MINDFUL MONDAY PART ONE

THIS POST IS THE FIRST ONE OF OUR FAMILIES FIREPLAN..IT CAN BE ADAPTED FOR MOST SITUATIONS AND IS BY NO MEANS PERFECT BUT WORKS FOR US.

IF YOU CAN USE ANY OF THESE IDEAS THAT WOULD BE GREAT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THEN THAT TOO IS GREAT.THIS IS FOR MY HUBBY AND I AND OUR PETS..ALWAYS TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION GUESTS YOU MAY HAVE AND HOW TO ACCOMODATE THEIR NEEDS.

THE GENERAL PRE SEASON PREPARATION…

DURING SPRING WE CLEAN UP ANY OUTSIDE AREAS THAT HAVE DOWNED TREES AND GENERAL SCRUB THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL..WE HAVE A GOOD CLEARANCE AROUND OUR HOUSE AND MAKE SURE WE KEEP IT CLEAR.

ON 11 ACRES WE WILL NEVER BE TOTALLY SAFE..THIS IS THE FIRST THING……DO YOU KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION..IF NOT YOU NEED TO HAVE AN ALTERNATE PLAN TO BEING AT HOME..IN A CRISIS YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT TO DO AND THIS CAN BE FATAL. YOUR ANIMALS WILL SENSE YOUR FEAR AND REACT ACCORDINGLY THIS CAN ADD TO THE STRESS.AN EMERGENCY MAY BE ONGOING..BUSHFIRES CAN RAGE FOR A LONG TIME FOR EXAMPLE AND SOME PEOPLE DON’T REALISE THEY WILL BE ACTIVELY PROTECTING THEIR PROPERTY FOR DAYS..ARE YOU UP TO THIS..IF NOT THEN YOUR PLAN SHOULD BE TO BE OUT OF YOUR HOME.

NOT ALL EMERGENCIES ARRIVE AT CONVENIENT TIMES..WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,WHILE YOU ARE AT WORK OR AWAY FROM HOME..WHAT ABOUT YOUR PETS DO YOU HAVE BACK UP PLANS.

AT THE MOMENT WE HAVE NO ACCESS TO OUR HIGHWAY FROM THE NORMAL ROUTE DUE TO A BRIDGE BEING REPLACED..WE HAVE TO HAVE ALTERNATE ROUTES AND THEY ARE BOTH LONGER THAN OUR USUAL ONE. EVEN A WELL KNOWN ROAD OR ROUTE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSHFIRE CAN BE TREACHEROUS AND AS UNFAMILIAR AS A STRANGE ROAD.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH TRAFFIC WILL BE ON THE ROAD ALL TRYING TO LEAVE AT ONCE.

DURING BLACK SATURDAY THE STREET LIGHTS CAME ON IN THE AFTERNOON THE SKY WAS BLACK AND ASH WAS FALLING..VISIBILTY IN THE FIRE AREAS WAS ZERO AND MANY PEOPLE PERISHED ON THEIR OWN ROADS,ROADS THEY TRAVELLED DAILY BECAME DEATH TRAPS.

THERE WILL BE WILDLIFE HURT CONFUSED AND WANDERING ROADS,STOCK,HORSES CATS AND DOGS COULD BE ALSO ON THE ROADS.TREES COMING DOWN AND ROADS BLOCKED OFF.

IS YOUR CAR ALWAYS FULL OF PETROL OR GAS DURING A DANGEROUS SEASON,ESCAPING WITH LIMITED PETROL IS NOT AN OPTION,YOU MAY BE TRAVELLING A LONG TIME.

ALL THESE THINGS NEED TO BE CONSIDERED AND BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF ON YOUR CAPABILITIES.

DO YOUR FAMILY KNOW OF YOUR MOVEMENTS IN A CRISIS..HAVE YOU TOLD FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES AND NEIGHBOURS WHAT YOU WOULD DO..THIS SAVES THEM TRYING TO FIND YOU WORRYING ETC..PHONES GO DOWN,MOBILES LOSE RECEPTION…ENSURE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.ENSURE THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE ALL HAVE THE PLAN IN THEIR MINDS TOO,IF YOU ARE NOT HOME AND THEY ARE,IF KIDS ARE AT SCHOOL WHAT IS THE PLAN,THE MORE YOU ALL TALK AND GO THROUGH THE DRILL TOGETHER THE LESS LIKELY CONFUSION SETS IN.

I FOR ONE DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIGHT A FIRE AND PROTECT MY HOME,I DO NOT WANT TO BE IN A BUSH THAT IS BURNING I DON’T HAVE THE MENTAL OR PHYSICAL STAMINA TO DO SO.WITH THIS IN MIND I ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT IF I AM STUCK HERE,WHERE AM I SAFEST WITH MY ANIMALS AND HOW DO I KEEP MYSELF AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

ANOTHER GOOD IDEA IS TO HAVE A ‘DRY’ RUN..PRACTICE LEAVING AS IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY..YOU MIGHT FRIGHTEN YOURSELF AT JUST HOW LONG IT TAKES!! WE DID THIS LAST SEASON WHEN AN EARLY FIRE BROKE OUT…I WAS DISGUSTED WITH HOW UNPREPARED I ACTUALLY WAS..THIS BRINGS ME TO ANOTHER POINT..PLANS ARE ALWAYS EVOLVING..YOU WILL FIND THEY CHANGE AS YOU GET MORE IDEAS,THROW OUT SOME OTHERS (EXAMPLE I HAD BEEN CARRYING HUGE PHOTOS IN FRAMES WITH ME BEFORE I REALISED THAT I WAS BEING STUPID,I HAD SMALL PRINTS OF THE SAME PHOTOS,AND IN REALITY WOULD JUST GET THEM REDONE AS IF THE HOUSE BURNED DOWN I WOULD HAVE NOWHERE TO HANG THEM ANYWAY AND WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE THE FRAMES SO WHAT WAS I TAKING UP CAR SPACE FOR???)

SO WITH ALL THIS I CONTINUE. WE BURN OFF DURING SPRING,CLEAN GUTTERS OUT,CHECK FOR GAPS IN DOORS AND WINDOWS ,WE HAVE APPS ON OUR MOBILES WITH EMERGENCY ALERTS IN OUR AREA FROM BOTH THE CFA ( COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY) AND EMERGENCY AUS..I AM SURE OTHER COUNTRIES WILL HAVE SIMILAR APPS..IF NOT ASK YOUR SERVICES WHY NOT!! WE ALSO HAVE A RADIO SCANNER,THIS IS IN THE KITCHEN TURNED ON ALL THE TIME,WHEN I LEAVE THE HOUSE IT IS IN MY CAR AND WHEN I WALK AROUND THE PROPERTY IT IS HOOKED ONTO MY JEANS..IT SCANS THE FIRE AND POLICE BANDS AND GIVES ME REAL TIME INFO ON EMERGENCIES,MY FACEBOOK GETS ALERTS ALSO FROM THESE SAME SERVICES AND ALSO THE BUREAU OF METEROLOGY .WE WATCH THE WEATHER AND ALSO TOWNS HAVE FIRE RATING DANGER SIGNS THAT LET US KNOW THE FIRE RISK FOR EACH DAY.

THEN I PACK.

ALL HARD COPY PHOTOS,DOCUMENTS AND THINGS THAT SIMPLY CANNOT BE REPLACED (GRANDMAS CHINA ETC) IS MOVED TO A RELATIVES HOUSE WHO IS IN A SAFE AREA. FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T DO THIS I SUGGEST PERHAPS A SAFE BOX AT A BANK,A STORAGE UNIT MAYBE SHARE THE COSTS WITH NEIGHBOURS ,SCAN HARD COPY PHOTOS ,IF YOU WORK IN A SAFE AREA PERHAPS THERE IS AVAILABLE SAFE STORAGE THERE,MAYBE SUGGEST IT AFTER ALL WE ALL LIVE IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DISASTERS AND NEED TO LOOK AT USING THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

ONCE I HAVE ALL THESE SAFELY OUT I SET ABOUT MY GO PACK..I HAVE TWO DIFFERENT CRITERIA,ONE IS IN MY CAR ALL THE TIME ALL SEASON,THE OTHER IS IN THE ROOM CLOSEST TO THE DOOR I WOULD LEAVE BY.

THE REASON BEING I CANNOT LEAVE CERTAIN THINGS IN MY CAR IN SUMMER HEAT..LAPTOPS,CAMERAS,MEDICINES,ETC..SO THESE ARE INSIDE.

WHEN SORTING OUT YOUR GO PACK THINK BEYOND A DAY ,ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR PETS..

THINK OF THE PARTICULAR REASON YOU ARE GOING..FIRE FLOOD EARTHQUAKE TYPHOON HURRICANE CYCLONE BLIZZARD..ALL REQUIRE DIFFERENT THINGS TO BE PACKED IN REGARDS TO THE ‘WEATHER’ BUT STILL REQUIRE SIMILAR EMERGENCY THINGS.

EVERYONE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT GO PACK BUT THEY SHOULD ALL HAVE SOME VERY BASIC AND VERY IMPORTANT ITEMS.

MY NEXT MONDAY BLOGGIE I WILL LIST THESE ITEMS..IT IS QUITE DETAILED SO I SHALL SAVE IT FOR THEN.

I HOPE YOU ALL STAY SAFE IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS AND THAT MOTHER NATURE HAS NOTHING BUT SUNNY SMILES FOR YOU ūüôā

COULD WE HAVE A NEW CONTENDER FOR CAT SCENT EXPERIENCES

ODDLY TODAY CLEO WAS BESIDE HERSELF IN THE GARDEN..NOT AT THE NIP PLANTBUT IN MY HERB TUB WITH THE CORIANDER…..I HAVE NEVER SEEN A CAT REACT TO OTHER HERBS LIKE THIS BEFORE…NOTE AFTER SHE JUMPED UP ON THE VERANDAH WHERE I WAS SITTING AND PROCEEDED TO GRAB MY LEGS WITH HER ARMS AND TRY AND BITE ME…HMMMMM IF THIS IS THE REACTION TO CORIANDER THEN SHE WILL BE BACK ON THE NIP WITH A CORIANDER BAN ENFORCED!

 

I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY

I DO LOVE LIVING IN AUSTRALIA..OF COURSE I HAVE LIVED NOWHERE ELSE AND HAVE NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO BUT THINK I WOULD STILL LOVE IT NONE THE LESS..

LIVING HERE OF COURSE IS INDEED TO LIVE IN A SUNBURNT COUNTRY…IT CAN BE UNFORGIVING AND HARSH .

LIKE ALL PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN A RURAL SETTING I RUN THE RISK,THE VERY REAL RISK,OF LOSING ALL TO BUSHFIRE.

ALREADY SYDNEY HAS HAD FIRES AND AS I TYPE QUEENSLAND IS HAVING TROUBLES WITH FIRES ALSO.

EVERY SEASON¬†I PREPARE A SURVIVAL STRATEGY..IT IS NOT MORBID,IT’S NOT DOOM AND GLOOM IT IS A PART OF LIFE IN THE BUSH. TO THINK WE ARE NOT VULNERABLE IS INHERENTLY STUPID..

IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO I WILL START TO ACTIVATE THIS PLAN.IT IS A PLAN THAT IS VITAL TO NOT ONLY OUR SURVIVAL BUT THE SURVIVAL OF ALL OUR ANIMALS.

THE SUMMER SEASON IS PREDICTED TO BE A BAD GRASSFIRE RISK..RAINS HAVE ALLOWED GROWTH OF GRASSES AND THE UNDERSTOREY IN THE FORESTS AND WHEN IT DRIES IT DRIES QUICKLY AND TO A CRISP.

THE SUMMER OF BLACK SATURDAY THE GROUND SOUNDED LIKE WALKING ON CHIPS..FRIGHTENING.

I AM CURIOUS AS TO WHAT YOU ALL DO TO PREPARE FOR WEATHER EXTREMES WHERE YOU LIVE.

BUSHFIRE,FLOODS,TYPHOONS,TORNADOS ALL THESE EVENTS HAVE A SMALL WINDOW OF ACTION.

I WILL POST A BLOG WHEN I HAVE DONE MY PLANS AS I SAID THEY ARE QUITE FULL ON AND INVOLVE A LOT OF WORK AND LOGISTICS.

I  LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING HOW YOU ALL ORGANISE YOURSELVES AND YOUR PETS FOR A CRISIS.

PERHAPS WE CAN SHARE IDEAS AND INCREASE EACH OTHERS KNOWLEDGE..IDEAS SHARED MIGHT EVEN HELP SAVE THE LIFE OF SOMEONE..WE MAY COME FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES BUT MOTHER NATURE AFFECTS US ALL IN SOME WAY WE ALL LIVE ON A PLANET THAT CAN SOMETIMES CRUELLY REMIND US OF OUR VULNERABILITY.

HOPING YOUR WEEKEND IS SAFE AND REWARDING FOZZIEMUM

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU PAM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAM,A FRIEND TO SO MANY IN THIS BLOGGIE WORLD AND ALWAYS THERE WITH A GAME A TEASE A COMPETITION AND A KIND OR FUNNY WORD…HOPING YOUR DAY IS FULL OF LOVE AND HUGS AND TIME SPENT WITH THOSE THAT FILL YOUR HEART WITH JOY.

THANKS TO MY THREE MOGGIES FOR PUTTING THIS VIDEO TOGETHER AND LETTING US BE A PART OF IT .

LOVE BEV MARBLES,DINNERMINTZ,PICKLES,CLEO,FORREST,DOC,JOCK,OSCAR AND FELIX….OH AND MISS ROO XXXXX

TODAY IN WRITING

INSTEAD OF PICTURES I AM GOING TO WRITE ABOUT TODAY.

IT’S SPRING AND TODAY WAS GLORIOUS,THE SUN WAS SHINING AND THE WEATHER WAS QUITE BALMY.

WE HAD A STRONG,VERY STRONG SOUTHERLY WIND  WHICH WHIPPED THE TREES AROUND AND I COULD HEAR THE BRANCHES IN THE GUM TREES RUBBING AGAINST EACH OTHER AND GROANING..A DAY FOR BRANCHES TO FALL.

I SPENT THE DAY WEEDING,SITTING AND TENDING MY MUCH NEGLECTED GARDEN AND ENJOYING THE SUN WHILE THE CATS RUBBED AGAINST MY LEGS AND THE DOGS LAID IN THE SUN LONG ENOUGH TO GET WARMED UP AND THEN RETREATED TO THEIR VERANDAH BEDS.

I WAS A BIT CONCERNED THAT A PLANNED BURN OF 228 HECTARES WAS TAKING PLACE TODAY JUST 19 KM AWAY..ODD CHOICE OF DAYS TO BURN OFF.

I WENT FOR A STROLL AROUND THE PROPERTY AFTER LUNCH TO GIVE MYSELF A BREAK FROM WEEDING,THE DAM HAS FILLED UP A BIT MORE AND I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE LARGE TADPOLES TWITCHING IN THE WATERS EDGE..THE DAM IS INDEED THEN HEALTHY..AND WHEN THEY BECOME FROGS THE SOUNDS WILL FILL THE BUSH OF AN EVENING…IT’S THE MUSIC OF SUMMER FOR ME,ALONG WITH THE CICADAS AND CRICKETS.

IN THE SUBURBS ALREADY A TIGER SNAKE HAS MADE AN APPEARANCE SO I MUST BE VIGILANT NOW,THE BROWNS WILL START TO MOVE ABOUT LOOKING FOR MATES AND FOOD AND THEY WILL NOT TOLERATE CARELESS FOOTSTEPS IN THE BUSH..THE DAYS OF LETTING THE DOGS RUN FREE AROUND THE YARD WILL STOP AND ON LEAD WALKS WILL BE THE ORDER OF THE DAY.

THE WASHING DRIED QUICKLY WITH THE GUSTY WIND AND NO SIGN OF SMOKE FROM THE BURN,I MUST GET THE SUMMER FIRE PLAN SORTED AND THE ESSENTIALS PACKED AND ORGANISED..THINGS REMOVED FROM THE HOUSE UNTIL THE FIRE SEASON ENDS AND THE CAR PREPARED FOR THE SEASON.

SPRING IT MIGHT BE BUT ALREADY IT’S SHOWING SIGNS OF A NASTY SUMMER..IT’S NEARLY 11.30 AT NIGHT AND IT IS STILL 20 C OUTSIDE..MORE LIKE A SUMMER EVENING.

THE WIND IS STILL BLOWING,THE JASMINE IS STARTING TO FLOWER SO SCENTS ARE FILLING THE AIR,I CAN HEAR THE POBBLEBONK FROGS IN THE NEIGHBOURS DAM DOWN THE FRONT OF OUR PROPERTY..THEY ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE…FUNNY THINGS THEY ARE..

TOMORROW I WILL WEED OUT THE BACK,ANOTHER NICE DAY IS EXPECTED AND I LOVE THAT I AM NO LONGER FEELING FLU RIDDLED AND CAN GET SOME NORMALITY BACK IN MY LIFE.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY EVERY ONE STAY SAFE AND ENJOY WHAT THE DAY BRINGS TO YOU

Sundays from start to finish

TODAY WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY …THIS IS HOW I DID SUNDAY..

SNUGGLED DINNERMINTZ

SNUGGLED DINNERMINTZ

 

SAT ON THE GRASS WITH DOC

SAT ON THE GRASS WITH DOC

 

SAT ON THE GRASS WITH FORREST

SAT ON THE GRASS WITH FORREST

 

WATCHED DINNERMINTZ ENJOY THE SUN

WATCHED DINNERMINTZ ENJOY THE SUN

 

SAT TONIGHT ON THE VERANDAH AND WATCHED THE FULLMOON PEEKING OUT FROM BEHIND THE JASMINE

SAT TONIGHT ON THE VERANDAH AND WATCHED THE FULLMOON PEEKING OUT FROM BEHIND THE JASMINE

 

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE OR HAD A GREAT SUNDAY

 

MY HUBBY MY HERO

WELL JUST WHEN I THOUGHT THE FLU WAS LEAVING THE BUILDING IT DECIDED TO THROW ONE MORE CURVEBALL…SUPER..ALMOST AT AN END OF A DOSE OF ANTIBIOTICS I WENT DOWN HILL AGAIN..

YOU SEE I MADE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING I COULD SPEND SOME TIME IN THE GARDEN WEEDING..

NEXT DAY BANG FELT LIKE CRAP AGAIN..NO ENERGY,FELT LIKE MY LEGS WERE MADE OF CONCRETE.

SO I HEADED TO BED..AGAIN..AND THOUGHT A GOOD SLEEP WOULD SEE ME RIGHT.

HUBBY WAS HEADING¬† OFF THE NEXT DAY TO ADELAIDE FOR BUSINESS..I TOLD HIM I’D BE FINE..

SO YESTERDAY MORNING I WAS WOKEN AT 5.30 AM WITH WHAT FELT LIKE SOMEONE HAD CRACKED THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY SKULL WITH A BASEBALL BAT…SUPER..I GOT OUT OF BED HAD A COUPLE OF PAIN KILLERS AND THEN STRAIGHT TO THE TOILET TO BE VIOLENTLY SICK..NOW THIS WAS BAD ENOUGH BUT FOR SOME REASON MARBLES DECIDED THAT SHE WOULD PLONK HERSELF ON THE MAT AT THE BASE OF THE TOILET AND HAVE A PEE!! SO I’M WAITING FOR HER TO BE DISGRACEFUL BEFORE I COULD EVEN GET TO BE SICK..

FORREST WAS LYING IN OUR WARDROBE MAKING WHINING SOUNDS..HE KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG..DINNERMINTZ CAME IN PRESSED AGAINST MY LEGS AND RUBBED HER HEAD ON ME PURRING AWAY,SHE KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG..BUT MARBLES GO FIGURE JUST THOUGHT SHE WOULD PEE ON THE MAT..

WHEN I GOT UP I WAS IN A WORLD OF HURT SO I RANG HUBBY..POOR THING HAD JUST FOUND A PRIMO PARKING SPOT AT THE AIRPORT AND WAS ABOUT TO GET THE BUS INTO THE TERMINAL..HE TURNED AROUND AND DROVE STRAIGHT BACK HOME..

BY THIS TIME I WAS ROCKING ON THE FLOOR..I KNEW IT WASN’T MENINGITIS AS IVE HAD THAT TWICE BEFORE BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD A ONE SIDED HEAD CRUNCHER LIKE THIS..HE FINALLY GOT HOME SORTED THE DOGGIES OUT IN THE LAUNDRY (I MANAGED TO FEED ALL THE ANIMALS GO FIGURE) AND WE HEADED TO THE E.R.

LUCKILY I DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT LONG..AFTER A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF QUESTIONS AND TESTS THEY TOOK BLOODS,SENT ME FOR A CATSCAN AND THEN ORGANISED A LUMBAR PUNCTURE.

THEY WERE TESTING FLUIDS TO SEE IF I HAD HAD A BLEED ON THE BRAIN.THE DR HAD NEVER DONE ONE BEFORE…HMMM…SO I WAS A TAD CONCERNED BECAUSE I HAVE SCAR TISSUE FROM THE LAST TWO I HAD AND I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN…HE WAS TALKED THROUGH BY A SENIOR DR WHO PROCLAIMED HE DID A BRILLIANT JOB,HUBBY DIDN’T WANT TO WATCH BUT HE DID SAY THAT SIX PEOPLE ALL CAME IN FOR A GOOD LOOK…LATER ON THE SENIOR DR CAME IN AND SAID THEY NEEDED TO TAKE SOME OF MY BLOOD AS WHEN THE DR WAS CLEANING UP FROM THE L.P. HE GAVE HIMSELF A STICK INJURY…POOR BUGGER..WELL AT LEAST I KNOW I HAVE NO NASTIES SO HE WILL BE FINE..I DID SAY HE MAY CATCH MENOPAUSE AND THAT WOULD BE ABOUT IT.

SO CATSCAN RESULTS..NO BLEEDS,NO STROKE AND I HAVE 4 CATS..LUMBAR PUNTURE..NO BLEEDS NO MENINGITIS SO IT SEEMS JUST A VIOLENT ONE SIDED MIGRAINE..

SO HUBBY HAS CANCELLED ALL PLANS WITH WORK HAS BEEN BABYSITTING ME LOOKING AFTER THE FUR BABIES,AND IS GENERALLY BEING MY HERO…

I STILL HAVE A SORE HEAD BUT NOTHING AS BAD AS IT WAS AND MY LOWER BACK IS STILL SORE BUT I AM GETTING BETTER..

ALL THIS IS SOOOOOOO BORING AND MEANTIME I HAVE MISSED MY DAILY FIX ON BLOGGIE FUN AND MAYBE EVEN MISSED SOME FB STUFF (WELL NOT REALLY FB CAN BE VERY ORDINARY )

SO IF I AM IN AND OUT PLEASE FORGIVE ME AS I TRY TO CATCH UP …MEANTIME ENJOY MY LUMBAR PUNCTURE PICTURE AS IT WAS APPARENTLY AN AWESOME FIRST EFFORT…LOVE THE WAY THE CROSS HAIRS ARE DRAWN ON …CATCH UP SOON….

EXCELLENT FIRST EFFORT...APPARENTLY..

EXCELLENT FIRST EFFORT…APPARENTLY..

Keeping busy

Quitting¬† cigarettes is hard… call them darts, smokes, ciggies whatever it’s an addiction as real as any other.

So baking is one way to keep me busy…

Today it was Strawberry and Pistachio Mignardises..using 6 egg whites..so what to do with egg yolks..well the pups had three between them on their dinner and the rest I used my pent up energy hand whisking into a lovely diijon and white wine mayonnaise….

I hope I can kick the smokes or I will end up like Gilbert Grape…. ūüė¶

FRESH STRAWBERRY AND PISTACHIO MIGNARDISES

FRESH STRAWBERRY AND PISTACHIO MIGNARDISES

MAYONNAISE WAS  A PERFECT USE FOR EGG YOLKS

MAYONNAISE WAS A PERFECT USE FOR EGG YOLKS