Monday, 26 July 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 26th July - 1st August. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly Meal Plan

We made it to the summer holidays without any more bubbles bursting. Hooray. Ellie had a fab last day at school. The last of year 9. It was a non-uniform day, they had an ice cream van in the playground over lunchtime and no lessons all afternoon. We had a lovely weekend too. Becky was away at her girlfriends so Stu, Ellie and me went to the local auction where I didn't end up getting anything that I planned to buy and instead bought a cross trainer for £15 which has been cleaned and is now in the garage. The unplanned buys are always the best. I am now on a mission to get fit.

Cross trainer

Last weeks meal plan went well. We ate everything! I think the lighter, more summery food helped although it has cooled down compared to what it was. As of writing this yesterday we are still waiting for the rain that has been promised. It has looked like rain for 3 days but nothing has appeared yet. It's supposed to be sunny and dry today but the rest of the week is forecast rain, again.

We don't have much planned for this week. I think we're just going to ease ourselves into the summer holidays gently without planning anything. When it comes to the meal planning I usually plan what day we're eating what but during the holidays I just list the meals and decide on the day what we're eating.

On the menu this week we have:

Jacket potatoes with beans and cheese.
Sandwiches, crisps and cakes that we bake.
Pizza.
Sausages, chips and baked beans.

What are you eating this week?

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Sunday, 25 July 2021

A busy time for farmers. #MySundayPhoto

It is a busy time for farmers. For the last week or so I have seen them whizzing about in their tractors. I've heard them going past early on a morning and not coming back until gone midnight. Going past my house with empty trailers and coming back with them stacked with bales of hay or straw. I do love this time of year. It reminds me of being a kid when I lived on a farm. It was always a fun time of the year. My brother and I got to stay up late and there was always a takeaway when all the work was done.

There was much excitement during the week when we saw the farmer in the field behind us cutting whatever he had been growing. I am expecting that by now he's already been back to put it into bales and the field will be empty and the whole process will start again. The ploughing, planting, growing and harvesting.

A field which had been combined

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Saturday, 24 July 2021

Week 29 of #Project365. 17th - 23rd July. A photo every day for a year!

It has been a scorcher of a week and I have felt like I was melting most days. The weather turned yesterday and it was grey, cloudy and damp. It was still warm though. We made it to the end of term without any more self isolating and Ellie had a great last day at school. They had lessons on the morning and then lunchtime until it was time to go home at 2pm.

We don't have much planned for the weekend or next week. I am fancying going to our local auction today as there are a few things I am interested in. There's a gorgeous desk and chair which I would love but I have nowhere to put it. Even if Stu got rid of his desk it would still be too big. I want to see how much it goes for.

Now for a photo every day!

A trip to Costa and a white moth
Harry Potter bedding
Japanese candy and a school report
The farmer cutting his field
Little Moons ice cream

198/365 - 17th July
We had a shopping trip to Hull and it was red hot so we made sure we were drinking plenty. It was a good excuse to go into Costa and get some strawberry lemonade, Stu had a mixed berry drink. We ended up having 2 each. It did the trick of cooling us down.

199/365 - 18th July
I spotted a white moth in the garden. I've never seen one like this before.

200/365 - 19th July
New bedding. For years I have wanted Harry Potter bedding but any I've seen Stu hasn't been a fan of but I finally found this one that he likes. It's not too much in your face with Harry Potter. I got it from Primark on Saturday.

201/365 - 20th July
Another one of Ellie's birthday presents arrived. A box of Japanese candy and snacks. She loves everything Japanese and asked for more, she got some last year for her birthday too. 

202/365 - 21st July
The end of the school year means report time. I used to dread these for Ellie but now she is doing me proud. She did so well in all of the tests throughout the year and I can see the improvement. She is where she needs to be or is better in every subject apart from History. It makes me so glad she didn't pick it for her GCSE's. Her strongest subject surprised me, maths. I thought she was struggling but in the tests she's been getting over 70% which is amazing!

203/365 - 22nd July
The farmer came to cut his field and we sat and watched him. It is fascinating. I have seen the tractors driving past our house all week. Going off with empty trailers and coming back with bales of hay or straw. I do love this time of year.

204/365 - 23rd July
We finally got some Little Moons ice cream things. The kids have been asking for them for ages, I think they were a big thing on TikTok or YouTube. Tesco have sold them for months but have always been out of stock. I spotted them in Morrisons so had to get some. It was just the one box, at £4.50 for 6 small balls they're expensive but they are actually worth it. The coconut one's are amazing!

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Friday, 23 July 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Melting! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Melting

I love the sunshine but what I am not too keen on is the heat and the fact there has been no air! Well of course there has been air but it's just been hot and there has been no breeze at all. Where we live we usually get a good breeze in the back garden, off the farmers fields which comes in through the back door and right through the house. It's been non-existent. Ugh!

Most days over the past week I have felt like I am melting. Having leather sofas and wearing shorts hasn't helped either because as well as feeling like I melting I am sticking. lol

On Saturday we went shopping in Hull. I was dreading the heat but it wasn't actually that bad. The bus had all of the windows open and we sat at the back so got the full effect and the shops all had air conditioning. We all went. Stu, myself, the girls and Becky's girlfriend "A". Those two went off to do their own shopping. When we met back up "A" had bought shorts and a light coloured t-shirt because she was melting in her black jeans. She had got changed in some toilets. lol It was a lovely day out and we finished Ellie's birthday shopping.

I missed a parcel being delivered on Saturday while we were out and had a feeling it was the Japanese candy hamper that I had ordered for Ellie's birthday. I did worry how it had fared in the heat over the weekend. It was delivered on Tuesday and thankfully it all survived without melting. There was a few things which looked a bit sticky and out of shape but I don't think Ellie will notice.

Japanese candy

Obviously the hottest week of the year was the one I forgot to buy ice lollies. I have had to pay stupid prices for one's at the local shops. They only have the proper Cornetto's, Calippo's and Fab ice creams and lollies not the cheaper, imitation one's. This week I have already done the shopping order and I have made sure to stock up. hehehe

Apparently lots of people had a storm and rain during the week. The little thing on my computer said it was raining here but it wasn't. The sky was still blue and there wasn't a single cloud. I was fuming. I am not a fan of storms but wanted one just to clear the air and give my garden a good water.

I don't function well in the heat. I just want to stay inside, which is probably quite sensible and move as little as possible. It has been fine this week, I haven't had much to do apart from the usual housework. I think next week will be different because Ellie will finally have started her summer holidays and will want to do stuff. She has plans and they involve taking me on walks. Eek! 

It's Ellie's last day of school today and she's happy that it's a non-uniform day so she can wear shorts and a t-shirt. The school have also organised an ice cream van to come into the playground at lunch time. I don't need to guess what Ellie will be having for lunch. hehehe

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