Just Now I Am....

Friday, 16 November 2012

~ Making a start on Christmas shopping. From my sofa.
~ Wanting to finish my book so that I can get back to my other, abandoned book so that I can finally finish the one I abandoned before that.
~ Anticipating The Killing III beginning on Saturday.
~ Eating this. Still. I've made four of these cakes so far and have enough pumpkin in the freezer for four more.
~ Enjoying more than I thought possible Ali's Compound Word Project. Feeling smug because I think I've got them all, and sad because I don't want it to end.
~ Thinking about cooking mince with hidden root vegetables (Rose Prince's The New English Kitchen) and Yorkshire puddings for supper tonight.
~ Trying to work up some enthusiasm for getting on my bike and cycling to my pilates class. It'll be worth it.
~Looking forward to a glass or two of wine later.
~ Photographing the Autumn dampness going on in my garden











34 comments:

  1. Oh, great list Sue. THe images though, well, they've made my morning.

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  2. Brilliant list. Some of my items coincide - we have an enforced at home day due to ill children so there will be films and online shopping.

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  3. I've decided that Christmas either has to be local (lord knows, my closest town could use all the support it can get) or sofa. Nothing in-between will do. I am over car parks and crowds and frenzy.

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  4. Lovely photos as always Sue! X

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  5. I am NOT feeling smug about the compound words, I am feeling stuck. but I am feeling thankful that E doesn't have appendicitus after I took him in a mad rush to casualty this morning.....

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  6. Those water droplets make it look almost icy! Particularly on those...umm... seed heady type things.
    I'm not quite so smug on the compound word project, because I only managed six without help, and I'm fairly sure one of the others is wrong. My husband is much better at it than me! (quite sad, as I'm supposed to be the 'literate' one)

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  7. It sounds like a sweet life where you are Sue, love te photos.

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  8. What fabulous photos.
    I am feeling a bit grumpy now as Ali has just emailed me to say 8 out of 10. Some were just too tricky and I made them up. And I do not want it to end, I have loved it.
    Happy weekend to you, Ax

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    1. I got them all right, I got them all right, nah-nah-ni-nah-nah! :D

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  9. Just Now I am .... trying to breath calmly after totally losing it with yet another unsolicited phone call. I am (and have checked, am still) registered with the TPS, but it obviously means nothing. This particular caller - female and British - was trying to sell me home insurance. In the last two days I have taken calls regarding my computer service, an unclaimed refund (just press 5 for details and an exorbitant phone bill) and two more home insurance callers. This one was particularly persistent.
    I'm afraid I shouted at her. I didn't swear - I never do, but I am so angry!
    I have been researching those gadgets which can intercept calls, but my husband runs a business, and we do not want genuine callers to jump through hoops either. If I put the answering machine on, they just ring back in the evening.
    Why are we being subjected to this? Do other homes have this level of calls?

    Sorry Sue, just needed to let off steam!

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    1. Unsolicited callers are despicable. I can usually tell when it's a nuisance call so when they ask for Mrs Scott I just say she is out. My daughter thinks this is hilarious for some reason and if they ask me if I am the homeowner I always say no and put the phone down. I have also got very cross with these callers and shouted 'do not ever call this number again!'.Other options are putting the receiver down next to a radio and turning the volume up as far as it will go or saying 'yes I'll just go and get her' and then leaving the phone off the hook while you get on with something else.

      You are not obliged to talk to anyone unless you have given them your number. They have not been invited into your home.

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    2. I think one of my main problems is that I have to be professional and friendly when I answer all calls because of my husband's business. Whilst I can't give his clients professional advice, I do need to tell them whether they are able to contact him elsewhere, or when he is likely to be able to respond to a call or email. I have to make absolutely sure before trying to get rid of them. I do the accounts, so know the names of all the companies he works with, but sometimes we will get a new referral, and they can be hesitant in introducing themselves and their dilemma!

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    3. I see your problem. My mum is in a similar position when she answers the phone on behalf of my dad who works from home.

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  10. Love the photos, and i love making lists too. Right, I'm off to make one...

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  11. Am so enraged just THINKING about the unsolicited calls I get every day that I cannot even join in the chat with you and 'the veg artist' as I would take all night to vent my spleen! Just know that I am empathising, here, girls!

    On a lighter note, I see you've had a touch of frost , which we have just about escaped here in West Norfolk, but it is coming, I know. And I am admiring your tenacity with the pilates. Yes, I would feel better if I got off my backside but I feel even better snuggling down in the warm with a good book this evening!

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  12. I'm a list person too. Your photos are lovely, I love autumn cobwebs. I'm looking forward to my wine later, enjoy yours. Cheers:)

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  13. I do love a list and yours is no exception. I'm also loving all that dew - so photogenic, isn't it?

    Enjoy your wine ... I might indulge later too ; )

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  14. I love all the photos, but number 5 has to be my favourite! Gorgeous! How lovely to still have that pink rose blooming.
    I don't have to do a Christmas list this year as it's not at my place. Yippee! However, I'll be taking home-made Christmas goodies with me to share!

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    1. Not blooming any more -I brought it in whereupon it promptly dropped all its petals.

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  15. Sounds like you are having a lovely day. I have just printed out the cake recipie and am going to try it tomorrow. I mad a similar one last weekend but it was much darker It might be because I was out of light brown sugar and used dark brown!!!!

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  16. Beautiful photos, as ever, Sue.
    Your list sounds oh so relaxing (apart from the cycling to pilates).

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    1. A matter of minutes on the flat.

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  17. Anonymous7:39 pm GMT

    OoooH! Frosty pics. Absolutely stunning. Makes the coming of winter more bearable. I fancy mince too now.
    P.S. I never know what category to 'comment as'. I'm useless, that's why I use annoymous. What should I choose?

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    1. Select the 'name/URL' option and just write your name in the box and it will appear at the top of your comment.

      It's not frost by the way -raindrops. There will most certainly be frosty pictures soon no doubt.

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    2. You can leave the URL box blank -just pop your name in the 'name' box. ;)

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  18. beautiful photos

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  19. Oops! not frost. Going to try the name box thingy.

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    1. It worked! Hello Diana and thanks for commenting :)

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  20. Hi love the photos such detail. As our house phone is not a business phone it's only answered if we recognise the number that's calling. Most friends now ring on the mobiles where it's even easier as their smiley photo pops up!
    Followed and enjoyed your blog for a while now just never commented before.

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  21. Caroline6:21 pm GMT

    What stunningly beautiful photographs you take Sue. Do you ever print and frame them? They would make lovely canvases too. I'd love some details on your hidden veg mince. I'm trying really hard to do more proper cooking and this sounds like something I might actually get my children to eat as well. I think the yorkshire puds might swing it ... I'd never thought of having them with mince!! Proud to say I can make those from scratch, no recipe needed!!

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    1. Hi Caroline. The recipe was one for mince with 2-3 tablespoons of grated root veg (parsnip, carrot, turnip)added. I think it was devised by a school cook. Instead of grating the veg I chopped them very small in the food processor and added them to the meat which I had browned and added to some softened onions along with a good quality beef stock cube, a little tomato puree, seasonings and some water. I then simmered it for 40 mins, maybe a bit longer.

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    2. Caroline9:52 pm GMT

      Wow, quick reply!! Thank you so much for the info - I will definitely give this one a try :-)

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  22. Coni Tan7:09 am GMT

    So enjoyed your photographs, you have such a talent Sue. Also your quirky sense of humour that you so often poke at yourself, glad you stuck with blogging. Thanks.

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  23. gorgeous photos Sue and rather lovely ponderings too x

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