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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Week of Small Doings

Hi! Some weeks are like that, little stuff happens, little stuff get done. Like--I got my car inspected. Do all states do this? The next day the gas station guy filled my tank and pointed out kindly that I had a nail in my tire.
So much for safety inspections.
He kindly repaired the tire [for free!] and told me he'd check the patch next time I come by for gas.

My TV remote died.

Mo was sick. Everywhere, poor little man. I'd been not-ACing to save a few pennies, I believe he was overheated. He also ate cornsilk, from the corn I was shucking, maybe that was the prob?

Some things were good! In the Better Late than Never category, the Goose family finally got their swim suits on. Yay!

But not Baby. That makes me sad, can they not at least give her a hair bow or something?

We saw morning glories in bloom.

Mo got a new crate liner/ bed. He says it is Yummy.

My friend L's dog got a Thunder Shirt. We hope very much that it helps her big dog who is terrified of storms. Mo is like, Lalalalah. The deli turkey treats and happy voice "Good Thunder!!!" method has worked well. (And pugs are pretty oblivious anyway.)

We went to Home Goods and looked at Halloween stuff. And Thanksgiving!  Yeesh.

Turkey dinner plates, only 4.99!

And I made my brown rice quinoa salad. It was very delicious, great lunch or snack or served with steak or grilled chicken.

I used this rice mix, but there's many to chose from.

Even Uncle Ben's makes a quinoa rice mixture now. Do NOT overcook the rice and reduce the water or broth volume to equal amount of rice. [you can add a bit more liquid later if it's too al dente but we don't want mushy rice.]. So one Cup rice, one Cup water etc. Test after the water has absorbed, add a bit as needed. It can just sit on hot stove to to finish. Or on very low heat.

I cooked the rice with onion, garlic, broth. We ate some of it that way as pilaf.
The next day I added minced garlic and red onion and diced tomatoes and cucumbers. Cauliflower tiny florets. Cooked well-drained summer squash, optional. Parsley. Vinaigrette made with olive oil and lemon juice. [whatever you have or like is fine].

Feta cheese.

Things that would be good to add: avocado, capers, black olives, bleu cheese. Maybe skip the cukes. as they overpower the delicate other tastes. Delicious!
Best if brought from fridge an hour before serving, so it isn't too cold.

Sometimes my friend L and I run errands together, including grocery shopping. It just makes things more fun....so this week she is making this Pork Ragout! She likes to experiment. It looks so good. But it seems snow day, to me.

Thursday is salads and sandwiches here at the beach. Project Runway night, remember.

Have a good rest of the week!



gone to the beach...

and PS here's a video, for everyone, especially Kit.


  1. No safety inspections for us. We do have to have smog inspections every so often though.

    Oh, poor Mo. I hope he is feeling better?

    Hahah, funniest goose picture EVER!! Except for the poor little interloper :(

    The salad looks really good. I agree, the ragout seems more like winter fare. Too hot here to eat much of anything this week...well except for ice cream maybe.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


    1. The naked baby Goose is killing me!

      We have emissions tests too, but the guy didn t do mine, I guess bec the car is less than a year old? Hunter, below says what the safety check is, I still think he should have noticed the huge nail in my tire, it was on the sidewall and very visible.

  2. I love seeing wheat you are up to. What a nice gas station attendant! We do not have inspections here in the countryside of Oregon.

  3. We don't have vehicle inspections here in KS. Missouri does. It doesn't really seem to prevent people from driving junkers, and the highways are better here - you'd think it'd be the other way around...

    Your salad looks pretty good. I haven't really felt like cooking in several days, much less cooking something like a stew! I do love things like that when it's cold out, though. If L lets you know how it comes out maybe I'll try it later.

    Hope Mo feels better, and that the thunder shirt works for L's dog. Spook doesn't much like loud thunder but the poor guy sure is sick right now.

    1. Junkers cars are a rarity here,lol. Roads are bad though. I think the inspections stuff is a scam, subtle taxation.

  4. I hope Mo is feeling better. I'm sorry to read he was feeling ill.

    Hawaii has yearly safety inspections. They make us turn on the headlights, step on the brakes, honk the horn, use the turn signals. Oh, and scrape off -all- our decals. Even the small ones in the very corner of the side windows.

    I had shiny turtles that helped us find our old, used white rental car. (Why is it so many rental cars are white?)

    There are days we walk out into the parking lot into a sea of white cars. At least my little "Turtle" has a stuffed turtle in the back.

    Take care and hope to talk to you soon.



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