Saturday, June 30, 2012

Laundry Day


It is 5:22am and I think I slept about an hour total last night. I am going to keep myself busy with laundry today and try to take a nap later.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cat Days of Summer

Oliver likes FRESH water

  Every morning and afternoon there is a fresh bowl of water put out in the kitchen. Every couple days, the bowl is washed. But Oliver likes fresh fresh water. Whenever you flush the toilet, he hangs from it, legs dangling, and drinks the sweet nectar of the ass gods.He is my sweet stripey weirdo.

 A warm up is coming in the next few days. We had a bunch of rain a couple days ago but I feel I need to go to the community garden to water and see how everything is growing. My beets and carrots are getting big. Well, the stalks of greenery above the ground a big. I am going to try to be patient and not pick too early. I get impatient with under ground veggies and I pull up too soon. I want to see if I can grow some really large beets this year.
 The neighbor next door has two very tall pine trees on our side of his property. He had one cut down and the other severely trimmed. He said the cut down one cost him $1400 and that was the cheapest he could find. The highest was $4000! For ONE TREE! He is going to have the other one cut down at the end of July. The pine needles are a hazard and a mess to clean up for this side of the neighborhood. I am happy. More sun too.
  Dealing with a lot more bugs this year. The animals have their fleas which I am battling. Plus I have seen some moths flying around. I always have most of my foods in plastic containers for safety in this arena but I have been lax over the years. We have a bad infestation one of the first years we lived here. I had to toss everything out of the pantry. I learned. Flours and grains go in containers. Beans too. I have small mesh packages that I made up with cloves and bay leaves. I crush them and throw them in the cabinets on each shelf. I think it is because we had such a mild winter. I will eradicate if I am getting some of those bastards in the food.
 Lots more little flying gnats but not gnats around too. Mostly outside. You will see one or two in the house. I do not go out at night unless I have sprayed down with deet. Fuck that! I attract every mosquito on the street. It is like I am a special cut of meat.

  I did the strawberry jam yesterday so today it is the pantry. Lots of cleaning. I need to get doing that now before it gets hot.
Have a nice Thursday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ahh! A breeze

Perennial Sweet Peas

   It has been breezy and nice and that is why my ass has not posted. I have been out and about in the nice weather! I picked those sweet peas yesterday. They grow up the front porch. I like to pick the little bouquets and have them in the bathroom. Pretty soon I will be picking some hydrangea from the top yard. I am done flouncing about outside trying to even out my farmer`s tan.  It is going to get hot in the next couple days so I decided to stay in and get shit done. I want to make some strawberry jam today and clean out the food pantry. I said I was going to do it yesterday but Fred has been home and he can get me easily distracted.
  We did not survive the low carb diet so we are trying again. I am such a quitter. I could quit smoking but I cannot quit the damn bad carbs. What is up with that?
We have been eating healthier AND I stayed away from the fries that I made for the kids. Last night I made baked panko tilapia, breaded mushrooms, and sweet potato fries. I had one piece of fish and some mushrooms. Later on came and I was starving. It is the starving part that gets me.
 I need more food to combat the fact that I am not eating hardly any carbs. I am going to start again today. One day it will fucking stick. I am not giving up.
  I have to make a decision. Every month $41 is taken out of the account to pay for three gym memberships. Nobody goes to the fucking gym. I just had to pay an additional $30 for my yearly maintenance fee on my membership! I do not ever go! I mean like never ever go. It is not expensive to join and it is only $10 a month for each of theirs and $20 for mine. I want to cancel them all. That will be an extra $41 a month in the budget. If they ever want to sign up again, they can.
So I need to think..Should I do it?
Unfortunately because the memberships are in their names, I have to take them to the place and they have to cancel it. I cannot do it!! So it will be a big cluster fuck of them saying, *why dont we go?* *Let`s try it again!*
No! You all (including me) have not been going for over a year! And in all that time I have been paying $41 a month. I am done. Go take a walk! Do the exercise games we have in the house.
It is like I am yelling at myself, huh?

Anyway...I am going to get going. I have another cup of coffee to drink and then much to do before the heat comes back to render me useless.

Until next time......

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Need to get my swim on

 Janice Dickinson circa 1978

  It has cooled off considerably and I think I want to go swimming one day soon. If you have never swam in the ocean, try to do that once in your life. Now, the beaches in my area do not have the actual Atlantic Ocean in front of them. It is a very large river that empties out into Long Island Sound. I live near the tip of the Sound where it empties out into the Atlantic. The water is salty and cold. As the days get warmer, you have to deal with jelly fish. Hopefully I will get some swim time in before that happens. Once the jellies take over, you might as well find a pool someplace cause you are not going to want to swim in that!
You can sometimes find yourself swimming along with striper bass fish and bait type fish. And I am talking like right near the shoreline. Water only up to your knees. They do not care about you and there are not a ton of them to make you feel like you are swimming in a school or anything. Freaks people out that have never experienced it but you get used to it.
 I have swam in the ocean my entire life. When it was summertime, unless it was raining, you went to the beach every day. I think it is because Mom could get a tan and you got tired out. I used to do the same thing with the girls.
We would go to the beach around 8-9am and stay till noon-1pm. Then go home, have lunch, and take a nap. Or we would go to the beach after 2pm and stay for a couple hours. I did not like being in the strong sun of the day. I never liked to be at the beach all frigging day. Fuck! You eat there and get sand in your food. It is a draining experience and I avoid it at all costs. A couple hours tops and I am out of there.

Yup, I think I need to get some salt water swimming into my calendar soon!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

ThunderShirt, Carbs and effin HOT!


I am going to hopefully by one of these before the end of this month for Ruby. If it works for her, I will buy one for Lu and Perla too. They will be calmer and Ruby will hopefully stop destroying my house.
You can find them online if you want to get one for your dog. They are $40 a piece. And they have a money back guarantee so if it doesn't work, you can return it for a refund. I think that is a good thing. I hope it fucking works. I want to get a couple newer love seats and or a chair for the living room but I will not do it until I can calm her wild stallion ass down. She has major separation anxiety when it comes to ME. Everyone else can be home but if I am not, she goes apeshit. Wish me luck with that.

  Low carb eating is going well. I had a small bump today. My friend sent a box of Voodoo Donuts from the other side of the US. I had to eat one to say that I did. It was a jelly filled vooddoo doll. It was good and it was worth it. Back to what I have been doing.
Seriously, I have been sticking with the plan, man. Two meals, one protein shake, and two healthy snacks a day. My sugars have been wonderful! I have not noticed any weight loss but it is too early. I have been drinking alot of water and more salt in my system to stave off the headaches from losing electrolytes.
It is hot as a good fuck out there today (and yesterday). Like a miniature heat wave. So I am going to grill some marinated boneless chicken breasts on the grill and I am making a very big salad. Lettuce, tomato, cukes, red onions. broccoli, bacon, blue cheese, radishes and a nice dressing. The perfect low carb dinner.
I am off now to go finish the dishes.
Hope you all are staying cool.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Punch in the Kidneys

I miss A&P

  I was looking for a vintage picture of like kidney pie for some stupid reason and couldn't. So I settled on this old recipe page from the A&P grocery store.  We love beans in this house.

  Did I mention Fred was having issues with his right kidney?

  I do not remember. Anyway, they think it could be a kidney stone or a kidney infection. He had an xray on Friday and today he had an ultrasound of kidney and bladder. He is not having sharp *kill me now* pain like everyone has said will happen. It is a dull, constant  pain in his flank. Today he says it feels burning. The Cipro seemed to be doing the trick but then maybe not. He is out of work until Friday. So we shall see how this develops. He has super duper big Vicodin so if it turns out to be a stone, he is ready for it!
   Yesterday we started low carb eating and it was a bit rough! By the end of the day I was looking for anything cause I was feeling like mega shit. But I survived.  My blood sugars are phenomenal! They were normal all day yesterday. I did not take my night time insulin shot. Let me see what my blood sugar is and I am also going to make an ice coffee. Entertain yourself for a moment.........It was 157. Normal should be between 70-110. Now that is a smidge high but we had a fruit salad with our lunch today.  Country scramble with eggs, fresh dill, kielbasa, red onion and cheddar cheese. Banana, mango and strawberry salad. Like I said before, I want to go low carb but we are not following that shit to the letter. I followed Atkins last time and we both thought we were going to fucking die! Not enough food to sustain us. I think that is why it did not last. If I can cut junk, potatoes, and most breads out of my life, I will be good. When I say most, there will come times when I will be faced with wanting to eat some bread. I will cross that bridge and be smart.  We like fruit and it is a good add on to meals when we do not want veg salad. The night time killed me. We shall see if tonight is any better.
Beef tacos for tonight! I have corn tortillas for Fred and I. Only 27 carbs per 2 tortillas. I am going to bake some of the corn tortillas into chips and use them for a taco salad. Fred has the choice of doing the salad or just putting the food in the folded tortilla.
  In the never ending saga of my fucked up health, I think I cracked a tooth. It is the upper left third tooth (from the big front tooth). Occasionally when I drink or eat something, I get a sharp pain from it. Not all the time. I do not have any money to pay my dental co-pay this week but I will next week. I am going to call up and get this shit fixed before it becomes an issue. One of the things diabetics have to deal with later on in the disease are tooth issues. If you can keep your sugars in the normal range then you are good. Ruby chewed up my night guard (retainer) that the dentist made so I have been using a store one. It is not good. I need to have a new one made. It is gonna cost me. It is not covered by insurance.
 Now I am eating a small amount of roasted almonds and 6 sugar snap peas. I will graze all day on healthy.
This shit better work this time!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The start of a new beginning

Nuts will be my friend!

 Today is low carb life day. Fred and I are doing a modified version of South Beach and Atkins. We are going to not eat any whites (white bread, potato, rice, etc), no vegs or fruits that are a high carb count, and no junk food.
We will still eat fruit but not in abundance. We will still drink coffee and tea. I have decided to lower my soda consumption to a couple 8 oz glasses a day if that. Lots of water! Metamucil every evening before dinner.
 I am going to still put sugar in my coffee. The artificial sweeteners give me a bad headache. I only drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day and I use 1 tsp of sugar in each so it is not a huge amount. I just want it to be known that we are not *cheating* because this is not a diet. We both want to live longer and we know we can lose the guts with losing the whites. I have accumulated nuts on sale this past couple weeks so we will have those to snack on in the evening.
Lunch for today is kielbasa and eggs with a side salad. I have not figured out dinner yet but we have plenty of meat so it will be something good. I have collard greens that I made yesterday so that will be our dinner veg. I have to dive into recipes to find things to cook that will satisfy us in the beginning. Getting over wheat/whites can be very hard in the first week or two. You feel like you are starving because there is none of those heavy carbs for your body to process. I have to also watch my insulin intake. I do not have to take the meal shots at all if there is no carbs in the meal. I may have to break the rules at first if my blood sugar goes too low. But I will get the hang of it eventually.

Wish us luck on this new/old adventure!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father`s day to all the Dads and single Moms out there!

It has been an interesting week and this is why I have not posted anything. I have an article to write for my friend for the gazette but my ass did not wake up till like noon. I will do it in the morning. Yesterday I took Fred to get his Father`s Day gift which was a tattoo. First we went to lunch to have pizza with Natalie. He was hungry. We had a prosciutto, gorgonzola, fig chutney, and pear pizza. It actually tasted good. I was scared of the pear chunks at first but then I just dived in. Good.
 This is what he got on his arm. The NL that is the symbol of our city. He likes it. Later on, he can come back and get some more stuff added to it as he thinks about it. His last tattoo on his other arm is like 18 years old so we had to teach him all the aftercare for it. Raymond left to go to Virginia for a week to visit his Mom. Then Fred and I went to Mohegan Sun casino. I just wanted to go. I kept winning on the machines and giving him the money. When it was all said and done...We both gambled for 3 hours, ate at Johnny Rockets, I bought Natalie an eyeliner at Sephora ($20), and coffees for later..Because of my winning money and what I had to start off with..We only spent $10. Pretty cool, huh? We got home at like 1am and I did not get to sleep till 2am.
I am a bit tired.

  Today he is being lazy but first he went with me to the Dunkin Donuts, then I watered at the garden, and then the grocery store. I am making his chicken wing recipe, potato salad, left over pork ribs, and I have collard greens to shred, I have the broth cooking on the stove right now. That takes over an hour. Then I will wash all the damn dishes and start on cleaning the greens, making the salad, etc. Oh, he wants a tossed salad also. So it is going to be a big feast today. He deserves it. He did alot over the years to make this family run. He should get one damn day of relaxation and food!

Okay, gotta go. I really do  have a mountainous amount of shit to accomplish.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More effin rain

We need some sun and heat, dammit! My tomatoes are very unhappy. Everything else is growing like gangbusters but not the tomatoes. They are having too much rain. I know what is going to happen. The fruits are going to have bottom rot. Pisses me off!

The plants are doing well despite the lack of lots of sun like last year. I am hoping for a bumper crop of brussel sprouts. I was unsuccessful with them last year. The plants did not even take off at all. This year..well they are the ones in the top picture right next to the mustard greens (yellow) and next to them is kale. On the other side of the greens are cucumbers. And I have that big old sunflower that sprouted on it`s own from the garden. I decided to leave it. Yesterday I went and planted a couple basil plants and my sweet pepper plant. The basil are getting eaten by something here at the house (bug) and I want basil so I brought it to the garden. I have really stuffed the fuck out of those boxes. It will come to the point I wont have to weed at all because they will be crowded out.
This year I did cucumbers and I have not done them in a very long time. The green caterpillar bugs that like to eat them, freaked me out a bit back then, Where the fuck did you come from and why are you in my yard?
I am not as squeamish as I used to be.
Today I am going out and buying a carpet steam cleaner. We always rented because we only needed to use it every few months. But now that we have Ruby and she is being a beast to housebreak, I need to carpet clean more often. So it is cost effective to just buy one. I have narrowed down to a Bissel. I will go to a couple places today to get the best price.
We are also going to go to BJs wholesale and buy our monthly meat supply. Oh so much cheaper then the grocery store.
Hope you have some sun shining on you today. I will be dodging rain drops the whole time.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tooth Fairy needed


I noticed it was a bit sore yesterday afternoon. It is that back molar again. I do not know if you remember but when I first quit smoking, my tooth problems began. Periodontal disease. Anyway, the back molar on the right gave me some super assed pain because of infection. They were able to clean it and get it all better that day.
It hurts. Not as much as before but enough for me to know that I need to do something about it. A friend told me about something called Peroxyl by Colgate but my ass is broke until Monday when Fred gets paid. She says it is a oral rinse that I can swish and it will help clear out the pocket. Yes, we have pockets under each tooth. If you do not brush and floss on a regular, you COULD get crap in them and then you have periodontal disease. So brush your damn teeth!!

 I am going to make soup today because I doubt very much that I will be able to chew anything. I swished with warm water and salt plus took half a Vicodin. I am good for now. I can still feel it but it is not pulsating. I have all the ingredients for Cheeseburger soup too. Goody! I love that soup.
I was going to write an article and then do some work outside but that isnt going to happen now. Today is going to be a very lazy day while I wait for Monday to come.

I tell you what though, If I cracked it or something of that nature where it needs root canal..I will tell them to just fucking pull it. I am done with this tooth. It is a pain in the ass anyway.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Off to the Poor House


A poorhouse or workhouse was a government-run facility in the past for the support and housing of dependent or needy persons, typically run by a local government entity such as a county or municipality.
In England, Wales and Ireland (but not in Scotland) a poorhouse was more commonly known as a workhouse. In early Victorian times (see Poor Law), poverty was seen as a dishonorable state caused by a lack of the moral virtue of industriousness (or industry as it was called). As was depicted by Charles Dickens, a workhouse could resemble a reformatory and house children, either with families or alone, or a penal labor regime to give the poor work at manual labor and subject them to physical punishment. As the 19th century progressed, conditions improved.

There were actual poor houses that you could be sent to if you were destitute. "Please sir, can I have some more?"

I am not destitute but I am tired of teetering on poor. I ordered fuel oil to be delivered today. 115 gallons will cost me $356. We have a 200 gallon tank. I cannot even afford to fill it. There was a time when we had automatic fill. They would come when we needed it. It is like they knew. And we did not cancel it because we couldn't afford it. We could always afford it. Not anymore. Now we have to be frugal with the heat and hot water. Plan ahead to pay for it. Hope to god what we have in the tank will not run empty before they come deliver!
We are at that point right now. Waiting for the delivery. It is near E on the tank but not all the way to the bottom of E. So I think we are okay for now. They are coming after 10am. If it runs E, you have to pay extra for them to run oil through the furnace to get it running again. I do not have extra for that. If I did have to do that, I would not have grocery money. It is a fucked up beginning of the month, that is all. I do not get paid until next week but Fred`s medicine was due and phone had to be topped up. Stuff that I pay for when I get paid. It will be okay. We will be fine

Crossing fingers and hope that Poor house thing does not get close to me.

Today is Friday and I usually do not post on Friday cause I am busy. This morning I am at a standstill because of the oil delivery. No one else will do it (fuckers) so I have to sit here with my coffee and wait for the delivery guy to bring me my oil. Then I will put gas in the car and do some grocery shopping. Small amounts of it too. 
 It is a beautiful day out there this morning. Feels like a nice cool beach day. It is also the last day of school for NL. So kids will be running around with nothing to do until September. I used to take the kids to the beach in the morning until lunch time, bring home and have lunch, shower, and nap. Then they would get up and hang out until dinnertime. I had a schedule. We had free for all days but I tried to get them out to the beach almost every morning. They were brown like berries by the end of the season. They loved it. I loved it. That is how I spent my summers here on the shore.
Ahh! Nostalgia. I think I am getting this way because I found out that my elementary school (Harbor) will be closing at the end of the next school year in 2013. Very sad. I know things like this happen but it is still sad that the school I went to from K-6 will no longer be running. And all those teachers will be out of jobs.

See what happens when I have nothing to do on a Friday? I babble. I went and met my friend D at the bus stop at the end of the street. She was picking up a neighbors kids and I was bring her a sweet pepper plant to plant in her yard. She is a really nice person that has had some rough shit happen in her life recently. She needs love and good people. She is really learning who her friends are.

Okay, let me wrap this shit up. I will be back tomorrow...Have a nice TGIF!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Where is the sun?


Another dreary and cool day weather wise here in Ole CT. Yesterday I received a pleasant surprise. A neighbor above us brought me some veggie and herb plants that she could not use. I kind of knew about them. They were bought for her work program with kids to have them build planter boxes. She had left over plants but she had to wait till she had the okay to get rid.
4 lemon boy tomatoes, 2 lavender, 2 rosemary, 3 chive, 2 peppers, and 2 cilantro. I have a friend that could use in this bounty so I am giving her 1 of each except for the peppers, lavender, and chive. I would not know where to put it all so I feel good about giving.

So after I drop off plants, I need to get to the store and pick up animal food, and potting soil. Oh and some cheese. I am making chicken quesadillas for dinner. I do not feel that great today. I ran out of my acid reflux pill on Monday and I cannot pick up the new script until Friday. Oh so I suffer. But it is okay. I will survive. That is why this post is so scattered. I have no direction cause my ass does not feel well.
 I did go out in the yard and plant some of my bounty. The chives are in my chive pot on the patio, the lavender is out front, and the rosemary is on the side of the house. I will plant the tomatoes when I get the dirt later on this morning. .

That is all. Hopefully I feel better as the day goes on.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Let`s try this again for old times sake


Low carb eating that is.
   Fred and I need to lose weight and keep that shit off. I talked to a friend of mine online that I have known for many years. She had WLS (weight loss surgery) and lost a couple hundred pounds. And she has kept it off. I wanted to know how because I know people that have had the WLS and they have gained weight back. She eats as much protein as her stomach will allow and she eats low carb. No whites at all. But she told me something different. I can have brown rice. I can have spinach pasta. The meals do not have to be uber boring. So we are going to start the Monday after Father`s day. Fred is getting a tattoo on that Saturday. He and I are going to go out to eat for lunch and dinner on Father`s Day. He said forget the kids. They did not remember MD so only we get to celebrate on his day. I am also waiting till then so that it will give me time to shop for supplies. Nuts, grains, meat, eggs, low carb pasta, brown rice, veggies. I have to compile some recipes for us also so that we can eat. We will probably eat lots of leftovers for lunches to save money at first.
  I needed to be doing this all along and I was given a wake up call by my friend. She is right. I should have not been eating all those whites and crap all these years. She did say as I lose weight, I can have a night where I have some ice cream now and then.
 But never eat another damn potato! No more you loverly spud!

  I do not want to lose Fred to heart disease at an early age and he does not want to lose me too soon to this damn diabetes. Our complacency ends on the 18th of June.
I have already started. I have been back drinking my big glass of tomato or veggie juice every day. It gives me the veg I need and it fills up my stomach so I do not go off and snack.  It is the mid afternoons that I get the hungry horrors. You are bored and you just want to eat every god damn thing in the house that has any fattening value.
I have been able to hold back on that since I lost the 30 lbs but then I never lost anymore. I just go up and down in the same 5 lb range. This is going to kick it into high gear. And it is the perfect time to do it. All the summer fruits and vegs to enjoy in our meals! I am not going to say no to corn completely because I love a nice corn on the cob but I will not do it all the time. Once a month. Next month is when the bread and butter corn comes out (local) and it is dirt cheap. Like 12 for $2. I am going to buy a shitload and can it for the winter. Just normal canned corn. Cut it off the ears, quick blanch, and can. The girls love corn and it would be a sin not to take advantage of it.

 So yeah. I need to look for some different low carb soups, casseroles, and meals. Different ways to make eggs besides hard boiled, fried, scrambled, omelets, and etc. I was thinking of trying a florentine or maybe eggs benedict but without the English muffin. But I have time to work out the kinks. We did not do that the last time. We kind of just went with a modified Atkins, which we are doing now, but it was so rigid that we were starving. We lost weight but we were starving. So we need more proteins, more vegs, and a smidge of low carb from some alternative pastas and rices.

  I also need to start drinking my Metamucil again. I just lost my way and didn't do it anymore. Now my stomach has been hurting again like before. My GP says it is probably irritable bowel. He says the plus of drinking Metamucil is extra fiber, regularity, lower cholesterol, and it fills up your gut so you are not as hungry in the evenings after dinner. Which is true. It is just gross. He even said that it has to be the gritty kind with the psyllium. That is what helps the most. So tonight I will drink my first cup in a couple months.

 Long post huh?
   I have much to do. One part of the Atkins eating is salad. Every week I would fill a large Tupperware bowl with lid with salad stuff. No dressing of course. But lettuce, cucumber, carrots, and broccoli. I would have tomatoes to put in each day. So for every meal we would have either a vegetable or a salad with our meal. In the evenings when we were hungry, we would eat nuts.

If anyone wants to join in, go for it. Just go online to Atkins. Sign up because they will send you a free starter pack with a couple Atkins breakfast/energy bars. You can stick to their diet rules to the letter or modify it like we did. We did not want this to be a *DIET*. We want this to be our new way of eating. So try not to look at it as temporary. Look at it as this is how I am going to live. I am going to lose the excess weight, keep it off, be happy, and eat wonderful meals!

Next topic will be exercise and my fear of hurting my feet again....



Today is June 5, 2012 and it is 56 deg F outside right now at 12:30pm. Last night, Fred closed all the windows. They are still closed. They should have been closed the other night but we were too lazy and just threw covers over us. I am enjoying it but it is just weird. The garden is loving it. I went to check on it and everything is growing nicely. I have to grab some cages, my pepper plants, and a stray tomato that I have not planted and take them to the garden today or tomorrow to plant. I think I have some room. I will save a couple peppers to plant here at the house.
 I had to wear a jacket yesterday evening. A Jacket. In Connecticut. In June.

I think I will make chili in the crock pot today for dinner for Fred and I, and burgers for Natalie. I will definitely make chili. I just checked and I have all the ingredients.
Yeah, nice hot chili for a cold summer day!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Soup and stuff


Even though I am battered and bruised, I am going to make soup today. My friend Angie posted her recipe for Cheese Chicken Tortilla soup and I am going to report back how it went.  It intrigued me and I wanted to give it a try.
 Hold on...I need to take the chicken out of the freezer. Okay.

I love soup.
 The only home made soups that I had growing up were split pea with ham that was always made after Easter and turkey noodle which was always made after a turkey dinner. I did not branch out into different kinds until I had my own home.
I can do a really nice French Onion soup. It stinks the house up to high heaven but we love it. One Christmas, Fred gave me two french soup oven tureens for him and I. Best gift ever. The girls hate the soup so no sense buying them a bowl that will never be used. I have posted the recipe and pictures of that soup here on the blog.

Geez, lately my brain has been so dumb lately. I do not know what I want to talk about. I do not want to stop posting because I like it but I feel like I got nothing right now. I am boring as hell. I KNOW at least one of you is shaking your head yes. 
I have just been foggy in the head lately and I do not have much to contribute in terms of stimulating topics. I am not a blog about topics and facts. That could get stale. I just talk about whatever is going on and you either hate it or love it.
I have read that talking about my health issues is boring for the reader and I felt that maybe that I should just not talk about that at all anymore. I guess I could talk about gardening and cooking but I do not know.
I just get the feeling that I am not very good at this (I get hints) and that maybe I should just stop all together. But this will be fleeting.   I will continue to write what I want. If you do not like it, then move along. You know who you are.
I got peoples that like me just the way I am.

I went Boom!

Why, yes. Yes, it does!

Yesterday morning I fell down/on the stairs. It had been raining all night and it was humid. The stairs are old and wood. They became slick. I did not take my shoes off like I normally do when this happens. I was carrying Lu and Perla and my cellphone. I was near the bottom thank goodness. I basically went up and slammed down on a stair. Lu flew and landed at the bottom on her feet. My phone broke apart (but it is fine) and Perla landed in my lap and stared at me like "What the fuck just happened?"
Ruby was behind us all wondering when we are gonna move.
Nobody heard a thing. Fred was not home and both the girls were in their rooms. Very comforting.
I have a bruise on my back by my rib cage. I have another on my right hip and that hurts like fucking hell. My right above ankle, my right arm, my left hand, and the lower mid of my back are all hurting. Oh and my neck too but I think that was from flinching. I have bruises everywhere. The dogs and my phone...Not a scratch.

I am going to take it easy today because I have to. It hurts to bend over and even to sit or get up. It sucks being old.
I did make sure that I had Pinesol, hot water, scrubby, and paper towels and I scrubbed the slick off those stairs. All better. I know better then that. We all do. I was over tired and just did not pay attention.

Friday, June 1, 2012



Today was the first day of the Farmer`s market downtown. The pickings were slim because it is early in the season. I did get some garlic snapes to make pesto with, radishes, and 6 small basil plants ($3). I am happy because I missed out on the plants at the community garden sale. We love basil and we love Pesto. I did not have any more room at the garden so I planted them on the side of the house in the small bed where the rosemary is. I had one plant left so I put it in this pot on the porch. It gets really sunny in that spot so it will be good. I will move it if I have to.
Tonight I am making chicken wings and Spanish rice for dinner.
I have a great recipe that I lost but I found a similar one. I will share with you just in case you would like to try. 


  • 1 tablespoon sofrito sauce (check out recipe # from my recipes)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pigeon peas (any canned bean will do)
  • 0.5 (4 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (4 ounce) can Spam (don't ask a lot of people use it, substitute a ham steak)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package sazon goya
  • 6 -10 pitted green olives
  • 2 cups rice (rinsed)
  • 4 cups water


  1. Rinse starch off the rice, this IS important.
  2. Dice ham steak or Spam.
  3. Pour oil into 4-5 quart cooking pot ( make sure its a large wide pot, not a thin deep one).
  4. Add sofrito and fry on medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add ham and fry for 1 more minute
  6. Add tomato sauce and heat through for 30 seconds.
  7. Add sazon, salt and water and bring to a boil.
  8. Add pigeon peas and olives and boil 5 minutes.
  9. Add rice and mix around with spoon once.
  10. Bring to boil on HIGH heat until water has evaporated to the rice line.
  11. Lower temperature to low/medium low and cover TIGHT with lid ( add foil or banana leaf if need be to make it a tight seal).
  12. Cook for 25-30 minutes.
  13. Uncover, serve and enjoy!