Friday, February 28, 2020


So many reflection metaphors I could gift you with here.  And don't get me started on bridges.  Or rivers. Or rays of light. 

Fortunately, you are saved from such navel-gazing by the fact that I have the plague AGAIN.  My head is too congested for such mental meanderings.  You'll have to supply your own analogy.  

And if you come up with a good one, feel free to share it with me.  Comments are always appreciated.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Roll Back

My sister and I have had some lively conversations while preparing these throwback posts. I'm having a great deal of fun, and judging by the texts I've been receiving, I think she is too. 

Excerpt from this week's string of texts:

Sister: What's wrong with my eyes? Is that a black and white photo or is the color just off?

Me: I don't know what's wrong with your eyes.  They're your eyes.  You tell me what the heck you might have been doing. And yes, it's a black and white photo.  I took it with my old Polaroid camera.

Sister: I won a bunch of races, hence the ribbons.  I was hot, tired, hungry and wanting to eat and change my soaking-wet, sweaty underwear. Probably why my eyes are rolled back in my head.  Or maybe just dehydration.

Me:  *Snort* Now I have soup coming out my nose.  You are hilarious.

Sister: I know.  I hope the soup wasn't too hot.

Me:  Nope.  I'm good.

Sister:  Yeah, but I'm the best.

And now I'm rolling my eyes too.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


From there to here, 
From here to there,
Funny things are everywhere!

Dr. Seuss
"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"

A pink unicorn on a post, a stuffed mouse in a field, a rainbow sticker on a trash can - all random items I spotted on walks.  Dr. Seuss was right.  Funny things are everywhere.  You just have to be open to seeing them.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Alarmed?  It doesn't even look startled!

Thanks to Hubby for sharing this silliness.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Something About Marvin 6

Marvin chose his name.

He had a different name when we adopted him, but we figured a fresh start demanded a new name.  We didn't have any idea what that name was going to be though.

Shortly after we brought Marvin home, Hubby and I were making the bed.  We were brainstormed names while we worked.  Zaphod? Hamill? Mr. Spock?  Marvin prowled around as we talked.  When we hit on "Marvin" he hopped up on the bed, curled up and started to purr.  It was the first time we'd seen him relax! He hadn't really settled down since we had brought him home.  We decided that was his way of telling us his he we had hit on the right name.

It seems that Marvin is as nerdy as we are.

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

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Bonus Recipe: Chickpea Salad

Ok, this isn't really a recipe.  It's more like a suggestion, or a suggestion of a recipe. 

I was inspired by this recipe for Buffalo Chickpea Salad.  I wasn't in the mood for spicy, but when I saw the recipe, I realized that I can use chickpeas in the same way I'd use tuna, eggs or chicken in salad. The "recipe" below is based on what I had in the fridge at the time.  I didn't measure anything, so you're going to have to use your judgement based on your requirements, your tastes and the items your fridge.

Chickpea Salad

chickpeas - either home cooked or canned
celery - diced fine
red onion- diced fine
mustard - Dijon or yellow
dill pickle juice

  • Mash chickpeas with a fork or a potato masher
  • Stir in veggies
  • Add mustard, mayo, pickle juice, salt and pepper
  • Stir again
  • Taste and add more of whatever you think it needs.
(*Note:  I don't get anything for the links above.  They're there for your information.  Hope you find them useful.)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Keeping it Simple

Last week's meals went almost as planned!  I think that's a first since I started sharing my meal plans here.  I swapped chickpea-and-orzo salad for bean salad, but I figure that was close enough, and it allowed me to use up leftover orzo from earlier in the week.   

This week we'll be relying on big-batch cooking to provide leftovers for several suppers.  I know a lot of people balk at leftovers, but I can live with eating the same meal more than once if it means less cooking and clean-up.  It's going to be a busy enough week as it is!

Still figuring out the new board.

On Sunday we'll prepare a big shepherd's pie using a recipe from my old "Second Harvest Cookbook" as a guide.  I have had this cookbook for years.  I remember seeing an article about Second Harvest in the Globe and Mail. I was so intrigued that I mailed a cheque to get the cookbook. Newspaper, cheque, mail. That should give you an idea how long I've had this cookbook. 

We'll also prepare tofu and rice bowls inspired by the tofu poke bento recipe in "Simply Bento" by Yuko and Noriko.  I borrowed this cookbook from the library.  It is a beautiful cookbook, but the recipes are far too labour-intensive for my current cooking style.  I returned the book, but it has influenced how I think about packed lunches.

And once again, I'm relying on Stephanie Kay's "Red's 5-Ingredient Meals" for a big batch of Tex-Mex quinoa.  This cookbook has had a huge impact on how I think about our meals. I've been too distracted by the onslaught of "healthy eating" information out there.  This cookbook has been a good reminder that not every dish needs to be crammed full of "superfoods" to be healthy.  Delicious, good-for-you meals don't have to be complicated.  How did I forget that?  

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