Random Jottings Of Gildersleeve

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Friday, April 18, 2014

I Went To Bed Thinking...

Suddenly, if the weather is nice(and it is)I'll drag myself to Whitley Bay and see the sea and the new promenade that has been designed and built as they try to invest in the area again after some years where the area has been neglected. And then morning came and I slept...and slept...and slept. And you know what? If my body says I need that rest...I listen and say if that's what it is telling me I'll do it. I decide at the time, all plans are negotiable.

Tomorrow the plan is Durham Market Place and helping out with the save the NHS campaign again but we'll see. Next weekend we have the food festival locally and...next Sunday if I attend another memorial service which means a lot because of Mum and Dad of course but I have attended at least six possibly more since so I will decide when Sunday comes...I may go to the food event both days or choose one over the other. Or miss the whole thing...depends how I feel.

So its Good Friday...in a kind of reflective mood...I often am and perhaps the religious slant on the day increases that even more...not sure...

Perhaps I'll make the journey to Whitley Bay or somewhere else next week...perhaps I'll stay inland, watch this space as they say...

The slight blocked nose/cough/prickly throat may not be a cold...I never got hay fever but it can start at any time in life and I think perhaps that's what it is. The disadvantage is that probably all medications I can take for relief is probably not ok if you have kidney disease and are on strong meds anyhow.

So my thoughts turn to food and I guess as its Good Friday I will go along with a "Fish Dish!" Deciding if I will go with salad, vegetables and potatoes or something else.

Fish, chips, spinach, broccoli, sweet corn, peas and ketchup for Good Friday. I bothered this year...

If I go to a second course(not something I do that much)I am thinking ice cream and strawberries. If I go to a third course perhaps I will have cheese and biscuits.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Not All Microwave, Ready Meals Are Bad...

Just that on a limited income the better meals I probably avoid paying for unless they are reduced, on offer or adapted. I can have them because of the above and because often I eat smaller portions and buy less food perhaps than I once would have.

So everything was done via the microwaves and everything came out at the same time. Took approx 6 minutes.

So tonight it was...braised beef with carrots, onion, cabbage, broccoli, peas, sweetcorn, spinach, root mash and gravy(approx 400calories)cost of meal approx £2(saving of £1) It was a fair portion I would say.

Ok so I cheated...braised beef, root mash, carrots, onion, cabbage, sweetcorn, spinach, peas, broccoli in 3 mins


Last evening ended with a show at a local town hall in the company of my friend Andrea(who occasionally)leaves a comment on my blog but we talk, e-mail, message and bump into each other around town. But also after some months who should turn up but someone I have not seen for some months. Its a bit complicated but I have talked of him before and he's someone that you have to be a little careful of because he's a bit of a "Walty Mitty" character and you have to take what you are told with a pinch of salt. Also you have to be careful because though he is obviously seen as able to lead an independent life he is special needs and resides in a kind of sheltered accommodation set up.

So Andrea was on one side and he was on the other...ho hum! Hopefully, this did not distract her enjoyment.

So to Quicksilver...sadly just as happened at the theatre on Monday we were down on audience numbers which is so sad as for those who organise these concerts, keep prices down, look for a wide range of acts the risk is always there that they could fold.

Perhaps its the austere times and cuts...perhaps its the time of year, perhaps its the old problem I find that there is so little going on in the evenings that many businesses find it is uneconomical to stay open. For me bus services don't help.

Right that's the downside...now the upside...Everything you need to know of the duo who perform as Quicksilver can be found on their website(Link highlighted above in red)that's Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer.They performed their own material but carefully choose quality material from others writers including Jake Thackery, Victoria Woods, Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer to name but a few.

They have a busy schedule for the year and come back(sort of)into these neck of the woods in June. It was a great night and we got the chance to chat after the gig. Nice people.

Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer(Quicksilver)at Bishop Auckland Town Hall April 16th, 2014

The opening act was ably taken care of by a local artist who appears at a number of clubs and festivals including our own club on the town and that's Tony Martin(yes, he really does have the same name as the famous American singer and actor)He was one of the first singers I saw as a novice perhaps 18 months ago. I have become more aware of live music and folk in particular than the whole of my life on the planet.

We are fortunate to have such talent close by.

Tony Martin appears at Bishop Auckland Town Hall April 16th 2014

Well, I Did Venture Out...

I caught a bus around 3pm to a neighbouring town and by 3.45pm I had purchased my new pair of trainers and could've chosen any but went for the same as I have now. The RRP if that actually means anything is approx £55, I paid £19.99. It was my first time in the shop but I have passed it many times on the bus coming home. They had a shop in a nearby arcade but had closed that. When you don't walk well, you find all the short cuts and I found the quickest route possible.

I could not play sports as I am and my interest in sports is minimal but I will when I have more time consider returning for some leisure ware. On both the range available and price...

I suspect that I will always use charity or discount stores and as old as I am even when I am classed as a pensioner I will not dress as a traditional pensioner once did. It will be T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and the like and because they are more comfortable and easier to put on, I will wear trainers. And by visiting such an outlet though it really does not bother me, everything is designer. Sports Direct.Com.

I then called in to Poundland and purchased the first few items being put on the shelves of the Jane Asher Bakeware range. More to come...quality wise, they are good enough for me. And I should be able to put them to good use. I went for pastel blue but the range is available also in green, pink and purple. I did not bother with eight items(tea towel, oven mitt, icing kit, kitchen timer, cake dish, a cover, muffin liners, a container you put flour in which has holes in the top which allows you to put a dusting on worktops or items being made)

I purchased an oval and oblong baking dish, a container, a cake slice, a balloon whisk, some cutters, measuring spoons and cups, mini scales, a bakery book, a spatula, pastry brush, a sieve. I am waiting to see what else is put out and may still buy some items that I did not. I understand there are some jugs, mixing bowls, trays and cake mixes still to appear.

I had my meds, painkillers which helped and had some sandwiches of bacon, egg and sausage for my meal today and what should have cost around £2.50 only came in at around 80p and I had three for that price. Calorie wise they were 695.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How Things Can Change From Day To Day...

I had to go to the music club by taxi...such a struggle. But so worth the effort, a great night.

Tonight, as I am in the company of my friend we are fortunate to have a car ride from door to door to the show. That is very kind and much appreciated.

As for myself, I am drained of energy today...and my joints are so painful but I will have to go out soon and purchase some trainers as mine have worn out. Thankfully, the shop is near a bus stop so I can avoid much walking. It is so tempting just to stay put. I also may have picked up a small head cold again which doesn't help either. I should get shaved and I will but I am going out for now as I am...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Chain Of £1 Stores In The UK...

Is starting to stock a range of bake ware associated with a top food writer/presenter. Or rather she has designed it is said up to 50 items in pastel shades and some cake mixes alongside items like cake liners etc...all are costing £1 and should do "Everyday meals"

They'll not be the quality of what is sold in the main store in London and costs more but I bet a few people will be happy to have something that looks good and Jane Asher would not allow or design something that could/would damage her reputation so they will be good enough and will sell fast I am sure...I may indulge myself.

Those on a limited income and that's many these days will be happy to improve their kitchens equipment and have something nice, that would normally be seen as a luxury. It was supposed to launch yesterday according to the press, lots of publicity everywhere but when I asked in store it appears it happens on Wednesday so I shall hopefully buy my trainers and look at the bake ware range tomorrow.

Tonight its entertainment again, the local music club and tomorrow another local concert, its good to be out.

These Boots Were Made For Walking...

Even if my legs no longer are...

I discovered last night my trainers need replacing...the main parts of the shoes would last for ages but I have worn the heels down so much(heavy on them and probably at an uneven angle)so I shall have to part with money once more. I still may be able to use the older one's for quick trips to the shops nearby for a while longer.

The weather improved so I went out to the show at the local theatre in sunlight(there was a slight chill)but it was pleasant. There are still nice people I am finding  who are prepared to reach out. I found myself talking to a neighbour on the way to the bus stop. We are about the same age and have lived near each other for approx 5 decades and I have been told to pop in for a coffee.

A few streets away an elderly person looked as though she knew me and was stood at the door of her house(or wanted to)and so I said hello and stopped and had a quick chat(perhaps it cheered her up)and she wished me well and that I would enjoy the night. It is generally true that a smile and a kind word even with strangers is welcome.

I did not have to wait too long for a bus(even though the frequency drops after 6pm)and we have only have two services offering two routes and you need to be near them as they cut through the town via a limited centre based route. Another reason for me staying here if I am able.

I had approx 50 minutes before the concert when I arrived at my destination so was able to take my time. I got settled into my seat and the show started approx 8 minutes later. The theatre was less than half full sadly but we were entertained with approx fifty songs/instrumentals of recognised favourites and some newer tunes not associated with a "Big" band. Also some new inclusions of arrangements associated with Nelson Riddle and Billy May.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Band performed for approx 130minutes. A band of seasoned musicians from many top positions in the music world, an example? Trevor Brown on keyboards who worked alongside Alan Ainsworth and was connected to the TV station that served London and the country in the past known as London Weekend and so took care of the music in the entertainment shows they produced that includes the Royal Variety Shows. However, there are also some young members in the band but they need to be good and they were. One was on trumpet and took solo's(he was 21 years old)another on trombone(he was 23)

They have a special weekend in June where they appear with other bands at a holiday resort)in June for approx 3 nights, its a five star resort with accommodation, includes four meals if you want them and other food, access to various facilities and entertainment every night. Price wise it is not bad, I was tempted but I have a ticket for a show locally that weekend so maybe I'll think about it for next year...

The audience was a little subdued but appreciative tonight and Chris had to work to get a response(not from me)and its funny when I saw the band in Durham last year we had a quick chat and tonight I was acknowledged. Whether, he can see that I really enjoy the shows and that attracts attention or I have one of those faces that is noticeable I don't know...I like Chris he has an open face and a smile to match. And enjoys the music, he directs, arranges the music, presents, plays trombone and sings pretty good too.

The band had 15 members tonight, I cannot remember if that was how many played Durham last year.

We got out around 10.05pm and some how, I managed to get to the bus stop in town with a minute to spare and legged it within nine minutes, how I have no idea, otherwise I would have had to wait thirty minutes for the next one. But I was almost home and in bed by the time I would have been boarding the next one.

A great night and one to remember...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Senior Moment...

All my own work...I answered eighteen out of twenty questions in the quiz at our club last night though others knew some of them too when I asked for verification...the last one beat us all..."What was the name of the first US woman in space?" We were even given her first name, Sally. Answer:Ryder.

The one that I had a mental block on was "Which actress played Sue Ellen in Dallas?" No one knew in my group but one though Linda Evans(I knew that was Dynasty)I know its Linda Gray but I just could not get the name of Linda Grant out of my mind...Grant is an author who I come across on Twitter.

But for all that...we won!

The grand prize of £5 between eight of us...we using it to buy nibbles next week...

As for the rest of the night my group did very well on the bingo, six of us were playing and four won a house(and though we were down in number)that was £20 for each of them. As some play six cards they were still £14 in pocket. And even with a couple of drinks each were £10 in profit.

Though as they also have a couple of goes on a domino card that comes down further and with rhe sticky thirteen card game most probably broke even after sharing the taxi costs. Though one of my group who won a house also won the sticky thirteen(shared with another person)so may've been in the black.

Another in my group finds bingo is too fast for him to play so went out of the room and came back and told me that he had played a machine...don't know what he spent but he told me that he had won £17 and walked away and did not keep putting it back in and making a loss.

Small amount of sunshine today but it still looks quite cold and not that inviting...though I will go out around 6pm. Catch a bus and travel to the big band concert at the local theatre for around 7.30pm so something good to look forward to.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday...

I forgot...oops! Then again I am I admit enjoying resting...slept reasonably well but had a variation on the reoccurring dream I have of being in Bournemouth where I have had most of my holidays and about having to return home(and not wanting to)I think I was in the company of Mum, possibly my Grandma but details are vague. A hotel we stayed occasionally came up in the dream, The Home Lacy which I have just looked up on the internet. No longer exists but serves another purpose.

In my dream it was totally different. Much larger, grander and mostly I was trying to pack to be in time to be sure of catching a train home. Also, remember some turns were appearing to entertain hotel guests the last(I have no idea why)was the male half of the singing duo Marilyn Mccoo and Billy Davis Jr. I remember going into a shop and buying something that looked like a bin which was available in the colours of red, blue, green or yellow but I could only find it in yellow and though I purchased it, I would have preferred one of the other colours.

The rest is a bit hazy...not very exciting I admit.

Spent most of last night and this morning eating Honey Loops cereal and milk...later I will reprise yesterday's meal. Had my meds and a coffee plus a couple of small custard and treacle slices courtesy of Mr Kipling.

Keep feeling I should have a walk out just to say that I have but there is nothing that I need and I will be out later this evening at the club.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mum's Gone To Iceland...

Sorry...change that to Gildy. Of course there are foods like there like anywhere that perhaps should be avoided but not worse than anywhere else and even then unless you were eating the same items every day they're fine. I see a diverse range of products but as I now travel to Durham and Darlington, I really do find that I can get more for my money and often they match or are as good/better than the discount supermarkets/main food stores most people use unless you are buying items that have been reduced. And yes they do also stock some fresh items for salads and fruit, today they had 600g of strawberries for £2, I can pay more than that for a container of 400g and less.

I have some turkey and pork which will give me some nice meals or put into rolls and as its cooked it saves using the oven which also saves money. I have paid more for sliced pork, turkey and chicken elsewhere.

I did the favour for my friend at the Bingo Club. I had become mixed up and said the mini packets of gingerbread men and vanilla milkshake biscuits everyone seems to like were 8 for a £1...they are 59p its a £1 for 16. I was given £2 last weekend so she will find double the amount when I give them tomorrow. Sadly, I think when these sell out there will be no more. I'm not even sure that the manufacturer make them any more. They are only small but in my own town I purchased so very tiny fondant chocolate rabbits as an Easter treat and I will give everyone in my group at the bingo two tomorrow night.

The rain has kept off today but its blowy and changeable. The weather people got it right again...(Since writing that it has rained back in my town but it has past over and the clouds are moving quite quickly.

I'm a little tired. a little pain in the joints so the rest of the day will be quite restful. Its mainly food today(as it is most days)I have made the effort to cook a reduced family sized pie with filo pastry topping containing chicken, bacon, leek and a creamy sauce. Accompanied with cauliflower and broccoli florets plus roast potatoes. It was worth doing in the oven because its a couple of items that need cooking. I will only use half the potatoes so I have two meals out of them and a half of the pie so again I can  have two more meals out of that.

Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pie with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli/Cauliflower Florets.

I found some vitamins and minerals which I was getting low in and bought some Bic Biro Crystal pens that were on offer 10 in the pack but I saved £1.20 on the price, some cheap highlighter pens which I think will be ideal for my bingo nights even though dabbers are quicker and easier. And a couple of felt pens. Finally and its been years since I had one, one of those pens that retract and contains four colours in one.

I nearly purchased a reduced price book of recipes and explaining the 5/2 diet but I decided against as I know most of what that diet entails and how it works and kind of do it already. And most of my meals are easy to work out calorie wise without sitting down and working out the amounts. Diet is a misleading word and bandied about too freely these days because whatever we eat is our diet whether its done to lose/gain weight, stay healthy.

I had some sandwiches late last night of ham and mayonnaise but they also had jalapeno as an ingredient and I had to remove it as it was too hot for me. I looked it up on the internet and it is said to be a mind chilli pepper. I don't do chilli pepper and if that is mild I don't know how people eat the stronger types. Perhaps you get used to them the more you eat  them. I won't be trying them again.