Monday, 30 September 2013

It's a Coffee Day Today!

Starte4d with a delivery from the Tassimo Site. We ordered some coffees for the machine on Friday, and I got an email on Friday evenng to say that they were being dispatched. Lo and behold they arrived this morning. That is pretty good going by anybodys standards. great firm.  We had ordered some ones you can't buy in the supermarkets,so we have a great choice now.
Went out to Tesco this morning for our veggie shopping, and  We had a £4 off forty pound spend coupon that we wanted to use so went round with that in mind, Vin adding the costs up as we went. Got there quite easily actually with a few things for storage, and cat food etc., mounts up.
Then had a coffee in the Costa shop attached to the Tesco. Very nice too, not too busy although quite a few in there. I had an Americano, and Vin had a flat white. Sat lingering over that for a while then we realised it was twenty past one! and it was getting on for lunchtime so off home. Could have sat there all day actually people watching. very interesting.
Tonight we are having:
Pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese.
green salad with baby plum tomatoes and avocado
potato salad for moi and sweet noodle salad for Vin.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Not Washday!

But ironing day today. Didn't go out today because there was a pile of bedding etc., waiting to be ironed. So that was it for this morning.sheets, pillowcases quilt covers etc., takes an age but worth it.
Lovely coffee which we tried to take outside but it turned out it was a bit nippy so we didn't bother in the end. We tried some of the new ones that were delivered the other day, makes that you can't buy here in our supermarkets.  Then I thought I'd put an order in for some of these on the tassimo site. Well ! What a nightmare that site is!!! terrible. not at all user friendly, definitely not straightforward.  tried to register and the password wouldn't work!! So tried a few times to get the (forgotten) password as an email but it didn't work. Eventually did and we re-entered the same password as our new one. Worked! So Lord knows what that was about. Then it was a matter of choosing our coffees and adding up the total so we got the free delivery for £25. easier said than done. But, we got there eventually. Both Vin and I were losing the will to live after all of this. it took us over three quarters of an hour just to get one order done!! What a pain. They need telling.  Big difference in web sites, some are terrific others quite frankly awful and the Tassimo one is one of the latter.
Bullens rang later for my delivery, so that's done for another month, delivery on the 8th October. Also i rang the Diabetic eye screening number to get my appointment changed from Southport Hospital where I have never been before to Litherland which is nearer, and much easier to park at. So that was good. now rearranged for the 14th October.
Little Bobby has just been miaowing at the top of the stairs. Really loud. She has started doing this for the last few months, sounds terrible. Wonder why she is doing it now, when she has never miaowed in the past.
Aaah!   She has gobne really soft in her old age has Bobby. XXX
Tonight we are having:
Cheese and onion pasties from Waitrose
green beans for moi and mushrooms for Vin
Rice puddings from Waitrose.                                                                                                                     

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Coffee Up !

Got up late this morning because of the cats! Silly o'clock this morning they decided to jump on the bed and tread all over us. I had one on the pillow and one on my hip. turned over and couldn't get back to sleep again, consequently when we did drop off it was late when we got up. no matter.Not like we are going anywhere.
As it happens as we were having our breakfast the phone went and his garage rang to say that his part had come in so he went off to Formby to get that done. Left his car at the garage and nipped into Tesco over the road to get some fizzy water and other bits. Ten minutes after he had gone the postman brought our coffee delivery from Amazon. We had ordered their discovery bundle of 22 discs for our machine, and a bit of a bonus because we actually got 23. All different types and makes and pretty good value. So it was a bit of a choice to choose our morning coffee today. I ended up with an Intenso and Vin had a milka with an espresso.  Very nice too.  We also had a little espresso after our lnch between us as well. Tastes lovely. Good bundle.
not much post today, but did get an appointment for a Diabetic screening at Southport Hospital for 10th october at 2.30. Bit if a pain, haven't been there before, i am used to Aintree, but they seem to be farming people out from there. Oh wel give it a whirl.
Tonight we are having:
Cheesey Kievs
Little potatoes sliced and sauteed
Carrots and mushrooms

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Off to the Garden Centre..

Off out to the garden centre over the way today to get our free coffees in before the month runs out. Trouble is with the Ladygreen ones is that if yu don't use them this month you lose them altogether. So it was over there we went. Had a bit of a mooch round the gift centre which is quite good but didn't see anything I liked, not this time anyway. Did look like they were putting things out for Christmas though!
Very very busy in the coffee shop/restraunt, loads of couples having lunches. Too cool and damp to sit outside today so had to stay indoors. I found a table and waited..Vin seemed to be an age, then when he finally came he said they have a new system now and people who want coffee have to wait in the queue..previously you just went straight to the till point. What a pain. He said he was almost giving up. Reasonable cup of coffee though you don't have a choice like you do at Dobbies. Missed the machine actually...
Vin wanted some compost to plant the bulbs that he got free, and I had another bit of a look round. The only thing I bought was a little pot of fruits for cheese with apricot and chardonnay. Mmmm sounds nice anyway.
Tonight we are having:
Pasta with a tomato and basil sauce.
probably a pasta bake
Mixed veggies with butternut squash.  Mushrooms
A bit of garlic bread for Vin.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Vegging Out...

off this morning to Formby. Vin is still waiting to get his car done, which apparently will only take about ten minutes but they are having to order the part, and it isn't in yet so he's a patient boy waiting.
So it was off to Waitrose for a change this morning. I like their veggies but they are a dearer option. Doesn't stop people shopping there though!
Took the opportunity  to stock up on some of the nice cheese biscuits while we were there, and some of the ones you can't buy anywhere else.
After we had finished in there he went off to his garage to check they hadn't forgotten..they hadn't!  then home. Lovely coffee outside with sunglasses on and sunhats. Really nice weather today, very warm, watch out for the wappies though.
Tonight we are having:
Cranberry and goat's cheese escalope
Little potatoes sliced and fried..or baked n the oven.
Carrots and broccoli and green beans
Hollandaise sauce.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Oh What a Night !

Thought I had been doing well !! Then very early this morning...bag exploded and sprung a leak.  major bathroom job and bed change. Woke everybody up including the cats, and poor Vin was downstairs doing the bedding at some ungodly hour of the morning. Haven't a clue what caused that..the nly thing was that he had a touch of it as well so it must have been something we both had. Vin suspects the dip that we had over the weekend or some soft Brie cheese..probably the cheese in my opinion, but you just can't tell.
Anyway we went back to bed again eventually and didn't wake up till tenish.  I feel so guilty..always causing trouble.  I had an appointment at the hearing aid place this morning too, so there was no way I could go there, so he rang up and cancelled that, will make another sometime.  Plans changed for today then.
Vin attacked his car this morning gave it a really good washing with something called "Muck attack" trouble is mainly the trees outside the house which are sycamores and terrible for dropping things on cars. Awful sticky resins and everything.
Then did the bathroom floor, and as I was pulling the mop bucket over the floor it tipped up !!!!!!! Water all over the floor !!!  God what a day..not even the thirteenth either.
Seem to have settled down now anyway.. won't be having any soft cheese though!
Tonight we are having:
Pizza ( a little bit)
Green salad with avocado and baby plum tomatoes
Potato salad for moi and sweet noodle salad for Vin.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Tis Friday..

Once again the weekend approaches. We were up fairly early and we took my money off to Tesco's to get the weekend things. Vin called in at the garage first to see if they had the part for his car, but  they had to order it from Toyota so we went over the road to tescos instead.
Got all of our things plus some extras and some petrol on the way back. Another £35 in the tank.
Nearly had a tragedy with our wonderful coffee machine. Vin waqs doing our morning coffees when we got back from shopping and he put my Cafe Crem idisc in the machine. Then there was a bit of a bloww up and coffee everytwhere. Thought the machine had blown up ! turned out that the disc wasn't in quite correctly and had two holes in the disc top, so it had spurted everywhere. After clearing up he started again, and we had two perfect coffees in no time. The thought of not having the Tassimo is terrible !
Tonight we are having:
Crispy quorn fillets,
Chips 200 grms
green beans for moi and mushy peas for Vin.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Short and Sweet.

Just about to start this when the phone went and it was Jane on her way home. can't type and be on the phone as well so stopped. She is on placement this week and having to get up very early so probably very tirred. Well done jane, proud of you.
This morning was a busy one, I did the big pile of ironing that needed doing while Vin went off to sort his car out. When he took me to the hopspital on Tuesday it was making very nasty clunking sounds from the back, he thought it was either the exhaust or the new shock absorber. He didn't think it was the exhaust really because it's just had the MOT done and he took it off to the garage this morning. Turned out he was right and it was the shock absorber, and it needed a shim..whatever that is. he did explain but don't really know what it is :)
He is now waiting for a part probably be tomorrow now.
Tonight we are having:
Cheese and onion slices,
potato croquettes
Mushroom sauce to go with./

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


They get you every time! We had a voucher for £6 off £40 which was up at the end of the week, so we had to use is a good offer.  So this morning it was off to Tesco's to get a few veggies and other stuff to put into stock.  Very quiet today, parked right in front and loads of parking spaces. Wish it was like that all of the time. no kids around either, the Costa coffee shop was lovely and quiet but the Tassimo machine was beckoning  at home.
Bought some things that we needed to use up the total and got all of our money off so well pleased with that.
Home for coffee, a nice Kenco crema for me and a Chai Latte for Vin that smells amazing. I actually hate tea but could find myself drinking one of those. The smell is just gorgeous. I think Yankee candles should do a candle of it !
Tonight we are having:
Gruyere cheese escalope
Baby new potatoes
Mixed vegetables
 Mushroom sauce.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Oh Dear!...

Not a good start, very wet and blowy this morning.  I had an appointment at Aintree at the Nephrology clinic at 11.40. A really awkward time to start with, but we get over that. Got there early, and registered at the desk. name c alled quite quickly and Vin went off to the car park to get the car in somewhere. Weighed and blood pressured then told to wait. Bad news then..a lot of people in the waiting room,
Eventually my name was called and i went into to see the Dr., not very keen on him, found him very abrupt, and he talked to the computer a lot.  Hate that. Told me that my blood pressure was high..(again) and that i should have my pressure checked when I do my Aranesp injections so would write to the G.P. to do that. What a waste of time, Grrrr. Waste of the nurses time and waste of my time. i am perfectly capable of doing them myself and have been doing so for years. Grrr.
He gave me a script for Amlodopine again and had to get them from the pharmacy. guess what, that was in the other building. So went back to the car, and Vin went off to get the script done. Came back to me and drove the car round again..he won't pay the parking unless he has to !  Used my mobile phone today a bit which was good.
Once he rang me to say he couldn't find the car, and asked me to telol him what I was ooking at..a long white building. Came back and we came home.
Car is a bit rattly..hope it isn't anything wrong. He thinks it might be something as simple as the spare wheel come loose.
Beans on toast for him and a cheese sandwich for me, watched a little programme and we both dozed off like old fogies.
Tonight we are having:
Pasta cheese bake, and a bit of garlic bread for Vin.
No veggies because we haven't got any.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Busy little Morning...

Stayed in today as we quite often do on a Monday. We did our bedding, stripping the bed and getting the loads on. Then did the extension a bit and redid the table. Vin was doing some of his opaperwork, because he wanted to get some of his cash transferred, so did that today.
It's a real problem knowing what to do with your money these days with the interest rates being so low. not worth saving at all.

Jane hasn't rung up today because she was up early to go on placement at the M.R.I. She is there for two weeks then back at Uni for a bit. busy girl. In her second year now..gosh that's gone quickly.Fingers crossed it goes well for her this year. XXX
I have a hospital appointment tomorrow at the renal clinic, 11.40 so will try to get there early and then go off to M7S afterwards. We don't usually spend a lot of time there, but having said that you never know.
Tonight we are haviong:
leftover pizza with mushrooms and peppers for Vin
Green salad with avocado and baby plum tomatoes
Potato salad for moi and sweet noodle salad for Vin

Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday the 13th...

yep friday the thirteenth..but nothing terrible happened so far, except for the cat being sick under the coffee table. Typical..
We decided to go over to the Sainsburys in Walton for our weekend things today. Surprisingly  we haven't been there since May last year!!! With me being stuck in the house for so long and vin hadn't been there on his's too far,
Funny thing was..nothing had changed at all. We had expected the store to have been built on since that had been expected but nothing happened along those lines at all. The next shop is still there, and is full of poorly made Chinese tat really.
We bought some things that they don't have in the crosby store and the usual stuff for the weekend. Coffee which we took ourselves  we had in the car park behind the store. Very nice..but i am missing the Tassimo machine.
Tonight we are having:
Pasties from Waitrose,
Any veg that we ahve left over.
Rice puddings from Waitrose.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Out and About...

Up earlyish this morning, the plan was to go over to Dobbies. We had received Emails and notices in the post of a %20 event today, and we needed siome plants so planned to go there this morning. Get our plants and hanging baskets and our free coffees for the month.
Quite a nice day actually and we had a good mooch round. Christmas stuff on sale from last year!!! I bought two sheets of very nice wrapping paper half price !
We had a look at the plants and got some nice hanging baskets for £5 each with the twenty per cent off so £4 in the end. Actually you couldn't do your own for that.  Lovely free coffees then. Vin had a flat white and I had a very tasty Americano, we take our own biscuits so that's sorted.
Home via Waitrose in Formby on the way back. We wanted to get the pasties for tomorrow and a couple of other things, ended up spending £18 ! Al nice things though.
home for lunch and the cats had barely moved... No post these days, all Vin got was his premium bond win..that won't break the bank it was only a £25 this month. Ah well.
Tonight we are having:
Lemon and black pepper escalope
Cranberry sauce
Little baked potatoes
Mixed veggies.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Short and Sweet..

Got up late this morning. No cats around jumping on us and it was really dark, so we both overslept. Doesn't matter though, we weren't going anywhere.
Very grey day today, with rain pretty much all morning. Cold too..even Vin has swapped his short sleeved shirts for long sleeved one today!
Jane rang at lunchtime to say that it was tiddling down there too and really cold last night when she got in from work at about 11.30ish.  I have done the online banking this afternoon and paid in the money for her car insurance which is £404 not too bad actually for her.  So that is her car all sorted for this year.
Tonight we are having:
Pasta. Vin is having a Macaroni Cheese and garlic bread
I am having a gluten free Amy's kitchen one without the garlic bread.
Asparagus to go with.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


I wish that I kinew more about computers!! All I wanted to do was alter an image size of the picture that I had on my on screen. Jane had told me how to do didn't go well. it altered all the size of fonts and other images on screen. What a pain. Thankfuly Vin came along and put it back eventually. What a job.
We had to wait in this morning for a delivery for me of my Bullens health products. Since you don't know what time they are due yiou wait around. usually it is about eleven, but today it was a bit later, a quarter to twelvish.
So, then we nipped out to Tescos to get our veggies ofr the week. Fairly quiet there, it makes a real difference not having the kids about , but the coffee shop was very busy. Came home for ours today, I had a nice Kenco cafe crema and Vin had a Chai Latte which actually is tea, which I hate, but these do smell lovely, sort of vaguely cinnamony.
Definitely cooler today, but the weather seems to be settling into a bit of a pattern. Cool and blowy and grey in the morning then bright sunshine but not warm in the evening.  very odd.
Tonight we are having:
Gruyere cheese escalope
baby potatoes baked
Carrots beans and sweetcorn
Mushroom sauce.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Tired of Coffee ???

Vin had a mega grump session  yesterday for some reason. he said he was tired of the coffee machine now and the novelty had worn off. Rubbish..well I for one aint tired of it and loved my Intenso this morning and my cappuccino yesterday too. Think he was only kidding though. The problem was that we got up late yesterday and it threw the whole day out of kilter really.  Sorted today I think.
Vin went into Crosby this morning to pay the money for Jane's car into0 my bank, then I transferred it into her account this afternoon. Do have to say that the Internet banki9ng has made payments very simple, even I can do it without any problems !!
She has had the money for her M.O.T. repairs and the welding work that she is havi8ng done tomorrow, that came to £400 altogether.  Then in a few days I will pay £440 into her bank for her car insurance. The cost of ryunning a car eh! At least it will help her out a bit poor kid. She is due back on placement next week at the Hospital, two weeks of that then back at Uni for a bit. Second year already, that's gone really quickly.
Haven't done much today, weather is dodgy  rainy in fits and starts and then sunny. Done a machine load of washing so will iron that tomorrow probably. have to stop in for a delivery anyway, so that's tomorrow sorted.
I've been thinking that it has been a long time since my last eye appointment. Vin looked it up in his diary and it was the 15th of October last year. Must be due for another of those soon surely. Ah well, wait a bit longer.
Tonight we are having:
Pizza with mushrooms and mozzarella (light)
Green salad with avocado, and baby plum tomatoes
Potato salad for moi and noodle salad for Vin


Friday, 6 September 2013


Today really revolved around the fact that I had an appointment at the Colo/rectal clinic this afternoon. This was at ten to three so we had an early coffee this morning and an early lunch then set off at about two fifteen. Got there on time, and up to the right cliic. The waiting area was fairly busy and I thought I would be waiting quite a long time, but in the end it was about forty minutes which was good. Saw a nice Doctor, who asked me how things were going and gave me two options.
1. To keep the bag if I was happy with it, and
2. To have a reversal done.
He then explained that I had actually had a big operation and there aren't any guarantees of success with a reversal, and it would be another bigt op. Now, I'm not keen on that, it took me ages to get over the last one actually..a lot longer than I thought it woulod. So for the moment anyway I have decided not to have a reversal done. That isn't to say further down the line I might change my mind but for now at any road I will stop with the bag.
Traffic very busy on the way home, we don't usually go out at this time in the afternoon and you forget how busy the rush hour traffic is. One of the big benefits of being retired you don't have to bother with such things as rush hour cars.
Tonight we are having:
Fishless fingers
Chips 200 grms
Mushy peas for Vin and green beans for me.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Busy Morning...

 Spent the morning ironing..what bliss! Not !! i usually quite enjoy ironing, sad I know but I like getting the creases out of things. The bedding is our Egyptian cotton things that do take quite a lot of work to get the looking pressed thoug. It would be nice and easy if you had one of those big presses that you do sheets on in a laundry, but the hand iron is a bit of work. They look lovely when on the bed though.
Then we did the floor between us, and then it was time for ccoffee. Not outside today because it was a bit chilly, so we had them inside.
Jane has just rung up to say that she got her car back from the garage and she was arranging for the welding to be done next week so it can pass the M.O.T. fully.  Her daddy has paid for the M.O.T. test stuff that had to be done, and I am paying for her insurance. She'll get there one day.  With the help of the bank of Mum and Dad eh !
Got a delivery from QVC this morning, which was a nice fleece jacket, unfortunately it was too big, so it will be going back tomorrow. What a pest. I thought it was nice but when I put it on Vin sort of made faces at me, so I knew it wasn't right. Pain..never mind.
Tonight we are having:
lemon and black pepper escalope
Baby baked potatoes
Broccoli and carrots for moi

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Fishing About!!

Well we wanted to get some fishless fingers from Holland and Barratt today, so Vin tried ringing them up when he got up. No answer and no answer later either. not answering the phone it seems. So we decided to take a chance and go over to Ormskirk anyway. it is a bit of a trek but it's the only place that sells them. Nice journey there, quite quiet because a lot of the schools are back and that makes a difference.
Had a look round the centre, definitely not the same since the bon marche has closed..i do wish they would open one up again ! Dream on !  Vin said that the Samuels shop has closed as well, can't believe they have gone. ormskirk is getting really boring now.
Went into H&B and they had one pack that will have to do. Got some more Vitamin B12 tabs.. don't know if they work but it's worth a try.  Got some bits and bobs in Superdrug, and had a look round some other places. Bit boring to be honest.
Home via morrisons where we had our morning coffees, not bad there, but not up to Vin's standard ! Got some bits in there because we don't go very often, and home for lunch.
Jane rang up about twoish to say that her car had failed the M.O.T. Needs some welding, and something to do with the coolant system. She will get that done, and get the welding done by some bloke that the garage man knows. She reckons about four hundred altogether !!! Poor kid..i do feel sorry for her money and won't have for about two years or so. Hope she keeps going though.
Tonight we are having:
Pasta with a tomato sauce.
Garlic breaqd for Vin
Asparagus and other vegetables.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

What a Difference a Day makes !!

yesterday it was blowy and cold here, but today it is lovely and warm.  Sat outside with our lovely cups of coffee this morning, after putting our seat cushions away yesterday.! You just never know with our climate.
Did all the bedding this morning, and took advantage of the sunshine to peg them out on the line. They've all dried anow so just want ironing..Job for later in the week !
Vin nipped off to Tesco's to get a few veggies for the week, he can whisk round there really quickly and was back in about half an hour. We were intending to go over to ormskirk this morning, but woke up a bit late. The problem was we both woke up too early then went back to sleep and that was it. Didn't move again till it was too late.  Doesn't matter anyway, we can go tomorrow.
Vin has done a bit more fixing of his car, in between fighting off the wasps that are terrible at the moment. Nasty little beggars.
Tonight we are having:
Escalope of some sort,
Little baked potatoes
carrots and beans,
mushroom sauce.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Quiet day ...

Very quiet day today. Cold and grey to start with but it is clearing up now, and the sun has come out. jane has just rung and said it is grey there in Manchester and it looks like rain.  I was telling her about the picture of Bournmouth beach yesterday and the sand was absolutely crowded with people. Sunny so everyone floods to the beach..didn't look like you could move. ! Weird !!
just did bits and bobs today, bit of ironing this morning,  cleaned the cooker top, other bits etc., Vin wanted to go out to do some bits on his car, but was getting attacked by wasps. He said they are like flying hooligans, keep dive bombing him. now this afternoon he's gone oyut the back to do some of the gardening and he said they are out there too. You can't win.  Good job we aren't making apple chutney.
Coffee inside this morning. mine was an Americano then after a bit of thought so was Vins. :) The Tassimo machine shows no sign of diminishing in popularity in our household. The coffees are gorgeous, and you get great choice. Something different every day. Still can't believe it was only £30 !!!
Tonight we are having:
Pizza with mushrooms and cheese and pepper for Vin
green salad with baby plum tomatoes and avocado
potato salad for Moi and noodle salad for Vin

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Hares and Rabbits !!

What a difference a few days make. ! it's really cold today. No sitting utside with our morning coffees today at allo, far too cold. really blowing a gale and fresh as some people would say.
Saturday we didn't go anywhere, i got a parcel from M&S in the afternoon which was a new coat/lightweight mac for the cooler days. Good timing !  Vin washed the last of the sofa covers and got it outside where it dried a bit, good job done because it wouldn't have dried today I don't think.
Sunday he went off to Crosby to get some bits from B&M such as cat food which is quite good from there, and a few bits from Sainsburys.  Jane rang at lunchtime, she was in tesco's getting her stores in for the week. She has taken to going to the gym after work..this is at midnight or thereabouts, says it helps her sleep. Brave girl.
Sadly  the hanging baskets are coming to an end just now, they are getting very leggy. i can feel a trip to Dobbies coming on to get some replacements and of course our free coffees !
Just sitting here typing this listening to the Michael Ball show on  Radio Two, and he played a version of All I Ask Of You by Susan Boyle and Donny osmond. What a lovely voice that woman has. So clear and pure. Who can forget the moment that she appeared on Britain's Got Talent saying she wanted to be like Elaine Page, and everybody scoffed, then she opened her mouth and sang and she was !! Wonderful
Been a few trailers for Downton can tell the Autumn is coming. That and Strictly  and the X Factor..that's better, after all of the rubbish of the summer.
Tonight we are having:
Pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese,
green salad with baby plum tomatoes and avocaddo
potato salad and noodle salad.