It’s Friday. Friday is the day when someone else comes in to see Mum in the morning and I have time to do housework, washing, writing, thinking, reading and watching TV. I do find that by about midday I’m missing her and wanting to go in and see her and it can be hard to wait until 5pm, when I go in for the evening shift.
It’s been a busy week. Wednesday was my birthday and I turned 53. I’d done some serious baking the day before so I could take food into the rest home staff, brownies, cupcakes, butterfly cakes, queen cakes, eclairs, shortbread robots (don’t ask) and banana bread. All in all, it went very well and was most appreciated. I picked Mum up that day and took her home and we watched some US Open tennis on SKY and some opera off DVD and listened to some music in the conservatory. I got cash and book tokens for my birthday so I was happy, nothing better for me than book tokens. Cooked myself a dozen scallops for tea and they were exceedingly yummy!
Yesterday I took myself off to the craft show in Hamilton, feeling it was time to take up something crafty – if you know what I mean. I got a rug to hook and have done two rows. It’s quite a complex pattern so I need to concentrate and it’s hard to watch TV at the same time. I got a canvas and some paints so will get round to that. Also bought myself some nice glass jewelery and got a few little presents for birthdays coming up.
I’m also planning the next book in my head. My editors at Harper Collins have explained (very patiently) to me that I need to maintain a similar tone and texture and provide the readers who loved The Secret Keeper with something that will satisfy them and not be a complete surprise. After several false starts I think I have a great idea brewing away.
So what else is happening in the world? Some great speeches at the Democratic Convention in North Carolina. I’ve heard snippets of President Clinton’s nomination speech and have the whole thing ready and waiting on You Tube for later in the day and I will watch President Obama live this afternoon. Love a bit of great oratory!! It makes me think of Toby Zigler and Sam Seabourne and all the work that goes in behind the scenes to create the words.
Oh and I have been coping with a bulging disc which was pinching my sciatic nerve, didn’t mention it earlier because the doctor gave me some lovely painkillers and when I take them I don’t know my back is sore. When I don’t take them it is a little stiff and twinges a bit but it’s healing quickly and, as long as I stay out of the garden (yeah), should be 100% soon.
I had some ingredients left over from the baking and half a loaf of fig and walnut bread that was going stale quickly. So, not wanting to waste good stuff, yesterday I made a bread and butter pudding, with sultanas and lemon rind and eggs and milk/cream and it is just delicious! I have carved it up into chunks and put it in the deep freeze.
So that was my week, back, baking, birthday, birthing a book and being there for Mum.