I watched this squirrel for an hour one Saturday. Yes, an hour. Squirrels here (compared to Atlanta) seem chubbier. At least this guy (gal?) did. He ran around the back porch and ate the seeds out of these “helicopter” leaves (who knew they were even edible?).
After not knowing what else to put in the recessed window above our kitchen sink, I finally decided on just a few of my precioussess. Like my tea collection, cashews and Vitamix. Along with some mugs, random appliances, kitchen towels and napkins. I might add a plant to this mess some day. But only a plant that requires zero maintenance. Does such a plant exist?
The cooking goings on have been mostly throw together or tried-and-true meals. Like the Italian “sausages” from PPK
that I used in this hearty, throw-together carrot, cabbage and sausage soup.
I also made these cranberry muffins, from PPK too. I made a few alterations based on what we had on hand. Which means I used dried cranberries reconstituted with water instead of fresh cranberries, almond milk instead of OJ, 1/4 cup of applesauce + 1/4 cup of canola oil instead of all canola oil and I added 1 tsp of lemon juice. It came out perfectly and was delicious with homemade vegan butter.
I am also cooking and eating my way through ALL the foods in these two new cookbooks I got! I shall have a proper review of each sometime in the future.
I switched from a broken iphone to an android for a new carrier that uses wifi hybrid calling. I did the maths and we’ll be saving about $700 during the first year. After that, we’ll be saving over a grand each year. Take that Verizon! If you research it and wanna try it, I have a linky for $19 off for you and me. I’m not affiliated with them. I just like the company’s mission. Plus I’m cheap.
We decided not to exchange gifts with each other for the holidays this year. Instead we got new beds for the pups and they finally arrived. They deserve it. These beds are BIG, durable and super cushiony for their bony bodies.
The too-small-gettin’-really-flat beds are now the guest beds in our offices. (PS that’s a black sock on Miles’ back foot because he refuses to walk around the house without a sock. Not really. He runs a lot super fast and gets boo-boos on his feet that have to get covered with a bandage and then a sock. No sock = a foot licked raw and/or random tiny blood spots on the floor)
My current library reads include The Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina. It’s an intriguing look into the life of Leatherback turtles. I’m almost halfway through and it makes me go from being angry that I’m human to utterly amazed at these giant “dinosaurs”. It makes me want to visit the Turtle Hospital in Florida again.
And I just started Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar. I’m a woman, I like domestic things like knitting and baking and I’m also a feminist. Is this conflicty or not? I hope this book has some good discussion on the topic.
Neal made this desk (using this tutorial) for my office. I love it because it’s simple, small and hand-made.
So far I have filled my office with toys and yarn. And some photography things. I suppose I should get more grown up office-y stuff.