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What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 17 August 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

I have just the weekend ahead before I go back to work and I want to make the most of it, so today I plan on getting the laundry cleaned and decluttered, it's actually not too bad so it shouldn't take too long. And in the afternoon I want to give the outdoor setting a good clean, it has been neglected for a long time. Lovely Hubby very kindly pressure washed the whole outside of the house and the patio for me on Wednesday afternoon, so apart from the outdoor setting everything outside is clean.

We are expecting a very hot start to the week next Monday, with hot and dry northerly winds, so I will have to give the gardens a really good soak at some point, to give the veggies a fighting chance. Regular readers will know that I made a rookie mistake when I planted out our veggie garden for the first time, I planted way too much in one go, meaning we ate like kings from our garden and then it came to a screaming holt. Successive planting is what I am doing now but it is too little too late. Never mind, I learnt that lesson the hard way.

Tomorrow we intend to visit Aunty Brenda again, we went yesterday afternoon, Brenda is getting a bit more drowsy every time we visit, but she is rousable and joined in with conversation when she could. My sister is a talker, which, sometimes, is a blessing as it lets other people just listen and gather their thoughts and as she talks about mostly positive things so it lifts the mood. Aunty Brenda is now in the palliative care unit and we met her Doctor this afternoon, gosh is it just me, but they seem like kids, obviously the older I get the younger they appear. Non the less he was lovely, kind and took his time, what he didn't do was familiarise himself with her name before he entered, he also mustn't have read her chart as he didn't know what the "lumps" were in her forearm, they were the ports for dialysis.

I wonder sometimes, if I share too much here, I am a very pragmatic person and are usually under control of my emotions and thoughts. I can write and talk about our darling Aunt's current battle and then talk about what we bought, spent and ate this week in then same post, is that wrong? We all deal with difficult situations differently I suppose?

I also want to address the unbalanced nature of this week, as my mum would have said, we lived high on the hog, this week. We went our for dinner last Friday night to celebrate a few family members birthdays and we also had a night away at "The Star" last Sunday night. Not at all in keeping with our usual simple and frugal life but we both really enjoyed the experience. I guess it balances out in the end though as we've had baked beans on toast 2 times this week.

Now on with the other food we enjoyed this week-

What we bought

The few items from Coles

The Aldi shop

What we spent

Simply Good-$48.45, sorry, no photo 


What we ate

Friday-Our night out at The Bavarian 

Saturday-Baked beans on toast 

Sunday-Dinner out at The Imperial 

Monday-Baked Beans with an egg on toast 

Tuesday-Upmarket Tuna Pasta Bake with a green salad

Wednesday-Our son invited us over for home made fish and chips

Thursday-Sausages with roasted broccolini and herby mashed potato

Over to you Dear Reader, what was on your family table this week?

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  1. I think your blog reflects the way life is for most people Fiona. We deal with the ups and downs including illness of loved ones and also keep going with the shopping, life etc. I don't think you're being disrespectful talking about both in the same post- I think it's reality. As a recent example from my life I met a very dear friend whose health is seriously failing and when she had shared that and we both had a few tears she asked to see photos of my daughter's recent wedding in the next breath. Life rolls forward and it helps to mix the upbeat with sadness.

    1. Thank you Penny, your words are very true, it is life isn't. The up's and down's all count.
      Have a lovely day,

  2. That food looks delicious. I made bbq'd chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, chicken tacos, daily salads, and a cherry pie. It really makes life enjoyable to have delicious food.

  3. Dear Fi,
    I totally understand your feelings- life is such a mixture of everything. After being with my mum was in the pallitive care unit, then coming home to deal with a our overseas guests and their concerns. What a contrast it was.
    Deep breaths , deep breaths.

  4. Thinking of you, as you deal with the ups and downs of life. Hope you are ok.
    Patricia/FL USA

  5. Hi, I hope everything is fine! I miss your posts, I am looking forward to those posts every day. But every person needs a break once in awhile and that’s exactly what people should do. So what I am trying to say is that I hope you and your family are well! On Monday my family and I will be leaving for Australia to stay there for good. We might even end up in Redcliffe, I like that area!
    All the best for you, Magdalena

  6. Hi, somehow it seems to be hard for me to comment on your article. What I wanna say is thank you for what you’ve done so far, I’m looking forward to your future posts but I know that sometimes you just need a break. I really hope everything is fine! On Monday I will be moving to Australia for good probably close to Redcliffe. Life will be good

  7. I miss you Fiona, hope you and your family are OK. Love from Melbourne. (chilly still) Tania

  8. Hello dear Fiona,

    thinking of you and your family.

    With love,
    Maria xx