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A bit of landscaping

We were busy last week.

The front of the house used to look like this:

a bit boring, yes?

a bit boring, yes?








Now it looks like this:

much prettier, yes?

much prettier, yes?








Exciting, huh? It’s going to look amazing in a year or so when the phlox and candy tuft has filled out a bit, and the lavender (back row) has really rooted itself in.

But the back yard is truly amazing — we got rid of our fence!

How it used to look:

Hi, I'm a big fence, and a steep drop off

Hi, I’m a big fence, and a steep drop off



and now:

Ta da!

Ta da!








Such a difference!

The dirt has been seeded with ‘shade=friendly’ grass. We’re looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!


An ordinary week (plus good news)

It was a pretty quiet week for us.

We discovered an absolutely delicious — and easy! — butternut squash and risotto recipe. It’s baked, which is where the easy comes in, and comes together beautifully. I wish I’d taken a picture, but we were serving it to company, and that felt a bit awkward.

John made a delicious chicken and rice casserole for sharing at game on Tuesday night. It made a huge amount, so we’ve been eating a lot of it this week, by itself and in my favorite mode for leftovers: wraps. (Everything tastes good wrapped in a tortilla and heated in a dry skillet.)

We got some good news at work. A very large project appeared, and we just found out yesterday evening (yes, Saturday night) that we have been awarded the contract. It’s not finalized, yet, but seems as if it will take our entire company into full time work for the next 18 months. I can’t say more right now, but it is a fascinating case, one that has nothing to do with environmental issues. We’d be using our other skill set(s) of transforming abstract data into hard values.

We are headed down to San Francisco this coming week. We’re seeing a play with my mother on Tuesday night, and of course sharing a feast with family and friends on Thursday. On Friday we’ll see my sister Jamila and her new baby!  We’re looking forward to the time away, and our 2nd experience in an AirBnB rental. (It’s right around the corner from Corynne’s house — nice!)

Until next week: Happy Thanksgiving!

Animal Antics

So it’s fireplace season, and Kit has discovered the joys of basking in the fire’s glow. (Roland and Sasha don’t care for it).

Kit really likes to stretch out to maximize the heat absorption.

They are getting along much better, although Sasha can be a real pain in the butt sometimes.


Thank You, Veterans (plus: weekly recap)

We started this week by eating at Fado — an Irish bar a few blocks away from the football stadium. Lunch was a really good cheeseburger with thick-cut fries and a Magners’ Cider. (The best cider.) From there we went to see the Seahawks beat the Vikings in a pretty exciting game. Yes, I went to my first-ever live football game. I liked it! We were *very* high up, which was pretty scary, and that I could have done without. But the fans were really into it, and that was a lot of fun in and of itself.

Monday I was exhausted and run down, so we had fast food because it was easy. I had a meeting to go to, but went down for a nap and slept through it. Sadly, that meant I was awake until late, and my 4:30am Tuesday wake up was not appreciated. (I’ve been doing that since the time change. It is Not Fun.) That’s usually game night, but one of the players was going to have to leave early, and its a short game to begin with, so we cancelled. John made an excellent Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples & Sweet Potatoes that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Wednesday was a long day at work for me, followed by my usual Pilates class. We identified that my hip flexors are significantly tight — which is new, and I’m having a hard time thinking about what might be causing it. So we worked with that, and I’ll see what I can do to relax them further over time. Dinner was a lovely Whole Grain Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. Simple, and very satisfying.

Thursday is a work from home day, and we kept it very low-key. Our go-to meal is ‘wraps’, and we pulled it out for a simple, hearty, healthy meal that came together in less than 15 minutes. The big news of the day is that we decided which (of three) painters we’re going to hire to take care of the downstairs and hall. (The long-left-bare walls.) It’s a big project, and we’re thrilled to have someone else do it for us.

Friday was an experiment: Ina Garten’s Sole Meunier was the centerpiece, accompanied by couscous and green beans. A very French meal.  It was also, to our surprise, not a hit.  For John, too much lemon. For me, too much butter. So it’s not a recipe we’ll try again. Saturday we consumed all of the leftovers, and I made a Spinach-Bacon Frittata to sustain us for lunch/brunch over the weekend.

Looks gorgeous, doesn’t it? No cheese, the only fat is from the bit of oil the onion is sautéed in, the 1/2 cup of bacon, and the eggs. Pretty tasty with a slice of whole grain bread. On a very happy note, I managed to sleep until 6:30 this morning, which is a great sign.

In closing, John and I would like to thank everyone we know whi is, or was, in the military services. Because of you, we enjoy profound freedoms. Thank you.