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:


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.


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:


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?


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.


Sunday, Feb. 19th

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.


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.


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!


Testing from my phone

I am trying to post by speaking into my telephone. I am totally lost. I hate typing on this small keyboard.

We made a special trip to Target today to buy treats for Georgia. I was sure she wouldn’t like them once we got home but she loves them and I’ve had to hide all the extra packages.

I made a new pot of yogurt this morning and I have it straining in a new gadget I ordered from Amazon.

And for dinner, I made Cauliflower Dirty Rice with Adouille Sausage.

Here’s the skillet with the veggies and sausage.  The cauliflower was cooked separately and then everything was mixed together at the end.

It was really good.  I served it with some coleslaw.  I get those bags of chopped veggies with dressings and add-ins and toss the dressing and make my own (sugar-free).


I am not sure I like posting from the phone. I only got half done and then had to come and finish on my laptop.


Friday, Feb 17th


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.


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.


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!



Are you kidding me? February 16 already

I am not sure what happened but I guess there is no time like the present to start writing again. So much has happened during the last almost 4 months that I can’t really catch up.


We had no snow until February, and we’ve had several storms since.  We are due a warm up this next week, though, so I am hopeful for an early Spring.

At Thanksgiving, we went to Hot Springs to a family reunion. Below is a picture where we were all acting a bit crazy.  Even the dog got into the act!


Work had been progressing rather slowly on the condo.  But we are almost completely done now.  I’ll have to get some new updated photos of the finished project.


Nothing much is going on and that is good.  Don continues to have the injections in his eye.  The medication was changed for the last two shots and the scans are showing improvement.

My son is having surgery next week for a shoulder problem.  He’s been trying to get it approved by his company’s workmen’s compensation program and has had to wait several months.  I am glad he will finally be able to have this fixed.  He was in so much pain when he was here in July, and it is time to get some relief.  I am also happy that he seems to be in a very happy relationship now.  He brought his girl to our reunion in November and the entire family loved her.  The best description is one he gave me early on when he said, “She’s normal, mom.”  He’s had a few encounters with not so normal ones, so I am happy to get that reassurance!

So I need to get back to some more regular posting.  I tried a new app on my phone and it was just not something I could keep up with.  I really need a diary.  My memory is shot.


Thursday, October 27

Again a lot of catching up to do.  This was the view out back for a while.  All of the cedar siding has been removed and now some patching is going on.


We had some lovely foliage out across the circle from us, though.  The reds have been especially bright this year.


I experimented adding some grains back into my diet.  We were in Trader Joe’s and I saw a blend of rice and black barley that looked good.  It was from the freezer and easy enough to try out.  I made a shrimp and asparagus stir-fry to eat along with a portion of it.  It worked out fine.  Earlier attempts to eat brown rice really left me hungry, but I think maybe adding that barley helped.


Another day I made grain-free waffles for our lunch.  I made a double batch and we actually ate them again for lunch today.


This is the side of our building.  Some of the white trim has been added.  It has been extremely noisy during the installation.


On Monday Don had an appointment with Dr. Lerner.  He doesn’t have to go back until April (hopefully!)  He also got his flu shot.


This is the front of our building now.  With all of the construction mess, we’ve really stayed inside most of the time.  The doctor wants Don to start some more regular walking.


This is the house next door that is almost finished.


Today is very cold and it started raining around noon so the guys have shut down for the day.  I am hoping we will be finished for the most part by Thanksgiving, but I will not hold my breath!