Paleo Challenge – Revisited

May 29, 2012 § 2 Comments

Back in January, we decided to try out a 30 day Paleo Challenge.  While it went well for the duration, we had a lot of difficulty keeping up with it and absolutely no trouble falling back into our old eating and lifestyle habits.  *sigh*

Well, we’ve decided to give it another go and for the next 30 days (and hopefully beyond) we will endeavour to eat like cavemen once again. I do feel much more confident this time because we did maintain some of what we started back in January.  Things like coconut milk and almonds have remained staples and we still eat raw (except for eggs and meat) more often than not.

I’m very sure that the cravings for sugar and salty snacks will not be as severe this time around and I’ve already modified a few of my muffin recipes to make them more Paleo.  Today I stepped even further out of my comfort zone and made a batch of zucchini muffins without any sugar or butter, substituting with honey and unsweetened apple sauce, respectively.

These muffins bring a whole new meaning to moist and you almost have to eat them with a spoon. Hey, maybe I just invented something here.  Honestly, I will have to modify the recipe to make them a little firmer because they’re not really practical for an on the go snack, which is the idea of a muffin, right? I’ll post the recipe once I’ve perfected it.

Nevertheless, they are very yummy even if not nearly as sweet as I’m used to. Maybe next time I’ll add some dried cranberries to bump up the sweetness a touch.


You Know It’s A Bad Haircut When…

May 24, 2012 § 3 Comments


Caught Sarah Jane yawning while sitting in the kitchen window.  I couldn’t believe how much it looks like she’s laughing.  Anyway, I forgot to post about how she’s doing. She’s fine. The blockage passed after a couple of days and in no time she was back in full kitty force running through the house, jumping on the dining room table and annoying the other cats. Unfortunately, she is just one of those kittens who will eat pretty much anything so we have to be extra diligent about what gets left lying around, particularly anything of a string type nature.

Daughter is super relieved as she was very concerned, particularly the idea of her little one possibly needing surgery.  However, it was a good lesson in the unexpected expenses and responsibilities of pet ownership.  Still, we’re all relieved and happy that she is well again.


May 23, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve been meaning to do this post for over a week but we’ve been super busy.  Between the gardening, opening the pool, the gorgeous weather and the socializing there just aren’t enough hours in a day.

Anywho, here is my tree garden filled with pretty flowering perennials that will hopefully fill out nicely over the next few years.

There are hosta, violets, bugleweed, ferns, dwarf goat’s beard, tiarella, heuchera and some annual begonias for their bright red colour.  They go all the way around the tree in a pattern.  It was much harder than I thought it would be to remain consistent and I had to move a couple of them.

Boy was it worth all the work though.  Such a difference from the barren waste land that it was just a couple of weeks ago.  I’m beginning to understand why people do this sort of thing. Gardening is incredibly rewarding.

And in keeping with tradition, despite the distraction of their Comic Con weekend, Hubby and Daughter still managed to bring me home a lovely Mother’s Day gift.

Though not as bright and flashy as his backyard counterparts, this guy sits quietly in the flowerbed beside the front door with his sign to welcome visitors. I haven’t named him yet but I was thinking something like Willhelm the Welcoming. What do you think?

Back to Normal

May 14, 2012 § 4 Comments

So, after my little “I miss them” pity party, which lasted all of 20 minutes, I put on my big girl panties and got down to the business of enjoying my just me time.

It was actually great. I watched some t.v., by early evening there was actually a few interesting shows coming on and I did a lot of flipping back and forth, finally settling on a historical fiction docudrama type show. Perfect!  I threw some leftover pot roast in a pan with some bacon grease, threw is some green pepper, celery and onion and called it dinner. Delicious! I poured myself a LARGE glass of Chardonnay and plunked myself on the couch and just sat there zoning, for hours. Amazing!

Unfortunately, I did not sleep well and was waking up every couple of hours. Most of the time I was able to get back to sleep in no time but at 4am I had trouble and was awake until 6am. That was a bit frustrating but I did eventually fall back to sleep for a couple more hours and finally got up on the later side of 9am. Bliss!

I spent my Sunday doing mostly gardening and cleaning up under the tree. It was a mess of last year’s fall leaves, fallen branches and weeds. I got quite a bit done and impressed myself with my sticktoitiveness.

I took a break from that to prepare dinner for Hubby and Daughter’s return. I know, I know, it was Mother’s Day and I cooked. Blasphemy eh? No, I figured it was the least I could do since I did have two days to myself. It all balances out the way I see it. Besides, the two of them were exhausted and extremely grateful to not have to worry about it.

I wanted to get the plants my friend and I bought on Saturday in the ground but Hubby insisted on taking me out for a quick Anniversary date, like I was going to say no.  We came back home, had dinner and all three of us had a big family flake out. It was great.

Of course that means that I have my work cut out for me this week.

I have 11 plants to get in the ground as soon as possible and the truth is, I have no idea what I’m doing.  I’m totally going to be winging it.  Hosta and violets I’m okay with, but I’ve never tried anything more complicated than that.  Should be fun. I’ll take a couple of pics when it’s all done.

Hope everyone has a great week.

9 & 1/2 Hours

May 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

I woke up at 6:00 am this morning to Hubby snuggling in beside me. Awww sweet.

“Happy Anniversary,” we whispered to each other.

About an hour later, I asked what time they were heading out, trying to contain my glee.  Hubby said about an hour and I hovered relentlessly making sure they had this, that they didn’t forget that, when really I was making sure that once they were gone, they were gone. Nothing spoils the first moments of shoulders down, deep breath and huge sigh like them walking back in the door ten minutes in.

And off I waved Hubby and Daughter on our 17th Wedding Anniversary, smiling, knowing this time to myself is the best present ever.  Of course the fact that Comic Con was scheduled this weekend, well…happy coincidence.  😀

Then what did I do?  Well friends…I rationalized myself into 2 loads of laundry, a load of dishes, prep for dinner tomorrow and did a general tidy of the main floor.  The way I figured it though, I was up early and so it didn’t really count as eating into my Me Time.  I still wasn’t on the clock, as it were.

Here comes the fun though. Around 10:00 my BF came by to pick me up and take me to a garden centre. A real one, where the staff actually know about plants and stuff.  She helped me pick out some pierrenials for my Under the Tree garden.  I got some hosta, ferns, dwarf goat’s beard, and some other stuff that I don’t know the names of, but they’re pretty.

When we got back here, we talked about gardening and life in general over some wine (me) and beer (her).  We sat out on my deck, a gorgeously warm, sunny day and just had a good ol’ fashion hen party. By the time she went home it was almost 3:00pm.

After she left, I put my feet up and watched some televsion. There was absolutely nothing of interest on. Who knew that there was nothing good on tv at 3 on a Saturday afternoon?  I managed to channel surf for 20 minutes before I was bored to tears and went out and started some much needed weeding.

After about 40 minutes of that, I came back in and started this post. This has been the first quarter of my me time and honestly, yes…I miss them and I’m bored.

I’m so pathetic.  😀

Two More Sleeps and A Dozen Chores

May 10, 2012 § 3 Comments

On Saturday morning, Hubby and Daughter will be taking off for their Comic Con do-hickey.

More power to them, hope they have fun, bring me back something neat.

Other than that, I’m reveling in the idea of having 40 some odd hours totally to myself. I’ve been cramming in housework, yard work and miscellaneous chores so that I feel absolutely  no obligation to “get things done” while everyone is away.

I still have two bathrooms to clean, a couple of gardens to straighten up and some planting to do.  All in all though, I’m pretty well ready for the weekend. Woohoo!

Gardening and Other Stuff

May 7, 2012 § 3 Comments

I don’t have pics just yet so that might make this post a little boring to read, I thought I’d post it anyway.

What a weird Spring we’ve had and the ridiculous +27 degrees C temps in mid-March wreaked havoc on a lot of people’s gardens. Flowers started sprouting and in some cases even blooming when they still should have had another 6 weeks of sleep.

The tulip bulbs I planted 2 years ago, that I thought the squirrels had gotten to, came up way too early and at first I was excited. Then I was mortified when I saw the squirrels had decided to eat the buds right off the tops. Arrrggggh.

I’ve been trying to catch up but the weather is not co-operating at all. For every nice day we’ve had since March, we’ve had a corresponding week of rain and cold winds. This week is no exception and though I did manage to clean out one flower bed yesterday, I have two more that likely won’t get done until Friday after the rain that’s forecast for the rest of the week.

That’s not even getting into the veggie garden, which still needs to be cleared of last year’s stems, weeded, soiled and seeded.

This weekend coming is Comic Con which Hubby and Daughter are attending, that I am not.  Though I’m still thrilled to have two whole days to myself, I’m thinking that I will probably do quite a bit of gardening just because I’m anxious to finally get some flowers in the ground.

Other than that though, I’ve not made any plans for my weekend and I’m really looking forward to some very rare and precious me time.

My Minions

May 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

It started with just one, doesn’t it always, little guy in a blue hat as a Mother’s Day gift a couple of years ago.  Since then, I’ve amassed a small army of garden watchers.  And yes, every one of them has a name.

The two tiny guys in the very back (inside the plant pot) are Merry and Pippin. The stern looking fellow in front of them is Groucho. The frog’s name is Noliet and next to her (in the green hat) is Nicholas. Lumiere has the red hat and solar panel wheel barrow and the tinkerer is Fred.  Ted is in the middle and next to him is Bob. Mr. Gigglesworth is down front laughing and pointing and to his right (left in the pic) is Benjamin the turtle.

If this keeps up, I’m going to need a bigger yard.  😀

Hope everyone has a beautiful first weekend of May.

Project 52 – Week 18

May 3, 2012 § 3 Comments

In This Moment

I call just to say Hi, see how’re you doing
And I get the same old response

“Busy now dear, can I call you back?”

Two minutes, two freakin’ minutes
Is all it would take to say Hi, I love you, been thinking

How’ve you been doing, how you’re gettin’ on
Want to tell you how your grandkids are

I’m fine, the kids’ pretty good, all of us doin’ well
But you want to wait until later for me to tell

Later has been my whole life and I’m tired of this
I still try my best to include you

“Busy now dear, can I call you back?”

Sure, but in this moment I’m angry
And think to myself, I might just not answer

Knowing full well that I will
I’ve got a whole life full of sharing to spill

And you’ll nod and you’ll smile and say “Good for you.”
And in my heart I’ll still be sad, that that’s the best you can do

40 years old and in this moment
I want a parent still

Kitty Update

May 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

Well, as you can see, Sarah Jane is doing better though we’re still concerned about the vomiting.  She’s eating wet food and drinking water so dehydration is not a concern at this point. Still, we’re at a loss when it comes to figuring out exactly why she’s occasionally tossing her cookies.

Right now it’s still a waiting game and it’s not fun, for anyone, especially Daughter who just wants to see her kitty back to her old self, full of piss and vinegar as the saying goes. Sarah Jane is purring and snuggly but she’s not playing which is a bit of a concern.

We’re hoping the vet can offer some over the phone advice for things we might try to settle her stomach. Reality being what it is, we paid $160 for the original vaccines, another $200 at the emergency vet hospital for steroids and antihistamine and we have almost $300 coming up for her spay.  If we can avoid another $100 visit to the vet, we’d sure like to try. Of course, we will take her in if need be.  Revenue Canada will just have to wait a little longer.  😉


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