Thursday, April 2, 2020

Family Affair

I emailed my Dad a while ago telling him that I was in danger of running out of Throwback Thursday photos. Dad has been into photography for years, so I figured he'd have tons of pictures I could share - and many I'd rather not share.  I thought it would take him ages to sift through his collection. I was stunned when, 8 minutes after I sent the email, I had 18 photos in my inbox.  

This is the first:

Photo courtesy of Mom and Dad
That's me, on the left. I'm 3-ish and my sister is 1-ish.  Our matching dresses were made by Mom. 

Dad didn't actually take this picture.  My parents hired a photographer to come to the house for professional portraits.  They must have been talented to catch us both smiling at the same time.  Particularly since my sister remembers bumping her head on the coffee table just before the photographer arrived.  She's sure Mom had to apply makeup to cover the bump for the photos.  Mom doesn't remember this, though we both agree this sounds exactly like something that would happen to my sister.

My sister was quite enthusiastic about her appearance.  "I love this  photo, always have. I'm so cute."

She was less enthusiastic about mine. "What's wrong with your hair? And I know you never liked picture taking but why are you trying to give the photographer the finger?" 

I admit, I didn't notice my almost-extended middle finger until she pointed it out.  And I thought the hair comment was rather funny considering she looks like she shares the same stylist as Eddie Munster, 

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or perhaps Squiggy.

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Still, as she said, she's cute - right down to the elbow dimples.  As am I, though on closer inspection I see what she means about my hair.  The bangs are strangely wispy.  Probably because my stylist - Mom - had cut them with her sewing scissors just before the photo.  She would use scotch tape as a guide when cutting so that they'd end up straight.  That they aren't quite also supports the idea that she had to drop everything and apply emergency make-up for my sister.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

It's Curtains For You!

Social media indicates that people are using their time at home much more productively than I am.  They are learning to play the theremin. They are constructing tree forts from dryer lint and twigs. People are finding seriously creative ways to keep busy while they stay at home.

Me?  Not so much.

On Monday I was finally shamed to motivated to increase my productivity.  I decided to start easy - no theremin for me.   I washed my bedroom curtains.  As you can see in the photo above, they did not do well in the wash.  Chunks of backing disintegrated. I had no idea how gauze-like the fabric on the front was until I hung them back up and saw the light shining through where the backing is missing.  So much for black-out curtains!

I suppose I could try to mend them, but I've decided that I no longer need to use my time off wisely.  No more "projects" for me.  

At lease the curtains aren't so dusty!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Iron Chef?

When I started writing about meal planning back in January, I got the following in an email from a friend:

"I used to menu plan, and occasionally I still do, but it’s like Iron Chef here most days .... hmmm what can I make with kale, a can of retried beans, 3 pickles and a potato....?"

This made me laugh. I still wonder what she made with those items.  

Meals around here have become much like that.  It's not that there's a shortage of food.  We're well stocked, but I'm trying to make sure that nothing goes to waste, so...

... the veggie broth I made on Saturday went into sweet potato soup on Sunday.  I could have frozen the rest of the broth, but the freezer is at capacity, and there wasn't enough sweet potato soup for lunch on Monday, so...

Recipe from Rino's Kitchen cookbook.  I didn't quite get the amounts right, but still a great recipe.

...I used the rest of the broth to make red lentil soup for lunch on Monday.  This will be lunch for a couple of days, but...

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...there was a small amount of sweet potato soup left over.  Since it was rather spicy, I added about 1/3 can of coconut milk, which made enough for two "starter" servings for supper last night.  Which was great, but... there is a partial can of coconut milk in the fridge.  I've decided that this will go into chicken curry on Wednesday.  I'll probably try this recipe, but...

I only have 28oz cans of tomatoes, so...

I'll have to figure out what to make with the remaining tomatoes, and... on, and so on, and so on.

As you can see, there's meal planning happening, it's just not happening too far in advance.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Something About Marvin 10

I just realized that I neglected to post a picture of Marvin last Monday!  I guess this not-working thing is messing with me more than I thought.

My sister chose this picture.  She thinks it looks like Marvin is trying to be a helpful "laundry fairy".  Something like the elves in "The Elves and the Shoemaker" I suppose. In her story, Marvin was struggling to fold those striped socks when I snuck up behind him.  The look on his face is one of displeasure, as now that he's been discovered he can no longer be the secret laundry fairy.  

The reality is that there was no sneaking.  Marvin blatantly hopped in the basket while I was folding laundry.  

Thankfully it was a load of dark clothing.  The black cat hair won't show up as much.  Our last cat was an orange-and-white, long-haired tabby.  We were covered in cat hair all the time.  We joked that our next cat would better match our mostly-black wardrobes.  Oddly, colour was the last thing we considered when we found Marvin.  His ability to blend with the laundry was just a happy accident.

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

Sunday, March 29, 2020


This little snail was right outside my front door.  A good reminder that I don't have to go far to find things to photograph.

It's also a good reminder that I don't have to go far to find things to eat should the grocery stores shut down.

Mmmm.  Escargot.

Hope I still have butter.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Hubby ran interference with Marvin this morning, so I was able to sleep in.  I actually had enough energy to do things.

Things like make cookies...

...and socca...

...and veggie broth.

Amazing what a good night's sleep can do!

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Feline Friday

In the wee hours, this small, fuzzy monster woke me with a MEOW in the face.  He followed that with some throat-kneading and some arm-drooling.  He finally settled down - taking much of my side of the bed.  His early morning need for attention meant that I didn't get much sleep.  

As a result, I've had a very cat-like day.  I've done nothing but eat and nap on the sofa.  I'm rather liking it.  Maybe Feline Friday should be a thing.

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