A Fondue “Fun Do” Evening and Productive Sunday

Sunday night, George fixed an amazing set up for Fondue! The meats included chicken, steak, and kielbasa. Veggies were broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms. We each had 4 fondue forks. It was best if we each used 3 quite honestly. There were 3 of us and so anywhere from 9 to 12 sticks at once. Having only 9 worked better than 12! lol.

The sauces left to right: “Granda sauce” which is really ketchup and Worcestershire sauce mixed, mustard and horse radish, barbecue sauce, creamy horseradish sauce, and curry sauce. My favorites are the curry and the creamy horseradish.

I dip my kielbasa in the mustard and horseradish mix. The chicken and veggies are best in the curry sauce, and the steak is awesome in the creamy horseradish – which is usually sour cream and horseradish I believe.

It’s broth that we cook it in. Usually he has a beef or chicken (or combo) with scallions floating in. Very simple and easy. Just broth, raw meat, veggies, and it’s a very low fat way to get to protein and veggies in without a lot of carbs. The sauces are important but you can also go light on the sauce. These sauces weren’t too horribly fattening anyway. The creamy horseradish probably the worst.

This is often a New Year’s Eve meal for us. If we have all day and don’t have to work we start early around 2 or 3 with the cheese fondue (with special gourmet cheeses melted with white wine) with cubed lightly toasted French bread and apple chunks. Broccoli also can be good in it. Then about 6 or 7 we do the meat fondue. Then about 10 or so we’d have champagne, and dark chocolate fondue (Hershey’s syrup and a flavored liquor of your choice- like Cointreau for example. My favorite is to drizzle it on cheese cake bites – but usually we dip in strawberries and bananas.

I was worried that Mom wouldn’t take to this very well but she did great. At 77 and with macular degeneration, she was still able to see if things were cooked properly and could get the meat on the fork. We all lost meat off our sticks a time or two, lol.

So you DO have to be careful with the raw meat. Make sure that people use the long forks only for the raw meat cooked in the pot and the regular forks for actually eating it after it’s done. And no regular forks can go in the fondue pot. That way no one gets bacteria and no one’s fork goes back into the pot after eating with it spreading germs.

Relaxing but Productive Sunday

Well, I slept in til 7:11 yesterday as I had mentioned in yesterday’s blog. So going to bed last night was not easy. I played candy crush until my eyes got heavy. This morning I missed my alarm somehow and the back up alarm didn’t go off. My third back up (George) woke me up 45 min later. So running a bit late but was able to recoup some of the time by not making coffee (George did), hurrying in the shower, and only reading one chapter of the Bible instead of two – the only way I got away with that is it was a really long one chapter! lol

I was able to get all my notes consolidated. Not really sure I’m happy with using Evernote for it, but for now it will work. I want to get a few things into “Numbers” which is an excel sheet – for organizing some of my thoughts for blogging and vlogging, but that is for a snow day I guess. Right now Evernote works great. Just “free fields” of typing and the free version works across two devices.

Felt good to get all these little pieces of paper off my desk. It’s all those little papers you write down when you have thoughts and don’t want to forget them in the mornings when the mind is awake but fresh. About 15 of those notes had accumulated plus a bunch of things I wanted to do research on and such. So all that cleared up.

Hurricane Ida

Mom and watched Hurricane coverage yesterday. We watched Reed Timmer as he drove around in the eye wall (yes, he is labeled as crazy and used to hearing that as he is daring). He was wearing a helmet in the car. He was driving around trying to find the best place to be for protection. Roofs were being blown off in front of him, signs being blown out, tin roofs blowing by him, and telephone poles snapping beside him. The wall turned north and he decided to follow it and then the coverage started going out and then dinner was ready. But that was crazy. I used my cell phone to capture a few seconds and posted on instagram. But you can find him on Facebook and on YouTube (both at different times of the hurricane) and see what we saw. I follow him because he also does live tornado intercepts. He keeps me on the edge of my seat. I read his biography, earlier in the year. He gets an adrenaline rush from all this. He sells some footage. He tapes exclusive segments for various stations. He often got out of the car to tape some segments to sell later. There were more exciting parts than what I caught on video with my cell- but you can follow him if you want! He is a meteorologist and a very knowledgeable one too. But too daring for me.

Fall Phone background

You can also find this on Canva. I am starting to change over to “fall”. I ordered a cheap but cute fall phone cover -it’s actually a pearly leopard design. And also some plastic placemats as mine are cloth and we are very messy! So since we are eating at the table every night with Mom here! I’ll use the other ones in the sun room and the new ones in the dining room. They are reversible but a cute design. I’ll take pics when they come in.

I changed my purse over to cowboy leopard type look – it’s supposed to look like cowhide I guess. My purse from Marleylily (if I spelled that right). This weekend I’ll do the switchover to fall decor.

Better head off to work now. I will not be blogging tomorrow so I can go in early to kinda make up for Momma eye doc time one afternoon a month. I’ll also have to work longer some this week as she has a doc appt one day for her heart test.

Here’s the To Do List. I left check marks on things so you can see I actually made some progress! I even made our 30th anniversary plans. Pretty much only done by be. George didn’t really show a lot of interest in helping to plan ::sigh:: But we’ll go and eat. I was thinking since it was our 30th it should be something special – more than just eating out. I don’t really think he wants to spend the money though. I was thinking an overnight would be fun. He pretty much just left it to me to choose: an overnight with a less fancy dinner OR a nice fine dinner out and excursion by day. Well ok. A day excursion it is! How romantic does all that sound? It is what it is. We’ll go on a day outing and come home like always. We never do gifts so I guess we won’t do this one either. We have just about anything we want except I don’t have an RV, lol. So it doesn’t sound like 30 will be extra special anniversary as I had imagined- just an average anniversary, and it seems he has taken very little interest in it – at least in the planning. So I just planned it myself. We will go, eat, get it done, and come home. Simple. Done. And it will be just like all the rest of them. Just like it always is. Why be different at 30 years? You are what you are. The same. lol. Why should I feel any different on the 30th one?

That said I will be back mid-week. Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise – and they might as Tropical Storm Ida is headed our way! We can get a couple of inches out of it – so maybe not too bad. But strong storms may be a threat with spin off tornadoes. The last tropical storm of any significance, brought us Maisy. I miss having a dog but now is not the time. Anyway, God will provide the timing too.

Right now we have to put our lives on hold a bit and focus on Mom, and without help from my sister, I might add. They are still estranged and so it’s up to us to be the Atlas that holds her universe together. And that is fine. I’ve learned to try to understand and forgive what is mine to forgive. God holds the rest. He may not be as kind as me in the issue but that will be up to him. I will not judge. I will say that we really could have used the help. But it was not to be. It’s all on our shoulders and we will honor her and get things done. And then we will get a dog. One day and go on about our dreams, whatever they are.

Ya’ll have a great day. See ya midweek!

Tricia Leach Cookbook Review and Updates from the Weekend

Many of you know that I faithfully follow Keep Your Day Dream each week. And I have always loved the segments where Tricia Leach invites us viewers in for dinner. She has mastered the art of cooking – on the go – and her recipes are not just for living the RV life, but for busy working people too. The recipes and cooking ideas in this book are practical and inviting. I was so impressed with the photos and the quality of experience with this cookbook. I have to say that out of ALL the cookbooks I’ve had, this one is the prettiest! No cookbook I have, has the beauty of the photos like this one. It’s very colorful. She also has spice blends on her website too. (This blog post is not sponsored and no affiliate marketing here, I’m just sharing with you what I like as always).

Remember when that movie came out where that blogger girl set out to cook all Julia Child recipes? lol. Yeah that could be me with my Tricia Leach, Small Space, Big Taste cookbook. ;-). I could never do the one recipe per day thing though. George wouldn’t let me in the kitchen that much, lol!

See a sample of the cookbook and order if you like here: Tricia Leach

Blog Growth

Amazing that the blog continues to grow. Some are probably people looking for followers on their monetized blogs/business accounts, but I’ll take them. Anyway, I’m honored that 501 people will allow my words into their feeds and emails several times a week. Thank you so much.

Even more, I love the ones that comment as it makes me feel like this is worth doing. Although I did say when I began that the blog is more for me than anything so I can vent, share my day, consolidate my goals, and go on to the next day. But I love all of you here. You have been so nice to me and I appreciate all the support.

Video Embed of My Latest YouTube Video

Here’s the video. I put the link in the last blog post, but here’s the actual embed. You can watch it from here or you can click on the “watch from YouTube link” in the bottom left hand corner. I recommend watching from YouTube so you can SUBSCRIBE, Comment, or give me the “Thumbs Up”. I appreciate your support in my video efforts. These are a joy to do. I love the entire process of doing the video version of the blog.

As you will see with this one, I covered a two month span. lol. Not having done a lot of videoing or vlogging in the last few months, the catch up is getting easier. ha! I will be working on May next and our “move”. As usual, I want to stop and do some “file work” before working on the next one.

George’s Roast Beef in the Instant Pot

It’s not always instant – it took a couple of hours or longer and it was almost my bedtime when it was ready, but dinner was wonderful with roast, potatoes and carrots. The YUM factor was an 11 on a scale of 10. The roast was tender also. Not pictured were the speckled butter beans which we devoured and are all gone. We do have leftovers for lunch.

The Week Ahead

Well not a LOT on the schedule this week. There is a tentative dinner with my neighbor and friend one night, which we have to set up. We briefly talked this weekend when she was rescuing a turtle from her yard. 😉 And she said “let’s go have dinner one night”.

We have Fancy’s dog trim on Saturday, a friend’s yard sale on Saturday, breakfast out – which may just simply be a donut shop to go order since the virus is making it’s rounds again. And Saturday I also have a bone density test. Has anyone ever had one? I need to look up what it’s like. It doesn’t hurt does it? lol I’m shocked the doc office does these tests on the weekends but they do. I’m not sure how we will manage to get all this done Saturday but we’ll give it a good try. It might be my last chance to see my friend’s doggie, Ozzie, that looks so much like Maisy.

The To Do List

I had to leave a few things check marked to show we actually DID SOMETHING this week. Then I’ll see how far I get this week on the upcoming things. Some of these are low hanging fruit and I still can’t get it done. lol

Ok off to get ready and head in to work. The traffic is building up again now that schools are back in session. Sometimes taking 45 minutes instead of the 20 or 30. Yuk. I’m used to any few minutes I can grab. And the loss of 15 to 30 min a day is not something I want to happen. Sometimes those 15 to 30 minutes are the only time you get to be productive.

Oh, I do have to iron, redo the vitamins for the week, and fold some laundry – not listed on the to do list. But we’ll take it from there and do what we can.

Prayers Continued for Flood Victims, Families of Lost Lives, Missing Lives in TN

I can’t close this blog without asking for prayers for our neighbors to the west of us here in middle TN. So many lives lost and missing in the recent floods, including babies that were swept away. This is unacceptable in my mind and it’s hard for any of us to imagine. Many just working at their work sites and floodwaters came and no chance to escape. Some barely did. Harrowing stories coming out. Prayers for all the families. My heart hurts for everyone there.

I’ll be back, Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise – apparently they do and have – see you on Wednesday! Have to work early tomorrow! Payroll Day.

Amish Pork Chop Dinner, To Do Lists, and Good Books by Diane Winger

Good morning! It’s Wednesday here at 5:38 as I type this. The mid week blog post is usually nothing exciting. The Monday’s and Tuesday’s of the world are usually “pretty serious stuff”. Pre payroll, and payroll processing days at work. Goals, plans, and to do lists are set in place on the personal front and home front. It’s the visionary part of the week. Wednesday is day where around Noon we start sliding into the weekend and the week takes on a less serious note, to do lists are beginning to play out, our thoughts gather for the coming down time.

I kinda like this process, over and over each week.

It has been a quiet time, a sweet time, yet also a sour time. I have felt a few moments of sadness this week, but also some of joy and contentment. A few moments of despair, but yet also of hope. I’m not sure what people do when they don’t have a real God to hold on to.

Much of our week’s happiness and joy is related to food. Kinda sad in a way. But we love to eat. George fixed the Amish Pork Chops this week. Let me warn you they look awful, but they are heavenly. Add George’s corn bread next to it and black eyed peas that have cooked all day in the crock pot – and you have heaven brought down to the earth.

The Amish pork chops are bone in for best flavor, have chopped onions (sweet Vidalia onions rock), ketchup, and cream of mushroom soup, and I believe a bit of Worcestershire sprinkled over. It’s been a while since I cooked them but they come from an Amish recipe book I bought. And George cooked them yesterday.

Today Mom is cooking breakfast for dinner. I suppose I should plan another meal to cook. Since I’m the one that cooks the least, it takes me a longer time to prep. Also it’s my personality to be methodical about it. Mom and George have recipes in their heads, ingredients already in the pantry while I am still stuck with my head in a recipe book going “maybe we will have that someday”. lol

So much in life going on, yet not so much. But I’m ok with this “season” of life we are in and just trying to be content with what is going on. The main thing I covet is simply “time” to do things. Ya’ll know that already. We do a lot but we have a lot we want to do.

So far this week I’ve done tidbits of things here and there like this:

*Ironed

*Restocked my vitamins in the days of the week boxes

*Restocked for work: Kleenex, oatmeal, tuna cans, isacups, isashake cups, crackers

*Found wrapping paper for a shower gift

*Followed up on Mom’s primary care doc (she wants to wait b/c of Covid)

*Downloaded the next audio book (1 free one every month) – I only do the free one, lol – not really free though as I pay a monthly fee, lol.

*Reset next month’s Isadelivery (autoship)

*Looked up some things I wanted to research

Next up on the to do list:

It’s almost like I’m afraid to be bored. I really am. lol. I will never be bored. I like to keep busy and keep going, but of course when it’s my agenda, I’m happy to get a sense of accomplishment and be able to check something off the list.

Notice “cleaning the Windows” or “windows” is far down the list. lol. I never have time to clean windows. Even Mom who cannot see very well, noticed the dirty windows. It takes two of us coming off our busy schedule to do them. Mom tried to clean them, bless her, but the inside is not usually the dirty part. We can clean the outside from the inside but it usually takes two of us to do it. And we are each usually off doing something else on our list.

So……

My hair cut is today at 5:00.

Mom’s Pre Dry Wall inspection is tomorrow.

We have a reception and dinner on an old Plantation property on Thursday evening.

And let me just say how thrilled I am that the weekend is FREE.

What do I want to do this weekend, other than the norm of laundry and getting ready for the next work week?

I want to spend some time working on the house and cleaning the sunroom and getting it ready for fall. There’s a lot of stuff still out of place from when the flooring was put down. And the obvious, work on my videos and also the to do list above.

I have loved this audio book.

I was thinking Diane Winger had more books out but for some reason only the first one is on audible. Maybe the others haven’t had it recorded yet. But I have enjoyed “Great Escape” so much that I just have to get the 2nd book. It’s just hard for me to read a book these days. Audible is the way. But maybe I can put it on Kindle and have it on my phone – sometimes I can find time at lunch or while waiting or even in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep sometimes.

You can see for obvious reasons why I chose this book out of the blue. Sometimes we feel like we want to escape, for sure! And so this book feeds that part of my soul. Now to find “The Big Mistake!”

Alright – over and out. Gotta get on with the week. Probably will be back on Friday. I plan to work on the video tomorrow morning – first time in over a week. Might sneak some time in this weekend also. I need a weekend with no plans but being at home and just really looking forward to it.

See ya’ll then. How’s your week going? I love to hear from you.