Wednesday, February 19, 2020


I spotted the item above while walking with a friend.  It looks like someone's concrete garden ornament, but it was a long way from anyone's garden.  Given its size and its material, it would have taken some effort to place it there. I wonder, how did it get there? Why is it there? Who put it there? Where did it come from?  It feels like there should be a story to go with it.  Is anyone looking for a missing garden ornament?  Or a story prompt?  

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Frosty Family Day

Yesterday morning was clear and cold.  Frost sparkled everywhere.  Frozen water droplets hung from branches and berries.  I'm so glad I got out for an early walk.  It was beautiful.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Something About Marvin 5

Apparently he doesn't mind other cats when he's the cat!

Marvin joined us in bed in the wee hours Saturday morning.  He walked all over me twice before he decided to curl up on my pillow.  He was on my hair, which wasn't great, but I decided to leave him if he'd settle down and let me go back to sleep.  He was obviously very comfortable there, as I was just drifting off to sleep when he started drooling on my head.

So gross.  

On the upside, maybe it will make my coat soft and shiny too.

If this isn't enough Marvin for you, you can follow him on Instagram.  He's @marvinmeowmeow.  

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Green is the Colour

Changing plans and extra leftovers meant that last week's meal plan  shifted a bit toward the end of the week.  Still, everything in the fridge got used up, no extra groceries were required, and we didn't have to resort to take-out.  A good week!

This week more fresh veggies landed in my cart, though some on-the-fly substitutions had to be made when the desired item was too expensive or too withered to buy.

Asparagus, broccolette, avocado and living lettuce all followed me home.  I must be craving green things!  (The asparagus was part of our Valentine's Day dinner and our post-Valentine's Day breakfast, so it doesn't appear on the board.)

Still experimenting with ways to set up the new board.
I'm still relying heavily on root veggies and items from the freezer to fill out the week.

I also found a new cookbook at the library. "Prep: The Essential College Cookbook" by Katie Sullivan Morford has been a fun reminder that cooking doesn't have to be complicated.  Unless I choose to make it complicated.  Like when I decided that the "Mix-in-the-Pan Applesauce Cake" had to have homemade applesauce.  At least I decided that I could let go of using homemade yogurt!

Other than that, I'm relying on cookbooks that have been in my kitchen for ages.  That includes one prepared for me by my mother when I moved away from home.  I've had the spiral-bound note book for so long it is stained and falling apart.  It looks terrible, but the recipes are great!  

(*Note:  I don't get anything for the links above.  They're there for your information.  Hope you find them useful.)

Thursday, February 13, 2020


Today we are throwing waaaay back to 1981.  The beautiful, intelligent, musically talented young woman in this picture is my sister.*

The instrument in the picture is a marching-band French horn.  My sister's marching band experience was so short-lived that I forgot about it until she reminded me.  Surprisingly, she was not kicked out of the band for inability to figure out where the mouthpiece goes.

Oh, I forgot to mention she is awesome and athletic.

Whereas I am old and forgetful.

*I may have had some "help" writing this post.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


I have awesome friends.  Shortly after I posted yesterday, I received a text with this picture...

...and the message "Is this the photo you were looking for?"

Yes.  Yes it is. 

It's in focus. There are no strange shadows.  There is nothing weird in the background.  Perfect!

Did I mention I have awesome friends?