Wednesday, 7 December 2016

No time.

Yesterday somehow the day ran away with me and it was late evening (and jig-saw time) before I had a chance to visit my computer, so hence no post.  The farmer and I are having a break from our nightly games of Rummikub and doing a few jig-saws.   The one we are doing is one I bought at the Coffee Morning last Saturday and at 500 pieces it is just the right size to be enjoyable without becoming bored with the picture.

A dense fog descended as the day wore on and by tea-time it really was thick.   Friend G called and I persuaded her to stay and have some tea with us.
I had made some tuna sandwiches (if you make them with a tin of tuna in springwater do try adding a desertspoon each of mayo and cider vinegar and a good grinding of black pepper - it makes all the difference.)   We had them with crisps and cherry tomatoes - very tasty.

By the time G went at around 6.30  the fog was so dense that she had a terrifying drive for the four miles home, having her fog lights on and driving slowly, following the kerbside.   She also said how impressed she was by the road markings and how helpful they were.

This afternoon is hairdressing day and this morning I shall make leek and potato soup for supper this evening, and also I shall press my latest knitted baby garment.   Won't be long now I hope (due date is the eleventh).

How quickly the time flies by. I intend making my usual four cakes for Christmas - two made, two to go.  All being well I shall make another tomorrow morning as I am not going out until two in the afternoon.

Warmer this morning and fog cleared.

17 comments:

Elizabeth said...

How I love to hear the details of your life. Sounds very comforting thought the fog a bit alarming if you are the one who has to drive!

Dawn McHugh said...

Bright sunny day here today, I hope it heads your way, I love tuna sandwiches :-)

Librarian said...

For the past two days, here the fog has been so dense it felt like sitting in a building wrapped in cotton wool. From my office window, all I could see was the row of trees right next to the building - the world could have just ended beyond those trees!

What do you do when a jigsaw is finished? I know some people glue them on cardboard and display them on the walls of their homes, while others break them up so that they can enjoy fitting the parts together again at some stage.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The fog out on the Fens was rather alarming yesterday too - and often very poor road-markings and a deep river right alongside the road - eeek! It's all go, this retirement business, isn't it? :)

Joanne Noragon said...

I've had to drive in heavy fog on occasion--in the mountains. The road markings are all that made it possible.

Gail, northern California said...

What a lovely post.

Having been persuaded to stay for tea that consisted of wonderful tuna fish sandwiches, a warm fire and a jigsaw puzzle, it wouldn't have taken much talking to convince me to spend the night on your couch---rather than driving in dense fog.

I love hearing about your day-to-day activities, your friends, your latest project, the farmer and what he's managed to get tangled up in. It's all good and has a calming effect on me. I had always wanted to visit England but at 72 it's doubtful now but I "live it" through you, every last tiny detail is important to me. Reducing the font size, I have even printed several days in your life, cut them out and stapled them together like small, card-size books for sending to friends who are sick or experiencing a rough patch in their life. You truly have no idea how far-reaching your writing goes, what cheer it brings to someone's day. Thank you.

jinxxxygirl said...

Hello Ms. Pat!!

Its a freezing morning this morning here in Arkansas...brrr... and promises to remain that way for the next three days..The weatherman gives us a slight chance of snow but for now its cloudy and dreary with a sharp little wind...

I have never added pepper or vinegar to my tuna before and i daresay i will at least give the pepper a go as hubby does like pepper on almost everything........

I love a puzzle but i'am the only one .... A 500 piece one is my favorite size... It would take a truly beautiful picture to make me want to tackle anything larger than that..Stay warm !! Hugs! deb

Heather said...

Glad your friend got home safely and that the fog has cleared. We once had a terrifying journey in freezing fog many years ago and ended up creeping the last few miles behind a bus with our local route number!
How lovely to have a new baby in the family for Christmas. My best wishes to the soon-to-be parents.

Midmarsh John said...

Driving in fog was always my worst nightmare when working. Too many idiots thinking they don't need to slow down.
I remember one pea-souper travelling as a passenger back from a Civil Defence training session and having to poke my head out of the passenger door window to tell the driver where the edge of the road was.
Think I will try the ground black pepper on tinned tuna. It can be very bland without anything added.
These days I do jigsaws on the laptop. Harder to see all the pieces but saves having to clear enough junk to make space for the real thing.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

White lines at the side of the road make driving much easier and safer when travelling in poor visibility. I am pleased that "G" (Gertrude? Griselda?) got home safely without suffering an accident in the fog.

Sue said...

I remember driving home in freezing fog once in the early hours, no other cars on the road. I became totally disorientated on the slip road from the dual carriageway just a few miles from home. No road markings or lights, I couldn't see a thing. Absolutely terrifying. I eventually found the side of the road again and managed to get home.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

The fog can indeed be scary - I prefer not to drive in it if at all possible. Your cakes sound good - I am making German Stollen and plum pudding this week - cookies are next week. I've been doing jigsaw puzzles on the computer - the pieces never fall off the table - and I don't have anyone to do them with anymore so I do them alone on the computer - lots to choose from. My husband just doesn't care for doing jigsaws.

Cro Magnon said...

Lady Magnon made her cake yesterday. I believe it was a Mary Berry recipe this year (she usually makes a Guinness cake). Only once have I driven in REALLY thick fog, and I had to open the door to follow the white line; I couldn't see a thing.

Rachel said...

Have you changed your hairdressing day?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Well spotted Rachel!!! Just for one week. I am going to Marks and Spencer Food this afternoon with a friend - also the Hairdresser wanted me to change this week.
YP - Glennis as it happens - is a very experienced driver and has driven four wheel drives all over the country ever since I have known her.
Gail - thank you for those kind words.
Librarian - our favourite jigsaws we save to do again for a few times. Others I give to Charity Shops making sure all the pieces are there and marking this information on the box - there is nothing more irritating than doing a jig saw and getting to the end and there is a piece missing.
Thanks to everyone for calling in.

Countryside Tales said...

We had bad fog here on Tuesday. It's been soggy ever since. Love jigsaws - charity shops are great for them.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Thanks for the tip about putting apple cider vinegar in the tuna mixture. I love it. You are certainly well fed there in your part of Wales..what lovely eats and I love reading all the descriptions. We always have a jigsaw 'on the go' and just now got out a Christmas one. Funnily we had dense fog here last week and I had to drive in it. Very unpleasant. Take care.