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Achievements for the day
Mon 25-Jan-10
1:54 pm
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KateUK
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Morning? What morning...it is still the House of Plague here so we've only just sort of surfaced, well I have, sir is still abed and looking like the undead....I think my achievement of the day here will be to get soup on the go in the slow cooker and do similar to Michelle, i.e. cat, hottie, dvd...or indeedCatTea...oh Danny, no dvd smiley.....or hotwaterbottle smiley....Cry

only joking.

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Mon 25-Jan-10
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My achievement today:

Managed to be sufficiently compos mentis today to be using the PC after an 11-hour, 600-mile journey driving yesterday. (to near Cognac, France)Surprised

And, to boot, have left all the loose and useless appendages back in the UK (Ed - please note!)  Whistle  Big_Hug

I'm not sure if I am still keeping score though ......... Big_Laugh

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Mon 25-Jan-10
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Went up garage for a few hours of grinding and brought back some home work

Did hovering

Cleaned out rat's

Re-done the 3 beams on kitchen celing

Washed up

Had a few Pints

Cleaning ouf frogs

Added chat room to site

Another PintWhistle

Watered herb's

i think that will do for today..Cheers

Mon 25-Jan-10
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JoannaS said:

Glad you got to your office RaeMond. May it be a beautiful morning tomorrow in Cardiff to celebrate your early start. Wink


As I was reading back through these, I realised I have an early start tomorrow morning, so I shall raise a Tea to the morning for you RaeMond as I shall be up before you. We set off from home to Riga at 7:30am and we are 2 hours ahead so that is 5:30am UK time.

Quite exciting really as we are going to a hospital in Riga to see where they are at in the field that hubby was working in before he kind of retired. Will see if anything comes of it. Cheers

Tue 26-Jan-10
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I am here, never fear!  Kind of lost this thread and didnt see anyone had commented further.  I get a bit lost as I try and multi task watching tv and reading threads....

I love BBq food I dont care who makes it!  They do it really well in Canada when we visit, they know I love it, and apart for blizzard weather PB's family BBq.  We love it as well, PB is out there in all weather, under an umbrella, jacket and gloves.  When we get into the final house, we are going to get a big boy grill!  And PB wants to build a pizza oven outside like Jamie oliver.  Not sure how that will go.

achievement for the day?  I went to work and paid tax on it.  I think that is enough for today.

Wed 27-Jan-10
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I'm afraid I have let you all down, and let myself down. I didn't make it yesterday to the pool, or out of bed at a decent time. I woke at 5.30 when my alarm went off, but had a nasty sore throat and headache and felt like death warmed up, so I re-set my alarm for 6.30 to remind me to let my colleague know I was wussing out of our morning swim, and stayed in bed til about 20 past 8 Embarassed

I dosed myself up with beechams honey and lemon, consumed a large amount of meaty goodness (I am reasonably certain that there is nothing bacon cannot make better), topped up with some caffeine and sugar, and feel a lot better today. However i actually got up even later this morning, and only just made it into work before 10, which is the latest we're allowed to be under the flexi-time system.

So no achievement yesterday to speak of, unless we count going to welsh class in the evening. Today's achievement will hopefully be sorting out a load more stuff from the great amalgamation, my goal is to clear everything from the spare room so that it will be ready for our friend Joel to move into in two weeks.

I hope all the ill people begin to feel better soon. I recommend bacon. It has magical properties, I'm convinced of it. Also kudos to all the other achievers. Together we make the world go round Laugh

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Wed 27-Jan-10
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Well RaeMond hoping the bacon keeps the bugs at bay as I have got some curing in the fridge as we speak. Shame you didn't manage to get out but glady your feeling better.

We did get out at 7:40am and was at the hospital just in time for hubby's appointment with the doctor - no he isn't sick, he was actually investigating how far the Latvians are on in the field he was working in. He had a great time and the doctor was lovely, so he will probably get to help out a bit, we'll see.

Also managed to get lentils and sesame seeds - okay no big deal but I haven't seen them more locally, so will be a nice addition to the larder. We also have an extra metre pipe to go on our chimney to take it above the height of someone's satellite dish Whistle and basically managed to get everything on our list which is an amazing accomplishment for one day - all ex-pats I think will understand that.

Well I had better get going I am supposed to be reading papers, no not newspapers, academic papers Doh. My son and his fiancé come on Saturday and I have to get ahead on my course so I can spend as much time as possible with them. CoolRunAway

Wed 27-Jan-10
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I love sesame seeds!

My ex mother in law used to make sesame salt, which was awesome stuff, and I had completely forgotten about it til now. I shall have to make some at the weekend. I believe one just puts sesame seesd and rock salt in a frying pan over a medium heat to toast it a bit. I shall do research on this. It made her budhist meat (just flour and water combined in some artful way that she never revealed) quite yummy.

also, when i'm making anything involving melted chocolate (cupcakes, brownies, truffles, cornflake cake) i tend to keep a bit back and mix sesame seeds into to then spread it quite thinly over baking paper. once it's set then you can break it into pieces and it's great for nibbling on, not quite so bad for the teeth as the sesame snaps you can buy in shops.

Also freshly squeezed lemon juice and a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds over chicken or turkey bits for a stir fry adds plenty of flavour without any unnecessary additives.

mmmmm. sesame seeds.

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Wed 27-Jan-10
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I love seeds too Rae Mond

Anyway today I finished the marmalade I started yesterday using Delia's recipe via Fiona.  It is the first I have ever made and it is a dark, rich colour with a really deep, strong flavour.  I love it and I am so proud.  Next I am going to try a lighter one.

I've also today organised the wood for my new raised beds.  Three  3metre by 1metre beds which will be made very soon.

Other than that I've fed hens and ducks and wild birds, collected eggs, hoovered the house,  taken dogs for walks, changed my bed, made a big casserole and organised a hotel for my visit to Nick Nairn's Cook school next month.  I really should be doing more tidying and dusting etc,  but instead I am going to sit down and have a nice bowl of the cauliflower and stilton soup I made yesterday.  Yum!

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Wed 27-Jan-10
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I am sat in the middle of a whole load of cards with Latvian words on one side and English on the other. Now all I have to do is decide what kind of words they are and categorise them Doh

Wed 27-Jan-10
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Rae Mond
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Woo Danuta! go you with the marmalade!

and Joanna, are you learning Latvian, or teaching?

My achievement for today is that (weird as this may seem) I'm making bolognese from scratch for the first time.Usually I take th easy way out and buy bolognese sauce and just add meat and more garlic.

Once it has been consumed by my boy and our friend Joel I shall report back.

*Edit - both boys give thumbs up to first attempt at bolognese. Go me!*

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Thu 28-Jan-10
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Rae Mond said:

*Edit - both boys give thumbs up to first attempt at bolognese. Go me!*


Well done Rae Mond, always nice to get something working from scratch. I have never used a jar for it before but my husband and one of my sons were known to resort to this while I was away.Doh

I am both learning Latvian and teaching English. One of our neighbours comes round and she learns English and we learn Latvian and then I also teach a group of adults at a children's home (in fact that is tonight)Cheers

Thu 28-Jan-10
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I am in awe of everyone's achievements.

But I did get another costume made yesterday and a second one pinned together ready to make today. This morning I went through the enormouse pile of bits of paper that has accumulated on the desk over the past couple of weeks and sorted it into recycling,filing and paid/unpaid bills. Phew. I HATE doing paperwork, so feeling very virtuous.

I also finished knitting a scarf, making a brooch to match and a pin-on pincushion ( so you don't just stick the pins in your jumper when working) ( and then forget the pins until next time you put the jumper on....) for my sister's birthday. I'd far rather be making things than moving paper about.

And the floors have less fluff on them and the cat has had exercise as the hoover came out.

Still seeking Seville Oranges...you lot have used up the whole nation's stock...

Rae- I do hope you are feeling better, commiserations from the House of Plague.

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Thu 28-Jan-10
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Your in awe Kate, I had to sit down after reading your list Laugh. I am in awe of anyone who can make lots of costumes, after making one dress I have had enough of sewing for a very long time, unless it is embroidery of course.

I hate paperwork too and there is a lot sat in a plastic bag waiting to be sorted, fortunately none of them are bills, they just need filing.CryCryCry

Thu 28-Jan-10
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I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys paperwork, but i am certainly on the look out, so if you know anyone, tell them to get in touch. Perhaps I should make a sign "will bake for admin support".

Everyone else does seem to be mighty busy, hats off to y'all (any pedants out there, yes, I was wearing two hats; a straw stetson and a Wallace and Gromit beanie. It's probably best that you don't ask).

All my achievements today are by proxy. I've watched my boy unpack and sort several boxes (so far dvds, books, an xbox360, a wii and now the surround *sound* system), and later I plan to watch him make dinner (carbonara).

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