Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday night shore lunch

Dan decided to mow around the pond this morning.  Then, later this afternoon, since the pond is all mowed, he suggested catching enough fish for our evening shore lunch.  I agreed.

So, I gathered fish breading, oil, wine, and all the other things needed to catch fish, dress them, cook and eat.  Since we are pretty much veterans of this kind of thing, you would think we would have it covered.  Nope, forgot any kind of silverware.  Thankfully, I remembered soap and clean water.


Dan dressing the fish—three bass and five bluegill. They were all less than a pound, but good size for pan fish.


The wind finally went down so the fire warmed a cool evening.

P4200134Ahhh, it doesn’t get any better than this.  Even if we had to eat with our fingers.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hard to get that balance

Dan and I are trying to eat a more healthy diet.   Just making small changes that will get us on track.

Since we eat our bigger meal at noon, I often fix a big salad for our evening meal.  The trouble with salads,  they soon become just plain boring.

So, I was excited to find this at Sam’s recently.


As we all know, beans are good for us in more ways than one.  Here there are five types all ready to spoon on a bed of lettuce.  And, just as I thought, it is very tasty. 

Then, tonight I had the jar out and happened to check the label.

photo (1)Truthfully, we probably only use 1/4 cup, drained, on our tossed salads which is 60 calories—not too bad.  Of course, it would be high in Dietary fiber.  The two figures that disappoint me are Sodium—130 mg for the small 1/4 cup serving and the 6 grams of sugar. 

Even at that, maybe we need to pick our battles.  We don’t need the beans on every salad we fix.  Also, I felt with the beans, I didn’t need hardly any dressing.  Another tradeoff. 

I suppose when it gets right down to it, eating raw, unprocessed vegetables and fruits is the best.  So, all of this just to slip in that I planted three long rows of green beans, one row of onions and some spinach today. Now that is a salad.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It’s a start

Photo Apr 18, 4 54 24 PM

Seven rows of corn planted.  If it matures in exactly 82 days, it will miss the 4th of July by four days.  Maybe we’ll luck out with a few early ears.  I’ll be planting another two or three rows in a couple weeks.  Last year my first planting bit the dust, as they say.

I planted my potatoes as well—a little late if St. Patrick’s Day is the goal.  I’ve planted late before, it usually works out.

Tomorrow, green beans, onions (also late) and tomatoes (early?)

Definitely need to get back into gardening shape. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


at 6:45 pm.  It could be a record time for us—a little less than 8 1/2 hours.  We ate turkey sandwiches on the road and stopped only for bathroom breaks and fuel.  It helped that we drove the speed limit the whole time, which is now 75 mph in Kansas as well as Colorado.

Dan worked on trimming Doug & Drue’s remodeled area in their home.  Everyone got into the job at some point.

P4150113By the time we left, the doors were trimmed and base down.   They are going to be so glad when it’s done—especially to have a kitchen again.  It is all coming together beautifully—I’m anxious to see the backsplash.   

Yesterday, while Dan worked on the trim and the rest of the family was at school and work, I slipped away to visit my first cousin Sylvie.  We have a mutual interest in history, especially family history.  She has done the research, even  traveled to Pennsylvania to visit homes and grave sites, I just like to hear about it.  There should be a book in her future.

Today is Drue’s birthday.  I don’t have a picture of her blowing out candles.  I’m not sure why because we had angle food cake and strawberries last night.  Happy birthday, Drue.  

It was a celebration Sunday eating at  Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen located in south Denver.  It was Doug’s treat for Drue’s birthday and Dan’s help.  The Sunday buffet is truly a thing of beauty. Here is a picture of the blackened catfish with some kind of tasty shrimp sauce.  This place is a must-eat destination in Denver. Everything was so good, I keep thinking about it.  Seriously! 

120415_001 Now it’s back to a routine.  If I don’t have a post about planting garden tomorrow night, someone better come down here and kick me in the behind.  The weather is perfect, the soil temperature is right and there is sufficient moisture.  I can almost taste the corn and green beans!  But, I’ve got to get the seeds in the ground!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tax Day Surprise

I talked to Chip this morning and it sounds like no damage at home.  There is no power right now—we’re hopeful that is temporary.

Here is the view here this morning