Almost the end………………..

Here we are, the 29th of December and just over 2 days left of 2017.
My Mum will be spending a while in hospital so any New Year celebrations will be very quiet for her. Mind you, gone are the days when we would phone the Mums and Dads at the stroke of midnight to wish them a Happy New Year. My Dad has been gone 21 years and FIL 14 come Jan 3rd.
I’ve posted off a tiered card to Mum c/o the ward though, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow. It’s the counterpart of the one above though not identical, with a message to say we’re thinking of her, wishing her to get well soon, and telling her I love her. I decided against a Happy New Year greeting, though I wish that for her especially, as so much has changed in her world these past 12 months, I don’t think the time of year would matter.

2018 is going to bring a new set of challenges, especially in the culinary department.
Hubby has been suffering with severe reflux problems over the holidays, and our eating habits are going to have to change again.
Whilst we can continue with the SW fruit, veg and speed foods regime, quantities and mealtimes are going to be different for both of us. I will stick to three meals a day, but he will have to have smaller portions with me, and three snack meals besides as according to the internet, 6 small meals a day will be better for him.
Luckily he likes rice, so I can still cook our usual portion size, just dividing his in half so that he can have rice cakes later or have it cold. We already make our stews last 3 days now, and chilli 2, though the latter will be ‘spiced down’ as will my curries (not that they were ever seasoned hot anyway).

On the subject of food, all the Christmas goodies have nearly gone now, the puds have a 16 month BBD (best before date) so can wait until next year, and I only bought a small slice of Christmas Cake rather than a whole thing, which we had yesterday. The mince pies have all gone, as are the other varieties of cake treats I bought.
Still in the cupboard are chocolate biscuits, again with a long BBD, turkish delight (for me anyway but I shall be strong and not open it…… yet), and a small box of after dinner mints.

My 2017 foodsheet shows a saving of £43 overall on last year. I’ve revamped it a little for 2018 and taken off a lot of the junk food stuff I rarely buy now. The Naughty Sheet has reduced by over 70%, and that includes our Christmas goodies! I’ve put in a separate Christmas sheet for 2018 as I’m curious as to how much we spend on the traditional basics as well as treats.

As for New Year Resolutions? No.
We always start off with good intentions, some of which might stick!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Almost the end………………..

  1. I’m with you on the NY resolutions…haven’t done that in years. Good luck with your culinary challenges, Di. And so sorry to hear of your mom’s illness. Take care. Happy 2018.

  2. Happy New Year…I wish the best for your and yours and a quick recovery for your Mom.

  3. Michael says:

    Its surprising how we can adapt to change in our diets….sometimes its seems so big a change I wonder how I will survive but the saving in money makes up for it….good luck with your changes Di, its a challenge I know….as for resolutions like others I’ve not made any in years when I consider staying alive a day to day thing anyway…Happy New Year..

    • All being well the diet change should be quite straightforward, especially if I go for ‘snacks’ I don’t like and Hubby does! Chicken and rice with pineapple and ginger today.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    This time of the year is hard for us in many ways. I try to take it easy and don’t put much pressure on me, it isn’t worth. No to resolution as well. Happy new year to you and yours.

  5. joyroses13 says:

    Sorry about your Mom, hope she heals fast and that her stay in the hospital isn’t too long.
    Good Luck with changing you and your hubby’s diet. I know that can be challenging!
    Happy New Year! Wishing you many Smiles!

  6. I actually have two lists for the New Year. One is a list of 18 “fun” type things to do – like take three bike rides, visit six new restaurants, etc. – which I would like to do but likely won’t ever do if I don’t write them down (if I don’t write them down, I will end up telling myself they can wait for another day, which never comes). The other is not a list of resolutions, but projects I want to complete – things like two new Travel Bits books. Again, the writing down of them helps get them done. Plus, I have plans to implement all the projects, which helps. They aren’t just nebulous goals that may or may not happen, which always seems to be the case with more typical resolutions.

  7. Happy New Year! You’ve been so good with your diet in 2017. It’s admirable. Here’s wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2018! ❤️

  8. scifihammy says:

    The card is lovely. I hope your Mum is doing OK and can leave hospital in a while.
    I agree on not bothering with New Year resolutions – if I want to do something I make a plan, whatever the date.
    Good Luck with the diet – I’ll be joining you! 😀

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