Cooking! I made tarte tatin (took me four goes to type that - computer convinced it knows what I am trying to say better than me). You see, have new frying pan (excited about it too, sign of being 48) and it goes in oven, the whole thing! And always wanted to make tarte tatin. So Murray and I did. Meant to photograph it before we ate it but greed got the better of us. Caramelising sugar is very hard and hot. Obvs, I burned myself. Hot sugar - I KNOW this! - is ultra hot. But sure, life is a learning experience..which is what I say whenever I do something daft. Who said that experience is the name we give to our mistakes? Can't remember but it's true.
Have been staying off Pinterest as it is hazardous to work. But have found adorable pug with green costume and if I can (unlikely) will stick it here.
Tomorrow is St Patrick's Day - yay!!! Sure there is shamrock somewhere in the garden. It's a bank holiday here which means a lie-on!! I am easily pleased. Well, it's an hour extra in bed, 'cos someone has to get up to Puplets of Loveliness.
I was flicking through the lovely Things I Wish I'd Known book (I have a bit in it and had to read it to remind myself what I'd written - mine is called The Life of Mammals because I was watching that a lot when I was pregnant, and also, I talk a lot about how I thought having a baby - I know, don't laugh - would mean me lying on bed with babies sleeping cosily beside me and me reading....) and it's so lovely. Gorgeous pieces from Anne Marie Scanlon and Adele Parks, and have only read those bits yet, but lovely bit on the nuggets of advice you wish you'd known before motherhood.
And I began to think of all the things I wish I'd known in general in life...
Flat shoes are empowering. OK, you can't reach the top cupboards, but so? You can run in flat shoes - am lusting after new Converse. (You can really only wash them so many times)
Not all people are your friends but being ready to wage a battle as if all the world is your enemy is a dreadful thing. Be hopeful. I am very hopeful about people. Sometimes, you get let down, but hey, on the balance of probabilities, that happens. Given the chance, most people want to be able to smile. (This has always been my default position!!) I call it the Labrador Position - being a labrador (smiley, happy to see all comers) is a gift.
Nobody is looking at you when you wear your unflattering jeans saying 'look at yer woman, that's a dreadful outfit.' (This was the fear of my late teens and early twenties) They are too busy worrying about themselves. And a smile instantly lifts any outfit. Wear your unflattering jeans, think of how many people love you, and smile.
Be your best you today. That's all you can do. Today, for example, I did a favour for a friend which took some time and nibbled into my writing time, which makes me guilty, but do you know, I can work a bit harder later and tomorrow. Today, my best me, did something for someone else.
Your advice, ladies...?
Love and hugs and Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!xxxxxx