Tuesday again – December 12

We did get out to the botanical gardens to see the Christmas lights.  The rain ended early in the morning and by the time it was time to go you’d never know it had even rained at all.

On Tuesday last week, I got a notification of a lightning deal from Amazon and I found myself ordering a Sous  Vide Cooker.  It was set to arrive on Friday and the first thing I wanted to make was some eggnog.  I had a free delivery from Instacart so I ordered some groceries from Wegman’s including almond milk and spices for the nog.
The Sous Vide arrived on Friday and I made eggnog.  Since I had heated up way too much water and hated to let it go to waste I decided to cook a pork tenderloin.  I took the meat straight from the freezer and cooked it for an hour.
Oh, my goodness was it ever good. It was fork tender and cooked exactly like I wanted it.  Don was very impressed as well.  It was simply delicious.
We enjoyed a glass of eggnog later.  I did not make the almond milk recipe but used some whole milk instead.  The nog was not as thick as that you get in the store but it had no crazy additives and I reduced the recommended sweetener by half.  I used maple syrup.  The taste is really good.
On Saturday it snowed all day long.  I think we got about 7 inches of snow.  By Sunday the streets and sidewalks were clear and we got out and walked around the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.1512935181162
Yesterday I cooked some sous vide salmon.  It was delicious!  I may cook it at a bit lower temperature next time so that it stays a tiny bit rare in the middle.  I made a new recipe to go along with the fish.  Mine is not as pretty.  Next time I need to get out my mandoline to cut the veggies.
IMG_20171211_165351So I am totally addicted to sous vide.  It takes planning since the cook times can be long. But the results are amazing.  Tomorrow I am making Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites but I am cooking them in my Instant Pot.

We were up late last night watching football.   I see Don sleeping sitting straight up on the sofa.  laugh   It will be an early bedtime for me!

Dinner tonight was leftover pork tenderloin that I reheated in the water bath.  As promised, it was heated but no more cooking happened.  That is one thing I hate about reheating leftover meat!  This thing’s a winner!


Tuesday, December 5th


I decided to avoid the protein shake this a.m.  My scale was up about a quarter pound but that much variation is normal and I won’t blame the whey just yet.  Instead, I scrambled some eggs and nuked some pre-cooked bacon.  We needed a bit of carb so I had some of this bread in the freezer.  I’m lucky that I can bake and freeze some grain-free bread and not be tempted to just sit and eat the whole pan.  And it’s always handy to have some on hand, too.


I cranked up my Instant Pot after breakfast to make some more bean soup.  This recipe is so simple, but it is truly delicious.


And after cleaning up the Instant Pot and putting away the leftover soup I had a small boneless pork shoulder that came in my last Butcher Box.  I cooked it for 90 minutes and shredded part of it, but since it was thick and partially frozen when I started I put some of it back into the pot and cooked another 15 minutes.  It was perfect.  We had Don’s favorite sauerkraut and some Trader Joe’s frozen sweet potatoes.  These are amazing.  I hope they are not ever discontinued.

So today is a food journal.  I see we ate pork at every meal.  That was not planned but it was all good.  good

It’s been raining most of the day.  I am hoping that the forecast is true and that it will end before morning because we have tickets tomorrow to go to Winter Reimagined.  It will be unusually mild but if it is not raining I don’t mind.


December 4, 2017

I can’t let this go too long like I did before.  Yesterday was a pretty non-eventful day.  If it’s Sunday you can bet there will be football on at some point.  I had cooked one small flat-iron steak on Saturday and I cooked the other one yesterday and we had that over a salad for our lunch.


I overcooked this one a bit.  I’ve decided I like this cut of meat but it needs to be barely cooked.  I have a buddy who watches every bite and she’d have no issue with it no matter how it was cooked.

IMG_20171202_170549She doesn’t miss a bite.  And sometimes she is lucky and I’ll hand feed her.  That is probably why she sits and watches me every single meal.

I’d made a promise to myself that I would not eat out for two whole weeks, but my friend Helen asked me to meet her for lunch today so I went.  I had a pretty decent lunch of a blue cheese and bacon wedge salad and a cup of French onion soup.

We went shopping once I got home. We were almost out of coffee and that can never happen.  I actually picked up most all the things I needed and came home and made this Spinach and Prosciutto Fritatta for our dinner.  This is the second time I make this and it is really delicious.

IMG_20171204_165542I was happy to find no sugar added prosciutto at Aldi recently!


I’ve been losing weight slowly the past few days and I am wondering if I may be on to a reason why I have been stalled for so long.  I’ve not had milk with the exception of a small amount in my coffee since we came home last Tuesday.  This morning I did make a protein shake using some whey protein but with soy milk.  I’ll be interested in seeing how I feel in the morning and what the scale shows.  I know I haven’t felt as bloated so there is definitely something there to consider.  I do hope that I can continue with the whey and just use soy or almond milk.

Don’s got basketball tonight so I will be in bed watching The Voice.  I don’t have a real favorite but I think Noah is adorable.


December 2, 2017

I am always starting again.  I don’t know why it’s been so long since I last wrote.  It is my intention to be more regular because I *need* reminders daily and this blog has been a great resource in years past.

So today is a regular Saturday here.  We went to Poultney and Glens Falls last week for Thanksgiving.


We had a late lunch at The Dorsett Inn on Thursday. It was really good.  I had the traditional turkey dinner and it was perfect.IMG_20171123_163826

We stayed over at Becky and Matt’s on Thursday night.  That is a view from the upstairs window.  The house across the street used to be a church.  I’ve always been curious about how it’s finished inside.IMG_20171125_095228

On Friday afternoon we drove to Glens Falls and checked into the Queensbury Hotel.  It was all decked out for Christmas!  I love this old hotel that is now being remodeled.  It still is such a charming place and we’ve stayed so often that it’s almost like a home away from home.


Our room was all the way at the end of this long corridor so I got in lots of walking!  I needed that because I really more or less ate what I wanted during this trip.


Our view from the fourth floor was great and I captured a nice picture early Saturday morning.

IMG_20171126_185417On Sunday we went to eat at our favorite Thai restaurant in the area, and I stopped and grabbed this picture as we were getting ready to get into the elevator.  Little did I know what lay ahead.

IMG_20171127_024258At around 8 Don told me he was very sick.  He has medication that usually stops these episodes so I told him to take a pill and try to relax.  By 10 o’clock he was no better and I told him to get dressed and we’d go to the hospital.  The hotel is mere blocks away from Glens Falls Hospital and we were in the ER within minutes.  He got medicine for nausea and some IV fluids and some diagnostic test, including a C-Scan.  The verdict was the same as usual – gastroenteritis.  And we were discharged around 3 a.m.

When we got back to the hotel the snow was falling and it was very cold.  I immediately canceled our plans to leave the next morning and we stopped by the desk to see if we could have our room for one more night.
IMG_20171127_143957We didn’t sleep that late, but the next day we felt much better.  I guess we likely could have made the drive home but since we’d reserved the room we decided to stay and hope for a good night’s sleep before leaving on Tuesday.  We drove down to Saratoga Springs for lunch and an after lunch gelato.  That was a nice treat.

Tuesday morning we packed and ate breakfast at The Silo.  It’s a normal last breakfast of the trip location.  The drive home was uneventful.  Since we had a large and later than usual breakfast we drove straight home without stopping for lunch.  We picked up our cats and took the suitcases into the house and then went for a late lunch/early supper at 2 Ovens.


The cats were glad to be home but Georgia seems to have picked up a bad habit!  laugh   I had to capture a picture before scolding her!


On Wednesday Don had his eye doctor appointment.  His eyes are holding steady so the next injections will be at 6 weeks instead of 5.  And we went to lunch afterward at Oak Barrel Tavern. Our first visit and I liked the atmosphere and the food.  I had a bowl of chili and that inspired me to make some chili at home.

I found this recipe and I think it’s good but I’m not sure it is the best ever.  It was simple enough though and we enjoyed eating it leftover for lunch today.

Last night I dreamed I’d gained ten pounds on our trip and since I’d not weighed since returning this morning I faced the scale.  I did gain one pound which is not as bad as the dream but something that I need to address.

It was fun to get away but it is always great to be back at home.



August 20

That plan didn’t last long.  The next day I had a shake for breakfast and that’s not a very interesting picture!


Today’s breakfast was much more interesting!

On Friday, Don had his eye injections and he mentioned wanting a margarita so we went out to eat Mexican food.  I knew I’d pay on the scale and I did.  But we enjoyed our dinner.


We ordered Fajitas for Two and it included beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp.  We had lots leftover so I brought them home and made a hash of sorts for our breakfast.  I added a small sweet potato and we ate it with avocado, salsa, and sour cream.


Our second shipment from  Butcher Box was delivered on Friday and last night I cooked two of the boneless pork chops along with some roasted green beans and cherry tomatoes.  And, of course, fresh from the farm corn on the cob.


One day for lunch we had eggs scrambled with cottage cheese mixed in.
And for dinner, we had grilled salmon along with leftovers of some greens I’d cooked in my Instant Pot earlier in the week.  Yummy!

So there is a recap of food pictures.  I am actually photographing my meals (except for the shakes) and I have a way to look back on any particular date and see what we ate that day.

I need to make a plan with my Butcher Box meat and decide if I need to go to the every month box instead of every other month.


August 16

I am going to try to photo journal my food.

Breakfast was black bean tofu hash, with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and avocado.


Lunch was a chicken salad with apple and walnuts.

And for dinner salsa chicken with some greens that I’d cooked in my Instant Pot and corn on the cob.

We took a one-mile walk after dinner.



June 2 – What happened to May

I don’t know why I continue to ignore this diary. I seriously need to record things since both Don and I have memory issues and some days I can look here to get a clue what is happening or has happened in our lives. I suppose now the only record I have is Flickr so I’m going to attempt to recreate some May memories.

Early in the month, we went to Tower Hill and the tulips were in full bloom.  We missed the daffodils but we’d seen that several times and I enjoyed the tulips!
Tower Hill - May 4 2017

I finished a scarf which was a huge accomplishment.  I’d purchased the yarn several years ago when I learned to knit and it has had several lives but nothing I really wanted to continue.  I think this simple triangular scarf will be perfect.


Sakaura went to the vet for her annual physical and vaccinations update.  She’d lost a bit of weight so Dr. K wants us to weigh her in a month and see if she’s continuing to lose.  If so he may want to run some blood tests and likely start her on thyroid medication.  We’d been watching her weight so we’ve stopped restricting her food and I hope she can maintain her current weight.


We made our first trip to Old Sturbridge Village since last fall and it was an extremely hot day for May.  I  believe we hit ninety degrees that afternoon.  I am glad I don’t have to wear wool all the time like the poor sheep!


The triangular scarf that I finished was my television watching project since it was simple enough that I did not need to pay attention to a pattern.  So I ordered some more yarn and started another television project that I hope to complete before it’s cool enough to use.  It’s a great shawl pattern.


Over the Memorial Day weekend, we visited Becky and Matt on Friday/Saturday.  Saturday we had a nice lunch on the lake.  The weather was perfect and my Cobb salad was excellent!


On Saturday afternoon we drove over to Glens Falls so that we could visit with Greg on Sunday.  His birthday is on the 29th and Becky’s is June 1 so we usually have a joint celebration during the Memorial Day holiday.  We stayed at the Queensbury Hotel and were pleased with their renovations.  Especially nice were the new mattresses they have in all of the rooms.  It is really an elegant old hotel and we love it.


We returned home on Tuesday.  Georgia is in love with an old cat carrier that Don brought up for their trip to the cat SPA.  She’s lived in there ever since she got home.


So it was not a really eventful month.  Don had his visit with both the ophthalmologist and the retina specialist this month.  Both seem okay with his progress (or lack thereof).  He is still on an every 5-week injection in both eyes routine.  The left eye is good with no damage to his vision.  The right eye continues to have blurry vision so it is possible that it may just remain that way with no more improvement but at least no more damage will occur.

I did purchase a new scale and have begun a daily weighing routine.  I plan on continuing to do that and see the trends instead of staying off the scale and being surprised (usually by an uptick and never a loss).  I did see a blip up on Tuesday after our 4 straight days of eating all meals out but it was tiny compared to what I have seen in the past and most all of it is gone already.  I am ready to see a small steady loss regularly as I continue to fine tune my “diet”.

SO now that it is June I need to be more faithful to tracking things.  I am going to try to do some sort of photo a day.  Maybe that will  keep me motivated.


April 22 – it’s been a while


So it turned out that we had two ladybugs living in the bathroom.  I have kept a close watch to make sure they did not mate and start an invasion in there.

Don had his appointment with the retina specialist and found that the wet macular degeneration was just starting in his left eye.  So he got an injection in that eye, too, and will now be getting two injections every five weeks instead of just one.  After we left the doctor’s office we at lunch at The Fix because burgers really are the best medicine. We had the burger salad.  The burger is on a big slab of lettuce with all the fixings all around. Delicious!


Flowers finally started to bloom this month.  But we have really only had a couple of really warm days. On one of those days our A/C went out, so we had to have that repair made.  I hope we are all set for summer now.


Since it’s warmed enough I let both of the bugs out into the wild.  I do hope they survive!  I became quite attached to one of them.  Or maybe both of them since they looked exactly alike LOL!


On Easter, we drove up to Claremont and spent the night at The Common Man Inn.  We had a room that looked out on the rushing water.  It came complete with sound effects.  It was an enjoyable getaway.


So it’s a rainy Saturday afternoon here.  We have started watching Homeland.  I could sit and binge watch but Don does good to stay awake for one or two episodes at a time.  I am enjoying watching it though since we rarely ever watch television together.

I started knitting a shawl but it is not a good project for watching tv because I get lost in the pattern when I don’t play close attention.  I do have a couple of things going though that are pretty mindless knitting so I work on them while I watch.


March 30 – almost over

Just when the crocuses think it is safe to bloom again we have snow predicted for tomorrow.  I am ready for winter to be over!  Today was beautiful with sunshine and temperatures approaching 50.

I made a new recipe yesterday and it is a keeper!  Sam Sifton’s Miso Chicken.  I will definitely add this to our rotation.  I bought some white miso over a year ago and now I am happy to find a good use for it.  I served the chicken with a barley lentil mix and some green beans.  I only had skinless boneless thighs but they worked just fine.

I redid the pink and blue wreath I have had hanging over my bed since it totally clashed with my new comforter.  It is growing on me.

And the ladybug in the bathroom is becoming a pet.  Not really but she shows no signs of being ready to escape.  As soon as it is warm enough I plan to release her outdoors.

I don’t know what her life expectancy is but I don’t think she intended to spend her life in a small bathroom with no aphids to feast on.

So we prepare for another icky snow day here tomorrow.  I have no plans to leave the house! laugh


Beauty and the Beast 

We went to the movies today. Very rare around here. I loved it. 

Google is always playing with my pictures. This is a nice one from our walk the other day. 

This is my ladybug who is living in the bathroom.  When it’s warm enough I will let her outside but for now I am enjoying watching her.