Just quietly, Miss Arabella and the boyfriend are no more.
I can’t say too much but he was invited to Archie’s 21st and he’s now been uninvited. I didn’t ‘uninvite’ him. Prior to the announcement of her newly proclaimed single status, I did send the boyfriend a text asking if he could help us, on the day, to set up the venue. He promptly texted back saying he would be honoured to help and what time would I like him to arrive!
Now I don’t have a helper.
But back to Arabella.
She’s fine. Absolutely devoting herself to uni work and spending lots of time in the library studying. Excellent. She’s also rowing for the uni and has training four mornings a week so is up early and busy, busy, busy. Best therapy ever.
We had a little chat and I did say, ‘Next time, Arabella, could you be friends with the guy first and get to know him really, really well before you get into a relationship?’
‘Yes, mum; that’s what I’m going to do. Just like with Fred. We’re still best friends today. I can’t wait to see him at the 21st; it’s so great he’s coming down’. (Fred lives seven hours away). And with that she packed up her books and said she was off to uni and she won’t be home for dinner because after her lectures she’s going to the library to study.
So…it’s another day, another development.
And just quietly, I’ve been to parent/teacher interviews at Alfie’s school. Last year’s teachers told me so frequently how brilliant my son is I was quite convinced I’d produced a genius. This year’s teacher didn’t mention any streak of brilliance. Before the time was up I leaned in and asked, ‘So how’s he going academically?’ She shrugged and said, ‘He’s doing okay’. Just ‘okay’? I’ll have to stop calling him Einstein.
Then she said, ‘Did you know he sometimes writes with his right hand and other days with his left? And I didn’t actually know that but I was hoping this wasn’t another thing ‘we recommend you get checked out’. I’ve heard that too many times and it’s very time-consuming getting everything ‘checked out’. My mind wandered to whether Einstein wrote with both hands.
Anyway, whether you’re rowing or whether you’re still working out which hand to write with, you need a good breakfast to start the day. I’ve been buying muesli and it doesn’t seem to matter what brand I buy, someone in the house doesn’t like it; ‘Too many sultanas’, ‘Too many oats’, ‘What are all those hard bits?’, and ‘It takes too long to chew’.
So I’m now making my own muesli. It’s so simple and easy to do and you just put in it all your favourite things. This is wheat-free but not gluten-free as it contains spelt but as spelt is an ancient grain, some gluten-intolerant people can eat spelt without the usual side effects. If you don’t want to use spelt you could substitute rolled oats. This is a raw muesli that’s not sweetened but there is some natural sweetness from the dried fruit. I’ve made an enormous quantity because we get through it very quickly but you can always halve my recipe.
Raw Spelt Muesli
Makes: A massive amount
Degree of Difficulty: 1//5
Cost: This will vary depending on what fruits and nuts you include.
- 6 cups puffed spelt (or other grain)
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped brazil nuts (or other nut)
- 1 cup diced paw paw (or other dried fruit)
- 3/4 cup pepitas
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup sultanas (because some people don’t like too many sultanas)
- 1/2 cup goji berries (because they’re meant to do wonders for you)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds (because these will stop you feeling hungry all day)
- 1 1/2 tspns cinnamon
Put everything in a bowl. Give it a really good stir. Store in a large airtight container.
Serve with fresh fruit, yoghurt and milk.
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