Not My Greatest Day

The week got off to a bad start when I turned up and found that the roadworks outside the shop, far from being “finished in a week” were looking worse than ever and the signs diverted the public through our car park. No point quibbling, builders just do what they want.

Then, looking for something where it should be, rather than where it had been randomly stashed by one of my colleagues, I fumbled the whole lot and dumped a box of coin sets on the floor, breaking several cases and letting a number of coins run free. twenty seconds later I had one of those premonitions and turned to find a couple of nuns looking at me as if they’d never heard a man swear before.

Though the meek many inherit the earth, the visitors they encourage tend to pass off a lot of foreign coins in the collection boxes, which they bring to us after it has built up enough.

As if this wasn’t bad enough my lunchtime sandwich disintegrated and spread a film of Marie Rose sauce (or Thousand Islands Dressing if you are American) and wholemeal bread crumbs over my keyboard. Then I produced a listing for Swiss coin sets that looked like it had been typed by a man with broken fingers. Some fo this was my ineptitude

I’m currently sitting at home typing and wondering why I bothered getting out of bed this morning. Very little has gone right andΒ  have left my camera at work again, even though I wanted to use it for something tonight.

Warning – I am experimenting with being an unreliable narrator, as we writers say. Which of the above facts do you think is a lie?

33 thoughts on “Not My Greatest Day

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I understood that it was known as Thousand Island Dressing in the USA. It’s really just mayonnaise and tomato ketchup, but I like to add an air of mystery and sophistication…

      1. LA

        Technically, it also contains chopped up pickle as well….FYI…I went to make an egg and found that there were none left. So I made a cheese and pickle sandwich….Pullman loaf, aged cheddar, homemade bread and butter pickle. Delicious

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        I never realised it could be so complicated, then I remembered watching American cookery shows. Even that nice Pioneer Woman seems to use far more ingredients than are really necessary…

      3. LA

        One thing pandemic has taught me is to use less things in my cooking. My family is far happier. Though I fear those on cooking shows would scoff…

      4. quercuscommunity Post author

        Yes, it has altered my outlook on food a little, though old habits creep back. Our TV cooks all seem to want us to use salt, which I stopped doing years ago. All American shows seem to want us to use kosher salt so I get both high blood pressure and worries about religion…

      5. quercuscommunity Post author

        It’s very hard not to be a bad person these days. It’s almost impossible not to be responsible for something that upsets someone via the actions of your great-great-great grandparents. I myself am responsible for slavery, famine and he imposition of the Imperial yoke on a large proportion of the world’s population. Fortunately, nobody has yet asked me to apologise for the Spanish Inquisition, the Pilgrim Fathers or the episode of happy Days where he jumps over the shark, but it won’t be long…

  1. jodierichelle

    The nuns! I didn’t think it odd as I read it, I even had a lovely picture in my head ( there were 3 of them in full habit. Two were shocked but the little one was giggling.) But as soon as you posed the question, I picked that one.

    Hoping tomorrow is just the opposite for you.

    Thank you for the Marie Rose translation. Saved me a question.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Yes, I’m bilingual in food matters English-American. Yes, I have sold chickens to nuns when I was a salesman but I have never been visited by nuns in the shop. πŸ™‚

  2. Lavinia Ross

    That is a beautiful robin photo, Quercus!

    As for which statement is a lie? Truth is often stranger than fiction, though finding nuns in a coin shop might seem unusual to me. πŸ™‚

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      That’ the one! We have church wardens, temple elders and priests but we haven’t had nuns so far (and yes, all these people do get foreign coins in the collection plate) πŸ™‚

      1. Helen

        The nuns did seem to be too good to be true, especially coupled with walking in just as you uttered an expletive.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        True, but as if by coincidence the lady from the Catholic Aid Foundation rang to make an appointment to bring us some bags of coins on Friday. πŸ™‚

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