Monday, August 3, 2015
These baskets look great with the blue of the garage and the newly positioned Adirondack chairs. This required two yards of fabric and that set me back about seven bucks. Not sure what TBG paid for the landscape fabric. I could imagine using newspaper instead. You'd have to pick a large page to have enough, but I suspect it could be done.
If this holds up, I'm going to try burlap and other things like it to line my baskets. The next test is to see how it looks after it rains. We'll know tonight!
Sunday, August 2, 2015
We were highly entertained by the Lake Yacht Racing Association's annual regatta which took place on Lake Ontario this year. Our camp site had a perfect view of the racing and it was mesmerizing. There are regattas every year but nothing like this -- the most prestigious race of its kind. There were entrants from around the world -- even Olympic teams. While we are sure to be at camp when the yearly Sodus Bay Yacht Club regatta takes place, this race was a whole other level. There were all sorts of boats -- including big Spinnakers with gloriously large sails.
Some of the sailors rented spots at our RV park and we invited a few to join our camp fire last night. It was a rough day -- the morning was so windy that the waves were six feet high. They told us it was absolutely grueling. Grueling though it may have been, it was fascinating to watch. And best of all, it was free!
The yacht club in Sodus gives sailing classes and their membership fees are not exorbitant. I have been told they are a friendly and down to earth club and teams love to come to the bay and this end of the lake to race. So, now I know one of the things I'm going to do when I retire!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
They have been replaced with these PVC benches from QVC. These were not cheap but they can hold 800lbs each and I didn't have to stain or paint them. Nothing I saw in wood could hold that much and still be movable for me. There is also on not much to choose from from a retail perspective.
The first one was a pain to assemble but once that was done and we understood how they fit together, the rest went really fast.
I am disappointed to have made such a bad purchase and am hoping the benches serve us better!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I own a dog that probably doesn't have three brain cells to rub together. Maybe it's her simplicity that keeps her from some bad behaviors, but I suspect most of it is time, attention and training. Here she is hanging out around three raw hamburgers ready to go on the grill. They are the ones stuffed with cheese that we enjoyed this weekend. She didn't even sniff them. I walked away from the plate once and she followed me.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Since the coolest spot in our house is the basement, I slept there for two nights just to be sure that menopause and night sweats were not my problem. Other than the air mattress being uncomfortable, the exercise proved that my body was not causing the temperature issues.
We had thought about putting in a separate "Split" unit upstairs -- which would be pricey. It would involve the added expense of wiring and professional installation. Instead, a unit like this was $147 because he gets them at a discount. They normally sell for about $200.
Now I am off to get a good night's sleep. Bon soir!
Monday, July 27, 2015
We had cheese ravioli for dinner tonight using sauce with chicken sausage from last week, chicken bits from this bird, mushrooms and more stock. We have enough for us each to have for lunch tomorrow (plus salad). The rest of the bird will go into chicken tacos (tomorrow), and something curry-based over jasmine rice on Wednesday. That means I only have to come up with something for Thursday and we are done for the week!
My weeks is mostly about stretching meals, getting lunches made in advance, swimming with the dog, keeping up the house and yard (the house part suffers a bit in the summer) and trying to fit in time for friends at home and camp. It can be a challenge to keep it going, but we are keeping up!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
1. Make enough salad to have for dinner
a. A lot more for lunches
2. Make veggie slop for pup
The two oblong containers will be for both TBG and myself to bring to work. He gets the bigger portion. Dressing is on the side: Balsamic Vinaigrette with fresh basil from our garden, red onion, and feta cheese. I squeezed half a fresh lemon on the fruit/veggie mix to help it stay fresh. The mix is made up of watermelon, radish, cucumber, cabbage, kale, shredded carrot, celery, grapes, and red peppers. The dressing is on the side so the salad won't get soggy. If we don't finish the salad ourselves in a few days, it can be made into a fruit/veggie smoothie. There was enough liquid and a spare quantity that wouldn't fit into the containers, so we've already had one smoothie.
TBG had odds and ends from it all. We had a lot of cabbage to share and she got all of the watermelon rinds. In addition, there were strawberry hulls and asparagus ends from this past week. This made four large sauce jars of slop so she is well set for the next few weeks. For those who worry about dogs eating "human" food, she did not get any grapes!
I can tell you that all the chopping for us, then more chopping and grinding for her, was a real hassle. And it makes for quite a mess. Doing it all today means I save time during the week. I have enough extra pancakes from today's breakfast to be set for each morning this week. Now I have salad for every lunch too. I'll still have to make a sandwich or something to go with it each day, but whatever I mix up tomorrow morning will last for a few days or more.
We could save a lot of time by buying our lunches at work and feeding Teddy "pet food." However, I think fresh food is healthier and it's also more economical. It sure does take a lot of work. But then again, it delivers a lot of yum!