Thursday, December 19, 2019

Shopping, Lunch, Exercise Class, TV,

Up early in order to get ready for our cleaner who comes at 8:30. I gave her her Glassify teapot with which she was delighted, I'm pleased to say. I think the Glassify products are very attractive. Seems women think so, not sure men agree. She brought us chocolates, just what I need. I keep telling here she shouldn't be buying us a present anyway. I then dashed off to the grocery store to pick up my shopping. I took a little extra time to purchase something I wanted then left there and decided as I was close by, I would go to the liquor store. The store stands all on it's own and has no shelter round it of any kind. With the result that, on a windy day, the wind literally whistles round the building and just traversing from the car to the front door is almost painful. I park closer than most because I can use a wheelchair spot, but cold doesn't come into it. I was like an icicle when I got inside. When I get back, I call our cleaner and she comes down to help get the groceries upstairs. Wish she was here every week.

Tomorrow ladydog, Matt and I are going to Red Lobster for lunch - pre Christmas. I have been receiving emails about free delivery before Christmas. Discovered today that that was a US promotion. I wasn't best pleased. Why am I getting such emails?

Went down to exercise class after lunch. We now have a new member, a male. Bit surprising as he is young compared to us oldies who are normally there. Friday will be the last class before Christmas. Resuming again on the 30th apparently. However, we are bowling on both the 23rd and the 30th so won't be there. In fact the 23rd  is our bowling banquet.

In the afternoon a friend turned up with a two way switch box and after a certain amount of effort, we can now watch both DVDs and VHS tapes. He wouldn't take a penny for the gadget. Just said Merry Christmas. Considering Best Buy Geek Squad wanted to charge me $99.99 I was very grateful.

Here's another simple and delicious looking recipe from Kevin Lynch and Closet Cooking.

Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic Mushrooms

Simple and tasty mushrooms roasted in a balsamic-soy and garlic sauce!

2 lbs mushrooms
1 Tbs oil
3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs soy sauce (or tamari)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. Toss the mushrooms in the oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, arrange in a single layer on a baking pan and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the mushrooms are tender, about 20 minutes, mixing half way through.

Servings: 4

Have a great day


  1. Your cleaner sounds like a complete gem. As does your friend. I suspect that it is karma in play.

    1. She is, excellent woman Sue. She is coming for a Christmas drink on Saturday. My friend is a godsend.

  2. Hi Jo - glad you were able to get out and do a few things. While the chap coming to help with switch mechanism for you ... is a gem. Glad things are getting sorted out - enjoy Red Lobster ... and I love garlicky mushrooms - cheers Hilary

    1. I know Hilary, but it's all go at the moment. Yes, he is a gem. I will certainly enjoy my lunch.

  3. I love that teapot. My daughter has a small collection that she has stored here while living in her tiny apartment. The cold wind really cuts as I get older.