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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March 1 – First day of Meteorological Spring

We had another warmer than normal day but I believe the tide turns tomorrow for a few days.  The plants are so confused, as are the birds I’m sure.

I just heard on ABC News that our weather in Worcester will drop sixty degrees.  I guess winter is not really over, is it?

I am just ready for some consistency.  I have lunch out with Helen and MaryJo tomorrow. I’ll drive to Helen’s house and she wants to drive to the restaurant.  We are going to Red Rock Grill which is about halfway to where we worked in Hopkinton.  We ate there once before and I had a most excellent Cobb salad, so I am off now to check the menu and see if that option is still available.

 


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Binge watching

I must admit I love this show, and I am a late comer and have only watched the last two or three seasons so I am watching on Hulu Plus and I’m almost finished with Season One.  There are only 4 chefs left, and the two that I despised have both packed their knives so I am okay with whoever wins.

So that is how I spent my day. Sitting and knitting and watching tv.

I made Georgia a little house out of a box and an old t-shirt.  She loves it. So one more piece of clutter to add to the house.   :laugh:


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Sixty-five degrees on February 23!

Today felt like mid-May. It was so nice and warm.   We went for a brief around the neighborhood walk.  One of the neighborhood dogs was out on his run and we were able to pet him. He’s just a puppy but he’s a big one!  His name is Toby and he’s a Great Pyrenees.

Today was a much better day for my knitting, too.  I was able to get the hat started again last night and I am about at the point where I was when I ripped it all out.  And I’ve decided that I am really glad I decided to start over. Besides the mistake that I was wanting to correct there was another row of messy stitches that I’d decided to just overlook.  But I know I’d have known they were there and never been completely happy with the project. So everything happens for a reason.

And today is Thursday but seems like Friday since it was my maid’s day.  For years we had the house cleaned every other Friday.  Now it is every other Thursday, but I still get the days confused.  So for now, we have a clean house, except there are dishes that need to be washed.  That is not my job and I am winding down deciding what I’ll watch on tv this evening.


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This was not a good day

I don’t know how I missed it earlier but today I spotted a dropped stitch (or maybe two) about four rows down in my hat I was knitting.  I knew I couldn’t just ignore it so I tried to fix it.  I frogged the stitches back until I reached the mistake but in the process, I think I dropped some other stitches along the way and I just had a big mess.  I had about an inch and a half of K2 P2 ribbing that I just ripped apart.  Then it took me several attempts to get the stitches cast on the needles again, and then I have frogged the ribbing a few times trying to get it right.  Someone said that frogging is character building, but today my character is totally lost.

So I am back to the very beginning again. I think I have three rows of the ribbing knit and I am putting it in time out for now.

I was so wrapped up in knitting that I didn’t even cook dinner.  Thank goodness for my Vitamix and a good power shake recipe.   It could be worse.  Today is National Marguerita Day!  :drink:


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Welcome home

We were able to take a second walk this evening, but we are going to have to time these walks a bit better.  It was quite dark by the time we just walked around the block.  I am trying to create the habit, though.  We both need the steps and it’s good for our digestion to walk a bit after we eat.

Brent had his surgery today.  He was scheduled for 8:30 but did not get taken into surgery until 11:30.  He’s finally back home and, at last report, was sleeping.  His girlfriend is staying with him this week so she will take good care of him.  I hope she does not see the worst side of him.  I don’t know what kind of a patient he is now as a grown man. I guess I have been fortunate that Don is always a good patient for the most part.

I   :heart:  Tuesdays because I can watch This Is Us.  I just read that tonight’s show will be a tear-jerker, but then aren’t they all?


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I’m all about change…

I ignore the blog for months and then I can’t leave it alone.  I just got tired of the same old look, so I am trying a new theme.

Passeggiata after dinner

We took two walks today.  One was right after dinner and it had started to get dark.  We have some safe streets in the neighborhood behind us.  They are well lit and there is little traffic.  The days are getting longer and I want to continue these short after dinner walks.

Earlier we went out and I took a couple of shots of the “after” construction except there was a bit of work going on next door to us today.

The front is all complete.

The front of the house.

There was a new slider door being installed upstairs next door to us.

The back still looks a mess

The snow is a muddy mess right now.  I hope it will melt and we won’t have more, but that’s a bit too much to hope for in February.

The pictures were large so I’m experimenting with a smaller size.  But for now, I have had enough.  Don’s watching some weird sports channel.  I need to get ready to watch the Kids Baking Championship on The Food Network.


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Sunday, Feb. 19th

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It was a gorgeous Sunday with temperatures in the 50s so we took advantage and went for a nice walk.  Most of the walking trails were clear of ice and snow.  I made the mistake of wearing a pair of shoes that have always been a bit tight. By the time we’d done about a mile my feet were screaming.  As soon as we got to the car I headed to a nearby shoe store and bought some new treads.  The shoes I was wearing were a half size too small, so no wonder my toes were numb.

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I tried on several pairs of shoes but when I put on these New Balance ones I knew I’d found my fit.  They felt like slippers.  I am so glad I went to Sneakerama where they specialize in running shoes for my fit.  I am not a runner, but a walker can always benefit from a good fitting pair of running shoes.

Chia pudding for breakfast

I tried another new recipe this weekend.  An Apple Pie and Almond Butter Chia Pudding and it was really good.  My picture is not as nice as the one with the recipe, though.  I had a few fresh blueberries that I included, too.  This made a nice filling breakfast.

By the time we got home from our walk and the shoe shopping I was out of the mood to get back into the kitchen.  I spent a lot of time at noon making pancakes, most of which I stored in the freezer for future eating.  So we went to the nearby Ninety Nine Restaurant for dinner.

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We both ate salads.  Don had the Chicken Kabob Salad and I had the Fire-Grilled Cobb Salad.

I am so excited that I’ve figured out how to upload images from my phone directly to the blog instead of linking over from Flickr.  Now I am getting ready to go sleep-watch some Food Network shows!


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Friday, Feb 17th

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A week or so ago WEBS offered a special limited edition dye-lot of Lorna’s Lace yarn in honor of the Patriots winning of Superbowl LI.  The name of the color is “RogerThat”, a name only a Pats fan might appreciate.  I couldn’t resist so I ordered a skein and was surprised that it arrived yesterday.  I’ve spent the better part of the day trying to get started.  I am going to make a Sockhead Slouch Hat.  I did the cast on and found an error so ripped it out.  Did that once more, ripped out once more.  Finally, I got the stitches on the needed and got about three rounds knitted when I lost some of the stitches off the needle and could not get them back on so I ripped the whole thing apart and went to the local yarn store and bought a new needle.  Of course, it was the needle’s fault I’d made all those mistakes, right?  Anyway, I have the hat started and have completed two rows of the ribbing.

I should not be starting a new project since I have so many currently going.  That just seems to be my style, though.  I had vowed not to buy any more yarn until I had my current WIPs done but I couldn’t resist the special Pats yarn.

We went to 5 Guys for dinner and ate cheeseburgers without the bread.  That makes such an awesome meal.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to eating my burgers with a fork and knife that I’m not sure I’d even like a bun if I tried.

We are still following our same “slow carb” way of eating.  No bread, rice, pasta, white potatoes, white rice, sugar, artificial sweetener, etc.  It’s really become a lifestyle now and the few times we’ve strayed it’s really made us feel so lousy that we jump right back on the bandwagon with full force.

I found some soybean pasta at Aldi last week and it is great.  Since sometimes things appear at Aldi and then disappear again I plan on going back and buying a few more boxes of this.  The only ingredient is soybeans and it has twice as much protein as it has carbs.

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I cooked up some of the pasta with some chicken sausage, artichoke hearts, and some tomato basil sauce, and served it with some melted mozzarella cheese.  It was really good. I still have half the box left and I want to try it with an Alfredo sauce next.

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We have a warm up coming this weekend, so I hope to get out and get in some walking in the sunshine and fresh air!  It’s time to be done with snow and ice!

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