What is going on with blogger? My last post just disappeared? And there were 3 comments already on it...
Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
OK, today I'm going to vent! Skip this post if you'd like. It won't be pretty. But every once in a while something happens that just 'pisses' me off (horrible expression I know - but one I hear a lot).
This started with a note on the Neighborhood App. (By the way, it wasn't our neighborhood, but still...) It starts with:
"I'm so tired of neighbors' cats roaming the streets and henceforth neighbor's yards."
Apparently she herself owns a cat and only lets it outside while she watches it (which is probably a good practice - not only because of other "neighbors' cats roaming, but also because of feral cats, bobcats, and coyotes which also roam the neighborhood). But she is upset because her cat has now started 'marking her territory' both inside and outside her home... and this is due to the other cats being around. She goes on to complain about those who leave their garage door open in bad weather, feed feral cats, etc.
Now I understand that having other animals come into your yard can be an inconvenience. Lots of things are inconvenient. That's life. So no outside or feral animals are allowed in her subdivision? Really? So... if it has a home, but is left outside to roam, it's owner doesn't love it, or if it's homeless, it doesn't deserve to have shelter or food? I find this hard to understand... only her personal animal is loved because she is a 'responsible owner'? She may be responsible (which is a good thing), but does she only care for her own animal?
I know I will get a lack of flack over this. And that's OK. I do understand the other side of the issue. I've been in the animal medical business my whole life. And I do know that this is just my opinion. If this political climate has taught me anything, it's taught me that everyone certainly doesn't think like me. This goes for the welfare of animals too.
If things were ideal, there would be no homeless animals (or homeless people for that matter), but things are not ideal, and we deal with them as best we can... humanely and with compassion. The catch and release program for strays is a great program where the cats are caught, vaccinated, neutered, and released (which by the way wouldn't solve her 'roaming cats' problem). But not all the ferals can be caught... and not all owners wish to keep their cats inside (it is safer - but that's a personal preference).
In my own mind, there is probably not an answer to some of these problems... except maybe to show a little love and kindness... to others besides your own.
Enough said. Rant over.
Thanks for letting me have my say (whether you agree with it or not)...
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Saturday, May 1st, our grand daughter made her First Communion. She looked so sweet in her white dress and veil. This was the first time DH and I actually attended a group event in a public place in over a year (I guess you would call a Church a public place?) Anyway, it seemed so strange - even though they took every precaution... seating families together one row apart... and everyone was masked (including the priests). It felt safe... and when DH offered to take us over to Whataburger after (we hadn't used take-out in all that while either), we agreed. So in a way, it was a ground-breaking day for us.
(And I do have to say that my tummy was not happy with that non-gluten free meal. But it was a special occasion and I don't regret it.)
This is a busy week (as pandemic weeks go) for us as we had Grand daughter's First Communion Saturday, daughter's birthday Monday, and we have 3 doctor's appointments and several errands to run in the next few days. DH has his Urologist appointment as well as a dental appointment and I have my Spine Specialist appointment.
*Update: Just got a call and my Spine Specialist and appointment has been rescheduled to next week as the doctor has surgery tomorrow. This is fine with me as my back is much better, but I will keep the appointment as I need to talk to him and confirm exactly what is going on.
The mama cat and her kittens are doing fine... enjoying this spring weather (when it's not raining) and frolicking and playing all over the back yard. I have taken several pics and videos of them. They make us laugh - which is a good thing to do these days. We do have a severe weather threat and are under a tornado warning this evening. We always worry about them during this, but at the moment they are all safe on the back porch. (You may have to click the videos twice)
and lastly... a basket full of kittens:
They sleep all over the back porch, but this is their favorite spot...
I was listening to the news this morning and they had a Virologist speaking who has studied the Coronavirus for years and he was saying that it's possible that we won't ever hit herd immunity due to the fact that not everyone chooses to be vaccinated. He considers this a bad decision as he feels that it is possible for us to be rid of the Coronavirus (just as we've been rid of other viruses and diseases), but that the only way is through vaccination... and since everyone does not choose to be vaccinated, we may have to learn to live with the virus. Asked if we would need vaccine boosters at some point... and he said yes. I think he said that studies show that the immunity doesn't last... so yes, it would have to be boostered.
(This is 'my take' on what I heard... may not be exactly how it was said - but I found it interesting, so thought I'd share.)
And I don't push everyone to get the vaccine - as it is a personal choice. But I have to admit that I do feel more comfortable being around those that have been vaccinated.
That's my 2 cents for the day. I did make Chicken Tetrazzini with white wine this week (forgot to take a pic) - and used my gluten-free spaghetti - and it was great! Everyone liked it as much (if not better) than when made with regular or whole wheat spaghetti. (of course it could have been better also because I put in a little more white wine than I usually do...???)
Well, have a great week! Do something fun, create something new, make someone smile!
Friday, April 30, 2021
When our daughter drove in last weekend, she brought some bars of dark chocolate with her (bless her... we love dark chocolate). This is a picture of one of the bars:
And I have to say that this is really good dark chocolate. It's 70% and that's about the highest percentage I enjoy. Once you get past that, it can be a bit too bitter for me. But this one has a good buttery taste and although slightly bitter for those who might not like to go there, I think it's pretty great. Just thought I'd share. The bars are a little expensive (somewhere between $12 and $20 each - but then it's not the type of bar that you would eat right off... just take a small piece every day or so).
I guess I think of really good dark chocolate like really good coffee or even good whiskey... in that you don't eat or drink it right down, but savor it.
Some pics of the kittens sleeping. Three are in the basket and the one little Siamese looking one is sleeping under the birdcage.
She is an awesome mama... watches over them constantly while they play, still nurses them although they do eat from the outside bowls, and cleans them while nursing.
My back is still giving me trouble. It's not something I can't deal with - as I do think it's my Spinal Arthritis - which is going to act up occasionally. However, it's going on 2 weeks now. One day it seems better, then it comes back. So I have made an appointment with my Spinal Specialist next week to see if he has anything else he can tell me.
Planning on making a blueberry/strawberry custard pie this afternoon. Will post a pic when done!
Friday, April 23, 2021
This time my Naan bread came out pretty good. I will post the recipe here. It's pretty simple:
Almond Flour Naan Bread
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup flour ( I used King Arthur's non-gluten measure for measure)
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt ( I used sour cream... can't have yogurt)
1/4 tsp salt
Mix together almond flour, flour, salt, and sugar
Add the yogurt(sour cream) and stir until dough forms
(add more yogurt/sour cream or water if too dry)
Divide into 6 balls
Roll dough out thin between parchment paper
Cook until slightly browned on each side
Since I only wanted 3 pieces, not 6 - I halved the recipe and it came out fine. I used unsalted butter on mine, but you can put anything you want on it... cheese, tomatoes, garlic butter, etc.
|This little teapot and cup/saucer I bought at Harrod's years ago|
Saturday, April 17, 2021
About 2 years ago, I had a bad back incident. Never really knew what brought it on, but suspected I had twisted it trying to see around a corner while driving, but never really knew how it happened. But I basically couldn't walk for about a week. Well, I've done it again... and don't have any idea how or when this time. It isn't quite as bad since I can still walk (with a brace and slowly), but haven't had to see a doctor yet.
My back started feeling a little odd Thursday evening when I got up from the sofa. It's the middle of my lower back. And now it's continued through Friday and into Saturday... worse if I sit for a while and then try to get up. The brace is one of those sacro belts that are elastic and fit around your lower hips and connect with very strong velcro. It does help.
Anyway, just thought I'd share. Could be it's just one of those 'perks' of old age. Who knows? (BTW, those long things with pinchers on the end - do they have a name? They sure do come in handy when you can't bend to pick up something. Every house-hold should have one of those... just in case)
It's cool this morning here in North Texas... in the middle or high 40's I think. We've had a lot of rain lately, but really needed it... mostly rain so far, nothing severe.
There are 4 outside feral cats sleeping together in one basket out back. DH just came to tell me. We have one that loves that basket and is always in it... and sometimes he shares it with another. This morning there are 4 squished inside it... guessing they must be feeling the damp.
|lone cat in favorite basket|
I didn't get a pic of all 4 in the basket as if one sees me, he will run... and then all will run because he ran. Did not want to disturb them. They looked very comfy... although squashed.