Monday, November 20, 2006

Christmas Pressie Preperations!!!!

I was really out of sorts this morning as I had to go for my follow up appointment with the specialist. Anyway the reason I was so nervous is, the op! hasn't worked and I still have the problem! I have mentioned in a previous post what I had done, it is a very painful operation and because I never, ever wanted to go through it again I have improved my diet 100%! I have lost 1 1/2 stone and I must admit the specialist noticed, he said 'I was a shadow of my former self'. I think he exagerated, but never mind I was thrilled!
Anyway he was, shall we say totally befuddled, when I told him what was happening, and he sat very quietly and shuffled and re-read all my papers. Mark was with me and he said the same as me, it was as if he was thinking 'what on earth can I do now!'
So I had more (very painful) injections, I have to take antibiotics and some steroids and go back and see him in 2 weeks! If this doesn't work I have to go back to theatre and he said' Mrs Woodlands if you thought last time was painful, this will be far worse'!!!!!!! So I am stuck between the devil and the deep!

So I came home and got on with what I like doing best...... making....... so look what I've been up to this morning..

8lb of Medlars

Quartered and put into a pan and covered with water bring to the boil and simmer for 1hr 30mins

put the contents into a jelly bag and strain overnight! Oh alright I started this yesterday!!!

Measure what is collected and for every pint add 1lb sugar

Boil until setting point is reached, spoon off the scum and put into sterilized pots!

the colour is amazing. Unfortunately it only has a shelf life of 6 months... if it lasts that long!

I cheated on the next one I went to the super market and bought little bottles of Olive Oil. Soaked the labels off, opened them up and filled them with Garlic and Rosemary. I would have used Chillies but my Mum is not keen on 'hot' but I think I know someone who would like it???

I still have to label them and will post a pic when done. Yes I could have bought bottles and oils seperately, this just worked out more economical for me!!

Then the cakes needed marzipaning!!

Whilst I was out getting bits and pieces after picking Tori up from school! It came to me, so I now know how I'm doing the Christmas Cakes! There will be nothing rustic about them either!!


lottie the allotment lady said...

Well done you. Hope the medication works and that you do not need another op.

I love making home made oil concoctions - they look so pretty don't they?

I collect different bottles over the year.

Nice to keep busy - keeps your mind of things - and well done you losing so much weight - you kept that quiet.

mrsnesbitt said...

Thinking about you chuck, hope all sorts itself out!

Off to find your e-mail address so I can send you an invite to look at some photos.


Gumbrellsworld said...

make mine a chilli one!!!!!

Libbys Blog said...

Well I did say I knew someone who would like chilli!

Thank you Lottie, yep keeping busy helps me alot, just got to think what mischief I can get up to tomorrow!!!

Mrs N your pictures are amazing, The last time we had any decent snow was about 1991!!!!!

Kathryn Woodlands said...

It was 1999 we had a mega snow actually lol :P xxx

Libbys Blog said...

Memory like an Elephant you have! Never forget unless its to do with work LOL! LOL!