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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
I painted a thing
I had a productive day today. In fact I managed a major achievement. I painted the garage door!

It was originally red, but had faded badly so had been pink for quite a while. It's now a proper red again. My arms feel a bit limp because I had to work fast, but I got it done and the rain that is forecast is not supposed to arrive until 11 pm, so the paint should be dry enough by then to survive a wetting.

And in other news...

For some years I have used a pre-prepared shopping list, saved as a Word document. I print out a copy and blue-tack it inside the big kitchen cupboard. Every time I notice I'm about to run out of something, I put a tick by it on the list and when I'm ready to do a shop, I just peel off the list and away I go.

I have just added the message, "Don't impulse-buy parsnips!" to the top of the page.

It may not be parsnips, it may be leeks or other veg or salad, but despite working out a menu for the week in advance, I walk past the veg display and think, "Ought to eat more veggies and those look nice," before adding them to my basket without thinking how exactly I'll use them, and then a week later they end up all sad in the fridge and sometimes half of them get thrown away. The thing is, G doesn't like parsnips, or quite a few other vegetables, so I have to eat them all myself and I always overestimate how much I can consume or how much cooking from scratch I will have the energy and enthusiasm for. So I'm hoping that now I have the reminder on the list, the next time I find myself reaching for a pack of parsnips, I'll quietly put them back again.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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From: cmcmck Date: October 20th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thankfully, I'm not alone in liking the humble parsnip! :o)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 21st, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately G hates them, and though I like them, I don't want to eat them every day for a week!
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: October 20th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm...parsnips. I'll have to look for some next time I go get veggies. My grandmother used to roast them in a little honey....
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 21st, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are very nice roasted, but I find that a little goes a long way and I ended up having to eat rather a lot of parsnips yesterday to use them up.
seaivy From: seaivy Date: October 20th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

husband is now the cook and he uses the pre-printed list

we go over a weeks menu before we go grocery shopping
the big grocery story is 35 miles away

we "tag team" grocery shopping - i take part of the list and he takes part - makes it quicker
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 21st, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
As G is still working full-time and I only teach two days a week, all the cooking and shopping is my department. I realised a while ago that I don't actually mind the cooking, it's the thinking what to cook that becomes tedious, but my menu planning spreadsheet has helped a lot in that department.
From: kaishin108 Date: October 20th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do that too, thinking I can eat more veggies than is realistic. And I get so upset when they go bad, sighh.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 21st, 2015 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know. :( I eat a lot of slightly limp cauliflower and broccoli, not to mention the slightly bendy carrots.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: October 22nd, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found a recipe for you.

Edited at 2015-10-22 06:26 pm (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 23rd, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That looks rather good! Thanks for the link. As I said, G hates parsnips but it's something I could do for myself for when he has really hot chilli. We can't eat the same chilli meal because if it's as strong as he likes, I can't eat it, and if it's adjusted to my taste, he thinks it's feeble.
del_c From: del_c Date: October 22nd, 2015 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so bad at eating fruit and vegetables in time that even a second carrot can go off if I buy two, so I've added to my mental shopping list the principle that it's okay to get *one* of a vegetable. They won't look sad at me at the checkout.

This rules out packs of course; loose veggies only.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 23rd, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have recently reintroduced bananas into my diet after giving up due to wasting so many. I now make myself buy loose ones and just buy 2 or at most 3. That seems to be working. Packs are fine for a family, but for one or even for two, they lead to wastage. It's just a case of making myself take that extra few seconds to select loose fruit or veg instead of grabbing a pack.
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