One peach, pear, plum……and a few wizened apples

The phone rang – cold call. I looked at the clock. Help;3.30 and nothing planned for tea. Too late to shop, even if I was fit or inclined enough. Should I just carry on reading and order a takeaway? No I have to save that for bad M.S. days not I’m bad wasting all day reading days!

The fridge does not inspire – open or closed. Requires some T.L.C. A rather sad looking peach rolls forward closely followed by a plum and I rescue them from attempt to self destruct on the floor. Search of the fruit bowl; carefully concealed beneath the new stuff some wrinkled apples and a pear. Some judicious chopping and peeling, a dollop of honey, sprinkle of cinnamon and the sugar, butter and flour – in rather random proportions – and a crumble is in process. Exhausted by my creativity I return to my book – but guilt prevails. A second sortie to the fridge; one salmon fillet, some new potatoes – some rather doubtful salad ingredients. More chopping and tearing, a reasonable salad – well-dressed of course, not in pyjamas like myself! Well it is a good book!

There’s a clattering on the stairs and a shout from the hall

” Don’t make me any tea – I’m off out – not sure what time I’ll be back.”

I shove everything back into the fridge, grab a handful of biscuits and return to my book. I reflect that I won’t have to worry about tea tomorrow. Result!

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The Bard, the bread and the broken tooth.

I have arrived at that point in my life where I try to avoid ‘getting to grips’ with any ‘new’ technology but it comes at me when I’m pointedly looking the other way; rather as we used to at school if the teacher asked if anyone would like to read out their homework. I was daydreaming my way through my Memoir class when the words ‘set up’ and ‘blog’ caught my attention. So I find myself – when all my creativity has gone into setting up the relevant page – attempting my first.

After the class I had to dash off to the theatre. I know dash and M.S. don’t go together but time was of the essence. We arrived at our places, drinks were produced and, as the lights went down, I was handed a sandwich. White linen jacket on the arm of my seat fell to the floor and carefully combined with orange drink at my feet. I mopped one up with the other. Sandwich wrapper almost defeated me – and the large- headed man in the seat in front. He nearly said something as he turned – I could feel his words hovering in the ether – but Falstaff boomed louder and he turned his attention back to the stage and I to my sandwich. I took a large bite and found myself crunching my way through a tooth – the dreaded baguette had struck again!

I abandoned tea in favour of the rather blurry figures on the stage and strained to hear the quieter dialogue of Henry 4th part two. When the lights went up for the interval I discovered that I now had an orange and white linen jacket; a missing front incisor; my reading glasses instead of my distance glasses and my hearing aids in the wrong ears. The second half of the play was much better in all respects.