Well with a bit (a lot really) of back up from friend W, I have been and gone and bought a new television. As I said, I have bought it from our local electrical shop. I took Jonathan's advice and had the model which was on display. He ordered it there and then and it will be here on Tuesday when he will come round and fix it up for me in the evening. It is an all singing, all dancing model and I shall take a while to find my way round it but I take comfort from my Horoscope today which says (and I quote) 'An opportunity arises to exceed everyone's expectations and reshape how others see you.'
I shall put my existing small one in the kitchen (there is already a socket for it) so that I can sit at the table and eat my breakfast and watch Breakfast television. So watch this space.
Today it is still cold and breezy but is slightly above freezing so that the snow is slowly but surely melting away. The forecast says that it will warm up and that by Monday there will be heavy rain so that should get rid of any residue. Yes, the snow is pretty but when, like me, you are not good on your feet, it does make for incarceration in the house and the constant feeling of cabin fever. So I was pleased to go into town this morning for our usual cup of coffee.
I am in an enthusiastic mood for making soup so made tomato and onion for lunch today. I have just frozen the residue and am now intent on making parsnip and apple and then leek and potato. When I have frozen these it will mean that I have several to offer any guests and the freezer will be beginning to fill up again. Last evening the Hairy Bikers made a super casserole with veal and green olives (you can substitute braising steak) and also a courgette gratin. Both looked interesting, so my next task is to download those recipes, make them and freeze them. Then I am ready for all comers.
My other major job today has been to book my car in for its first service. I have done that too so I feel pleased with myself. Now I need good weather on the day I have to drive to Northallerton to take it in - not just down the road, twenty odd miles away.
All these jobs seem like major efforts - jobs which were so effortless at one time. But the compensation for this is that when one has done so there is a feeling of satisfaction. One of the joys of getting old I suppose.