ANYTHING NOT TO DO WITH BEING A CARER !

Socialise and chat about other areas of your life
I bought some art things from a recycling centre the council have set up, (things destined for the tip but too good to chuck out). There's some art paper, a few oil acrylic paints and some pastels. I never seem to be in the frame of mind to sit still and relax long enough to try something like that- far more likely to hop on line or take the dog out. I have have good intentions though one day.
Mrs A, I read the Handmaids Tale years ago and really enjoyed it. It got me "into" Margaret Atwood's books. I've recorded the series, but not had the opportunity to watch it yet.

Mmm, I can only read when my brain isn't too busy these days. When I'm absorbed by a book, but it's great escapism.

I have quite a few half finished craft projects on the go too.

Am really enjoying the process of felting with my new kit, (a gift,) therapeutic, calming and satisfying. Plus can do it whilst S is about as its not too taxing.

I enjoy pottering in the garden and gardening too, though garden is far too wet at the moment :shock: Sod's law, as now it's hols and S is still at college I could be out there. Once he breaks up too, no chance ( bar stolen minutes.)

Melly1
My new hobby is stamp collecting Not as boring as it sounds as I am restricting it to Christmas stamps of all kinds and printing little comments alongside these tiny works of art, and hopefully, one of my grandchildren will find them amusing.......
I used to walk several miles a day listening to music and loved it but for the last year I have had a bad knee and was advised to avoid uneven ground. For many months I couldn't walk anywhere painfree but I am now on the mend and hope to get back into walking soon.

I knit and crochet in the evenings and read when I go to bed. I used to like pottering in my garden but haven't done much of that this summer either.
I don't care full time and have 2 small children (5&8) who keep me busy. I feel massively grateful in a way that they are a distraction for all of us whilst things are hard at the moment with Mum and Dad. We are trying to create something everyday of the holidays. So yesterday we made a yogurt pot cake which is a fab recipe for anyone with kids/grandkids as it involves no weighing, you just measure everything with a yoghurt pot, and my two made it themselves with minimal mess/fighting! This afternoon we are going to look in the charity shops for a new jigsaw.

I also have a cat and a dog. The dog is an 18 month old lunatic Labrador who is in love with life, but is a massive handful, so I am trying to train her into a quieter, better behaved member of society! Walks with her are salvation as even on rainy days when I am trying to get her walked and then dash off to see one of my parents before getting back to pick the kids up from school, it is time out in the fresh air, which I cherish. The cat is self sufficient former stray, but very affectionate and likes a fuss of an evening!

I LOVE to read, but there isn't much time. Margaret Atwood is a favourite, but I love thrillers, historical novel CJ Sansom and Philippa Gregory are great. I'll read pretty much anything!

I would love to learn to sew at some point, and have bought a second hand machine, but it is gathering dust at the moment. One day!
I like collecting old postcards of the town I live in , love the old ones with horses and carts, gas lights and unmade up roads of just dust and gravel.
Love my all weathr dog walks to- but my hound is getting on a bit and much less enthusiastic these days, long walks are out of the question, she tells me when it is time to go back to the car.
I like that - I had a retired greyhound once, and we really had to persuade him to go for a walk, he was so laid back - literally - all he wanted to do was snooze - he was lovely. The springer was super too, but we forgot to buy a brain for him ;)

We have, sadly, to rent our home, and we are not allowed pets - other than the hedgehogs which visit of their own accord.......
Hi I'm new to the Forum. I'm going drumming this afternoon with our local Carers' drumming group.
We meet up every fortnight. Great for stress relief and social interaction.
I also walk my dog in the early morning, which helps me face the day ahead !
Sally_17031 wrote:I don't care full time and have 2 small children (5&8) who keep me busy. I feel massively grateful in a way that they are a distraction for all of us whilst things are hard at the moment with Mum and Dad. We are trying to create something everyday of the holidays. So yesterday we made a yogurt pot cake which is a fab recipe for anyone with kids/grandkids as it involves no weighing, you just measure everything with a yoghurt pot, and my two made it themselves with minimal mess/fighting! This afternoon we are going to look in the charity shops for a new jigsaw.

I also have a cat and a dog. The dog is an 18 month old lunatic Labrador who is in love with life, but is a massive handful, so I am trying to train her into a quieter, better behaved member of society! Walks with her are salvation as even on rainy days when I am trying to get her walked and then dash off to see one of my parents before getting back to pick the kids up from school, it is time out in the fresh air, which I cherish. The cat is self sufficient former stray, but very affectionate and likes a fuss of an evening!

I LOVE to read, but there isn't much time. Margaret Atwood is a favourite, but I love thrillers, historical novel CJ Sansom and Philippa Gregory are great. I'll read pretty much anything!

I would love to learn to sew at some point, and have bought a second hand machine, but it is gathering dust at the moment. One day!
You sound as though you have a very varied life and some fun with the children - may I have your yoghurt pot cake - it might be something my granddaughter would like to do next time she visits........... she is just 6 so it sounds right for her !!
Hi Mary

Here is the recipe for Yogurt Pot Cake.

Preparation 10 minutes - Cooking 30 mins - Oven temp 200-220°c, gas mark 6-7
You will need one, oiled/greased loaf tin
1 natural (unsweetened) yogurt (125g)  (use the pot as a measure)
2 pots of self raising flour
2 pots of sugar
0.5 pot of vegetable oil
3 eggs
tsp vanilla essence

There is no real method, you empty the yoghurt out of the pot into a bowl and then use the pot to measure out the other ingredients into the same bowl. Mix it together to make a cake batter. Pour into a loaf tin and cook for around 30 mins (my oven is a bit fierce, so I cook at around 180 degrees c for a bit longer). You can also add a pot of choc chips or blueberries or anything else to flavour it if you like. Or the juice and zest of a lemon is also nice.

Happy cooking!