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An Excellent Day of Errands

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today, I got a lot of tasks accomplished. I feel great.

I ditched my winter coat this morning and wore a pink hoody and it was all I needed. Spring is in the air. I live in a soggy area that is mostly clay, so my rubber boots completely my ensemble.

To begin my "To Do" list, I planted my primula plants. They are hardy and will put up with cool nights and lots of rain.

I went to the bank and paid my life insurance. In another shop, I bought half a yard of fabric that I've had my eye on. On my way out, I saw something perfect for my mom's birthday... bought that and headed for the post office. I put the gift into an envelope along with a birthday card and had that in the mail before lunchtime.

I enjoyed a bit of a walk in the sunshine getting back to my car. I drove to my local library to pick up one book that was being held for me. I checked out another book on traditional quilt patterns, so that takes me back to the fabric I purchased this morning.

On the drive home, I wondered what I would make for supper. I was quickly approaching a favourite veggie market, so I turned off and found great bananas, colourful carrots, a zucchini, some potatoes and a red onion.

I made up a quick stew and found out my partner had not had any lunch yet. I was able to tell him that there was food ready as he walked in the door!

A neighbour showed up to drop off something and I traded a book that I had just finished. That was a win-win visit for sure.

Do you ever had days that seem like all the pieces simply fall into place? The timing feels right and the effort is easy? That's the kind of day I enjoyed today.

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IUHRYTR 3/16/2011 7:39PM

    It is nice, isn't it, when things come together for a pleasant day? Hoping you have many more like it. -- Lou

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/15/2011 9:54PM


I hope you check this gal out (link above). she reminds me a little of YOU, esp her hats! lol susan

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EGRAMMY 3/15/2011 9:48PM

    That's a really good busy day. emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/15/2011 9:40PM

    sounds like you had a lovely day

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Using Our New Wok

Friday, March 04, 2011

I threw out our one-year-old wok because it was not 'taking' a seasoned finish. It would rust and smell nasty even if I washed/ dried/ wiped with olive oil. "OUT to the curb!"

This week we bought a stainless steel wok with a huge glass lid, two great handles AND a steamer unit. It is bigger than we are used to, but tonight was the night to try it out.

What would YOU say when your Sweetie starts making dinner before you get home from work???? Aaaahhh. Thanks, Sweetie! Stir fry-- my favourite. (Yes it is!)

Dinner was yummy and the clean up was quick and easy. No rust. No etching from the food acids... just bright and shiny and ready to go next time we want to go wokking.

I love to buy vegetables if I know they won't end up as mushy junk in the bottom of our crispers. Tonight it was a mixture of cabbage, carrot, onion, chicken and mushrooms. Sometimes our sauce is spicy and sometimes it is savory.

I don't think you can miss with a stir fry. One of the secrets is... get a wok you like to use.

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EARLYBIRDM 7/8/2011 8:54AM

    When my son went to college, so did my wok. And I missed them both! That was over 10 years ago. I have been using a large skillet for stir frys but it just isn't the same. Yesterday I ordered a new stainless steel wok. Can't wait for it to arrive. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOCKGIRL1991M 3/4/2011 6:25PM

    It's amazing what having the right tools for the job will do. Have fun stir-frying!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/4/2011 1:36PM

    Sounds good Karen, and especially nice that you did not have to make it.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/4/2011 1:11PM

    Yes, a wok that is stainless is more healthy for you too! I love stir fry! Have it at least twice a week! I never get tired of veggies!

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Chicken Escondido-- A Spark Recipe!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I'm venturing into new territory today. I will be buying the ingredients for a Spark Recipe: Chicken Escondido.

I like all the ingredients, so I imagine that altogether, I should enjoy a new delight to the taste buds.
What do you think? Does chicken, black beans, salsa verde and sundried tomatoes do it for you?

MMMM! I look forward to a fiesta!

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/20/2011 11:34AM

    It was good enough to make again!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 3/20/2011 10:44AM

    TOTALLY does it for me! How was it? I LOVE black beans! {{{{hugs}}}}

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4ANEWME2DAY 3/2/2011 10:36AM

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/1/2011 10:56PM

    WOW, gang!
We both enjoyed it at dinnertime. We had chicken escondido over brown rice. It was a little zingy, but I can hardly wait to have it for lunch tomorrow at work.

Give the Spark recipe a try and let your tummy take a trip 'south of the border'!


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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/1/2011 10:11PM

    I love Mexican food....my favorite is Chicken Fatiha (not sure if I spelled it right) but love it1 Hubby loves beef and bean mix.

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IUHRYTR 3/1/2011 3:03PM

    That's looks and sounds delicious. Let us know how you enjoyed it. emoticon -- Lou

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EARTHSEAME 3/1/2011 2:46PM

    This looks fabulous!

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PANSYLADY2 3/1/2011 2:16PM

    Sounds good, especially if your meal includes cornbread!! Enjoy.

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Adding A Friend to Skype

Monday, February 28, 2011

For the past month or two, one of my buddies from out east (4,000 kms away) has been trying to add himself to Skype so that we could chat for free. My computer has a camera, so that is always fun to see each other as we talk.

I look forward to adding him as a contact, but the problem is... he is technically challenged.

Let's face it, technology changes quicker than the weather. Just when you think you have one way of communicating figured out, your friends can move to another and then another form of technology.

So far this morning, he has not been able to access Skype. Then he couldn't figure out how to change his status to On Line. Suffice to say, we will not be having an on line discussion any time soon.

Sigh... Do you find it challenging to learn Emailing, Text Messaging, Skyping, Facebooking, or maybe Google/ Gmail calling?

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PUPPETGIRLKY 3/1/2011 1:31PM


HUGS CONNIE emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/1/2011 12:17PM

    My buddy got it figured out later in the morning and we enjoyed a happy, enthusiastic phone call. He started the conversation telling me his gout was flaring up and he hurt badly, but by the end, he was laughing and remembering all our clowning activities of a few years ago.

I think we boosted each other's mood yesterday.

I know he will call on Skype again soon. It was nice to be back in touch.

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SISTERDEAR 3/1/2011 12:31AM

    Haven't tried it yet. But a friend who lives across the country from me does. Maybe one day soon.

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IUHRYTR 2/28/2011 11:59PM

    Life is too complicated without adding to it for me. I don't text except on a rare occasion and simply use a regular old cell phone for calls. No Internet on it or movies or music. How quaint is that? -- Lou

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/28/2011 12:44PM

    I am not techonologically illiterate as far as things go but I do have problems with memorizing things and sometimes get stuck for words; being what many say is due to brain damage (from the car accident and a previous brain stem injury); but find if you can think logical you can figure things out on the computer.Thinsg dont chaneg much. Just do one thing at a time and if that does not work try another. wish I could help.

First I dont think Skype is any different than any other chat. You may be able to use both systems if your system agrees. But I think you have to go to the chat area to connect, both with Skype and aol and other servers. You both ahev to haev an account with Skype. I had a chat thing- a- majig chat over the telephone with a ehad piece and it was neat seeing the person you were tlaking with. But it became a nuisance to be bothered every day with. I disconnected it, but it was ncie to see and chat at the same time. The thing was, after awhile your time was eaten up, it was one thing I felt I could do every day. I felt better without it.
It took up too much of my memory in my computer too, and I would get booted off the computer when I tried to work at the same time. I Cant afford it, because I would lose what iw as writing, lost too much written work; so deleted it from my computer. But if you can call someone you can connect with just about any concieveable source. That wont change. But you may be paying a fee for the service from oen country to another. And sometimes it depend on your server if you get connected. Hope you can do it, but if one is in the states and the other is in Canada, sometimes the servers are not recognize and you get booted off. It really depends on your server. Good luck, Try again! susan

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/28/2011 12:41PM

    My DH has a fancy phone and I won't touch it, to complicated for me, LOL!

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Best Pizza Ever

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It may have been that I have not allowed myself pizza in more than a year, but last Saturday night, I enjoyed THE best pizza that I can remember. I was at a very local restaurant better known for its beer and wings... and yet the pizza was exquisite!

I tried it for the first time and I usually don't like a thin crust. I've been won over now!!

Instead of a soupy tomato sauce, this one had fresh tomatoes. My partner thought too many chunks... but I liked it. There was a light use of feta cheese and artichokes. WHAT?? ART-I-CHOKES??? Oooohhhh yeah.

I suppose there was onion too, but everything was so well balanced that I had to write it down here.

So, if you live north of Victoria, BC and you can locate the Prairie Inn.... I encourage you to try their pizza. It wasn't salty either.


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GOSPELCLOWN 2/16/2011 1:41PM

    Oh, I forgot it had spinach too. It was as healthy as anything I could have designed!

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2011 12:13AM

    We have to indulge sometimes to stay sane otherwise all we do is become obsessed with what we're trying not to eat. Stay determined and focused. -- Lou

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/15/2011 9:05PM

    Sounds good but have to admit I don't like tomato chunks, LOL!

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