Yep, bread.  A weird thing to blog about perhaps.  Thing is its been ages, almost two years since I’ve had bread.  Sometimes I go through the bread aisle, missing bread, missing toast.  A month or so ago I was at Trader Joes and happened to be looking at the bread when an employee asked if they could help me.  I replied with “No, I just miss bread.”

I know I know there are lots of “gluten-free” options out there.  But I don’t really want the potato starch, xanthan gum, rice flour alternatives.

IMG_1908But wait…..I found this sesame seed bread at World Market.  There is no wheat in this bread nor are there any things that are unrecognizable.  There are seven pieces of bread in this little loaf, making them about 60 cents a piece.  However tonight I toasted one, cut it in half and made half a toasted cheese sandwich.

It was yummy, had great texture, stayed in my calorie count for the day and has been declared a win-win-win.


Field Trip

Some weeks you just need to stop and smell the roses.  That is just what we did yesterday.  Actually we went on a tree field trip for the horticulture department at Huntington gardens.  We walked and reviewed tree specimens with the tree class for nearly four hours.  Of course I took in the birds and the flowers as well and learned lots about trees.IMG_1898

Updating; pre-planning; shoe horning it all in

Wow, time is flying!!!  I can’t believe we are less than a week from Thanksgiving and only four from Christmas.

The Christmas trip is filling up already. 

We fly in on Friday (Della’s birthday) and with us Lori’s God daughter (Emily) is flying up.  She is 22ish and I already texted my nieces to make sure they are around to help entertain.  Hopefully we can all get a late dinner at Red Robin or somewhere close for my sister’s birthday and I probably will not have eaten since noon as I will have to start early to get off work in time to get to the airport for the flight.

Saturday I will be spending with Katherine.  Lori and Emily will be hanging with the family hopefully playing games and relaxing from both of their crazy school schedules.

Sunday ??  Football or sight-seeing Emily around if she is bored already. 

Monday evening Emily flys back home.  Lori and I may be having dinner at Char and Daves.  They are super excited as we have not seen them in a couple of years.  I also have emails in to Albert and Leslie, I haven’t seen either of them in a couple years either.  The trips home have all been just crammed and not enough time for everything or everyone I want to see.

Confirmation from Diane, Linda and Tonya and Briana as well for that week just nothing planned yet.  Not to mention Christmas falls in and everyone is busy with that.

always active

We made it up to the desert house this weekend.  Heading up Saturday morning and spent the entire day cleaning the kitchen and prepping it for painting.  We did a deep cleaning, including inside and under all the appliances.  I also took all the hardware off the doors and scrubbed it with the help of easy off.  We could very well save hundreds of dollars if we now decide to keep the hardware.   We are now ready to put paint on the walls next weekend.  We headed back early and stopped for dinner then I stopped to feed a friends pets who is away for a week.

This morning started early as I was up and to feed and take care of the pets.  Once I was home and watched the pre-game show I was not going to get the Hawks game.  Dale texted me nearly an entire play by play!  That part was awesome but losing was not.

I finished up the project I started last weekend.  I hung the strands of LED lights I bought on-line and put the extension cord into the PVC pipe.  Then I put the PVC pipe into the trench I dug and then covered it back up and replaced the rocks.  It is very sweet.  Some weeding and watering the garden before all light was gone for the day and now I head out to feed the pets again.

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Routine Break

We did not go up to the desert house again this weekend.  That makes three weekends in a row.  I had the marathon a couple of weeks ago, then last weekend we spent two straight days collating flyers, labeling return envelopes, stuffing and labeling 1,500 pieces for the upcoming poinsettia sale at school.  This weekend we had hair appointments on Saturday in the middle of the day so the only option would have been  Sunday but there is just too much school prep and other things that need to happen.

Today Lori was up again at 4am to start working on her post modernism history presentation.  I slept in until 7:00 and then went for a run.  Then after I made breakfast and before the Seahawks game I went out and did a couple of hours of weeding and then dug this shallow ditch to run an electric cord through.  I have to get another piece of PVC pipe to finish this off but when its done we will be able to plug-in the lights strung around the oasis.

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IMG_1852I was also able to week the veggies and see that something is seriously eating my peas.  Last weekend they were climbing the cage and had little flowers that would some day be peas and today they are chomped off nearly to the ground, I am so bummed.

It has been nice to spend some time at home.  Last week I cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed in between labeling and stuffing.  Not that cleaning the kitchen doesn’t happen regularly but this was the everything out of the cupboards everything cleaned out and wiped down kind of cleaning.  We do have to get back up there and next weekend is looking pretty clear.  The poinsettia sale will take a weekend in December and we are in Seattle for two weekends as well.  Hopefully in the next couple weeks we can get the kitchen, laundry room and three bathrooms painted.  Then we will be down to fixtures, fans and flooring.

Typical Monday

The most startling call I answered last week was “I have poop in the hall”.  A toilet in pediatrics had overflowed all the way into the hall.  This called for an immediate redirect for one of our teams to go clear the toilet.  Also a call to the cleaning company to go clean and disinfect the room and carpet.

I was nervous going in today because we had rain on Friday night.  I repeat…we had rain on Friday night.  It could be the first rain since last February.  The rain was fantastic and lasted off and on all night, the garden got a good watering. (The rain actually deserves a post of its own)

But last February when we had rain I had a full day of calls for leaky windows and leaky roofs.  But today was pretty good.  A dozen or so calls, none of them had anything to do with the rain last weekend and of the only plugged toilet for the day did not include “poop in the hall”.  The best call of the day was the employee who dropped their keys into the door gap of the elevator while on the 4th floor of a building that includes 3 underground parking levels.



Golden Barrel Soldiers

I mentioned a while ago that we had the grass removed in the easement at the street and filled in with gravel.  We have had weeks of people traipsing through and kicking gravel everywhere.  Not just a little but it looked like someone drug a suitcase through, leaving huge swaths of gravel removed and piled up on the bricks or sidewalk.

IMG_1844The plan for less work out there was turning into me sweeping gravel back in every few days.  Last weekend we went to the nursery and bought a few large rocks.  Then after we got those placed decided it wasn’t a big enough deterrent so we went to home dept and bought thirteen golden barrel cactus’.

It has been a week.  A week that included at least 75 trick or treaters along with their families and strollers and lots of trick or treaters that skipped our house because the lights don’t stay on.  Five full days of school kids walking back and forth.  The usual neighborhood walkers, dogs, skateboards (seriously I don’t know of a skate park around here, they are just a means of transportation).



IMG_1842Only a little bit of displacement happened through the week.  A bit more on Halloween night but not actually that bad.  Lori thinks it’s all because of the cactus.  Respect for the cactus so to speak. People generally give them a wide berth.

I want to believe that is has a little more to do with respect, that since it looks more like someone has put time and energy into it, they are not tramping through.

Sadly with the amount of trash that blows into our yard and lack of people picking up after their dogs I think she is probably right.  The optimist in me is currently struggling right now with the behavior of humans on this planet.


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