Saturday 28 March 2020

Being in lockdown...

Some how I haven't been able to post recently - I think my hiding in plain sight kicked in, even though I've been FaceTiming people, having drinks and nibbles with friends and even playing cards. Mucho Funno and lots of laughs.

I have noticed that David and I get tetchy more easily at the moment; and then I realised that we are in a state that initiates the preserving life at all costs, and the fight or flight response (heightened alertness, all senses working overtime, extraneous details not required so shut up about them, just focus on what is critical right now). So Jacinda's Be Kind, Stay Calm, Stay Home message has a basis in recognition of what this kind of situation brings out in us naturally.
It also helps explain why we eat comfort food - to store fat in case of shortage rather than just because we like the mouth feel - and actually, that's why we like the mouth feel, so that we will eat it...

I am finding that it does help to think about why these responses occur and what they came from in our distant and not so distant past - finding the rationale builds my understanding, which in turn helps me not respond from emotion. Well, most of the time anyway! 🧐🤐🥶🤬 

I copied this from a comment I made in FB this morning and somehow it has picked up the emoji - bugger!

Anyway, please stay safe and be as happy as possible. Mxxoo

Thursday 19 March 2020

A boat going begging ...

David has just come to tell me that, in trying to find out the cost of an annual CRT licence, he has accidentally transferred the ownership of nb Waka Huia to persons unknown.

So if you want a boat, there it is - yours for the taking!

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! And he wonders why I love him - so do I, frankly ...

Fortunately, I have had lots of chardonnay so am feeling little pain.

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Sarah is a gem!

Last night we had Joy and Grahame around for dinner, and because we were working right up to the close of business, Sarah and I shared making dinner. I made pear and parsnip soup - very yummy indeed. Just sauteed onion, peeled, chopped and sauteed pears and parsnips, with about 3 tsp pf curry powder, then some liquid vege stock added, a few gratings of nutmeg and some salt. Then all pureed with a stick blender once the pear and parsnip were tender, then reheated.

Sarah made a dish that she had created once when she had a surfeit of silverbeet (swiss chard to UK people). She sauteed a finely chopped onion, then sweated heaps of silverbeet (about 5 times more than you think you'll need), placed both of them (the silverbeet drained) into the bottom of a large greased casserole dish. Then she broke up and spread a chunk of smoked salmon and about 300g of feta over the silverbeet. Finally she covered that with 6 eggs beaten with 1/2 cup cream, and sprinkled grated cheddar on top and baked it for about 30 minutes in a 180 deg C heated oven till the top was browned and the middle was set.

Absolutely scrummy - the man I am married to who absolutely "hates" feta, devoured a bigger helping than anyone else at the table... (He also absiolutely hates pumpkin and kumara and parsnip, but he loves soup made with these vegetables - go figure!)

Dessert was chocolate pots, stewed Omega plums and whipped cream (my creation).

And today we were working at the dining table (real paid work) and our IT specialist was away having one of his last appointments to do with his eyes. Sarah struck a problem, left David a message and then decided to solve the problem herself.

She had an 'aha' moment, and said quite calmly 'I know what I'll do!' and leapt up with the fly swat and madly started beating around the back of one of the laptops, the cables and the printer, shouting 'I'll get you, you bastard!!'

As I collapsed in laughter, she had to explain that there were two things going on:
  1. a fly had flown past that had to be annihilated, just as
  2. she was going to resolve the IT issue.
The situation reminded
  • me of my early and very techno-phobe days where I had a cartoon of Garfield whacking his computer screen yelling 'Compute this, sucker!' 
  • Sarah of Basil Fawlty yelling in a hysterically upset fashion while using a fallen branch to beat the mini when it broke down ...
It is a very good thing we work from home. We would be a severely disruptive influence in an open plan office!