Joining in with Amy and Five on Friday.
Five questions for you this week. Answers to any or all of them gratefully received.
1. Pocket money. A good thing? How much? Should they do chores for it? How do I stop them filling the house with plastic rubbish from China? While I'm happy for them to have a little of their own money, I really want to avoid them becoming shoppers, and seeing shopping as a pastime. Money tends to burn a hole in one or two little pockets around here. Things are bought just for the sake of it, which I hate. But maybe that is something they have to do, to learn not to.
2. How do I find more hours in the day? I know, I know, if you had the answer to that... But I really need some organisation tips. I still haven't touched the writing course, shame on me, and yesterday I found it had dust on top of it. This is not how it was supposed to be. I need more time and a little motivation. And maybe a new notebook.
3. Any good boxed set I should know about? I find it hard to find something we both like. We loved West Wing, didn't get past the first fifteen minutes of The Wire (should we persevere?), ditto True Detective. We stopped watching Breaking Bad when it got a bit too dark (the cute child of the meth addicts finished us off). He is far fussier than me, I'm happy sewing and thinking, he needs it to be actually pretty good. We watched The Killing, but I drove him nuts by not reading the subtitles properly (I'm sewing remember) and asking what exactly was happening at regular intervals. It might be a while before he's ready for more Scandinavian drama. We only watch for about 20-30 minutes at a time, last thing at night, just to calm the brain patterns and turn off the thoughts a bit. If it's something scary (we watched Criminal Minds for a while) we make very sure the doors are locked when we go up. We're trying The Good Wife at the moment, but it's a bit too girly and naff for him.
4. Do you have a favourite quick recipe you'd care to share? I struggle to find something everyone likes and quite often I end up adapting things so that someone can have it meat-free, someone can have it cheese-free. So something that can be done in two different ways would be ideal.
5. One for the gardeners amongst you. Is it too early to plant out courgettes and squashes? This is the time of year that all of the seedlings on the windowsills start to drive me nuts. They're so demanding! The garden centre has courgettes outside under a roof, but open to the cold winds. Although what the garden centre does doesn't always fill me with confidence. I struggle to find actual garden items there sometimes, and the other days I got caught up in an area of tightly packed patio furniture and dropped my weed-proof membrane and my seed packets while trying to squeeze through. It was like something from a Greek myth, where you're sunk deep in the middle of it before you even realise and then there's no way out. Anyway, I'm very tempted to take a few little things to the allotment today and set them free. This warm weather is very seductive isn't it. No doubt I shall live to regret it. In fact I think I heard something about gale force winds this weekend. Not here though surely..?
Whatever you're doing, have a good one, and I'll see you on the other side. CJ xx