Monday, September 16, 2013
Autumn has arrived...
The past few days have barely hit the mid 70's and some of the nights have been in the 40's. I made a pepper steak tonight for supper...some bottom round steak cooked forever with sliced onions and then bell peppers thrown in at the end. It was awesome. I went out to pick peppers for it, and found all kinds of small peppers with damage or rot or weird white paper-like scars on them. Those I cut up and trimmed for the meal. This colander is the other ones and I'll cut them into strips to freeze tomorrow. (I've already frozen about 6 quarts). I've been canning tomatoes-diced, sauce, and my old favorite--tomatoes/onions/okra. I have green tomatoes out there that may not get a chance to ripen, but I'll just pick them green and store them until they ripen. Or something. My friend pickles green tomatoes, but that doesn't sound like something I would eat, lol.
The food plan is going well enough. I've lost 18 pounds since I started. It's getting easier to know what to eat and when to eat it. I could probably be losing more/faster if I was exercising, but that isn't in the cards for right now. Maybe in a few more weeks, when all the garden is done.
I wrestled with buying a Vitamix today. They are so expensive, and even though I know I could use it to do a lot of things...I just cannot justify that kind of outlay of deniros. They had an option called Easy pay, which would break it down into 6 payments of 83 dollars each, but...I just can't do it. I'm sure himself will be glad to hear it. lol I told him I was thinking about it, and he didn't say much.
***I have to go to bed--am suddenly soooo sleepy. I'll come back tomorrow ***
Early evening...got lots done today, cleaning house and laundry and putting the freshly laundered sheers back up on the living room windows. Cleaned the big bathroom, took everything off the giant vanity and wiped them all down, then the counters and the sink. Cleaned the mirrors, the toilet, the floors. The Irishman will have to clean the big handicapped shower we have, because I am unable to do it. I got the property taxes (second installment) in the mail. I got the bell peppers in the freezer. My wonderful son mowed and did the weed eating and cleaned up the whole property today for me. Am I blessed or what ? It all looks so good. I went out and swept the cut grass off the porch and sidewalk.
I made a big pot of 3 bean chili for tonight's supper. 3 bean, because I only had 1 can of dark red kidney beans and was too lazy to go out and get more. lol I used the one can of kidneys, one jar of home canned pintos and 1 can of cannelini beans. It was really good and there's plenty of leftovers.
It was a stay at home and do mundane chores kind of a Monday. What did you do ?
I'm reading my 3rd of the 4 books I got at the Methodist Women's Rummage Sale last weekend. Lisa Gardner. Good so far. We also watched a couple of good movies this past weekend...one was called Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Very good, entertaining family film. The other was a bit heavier, Denzel Washington in Flight. A disturbing film about alcoholism and a plane crash. VERY good movie. As usual, Denzel showed the range of his acting abilities and wow-ed me. Highly recommended (unless you're getting ready to fly somewhere...) LOL
Okay....enough of this mindless drivel. I'm sure you have better things to do, lol
I'm going to get back to my book...cool here this evening and I've been in sweats all day. Autumn certainly seems to be in the air...