I noticed a strange smell, which quickly became recognisable as the smell of BURNING!!! I was down those stairs in a flash…just in the nick of time…the pan had boiled completely dry & the eggs were on the verge of exploding!!! I deposited the pan outside to cool & set about opening every window & door to rid the house of the awful smell!! I have never done anything like this before…truly a blonde moment…or do I qualify for senior moments yet?!! Either way it was scary!! What is even more annoying is that I think I may have ruined the milk pan…one of a set of Tefal ‘copper bottom’ pans that I have had for over 25 years!! It now has a large bump on the bottom where I think the copper had started to ‘bubble’!! Lee didn’t make a big deal out of it, but boy, did I feel stupid!! Oh & I settled for ham with my salad!!
Today has been better… I pushed myself to 36 lengths of the pool this morning…I have stuck to my eating plan…& tonight’s meal is already in the slow cooker as I write, without any mishaps!!
Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment first thing & an eye test booked for mid morning, so in between I’m going to have a mooch around the street market in the town centre…I may even take my camera!
Wishing you all a good week…can’t believe we’re already midway through!! Thanks for dropping by! x