Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Are you a nibbler?

I have just found the perfect answer to my compulsion to nibble throughout the day.

I accidentally ordered fresh peas instead of frozen with my online groceries order yesterday, and my delight at rediscovering the forgotten art of shelling peas knows no bounds. Fresh, uncooked peas are almost as nice as frozen ones, and I have been slitting, popping and guzzling all day. I am sure I shall have added at least one of five veg portions in this way by the time I go to bed.

I do make a lot of silly mistakes in my ordering these days, as my brain slows down and my concentration goes, and my now ungovernable fingers, (for so long the reliable friends of a trained touch typist), yield to arthritis and double click keys or hit the one next to the target key.

I rarely order spirits, but I do like to have a medicinal brandy in the house, and the time came recently to buy a new bottle. So I ordered - I thought - a half bottle of brandy and three small cans of Canada Dry. Imagine my surprise when I unpacked my order to find THREE half bottles of brandy and THREE litre bottles of Canada Dry!!! I have ordered two instead of one of items in the past, but THREE....... It would take me three lifetimes to get through that lot.

I couldn't face trying to return the goods to the store ... I mean, how embarrassing! So I decided the spares would have to be given to a bottle stall on our local Village Day in July. This would give me a comfortable glow of good feeling to set against the involuntary stupidities of old age. But alas, the heatwave was too much for me, and I could only stay indoors on Village Day, blinds closed, all fans blowing, drinking as much water as I could remember to, and doing absolutely nothing.

So these surplus bottles remain in my back kitchen reproaching me for my carelessness - FREE TO ANYONE WHO CARES TO COLLECT!


annie said...

I am a terrible nibbler, Judith. If I ran out I would probably start to gnaw on the leftover box.

Arthritis means I am taking forever to write this comment since all those letters on the keyboard will not wait their turns but pop up when they prefer, instead of when I want them...

Then there is the matter of spelling, but I refuse to admit there is anything the matter.

Good to hear from you.


J Cosmo Newbery said...

Whether I nibble depends on the nibblee.

As for the medicinal brandy - tempting, very tempting.

W.C. Fields: "Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."

Susan said...
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Susan said...

I love to nibble, usually whilst I am sitting at my desk at work. This probably explains all the extra weight I have put on! I find dried cranberries a delcious snack but they, too, are full of calories so maybe I should try fresh peas, instead. Imagine the boss's face if I sat in front of the computer shelling peas instead of getting the orders out.Priceless!

littlebug-peg said...


Your blog is delightful! I look forward to keeping up with you.

Sincerely, Peg


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G in Berlin said...

Hi Judith- hoping you are ok as you haven't posted in a while?
Although I don't need it yet, I know there are inexpensive (and not perfect) voice transcription software out there.
Hope your summer is going well.

Garnetrose said...

I am a nibbler and it is something that has been my downfall. I don;t eat a whole piece of pie. I take little bites then go back later and cut another little sliver off.

I too have discovered the delight of raw peas. We had some in our garden and I tried one and I could not stop with just one. *s*

Enjoyed your post.

Anonymous said...

Dear Judith,
I think you are a very intelligent elder person, and many elder people I know. Please don't say that elderly people do stupidities, young people do loads or more!
PS. I love your blog