Saturday, November 28, 2009

Turkey Behind Us….Christmas Ahead!

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He came, he is lingering, but he was good.  I actually haven’t chowed down on the legs yet….my favorite part.  I seem to have been going here (work), there (pick up Savvy) and everywhere.  The everywhere meaning “I” actually stayed up past 9pm and bowled.  We (Texter, friend, Savvy and I) went to Starlight bowling from 11pm-1am last night.  I did win the first of 3 games and everyone had fun I do believe.  Despite the teenagers next to us who did not know a think about bowling etiquette.

There were six for Thanksgiving “lupper” (time between lunch and supper).  I fixed homemade yeast rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, rice/cheese/broccoli casserole,gravy, and asparagus casserole.  There is a story behind the asparagus…but I’m still miffed, so won’t go into it until I finish pouting.

So today, Savvy and I have discussed Ren Faire costumes for the coming year.  It is expanded to 3 weeks, later in April, so maybe the weather will be better.  Also, with Queen Elizabeth moving to North Carolina, they are instituting “Henry VIII” in a nearby town for 2 weekends in May.  So it will be a lot of fun coming up.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It’s Sunday…..

After about a week of gray, drizzly days, today is a bright and beautiful fall day.

Savvy is spending the weekend here (along with Noel) and I woke her up off the couch and let her have my bed while I surfed on her laptop and drank coffee and watch the dogs play and play and play.

Once the sun came up, I FINALLY decided the tomatoes have had their last day and clean out the containers on the balcony.  Took the remains down to the woods and dumped.  Picked up a few handfuls of wet leaves on my way back up.  I am going to try and do a “compost” heap in a bucket on my balcony.  Actually, I would like to get a vermiculture “kit” and use worms.  Of course, daughters would “harvest” my worms for fishing I am sure.  But I am going to try it in a 5 gallon bucket and just use it for a few of my scraps and coffee grounds and see what happens.

Divided a houseplant and repotted the 2 halves.  Moved my little thing of mint and chives to a couple of pots outside.  Of course, the dog thinks the chives are something to pull up and bring inside to eat.  Stuck some garlic in the pots and overplanted with lettuce.  I think with the balcony being sheltered I should be able to have lettuce during a great deal of the winter.  We shall see.

Savvy finally got up and fixed her pancakes.  Texter wandered through earlier and ate pizza for breakfast.  Then about 11 am Savvy and I decided to take the dogs for a walk around the lake.  Unfortunately, so did everyone else in town.  And since Noel and Sarge are so not ‘walkable’ on a good day, it was an abortive attempt.

So…..changed sheets on the bed and vacuumed the floor where my shredder burped.  Guess it’s nap time now.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The School of Essential Ingredients

Just finished up a really good book this morning.  In fact, I got up early, took the dog out and climbed back into bed to finish it.

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By Erica Bauermeister , this charming, quick read tells the story of eight different people who gather to take a cooking class from a rather unusual cook.

Lillian, the cook, has developed through her lifetime an unusual approach to food.  Not food just for foods sake.  Reading this book makes you want to jump up and run for the kitchen, not only to cook, but to smell.  Smells equal memories and emotions to Lillian and she has an uncanny way of creating the right dish for the right person.

One of my favorite parts is about a young mother and her feelings about being “touched” all the time.  Unless you are a mother who has gone through the constant contact with touching by children you might not understand her feelings.  But it made me go “that’s me!” when I read it.

What is really good about this book….you don’t want it to end!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Two Years and 1260 Miles

Yep, two years ago, on November 3, 2007, I logged into mapmywalk and signed up.  I started tracking my walks with the dog, to the store, to and from work.  I watched the miles slowly add up.  And funny, the pounds started coming off.

I invested in some better shoes (which currently need replacing again).  A better backpack…which can make all the difference when you are lugging a ton of stuff to/from work.  And started eating a little better.

Early this year I took over a bike.  After riding for a few weeks with my backpack of 10 tons on my back, feeling like I was going to fall over, I added tandem baskets to the back for my ‘stuff’.  Headlights and taillights went on also (they were before the baskets).

I have gone from not being able to make it up some hills (remember, no gears on this bike) to making it up a lot of them.  I watched my legs go from flabby to toned.  I have calves of steel now…or maybe they’re just not tinfoil anymore.

But in those 2 years I have logged 1260 miles.  This isn’t every ride and walk, but I would say at least 85% of them.  And I want to do more.

So next year my goal is 1000 miles in 1 year!  And a new bike (sorry Blue Bomber!).

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Mushroom View of the World – Park Walk III

(October 11, 2009)

If you live under a mushroom, this must be what your view of the world would be like.

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