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#SoCS – Food, glorious food!

Hopefully all my lovely friends from across the pond, have had time to digest their amazing Thanksgiving food, and that none of them suffered indigestion.

Next week, the 30th to be precise, it’s St Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland. As per Burns Suppers, we Scots will be tucking into platters of freshly caught Haggis, accompanied by neeps and tatties, all washed down with a dram or two (or maybe more) of a fine malt whisky (note spelling… no ‘e’ in Scottish whisky).

Slànte mhath (good health)


Linda’s weekly Saturday prompt word was digest. Mmmm foooooood!

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#SoCS – Food, glorious food!

Hopefully all my lovely friends from across the pond, have had time to digest their amazing Thanksgiving food, and that none of them suffered indigestion.

Next week, the 30th to be precise, it’s St Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland. As per Burns Suppers, we Scots will be tucking into platters of freshly caught Haggis (likely to cause indigestion!), accompanied by neeps and tatties, all washed down with a dram or two (or maybe more) of a fine malt whisky (note spelling… no ‘e’ in Scottish whisky). One piece of advice, keep some antacids to hand. Oh an don’t look up the recipe for Haggis if you’re of a delicate nature. Sorry, that’s two pieces of advice…

Slànte mhath (good health)


Linda’s weekly Saturday prompt word was digest. Mmmm foooooood!

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Ah! That’s better.

The calm after the storm is all the sweeter for having weathered the storm. I think the heady combination of multiple celebrations back to back and the lunar eclipse had quite a disruptive effect on me over the past few days.

Fortunately I’ve learned that these storms do pass. Sometimes you have to ride them out, and other times you need to give yourself a good talking to. Today was ‘talking to’ time.

Pup was hitched up to her lead earlier than usual. She looked at me as if to say

“What’s up Mum? We’re headed out way earlier than usual and you have a ‘look’ that says this is going to be a speed march!”

“It’ll do us both good, pup. I need to have a strong word with myself, and your walk route is the best place for it. Nobody to overhear me.”

An hour later, my move target on my Apple Watch completely smashed, we trooped back in, hot and bothered but happier. Well at least I was. Pup was thirsty and gave me a bit of a reproachful look.

Filled with a renewed sense of purpose and energy, I decided to bake bread without using my mixer. Normally I chuck everything into the bowl, attach the dough hook, and let it do the work. Not today. I was on a mission. There’s nothing quite so much fun as getting your hands into the flour, fingers in a claw shape, and giving everything a good squish. Tactile fun with the added bonus of decent bread at the end.

Next was the kneading… the bit I’m usually happy to leave to the machine. I’d forgotten how tiring it can be. It was almost a full upper body workout! In the past I used to pretend that the dough was a person who’d annoyed me. Great for getting you through the tiring muscle bit. Not today. Today I wanted my bread filled with renewed energy, love, and happiness, so that’s what I focused on as I thumped the poor defenceless dough into shape.

With the weather still warm, the warming wasn’t needed, just a disposable shower cap over my mixing bowl and time.

What to do while I waited?

Listen to a Deepak Chopra talk followed by a pedicure. With everyone one out of the house I had the peace and quiet I needed to listen to the talk. I did not do anything else at the same time… just listened. I used to pride myself on my ninja multitasking skills. Now I see that as not paying attention to what I’m doing. At last I was a human simply being, in the listening state.

It was a great eye-opener… lots of ‘aha’ moments as well as being timely (thank you again, universe).

Then I dug out an unused Christmas pressy… a pedicure kit. An hour later my tootsies were smooth, trimmed, and Barbie pink and my bread dough was ready for knocking back and shaping.

After another Hay House talk the dough was ready for the oven. It would seem that a good talking too was just what I needed.

By the way, the bread turned out delicious.

Wishing you all a terrific Tuesday xxx

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Travelling again!

There be dragons here!

Goodness me! I’m lucky if I travel once a year for business, but twice in 4 weeks is a record. My suitcase packing looks like I’m head off of holiday. I must remember this is business.

Munich beckons, with its beautiful beer gardens and spectacular architecture (c’mon Cath… keep business head on!). By the looks of the forecast, it’s going to be a hot one. For a change, I am not staying in a hotel. This time I’m booked into an apartment within walking distance of my head office (and a few Bavarian restaurants).

I am going to have to use my rusty German language skills if I want to eat breakfast this week. It will be fun, a cultural adventure. I have a shopping list ready for the week and also to bring some delicacies home with me. Weiß Wurst, Senf, and Obatzda.

I may not have the time to post this week due to work and cultural engagements but I’ll have plenty to write about once I’m home again.

In the meantime, auf weidersehen!

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Business trip or food trip?

What a wild week last week was! I’m not a big fan of international travel on my own. Add hubby into the mix and I’ll go to the ends of the earth. However, work demanded a trip to Munich so not much option for me then.

I have to say, in spite of my travel nerves, I managed to successfully transport myself by planes, trains and automobiles. I even managed a halting chat in dreadful German with my taxi driver.

Spurred on by my early navigational triumph I spent the entire trip immersed in the local culture. I loved leaving my desk at lunchtime to go out to eat with my colleagues. It’s healthier than eating lunch at the desk… not that I do that when I’m working from home, but my office days would see me glued to the desk till home time.

And as for socialising after work, where better on a hot evening than a traditional beer garden? Fresh pretzels, obatzda (cheese dip par excellence), a wheat beer and great company.

I did manage to squeeze in a bit of actual work while I was there, and I do have to go back again next month. This time I have a shopping list of little treats to bring home again, one of them being Senf. I have no idea what it’s made from but boy does it taste fab with sausage and sauerkraut.

As a heads up, I am flat out busy with work stuff everyone has landed in my inbox, all marked urgent. You’d think I was going away for weeks instead of days! That said, I will be off the grid for a week from Friday. Cornwall beckons, with its beaches, tin mines and mystical places to visit. I can hardly wait.

Happy Tuesday my lovelies xx

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Thoughtful Thursday… daydreaming

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I have to say, some of the things that whizz through my mind while I am walking the pup, sometimes take me by surprise. It varies from the mundane “what am I going to cook tonight?” to the curious “I wonder how deep that puddle is. Will it reach the top of my wellies?”.

Today’s thought was along these lines –

“If I didn’t work, how would I fill my days?”

Surprise, surprise! I made a list once I got home and removed all the mud from the pup. Here are just a few of my ideas in no particular order.

  • Gardening
  • Writing
  • Cookery
  • Dog agility classes (might channel pup’s excess energies)
  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Cycling
  • Photography (this one came out of nowhere!)
  • Travel
  • Knitting and sewing

My ideal day would start with a few affirmations and a yoga session, before tucking into breakfast on the patio with hubby. Obviously, in my head, the weather is being kind for a change.

Then I’d spend the morning gardening, working up an appetite for lunch on the sun-deck (weather is still glorious). While lunch settles, I’d sit in my she-shed (I don’t have one in real life, but a girl can dream) and write blog posts and my book. Once the temperature  cooled enough, and lunch digested, I’d head off for a cycle ride or a run. Either of them would give me the opportunity to observe other gardens and their plants.

Once home again, following a stretch session and a shower, I’d join hubby on the deck for a civilised gin and tonic followed by cooking up something delicious and healthy.

At sunset we would head out to the hot tub to soak away the day’s exertions and chat before heading to bed.

I wonder how soon I can retire? I would love one of those days right now.

For all you lovely working readers, what would your ideal day look like? And for those of you already out of the rat race, how do you fill your days?

Wishing you all a fun-filled Thursday.

Cath xx

 

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If at first you don’t succeed…

… do you try over and over again?

Or do you take a step back, look at the bigger picture, see if you can spot the issue(s), make adjustments, and then give it another go?

I was reminded this weekend, that one of the definitions of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different result. With this is mind, I am scrutinising my weight-loss program following the completion of my Couch to 5K challenge.

I haven’t a clue what to change but I’m doing a ton of research. The trouble is the advice is conflicting, confusing, confounding and other words beginning with ‘con’.

What’s a girl to do? Try all the advice and work out which one works? Stick each piece on a dart board and throw a dart to see which one to try? No idea.

Yet!

Lucky me… I know someone who specialises in treating eating disorders. I may bend her ear for advice.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone xx