The End of the Week/a Month/a Year

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The End of the Week/a Month/a Year
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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 11:26am

It is Chinese New Year-beginning "The Year of the Horse". (I am in tune to such occasions thanks to my oldest DD & her efforts in keeping her 3 children familiar with their Asian heritage). It is also the end of January & the end of a week-those I can keep track of on my own, even in my dotage! LOL Let's see, December-done, January-done...only need to do February & March & maybe, just maybe, I can begin to see some greenery? <sigh>

So I shall ignore the Year of the Horse-unless it has special significance to you, which you can certainly tell me about. I'd enjoy hearing about it. (I am of "The Year of the Rat"). And being fully retired (meaning I work every day)-the end of the workweek means little-but the end of a Winter month?-that can be something to mini-celebrate.

Plans?-I haven't any, do you? I have the usual-knitting, sewing & reading. Mike is painting the living room walls a lovely benign beige. And we are both vowing to never EVER use wallpaper again. When they advertise "Dry-strippable" they don't exactly tell the truth. They don't say "Top layer will strip off & have fun with the glued on back layer". But lots of water & a round-edged chisel (because any other kind just means you must use something to fill holes left behind)& it gets done. I've been wrapping up all the knick-knacks that make a house a home & assuring 'Mr-Bare-and-Spare' that YES-we will put them up again, & to stop commenting that we are better off without the ones that are just clutter anyway.

We did take advantage of a clear day yesterday to go for our February groceries-& while there are forecasts of more snow mixed with freezing rain for tonight & tomorrow-plus possibly another snowstorm mid-week...I'm trying to follow the "One day at a time/only panic when it actually happens" philosophy. We won't starve & that is good! And while my stash of books & yarn & fabric is diminishing-I've a long way to go before boredom sets in.

So what's happening in your little corner of the world? Are you able to stay warm & dry? I notice Elspeth has not commented on the thought that those of us in cold places are thinking of descending on her warm spot...maybe she & dh have just quietly moved away? And who could blame them? ;-)

Nora

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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 11:34am

Starting this aft we're up for more ice through tomorrow.  Yahoo.  So we're probably sticking around tonight vs. going out, which is fine. DH has to help with the radio merit badge clinic for boy scouts tomorrow; I'll just do chores around the house (he has AWD, I have rear wheel and this car has NO interest in snow or ice).  Saturdays we've been watching Mythbusters and Father Brown (PBS), and Sundays Downton and Sherlock, and will probably watch most of the Superbowl before that, but otherwise no, just a pretty quiet weekend, which is fine with me. I can use a quick grocery store run for fresh produce, but as ds21 has decided to be vegan and brought home about 20 pounds of sausage (he works at a sausage store where they render, make, etc.; he's counter help), I definitely won't need meat for months...

Sue

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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 1:02pm

Nora, I don't know where we would move away TO---most everyplace is having weather that nobody wants to be in! Today is pretty dismal for us, currently 57F, cloudy and breezy with off and on drizzle, not real rain that might help our drought conditions. But its better than what most of you are enduring. Come on down----but I've been informed that the mattresses that we offer guests are uncomfortable (according to ds) so the accomodations may not be up to your standards LOL.

End of month, yes, I have a few work items to take care of today but otherwise it will be household stuff. My SIL is arriving on Saturday to spend 2 nights. On Sunday we are going to a Super Bowl party in Idylwild which is in the mountains outside of Palm Springs. (they are expecting snow up there today but by Sunday it should be in the low 40s during the day). SIL will be leaving sometime on Monday. So I have cleaning and grocery shopping and on Saturday I will prepare the black bean and sweet potato chili that will be our contribution to the potluck supper.

Sue, funny story about your ds going vegan while working at a sausage store, is there a connection there? When my dd was about 15 I decided that it was time for her to learn how to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. All of that exposure to food that looked like a real animal inspired her to become a vegetarian. A junk-food vegetarian which lasted for about a year, I rued the day that I showed her that whole turkey! Did your ds have all of that sausage in HIS freezer? Is it "artisinal" sausage or regional type or ? A friend here was lamenting that its hard to find authentic German style sausage now. But artisinal meat places are popping up so maybe she'll be able to find it again.

Hopefully we'll be watching Downton on Sunday night, if we can get back in time from the party. Otherwise we can wait until the following week, they'll air it preceeding that week's episode; or we do have it on the computer and can hook it up to the tv. I've watched a bit of Sherlock but didn't really get into it.

Hope that everybody stays safe and warm this weekend with these endless storms.

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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 1:17pm

German sausage, and very, very good and lean, but dh and I don't eat that much red meat anyway.  I suggested to ds that he go vegetarian, or like one of my SIL's, do veggies/milk/eggs/cheese/poultry/fish.  Nope, apparently someone has told him that how they milk cows is horribly inhumane (so is leaving them unmilked, but anyway...) and leads to some medical issues for the cows, so he's going to try just not having any.  He has been drinking a half gallon of milk a day so I'm sure that won't be pretty either. I never served that much red meat (or ANY meat) at home when he was there - he'd come back from work with a 1.25 pound steak and put a ton of spices on it and eat it, or big pork chops, or whatever.  Considering he didn't grow up that way (and he has Ehlers Danlos hypermobility type and fibromyalgia) I'm not surprised his stomach is having issues.  The detox won't hurt and honestly I hope he just goes the fish/poultry/dairy route vs. vegan...guess we'll never go out together or have him over for meals anymore for a while...

Sue

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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 2:58pm

Dh and I have been vegetarian in the past, but always at least lacto-ovo vegetarians. For the past 20 years dh has not eaten mammals but does eat fish and poultry. Being a vegan can be challenging, if one is concerned about balanced nutrition. Hopefully your ds is paying close attention to that, and will let his doctors know about his dietary regime. I don't know anything about his condition and how food affects it, but I'm sure that an unbalanced diet wouldn't help. I guess if you get concerned you could arrange for him to have a few sessions with a dietician.

You might still be able to go out to eat together---search Yelp for vegan restaurants. Around here anyway, many restaurants now have at least one vegan option on the menu, even places that are considered "meat-centric"; if you need to please a group I guess you need to cover all of the bases. And the number of vegetarian and even vegan restaurants is starting to grow. I had thought that veganism might be just another food trend but it seems to have stuck here. We eat "vegan" dinners sometimes because we need variety due to the no-mammal thing, and also I'm trying to add fiber from legumes and whole grains. At least your ds likes to cook, but does he have time what with school and work? A lot of those plant based dishes can be time consuming to prepare. Is he also into gluten free? 

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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 5:20pm

Had a short day at work today, got off at noon so spent the afternoon cleaning house. 

Tomorow night  we are celebrating my and DD3s boyfriend's birthday.  Will go out to dinner at a local restaurant and then back here for ice cream and cake.

Sunday night we are going to watch the Super Bowl at friends house. Kind of a tradition, I think this is the 7 or 8 year of doing so.

Weather here is beautiful 75F  More of the same for the weekend.

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Sat, 02-01-2014 - 8:39am

Tonight is 'fight night'. Dh is supposed to have people over to watch the UFC pay per view. It's been snowing since yesterday morning and is expected to keep up all day so we'll see how many people actually show up. Jason was supposed to come down from WI but opted not to because of the weather. Justin made over here safely after work this morning and is sleeping. May just be dh and Justin for fight night! Tomorrow we're invited to a super bowl party; we'll see how the roads are by then.

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Sat, 02-01-2014 - 5:10pm

Winterlude; our annual winter festival, started yesterday. So, after we shovel out the driveway tomorrow morning ( getiing  about 20cm or 7.9ins), we are going downtown.  Will probably park the car at the nearest transit station and take the bus downtown.  It will be near impossible to find a parking  spot.