April 22 – it’s been a while

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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


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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. 


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March 20 – first day of Spring

It was a nice mild day today.  Tonight after dinner we went for a short walk around the block.  The snow is getting softer but it will take many warm days to get rid of it all.

Right after lunch, we went to the Auburn Mall to get pedicures.  I was ready for some Spring feet.  Speaking of lunch, I made some Black Bean Tofu Hash and made a “taco” salad with it.  We love this meatless meal.

I made a batch of Cauliflower Dirty Rice last night.  It is really a good recipe.  I used a bit less broth in it this time since the first time it was a bit too juicy.  In fact, we ate the leftovers in a bowl and it was reminiscent of gumbo.

Tonight we had some simple grilled salmon with some sauteed greens and split a baked sweet potato.  I ate a small bowl of yogurt, but other than that the day was dairy free.  I am experimenting this week to see if perhaps dairy has been a stumbling block to my weight loss.  My scale has been moving down the past few days so I may be on to something.


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Another year older and you know the rest…

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My birthday was on Thursday.  It was a nice sunny day and we went out to lunch at Ted’s Montana Grill.  I had a wonderful salad with salmon.  They  cook the salmon medium and it is fantastic!

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Stella left us with almost 15 inches of snow.  By the end of the day on Tuesday rain and sleet fell on top so that by the time we got outside the snow was like concrete.  It’s still there and as cold as it is I don’t see much hope that it will melt before the next storm coming tonight into tomorrow.

We did get out for St. Patrick’s Day dinner though.  Food was great even though we went to an Italian restaurant. We were looking for a place to go early and get home early and we found just that.

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I am trying a new method of posting and I’m not sure how it works. I guess I just hit the Publish button and find out!


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Waiting for Stella

So that’s what this storm has been named – Stella.  Today was actually gorgeous weather and we left before lunch to run our errands.  Our first stop was at Mooyah where we had burgers.  We ordered them as they come but took the bread off and just ate the insides.

I must admit that bun is HUGE.  We also shared an order of sweet potato fries.  I think the fries must be dipped in something but as Don said it won’t kill us.

We went to BJ’s and then to Trader Joe’s.  Our last stop was CVS to buy a battery.  While we were getting into the car I noticed the pear trees were starting to bud.  What a shame.  After tomorrow’s snow will we see any blooms or fruit this year?

So tonight is the lull before the storm so to speak.  I think it’s due to start early in the morning.  We are now in the area that has a blizzard warning with totals of 18-24 inches.

Praying that we don’t lose our power.


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Winter’s back!

It was 5 degrees this a.m. with a feels like temperature in the minus twenties.  There is still a bit of snow remaining from last week, but nothing compared to what is on the way.

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This will be Tuesday so tomorrow is a prep day.  I need to make a good list of things we need to do.  Don has a dentist appointment Tuesday morning that he needs to reschedule.  I am going to go all out with storm preparation including drawing a tub of water in case we lose our power.

We will move Don’s car to the parking lot and hope we can get out of the house to dig my car out on Wednesday.

I did get a new bumper sticker in the mail.  I am going to put this one on my car. laugh

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Wednesday in Worcester

Saw this SUV stopped at a traffic light on our way back home this afternoon.  Don had an 11 o’clock appointment with the retina specialists.  The scans of his eye showed a lot of improvement since the last visit.  In fact, most all of the fluid that the doctor was trying to reduce was gone.  So he says three more aggressive treatments and then he will extend the time between injections.  He says he needs to be sure that the reduction in the fluid is permanent and he certainly knows best.  Don says his vision has improved to some extent.  The doctor has told him it likely will never be the same as it was before the bleed in his eye but it can be prevented from getting worse.

Nothing much else is happening here.  We had lunch at Ruby Tuesday.  We were rather late after the noontime rush and the restaurant has half empty. The hostess sat us in a booth next to a couple with two young children who were shrieking and making me generally ready to run out the door.  I asked the waitress if we could move and we did move leaving a booth between us.  We could still hear the kids though and it made me wonder why that woman sat us right next to them.  Did she think older people would be better seated near young children for some odd reason?  I’m not sure but it did annoy me.

And then the waitress got our order all wrong.  I figured we would be charged incorrectly and I was right about that too.  So I complained and had the bill corrected.  All in all, it was not the most pleasant lunch-time experience.

Tomorrow our housekeepers will be here and we will go out to lunch again.  Twice in one week is a bit of a stretch.  We generally go for Chinese food every other Thursday and I’m sure we will head that way again.  I still miss Thursday sushi at my desk at work.  (But not that much!)365-78


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Terrific Tuesday

Terrific may be a stretch, but it was a pretty good day.  I made a chicken salad with green grapes and walnuts for our lunch.  We have leftovers, too!  That is always a win!

It’s been gray and rainy during the day so we’ve stayed inside.  I did get two months’ worth of bank statements balanced.  So it was a rainy day but not a total wash out.

This morning I took this picture of my little one-eyed cat.  When she’s asleep you don’t realize she’s different from any other cat.

The cats are so funny.  Sakaura comes and sleeps next to me for I don’t know how long.  She’s there when I go to sleep but by the time I wake she’s up and waiting for Don to feed her.  Georgia eats her breakfast and immediately heads for my bed to nap for most of the morning.  Some days I don’t disturb her but others I do make the bed and she’s not happy about that!  They do make life interesting!


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Anxious for Spring

A ladybug in the house must mean it’s warming up outside. At least I hope that is what it means.  I think ladybugs are also considered to bring good luck.  At any rate, I’d never smash one.  This tiny creature was crawling on the foggy bathroom mirror one day this week.

So after a long period of maintaining the exact same weight forever, I am on a mission to drop a few pounds.  So I am going to track my food using My Fitness Pal.  I am not eating a 1200 calorie a day diet. I am trying to make sure I have a proper balance of nutrients.

I enjoyed the “On This Date” pictures so much from last February where I was following a meal plan and photographing my meals.  I need to incorporate more of that in my life.  I actually do have a meal plan for this week.  And I took a couple of pictures.

This is a “taco salad” I made using some Black Bean Tofu Hast over some lettuce, with chopped avocado, shredded cheese, and salsa on top.  It was good but could have used a bit of sour cream.

Tonight I made a stir fry.  This is a picture of it just going into the pan.

I have shrimp and a bag of Trader Joe’s stir fry veggies with a bit of sesame oil.  I added some Thai Peanut Sauce from a recipe I made and topped it with some chopped peanuts.  Served it over a half cup of brown rice.

I am making some chicken salad to eat for lunch tomorrow and again on Thursday.  And I am making eggplant lasagna for dinner tomorrow night and Thursday night.  On Wednesday Don has an appointment with the retina specialist at 11 so we will eat at Ruby Tuesday after that and that will mean a light dinner.  I have some grain-free waffles in the freezer that I’ll heat up for dinner.  That takes us until Friday, and I’ll decide later what I want to do that day.  I am happy to have the rest of the week planned.


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