Friday, October 22, 2010
Although he did not consider it to be my birthday present, I did. We went shopping for a new refrigerator on Sunday (after my geek BF had done a ton of comparison shopping via the Internet). As for me, I just go to a store that handles several different brands and I do some comparison shopping as far as what features I want. I told my BF all the features that I wanted our new refrig to have, and armed with that he started on his search.
When he told me the Samsung, which I had chosen had a much shorter warranty time than the LG; I just looked at him and said, "What's an LG?" I don't think I have shopped for any appliances since 1995 when I was involved in remodeling my home in Sedona -- and I went with all KitchenAid Superba products except for the cooktop. How things change. LG may have been a new name on the market as far as "I" was concerned, but checking it out we discovered it is rated #1 on the Consumer Guide. It touted a warranty period of 10 years to boot.
We checked out Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears and the Maytag Store. We ended up with the best deal at Home Depot -- who gave us a whopping 20% off, and said they would deliver already TODAY, plus hauling our old one off. With an ice maker that didn't work, and having worked hard for 15 years -- I think it was time for the old one to be hauled to the dump.
Enter my new, 28 cu ft. shiny black refrigerator, sporting French Doors, an enormous tray that extended across the double width of the refrigerator so I can lay out all the cheeses and cold cuts we so love, ice maker in the door, with ice and water dispenses in a 10-inch high dispenser -- tall enough for a pitcher to fit into. It is just so gorgeous and roomy and as everything was placed into bags and ready to be put back in, I spent the time to have everything organized. First my BF's choice of TV dinners/breakfasts on the left of the pull-out drawer, my own selections lined up on the right-hand side. Below the pull-out drawer I placed the veggies and bulk meat packages, which in our case consist mostly of shrimp, pork chops and chicken.
I will probably tweek my choices a bit in the days to come, but so far it's a real joy to open up those two big doors and just gaze at all the good stuff spread out before my eyes! Oh -- by the way, if you gaze too long it beeps at you. Kind of a gentle reminder to "Shut the Darn Door!"
Monday, October 18, 2010
Here I am at the helm of a sailing ship we went on; this was a tour of Bras d'or Lake in Canada. The weather was a nippy 56 degrees that day, probably a little cooler out on the lake. One of the highlights of this little sailing expedition was when 2 (male and female) bald eagles soared by our boat and as the captain tossed a hamburger overboard they would swoop down and retrieve it. They did seem to understand just what he was saying as he would guide them to first one side and then to the other. After 21 years of doing this I guess they have learned how it does things. I also learned that eagles mate for life, and these two were judged to be about 30 years old. So they had lived a bit over half of their lives so far.
After turning over the wheel to me the Captain (John) suggested that I go to the far end of the boat (no -- I don't remember what he called it) and pose while his helper took my photo; he said it would break the ice and get people started doing it. So here I am up there, and it was a little windy, believe me! And even colder.
Can you see my lips turning blue? lol
Later on we took this photo to show a little of the scenery, but I'm afraid the photo just does not do it justice; sorry about that.
And then this last one was taken as we made a stop on the tour bus we were on. The water behind us was quite beautiful and I wish the person taking the photo had zeroed in on it just a bit more. We will be making web pages a bit later, and I'll clue you in as to locating them if anyone is interested.
All in all it was a lovely trip, and I gained only 2.2 pounds as I think we walked about 5 miles each day and also made it to the gym about every other day. But the FOOD we ate -- well, I guess it's best to gloss over that.
I'll do another segment of the trip later -- hope you enjoyed this.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Yes, we all know that fruits and veggies are good for you, and very healthy. But sometimes when we make up that big delicious salad to stay on our healthy lifestyle -- we turn right around and sabotage our results by pouring on heaps of bleu cheese dressing (or something equally as fattening!) What to do???
I was browsing through the aisles of SPROUTS one day several months ago and in the salad dressing display there was several bottles grouped together that said on the label "NO CALORIES - NO CARBS - NO FAT" and I thought "It must taste like cardboard." But...... who knows? I tried the Ranch Dressing (with reservations!)
OMG! The dressing was delicious! I checked on my next trip to that store and saw they had Bacon Ranch, Asian, Bleu Cheese, Italian,Balsamic......and the list goes on and on. Also found a chocolate syrup that made the same claim. Needless to say, I have tried most of themby now -- all delicious. In a short, fat jar I also found a CARAMEL TOPPING. Tried it-- didn't like it (aha, all good things must come to an end sometime).
I happened to take 2 or 3 bottles with me when I visited my daughter last time, and when she returned from her trip I received a call from her -- "Mom! Where did you find this dressing with NO CALORIES???" Unfortunately for her, there is no Sprouts store in the Las Vegas area. I live in the Phoenix area and have seen these same dressings on the shelves of Fry's Market Place also.
Hopefully you can find them in your area. Delicious!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It's almost worth being away for a few days just to experience the excitement and love that pours forth from your dog when they see you again.
I went to pick Amber up at about 11:30 this morning and I'm sure she realized it was me at the door, so even though she normally would not bark at me -- she let out a couple of excited barks. The door opened and she came zipping out the door at full speed, with her whole body wiggling with joy!
We walked inside the house and I sat down on the sofa, she jumped up, I hugged her, she jumped down and ran like crazy through the house. Then back up on the sofa again, more hugs -- and she repeated this little scenario about 10 times before she quieted down enough to simply come and sit by me. So much love and joy, and it was so obvious.
When I got up to leave she looked at me, probably wondering if I was going to take her with me. I said, "yes, you get to go for a ride." And those words brought on a whole new set of excited barks and spinning around in circles.
God Bless our pets -- NOW THAT IS TRULY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!
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