This Lent I am following 40acts.org.uk and a daily photo challenge. Today from 40 acts it was all about gratefulness and blessing, while the word for today on the photo challenge was dust. So this was my Lent today:
We are on an economy drive at the moment. Still, R and I love our food, so some of the cheapest recipes I have seen online just don’t cut it, we would just be miserable.
The challenge is on, cheap and tasty, I’m trying some new food.
Last night we had kofta burgers with chips and veg. They definitely need sauce with them, or have them with pitta and tomatoes etc, but they did the job.
We ate four burgers and the other 12 went in the freezer. I bought food from Tesco’s because it’s the wrong end of the month not to use the credit card, so I reckon you could make it cheaper from Aldi:
800g value lamb mince
2 slices white bread
38g pot of Tesco’s garam masala
1tsp chili powder
Tbsp tomato sauce
1 value bulb garlic
Grate or put in a food processor the peeled onion and garlic, then the same with the bread. Mix all the ingredients, then kneed like bread dough until it’s all mixed.
Separate into 16 burgers and grill them.
It works out as about 52p per burger, so a meal for one I reckon all in, is about £1.50
Awesome, tasty and cheap.
I have suffered from depression for nearly the last three years.
I hope this statement doesn’t make you want to click on. You will be glad to know the story is having an ongoing happy end. But all the same, dear followers, it is time to talk.
As it happens, I am on the up and up. I have had therapy like CBT and the lightening process, I walk the dog, I run, I have a job with hours that I can manage. It’s all good.
But it hasn’t always been like this, and how I wish someone would have brought up the topic first. Over the last three years people at work and in my private life have seen me struggle, watched me take time off work, have prayed for me, helped me financially with some private therapy, been compassionate about my sick leave.
I am so very grateful for it all. So thank you. Truly.
But it seems to me, that each time I have been unwell, I have, on the whole (with a few notable exceptions) had to make the first move, tell people I am in trouble, or bring up the issue in some way. You have no idea how utterly terrifying that is. Or perhaps you do know. I have been afraid I would loose my job if I mentioned depression at work, afraid my friends would get bored of my unwellness.
Of course none of that was true, but I didn’t know that, and being unwell really didn’t make it any easier to ask. When it takes all your strength to just leave the house, those kinds of questions are agony.
So today, my plea is, make the first move.
It doesn’t have to be a massive conversation. A friend of mine invited me round for a cup of tea and to talk about weaving (its my kind of thing, and his). We didn’t talk about mental health at all, but he did come and pick me up so I didn’t have to struggle to get to his house, a few miles from mine, on my own.
Seriously, one of the worst things about having a mental illness (there, I said it) is that you become invisible. All you really need is a bit of normal, with someone who will have the kindness and patience to understand that some things in your life are harder than they are for people who are mentally well.
A cup of tea, that’s all it takes.
We all know that the whole “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” thing is in order of preference as far as caring for the earth goes. Which is why I am scouring Pinterest for home made house hold recipes. Using a lemon to clean the microwave has to have less impact than nasty chemicals and the plastic bottle it comes in.
And I am sure I can buy bigger bottles of olive oil and honey than I can your average hair mask… and definitely less chemicals there.
While I am dubious of the effectiveness of home made deodorant, its got to be worth a try right?
So lovely human beans… do you have anything else I can add to my Pinterest board?
I am watching wild China on the BBC, and have just seen the coolest thing… A bat the size of a bumble bee!
It is called a bamboo bat and they have a nest in one small section of a bamboo with an entrance hole smaller than a pencil width.
The entire program is worth a watch, I expect you can get it on iplayer