So, thank you All for taking the time to comment.
Well, one thing went completely 'right'! The new carpet got laid in good time yesterday, & we are very happy with it! It is a type of honey colour, & little Honey sort of blends in with it. We are going to tell people we wanted a matching carpet for our dog. The TV was my biggest fear. To get everything reconnected is a major puzzle of wires & cords threaded through a maze of holes in the rear of the unit. I have trouble getting down onto the floor, what with the dud knee & all, & once down, I am more or less 'cast', like an old ewe!
GOM just doesnt seem to have an affinity with electrical appliances, so it always falls to me, to do the connections, & ensure all is up & running. Anway mission accomplished, I am happy to say. And I managed to get off the floor, with a little help from the GOM.
While I was down there, I took a few moments to just enjoy the nice new carpet, & admire the colour. You know, ... make every moment count! haha.
The cheery young men who laid it were very efficient, & have done a beautiful job of it all, so we are much happier, now that it is all done at last. Has the approval of Adult Granddaughter, & Daughter J, so that is a plus as well.
Now, it may be going to take a month or more to get things back to normal. I am hoping to do a little culling of the 'stuff' while it is all 'out in the open', so to speak. GOM has actually been quite restrained in his comments at the sight of all the 'secrets' revealed. I did hear him muttering about a 'garage sale' with a friend.
But I figure I will deal with all that once the Fang has been dealt with, & the healing has taken place.
And on the culinary front, I made a Meatloaf for our tea, the evening before carpet laying. I am sorry there are no progress shots, but here is the end result, half eaten. haha.
Please dont mock my ancient burnt orange bench tops. I try not to look at those, when preparing food.
Here is the recipe for the meatloaf, which has served us well for two nights now, & GOM is partial to slices for sandwiches.
500 grams Mince -I used pork mince, since I dont eat beef.
1 cup of diced mixed vegetables, fresh for purists, or frozen for people in a hurry like me. I used the carrots corn & peas mix.
1 good sized diced onion. I precook mine in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Just seems to work better in the finished product.
1/2 cup of either mixed seasoned Bread crumbs, (stuffing mix) or plain bread crumbs with 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs.
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste. I use about a teaspoon of Maggi seasoning mix.
I also added a tablespoon of Sunflower seeds just for a bit of crunch.
Mix all the indgredients well to blend.
Pat into a loaf tin.
Pour 4 tablespoons of tomato sauce -ketchup for USA users I guess- over the top of the loaf.
Gently pour a half cup of boiling water over the top.
Bake at around 180 C for approximately an hour or until done. The water evaporates, & the result is a nicely glazed meatloaf which is nice & moist.
I have also made a large batch of Pea & vegetable soup, & will make another different version today, so I will have plenty of slops to live on while the jaw heals up.
Connie Francis, Among My Souvenirs