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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Catching Up

Well, life does indeed go on. I've been reading some blogs, but not really wanting to write my own this past while. I've been very busy with work commitments as of late, and since we were running the roads earlier this month, we've been homebodies apart from going to work and back.

Winter continues, of course. We had some freezing rain, though not as much as some areas. My daughter texted from the city she is in and described the ice that she saw there. Today we are under yet again some sort of weather advisory. Snow fall I believe this one is.


Yup, still winter. New snow is coming down, but not thick at the moment.

To interrupt myself, I just have to say that I think you get what you pay for when it comes to technology. I have had to restart this delightful little laptop in order to get anything to work while I have been typing this. Does anyone else ever have problem with their cursor (arrow pointy thingy on the screen)? Mine jiggles and jumps and then lands on some other spot and then when I type, it ends up putting words in the wrong spot. It sometimes has a huge delay, while I wait for it to respond. UHHHGGGGG! This is an inexpensive Asus computer. It is being a pain in the Asus these days!

Alright, to continue... being as it's Sunday, I'm the first one up, which I love. It also means that I am usually greated by this:


and this:



Opposite porches. They still don't really get along, although Scooter the Cat with No Tail would be fine with being friends, Sampson will have none of it.

You would think the older and wiser of the two gets to the cat food first, but no, Sampson waits while Scooter eats. There are two bowls, but there is no way he will eat beside Scooter. After breakfast comes the usual bath time ritual.



They are in two separate rooms having their baths. Which was working out fine until Scooter finished his cleaning first and proceeded to go into the living room, take a running jump to the back of the above chair and then onto Sampson's head. I get why Sampson doesn't like him. Sometimes he can be an arse.

Last night, I made a very healthy meal. I'm still doing My Fitness Pal where I am putting in all my meals and it calculates my calories. I'm also exercising much more and it is paying off. I've lost 13 pounds from my heaviest at Christmas time. Woo hoo! Anyway, the idea was sautéed vegetables (mushrooms, red onion, red and orange peppers),


it looks pretty, doesn't it? And I broiled this very flat, skinny piece of butterflied marinating outside round...


It looks big, but it is very thin. I put it in a ziplock bag with some soy sauce first. I was going to cut the beef into strips and then put everything over a bed of arugula. This is what we did, but I totally left the beef too long. It was tough and tasteless. To this day, I still cook beef too long. Probably it should have been under the broiler for just a few minutes. We threw a little feta cheese on top and it was still edible, but not the healthy gastronomical delight I was hoping for. And I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, of course.

I'll wrap things up with a funny picture, at least in my family's eyes. My husband has a "uniform" for working. Not the work that he goes to everyday and gets paid to do, but working here at home, whether it is in the shop, outside, renovating, whatever. He wears old jeans and a standard issue grey t-shirt. Always the grey t-shirt. He has many grey t-shirts in various states of disrepair. He also often sleeps in a grey t-shirt. This is a sneaky picture I took of husband and daughter in a city Walmart. She's playing along because she realizes this is hilarious. He is very excited about a "screamin' deal" on grey t-shirts and is deciding between two shades of grey (like it matters).


And that's about it around here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

27 comments:

  1. Such pretty kitties. It has been snowing all morning, so I think we will get that 10cm forecasted. Well done you loosing 13lbs, but I do think I have found it! Mr Man also has an at home work uniform & it too includes grey t-shirts. Wonder if it is a male gene that requires grey t-shirts? Happy week ahead. PS - we get Mr Man's greys at Costco, very good Kirkland quality (not paid by them to say so).

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  2. Yes, our snow here is now nice and thick, big fluffy flakes. We are, unfortunately, about an hour and a half away from the nearest Costco, so that isn't an option.

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  3. You're still snowed under, heavens above. I can see why you don't get excited about the stuff. Tedious after....how many months?
    Good on you for exercising and losing weight. Guess it can't be easy when you're so confined. Need lots of other things to think about, like waiting on gorgeous felines and hubby.
    Amusing post!

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    1. We have had some little periods of melt, but winter won't be over until April.

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  4. I have given up trying to get Paul to change his 'uniform' of blue jeans and navy blue sweat top. He is just totally disinterested in clothes or looking trendy. I wish I could lose some weight, I've put on 4 kgs since Christmas.

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    1. Reaching my all time high over Christmas is what motivated me, as well as seeing myself in pictures. I hardly recognized myself. I've been using back pain, hormones, etc. as an excuse for far too long.

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  5. LOL, you naughty girls...laughing about your man's selection of grey. It seems your daughter is smiling. Oh I like the way you described your laptop.:):) Love the cat story. Hope you are not snowed I there. WE have just been blessed with our little snows this year...the least ever for our area...so far...you never know. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. It takes a full out blizzard for us to be snowed under. Canada is used to this, we have all the snow removal equipment, salters, sanders, etc. It isn't until you can't see in front of you that it stops us in our tracks.

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  6. i really like chuck steak, 80% lean. When you cook it on a George Foreman grill all the fat drains off but leaves the taste. Larger chuck roast I cook in a slow cooker with a can of diced tomatoes - makes it wonderfully tender.

    You have just tapped into my guilt - I am going to take a break and do a quick workout on my total gym.
    thanks
    the Ol'Buzzard

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    1. Actually, now you've made me think of our counter top grill (not George Foreman, but very similar). I'm going to have to dig that out sometime soon!

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  7. I always overcook beef too.
    We rarely get snow in this part of Canada but we've been pummelled this winter. It can go anytime.
    I'm down 25 pounds but have hit a plateau. So frustrating!

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    2. I would LOVE to be able to say I'm down 25 pounds. Way to go!! Sorry about all that snow, you guys really have been hit this winter, haven't you?

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    3. Sorry, my crazy laptop did something weird and I thought I lost the above comment, but I didn't so I deleted one. (Do you hear that sound? That's the sound of me throwing my laptop against the far wall!)

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    4. After owning an Apple iPad I will never buy another laptop again. I was spending hours each week trying to fix them. I got my iPad for a great price and haven't regretted it.

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  8. LOL- about the grey T-shirts. Too funny.
    We had two cats that never got along either. The one ended up terrorizing the other one so badly that she wouldn't eat or anything. My friend's brother had just had to put his kitty down and was looking for another one....so she went to live with him and was the most spoiled Queen of the House for 15 years! He said she was the "love of his life" which made us feel better about giving her up for adoption--even though we knew them.

    We have sun today but winds about 40 MPH coming off the bay. ugh---too cold to get a deep breath.

    Hope you have a blessed Sunday and week. xo Diana

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    1. A happy ending for your cat story!! Sampson and our previous old girl, Nelly never got along either. Maybe it's him!

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  9. You'll have to point the hubs in the direction of my blogs of last summer where I enthuse on grey T shirts. My cats don't get along either. The only time that are side by side is when asking for breakfast.

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    1. I'll have to go back and look at those posts, Anna.

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  10. Mena re so funny sometimes, stay warm.

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  11. Thanks for the chuckle!! Such a cute story about the hubs and his grey t-shirts. Funny you should mention reading and writing. Some days the only thing I want to do is read blogs. I can honestly say that I love them. Yours is one of the best Jenn. You always keep me entertained! Have a great week.

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  12. What cute cats! Our 4 cats also perch on the railing of our back porch and look through the kitchen window at us first thing in the morning. I can't enjoy my first cup of coffee until they've been let in and fed. Losing 13 pounds since Christmas sounds like a great accomplishment. I wish I could say the same. So glad you're back blogging.

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  13. That's probably the cleanest walmart I've ever seen

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  14. HAHAHA! I had a good laugh with that final photo. Reminds me of my husband who is quirky like that. That sautéed vegetable dish looks sooooo delicious! Must be all those wonderful colours. I'm very bad with beef, too. I don't make it often, so that certainly doesn't help. I always seem to overcook it. If it was up to me, I'd live on vegetables, a few healthy grains and fruits. But I live with a caveman, so there's the meat part :)

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  15. I'll pass on the cow but gladly take a double serving of veg. Sorry about your mouse thingy. Snow looks pretty.

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  16. I love this post. It speaks of all the loveliness of a life lived -- cats with their own agendas, cooking (and congratulations on the weight loss!) and shopping. It's the life and love of the daily that is really our story.

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