Baby, it’s cold outside

I’m loving our cold, wet weather. And what goes better with cold, wet weather than soul food, specifically thick hearty soups and stews.

Problem is the hubbinator hates soups and stews.

Apparently, they are not real food. I get it. He walks 20 miles a day at work. He needs something substantial to keep him going.

But, I wanted soup. So on the weekend, I made split pea soup and grilled cheese sandwiches on pumpernickel bread for lunch. There was a squinty-eyed look from him but he ate it.

Now, I am finishing off the leftovers for lunch.

Yesterday, I decided to make oxtail soup (stew). I had seen oxtails in the store the first time in a long time around Christmas and had been craving the soup. Naturally they didn’t have them then. But last weekend, I found them when I was looking for ham hocks for the split pea soup.

So I bought them, then with my Dad’s help found his recipe for oxtail stew which I loved as a child. My mother warned me not to expect it to taste the same. It took 4 and a half hours to make it on the stove.

And it was delicious.

The hubbinator even liked the chunks of tomatoes and carrots, but didn’t really appreciate sucking the tender meat off the bone. That’s the best part. And I have leftovers, which I offered to split with my dad. After all, more rain is coming on Friday.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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I get a lot of emails. Usually I delete them after a quick scan, but this time I read on. Apparently, one reason people feel overwhelmed isn’t because they have too much to do but because they don’t finish anything.

Aside from the obvious things that are wrong with that statement, I do sense a grain of truth in it.

So, I think I will do a little experiment and start finishing so of the endless things on my to do list.

I mean the worst that can happen is stuff gets done.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Friday Fun Fact

The life of a bruise:

Deny the existence of the bruise: Is that a bruise?

Seek evidence: Touch the bruise. An ouch confirms that the bruise is real.

Question the bruise: How did that happen?

Repeat as needed for every discovery.

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Peas and Carrots

I saw a spread in a magazine the other day. One that contained all the variety of vegetables and fruits available from a shop in New York. The food came from all over the world and included over 50 different items. Some I hadn’t seen before let alone knew what they were.

Did you ever notice how many different kinds of veggies you eat in a week?

Peas, corn and broccoli are our go-to staples in our freezer. There’s salads with romaine and red/green lettuces plus the occasional spinach. Complementing the salad are tomatoes, radishes, carrots, celery and onions (red or green).

Fruits are pineapples, oranges, strawberries and the odd banana or apple.

So much to chose from and yet I deliberately limit my choices.

Time to try something new. Next time I go to the grocery store, I select something new then find a new recipe to make it with.

A win-win.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Getting Carded

I spent a lovely Sunday morning watering the plants, pulling dead grass and weeds, and making cards. I didn’t use any stamps but once the glue dries, I will stamp the interior to go with the reason behind the card.

This time, I decided to make at least a dozen to see me through the next month or so. Thankfully, I can save those I don’t use for next year.

Here is my stash to see me through the winter:

Tomorrow, I will work on creating some Valentines.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Friday Fun Fact

I wish I could read tea leaves so I would know what kind of day I was about to have after my morning cuppa.

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Or as I have started calling it: Cat proofing.

This is probably not a real thing as cats are clever and will eventually find their way into everything.

But it is a start.

And speaking of starts, it all came about because one Zim-Zilla jumped to a high shelf on our entertainment unit. There followed a clatter and a thud then a sound of a cloudburst as hundreds of beads rained down onto the wooden floor.

My son spent time vacuuming the mess up only to happen again.

And so, I spent time this last weekend organizing.

Now the cat is biding his time, waiting until no one can see him as he tries to break into this new puzzle.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Writing but not producing

Since I’ve taken on a new job, I have been writing but not producing books.

It’s really hard to stick to facts when you know the only plot twists are more disruptions in your time to complete a task. I would like to think I can focus on one task, but that is hard to do when the place is burning down around you.

Sometimes, things are urgent and need to be addressed immediately.

The problem is that there is always something urgent.

And sometimes it is between the people who report to you.

Ah well, I love a challenge.

I just wished I was able to spend more time killing folks or introducing the plot twists. On paper of course. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Friday Fun Fact

People look at you funny if you are still playing Christmas carols.

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Reading Challenge

I visited Goodreads last weekend and was greeted with a challenge. How many books did I plan to read in 2021?

Now, I know that amazon and Goodreads are hand in glove and whenever I open a book on my kindle, Goodreads shares it with the world. There’s even a little bit of shaming when a book stays around for too long.

But I digress.

I met Goodreads’ challenge with a solid 24.

After all, I normally ready 2 books a month.

What Goodreads doesn’t know is that one read is usually a print book. So now, I have to tell on myself so I can meet the goal.

This month’s reads are:


Until next time. Stay healthy.

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