Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 26, 2012

The trauma of this past week was the cat’s annual physical.  In addition to her usual shots, etc., we had a chip implanted.  She was distinctly unhappy about the entire process and lets us know – in no uncertain terms. She has also acquired an admirer.   He is a big orange tom – obviously someone’s pet. (The animal appears to be in good condition and is wearing a collar).  He not only prowls around her property (she does own the place…) but comes right up on the deck and right to our back door.  That is when the howls of protest start… (Spelled cat fight). I go out and explain to said Tom that while I am sure he is a lovely cat, we’d please like him to go home and leave our princess alone.  And if he is unwilling to do that, next time he appears he’ll be staring down (at close range ) the muzzle of a newly installed garden hose.  Turned on to full volume….

This week our weather went from May back to winter and is now once again edging towards spring.  The flowering shrubs and fruit trees are in full bloom and foliage is starting to appear – much, much earlier than normal.  Usually, foliage is around the first week of May. The only problem with all this happiness is it sets off all of our allergies.  So we wheeze, cough, deal with our sinuses, but it it is so lovely and it does beat the cold.  It just points out that there is not one perfect season.

Mon. AM             Pea Soup f/i

Mon. PM              Roast Turkey revisited

Tues. AM            Gumbo

Tues . PM             French Garbure AMFT
                             (White bean soup/stew with sausage, cabbages, carrots, garlic etc)
                             Peasant Bread, Tossed Salad

Weds. AM            Minnestrone f/i

Weds. PM            Turkey Lo Mein AP

Thurs. PM             French Garbure AMFT
                             (White bean soup/stew with sausage, cabbages, carrots, garlic etc)
                             Peasant Bread, Tossed Salad

Fri. AM                Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

Fri. PM                 Mussels with Chorizo, Tomato, Garlic and White Wine Served
                                Over Pasta  AMFT
                             Peasant Bread, Salad

Sat. AM               Turkey Lomein

Sat. PM                Savory Rosemary Parmesan Madelines PC
                             Keywest Pork Chops

Sun. AM              Chili over Steamed Rice f/i

Sun. PM               Garlic Shrimp TAPAS
                             Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic BC-P W
                             Peasant Bread, Tossed Salad

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 19, 2012


My cat speaks English.  Yesterday was her annual trip to the vet.   She figured this out early in the day when we wouldn’t let her out and then we closed  the door to the powder room (We had the cat carrier stashed in there) As the morning wore on she became smaller and smaller and finally almost invisible under the big sofa. She had heard us talking and she knew...

Small as she is, she is a hell of a wild cat to capture and load into the carrier.  This is not her happy place.  And the names she called us! Who would have thought that such a normally well-mannered animal could use such language – but this she did. She had some unkind words for the vet as well.

Fortunately her visit was a short one  and we were out  fairly quickly.  Then she was free to chase all the robins she wanted.  And as a reward for leaving most of our skin intact, she got two  shrimp for dinner…

Mon. AM             Sausage and Lentil Soup with Ditalini f/i

Mon. PM              Grilled Chicken Thighs BA 6/077 121
                             Warm German Potato Salad with home cured bacon
                             Tossed Salad

Tues. AM             Minestrone f/i

Tues. PM              New England Boiled Dinner CCI
                             Irish Soda Bread

Weds. AM            Knockwurst

Weds. PM            Pork, Sausage and Cranberry Bean Stew f/i
                             Steamed Rice
                             Sautéed Cabbage

Thurs AM             Grilled Chicken Thights
                             Cold German Potato Salad

Thurs. PM            Broiled Salmon with Horseradish Crusts GM 3/92 104
                             Orzo with Citrus Zest IMK 140
                             Baby Peas

Fri. AM                Kick Butt Gumbo with Steamed Rice f/i

Fri. PM                 Shabu Shabu Fondue 114
                              (Japanese Beef Tenderloin One Pot with Noodles, 
                             Tofu, Sprouts and Garnishes)  
                              Steamed Rice
                             Salad with Ginger Dressing

Sat. AM               Cheese Omelets wish fresh bacon

Sat. PM                Mustard Batons AMFT
                             Herb Brined Turkey BA 11/ 04 160
                             Turkey Gravy
                             Creole Stuffing with Andouille and Red Peppers BA 11/99
                             Steamed Rice
                             Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan BCFW
                             Carrot Salad with Raisins and Sherry Vinegar Food Net.
                             Crème Brulee Tart GM 10/08 184

Sun. AM              Hot dogs

Sun PM                Grilled Shrimp with Lime
                             Memphis Style Ribs BB 175
                             Grilled Potatoes a la Ketchup BB 394
                             Grilled Red Onions