Since the refurbishment, we have found ourselves becoming very domesticated. Sometimes it frightens me. Take Monday morning, for example: I not only vacuumed the carpet (the carpet that defines the corner of the front room designated “The Lounge”) but I also washed the vinyl floor. We even have have a pinny but I managed to resist the temptation to put it on.
We do have a saving grace, however: neither of us cooks. Over the weekend we often go out to eat but during the week we have supper at home and have tended to eat the concoctions that Tigger rustles up by microwaving more or less ready-made components from the supermarket. This is fine in its way and we have consumed some interesting dishes but we have now added another string to our bow. This was Tigger’s idea and though I was a little dubious about it at first, it has worked out well.
To start with, Tigger discovered Abel & Cole and thought it might be good to have an occasional box of organic vegetables and fruit delivered to the door. Not only does this save a trek to the supermarket but organic stuff is supposed to be better for you. The next thing was to see that the poor people’s Harrod’s, Argos, were selling a Cookworks Slow Cooker at half price.
Every evening after supper, Tigger chops up the vegetables, makes a stock with vegetarian stock cubes and puts it all in the slow cooker. Next morning we switch the thing on the “Low” setting and let it do its work. By evening, we have a wonderful half-stew, half soup that we polish off with chunks of rye bread or whatever we have at the time.
Tigger is having fun trying various combinations of vegetables and I, of course, am having fun (not to mention gaining nourishment) from testing them. There are times when being a guinea-tiger is quite pleasant!
It now looks as if the bedroom will not be decorated until the New Year. The painter could manage two days next week but as he had already told me he thought the job would take 4 days, I said it was better to put it off until he had time to do the work properly.
This is a little disappointing. It’s not that we are in a hurry to get everything finished but that if we have to move everything out of the bedroom and live in The Lounge for several days, we want to leave our possessions in store because it would be impossible to fit everything into one room. This means that we will not be reunited with all our property for a few more weeks. Looking on the bright side, we will have a freshly decorated bedroom that will not need attention for some years. A little patience is not much of a price to pay for that.