We should be filled with gratitude for whatever goodness we have in our lives EVERY day, but Thanksgiving reminds us. I wish you a celebration filled with family and friends, good food, and lots of smiles, laughter, and great hugs.
It’s rainy here today, just as forecast, so I’m really happy I got the bricks-and-trio-planters project done yesterday. My husband wanted the more traditional Thanksgiving meal this year, so I’m cooking a turkey breast, gravy, and stuffing, and we’ll have deviled eggs and cranberry sauce and a roll tonight. My husband bought a cake at the grocery store to enjoy today, too.
Last night we pigged out, watching the carefully selected previous episodes Paramount chose to get us up to speed before a double episode blasted us into the current season. To say we are addicted is an understatement, I guess. We tape it so we won’t miss it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we buy any DVDs produced from the series so we can enjoy it well into the future.
A funny thing is we haven’t been enticed to watch the prequels yet. We may, in the future, but not right now.
It’s a mixed bag here. Our weather is glorious. It’s 59 and sunny, stunningly beautiful. We are under a wildfire alert because we have not had rain here in over a month and things are super dry. Hopefully, we can all get through this day and those to follow safely. I THINK we have a chance of rain this weekend.
I’m planning to go out and pull out the tomato plants from the two planters hear the house today. I may also spray more KILLZALL on the rock bed around the house. That’s it for outside today.
I got the tiled areas on the first floor vacuumed yesterday (pantry, kitchen, dining area, utility room, two half baths and the little area between the dining area and the living room). Today I’ll try to get the carpeted areas on the first floor done before the dog hair starts grabbing us by the leg as we walk by.
I’m having trouble getting much done because I’m in the middle of a Nora Roberts book I haven’t read (can you believe it?) It’s called, “Tribute” and I’m really enjoying it.
Today is DAY 90 on my daily yoga practice. I’m beginning to really believe this daily stretching is integral to a quality life for me. Some of the stretches actually feel good – after getting through the initial stiffness and soreness. :0)
Today is DAY 40 of my effort to build a habit of doing a yoga session daily. In MY case, it apparently takes longer than 40 days, but I do have to say that it’s on my mind every afternoon now. I’m more aware of the time in the afternoon, with a calculation of when I need to stop what I’m doing in order to have time for my yoga session before I need to fix dinner. Progress.
My scales and I continue our feud. It has a really snide, MEAN, snarky manner, taking delight when the numbers are up. One day at a time, and then ONE day it will gulp and bow to me – or at least quit sticking out its tongue at me.
The HIGH is forecast to be 85 today and it RAINED overnight and is still raining a bit. HOOORRAAAAAAY! Yesterday 106 – today 85. It’s like we are on a different planet. NICE, NICE relief! My husband slept in this morning and just got up a few minutes ago. GREAT morning to sleep. We’ll go out in a bit, get our mail, see if our trash was picked up yesterday, see if any UPS deliveries are hanging on our robot, and then replenish some supplies.
There are few have-to’s today, so I’ll play things by ear and just do a bit of cleaning, a bit of cooking, a bit of painting – just generally trying to make it a great day.
I’m a happy camper right now. My new Kindle Fire arrived, I got it registered and set up, AND it already had the Mediterranean Recipe book I had ordered, but never got to look at on my old Kindle reader. Woo HOOOO!
I look forward to looking through the recipes after lunch. :0)
My husband and I bought Kindles very soon after we realized they existed. He is on his third one, using it daily for most everything he reads, downloading scores of books. I have used mine sporadically, much preferring real books for my reading.
I have downloaded trial books, though, when the price is right, just to see if I like the authors. Then, if I want to read more, I order real books. Another reason I like my Kindle is for cookbooks. I’ve FINALLY learned that the majority of cookbooks I buy are a waste of money for me. I like a couple of recipes in the book, but that’s all, so it just takes up space. I finally give them to the library to sell at their fundraisers. I get most of my recipes from friends, now, or on the net.
I downloaded one recently that looked like a really good introduction to easy beginning Mediterranean recipes. I wanted to wait until I found one I really liked to actually buy another cookbook.
I tried to look at it today at lunch time. I couldn’t get anything to happen when I tried to open the Kindle. I finally asked the ‘guru,’ my husband, if he could get it to work. He first assumed I had forgotten to charge it. I gritted my teeth and showed him calmly (without biting him in the leg) that it showed a 99% charge at the top of the Kindle screen. He then played with it, finally pronouncing it ‘dead as a doornail.’ I guess I can’t complain, since it has lasted SEVERAL years, but I really didn’t want to spend the money right now.
I have now ordered another one and will have to ask someone on Amazon if I can transfer the couple of downloads I have remaining from the old, dead Kindle to the new one when it arrives.
I will intensify my search for a good, basic Mediterranean cookbook that I actually want to HAVE so I can get it and not have to depend on the vagaries of electronic devices…
Today I bought two lettuce plants in the produce section of the grocery store. I put both in a pot of potting soil and put them on the divider between our kitchen and our dining area.
I’m HOPING that the air conditioning will keep the plants cool enough and that they’ll get enough light that they will perk up and continue to grow, allowing me to snip off enough leaves for a nice salad for us from time to time. It would be a glorious luxury, wouldn’t it? Fingers crossed.
We got the refurbished “emu” planters in place last night. We pounded in a short piece of rod with a sledge hammer and then ‘tied’ it to the leg of the emu. This will keep the planter from falling down, being blown over, etc.
I will put potting soil in each of the pots and then we’ll get some flowers to plant soon.
The emus are living where the woods start one one side of the walkway between the house and the shop.
If my day goes how I’m planning it, I will start cleaning the dog critter today.
When we went to Lunch Bunch yesterday, we had several surprises.
First, there was a birthday card and a beautiful box of peanut brittle at my husband’s usual place at the table. He immediately dove into it while I opened the card. The people at the Pizza Barn had remembered his birthday! Talk about a place that goes above and beyond! :0)
Second, only one of our friends was there, and she could only stay as long as it took to get her individual pizza because she needed to meet someone at her home. She didn’t know why our other regular Lunch Bunch friend and her daughter weren’t there. We visited with our friend for a few minutes and then she was gone.
We ordered and ate, but our other friend didn’t come. I found out later that her daughter and her family had tested positive for Covid-19. Our friend doesn’t have it, and is trying to isolate by herself – hoping she doesn’t get it, plus not give it to us, if she does.
As my husband continues to enjoy the completely unexpected and delicious peanut brittle, we have all fingers crossed that our friend’s family recovers soon and that our friend stays safe from the virus.
I discovered how amazing it is several years ago when I was working as a medical transcriptionist/bookkeeper for a medical office that included 8 busy general surgeons. I had worked so long and hard trying to keep up with things – working 12 to 14-hour days – that I was unable to take my blouse off over my head at night.
I went to the doc who recommended I continue my swimming and whirlpool at the local gym after work, but also to add massages. My insurance wouldn’t cover massages, but I decided I really needed help.
Long story short, the massage therapist saved my life. It took several weeks of two massages per week, but she unknotted my back and neck miraculously.
Even though I am working for myself now, I consider massage an important part of taking care of myself.
My therapist is having surgery next month, so it will be a character-building exercise for selfish me to wait until she is thoroughly healed (I think in March) and we can continue.
Massage is a wonderful gift you can give yourself to help you deal with the rest of your life without ending up with your body in a knot. :0)
This afternoon, the Real Food website will post its offerings for the week in its preorder section. We have been a bit disappointed the last couple of weeks because they haven’t had many options. They told me when we first found them that they were excited about expanding their selections in their brick and mortar store in Greenwood and would like to cut back on the online preorder stuff. We may have to change our habits and go into the store to see what is available if they continue this trend. We got spoiled really quickly. :0)
When we see what Real Food is offering, we will then consider ordering from Stu’s Clean Cookin.’ They were closed last week, reorganizing in order to drop the third party that was doing much of their prep and cooking in order to do it again themselves. They were unhappy with the quality of the meals, though we thought they were quite good. Their menu doesn’t seem to change. They have 17 meals, though, so there is a good variety.
Our routine now is to eat something frozen 5 nights a week. I then cook something on Saturday that covers us for Sat, Sun, plus maybe a lunch on Monday, depending on the recipe. (This weekend I’ll cook bacon-wrapped chicken breasts and we’ll have veggies or a salad on the side.) This routine helps us a LOT with portion control, is helping us lose the lardage, and allows us to concentrate on things other than food.
We took it to Terry Underwood with a sagging headliner that almost looked as if a tent had collapsed on us.
He brought out a sheet that had swatches from which we could choose. We left the truck with him yesterday afternoon.
Today he called, saying the material he received wasn’t the right one, expecting us to want him to order again. The truck is getting on in years (like its owners), so we just told him to use what he had received.
The material blends nicely with the rest of the interior. It isn’t noticeable that it doesn’t ‘match.’ Terry was a bit upset over it, but it looks GOOD. He did a great job for us.
We discovered that his main business is on boats, but that he also does work on vehicles, as he did for us.
If you are in this vicinity and need a replacement, this is a man who takes pride in his work. He communicates really well, gives you a fair price, does what he says he will do – a rare thing these days.
Terry Underwood’s phone number is on the card above. He definitely deserves your business.
We have two more Indian-Summer-Like days and then we are SUPPOSED to get back to celebrating fall here. I’m ready.
We saw what we THINK might be the last hummingbird of the season this morning. I realize that there is a huge group of people who say I should put the feeder away at the beginning of October to encourage the hummers to fly south. There is a BIG voice, though, in my head that asks what the hummers will do if they stop for fuel and there isn’t any. So I keep the feeder out until it’s clear that no one else needs it.
I lost pound # 41 this morning!
We discovered that it was Columbus Day yesterday – trying to mail a used book we sold on Amazon and finding the post office was closed, and then checking our mailbox on the way home and finding it empty. We will try again today. (I usually look at my desk calendar, but I had written so much on it that the small holiday notice didn’t show. :0(
The Window World representative came yesterday afternoon and was able to find serial numbers on BOTH of the windows that we need to have replaced! The one in the dining area window set was in the frame of the right side. The man opened the window, sliding one part to the left and looked up to find it. The other one I could see when I got up on a stool and looked down at the bottom part of the window. (Have I mentioned that I’m height-challenged?) ANYHOW – they will order the replacements and will call us when they are ready to come out again.
We took our truck to the man who will replace the headliner that is sagging. He will call us this afternoon when he is ready for us to come pick it up. My to-do list is finally getting shorter!!!
Did I tell you I’m in love with this man’s face? He is probably in his 80’s. He has the most wonderful smile. I told my husband that I was in love. He took it in stride, since this man is just one of many on my list – which includes Tom Selleck showing up at our front door and telling me he wants me to run away with him…