Saturday, November 28, 2015


1.  I never paid much attention to Adele. I didn't think she was really "my thing" or music I would like. Wow, was I wrong. I caught her performance on Jimmy Fallon the other night. Loved it! You can see it here:  Adele - Water Under the Bridge from The Tonight Show, 11/23/15. Terrific! I then went to YouTube and watched three more of her videos. Guess I'll have to go get her new CD now.

*I came back to add another video/song that is so good!  Adele - When We Were Young. It made me cry. Everything makes me cry.

2.  Another thing I've really enjoyed lately is Joy Behar's new show, Late Night Joy, on TLC. She's so funny, and I like her. I bet she can be a real bitch though. Ha. I've seen three episodes so far. It's on Wednesday nights at 11/10 Central Time. I'm not sure when it comes on here. I just have it set to record so I watch the recording whenever I want. You can see a little clip here:  Late Night Joy

3.  I bought a full set of knitting needles with interchangeable circular thingies a little over a week ago. I even bought a new hat pattern and new yarn to use. I cast on and joined, then I screwed up within the first 4 stitches from there and had to rip it all out. I haven't picked it back up since. Why do I keep torturing myself (and spending money) with knitting? I'm so stubborn! I WILL master it some day, I swear. Between work and just everyday life, I just haven't had the time or inclination to start again.

4.  The heat is repaired and back on since yesterday afternoon. We were shocked that someone was able to come out on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, but they did. We were also shocked at how little it cost compared to what we were expecting. $99 for the service fee and $19.75 for labor. WHAT? Unheard of. There were no major parts involved so I'm sure that helped. We now know more about how to run the silly thing when it's super-cold (which it is here A LOT!). There was a hidden fuse actually inside the unit in the basement that we didn't know about and isn't mentioned in the instruction manual. It had blown out, probably because it was a 2 amp instead of the proper 3 amp and it was working its ass off to keep it warm with the extended 20-degree weather. (Ken had checked the breakers in the basement, but was unaware of the one located inside the heating unit.) Argh. Now we know. We're thankful it wasn't something major though.

5.  There is still snow everywhere. Hardly any of it has melted because the temps have not risen above freezing. Who knew snow could last for days and days from one 3-inch snowfall event? I've only seen Texas snow, which is always gone within hours because it's snowing one minute and 70 the next day. Ha.

6.  I didn't cook on Thanksgiving this year. We had leftover Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. I had made a new batch of it a few days before (minus the flour, butter, and cream...I'm trying to behave and be healthier), so we just had that.

7.  I made some Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day. They are AMAZING! They are great with a squeeze of lemon over them and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. You should try this recipe:  Amazing Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes  This made 12 pancakes using a 1/3-cup measuring cup of batter each. They keep well in the fridge with a piece of waxed paper between each. They are good reheated in the microwave, and I've eaten a couple cold ones straight out of the fridge. I love the lemon flavor! Even Ken said he likes them better than regular buttermilk pancakes. I found another recipe that uses only whole wheat flour for these that I'm going to try next. I can't imagine that they're as good, but we'll see. They'll certainly be healthier without any white flour.

8.  I'm going to get dressed and go for a walk later. We've been doing that nearly every day. When we first got up, I thought I might want to go shopping in Canada today, but I'm feeling it less and less as the minutes tick by. Maybe we'll at least go for a drive and explore some roads we haven't been on yet. Maybe we'll be near a Walmart and I can run in and buy that new Adele CD. I'd be shocked if they're not sold out. Hmpf. I'm always late to the party. I should just order it online from Amazon and forget it. I think I will.

9.  Eli update: His hip pain seems to be better, although he's still not his old self. He may never be back 100%. He is seven years old now and with the cold and damp weather here in Washington now, he may just be slowing down permanently. He is able to jump up onto things now, but he chooses more and more to just lay on the floor, which is very unusual. He's just noticeably less wild and active. The baby aspirin seemed to help him those first few days, but we stopped giving them to him because long-term use is not recommended. I know there's medicine a vet can give him for long-term use, but we're not ready to go there. We've been through this with other dogs in the past. I'm not sure it did a whole lot of good and just prolonged the misery for everyone. Bad hips and joints seem to be so pervasive nowadays among a lot of dog breeds.

10.  Oh, I did a little Christmas decorating on Thanksgiving Day. I put up some lighted garland on the banister and unpacked a bunch of lights and other decorations for inside the house. I plan on putting a string of lights around three of the smaller front and side windows and some hanging three big lighted decorations in the largest front window. We haven't decided if we want to put a tree up or not. We have a brand-new white one that Ken bought three years ago that has never been out of the box. Maybe we'll get some Christmas spirit and put it up. The last time I put up a big tree, I ended up taking it down two weeks BEFORE Christmas! It annoyed me. Ha. Bah Humbug!

11.  What else? Hmm...not a whole lot. What's mainly on my mind lately is getting healthier and losing some weight. I don't want to wait until January. Why wait when I can be 2 months ahead of the game by then? I'm sure I'll make a few goodies for Christmas, but that doesn't mean I have to eat it ALL, right? We'll see. Maybe I won't make much candy and junk this year. Maybe I'll up the walking even more. Seriously, it could happen! It definitely won't happen if I don't try. So I'm getting myself all jazzed and have bought a few healthy magazines and books and have been looking at healthy recipes online too. It helps me and motivates me to immerse myself in it.

12.  Sorry, no pictures today. I'm being lazy and don't feel like uploading, downloading, editing, and posting. I'm allowed.

13.  I'm going to enjoy my last two long-weekend days off. There's already work waiting for me for Monday. How annoying. I shouldn't say that. I should be grateful instead of annoyed. I always have to remind myself of that.

Okay, that's all.
See ya.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all enjoy your day, with or without your families. We are cozying up because our central heat went out sometime overnight. It's only the coldest day of the season so far, teens for lows and 30s for highs for the entire holiday weekend! Snow is still everywhere. Thank goodness we put in that new propane stove in September. It should keep us warm through the weekend until we can get a repairman out hopefully next week. Bring on the longjohns and wool socks! Lots of hot coffee and tea please!

Love you all for reading!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Talking Dog Among Other Things

I found Eli wrapped up in some curtain panels I had just opened.
He was stuck. Ha.
I immediately thought of that movie, The Conjuring.
Remember the ads for it?...

Very similar and VERY creepy!

Pumpkin Pie.
It was ugly, but it was so good!

I've been teaching Ollie to say "Momma" and "I Love You, Momma."
He really does try and has gotten better and better.
He can have anything he wants!

I made two more pairs of fingerless gloves.
Only the buttons are different.

This one can also have anything he wants.
He doesn't have to say a word.

It snowed again overnight. We just got back from taking a walk in the snow. We got around 3 inches, same as last time. Pictures next post.

See ya.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

California Nachos

These beautiful and delicious nachos were made and served at a party I went to recently. I've been dying to make them myself and did so today. They are so good and so pretty! I hope you make them.

California Nachos

Topping ingredients:
3 cups cooked chicken, finely-chopped
3 small avocados, mashed
Juice of 1 lime
3-4 green onions, diced small
4-5 slices of bacon, chopped into small pieces and browned
Salt & Black Pepper to taste (You'll need about 3/4 tsp salt. I used two good pinches of kosher salt.)

Tortilla Chips
Cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise into halves or fourths

I used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, took the meat off the bone, and chopped it finely in my food processor along with the green onions. You can do this all by hand if you wish. Combine all topping ingredients well in a large bowl.

Place whole chips on a platter and use a cookie scoop to measure the chicken mixture out onto the chips. Garnish with the tomato pieces.  Serve immediately.

Note:  I think this would be great with some chopped cilantro in it because we love cilantro. I'm sure lots of things could be added that would be delicious. Use your imagination and your favorite ingredients and make it your own. It would be hard to mess this one up!

Since it was just Ken and I for lunch today, I just made the one platter of nachos and had lots of leftover topping. I'm going to place it into a covered container and hope it keeps well until tomorrow. I think the lime juice will keep the avocado from turning brown (crossing my fingers).

See ya.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hello Snow!

So pretty!
We're staying in and staying warm.

See ya.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Where Dragons Live and Red Chicken Enchiladas

I woke up thinking about Red Chicken Enchiladas this morning, but I needed a couple of things from the grocery store so we took a walk into town to get them. It's about 45 degrees and very damp today. It's going to rain all afternoon and evening again. Love it. 

Ken says dragons live up there.

We saw two eagles fly overhead screaming at each other. I couldn't get my camera out of my pocket in time, darn it. They disappeared into the trees up there. 

We like to stop and look at the bulletin board outside the community center when we walk or ride our bikes into town.

I commented on the price for the "Red Fur." I said that wasn't bad for a fur coat, but who would wear a red one? Ken just looked at me and blinked. "It's for Red Fir wood, not a fur coat!" Oh. LOL. Can you tell I'm from Dallas?

Oh my. Somebody's depressed.
Or they smoked too much pot last night. Hahaha.
If you can't read it, it says, "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

We saw these guys dressing their bucks they got this morning.
Kinda sad, but I guess it's how you look at it. They were very pleased.

Look at all the turkeys!
Click on the picture for a better view.
There were even more than this. This is just all that fit in the shot.


Okay, so about those enchiladas...

I got everything I needed and put them together.
I froze one of these and baked the other two.
We'll have leftovers this week.

I like to use this recipe for chicken enchiladas instead of the one with chicken soup and sour cream that makes a creamy sauce. These have great flavor and are different. I also like this recipe because you use canned chicken meat. Easy.  

Red Chicken Enchiladas

1 large can of white chicken breast meat (12.5 oz), drained
4-oz can of chopped green chilies
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 cup sour cream
2 cups cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

10-12 flour tortillas
20-oz can of red enchilada sauce (I like Rosarita brand; don't buy Las Palmas brand! It's awful.)
1 cup shredded Cheddar (for topping)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon a small amount of enchilada sauce into the bottom of the dish and set aside. Mix filling ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon onto tortillas, add some Jack cheese, roll up and place in your sprayed casserole dish. Top with enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve with additional sour cream and salsa for topping.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

First Snow

We've had a couple of days of our first snow this past week. Thursday it snowed from noon to around 3:00 with very little accumulation and it melted off before nightfall. We were driving into British Columbia to go to Walmart when it started coming down. We decided we could get what we needed and get back home before the roads got too bad. We rushed through our shopping and drove home and it wasn't bad at all.

I must have taken 50 photos trying to get some good shots of the snowfall, but I wasn't very successful in getting good ones. Here are a few of them.

But first, the coolest thing we saw that eagle sitting in a tree. I took about 10 photos of him, but they all look like this...

It was so quiet and still and the snow was falling as I stood outside the car and watched him. It was very cool! I really wish the photos had turned out better, but I wanted to share this anyway. 

Here's a very short video of him...



Walmart parking lot in Trail, B.C.

One-lane bridge approaching the border crossing back into the U.S.

Are you laughing at my silly "snow" pictures?
I was so giddy that it was finally snowing.
I've been waiting for it.
Soon I will have more impressive ones, I'm sure!

Back home a few days earlier, I took this photo from my front door.
See what I mean when I told you we live in the clouds a lot of the time?
That is not smoke; it's a cloud.

Fletch enjoying the fire.

A hat I finished crocheting yesterday.
I didn't use a pattern or I'd link it for you.


I took those last two pictures above while following my next-door neighbor to her daughter's house on Wednesday night. Her daughter decided to become a Pampered Chef consultant so I went to another party. This one was FUN! I had a great time. I was so glad I went. I met some new people and a few I already knew. There was talk of more PC parties and also a Christmas cookie decorating party coming up which I'll be attending. Yay! 


Eli has injured his hip somehow and is a bit gimpy since yesterday afternoon. He won't jump up or down on anything without help (the bed, the couch, etc.) and even needs help going up and down the stairs to get outside. I gave him a baby aspirin with some canned food about an hour ago hoping to help him. He's had sensitive hips since he was very young. He'll be 7 years old next month. It's probably a genetic joint problem that so many dogs have nowadays. I'm sure this cold, damp weather doesn't help. I hope it's just a flair-up and he's back to normal soon.

Bye-bye from a tiny-bit-snowy Washington.
See ya.

Too soon for snowmen?