Thanks for comments....we're clearly all 'ladies of a certain age'!! I came off HRT at the beginning of this year, as I'd been on it for 6 or 7 years and my GP (male, who's now retired) was always asking how much longer I wanted to stay on it. However, since being off it the night sweats have doubled in frequency and severity, and I also get daytime hot flushes now, which I rarely had on the HRT. And as for my mood swings....well, they're pretty awful. So perhaps it's time to go back on it, and it does give osteoporosis protection as well. I've made an appointment to see my (female and about my age) GP to discuss it.
Yesterday we went to the pet store to get some more toys for Betty....she's very hard on toys, she's a chewer and has very strong jaws so toys don't last long, even the so-called tough ones. Got a few, along with some good quality food that was on special offer.
Whilst there, I decided to go in M&S Foodhall as it's next door to the pet store....didn't need anything, thought I'd just go for a nosy round. I'm glad I did, they had lots of fresh meat reduced - I bought a free range bronze slow reared fresh turkey reduced to £11, original price £44. We hardly ever have turkey as neither of us have been keen on it in the past - too dry (possibly overcooked!). But I'd read several articles recently about brining the bird overnight (saw a couple of chefs on TV do it too), so decided to give that a go. It's been soaking overnight in the (cold unheated) utility room in my giant stock pot (thank goodness I have it!) in a salt, brown sugar and spice water bath, with a couple of oranges and onions chopped up in it. Even so, I still had to get husband to cut the legs and wings off first, to make it fit into the pot, I froze them for cooking at a later date. I'll cook the turkey this morning, then portion it up and freeze it, and make stock from the carcass of course. Think we've got enough meat for months and months now, what with the gammon and beef from the last couple of days, and the chicken, pork, mince and sausages already in the freezer.
Betty keeps going in the kitchen and sniffing....the turkey giblets are cooking, she'll have some of that for her tea tonight. She had roast beef yesterday, husband says I spoil her - my answer to that is well of course I do, and he's just as spoilt!