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Feed Me and I’ll Be Nice

I folded up my grocery list and headed out to Trader Joe’s yesterday. I’m always surprised when I get to the store, search all my pockets, and come up listless. Nope, not the right word but it sounds good. Okay, what I mean is ‘without a list’ — list less — ha ha . . . forget it. But I did have my list and I shopped and I ate.

I always make it a point to sample whatever they are serving. I read the ingredients to make sure I am not allergic, then I sample whatever they are serving and if I like it I stand around and wait til no one is looking and take a second sample. Afterwards I always have a sip of sample tea or coffee. Their coffee is too weak for my taste but that is probably just how they make it.

Yesterday I sampled the Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant Tea and I really liked it. Bought 3 boxes — one each for me, Rachel, and Hannah. Pretty tasty. I like green tea but I always feel like it needs a little something. I don’t care for the jasmine green tea because I’m not such a big fan of jasmine. This particular tea was very tasty — a hint of jasmine and lemon grass, along with other ingredients — had a slight sweetness to it. Liked it. Hope I still like it when I brew it at home.

Apparently this tea “helps restore a feeling of youthful energy.” I can’t wait.

So, as I wait on the line I read over my list. Got it, got it, got it. I pay, I’m all packed up and that’s when I remember I needed almond milk. I left my bag at the register and prance over to get the container of milk. As I walk back I notice a short line. I figured I would just pay quickly and pick up my bag on the way out. Problem with the short line is that the one person in front of me has a full basket. I stand behind her with my ONE item. She turns, looks at me, and pushes her cart closer to the register, and turns away from me. Clearly she was not letting me ahead.

I went over to the line where my bag was. There, once again, was one person in front of me. I waited and the cashier looked over at me, smiled (she’s always smiling, wish I could remember her name, met her years ago when Hannah and I went for knitting lessons,) and then asked the woman in front of me if I could quickly pay for my one item. She said, “Oh sure.”  “Thanks, it’s my second time waiting on line,” I said. “No problem, of course, why would I say no?” she happily says as she sips her sample tea and nibbles on her sample food and I think of the woman with the full basket and no sample  food in her mouth. “I think it’s because they feed us here and it makes us happy,” I reply.

Yes, I really did say that.

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Turkey Tush and Vegetable Blood

I know what my sister-in-law, Thera, likes. And that is why I put a little extra broth in my collards and kale mixture tonight for dinner. She likes the juice of the swiss chard so I just knew that she would be happy sipping the juice of the Trader Joes Southern Greens Mix. A little bit of vinegar, some water, chopped tomato (because I had some in the fridge) and salt and pepper — cook it up forever and it’s done. I love my greens. Also blended up some cauliflower and leeks and served em all with jalapeno chicken sausage (Trader Joe’s, of course.) and some good red wine.

Made sure to pour out a cup of veggie blood — mmm, sounds appetizing, doesn’t it? Now don’t go saying things like, “Ewww, how can you say that — blood, ewww, drinking blood.” Well, first of all, lots of people like a plate full of rare meat just dripping with the cow blood. And second, you don’t know Thera.

So dinner was good. Drew made it home in time. Yay. And Steven Ezra was over. Did I mention that Steven was over during the day to help me clean up. I’ve spent years trying to clean up Rachel’s room. I pretty much move things from one corner to the next and then occasionally throw things on her bed. Well today Steven threw out, cleaned up. organized, and vacuumed Rachel’s room. It wasn’t easy for me. I had to leave the room. It was better that way. The phone rang, I took the call downstairs, It was hard to concentrate because I knew Steven was using this time to throw everything out!

The room is clean, I will not go through the garbage, I am happy. It’s only stuff. I do have a headache. We (more Steven than me) started on the laundry room. He will be back on Thursday to help finish the room. (Pictures Thursday.)

Meanwhile, we had a nice dinner with good wine and loud music and somewhere during that time the phone rang and Nancy left message. Damn, There’s a story that needs telling and I have no idea what it is.

Oh, and turkey tush — I used to save the tush for Thera whenever I made a holiday turkey but I haven’t made one in years. I don’t know — turkeys have big tushes. I am partial to chickens — cute, juicy —  a nice fatty mouthful, but not too much.

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I’m Back

Picked up my computer today. Went to Apple with a list and they returned it a few days later saying that they could not duplicate any of my problems. Still have the list. They did give me a new and improved power cord and just in the nick of time because the power went out in the Apple store just as he handed me the cord. No lights, no internet, no service. I left behind a crowd of bewildered Apple users.

But some good did come out of all this. Let’s see — Tuesday I dropped my computer off and went straight to the gym. I’ve been to the gym twice this week. I’m getting things done. Priced shed and bought one. Seriously looking to paint the outside of my house, looking at colors, and called Ronnie to paint. Met Carol for dinner, read a few books, and even vacuumed. I know, your thinking — all this she couldn’t do with a functioning laptop? Sad, but true.

The squirrel is still around. Quiet today, noisy yesterday. Spent a bit of yesterday with my ear to the dining room wall listening to the squirrel. At one point I heard him scurrying in the dining room ceiling. A bit nervous, I ran up to Rachel’s room to see if he was in there but, no, he’s still in the bones of the house. Picked up a third trap from Angelika. She also recommended crackers — Ritz crackers. Maybe Trader Joe crackers aren’t tasty enough. Anyway, when I picked up the trap, she gave me a baggy of Ritz crackers. The traps are set!

Let’s all join hands and send some positive energy to the squirrel. Let’s direct him to the peanut butter. Eyes closed , breathe deep, Ommmm, let him know this is the way out. This is the only way out. It’s a good thing . . . into the trap, pleeeeeaase!!!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day from the girls

Dinner tonight: Sushi and if all goes as planned, Rachel will be joining us.

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Going’ crazy here

It’s quiet in the house. There is no buzzing in my head and there are no squirrels scratching and chipping away at the bones of my house. I’m pretty sure the squirrels are comfy and sleeping in the mounds of insulation scattered all over the attic.  Yesterday John, my gutter guy, put a trap in the attic and one on the roof. Today the one on the roof was untouched but the one in the attic was snapped shut. It was empty. I think we have a problem here and I think it is the peanut butter. The Trader Joe’s Natural, unsalted and crunchy. peanut butter  does not have a consistency made for a trap. It is too wet and drippy. But it was all I had yesterday so we used it. It was dripping all over the place. Went to the supermarket and bought what was on sale — White Rose creamy. I wanted the crunchy but I didn’t like the expiration date. Now there are 2 traps in the attic, both with creamy firm peanut butter.


TJ's drippy peanut butter

Notice thick firm consistency


Just spent an hour trying to place to pictures I took of the peanut butters. My drew helped but I am still not happy with the placement. It’s getting late and I want to post this. Had lots to say but can’t remember any of it. Opened the mail today and lo and behold — a letter from the Red Light Division addressed to me.  Apparently I was photographed going  through a red light but in reality I was slowing down on Merrick Rd. and making a right turn just as the light was changing. A 65 dollar fine and no points — that’s how they get you. No points — who could resist?

Dinner tonight was chicken soup and the rest of the chocolate fudge cake from last night.



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