Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TV DINNER. YES OR NO?

 
My husband and I are having a tug of war. I lost quite a bit of weight last year.  120-130 lbs in all. But since the end of January I have put 30 lbs back on. Part of the reason for the weight gain is lack of physical activity and mobility. I need both knees replaced. And my knees have really been hurting, so I'm not walking as much as I had been. And the other thing contributing to the added weight gain is the medication I started around the first of the year. A side effect of it, is packing on the pounds. And it's frustrating to be sure. So I've been making lots of salads, eating fresh veggies and fruit, like I always do. But I have also begun watching portion sizes again, on things with rice and pasta. Don't get me wrong. I'm not unhappy with the weight I currently am. But I do NOT want to gain anymore. So, the other day my husband made a suggestion that he thinks is a solution to this current situation. TV dinners. He doesn't call them that. But I do. He thinks if we began eating the Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones and Healthy Choice meals from the frozen food section I'd lose the weight I regained. This of course is forgetting the medication I'm on.  I don't use salt or much butter when I cook. And I make sure we eat fresh fish once or twice a week. In addition to a variety of meats... lamb, chicken, pork and beef. We eat healthy. So the thought of a meal from a cardboard box doesn't sound appetizing to me. And especially not a diet of them. Yet he intimated that it would be better than what I cooked. Should I get mad or try them? What do you think?
FROZEN ENTREE
TUSCAN CHICKEN
TABLE READY
HUNGRY HUSBAND
ME SAYING NO WAY
I'M EATING THAT TV DINNER
MY DINNER IS SERVED
 TUSCAN CHICKEN, CAULIFLOWER AND SALAD
 
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

MEMORIES ON TAPE. VHS TAPES REMEMBER THEM?

 
Remember the days before DVRs? We found an old box of VHS tapes upstairs here.  From 20 years ago. Thirty fours tapes were in it. Not one was marked. So I didn't know if they were family videos or something else. That meant I had to manually scan them, one at a time, to see if anything precious was on them. Each one was 6 hours. That meant 204 hours of viewing material. I've been spending too much time trying to go through them. So I devised a method to make it easier. I just stopped each tape I inserted in the vcr at 30 minute intervals for the length of the tape. And then, checked to see what was on them at that point.  The majority were old news programs, soap operas and TV shows. There were also some movies. I just found one family tape. It was of our oldest daughter's first apartment. If it had been lost to the trash or recycle bin, we would have been devastated. A few years ago we bought one of those DVD/VCR recorders with the intent of transferring all the VHS tapes to DVDs. It's been collecting dust. Perhaps finding these old tapes will facilitate that transfer chore. Don't want the tapes to disintegrate before we can get to it, though.
 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

PESKY WEEDS OR BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS

 

The only flowers that bloom here naturally at my house are dandelions. My yard is full of them. I hate dandelions and I'm not particularly fond of the color yellow. Yet, they are kind of pretty if you look at them a little closer. Don't you think? And you happen to love weeds. Unfortunately I'm allergic to the chemicals that have to be used to kill them so I just learn to live with them. I only wish my yard was ablaze with buttercups instead. Remember them? Now there was something pretty and yellow.
 

 
 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ALONE FOR DINNER

 
The hubby went out of town for two days for an interview about a contract job back in Chicago, our old stomping grounds. So while the cat's away the mouse will play. Since he was staying at the Hyatt on the company tab eating a $25 breakfast for one measly omelet.  I decided I would eat out too, instead of making meals for a party of one. Eating alone out in public doesn't bother me. I of course didn't have the same budget he did. So, since my husband doesn't like to go to the local Mexican restaurant and I do... I chose it to visit for dinner the other night. For $7.99 I got the Baja Burrito, beans and Spanish rice, an iced tea and dessert. The fried ice cream with honey was $1.99 extra. But boy oh boy, was it worth it. So folks... being alone has it's advantages, doesn't it? You don't have to share. Here are some pictures. The place was alive with colors. 
 
 
GREAT ATMOSPHERE
 
 
 
CHICKEN BAJA
 
 
FRIED ICE CREAM WITH HONEY
 
 
AND ME BLISSFULLY HAPPY
 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

LATE NIGHT TV & THE HOSE

 
A sucker is born every minute.  I admit it. I might be one. I have been up in the wee hours of the morning watching television commercials. And I found one that caught my fancy. It's about a 50 ft. hose that can fit in the palm of your hand and unfurls when the water shoots through it like a fire hose does. Then it shrinks back down when you turn it off.  The old fashioned rubber hoses have given my husband and I a fit throughout the years. Lugging those things across the grass are a real pain. They are heavy, they crimp,  kink, get dried out, tangled up frustrating us trying to do yard work. This new fangled POCKET HOSE as it's called looked simpler. I believed the hype the TV pitchman was spewing.  So I bit the forbidden late night fruit and bought one. But instead of calling up and getting  the special tv offer... we bought it at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They were the only place that had one at the time. Now, a few weeks later... everybody else does too. Funny thing is though... with all the freezing cold weather, we haven't had a chance to connect it to the outside faucet, yet. So... we don't know if it works or not??? I read one blogger who swears by this hose. Says it was the best investment she made. I'm going to take that at face value. What about you?  Do you have a Pocket Hose?


Monday, April 22, 2013

PEACEFUL SERENITY DISTURBED

 
SOME FURBABIES IN MY HOUSE
WERE HAVING A NICE  CATNAP
 
 
BUT I WANTED YOU TO SEE THEM
SO I ACCIDENTLY ON PURPOSE
DISTURBED THEIR SLEEP BY
SNAPPING A COUPLE PHOTOS
 
 
DO THEY LOOK IRRITATED TO YOU?
 
"LOOK YOU WOKE US UP FOR NO GOOD REASON
IF THAT'S ALL YOU WANT, WE'RE GOING BACK TO SLEEP."
 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

IMMOVABLE OBJECT UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

video
 
Sometimes when you're in a hurry, fate intervenes.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

LAUNDRY AND TOOLS OF THE TRADE, LOADS OF FUN

 
 
 
 
Doing laundry is a mundane task. It is one of the chores I like doing the least. Folding and stacking is the part of it I've perfected. There is something comforting about it. Knowing your stuff is being handled with care. Back when I was dating my husband we went to the laundromat every weekend. His method for collecting the clothes that had been washed and dried was scrunching them in a big wad in the laundry basket and taking them back to the condo and then putting them away. It used to drive me crazy.  I pleaded with him to fold the clothes neatly to avoid wrinkles. But he thought it was a BIG waste of time. So I became the go to girl for folding.  When the children were growing up  we had loads and loads of dirty clothes to wash, so I got them into the act. My younger daughter was like me, neatly making stacks of freshly laundered items. My older daughter was like him just throwing them in the basket. Now that my girls are grown and gone I do not know what they do. But my husband is still the same story, especially when it comes to his underwear and socks. When I was growing up we had a wringer washing machine. It was quite a contraption. I used to watch my mom put the stuff in the machine and sometimes I got to help. Wringing them was the most fun for me but probably not to her. It was painstaking work to be sure.
 Check out this You Tube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BsDkGNxWOA
Nowadays things are simpler. I have entertained the notion that I should get a front loader and come into the 21st century myself, though. The reason why is because my boobs fall level with the top of the machine tub and I have to stand on my tiptoes to reach into the washer to pull any laundry out of it.  A new washing machine is out of my price range at the moment. But I can dream.  Of course then I'd need a new dryer too. Maybe I should just get a step stool. Or go thrifting for an old wringer machine.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hospital Cafe... where the food is cheap BUT the surroundings are not

 
If I want to go somewhere for a serene, peaceful feeling during the day, while my hubby is busy watching tv I head for High Street and visit the cafe there. Located in the local hospital it serves a series of Spinach and Tomato wraps that are unparalleled in price or taste. And a slice of homemade pie or cheesecake is only $1.49. Plus the scenery is gorgeous. You can look out at a beautiful setting of trees, flowers and shrubbery. They have a patio with a grill. And it's situated so you can block out the chaotic noise of traffic in the city. Of course I do not go there at lunch or dinner time. So perhaps visiting during the off hours is what makes it more tranquil in that particular spot.  The hallways inside are lined with paintings and sculptures making you think you stepped inside a fine museum.

FACE BOWL POTTERY

WATER PITCHER
 
IRRIDESCENT BOWL

ITALIAN GLASS
 
 
ROPE JAR
 
TWIG JAR
 
FACE VESSEL
 
TEAPOTS
 
 
BOTANICALS
 
 
WOOD CARVING 
 SPHERE WATER FOUNTAIN
 
 
me, I'm just happy being somewhere
to unwind and take a deep breath
without checking in to the hospital.
When I'm done eating
I'll have the valet bring me my car.
 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

GNOMES IMAGINATION REALIZED

Years ago when we lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
we were neighbors with a wood carver. He would whittle the hours away and tell stories about his creations. Our children were little so this nice man built a gnome house for them in our backyard near the base of a tree, complete with furniture, dishes, candlesticks and clothes. And because the gnomes were mystical they never actually appeared there because they were better left to the children's imagination. Throughout the years he told our girls and us countless stories about the gnomes and we gobbled them up. The images we conjured up of them were quite traditional. Truth be told the gnomes looked a bit like Santa with a  mane of white hair and beards like snow. They wore red pointy hats, blue jackets with  wide belts and BIG buckles. And they all had brown trousers and oversized work boots.  Compare that to the 21st century and the gnomes I recently encountered in the local garden shop. My goodness things have changed.
 
SOME AREN'T FRIENDLY
 
 
SOME WEAR THEIR PROFESSIONS ON THEIR SLEEVE
FIREFIGHTER, COP, HUNTER
 
 
OTHERS ARE HIPPIES LOST IN THE 60's
 
 
AND SOME ARE LOOKING FOR THEIR MOTORCYCLES
 
 
ME, I JUST WANT ONE LIKE MY CHILDREN AND I IMAGINED.
 
 
THIS ONE IS JUST PERFECT, SO HE CAME HOME WITH ME.

PS)
AND HE'S NOT TAKING A TRIP ANYWHERE ELSE,
LIKE THOSE GNOMES FOR TRAVELOCITY.
 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

WARNING WARNING DON'T SNOOZE

 
 
All day yesterday our weather radio kept going off blasting news about the terrible thunderstorms headed our way.  When the first one hit it was no big deal. I needed to pick up my glasses from the store because they had come in. I had to have them remade. My long term optometrist had made my left eye's  prescription too strong so it wasn't compatible and working in conjunction with my right eye. I had to go to a new doctor to get it straightened out. That guy issued a new prescription, so the store agreed to switch the lenses in my glasses free of charge because of the debacle with the doctor. ANYWAY, there was a lull between storm systems moving through so I had an hour to run and get the glasses before the next bout of severe weather rolled in. So off to the store I went. After I picked them up I decided to do a little shopping, getting something for dinner. That's when all hell broke loose. The lights started blinking, the ceiling roared with rain and hail pounding down, thunder crashed, lightening flashed, wind blew ferociously.  It was quite dramatic and a little scary. Everybody continued shopping, but it had me worried.  Probably because once upon a time I had shopped through a tornado hitting . Seriously I did about 10 years ago. Cars had been stacked in that parking lot like toothpicks. Since then I pay attention to the weather. Managed to get a call through to the husband who told me to stay put for at least another 30 minutes, no tornadoes associated with this system, so far. So I hunkered down and that's what I did. By the time all was clear enough to venture out, traffic lights were out so it made driving difficult. But I made it back in one piece, in spite of the weather with my new glasses on my face.
 
 

The only storm damage here was some really minor flooding.
More bad weather is expected here later, though. And are you sitting down?
Possible SNOW this weekend.  I kid you not.