And Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It, Is…

I am on a mission this morning. It is a little tricky. However, it is for my family member who is very ill with cancer. So I am going to be leaving the little abode very early this morning and heading off to execute my mission plan.

Trekking across London in the hopes that by the time I arrive in the area, I will have received a text message telling me exactly which address to go to. I would have preferred the seller to have already sent us their address rather than just their general location.

ebayI am collecting an e-bay purchase and I have to had over the cash and receive the item. Then I have to post it up north as soon as I have it. Anything I can do to help someone I love!

But I have to do it early because I am going to be spending a few hours on a project for a local charity later.

Since I wrote the above, something must have gone wrong. The buyer of the item has re-listed the item…and none of my messages are being sent to him. What do I do? Do I go to the location we arranged? Last night it was all confirmed, the location (at least the tube station I was to head to, they were going to send me the exact location today) , the time, the amount of money I was to take. I have no message from the buyer to say they could not make it. What is going on? This is frustrating.

This is why I steer well clear of ebay and the likes usually. But anything for someone I love!

Food For The Brain

Food For The Brain

  • Blueberries
  • Avacadoes
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green tea
  • Apples

Apparently these are the top five foods for the brain… well, this is what Dad keeps telling me over and over again.

I am having all of them…..except I am really not in the mood for apples.

I love fresh, juicy, crisp apples in the summer.  But this time of year the only way I can get my head round apples is in a crumble.  I have to admit, I am super-duper fussy with my apple crumble.  I mean I would always be polite when someone with a proud grin sets before me their prized apple crumble.

But in reality…..I only like it my way!!!!!!!!!

Apples sweet cinnamon perhaps some sultanas thrown in.  And then a huge deep layer of crumble.  Crumble being the main event.  Sometimes oats thrown in or some brown sugar to give a bit of a crunch.

Then thick custard.  Hot or cold I don’t mind which. For extra indulgence a caramel sauce. But I respect apple crumble tastes differ.

When I lived in the countryside I was forever coming home to find a kind friend or neighbour had left a box of apples from their trees on my doorstep.  So I made a lot of crumble each autumn and had a lot of friends round on cold evenings for hot toddies and crumble.  Some had the same preference for crumble over fruit as me and my youngest sister.  But other friends complained vehemently “where is the fruit?”

Actually……I really wished I had perfected a blackberry crumble.  I used to use blackberries in an oatmeal cakey scone recipe.  It was yum but very tricky to make.

But the yummiest has to be cherries…..but in a pie.

This is just fruit.

Don’t get me started on pecan pie, banana bread, bakewell tart, carrot cake, choco cheesecakes, black forest roulades, melting choco puds with butterscotch sauce……I am hungry.

I am remembering all the dinner parties I threw in the past.  I miss that.  Living in a tiny bedsit in London means no huge dinner parties.  Although, I have squeezed up to twelve friends in…most had to sit on the floor…it was rather cosy!  One of the guys knocked a glass of red wine all over my white curtains.  I have been happy here….but now I am thinking of all the things I miss.  Memories are dominating me and devouring my contentment.

Maybe I am eating too many blueberries, my memory seems to be sharper than ever.  Perhaps I have had too much food for the brain.  Need to switch off for a bit.