I'm glad you are also getting rain. The roads will be tricky for a few days, but then all will return to normal. I looked out my windows this morning and the vine maple is flaming. All oranges, yellows and a few reds. The colors aren't nearly as brilliant as were the Sugar Maples with which I was familiar back east, but on a day that might otherwise have been gloomy the leaves and their color are most welcome.
Now I wish I had planned a trip to Sauvie Island this weekend. I could have done so because today is my grandson's birthday and there will be a party tomorrow. In our family we do not celebrate Columbus day, instead we celebrate Ebrahim's Day.
I baked a couple of sugar pie pumpkins last evening and I hope to make some pumpkin curry today. I went to my favorite Thai restaurant last week when I was in Seattle. I ordered pumpkin curry and now I have the taste in mind so I think I can do a good job of duplicating that flavor. I still have to get some Kabocha squash for the winter. It will very good curry too.
I am waiting for the Beauregard sweet potatoes to come on the market. I have been hungry for them for several weeks. I want to try some new ideas with those potatoes. I have to spread those new recipes over a long period of time because there are a lot of carbs in sweet potatoes.
Time to get busy this morning. I'll see you later.
Yes, Judy, I'm going to Sauvie's Island. I haven't been there for several years and really look forward to it. DH hasn't been there ever so I think it will be fun for him. Our church group is going and will take a smaller bus so we don't have to drive.
The rains have definitely come in. They're warning everyone to be careful driving because the roads can be slick after such a dry spell.
Jan are you going out to Sauvie Island? I go to the Pumpkin Patch there every year. This year i will be a bit later than usual, but I will get there. I hope they still have some kabocha squash left when I get there.
We had a lovely clear day today, but tomorrow we are supposed to have real, REAL, rain for the first time in 81 days. We are told the rain will be copious and will last for many days. Expect floods. There will also be high winds on Monday. I will be in Seattle, home of tall buildings and few trees in the area where I will be.
On Monday I have scheduled five medical appointments. They will remove the cataract from my right eye then. After that surgery I will with great pleasure go to visit Half Price Books to buy a selection of books for pure pleasure. Then I will come home to "recuperate" with my books.
I did the food bank today so next week my only appointments remaining will be my TOPS meeting on Wednesday. Hooray and Hallelujah, (hey I spelled that right, no change with spell-check). I got it coming to me. I am going to luxuriate for the rest of the week. No one needs to know that I can drive. I will just have to be stuck here with nothing but my books and my computer. I will be suffering so.
Tonight I had company for dinner. We had chili and everyone thought it was delicious. They provided the meat and it was truly lean, no fat in the pan at all. I used the same recipe my mother and grandmother used during WWII. That recipe has been a family favorite ever since then. I like it because it is so tasty and is so easy to make.
Tomorrow my company will be back and we will fix Chicken and Dumplings. We all like those. Then the next night we might just get together for Split Pea soup and cornbread. Obviously these meals aren't the best for my diabetes, but I think I can reduce the carbs by filling up on salad before people arrive for dinner. Sneaky I know.
So it is getting late now and I want to finish reading and responding to my messages. I get more points if I finish that.
Good Morning. We have had 3, yes 3 one minute showers this morning. DH just got back from his eye app't and bone test. He took the bus and I thought his walk to the house might have got him wet. Nope, he didn't see any rain at all. Maybe some where in the city they really got a shower. The sky has been pretty dark and finally chased the sun away.
We don't have many birds here except for big black birds that come around sometimes and they are noisey. I guess if people put out humming bird feeders they will get them but I've never seen any. We do get mice once in a while and we think we have one now. Probably came home in the motor home from the storage lot. DH has some traps set in the house but so far no luck. DH told me for sure not to trap one in the bathroom like I did last year. That sucker made such a mess trying to escape and even tore up the window screen to get out.
I don't have any plans for today, but maybe I'll try to figure out what clothes I will take next week. Their days will be warmer than here and their nights will be colder.
It is just cloudy this morning and if it's like most previous days, the sun will shine this afternoon. Tomorrow we expect rain for the entire week- never sure how much that will be- a sprinkle now and then or a steady drizzle. Portland is supposed to be clear on Saturday and I hope that is true for the Pumpkin Patch Farm we are going to near there- so much more fun if it's not a steady rain.
Yesterday I went to lunch with some of my TOPS friends - which is a wonderful way to relax after the meeting and I've noticed more and more we are making better choices for lunch. I usually have coffee because I don't get my usual morning quota on Wednesdays, but I also try to drink 2 full glasses of water at lunch and that helps me get my water in.
I'm thinking of Patty this morning and said a prayer for her family.
Today at some point I have to meet a TOPS officer to go to AAA to reserve some rooms at SRD next year. Can't remember if I told you but the coordinator who planned SRD (not the coordinator for my area - she is super) planned it for the same weekend as a major sporting event that draws people from all over the country- making getting reservations very difficult but we think we've got it taken care of.
Then my church's women's monthly Bible study is this afternoon. Somewhere in between I hope to get out and try to use our new leaf blower/vacuum. Our neighbors trees shed all over our driveway and it gets tracked into the house. They told us it's easier to get them up before it rains so that's my goal. Bruce has a driving job today.
Sarah, I think the jays in my part of the country are different from the east. We have "scrub jays" which are a sort of grey/blue but we also have stellar jays which are a beautiful deep blue, almost black with a black mask on the eyes. Both of them have very noisy, screechy noises.
Speaking of birds, I'm so glad my next door neighbor decided to quit feeding the pigeons. They were here by the droves and I think when they finally cleaned their gutters they saw what a horrid mess they make plus the rats follow the bird feeders. I used to love to feed the birds until we saw a rat run up the pole into the feeder.
Sunshine all over the place today! Nature knows it is fall, the oak leaves are falling. Love hearing the leaves rustling on the driveway.
Patty don't worry we will get things up and going here. Take care of yourself.
Ann is there rain in store for your day? I can't wait to hear about your trip coming up.
Jan congrats on the loss! Hooray! The parrots are year round. We don't see much of the migrating birds here but I'm sure they do inland. I just love the sound of the parrots. Today I have a Blue Jay fussing around.
Got big plans today?
Are you working your eating plan?
Drinking your water? Keep your body hydrated!
Are you moving today?
Everyone is really doing great. So as Miss Patty says "Let's have a healthy day!"
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