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Jul 30, 2013

31 YEARS AND COUNTING

Happy Anniversary to my BB Guy!
Married for 31 years, together for 38.
We haven’t changed a bit in all that time…except for my apparent loss of my grip on reality!!! LOL. 
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We plan a simple dinner out. Last year was the big celebration you can read about here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. 

Jul 27, 2013

A SULTRY MORNING

She slowly holds the steaming mug of strong, black coffee to her nose and breathes in deeply taking in the rich aroma. She tips the mug slightly and the dark liquid seeps between her lips and into her mouth. As the warmth slides down her throat she begins to awaken.
Either that or I am just going to slurp this coffee back until I feel like a human being again.

Jul 22, 2013

GRAND-DOGGY ON THE RUN

We have a grand-doggy named Jada.

She came to live with our son a few months ago when she was 5 years old. She had been through 2 homes previously. Left the first one due to too many kids and dogs and someone had to go. Second one due to a breakup and no home for her.
This isn’t her but this is what she looks like.dogue-brasileiro-04 
This is where our son stepped in and took her in having already known her.
We doggy-sit sometimes. She is here for 2 nights while her daddy is out of town. I take her with me into the guest room and shut the door at bedtime and she sleeps on the floor beside the bed.

She is not a relaxed dog. She adores our eldest son but is not happy with anyone else except me at our home. She will back out of a room rather than go near our other son …who loves her and tries so hard to be her friend and my BB Guy. BB Guy tried for 2 days to get her to come to him and tonight she finally did…for a minute….even though she has been to the cabin with him and she has been here many times.

So today, at work, my cell phone rang and it was our younger son. No one calls me at work unless it is critical because I cannot have my cell phone out at work for security reasons. Of course I grabbed the phone and went into the lunch room.

Younger Son had taken her outside into our fully fenced yard to play but she wouldn’t play with him. He went into the house for a minute and when he came back out she was gone. She pushed her way through the fence boards and took off. He was frantic. He couldn’t see her anywhere.

I work for great people and they understood completely when I said I had to go help find her. Luckily I work 2 minutes from home and picked up my son very quickly. We drove around randomly as we had no idea which way she went. We stopped every person walking and asked if they had seen her.

Finally after we changed directions we started to get sightings. She had gone to a local school some blocks from us that has a big park attached to it. Aha…it was making sense. That is where her “daddy” takes her to run and play when they are near our house. She was looking for him and that is where she figured he would have gone.

We didn’t see her so I dropped him off at the park and I drove around a few blocks when my phone rang again….quick…she is on the road by the mail box……hufff….pufff…. running to catch up with her.

I zipped around in the car and found our son running up the street on the other side of the park. She wouldn’t come to him at all and was running up and down driveway after driveway sniffing and searching.

As soon as I pulled over, got out of the car and called to her she came running over to me and I clipped her leash onto her collar. Led her back to the car and took her home.

She knew she had done bad. She just couldn’t help herself.

She has had her little heart broken twice already and now she cannot open it up to everyone for fear of being hurt again. She can only love us one at a time. Eldest son above all. Then me when she is at our house and he isn’t here. After that she can’t even think about who she can love and trust.

I am so glad we found her safe and I was back at work within 40 minutes. No more being out back alone although the fenced yard kept our lab in for 14 years with no problems.

So have any of you ever lost your grandchildren? Am I going to be the worst grandma ever one day?

Jul 17, 2013

WASTING AWAY– DO YOU USE ALL YOUR PRODUCE?

There was a study done (don’t you love studies) on how much each province spends on fresh produce each week.
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I am ashamed to say British Columbia tops the list  of produce purchasers we also top the list of produce wasters. We spend on average $43.90 a week on fresh fruits and vegetables and we toss about 11% of them.

The most frequently wasted items are lettuce, bananas, tomatoes, grapes and celery.

I am guilty. I buy lettuce and don’t use it all. Cilantro is another big one for me. I love it and buy it often but only end up using a bit and the rest is composted. IMG_0227Lemons and limes bought by the large bag at Costco are cheaper than buying 4 or 5 at the grocery store but I often can’t use 20 lemons up. I have since heard about freezing them whole and then just grating them to get what you need for a recipe.

Bananas of course can be frozen and used for baking or smoothies. Who doesn’t have a stash of these blackened beauties in their freezers?IMG_0318I do have an issue with onions. The onions used to last for months in my bin staying firm and clean. We eat them every day in some form and buy them by the large bag. A week later they are often all soft and rotten inside and they just don’t keep. It must be the varieties that growers are using now. This one isn’t my fault!IMG_0509Same with the strawberries….not my fault. They barely last 24 hours even in the fridge. IMG_0319Here is a list of tips from the Vancouver Sun newspaper on storage of produce. My big tip for vegetables though is to make a pot of soup with all the vegetables left over at the end of the week.  If I can save just one potato then my work here is done!

1. Buy only what you need and will eat. Don’t get sucked in by sales. (Will you really eat three watermelons?) Shop more frequently and plan meals.

2. Eat the most delicate produce first: leafy greens before longer-lasting zucchini.

3. Lots of fruits and vegetables are big emitters of ethylene gas, which speeds up ripening in nearby produce unless stored separately in plastic bags or containers. Apples, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, for instance, kept unwrapped near spinach and kale, will ruin the greens within days.

4. Some industrial fridges feature ethylene gas absorbers that slow ripening. Small household ethylene absorbers are available in many produce sections. They are generally a plastic ball or egg containing a packet that soaks up ethylene over a period of months before it has to be replaced.

5. Washing fruit and vegetables — particularly fragile berries or greens — hastens spoilage. Wash them just before you use them. But putting a damp cloth or paper towel in a bag of greens can help keep it fresh.

6. Don’t store bananas, onions, baking potatoes, tomatoes or garlic in the fridge. Put them in a cool, dark cupboard instead. For stone fruits, like nectarines and apricots, store them in the fridge if they’re ripe but on the counter if they’re still hard.

7. Store herbs like parsley and cilantro upright with the stalks in a container of water.

8. Reduce waste by freezing produce before it spoils. Fruit can be used in smoothies. Make sauces from vegetables.

9. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says food can be eaten after its “best before” date, which indicates the amount of time an unopened package will maintain its optimum quality. “Best before” dates are not indicators of food safety, either before nor after the date, according to CFIA’s website.

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Jul 4, 2013

GOOGLE READER GONE–NOW WHAT?

***Please use your own judgement here. Many blogs are offering different opinions. Some say we are losing blog rolls other say not. All I am saying is just in case...upload your list elsewhere***
Most people don’t like change. They especially don’t like change when it is on their computers. 

pulling hair out We get used to doing things a certain way, using certain programs which at times took us a while to figure out and become comfortable with.
Most of us have followed a lot of favorite blogs over the years adding them to our list using the Follower’s gadget. In turn we would go to our blog dashboard list and either click on them there to read the latest post or open them up in Google Reader to see them. Followers
I didn’t use Google Reader myself. I preferred going directly to the blogs to read the post so as not to miss out on any interesting things on the sidebars.
Not only is Google Reader gone but shortly your list of blogs on your dashboard may also disappear.
You can read about this on the Official Google Reader Blog.The time to manage this is now! As it is I have to refresh my dashboard page several times to get my list up.
I am not worried though because I have already copied my list of favorite blogs to another application.
I chose Bloglovin and it was super easy and fast. I imported my list in just a minute or two. See the button on my sidebar and give it a click to add me to your list. BloglovinThere are many, many others to choose from though and Blogger has given us a link to find them.
So let’s move on and enjoy our blogs using new tools. It is great to learn new things and let’s face it…all this stuff is free so we should just appreciate what we have had and carry on.

Jul 3, 2013

FOOD ART LOOKS GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT

I love fruits and vegetables. I love to buy bunches of wonderful produce, bring them home and set them out on my counter to wash them. IMG_0484

It makes me feel so healthy just to look at them knowing that the nutrition packed foods are going to taste so good.

I have been known to eat a whole bunch of radishes just while washing the rest of the produce. Hot and peppery. Yum.

These food displays are so inviting. I especially like the one that is actually in a store. What a great place to shop that must be. The others appear to be displays at food shows. None of the ones below are mine but have been circulating in emails for some time. FOOD ART 1

FOOD ART 2

FOOD ART 3

FOOD ART 4

Now I have to get ready for work. Do you like my dress?

FOOD ART 5

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