Finely Chopped, Finely Tuned And Finely Dressed

Slowly slowly I have put together another post for SHARE-YOUR-WORLD. I like this week’s questions. They were straightforward and it was easy for me to answer them. (That has helped because my head has been bullying me with more pain than is normal.)

Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind has provided some lovely questions in her SHARE-YOUR-WORLD post below:

Network, Earth, Block Chain, Globe


What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?

I like salad. It is the main part of my diet for most of the year. I the coldest part of winter, I may ditch salad for cooked vegetables. I especially like green salads.

Green Salad, Plucking Salad

I have had a habit this summer of making a huge green salad every few days which I have a portion of every single day as part of a meal. The green salad is made up of kos lettuce, lamb’s lettuce, rocket, cucumber, celery, spring onions, parsley, and sometimes some green pepper.

But when I have a salad on it’s own it would have all sorts of other goodies thrown in…seeds, nuts, chickpeas, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, other veggies either fresh (peppers, grated carrot, beetroot, sweetcorn, radishes, avocados) or cooked (maybe roasted butternut squash, caramelised onions or new potatoes), sometimes a grain like couscous or freekeh, sometimes a mix of herbs or even something yummy like pomegranate seeds. Every salad is unique and delicious.

There is one distinguishing feature in most of my salads. I like to finely chop everything. I am not sure why, but I love every mouthful tasting different. Finely chopped ingredients help to mix up each bite.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you.

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I am a mild mellow person on the whole. Some things irritate me though. Qualities like arrogance I guess. People being rude as rude can be. But I try to remember that everyone has a bad day. Rude might not be their default mode.

Political propaganda seems like a farce, a joke, and it is beyond me why people can become so inflamed and dogmatic and unreasoning about politics.

I know someone who is constantly telling us about her wonderful work and how many mistakes she finds her colleagues making. The team are amazing. They all work hard. Dissing the team is not appreciated. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and because the colleague who seems to think she is brilliant regularly calls in sick, the rest of the team are often under extra pressure. I don’t know I just think humility is the way to go…and claiming you are better or superior than everyone else is just not the way to go about life or work.

But you know what…what she is doing is simply a human weakness. I feel more empathy more than irritation. Most of us finally come face to face with our weaknesses and realize what an idiot we have been. That is an opportunity to change, to be a better person. We are all learning about life about love and about what really matters. Most of us have all the basics in the right place, we need more fine-tuning though to be at our best.

We are all little children who need better guidance.

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing?  Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?

If I know I am going to be in my little nest most of the day, doing housework or working remotely, I tend to put on a pair of chinos. I have navy, olive, white, beige, red chinos that are smart and I have two pairs that are particularly comfortable – one pair are white, the other turquoise. I usually wear them with a T-shirt.

I am quite practical and functional when it comes to clothing. Some people use clothing to express their personality. However, I just wear what seems to fit the activity ahead of me. I have a section of my wardrobe that is perfect for wearing with steel toe capped boots or hiking boots. Then I have smart clothes for paid work. I have a lot of pretty dresses for nights out or social events. I have summery clothes and winter clothes.

I have my own fairly simple functional style, but I love to wear gorgeous dresses whenever I have the opportunity.


Please feel free to share something about Autumn (or Spring if you’re gearing up for that) that you especially enjoy! 

chris and annie outside

lol – 2020 has taught me not to think too far ahead! Let’s take Autumn first. I guess I am looking forward to more walking in the autumn months ahead, soup and buttered toast, hot chocolate, cuddling up with Jack.

Last autumn we were secretly dating. It was so special. We may be able to enjoy our second autumn mostly enjoying evenings in alone. That is pretty amazing. I want to do lots of autumnal things with Jack. I want him to keep me warm over the next few months. I want to be closer to him than ever.

If we have learnt anything from this year, surely it is that not to leave the people you love in any doubt that you love them! I love Jack! I love him!