Thursday 2nd July 2020

I Heard. 16/51 #LifeThisWeek. 32/2020.

I Heard. 16/51 #LifeThisWeek. 32/2020.

In this period around the world because of the pandemic known as COVID-19 much of what we, the citizens of Australia and so many other countries, can do has been taken from us….to:

  • keep us safe at home
  • keep us coronavirus-free
  • stop the spread of the virus
  • enable some control over the spread of the virus
  • and more, I am sure!

So, what does this have to do with what I heard?

I am writing about a snapshot day: Easter Sunday. There is not much to say I heard except this:

  • the noise emanating from the lawnmower as my husband mowed the back lawn
  • the noise the whipper snipper makes too
  • the sound coming from the Dyson stick vacuum as I did my share of the house cleaning
  • our conversations once we were together to and from our activities
  • my audiobook playing in the car, as I am listening to the last of Tom Hanks’ narration of the Dutch House
  • the oh-so quiet large shopping centre still playing some musak
  • the conversation I had with the person as I collected my book: The Dutch House (obsessed now!)
  • the quietness inside the Woolworths store as I quickly sourced what I needed….and then, WIN…the bonus purchase I had not expected
  • the somewhat ‘annoying’ overheard words between a couple as I attempted the 1.5m between us and they were choosing chocolate. Oh. It was Easter Sunday
  • from the open door to our backyard, I heard the noises of a person attempting some garden renovation. It sounded pretty big and busy
  • the talking, briefly, over a quick Facetime chat with our daughter and two of our grandkids
  • the whirring of the mixer as I decided the only way to beat COVID boredom was more to eat
  • the hum of the oven’s fan as it cooked the biscuits
  • the satisfying crunch of the biscuit and slurp of my cup of tea.
  • the music from Downtown Abbey as we watched a 20 minute segment of the Movie
  • the tip tap tapping as I write this.

I had not intended to go here: local Westfield but for click & collect I did. Hand sanitiser out at both Big W & Woolies.

Before we got ‘locked down’ I knew I would enjoy seeing something bright each day and here it is…on the back verandah.

The recipe is one of my late Mum’s.

Peanut Biscuits.

  • 125gm butter or marg. (I used butter, and slightly melted it first, sorry Mum!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 cups SR flour (yes, I had some!)
  • 3/4 cup raw peanuts
  • I added a teaspoon of vanilla

(I threw in all the slightly salted peanuts I had left in packet…and I also doubled the recipe)

To make the chocolate version, I halved the double mix and added 2 tablespoons of cocoa.

Cream butter and sugar, add egg and beat well. Mixed in flour and peanuts .

It’s quite a wet mix so I used a spoon to drop amounts on a baking paper covered tray, the slightly flattened with a fork.

Cook in a fan forced oven at about 160-165C. Mum’s was in Fahrenheit 325-375.

I did keep an eye on the tray and turned them once, Probably took around 10-15 mins (everyone’s oven is different)

Cooled them on a rack and ate some for afternoon tea. As I doubled it, made at least 48 biscuits.

What have you heard lately?

Did you find Easter was very quiet where you were?

Are you missing being able to go where you want to?

Tell me in the comments!

Denyse.

And,  the next series of optional prompts is here and on the Home Page.

22/51 I Saw 1.6.2020

23/51 Life Stories #2. 8.6.2020

24/51 Kindness 15.6.2020

25/51 Share Your Snaps #5 22.6.2020

26/51 Best Time Of Day. 29.6.2020

27/51 Taking Stock #3 6.7.2020

28/51 Self-Care Stories. #4. 13.7.2020

29/51 Your Choice. (World Head & Neck Cancer Prompt for Me) 20.7.2020

30/51 Share Your Snaps #6 27.7.2020

 

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  1. Who needs the Easter Bunny to bring chocolate when you can self score some loo paper?! Easter was very quiet – our at home Easters always are but it was almost eerily quiet in the hood too. Your biscuits look delicious, I can’t stop baking, won’t stop baking, it’s my therapy 🙂 Yay for Zoom and Facetime that’s keeping us connected when we can’t be together in person, hey?

    • I did consider it a big win, scoring toilet paper….and I am a pretty needy girl in that respect so, phew. Yes, cooking is a way to pass the time and ease the pain of isolation.

      I have surprised myself in not missing my coffee each day when I used to go out. I have realised a strong coffee at home with something treat like to eat is good. What I DO miss about the having a coffee out was it was a conversation with the coffee people and a time for my little art journal.

      The journal for that purpose is sadly forlorn having stopped on 15 March. However, I have had a small art project each day to keep my creative skills up AND of course the blog!

      Making a small “memory lane’ of photos in a wee book for my almost 21 yo Granddaughter as she will be having a small celebration with her BF and Mum and siblings at home in early May.

      Take care,

      Denyse.

  2. Your cookies look good, Denyse. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Easter is usually quiet in my city as people are off work for the long weekend holidays. With the pandemic-related closures of all non-essential businesses, it’s even quieter. When I walked by the lake today, I heard the sounds of water lapping at the boardwalk, the wind, the rain drops, and the gulls calling.

    • Oh I loved reading about those noises. I loved it today and yesterday when I went for a short walk to hear NO traffic but the call of birds and the rustle of the trees.

      Cities look awfully different right now for sure.

      Take care,

      Denyse

  3. I am missing my normal. But all you can do is all you can do, right? I am taking part in the 30 day music challenge on FB so I’m hearing a lot of songs that are new to me. It’s making my morning exercise playlist quite fun.

    • Oh yes, I know you are and for you, what I am seeing is you are doing the BEST you can with what you have…and can order. Loved the backyard badminton pics with the pretty lights.

      I am glad you are finding music where you can.

      DJ Firelite aka eldest grandson is finding it hard but doing what he can to make and create on line..and being a good big bro to his little sister by helping with at home school when he can…and walking the dog.

      Take care,
      Denyse

  4. As I catch up on blog reading this morning before I log into work I’m listening to a butcher bird warble outside. Just lovely. Yes, I’m missing being able to go out to eat, but in the scheme of things that’s pretty minor.

    • I love it when we tune in and hear more that is from nature.

      I am glad you do to do that today. Makes you feel a bit more grounded.

      I am missing coffee shops but funnily enough after bringing home some coffees, not that much. So it appears my visits were social centred as well as coffee.

      Take care,
      Denyse

  5. What a wonderful wrap up of what you heard Denyse. I have the Dutch Jouse on my pile to read. And also Downton Abbey movie to watch. Luck you – toilet paper!

    • I am glad you have the book.

      I did buy it after all even though I have listened and will enjoy seeing the visual (from my head) when I read the words. I think I will still hear Tom Hanks’ voice anyway.

      I am still surprised that toilet paper continues to be in short supply but from what I am reading, the makers are doing all they can.

      Take care,
      Denyse.

  6. I am cranky at sitting at the beach being illegal. I guess it’s how regional people feel when politicians make decisions based on capital cities. I can’t walk far but would like to get a mental break by going to the beach but nope that’s illegal to go for a sit. On an empty beach. Always empty. Very frustrating.

    • Yes I do agree and it sucks when you need it for your mental health. I was thinking like that too when I went to a local beach a while back but made sure I walked on the beach too.

      None of us are enjoying the restrictions but when idiots are breaking them then the police and other powers that be get heavy and spoil things. Sigh!

      Take care,

      Denyse.

  7. Thank you for the recipe, Denyse! Also, a lovely collection of sounds!

    SSG xxx

    • Absolute pleasure.

      I had extra peanuts that were not salty enough for me (like the salt and can actually eat peanuts!) so not wanting to waste ingredients knew I had a recipe of Mum’s somewhere!

      Take care,

      Denyse.

  8. I have been pottering in the kitchen too. (See my recipe post today.) Those biscuits look yummy!
    Baking is a really rewarding way to pass the time in lock-down.

    • I think we all need the comfort foods and when you can’t go anywhere, the kitchen calls.

      I am sorry your family has been impacted by the economic downturn and hope there is something in the future for your husband’s employment as we “come out of this”.

      Take care,

      Denyse.

  9. Hi Denyse – Easter didn’t feel like Easter at all for me. No kids, no grandgirls, no church, no sense of a holiday. It just felt like any other weekend – Ground Hog Day on repeat. I think it was the only time in the last 6 weeks that I felt like COVID-19 lockdown was getting to me. I pulled up my socks after a day or so of feeling a bit out of sorts and life is back to usual. It’s definitely a LOT quieter though!

    • Even without the ceremonies it has felt quite strange for us ever since we moved here.

      I admit I used to do some Easter cooking for my Dad and try to see him but of course I can’t do that.

      We stopped Easter get togethers once we moved and the families have grown and changed but I also know how it felt to not do that any more.

      Looking forward to the times when you can reconnect….and have those needed hugs too.

      Take care,

      Denyse.

  10. A great snapshot of your Easter Denyse! I really enjoyed reading of what you heard and it gave me an incentive to stop and think about what I’d been hearing during the week, so thanks for that! Your biscuits remind me of some I used to make when the girls were little, maybe I should go find the recipe! Have a great week and I’ll be in touch

    • It’s actually something I have learned via meditation to listen inside, then outside and try to listen for the ending of sounds as well as the beginning of them. One teacher uses a bell for that purpose.

      It is a great way to tune into “just one thing” and I noticed a bird song on a brief walk yesterday and had to stop and just take it in.

      Cooking comfort food is ideal right now..because we need to be comforted! Life IS tough.

      Take care,
      Denyse.

  11. Easter was very quiet where I live. What I missed most was having an Easter egg hunt for my grandchildren. My hubby usually goes all-out hiding the eggs in unusual spots, adding some plastic eggs with money or candy in them, and even hiding their Easter baskets too. We all have a wonderful time. I hope we can do it again next year! Stay safe!

  12. As I read this I heard my husband banging the dogs bowls, the dogs making hungry dog noises, the fridge humming, the magpies warbling, the toilet flushing and now I am hearing the tip tapping of nails on my keyboard. 🙂
    The cookies look good!

  13. The quiet is probably more prominent now than ever! I don’t mind the quiet but sometimes, it’s a bit eerie. That said, at other times, it has felt like people don’t get it and there’s partying around! I’m glad you got the TP. The peanut biscuits look divine!!

    • The quiet and the emptiness just underscores how awful this has been and I remain unsure of what will return. However, that said, I would like to think people are still physically distancing but know that with this weather and hols, people can’t resist.

      Hope it’s better soon though because this return to schools is really getting to all the teachers I know.

      Yep, the biscuits are yummy and cooking is at least something to do and enjoy the outcomes.

      Take care.
      Denyse.

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