I'm not sure if it is the heat, the time of the year or just a whim but I have been contemplating this and that of late. Random things and some not so random. What I do know is that I feel that I have a need to go 'back to basics' and tighten my belt both figuratively and literally (that might take a while), pay more attention to what needs doing and just do it and perhaps even spend less time online. Get my routing in order... again.
It is so easy to become caught up with online things where one page leads to another and so on. My online time needs to be quality time, interacting with friends and learning things, not just meandering wherever the next link takes me. Having said that, it is sometimes a meandering results in a nice piece of serendipity that leads to a new blog and a new friend.
With the incessant heat, I've been doing all of my outdoor chores in the cooler times of the day. That is in the mornings and evenings though last night it didn't seem to cool down at all and we were at 30degC at 9am this morning. That is more than warm enough for me. The sheets were dry in next to no time which is the silver lining to the cloud (or no clouds unfortunately).
|Immi with Gidget playing on the rocks|
Part of thinking in a 'back to basics' kind of way means I am menu planning. My menu plan does not make for the slightest bit of interesting reading but I'll put it here anyway just in case someone wants to read it and in case I lose my piece of paper where it is written.
Tuesday- Steak with potato salad with chilli Caesar dressing (Annabel Langbein recipe)
Wednesday- Pasta bake
Thursday- Lamb and chickpea tagine
Friday- Stir fry
Saturday- Pumpkin and leek tart
Sunday- Chachouka (eggs baked in a capsicum and tomato stew)
More meat this week, I'm donating blood.
Today I've given the pantry a going over. It needed it. I have no idea why I bought a can of mango many moons ago. Maybe someone gave them to me, I don't recall but they were definitely out of date. However they came to be in the larder, they are gone now and the chooks enjoyed them very much. I hope they won't mind regular rations this evening after such a gourmet start to the day.