The Near-Perfect Day

The day started with a delivery of a bumper birthday box from Scottish Susan. She sent some fancy soap and lotion, a lovely orange pen and notebook and two cookbooks to help with my calorie counting and portion control: Lighten Up and Fat Girl Slim.  Everything came wrapped in pink and gold inside a beautiful striped box. The box’s weight was about equivalent to the poundage I have lost–it must have cost her a fortune to mail it from the UK, but I’m very glad she did.

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of rainier cherries, a birthday gift from Peggoty. Delicious. I ate them before I could take a photo.

My dad sent a fat check to celebrate my advancing years and so Team Blarney hit the supermarket this morning: whole wheat plus lots of fruit, veg and grains for me; meat, fish and chicken for Hansel to grill and much that is microwaveable for Gretel ” I don’t really cook. I like things to come ready made”. We spent $650 dollars and filled three carts at Shoppers. Of course we now need to shop for the in-laws as well: baked beans, bacon and sausages for the handsome Prince, and things that are mostly food coloring for the Hottie. The kids took pictures of the contents of the freezer, fridge and pantry when we got home. “Look at that nice full cabinet” said the Hottie tonight as she went in search of a psychedlic snack “makes you feel proud”.

Shoppers even had rhubarb. I love rhubarb but it’s too hot for it to grow well here so you don’t see it in stores very often. The only blot on an otherwise perfect day was the disappearance of the rhubarb which everyone swears was in the cart when we were packing the car but which had mysteriously vanished by the time we reached the house. Perhaps a crazed crumble fan nicked it from us in the parking lot when Hansel’s back was turned.

This is the first time we have taken our custom to Shoppers but we’ll definitely be back–although hopefully not for a couple of months. We went on the recommendation of Princess Di who praised the price,  the produce and the variety of food on offer. She has it right–it’s much cheaper than Giant or Safeway and has lots of variety. There was a great choice of ethnic foods and everything was beautifully presented and fresh.

The Princess came round this afternoon with a basket of low calorie condiments to spice up my salads, soups and stews. She is pleased with the launch of her new website and has already had a sale of some of her paper and cards. Check out her online studio on and order your all your holiday gifts from Itchy Ankle’s resident artist.

“This is a Belfast day” said Hansel this afternoon and it was: coolish with rain on and off all day. I went out for a swim at 6pm and had the outdoor pool in Galesville to myself. The pool looks out over the Chesapeake Bay and so I spent an hour enjoying the view while I swam my half mile, and listened to the sound of boat hardware clinking against masts in the boatyard behind me.

Ms Monroe called round tonight and brought me a birthday meal made with tomatoes and eggplant from her garden–and a gift of one of her startling cucumbers.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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